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Maxtor loss balloons on job cuts, falling ASPs

Maxtor, like Seagate, saw revenue rise above its expectations during its most recently completed fiscal quarter, its third, but unlike its rival better-than-anticipated sales proved insufficient to lift it out of the red.
Tony Smith, 21 Oct 2004
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eBay beats expectations

eBay easily beat targets for the third quarter ended 30 September bringing in revenue of $805.9m rather than the $770m it expected. Revenue was up 52 per cent compared to the same period last year. Consolidated net income was $182.3m giving earnings of 27 cents per share.
John Oates, 21 Oct 2004
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Swearing makes you impotent: official

Those readers who like the spoken language liberally peppered with expletives and barrack-room terminology had better clean up their act, a Russian scientist has warned, because excessive swearing causes women to turn into blokes and blokes to lose wood.
Lester Haines, 21 Oct 2004
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Man flogs wedding invite on eBay

Updated Let's face it - we've all been invited to functions we'd rather not attend, and weddings can often inspire a special kind of dread. There are three options open to the reluctant guest: bite you lip and turn up with a fixed grin on your face; fake a terrible car accident the week before; or sell your invitation on eBay to the highest bidder.
Lester Haines, 21 Oct 2004
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Transmeta loss widens as revenues miss target

Transmeta yesterday restated its Q2 loss narrowing the extent to which its Q3 losses, also reported yesterday, expanded beyond the previous quarter's figure and the company missed its revenue forecast.
Tony Smith, 21 Oct 2004
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Intel follows Centrino price cuts with 2.1GHz Pentium M

Intel has added a 2.1GHz processor to its Pentium M line, the company said today, rolling out the chip as a standalone part and with the usual Centrino bundle.
Tony Smith, 21 Oct 2004
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Intel said to have set 'Sonoma' launch at 17 Jan '05

Intel is sticking to its plan to launch 'Sonoma', the second generation of the Centrino mobile platform, in Q1 2005, despite rumours to the contrary.
Tony Smith, 21 Oct 2004
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Student-designed satellite set for space

The ESA (European Space Agency) is currently assembling pieces of a satellite that was designed and built by more than 250 students collaborating over the internet.
Lucy Sherriff, 21 Oct 2004
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No Japanese pinball for Adolf Hitler

Japan's patent office has rejected a request by pachinko machine manufacturer Fuji Shoji to grant a trademark for one of its pinball machines carrying an Adolf Hitler theme. Neither will Moses nor Abraham Lincoln brighten up the country's pachinko parlours after they too were dismissed as part of a 35-name list deemed likely to "disrupt public order and morals". The Nazi dictator was singled out for special attention as a character which might "violate the spirit of Japan’s pacifist post-war constitution".
Lester Haines, 21 Oct 2004
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Brazil cybercrime bust nets 50

Police in Brazil have arrested more than 50 people suspected of ripping off fellow Brazilians for $30m through internet fraud. The group are alleged to have raided online banking accounts after infecting victim's PCs with a "virus able to store details of people's internet bank accounts”, the BBC reports.
John Leyden, 21 Oct 2004
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Intel puts back 90nm P4EE to Q1 '05 - report

Intel has put back the release of its first 90nm Pentium 4 Extreme Edition chip to Q1 2005, according to claims made by Taiwanese PC vendor sources.
Tony Smith, 21 Oct 2004
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Samsung X10 Plus slimline notebook

Review There's something about being able to carry all the computing power you need in your bag that's quite compelling. And although I can fully appreciate the merits of a high-power desktop replacement machine, it tends to be the slim and light notebooks that always catch my eye. Models like the Sony VAIO VGN-S1VP and the Toshiba Portégé A100 are lovely machines, and I lamented the passing of each of them as the review process ended. But now Samsung is set to prove that it can produce a notebook every bit as sleek and slim as Sony and Toshiba, writes Riyad Emeran.
Trusted Reviews, 21 Oct 2004
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Introducing the Nitepalm Palm4 LED torch

Cash'n'Carrion Today marks a further expansion of our range of torches with the introduction of the delightful Nitepalm Palm4 LED flashlight.
Cash'n'Carrion, 21 Oct 2004
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iRiver ships Linux portable media players

iRiver has formally introduced its Linux-based Portable Media Player (PMP) family in the UK. The device maker also said this week that it has cut the price of its H series colour digital music players.
Tony Smith, 21 Oct 2004
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Fibre-provider lights up UK network

Hutchison-Whampoa is backing the launch of Geo which sells access to its fibre optic network to British businesses. Geo claims five customers, including "3", and is offering straight access to the infrastructure, rather than managed services.
John Oates, 21 Oct 2004
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A bumper crop of browser glitches

Users of IE, Firefox, Opera, Safari and Konqueror all need to patch their browsers or implement workarounds this week following the release of a "full house" of internet client bug reports.
John Leyden, 21 Oct 2004
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US cops taser battling granny

