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Glastonbury hippies force-fed spam

It seems that data protection and music festivals don't dance merrily off into the sunset together.
Kelly Fiveash, 03 May 2007
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Symantec revenue hop can't stop profit flop

Symantec closed fiscal 2007 with fourth quarter profit plummeting 49 per cent from the period a year earlier, but beating analyst expectations with a five per cent increase in revenue.
Austin Modine, 03 May 2007

Danes 'prove' sudden iBook death syndrome

The Consumer Complaints Board in Denmark claims to have evidence of a original design defect in the iBook G4 that has been hotly denied by Apple.
Austin Modine, 03 May 2007
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Pandora shuts box on users outside US

Pandora.com, the popular net radio station that helps users discover new music and build custom playlists, will block most people outside the US from accessing its service because of legal pressure being exerted by record labels.
Dan Goodin, 03 May 2007
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Right-to-reply website launches

A website launches today which aims to offer "an impartial, web-based right-to-reply service".
John Oates, 03 May 2007
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Euro Data watchdog warns of database creep

State databases, the way the European Data Protection Supervisor talks about them in its annual report quickly grow beyond their function and not always with benign consequences for the people they have numbered.
Mark Ballard, 03 May 2007
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Researchers, spooks favour satnav-based road pricing

A group of transport experts and researchers has come out in favour of road-pricing using satellite tracking.
Lewis Page, 03 May 2007

Intel preps lower power Core 2 Quads

Intel is set to release in two months' time a version of its Core 2 Quad four-core processor that consumes less power than the chip available today.
Tony Smith, 03 May 2007
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Apple pledges green glasnost

Apple has pledged to be more open about the steps it's taking to become more environmentally responsible. But despite the company's claim to be greener than the likes of Dell, HP and Lenovo, its eco nemesis, Greenpeace, wasn't entirely satisfied with the move.
Tony Smith, 03 May 2007
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Sealand dismisses McKinnon asylum offer as 'rumour'

Gary McKinnon, the British hacker facing extradition over allegations he broke into US Military and NASA sites, will have to look elsewhere for salvation after the government of Sealand dismissed reports it was prepared to offer him asylum as "rumours".
John Leyden, 03 May 2007
Programming in Haskell

Programming in Haskell

Book review While it may appear that object oriented programming has achieved dominance in terms of programming language paradigms, there still exist outposts that refuse to submit to the benefits of polymorphism, encapsulation, and object inheritance.

Intel consigns Cornish town to oblivion

You know things are bad when something's value is predicated by its standing in the Google search rankings, but that's exactly what's happening down at the Cornish town of Penryn - apparently consigned to oblivion by Intel's chip of the same name.
Lester Haines, 03 May 2007

RIM reveals BlackBerry Curve

Research in Motion (RIM) has taken the wraps off the smallest, lightest full QWERTY BlackBerry yet: the Curve, a more stylish but less feature-filled alternative to the existing BlackBerry 8800.
Tony Smith, 03 May 2007
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AMD picks Phenom, axes Athlon as high-end handle?

It's time to wave farewell to AMD's Athlon brand and welcome in its place... er... Phenom. According to online reports, that's what AMD is going to start calling its high-end desktop chips.
Tony Smith, 03 May 2007
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Capgemini and HP gain ground in public sector marketplace

Capgemini and Hewlett Packard have gained the most ground in the rankings of top suppliers to the public ICT market.
Kablenet, 03 May 2007
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Google asks court to dismiss Viacom suit

Google has said it will defend itself against a $1bn lawsuit filed by media conglomerate Viacom and has asked a judge to throw the case out without a full trial.
OUT-LAW.COM, 03 May 2007
Creative Zen Stone MP3 player

Creative slings Stone at iPod Shuffle

Creative is to cater for those "with an active lifestyle" with a new entry-level MP3 player range dubbed the Zen Stone - a compact gadget designed to take the fight to Apple's iPod Shuffle.
Scott Snowden, 03 May 2007
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Living on the wrong side of the technology tracks

