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Ballmer rejects simpler software licensing, PayPal hacker banished, Energy-from-waste powers US army, and Facebook acknowledges access problems.

Ballmer rejects simpler software licensing

Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer has rejected calls from UK customers to simplify the supplier`s software licensing policies, reports

Ballmer was facing clients during a question-and-answer session following his presentation on Windows 7 and its server counterpart, Windows Server 2008 R2.

One question put to Ballmer was: "I would appreciate your thoughts on simplifying the application licensing," which received shouts from the audience of "Hear, hear!" and general applause throughout the room.

PayPal hacker banished

PayPal suspended the account of a white-hat hacker on Tuesday, a day after someone used his research into Web site authentication to publish a counterfeit certificate for the online payment processor, says The Register.

"Under the Acceptable Use Policy, PayPal may not be used to send or receive payments for items that show the personal information of third parties in violation of applicable law," company representatives wrote in an e-mail sent to the hacker, Moxie Marlinspike. "Please understand that this is a security measure meant to help protect you and your account. We apologise for any inconvenience."

The e-mail, sent from an unmonitored PayPal address, makes no mention of the item that violates the PayPal policy. The suspension effectively freezes more than $500 in the account until Marlinspike submits a signed affidavit swearing he has removed the PayPal logos from his site.

Energy-from-waste powers US army

A system that generates energy from rubbish is being sent by defence firm Qinetiq to the US army, reports The BBC.

The PyTEC system heats mixed waste, releasing a gas that can be burned to produce five times more energy than is required to drive the system.

Qinetiq says the system, already in use on British navy ship HMS Ocean, has been "containerised" for US army use.

Facebook acknowledges access problems

Facebook has acknowledged the presence of an internal glitch that left some members with their accounts inaccessible, says CNet.

"We are currently experiencing a technical issue with one of our databases that is resulting in an extended period of maintenance for some users," a statement e-mailed to CNET News by Facebook spokeswoman Malorie Lucich read. "We are working on a fix now and hope to have this resolved in the next 24 hours."

The member complaints, according to reader e-mails sent to CNET News and comments posted to recent (unrelated) entries on Facebook`s company blog, detail an issue in which accounts were rendered inaccessible and replaced by alerts that they were down for maintenance.

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