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Airline passenger data talks stall

European Union and US negotiators have failed to reach a deal on sharing passenger data by Saturday's (30 September deadline), creating a legal vacuum over the Atlantic.
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Gaming firms in freefall as US bans online betting

Shares in online gambling companies like Partygaming are in freefall this morning after the US Congress unexpectedly passed anti-online gambling laws late on Friday.
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Eric Schmidt to address Tory conference

Google's Eric Schmidt is to speak at the Tory Party conference tomorrow, returning the favour granted by David Cameron when he spoke at Google's Zeitgeist event in May.

Apple issues Mac OS X update

Apple has posted Mac OS X 10.4.8, offering the operating system upgrade for both client and server, and for PowerPC- and Intel-based Macs. The patch incorporates a stack of tweaks, including all of Apple's most recent security updates. You can download the update using the OS' own Software Update utility or from Apple's website.

ATI to take GPUs into the stream age

ATI - effectively AMD - has begun pitching its Radeon X1900 graphics chip at corporates, not for running graphics on workstations but for processing large data sets much the way Intel's Streaming SIMD Extensions (SSE) are meant to.

Toshiba touts laptop-friendly HD DVD burner

Toshiba has launched a slimline HD DVD drive for notebook computers in a bid to boost support for the next-generation optical disc format. The drawer-mechanism unit not only reads and writes all ther usual DVD and CD formats, but also HD DVD recordable and rewriteable media.
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Nominet rides election storm

UK registry owner Nominet has dismissed requests for a re-election of two of its Board members, announcing that the two incumbents, Gordon Dick and Fay Howard, would return to their positions.

Sony to patch Blu-ray burners for BD-ROM playback

Sony's BWU-100A Blu-ray Disc burner will this month gain the ability to play pre-recorded BD discs, the consumer electronics giant has revealed. The fix will come courtesy of an update to the copy of CyberLink PowerDVD bundled with the internal drive.

AMD schedules December for 65nm Athlon debut?

What has AMD got coming up during the last three months of the year? A host of 65nm and 90nm Athlons, apparently, according to roadmap slides posted on the internet last week which would seem to confirm earlier reports.
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US government steps back from internet control

Analysis The US government has taken a step back from control of the internet with a new contract between it and overseeing organisation ICANN that came into effect yesterday.
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Australia and South Africa shortlisted for giant radio 'scope

South Africa and Australia have been shortlisted as possible sites for the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope.
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New WEEE facility opens in Dublin

Cedar Resource Management has announced the launch of a "state-of-the-art" Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) recycling facility in Dublin.
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Underwater gig for mellow Melua

Songstress Katie Melua is preparing for a gig on an oil rig that will earn her a Guinness World Record for the deepest underwater concert performance.
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Virus-infected email hits rock bottom

The move to more targeted Trojan attacks as opposed to mass mailing worms left last month's virus charts almost static.
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Football video game wins European patent

The maker of a video game that improves player control has been granted a patent despite the European Patent Convention stating that "methods for playing games" are excluded from patentability.
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Pioneer picks eSys for distie

Brief eSys will distribute Pioneer's optical disk drives across Europe, except to Germany and Turkey.
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PGP puts finger in network storage dyke

Encryption specialist PGP will plug a sizable hole in its line-up this week with the release of its networked storage product NetShare.

Sling pitches revamped net TV boxes

Sling Media will bring its HD-oriented Slingbox Pro to the UK next year, along with the Slingbox AV and Slingbox Tuner the company also announced late last week, expanding its device line-up from one machine to three.
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Google gets nostalgic with garage buy

Google has gone back to its roots and, in the style of HP, has bought the house and garage in which founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin first established the company. The company has not said how much it paid for the property.

