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Second quarter loss for Sun

Poor planning combined with acquisition and restructuring costs have pushed Sun Microsystems into its second loss for the fiscal year.
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Eclipse buffs up BI tools

An open source business intelligence (BI) project has been updated for PHP developers, attracting support of Zend Technologies.
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Google kowtows to China

Google has been basking in good publicity from refusing US government demands to hand over search results but in China it is happy to create a search engine based on government specifications.
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English court refuses to confirm software's pedigree

A judge has refused a developer's pre-emptive request for a High Court declaration that its software code was not ripping-off a rival's – in part because she had not seen the code or much other evidence, but also because the developer refused independent scrutiny.
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Jobs sells Pixar to Disney for $7.4bn

Apple CEO Steve Jobs is now an even wealthier man, and it has nothing to do with iPod sales. Disney is indeed buying Pixar, the computer animation studio Jobs bought off George Lucas, for a rumoured $7.4bn.
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Vodafone stands up to shareholders

Vodafone chief executive Arun Sarin yesterday defended the company's US strategy and said it was keeping its 45 per cent stake in Verizon Wireless.
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3 in 'free' calls giveaway

The creative boutique at 3 has been working overtime developing a cunning plan to get people to stay with the 3G phone outfit.
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Seattle plans library Wi-Fi network

Seven branches of the already-wireless central Seattle library are going Wi-Fi. The announcement focuses on warnings that "no technical help is available" - but further south, in the San Francisco Bay area, the Joint Venture Silicon Valley organisation is planning to cover 1,500 square miles with 802.11 signals. What happens when such projects collide?
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Oz flying car launch site: exclusive pictures

Your letters yesterday regarding the mysterious Perth flying car threw up quite a list of possible explanations for exactly what this object might be:
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Motion Picture Ass. of America makes ass of itself

If it's your job to stop people pirating movies, you should really be very careful not to get caught making pirate copies.
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CIOs face even more pressure in 2006

Improved performance through more competitive use of IT is what 2006 holds for chief information officers, new survey findings suggest.

Navicore updates Symbian smart-phone GPS navigation pack

Navicore has launched the 2006 release of its eponymous GPS-fed route planning software for Symbian Series 60-based smart phones.

MS responds to Xbox execution claim

Microsoft has failed to deny allegations that it's ceasing production of the original Xbox potentially to allow its manufacturers to punch out more Xbox 360s.

Former Veritas chief quits Symantec

Former Veritas chief exec Gary Bloom is to leave Symantec. Bloom, Symantec's vice chairman and president, will vacate both jobs before the end of March following an "orderly transition". In a statement, Bloom says he is taking a break after 25 years in the IT industry.
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Europe to embrace triple play

The provision of triple play services - TV, broadband and phone - is set to become a major growth area as demand for converged services intensifies.

StopBadware.org to name and shame spyware scumbags

Academic institutions and tech companies have teamed up to fight spyware with a new name and shame initiative. StopBadware.org, launched today by the Harvard University's Berkman Centre and the Oxford Internet Institute, aims to establish a neighborhood watch-style scheme that will put pressure on purveyors of unsavoury programs that snoop on consumer's net habits.

Microsoft opens Windows for EC compliance

Microsoft is to open up the source code behind its server communication protocols, in an attempt to get the European Commission off its back.
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Nikon D200 digital SLR body

Review Nikon's D200 is the successor to the D100 launched way back in the Summer of 2002. Back then the D100 went up against Canon's EOS-D60, a model which Canon has since replaced twice, with a third successor expected to be announced by March. Yes, it's sure been a long time coming, but at least Nikon's pulled out all the stops for its latest digital SLR...

Government scrambles Intellect code

Trade body Intellect is failing in its efforts to regulate public sector IT suppliers because it lacks the vital support of government customers.
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3 'free calls' scheme not 'revolutionary', say readers

Reg readers have been quick to rubbish 3 UK's claim that its "free call" offer is a "revolutionary" scheme.
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O2 pre-announces XDA Neo PDA phone

O2's German subsidiary will launch its latest own-brand PDA phone at the CeBIT show in March, the company announced this week. The device, dubbed the XDA Neo, sports a two-megapixel camera, incorporates Wi-Fi and runs Windows Mobile 5.0, the cellco said.
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Anti-scam website saved by MEP

A Member of the European Parliament, Richard Corbett, has stepped in to save the anti-scam website www.stopecg.org - which was forced offline by legal threats to its service provider.
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Isle of Man to become 'Switzerland of Space'

It may have been described yesterday by one reader as "70,000 alcoholics clinging to a rock", but the Isle of Man has made its pitch to become a space industry giant equivalent to a "Switzerland of Space", according to treasury minister Allan Bell.
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Swiss Govt to flog its share of Swisscom

The Swiss Government published proposals to flog its 66 per cent stake in incumbent telco Swisscom.
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Lotus collaboration suite blossoms

Lotusphere Confidence is brimming at this year's Lotusphere conference, with a belief that the IBM Lotus collaboration products are bouncing back against Microsoft.
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Europeans don't much like nuclear energy

Europeans are not much impressed with nuclear energy and want the powers that be to focus on wind and solar alternatives, according to Reuters.
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Effective Java

Book review Although it's not a new title, Joshua Bloch's Effective Java is one of those classics that invariably crops up on people's list of top Java books. And, when the question comes up 'what book do you recommend for someone who's past the beginner stage?', this is usually the answer.

Malware potency increases as numbers drop

Global malware outbreaks decreased last year only to be replaced by smaller scale, stealthier attacks targeted at specific organisations or individuals, and designed to extract sensitive information. Financial gain has become the number one motive for hackers, according to IBM's latest Global Business Security Index.
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Intel ships 1m 65nm dual-core chips

Intel has shipped more than one million 65nm dual-core processors, the chip giant announced today.
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Intel 'on track' to debut 45nm CPUs in H2 07

Intel has become the first company to produce a working chip fabricated at 45nm, the chip giant claimed today.
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Scientists 'microlens' Earth-like exoplanet

An international colloboration of astronomers has used a microlensing technique to spot an Earth-like exoplanet just five times bigger than our own piece of rock - the smallest such body discovered so far, and only the third pinpointed with microlensing from a list of around 160 known exoplanets.

Elcom IT founder sells up and steps down

Jim Rousou, the industry veteran who established the firm that became Elcom IT, has stepped down as chairman after selling the firm to private investors.

IBM buys virtual billing firm CIMS Lab

IBM has acquired privately-held software firm CIMS Lab for an undisclosed amount. CIMS Lab's software helps firms to track and bill software and hardware utilisation back to individual company departments.
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Sun switches back to blades in '06

Sun Microsystems will take its second step on the path to re-entering the blade server market this summer, a year after vacating the sector in the face of stiff competition.