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Azure new future for Microsoft's Muglia

Bob Muglia's New-Year ascension from "vice" to full "president" of Microsoft's server and tools business is an important milestone in the company's online transition.
Gavin Clarke, 07 Jan 2009
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Patent troll sues Oprah, Sony over online book viewing

An IP-squatting firm is suing Oprah Winfrey's production company and Sony Electronics over patent infringement for using and promoting software that displays books on the internet.
Austin Modine, 07 Jan 2009
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Intel accused of stealing chip virtualization, violating God's law

An American prison inmate has sued Intel for $5 billion, insisting the chip maker's Core 2 Duo chip and its virtualization technology are based on trade secrets pilfered from him by way of Apple supremo Steve Jobs.
Cade Metz, 07 Jan 2009
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Firm touts bendy, wearable OLED screen

A US firm has developed a OLED display that’s flexible enough to be worn like a watch, yet large enough to display good quality images on.
James Sherwood, 07 Jan 2009
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Barclays cuts more IT jobs

Barclays is laying off another 400 IT staff whose "roles and responsibilities are unclear".
John Oates, 07 Jan 2009
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NASA warns of 'space Katrina' radiation storm

A study funded by NASA has flagged up yet another terrible hazard for those no longer able to get excited about nuclear war, global pandemics, terrorism, climate change, economic meltdown and asteroid strike. Top space brainboxes say that even if the human race survives all those, there is a serious risk of civilisation being brought crashing to its knees by a sudden high-intensity solar radiation storm.
Lewis Page, 07 Jan 2009
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EDS pays for tax failure

EDS has paid off Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs for its failure to provide a working tax credit system.
John Oates, 07 Jan 2009
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Asus Eee keyboard opens CES

CES Asus has kicked off this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) with a sneak preview of the upcoming Eee keyboard-cum-PC, which features an integrated display.
James Sherwood, 07 Jan 2009
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Norway's national broadcaster breaks Beatles download deadlock

Updated A Norwegian broadcaster is claiming to be responsible for making The Beatles' entire back catalogue available for download for the first time. The downloads are free because they form part of Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) podcasts.
OUT-LAW.COM, 07 Jan 2009
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SanDisk tunes into SlotRadio

CES SanDisk has updated its Sansa Slot range of Portable Media Players (PMP) with the creation of SlotRadio: a PMP with integrated OLED display.
James Sherwood, 07 Jan 2009
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New Year rings in better VoIP for all

It seems that January is when VoIP clients get spruced up with new features and capabilities, with both Truphone and Fring launching new versions ready for punters wanting to do more than save a few quid on phone calls.
Bill Ray, 07 Jan 2009
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Speeding Oz teen may face 'gorillas in the mist'

An Oz magistrate has informed a habitual speeding teenager that if he doesn't mend his high-speed ways he'll be sent directly to jail where showering sexual predators will make short work of his sorry arse.
Lester Haines, 07 Jan 2009
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Researchers poke holes in Intel's anti-tampering tech

A practical attack on Intel's trusted execution technology (TXT) is due to be demonstrated at a hacking conference next month.
John Leyden, 07 Jan 2009
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2008 sees good year for gaming

Videogame sales in Blighty jumped a record 23 per cent to £1.9bn ($2.8bn/€2bn)in 2008.
James Sherwood, 07 Jan 2009

Lexmark C543DN colour laser

Review The boundary between colour inkjet and colour laser printers continues to blur, as the colour quality of lasers improves and the speed and paper-handling of inkjets is ratcheted up too. There’s a price-band in the middle, around the £200-250 mark, where colour lasers, like Lexmark’s C543DN, can make a lot of sense.
Simon Williams, 07 Jan 2009
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Lenovo shares suspended

Shares of Lenovo have been suspended ahead of an expected restructuring announcement from the computer maker tomorrow (8 January).
Kelly Fiveash, 07 Jan 2009
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Perv Oz burglar pumps and dumps Jungle Jane

Cairns police are hunting a light-fingered pervert who has twice broken into a sex shop and taken inflatable dolls for a quick shag out the back before abandoning his conquests in a nearby lane, the Cairns Post reports.
Lester Haines, 07 Jan 2009
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Satyam chairman quits, admits faking accounts

The founder and chairman of Indian outsourcer Satyam Mr B Ramalinga Raju has resigned and admitted fiddling the company's accounts for years in order to inflate profits.
John Oates, 07 Jan 2009

Samsung swaggers in with 100GB SSD

Samsung Semiconductor has launched a 100GB solid state drive for enterprises that can carry out ten times more I/Os per second than a fast hard disk drive and offer a 30X power saving.
Chris Mellor, 07 Jan 2009
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M&S to sell Elonex netbooks

