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Sugar 'n Spike in open source deal

Services start-up SpikeSource has certified open source customer relationship management (CRM) software from SugarCRM to run on the popular LAMP stack.
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Versatile volumes from the Reg bookshop

Cash'n'Carrion This week The Reg has another provoking list of books, this time with a focus on website programming, design, and maintenance. Want to create a site from scratch, or add new features to your existing one? The list includes topics from simple web production to more in-depth programming.
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Intel's Averill 'desktrino' platform to ship in pro, lite versions

Further details have emerged regarding Intel's plan to create a Centrino-like business PC platform and brand, currently codenamed 'Averill', as first reported by The Register in November 2005. Averill will now arrive in two forms, Pro and Fundamental, and both are geared toward Windows Vista.
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Govs and net users prepare for Geneva showdown

IGF A showdown between governments and the rest of society over the future of the internet will start this morning in Geneva.

HP uses layoffs to draw thicker black line in Q1

Cost-cutting measures and steady sales across its major product lines carried HP to a tidy first quarter.
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Unlucky in love? Try Pherotones

Those readers who are currently between romantic liasons and are having trouble kick-starting their love lives may be interested in a quite astounding scientific breakthrough which allows the humble mobile phone to become a potent weapon of lurv.

Nvidia said to ship GeForce 7600 'late March'

Nvidia will launch its GeForce 7600 graphics chip - aka 'G73' - at the end of March, less than a month after it debuts its next-generation G71 GPU as the GeForce 7900 GT and GTX, it has been alleged. The G73 is a 90nm chip and will be pitched at the mid-range graphics card market.

Orange SPV C600 smart phone

Review Orange was the first mobile phone network in the UK to jump on the Windows Mobile platform when it shipped the original SPV toward the end of 2002. The SPV C600 was launched late last year, a mere three years after the original SPV and the changes are amazing...

Unipalm signs up ConvergeX

Unipalm's new 'home automation' division has signed an exclusive UK and Ireland distribution deal with Surrey software developer ConvergeX. Under the agreement, Unipalm will provide the specialist services that enable resellers and property developers to become authorised suppliers of ConvergeX's system.
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Oz cane toads stretch their legs

There is chilling evidence that cane toads in Australia have responded to the challenge of conquering vast tracts of the Lucky Country by simply developing longer legs, Reuters reports.
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Ruby on Rails

Ruby on Rails is an open-source application framework which has won praise for its elegance and high productivity. Its creator, David Heinemeier Hansson of 37signals, was in London for the Carson conference on the Future of Web Apps.
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Borland IDE segues off stage left…

Comment So, Borland is selling its IDE business (see El Reg passim; links at bottom of article) and buying Segue, a well-respected “quality optimisation” and software testing company (as well as a currently trendy verb: segue: \SEG-way; SAYG-way\, intransitive verb 1. To proceed without interruption; to make a smooth transition).

System builders prep monster 19in SLI notebooks

Two more system builders have announced AMD-based widescreen notebooks with 19in displays driven by twin high-end Nvidia mobile graphics chips almost certainly operating in SLI mode. Well, what would be the point otherwise? Step forward AJP and Eurocom, who announced their new offerings yesterday, a week after WidowPC informed world+dog it was working on such a beast.
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Privacy rights of whistleblowers and their accused

Workplace whistleblowing schemes that exist to catch office thieves, crooked accountants or general misconduct and skullduggery, present data protection issues that have become the subject of new guidance from an EU Working Party.
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MegaSIM launch lauded - big is better

3GSM Enthusiastic welcome for the idea of a new, faster and much bigger capacity SIM for mobile phones, after M-Systems launched the device at 3GSM this week, came from software providers and downloader sellers. Operator Orange joined with Oberthur Card Systems to unveil the device.
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Hands on with 3GSM's hottest mobiles

3GSM 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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Comfort for the rhythmically challenged

Anyone claiming they were born with two left feet may have a case, Israeli researchers have found.
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Google and Yahoo! take a beating

The US House of Representatives Committee on International Relations yesterday angrily rounded on Cisco, Google, Microsoft and Yahoo! in a widely-anticipated attack on their relationships with Beijing, Reuters reports.

Helio beams over 'mobile lifestyle' handsets

Helio, the virtual network operator joint-venture between South Korea Telecom and US ISP Earthlink, has unveiled the two multimedia-oriented 3G phones it plans to bring to market this Spring in the hope of winning the hearts, minds and wallets of "young, tech-savvy consumers".

