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YouTube to go mobile with Verizon?

Video sharing site YouTube looks set to expand from the web onto mobile phones, with speculation that a deal with telecoms firm Verizon is close to agreement. According to the Wall Street Journal, "advanced" talks are taking place between the companies to bring YouTube's videos to mobile phones and TV. Under the new deal, …
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Vodafone and MS strike mobile platform deal

Vodafone and Microsoft are collaborating on developing software to help users take their office with them while they travel. The agreement will see the companies co-operate so that applications available to Vodafone users, such as mobile e-mail, are able to work with Microsoft's Windows Mobile operating system. The deal …
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Spammers go island hopping to bypass filter

Anti-spam researchers at security company McAfee have discovered a new spamming trend nicknamed 'spam island-hopping'. The new trend involves spammers using the domain names of small islands as website links in spam campaigns. McAfee has traced spam activity from the Isle of Man to the tiny tropical island of Tokelau in the …
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Assault by battery: Sony's profits go up in flames

Sony's quarterly profits plunged 94 per cent following fall-out from its exploding battery woes. The consumer electronic giant's predicament is there for all to see as it posted net profits of just 1.7bn yen ($14.3m €11.3m) for its second financial quarter on Thursday. Sony also reported an operating loss of 20.8bn yen ($175. …
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MySpace: social sites will never be friends

A leading MySpace executive has said it is extremely unlikely that there will ever be integration between social networking websites. Jay Stephens, vice president of sales and operations with MySpace, told attendees at the Empathy Marketing conference in Dublin on Wednesday that sites such as Bebo, Facebook and MySpace are …
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Samsung has bloody good quarter

Samsung has reported a 16 per cent increase in profits for the third quarter of 2006 compared with the same period in 2005. The Korean electronics giant posted net profit of 2.19 trillion won (€1.83bn) for the three months ending 30 September. This is far higher than analysts' expectations of a net profit of 1.89 trillion won …
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Ireland off the hook

The European Commission is set to drop proceedings against Ireland for infringing European Union telecoms rules. Ireland was facing action due to the unavailability of automatic caller location information for emergency services when someone dialed them on the single European emergency number: 112. It is expected the …
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Sony Ericsson blames hit products for Q3 profits surge

Sony Ericsson has announced pre-tax earnings of €433m for its fiscal third quarter, up 187 per cent year-on-year. This marks a profit increase of €222m compared to the €211m recorded during its last fiscal quarter and a rise of €282m versus the same three-month period a year ago. Sony Ericsson, which is the world's fourth …
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Murtagh to take control of Smart Telecom

Millionaire entrepreneur Brendan Murtagh has offered to buy Smart Telecom for the grand sum of €1, as well as a 10 per cent stake in BidCo, the company formed to make the offer. The disposal recommended by Smart's directors means BidCo will assume Smart's estimated liabilities of €40m. Construction and property industry …
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Play chess on your nearest e-voting machine

IT professionals in the Netherlands have demonstrated that the type of e-voting machines chosen by the Irish government for election counts can be secretly hacked. Using documentation obtained from the Irish Department of the Environment, Dutch IT experts from anti e-voting group, "Wij vertrouwen stemcomputers niet" (We don't …
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Eircom pulls plug on Smart customers

Smart Telecom suspended trading on the AIM on Tuesday in order to protect its falling share price after infrastructure owner Eircom disconnected around 45,000 of its customers. It's feared that an additional 17,000 Smart Telecom customers could be left without any broadband or phone services - including emergency calls - as …
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Tesco launches own-brand software

First there was the computers for schools scheme, now Tesco is releasing software for all. The grocery giant is releasing its own line of software at budget prices that will see it go head to head with Microsoft. Tesco supermarkets in Britain and Ireland will offer six packages including office software, security systems, a …
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Microsoft enters 'Soapbox' derby

