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Jury awards Lexar $465.4 million

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Legal

A jury in California on Thursday ordered Toshiba and one of its U.S. subsidiaries to pay an $381.4 million in damages for breach of fiduciary duty and theft of trade secrets in the largest IP (intellectual property) verdict in California history and the third-largest IP verdict in the U.S.

Audiobook retailer Audible infringed on patent

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Software
Legal

Audible, based in Wayne, N.J., is the third company Digeo has sued alleging infringement on its patent, which was filed in 1996 and granted in 1998. Digeo has filed similar lawsuits against mobile-device software company PalmSource and digital music company MusicMatch.

Text message that cried wolf

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Sci/Tech
Legal

ARMED police stormed a youth hostel after schoolchildren sent text messages to their parents saying: "Hooded gunmen. Laura shot in leg."

Officers in flak jackets broke in at midnight after parents dialled 999. But the messages were a prank by British pupils on a trip to France.

Kmart acquires Sears

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Misc

Kmart chief Edward Lampert yesterday got 69 percent vote from his shareholders giving him the green signal for the $12.3bn acquisition of Sears Roebuck & Co. The merger is expected to halt further decline in sales of both the retail giants.

Fastest supercomputer gets faster

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Blue Gene/L, the fastest supercomputer in the world, has broken its own speed record, reaching 135.5 teraflops - a trillion calculations a second.

Patent Claims Are a Red Herring, Microsoft Says

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Microsoft
Legal

Legal organizations scrutinizing the legitimacy of Microsoft Corp.'s patent on automatic IP address generation have an "anti-patent" agenda, according to Microsoft.

My workstation OS: PCLinuxOS Preview 8

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Linux
Reviews

I found the GNOME desktop more appealing than KDE until I found Mandrakelinux 10. Mandrake looked good to me, from its fonts to its slide bars. On the functional side, it had some wonderful system administration tools, graphical and centralized. But for some reason Mandrake 10 didn't find my home wireless network. That led me to search for alternatives. I discovered PCLinuxOS, a free LiveCD distribution originally based on Mandrake.

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U.S. Navy and OSSI Initiate Open Source CRADA Activities

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OSS

Government and industry representatives gathered on Tuesday, March 22, 2005, at Stennis Space Center to launch the second open source software research and development program between the U.S. Navy and the Open Source Software Institute ( OSSI ).

War of words over operating systems' safety

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Linux
Microsoft
Security

Doubts were cast this week over the security of three major software systems formerly regarded as safe havens from hacker attacks and viruses.

But experts argue that despite the new findings, these systems are still more secure than their Microsoft counterparts because hackers overwhelmingly target the Windows software.

Computer worm taxes Revenue Dept.

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Misc

A computer worm that infected Washington state Revenue Department's system caused some businesses to be charged twice for their taxes.

How to sell your self for a song

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Misc

The chance to win theatre tickets is enough to make people give away their identity, reveals a survey.

Yahoo Search Embraces Content Sharing

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Web

Yahoo has created a search site for finding digital content that can be reused and shared for free.

The Sunnyvale, Calif.-based company Thursday will announce Yahoo Search for Creative Commons, a service for searching millions of Web pages which include content that is available under the Creative Commons license.

Woman eating chili bites into human finger

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A woman's meal at a Wendy's restaurant brought a whole new meaning to the term "finger food." The woman bit into a portion of a human finger while eating a bowl of chili Tuesday night at the San Jose restaurant, Santa Clara County health officials said Wednesday.

Microsoft vs Linux Reports - Sheer Waste Of Time?

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Microsoft

Praveen Kurup fires back at that Security Innovations report that stated windows is more secure than linux. They point out several statements contained within that reveal "a few discrepancies that question its credibility."

M$: Trade up to 64-bit Windows for free

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Microsoft

Microsoft plans to allow customers and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to trade in their 32-bit versions of Windows for 64-bit editions.

Microsoft denies Xbox issues

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Microsoft has denied a report in the British tech publication The Register, that last month's recall of power cords for 14.1 million Xboxes was connected to broken solder joints inside early Xbox consoles.

FSG appointed Linux industry pioneer Arthur F. Tyde III CTO

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OSS

The Free Standards Group ( FSG ), a nonprofit organization dedicated to developing and promoting open source software standards, today announced it has appointed Linux industry pioneer Arthur F. Tyde III to the position of chief technology officer.

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Drive-by Trojans exploit browser flaws

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Security

Symantec blames Trojans for an upsurge in client-side exploits for web browsers. Between July and December 2004 Symantec documented 13 vulnerabilities affecting Internet Explorer and 21 vulnerabilities affecting each of the Mozilla browsers. Six vulnerabilities were reported in Opera and none in Safari.

ICANN rubber-stamps .eu domain name

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INTERWEB OVERLORD ICANN gave the ok to the European Commission-appointed-organisation, Eurid, to go ahead and use the top level domain (TLD) name suffix .eu.

A draft .eu registration policy will be published in June and the ‘sunrise period’ will begin in "late 2005".

IBM settles $400 million to Compuware

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Hardware
Legal

In the end, a jury of eight won't deliberate the trade secrets case between Compuware Corp. and IBM Corp.

But jurors in the 3-year-old case, which culminated in a $400-million settlement late Monday night, said Tuesday that the weight of evidence so far made them side with Compuware.

IBM had yet to present.

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