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Northamber issues profit warning

Northamber today issued a profit warning for its interims, which end on 31 December 2005. In a regulatory news statement, the UK disties said profits will be "substantially below" that of last year's interims.
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Interesting times for EII

Comment The EII (enterprise information integration) market is going through interesting times. This article discusses a number of the things that have happened or that have been reported to me.
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Intel 'to add 946' to Broadwater chipset line-up

Intel is to extend its 'Broadwater' chipset family down into the lower reaches of the mainstream market segment at launch, Taiwanese motherboard-maker sources have claimed.
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DWP's computerised call centres 'in meltdown'

Problems with computerised call centres at the Department for Work and Pensions have led to a million calls from first-time claimants not being answered, The Guardian reports.
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Bolloxed Irish surf Doogle

There's not a lot we can say about this one, really, except that it cheered us up on a nippy Friday morning in November:
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Marconi ups revs in Q2

Marconi increased revenues for the three months to September, the UK telecoms equipment maker reported today.
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Chav gadget returns

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 HippyShopper has all your ethical goodies.
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BOFH: Woah there, Crash Gordon

Episode 32 "WOAH THERE, Crash Gordon!" the PFY shouts as our engineer prepares to put our system back together "How's about you go get another disk drive!?"
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Cohen ends legal bid for itunes.co.uk

The long-running dispute over the ownership of the domain itunes.co.uk is over.
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Japan greenlights second landing attempt

In brief Japan's space agency (Jaxa) said yesterday that it will try for another landing with its Hayabusa probe. The attempt was scheduled to take place this morning.
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Symantec refuses to sell audit tool outside the US

Exclusive Symantec has stopped selling a password auditing tool to customers outside the US and Canada, citing US Government export regulations.
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Is this the worst corporate video ever?

We recently noted that Queen's We are the Champions had been voted the world's most fave song of all time - ever. Reader Ciaran Dolan has just written in to express surprise, if not dismay, that Dutch "media investment management" outfit MindShare's version of the 1983 Donna Summer smash She works hard for the money did not even make it into the top ten.
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Lycos loses Dutch ID disclosure case

After almost three years of long-lasting legal procedures, the Dutch Supreme Court ruled today that Dutch ISP Lycos must reveal the name of an anonymous website owner who ridiculed a part-time stamp trader. However, there is little Lycos can disclose other than a fake address that the website owner once provided.
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HTC confirms HSDPA 3G handsets will ship H2 2006

Exclusive Smart-phone specialist HTC will ship devices that support the High Speed Data Packet Access (HSDPA) 3G data-speed booster in H2 2006, the company confirmed today.
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Judge gives Kazaa deadline to end pirate file-shares

Kazaa owner Sharman Networks has just 11 days to implement anti-piracy technology or be shut down, the Australian courts have ordered.
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Manufacturer loads Trojans onto HDDs

Japanese peripherals manufacturer I-O Data Device has offered product exchanges after it discovered it had shipped out a batch of hard discs contaminated with viral code. Portable hard disk drives in I-O Data's HDP-U series might be infected with the Tompai-A, a worm that gives hackers backdoor access to compromised machines.

Intel juggles 'Cedar Mill' P4 model numbers

Roadmap Intel's 'Conroe' processor, the multi-core desktop CPU derived from the company's next-generation notebook chip, 'Merom', will ship in Q3 2006, according to the latest leaked roadmap.

US moves forward on data privacy

A draft US law to increase the security and privacy of personal information held by companies took a step forward last week, when it was approved by the influential Senate Judiciary Committee. The bill includes a duty to disclose security breaches.
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Switching telcos/ISPs to get easier

Switching phone and internet providers needs to be made a lot easier if consumers and businesses are to benefit from increased competition in the UK's telco sector.
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Amazon triumphs in 1-Click patent defence

Amazon.com has successfully defended a claim that its famous 1-Click payment feature infringed another company's patent for an electronic fund transfer or transaction system. IPXL Holdings had been seeking around $50 million in damages.
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Leaving Las Vegas

CA World 2005 diary Motorcycle daredevilry marked the opening the CA World conference in New Orleans five years ago - in the shape of former chief exec Charles Wang jumping though a paper hoop emblazoned with an IBM logo. New CEO John Swainson was content to simply walk on stage to open last week's CA bean in Las Vegas.
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Boffins quantify beer goggles phenomenon

Researchers at the University of Manchester have discovered that the legendary "beer goggles" effect, by which previously-monstrous members of the opposite sex become strangely attractive after a skinful of lager, is not just down to the sheer volume of booze consumed.
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Fujitsu execs take pay cut after Tokyo exchange crash

Fujitsu is to dock the pay of senior executives after the Japanese computer giant took the blame for a software glitch that forced the Tokyo Stock Exchange (TSE) to suspend trading earlier this month. The exchange was only able to operate for 90 minutes on 1 November due to bugs with a newly installed transactions system, developed by Fujitsu, which was supposed to help cope with higher trading volumes. The interruption in trading was the worst in the history of the exchange.
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Readers suffer transatlantic sense of humour collapse

Letters We are a nation of fakers, it is true. A recent survey has unmasked us as such, pointing out that plenty of us have misused identity documents, conned security guards, lied, cheated, stolen and eaten our grandmothers:
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Voda's Blackberry alternative hits the UK

Vodafone UK’s announcement of its own branded Blackberry alternative for the mainstream market might seem like old news. Based on technology from Visto, other subsidiaries in the group launched what is being referred to as “Vodafone Business Email” a few months ago.
Dale Vile, 25 2005
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Apple readies Rome retail site

Apple has begun recruiting staff for its first store on mainland Europe.
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Swisscom's Eircom deal lies in tatters

Swisscom's plans to acquire Irish incumbent Eircom have been ripped to shreds after the Swiss government said it would not allow the telco to make overseas investments for at least the next 12 months.
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Music biz to 'hijack' Europe's data retention laws

The entertainment industry is trying to commandeer the proposed European directive on data retention to help it prosecute filesharers in the European Union, it has emerged.