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Jobless Apple pumps profits 15 per cent

Anyone who predicted that an Apple without Steve Jobs at the helm would drift towards un-profitability must now eat their words.
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Lost laptops cost companies $50k apiece

A single lost or stolen laptop costs a business an average of nearly $50,000. At least, that's the word from an Intel-sponsored study by the Ponemon Institute.
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Sun: Let us now praise the ponytail

The end of Sun Microsystems as an independent systems company has been met with a mixture of "I told you so" and "good riddance". But as someone who spent plenty of time at Sun over the past decade - including the dot com years - I wonder if anyone could have played a better hand?
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AMD next-gen ultrathin gets early birthday

AMD is poised to beat Intel in the race to ship the next generation of both beefy server processors and ultrathin-notebook chips.
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Fring ties up deal with WeFi

Fring has added access to WeFi's alleged 20 million hotspot network to its free VoIP client, in a deal that promotes both companies but still makes no money for either.
Bill Ray, 23 2009
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Big boost for Aussie firewall

The controversial Great Aussie Firewall got a big boost yesterday when Australia's second largest ISP Optus agreed to join the pilot.
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Panasas counts in revamped product range

Parallel clustered file storage supplier Panasas has lowered its entry-level and increased its high-end performance, adding solid state disk and automatic data tiering.
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T-Mobile intros 'Pay Once' BlackBerry deal

T-Mobile has launched a quirky pay-as-you-go (PAYG) deal to help customers searching for their first BlackBerry buy one for a one-off fee.
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HTC Touch Diamond 2

Review It's been less than a year since the original HTC Touch Diamond impressed us all with its diminutive size, usability and impressive features list, all of which put it firmly in iPhone bothering territory.
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Pirate Bay judge and pro-copyright lobbyist accused of bias

The judge in The Pirate Bay trial has been accused of bias, after Sweden's national radio station revealed that Thomas Norström was a member of the same pro-copyright groups as several of the main entertainment industry reps in the case.
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Orange rolls with Wikimedia

Orange has tied up a deal with Wikimedia to reproduce Wikipedia content in its portal and mobile phones, enabling Orange to stick its brand on the crowd-sourced content.
Bill Ray, 23 2009
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'Roll-out' e-book reader development hinges 'on funding'

The Readius foldable e-reader sadly never made it to market last year. But manufacturer Polymer Vision says some potentially imminent funding could see mass-production kick off soon.
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General Atomics unwraps new, Stealth(y) robot war-jet

Pic General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI), maker of the famous Predator and Reaper unmanned warplanes, has taken the wraps off a new and still more powerful kill-robot - the "Avenger". The company says that first flights have been conducted successfully this month.
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EU circulates 'draft' Intel verdict, readies fine

The European Commission has sent a draft verdict on the Intel case to member states' competition authorities for their consideration.
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Botnet speed test uncovers drag racers of malware

Researchers have discovered that Zombie machines within the Xarvester and Rustock botnets are capable of sending up to 25,000 junk mail messages per hour.
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'Miracle' bra saves Detroit woman from robber's bullet

A 57 year old woman was thanking her lucky bras this week after her underwear's underwiring deflected a burglar's bullet.
Joe Fay, 23 2009
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WAN optimisation: the good, the bad, or the ugly

The on demand version of this week's Regcast on WAN Optimisation is available from the Register Library .
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Website terms unenforceable due to unlimited right to amend

Website terms were unenforceable because a provision on the right to change them in future was unqualified, a US court has ruled. Existing terms were 'illusory' because of the threat that future changes could apply retroactively, the court found.
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MySpace CEO hits eject button

MySpace boss and co-founder Chris DeWolfe is stepping down from his job, but will stay on as a “strategic adviser” on the board.
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Nokia waves in first SIM-inked contactless payment phone

The widespread adoption of contactless payment technology has come a step nearer thanks to Nokia. It has launched its first SIM-enabled Near Field Communications (NFC) handset.
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Nokia's Ovi absorbs WidSets

Nokia's Ovi Store gobbled up the Java-based WidSets platform this morning, as Nokia struggles to build the portal into all things to all men before the start of June.
Bill Ray, 23 2009
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GPS, swipe cards to monitor Welsh school kids

Councils in North Wales are equipping school buses with GPS and swipe card technology to help monitor attendance and antisocial behaviour.
Kablenet, 23 2009
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Microsoft's idea of Family Protection? Block Google

Install Microsoft’s Family Safety Filter (FSF) – and protect your family from vile and extreme websites such as, er, Google.
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The seven questions you should ask about server virtualization

This week, we published the musings of Reg readers - more than a thousand of you - on servers, virtualization and operating systems. This inspired us to dust down a couple of papers from the Reg Library for your delectation.
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Warner opens 'Blu-ray for HD DVD' swap shop

If you were one of the unlucky early adopters who bet your cash on HD DVD, now’s your chance to switch to Blu-ray, because Warner’s launched a disc swap service.
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Edifier Luna 2 desktop speaker set

Reviews The lines between multimedia audio kit – the sort of equipment designed for use with computers, iPods and the like – and 'proper' audio equipment seem to be getting increasingly blurred. Edifier's new Luna 2 speakers are a fine example of the blur, looking like run-of-the-mill desktop PC speakers but, at £250 for a pair, costing a darn site more than this kind of kit usually does and having some pretty serious amplification built in.
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Want a better Pirate Bay?

