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Dutch introduce phones for kids

Two Dutch telcos - KPN and Scarlet - have introduced mobile phones specially made for young children.

AMD flirts with channel via new, sexy portal

AMD wants its channel partners to feel the love - the love that is Opteron. The chipmaker has created the new AMD Commercial Channel Access Program to pump partners full of technical knowhow, test units and of course financial incentives in the hopes of increasing Opteron and other AMD64 chip sales.
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Intel to pump $650m into US fab

Intel is to spend $650m upgrading its Rio Rancho, New Mexico 300mm-wafer plant the chip giant has announced.
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Apple opens iTunes down under

Apple has finally launched the Australian version of its iTunes Music Store after almost a year of speculation that the debut was imminent, and the appearance of the Aussie flag in the recently released iTunes 6.0.1 jukebox.
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Ericsson buys Marconi

Ericsson is paying £1.2bn for the name and most of the assets of Marconi.
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iPod chip maker Q3 revenues, income rocket

PortalPlayer, the audio chip maker whose products power the majority of Apple's iPods, saw Q3 income jump 221.9 per cent year on year.
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Merseyside mourns dead chicken

Merseyside police have ordered the local community to "stop grieving" after Liverpudlians flocked to deposit flowers, cards and teddy bears in tribute to a dead chicken found in an alleyway. According to the BBC, one card read: "RIP Little Baby. Safe in the arms of Jesus. From someone who is a loving mother xxxx."

Intel ships ATI-based mobo

Intel has begun offering ATI-based motherboards as anticipated. The launch is intended to protect the chip giant's mobo business while it shifts chipset production away from low end.
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Brit-based sociologist testifies in Intelligent Design trial

A British-based professor of sociology has testified in a US federal court that intelligent design (ID) is a scientific concept, not a religious one.
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Sweden champions the cow-powered train

Those readers who have ever wondered, like you do, how many miles to the cow you'd get from a bovine biogas-powered train need look no further than the Swedish cities of Linkoping and Vastervik for the answer: 2.5.
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Nvidia preps GeForce Go 7300

Asus has pre-announced Nvidia's upcoming second mobile GeForce 7 series graphics chip, revealing the part's existence in its latest notebook launch.

DeXtrous Delphi with DavidI

Borland is famous for confusing its loyal fans; well, it sometimes confuses us. So, we asked David Intersimone and Jason Vokes to guide us through its roadmap, with particular reference to Delphi.
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Hong Kong man convicted for movie sharing

A Hong Kong man has been found guilty of copyright infringement for his use of BitTorrent.

MS adopts stronger encryption for IE7

Microsoft plans to adopt a stronger cryptography protocol in the next version of its web browser software, Internet Explorer 7. IE7 will replace the SSLv2 (Secure Socket Layer) protocol with the sturdier TLSv1 (Transport Layer Security) protocol in default HTTPS protocol settings as a means to provide improved security for ecommerce transactions, according to a posting in Redmond's official IE development blog.
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Abba crowned queens of Eurovision

Abba's Waterloo has been voted the Eurovision Song Contest's best ever tune during a 50th anniversary event in Copenhagen, Denmark.
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SpyMedia: More Austin Powers than James Bond

SpyMedia hasn't even launched yet and already Register readers are telling us about it.
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VeriSign and ICANN strike monster net deal

VeriSign has dropped all its lawsuits against internet overseeing organisation ICANN, agreed to hand over ownership of the root zone, and in return been awarded control of all dotcoms until 2012.
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AMD nabs market share from Intel

AMD's share of the x86 chip market reached 17.8 per cent during Q3 as the chip vendor grabbed market share from arch-rival Intel and lesser competitor Transmeta.
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No winner in space elevator contest

No one managed to claim the top prize in NASA's Beam Power Challenge and Tether Challenge, competitions to develop technologies that could be used in space elevators.

VoIP security framework erected

An industry group has released what's billed as the first comprehensive description of security and threats to Voice over IP (VoIP) systems. The framework - dubbed the VoIP Security Threat Taxonomy - was put together by the newly formed Voice over IP Security Alliance (VOIPSA) and is designed to provide the industry with a clearer view of VoIP security risks put into context with a discussion of technical trade-offs.
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Sun's grid: lights on, no customers

Many of you will remember the fanfare and bravado surrounding Sun Microsystems' Sep. 2004 announcement of a $1 per hour per processor utility computing plan. What you won't remember is Sun revealing a single customer using the service. That's because it hasn't.
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Tropical storm Alpha triggers fatal floods

Flooding caused by tropical storm Alpha has killed at least seven people in Haiti, according to reports. The storm dumped at least 38cm of rain on the Caribbean island of Hispanola before it weakened into a tropical depression.
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Is it a passport, an ID card, or a fiddle? A minister explains

Analysis Government contributions to last week's debate on the third reading of the ID Cards Bill were largely unenlightening, with Charles Clarke in particular confining himself to reading from his flash cards ('will help to control the Big Brother state', 'ID fraud costs £1.3 billion', 'a third of terrorists use false ID'), but a couple of his minions were helpful (inadvertently, we assume) on the subjects of inevitability and finance. Do we have no choice, because the world is moving to biometric ID? And how is it that despite costing £93 for combined ID and passport and £30 for just ID, the ID card is somehow not costing us anything really?
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CEOs should follow NBA and make geeks wear real clothes

And ninethly Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society - Mark Twain
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Tiscali power glitch reaches across Europe

A power outage in Tiscali's Frankfurt data centre disrupted net services to its German customers on Sunday. Power was down for 40 minutes between 2005 and 2045 on 21 October knocking an unknown proportion of the ISP's Germany hosting customers offline and affecting at least one UK firm whose international partners used the TINet data centre.

Storage vendors launch open source consortium

Eight major storage vendors, including IBM and Cisco, have joined forces to develop a common open source platform for managing storage devices. The idea is that customers will be able to use the result of their labours to make it easier to manage their storage systems, regardless of the vendor.
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OFT OKs C&W's Energis buy

The UK’s Office of Fair Trading has waved through Cable & Wireless’ takeover of rival telco Energis.
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Scramble to fix Skype security bug

Security researchers have identified two groups of potentially serious security vulnerabilities involving Skype, the popular VoIP client software. Both create a means for hackers to run hostile code on systems running vulnerable versions of Skype. Skype has issued patches for the "critical" security bugs.

St. Fister cured of Itanic wickedness

The fourth and likely last Itanic miracle has occurred with St. Fister – he of the blessed hand – being cured of all the chip’s wickedness and beastly impulses.

Gluecode gets IBM makeover

IBM has released a refreshed and re-packaged edition of its Gluecode application server, in the first formal move since buying Gluecode to crush open source and undercut closed source competitors.

IBM shows Xbox chip but won’t speak its name

IBM has helped Microsoft do the impossible and deliver a product on time. Big Blue today revealed specifications for the unnamed processor that will slot into Microsoft’s Xbox 360 game console due out on Nov. 22, at the Fall Processor Forum here.
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Fujitsu vows to carry Sun with four-core SPARC

Fujitsu today spilled new details on the upcoming versions of its SPARC processor that will slot into future servers built by the company and Sun Microsystems.