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Hacker murders Facebook word game

Anyone who's been mercilessly pummeled by a fistful of undesired consonants can tell you that board games are too often serious business.
Austin Modine, 31 Jul 2008
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'Hacktivism' threatens world of nations

Usenix Politically motivated computer attacks like the one last year that crippled network traffic in Estonia for weeks are likely to increase, and there's not much victims can do to stop them, a security researcher says.
Dan Goodin, 31 Jul 2008
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Quantum porn engine foiled by strawberries and muffins

Yes, Cuil is pants. Though its founders insist they're building a Google killer, the results turned up by this new-age search engine are even more ridiculous than its name. Which is still pronounced "Cool."
Cade Metz, 31 Jul 2008
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Sun's JavaFX debuts with familiar cast

You have to respect Sun Microsystems' persistence on NetBeans - repeatedly trying to get you to inadvertently use the thing by including it with other stuff.
Gavin Clarke, 31 Jul 2008
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BT shares plummet on margin pressure

BT hit targets for the first quarter ended 30 June 2008 bringing in revenues of £5.1bn, up three per cent on last year. But the market is distinctly underwhelmed, marking shares down 10 per cent in early trading.
John Oates, 31 Jul 2008
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BT reseller biz goes gangbusters in Q1. But...

BT’s reseller arm, BT Global Services, had a good Q1 on the revenue front, jumping 13 per cent to £2.052bn for the period ending June 30. But margins are under pressure - and the financial community doesn't like it, marking shares down 10 per cent in early trading.
Team Register, 31 Jul 2008
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New Van Gogh pic discovered using German atom-smasher

There may be some readers out there who aren't entirely clear just what synchrotrons - enormous, kilometre-wide magnetic doughnuts used to thrash electrons within an inch of their lives - are actually for. Today, the news furnishes us with a partial answer - you can use a synchrotron to see old paintings hidden beneath other paintings.
Lewis Page, 31 Jul 2008
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The healthy handset

Lots has been written about the potential dangers of mobile phones to the human body, so it’s refreshing to hear about one handset that aims to keep users healthy.
James Sherwood, 31 Jul 2008
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MPs report back from internet's dark side

MPs have called on the government to install a YouTube Czar to oversee user-generated content sites and better labels for video games.
John Oates, 31 Jul 2008
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RM gets fingers into school biometrics market

RM has grown another tentacle with the acquisition of education technology supplier Orchard Partners Ltd.
Kelly Fiveash, 31 Jul 2008
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EA preps video game PCs

Electronic Arts (EA) plans to release pre-configured PCs alongside big name video game launches, in an attempt to blur the boundary between high-end PC gaming and hardware expense.
James Sherwood, 31 Jul 2008
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IT career virgins need a cherry on top

Any Reg readers looking to change their job or simply start work their career will be left confused by the latest batch of news from UK recruitment experts.
Jane Fae , 31 Jul 2008
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AVG update nails down stability bugs

AVG has published an engine upgrade to its popular anti-virus scanning software that addresses a raft of stability bugs.
John Leyden, 31 Jul 2008
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Up to 80,000 AOLers face the boot from Carphone network

Carphone Warehouse's ongoing network integration prompted by its purchase of AOL's broadband business in 2006 could spell trouble for tens of thousands of customers, CEO Charles Dunstone warned today.
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N96 launch delayed until October

Nokia’s much-hyped flagship handset – the N96 – is now available to buy. That’s what we’d be saying to you if we were in October, because that’s when Nokia’s delayed the phone’s UK launch until.
James Sherwood, 31 Jul 2008
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US airforce to launch robotic Space Shuttle 2.0 this year

NASA may have given up on spaceplanes for now, with the Shuttle soon to be replaced by old-school rocket stacks and capsules. But the US Air Force, it seems, still sees a need for spacecraft which can re-enter atmosphere and make a runway landing. Reports indicate that the X-37B unmanned spaceplane demonstrator will make its first orbital launch in November under USAF auspices.
Lewis Page, 31 Jul 2008
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Spammers, Cuil, and the rescue from planet Google

Analysis Plenty of digital ink has been needlessly spilt this week over the launch of the suicidally-monikered new search engine Cuil.com. But the only threat to Google is itself and, in a roundabout way, the legion of spammers and "search engine optimisation" (SEO) consultants that buttress its dominance.
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Gov videogame report backs BBFC

A single videogame classification system controlled by the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) is the best option for the UK, according to a government report.
James Sherwood, 31 Jul 2008
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Oz man cracks one off while speeding in drug-packed car

An Australian man unsurprisingly faces a spell in jail after cops pulled him for driving at 147km/h (91 mph) in a Holden SV6 packed with 5kg of cannabis, two dope plants, a couple of drug pipes and a loaded .22 rifle.
Lester Haines, 31 Jul 2008
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MS springs patent complaint on Taiwanese mouse vendor

Microsoft yesterday filed a patent infringement complaint against a Taiwanese computer peripherals vendor after talks on a licensing agreement for mouse technology stalled.
Kelly Fiveash, 31 Jul 2008
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English Channel defeats one-armed Frenchman

A one-armed Frenchman came tantalisingly close to swimming the English Channel on Monday, but was defeated when strong currents "dragged him off his planned route" within sight of the French coast, Reuters reports.
Lester Haines, 31 Jul 2008
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Panasonic 40in OLED by 2011

