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Reseller network back from the dead

Reseller network PCIQ, which went into administration in April last year, has been brought back from the dead.

Blair's petition website suffers too much love

Updated: Ten Downing street has had to stop showing signatories on its "E-Petitions" site - not this time because of daft petitions but apparently because it was overloaded with people protesting against software patents.

Computer waste law becomes active after long delays

Laws forcing suppliers of IT equipment to dispose of it free of charge in an environmentally sound manner have come into force in the UK.
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European network will target email and internet scams

Email, phone, prize draw and web shopping scams are being targeted by a new coalition of European consumer groups for the first time. The bulk of the Consumer Protection Co-Operation (CPC) Regulation came into force across Europe on 29th December.
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Gongs for OGCbs officials

Two senior officials at OGCbuying.solutions have been rewarded in the new year honours list for their services to procurement across government.
Kablenet, 04 2007
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Paris Hilton says no to sex doll honour

There's some bad news today for those of you dreaming that you might one day enjoy a roll in the hay with highly-talented video star Paris Hilton: the hotel heiress has declined an offer to have a sex doll made in her image.

Samsung touts twin-view mobile display

Samsung has developed an LCD capable of displaying two separate images independently. The South Korean giant reckons there's a market for PDAs and PMPs - the display's for mobile machines - that can show two images back to back.
Hard Reg, 04 2007

Industry vetted for school portals

Ten education suppliers have been given permission by BECTA, the procurement quango for education, to sell learning portals to schools and colleges.
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UK cabbie clocked at 420mph

A UK cabbie has broken the previous speed record for a petrol-driven reciprocating-engined vehicle by clocking up an impressive 420mph in a 30mph zone in Newport, Gwent.

LG to launch dual-format HD DVD, Blu-ray player

LG will next week unveil a consumer optical disc player capable of handling both HD DVD and Blu-ray Disc next-generation disc formats, it has emerged.
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Analysis, design, and never the twain shall meet

We bring you a new Reg Developer author, a specialist in crossing the chasm between analysis and design
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Computacenter buys services company Digica

Computacenter is buying Digica from its management shareholders and private equity groups Bridgepoint Capital and Lyceum Capital.
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Amazon launches handbag and shoe website

Ferdinand Marcos can be thankful he's dead, because Amazon yesterday announced it has launched a dedicated shoe and handbag website in the US "to tap into the growing footwear and accessories market".

Lynx Technology appoints new directors

Brief Lynx Technology has appointed former managing director of Lynx Wealth Management Systems John Mosedale as director of its Microsoft Business Unit. The company has also appointed Tim Bodill director of its Cisco Business Unit, ex-head of Microsoft's ISV Partner Group UK Jeremy Smith as Senior Business Development Manager and Mike Dunn as finance director. Roger Brown, the last finance director, is now commercial director. ®

Adobe scripting flaw unearthed

Users are advised to upgrade their Adobe Reader software following the discovery of a potential serious cross-site scripting bug. The vulnerability, which involves Adobe Reader 6.x and Adobe Reader 7.x, means it is possible to execute potential hostile JavaScript code simply by appending it to a PDF's URL.

Studio to end Blu-ray, HD DVD war with dual-format disc

Movie studio Warner Bros. will next week unveil an optical disc format capable of being played in both HD DVD and Blu-ray Disc (BD) machines, the company has revealed.

