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Mono delivers Foundation-free open .NET alternative

The open-source implementation of Microsoft's .NET is due to hit its second release today, with many .NET 3.5 features and a few notable exceptions.
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Copan plugs on with its creaky green revolution

Copan makes the greenest disk storage going, with no exception. So with everyone running out of power and data centre space, drowning in unstructured file data - why aren't customers buying it in droves?
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T-Mobile joins data breach elite

T-Mobile has admitted losing 17 million German customer records including names, addresses, phone numbers, dates of birth and email addresses.
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Hospital staff use paper to wipe up NHS IT mess

An internal report on the introduction of patient care records at the Royal Free Hampstead reveals serious problems with the project, and no current date for solving them.

Nasdaq threatens Overland with de-listing

Overland Storage's share price has fallen so low that Nasdaq is threatening a de-listing. The company will carry out a reverse stock split to boost the value of its shares.
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Miliband the Younger becomes Green Energy minister

The Brown government has now established a new Department of Energy and Climate Change, and appointed meteoric Labour politico Ed Miliband - younger brother of the Foreign Secretary, David - to lead it.

Sainsbury's launch console price war

If you’ve been saving up for an Xbox 360 or Wii then get yourself down to Sainsbury’s - the grocer’s lastest console offer is sure to make your life taste better.
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Dell UK releases Ubuntu netbook but favours Windows

Dell UK has introduced the Linux version of its Inspiron Mini 9 netbook, but potential buyers will undoubtedly be annoyed at the lack of configuration options.

AMD releases revamped model number scheme for 45nm Phenoms

AMD's plan to offer Phenom X4 quad-core processors based on its Socket AM2+ interconnect in Q4 then follow them with Socket AM3 models in Q1 2009, is well known. Until now, though, we didn't know the model numbers.

Crypto attack unveils hidden backups

A German cryptographer has discovered a technique that discloses the presence of a hidden encrypted volume in a disc backup.
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Birmingham Airport in X-rated X-ray shocker

Birmingham International Airport last week released its 2007-2008 Report and Accounts (pdf) - an engrossing 33-page read which explains why the facility "increasingly offers a high-quality alternative for those Midlands passengers who currently fly from other airports, to travel instead from Birmingham".

Nokia's Communicator to make a comeback?

Nokia may be preparing the successor to its E90 Communicator, if a pair of images that the phone giant used in a recent presentation about its S60 user interface are taken at face value.

Kingston jumps on Intel SSD train

Intel has bulked up its solid state drive (SSD) channel and rounded up Kingston to resell its products to business notebook and server users. This will complement Intel's own SSD OEM channel.
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UK border facial scan tests hit by errors and breakdowns

A trial of automated border control using facial scanners is already in trouble, according to UK Border Agency (UKBA) sources quoted by the Daily Telegraph.

Asus Eee PC 1000 10in Linux netbook

Review Asus missed a trick when it released the Eee PC 901: it didn't incorporate a bigger keyboard than the one on the Eee 701. Had it done so, there wouldn't perhaps be a need for the 1000.

MSI prepping 'ThinkPad style' netbook

MSI is preparing a version of its Wind Small, Cheap Computer that uses solid-state storage instead of a hard drive. And it'll incorporate HSDPA 3G connectivity.
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Anonymous plans zombie Scientology protest

Anonymous is planning a zombie-themed protest in the latest phase of its long-running campaign against the Church of Scientology.
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Trigger-happy Welsh cops taser sheep

North Wales Police have taken a bit of flak for last Wednesday tasering a runaway ram which was threatening traffic on the A55 near Bodelwyddan, the Daily Mail reports.
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McCain laptop theft sparks conspiracy theories

Thieves have stolen a laptop from the Missouri campaign office of Republican presidential candidate John McCain.
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Credit agencies get death lists

Credit agencies and other organisations will receive a weekly encrypted list of deaths from the official registrar to stop fraudsters using the identities of the recently deceased to apply for credit cards and identity documents.

