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SpringSource VC investor takes COO role

Exclusive SpringSource, steward of the ever-popular Spring open source Java framework, is getting an operations specialist from the investment community with an application-server background.
Gavin Clarke, 26 Sep 2008
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Kentucky commandeers world's most popular gambling sites

The state of Kentucky has seized control of some of the world's most popular gambling domain names courtesy of a state judge who issued a secret ruling last week ordering registrars to transfer 141 internet addresses to the state's top law enforcement official.
Dan Goodin, 26 Sep 2008
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Woman sues EA over 'secret' Spore DRM

Electronic Arts may have tried to appease customers angered by slackening the Digital Rights Management (DRM) restrictions in Spore – but the game publisher's troubles over its use may have just begun.
Austin Modine, 26 Sep 2008
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Britons face carbon spotchecks

Britons should be subjected to random carbon spotchecks and intensive surveillance of their diets, transport and waste disposal habits, says the Government's architecture and design quango in a new report today.
Andrew Orlowski, 26 Sep 2008
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PAM from NetApp is going to get flashy

A bird flew by and whispered in my ear that NetApp's Performance Acceleration Module (PAM) was going to get flashy and have solid state storage (SSD) added to it.
Chris Mellor, 26 Sep 2008
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New hydrocarb X-51 scramjet ready for flight

US jet-engines'n'rockets colossus Pratt & Whitney says it has successfully completed ground testing of its new hypersonic scramjet engine prototype, which can run on ordinary hydrocarbon fuel at Mach 6. The company believes that the radical hyperjet is now ready to fly on the X-51 "WaveRider" test flights planned to begin next year.
Lewis Page, 26 Sep 2008
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Whitehall opens £4.5bn desktop procurement

OGCbuying.solutions and the Department for Work and Pensions are joining forces to tender for two lots of ICT equipment and services.
Kablenet, 26 Sep 2008
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EU spectrum vote leaves digi dividend with Ofcom

MEPs voted through a raft of amendments to the telecoms industry Framework Review this week, watering down spectrum reform proposals and providing more than enough leeway for Ofcom's digital dividend sell-off.
Bill Ray, 26 Sep 2008
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Right: Which one of you lot invented 'tw*tdangle', eh?

Ok, here's the deal: We at the Vulture Central Neologism Soviet want the name and personal details of whoever it was who invented the term "twatdangle", and we want them now.
Lester Haines, 26 Sep 2008
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AMD pooh-poohs 'Atom smasher' cancellation claim

So farewell then, Bobcat, AMD's answer to Intel's 'Silverthorne' Atom processor family? AMD's denying it, but at least one analyst is tolling the low-power chip's death knell.
Tony Smith, 26 Sep 2008
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The Boston Trio and the MBTA

The annual DEFCON conference in Las Vegas in early August got a bit more interesting than usual when three graduate students from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology were enjoined from giving a presentation by a court in Boston.
Mark Rasch, 26 Sep 2008
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Indian chief exec murder 'a warning for management'

India's Minister of Labour and Employment has landed himself in hot water by describing the death earlier this week of the chief executive of Graziano Transmissioni India as "a warning for management”.
Lester Haines, 26 Sep 2008
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Brits happy to hand over password details for £5 gift voucher

UK consumers have rather glaring double standards when it comes to information security risks, according to a new survey by Symantec.
John Leyden, 26 Sep 2008
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BT withdraws Wi-Fi access to The Cloud

BT Openzone customers will next week be cut off from public Wi-Fi provided by The Cloud, and will lose coverage at thousands of hotspots as a result.

