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Punters tell of NatWest e-banking woe

Customers of NatWest's online bank are still reporting problems accessing their accounts following an upgrade at the weekend.
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Ads keep Yahoo! in the black

Yahoo! Inc yesterday showed that the second quarter was not just a blip on the radar, as a 50% increase in revenue, aided by a resurgence of advertising dollars, gave the web portal firm its second consecutive profitable quarter since the bubble burst. The company predicted an ad revenue rebound in July, and seems to have …
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C&W seek another injunction against Akamai

Cable & Wireless Plc this week asked a San Francisco District Court to stop Akamai Technologies Inc selling its flagship EdgeSuite service on the basis that it may infringe a C&W patent on internet route selection. C&W sued Akamai in August, saying EdgeSuite infringes its "host-to-host adaptive route protocol" US patent. …
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Philips dissolves Components business

Royal Philips Electronics is to dissolve its Components Division and sell off or merge some of its sub units, after a wide-ranging review of the business' performance. The Dutch electronics giant said its aim was to reduce costs and simplify the structure and organization of its electronics activities and bring its optical …
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Microsoft outlines 3D progress to Trustworthiness

Microsoft Corp senior vice president, chief technology officer and security czar Craig Mundie claims the software company is on track in its Trustworthy Computing initiative with a series of near-term security developments known as SD-cubed. The moniker refers to Microsoft systems that are to be secured by design, by …
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'It's Tough' for Symbian as Psion sees WinCE device surge

Psion Teklogix is experiencing soaring sales of its Windows CE-powered netpad devices, only months after launch. But the news, while good for Teklogix, may not be as welcome to parent company Psion Plc, whose Symbian operating system (OS) looks set to be the loser, Tony Cripps writes. Raf Jezierski, director mobile …
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Fujitsu Siemens doing better than market

Fujitsu-Siemens Computers BV CEO Adrian von Hammerstein yesterday revealed the company made a pre-tax loss of €21m ($20.7m) on revenue of €2.45bn ($2.42bn) for the six months to September 30. The company said that discounting a 23m euro restructuring charge, operating profit was 2m euros. At the PC maker's annual …
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Man dies playing computer games

A South Korean man died after a marathon session playing computer games.
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November 18 date set for UnitedLinux

The first full version of UnitedLinux will be available from November 18.
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Judge blows Lawsuits in Motion a Raspberry

A California Judge has dealt a setback to Research in Motion's attempt to prevent Good Technology from selling its copycat pager in the United States. Judge Ikola, in Orange County, Ca. denied RIM a request for a restraining order against Good.
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Dell nukes HP with printer ink pledge

Michael Dell yesterday repeated his threat to undercut rivals on the price of printer consumables, a pledge which could nuke Hewlett Packard's biggest source of revenue.
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NTK 404/shirt/tie found

Good news for those Cash'n'Carrion customers who have been waiting for new stocks of the NTK "404/shirt/tie not found" t-shirt - we can report that they are now back in stock.

Beware the IDEs of disk

The enterprise storage industry could not ignore IDE for much longer. At the low end, IDE-based RAID boxes now beat SCSI hands down on price per MB, and with many drive manufacturers making their SCSI and IDE products from common components, the argument that SCSI offers better quality doesn't wash anymore.
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Games of the 80s bounce back on Nokia handsets

One of the strange quirks of today's mobile phone market is that the greatest hits games you might recall from nigh on 20 years ago are returning, on a device in your pocket Real Soon Now. Or indeed, actually now. Greybeards among The Register readership who remember Repton for the BBC Model B will be pleased (or possibly disturbed) to hear you can now get it on a mobile phone for £7.50.
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NTL was jetliner in power dive, says leaked memo

Morale at NTL is low, according to a recent survey of employees at the cableco.
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Supremes sympathize in copyright immortality case

Updated The US Supreme Court heard arguments in Eldred v. Ashcroft Wednesday, where the infamous Mickey Mouse copyright extension law of 1998 was challenged and defended.