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VMware's fiscal roller coaster tumbles through Q2

Wall Street expectations have once again overshadowed VMware's financial results in its second fiscal quarter 2008.
Austin Modine, 23 Jul 2008
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Ubuntu to get open-source Java heart implant

OSCON: Exclusive Canonical has been in talks with Sun Microsystems and SpringSource to support one of their open source Java application server stacks in the Ubuntu core, to increase Ubuntu's enterprise adoption.
Gavin Clarke, 23 Jul 2008

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I put an iPod into the top of my iLuv 9200 and now it has no power. What should I do now to get power back in the iLuv?
Willie Carey, 23 Jul 2008
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Nokia: Our community is the best money can buy

Who says there's no honesty in tech marketing? We beg to differ, and present Nokia product manager Janne Jalkanen as proof to the contrary.
Andrew Orlowski, 23 Jul 2008
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Rogue SF sysadmin coughs up passwords

San Francisco City Council regained access to its own computer network today after Mayor Gavin Newsom convinced network administrator Terry Childs to give them the passwords.
John Oates, 23 Jul 2008
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UK comms intercepts up by half - and it isn't the council

The latest reports from government surveillance watchdogs reveals that interception of communications by UK officials surged by almost 50 per cent in 2007. British public bodies including police and intelligence agencies made 519,260 requests for information to telcos and ISPs during the year.
Lewis Page, 23 Jul 2008
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Toshiba, Panasonic partner to make mini OLEDs

Toshiba and Panasonic are to together spend ¥15bn ($140m) to further develop OLED display technology. And they've formed a joint venture to handle the work.
Tony Smith, 23 Jul 2008

AMD to release low-end Radeon HD 4000s early?

AMD will release its 'RV710' and 'RV730' chips early - at least two months ahead of schedule, it has been claimed.
Tony Smith, 23 Jul 2008
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SCC scoops up bit of French reseller

SCC has bought up a bit of a loss-making French IT reseller. The bit is described as the "principal region – Île de France" - of Arés, along with 130 techies.
Team Register, 23 Jul 2008

LG plotting autumn offensive against Eee PC?

LG has a history of producing some pretty small laptops - most notably the skinny 12in Z1 - but it's yet to take on tinies like Asus' Eee PC and Acer's Aspire One. It soon will, though.
Tony Smith, 23 Jul 2008
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HP packaging madness continues apace

It appears techno-wastrel HP has been shamed not a jot by our previous report on its profligate packing practices - another sorry tale of conspicuous cardboard consumption has reached El Reg today.
Sarah Bee, 23 Jul 2008

CE giants pitch yet another wireless HD standard

Just what the world needs: another consortium promoting a wireless technology for the transmission of HD content in the home.
Tony Smith, 23 Jul 2008
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Wii Classic Controller faces US sales ban

The fate of the Wii Classic Controller is hanging in the balance after a US judge rejected Nintendo's attempt to avoid a $21m pay-out awarded against it when a patent infringement case came to trial this year.
James Sherwood, 23 Jul 2008

AMD Radeon HD 4850 and 4870

Review The new AMD 'RV770' graphics chip that lies at the heart of Radeon HD 4850 and 4870 owes a great deal to the 'RV670' that we saw in HD 3850 and 3870. It uses the same 55nm fabrication process and continues to support DirectX 10.1, but the transistor count has risen from 666m to 956m.
Leo Waldock, 23 Jul 2008
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Panasonic manufactures massive megapixeler

If megapixels are what persuade you to part with your cash for a camera, then Panasonic’s latest Lumix compact will be right up your alley.
James Sherwood, 23 Jul 2008
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Tiscali sues BT for 'defamation and falsehood'

Tiscali has kicked off legal proceedings against BT, after the telecoms giant sent letters to the Italian-owned ISP’s customers earlier this month.
Kelly Fiveash, 23 Jul 2008
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JVC pitches deeper driver in-ear 'phones

Most people know the dangers of sticking cotton buds right into their ears, but how would you feel about doing the same with a pair of headphones, even if it meant better audio clarity?
James Sherwood, 23 Jul 2008
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DiData placing makes two big shareholders even bigger

Dimension Data raised £60.2m in a new share issue yesterday to help buy out the minorities of its Asian subsidiary, Datacraft. But the placing, equivalent to eight per cent of the newly enlarged share capital, has left two investors with very big stakes in the multinational reseller.
Team Register, 23 Jul 2008
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Lesbos climax as lesbians lick Lesbians

Lesbian activists from the sun-kissed Sapphic luuurv island of Lesbos have been roundly licked in their battle to prevent gay gals dubbing themselves lesbians, the Beeb reports.
Lester Haines, 23 Jul 2008

Sony to bring E Ink eBook reader to UK in September

OK, call us Luddites, but we'd rather settle down with a old fashioned paperback than one of these electronic readers. But Sony believes enough UK punters want one when it brings it to the UK in September.
Tony Smith, 23 Jul 2008

DIY SSD packs in CompactFlash card pair RAID rig

Want to replace your system hard disk with an solid-state drive? Want to take advantage of RAID? Want to use the cheapest Flash? Thanks to Taiwan's Raidon, you can.
Tony Smith, 23 Jul 2008
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FT forgets law of small numbers in tech collapse scenario

The number of UK technology firms suffering financial problems was up 371 per cent for the second quarter of 2008 compared to last year.
Kelly Fiveash, 23 Jul 2008
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NEC UK abandons direct sales

