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Google slips $3.1bn through 'Double Irish' tax loophole

Google has saved $3.1bn in taxes since 2007 by shuttling its foreign profits through Ireland and the Netherlands, then on to a haven in Bermuda, according to the company's regulatory filings.
Cade Metz, 22 2010

Citrix puffs profits 64% with cloudy wares

Citrix revenues rose by 17.8 per cent, to $472.2m in the third quarter, while net income climbed 64.3 per cent, to $81.5m.
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Microsoft cuts loose Iron languages

Microsoft has officially ended a half-decade flirtation with building its own .NETized scripting languages, and it lost a languages guru to Google in the process.
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One-third of iPad fanbois don't download apps

Updated One-third of iPad owners have never downloaded a single app, either paid or free.
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TVonics DTR-HD500 Freeview HD DVR

Review The design is bonkers, of course. TVonics has never favoured the box-like looks preferred by its rivals, of course, but the DTR-HD500, with its oval, upward sloping front-meets-top, owes more to the likes of the Sony PlayStation 3 than other DVRs.
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Nokia locks* out Symbian staffers

Exclusive Nokia staff working on Symbian development in Cambridge were sent home yesterday, while the London crowd sloped off early after being told that 300 will lose their jobs.
Bill Ray, 22 2010

Just how special are Power Users?

Workshop Power users are often at the cutting edge of an organisation’s revenue generation, product development, operational excellence or strategic core, and as such they require excellent IT systems to support their role. In years gone by, the needs of these specialist workers often necessitated that their PCs be customised and configured precisely to their needs.
Tony Lock, 22 2010
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Socitm: IT crucial in coping with cuts

The public sector IT professionals' association (Socitm) has said the sharp cuts in public spending will give IT a stronger role in public services
Kable, 22 2010
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S African rhino rustlers tackled using satellite horn implants

Rhinos in South Africa have been fitted with tracker bugs implanted in their horns, in an attempt by game wardens to frustrate poachers. Powdered rhino horn is much in demand in the Far East, where it is considered an aid to a gentleman's boudoir prowess.
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Cinema iPhone pirate escapes jail in test case appeal

A Harrow man who was thrown in jail for six months for fraudulently filming Hollywood films at a Vue cinema saw his sentence successfully quashed on appeal to a 12-month community order.
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Hands on with the new Apple MacBook Air

Preview Let's get the hard part out of the way at the start. The new MacBook Air isn't a cheap computer, and was never going to be.
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InPhase holo-storage firm in deathmarch tug o' war

The two venture capital owners of failed holographic storage developer InPhase are at war. One wants to auction all the company's remaining assets, while the other thinks it can do a phoenix and rise from the ashes.
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HP whips out iPad challenger Windows 7 fondle-slab

HP has finally launched the slate it demonstrated in January, bringing the weight of Windows 7 to the iPad fight.
Bill Ray, 22 2010
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Intrepid Vulture 1 spaceplane pilot arrives at PARIS project

The Paper Aircraft Released Into Space team were on hand this morning to greet our Vulture 1 pilot as he jetted into Spain ahead of this weekend's historic aerospace event.
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Nokia ends cruel and unusual 'Symbian programming' practices

Nokia has bowed to international pressure and agreed to end the cruel and unusual practice of programming natively for the Symbian OS. It still wants developers to target Symbian, but using the more humane Qt APIs instead.
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NHS: Big tech might be OK for patient power

The Department of Health has released its consultations on patient rights and the future of IT. Does this mean no more security fails, privacy breaches and wastage ahead?
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Facebook to encrypt user IDs to block 'inadvertent sharing'

Facebook has introduced plans to encrypt user IDs in a move seemingly designed to placate critics following recent privacy kerfuffles.
Fallout: New Vegas

Fallout: New Vegas

Review Ever wanted to tangle with mutated creatures - and I'm not talking about the strippers - in a post-apocalyptic Las Vegas? The new Fallout installment now comes with added factions and pimped-out weapons, allowing you to wander the Mojave Desert in style before taking your rightful title as King of New Vegas.
Lucy Orr, 22 2010
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Facebook, chums splash cash at social network wannabes

Facebook, Zynga and Amazon.com formed a pact with venture capital outfit Kleiner Perkins and a brace of media outlets yesterday, in a $250m effort to fund social media startups.
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Chinese regime opens Google Earth rival

China's State Bureau for Surveying and Mapping (SBSM) has launched a 3D web-based site of satellite images of many Chinese cities.
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Mobe operators foresee SIM-based contactless payment

