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Las Vegas judge sacked for MySpace page

A North Las Vegas judge has been sacked after telling MySpace readers that his interests include physically beating prosecutors - or words to that effect.
Cade Metz, 14 Aug 2007
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Republican CNN/YouTube debate is back on

After a few weeks of skepticism-fueled dawdling, the Republican's CNN/YouTube presidential debate is back from limbo.
Austin Modine, 14 Aug 2007
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Buffer the Overflow Slayer v. the ActiveX Files

Microsoft's DirectX Media software development kit may be doing a lot more than helping designers give a realistic flesh tone to Lara Croft's breasts. It could also be introducing critical vulnerabilities into a countless number of applications that are spawned by the SDK.
Dan Goodin, 14 Aug 2007

MS announces revamped Xbox 360 coding kit

Microsoft will offer the next major version of its XNA Game Studio pro- and amateur-oriented Xbox 360 game creation tool for download later this year, the software giant has said.
Tony Smith, 14 Aug 2007

Apple head-hunters reveal Australia, UK store plans

Apple has begun recruiting staff to run its first Australian Apple Store, currently being kitted out in Sydney's central George Street. It's also looking for workers for new stores in the UK in Exeter, Milton Keynes, Glasgow, Reading and Brighton.
Tony Smith, 14 Aug 2007
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Surround sound... with a single speaker unit?

Being pelted by speakers placed at almost every angle has long been, acoustically speaking, the tried and tested way to gain surround sound. Now, US-based Polk Audio has created a single-bar speaker that it pledges will deliver a 5.1 surround sound experience from one location.
James Sherwood, 14 Aug 2007
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Unannounced Slingbox surfaces on the web

Sling Media is working on a new incarnation of its Slingbox TV-over-the-internet box, the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) website has revealed.
Tony Smith, 14 Aug 2007

Power gadget set to cut electricity bills

A company based in the UK has launched an innovative way to quickly and easily turn off all that household electronic equipment more often than not left on power-consuming 'standby' mode: a radio-controlled power plug.
Tony Smith, 14 Aug 2007
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Running biometric footware

There is a new biometric concept afoot from a Vancouver startup, turning a homespun invention for comfortable shoes into an entirely new source of biometric data.
Bill Softky, 14 Aug 2007
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Info boss publishes information sharing draft

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has launched a consultation on its new framework code of practice for sharing personal information.
Kablenet, 14 Aug 2007
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Porn company Perfect 10 sues Microsoft

A publisher of nude model photography is suing Microsoft for putting links and images of the company's content in search results taken from other websites that are illegally reproducing the material.
OUT-LAW.COM, 14 Aug 2007
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Mobile phone door surveillance inventor loses out to Nokia

An inventor who wrote his patent from scratch and conducted a legal campaign against Nokia himself has lost his claim for patent infringement against the mobile giant.
OUT-LAW.COM, 14 Aug 2007
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Dyson: Climate models are rubbish

British-born physicist Freeman Dyson has revealed three "heresies", two of which challenge the current scientific orthodoxy that anthropogenic carbon causes climate change.
Andrew Orlowski, 14 Aug 2007

Nokia issues battery warning

Batteries used in a range of Nokia handsets, from the 1100 to the latest E60, are at risk of overheating during charging. Of 300 million BL-5C batteries manufactured by Matsushita Battery Industrial Co. for Nokia last year, 46 million belong to the dodgy batch.
Bill Ray, 14 Aug 2007
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Nokia gets into user-created crud content

Nokia has launched a public beta of its user-generated content play Mosh, encouraging members to upload videos, pictures, and even applications for sharing with the Mosh community.
Bill Ray, 14 Aug 2007
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Many Facebook users expose all to strangers

Many Facebook users are happy to give up access to their personal profile to strangers.
John Leyden, 14 Aug 2007
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MIT whitecoats discover super-charged cancer cells

Scientists at MIT report a breakthrough in growing so called cancer stem cells that could aid research into the disease.
Lucy Sherriff, 14 Aug 2007
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Motorbike crash man fails to notice loss of leg

A Japanese motorcyclist failed to notice his right leg had been severed below the knee in a collision with a motorway central reservation, and he travelled a further 2km before spotting he'd left something behind at the scene, the Guardian reports.
Lester Haines, 14 Aug 2007
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RIM BlackBerry 8820 smartphone

