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Transmeta turns a profit!

Like a Phoenix rising from the ashes of a toxic silicon bonfire, Transmeta has turned in a profit. The former CPU designer posted record revenue of $24.7m in 2Q 2005, and a net income of $6.8m. Transmeta also deferred $15.5m worth of revenue.
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Microsoft, Apple 'spar over iPod patent'

According to AppleInsider, a patent filed in 2002 by a Microsoft researcher has prompted the US Patent and Trademark Office to reject an Apple application to patent its iPod user interface.

HP and Red Hat create blade server bundle of the future

HP and Red Hat have engineered something they're calling a blade server bundle that aims to make software licensing easier on customers.

Business improves at Nortel

Telecoms equipment maker Nortel Networks got a boost on Monday when it reported vastly improved results for its second quarter.
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Searching for Intelligence in Edinburgh

Last week the top researchers in Artificial Intelligence (AI) gathered in Edinburgh to analyse the state of their subject. The topics under discussion ranged from robotic exoskeletons, to what tool-using crows can teach us about our own brains. Impressive results were reported in several fields, with previously intractable problems dropping like flies. Yet true machine intelligence seems as much of a dream as ever.
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Lawsuit claims Google overcharges advertisers

A group of advertisers last week filed a class action suit against Google, accusing the search engine of overcharging advertisers who use its paid search advertising services, according to Reuters.
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Man dies playing computer games

A man dropped dead from exhaustion after playing computer games for more than two days.
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Blu-ray backers announce DRM details

The Blu-ray Discs Association (BDA) has chosen the Advanced Access Content System (AACS) to protect movies and music stored on the next-generation optical storage format.
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Linux-head runs Doom on iPod

While pundits ponder whether Apple's market-leading iPod music player faces imminent doom, tech-savvy Linux users are hacking colour-screened versions of the device to explore another kind of Doom - this time from ID Software.
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Computer games get classroom trial

A clutch of secondary schools across the UK will start their autumn term by testing how computer games could be used to support education.
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EC approves Monsanto GM maize

The European Commission on Monday authorised the import of Monsanto's GM maize MON 863 for use in animal feed after tests declared it "as safe as conventional maize and unlikely to produce adverse effects". MON 863 is now cleared for "import, processing and feed use but not use in food or for cultivation".
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Sony sounds fake Handycam warning

Sony has warned UK eBay users to take care when bidding for Handycam camcorders - the devices on offer may not be what they purport to be.
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Six patches - three critical - in MS August patch batch

Microsoft's patch bandwagon rolled into town yesterday loaded with three critical updates among a total of six security alerts. A cumulative security update for Internet Explorer (MS05-038), a buffer overflow vulnerability in Windows Plug-and-Play (MS05-039) and a security bug in the Print Spooler service (MS05-043) all pose a severe hacker risk and earn Redmond's dreaded critical sobriquet.
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NTL to vet new punters

NTL is to vet future customers to weed out any with a dodgy credit history.
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ATI releases Radeon X800 GT

ATI has quietly launched the Radeon X800 GT, The Register has learned.
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AOL raffles spammer's gold bars

AOL is planning to give away assets seized from spammers in a US sweepstake due to launch Wednesday. A 2003 Hummer H2, $75,000 in cash and $20,000 in gold (pictured here) are up for grabs in a give-away of the illicit gains of junk mailing. It's the second time AOL has given away assets confiscated from a spammer. Last year, AOL raffled a $45,000 Porsche Boxster it seized as part of a settlement against another unnamed junk mail scumbag.
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NY radio station fined $240k for female 'Smackfest'

NY radio station WQHT Hot 97 has been fined a whopping $240,000 (£134,480) for running an on-air contest where young women were encouraged to slap each other silly to win cash and other prizes.
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iTunes-friendly artists rebel against laggard labels

Sony Music Entertainment's failure to agree with Apple Japan about getting its artists onto the iTunes Music Store is forcing artists and agencies to deal with the online music store direct.
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The Art of Computer Programming

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Thus TUPEs IT jobs to Computacenter

Twenty IT workers at Scottish telco Thus have been told their jobs are to be transferred to IT services outfit Computacenter.
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Nuke news ruse used to spread Trojan

Emails purporting to offer breaking news of an Iranian nuclear crisis are really the latest attempt by virus writers to use topical events to spread malware. Widely circulated spam email posing as info about Iran's controversial decision to continue work at its Ishafan nuclear plant attempt to direct users to a site harbouring Trojan code.
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US schoolkids run amok on internet

US authorites are preparing to throw the book at 13 high school kids for "computer trespass" after the Dirty Baker's Dozen - aka the Kutztown 13 - bypassed school computer security measures to indulge in an orgy of net surfing and online chat.
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NASA delays Mars mission by 24 hours

Today should have seen the launch of the next mission to Mars, the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. However, NASA has elected to delay the launch by 24 hours because of problems with the new Atlas V rocket launcher.
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VAT fraud changes shape of trade deficit

An unexpectedly large drop in the UK’s deficit on trade in goods has prompted the government to investigate whether changing patterns of VAT fraud are distorting the figures.

Humble VMware offers to make itself an industry standard

VMware this week had the look of a popular yet insecure child as it paraded some of its largest allies in front of the press to tout a new virtualization standards movement and a new source code sharing program.
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Anti-bully group gives Bully game publicity boost

Not content with picking a fight with Middle America with the so-called Hot Coffee version of Grand Theft Auto, games developer Rockstar has launched an assault on sensitive Brits too, with a soon-to-be-released offering called "Bully".
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US.gov funds VoIP tracking research

The US government is to fund research into how to trace IP telephony calls. Researchers at George Mason University will get a $307K grant from the National Science Foundation to develop surveillance tools that can pinpoint the destination of a VoIP call even if it passes through an anonymizing service.
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Yahoo! buys! into! Chinese! ecommerce! giant!

Chinese web marketplace Alibaba has cut a deal with running dogs of Yankee imperialism Yahoo! in exchange for a cool billion.

Dell throws more desktop dual-cores at server market

Without a true dual-core server chip to play with, Dell has decided to push a dual-core desktop Pentium as far as it can go.
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Is my brain analog or digital?

Letters The suggestion that we think in analog, not digital, inspired you to one of the most interesting postbags of the year. An emergent type at Cornell University, Dr Spivey, suggests that the mind "should be thought of more as working the way biological organisms do: as a dynamic continuum, cascading through shades of grey." Neuroscientist Dr Bill Softky was on hand to pour a little scorn on the claims.