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Offshoring fears hit US college computing enrollments

CA World Scare stories about the offshoring of IT jobs to locations such as India are discouraging US students from studying computing, according to Yogesh Gupta, CA's chief technology officer.
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Sony pulls rootkit DRM CDs

Sony has bowed to consumer pressure and will withdraw all CDs encumbered with its notorious 'rootkit' DRM, XCP. Sony says around 4m XCP CDs have been manufactured. For the 2.1m CDs already sold, Sony will institute an exchange program, with details to follow later in the week.

Enterasys goes private in $386m buy-out

Enterasys Networks, the firm formed from the enterprise division of networking pioneer Cabletron five years ago, has been bought by a private investment group for $386m.
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Tory contender in laptop theft flap

The theft of Tory leadership candidate David Cameron’s election plans and a laptop from an aide's car last Friday should act as a warning for users to keep laptops out of sight from potential thieves.

CA debuts desktop password reset tech

CA World CA is pushing forgotten password support onto the desktop with the launch of CA Identity Manager. The technology, which partly stems from CA's recent purchase of security firm Netegrity, is designed to automate the management of user identities and entitlements.

Patents database posted for developers

A database containing more than 500 software patents and backed by big-name vendors has been posted online to foster development of litigation-free open source.

'Honest' card scam hits e-traders

Dishonest consumers are employing a credit card crime that confounds usual verification methods, fraud protection firm Early Warning warns.
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Digital download markets: cut up and segregated

Comment In recent years there has been a worldwide move towards “free” trade. Arguably there have been winners and losers from this process. One winner has been consumers in Western countries who enjoy purchasing content like music, film, games and software.
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US wins net governance battle

The United States has won its fight to retain control over the internet, at least for the foreseeable future.

Microsoft searching enterprise for success

In its effort to snatch back the baton clumsily handed to Google, Microsoft Tuesday staked a fresh claim to enterprise-wide search. But IBM could be the bigger threat.
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AMD clears fog from roadmap

AMD has re-iterated its plan to offer quad-core processors by 2007. The chip maker also said it will migrate to a new version of its HyperTransport-based Direct Connect Architecture the year after.
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Home Office issues net child protection guidelines

The Home Office yesterday announced new guidelines for ISPs to help protect kids from the dark side of the internet. The main points suggest that providers should:
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AMD paints white-box notebook vision

AMD is to develop a series of barebones notebook PCs in a bid to bring OEMs and system builders into the company's fold, the chip maker said yesterday.
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Bell Micro to buy German distie

Bell Microproducts is buying MCE, the Munich-based storage distie, chairman Don Bell revealed yesterday.
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Wanadoo defiant as BT wins 'dear Ben' ad row

Wanadoo UK is in defiant mood today even though BT scored a clean sweep of advertising-related complaints against the ISP.

Intel's secret logos revealed

Intel's new logos, kept secret until now, have slipped out onto the web.
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Flash inventor wins innovation award

Fujio Masuoka, the inventor of Flash Memory, was recognised for his work last night at the Economist Awards, scooping the Innovation Award for "No Boundaries" at a ceremony in London last night.
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Infineon board favours DRAM unit IPO - report

Another day, another way for Infineon to rid itself of its loss-making DRAM division. After yesterday's claim that the German company is to sell the unit to Micron and Nanya, today we hear the firm would prefer to float the business.
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Saint Bob Geldof blows gasket at email

Saint Sir Bob Geldof has advised delegates at a London innovation conference to ignore emails after revealing that they "get in the way of serious consideration of what you want to do".
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Software company 'sorry' for murdered schoolboy email

A Peterborough technology company has "regretted any offence it caused" after sending an email plugging its pupil registration system following the murder of Scottish schoolboy Rory Blackhall.

