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100Gbps Internet2 is ready

New improvements to the high speed Internet2 network infrastructure are completed and primed with 100Gbps capacity for US research and education communities.
Austin Modine, 10 Oct 2007
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Apple sued over i-Bricks

Apple's breaking of iPhones that had been hacked is now the subject of a lawsuit, which claims the controversial tactic violates California laws governing antitrust and fair business practices.
Dan Goodin, 10 Oct 2007
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Only Sky can save digital TV

Comment Even at the second time of asking, digital TV has been a commercial flop. That's not surprising when taxpayer-subsidised broadcasters are given valuable spectrum. It's time Ofcom admitted this and gave Sky the chance to revitalise the market.
Keith McMahon, 10 Oct 2007
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Service Design - ITIL v3

Book review We recently reviewed Service Strategy, the first book in the latest refresh of ITIL – the IT Infrastructure Library.
David Norfolk, 10 Oct 2007
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Word vuln stars in Patch Tuesday litter

Microsoft delivered six patches on Tuesday - four critical - as part of its regular Patch Tuesday update cycle.
John Leyden, 10 Oct 2007
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Google nabs patent for Sun's Project Blackbox?

Google now owns a patent for data centers stuffed into shipping containers. You know, data centers like Sun's Project Blackbox.
Cade Metz, 10 Oct 2007
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Burmese cops in UN hard drive snatch kerfuffle

Reports suggest that the Burmese military government has attempted to seize computer hard drives from UN offices in an attempt to root out pro-democracy activists.
Lewis Page, 10 Oct 2007
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MPs praise e-passport roll out

MPs say project management of the first electronic passport has been an outstanding success.
Kablenet, 10 Oct 2007

Google's 'Gphone' said to be mobile OS

New reports suggest search giant Google is believed to be working on a mobile operating system and not a handset device as previously speculated.
Stephen Errity, 10 Oct 2007
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IT spending to top $3 trillion in 2007

Global spending on IT is set to reach $3.1 trillion this year, according to the latest research from analysts at Gartner.
Stephen Errity, 10 Oct 2007

Nvidia brings forward G92 launch?

Nvidia's G92 graphics chip, originally scheduled for a 12 November launch, will now appear on 29 October, Far Eastern moles have claimed.
Tony Smith, 10 Oct 2007
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New web accessibility guidelines will be ignored, says critic

New guidelines on web accessibility are nearing completion after years of delay, according to the body behind them. But outspoken critic Joe Clark says the guidelines will be ignored when they are published.
OUT-LAW.COM, 10 Oct 2007
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Orange puts plum back in mouth

Less than a month since changing its voice menus to something more "matey", Orange has called Ruth back into the recording studio to up the tone a little, and give customers a better class of voice menu.
Bill Ray, 10 Oct 2007
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Sony off-shoot unveils 'cheaper' Blu-ray drive for laptops

Updated Optiarc, the optical drive joint venture between Sony and NEC, has taken the wraps off its first Blu-ray Disc playback drive for laptops, claiming the machine will allow notebook makers to equip mid-range models with the next-gen disc format.
Tony Smith, 10 Oct 2007
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AMD updates Phenom timetable

How is AMD's Phenom processor roll-out shaping up? According to the latest roadmap leak, expect three of the CPUs to appear this year, all of them in the 9000 series. Gamer-oriented FX parts won't debut until next year.
Tony Smith, 10 Oct 2007
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ISP bosses told to get real on broadband speeds

Ofcom's independent consumer quango has called on ISP bosses to ensure people feel less cheated by the broadband packages they advertise.
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Security researchers plot revamped anti-virus tests

Security researchers are close to formulating plans to overhaul anti-virus testing amid growing concerns that current tests can be misleading.
John Leyden, 10 Oct 2007
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Nintendo limbers up for Wii Fit

Nintendo is on a mission to get Wii owners working up even more of sweat. The company's announced plans to launch its anticipated Wii Fit home fitness game in Japan later this year.
James Sherwood, 10 Oct 2007
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Email evidence jacks up litigation costs

Confusion over the handling of emails and other electronic documents for use as critical evidence in big litigation cases is costing the legal profession millions of pounds, a new survey has found.
Kelly Fiveash, 10 Oct 2007
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Jihadi-sniffers blame White House for leaking secrets

An American company dedicated to monitoring al-Qaeda internet activities says that leaks from the US government have destroyed web-snooping capabilities painstakingly built up over years.
Lewis Page, 10 Oct 2007
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Carphone bets on iPhone peripherals and free laptops

Carphone's Q3 07 results show a steady growth in both mobile and fixed-line customers, according to a trading statement issued by the firm.
Bill Ray, 10 Oct 2007
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Catholic dating sites exchange rings

Catholics around the world and the next will be pleased to know that two of the US' top Catholic dating sites have come together in the unity of an acquisition.
Joe Fay, 10 Oct 2007
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Terminator will be back in 2009

Shooting will begin in 2008 on Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins, which promises to "reinvent the cyborg saga with a storyline to be told over a three-pic span".
Lester Haines, 10 Oct 2007
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BT Tradespace drags small biz kicking and screaming onto Web 2.0

BT says 21,000 small businesses have signed up for its Tradespace website and ecommerce platform since it launched in April.
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Has-beens jump on free downloads bandwagon

Past-it pop stars are tripping over their Zimmer frames in the rush to give away their music for nowt.
Andrew Orlowski, 10 Oct 2007

