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Cingular subscribes to higher Q1 revenue

Cingular turned a profit of $354m in the first three months of the year, on revenues of $9bn - higher than Intel, and 9 per cent higher than a year ago.
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Microsoft extends Visual Studio handout program

Microsoft is embracing the free tools concept as a way to drive uptake of its software, announcing an entry-level edition of Visual Studio that will be available permanently at no cost.
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Umlaut does not make kitchens Germanic

The company behind Moben Kitchens is not German, it is based on an industrial estate near Manchester – and its Möben trademark, which appears to include an umlaut, does not mislead consumers, according to a ruling by the UK's advertising watchdog today.
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Ruling blurs meaning of an employee

Your contractors might be employees – even when you have a written agreement that says otherwise. That is the effect of a ruling last month which bestowed upon a telecoms specialist, contracted as an agent, all the rights of an employee.
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Home Office finalises police IT plan

The government department has confirmed the funding to complete work on the National Police Database
Kablenet, 20 2006

Chip maker's 'setback' points to major iPod revision

Analysis PortalPlayer, the company that provides Apple with controller chips for the iPod family, has given us a tantalising glimpse of the Mac maker's plans for future music players. Unfortunately for PortalPlayer, it's not going to be part of the programme, it warned investors yesterday.
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BBC climate project hit by bug

The BBC's climate change distributed computing project has been scuppered by an error in its climate model.
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CfH signs support deal

NHS Connecting for Health (CfH) has awarded a contract to Fujitsu Services to provide service desk support for its National Programme for IT.
Kablenet, 20 2006
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Police seek phone cable vandals

Police in the Thames Valley are trying to track down vandals who damaged a number of BT junction boxes leaving hundreds of people without phone or internet services.

Rambus posts mixed Q1 results

Rambus saw is first-quarter income slide despite a year-on-year jump in sales, the memory technology developer announced last night. Revenues for the three months to 31 March 2006 reached $47.2m, up 36 per cent on Q1 FY2005's $34.7m and up 13.5 per cent on the previous quarter's $41.6m.

17in MacBook Pro to launch next week?

Apple looks set to announce the 17in MacBook Pro next week, timing the launch to coincide with the Las Vegas-hosted National Association of Broadcasters convention, a gathering of professional users the company has long pitched its big-screen PowerBook G4 notebooks to.

DCA contract merger unbalanced by Libra

The risky £1bn merger of IT contracts at the Department of Constitutional Affairs has been delayed while it tries to absorb what must be the most delayed IT project in the history of government.

Stop the bots

I found the opening scene to the 1991 movie sequel, Terminator 2, to be one of the most powerful SciFi film openings ever. There's a massive firestorm, chunky metal warriors waging war against humans, and then the camera zooms into a metal robot foot crushing a human skull. It’s very graphic. The world has been taken over by terminator robots, first created by man and now bent on destroying us. It's Skynet. What interested me most about this SciFi classic was how real and plausible this future could be, understanding the dark side of human nature that creates evil and some people's inherent need to cause harm.
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Intel to push BIOS replacement with 'Centrino 4'

Intel will drive the adoption of the Extensible Firmware Interface (EFI) with the introduction of 'Santa Rosa', the next generation of its Centrino notebook platform, it has been claimed. So far, the only Intel-based machines on the market that use EFI instead of older BIOS technology are Apple's latest desktops and notebooks.
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Captain Cyborg acquires Dalek capability

Imagine this nightmare scenario: an alleged UK university cybernetics professor - actually an agent of the extraterrestrial Lizard Alliance and controlled by explosive cranial implant - himself gains control of a terrifying weapon of mass destruction and proceeds to implement his plan for the total subjugation of humanity in a Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead public library.
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Sewers used for laying cables

A firm from North Wales is using the UK's sewers to create fibre optic cable networks. H2O Networks gives organisations the chance to set up their own IT and telecom networks via fibre optic cables laid through the sewer system.
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Opera 9 beta debuts

Opera has released the first public beta of the next version of its browser. Opera 9 beta introduces widgets, small AJAX (Asynchronous JavaScript And XML) applications that provide specific functionality such as news tickers or currency conversion. It also includes improved content and pop-up blocking along with thumbnail previews of web content.
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Intel ships ultra-low voltage Core Solos

Intel has quietly introduced a pair of 'Yonah'-based ultra-low voltage processors, both of which are believed to consume no more than 5.5W, but contain only one processing core and run over a reduced 533MHz frontside bus.

Low-cost VT-free 65nm Pentium Ds to ship Q3?

