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Apple cautious after record quarter

Apple posted a record quarter but gave a cautious outlook today, as Mac sales have started to slow down during the transition to Intel processors.

AMD casts off memory shackles and soars

Investors celebrated Wednesday afternoon after AMD issued glowing fourth quarter results. Record sales of server and notebook processors pushed AMD's revenue higher, and shareholders remained bullish on AMD after seeing the sales figures. AMD's stock surged more than ten per cent in the after-hours markets.
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Hey, hey it's Oracle patching day

Wednesday became a busy day for database administrators after Oracle released its quarterly patch update which, this time around, tackles more than 80 vulnerabilities in different Oracle software packages and components. Various flavours of Oracle database (37 security bugs), Oracle E-Business Suite and Applications (27), Oracle Collaboration Suite (20) and Oracle Application Server (17) are most in need of update.

Oracle claims Fusion and integration milestone

Oracle has "clarified" its applications and middleware vision by dispelling "myths" surrounding, and announcing a halfway point in, its Fusion strategy while sniping at SAP.

Kama Sutra worm ties security in knots

A worm claiming to offer pictures from the Kama Sutra has begun circulating by email in the latest attempt by virus writers to infect Windows machines by relying on a combination of user stupidity and supposedly salacious content.

Apple adds MiniStore monitor warning to iTunes

Apple has updated iTunes 6.0.2's MiniStore feature to display an explanation panel describing what the facility does the first time a user activates it.

Nvidia ships 90nm, entry-level GeForce 7 GPU

Nvidia last night extended its GeForce 7 GPU family down into the mainstream market, pitching the 7300 GS at entry-level systems. The 7300 GS is also Nvidia's first 90nm GeForce 7 chip.
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Salesforce.com places top-down bets on AppExchange ISVs

Salesforce.com is planning to actively target large ISVs, especially those serving certain verticals, to expand AppExchange and increase the service's enterprise focus.
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Konica-Minolta to quit photography market

Konica-Minolta today revealed it is to quit photography business after more than 103 years - with the loss of 3,700 jobs worldwide.

HCL moves in at DSG International

Indian giant HCL Technologies has clinched a massive outsourcing deal with DSG International - six months after the retailer’s plans to outsource internal IT support to LogicaCMG collapsed.
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Google Earth fingers CIA rendition flights?

Here's a absolute beauty for those of you who like the skies above Google Earth filled with black helicopters: what exactly was going on at Glasgow Prestwick airport the day the Google sat passed over?:
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Tom Cruise kills South Park episode

UK TV viewers will not get to see an episode of South Park which shows Nicole Kidman and fellow Scientologist John Travolta attempting to coax a fictional Tom Cruise character out of a closet, with Kidman saying: "Don't you think this has gone on long enough? It's time for you to come out of the closet. You're not fooling anyone."
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Horizon in line

Horizon Technology Group said this morning that turnover and operating and profit for the year to December were in “in line with current market expectations”.
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Nintendo Revolution: affordable, shipping by Thanksgiving

Nintendo will ship its next-generation games console, Revolution, in the US in time for the Thanksgiving November holiday sales period, the company's president has pledged.
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How not to respond to a security advisory

Opinion A recently announced weakness in the BSD securelevel system isn't going to be fixed in OpenBSD. While securelevel may have problems, the vendor's security response is unacceptable and doesn't fit with its stated goals.
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Clock chimes for Pong's finest hour

Dutch design studio Buro Vormkrijgers will begin shipping a Pong clock next month. No, we're not talking a timepiece you have to sniff the hours, minutes and seconds, but a chronometer that lovingly re-creates the 1970s' arcade favourite.
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MBO off at Computacenter

A management buyout bid at Computacenter’ has been terminated, meaning the dealer giant’s shares will stay on the stock market – for now at least.
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Police to hold vehicle licence data for two years

Police are able to hold vehicle licence plate data for up to two years, the Government has confirmed.
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Blair under fire on ID cards

Tony Blair’s plans for a national identity card scheme could end up as being a "monument to the failure of big government", David Cameron has warned.

