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Sun posts flat Q4

Another year, another revenue drop for Sun Microsystems. The hardware vendor today turned in fourth quarter and full year results that showed continued struggles to gain market share, ship high-end servers and sell storage.
Ashlee Vance, 27 Jul 2005

Verizon closes in on Cingular

Verizon booked $2.11bn of profit on revenues of $18.57bn in 2Q. As an added bonus, CEO Ivan Seidenberg didn't make any howlers - but then he left the talking to his CFO.
Andrew Orlowski, 27 Jul 2005

Thus upbeat about future

Thus - the Scottish telco that also operates under the Demon internet brand - remains upbeat despite having to operate within the "challenging competitive dynamics in the UK telecommunication market".
Tim Richardson, 27 Jul 2005
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TSMC up, UMC down in Q2

TSMC, the world's biggest chip foundry, strengthened its financial position during its second quarter over the previous three-month period, though it still has some way to go to achieve the highs of Q2 FY2004.
Tony Smith, 27 Jul 2005
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Infineon Q3 loss doubles

Germany's Infineon yesterday blamed poor memory prices as it sank even further into the red.
Tony Smith, 27 Jul 2005

CA gets behind Big Blue mainframe

Computer Associates quickly jumped on the back of IBM’s latest mainframe monster yesterday, pledging software support for the System z9.
Team Register, 27 Jul 2005

Egg soldiers on

Egg - the UK internet bank that tried to crack the French market - posted increased turnover and a profit for the first half of the year.
Tim Richardson, 27 Jul 2005
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Siebel posts $50m Q2 loss

Siebel Systems has posted a net loss of $50m for its second quarter on revenues of $313.6m, compared to a net income of $7.5m on revenues of $301.1m a year ago.
Lucy Sherriff, 27 Jul 2005

Germans discover world's oldest dildo

German scientists are tickled pink after unearthing one of the world's oldest sculpted phalluses - 20cm of polished siltstone lovingly created around 28,000 years ago.
Lester Haines, 27 Jul 2005
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Tablet PC biz to see Vista-driven boom

Tablet PC fans should look forward to Vista - or whatever Microsoft's next-generation Windows operating system is called, other trademark holders permitting.
Tony Smith, 27 Jul 2005

O2 workers barred from AGM, says CWU

O2 employees who also own shares in the cellco have been prevented from appearing at the company's AGM today, according to the Communications Workers Union (CWU).
Tim Richardson, 27 Jul 2005

iPod users deprived of muff

Our regular Gizmondo feature - provided by those lovely people down at Tech Digest - regularly showcases a "Obligatory iPod Accessory of the Week"; most recently the Audi-Oh Vibrator which converts your iPod into a musical orgasmatron.
Lester Haines, 27 Jul 2005

AOL does mobile search

AOL is joining the fight over local search services. The company joins Google, MSN and Yahoo competing for revenue from advertising goods and services based on location.
John Oates, 27 Jul 2005

Feds move swiftly to exploit 7/7

Washington RoundupThe US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will now peddle geospatial data (satellite imagery) overlaid with "suspicious incidents" to state and local cops, further adding to their considerable confusion over what constitutes a petty crime, an innocent person acting strangely (which can get you wrestled to the ground and your brains blown out by terrified cops in London these days), and a bona fide terrorist cell scouting a target.
Thomas C Greene, 27 Jul 2005

FTC probes Grand Theft Auto

The publisher of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas announced yesterday that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is probing advertising claims it made regarding the controversial game.
Lester Haines, 27 Jul 2005

Enceladus revealed as Cassini's photo tour continues

Cassini has sent back another batch of pictures from its tour of the Saturn orbital system. This time, it has snapped the surface of the icy moon Enceladus in unprecedented detail.
Lucy Sherriff, 27 Jul 2005

File sharers 'spend more on music downloads'

Brits who share and download music illegally are also among the biggest spenders on legal downloads, UK-based market watcher The Leading Question (TLQ) claimed today.
Tony Smith, 27 Jul 2005

Internet has 'given Al Qaeda wings' claims BBC potboiler

Al Qaeda is now a "global brand driven by the power of the world wide web", and media-savvy cyberjihadis are manipulating the internet for training, recruitment and propaganda, according to the first of a three part series on The New al Qaeda broadcast on Monday 25th July) on BBC2. "The internet," says programme-maker Peter Taylor, "has given it wings." These apparent bombshells, however, appear to be based on a number of unremarkable discoveries, such as that terrorists have computers, that cheap video cameras allow them to film attacks and executions and distribute the results via the internet, and that there's stuff on the internet you might not like but can't necessarily get much of a lid on.
John Lettice, 27 Jul 2005

France Telecom buys Spanish cellco

France Telecom (FT) is shelling out €6.4bn for Spain's third largest mobile phone operator, the telco confirmed today.
Tim Richardson, 27 Jul 2005

