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MySpace sues Spamford Wallace

You've got to admire Sanford Wallace for his persistence. Despite a flurry of lawsuits over the years and his well-deserved status as one of the net's most loathed pariahs, the the self-proclaimed King of Spam is now being sued by MySpace, which alleges he phished user accounts and deceived users into visiting his websites.
Dan Goodin, 28 Mar 2007

Intellectual property debate heats up, as ICANN looks to the future

ICANN LisbonThe first day of the ICANN meetings in Lisbon had a certain predisposition to it. Lost luggage complaints, which oddly dovetailed with a certain ICANN-induced weariness, seemed to be more prevalent than concerns about the organization itself. A kind of internet industry bonding ritual had begun, along the lines of Monday morning at the water cooler.
Burke Hansen, 28 Mar 2007

AppForge 'goes titsup'

VSLiveMystery surrounds the fate of AppForge, the mobile applications developer, with suggestions the company may have ceased trading.
Gavin Clarke, 28 Mar 2007
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Hospital laptop theft sparks concerns

A laptop containing data on 11,000 children between the ages of eight months and eight years old has been stolen from a Nottinghamshire hospital.
John Leyden, 28 Mar 2007
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WStore wants to wow public sector

Online supplier of business IT equipment WStore has said it will build-up a sales team working exclusively for the public sector.
Kelly Fiveash, 28 Mar 2007

Microsoft: a successful low-maturity company?

In the comments on my blog about the CMMI Made Practical conference here, I quote Microsoft as an example of a very successful low-maturity company. I make no secret of my partiality for CMMI-style process improvement (almost 30 years in IT has convinced me that it’s far from a process-free zone) but it’s not the only way to run software development (only, perhaps, the most effective way in the longer term).
David Norfolk, 28 Mar 2007

Microsoft buys into cross-browser development

VSLiveMicrosoft has added cross-browser support to its application lifecycle platform, in a further sign that Internet Explorer's hold on developers is slowly loosening.
Gavin Clarke, 28 Mar 2007

DCA stands by postal vote software

The Department for Constitutional Affairs (DCA) has defended the technology to be used in verifying postal votes in May's local elections.
Kablenet, 28 Mar 2007

EU proposes greater data sharing between police forces

The German Presidency of the European Union wants police forces across Europe to be able to share data more freely and wants a single body to be in charge of overseeing the process.
OUT-LAW.COM, 28 Mar 2007

Code surgeons transplant Apple TV OS

Apple's set-top box, the Apple TV, runs a modified version of Mac OS X - this we've known for a while now. However, hackers have figured out how to transplant the operating system from the ultra-slim Mac - if the cap fits... - and run it on a MacBook laptop.
Tony Smith, 28 Mar 2007

Elton John free to menace Tobago

Sir Elton John will appear at next month's Plymouth Jazz Festival on the Caribbean island of Tobago, despite local church objections that his presence on the sun-kissed Caribbean island might turn the entire population gay.
Lester Haines, 28 Mar 2007

Toadzilla conquers world's media

It's always been an ambition of mine to write headlines for UK tabloid The Sun, and I'm delighted to report today that this long-held wish has finally been granted.
Lester Haines, 28 Mar 2007

MS confirms black Xbox 360 Elite

It's official - Microsoft has announced the black Xbox 360. Dubbed the Elite, the machine does indeed feature the rumoured HDMI port, 120GB hard drive and $480 price tag.
Tony Smith, 28 Mar 2007

Accounting probe costs iSoft its co-founder

iSoft has sacked Steve Graham, the company's co-founder and commercial director.
John Oates, 28 Mar 2007

Gambling Commission consults on data protection for punters

The Gambling Commission has launched a short consultation on what rules should govern the sharing of information to prevent match fixing.
OUT-LAW.COM, 28 Mar 2007

Regulators probe Vodafone - Hutch Essar deal

Indian industry watchdogs will investigate whether Vodafone's $11bn deal for mobile operator Hutch Essar violates laws designed to regulate foreign control.
Christopher Williams, 28 Mar 2007

Installing desktop Linux

CommentIt's funny how you can find yourself transported back, when faced with a set of stimuli. Pick up an old book, listen to a piece of music, or put on a jacket, and sometimes a wealth of memories and feelings can come rushing back. It can be slightly disorienting and it's not always pleasant, but for me at least, it never ceases to marvel.
Jon Collins, 28 Mar 2007

Japanese net suicide pact murderer to hang

A Japanese man who arranged suicide pacts via the internet with three people he subsequently killed has been sentenced to death, AFP reports.
Lester Haines, 28 Mar 2007

Mexican cops offer Xboxes for guns

Mexican ne'er-do-wells are being offered the chance to trade their traditional shoot-'em-ups for a less lethal alternative, Reuters reports.
Lester Haines, 28 Mar 2007

Sony to bring last year's Blu-ray Disc player to UK this year

Sony is to bring its lounge-friendly Blu-ray Disc player - no, not the PS3, the other one - to the UK this summer. But we're not talking the new, slimline machine Sony is promising US consumers, just the one that went on sale in the US last year.
Tony Smith, 28 Mar 2007

