If you've ever played a shooter such as Call of Duty, Battlefield or Halo in online multiplayer mode, then you will appreciate how difficult it can be to stay alive when everyone else has better weapons and knows the game maps so much better than you. But now there is hope for nOObs everywhere, as a new type of online entrepreneur in the form of the virtual bodyguard arrives on the scene. One hard-core gamer who is offering his services as an online bodyguard caught my attention recently, advertising his services on the [URL="http://www.fivesquids.co.uk/Technology/2622/take-bullets-for-you-for-half-an-hour"]fivesquids[/URL] website where he is charging five …

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Most spam continues to be drugs related, yet it is aimed at workers in the automotive industry. The United States, traditionally king of malware infected email, has dropped like a lead balloon to be overtaken by the UK. And workers prefer to download stuff on the move and get their sexual kicks in the office. Who said that security reports were boring? DaniWeb has been talking to Paul Wood, senior analyst at Symantec Hosted Services, about the implications of the newly published [URL="http://www.messagelabs.com/intelligence.aspx"]September 2010 MessageLabs Intelligence Report[/URL]. [attach]17355[/attach]The report, published by September 21st, reveals that some 35 percent of workers …

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Remember Lycos? One of the earlier leaders in search, it was sold to Spanish firm Terra for more than $12 billion ten years ago. This week [URL="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=129246686&ft=1&f=1006"]it sold again[/URL] to an Indian company, for a paltry $36 million. Ouch. That got us wondering how some tech companies seem to go so easily from standing on top of the world to the digital bargain bin. [ATTACH=right]16714[/ATTACH]For at least part of the answer, we contacted Ernest von Simson, a guy we like to think of simply as the brains behind many of the world's top CIOs, although his [URL="http://www.limitsofstrategy.com/about_Author.html"]official bio[/URL] puts it …

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[ATTACH=right]16632[/ATTACH]This week, the world's most famous search and everything else company waded into a ballot battle in Google's home state of California. [URL="http://news.cnet.com/8301-30684_3-20013242-265.html"]At an event held at the company's Mountain View HQ[/URL], Google 'Green Energy Czar' [URL="http://research.google.com/pubs/author3525.html"]Bill Weihl[/URL] and a handful of other green business personalities announced their collective opposition to California's Proposition 23. Prop 23 will be on state ballots this November and, if passed, would block a previously passed law that sets out plans to reduce the state's greenhouse gas emissions. It would suspend that law, known as A-B 32, until the state's unemployment rate dips below 5.5 …

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