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XenSource looks to invade Windows base

XenSource has prepped its first major charge at Microsoft Windows customers with a new package that includes the open source Xen hypervisor along with some management software.

JBoss drools over Java business rules

JBoss is today expected to unveil middleware that continues its strategy of challenging closed-source vendors in business processes and distributed systems.
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Iran test fires 'world's fastest' underwater missile

Iran last Friday test fired what it claims is the world's fastest underwater missile - reported to have a top speed of 360km/h (233mph), according to the BBC.
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Explorers stretch Nile by 66 miles

An intrepid team of NZ and Brit explorers claim to have discovered the real source of the Nile - thereby extending the river's length by 66 miles (107km), Reuters reports.
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MySpace takes down rude profiles

MySpace has removed 200,000 profiles from its site in the last few months. The "objectionable" pages have been taken down for including hate speech or being too risqué.
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Microsoft patches IE after Eolas ruling

Microsoft has confirmed an April release date for a patch designed to ensure that Internet Explorer can work around a disputed patent for technology allowing web browsers to access interactive application programs.
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Man charged over click fraud scheme

A US man has been charged with conspiracy, mail fraud and wire fraud over a 'click fraud' scheme allegedly carried out against an internet firm that rewards subscribers who complete online surveys and view banner ads.

Logicalis buys Alliance Consulting Southwest

Logicalis is buying the Alliance Consulting Southwest business based in Phoenix, Arizona.
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Download-only track hits number one

Gnarls Barkley track Crazy has become the first song to top the hit parade without a record being sold. The duo's melting pot brand of paranoid soul-pop hip-hop dance-slop shifted 31,000 legal downloads last week, and was crowned top of the pops by the Official UK Chart Company on Sunday. The CD hits shops today.
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Toshiba unveils world's first HD-DVD player

In the race to set a global industry standard for next-generation DVD players, Toshiba has launched its first high definition DVD player in Japan.
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NTL-Virgin Mobile tie-up expected soon...again

NTL's "will they, won't they" bid to hook up with Virgin Mobile appears to be on again following a rash of reports that an announcement is imminent.
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PFH buys CK Business Electronics

CK Business Electronics has joined forces with PFH Computers to become one of Ireland's largest independent computer services firms.
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NHS modernisation: 'Too much, too fast'

The pace of modernisation is too fast, according to a new survey of NHS doctors.
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Oz and China sign uranium deal

Energy-hungry China has signed a deal with Australia by which the lucky country will, from 2010, supply 20,000 metric tons of uranium per year for the Communist giant's nuclear power industry, the BBC reports.
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Child porn investigators raid NASA

NASA's Washington headquarters was raided last week by investigators searching for evidence of child pornography.

Pipex unveils plans for UK wireless broadband service

UK ISP Pipex is hooking up with Intel to launch a wireless broadband service in the UK's major metropolitan areas, starting with London and Manchester.
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Chinese communists protect virtual property

A Chinese man has been convicted, and fined, for stealing virtual property.

Microsoft claims breakthrough in Brussels

Microsoft claimed a breakthrough at its meeting with European Commission last week. But then again, as any student of European history knows, "breakthroughs" in the Low Countries are all relative.
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Enigma machine hits €40,000

The Enigma machine up for sale on eBay has reached €40,150, with seven hours still to go.
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Virgin Mobile heads for France

Virgin Mobile is taking its youthful brand of mobile telephony to France. But as with all things in the MVNO (mobile virtual network operator) world, it's not that simple.

UK FBI fights organised crime

The UK has launched a FBI-style multi-disciplinary agency as part of its plan to fight organised crime. The Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) will tackle drug trafficking, immigration crime, money laundering, and identity fraud by developing intelligence on organised crime and pursuing key suspects while disrupting criminal activity.

Government backs Europe-beating supercomputer

The UK project to build Europe's fastest computer has received a cash boost from government. The High-End Computing Terascale Resource, Hector, will get an extra £52m and will be completed next year.

More pay-to-own movie download services debut

US video rental companies Movielink and CinemaNow will today begin offering pay-to-own movie downloads from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment's Sony Pictures and MGM catalogues. Tomorrow, they will offer the first Sony title to be made simultaneously available in both DVD and download formats.
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Fujitsu Siemens CTO: There's more to life than virtualisation

The IT industry’s fascination with virtualisation could be obscuring other more pressing problems, Fujitsu Siemens CTO has said.
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TUC welcomes Brown's budget rethink

The Trades Union Congress (TUC) has welcomed signs that Gordon Brown may rethink his decision to abolish tax breaks for companies giving staff home computers.

