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Govt messenger sacked for Kiwi LLU plan leak

A messenger working in the Prime Minister's office in New Zealand has been sacked for leaking details of Government plans to shake-up the country's broadband industry.
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First review: Sky's HD box

Tech Digest After months of waiting, HDTVUK finally got to have a proper look at Sky's HD box and programming at the company's HQ in west London.
HDTVUK, 17 2006
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eBay anti-virus pirates sued

US anti-piracy group the Software and Information Industry Association (SIIA) filed lawsuits yesterday against three suspected pirates who use eBay to sell copies of anti-virus software. The cases were filed at the District Court, Central District of California.

Sony pitches Blu-ray Vaio desktop for HD content creation

Sony has followed yesterday's announcement of a Blu-ray Disc drive-equipped Vaio notebook by touting a desktop fitted with the same next-generation optical disc system capable of reading and writing 50GB dual-layer BDs.
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Object databases - alive and kicking?

Comment At a recent meeting with InterSystems (vendor of Caché and Ensemble) the company said it was seeing increased interest in object oriented databases.

AMD unveils four dual-core Turion CPUs

AMD has launched its dual-core Turion 64 X2 notebook-oriented microprocessor line, as expected. Today's introduction saw the arrival of four of the chips aggressively priced to match what AMD is already charging for its top-of-the-line single-core Turions.

SOA Software adds pure-play string to its bow

On Monday 8 May, SOA Software (formerly Digital Evolution) announced its fourth acquisition in the last 20 months.
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Rude councillor is appealing

Suspended Chichester councillor "Taff" Davies is planning to appeal to the high court against a Standards Board decision to punish him for being rude to the council's IT department.
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Segway inventor behind DARPA 'Baghdad skeet shoot'

Eagle-eyed Reg readers* have spotted that the first name on yesterday's DARPA patent application for a ludicrous man-firing chair on rails is one Dean Kamen.

ECS tips wink to ATI Radeon Xpress 1100

Motherboard maker ECS - aka Elitegroup - has posted details of its first Socket AM2 mobo, a product based on ATI's as-yet-unannounced Radeon Xpress 1100 chipset. AMD is not expected to announced Socket AM2 until 23 May, when presumably ATI and Nvidia will unveil supporting chipsets.

PC World slapped for wireless internet ad

PC World has been ticked off for making misleading claims about laptops.
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Protection from prying NSA eyes

Comment From the US Fourth Amendment, the Stored Communications Act and US wiretap laws to the Pen-register statute, Mark Rasch looks at legal protections available to the telecommunications companies and individual Americans in the wake of the NSA's massive spying program.

Samsung ships first HSDPA phone you can buy

Samsung has claimed to have shipped the world's first handset to support the HSDPA 'Super 3G' speed-boost technology, though for now the phone's only available in South Korea, where SK Telecom has just upgraded its CMDA2000 3G network to the new spec.
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Why the Supreme Court sided with eBay

Patent owners do not have an automatic right to an injunction that could cripple the business of an infringer, according to the US Supreme Court. In a qualified victory for eBay, the Justices explained where two lower courts had gone wrong.
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Banish those mislaid ex-offender blues with ID Card!

This week's absurd booster for ID cards came from this week's Home Secretary John Reid, in answer to a question from Ian Lucas MP (Lab, Wrexham) on Monday.

Xbox 360 plus HD DVD drive to beat Blu-ray PS3 on price?

