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What’s Your Agile Value?

Column The Agile Manifesto was put together in 2001 by a group of agilists, as they later became known, on top of a mountain in Utah. I sometimes wonder if the high altitude had something to do with the outcome. At the resultant website, the following four “agile values” are emblazoned across the front page, in letters of fire 80ft tall:
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i-mate SPL Windows mobile phone

Review Research in Motion has proved it's possible to pull off a consumer-pleasing candybar handset that still has business-friendly features. The SPL follows in those footsteps, and for once you won't be embarrassed pulling it out of your pocket.
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SMEs urged to 'pick up the innovation ball'

Innovate or die was the stark warning issued to SMEs by a University of Limerick (UL) professor at a conference in the city on Friday.
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eXtreme methods

Kevlin Henney raised an interesting point (here) about the view of eXtreme Programming in the revision to Myers' Art of Software Testing.
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Chinese pursue virtual sanity in online gambling

House of Cards Although the Chinese government recently announced a purifying moratorium on internet cafes – the same week the Communist Youth League penned a contract with leading gaming developer Playtech to provide software for large scale internet-based gambling tournaments – the cadres in Beijing know that internet cafes are only an embodiment of something much larger and more threatening, according to the Financial Times.
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EC relaxes rules for new format broadcasters

The European Commission has relaxed the rules on advertising for the audiovisual sector in response to the growth of media services such as video-on-demand.
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Pipex for sale

The UK's independent ISP market just keeps on shrinking, with Pipex hawking itself around looking for a buyer.

Intel Core 2-based Pentiums to ship 3 June?

Intel's Core 2 Duo-derived Pentium E2000 series will debut on 3 June, it has been claimed. So too will the Celeron 400 series, the Core 2-based budget processor line.
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Oracle and Hyperion: is it really a strategic fit?

This is a blastingly good deal for Hyperion shareholders. Hyperion's share price went up from $43 to $52 overnight, so shareholders gained 20 per cent. Since Godfrey Sullivan became CEO in 2004 he has done an excellent job of putting in place a first class management team and this is the opportunity to cash in. But what about Oracle shareholders?

Intel prices up updated Core 2 Duos, Quads

Just how much is Intel planning to charge for its revamped Core 2 Duo desktop processors, due Q3? Not as much as you might expect, it would seem, if the latest information coming from motherboard-maker moles is to be believed.
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SkyNet 5 blasts into space

British military intelligence satellite SkyNet5 blasted off into space this weekend from Kourou in French Guiana. The launch was originally scheduled for Saturday, but a small glitch in ground equipment prompted a 24 hour delay.

T-Mobile UK posts MDA Mail smart phone

T-Mobile UK has made its BlackBerry-like MDA Mail smart phone available to buyers, pitching the quad-band, QWERTY keyboard equipped handset with its Web'n'Walk data tariff for no more than £70.
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W3C seeks your help

If you have ever thought anything about HTML – good, bad or indifferent – and if you work as a web designer, applications developer, or a browser vendor, then here is your chance to make the next iteration more like the scripting language you'd like to use.
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So what are the benefits of an enterprise RSS server?

Quocirca's changing channels It is easy to be cynical about many of the so-called Web 2.0 technologies – blogs, wikis, etc – and dismiss them as just another way for employees to be distracted and waste time.
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Hybrid vehicle attacks petrol station

RoTM The driver of a Toyota Prius had a narrow escape recently when his vehicle decided to do away with its human master by ploughing into a Tacoma petrol station "narrowly missing a clerk and sparking a fire".
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Terrorist site surfer blows up Moroccan net cafe

A man who went to a Moroccan internet cafe to surf terrorist websites blew himself up when the owner's son refused him access, Morocco's official MAP news agency reports.
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Swisscom bids €3.7bn for Fastweb

Swisscom, the former state telecommunications monopoly, has announced plans to acquire Italy's second-largest broadband operator, Fastweb, in a deal valued at €3.7bn ($4.9bn).
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Turkey lifts YouTube ban

Turkey lifted its ban on YouTube late on Friday after the video clip insulting Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the country's modern founder, was removed.
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Keep the lights on, the budget needs it

Column Lights don't turn themselves on.
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Eclipse UI gets some help

Having received something of a pasting from developers at last week's EclipseCon in Santa Clara for being overly complicated, particularly in terms of the UI presented to developers, the Eclipse applications development environment now looks as though it may be getting some help.

Asus highlights super-slim wireless PDA

Four years ago, Asus introduced what it claimed was the world's thinnest PDA, the MyPal A620. The company has just launched the device's successor in all but name: the A626, an "exceptionally thin" model with Wi-Fi wireless connectivity.
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Vote now for 2007's oddest book title

The online presence of The Bookseller is running its annual poll to determine which of six splendidly-titled tomes should receive the 2007 "Oddest Titles" prize.

EU consumer chief roasts Apple

The European Union's Bulgarian 'commissioner for consumers', Meglena Kuneva, has hit out at the Balkanised world of digital music.

Intel to update gaming CPU sooner than thought?

Intel will update its four-core Core 2 Extreme line-up sooner than expected, if the latest roadmap reports coming out of Asia are to be believed. They claim the successor to the 2.66GHz QX6700 will ship in Q3.

