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Amazon goes shopping for developers

Amazon is targeting software developers and entrepreneurs with expanded web services and marketing support to attract more shoppers to its service.

Microsoft details Windows anti-virus pricing

Users running Windows will be charged almost $50 each year for having their PCs protected by Microsoft against attacks from hackers.
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GPL v3.0: Linus replies

Linus Torvalds has replied to our analysis of his rejection of GPL 3.0. Here it is.

SWsoft takes Linux server slicer to eleven

With the server virtualization race in full swing, SWsoft today rolled out a major upgrade for its Linux product and a fresh tweak for its Microsoft code as well.

Dell tools up with Google

Google could dole out up to $1bn over three years for the rights to have the Google Toolbar pre-installed on Dell PCs.
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Overstock 'staunches bleeding' in 2005 with expanding loss

Say what you will about Overstock.com's overzealous CEO Patrick Byrne. The man's letters to shareholders are unrivaled.
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Chambers hails 'solid' Cisco quarter

Cisco has turned in another solid quarter in Q2, CEO John Chambers says. He is "pleased with the solid revenue and earnings per share results ... but also especially pleased with our strong order momentum".

Fujitsu sues CSC

Fujitsu Services is taking CSC Computer Science to court in the UK over breach of contract.
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Intel activates VT for Xeon MP

Intel has shipped a BIOS update for its Xeon MP 7000-based systems that will enable its Virtualisation Technology (VT) on servers with four or more CPUs. The feature has been built into the chips since they first shipped, in November 2005, but without BIOS support it hasn't been accessible.
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France rules in favour of P2P

The French courts have ruled that using peer-to-peer networks (P2P), providing you are doing so for personal rather than commercial reasons, is legal. The decision comes just as the French Parliament meets to discuss whether internet users should pay a voluntary tax or surcharge of €5 a month to use P2P networks.

'Santa Rosa' Centrino systems due March 2007

Intel's fourth-generation Centrino platform, codenamed 'Santa Rosa', will ship in just over a year's time, Taiwanese notebook manufacturer moles have claimed. The March 2007 timeframe represents a more narrow launch window than the H1 2007 span mentioned in previous Santa Rosa reports.

CeBIT to demo AMD Socket M2-equipped mobos

AMD's 940-pin, DDR 2 SDRAM-supporting Socket M2 (also known as Socket AM2) will be presented to the public at the CeBIT show next month.

Micron cuts Scottish jobs

Up to 134 jobs could be lost at Micron's East Kilbride manufacturing plant, but the company says the downsize is evidence of a change of direction rather than economic downturn.
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Apple's in the eye of flaw finders

At the recent ShmooCon hacking conference, one security researcher found out the hard way that such venues can be hostile, when an unknown hacker took control of the researcher's computer, disabling the firewall and starting up a file server.

Nvidia touts multi-monitor notebook graphics chip

Nvidia has launched what it claims is the first mobile graphics chip pitched specifically at business users in the hope of wooing more notebook manufacturers away from chipset-based integrated graphics solutions.
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T-Mobile ticked off for 'net wherever you are' claim

T-Mobile has been ticked off for making exaggerated claims about its "web'n'walk" mobile internet service.

Spanish hacker jailed for two years

A Spanish hacker who launched a denial of service attack that hobbled the net connections of an estimated three million users has been jailed for two years and fined €1.4m. Santiago Garrido, 26, (AKA Ronnie and Mike25) launched the attack using a computer worm in retaliation for been banned from the popular "Hispano" IRC chat room for breaking its rules.
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RM wins £6.4m contract

RM has won a £6.4m contract from Solihull Council to provide the authority's schools with ICT services.

iPod chip maker plans Wi-Fi, Bluetooth support

The availability of wireless iPods came a step closer today after PortalPlayer, the chip maker behind the Apple music player's audio logic, will add Wi-Fi and Bluetooth support to its products, Reg Hardware has learned. The move comes courtesy of a tie-in with UK-based Bluetooth chip design pioneer CSR, aka Cambridge Silicon Radio.
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Fujitsu Siemens 3G PDA phone 3GSM debut confirmed

Fujitsu Siemens' anticipated announcement next week of an all-singing, all-dancing pair of Pocket Loox T-series PDA phones has been confirmed, Reg Hardware can reveal. Separately, the company this week indicated the current Pocket Loox 700 may be for the chop, replaced by a new C-series model, the C550.
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Hwang Woo-suk accuser questioned

The whistle blower in the South Korean stem cell research fraud scandal has today been questioned by prosecutors, Reuters reports.

