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Salesforce.com marches on IBM's Notes business

After more than a decade of seeing its massive Lotus Notes business threatened by Microsoft, IBM faces a new threat: Salesforce.com.
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Overstock CEO offers $75,000 for Wall Street's soul

Overstock CEO Patrick Byrne is now paying people to promote his epic Wall Street conspiracy theory.
Cade Metz, 24 2008
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Scareware package greets marks by name

Malware authors have created a strain of scareware packages that lifts the name of an infected user from the registry of an infected PC in order to create more convincing scams.
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UK clamps down on bus-spotting terror menace

The UK's streets are today a safer place for kiddies and decorated war veterans after public and police hostility forced a Gloucestershire bus-spotter to give up his lifelong hobby of snapping interesting examples of road-based public transport, the Evening Standard reports.

Nokia grabs control of Symbian - then gives it away

Nokia has bought up the bits of Symbian it didn't already own and is chucking the OS into an open-source foundation along with the S60 UI layer, accompanied by Sony Ericsson and DoCoMo, who are throwing in UIQ and MOAP(S) respectively.
Bill Ray, 24 2008
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CERN declares Large Hadron Collider perfectly safe

Here's some good news for those of you who like the universe just the way it is: CERN has declared its Large Hadron Collider (LHC) perfectly safe.

PS3 sale price spurs costs Sony dear

Sony's PlayStation 3 pricing strategy has caused the company to lose around $3bn (£1.5bn/€1.9bn) over the past two fiscal years. But the electronics giant's still willing to give the console away - provided you buy a Bravia telly.
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BT and Siemens slammed over prisoner call rates

BT and Siemens are facing a "super-complaint" over how much they charge prisoners to make phone calls.

Intel Atom 230 ultra low-power desktop CPU

Review We recently reviewed Asus' Eee PC 901, which uses the new 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270 processor. Atom uses the same 45nm technology that you’ll find in the latest 'Penryn' Core 2 CPUs and it packs in some nifty power-saving features that result in a TDP of a mere 2.5W which makes it a natural choice for Small, Cheap Computers.
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Lenovo throws arms and legs around SMBs

Lenovo yesterday revealed plans to launch a new Thinkpad laptop line that will come loaded with features and support services pitched towards the small and medium-sized biz market.

Adobe update foils Reader and Acrobat exploits

Adobe pushed out an update to its Reader and Acrobat packages on Monday to close a pair of critical flaws in the popular packages.
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Heart Internet spreads the love passwords

Web hosting outfit Heart Internet has caused security-conscious customers to skip a beat by sending them a handy text file email attachment containing other people's new passwords.

Orange launches dance-powered phone charger

If you love music festivals, but can’t bear the thought of your mobile phone running out of juice, Orange has the answer. The network operator’s designed a phone charger powered by your ability to do The Monkey, The Robot and The Worm.

Dalek Security Camera

ChannelFlip Video Review This might look like your average remote controlled Dalek toy, but nothing could be further from the truth: it's been retro-fitted with a miniscule pinhole spy cam by a London security firm, which has lent it to us to have a play with.
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Police detain Tariq Aziz's cigar case

London mayor Boris Johnson has been forcibly relieved of a cigar case formerly belonging to Tariq Aziz under the Iraq (UN Sanctions) Order 2003 which demands that "anyone possessing Iraqi cultural property must give it to the police", as the BBC puts it.
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It's time for a close-up look at mobile porn

Column Apparently, someone has discovered that you can watch videos on the iPhone, and that "videos" includes "porn." Mobile porn... wow. So I asked a purveyor of photo-porn on the web what made the iPhone special for his customers.
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Google preps conflict of interest-tastic web analytics tool

Mark this as an escalation of Google's recent skirmish with the web analytics industry: the search omnicorp is launching a free tool to target surfers that will compete with subscription services offered by comScore and Nielsen.

