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Men removed from jet for 'speaking Arabic'

Two men removed from a Monarch Airlines flight from Malaga to Manchester last Wednesday were targeted because of passenger concerns over their behaviour and the fact that they may have been speaking Arabic, the BBC reports.
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Martian pole freckled with geysers

Every spring, the southern polar cap on Mars almost fizzes with carbon dioxide, as the surface is broken by hundreds of geysers throwing sand and dust hundreds of feet into the Martian "air".
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Dear Sir Bill Gates: invoice enclosed

Please find enclosed my invoice for £1,200 sterling for administrative and consulting work, caused by the need to repair Microsoft sabotage. I dare say you'd like details:

ATI posts driver update for Linux, Windows

ATI has released its Catalyst 6.8 driver package for both Windows and Linux. The Windows release targets performance improvements, while the version for the open source operating system - the driver itself isn't open - is more about adding features and broadening hardware support.

Two arrested over fake hols website

Two people are in court this morning charged with offences connected to scam holiday websites which could have conned as many as 3,000 people.
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Morgan Stanley punters get refund over computer cock-up

Morgan Stanley has apologised after 15,000 customers had extra interest added to their accounts as a result of a botched computer migration.

Dell to ship more than 3m AMD-based PCs by year's end?

Dell has asked AMD to send it more than 3m desktop and notebook microprocessors, a number of financial analysts have separately claimed. The total is split down the middle between desktop and notebook CPUs, and represents Dell's demand through to the end of the year.
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Amazon attempts antenna connection using kitten

Updated Here's something you shouldn't try at home, unless you want an RSPCA SWAT team kicking in your front door: connecting an antenna using a nine-metre kitten with a male N-Series connector at one end and a female equivalent at the other:

Intel unveils Q963-based mobo

Intel has announced its first own-brand motherboard based on its Q963 chipset and designed for Core 2 Duo processors, and the shrinking number of Pentium D and Pentium 4 chips on the company's desktop CPU list.

Google loses ground in search battle, AOL continues to freefall

Google lost one per cent of its share of the US search market last month.

Palm: 3G Euro Treo to launch 12 September

Palm has confirmed it will launch its next Treo smart phone in the UK next month, a move revealed first by Reg Hardware in July this year, just after the device was announced.

i-mate turns from HTC for Jaq smart phone

Smart phone supplier i-mate may have turned away from long-time device partner HTC for its next handset, it has emerged. Certainly, i-mate's next major launch, dubbed the Jaq, has appeared on a Hungarian retail site in all its as-yet-unannounced glory.
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FDA approves viruses as 'food additive'

The US Food and Drug Administration has approved bacteriophages - bacteria-killing viruses - for use as a food additive. The idea is that cold, cooked meats will be sprayed with a combination of viruses to get rid the Listeria monocytogenes bacterium.
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Romanian police cuff 23 ID fraud suspects

Romanian police arrested 23 people in the southern city of Pitesti as part of a clampdown on internet scam rings operating in the eastern European country.

Sandisk unveils 8GB Flash MP3 player

Updated Sandisk will today introduce an 8GB Flash-based digital music player, launching the device ahead of the anticipated roll-out of an 8GB iPod Nano from Apple. Sandisk will also slash its prices, it has been claimed.
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Sony tickled pink over rose-tinted PS2

Pink is the new black - at least as far as Sony is concerned. The consumer electronics giant today launched a pink PS2 complete with a pair of coral-hued controllers and a rose-tinted 8MB memory card. Sony says the "limited edition" colour scheme "reflects the growing and diverse demographic that PlayStation 2 has developed". …
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Wanted: Master of the Belgian language

Those sales reps that were excitedly reading down Google's job advertisement for a possie at its Dublin headquarters thinking "oooh yes, I can do that", "mmmm, standing on my head", would have sighed in disgust at the last line of the job description - the successful candidate should be able to "speak and write Belgian and English fluently and idiomatically".

Samsung shows 'world's biggest' LCD HDTV

Samsung today claimed to have produced the world's first 175cm (70in) LCD panel for high-definition TVs - 12.5cm (5in) bigger than the largest LCD TV currently on the market. The monster telly has a resolution of 1,920 x 1,080, the company said.
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DWP embarrassed by prisoner overpayments

The management of the benefits system has come under more pressure with the revelation that prisoners have been receiving millions of pounds in payments to which they are not entitled.
Kablenet, 21 2006
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Computer-based models to replace the investment advisor?

