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Humane Society gets firmer with Amazon's cocks

The Humane Society has its sights set on Amazon.com's cocks...again.
Cade Metz, 08 2007
Google
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Google promises mobile software platform to challenge Windows

Analysis The most critical battle in the wireless world is to take the reins of the mobile internet as it evolves, and that means all the majors are trying to create a software platform that will make the web even more usable on a small device than it is on a PC, and so drive new applications and revenue streams.
Faultline, 08 2007
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SAP plays tease over mid-market Salesforce 'killer'

SAP has doled out a handful of details on A1S, its eagerly anticipated mid-market on-demand suite, while promising to be better than Salesforce.com.
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Tie your own Office ribbon

TechEd Visual Studio 2008 (codename Orcas, available now as beta 1 and shipping sometime before the end of 2007) will come with Visual Studio Tools for Office 3.0, which finally adds a ribbon designer so you can easily integrate your Office add-ons with the new-look interface.
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Paris Hilton dragged back into court

Paris Hilton will later today appear before the judge who sentenced her to 23 days' jail for violating probation on a drink-drive rap at a hearing to decide whether she should indeed be allowed to do the remainder of her sentence under house arrest.
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A cloud over the moon and a suitcase full of cash

GIGSE 2007 The Tuesday morning session at the Global Interactive Gaming Summit and Expo (GIGSE) brought the focus back to the most important and dynamic gaming market in the world right now: the EU, where a series of decisions by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) and liberalizing efforts by some member states have catalyzed a rapidly growing gambling sector.
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UK mulls admitting wiretap evidence in court

The UK government is looking to make wiretap evidence admissible in court as part of its latest review of anti-terrorism legislation.
Microsoft

MUST is a must

The task of migrating or upsizing Microsoft Access databases is a common one, particularly for small businesses that are growing well and feel a real need to move. Microsoft's SSMA (SQL Server Migration Assistant) is an obvious candidate, but here is an alternative that compares well.
Vodafone

Vodafone rejects call from rebel investors

Vodafone this morning rejected calls for changes to its debt structure and holdings in Verizon Wireless from rebel investors.
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EU aims to stop 'visa shopping'

The European Parliament has approved draft proposals for a biometric database to prevent people who are refused a visa by one Schengen country from applying to other member states.
Kablenet, 08 2007
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Parallels enhances Windows-on-Mac tool

Parallels has released an major update to its Parallels Desktop 3.0 Windows-on-Mac application, a year on from the software's original release. The new version promises better integration between Windows and Mac apps.
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Redstone 'delighted' after year of takeovers

Redstone, the long-time loss-making fixed-line telecoms firm,has morphed into a new age IT and telephony hybrid with a positive bank balance after a year of financial restructuring and acquisitions.
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Wheelchair user hitches lift on front of lorry

A wheelchair user in Michigan admitted to enjoying "quite a ride" after being accidentally attached to the front grille of a lorry and taken on a 50mph white-knuckle jaunt down the state's Red Arrow Highway, the BBC reports.
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BT claims London NPfIT successes

BT has claimed its revised strategy for London is helping to get the National Programme for IT (NPfIT) back on track in acute trusts.
Kablenet, 08 2007

Apple readying aluminium iMac?

Apple's anticipated iMac revision is set to see the revamp of the consumer desktop machine to incorporate a pro-Mac style aluminium casing, it has been claimed.
Sony
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Sony turns job axe on the US

Sony has confirmed it intends to cut jobs at its Computer Entertainment Unit in the US, just two months after it announced plans to slash eight per cent of its European workforce.
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Britons are workaholics, survey says

More than one in four employees in the UK works longer than 48 hours each week.
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The slow death of AV technology

AV technology is gradually dying and being replaced by far more effective IT security technology based on whitelisting.
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Oxford University Libraries say chuck out your crap

A memo reaches Vulture Towers from Oxford University Library Services (OULS) warning that the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment(WEEE) regulations are soon to come into force.
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Boffins demo wireless electricity

Researchers in the US have demonstrated an experimental wireless energy transfer system that could pave the way for truly wireless computing. The team has already successfully made a 60W light bulb light up from a distance of 2 metres.
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Slovakian fountain stunt groom released

The Worcestershire builder cuffed for jumping naked into a fountain in Bratislava during drunken stag night revels and subsequently slapped with a two-month jail sentence for his trouble has been released, the BBC reports.

