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Old adware habits hard to break for AT&T and Travelocity

AT&T Wireless and Travelocity have continued to pay for ads that get served up by some of the net's more notorious networks despite a legally binding promise to refrain from pitching crud to web denizens.
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MySpace-hosted malware exploits QuickTime flaw

A security researcher has documented malware that uses a vulnerability in Apple's QuickTime movie player to make a computer download and run a Javascript. A MySpace account promoting a French music group is exploiting the flaw to siphon information about users visiting the page and send it to a remote server.
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Blog: Housebuilding as a metaphor for software development

I've long believed that when you start a project you worry about the technology and whether it works. but in the post-mortem afterwards, you find that most of the real issues were to do with project management. Even technology failure can be mitigated, if the project is managed properly. Sometimes the right course is to cancel something based on promises your vendor can't deliver against - before inflicting it on the business.
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Sony unveils a 3D MySpace with games

The new Sony Home PS3 network promises to be a bit like playing Doom on a computer, where the monsters you meet are being driven by real people, and it conjures images of the internet space novels Snow Crash and Neuromancer, where players interacted fully in virtual worlds. The new Sony Home feature was described this week by Sony executives as a 3D virtual world inhabited by user created Avatars and will be available as a free download this autumn.
Faultline, 16 2007
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NZ council sues self and wins

A New Zealand council has taken itself to court and successfully been fined $4,800, the New Zealand Herald reports.
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Carnivore ATM bites Florida kiddie

RoTM A light-fingered Florida nine-year-old has learnt the hard way that you don't mess with ATMs after getting bitten by an Orange County carnivore cash machine.
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Why did your emplyees ejactulate into my grandmother's milkshake?

We never thought we'd say this, but it's big up rispek today for McDonald's UK for the candid way in which it deals with challenging customer queries. Try this poser:
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Domain tasting makes WIPO sick

The fairness of the domain name system is being undermined by a new practice that turns domain names into commodities for speculative gain, according to the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), which oversees many domain name disputes.
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Cricinfo bats against Sky in copyright dispute

A cricketing website has found what it hopes is an inventive way to bypass copyright laws to show users action from the Cricket World Cup.
Mio C520 personal navigation device

Mio marches on with new GPS launches

CeBIT Three products in the new range - the C320, C520 and C520t - feature a 4.3in widescreen display and split-screen view, while the entry-level C220 retains a standard 3.5in screen. All four products feature the MioMap 3 software, in addition to speed camera alerts and 20 channel SiRFstarIII GPS receiver.
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The top 25 UK web 2.0 start ups

Tech Digest Web 2.0 isn't just about startups in California hoping to get bought by Google - even if it can sometimes seem that way. There's loads of sparky Web 2.0 startups here in the UK, even if they don't fall into a lazily-definable scene, trend, or movement.
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Tax credits portal to reopen in 2008

The paymaster general has told MPs the online tax credits system, once a target for criminals, is to reopen next year.
Kablenet, 16 2007

Acer sends mini PC into the living room

CeBIT Acer is to offer a living room-friendly version of its business-oriented mini PC, the Veriton 1000, the manufacturer revealed today.
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HP Sauce goes Dutch

The UK has capped its final bottle of HP Sauce, the BBC reports. The classic accompaniment to the Brit bacon sarnie will in future have a distinctly Dutch tang, with production shifting to the Netherlands since the Birmingham operation was "not viable", according to Heinz.
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Microsoft moves further into the Content Intelligence space

Comment In my previous article The Content Intelligence (CI) market: to be or not to be? I debated whether or not the CI market was in a state of readiness for lift-off.
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Exam cheats get gadgety

More than 1,000 teenagers were caught using "mobile phones or other electronic communication devices" during exams last year, according to a Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) report released today.
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Elton John menaces Tobago

Sir Elton John may be banned from performing a forthcoming gig on the Caribbean island of Tobago for fears the musical Friend of Dorothy could turn the whole place gay, The Sun reports.
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iLuv woos with DVD-playing add-on screen for iPod

iLuv wants you iPod owners to open your heart to its i1055, a gadget that transforms Apple's icon music player into a big-screen portable movie viewer. No videos on your iPod? Don't worry, the i1055 is a DVD player too.

Headphone wearing dinobots will raise our children

CeBIT The children of the future will be raised by robot dinosaurs, will only communicate with their parents via blogs, and their best friends will be people they've seen on YouTube.
Joe Fay, 16 2007
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BOFH: The new geek on the block

Episode 10 Episode 10 >Swipe< >bip< >bip< >bip< >bip< >BEEP-BEEP-BEEEEEP!< >Swipe< >bip< >bip< >bip< >bip< >BEEP-BEEP-BEEEEEP!< >Swipe< >bip< ... >bip< ... >bip< .... >bip< >BEEP-BEEP-BEEEEEP!< "There's something wrong with the door," the Boss announces. "Which door?" the PFY asks, apparently oblivious to the fact that the Boss is …

Rock rolls out Meivo VoD HD TV

We've heard of big-screen PCs with built-in TV tuners, but here's an attempt to do it the other way round. Notebook specialist Rock has put the PC into the TV, and is pitching the hybrid as a handy way to view web-sourced video-on-demand content.

