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Google doubles down on Q2 profit

The time when Google doubling profits year-over-year impressed investors has passed. The ad broker-cum-search engine today reported a surge in second quarter profits to $721m from $343m in the same period last year. As a reward, investors sent Google's shares higher a paltry one per cent in the after-hours markets.
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Brocade is just the beginning - warns SEC chief

The feds have put Silicon Valley on notice: there'd better be a damn good reason for putting the wrong date on share allocations and then hiding options from Wall Street, otherwise you're in big trouble - the kind of trouble that lands a man in jail for 20 years and costs him $5m.

Buyer nailed down for Borland tools biz

Borland Software has found a buyer for its development tools business, although the company will not - as was expected - take a stake in the new firm.
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Bogus PI coughs to ID theft charges

A US man who fraudulently accessed the details of thousands on a credit reference database pleaded guilty this week to ID theft-related charges. Brian Dill, 33, of Simi Valley, California, claimed to be a private investigator in order to access privileged information on the Merlin Information Services database.
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Seeking good bots

One good thing about being a developer these days – if real work gets too tedious there’s always a competition going to try your luck at. One of the latest is from Microsoft – the company must have a full-time department which thinks them up.
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Mobile phone shipments soar

On average, more than 2.5 million mobile phones were shipped every day during the second quarter of 2006.
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Philips loses right to amend TV menu patent

Philips has lost a case to amend a patent for its television menu technology. The electronics giant had attempted to change its existing patent, but the alterations were ruled to be too wide ranging.
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San Fran degenerate bites El Reg

Letter of the Week We should have known better than to abbreviate "San Francisco" to "San Fran" in our shock report earlier this week into the UK's first Masturbate-a-thon. Oh yes, and we accused the locals of sexual degeneracy, which turned out to be a bad move:
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Wayne Rooney sees red over domain namesake

Football star and petulant pug-face Wayne Rooney is seeing red again - this time over his internet domain namesake.
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Will your company be hit by an ASBO?

The Home Office wants to issue control orders to businesses as well as individuals. An ASBO for businesses is the central proposal of a parliamentary Green Paper from the Home Office published this week.
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US government urged again to end net role

The United States government is under pressure again, this time from two high-profile insiders, to end its overseeing role on the internet and transistion its role to an international body.
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Mobile Instant Messaging? Not mentioned in Microsoft study...

Microsoft has a software platform called Windows Mobile, which includes - free - an Instant Messenger client for MSN or Windows messenger. Microsoft has a research study out on IM. Mobile? Doesn't get a mention. Why so shy?

Intel shakes up senior staffers

Intel yesterday played music chairs with its senior management. As CEO Paul Otellini prepared to pause the looped tape of the chip giant's infamous five-note jingle, Bill Siu and Richard Wirt, respectively head of the company's Channel Platforms Group and chief of the Software and Services Group announced their retirement, reducing the unseemly dash for seating by two.

Salesforce.com reaches out to the channel

Comment Over the last eighteen months Salesforce.com has made a number of high profile and, more importantly, highly significant announcements as the company has rapidly developed its ability to deliver applications “on demand” to a wide community of users. This week the company has launched a Partner Relationship Management (PRM).
Tony Lock, 21 2006
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Readers mull Chinese black helicopter mystery

Letters The mystery Chinese military installation near the village of Huangyangtan this week provoked a bit of a speculationfest among El Reg Google Earth aficionados:

Nvidia posts Quad SLI beta drivers

Nvidia has offered enthusiasts a pre-release version of Quad SLI drivers that allow two GeForce 7950 GX2 cards to work together in perfect harmony - or as near to it as beta-test software allows, at any rate.
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The IT manager's guide to social computing

Analysis If your company is averse to openness and transparency and is unlikely to change, then this article is not going to interest you much. Unless, of course, you are considering a change of direction.
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Naomi Campbell 'goes berserk' outside ex's London pad

WSA Naomi Campbell was treated to a short ride in a police car after allegedly "going berserk" outside the Belgravia home of ex-boyf Badr Jafar, The Sun reports.

Intel tweaks Core 2 Duo chipsets

Intel is to update its desktop Core 2 Duo-friendly P965 chipset, the chip giant informed its customers this week. The change, which will take the part from version C-1 to C-2, also affects the 946GZ and 946PL chipsets too, Reg Hardware has learned.

Chinese CE vendors courted with cheaper HDMI

Expect to see even more HDMI video ports on consumer electronics kit - the organisation in charge of licensing the technology has just knocked 30 per cent off the annual admin fee it makes manufacturers pay.
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UK webmaster faces extradition on terror-support charges

A British webmaster accused of supporting terrorism was arrested in his London home on Wednesday. Syed Talha Ahsan, 26, is accused by the US of aiding and abetting the Taliban and Islamic fighters via the creation of various fund raising and propaganda websites. He's also accused of illegally possessing classified US Navy troop movement plans and providing jihadists with temporary housing in London.
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Daniel Craig confirmed for second 007 outing

Bond producers say Daniel Craig will play 007 in a second film slated for a May 2008 release, the BBC reports, despite widespread outrage among diehard fans who questioned the blond actor's suitability for the role.
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Mystery mobiles to embark on carbon trading rampage

Letters Hands up, then how many of you, honestly, know what your mobile phone's model number is? Not many, it seems, according to a survey we covered this week.
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BOFH: Lawsuit ahoy!

