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Motorola's navel gazing Android delayed

Motorola's first Android-based phone won't arrive in the US until the second quarter of next year. Europe will have to wait until the third quarter. To compensate, the company's going for a novelty twofer.
Austin Modine, 21 Oct 2008
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Wikia layoffs ground Jimbo's imaginary jet

Sad news for Jimbo Wales: He may not get that personal jet.
Cade Metz, 21 Oct 2008
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Big names, big claims, on AJAX interop

AJAXWorldA group pushing interoperability between competing AJAX tools and widgets has claimed a wave of certification, although results are far from clear.
Gavin Clarke, 21 Oct 2008
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Sun unsheathes shiny new blades

If a broad server product line guaranteed sales, then the server business of Sun Microsystems would be as large as that of IBM and Hewlett-Packard - and considerably larger than that of rival Dell.
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PGP takes disk encryption management into the cloud

PGP is aiming to exploit concern about the security implications of lost laptops with the launch via its resellers of a managed service for the administration of whole disk encryption.
John Leyden, 21 Oct 2008
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Amazon UK downplays Kindle Christmas

If you ask for an e-book this Christmas, don’t be disappointed if you get a paperback instead. Because it seems that Amazon is unlikely to launch its Kindle over here this year.
James Sherwood, 21 Oct 2008
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Ofcom denies lifeboat spectrum squeeze

UK regulator Ofcom has published an update to its consultation on spectrum management for the maritime and aeronautical sectors, explaining that it has no intention to charge lifeboats a quarter of a million quid to use radios.
Bill Ray, 21 Oct 2008
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Sun undershoots again

Sun has been hit by the recession and thinks its quarterly earnings to end-September will be below estimates. Its goodwill may have to be written down too.
Chris Mellor, 21 Oct 2008
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Paris ups sticks to London

Here's some excellent news for El Reg's enormous Paris Hilton fanbase: The extravagantly talented heiress has declared she's decamping to London, having already spent a month here slumming it in a £7,500-a-month Hampstead pad while filming a show for MTV.
Lester Haines, 21 Oct 2008
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UK-IPO backs international prosecutors' network

The UK Intellectual Property Office (UK-IPO) has given its backing to an international group of prosecutors in a bid to help fight cross-border intellectual property related crime.
OUT-LAW.COM, 21 Oct 2008
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Seagate picks LSI for flash controller

Aspiring solid state drive (SSD) shipper Seagate has picked LSI to supply it with controller silicon for its SSDs.
Chris Mellor, 21 Oct 2008
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BBC clarifies location of England

The cartographically-challenged among you who might have been wondering just where England is in relation to Wales can thank the BBC for setting the record straight right here.
Lester Haines, 21 Oct 2008

Nvidia intros GPU-boosting integrated chipsets

Nvidia has rolled out desktop versions of the laptop-friendly chipset Apple last week introduced in the new MacBook standard, Air and Pro notebooks.
Tony Smith, 21 Oct 2008
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Putin's dog gets satnav tracker collar

Russian prime minister Vladimir Putin has equipped his dog with a satnav tracker collar, according to reports. The device is linked to the Russian national nav-sat constellation, GLONASS, rather than the more commonly used American-run GPS.
Lewis Page, 21 Oct 2008
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Top prosecutor warns against growing state power

The country's most senior prosecutor has intervened in the gathering storm over the forthcoming Communications Data Bill by urging "legislative restraint" in coming months.
Christopher Williams, 21 Oct 2008
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Microsoft raises anti-piracy posse

Microsoft is banging the drum for its anti-piracy message, claiming the trade in dodgy software is costing the US 32,000 jobs and billions of dollars in income.
John Oates, 21 Oct 2008
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i-Mate has no friends

i-Mate, the Windows Mobile handset manufacturer, will be delisted from the Alternative Investment Market as the share price sinks below a penny and the CEO takes back control of the company.
Bill Ray, 21 Oct 2008
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Fujitsu intros gesture-control laptop line

Fujitsu has expanded its LifeBook laptop line with a touchy-feely model that sports a gesture-enabled touchpad.
James Sherwood, 21 Oct 2008
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This SSD thing is really catching on

SNW round-upSNW showed that there are three flash storage plays emerging: flash in the shelf, flash in the controller and flash in the server. Only 3PAR out of the top 12 or so storage vendors does not have a flash strategy.
Chris Mellor, 21 Oct 2008
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Link spammers set up shop on GMTV sofa website

