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eBay revenue shrinks for first time in history

In the fourth quarter, for the first time in its history, eBay saw a decline in year-over-year revenue.
Cade Metz, 22 2009
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Intel axes five plants, 5,000 workers

Intel plans to close chip assembly plants in Malaysia and the Philippines and end US wafer fab operations in Oregon and California as part of a restructuring plan that will affect as many as 6,000 employees worldwide.
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iPhone iLounge threatens Jobsian cult reunion

Update: The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) announced today that it will co-sponsor (with iLounge.com) a "unified iPod/iPhone pavilion" at next year's Consumer Electronics Show (CES), raising more questions about the continued existence of Macworld Expo.
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Rackable gets physical with the virtual

The economy has been hard on boutique server maker Rackable Systems, but the company keeps tweaking its designs in the hope that a broad portfolio of servers and storage will win a little more business in hyperscale data centers.
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New Jersey sysadmin gets 5 years for Cisco scam

A former sysadmin who pocketed several million dollars by scamming Cisco's part replacement program has been sentenced to five years in prison by a federal court in New Jersey.
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Disabling Windows Autorun - there's a right way and a wrong way

After some confusion about exactly how Windows users can protect themselves against a prolific computer worm called Downadup, Microsoft security watchers are once again reiterating the steps for disabling the Autorun feature.
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Apple boasts record Q1 as revenue tops $10bn

Apple announced its first-quarter financial results today, beating estimates from the Wall Street guessmen.
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Ubuntu's Shuttleworth praises Windows 7, welcomes fight

Mark Shuttleworth is looking forward to a good, clean netbook fight with Microsoft following the release of Windows 7.
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Cops capture counterfeit consoles

Police have raided the home of a couple suspected of being the first people to sell fake games consoles in the UK.
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Sony Ericsson Walkman W302 budget music phone

Review Sony Ericsson's recent Walkman updates have spanned the gamut from the high-end W902, through the mid-range W595 and W705 - due in this month - to this, the budget blaster of the bunch, which may lack the bigger spec numbers of its siblings, but in these cost-conscious times, at least manages to get the basics right.
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Police search another Tory MP's office

Daniel Kawczynski, Tory MP for Shrewsbury and Atcham, told the House of Commons last night that police turned up at his Parliamentary office and demanded to see correspondence from a consitituent.
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Sophos to shed one in 20 jobs

UK-based security firm Sophos plans to shed five per cent of its workforce as part of a "business reorganisation".
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A Geeks Guide2 ...Schneier on Security

Geeks Guide2 Now the festive period is well and truly over, GG2 is back and returns with not only an IT angle but with an IT guru of an author to boot. This week we’re offering up Bruce Schneier’s latest book, imaginatively titled Schneier on Security, with the usual GG2 40 per cent discount.
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BT shares tumble on £340m Global Services bill

Investors again rushed to dump BT stock this morning after the group warned its Global Services division would trammel overall financial performance this quarter.
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Huawei talks up Android phone

Huawei has said it’ll unveil a smartphone based on Google’s Android OS at handset industry shindig the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona next month.
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Boffins monitor strato-weather from half-mile underground

Ever since there have been weather people, aviators and sailors have taunted them for failing to simply step outside - or go to the window - and look at the sky. But now meteorology boffins have struck back, saying that actually one of the best places to monitor weather conditions is a disused mine tunnel half a mile underground.

Gunners get PSP footie service

The Gunners - Arsenal to non-footie fans - and Sony have confirmed plans to stream match highlights to fans equipped with PlayStation Portables at the team's Emirates stadium.

German engineers punt 'open source' OLED-clad car

'Leccy Tech With the Geneva Motor Show on the horizon, German engineering services provider EDAG has released a preview of what it hopes will be one of the stars of the 2009 Swiss auto gathering: the “Light Car – Open Source”, a concept it is describing as “visionary and courageous”.
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Hastings junkie hotspots pop up on Google Maps

Those of you planning a nice day out in the sunny seaside town of Hastings - previously famous for the 1066 1-0 victory of Norman Wanderers over Godwinson Athletic and now noted for the UK's highest ratio of drug dealers to pubs - will doubtless welcome this useful guide to local leisure activities, viz: "Map to show hotspots for discarded injecting paraphenlia" [sic]...

