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Cisco and VMware buddy up for VFrame Data Center

Cisco put some flesh onto its scrawny "Data Center 3.0" virtualization initiative at VMworld today, by announcing the union of its VFrame Data Center provisioning appliance with VMware's Virtual Infrastructure 3.
Austin Modine, 13 Sep 2007

Canonical and VMware team on mini-Ubuntu

VMworld Canonical has busted out yet another version of Ubuntu – this time taking aim at the much hyped and loved virtualization market.
Ashlee Vance, 13 Sep 2007
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eBay glitch sends packages to wrong addresses

eBay has acknowledged a bug on its site that's causing some sellers to send items to the wrong address. The flaw, which in certain cases causes eBay to transmit incorrect mailing instructions to sellers, is expected to be fixed soon, an eBay official said today.
Dan Goodin, 13 Sep 2007

Apple iPod Classic

Review The iPod Classic marks the most widespread update Apple has ever made to the 'standard' hard drive-based iPod range. The name's been tweaked, the user interface given a radical overhaul, and while the new model may look like the previous version, it's actually quite different.
Tony Smith, 13 Sep 2007

Nvidia fills out Quadro DirectX 10 line-up

Nvidia has expanded its line of workstation and business-oriented graphics products with a quartet of cards designed to fill out its low-end and mid-range product grid.
Tony Smith, 13 Sep 2007
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World's smallest economy dives into web scrum

Imagine you're a dignitary from a tiny, isolated, rugby-obsessive Pacific island group. Wouldn't it be marvellous if the UK launch of your new internet economy could be scheduled during the Rugby World Cup in France?
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Report backs mobile IT for police

Mobile data solutions and inter-force IT have a big part to play in cutting police red tape, says a major report.
Kablenet, 13 Sep 2007
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EDS shows one in four staff the door

EDS is offering a quarter of its US staff early retirement as it seeks to move more and more of its operations to cheaper territories.
John Oates, 13 Sep 2007
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IT overruns costing business €375m a year

Budget overruns on IT projects are costing Irish and UK businesses more than €375m(£256m) a year, new research has revealed.
Ciara O'Brien, 13 Sep 2007
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Belkin, SanDisk launch charity kit

SanDisk and Belkin both want your money - but this time it's for good causes, justifying the bring purple and pink colours schemes. Both companies have launched products and pledged to donate a percentage of the price to charity.
Tony Smith, 13 Sep 2007
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L'Oreal sues eBay over counterfeit goods

eBay is being sued across Europe by the world's biggest cosmetics firm for not trying hard enough to battle counterfeiting. L'Oreal is taking the action in five European countries, including the UK.
OUT-LAW.COM, 13 Sep 2007
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Fujitsu Services ends union dispute

Fujitsu Services said yesterday that it has settled its long-running row with Manchester-based employees over redundancy rights, union recognition and better pay.
Kelly Fiveash, 13 Sep 2007
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Religious hatred a crime from October, but exemptions are wide

The Racial and Religious Hatred Act comes into force in October, carrying a threat of prison terms for a person who tries to stir up religious hatred. However, its free speech exemptions are so wide that convictions could be difficult, a lawyer said.
OUT-LAW.COM, 13 Sep 2007
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Virtualization standards becoming a reality

As the virtualization market continues to expand, concerns over incompatibility between virtual machines from VMware, XenSource and Microsoft are unsurprisingly growing with it.
Austin Modine, 13 Sep 2007
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Enraged bee bursts Taiwanese woman's breast implant

A Taiwanese woman was sporting a brand spanking new breast implant this week after her previous joy bag was punctured in a freak bee stinging incident.
Joe Fay, 13 Sep 2007
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Ofcom fails to prevent release of cell locations

Ofcom has failed in its appeal against last September's ruling that information on cellphone base stations must be available to the public, in database form, though it remains to be seen if up-to-date information does become available.
Bill Ray, 13 Sep 2007
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Shuttle debuts 'deluxe, glamorous' SFF PC

Shuttle has brought Intel's G33 integrated chipset to its XPC line of barebone small form-factor PCs, this one using the company's "glamorous" G6 casing and due to hit the shelves with 'Deluxe' appended to its name.
Tony Smith, 13 Sep 2007
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Reference kilo shows mysterious weight loss

French scientists have been offered a welcome distraction from their country’s dismal rugby performance with the news that the much-loved “reference” kilo is mysteriously losing weight.
Joe Fay, 13 Sep 2007
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Sony to roll out four Blu-ray recorders

The Sony Blu-ray Disc wagon shows no signs of slowing, with the company unveiling four forthcoming recorders based on the format. The top-of-the-range model incorporates a massive 500GB hard drive, enough for about 160 hours of HD content, while the whole range also provides 1080p 'full HD' resolution.
James Sherwood, 13 Sep 2007
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Motorola transmits dual Walkie Talkie range

