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Sun R&D spending goes green

Sun Microsystems will focus its $2bn R&D spending on "non-traditional" areas to "intercept demand" in complex business and consumer IT environments.
Gavin Clarke, 23 Jun 2006
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Super Q4 for Oracle

Oracle has claimed its database and middleware operations stole business from competitor IBM during a fiscal fourth-quarter that met increased expectations.
Gavin Clarke, 23 Jun 2006
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UK a new piracy hotbed

Production of counterfeit digital goods is increasingly carried out within the UK, according to Intellectual Property Crime Group, a unit of The Patent Office.
OUT-LAW.COM, 23 Jun 2006
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Tech giants demand US-wide privacy law

The world's biggest technology companies have kick-started a campaign for a US-wide privacy law. However, privacy advocates fear the proposal is too weak when compared to some of the state laws it would overrule.
OUT-LAW.COM, 23 Jun 2006
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Korea's five year plan

SEK2006 The foreign press at SEK2006 were treated to a speech and Q&A session from Korean Minister of Information and Communication Jun Hyong Roh.
John Oates, 23 Jun 2006
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Warning: mobiles and lightning don't mix

UK doctors are advising mobile-addicted Brit youth to lay off the chat during thunderstorms - or risk the consequences.
Lester Haines, 23 Jun 2006
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Name a website with 22bn page impressions?

Cyworld is a South Korean phenomenon - it's a social networking site which is ridiculously popular over here and will soon be launching in Germany.
John Oates, 23 Jun 2006
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Secure identity begins at home

If your digital identity is going to mean anything, it has to be secured, and Shelagh Callahan of Intel's Systems Technology Lab thinks that has to start on your PC. She compares the state of identity today to early car designs, each with a different way of starting the engine; today every car has a key and you just have to find the ignition.
Mary Branscombe, 23 Jun 2006
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What goes around, comes around

Maybe it is just me, but I couldn't stop that hackneyed old cliché, "what goes around, comes around", wafting over me at the recent Microsoft Devcon event in London.
Martin Banks, 23 Jun 2006

Intel punching out more 65nm than 90nm chips

Intel has opened its third 65nm, 300mm-wafer processor production facility, the result of an upgrade made to its Leixlip, Ireland plant, the chip giant said yesterday. More than half of the CPUs the company is now producing are 65nm parts, it added.
Tony Smith, 23 Jun 2006
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All aboard the WiBro bus

SEK2006 This month, South Korea will start commercial roll-out of WiBro - the Korean name for WiMAX - and enough of it is up and running for journalists to get a demo.
John Oates, 23 Jun 2006

AMD to drop Athlon prices by up to 46% - report

AMD is said to be preparing a broad range of deep price cuts in a bid to take the fight to Intel's next-generation architecture Core 2 processors, due to be released in the coming months. AMD will cut its prices by up to 46 per cent, it has been claimed.
Tony Smith, 23 Jun 2006
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Designing security into software

Editor's blog In previous lives I have worked in software QA and in internal control in a major bank, and I am convinced that security must be designed into software from the start.
David Norfolk, 23 Jun 2006
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C4 to air shows simultaneously online

Geek TV From the makers of Tech Digest and the World Cup blog Who Ate All The Bratwurst
Jane Hoskyn, 23 Jun 2006
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BT to distribute WorldGate videophones

BT has signed an agreement to distribute videophones from US outfit WorldGate to other telcos and operators, but the UK incumbent hasn't decided whether it will flog these to its own punters.
Tim Richardson, 23 Jun 2006
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Philips chip biz to IPO in Q4

Philips is to quit the chip business, the consumer electronics giant announced this week. It called its withdrawal from the market a "disentanglement" - untying the knot will see its semiconductor division spun off through an IPO.
Tony Smith, 23 Jun 2006
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Nigerian government issues British conmen alert

Mrs MARIAM ABACHA TAYLOR, wife of the recently-cuffed CHARLES TAYLOR of LIBERIA, had better watch her step when she gets off the plane at Heathrow with a suitcase crammed with the SIXTEEN MILLION DOLLLARS ($16 MILLION) set aside by her thoughful hubby before his unfortunate downfall, because the place is crawling with conmen waiting to "pour tomato juice or other substances" on her dress before offering to help remove it, in the process fleecing the hapless dictator's other half of her hard-earned cash.
Lester Haines, 23 Jun 2006
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BOFH: Double whammy

Episode 21 "It's a capacitor - uhhh, electrolytic," the PFY says, gazing into space, deep in concentration.
Simon Travaglia, 23 Jun 2006
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3 targets SMEs

Mobile outfit 3 has unveiled a new set of packages designed to give SMEs and SOHOs (small office/home office) access to email on the move.
Team Register, 23 Jun 2006

ARM buys Falanx

ARM has acquired Norwegian mobile graphics chip developer Falanx, the pair announced today. The financial details of the deal were not made public. The news is not good for Imagination, now essentially ARM's former graphics technology partner.
Tony Smith, 23 Jun 2006
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Structured data is boring and useless

