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Supercomputer specialist Cray will kick off the New Year by cutting 8 per cent of its workforce.
Marlon Brando Gill may have taken AT&T's "reach out and touch someone" slogan too far, according to officials. Police have charged the Missouri man with felony assault, suspecting that Gill crammed a cell phone down his girlfriend's throat during an argument.
AnalysisSybase announced its intention to acquire Extended Systems at the end of July and it completed said purchase about six weeks ago. It is now briefing analysts and customers on its plans for Extended Systems’ OneBridge product and how that will be integrated within the iAnywhere environment and, specifically, with the iAnywhere Afaria product.
2005 in reviewSilicon Valley is a different place these days. After years of dot-com fallout, 2005 saw tech companies regain their self confidence - a fact signified by rapacious M&A, guilt-free spending on marketing activities and bold strategic statements.
Tory and Liberal Democrat peers plan to 'decouple' passports and identity cards by allowing passport applicants to opt out of the National Identity Register, according to a report in the Daily Telegraph. Although the Government describes the initial rollout of the ID scheme as voluntary, it intends that ID cards first be deployed via passport renewals, with those needing new passports having no choice over being registered; removal of this aspect of the Bill could fatally undermine its ability to achieve critical mass for ID cards.
Europe this morning took another step towards the planned 2010 deployment of its €3.4bn Galileo satnav system when the Giove-A satellite blasted off atop a Soyuz rocket from Baikonur in Kazakhstan.
2005 in reviewCertified gadget obsessives Tech Digest and Shiny Shiny scour Gizmoville for the oddest digital goodies, TV Scoop features all that’s cool in British telly and Propellerhead answers your PC queries.
Britain's TV viewers have voted a clip from the Christopher Ecclestone incarnation of Doctor Who as the top TV moment of 2005, UK tabloid The Mirror reports. The behind-the-sofa moment - featuring a suitably spinechilled Doctor and Rose confronted by a ghostly lad haunting Blitz-ravaged London in The Empty Child - will appear on the BBC 1's 2005 TV Moments on New Year's Eve.
Malware authors have produced a virus which poses as a test version the latest, as yet unreleased, version of MSN Messenger. The Virkel-F masquerades as "MSN Messenger 8 Working BETA" and is available from a bogus site as a supposedly leaked early version of the software.
The year wouldn't be complete without another missing tape storage story, and the timeshare division of Marriott has graciously answered this call.
Hitachi, Toshiba and Renesas have confirmed that they're considering creating a company to handle their shared chip fabrication needs. Meanwhile, various media reports say the three companies are much farther along with their plans than they let on.
Nortel has picked up Tasman Networks in a bid to boost the performance of its networking gear to better handle bulkier data loads.
Nissan and Microsoft have partnered to show that they can deliver as much impotent grandeur as any other auto/software maker duo.
An Oregon man has pleaded guilty to launching a DDoS attack against eBay that caused at least $5,000 in damages, US authorities said this week.