Review It seems that Research In Motion (RIM) just can't help adding new features to its BlackBerry line. It's barely six months since the 8800 was released and there's already a new model nipping at its heels. The 8820 offers the form factor and features of its predecessor but adds a couple of new extras - most notably Wi-Fi.
Jason Berman, 14 Aug 2007
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Making the move to the Mac

As should be pretty clear from previous ramblings, I've about given up on Windows and am in the process of trying to reinvent myself as a Mac developer (I should perhaps say re-reinvent myself, since I worked with Macs back in the early days of the original 128K Mac, over 20 years ago).
Uncle Mac, 14 Aug 2007
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Evesham: Staff and customers speak

In what was an extremely difficult week for ex-employees and remaining staff at Evesham Technology, our stories generated a huge amount of comment.
Kelly Fiveash, 14 Aug 2007
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Intempo gets first dibs on DAB iPod docking station

We thought the iPod accessory market was already bursting, but apparently the one thing it’s been missing is a DAB digital radio iPod docking station. Intempo claims to have developed the industry’s first such device, incorporating dual band DAB digital and FM radio into a sleek black unit.
James Sherwood, 14 Aug 2007
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Sony Ericsson slides out K770 mobile camera phone

Sony Ericsson has unwrapped its K770 Cyber-shot phone which touts a 3.2-megapixel camera and promises picture quality that rivals a standalone digital camera. But despite the upmarket camera specs, Sony insists it's a phone first and foremost.
James Sherwood, 14 Aug 2007
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Camera pole puts you in the frame

It’s weird, it’s ever-so slightly ridiculous and it’s up to 94cm long. What is it? It’s the XShot handheld camera pole, which the manufacturer claims enables users to snap themselves in pictures or videos just by holding it out in-front.
James Sherwood, 14 Aug 2007
Microsoft

Microsoft gunning for online ads audience

Microsoft has upped the ante to become a serious contender in the world of online advertising with its $6bn buyout of advertising services firm aQuantive.
Kelly Fiveash, 14 Aug 2007
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iPlayer Politics: Behind the ISPs vs BBC row

Analysis ISPs including Tiscali and Carphone Warehouse reportedly want the BBC to help pay for bandwidth incurred by usage of its iPlayer. But what's the real power play?
Jeremy Penston, 14 Aug 2007
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VMware's IPO - Insanity turns Silicon Valley back to normal

Darling Diary Welcome to The Register's live coverage of VMware's IPO. The world has gone insane over this sucker, and I'm not one to deny ecstasy.
Ashlee Vance, 14 Aug 2007
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NASA comp fails to produce flying cars

Analysis A NASA-sponsored competition designed to encourage the development of personal aircraft was won on Saturday by a modified Slovenian aircraft piloted by an Australian.
Lewis Page, 14 Aug 2007
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Qualcomm loses general counsel

Qualcomm's general counsel, Lou Lupin, has left the company after it suffered three spectacular legal defeats in a row, though his departure is for apparently unconnected personal reasons.
Bill Ray, 14 Aug 2007
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World's oldest person pops clogs at 114

Japan's Yone Minagawa yesterday relinquished her short-held title as the world's oldest person when she died "of old age" having clocked up 114 years, news agencies report.
Lester Haines, 14 Aug 2007

How to watch TV on your PC

Feature Watching TV used to be a passive affair: you sat back and watched whatever happened to be on. These days, passivity is passé. Digital Video Recorder (DVR) set-top boxes can pick up programmes beamed out from a terrestrial transmitter, sent via satellite or pumped down a cable and save them on a hard drive so you begin watching five minutes after the show started or at any other time.
Leo Waldock, 14 Aug 2007
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Malware miscreants target parked domains

Malware authors are targeting parked domains in a bid to create a wider network of compromised zombie machines.
John Leyden, 14 Aug 2007
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US wiretap plan will leave door open for spooks and hackers

A top-drawer American cryptography boffin has expressed grave doubts about Bush administration plans to let spooks build wiretapping capabilities into the US comms infrastructure.
Lewis Page, 14 Aug 2007
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Free software campaigners stonewalled at BBC

The Free Software Foundation (FSF) mounted its protests against "corruption" of the BBC by Microsoft in London and Manchester this morning.
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Surrey satellite firm to design NASA lunar mission

