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Warez land man 30 months in prison

An Illinois man was sentenced to 30 months in prison for his part in an organized online software distribution conspiracy, the US Department of Justice announced late last week. That's warez, if you don't prefer the grandiose.
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Palm drowns Foleo at birth

"Foleo is the most exciting product I have ever worked on," Palm founder Jeff Hawkins, May 2007
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Google launches US wireless crusade

Google is flirting with yet another effort to offer unfettered internet access over American airwaves, and as usual, it's facing endless back-and-forth with the FCC.
Cade Metz, 05 2007
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Steve Fossett missing in Nevada

Rescue teams are scouring tracts of Nevada in the hope of locating missing millionaire adventurer Steve Fossett, who took off on Monday in a single-engined aircraft to scout possible locations for a planned attempt on the world land-speed record, AP reports.
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BMA call to halt e-record rollout

An open letter to government from the doctors' association calls for a halt to the roll out of summary care records until a review has taken place.
Kablenet, 05 2007

Microsoft spins standards defeat into victory

Microsoft's PR machine is spinning a major setback into a minor victory for ratification of its proposed OOXML specification as an international standard.
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Nepal fixes Boeing 757 with goat sacrifice

Nepal Airlines has apparently fixed an electrical fault on one of its Boeing 757s by sacrificing two goats in appeasement of Hindu sky god Akash Bhairab, Reuters reports.
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O2 starts charging for calls to non-places

Last week O2 sent notifications to its subscribers informing them that calls to 0845, 0870 and 0800 (non-geographic) numbers would no longer be included in bundled minutes. The company has now admitted that this change to its billing is significant and therefore enables customers to get out of their existing contracts.
Bill Ray, 05 2007
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Top judge: put everyone in UK on the DNA database

One of the UK's top judges has thrown a grenade into the smouldering debate around the national DNA database, saying that everyone in the UK - including visitors from overseas - should be on file.

Asus announce 'first ever' Socket AM2+ mobo

Asus has announced what it claims are the world's first AMD Socket AM2+ motherboards, though the boast rang a little hollow when the company failed to say when the products will be made available.

Packard Bell pitches UMPC-like laptop

When a manufacturer unveils a computer with a 7in display but with practically notebook-class capabilities, most observers might assume it's a UMPC. However, Packard Bell claims the latest addition to its EasyNote range really is a notebook - it just happens to runs on a UMPC chipset.

Toshiba to tempt Matrix buffs with freebie HD DVD player

Buy a copy of the HD DVD Complete Matrix Trilogy box set from HMV's 150 Oxford Street, London store next Monday morning and you could walk away with a freebie Toshiba HD-E1 HD DVD player too.
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Yahoo! swallows! BlueLithium!

Search engine behemoth Yahoo! has ramped up its service for advertisers by acquiring privately held global ad network BlueLithium for $300m.
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Virgin fills Warehouse with media

From this morning customers at Carphone Warehouse will be able to buy Virgin broadband, digital TV and phones from a special in-store services area showcasing the company.
Bill Ray, 05 2007
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NASA boffins resist intrusive security probe

A group of cheesed-off American space boffins are resisting new security procedures, implemented in the wake of 9/11, which require them to submit to background checks.
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Germans plan 578m-high überpyramid

A German consortium has announced its plan to build the world's largest structure - a 578m-high "Giant Pyramid", designed to offer paying customers the chance to "outlast personal physical existence", as the group's website puts it.

IronKey 1GB secure USB Flash drive

Review What do you give the data security nut who has everything? IronKey may have the answer: what it claims is an almost totally secure, steely USB Flash drive that doesn't simply encrypt the data kept on it but protects your applications and online activities.
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C2000 gives credit where its due

Computer 2000 (C2000) is pumping £4m of additional credit into the channel.

IFA 2007: all the stories, all the best kit

Register Hardware was there at the IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin to same the latest technologies, the newest gadgets and the hottest products coming soon to a store near you.

Zune price slashed to under $200

Microsoft has cut the price of its Zune 30GB wireless portable media player by $50 (£25/€38) in the US. The announcement came a day before Apple is expected to announce revamped iPods and iPod Nanos.

