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(Former) gambling site worker cops to ID theft

The former employee of an internet-based gambling website has admitted he used his position in the company's credit department to steal the identities of some of its clients.
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Study: Vast number of cyber attacks 'Made in the USA'

When it comes to cybercrime, Eastern Europe, China, and Brazil may get the lion's share of press attention, but a new study shows a vast proportion of attacks come from computers in the United States.
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NEC and Softbank sing from same IMS sheet

NEC has been asked by Japanese network operator Softbank Mobile to provide an IMS-based network to support its femtocell service, for full commercial deployment in January 2009.
Bill Ray, 23 2008

ELSPA chief lays into UK censor over games ratings

The British Board of Film Classification isn’t fit for purpose when it comes to videogame classification, the bigwig of a rival game classification body has told the government. Again.

LG intros webcam TV

If there’s nothing on TV tonight, then how about having a conversation with your telly instead? Because, LG has created a stylish LCD display with an integrated webcam.

Teksys bulks up with Tech MS acquisition

Teksys has snaffled the assets of a smaller rival reseller called Technology Made Simple, usually better known as Tech MS. Terms are undisclosed.

Nokia's N96 available tomorrow

If you’re itching to get your hands on Nokia’s N96 flagship handset then scoot down to one of the Finnish phone giant’s flagship stores, where the talker will go on sale tomorrow.
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Marketing body condemns 'draconian' Olympic law

The law that restricts use of words associated with the 2012 Olympic Games in London is heavy-handed, too restrictive and will damage the interests of businesses across the UK, the Chartered Institute of Marketers (CIM) has said.

Sony Ericsson hit the road

Sony Ericsson has followed in rival Nokia’s footsteps by announcing a deal to bring Lonely Planet’s travel guides to its mobile phone handsets.
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Privacy chief OKs sharing criminal records if privacy tightened

Europe's privacy regulator has said that he will back a pan-European criminal records system only if specific data protection measures are put in place. Because the system deals with crime and security, EU data protection law does not currently apply to it.
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Scarborough Building Society pulls insecure 'print' form

Scarborough Building Society has pulled an insecure form from its site after it emerged that sensitive information was sent over an unencrypted connection.

Dell bundles free fresh air with PC

Hot on the heels of Dell's tempting Windows XP offer, giving customers the chance to avoid Vista for a mere £44k, we're delighted to announce that not having anti-virus protection will cost you absolutely nothing.
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PM Brown dusts off one interweb per child plan (again)

As he fights for his political life in a speech at the Labour Party conference in Manchester today, Gordon Brown will hope a sprinkle of magical internet pixie dust can help save him.
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UK faces long wait for faster number porting

Comment Vodafone has blocked Ofcom's proposal to reform the UK number portability system, citing errors in the regulator's paperwork and methodology rather than any failing in the proposal itself.
Bill Ray, 23 2008
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NASA: Soyuz 'ballistic' re-entries are fixed

Russian engineers believe they have rectified snags which have seen Soyuz spacecraft returning from orbit take up dangerous "ballistic" trajectories recently. The Soyuz is likely to be the only craft capable of carrying humans into space for the first half of the next decade.

Xbox 360 gamers flex their political wings

Casting a vote for the next US president is usually quite a formal affair. But a mock poll has seen almost 100,000 US gamers pick their future president using the Xbox 360.

EU confirms SMS and data roaming price caps

The EU will cap charges for roaming texts at a maximum of £0.09 and force operators to bill cross-border voice calls by the second, telecoms commissioner Viviane Reding has said.
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Second TJX hack suspect cops a plea

A second suspected hacker in the TJX breach case has pleaded guilty.

G1 Android launch pictures leaked?

There may only be several hours to go before T-Mobile officially unveils the G1 Android-based handset. But that hasn’t stopped what’s believed to be the world’s first official photos of the phone being leaked online.

Olympus LS-10 Linear PCM recorder

Review Olympus has quite a pedigree in the compact, tapeless voice recorder market, yet the introduction of the LS-10 Linear PCM is a distinct departure from all this.
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Becta green lights open source software in schools, at last

Updated Open source providers have scored a significant and timely victory to get their software into UK schools with an official government blessing.

Microsoft, HP shower shareholders with buyback cash

Microsoft is trying to put a floor under its share price in a tumbling stock market by launching the biggest share buyback program in history.
Joe Fay, 23 2008
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Mars rover sets sights on distant crater

NASA's Mars Rover Opportunity is about to set off on what may be its final odyssey - a seven-mile (11.3 km) jaunt to a crater around 20 times larger than the Victoria Crater from which it extricated itself earlier this month.
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Fines all round! EU blames everybody for illegal employment

As Bismark didn't quite point out, both sausages and laws are desirable and necessary things (mmm, sausages!), but you don't particularly want to be there when they're made. Recent experience inside the Brussels saucisson factory rather brought this home to me.
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NASA, USAF in $30m hypersonic boffinry push

The US air force and NASA have launched a joint research push to advance hypersonic flight technology. The air force research lab and space agency are seeking university and industry partners, and are offering $30m in funding.
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Why blade servers still don't cut it, and how they might

Sometimes, a good idea just doesn't take off. OK, this is information technology, not philosophy, so let me rephrase that more accurately.

