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Broadcom signs licensing pact with Verizon

Broadcom announced their Q2 profit took a 68 per cent plunge today, but scored a victory in a long-in-the-tooth patent dispute with Qualcomm.

Microsoft grows despite Windows Vista

Not that you'd know it from Microsoft's results, or projected revenue, but the giant launched a brand-spanking new version of Windows this year.
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Google earnings less astronomical than expected

How much does Wall Street expect from Google? Two days after Yahoo! announced a quarterly earnings drop, Google said its revenue was up 58 per cent, and financial analysts wanted to know what went wrong.
Cade Metz, 20 2007
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Harry Potter and the Chancers of eBay

Here's a Friday morning poser for you: a US book distributor accidently sends you a copy of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows pretty well a week before the official launch of what's expected to be the fastest-selling book of all time. What do you do?

Wattson to make electricity monitoring elementary?

You might question the green credentials of yet another plastic-constructed, mains-driven gadget, but the Wattson home energy monitor has the potential to make us all play closer attention to our everyday power use.

AMD halted market share slump in Q2, says analyst

For the last six months, AMD's market share has been on the wane as arch-rival Intel regained much of the lead it lost to the smaller chip maker during 2006. But new figures show AMD's slide may have come to a halt.

Sun breaks into U-Verse

Comment Sun has broken into the AT&T IPTV account with its Sun Fire X4600 servers, which are either to be used as part of the U-Verse video-on-demand server system or to offer extra IP services over the top.
Faultline, 20 2007
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DVLA urged to consider number plate recognition

An NAO report has said the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) should consider using automatic number plate recognition to estimate the level of vehicle tax evasion.
Kablenet, 20 2007

AMD posts Catalyst 7.7

AMD has posted the latest version of its Catalyst driver package for ATI Radeon graphics chips. The new version, 7.7, focuses on enhancements to AMD's Avivo image enhancement technology, but it also incorporates some performance tweaks.

Sony to simplify home cinema with all-in-one Bravia

If you've already considered a home cinema system but been put off by the thought of all that bulky equipment and complicated set-up procedures, Sony thinks it has the answer for you: the Bravia DAV-X10.
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Users to force green IT agenda

The UK's first end user environmental IT board has commissioned a report on green IT issues.
Kablenet, 20 2007
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US patent reform clears House hurdle

A proposed law revolutionising US patent legislation has passed through a vital committee of the House of Representatives. The bill has got further than previous attempts at such reform.

Dell parks notebook in Carphone Warehouse

Dell’s channel tyre-kicking stepped up a gear this week when it emerged that Carphone Warehouse is offering one of the vendor’s laptops as part of a broadband deal.
Joe Fay, 20 2007

Wii sales top 3m in Japan

Nintendo has sold more than 3m Wii games consoles in Japan, local games magazine publisher Enterbrain has claimed. Earlier this week, it said Sony had shipped 1.01m PlayStation 3s in the country.

Speeding up the net - is it possible?

The best way to get reliable performance out of a wide area network (WAN) is to install your own high-speed gigabit fibre optic cables between all the locations in your organisation. This could provide seemingly unlimited bandwidth for your employees to use the applications they like and not have to think twice about the volume of content they send around the network.

Star Wars laptops - for the Jedi in you

Although the Star Wars Darth Vader "laptop" is marketed as a learning device, we're not sure if it truly is something for the kids or more for you die-hard fans of the Dark Side.
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Should you treat IT as an investment portfolio...

It's hard enough trying to run one development project, let alone several. Managing a whole portfolio of projects across a business can easily be compared to juggling Faberge eggs in a tornado, with only one arm.
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BOFH: Operation bean the beancounter

Episode 25 Episode 25 "Okay, so where are we at?" I ask the PFY as I review plan 32 beta. "Right then," the PFY responds with the ruthless efficiency of a seasoned professional. "32 Beta is a GO! At oh seven thirty and I printed 12 copies of >shuffle< this >shuffle< picture to various printers around the building." "Ah," I say …
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USB market sprouts wooden Flash drive

It's got a sort of earthy, ecowarrior appeal, we suppose. Yes, someone's taken a 2GB USB Flash drive and embedded it in a wooden case complete with rough string neckband.
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Rittenmeyer takes CEO job at EDS

Services giant EDS has named Ron Rittenmeyer as CEO, two years after he joined the firm.
Joe Fay, 20 2007
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Stealth bombers to get bunker-nobbling weapons

American stealth bombers will soon be equipped to drop the Massive Ordnance Penetrator (MOP), the gigantic deep-bunker-blasting bomb currently being developed by the Yanks.

