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Yahoo! counts! the! reasons! it's better! off! without! Microsoft!

Tired of taking it on the chin from bully activist investors, Yahoo! executives are counting the reasons why they're better off forging a advertising partnership Google rather than selling the company's search business to Microsoft.
Dan Goodin, 26 Jun 2008
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Google ends marathon search for new financial chief

Google has finally found a new chief financial officer, ending a nearly year-long search to replace its current CFO, George Reyes.
Austin Modine, 26 Jun 2008
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Femto forum gets big ideas

The Femto Forum has hooked up with the Next Generation Mobile Network alliance to push femtocells into network planning for 4G deployments, potentially cutting costs and allowing a more phased roll-out.
Bill Ray, 26 Jun 2008
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Byron Review will create videogame delays, warns EA

If changes to the classification of videogames in the UK - as proposed by the Byron Review - get the go-ahead, then gamers will be forced to wait longer for titles to hit the shops, Electronic Arts has warned.
James Sherwood, 26 Jun 2008
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Spain plans 'human rights' for great apes

Spain yesterday laid the groundwork for legislation which would grant great apes the right to life and freedom, Reuters reports.
Lester Haines, 26 Jun 2008

Orange prices up iPhone en France

Orange has priced up the 3G iPhone: it'll cost French folk €149 ($234/£118) for the 8GB model, or €199 ($312/£158) for the 16GB version.
Tony Smith, 26 Jun 2008
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DSGi profit plummets 30%

DSG International (DSGi) saw annual profit tumble 30 per cent today, after the struggling electrical retailer was forced to cut prices to shift stock amidst a tightening of consumer spending.
Kelly Fiveash, 26 Jun 2008
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Knight Rider satnav spied in the wild

Video The Knight Rider satnav won global acclaim after being spotted earlier this week. But anyone doubting its authenticity can now rest easy, as maker Mio has confirmed it's existence. And a demo video has surfaced.
James Sherwood, 26 Jun 2008
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Legal, British P2P 'by end of year'

Exclusive Legal broadband subscription services that permit file sharing may appear on the market by the year's end, according to music industry sources - after government intervention brought both music suppliers and ISPs to the table.
Andrew Orlowski, 26 Jun 2008

Intel says 'no' to Windows Vista

Windows Vista is not for Intel, it has been claimed. The chip giant will not be installing the new operating systems on its many thousands of desktop PCs. It has "no compelling case" to do so.
Tony Smith, 26 Jun 2008
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Brits confused by digital TV switchover, report claims

You’d be forgiven for thinking that analogue TV sales had gone the way of the valve radio and the Ford Capri. But half of the TVs sold in the UK last year were analogue, and most buyers still don’t realise that the sets will soon become obsolete.
James Sherwood, 26 Jun 2008
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Think tank slams paedophile paranoia culture

An independent think tank has today blamed the government's increasing reliance on "anti-paedophile" criminal record checks for making UK adults scared to have any contact with other people's children.
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Asda declares baby's arse 'pornographic'

Mum Gail Jordan's amusing plan to celebrate her son's 21st birthday by presenting him with a cake sporting a snap of him as a bare-cheeked bouncing baby came off the rails when Asda staff declared the image "pornographic", the Telegraph reports.
Lester Haines, 26 Jun 2008
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Family visa sponsors face ID, credit and CRB checks

People who sponsor visits to the UK by relatives from overseas under new visa rules will be required to undergo Criminal Records Bureau checks, and will be liable for penalties of up to £5,000 or even a prison sentence if the relative goes AWOL, immigration minister Liam Byrne announced this week. It will still be possible to visit the UK using a standard tourist visa, but those sponsored by a relative will receive preferential visa treatment, and in order to sponsor, the relative will need to be licensed.
John Lettice, 26 Jun 2008
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Ohio table-shag man gets six months

The Ohio man caught on camera having sex with a picnic table has been jailed for six months, NBC reports.
Lester Haines, 26 Jun 2008

Security: Protect and survive with El Reg

Reg security debates El Reg invites you to tighten up your security as we hook up with some of the industry's biggest names and you - the UK's biggest technology community - for two live and fully interactive events exploring the latest menaces and threat-busting initiatives. Whether you're a CTO, developer, consultant or home user, if the security of your IT is important to you make sure these two are in your diary.
Team Register, 26 Jun 2008

Sony Ericsson Cyber-shot C902 cameraphone

Review It's clear that the design of Sony Ericsson's C902 is far more conventional than the likes of the K810 or K850. Gone is the 'small key' design, the keypad now being a sort of cross between that of a W960 and a K800.
Alun Taylor, 26 Jun 2008
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LiPS Forum climbs into LiMO

Having lasted less than three years, the Linux Phone Standards (LiPS) Forum is folding itself into the Linux Mobile (LiMO) Foundation. The closure comes a scant six months after the completion of version one of its standard.
Bill Ray, 26 Jun 2008
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Few gamers claim Grand Theft Auto 'hot coffee' cash

