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Even without 3-Jesus Phone, Apple busts revenue records

During its last fiscal quarter, Apple shipped a record 2.49 million Macs, and even if you ignore a decent chunk of its Jesus Phone sales, it nabbed a record $7.46bn in revenues. But in typically coy fashion, the company says it has low expectations for the quarter to come.
Cade Metz, 22 Jul 2008
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Brocade buys Foundry Networks for $3bn

Brocade is to acquire Foundry Networks for $3bn in cash and stock. The storage networking vendor has secured a $1.5bn debt facility from Bank of America and Morgan Stanley to grease the purchase.
Drew Cullen, 22 Jul 2008
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Operation Sprogwatch: Keeping tabs on the kids

It's every parent's dream - reliable and easy-accessed information on what your offspring are up to. Electronics systems such as Spyphone II 8210 actually allow you to dial into your child's mobile, and eavesdrop on their conversations. And now, there's the "buddi", which will track wherever the brats go, showing a GPS path every 30 seconds.
Guy Kewney, 22 Jul 2008
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Vultures circle over IT jobs

Big IT firms are likely to do better from the credit crunch than smaller suppliers, as greater economies of scale allow them to offer cheaper prices.
John Oates, 22 Jul 2008
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Vodafone shares tumble on interims

Vodafone, the world's largest cellco, grew revenues to £9.1bn, up by nearly 20 per cent, or 1.7 per cent organic growth, in the three months ended 30 June 2008.
John Oates, 22 Jul 2008
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Home Office classes openness review a secret

It may be a little early for the silly season, but if last week’s antics by the Home Office and the Daily Mail are anything to go by, it is already upon us.
Jane Fae Ozimek, 22 Jul 2008
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Police told: Delete old criminal records

The Information Tribunal has told five police forces to remove old, minor criminal records from their databases.
John Oates, 22 Jul 2008

If your SSD sucks, blame Vista, says SSD vendor

It's Windows Vista's fault that solid-state storage isn't performing as well as its proponents predicted. So said SanDisk CEO Eli Harari, but at least he didn't go as far as saying it's Microsoft's problem to fix.
Tony Smith, 22 Jul 2008
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Divorce for shouty YouTube wife

Broadway mogul Philip Smith has been granted a divorce from the actress whose dull video rants inexplicably clocked up over 3m hits on YouTube.
Sarah Bee, 22 Jul 2008
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Watching the security landscape

RegCast It's a proud day here at El Reg - behold our first live video webcast, now snugly fitted into the archives and available for your delectation. We took an unflinching look into the evolving security landscape, and we'd like to invite you to take a good hard stare too.
Team Register, 22 Jul 2008
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The Guardian's excellent Web 2.0 blog-up

Comment Late last month The Guardian quietly put to sleep its exercise in fighting climate change via the power of blogs, Tread Lightly. Nine months of weekly personal CO2 reduction pledges by Guardian readers had shown, Carolyn Fry wrote bravely, "that even relatively small weekly carbon savings can add up to significant amounts if enough people commit themselves to the task in hand."
John Lettice, 22 Jul 2008
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RM buddies up with Tesco on new voucher scheme

UK schools computer supplier RM has bagged a partnership deal with Tesco for the retail giant’s forthcoming voucher collection scheme which kicks off in 2009.
Kelly Fiveash, 22 Jul 2008
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Blighty's electro-supercar 2.0 uncloaked today

Updated Here at the British Motor Show in London, there are lots and lots of cars to see. Quite a few of them have electric or part-electric power trains. A few of these use or plan to use advanced battery technologies such as lithium-ion. Only one has moved on further still, to a technology which promises genuinely usable electric cars, able to do pretty much everything an internal-combustion vehicle can.
Lewis Page, 22 Jul 2008

Vendor touts PC's Mac OS X compatibility

Apple Legal, we laugh in your face! Brassy computer company Open Tech is cocking just such snook Jobs-wards, though we note it's not brave enough to publish an address on its website...
Tony Smith, 22 Jul 2008
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Sony Ericsson unwraps Walkman duo

