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Royal Society awards Hawking Copley medal

Professor Stephen Hawking has been awarded the Royal Society's 275th Copley medal for his contribution to cosmology and theoretical physics.
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Judge slaps Microsoft with $25m fine top-up

Microsoft has been ordered to pay an additional $25m to a tiny digital rights management company for "litigation misconduct" during a patent case with fellow defendant Autodesk.
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Ving Rhames and I are born to be stars...

It has to be a wind-up, right? Some Hollywood producer has announced a grab for the rights of a "yet to be written" comedy staring Guy Goma and me.

Welsh Assembly to be investigated over RIBS contract

The Welsh Assembly Government is to be investigated by the European Commission following claims of unlawful behaviour under state aid rules in its awarding of a contract to BT to upgrade 35 exchanges in Wales that had previously been excluded from the telco's national ADSL implementation on economic grounds.
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Settting the radar on Visual Sciences

Comment My recent series of articles on next generation business intelligence has created a lot of interest, not least from vendors thinking they fit the required pattern of capabilities. Perhaps the most interesting of the companies to contact me has been Visual Sciences.

Apple pays $100m to settle iPod patent clash lawsuits

Apple is to pay $100m to settle its legal spat with rival MP3 player maker Creative Technology. The cash not only brings Creative's patent infringement lawsuits to a close but provides Apple with a licence to its intellectual property. Apple will also terminate its counter-suits.
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Europeans' mobile love affair continues

It seems European mobile phone owners can't help investing in new devices as market penetration surpasses 100 per cent and continues to grow.

Dell quietly switches off own-brand MP3 player line

Dell stopped selling hard drive-based digital music players in February and now it's dropped its own-brand Flash offerings too. Instead, the PC giant will sell players from SanDisk and Creative.
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Fayrewood buffeted in first half

Fayrewood Plc hit heavy weather in Europe in the first half of this year, leaving management considering “options” to maximise shareholder value.
Joe Fay, 24 2006
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Microsoft flaw fix opens users to attack

Microsoft continued to work on Tuesday to create a fix for an exploitable flaw introduced by the company's latest security update to Internet Explorer.

AMD reckons 40% server share is achievable

AMD wants to win 40 per cent of the world's server-chip sales, but it's willing to wait until 2009 to get it. Company executive Marty Seyer this week said there's "no reason" why AMD can't hit that target.

NHS provider looking critical

The company providing the lion's share of the government's programme to transform NHS IT is facing a formal investigation by the Financial Services Authority (FSA).
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Digger breaks own speed record

JCBDieselmax broke its own speed record for a diesel-powered vehicle yesterday hitting an average speed of 350 miles per hour - and the team still hasn't made it into top gear.

Fujitsu Siemens kicks off football club coloured laptop line

Fujitsu Siemens is marking the start of the soccer season with a set of club colour-coordinated notebooks. The machines are kitted out in the team colours and stamped with the club logo.
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China bans strippers at funerals

China has added strippers at funerals to its burgeoning list of proscribed activities, the BBC reports.
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Ansari prize founder heads for space

The woman behind the Ansari-X prize has been confirmed as the next space tourist. She was given a seat on the next Russian mission to the International Space Station after a Japanese businessman was found medically unfit for the journey.

Sony to show 27 playable PS3 games next month

Sony will have not 25, not 26 but 27 playable PlayStation 3 games on show at the Tokyo Game Show, the company said this week. The event, which takes place at the end of September, will also host the launch of a GPS module for the PlayStation Portable.
Hard Reg, 24 2006
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Rumours persist about AT&T's U-verse service

Comment There are still stories emerging about the technology in the AT&T IPTV system U-verse, which suggest that the design of the Microsoft middleware will make something cataclysmic happen one day to all of the AT&T IPTV customers.
Faultline, 24 2006
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Unpatched enterprise security bugs proliferate

The backlog of unpatched security vulnerabilities in enterprise products is growing. NGSSoftware, the firm that first identified the underlying security flaw exploited by the infamous Slammer worm, is sitting on a backlog of 175 unresolved vulns.
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Amazon leak offers sneak peek at new video service

Amazon this week left a few doors open and gave a sneak peek at its new film downloading service to hackers smart enough to uncover the links.
Faultline, 24 2006

Europe wallops Tech Data

Tech Data revealed the depth of its problems in Europe today when it unveiled a $155.5m loss for the second quarter.
Joe Fay, 24 2006

Union boss proposes ethical offshoring

Trades Union Congress general secretary Brendan Barber has proposed that employers who transplant British jobs oversees should take some responsibility for the holes they leave in the economy and peoples' lives back home.
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Aztecs sacrificed and ate 550 captives

Mexican archaelogists have unearthed grisly evidence of Aztec resistance to the Spanish conquest of their land: around 550 skeletons of men, women and children who were ritually sacrified and partially eaten by their captors, Reuters reports.

