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UK IT recruitment hits two-year high

IT recruitment is looking better than at any time in the last two years, with two thirds of companies looking to recruit more staff in the next three months.
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id Software RTMs Doom 3

Doom 3 has hit the CD pressing plants and will hit the shops on 2 August.
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Gates stumps up $45m to fight TB

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has stumped up $44.7m to fund research into tackling tuberculosis (TB) - the leading cause of death among HIV-positive people. The cash will be used to formulate strategies to control TB in areas of high HIV infection rates.
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Gov.uk launches anti-fraud website

Mariam Abacha in Lagos
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Swiss telco fined £50K for UK rogue dialling action

ICSTIS has fined a Swiss telco £50,000 for installing premium rate diallers for an Internet-based adult service onto the PCs of British members of the public, without their knowledge. DDD Com AG was also barred from offering premium rate services in the UK for six months and to offer redress to all complainants. Opera Telecom supplied the premium rate number used by DDD Com AG.
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Beckham penalty outrage ball lands on eBay

The ball which David "Goldennads" Beckham thundered over the bar during the Euro 2004 penalty shoot-out against Portugal has landed on eBay.
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Sony Ericsson debuts keyboard smart phone

Sony Ericsson today upgraded its P900 smart phone, adding a Blackberry-style QWERTY micro-keyboard to the handset in a bid to grab a bigger share of customers moving from PDAs.
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Sony Ericsson carries on making money

This is getting to be a bit of a habit. Sony Ericsson has posted a quarterly profit, its fourth in a row. As the profit in question is for its fiscal Q2, it's a bit early yet for the mobile phone maker to uncork the champagne for a full financial year in the black. But indications are promising.
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Forensic computing uncloaks industrial espionage

Forensic computing techniques proved decisive in winning a recent High Court action involving underhand dealings and industrial espionage in Britain's automotive tools industry.
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Feds slap cuffs on US college eBay blaggers

Five US students from Washington have had their collars felt after selling stolen goods on eBay to fund their way through college.
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Guilty until proven innocent - DRM the mobile phone way

Digital Rights Management on mobile phones hasn't so far been much of an issue, but with highly capable multimedia devices and mobile music download services starting to appear, that is going to change. And the bad news for the consumer is that the phone industry appears to have learned from the PC business, where DRM can still be resisted because you still have a choice. Handset manufacturers and mobile phone networks, on the other hand, have a power beyond Microsoft's wildest dreams, because they really can outlaw non-DRM compliant devices. Up to a point.
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The Great Utility Bill Swindle

Given the obstreperous tone of letters from the UK's utility companies should you owe them more than around £2.50, direct debit customers may be surprised to learn that they are on average £125 in credit on their gas and electricity bills - 20 per cent of the annual mean spend.
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Nvidia said to be working on GeForce 6800 LE

Nvidia is preparing a lesser version of its GeForce 6800 chip, the latest version of the company's drivers are reported to reveal.
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Bush to sign anti-phishing bill

President Bush is poised to sign today a bill designed to combat the burgeoning crime of ID theft, particularly phishing scams.
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Archos ships 'DVR to go' handheld video recorder

Reg Kit Watch French portable media player specialist Archos has announced its latest video device aimed at consumers who want to record TV shows and watch them on the move.

The Great Enterprise IM love-in

The three great public instant message suppliers are to open up their networks - but only for businesses.
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Star Trek flat: yours for $1m

One ambitious Star Trek aficionado is offering his one-bedroom flat in Hinckley, Leicestershire for a cool $1m.

netReplay is watching you

UK firm Chronicle Solutions has launched netReplay, a content capturing product, which it describes as a CCTV for computer networks.
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Man Utd enters free ISP race

It was five years ago today... Today's slurp from the stagnant pool of yesteryear is especially for El Reg hack John "Lips" Leyden, who is noted for being a bit of a Manchester United FC fan. That's the Manchester United who failed to take last season's Premiership title, in case readers had forgotten:
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SyChip gains Palm OK for Wi-Fi modules

Wi-Fi module developer SyChip has joined PalmSource's Palm OS Ready programme in a bid to get its WLAN products built into more Palm-based handhelds.
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Who conducts the crappiest polls?

Poll Our recent poll to determine how many people actually download movies illegally from the Internet - as opposed to how many the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) reckons are involved in this nefarious activity - caused a bit of a rumpus among Reg readers.
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History repeated as Apple slams CPU supplier

In 1999 Apple complained that its chip supplier wasn't able to supply enough CPUs, forcing it to delay the introduction of a 500MHz Power Mac G4. Then, the supplier in question was Motorola.
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Judge will not dismiss 'Napster investor' suit

A lawsuit brought against erstwhile Napster investors Bertelsmann and venture capitalist Hummer Winblad will not be dismissed, the action's judge has ruled.
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Sun staff give birth to 64-bit Solaris on Opteron

"It's alive!" was the cry issued this week by the Solaris grunts at Sun Microsystems. For the first time, the engineers managed to get a true 64-bit kernel up and running on an Opteron box. This is a key milestone in Sun's ambitious plan to make Solaris a preferred operating system in the x86 world.
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Hardware drives IBM in Q2

It was business as usual for IBM in the second quarter, as the company posted modest gains and benefitted from a weak US dollar.