TerraTec docks iPod to internet radio box

TerraTec has extended its Noxon internet radio line with a new model that has an iPod dock and can grab and play Mac- and PC-hosted music collections.
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BOFH: PFY rescue mission

Episode 20 Episode 20 The world is full of great duos focused on a common goal - Hillary and Norgay, Armstrong and Aldrin, Sooty and Sweep - and so is the world of computing. There's nothing like having a good backup guy, and for me the PFY was that man. My go-to guy, the PFY could be trusted to know what I was looking for almost before …
Sony PlayStation 3

Five things Sony needs to do save the PS3

Things are looking tough for Sony: redundancies, missed shipment targets and poor financial results. So what's a giant mega-corporation to do? Take advice from bloggers, of course...
Xerox

Xerox kicks off new channel partner scheme

Copier giant Xerox is reaching out to its customers in a touchy-feely approach with the launch of a new global partner programme.
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eBayers fail to bite amazing penis-shaped crisp

eBayers have so far failed to bite an amazing penis-shaped crisp which the seller claims will bestow great riches upon the lucky winning bidder.
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Babelgum opens up for all

Babelgum, another peer-to-peer telly service, opens up for new beta testers from today.
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Scientists demand ban on North Sea cod fishing

The International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) has called for a ban on fishing for North Sea cod, The BBC reports.
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IBM dodges bullet as the great URL debate rages

Filling the Goolag Google can't find enough big-brained types to populate the expanding Googleplex Stateside. It made representations to Congress for the number of visas available to foreign IT workers to be boosted. Bill Gates has been beating the drum for years. As if to foreshadow how hungry Google is for new input, we had …
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How Saudi slush kept UK aero biz afloat

Analysis The long-smouldering debate around allegations of corrupt British arms deals with Saudi Arabia reignited yesterday, as both the Guardian and the Beeb published the results of new investigations.
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The great migration debate: Essbase to Analysis Services

There may be multiple political/managerial reasons behind a decision to move from Hyperion's Essbase to Microsoft's Analysis Services – not least of which might be the recent purchase of Hyperion by Oracle.
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Canadian surgeons unmask Vulcan

Canadian sawbones performing surgery on a man's legs had a bit of a Star Trek moment when he began oozing "dark greenish-black" blood, the BBC reports.

PC or not PC? Ten desktops on test

Group Test The desktop PC is a truly versatile animal, capable of running both our business and personal lives as well as entertaining us like nothing else since the television entered our world. Whether you want an all-encompassing budget marvel or a high-end gaming beast, there's a system out there to suit you. It's just a question of finding it...
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DIY kits dumb down phishing

Phishing kits are helping to dumb down the process of creating fraudulent websites. Back in the day, setting up a bogus facsimile of a banking site required a modicum of programming skills. No more.
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Connery says nay to Indiana Jones reprise

Sir Sean Connery will not play Indiana Jones's dad in the forthcoming fourth film of the series, the actor has confirmed.
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Cyberstalker caught after months on the run

Convicted cyberstalker Felicity Jane Lowde was arrested in a cybercafe in London's Brick Lane this week after two months on the run.
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Atlantis looking good for rain-free launch

The scheduled launch of the space shuttle Atlantis (at 23:38pm, GMT) is looking more likely to go ahead as the weather in Florida has slightly improved.
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Rwanda fires up Africa's 'biggest' solar plant

Rwanda yesterday unveiled a 250-kilowatt solar plant which ups the nation's 'leccy-producing capacity to 50 megawatts, Reuters reports.
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Galileo to get public cash, agree EU ministers

