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Sony reported a $175.6 million operating loss for its second quarter, ended Sept. 30, blaming the shortfall on the cost of recalling 9.6 million laptop batteries.... A federal prosecutor says computer forensics played a "critical role" in the investigation that led to the arrest of Jake J. Brahm, a 20-year-old Wisconsin grocery store worker charged in connection with making fake terrorist threats against football stadiums.... An increasing number of IT workers say the economy is weakening and believe fewer jobs are available, according to a new Spherion report. Still, nearly three-quarters of them indicate they think it's unlikely they'll lose their current jobs.... Apple began offering the MacBook Pro with an Intel Core 2 Duo processor, which the company says boosts the notebook's performance by up to 39%.... Preliminary findings by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine indicate that the number of hours men use cell phones each day is linked to lower sperm counts and quality.... Microsoft is offering shoppers who buy Windows XP-based PCs between Oct. 26 and March 15 coupons for discounted or free upgrades to Vista. The promotion aims to give year-end PC buyers incentives to purchase PCs now, rather than wait for Vista.