No garbage hassles as BT goes Azul

Adding storage to a network is straightforward; adding processing power tends to involve a lot more complexity. This is something Azul Systems aims to change. Following the recent announcement of its second generation Vega processor, is today’s news that BT will be using the company's processing appliances to handle both its existing web applications, as well as providing the foundation for a utility computing farm – part of BT’s 21st Century Network.

Asus EN7600GT graphics card

Review When Nvidia launched the GeForce 7800 GTX in June 2005 it broke with tradition by not releasing a mid-range GeForce 7600 and a budget GeForce 7200, which is what we'd expected after the precedent set by the GeForce FX5200/5600/5800 launch and followed by the GeForce 6200/6600/6800 roll-out. Instead, Nvidia demoted the GeForce 6800 chip to the upper mid-range, leaving the GeForce 6600 in the mid-range and the GeForce 6200 as a budget product...
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Simpsons film begins production

A film based on long running cartoon series The Simpsons is to be released in the US in July 2007, Twentieth Century Fox has confirmed.
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No worldwide Revolution launch?

Games Digest A slew of new revelations about Nintendo's next console, the Revolution, have not so much set the games world alight as poured cold water over it. Nintendo president Satoru Iwata last week said: "We don't think it's necessary to do the simultaneous worldwide launch simply because others are doing this."
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The future of medicine: a load of old cobblers

A US company has claimed it has produced human stem cells from testes. California firm PrimeGen Biotech says its technology has been used to coax brain, heart and bone cells from a type of cell in gonads called the germ line.
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Pipex to kick off LLU migration

Pipex is to begin shunting punters onto unbundled exchanges from this month as it looks to cash in on its investment in local loop unbundling (LLU). The UK ISP had already revealed plans to install its kit in 100 BT phone exchanges, enabling it to provide broadband services direct to end users.

Samsung UMPC to cost UK buyers £800

UK mobile device reseller Expansys has become one of the first companies here to begin taking orders for Samsung's Q1 ultra-mobile PC. But it's not cheap - the Windows XP-based handheld is set to ship for the best part of £800 ($1,390/€1,148). The compact unit is scheduled to ship on 1 June.
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Be Broadband coughs to billing cock-up

Be Broadband, the outfit that's reluctant to say how many punters have signed up to its LLU service, has apologised for a billing gaffe.
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Former Microsoft man plans space escape

Former top Microsoft developer Charles Simonyi is planning a trip to the International Space Station aboard a Russian rocket, according to the RIA news agency. It would make him the world's fifth space tourist.

Borders finds shelf space for Sony electronic book

Sony has signed bookstore Borders to sell its electronic book, the Reader, throughout the chain's 200 US shops. The consumer electronics giant said it would also offer the gadget in its 30-odd Sony Style outlets. Sony didn't say when the product will ship - it's already missed the March deadline it set when it announced the Reader last January.
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UK police roll out mobile scanner psyops teams to railways

After an "extremely successful" two month trial at mainline and Underground stations in London, mobile weapons scanners are to go live at main railway stations throughout the UK, Transport Secretary Alistair Darling has announced.

ATI next-gen Theater Pro chip wins PCI-E SIG approval

ATI's upcoming Theatre 650 Pro digital TV chip has achieved PCI Express certification, Reg Hardware can reveal, paving the way for the part's formal introduction. The graphics specialist's RS600 chipset has also passed the PCI-E test.

Microsoft starts supporting, er, Linux

Microsoft today lobbed three massive bombs into the server virtualization market. First off, it will now support - wait for it - Linux, when the OS is running on top of its Virtual Server product. Secondly, Microsoft has made Virtual Server free. And, in a move few thought possible, Microsoft has teamed with the developers of the open source Xen product to gang up on server slicing leader VMware.
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Anonymizer looks for gaps in Great Firewall of China

Anonymizer has gone live with a service that aims to circumvent Chinese censorship restrictions.
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Cisco births 528-port giant

Cisco Systems has gone bold and burly with a new director-class switch aimed at the largest storage area networks (SANs). Along with the MDS 9513 Multilayer Director, customers will find a bevy of new networking modules and some refreshed storage management software.