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SCO tries to grok Pamela Jones (again)

SCO Group has asked a US court to reel in the reclusive legal blogger Pamela Jones of Groklaw fame in its arcane Linux intellectual property prosecutions of Novell and IBM.
Gavin Clarke, 05 Apr 2007
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Software testing? Not likely

Go to the website of software testing company SQS and one of the first things you'll see is an interesting question concerning all Windows-based environments: "Eighty per cent of your applications will work with Vista, but do you know which 80 per cent?"
Martin Banks, 05 Apr 2007
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UK.biz still reluctant to report cybercrime

A third of UK businesses fail to report information security crimes and breaches, according to a new survey.
John Leyden, 05 Apr 2007

Intel eyes big biz with Centrino Pro

Intel has formally launched the Centrino Pro brand, designed to promote business-oriented notebooks incorporating the chip giant's corporate-friendly vPro platform technologies.
Tony Smith, 05 Apr 2007

Intel 'Robson' renamed Turbo Memory

Goodbye, 'Robson', the codename Intel applied to its add-in Flash cache unit for notebooks. Hello, instead, Intel Turbo Memory, the go-to-market name for the system start-up acceleration system.
Tony Smith, 05 Apr 2007
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Advertising Standards slap down BT complaint

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has rejected a complaint made by BT against BSkyB's "free" broadband campaign last year.
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Adobe takes UK price hikes to new level with CS3

Adobe Systems, producers of Photoshop, Acrobat and Flash, has long had a relatively chummy image compared to – say – Microsoft. But that might be changing, at least for some customers, as the company moves even beyond Redmond's position on price differentials between the UK and US.
Lewis Page, 05 Apr 2007
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Gear4 pours out 'liquid rubber' iPod case

Yes, iPod accessory specialist Gear4's iVak sounds like a trendy carpet cleaning tool, but it's actually a hard plastic case with a "liquid rubber" texture on the outside and a clear plastic panel to protect the player's display. There's a clickwheel cover in the box too.
Tony Smith, 05 Apr 2007
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Windows Media Player sends music site silent

A music-sharing site popular with small and independent artists is suspending operations because of incompatibilities with Microsoft's latest version of Windows Media Player.
Gavin Clarke, 05 Apr 2007
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UK Gov deploys lie detectors on benefits claims

Benefits claimants will now have to face a software lie detector test under a new regime to be outlined today by Work and Pensions Secretary John Hutton.
Lucy Sherriff, 05 Apr 2007
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Solar flares ate my GPS

Did you get lost while out driving in December? If you did, blame the solar flare that zapped signals sent out by the GPS satellite network to keep travellers travelling in the right direction.
Tony Smith, 05 Apr 2007
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Harassed employees: dispute resolutions are failing

Workplace dispute resolution procedures make cases of discrimination worse and do not benefit the victim, according to sufferers of harassment on grounds of religion or sexual orientation.
OUT-LAW.COM, 05 Apr 2007
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EU court rules monitoring of employee breached human rights

The monitoring of an employee's email, phone and internet use by a Welsh college was a breach of her human rights, the European Court of Human Rights has ruled. The UK Government must pay £3,000 damages and legal costs in the case.
OUT-LAW.COM, 05 Apr 2007
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CCTV nails sheep-shagging Turk

A Turkish citizen faces a fine or possible three years' chokey under German animal protection laws after a farmer's CCTV system caught him indulging in a bit of homo-ovine sexual interaction, Reuters reports.
Lester Haines, 05 Apr 2007
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HMRC pushes online tax filing

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has urged small employers to send their 2006-07 "pay as you earn" returns online.
Kablenet, 05 Apr 2007

Griffin ExpressCard 5:1 Card Reader

Review Plenty of notebooks incorporate memory card readers these days, usually units capable of handling many, many different kinds of card. Not so Apple's Pro laptop line-up and a fair few portable PCs too. Enter Griffin's ExpressCard 5:1 Card Reader.
Tony Smith, 05 Apr 2007
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Nintendo nudges sales forecast upward

Nintendo now reckons it will sell have sold rather more Wii and DS consoles during its recently closed financial year than it previously suggested, the videogames pioneer announced today.
Tony Smith, 05 Apr 2007
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Orange to carry Blyk network

Orange has agreed to carry Blyk's free calls and messaging service, to be launched in the UK later this year.
Bill Ray, 05 Apr 2007
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Indonesia's Playboy 'not pornography', judge rules

