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Adobe

Adobe Q1 income up, revenue down

Adobe recorded a healthy boost in income despite a fall in sales, in preparation of the forthcoming Creative Suite upgrade.
Gavin Clarke, 21 Mar 2007

Oracle beats up on BEA

Larry Ellison cited middleware rival BEA Systems to Wall Street as proof that Oracle can and will prevail over SAP in business applications and oRed Hat in Linux.
Gavin Clarke, 21 Mar 2007

Anatomy of an eBay scam

Fraudulent listings on eBay continue to pile up, and the online auctioneer appears to be incapable of proactively putting an end to them.
Dan Goodin, 21 Mar 2007
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CD WOW! fined for contempt of court

A group of record labels has won its High Court case against online music retailer CD WOW!, which was found to have infringed copyright and been in contempt of court over an earlier order.
OUT-LAW.COM, 21 Mar 2007

Ten reasons why you should buy a Mac

Yes, you can accept Apple's logic that "it all just works" straight out of the packaging, but there are better reasons for moving to a Mac than a factor that's just as true of modern PCs these days.
Tony Smith, 21 Mar 2007

DLT tape reaching end of reel

DLT has lost the tape war and could be replaced by the open LTO standard in as little as two years, according to Rick Belluzzo, the CEO of Quantum, which owns DLT.
Bryan Betts, 21 Mar 2007
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SuperMicro unsheathes SuperBlade

High density computing can also mean high energy efficiency, SuperMicro claimed as it announced SuperBlade, a bladeserver capable of supporting up to 40 processors in a 7U-high box.
Bryan Betts, 21 Mar 2007
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Lager-swilling boffins crack secret of darts

Anyone wishing to give Eric "The Crafty Cockney" Bristow a run for his money at the oche has been offered a mathematical helping hand by a crack team from Aberdeen University, the Daily Telegraph reports.
Lester Haines, 21 Mar 2007

Mag bets on black Xbox 360 for April

Microsoft's rumoured black Xbox 360 will find its way into eager gamers' hands in late April. It's said to pack a 120GB hard drive and - a much-requested feature, this - an HDMI port.
Tony Smith, 21 Mar 2007
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Brown's last Budget: predictions

Today sees what most people believe will be Gordon Brown's last Budget before he ascends to Tony Blair's throne.
John Oates, 21 Mar 2007
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Charity offers 'life size' virtual whale on web

The Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society (WCDS), "the global voice for the protection of whales, dolphins and their environment", has launched a "life size blue whale interactive banner", which can be seen here.
Lewis Page, 21 Mar 2007
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NZ plans four-nippled sheep

New Zealand scientists plan to tackle the thorny problem of ewes producing more lambs than they have nipples to accommodate, by simply upping mum's teat-count, Stuff.co.nz reports.
Lester Haines, 21 Mar 2007
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RFID chips will force changes to ePrivacy Directive

The European Commission will make changes to the Privacy and Electronic Communications Directive to take account of the exploding market in radio frequency identification (RFID) chips, it has said.
OUT-LAW.COM, 21 Mar 2007

Palm purchased by Friday?

Nokia is on the verge of buying Palm, with an announcement said to be due tomorrow, the day the PDA pioneer is due to report its latest quarterly financial results. Or maybe the buyer's Motorola. Or venture capitalist Texas Pacific Group. Or maybe Silver Lake Partners.
Tony Smith, 21 Mar 2007
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US wants all 10 fingerprints on entry

The US will increase the amount of information it holds on foreign visitors when it takes all 10 fingerprints from air travellers rather than the usual two.
OUT-LAW.COM, 21 Mar 2007

Samsung conjures up Gold, Brown Magic phones

Metal phones are all the rage - at least in South Korea, where local handset maker Samsung this week introduced a freash pair of alloy-clad phones into its Magic family. Joining the Magic Silver: Magic Gold and Magic... er... Brown.
Tony Smith, 21 Mar 2007
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Arc completes MBO

Arc Technology Distribution has completed a management buyout (MBO) of its majority shareholder Owen Dukes.
Kelly Fiveash, 21 Mar 2007
globalisation

Nexsan shrink-wraps archiving

Storage subsystem developer Nexsan Technologies has introduced two standardised file archiving appliances, aimed at helping small and mid-sized businesses store their digital documents online.
Bryan Betts, 21 Mar 2007
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Gateway denies talks with Acer

Tawain's Acer is not in talks to acquire Gateway, the California-based computer maker said yesterday.
Kelly Fiveash, 21 Mar 2007
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The Federation goes soft on file sharing

The Federation, the UK trade association that prosecutes people for copying software, is letting individual file sharers off the hook and going after corporate software pirates instead.
Mark Ballard, 21 Mar 2007

