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Microsoft and Apple: 25 years of couples therapy

Macworld Expo Microsoft wants you to know that it's not just the Mac that's holding a 25th birthday party: 2009 marks the 25th year that Redmond has developed software for Apple's quarter-centarian computer.
Rik Myslewski, 06 Jan 2009
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Former eBay CEO preps for California power post?

Former eBay chief executive Meg Whitman has reportedly cleared the way for taking a pop at Arnold Schwarzenegger's job of California governor in 2010.
Gavin Clarke, 06 Jan 2009
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Twitter's veracity chewed up by Britney's four-foot vagina

Micro-blogging site Twitter had to temporarily suspend accounts belonging to Barack Obama, Britney Spears and other celebrities after they were hijacked by miscreants and used to spread scandalous and false information that appeared to come from their owners.
Dan Goodin, 06 Jan 2009

Freesat signs up LG

LG is to follow Panasonic and release a series of TVs with integrated Freesat tuners later this year.
Tony Smith, 06 Jan 2009
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Nature moves into 3D publishing

Astronomers, publishers and computing experts claimed a "significant milestone" in the New Year's Day edition of heavyweight boffinry journal Nature, saying it is "the first time a major scientific journal has used a 3-D PDF of graphics in an article".
Lewis Page, 06 Jan 2009
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Ofcom warns telcos over hidden customer penalties

Telecoms companies must be clearer about additional charges they levy and must help customers to understand them better, telecoms regulator Ofcom has said.
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Skype pops up on Mac

Skype will be launching a new client tomorrow just for Mac users, which provides screen sharing, bigger avatars and Wi-Fi hotspot access to the ubiquitous VoIP service.
Bill Ray, 06 Jan 2009
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Motorola goes eco

If you thought Motorola’s phones were a load of junk, then you were right – sort of. Because the company’s unveiled what it’s claimed is the world’s first mobile phone featuring a body made from recycled water bottles.
James Sherwood, 06 Jan 2009
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Taiwan moves to save chipmakers

The Taiwanese government is moving closer to a $6bn bailout of the country's chipmakers who are suffering from the credit crunch and falling prices for DRAM despite production cuts.
John Oates, 06 Jan 2009
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Siemens patent snafu sees Seagate slip away

Siemens went to the US courts to try and get Seagate to cough up patent royalties - only to be told its patents were invalid.
Chris Mellor, 06 Jan 2009
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Microsoft trumpets Xbox 360 sales growth

Microsoft’s Xbox 360 promotional department has kicked off 2009 with a bang, by claiming that over 28m units have now been sold worldwide since the console's 2005 launch.
James Sherwood, 06 Jan 2009
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Seagate dishes up 1TB drive, looks ahead to 2TB

Seagate says it's the first HDD manufacturer to ship 500GB 3.5-inch disk platters with its 1TB, 2-platter Barracuda 7200.12 HD product.
Chris Mellor, 06 Jan 2009
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Anonymous celebrates first anniversary of Scientology protests

Bemasked protest group Anonymous is marking the first anniversary of its campaign against the Church of Scientology with a round of further demos.
John Leyden, 06 Jan 2009
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Picasa for fanboys arrives

Google has finally released a version of its Picasa software for the Apple Mac.
Kelly Fiveash, 06 Jan 2009
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Robotic mower goes solar

If that helper monkey you got for Christmas isn’t working out, then cast your eyes upon the latest in grass cutting technology: an eco-friendly and robotic lawnmower.
James Sherwood, 06 Jan 2009

2GB MP3 player head-to-head

Review The relentless march of the iPod into the price bracket known as 'Good God! How much?' makes the near simultaneous release by Sony and Samsung of the new runts of their MP3 player litters more interesting than would otherwise be the case. A couple of 2GB USB stick-style MP3 players with FM radios and screens each for under £40? Can't be bad... or can it?
Alun Taylor, 06 Jan 2009
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Hubble probes Milky Way's turbulent core

A newly-released composite colour infrared image of our galaxy's core has revealed the Milky Way's centre in all its turbulent glory.
Lester Haines, 06 Jan 2009
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Remaining UK plods to get mobile-data gadgets

The government has announced further funding for police mobile data devices, intended to equip those forces which received no funding in the initial push announced last year.
Lewis Page, 06 Jan 2009
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Dark Knight eyes Producers Guild award

The Producers Guild of America has announced the nominations for its annual awards, which will see The Dark Knight battle Frost/Nixon for the best picture crown.
Lester Haines, 06 Jan 2009
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Motorola parades touchscreen talker

The touchscreen mobile market has expanded yet again, following Motorola’s introduction of the MotoSurf A3100.
James Sherwood, 06 Jan 2009
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Three Regcasts about software and productivity

