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UK.gov says: Regulate the internet

As unemployment looks set to soar in the months ahead, quangocrat and soon to be outgoing head of Ofcom Lord David Currie appears to have discovered a cunning plan to find jobs for tens of thousands. The time for regulating the internet is nigh – and Ofcom could be the body to do it.
Jane Fae , 20 Oct 2008

BMW unwraps electric Mini

'Leccy Tech BMW yesterday announced the arrival of the electric Mini - or Mini E. Powered by a 150kW – 204hp – electric motor fed by a 260kg lithium-ion battery pack, the car goes from 0 to 62mph in 8.5s and sports a top speed limited to 95mph.
Alun Taylor, 20 Oct 2008
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Symantec gives 3PAR helping hand

It turns out 3PAR needed a bit of help to get its fat-to-thin process working properly.
Chris Mellor, 20 Oct 2008
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Yahoo! prepares to slash jobs this week

Yahoo! is axing jobs as part of a major cost-cutting exercise - it is expected to get rid of at least 1,000 people, the same number that went in January.
John Oates, 20 Oct 2008
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Touchscreen-equipped BlackBerry Bold en route?

Research in Motion (RIM) is secretly developing a BlackBerry handset that’s set to be out of this world, leaked info about the phone suggests.
James Sherwood, 20 Oct 2008
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French police probe Sarkozy bank fraud

French police are on the hunt for fraudsters who siphoned off money from the personal bank account of French president Nicolas Sarkozy.
John Leyden, 20 Oct 2008
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The IBM DS5000: Best in a field of one

IBM's DS5300 storage array is in a class of one when serving virtual machines in a pair of VMware servers.
Chris Mellor, 20 Oct 2008
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Toshiba eyes co-owned SanDisk Japanese Flash factories

Toshiba wants to buy SanDisk's share of the two firms' jointly owned Japanese manufacturing facilities, it has been claimed.
Tony Smith, 20 Oct 2008
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Making sense of BPM

Reg Tech Panel With our friends at Freeform Dynamics, we set out to explore the topic of ‘business process management’ to find out what works, what doesn’t and what tools you’re using to do it with.
Martin Atherton, 20 Oct 2008
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Hubble in double trouble

The reactivation of the Hubble space telescope has been suspended while NASA probes a couple of systems 'anomalies' following the boot-up of its back-up computer system.
Lester Haines, 20 Oct 2008
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Gamers cash in on LittleBigPlanet delay

Updated The value of the PlayStation 3 game LittleBigPlanet has rocketed on eBay as sellers attempt to capitalise upon Sony's decision to temporarily withdraw the title, found to contain lines from the Koran.
James Sherwood, 20 Oct 2008
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Goodbye to physical Fibre Channel

Analysis Here's a thought: Fibre Channel has begun its death march, with physical fabrics under notice from FCoE, and FC-interface hard drives under notice from SAS. You might not agree, but here's the argument in favour:
Chris Mellor, 20 Oct 2008
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NASA projects IBEX heavenwards

NASA's Interstellar Boundary Explorer mission, known to its chums as IBEX, was yesterday successfully projected heavenwards on its mission to "image and map dynamic interactions taking place in the outer solar system".
Lester Haines, 20 Oct 2008
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Sky and BBC in iPlayer deal

The BBC and Sky are today trumpeting a new arrangement that will see the latter stuff links to iPlayer shows into its own web TV service.
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NEC intros retro-look netbook

NEC has made its entry into the Small, Cheap Computer arena with a machine we hope is fashioned in a spirit of retro.
Tony Smith, 20 Oct 2008
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Advent 4213 HSDPA 3G-enabled netbook

Review Having dipped its toe into the netbook waters with the Advent 4211, a rebadged version of the MSI Wind, DSGi - the retailer formerly known as Dixons - has quickly jumped in with a pair of new Small, Cheap Computers: the 4212 and 4213, both based on ECS' G10IL1.
Tony Smith, 20 Oct 2008
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Holy f**k, Microsoft covers up ‘undesired’ words

