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LSI buys Infineon's disk biz

LSI is pushing Germany's Infineon Technologies out of its market by acquiring the company's hard drive business for an undisclosed sum.
Austin Modine, 11 Mar 2008

EMC buys web services startup Infra

EMC is showing the world today that it's a brave little guy about the rejection of a hostile $178m takeover bid from Iomega.
Austin Modine, 11 Mar 2008
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EU investigates DOJ internet gambling tactics

The European Union launched an investigation today into discriminatory trade practices by the United States in the internet gambling industry, according to a press release from the European Commission. The move could pave the way for a formal complaint with the World Trade Organization.
Burke Hansen, 11 Mar 2008

A better way to build OS X preferences

Mac Secrets Welcome to Dave Jewell’s new Mac Secrets column, focused at Apple Mac developers — particularly those using Cocoa. Here, on a regular basis, Dave will introduce you to unknown and undocumented aspects of the Foundation and AppKit class libraries that Apple has, er, neglected to tell you about…
Dave Jewell, 11 Mar 2008
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Space Shuttle Endeavour on its way

Space Shuttle Endeavour this morning blasted off at 02:28 EDT (06:28 GMT) from Kennedy Space Centre in Florida for the 25th mission to the ISS, carrying the first section of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's Kibo lab and the Canadian Space Agency's Special Purpose Dexterous Manipulator, or "Dextre".
Lester Haines, 11 Mar 2008

'Magnet boy' freezes Xbox

Most kids dream of having a superpower, but we've never heard of any who actually had one. Until now. One 12-year-old boy claims to be magnetised and can zap games consoles and PCs.
James Sherwood, 11 Mar 2008
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Equifax typo derails digital cert

Equifax has followed HSBC in making a hash of renewing one of its digital certificates.
John Leyden, 11 Mar 2008
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Cassini to surf Enceladus's icy plumes

NASA's Cassini spacecraft will tomorrow do an "in your face" flyby of diminutive Saturnian moon Enceladus, passing as close as 50km (30 miles) above the surface in an attempt to gain valuable data on geysers spewing water vapour and other matter from giant fractures at the body's south pole.
Lester Haines, 11 Mar 2008
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Siemens kicked off UK government contract

Siemens has lost a contract with the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) which was due to run until 2010.
John Oates, 11 Mar 2008
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Jodrell Bank offloaded on eBay

Following the recent news that the government's popular Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) has decided to pretty well destroy UK radio astronomy, we're saddened to note that Jodrell Bank observatory is up for sale on eBay:
Lester Haines, 11 Mar 2008

Nvidia dual-GPU graphics card due next week

Nvidia's GeForce 9800 GX2 multi-GPU graphics card will apparently be launched on a not-entirely-unexpecting gaming community on 18 March, if piccies snapped around CeBIT are anything to go by.
Tony Smith, 11 Mar 2008
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Minister wants more mashups

The new minister for transformation has advocated the cause of user generated content on public websites.
Kablenet, 11 Mar 2008
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Google red cards Privila for gaming search engine

Google has removed Privila sites from its index after the firm was caught attempting to hoodwink the search engine giant.
John Leyden, 11 Mar 2008

Wal-Mart stores drop cheap-as-chips Linux PC

Wal-Mart has stopped selling cheap PCs pre-loaded with Linux at its stores because consumer just weren't interested enough, the retail colossus said yesterday.
Tony Smith, 11 Mar 2008
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Portsmouth student peeled in potato laptop scam

A student in Portsmouth has fallen victim to the classic potato PC scam, parting with £600 for nothing more than a bag full of spuds, the Portsmouth News reports.
Lester Haines, 11 Mar 2008

Intel to launch 160GB Flash laptop drives in Q2

Intel will ramp up its solid-state drive operation next quarter with the introduction of a range of notebook-oriented units running to 160GB of storage capacity.
Tony Smith, 11 Mar 2008
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Capita buys way into ComputerLand

Capita is offering £28.9m to buy independent services firm ComputerLand.
John Oates, 11 Mar 2008

Archos TV+ 250GB streaming media player

Review On paper, Archos' TV+ looks like a very exciting product, combining a media streamer, a digital video recorder and the ability to display content from the internet on your TV. In theory, it's everything you could want from a set-top box.
Jason Berman, 11 Mar 2008
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Computacenter plumps up revs, pre-tax profit

Computacenter today said its customers are yet to feel the pinch from the credit crunch as it reported its first revenue growth in five years.
Kelly Fiveash, 11 Mar 2008
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Virgin lags in scumjumbo race, bins airliner drag-start plans

Beardy biz kingpin Richard Branson's green image lost some of its sheen yesterday, as his Virgin airline revealed that a widely-touted carbon saving scheme to tow airliners during ground taxiing operations would not proceed. Meanwhile, the company has also admitted that it may not, in fact, be involved in the first airliner trials of more righteous algae-based aviation biofuel.
Lewis Page, 11 Mar 2008
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Sexy touchscreen MP4 player for under a ton, anyone?

