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Salesforce.com opens back office door

Salesforce.com is decoupling its signature CRM service from the hosted platform, taking it into ERP territory by running more of its customers' businesses.
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Implementing platform independent data with SDO

Hands on In my last column, we looked at the concepts behind SDO or Service Data Objects. SDO is a language independent format for representing data. It is built around the concept of a DataGraph of DataObjects. The DataObjects hold both the actual data being represented and metadata that describes that data. As such, it represents self-describing, platform independent, data. It also represents a separation between the data (in the DataGraph) and the logic that is applied to that data (within an application that uses the SDO).
John Hunt, 23 2007

Dell: vertical lines, what vertical lines?

Dell seems to have got its sizeable knickers in a twist over where it stands with the recent heavily bemoaned vertical line problem affecting several of its notebook models.

Corporate Web 2.0 limited by IT resources

Companies that want to exploit the emerging Web 2.0 phenomenon could be held back by a lack of developer resources says a survey sponsored by search software developer Fast.
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Internet gambling crackdown hits Taiwan

House of Cards Authorities in Taiwan on Wednesday busted the largest internet gambling ring yet on the not-quite-a-nation island.
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China arrests Betex executives

House of Cards In a cryptic press release issued Wednesday, China-facing Betex reported that two of its senior staff in Beijing had been arrested and another was a fugitive in Jilin province. The company suspended trading in its shares on the AIM market in response to the uncertainty.
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Are vendors looking after the BI needs of small biz?

Reg reader workshop There has been a heated debate going over here on the relative merits of mainframe architectures versus massively parallel Intel/AMD based platforms for large scale data warehousing and other requirements. So far, the mainframe camp seems to be winning this one, so if you are a fan of MPP, get yourself over there and have your say.
Dale Vile, 23 2007
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NASA gunman: police blame work grudge

A NASA employee who killed a colleague, took another hostage and then turned his gun on himself, was lashing out at the man he thought was responsible for his poor work review, police investigators have said.
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Barclays' chip and PIN readers will work for other banks

Barclays Bank is introducing a handheld chip and PIN card reader for the home in an escalation of its online banking security. Other chip and PIN cards will work with the Barclays device, not just cards issued by Barclays.

If Google kills penguins, is it doing evil?

Comment Killing penguins might be evil. I'm not 100 per cent sure. I've never thrown one to a killer whale and then decided how I felt about it.
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Liverpool uncages pigeon-busting 'robofalcons'

Liverpool council has taken drastic measures to drive pigeons from the city's centre - computer-controlled "robofalcons" whose predator-mimicking wing flapping and squawking it hopes will persuade the flying rats to make themselves scarce.

Samsung adopts latest 3D chip stack tech

First IBM, then Intel, now Samsung. The South Korean chip maker today said it too was going to implement the 'Through Silicon Via' (TSV) technique to allow it to stack layers of chip dice more efficiently.
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Milton Keynes: world centre of porn and sex

It's official: Milton Keynes is the world's centre of pornography and sex, according to Google Trends.

O2 offers incentives to end phone upgrade insanity

UK mobile phone network O2 is to pay customers not to upgrade their handsets - a move that turns the usual approach to phone sales on its head - all in the name of going green.
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UK and US agree plan for joint space missions

The UK and the US have signed a memorandum of understanding that paves the way for closer collaboration on missions to explore our solar system, including robotic exploration of the moon and trials of technology that could one day be sent to Mars.
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Europe makes 'progress' on police data protection

The European Council has swept aside widespread reservations about its proposals for a police data protection law.
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Online impersonations: no validation required

Back when I lived in the Silicon Valley, there was an ongoing employment scam. Prospective employees would show up with perfect resumes and immediately get hired. It would not take long before it was clear that these people did not have the experience stated on their resumes. Within six months they would be fired.

RIM rolls out 'virtual' BlackBerry for Windows Mobile 6

Research in Motion (RIM) has said a new version of its BlackBerry Connect software will soon allow "select" Windows Mobile 6-based handsets to connect to its push email network as if they were BlackBerries.
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A Mac gets whacked, a second survives

Shane Macaulay strode into the conference hall at the CanSecWest conference on Friday afternoon, balancing a MacBook Pro on his palm and making a beeline for the table displaying two more of the silver laptops.
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Greece and William Hill get ready to rumble, as gambling arrests continue

House of Cards Precedent be damned. That apparently is the approach Greece is taking to recent developments in EU case law covering the cross border provision of gambling services.

iPod add-on draws out dock connector

Got to take your iPod out of its case before you can dock it? Then accessory maker SendStation's Dock Extender may be just what you need. It does exactly what it says it does.
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Wipe your arse less, suggests Sheryl Crow

Eco-friendly chanteuse Sheryl Crow - who's just completed a US "Stop Global Warming College Tour" with "environmental activist" Laurie David - has formulated a cunning plan to save the planet: use less toilet paper and dispense with the services of paper napkins.
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Program Names govern admin rights in Vista

Developers have discovered that the name given to a Vista executable affects whether or not it will require admin rights to run.
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Google snubs St George - again

Google has once again snubbed England's dragon-slaying patron saint, despite our threat back in 2005 to take our porn search queries elsewhere.
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Royal Society calls for UK space agency