Second LG Shine phone to fold... literally

LG has taken the tin-foil off a clamshell version of its metal-clad slider phone, Shine. It also introduced a new version of the original Shine with an added digital satellite TV receiver.
Tony Smith, 21 Mar 2007
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US Navy refuses sonar details in whale lawsuit

The US Navy on Tuesday played its "state secrets" joker in ongoing attempts to resist a whale-saving lawsuit by an environmental group.
Lewis Page, 21 Mar 2007
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Archaeologists sniff out world's oldest perfumes

Archaeologists have unearthed the world's oldest perfumes on the island of Cyprus - 4,000-year-old sweet smelling concoctions brewed from lavender, bay, rosemary, pine or coriander, the Daily Telegraph reports.
Lester Haines, 21 Mar 2007
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Skype users to get PayPal

Skype will soon offer users the ability to transfer money using PayPal.
John Oates, 21 Mar 2007

Italian consumers taking PS3s home already

Italian gamers have got their hands on Sony's PlayStation 3 two days before anyone else in Europe as local retailers flipped the finger at the consumer electronics giant's launch target of first thing this coming Friday.
Tony Smith, 21 Mar 2007
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Orange broadband down, but up again

Orange experienced broadband problems over the weekend, but says only a small percentage of customers were affected and the service is now up and running again.
John Oates, 21 Mar 2007
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Does MySpace really help artists?

Column The Long Tail theory posits that the infinite shelf space made possible by the internet enhances the market value for "niche products". In the case of the music, that means indie artists. Unfortunately, the real benefit of the Long Tail flows to the distributor, not the artist.
Steve Gordon, 21 Mar 2007
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Virgin Media 'front runner' in Pipex bidding war

Away from its high-profile battle with the Murdoch empire, Virgin Media is preparing to swallow second division ISP Pipex, according to reports.
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LG software update to fix frozen Aussie TVs

LG has admitted its code caused some of its LCD and plasma TVs to freeze during certain digital broadcasts transmitted by Australia's Nine Network. The South Korean giant apologised for any inconvenience caused and pledged to fix the troubled tellies.
Tony Smith, 21 Mar 2007
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Aspiring Capgemini workers fight for more pay

Unionised IT workers on HM Revenue & Customs £8bn Aspire contract have voted to take industrial action in protest at a below-inflation pay offer from their employer, Capgemini.
Mark Ballard, 21 Mar 2007
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Fortran developer John Backus dies

Obituary John W Backus, team leader of the original FORTRAN development team at IBM, died on 17 March at the respectable age of 82.
David Norfolk, 21 Mar 2007
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Security flap as Scottish council loses USB key

Pay details of scores of workers of Perth and Kinross Council has been found on a memory stick left in the street. The security lapse could have exposed workers to ID theft, the Perth Advertiser reports.
John Leyden, 21 Mar 2007
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TV's cyber-jihad slot exposes al Qaeda's web ops. Or not

Analysis Depressing evidence that the US news big deals have jumped the rails flows daily in the war on terror. Take 60 Minutes' recent special on "jihad.com." Reported by Scott Pelley and produced by Harry Radcliffe, the 800lb gorilla of US journalism led with the tired story of al Qaeda in cyberspace.
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Falcon 1 finally claws way into space

The Falcon 1 "budget" rocket developed by PayPal founder Elon Musk finally made it to space early this morning (GMT) - a tad under a year after a previous launch attempt ended in disaster.
Lester Haines, 21 Mar 2007
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Star Wars exhibition to land in London

Having already proved popular in Japan, France and Portugal, Star Wars: The Exhibition will be shown in County Hall, London from 5 May this year.
Scott Snowden, 21 Mar 2007
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Brown's Budget: cuts basic rate

Gordon Brown's last Budget speech laid out the achievements he claims to have made since 1997 and cut the basic rate of income tax from 22 pence in the pound to 20 pence.
John Oates, 21 Mar 2007
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MoD to stop using 'dumb' cluster weapons

The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) made a push for the moral high ground yesterday, announcing that the British forces would cease to use “dumb” cluster munitions with immediate effect.
Lewis Page, 21 Mar 2007
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A monkey hanger's guide to Net Neutrality

Yesterday, Westminster eForum staged the first debate in the UK on "Net Neutrality" - chaired by former DTI minister Alun Michael and Shadow DTI Charles Hendry. El Reg gave a brief presentation. Here it is, with selected highlights, and a collection of external links for further reading.
Andrew Orlowski, 21 Mar 2007
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Hungarians demand ejection of Piresan immigrants

Two thirds of Hungarians polled for their opinion of dole-scrounging immigrants from Piresa demanded "absolutely no asylum" for the parasitic newcomers, Ananova reports.
Lester Haines, 21 Mar 2007

Apple TV goes on sale

Apple has at last confirmed what pre-order customers already knew: its Apple TV set-top box is flying out of the warehouse doors straight to buyers. It'll arrive in Apple's offline stores in the US this week, it said.
Tony Smith, 21 Mar 2007
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Vodafone.net says 'sorry'

Vodafone.net's email service is finally up and running after long-suffering users were forced to wait at least five days to access their mail.
Kelly Fiveash, 21 Mar 2007
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Judge boots out Google delisting suit

A US federal judge has thrown out a defamation suit against Google, brought after the advertising firm's PageRank search engine relegated parenting links site KinderStart.com.

