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Nokia and T-Mobile USA pin their hopes on mobile Web 2.0

Analysis The US cellcos, traditionally behind their Asian and European counterparts in advanced mobile trends, are making up for all that by being the first truly to embrace the mobile internet and Web 2.0.

PalmSource name consigned to the Dustbin of History

As Palm basked in the glow of publicity surrounding its Treo 680 launch in New York today, its once co-joined software twin PalmSource slipped quietly from view.

D-Link calls for Brits to help find stolen routers

D-Link yesterday called on the British public to help it find 7,200 wireless starter kits stolen en route to its European logistics company.

Red iPod Nano ships

Updated Red, the Bono-front charity that promotes the problem of AIDS in Africa, will formally launch in the US today on the Oprah show, the organisation's website has just revealed. Kicking off the campaign: the much rumoured red version of Apple's iPod.
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EU e-Borders spending to rise

Spending on IT for border controls is set to increase around Europe over the next four years, according to a new Kable report.
Kablenet, 13 2006
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NASA to test space airbags

NASA is investing $600,000 in developing giant airbags that could one day replace traditional heat-shielding for spacecraft entering the Earth's atmosphere.
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HP's Hurd appoints old mate to ethics officer

HP has appointed a new chief ethics officer to replace Kevin Hunsaker whose role in overseeing the morality and legality of snooping on board members ended with his resignation to face criminal charges.
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Yahoo!'s pyramid scheme collapses

Mexican authorities have put the kibosh on Yahoo!'s plans to beam millions of text, video and picture messages into outer space.

Apple in code search profanity outrage

NSFW Our chums down at SecurityFocus recently warned that Google's new Code Search facility could allow developers' open source repositories to be "easily mined, allowing attackers to target programs that are likely to be flawed".
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Europe's IT sector outpacing telecoms

The European ICT market is expected to grow by 3.1 per cent to €644bn this year, according to new research.

Sapphire out to shock with overclocked Toxic cards

Graphics card maker Sapphire today took the wraps off what it claims is the "fastest add-in board on the planet" - the water-cooled Toxic X1950XTX. It also unveiled a "limited edition" Toxix X1950 CrossFire Edition board.

Dell kills Overland storage tie-up

Dell has crushed the hopes and dreams of Overland Storage by nixing a reselling deal that had yet to get going.
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Telefonica Germany gears up for quad play assault

Telefónica in Germany is gearing up for a full scale assault on the German IPTV market and said it will upgrade its core network using Siemens Communications to expand its inner-core backbone.
Faultline, 13 2006
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Taliban monster dope plants defy Canadian military

Afghanistan's fun-loving Taliban have deployed a hitherto unknown tactic in evading detection in their war against allied forces: take refuge in 10-foot high, fireproof marijuana forests.
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SMC seeks Cloud cover for Euro Skype phone

Pub based UK Wi-Fi network The Cloud has agreed a deal with Skype that it says will deliver the first mobile roaming Skype service on Wi-Fi handsets, at all 8,500 public Cloud Wi-Fi hotspots across Europe.
Faultline, 13 2006
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BOFH: Let the games begin

Episode 34 Episode 34 "Mmmm?" the PFY asks as the Boss hovers for another stretch in front of his desk. "It's this purchase order," the Boss says. "Mmmm?" the PFY repeats. "You spent 400 quid on your desktop to buy a...er...graphics card...with ...dual...head capability." "Yes, a Tasmanian graphics card, that's right." "I was under …
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Sony launches Walkman, wireless accessory cornucopia

Rather overshadowed by Sony's Walkman S700 series launch yesterday were a set of wireless accessories pitched at the company's music player line-up, including a Bluetooth dongle and earphones, and a Wi-Fi hi-fi unit.
Hard Reg, 13 2006
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Sun turns to EMC and HP for help selling storage

Long troubled by the art of selling storage, Sun Microsystems has decided that buttering up rivals might help it move gear. The company this week celebrated a new partner program with the likes of EMC and HP and finally announced its heterogeneous tape management plans.
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Sportingbet flogs US arm for $1

Following "a comprehensive legal and strategic review" Sportingbet has ditched its US betting, casino, and poker business.
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Norwegian museum champions gay animals

A new exhibition at Oslo Natural History Museum confirms what Aussie bovine lesbianism experts have known for some time: the animal world enjoys a bit of girl-on-girl or boy-on-boy as much as the next man - or woman.
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EU launches online gambling restrictions probe

European Commission competition officials are crying foul over plans by some European states to restrict foreign sports betting and gambling services from operating in their countries.
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Hubble pictures an emerging super galaxy

Hubble has sent back an image of the Spiderweb Galaxy sitting at the centre of what will become a huge galaxy. Hundreds of smaller galaxies are congregating around the Spiderweb Galaxy in what astronomers describe as "an emergent galaxy cluster".

Siemens Business Services rejigged again

Siemens Business Services (SBS) is reorganising and renaming itself again, as it bundles all its IT and software activities into one company.

Sony Ericsson 'Q's up Bond-branded camera phones

Sony Ericsson has announced a pair of silver-look limited edition version of its K800 and X790 camera phones to cash in on upcoming Bond flick Casino Royale. Both are pre-loaded with a wealth - it says here - of Bond ringtones, pictures and even the movie trailer.

