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Security fears stymy online sales

One in five UK surfers are "too scared" to shop online, according to a new survey.
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London PR outfit in sex-on-desk email shocker

NSFW We're absolutely delighted to announce this morning that the traditional drunken spirit of Xmas is most certainly not dead down at 41-44 Great Windmill Street, London W1, as the following email proves:

Technical problems mar Barclays' PINSentry roll-out

Logistic and technical issues have hampered the rollout of a system designed to thwart phishing scams by UK bank Barclays.

Sun spikes Java IDEs

Sun Microsystems is finally giving up building its own Java integrated tools suites after a long and painful slog.
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Cambs cops podcast 999 timewasters

Cambridgeshire police have come over all Web 2.0 and decided to podcast a selection of entertaining "non" 999 calls in an effort to "curb the number of nuisance calls the police receive".

Intel pushes back X48 release?

Intel has reportedly put back the release of its upcoming X48 gaming chipset to allow motherboard makers to clear the decks of boards based on the X48's predecessor, the X38.
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Talking to themselves - how uk.gov 'consults' on IT exports

Comment The story so far - on Friday 7th December, Lord Digby Jones announced a joint venture industry and government strategy to market the UK Information Communication Technology (ICT) sector to the world. On closer inspection, this turned out to be an outline marketing strategy open to consultation = allegedly.

Orange France says 'testicules' to unlocked-iPhone-not-unlocked claim

Orange France has denied a claim that the unlocked iPhones it is offering are not actually unlocked but were simply set to work with any French carrier SIM card rather than, say, a SIM purchased in the UK.
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Dutch gov blows open standards raspberry at Microsoft

The Dutch government has pushed through a new open source and open standards policy which will leave Redmond with smoke coming out of its ears.
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Turkish s'kiddies deface security forum

Turkish hackers last week succeeded in defacing a security discussion forum established by web security firm F-Secure.

Old Sony console outsold PS3 in US last month

Sony's PlayStation 3 proved less popular than its predecessor in the US last month. According to market watcher NPD, the PS3 fell way behind the market leaders: Nintendo's DS Lite and Wii.
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US woman launches 'Taserware' parties

An enterprising Arizona woman has redefined the Tupperware party paradigm for the 21st century, and is hosting girlie get-togethers where security-conscious women can get to grips with the US's fave non-lethal lethal weapon - the Taser.

Hauppauge XFones PC-2400 wireless headphones

First Review You have to admire Hauppauge's brass. The company known for its TV tuners is marketing its XFones as wireless headphones with Dolby Headphone technology. That's all true: they are headphones, they are wireless and, yes, they do feature Dolby. But this smart sound system comes not from the hardware, but the bundled DVD playback software.
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Cisco to get API-happy

Cisco has confirmed plans to open up its holy of holies: it'll let third parties develop applications for the Internetwork Operating System (IOS), the software leg of its cash cow router business.
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Gollum to play Haddock in Tintin

Andy Serkis, who brought Tolkien's Gollum to life in the Lord of the Rings movies, has hooked back up with Peter Jackson to play Captain Haddock in a forthcoming adaptation of Tintin, the Hollywood Reporter has announced.

Intel plays down Viiv entertainment PC brand

Intel appears to be de-emphasising its much-scorned Viiv brand, reducing the label from a tag designed to represent all-singing, all-dancing multimedia PCs, to a sub-brand of its Core 2 processor label.
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Space brains resign over efforts to attract ET attention

A pair of noted space thinkers have resigned from an international body in protest at plans to send out powerful radio signals to alien civilisations. The two men feel that the risks of contact with extraterrestrials - who would need to be much more technologically advanced than humanity in order to visit us - have not been adequately considered.
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HMRC manual on data protection was protected data

HMRC restricted details of its security procedures to senior officials, it has emerged, just weeks after the department pilloried a junior official for loading the UK’s child benefit database onto CDs which were then lost.
Joe Fay, 17 2007
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NASA's Deep Impact mislays comet

NASA has cancelled a scheduled liaison between its Deep Impact spacecraft and Comet 85P/Boethin because the latter has disappeared without trace, New Scientist reports.
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O2 to join IPTV fray next year

O2 says its IPTV efforts have been such a roaring success in the Czech Republic that it'll roll out a similar offering in the UK 2008.
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Credit crunch cranks up pain for SMBs

The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has been forced to scale back its economic expectations for 2008 amid growing concerns about the impact of the credit crisis on UK firms.
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Parliament's security staff lose parliament security data

A laptop containing information about Parliament's security systems disappeared from, er, the department responsible for Parliament's security last week, claims the Daily Telegraph. According to the paper, the machine belonged to an official working for the Serjeant at Arms, and disappeared from inside the parliamentary estate.

