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CapGemini plans layoffs to win £40m renewal

Capgemini has offered to shift UK jobs overseas in a bid to retain its £40m contract to provide IT services for the retail chain Matalan, The Register has learned.

Reg Hardware £1,250 Daily Draw: five Nokia E65 phones to be won

Competition Nokia's brand new E65 handset. You can read Register Hardware's review of this mobile phone here, but why not try and win one too? We've got five of these bad boys to give away... one every day this week.
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SME broadband demand may slow: Analysys

European telecommunications firms must up their game to keep hold of their smaller business customers, according to market analysts.
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Guy Goma, YouTube and the BBC

Column Meejatarts, as my old friend Rupert calls us, will do almost anything for exposure. We're publicity whores. It's how we earn our daily crust.

MS readies 512MB Xbox 360 memory card

Microsoft will next month offer Xbox 360 gamers a 512MB memory module, a handy boost for owners of the hard drive-less incarnation's of the games console - they're currently limited to 64MB.
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iSoft in critical condition as NHS trusts seek alternatives

Updated The government's vision of an integrated computer system for the NHS is coming apart at the seams as NHS trusts are to start looking for alternative IT suppliers, The Guardian reports.
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How CIOs can win back the hearts and minds of users

Run Book is what IT data centre managers understand as the Application Run Book. This is the IT department "to do" list of problems to fix and the projects to deliver. This is a long and complex list, and keeping everything in sync, well co-ordinated, and efficiently using IT resources is a nightmare.

Shuttle launches performance flagship

Ladies and gentlemen, will you please welcome Shuttle's newest flagship quad-core small form-factor PC, the SD39P2, ready to tempt European gamers and lovers of high-speed computing with four-core fun.
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Big brother gets Web 2.0 makeover

Comment "When I use a word, it means just what I choose it to mean - nothing more and nothing less". - Humpty Dumpty in Wonderland
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Register Books tackles Ruby on Rails

Ruby is a dynamic, open source programming language with a focus on simplicity and productivity. Taking elements inspired by Perl, Small talk, Python and LISP (among others) Ruby has grown from its 1993 conception to become a much-used interpreted scripting language for Object-Oriented Programming.

Wii to win next-gen console war - just

And the winner of the next-generation console war is... Nintendo's Wii - at least according to market watcher IDC. In the short term, at least. It reckons Wii will "outship and outsell" the Xbox 360 and the PlayStation throughout this year and next.
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Transcend aims pearl-handled Flash drive

Don't know what a mother-of-pearl coated USB Flash drive should be "trendy", but manufacturer Transcend reckons it is. The slimline - 4.8mm thick - drive has 2GB of storage on board and includes software to let you use your apps on someone else's computer without leaving any files behind. All well and good, but will Transcend …
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Putting the graphic artist in the loop

One of the exciting ideas just now is Microsoft's WPF, formally Avalon.
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Cruise missile streaks across Google Earth

Once in a while, something really interesting pops up on Google Earth, and we're obliged today to reader Christopher Wagner for pointing us the direction of this spendid find in the skies above Utah:

Vista keygen hoax exposed

Doubts have arisen about the effectiveness of a Windows key generator package that allegedly offered a means to circumvent Microsoft's anti-piracy protection.
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Euro boffins warn of mass fish (etc) migration

The European Science Foundation has warned that climate change is already having a significant impact on marine life. Warmer seas and changing salinity levels are leading to unprecedented movements of species, threatening the stability of the marine ecosystem as a whole.
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Public toilet database features McDonald's worldwide

We're delighted to announce a new online initiative aimed at providing at-your-fingertips data on public toilet facilities worldwide.
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Wife's breasts entice German down pole

A German man who'd spent 10 days atop a 72-foot pole in protest at a conviction for fraud finally descended from his temporary eyrie after his missus sent up a topless snap of herself, Reuters reports.

Secure messaging firm touts encrypted comms

A British company, due to float on the Alternative Investment Market tomorrow, reckons it has the secret to secure mobile transactions.
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EC to re-examine Sony-BMG merger

The European Commission (EC) has launched an in-depth investigation into the merger of Sony and Bertelsman AG, despite having given the deal its blessing back in July of 2004.

