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Gov u-turn sinks EDS's Indian outsourcing plans

Exclusive The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has told EDS to cancel plans to outsource government work to India.
Kelly Fiveash, 05 Nov 2007

Panic in smartphoneland

Analysis Google is set to give the mobile phone business a body blow today - the second punch in the guts it's had this year. Apple delivered the first blow, by turning the operators' subsidy model upside down - as well as making rival manufacturers look like knuckle-dragging Neanderthals. But Google's arrival may prove to be more dramatic and far reaching for the business.
Andrew Orlowski, 05 Nov 2007
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Congestion charge dodgers register Bentleys as minicabs

Owners of upmarket sets of wheels have discovered a cunning ruse to avoid paying London's congestion charge - simply register the car as a minicab.
Lester Haines, 05 Nov 2007
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Fuel-cell UAV achieves 'record' distance

A fuel-cell company has announced a "record-breaking" flight by an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) propelled by one of its fuel cells.
Lewis Page, 05 Nov 2007
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Shampoo boffins decode dandruff fungus' DNA

Researchers working for the maker of Head and Shoulders anti-dandruff shampoo have mapped out the genome of the microbe that causes the pesky condition.
Lucy Sherriff, 05 Nov 2007

E-Ten unveils 'affordable' satnav smartphone

Taiwan's E-Ten has unwrapped its latest Glofiish smartphone, the X600: a slim tablet-like handset that packs in Wi-Fi, GPS and Bluetooth 2.0, all for what the company promised would be an "affordable price".
Tony Smith, 05 Nov 2007
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Telnic proposal spurs internal ICANN debate

ICANN 2007 - Los Angeles The acrimonious debate surrounding the Whois database is ICANN's most enduring ritualistic dance.
Burke Hansen, 05 Nov 2007
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Warner slaps Nokia for Web 2.0 swap site

Nokia's Music Store went live last week - but look in vain for anything by Led Zepp, John Coltrane, or Smokey Robinson. That's because Warner Music Group (WMG) is refusing to license its catalogues to the phone giant, in protest at its Web 2.0 file swapping site, Mosh.
Andrew Orlowski, 05 Nov 2007
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How feasible is the personal communications hub?

Reg Technology Panel How would we like to use mobile technologies in the future? The answer seems to be that we'd prefer to consolidate all of our messaging and calls to a single device.
Jon Collins, 05 Nov 2007
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Rewriting the SaaS laws

Comment I sometimes think I am living in a parallel universe when I get into conversations about Software as a Service (SaaS). People keep talking to me as if there is some kind of seismic shift taking place in the way organisations are acquiring and running software. Then I look around me and down at the results of study after study of buying patterns and investment plans that we carry out here at Freeform Dynamics and all I can see is the continued gradual creep of the price per user per month hosted model that has been taking place in a steady but non-dramatic manner for the best part of a decade now.
Dale Vile, 05 Nov 2007
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Asus spills AMD 7-series chipset beans

Asus has jumped the gun on AMD's 7-series chipset announcement by unveiling today a pair of motherboards based on two of the as-yet-unannounced product family.
Tony Smith, 05 Nov 2007
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Petty crimes, 150,000 kids and a million new records

Have you ever used one of those machines at a fairground or on a seaside pier? You know, the ones that stretch a penny out, imprinting it with a touristy message and the date of your holiday?
Lucy Sherriff, 05 Nov 2007
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Evesham Technology creditors back administrators

Creditors owed about £6.8m by collapsed British computer maker Evesham Technology have accepted DTE Leonard Curtis’s proposals that it proceed with the administration of the company.
Kelly Fiveash, 05 Nov 2007
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Wikipedia not a publisher

A French judge has ruled that Wikipedia is not responsible for defamatory content it hosted on its website.
John Oates, 05 Nov 2007

Samsung samples SATA II 2.5in SSD

Samsung has begun sampling a 2.5in notebook-oriented 64GB solid-state drive the connects to a host computer using a 3Gb/s SATA interface, the electronics giant said today.
Tony Smith, 05 Nov 2007
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MySpace ads zero in on user data

MySpace has tightened its advertising targeting system to let marketeers aim their pitch at more specific user interests, in the hope they'll be more likely to respond.
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It doesn't take much to master MySQL

Site offer MySQL is a multi-user SQL database management system with over 10 million installations worldwide. MySQL is commonly used within web applications and acts as a database component of the LAMP, MAMP and WAMP platforms.
Register Books, 05 Nov 2007
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Lost CD may put pension holders in peril

Thousands of customers of UK insurer Standard Life have been left at risk of fraud after their personal details were lost by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC).
John Leyden, 05 Nov 2007
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Honda to put ultracapacitors on the road in '08

Everyone who owns a mobile phone knows something about rechargeable batteries, but not that many non-engineers really know about capacitors. Even so, big capacitors - aka supercapacitors or ultracapacitors - have just gone mainstream.
Lewis Page, 05 Nov 2007
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Heads roll at ACS

Outsourcing outfit Affiliated Computer Services (ACS) last week confirmed that five of its independent board members agreed to resign after an embarrassing public spat with the firm's founder and chairman.
Kelly Fiveash, 05 Nov 2007
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Shuttle crew completes daring wing repair

The space shuttle Discovery has uncoupled from the International Space Station and is heading back to Earth, after an eventful 11 day stay in orbit.
Lucy Sherriff, 05 Nov 2007
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NHS will not appeal contract publication ruling

NHS Lothian will not appeal the decision of the Scottish Information Commissioner that forced the publication of a £1.2bn private finance initiative (PFI) hospitals contract.
OUT-LAW.COM, 05 Nov 2007

Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard - Finder

Review The latest version of Apple's operating system, Mac OS X, is here and it's arguably the most significant revamp since X replaced 9. Leopard brings a new look to Mac OS X GUI, and a wealth of new features, some innovations other merely tweaks to old apps. In the first of a series looking at Leopard in depth, we go straight for Leopard's soul: the Finder.
Tony Smith, 05 Nov 2007
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Official: P2P music not harming Canada

Another study of P2P networks has found that music file-sharing has no detrimental effect on the CD racket and, if anything, is associated with higher physical sales.

