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High level Night Elf druid saves PC gaming

A level 60 druid seeking l33t blue drops in the Hellfire Ramparts may have saved PC gaming, according to The New York Times. The paper reports that US retailers sold $203m worth of PC games in the first two months of 2007 — a 48 per cent increase on floundering sales the past few years.
Austin Modine, 24 Apr 2007
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ICANN is the USSR of the internet - Karl Auerbach speaks out

Interview Karl Auerbach, the last publicly elected board member at ICANN, has been involved with internet development almost since the inception of the internet itself, and served as North America's direct representative on ICANN's Board of Directors.
Burke Hansen, 24 Apr 2007
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Feds urge tougher ID theft laws

A federally convened task force released a "strategic plan" designed to stem the growing menace of identity theft by toughening criminal laws, improving data retention practices and establishing more effective educational campaigns for individuals and businesses. At least one privacy advocacy group complained the measures fall short of what's needed to fix the problem.
Dan Goodin, 24 Apr 2007
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SWsoft dangles server slicing taster at MS and Linux types

Virtualization specialist SWsoft has crafted a cut-rate version of its flagship software, hoping to get new users to try out its technology.
Ashlee Vance, 24 Apr 2007
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Stock probe guts Juniper's profits

Juniper Networks's first quarter income fell 12 per cent, attributed to operational costs and charges related to a stock options probe.
Austin Modine, 24 Apr 2007
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Process improvement essentials

Book review Process improvement, in the guise of the ‘big three’ frameworks of ISO 9001, CMMI and Six Sigma on the face of it would seem to have much in common and all aim to produce the same end result – improved quality through established and proven processes. With compliance to one or other of these frameworks increasingly being sought by governments and corporations, it’s no surprise that there’s a rush of interest in them now.
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Germany moots higher EU roaming caps

Germany, the European Union president, is suggesting that the proposed cap on mobile-phone roaming be increased to €.60 per minute for outgoing calls, and €.30 for incoming; as opposed to the €.40 and €.15 currently proposed.
Bill Ray, 24 Apr 2007

Intel slashes desktop processor prices

Intel pruned its processor prices earlier this week, as anticipated. The cuts include knocking 38 per cent off the price of the Core 2 Quad and up to 40 per cent off Core 2 Duo CPUs.
Tony Smith, 24 Apr 2007
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Battered AMD guns Opteron to 3.0GHz

AMD threatened a coupled of weeks back to crank its dual-core Opteron up to 3GHz. This week, the company delivered on that threat.
Ashlee Vance, 24 Apr 2007

Sony signals fall in Blu-ray, HD DVD hardware prices

Blu-ray Disc and HD DVD players look set to get cheaper now that Sony has formally begun selling blue-laser diodes, a key component of machines that can read the two next-gen optical disc formats.
Tony Smith, 24 Apr 2007
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GMTV suspends phone-ins over scam allegations

GMTV has suspended its phone-in quizzes amidst reports that viewers were duped into paying to submit entries for competitions that had already closed.
John Leyden, 24 Apr 2007
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SAP takes mixed view on on-demand

Sapphire SAP's chief software thinker has lent qualified support to the on-demand software model while championing other current changes as helping realise SAP's original goals.
Gavin Clarke, 24 Apr 2007
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SAP outlines roadmap and partner plans

Sapphire SAP has kicked off its annual users' conference emphasising new technologies and expanded relationships spanning Web 2.0 and collaboration.
Gavin Clarke, 24 Apr 2007
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Intel expands Core 2 Duo line-up

Intel has extended its line of desktop dual-core Core 2 Duo processors, adding an extra model to the set limited to an 800MHz frontside bus and beefing up the cache size of a number of 1066MHz FSB versions.
Tony Smith, 24 Apr 2007
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French politicians vote non to voting machines

Voting machines are not going down well with the political classes in France. The machines were involved in widespread problems on Sunday's ballot and, according to reports, several of the country's political parties have demanded that the technology be withdrawn.
Lucy Sherriff, 24 Apr 2007
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Attempt to limit FOI will be heard again on Friday

A controversial bill seeking to exempt members of parliament from the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act will be heard again this Friday. The proposal was the subject of a five-hour filibuster in Parliament last week.
OUT-LAW.COM, 24 Apr 2007