UK censor to appeal against Manhunt 2 verdict

The British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) is to ask the English High Court to uphold its decision that controversial videogame Manhunt 2 should not be sold in the UK.
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Amazon SimpleDB: a database server for the internet

Amazon has announced SimpleDB, the latest addition to what is becoming an extensive suite of web services aimed at developers. It is now in beta.

Toshiba unwraps 'world's first' HD DVD-RW laptop

Toshiba demo'd its laptop-friendly HD DVD-RW drive in June this year and, six months on, the unit is at long last going to be built into a laptop.

IT chiefs demand centralised e-crime unit

The HMRC child benefit data loss debacle has reinvigorated calls to establish a central police unit to tackle cybercrime. Business leaders are expressing concern that not enough is being done to help victims of computer crime, who are unsure of who to turn to in the event of being subjected to computer-related fraud or attack.
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Microsoft to eBay name for $1m

Portuguese outfit Microsoft Lda aims to cash in on its name by eBaying the brand and business for a starting price of $1m, Reuters reports.

Nvidia 'nveils nForce 7 chipsets

Nvidia has rolled out its first nForce 7-series chipset, this one targeting Intel processors and supporting the GPU maker's new three-way SLI technology.
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Norwich Union Life fined £1.26m for security holes

The Financial Services Authority (FSA) has fined Norwich Union £1.26m for failing to safeguard customers against fraud.

Sysadmin admits trying to axe California power grid

A sysadmin last week pleaded guilty to attempting to disrupt the power grid in California by shutting down a data center that managed the state's electricity supply.

Facebook sues Canadian smut firm over hacking

Facebook is suing a Canadian skin-flick firm for trying to hack into its website.

Sonnet readies ExpressCard 21-in-1 card reader, writer

Mac accessory maker Sonnet Technologies will this week begin selling its ExpressCard adaptor capable of taking a staggering 21 different memory card types.
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Darling plays wait and see on HMRC disc loss

The chancellor Alistair Darling today batted away MPs questions on how his department handled the loss of 25 million child benefit records by repeatedly deferring to a report not due for several months.
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UK driver details lost somewhere in America

Personal details of three million British driving test candidates are currently enjoying an extended fly drive holiday in the US, the transport secretary Ruth Kelly admitted this evening.
Joe Fay, 17 2007
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Surprise: Ohio's e-voting machines riddled with critical security flaws

Electronic voting machines used in Ohio contain critical security failures that could jeopardize the integrity of state elections, according to a study commissioned by Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner.

Firewire to gain 3.2Gb/s bandwidth boost

Not to be outdone by rival peripheral interconnect technology USB, Firewire is likewise having its data throughput increased, the organisation behind the standard said today. But it's target speed of 3.2Gb/s falls some way below that of USB 3.0.
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MIA in Iowa - personal data on 3m UK driving test candidates

A Hard drive containing personal details of three million candidates for the UK driving theory test has gone missing from a "secure facility" in, perplexingly, Iowa, Transport Secretary Ruth Kelly has told the House of Commons. The hard drive went missing in May, but 'only' includes name, address, phone number and email - no financial data.
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Rumors swirl in WiMAX world

There could be changes afoot in the world of WiMAX. One rumor-happy research firm is claiming that US WiMAX pioneer Clearwire may soon be purchased by Intel, while another is speculating that the company will soon resume its defunct WiMAX relationship with Sprint Nextel.
Cade Metz, 17 2007
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New Trojan preys on commercial banking customers

A researcher has uncovered malware that targets commercial bank customers by logging into their online accounts and wiring large sums to accounts under the control of criminals.