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Notebook sales lead Lenovo in Q1

Lenovo said today that revenues were up 10 per cent during its fiscal first quarter, boosted by strong notebook sales and an expanding market in China.
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Kiwi cops hunt teenage serial burglar with head of Robbie Coltrane

"Cracker" star Robbie Coltrane has appeared on a New Zealand wanted poster.
Cade Metz, 08 2008
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Join LiMo, avoid a patent pantsing from the big lads

LinuxWorld For all its talk of openness, just a quarter of the code in the LiMo Foundation's mobile platform is open source, making it a minefield to navigate in terms of protected patents - 300,000 patents to be precise.
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Black Hat organizers punt totally hackable RFID badges

Black Hat The annual Black Hat conference in Las Vegas has become one of the premier venues for exposing lax security practices that put the unwashed masses at risk. In an interesting twist, a researcher is calling out conference organizers for supplying 4,500 attendees with an RFID-enabled badge that has widely known security weaknesses.
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Rogue reporters kicked out of conference for network snooping

Black Hat Three rogue journalists were ejected from the Black Hat security conference after being accused of connecting monitoring tools to the press room computer network and sniffing reporters' passwords.
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Google's $1bn AOL stake turns to dust

Google told the Securities and Exchange Commission yesterday that its investment in AOL is likely to be worth less than it paid for it in 2005.
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Gov: UK biofuel probably made of starvation, rainforests

The British government has released its first monthly report into biofuels used in the UK. It says that not much biofuel is used, and that in general it has very little idea if Blighty's biofuel is sustainably produced, what kind of land was used to make it or indeed where it comes from.

Sony launches Cyber-shot fashion duo

Sony has launched two fashion conscious compact cameras to help bulk out its Cyber-shot snapper range.

Union takes IBM outsourcing case to employment tribunal

A £400m outsourcing deal between local authorities and IBM was unfair because the full details of the transfer of staff to a private company were not revealed, workers' union Unison has said.
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Govt persuades two people to share worst job in IT

The government has found two people to run the struggling NHS IT programme - the National Programme for IT.

TomTom GO 530 Traffic

Review Bearing a close resemblance to the 520, the GO 530 is the entry-level unit in the new TomTom 30 range, which has now replaced the well regarded and popular 20 series.
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Systemax Q2 revs jump 17%

Systemax shrugged off the credit crunch in Q2, with sales jumping 17 per cent to $758m for the three months ended June 30. The direct marketing IT reseller and PC builder, noted stronger demand in North America and Europe in the quarter and it held gross margins steady at 15.3 per cent.

AMD unveils FirePro graphics

AMD hopes to ignite the market for high-quality graphics accelerators with its new FirePro duo. The ATI FirePro V5700 and V3700 cards are aimed at a range of arenas, from CAD to medical imaging.
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Lies, damned lies and government statistics

Apparently statistics are all down to personal opinion. Except, of course, when you are a government spokesperson, in which case they are the gospel truth. Despite expert evidence – and public exposure - that the “official estimate” of casualty reduction due to speed cameras is seriously overestimated, the Department for Transport continues to feed us the same old unreliable figures.

Evesham gets extended administration run

Evesham Technology Ltd's administration period has been extended.
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MS preps 12 fixes for August Patch Tuesday

Microsoft is preparing 12 security fixes - seven critical - as part of the August edition of its regular Patch Tuesday update cycle.
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Project Kangaroo gets more time to defend anti-trust claims

The Competition Commission said today that its anti-trust investigation into Project Kangaroo, the joint internet TV venture by BBC Worldwide, ITV and Channel 4, will take longer than expected.

Corny biodegradable Flash drives

Most product launches end with a USB Flash drive holding the press notes being distributed, and the Register's got drawers full 'em. Thankfully, a biodegradable drive’s now available.
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Aussie cops reopen 7,000 DNA convictions

Melbourne Police have withdrawn charges against a suspected double murderer, after they admitted that DNA evidence was wrong.
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BOFH: Smash + grab

Episode 27 The long-awaited weekend has almost arrived! The migration of the server room to the new site and the transfer of our 'crucial' services to the successful tendering party (ie our ghost facility) is about to commence.

Gadget confusion rules supreme in Blighty

Confused by your compact camera? Menaced by your mobile? You’re not alone, because many of us are baffled by gadgets, a survey has revealed.
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Clone dog mistress denies she is 'sex in chains' McKinney

The miraculous rebirth of Booger the pit bull has been overshadowed by a row over the identity of the cloned dog’s owner.
Joe Fay, 08 2008
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The Beijing Bonanza

Site offer With the Olympic Games in Beijing starting this week we’ve racked our brains for the IT angle and we can’t find one. Instead we at Register Books have decided to hammer down prices and run with an inflation-beating 50 per cent off* a vast selection of titles across a range of topics.
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Wind farm wound down on air traffic fears

The University of Reading is to scale back a planned wind farm just off the M4 because of fears it could interfere with air traffic control radar at Heathrow Airport.

GPS tracking slapped on laptop recovery service

Absolute Software has added GPS tracking to its laptop theft-recovery and asset-tracking service. This will allow asset managers to track laptops to within 10 metres.
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CERN: LHC to fire first proton-smash ray next month

Scientists operating from a hollowed-out lair deep beneath the Franco-Swiss border have announced that their enormous, unprecedentedly powerful 27-kilometre proton cannon will shortly be ready to open fire. To be precise, "first beam" is scheduled for 10 September.

Fujitsu leaks netbook news

Fujitsu Siemens Computers has expanded its Amilo PC range with a netbook addition. The Amilo Mini is based on a 1.6GHz Intel Atom processor running on Windows XP Home edition.
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Boris boots Transys off Oyster contract

Transport for London and London's mayor Boris Johnson have ended their contract with Transys, the group of companies which provide Oyster cards - the card ticketing system for the capital's buses, trams, some trains and tubes.
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1&1 botches Microsoft Exchange update

Budget hosting provider 1&1 Internet has hit problems while updating its Microsoft email platform. Customers have been unable to access web mailboxes for more than 24 hours.
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Senator slams DHS boss over border laptop searches

A US senator has accused the head of the Department of Homeland security of “blatant mischaracterization” over the searching of laptops at US borders.
Joe Fay, 08 2008
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Stretchy 'bucky-gel' promises touchscreen video-stockings

Japanese boffins have developed a material which they believe could be used to make stretchy, highly flexible electronic circuitry. It goes almost without saying that their elasto-conductor miracle sheet is based on fashionable carbon nanotubes.

Gaming firms eyeing up MotionPlus

The company behind the Wii’s MotionPlus has hinted that the add-on’s technology could soon be adopted by rival gaming firms.
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Apple challenges Reg to patent duel

Apple will fill in some long-awaited missing features from its iPod and iPhone mobile players, a patent application published this week suggests. There's just one problem: Much of Apple's "invention" was dreamed up by Reg readers several years ago - and one embodiment is already on the market.
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Rackspace cages lackluster IPO

Rackspace appears to have a knack for ill-timed IPOs.
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Verizon faces 65,000 worker walkout

Mega American telco Verizon Communications is just three days from a possible union strike that would see the company lose 65,000 employees - about a third of its workforce.
Cade Metz, 08 2008
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American ISP flashes phantom bandwidth cap

Yet another American ISP is toying with the idea of a ridiculously low bandwidth cap.
Cade Metz, 08 2008
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HP Labs ponders grabbing attention in the age of social computing

Beware social network denizens, you are being watched and your wallets measured.