ALK, T-Mobile to ship GPS navigator for Symbian phones

ALK Technologies will this month ship the long-awaited Symbian version of its CoPilot Live GPS-connected route-planning software, bundling the code, a Bluetooth GPS receiver and a Nokia N70 in partnership with cellco T-Mobile UK.
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Ebuyer in laptop search result outrage

Updated Anyone on the lookout for a Sony Vaio VGN-FS315S laptop should - if they are of a sensitive disposition - avoid checking out Ebuyer for said kit. Why? Well, it's not just that Ebuyer doesn't appear to have the required equipment, but that the suggested alternative is enough to have you choking on your cocoa:

'First' Mac OS X Trojan sighted

Antivirus researchers have discovered what's claimed to be the first computer Trojan to infect Apple Mac OS X computers. The malware, dubbed Leap-A, spreads via the iChat instant messaging system as a file called latestpics.tgz that infected machines send to contacts on an infected user's buddy list.
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Ex-MP takes legal action against Bulldog

A former Conservative MP is taking legal action against Bulldog Communications "as a last resort", following a dispute with the company.
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Prostitutes demand GTA ban

Ladies of the night have jumped on the pop a cap in GTA bandwagon by demanding that "all parents and all gamers boycott Grand Theft Auto", GameSpot reports.

Logitech Wireless Music System for iPod

Review Logitech may be keen to associate its Wireless Music System (WMS) with Apple's ubiquitous digital music player, but the fact is it will happily work with any brand of MP3 player, with a Mac, with a PC and even with a transistor radio if it's got a spare 3.5mm headphone socket. Whatever you connect WMS' compact transmitter to, it will beam to the receiver unit placed anywhere up to 10m away...
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Registrars slam dotcom contract

Eight of the world's leading registrars have written to ICANN asking it to reject the new dotcom contract for handing too much power and control to incumbent VeriSign.
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WC ticket fiasco frustrates fans

The latest phase of World Cup ticket sales descended into chaos and confusion on Wednesday after fans were left unable to access FIFA's ticket sales section. Hours down the line, after connections became more stable, fans discovered almost all initial tickets in the 'first come first served' sale had already been sold. Host city details on some matches were also incorrect, leaving fans scratching their heads in an effort to track down games of interest.
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BT tinkers with VoIP products

BT has tinkered with its VoIP products in a bid to make its broadband telephony service more attractive to punters.
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Microsoft in Office 2007 shocker

Microsoft has announced details of its forthcoming Office franchise update. Office 2007 - formerly Office 12 - will be out by the end of this year and will come in several flavours.

Sony readies anti-shake digicam duo

Sony will next month ship two new compact digital cameras with anti-blur technology to compensate for users' shaky hands, subjects on the move, and the effects of dim lighting conditions. The result: digicams that "reduce the risk" of indistinct picture misery.
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Amazon tuning in to music downloads, says paper

Amazon.com is preparing an alternative to Apple's iTunes Music Store, the Wall Street Journal reports. According to the paper, the online retailer is looking to license music from the major labels and others, with a view not simply to offer a download service but to allow punters to pre-load players with stacks of tracks.
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Man menaces cops with didgeridoo

A man was today sentenced to 180 hours' community service for threatening police with a didgeridoo after shouting: "Come on then. I'll have you," in the traditional British style.
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XM Satellite tunes in massive 2005 loss

XM Satellite has experienced what you might call a pretty bad day. The company posted a massive fourth quarter loss and then revealed that a director has resigned due to fears that XM is heading toward a "crisis."

Hands on with Sony's first Walkman smartphone

3GSM It's in the collegiate spirit of the GSM show that manufacturers can glad hand their rivals on each other's stands without resort to subterfuge.
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The Scandal of BI

It's been a busy week. On Tuesday Christian Smyth of ICS told me about the scandal of BI (Business Intelligence) - the likes of Cognos and Business Objects holding business to ransom when cheap BI was available from Microsoft.

Microsoft ignites idea of independent versions of Office

Just when you thought it wasn't possible to create any more versions of Microsoft Office, Redmond has raised the prospect of more of even more flavors. Only not from Microsoft.
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Moving to SQL Server

Dmitry Balin of Microsoft has been telling me about Microsoft's new Oracle migration toolset. Oh, BTW, I think it only works one way - from Oracle to SQL Server. Who'd have thought it?
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Notebooks deliver Q4 boost at Dell

Dell greased the squeaky wheel during its fourth quarter and corrected a six-month slowdown. The hardware assembler pushed revenue higher 13 per cent to $15.2bn and pumped out a 52 per cent year-over-year gain in net income to $1.0bn. The results, however, did little to impress investors who frowned on Dell's forecast of single-digit growth in the first quarter.