A survey of Swedish internet users suggests that the music business continues to outlaw its biggest potential source of digital revenue.
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Cabinet Office stuck with creaking PCs for five years

PC vendors looking to boost flagging sales by raiding the public purse can think again, after the Cabinet Office told MPs they would restrict their PCs to one per staffer and work their kit till they fell to bits
Joe Fay, 23 2009
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Apple double takes on shaken babies

Apple can't seem to decide what constitutes unacceptable content, permitting and then pulling the Baby Shaker app in some weird kind of hokey-cokey.
Bill Ray, 23 2009
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Darling's £0.5bn offshore windfarm 'leccy-bill stealth levy

Budget 09 A lot of people are wondering how the British government can deliver colossal bank bailouts and pay rapidly-climbing dole bills - all the while collecting less taxes as people are laid off and companies founder - and yet still find money to subsidise green energy. Chancellor Alistair Darling has found a cunning way around the problem: he will simply raise electricity prices and channel the resulting cash into wind farms.
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Doubt cast over ContactPoint security assurances

A UK government minister has issued assurances about the security of the government's child protection database ContactPoint, but the minister's assurances are incomplete, if not misguided, says one expert.
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LG to stop making plasma TVs?

LG it to become the latest manufacturer to exit the plasma telly business, it has been claimed.
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EMC's Q1 profits down, but not out

EMC has released figures showing it was profitable in its first 2009 quarter, although profits were 23 per cent lower. Already in cost-saving mode, the company is going to save an additional $100m through further cost-reduction actions.
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Germany approves strengthened child abuse law

The German Cabinet has approved a law to strengthen the existing ban on child sex abuse images.
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Nokia Comes With... 23,000 users

Despite saturation advertising, Nokia's Comes With Music bundle has attracted just 23,000 users in the UK, according to music consultancy MusicAlly.
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Come on out, Power6+, you win

Comment Where on earth is IBM's Power6+ kicker to the dual-core Power6 processors that were first announced in July 2007? Moore's Law says it should be here right about now.
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Garden gizmo unveiled for green-fingered gadgeteers

Gardening doesn’t generally interest Register Hardware, but when gadgets meet gardens you’ve got yourself a recipe for success. Or, to put it another way, the EasyBloom.
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Numonyx thanks Ovonyx for the memory

Intel and STMicroelectronics JV successor Numonyx has licensed Phase Change Memory (PCM) intellectual property from Ovonyx.

Atom UMPC first casualty of OQO money woes?

OQO, the California UMPC maker, has canned its latest model, if rumours fed by Twitter tweets are correct. The same source also claims that pre-orders have been cancelled.
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Ireland scraps evoting in favour of 'stupid old pencils'

Ireland is scrapping the ill-starred evoting scheme on which it has already lavished upwards of €51m without a single vote being cast, the government announced today.
Joe Fay, 23 2009
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Apple eyes patent for web silence

Apple wants to give you the opportunity to selectively block web-based audio while allowing you to listen to any other audio source of your choosing.
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Revealed: Mega City One's top e-car - according to Peugeot

'Leccy Tech This apparently is what we may all be driving in the Mega Cities of tomorrow if Peugeot's crystal ball is on the money. Revealed as a 1:1 scale model at the Shanghai Motor Show, the Peugeot RD Concept is the winner of a design competition by the French car maker to "imagine the Peugeot in the Worldwide Megalopolis of tomorrow”.
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EU votes for longer music copyright

The European Parliament has voted 377 to 178 in favour of extended the copyright term for new sound recordings from 50 to 70 years. It's only a first reading, but it's a strong indication of approval for the bill, introduced by Irish MEP Brian Cowley.
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Big Blue Google cloud injected with $5m

The US National Science Foundation has tossed $5 million at Google's effort to educate the country's university students in the ways of Big Data.
Cade Metz, 23 2009
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Dell sues Tiger for reselling old boxes as new

Dell is suing a former licensed US reseller, TigerDirect.com, claiming "repeated and blatant violations" of its resale contract, including trademark infringement, misleading representation, unfair competition, and false advertising.

Juniper Networks swings $4.5m loss in Q1

Juniper Networks swung a net loss of $4.5 million in its first quarter of 2009, as a hefty one-time tax charge mixed rather nastily with telcos cutting their network spending in the recession.
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For security's sake! Send your kid to hacker camp

RSA A computer security expert has called on the United States government to train the nation's youth in offensive and defensive cyber technologies so the country is less vulnerable to attacks on its critical infrastructure.
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Amazon shames eBay with 24 per cent profit bulge

eBay blames its shrinking revenues on the melting economy. But sales continue to expand over at Amazon.com, eBay's conspicuous rival in the e-commerce game.
Cade Metz, 23 2009
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Oracle brass coax Sun troops with tough love

Exclusive Oracle's senior management has expressed its love for Sun Microsystems' software and hardware but warned tough decisions are coming on what people and products stay.