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Mitsubishi to unveil i MiEV Sport Air at Geneva Motor Show

'Leccy Tech Mitsubishi has dusted off its i MiEV Sport concept for the upcoming Geneva Motor Show and called it the i MiEV Sport Air.
Alun Taylor, 28 Jan 2009
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Yahoo! welcomes! new! CEO! with! $303 million! loss!

Yahoo! lost $303 million in the fourth quarter. And Wall Street is chuffed.
Cade Metz, 28 Jan 2009
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Sun's OpenSolaris chief leads cloud-strategy hunt

Sun Microsystems has tasked its former OpenSolaris chief Ian Murdock - the founder of the Debian Linux distro - with devising a cloud-computing strategy for the company.
Gavin Clarke, 28 Jan 2009
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Big Sparc crunches Sun's Q2

Server and operating system maker Sun Microsystems has reported financial results for its fiscal second quarter, and the news was as bad as Wall Street expected.
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ICANN freezes over fast flux fury

The non-profit group that oversees the internet's address system is seeking the public's help in deciding what to do about the growing use of a technology known as fast flux, which is used by cybercriminals to thwart take-down efforts, but which can also be used for legitimate purposes as well.
Dan Goodin, 28 Jan 2009

Time to axe Microsoft's Zune

Comment If any Microsoft product group is a candidate for getting the chop during the next 18 months, surely - surely - it's the one leading the disastrous Zune.
Gavin Clarke, 28 Jan 2009
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Boffin dubs global warming 'irreversible'

Economies may rise and fall every few decades or so, but at least the hard work we've put into global warming is "irreversible" on the human time scale.
Austin Modine, 28 Jan 2009
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EU nixes Intel delay play

Adding to Intel's recent woes, the EU will not give the chipmaker more document-gathering time as it battles accusations of anti-competitive behavior.
Rik Myslewski, 28 Jan 2009
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Big Blue iPod boss cleared for Cupertino landing

Apple announced today that Mark Papermaster will (finally) begin his new career at Apple on April 24th, assuming the lofty title of Senior Vice President of Devices Hardware Engineering.
Rik Myslewski, 28 Jan 2009
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Extended Brocade backbone virtualises SANs

Brocade has extended its backbone data centre switching range and introduced a virtual SAN facility as its HBAs get more widely adopted.
Chris Mellor, 28 Jan 2009

Logitech Harmony 1100 universal remote control

Review The latest in Logitech's line of universal remotes is essentially a revamp of a product the company introduced more than two years ago. The 1100 is all about refining the old Harmony 1000 for the design demands of 2009's consumer rather than 2006's.
Lewis Caliburn, 28 Jan 2009
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Blogger can't sue over comment, rules High Court

A man who was criticised in the comments section of his own blog cannot sue for defamation because he did not delete the comment when he discovered it, the High Court has said. The Court said that the man consented to the comment's publication.
OUT-LAW.COM, 28 Jan 2009
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Satyam finds bankers to find it funding

Indian outsourcer Satyam has appointed two investment banks to help it find long term funding.
John Oates, 28 Jan 2009
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iPhone SMS error bug won't go away

Updated Some users of Apple's iPhone are still reporting problems sending SMS messages with no fix in sight, despite both Apple and O2 being aware of the issue for more than a month.
Bill Ray, 28 Jan 2009
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Sony's 11in OLED finally lands in Europe

Blighty will finally receive its first shipments of Sony’s first commercially available OLED TV, the XEL-1, later this week, but your pockets had better be deep.
James Sherwood, 28 Jan 2009
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Vodafone snaps up Wayfinder

Vodafone has taken another step towards providing services, rather than just connectivity, by completing its acquisition of Swedish sat nav software supplier Wayfinder.
Bill Ray, 28 Jan 2009
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Airbus A380 bows out of Air Force One competition

European Aeronautics Defence and Space (EADS), parent company of Airbus, has announced that it doesn't intend to bid for the recently-announced contract to supply new US presidential aeroplanes.
Lewis Page, 28 Jan 2009
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Wi-Fi roaming: US T-Mobile gets it, BT drops it

While BT is busy cutting off its Fusion customers, T-Mobile USA has announced a deal with Meru to provide cellular roaming to Wi-Fi networks.
Bill Ray, 28 Jan 2009
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Amazon Kindle 2 to arrive within weeks?

