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How and why MySQL grabbed $1bn in five weeks

Radio Reg When one of technology's major players lays down $1bn for an open source software maker, the Open Season crew must swing into action. To our credit, we swung in style this week, getting Sun - the acquirer - software chief Rich Green and MySQL - the acquired - CEO Marten Mickos on the horn.

IBM ignores foundering economy with top notch Q4

IBM did its best to calm fears of an imploding economy by posting strong fourth quarter results and issuing an optimistic take on the months to come.
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Developer heads are in the cloud, Andreessen says

Marc Andreessen predicts a future where systems companies like Sun Microsystems see their volume businesses shrink and massive online services providers become prime customers.

AMD gains altitude in Q4 but hit by ATI scud missle

AMD says its chugging ever-closer to profitability. Perhaps it's right. The chip fabbing second-banana's losses shrunk in the fourth quarter of '07 — well, sort of.
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Seagate posts good-ish quarter, fuels Wall Street jitters

Seagate's fiscal '08 second quarter net income nearly tripled from a year ago and revenue jumped 14 per cent.
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Software firm bills council over high website traffic

A software firm has unsuccessfully billed a local authority £10,000 after its website received lots of traffic from the council. The bill was based on a claim that Derby Council staff were using a free web tool for work purposes.
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Digital deals screwing the indie labels?

Must the digital music revolution screw the little guy? Kevin Arnold, founder of major digital distributor IODA, thinks not. Arnold issued a warning for labels not to do direct deals with internet companies that can't or won't pay them - or only pay them peanuts.
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Your views on the Green debate

Poll Results The Americans are ahead again. This time it's in their negative attitudes towards the "green imperative". We asked for your feedback in December and followed up with a quick poll in January. Our thanks to the 3,000 or so folk who responded. But what a stark contrast between North American respondents and the rest of the English-speaking world.

Jobs: Blu-ray wins HD format war then loses to downloads

Blu-ray Disc beat HD DVD, but who cares? Downloads, not physical media, are the future of HD content consumption. So said Apple CEO Steve Jobs this week, a comment that's a distant echo of allegations made by Transformers director Michael Bay last year.

Finance watchdog warns about being 'seduced' by IT partnerships

The Audit Commission says councils must be not be "seduced by the warm language of partnerships".
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HTC Pharos smartphone lit up on web

Pharos, an upcoming GPS-enabled HTC smartphone, has made an unscheduled early appearance on the web. The handset is also known as the P3470.
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Carphone results flat but outlook unchanged

Carphone Warehouse increased retail revenues by 13 per cent for the 13 weeks ended 29 December 2007, but saw a like-for-like increase of just one per cent.
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Got an amicable a*se? We have the job for you

The Healthcare Informaticists among you looking to pick up a healthy £45-50k a year down in southwest England might want to have a shufti at this opportunity on totaljobs.com.

Carl Zeiss tries its hand at iPod-friendly video goggles

If you’re literally looking for new ways to watch videos, then cast your eyes over the Cinemizer specs - goggles that display pictures right before your very eyes.

Wii Fit gets mat

As UK gamers await the arrival of Wii Fit, one intrepid retailer has already seen the game's potential for accessory sales.
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Mexico and Africa to become malware hotspots

Central America, India, China and Africa are likely to become the hotspots of malware production and cybercrime over the next five years, according to an analysis by net security firm F-secure.
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US Army proto-Dalek combat robots enter testing

Monster Pentagon contractors Boeing and SAIC jointly announced today that two of their latest offerings for the future robot armies of America have entered military testing early. The machines in question are a relatively dull lightweight groundcrawler job and a frankly splendid ducted-fan flying Dalek.
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Arbor snaps up Ellacoya to move out of security ghetto

Network security tools firm Arbor has sealed a deal to acquire broadband service optimisation firm Ellacoya Networks. Terms of the deal, announced Thursday, were undisclosed.
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US biotech firm in new human cloning claim

An obscure California biotech company says it has cloned the first embryos from adult human DNA. It's a claim that has been made by frauds and crackpot cults in the past, but the news been greeted with a sceptical welcome by other scientists.

Mickey Mouse CIO joins Microsoft

Microsoft said yesterday that it has hired Disney man Tony Scott, who will replace sacked chief information officer Stuart Scott.
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Nude Italian models in kit-on protest

Italian nude models have hit art schools where it hurts by resolutely refusing to get their kit off in a strike over pay and conditions, the Times reports.
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BOFH: Defusing the enthusiast

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Researchers share video contact lens vision

Boffins in America have finally put aside childish things and set themselves to the task of genuinely benefiting humanity, according to reports. The US brainboxes believe they are well on the way to designing contact lenses with video screens in them.

USB 3.0-sporting devices start to appear... sort of

USB 3.0 hasn't yet been fully completed but it's implementation could come more quickly than its predecessor's did. Vendors are already starting to prepare their computer hardware for the new bus standard. Today, for example, we saw an upcoming Asus notebook with a pair of USB 3.0 ports.