The editor of Indonesia's edition of Playboy has been cleared of indecency charges relating to provocative images of scantily-clad models which had the country's Muslims up in arms, the BBC reports.
Lester Haines, 05 Apr 2007
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Polar caps wane as Mars tries global warming

Global warming and melting polar ice caps are not just problems here on Earth. Mars is facing similar global changes, researchers say, with temperatures across the red planet rising by around 0.65 degrees over the last few decades.
Lucy Sherriff, 05 Apr 2007
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Britney fears used as ANI exploit lure

Interest in troubled pop star Britney Spears is being used by hackers to trick surfers into visiting websites exploiting the Microsoft animated cursor vulnerability, the subject of a out-of-sequence patch by Microsoft on Tuesday.
John Leyden, 05 Apr 2007
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Vista upgrades not so 'express' after all

Many voucher-waving Microsoft customers in Europe are still awaiting their promised free Windows Vista upgrades from the software giant's "fulfilment partner", ModusLink.
Kelly Fiveash, 05 Apr 2007

Channel looks on the bright side, Woolies goes soft and Cisco aims small

Let the good times roll Let's start with the good news. According to a survey of European channel distributors and resellers (that means you), 2007 will be a year of strong sales growth and rises in revenue. The ETech 2007 survey found 70 per cent of channel distributors and resellers were confident about their business …
Billy MacInnes, 05 Apr 2007
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IPPR wants health warnings for planes

The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) has called for tobacco style health warnings to be displayed on advertising for flights, warning people about the possible damage their chosen method of travel will do to the environment.
Lucy Sherriff, 05 Apr 2007
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419ers take Kent minister for £12k

A Kent minister has been taken for £12,000 in a textbook 419 sting, the BBC reports.
Lester Haines, 05 Apr 2007
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Apple/EMI, compulsory blogs and corduroys

Apple and EMI write the news The world's favourite tech story this week was Apple and EMI doing a deal to offer DRM-free music tracks. This has been a longtime coming and, as such, was so welcomed that hardly anyone stopped to question the deal. Except the European Commission. Along with other regulators, like Norway, the …
John Oates, 05 Apr 2007
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Don't do a Bush on stem cells, urge MPs, scientists, doctors

MPs have warned that the UK government's proposed ban on hybrid embryos could damage UK science, and charged that it will restrict development of life-saving stem cell treatments.
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Sacred Joan of Arc relics actually from Egypt

Expert analysis of remains purported to be those of Joan of Arc has shown they're actually bits of Egyptian mummy, The Telegraph reports. In 1431, the English burnt the 19-year-old as a witch in Rouen, Normandy, elevating the "Maid of Orleans" to instant martyrdom.
Lester Haines, 05 Apr 2007
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Vodafone turns to Sagem for handsets

Vodafone has announced that Sagem will be providing it with own-brand phones, to be sold as Vodafone branded handsets.
Bill Ray, 05 Apr 2007
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Brussels rolls coppers over rights barrel

Civil libertarians are holding the security hawks in Brussels to ransom over plans to share police data across the continent.
Mark Ballard, 05 Apr 2007

HP makes PC gaming play

Comment HP this week unveiled its strategy to frag the competition and become the crowned head of PC gaming: it's... er... going to make and sell some gaming PCs. And a view-filling curved monitor. Maybe.
Tony Smith, 05 Apr 2007
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Linux gets squeezed

It's Easter, and peoples' thoughts turn to many things that are not work. Entertainment, finding new things to do, finding and purchasing that special something you have always wanted and, yes, sometimes even being obliged to do some work. All of them are targets for one's time at Easter, and all can be done online.
Martin Banks, 05 Apr 2007
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Smut-swapping sailors leak secret missile specs

The Japanese navy was left red-faced today after newspaper reports revealed that smut-swapping sailors had inadvertently leaked high-tech missile data.
Lewis Page, 05 Apr 2007
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Astronomers peel back layers of Cloudy Venus

The latest images sent back by Venus Express have given scientists greater insight into the underlying mechanics of the planet's mysterious cloud system.
Lucy Sherriff, 05 Apr 2007
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Ukrainian woman smuggled dope in vibrator

A Ukranian woman failed in a bold attempt to smuggle marijuana from New Delhi to Kiev, despite hiding her stash in a vibrator's battery compartment on the grounds that "no one would ever think of touching it, let alone looking inside it".
Lester Haines, 05 Apr 2007
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Thai King video wag pulls YouTube clip

The creator of a 44 second skit on Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej, which yesterday prompted Thailand to block YouTube, has voluntarily removed the video, Reuters reports.
Lester Haines, 05 Apr 2007
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Aussie bike bandits may be packing rocket launchers

An Australian army captain sold military rocket launchers to underworld arms dealers, according to police in New South Wales, Australia.
Lewis Page, 05 Apr 2007
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Are you a Top Gear Tiger or an iPod Babe?

