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Oracle wading into open source certification?

Oracle is considering certification of open source software in a move that could tread on the toes of one of Silicon Valley's brightest start-ups.
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Book giant feels wrath of Jobs

Apple CEO and co-founder Steve Jobs has handed his biographer a publicity bonanza to on the eve of the publication of his latest book.
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Mentec acquires Xdat Software

Mentec, the Irish-owned Microsoft Great Plains reseller, has bought a London-based accountancy software dealer, its second UK acquisition in recent months.
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TSG buys Yorks dealer

Technology Services Group Ltd (TSG) has bought another company, this time Agenda Business Systems, a Pegasus accounting software specialist based in Barnsley.
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Dixons embarks on mega Euro expansion

Dixons has unveiled ambitious plans to expand its electrical retail operation on the Continent. The UK retailer is increase the number of its PC City superstores in France from seven to as many as 100 stores, it announced today.
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World chip glut halved in Q1

The world's chip makers and their customers ate into their combined stockpile of semiconductors rather more than had been forecast in the first quarter, market watcher iSuppli said yesterday. The research firm described the excess chip chow down as "undeniably a positive development for the global chip industry".
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Failing UK cyber defences need overhaul

The UK's National Infrastructure Security Co-ordination Centre (NISCC) needs more powers to enforce security best practices in order to safeguard the nation's critical systems against cyber-attack, according to a former chairman of the Metropolitan Police Authority.
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Amazon profits go down the Swanee

Online retailer Amazon saw its shares dip 2.5 per cent last night after posting disappointing results for the first quarter ended 31 March 2005.
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Egg shuffles top brass

Egg is restructuring its top management as part of plans to save the internet bank £12m a year.
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Web scammers sell Indian PM's house to American

You'd imagine there is not a man, woman or child in Christendom who has not heard the classic - and likely apocryphal - tale of how enterprising Londoners sold the defunct old London Bridge to some enthusiastic Americans who thought they were buying Tower Bridge.
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Juniper takes two for improved application push

Juniper Networks splashed out $500m on two firms Tuesday as part of its long-term strategy of overtaking Cisco as the favoured networking infrastructure supplier to telcos and big corporates. Wide Area Network optimisation technology firm Peribit Networks and application front end firm Redline Networks will set Juniper back $337m and $132m respectively. Each acquisition is subject to regulatory approvals and financed by a mixture of cash and stock.
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World mobile phone sales slow

Worldwide mobile phone sales slowed during Q1 2005, with year-on-year growth dwindling to under ten per cent - the lowest rate in two years - market watcher Strategy Analytics (SA) said today.
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Mobiles 'ring around the blue collar'

When it comes to using mobile phones in businesses, the phone wedged beneath the average worker's ear will be resting against a blue collar.
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Grid computing meets data flow challenge

Scientists at CERN announced yesterday that eight major computing centres have managed to sustain an average continuous data flow of 600 megabytes per second for 10 days. It is a significant milestone for scientific grid computing.
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Security for the paranoid

Comment Paranoia is the key to success in the security world. Is it time to worry when other security professionals consider you too paranoid?
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A380 behemoth takes to the skies

Up to 50,000 people are reported to have lined the runway at Blagnac International Airport in Toulouse to watch this morning's first lift-off of the Airbus A380, which took to the skies at 8.29 GMT and landed safely almost four hours later.
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Aspect-Oriented Analysis and Design at 30% off

Site offer Aspect-oriented programming (AOP) is a revolutionary new way to think about software engineering. AOP was introduced to address crosscutting concerns such as security, logging, persistence, debugging, tracing, distribution, performance monitoring, and exception handling in a more effective manner. Unlike conventional development techniques, which scatter the implementation of each concern into multiple classes, aspect-oriented programming localizes them.

Interregnum makes three into one

Merchant bank Interregnum is merging two of its subsidiary companies with Red-M (Communications) Limited, creating a combined business which will be floated on the Alternative Investment Market (AIM).
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Tiny.com ticked off by ad watchdog

Time Group Ltd - trading as tiny.com - has been told off by the advertising watchdog for running a misleading ad for its PCs.
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EC honours European tech innovators

The three grand winners of this year's European Commission sponsored IST (Information Society Technologies) prize received their awards in Brussels yesterday. Two French firms, Let It Wave (for its image compression technology) and Praxim Mediavision (computer assisted surgical systems), along with Swedish firm Cypak (pin-on-card technology) emerged victorious and a handy €200,000 richer. British entries, as with recent Eurovision song contests, missed out on main prize. But unlike Jordan Babboo.com, FilmLight and Skinkers got a prize for making it into the last 20.
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Dutch plans for iPod tax could kill MP3 industry

A Netherlands proposed tax on MP3 players could devastate sales of hard disk players, and set up international waves over copyright legislation.
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Sony's trading platform could change character of gaming

It is the world's worst secret that online games like Sony's EverQuest which use the Massively Multiplayer role playing format, generate enough black market revenues to power a small country.
Faultline, 27 2005
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Web attacks soar

Web server attacks and website defacements rose 36 per cent last year, according to an independent report. zone-h, the Estonian security firm best known for its defacement archive, recorded 392,545 web attacks globally in 2004, up from 251,000 in 2003.
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Microsoft and EC agree to disagree

The European Commission has told Microsoft to stop dragging its feet over complying with last year's anti-trust judgement.
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Guardian pulls ricin terror debunk from website

A Guardian story on "The ricin ring that never was" has been pulled from the newspaper's website, for what are said to be 'legal reasons'. The story, by Duncan Campbell (the investigative writer, not the Guardian journalist of the same name), analysed the collapse of the UK's 'ricin conspiracy' trial, and reported Porton Down evidence that had made it clear that claims of mass poisoning attacks had no basis.
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Claranet rejects 'cold feet' claims over VIA deal

UK ISP Claranet has dismissed speculation that its bid to acquire cash-strapped VIA NET.WORKS "looks set to hit the rocks".
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Spider attack chef saved by mobile phone snap

A Somerset chef who was bitten twice by a highly-venemous Brazilian spider was saved thanks to a snap he took of the beast on his mobile phone, the Times reports.
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Revamped Real music service aims at Napster

RealNetworks announced its anwer to Napster To Go yesterday, but with the twist that it plans to give away songs in exchange for advertising.
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Nokia takes wraps off N Series phones

The Register may cover everything most sane people would ever want to know about technology, but for certified gadget obsessives Tech Digest and Shiny Shiny scour Gizmoville for the rest:
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PalmOne launches Treo 650 in UK

PalmOne has formally launched its latest smart phone in the UK, more than six months after the device's US debut and two months later than planned over here.
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BT puts footy online

BT is teaming up with Sportfive to stream video footage of the remaining World Cup qualifiers over the internet.
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Apple takes desktop G5 line to 2.7GHz

Apple updated its Power Mac G5 line-up today, though the four machines' new specs were made public a day ahead of time by Amazon.com. It also knocked up to 21 per cent off the prices of select Cinema Displays.
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Yahoo! search gets personal

Yahoo is offering a beta version of its personal search engine, branded My Web. It updates Yahoo Search which launched late last year.
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IT contractors cash in on earnings growth

IT contractors in the UK saw their earnings jump ten per cent last year following greater demand for their services.
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Veritas preps secret weapon to ease licensing horror

Veritas Vision The licensing "nightmare" faced by some Veritas customers may lessened in the near future thanks to a new service and product pairing, The Register can exclusively reveal.
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Dell cuddles up to EMC's NAS gateway

The Dell and EMC love-in took a mushier turn this week as Dell agreed to resell an EMC network attached storage (NAS) gateway system.