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35 US states petition for secession – on White House website

One week after a deeply divided US re-elected Barack Obama as its 44th president, citizens unhappy with that outcome are using the White House's own We the People website to create petitions promoting the secession of 35 of the country's 50 states. The Obama adminstration set up the website in September 2011 with the goal of …
Rik Myslewski, 13 Nov 2012
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ICANN awarded net adminstration until 2011

The US government has awarded net overseeing organisation ICANN the contract to administer changes at the top of the internet until 2011. The contract covers what is commonly referred to as the IANA function, a traditional bundle of technical operations that includes the allocation of IP addresses, management of the internet …
Kieren McCarthy, 16 Aug 2006
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Tempo in adminstration

Tempo, the computer and electrical retailer, has gone into administration. All its 37 stores will be kept trading through the Christmas period and the administrators have said a potential buyer has already expressed interest in the business. The chain, which along with Comet, John Lewis and the stores set up by the old …
Robert Blincoe, 28 Sep 2001
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Obama urged to halt Google government takeover

Two consumer watchdogs - including the aptly-named Consumer Watchdog - have urged US President Barack Obama to avoid appointing Google's director of global public policy as the country's deputy chief technology officer. According to various press reports, Obama is set to fill the new deputy CTO post with über-Googler Andrew …
Cade Metz, 05 Jun 2009
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US calls for China to revoke censorware plan

The US adminstration is pushing China to review its controversial policy of mandating the installation of specific content filtering software on new PCs. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke and US Trade Representative Ron Kirk argue China may be placing itself in violation of World Trade Organization regulations by insisting on the …
John Leyden, 25 Jun 2009
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Regulator can chase liquidator over phone scam fine

A High Court judge has told the liquidators of a premium rate phone scam they can be sued over a huge fine levied by regulators before it went titsup in 2005. PhonepayPlus, the watchdog formerly known as ICSTIS, won the right to sue for a debt of £1.9m, which covers a £1.3m fine it imposed on the now defunct Allied …
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Centerprise opts out of Elonex bidding

Centerprise has passed on the opportunity to buy fellow British PC manufacturer Elonex Plc out of adminstration. Acquisitive PC and services company Centerprise put in a bid for the North West London-based vendor, had it rejected, and decided not to haggle. Centerprise CEO Richard Pursey said: "We put in a bid for Elonex we …
Mark Ballard, 27 Jun 2006
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Google force feeds Web 2.0 to US gov

When uber-Googler Andrew McLaughlin joined the Barack Obama Transition Team, charged with prepping the new administration for inauguration day, he had dreams of "bringing Web 2.0 to Washington." But he soon realized the US government is the sort of operation that can't use the interwebs without printing every page. Quite …
Cade Metz, 03 Apr 2009
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Why the banks aren't scared of the Robin Hood Tax

Thank God the adults have arrived, finally. The IMF has just come out with its suggestions for how we might want to tax and reform parts of finance and is saying things which are sensible, at least in part. In doing so they've continued the process of killing the Robin Hood Tax stone dead, which is great news. Well, something …
Tim Worstall, 22 Apr 2010
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Lorenzo will come, health chief says

Richard Granger, director of NHS IT has assured MPs that a core information exchange system for the National Programme for IT (NPfIT) will be available to UK hospitals next year. Granger told a a Parliamentary Health Select Committee hearing on the programme that financial problems at iSoft, the company developing the Lorenzo …
Kablenet, 15 Jun 2007
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Peapod bought out of administration

IT consultancy/distie Peapod announced today that it has been bought out of administration by Communication Technology Investment Ltd (CTIL). Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. CTIL is part of Global Emerging Markets Ltd, a group which operates other IT and security-related businesses as well as firms involved in …
John Leyden, 13 Dec 2002
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It's not too late to join the bioterror gold rush

"If ramping up fear among American's about the threat of biological warfare was intended, in part, to drum up support for biodefense spending - as some conspiracy buffs theorize - then the downside is that accidents may result in an overreaction in the public and the media," reported The Fort Worth Star Telegram in a business …
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Suspect in case that helped sell Iraq war cleared, again

"An Algerian who was branded a terror suspect after being acquitted in the ricin plot trial, was yesterday cleared of being a threat to Britain's national security, reported the Guardian this week. "Mr Justice Mitting, chairing the special immigration appeals commission (SIAC), ruled that there were no national security grounds …
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Kangaroo domain court

A joint venture between RegistrarsAsia and Afilias has been awarded the com.au, net.au, asn.au, id.au and org.au second-level domains. The decision deepens the controversy regarding ownership of the .au country top-level domain for Australia. Following a long battle, Robert Elz, a reclusive but respected IT engineer, lost …
Kieren McCarthy, 13 Dec 2001
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ICANN shrugs off dotcom lawsuits

Internet overseeing organisation ICANN has dimissed two lawsuits against it as "attempts to manipulate the public comment process" over future ownership of all dotcoms. General Counsel for ICANN John Jeffrey told us that the "underlying motivation" of the legal threats was clear in that they stemmed from "specific sectors of …
Kieren McCarthy, 01 Dec 2005
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NetWare 6 Beta rolls out

The much-anticipated release of NetWare 6.0 is almost upon us. On Wednesday, the firm started rolling out a number of beta programmes - but they came with a twist. In earlier briefings with the firm they'd kept pretty tight-lipped about certain developments and certain holes that we had noted in the solution. Most notable among …
IT-Analysis, 03 Aug 2001
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ICANN pitches the internet's future

ICANN - the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers - which oversees the Internet in all its manificent lunacy, has just published a Strategic Plan, in which it has outlined what its direction and goals are for the next three years. In reality though, the strategic plan is a sales pitch to the world. And it should …
Kieren McCarthy, 20 Nov 2004
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This is what is happening to Iraq's Internet domain

With the handover of power in Iraq this week, from the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) to the Interim Iraqi Government, the issue of the country's Internet has again become a big issue. Numerous media outlets have stumbled upon the fact that the .iq domain set aside for Iraq does not actually exist on the Internet and its …
Kieren McCarthy, 30 Jun 2004
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Random executions: Hotmail gets tough on spam

On-the-ball email providers take spam very seriously; none more so than Hotmail, apparently, which will eagerly can your account even if you only do - er - nothing? And even if nobody actually complains about you? This at least was the experience of Register reader Gareth Kitchener, who is not currently the proud owner of a …
John Lettice, 28 Jun 2001
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Midsummer Mailbag Madness: Mossberg! Net Radio!

Congratulations to The Onion for winning the humor Webbies again. Quite frankly, this ranks with the best writing you'll find anywhere on the web. And although there are a legion of witless Onion imitators, it stays one step ahead with pieces like this. "The body was badly decomposed, but coroners identified it by its oversized …
Andrew Orlowski, 23 Jun 2002