Foxconn readies its first Intel X38 mobo

Foxconn has become one of the first mobo makers to formally announce a board based on Intel's high-end X38 chipset, complete with support for AMD's CrossFire multi-GPU technology.
Tony Smith, 10 Oct 2007
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Samsung specs up updated UMPC phone

Samsung has unfolded the specs of its second-generation fold-open UMPC-like phone - or should that be 'phone-like UMPC'?
James Sherwood, 10 Oct 2007

MSI lets slip AMD 790FX mobo

Motherboard maker MSI has pipped its rivals to the post and unveiled its first chipset based on AMD's as yet unannounced 790FX chipset - better known as the RD790.
Tony Smith, 10 Oct 2007
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World's dumbest file-sharer mulls appeal

Ironically-named P2P user Jammie Thomas, who was fined $220,000 for copyright infringement in a case brought by the RIAA last week, wants to appeal the Minnesota jury's verdict.
Andrew Orlowski, 10 Oct 2007
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Beijing's Olympian censorship machine laid bare

A democracy activist working undercover at a Chinese internet company has exposed how the Beijing government is strangling online dissent ahead of next year's Olympics.
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Apple prepares iPhone WebApp catalogue

Apple is about to launch a consolidation portal hosting WebApps for its glorified slates, the iPhone and iTouch, whilst developing proper applications with Electronic Arts and others.
Bill Ray, 10 Oct 2007
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Fairly realistic flying car offered for 2009 delivery

One of our favourite notions here at Vulture Central is that of the flying car. Ideally this would be a true sci-fi-style job, backed up by an equally puissant automated air-traffic infrastructure. In such a machine you could simply jump into your car outside your house, quietly lift off vertically, fly somewhere even in bad visibility and congested airspace, and set down again equally vertically. Then you could drive/taxi your astounding hover vehicle into the garage, underground carpark or wherever - or simply park it on the street.
Lewis Page, 10 Oct 2007
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BT puckers up for Frenchie IT outfit

BT's French love affair continued apace today with the announcement that it is in talks to acquire a majority stake in Paris-based IT consulting firm Net2S SA.
Kelly Fiveash, 10 Oct 2007
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Plods-turned-gumshoes jailed for hacking operation

Two ex-policemen were jailed today for running a private detective agency that tapped phonelines and hacked computers during its investigations.
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Hey car thief! Gonna shut you down

General Motors is prepping a carjack buster that gradually slows stolen cars to a halt by turning down engine power.
John Leyden, 10 Oct 2007
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Future of computing safe, thanks to Excel patch

Microsoft has released a fix for a curious flaw that threatened to confound engineers who use the latest version of Excel.
Dan Goodin, 10 Oct 2007
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Blinkx targets money-hungry video sharers

Blinkx wants your help as it works to generate some cold hard cash from the worldwide obsession with online video. And it's willing to slip you a cut.
Cade Metz, 10 Oct 2007

The truth about virtualization

Reg Tech Panel Virtualization is one of the hottest buzzwords in the industry. To many, it is a word that is synonymous with the use of VMware for server partitioning.
Team Register, 10 Oct 2007
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Mandriva Linux 2008 is out and about

Mandriva has released the latest version of its desktop Linux operating system, which can be downloaded free on its website and public mirror servers.
Austin Modine, 10 Oct 2007
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Dell boots disks and fires up streamed PCs

Forget thin clients and blade PCs. Dell will do the virtual desktop thing in its own, less than radical way.
Ashlee Vance, 10 Oct 2007
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Reg Dev plunges into Gapingvoid

Anyone still working in app dev who was around before BritPop will remember the debate on how the likes of Object Orientation and Corba were going to revolutionize distributed computing and the way we interact with systems.
Gapingvoid, 10 Oct 2007
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Quantum sues Riverbed over de-dupe patent

Still fresh from acquiring a patent agreement from Data Domain by threatening legal action, Quantum is turning its eyes to another rival in the de-duplication market.
Austin Modine, 10 Oct 2007
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Curl mounts Silverlight and AIR challenge

Curl, the rich programming language specialist back from obscurity, is turning to open source to gain a foothold in rich internet applications (RIA).
Paula Rooney, 10 Oct 2007
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Virgin Galactic: Flights 'still a few years away'

Virgin Galactic, Sir Richard Branson's planned "space tourism" operation, has admitted that it is "still a few years away from operations".
Lewis Page, 10 Oct 2007

This emergency alert has been cancelled by Hotmail

Yesterday's story showing evidence that Microsoft has placed Draconian caps on the number of Hotmail recipients who can receive an email prompted a message from reader Jeff Willis. He says Hotmail routinely blocks mass emails his company, MIS Sciences Corporation, sends on behalf of universities and government agencies.
Dan Goodin, 10 Oct 2007
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History dictates future of virtualization

First, a bit of history. In the early 1970s, IBM had two separate operating system development teams competing for the future of the mainframe. The establishment - represented by MVS - offered continuity from the age of the 360.
Phil Manchester, 10 Oct 2007
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3Com sues 3Com over 3Com buyout

The $2.2bn sale of networking gear vendor 3Com has already hit litigious waters, courtesy its own shareholders.
Austin Modine, 10 Oct 2007
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Ohio docks official one week's holiday for data breach

Ohio's Department of Administrative Services says it's learned its lesson following the pilfering of a tape that contained personal data belonging to more than 130,000 people. And to prove it the agency is docking a whole week's holiday time from the man who failed to ensure the security of the information.
Dan Goodin, 10 Oct 2007
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Panasas decides to redefine RAID

It's too much to demand that any vendor try and make RAID storage exciting. Our hats, however, go off to Panasas for trying.
Ashlee Vance, 10 Oct 2007