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60 companies want to wire up the Tube

More than 60 companies have applied to wire up London's underground network for mobile phone and other whizzy digital services. London Underground (LU) has been so overwhelmed by the response from technology companies it has extend the deadline for companies looking to make a pitch.
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Where's my robotic maid?

This story has expired from The Register's archive. You can now find it at its original location on the Forbes.com website: http://www.forbes.com/technology/2005/05/13/cx_lh_0513robotmaid.html?partner=theregister.
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UK games industry must adapt or die

Independent games developers and publishers in the UK must adapt or die as the market gets ever more cut-throat.
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BOFH: You can't outbastard the bastard

Episode 15 Life as the Acting Head of IT, Acting Manager of Systems and Networks as well as my normal role as Systems Administrator has its ups and downs, and as such I'm starting to appreciate the complexity of the roles which I've disparaged so greatly in the past.
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Judge rejects Mac OS X 'Tiger' ban demand

US reseller Tiger Direct has failed in its attempt to seek an injunction against Apple banning the Mac maker from selling Mac OS X 10.4 'Tiger'.
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Transmeta narrows loss on cost cuts

Transmeta lost $21.1m (11 cents a share) on sales of $6.9m during the three months to 31 March 2005, the processor technology developer said late last week.
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Yahoo! hires Phoenix to recruit system builders

Yahoo has done a deal with Phoenix Technologies to get its toolbar and start page included on machines made by Phoenix partners.
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Name your SMS heroes and zeroes

Nominations are invited to name and shame the best and the worse players in the global messaging industry.
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EU puts squeeze on animal testing

The EU's scientists are facing a challenge to think up ways of reducing the animal testing element in the biggest piece of legislation to pass through Brussels in a decade.
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AOL UK offers phone service

AOL UK has joined the growing list of companies offering phone services to residential customers.
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HP confirms jobs to India move

HP has finally confirmed that it is shunting its customer support for UK punters to India.
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Oracle settles whistleblower suit for $8m

Oracle is to pay $8m to settle a troublesome whistleblower lawsuit, which saw the company accused of fraudulently billing government agencies in the US for training between 1997 and 2003.
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Sober infected PCs spew right-wing 'hate spam'

Virus writers turned PCs infected with the Sober-P worm into relay stations for right-wing propaganda using backdoor access into compromised machines to load malicious code.
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SMT vulnerability 'not critical' - Intel

Intel has pledged to work with operating system vendors to prevent its HyperThreading system being used by malware to snoop for sensitive data.
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UK search market growing fast

The UK search market will grow to almost £600m by the end of 2005 - growth of 70 per cent compared to last year.
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Crytek: new ATI chip will support Shader 3.0

Far Cry developer Crytek has tacitly confirmed ATI's Shader Model 3.0-supporting graphics chips are not far off.
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Online ticket touts fleece punters

Punters are being warned that buying tickets from illegitimate online sources will cost them almost 70 per cent more than buying pukka tickets.
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Dutch military defies MS Enterprise ban

The Dutch Ministry of Defence intends to sign a large (6500 seat) Enterprise Agreement with Microsoft for the use of Windows XP, MS Office and several of Microsoft's servers despite a government ban on such renewals, Dutch IT weekly Automatisering Gids disclosed last Friday.
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Nintendo makes Revolution revelation

Nintendo last week revealed that its next-generation console, 'Revolution', will be a slimline unit as thick as three DVD cases when it ships next year.
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Local authorities offered outsourcing benchmarks

Local authorities wondering if they are keeping up with The Joneses in the outsourced IT stakes will soon be able to find out through a new performance benchmarking service from the Society of IT Management (Socitm).
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easyMobile.com takes aim at easymobile

Stelios Haji-Ioannou is threatening legal action against a Welsh business unless it ditches its name.
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UK workers in IM flirt, gossip, bitchfest

The increasing use of Instant Messaging (IM) in the workplace is exposing UK companies to fresh security and legal threats, a study out Monday claims. One in six (16 per cent) of 2,000 UK consumers quizzed in a YouGov survey admitted using IM at work to send or receive sensitive company information or documents. A quarter of respondents (25 per cent) used IM to gossip about work colleagues - twice as many men than women use IM for this purpose. Four in five (80 per cent) of 18-29 year olds use IM to chat to friends and family whilst at work.
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Irish distie DCC cheers, a bit

Irish distribution giant DCC increased profits by 8.5 per cent for the year ended 31 March 2005.

Canada says oui to VoIP

Canada’s telecoms regulator will not regulate Voice Over Internet Protocol providers but will restrict how the incumbent telcos charge for services.
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Fortinet disputes Trend Micro patent ruling

A judge has ruled in favour of Trend Micro in a patent infringement lawsuit against rival security appliance vendor Fortinet. An International Trade Commission judge made a preliminary ruling last week finding that Fortinet has infringed Trend Micro's patent covering server-based antivirus technology (US patent 5,623,600). As a result, the judge has recommended that the ITC issue an order prohibiting Fortinet from importing FortiGate antivirus firewall products into the US along with a cease-and-desist order to stop Fortinet from infringing the patent in the US.
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EU disgorges internet stats

The European Union has spewed out some stats on net usage - making even the hardest Sudoku seem like a piece of cake.
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GoogleNet - the ultimate embrace and extend?

We've been reading stories about the "end of the internet" ever since the internet was exposed to the public more than a decade ago. Telcos, media companies, infrastructure hardware providers, and operating systems monopolists have all taken their turn as the villain in this particular drama. So far not one has succeeded.
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So, you want to be a computer scientist...

It's that time of year again: BrainAcademy is back. This is the now-regular competition where A-level students and others compete for a fees-paid place at Queen Mary's University, London. However, the organisers have for the first time opened the competition to include post-graduates, and not just those from computer science backgrounds.

EMC finally finds its virtual voice

EMC has arrived late to the storage virtualization party but, after months of hype, has delivered a product with such a unique set of technology and lofty price tag that it's sure to garner plenty of attention.
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HP can only afford 3,000 Gwen Stefani cameras

Most companies are not as cool and pretentious as Apple and can't arrange deals to sling Bono-branded iPods. These poor, less exciting vendors are forced to turn to second-rate stars. And when they do, disaster can sometimes ensue.
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Brocade to restate four years of financials as DoJ and SEC look on

For the second time this year, Brocade Communications will have to restate past financial statements to correct the way it accounted for stock-based compensation. In addition, the storage switch maker today revealed that the US Department of Justice has joined the Securities and Exchange Commission in an investigation of the company's accounting.