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Autonomy drops ACID test for copyrighted media

Autonomy has criticized Silicon Valley's Web 2.0 obsession with tagging to classify data, while launching its own software to help media companies scan web sites for pirated content.

Companies propose Ethernet/SAN love-in

A gaggle of top networking and storage vendors have submitted a new standards proposal that will allow Fibre Channel protocol over Ethernet networks.
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Spreadsheet security? What spreadsheet security!

Comment I have written before, and will say again, that Microsoft Excel does not have security. It does actually have some security features but most users don't know about them and, if they do, they are frequently not implemented.

An alternative to going to camp. Previewing VMWare's Fusion

Apple's re-invigorated assault on the home network market has been partly thanks to its migration to Intel processors. With that move complete comes the opportunity to run Microsoft Windows on hardware that’s very close to that of a so-called "Wintel" PC. Following the work of some enterprising hackers, Apple released a beta product that supports dual booted systems called Boot Camp.
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Samsung YP-T9 MP3 player

Review Apple must really be feeling the heat by now. While the innovative design and user interface of the iPod will go down in history, they can also split public opinion like a Mac vs PC argument or an open source versus proprietary software flame war. You know, the sort of heated discussions you hear in pubs... and at trade shows just before someone gets glassed.
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Reg called more balanced than Wired

Letter Our recent story on government data mining in Singapore drew a letter form Dave Snowden, Founder and Chief Scientific Officer of Cognitive Edge, which is involved in the project.
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BOFH: What do you mean the system's being audited?

Episode 12 Episode 12 "So if we go to your website and build this software, download and deploy it through a group policy over our domain - the machines will all report on the OS, software and version information that they have installed?" the PFY asks. "Yes," Sonya, our friendly root-of-all-evil sales rep says, with the Boss nodding …
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Don't forget the ‘C’ in Objective-C

Part One Nowadays, it’s all too easy to take today’s fast processors for granted. At the risk of sounding like an old fogey, I get the impression that a lot of developers do just that. This devil-may-care attitude is not, in my opinion, the result of complacency but far more likely due to inexperience or even – dare I say it? – ignorance.

Plenty of Sun users to skip Fujitsu march

A large chunk of Sun Microsystems customers may skip right over the upcoming SPARC experiment with Fujitsu, according to server chief John Fowler.
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Too many users fending for themselves on BI

Reg Reader Workshop Recent feedback gathered through reader surveys and workshops tells us that the need for direct information access by end users is increasing. Around one in five organisations already view business intelligence as something that is relevant to a broad audience rather than just a select few senior managers, analysts and other power users. Beyond this, a further 52% see the need for such broader access, even though they might not have got there yet (view chart).
Dale Vile, 06 2007
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Court bars Vonage from signing up new customers

Vonage is not allowed to sign up new customers while it appeals a court ruling that it infringed three Verizon patents. This is the price the VoiP telephony provider must pay for gaining some breathing space in its appeal against an injunction from using technology "owned" by Verizon.
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Verisign wastes no time jacking up domain prices

Verisign yesterday announced in a press release that it will raise its registry fees for .com and/or .net domain names by seven per cent to $6.42 on October 15, 2007, as provided for in a controversial contract inked last March between the company and ICANN.
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Acer up, Dell down in laptop sales

Acer has long let it be known that it is gunning for Lenovo's third place in the global PC market. In Q4 last year, it picked off an easier target, overtaking Toshiba to become the world's third best selling notebook PC maker.
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NetAppX rebrandsX TopioX

NetApp is repackaging Topio's borged flagship data replication software into something a little more Flash Gordon.
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ANI takers for Asus website virus?

Asus.com.tw, the website of Taiwanese motherboard maker Asustek, has been spraying visitors with the .ANI virus, security software makers confirmed today.
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Our patents are bigger than yours, Nokia tells Qualcomm

Analysis This week Nokia puts $20m of patent royalties into the pot for Qualcomm for the coming quarter, in the hope of mitigating any damages that might be awarded against it in a patent dispute with Qualcomm over UMTS patents.
Faultline, 06 2007
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Microsoft shows its hand to stay in the mobile web war

Analysis Microsoft had its hand forced this week into unveiling just a little of its arsenal in the war to win the browser battle on the mobile phone. Microsoft clearly won the PC browser war by giving away and bundling its Internet Explorer, and then by creating a rich, open platform which along with the Visual Studio tools allowed developers to get the best out of browser based applications.
Faultline, 06 2007
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(Agence) France(-Press) surrenders to Google

News agency Agence France-Presse entered a ménage à deux today with Google en lieu of a $17.5m lawsuit over its news stories appearing on Google News.