If your funds don’t quite stretch to an Apple iPod Touch or Archos but you still crave a touch-sensitive widescreen video player then find yourself 70 quid and get online.
James Sherwood, 11 Mar 2008

Pitcairn Island relays most spam per person

Pitcairn Island, the final South Sea island refuge of the Bounty mutineers, relays more spam per capita than any other nation. But with an estimated population of 48, perhaps it's not that surprising.
John Leyden, 11 Mar 2008
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Mobe software firm Picsel prunes 10% of workforce

File-viewing specialist Picsel last week laid off about 10 per cent of its workforce as it shelved plans for an IPO and refocused its business.
Bill Ray, 11 Mar 2008
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CPW builds wall between customers and Phorm

Carphone Warehouse has become the first of the three UK ISPs who have agreed to pimp data to ad targeting outfit Phorm to announce a major rethink of how it will use the technology.
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Texas Instruments sounds alarm on 3G

Texas Instruments, one of the world's largest semiconductor manufacturers, is sounding the alarm over the demand for 3G phones.
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Nokia turns to TV to push music service

In a desperate attempt to drum up interest in its music service, Nokia is to launch its own TV show. The Nokia Green Room is to be shown on Channel 4 with exclusive extra bits only available through the online service.
Bill Ray, 11 Mar 2008
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Microsoft admits big delay on Home Server bug fix

Microsoft has admitted that it will not deliver a fix to a Windows Home Server data corruption bug it first discovered late last year until June at the earliest.
Kelly Fiveash, 11 Mar 2008
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Pay lip service to loved ones with the KissPhone

One Register Hardware staffer has admitted giving their beloved iPhone a peck now and then, but puckering up with a mobile phone in order to convey your love to another person is another thing altogether.
James Sherwood, 11 Mar 2008
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O2 unveils XDA Atmos

Network operator O2 has launched its latest XDA-brand smartphone just a couple of months after it released the second generation XDA Orbit onto the market.
James Sherwood, 11 Mar 2008
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DARPA releases 'Blackswift' hyperplane details

DARPA, the Pentagon deathboffin office, has thrown its new "Blackswift" hypersonic-aircraft programme open to all (US) comers, and confirmed outline details of how the new unmanned hyperplane prototype will work.
Lewis Page, 11 Mar 2008
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Belkin preps five-port music player-sharing widget

The days when people sat around a campfire singing songs together are long gone, and if Belkin's latest gizmo is anything to go by, listening to music looks set to become even less of a social experience.
James Sherwood, 11 Mar 2008
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Intel's Otellini faces Brussels court

Intel's boss Paul Otellini is giving evidence in Brussels today as part of a two-day hearing into monopoly charges against the chip giant.
John Oates, 11 Mar 2008
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Germany to Nokia: Give us back our subsidies

Germany's western state of North-Rhine Westphalia (NRW) has told Nokia to repay all its subsidies plus interest by 31 March or face legal action.
Jan Libbenga, 11 Mar 2008
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Euro regulators give Google-Doubleclick buy thumbs up

Google's multi-billion dollar acquisition of online ad network DoubleClick has been given the go-ahead by European regulators.
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Anti-trust committee checks out Windows 7

The US court-mandated technical committee (TC) responsible for pulling Microsoft into line over a 2002 federal anti-trust settlement is reviewing Windows 7.
Kelly Fiveash, 11 Mar 2008

Nokia N96 to land in August

Nokia’s upcoming flagship handset, the 16GB N96, will arrive in the UK in August, according to retailer Carphone Warehouse.
James Sherwood, 11 Mar 2008
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IBM shadow looms over next Eclipse

The question of whether IBM wields too much influence over Eclipse is again in the air, with Foundation members critical of the first steps towards the platform's next release.
Phil Manchester, 11 Mar 2008
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Mozilla reaches stage 4 of Firefox 3 beta endurance test

The fourth beta release of Firefox 3 is available for download today from Mozilla.
Austin Modine, 11 Mar 2008

Fire extinguishes debate over historic IBM shop

IBM's historic Building 25 in San Jose, California — formerly at the center of a dispute between preservationists and a home repair chain — was destroyed by a fire over the weekend.
Austin Modine, 11 Mar 2008
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FCC chair unfazed by Comcast wall of nonsense

Score one for Kevin Martin, the chairman of the US Federal Communications Commission. Clearly, he realizes that Comcast deserves a slap.
Cade Metz, 11 Mar 2008