Amazon's 'Kindle 2' spotted in the wild

Amazon clearly isn’t about to sit back and let Sony’s latest Reader hog all the limelight. It's no surprise, then, that pictures of the online retailer’s updated Kindle have appeared online.
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Hosting biz-queenpin parachutes Everest

One of the UK's most prominent female IT executives has joined the first group of skydivers to freefall over Mount Everest.
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Stick health warnings on gays, says Stock Exchange chaplain

The chaplain to the London Stock Exchange may be forced to walk the plank after demanding that gay chaps be tattooed with cig-packet-style health warnings highlighting the evils of boy-on-boy.
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The Obscene Publications Act rides again

The legal world is buzzing at the announcement last week of the prosecution of 35-year-old civil servant Darryn Walker for the online publication of material that Police and Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) believe to be obscene.
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Melamine, poisons and the misappliance of science

As melamine alerts reverberate around the world in the wake of China's dairy export industry, it affords us an opportunity to look at bad chemistry while considering the scale of the global food market. And how vulnerable consumers are when garden-variety greed, not terrorism, is the driver in mass poisonings.
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Berlin drivers first to trial next-gen electric Smart

'Leccy Tech Smart has shown off the latest version of its 'leccy ForTwo - dubbed the ED, for 'electric drive' - at the Paris Motor Show.
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BSA flashes gums at 'online software scams'

The Business Software Alliance (BSA) claimed late last week to have issued nearly 50,000 takedown notices about BitTorrent files in the first half of this year.

BlackBerry Storm revealed in slides

Lots of rumours have already surfaced about RIM’s first touchscreen BlackBerry, the Storm. But now the most solid evidence has come to light suggesting arrival soon, thanks to a leaked presentation.

Manhunt 2 to hit UK on Halloween

What better day to release the second most complained about game after Grand Theft Auto IV than 31 October, otherwise known as Halloween?

SanDisk gets Samsung in X4 armlock

A US court ruling makes SanDisk free to charge Samsung more licence fee cash for its industry-leading four-bits-per-cell Flash technology.
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Agile development - can’t scale, won’t scale?

Reg Reader Workshop Who could fault the base principles of agility? I was recently talking to a CIO of a European telco, who was totally bought into the strategy of delivering services as fast as possible to customers. In this fickle, subscriber-based market time literally means money won or lost relative to the competition.
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Sergey Brin descends from Mount Sinai with Android API

Fail and You If there's one thing that's never affected by economic downturn, it's the mobile handset market. This phenomenon is most evident at the underground parties and dive bars in San Francisco, where it is a well known yet unspoken tradition that in any given group of hipsters, the one with the cheapest phone must always buy the first pitcher of Pabst Blue Ribbon.
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In-body electric eel tech to make 'leccy from body fat

US scientists believe it could be possible to use artificial electric eel cells grafted into the human body to generate power for cybernetic implant devices. The pseudo-electrocytes would harvest the necessary energy from body fats and sugars.
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Captain Cyborg to chew the fat with Ultra Hal

Reading Uni's cybernetic media strumpet Kev "Captain Cyborg" Warwick is poised to put six computer programmes to ultimate test - that devised by Alan Turing in which the machine must engage in convincingly human banter, thereby heralding "the most significant breakthrough in artificial intelligence since the IBM supercomputer Deep Blue beat world chess champion Garry Kasparov in 1997".

Nexsan breaks up archive for faster search

Nexsan is splitting its content archive into pieces for faster search and archive service delivery to individual users.
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eBay cuts jobs, buys credit firm

eBay is laying off 1,000 staff and getting rid of hundreds of temporary positions at the same time as it buys three companies.
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Acer: We’re comin’ at ya, Dell

And so to Budapest last month for Acer’s annual global press conference. What did I learn?
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Harvey Keitel to experience Life on Mars

Here's some good news for those of you who like a good British TV series with fewer British people in it and preferably set in the US of A: American viewers will later this week get to enjoy Life on Mars relocated to New York and with Harvey Keitel as "irascible" Lieutenant Gene Hunt.

