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Greene-free VMware joins Linux club

LinuxWorld VMware has joined the Linux Foundation's enterprise IT club with owner EMC, barely a month after chief executive Diane Greene was turfed out of office.
Gavin Clarke, 07 Aug 2008
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Iomega throws out disk with latest made for TV device

Iomega has stripped the hard drive out of its ScreenPlay HD device and is launching a new model that acts as a link between a USB storage device and TV set for displaying high definition media.
Austin Modine, 07 Aug 2008
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Hack ushers in the insatiable toll booth

Black Hat A widely used device for paying traffic tolls electronically is vulnerable to tampering that could create trouble for those who use it, a researcher said Wednesday.
Dan Goodin, 07 Aug 2008
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Ofcom tailgates Google with radio usage map

Ofcom is responsible for managing radio spectrum in the UK, but it's hard to do that when you don't know who's doing what and where. So by the end of 2008 a fleet of vehicles touring the country will finish doing for radio spectrum what Google is doing for street views.
Bill Ray, 07 Aug 2008

Tech Data waves goodbye to (maybe) 80 staff

Tech Data pink-slipped 80 people at its Florida headquarters on Tuesday, America's CRN reports. The distie told the channel mag it laid off less than one per cent of its 8,000-strong global workforce, but it's not saying where the axe fell. ®
Team Register, 07 Aug 2008

Rockstar confirms GTA IV PC edition

Murder, guns, drugs and car-jacking are all set to take over the PC, because video games developer Rockstar has confirmed that the biggest game of the year is coming to the desktop.
James Sherwood, 07 Aug 2008
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Free passports for WWII generation hit 500,000

The UK government has announced today that it has just issued its 500,000th free passport under rules which offer free travel documents as a reward to senior citizens who were adults during World War II.
Lewis Page, 07 Aug 2008
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Easy iPhone 3G unlocking for $30?

Brando already sells a SIM card gadget that's claimed to unlock the original iPhone for use on any network, but now the online retailer’s launched an iPhone 3G version.
James Sherwood, 07 Aug 2008

Orange sees broadband subscriber exodus

Customers are continuing to desert Orange's ADSL offerings, the firm's results revealed today.
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Top Jock cop calls for universal DNA database

The Chief Constable of Scotland's largest police force, Strathclyde, is calling for all Scots to be put on the DNA database.
John Oates, 07 Aug 2008
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Net shoppers bullied into being Verified by Visa

The Verified by Visa system may be marketed as an optional opt-in system for internet shoppers, but some banks are forcing users to enrol after only three attempts to avoid it.
John Leyden, 07 Aug 2008
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Sony to gather gadget gold

You may think that huge diamond dazzler bought with your annual bonus is the only precious material you own. But Sony thinks differently and so is going after your golden gadgets.
James Sherwood, 07 Aug 2008
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Deutsche Telecom sees income dip

Deutsche Telecom is reporting a good first half of 2008, with income dipping only slightly by three per cent to €30.1bn, though that can be "adjusted" into an "organic" increase of 0.3 per cent. This produced an adjusted net profit of €1.4bn.
Bill Ray, 07 Aug 2008
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Mozilla dishes up teasers for concept browser

Mozilla Labs is inviting industry wonks, higher education types and ordinary bods to contribute ideas on its new concept browser, Aurora.
Kelly Fiveash, 07 Aug 2008
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Snoop more, share less - Home Office spurns EU advice

Government responses to two outwardly unrelated bits of EU policy go a long way to explain what it really thinks about the War on Terror and the rights of individual citizens.
Jane Fae , 07 Aug 2008
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Craigslist supervillain seeks henchmen

Much as we love our belittling, thankless toil rewarding career at the Reg, we have from time to time mused that it would be good to find a vocation in which we could fully express our suppressed violent side. And so it is that today we find ourselves tempted by this Craigslist ad, apparently placed by authentic supervillain Jacque (The Zapper) Zerapi, who is in need of tidy sorts to form a 30-strong gang of henchmen.
Sarah Bee, 07 Aug 2008

Olympus SP-570 UZ 'superzoom' camera

Review The problem with many in-between/crossbreed/hybrid products is that they can suffer a little from an identity crisis...and the Olympus SP-570 UZ is no exception.
George Cole, 07 Aug 2008
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Oracle breaks patch cycle with emergency fix

Oracle broke its regular patch release cycle on Wednesday to issue a patch for a vulnerability in WebLogic that has become the target of hacker attacks over recent days.
John Leyden, 07 Aug 2008
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BT slams bandwidth brakes on all subscribers

BT is throttling all of its broadband customers' bandwidth at peak times, not just heavy users, according to independent monitoring data.
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FBI sets out case against anthrax 'rogue scientist'

Yesterday the FBI published its search warrants and affidavits pertaining to the case of Bruce Ivins, the Ft. Detrick scientist fingered by the agency as the perpetrator of the 'Amerithrax anthrax mailings..
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Virgin customer numbers dip

Virgin is reporting a slight dip in customer numbers over the last three months, but reckons those customers are of a higher quality and that the operating loss of £333 million is just a temporary state of affairs.
Bill Ray, 07 Aug 2008
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Ubuntu gets into unified comms, chides Microsoft

Canonical has signed an agreement with Unison Technologies to offer a complete unified communications suite for small to medium-sized firms running Ubuntu Linux.
Kelly Fiveash, 07 Aug 2008
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Cable broadband shines in Virgin Media Q2

