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Orange first mobile giant off the mark with Linux program

Comment Ever since NTT DoCoMo and Vodafone lent their support to Motorola and Samsung to create an open Linux handset architecture, the open source platform has gained new credibility as the likely leading operating system for smartphones in the next generation.
Wireless Watch, 23 Aug 2006
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Cellcos regain lead in AWS auctions

At the end of round 25 of Auction 66, the ongoing FCC sell-off of licenses in the AWS band in 1.7GHz and 2.1GHz, bids totalled $11.3bn.
Wireless Watch, 23 Aug 2006
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Salesforce.com links up with Google AdWords

Salesforce.com has linked up with Google's advertising program, AdWords, after acquiring an add-on with its purchase of tech firm Kieden.
Ciara O'Brien, 23 Aug 2006
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Code analysis and legacy modernisation

In feedback to the article I co-wrote here, I was accused of being “way ahead of the game” so far as ordinary development goes.
David Norfolk, 23 Aug 2006
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JCB's demon digger hits 333mph

JCBdieselmax is officially the world's fastest diesel-powered vehicle after hitting 333 miles per hour yesterday.
John Oates, 23 Aug 2006
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EC veep calls for passenger data sharing, US-style

The vice president of the European Commission wants airlines to provide passenger data to government security services for all flights within Europe. A similar plan for flights to the US was recently vetoed by the European Parliament.
OUT-LAW.COM, 23 Aug 2006
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Nuclear Apocalypse milder than expected

Update The Register is pleasantly surprised to learn that humanity continues to muddle along after a leading Islamic scholar predicted its abrupt destruction on 22 August.
Thomas C Greene, 23 Aug 2006
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Software rental firm targets SMBs

Maidenhead firm The Business Software Centre (TBSC) will supply its tools as a rented service to small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs).
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Cows have regional accents, experts confirm

In a major breakthrough in bovine linguistic research, experts have confirmed that cows moo with accents distinct to their herd, the BBC reports.
Lester Haines, 23 Aug 2006

Samsung pitches 8GB HDD phone at... golfers

Samsung yesterday unveiled its latest hard drive-equipped music and... er... golf phone. For MP3 fans, the SCH-B570 is fitted with 8GB of storage, and for golfers there's all the information you need to successfully play South Korea's most demanding courses.
Tony Smith, 23 Aug 2006

Apple axes Leopard-leaking workers

Apple has reportedly fired five retail workers for downloading unauthorised copies of Mac OS X 10.5 from the internet. Many more employees have been accused of the same transgression and face a similar sanction, it has been claimed.
Tony Smith, 23 Aug 2006
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Reclusive Russian turns down Fields Medal

A Russian mathematician has turned down one of the discipline's most prestigious awards because he doesn't want to involve himself in self promotion. He was due to have been presented with the Fields Medal by King Juan Carlos of Spain on Tuesday this week.
Lucy Sherriff, 23 Aug 2006

Gigabyte readies silent HDMI, HDCP graphics card

Gigabyte will next month ship an HDMI-equipped graphics card based on Nvidia's GeForce 7600 GS chip, the company said today. The card has HDCP anti-piracy technology on board and an internal digital audio pass-through port. It even appears to be SLI-capable.
Tony Smith, 23 Aug 2006
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PowerColor ATI Radeon X1950 XTX

Review Although today is only the paper launch of the long anticipated ATI Radeon X1950 XTX, it's worth waiting until 14 September when you can actually buy one. Not only is it ATI's fastest card, but it's also incredibly affordable and, thanks to a new cooler, it has put the noise problems the plagued past ATI cards behind it...

Griffin ships Mac 5.1-channel sound system

Accessory maker Griffin Technology has finally begun shipping its Mac-oriented, FireWire-connected 5.1-channel surround sound system FireWave more than 18 months after it announced the product.
Tony Smith, 23 Aug 2006
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Tech bubble banker vows to return

One of the architects of the original dot com bubble vowed to return to business yesterday, after a court approved a deal reached between his lawyers and state prosecutors.
Andrew Orlowski, 23 Aug 2006
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Two coppers nicked in uniforms-on-eBay probe

Two Welsh police officers have been arrested and suspended for allegedly flogging police property on eBay.
John Oates, 23 Aug 2006
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YouTube launches Paris Hilton channel

YouTube yesterday launched a Paris Hilton "Brand Channel" sponsored by Fox's Prison Break and aimed at promoting the multi-talented heiress's debut album Paris.
Lester Haines, 23 Aug 2006

UBiQUiO PRePs SLiMLinE qwerty KEyBoaRD SMaRT PhONe

Mobile device retailer Expansys has begun taking orders for the upcoming UBiQUiO 501 slimline Windows Mobile 5.0 smart phone. And no, that mix of capitals and lower-case characters isn't a byproduct of typing the vendor's name on its device's QWERTY micro-keyboard.
Tony Smith, 23 Aug 2006
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MS takes up legal cudgels against typosquatters

Microsoft has launched a legal offensive against "typosquatters" who register domains containing trademarked terms or misspelled words in the hope that lost surfers will help them rake in ad revenue.
John Leyden, 23 Aug 2006
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Qantas clamps down on fire-breathing Dells

Australian airline Qantas has issued guidelines to those passengers taking their lives into their hands by powering up a Dell laptop with a potentially fire-breathing battery while on board.
Lester Haines, 23 Aug 2006
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eMachines founder offers $450m for... eMachines

China-born tech entrepeneur and eMachines founder Lap Shun Hui has confirmed he is offering $450m for Gateway's retail business.
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ATI to ship Radeon X1300 XT, X1650 Pro on 14 September