Computers, Freedom and Privacy Simon Davies, executive director of Privacy International, waved his hands in a general blessing before announcing global Big Brother awards for Choicepoint (most invasive company), Stewart Baker (worst public official), the UK (most heinous government), the International Civil Aeronautics Organisation (most appalling project), and the "Common Good" (lifetime menace).
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Orange simplifies data charging

Orange UK has followed the other major operators in simplifying its data charging tariffs, and opened up unmetered data access to non-panthers as well as those on pre-paid contracts.
Bill Ray, 03 May 2007
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80% of complaints to EU privacy watchdog are misdirected

The number of complaints to the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) almost doubled in 2006, but only 20 per cent were valid complaints for the privacy watchdog of the EU institutions, its annual report has said.
OUT-LAW.COM, 03 May 2007
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MoD to publish secret UFO files

The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) plans to release its classified files regarding UFO sightings to the public.
Lewis Page, 03 May 2007
Pacman

Northgate continues shopping spree

Payroll software giant Northgate has bought yet another firm, acquiring management consultancy Kendric Ash in a deal that could be worth up to £14.2m.
Ciara O'Brien, 03 May 2007
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Tesco teams up with MyThings to 'trace' your valuables

Tesco has teamed up with global item registry MyThings to allow customers of its online Tesco Direct shop to keep track of their valuables online.
Ciara O'Brien, 03 May 2007

Nokia unveils 'emerging market' handset septet

Nokia is all candybars and clamshells today after it launched seven handsets for developing-world markets - some designed to make it easy for them to be shared by families.
Tony Smith, 03 May 2007
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3 CEO to retire in June

3 UK's CEO Bob Fuller is to step down at the end of June, the month of his sixtieth birthday.
Bill Ray, 03 May 2007

Silly season starts early as IT goes strictly business

This week was awash with silly stories - UFOs over Guernsey, dogs defecating on eBay, police charging a stripagram for wearing a police uniform in the street (maybe he should have whipped it off there and then), people being duped into buying sheep thinking they were poodles - you name it, it was there. No wonder there was so much sunshine about, it was like silly season three months early.
Billy MacInnes, 03 May 2007
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Oz boffins unleash the power of beer

Australian boffins from the University of Queensland have teamed up with beer outfit Foster's to power up a "battery" by brewing waste, Associated Press reports.
Lester Haines, 03 May 2007
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Granny waxes lyrical in 'txt laureate' challenge

A 68-year-old grandmother from Accrington, Lancashire, has rather agreeably secured runner-up spot and £350 in T-Mobile's "txt laureate" contest, Reuters reports.
Lester Haines, 03 May 2007
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Time for new network security certification

Comment I wrote a column for Securityfocus some time ago that aired my concerns over GIAC dropping the practical portion of their certification process. That column resulted in a lot of feedback, with most agreeing about how GIAC bungled what was up till then, the best certification around.
Don Parker, 03 May 2007
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Mars is caked in patchy ice, say NASA scientists

Up to half the Martian surface could be covered with ice, according to the latest results released by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
Lucy Sherriff, 03 May 2007
Warning: fire

Cigarette fire takes out Internet2

The experimental Internet2 high-speed network was taken out on Wednesday by a fire started by a homeless man.
John Leyden, 03 May 2007
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NASA to go into the space business?

In the future, astronauts will travel to the moon and beyond in spacecraft painted with advertising slogans, if a California Congressman has his way.
Lucy Sherriff, 03 May 2007
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US flies visa control kite over Pakistani Brit 'terror suspects'

US representatives moved swiftly into denial mode in the wake of Monday's New York Times claim that homeland security secretary Michael Chertoff had proposed excluding UK citizens "of Pakistani origin" from the US visa waiver programme. The visa waiver programme allows visa-free travel to the US for citizens from a select group of countries, and comes under regular fire from log-rolling US politicians.
John Lettice, 03 May 2007
HTC S310 Windows Smartphone
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HTC S310 Windows Mobile smart phone

Review If first impressions are as important as some people claim, then the HTC S310 is in big trouble. Selling itself as having a 'compact design', when it first sits in the palm of your hand you can't help thinking you've been handed something that's at least a few years old.
Matt Chapman, 03 May 2007
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Poisonous spiders invade Britain

