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Microsoft cautious despite record quarter

Despite posting a $10bn quarter, Microsoft offered a more cautious outlook for the next three months.
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Bill Joy knocked as 'conspiracy theorist' by tech zealot

Uberthinker Bill Joy got a pants dusting on Thursday for saying technology has increased our threat levels and anything other than the free market can save us.
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Google's profits soar as share price slips

Google posted bumper Q2 results on Thursday with net income of $343m, compared to profits of $79m in the same period last year. For the quarter ending 30 June, the search engine behemoth posted record revenues of $1.38bn up 98 per cent on its revenues in Q2 2004 and 10 per cent up on the $1.26bn it clocked up in Q1 2005.
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UK Gov disaster recovery kit: belt, braces... brolly

Home Secretary Charles Clarke has recently been claiming the new-look super-efficient Passport Service as a Government IT success, but it was not always thus, as Liberal Home Affairs spokesman Mark Oaten reminded him this week. Once upon a time, umbrellas were an essential component of the Passport Service's disaster recovery programme.
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Elpida falls into red on weak DRAM prices

Elpida lost ¥3.30bn ($29.9m) on sales of ¥48.04bn ($434.8m) during Q1 FY2005, the memory maker said yesterday.

ATI 'enables' CrossFire on Intel 955X chipset

ATI's CrossFire multi-GPU technology may work with motherboards based on Intel's 955X chipset when compatible graphics cards ship next month.
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Golden Palace to sponsor Robert Mugabe?

Competition results Thanks very much to all of those many readers who sent in suggestions as to how online gambling outfit GoldenPalace.com might increase its brand frontage in the wake of its greatest stunt to date: tattooing its name onto a woman's face.

Mozilla postpones next Firefox release

The next major release of Firefox has been delayed with the Mozilla Foundation opting to can the 1.1 release altogether, and switch to a release of version 1.5 in September instead. The Foundation said that the delay was down to the development of new features taking longer than expected.
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BOFH: Chuck it and leg it

Episode 21 "What the hell's he saying?!" I ask the PFY as he tries to interpret what my counterpart is saying.

AMD's battle with Intel to go west?

AMD vs Intel AMD's legal action against Intel in the US District Court of Delaware could up stumps and move to the US District of Northern California, if plaintiffs already engaged in proceedings against Intel have their way, court documents seen by The Register reveal.
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HSDPA in Germany next year

T-Mobile will bring HSDPA (High-Speed Downlink Packet Access) wireless technology to the German market as early as March 2006. It may already be available nationwide during CeBIT 2006.

Dixons confirms Logica deal off

Dixons has confirmed that it has cancelled plans to outsource its IT support to LogicaCMG, after the two companies were unable to agree on the terms of the deal. It now says it is "reviewing its options" about how to proceed.
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Scan 3XS Hoojum CUBIT 5 media centre system

Review Last month I took a look at a complete Windows XP Media Center Edition (MCE) 2005 system from small form-factor king Shuttle and was generally impressed. Now system integrator Scan has created its own Media Center system, the CUBIT 5, using the guts of Shuttle's SFF MCE system but employing a housing from Hoojum, writes Benny Har-Even.
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Banks warned over m-commerce security peril

Banks risk exposing customer data to hacking attacks in deploying mobile-phone ATM applications, warns independent security consultancy SecureTest. Up to 20 high street banks in the UK are gearing up to roll-out balance request and mobile phone top-ups using the service, dubbed MobileATM, by the end of the year.
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Microsoft passes da Vista baby

Microsoft finally dropped the Longhorn moniker today and “revealed” that its next generation client operating system will be known as Vista when it ships next year.
Joe Fay, 22 2005
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Microsoft offers a sneak peek at Xbox 360

Gamers can look forward to better, more lifelike graphics and some exclusive titles when Microsoft launches its new Xbox 360 later this year, the company has promised.
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Frozen Mars bars possibility of life

A chemical analysis of Martian meteorites has revealed that the red planet was probably freezing cold for the vast majority of its existence, casting doubt on theories that life could have had time to evolve on the planet.
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Hydra of Texas hold 'em humbled

Supercomputers may be able to outdo grand masters in strategy games like chess but when it comes to the low cunning and judgment required in games like poker mankind still has the upper hand. Human Phil Laak this week beat PokerProbot, the Hydra of Texas hold 'em, in a face-off at Binion's Gambling Hall, Las Vegas.
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Readers take opposing views on everything

Letters Techscape's Bill Robinson reckons he can see a bit of a punch up on the horizon for HP and Sony, as both firms turn their attention to digital entertainment. A few of your thoughts:

Linksys consumates union with Kiss

Cisco's Linksys consumer networking division has agreed to buy Danish networking entertainment devices firm Kiss Technology in a cash and stock deal valued at $61m. Kiss's portfolio includes home video products such as networked DVD players and networked DVD recorders. Cisco said the acquisition will help Linksys to develop a compelling networked entertainment product suite.
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Global music download stats spill beans on subscriptions

Analysis More than 180m songs were downloaded legally during the first half of 2005 throughout the world, IFPI, the international federation of recording companies revealed this week.

HP Labs also decimated

On Tuesday Hewlett Packard CEO Mark Hurd HP promised that the layoffs wouldn't affect HP's R&D. The changes would be "minimal", he said.
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MS Anti-Spyware built on MS Abandonware

Heck, if a movie that's in Aramaic can top the box-office charts, there must be hope for dead languages everywhere.