Striking staff harry Fujitsu

Fujitsu Services has walked away from talks with striking UK staff for a second time after they refused to postpone industrial action while a compromise was being hammered out.
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Month of PHP bugs project launches

Security researchers have begun a month-long project to highlight security flaws in PHP, the popular scripting language.
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123-Reg apologises again

Registration and web hosting company 123-Reg has again apologised to customers hit by hardware problems which meant some customers' websites fell offline.

MS faces lawsuit over alleged Xbox 360 disc damage

A European lawyer has threatened to initiate legal action against Microsoft in the light of complaints from 800 Xbox 360 customers that their discs have been scratched by the console's DVD drive.
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UK gov wants to fingerprint kids

Home Office minister Liam Byrne told ITV1 television's The Sunday Edition that the Identity and Passport Service wanted to fingerprint all children over the age of 11 and keep their particulars on a database.
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Nuke boffin touts miracle wiper cloth

If you've ever been confronted with a spill of beryllium particles (and let's face it, who hasn't, from time to time) you'll know that sweeping the little blighters up is tricky work.

Big Blue searches BBC for Teletubbies

Updated: Big Blue and the BBC are teaming up to offer decent video searching of kids' content from CBeebies and CBBC.
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Red Hat frees Exadel

Red Hat announced today that it is making Exadel's Eclipse-based tool set available as open source through its JBoss division.
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Intel 'hacker' clears his name

A former Intel contractor has succeeded in crushing charges that he hacked into the chip giant's systems after a legal fight that lasted over a decade.

Jedi denounce UK sabre ban plan

The UK's Jedi community today expressed concerns that government plans to ban Samurai swords could hinder their freedom to wield lightsabres in public.

Panasonic packs Wi-Fi Skype phone with travel router

Panasonic has become the latest cordless-phone maker to offer a Skype-friendly Wi-Fi model. All the usual VoIP facilities are present and correct, but the KX-WP1050 also comes - all in a natty case - with a travel router.

AMD to miss Q1 sales target

AMD today smacked investors with a sales warning.

Hackers plant backdoor in blogging software

Bloging software organisation WordPress has warned that hackers posted compromised versions of its open source software after breaking into one of the servers behind its website.
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Microsoft's OneCare flunks anti-virus test

Microsoft's Live OneCare placed last in a test on the effectiveness of anti-virus security packages by Austrian researchers.
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PlusNet boss stands down

PlusNet CEO Lee Strafford has stood down about three months after the firm was sold to BT for £67m.
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Cisco double drops with second social network buy

Cisco tossed the market another curve ball over the weekend, when it swooped on Utah Street Networks, the San Francisco-based outfit behind soap dodger-friendly social network Tribe.net.

Doubts raised over Motorola, Apple AIDS charity campaign

The enormous marketing assault mounted by companies involved in the celebrity-backed Red campaign against AIDS has raised questions over whether it is effort best spent.

Fickle AMD rocked as channel gets revenge

AMD's obsession with top server and PC makers has proved costly. The chip maker claims to have focused on so-called Tier 1 OEMs at the expense of its longtime channel partners and now blames declining channel sales for its expected first quarter revenue miss.
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WorldCom CEO loses Supreme Court appeal bid

Former WorldCom CEO Bernard Ebbers lost his bid to get the US Supreme Court to hear the appeal of his conviction for presiding over the most spectacular accounting fraud in American history.
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Options probe forces RIM restatement

Research in Motion will restate three years of earnings following an internal stock options probe, the company said today. The aggregate effect of the revisions will lop $250m off RIM's historic earnings.
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Webcasters face doubling of royalties

The Library of Congress' copyright board, which sets the royalty rates for statutory licenses, proposes doubling the amount webcasters pay for their statutory license in the next the few years.
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Hacker steals crucial data from French Prez candidate

A cyber crook has stolen sensitive data from Jean-Marie Le Pen, a far-right contender for president of France. The breach may kill his chances of being able to run for the office.