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Microsoft records first ever revenue drop

Microsoft's reported its first ever drop in year-on-year revenue thanks to a combination of deteriorating PC sales and increased uptake of cheap netbooks.

Google Android 'five weeks' from MIPS port

Motorola has denied putting Android on a set-top box. But it's only matter of time before someone else does the set-top thing with Google's, um, mobile OS.
Cade Metz, 24 2009
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Security maven sics 'special ops' on botnet gangs

RSA Sometimes fighting botnets, spam, and other online crime is like raking leaves on a windy day. Bag one operation and almost overnight there are a half-dozen more that take its place.
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Steve Jobs: 'I wanted respect, not backdated options'

Steve Jobs says he just wanted to feel appreciated when he asked Apple's board of directors for some additional stock options back in 2001 — but then things got all probey with US regulators.

IBMware priced 40% higher on Nehalem

If you are thinking about running IBM's systems, database, or middleware software on one of Intel's new "Nehalem EP" Xeon 3500 or 5000 series chips, brace yourself for some price increases.
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Sun mates MySQL with more iron

With the preview of the MySQL 5.4 database coming out this week at the MySQL Conference and Expo in Santa Clara, you would have expected Sun Microsystems to be talking up the integration of its systems, storage, operating system, and database even if Oracle hadn't come along to buy the company on Monday.
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Her Majesty's CIO braces US for Obama HIT

Her Majesty's Government Chief Information Officer, John Suffolk, says the US can expect a tough slog as it implements Barack Obama's Health Information Technology scheme.
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Self-replicating machine replicates

Next month will see a new version of the self-replicating RepRap machine, but owners of the existing model won't need to buy a replacement - they'll just be able to just print themselves an upgraded version.
Bill Ray, 24 2009
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Gov figures show IT jobs crisis

IT and telecoms jobs are starting to feel the pinch of the recession.
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Toshiba Tecra M10 14in notebook

Review Some manufacturers, like Dell, believe laptop users, even supposedly non-frivolous business folk, prefer svelte, stylish notebooks. Not so Toshiba, at least if the the Tecra M10 is anything to go by.
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WD makes more profit than expected

Number 2 disk manufacturer Western Digital saw revenues down 25 per cent year-on-year but still made a profit in its third fiscal 2009 quarter (Q3 fy09). This was 82 per cent less than a year ago, but still exceeded Wall Street expectations.
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Isilon reworks channels to drag itself out of the mire

Isilon is battening down its hatches to ride out the recessionary storm and come out strong enough to grow again after first quarter losses.
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What on earth do you think you are doing, Darling?

Comment Well, wasn't that a wonderful little budget? We're broke, borrowing the entire output of many a small nation, and this as a result of the policies from the man who promised to abolish boom and bust. But it's not all bad news. Some of it is worse.
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Crunch will fuel outsourcing

Local government expert Tony Travers has predicted that the recession will lead to much more outsourcing, in some cases involving all services provided by organisations.
Kablenet, 24 2009
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Data Domain revs up but profits crash

Data deduplication array vendor Data Domain reported revenues 50 per cent up year-on-year for its first fiscal 09 quarter, contrasting strongly with recession/redundancy/write-off news from suppliers around the industry.
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Scaled Composites refutes WhiteKnightTwo rudder rumours

Aircraft design firm Scaled Composites, engaged in building a fleet of space-joyride craft for Richard Branson, has strongly denied speculation that its new WhiteKnightTwo launch plane might need a rudder redesign.
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Private ID scans leave fetish club-goers feeling exposed

A security clampdown at a London club provides a troubling glimpse of the extent of privatised monitoring brought about by government policy.

Orange unpeels UK's 'smallest, lightest' touchscreen talker

Orange has taken the wraps off what it’s claimed is the smallest, lightest and cheapest touchscreen mobile currently available in Blighty.

Games trade group blasts budget

The head of games developer trade organisation Tiga has slammed the government’s latest budget, labelling it a missed opportunity to support the UK’s gaming industry.
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London cops trial 'leccy patrol cars

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Morse signals tough times

Morse shares fell by almost a quarter today after the technology consultancy announced lower profits for the nine months ended 31 March 2009 and a dispute over one of its contracts.
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Street View nod prompts call for privacy watchdog reform

Updated Frustrated by years of alleged intransigence in dealing with complaints about privacy-infringing new technologies, activists have called for politicians to investigate and reform the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO).
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Go, Brown, go!

