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MacBooks, iPods power Apple's fourth quarter

Apple has broken yet another quarterly sales record thanks to the power of Mac and customer demand for Intel-based MacBooks outstripping supply. Apple shipped 1.6m Macs in its Q4, besting its previous record of 1.3m in Q1 2000. For the three months to September 30, Mac sales rose 37 per cent to $2.21bn, and accounted for 58 per cent of quarterly revenue, with notebooks totaling 61 per cent of all orders.
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Tech-dependence turns humans into pets - prediction

Bad news for believers in the "singularity". Instead of accelerating us into a race of cosmic superbeings, our reliance on technology will turn humans into a species of domesticated pets: docile and anti-social.
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UK.gov conference centre goes VoIP

The Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre in London's Westminster has hooked up to Verizon's VoIP service, giving users discounted calling and free connections to other Verizon VoIP customers.
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Logitech picks up Slim Devices for $20m

Slim Devices, maker of the Squeezebox networked digital music player, has been plugged into mouse manufacturer Logitech, the two firms announced last night. Logitech will pay $20m in cash for the firm - maybe more if the new subsidiary hits undisclosed future revenue targets.
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Universal sues video sharing sites

Universal Music Group (UMG) said it has filed law suits against two online video sharing websites, Grouper and Bolt, alleging copyright infringement.
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Ofcom changes premium rate rules

Telecoms and media regulator Ofcom will change the rules governing premium rate phone services to include mobile based services next month, it has said. It is making the change to clear up what it calls "ambiguity" in the current rules.
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eBay/PayPal ring up profit

Online auctioneer eBay grew revenues by 31 per cent to $1.45bn in the third quarter ended 30 September 2006.
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Risk management that deals with the imperfect world

In comment and analysis on the energy market losses experienced by the hedge fund Aramanth, a number of market commentators have remarked that the losses occurred from what was termed "a ninth sigma" event — "an event with a probability so low that such events simply do not happen".

ATI: all our GPUs will be 80nm by July 2007

ATI may have only just shipped its first 80nm graphics chip - the Radeon X1950 Pro, reviewed here - but it's already talking about the 45nm node. It's out to adopt such a process by 2008, a senior staffer has revealed.

HP knocks Dell off PC pedestal without trying

HP has snatched the PC crown from Dell's barely coherent clutches. It has taken HP close to three years to once again lead the market in worldwide PC sales. Under CEO Carly Fiorina and post Compaq, the company largely gave up on the tit-for-tat struggle with Dell for the PC top spot that had been so important to it over the years. Now it has reclaimed the #1 slot during the third quarter on the back of Dell's self-destruction.

Feds allege Samsung, Hynix execs fixed DRAM prices

Two Samsung executives and a senior Hynix employee have been formally charged with conspiring to fix DRAM prices worldwide between 1 April 2001 and 15 June 2002, US antitrust investigators with the Department of Justice announced yesterday.
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Swedish file sharers fined

Two men who made music and films available for download over the internet have been fined by courts in two separate cases in Sweden on Wednesday, according to Swedish site The Local.

IE7 unleashed

Microsoft's much-anticipated IE7 browser is finally available for download, 18 months after Bill Gates announced plans to deliver Redmond's first major upgrade to its browser software since the release of IE6 in August 2001.
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Scientists stitch up cloaking device

A transatlantic team of researchers has taken a big step towards their cloak of invisibility by successfully hiding a cylinder from microwaves, according to the journal Science and tabloid, The Sun.
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Lizard Alliance targets Turkish PM

RoTM What must be the most high-profile Lizard Alliance attempt yet to wrest control of Planet Earth from its current human masters came earlier this week when Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan was temporarily captured by his armoured limo.

ModSecurity 2.0 hits the streets

Interview ModSecurity is an open source web application firewall that runs as an Apache module, and version 2.0 offers many new features and improvements. Federico Biancuzzi interviewed Ivan Ristic to discuss the new logging system, events tracking and correlation, filtering AJAX or AFLAX applications, and just-in-time patching for closed source applications.
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Information disclosure bug blights IE7 release

Security researchers have already discovered an information disclosure vulnerability in IE7 hours after the release (story here) of Microsoft's long-awaited browser software upgrade.

PS3 delays, burning batteries undermine Sony profits

Sony has slashed its annual earnings forecast by 38 per cent. The consumer electronics giant blamed the cut on its worldwide laptop battery recall, the need to reduce the launch price of the PlayStation 3 in Japan and delay its European release, and below-expectations sales of the PlayStation Portable.

Juniper's Q3 profit remains a mystery

Juniper Networks managed a ho-hum third quarter, as far as we can tell. The company continues to play hide-and-seek with profit figures, while it tries to sort out some accounting, er, issues.
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Highways Agency deploys giant street-cleaning magnet

Travis Bickle has finally got his wish. As the mohicaned vigilante said in Taxi Driver: "Someday a real rain will come and wash all this scum off the streets. And, hopefully, someday a really big magnet will come and pick up all the potentially hazardous metallic waste from the hard shoulder of the M4..."

Intel cans second-generation Centrino chips

Intel has reportedly told customers they will no longer be able to buy 'Dothan' Pentium M processors come January 2007. These processors - and, indeed, other components of the 'Sonoma' generation of the company's Centrino platform - now have a December deadline for orders.
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Intel to bring vPro tech to laptops with Centrino Pro?

We've seen Centrino and, more recently, Centrino Duo, but will you now please welcome Centrino Pro, said to be the go-to-market brand for upcoming business-oriented laptops incorporating Intel's vPro technologies.

