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European SMBs to spend $7.6bn on servers, networking

In our ongoing effort to try to case out the small and medium business arena as it relates to IT, we bring you a report from Access Markets International Partners about the expected spending on server and networking gear in Western Europe in 2008.
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Royal Society of Chemistry requests 'Italian Job' ending

Science just has a way of trampling over the unexplained, whether this is welcomed or not. That even goes for the classic cliffhanger ending of the 1969 Michael Caine flick The Italian Job.
Austin Modine, 30 Oct 2008

Centrino 2 launch provides no big lift for Intel Q3 market share

Intel and AMD continued their tit-for-tat exchange of market share during Q3, with the chip giant making a small gain at the expense of its arch-rival.
Tony Smith, 30 Oct 2008
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David Tennant quits Who

David Tennant will step down as Doctor Who when he's completed filming on the four special episodes slated to hit the small screen in 2009-2010, the BBC has confirmed.
Lester Haines, 30 Oct 2008
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Is Ion's Tape2PC Mac compatible?

I'm interested in the Ion Tape2PC. But from the way it's described, I'm unsure if it will fully function on a Mac.
Angela Barson, 30 Oct 2008

Samsung's slimline Windows smartphone spied in Italy

Italy looks set to get first shout of Samsung's 12mm-thick Nokia E71-alike smartphone, the C6620, courtesy of local carrier TIM.
Tony Smith, 30 Oct 2008
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Touchscreen robo-pharmacist calls for more CCTV snooping

A Streatham pharmacist has called for help from the surveillance state, after robberies compelled him to shutter his showcase touchscreen window and automated prescription-filling robot display.
Lewis Page, 30 Oct 2008

Samsung shows off state-of-the-art 40in OLED TV

Samsung has demo'd a 40in OLED full HD TV, but the company admitted that the screen is at the very limit of what it can manufacture today.
Tony Smith, 30 Oct 2008
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Brocade cuts Foundry price

Now we know why the Foundry shareholder vote on the Brocade bid takeover was stopped three days ago - Brocade wanted to cut its bid price. Foundry shareholder resistance, as we thought, wasn't the stumbling block at all.
Chris Mellor, 30 Oct 2008
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Sarkozy fails to stop sale in voodoo hoohah

Semi-barmy kneehigh French premier Nicolas Sarkozy has failed in his attempt to whip from French shelves a voodoo doll bearing his handsome likeness.
Sarah Bee, 30 Oct 2008

Ford to drive green motoring with 'leaves and vines' dashboard

'Leccy Tech Ford appears to have come to the conclusion that the way to save the planet is to patronise its customers into compliance. That at least is the only conclusion we can draw from its new SmartGauge dashboard.
Alun Taylor, 30 Oct 2008
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Messenger images 80% of Mercury

NASA's Messenger spacecraft has now imaged 80 per cent of the surface of Mercury following its second fly-past of the planet on 6 October, meaning that around 95 per cent has been revealed by various missions, the agency reports.
Lester Haines, 30 Oct 2008

Mobile blocking tech for trains

Train operator C2C, master of the Shoeburyness line and spawn of National Express coaches, is to fit mobe-blocking film to train windows in an attempt to force passengers into respecting quiet zones.
Bill Ray, 30 Oct 2008
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BT coughs up compo to MoD

BT has paid over a million pounds to the Ministry of Defence for faking performance figures in one of its call centres.
John Oates, 30 Oct 2008
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Orange ditches Phorm

Updated Orange, the UK's sixth largest broadband provider, is not going to use Phorm's data-snooping technology.
John Oates, 30 Oct 2008

Iomega, LaCie revamp telly-friendly external hard drives

Iomega and LaCie have both rolled out revamped external hard drives designed to feed your TV with music, movies and photos.
Tony Smith, 30 Oct 2008

Group Test: Universal Remote Controls

Round-up The idea of a single ‘universal’ remote control that will control your TV, cable or satellite box, music system, DVD player and any other device you happen to have cluttering up your front room has obvious attractions. Instead of scouring the living room to locate three of four different remotes, you can just press one button to turn everything on and start watching TV, play a DVD, or listen to music straight away.
Cliff Joseph, 30 Oct 2008
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New Scientist goes innumerate in 'save the planet' special

