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NY Times suspended ethics for Web 2.0 plug

Back to the nebulous tech hype that Register readers love to hate.
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Idaho town becomes Secretsanta.com

The northern Idaho town of Santa will on 9 December become Secretsanta.com after officials voted to take sponsorship from an "online gift exchange management service", Reuters reports.
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DHL in internet packet storm SNAFU

People responding to a promo run by delivery firm DHL were bombarded with a deluge of hundreds of emails this week.

Xbox 360: a Thanksgiving Turkey?

Microsoft's Xbox 360 is a technical triumph that has been lauded by the hard-to-please, with John C Dvorak saying, "I have not seen a hardware/software system this well thought out for a decade or more." Whereas the original was an underpowered PC, its successor boasts three PowerPC cores running at 3.2GHz, the competition is still in the labs, and it has a ton of games lined up.
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ATI founder quits after 20 years at firm

ATI chairman and founder K Y Ho has decided to call it a day, and is quitting the company to "spend more time with family and pursue my personal interests".
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Nvidia G70GL gains PCI Express thumbs-up

Nvidia's upcoming G70GL graphics chip has achieved official PCI Express certification, paving the way for the part's introduction in the not-too-distant future.
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Swisscom eyes TDC - report

Danish outfit TDC could become the latest telco at the centre of a bidding war following reports that Swisscom is considering making a bid.
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ATI 'approves' Radeon X1800 XT overclocking

ATI has told graphics card makers it will sanction attempts to overclock its Radeon X1800 XT chip - provided they take full responsibility for the "potential fallout".
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Macedonia (former Yugoslav Republic thereof) to host world's largest WLAN

The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia is to host the world's largest WLAN. The wireless mesh network will cover the entire country. Within a year more than 90 per cent of the population will be able to go online and make telephone calls via the WLAN from their home.

Xbox 360 costs third more to make than it sells for

It's widely believed that games console makers sell their hardware at a loss in order to get the retail price down to a level they believe consumers will be willing to pay, but any doubters must surely be convinced by market watcher iSuppli's attempt to strip down the Xbox 360 to find out how much its components cost.
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Spare our blushes, put more cash into space

Britain's space effort is embarrassingly under funded, according to MPs, and unless the funding is increased substantially, the country will lose skills, and will be left behind by the international community.
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LaCie unpacks stacking 'Lego' HDDs

HDD maker LaCie this week launched a set of desktop and mobile drives that can only be described as Lego-like.
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Ecommerce boom for Xmas

Postal workers look set to be kept busier in the run-up to Christmas this year by delivering a staggering 70m packages ordered online.

SCC wins HMRC contract

The Pan-European technology integrator and service provider, SCC has been awarded a contract by HM Customs and Revenue (HMRC) it was announced today.
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BSG blames hardware for sales jump

So at least one UK computer dealer out there can still turn a profit from flogging hardware. Step forward London-based Business Systems Group (BSG), which noted a fall in gross margins from 22 per cent to 18 per cent in its interims, thanks to “especially strong hardware sales in the first quarter”.
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Nintendo H1 profits halved as GameCube demand declines

Nintendo saw its profits plunge 51 per cent during the first half of its current fiscal year as sales slid on falling demand for its ageing GameCube console.
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Push email for the Moto RAZR

Certified gadget obsessives Tech Digest and Shiny Shiny scour Gizmoville for the oddest digital goodies, Bayraider keeps tabs on the best and worst of eBay and Propellerhead answers your PC queries.
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Google Base awash with smut

Google Base was flooded with porn marketing days after its launch despite claims spam postings would not be a problem for the search engine giant's online classified service.
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Tech Data beats the Street

Restructuring costs for Tech Data's European operations meant a profits fall for the distie giant in Q3.
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Stem cell pioneer steps down over egg ethics

Pioneering stem cell researcher Professor Hwang Woo-Suk has stepped down from his position as Chairman of the World Stem Cell Hub, after it emerged that he used eggs from his own researchers in his work.

RIM reduces Q3, Q4 new-user totals

Research in Motion (RIM) will not be able to encourage as many people to buy into its push email service during the coming months as it previously forecast, the company has admitted.
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Ireland gagging for affordable broadband

Ireland is gagging for affordable broadband, according to a survey of 1,400 net users internet lobby group IrelandOffline.
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ICANN creates advisory committee for foreign-language net

Internet overseeing organisation ICANN has created a new advisory group to cover the complex and controversial of internationalised domain names (IDNs) - domain names in foreign languages.
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French smoke fags? Wtf?

Rotting Dog Blog Rotting Dog Blog Goddam French November 20, 2005 - 11.41 am Woke up this am to something really shocking through the Blogfelch RSS Hyperfeed. According to Pink Andrew's Wtf? blog, some French chick tried to smoke a fag on a flight from Brisbane (Australia, right?) to Hong Kong. Jesus. Sure, I can accept that there are …
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UK 'full of fraudsters' - survey

Dishonesty and fraud are widespread in the UK, with nearly half of people quizzed in a survey admitting to forgery and one in ten to low level identity fraud. A quarter of 1,000 Britons polled in a survey by document and identity verification firm TSSI confessed to exaggerating their educational qualifications to gain employment.
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Amended data retention plans OK'd in Europe

The European Union parliamentary committee on civil liberties has approved the latest version of the data retention directive, putting it on track to pass the parliament's plenary vote in December.
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Shure E4c noise-isolating earphones

Review Up until the time of writing this review I believed that the only real way to block out all general noise while listening to your MP3 player was to invest in pair of noise-cancelling headphones. It seems I was wrong.
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Pipex 'encouraged' by WiMAX trials

UK-based Pipex is "encouraged" by trials of its WiMAX wireless broadband service and is pressing ahead with further tests, it revealed today.

Rock resurrects Quaddra AMD-based notebooks

UK system builder Rock is to revive its Quaddra notebook range, this time equipping the machines with AMD's Turion 64 processor family.
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Eclipse sorry for broadband downtime

UK ISP Eclipse has apologised to punters left without broadband earlier this week and is promising to learn from its mistakes.
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Japan's asteroid probe did land, after all

Japan's Hayabusa space probe did land on its asteroid target, mission scientists confirmed today, but was not able to activate its sample collection equipment while it was on Itokawa's surface.

Opera *nixed by security bug

Opera users on *nix platforms are been urged to update their browser software following the discovery of a security flaw that creates a means for hackers to compromise vulnerable systems.
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Maxell to offer 300GB holographic discs 'late 2006'

Maxell will ship its first holographic storage system late next year, the company has pledged.