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Techies blast big media over copyright warnings

A trade group that includes Google, Microsoft, Yahoo! and other big names in tech is asking federal regulators to clean up allegedly misleading language in copyright warnings.
Austin Modine, 02 Aug 2007

Google: Kill all the patent trolls

Google's head of patents believes the U.S. patent system is "in crisis". Discussing patent reform at the annual Stanford Summit in Northern California, associate general counsel Michelle Lee told conference attendees that the American system is "out-of-balance [and] needs to be remedied".
Cade Metz, 02 Aug 2007

Making open-source browsing safe for the masses

Black HatIt's been an eventful month for Window Snyder. As chief security something or other at Mozilla, Snyder has shepherded two updates that fixed critical vulnerabilities in the way the browser handles uniform resource identifiers.
Dan Goodin, 02 Aug 2007

ESA backs satellite broadcast to mobile phones

The European Space Agency (ESA) has joined the DVB-H party by funding development of technologies for broadcasting TV to mobiles via satellite.
Bill Ray, 02 Aug 2007

e-Borders to cost £1.2bn

The Home Office has estimated its electronics borders programme will cost £1.2bn.
Kablenet, 02 Aug 2007

Xerox job losses on the cards after all

Xerox employees who were due to move to IBM after the firm outsourced their jobs have been dealt a blow, with news that IBM plans to make them redundant.
Ciara O'Brien, 02 Aug 2007

Use of web archive was not hacking, says US court

The use of web archive The Wayback Machine did not constitute hacking in the case of a law firm which used the web archive to see pages which owners did not want it to see, a US court has ruled.
OUT-LAW.COM, 02 Aug 2007

Sealand seeks to cash in on online casino bonanza

It could be an episode of South Park, or a Bunuel conceit were he alive: a non-existent nation has pledged to open an online casino open to Americans on a formerly abandoned military platform in the North Sea.
Burke Hansen, 02 Aug 2007

Worm threat forces Apple to disable software?

When an online identity (group of identities) known as InfoSec Sellout made grand claims of a proof of concept worm, dubbed Rape.osx, that targets OS X, it led to a lot of heated argument and drama - including anonymous death threats and an accidental deletion of their blog.
Sûnnet Beskerming, 02 Aug 2007

Judge ruled against NSA surveillance in US

The Bush administration's attempt to change laws governing wiretapping by US spies was prompted by a defeat in the FISA secret star-chamber court, it has emerged.
Lewis Page, 02 Aug 2007

HP withdraws case against Pelikan

HP and Pelikan have reached an out of court settlement over HP's accusations that the printing supplier was selling new printer cartridges while claiming they were recycled.
Bill Ray, 02 Aug 2007
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Lenovo profits soar

Lenovo Group Ltd, the world's third largest PC maker, today announced healthy first quarter revenue of $3.9bn, up 13 per cent.
Kelly Fiveash, 02 Aug 2007

Disney p-p-picks up Club Penguin

Disney has become the latest global media conglomerate to stomp into the social networking fray, with the purchase of children's site Club Penguin in a deal which could run to $700m.
Christopher Williams, 02 Aug 2007

Victim turns to Facebook in hunt for brazen burglar

A London resident who fell victim to a brazen burglar has enlisted social networking site Facebook in a bid to hunt for the cheeky crook.
John Leyden, 02 Aug 2007

Sir Alan Sugar makes more than Ingram, and Eminem takes second bite at Apple

Let's imagine someone's talking, making a pitch. This is what they're saying: "Here's the deal. We set up a distribution company, call it Ingram Micro, and turn it into the biggest IT distributor in the world. Good plan, right? And once we're the biggest in the world, the sky's the limit.
Billy MacInnes, 02 Aug 2007

Gaming 4G warfare for the USAF, with rayguns

In press coverage of how virtual wargames will revolutionize actual war, the lion's share of publicity has generally gone to private sector boffins bankrolled by the US Army. Most often, they appear as wizards from the University of Southern California's Institute for Creative Technologies. Journalists love the place and can't resist its toys, which in ICT's case, have been peddled as amalgams of Hollywood's most creative and the cutting edge of the military.