Sony sticks it to Spider-man

Spider-man 3 opens on 4 May but you can get an ahead-of-time Spidey fix by snagging a special edition Sony Memory Stick Pro Duo memory card or Micro Vault USB Flash drive.
Tony Smith, 24 Apr 2007
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Girls Gone Wild boss gets 35 days' jail

The founder of titillating video operation Girls Gone Wild has been jailed for 35 days for contempt of court, AP reports.
Lester Haines, 24 Apr 2007
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PI firm nicked for pretexting

A private investigation firm has pleaded guilty to obtaining and selling personal information on customers from the Department for Work and Pensions.
Kablenet, 24 Apr 2007
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'Kryptonite' discovered in Serbia

A new mineral whose composition almost exactly matches that of Superman-felling kryptonite has been unearthed in Serbia by mining company Rio Tinto. The mineral was identified by researchers at the Natural History Museum, and Canada's National Research Council.
Lucy Sherriff, 24 Apr 2007
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Web 2.0 baffles businesses, says survey

Senior executives see Web 2.0 as a tool to increase revenues but they could be held back by a lack of know-how within their firms, according to a new study.
Emmet Ryan, 24 Apr 2007
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Motorola teases Hong Kong girls with gilt-y pleasures

Here's Motorola's latest lady-leading limited edition mobile telephone: a one-off "champagne gold" KRZR K1 ready to bring a true sense of gilt to your life.
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Carphone Warehouse mounts US invasion

Carphone Warehouse will crash into the US mobile market this year, with a big expansion of its Best Buy Mobile joint venture.

Blu-ray builds big lead in US, mag claims

Blu-ray Disc appears to be cementing its lead over rival next-gen format HD DVD, with the latests sales figures from the US pointing to more than two BDs sold for every HD DVD disc.
Tony Smith, 24 Apr 2007
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Business Objects buys up France's Cartesis

Business Objects is coughing up $300m to take over French EPM vendor Cartesis.
Joe Fay, 24 Apr 2007
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Dark mutterings on killer Wi-Fi in schools help no one

Column Dear Sir William,
Guy Kewney, 24 Apr 2007
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SEC charges two over Apple options backdating

Updated The Securities and Exchange Commision (SEC) today accused Apple's former top lawyer of fraudulently backdating options to under-report company expenses by $40m.
Joe Fay, 24 Apr 2007
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AMD tries to woo back channel

AMD has admitted that its channel business has been hit hard and today announced that it is to launch a new programme to claw back its marketshare.
Kelly Fiveash, 24 Apr 2007
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Iran 'eight years' from operational nuke

Experts have calculated that "severe technical difficulties" in Iran's nuclear programme mean it's eight years away from an operational nuclear weapon, the Telegraph reports.
Lester Haines, 24 Apr 2007
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Teradata Universe in Warsaw

After a couple of days with the Teradata people at its Universe Conference 2007 (22-25 April), I'm seriously impressed.
David Norfolk, 24 Apr 2007
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Orange broadband converges out of ISPA code of practice

Exclusive The move to bundled broadband and mobile packages has thrown the role of ISPA, the internet providers' trade association, into confusion, after it emerged that most Orange broadband customers are not protected by its code of practice.
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PKWare punts free secure archiving tools to consumers

PKWare has made a basic version of its SecureZIP encryption utility available to consumers at no charge.
John Leyden, 24 Apr 2007
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Easy cam, easy go: camcorders on test

Group Test The stigma of the camcorder as a provider of rubbish quality "comedy" footage shot solely to keep Harry Hill in a job is over. Be it HD pro movie making or just YouTube-style improv clips, there are myriad models on offer so suit any and all budgets...
Duncan Madden, 24 Apr 2007
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T-Mobile 'super 3G' modem tackles Vodafone on price

Vodafone's USB-connected 3G HSDPA modem has appeared again, this time with T-Mobile's name on it - and a lower price.
Tony Smith, 24 Apr 2007
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BT redesigns its strategy boutique

BT has announced a corporate reshuffle aimed at keeping the telco "ahead of the game" as it battles increasing competition at home and abroad.
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I've got some sawdust: can I call it chocolate?

