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Lehman Brothers' India ops saved from economic meltdown

A Japanese financial services outfit has agreed to purchase Lehman Brothers' India-based operational support businesses, rescuing roughly 3,000 people - including 1,200 IT professionals - from the worldwide economic meltdown.
Cade Metz, 07 Oct 2008
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iPhone secure enough for Japanese enterprise

While the iPhone might be not secure enough for American and European enterprises, BrearingPoint has decided to equip 1,000 of its Japanese employees with Apple's uberphone.
Bill Ray, 07 Oct 2008

Win a Palm Treo Pro smartphone

Competition To celebrate the launch of its latest Windows Mobile smartphone, Palm wants to give one of the gadgets away to one lucky Register Hardware reader.
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Visa finds a home inside a Nokia

Visa and Nokia have signed a deal to embed Visa functionality in the NFC-touting Nokia 6212 Classic, enabling US owners to upload their Visa accounts onto the handset as well as transferring money between handsets over the wireless network.
Bill Ray, 07 Oct 2008
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AMD spins off manufacturing biz

AMD is splitting into two companies - one to design chips and one to carry out the debt-dependent business of actually making them.
John Oates, 07 Oct 2008
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SAP shares tumble after sales warning

SAP saw its shares fall 16 per cent on Nasdaq yesterday, in a market which fell five per cent, after it warned it had seen sales fall off a cliff in the last two weeks of September.
John Oates, 07 Oct 2008
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Reading privacy policies takes 10 minutes on average

Website privacy policies take on average 10 minutes to read and sometimes run into thousands of words, researchers have found. While some are short, others would take over half an hour to read.
OUT-LAW.COM, 07 Oct 2008
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New NASA nuclear Mars rover hits budget, time problems

NASA's plans for a huge, nuclear powered laser-toting robot tank to succeed the present rovers on the surface of Mars have hit budget problems, according to reports.
Lewis Page, 07 Oct 2008
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Videos cast light on BlackBerry Storm

The BlackBerry Storm handset is as good as confirmed now, following the airing of a Storm advert on US TV and the leak online of a promotional Storm video.
James Sherwood, 07 Oct 2008
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Xyratex speeds up arrays and doubles protection

Disk array sub-system supplier Xyratex has introduced its fastest-ever array by adding an 8Gbit/s Fibre Channel (FC) product along with new RAID 6 capabilities.
Chris Mellor, 07 Oct 2008
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iPhone squares up to Android

Apple is aiming to get off the back foot when it comes to phone features with the forthcoming release of iPhone firmware - hopefully before the Googlephone gets into circulation.
Bill Ray, 07 Oct 2008
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Mosley asks Europe to change UK privacy laws

Motor racing chief Max Mosley has applied to the European Court of Human Rights in an attempt to reform the UK's privacy laws. He wants editors to be forced to tell people when they are about to publish stories about them.
OUT-LAW.COM, 07 Oct 2008
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NASA's IBEX to sniff interstellar boundary

NASA's Interstellar Boundary Explorer, aka IBEX, will on 19 October lift off from Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands on a mission to probe the interstellar boundary beyond our heliosphere's termination shock1 - a region where "the hot solar wind slams into the cold expanse of space", as NASA nicely puts it.
Lester Haines, 07 Oct 2008
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Spy chiefs plot £12bn IT spree for comms überdatabase

Billions of pounds of public money will soon be up for grabs for private IT contractors ready to serve the Interception Modernisation Programme - UK spy chiefs' plan to store details of every call, email, text and web browsing session.

Analyst: Nvidia will quit chipset biz in 2009

Nvidia is again facing a claim that it's going to get out of the chipset business, this time from US investment house Pacific Crest Securities.
Tony Smith, 07 Oct 2008

Nintendo to limit DSi games with DVD-style region locks

The upcoming DSi handheld games console will be region locked, Nintendo has confirmed.
James Sherwood, 07 Oct 2008
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Lords to attack UK.gov failings on internet security

Members of the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee will this Friday call on ministers to do more to battle security threats online.
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No mile-high pr0n for Delta passengers

The skies are looking bleaker for those who like to enliven dull plane trips with a bit of internet porn - Delta Airlines has announced it intends to filter "inappropriate" websites on its planned airborne Wi-Fi service.
Lester Haines, 07 Oct 2008
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LG HFB-500 solar-powered Bluetooth car kit

