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Servers buckle as Congress rejects $700bn Wall Street bailout

Following the US House of Representatives rejection of a $700bn the financial bailout bill and the ensuing stock market carnage, it's easy to overlook the unspoken victims of today's Wall Street meltdown.
Austin Modine, 30 Sep 2008
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Nasty web bug descends on world's most popular sites

Underscoring the severity of of an exotic form of website bug, security researchers from Princeton University have cataloged four cross-site request forgeries in some of the world's most popular sites.
Dan Goodin, 30 Sep 2008
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EU Commissioner wants to ease SMEs' red tape burden

The European Union yesterday called on Member States to participate in a major review of the accounting directives for small biz firms to help reduce the administrative burden on SMEs.
Kelly Fiveash, 30 Sep 2008
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Get ready for the coming data centre crunch

"If there's going to be a theme of the Press Summit this year," mused one delegate on the flight to Portugal, "then it's going to be power, and heat." He should have been right.
Guy Kewney, 30 Sep 2008
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Nvidia settles price-fixing lawsuit

Nvidia has settled a class action lawsuit that alleges it conspired with AMD to fix graphics chip prices.
Tony Smith, 30 Sep 2008

US boffins: Laptops will be as hot as the Sun by 2030

US boffins say that the tendency of laptops to run hotter as performance increases is out of control - and notebooks will be as hot as the surface of the sun by 2030.
Lewis Page, 30 Sep 2008
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Tories would decentralise NHS IT

An incoming Conservative government would decentralise health service computing and extend competition between suppliers, according to a plan released at its party conference.
Kablenet, 30 Sep 2008

AMD intros low-tier Radeon GPUs

AMD has introduced its latest 4000-series graphics chips, two weeks after the last lot. And there's another one coming next month.
Tony Smith, 30 Sep 2008
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Lotus flowers with Apple app

IBM has released a web application providing easy access to Lotus Notes, and claims it's working with Apple on a native application to properly integrate the service.
Bill Ray, 30 Sep 2008
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Panasonic says Intel Atom not up to snuff for its PCs

Japanese giant Panasonic has said no to netbooks: it's not going to make a Small, Cheap Computer. It's reasoning is that SCCs are consumer products and it's in the business of selling to, well, business.
Tony Smith, 30 Sep 2008
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China wins, Symbian loses in Sony Ericsson reorg

Sony Ericsson announced a company reorganisation yesterday, intended to rationalise its R&D investment. The 2,000 job losses had been announced after another brutal quarter back in July, so yesterday's announcement tells us where these will fall.
Andrew Orlowski, 30 Sep 2008
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Secret Service camera bought on eBay

Today's government data loss shenanigan is a repeat performance of that old favourite - flogging off old kit containing secret information to a random punter through online tat bazaar eBay.
John Oates, 30 Sep 2008
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LG notches up second 8Mp phone

LG isn’t going to let Pixon make Samsung the only phone manufacturer able to offer two eight-megapixel handsets. So the South Korean firm’s created a second super-snapper phone of its own.
James Sherwood, 30 Sep 2008
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Hubble transmissions cease as computer fails

The Hubble space telescope has stopped transmitting data to Earth after a data formatting computer failed. A Shuttle service mission to the telescope has been delayed for four to six months while a replacement formatter and its installation procedures are prepared.
Chris Mellor, 30 Sep 2008
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Germans give peeking Google one in the eye

The town of Molfsee near Kiel in the north-western German state of Schleswig-Holstein doesn't want to be filmed by Google for its Street View program, a service that provides 360-degrees street level images via Google Maps.
Jan Libbenga, 30 Sep 2008
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UK cybercrime overhaul finally comes into effect

Updates to the ageing Computer Misuse Act (CMA) finally come into force in England and Wales on Wednesday (1 October).
John Leyden, 30 Sep 2008
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Sony all-in-one PCs get even more iMac-alike

As laptop prices fall, it’s easy to forget that not everyone wants to lug a laptop around – no matter how light it is. Sony has realised this and launched its latest all-in-one slimline desktop.
James Sherwood, 30 Sep 2008
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Vendors launch sticker chart to boost 3G take-up