Intel appears to be preparing to release a second low-end Pentium D 9xx processor next quarter, in addition to the anticipated 925 chip that turned up on company roadmaps earlier this year. The two desktop dual-core processors lack support for Intel's Virtualisation Technology (VT).
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Lax approach to mobile security

Street-wise? When you're out in public places, there are certain things to do for reasons of personal safety and security, especially in unfamiliar locations. Look before crossing the road. Keep your money and credit cards hidden from view. Destroy credit card chits with copies of signatures to keep them out of the wrong hands. Avoid the large gang of drunken tearaways at midnight, and so on.
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Animal researchers call for support

A drug-industry backed online petition has been launched to encourage the public to show their support for animal testing. The Coalition for Medical Progress hopes to mobilise what it calls “the silent majority”.
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Of privately-held firms (and why they are such bad press fodder)

Why don't the big companies like SAS and Information Builders Inc (IBI) you might actually use at work get the press coverage of, say, Microsoft?
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Tom Jones and Monty Python join 419ers

We all know that, as the song goes, "It's not unusual to be loved by anyone", but what is unusual is that gusset-moistening Home Counties fave Tom Jones should apparently choose to do business with the Lads from Lagos, in the process enlisting the help of one of the Monty Python team:

MSI preps handheld Freeview box

Taiwan's MSI has announced a portable media player that incorporates its own Freeview digital TV receiver - a world first, the company claims. The D310 has a 4.2in display. The antenna's built in and ready to pick up DVB-T signals, teletext and electronic programme guide data.
'ard Reg, 20 2006
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eBay ups revs but disappoints market

eBay's latest set of financial results has been labelled a disappointment by market watchers concerned that the online auction giant is seeing a slowdown in growth. eBay's stock dipped five per cent on news that while revenues were up, net income was on the slide.
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Family orders TV online - with added snake

An Edinburgh family got an unexpected bonus with the TV they ordered online - a stroppy 10-inch python which required the attendance of the local ophidian SWAT team.
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We're winning the war against hackers

Despite the apparent growth in security incidents and hacker attacks over recent years, a clear majority (72 per cent) of UK security professionals feel their organisation is more secure than it was 12 months ago.
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China bites back in transplant trade scandal

A growing firestorm surrounds China's reported selling of organs harvested from prisoners it puts to death. Today China fired back at the widely reported statement by The British Transplantation Society criticising it for taking organs from its many executed prisoners without permission.
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US TV networks appeal after $4m FCC indecency clampdown

It has been a long time coming, but there was always something inevitable about the US broadcasting industry and the way it has been saddled with random and unfathomable indecency fines. It was bound to take the case to a US court eventually.
Faultline, 20 2006

Computer 2000 and Fujitsu climb into bed

Fujitsu and Computer 2000 will be teaming up to push document management products. Fujitsu hopes the trade-only distributor will help it peddle its leading range of scanners to new markets.
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Ad watchdog mulls Carphone 'free broadband forever' complaints

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has received more than a dozen complaints concerning last week's unveiling of "free" broadband from the Carphone Warehouse.
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Woman builds house from scrap 747

A California woman who owns a 55-acre property in Malibu and was looking to build a "curvilinear/feminine" property from which to enjoy the views, has decided to knock the whole thing up from bits of an old Boeing 747.

Sony cuts US PS2 price to $130

Sony has cut the price of the PlayStation 2 to $130 in the US and CAD140 north of the border, the consumer electronics giant announced today. The move was forecast last week as an attempt to boost demand for the PS2 in the run-up to the launch of its successor in November.
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420: the new number of the beast

The police team assembling Britain's national Auto Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) database have got some interesting results in. Making the use of ANPR computers that spook traffic using roadside CCTV cameras, police in the UK made 420 arrests a week in January.
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Linux team tells VMware and Xen to get their acts together

A battle as to how Linux will handle future virtualization software from the likes of VMware and Xen has moved from a war of words to a war of indecision. The major parties involved - including Linux kernel maintainers - agree that a compromise over the virtualization interface must be reached, but no one seems to know exactly how to achieve this goal.
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Skype uses peer pressure defense to explain China text censorship

VoIP firm Skype has admitted that its Chinese partner filters instant messages sent using its software to comply with local censorship laws. Tom Online, Skype's joint venture partner in China, has "implemented a text filter, which is what everyone else in that market is doing. Those are the regulations", Skype chief executive Niklas Zennstrom told the Financial Times.
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EMC turns to storage of all things for Q1 growth

EMC produced another workmanlike effort in its first quarter, hiking revenue by 14 per cent and enjoying unusually strong hardware sales.
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Vulture chases Marathon runner round London

Money for runnin' Reg readers are known to be a rippingly fit bunch. It must be all those 18 hour coding shifts followed by intense re-hydration at Ye Olde Cat and Mouse, not to mention those high-fibre, high-protein pizza shakes.

HD DVD to outsell Blu-ray 2.5:1 in 2006 - report

HD DVD will have taken almost 70 per cent of the high-definition media market by the end of the year, leaving rival format Blu-ray Disc with a market share of just 30 per cent. So claimed market watcher ABI Research this week, though it warned the picture may change in 2007.

HP recalls 15,700 notebook batteries

HP has asked 15,700 customers around the world to send back their HP- or Compaq-branded notebook batteries or risk the potentially faulty power packs overheating and catching fire. The recall comes six months after the company made a similar request for the return of certain laptop batteries.

Red Hat CEO likens Oracle to US car manufacturer

Red Hat chief executive Matthew Szulik has added his voice to the growing stream of rebuttals to Larry Ellison's comments about buying Novell and "owning" Linux.
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Google sends mixed messages on China jackpot

Google shrugged off the gloom that followed its previous earnings statement with a strong first quarter. The advertising monster reported a profit of $592m for Q1 2006. That's up from the $372m reported in January, which caused $18bn to be wiped off Google's value.