Review If your job involves making a lot of phone calls in cars, or you just like to be available when you're on the move, a Bluetooth headset or an easy-fit car kit is the best option.
Dave Oliver, 07 Oct 2008
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Cold War comfort on software engineering’s birthday

Forty years ago today, at the height of the Cold War, around 50 computing experts gathered in the southern German market town of Garmisch to change history.
Phil Manchester, 07 Oct 2008

Wireless-data LED lamps to replace lightbulbs - US profs

The US government is funding research into using LED lighting as data network access points. Room or street lamps would link with devices using visible light, carrying data beyond over existing power lines.
Lewis Page, 07 Oct 2008
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Sharp shows first 'zero-emission' telly

If your electricity bills are getting you down, then perhaps it’s time you started living off grid? And, thanks to Sharp, you’ll still be able to watch TV while cuddling up to Mother Nature.
James Sherwood, 07 Oct 2008
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Oxbridge lectures now on iTunes

The universities of Oxford and Cambridge are to make lectures by well-known academics available through Apple's iTunes.
Kelly Fiveash, 07 Oct 2008
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Asus claims quad-core gaming laptop 'world first'

Asus has introduced what it claims is the world's first gaming notebook with a quad-core processor, beating the likes of Alienware and VoodooPC to the punch.
Tony Smith, 07 Oct 2008
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NetApp faces Sun lawsuit loss

Sun is crowing that a judicial ruling in the NetApp_Sun IP lawsuit has effectively invalidated another NetApp patent. The US Patent Office also appears to be rejecting NetApp's key patents in the law suit. NetApp's position looks like it's crumbling.
Chris Mellor, 07 Oct 2008
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German methanol unit wins Pentagon portable-power prize

The US defence department has announced the winner of its "Wearable Power Prize", a contest to develop a portable powerpack which could lessen the crippling load of batteries carried by modern soldiers. The $1m purse has been taken by US firm DuPont, partnered with Germany's SFC (Smart Fuel Cell).
Lewis Page, 07 Oct 2008
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Fraud victims urged to use DPA to rebuild credit ratings

UK victims of identity fraud are being urged to use the Data Protection Act as a tool to restore their credit rating.
John Leyden, 07 Oct 2008

UK stockings bereft of Nokia Tube

Nokia's first push into touch-control, the 5800 XpressMusic, won't be available in major markets until next year, including both the USA and UK.
Bill Ray, 07 Oct 2008
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UK.gov and UK.biz pour £60m into IT skills gap

The government today announced that it will spend £30m to create a National Skills Academy for IT, in an attempt to train more of the workers employers are demanding.
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Net-stock fraudster Moller offers flying saucer on eBay

Famous flying-car inventor Paul Moller, who was fined in 2003 by the US authorities for selling "fraudulent unregistered stock" on the internet, is now selling his personal flying saucer prototype on eBay. Our advice: buyer beware.
Lewis Page, 07 Oct 2008
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Indian Moon mission is go for 22 October

India is all set to launch its first unmanned Moon mission on 22 October - the Chandrayaan-1 probe, which will over two years survey our satellite's surface with a rack of hi-res kit.
Lester Haines, 07 Oct 2008

Renault looks to wee-hued windows to cut car power draw

'Leccy Tech Say 'bonjour' to Renault's electric city car concept, the imaginately monikered ZE - for 'Zero Emission', if you have to ask - which it expects to put into full-scale production three years down the 'pike.
Tony Smith, 07 Oct 2008
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Xbox gamers treated to Tomb Raider treat

You don’t have to be a gamer to recognise her svelte curves and thigh-strapped weaponry. But the tomb raiding temptress, Lara Croft, is to make a comeback in two new chapters, exclusive to the Xbox 360.
James Sherwood, 07 Oct 2008
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How Wikipedia Works

Geeks Guide2 It’s all new at The Register right now, and today Reg Books is launching its brand new feature - Geeks Guide2.
Register Books, 07 Oct 2008
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Get snapping for Freedom

If you have a camera, are ever so slightly worried about the burgeoning surveillance society in the UK, and are prepared to brave the hostility of police and passers-by, then you too could take part in "Freedom Not Fear Day" this weekend.
Jane Fae , 07 Oct 2008
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Dell's disk-to-disk backup box