Editor's blog We all know that structured data is boring and useless; while unstructured data is sexy and chock full of value. Well, only up to a point, Lord Copper.
David Norfolk, 23 Jun 2006
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Paradise found on Google Earth

Those of you looking for your own little bit of paradise can thank Google Earth for providing its exact location: Nevada, USA.
Lester Haines, 23 Jun 2006

AMD next-gen architecture to ship 2008 - CEO

AMD will ship processors based on the next generation of its AMD64 architecture in two years' time after sampling them late 2007, company CEO Hector Ruiz has revealed.
Tony Smith, 23 Jun 2006
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Evangelical apocalyptic schlockfest 'snoops' on gamers

Watchers of right-wing Christian groups in the States say a new apocalyptic videogame released by cultish Revelations-based fiction series Left Behind is riddled with spyware.
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Why can't we agree on the names for phobias?

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Stephen Juan, 23 Jun 2006
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What makes a wound stop bleeding?

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Stephen Juan, 23 Jun 2006
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Why don't humans molt?

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Stephen Juan, 23 Jun 2006
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Why are opera singers fat?

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Stephen Juan, 23 Jun 2006
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Date set for UK Mobile Phone Throwing championship

In a bid to beat the Finns at phone throwing, adventure sports club 8th Day UK and recycling charity ActionAid have once again partnered to host the UK Mobile Phone Throwing championship, and opportunity to chuck a clamshell or sling a slider far enough to get into the record books.
Hard Reg, 23 Jun 2006
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Libra still weighs down flagship govt. IT project

Incessant delays to Libra have further set back a more ambitious programme at the Department for Constitutional Affairs (DCA), the £1bn DISC (development, innovation and support contracts) programme.
Mark Ballard, 23 Jun 2006
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NetApp flogs NetCache to Blue Coat

Blue Coat is to acquire NetApp's NetCache business in a mixed cash and stock deal. The two firms have signed an asset purchase agreement which should be rubber-stamped within 90 days.
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Everyone at El Reg is fired. Yes. Everyone

Letter of the Week We should have known better than to try and slip a quick mobile phone lightning death menace piece past you lot on a Friday, and here's why:
Lester Haines, 23 Jun 2006

Pure adds PVR-style tricks to Bug digital radio

Pure Digital, the digital radio company, yesterday unveiled its latest odd-looking tuner. The Bug Too adds PVR-like recording, MP3 playback and alarm-clock functionality to its predecessor's feature list.
Tony Smith, 23 Jun 2006

UK sees the Lite as Nintendo's DS update ships

Nintendo has begun shipping the DS Lite in the UK, asking a mere £100 for the redesigned, lighter, smaller version of its handheld console. Taking a lead from Apple's iPod, Nintendo said the DS Lite will be available at launch in two colours: glossy black and shiny white.
Tony Smith, 23 Jun 2006
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Planet X a bigger threat than malware

Letters Right, let's get down to it cos there's some top-notch footie to be watched and much beer to be simultaneously drunk this fine Friday afternoon.
Lester Haines, 23 Jun 2006
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Reg Weekly

Tech and telco insecurity problem exposed Spare a thought for the poor saps running systems in the technology, media and telecoms industry. International management whizzkids Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu have fingered the TMT sector as riddled with insecurity. And we don't mean missing deadlines, keeping up with the Jones's and …
Reg Digest, 23 Jun 2006

AMD, Intel and others to serve 100 subpoenas

AMD vs Intel AMD has started serving 32 new subpeonas against US companies in a bid to secure evidence it believes will support its allegations that arch-rival Intel used its market leadership to harm the smaller company's business.
Tony Smith, 23 Jun 2006

ATI claims World+Dog wants Vista Premium not Basic

When we kicked off our investigation into Windows Vista's hardware requirements we glossed over the graphics part of the system requirements and simply said that you need DirectX 9 hardware. It turns out things are rather more complicated than that plain statement suggests, and that may mean trouble ahead for Intel.
Leo Waldock, 23 Jun 2006

Toshiba's $499 HD DVD player costs 'over $700 to make'

Toshiba is subsidising its HD-A1 HD DVD player by at least $175 in a bid to buy the next-generation optical disc format success. So claims market watcher iSuppli, which took the machine to bits and totted up the cost of all the parts.
Tony Smith, 23 Jun 2006
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Google sheds China investment

Google has sold a stake in the Chinese search engine-cum-portal, Baidu. Google bought a 2.6 per cent share in the company June 2004, shortly before its own public floatation.
Andrew Orlowski, 23 Jun 2006
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Blogosphere's skew leaves web-watchers Flickr-faced

Staring at the Blogosphere for too long can make you blind. Blind, that is, to what people are really doing on the internet.
Andrew Orlowski, 23 Jun 2006
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Vacuum king calls for end to robotics hype

RoboBiz Colin Angle this week demonstrated the authority that comes with being a robotic vacuum magnate. He told the crowd here at the Robo Business conference that they'd let consumers and businesses down with sub par products. They had supplied more hype than innovation and could use something akin to steroids for their imaginations if they hoped to get the robot industry moving in the right direction.
Ashlee Vance, 23 Jun 2006