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Apple's record Q1 no match for pessimism over economy

Apple reported its best quarter ever, as sales of iPods, Macs and iPhones lifted profit by a staggering 57 per cent. But unexpectedly low guidance for the current quarter, combined with flattening iPod sales in the US, sparked analyst concerns that a flagging US economy might dampen Apple's future.
Dan Goodin, 23 Jan 2008
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Phone with foldable e-paper display to get summer roll-out

Manufacturer Polymer Vision has announced that its Readius e-reader, which features a foldable, roll-out 5in screen, will finally hit stores later this year.
James Sherwood, 23 Jan 2008
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IT tackles benefit cheats

Technology is helping catch benefits cheats but there are doubts about a key case management system, according to a new report by the National Audit Office (NAO)
Kablenet, 23 Jan 2008
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Spotted in the wild: Home router attack serves up counterfeit pages

A security researcher says he has observed criminals using a new form of attack that causes victims to visit spoofed banking pages by secretly making changes to their high-speed home routers.
Dan Goodin, 23 Jan 2008
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Two in court on Motorola insider dealing charges

The Financial Services Authority (FSA) has taken two men to court over allegations of insider dealing during Motorola's takeover of TTP Communications.
John Oates, 23 Jan 2008
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Drive-by download menace spreading fast

Booby-trapped web pages are growing at an alarming rate with unsuspecting firms acting for nurseries for botnet farmers, according to a new study.
John Leyden, 23 Jan 2008

AMD rolls out Hybrid Graphics on budget DX10.1 GPUs

AMD has rolled out its anticipated ATI Radeon HD 3400 and 3600 graphics chip families, pitching the DirectX 10.1 parts right at the budget end of the business.
Tony Smith, 23 Jan 2008
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Nintendo sells 5m Wiis in Japan

Nintendo has now sold more than 5m Wii consoles in its home territory, reaching that point six weeks sooner than Sony's PS2 took, but not as quickly as Nintendo's own DS handheld.
Tony Smith, 23 Jan 2008
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Dwarves hidden in sports bags target Swedish coaches

Swedish police are quizzing "people of limited stature" with criminal records following a spate of robberies from the cargo holds of coaches - possibly carried out by dwarves smuggled onboard in sports bags.
Lester Haines, 23 Jan 2008
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Cisco draws up certification for design wannabes

Cisco has beefed up its reseller certification programme to give customers the opportunity to get involved with the firm's network architecture strategy.
Kelly Fiveash, 23 Jan 2008

HD DVD player sales share slumps

This month hasn't just seen a relative decline in US HD DVD software sales - purchases of players appear to be down to, the latest figures from market watcher NPD suggest.
Tony Smith, 23 Jan 2008
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Tiscali chief plots sell-off

Tiscali customers and employees can look forward to more turmoil in the next two years. The Italian-owned group's boss Tommaso Pompei says he's expecting to sell up to rivals as it struggles to compete with richer players in the broadband market.
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Sony denies Euro, US white PS3 plan despite FCC filing

Sony has talked down rumours that the white PlayStation 3 is on its way to North America and/or Europe, despite the company filing suggestive documents with the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
James Sherwood, 23 Jan 2008
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Civil servants still sticking unencrypted data in the post

Groundhog Data Today's story of a cretinous government data giveaway is brought to you by... the Ministry of Justice.
John Oates, 23 Jan 2008

Dell XPS M1330 laptop

Review Dell’s XPS range has been synonymous with high-performance gaming computers. However, once it acquired gaming manufacturer Alienware, a subtle shift in branding saw some less focused multimedia-based machines being pushed out under the XPS banner.
Andrew Tiney, 23 Jan 2008
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ID cards delayed until 2012

The British government is delaying the roll out of the national ID card scheme to UK citizens, according to leaked documents obtained by the Tory party.
John Oates, 23 Jan 2008
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Ferrari-totalling ex-Gizmondo boss out of jail

Stefan 'Fat Steffe' Eriksson, the former boss of bankrupt videogame gadget outfit Gizmondo, is set to be booted out of the US having served his time in the Big House.
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Google and eBay thwart phishing redirection ruse

High-profile websites have cleaned up their act after a small team of security researchers documented how they were unwittingly helping phishing fraudsters.
John Leyden, 23 Jan 2008
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Illegal immigrants spared the gamma-ray scanner

The French have banned Brit border guards at Calais from deploying immigrant-hunting gamma-ray scanners, claiming they breach EU health and safety regulations and can only be used with the intended targets' written permission.
Lester Haines, 23 Jan 2008
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IBM bags fleet of global comms resellers

Big Blue has enlisted the likes of Cisco, NEC and Nortel as it reaches out for a larger chunk of the unified communications market.
Kelly Fiveash, 23 Jan 2008

