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AMD shrugs off Intel shackles for ace Q2

AMD shot right past analysts' expectations during the second quarter to post a profit and sparkling processor sales. Not bad for a company alleging that Intel has an illegal stranglehold on the processor market.

Microsoft's 'Chimney' stuffed by TCP/IP settlement

Microsoft has settled a patent dispute with networking start-up Alacritech. The deal will see the companies cross license some technology and have Microsoft pay Alacritech an undisclosed sum. We know, we know. Microsoft pays off smaller firm is a familiar plot line.

HDS intros midsize storage controller

The decline of big iron in the storage department accelerated this week as HDS announced a cut-down model of its virtualising storage controller, able to manage both HDS and non-HDS arrays. Called the TagmaStore NSC55, the device is aimed at midrange buyers, but HDS admits it will also appeal to larger organisations - potentially in place of its bigger boxes.

Dell: why Customer Care had to die

We notice that you were very interested by the news that Dell has closed its customer support boards (on the US site). We had asked the company itself to explain why; and within just two days of our urgent request, it managed to unburden itself of the following response, which we quote in full.
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Shuttle grounded

Sadly, Shuttle did not launch yesterday.
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TransFlash becomes MicroSD

The SD Association (SDA), the organisation that oversees the SD memory card format, has formally taken on board the TransFlash specification and renamed it MicroSD.
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ISPA contacts Bulldog over spike in customer complaints

The UK's ISP trade group has contacted Bulldog over an increased number of complaints about its broadband service, The Register has learned.
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Hillary Clinton demands GTA smut enquiry

Senator Hillary Clinton has jumped nimbly on the Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas rumpy-pumpy outrage bandwagon by demanding an investigation into the game's torrid sex scenes as unlocked by Dutch modder Patrick Wildenborg.

Morse flogs French business for €1 (and then some)

Morse has sold its French subsidiary, Morse France SAS to Opengate for €1 – and maybe €1m in performance-related cash in the period to 30 June 2007. It is taking an non-cash charge of €7m on the disposal.

C2000 extends credit lines for SME resellers

Computer 2000 is doubling credit lines to 1000 smaller resellers. And the Tech Data-owned distie is making credit lines of £5000 available to another 1,300 dealers who previously had cash with order or credit accounts.

PalmOne regains old handle

Palm, ladies and gentlemen, is now Palm again. When the Nasdaq market opens for business later today, the company's stock will be traded under the PALM symbol.
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Orange UK launches smart phones

Mobile phone network Orange this week launched its much-anticipated SPV C550 and SPV M500 smart phones, a week after the company posted details of the handsets on its website.
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Michael J. Fox makes stem cell plea

Michael J. Fox has thrown his weight behind a campaign to persuade US president Bush to drop his opposition to an embryonic stem cell bill seeking to allow an expanded research programme, Reuters reports.

VeriSign snags iDefense for $40m

Net infrastructure firm VeriSign has bought security intelligence firm iDefense for $40m in cash. iDefense's 45 employees will join VeriSign in a move designed to bolster its managed security services offering with proactive threat warning and security remediation advice.
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Ebbers weeps as sentence handed down

Bernie Ebbers wept in court as he was told he faced 25 years in chokey for orchestrating the world's biggest securities fraud at WorldCom.
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MP3 is ten years old today

Happy Birthday, MP3 - today, you are ten years old.
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UK ministers push for data retention

UK ministers have gone on the offensive in Europe in a bid to persuade MEPs to push through laws on data retention.

Azlan puts planets into orbit

Azlan has reorganized its business development programme around a series of “planets” which it says will help any reseller become a master of the universe.
Joe Fay, 14 2005
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Kiwi punts pornographic citrus fruit

Those readers old enough to remember UK TV show That's Life - a strange melange of consumer rights investigations and "hilarious" off-the-wall items fronted by an enormous set of teeth operated by someone called Esther Rantzen - will doubtless recall the programme's penchant for "comedy vegetables" shaped in suggestive forms to the delight of the sniggering audience.
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easyMobile wins 'bad faith' domain case against Carphone

The Carphone Warehouse (CPW) has been accused of setting up a web site in "bad faith" against rival no-frills cellco easyMobile.com.
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In case of emergency, dial 'ICE'

In view of the recent events in London, East Anglian Ambulance Service have launched a national "In case of Emergency (ICE)" campaign, with the support of Falklands war hero Simon Weston and in association with Vodafone's annual life savers award.
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One in three medical studies is dodgy

A major review of medical research has revealed that in nearly one-third of cases, research results were found to be potentially exaggerated, or were totally contradicted by later studies.
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One third of Americans believe in ghosts

A Gallup poll has revealed that 32 per cent of all adult Americans believe in ghosts. Nineteen per cent aren't so sure, while a level-headed 48 per cent dismissed the idea outright.
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Slot machines in 3D?

Are Philips' 3D multiview displays going to end up in Vegas?
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US legal music downloads up 187%

US music downloaders paid for 158m songs during the first six months of 2005, almost three times the number acquired legally in H1 2004.
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One third of surveyees lie in surveys: survey

It's official: the El Reg silly season has officially begun, meaning that hard-core tech news and stuff about fabs knocking out chips must give way to rehashed surveys distributed by over-excited PR bunnies - as today's front page demonstrates.
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Lawyer pegged for key role in Homeland Security revamp

George W. Bush has picked a technology lawyer to serve as assistant secretary of Homeland Security (DHS). Stewart A. Baker, of Virginia, currently a partner with Washington legal firm Steptoe & Johnson, has been nominated to take charge of policy formulation at the department.
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Oz music hyperlinker guilty of copyright infringement

An Australian man has been found guilty of copyright infringement for posting links from his website to other websites offering illegal music downloads.
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Ditch the remote, get a robot

Philips wants to ditch the remote control. Instead, you have to talk to a dialogue system, or Smart Companion, as the Dutch consumer electronics giant calls its newest invention. The Smart Companion will act as a friend in the home and, according to Philips, provide an easy-to-use interface to the digital world.
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Samsung SPP-2040 dye-sub photo printer

Review Better known for its laser printers, Samsung is the second major manufacturer to produce a photo-printer based on dye-sublimation technology. Its SPP-2040 is a direct competitor to Canon's Selphy CP-500 and even appears to use the same print engine and consumables, writes Simon Williams.
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Planetary three-sun baffles boffins

A Caltech researcher has identified a planet that has three suns. We wondered immediately if it was in a galaxy far, far away, but sadly for headline writers everywhere, the four-body system lies a mere 149 light-years hence, well within our own Milky Way.
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Voda's Scottish 3G network wobbles

Vodafone's 3G voice service has been floored in certain parts of Scotland today following some sort of technical glitch.
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Oz ISP, employee and principal held liable for copyright breaches

Analysis Another day another copyright battle! Australia’s Federal Court has handed down its decision in Universal Music Australia v Cooper (the ComCen case). While no final orders has been made, Justice Brian Tamberlin found for the recording industry applicants on all counts, in what has been described by the recording industry as a “major blow against piracy".
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Flaws in BT chat sites expose users

A third party website allowing unrestricted access to Oceanfree and IOL chat sites could enable visitors to view the IP address and domain names of the sites' 'chatters.'
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Desktop port proliferation a security risk?

Software maker Opera's decision to support BitTorrent has added to some security experts' worries that applications which require open connections through firewalls are becoming increasingly popular.