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Wall St. does a numbers job on Linux

It's been a short ride, but if investment-banking house SG Cowen & Co is to be believed, then the North American Linux market has stopped growing.

HP to drop 3,000 staff in fiscal '05

HP will finish laying off close to 3,000 workers by October, the company said today in a regulatory filing.
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Perens joins open source start-up

Linux evangelist and "Microsoft baiter" Bruce Perens has joined start-up SourceLabs, as it attempts to make headway in the field of open source certification.
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Mobile roaming charges to fall

The cost of making mobile phone calls while abroad will fall, as operators create roaming-friendly tariffs and face up to regulatory pressure on overcharging.
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BEA thinks liquid with SOA rollout

BEA today introduces the AquaLogic-branded range of messaging software, services registry, data integration and security software.
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Chip sales to hit $226bn this year

Chip sales are running better than expected this year, prompting the Semiconductor Industry Association to up its 2005 forecast.
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Netcell accelerates into Europe with Avnet, Scan

Distie round up Avnet Computing Components has picked up the franchise to distribute the XFX Revo64 storage accelerator card across Europe.
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Europe spanks Yanks

Europe is spanking the US after leapfrogging "The Americas" to become the world's second-largest broadband region.
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White House sexed-down climate change reports

Official White House policy documents on climate change were altered by a former oil-industry lobbyist to play down the link between greenhouse gases and global warming, it emerged yesterday.
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STMicro to axe 2300 Euro jobs

STMicroelectronics is to rid itself of 2,300 European workers by the middle of next year, part of the chip company's already announced plan to cut 3,000 jobs outside of Asia.
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Intel preps 'low-end dual-core chipset'

Intel is to grow its line of 945 chipset with a low-end part due to ship early next year.
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Symantec ask court to rule Hotbar.com as adware

Symantec has filed suit in defence of its right to produce tools that classify programs from Hotbar.com as adware. Symantec is not seeking damages as part of the suit. Instead the security giant is asking a court to rule that certain Hotbar program files are indeed adware and can be treated as computer security risks.
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Punters fear doorstep selling

Consumers are in "fear for their personal safety" from ruthless salespeople who try to get them to switch phone companies.

Monster Montecito spotted on web

There are processor packages and then there are processor PACKAGES, as a snap-shot of Intel's upcoming dual-core Itanium, 'Montecito' reveals.
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VeriSign given control of .net until 2011

ICANN has finally voted in favour of giving VeriSign control of the .net registry for the next six years.
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MS announces WMP-free Windows

Microsoft is to release a version of Windows without the Windows Media Player on 15 June, the company said on Wednesday.
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Spyware probe PI in hospital after fall

A key suspect in a spyware-linked industrial espionage case was severely injured after falling down a stairwell on Wednesday during a break in questioning by Israeli police. The Jerusalem Post reports that Yitzhak Rath, 54, boss of the Modi'in Ezrahi private detective agency, was taken for treatment at a Tel Aviv hospital following the incident at Yarkon District police station. He's been treated for "severe head, spinal cord and chest injuries" in Ichilov Hospital's intensive care unit where his condition is described as "stable", Israeli English language daily Haaretz reports.
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Big-O problems may be down to genes

It may well be your partner's incompetent, your job's really stressful, and yes, we do live in a patriarchal society. But if you're a woman having problems hitting orgasm, you've now got someone else to blame. Step forward Mother Nature.
Joe Fay, 09 2005
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Public sector IT abuse still rife

Staff misuse of UK public sector computer facilities is already a problem and is getting worse, a study by the Audit Commission concludes.
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Greenies want limits on ocean sonar

An international group of environmentalists has called on the United Nations to protect marine life from the potentially damaging effects of sonar. The plea comes as delegates from 148 nations meet in New York to consult on marine law.
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CA snaps up Niku

In brief Computer Associates is shelling out $350m to take over IT governance software vendor Niku. The buy, at a price of $21 per Niku share, is CA’s third in the last year. Previous buys have included Netegrity for $430m, and Concord Communications for $350m.
Joe Fay, 09 2005
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Court rules against E-Data in 'Freeny' patent case

The London Patents Court revoked the so-called "Freeny" patent yesterday, after ruling that online digital photo library Corbis did not infringe on the patent, owned by E-Date Corp. Lawyers acting for Corbis said that the rulings will have significant benefits for businesses making their money selling downloaded information.
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Oracle cures need for speed with TimesTen buy

Industry giant Oracle has gobbled up smaller database player TimesTen in the hopes of using the firm's ultra-fast transaction technology to speed its software.
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Gartner lambasts security FUDmongers

Some organisations are holding back on the deployment of new technologies because of exaggerated IT security risks, according to Gartner. The analyst firm took aim at what it identified as the five most over-hyped threats at the end of a three-day IT security conference at its Stanford, Connecticut HQ, this week.
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Waiting for Intel, Apple faces massive Osborne chill

Letters Did Apple make an expensive mistake by announcing a switch to Intel, and a year-long wait for the first hardware? According to a survey of Register readers, Apple faces a sales chill that could cost it billions of dollars. Hundreds of emails have poured in - one every minute over the past thirty hours - representing an impressive cross section of our more than 3 million monthly readers across the globe.

StorageTek wants to fix your content with IntelliStore

StorageTek wants you to forget about Sun Microsystems for a minute and think about your CAS (content addressable storage) situation.
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Get sued and earn your 'Biting the Pigopolist' merit badge

When El Reg learned that Hong Kong scouts could earn a copyright proficiency badge for pledging their allegiance to Hollywood, we decided the time was right to award some badges of our own. Sadly, our design department has been too busy designing T-Shirts to spend much time on the demanding hacks' copyright quest. So, we turned to you - our beloved readers.
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Intel guides Q2 revenue higher on mobile chip strength

Intel today pushed its second quarter revenue forecast higher, saying strong notebook sales have boosted demand for mobile processors.