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Storage 'robot' guards loads of data

Drobo is not much of a robot per se, but the little black box from California-based startup company Data Robotics does offer an interesting solution to external data storage.
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Judge pours generous portion of cold water on Zango

Poor Zango can't seem to get a break. The creator of Hotbar, Seekmo Search Assistant and other adware programs of dubious value has already ceded one lawsuit against Zone Labs and agreed to pay the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) a $3m fine to settle a formal complaint stemming from deceptive downloads.
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Microsoft puts in Stirling work for unified security Nirvana

Microsoft is prepping a security software suite that will take it deep into Symantec and McAfee heartland. They won't be quaking in their boots just yet: the suite, called Stirling, hits the streets in 2009, at the earliest.
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200 million people use DSL

Over 200 million people worldwide use DSL technology to access the internet, according to figures released yesterday at Broadband World Forum Asia in Beijing.
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ITIL v3 is go

After three years gestation, the UK's Office of Government Commerce (OGC) yesterday gave birth to ITIL version 3. ITIL's friends promptly held a launch party in London to celebrate.
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Unknown group sues DOJ over gambling laws

GIGSE 2007 An obscure organization - the Interactive Media and Gaming Association (iMEGA) - filed a lawsuit in federal court today seeking to challenge American policy on internet gambling.
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Apple adds LED-backlit displays to updated MacBook Pros

Apple has upgraded its 15in MacBook Pro laptops, equipping the new models not only with Intel's latest mobile processors but also LED-backlit displays, as anticipated a month ago.
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SanDisk doubles Flash hard drive capacity

Computex SanDisk has added 64GB models to its growing line of Flash-based hard drives for notebooks and media players. That said, it'll be some time before you'll be able to buy any of them.
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US appeals court smacks down FCC obscenity rule

Fans of open-mic celebrity blunders rejoice!
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Buttocks, thongs, and bullsh*t: Street Viewers cop an eyeful

According to an illuminating report yesterday, Google's new Street View might, if deployed across Europe, provoke a flurry of litigation from unfortunates caught in compromising positions by the facility's all-seeing eye.
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Intel de-cloaks Bearlake chipsets

Computex Consider Intel's latest chipset family, 'Bearlake', launched. Formally dubbed the 3 series, the chipsets have had a semi-official status since April, but at the Computex show in Taipei, Taiwan yesterday, Intel made them a real product.
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Olympic promotional footage provokes epileptic fits

The 2012 Olympics website has pulled "a segment of animated footage" featuring "a diver diving into a pool which had a multi-colour ripple effect" after the snippet reportedly provoked epileptic fits.

Autonomy pumps up the MS-Sharepoint search action

Microsoft has turned to Autonomy to inject structured and unstructured search capabilities into its SharePoint collaboration platform for large, mixed deployments.
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Ask.com rolls out new algorithms, skins

Take that, Google. On Tuesday, Ask.com unveiled a revamped version of its online search engine, the web’s fourth most popular behind Google, Yahoo!, and MSN/Live.com.
Cade Metz, 06 2007
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Dell eyes up service companies

Michael Dell says his company needs to buy service companies to improve on growth.
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House of Lords steps into US-EU data spat

The House of Lords has called for some fair play in the homeland front of the "war on terror" after examining the massive data gathering exercises the US is using to build risk profiles of people travelling through its borders.
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Ads watchdog okays Intel 'world's best processor' claim

The UK's advertising watchdog has rejected complaints that a claim made by chip giant Intel that Core 2 Duo CPUs are the "world's best processors" is false.

Citrix unveils branding program

Citrix has launched a new branding program to help customers identify products by partners of the access infrastructure provider.