The GSM Association, trade body to the network operators, has teamed up with 16 companies to launch a new logo which can be affixed to any kit offering 3G connectivity.
Bill Ray, 30 Sep 2008
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Meat Loaf gets Q gong

Grunting calorie-fan Meat Loaf is to be lauded for the 47,000th time for his 31-year-old song Bat Out Of Hell, saith the Beeb.
Sarah Bee, 30 Sep 2008
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Phoenix sees snow above Mars, but it's not sticking

NASA's Phoenix lander has detected snow falling from Martian clouds, hinting that liquid water may once have been common on the surface of the Red Planet. However, the snow seen by the explorer robot didn't merely turn to rain as it fell - it vapourised, never even reaching the ground at all.
Lewis Page, 30 Sep 2008
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Michael Dell says: If I could do it all again...

Interview If Michael Dell were starting up in business today, it would be in storage and operate in China.
Chris Mellor, 30 Sep 2008
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Microsoft waves updated Maps, Hotmail at customers

Microsoft yesterday updated its Windows Live versions of Hotmail and Maps, in its latest attempt to appear relevant in the online world.
Kelly Fiveash, 30 Sep 2008
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Stealthy malware expands rootkit repertoire

Security researchers have discovered one of the most subtle and sophisticated examples of Windows rootkit software known to date.
John Leyden, 30 Sep 2008
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'Extreme' extreme porn law puts Scots out of kilter

If you thought Scotland might be a safe place to stash your collection of dubious erotic artwork when legislation on extreme porn comes into force, think again.
Jane Fae Ozimek, 30 Sep 2008

Western Digital ShareSpace 4TB NAS box

Review Western Digital has been selling external hard drives for ages, most notably its MyBook range. That line-up has included NAS boxes, the MyBook World Edition series, but now, here comes their big brother.
Tony Smith, 30 Sep 2008
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Sky told to hand over footy and film rights

The UK's media regulator Ofcom has told Sky it should offer to sell rights to football games and Hollywood films to other broadcasters at a fair price.
John Oates, 30 Sep 2008
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BPM unravels before your eyes

All the action from The Register's latest live webcast - an in-depth look at Business Process Management bringing together a panel of experts to share their insight, debate with each other and answer questions from the Reg faithful - is now available to download and digest at your leisure over in our archive.
Team Register, 30 Sep 2008
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LG launches cost-conscious touchscreen caller

If you’re going to claim that your latest touchscreen mobile’s the "most affordable" one in the UK, then stating its price is a good idea. LG, we're looking at you.
James Sherwood, 30 Sep 2008
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Circuit City feels yet more pain in Q2

Circuit City yesterday admitted that its second quarter performance simply wasn’t good enough as it clocked up another quarterly loss.
Kelly Fiveash, 30 Sep 2008
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IBM, Sun, Microsoft sink differences on VMs

Corporate rivals have temporarily sunk their differences to find ways to fine-tune the Java Virtual Machine (JVM) to a variety of popular dynamic languages.
Gavin Clarke, 30 Sep 2008
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Sony's curved OLED

Sony has gotten all bent out of shape over OLED screens and given gadget fans a sneak preview of its curved organic LED display.
James Sherwood, 30 Sep 2008

Custom-car creator preps electric Porsche

'Leccy Tech Porsche may or may not be working on an electric sportscar - there's nothing lined up for its Paris Motor Show appearance, that's for sure - but if you want one, turn to German auto tuner Ruf.
Tony Smith, 30 Sep 2008
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R&D tax credits knocked out in Congressional punch-up

Tech vendors had another reason to cry into their beer today, as it emerged that the congressional logjam that has scuppered the White House’s $700bn bank bailout has also iced the restoration of their beloved R&D tax credit.
Joe Fay, 30 Sep 2008

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Ballmer on banking crisis: No one is safe

Microsoft boss Steve Ballmer warned today that no company is safe from the financial crisis.
John Oates, 30 Sep 2008
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NetApp's 50 per cent guarantee

NetApp will guarantee customers they will use half as much NetApp storage in virtual server and desktop environments compared to 'traditional storage', but won't make comparisons to specific products from competing suppliers.
Chris Mellor, 30 Sep 2008

Slimline Xbox 360 due in December?