Speculation is building that Amazon is ready to unveil its second-generation Kindle ebook reader within weeks.
James Sherwood, 28 Jan 2009
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Mayor Boris backs McKinnon in extradition fight

Gary McKinnon has attracted the support of London Mayor Boris Johnson.
John Leyden, 28 Jan 2009
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Parallel importer jailed for up to nine months in Microsoft case

A software distributor faces nine months in jail for selling 'grey' imported copies of Microsoft software. Sales firm ITAC's founder Barry Omesuh must pay £2.5 million in damages to the software giant.
OUT-LAW.COM, 28 Jan 2009
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CPW aims to keep recession victims connected

TalkTalk subscribers won't be cut off if they are unable to pay their bill for up to six months during the recession, provided they can pay line rental, boss Charles Dunstone pledged today.
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Nintendo unveils Wii health channel

Nintendo obviously cares about the wellbeing of its customers, because it’s announced plans to launch an interactive health monitoring channel for the Wii.
James Sherwood, 28 Jan 2009
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Why conventional protection fails against web threats

And so to the Reg whitepaper library to inspect some security pitches. Here's a couple we thought deserved a wider airing.
Team Register, 28 Jan 2009
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RIM BlackBerry Curve 8900

Review Looking a lot like Blackberry's flagship, the Bold 9000, the latest handset from Canadian email maestro Research in Motion (RIM), is a slightly more compact version of that phone but still manages to pack in almost all of the same features.
Dave Oliver, 28 Jan 2009
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Paris Hilton correctly identifies UK Prime Minister

Paris Hilton has pulled off a bit of a blinder at the London launch of her ITV2 show Paris Hilton's British Best Friend by fingering Gordon Ramsay as Prime Minister, the Telegraph reports.
Lester Haines, 28 Jan 2009
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Gmail goes offline to avoid flatline online

Google has finally added offline support to Gmail, allowing US and Blighty-based users to read and write email while unconnected to the interwebs.
Kelly Fiveash, 28 Jan 2009
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Carbonite nabbed with hand in review jar

Comment Online backup service supplier Carbonite has been fingered by a disgruntled user for writing its own reviews on Amazon.
Chris Mellor, 28 Jan 2009
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Apple gets censory on iBoobs'... ass

Apple has ordered the developer of the iPhone Wobble application to remove the words "boobs" and "booty" from his publicity, despite selling more than 20,000 copies of the epically pointless app.
Bill Ray, 28 Jan 2009
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US considers audible warnings for cameraphones

Proposed US legislation could, if adopted, force manufacturers to produce cameraphones that issue audible warnings each time you snap anything from friends and family to your neighbour’s bloomers on the washing line.
James Sherwood, 28 Jan 2009
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Hybrid fusion-fission reactors to run on nuclear 'sludge'

Texas-based boffins say they have figured out a cunning new method of dealing with America's nuclear waste, using fusion technology - which at the moment can't produce power - to turn 99 per cent of fission reactors' waste into useful energy.
Lewis Page, 28 Jan 2009
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Orange mobile internet takes a lie down

Orange subscribers have been hit by with an unidentified problem with the firm's mobile network that has cut them off from the internet today.
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I'm a sceptic now, says ex-NASA climate boss

The retired scientist formerly in charge of key NASA climate programs has come out as a sceptic.
Andrew Orlowski, 28 Jan 2009
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Gunman leaves flatmate PS3 sale checklist

A US man left his flatmate with instructions for how to sell his PlayStation 3 and how much to ask for it - shortly before randomly opening fire on a group of people and then shooting himself in the head.
James Sherwood, 28 Jan 2009
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Sony unwraps 'world's thinnest' LCD TV

If you can’t afford Sony’s super-expensive 11in XEL-1 OLED TV, yet crave a slim telly, check out what the electronics giant has claimed is the world’s thinnest LCD TV.
James Sherwood, 28 Jan 2009
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'Anonymous' pwns Digital Camera Mag website

Updated The website of Digital Camera Magazine was taken offline on Wednesday morning following an attack by denizens of 4chan.
John Leyden, 28 Jan 2009
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Co-op weighs into battle to save honeybees

The Co-op has announced that suppliers of its own-brand produce will henceforth be banned from using eight pesticides "implicated" in Colony Collapse Disorder - the unexplained disappearance of millions of honeybees which has hit hives worldwide.
Lester Haines, 28 Jan 2009
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Websense buys Defensio to fight blog comment spam

