22nd > August > 2007 Archive

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Real and MTV in joint bid to be crushed by iTunes

After struggling to keep pace with iTunes on their own, MTV and RealNetworks have decided they'd rather struggle as a team.
Cade Metz, 22 Aug 2007
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ES&S accused of selling uncertified evoting machines

California secretary of state Debra Bowen has ratcheted up her criticism of Election Systems & Software, accusing it of selling almost 1,000 evoting machines that have not been certified. The offense, if proven, could cost the company almost $15m.
Dan Goodin, 22 Aug 2007
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VoIP glitch leaves users cut off

Users of IP telephony service VoIP.co.uk were unable to place calls outside the company's network on Monday due to a technical glitch.
John Leyden, 22 Aug 2007
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Tycoon abandons £80k Maserati in London car pound

A tycoon who abondoned his £80k Maserati Cambiocorsa in a London car pound for three months after running up parking and congestion zone fines of £5k told the Evening Standard he was simply "too busy" to collect the supercar.
Lester Haines, 22 Aug 2007
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NASA ponders stressful stress-test device for astronauts

American trick-cyclists have developed a new handheld device which they reckon will be able to tell if an astronaut is too stressed out, tired, or otherwise unfit to carry out a difficult task in space.
Lewis Page, 22 Aug 2007
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Whitehall to boost identity spend by £5.2bn

Public sector spending on identity management (IdM) is set to surge by £5.2bn in the next four years, according to a new Kable report.
Kablenet, 22 Aug 2007
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Lawyer questions Tories' plan to reform Data Protection Act

The Conservative Party has put forward proposals to reform the Data Protection Act to end what it calls "the huge regulatory burden" it places on businesses. But the figures used to justify the changes have been criticised for being almost 10 years old.
OUT-LAW.COM, 22 Aug 2007
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Mattel gets litigious on chinabarbie.com

Mattel yesterday filed suit in Manhattan federal court against www.chinabarbie.com for "using the toymaker's famed 'Barbie' trademark as part of the name for a pornographic website", Reuters reports.
Lester Haines, 22 Aug 2007
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CSC cans project leaders

Yet more redundancies are on the way at CSC UK, managers learned on Monday.
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ICSTIS rebrand scorned by premium rate industry

A row is brewing in the premium rate industry over the rebrand of its regulator ICSTIS as PhonePayPlus.
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Serial eBay fraudster jailed for two years

A low-rent recidivist con man who targeted eBay customers was jailed for two years on Tuesday.
John Leyden, 22 Aug 2007
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IBA boomerangs back into iSoft bidding war

The battle for crocked NHS software outfit iSoft has flared up again with the news that Aussie group IBA has moved to gazump the bid from German firm CompuGroup Holding that was accepted in July.
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Boblbee offers sunny side up music

Lapping up the Sun’s rays to power our consumer gadgets is all the rage. The latest solar-powered device is called the Boblbee and promises to both charge and protect your iPod.
James Sherwood, 22 Aug 2007
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T-Mobile, Orange and O2 land Europe iPhone deal

T-Mobile, Orange and O2 are to sell the iPhone in Germany, France, and the UK respectively, according to the Financial Times. The paper also reports that the operators have agreed to give Apple 10 per cent of all revenue generated from iPhone users.
Bill Ray, 22 Aug 2007
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The Apache Modules Book

Review Subtitled Application Development With Apache, this is a book for web developers who want to take their web applications to the next level – running them inside their web servers.
Simon Bisson, 22 Aug 2007
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Pentagon bins home-front threat database

The Pentagon moved yesterday to shut down a controversial military database used to record possible threats to the US services inside America.
Lewis Page, 22 Aug 2007
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T-Mobile, Orange and O2 land Europe iPhone deal

T-Mobile, Orange and O2 are to sell the iPhone in Germany, France, and the UK respectively, according to the Financial Times. The paper also reports that the operators have agreed to give Apple 10 per cent of all revenue generated from iPhone users.
Bill Ray, 22 Aug 2007
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Google invades Outer Space

Google has announced a nifty extension to its Google Earth which allows users to scan the night sky in search of constellations, planets, and other extraterrestrial wonders - Google Sky:
Lester Haines, 22 Aug 2007
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How to get TV on your Mac

Feature Will Apple ever equip its Macs with TV tuners? Plenty of users have asked it to, and Apple's own Front Row software would certainly make a smart user interface for a DVR. But as Apple's Apple TV set-top box shows, the company's more interested in persuading consumers to pay to download TV shows from iTunes than watch broadcast telly.
Tony Smith, 22 Aug 2007
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Homer Simpson debuts in Oxford Dictionary of Modern Quotations

Homer Simpson has agreeably made his debut in the new edition of the Oxford Dictionary of Modern Quotations, sharing page space with other newbies including Pamela Anderson, Pope Benny 16, David Cameron, Paula Radcliffe, and Oprah Winfrey.
Lester Haines, 22 Aug 2007
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Google will carpet YouTube with 'overlay' ads

Google will introduce a new advertising model for YouTube today which it reckons will be five to 10 times more effective than existing ad formats used on the video sharing website.
Kelly Fiveash, 22 Aug 2007
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US pokes intelligence agencies into Web 2.0 overhaul

The US intelligence community plans to introduce an information-sharing portal for spies modelled on the operations of well-known parasite advertising operations MySpace and Facebook.
Lewis Page, 22 Aug 2007
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Dutch telco outsources QA

IT consultancy Satyam is to take responsibility for testing of KPN's fixed, mobile, and internet divisions for the next three years.
Bill Ray, 22 Aug 2007
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Crash bug blights Cisco IP phones

Cisco has advised users to update the firmware on some of its IP phones following the discovery of two security flaws.
John Leyden, 22 Aug 2007
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Livid woman torches ex-hubby's wedding tackle

