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Hippies reclaim summer of code

Google, the internet's number-one search and advertising engine, is a 19,000-person multinational that coins in $18bn in annual revenue. The giant is this summer hosting its codefest Google Summer of Code.
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Mounties taser bed-ridden octagenarian

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police have once again demonstrated their enthusiasm for the Taser by zapping an 82-year-old hospital patient, CBC News reports.

Qimonda puts 4.5GHz graphics memory into mass-production

Qimonda began sampling 512Mb GDDR 5 memory silicon in November 2007 and now, six months on, it's ready to ship the chip in volume - if anyone wants it, that is.
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ITV challenges Beeb for cheap innuendo crown

It appears ITV is not prepared to take the BBC's challenge for the schoolboy innuendo headline crown lying down, and on Saturday offered up its pitch for the title:
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Google-Yahoo! collects some strange enemies

A weird assortment of lobby groups has come out against Google and Yahoo! working together.
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Shuttle astronauts: Aliens are definitely out there

Space shuttle astronauts, recently returned from a visit to the International Space Station, have told reporters in Japan they believe that extraterrestrial life exists. However, the space explorers added that none of them had actually seen any.

Optus named second Oz iPhone carrier

It's official: Apple is taking a multi-carrier approach to selling the iPhone Down Under. Australian cellco Optus today said it will be selling the handset.

RIM pitches 'power user' tri-band HSDPA BlackBerry

Blackberry has launched its first tri-band - 850/1900/2100MHz - HSDPA 3G handset, dubbed Bold. The phone was first uncovered by the rumour mill back in 2007.
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Burma 'Gone with the Wind', suggests Telegraph

Those among you who like a light bit of "unfortunate juxtaposition of content and advertisements" will certainly enjoy this offering from Friday's Telegraph, demonstrating that once you've booked those ads in, there's really no going back:
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RM must try harder in second half

RM has pinned its hopes on the second half of the year after turning in sluggish revenue growth and a slide in profits for the first six months.
Joe Fay, 12 2008
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Facebook CTO logs out

Facebook's chief technology officer Adam D'Angelo, a school friend of chief executive Mark Zuckerberg, is leaving the company.

LG KF700 slider phone

Review LG has come up with another touchscreen option to get your fingers working: the LG KF700 sliderphone, which combines a tap-to-control UI and dial-spin control with HSDPA 3G high-speed connectivity.

Toshiba to mass-produce mobile-friendly fuel cells in 2009

Toshiba is gearing up for a greener 2009 by announcing plans to mass-produce Direct Methanol Fuel Cells (DMFCs) by March next year.
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PC World, Currys staff to be dumped in DSGi rescue plan?

Hundreds of PC World and Currys staff could see the job axe swing on Thursday (15 May) when the stores’ owner DSG International (DSGi) announces its latest trading statement and strategy review.
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Web cam images undo MacBook thieves

A pair of clueless US crooks were brought to justice when they went online using an Apple employee's stolen laptop.
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Weapons, oil prices driving worldwide atom ambitions

A crush of developing nations trying to gatecrash the nuclear power club has prompted fears of a subsequent race to develop nuclear weapons.

Set-top box modders sent to prison

Two men have been sentenced for a total of 15 months for advising people how to bypass security settings on their set-top boxes.

Nvidia CEO says 'no' to VIA acquisition

Nvidia doesn't want to buy VIA, the graphics chip maker's CEO has claimed. Nvidia is completely focused on being a "visual computing technology company", he said. Well, for the moment, at any rate...
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How ComScore can track your mouse clicks

There's one question no one thought to ask: How did comScore know that all those paid clicks had disappeared from the world's largest search engine?
Cade Metz, 12 2008

Windows XP SP3 blame game begins

Microsoft has so far failed to provide any plausible solution to Windows XP customers who have seen their PCs crippled by the install of service pack three (SP3).

El Reg shares the knowledge

Reg Research The Register’s Technology Primer series of white papers provide a basic grounding in some of the hottest topics in tech today. They’re all freely available, and some of the latest and greatest are listed below for your downloading pleasure.

Hacker posts personal details of 6m Chileans

A hacker with a point to prove posted personal details on 6m Chileans on the internet after lifting the information from government websites.
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UK.gov solves pensioner crisis by wiring them up to the net

The UK is spending £31m on a pilot to see whether computers and high tech devices can help it dodge the demographic time bomb being primed by an increasing number of old people cluttering up the country.
Joe Fay, 12 2008

Apple to announce handheld games console at WWDC?

