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O2 misses iPhone targets

02 has shifted 190,000 iPhones in its first two months of sales, just short of its target of 200,000.
John Oates, 21 Jan 2008

Big Blue gets NITs

Computer giant IBM said Friday that it has agreed to acquire privately-held Net Integration Technologies Inc (NIT) for an undisclosed sum.
Kelly Fiveash, 21 Jan 2008
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Olympic 'business dating agency' goes live

The organisers of London's Olympic Games have launched an online "business dating agency" to attract bids for sub-contracts.
Kablenet, 21 Jan 2008

WPP chief sees headroom for Internet ad growth

DLD08The amount of money companies spend on the Internet remains out of sync with the extent to which consumers are using it, claims WPP CEO Sir Martin Sorrell. Speaking at the opening of the DLD08 conference in Munich yesterday, Sorrell said that his company's clients spend about 10 per cent of their budgets on digital media, whereas consumers now spend 20 per cent of their time online - there is "a disconnect that has to correct," Sorrell said.
John Lettice, 21 Jan 2008

Microsoft ruling may not bolster Europe's new case, warns lawyer

A landmark court ruling which last year backed the European Commission's last competition action against Microsoft may not be as helpful in its current action as has been widely thought, according to a competition lawyer.
OUT-LAW.COM, 21 Jan 2008

Yahoo! readies! jobs! purge?

Yahoo! is reportedly gearing up to sack up to 20 per cent of its worldwide staff in the next two weeks.
Christopher Williams, 21 Jan 2008
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Becta exec admits mistakes on education IT

The man charged with helping deliver broadband to more than a million poor children has admitted that government school IT initiatives have been poorly run in the past.
Christopher Williams, 21 Jan 2008

US HD DVD sales hit new low

US HD DVD software sales slumped to just 15 per cent of the hi-def disc sales total during the week ending 13 January. Throughout 2007, HD DVD's share was closer to 35 per cent of the total.
Tony Smith, 21 Jan 2008

Do we need computer competence tests?

ColumnIndignation is the immediate response if you suggest to any computer user that they should be given a licence to use their PC only if they pass a test. Why is this?
Guy Kewney, 21 Jan 2008

LG's Viewty goes silver

Following LG’s recent re-launch of its Prada handset in silver, the manufacturer has also overhauled its Viewty phone with a dark silver façade.
James Sherwood, 21 Jan 2008

Computer system suspected in Heathrow 777 crash

Experts have suggested that the simultaneous failure of both engines of the BA 777 which last week crash-landed at Heathrow must have been caused by a computer glitch, the Times reports.
Lester Haines, 21 Jan 2008

Clean up your iPhone with... er... wiper-wielding bikini babes

Sick of the muck that's mounted-up on your iPhone's monitor? Fancing having a bikini-clad lassie lather it up and give it a wipe or two? iWash is a new service that lets you get exactly that - virtually.
Nick Hawkesmoor, 21 Jan 2008
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BEA slices into two-tier EMEA market with Magirus

BEA has inked a deal with distie Magirus which will see its tentacles reach further into EMEA channels under a new two-tier partner programme.
Kelly Fiveash, 21 Jan 2008

Nokia N95 8GB becomes first phone to win DLNA thumbs-up

Nokia’s got a smile on its face. The Finnish phone giant's N95 8GB handset has become the world’s first mobile to win wireless connectivity certification from the Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA).
James Sherwood, 21 Jan 2008

United Arab Emirates plan zero carbon desert city

The United Arab Emirates will today formally unveil plans for an all-new, zero carbon desert city - seven square kilometres of carless utopia designed to house 50,000 people.
Lester Haines, 21 Jan 2008
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RIAA wiped off the net

A lack of security controls allowed hackers to "wipe" the Recording Industry Association of America's (RIAA) website on Sunday.
John Leyden, 21 Jan 2008

Dildo rails dirty? Help is at hand

We're very much obliged to Martin Walsh for alerting us to the services of cleaning outfit MK Londyn. When the company says it'll "clean everything except your pocket", it's not joking:
Lester Haines, 21 Jan 2008

Smith says answer to knife crime is through the arch window

The Home Secretary will announce plans next month for the installation of metal detectors at school gates in her effort to stop kids stabbing one another.
Joe Fay, 21 Jan 2008

Bono's tech fund linked to Sheffield United desire

Elevation Partners, the Silicon Valley private equity outfit backed by Pope-bothering U2 frontman Bono, is eyeing a stake in FA Championship obscurists Sheffield United, it's claimed.
Christopher Williams, 21 Jan 2008

Asian vendors tout tiny Bluetooth adaptor at Eee PC

Here's a handy add-on for all you Eee PC owners who'd like your micro laptop to be able to handle Bluetooth connections: a penny-sized USB adaptor with wireless stereo and Extended Data Rate (EDR) support.
Tony Smith, 21 Jan 2008

Camcorder flashlight ready for nighttime YouTube shoots

Security gadget company Swann has created the ultimate piece of hardware for the night watchman or the budding nocturnal YouTuber: a torch with a built-in video camera.
James Sherwood, 21 Jan 2008

Turkey blocks YouTube, part II

Turkey has once again blocked access to YouTube for allegedly badmouthing the country's founding father Mustafa Kemal Ataturk.
Lester Haines, 21 Jan 2008

Lack of training cited in Mojave spaceport blast

California occupational safety inspectors have concluded that Scaled Composites LLC's failure to properly train workers about the dangers of nitrous oxide was a contributory factor to the explosion which last July killed three workers at the company's Mojave testing facility.
Lester Haines, 21 Jan 2008

