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Intel Folsom Employees Aid Hurricane Concert

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More than 600 volunteers from Intel Folsom are manning phone lines tonight in conjunction with a massive Hurricane Katrina telethon event broadcast on all the major television networks.

Lost children database goes live

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Children separated from families after the deadly Hurricane Katrina are being helped by the US National Center for Missing and Exploited Children as their website is also serving as an online album of children who are trying to find their families.

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.

Google Techs, Entrepreneurs Match Wits

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Free-flowing beer, live music, karaoke and arcade games kept the party raging at the Googleplex the other night, but the real action was unfolding inside a sterile conference room at Google Inc.'s headquarters.

Is Bill Gates most spammed in world?

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As you go through your e-mail trying to separate the good stuff from the spam, reflect that Bill Gates gets about 4 million spam messages a day.

Computers help tech-savvy counterfeiters cash in

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The popularity and affordability of home computers have revolutionized one of the nation's oldest crimes: counterfeiting.

Laptop Sale Turns Into a Stampede

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A rush to purchase $50 used laptops turned into a violent stampede Tuesday, with people getting thrown to the pavement, beaten with a folding chair and nearly driven over. One woman went so far as to wet herself rather than surrender her place in line.

Can you cash in on AMD's chips?

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Selling fast chips doesn't guarantee a semiconductor company's success. There's more to financial success than speed. But the fact AMD has been able to hang in there so long underscores that it's a real competitor. So, what's an investor to do?

Oh NO! Bananas could be wiped out

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Banana plantations in Indonesia, Malaysia, Australia and Taiwan have been destroyed by the fungus, which is spreading through much of Southeast Asia, reports Popular Science.

You've got mail trouble

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Alberto Gonzales won't do it anymore, and President Bush hasn't done it in years.

It got Harry Stonecipher fired from the top post at Boeing Co., and it earned investment banker Frank Quattrone an 18-month prison sentence.

The culprit?

Music Industry Worried About CD Burning

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Music copied onto blank recordable CDs is becoming a bigger threat to the bottom line of record stores and music labels than online file-sharing, the head of the recording industry's trade group said Friday.

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