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Google buys SGI . . .'s property

Full of cash and tired of paying rent, Google has moved to purchase the property that makes up its sprawling Mountain View headquarters.
Ashlee Vance, 15 Jun 2006
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Elonex: administrators lay off 28

Deloitte and Touche have confirmed they are administrators for computer maker Elonex Plc and that 28 people have been laid off.
John Oates, 15 Jun 2006
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Jeffrey Archer wins JeffreyArcher.com

Politician, novelist, lord and perjurer Jeffrey Archer has won his namesake dotcom - JeffreyArcher.com.
Kieren McCarthy, 15 Jun 2006
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RIAA claims illegal file sharing 'contained'

The record industry's battle against illegal file sharing is continuing, with the industry claiming it is winning the war.
Ciara O'Brien, 15 Jun 2006
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A postcard from JBoss World 2006

"A sigh of relief" is how Marc Fleury describes reaction to the purchase of JBoss by Red Hat. And this seems fair enough. As an exit strategy this one lets "JBoss, a division of Red Hat" continue on its way, but with more money and international support ("out of the gates", Red Hat is starting on translating JBoss material into six languages).
David Norfolk, 15 Jun 2006
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Greenies meet to improve climate predictions

Research and government groups will meet this week to discuss how they can better collaborate to improve the application of climate change research.
Lucy Sherriff, 15 Jun 2006
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Drains blocked? Try sardines

Any reader who is currently experiencing blockage problems with his or her drains and thought that the solution involved either industrial quantities of caustic soda or some bloke from Essex sporting a white van, Dagenham cleavage and hugely impressive lengths of rod, is directed to Tesco's online tentacle which is offering an innovative alternative:
Lester Haines, 15 Jun 2006
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C2000 rejigs marketing

Nigel Judd is leaving Computer 2000 to look after marketing for parent company Tech Data Europe.
John Oates, 15 Jun 2006
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Cybersquatters must be punished

Comment The .eu domain name has been hailed a success because 1.5m variants were snapped-up within a week of the public launch – which is rather like saying that people love cough medicine because it sells well in winter.
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Morse loses finance head

Technology services group Morse is saying goodbye to its chief financial officer Stuart Cruickshank.
John Oates, 15 Jun 2006
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Satanic Sheffield feline hailed as hero

A Sheffield cat has been hailed as a hero, because it seems to be able to predict its owner's epileptic fits.
Lucy Sherriff, 15 Jun 2006
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AOL mulls sale of European access business

AOL may be prepared to flog the internet access part of its business in Europe, but insists its whole operation is not up for sale.
Tim Richardson, 15 Jun 2006
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Small.biz slams union's 'sickie' advice

The UK's Federation of Small Business has taken exception to an article by union Amicus which the former reckons is advising employees on the best way to throw a sickie during the World Cup.
Lester Haines, 15 Jun 2006
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Finding bugs with FindBugs

A good compiler does more than simply refuse to compile syntactically incorrect code. Most modern compilers can issue warnings about many different types of potential problem, from reporting on the use of deprecated libraries and packages, to sounding alarm bells about uninitialised variables, or ignoring return values from functions or methods.
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BSG prepares for losses

Business Systems Group Holdings PLC predicted choppy waters ahead when it published its annual results today, charting losses after four consecutive years of improving conditions.
Mark Ballard, 15 Jun 2006
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Attack code follows patch update

On Tuesday, Microsoft released patches to fix 12 security vulnerabilities involving Microsoft Windows, Internet Explorer, Media Player, Word, and PowerPoint. On Wednesday, code appeared online to exploit these holes.
John Oates, 15 Jun 2006
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UK LLU hits half million

It's official - there are now half a million unbundled telephone lines in the UK and that number is growing by 20,000 new lines a week. So says BT Openreach - BT's access services division - which reckons the LLU market is beginning to mature.
Tim Richardson, 15 Jun 2006
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The Reg is recruiting

The Register is looking for a reporter to join its London editorial team. The Register is the UK’s biggest technology and science news website. We’re also pretty big in the US, Canada, Europe and India. We are looking for someone with at least two years’ experience reporting on the technology, science or business sectors. We’re particularly interested in finding someone who can get under the skin of the UK telecoms sector. Please email your application to cvs@theregister.co.uk by Friday, June 23. ®
Team Register, 15 Jun 2006
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NHS IT fiasco claims scalp at iSoft

iSoft's CEO has stepped down after the firm was caught up in the NHS IT fiasco.
Mark Ballard, 15 Jun 2006
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Hibernating rover spots new meteorites on Mars

The Mars Rover, Spirit, has found what seems to be a pair of iron meteorites in the Gusev crater, where it is currently waiting out the Martian Winter.
Lucy Sherriff, 15 Jun 2006
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Sony unveils world's smallest projector

We're still a while away from a pocket projector, but Sony's new pint sized offering isn't far off the mark.
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The truth about Windows Vista hardware

No doubt you've visited the Microsoft Windows Vista webpage, and possibly you've run the evaluation tool to check whether your PC is able to run the version of Vista that will fulfil all of your needs.
Leo Waldock, 15 Jun 2006
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Secret UK report points to existence of 'Aurora'

A recently-declassified UK government report into UFO sightings is causing a bit of a kerfuffle after conspiracy theorists spotted what they believe is a reference to the legendary "Aurora" - a mysterious US black project which has been feeding the secret tech rumour mill for years.
Lester Haines, 15 Jun 2006
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Creative steps on iPod

US trade authorities have started investigating a complaint against Apple that could have its iPod banned from sale in the United States. The International Trade Commission (ITC) voted to launch the investigation in response to a complaint by Creative Labs that the Apple iPod infringes one of its patents.
Mark Ballard, 15 Jun 2006
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Piratebay sails back to Sweden

Swedish BitTorrent site Piratebay has moved home after a brief sojourn in the Netherlands.
John Oates, 15 Jun 2006
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HTC launches its first Windows 3G phones

HTC, the Taiwanese ODM company that designs and builds a huge number of Windows mobile phones, has launched two 3G models under its own brand.
Leo Waldock, 15 Jun 2006
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ID cards good for tracking immigrants, says Blunkett

The 'tracking' capabilities of the UK ID card system, hotly disputed by Home Office ministers whenever the notion is floated, have been commended by no less a person than former Home Secretary David Blunkett. Speaking on the Today programme yesterday on the subject of amnesties for illegal immigrants, Blunkett said "it's impossible to have an amnesty without ID cards and a clean database, because you firstly don't have any incentives for people to actually come up front and register, and make themselves available, and secondly you have no means of tracking them."
John Lettice, 15 Jun 2006
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Vodafone's Orb trial - the worms under the walled garden?

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Andrew Orlowski, 15 Jun 2006
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Gates to spend more time with his vaccines

Chairman Bill dished out a stunner on Thursday, saying he will give up day-to-day responsibilities at Microsoft in July of 2008. Over the next two years, Gates will hand over his full-time duties to a couple of lieutenants and prepare for life as a professional humanitarian.
Ashlee Vance, 15 Jun 2006
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Phone vendors agree to agree on Linux API

An alliance of handset vendors wants to create a common API for Linux phones. It's mostly a Japanese-flavored crew, dominated by NTT DoCoMo and its key suppliers NEC, Panasonic and the Korean giant Samsung. But Motorola, whose official phone strategy appears to be "we'll try anything", is also one of the founding five.
Andrew Orlowski, 15 Jun 2006
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Avoid Wikipedia, warns Wikipedia chief

"the stupid media watches everything I do now" - Jimmy Wales
Andrew Orlowski, 15 Jun 2006