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Wanadooproblems.co.uk to rebrand

Wanadoo Problems - the forum set up in desperation by a punter who was left without broadband for weeks on end after a bodged LLU upgrade - is to change its name.

Finance directors are the real deal-killers

Quocirca's changing channels The fact that most businesses value IT, as shown in a recent Quocirca survey, will not come as a surprise to many. For many it is considered an integral part of their operations. So, neither is it surprising that businesses take major IT investment decisions pretty seriously as well.

Yahoo! upgrades ads

Yahoo! will release details of its upgraded ads system today, as it prepares to up its game against Microsoft and Google.
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UFOs don't exist, says secret UK report

Bad news today for UK UFO-spotters: that interdimensional alien mothership you spotted one night in Basingstoke while out walking the dog was probably ball lightning, or something equally terrestrial.
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The 'free' fairy story

Comment If you believe advertisements, you can now get unlimited broadband for a couple of hundred pounds a year.

Google Health is coming

Given that Google is already the first stop for hypochondriacs, or anyone else seeking info on an illness, the search giant's move into health information could be a winner.
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Apple beats Beatles

Apple vs Apple Beatles recording company Apple Corporation has failed to persuade the English High Court that Apple Computer's iTunes Music Service is a violation of a 1991 deal struck by the two companies to define their respective business domains.
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Vodafone slashes European roaming charges

Vodafone took PR action to keep itself out of EC commissioner Vivian Reding's sights, by promising to "cut roaming by 40 per cent" by this time next year.
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LogicaCMG clinches ESA satellite security deal

LogicaCMG is sniffing out subcontractors to help it service a €20m contract to develop a security management system for the European Space Agency’s Galileo satellite navigation system.

Multigig intros literally revolutionary chip clock

Chip technology developer Multigig came out of hiding today to announce what it claims is a major breakthrough in the design of microprocessor clock circuitry: a rotary oscillator that, the company maintains, delivers "extremely precise, high-resolution, low-noise timing signals" and does so by consuming "far less power than is associated with standard clock designs".
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NTL to wipe out 6,000 jobs

NTL has not denied weekend press reports that it's about to chop some 6,000 jobs as it seeks to make cash savings of £250m a year.

Trojan targets World of Warcraft gamers

Security watchers have discovered a Trojan that's designed to steal user names and passwords from World of Warcraft players.
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Scots set shared service target

The Scottish minister for finance and public service reform has forecast savings of between £250m and £750m per year across the public sector.
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EMC speeds towards the middle ground

Storage monolith EMC has juiced up its midrange Clariion series with fiber channel support up to 4Gb/s.
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For sale: ICBM silo, one careful owner

Wannabe Ernst Stavro Blofelds who are currently still living with their parents rather than in the vast underground complex manned by boilersuited lackeys which befits their plans for world domination are directed to eBay where a rather tasty former ICBM silo complex has come up for sale:

Intel to call 'Conroe' and 'Merom' Core 2

Intel's upcoming next-generation architecture processors 'Conroe' and 'Merom' will be branded 'Core 2 Duo', online reports allege. The gamer-friendly version of Conroe will ship as the 'Core 2 Extreme'.

McAfee in reseller services push

McAfee is to look to resellers as an alternative to developing its professional services business.
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Warner faces 14 download overcharging cases

Documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday reveal that Warner Music Group is facing 14 separate legal actions relating to the pricing of downloads.
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Samsung, MS to demo Flash-fitted HDD - again

Samsung and Microsoft first demonstrated a hard drive containing Flash memory as well as magnetic storage just over a year ago, and next month the pair will show the technology again, this time in a form that they claim will be ready to come to market.
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MS urges Brits to stone software pirates

We all know that software pirates and those who distribute illicit copies of top-notch applications are threatening to undermine the very foundations on which western democracy stands.

HTC launches, renames 'Star Trek'

HTC today launched its slimline 'Star Trek' clamshell smart phone, as we reported last month, though the handset is not due to ship in the UK until late June, the company admitted.
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'QualSoft' the next force in the mobile multimedia battle?

Analysis Qualcomm's last major venture with Microsoft was Wireless Knowledge, a failed foray into mobile enterprise email that nevertheless highlighted the companies' ability to think ahead of major wireless trends.
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Northern Ireland IT spending on the up

IT spending in Northern Ireland is growing, according to analyst IDC.

