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Creative climbs down over home brew Vista drivers

A Brazilian developer threatened with legal action by Creative for making its soundcards work better with Vista has had his work reinstated on the company's website.
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Sun sues NetApp, take three

Sun Microsystems continues to sick its legal squad on NetApp, waving another fresh batch of patents the Java king feels have been unjustly violated. This time at issue is NetApp's storage management software that it acquired with the purchase of Onaro in January.
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People say Google will buy Skype and Expedia and, and, and, and

If you believe the rumor mill, Google is on the verge of gobbling both Skype and Expedia.
Cade Metz, 04 2008
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BlackBerry rival Visto pushes job cuts

Visto, the Silicon Valley push email developer, told London staff on Thursday that about one third are for the chop, because financial backers are demanding a profit this year.

New banking code cracks down on out-of-date software

The banking industry has re-affirmed a policy that makes online banking customers responsible for losses if they have out of date anti-virus or anti-phishing protection. New Banking Codes for consumers and businesses took effect on Monday.
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Blue Dasher seeks customers for street-level photographs

CTIA '08 On Tuesday Blue Dasher announced it had accumulated complete street-level photography of every road in San Francisco, South Florida and Las Vegas. Today we sat down with the company in CTIA, who told us why.
Bill Ray, 04 2008
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UK.gov password protects Aryan Governance Summit site

Updated The powers that be yesterday blocked unauthorised access to the website of the Progressive Governance Summit following our discovery that it was, in lieu of "Promoting Prosperity", actually promoting National Socialism.
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Business rival makes highest ever online libel payout

A company and its chief executive will be paid the highest damages yet awarded for libel on the internet in the UK. Peter Walls and Gentoo will be paid £119,000 by rival firm owner John Finn.
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US teen cuffed for disposable camera 'Taser'

A 14-year-old Connecticut student was on Wednesday charged with "possession of a weapon at school, breach of peace and attempted assault" after turning up at his Clinton classroom with a "homemade weapon" fashioned from a disposable camera.
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Carphone Warehouse stares down BPI and UK.gov on three strikes

Carphone Warehouse has called the government's bluff by stating that it will not cooperate with the record industry to clamp down on copyright infringement over peer-to-peer networks.
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Brown ignores scientists and pushes pot reclassification

Gordon Brown is rolling ahead with plans to reclassify cannabis as a class B drug, after opting to follow the common sense advice of his police chiefs rather than the Home Office’s own scientists.
Joe Fay, 04 2008

MS keeps admins busy with critical Vista patches

Microsoft will be putting out eight security patches on 8 April, five of them with the unlovable critical label, in the latest run of its regular update cycle.

EC probes OOXML standards-setting process

European anti-trust regulators are examining the voting process behind the passing of Microsoft’s Office Open XML (OOXML) file format as an international standard earlier this week.
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The peroxide and fruit drink plan to down seven airliners

The trial of eight British men accused of plotting to blow up seven airliners using liquid explosives began yesterday at Woolwich Crown Court, where prosecutor Peter Wright QC laid out details of their alleged plan. Using a home made liquid explosive mixture concealed in soft drinks containers the accused intended to set off the explosions when all the aircraft were at high altitude, he said, causing thousands of casualties.

T-Mobile slashes iPhone cost

T-Mobile, the exclusive network operator for the iPhone in Germany, is to slash its price to €99 (£77/$154) via a new pricing structure for both the handset and the accompanying tariff.
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UK.gov will force paedophiles to register email addresses

"Wacky" Jacqui Smith, the Home Secretary, will today unveil plans to jail paedophiles who supply police with false email details, or fail to declare new addresses they register.

GPS tracking fights teenage trauma

Mobile phones and GPS tracking technology have been combined to track the whereabouts of unruly children, as part of a study into the health risks posed to tech teens.
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MySpace Music leaves creators cold

What a pity that while raging against the (dying) major record label, keyboard warriors are content to see them gain more power over creators than ever before. MySpace announced its long-awaited music service yesterday, with barely a peep of protest.
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Microsoft lines up with the good guys on identity tech

Early last month Jacqui Smith unveiled the latest revision of the ID card roadmap. On the same day, by happy coincidence, Microsoft bought Credentica's U-Prove assets and hired Dr Stefan Brands. On the one hand, a discredited and failing strategy staggers on under its fourth Home Secretary, while on the other...?

Royal Mail sites hit by downtime cock-up

Royal Mail’s three main websites have been unavailable since last night, forcing millions of customers to get used to the taste of glue while guessing where their registered post might be.

Boost your iPhone's network coverage

Audio peripherals manufacturer Griffin has unveiled a protective case for the iPhone, which the company also claims boosts the handset’s network reception.
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BOFH: The London Underground vending machine conspiracy

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How BA handles lost luggage complaints: Shock picture

The Register has this afternoon obtained shock photographic evidence of what happens if British Airways mislays your luggage and you decide to kick up a fuss about it:
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Top cop: e-crime is the new drugs

Forget guns, gangs and porn - one of Britain's top cops has said that e-crime is the most significant criminal threat facing the UK, and that the government is failing to respond effectively.

Nokia N-Gage goes global

Nokia has launched its N-Gage internet gaming service, allowing videogames to be downloaded directly through Nokia mobile phones.
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Ofcom tempts bidders for 2.6GHz auction

Ofcom has laid out its plans for the largest UK spectrum auction yet, which it said will underpin the rollout of high-speed mobile broadband services.
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DHS ponders microwave raygun missile defences at airports

The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will consider fitting high-power microwave electropulse rayguns at US airports, in order to defend against the threat of terrorists firing portable anti-aircraft missiles at airliners.
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Al Gore's green job bonanza - can we afford it?

Al Gore is unleashing the climate campaign you can't ignore, in the shape of www.wecansolveit.org, which will spend $300 million to sign up some millions of people who will march, write letters and like, agitate. In the face of this government and business will be forced - the plan goes - to take climate change seriously.
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US cybercrime losses reach $240m

Financial losses from online crime reported to US authorities reached a record high last year, topping nearly $240m. Taking into account unreported crimes the real figure is likely to be much higher.

Videogame retailers support Byron Review, says Byron

Psychologist Dr Tanya Byron has told a meeting of videogame publishers that most retailers support the idea of giving the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) a bigger role over game classification.

IBM back on Federal bid list

IBM has scrambled back on the Federal Government’s list of IT suppliers after being kicked off earlier this week following a dispute with the Environmental Protection Agency.
Joe Fay, 04 2008

HTC Touch Dual smartphone

Review The folks at HTC must still wonder how they got the original HTC Touch so wrong. Luckily since then they've staged a comeback. The TyTn II was nothing short of superb and now we have the Touch Dual.

New code strategies to fight side-channel attack

Keyless entry systems are ubiquitous, from locking your car to accessing the restricted corridors of government and corporate power. It's therefore troubling to learn Wikipedia reading egg heads have cracked the encryption of a device widely used in a variety of keyless entry systems. There goes the girlfriend's VW, you thought you'd locked.

Ban using mobiles while crossing street, says US legislator

UK drivers are banned from talking into mobiles for legitimate reasons, but are walking and talking pedestrians a public health hazard too? One US legislator thinks so, and he’s drawn up a bill banning people from doing that.
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Google cops to puppeting Great American Wireless Auction

Google has admitted it toyed with Verizon during The Great American Wireless Auction.
Cade Metz, 04 2008

HP adds encryption gear for storage systems

Hewlett-Packard is delivering a fresh batch of encryption add-ons and products for tape drives and virtual tape libraries.