Russian keyloggers hit bank customers

Russian scammers used key logging Trojans to steal more than a €1m from French people accessing online bank accounts.
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Symantec reels in Relicore for data centre push

Symantec has agreed to buy data centre management firm Relicore for an undisclosed amount. The deal, announced Tuesday, is expected to close in mid-February 2006.
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Curry's 'latest AMD CPU' ad misled viewers

UK high street retailer DSG, owner of the Dixons and Curry's store chains, has been slapped on the wrist by advertising watchdog the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) for claiming a £499 PC contained "the latest 64-bit AMD processor" when... er... it didn't.
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BT repackages Fusion batphone for business

BT has repackaged its Fusion phone for small businesses. When Fusion was launched last year it was boxed up as a consumer product.
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Fossett finally flying

Steve Fossett has taken off from Cape Canaveral in his bid to break the world record for the longest uninterrupted flight. Fuel leakage problems which grounded the attempt on Tuesday have apparently been overcome.
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Vint Cerf condemns two-tier internet

Vint Cerf told Congress yesterday that ideas proposed by telecoms companies for a two-tier internet were fatally flawed and, if necessary, legislation should be passed to make it impossible.

Symbian slashes smart-phone OS fees

Symbian is to halve the cost of its mobile phone operating system in a bid to boost the take-up of its software and spread the OS' reach out of the high-end smart phone sector. The new model could see vendors pay as little as $2.50 a unit, the company said.

Disaffected Avecho workers kicked offline

Former workers of controversial UK-based anti-virus vendor Avecho Group have pulled a website criticising their former employer following legal threats from new owners of the company. The assets and business of Avecho Group were sold to Stylish Limited for an undisclosed amount after the AV firm went into administration on December 2.
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Tantalising tomes from the Reg bookshop

Cash'n'Carrion Well, it's about time (all right, long overdue) for a whole new range of exciting books in the Reg bookshop. This week - 'cause from now on Cash'n'Carrion will have new books to challenge, inspire and entertain (??) you every week (promise...) - we've got books to put your programming skills through its paces.
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Motorola unveils 'thinnest' slider phone

Motorola today announced a slider phone that's a mere 14.8mm thick. Called simply the Z - for no other reason than it's the last letter of the alphabet, Moto bosses said - the handset sports a 2.2in display, a 1.3-megapixel digital camera, an MP3 player and the company's now standard cut-metal keypad - two of them in this case.
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Sony readies mainstream all-in-one media PC

Sony this week took the wraps off its latest all-in-one entertainment PC, the Vaio VA1, follow-on to the consumer electronics giant's V3 machine.
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Walsall lost trust in Fujitsu

Walsall Council kicked Fujitsu Services out of negotiations for a £500m outsourcing deal because it was jaded by the IT supplier's "brinkmanship" and exasperated by disagreements over contractual liability, it has emerged.
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Aramiska Ltd to hold creditors' meeting

Aramiska Ltd, the broadband satellite service that pulled the plug on its service less than a fortnight ago leaving hundreds of users without net access, has gone into voluntary liquidation.
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An all-island Ireland

O2 says its customers will no longer incur inadvertent roaming charges while taking calls near the border and has announced a new all-island tariff.

Panasonic DMC-FZ30

Review Panasonic's DMC-FZ30 is an eight-megapixel all-in-one 'bridge' camera with a powerful 12x optical zoom lens and SLR-like styling. Like other long-zoom bridge cameras, Panasonic's aiming the FZ30 at buyers of budget digital SLRs, with key advantages including LCD-based composition using a flip-out screen, movie mode and of course a lens with a considerably longer focal range than the typical 3x kit SLR lenses...
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Trekkie turns flat into Starship Voyager

Obsessive Trekkie Tony Alleyne has spent so much cash turning his flat into a replica of the Star Trek Voyager that he's had to declare himself bankrupt.

IBM goes networking and chip mad with new blade lineup

IBM has unveiled a major overhaul to its blade server line that includes a new, networking-rich chassis and fresh variations on Power and Xeon-based blades. In addition, IBM has capitalized on the interest around the Cell processor by announcing a development blade that uses the multi-core chip.
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Borland rides Segue on trip out of IDE biz

Borland Software is flogging its JBuilder, Delphi, C++ and C# business while buying Segue Software, in a strategy to reverse corporate losses by focusing on software performance instead of development.

SGI warns that bankruptcy might be year-end option

SGI issued its most ominous regulatory filing to date, warning that a bad 2006 could force the former high-flyer into bankruptcy.