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Apr 2 2007   6:28AM GMT

Channel news: IE7 download is spam; Calif. wastes $1.4B onIT; Symantec Backup Vista-rified

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Spam poses as Internet Explorer 7 download  Beware of emails from “admin@microsoft.com.” It may look like an invitation to download Internet Explorer 7, but it’s really a trick to infect machines with malware. [SearchSecurity.com]

California’s $1.4bn IT boondoggle More dollars than sense. [TheReg]

Symantec Backup Exec gets Vista-tized Fresh release Exchanged and x64ed too. [TheReg]

Cisco develops smart network bot Network connection drops and these little guys pick it right back up again. [DailyTech]

VoIP traffic: Five steps to prepare your network VoIP traffic is much more sensitive to latency, jitter and packet loss than most network applications. It is crucial that you ensure that your network is ready to handle this new demand. In this tip, learn how VoIP will affect your network and the top five changes you can make to adjust your network for VoIP traffic.[SearchVOIP.com]

H-1B scramble hits fever pitch The months leading up to the opening of the H-1B filing season has been more dramatic than ever this year, due only in part to speedy exhaustion of visa supply last year, setting a new record. [eWEEK]

Microsoft adjusts to up support for thin-client computing After years of mocking the viability of thin desktop clients, Microsoft has been quietly shifting its thinking. On Monday, the company announced two major licensing changes that demonstrate the company’s further embrace of the network-computer-like model. [Computerworld]

Apple invades the living room  The long-awaited Apple TV home entertainment adapter has finally shipped, and for the first time reviewers and consumers can see for themselves whether Apple’s iPod magic can extend into the living room. [Reuters]

Microsoft Deepfish prototype out Microsoft has unveiled a new mobile web browser called Deepfish, designed to offer users quick and convenient Web browsing. Microsoft claims Deepfish to closely resemble the experience of browsing the Web on desktop PCs. [TechTree]

Best April 1 news and products:

Piranhaz – R/C battle fish Shooting fish with lasers is a fun hobby, but there’s not much sport to it. So, we armed some fishies with lasers of their own. Then, we made them remote control. Then, we dumped them in our fish tank and waged some fishy war. [ThinkGeek.com]

The lonely guy dream vacation digital photo frame If you have neither the time nor the inclination to make friends and take vacations yourself, let our new photo frame do the work for you! The onboard processor digitally mattes yourself into fun situations, and with the people you dream about. Display the frame prominently to ward away awkward explanations of your nonexistent weekend plans!   [ThinkGeek.com]

Vilcus Plug Dactyloadapter Test any electrical plug for live current, with this adapter to connect two fingers directly to the outlet. [ThinkGeek.com]

Google announces free in-home wireless broadband service“Dark porcelain” project offers self-installed plumbing-based Internet accessGoogle today announced the launch of Google TiSP (BETA)™, a free in-home wireless broadband service that delivers online connectivity via users’ plumbing systems. The Toilet Internet Service Provider (TiSP) project is a self-installed, ad-supported online service that will be offered entirely free to any consumer with a WiFi-capable PC and a toilet connected to a local municipal sewage system.

Pirate Bay announces copyright shield, sanctuary in North Korean embassy Today we announce that we’re moving some of our servers to the North-Korean Embassy in Stockholm, Sweden. We get redundant fibre links, redundant power with diesel to last for four years; we are also promised immunity against foreign copyright holders.

“One of the reasons that we’re doing the move is also that the Swedish King still haven’t granted us a visit with his daughter. This ignorance towards the cultural benefits of having a site like The Pirate Bay can not be ignored.” says Tiamo, one of the founders of The Pirate Bay. [Pirate Bay]

Cellphone dental implants coming soon Developers are close to releasing a cellphone device that is implanted into your molars. ‘Once implanted in a person’s molar, the transducer caused the tooth to vibrate in response to radio signals. [HowStuffWorks.com]

Astronaut Sunita Williams preps for space marathon
US astronaut Sunita Williams will be an official entrant in the Boston Marathon on 16 April, despite being in orbit onboard the International Space Station. [ITWire]

Bloggers mourn bald, rich Fiorina ‘I shaved myself for Britney.’ [TheReg]

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