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Profits edge down at booming Moto

Motorola blamed the Asian market for a wobble in profits in the first quarter this year. Net income fell slightly, from $692m to $686m year-on-year, although overall sales topped $10bn for the first time, up from $8.16bn in Q1 2005.

SAP exec rules out Oracle-like acquisition binge

The head of SAP's product and technology group has drawn a sharp contrast between his employer's approach to corporate acquisitions and that of rival Oracle.
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Yahoo! earnings! slow!

The rate of Yahoo!'s net income growth slowed in the first three months of 2006. Compared to Q1 2005, Yahoo! recorded 33 per cent higher revenues after traffic acquisition costs (TAC) are deducted, and operating income 26 per cent higher year-on year.
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Mobile web access on the up

More and more people are using their mobile phones to access the wibbly wobbly web, according to research from Ipsos.
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Companies unite against EU's broadcast laws

A group of media and technology companies are complaining to the European Union that proposals to extend traditional broadcast regulations to new formats like mobile phones will damage the industry before it's got off the ground.

SAP rallies ISVs to own community

SAP has launched an initiative encouraging partners large and small to develop new applications and business processes utilizing and extending its underlying platform.

Apple updates Intel-based Mac firmware

Apple has posted a series of firmware updates for its Intel-based Mac desktops and notebooks. The release takes the MacBook Pro, Mac Mini and iMac's firmware to version 1.0.1. In each case, the download weighs in at a mere 2.8MB. You can get it here.
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Microsoft loses battle for court docs

The district court of Massachusetts has rejected Microsoft's attempt to get hold of documents which rival firm Novell gave to the European Commission.
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Global broadband population to double by 2010

The number of broadband subscribers is expected to double over the next five years as availability increases and prices fall.
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Oz nails its first spammer

Australia has convicted its first spammer under the country's tough anti-spam laws. Wayne Mansfield, and his company Clarity1, from Perth in Western Australia, were held liable for sending more than 56m spam messages in the 12 months following the introduction of Australia's Spam Act laws in April 2004.

AMD 'to bring forward' Socket AM2 launch

AMD has reportedly rescheduled the release of its Socket AM2 platform, bringing forward the launch date from 6 June to 23 May, the better it seems to get as much of a lead on Intel's next-generation architecture processor, 'Conroe', as possible.
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Sage walks away from Visma

Sage will not increase its offer for Norwegian firm Visma, making it likely that Engel Holdings will win the battle for the firm.

MacBook Pro GPU underclocked, report claims

Apple appears to have underclocked the ATI Radeon Mobility X1600 graphics chip in its MacBook Pro laptop. According to one online report, the GPU's core runs 35 per cent slower than the clock speed recommended by ATI. The memory clock is 41 per cent below par.
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She should get out more

Comment The last time I wrote about the marketing shenanigans that companies get up to I was castigated by one correspondent who claimed that this was not analysis. True — but it is informed comment — and analysts are probably better positioned to see, and point out, the murkier side of marketing than most other people.
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Philips tries to block ad-blocking

Philips is attempting to patent a technique that would prevent viewers from skipping through ads embedded within recorded programmes or even channel surfing during broadcast ad breaks - or force viewers to cough up cash if they want to avoid the ads.
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Jobs rise signals 'turnaround' in US IT sector

The number of US tech jobs is on the rise after suffering four years of decline. In 2005, 61,000 new tech jobs were created in the US taking the total number employed in the sector to 5.6 million.
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Supremes won't hear Falwell appeal

The US Supreme Court has refused to hear the appeal of Reverend Jerry Falwell against an Appeals Court ruling that allowed a gay rights activists to continue operating a site about the television evangelist under the domain name fallwell.com.

HCL breaks billion dollar barrier

HCL Technologies brought in revenues of $251.51m in the third quarter of financial year 2006 - ended 31 March 2006.
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UPC picks Nortel for VoIP

UPC, part of Liberty International, has chosen Nortel to provide the kit for Voice over Internet Protocol, using cable project.