FBI rings warnings over VoIP phishing cons

Fraudsters are turning to VoIP systems to craft more convincing phishing attacks. The FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Centre (IC3) warned last week of an "alarming" rise in the volume of so-called vishing attacks targeting US financial institutions and consumers.
John Leyden, 21 Jan 2008

Samsung slides out T819 handset

Samsung’s lifted the curtain today on its latest slider handset: the SGH-T819.
James Sherwood, 21 Jan 2008

Government told to ditch biofuel targets

Biofuels are not the magic answer to oil shortages or global warming.
John Oates, 21 Jan 2008

Lightsaber voted top movie weapon

A Jedi knight's lightsaber has been voted the top movie weapon, pipping Dirty Harry's Magnum .44 to the post in a 20th Century Fox poll of 2,000 film buffs.
Lester Haines, 21 Jan 2008

AMD Phenom 9500 processor

ReviewThroughout last year, we ran a steady stream of news about the AMD’s Phenom quad-core processor, mainly because the chip was delayed. When the launch finally took place, AMD took us to Warsaw where we were told again and again about the virtues of its Spider platform: a combination of a Phenom processor, a motherboard with an AMD 790 chipset and a pair of ATI Radeon HD 3870 graphics cards.
Leo Waldock, 21 Jan 2008

Caffeine doubles miscarriage risk

Pregnant women have been warned to lay off the coffee after US researchers found that those who "drink two or more cups of coffee a day have twice the risk of having a miscarriage as those who avoid caffeine".
Lester Haines, 21 Jan 2008

Tiscali hits 'undo' after bandwidth throttling chokes iTunes

Tiscali has been forced to reverse a software installation on its bandwidth-throttling hardware, after it triggered complaints from customers who saw iTunes blocked during peak hours and other traffic slowed to a crawl.
Christopher Williams, 21 Jan 2008

You're gullible Finns... bitch

Nokia is in talks to acquire a stake in Facebook, according to Mobile Content News. The website reports that the two companies are mulling a development agreement which involves "porting the social network on to Nokia handsets in a major way".
Andrew Orlowski, 21 Jan 2008

Panasonic intros entry-level digicam

Just so you don’t think that Samsung is now the only compact digital camera manufacturer, Panasonic has unveiled the Lumix DMC-LS80 digicam to get itself some attention.
James Sherwood, 21 Jan 2008

Winamp blighted by bug brace

A brace of bugs in Winamp pose a serious security risk for users of the popular media player package, security watchers warn.
John Leyden, 21 Jan 2008

Lindsay Lohan nominated for multiple Razzies

Lindsay Lohan has been nominated for worst actress in this year's Razzies for her performance in I Know Who Killed Me, a film so diabolical it has no fewer than nine nominations in total, including worst Horror Movie, Screenplay, Director, Remake/Rip-Off, Supporting Actress and Actress (2x).
Lester Haines, 21 Jan 2008

Union accuses Capita on job losses

Unite, the union formerly known as Amicus, is accusing IT services giant Capita of breaking its promises not to cut staff in Belfast.
John Oates, 21 Jan 2008

French tempted with €199 Eee PC HSDPA bundle

French ordinateuristes can now buy Asus' elfin Eee PC with integrated HSDPA 3G, courtesy of local carrier SFR.
Tony Smith, 21 Jan 2008

Philip Pullman: Kill humans and ration heating

Move over Thom Yorke – there's another candidate for Britain's most miserable and mean-spirited millionaire. This week, fantasy book author Philip Pullman will join Radiohead's ginger whinger in calling for wartime austerity measures and top-down social control.
Andrew Orlowski, 21 Jan 2008

Dell's Soviet style two-year plan results in fresh blade servers

Dell 2.0 is full of surprises. For example, the hardware maker today unveiled the HP C-Class blade server chassis - its third take on the blade design.
Ashlee Vance, 21 Jan 2008
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CIA claims crackers took out power grids

Crackers have blackmailed foreign governments after disrupting the operating of utilities, according to a CIA analyst. Skeptics said the unspecified claims amount to nothing more than urban myths, although other sections of the security community are treating the possibility of attacks against Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems seriously.
John Leyden, 21 Jan 2008
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Viva VBA - alas

In the early 1990s when Visual Basic (VB) first infiltrated Excel to become Visual Basic for Applications (VBA), it helped push Microsoft's then-fledgling spreadsheet so far ahead of others that most people today are not aware many competitors even existed.
Dominic Connor, 21 Jan 2008

Microsoft preempts Hyper-V release with virtualization vision

Microsoft knows rule number one in the software game better than any other company: Never let a missing product get in the way of marketing.
Ashlee Vance, 21 Jan 2008

Microsoft tries to CTRL-W WordPerfect lawsuit again

Microsoft is asking the Supreme Court to strike-out a multi-billion dollar word processing monopoly lawsuit from Novell.
Austin Modine, 21 Jan 2008
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UK's number one router open to VoIP hijacking

UpdatedPrincipals of the ethical hacking outfit GNUCitizen say they have found a serious security bug in the BT Home Hub that could allow attackers to engage in identity theft and other types of fraud by hijacking calls routed over the internet.
Dan Goodin, 21 Jan 2008

Symantec sells off Veritas' hopes and dreams

Five years and thousands of broken dreams ago, Veritas ate application performance management software maker Precise for $609m. And now Symantec is offloading the pricey baggage.
Ashlee Vance, 21 Jan 2008

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