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Technology News Archive - July 12, 2005

Jul. 11--A former regional vice president of Computer Associates International Inc. was charged last week with a single count of filing false tax returns stemming from an alleged scheme in which he received a cut of subordinates' sales commissions but failed to claim the income, authorities said.

Carnegie Mellon University's autonomous robotic HUMMER Sandstorm drove an unprecedented 200 miles in seven hours without human guidance last week in preparation for the 2005 DARPA Grand Challenge, a 175-mile driverless desert race with a $2 million winner-take-all prize.

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Sheryl Crow will soon be singing for Dell Inc., the world's largest personal computer supplier.

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Anti-spyware vendors and consumer groups took a stab at issuing uniform definitions for "spyware" and "adware" on Tuesday in hopes of giving computer users more control over their machines. The definitions seek clarity that could help improve anti-spyware products, educate consumers and fend off lawsuits.

TV advertisers are facing a potential disaster as more consumers buy digital video recorders (DVRs), according to a new study, since about 90 percent of current users fast-forward through ads.

Jul. 12--NORFOLK -- Thomas W. Epley, Norshipco's president and general manager, resigned Friday following the company's purchase by Europe's largest defense company. Word of his departure comes as the company is starting to furlough 300 workers over the next six weeks, a union official said.

A Web site created the same day as last week's multiple bomb blasts in London to act as a focal point for passive defiance has turned into a global shrine that has already attracted 11 million hits in just five days.

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U.S. local television broadcasters said on Tuesday they would accept a 2009 deadline to switch to airing only higher-quality digital signals, a date being considered by lawmakers.

Word of the Day
drawcansir
  • A blustering, bullying fellow; a pot-valiant braggart; a bully.
This word is named for Draw-Can-Sir, a character in George Villiers' 17th century play The Rehearsal.
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