With the summer festival season upon us, Sony Ericsson hopes that rockers, moshers and all music lovers will start dancing to the beat of its two latest Walkman phones. When they finally go on sale...
James Sherwood, 22 Jul 2008

Ten Tech Toys for Travellers

Round-up It may be hard to believe what the Met Office tells us, that we’re about to get an entire month’s rainfall in a single day, but the summer holidays are well and truly upon us. So it’s time to start packing the bags and stocking up on the latest tech toys that you can take on holiday with you.
Cliff Joseph, 22 Jul 2008
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NASA: The Moon is not enough

NASA and its international aeronautical cohorts have some serious explaining to do before they start rocketing folks to the Moon again.
Austin Modine, 22 Jul 2008
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Lenovo stock falls as IBM retreats

Lenovo saw shares fall more than five per cent today following a sale of the PC maker's shares.
Kelly Fiveash, 22 Jul 2008
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419ers crank up the menaces

You know how it is - things are a bit quiet in the internet cafes of Lagos, people have sussed MARIAM ABACHA doesn't really have $30,000,000 (THIRTY MILLION DOLLARS) in gold bullion looted from Saddam Hussein's personal vault, and so it looks like it's time to up the email scam ante.
Lester Haines, 22 Jul 2008
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Who do you think you are, knitting Mr Hitler?

There's no easy way to lead into this so we'll just come right out with it - according to The Sun one can now obtain knitting patterns to create one's very own cuddly Hitler.
Sarah Bee, 22 Jul 2008
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RSA domain glitch derails UK online retailers

RSA has apologised for a domain name registration glitch, which left clients of its securesuite.co.uk payment processing service unable to process payment as normal last Thursday.
John Leyden, 22 Jul 2008
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Morgan shows 'light & slippery' fuel-cell car concept

Here at the Reg we aren't motoring hacks, we're technology hacks. So to us, most of the cars here at the British Motor Show are a bit boring. Internal-combustion engine? Come on. Battery car? Needs to be special. Hydrogen fuel cell? Even Nigel Tufnel has one (shared with his less famous wife, Jamie Lee Curtis). Anyway, fuel-cell cars are always battery hybrids.
Lewis Page, 22 Jul 2008
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Asus P750 Windows Mobile smartphone

Review Function over form is the name of the game with Asus' P750. No clever styling, no flash graphic user interface, just robust design, a reasonable specification and decent value for money.
Alun Taylor, 22 Jul 2008
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Sat nav blunder places The Rock in Skegness

In an epic, multinational sat nav cock-up, a Syrian lorry driver aiming for Gibraltar left Turkey and ended up in Skegness.
Robin Lettice, 22 Jul 2008
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MoD budget fiddles under fire

The Public Accounts Committee has accused the Ministry of Defence of a "culture of optimism" and of creative accountancy to make it look like it's saving money when often it's not.
John Oates, 22 Jul 2008
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Tesco causes couple condom catastrophe

The pitfalls of online shopping at the Evil Empire were revealed in their full horror to a monogamous South Yorkshire couple, who found 12 Mates condoms added to their Tesco.com shopping list.
Sarah Bee, 22 Jul 2008
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New Symbian launches mobile free-for-all

OSCON The Symbian Foundation is gagging to gain acceptance as a free and neutral mobile alternative to Windows, Linux and Apple.
Gavin Clarke, 22 Jul 2008
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Panasonic punts thee-sensor primary colour capturing camcorder

Panasonic has launched two new camcorders that it claims are the world’s first HD models to incorporate a specialist sensor for exceptionally high light sensitivity.
James Sherwood, 22 Jul 2008
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Set sail with Garmin's seafaring satnav

If you’re lucky enough to own a white Lotus Esprit like the one from 1970s Bond flick The Spy Who Loved Me, then Garmin’s latest satnav will be perfect for you.
James Sherwood, 22 Jul 2008
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Sky preps broadband music downloads with Universal

Sky is launching a new music retail company in partnership with the world's biggest record company, Universal.
Andrew Orlowski, 22 Jul 2008
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Pwnie Awards celebrate best and worst of security

Organisers of the security world's Oscars, the Pwnie Awards, have announced the nominees for the second annual awards.
John Leyden, 22 Jul 2008
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Batman cuffed over alleged assault

Updated Christian Bale was arrested earlier today over an alleged assault on two family members in his suite at London's Dorchester Hotel on Sunday, the BBC reports.
Lester Haines, 22 Jul 2008

Asus Eee Box UK desktop debut delayed?