Web security and content filtering firm Websense has bought Defensio!, a security startup specialising in defending against blog-comment spam. Terms of the deal, announced Tuesday, were undisclosed.
John Leyden, 28 Jan 2009

F1 chiefs ready post-prang battery safety scheme

'Leccy Tech The introduction of KERS - Kinetic Energy Recovery Systems - into Formula 1 has not been without mishap. There was a battery fire at Red Bull, and a BMW engineer received a nasty electric shock during a test at the Jerez circuit in Spain.
Alun Taylor, 28 Jan 2009
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Dell and Cisco best buddies - for now

Cisco has introduced new converged data centre switching products and announced an expanded Dell relationship that could be threatened if the networking vendor's twinkle in the eye servers spring into being.
Chris Mellor, 28 Jan 2009
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Bruised SAP cuts 3,000 jobs as profit disappoints

SAP is slashing 3,000 jobs worldwide to cut costs, as its 2008 net profit fell two per cent after the economy plunged late last year.
Kelly Fiveash, 28 Jan 2009
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Saving ISPs and the music biz: Is it even worth it?

Comment The banks have done it. America's car industry has done it. Now it's the turn of Britain's ISPs and its music business to see what favours they can eke out of government. The Digital Britain report, due to be published tomorrow, will reveal the extent of this back-scratching.
Andrew Orlowski, 28 Jan 2009
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Panasonic's wind, water, dust-proof 720p camera

Panasonic has taken the wraps off what it’s claimed is the world’s first waterproof, shockproof and dustproof camera capable of snapping 720p HD videos.
James Sherwood, 28 Jan 2009
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Overland makes snap CEO switch

Struggling disk and tape protection vendor Overland Storage has suddenly promoted board member and ex-Snap Appliance CEO Eric Kelly to become its new CEO with incumbent Vern LoForti staying on as president.
Chris Mellor, 28 Jan 2009
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Unveiled: love tutor headphones

Sex toys have been around for years, but one’s now available that the manufacturer’s promised will boost your performance in bed and help overcome the dreaded brewer’s droop.
James Sherwood, 28 Jan 2009
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KDE hopes to fill boots with 4.2 release

The Linux K Desktop Environment project is hoping to bag a few ordinary computer plebs with the latest release of its desktop suite.
Kelly Fiveash, 28 Jan 2009
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USAF seeks diamond gunports for electropulse ray-cannon

The US Air Force has made an appeal for a range of new technologies which it will need in building its planned new arsenal of aerial rayguns. In particular, it wants large artificial optically-correct diamonds for use as portholes through which to shoot electropulse microwave blaster cannons.
Lewis Page, 28 Jan 2009
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Kaspersky Labs denies panic mongering

A mild warning from anti-virus labs Kaspersky has been inflated into a full-blown panic by the Australian press that is warning of an imminent meltdown once infection reaches Australian shores.
Bill Ray, 28 Jan 2009
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Apple scores 'power connector' patent

Apple was recently granted a patent for a device it calls a "power connector."
Rik Myslewski, 28 Jan 2009
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DDoS attack boots Kyrgyzstan from net

The central Asian republic of Kyrgyzstan was effectively knocked offline for more than a week by a Russian cybermilitia that continues to flood the country's internet providers with crippling data attacks, a security expert said.
Dan Goodin, 28 Jan 2009
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iPhone juices AT&T profits

AT&T today reported its earnings for both 2008's fourth quarter and the full year. Compared with 2007, there's good news and there's bad news - and the good news starred the iPhone.
Rik Myslewski, 28 Jan 2009
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US broadband stimulus could reach $9bn

The latest draft of President Obama's $835bn infrastructure economic stimulus package increases the budget for expanding broadband to under-served areas from $6bn to $9bn and includes tax breaks for ISPs that build new wired and wireless networks.
Austin Modine, 28 Jan 2009
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Sun will Rock in 2009

Sun's president and chief executive officer Jonathan Schwartz declared yesterday that the company's long-planned Rock processors remain on track for release this year.
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Microsoft to act on IE8 'show stoppers'

Microsoft's still taking feedback on Internet Explorer 8 but will only act on "show stoppers" according to browser chief Dean Hachamovitch.
Gavin Clarke, 28 Jan 2009
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US cable giant to throttle P2P

Cox Communications - America's third-largest cableco - is on the verge of testing new network technology that will fast-track certain "time-sensitive" internet traffic during periods of congestion.
Cade Metz, 28 Jan 2009