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Gamers rally for Katrina support

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Online gamers are joining the US public to give their support to those affected by the aftermath of the destructive hurricane Katrina.

Roaring Penguin Rates The Words That Spammers Use

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Roaring Penguin, a company best known for its spam-fighting server software, has recently decided to publicize the most "popular" words found in the spam messages its software has trapped.

Katrina public web kiosk project wants volunteers

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A Linux developer is organizing volunteers for a public "web station" project to assist Hurricane Katrina victims.

States expand push for sales taxes on Internet purchases

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Come this fall, 13 states will start encouraging — though not demanding — that online businesses collect sales taxes just as Main Street stores are required to do.

At the Sounding Edge: Dave's Distractions

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It's hard to stay on track when so much great new Linux audio software and resources are being released. So here we go with Dave's Distractions for August 2005.

Oil surges over $70 on Katrina

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U.S. oil prices surged to a record above $70 a barrel as one of the country's biggest storms tore through the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, forcing oil producers and refiners to shut down operations.

CDs on the way out?

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An Ohio based rock band is releasing their next "album" on DVD, online and vinyl only. Warner Bros. says, "You can avoid the CD. It's on its way out."

Pixar faces SEC inquiry

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Steve Jobs' Pixar Animation Studios said today it has received an ``informal request for information'' from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Technology feels the chill

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Just weeks after the US supreme court ruled against filesharing network Grokster, legal experts and industry insiders say the verdict is having a chilling effect on US technological innovation.

Relax Bill, It's Google's Turn as the Villain

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Many in Silicon Valley are skittish about Google's size and power, and fret that its strengths are transforming it into a threat.

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