Operator alliance GSMA has teamed up with the European Payments Council to work out how mobile payments will work, reaching the shock conclusion that operators are essential in banking.
Bill Ray, 22 2010
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Microsoft sings Happy Birthday to Windows 7

Comment Today marks the first anniversary of Microsoft’s Windows 7 operating system. Meanwhile, the OS that refuses to die – Windows XP – turns nine on Monday, 25 October.
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Android con offers ex-Nokia staff discount

The organiser of Droidcon is offering a discount to Nokia's Symbian development staff at the gathering of London's Android developers.
Bill Ray, 22 2010
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Our Moon is wet and welcoming, says excited NASA

The Moon has water in usable amounts in one of its south-polar craters, scientists have announced. The news means that manned Moonbases could potentially be much cheaper to operate than they would otherwise be.
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Seagate-Steve trash for Apple-Steve flash pash

The MacBook Air is not a pointer to a diskless notebook future, according to Seagate chairman and CEO Stephen Luczo.

XP? Thanks for the memories

Workshop Windows XP has been a spectacular success for Microsoft. Many companies avoided moving to Vista as it was such a big change.
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US and UK gov cyber defences = big boys' trough-slurp

Commitments by the UK government and others to improve cybersecurity by increased spending are more likely to benefit established security vendors with well-oiled lobbying machines than innovative start-ups, according to one of the pioneers of the industry segment.
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UK IT projects must pull up socks, says hefty maven

The UK coalition government will have to ensure fewer failed public sector IT projects in the future if it wants to avoid a public backlash, according to the former boss of the Office of Government Commerce (OGC) Sir Peter Gershon.
Ken Young, 22 2010
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Three punts big-screen HTC Android phone

Three has got its mitts on HTC's big-screen Android 2.2 smartphone, the Desire HD.
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QLogic CFO Biddiscombe moves up to CEO

Storage adaptor firm QLogic will have a new CEO from 15 November onwards. Simon Biddiscombe, the current chief financial officer, has been appointed by QLGC's board of directors.
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Tesco touts Samsung Android tablet

Tesco has become the latest supplier to price up Samsung's Galaxy Tab, due to go on sale on 1 November.
Hard Reg, 22 2010
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Femtocells outnumber proper mobe towers in US

America now has more femtocells than real cells, with 350,000 Americans now happily supplying free backhaul to their beloved network operators.
Bill Ray, 22 2010
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Vulture 1 spaceplane launch countdown on hold

The planned launch of PARIS has been knocked back until Sunday due to less than favourable weather.
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Drug-addled scooter twock teen hit with bizarre crypto ban

A 15-year-old Californian caught with a stolen scooter while high on drugs has been banned from using encryption - despite the lack of any computer crime element to his alleged offences. In fact, there was actually no computer involved in the commission of the crime at all.
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Obama consults Steve Jobs on making America great again

Barack Obama called on Steve Jobs yesterday to discuss the challenges facing the US economy.
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Apple to sell 420,000 11.6in MacBook Airs this quarter

Apple's 11.6in MacBook Air will be the most popular model of the company's new skinny laptop line-up, which, in toto, will amount to 17 per cent of Apple's Mac sales in the current quarter.
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Brussels smackdown for Spanish media'n'kit copy levy

The European Court has upheld the right of copyright businesses in the EU to ask for a 'private copying levy', but slapped down Spain for applying it indiscriminately. The Court was hearing a case brought by the Spanish music collecting society SGAE against a storage vendor called Padewan.
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Is Steve Ballmer (finally) kicking ass at Microsoft?

Radio Reg To lose one business president might be regarded as a misfortune, but to lose two plus your chief software architect looks like rats jumping the ship.
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Apple bolts chastity belt on super svelte MacBook Air

Photos Apple doesn't want you mucking about inside its new 11.6-inch MacBook Air. But once you get past its defences, you'll find that its SSD-on-a-card storage system is a snap to remove.
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Symbian Foundation faces closure

The Nokia-backed consortium fighting off Android and the iPhone is facing closure.
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How to stop Apple and Google's great web lockdown

Open...and Shut Both Google and Apple are vying to win the "Most Open Platform" prize in the mobile computing beauty pageant, but neither deserves the blue ribbon.
Matt Asay, 22 2010
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Gosling blows lid off Jobs Java nonsense

Steve Jobs has apparently weighed into the debate over Apple's decision to deprecate Java on the Mac, and his terse explanation was promptly deprecated by Java founder James Gosling.
Cade Metz, 22 2010
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Google: Street View cars grabbed emails, urls, passwords

Google has publicly acknowledged that the WiFi data collected by its world-roving Street View cars contained entire emails, URLs, and passwords.
Cade Metz, 22 2010