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Google buys YouTube for $1.65 bn

Web search giant Google will buy the enormously popular video clip site YouTube, following a flurry of deals with a number of media firms.

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Learn to fly with ATI

ATI is giving away a free flying lesson in a competition promoting its multi-GPU platform CrossFire.

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Intel takeover rumour fuels Nvidia stock price surge

Rumours pointing towards a possible takeover of graphics specialist Nvidia by chip giant Intel have caused the former’s share prices to climb more than eight per cent this week – though anything resembling official backing the rumours is noticeable by its absence.

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Aria continues Rush Hour super offer

Components, peripherals and technology supplier Aria is launching Rush Hour VII on October 13th – its seventh 14-hour price drop which runs every two to three weeks, and offers some of its more popular products at heavily reduced prices for one hour each.

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Tesco to launch own-brand software

Supermarket giant Tesco is preparing to release a range of budget own-brand PC software applications, in direct competition with lines currently offered by the likes of Microsoft.

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HP snaps up Voodoo

Hewlett-Packard is set to acquire gaming-rig vendor Voodoo, in a deal that is expected to close in November.

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Microsoft offers apps for free

Microsoft is planning to offer free online versions of its spreadsheet and word processing software, in response to the emergence of web-based programmes from rival firms. 

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Microsoft launches iPod rival

Zune, a 30GB MP3 player has been launched in the US and is expected to be just the first in a new range of ‘connected entertainment’ products from the software giant.

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