Now on demand In December, The Register ran three live webcasts about software-driven productivity gains.
Team Register, 06 Jan 2009
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Logitech cuts jobs and dumps guidance

Logitech has withdrawn financial guidance for the year and will cut 15 per cent of salaried staff.
John Oates, 06 Jan 2009
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iPhone gets Office docs

2009 will finally see Microsoft Office documents arrive on the iPhone, it seems, with Soonr allowing access to documents stored in the cloud while QuickOffice makes good on its promise of local editing.
Bill Ray, 06 Jan 2009
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Israel hacks Arab TV station

Israeli military forces have reportedly hacked into a Hamas-run TV station to broadcast propaganda.
John Leyden, 06 Jan 2009
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Ballmer backslaps server veteran Muglia

Microsoft has promoted Bob Muglia to president of the firm’s server and tools biz.
Kelly Fiveash, 06 Jan 2009
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Late bets on new Who hit Paddy Power's pocket

The largely unexpected announcement that 26-year-old Matt Smith will become the next Doctor Who was possibly not quite as unexpected in the actor's home town of Northampton, according to bookmakers Paddy Power.
Lester Haines, 06 Jan 2009
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Mattel bemuses gamers with 'brainwave' toy

As Emotiv Systems’ Epoc neuroheadset is currently going through a rocky patch, Barbie maker Mattel has stepped in with what's rumoured to be a similar type of brainwave toy.
James Sherwood, 06 Jan 2009
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Vikings' bleeding-edge tech came from Afghanistan

Boffins at the UK's famous National Physical Laboratory (NPL) - birthplace of the Dambusters' bouncing bomb and perhaps the internet - say they have used an electron microscope to analyse Viking swords. In a surprise twist, it turns out that the old-time Scandinavian pests, many of whom moved to England to become our ancestors, actually imported their best steel from Afghanistan.
Lewis Page, 06 Jan 2009
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Tories pledge high speed broadband for all in 10 years

David Cameron has pledged that a Conservative government would seek connections to high speed broadband networks for all parts of the country within ten years.
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Mobiles finally admitted to English hospitals

England is catching up with Scotland and Wales in liberalising mobile phone use in hospitals, a mere five years after it was established that such use didn't present a significant risk to medical equipment.
Bill Ray, 06 Jan 2009
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Dell unwraps Inspiron 15

Dell has expanded its low-cost Inspiron laptop line with the launch of the Inspiron 15.
James Sherwood, 06 Jan 2009
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Online crime maps go live

All 43 police forces across England and Wales are now offering online crime maps showing offences broken down by area.
John Oates, 06 Jan 2009
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Yes! It's the Star Trek captain's chair!

There’s nothing wrong with sitting in your car, flipping switches and pretending to be Captain Kirk navigating Sulu and the gang through space. But now you can do it in style, because a replica of the captain’s chair from Star Trek is available.
James Sherwood, 06 Jan 2009
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Google picks up third spot in spam-friendly shame list

Google has leapfrogged Microsoft to reach third place in a blacklist of spam-friendly ISPs and hosting firms, compiled by anti-spam organisation Spamhaus.org.
John Leyden, 06 Jan 2009
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Xobni gets $7m cash injection from Cisco and co

Silicon Valley startup Xobni, which develops MS Outlook plug-ins, has raised a $7m series B round of funding led by network giant Cisco.
Kelly Fiveash, 06 Jan 2009
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'First algae-fuelled airliner flight' takes off tomorrow

US airline Continental says it will carry out "the first biofuel flight by a commercial carrier using algae as a fuel source" tomorrow. Previous airliner biofuel trials have used controversial "first-generation" feedstocks, seen as contributing to world hunger and deforestation, apart from a recent New Zealand test involving jatropha nuts.
Lewis Page, 06 Jan 2009
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UK scientists hit by lack of brains

UK scientists have appealed for people to donate their brains to researchers facing a "dire" shortage of grey matter, the BBC reports.
Lester Haines, 06 Jan 2009
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Lenovo prices up dual-screen ThinkPad

Two heads are better than one, but does the same apply for two laptop screens? If you want to see for yourself your pockets had better be deep because the price of Lenovo’s dual-screen ThinkPad is now confirmed.
James Sherwood, 06 Jan 2009
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Bogus LinkedIn profiles punt malware to fools

Bogus profiles on social networking website LinkedIn are punting malware to the credulous and starstruck.
John Leyden, 06 Jan 2009
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IBMers hear sound of axe being sharpened

The rumor mill, being stoked by IBM employees talking on a pro-union web site, has it that Big Blue is getting ready to lay off up to 16,000 employees, or about four per cent of its 400,000-strong global workforce, thanks to the slowing of the economies in the United States and Western Europe.
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Dell moving into GlassHouse?

