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3G licensing complaints 'inaccurate, meritless' - Qualcomm

Qualcomm has dismissed allegations made about its WCDMA licensing policy by six mobile phone and component manufacturers as "factually inaccurate and legally meritless".
Tony Smith, 31 Oct 2005
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Nvidia readies GeForce 7800GS

Nvidia's latest ForceWare driver beta release has added weight to speculation that the company is preparing to release a mainstream desktop GeForce 7 series part.
Tony Smith, 31 Oct 2005
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BBC raps six in 'obscene' email kerfuffle

The BBC has rapped the knuckles of six staff working on consumer prog Watchdog for disseminating "obscene" emails, some of which "referred to [the show's] presenter Julia Bradbury", UK tabloid the Sun reports. Other topics of conversation included "secretaries, work experience girls and production staff".
Lester Haines, 31 Oct 2005
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Samsung preps digital music download service

Samsung is to follow Apple and Sony and launch its own online content download service to promote its digital music players.
Tony Smith, 31 Oct 2005
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UK IT chief calls for downscaling of ID card plans

Whitehall IT chiefs may be poised to pull the rug from under the UK's ID card scheme on the basis that the technology isn't ready for prime time, and the project too unfocussed to pass Whitehall risk assessments. According to a report in the Independent on Sunday, Government CIO Ian Watmore has told ministers that the complexity and scale of the plan means that it may have to be phased in, while William Heath of Kable cites senior Whitehall sources as being on the brink of blocking the project.
John Lettice, 31 Oct 2005
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Southampton Uni research centre blaze

A serious fire has partially destroyed a computer research centre at the University of Southampton. The fire, which began at 6.30am Sunday morning, has now been put out and emergency services have begun investigations into what started the blaze.
John Oates, 31 Oct 2005
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Spain's Telefonica to buy O2

O2 has agreed to be bought by Telefonica for £18bn as the Spanish telco looks to expand its operations into UK and Germany.
Tim Richardson, 31 Oct 2005
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Rising demand powers TSMC's Q3 recovery

TSMC's revenue and income continued to return to last year's strong levels during its third fiscal quarter, the world's largest chip foundry said last week.
Tony Smith, 31 Oct 2005
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Woman wins $1m with stolen credit card

Police have busted an Oregon woman who bought a State Lottery ticket with a credit card belonging to her deceased mother-in-law and promptly won $1m, AP reports.
Lester Haines, 31 Oct 2005
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Get yer barometer survey results 'ere

Reg Reader Studies The great thing about working in the IT industry is its unpredictability and the speed of change – isn’t it? Well not according to readers of the Register who turn out to be a remarkably conservative bunch. The Register and Quocirca have recently rerun their IT industry barometer 10 months after it was first run in December 2004.
Bob Tarzey, 31 Oct 2005
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Bill Gates donates $258m to fight bugs

Microsoft billionaire Bill Gates has pledged $258.3m (£145m) to the fight against malaria, describing the disease which claims the lives of an estimated 2,000 African children each day as a "forgotten epidemic".
John Leyden, 31 Oct 2005
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Telefonica grabs O2 from under T-Mobile's nose

It isn't exactly a secret to anybody who has watched the routine visits between O2 directors and Telefonica - the Spanish telecoms giant has been reluctantly courting the former BT subsidiary for a year or more, simply to keep the Spanish Government happy. But now, it has been forced to move by growing interest from Deutsche Telekom, and is spending £17.7bn ($31bn) to buy O2 out under T-Mobile's nose.
Guy Kewney, 31 Oct 2005
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Smutmonger fined for limp porn vid

A mail-order porn video outfit has been stung for £4,000 by Dorking magistrates for failing to measure up in the hard-core department, the Mirror reports. Pabo Ltd was fined the four grand plus £2,044 costs and ordered to pay £75 compensation to a female customer who moaned that explicit rumpy-pumpy on the covers of three videos she'd bought did not appear in the final, censored cut.
Lester Haines, 31 Oct 2005
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Sex.com thief appears in court

Following his dramatic arrest late last week Sex.com thief Stephen Cohen has appeared before a judge in San Diego and been ordered to face the $65m judgement lodged against him nearly five years ago.
Kieren McCarthy, 31 Oct 2005
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Blue Gene breaks supercomputing record, again

IBM's Blue Gene/L supercomputer has broken its own record, doubling the number of calculations it can do in a second to a massive 280.6 trillion.
Lucy Sherriff, 31 Oct 2005
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eBay scam gang jailed

A trio who conspired together to fleece eBay users worldwide out of around £300,000 in a long-running scam were jailed for a combined total of eight-and-a-half years at Middlesex Guildhall Crown Court on Friday. Nicolae Cretanu, 30, and his wife Adriana, 23, a Romanian couple based in east London, conned victims into handing over cash for non-existent goods.
John Leyden, 31 Oct 2005
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Carphone eyes Local Loop Unbundling

