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Spyware 'scammer' sued over PC pop-up invasion

The alleged supplier of some of the net's most hated malware titles has been sued by Washington state's attorney general.
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Wikipedia scores $3m donation

Wikipedia, the people's encylopedia, has trousered a $3m donation from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, to be paid in equal chunks over three years. Which is nice. Even nicer, the money hails from a charity, and not from philanthropic venture capitalists, who may or may not have commercial designs upon Wikipedia's ads-unsullied pages.

Intel slims low-power Xeon chips to 45nm

Intel today introduced two 45-nanometer, low voltage server processors to outpace its previous generation of 65nm energy-efficient wares.

Yahoo! cuddles Google's bastard grid-child

Stuffed Elephant Summit Sometime after the New Year, Yahoo! flipped the switch on what it calls the world’s largest Hadoop application, using the much-hyped open-source grid computing platform to tackle a task no smaller than the web itself.
Cade Metz, 26 2008

Big cheeses rolled into Vista-Incapable lawsuit

You can leave the job, but willl the job leave you? Jim Allchin, Microsoft's Windows mastermind emeritus, is the sole human being to be subpoenaed by plaintiffs in the Microsoft Vista Capable Marketing program class action.

Ahoy! What's the best in-boat TV streaming system?

I'm looking to equip my boat with the ability to stream video, music and music videos to multiple TVs around the vessel.
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Mobile snap murderer jailed for life

A Paisley man who murdered a 24-year-old by stabbing him 80 times with a knife and then "went on to pose for a mobile phone picture alongside the victim's body" has been jailed for at least 15 years, the BBC reports.

Microsoft tries to talk its way into VoIP

Microsoft is shouting its way into the VoIP market by extending its small business phone systems to support voice recognition.
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The Guardian ditches Phorm

Updated The Guardian has pulled out of its targeted advertising talks with Phorm, following a public outcry over plans for the UK's three largest ISPs to report the browsing habits of their customers in exchange for a cut of revenues.
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Reg readers want to work for Google

Reg Technology Panel Ever wondered how much your fellow Reg readers earn or who they would really like to work for?
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Virgin taps Boeing for 787 compensation

Virgin Atlantic is in talks with Boeing over compensation for the late delivery of the 787 Dreamliners it ordered in April last year, the Telegraph reports.
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Seagate CEO flips patent finger at SSD makers

Seagate's CEO said he believes manufacturers of solid-state drives are treading on his company's technological toes. But in an interview, Bill Watkins hinted that Seagate won't sue unless SSDs become more popular.
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Teachers crucified by coughing pupils

Teachers are cracking under the relentless strain of dealing with pupils who have become adept at combining the latest methods of cyber bullying with some distinctly old school methods of disrupting lessons.
Joe Fay, 26 2008
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Laser designated step'n'fetch wrinkle-robutler shown

When speaking of cutting-edge robotic systems directed to their target using a dot from a laser designator, one is usually talking about a smart bomb or some other frightful modern day engine of death. But, as so often, this deadly tech sword has now been beaten into a ploughshare - or as we have here, an elderly person's butler with tenuous elephant theming.

Four 1TB hard drives on test

Round-up Hitachi was the first hard drive company to offer a 1TB model. We got our hands on the 7K1000 and were thoroughly impressed. Since then the other drive companies have piled into the Terabyte market, so it's time to see how they compare.

Citigroup jacks up Yahoo! rating

The likelihood of Microsoft raising its bid for Yahoo! sent its shares up yesterday after a Citigroup analyst upped his rating for Yahoo! shares from "hold" to "buy".

Samsung shifts 22-vibrate-mode handset

Samsung has taken touchscreen vibration feedback technology, dubbed Haptic Touch, one step further, by unveiling a phone with no less than 22 different types of vibration.
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Pork and politics energise the biofuel delusion

Comment So, hands up everyone who thinks that determined political action is necessary to save us from the perils of climate change. Yes, hold them up for a moment...
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Ofcom hits green on in-flight calling

Ofcom will allow airlines to install GSM base stations on their planes, operating at 1800MHz, as long as they are only used more than 3km from the ground.
Bill Ray, 26 2008

Laptop vendors burned in battery plant blaze

Some of the world’s leading computer vendors have admitted that a worldwide shortage of laptop batteries will impact prices, shipments and sales.
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UK's biggest meteorite impact rocked Scotland

It's lucky for the good burghers of Ullapool in Scotland that they weren't around 1.2 billion years ago, because it was around then that the biggest meteorite ever to hit the British Isles would have made a bit of a dent in local house prices.
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BAA boots Vulture from T5 frequent flyer club

The UK’s Spanish-owned airports monopoly, BAA, has declared The Register an “unsuitable site”, meaning that later on today we can tell you what Terminal 5 looks like, but can’t actually show you.
Joe Fay, 26 2008
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Canadians go out clubbing

Canada has declared its annual seal cull - which this year will see off more than 280,000 seals - as "humane, sustainable and responsible", despite protestors' claims to the contrary.
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UK.gov urged to adopt web-friendly legislation format

Digital democracy crusaders at Mysociety.org have won Tory backing for their campaign for legislation to be released in a web-friendly XML-based format.
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Army says farewell to UK's 'bugger-off' airbag drone

The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has announced the formal retirement of its infamous "Phoenix" reconnaissance drone, leaving at least a two-year wait before its partly-British replacement is planned to come into service. Until then, the British forces will use hastily-imported overseas equipment bought under emergency procedures.
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Bladerunner and biometrics: Heathrow T5 unveiled

I felt like Charlie must have done when he glimpsed gold in the Wonka Bar, as I opened my email to see that The Register wanted me to go on an exclusive guided tour of Heathrow's Terminal 5.