Logitech spins 'revolutionary' free-wheeling mouse

Mouse maker Logitech today introduced its first input device with a freely-rotating scroll wheel, aiming the system at gamers looking for fast weapon changes and Microsoft Office users who need to be able to whizz through long documents.

Intel Wi-Fi update ate my CPU cycles

Security researchers have identified performance problems with a recent wireless driver security update from Intel. Vulnerabilities in Centrino device drivers for Windows and Intel's PROSet management software prompted a security update three weeks ago.
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Plane passenger tells security penis pump is bomb

A passenger who rather ill-advisedly told security at Chicago's O'Hare Airport that part of his penis pump was a bomb faces a possible three years' jail on a felony disorderly conduct rap, The Chicago Sun-Times reports.
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Japanese do u-turn over naked Britney

Officials from the Tokyo subway system have reversed an earlier decision not to display a "overly stimulating" poster of highly-talented and highly-pregnant US chanteuse Britney Spears in her birthday suit on the cover of Harper's Bazaar.
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Echo2 versus GWT

A little while ago, I wrote about the GWT (Google Web Toolkit) here, which I'm particularly interested in as it provides a pure Java environment that can be translated into pure AJAX-style code.
John Hunt, 24 2006

BenQ aims to pull with 'mauve sensation' lady-phone

BenQ Mobile certainly has an eye for the ladies. Having announced butterfly-branded and Hello Kitty kitted versions of its AL26 slider phone, the company today said it's out to captivate women "women with a desire for elegance and dazzling color" by seducing them with its upcoming "luxury style statement" SL80 handset.

T-Mobile UK introduces latest phone-like BlackBerry

T-Mobile UK has launched its incarnation of Research in Motion's BlackBerry 7130, the push provider's latest phone-style email gadget.
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Ozone hole stable, possibly on the mend

After last season's bumper ozone hole, this year things look set to be much less dramatic, and scientists even say the hole may have stopped widening.

Canon unveils its first dust-busting digital SLR

Canon has launched the follow-up to its hugely popular digital SLR camera, the EOS 350D, bumping the new model's image sensor up to ten megapixels and adding a dust-busting technology to its internal workings.
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Pluto booted out of league of planets

The International Astronomical Union's (IAU) general assembly shindig in Prague has voted to boot Pluto out of the league of planets, declaring in a resolution: "The eight planets are Mercury, Earth, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune."

Lite-on reveals external Blu-ray Disc writer

Lite-on unveiled its internal Blu-ray Disc writer, the LH-2B1S, in June this year, promising to ship it in August. It hasn't shipped the drive - it'll now appear in October - but that hasn't stopped the company announcing a new, external model, the LX-2B1U.

Pizza fraudsters get a slice of the action

US fraudsters were able to pose as a pizza outlet after a credulous AT&T service rep redirected calls from cooks to crooks.
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Reg unleashes turbocharged search engine

We're delighted to announce today what some you may have already noticed: El Reg now has a new, improved, search engine facility to better help you navigate our burgeoning roster of sites.
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El Reg unleashes turbocharged search engine

We're delighted to announce today what some you may have already noticed: Reg Hardware now has a new, improved search engine. You can peruse our handy search help page for details on just how the upgraded facility will enhance your Reg experience and help create a better world for your children and your children's children - or you can type something in the 'Find it' box on the left, yonder, and see where it takes you... ®
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Lack of love for Intel's 'Tulsa' chip bruises egos

Plenty of controversy will greet Intel's "Tulsa" processor for servers when it arrives next week.

MS fits Messenger with sex police panic button

Microsoft has been persuaded to install a panic button in UK editions of Messenger, enabling every crackpot and prankster to distract police with claims that online sexual predators are pursuing them. A mere mouse click will alert the authorities that an online sex offender has been discovered.
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Oracle buys realtime analytics assets

Oracle has bought real-time analytics technology from Sigma Dynamics to boost its own capabilities in online sales, marketing and call-center analysis.

'Hindenbook' returns to burn Apple users

Dell isn't the only manufacturer affected by Sony's exploding batteries. Apple has issued a recall of 1.8m batteries for PowerBooks and iBooks sold between October 2003 and August 2006 inclusive. It's the fourth time in two years that Apple has issued a recall, but this time it's by far the most serious.