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Cisco beats diminished sales targets in Q2

Cisco Systems CEO John Chambers insisted that the networking giant's second quarter of fiscal 2011 played out as expected when he announced that quarter's financial numbers on Wednesday. Revenues were a little better than anticipated, rising 6 per cent to $10.4bn, but net income was slammed 17.9 per cent compared to the year-ago period, dropping to $1.52bn.
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No new strings for Guitar Hero

Continued declined in the music games genre has led Activision Blizzard to do the unthinkable: development of its Guitar Hero games has been discontinued and the business unit disbanded.
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Hack of Irish job site exposes user names, addresses

Employment search site RecruitIreland.com has reopened its doors following a security breach that exposed users' names and email addresses.
Dan Goodin, 10 Feb 2011
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HP rocks Redmond with webOS PC play

When the world's largest computer maker announced that it plans to equip laptops and desktops with its own operating system, you can be sure that the squeals emanating from Redmond's corner offices were not squeals of delight. And we're guessing the denizens of Cupertino's executive suites pricked up their ears as well.
Rik Myslewski, 10 Feb 2011
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Rackspace borgs OpenStack project cloud brains

OpenStack co-founder Rackspace is buying the brains behind the other half of the open-source cloud project, in a deal that radically alters who runs the initiative.
Gavin Clarke, 10 Feb 2011
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Google and Facebook named as Twitter suitors

Google and Facebook have emerged as possible buyers of Twitter, according to the Wall Street Journal.
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Nokia Digital Radio Headset DAB

Review It’s not uncommon to find an FM radio on a smart phone these days. And while the iPhone has seen fit to do without such a thing, it’s a great way to get your music and news on the move, without the need for Wi-Fi connection or any drain on your data tariff.
Dave Oliver, 10 Feb 2011
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Three jailed for phone box thievery

Three people were jailed for three years each yesterday for their part in stealing thousands of pounds from BT phone boxes.
John Oates, 10 Feb 2011
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Discovery survives feeler gauge disintegration

NASA has proved just how seriously it takes space shuttle safety after technicians "performed a walk down" of Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Pad 39A to assess the impact on Discovery of a disintegrating feeler gauge.
Lester Haines, 10 Feb 2011
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Subdued RM says government cuts challenge its business

IT schools supplier RM has blamed the government's allocation of education funds for what it described as "subdued" market conditions.
Kelly Fiveash, 10 Feb 2011
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Mumsnet backtracks support for net filter

Cuddly, child-loving web forum, mumsnet was last night licking its wounds after a page providing fairly uncritical support for government proposals to censor the web was first mauled by geek attack – and then taken down.
Jane Fae , 10 Feb 2011
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First reports on XM-25 Judge Dredd smartgun in A'Stan

First reports are emerging on the performance of the futuristic, Judge Dredd style XM-25 computer smartgun, which went into combat with frontline US troops in Afghanistan in December. The hi-tech rifle - almost a portable artillery piece - is said to have been dubbed "the Punisher" by soldiers who have used it.
Lewis Page, 10 Feb 2011
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Wii Countdown conundrum brands family 'SH*THEADS'

An "outraged" mum has recounted how a Wii game based on Channel 4's Countdown blasted SHITHEADS into the innocent face of her wide-eyed sprog.
Lester Haines, 10 Feb 2011
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Amazon buys bloody big shed for Dublin data centre

Amazon has bought a 240,000 sq ft warehouse in Dublin and will build a data centre there.
Team Register, 10 Feb 2011
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100s to be contacted in re-opened NotW hacking case

Hundreds of people whose voicemails might have been intercepted in an illegal trawl for celebrity gossip by the News of the World are likely to be contacted by police as part of a re-opened investigation into the long-running scandal.
John Leyden, 10 Feb 2011
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HP cans WebOS 2 updates for older Palms

WebOS fans are up in arms after HP admitted that older Palm-branded products will not gain the access to the updated operating system that will ship with the upcoming Veer and Pre 3 smartphones.
Tony Smith, 10 Feb 2011
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Nikon refreshes Coolpix range with serious zoom

Nikon has refreshed its Coolpix range of cameras, with focus on improvements in zoom and low-light shooting capabilities.
Caleb Cox, 10 Feb 2011
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Everything Everywhere dips toe in retail waters