Sparks fly over electric shock dealing Dell laptop

Some Dell laptop owners may be in for a shock, but not because of a sudden price crash on its machines. It’s because a number of customers claim they are receiving electric shocks when they touch their laptops.
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BBC: Death by a thousand top-slices

BBC executives may be demanding emergency supplies of jelly as they digest the latest statement from the Culture Minister today. The corporation should share revenue raised by the TV license fee with other media companies, James Purnell said yesterday.

Apple MacBook Air

Unwired Video Preview After Steve Jobs' Macworld Expo keynote, we got our hands his latest product announcement - the stunning MacBook Air laptop...
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EC goes after Microsoft, Sun buys MySQL and Oracle buys BEA

Electric supercar running flat Tesla, the alleged electric sports car, is still having problems. The company is laying off staff this week and warning those that have pre-ordered that the car will arrive with an interim transmission.
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Heathrow 777 crash flattens servers

Yesterday's crash-landing of a BA Boeing 777 at Heathrow had the unfortunate knock-on effect of flattening the servers of the Professional Pilots Rumour Network (PPRuNe).
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Microsoft puts dusty, old Office code on web

Microsoft has made technical information for its older binary Office document formats available for download following pressure from participants in the ongoing, somewhat fiery, standardisation debate.
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Bobby Fischer checkmated at 64

Former US citizen and chess grandmaster Bobby Fischer died yesterday in a Reykjavik hospital aged 64, the Evening Standard reports. The cause of his death is not known, but he'd been ill for some time.
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Storm Worm turns one

Thursday marked the first anniversary of the infamous Storm Worm. Created by a Russian-based criminal network, the malware rapidly infected millions of PCs in Europe and North America and continues to be a problem.
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Germans send teen tearaway to Siberia

The German authorities have packed off a violent 16-year-old youth to fend for himself in a remote Siberian village in the hope the "intensive educational experience" will cure him of his anti-social tendencies.
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Lindsay Lohan packed off to morgue

Talented thespiatrix and drunk driver Lindsay Lohan will do two four hour shifts in a morgue as part of a court-ordered programme designed to hammer home to DUI perps the consequences of getting sloshed behind the wheel.

Vote for the World's Worst Unboxing

Competition It's Friday afternoon, a guilty trail of Bombay Mix leads from the server room to the pub, and that can only mean one thing: it's time for another Reg Competition. This time it's something special. We want you to Shame The Guilty caught taking part in one of Web 2.0's sickest acts: the Unboxing Ritual.

Epson Stylus D120 colour inkjet printer

Review In some cases, replacing inkjet cartridges can work out almost as expensive as buying a new printer. What makes one machine stand out from another, aside from operating costs, is print quality - and as an effective home office offering, the Epson Stylus D120 is worth a look.
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Pentagon in $75m electropulse blast-ray programme

Despite decades of disappointment, plucky Pentagon boffinry chiefs continue to seek a working electromagnetic pulse weapon - the dreaded, circuitry-frying "e-bomb".
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Skype blocks poison movie peril

Skype said it has blocked a bug that created a means for hackers to attack vulnerable Windows PCs using malicious video files.

AT&T to replace 17,000 IPTV box batteries

AT&T is to replace 17,000 batteries used as a power source for its IPTV service, following a series of fires and explosions.
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Chinese firm sets legal dragons on Microsoft

A small Beijing software firm is taking Microsoft to court, alleging that it hasn't been keeping its end of a bargain to license technology for converting the Roman alphabet into Chinese characters.
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Sprint axes 4,000 jobs, closes 125 stores

US mobile phone provider Sprint Nextel said today it will slash around 4,000 jobs and close about eight per cent of its stores, in an attempt to claw back costs in the face of a haemorrhaging customer base.
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Mashups haunted by past experience

I have lived through re-orgs, outsourcing and off-the-shelf applications being shoehorned into niche markets by over-zealous management. The latest trend in software, though, is for user-generated mashups.

From water wheels to the Google brain

Radio Reg Semi-Coherent Computing listeners who have yet to read Nick Carr's new book The Big Switch will almost certainly want to pick up a copy.

Personal data for 650,000 customers vanishes into thin air

Personal information belonging to more than 650,000 US customers of J.C. Penney and other retailers is at risk after the company hired to safeguard the data lost a backup tape.

Supermicro plays Earth-child card with SAS storage chassis

Supermicro has a new line of 3U SAS storage systems its punting as "Earth-friendly" boxen. Which is fine. Everyone says that. But let's step back and consider that.
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Rackable kicks Xeon 7000 chips into fresh, beefy server

Rackable Systems is launching a new four-socket server using Intel's dual- and quad-core Xeon 7200 and 7300 processors.