Matsushita - best known as the owner of Panasonic – has already promised to punch out 37in OLED TVs by 2011. But the firm’s now promised to make 40in OLED screens available within three years too.
James Sherwood, 31 Jul 2008
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UK data watchdog gives Google spycar fleet the greenlight

Following a quiet word down at the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO), Google has been given regulatory approval to publish photographs taken by the fleet of camera-carrying black Opels currently surveying Britain.
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NASA spies liquid in Titanic lake

NASA scientists have announced that at least one of the giant lakes previously spied on Saturn's moon Titan contains liquid hydrocarbons - making it the "only body our solar system beyond Earth known to have liquid on its surface", as the agency puts it.
Lester Haines, 31 Jul 2008
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NetApp loses global channel sales head

NetApp's VP for Worldwide Channels, Leonard Iventosch, has abruptly left the company.
Martin Edwards, 31 Jul 2008
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Nvidia's GeForce 9 GPU trio

Nvidia has taken the wraps off its latest graphics processing units (GPUs), which it claims cater for the increasing number of PC applications requiring more graphics horsepower for visuals.
James Sherwood, 31 Jul 2008
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Acer uses Europe, Asia to bounce past profit forecasts

Acer today reported a better than expected rise in second quarter profits after increasing its market share in Europe and Asia.
Kelly Fiveash, 31 Jul 2008
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Motorola accidentally makes a profit

Motorola wrong-footed the markets this morning when it turned in an unexpected profit for its second quarter and said it would be in the black for the year.
Joe Fay, 31 Jul 2008
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Home Office minister gets tough, then gets stuck

Is Liam Byrne trying to tell us something? For some time now we've noted a 'drip drip' quality to the pronouncements of the minister i/c ID cards and immigration, gradually - no, probably not gradually - building the impression of a huge mailed fist slamming down on Johnny Shiftless Thieving Foreigner.
John Lettice, 31 Jul 2008

Official: Eee PC range to expand

Asus has designed a new range of Eee PCs designed to capture the hearts of a wider range of miniature PC lovers, the company has confirmed.
James Sherwood, 31 Jul 2008
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The Register reaches more tech professionals than ever

Press release London, UK, July 31 The Register has marked its tenth year as the UK's top tech and science news website by publishing its best readership figures yet.
Team Register, 31 Jul 2008
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Emirates airline website plummets offline in A380 excitement

Dubai's government-owned airline, Emirates, forgot to renew its domain name this week, sending its website crashing offline on the same day it was trumpeting delivery of its first Airbus A380 superjumbo.

Misheard song lyrics blamed on technology

If you don’t know the words to your favourite songs, then don’t blame your hearing because a survey’s found that music download sites and declining CD sales could actually be the cause.
James Sherwood, 31 Jul 2008
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Cash'n'Carrion: A lean, mean, fighting machine

We're delighted to announce this sunny afternoon the rebirth of Reg merchandising tentacle Cash'n'Carrion - which has undergone a complete overhaul and now boasts an improved shopping experience and a rack of new t-shirt designs.
Cash'n'Carrion, 31 Jul 2008
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Feds not scouring Facebook for terrorists (say Feds)

An FBI-backed organisation has warned computer users to ignore claims that the Feds are scouring Facebook for terrorists.
John Leyden, 31 Jul 2008
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Black hats attack gaping DNS hole

Miscreants are actively exploiting a gaping hole in the internet's address lookup system that can cause millions of web surfers to receive counterfeit pages when they try to access online banking services and other types of websites.
Dan Goodin, 31 Jul 2008
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Chinese net censors unblock BBC, Wikipedia

After foreign journalists complained that several web sites had been blocked at Olympic media centers in Beijing, it appears that access has been now restored to some, including the BBC's Chinese-language site.
Cade Metz, 31 Jul 2008
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EDS shareholders welcome HP overlords

Hewlett-Packard's proposed $13.9bn purchase of the computer services giant Electronic Data Systems (EDS) has been overwhelmingly approved by its shareholders.
Austin Modine, 31 Jul 2008
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Sun girds its grid for cloud business spin out

Exclusive Sun Microsystems' utility computing operation is being turned into a separate cloud business unit lead by Sun's chief sustainability officer Dave Douglas.
Gavin Clarke, 31 Jul 2008
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Google: 'Even in the desert, privacy does not exist'

As Google's government-approved spycar fleet drives across the UK, doing its best to photograph every inch of the country, the search giant cum global menace has told the world that "even in today's desert, complete privacy does not exist."
Cade Metz, 31 Jul 2008
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Scrabble knock-off reborn as Wordscraper

The popular Facebook application Scrabulous may have been shut down yesterday in response to a lawsuit from Hasbro, but today it's been reborn as a word game designed specifically to appease the less-than-jolly toymaker.
Austin Modine, 31 Jul 2008
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New Yorker gets 30 months for bogus Cisco gear

A hardware reseller from New York state has been sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison for passing off cheap Chinese networking gear as genuine Cisco products.
Dan Goodin, 31 Jul 2008
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Stormtrooper helmet sales still legal in Britain

A British movie prop maker who crafted the Stormtrooper uniform for the original Star Wars movie can continue selling replicas of the costume throughout the galaxy — the US excepted.
Austin Modine, 31 Jul 2008