HTC gets colourful with Touch Diamond

HTC has breathed new life into its Touch Diamond handset, not by including faster 3G access or near limitless storage, but by shading the phone’s shell in all the colours of the rainbow.
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Ballmer backs away from 'Vista Capable' legal row

Steve Ballmer has distanced himself from the ongoing “Vista Capable” legal spat by claiming he had no direct involvement in Microsoft’s marketing campaign for the operating system.
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DARPA seeks Special Forces submersible aeroplane

Say what you like about the US military's technology planners, they don't flinch from a challenge. The latest ploy out of the American warboffinry machine is nothing less than an aircraft which can fly underwater.

Vodafone opens online library for mobile e-bookworms

If you’d like to lose yourself in an e-book, but don’t want the expense or inconvenience of a large Sony Reader or Amazon Kindle, then hopefully Vodafone's latest idea will keep you reading.
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NetApp signals recession kick-off

Batten down the financial hatches - NetApp has put hiring plans on hold, and is seeing customers putting off spending. CEO Dan Warmenhoven says it's spreading like a nuclear chain reaction from the automotive and financial sectors.

Bull lands 200 teraflop German super deal

French server maker and reseller Bull has just become prime contractor for a 200-teraflops cluster called Juropa being installed at Forschungszentrum Jülich. This is a government-sponsored research center located in the German city of Jülich, where some of the most powerful HPC iron in the world warms feet.

Mio parks satnav dock with Skoda

Satnav manufacturer Mio has teamed up with Skoda to get its navigation devices into the car firm’s motors.
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Verari noses HP, IBM with third gen blades

While Hewlett-Packard and IBM have the lion's share of commercial blade server sales in the world, there are a number of other players hanging on in the space, trying to stay ahead of the crushing marketing force of Big Gray and Big Blue with technology innovation and playing to niches. One of the niche players, San Diego-based Verari Systems, has just updated its blade boxes to have a stronger appeal to enterprise customers.
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STEC spills prelim Q3 numbers

EMC's favoured solid-state drive (SSD) supplier STEC has announced excellent preliminary results for its third 2008 quarter.
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Boffins (finally) publish hack for world's most popular smartcard

Two research papers published Monday have finally made it official: The world's most widely deployed radio frequency identification (RFID) smartcard - used to control access to transportation systems, military installations, and other restricted areas - can be cracked in a matter of minutes using inexpensive tools.
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Windows Update to trumpet Vista Capable debacle?

Little did Microsoft executives realize when they blessed the seemingly brilliant wheeze of "Windows Vista Capable" as a way of flogging the operating system that the idea could turn into a bitter pill their company might have to swallow.

Judge traps RealDVD in legal limbo

RealNetworks has been forced to shut down sales of its DVD copying software, RealDVD, while a California judge decides if it violates US copyright laws.

MS to link Zune software to Windows Mobile

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has already stated that it isn’t going to build a mobile phone. But that hasn’t stopped him from talking up the integration of Zune software into a range of additional gadgets.
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Big Blue shares cloudy thinking with developers+dog

If there was an index for how many times a vendor hops onto a new buzzword and tried to slap it on every product in their catalog, then it is probably safe to say that IBM would be the most actively traded stock on the Cloud Computing Exchange.
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Microsoft plans science of appliance for next SQL Server

Start your clocks and count the delays: Microsoft has named the first half of 2010 as the window for the next version of SQL Server - codenamed Kilimanjaro.
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Jesus Phone vuln delivers fanboys to phishermen

A security expert is advising iPhone users to steer clear of the device's default email application until engineers rework what he calls "a pretty dumb design flaw" that could expose users' email addresses to spammers and other online frauds.
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Amazon patents 'customer review incentives'

The self-described patent reform advocates at Amazon.com don't seem to have broken their habit of putting legal hooks on just about anything they dream up.