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VMware sales slowdown triggers stock meltdown

The VMware orgasm officially ended Monday, as the virtualization software maker revealed that it could no longer match "the market's" lofty expectations.
Ashlee Vance, 29 Jan 2008
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Isilon soups up chips in clustered storage boxes

Isilon Systems is upgrading the chips in its IQ line of clustered storage systems, and is rebranding the systems as the "IQ X-Series" in honor of the hardware refresh.
Austin Modine, 29 Jan 2008
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Experience overcomes Microsoft's broken promises

Project Watch: Microsoft 2008 Before we go on, let's just talk briefly, in a quiet voice, about the delay to SQL Server 2008.
Mark Whitehorn, 29 Jan 2008

Apple on the lookout for one million unlocked iPhones

About 27 per cent of the iPhones sold in 2007 are being operated on unauthorized wireless networks, according to research released today. That works out at about one million handsets.
Dan Goodin, 29 Jan 2008
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Judge bars unauthorized sales of phone records

In a victory for privacy advocates, a federal judge has ordered a US company to pay almost $200,000 and barred it from selling the phone records of individuals' phone records without their permission.
Dan Goodin, 29 Jan 2008
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SanDisk remembers how to make a Q4 profit

SanDisk reported a huge swing in fourth quarter income today, but issued a "cautious" outlook for the upcoming quarter due to competitive pricing and an unstable economy.
Austin Modine, 29 Jan 2008
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Malaysia flirts with Google over world's biggest data center

Always enjoyable and ambiguous "media reports" coming out of Malaysia have Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi bragging that Google plans to build the world's largest data center in his country.
Ashlee Vance, 29 Jan 2008
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Penguin-powered UML modeling

With speculation building that Microsoft will bring Windows 7 forward by a year, ostensibly to staunch the loss of the Vista weary and Vistaphobes to alternative operating systems, now is a good time to look at the state of development tools for Linux.
Matt Stephens, 29 Jan 2008
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Logica boss says adios

Jim McKenna, chief operating officer at LogicaCMG, is to leave the company in the second half of this year after fourteen years with the firm.
John Oates, 29 Jan 2008
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MPs slam costly war-tech projects at MoD

The UK arms industry came in for a shoeing from the parliamentary defence committee yesterday, as MPs criticised continuing cost escalations in several major kit projects for the British forces. The soaring bills were seen as especially worrying in light of the fact that the services are struggling to recruit and retain personnel, a situation not helped by chronic low pay and benefits.
Lewis Page, 29 Jan 2008

Maxdata Belinea s.book 1 sub-notebook

First Review Asus' Eee PC has been hogging the limelight thanks to its small size and small price tag. It's also been drawing the attention of competitors, and now there's a stack of would-be Eee beaters coming to market. Maxdata's Belinea s.book 1 is one of the first.
Tony Smith, 29 Jan 2008
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Smile! Nikon's smile-spotting camera is watching you

Nikon hopes the latest seven additions to its Coolpix digicam range will make you smile, especially since one model's able to detect the curvature of your subjects' mouths in preparation for their pearly-white smiles.
James Sherwood, 29 Jan 2008
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Nikon's D60 digital SLR blows in - literally

Nikon’s blown the dust off its digital SLR (DSLR) camera range and introduced the D60, a snapper with an internal airflow mechanism to keep your shots crystal clear.
James Sherwood, 29 Jan 2008
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IPS sticks to fingerprint plan

The Identity and Passport Service has denied that fingerprints could be dropped from the National Identity Register.
Kablenet, 29 Jan 2008
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CCTV must not record conversations, warns new guidance

Closed-circuit television (CCTV) system operators would need exceptional justification for recording sound as well as video, the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has warned.
OUT-LAW.COM, 29 Jan 2008

Sony intros Intel 'Penryn'-based Vaios

Sony has added Intel's latest 45nm 'Penryn' Core 2 Duo processors, packing the mobile-oriented chips into a range of Vaio desktops and notebooks.
Tony Smith, 29 Jan 2008
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Maxima shares slide on below-par expectations

Maxima Holdings yesterday saw its shares tumble by nearly 40 per cent after the managed IT services firm issued a profits warning about its forthcoming first half-year results.
Kelly Fiveash, 29 Jan 2008
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Spain bows before la blogosfera

God alone knows what Cervantes would have made of it, but the English term "blogosphere" has slithered onto the growing list of neologisms shoehorned into the noble Castillian language, joining chatear, chip, formatear, Internet and módem in a burgeoning list of tech and net-based foreign vocab.
Lester Haines, 29 Jan 2008
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Hitachi follows Moto with e-ink handset

E-ink seems to have left its mark on Hitachi, because the manufacturer has used the technology in its latest handset - the W61H.
James Sherwood, 29 Jan 2008
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IPFI chief says it's time to hose down the networks

