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Intel flips optical bits and bobs to Emcore

Intel held an "everything must go" transponder sale this week, shipping the telecom bits of its Optical Platform division to EMCORE for $85m.
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T-Mobile (temporarily) halts Web 2.0rhea

For several days, many Twitter users in the US were unable to digitally vomit with their T-Mobile phones.
Cade Metz, 19 2007

Man siphons info for 300 credit cards from hotel kiosks

A former computer consultant has admitted to breaking in to more than 60 business kiosks at hotels and stealing credit card information during a three-day crime spree earlier this year.

Why Borland trashed its spreadsheet

Myths and legends Always remember, the compiler is your friend. Programming is stressful but no matter how many f**ks and b***ocks you might occasionally feel the need to insert into the comments, the compiler will always strip them out. It's great.
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3G still trapped at 2.1GHz

European mobile operators will have to wait a while before they can deploy 3G technology into 900 and 1800 MHz, thanks to a power struggle between the EU Commission and its Parliament.
Bill Ray, 19 2007
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US tech support outfit seeks pocket sniffer

Attention all IT freelancers with a couple of spare hours and a fully-functioning olfactory system: US tech support outfit Computer Assistant recently issued a request for a highly specialised onsite service:

Confusion marks StarOffice anniversary

As the tenth anniversary of Sun Microsystems' StarOffice acquisition approaches it grows increasingly difficult to fathom what Sun intends for its suite.
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Concerned comrades floor China's anti-graft website

A new Chinese government website aimed at encouraging comrades to report corruption was brought to its knees yesterday by a stampede of eager citizens, Reuters reports.
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Arthur C Clarke lists three wishes on 90th birthday

Famed sci-fi writer Sir Arthur C Clarke took a detour into the fairytale genre at his 90th birthday party this week, detailing his three wishes.

Tiger Team brings haxploitation to TV

The haxploitation genre is coming to the small screen with a forthcoming series about a team of penetration testers.
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Rio drug traffickers take exception to Santa's chopper

A Brazilian Santa en route to a kids' party in a Rio de Janeiro favela (slum) was forced to seek an alternative means of transport after drug traffickers opened fire on his helicopter, the Telegraph reports.

Centro a bright spot in Palm's quarterly results

Palm is still losing money, despite the Centro selling in record numbers (for Palm). The company lost $9.6m in the three months to 30 November, on revenues which are down 11 per cent on last year to $349 million.
Bill Ray, 19 2007
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700MHz attracts Paul Allen

The FCC has revealed the list of bidders interested in owning a little 700MHz, a spectrum due for release in January next year with the switch off of analogue TV.
Bill Ray, 19 2007

Intel delays quad-core Penryns to pummel Phenom?

Intel has delayed the release of a trio of 45nm 'Penryn' quad-core processors because, motherboard maker moles allege, AMD's Phenom chips aren't mounting a sufficient performance challenge.
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Microsoft spits out final XP service pack, beta version

Microsoft yesterday quietly dished out a beta version of its Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3), but also continued to bang the less-than-convincing "Vista is better for you" drum.
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Ofcom urged to clamp down on broadband speed deceit

Updated The Ofcom Consumer Panel has called on regulators to pull their fingers out and demand that ISPs are more honest with us about the limitations of broadband.
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Israeli eggheads in pinhead bible publishing breakthrough

Israeli scientists yesterday announced a major breakthrough in the important research field of minuscule religious book publishing, revealing that they had printed a complete Old Testament on a half-millimetre silicon chip.

Intel P45 chipset to support AMD's CrossFire X

Intel's upcoming discrete 'Eaglelake' chipset, the P45, will support AMD's new CrossFire X multi-GPU technology, it has emerged.
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Smurf gives Paris Hilton a mouthful

Paris Hilton allegedly got a bit of a mouthful from a Russian dwarf posing as a Smurf when she attempted to "adopt" a pair of the loveable characters at a Berlin Xmas market.

