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Oracle to open Belfast office

Software maker Oracle has said that it will create 50 new jobs in Ireland and will open a new office in Belfast.
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Judge dismisses IBM apartheid lawsuit

A US judge has thrown out a case seeking billions in damages from companies charged with benefitting from South Africa's apartheid system.
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MS patent claim redefines the Three Rs

Although students and pupils who use computers show "sizeably and statistically significantly worse" maths and literacy skills than those who don't, an international survey reported last week, education has provided the tech lobby with a valuable gravy train over the years. A patent filed by Microsoft last week could be seen as a bid to claim some more for itself.
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BT gets into film, TV and music

BT is to offer its punters oodles of TV, films, music and games as it beefs up the content available for its broadband users. The UK's dominant fixed line telco says it is responding to customer demands and their eagerness for more broadband content.

Reading Football Club turns computer dealer

Reading Football Club has begun flogging computer kit "at near trade pricing" through its own online store.
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Mobile fingers UK's thickest armed robber

Britain's thickest armed blagger (armed robber) was jailed for six years by Bournemouth Crown Court yesterday after leaving his mobile phone containing pictures of himself and his wife at the scene of a robbery.
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Eclipse punts entry-level 2Mb broadband

Eclipse Internet has unleashed a 2Mbps broadband service for the entry-level price of £14.99 a month.
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Hate the Band Aid single? Click here

Yesterday's release of Band Aid's revamped version of the, ahem, classic Do They Know It's Christmas has put many charitable souls in a bit of a quandry. The fact is, you want to help the Sudanese refugees by supporting this excellent cause, but the single is, well, crap.
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Brain scans show difference between truth and lies

Brain scans show significant differences in cranial activity when a person is lying compared to telling the truth, US researchers said yesterday.
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Sanyo makes UK 3G debut with Orange tie-in

Japanese electronics giant Sanyo made its first move on the European mobile phone market, pitching a new 3G handset at buyers in the UK and France.
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O2 to bring i-mode to UK in 2005

European mobile operator mmO2 today confirmed its decision to license and roll-out NTT DoCoMo's i-mode technology in a bid to boost the money it makes from each of its 22m customers.
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The American-speaker's guide to Proper English

We regularly receive missives from representatives of our American readership politely requesting clarification of the highly esoteric and colourful language for which El Reg is rightly famous - especially when our US brethren are confronted with terms such as "boffin", "blagger", "slag", "cobblers" or "prat".

IEEE approves Japanese Wi-Fi spec

The IEEE has formally approved the 802.11j standard, which allows Wi-Fi's 802.11a specification to be adjusted in order to bring it into line with Japanese spectrum licensing regulations.
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Seagate trumpets whitebooks for PC builders

It's desperate times indeed for the system builder which has to consider assembling its own notebooks. Yes, notebooks are more profitable than desktops, but they are more complicated to make and they are much more likely to go wrong. And then there is the price competition - is the local notebook maker really able to compete with the rebadged clones marching out of Taiwan?
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PlusNet moves broadband hogs onto 'bad boy pipe'

Sheffield-based ISP PlusNet has moved around 240 of its heaviest broadband users onto a new platform after warning them that they were using the service too much.
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Sony to ship true MP3 HDD music player next month

Sony will ship a third model in its hard drive-based Network Walkman series on 10 December, finally bringing native MP3 support to the music player family.
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Sony Cyber-shot DSC P150

Review Based on the five megapixel Sony P100, the P150 is a handsomely pocketable digicam and the first ultra-compact digicam with a resolution - 7.2 megapixels - normally the preserve of professional or high-end 'prosumer' models, writes Doug Harman.
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DTI punts lean, mean science programme

The Department of Trade and Industry today published a paper detailing how the seventh EU Research and Development Framework Programme will operate. The publication recommends establishment of a European Research Council responsible for allocating grants for basic research, and a focus on the latter plus industrial research and research in support of policy.
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New Zealand censor pulls Postal 2

New Zealand has banned gory first-person shooter Postal 2, declaring the game not only illegal to sell but to own.
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Sony coughs to PS2 shortage

It's possible - just possible - that Christmas won't be spoiled for thousands of children this year after Sony said it would do all it can to increase stocks of its PlayStation 2 Games console.

Building disaster into the network: how UK.gov does IT

Analysis The Department of Work & Pensions may ultimately derive some lessons from its IT disaster last week, but it's doubtful that it will spot the most important one, far less take the necessary corrective action. The problem, you see, is that its IT strategy is now largely out of its control, and that it is essentially deskilling itself as far as IT strategy is concerned, and abdicating responsibility for the consequences. This has particular relevance across the Government, because on the one hand the overall budget depends on IT working sufficiently to achieve savings and staff reductions, while on the other IT is being outsourced to the private sector as a matter of policy.
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How's my coding? Dial: 0800 666 700

Cash'n'Carrion Continuing in their established tradition of delivering droll apparel of the highest order, the wags down at TechnoDepot have just unveiled their latest offering - the How's my coding? t-shirt.
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Kazaa challenged over child porn control policy

If Kazaa can block traders of child porn, it can block copyright infringers too, the Australian Federal Court has been told.
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North West biz buried in email blitz

Thousands of businesses in the North West of England have been buried by an avalanche of email today following a mailshot plugging a chamber of commerce yearbook.
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Cassini probe snaps Mimas

The Cassini space probe has taken a stunning image of Saturn's moon Mimas against the blue-grey backdrop of Saturn's rings. The image (source: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute), taken on 7 November at a distance of 3.7m km (2.3m miles) from Saturn, shows several of Saturn's rings as well as the moon.
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Trust your employees, says Microsoft

British managers need to learn to trust their staff if the UK is to realise the full potential benefits of mobile and flexible working. This is the message of a newly-published white paper written by Carsten Sorensen, an academic at the London School of Economics, on behalf of Microsoft UK.

HP replaces part of UDC with acquired OpenView package

HP is putting the Utility Data Center (UDC) behind it the best way it can - by releasing a far less ambitious OpenView software package for automated server management.
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Anti-RFID outfit deflates Mexican VeriChip hype

Reports that 160 Mexican officials have had RFID chips implanted within their flesh in some bizarre "security" scheme have been exaggerated, Anti-RFID outfit CASPIAN (Consumers Against Supermarket Privacy Invasion and Numbering) says.

Sun begs partners to sell more Opteron servers

If you're part of Sun Microsystems' $80bn customer base, look out. The company today kicked off a new partner program for its Opteron servers that it hopes will see salespeople being more aggressive than ever with x86 kit.