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Yahoo! shows paid search pays

Paid search and advertising revenue drove Yahoo! to a record first quarter, the company reported Wednesday.
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Judge stays Red Hat vs SCO

A Delaware district Judge has rejected The SCO Group's request to throw out Red Hat's lawsuit against it, but stayed the case pending the result of SCO vs. IBM vs. SCO. Judge Robinson said it would be "a waste of judicial resources" for the case to continue while litigation between IBM and SCO continues in Utah. That case isn't due to be heard until next year, although it could end much sooner.
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Intel offices raided in Japan on bad biz concerns

Intel's Japan offices have been raided by the country's Fair Trade Commission (FTC) as part of an investigation into whether or not Intel engaged in unfair business practices, El Reg has confirmed.
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Nokia blip prompts class action suit

A jittery market shaved 17 per cent off Nokia's share price on Tuesday after the company announced lower than previously anticipated sales figures.
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Dell Q1 sales on the up-and-up

Dell has announced that sales in the first quarter will beat earlier estimates, thanks mainly to higher demand in Asia and Europe. The company said its quarter sales will be $11.4bn - some $200m higher than the company predicted on 12 February. The new sales guidance also marks a 20 per cent rise over what Dell posted in the same quarter a year ago. Dell's earnings-per-share forecast was unchanged at $0.28 per share, around 22 per cent higher than it reported last year.
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Broadband kicks TV into touch

Nights in front of the TV could become a thing of the past as more and more people get hooked up to broadband.

Happy birthday, Mainframe

The mainframe is celebrating its 40th birthday, writes Bloor Research president Robin Bloor. It must be said it has stood the test of time like very few other things in the IT world. History will tell you that Tom Watson Jr. made a $5bn bet on the mainframe (then referred to as the System 360 or simply s/360) which IBM claims to be the largest privately-financed commercial project ever.
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UK students' MS codeathon triumph

Three university students are today dusting of their Lycra beach volleyball briefs and Portuguese dictionaries after winning the UK round of Microsoft's Imagine Cup.
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Union blasts NTL job cuts

Broadcast union BECTU has slammed plans by NTL to axe 1,500 call centre jobs, claiming that it is unsettling for workers who have stood by the cableco through thick and thin.
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Germans garotte Google Gmail over privacy

Google may have to rethink its new free email service Gmail, announced a week ago. The company is offering a whopping 1Gb of free storage, but scans the content of incoming email and seeds it with targeted ads.
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SurfControl boasts record quarter

The war against spam has helped boost revenues for Surfcontrol, the British web and email filtering firm.
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NCSP drafts secure code guidelines

US security researchers, academics, software vendors and government officials have put their heads together to come up with a list of guidelines for improving software security.
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Tracking the Blackout bug

A number of factors and failings came together to make the August 14th northeastern blackout the worst outage in North American history. One of them was buried in a massive piece of software compiled from four million lines of C code and running on an energy management computer in Ohio.
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Is spim worse than spam?

Spim - Instant Message spam - is more than just a nuisance: It's a security risk. The recent "Osama Found" adware campaign and Bizex worm attack show how easily IM technology can be manipulated to fool users into opening malicious code.
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FAA greenlights private spaceship

US outfit Scaled Composites is one step closer to its dream of private space travel, after the Federal Aviation Authority greenlighted its "SpaceShipOne" for sub-orbital flights.
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Union ballots SBC workers on strike action

Some 100,000 workers at the giant US telco SBC Communications are to vote on strike action. The Communications Workers of America (CWA) told SBC that it has been given 30-days notice that union members may go on strike.
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RSA fends off France Telecom patent claims

A patent licensing dispute between RSA Security and France Telecom dating back 12 years has been resolved in favour of the security firm.
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Boffins seek human chimps

Apparently it's not enough that we humans got up on two legs, walked out of the Rift Valley, developed the ability to speak, went on to put our thoughts down in writing and ultimately invented email.
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EU revises patent licensing rules

The European Commission today adopted new rules for the licensing of patents, know-how and software copyright. Brussels said the new rules - part of a "fundamental reform" of European antitrust regulations due to come into force on 1 May - will reduce bureaucracy.