Controversial Euro satnav project Galileo should receive more taxpayer cash to get it moving again, European ministers have concluded. But lengthy wrangles over funding channels and control lie ahead.
Microsoft
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Microsoft buys data management firm, pulls product line

Microsoft has bought data management firm Stratature to provide improvements to its SQL server, business intelligence, and SharePoint products.
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World's tigers on 'catastrophic' road to extinction

The world's tigers face "ecological extinction" due to a combination of "increased poaching, habitat destruction, and poor conservation efforts by governments", Reuters reports.
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Morse splits to AIM high

Morse has confirmed details of its demerger and the separate listing of its mobile banking business Monitise on London's Alternative Investment Market (AIM).
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A life on the ocean wave(length)

Sailors could soon be able to call home from the middle of the ocean on an ordinary GSM mobile phone, thanks to a tie-up between Blue Ocean Wireless (BOW) and Inmarsat-reseller Stratos Comms.
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Collabnet makes Eclipse distributed

Distributed software development specialist CollabNet has released what it claims is the first distributed development platform for the Eclipse integrated development environment (IDE).
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CSA 2.0: defaulting dads to have travel, ID, life switched off

The Department of Work and Pensions' latest bid to salvage a viable system from the Child Support Agency catastrophe, the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission (CMEC), adds several extra and potentially draconian sticks to beat recalcitrant parents with. We have a 'name and shame' web site, credit blacklisting,* monitored curfews (possible including tagging), and confiscation of passport and/or ID card.

Newer releases MacBook battery renewer

Mac accessory and upgrade specialist Newer Technology has rolled out a battery conditioner designed to re-tune MacBook and MacBook Pro power packs.
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Downing St ambivalent on open standards

The UK government has made a statement offering cautious and qualified support for the adoption of open standards for government documents, but warns that there is no such thing as a document storage panacea.
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Naked builders hate ugly logos, but don't frequent Google Maps

Friday again, folks, and you, our very own chattering masses, have been pressing enter like crazy. We'll start with an issue that seemed to unite us all for a few days.
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Bradford axes more than 400 jobs

IBM/Serco is at the centre of a row over Bradford Council's plans to axe more than 400 jobs.
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Kelway acquires Elcom

Kelway has acquired rival UK reseller Elcom ITG for an undisclosed sum.
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Infinera grabs top tech IPO of the year

Shares of Infinera gained 52 per cent during its first trading day, giving the optical-networking gear maker the best tech IPO debut in 2007.
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Paris Hilton dereassigned back to jail

Paris Hilton has been sent packing back to jail to complete her stint in chokey for violating probation on a drink-drive rap. The heiress was not initially in Los Angeles County Superior Court this morning to face Judge Sauer, having apparently decided to "appear by phone". Sauer, who originally handed down the sentence and ordered that Hilton do the full stretch, was having none of it, and demanded her presence in the courtroom.
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MEPs draft ring of flowers for fortress Europe

The European Parliament has fashioned a wreath of caveats it hopes will brighten up legislative measures designed to raise biometric borders and erect a network of biometric controls for police across the continent.
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Surface computers: debunking Microsoft and Han

Letters My recent article 'Why Microsoft innovation is only Surface deep' prompted a number of Reg readers to pick up their keyboards in anger. I had anticipated knee-jerk claims of gratuitous "MS bashing", but these aside, the feedback has mostly been supportive.
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Apple to climb on to Google's cloud?

Mix one hint from Google's Eric Schmidt with a two-word non-denial from Apple's Steve Jobs, and what do you get? A prediction from Wired blogger Fred Vogelstein that Jobs will announce a partnership between the two companies at Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference in San Francisco next week.
Cade Metz, 08 2007
Yahoo
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Yahoo! patch squashes messenger bug

Yahoo! bug crushers have plugged a serious hole in Yahoo! Messenger that made it possible for bad guys to remotely take control of a user's machine. The update became available less than 24 hours after an anonymous hacker posted proof-of-concept code that demonstrated how the vulnerability could be exploited.
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JK Rowling badmouths eBay

The row continues between eBay and Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling.
Cade Metz, 08 2007