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EMC takes on paper with $275m Captiva buy

The insatiable beast that is EMC's mergers and acquisition department has fed again - this time gorging itself on Captiva Software.
Ashlee Vance, 21 Oct 2005

Web 2.0: It's ... like your brain on LSD!

Friday PollThere's much fretting about what Web 2.0 really is. It's twice as cosmic, but what is it?
Andrew Orlowski, 21 Oct 2005

Open source taking over Europe

Nearly half of European local government bodies are using open source software while nearly a third don't know that they are using open source at all.
Gavin Clarke, 21 Oct 2005

Google tops $1.5bn in Q3

The Google money making machine stormed through Q3 2005, grossing $1.578bn in revenues and clearing a profit of $381m. That's up from $1.384bn and $342m in Q2, and $1.256bn and $369m in Q1 respectively. Earning per share was $1.32 (diluted), up from $1.19 per share in Q2.
Andrew Orlowski, 21 Oct 2005

Murdoch gets Easynet

BSkyB has agreed to shell out £211m to acquire broadband ISP Easynet in a deal that catapults the satellite broadcaster into the UK's telecoms sector.
Tim Richardson, 21 Oct 2005

Two get death sentence for cybercafe fire

Two men have been sentenced to death while a third man faces life behind bars for burning down an internet cafe in China. The three men, all farmers, were hired to burn down the cybercafe by Xie Wenyi, the owner of a rival cybercafe.
Tim Richardson, 21 Oct 2005
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How ATM fraud nearly brought down British banking

This is the story of how the UK banking system could have collapsed in the early 1990s, but for the forbearance of a junior barrister who also happened to be an expert in computer law - and who discovered that at that time the computing department of one of the banks issuing ATM cards had "gone rogue", cracking PINs and taking money from customers' accounts with abandon.
Charles Arthur, 21 Oct 2005

Orange takes on the iPod (again)

Tech DigestCertified gadget obsessives Tech Digest and Shiny Shiny scour Gizmoville for the oddest digital goodies, while Bayraider keeps tabs on the best and worst of eBay.
Tech Digest, 21 Oct 2005

Nano-crystals stake claim in solar panel research

Researchers in the US have developed ultra-thin solar cells made entirely of inorganic nano-crystals. The team says it is the first time something like this has been accomplished, and hints that it is the first step towards cheap and efficient solar paneling.
Lucy Sherriff, 21 Oct 2005

nCipher taps Abridean to enter ID management

nCipher, the UK-based niche crypto-security hardware house, is moving into the identity management market by acquiring Chicago-based firm Abridean. nCipher intends to purchase all the outstanding stock of Abridean in a deal valued at up to $17.9m (£10.2m). nCipher also intends to repay a $1.5m loan owed by Abridean to MMV Financial.
John Leyden, 21 Oct 2005

Investors bet on e-casino

Lady luck appears to be smiling on PartyGaming after the online poker and casino operation reported a surge in revenues.
Tim Richardson, 21 Oct 2005

UK celebrates Trafalgar anniversary

Britain is today marking the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar with a series of events around the country and a wreath-laying ceremony off Cape Trafalgar itself. Her Maj will take luncheon aboard HMS Victory on Portsmouth and later light the first of a series of 1,000 beacons around the country to honour those who royally thrashed a combined French and Spanish fleet back in 1805.
Lester Haines, 21 Oct 2005
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How to check your customer is over 18 and still alive

By adding less than two seconds to an e-commerce process, website operators can now check the age, identity and vital status of customers against the UK Electoral Roll, BT directory enquiries, a credit reference database and a mortality database.
OUT-LAW.COM, 21 Oct 2005

Monkey brains explain nutty laws

American scholars have blamed the woes of the world on the primate in all of us.
Christopher Williams, 21 Oct 2005

Windows mobile unplugged

A glitch with Microsoft's PC to mobile device synchronisation software is preventing users from synchronising their device as normal. Microsoft has issued a software update designed to resolve the issue.
John Leyden, 21 Oct 2005

BT and Sky to scrap joint marketing deal

BT and Sky may be forced to ditch their joint marketing agreement once the satellite broadcaster acquires broadband ISP Easynet.
Tim Richardson, 21 Oct 2005

Yellow dots a symptom of technology bird-flu?

LettersHere's a weird thing we found out this week: if you are Cuban, and want to buy a mobile phone in Cuba, you need a foreigner to sign up for one for you. How's that for user-friendly? Almost as good as the Qatar city of Doha where, in the 1980's at least, you had to be a registered alcoholic in order to buy a drink:
Lucy Sherriff, 21 Oct 2005

Private eye fined for illegal sleuthing

A private detective was fined this week for unlawfully obtaining information relating to "vulnerable women" from medical centres. Ray Pearson, a director of North London-based Pearmac Ltd, was prosecuted by the Information Commissioner’s Office.
OUT-LAW.COM, 21 Oct 2005

Intelligent design debate hits Aussie news stands

The argument about whether or not the so-called "intelligent design theory" (ID) of evolution should be taught in schools has spilled out of the Pennsylvania courtroom and into the Australian media.
Lucy Sherriff, 21 Oct 2005

Hunt for Swedish file sharers steps up

The Swedish branch of the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) and the games and film industry body Antipiratbyrån (APB) have won the right to collect the IP addresses of Swedish citizens found to be sharing copyright-protected material and report them to officials. Both organisations no longer need prior authorisation from the Swedish Data Inspection Board (DI).
Jan Libbenga, 21 Oct 2005

Warner backs Blu-ray

Film studio Warner Brothers yesterday announced plans to produce high-definition DVDs in the Blu-ray format backed by Sony as well as the rival HD DVD standard backed by Toshiba. The commitment to both camps by Warner follows a similar fence-sitting move by Paramount Home Entertainment three weeks ago. Universal Studios, the third studio that lined up to back the HD DVD format is also expected to follow suit.
John Leyden, 21 Oct 2005

EMC's Chief adds Chairman title to collection

EMC will bestow the title of Chairman on current President and CEO Joe Tucci come January. Tucci will take over the Chairman role from longtime EMCer Mike Ruettgers, who will hang around as a senior advisor to the board.
Ashlee Vance, 21 Oct 2005

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