Microsoft has gained patent rights to a technology for censoring speech.
Kelly Fiveash, 20 Oct 2008
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Ann Summers yanks chocolate willy spread

Visitors to Ann Summers hoping to get their laughing gear round some chocolate willy spread will have to make do with a Chocolate Dick on a Stick (link NSFW) following the sex shop chain's withdrawal of a range of melamine-laced choc products.
Lester Haines, 20 Oct 2008
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Govt ponders proof-of-ID law for future phone purchases

The bother of choosing between an 18-month contract or a high up-front price may soon be the least of your worries when buying a new mobile phone, because you may soon be required to prove your identity before you're allowed a new handset.
James Sherwood, 20 Oct 2008
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Run Mac OS X on a PC

Special Report Want to run Mac OS X on a PC? Perhaps you don't want to pay the premium for Apple's hardware - or Apple doesn't make the kind of computer you need, such as a netbook. Because of its native roots in Motorola and PowerPC code, this has traditionally required instruction level emulation. Two things have changed. Apple based Mac OS X on NeXT code, which could run on Intel. And since 2006 Apple has been making Intel PCs. In theory, installing Mac OS X on a PC is much easier. How do you go about it?
Brian Hurley, 20 Oct 2008
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Panasonic to demo 20-hour laptop-friendly fuel cell

Panasonic will show off its latest developments in Direct Methanol Fuel Cells (DMFC) this week. The highlight is a power pack capable of delivering a charge continuously for 20 hours.
James Sherwood, 20 Oct 2008
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Pr0n-surfing pastor downs church network

A church minister from Strängnäs, Sweden, has walked the plank after his local church's computer network contracted a nasty case of the clap as a result of his porn surfing, The Local reports.
Lester Haines, 20 Oct 2008
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Times: US about to deploy Space Marines

The Sunday Times sold off another little bit of its credibility at the weekend, as it told the world about the imminent launch of the US Marine Corps into space.
Lewis Page, 20 Oct 2008
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Vista SP2 beta could land within next four weeks

Updated Microsoft is readying Vista Service Pack 2 (SP2) and will hand it over to beta testers within the next month.
Kelly Fiveash, 20 Oct 2008
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Home Office mulls fighting hacking with corporate ASBOs

The Home Office is consulting on the possibility of applying serious crime prevention orders (AKA corporate ASBOs) to computer hacking laws.
John Leyden, 20 Oct 2008

Intel signs up Ericsson for internet tablet HSDPA kit

Intel and Nokia may have drifted apart before the Finnish phone giant could create HSDPA 3G modules for Centrino laptops, but the chip giant is hoping to have better luck with its 'Moorestown' Mobile Internet Device (MID) platform.
Tony Smith, 20 Oct 2008
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The Jesus Phone NDA - No one cares but you

Fail and You Earlier this month, Apple lifted the heavy-handed nondisclosure agreement it imposes on developers. This NDA regulated what tips and tricks developers may share with each other (hint: none), which made it a real pain in the ass to publish a book about iPhone programming. Developers got really buttsore over this and did what developers do best: They blogged about it. Book publishers pissed and moaned, all the while under the impression that people still buy programming books. After this wave of anal pain circulated through the internet, Apple finally lifted the NDA.
Ted Dziuba, 20 Oct 2008
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UK.gov plans 'consensus' on PAYG phone registry

The Home Office insisted today it had taken no decision on whether to force Britons to present photo ID when they buy a pay-as-you-go (PAYG) mobile phone.
Jane Fae , 20 Oct 2008
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UK puts £55m into disabled parking reform

The government is spending £55m on reforming the system of blue badges which allow disabled people to park for free on the street and for up to three hours on double yellow lines.
John Oates, 20 Oct 2008
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NZ chaps' sperm not quite up to scratch

The "quality" of New Zealand chaps' ejaculate has halved since 1987, with testicular output crashing from 110m sperm per millilitre to 50m, The Australian reports.
Lester Haines, 20 Oct 2008
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Samsung handset borrows U800 looks, adds extra features

