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Free download empowers black hat hackers

The folks at Immunity, a company specializing in tools for penetration testing, have released a free application advertised to streamline the development of software exploits.

Packard Bell jilts Acer for Lenovo

It looks like Packard Bell will soon tie the knot with Lenovo - not Acer. Today, Lenovo announced that it's in discussions with "third parties and/or government bodies" as it prepares to purchase the Netherlands-based electronics manufacturer, leaving arch-rival Acer to navigate the European PC market all on its own.
Cade Metz, 08 2007

Oracle claims no Linux ulterior motive

LinuxWorld Oracle is using LinuxWorld to try and calm concerns its Enterprise Linux and Unbreakable Linux Network (ULN) will fork Red Hat and fragment the Linux market.
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XenSource calls VMware a cash-hogging automobile

LinuxWorld XenSource CTO Simon Crosby wishes all the best for the folks at VMware. But he has one simple request; please stop hogging all the money.

Sun adds bargain line to StorageTek family

Sun wants to squeeze its StorageTek boxes into some tighter spaces with a new virtual tape library box aimed at the SMB market and back office environments.
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Biometrics tackle immigration abuse

Fingerprint visas are becoming a first line of defence against illegal immigration, according to the Home Office.
Kablenet, 08 2007
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Line rental cost a barrier to broadband

Over three-quarters of respondents to an online survey have said an increase in line rental charges would discourage them from getting DSL broadband.
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Merchants remain angry over Protx outage

Analysis The fallout from the outage of UK payment processing firm Protx is continuing.

Programmer granted royalties from commissioned software

A computer programmer has been granted royalties in systems he developed even though no proper copyright agreement existed when the material was commissioned. The programmer was awarded more than £45,000.

Microsoft defends vendor standards lead

LinuxWorld Microsoft has defended vendor-led standards and interoperability work rather than waiting for industry bodies to reach an open consensus.
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Cameraman drops first YouTube suit to join class action

Eight new groups of rights holders have joined the legal action against Google-owned video sharing website YouTube. Among the eight is Robert Tur, the cameraman who has dropped his existing suit against YouTube to join the case.
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It's not easy being green

Green is the new black, it would seem. With many organisations now trying to "out-green" the competition, we are rapidly running into the problem seen with the majority of bandwagons - just how real are some of the arguments coming in from the vendors on the topic?
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FaceTime exposes prospect contact info

IM security firm FaceTime has explained how programming errors led to the exposure of contact information for potential customers on its website.

Toshiba touts third-generation HD DVD

It may feel like Blu-ray and HD DVD have only been around for the blink of an eye, but Toshiba is already on its third generation of HD DVD players. The manufacturer has unveiled three new boxes that it claims offer exceptional video performance and greater ease of use.
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Websites could be required to retain visitor info

A series of legal events means that companies that have no business reason to retain documents or records may be compelled to create and retain such records just so they can become available for discovery.
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Customer exodus hits Virgin Media

Virgin Media (VM) took another sound kicking from Sky last quarter, losing customers and money in the battle for broadband and pay-TV supremacy.

Sony VGN-TZ11XN/B laptop

Review Sony has certainly pushed the limits with the TZ11 and the result is generally extreme in every department. Extremely thin, extremely light, extremely long battery life...and an extremely high price tag.
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Yangtze river dolphin is an ex-cetacean

Scientists have today declared the Yangtze river dolphin extinct after an intensive survey failed to find evidence of a single animal in the waterway.

Apple unwraps trio of aluminium iMacs

Apple ended weeks of speculation yesterday by finally taking the wraps off three new iMac models. Steve Jobs took to the stage at Apple's Cupertino HQ to announce the immediate availability of two 20in models, and a 24in iMac.

Cisco's Web 2.0 enthusiasm helps profits climb

Cisco Systems said yesterday that it saw a 25 per cent jump in net income in its fourth quarter, buoyed by the growing popularity of Web 2.0 technologies.