If you’re going to start demanding a new economics, as the New Scientist just has, then it would be useful if you understood what the old economics you’re trying to replace has to say... as the New Scientist clearly doesn’t. Take this seemingly uncontroversial statement: "We live on a planet with finite resources - that's no surprise to anyone - so why do we have an economic system in which all that matters is growth? More growth means using more resources." Umm, no, it doesn’t mean that.
Tim Worstall, 30 Oct 2008
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Police collar kid for Wi-Fi pinching

Exclusive Lincolnshire police have arrested a 16-year-old suspected of hacking into next door's Wi-Fi after his neighbour complained the connection was running a bit slow.
Bill Ray, 30 Oct 2008
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AT&T throws iPhone users free Wi-Fi

iPhone-touting Americans are now able to connect to AT&T's network of 17,000 Wi-Fi hotspots for free - though since they'll have to manually connect and authenticate each time, they might prefer 3G.
Bill Ray, 30 Oct 2008
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Beatles to bless Rock Band

Apple Corps, the Beatles' licensing company, is expected to announce a deal that brings the catalogue to the popular play-along game Rock Band today. Press received notification of a new "Global Music Project" partnership with Apple Corps from MTV yesterday. Viacom subsidiary MTV in turn owns the developer of Rock Band, Harmonix.
Andrew Orlowski, 30 Oct 2008
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US air force inks 'tactical' space-war deal

American weaponrytech behemoth Lockheed Martin has been awarded a $30m contract by the US Air Force Space Superiority Systems Wing. Under the deal, Lockheed will develop a prototype "tactical" space scanner for use in the covert orbital warfare of tomorrow.
Lewis Page, 30 Oct 2008
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Super Talent pimps solid-gold USB stick bling thing

Yes, Flash is expensive but this Super Talent Pico-C solid gold Flash bling thing is just ridiculous. For $599 you get 8GB of solid gold thumb drive.
Chris Mellor, 30 Oct 2008
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Vodafone goes east to make 87m friends

Vodafone has signed a deal with the largest Russian operator, MTS, to offer Vodafone-branded services to MTS's 87 million customers, as well as providing 3G expertise to MTS as the company rolls out the next-generation network.
Bill Ray, 30 Oct 2008
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Academic avoids extradition over Holocaust denial

An Australian academic accused of holocaust denial has escaped extradition from the UK to Germany.
John Leyden, 30 Oct 2008
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Manuelgate's goth vampire stripper fades from MySpace

Government advice about being careful what you post on the web may have come just a little too late for Andrew Sachs’ granddaughter, Georgina Baillie – aka Voluptua, the goth vampire stripper. The same advice might also have been helpful to the pictures desk over at the Daily Mail, which along with Ms Baillie has been indulging in a flurry of online back-tracking over the last couple of days.
Jane Fae Ozimek, 30 Oct 2008

Rocketing iPhone sales drive Apple into phone vendor top ten

Apple joined Samsung and Sony Ericsson as the only major mobile phone makers to increase their market share during Q3, researcher Strategy Analytics said today.
Tony Smith, 30 Oct 2008
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Bono bikini babe party pictures loose on Facebook

Pictures featuring U2 singer Bono partying with bikini-clad babes have been exposed on Facebook.
John Leyden, 30 Oct 2008

Apple's 'next move' is an HSDPA MacBook, forecasts analyst

Apple should pull out the stops and release a 3G-enabled laptop for network operators panting to get their mitts on a MacBook with built in mobile broadband connectivity.
Tony Smith, 30 Oct 2008
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Open-source Silverlight slips into second gear

PDC The open-source edition of Silverlight could soon have feature parity with the latest, official release of Microsoft's browser-based media player.
Gavin Clarke, 30 Oct 2008

Intel to present 32nm chip while AMD shows off 22nm part

Intel will release details of its 32nm chip fabrication technology in just over a month's time. But AMD will be on hand to talk up its 22nm process.
Tony Smith, 30 Oct 2008
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Cash'n'Carrion free shipping ends tomorrow