Sony shows first ultra-portable laptop with on-board Blu-ray

Sony has introduced what it claims is the world's lightest laptop with Blu-ray on board.
Tony Smith, 26 Sep 2008
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Fire-breathing black cabs: Shock eyewitness photo

RoTM Our recent shock piece on an attempted incendiary uprising by the TX4-type cab prompted the neoLuddite Resistance Army to place all London cadres on Defcon Laguna.
Lester Haines, 26 Sep 2008
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Jumbo-jet sized 'SuperGigaFly' robo parachute tested

Airborne Systems, maker of automatic parachute systems to the likes of Elon Musk's SpaceX private rocket firm, has announced successful tests of the "World's Largest Autonomously Guided Ram-Air Parachute".
Lewis Page, 26 Sep 2008
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UK WoW fans plead for Lich King Collector's Edition

UK gamers are up in arms and venting spleen in forums over fears that the Collector's Edition release of World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King will not be be released in Blighty.
James Sherwood, 26 Sep 2008
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Alcatel-Lucent loses $1.5bn MP3 patent claim against MS

Microsoft will not have to pay Alcatel-Lucent $1.5bn in damages, after a lower court threw out the jury’s verdict in a fight over MP3 patents.
Kelly Fiveash, 26 Sep 2008
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How an Italian judge made the internet illegal

Italian bloggers are up in arms at a court ruling early this year that suggests almost all Italian blogs are illegal. This month, a senior Italian politician went one step further, warning that most web activity is likely to be against the law.
Jane Fae , 26 Sep 2008
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More BlackBerry Storm pictures leaked

Pictures of the first touchscreen BlackBerry have been leaked online, further ramping up speculation that RIM is poised to confirm the phone’s creation.
James Sherwood, 26 Sep 2008
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Voix MPX 2.1 tower loudspeakers

Review Designed to act as a complete audio package for home cinema set-ups, the Viox MPX rig packs a good performance some nice features, but one still can't help but be left with the feeling that it could be better.
Lewis Caliburn, 26 Sep 2008
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Brace of C-level execs flies Copan coop

Updated Copan Systems, which sells the greenest disk arrays of all, has lost both its chief financial officer (CFO) and its VP for North Europe.
Chris Mellor, 26 Sep 2008
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O2 denies subsidised MacBook broadband sign-up lure

Exclusive O2 has pooh-poohed claims that it has signed a deal with Apple to offer new broadband customers MacBook laptops.
James Sherwood, 26 Sep 2008

BMW readies 7-series hybrid

'Leccy Tech Unwilling to be beaten in the hybrid race by German taxi maker Mercedes-Benz, BMW will release a dual-fuel 7-series saloon in 12 months' time.
Tony Smith, 26 Sep 2008
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'I can see dinosaurs from my back porch'

USA '08 GOP Veep candidate Sarah Palin's belief in creationism brings the evolution of a crank's outlook into an asset in US public life into plain view. It's simply the rock-like belief that if science isn't convenient to a very personal value or notion, then it constitutes an attack on such and is to be set aside.
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Larry Ellison becomes HP's richest reseller yet

Comment HP has expanded its reseller channel with a Sun Thumper-bashing griddled hybrid storage/server just for Oracle.
Chris Mellor, 26 Sep 2008
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Tw*tdangler defends Benito Mussolini stunt

David Blaine has defended himself following widespread criticism of his Benito Mussolini twatdangle above New York's Wollmann ice rink - a daredevil 60-hour upside-down endurance marathon which actually saw the Brooklyn media strumpet take breaks to drink water and empty his bladder.
Lester Haines, 26 Sep 2008
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Microsoft claims 'landmark victory' against defunct UK reseller

Microsoft has said it will go after the assets of the former MD of defunct IT distie ITAC UK Ltd in a long-running parallel importing dispute.
Kelly Fiveash, 26 Sep 2008
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Revealed: Street View's UK invasion schedule

Those of us who've been keeping close tabs on Google's Orwellian Opel Street View spycars and their inexorable progress across the UK and beyond recently pondered how long it would be before every highway and byway fell to the search monolith's all-seeing eye.
Lester Haines, 26 Sep 2008
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German developers forge Iron from Chrome

German developers had developed a cut-down version of Chrome that doesn't send usage data back to the Google mothership.
John Leyden, 26 Sep 2008
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Swiss strap-on jetplane ace flies Channel

