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Net neutrality 'weaklings' must answer to shareholders - FEAF

Shareholder meetings look set to become the next battleground in tech and internet companies' fight with US politicians over net neutrality.
Gavin Clarke, 27 Jul 2006

Symbian: smartphone not dead

InterviewThings haven't had turned out as expected, agrees David Wood, executive VP of research at Symbian. Symbian phones dominate the smartphone market, but last week we suggested a number of reasons why the device category hadn't reached the volumes once predicted. And in many cases, where people have one, they really aren't using the features.
Andrew Orlowski, 27 Jul 2006

Hidden black holes elude astronomers

It would seem, to the casual observer, a relatively simple thing to keep track of something with a mass millions of times that of our sun, but astronomers are having trouble locating supermassive black holes in neighbouring galaxies.
Lucy Sherriff, 27 Jul 2006

Intel slashes Pentium prices

Intel has taken a sharp knife to its price list, slashing what it charges for its microprocessors by up to 61 per cent as the company makes way for its Core 2 Duo desktop and mobile CPUs. The chip maker also introduced some old-style Pentium D parts.
Tony Smith, 27 Jul 2006

United States cedes control of the internet - but what now?

In a meeting that will go down in internet history, the United States government last night conceded that it can no longer expect to maintain its position as the ultimate authority over the internet.
Kieren McCarthy, 27 Jul 2006

Merom laptops to ship late August

Intel has published the details of the first 'Merom' mobile Core 2 Duo processors, though the chips will not ship in notebooks until toward the end of August, the chip giant revealed this morning.
Tony Smith, 27 Jul 2006

Satellites reveal coral reefs' exposure

A new satellite survey of coral reefs has shown that less than two per cent of them are within environmentally protected areas.
Lucy Sherriff, 27 Jul 2006

Caspar to support the information lifecycle

A UK organisation is to lead an EU project on the long term preservation of digital data on culture and science
Kablenet, 27 Jul 2006

Apple admits MacBook, MacBook Pro issues

Apple has acknowledged problems with its Intel-based portables that buyers have been banging on about for some time. In two support documents, the company informs suffering users to contact its AppleCare customer service team.
Tony Smith, 27 Jul 2006
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BT's new wave buoys up profits

BT brought in revenues of £4.8bn in the first quarter ended 30 June 2006 - up three per cent on the same period last year and in line with analysts' expectations.
John Oates, 27 Jul 2006

The SMB hype cycle

Every few years, we hear a surge in the talk about "the SMB opportunity" and what IT vendors can do to exploit it. Yet smaller organisations have been using IT for a long time now, and there is a well established community of suppliers that has been servicing their needs for many years.
Dale Vile, 27 Jul 2006

Samsung touts 13.5mm-thick digital TV slider phone

Another day, another Samsung slimline slider phone. This one - it's just 1.4cm thick - also extends the company's long line of handsets capable of picking up satellite-sent Digital Multimedia Broadcasting (DMB) television pictures.
Tony Smith, 27 Jul 2006

Sex and PS2 sessions sapped Ronaldinho

A rationale for Brazil's inglorious exit from the World Cup has emerged. England's arguably even more inglorious exit in Germany was variously blamed on a combination of manager Sven Goran Eriksson's tactical ineptitude, the side's continued inability to take penalties, and Portuguese winker Cristiano Ronaldo1.
John Leyden, 27 Jul 2006

MySpace for adults touts 18+ credentials

A predictable new MySpace-alike has been launched, this time targeting the adult market.
Christopher Williams, 27 Jul 2006

Russian rocket destroys 18 satellites

A Russian rocket carrying 18 satellites crashed on launch in Kazakhstan late Wednesday.
Christopher Williams, 27 Jul 2006

Memorex readies handheld iPod videoscreen

Memorex is preparing an iPod accessory that converts the diminutive digital music player into one of those portable DVD display machines - minus the optical drive, of course. Dubbed the iFlip, the unit connects a stowed video-capable iPod to an 8.4in, 480 x 234 widescreen LCD.
Register Hardware, 27 Jul 2006

Record industry close to settlement with Kazaa

The Recording Industry Ass. of America (RIAA) is close to agreeing on a legal settlement with file-sharing network Kazaa.
John Oates, 27 Jul 2006
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MS announces plans to deliver IE7 as security update

Microsoft has announced plans to offer Internet Explorer 7 as a high-priority update to customers as soon as the long-awaited browser update becomes available.
John Leyden, 27 Jul 2006
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Firefox users need to update (again)

The Mozilla Foundation has released an updated version of Firefox following the discovery of multiple security vulnerabilities involving the popular browser software.
John Leyden, 27 Jul 2006

Code inheritance and reuse: a delicate balancing act

There are two primary concepts that are used extensively within Java (and indeed other OO languages) to promote reuse - inheritance and componentisation.
John Hunt, 27 Jul 2006

Mobiles putting children at risk?