Next time you shop for duck a l’orange in Marks & Spencer or buy briefs in Next, you might also take away an Elonex netbook.
James Sherwood, 07 Jan 2009
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IPWireless goes it alone

NextWave has succeeded at last in offloading mobile TV developer IPWireless, which it picked up 18 months ago for $100m.
Bill Ray, 07 Jan 2009
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US forces order fuel-cell units for medevac stretchers

The US military will use fuel-cell power units attached to stretchers to power critical medical machinery used in casualty evacuation, according to reports.
Lewis Page, 07 Jan 2009
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High Zune: MS loads up for the CES shootout

Radio Reg What better venue than Las Vegas, America's playground, for the annual multi-billion dollar gadgets and entertainment jamboree that is the Consumer Electronics Show?
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Vogue model sues Google over 'defamatory' blog

Canadian model Liskula Cohen is demanding Google reveal the identity of the Blogger.com user whose Skanks in NYC blog is entirely dedicated to calling her a "skank", an "old hag" and other flattering descriptions.
Lester Haines, 07 Jan 2009
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Oracle tripped up by 'leap second'

Database giant Oracle has issued fixes after its Cluster Ready Services (CRS) software failed to cope with the so-called “leap second” added by scientists at the end of 2008.
Kelly Fiveash, 07 Jan 2009
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TomTom debuts satnav DVD player

Satnavs built into the car dashboard may look the business, but are a security risk. And suction cup satnavs often get in the way. So, TomTom’s latest in-car navigator combines the best of both worlds - and throws in entertainment feature for good measure.
James Sherwood, 07 Jan 2009
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Weak sigs found on one in seven SSL sites

One in seven digital certificates that stamp the authenticity of secure web sites use a vulnerable signature algorithm, according to a new survey. The shortcoming underlines the need to drop the insecure signing mechanism before its shortcomings are exploited in more convincing phishing attacks.
John Leyden, 07 Jan 2009
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Send old Shuttles to Mars, says Scotty ashes prang man

A former advertising copywriter and web-biz maven turned inventor and rocket entrepreneur has proposed a novel plan for disposing of NASA's soon-to-be-retired space shuttles. Eric Knight, perhaps most famous for temporarily mislaying the ashes of James "Scotty from Star Trek" Doohan, believes that a pair of shuttles should be lashed together and sent to Mars.
Lewis Page, 07 Jan 2009
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Nokia reveals Tube's UK launch date

After denying British punters a touch screen Tube in their Christmas stockings, Nokia has announced that the much-hyped phone will launch in Blighty this month.
James Sherwood, 07 Jan 2009
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Nokia calls foul over patent spat

Nokia has lodged a complaint with the European Commission, claiming that IPCom is abusing mobile patents originally owned by Bosch that are already the subject of legal action in the UK and Germany.
Bill Ray, 07 Jan 2009
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Navy SEALs look to grapple with Brazilian

The US Navy has faced up to the fact that enormous guns, nuclear missiles and an array of Top Gun navy fliers aren't the be all and end all when it comes to facing down the world's bad guys.
Joe Fay, 07 Jan 2009
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I've only shagged two blokes, insists Paris Hilton

It was a bit lonely over Xmas without a single snippet of seasonal Paris Hilton news, so we're delighted to offer today some hot celebutard goss guaranteed to warm the cockles of your chilly parts - our fave jetsetter insists she's made the beast with two backs with just two people.
Lester Haines, 07 Jan 2009
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Intel figures take kicking in Q4

Chip maker Intel said before Wall Street opened this morning that its sales in the fourth quarter of 2008 were going to be even worse than the company had already warned they would be. The company also said that it was writing off a chunk of its investment in WiMax service provider Clearwire, which will also whack its books for last year.
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Ubuntu Eee undergoes cheesy Easy Peasy rebrand

An Ubuntu Linux-based distro landed this week for netbook users with the annoying sounding name of Easy Peasy 1.0.
Kelly Fiveash, 07 Jan 2009

SDXC memory card spec launched for 2TB capacity

CES 32GB SDHC cards too small for you? How about 2TB? That's what the SDXC memory card format is designed to deliver.
Tony Smith, 07 Jan 2009
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Password guessing attack exposed in Twitter pwn

Miscreants broke into Twitter's admin system on Sunday night using a simple password guessing hack, it has emerged.
John Leyden, 07 Jan 2009