Bad news from the US. The Chocolate Manufacturers Association wants to change how chocolate is defined so that crappy imitation chocolate-flavoured stuff can be reclassified as actual chocolate.
Lucy Sherriff, 24 Apr 2007
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GMTV suspends competitions, axes telco

GMTV promised today it would reimburse viewers who made fruitless calls to its premium rate competition lines.
Joe Fay, 24 Apr 2007
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Serco snaps up Cornwell

Public sector services giant Serco has tabled an offer to buy Cornwell Management Consultants Plc, an AIM-listed firm based in Surrey, for £7m.
Mark Ballard, 24 Apr 2007
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Daily Telegraph rattles legal sabre at Google

The editor of The Daily Telegraph has hinted that the paper could be on a legal collision course with Google and Yahoo! over the aggregators' use of its content.
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Morse demerges from Monetise

Morse's board has voted to demerge the company from Monitise, a division of the group which develops mobile banking and payments solutions.
Lucy Sherriff, 24 Apr 2007
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The Kremlin uses kryptonite to silence Sheryl Crow

Letters Wi-Fi is responsible for kids behaving badly, teachers complaining about their jobs, and probably global warming, if you believe the recent hype:
Tracey Cooper, 24 Apr 2007
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Mashing up a minefield

A recent survey from market researcher Evans Data Corp shows some interesting, if slightly contradictory, trends in the acceptance of mashing up as a future business tool.
Martin Banks, 24 Apr 2007
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Pentacles to honour US's fallen

The US's Department of Veterans Affairs has bowed to requests to allow pentacles to be "added to the list of emblems allowed in national cemeteries and on goverment-issued headstones of fallen soldiers", AP reports.
Lester Haines, 24 Apr 2007
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Red Hat goes prix fixe with JBoss

RedHat has rejigged its JBoss offerings in a move it reckons will make it the default choice for businesses that have had enough of the proprietary world.
Lucy Sherriff, 24 Apr 2007
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WTO head optimistic about US compliance with WTO gambling rulings

House of Cards WTO director Pascal Lemy made some optimistic remarks about US compliance with recent WTO rulings to the Caribbean media last week.
Burke Hansen, 24 Apr 2007
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AMD's 'R600' benchmarked on web

How will AMD's upcoming ATI Radeon HD 2900 XT perform. Pretty darn quickly, it would seem, if preliminary tests posted on the web ahead of the troubled chip maker's official release date prove correct.
Tony Smith, 24 Apr 2007
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SAP claims SOA future is here

Sapphire SAP has called time on SOA and outlined changes to NetWeaver for broad use of composite applications, deeper integration with Microsoft, and Web 2.0.
Gavin Clarke, 24 Apr 2007

HP's data warehouse dandy comes out of the closet

HP's homegrown attack against Teradata and IBM has appeared in its full glory. Customers of large sizes can now purchase the Matrix-sounding Neoview “data warehouse platform.”
Ashlee Vance, 24 Apr 2007
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California is America's Cyberia

California remains the fertile crescent of the US technology industry, employing more tech workers and paying higher wages than any other state.
Austin Modine, 24 Apr 2007
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Sun turns a Q3 profit despite lackluster sales

Sun Microsystems rode a slight increase in product sales to a profitable third quarter.
Ashlee Vance, 24 Apr 2007
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Analysts confirm ugliness of AMD's Q1

With AMD's horrible first quarter now out in the open, analysts have started to deliver fresh data that documents just how much market share the chipmaker ceded to Intel in recent months.
Ashlee Vance, 24 Apr 2007
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HP to sell low-cost ink

Michael Hoffmann, the head of the European operations of HP's printer division, has told German daily Süddeutsche Zeitung that his company is going to sell low-cost ink alongside better quality cartridges.
Jan Libbenga, 24 Apr 2007
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IBM prepared to break knuckles of low-income students

IBM takes no prisoners when collecting a debt, even when it's relatively small and the debtor is a low-income school district that is atoning for sins committed two decades earlier.
Dan Goodin, 24 Apr 2007
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Rumor: Symantec and Huawei prep storage and security JV

Symantec and Shenzhen-based network and telecommunications equipment supplier Huawei are close to finalizing a joint venture deal, China Daily reports today.
Austin Modine, 24 Apr 2007
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Amazon bigs up March quarter

Amazon pulled a lot rabbits out of the hat in Q1, with sales creeping past $3bn and net income coming in at $111m - 115 per cent up year-on-year.
Drew Cullen, 24 Apr 2007