Everything Everywhere, the amalgamated Orange and T-Mobile networks, is opening five instances of a "new creative concept in communications retailing" – or shops as we used to call them.
Bill Ray, 10 Feb 2011
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No 'tipping point' for Arctic sea ice - latest science

OK, so the floating Arctic ice cap appears to be shrinking. Catastrophe if it goes on, right? As white ice reflects heat into space, past a certain point more and more heat will not be reflected, more and more ice will melt. Past such a "tipping point", the ice cap would never recover - it would vanish completely, taking with it the ice cover of Greenland which would cause huge rises in sea levels and Biblical flooding worldwide.
Lewis Page, 10 Feb 2011
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Sony to use social network dweebery to sell 3D TVs

Sony is turning to trendy online service Foursquare in a desperate bid to interest yoof in 3D TVs.
Tony Smith, 10 Feb 2011
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Skinning the DV cat

Desktop virtualisation The IT sector is at once innovative and cyclical, throwing up new technologies that are updated variations on hoary old ones.
Danny Bradbury, 10 Feb 2011
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Brocade says if FCoE doesn't happen, it will be ready

Hold the front page: Brocade told financial analysts that the Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCOE) transition may not happen. Oh, and it said it had messed up an IBM relationship.
Chris Mellor, 10 Feb 2011
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Five essential BlackBerry apps for leisure

There’s no doubt that much of the iPhone’s success is down to Apple’s online App Store, which now offers thousands of games and entertainment offerings for the ever-growing range of iOS devices.
Cliff Joseph, 10 Feb 2011
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BSA nabs Chester MS software pirate

A label company near Chester has handed over £24,800 after it was caught by the Business Software Alliance using unlicensed copies of Microsoft Office.
John Oates, 10 Feb 2011
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Android inches nearer NFC nirvana

An incremental Android update adds APIs for writing tags as well as reading them.
Bill Ray, 10 Feb 2011
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Improving productivity through BPM

Video Business process management (BPM) has traditionally been associated with hard-core process automation, and has often involved the use of similarly hard-core techniques like Lean Six Sigma.
Phil Mitchell, 10 Feb 2011
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Italian white van man nudges sound barrier

An Italian driver faces a €165 fine and three points off his licence for impressively nudging the speed of sound in a Fiat Doblo.
Lester Haines, 10 Feb 2011
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UK.gov plugs £10m into North Wales 'superfast' broadband rollout

The government is ponying up £10m to help deploy "superfast" broadband fibre in North Wales.
Kelly Fiveash, 10 Feb 2011
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Roberts Stream 63i

Review British radio stalwart Roberts has been releasing a steady stream of DAB and FM models and is increasingly combining its options into various categories of music system. The Stream 63i is the latest do-it-all model offering CD player, iPod dock, FM and DAB radio, Internet radio and audio streaming using your home network too.
Dave Oliver, 10 Feb 2011
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'Chinese cyberspies' target energy giants

Five global energy and oil firms have been the target of "coordinated covert and targeted cyberattacks" by hackers based in China, according to net security firm McAfee.
John Leyden, 10 Feb 2011
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WinPho 7 '1.1' set for March release

Still waiting for your first Windows Phone 7 firmware update? You'll have to wait a little longer, it seems.
Tony Smith, 10 Feb 2011
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Holland slashes carbon targets, shuns wind for nuclear

In a radical change of policy, the Netherlands is reducing its targets for renewable energy and slashing the subsidies for wind and solar power. It's also given the green light for the country's first new nuclear power plants for almost 40 years.
Andrew Orlowski, 10 Feb 2011
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'Race against time' to find LOST TREES from the MOON

NASA has appealed for help from the public in tracking down a plague of 'Moon trees' grown from seeds brought back from a 1971 lunar mission in an astronaut's personal kit. Space boffins say that the seeds survived in conditions of total vacuum and are thought to have been planted out at various locations on Earth, growing into trees outwardly resembling terrestrial species.
Lewis Page, 10 Feb 2011
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Apple's casual Xbox: Apple TV seeded for online gaming

How about this for an online gaming set-up: an 1080p HD TV for display duties, an Apple TV as your console, and an iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch as your controller?
Tony Smith, 10 Feb 2011
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MPs' IT support costs £1.122m