NASA has asked Surrey University spin-out firm Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) to develop a low cost lunar orbiter for a joint US-UK mission called Magnolia. The project will see the firm develop the primary mission design for NASA.
Lucy Sherriff, 14 Aug 2007
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UFO lover 'lost three ton asteroid in office move'

An eccentric Russian UFO fancier claims his three ton meteorite has been stolen.
Lewis Page, 14 Aug 2007
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Top brass want more cash for science class

Top business leaders have called for science and engineering undergrads to be given an extra £1,000 per year to help reverse the decline in Britain's pool of technical talent.
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Upskirting Dutch bloggers head for court

Two Dutch bloggers who claim they filmed up women's skirts from a Heerhugowaard underground carpark to "warn the public of the intimate views afforded by see-through stairs" will appear in court in October, Reuters reports.
Lester Haines, 14 Aug 2007
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Boffins build bendy paper battery

Researchers in the US have developed a flexible paper battery which is about the size of a postage stamp. The concept device works like a conventional battery and can pump out around 2.5 volts, enough power to illuminate a small light.
James Sherwood, 14 Aug 2007
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Telecel Zimbabwe to lose its licence

The Zimbabwe government is revoking the license of one of the country's cellphone operators claiming the firm has not done enough to expand its roster of local shareholders.
Bill Ray, 14 Aug 2007
Yahoo

Yahoo! tops! Google! on! customer! satisfaction! survey!

A rare bit of good news for Yahoo!: "For the first time ever" - i.e. for the first time in five years - the beleaguered web portal has topped arch-rival Google on a much-discussed customer satisfaction survey sponsored by the University of Michigan.
Cade Metz, 14 Aug 2007
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Symantec releases new NetBackup

Symantec today released Veritas NetBackup 6.5, the company's latest data protection software and cornerstone of its football (*cough* soccer)-themed Storage United business initiative.
Austin Modine, 14 Aug 2007
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XenSource bulks up and makes more pools with v4

XenSource has dished out a fresh version of its flagship server virtualization product that should help the vendor compete with market leader VMware.
Ashlee Vance, 14 Aug 2007
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Oracle names 11g Database price

Oracle has finally unveiled pricing for its long-awaited next database running on Linux, and it's mixed news for users.
Gavin Clarke, 14 Aug 2007
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NASA weather error sparks global warming debate

Conservative blogs were alight last week when they turned up an error in NASA's methods for recording US temperatures. As a result, it has been concluded that 1934, not 1998, was America's hottest year on record.
Austin Modine, 14 Aug 2007
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Citrix to reveal XenSource buy tomorrow

Citrix will announce its acquisition of XenSource tomorrow, The Register has learned.
Ashlee Vance, 14 Aug 2007
Facebook

Student reprimands Facebook for bad manners and exposed code

A recent college grad is taking credit for the disclosure of Facebook's proprietary source code in an episode that demonstrates just how porous Web 2.0 technology can be.
Dan Goodin, 14 Aug 2007
Google

Google spinmeisters defend video refund policy

After summarily shutting down the buy-rent feature on Google Video, leaving customers unable to watch videos they paid good money for over the past 19 months, the world's most popular search engine has defended its less-than-satisfying refund policy.
Cade Metz, 14 Aug 2007
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Juniper names Sun exec as CFO

Juniper Networks has tapped former Sun executive, Robyn Denholm, as chief financial officer today, filling a hole left by a management shuffle due to a stock options investigation.
Austin Modine, 14 Aug 2007
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AMD aims to embrace and extend itself around parellelism

AMD has plotted out a path to add a pair of new extensions to its instruction set that should boost the performance of parallelized code.
Ashlee Vance, 14 Aug 2007
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MySQL defends paid tarball decision

MySQL has defended a decision to end free community access to the latest source code for its popular database in an attempt to snag paying customers.
Gavin Clarke, 14 Aug 2007
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Microsoft delivers critical fixes for Windows, IE and Excel

Microsoft's monthly patch fest for August included fixes for 14 security holes, including critical flaws in Internet Explorer, Excel and in Windows components such as XML Core Services, Vector Markup Language and Object Linking and Embedding automation.
Dan Goodin, 14 Aug 2007