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AT&T rigs net neutrality study

A new study from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the University of Nevada Reno says that net neutrality is a bad idea. Of course, that's what you'd expect it to say. It was paid for by AT&T.
Cade Metz, 04 2007

Floristry giant slams Oracle 'indifference', cosies up to EnterpriseDB

International florist FTD is calling on fellow Oracle users to switch database vendors. It dumped the company in favor of EnterpriseDB in its latest project, after meeting with "indifference" from the enterprise giant.
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Fidelity employee steals 2.3 million consumer records

Fidelity National Information Services, the major US financial processing company, said today a senior level database administrator at one of its subsidiaries stole 2.3 million consumer records containing bank account and credit card information as well as other personal information.
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Security consultant's blog found pushing crudware

A prominent IT security consultant has issued a mea culpa after learning a blog he set up on Blogspot and later abandoned is being used to push crudware.
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Developers diss Windows client

The Windows client hegemony is breaking down with developers targeting different operating systems and multiple client devices.
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Evolutionary database design

Evolutionary Database Design (EDD, aka database refactoring) is a controversial topic in the software development world. It’s a sore point among some DBAs because it promotes the making of changes to schemas that contain live customer data, sometimes with more than one application using the same database.
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Calyx shareholders approve MBO

Shareholders in the IT services firm Calyx have voted overwhelmingly in favour of a management buyout by chief executive Maurice Healy and his management team.
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Incoming EPO president reopens software patent debate

New head of the European Patent Office (EPO), Alison Brimelow, has signalled her intentions early, calling a public meeting to discuss the policy vacuum left by the rejection of the Directive on Computer Implemented Inventions.
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Vista aligned with good IT practice

Comment A recent management-level survey on IT service delivery threw up the question, "when do you think you are likely to roll out Windows Vista in your organisation?"
Dale Vile, 04 2007
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Catherine Tate to accompany Doctor Who

Catherine Tate has been named as Doctor Who's new companion for the fourth series of the cult sci-fi show, reprising her role as Donna in last year's Xmas special The Runaway Bride, the BBC reports.
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Plain chocolate could help your heart

A tiny helping of dark chocolate could help keep your heart healthy, a study suggests.
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Chinese women crave Bill Gates' sperm

There's some good news this morning for Bill Gates: if he ever finds himself fallen on hard times he can always make a few quid offloading his sperm on eager Chinese female recipients.
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LG dials up YouTube-enabled handsets

Electronics giant LG and search giant Google have announced a deal that will see "YouTube-enabled" LG mobile handsets hit the markets by the end of the year.
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Chilean scientists crack lost lake mystery

Chilean scientists have confirmed suspicions that the missing lake which went awol in the Magallanes region of Patagonia simply drained away though a crack, Reuters reports.
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UK health ICT spend looking healthy

New Kable research shows that national initiatives will underpin a steady growth in ICT spending by healthcare organisations around the UK.
Kablenet, 04 2007
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National Archives and MS strike preservation deal

The National Archives (TNA) and Microsoft have come to an arrangement to support long term access to digital documents.
Kablenet, 04 2007

T-Mobile wins iPhone Germany exclusive, paper claims

A German newspaper has claimed that Apple's iPhone will be coming to Europe through a deal with local carrier T-Mobile.

How hot is your Xbox 360?

If you're the type of gamer who thinks dangers lurk behind every corner, then a heat-sensitive casing for the Xbox 360 should go a little way to allaying your fears about it spontaneously combusting.

Panasonic spins 'first' 4x recordable Blu-ray Discs

Panasonic has introduced what it claims is the first Blu-ray recordable media capable of burning data at 4x speeds. It will bring the first 4x products to market later this month, it said.

Google Mashup beta goes out to world+dog

Software as a Service (SaaS) is one of this year's biggest trends. It's one that's also moving away from simple applications to whole hosted development platforms.
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Judge knocks back NYT wiretap documents suit

A US federal judge has ruled in favour of government agencies' refusal to release classified information related to a controversial surveillance programme.