Silver Peak climbs to new record

Storage Expo Silver Peak claims it's retaken the high ground in WAN optimisation by adding a model which it says is capable of processing up to 500Mbit/s with all its acceleration features turned on. Previously, its range topped out at 155Mbit/s.
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Researchers launch digital Darwin archive

The complete works of Charles Darwin have been digitised and made available online. The project was originally intended to aid researchers, but now everyone will be able to read the notebooks of the man credited with developing the theory of evolution.
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Ugandan demonstrates how not to recycle munitions

An attempt last Saturday by a Uganda man to recycle an unexploded artillery shell ended rather badly when he ill-advisedly decided to melt it down for scrap, Reuters reports.
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Storage Expo: who's excited?

Blog At times, the show floor at Storage Expo looks beardier than the biennial Taliban ZZ Top fan club dinner and no dancing. We've come to terms with it though: this is the fugly end of IT, rampant hirsutism is to be expected.
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Ryan's ID express still waiting for a platform

The British government is still trying to work out how it will implement the ID scheme, six months after it was approved by Parliament.

Sony Ericsson kit in demand as world phone sales surge

World+dog bought 256.2m mobile phones during Q3 - 21.9 per more than they bought in the year-ago quarter. Most of the handsets acquired during the three-month period were made by Nokia, but fourth-placed Sony Ericsson showed the highest year-on-year growth, market watcher Strategy Analytics (SA) said today.

Microsoft promises more info for security firms

Microsoft has promised McAfee and Symantec that it will provide more API information during online briefings later today.

Hard drives get even harder

Storage Expo If your applications are slow even on Fibre Channel hard disks, Baydel reckons it has the answer - a 3.5-inch 4Gbit Fibre Channel drive full of Flash memory.
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US stakes claim on space

The US has claimed "dibs" on the Universe with its new space policy. The document, signed by President Bush, was released on a Friday, just before a long weekend in the States. This, in itself has caused a bit of a stir, but not more so than the tone and content of the document.

Vertu talks up mobile telephone for toffs

Posh people's phone maker Vertu has announced its latest handset, Constellation, details of which emerged back in August through an unofficial posting on the web. Apparently bothered by the leak, Vertu has post-dated its announcement back to May 2006 to ensure it was first with the news.
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No, not that Boston

Storage Expo Sometimes at shows like this - especially with the US vendors mostly saving up for SNW in Orlando in a fortnight's time - it's the smaller British companies that have the interesting gear.
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IP phone man's Vonage hell

Vonage has apologised after coding slip-ups caused one of its customers to be billed 80 times - at a cost £5.99 per occasion - for changes to accounts that didn't belong to him.
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Web 2.0 vs mobile phones

Symbian Show Sketch Hoping some Californian magic pixie dust might fall upon the sleepy world of telephony, the Symbian Smartphone Show organisers devoted an afternoon of presentations to the topic of "Social Media". Would Web 2.0 make it to the phone?
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Brits keep it simple in Somerset

Storage Expo If you reckon storage is getting way too complicated and layered, you're not alone. It's the rationale behind M5 Data, a Somerset-based start-up which claims its upcoming Richmond tape libraries will provide high density and scalability, with no added fuss.
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Nokia maintains spot as mobile top dog

Nokia has consolidated its position as the world's leading mobile phone maker and announced a 20 per cent rise in net sales during its fiscal third quarter.
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O2 cuts roaming charges ahead of regulation

O2 customers roaming to Spain can receive free calls, and make them for 25 pence a minute, by paying £5 up front for a month's discount.
Bill Ray, 19 2006
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Flying stingray stabs Florida man

A Florida man is in a critical condition after a 5ft-wide, 30lb stingray "jumped onto his boat and stabbed him in the chest", AP reports.
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BT Vision gains speed with new content deal

BT has signed deals with MTV, Paramount Comedy, and Nickelodeon UK to provide content for the BT Vision service due to be launched this autumn.
Bill Ray, 19 2006
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Death threats force art website to close

The website of Michel van Rijn, the self-styled inkslinger investigating and reporting on the global illicit art trade, has closed up shop.
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UK police share data to foil child abuse

UK police have begun trials of a system that makes it easier for investigators to share information on online child abuse cases.
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CNET hack severs ties with Second Life CEO after Reg probe

Proof has emerged this week that making too much of your Second Life can have very real consequences on your First – rather more real – Life.
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Opera hit by buffer overflow glitch

Opera users are being urged to upgrade to a new version of the browser following the discovery of a potentially serious security bug.
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Hitachi pays out in patent dispute with employee

A Japanese inventor has won a patent dispute with his employer which will net him 163 million yen (£733,000) in compensation for his research on optical disks.

Mobiboo UTstarcom F3000 Wi-Fi VoIP phone

Review Most Wi-Fi VoIP phones on the market today are designed to work with Skype, and almost all of them a candybar handsets. Not so the UTstarcom F3000, which UK VoIP company Mobiboo is pitching as the Mobiboo 3000. It not only works with the standard SIP VoIP protocol but it's also a clamshell handset...
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Ex-Gizmondo exec on trial for Ferrari theft

A Swedish former executive of Gizmondo, the crash and burn handheld games firm, was in a Los Angeles court today, standing trial for drunken driving, car theft and embezzlement.
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Rivers of gold flow through Google's Q3

The Google ad steamroller shows no sign of slowing down, with the company reporting a huge increase in net income in Q3.

Fiorina plays ingenue in media show trial

Carly Fiorina has pleaded naïvety in handling fame as Hewlett-Packard Co's boss, but justified her actions saying she was revitalizing HP's flagging brand - not promoting herself.
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Blacklisted AllofMP3 slams 'capricious' Visa and Mastercard

Mediaservices, the owner of the controversial music download site AllofMP3, will pursue "every avenue" to overturn the decisions of Visa and Mastercard to stop processing payments to the company.