TI to demo 'pico-projector' tech at CTIA

Texas Instruments (TI) believes it may have an answer to one of the besetting snags of mobile tech. The electronics giant says it intends to demo DLP "pico-projector" technology at the CTIA Wireless Convention, which opened today in Orlando.
Lewis Page, 28 Mar 2007

Pop-up ads told to pop off, as online ad spend soars

Online advertisers are turning their backs on pop-up marketing, according to UK figures released today.
Christopher Williams, 28 Mar 2007

McCain 'comes out for gay marriage on MySpace'

Republican presidential hopeful John McCain's MySpace page was commandeered on Tuesday to display a satirical message suggesting the Conservative was now in favour of gay marriage, particularly between "passionate females".
John Leyden, 28 Mar 2007

Samsung shows self-adjusting phone display

Samsung will offer phone makers a 2.1in, 320 x 240 LCD panel capable of automatically adjusting its own brightness level by measuring ambient lighting, the South Korean giant has said.
Tony Smith, 28 Mar 2007

Norwegian nutter skis 300ft down Tube escalator

YouTube footage of a "nutter skiing down Angel Tube Station escalator" has not impressed London Underground officials, The Sun reports.
Lester Haines, 28 Mar 2007

Palm to bring HSDPA to 3G Treo 750

Palm will be bringing Windows Mobile 6 to its Vodafone-branded Treo 750v and its own version, the 750. As a bonus, upgraders will also gain HSPDA high-speed downloads, network permitting.
Tony Smith, 28 Mar 2007

Yahoo! email! unlimited!

Yahoo! customers will get unlimited email storage from this May.
John Oates, 28 Mar 2007

Small biz loves VoIP

Small businesses in the UK are increasingly embracing making phone calls over the internet.
John Oates, 28 Mar 2007

Ricoh extends SLR-wannabe compact camera line

Compact digital cameras a silver, right? And digital SLRs are black, OK? What part of that simple fact doesn't Ricoh understand? Today it launched a compact model that looks, at first glance, like an SLR job.
Tony Smith, 28 Mar 2007

Lift-off for Adobe's Apollo

(P)reviewThere was a bit of a buzz in the air on Monday when Adobe rolled out the first public alpha release of its Apollo desktop internet application client – along with a whole truckload of developer tools and documentation.
Simon Bisson, 28 Mar 2007

DLO flips for dual-cover iPod case

iPod accessory maker DLO has brought a new twist to the iPod case - literally. Its Twister for iPod Nano has a turnaround front panel with a different hand-stitched material on either side.
Tony Smith, 28 Mar 2007

Topless roadsigns tackle Danish speeding menace

NSFWEvery country has its own particular method of tackling the menace of speeding motorists: in the UK, it's millions of "safety cameras" dishing out fines and penalty points by the bucketload, while in Iraq they still prefer the traditional roadside bomb method for calming Baghdad's traffic.
Lester Haines, 28 Mar 2007

Lotus gets a virtual IP PBX

3Com and IBM have pulled together a converged set of IP telephony, email, messaging, and business apps, all running on IBM's System-i – the AS400, as it used to be called.
Bryan Betts, 28 Mar 2007

Ten things Sony execs may regret saying about the PS3

Sony's management aren't generally known for their passive attitudes and humble outlook. We've got a small sample of their finest public moments below.
Tech Digest, 28 Mar 2007
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Scammers target domain name owners

Fraudsters are targeting domain owners in a new spam-based scam.
John Leyden, 28 Mar 2007
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Dell woos Yahoo! and Amazon with cloud making service

Dell's "evolution" apparently includes the growth of fins, scales, and a tail, because the vendor has started swimming upstream with a new custom server and storage design service aimed at the hungriest data center customers.
Ashlee Vance, 28 Mar 2007

Bebo squeezes Orange in exclusive deal

Orange has paid Bebo to provide its customers with an exclusive mobile version of its popular social network - for a while at least.
Christopher Williams, 28 Mar 2007

MoD: seized personnel were in Iraqi waters

The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has released evidence backing up its assertion that the 15 Royal Navy sailors and marines recently seized by Iranian forces were in Iraqi waters at the time.
Lewis Page, 28 Mar 2007

Computacenter keeps BT contract

Computacenter is today celebrating a five-year contract to supply BT with desktop services around the world.
John Oates, 28 Mar 2007

Games firm pursues 500 pinball 'pirates' through UK courts

ExclusiveZuxxez, the German games software distributor, has hired lawyers to chase down about 500 British file sharers, launching the first in a series of swoops by computer forensic experts.
Mark Ballard, 28 Mar 2007
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Phoenix flies higher with ICM bid

Phoenix IT has jacked up its offer for business continuity firm ICM from 415 pence to 441.5 pence, further fuelling the bidding war for the firm.
Joe Fay, 28 Mar 2007

UK government slated by own boffins on nanotech policy

The UK government has been castigated by its own picked scientists for spending too much on research into developing nanotechnology and not enough on looking into its dangers.
Lewis Page, 28 Mar 2007