Dell is introducing a DL2000 disk-to-disk (D2D) backup appliance that comes with integrated Symantec or CommVault backup software and is meant as an alternative to tape backup, which is relegated to offsite backup.
Chris Mellor, 07 Oct 2008
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Hi-tech keys make for safer Fords

Ford has developed a smart key that, it claims, will help remind teenage tearaways to buckle up behind the wheel and stop them from speeding.
James Sherwood, 07 Oct 2008
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AMD shares jump at birth of The Foundry Company

AMD shares rose more than 18 per cent on Wall Street this morning, following confirmation from the struggling chip maker that it will spin off its manufacturing operations and build a wafer fab in conjunction with its money-spinning bedfellow, the Advanced Technology Investment Company (ATIC).
Kelly Fiveash, 07 Oct 2008
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Fish snapped snacking at 4,200 fathoms

An international team of marine scientists has obtained "absolutely amazing footage" of fish feeding at a hadal 7,700 metres down in the Pacific Ocean's Japan Trench.
Lester Haines, 07 Oct 2008
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Yahoo! engineer arrested in Indian terror swoop

A group of 15 alleged Islamist terrorists arrested in India yesterday included a trio of techies - one a principal engineer at Yahoo!
Joe Fay, 07 Oct 2008

Lithium-ion battery beater to debut in 'major' laptop release

Left-field battery developer ZPower has signed up a "major notebook computer" manufacturer, which will release a laptop fitted with its silver-zinc power packs next year.
Tony Smith, 07 Oct 2008
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EU battery rule may zap iPhone, blow away MacBook Air

The EU is readying a new set of directives that could spell trouble for Apple's iPhone and any other gadget that lacks an easily removable power pack.
Jan Libbenga, 07 Oct 2008
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World's first auto carbon calculator

Calculating your daily environmental impact isn’t easy. So, a former student’s designed what he claims is the world’s first automated carbon calculator.
James Sherwood, 07 Oct 2008
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Spectrum Bridge solves the white space problem

Last month saw the launch of SpecEx, allowing companies to sell on spectrum licences - but SpecEx backers Spectrum Bridge want to see us all competing for a few MHz in the brave new world of secondary markets.
Bill Ray, 07 Oct 2008
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EverGrid reinvents self as Windows-loving Librato

EverGrid has changed its name to Librato, expanding the scope of its products to include Windows servers as well as Linux and to the broader workload management job.
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'Overplayed' privacy concerns rile Symantec boss

Interview Consumers ought to accept that loss of privacy is the price they pay for using internet service, according to Symantec chief exec John Thompson.
John Leyden, 07 Oct 2008
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Net game turns PC into undercover surveillance zombie

Underscoring the severity of a new class of vulnerability known as clickjacking, a blogger has created a proof-of-concept game that uses a PC's video cam and microphone to secretly spy on the player.
Dan Goodin, 07 Oct 2008
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CA buys IDFocus for identity management boost

In brief Enterprise software omnicorp CA has acquired Palo Alto, CA-based IDFocus to blend the firm's identity management software with its own CA Identity Manager.
Austin Modine, 07 Oct 2008
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Apathy comes easy to OpenAjax Alliance

The OpenAjax Alliance is once again finding it tough to enlist support for its projects, despite representing some of the biggest players - with the most resources - in software biz and on online.
Phil Manchester, 07 Oct 2008
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US brain trust: Beware of trawling-for-terrorist apps

Surveillance programs that try to identify terrorists by trawling the internet and electronic databases for tell-tale signs are of limited success and should be carefully evaluated for privacy concerns, a group of technologists and policy makers that advises the US government said.
Dan Goodin, 07 Oct 2008
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US Army gets eco-conscious, preps mega solar plant

You know the "go green" push is reaching a zenith when the fuel-slurping US Army wants to get serious about having a daintier environmental footprint.
Austin Modine, 07 Oct 2008
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IBM doubles Power cores

Well, the rumor going around that IBM is doubling up the processor core counts on its Power Systems servers turns out to be true.
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Linux distros lead jumps from Sun

Sun Microsystems has lost a key individual responsible for getting its aspiring open-source software included in leading Linux distributions.
Gavin Clarke, 07 Oct 2008
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IT contractor caught stealing Shell Oil employee info

Shell Oil has warned its employees to be on the lookout for identity theft after an on-site IT contractor was caught stealing worker information out of a company database.
Dan Goodin, 07 Oct 2008