A Moscow man who ill-advisedly decided to sit watching telly in the nude in the flat he shared with his ex-missus earned himself a wedding-tackle-torching for his trouble, the Evening Standard reports.
Lester Haines, 22 Aug 2007
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UN moves to preserve Bounty mutineers' lingo

The United Nations has thrown its weight behind a campaign to preserve the unique patois of Norfolk Island - a legacy of the Bounty mutiny comprising a mixture of platt Deutsch, Tahitian, and 18th-century English.
Lester Haines, 22 Aug 2007
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Li-Ion battery design 'flawed'

It won't come as much of a surprise to Sony, but the present design of lithium-ion cell batteries that power our consumer electronics is flawed, according to Japanese researchers. The startling announcement has been made by the Tokyo Institute of Technology, which claims that such batteries must be redesigned to avoid further potential dangers.
James Sherwood, 22 Aug 2007
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Broadbandit nabbed in Wi-Fi bust

A laptop user was collared by police community support officers in west London yesterday for allegedly pilfering someone else's Wi-Fi.
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iRobot unveils new Roomba auto-vacuums

iRobot, maker of military robots and autonomous floor cleaner units, have announced a new line of "Roomba" auto-vacuums.
Lewis Page, 22 Aug 2007
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Intel shows off X7900 CPU

Intel today officially debuted its long-awaited X7900 CPU. The Core 2 Duo Extreme dual-core processor was unveiled at the 2007 Games Convention in Germany and is Intel's highest performing notebook CPU to date.
James Sherwood, 22 Aug 2007
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Forensics expert sacked for DNA-testing husband's underpants

A Michigan State Police (MSP) forensics expert has been sacked for testing her husband's underpants for DNA evidence that he was cheating on her, the Detroit News reports.
Lester Haines, 22 Aug 2007
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Skype apologises for network snafu

Skype has apologised for the network problems it experienced last week, and offered a free week to Pro, Unlimited, SkypeIn, and Voicemail customers.
Bill Ray, 22 Aug 2007
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China charges four over Panda worm

Four Chinese men have been charged with creating and spreading an internet worm in a rare example of a cybercrime prosecution in the country.
John Leyden, 22 Aug 2007
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Reed seeks project engineer at £2k per hour

It doesn't come with quite the astounding salary Elan recruitment agency was offering earlier this week to one lucky senior server technical analyst, but any project engineer currently at a loose end could do worse than check out this vacancy down at Reed:
Lester Haines, 22 Aug 2007
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No data protection exemption for YouTube baby battle video

The woman at the centre of a battle with social services over the future of her unborn baby will not be able to claim an exemption from the Data Protection Act, a legal expert has warned.
OUT-LAW.COM, 22 Aug 2007
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Belkin wrestles with wireless HDMI

Belkin is pitting itself against some of the HDMI industry’s fiercest heavyweights and planning to launch a wireless version of the technology. However, Belkin doesn’t plan to base its technology over Ultra-Wideband (UWB) and is keeping its lips, well, fairly shut until CES in January.
James Sherwood, 22 Aug 2007
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Numbers man to captain Salesforce.com abroad

Salesforce.com is retaining its out-going financial officer, charging him - instead - with the role of leading expansion outside the home market.
Gavin Clarke, 22 Aug 2007
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Hear the bullets zing with Logitech's gaming speakers

If your wrists crack like an OAP’s and your back aches from hours spent in the chair, then why not go the whole hog and invest in an ear-blistering gaming speaker system. The latest set from Logitech promises to deliver an immersive gaming experience and to even identify the direction of bullet fire.
James Sherwood, 22 Aug 2007
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Tech Data posts healthy Q2 profit

Shares in computer distributor Tech Data shot up eight per cent today on news that it had outshone Wall Street estimates on strong growth in the Americas.
Kelly Fiveash, 22 Aug 2007
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Gunplay fingered for internet slowdown

US ISPs were forced to reroute traffic after a stretch of fibre-optic cable was shot to bits in Ohio last Sunday night.
John Leyden, 22 Aug 2007
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Ukrainian jet setter in world's largest cyber heist?

US authorities have taken a keen interest in a recently-arrested Ukrainian man after discovering he had ties to the criminal hackers behind the colossal data breach at US retail giant TJX. Responsible for more than 45.6m stolen accounts, the infiltration has understandably landed on the top of investigators' to-do list.
Dan Goodin, 22 Aug 2007
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Google flirts with bid to save the American Dream

Will Google bid for a coveted portion of the U.S. wireless spectrum? "Probably" is the word from chief executive Eric Schmidt.
Cade Metz, 22 Aug 2007
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AMD's marketing chief bails ahead of Barcelona

Update AMD's flashy, big-talking marketing chief Henri Richard appears set to leave the building ahead of the company's biggest product launch of the year.
Ashlee Vance, 22 Aug 2007
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CNET insists Google ads are good for you - and fun!!!

Comment There are times when even the most optimistic pro-business American news organs realize they've gone too far.
Ashlee Vance, 22 Aug 2007
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Comcast throttles BitTorrent users

It looks like Comcast, America's biggest cable network, has put the squeeze on BitTorrent users.
Cade Metz, 22 Aug 2007
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Las Vegas crooks go mad for copper

Telcos and data center operators, watch out for your copper. As the price of the metal skyrockets copper is suddenly looking very appealing to thieves.
Dan Goodin, 22 Aug 2007
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Sun fattens up Niagara for middleware play

Hot Chips Sun Microsystems' Niagara processors are growing up. The company this week confirmed that the third-generation Niagara chip code-named "Victoria Falls" will slot into two- and four-socket servers.
Ashlee Vance, 22 Aug 2007