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Google back to wowing Wall Street

Google still has a knack for wowing Wall Street.
Cade Metz, 19 2007

Analysts ecstatic over AMD's $226m loss in Q3

You have to appreciate Wall Street's unending desire to see AMD - the ultimate underdog - succeed.

Sony reaffirms IBM as 45nm Cell partner

Sony and IBM have renewed their processor development partnership and agreed to co-operate on work to take the PS3's Cell chip into the 45nm era.

Thai police nab manhunt suspect

Thai police have arrested a suspected paedophile who became the subject of an international manhunt.
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Bankers could get a kicking on Day of the MiFIDs

Storage Expo Ambulance-chasing lawyers will have a big new target from next month - the financial services industry. So said PJ Di Giammarino, a consultant and keynote speaker at Storage Expo this week.
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Kiwi brewery offers lifetime's beer for stolen laptop

A Kiwi brewery is offering a "lifetime supply" of beer in exchange for the return of a stolen laptop.

IBM and Sun reseller goes into administration

Exclusive: Productivity Computer Solutions, an IBM and Sun reseller based in Wakefield, has gone into administration.

Ixos unveils cubic speakers, not for squares

We thought Cubism was old hat, but it’s back, in audio form. Ixos has created a cube-shaped portable speaker for use with all sorts of musical devices, including iPods.
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IP telephony: does it float your boat?

Reader Poll IP telephony (IPT) solutions have been in the market for quite a while and our research indicates continued and growing activity in this area. However, the issue of service and call quality is still frequently mentioned in the press, with references to small businesses in particular ripping out their VoIP/IPT solutions and going back to analogue telephony. Sounds a bit drastic, so we thought we would check this out further.
Dale Vile, 19 2007
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Tech deals boost M&A activity

Over €5bn was spent on mergers and acquisitions involving Irish firms in the third quarter, with tech-related M&As among the most valuable deals.

Xbox 360 wrests US sales lead from Wii

Microsoft's Xbox 360 outsold the hugely popular Nintendo Wii in the US last month as consumers caught Halo 3 fever, sales figures from local market watcher NPD reveal.
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UK fast food peppered with salt

A probe into the culinary offerings of the UK's favourite fast food restaurants has found "shockingly high levels of salt in some family, individual, and children's meal options", which in many cases could result in kids receiving well over their maximum daily recommended limit in just one sitting.
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Neanderthals had key speech gene, researchers say

Neanderthals may have a reputation in popular culture as a lumbering, grunting people, but researchers have discovered that they did have a gene thought to play a key role in speech.
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Did MoD chopper buzz sunbathing au pair?

An Eastbourne couple has claimed in London's High Court that a Ministry of Defence (MoD) helicopter wrecked their award-winning conservatory while the crew attempted to "communicate" with a sunbathing au pair.
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Ask.com firm palms off Excite Europe

Still remember Excite? The web portal also-ran used to be somebody in times of internet yore.

Apple, Tesco 'most to blame' for music biz crisis

A new report suggests that Apple and Tesco, not P2P file sharers, should take the most blame for the woes of the British music industry.

Slingbox Pro networkable TV tuner

Review When we recently reviewed Sling Media's Slingbox Solo, we noted that the lack of a TV could limit its usefulness for quite a few folk. Well, now it's the turn of the other new - in the UK at least - Slingbox, one that does have a tuner: the Slingbox Pro.
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BOFH: The bastard wants to know

Episode 35½ Episode 35½ IT is a complex business and let's face it, hard to keep up with. At some stage in your career you're going to pass the point of no return where the next technological leap means as much to you as human rights to a defence contractor. But have you passed this point already? Are you just pretending to be the IT …

BT blows £250m on wind power

BT is investing a whopping £250m in a series of wind farms that will generate 25 per cent of the firm's energy requirements by 2016.

Audioengine shrinks audiophile speakers for desktops

US speaker maker Audioengine has released a desktop version of its integrated-amplifier A5 shelf speaker set. The A2 set incorporate materials like kevlar and silk to produce a sound that the company claimed belied the speakers' low cost.
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Ballmer: I will buy 20 web companies a year

Steve Ballmer has told an audience of foaming Silicon Valley start-up types exactly what they want to hear: he will buy 20 web companies a year for the next five years.

Record labels to ditch CD singles for USB Flash drives

USB Flash drives will soon appear in record stores in a bid by major music labels to build up sales of physical media in the post-CD era.
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Beautiful faces, Trojans and Fasthosts

It’s the end of the week. Thinking about that after work pint? Getting ready for the Rugby final?
Joe Fay, 19 2007
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EU plans ban on bomb-making info on websites

European Union Justice, Freedom (sic) & Security Commissioner Franco Frattini yesterday turned up the volume on terror threats, ahead of the EU's adoption of "an ambitious counter terrorism package" next month. Terrorists, said Frattini, seek new technology, could deploy bioterrorism with devastating effect, and if they got hold of weapons of mass destruction "the consequences would be catastrophic."

