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Legacy of Ashes - the undoing of the CIA

Book Review At the beginning of the Nineties, this journalist went through the Central Intelligence Agency's hiring process. The process took about a year to complete, its length and rigor attributed to the great importance of its classified mission plus a purported desire to get just the right kind of people - America's best.
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China deploys virtual coppers

China has announced it will this Saturday send out two virtual coppers to patrol all Beijing-based news portals, websites and online forums as part of the Communist state's ongoing war against "illicit" net activity, Reuters reports.
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Cops cuff man for burning Burning Man man

A San Francisco performance artist has been arrested on suspicion of torching the Burning Man earlier this week - four days before the scheduled incendiary climax of the Nevada desert love-in, AP reports.
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Toshiba favours Japan for Wi-Fi MP3 player

Some say envy is a wasted emotion. But when looking at a forthcoming Toshiba portable media player (PMP) that features built-in Wi-Fi connectivity, but which may never make it to UK shores, you may be forgiven a touch of the green-eyed monster.
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Think again, FSF tells Microsoft on GPL3

The Free Software Foundation (FSF) appears to be polishing up its legal sabers over possible violations of the General Public License (GPL) by Microsoft.
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Republicans hammer Brit artist's Bush

US Republicans are none too pleased with Brit artist Jonathan Yeo, who's just completed a fetching portrait of George Bush constructed from grumble mag clippings:
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Acquittal of US man who viewed abuse images overturned

A man who admitted using his computer to view pornographic images of child abuse cannot go free just because he did not deliberately save the images, a US court has said. The ruling overturns a previous acquittal of the man.
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Aussie serves up feral cat casserole

An Australian kids' book writer and illustrator has come up with a tasty plan to protect the Lucky Country's indigenous wildlife from the feral cat menace - eat the blighters.
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Creative pitches Zen against third-gen iPod Nano

Creative has pre-empted Apple's anticipated announcement of a widescreen iPod Nano with a similarly spec'd tiny media player of its own. The new Zen is also Creative's first device to support AAC-encoded songs.
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Sky to offer broadband to non-TV punters

Sky's successful drive into broadband is set to shift up a gear in November when it will launch a package aimed at the UK's 10 million-plus Freeview households.
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Families bond over video games: report

Once thought of as an alienating and isolating influence, computer games are now becoming a favoured means of bonding among families.
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UniquePhone answers sceptics with video

Belfast company UniquePhone has reacted to accusations that it can't really unlock Apple's iPhone by posting a four minute video showing someone apparently doing just that.
Bill Ray, 29 2007

Apple sells one in six US laptops

Apple was the US' third biggest retail laptop vendor in June, market watcher NPD has revealed. The Mac maker is behind only HP and Toshiba, but ahead of Dell, Gateway and Lenovo.
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Microsoft accused of ballot stuffing in standards vote

Microsoft has been accused of rigging a vote on the ratification of Office Open XML (OOXML) as an international standard at a government body in Sweden.
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Daewoo to debut iPod dock DVD player at IFA

Daewoo is set to unveil a portable DVD player with a built-in iPod dock at the IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin on Friday. The player's other capabilities include an 8in widescreen display, memory card slot and a USB port for Flash drives.
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Nokia Go Play event kicks off music store

Nokia's much-anticipated product launch is today, and the schedule confirms the expected music store as well as a couple of new handsets and the first device compatible with the newly-revamped N-Gage platform.
Bill Ray, 29 2007
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Earthlink cuts half its workforce

Financially-challenged US ISP Earthlink said on Tuesday it will slash about half its workforce after failing to ride the broadband wave Stateside.
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All of world's biggest firms hit by typosquatting

The world's 500 biggest companies have all fallen victim to typosquatting. OUT-LAW research has found that the fast-growing trend of making ad money from web domains similar to famous brands affects all the world's biggest firms.

Sony bundles rootkit-like software on USB drive

A USB fingerprint authentication device from Sony contains rootkit-like technology, according to security watchers. The MicroVault USM-F fingerprint reader software bundled with the stick installs a hidden directory under Windows.
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Data warehousing update, part 1

A lot has been happening on the data warehousing front lately. Earlier this summer, Oracle announced its Information Appliance initiative and, in particular, a partnership with PANTA Systems. Then, more recently, ParAccel has announced a product re-positioning, Calpont is finally talking about its entry into the market, and both DATAllegro and Netezza have announced new product releases. In this article I am going to discuss Oracle, ParAccel and Calpont (for reasons which will become obvious) while in the second part I will direct my attention towards DATAllegro and Netezza.
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First 52in LCD panels roll of S-LCD's 8G line

S-LCD, a joint venture between Sony and Samsung, has seen the first fruits of its latest labours. Its production line has begun punching out eighth generation LCD panels for use in 52in HDTVs.
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Are you serious about security?