Sony talks up PS3 TV tuner

The PS3's capabilities could be expanded to include a digital tuner, enabling it to double as a programmable TV recorder, a Sony spokesman said. The changes are due to come into effect next year, but it's uncertain how many countries will benefit.
James Sherwood, 02 Aug 2007

Teachers vote to ban internet

British teachers have launched an all out war against technology, with calls this week to ban YouTube and Wi-Fi. Pupils under the age of seven or over 16 have also come in for a whacking from fed-up Sirs and Misses.
Joe Fay, 02 Aug 2007

Dell to acquire ASAP

Computer maker Dell has entered into a £340m agreement to acquire software solutions and licensing services provider ASAP.
Kelly Fiveash, 02 Aug 2007

Police want DNA collection superpowers

Police in England, Northern Ireland, and Wales are seeking to extend their already world-beating powers to collect and store DNA samples from the general population.
Lucy Sherriff, 02 Aug 2007
Warning: aircraft

US robot carrier-jet contract announced

The US Navy has finally chosen a builder for its new robot carrier plane demonstrator, awarding a $635m contract to Northrop Grumman.
Lewis Page, 02 Aug 2007
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I bumped into that Alan Sugar on memory lane...

ColumnAlan Sugar reminds me of Hugh Laurie. In the same way that you look at the star of Jeeves and Wooster and House and think: "What a remarkable actor - but he'd have made a brilliant musician!" I look at Sir Alan and think: there goes the man who could have been one of the best journalists in the country.
Guy Kewney, 02 Aug 2007
Pirates ahoy!

US cracks down on mod-chippers

A US government agency has launched a big investigation into gaming console piracy. US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has executed 32 federal warrants across the country, searching businesses and homes for clues surrounding the potential sale and distribution of illegal modification chips and disc copyright circumvention devices for games consoles.
James Sherwood, 02 Aug 2007

Bluetooth gets better pairing for less power

Bluetooth version 2.1+EDR has been approved, tweaking the pairing system and reducing power consumption, as well as bringing in support for NFC pairing.
Bill Ray, 02 Aug 2007

UK watchdog calls for an end to 'piecemeal' e-voting trials

The Electoral Commission has called for the end of "piecemeal" telephone and internet voting pilots in the UK until improvements in security and testing are put in place.
John Leyden, 02 Aug 2007

Nokia ships 100 million phones in Q2

Nokia shipped 100.8 million handsets in Q2, and at the same time increased the margin on its sales, according to the firm's results.
Bill Ray, 02 Aug 2007
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Nokia's New Coke moment?

AnalysisSome products bewitch because of their style or inventiveness - such as the iPhone. But others earn their keep through sheer usefulness, and for a decade Nokia's Communicator has proved itself to be one of the latter. Until now, that is.
Andrew Orlowski, 02 Aug 2007

Cassini to make third Enceladus flyby

NASA has announced plans to send the Cassini spacecraft back for a closer look at Enceladus, the Saturnian moon with famously leaky tiger stripes.
Lucy Sherriff, 02 Aug 2007

Laptop industry hit by components shortage

Laptop computer makers are bracing themselves for a components shortage due to significant dents in the supply chain brought on by massive recalls and heavy demand.
Kelly Fiveash, 02 Aug 2007

Expansys to punt Samsung i620

Online retailer Expansys may have beaten Vodafone to the chase by launching the Samsung i620 device before what was supposed to be the mobile operator's exclusive UK release. Vodafone was expected to launch the handset onto the UK market "soon", but Expansys has said it can deliver the device to Joe Consumer from 22 August.
James Sherwood, 02 Aug 2007

Scientists force confessions from mucky fingerprints

Wannabe criminals would do well to listen to their dear old ma's and wash their hands regularly, or PC Plod will be knocking on the door in double quick time*.
Lucy Sherriff, 02 Aug 2007