It's easy to mock this government's bumbling attempts to get political mileage out of Web-2-point-twattery - fun, too.
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Supersonic stealth jumpjet passes hover thrust test

Pic The F-35B supersonic stealth jumpjet which will replace the famous Harrier in the British and US forces has successfully completed "hover pit" testing, according to lead maker Lockheed. The company says that the plane is able to generate 550 pounds more vertical thrust than was required.
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3PAR revs CTO office for major changes

Comment It starts innocuously enough, but follow this thread and the implications start building up. 3PAR has a new engineering VP.
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Number 10 doubles as 'House of Flying Nokias'

Gordon Brown earned a place alongside the likes of Naomi Campbell today, when a financial newswire claimed that the PM likes to vent his frustration on pieces of personal technology.
Joe Fay, 24 2009
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UK.gov cautious on EU cyberwar effort

Security chiefs are considering joining an EU wargame to help guard critical internet infrastructure against attacks from enemy states or criminals, but Whitehall officials are concerned other members of the bloc are not ready.

Duracell and Belkin in USB car charger race

Hooking your laptop into your car’s battery for a little on-the-road juice isn’t the safest of options. So battery business Duracell and IT peripherals firm Belkin have launched competing in-car USB chargers.

Sheep ad not cruel, bleats Samsung

Samsung has shorn off criticism from animal rights group PETA that its latest TV advert is cruel to sheep.

Apple slices retail staff as sales slide

Apple has cut the number of full-time retail staff it employs from 15,600 to 14,000 as sales growth slowed in the second quarter of 2009.
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Baby Shakergate: Apple officially sorry

In a statement Apple has apologised for allowing Baby Shaker into the iTunes store, on the basis that "deeply offensive" content shouldn't be allowed.
Bill Ray, 24 2009
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Acer Ubuntu nettop to get quiet storage switch

Acer's Nvidia Ion-based micro desktop PC, Revo, will go on sale in the UK on 5 May, with Ubuntu Linux among the available operating systems.
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GeoCities demolished

Yahoo! plans to close GeoCities, the dot com era build-your-own-website operation it paid $4.6bn in stock for in 1999.
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Facebook wins Zimbabwe election on T&Cs

Facebook is claiming a victory in a vote to decide on changes to its terms and conditions, even though only 0.03 per cent of users voted on changes.
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Sockets, cores and threads, oh my

Intel gave us lucky hacks a post-Nehalem launch briefing to outline aspects of its near-term processor roadmap. Here's a fast-paced tour through the briefing content.
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T-Mobile lays ground for embedded SIMs

T-Mobile USA has announced plans to use embedded SIM chips in devices making use of its GSM network, preventing punters from using them on other networks by switching the SIM.
Bill Ray, 24 2009

Apple fined $19m in 'Predictive Snooping' case

Apple has been ordered to pay $19m (£12.9m/€14.3m) in damages after losing a patent infringement case which its lawyers hoped might only cost the firm $270,000.

Gadget charger harnesses sunlight and wind power

Much has been written about solar-powered gadgets and chargers, but what if there isn’t much sunlight around when your iPod runs flat? Well, according to one manufacturer, a little wind’s all you need.
Canon PowerShot SX200 IS

Canon PowerShot SX200 IS compact camera

Review So, you’re off on your travels and you’re wondering what type of camera to pack along with the suntan lotion and the insect repellent. A digital SLR takes great photos, but it’s a bit on the bulky side. A compact is highly pocketable but there are compromises when it comes to performance, while a hybrid doesn’t save you a great deal of space. Well, why not try a travel-cam?
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Apple medical leave halts Jobsian jet-setting

Steve Jobs has become quite the homebody. His private jet has remained grounded during his absence from day-to-day duties at Apple.
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Joost puts self in shop window

Joost - the financially fang-less internet TV service created by the founders of Skype and Kazaa - is reportedly shopping itself around to satellite and cable providers.
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Yelp (half-)answers 'Extortion 2.0' claim

In an effort to deflect criticism of its business model - which one paper has called 'Extortion 2.0' - Yelp has added a public forum to its new-age city guide where business owners can publicly respond to reviews from the site's hipper-than-thou users.
Cade Metz, 24 2009
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Windows 7 and the Linux lesson

You may love Linux or hate it, but when a distribution is complete, there's very little hesitation by commercial operators when it comes to getting the completed operating system out there.
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MySpace taps Facebook vet as CEO

MySpace is tapping former Facebook executive Owen Van Natta as its new chief executive, replacing the social networking site's co-founder Chris DeWolfe.
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US Congress inspects deep packet inspection

The dust-up over internet privacy has returned to Capitol Hill.
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Security experts rate the world's most dangerous exploits

Criminal hackers continue to penetrate many more company networks than most administrators care to admit, according to two security experts who offered a list of the most effective exploits used to gain entry.
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After mass security lapse, RBS Worldpay gets IRS contract

RBS Worldpay - the electronic payment processor that admitted it exposed sensitive financial records for millions of customers - has been awarded a contract by the Internal Revenue Service to process tax return payments next year.