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Levanta freshens up Linux server cure-all

Linux specialist Levanta has issued a fresh release of its flagship software that brings a host of new high-end management tools.
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First RIAA file-sharing trial begins

30-year-old single mother of two Jammie Thomas appeared in court today in Minnesota to answer allegations that she illegally shared 1,702 songs on the Kazaa file-sharing network.

SAP licenses NetWeaver to developers

Four years into its NetWeaver strategy, SAP is finally putting its middleware in the hands of individual developers through a subscription-based licensing package.
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eBay: Botnets are Linux-happy

eBay may soon offer online banking. It would seem.
Cade Metz, 03 2007
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UK police can now force you to reveal decryption keys

Users of encryption technology can no longer refuse to reveal keys to UK authorities after amendments to the powers of the state to intercept communications took effect on Monday (Oct 1).
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EC takes aim at Qualcomm

The European Commission has launched an anti-trust investigation into chip maker Qualcomm. It is the third chip or memory competition case launched by the commission since July and follows a recent commission competition court victory over Microsoft.

Panasonic strengthens Blu-ray recorder range

Panasonic yesterday unveiled its latest Blu-ray recorders, pitching the three Diga-brand models as the 'world's slimmest' machines of their kind.
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Gov Gateway upgrade allows for growth

The roll out of a new version of the Government Gateway will allow for increased traffic and more e-enabled public services.
Kablenet, 03 2007
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Sky's ITV stake anti-competitive, says regulator

Sky's purchase of 17.9 per cent of ITV was anti-competitive and against the public interest, the Competition Commission has ruled. It could force the broadcaster to sell the shares which are now worth over £200m less than Sky paid in 2006.

Sony's 40GB PS3 due 28 October?

Rumours that Sony is preparing a cut-price 40GB PlayStation 3 may have been dismissed by the consumer electronics giant as "speculation", but evidence is mounting that just such a box is indeed coming later this month.
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Data retention law makes little difference to telcos, says trade body

UK telecoms firms must keep phone call logs for a year under legislation which comes into force today. But an industry trade association said the new rules will make "little practical difference" to telecoms providers that already store such data for billing purposes.

3Com - a company built on ether

3Com's sale to Huawei Technologies and Bain Capital for $2.2bn marks the end of a company which pioneered Ethernet and network computing, and once owned Palm.
Bill Ray, 03 2007

Apple to dial x86 for iPhone?

Suddenly, Apple's apparent downer on third-party iPhone software development becomes much clearer. Taiwanese moles claim the company is considering founding future iPhones on the next generation of Intel's Ultra Mobile Platform.

Microsoft revamps Zune with Flash

Microsoft has restyled and expanded its Zune portable media player collection with three new models, including a pair of Flash-based players.

Fraud abroad drives up card losses

A doubling of overseas card fraud is pushing up industry losses even as domestic fraud decreases.

Toshiba pledges 30in OLED TV will ship in 2009

Toshiba has cocked a snook at the 11in OLED TV Sony announced this week and pledged to bring a 30in model to market effectively within the next two years.
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Data: It's gotta have meaning, man

Opinion How often have you heard the excuse of blaming blown project budgets on unanticipated systems integration costs? For good reason, nobody wants to do customised point-to-point integrations if they can help it - it's difficult if not impossible to leverage the work.
Tony Baer, 03 2007

DLO TuneStik with Remote FM iPod transmitter

Review Thanks to a recent and long overdue amendment to the UK's 1949 Wireless Telegraphy Act, it's now possible for those of us living in these sometimes benighted islands to use an in-car FM transmitter iPod adapter without fear of the long arm of the law feeling our collars for impinging on someone else's spectrum by running a pirate radio station, albeit one with a broadcast footprint a few meters in diameter.
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Terror police lock down Soho to smoke out 9lbs of chillis

Police sealed off three streets in central London on Monday as they investigated a suspected chemical terror attack that turned out to be a Thai chef brewing up a particularly pungent burnt chilli sauce.
Joe Fay, 03 2007

Sony buddies up with Qimonda

Japanese electronics giant Sony has teamed up with German-based chip maker Qimonda to design dynamic random access memory (DRAM) chips for consumer and graphics applications.

Palm admits new OS 18 months away

Palm CEO Ed Colligan has confirmed the new Palm OS won't be finished until the end of 2008. Originally scheduled for release by the end of this year, the operating system's launch date has continued to be pushed back, despite the added attention of the engineers freed up by the scrapping of Foleo last month.
Bill Ray, 03 2007
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Kiwi boffins prove that booze makes you clever

At last, scientists have delivered conclusive proof of what many people instinctively knew - booze makes you clever.

Google Apps digests Postini, doubles enterprise email inboxes

Google has assimilated the hosted security and compliance features it picked up in its $625m acquisition of Postini into its corporate email service and more than doubled the capacity of inboxes to 25GB.

Nintendo to dish out free Wiimote 'condoms'

Nintendo's taking better care of Wii remotes by issuing them with protectives. The company is offering free silicone Wii Remote Jackets to existing customers and will, from 15 October, include the protective slips with new consoles.

Sony sells pink kit to benefit Breast Cancer research

Pink products may be a downer for many women, but Sony has at least a good reason for releasing a selection of salmon-hued hardware: it's all in aid of Breast Cancer Awareness Month over in the States.