Acer to phase out 8.9in Aspire One netbook?

Prefer Acer's 8.9in Aspire One netbook to the upcoming 10in version? Then if you don't already own one, now's the time to buy - it could have been killed by the time the bigger model has arrived.
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OcUK puts £10K bounty on the heads of DDoS varmints

Overclockers.co.uk is offering a £10,000 ($13,830) reward for information leading to the conviction of attackers who have targeted the technology enthusiast site in a DDoS lasting over a week.
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US Army working on 'exploding marmalade' missile tech

US military-funded rocket scientists have turned to food boffins and agricultural engineers for help in their effort to produce exploding marmalade, intended to fuel radical new missiles and spacecraft of the future.
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ISPs slam CEOP bid to rewrite RIPA

ISPs have hit back after the boss of the UK's online child exploitation police branded the costs of accessing data on their subscribers "ridiculous".
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Lords rule nurses blacklist 'unfair'

A Government blacklist of nurses and care workers deemed unfit to work with children and vulnerable adults has been ruled unfair by the House of Lords.
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Oprah slow to Kindle - fans left out in cold

Oprah fans who bought into the electronic book revolution for Christmas have been disappointed to find that less than half of Winfrey's recommended books have gone electronic, and the chat show goddess hasn't even put her own magazine O onto an e-ink screen.
Bill Ray, 22 2009
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For sale: Six European virtual strip machines

Anyone paranoid or pervy enough to have a full body scanner on their shopping list could do worse than have a look at the European Parliament's 'for sale' board.
Joe Fay, 22 2009
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Where's Wally Vista SP2?

An increasingly cautious Microsoft hasn’t announced a definitive date for when its unloved OS Vista will get its final service pack release, other than to offer a wishy-washy second quarter of 2009 statement.
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Infant calls cops to dad's dope plantation

A British Columbia man can consider himself well and truly busted after his 11-month-old son accidentally dialled 911, leading cops to dad's dope plantation.

Fujifilm Finepix F100fd compact camera

Review Some digital cameras are designed to sit on a shop shelf and shout: 'Here I am! Take a good look at me!. They're brash, bold and designed to poke you in the eye, from a stylistic point of view. Not so Fujifilm’s Finepix F100fd. Some might describe its design as conservative - a bit boring, even - but we think 'understated' is probably the best term.
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Symbian Trojan strikes Indonesian operator

Anti-virus vendor Kaspersky Lab is reporting a new Trojan capable of removing pre-paid credit using the SMS-transfer service offered by an Indonesian network operator.
Bill Ray, 22 2009
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£229m Sumitomo spyware trial begins in London

The trial of alleged cybercrooks accused of mounting an attempt to steal £229m from accounts at Sumitomo Mistsui bank by planting spyware on corporate systems has begun in London.
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HTC pimps up Touch Cruise

HTC’s bulky Touch Cruise has been redesigned to give it a slimmer and altogether sexier footprint.
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Wii weights unveiled

If you’re not convinced that Wii Fit and the Balance Board will really keep you in trim, then one firm’s designed a Wii peripheral that can’t fail to bulk up those biceps: Wii Weights.

The Netbook Newbie's Guide to Linux

Episode 4 Episode 4 Book Reader True to its name, a netbook makes a very decent ebook reader. Here's the freely-downloadable Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, complete with original Tenniel illustrations, as it appears on the MSI Wind:
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Chaotic Coroners and Justice Bill reels into view

Comment While the question of whether cartoon images of children should fall foul of the law has aroused debate, the recently published Coroners and Justice Bill contains more than a few changes that may prove just as controversial.
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Flickable data-transfer gadget unveiled

A mysterious storage gadget’s been announced that’s designed wirelessly share information with a flick of the wrist - literally.
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USAF cops seek netflinger rifle to down ultralights, paragliders

The US Air Force security police have issued a requirement for a portable net-throwing gun able to bring down parachutists or people in motorised hang-gliders - apparently without killing them.
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Obama's rainbow stealth aircraft uncloaks over Virginia

As we're all now fully aware, the world officially became a lovelier place* on 20 January when Barack Obama was sworn in as the 44th prez of the US of A - a heartwarming ceremony at which he promised sunlit meadows in which children might gaily gambol, just as soon as he'd dealt with this pesky global economic apocalypse.
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Zimbra! founder! quits! Yahoo!

