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Game Group takeover talks end

Game Group, the UK computer games retailer, yesterday said takeover talks with a mystery suitor had ended. Shares slumped by a quarter on the news. Shareholder speculation about a bid flushed out a statement by Game Group on 31 confirming talks.
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Microsoft overcharging case thrown out of court

A Californian judge has thrown out a class action suit brought against Microsoft. A group of public bodies in the state were seeking compensation for being overcharged for Windows software.
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Microsoft UK hires director of customer & partner experience

Microsoft has promoted Alison Dodd to be director of customer and partner experience.
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CA boss admits long road to recovery

John Swainson, chief exec of CA, has admitted it will take the company four years to regain customers' trust after clearing up its accounting scandals.
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TI meets lowered Q1 forecast

Texas Instruments yesterday posted Q1 FY2005 results in line with the revised forecast it issued last month.
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Celtic boss leaves rant on wrong phone

Celtic chairman Brian Quinn has been forced to publicly apologise after leaving an angry voicemail message on the wrong phone during an ongoing row with manager Martin O'Neill. Quinn risked inflaming a dispute with O'Neill over player's wages after leaving his rant on a mobile belonging to 18-year-old Kayley Elkington from the Midlands, instead of a PR minion.
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ATI to update AMD, Intel chipsets 'in June'

ATI will ship its next-generation AMD and Intel-oriented chipsets before the end of the quarter, according to the latest claims coming out of Taiwan.
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Computacenter signs up for BladeLogic

BladeLogic has signed up Computacenter to resell and install its data automation software throughout Europe.
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Scientists brew up 'missing link' isotope

Scientists at Michigan State University have succeeded in recreating an isotope of nickel they say is a "missing link" in the process by which precious metals are formed in supernovae.
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AMD dual-core Opteron pricing slips out

AMD's dual-core Opteron processors, due to be launched on Thursday, will cost more than their single-core equivalents.
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Adobe and Macromedia: bad news for online tools

Comment In the early 90s I attended a Seybold-sponsored debate between Adobe co-founder John Warnock and Yuri Rubinsky, principal of SGML and HTML tools company SoftQuad. Acrobat and its associated Portable Document Format (PDF) had recently been launched and were still little known or understood. The good-natured Rubinsky argued convincingly that structured information - then SGML, now XML - was the way forward, and that Adobe's unstructured PDFs were a dead end.
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Sober worm shakes Windows security

A new variant of the Sober email worm series is spreading rapidly across the net. Like previous variants, Sober-N spreads as an infected ZIP attachment to messages written in either German or English.
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Gizmondo to offer diskless 'PVR'

Handheld games console maker Gizmondo is apparently planning to offer a pocket MPEG 4 recorder in a bid to make it easier for owners to get video content onto their gadgets.
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Microsoft stripping Windows for thin clients

Microsoft is readying two stripped-down versions of Windows for thin client computers. The idea is that people will use the new versions to resurrect older PCs, according to reports.
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Romanian hides stolen mobe in vagina

A couple of years ago we reported on the Jamaican mobile phone thief who got herself into a bit of a sticky situation in Negril when "a cellular phone which was stolen from a female shopper was found after it rang from within another shopper's vagina".
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Happy = healthy: official

It may seem pretty obvious, but scientists have confirmed that happy, smiley people are generally healthier and less at risk from dropping down dead than their miserable counterparts.
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Opera Software ships version 8 of its browser

Opera Software moved back into the limelight today with the release of the final version of Opera 8 for Windows and Linux, and a beta of 8 for Mac also available. Version 8 is described by Opera as a substantial upgrade, with quite a bit of tidying of the UI and menu structure, voice control, extra security features and improvements to graphics and page sizing.
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Sony PSP UK release slips to August?

