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Red Hat to pack punch on Oracle clustering?

AnalysisRed Hat's Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 5 event Wednesday was something of a formality, given how long it has kept the world waiting for an update.
Gavin Clarke, 15 Mar 2007

Google to anonymize user data

Google is to discard some of the information it stores about user search requests in an effort to address concerns by privacy watchdogs and defend itself against government demands for data.
Dan Goodin, 15 Mar 2007

Smut set still teaching retail crowd

SXSWThe likes of Amazon.com and the Gap still have plenty to learn from pornographers, starting with lesson number one – pay your associate chums well.
Ashlee Vance, 15 Mar 2007

Douglas Coupland on bloggers, YouTube and Bubble 2.0

SXSWWhen Douglas Coupland published his seminal pre-dotcom tech satire Microserfs in 1995, based on time spent around an adolescent Microsoft it was, as he puts it, "still OK to like them".
Christopher Williams, 15 Mar 2007

Lego, Superman and the US Army

SXSWTechnology conferences are not where you would normally expect to find the US Army scouting for new recruits, but sure enough, among the web developers and at SXSW Interactive, a lone officer stood handing out pamphlets from Uncle Sam's very own booth.
Christopher Williams, 15 Mar 2007

Vodafone moves to flat-rate data on roaming

Vodafone has introduced a flat rate for data in Europe; at least in the parts of Europe where Vodafone operates, of €12 for 24 hours connectivity.
Bill Ray, 15 Mar 2007

Linksys side-steps Wi-Fi limits with powerline kit

CeBITLinksys today gave tacit support to the notion that wireless networking has its limits by introducing a mains power networking adaptor based on the HomePlug AV standard.
Tony Smith, 15 Mar 2007

Amazon 1-Click to rule 'em all? Not if Kiwi has his way

The campaigner behind attempts to invalidate Amazon.com's controversial '1-Click' payment patent has gained access to Amazon's filings at the US Patent Office and still believes he has a case.
OUT-LAW.COM, 15 Mar 2007

SOA key to survival for businesses

Service oriented architecture (SOA) will make businesses faster and stronger, according to Accenture.
Emmet Ryan, 15 Mar 2007

Regulator gives 'home-zone' services the go-ahead

Mobile customers could soon be able to take and make cheaper calls with ComReg giving the green light to operators to offer "home-zone" services.
Ciara O'Brien, 15 Mar 2007

Samsung unveils usable UMPC

CeBITSamsung has introduced its second-generation ultra-mobile PC - in one go addressing many of the key criticism of its first UMPC, the Q1. Crucially, the new model, the Q1 Ultra, delivers a higher resolution display and incorporates a thumb-operated QWERTY keyboard.
Tony Smith, 15 Mar 2007

Samsung tight-lipped about UMPC's 'new' Intel CPU

CeBITDoes Samsung's Q1 Ultra second-generation UMPC incorporate a new, as-yet-unannounced Intel mobile processor? Certainly, certain Samsung marketing material describes the CPU as a "UMPC Intel New Technology".
Tony Smith, 15 Mar 2007

ICANN: we can help Registerfly mess

The landslide of bad news from Registerfly has continued, as ICANN created a forum for dispute resolution for this mess, and Registerfly customers desperately tried to shift their domains to other registrars before they vanished into cyberspace.
Burke Hansen, 15 Mar 2007

Galileo PFI delayed by revenue fears

Galileo, the planned European rival to America's Global Positioning System (GPS), is in trouble.
Lewis Page, 15 Mar 2007

Rare flaw sighted in OpenBSD kernel

Security researchers have discovered a critical flaw in the OpenBSD kernel.
John Leyden, 15 Mar 2007

Agencies mull global plans for space exploration

Fourteen space agencies around the world have agreed to coordinate their space exploration efforts, paving the way for truly planet-wide collaboration in space science.
Lucy Sherriff, 15 Mar 2007

Work permit fears doused

Work Permits UK (WPUK) has quelled industry fears that British IT workers are being undercut by immigrants employed on work permits on lower salaries.
Mark Ballard, 15 Mar 2007

EC chucks RFID regs back to industry

CeBITThe European Commission effectively handed regulation of RFID to the RFID industry today when it announced the results of last year's consultation on the technology.
Joe Fay, 15 Mar 2007

Commodore specs up Cxx games machine

CeBITCommodore's eagerly anticipated Cxx gaming PC will sport an Intel Core 2 Extreme four-core processor, a pair of 768MB Nvidia GeForce 8800 GTX graphics card and a Creative X-Fi soundcard, the company revealed today.
Tony Smith, 15 Mar 2007

Brits dubious of UK data sharing plans

A week before the complete findings are due to be published, more details of the Citizens Forum's fluctuating views have been revealed by Ipsos MORI, the polling firm, and the Cabinet Office.
Mark Ballard, 15 Mar 2007

AMD steams into world chip maker top ten

AMD stormed up the charts last year as a string of hits - and its decision to form a 'supergroup' with ATI - pushed it from number 15 in the league of most successful global semiconductor companies straight into eighth place.
Tony Smith, 15 Mar 2007
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Microsoft gives pirates thumbs up, and open source gets thumbs down

Billy MacInnes, 15 Mar 2007

Biofuels plant announced for Teesside

The UK biofuels industry is to invest £250m in a new ethanol production plant on Teesside.
Lewis Page, 15 Mar 2007

Who needs a PC? 'Amazon Unbox on TiVo' debuts

CommentYou know that little warning on cars' passenger side mirrors - the one that says things may be closer than they look? Well, when looking at a TiVo announcement, there should be a warning that the installed base of non-DirecTV TiVos, the only ones that TiVo controls, is smaller than you think.
Faultline, 15 Mar 2007

Yahoo! can! help! jail! Chinese! dissidents!