Canon PowerShot A460 compact camera

Review Quality used to cost. We all know that whenever we bought a consumer electronics product, part of what we paid went on the brand name. Well, things have changed and the Canon PowerShot A460 is sure testament to this, and a snip at just £70, the A460 is very much a budget-priced product.
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Milton Keynes council embraces WiMAX

Milton Keynes Council has launched what is thought to be the UK's first commercial wireless broadband service using WiMAX technology.
Kablenet, 19 2007
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Police shut non-urgent crime reporting portal

An internet portal to enable the public to report non-urgent crime has been closed following "serious defects and delays".
Kablenet, 19 2007

Philips sells set-top box biz to Pace

UK-based Pace Micro Technology has agreed to buy Philips' set-top box business in exchange for 70m of its shares - equivalent to 23 per cent of the business - the two consumer electronics companies said today.

Sony updates PS3 protein-probe program

Sony has rolled out the latest version of the Stanford University-created Folding@Home protein analysis utility for the PlayStation 3.
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TorrentSpy hands Hollywood victory

The Motion Picture Industry Ass of America has won an unexpected victory after a Los Angeles Court terminated a copyright lawsuit against TorrentSpy in its favour.
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US surgeon snaps patient's tattooed todger

An Arizona surgeon who used a mobile phone to photograph a patient's wedding tackle during a gallbladder operation may face disciplinary action and the wrath of his victim's attorney.

Open Office standards row heats up

Microsoft is facing growing criticism of its bid to have Office Open XML (OOXML) accepted as an international standard ahead of a crucial vote by the ISO scheduled for February.

Facebook accuses MP of impersonating MP

A Liberal Democrat MP suffered the online humiliation of having his Facebook account suspended after the social networking site decided he "wasn't real".
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Fire stations too much like fire stations, says Govt

You may not have noticed that you have a problem with fire stations, but fortunately the Department of Communities & Local Government is there to put you right. Today, the bit of government that is all that remains of John Prescott's expensive and ephemeral empire unveiled its "vision for a new generation of open, accessible, inviting and environmentally friendly fire stations" in the shape of its guide, Achieving Design Quality in Fire and Rescue Buildings.
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Supersonic stealth jumpjet rolls off production line

The plane which will replace the famous Harrier "jump jet" passed an important milestone yesterday, with the first production F-35B rolling off the assembly line at US builder Lockheed Martin.
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TV licence fee 'to fund Welfare For W*nkers'

It was ridicule from Register readers that helped kill one of the year's daftest ideas. The £150m-a-year "Public Service Publisher" quango is Ofcom Chief Ed Richards' pet initiative: he views this bold foray into gimmicky interactive games and Web 2.0-buzzword compliant websites as his "legacy".

Validus backers banking on swing to DC

Validus Systems said yesterday that it will throw a large wad of cash at developing data centre power infrastructure that uses direct current (DC) in the hope of lowering power consumption.
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Remembering the browser wars with Netscape's ex-CEO

Radio Reg Jim Barksdale refuses most interviews these days. He's no longer serving as, say, CIO of FedEx or CEO of Netscape and has little use for hacks. Still - via a bit of string pulling - we were able to secure the business and technology legend on Semi Coherent Computing.
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Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo! settle un-American activity claims

Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo! have spilled a total of $31.5m to settle claims they promoted one of the most un-American of activities: online gambling.
Cade Metz, 19 2007

Mainframe hopeful PSI sends lawyers at IBM in Europe

Platform Solutions Inc. (PSI) has opened up a European front in its war against IBM.
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Dell spills its Guts over Ubuntu gear

Dell has caught up to the Ubuntu release machine, adding the latest version of the operating system as a standard option with Linux-friendly laptop and desktop.
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Portuguese-speaking worm attacks Google Orkut users

Google's Orkut social networking site was hit by a quick-spreading worm that managed to infect a large number of users when they viewed messages that came from friends who were already exposed.