The website of breakfast TV station GMTV was colonised by spammers over the weekend after its domain lapsed.
John Leyden, 21 Oct 2008
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Asus P6T Deluxe Intel Core i7 motherboard

PreviewIntel won’t be launching its new Core i7 'Nehalem' processors and X58 - aka - 'Tylersburg' - chipset until some time in November, so we’ve got to tread carefully with this preview of the Asus P6T Deluxe motherboard. Register Hardware has reported on both the processor and chipset - however, we can’t reveal processor performance figures until the date of the official launch.
Leo Waldock, 21 Oct 2008
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HP pops out iPaq pair

Hewlett Packard has set its sights on tech-obsessed and always-on businesspeople, with the launch of two additions to its iPaq smartphone series.
James Sherwood, 21 Oct 2008
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Germans seduce Jacqui over remote hacking of disks

Is the UK Government about to turn world class hacker? It's going to have to if the Germans succeed in getting their domestic programme of planting Trojans onto suspects computers adopted by the EU.
Jane Fae , 21 Oct 2008

Yahoo!, Google delay ad-sharing deal

Yahoo! and Google have agreed to delay the start of their ad-sharing deal, due to start 22 October, while it's being investigated by the Department of Justice.
John Oates, 21 Oct 2008
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El Reg launches Bletchley fundraising t-shirt

Cash'n'CarrionWe're delighted to announce today the launch of a Bletchley Park fundraising t-shirt, in response to reader demands that El Reg do something to lend its support to Station X:
Cash'n'Carrion, 21 Oct 2008
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Merrill Lynch confirms IT job cuts

Merrill Lynch CEO John Thain has confirmed that the search for $7bn in cost cutting was likely to mean thousands of job cuts at the firm following its takeover by Bank of America.
John Oates, 21 Oct 2008
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Mandelson puts reassuring arm around small firms

Comeback kid Lord Peter Mandelson will tell MPs later today that he is attempting to speed up the release of £1bn of European Investment Bank money for small businesses.
Kelly Fiveash, 21 Oct 2008
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Prof: 'Taser-proof vests put cops in danger'

An Arizona inventor has been granted a patent on his Taser-proof fabric, which he intends to sell to police officers to protect them from villains toting electric stunguns. However, it has been argued that protective garments of this sort will in fact endanger policemen's lives.
Lewis Page, 21 Oct 2008
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Dawkins' atheist ad campaign hits fundraising target

An atheist bid to counter religious advertising, backed by the evolutionary theorist and anti-religion firebrand Richard Dawkins, has hit its £11,000 fundraising target.
Christopher Williams, 21 Oct 2008
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Trainee teachers score F all in maths tests

The LibDems have proposed that the government take advantage of mass layoffs in the City to boost the country’s increasingly innumerate teaching profession.
Joe Fay, 21 Oct 2008
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Hands on with Sony's slimline Vaio TT

First LookSony brought its skinny Vaio TT 11.in laptop to the UK today, and Register Hardware had the chance to try it out.
Tony Smith, 21 Oct 2008
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London cabs to go 'lectric in 2009

'Leccy TechWhile denizens of New York and California will soon see the recently announced Mini E gliding down their streets, Londoners will have to make do with a 'leccy version of the city's famous black cab.
Alun Taylor, 21 Oct 2008
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Thieves snatch PS2 pile while courier kips

US gamers could be in for a PlayStation 2 supply shortage, because thieves have stolen a truckload of the consoles in Florida.
James Sherwood, 21 Oct 2008
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Retailer roots out humping-hound USB drive

We never thought we’d get the opportunity to say this, but quirky online retailer Brando really does love to do it doggy style.
James Sherwood, 21 Oct 2008
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Judge tells Oracle and SAP to sort it out

US Judge Joseph Spero has told Oracle to tell SAP exactly how much it is seeking in damages if it is proved that an SAP subsidiary wrongly downloaded material from Oracle's website.
John Oates, 21 Oct 2008
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A Blu-ray Christmas? Don't bank on it

There’s little point in dreaming of a Blu Christmas this year, because the credit crunch looks set to sap consumer spending on the format, one market analyst fears.
James Sherwood, 21 Oct 2008
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TapRoot gives up on Walking Hotspot subs

TapRoot, creator of the Walking Hotspot, has given up trying to take subscriptions or do deals with network operators in favour of simply charging punters $25 for the product.
Bill Ray, 21 Oct 2008
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US Navy robot kill-choppers to drop auto-snort podules

The US Navy has awarded funds to develop a self-contained remote electronic sniffer unit which could be delivered to the holds of suspect vessels by a robot helicopter to detect "chemical, explosive, and illegal drug residues".
Lewis Page, 21 Oct 2008
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MS to ban freedom of speech?