Russian phishers loot $500K in two-year hacking spree

A pair of Russian hackers looted more than $500,000 from Turkish bank accounts during the course of a Trojan-powered two year hacking spree.
John Leyden, 02 Aug 2007
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Free Software Foundation plans protests at 'corrupt' BBC

The Free Software Foundation (FSF) is planning protests at key BBC sites because it believes the national broadcaster's management has been corrupted by Microsoft.
Christopher Williams, 02 Aug 2007

Intel revolted by its own 'insensitive and insulting' ad

Intel apologized this week for a print advertisement circulating around blog-land that some claim is racist.
Austin Modine, 02 Aug 2007

Man cuffed over 'cycling cheat' email hack

A man suspected of hacking into the emails of controversial Danish cyclist Michael Rasmussen in a bid to look for dirt has been arrested in Denmark.
John Leyden, 02 Aug 2007

Miserable Brits declare War on Comfort

CommentAll the year round, but especially during the summer, British newspapers love to serve up stories of American idiocy. These involve US citizens exhibiting strange overreactions, or cult-like behaviour, or generally imposing themselves in an irrational or hysterical way. In a nation as big as the USA - or even a state so rich in fruits and nuts as California - such stories aren't hard to find.
Andrew Orlowski, 02 Aug 2007
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Intel's 'Montvale' half the chip it used to be

The speeds and feeds for Intel's upcoming "Montvale" version of Itanium have made their way to the web, revealing a chip far less spectacular than once hoped.
Ashlee Vance, 02 Aug 2007

Public internet threatened by private telcos

What will the internet look like in 20 years? No one knows. But this morning at the Stanford Summit, an annual tech industry conference in Palo Alto, a panel of Silicon Valley experts laid down a few guesses.
Cade Metz, 02 Aug 2007

IBM reorganizes System i into two new business units

IBM has reorganized its System i product and management team into two new organizations, the Business Systems unit, and the Power Systems unit. The company stated that its System i business has split into two distinct client segments—large enterprise and small and medium business—each with its own set of requirements, and that it is undertaking this reorganization to better address the needs of the two communities.
Clay Ryder, 02 Aug 2007

VMware prepares Fusion dump for Mac crowd

If you're at all interested in VMware's Fusion software that lets you run multiple operating systems on a Mac, you may want to pony up for the code now. On Monday, VMware will officially start selling Fusion, ending a very drawn out beta period. The software should retail at $79, but you can still order it ahead of time for $39.
Ashlee Vance, 02 Aug 2007

Intel wins at Monopoly, grabs $60bn unfairly - says...

AMD has fired another venomous barrage at its rival Intel today. Following the European Union's intent to investigate alleged antitrust charges against Intel, AMD has released a study claiming 43 per cent of Intel's profits are a result of monopolistic practices.
Austin Modine, 02 Aug 2007

Flash: Public Wi-Fi even more insecure than previously thought

Black HatUsers of Yahoo! Mail, MySpace and just about every Web 2.0 service take note: If you access those services using public Wi-Fi, Rob Graham can probably gain unlimited access to your account - even if you logged in using the secure sockets layer protocol.
Dan Goodin, 02 Aug 2007

Google builds own phone

Looks like Google is again trying pull US telcos round to its way of thinking, this time with plans underway for a handset optimized for its online services.
Gavin Clarke, 02 Aug 2007
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Social networks to replace imagination and be woven into clothes

It’s official: There’s big money to be made selling virtual window dressing on the internet.
Cade Metz, 02 Aug 2007

Spammer gets 30 years in the slammer

Notorious spammer Christopher "Rizler" Smith was sentenced to 30 years in prison by a federal judge on Wednesday.
Austin Modine, 02 Aug 2007

Adobe bends to might of US printers

Adobe Systems has scrapped the "send to FedEx Kinkos" print button in iAdobe Reader and Acrobat Professional, in the face of overwhelming opposition from America's printing companies.
Gavin Clarke, 02 Aug 2007

HP puts customers to another Itanium test with aging gear

HP's Itanium server customers face a daunting endurance test over the next two years.
Ashlee Vance, 02 Aug 2007

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