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AMD's Q2 revenue forecast slides

Already feeling Intel's heat, AMD today lowered its revenue guidance for the second quarter.
Ashlee Vance, 07 Jul 2006

Lexar recalls burn-hazard FireFly USB drives

Storage specialist Lexar has recalled a number of its JumpDrive USB Flash disks, some of which have been found to overheat and potentially burst into flames. The name of the product: FireFly...
Tony Smith, 07 Jul 2006
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Beyond ALM

When I wrote about Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) recently a reader wondered why I hadn't mentioned MKS.
David Norfolk, 07 Jul 2006
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VIA preps UMPC-friendly chipset

VIA is gearing up to ship a single-chip chipset aimed at ultra-mobile PCs (UMPCs) at the end of Q3, the company said yesterday. The part will be used in the upcoming DualCor device, it said.
Tony Smith, 07 Jul 2006
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Stinky databases for tech support tales?

Letters There are a few sure-fire ways to anger the average Register reader.
Lucy Sherriff, 07 Jul 2006
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Serco Solutions nabs BT exec

Serco has poached a BT exec to run its IT and business process outsourcing division.
Team Register, 07 Jul 2006
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IBM to create 300 new Dublin jobs

IBM has announced it is to create 300 new jobs in Dublin within the next three years, bringing the number of staff it employs in Ireland to around 3,500.
Charlie Taylor, 07 Jul 2006
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Westcoast does Apple

Westcoast has muscled in on the Apple wholesale market, gaining distribution rights for the vendor’s entire range.
Team Register, 07 Jul 2006
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Police expert admits mobile phone forensics barrier

A police digital forensics expert has admitted that some mobile phones are impenetrable to software used by police in forensic examinations. The revelation follows a paper by a Cambridge researcher which originally made the claim.
OUT-LAW.COM, 07 Jul 2006

Lightning lashes iPod-packing teenager

Don't use your iPod in a storm. Castle Rock, Colorado teenager Jason Bunch was wearing his when he was struck by lightning, according to local news reports. He was listening to Metallica, but it is, alas, not known if it was the band's Ride the Lightning album.
Tony Smith, 07 Jul 2006
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UK gov waves through McKinnon extradition

The extradition of "Pentagon hacker" Gary McKinnon has been approved by Home Sectretary John Reid.
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Court punishes software sellers 'not lining Bill Gates's pockets'

Microsoft has won a judgment against three individuals behind a company which unlawfully sold genuine and counterfeit Microsoft software and certificates.
OUT-LAW.COM, 07 Jul 2006

Gadget uses Skype to send TV anywhere

Fancy turning your copy of Skype into a watch-anywhere TV viewer? Now you can, courtesy of Japanese company Novac, which today announced a box that turns any suitably-specified PC into a machine for beaming TV shows to anyone on the internet.
Tony Smith, 07 Jul 2006
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Hampshire fails on crime recording

The county's police force has blamed its poor ranking by official auditors on IT problems.
Kablenet, 07 Jul 2006
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Siemens rejigs SBS (again)

Siemens is to restrict its loss-making IT services arm to industries that the wider group operates in.
Team Register, 07 Jul 2006
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England's World Cup verdict: 'unfocused, jerky, inadequate'

"You had to wait 10 minutes or so for clips - even of the penalty shoot-out," complained self-appointed mobile TV referee David Frodsham [right] of Argogroup.
Guy Kewney, 07 Jul 2006

AMD, ATI agree acquisition deal?

AMD has reached an agreement with ATI to buy the graphics chip company. An official statement will be made shortly - if, that is, you believe a report on a Chinese-language website citing a single source said to be close to the negotiations.
Tony Smith, 07 Jul 2006
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Show your staff what they spend on company mobiles

Large organisations "are wasting millions each year by not providing staff with access to their business mobile phone bill," according to Matt Atkinson, head of AKJ. The company is launching a "Mobile Management program" to demonstrate just how much is wasted through ignorance.
Guy Kewney, 07 Jul 2006
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Cisco buys Meetinghouse to bolster wireless security

Cisco is to acquire privately held wireless security firm Meetinghouse Data Communications for $43.7m in cash and stock.
John Leyden, 07 Jul 2006

BOFH: Champion of culture

Episode 22 Episode 22 "I don't know what to say," the PFY sniffles as the Boss breaks the sad news to him. "Will it be...quick?" "It'll over in no time," the Boss reassures him. "And how is everyone taking it?" "Apart from you, pretty well actually," the Boss replies. "But why?" the PFY bleats. "Its time had come - we all knew that …
Simon Travaglia, 07 Jul 2006
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Windows genuine disadvantage

Comment A recent lawsuit filed against Microsoft should have all companies reexamining their privacy policies to determine what information they are actually collecting about customers and what they can possibly do with it.
Mark Rasch, 07 Jul 2006
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Some mammoths had 'ginger gene'

Ancient DNA has revealed some woolly mammoths had ginger or blonde hair thanks to the mutant gene which causes fair hair in humans.
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Sky launches video recording via text