Comment Back in December 2007, a confident GlassHouse Technologies, sensing good prospects in its services and consulting area, filed for an IPO. In the spring of 2008, it entered a strategic partnership with Dell, made another acquisition - and then the recession happened. The company has started firing people as it cuts costs and drives towards profitability in the words of Curtis Preston, one of the world's most influential bloggers about backup technologies and procedures. What is going on?
Chris Mellor, 06 Jan 2009
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SanDisk's faster netbook flash

SanDisk has announced new netbook and USB thumb drive flash products at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
Chris Mellor, 06 Jan 2009
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Japan designs high-tech space nappy

Holidays in space are the next big thing, according to Richard Branson. So the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency has begun working on a wearable toilet for use among the stars.
James Sherwood, 06 Jan 2009
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AMD mushes out 'ultrathin' Yukon notebook

AMD has mushed out its new 'Yukon' mobile platform today, which is set to indirectly compete with Intel's Atom platform in slim, low-cost portable PCs.
Austin Modine, 06 Jan 2009
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Microsoft moves Macs closer to PC parity

Macworld Expo Microsoft has announced two products designed to provide users of Office 2008 for Mac with improved access to existing server-based Microsoft services.
Rik Myslewski, 06 Jan 2009
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Pranksters infiltrate live Macworld feed

As unfounded as they may be, reports of Steve Jobs's demise have spread to a live feed of Macworld Expo provided by Apple gossip site MacRumors after griefers managed to breach the website's security.
Dan Goodin, 06 Jan 2009
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Curl taps Adobe RIA infrastructure

One of the side effects of Adobe Systems releasing code under open-source, the company said last year, has been to let competitors into its Rich Internet Applications (RIA) back yard.
Gavin Clarke, 06 Jan 2009
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Apple iTunes Store goes '100% DRM-free' - allegedly

Macworld Expo Take your pick - the iTunes Store is going 100 per cent DRM-free, or Apple is whacking 30 cents onto the price of each song and encouraging you to upgrade your whole iTunes library to iTunes Plus, at 30 cents (UK 20p) per song. Apple prefers the 100 per cent DRM-free line, naturally, but there's a price being paid to the record labels, and with "high-quality audio... that’s virtually indistinguishable from the original recording" defined as 256-Kbps AAC, there seems to be headroom for another bite in a year or two.
John Lettice, 06 Jan 2009
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IBM approves Obama's IT stimulus package

If you were the incoming president of the United States, and you wanted to gauge the effect of an economic stimulus package geared to information technology as a means to create jobs, who would you ask for advice? The economists at the Labor Department? The hot shots at IDC and Gartner? Or maybe the economists at MIT, the University of Chicago, or Stanford University? Nah. Forget that. President-elect Obama's transition team went right to the source: Sam Palmisano, chairman and chief executive officer at IBM.
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Best Buy punts resurrected Jesus Phones

Following in the footsteps of AT&T, US electronics retailer Best Buy is now selling resurrected Jesus Phones at a discount.
Cade Metz, 06 Jan 2009
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A crack in the madness of clouds

Besides providing some of the biggest technical innovation of 2008, the cloud also wins the award for most amorphous product definition. Few people define "the cloud" or "cloud computing" the same way, leading to market noise and a wealth of misinformation.
Dave Rosenberg, 06 Jan 2009
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Apple unveils 17in MacBook, iLife tweaks, Tony Bennett

Macworld Expo In one of the least eventful keynote speeches in recent memory, Apple's SVP Phil Schiller, filling in for the ailing Steve Jobs, announced upgrades to iLife and iWork, an upgraded 17-inch MacBook, and iTunes Store pricing-structure changes and DRM-removal plans.
Rik Myslewski, 06 Jan 2009
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'Sonic boom' golf club may 'damage hearing'

Golf isn't exactly known as a sport of deafening noises, but a provocative (albeit suspiciously anecdotal) study is making the rounds claiming golfers may risk losing their hearing by using newfangled thin-faced titanium drivers.
Austin Modine, 06 Jan 2009
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Salesforce.com outage exposes cloud's dark linings

Exposing the dark side of cloud computing, Salesforce.com suffered an outage that locked more than 900,000 subscribers out of crucial applications and data needed to transact business with customers.
Dan Goodin, 06 Jan 2009
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Super Micro fiscal Q2 sales not so super

Motherboard and server maker Super Micro Computer said today it was not going to make its expected numbers for its fiscal second quarter ended December 31. The economic meltdown is the culprit - of course. But the good news is that Super Micro says that business picked up in December - just not enough to offset a bad November.