A South Carolina police officer is under investigation for zapping a 75-year-old granny with a Taser. The stun gun can fire its wire-trailing darts into anyone within 20 feet and delivers an electric shock of up to 50,000 volts to the miscreant.
John Oates, 21 Oct 2004
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Grand Theft Auto sequel leaked onto web

First Halo 2, now the latest installment of the Grand Theft Auto series has leaked out onto the web, just days before its official launch.
Tony Smith, 21 Oct 2004
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Indymedia: the tale of the servers 'nobody' seized

Nobody seized Indymedia's servers, apparently. On the 7th October hosting company Rackspace 'acted in compliance' with a court order and two servers belonging to Indymedia were removed from Rackspace's premises in London.
John Lettice, 21 Oct 2004
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Eclipse approves BIRT

The Eclipse Foundation has approved the Business Intelligence and Reporting Tools project, which goes by the rather prosaic (with apologies to all Alberts out there) acronym of BIRT. This was proposed by Actuate just a month ago and, after a positive response from the open source community to which the Eclipse Foundation caters, the project has just been approved.
Philip Howard, 21 Oct 2004
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Lucent posts full-year profits

Telecoms equipment maker Lucent has reported its first profitable year since 2000, the firm said yesterday.
Deirdre McArdle, 21 Oct 2004
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Sage acquires profits

Accounts specialist Sage is likely to beat expectations for the year ended 30 September, although it won't post full results until 1 December.
John Oates, 21 Oct 2004
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Avis £30m ERP system crashes and burns

Car rental firm Avis watched its shares crash ten per cent yesterday on news that it was binning an expensive new ERP system.
John Oates, 21 Oct 2004
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Cetacean community thwarted in Dubya sonar suit

The world's cetacean community - encompassing dolphins, porpoises and whales - has been dealt a severe blow in its fight to sue president George Bush over the US Navy's use of sonar, Reuters reports.
Lester Haines, 21 Oct 2004
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Operators announce mobile classification board

UK mobile operators have finally announced the body that will regulate and classify adult content available on mobile phones. The specially formed organisation - called the Independent Mobile Classification Body (IMCB) - is an independent and separately-financed subsidiary or the premium rate regulator, ICSTIS.
Lucy Sherriff, 21 Oct 2004
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Campaign warns of software patent menace

The Foundation for a Free Information Infrastructure (FFII-UK) has launched a new campaign to raise awareness of the dangers posed by software patents, particularly to smaller businesses. The campaign, Protect Innovation will target the government and businesses. As a first step, the organisers are inviting companies to send them their testimony and comments on the subject. This information will be included in a submission the FFII-UK is making to the DTI later in the year.
Lucy Sherriff, 21 Oct 2004
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Viruses leap through window of opportunity

Mass mailing viruses could be consigned to the dustbin of history if only anti-virus vendors were quicker off the mark.
John Leyden, 21 Oct 2004
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Apple issues critical alert for iMac G5 owners

It's generally accepted that Mac users are more tech savvy, more attractive to the opposite sex and just plain more intelligent than the average computer user. Or so we thought.
Lester Haines, 21 Oct 2004
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Music sales rise despite RIAA's best efforts

There are no stranger beasts in the business world than the major music labels. Only these creatures, represented by their legal attack dog the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America), would apply an excusatory tone to the release of product shipment figures that show a significant increase in sales. Where other companies would brag, the music labels warn that making money is really quite excruciating and depressing.
Ashlee Vance, 21 Oct 2004
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Ballmeromics: the hardware way to end software piracy

Steve Ballmer this week came up with a novel explanation for high levels of software piracy in emerging economies. Hardware, he says, is too expensive. What these people need, he said, is a "$100 computer."
John Lettice, 21 Oct 2004
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Google finally fixes Desktop security vuln

The first flaw in Google's Desktop Search product has been discovered, and now fixed, according to the giant ad broker. The JavaScript vulnerability allowed third party websites to view the results of searches made on your local hard drive. It took Google four days to address the problem, and according to the Javascript expert who raised the alarm, it still hasn't been adequately patched.
Andrew Orlowski, 21 Oct 2004
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Scientists slice graphite into atom-thick sheets

An international team of scientists has made a new material just one atom thick, by extracting a single plane of carbon from a graphite crystal. Known as graphene, the new fabric effectively exists in just two dimensions, and could pave the way for computers built from single molecules.
Lucy Sherriff, 21 Oct 2004
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Microsoft cruises in Q1

Microsoft continued to pump out plenty of cash in its core businesses and managed to cut losses in underperforming units during its first quarter.
Ashlee Vance, 21 Oct 2004
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Sauce settlement sours Google results

As expected, Google's first quarter as a publically-traded company was its best yet, with the ad broker raking in revenues of $805.8m in the three months ending 30 September. But the cost of settling its patent dispute over core technology with arch-rival Yahoo! took the shine off the results. The deal, which went in Yahoo's favor (see Google! Licenses! Yahoo's! Secret! Sauce!) boosted general and administrative expenses to $241m, ten times the usual.
Andrew Orlowski, 21 Oct 2004