The founder of open source email Silicon Valley startup Zimbra, which was bought by Yahoo! in September 2007, is leaving the internet firm.
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Nokia sales and profits dive in fourth quarter

Nokia's fourth quarter results show the world's biggest phone manufacturer's operating profit dropping more than 50 per cent to €1.2bn.
Bill Ray, 22 2009
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Microsoft axes 5,000 staff as Q2 profit dives 11%

Microsoft is slashing 5,000 jobs after it posted a profit of $4.17bn, or 47 cent per share, in its second quarter earnings report, undershooting Wall Street expectations.
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Autonomy sews up Interwoven buy

Autonomy is buying its way into the US legal software market by paying $775m for California-based Interwoven.
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Jobs' stand-in quashes iPhone Nano rumours

Apple’s stand-in CEO, Tim Cook, has effectively denied rumours that the firm’s secretly working on an iPhone Nano.
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Benjamin Button eyes 13 Oscars

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button has been nominated for 13 Oscars, with Slumdog Millionaire pressing for ten and Dark Knight and Milk in the running for eight statuettes.
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Satyam boss 'invented' thousands of staff

Satyam founder Ramalinga Raju added 13,000 invented employees to the firm's payroll so he could siphon off their wages, Indian prosecutors have claimed.
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IT vendor layoffs: The axeman cometh

Comment The IT vendor community in the United States was mostly immune from layoffs that happened over the course of 2008, when 2.6m people lost their jobs. But that is obviously changing as the global economy, which IT vendors depend on, continues to weaken. And this week the layoffs, some rumored and others announced, are actually happening.

Tesla asks early adopters to cough up more cash

'Leccy Tech Tesla clearly thought things had gone just a little too well for it at the Detroit Motor Show and so has decided to shoot itself in the foot by increasing a raft of accessory and option prices on the Roadster for buyers who thought they had locked in their options.

Apple explores auto iPhone audio

What if your iPhone could set its own volume?
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Obama unfurls master plan for US cybersecurity

On his first full-day as US President, Barack Obama on Wednesday outlined plans to declare the country's computer infrastructure a national asset that will be protected by a cyber advisor who will report directly to the president.
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Sony warns of first operating loss in 14 years

Sony has warned it will report its first operating loss in 14 years, as sliding demand for its products, plunging LCD television prices, and a stronger ¥ force the consumer giant to make drastic cost-cutting measures.

Apple gives QuickTime new version number

Updated Apple has released an upgrade to both the Mac and PC versions of its QuickTime media software, promising better performance and tighter security.
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Jimbo Wales ends death by Wikipedia

On Tuesday afternoon, following a Washington luncheon celebrating the inauguration of President Barack Obama, longtime US Senators Ted Kennedy and Robert Byrd kicked the proverbial bucket. At least, that's what happened in Wikiland. In our world, they're still among the living.
Cade Metz, 22 2009
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Mac malware piggybacks on pirated iWork

Malware masquerading as part of Apple's iWork 09 productivity suite is targeting unsuspecting Mac users foolish enough to install pirated software downloaded on warez sites.
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HP and Microsoft trumpet blade marriage

Hewlett-Packard and Microsoft are greasing the skids a bit, hoping to pull in some medium and large businesses looking for new systems and software. The two companies have teamed up to offer so-called "solution block" bundles that pair HP BladeSystem machinery with Microsoft systems and application software.
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Programmers take to the clouds

The analysts at market researcher Evans Data, which spends its days obsessing about what programmers are up to, have released their Open Source Software/Linux Development 2008 report. The data compiled in the report is based on 360 interviews that the company did with software developers, and despite all the hype about cloud computing, a fairly significant number of open source developers say they plan to deploy their applications as Web services on one of several cloud computing providers.
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Obama gets to keep his BlackBerry

President Obama can keep his BlackBerry, making him the first sitting president to use email.
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Google flaunts Meltdown-proofiness

After another spin of that big dial on its top-secret money machine, Google hit $5.7bn in revenues during the fourth quarter, an 18 per cent increase from a year ago.
Cade Metz, 22 2009