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IC pioneer Jack Kilby dies

Jack Kilby, who invented the integrated circuit, has died aged 81. Kilby was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics in 2000 for his achievement.
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Apple axes single-CPU PowerMac

Apple has confirmed that it's dropping the only single-CPU model in its PowerMac G5 range, the 1.8Ghz model. The Apple Store now showcases three dual-CPU Macs with the Dual 2Ghz model starting at $1,999.

EMC slices and dices Centera into 'virtual pools'

Hoping to advance its technology lead over rushing rivals, EMC this week rolled out a series of software updates for its Centera system that help customers get more out of the box.
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Bright future for Europe's MVNOs

The future looks bright for mobile virtual network operators in Europe, with subscriber numbers in for a boom.
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ODPM to withdraw from eGovernment policy

The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister is "deliberately planning" to withdraw from setting the local eGovernment agenda.

Oracle looks forward to SMB

Quocirca's changing channels Oracle’s move into the applications market over the last few years has left it with conflicting strategies for driving its two main areas of business; IT infrastructure software and applications software. This conflict is at its most acute in the small and medium business (SMB) market. Oracle would like better traction in the SMB market, but what must it do to achieve this and is Oracle an attractive proposition for resellers who hold the key to the door?
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Disney boffins discover Advertising food group

It's the kind of question we all face at one time or another. Is my child getting enough advertising in his daily diet?

Dixons preps corporate makeover

Dixons - the UK high street electrical retailer - is to change its name as part of a corporate makeover.

IBM and Intel punish supercomputing rivals

The latest list of the fastest supercomputers on the planet has arrived and delivered unusually controversial results.
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Yahoo! shuts door on dodgy chatrooms

Yahoo! has pulled the plug on user-created chat rooms in the US with apparent child sex content after major advertisers withdrew their ads.

EDS tax fiasco hit with two barrels

Two reports from the Parliamentary Ombudsman and Citizens Advice reveal the awful impact of EDS's attempt to provide an IT system for paying poor families tax credit.
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Scientists spot signal from solar-sail craft

Cosmos 1, the experimental, solar sail-powered spacecraft launched yesterday from a Russian submarine, has gone missing. Although faint signals detected by tracking stations seem to suggest that the craft is alive and well, mission scientists don't seem to be able to find it in orbit.

New Linux kernel released

Linus Torvalds has released the latest version, 2.6.12, of the Linux kernel. There was a slight delay caused by the retirement of Bitkeeper - the system used to keep track of code changes. Torvalds created Git as its replacement.
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MS axes Unix anti-virus sales after bagging Sybari

Microsoft wasted no time after tying up the acquisition of email security firm Sybari Software on Wednesday before axing sales of the latter's line of anti-virus products for Unix and Linux servers.
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Google boss confirms payment plan

After rumours earlier this week that the search giant was going after PayPal's personal payment service Google's chief executive has confirmed that the firm is looking at online payments but it would not be competing directly with PayPal.
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Spitfire flies with Easynet

London-based Spitfire - which provides telecoms services to small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) - has become the latest ISP to sign up to Easynet's wholesale broadband service LLUStream.
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Samsung files SMS recall patent

Samsung has patented a method to allow users the recall an SMS message. The approach offers an opportunity to delete embarrassing texts providing recipients haven't already read a message, so chastened texters would need to act quickly.
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China won't protect IP until it gets its own IT

Comment This comment from a recent edition of Fortune magazine probably summarises the basic proposition underlying progress of IP protection in China. How will China acquire its own IP? How long will this take?
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Outsourcing and the digital divide at CTF 2005

Reader offer The Commonwealth Technology Forum 2005 will be held in London in early July, just after the conclusion of the G8 Summit in Gleneagles.
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Epson R-D1 digital Rangefinder

Review Nothing can quite prepare you for the experience of using the R-D1, a digital camera with a distinctly 'film' feel. The R-D1 uses a combination of full manual controls gleaned from the camera's adapted Cosina/Voigtlander 'Bessa' film rangefinder body, spiced up with Epson co-developed digital elements that create a unique camera, writes Doug Harman.
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Ofcom update on Telecoms Review due tomorrow

Ofcom is to publish an update on its mammoth Strategic Review of Telecommunications tomorrow in a move which could end months of speculation about the future of the UK's telecoms industry.
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Reg hack triumphs on Rockall

We have just received via carrier guillemot the tremendous news that our very own Lester Haines last week succeeded in his attempt to conquer Rockall - the world's remotest islet - in aid of charity.
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Compensation for pyramid scheme victims

Over 25,000 UK victims of an illegal international pyramid scheme could receive compensation from a $20m US redress scheme, set up to compensate victims of a fraudulent firm called Skybiz.
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US servers for TheRegister.com

Site News Readers who access the site through TheRegister.com may have noticed page access times getting faster recently.
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PartyGaming sticks on price

Online poker site PartyGaming looks like it has convinced the City that pricing for next week's IPO is reasonable, despite worries about US lawmakers spoiling the fun.
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Ofcom's Telecoms Review 'sewn up by the big boys'

Small ISPs could lose out as part of a new regulatory settlement between Ofcom and BT to be announced tomorrow.

US firms grapple with workplace IT abuse

Half the US firms polled in a survey have experienced at least one incident of discovering illicit images in the workplace over the last year*. Of those organisations that pursued an investigation, some 44 per cent resulted in the employee's removal from the company. In 41 per cent of cases the firm took some other disciplinary action.
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Firefox users turned away from 10% of top UK sites

Despite the increasing use of non-Internet Explorer web browsers, such as Opera or Firefox, one in ten UK websites still fails to provide proper access to anyone not using Microsoft's default offering, a study has found.
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IBM to double down on Power workhorse by year end

Fresh off a stunning supercomputing showing, IBM has announced plans to upgrade one of its highest performing systems - the p5 575 server - by year end.
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California aims to close loophole in state ID theft law

Californian legislators have backed a bill that tightens up the state's existing laws about the disclosure of security breaches involving consumer data. The California Assembly's judiciary committee voted 6-3 on Tuesday for a bill that would mean firms have to tell consumers if paper records or a back-up tape containing personal information are compromised or lost. Information security breaches are covered by state laws on ID theft that came into effect in January 2003, so the new bill is essentially designed to close a loophole in existing laws.
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Norway mobile service floored - report

Some 200,000 punters in Norway were unable to use their mobile phones today after "human error" caused their service to go titsup.

Legal watchdog investigates Dell sweeteners

A legal watchdog in North Carolina is challenging the state's corporate welfare sweeteners worth hundreds of millions of dollars to Dell.