Midem In an interview from the music business annual Midem, we speak to John Kennedy, chairman and CEO of the IPFI, the international trade group representing record labels. (Later in the week we'll hear the view from the independent sector – presenting a very different picture.) Here he talks about the new ISP strategy, and the future of the big label.
Andrew Orlowski, 29 Jan 2008
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Amateur code breaker honoured for defeating Colossus

An amateur cryptographer from Germany who beat the world’s first programmable digital computer Colossus in a code-breaking challenge has been honoured for his achievement.
John Leyden, 29 Jan 2008
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Sky must sell off ITV stake

BSkyB has been told to sell off most of its stake in rival broadcaster ITV.
John Oates, 29 Jan 2008
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DARPA seeks $750m for hypersonic roboplane testbed

DARPA*, the Pentagon research hothouse where only the most exotic notions bloom on a rich mulch of taxpayer greenbacks, is bidding for a cool three-quarter-billion in funds to build a hypersonic plane.
Lewis Page, 29 Jan 2008

SpringSource pounces on Covalent

Two California-based open source software companies are to join forces to launch an assault on the emerging market for open source in enterprise computing. Development tools specialist SpringSource (formerly Interface21) today announced it has taken over Covalent Technologies, a leading contributor to Apache Software Foundation (ASF) open source projects.
Phil Manchester, 29 Jan 2008
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Germans launch flights for nudists

A German company will later this year launch flights for nudists, aimed specifically at former East Germans who pine for the good old days under Communism when just about the only thing that wasn't illegal was getting your kit off.
Lester Haines, 29 Jan 2008

Monster-capacity PS3 in the pipeline?

Sony may soon phase out sales of its 80GB PlayStation 3, in favour of either a 120GB or 160GB capacity package, also featuring the long-awaited DualShock 3 controller.
James Sherwood, 29 Jan 2008
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Firm builds iPod speakers from packaging

If you bought an iPod Nano or Shuffle recently, don’t chuck out the box - one intrepid manufacturer can help you turn it into a micro speaker system.
James Sherwood, 29 Jan 2008
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Sharp's 'slimmest' LCD TV to hit Europe this Autumn

Sharp has announced that its Aquos X series of super-slim LCD TVs will be available in Europe this coming September, chalking the delay up to the different technical standards between Europe and Japan.
James Sherwood, 29 Jan 2008
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Miserable? It must be U

Humans are pre-programmed to hit the depths of misery at the age of 44, researchers have found.
Joe Fay, 29 Jan 2008
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Forget passports - teachers and kids are the new ID card targets

Teachers and 16 year olds are the favoured 'soft targets' for the redesigned ID card scheme rollout, according to an Identity & Passport Service planning document seen by The Register. As suggested in leaks last weekend, IPS now plans to soft-pedal fingerprints and - astoundingly - it seems on the point of abandoning the notion of forcing ID cards onto the public via passport renewals.
John Lettice, 29 Jan 2008
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iRobot inks deal for laser-radar droidvision sensors

iRobot, provider of ground warbots to the US forces and purveyor of domestic droids to the comfortably off consumer, has struck a deal allowing it to use laser-scanning technology in its future designs. Reports have it that the kit could be in use in 2009; though this would be with the military, not on the company's famous line of autonomous "Roomba" floor-cleaners.
Lewis Page, 29 Jan 2008

Device routes audio across powerline LANs

Devolo has launched its latest powerline Ethernet product: an 85Mb/s adaptor designed to connect a hi-fi to a mains-hosted network so it can play streamed music.
Tony Smith, 29 Jan 2008
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MySpace wins UK domain name that pre-dated its service

Social networking company MySpace has won the right to have the domain name myspace.co.uk transferred to it despite the fact that it was registered six years before MySpace was founded.
OUT-LAW.COM, 29 Jan 2008
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California deploys dope-vending machines

California residents with a genuine need to skin up can now avail themselves of marijuana vending machines, the BBC reports.
Lester Haines, 29 Jan 2008
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Windows 7 fake spotted on BitTorrent

Pranksters have taken advantage of interest in the next version of Windows to post fake - but reportedly harmless - builds of Windows 7 on BitTorrent.
John Leyden, 29 Jan 2008
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Intel calls time on some 'Merom' Core 2 Duos

Intel has scheduled a series of old-style Core 2 Duo and Celeron M mobile processors for termination, the chip giant's latest message to customers has revealed.
Tony Smith, 29 Jan 2008
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US boffins tune into carbon nanotube radio

A team of scientists from the University of Illinois and Northrop Grumman Corp Electronics Systems has succeeded in creating a microscopic functioning radio constructed from carbon nanotubes, Reuters reports.
Lester Haines, 29 Jan 2008
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Relieving the systems management burden