Ubiquio 701 ultra-mobile PC

Review It's almost a year since Intel and Microsoft launched the Ultra-mobile PC (UMPC) as a new category of handheld computer. Chip maker VIA touted an early reference design, but its offering was quickly eclipsed by Samsung's Q1 UMPC. But the VIA machines didn't disappear entirely and has now popped up again, this time as the Ubiquio 701.
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Ballmer says Google growth strategy 'insane'

Chair-flinging Microsoft kingpin Steve Ballmer has continued his public campaign against Google, characterising the search firm's growth strategy as "insane."

Readers win with Reg Hardware

Last week, Register Hardware offered its readers the chance to win a Nokia E65 smart phone...
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Wiki elevated to Oxford English Dictionary

It's official: "wiki" is now a fully-fledged member of the English lexicon, according to the latest update of the online Oxford English Dictionary (OED).

Researchers take internet back to the drawing board

The internet as it stands has numerous shortcomings, so researchers at Stanford University have gone back to the drawing board in an effort to design a better system of communications.
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The devil is in the data sharing

The Register Weekly Digest has been put together to make your life easy. It gives you a buffet of all the week's news in one easy-to-swallow email. It also comes as a PDF so you can print it out and take it away with you.

CeBIT clips vulture's wing

CeBIT blog Things just aren't as big as they used to be at CeBIT. The trade show has slipped down the industry's to-do list almost as quickly as it has vacated the number of the halls it used to pack out.
Joe Fay, 16 2007
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SMEs still in dark over WEEE

SMEs remain wildly ignorant of new electronic equipment disposal regs, according to a leading UK IT reseller.
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Skype does directory enquiries and dirty chat lines

Popular VoIP service Skype has launched two new services, Skype Find and Skype Prime. Both are available worldwide and both services are currently in beta testing mode.
Bill Ray, 16 2007

Phoenix makes tentative offer for ICM

Phoenix IT Group, a publicly-listed managed services company, has tabled a conditional offer to buy business continuity firm ICM Computer Group.
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HP models security and trust

Implementing sensible security measures is still one of those decisions that remains on the "what we should do next" list within many enterprises.
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Will Net Neutrality kill Web 2.0?

Networks need to get smarter, says PacketExchange's Kieron O'Brien, in a sharp counterpoint to the "Net Neutrality" hysteria.

CeBIT 2007: The package

Several vultures descended on Hannover this week to bring you the latest news on all that's new and exciting in digital IT and telecoms.
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Liberty, equality and Big Brotherhood

Letters Right, it is Friday which means it is time for some letters. So let us waste none of your valuable "winding down for the weekend" time, and crack on, shall we?
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RSA unwraps small business authentication appliance

RSA is looking to cater for the needs of smaller businesses with mobile workforces with a new version of its authentication appliance range.

Horizon digests year of feasting

Horizon Technology Group has been showing off after a year of gorging on high-margin acquisitions.
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Beeb shuts down Jam education website

The BBC has suspended its free online education website after complaints from commercial providers.
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Plastic surgeon sucks out belly dancer's buttock

A German belly dancer who checked into hospital to have her thighs trimmed ended up with just one butt cheek after the plastic surgeon hoovered out her right buttock, Ananova reports.
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Google phone - it's for real

A Google executive has confirmed the existence of one of its best-kept secrets. The advertising giant is designing a mobile phone, according to the company's Iberian chief.
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BT announces escape route for Biscit customers

BT today announced a bail-out process for customers trapped aboard the foundering ISP Biscit Internet.
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Martian pole capped by planet swamping ice sheet

The southern pole of Mars is hidden beneath a "deep and wide" layer of ice - enough that if it melted*, it would cover the whole planet in a sea 36 feet deep. Shallow for a sea, but still a fair quantity of aqua.
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Cingular escapees win $160 each

Cingular Wireless will cough up $18.5m to settle a long-running dispute with California utilities watchdogs, who said it applied unfair fees when customers left its network.

Prosecutors swoop on Cisco reseller fraud (again)

Federal prosecutors in California have indicted four former employees of a defunct networking resellers for allegedly scamming Cisco's replacement parts program. which could land them long jail terms.
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Apple to unbackdate (some) stock options

With a huge tax mess looming for recipients of Apple's backdated stock options, the Cupertino firm has told the SEC it is offering relief for some those affected.