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IBM to Apple: eat these chips

As a parting shot to Apple, a piqued IBM today announced two new lines of its PowerPC 970 processor, better known as the G5. And they're impressive beasts.
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Check Point beefs up spyware defences

Check Point Software is to build improved spyware defences into the next version of its ZoneAlarm integrated consumer security software package. ZoneAlarm Security Suite 6, due to be released 18 July, will feature a spyware scanner and an "operating system" firewall.
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Microsoft must woo partners

Microsoft is rallying the partner faithful this weekend. Partners are descending on Minnesota for Microsoft's annual Worldwide Partner conference, where attendees will be given the word on strategy by the ministers of Redmond, culminating in a Sunday morning service by chief executive Steve Ballmer.
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VoIP use on the up-and-up

The use of internet telephony has doubled over the last year according to analysts at Point Topic.

Sharp develops 100GB optical disc

Sharp has developed a two-layer optical disc which could boost the capacity of the next-generation Blu-ray format.
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PC case maker caters to iPod owners

Enterprising Japanese PC case maker Scythe has come up with a design to cash in on iPod mania among Windows users: an all-white unit that mimics the player's clickwheel with its control and LED layout.
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Pipex to invest in LLU

Pipex is to invest in local loop unbundling (LLU), describing it as a "compelling opportunity" for the broadband ISP.
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Three critical patches for MS July Patch Tuesday

In brief Microsoft plans to release three critical security patches on Tuesday, 12 July. Two of these affect Windows while one affects Office. News of the upcoming patches came in an advance bulletin notification issued Thursday which omits any details about the upcoming security fixes.
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Scientologists drop copyright case

A day before the Dutch Supreme Court was to deliver its final verdict, the Church of Scientology has dropped its controversial case against writer Karin Spaink, who hyperlinked to what the church believe is copyrighted material. However, Spaink wants the case to continue, as it will establish a freedom of speech precedence for the internet and ISPs in particular.
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Hurricane Dennis menaces Shuttle

NASA's return to flight schedule is threatened again - this time by the approaching Hurricane Dennis. Yesterday, the space agency was getting ready to move shuttle from its launch pad at Kennedy Space Center to a more sheltered hangar. Mission controllers were still hoping the move could be avoided, since it would, once again, delay the return to flight.
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Commission names and shames 11 EU countries

Eleven European countries face the threat of legal action over their failure to offer liberalised telecoms services to consumers and businesses.
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Trojan downloader spam poses as admin email

Two new strains of Trojan downloader have reached near epidemic proportions following an aggressive spamming campaign by hackers this week. Email security firm MessageLabs has intercepted over 54,000 copies of email-borne malware since early Thursday (7 July).
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UK biometric ID card morphs into £30 'passport lite'

The Home Office appears to have invented a £30 'Passport Lite' - possibly accidentally, given that a severe decline in the numbers of people paying for the the full-price passport (which we can perhaps now call the Passport World Traveller) would make its ID card costings looks even more implausible. The existence or non-existence of 'Passport Lite' hinges on whether or not the UK ID card will be valid as a document for international travel and, according to the Home office, it will be.
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Yahoo unveils SMS search service

Yahoo has launched a new search feature which enables people to send text message queries to its search engine and receive results back on their mobile phones.
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BBC to show comedy via broadband

The BBC is to premiere some TV shows online before they are broadcast on its traditional channels.
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Don't let bombs become political ammo

Letters Since yesterday's bombings of the transport network in London, we have received several letters from our readers offering sympathy and condolences to London and the UK. We'll get to those in a moment, and thank you for your kind thoughts.
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Sasser suspect walks free

The teenage author of the infamous Sasser worm has been sentenced to one year and nine months probation following his conviction for computer sabotage offences. Sven Jaschan, 19, escaped a prison sentence after confessing to computer sabotage and illegally altering data at the beginning of his trial in the German town of Verden this week. Jaschan will also have to serve 30 hours community service at the local hospital but he escaped any fine.
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Sony Ericsson K750i

Review It seems that Sony Ericsson has been hard at work on their latest batch of handsets, recently announcing no fewer than seven new models. Always the chameleon, Sony Ericsson seems to have perfected the art of squeezing the same technology into suitably different shells, so that four of the handsets being cat-walked were in fact two different chassis with two sets of bodywork on each, writes Charlie Brewer.
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Rockall first day cover surfaces on eBay

The Rockall Ho! team - including our very own Lester Haines - which on 16 June successfully landed on the sacred islet of Rockall; way, way out in the North Atlantic - has evidently been mixing it up with the philatelic world.
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Google invests in electric broadband

Google has joined a gaggle of other companies to invest in a US broadband company that provides high speed net services over electricity cables.
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Rubber-clad Reg hack seeks playmates

FoTW Regular readers may remember that late last week it emerged that a woman in Utah tattooed her face with the logo of the online-casino-that-shall-remain-nameless.
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$250K reward for Sasser virus informants

The two people who helped identify the creator of the infamous Sasser worm in 2004 will share a reward of $250,000, Microsoft confirmed Friday. News of the payment under the software giant's Anti Virus Reward Program comes after a German court sentenced Sven Jaschan, 19, self-confessed author of Sasser to 21 months probation and a community service order following his conviction on computer sabotage offences.
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Engineers repair Pakistan net connection

A major undersea fibre-optic cable linking Pakistan to the rest of the world has been repaired ten days after it went titsup.
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Microsoft looks to partners to force Office upgrades

Microsoft is calling on its partners to overcome customer inertia in the Office franchise, and help drive sales of its desktop and server productivity system.

Borland disappoints again in Q2

Dale Fuller gave up the CEO job at Borland Thursday as the company revealed a bad revenue miss in its second quarter which resulted in a major stock hit.
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VXers release 'London bombing' Trojan

Virus writers have created a Trojan which poses as London terrorist attack news footage. Infected emails harbouring the Trojan pose as a CNN Newsletter which asks recipients to ‘See attachments for unique amateur video shots’ (example below).
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SGI shares plummet as deal closing malady lingers

SGI today lurched towards penny stock territory after announcing a huge fourth quarter revenue miss.
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Microsoft urges partners to make business app run

Microsoft's head of business applications has appealed to partners to team-up and sell Microsoft's full suite of e-commerce software to beat-off Oracle and SAP.

Sun's software deputy quits

Sun Microsystems' ongoing effort to build a strong software business hit a snag this week as the company's number two code executive resigned, The Register can confirm.

Look out IBM, here comes Microsoft's OzFest

Microsoft is gunning for IBM's Lotus Notes users in an effort to quadruple the size of its ISV partner community around the Office desktop productivity suite.
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For ambulance-chasing bloggers, tragedy equals opportunity

No human disaster these days is complete without two things, both of which can be guaranteed to surface within 24 hours of the event.