Reg Tech Panel We owe you a report on day-to-day aspects of operational IT management. It's finally here for the downloading.
Martin Atherton, 29 Jan 2008
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UK gov issued 250k snoop licences in nine months

The regulator for Britain's snoopers has released a report covering the last nine months of 2006, painting a panglossian picture of a period which saw a quarter of a million intercepts.
John Oates, 29 Jan 2008
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Nokia plays strong Linux hand withTrolltech buy

Analysis Nokia may be strengthening its ties with major internet brands to boost its Ovi web services portal, but for a company of this scale, there must also be an agenda to set its own standards in the evolving mobile internet market on which it has staked its future. The Finnish giant's latest software acquisition, of Norwegian Linux player Trolltech, gives it a strong vehicle to launch its own bid to dominate mobile open source standards, an area where Google and Intel have already made aggressive moves. This sees the handset giant making its strongest commitment yet to Linux in its Series 60 smartphone market, and setting Trolltech's Qt platform against other would-be dominant mobile web systems like Google Android and Intel Mobilin.
Wireless Watch, 29 Jan 2008
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HD snapping comes to Panasonic

High-definition photographs are the order of the day for Panasonic’s latest Lumix digicam, the 8.1-megapixel DMC-FS3.
James Sherwood, 29 Jan 2008
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Ryanair incurs wrath of Sarko the Terrible

The Elysée palace is apparently none too pleased with Ryanair, after the airline yesterday ran an ad in the French press featuring a lovely snap of Sarko and squeeze Carla Bruni.
Lester Haines, 29 Jan 2008
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O2 sweetens its iPhone deals

UK mobile operator O2 is rejigging its mobile tariffs to make them simpler and offering a flat rate data charge of £1 a day.
John Oates, 29 Jan 2008
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Pink shades wash over Palm and BlackBerry

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and that sickly, slushy, gooey lovin’ feelin’ has already started to seep into the manly consumer technology market. Palm and Blackberry have launched pink editions of existing handsets.
James Sherwood, 29 Jan 2008
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American LaFrance blames IBM for bankruptcy

Emergency vehicle maker American LaFrance (ALF) has claimed that a bungled implementation of IBM software contributed to the demise of its business.
Kelly Fiveash, 29 Jan 2008
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EU supremes: ISPs don't always have to finger filesharers

The European supreme court has ruled that lower authorities are not compelled to order disclosure of file-sharers' identities by ISPs in civil lawsuits. The decision will hamper the efforts of rights-holder bodies to clamp down on digital copying through the courts.
Lewis Page, 29 Jan 2008
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Skype Trojan wiretap plan leaks onto the net

German cops are pushing ahead with controversial plans, yet to be legally approved, to develop "remote forensic software" - in other words, a law enforcement Trojan.
John Leyden, 29 Jan 2008
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Juniper jumps into Ethernet switch game

Juniper Networks has finally decided to go after the Ethernet switch business. The routing specialist today unveiled a new line of Ethernet gear that will compete with Cisco and others. Juniper is so proud of the fresh systems that its entire homepage has been taken over with Ethernet marketing madness.
Austin Modine, 29 Jan 2008
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eBay: 'We will lower listing fees'

This morning, eBay's CEO-to-be told a roomful of obsessed internet auctioneers that he will soon charge them between 25 and 50 per cent less to list their items on the site's virtual marketplace.
Cade Metz, 29 Jan 2008
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Barracuda plays the hippie card in Trend Micro patent row

Barracuda Networks has called on open source advocates to help fight its patent dust-up with Trend Micro over the Clam AntiVirus software package. Specifically, the provider of network-based security products for email and websites is asking for help in dredging up old technologies that were developed prior to the filing of the patent in 1995.
Dan Goodin, 29 Jan 2008
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Stellar EMC fails to impress investors . . . again

EMC did its usual double-digit thing during the fourth quarter.
Ashlee Vance, 29 Jan 2008
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Sun nails four buyers in 15 months with White Trash Data Center

Sun Microsystems has spent of lot of time insisting that customers actually want to buy some of its white trash, trailerized data centers. And now the company has a press release to back up its insistiation.
Ashlee Vance, 29 Jan 2008
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Secret bidding for US airwaves tops $3.3bn

Yes, the 700-MHz auction has finally arrived. But we're still waiting for the big money bets.
Cade Metz, 29 Jan 2008
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Streamline your search with Yahoo! Web Services and AJAX

Hands on Despite what you might read and hear about Google's web dominance, this is not Google-owned world. Yahoo! may be playing second fiddle to the internet's favorite search and ads service, but it still plays one hell of a tune in terms of numbers of users and the services it offers.
Deepak Vohra, 29 Jan 2008
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Sun open sources doohickeys

A brainchild of Sun Microsystems' research wing, the Small Programmable Object Technology (Sun SPOT) platform code is now open to Java developers at large.
Austin Modine, 29 Jan 2008