Microsoft is reported to have been dropping hints it will price the Xbox 360 and the console's upcoming HD DVD drive to ensure the two packages together come in at less than Sony will charge for the PlayStation 3.
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Calyx buys Matrix integration business

Irish technology group Calyx is spending £40.5m to buy Matrix Communications Group’s integration business.
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Jessops lures Snapfish

Jessops is hooking up with Snapfish - HP's online photo processing service - to create a new photo processing website later this summer. The new online venture - Jessopsphotos.com - will offer a stack of services such pressie ideas, photo manipulation and online photo albums.
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Nuclear powered Blair drops radioactive bombshell

Tony Blair met with a hard rain of criticism this morning, after he appeared to come down in favour of nuclear power in a speech last night.
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Google swallows Pot Noodle in battle of UK's brands

International internet Axis of non-Evil Google has topped a poll of the UK's "most-loved" brands, beating supermarket monolith Tesco and mobile phone behemoth Nokia into second and third places, respectively.
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Killjoy Trojan deletes warez and smut

Virus writers have created a Trojan that deletes illicit files from compromised Windows PCs in addition to harvesting data from infected machines.
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No flying car by 2010: official

Deloitte this morning unleashed on an unuspecting world a report entitled "Eye to the future" which outlines how technology will affect our everyday lives by 2010 and, well, blow me down, it appears that there will be more technology affecting our daily lives in ways which it does not currently affect our daily lives.

EC wants more ecommerce VAT

The European Commission has proposed extending the provisional ecommerce tax to give it more time to push through permanent legislation.
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BT backs city-wide Wi-Fi

BT is pressing ahead with plans to wire up six cities with wireless broadband access.
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Merrill Lynch rehires world's greatest hardware guru

Steve Milunovich - the world's greatest hardware guru - has denied the heart palpitating life of a hedge fund manager and returned to Merrill Lynch, The Register can reveal.

Shure E3g sound-isolating earphones

Review Where other headphone makers have pushed noise cancellation, using electronics to generate a sound wave that erases background noises, Shure has focused on the more basic approach of simply blocking out external sound, not to cancel noise but to isolate you and your music from it...

Blue Security calls it quits after attack by renegade spammer

Anti-spam firm Blue Security is to scrap its spam-fighting effort after deciding its escalating conflict with a renegade spammer was placing the internet as a whole in jeopardy.
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Norway besieged by bear army

Not content with having brutally murdered a defenceless monkey, Europe's bears continue their relentless march toward supremacy.

ATI unveils Radeon Xpress 1100 mobile chipset

ATI today announced its Radeon Xpress 1100 chipset family, pitching the part at notebook PCs designed around AMD's new dual-core Turion 64 X2 mobile processor and promising a 33 per cent performance boost over the chipset's predecessor, the Radeon Xpress 200M.

Mitsubishi presses play on iPod-inspired auto

First the iMac, then the iPod now the iCar, a glossy white motor produced by Mitsubishi for the Japanese market and entirely compatible with the iconic digital music player - well, with the iPod Nano, at any rate.

Big Blue claims channel targets

IBM says it is making good progress in recruiting new resellers to its revamped channel programme and will soon be adding services to its hardware offerings.
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Intel will carve off flash and communications units - analysts

Top chip analysts expect Intel to cleave off its flash memory and communications businesses in the coming months as the company tries to cut costs and compete better against AMD. Despite these moves, however, Intel will never regain the astonishing market dominance it once enjoyed.

Apple yanks key x86 Mac OS X open source code

Apple has pulled the source code the underpins key components of the x86 version of Mac OS X's 'Darwin' foundation. The PowerPC versions are still available for download from the Mac maker's open source software website.

Japanese power plant secrets leaked by virus

Sensitive information about Japanese power plants has leaked online from a virus-infected computer for the second time in less than four months. Data regarding security arrangements at a thermoelectric power plant run by the Chubu Electric Power in Owase, Mie Prefecture in central Japan spilled online this week as a result of an unnamed virus infection, the Japan Times reports.

PA Semi heads to 16 cores on back of $50m boost

Processor Forum Chip start-up PA Semi has broadened its product roadmap to make room for a 16-core chip and more low-power products.

Schwartz spells out Sun's vision thing

JavaOne Jonathan Schwartz has come closer to outlining his strategy three weeks after taking over from Scott McNealy as Sun Microsystems' chief executive.