If you've ever wondering how much it costs to show MPs and their staff how to use their computers, the answer is in - £1.22m.
Joe Fay, 10 Feb 2011
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Iranian web developer faces death over porn site charges

An Iranian web developer faces the threat of execution over allegations he helped develop and promote pornographic websites in the strict Muslim country.
John Leyden, 10 Feb 2011
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Net censors use UK's kid-safety frenzy to justify clampdown

An obsession with child protection in the UK and throughout the EU is encouraging a cavalier approach to law-making, which less democratic regimes are using to justify much broader repression on any speech seen as extreme or dangerous.
Jane Fae , 10 Feb 2011
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Russian volunteer army to fight 'dangerous content' online

The call is going out in Russia for a new volunteer army to combat the menace of "negative" content on the internet.
Jane Fae , 10 Feb 2011
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British e-reader readers still not stealing books

Eight per cent of UK adults have paid money for an electronic book since Christmas, with the average reader getting through 5.75 titles by the end of January.
Bill Ray, 10 Feb 2011
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US gov says it can't build an interstellar starship

Space enthusiasts will no doubt rejoice at the news that the wealthiest and most powerful organisation yet assembled by the human race – to wit, the US government – reports early progress in its plan to build an interstellar starship capable of carrying people to other star systems than our own.
Lewis Page, 10 Feb 2011
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UK.gov shreds last ID scheme hard drives

The government destroyed the final 500 hard drives that contained the national identity register today.
Kelly Fiveash, 10 Feb 2011
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Anonymous hack showed password re-use becoming endemic

Computer scientists have discovered that password re-use is far more prevalent than previously thought after comparing a sample of matched passwords that spilled out at a result of the revenge attack by Anonymous against security researchers HBGary with the earlier Gawker password breach sample set.
John Leyden, 10 Feb 2011
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Nominet asks what you think of police domain grab

Nominet is asking for feedback on proposals from the police which would allow them to "switch off" websites used by criminals.
John Oates, 10 Feb 2011
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Ford Focus 2011

First Look Ford describes the new Focus, being launched to its dealer network today, as being its most technology packed car yet. It's not fibbing, but not every model gets the lot.
Tony Smith, 10 Feb 2011
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Opera uncloaks browser for Apple fondleslabs

Opera has developed a version of its Opera Mini browser for the Apple iPad, and it intends to show the thing off next week at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
Cade Metz, 10 Feb 2011
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Hack reveals passwords from locked iPhones and iPads

Researchers have devised a method for stealing passwords stored on locked iPhones and iPads that doesn't require cracking of the device's passcode.
Dan Goodin, 10 Feb 2011
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Gaming sales wilt after Australian retail orgy

Australian gaming nerds have emerged blinking into the sunlight, and it’s not good news for the country’s formerly- buoyant retail gaming sector. Sales slumped by 16 per cent in 2010 with revenues of AUS$1.7 billion.
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Screen Australia and YouTube to put Oz summer in the can

Australian film makers are aiming to replicate the user-generated feature film "Life in a Day" experimental project pioneered by YouTube and producer Ridley Scott. The film that resulted from that project was recently screened at the Sundance Film Festival.
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Teradata says Ellison can't keep it down

Oracle co-founder and CEO Larry Ellison likes to make a lot of noise about his Oracle's Exadata data warehousing and online transaction processing appliances, among many other things. Mike Koehler, president and chief executive officer at Teradata, is not as brash as Ellison - who is? - but he also said in a call with Wall Street analysts today going over his company's Q4 results that there has been "no pressure" from Oracle's Exadata appliances on Teradata.
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Google brings 2-factor authentication to Gmail

Google will allow users of Gmail and its other free online services to employ a second form of verification when logging in that uses one-time passwords transmitted over mobile or land-line phones.
Dan Goodin, 10 Feb 2011
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Microsoft 'personalizes' Bing search results

Microsoft is now "personalizing" searches on Bing, tailoring results to the user's particular location and search history.
Cade Metz, 10 Feb 2011
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Free Android encryption comes to Egypt

Free cellphone encryption is coming to Android users in Egypt courtesy of San Francisco software maker Whisper Systems.
Dan Goodin, 10 Feb 2011