Updated The UK debut of Asus' Eee Box desktop PC appears to have been put back a month. Originally scheduled for an August arrival, it's now showing up on retail websites with a late September release date.
Tony Smith, 22 Jul 2008
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Sony Ericsson preps low-cost Walkman phone

Sony Ericsson has already announced two feature-rich Walkman music phones today, but it's also trying its luck with a third model that really scrapes the functionality barrel by comparison.
James Sherwood, 22 Jul 2008

Spaniards show off touchscreen moto-computer tech

Further fuel for the touchscreen versus buttons debate was offered today at the British Motor Show, as Spanish car-tech newcomer IFR Automotive showed off its new, one-size-fits-all motocomputer kit.
Lewis Page, 22 Jul 2008
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Drivers finger satnavs for motoring mishaps

Near misses and wrong turns are part of everyday driving, but new research has revealed that some drivers have taken to blaming satnavs for their motoring mishaps.
James Sherwood, 22 Jul 2008
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New York threatens Comcast with anti-porn suit

New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo has threatened Comcast with legal action if it doesn't fall in line with his quixotic campaign against online child pornography. And the American ISP is set to do exactly what he wants.
Cade Metz, 22 Jul 2008
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E-Gold cops to e-money laundering

Online payment service E-Gold and three of its principals have pleaded guilty to criminal money-laundering charges following accusations they knowingly allowed child pornographers, investment scammers and other internet-based criminals to transfer funds related to their misdeeds.
Dan Goodin, 22 Jul 2008
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Texas Memory Systems makes mighty big RAM SSD

Texas Memory Systems has introduced its RamSan-440 DRAM-based solid state drive (SSD), with half again as much I/O bandwidth as its predecessor and a quadrupled capacity.
Martin Edwards, 22 Jul 2008
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Canonical hippies spread Ubuntu Launchpad love

OSCON Canonical, Ubuntu's commercial sponsor, next week plans a major update to its massive code hosting and project management platform Launchpad.
Gavin Clarke, 22 Jul 2008

Banking Trojan hides in fake Alonso F1 crash story

Fabricated news of a supposed car accident involving Formula One star Fernando Alonso is being used to distribute a new banking Trojan.
John Leyden, 22 Jul 2008
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EMC management suite gets 'Web 2.0' makeover

EMC's suite of enterprise content management tools are getting a massive 'Web 2.0' refresh over the next year.
Austin Modine, 22 Jul 2008
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Climate protestor claims glued self to UK Prime Minister

Downing Street today denied claims that UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown is currently super-glued to a climate action campaigner.
John Lettice, 22 Jul 2008
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Intel juices parallel programming for the masses

OSCON A year after open sourcing its cross-platform Threaded Building Blocks (TBB), Intel has released what it called a "significant" upgrade to is parallel programming template library.
Gavin Clarke, 22 Jul 2008

Convicted spammer goes AWOL from federal prison

A convicted spammer who who generated millions of dollars blasting out pump-and-dump messages has gone AWOL from the federal prison camp where he was serving a 21-month sentence.
Dan Goodin, 22 Jul 2008
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Yahoo! profits! drop! 19! per! cent!

Yahoo!'s profits took a significant tumble during its last fiscal quarter, falling 19 per cent from the same quarter last year. But CEO Jerry Yang says the company's health is pretty darn good considering the turmoil that's surrounded it since Ballmer came calling back in February.
Cade Metz, 22 Jul 2008
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RIM issues patch for serious BlackBerry flaw

Research in Motion has issued a patch for a serious security flaw that puts businesses using the ubiquitous BlackBerry at risk.
Dan Goodin, 22 Jul 2008