You've heard of Soccer Mom and Mondeo Man. Millions are spent each year on research that segments us to into such convenient categories. But have you ever felt these vague and unimaginative descriptions leave you wanting more? If the marketeers are going to be so reductive, why not get creative and give us a 'Wolverhampton Tightwad', or a 'Carling Depressive'?
Andrew Orlowski, 05 Apr 2007
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Virgin Media chucks rocks in 'unlimited' debate

Cable incumbent Virgin Media has called on ADSL rivals to stop marketing their services as "unlimited", when fair use policies often mean they aren't.
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Nokia coughs $20m to Qualcomm

Nokia is paying Qualcomm $20m for licensing its technology for use in the second quarter of 2007.
John Oates, 05 Apr 2007
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EU tells Microsoft to open its Windows

Microsoft will be forced to hand over sensitive technical information about the Windows operating system to its rivals but can expect next to no compensation, according to a report in the Financial Times.
Kelly Fiveash, 05 Apr 2007
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Transatlantic police data roadmap laid

Europe and the US have begun to plot the direction of a data sharing link between their police and immigration forces.
Mark Ballard, 05 Apr 2007
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Regulator lays down the law for TV quizzes

The ICSTIS has published new regulations (pdf) for TV quizzes which rely on premium-rate phone lines.
Bill Ray, 05 Apr 2007
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Anarchist blog boy freed

After the longest stretch ever served in the joint for refusing to disclose a source, blogger/activist Josh Wolf is a free man.
Kevin Fayle, 05 Apr 2007
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Amazon patents Citizens' Sweatshop

Amazon.com has been awarded a patent for a "Hybrid machine/human computing arrangement". It describes the model behind its Mechanical Turk, which is a kind of eBay for distributed piece work.
Andrew Orlowski, 05 Apr 2007
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UK boffins are going on an alien hunt

Physicists have been hearing this afternoon about attempts by UK astronomers to find evidence of alien life - buried in over 2000 hours of archived telescope data.
Lucy Sherriff, 05 Apr 2007
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Quantum won't stoop to de-dupe coup?

Analysis Could Quantum's amiable treatment of rival Data Domain in a patent dispute be a move to create a kinder, gentler environment for the storage market's rage du jour - de-duping software?
Austin Modine, 05 Apr 2007
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Linux malware for iPods poses little risk

Virus hunters have discovered what's described as the first malware designed to infect iPod portable media players.
John Leyden, 05 Apr 2007
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In the wake of RegisterFly, is ICANN taking flight?

In the aftermath of the ICANN meeting in Lisbon, the RegisterFly disaster continues to inspire both litigation and paranoia.
Burke Hansen, 05 Apr 2007
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Software AG acts on webMethods customer envy

Software AG is buying webMethods in a $546m market expansion deal colored by strong overlap between the companies' SOA software products.
Gavin Clarke, 05 Apr 2007
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Cray starts pimping BlueArc's storage Titan

Storage player BlueArc has entered a partnership with supercomputer vendor Cray to resell BlueArc's Titan 2000 network storage systems to high performance computing customers.
Austin Modine, 05 Apr 2007
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Google funds $500k evil-blocking forcefield for CEO

Even billionaire colored ball advocates heading companies that do no evil have their problems. Google last year coughed up $530,000 just to keep CEO Eric Schmidt safe.
Ashlee Vance, 05 Apr 2007
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IBM hurls confident 'to come' ship date for late Power6

A disturbing presentation slide from Big Blau has shifted the delivery date of IBM's Power6 chip from mid-2007 to “to come,” seeming to confirm that suspicions of Power6 issues are correct.
Ashlee Vance, 05 Apr 2007
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Borland swaps out CodeGear CEO

Borland Software has named a new chief executive for its unwanted CodeGear tools subsidiary, with incumbent Ben Smith exiting after barely four months.
Gavin Clarke, 05 Apr 2007