Windows Server thrashes Novell's Linux

Windows is more reliable than Novell's Linux and easier to manage, according to Microsoft-funded research carried out by Security Innovation.
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Bavarian police have spooky Sober moment

Bavarian police issued a press release that warned of new Sober.worm virus variants, just one day before three new variants appeared.
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Vietnam plans human bird-flu vaccine trials

Vietnam's health officials are planning to start testing a potential human vaccine against the H5N1 bird flu virus in early 2006, it emerged yesterday, despite international warnings that developing a specific H5N1 vaccine would be futile if the virus mutates.
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Toilet-disposed mobiles menace Helsinki's sewers

More and more mobile phones are turning up in the sewage system of the Helsinki Metropolitan area, according to Helsinki Water, which serves over one million households. It's not known if the phones are purposely or accidentally disposed of, but with 4.8m mobile users in Finland, it's reasonable to expect a certain number of toilet-related mobile incidents.
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Court rejects UK web lotto game patent appeal

The High Court has dismissed an appeal against a Patent Office ruling that refused to grant a patent for an online lottery game. It reasoned that the patent application did not support any technical contribution other than the provision of specific web pages.
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Caudwell Comms gets new MD

Caudwell Communications - the fixed line phone business of Phones 4u boss John Caudwell - has appointed David Downie as MD to "bolster" the management team. Well, for the time being at least.
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Swiss driver attacks Gatso with pick-axe

We know this will find favour with a large number of Reg readers: an enraged Swiss driver has smashed a speed camera off its mountings with a pick-axe after the Gatso snapped him doing 50mph in a 30mph zone in the Swiss alpine village of La Punt Chamues-ch.

Will IBM buy BI?

Analysis While much of the acquisition talk this year has been about Oracle and its spate of purchases, IBM has been quietly building up its portfolio of capabilities within the business intelligence area and associated technologies. Of course the most notable of these acquisitions was Ascential but there have been a number of others, including what is now Entity Analytic Solutions (previously SRD) as well as both customer and product master data management offerings.

Symbian touts 131% jump in smart-phone shipments

Symbian saw its smart-phone operating system ship on 131 per cent more handsets in Q3 2005 than shipped in Q3 2004, the company boasted today.
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Stem cell researchers want watchdogs for human tests

As the debate over the ethics of leading stem cell researcher Hwang Woo-suk's research programme continues, UK scientists have called for international watchdogs to be set up to monitor the human testing of experimental therapies.
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Tunisian Internet control lambasted at opening of World Summit

An extraordinary criticism of Tunisia’s approach to the Internet was fired at its president Zine Ben Ali at the opening ceremony of the World Summit in Tunis this morning.
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Wholesale broadband costs fall again

BT has cut the cost of connecting punters onto fully unbundled lines, the UK's dominant fixed line operator announced today. From December 15, the cost of unhooking lines from BT's network and reconnecting them to a rival service will drop 40 per cent from £168.38 (ex VAT) to £99.95 (ex VAT).
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Apple's iPod, iTunes 'big in Japan'

Apple's iPod has taken almost 60 per cent of the Japanese portable digital music player market, the company claimed today, citing local news source Business Computer News (BCN). The iPod leads its nearest - alas unnamed - rival by a "wide margin", it added.

Sun goes storage mad with upcoming Opteron kit

Exclusive Sun Microsystems next year will expand its Opteron-based hardware line with a unique system that packs moderate processing power with high-performing I/O and tons of storage, The Register has learned.
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Dione and Tethys pose for Cassini

Cassini has snapped some stunning shots on its meanderings through the Saturnian system, but this one is a corker, even by its high standards.
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Voracious Oracle eats two more firms

If you were beginning to think Oracle couldn't possibly squeeze in another acquisition this year, you'd be wrong. The database giant has pulled off a double.

Cray celebrates Opteron joy

SC05 Cray has earned the right to gloat. The supercomputer maker picked AMD's Opteron chip as its horse early on and can now revel in the market adoration for the product. But while interest in Cray's systems has shot up as a result of its new Opteron gear, huge questions remain as to whether or not Cray can turn around its business in a meaningful way.

More self configuration planned for DB2 'Viper'

Barely a week after Microsoft laid claim to enterprise readiness by launching SQL Server 2005, IBM has upped the stakes releasing early details of its next DB2.