Gaming PC makers team for open standard monitoring spec

Nvidia and some of the leading lights in gaming PCs have introduced what they claim is a fully open software specification to allow control apps to monitor key PC components in real time - the better, they claimed, to help enthusiasts fine-tune their systems.
Tony Smith, 05 Nov 2007
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Security minister defends ID cards, longer detention

The Liberal Democrat party has attacked the proposed National ID card scheme, on the grounds that the government cannot effectively implement simpler plans such as passport interviews. But the new government security minister has mounted a spirited defence.
Lewis Page, 05 Nov 2007
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Publishers track down news lifters

Software that can show news publishers if, and where, their content has been copied online has been launched.
John Oates, 05 Nov 2007
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N-Gage fails to appear on Ovi

Nokia's latest assault on the gaming market, N-Gage 3: This Time It's Software, won't be debuting during November as originally promised because it still needs a bit more testing.
Bill Ray, 05 Nov 2007
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Dell bets big on storage

Dell is spending $1.4bn on storage company EqualLogic, which specialises in iSCSI storage area networks optimised for virtualisation.
John Oates, 05 Nov 2007
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US airforce: Solar 'leccy is too cheap to meter

A US Air Force base is bringing on stream America's "largest solar photovoltaic system", according to reports. Nellis airforce base is in the middle of powering up a 140-acre facility covered in solar arrays which swivel flower-fashion to follow the sun.
Lewis Page, 05 Nov 2007
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Time Warner boss bows out

Richard Parsons, CEO of AOL parent company Time Warner, has fallen on his sword in hope his successor can revive the fortunes of the unwieldy internet and media empire.
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Google's gives the world (another) Linux phone OS

Google has unveiled its phone platform, Android. It's yet another Linux OS, freely licensed, and will appear in devices in the second half of next year. Google has signed up over 30 partners including Qualcomm, Motorola, HTC and operators including Deutsche Telekom for the "Open Handset Alliance".
Andrew Orlowski, 05 Nov 2007
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Visual Studio 2008 release by end November, Sync Framework announced

TechEd, Barcelona Microsoft has announced that Visual Studio 2008 will be available to MSDN subscribers "by the end of November 2007". I'm a little disappointed not to find the RTM build here at Tech-Ed, but that's not long to wait.
Tim Anderson, 05 Nov 2007
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The internet in your pocket?

So Google is working with some big industry players on an open-source operating system for mobile phones. The assumption is that developers are waiting for a completely open OS to change the mobile world.
Bill Ray, 05 Nov 2007
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Hack database, change school grades, go to jail for 20 years (maybe)

It's the stuff of movies such as War Games but two California men accused of hacking into a University database system to change their grades face up to 20 years imprisonment.
John Leyden, 05 Nov 2007
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Microsoft talks Sync and BI for SQL Server 2008

TechEd, Barcelona Microsoft used its TechEd Developer Conference in Barcelona Monday to announce details of new features in SQL Server 2008, due next February.
Dan Clarke, 05 Nov 2007
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Cisco takes unified comms to the little people

Cisco is shoveling more fuel into its SMB fire, with additions and updates for its Smart Business Communications System. The new gear includes tripling unified communication capabilities to 48 users, four new Ethernet switches and a new leasing package for Europe.
Austin Modine, 05 Nov 2007
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Microsoft lifts Visual Studio usage restrictions

TechEd, Barcelona Microsoft partners are now free to extend Visual Studio to target non-Microsoft platforms according to Microsoft's developer division corporate vice president S. Somasegar.
Tim Anderson, 05 Nov 2007

The Register Virtualization debate is ready to roll

Site news The Register’s first eSymposium, Virtualization, From the Data Center to the Desktop will hit your screen tomorrow (Tuesday).
Team Register, 05 Nov 2007
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Yahoo! Unveils! Another! Social! Networking! Also-Ran!

Yahoo! has launched another social networking service that few people are likely to use.
Cade Metz, 05 Nov 2007
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Navisite scrambles to restore web hosting service

Navisite, the US webhosting firm, is scrambling to fix an extended outage that is believed to have rendered tens of thousands of websites inoperable for more than three days. The company hopes to completely resolve the problem by Tuesday morning at the latest.
Dan Goodin, 05 Nov 2007
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Start-up Arastra enters cheap 10Gig E fray

Another hungry California-based switch start-up is setting a place at the 10-Gbit/s Ethernet table.
Austin Modine, 05 Nov 2007
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Get started with Silverlight

Hands on There has been much hype and more than a little confusion during the last year or so surrounding Microsoft Silverlight.
Rob Blackwell, 05 Nov 2007
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Sun pumps out a profit as shipments continue decline

Sun Microsystems failed to blow away investors with its first quarter results but did hand in a decent performance.
Ashlee Vance, 05 Nov 2007