D-Link debuts 200Mbps mains networking pack

D-Link has packed a pair of its 200Mbps powerline Ethernet adaptors into a starter kit it hopes will make networking over mains power cables more attractive.
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Wireless power limit doubled to bridge digital divide

Ofcom has allowed fixed broadband internet providers to double the power of their signals in a move the UK telecoms regulator says will help bridge the digital divide.
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Virtualisation gets trendy

Had you 'Rip van Winkled' your way through the first half of this decade, you could have fallen asleep thinking virtualisation was merely a means of slicing-up large servers. However you would have awoken to discover it is in fact one of the most versatile tools in IT.
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MoD boffins in Cornwall GPS-jamming trials

UK gov defence boffins will carry out GPS-jamming trials in Cornwall today and tomorrow.
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Pipex retains personal data for escapees' own good

Pipex says it retains departed customers' bank details in case they ever change their minds.
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Perfumier concocts Paris Hilton chokey scent

An online perfumier has fragrantly decided to offer a limited edition scent to celebrate Paris Hilton's all-too-brief spell in chokey.
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Swedes unfurl talking paper

A team from Mid Sweden University have knocked together a "talking paper" billboard which uses conductive links and printed speakers to give forth when caressed, the BBC reports.
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Sun finally crafts proper x86 and SPARC blades

Contrary to public perception, Sun Microsystems does want to play in the mainstream blade server market.
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SEC slaps admin order on IBM

IBM has struck a deal with the SEC under which it promises not violate to security laws - not that it's admitting or denying that it’s ever done such a thing in the past.
Joe Fay, 06 2007

AMD desktop price cuts due next month

AMD has apparently told its product distributors to expect a round of price cuts early next month. The reductions, said to centre on the chip maker's desktop product lines, will see on average 20 per cent knocked off what it charges for dual-core CPUs.
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UK boffins: extraterrestrial life will be discovered soon

Top British boffins are convinced that evidence of alien life will soon be discovered outside the solar system.
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C&W chairman in plea to join fat cat bonanza

Cable and Wireless has announced plans to rejig its rules on bonuses so its chairman can join other top brass at the firm in bagging a huge haul of shares.
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BT Openzone closed for business

BT has been experiencing problems with its Openzone network this morning, though it's still not able to tell us the scale of the problem or quite what went wrong.
Bill Ray, 06 2007

Asus pitches wee Eee PC companion

Computex First Palm's Foleo, now Asus' Eee PC. Different names, but the concept's much the same: a highly compact laptop that focuses on mobile internet access rather than heavy duty personal computing.
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MS anti-Trojan shield fails to protect older Offices

Microsoft's attempts to protect against the growing range of attacks targeting unpatched flaws in its Office application suite are only likely to be partially effective, according to security experts.
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Priapic litigant sues health drink outfit

A US man is suing Novartis pharmaceutical company after its Boost Plus health drink allegedly provoked a nasty case of severe priapism.
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Wi-Manx launches WiMAX...nearly

The Isle of Man has got Europe's first commercial WiMAX network - or, at least, a wireless network using WiMAX equipment, even if it's not actually on a WiMAX frequency.
Bill Ray, 06 2007

Intel details Core-based mobile, desktop Pentiums

Computex Intel has rolled out its anticipated extension of ye olde Pentium brand into the more advanced Core era with a quintet of desktop and laptop processors based on its new architecture.
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Citrix and Microsoft introduce BOB

Citrix chief executive Mark Templeton says the company expects to deliver the first fruits of Project Evergreen, a joint development with Microsoft, by the end of the year.
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Pentax Optio M30 digital camera

Review The Optio M30 is a mid-level 7.1-megapixel compact digital camera, unveiled by Pentax at the beginning of this year. It features a 3x zoom lens, a 2.5in display and a maximum sensitivity of ISO 3200.
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AMD's neo naming scheme - details emerge

Computex AMD has begun detailing how it plans to replace its current processor numbering scheme, this time with an Intel-esque system based on chip class, power consumption and relative performance.
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Long Beach cops boast first Segway-borne bust

Long Beach cops have finally vindicated the much-ridiculed Segway - by busting three teen car thieves who failed to escape the long arm of one motorised pogo-stick-borne law enforcement operative.

