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Roxio sells software core, adopts Napster shell

Apparently tricked by its own hype, Roxio has decided to sell off its consumer software business and focus instead on the dubious online music market. The company will go so far as to give up the Roxio name, taking on the Napster name of its music division.
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Bitboys offers next-gen mobile 3D chips

Bitboys, the graphics engine developer once feted as the future of desktop GPU technology, today unveiled its latest mobile phone-oriented graphics processor design.
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Small.biz hub of village life

Small businesses operating in the countryside are "dynamic, diverse and doing better than ever before", according to a study by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB).
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Price isn't right for new Bagle variant

Yet another variant of the mass-mailing Bagle worm began spreading widely yesterday.
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Apple updates Mac OS X to 10.3.5

Apple has released the latest Mac OS X update, taking the operating system to version 10.3.5.
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Small.biz: hotbed of sexism?

A massive eight in ten female employees feel that they have been subjected to sexism in the workplace, placing thousands of small firms at risk of legal action, according to new research.
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UK warms to entrepreneurs

A new survey, conducted by the Small Business Service, has found that small business owners are nearly universally admired by the British public: the survey found that 93 per cent of us admire "business brains".
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Price cuts to boost 'lukewarm' Grantsdale demand - report

Intel's 'Grantsdale' chipset family has not proved as tempting for consumers and the vendors who supply them as the chip giant had anticipated, it has been claimed.
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Spanish invoice scam targets UK

UK businesses are being warned to be on their guard against a Spanish firm compiling information for a CD-ROM directory.
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Jump start your ASP.NET 2.0 development

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FCC rejects Buffy screen romp charge

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has rejected a complaint by the Parents Television Council (PTC) that an episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer contained indecent material.
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Dalek veteran ready for galactic domination

An Essex man who counts among the proud original operators of the Daleks has volunteered for further exterminatory duties - at the age of 77, the Sun reports. The BBC recently announced that the Daleks would, after all, appear in the new series of Doctor Who following protracted negotiations with the estate of the late Terry Nation.
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Technology pushes women to the edge

Women in the UK report that technology adds to the pressure they face in balancing work and home lives.
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Sony hints at return to PDA biz... minus Palm

Sony may be contemplating a return to the European and US PDA markets, with Symbian and Windows Mobile lined up as potential operating systems, according to unnamed company executives.
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UK gov moves to bust bootleggers

The UK government's first intellectual property (IP) crime strategy was launched today by industry minister Jacqui Smith. Described as a blueprint to crack down on the trade in fake goods, the scheme involves closer inter-agency co-operation in the fight against pirates and bootleggers.
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UK gov to moot electronic tagging of dustbins

Not content with tagging people, the UK government is proposing to move swiftly on to trash. According to a story in this week's Sunday Times, a "clean neighbourhoods" bill to be introduced this autumn will include provision for local councils to charge householders by how green their household refuse is, and to charge them for unsorted waste.
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Tiscali UK in free calls offer

Tiscali UK is stepping up its assault on the UK's discount telephony market and is introducing a new package offering free weekend calls and no minimum contract.
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Phishermen attack on a viral scale

The prevalence of some phishing attacks are beginning to rival even high-level viral outbreaks, according to email filtering firm MessageLabs.
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Apple iTunes catalogue tops 1m songs

Apple's iTunes Music Store now offers over one million songs, though while the company's UK arm was quick to trumpet the passing of that particular milestone today, it only applies to the US store.
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Computer KOs Gloria Estefan live show

Gloria Estefan last night cancelled her live show in Dallas after a computer crash "affected the production and its special effects".
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Stelios confirms no-frills mobile outfit

EasyGroup has confirmed that it plans to team up with Danish telecoms outfit - TDC - to launch a low-price mobile phone outfit in the UK with the option to roll-out the service in a further 12 European countries.
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UK's youth boards pirate ship to bootleg island

New research conducted by YouGov has discovered that the youth of the UK care not one whit for the authenticity of the goods they purchase and that almost half own something pirated or counterfeit.
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Intel's package looks fine to us

Letters Our recent story on Intel's hush-hush marketing plan around its new 64-bit Xeon processors managed to anger Intel and AMD fans at the same time, which is no small feat. Loyal readers trounced El Reg for discounting the practicality of Intel's "complete package" campaign. In addition, stating that AMD needs Dell as an Opteron customer to be considered a "made" player in the server market came off as a stance too bold for consumption. Add to that some political rhetoric, and many of you became incensed.
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OpenGL 2.0 launched with built-in shader language

OpenGL 2.0 was formally launched today and with it the completion of the graphics API's Shading Language specification for vertex- and pixel-shader programming.
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Trojan dialler afflicts Symbian smartphones

Malicious code that dials premium rate numbers without a user's consent has been found in a cracked version of Mosquitos 2.0, a popular game for Symbian Series 60 smartphones.
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Earth to disappear from alien radar

The Earth is gradually vanishing from the view of any aliens that might be looking for us, because we are using fewer technologies that leak radio waves into space.
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Four Florida officials fired over Xbox slaying

Four Florida corrections workers have been canned after they failed to put an ex-con thought responsible for the recent Xbox slayings in jail before the killings could occur.
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Cisco turns revenue switch higher in Q4

Cisco Systems bounded to a strong fourth quarter, reporting double-digit growth and improved sales in its core business.