Granville Technology goes into administration

Granville Technology Group Ltd, owner of computer brands Time and Tiny, has gone into administration and most of its 1,600 staff are likely to lose their jobs.
John Oates, 27 Jul 2005

Canal could cause earthquakes, Egypt warns

The head of the Egyptian Suez Canal Authority (SCA) has warned that a new canal linking the Red and Dead seas could increase the risk of an earthquake in the Middle East, saying that the project would lead to "strong seismic activity in the region".
Lucy Sherriff, 27 Jul 2005

Personal storage sites are a 'safe haven for hackers'

Websense, the employee management software outfit that's become best known for heaping FUD on emergent net technolgies, has found a new target. Hot on the heels of charecterising online storage sites as a conduit for industrial espionage and blogs as a host of malware it's decided to chastise personal web hosting sites as a "Safe Haven for Hackers".
John Leyden, 27 Jul 2005

Microsoft cloaks Area 51

Black helicopter alertWe all know that Microsoft has a tentacle in just about every pie on the planet, but what exactly is Redmond's black ops department up to in Nevada?
Lester Haines, 27 Jul 2005

WD readies 'most reliable' enterprise HDD

Western Digital will next month ship in volume what it claims is the most reliable enterprise-oriented Serial ATA hard drive.
Tony Smith, 27 Jul 2005

First the terrorists, now the GOP. Why IT is against me

And ninethlyWe bought the son of a bitch and then he didn't stay bought - Henry Clay Frick
Otto Z. Stern, 27 Jul 2005

Apple reappears outside Microsoft HQ

The mysterious disappearance of Apple's Cupertino headquarters from MSN's new map service led to a veritable landslide of emails.
John Oates, 27 Jul 2005

iTunes emasculates Crazy Frog

There's some good news today for anyone who is not a great fan of Crazy Frog - iTunes across the pond has seen to it that the little bugger will not be able to reproduce, thereby sparing future generations his particular brand of amphibious merriment.
Lester Haines, 27 Jul 2005

HP Photosmart 385 compact printer

ReviewWhen HP launched its portable PhotoSmart Printer range last year we were very impressed. The print quality was good, the portability great and the overall packages top notch. A year on and there's another model in the range, the 385. Does the new model add anything to the mix? asks Stuart Miles.
Pocket Lint, 27 Jul 2005

Pretec ships 'world's most capacious' SD card

Pretec will next month begin mass production of what the company claims is the world's first 4GB SD card.
Tony Smith, 27 Jul 2005

Hecklers disrupt O2 AGM

O2's shareholder meeting descended into chaos today as workers tried to quiz execs over pay. Hecklers chanted "fat cat" as senior execs spoke to shareholders at the meeting in Reading.
Tim Richardson, 27 Jul 2005

NASA investigates falling debris

NASA is investigating the possibility that two pieces of debris fell from the Shuttle Discovery during its launch yesterday. The space agency says it also looks like the craft hit a bird in the very early stages of its journey to space.
Lucy Sherriff, 27 Jul 2005

'Pentagon hacker' McKinnon fights extradition

A Briton accused of hacking into numerous Pentagon and NASA computers began his fight against extradition today. Gary McKinnon (AKA Solo), 39, of Wood Green, north London, allegedly hacked into 97 military and NASA computers over a 12 month period from February 2001 until March 2002, causing an estimated $700,000 (£370,000) in damages.
John Leyden, 27 Jul 2005

Japan crafts 6-year plan to clobber US supercomputers

Japan has again upped the rhetoric in the supercomputer wars, saying it has every intention of outclassing US systems by spending $714m to create a new giant.
Ashlee Vance, 27 Jul 2005

SigmaTel snaps up Rio MP3 technology, engineers

Rio, the erstwhile giant of the portable MP3 player market, is to become little more than a name after current owner D&M Holdings admitted yesterday its has sold the loss-making division's intellectual property, and technology and engineering resources to MP3 chip maker SigmaTel.
Tony Smith, 27 Jul 2005
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Red Hat holes less severe than Windows - study

Red Hat is making hay from a report on system security vulnerabilities that apparently gives Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) a clean bill of health.
Gavin Clarke, 27 Jul 2005

PGP inventor to debut VoIP crypto

Phil Zimmerman, inventor of Pretty Good Privacy cryptography, will unveil a prototype of his new privacy software for net phone calls this week. Unlike PGP however, it doesn't use a PKI (public key infrastructure).
Andrew Orlowski, 27 Jul 2005
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University bans iPod adverts

In case you had any doubts, ladies and gentleman, your children are truly up for sale, and you're paying tens of thousands of dollars to put them on the market. That's what we learned this week from the University of Washington, which has struck a broad music rental deal with Napster and Dell.
Ashlee Vance, 27 Jul 2005

Sprint doubles profits in Q2

Sprint more than doubled its profits in the three month period ending in June 30, posting net income of $600m on revenues of $7.1bn. That's up from $236m in net income and $6.87bn respectively in the corresponding quarter last year.
Andrew Orlowski, 27 Jul 2005

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