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Nerves jarred by Apache's Synapse

Apache Software Foundation (ASF) supporters are downplaying concern about the impact of commercial interests on ASF's direction, as the group fires up its latest project.

Debut ALM suite staggered by Microsoft

Microsoft is staggering the release of elements in its up-coming application lifecycle management (ALM) family while slipping a third product beta into the Visual Studio 2005 mix.
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XenSource tests door to Windows and profits

IDF Open source darling XenSource took a couple of steps toward a more serious future this week by showing the public that it can run Windows without modification and by previewing one of its first for-profit management packages.

China's Lenovo wants North Carolina to pay to keep jobs - report

Chinese PC maker Lenovo wants to empty the pocketbooks of North Carolina taxpayers and pump their minds full of Asian culture, if the state hopes to keep the company's business.
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Warner plans download music label

Warner Music Group is to launch a download-only record label, where artists could periodically release clusters of tracks rather than big budget studio albums.
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Google talks up IM service

Google made a late entry into the instant messaging market on Tuesday with the launch of Google Talk, an IM service that allows users to place free phone calls over a net connection to other people signed into the service. Google Talk, released as a beta, requires a Gmail username and password. It works with Jabber-compatible Instant Messaging client (such as Apple's iChat, Trillian or GAIM). Although that represents a stand towards interoperability in practical terms it doesn't mean that much since none of the big three IM clients (MSN, Yahoo! and AOL) support the feature.
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Nokia dominates 3G

Some 9 million 3G handsets were shipped globally during the second quarter of 2005 with Nokia claiming the top position on the vendor table for the first time.
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Japanese to test supersonic airliner

Japanese space agency JAXA will next month carry out a second crucial test in its Next Generation Supersonic Transport (SST) programme by strapping an 11.5m-long miniature version of its experimental airliner to a rocket and accelerating it to Mach 2 over Australia's Woomera testing range.
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UK scientists back animal testing

More than five hundred scientists have come out in support of animal testing, following an announcement from Darley Oaks Farm that it will stop breeding guinea pigs for use in medical research by the end of the year.
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US cops swoop on Star Wars stormtrooper

Forget Jedi Knights and distant, computer-generated worlds - the new frontline in the battle against the Empire is Wisconsin, where fearless law enforcement operatives have been purging the streets of shifty-looking Galactic Stormtroopers bearing laser rifles.
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Service-Oriented Architecture laid bare

Site offer Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) is at the heart of a revolutionary computing platform that is being adopted world-wide and has earned the support of every major software provider. In Service-Oriented Architecture: Concepts, Technology, and Design, Thomas Erl presents the first end-to-end tutorial that provides step-by-step instructions for modelling and designing service-oriented solutions from the ground up.
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UK mulls pig clampdown to combat bird flu

The UK authorities are mulling new controls for pigs as well as poultry as the government and farmers prepare for a possible outbreak of so-called bird-flu. The move comes as scientists contemplate the role pigs might play in the transformation of avian flu.
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Skype opens up to developers

Internet telephony firm Skype is opening up its technology to third party developers. The move means coders will be able to integrate Skype's presence and instant messaging services into their website or applications. In opening up to third party developers, Skype boasted that it was creating the "largest open instant messaging platform" in the world. The SkypeNet and SkypeWeb Application Programming Interface (API) will be opened up as part of the wider Skype Developer Program, which already supports a community of partners and developers.
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Swedes pip Brits in world moaning superleague

We at El Reg were shocked to learn this morning that Brits have been pipped to the post in an international poll to determine which nation does the most complaining - by none other then the obstreperous Swedes.

UK & US channel warriors - your input required

Reg Reader Studies It's that time of the year again when we offer one lucky UK or US channel operative among our beloved readers the chance to secure a Cash'n'Carrion goodie bag in return for answering a few questions in the snappily-entitled "Channel Survey – Summmer 2005".

ATC computer glitch grounds UK planes

A computer glitch at air traffic control has seen thousands of passengers delayed as planes across the UK were grounded. The Flight Data Processing (FDP) system at National Air Traffic Services went on the blink at 9:30 this morning. It was only offline for 20 minutes, but that short time generated a huge backlog of information.
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Worm snaffles online gamers' passwords

Players of one fantasy role-playing game Priston Tale1 have suffered a nasty attack of reality after virus writers created a worm programmed to steal their usernames, passwords and data.
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Oz farmers to enjoy internet cattle monitoring

Aussie famers desperate to leave their cattle stations and nip the couple of hundred kilometres to the nearest net-enabled boozer to down a few cold ones might soon benefit from an internet remote-monitoring system which allows absent Outbackers to keep an eye on things back at the ranch.
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Intel, Panasonic prep 12-hour laptop battery

IDF Intel yesterday claimed its notebook battery co-development alliance with Matsushita's Panasonic was already yielding cells capable of running a portable PC for up to 12 hours.
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Placebo effect causes a natural high

A brain imaging study, conducted by researchers at the University of Michigan, has revealed that our bodies' natural painkilling system might play a role in the placebo effect.

Brash AMD says server chip future is two years back

Near IDF AMD showed its knack for bluster by issuing a processor challenge to Intel in newspapers yesterday, but company representatives took a more reserved tone during meetings with reporters. In fact, AMD's staffers wouldn't budge on a single new detail about the Opteron processor line in our interview session.
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Phishers and security firms in malware 'arms race'

Conventional phishing attacks launched via spam messages are becoming eclipsed by sophisticated malware designed to steal identities, according to a study by Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG). APWG's July 2005 phishing reports adds that fraudsters are developing approaches specially designed to neutralise counter-phishing technologies.
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Intel announces 'desktrino' home PC platform

IDF Intel has announced it is to offer a 'desktrino' home PC platform. The Centrino-esque brand will be VIIV - pronounced 'vive'.
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Brute force attack planned by Intel to blunt AMD's edge

IDF AMD may have a momentary server processor lead, but Intel has stuff and lots of it.

Public unaware of RSS

The majority of regular blog readers are completely unaware of Really Simple Syndication (RSS) and the amount of passion the technology excites, it seems.
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Intel to use next-gen architecture for CE SoCs

IDF Intel's next-generation microarchitecture (NGMA) will not only form the basis for the processor products the company pitches at its traditional markets, but will underpin future chips for the consumer electronics market.
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I'm Carly, Read Me!

Carly Fiorina has landed her first fulltime position since being ousted as Hewlett-Packard's chief executive, agreeing to write her first book.
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Will Intel's Viiv thrive?

Analysis Here we go again. Another Intel Developer Forum, another attempt by the chip maker to pitch the PC as the perfect home entertainment system. This time round, its efforts have a brand-name and an unspecified but undoubtedly considerable marketing budget behind it. But will Intel's Viiv platform be any more successful than its past attempts to get the PC into the living room?

IBM shows Xeon-based server fatty

IBM has started talking up a new, tubby Xeon system designed to be a storage workhorse as well as a traditional server.