Analysis A number of recently published features and surveys evidence the continued growth in quantitative investment.

ATI revives TV tuners for HD, DVR era

ATI today launched a pair of TV tuner cards, pitching the products at punters who want to turn their PCs into DVRs but don't want the very latest in 3D graphics acceleration.
Hard Reg, 21 2006
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IBM buys MRO Software

Comment IBM has announced that it has reached a definitive agreement to acquire MRO Software Inc.
Tony Lock, 21 2006
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EDS keeps MOD schtum over settlement

The details of a financial settlement given to EDS by the Ministry of Defence have been withheld from British taxpayers because corporate America likes to keep its cards close to its chest.

LogicaCMG buys its way into top ten

LogicaCMG is paying £882m for WM Data - a pan-Scandanavian services company.
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Ignorance is bliss for dolphins

Dolphins are stupid but happy, according to a South African researcher, and their brains are only as large as they are to keep them warm in the sea.
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Uri Geller sues over Elvis pad

Cutlery molester Uri Geller and two partners are hitting the US courts in an attempt to claim ownership of Elvis Presley's former Memphis home, which they bought on eBay for $905,100, Reuters reports.
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Spend £11,700 now and save £30! enthuses Waitrose

Ocado.com, the ecommerce tentacle of UK supermarket chain Waitrose, has got itself into a bit of a pickle with one Reg reader after sending his elderly mother an email with the following irresistable, money-saving offer:
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Access to Apple's iTunes goes bananas

Apple's discussion forums are alive with users who are mysteriously unable to access the company's iTunes Music Store.

Nokia E61 smart phone

Review It has taken the major handset makers some time to respond to the success of Research in Motion's BlackBerry. Having tried to convince buyers that what they really want is a regular handset that can also send and receiver email, phone makers like Nokia have just had to accept that there is a demand for devices with big screens and keyboards. Announced last year, the E61 has finally begun shipping as Nokia's answer to the near-ubiquitous RIM email tool...

SEC sues over stock market spam scam

A US couple have been charged over an allegation they made $1m via a stock market pump-and-dump scam, promoted using spam emails.

Sony pushes PS2 under £100

Sony Computer Entertainment Europe has cut the price of the PS2 by a tenner, knocking the price below the £100 barrier to £95. The European price is now €130. The price of the 8MB memory card has come down too, to €20.
Hard Reg, 21 2006
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Milton Keynes gets WiMAX

Milton Keynes will be the first place in the UK to enjoy city-wide wireless super-broadband.
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BBC cans Rose Tyler Doctor Who spin-off

The Beeb has canned the planned Rose Tyler Doctor Who spin-off after series producer Russell T Davies "got cold feet" over the project.
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Class action aims at Operation Ore

Names are being collected for a class action case against the police involved in Operation Ore.
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Flores' 'hobbits' on endangered list

Researchers are claiming fossils found on the Indonesian island of Flores, which caused a sensation when they were described as a new human species, are actually just pygmies.
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Synaptics gets touchy-feely with smart phone concept

Spurned by Apple, which now makes its own iPod clickwheels, touchpad maker Synaptics today turned to mobile phone by touting a handset concept based around its ClearPad "optically clear, capacitive touchscreen", a gesture-based input system and a UI that adapts entirely to the needs of the application in the foreground.
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Nuclear Holocaust starts today: WSJ

Public Service Announcement The Register regrets to report that the world is about to end. It seems that Iran is going to attack Israel today, 22 August, with nuclear weapons, and initiate World War III, as famous Islamic scholar Bernard Lewis explains in his recent Wall Street Journal editorial.

Trojan exploits unpatched PowerPoint vulnerability

Virus writers have developed Trojan horse malware designed to exploit an unpatched vulnerability in Microsoft's PowerPoint software. The MDropper-BH Trojan spreads in malformed PowerPoint files either downloaded by the internet or pushed out by other malware.

Mainstream press goes down on Dell

Not even processor superstar AMD could rescue Dell last week.