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Yahoo! growth! slows!

Yahoo! cheered investors by blowing past its own estimates for its Q1 2005 period. Profits for the quarter now almost match CEO Terry Semel's annual compensation last year.
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SGI sees red

SGI lost $45m in the most recent quarter, and offered the same reason IBM gave for its poor results last week.

Less Office, more family for Microsoft DSI program

Microsoft is switching gears on its autonomic computing strategy with plans for a suite of Windows server and systems management products.
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Microsoft patents 911

Microsoft was today granted a patent for accessing data used by the emergency services.

Rival web services specs destined for OASIS

Uncertainty surrounds the future of separate initiatives for web services reliability, after Microsoft and IBM announced they will submit a jointly authored specification to OASIS.
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Privacy groups slam US passport technology

SEATTLE - Privacy advocates took the US government to task last week for the government's plans to add a wireless chips to next-generation passports.
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Privacy from the trenches

The recent string of high profile security breaches doesn't even hit the radar of the average user worried about the privacy of his personal information.
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Denzel Washington fights theatre mobe menace

We've just spotted a rather strange snippet from AP which says that noted thespo Denzel Washington has devised a cunning plan to deal with mobile phones ringing during performances of the Broadway revival of Julius Caesar. Washington plays Brutus, and told CBS's 60 Minutes: "One of these days I'm going to respond in iambic pentameter: 'Answereth that, my lord. My lord, it is for you'."
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Giant iceberg slams into glacial tongue

An iceberg the size of Long Island has collided with the Drygalski ice tongue in Antarctica, breaking off a sizeable chunk of the glacial outflow. Maps of the continent will, they say, have to be re-drawn.

Computacenter issues profit warning

Computacenter has issued a full-year profit warning for 2005, just a month after reporting its 2004 results. The warning sent shares on an 11 per cent, or 33 pence slide early Wednesday morning.
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Administrators take over at ITM Group

Amersham-based reseller ITM Group Ltd went into administration last Friday (15 April) after its backers withdrew further financial support. The majority of ITM's 100 staff have been made redundant.
Joe Fay, 20 2005
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Tech blogger cybersquats God's Rottweiler

A Florida-based tech writer has pulled off a nice coup by acquiring BenedictXVI.com almost three weeks before Joseph Ratzinger ascended to the Papacy.
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Net ads work - sometimes

One in four net users has purchased something online after clicking through an internet ad. This piece of research - which is kinda interesting to some and, at the same time, of no interest whatsoever to many others - is just one of the findings contained in a survey conducted by internet outfit Crystal Semantics.

Apple UK's Bullring store to open for Tiger

Apple's second UK High Street store will open its doors next week, timing the popping of the portals to coincide with the official release of Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger.
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UK teens fail to embrace net porn

A UK government survey has found that just 12 per cent of 13 to 18-year-olds avail themselves of "adult-only" websites, preferring instead to use the internet to assist in doing homework or for news.

The evolution of the data center

The data center has its origins in mainframe computing - an era that had its virtues as well as its limitations. Its limitations are well known. Computer power was rationed to IT users and they were regimented in its use. They had little choice in the way business applications evolved and any kind of change to applications took a long time to implement.

Nicer bosses retain more (female) staff

Supportive management is the single most important factor in retaining female staff, a global survey has found.
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Amazon books deal with Marks & Sparks

Book outfit Amazon is to help Marks & Spencer flog its gear online because the UK retailer's previous stab at ecommerce hasn't been up to scratch.
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Why do people hate Oracle?

Comment I have on my bookshelf a book called "Why do people hate America?" by Ziauddin Sardar and Merryl Wyn Davies, which explores the cultural and other reasons why large segments of the world - in the Middle East, the developing world and Europe - really do hate America. It occurred to me that while there are a good many people that loathe Microsoft, this is typically at the individual user level, whereas it is Oracle that tends to be the target for competitive vendors.

Nokia ups the heat in its battle with BREW

Why is Nokia hosting a party in Prague for 60 mobile operators and software writers?
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eBayer pleads guilty to 'anthrax' scare

A UK man has admitted threatening to kill an eBay trader after a DVD drive he ordered failed to show up.
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Boffins five quarks short of a sub-atomic particle

A theoretical sub-atomic particle reportedly discovered in 2003 doesn't exist after all, scientists have discovered. The elusive pentaquark - comprising five quarks - failed to put in an appearance during experiments at Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility in Virginia specifically carried out to search for the little blighter.
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PC World found guilty of selling old computers as new

PC World's parent company was left red-faced and considering its legal options this week after it was found guilty of mis-selling computer equipment. A Yorkshire court heard how buyers were fooled into thinking that they were getting new computer equipment while they were - in fact - not only getting secondhand kit, and in one case a laptop with a long history of trouble.
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Congress legalizes DVD censorship

It will soon become legal to alter a motion picture so long as all the sex, profanity, and violence have been edited out, thanks to a bill called the Family Movie Act, an attachment to the Family Entertainment and Copyright Act approved Tuesday by the House. The Senate has already passed its own version, and the President is expected to sign it.
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Desktop Linux, hidden mobile phones and Prince Harry

Letters We don't like to shy away from controversy here at El Reg as regular readers will know, so let's kick off with the Linux-on-the-desktop, why-hasn't-it-taken-off-yet? debate. We have donned our flame-proof underpants, and are prepared for anything you can throw at us:
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Macrovision DRM patents challenge fails

It's not completely over yet, but it appears that Macrovision's challenge to the core Intertrust DRM patents, is now likely to fail. The United States Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences issued a ruling last week that concluded that key InterTrust patents have priority over the Macrovision claims.
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WiPhishing hack risk warning

You've heard of war driving and phishing but now there's yet another reason to wear a tin-foil hat every time you surf the net. "WiPhishing" (pronounced why phishing) involves covertly setting up a wireless enabled laptop or access point in order to get wireless-enabled laptops to associate with it as a prelude to hacking attacks.
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You're going to be taxed for music and love it!

Book review Long before Napster existed, the music industry condemned itself to a broken sales model. It guaranteed piracy, huge online song swaps and declining revenue. Luckily, none of this has much to do with the health of music. Music is thriving like never before. It's the moguls and not the musicians who are hurting.
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EFF founder must be cheered for founding EFF - EFF Founder

Letters If you think that backslapping awards and honorific titles are a feudal relic - an archaic and degenerate indulgence of the old world's imperial plutocracies, think again. They're alive and well in the New World - and flourishing in the even Newer World of Cyberspace!