Renowned Swiss birdman Yves Rossy has, after several weather-related setbacks, finally flown over the English Channel using his unique backpack jetplane.
Lewis Page, 26 Sep 2008
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EMC founder clashes with IRS over 'tax evasion' scheme

Richard Egan, ex-marine and a founder of EMC, is suing the US Internal Revenue Service for the return of $62m taken from him after the IRS decided option trading arrangements he had entered into were a tax avoidance scam. Egan insists the trades were genuine.
Chris Mellor, 26 Sep 2008
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uTorrent for Mac leaks into Pirate Bay

A rough alpha version of BitTorrent client uTorrent for the Mac has tipped up on The Pirate Bay website.
Kelly Fiveash, 26 Sep 2008
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Agile development workshop: Lessons learned

Reg Reader Workshop Reader research conducted via the Reg Technology Panel over the last few years has consistently indicated the importance of application development to organisations large and small. Contrary to some of the things we hear, the need for software design, build and maintenance capability has not been killed by packaged applications, and certainly not by some of the latest ideas such as software as a service (SaaS) and cloud computing.
Dale Vile, 26 Sep 2008
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German man arrested after UK gamer's murder

A German gamer has been arrested on suspicion of murdering a British man who ran a website devoted to the Nintendo DS game series Advanced Wars.
James Sherwood, 26 Sep 2008
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Phorm mulls incentives for ad targeting wiretaps

Phorm is considering tugging on ISP subscribers' heartstrings by offering to donate to charities if they opt to let it profile their internet use for advertisers.
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Poptastic MySpace Music launches, without indies

MySpace Music, the ambitious new joint venture between the major record labels and News Corporation, has finally gone live. Don't let the name mislead you - the only thing it has in common with the scrappy ethos of the original "MySpace" is the name.
Andrew Orlowski, 26 Sep 2008
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HP waves goodbye to 9,300 EMEA employees

Hewlett-Packard will cut 9,300 jobs in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, following its $13.9bn takeover of EDS in August.
Kelly Fiveash, 26 Sep 2008
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Our IT Crowd prize draw - we have a winner

We're delighted this afternoon to announce the winner of our Cash'n'Carrion The IT Crowd draw, who's secured a pair of tickets to view the filming of the show at Pinewood studios and, gasp, the chance to shmooze with the cast in the green room before the cameras roll.
Cash'n'Carrion, 26 Sep 2008
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Apple NDA kills Jesus Phone gospels

Apple's clampdown over access to information on the iPhone's Software Development Kit (SDK) has plumbed new depths, forcing a book publisher to withdraw a programmers guide scheduled for December 2008.
Phil Manchester, 26 Sep 2008
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VMware reach exceeds grasp

Comment Ah, but a man's reach should exceed his grasp, or what's a heaven for? - Robert Browning
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Net pariah Intercage back among the dead

Updated After returning from the dead two days ago, network provider and internet pariah Intercage has once again been knocked offline.
Dan Goodin, 26 Sep 2008
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Damien Hirst buys Paris porn collage

Austin Modine, 26 Sep 2008
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Adobe cites bad blood for closed Flash

Everyone loves open source - well, everyone apart from Microsoft, that is. The only problem with open source is deciding how much code control you're willing to relinquish, especially when open source puts your precious bits and bytes - and ultimately your own product plans - into the hands of your competitors.
Tim Anderson, 26 Sep 2008
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Ballmer gives Norwegian students free love

Microsoft believes it has "lost" a generation of developers who might have embraced Windows and .NET, thanks to the Mac and open source frameworks and operating systems.
Gavin Clarke, 26 Sep 2008
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IBM tries its hand in the lawn sprinkler biz

IBM's patent portfolio is a terrific source of the curious and bizarre. From patents for "dealing with chaos," to automating the process of informing a clerk whether you want paper or plastic, Big Blue certainly has a knack for wrapping its IP tendrils around some strange stuff.
Austin Modine, 26 Sep 2008