Tech Data boss splits CEO, chairman roles

Tech Data boss Steve Raymund is giving up one of his two jobs at the distie giant, in a nod to best practice in corporate governance.
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IBM minds the Gap with $1.1bn outsourcing gig

IBM has won a ten-year outsourcing contract worth up to $1.1bn with clothes retailer Gap Inc.
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PhoneDrive combines VoIP, Flash in USB key

South Korea's Iocell has integrated Internet telephony into a compact USB Flash drive all in the name of conversational convenience.
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eBay profits rise, outlook misses estimates

eBay posted healthy fourth quarter results on Wednesday but its decision not to raise its 2006 outlook led to a fall in its share price in after-hours trading.

Tesco launches VoIP service

UK supermarket chain Tesco has teamed up with Oz internet phone outfit Freshtel to launch an all-in-one VoIP service focusing on "simplicity, value and no hidden charges".
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Irishman has three million kids

Irish scientists have discovered that three million men worldwide share a common ancestor - allegedly a fifth century Irish warlord rather splendidly called Niall of the Nine Hostages.
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Sex.com sold for $14m

In brief Sex.com has been sold for $14m to Boston-based Escom LLC, a report on XBiz reveals.
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Crazy Frog scapegoat finds solace in porn

Every mobile content firm admits that all the money is in porn. But most pin-stripe firms tend to steer clear of the genre. They don't want to upset their respectable customers.
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iRiver U10 media player

Review There's an interesting story behind the U10. Apparently, the head of River got together the whole design and engineering team in Korea and told them to that they needed to change their thinking. He told them to go back to the drawing board and come up with something new, to make a complete U-turn with their thinking. A U-Turn, or a U10, geddit?!?
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Digital music sales triple to $1.1bn in 2005

Record companies made more than $1.1bn on legal digital music downloads last year - three times what they received in 2004. At that time they made $380m, the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) said today.
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Laptops continue to drive PC shipments

Worldwide PC shipments rose by 17.1 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2005 to 61.1m, according to new figures released by IDC.
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How a missile-building dropout saved EMC

Into the Valley The recipe for extreme business success is so obvious. First, you take an entrepreneurial furniture salesman and hand him some memory. Next, you add a college dropout turned Harvard graduate who designs missile systems. Lastly, mix the executives, dash them with bankruptcy and bake.
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RIM: US economy up spout if Blackberry shut out

Research in Motion's Blackberry email service is too important to be shut down by the US District Court, the company claimed in papers filed in its legal battle with NTP this week.
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Universal resurrects deleted albums for digital era

Universal Music Group has finally latched on to one of the key strengths of digital music downloads: you can offer stacks of tracks that would never be heard otherwise because they're economically impractical to release in physical form.
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Google's botched video store starts coughing up cash

Google has started returning money to those customers screwed by its hapless video service.
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US gov demands Google search records

The US Department of Justice has taken Google to court, demanding it hand over all searches made in a one week period. It's a fishing expedition, unconnected with any ongoing criminal prosecution. The DOJ wants the information to back up its attempt to revive an anti-pornography law derailed by the Supreme Court two years ago.

PC virus celebrates 20th birthday

Analysis Today, 19 January is the 20th anniversary for the appearance of the first PC virus. Brain, a boot sector virus, was let loose in January 1986. Brain spread via infected floppy disks and was a relatively innocuous nuisance in contrast with modern Trojan, rootkits and other malware. The appearance of the first Windows malware nonetheless set in train a chain of events that led up to today's computer virus landscape.
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Wikipedia editing hobby goes nationwide

Britain's most popular radio station played host to a half hour of Wikipedia fun yesterday, as DJs Scott Mills and Mark Chapman took turns to deface their own entries.

Cisco plugs IP telephony and router security holes

Cisco has fixed updates to address flaws in its IP telephony software and router hardware that create a means to conduct denial of service attacks against vulnerable systems. Neither flaw is particularly easy to exploit but both merit attention.