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Gizmondo firm goes to Nasdaq

Tiger Telematics (TT), the Florida-based company behind the Gizmondo handheld games console, has posted its annual report for the year to 31 December 2004. It makes fascinating reading - particularly since the company yesterday announced its plan to begin trading its stock on Nasdaq. To date it has been an OTC stock.
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IBM gives blades 4Gbit/s zip

IBM has recruited a pair of networking chums to help slot a 4Gbit/s switch into its blade server chassis.
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It's space, Jim (but not as we know it)

As Voyager 1 spacecraft speeds through the outermost boundary of our solar system it is tearing clods out of our understanding of the universe, say mission scientists.
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Nobel laureate to address London students

Nobel prize-winning chemist Professor Aaron Ciechanover is set to give a talk about human disease and anticancer drug development to 120 scientists of the future.
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Public sector IT pros have their say

Despite efforts to attract more IT professionals into government, industry is still widely seen a more attractive place to work than the UK public sector, according to the findings of new market research.
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US deploys global IP strategy

The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is rapidly becoming the cornerstone of US global hegemony, and this week a new initiative, supposedly from US President George Bush, and talked up by US Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez, was intended to push the intellectual property agenda overseas.
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Microsoft revamps adCenter for MSN

A thought has been torturing Microsoft of late, and that thought emerges from the business model of Google. Microsoft has long pioneered the idea of giving away a new application as an "operating system feature" and cornering a market. Google gives away applications because it always leaves a door open for advertisers to benefit from them.
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eDonkey seeks sanctuary

The company behind eDonkey, MetaMachine, is getting out of the file sharing business according to its boss Sam Yagan.
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2.5G mobile data is crap - Orange exec

CTIA Who this week said that GPRS is "slow and cumbersome, and nobody wants to use it on a mobile or laptop." Intel? Flarion? Or a Wi-Fi lobbyist, perhaps?
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LG to ship notebook fuel cell in 12 months

LG will be the first company to commercialise a portable fuel-cell system for notebook computers within a year, the company has pledged.
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Unseemly 'elitism' row rocks PrepCom3

Frustration with an elitist approach taken by governments at the crucial PrepCom3 meeting in Geneva boiled over yesterday.
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Congress mulls 'post-Grokster' legislation

The Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday welcomed testimony from parties seeking the legislative final solution to P2P networks during a Capitol Hill hearing confidently entitled "Protecting Copyright and Innovation in a Post-Grokster World."
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Ballmer and Gates make a million

Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer have finally joined their high-tech peers by scoring annual salaries in the one million dollar range.
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Webcam used to 'babysit kids'

Police are questioning a Cambridgeshire mother who allegedly used a webcam to keep an eye on her three children while she went on a jaunt to Germany.
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Poker firm begins trading

Shares in 888 began trading this morning following the IPO of the online casino. The share price was set at 175p valuing the gambling operation at £590m ($1.04bn).
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Peru's parliament approves pro-open source bill

Legislators in Peru have approved a hotly contested bill sanctioning use of open source software by government and levelling the playing field for start-ups against Microsoft.
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Ex-AMD man fined $1m over bribery scandal

A former AMD inventory planner was yesterday sent to prison for more than three years for accepting bribes totalling $1m from Citiraya Industries, a Singaporean electronics recycler.
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Mobile beheading clip man jailed

A man who showed an Iraqi beheading clip to a hotel worker was jailed for 60 days yesterday. Subhan Younnis, 23, caused Charlotte Cray distress when he played the footage on his mobile during a conversation with her in a shop in Glasgow's Moathouse Hotel last September, Glasgow district court heard.
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NHS to probe students' lung function

In a bid to promote careers in science and medicine, particularly in the NHS, physiologists are compiling a snapshot survey of the general health of the nation's youth. The idea is that the project will help students understand how scientists use measurements, analysis and results to reach conclusions for diagnoses and treatment.
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'We Are The Champions' voted world's fave song

Anyone who believes that increasing cultural globalisation will inevitably lead to a dumbing down of consumers' critical faculties has been proved right on the button by a Sony Ericsson poll of 700,000 "music lovers" in 66 countries which has voted Queen's We Are The Champions the world's favourite song.
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Nvidia unveils SLi-capable GeForce Go 7800GTX

Nvidia unveiled its first GeForce 7 series mobile graphics chip last night, as expected.
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Tritium-fuelled watches debut at Cash'n'Carrion

Cash'n'Carrion Our old mate tritium - as featured in the now legendary Glowring - has resurfaced at Reg merchandising tentacle Cash'n'Carrion, but this time in a more useful role than simply providing an entertaining keyring with which to amaze your friends.
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iRiver T20 512MB digital music player

Review You've got to hand it to iRiver. Faced with Apple's iconic iPod, the company hasn't tried to emulate its rival by devising a single, clear product identity around which to build its range. Instead, it's gone for a scattergun approach: fire off lots of different models and hope some of them stick to consumers.
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Arctic sea ice gone within a century?