The Royal Society has called for a new UK space agency to be established to replace the British National Space Centre (BNSC). It says the BNSC has neither the authority nor the funding to represent the UK's space scientists on a national level.
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Gordon Ramsay mashes up small businesses for BT

BT has fingered marathon-running potty mouth Gordon "b*llocks, a*se, sh*t" Ramsay as the ideal Michelin-starred gourmet to extol the virtues of social networking to Britain's small business owners.
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Captain Cyborg invades Second Life

Kevin Warwick - aka Captain Cyborg - will this afternoon be entertaining the crowds on Second Life's Uvvy Island with a chat on the benefits of linking your brain to "that of an intelligent machine network" entitled "Upgrading Humans: Why not?"
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IT staff set for chop in Barclays-ABN Amro merger

The proposed £45.6bn merger of Barclays and ABN Amro banks will result in at least 23,000 job cuts, with the IT departments looking most vulnerable.
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BA edits Branson from Casino Royale

Virgin supremo Richard Branson is "somehow missing" from the version of Casino Royale shown on British Airways flights, the Telegraph reports.

LG displays TV-PC monitor combo

Is it a monitor? Is it a TV? LG's new Flatron M8W display family appears to be both. The 19in, 20in and 22in screens incorporate not only PC-friendly DVI connectors but also TV tuners for your televisual enjoyment.

Teachers demand Wi-Fi health investigation

A teacher's union has written to the education secretary to demand an immediate investigation into the possible health effects of Wi-Fi networks.
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Hunters bag one of last Amur leopards

Hunters in Russia's Far East have killed one of just seven female Amur leopards remaining in the wild, the WWF has announced.
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UK bank switches off to go green

Online banking firm First Direct has lopped 147 tonnes off its annual carbon emissions thanks to software that automatically switches off its host computer every night.

Sony shrinks UK PSP price

Sony will knock £20 off the price of the PSP on 4 May, reducing the handheld games console's price from £150 to £130.

Sinclair ZX Spectrum: 25 today

Clive Sinclair's ZX Spectrum is a quarter of a century old today. The machine that really launched the UK IT industry hit the streets of a depressed Britain on 23 April, 1982.
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The Cloud descends over City

Hotspot aggregator The Cloud has today launched complete coverage of the Square Mile, and to celebrate it is providing access free for the next month to anyone who asks.
Bill Ray, 23 2007

Commodore prices up games machines

Commodore Gaming - the latest reviver of ye olde Commodore brand - has priced up its high-end Wintel gaming systems, pledging to "redefine the line between gaming and reality" - whatever that means - for up to £2899 inc. VAT.
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IP networks create pain

CA World 2007: Increasing demands on IP networks mean IT managers are finding them increasingly difficult to manage and run. Businesses find it hard to get quick access to information on network problems, what impact they are having and how to fix them.

CA boss says strategy on track

CA World 2007: Delivering the opening speech at CA World 2007 chief executive John Swainson thanked customers for their loyalty and support and laid out a six- point plan for the future.
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CA shakes up European channel

CA World 2007: CA, previously known as Computer Associates, wants thirty per cent of new business to come from indirect partners and it will both weed out existing European partners and recruit new resellers.

AMD: very hush hush

Reporter's notebook AMD is bigging up its latest graphic card offerings in Tunis, but sadly we cannot reveal any of this until 14 May. What does this leave in terms of what we can report?

HP pitches Acer another sueball

Hewlett-Packard has filed yet another lawsuit with Taiwan-based PC maker Acer, alleging more patent shenanigans. Last month, HP slapped Acer and with a lawsuit regarding infringement of five patents used in HP notebooks, desktops and media center systems. Now HP's open palm has moved inversely for a litigation backhand smack of five more infringements for good measure.

IBM Powerizes Linux on Intel apps

IBM has announced a beta version of a Linux environment that allows applications developed on Intel boxes to run on Power processor-based servers.
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Ex-editor decries article suggesting he kept child porn

The former editor for the Santa Barbara News-Press is threatening legal action after the paper published a story suggesting he kept child pornography on his work computer. The furor over Sunday's non-bylined story is the latest salvo in a long and acrimonious battle that has raged between the paper's outspoken publisher and current and former editorial employees that has brought charges of unethical behavior.

Cordys scores $80m for US roll-out

Jan Baan's latest company, Cordys, has scored $80m from the VC house Argonaut to build itself a US sales empire.
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Microsoft to EC: define 'unreasonable'

Microsoft just barely beat the clock today, responding to the European Commission's allegations it overcharges rivals for licensing its Work Group Server technology.

AMD's CEO doesn't have Intel to kick around anymore

Comment After hearing about AMD's first quarter bloodbath, Carly Fiorina and Kevin Rollins must wonder what's wrong with Wall Street. No analyst has yet to place the call for Hector Ruiz's head.
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CA bigs up service quality management

CA World 2007: CA’s integration of Wily is bearing fruit - three integrated products will be available from this summer and the department has gained 150 new customers and increased headcount by 81 per cent.

AMD tells Wall Street: 'Will dance for cash'

Cash-starved AMD put out its hat on Monday, offering up to $2.2bn in convertible notes to help it raise money.