Sharp sues Samsung over patent claims

Sharp has filed a lawsuit against Samsung Electronics for allegedly infringing its liquid crystal display patents. This row between the world's third and second biggest LCD TV makers respectively, could escalate as the Seoul-based company said it might countersue.
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USAF seeks control of aerial kill-bots

Everyone knows about the current rise of the aerial killer robot. These machines are now in operation across the US military, and have already reaped a deadly harvest in Southwest Asia.
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UK VPN security is outstandingly mediocre

The security of corporate remote access setups has slipped over the last 12 months, according to security audits by penetration testing firm NTA Monitor.
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Court finds Qualcomm guilty of standards abuse

Qualcomm kept its patents on H.264 a secret until the video standard had been adopted by the industry, and then sued users for breaching those patents, a San Diego federal court has ruled.
Bill Ray, 08 2007
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IBM and Novell team up for chunk of open source market

Computer giant IBM has linked up with Novell to take a bite out of the open source application server market.
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We'll never get alien telly, says Zagreb boffin

A Croatian tech boffin has spoiled the party for those hoping to tune into TV signals broadcast by alien civilisations, publishing a pessimistic analysis (brain-ache pdf) of the subject.

Dell UK dances with Linux

Dell has taken its first major step into the open source world beyond the good ol' US of A. The PC assembler is to begin shipping the Ubuntu 7.04 Linux operating system on two of its Inspiron brand PCs.

SurfControl dips into the red ahead of WebSense takeover

SurfControl announced improved sales but a dip into the red on Wednesday, in what's expected to be the censorware firm's last quarterly earnings report before the completion of its acquisition by Websense.
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Sacked PlusNet boss blasts BT sale 'stitch up'

Exclusive The ousted boss of PlusNet has branded its management liars and new owner BT deceitful in an angry email sent to former colleagues at the ISP.

Samsung phone offers easier messaging

Samsung has released a QWERTY keypad inspired slider phone which should make text messages, instant messages and e-mails as easy as child’s play. So if you’re differently abled in the text messaging department or just part of the firm’s “message-centric” target market, the Blast handset could be right up your alley.

Russian firm targets wooden phones at posers everywhere

You've got the watch, you've got the car, but have you got a sultry model from Eastern Europe on the passenger seat? If not, Russian company Gresso has created the Avantgarde handset collection, a pair of phones featuring everything from gold screws to an African Blackwood case.
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Fist-sized monkey flies from Florida to New York

A small monkey enjoyed a free trip to New York courtesy of a man who smuggled the animal under his hat for a flight from Florida to the Big Apple's LaGuardia airport.
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419-lite scammers target pet lovers

Email con-men are targeting animal lovers in new variants of advance fee fraud scams.
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Google News fails to Digg-ify itself

Google News is allowing Digg-style reader comments. Sort of.
Cade Metz, 08 2007
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PC buyers: 'Vista Capable' machines weren't Vista capable

How misleading was Microsoft's "Windows Vista Capable" campaign? Misleading enough for a judge to approve a federal trial.
Cade Metz, 08 2007

Novell CEO confirms that Microsoft is a reality

LinuxWorld Novell's chief executive has justified his company's contentious Microsoft hook-up to open source devotees by claiming the deal is critical to the long-term success of their favorite operating system.

Free software darling SugarCRM blasts OSI

LinuxWorld Full of free software pride, SugarCRM CEO John Roberts has revitalized his attack against the Open Source Initiative (OSI) characterizing the organization as weak and confused.

Novell squirrels its way into the virtual datacenter

LinuxWorld Fresh from warning against complacency over Linux's success, Novell has launched software to improve management of data centers running SUSE, its flavor of Linux.

Cisco patches serious holes in voice-enabled offerings

Cisco issued four updates that patch a raft of security holes in products running its Internetwork Operating System (IOS). Impacts included sustained denial of service attacks, data leakage and remote execution of code.