Episode 24 "Whew," the PFY says wiping the tears from his eyes as he steps into Mission Control. "I don't think I've laughed so much since you slapped an old scanner one top of our shredder and convinced on of the Bosses that it was a self-feeding photocopier."
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Insight scoops up Software Spectrum for $287m

Insight Enterprises, the very big US reseller, is to buy its smaller rival Software Spectrum for $287m.
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C2000 appoints new PC parts honcho

Computer 2000 have installed a new PC components and supplies chief in a bid to get a bigger slice of the systems building pie and tackle untapped industrial markets.

Dell said to have 'dozens' of burned laptop incidents on file

Dell's December 2005 battery recall followed the recording of dozens of incidents over a two-year period of overheating notebooks, many resulting in melted or burned computers, it has been alleged this week as the company continues to investigate the case of a laptop that burst into flames in Japan.

Samsung demos two-way folder phone for games

Samsung yesterday showed off what it calls a "free folder" phone - a handset that can not only open up vertically, clamshell-fashion but can fold out horizontally the way devices like Nokia's Communicator do.
Hard Reg, 21 2006
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Five bags CSI for video on demand

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LG unveils DJ-friendly 3G music phone

LG this week launched a bid to get 3G network 3's customers downloading music - and scratch-mixing the stuff afterward. Punters can even listen to tracks using wireless headphones or out loud through the built-in stereo speakers.
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Execs sweat while Home Office keeps poker face

Don't bet on Americans being dumb We started this week with news that David Carruthers, the managing director of online gambling website BetonSports, had been detained for questioning while changing planes in the US en route to Costa Rica. Gambling online is illegal in the US. The law is not entirely clear - Congress is looking …
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Online gambler makes more money

Partygaming, the online poker and casino website, reported better off-season sales this year thanks to customers it picked up in Europe.
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MySpace adware attack hits hard

Online banner ads running on MySpace.com and web sites infected more than one million users with adware, according to net security firm iDefense.
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Addicted to antitrust, Microsoft outlines 12-Step Recovery

Antitrust addict Microsoft has outlined a 12-Step Recovery Program, which it says will help prevent it from lapsing back into anti-competitive practices in the future.
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IBM continuously backs up consumers

IBM will target home and small business users with its Tivoli backup software.

Dell warns of Q2 earnings bloodbath

Rather than pointing a finger at itself, Dell has blamed a weakening global economy for its second quarter profit warning issued today.
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Home Office thinks it owns... well, just about everything

The Home Office briefly believed it owned all the money in the UK, World, and presumably the rest of the galaxy, a report by the Commons Public Accounts Committee has shown.
Joe Fay, 21 2006
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Leeds swelters in 188°C heatwave

It's Friday and it's damned hot, so what better way to end the week before slipping off to the nearest pub garden for a few liveners than with another bit of weather-based fun from the Beeb?
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DMCA excluded from storage tape repair case

A US federal court has ruled that a repair firm did not violate the controversial Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) in performing maintenance on tape backup systems from StorageTek. The decision, reversing the court's earlier ruling, came after an appeal court told the lower court to review its injunction against Custom Hardware.

Alienware Area 51 m5500 notebook

Review Anyone planning to buy a hardcore gaming laptop will almost certainly have Alienware on their list of possible suppliers. Casual gamers and mainstream users might be put off by the machines' let alone the price, so Alienware's assembled the more mid-range Area 51 m5500. It doesn’t look as dull as your average laptop and offers a solid set of gaming-friendly features...

Investors buy into AMD-ATI tie-up rumour?

Is ATI about to be acquired by AMD? You might well think so looking at the graphics chip company's share price in early Nasdaq trading today - and that of its arch-rival, Nvidia.
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Verizon wins voice spam lawsuit

US mobile operator Verizon Wireless has won a lawsuit against a telemarketeer that pestered its customers with Spanish language messages.

Java EE – no funeral planned

Not surprisingly, Sun’s response to the recent report from analyst Richard Monson Haefel of The Burton Group, which suggested that Java Enterprise Edition (Java EE) was effectively under a death sentence born of its over-complexity, have erred towards the dismissive.
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KDDI ties in partners for new phone OS

Qualcomm, Toshiba, Sanyo and Japanese cellco KDDI, are planning to work on a new operating system for handsets, rivaling the Symbian OS, Linux and Microsoft’s Windows Mobile.
Faultline, 21 2006
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Whatever happened to... the smartphone?

Analysis At one time, the future of mobiles looked simple. The smartphone was a new kind of gadget that was subsuming the pager, the camera, the PDA, the Walkman, and almost every other iece of technology you could carry - and offering it in volume at an irresistible price. Often free. Over time, every phone would become a smartphone.
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HP finally gets its own vision and can sell it too

Analysis It used to take HP about two days, ten executives and 20,000 words to near a coherent explanation of the Adaptive Enterprise. Thankfully, the company has put that ugly past behind it and can now describe its overarching strategy in a quick, palatable fashion.