Dell in Vista RAID debacle

Frustrated Microsoft Windows Vista Home PC users are pointing the finger at Dell for continuing to sell machines that foul up when configured with the RAID facility.
Kelly Fiveash, 28 Mar 2007

Microsoft to 'acquire DoubleClick'

Microsoft wants to buy New York-based online advertising firm DoubleClick, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Kelly Fiveash, 28 Mar 2007
Warning: biohazard

Spyware Doctor 5 bug reports are storm in a tea cup, PC Tools says

Anti-spyware vendor PC Tools is downplaying reports on its forums from users who found bugs in the latest version of its software, Spyware Doctor 5.0.
John Leyden, 28 Mar 2007

Intel 45nm CPUs to clock above 3GHz

Intel will use its move to a 45nm chip production process primarily to increase performance rather than boost battery life or reduce energy consumption, the company admitted today.
Tony Smith, 28 Mar 2007

Intel Hyper-threading to return with 45nm 'Nehalem'

Intel's next major processor architecture, the 45nm 'Nehalem', will see the re-introduction of the chip maker's Hyper-threading simultaneous multi-threading technology, the company confirmed today. Nehalem chips will also feature an integrated memory controller and a graphics core.
Tony Smith, 28 Mar 2007

Intel to complete AMD impression in 2008

Intel's long, strange journey toward mimicking AMD's processors will end in 2008 with a brand new chip architecture called "Nehalem," the company confirmed today. Intel's fresh chips will have up to eight cores and a number of other bits and pieces found today's in server, desktop and notebook chips from AMD.
Ashlee Vance, 28 Mar 2007

Circuit City fires 3,500 'overpaid' staff

Circuit City is firing 3,400 store workers because it thinks it's paying them too much. To rub salt into the wound, it is offering the retail fat cats some severance and the chance to apply for their old jobs - at lower wages. But only 10 weeks after they have been fired. This company is all heart.
Drew Cullen, 28 Mar 2007

Acer draws sting from HP's patent fury

Acer came out with the blandest of responses to the patent lawsuit hurled its way by HP yesterday. To summarise: it respects intellectual property and is looking into HP's claims.
Drew Cullen, 28 Mar 2007

Vista launch: a 'resounding' success?

Microsoft has released its first sales figures for its new operating system Vista - and has declared the launch a resounding success.
ElectricNews.net, 28 Mar 2007

HP unveils AMD small-business servers

Hewlett-Packard has added an AMD-based system to their entry-level server product line. The sheet was yanked off the server along with entry-level switches at an HP "Art of Small Business" event at the Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco.
Austin Modine, 28 Mar 2007

ICANN sued by irate RegisterFly customer, as class action rumble begins

ICANN LisbonThe Dummit Law Firm announced today on its website that it has filed a class action lawsuit against internet registrars Registerfly and Enom, as well as internet standards body ICANN.
Burke Hansen, 28 Mar 2007

So who sent you that spam? HP or Oracle?

ExclusiveWhen it comes to bot-infested PCs that spew spam, most of us assume the owners are newbie users too naive or careless to follow basic security measures. Think again. There's a good chance that the penis enlargement email that just landed in your inbox is from a network maintained by Oracle, Hewlett-Packard or some other Fortune 1000 company.
Dan Goodin, 28 Mar 2007

EFF Pioneer Awards: And the winners are ...

Computer rights activist and science fiction writer Cory Doctorow, security expert Bruce Schneier, and Yale law professor Yochai Benkler are the latest to be given Pioneer Awards by the Electronic Frontier Foundation. The 16th annual awards were handed out last night at the Emerging Technology conference in San Diego.
Wendy M. Grossman, 28 Mar 2007

Adobe gets Creative with its Suites

Adobe has brought together its own apps and those it acquired with Macromedia in Creative Suite 3, a toolkit which it said will suit designers and developers working in all facets of print, web, mobile, interactive, film, and video production.
Bryan Betts, 28 Mar 2007
Warning: two way

Microsoft and EMC go both ways with new tool

Microsoft and EMC plan to fuse EMC's Smarts diagnostics software with Windows System Center Operations Manager as part of a licensing and technology collaboration, the companies said this week.
Austin Modine, 28 Mar 2007

And now we are 10: MS goes to work on Visual Studio

VSLiveMicrosoft has let slip a couple of roadmaps to accompany celebrations for Visual Studio's tenth birthday. As is the way of all roadmaps, there are codenames to bandy about. So say hello to "Orcas, your next Visual Studio, and 'Rosario", which is to be the next iteration of - take a deep breath - the Visual Studio 2005 Team System (VSTS) application lifecycle management (ALM) platform.
Gavin Clarke, 28 Mar 2007

Cisco borgs SpansLogic

Cisco has reached an agreement to acquire stealth start-up SpansLogic Inc.
Austin Modine, 28 Mar 2007
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SAP wunderkind Agassi abandons code for clean energy

Shai Agassi - the man once expected to take over SAP - has left the software maker. Agassi's resignation will take effect at the end of this week and open the door for the SAP executive member to chase after his dreams in the alternative energy market.
Ashlee Vance, 28 Mar 2007

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