Kensington unpacks breast cancer benefit mouse

Accessory specialist Kensington has lent its support to charity Breast Cancer Campaign by offering ten per cent of the money it makes selling its new pink Si750 wireless optical mouse.
Hard Reg, 21 Mar 2007
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Most UK companies ignoring WEEE directive

The majority of companies who should have signed up to WEEE directive schemes last week have failed to do so. But that's all right because the Environment Agency is not taking enforcement action even though the deadline has passed.
John Oates, 21 Mar 2007
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Segways to invade Netherlands

Oppressed Dutch Segway enthusiasts have seen the light at the end of their winter anguish, with the Dutch transport ministry promising to review its ban on their use in the flat-as-a-pancake arcadia.
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Euro roaming charges to fall 70% by summer

European mobile phone roaming charges should collapse as much 70 per cent by the summer, following a vote in the European Parliament today.
Joe Fay, 21 Mar 2007
HP

HP installs Barre as EMEA channel chief

Antoine Barre has taken over as vice president of Hewlett Packard's channel organisation in Europe, Middle East and Africa.
Kelly Fiveash, 21 Mar 2007
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Two sailors die on UK nuclear sub

Two sailors were killed this morning in an accident on nuclear submarine HMS Tireless, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has confirmed.
Lester Haines, 21 Mar 2007
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US Patent Office says P2P threatens national security

The US Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) has launched a stinging attack on peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing services, publishing a report (pdf) from its Office of International Relations earlier this month.
Lewis Page, 21 Mar 2007
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Say hi to the internet-controlled car

Technology has been developed which allows motorists to control and track their cars on the internet.
John Leyden, 21 Mar 2007
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SanDisk and Hynix buddy up

SanDisk and Hynix Semiconductor have reached a patent cross-licensing agreement covering Flash memory products from both companies and have come to terms over production supply.
Austin Modine, 21 Mar 2007
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Sportingbet set free in Louisiana

Online gambling giant Sportingbook announced today in a statement that the State of Louisiana had canceled all outstanding arrest warrants issued against current or former employees, including ex-CEO Peter Dicks.
Burke Hansen, 21 Mar 2007
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Guilty plea in alleged internet steroid ring

A former doctor from New York state has pleaded guilty to a charge related to a multistate ring that allegedly used the internet to sell $40m worth of steroids to professional athletes.
Dan Goodin, 21 Mar 2007
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Fighting torture with copyright

Column For the French, the business of exploiting available laws, directives and other rules is an art form. One such inventive use of the constraints is the 'greve du zele' ('working to rules' strike action) where those on strike work more, not less.
David Mery, 21 Mar 2007
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Neteller to pay up as feds ease up

In more good news for the online gambling industry, Neteller today announced that it has reached an agreement with the US Department of Justice (DOJ) to return funds belonging to American players that had been frozen at the DOJ's request .
Burke Hansen, 21 Mar 2007
Sony PlayStation 3

UK cops clamp down on midnight PS3 launch

London's Oxford Street Virgin Megastore will be the only shop in the centre of the capital to offer Sony PlayStation 3s at midnight tomorrow - thanks to the actions of Westminster Council and the Metropolitan Police. The reason? Local government and law enforcement officials fear they won't be able to cope with the crowds.
Scott Snowden, 21 Mar 2007
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Man hijacks 90 eBay accounts

An Australian man pleaded guilty to breaking into eBay and a local bank to steal AU$42,000 (about $34,000), in a case that demonstrates the problem of account takeovers on the auction site.
Dan Goodin, 21 Mar 2007
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Six individuals suspected of using stolen TJX data

Six individuals have beendetained in Florida for suspicion of fraud by using credit card information stolen from TJX. It is the first arrests connected with the theft of customer details from the company, which owns retail outlets including TJ Maxx, Marshalls, HomeGoods and A J Wright.
Dan Goodin, 21 Mar 2007

Alaska and Dell team on $38bn bungle

A database service call went rather awry when a network specialist accidentally wiped a hard-drive containing Alaska's $38bn Oil Fund. The multi-billion-dollar boner was performed under the watchful eyes of a Dell storage specialist working on a remote desktop session, a report obtained today by The Register has revealed.
Austin Modine, 21 Mar 2007

Novell's tiny regret in Microsoft deal

If Novell's chief executive has any regrets about slipping between the sheets with Microsoft, it's around Microsoft's push for IP protection.
Gavin Clarke, 21 Mar 2007