NEC Computers yesterday signalled its intent to become 100 per cent indirect in the UK over the next year.
Kelly Fiveash, 23 Jul 2008
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Drive-by download attacks menace UK.gov

The number of drive-by download attacks has tripled and they are beginning to affect government websites as well as small business operations.
John Leyden, 23 Jul 2008
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Hardware hacker's surgery heals slow Acer Aspire One SSD

Acer's Aspire One is coming under fire from early buyers for the sluggishness of its solid-state drive, so one intrepid hardware hacker has figured out how to replace it. It's not an easy job.
Tony Smith, 23 Jul 2008
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Ubuntu man challenges open source to out-pretty Apple

OSCON Billionaire, cosmonaut and founder of the fast-growing Ubuntu Linux distro Mark Shuttleworth dreams impossible dreams.
Gavin Clarke, 23 Jul 2008
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Cisco is moving into your house

Cisco is paying $120m for home networking firm Pure Networks, underscoring its desire to build a consumer brand.
John Oates, 23 Jul 2008
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Blinking to replace remote controls, claims Japanese boffin

A Japanese researcher is planning to revolutionise the humble remote control in the blink of an eye, literally.
James Sherwood, 23 Jul 2008
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Sony sets PS3 sales objective

Sony plans to have sold 150m PlayStation 3 units worldwide by the end of the console’s lifecycle, it has been revealed.
James Sherwood, 23 Jul 2008
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Panasonic goes back to black

Anyone who demands only the blackest of on-screen blacks may have thought a Pioneer Kuro was the only option. Not so, says Panasonic, which has stepped into the darkness with rival screen.
James Sherwood, 23 Jul 2008
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SpringSource releases application infrastructure 'alternative'

Open source tools developer SpringSource yesterday announced the general availability of its new enterprise applications package.
Kelly Fiveash, 23 Jul 2008
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Dell challenges blades with rack workstation

Dell has launched a rack workstation to challenge blade workstations.
John Oates, 23 Jul 2008
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Steve Jobs is 'cancer-free'

Apple chief exec Steve Jobs has been able to assure its board that he's cancer-free, four years after undergoing surgery to treat a rare form of pancreatic cancer.
John Leyden, 23 Jul 2008
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Romanian phisher confesses to scam targeting financial giants

A Romanian man has admitted he took part in a sophisticated phishing scam that targeted PayPal and at least nine other financial institutions by tricking their customers into giving up their account credentials.
Dan Goodin, 23 Jul 2008
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Western Digital shrinks VelociRaptors for enterprise duty

Western Digital is making a play for the enterprise storage market today by stripping the bulky heat sink attached to its 10,000RPM VelociRaptor drives and liberating the small form-factor disk that's been locked inside all along.
Austin Modine, 23 Jul 2008
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North Americans just don't steal handsets, apparently...

Back in 2005, when he lost his three-day-old Motorola v 635, Pete Gillespie immediately phoned his cell provider, Canada's Rogers Wireless. Among other things, he urged the cellco giant to blacklist the phone's IMEI number so that miscreants couldn't reconnect his $600 purchase to the Canadian airwaves. But the company said it didn't do such things.
Cade Metz, 23 Jul 2008
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Re-jigged Intel mobile Linux stack dumps Ubuntu

OSCON Intel's project to put a Linux and open source stack on mobile devices is getting overhauled to attract developer support, having failed to generate much interest.
Gavin Clarke, 23 Jul 2008
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Sabre-rattling Europe threatens US diplomats with visas

The European Commission has threatened action against US diplomats and service personnel if there's no movement from the United States on visa-free travel this year. Citizens of 12 EU member states currently require visas when travelling to the US, and according to the Commission no tangible progress has been made in talks to change this, "despite all efforts of the Commission and individual member states."
John Lettice, 23 Jul 2008
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Seattle Spam King Dark Mailer faces 47-month sentence

One of the world's most prolific spammers has been sentenced to nearly four years in prison and ordered to forfeit more than $708,000 in income for blasting out tens of millions of unwanted emails.
Dan Goodin, 23 Jul 2008
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EMC Q2 coffers full, but outlook half-empty

Storage titan EMC enjoyed a solid second quarter this year, although you wouldn't guess it by the company's mournful outlook.
Austin Modine, 23 Jul 2008
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UK ISPs agree to menace their filesharing users

Six UK ISPs are to start sending out menacing letters to hundreds of thousands of suspected music pirates as part of a government plan to tackle illegal filesharing, the BBC reports. The deal and the names of the six are due to be unveiled on Thursday, and the ISPs are also said to have committed "to develop legal music services."
John Lettice, 23 Jul 2008
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Amazon leaps tall buildings, scoffs at maimed economies

Has Amazon noticed a drop in consumer confidence? Don't even ask the question.
Cade Metz, 23 Jul 2008
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San Francisco sysadmin stays in jail for now

The sysadmin accused of hijacking San Francisco's network may have surrendered the passwords needed to regain control of key parts of the system, but the move hasn't gotten anyone very far. A judge has refused to lower his $5m bail, and officials say they are still locked out of some portions of the network.
Dan Goodin, 23 Jul 2008
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Google unfurls less laughable Wikipedia

Google has unleashed its Wikipedia killer.
Cade Metz, 23 Jul 2008
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Sun to support AMP plus Linux

OSCON Sun Microsystems is putting the "L" back into LAMP with plans to support customers running the open-source Apache, MySQL and Perl or PHP (AMP) stack on Linux.
Gavin Clarke, 23 Jul 2008