A Natural History Museum expert has warned that global warming is giving invasive poisonous spiders the chance to thrive in Britain.
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Cash machines get a voice

Swedish bank SEB has introduced 400 talking cashpoints, pitched at customers with sight problems, dyslexia, and other issues.
Bryan Betts, 03 May 2007
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US missile defences in successful Pacific test

The Pentagon has moved a little closer to its eventual goal of a complete US missile-defence umbrella, carrying out a successful trial above the Pacific last week.
Lewis Page, 03 May 2007
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Google says iApologise for iGoogle cockup (again)

Google has apologised for continuing hiccups in the relaunch of its personalised homepage service, which has left some users unable to access their data for a week.
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Gutsy eBayer touts 'Royal Marine surrender kit'

An unidentified eBay seller is using the online tat bazaar to mount a web publicity campaign against the Royal Marines.
Lewis Page, 03 May 2007

Slam out power chords like Hendrix

Now you too can spank your plank just like legendary axeman Jimi Hendrix. Well, almost. New software, released today, can make you sound like Hendrix, but riffing like the great man will take a bucket-load of talent too.
Tony Smith, 03 May 2007
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Sir Alan Sugar unveils East End supercomputer

Everyone's favourite shouty TV star, Sir Alan "you're fired!" Sugar unveiled a supercomputer at Queen Mary, University of London this morning.
Kelly Fiveash, 03 May 2007
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Murdoch makes high premium bid for Dow Jones

It's a bit early to do much in the way of analysis yet, but Rupert Murdoch has made a bid through his News Corporation to buy Dow Jones, including the prestigious Wall Street Journal.
Faultline, 03 May 2007
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Yahoo! puts! IM! online!

Yahoo! is offering its instant messaging service without the need to download and install a separate application.
John Oates, 03 May 2007
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Mobile phones no longer used for calls

Mobile phone call volumes have dropped for the first time in 10 years, according to the annual JD Power survey.
Bill Ray, 03 May 2007
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Space shuttle crashes in Alabama

A train carrying the solid rocket boosters used on space shuttles has crashed in Alabama, injuring six people. The accident happened when a bridge collapsed over boggy ground, according to reports. One of the people is reported to have been critically hurt.
Lucy Sherriff, 03 May 2007
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IBM claims self-assembling chip leap

IBM's highly boffinated research division delivered today when the firm said it would be first to deploy self-assembly microchip nanotechnology on an industrial scale.
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Rivals dismiss MS Forefront security push

Microsoft released the final version of Forefront Client Security, its anti-malware software for enterprises, to manufacture on Wednesday.
John Leyden, 03 May 2007
Epson HX-20 small

From 1981: the World's first UMPC

Forgotten Tech It's the original UMPC: Epson's HX-20, announced in 1981 - 25 years before Intel and Microsoft formally launched the ultra-mobile PC category, in April 2006.
Tony Smith, 03 May 2007
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Sudanese goat wife pops her hooves

The caprine wife of a Sudanese goat molester has died suddenly after more than a year of marriage, the BBC reports.
Lester Haines, 03 May 2007
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Google resumes linking to Belgian newspaper sites

Google and Belgian newspaper group Copiepresse have come to an agreement on a minor part of their dispute over copyright, but have not agreed on the major point of difference between them.
OUT-LAW.COM, 03 May 2007
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Registrars victims of latest UK.gov IT fiasco

Half of the registries in England and Wales have been told to stop using a new computer system, following "performance difficulties", the Office of National Statistics (ONS) confirmed today.
Mark Ballard, 03 May 2007
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Microsoft preps seven bulletins for Patch Tuesday

Next week's Patch Tuesday from Microsoft will include updates fixing a host of critical vulnerabilities in products that include Windows, Office and Exchange.
Dan Goodin, 03 May 2007
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Student expelled for high school Counter-Strike map

A Texas high school that suspended and then expelled a student for creating a map of his school for the PC shooting game Counter-Strike has released new details of the incident.
Austin Modine, 03 May 2007