LG sues Quanta... again

LG yesterday formally accused Taiwanese notebook manufacturer Quanta of using its DVD technology without permission and asked for a ban on the sale of laptops made by Quanta that incorporate LG intellectual property.
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Oz boffins tout Trekkier-than-thou teleportation system

Australian physicists are working on a new method of quantum teleportation which they say is closer to the visions of instant transport popularised by Star Trek.

Dell's SEC deadline looms

Dell has said its conditional listing on Nasdaq will come to end on 16 July, effectively forcing the computer maker to file its late financial reports with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

Nokia sheds light on Prism fashion phone

Nokia fans worldwide will now be paying closer attention to the vendor from all angles, following the unveiling of its latest handset, the 7500 Prism, at a fashion show in China this week.
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Nokia picks up good vibrations license deal

Nokia has obtained a worldwide licence for the use of Immersion's VibeTonz feedback technology, bringing interaction-through-vibration to Nokia handsets.
Bill Ray, 04 2007

TomTom files patent for camera sat nav

TomTom is attempting to move up a gear in the in-car sat nav biz. It recently filed a patent for a GPS device that incorporates a camera to show the driver exactly where to turn off the road ahead.

SanDisk Cruzer Pro, Enterprise secure USB Flash drives

Review Hands up who doesn't own a USB Flash drive, purchased or acquired as a freebie? No one? We're not surprised. These things are everywhere, leaving manufacturers keen to come up with novel ideas to sell us more. SanDisk's approach: push data security with a pair of password-protected products.

Asus overclocks graphics card for 37% performance boost

Gamers might want to hold tightly onto something at this point, because Asus has launched an Nvidia GeForce 8500 GT-based graphics card capable of running at 600MHz.

iPhone hack bypasses AT&T

Famed reverse engineer Jon Lech Johansen claims to have discovered a way to "activate" an iPhone without signing up for a contract with AT&T. The hack allows users to use the iPod and Wi-Fi capabilities of the devices, but doesn't allow use of its phone features.
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Exploding mobile battery kills Chinese welder

Motorola and Chinese authorities are working together to discover just how an exploding mobile phone battery claimed the life of a welder at Yingpan Iron Ore Dressing Plant in Gansu's Jinta county.
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EC wants to suppress internet bomb-making guides

The European Commission (EC) has announced plans to frustrate terrorism by suppressing online guides on bomb-making.
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ASA slaps Vonage over price comparison ads

VoIP provider Vonage unfairly compared its own prices to BT's in regional newspaper adverts, the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has ruled.
Bill Ray, 04 2007
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Storm Trojan feeds on Independence Day

Hackers have launched a malware blitz that poses as a 4 July greeting card.
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Solar-powered ion drive asteroid probe set for launch

NASA has confirmed that the "Dawn" space probe to the asteroid belt will indeed launch on Saturday, ending speculation that the mission might be delayed.
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McLaren suspends top F1 engineer

The McLaren Formula One team has suspended one of its top engineers following an investigation into allegations that the engineer had a stash of high-level technical information from rival F1 team Ferrari.
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Mobile handset selection

Mobile Clinic Choosing mobile handsets that keep the increasingly pushy and tech savvy user base in the organisation happy – without destroying the hard work put in to keep networks and data secure – is one of the most emotive issues we've had to deal with in this month's Mobile Clinic.
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Brown calls for e-petitions to get debated in Parliament

Gordon Brown has thrown caution to the web, and called for a new e-petitions system which would force Parliament to debate issues popular with internet users.

CeBIT reinvents itself for 2008

Deutsche Messe AG yesterday outlined the restructuring of its CeBIT 2008 trade fair in Hanover, which next year will focus more on B2B and less on novelties.
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Linux media centre integrates YouTube

Neuros Technology has rolled out pre-release firmware for its Linux-based OSD networkable set-top box that allows the gadget to suck down and show YouTube content.