Virgin Media's recent move to push broadband to the centre of its offering is paying off. The firm announced strong underlying profits today and said it expects its forthcoming 50Mbit/s network upgrade to further distinguish it as a premium/expensive ISP.
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Sony Ericsson dials into the posers

Every poser needs somewhere to check they’re looking their very best. So, with that in mind, Sony Ericsson (SE) has launched a mirror the T700 handset.
James Sherwood, 07 Aug 2008
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Nikon locates image tagging snapper

Everyone forgets where some pictures were snapped, so Nikon’s unveiled a compact camera that’ll automatically tag an image’s location.
James Sherwood, 07 Aug 2008
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Apple's secret iPhone app blacklist

A researcher has discovered a URL buried in the iPhone hardware that appears to point to an application blacklist - potentially allowing Apple to retroactively remove applications it decides no longer fit the bill.
Bill Ray, 07 Aug 2008
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Sub £200 mini laptop launched

The mini laptop market has expanded yet again with the launch of a 7in machine costing under £200.
James Sherwood, 07 Aug 2008
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Numonyx, Hynix say two NAND heads better than one

Hynix and Numonyx are throwing their weight behind NAND flash memory in an extended five-year deal to beef up development of the cash-starved sector.
Kelly Fiveash, 07 Aug 2008
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Suprise at spelling snafu sanctions

Proof that the revised maxim "If you can't beat 'em, fuck it all off and have some pie" is increasingly the norm reaches us today, as a senior university lecturer throws his hands aloft and declares a spelling amnesty. According to the Times, Dr Ken Smith of Buckinghamshire New University* suggests a list of 20 common mistakes should be waved through as 'variants'.
Sarah Bee, 07 Aug 2008
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iPhone fans shun credit crunch

If you’ve got £600 spare to splash in Apple’s Application Store, then you can definitely spare another £7900 for a stylish iPhone 3G case.
James Sherwood, 07 Aug 2008
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German hackers poke hole in great firewall of China

German hackers have constructed a route around the great firewall of China. The Chaos Computer Club said its technology will help athletes and journalists travelling to Beijing for the Olympic Games to circumvent censorship.
John Leyden, 07 Aug 2008
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Carbon Trust: Rooftop windmills are eco own-goal

Analysis Rooftop wind turbines are actually net carbon emitters for most British properties, according to new research. Worse still, it appears that even if small turbines became common they could produce only a tiny fraction of the UK's energy requirements.
Lewis Page, 07 Aug 2008
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SQL Server 2008 moves on, wants to stay friends

Review Microsoft's SQL Server 2008 is now upon us. More than a year after its initial planned delivery date, Microsoft Wednesday released to manufacturing code for a new version of its database that's almost as significant as its last great release - SQL Server 2005, three years ago.
Mark Whitehorn, 07 Aug 2008
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Mule sought for mysterious Chinese delivery

The Free Software Foundation is asking for someone travelling back from China to bring a small package back with them, presumably leading to some interesting questions at airport security.
Bill Ray, 07 Aug 2008
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'Carbon neutral' Dell's wind-blowing pays off

Computer maker Dell has claimed it is now a carbon neutral company.
Kelly Fiveash, 07 Aug 2008
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T-Mobile dates BlackBerry Bold launch

T-Mobile will launch RIM’s first tri-band HSDPA 3G handset into the UK next month. Also dubbed the Bold, the network provider will release this on its Business 1-Plan.
James Sherwood, 07 Aug 2008
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SQL attacks inject government sites in US, UK

A new round of SQL injection attacks has infected millions of web pages belonging to businesses and government agencies, including those that belong to the National Institutes of Health and Education Department in the US and the UK Trade & Investment.
Dan Goodin, 07 Aug 2008
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Anthrax 'rogue scientist' also Wikipedia cult member

Bruce Ivins, the deceased US government bioscientist accused of perpetrating the infamous 2001 anthrax mailings, was also a closet member of the online cult known as Wikipedia.
Cade Metz, 07 Aug 2008
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Teradata keeps warehousing money

Teradata appears to be surviving a global economic slowdown that's affecting some of its largest customers.
Ashlee Vance, 07 Aug 2008
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US Patent Office rains on Dell's 'cloud computing' trademark

Dell's grip on a "cloud computing" trademark may not be as solid as it first seemed.
Austin Modine, 07 Aug 2008

Man buys $1,000 worth of iPhone pixels by accident

An American man has accidentally spent $999.99 on an iPhone app that does nothing but display a glowing red ruby.
Cade Metz, 07 Aug 2008
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Openmoko to reveal Linux phone's inner workings

LinuxWorld Enterprising engineers will soon get the chance to find out how Openmoko's Linux-powered phones work and to modify them.
Gavin Clarke, 07 Aug 2008
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Crimeware grifters scamming naive phishers

Phishing exploitation kits can be picked up for free on the internet but these packages are regularly backdoored, according to a new study.
John Leyden, 07 Aug 2008
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Sega hopes to score with homely Japanese women

Perhaps you've rescued the universe from marauding space pirates on your Nintendo DS — but can you save civilization from your own ugly face?
Austin Modine, 07 Aug 2008
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IBM hacks into chip peoples' pay

Bunny people working at IBM's US chip plants face tough times.
Ashlee Vance, 07 Aug 2008