Netgear Digital Entertainer EVA700 wireless media streamer

Review Another day, another media streamer. True, the concept isn't a bad one - video content is best enjoyed on a big telly in the comfort of your lounge, rather than hunched up in front of a computer screen. But with numerous offerings on the market, there's little to tell them apart. Netgear's Digital Entertainer EVA700, however, has a nifty little feature up its sleeve...
Will Head, 04 2007

SanDisk spins Flash-fitted hard drive replacement

SanDisk has begun offering notebook manufacturers a 1.8in, 32GB Flash-based solid-state drive, the company announced today. It pitched the part as an energy efficient alternative to traditional hard drives for machines that will run Windows Vista.
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Kodak, Sony settle digicam patent spat

Kodak and Sony have given each other a hug and agreed to end their fight over which of them owns key digital camera intellectual property. They now both do, courtesy of a cross-licensing agreement the two have drawn up.
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0.26km Tube trip is most expensive on earth

UK tabloid The Sun is today making merry at the expense of London's Tube system with a splendid exposé on the world's most expensive train journey.
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NewNet braces for customer losses

NewNet's CEO Peter Coates-Buglear says the company is likely to lose "quite a few" heavy users due to its recent price rises but believes that is better than restricting bandwidth on the sly without telling customers. Subscribers to some of its services will see prices go up by nearly 60 per cent.

Vendors partner to promote Flash-fitted hard drives

Hitachi, Samsung, Seagate and Toshiba have come together to promote hard drives with integrated Flash caches, the better to persuade notebook manufacturers in particular to choose their offerings rather than rival technology from Intel.
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CeBIT 'expecting €6m loss'

CeBIT, Europe's biggest IT tradeshow, is expecting a €6m loss this year due to declining visitors and exhibitors. Deutsche Messe AG has organised CeBIT in Hannover each spring since 1986, but attendance is dropping, with only 200,000 visitors in 2006.
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Amazon boss fires up space vehicle

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos has released pictures and video of the first launch of his Goddard private spacecraft - rising majestically above Texas to a modest height of 85m.
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2007 to be hottest year ever, says Met Office

The UK's Meteorological Office predicts that 2007 will be the hottest on record, due to a combination of global warming and the El Niño weather phenomenon, Reuters reports.
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Cisco buys IronPort to push into anti-spam market

Networking giant Cisco Systems has agreed to buy email filtering and web security firm IronPort Systems for $830m in cash and shares. The deal, expected to close in Cisco's third quarter ending April 2007, pushes Cisco into the anti-spam market for the first time. The acquisition is Cisco's fifth largest to date, Reuters reports.
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BT connects 10 millionth punter

Despite predicting back in 2002 that the end of 2006 would see 5 million connections, in reality 10 million UK punters have signed up to broadband internet over ADSL.
Bill Ray, 04 2007
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Compuware buys Proxima

A key, but rarely considered metric that all developers should now be considering is the impact their code has on the experience of an end-user at the mercy of the service that the code delivers.
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Luvvies in a fluff over radio frequencies

Andrew Lloyd Webber has raised the terrifying prospect of the UK's song and dance folk being stripped of their wireless mikes by theatre-hating killjoys at Ofcom.
Bill Ray, 04 2007
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Brazilian court orders YouTube shutdown

A Brazilian court has ordered the closure of YouTube following the site's failure to completely remove a video showing Ronaldo's ex-missus and her new boyf indulging in a bit of beach rumpy-pumpy, Reuters reports.

Fujifilm sharpens image at entry level

Fujifilm has extended its entry-level A series of digital cameras, adding the FinePix A610 and A800, both equipped with the latest image capture electronics and image-processing circuitry, the company said.
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Easynet down again

Updated: Easynet customers are suffering downtime again today after failures at two of the company's co-location centres.

Amazon.com reveals iLife '07 update due

One certainty for Apple CEO Steve Jobs' Macworld Expo keynote next week: he'll announce iLife '07, the latest version of the company's consumer-friendly media tools suite. That, at least, is what Amazon.com is tacitly saying: it's posted a 'coming soon' entry for the software.
Hard Reg, 04 2007
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Blair supports Saddam video probe

Tony Blair has lent his support to the Iraqi probe into mobile phone video footage of Saddam Hussein's execution, The BBC reports. He did not, however, endorse deputy prime minister John Prescott's description of the way the hanging was handled as "deplorable", and Downing Street described this opinion as "personal".