Fasthosts ups reseller programme

Hosting provider Fasthosts is re-launching its reseller programme and hopes to increase indirect partner numbers by 50 per cent.
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No2ID plans passport protest to scupper ID cards

No2ID is calling for mass passport renewals next month to create a spike in the system that shows the government how unhappy people are with its plans to have everyone clocked in an identity database.

Germans to get pay-by-phone public transport

Residents of the German town of Hanau, near Frankfurt am Main, will soon be able to pay for bus rides using their mobile phones following the successful conclusion of a trial conducted by Nokia, Philips, Vodafone and the local transport authority, the Rhein-Main-Verkehrsverbund (RMV).

Samsung lauds 'fastest, biggest' MMCmicro card

Samsung today claimed to have developed the "smallest, fastest and highest capacity" memory card for mobile phones, a 2GB MMCmicro device pitched as an alternative to the more commonplace MicroSD solid-state memory format.
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Mafia boss undone by clumsy crypto

Clues left in the clumsily encrypted notes of a Mafia don have helped Italian investigators to track his associates and ultimately contributed to his capture after years on the run.

Gateway 12.1in laptop sports unannounced Intel CPU

Gateway has begun shipping its latest "ultra-portable" notebook, the E-100M. It said the machine was less than an inch thick and weighs just 1.4kg (3.2lbs) and sports a processor Intel hasn't launched yet. The Core Solo U1300 first appeared on Intel roadmaps in November 2005 with a Q2 2006 debut.
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Wurtlizer hip to the iPod beat

It had to happen. The doyenne of jukeboxes, Wurlitzer, has announced a version of its classically styled One More Time music machine that features a built-in iPod dock in addition to the standard 100-CD disc stacker.
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Ofcom launches probe into E7even

Ofcom has launched an investigation into a small Kent-based broadband ISP amid allegations that it's been billing punters for a service it has not provided.
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Hilton flogs herself to mobile gamers

Multi-talented hotel heiress and amateur pornstar Paris Hilton's latest self-selling venture will see her appear in her own mobile phone games, Reuters reports.
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GRISOFT bolsters AVG with anti-malware purchase

GRISOFT, the firm behind AVG anti-virus, has acquired anti-malware firm Ewido Networks for an unspecified amount. The deal allows GRISOFT to add protection against spyware and adware to its existing line of antivirus and firewall products.
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Brown may tax TV quiz channels

Gordon Brown may put extra tax or regulations on TV quiz channels - bringing them into line with other forms of gambling.
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Reg reader in exploding phone charger drama

An angry Register reader has told how his Sony Ericsson CST-20 charger exploded on Monday night, spraying the room with shrapnel. Swindon man Scott Wichall said the lid of the smoking unit flew across the kitchen, striking his three-year-old son Kieran square in the chest.
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Ofcom fudges consumer protection

Ofcom is to crack down on rip off 0870 calls in a bid to protect punters - but the new rules that should see the cost of calls slashed while providing greater protection for consumers won't be introduced until 2008.

Zspire touts stealth-like mouse

Zspire describes its new alloy-cased cordless mouse as "sleek, eye-catching and iconic". Maybe it is, but we're just not sure how comfortable its stealth fighter-like body is to use.
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Start-up turns VMware, Xen and MS hetero

Server management start-up Cassatt continues to build out its product portfolio at pace, moving this week into the virtual operating system arena. Cassatt has started shipping a package that can install and control virtual OSes from the likes of VMware, XenSource and Microsoft.

IBM pushes mainframe goodness downstream

IBM looks set to release a revitalized, lower-end mainframe in the coming weeks, according to a detailed analyst report.

Intel fingers slow PC sales for rough Q1

Intel, as expected, blamed a weak PC market for a poor set of first quarter results. Although, such an excuse remains tough to stomach given rival AMD's smashing quarter last week.
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Nokia examining AJAX

Nokia is evaluating broader use of AJAX with its handsets, having put a stake in the ground with this year's launch of the third-edition S60 device. Lee Epting, vice president for Forum Nokia, told The Register Nokia is determining how it can use AJAX, specifically in relation to its open source, Safari-based browser announced in November 2005.

Apple acknowledges Intel hiccup

Apple recorded the second strongest quarter in its history ending March 30, bested only by the Christmas quarter that preceded it.