SanDisk intros push-button backup... USB Flash stick

CES SanDisk has taken a leaf from external hard drive makers like Western Digital and Seagate, and added an auto-backup button to its USB Flash drives.
Tony Smith, 07 Jan 2009
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Verizon predicts Kindle copycatting

Verizon's head of device certification expects to see rivals to Amazon's Kindle launching on Verizon's network during 2009, once he has time to certify them.
Bill Ray, 07 Jan 2009
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Sun snuggles with cloud virtual data centre company

Sun has bought Q-layer, a Belgium-originated data centre-as-a-service company, to bolster its cloud computing offering. The purchase price was not revealed.
Chris Mellor, 07 Jan 2009
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US rubberstamps AMD manufacturing spin-off

AMD's Abu Dhabi-funded manufacturing spin-off has been rubberstamped by the US Treasury Department.
Cade Metz, 07 Jan 2009
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Microsoft disables automatic IE 8 downloads

Microsoft will cushion you from the Internet Explorer 8 standards mess with software to prevent automatic download of its next browser to your machine.
Gavin Clarke, 07 Jan 2009
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Wi-Fi video uploads coming to SD

CES Eye-Fi has developed an SD memory card able to upload videos directly onto YouTube from your compact camera.
James Sherwood, 07 Jan 2009

HP readies Intel-based 10in netbook

CES Has HP's netbook product line finally put VIA's C7-M processor behind it? Certainly, the company's latest model, the business-oriented Mini 2140 uses an Intel Atom CPU.
Tony Smith, 07 Jan 2009

Netgear to take on Apple TV next summer

CES Netgear has unwrapped its take on Apple's Apple TV, dubbed the Internet TV Player - an HDMI-enabled box that puts YouTube videos and online movie rentals on your telly.
Tony Smith, 07 Jan 2009

Netgear hooks into HSDPA for on-the-go hotspot gadget

CES Got a 3G USB modem? Want to share the link? Netgear today launched a wireless router designed to tie an on-the-go Wi-Fi hotspot to the internet over an HSDPA back link.
Tony Smith, 07 Jan 2009
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EFF wins request for reexamination of ringtone patent

The US Patent and Trademark Office has granted a request by the Electronic Frontier Foundation to reexamine a controversial patent that covers the distribution of certain types of music files over the internet.
Dan Goodin, 07 Jan 2009
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Toshiba lets out Cell TV titbits

CES Toshiba today re-iterated its plan to introduce tellies based on the Cell processor later this year, pronouncing the PlayStation 3 technology "the future of television".
Tony Smith, 07 Jan 2009
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FTC to host town hall meeting on DRM abuse

Here's a glimmer of hope that 2009 will be the year of DRM reform.
Austin Modine, 07 Jan 2009
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Who says COBOL doesn't get tweaks?

Some software development projects take a long time to complete, and others seem to take an eternity. So it is, it seems, for 64-bit support for IBM's COBOL compiler for its own AIX Unix variant running on Power-based servers.
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VMware names second ex-Microsoft exec to leadership role

VMware's landed its second ex-Microsoft executive at the top, this time the individual who drove Redmond's developer outreach in the glory days of the 1990s.
Gavin Clarke, 07 Jan 2009
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Sacked IT admin sentenced for hacking ex-employer

A British IT admin was ordered to pay more than £3,000 and given a three-months jail sentence after being accused of hacking into his former employer's computer system so he could install spyware and delete emails.
Dan Goodin, 07 Jan 2009
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IBM and ITIF pitch for $30bn to save America

As expected, a report from the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation think tank has called on Barack Obama and Congress to pump billions of dollars into IT infrastructure to help create jobs in America.
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EMC celebrates record revenue, axes 2,400 heads

After Intel told the world it wasn't going to make its Q4 numbers, storage juggernaut EMC decided it was a good time to give everyone some good news.

Google Chocolate Factory now building routers?

As part of an ongoing effort to cover the Earth with its very own built-from-scratch internet, Google is now redesigning the router. Or so it seems.
Cade Metz, 07 Jan 2009
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EU raids smart card chipmakers

At least four makers of microchips have confirmed they were raided by European Commission investigators seeking information of collusion in the market for chips used in smart cards.
Dan Goodin, 07 Jan 2009

Macworld: The Works

Apple unveils 17in MacBook, iLife tweaks, Tony Bennett 06/01/09 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.
Team Register, 07 Jan 2009
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Google China and Baidu apologize for porn links

Three of China's most popular search engines have apologized for being slow to remove links to pornographic material, following the government's pledge on Monday to crack down on "vulgar" content on the web.
Austin Modine, 07 Jan 2009