Amazon.co.uk still lists the UK debut of the Sony PlayStation as 24 June 2005, but that date was called into question today. If High Street retailer Dixons' PSP pre-order service is anything to go by, the eagerly anticipated handheld console will not appear here until August.
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Unholy trio menace Firefox

The Mozilla Foundation has released updated versions of its popular Firefox (version 1.0.3) and Mozilla (version 1.7.7) web browsers to correct a number of recently discovered security flaws. The updates fix a trio of critical vulnerabilities, two of which have become the subject of proof-of-concept hacker exploits.
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Academics call for UWB licensing

Leading academics and researchers have called for the licensing of Ultra Wide Band (UWB) to be given the green light as soon as possible, warning that the UK could miss out on huge economic gains if it continues to drag its feet.
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Motorola confirms MPx cull

Motorola has knocked its MPx Windows Mobile-based handset on the head, a company spokesman has confirmed.
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UK's tax computers go back to the future

Britain's Inland Revenue has a remarkable number of powers but until this week no-one suspected they included time-travel.
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Big boys turn backs on offshoring

Many of the world's largest organisations are turning their backs on outsourcing and one in four are actively bringing services back in-house.
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Brits have bought 5.26 million music downloads this year

More than five and a quarter million songs have been downloaded from legal online music services in the UK so far this year, it emerged this week.
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Fujitsu Siemens unveils PRIMEQUEST

Some companies have a knack for generating headlines, whilst others go about their business with an astonishing lack of noise but with an abundance of quality. Over the years, Fujitsu Siemens has quietly managed to build itself a reputation for constructing excellent Enterprise servers, particularly with the PRIMEPOWER Sparc64 systems and, to a slightly lesser degree, its PRIMERGY X-Architecture machines.
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Teenagers want computer security lessons

High-school students have a message for their parents: Trust us with technology. Security and privacy? We have it covered.
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Bruce Willis still on Armageddon alert

After dismally failing to deliver the much-anticipated apocalypse provoked by the impact of a giant meteorite/asteroid/comet upon our fragile sphere, scientists have decided to "tone down" the wording of the original ten-step Torino Scale - designed to assign a appropriate threat level to any approaching galactic body of death.
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London's NHS IT boss suspended

The boss of London's NHS IT programme has been suspended from his job while an investigation into "certain allegations" is carried out.
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Neuros MPEG 4 Recorder

Review I was so disappointed when I first tried Neuros' MPEG 4 Recorder (NMR). I knew this amazingly compact PVR's size came at the cost of a hard drive, dropped in favour of memory cards, but I figured I could easily copy the files to a computer for archiving.
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Green Power! WEEE-compliant PSUs

FSP Group is prepping for the EU's upcoming recycling regime, with Green Power. The Taiwanese vendor says the power supply unit is lighter and more energy-efficient than traditional rivals and it is low on hazardous substances.
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Webroot Software looks to CA for UK channel manager

Webroot, the anti-spyware software firm, has hired a Computer Associates staffer as its first UK channel manager.
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ARM ups profits

Chipmaker ARM Holdings has rustled up a profit for the quarter, thanks in part at least to Apple's iPod.
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Cisco goes virtual with monster router

Cisco Tuesday announced the introduction of a new series of routers, the XR 12000, geared towards helping service providers deliver more secure, reliable and faster services to their customers.
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Right of Reply: LexisNexis

It's official: ChoicePoint, LexisNexis rooted many times
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UK court orders ISPs to unmask 33 filesharers

A British judge today ordered five ISPs to name another 33 music file sharers. The individuals concerned had uploaded more than 72,000 music files to the internet, according to a statement by the BPI (British Phonographic Industry), which sought the court order as part of its broader legal offensive against illegal downloading on P2P networks.
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EMC delivers again with strong Q1

EMC secured double-digit revenue growth in its first quarter on the back of strong software sales and well above average hardware shipments.

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Intel rides mobile express to strong Q1

Intel rumbled to a strong first quarter, posting a surge in revenue on higher than expected mobile processor sales, the company said today.