Mobile phones just don't cut it in some situations, such as police stakeouts and mountaineering expeditions, owing to dodgy reception levels, connection times and number punching. So Motorola has unveiled two stylish walkie-talkies that offer a range of handy features for Alpha Bravo Charlies everywhere.
James Sherwood, 13 Sep 2007
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Morse snaps up consultancy firm

Morse has swallowed up Manchester-based consultancy firm Xayce plc for £3.6m in a majority cash deal.
Kelly Fiveash, 13 Sep 2007
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Trojan planted on US Consulate website

Webpages of the US Consulate General in St. Petersburg, Russia, were infected by malware earlier this week. The US consulate site was caught up in a much larger hack attack and is not thought to have been targeted as such.
John Leyden, 13 Sep 2007

If you think the IT industry is grey and colourless, wait until you get a load of this

Some people complain that the IT industry can be a bit colourless and grey, but we can't agree. There's quite a bit of colour around. Let's start with Orange. Nice colour on the whole, unless you happen to be Jem Telecom, a Lancashire-based reseller specialising in BlackBerrys, which went into the red and administration, blaming an outstanding debt from Orange of several hundred thousand pounds - enough, according to the administrator, to keep the company solvent. Orange recently terminated relationships with 150 resellers following an investigation into data leakage from the Orange extranet, stating it had decided not to deal with many resellers, preferring to deal with customers directly. It declined to comment when asked if the policy included refusing to pay money owed to existing resellers.
Billy MacInnes, 13 Sep 2007

Apple invite brings UK hacks out in iPhone fever

UK hacks have begun receiving invites to an Apple event scheduled to be held at the Mac maker's Regent Street, London store on 18 September. Headed "Mum is no longer the word", the email has already got journos forecasting the UK debut of the iPhone.
Tony Smith, 13 Sep 2007
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Bebo fingers Yahoo! for display ads

"Marketing is essentially about feeding poop back to the diners fast enough to make them think they're getting real food." - Generation X, Douglas Coupland
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Led Zeppelin reunion opens with Communication Breakdown

The clamour for tickets for Led Zeppelin's reunion gig at the O2 in London in November has overloaded the registration website, frustrating thousands.
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Keeping a Hawk-Eye on those miserable Wii kids

Column The idea that Britain is the worst place in the developed world to be a child has been popping up in comment pieces ever since February this year, when The Children's Society announced its new website. This month for the first time, computer games were added to the list of demons tormenting British youth.
Guy Kewney, 13 Sep 2007
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US allows import of Qualcomm chips

A US Court of Appeal has granted permission for phones incorporating Qualcomm chips to be imported into the US, but the chips themselves remain banned.
Bill Ray, 13 Sep 2007

Wii becomes best-selling next-gen console

Welcome back to the top of the world games console totem pole, Nintendo - for next-gen machines at the very least. Sales data suggests that to date 9m Wiis have been bought, to 8.9m Xbox 360s and 3.7m PS3s.
Tony Smith, 13 Sep 2007
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Blind Judo master floors tobacco stealing skinhead

A German skinhead got a far right going over this week when he tried to nick a pack of cigarettes from a blind man, who just happened be a world-class judo champion.
Joe Fay, 13 Sep 2007
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Surge protection for Powerline Ethernet products?

I read that Powerline Ethernet adaptors can't be plugged into surge protectors. Is that true? If it doesn't work if it's connected to a surge protector then will there be damage done to these Powerline Ethernet adaptors if there's a surge?
Quddus Shah, 13 Sep 2007
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PC superstore unhinged by Linux

For all you car aficionados out there, how's this for an operating system analogy from PC World? Installing Linux onto a laptop sold by the computer retail behemoth is like putting a Ford engine into a BMW, apparently.
Kelly Fiveash, 13 Sep 2007
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NZ surveillance target attempts to flog tracking kit

A New Zealand man under covert electronic surveillance by police turned the tables on his snoopers by attempting to sell tracking kit he found in his car.
John Leyden, 13 Sep 2007
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You bought into mobile email - what have you got to show for it?