In the US a soapbox derby is a go-kart race, and with Microsoft's launch of its Soapbox video service it's certainly racing to catch up with YouTube. Microsoft has launched a beta version of Soapbox on the MSN Video service which allows internet users to upload and share homemade films. Aside from far and away market leaders …
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MX-Sweep creates new jobs in Trim

Irish e-security firm MX-Sweep is to create 10 new jobs as it positions itself to expand in both the Irish and international markets. The firm, which has its offices in Britain, has decided to open a European sales headquarters in Trim, Co. Meath. MX-Sweep currently employs four staff primarily in executive roles. This latest …
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PC market slows but outlook positive: IDC

Growth in the worldwide PC market dipped below 10 per cent in the second quarter of 2006, according to latest figures from IDC. Over 52 million units were shipped globally, representing growth in the quarter of 9.8 per cent. This is 0.6 per cent below expectations and slower than in recent quarters. In light of the results …
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Broadband report highlights 'two-speed' Europe

Sixty four million people now have broadband access across the 25 countries of the EU, but Ireland remains near the bottom of the pile in terms of penetration. That's according to the latest Broadband Scorecard, from the European Competitive Telecommunications Association (ECTA), which reveals that broadband penetration across …
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Profits and revenue up at Horizon

Horizon Technology has reported revenue of €131.2m for the first half of 2006, up 39.5 per cent from the €94m posted for the same period last year. The systems integration company, which announced its intention to acquire the Irish business software firm Enterprise Process Consulting (EPC) back in April, announced a gross …
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Commission concerned about Vista security

Microsoft has fallen foul of the European Commission yet again over plans for its Vista operating system. The European Commission is concerned that the tech giant's plans to include certain security features in its new operating system goes against competition regulations, mainly that the included security features will lock …
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High-tech crime forum to fight phishing

Irish banks have responded to internet scams such as phishing by setting up a forum to share information on high-tech crime. Meanwhile, Bank of Ireland has issued a statement re-iterating its policy of not refunding the victims of phishing scams. The bank has said "customers personal log on information is their responsibility …
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ICIA rejects calls to block phone use in cinemas

The mobile phone industry has rejected calls to block the use of mobile phones in cinemas and theatres, describing the idea as inappropriate and impractical. Irish Cellular Industry Association (ICIA) director Tommy McCabe described the use of mobile phones in places like theatres as a behavioural issue, and one that should be …
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Sony Ericsson profits double in Q2

Revenue and profit at Sony Ericsson soared during the second quarter on the back of strong sales of its high-end Walkman mobile phones. The world's fifth biggest mobile phone manufacturer announced revenue of €2.3bn for its fiscal second quarter, a rise of 41 per cent from the year-ago quarter. Net income for the three months …
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PC shipments slow, but market still healthy

PC shipments slowed to 12.6 percent in the first quarter of 2006, but still managed to outdo March predictions of 11.8 percent annual growth, according to IDC. Although computer shipment growth has slowed since 2004, when the first quarter recorded 15.1 percent year-on-year growth, and in 2005 when annual growth was 16 percent …
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US consumers pump up Nokia profits

Nokia, the world’s biggest mobile phone maker, announced stronger than expected results for Q1 yesterday. Profits plumped up 21 per cent based largely on increasing sales in the US market. Net income for the first quarter soared to €1bn compared to €863m in 2005. Revenue at the Espoo, Finland-based company jumped 29 per cent to …
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European firms open to security attacks: McAfee

A large number of European businesses are failing to protect themselves from security vulnerabilities, a new study has revealed. According to security firm McAfee, close to half of those involved in the study believe that their IT infrastructure is never completely protected from software and network vulnerabilities. …
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Google receives 'voice search' patent

Google is back in the news again after it emerged that the firm recently filed a patent for technology which could lead to voice-assisted search. Patent no 7027987, which was published on the US Patent and Trademark Office website on Tuesday, is for a "voice interface for a search engine". The patent describes the interface as …

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