Hurwitz & Associates has been running an IT security campaign: "AVID: Anti-Virus Is Dead" for some time. The argument is based on the principle that blacklists of signatures—small files that contain a unique string of bits, or the binary pattern, that identifies all or part of a virus—do not, and cannot, provide adequate protection against viruses. This is because the signature files can only be written once a virus or other form of malicious software program has been identified. When a new malware program is discovered, the race is on to write a signature file for protecting against that virus. It's like putting a plaster on an open wound, rather than taking care not to get cut in the first place.
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MS, Mitsubishi tout translucent touchscreen concept

From the Archive And it sounded such a smart idea too. Microsoft and Mitsubishi are developing a 'translucent' touchscreen. The idea: touching the back of the panel controls user interface elements displayed on the front. Cute, but the question to be asked is: where do all the electronics go?
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Palm offers free Treo 750 Windows Mobile 6 upgrade

Palm has posted a free Windows Mobile 6 Pro upgrade for its Vodafone-branded Windows Mobile 5-based smartphone, the Treo 750v. The update also brings HSPDA high-speed download technology to the 3G phone.
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VXers rain on YouTube's parade

Authors behind the Storm worm have switched tactics yet again.
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LogicaCMG still seeing grey clouds over UK

IT services group LogicaCMG admitted today that it needed to improve "operational performance" in the UK following an 8.3 per cent year-on-year profit slide at its British arm.
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Facebook moves to cut down application annoyances

Facebook has changed its rules for developers to cut down on the myriad irritations which have afflicted it since it opened up to third party applications in May.
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Nokia joins clones at the Ministry

It's never been cool, and its critics say that it's boring and bland, with all the style of a Soviet tractor factory. But it churns out a frightening amount of stuff each year, and it makes pots and pots of money. And its logo is absolutely everywhere. But that's enough about The Ministry Of Sound.
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iSoft bins CompuGroup in favour of IBA

Poorly NHS software provider iSoft Group said today that it favoured a revised buyout bid from Aussie outfit IBA Health.
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US teen trades hacked iPhone for Nissan 350Z

A New Jersey teenager has cut a deal to trade a hacked iPhone for a new set of wheels and three further iPhones, Yahoo! reports.
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Nokia beats out four music handsets

Nokia has launched four new handsets that are likely to be music to the ears of the mobile entertainment-obsessed masses. Each handset offers an array of music and multimedia capabilities, with two handsets based on the Finnish-manufacturer's established XpressMusic brand.
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Love triangle kidnap pampernaut preps wingnut defence

Famous ex-NASA spacewoman and Navy pilot Lisa Nowak, accused of planning to abduct and rough up her stellar love rival Colleen Shipman, may be preparing a defence of temporary insanity.
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Goggle box content comes to iTunes UK

iTunes has added TV shows to its UK offering, including content from ABC Studios, MTV, Paramount Comedy and Nickelodeon. So punters in Britain can click wheel through Desperate Housewives on their iPods.
Bill Ray, 29 2007
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Getting to the bottom of online collaboration

Reg Technology Panel According to that fount of all online knowledge Wikipedia, the first online bulletin board system was created in 1973 in Berkeley, California. Appropriately enough (for the purposes of this article anyway), it was called Community Memory, in recognition that its raison d’être was to serve those who accessed it.
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China slaps ban on reincarnation

China has rather brilliantly declared that, from next month, Tibetan Buddhist monks must have official permission to reincarnate, Newsweek reports.
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Italian boffin designs gecko-tech spiderman suit

An Italian boffin claims to have made a breakthrough in the red-hot field of gecko-related nanoengineering, perhaps of a magnitude that might allow working spiderman suits to be built.
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Vodafone calls C&W for IP migration

Vodafone has agreed to pay Cable and Wireless £40m over two years to help it migrate its backend and enterprise functions to an IP-based network.
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AMD coughs up wad of cash for virtual desktop project

Chip maker AMD will pump an undisclosed stack of cash into research and development funds for virtualisation solutions provider Nivio.
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Zango abandons PC Tools adware lawsuit

Controversial adware outfit Zango has withdrawn legal proceedings against anti-spyware firm PC Tools. The decision follows its failure to persuade a court to issue a temporary restraining order that would have prevented PC Tools from classifying Zango's software as potentially malicious. Both firms hail the outcome of the case as a victory.
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SexSearch.com gets off on user's underage romp

Age is just a number, right?
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Former Juniper attorney faces SEC's wrath

Juniper Networks has settled with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) over allegations of improper stock option backdating. But while the networking equipment maker swims out of hot water, its former legal counsel is getting a double dip in the stew pot.
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Microsoft promises less-annoying Vista OS early next year

A less-annoying version of Windows Vista is still several months away.
Cade Metz, 29 2007
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Vista's Long Goodbye strikes again

New data documenting quirky networking characteristics in Vista have surfaced courtesy of Windows architecture guru Mark Russinovich, who confirms that simply by playing media files, users can bring throughput in Microsoft's new and improved operating system to a screeching halt.

Windows Server 2008 'brisket' release delayed

Microsoft has acknowledged today that Windows Server 2008 won't be ready to ship by the end of the year as planned.
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Storm Worm descends on Blogger.com

Miscreants behind the Storm Worm have begun attacking Blogger, littering hundreds of pages with titillating messages designed to trick visitors into clicking on poisonous links.
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Produce-licking YouTubers attacked by 147-year-old American grocer

One of America's oldest grocers has sued two college students for licking its produce on YouTube.
Cade Metz, 29 2007
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Google, Yahoo! and Amazon sued over email patent

The biggest names on the internet have been sued by a patent holding company which claims the firms are violating its rights by automatically routing email messages.