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Microsoft doubles quarterly revenue drop

Microsoft has recorded its second year-on-year decline in quarterly revenue, more than double the size of the first crash it reported this spring.
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Citrix: A long run to VMware

What a contrast Citrix Systems and VMware make in the server and desktop virtualization arenas. And who would have guessed that Citrix would have been the more profitable company in the most recent quarter?
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Amazon's soaring revenues depress Wall Street

Amazon continues to prove that a melting economy doesn't necessarily mean you can't continue to expand sales on the world's largest etail site. During the second quarter ending June 30, the company pulled in revenues of $4.65 billion, a fifteen per cent jump from the same quarter last year.
Cade Metz, 24 2009
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O2 unveils small biz landline to mobile link

O2 is launching "Fixed Number Anywhere", which allows you to automatically reroute calls made to a landline to a mobile phone.
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Digital Vision GiGo DV-DTR1 USB PVR

Review "Today's digital VCR replacement" is how the UK manufacturer Digital Vision describes its new GiGo Freeview set-top box. Designed to sell for less than £70, the device is a granny-friendly PVR with an unusual feature that will appeal to geeks (at least to this one). Unlike the majority of PVRs on the UK market, the GiGo records TV in a way that makes the data readily transferrable to your PC for editing and re-encoding.
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Swine flu site struggles to stay up

The government's swine flu information website and symptom checker struggled to deal with demand last night as anxious snifflers, hypochondriacs and fraudsters deluged the site.
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Rockstar opens up about GTA-based film

Rockstar Games’ Vice President has admitted that a film based on the Grand Theft Auto videogame series isn’t totally out of the question.
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Vodafone UK revenue down in Q1

Vodafone UK saw a 4.7 per cent fall in first quarter revenue despite good growth in data services.
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Adobe promises fix for critical Flash hole next week

Adobe has promised to fix a critical vulnerability in its Flash player software by the end of next week.
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Canadian uni catches the rebranding sniffles

LogoWatch Canada's University of Waterloo has caught a light case of the rebranding sniffles, having decided to flush its old brand frontage (left) down the toilet of history and unveil an exciting "new marketing-oriented visual identity" (right):
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Google Latitude maps way onto iPhone

Would-be spies or stalkers can now use the iPhone to track down cheating partners or roving friends, following Google’s launch of its Latitude location-based service (LBS) for the Apple smartphone.
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Oracle takes it to the bridge with GoldenGate buy

Database giant Oracle is buying Silicon Valley real-time data firm GoldenGate Software, for an undisclosed sum.
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UKUUG Summer Conference 2009

Reader offer If you want to swap knowledge and learn about the latest happenings in the Open Source and Free Software world, there’s a conference for you in Birmingham this summer.
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Hybrid warship in development

Leccy Tech The US Navy has awarded a multi-million dollar contract to a high-tech research firm, in an effort to turn its DDG-51 Arleigh Burke Class destroyers into floating Prius warships.
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Street View snooptrike stalks Siena

A couple of months back, the Vulture Central Street View Monitoring Bureau got word that the Great Satan of Mountain View had neatly circumvented the problem of capturing pedestrianised urban areas with its all-seeing eye by deploying a fleet of sinister snooptrikes.
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Beeb and co offload failed Kangaroo platform

Telly networks BBC Worldwide, ITV and Channel 4 confirmed plans yesterday to ditch an unsuccessful attempt to provide a commercial internet TV service in the UK, by agreeing to sell the platform to Arqiva Ltd.
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BOFH: Hammer time!

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Kind soul donates Claymore mine to charity

A kind soul who donated a Claymore mine to charity prompted the evacuation of a Colorado shopping centre earlier this week.
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Android to invade in-home gadgets during 2009?