Geek TV Sky subscribers can now text instructions to their Sky+ boxes from anywhere in the world, thanks to a new service that makes your remote look as slick as the penny farthing.
Jane Hoskyn, 07 Jul 2006
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Elonex sketches phoenix PC plan

Afic founder and managing director Yuval Ella aims to turn Elonex into a household name by sticking the company's badge on a range of other electrical gadgets.
Mark Ballard, 07 Jul 2006
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Chav heartland in BT exchange fire

BT's Bluebell Hill exchange in Chatham, Kent, caught fire on Wednesday, putting 20,000 lines in jeopardy.
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IT upgrade confuses child jab programme

An overhaul in NHS IT systems has been accompanied by a possible fall in child vaccination rates. As part of a £6.8bn upgrade to health service IT systems in the UK, 10 of 31 London health care trusts have installed software to manage child jab programmes.
John Leyden, 07 Jul 2006
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House style

Stob I'm not usually a great one for American TV comedy, the cartoons excepted. But recently I came upon a wonderful thing called House, featuring Hugh Laurie as the eponymous hero, a consultant at a New Jersey hospital. Laurie is an effective counter to that arch-enemy of all American hospdrams, Doctor Mawk.
Verity Stob, 07 Jul 2006
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USB missile launches detected on multiple fronts

Updated What have we done? Today, we began receiving sporadic reports of the outbreak of hostilities between rival factions within the nation's offices and workplaces, all following our coverage of the USB missile launcher gizmo yesterday.

Nintendo Wii to make a splash early?

Nintendo will release its next-generation games console, Wii, much earlier than the company has previously announced, it has been claimed. The company is already punching out Wii hardware, it's said, and that means the firm is out to get to market well ahead of Sony.
Tony Smith, 07 Jul 2006

What colour is the most sexually attractive?

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Stephen Juan, 07 Jul 2006
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Is heart rate correlated with birth order?

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Stephen Juan, 07 Jul 2006
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Cross-cultural dispatches from the gender wars

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Stephen Juan, 07 Jul 2006
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Is Friday the 13th bad for your health?

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Stephen Juan, 07 Jul 2006

Phone maker VK declared bankrupt

South Korean handset maker VK has been declared bankrupt after it failed to pay its creditors, local media reports reveal. Trading in the company's shares has been suspend pending a de-listing on 22 July.
Tony Smith, 07 Jul 2006
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Cast iron robotip: France to win World Cup

England's inevitable whimpering limp back to Blighty aside, the World Cup is always a relatively unpredictable affair, a fact which sends the bookies cackling all the way to the nearest Fabergé egg dealer every four years.
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Microsoft appoints new UK boss

Microsoft has appointed a new boss to runs its UK operations. Gordon Frazer will become Microsoft UK's managing director on 31 July, after relocating from South Africa, where he served as the software giant's general manager for the last four years.
John Leyden, 07 Jul 2006

Commission talks MS sanctions next week

The European Commission has confirmed it will be meeting on Wednesday to discuss the Microsoft appeal and decide whether or not to fine the company for failing to comply with the 2004 anti-trust decision.
John Oates, 07 Jul 2006
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Bexley NHS searches for lost data

Bexley Care Trust is still looking for the email and schedule data it lost after its servers had a seizure and its backup system went into a coma over a week ago.
Mark Ballard, 07 Jul 2006
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Exabyte to sell out

Magnetic tape and drive maker Exabyte has put itself up for sale after CEO and finder Juan Rodriguez resigned.

Slim Devices' Squeezebox supports Rhapsody DRM

Slim Devices has added support for the Real Networks' Rhapsody digital music download service to its Squeezebox network music player. The deal will allow the device to play DRM-protected tracks purchased from the service.
Tony Smith, 07 Jul 2006
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Phone phishers target PayPal

Hi-tech fraudsters are attempting to trick PayPal users into calling a phone number and giving over sensitive credit card account information.
John Leyden, 07 Jul 2006

Print Screen button enables HD DVD, Blu-ray Disc duplication

HD DVD movies can be copied, and all it takes is the presses of a single button on any PC's keyboard. Well, lots of presses. Lots and lots of presses. Lots and lots and lots of presses.
Tony Smith, 07 Jul 2006
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Google, Apple and a Goth

Google whacking is the new Google whacking Everyone loves Google. Except the people who hate it. This week German experts said voluntary arrangements with search engines like Google, MSN and Yahoo! To restrict content were not enough. The conference in Berlin heard arguments in favour of strong government regulation of all …
John Oates, 07 Jul 2006
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Google founders spar over 'party plane'

Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin need more adult supervision than previously thought.
Ashlee Vance, 07 Jul 2006
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Intel to ship Montecito five-pack on July 18

It has taken so long for Intel to shove the dual-core Montecito version of Itanium out the door that few secrets remain about the chip. In fact, no secrets remain thanks to Intel's friendly customers.
Ashlee Vance, 07 Jul 2006
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Sun 'lets down' users with UltraSPARC IIIi+ delay

It seems we missed a few details during yesterday's dig into Sun's upcoming server launch. Thankfully, our dear readers were here to help.
Ashlee Vance, 07 Jul 2006