RIM BlackBerry Pearl 8100

Review Research in Motion's BlackBerry has, with its seamless email and sturdy workhorse ruggedness, captured the business market. But its bulky designs and lack of extras have put off many a consumer. That's all set to change with the introduction of the Pearl, RIM's first handset aimed slap bang at the consumer market...
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US geneticists scoop Nobel Prize for Medicine

The 2006 Nobel Prize for Medicine will be shared by Stanford's Andrew Fire and the University of Massachusetts' Craig Mello for their detective work on the phenomenon of RNA interference (RNAi), which has the potential to revolutionise medicine.
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Microsoft Zune, Apple iPod go head-to-head on web

Microsoft's Zune music player doesn't ship in the US until 14 November, but the gadget has already begun appearing in public - and being compared directly to Apple's latest '5.5G' video iPod. One blogger, Jake Ludington, has even posted a set of snaps of the two gadgets side by side.

Intel invests $9.88m in PowerVR developer

Intel is to pump £5.28m ($9.88m) into UK-based graphics chip designer Imagination Technologies. The chip giant also said it had extended its licence to use Imagination's video and graphics processing cores - as, separately, did Texas Instruments.
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Vista hit by EC fears and McAfee ire

More bad news for Microsoft's delayed operating system Vista - the European Commission is widening an investigation into whether or not it breaches competition law.

BDE swallows The Systems Practice

Business software reseller BDE Group has bought up the Sage business of rival The Systems Practice (TSP) for an undisclosed sum.
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MIT promises safer, more efficient nuclear plants

Researchers at MIT have developed technology they say will boost the power output of nuclear power plants by 50 per cent, and make them safer to run.
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EU.biz mired by complex security systems

European companies are becoming bogged down in their increasingly complicated IT security arrangements, according to new research.

Ageia preps PCI Express games physics card

Physics processor chip specialist Ageia is about to launch a PCI Express version of its PhysX card, the company told Reg Hardware today. Considering that Ageia had PCI-E and PCI production samples in March, it's a wonder it has taken them this long to announce product.
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Siemens creates hardship fund for BenQ workers

Siemens' board voted this weekend to forgo a planned 30 per cent pay rise in order to set up a €30m hardship fund for workers affected by the closure of the German handset business it offloaded to BenQ last year.

Nvidia's 'G80' to ship mid-November?

Nvidia will unveil the world's first DirectX10 GPU, codenamed 'G80' but expected to ship as the GeForce 8800, in the middle of this coming November, it has been claimed.
Hard Reg, 02 2006
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Software wails on mobile muggers

A new weapon in the battle against mobile mugging and data theft hits the streets today. The people behind Remote XT software claim backing from the rozzers, in the form of the Met and the Mobile Industry Crime Action Forum.

Sony's next Flash Walkman details slip out

Sony will next week launch its latest Flash-based digital audio player, if online retailers' listings of the as-yet-unannounced Walkman NWS700 series devices are anything to go by.
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BT's musical Vision

BT has signed up Sony BMG to provide exclusive music video content for its forthcoming BT Vision IPTV service.

Tesco launches own-brand software

First there was the computers for schools scheme, now Tesco is releasing software for all.

UK's superfast Uni network hobbled by Aberdeen collapse

Updated A mysterious equipment failure has crippled part of the UK's superfast educational network JANET (Joint Academic Network).
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Job cuts loom at Los Alamos Lab

The arrival of a new master at Los Alamos National Laboratory will likely result in a rapid fire layoff, officials revealed last week.
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Progress Software: its challenges

Comment Historically, Progress Software built its business around its 4GL (which it now refers to as an ABL—Advanced Business Language) and its database. And the company succeeded by focusing on the mid-market and a channel model for reaching that market. In other words, it was a company that targeted small and medium-sized businesses and, at the high end, the small enterprise market. However, that is changing and the company faces transitioning issues.

DVD Jon opens Apple DRM for profit and pleasure

DVD Jon is back in the public eye with a method of reverse-engineering Fairplay, Apple's digital rights management software. He thinks Apple won't stop his efforts to turn his technology into cash.

Seagate preserves Maxtor brand for channel freshness

Seagate has begun selling Maxtor-branded desktop and notebook PC hard drives through its distribution network worldwide.
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Alphacidal Capellas dives into Silver Lake

Admitted Alpha killer and professional golden parachute artist Mike Capellas has joined investment firm Silver Lake Partners.