Hackers saw through iPhone AT&T shackles

Hackers have succeeded in (partially) unlocking the iPhone so Apple's much-hyped device can be used on at least one network other than AT&T.

Peak readies three-in-one Flash card

We've seen SD-sized adaptors for Micro SD memory cards, and we've seen SD cards that can morph into USB connectors, but this is the first product we've come across that does both.
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DARPA seeks 'Deep Green' battle computer

The scientists and engineers of DARPA (The Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency), the Pentagon's gateway to the technological left field, have struck again. The bulgy-bonced battle boffins have decided to sink some cash into an effort to develop a super-intelligent battle computer system which will enable US soldiers to be invincible in the field.
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German firm grabs iSoft in £160m raid

iSoft has left putative partner IBA fuming at the altar and run off with German health technology outfit CompuGROUP.
Joe Fay, 20 2007
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Vote now for the ultimate 'nom de sex'

Reader poll Well, our recent invitation to you, our beloved readers, to submit a "nom de sex" - based on the name of your first pet and the first street you lived on - provoked a huge and highly entertaining response.

Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 2.67GHz desktop processor

Review Earlier this week, we reviewed the impressive yet ridiculously expensive Intel Core 2 Extreme QX6850. Now it's the turn of another processor Intel announced this week, one that you can actually afford, the Core 2 Duo E6750.
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Woman's fiery Mac rage as Germans get hot under the collar

Rings around the world Everyone was hung-up on mobile phone action this week, and not all of it was i-shaped. In fact, in some quarters, the Apple-flavoured letter was altogether dropped. O2 said it was serving notice on its i-mode service less than two years after it brought the Japanese mobile web technology to Europe, …
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Vodafone forced to recognise Connect

Vodafone UK has been forced to recognise the Connect union, the Central Arbitration Committee has ruled.
Bill Ray, 20 2007
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Japanese P2P leak cop fired

A Japanese policeman has been fired after he was held responsible for accidentally leaking confidential information via peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing software installed on his work PC.
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Taser markets electric cattleprod gun to the laydeez

It's well known that if you want to sell women stuff, it needs to be pink. There's just something about the colour that triggers a possessive lust in their illogical minds, forcing them to buy things. Apparently.
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Capgemini wins government-backed kids database contract

Capgemini has won a £40m six-year contract to build and host a ContactPoint database containing information about UK children.
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Google sees big money in tiny cell sites

Search giant Google has joined investors pouring $25m into femtocell technology company Ubiquisys, endorsing the technology that aims to put tiny little 3G cell sites into every home.
Bill Ray, 20 2007
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Vodafone sinks to new low

"Set in attractive parkland with more than 20,000 trees and shrubs and a series of linked central ponds" is how Vodafone describes their headquarters in Newbury; failing to mention that the building is currently full of water too.
Bill Ray, 20 2007
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Supercomputer Wars: IBM vs. Sun vs. Google vs. Quantum Boxes

Meat Cast Last week, thousands of you did the right thing by tuning into our first Meat Cast on blade servers. You're now smarter than the average data center hack and have the blade scene down. Go ahead - lord your knowledge over friends, family and co-workers.

Acer countersues HP in PC patent row

A patent dispute between Acer and Hewlett-Packard just got a little more litigious as the Taiwan-based computer giant parries two lawsuits filed by HP with a counterclaim of its own.

HP and MIT form worldwide digital archiving group

HP and MIT have formed an independent organization to support the work of digital archivists who use the DSpace open source archiving software.
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Google ponies up $4.6bn for wireless spectrum

Google's riches are exceeded only by its cheek. When the Federal Communications Commission auctions off the coveted 700-MHz wireless spectrum, the search giant has said it will lay down a bid of $4.6bn - provided the auction is handled exactly the way Google wants it handled.
Cade Metz, 20 2007
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Ask.com unveils anti-Google tool

As Google plays games with its cookies, semi-rival Ask.com is actually getting serious about privacy.
Cade Metz, 20 2007