Cash'n'Carrion Just a quick reminder for those of you who might have been mulling getting a t-shirt or two from El Reg merchandising tentacle Cash'n'Carrion - our free shipping offer ends tomorrow.
Cash'n'Carrion, 30 Oct 2008
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London anthrax case man 'seriously ill'

A London-based drum-maker who apparently contracted anthrax from imported animal skins is in a "serious but stable" condition in Hackney's Homerton Hospital, the Hackney Gazette reports.
Lester Haines, 30 Oct 2008
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Beatles game is go

MTV and Apple Corps, the Beatles' licensing company, have put together a deal to bring the music of the Fab Four into a play-along video game.
John Leyden, 30 Oct 2008
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Motorola still losing money

Developments in the handset business dominated the third-quarter results call from Motorola - ironic considering that the division continues to be such a drain on the rest of the firm, which will be much better off without it.
Bill Ray, 30 Oct 2008
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Deleted cloud in second fall from sky

XCalibre's FlexiScale cloud has disappeared from the heavens. Again.
Cade Metz, 30 Oct 2008
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Feds indict international cyber crook accused of $1.7m ATM spree

An international cyber criminal with a resume that includes breaking into computers maintained by NASA, the Pentagon, the Israeli parliament, and Hamas has been indicted in New York for conspiracy and fraud involving access devices.
Dan Goodin, 30 Oct 2008
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Microsoft wants open-source recruits for new model army

PDC Microsoft is reaching out to open-source and adding a dash of RIA bling to its latest model-driven development crusade.
Gavin Clarke, 30 Oct 2008
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French police cuff six over Sarkozy bank fraud

French police have arrested six people on suspicion of fraud involving the bank account of French president Nicolas Sarkozy.
John Leyden, 30 Oct 2008
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A new economics of P2P file sharing

Exclusive What happens when you put three economists from the internet, telecomms, and the music businesses in a room and don't let them out until they've agreed on something useful?
Andrew Orlowski, 30 Oct 2008
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Intel to build Atomized Linux fortress in Taiwan

Intel has recruited the Taiwanese government for its project to put a Linux stack on the Atom processor.
Austin Modine, 30 Oct 2008
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Microsoft's Geneva Server: Hailstorm done right

PDC Microsoft's notorious Hailstorm project, announced in 2001 but scrapped before it was launched, sought to make Passport the core of the whole world's web identity. In 2008, major web properties like Google and Facebook are still fighting identity wars.
Tim Anderson, 30 Oct 2008
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Rackable does cookie sheet servers

Boutique data center server and storage maker Rackable Systems has unveiled an homage to Google's original home grown servers - which were essentially bare motherboards thrown on cookie sheets with rubber mats and stacked in bakery racks.
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Life ain't a bowl of funding at CherryPal

Exclusive CherryPal's $249 cloud PC seems suspiciously close to vapor nowadays. But despite months of delay, CherryPal maintains its odd, 2-watt, ultra-cheap desktop will be ready to ship next week.
Austin Modine, 30 Oct 2008
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150 pink slips for Pillar

The phony recession war is over and the first real storm cloud has hit the storage industry. Pillar Data has laid off 150 employees - that's 30 per cent of its workforce - to help it survive the recession.
Chris Mellor, 30 Oct 2008
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Sun doused with red ink in Q1

Server and software maker Sun Microsystems reported its first quarter of fiscal 2009 today, and the red ink was flowing as high-end Sparc server sales dried up at the same time that the company had to book a $1.45bn acquisitions write-off - presumably related to its $4.1bn acquisition of StorageTek a few years back and more recent deals, like the $1bn MySQL acquisition.

PC vendors recall more blazin' Sony batteries

Computer vendors are recalling about 35,000 Sony laptop battery packs in the US based on reports of the batteries overheating and catching fire.
Austin Modine, 30 Oct 2008
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Rigged e-voting machine snacks on Homer Simpson

USA '08 If the US voters reporting flipped votes in early balloting for the US Presidential race think they have it bad, they haven't heard of Homer Simpson's plight.
Dan Goodin, 30 Oct 2008