Keyboard PC design recalls Amiga era

Fashion often repeats itself, with dated products reborn into popular products. Just think of VolksWagen’s Beetle or BMW's Mini. And now we can add the Commodore Amiga to the list, sort of, thanks to a new all-in-one PC with a look rather reminiscent of the home computer.

Asus admits big global Eee supply-demand imbalance

Asus has claimed that it's only able to sell one Eee PC for around every three people that want one. That's the worldwide supply-demand deficit - in Taiwan, it's able to satisfy 50 per cent of potential Eee customers.

Motorola cuts off gangrenous right arm

Motorola is to split into two companies - one selling infrastructure and networking equipment, the other left to try and sell handsets against increasing competition.
Bill Ray, 26 2008

Kids brought up by technology not parents, quango claims

Most children are raised by their parents. Some have even been brought up by animals, she-wolves in particular. However, a report has found that increasingly large numbers of today’s kids are being raised by the web.
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Domain hijackers forced to return numeric names

Two Dutch companies must return thousands of numeric domain names they got on a first-come-first-served basis from SIDN, the Dutch .nl registry.

iPhone to get haptic feedback, sort of

Haptics - the ability to give users feedback through the sense of touch - aren't officially available for the iPhone yet, but one add-on manufacturer claims a plastic touchscreen overlay is just as good.
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Attackers hose down Microsoft's Jet DB Engine

Microsoft has admitted that it was first aware of bugs in its Jet Database Engine way back in 2005, but decided not to patch the problems because the software giant thought it had blocked the attack vectors.
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Boeing faces jumbo problem over US aerial raygun fleet

Boeing executives have revealed to reporters that they have worries about their plans to mount America's second nuke-nobbling laser cannon in a pricey new jumbo-jet variant. It seems that the 747 cargo model which will carry the first as-yet-unproven raygun is going out of production, and Boeing wants more cash so as to tackle the challenges which will come with a new airframe.
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Premium rate watchdog primes 'Miss Bimbo' probe

The premium rate regulator, PhonepayPlus, will investigate Miss Bimbo, the controversial website for young girls that has been accused of promoting crash dieting and plastic surgery.
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EU marks Visa's cards for anti-trust probe

The European Commission is opening formal antitrust proceedings against Visa Europe Limited in connection to how much it charges for cross-border transactions.

World's slimmest 256GB SSD unveiled

US manufacturer Super Talent Technology has begun sampling what it claims is the world’s slimmest 256GB offering yet.
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UK to fly the flag for OOXML

Exclusive The British Standards Institute (BSI) looks set to reverse its position on Microsoft’s Office Open XML (OOXML) file format by approving it as an international standard.
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BAA grounds Heathrow T5 fingerprinting system

BAA has been forced to suspend plans to fingerprint domestic travellers at the new Heathrow Terminal 5 after confusion over the legality of the scheme.

Sony confirms Son of Connect

Sony BMG has confirmed that it will launch a new music service - just as it's latest tilt at at the market, Sony Connect, closes its doors.

Parallels pads hosting play with ModernGigabyte buy

Parallels - the software artist formerly known as SWsoft - has snatched up billing dandy ModernGigabyte in a bid to strengthen the company's products that cater to hosting providers.

Apple forbids Windows users from installing Safari for Windows

After the following story was posted, Apple changed its license to allow Safari for Windows on Windows PCs. At least in part
Cade Metz, 26 2008
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Atrato unveils super fast SAID storage unit

Storage start-up Atrato is stepping out of the shadows today with its first product; a disk array that does over 11,500 IOPs in random read/writes — and won't need maintenance for up to five years, the company claims.
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WiMAX has 'failed miserably'

Australian wireless carrier Buzz Broadband has shuttered its WiMAX network, describing the technology as a "disaster" that has "failed miserably".
Bill Ray, 26 2008
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US Navy sails the open seas

The US Navy is bored with manufacturer lock-in and wants to buy IT systems based on open standards.only.
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Dump IE 6 campaign runs afoul of dump IE 6 campaign

The anger and frustration normally associated with Internet Explorer tends to focus on specific areas: security, stability, and standards. But those feelings have now spilled over into efforts dedicated to "saving" developers from the aging IE version 6.
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Sun's chip boss fertilizes budding Juniper branch

Juniper Networks is ready to dish details on the hiring of Sun Microsystem's now-former chip chief, David Yen.
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Bell Canada chokes BitTorrent traffic on someone else's ISP

On March 14, Bell Canada began throttling peer-to-peer traffic on pipes it rents to third-party ISPs. And it neglected to tell the third-party ISPs.
Cade Metz, 26 2008

IBM's cloud computer drifts over Georgia and Ohio

According to BusinessWeek's public relations department, IBM and Google have already won the virtualized cloud computing war, discovered a cure for HIV and brought about world peace. Curious then that IBM continues to invest in both virtualization and cloud computing.

Rambus wins big in monopoly ding-dong

Rambus won big in the courtroom today, with a jury deciding the company had properly obtained patents for technology later incorporated into fast memory chip standards. So it's not a cheating monopoly after all, as memory chip makers Hynix, Micron and Nanya had sought to establish in US District Court in San Jose, California.