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Mac drought fails to lift Street, spirits

Perhaps Steve Jobs has found the real solution for dealing with "rumor" sites: make keynotes so short of new product that no one wants to read the advance rumors. A kind of "don't announce anything" strategy.
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Copyright enforcer Ranger Online caught stealing content

Internet spyware outfit Ranger Online has taken considerable heat for a little gimmick it's developed which, in the words of MSNBCi columnist Bob Sullivan, "cruises file-swapping networks like Gnutella to find copyrighted materials, hunts down the IP address of the poster, then discovers which Internet service provider is being used. Soon after, the MPAA sends its form letter to the ISP. Under the Digital Copyright Millennium Act, Internet providers are compelled to stop distribution of copyrighted materials when they are notified, so the ISP in turn forwards the note to the user, along with a threat of disconnection."

HP Continues Compaq's Detente with EMC

Even though EMC Corp and Hewlett Packard Co yesterday tried to play up the extension of the storage technology-swapping deal started between EMC and Compaq, HP predictably declared that the deal in no way implies support for EMC's WideSky middleware initiative, writes Tim Stammers. The agreement covers the use of either …
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Chinese mobile to outstrip fixed lines in a year

The number of mobile phone users in China hit 176m in June, the Ministry of Information Industry said this week. This represented an additional 31.35 million users hooking up in the first half of this year, the Xinhua news agency reported. By comparison, the number of fixed line subscribers was 198 million, up 19.9 million …
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Reading the runes of IBM's Q2s

IBM Corp reported its financial results for the second quarter yesterday, and John Joyce, the company's chief financial officer, spent a great deal of time explaining the ins and outs of charges due to restructurings, layoffs, and the ongoing (and as yet uncompleted) sale of its hard disk drive business to rival Hitachi …
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Internet monopoly alert!

VeriSign is attempting to push through a proposal which will effectively see one company control .com and .net Internet domain names, despite huge opposition from everyone else in the market.
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Symantec buys SecurityFocus, Riptech, Recourse

Symantec Corp yesterday said it will spend $355m to buy three privately held security companies, following a fiscal first quarter in which it turned a loss into a profit on sales up almost 40%. Riptech Inc, Recourse Technologies Inc and SecurityFocus Inc will all help beef up Symantec's intrusion detection and warning …
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AMD chalks up huge loss, admits to extended red zone

Advanced Micro Devices Inc yesterday admitted that it will continue to bleed red ink for the immediate future, as it unveiled a massive loss for its second quarter. The company will be under further pressure in the months ahead, as it tries to make the best of what is likely to be no more than an anemic recovery in the run …
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BT ordered to cut cost of Net access

Oftel is to force BT to cut the cost of its wholesale unmetered dial-up Internet access by 8.5 per cent.
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Deloitte Consulting has Monday: on its mind

It certainly has been a busy year on the roller-coaster ride that is international consulting. The latest firm to take its clients on a rebranding white-knuckle experience is Deloitte Consulting, who will soon formalise its split from accounting giant Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu.
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Redbus row rumbles on

There's a row at Redbus Interhouse - and it's getting ugly.
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Virgin.net pilots broadband

Virgin.net is to pilot a broadband service ahead of a full launch in September.
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AOL “cooked books” as dot.com bubble burst

AOL misrepresented its accounts in three quarterly periods as the 'New Economy' bubble was bursting, according to an investigation by the Washington Post. The Post examined $270 million worth of deals made during 2000 and 2001, a period when dot.com collapses - a key source of AOL's ad revenue - were threatened to the online giant's explosive ad revenue growth.
DVD it in many colours

UK boffins get supercomputer boost

Cheshire is to become the site of a £53m high performance computer centre which will be used by UK academics to spearhead research in fields as diverse as drug design and aircraft safety.
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FoTW: Bad language breeds Bad language

Letters Re: Why Microsoft makes a complete hash out of C# Re: Why Microsoft C# is 'paralysed or dead'
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Hello, I'd like to speak to Dr Really Evil please…

The normally smooth running of the Reg telephony department (John Leyden - VP in Charge of Customer Interface), was interrupted this morning when we received a call asking to be put through to "Dr Really Evil".
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Amazon opens web services kimono

There's more to web services than the promise of sacking your call center casual labor, and obliging the public to use fully automated self-service applications instead, of semi-automated human wetware.
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‘Dotcom millionaire’ pulls out of porn

Benjamin Cohen - one-time teenage "dotcom millionaire" - is pulling out of the porn business.
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Deloitte Consulting rebrands as mineral water

It seems that our timely piece this morning regarding Deloitte Consulting's impending rebrand provoked immediate and decisive action on the matter.
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Mac users outraged at iTools, upgrade taxes

$100 per year is too much for many Mac users to hold on to their mac.com email addresses, and Apple sysadmins have been furiously busy deleting the complaints that flooded Apple's own technical forums. Users are also unhappy that the upgrade to 10.2 costs a full $129, with no discount for existing Mac OS X users.
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Hitachi creates splash with water cooled P4 notebook

Hitachi has begun selling a wondrous-sounding water-cooled notebook computer in Japan, according to a report by IDG Tokyo correspondent Kuriko Miyake. The machine runs a 1.8GHz mobile Pentium 4, and has a flexible tube which carries water over the chips in order to dissipate heat.
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JPEGs are not free: Patent holder pursues IP grab

A video conferencing company based in Austin, Texas says it's going to pursue royalties on the transmission of JPEG images.
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Nokia shares slip on lowered estimates

Nokia hit its targets for profits and sales growth, but its shares slumped on the Stockholm exchange as the mobile sector continues to be stagnant.
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Net access at work is a perk, say employees

Employees don't give a stuff about using their computers at work to access the Net.
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Fair Use advocates silenced by Big Brother

Advocates trying to speak for regular Internet users were basically told to sit down and shut up during a "public" workshop on digital rights management dominated by IT heavyweights and Big Hollywood at the U.S. Department of Commerce Wednesday.