Mobile Clinic Our mobile clinic returns today, this time looking to get some clarity on whether or not we really have become more efficient since the advent of the mobile phone, and if we have, by how much, and why. As before our panel of experts provide their opinion, something which you can do to via the comment forms at the bottom of the article.
Team Register, 13 Sep 2007
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Online car tax saves planet from carbon hell

Much desperate saving of the planet round at the Driver & Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) where, we are told, "internet-savvy drivers" have been playing "a vital role in the battle against global warming." This band of heroes has saved sufficient CO2 to fill "81,000 double-decker buses."
John Lettice, 13 Sep 2007
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Cassini reveals two faces of Iapetus

Cassini has sent back a mountain-load of work for its mission scientists, having shot literally hundreds of pictures of Saturn's moon Iapetus on its fly-by this weekend.
Lucy Sherriff, 13 Sep 2007

Wengé wood inspires Sony's autumn Vaios

Sony has introduced a laptop with what it calls a "fabric-like natural finish" in place of the usual dull, flat plastic look reserved for nondescript notebooks.
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Sod robots, send people into space: report

People must be at the heart of the UK's space exploration efforts, according to a report published today. The report's authors contradict the UK's long-held policy that robots are where it is at, both scientifically and financially, when it comes to touring the solar system. They argue that it is time for a new vision.
Lucy Sherriff, 13 Sep 2007
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RIM colours up BlackBerry Pearl

Research in Motion (RIM) has introduced its BlackBerry 8100 handset - aka Pearl - in three additional colours and... er... that's about it. The move could either be a way to help Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) sufferers overcome the impending winter blues - or just a method of jazzing up an existing line without too much expenditure.
James Sherwood, 13 Sep 2007
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MPs criticise e-health record progress

The Electronic Patient Record project needs better planning, more consultation and a new timetable, say MPs.
Kablenet, 13 Sep 2007
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Boffins develop Terminator-vision goggles

If you've ever wondered what it's like to trip on acid or experiencing life through the eyes of the Terminator, then a team of Russian inventors may have the gadget for you. The team has created a pair of virtual reality goggles that enables users to experience the world from a completely different perspective.
James Sherwood, 13 Sep 2007

Symantec launches new SMB partner programme

Software firm Symantec has upped its bid to capture a chunk of the small to medium-sized business (SMB) market by announcing a new global partner programme.
Kelly Fiveash, 13 Sep 2007
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YouTube, Viacom bow to light-sabre wielding defender of online justice

The Register's favorite light-sabre-wielding school board candidate has stared down an army of YouTube-hating Viacom lawyers, defending the rights of internet users everywhere.
Cade Metz, 13 Sep 2007
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Navman queues up flagship satnav range

Relatively little noise has been made by Navman since it was acquired by Mitac in February, but it appears the company hasn't been resting on its expanded assets. Today, it introduced a four-model flagship S series of satnavs.
James Sherwood, 13 Sep 2007

Asus launches 'first' GPS laptop

Asus has gone public on what it claims is the world's first mainstream laptop - a machine not intended for specialist use, in other words, with GPS technology on board.
Tony Smith, 13 Sep 2007
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Cybersquatter storms the Bastille (Linux)

Bastille Linux was forced to switch domain this week after a cybersquatter took control of the Bastille-Linux.org website.
John Leyden, 13 Sep 2007
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IBM holds 128-thread 'Q7' variant of Power7

Exclusive IBM has shelved a top-secret chip project meant to give the company a massively multi-threaded part that could have served as a major disrupter in the Unix world, The Register has learned.
Ashlee Vance, 13 Sep 2007
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Hypercard tool gets Linux leg up

Runtime Revolution has released a beta version of its Hypercard-like cross-platform development tool with upgraded Linux support. Version 2.9 of the tool is the first version to offer full Linux support since version 2.6.1 was released in October 2005.
Phil Manchester, 13 Sep 2007
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Artist formerly known as The Artist Formerly Known As Prince attacks internet

In yet another battle for control of his name, image, and funkadelic music catalog, the artist formerly known as The Artist Formerly Known As Prince has launched an attack on the internet.
Cade Metz, 13 Sep 2007
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Canadian police detain Nigerian in alleged 419 scam

A Nigerian national who had been living in Canada was taken into custody by Winnipeg police in connection with a West African email scam alleged to have bilked an 84-year old man of $30,000.
Dan Goodin, 13 Sep 2007
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Azul smacks down Reg claims with $40m

In an apparent response to our story yesterday, Azul Systems today announced the completion of a $40m funding round. The Java server appliance start-up stressed that "top tier" investors participated in the funding, including Accel Partners, Austin Ventures, ComVentures, Credit Suisse, JVax Investment Group, Meritech Capital Partners, Redpoint Ventures and Worldview Technology Partners. "All existing investors in the company participated in the financing."
Ashlee Vance, 13 Sep 2007

Lawsuit claims sex-discrimination, bias at EMC

A sex-discrimination lawsuit by two former female EMC employees alleges "locker-room" antics within the firm's sales team in Chicago, detailing company-paid visits to strip clubs, demeaning sexual remarks, and a general failing to hire and promote women.
Austin Modine, 13 Sep 2007