Samsung has spruced up its mobile collection with the launch of a phone that’s more feature packed than the U800, but which looks almost identical to it.
James Sherwood, 20 Oct 2008
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Putin’s dog collared by satnav

It seems that World+Dog’s got a satnav these days. Even Vladimir Putin’s dog has been fitted with GPS.
James Sherwood, 20 Oct 2008
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Crazy Frog won't croak again

News Corp is killing Crazy Frog, along with the brands Jamba and Jamster. News Corp's mobile unit today announced a reorganisation of its business to "extend its global leadership in the mobile content industry".
Jan Libbenga, 20 Oct 2008
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Interpol proposes world face-recognition database

Interpol chiefs will propose the use of automated facial-recognition technology at borders to flag up internationally wanted suspects, according to reports.
Lewis Page, 20 Oct 2008
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SanDisk's NAND flash white knight

SanDisk is gaining $1bn from a Toshiba manufacturing capacity purchase deal to help prod unwanted bidder Samsung into raising its bid price. At least, that's one interpretation of a pretty darn opaque deal.
Chris Mellor, 20 Oct 2008
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Northrop scoops DARPA laser RIFLe cash

US weaponry goliath Northrop Grumman has landed a contract to develop new, lightweight, efficient rayguns for the American armed forces.
Lewis Page, 20 Oct 2008
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Dutch court orders Google to reveal Gmail user

Google Netherlands has agreed to hand over the IP addresses of a Gmail user in an alleged spy case.
Jan Libbenga, 20 Oct 2008
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AMD co-founder Ed Turney dies

Obituary Ed Turney, a co-founder of AMD responsible for building the company's first sales team, died Wednesday in Cupertino California. He was 79.
Austin Modine, 20 Oct 2008
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SEC taps Scalent for disaster recovery

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission - in charge of regulating the stock and options exchanges and enforcing the securities laws of the land - is worried about recovering from more than one kind of disaster. While the economic disaster looms large in our minds these days, the SEC's techies have also been worried about getting better system utilization, having more fluid disaster recovery for its systems, and lowering management costs for the systems that support its applications.

Intel slices (few) chip prices

Intel cut prices on desktop and server chips over the weekend.
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Silverlight has serious side, says Microsoft

AJAXWorld Scott Guthrie has been making a serious business pitch for Microsoft's browser-based media player rival to Adobe Systems' Flash.
Gavin Clarke, 20 Oct 2008
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Swiss boffins sniff passwords from (wired) keyboards 65 feet away

Swiss researchers have demonstrated a variety of ways to eavesdrop on the sensitive messages computer users type by monitoring their wired keyboards. At least 11 models using a wide range of connection types are vulnerable.
Dan Goodin, 20 Oct 2008

Apple and Psystar enter out-of-court counseling

Before Apple and Psystar take their fight over Mac clones to court, the two must first attempt to work out their legal scrape with private mediation.
Austin Modine, 20 Oct 2008
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Linux Foundation unwraps distro normalizer 4.0

The Linux Foundation - the non-profit consortium that gives Linus Torvalds his paycheck and facilitates the growth of Linux and Linux standards - has announced the first beta of the Linux Standard Base 4.0.
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Kentucky judge OKs 141-site net casino land grab

A Kentucky judge has upheld that state's seizure of some of the world's most popular online casino domain names, ruling they constitute a "gambling device" that is subject to Kentucky's anti-gambling laws.
Dan Goodin, 20 Oct 2008
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Circuit City mulls mass layoffs, store closures

Circuit City may lay off thousands of workers and shut down at least 150 stores to avoid filing for bankruptcy protection, according to reports.
Austin Modine, 20 Oct 2008
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New York sends AOL 'how-to-wiretap' slides

With his heavy-handed crusade against online child pornography, New York attorney general Andrew Cuomo has already crushed more than a little free speech, all but destroying America's connection to Usenet newsgroups. And now he's eying ISP-level porn-blocking hardware that would run roughshod over the country's wiretapping laws.
Cade Metz, 20 Oct 2008