Microsoft has come over all PC - gedddit?!?!? - by filing a patent application for technology that’ll stop you from swearing online.
James Sherwood, 21 Oct 2008
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McAfee update classifies Vista component as a Trojan

McAfee has fixed an update glitch that wrongly slapped a Trojan classification on components of Microsoft Vista.
John Leyden, 21 Oct 2008
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Google frees Android from code of secrecy

When Google calls Android an open mobile platform, it's no longer stretching the truth.
Cade Metz, 21 Oct 2008

Lala sells 'streaming rights' at 10c a song

If you thought you've heard of every digital music idea going, try this one on for size. Lala, the former CD-swapping site, is offering you the chance to "buy" the right to be streamed a song for life for 10 cents. For that, you'll never get a licence to an actual copy - physical, or digital. Lala calls it a "Websong".
Andrew Orlowski, 21 Oct 2008
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IBM chills mainframe New Coke

IBM today is taking the wraps off a new line of entry-level mainframes, the System z10 Business Class server. The z10 BC is a cut-down version of the existing z10 Enterprise Class machine, which launched in March 2008 using Big Blue's quad-core z6 CISC mainframe processor.
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Global meltdown endangers terabytes

We consumers are cracking. We don't trust the banks. The banks aren't lending to businesses. The businesses are firing workers and buying less. So we consumers are spending less. It's a mess. The economy is in an almost certain recession and storage sales could head south.
Chris Mellor, 21 Oct 2008
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CommVault and McAfee team to fight gorilla

These days, David wouldn't stand a chance against Goliath. Slingshot-only attacks against an armoured giant carrying a big club will get you nowhere. Goliath, you see, has gone and bought Norton armour. So David has to go looking for a partner.
Chris Mellor, 21 Oct 2008
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Bang&Olufsen slices 300 jobs

Following another quarterly loss, Danish luxury digi-goods maker Bang & Olufsen will cut 300 jobs and remove itself from both the mobile phone and mp3 player markets.
Cade Metz, 21 Oct 2008

Adobe Flashes open credentials for RIA

AJAXWorldAdobe Systems' technology chief has made a play for open-source hearts and minds with Flash Player and AIR.
Gavin Clarke, 21 Oct 2008
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Taliban extends mobile shutdown order

The Taliban has now ordered mobile operators to shutdown daytime access to their networks in the Afghan province of Ghazni. The hard-line Islamic militia says it's annoyed that wireless signals are being used to locate its insurgent gunmen.
Cade Metz, 21 Oct 2008
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Skype (kinda, sorta) shields Mac kiddies from VoIP smut

CommentWhen Alan Scully switched from a PC to a Mac earlier this year, he thought it would bolster his online security. For the most part, it has - with one notable exception. His Skype client, which he relies on for international calls, has churned out a demonstrable increase in obscene messages that he's powerless to stop.
Dan Goodin, 21 Oct 2008
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Rackable stays horizontal with x64 servers

Rackable Systems might be a niche player in the server racket, but the company's server engineering has allowed it to stay in business since 1999 and still, in many ways, set the pace for density in the data center. Today, the company revved its 2U rack servers, dubbed the C2005.
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Yahoo! axes! (at least)! 1,400! workers!

Yahoo! profits plummeted 64 per cent in its latest fiscal quarter - yes, 64 per cent - and the company says it will jettison at least 10 per cent of its workforce by the end of the year.
Cade Metz, 21 Oct 2008
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Jobs not dead as Jesus Phone outsells CrackBerry

Apple reported a stronger-than-expected 26 per cent rise in quarterly net profit as the gadget maker sold a record number of Macs, iPods, and iPhones and - for the first time - outsold Research in Motion's addictive CrackBerry.
Dan Goodin, 21 Oct 2008

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