Linux-less Eee PC launched in Japan

Asus has formally launched its bonsai laptop, the Eee PC, in Japan, pre-installing the machine with Windows XP Home Edition rather than Linux.
Tony Smith, 23 Jan 2008
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Plantronics talks up Bluetooth headsetage

Audio accessory maker Plantronics has showcased two of its latest headsets, each able to simultaneously connect to multiple phones.
James Sherwood, 23 Jan 2008

AMD's 3870X2 GPU slips out despite last-minute delay

AMD's twin-GPU ATI Radeon HD 3870X2 isn't supposed to be announced until next week, but some graphics card suppliers have accidentally unveiled products based upon it.
Tony Smith, 23 Jan 2008
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Will Microsoft parachute Windows 7 in early?

Redmond has refused to spike speculation that it is racing to pump out its successor to Vista – Windows 7 – earlier than originally expected.
Kelly Fiveash, 23 Jan 2008
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Hull disappears off t'internet

Karoo, Hull's monopoly ADSL provider, has been hit by a major outage today that has forced much of the city's population offline.
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Moto phones in a billion dollar loss

Despite a new CEO, there are no signs yet of a turnaround for Motorola. The company's mobile phone division recorded a shocking quarter, with the unit's revenues down 38 per cent year-on-year, losing $388m along the way. Motorola's mobile division recorded a $1.2bn loss in 2007.
Andrew Orlowski, 23 Jan 2008
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EU president sets green plans in stone

The president of the European Union has outlined specific, binding national targets for European countries to reduce carbon emissions and use more renewable sources of power.
John Oates, 23 Jan 2008
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Three Little Pigs book deemed offensive to Muslims

A digital book based on the story of the Three Little Pigs has been rejected by judges presiding over the annual BETT awards of the government's educational technology tentacle, Becta, because the literary deployment of porkers "raises cultural issues".
Lester Haines, 23 Jan 2008
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Japanese delay won't stop Euro PSP Skype launch, says Sony

The launch of a version of Skype running on Sony's PlayStation Portable (PSP) will still go ahead in Europe and the US later this month, despite a delay affecting the software's Japanese roll-out.
James Sherwood, 23 Jan 2008
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Cisco buys into Cambridge pico firm

Networking giant Cisco is investing an undisclosed amount in ip.access - the Cambridge company which makes femtocells and picocells.
John Oates, 23 Jan 2008
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Brocade's Backbone wants control of the data center

Brocade has released the first product in its new data center platform aimed at extending the company's reach beyond the traditional SAN (storage area network) market.
Austin Modine, 23 Jan 2008
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Hogging the Trough: The EFF Strikes Back

The FCC is to investigate Comcast's network management practices. Last month here I gave an expert view on how the EFF, and other campaigners who called for an inquiry, don't understand the problems. Now Peter Eckserley, a copyright academic at the EFF, has responded to my article. Let's recap the story first.
Richard Bennett, 23 Jan 2008
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Domain name gaffe launches Clearswift clients into e-mail panic

A domain name snafu at Clearswift, a company that filters email and web pages for objectionable content, wreaked havoc on some of its business customers when admins awoke to find their organizations were unable to send or receive email.
Dan Goodin, 23 Jan 2008
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Last.fm unveils 'free global jukebox'

London-based music site Last.fm announced today that it has convinced all four major record labels to let its users listen to their catalogues on demand and for free, worldwide. There's a catch, though - listeners are limited to three plays of a particular song. Last.fm will offer a new subscription package for what it calls "unlimited access".
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VMware employs Stage Manager

VMware this week let loose yet another management product, which pushes the virtualization specialist deeper into the data center. Say 'hello' to the beta of VMware Stage Manager.
Ashlee Vance, 23 Jan 2008
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IBM hits back against over-timers with pay cut

IBM's technical support grunts may have won the battle for overtime pay, but the company has cooked a major catch to its peace agreement.
Austin Modine, 23 Jan 2008
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Hacked embassy websites found pushing malware

Add embassy websites to the growing list of hacked internet destinations trying to infect visitor PCs with malware.
Dan Goodin, 23 Jan 2008
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Designs for SpaceShipTwo displayed in New York

New designs for Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo rocket plane and the WhiteKnightTwo mothership were unveiled in New York today, supposedly bringing commercial space travel once step nearer.
Scott Snowden, 23 Jan 2008
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DDR2 chip prices rebound

The DRAM industry has seen DDR2 spot prices spike by 15-20 per cent in the past month, with eTT chips outpacing branded equivalents.
Kelly Fiveash, 23 Jan 2008
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Polyglot worm spreads over MSN

A namedropping MSN Trojan is doing the rounds through MSN Messenger.
John Leyden, 23 Jan 2008