Security cameras to listen out for crime

If your evenings at home are constantly interrupted by roaming gangs of yobs breaking bottles, setting off car alarms or generally misbehaving, then security camera software designed to listen out for crimes will be music to your ears.
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eBay calls for end to grey import laws

eBay is calling on the European Union to change trading laws which it describes as being "digital protectionism".

UK game-development degrees not up to snuff, claims industry

The UK videogames industry is suffering because UK university courses aren’t equipping students with the right skills needed for the job, a gaming industry campaign group has warned. But it’s also partly the Wii’s fault, apparently.
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Web'n'Walk falls over

Punters in the north of England using T-Mobile lost all data connectivity yesterday for around 12 hours, but the company says that's OK because it was mainly during the night and northerners are all tucked up in bed by six.
Bill Ray, 24 2008
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Bloke crams 13 into Volvo S70

A north London teacher has been banned from driving for 12 months, fined almost £1,000 and ordered to take an extended driving test after breaking the "most people in a Volvo S70" world record by cramming 12 passengers into the red saloon before squeezing behind the wheel.
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Microsoft says ‘hasta la vista XP’ - well, kinda

Microsoft yesterday sent customers a letter reaffirming its plans to kill off Windows XP sales at the end of June and that system builders can continue to ship machines loaded with the OS until early 2009.
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Automated profiling tech is crap, says Home Office

Automated passenger profiling is rubbish, the Home Office has conceded in an amusing - and we presume inadvertent - blurt. "Attempts at automated profiling have been used in trial operations [at UK ports of entry] and has proved [sic] that the systems and technology available are of limited use," says home secretary Jacqui Smith in her response to Lord Carlile's latest terror legislation review.
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Force listeners onto DAB by killing FM

The Digital Radio Working Group, set up in November to work out why no-one wanted DAB, has issued an interim report that suggests FM should be switched off by 2020 if only the punters can be convinced.
Bill Ray, 24 2008
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Comedy UK social network berates moaning users

Maverick UK social network Faceparty has today told its millions of users it "can't be arsed" with their attitudes, and so has "shut the whole site down and fucked off to the zoo".
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Farewell then, Symbian

Analysis Ten years ago to the day, I attended the surprise foundation of Symbian. I was in Norway and sorry to miss the event today that closed the chapter - and probably the book - on the great adventure.
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Cisco ignites the web via WAAS and deformed arms

It's time again for Cisco's annual customer conference, Cisco Live! in Orlando. Better dust off that old Sadville avatar, networking fans, these things curiously get beamed in at Linden Lab's infamous soul dump Second Life.

Komplett closes retail ops across Europe

Online computer components retailer Komplett ASA has pulled the plug on several of its European websites.
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Google's Gmail verboten in Germany

Travelers to Germany will no longer be able to access Google's Gmail the easy way due to the firm's long-running trademark lawsuit with German businessman Daniel Giersch.

Shops caught out in underage videogame sales sting

Several High Street stores have been named and shamed for selling 18-rated videogames to a 15-year-old underage girl during an undercover operation by Harrow Trading Standards and consumer advocate Which?.
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Merchants call credit card industry's bluff on compliance

Nine in ten (88 per cent) European firms have failed to achieve compliance with a credit card industry standard for processing ecommerce transactions.
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Rackable's super efficient gear fills the cloud

In a weird sort of way, you can think of this as Rackable Systems 2.0.
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San Franciscans prep monument to US prez

Here in the City by the Bay, twelve history-minded souls are working to establish a fitting monument to the presidency of George W. Bush. They call themselves the Presidental Memorial Commission of San Francisco, and they hope to secure Bush's legacy by putting his name on the local sewer plant.
Cade Metz, 24 2008

Almost half of malicious sites tied to 10 networks

Almost half the websites pushing malware are hosted by just 10 networks, according to a new report that adds new support to the growing argument that a relatively few number of actors are responsible for most of the net-based threats.

Logitech rolls out 'first' Mac-friendly QuickCam

It's more than a decade since Logitech bought the golfball-like QuickCam family of webcams from Mac specialist Connectix, but the Swiss mouse maker has finally released an Apple-friendly version.