Dell: We went green too early

Dell has admitted it won't earn much return on the energetic greening of its operations and products, until CIOs get paid to have greener data centres.
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Malaysian blogger 'detained' for two years

A Malaysian blogger has been detained without trial for two years on charges of "insulting Islam and inciting racial tensions", the BBC reports.
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Timberland pays $7m to settle SMS spam lawsuit

Outdoor gear firm Timberland has agreed to pay $7m to settle a text message spam class-action lawsuit in the US.
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Sacked Indian workers beat chief exec to death

The chief executive of Graziano Transmissioni India was yesterday beaten to death by a group of former workers when a meeting called to settle the dispute which led to their dismissal "turned sour", as the Guardian puts it.
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California Academy of Sciences: A new lease on life

The grand dame of natural history museums in the American west gave a sneak peak to the press last week, after a multi-year green reconstruction and all-around face lift. The results are impressive: One of the ten largest natural science museums in the world, San Francisco’s California Academy of Sciences has - for the second time since its founding in 1853 - escaped the ruin of a major earthquake and is all the better for it.

Maxell launches leather DVD

All sorts of things are already bound in leather, including sofas and chairs, books and, even, the Blackberry Bold. But Maxell has taken things one-step further by unveiling a range of leather DVDs.
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David Blaine does a Benito Mussolini

Shameless publicity strumpet David Blaine has kicked off his latest death-defying stunt in New York - hanging upside-down above Wollmann ice rink, where he intends to remain for 60 hours surviving through "sheer willpower" and the occasional drink sucked through a straw.
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Met Office: Global warming sceptics 'have heads in sand'

The UK Met Office climate change bureau has issued a stinging attack on the idea that recent falls in global temperature might mean that global warming is over or has been exaggerated.

Nokia creates Indoor Positioning

GPS is fine if you just need directions from your office to a restaurant, but it’s not much help for finding your way around a building. So Nokia has developed a form of indoor GPS.
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Labour minister says 14 year olds should get ID cards

A government minister has spoken glowingly of the prospect of kids as young as six handing over their biometrics as she boasted that the Tories and LibDems would find it impossible to unpick the government’s ID card scheme.
Joe Fay, 23 2008
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Amanda Donohoe rides into Emmerdale

We're not quite sure what the regulars down at the Woolpack will make of this*, but LA Law thespiatrix Amanda Donohoe is set to join the cast of venerable ITV soap Emmerdale as one half of a "sexy new couple" who retire to the country.
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Grey hat hair hacker suspect charged in Maserati extortion case

A 60-year-old man has been charged with hacking and attempting extortion on Monday over an alleged attack on the customer database of luxury car firm Maserati.

Google: The Satan Phone cometh

And the Lord said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the Lord, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it. - Job 1:7
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EFF reveals vastly expanded search policy at US borders

In a move that could affect millions of people around the world, the US government has quietly relaxed a two-decade-old policy that limited the reading and copying of papers and electronic data carried by travelers crossing into American borders, according to recently released documents.

Pillar, EMC, and HP bow to the Oracle

Pillar has added new Oracle software pick-and-click tuning tools to its Axiom storage array management software to simplify an Oracle DBA's day. EMC and HP have also added Oracle-specific versions of their products.
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Passport snooping public servant faces year in the can

A bored former State Department analyst faces up to a year behind bars as a result of his penchant for reading the passport files of celebrities.
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Secret Windows 7 screens leaked?

Despite Microsoft's efforts to keep Windows 7 information secret and safe within a close circle of partners and testers until its good and ready, another round of screenshots has found its way to the web.

Oracle support service goes MIA (again)

OpenWorld 08 Oracle has launched an ambitious "next-generation" support service amid lingering and painful outages in the database giant's existing online services.
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Sun: OpenSolaris 'pretty freaking amazing'

While the top brass at Sun Microsystems might seem to be clueless about the company sometimes, there are plenty of people who know where the bread gets buttered - or doesn't. They know that Solaris and the servers that run it are what really matter at Sun. And that means Sun's OpenSolaris project and its related Solaris commercial distribution are still the key to success or failure for Sun Microsystems.

Tilera gooses 64-core mesh processor

A year ago, at the annual Hot Chips conference for chip designers in Silicon Valley, a company called Tilera came out of stealth mode and launched its 64-core Tile64 mesh processor. The Tile64 chip takes multi-core to an extreme, and an on-chip iMesh network allows a grid of cores and memory controllers to compete with X64 or DSP processors doing a variety of work.
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eBay: don't come on our US site without protection

Just when you think eBay is done infuriating longtime users across the world, the auction site keeps cranking out the hits.