Moto ships battery-based battery recharger

It sounds like a solution waiting for a problem, but Motorola's P970 battery-powered battery recharger has begun shipping, four months after the curved, PEBL-like gagdet was announced at the Singapore-hosted CommunicAsia 2006 show.
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The Danes are coming...

Danware is opening a UK subsidiary under the name NetOp Tech Ltd and is looking to recruit resellers.
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US DoJ probes SRAM pricing cartel claim?

The US Department of Justice's antitrust division is to probe the SRAM market, it has emerged. Yesterday, Cypress Semiconductor announced it was co-operating with the enquiry, and would "make available employees, documents and all other relevant information" to DoJ investigators.
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MS to pull security teams under Windows umbrella

Microsoft has moved its key security division into its Windows group as part of an ongoing reorganisation due to come into effect after the completion of development work on Windows Vista.

Microsoft tells EC it will ship Vista

Microsoft is going ahead with launching Vista in Europe and South Korea, in spite of fears the software could be delayed because of concerns from European and Korean competition regulators.
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HMRC poo-poos tax on BlackBerries

Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC) today dismissed claims in The Sun and The Times that changes to employee benefit rules mean BlackBerries are likely to be taxed as a personal benefit.
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Sony Ericsson deaf to P990i woes

Updated Aside from the questionable user interface features we've already discussed, some of Sony Ericsson's P990is seem to be suffering from stability issues - including random crashes and rebooting - so a complaint through the mobile company's website doesn't seem unreasonable.
Bill Ray, 13 2006
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This Goo is on You, or at least some call centre worker

You Goobers Few people in these parts doubted that a second helping of internet hysteria, venture capitalist madness and fiscal incontinence had come in to play. Now there's been a mega buy to confirm our fears. Cash-fat dandy Google gobbled up YouTube for $1.65bn. The deal gives Google a fat pipe to millions of users and lets …
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Can you pimp an inflatable sex doll?

South Korea's finest have a bit of poser on their hands: does the pimping of inflatable sex dolls breach the country's anti-prostitution laws?
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Bombless dirty bomber pleads guilty, press spreads the fallout

The terrorist "mastermind of a major conspiracy" yesterday entered a guilty plea in Woolwich Crown Court to a charge of conspiracy to murder. Dhiran Barot admitted planning a radioactive "dirty bomb" explosion which it was claimed would have caused "injury, fear, terror and chaos", and/or "fear, panic and social disruption". Barot also planned a coordinated series of attacks in the UK and US, with the "Gas Limos Project", involving three limousines filled with explosives and gas cylinders placed in underground car parks, being allegedly the principal attack planned.
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Students protest balluting Vista?

Letters Gartner issued a report this week saying that Vista is going to shake us all up like nothing since, er Windows 2000. You'll be shocked, shocked, to learn that not all El Reg's readers have not reacted with universal positivity to this news:

Oracle to provide clearer vulnerability ratings

Oracle is to start ranking the severity of security bugs it fixes using an industry-standard scoring system starting with its next quarterly patch update, due on 17 October.
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Vietnamese death row prisoner escapes the chop

A convicted Vietnamese heroin trafficker has avoided an appointment with the firing squad - by getting pregnant while on death row.
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Ireland off the hook

The European Commission is set to drop proceedings against Ireland for infringing European Union telecoms rules.
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Rooney scores!

Wayne Rooney has won back his domain namesake, WayneRooney.com, from disgruntled Everton fan and Welsh soap actor Huw Marshall.
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Florida judge orders copy of Bully for review

A US judge has ordered developer RockStar Games to hand over a pre-release copy of its controversial title 'Bully' for review. The judge will assess its content in a move that civil liberties activists say breaches free speech rights.

Netgear SPH101 Wi-Fi Skype phone

Review To date you've been very much PC-bound if you wanted to use Skype for making VoIP calls, something that has limited its appeal to a degree. Not so any more, as the first set of Wi-Fi phones for Skype has hit the market and Netgear was the first to submit one to Reg Hardware for review...
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Migrating Access to SQL made (almost) easy

Access dominates the PC platform and, over the years, has been used to create vast numbers of departmental databases. In their turn, many of these have slowly become mission critical and now need to be upgraded to a secure client-server engine.
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Collective intelligence consultants feel Reg readers' lash

Letters MIT's news Center for Collective Intelligence faces an uphill battle getting its cosmic crap turned into viable management consultancy. Or so say Reg readers, who have their own remedies for the New Age junk science crowd. The "collective intelligence" crowd now wants to unleash the power of consultancy on companies, and suggested which departments could be cut first. The list included operations. So instead, we wondered which management consultant functions companies might want to dispense with first – and threw the vote open to the "hive mind" of the Reg readership. This is what you told us.
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FCC pulls AT&T-BellSouth merger vote (again)

The Federal Communications Commission today postponed voting on the AT&T BellSouth merger until November.

AMD waves the Maple Leaf for Canadian regulators

The Canadian government has approved AMD's proposed takeover, of ATI, the home-grown graphics processor company.