Yahoo! has avoided prosecution for grassing up a dissident journalist in China because of a lack of evidence.
Mark Ballard, 15 Mar 2007

Reding puts roaming cuts on ministers' conference table

CeBITCebIT is set for an even more chaotic Friday than usual this week as EU telecoms ministers descend on the show to discuss cuts in mobile phone roaming fees.
Joe Fay, 15 Mar 2007

Galactic fog cloaks magnificent fossil stars

Astronomers working at the European Southern Observatory have identified what appears to be a previously unknown globular cluster.
Lucy Sherriff, 15 Mar 2007

Toshiba to bring 'budget' 1080p HD DVD player to Europe

CeBITToshiba will bring its mid-range, 1080p HD DVD player to Europe in May, the consumer electronics giant said today. Dubbed the HD-EP10 over here, the box was launched in the US in January as the HD-A20.
Tony Smith, 15 Mar 2007
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MoD opens urban-warfare compo

The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) yesterday opened its "Grand Challenge", an inventors' competition designed "to create a system with a high degree of autonomy that can detect, identify, monitor, and report a comprehensive range of military threats in an urban environment".
Lewis Page, 15 Mar 2007

Mail widget bug stumps MS

Problems with the gadget functionality of Microsoft's mail applications have extended well into their third week.
John Leyden, 15 Mar 2007
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Fujitsu Siemens chief predicts the empty desktop

CeBITPC companies need to start planning their escape from the desktop, the CTO of Fujitsu Siemens Computers warned today.
Joe Fay, 15 Mar 2007

Cisco Borgs WebEx

Cisco is to acquire web conferencing leader WebEx, the companies announced in a joint release today.
Bill Ray, 15 Mar 2007

Blogger.com 'riddled' with malware

Blogger.com, home of the weblog publishing system owned by Google, has been infiltrated by a number of phishing sites, security watchers report.
John Leyden, 15 Mar 2007

NASA boffin outlines asteroid mission

Humans might soon head to the asteroids, if a NASA scientist gets his way.
Lucy Sherriff, 15 Mar 2007

T-Mobile sings to My Opera

T-Mobile will be offering a customised version of the My Opera online community service to its Web 'n' Walk customers, providing them with 300MB of space to record their innermost thoughts, and the tools to do so on the move.
Bill Ray, 15 Mar 2007

Architectual insights

OK, after my first postcard from Architect Insight I promised something a bit longer and more low-level from Microsoft's Welsh conference (you can find the programme here).
David Norfolk, 15 Mar 2007

DWP told to come clean on IT

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has been told it should be more open about its development and use of IT systems if it wants to avoid another costly cock-up like the CSA.
Mark Ballard, 15 Mar 2007
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AOL flees TradeDoubler

AOL has walked away from TradeDoubler, after failing to get enough acceptances for its $900m all-cash offer for the Swedish company. In January, the Time Warner subsidiary sweet-talked Tradedoubler's board in to recommending the offer, which was worth around four times annual sales.
Drew Cullen, 15 Mar 2007

Truths, half-truths and Wikipedia

CommentWikipedia comes in for a fair amount of criticism these days from El Reg and other publications, but I can't help wondering if we're missing the real point regarding its status as an encyclopedia. Most of the arguments hinge on its accuracy, or lack of it. But if our criteria for an encyclopedia is a guarantee of 100 per cent accuracy, then there are no encyclopaedias now, and there never have been. So is Wikipedia an encylopedia, and, if not, can it ever be one? Reluctantly, I think the answer is a resounding 'no', and here's why.
Tom Melly, 15 Mar 2007

Congressman Frank slams online gambling ban

Congressman Barney Frank (D. Mass) is mooting a bill to repeal America's online gambling ban enacted last year.
John Leyden, 15 Mar 2007

IBM cuts up HP's cool blade claims

With no one else to beat up in the blade server market, HP and IBM have decided to make a sport of bashing each other.
Ashlee Vance, 15 Mar 2007

Homicide trial delayed by lost remote control

A homicide trial in Stamford, Connecticut was delayed by up to eight months by incompatible CCTV videos and a lost remote control, The Advocate reported today.
Lewis Page, 15 Mar 2007
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Man used S&M website to incite rape of former mistress

A former hedge fund manager man has been ordered to stand trial in superior court for an alleged plot involving an S&M site that can only be described as diabolical.
Dan Goodin, 15 Mar 2007

Informatica glues new and old data for salesforce.com

Technologies like Software as a Service (SaaS) and the like may be very trendy, but there can be problems when the real world impinges, such as integrating the data generated by SaaS systems and legacy applications into some form of meaningful whole. This is the market spotted by data integration software specialist, Informatica, which is claiming to be first into the market for on-demand data integration with the announcement of its On Demand Data Replicator.
Phil Manchester, 15 Mar 2007
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Folding@home comes to the PS3

Sony is to let Playstation 3 users run Folding@home on their consoles, helping the study of Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, cystic fibrosis and many cancers.
Drew Cullen, 15 Mar 2007

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