Alleged CastleCops DDoS botmaster busted

US police have arrested a man suspected of launching a distributed denial of service attack against volunteer security community CastleCops earlier this year.
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Blokey atmos drives women away from sci/tech

A PhD student at Stanford has published research indicating that the low numbers of women in science, maths and engineering-related fields is not caused by any gender-related tendency to be bad at hard sums. Rather, the ladies avoid these fields of endeavour simply because there are so few females already present, and because of the nasty blokey environment thus engendered.
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Italian website names 40GB PS3 price

Sony's 40GB PlayStation 3 will cost €400 ($566/£277) in Europe, if a product page posted on an Italian retail chain's website is to be believed. It's expected to cost $400 (€283/£196) in the US.

Hackers hit back at iPhone update

The war between Apple and the hackers is heating up, after a 'fix' for the recent iPhone update was posted online. Apple's recent update for the iPhone's firmware rendered unlocked iPhones - those that had been modified either through software or other means to work outside of AT&T's network - unusable, and the firm has so far refused to back down from its hardline stance.
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Hollywood mobile TV chip is alive (just) in Texas

Interview Rumors of the demise of Texas Instruments' (TI) Hollywood mobile TV chip are exaggerated, according to Yoram Solomon, director of strategic marketing, industry, and standards at the company.
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Novell punts world's most expensive Linux distro

One of the favourite public refrains of the FOSS movement is that Windows is too expensive, and that Microsoft swindles consumers, governments, taxpayers, penguins, and orphans.
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UK, Germans, Dutch slam EC Galileo plan

The long-delayed European sat nav project Galileo was plunged into fresh controversy last night, as a plan by Brussels officials to solve funding problems met political opposition.

Halo 3 misses 'UK's fastest selling game' slot

Microsoft's Halo 3 is only the UK's second fastest selling game ever. Analysis by sales monitor Chart Track has positioned it behind Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, despite Microsoft's shoot-'em-up being bought by one in three UK Xbox 360 owners during its first week on sale.
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Braindead obituarists hoaxed by Wikipedia

The veteran BBC TV composer and arranger Ronnie Hazlehurst died on Monday night. His long career at the corporation produced some of the most (irritatingly) memorable theme tunes: including The Two Ronnies, Reggie Perrin, Last Of The Summer Wine, Blankety Blank and the Morse Code theme for Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em.
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Cisco WiMAX acquisition rumors resurface

The persistent rumors that Cisco is close to making a WiMAX infrastructure acquisition resurfaced at WiMAX World last month, with most of the independent WiMAX vendors in the frame.
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Jan Baan slices through the 'bullsh*t'

Interview Database legend Jan Baan is a man on a mission to kill old software business models and shake up IT departments everywhere.

Microsoft chiefs at odds on Google-DoubleClick

Microsoft has been sending out mixed messages about its antitrust stance against Google's swallow of online ad broker DoubleClick.
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Utah gives up new dino species

Paleontological digging among the rocks of Utah has revealed a new species of dinosaur.

Check Point plays down FireWall-1 bug reports

Security giant Check Point has played down the seriousness of reports of multiple vulnerabilities in a supposedly locked-down version of its flagship FireWall-1/VPN-1 security software.

AT&T to deliver IBM services for $1bn a year

AT&T will provide telecommunications and network management services to IBM and its customers in a pact that will generate $1bn a year for AT&T over the next five years. AT&T will also buy more technology services from Big Blue.
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Email still king on wireless handhelds

Reg Technology Panel According to a new report from UK research firm Freeform Dynamics, mobile operator Orange, and your very own El Reg, email is still the dominant application on wireless handhelds, and that's unlikely to change for at least two years.
Cade Metz, 03 2007
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Boy beats Reaper at 20,000 feet

Perhaps you heard this story bouncing around the internet a couple days ago: a kid in Russia survived a two-hour flight from Perm to Moscow by hanging on to the wing of a Boeing 737.
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Microsoft and LogicaCMG open Factory 2.0 doors

Microsoft and IT services firm LogicaCMG have teamed up to dish out their own version of The Factory.
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Message storm turns DHS email list into social networking utility

A misfired attempt by one subscriber to change the email address he used for receiving messages caused a storm in the a US Department of Homeland Security's mailing list today.

What do you call a convention of European ISVs?

Yes, that's right. You call it the European ISV Convention. IT Europa, the UK-based channel newsletter-cum-research org, has named the date for its second annual gig for European ISVs - it runs from 6-8 February 2008 in Frankfurt.
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Vista Business sales soar like leaping dachshund

August numbers are in from Context, the European PC market watcher, and they show that the Vista is anything but Buena for Microsoft. Vista Business, the, um, business version of Vista, Microsoft's new operating system, slowed during the month, to grab a measly 13 per cent of unit PC sales through Europe's top IT disties.
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US men wrangle over three-year-old amputated leg

Two U.S. men are fighting over an amputated leg that was stowed in a barbecue smoker. One man says he purchased the leg when the smoker was auctioned off by a storage facility in Maiden, North Carolina. The other says the leg was once attached to his body.
Cade Metz, 03 2007

ARM to bash 'non-issue' Intel with multi-core chip

ARM’s big reveal today of its latest processor design came with the clear message that the company will use its market weight and mobile heritage to fend off challenges from Intel.

MySQL loses joint custody of SAP database

MySQL today stopped being a reseller for MaxDB, the database formerly known as SAP DB. MySQL, best known for its eponymous open source database software, had been a reseller and developer of MaxDB since 2003. Presumably this was at a time when SAP didn't consider the product to be so very important.
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Texas patent holder sues Google, Yahoo!, and Microsoft

A Texas company has sued AOL, Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo, claiming that all four web giants have infringed its patent "for conducting business transactions over the Internet".
Cade Metz, 03 2007