Comment It's Monday lunchtime, and Apple's online store is still out of iPhones. Left-of-field speculation says this means the 3G iPhone's release is coming sooner than thought. If so, what might Apple have in mind for its Worldwide Developer Conference instead?

Business suit tailored to reflect phone radiation

If you’re worried that mobile phone and Bluetooth signals could be doing you harm, then you can now block them out and still remain a dedicated follower of fashion.

Cruciform MP3 player wins hearts of goths, god-rockers

If you like music to have some religious significance, then the cross-shaped Keo player hits the nail on the head, so to speak.

Man makes table-sized NES controller, complains about mug-marks

A Nintendo nerd has built a giant coffee table that doubles up as a working controller for the retro NES console.
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Taser gun usage soaring among UK cops

The Home Office has announced an increase in police use of Taser electroshock stun weapons in the UK, releasing figures up to the end of February today.
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British Gas sues Accenture

British Gas is suing Accenture for £182m in costs connected to the failure of a new billing system put in place by the consultants in 2006.
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Perot Systems buys into Ireland

Perot Systems Corporation is buying an Irish application developer, Original Solutions Limited.

AMD grabs for the data centre with low-power server chip

AMD today launched low power quad-core Opteron processors for the x86 server market, once again playing catch-up with Intel.

Back to the future: the Java client’s second go-round

JavaOne provides a good barometer of the current fads hitting IT. Three years ago, Java discovered open source, two years ago it was AJAX, while last year was a non-event. But this year, the rich client’s back, baby.
Tony Baer, 12 2008

HP tipped to take over BT's datacentres in £1.5bn deal

HP is expected to take BT’s UK datacentres off its hands in a £1.5bn deal.
Joe Fay, 12 2008
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DVD smut malware blights US forces in Iraq

Malware infected bootleg DVDs bought from Iraqi souks are causing US troops all sorts of problems.

Researchers dig into x86 chips for stealthier rootkits

Security researchers have discovered a new technique for developing rootkits, malicious packages used to hide the presence of malware on compromised systems.

VMware ships disaster recovery and testing software

VMware this week continues to campaign against human-on-virtual machine interaction with the shipment of two new products in its data center management and automation portfolio.
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Microsoft Office chief to manage Bill Gates

Jeff Raikes is to captain Bill and Melinda Gates' massive global philanthropic operation, just months after announcing his phased resignation from Microsoft.

Fedora 9 - an OS that even the Linux challenged can love

Fedora 9, the latest release from the Fedora Project, goes up for download on Tuesday. The ninth release of Fedora ushers in a number of changes aimed at making the venerable distribution a more newbie-friendly desktop, but longtime users needn't fear a great dumbing down; version 9 packs plenty of power user punch as well.

HP in talks to buy EDS

Hewlett-Packard's Mark Hurd may be remounting his company's services charge, according to The Wall Street Journal, which says he is close to signing a deal to acquire Electronic Data Systems for $12bn to $13bn.
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Data Domain guns de-duping gear

By moving from dual to quad-core Xeons Data Domain has a new high-end DD690 product that dedupes data twice as fast. It is the industry's fastest inline deduplication system.
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Babbage's Difference Engine hits Silicon Valley

Silicon Valley got its first look at the true roots of the digital age this week, with the arrival of a five-ton calculator made from the designs of the Victorian-age mathematician and Londoner, Charles Babbage.
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USAF Colonel goes on the offensive with botnet destroyer plan

After watching the US military infrastructure get kicked around like a playground weakling, an Air Force colonel wants to strike back by building a massive botnet that would mount massive denial-of-service counterattacks on adversaries that attack US networks first.
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Microsoft denies Zune copyright cop

Innovation '08 Microsoft’s senior policy counsel for copyright and trademark has firmly denied that Redmond will slip its very own copyright cop into the Zune music player. But he acknowledges the company is particularly sympathetic to the copyright battles of music labels and other publishers.
Cade Metz, 12 2008

AMD excises two senior execs, while promoting server chief

AMD is undergoing a major shakeup, forming a new product roadmap task force, promoting one senior executive, and dropping two others in the fallout.