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New model shows Cray with 8 per cent less staff

Supercomputer specialist Cray will kick off the New Year by cutting 8 per cent of its workforce.
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Man charged with assault by swallowed cell phone

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.
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Of Sybase, iAnywhere and Extended Systems

Analysis Sybase 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.
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Of bubbles and developers

2005 in review Silicon 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.
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Tory and Lib Lords plan to hobble ID cards scheme

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.
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Galileo satellite takes to the skies

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.

Best gadgets of 2005

2005 in review Certified 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.
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Doctor Who secures 2005's top TV moment

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.
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Virus poses as MSN Messenger 8

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.

Marriott starts credit check service after losing data tapes

The year wouldn't be complete without another missing tape storage story, and the timeshare division of Marriott has graciously answered this call.

Japanese firms confirm talks to create chip powerhouse

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 listens when the Tasman is testifying

Nortel has picked up Tasman Networks in a bid to boost the performance of its networking gear to better handle bulkier data loads.
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Nissan and MS team on 'URGE to sit on your rear' concept car

Nissan and Microsoft have partnered to show that they can deliver as much impotent grandeur as any other auto/software maker duo.

Man admits to eBay DDoS attack

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.