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Is it SOX or socks behind drop in class-action lawsuits?

Call it post bull-market blues or the responsibilities demanded by Sarbanes Oxley (SOX), but the number of class-action lawsuits against public companies is dropping.
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Analyst cheers Google with $600 per share target

Google and its cavalcade of adoring analysts look set to pump 2006 full of the same unbridled optimism that dominated 2005. Or so we predict after seeing Piper Jaffray analyst, Safa Rashtchy, hike his target on the ad broker up from $445 to $600.
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Former cyber security chief tapped as new CEO of spook op

The spookiest venture capital firm on the planet has hired a new CEO.

Sober up as Christmas viruses spiral

The number of virus-ridden e-mails in Ireland reached record levels in December, according to statistics from hosting firm IE Internet.

AMD in LIVE! sticker frenzy

AMD made a grab for the pre-CES limelight today announcing plans for media center desktop and notebooks under its LIVE! branding.
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PC World 'misled' punters over discount lappy

PC World has been ticked off for not having enough stock to meet a promotion for a cut-price laptop.

Blue Coat dons Permeo

Security supplier Blue Coat is to buy privately-held end-point security specialist Permeo Technologies in a $60.8m cash-and-stock deal ($13.4m cash and $47.4m in Blue Coat stock). The acquisition, announced Tuesday, is designed to supplement Blue Coat's existing line of ProxySG proxy security appliances with technology designed to ensure devices connecting to a corporate network are not already infected with computer viruses and are running with up-to-date security patches. The deal is expected to close within 60 days.
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Boffins hop onto King Kong bandwagon

Scientists have jumped neatly onto the King Kong bandwagon by offering amazing-ish insights into the truth behind the giant ape myth, Reuters reports.

Symantec acquires IMlogic

Symantec announced a deal on Tuesday to acquire instant messaging security specialist IMlogic. Financial terms of the acquisition, which is subject to customary regulatory approvals, were not disclosed.
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Cheerleading can kill: official

We're not quite sure what to make of this one, but feel it is in the public interest to report that any reader interested in taking up cheerleading as a fun alternative to IT would do well to check that their health insurance policy covers them for dangerous sports.
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E-tailers report 'bumper' Xmas

There are signs that online retailers have experienced another bumper year, as shoppers turned their backs on the high street in favour of the net.
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CES 2006: the first gadgets land

Certified gadget obsessives Tech Digest and Shiny Shiny scour Gizmoville for the oddest digital goodies.
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Korean stem cell team 'coerced' to provide eggs

Disgraced Korean stem cell scientist Hwang Woo-suk's woes multiplied last night with the revelation on MBC TV that he had allegedly "coerced" female colleagues into providing eggs for cloning research, Reuters reports.
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BidPay.com closes its doors

BidPay.com - the online money transfer service backed by Western Union - has pulled the plug on its service.

Joint force for UK piracy crackdown

Immigration, social security and trading standards officers have joined forces for a crackdown on traders who sell counterfeit goods in British markets.
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iPods can damage hearing, says deaf rock star

Who guitarist Pete Townshend has sort-of backed recent sensational claims that iPod headphones can permanently damage your hearing, the BBC notes.
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Strategy Boutiques: click here for instant bullshit

Regular readers will know that we at El Reg do like a bit of Strategy Boutique speak: the kind of incomprehensible drivel which emanates from rooms filled with joss-stick smoke and whalesong as the marketing boys work themselves up into a Powerpoint-driven frenzy of obfuscatory jargon.
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Postconditionality is dangerous to your English

In my recent piece on M and Mumps I included a throwaway remark on “post conditionality”, which has generated some correspondence. Here’s an example in M, courtesy of my M-speaking correspondent, Tommy Martin:
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Skype aims for mainstream with new products

VoIP giant Skype has announced a number of partnerships with telephony gadget manufacturers in a bid to reach a wider market with its internet telephony service.
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BlackBerry squeezed by DoS security bugs

Research In Motion (RIM) has warned of a trio of vulnerabilities in its popular BlackBerry software that create a means for hackers to launch denial of service attacks. Patches are available to defend against only one of the vulnerabilities, but RIM has issued advice on how to guard against attack from the other two.
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Mailbox Internet to close London office

Mailbox Internet - one of the UK's oldest ISPs - is closing its London office just three months after being bought by Leeds-based 186k.
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Sex chat doctor faces GMC hearing

A fitness-to-practise panel of the General Medical Council yesterday heard how Dr Thomas Dent posed as a teenage girl named "Katie Beckinsale" and used this false identity to chat with 26 genuine teenage girls using "indecent language about sex and underwear".
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Sophos appoints new CEO

UK security firm Sophos has appointed a new chief exec. Steve Munford is stepping up from chief operating officer to head the firm as a replacement to Sophos's co-founders and former joint CEOs, Dr. Jan Hruska and Dr. Peter Lammer. Both Hruska and Lammer will remain on the company's board.

Google denies plan to enter dying, low-margin PC biz

Google has quashed a rumor that it plans to enter the ultra low-margin PC business. The denial will surprise few given the speculative nature of the original LA Times piece that made the Google PC claim.