Carphone Warehouse could become the latest outfit to provide telco services direct to end users by investing in local loop unbundling (LLU).
Tim Richardson, 31 Oct 2005
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Amazon.co.uk falls off the web

In brief Amazon's UK site is down at the moment and the company isn't saying what's gone wrong.
John Oates, 31 Oct 2005
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Swiss cuff Islamic hate message duo

Swiss police last week arrested two African men who allegedly used the University of Geneva's computer system to disseminate Islamic fundamentalist hate messages and justifications for terrorist attacks, AFP reports.
Lester Haines, 31 Oct 2005
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Sprint set to unveil 'mobile music service'

US mobile phone carrier Sprint is expected to announce today it will offer over-the-air music downloads when it launches its high-speed EV-DO 3G wireless network.
Tony Smith, 31 Oct 2005
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i-mate K-Jam Windows Mobile PDA/phone

Review Much as I like i-mate's Jasjar - aka HTC's Universal - its size makes it less practical for me as a phone rather than a PDA. I'm clearly not the only one who favours a smart-phone device that operates like a PDA but is small enough to hold up to my ear and use like any other handset.
Tony Smith, 31 Oct 2005
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Vodafone looks to Sky for mobile TV

Vodafone's 3G punters will be able to tune in to Sky TV on their mobile handsets from tomorrow following a deal between the two giant players.
Tim Richardson, 31 Oct 2005
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AOL IM worm roots around Windows PCs

A worm propagating through AOL's Instant Messenger network comes with rootkit technology designed to slip under anti-virus defences. The Sdbot-ADD worm is being passed through instant messages from members on a user’s Buddy List and within AOL chat rooms.
John Leyden, 31 Oct 2005
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Ofcom cracks down on menacing 'silent calls'

Companies that breach new "silent calls" guidelines could be fined up to £50,000 for each offence, under tougher new measures introduced by Ofcom today.
Tim Richardson, 31 Oct 2005
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BT buys up TNS

BT has snapped up LAN outfit Total Network Solutions Limited (TNS) for an undisclosed sum, the monster telco announced today.
Tim Richardson, 31 Oct 2005
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Google requires user to enter 'minge'

Silly it may be, but this piece of Google account word verification amused one Reg reader and brightened up our Monday:
Lester Haines, 31 Oct 2005
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Apple sells 1m videos in 19 days

Apple has sold more than 1m video downloads since it began offering the service on 12 October, the Mac maker said today.
Tony Smith, 31 Oct 2005
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World chip sales jumped in September

The world's electronics and other hardware manufacturers spent $19.6m on semiconductors in September, the US-based Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) said today - a total the organisation characterised as "very strong".
Tony Smith, 31 Oct 2005
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Docs sew skull fragment in patient's belly

Surgeons obliged to remove a fragment of skull from a man with head injuries inserted it into his belly for safekeeping and three months later successfully reattached the missing piece of cranium, the Telegraph and others report.
Lester Haines, 31 Oct 2005
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NASA has a plan for asteroid deflection

NASA has outlined plans for dealing with an asteroid a quarter of a mile wide that astronomers believe is on a near-collision course with Earth. The agency says there is no need at present to dispatch a radio transponder to the asteroid, but adds that it will be keeping a close eye on the rock's progress through the solar system.
Lucy Sherriff, 31 Oct 2005
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Telewest victim of XXX call scam

Telewest is still trying to hunt down a mucky phone thief who gained access to a number of the cableco's street cabinets in London to make calls to XXX chat lines.
Tim Richardson, 31 Oct 2005
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Much of UK biometric passport data for archive, police use only?

Passports and ID cards are unlikely to actually use most the "13 biometrics" the Government proposes to collect on all citizens, which is probably just as well, because they won't fit. But much of the biometric data that will be collected on registration will hardly ever be used. In a parliamentary answer to questioning by Lynne Jones MP last week, Home Office Minister Andy Burnham said that: "As the images [the biometric data] will not be required for routine matching and may only be used for generating the template on enrolment and subsequent biometric renewal, they could therefore be stored in a separate database which may be managed as an archive."
John Lettice, 31 Oct 2005
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Supremes shun Microsoft's Eolas appeal

The Supreme Court has declined a request by Microsoft to examine its legal dispute with Eolas Technologies. The one-man company won over $500m from Microsoft in 2003 when a court ruled that the software giant had infringed an Eolas patent on embedding executables in web pages.
Andrew Orlowski, 31 Oct 2005
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Dell stuns investors with rare revenue miss

A pair of computer glitches have eaten into Dell's third quarter with the company today lowering revenue guidance for the period.
Ashlee Vance, 31 Oct 2005