Gadget manufacturers will launch a range of Android-based devices for use in and around the home this year, according to a touchscreen gadget company.
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Info Tribunal fluffed on FOI, rules High Court

The Information Tribunal misunderstood part of a Freedom of Information (FOI) Act request and failed to properly adjudicate other parts of it, the High Court has said. The case must be re-considered by the Tribunal.
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MS adds sandboxing to Office 2010

Microsoft has announced plans to introduce sandboxing technology with the next version of its Office suite.
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Bezos begs forgiveness for Amazon's Big Brother moment

Jeff Bezos, boss of Amazon, has apologised for the stupid way his company went about deleting customer copies of George Orwell's 1984.
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Swedish lesbians suck sperm banks dry

Sweden's fertility clinics are racking up a serious backlog of people waiting for artificial insemination, due in part to a "spike" in demand from lesbian couples for vital supplies of man juice.
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Pentax Optio W80

Review There are some things you should never mix with water, such as a fine malt or electricity. Another is your digital camera, unless you happen to be the proud owner of a Pentax Optio W80.
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Shoot-to-kill policy targets Hull's P2P users

Bittorrent users are being disconnected in Hull without warning by the local ISP - and must promise not to do it again before service can be restored, the BBC's Look North reports.
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Storage start-ups fail to set the world on fire

Comment Try this point of view on for size: there is no general large scale file storage problem. Companies set up to deal with that problem have failed to set the world on fire and over-invested ones, like ONSTor and Copan, are facing difficulties.
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When application security meets the real world

Regcast Check out The Register’s take on Application Security, in this on-demand webcast.
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iPhone security cracked, smacked and broken

A researcher has delved into the encryption used to protect content on the iPhone 3GS, only to claim it is "entirely useless" and that he had "[never] seen encryption implemented so poorly before".
Bill Ray, 24 2009
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Sony commits to touchscreen Vaio PCs

Sony has unveiled plans to launch a selection of touch-sensitive Vaio PCs, following the impending release of Windows 7.
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Electropulse weapon fear spreads to UK politicos

A campaign by US right wingers, designed to raise fears of an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack they allege could cripple Western nations and lead to chaos, is targeting British politicians, with some success.
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Pirate Bay gets shirty with Dutch anti-piracy group

The Pirate Bay is counter-suing a member of the Dutch anti-piracy group for defamation.
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IBM touts Power Systems prowess on SAP tests

Server maker IBM is touting its ability to run ERP software from SAP as a means to promote its Power Systems servers running AIX, and it is using an SAP Sales and Distribution (SD) benchmark test to try to prove the value of its Power-based machinery.
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Security researchers unpick botnet economics

The economics of botnets and the sale of stolen information in underground bazaars have been detailed in greater depth then ever before in new research from Kasperky Lab.
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Key McKinnon extradition ruling due next week

Appeal judges will deliver a ruling next Friday on whether or not extradition proceedings against Gary McKinnon can proceed following his recent diagnosis with Asperger's Syndrome.
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Palm restores Pré iTunes synchronisation

Pré owners can once more synchronise the phone with iTunes, following the release of a software update for the Palm smartphone.
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Google kicks Maestro into touch

Google Checkout - the search giant's online payment system - will stop accepting payments from Maestro cards from next week.
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O2 leaves travellers in the lurch

Updated A mere day after cutting data access for domestic users, O2 has managed to leave those customers travelling abroad without even a voice service to keep them connected.
Bill Ray, 24 2009
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Shoot to kill: Karoo relents

Local ISP Karoo changed its disconnection policy this afternoon after a storm of publicity blew through the town of Hull.
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Microsoft airbrushes anti-Apple ad

Bowing to pressure from Apple's legal department - and that pesky imperative known as "the truth" - Microsoft has edited one of its Laptop Hunter ads to reflect Apple's new MacBook pricing.
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Germanic types in yodeling copyright tussle

What's exactly in a yodel that brings a rosy hue to the milkmaid's cheek and spins the goatherd's lederhosen in knots?
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Remote IT support tool hijacks customer webserver

On Thursday morning, IT consultant Paul Nash received an urgent call from a client whose Apache webserver had crashed the previous night and inexplicably wouldn't restart. Equally vexing, people who tried to visit the client's website during the 10-hour outage received a message advertising TeamViewer, a maker of widely used software for remotely managing PCs and servers.
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AMD foundry spin-off breaks $4.2bn ground

Global Foundries*, the chipmaker spun-off by AMD earlier this year, announced on Friday that it had broken ground on its $4.2bn manufacturing facility in upstate New York.
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Microsoft: GPL violation didn't drive Linux donation

OSCON Microsoft is standing by its decision to release thousands of lines of code to the GPL, saying the decision wasn't based on a violation of the popular license.