MTV acquires virtual critter site NeoPets

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Web

MTV, which also owns runs Nickelodeon and Nick.com, said the addition of NeoPets.com to its portfolio will boost its presence in the online entertainment segment for children and young adults.

Perplexed consumers dial up tech 'geeks'

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Sci/Tech

"Help! Send a geek!"

That's the growing cry of technology shoppers across the USA as they grapple with increasingly complex computers and other consumer electronics.

Need a new computer? Wait for new faster chips

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Hardware

These days, with computer prices lower than ever, you can get a bare-bones Mac or PC for less than $500. But if you're thinking about buying a new computer, you might want to wait a few months.

Knoppix 4.0 is ready

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Linux

With Version 3.9 of the Live CD Linux Knoppix only recently completed, the next one is already in the offing. In time for the event LinuxTag 2005, it is based on the recently released Debian 3.1.

Change proposed in EU Microsoft case

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Microsoft

The top judge of the European Union's second-highest court has proposed changing judges in the Microsoft Corp. antitrust case, according to a letter sent to all parties in the case.

Days of tax-free Net shopping may be over

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Web

Those who believe that death and taxes are the only sure things in life have not spent much time with online retailers, who have largely avoided paying most sales taxes. But that situation appears to be near an end.

First OpenSolaris derivative in the wild

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OS

Dubbed 'SchilliX' after its principal developer, the first operating system based on OpenSolaris has been released, days after Sun Microsystems freed the massive code base.

Higher studies via internet

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Web

The number of people earning degrees online has more than tripled during the past four years to more than 1 million. As Americans seek to increase their training and climb the corporate ladder, for-profit universities are expanding on the Internet in what has become the fastest-growing segment of higher education.

Emerge Litrix-3.0

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Linux
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To steal the intro from distrowatch, "Litrix-3.0 has been released. Unlike the distribution's previous releases, which were based on Slackware, the latest release is based on Gentoo Linux. This brings the power of Portage to Litrix, together with easy installation of software, better language support, excellent documentation, and a possibility to re-master the live CD with a simple script." I found this idea quite intriguing and spent today installing, testing, ...playing with it.

Will women drive game growth at last?

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Gaming

"To sustain the industry's growth rate, the publishers need to develop the kind of games that turn the casual female gamer into a core gamer," says Anita Frazier, an analyst with NDP Group. "The casual female gamer is underserved; the challenge is to convert them."

Taking a trip down memory-chip lane

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Sci/Tech

Renewed interest in old-school computing is more than just a trip down memory-chip lane. Early computers are a part of our technological heritage, and also offer a unique perspective on how today's machines work.

Free software game server engineers in Court

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Legal

On Monday, June 20, the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments in Blizzard v. BnetD, a case that could dramatically impact consumers' ability to customize software and electronic devices and to obtain customized tools created by others.

Programming Jobs Losing Luster in U.S.

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News

As tens of thousands of engineering jobs migrate to developing countries, many new entrants into the U.S. work force see info tech jobs as monotonous, uncreative and easily farmed out - the equivalent of 1980s manufacturing jobs.

Burners' Bummer

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Sci/Tech

New Software Guards CDs From Copiers, and the Mix Culture Doesn't Like It.

In a move that risks alienating a dwindling customer base, the major record labels are tightening up restrictions on CDs.

Supreme Court to rule on file-sharing

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Legal

The decision on MGM v. Grokster, which could come as early as tomorrow, tackles the problem of illegal file sharing of songs and video over the Web, but its impact could be much broader.

Thanks to geniuses in Congress, your TV may no longer work

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Sci/Tech

ONE DAY in the not-too-distant future, all the TV sets in your home that aren't hooked to cable boxes will turn into pumpkins.

'Teleporting' over the internet

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Sci/Tech

Computer scientists in the US are developing a system which would allow people to "teleport" a solid 3D recreation of themselves over the internet.

A Web Hoax, Transformed

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Web

In a classically surreal Internet moment, an e-mail campaign to save PBS that turned into a hoax has suddenly become true again.

FDIC latest to fall victim to theft of employee data

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Security

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. has joined a growing number of public- and private-sector entities that have had to tell employees that their personal data has been stolen.

How much power does KDE need?

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KDE

Honestly, I just love hacking while traveling by train - no IRC, no ICQ, no email that steals attention. However, most of the time I don't sit near a power supply socket so my laptop runs from battery. How much do you need for running KDE?

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