Apple iPhone is AT&T's top-selling handset - analyst

Love it or loathe it, there's no denying Apple's iPhone is popular. According to market watcher Strategy Analytics, the Apple handset has become AT&T's top-selling phone, accounting for 13 per cent of the carrier's device sales.

PS3 Eye digicam to arrive next week

Sony has finally announced that its PS3 Eye camera will hit European shop shelves next week, bundled with an interactive board game.
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Public tracks down Gordon Bennett

We're pleased to report that eagle-eyed amateur linguistic sleuths have tracked down the earliest sighting yet of Gordon Bennett, whose name has long been held to be a euphemism for "gorblimey", itself from "God blind me".
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Banking data fears over Fasthosts intruder

Investigators are racing to establish whether the intruder who hacked into a server at Gloucester-based web host Fasthosts stole banking information.

Bad hair day for alternative browser users

There's bad news for users of alternative browsers this Friday, with both Opera and Firefox subject to security vulnerabilities.
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Air chief: UK should have RAF astronaut

The head of the Royal Air Force (RAF) has said the UK should have a manned space programme, and that his organisation should provide astronauts.
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Women's panties threaten Burmese Junta

The Burmese military is facing an unexpected threat from female opponents to its regime - a deluge of panties dispatched to the country's embassies in a "culturally insulting gesture of protest" against its recent crackdown on protestors.
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The first rule of Reg Club is...

OK, we all know why we're here, so let's get straight down to it. We've looked at your suggestions for the rules of Reg Club and whittled them down to an definitive eight.
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Ships pollute more than planes

Ships pump out twice as much carbon dioxide as planes, according to new figures from the maritime industry body Intertanko.

Becta reports Microsoft to OFT

The British Educational Communications and Technology Agency (Becta) has referred Microsoft to the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) for alleged anti-competitive practices in the schools software market.
Kablenet, 19 2007
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Judge orders football website to name 'libellous' posters

A UK judge has ordered a football fans' website to hand over details of posters who made potentially defamatory remarks about directors of Sheffield Wednesday. The move, in what's being viewed as a test case, has implications for the owners of, and posters on, other football chat websites.
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Watson suspended by research lab after race row

James Watson, the Nobel prize-winning scientist who caused an uproar earlier this week with his comments to a Sunday newspaper has been suspended by his research laboratory.
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Cisco denies Brazilian tax lambada

Cisco has denied wrongdoing in the tax fraud scandal that engulfed its Brazilian tentacle earlier this week.
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Igor-style human, animal parts assembly on horizon

Topflight Mancunian scientists believe they will soon pioneer an improved technique for splicing together human nerves. This could offer a range of benefits, not least the ability to assemble huge, powerful bodies out of miscellaneous human parts and implanted brains harvested from condemned criminal maniacs.

Ears turn to USB for virtual 7.1 sound source

Want to take advantage of 7.1-channel sound sources but your computer's only capable stereo output? If so, this little gadget could be just what you need.
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Leprechaun steals Gandalf's trousers, is offered starring role in The Hobbit

Comments Microsoft has announced its intention to try to read our minds. Saying it wants to better understand human-computer interaction, the mega-corporation has filed a patent for a psychic alternative to those irritating surveys no one likes. You were full of dystopian predictions:

Cannon runs amok, kills nine fleshies

South Africa authorities are investigating how nine soldiers were killed and 15 injured during a training exercise when an anti-aircraft gun went haywire.

Of opposable thumbs and software engineering

It’s been almost 200 years since Charles Babbage first started work on his difference engine, and programmable computation is fast approaching 100 years old.

'Fiendish' Trojan pickpockets eBay users

Miscreants have unleashed a new strain of a sophisticated Trojan that targets eBay users by feeding them spoofed web pages containing fraudulent information about high-ticket purchases, The Register has learned. It has already contributed to an $8,600 loss by one eBay member.
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Are PCs doomed to banality? Let's ask legend Dave Patterson

Radio Reg Talk to a computing legend like Dave Patterson, and you're bound to happen on some unexpected discoveries.
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American football power nabs phone numbers for 13,000 StubHubers

First, the New England Patriots used surveillance equipment to spy on the New York Jets. And now they've used a Massachusetts state court to spy on up to 13,000 people who use StubHub.com.
Cade Metz, 19 2007