Colorware paints up MacBook Pro

US PC painter Colorware has begun offering Mac fans the chance to buy Apple's 15.4in MacBook Pro in one of almost two dozen metallic and non-metallic hues. But the process doesn't come cheap, adding around $650 to the aluminium-clad notebook's base price.
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O2 eyes UK shores for fixed-mobile convergence

Fixed/mobile convergence (FMC) was long considered primarily of benefit to the wireline carriers, enabling them to bundle wireless services and devices in order to improve customer retention and generate greater value from their expensive wireline networks.
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3 to broadcast footy World Cup highlights

Footy fans unable to get to a TV when the World Cup kicks off next month can catch up with all the action on their mobile phone.
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Reg launches 'Entertainment' section

It is with a loud unfurling of the red carpet that we at El Reg today announce the creation of a new Entertainment section - into which all TV, film and celebrity-related witterings will now be dispatched.
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Silicon Graphics goes titsup

Silicon Graphics, the incredible shrinking workstation maker, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, according to news wires.

Japan and NASA team up for SuperConcorde

Japan's space agency JAXA has confirmed it will start full-scale development of a passenger plane based on scramjet technology. The Japanese are courting NASA's collaboration on the project, which could bear some hypersonic fruit by 2025.

Beatles' label to appeal against High Court verdict

Apple vs Apple Apple Corporation has confirmed it will appeal against today's English High Court verdict favouring Apple Computer. The Beatles-owned company clearly doesn't agree with Apple Comp. CEO Steve Jobs that the "disagreement" should now be "put behind" the two companies.

Trojans are the New Model Army

Amateur virus writers are going the way of amateur athletes, morris dancing and the May Pole, according to a survey by Panda Software.

Shell suspends Chip and PIN after £1m fraud

Shell has stopped accepting payments authorised by Chip and PIN at 600 of 1,000 UK petrol stations following the discovery of a systematic fraud that resulted in the theft of an estimated £1m from customer accounts.
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Transact a bit of service business

Comment The big weak-point of just about any trading in a loosely-coupled, composite-application, service-based environment is the ongoing lack of sound transaction management systems.
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AOL Europe beefs up web content

AOL is looking to expand its business in Europe by opening up its content and applications to all net users.

Premiership Excel virus debuts after season concludes

A new low-risk virus that infects poses as a fantasy football worksheet as a ruse designed to trick Windows into becoming infected is spreading across the net. Yagnuul-A is an Excel formula virus that infects .XLS spreadsheets before dropping an infected file on user's hard discs.

Samsung demos world's skinniest phone

Samsung today unveiled what it claims is the thinnest mobile phone yet made and said it pans plans to ship the skinny device in China and Europe later this month. At 6.9mm, the phone is even skinnier than Motorola's 11.5mm SLVR.
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Defenceless China hit by rebranding madness

LogoWatch Back in 2004, the world suffered a terrifying outbreak of rebranding madness which saw otherwise sane people succumb to the effects of Strategy Boutique hocus pocus and whalesong-driven Powerpoint presentations which convinced them that in return for parting with a large suitcase full of cash, their revised brand frontage would forever refine the corporate promotional paradigm.
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Samsung phone sported Mac OS X graphics

Samsung has admitted it made "a few mistakes" when it shipped a mobile phone into the Korean market with a graphical user interface that contained Mac OS X desktop wallpapers and icons for applications like TextEdit, Sherlock, and Stickies. Microsoft's MSN Messenger icon was used too.
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3 Italy faces porn probe

3 Italia is being investigated by the Italian communications ministry after a TV exposé showed children downloading dodgy content.
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Lottery site delays deadline

New lottery game Play Monday has extended the deadline for its first draw because of problems keeping its website up and running this afternoon.
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VMD to hit US with '100 titles'

Versatile Multilayer Disc (VMD), one of the lesser-known formats jostling to become the successor to DVD, will launch in the US later this year with the release of more than 100 titles, the company behind the technology pledged today. To indicate the VMD's support among the major Hollywood studios, New Media Enterprises (NME) said the launch titles will include... er... "several Broadway shows".

Dell lowers Q1 revenue and investor confidence

Dell today cut its first quarter revenue forecast, and pledged that price cuts would revive sales.