Researchers from NASA and the US National Snow and Ice Data Centre (NSIDC) have warned that the arctic ice cap could completely disappear within a century, after a satellite survey this summer revealed ice cover was at its lowest level ever.
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Warning over unattended PC peril

Unattended PCs are becoming the focus of insider attacks, according to Gartner. It reckons "someone else must have used my PC" has become a typical defence to accusations of improper online behaviour.
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Ofcom acts to protect consumers

Ofcom wants to cut the cost of calls to some non-geographic numbers because of concerns that consumers are being ripped off.
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RIM looks to strong H2 as Q2 income slips

Research in Motion (RIM) today forecast its push email service would surpass 5m subscribers by the end of its financial year, up from the 3.65m it said it had at the end of its second quarter of fiscal 2006.
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New ISS crew, plus tourist, readies for launch

The next crew of the International Space Station is preparing to launch on 1 October from Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan. When the Soyuz rocket launches, the astronaut and the cosmonaut will be joined by a private citizen, 60-year-old Dr. Gregory Olsen.
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BEA buys into open source tools

BEA Systems is buying tools vendor M7 in a deal calculated to expand BEA's popularity among developers by combining support for open and closed source software.
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Brit chef trousers $1m poker prize

A British chef has trousered $1m after seeing off eight US competitors in the final of Paradise Poker's "Million Dollar Freeroll".
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Does the ITU get the internet?

The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) is angling for a wider role in running the internet, to the extent that it is hosting the WSIS meeting taking place in Geneva at the moment.
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eBay faces court over contact lens dispute

Ebay is facing legal action for allegedly "aiding and abetting" the sale of contact lenses via its website without the involvement of a qualified optician.
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NASA and Google to build research centre

NASA and Google are to build a million-square-foot research centre at NASA's Research Park at Moffett Field, Silicon Valley.
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Danes and Swedes fume over mobile 'bridge toll'

Danes and Swedes living in the Øresund region are gnashing their teeth because mobile phone companies charge a 'bridge toll' for crossing the Sound of Øresund separating Denmark and Sweden.
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Gay Naval officer faces keelhauling

The Navy has threatened to court martial a serving officer who is a finalist in the Mr Gay UK 2005. Richard Cowell, 25, is weapons engineer on Type-23 frigate HMS Northumberland. He's also Mr Plymouth and in the running for the UK's top gay male accolade - much to the chagrin of the Senior Service.
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Pipex streamlines channel offering

Pipex has tidied up its channel programme to help make life easier for resellers while hopefully boosting the UK ISP's revenues.
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E*Trade to buy BrownCo for $1.6bn

E*Trade Financial is blowing $1.6bn in cash to acquire BrownCo - the online brokerage service of JPMorgan Chase & Co.
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Warner Music's Michael Nash - no executioner

In a story entitled Warners raises decapitation strategy for Apple, we wrongly attributed remarks about Apple's iTunes Music Store made during a panel discussion at the CTIA show to Warner Music senior vice president Michael Nash.
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EMI recalls DRM-encumbered CD

EMI has recalled a best-selling CD after it was inadvertently encumbered with over-zealous DRM. And Sony has recalled a web posting by one of the bands advising fans how to unbork the borked disc.
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Cingular brings BlackBerry to Nokia's commie

Cingular is finally bringing Nokia's hit Communicator the 9300 to the US market, offering a price challenge to Palm and RIM. For the latter, it'll be the stiffest competition so far to its hardware business on its North American home turf. But equally, the 9300 is the most compelling device to carry RIM's BlackBerry Connect software since the Canadian company began to license its crown jewels three years ago.
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Crazy Frog emasculates Verisign earnings

Verisign's ill-judged adventure into ringtones took a stumble today, as the company said it would miss its Q3 earnings targets. Verisign blamed the shortfall on having to abide with regulations on mobile content in Europe: regulations it has largely provoked through its own business practices. Verisign now expects its Q3 revenue to come in at $410m, rather than the $435 to $440m range issued in previous guidance.