O2 XDA Denim unzipped on web

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) website has revealed some technical specs for an upcoming O2 XDA handset, the Denim. The 3G slider is manufactured by Gigabyte and, despite the absence of a Levis red tab, incorporates a 2.6in touchscreen and two-megapixel main camera.
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Virgin rocket-ship terminal revealed

The Branson biz empire's suborbital-tourism-for-the-wealthy operation, Virgin Galactic, yesterday unveiled the architectural designs for its rocket-ship terminal at Spaceport America, the nascent commercial space base in New Mexico.

Ada suppliers court Microsoft

Two of the leading Ada language tool suppliers have Microsoft Windows firmly in their sights for a renewed push into the application development market. Adacore announced Vista support for its Gnat Pro development environment at the end of July and is expected to follow this up with full .Net support next week. Meanwhile, its rival, San Diego-based Aonix, announced Vista support along with Visual Studio .Net tool support for its ObjectAda product last week.
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BBC cans Planet Relief special

The BBC has decided to can a planned Planet Relief TV special on climate change following senior executives concerns that it "might breach impartiality guidelines".
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Raygun 747 test will be delayed, hints Boeing

Arms'n'airliners colossus Boeing says that its nuke-frying, raygun-packing jumbo jet project might suffer further delays if politicos on Capitol Hill cut funding.
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Gateway sells professional biz unit to MPC

Gateway is to sell its education, government and SMB arm of the business to MPC Corporation in a deal valued at about $90m.

NEC fills PC with water for silent running

NEC could be looking to bring water-cooled electronics into the mainstream, at least in Japan that is, with the launch of its Valuestar W liquid-cooled all-in-one PC range. The manufacturer said water cools down the system more effectively than fans alone can.
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It's Open Season on open source

Meat Cast The market heard your late-night cries so full of despair and longing. Then, the market responded.

Facebook to show profiles to search engines

Facebook users may no longer be able to hide after the website announced it is launching a service that enables anyone to view member profiles.
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Continuous Integration: Improving Software Quality and Reducing Risk

Like unit testing and automated builds, continuous integration is one of those development best practices that everyone can agree on, from the most extreme programmers to the most dogmatic of RUPistas. System integration – the moment when all of the different components of an application come together to produce a harmonious and pleasing whole – can be such a painful and difficult procedure that it’s tempting to put it off until later. It’s a lot of hassle, it takes so much time, there’s always something missing and so… There you are on the eve of release, only to find that rather than software harmony, you’ve got massive discord and disaster.

Apple rings in changes with iPod Touch

Yes, it's here... the iPhone iPod Touch, Apple's first dedicated digital media player with wireless networking, Mac OS X and the Apple handset's user interface on board.

Original iPod revived as iPod Classic

Apple didn't ditch it's old, faithful iPod today - it just renamed it the Classic, boosted its storage capacity, an LED-backlit display and gave it a more curvy casing than it's had before.

Widescreen iPod Nano debuts... as described

Apple's widescreen iPod Nano debut today, almost entirely as expected: widescreen display, video capability and a range of new, more autumnal colours. But Apple did throw in a couple of surprises.

NetApp sues Sun over ZFS claims

Network Appliance is suing Sun Microsystems in an intellectual property spat over - you guessed it - file systems.

Apple unveils larger nanos

This morning, at a San Francisco press event The Reg wasn't invited to, Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveiled several new iPods, including a nano that handles videos and games from an expanded display. He also trumpeted the arrival of iPhone ringtones, and sadly, we have no idea whether he kept a straight face.
Cade Metz, 05 2007

XenSource dishes embedded hypervisor to OEMs

The hype for virtualization may be reaching a fever pitch, but market penetration remains at a high-ball figure of only about 7 per cent. The aim now falls squarely on selling in volume, so it's not a surprise to see the market eyeballing OEM vendors.
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Finally, a Xeon MP with four cores and modern blueprint

Intel has at last brought its high-end Xeon processor out of the stone age, replacing its geriatric microarchitecture and doubling the number of cores to four.
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NBC leaves Apple for Amazon

After ending its relationship with Apple, NBC has jumped in bed with Amazon.
Cade Metz, 05 2007

Novell fills Microsoft Silverlight hole

Microsoft has extended its controversial partnership with Novell to make the Silverlight cross-platform, cross-browser media player run on Linux desktops.