Nigerians launch fake Met Police site

Updated Nigerian scammers have launched a fake London Metropolitan Police website, which includes a fake anti-terrorist hotline number.
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Corn-fuel demand drives meat off America's plate

Corn shortages pushed the price of corn to such a high in Mexico last month that thousands marched in protest. Now, the price soaring of corn feed means the US might just find itself on an enforced diet too, as the farm industry reports a second significant fall in the output of beef and chicken.
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Israeli envoy to El Salvador found naked in street

The Israeli ambassador to the sun-kissed Central American paradise of El Salvador is for the high jump after being found "in a street, drunk, wearing only bondage gear", the BBC reports.
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'I was angry', Naomi Campbell tells anger management class

Battling supermodel Naomi Campbell last Saturday did the first of two anger management classes she was ordered to attend as part of the punishment for chucking a mobile phone at housekeeper Ana Scolavino, the New York Post reports.
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Put down the internet and go get some fresh air

A leading Indian technology college is switching off internet access to try and get its students involved in a bit of real-world socialising.
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UK.gov not ready to share on data sharing

Six months after the government announced it would review whether data protection laws were a "barrier" to its information sharing plans, it is still not ready to share its views on the matter.
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McAfee maps malware risk domains

A global road map of the riskiest and safest places to surf online found Russian and Romanian sites among the top-level domains most commonly hosting malicious downloads, browser exploits, and scams.
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Call goes out for open source teledildonics work

SXSW NSFW The computational dildo liberation army (CDLA) has called out device makers for creating boring old kit that just doesn't get the job done. The dildo patrol want to see more creative devices and an influx of open source effort around sex toys.
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Blogebrities campaign for fair treatment

SXSW Professional bloggers have demanded to be taken still more seriously by mainstream media and have current measures of their blog-induced fame reassessed.

BenQ punts post-BenQ Mobile handset

BenQ is clearly putting the BenQ Mobile bankruptcy debacle behind it if it's willing to put out a new handset under the BenQ-Siemens brand. Enter the E81, described as an "sleek, ultra-compact [and] affordable" 3G handset.
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Dodgy food science: eating press releases is bad for you

Chocolate is not just (possibly) good for your brain, it can ward off strokes, dementia, heart disease and cancer.

Lights go out at colo centre

TelecityRedbus's colocation centre on Marsh Wall in London's Docklands has apparently suffered a power failure and back-up generators have not kicked in.
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UK airline pilot sacked for sightseeing tour

The pilot of a passenger plane who flew fives miles off course in bad weather to "show his co-pilot the scenery" has been sacked, the Daily Telegraph reports.

IBM and Cisco send Global alliance worldwide

IBM and Cisco are expanding their Global Services Alliance, er globally.
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Intel 'Robson' Flash cache reborn as USB unit

Updated Intel has become the latest chip maker to offer a Flash-based solid-state hard drive, though it's pitching the part not as a replacement for magnetic hard disk storage but as an adjunct to it.

Fraud, not incompetence, to blame for Nortel's accounting fiasco

The SEC today threw the book at four former Nortel execs for cooking the books. Frank Dunn, ex-CFO and CEO at the Canadian telecoms equipment maker, Douglas Beatty, ex-controller and CFO, Michael Gollogy, ex-controller, and MaryAnne Pahaphil, ex-assistant controller, are accused of manipulating secret cash reserves and recognizing revenues earlier than they should have done to meet Wall Street expectations and to line their own pockets.
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Y2K7 bug fails to bite

Panic over: America survived Sunday's onslaught of Daylight Saving Time (DST) on Sunday unscathed. For a while, Bug-watchers thought that GoDaddy, the domain registrar, might have mismanaged the time-change, after customers reported outages. But a good old-fashioned DDOS attack was the culprit.
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Three more charged for pump-and-dump hacking

US authorities have charged three Indian nationals for an elaborate pump-and-dump scheme that used hijacked brokerage accounts to manipulate the prices of 14 securities including Sun Microsystems and put options for Google.
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Blog Nation embraces Rather after flaying him

SXSW Grizzled Texan newsman Dan Rather received the warmest of welcomes from the grand blog felch that helped end his CBS career, during a speech today here at the SXSW conference and festival. The blogger nation found Rather's call for better US journalism inspirational, particularly when he chastised the candy ass reporters covering the White House.
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Etilize catalogs antitrust suit against CNET

CNET today turned from newsgather to newsmaker when it got a lawsuit accusing it of anti-competitive behavior.
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Gross, glorious Las Vegas – a model for web designers

SXSW Those web designers obsessed with their mashed up, CSS, AJAX injections may want to book a trip to Las Vegas and learn some lessons from fat people chowing down in the all-you-can-eat buffet.

MacBook goes up in flames

In the latest episode of The Laptop Infernos, a MacBook user is reporting his laptop came close to burning his house down after the battery exploded and burst into flames. The MacBook, which was less than a year-old, was charging with the lid shut when it spontaneously ignited at about three in the morning while the user and his girlfriend slumbered.

What's Green for Wal-Mart is Green for America

The Greening of Wal-Mart, America's least popular popular retailer, continues apace. This time it is putting the squeeze on consumer electronics suppliers, with a scorecard to assess the "sustainability of their products".