The European Commission is investigating the harm that mobile phones do to children.
OUT-LAW.COM, 27 Jul 2006

SOA specs firming up

That old cliché – the trouble with standards is that there are so many of them – could also be applied to the world of Service Oriented Architectures (SOA) with real justification. There are many software vendors out there claiming to offer SOA solutions so the coming together of some leading players, towards the end of last year, in an attempt to generate some specifications (if not yet official "standards") to which they could all work arguably fell into the bracket of being "a good thing".
Martin Banks, 27 Jul 2006

PSP-friendly Wi-Fi network to go live tomorrow

Sony will tomorrow launch its PlayStation Portable-oriented Wi-Fi hotspot network, though with only 11 sites, perhaps 'network' isn't the right word, particularly given the 7,500 hotspots that are part of rival Nintendo's Wi-Fi Connection for the DS.
Tony Smith, 27 Jul 2006

Planets could put the brakes on young stars

The very early stages of planet formation could be responsible for putting the brakes on fast-spinning young stars, according to astronomers using the Spitzer infrared space telescope.
Lucy Sherriff, 27 Jul 2006

Samsung promises 8GB MMCplus card

Samsung will ship 1, 2, 4 and 8GB MMC memory cards later this year, the South Korean giant pledged today. It claimed they will not only be the biggest capacity MMCs on the market. Others in the line-up will offer the fastest data transfers, it said.
Hard Reg, 27 Jul 2006

Kazaa goes straight

Kazaa and the Recording Industry Ass. of America (RIAA) have settled out of court in a deal which will see the P2P operation hand over $100m to the industry. It'll now join fellow former industry pariah Napster as a fully paid-up digital music distributor.
Christopher Williams, 27 Jul 2006
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Capita opts for two heads of ops

Capita has appointed an insider to its group board, and reshuffled the boardroom to create a new joint role.
Mark Ballard, 27 Jul 2006

Plantronics brings on latest Bluetooth audio kit

Headset specialist Plantronics has unveiled its autumn collection of Bluetooth earphones and mics, including an iPod Shuffle-like dongle designed to provide wireless stereo audio in a way that's still phone friendly.
Hard Reg, 27 Jul 2006
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Carphone Warhorse charges into battle

Carphone Warehouse's overall Q1 revenues were up a tasty 42.1 per cent on 2005, painting a fairly rosy picture for the ever-diversifying group.
Christopher Williams, 27 Jul 2006

Heatwave causes internet humour brown-outs

Record temperatures have been recorded in California and Europe over the past week, with power outages returning to the Golden State for the first time since the Enron era.
Andrew Orlowski, 27 Jul 2006

IBM prepares to make per processor software pricing proprietary

AnalysisRather than conforming to rivals' software licensing schemes, IBM has decided to go it alone and price software that runs on multi-core chips in a proprietary fashion. IBM argues that its scheme provides a more accurate picture of how different chips perform, although one could claim that IBM is adding extra confusion to an already complex problem.
Ashlee Vance, 27 Jul 2006

Microsoft promises Wall Street that its 'list of ideas' will get Google

Having alarmed Wall Street with its $2bn spending plans, Microsoft mounted a charm offensive at its annual financial analyst summit Thursday to try and convince stockholders that investments in search, internet advertising and search will pay off.
Gavin Clarke, 27 Jul 2006

The Long Tail's maths begin to crumble

Comment"Because my background is physics and economics, I tend to go for data rather than speculation and hand waving," Chris Anderson told an interviewer recently. [ * ]
Andrew Orlowski, 27 Jul 2006

Microsoft will out run, out compete and out out rivals - COO

Microsoft's chief operating officer has preached the virtues of corporate-wide score cards as a tool to maintain customer satisfaction levels and thrash the competition.
Gavin Clarke, 27 Jul 2006

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