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Muppets move to center stage for Movies.com

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Web

Curmudgeons don't come much more lovable than Statler and Waldorf, the grumpy old men who offered unsolicited and witty comments on "The Muppet Show." Now the puppet duo is getting a regular spot on http://www.Movies.com to share their inimitable reviews of upcoming films with online fans.

March of the Penguins

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Movies
Reviews

PENGUINS, who pretty much stole the animated "Madagascar" in supporting roles, are the whole show in "March of the Penguins," a remarkable, eye-popping nature documentary directed by France's Luc Jacquet.

Open source strikes at M$ Office

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Software
OSS

Microsoft Office faces stiffer competition from the open-source world following major releases of Office competitors for the Mac OS X, Unix and Linux platforms this week.

RealPlayer Flaws Trigger PC Hijack Alert

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Security

RealNetworks issued a high-risk alert and confirmed that all four flaws affect RealPlayer 10 and 10.5, RealOne Player versions 1 and 2 and RealPlayer 8.

Confidential data from Japanese nuclear plants ends up on Internet

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Security

Confidential data from Japanese nuclear plants was posted on the Internet when a worker's computer software was attacked by a virus, a company said Thursday.

Quick Fix in Linux Kernel

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Linux

Just days after the much-anticipated Linux 2.6.12 kernel was officially released, an update has been issued to fix two security vulnerabilities.

Cutting Here, but Hiring Over There

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Misc

Even as it proceeds with layoffs of up to 13,000 workers in Europe and the United States, I.B.M. plans to increase its payroll in India this year by more than 14,000 workers, according to an internal company document.

Australia outlaws using Internet to incite suicide

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Web

People who use the Internet to incite others to commit suicide or teach them how to kill themselves face fines of up to A$550,000 ($430,000) under tough new laws passed in Australia on Friday.

Aussie arrested for spam e-mail

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Security

A Perth businessman has become the first Australian to be charged under the Spam Act for sending out unsolicited e-mails, news reports on Friday said.

The Matrix: Path of Neo Screenshots

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Gaming

The Matrix: Path of Neo is the follow-up to 2003's hit action videogame based on The Matrix trilogy of films and is expected out the fourth quarter of this year.

NVIDIA 1.0-7667 Linux Display Driver Performance

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Software
Reviews

Earlier this morning, NVIDIA publicly unveiled their new 7800 GTX (G70) GPU for immediate availability. Some of its features include CineFX 4.0, eight vertex processing units, improvements in the pixel-shader, and improved anti-aliasing. In addition, the NVIDIA G70 now uses an 110nm @ TSMC process, 80 million more transistors than the GeForce 6800, and runs at a 430MHz core / 600MHz GDDR3 clock speed. We will be comparing these latest drivers against the 1.0-7664 and 1.0-7174 packages.

Security fix installed after breach

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Security

The operations center for a credit card processing firm whose security was breached by a hacker, exposing 40 million accounts to possible fraud, has put new security software in place.

Dude, Where's My Digital Car?

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Misc

After graduating from college this spring, Kim Hyun Wook of Seoul had been expecting to launch into a career as an engineer. Instead, he has joined the ranks of professional race car drivers -- though he never has to leave home to hit the track.

World's "wild" web sparks fears for the future

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Web

I spawned a monster, admits internet grandfather. David Farber, distinguished career professor of computer science and public policy, school of computer science, Carnegie Mellon University, said: "The next 10 years will be as wild as the last 25."

Library Internet Access Better Than Ever

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Web

Virtually every U.S. public library now offers free Internet access but most ration it, inhibiting the ability of lower-income families to benefit from the Information Age.

Pentagon Creating Student Database

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Security

The Defense Department began yesterday creating a database of high school students ages 16 to 18 and all college students to help the military identify potential recruits in a time of dwindling enlistment in some branches, raising privacy concerns.

Web site puts `johns' on the spot

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Web

People seeking prostitutes in Chicago already face arrest and impoundment of their cars if they are caught, but now they risk something else: public embarrassment on a city Web site.

Websites alienate Firefox users

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Moz/FF
Web

One in 10 websites fail to work properly on the open source Firefox web browser, a study shows.

Bank details sold in call centre scam

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Security

City of London police are investigating claims that an Indian call centre worker sold personal information on 1,000 UK bank accounts for £4.25 each.

Do games prime brain for violence?

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Gaming

More than 90 per cent of American children play video games every day, and half of the top sellers contain extreme violence. There is now strong evidence that people who play violent games tend to be more aggressive.

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