Toshiba shows 'world's first' skinny HD DVD-RW drive

Computex Toshiba will begin offering notebook makers samples of its upcoming slimline HD DVD-RW drive next month. The add-in is the first of its its kind, the company claimed.
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MS, Yahoo! and Google snub debate on freedom

Yahoo!, Google and Microsoft have passed up the chance to take part in a web conference on internet freedom being hosted by human rights group Amnesty International this evening.
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Vodafone Live 'improvements' kill mCommerce

Vodafone UK has launched a mobile optimising technology which reformats web pages to fit onto a mobile phone screen.
Bill Ray, 06 2007
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Europe could give Microsoft verdict soon

The European Court of First Instance could deliver its verdict on Microsoft's appeal of its anti-trust ruling before the summer recess.
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Firm offers to patent security fixes

The market for software vulnerabilities just got even more complex with the arrival of a firm that offers security researchers a chance to profit from their work by patenting security fixes.
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Networks First buys ANS

Networks First has bought ANS (Access Network Services), a Hampshire based firm that supports IP telephony products.
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Dutch students brew up powdered alcohol hit

Dutch students have developed what might be the ultimate Reg hack survival aid - a powdered alcohol beverage going out at €1-€1.50 for a 20-gram packet, Reuters reports.
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So what's in a URL? The Reg URL?

The Register started out as a UK operation with a UK addressed web site, but accidentally and against our expectations became a pretty successful international operation. In deference to marketing we should point out that in recent years the international success has been both planned and deliberate, but that certainly isn't what we were thinking about back in the mid-90s when we set up theregister.co.uk. And that is, sort of, what we feel the need to ask you about today - the .co.uk was at first an obstacle to be overcome, then arguably became an important component of The Register's branding, but how important is it to you, and in what ways?
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UK MoD: O2 won't help employees serve in Iraq

Updated The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has mounted a media campaign this week to shame major employers into signing its statement of support for military-reservist employees.
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eBay's phishy old problem

Comment Reg Developer recently published a story about listings on eBay that point users to phishing sites. We thought we'd uncovered a new security issue on eBay, but it turns out we were wrong.
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IBM lights on Watchfire

IBM has burned an undisclosed sum of money to acquire Watchfire, a Massachusetts-based security firm, the IT omnicorp announced on Wednesday.
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Parliament must listen to the blogger in his pyjamas - Cameron

Parliament may soon be debating whether to legalise incest, reclassify insomnia as a mental illness, microchip all children at birth ... or give pantomime actor Richard Griffiths a Knighthood.

Chip start-up could ignite Blade PCs

Comment Stealthy chip start-up Teradici Corp. in Burnaby, British Columbia emerged from behind the curtain on Tuesday to reveal their long anticipated semiconductor fix for the remote PC desktop dilemma. The product, geared towards OEM systems manufacturers, consists of a pair of chips designed to overcome the shortcomings of existing Blade PC solutions.
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NetApp and 3Par become storage buddies

3PAR and Network Appliance have signed an agreement to consolidate their block and file storage services into a single SAN/NAS pool.
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Crocodile tears for under-fire Microsoft MVP

Microsoft has adopted a bullish stance in the Most Valuable Professional saga, in which it's making an MVP feel most unvalued. The software giant is threatening Jamie Cansdale for making his product TestDriven.NET work with the free-as-in-beer version of Visual Studio.
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ooVoo readies six-way Jetson chat client

Add another to the long list of free video-chat clients. With its new software, due to officially launch on June 11, startup ooVoo is entering a market that already includes AOL, Apple, Yahoo!, Microsoft, Skype, and a handful of smaller names. The difference? The ooVoo client focuses on multi-person video calls, allowing for face-to-face chat across six different locations.
Cade Metz, 06 2007
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Substitute teacher's conviction for porn popups set aside

Julie Amero, the substitute teacher convicted of four felony counts when a computer in her classroom subjected seventh-graders to pornographic images, has been granted a new trial in light of fresh forensic information that came to light following her first trial.
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NASA chief regrets having unpopular opinion

NASA administrator Michael Griffin has apologized to agency scientists and engineers for expressing an unpopular personal opinion regarding global warming during a recent radio interview.
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Google beats chip and server makers to the future

Analysis Google's orgiastic, eccentric acquisition of start-up PeakStream must scare the major players in the server processor and hardware universe. An ad broker has eaten a potentially super-valuable, industry-wide asset with no greater ambition than self-gratification in mind. As a result, high-end server applications could hobble along for years to come.