Details have emerged of ATI's upcoming Radeon X1300 XT and Radeon X1650 Pro GPUs, which the company announced today but provided relatively little in the way of detail. Graphics card supplier sources suggest each part will be offered in a range of memory and core clock configurations.
Tony Smith, 23 Aug 2006
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Microsoft falls into line with Korean anti-trust order

Microsoft will start selling a stripped-down version of Windows in South Korea this week which doesn't include its media player or instant message software.
John Oates, 23 Aug 2006
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Home Office in trouble for advertising porn sites

The Advertising Standards Agency (ASA) has sent the Home Office to sit on the naughty stair after complaints about a radio campaign promoting online child safety that sent listeners to porn sites instead.
Lucy Sherriff, 23 Aug 2006
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Digital music is rubbish - Bob Dylan

You can't blame people for illegally downloading music for free, because that's about all it's worth, according to Bob Dylan, in an interview with Rolling Stone this month.
Andrew Orlowski, 23 Aug 2006

AMD quad-core CPUs to become dualies to save power

AMD's quad-core processor will become a dual-core processor if it decides the user isn't giving it enough work to do. The chip will also beef up the on-board cache with an extra level of memory shared between the four cores.
Hard Reg, 23 Aug 2006
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Child protection extends to MSN

Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) has linked up with MSN Instant Messenger to alert the police about sex offenders.
Kablenet, 23 Aug 2006
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Nokia carries Symbian

Smartphone OS provider Symbian says 12.3m units running its software shipped in the second quarter of the year, up from 7.8m a year ago. This bagged the company $37.9m in royalty revenues, the bulk of its $41.2m gross revenue.
Andrew Orlowski, 23 Aug 2006
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IBM snaps up ISS for $1.3bn

IBM is to acquire security tools and services firm Internet Security Systems in an all-cash deal valued at $1.3bn, or $28 per share. The deal is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2006, subject to approval by regulators and ISS' shareholders.
John Leyden, 23 Aug 2006
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Europe poised to embrace digital TV: report

Digital television services are expected to rise in popularity during 2006, with the European market outstripping the US by the end of the year.
Ciara O'Brien, 23 Aug 2006
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BT says women make the best bosses

Women over 50 will be the best bosses in the future because they understand the importance of flexible working, according to research from BT.
Lucy Sherriff, 23 Aug 2006
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ITV's Love Island descends into fisticuffs

It's official: despite the long-held belief that male ballroom dancers susbscribe exclusively to the Friends of Dorothy, Strictly Come Dancing "star" Brendan Cole has proved that they're not to be messed with by slapping former Hollyoaks "star" Lee Otway six times in a drunken row.
Lester Haines, 23 Aug 2006
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Sony officially launches pink PSP

It's official - Sony is indeed going to offer a pink PlayStation Portable in association, we're told, with the chart-topping pop chanteuse of the same name the better to attract "young women with freedom, confidence and attitude" to the platform. Unlike the upcoming pink PS2, the salmon-hued portable console doesn't ship with …
Tony Smith, 23 Aug 2006
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Edinburgh Film Festival pulls cockfight movie

The Edinburgh Film Festival has decided to pull the 1974 film Cockfighter from its schedule because, as the title suggests, it's packed with graphic scenes of cockfighting - which is illegal in Britain.
Lester Haines, 23 Aug 2006
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Planet status looking shaky for Pluto

Just when things were looking up for Pluto, astronomers have come up with a new definition of a planet that would leave the poor little mite out in the cold.
Lucy Sherriff, 23 Aug 2006

Iomega ships slimline portable hard drives

Iomega this week this week expanded its external hard drive line-up with a pair of slimline dual-port products aimed at users on the move.
Hard Reg, 23 Aug 2006
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Kid who crashed email server gets tagged

A 19-year-old man today pleaded guilty to breaking the Computer Misuse Act for sending an "email bomb" to his former employer, which caused the company's email server to collapse.
John Oates, 23 Aug 2006
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IBM buffs up mid and high-end storage gear

IBM continued its summer parade of storage launches this week, this time taking aim at higher end enterprises.
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First Chinese firm hit by spam fine

An unnamed firm from the south-eastern Chinese city of Shenzhen has been fined 5,000 yuan ($630) for distributing spam email, after the first case of its kind in the country.
John Leyden, 23 Aug 2006

BenQ pursues painted ladies with butterfly-branded handset

If you think BenQ Mobile's Hello Kitty handset is just too darn girly for you, you're probably not going to be impressed with its follow-up either. The company is to offer a second AL26 handset, this time boasting a butterfly logo to make it "the perfect fashion accessory for young, style-conscious women".
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Mocbot worm fuels zombie surge

The number of compromised zombie PCs has shot up by almost a quarter (23 per cent) over the last week because of the release of a new computer worm variant, according to security appliance firm CipherTrust.
John Leyden, 23 Aug 2006
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Sun's server sales soar, while Dell bores in Q2

Return to 2000 Slap me and call me Susan - or maybe Tom. Sun Microsystems has gained server market share two quarters in a row.
Ashlee Vance, 23 Aug 2006
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HuffPo nails Bush with mega scoop!

The Huffington Post has suffered through a short, uncelebrated career as one of the internet's lamest gag sites since it first logged on back in May of 2005. And the blog's condition has shifted to what doctors call "Mel Gibson's Tequila-infused Critical" this week after it let Adam Hanft make it on the site.
Ashlee Vance, 23 Aug 2006
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BEA buffs up AquaLogic with Flashline

BEA Systems has bought a self-styled asset management vendor in a deal beefing up BEA's AquaLogic family for service oriented architectures (SOAs).
Gavin Clarke, 23 Aug 2006