$93,660 (£47,201/€59,631) can’t be much to the publisher of Grand Theft Auto. But that’s the paltry maximum amount it could've paid out so far over the infamous ‘hot coffee’ incident in GTA: San Andreas, simply because hardly anyone’s filed a claim.
James Sherwood, 26 Jun 2008
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Mars whacked by object bigger than Pluto

New data from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and Mars Global Surveyor backs a theory that the Red Planet's huge northern hemisphere Borealis basin was created by an impact 3.9bn years ago by a body some 1,900km (1,200 miles) in diameter, or larger than Pluto.
Lester Haines, 26 Jun 2008

Nvidia releases PhysX code for latest GeForce GPUs

Nvidia has posted a version of its PhysX software that enables the physics-on-GPU technology on its GeForce GTX 200-series and 9800 GTX graphics chips.
Tony Smith, 26 Jun 2008
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Summertime movie downloads for PS3 fans

Sony has confirmed that it’ll launch its movie downloads service for the PlayStation 3 in the US this summer. However, European film fans will have to wait a little longer.
James Sherwood, 26 Jun 2008
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Gas crunch: Jatropha, kudzu, algae and magic to rescue

Read the daily reports on what to do to counter high gas prices, and you'll see the importance of magic in US energy strategy. A rich variety of schemes have been put forward, literally within weeks of the gas crunch, delivered with the traditional slogan that occurs to every editorial writer who believes children's fairy tales about American ingenuity and exceptionalism.
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UK gov publishes 'kids and videogames' action plan

The Byron Review, it seems, was just the beginning. The UK government has unveiled a comprehensive action plan designed to develop ways of making videogames and the internet safer for children.
James Sherwood, 26 Jun 2008
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CentOS updates Red Hat Enterprise clone

Love Red Hat Enterprise Linux and want the latest edition, but can't stand the company and refuse to give it a single red cent? You're in luck.
Gavin Clarke, 26 Jun 2008
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UK abandons train and tube scanners

The Brown government has changed its mind on placing security scanners at every London tube station and mainline train stations across the country, because the technology does not work and the public would not tolerate the long delays such scanning would require.
John Oates, 26 Jun 2008
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Amazon thinks Cloud will conquer Man by 2010

Structure 08 Amazon CTO Werner Vogels believes that cloud computing will be commonplace within two years.
Cade Metz, 26 Jun 2008
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BT starts threatening music downloaders with internet cut-off

Updated BT, the UK's largest broadband provider, has begun threatening subscribers with disconnection from the internet if it is told they are sharing copyright music over peer-to-peer networks, The Register has learned.
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Hyper-V climbs into Windows

Microsoft today hustled its delayed Hyper-V hypervisor software out the door.
Kelly Fiveash, 26 Jun 2008
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Dreamer calls for revolution of the algorithm

Fresh from challenging Silicon Valley to invest in ethical Web 2.0 efforts, a blogger-cum-consultant has proclaimed a "manifesto" for the next industrial revolution using Web 2.0.
Phil Manchester, 26 Jun 2008
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Brocade releases second wave of HBAs

Meeting the deadlines set with its original Host Bus Adapter (HBA) roadmap, Brocade today is rolling out a second-generation of devices with more respectable performance.
Austin Modine, 26 Jun 2008
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ICANN approves customized top-level domains

ICANN, the organization that oversees internet addresses, will soon allow anyone to apply for his very own generic top-level domain (gTLD). In other words, you'll soon have the power to put almost anything at the end of your url, eschewing existing top-level domains such as ".com" or ".edu."
Cade Metz, 26 Jun 2008
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Fired IT manager accused of venting spleen on organ bank

A technology director who was fired from her job has been accused of hacking in to the organ donation company where she worked and deleting donor information and accounting files.
Dan Goodin, 26 Jun 2008
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Dell ready to judge and repair your storage shop

You may not be a Fortune 100 company, but you deserve tiered storage too, right? Right?!?!
Ashlee Vance, 26 Jun 2008
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Maven and Eclipse strive for Visual Studio 'power'

Call it the impossible dream. Every so often, somebody - usually from the Java side of the tracks - wants to best Microsoft's Visual Studio.
Gavin Clarke, 26 Jun 2008
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Microsoft and HP tackle SQL-injection scourge

With successful attacks against websites reaching epidemic levels, Microsoft and HP have released a free set of tools that help developers check their web applications for the mistakes that leave them open to exploits that can steal sensitive information and harm visitors.
Dan Goodin, 26 Jun 2008
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AVG disguises fake traffic as IE6

Exclusive AVG has rejiggered the fake traffic it's spewing across the internet, causing new headaches for the world's webmasters.
Cade Metz, 26 Jun 2008