Microsoft has fanned the flame of speculation that it's working on a slimline Xbox 360, by retracting an executive’s claim that an announcement will be made before Christmas.
James Sherwood, 30 Sep 2008
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Panasonic punts 'Freesat inside' HD TV duo

As the masses slowly catch on to the free satellite TV message, Panasonic has begun expanding its range of HD TVs with integrated Freesat tuners, by unveiling two further models.
James Sherwood, 30 Sep 2008
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Sony intros good-looks laptop

Modern laptops must offer functionality and good looks, so Sony’s launched a Vaio notebook that it hopes will hit both notes.
James Sherwood, 30 Sep 2008

How many terabytes can you fit on a 2.5-inch hard drive?

Can we expect 2.5TB 2.5-inch hard drives and 5TB 3.5-inch drives by 2012? It seems realistic if the claims of hard disk drive toolmaker MII, Hitachi GST, and others are realised.
Chris Mellor, 30 Sep 2008
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Attack of the 50-foot mobile virus risk

Increased standardisation across mobile devices will make it easier for miscreants to write malicious code, a Gartner analyst has warned - but the familiar prediction overlooks a bigger threat.
John Leyden, 30 Sep 2008
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Microsoft's Hotmail hybrid struggles to life

The long-awaited merger of Microsoft "classic" and "full" Hotmail services has got off to spotty and painful start.
Gavin Clarke, 30 Sep 2008
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Virgin Galactic to save planet from climate change

One trouble with conducting global atmospheric research is the distinct lack of flashy suborbital rocketplanes available.
Austin Modine, 30 Sep 2008
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UCSniff - VoIP eavesdropping made easy

A security consultant with expertise in protecting phone conversations as they travel over the internet has unveiled a new tool that demonstrates just how vulnerable voice over internet protocol, or VoIP, calls are to interception.
Dan Goodin, 30 Sep 2008
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Movie giants sue RealNetworks over DVD copying software

US movie studios on Tuesday sued RealNetworks to stop it from distributing software that lets people copy DVDs onto their computers.
Dan Goodin, 30 Sep 2008
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Super Talent delivers SSDs for poor people

Solid-state drives have a lot going for them. They're thinner, faster, more efficient and longer lasting than most traditional spinning hard disks — yet high prices keeps most folks steering well clear.
Austin Modine, 30 Sep 2008
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AMD races for Shanghai

There are a lot of different things that Advanced Micro Devices needs to do to get itself back on track, but one of them - and perhaps the most important - is to execute a flawless launch of the "Shanghai" quad-core Opteron chips for servers.
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Apple condemns FileVaulters to seventh circle of Safari hell

A Reg journo was bemused this morning when he rebooted his Mac and the machine decided that Safari - not Opera - should be his default web browser.
Cade Metz, 30 Sep 2008

Adobe preps Jesus Phone Flash Player

Adobe Systems could soon join the ranks of frustrated tech companies building versions of their software for Apple's Jesus Phone.
Gavin Clarke, 30 Sep 2008
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Elvis has left the border: ePassport faking guide unleashed

The Hacker's Choice (THC) has released details of a procedure that allows you to "create a backup of your own passport chip(s)" - or, if you were that way inclined, use a modified chip to build a fake ePassport that will not be detected by at least some passport readers.
John Lettice, 30 Sep 2008
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MS apps division architect to be fired into space, again

The man who built - not entirely deliberately - Microsoft's applications division is to be fired into space for a second time, at the cost of another slight ding in his huge money pile. Charles Simonyi, father of Excel and Word (sort of), will train with crack Russian billionaire minders in preparation for a mission in the spring of next year.
John Lettice, 30 Sep 2008