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Citrix ejects 10 per cent of staff

Application and server virtualization software maker Citrix Systems says that business began slow last July, but after putting the brakes on costs, it has reported respectable numbers for its fourth quarter.
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Novell GroupWise bug threatens mass email theft

Security researchers have identified two critical holes in Novell's GroupWise WebAccess, the web front end for the company's email and employee collaboration package, that allow malicious hackers to steal user messages with ease. All supported versions of the program are vulnerable.
Dan Goodin, 30 Jan 2009
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Memo to Microsoft: Enough with the SKUed Windows

When it comes to Windows 7, Microsoft should resist the usual inner demons.
Gavin Clarke, 30 Jan 2009
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Yahoo! lobs! Briefcase! into! rubbish! bin!

You might say that Google and Yahoo! are moving in completely different directions.
Cade Metz, 30 Jan 2009
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Intel's Moblin 2 scurries into the wild

The first alpha of Intel's Linux-based Moblin 2 platform has been released for testing.
Austin Modine, 30 Jan 2009
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3G forever, cries Carter

Digital Britain Lord Carter has proposed that UK mobile phone operators be allowed to hang on to 3G licences forever, and make better use of their 2G assets too.
Bill Ray, 30 Jan 2009

Asus N50 15in laptop

Review If you just want something small and cheap to do a bit of surfing and email on, a netbook is fine. If you need to actually get some proper work done, though, the cut-down spec often isn't really up to the task - which is where something like the Asus N50Vc comes in.
Will Head, 30 Jan 2009
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Aperi dies on its arse

Like Monty Python's famous dead parrot, the futile Aperi open source storage system management project has fluttered to earth because IBM has removed the funding nail that was keeping it upright. Aperi is now openly dead for all the world to see.
Chris Mellor, 30 Jan 2009
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PwC auditors fingered for Satyam fraud

Indian police have accused two PricewaterhouseCoopers accountants of colluding and conspiring with company founder Ramalinga Raju to create false accounts for Satyam.
John Oates, 30 Jan 2009
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Outsourcing suddenly less popular

Demand for outsourcing has fallen as global economic troubles hit the outsourcing industry, according to research produced by an outsourcing consultancy. Its advisors expect demand to increase early this year, the company said.
OUT-LAW.COM, 30 Jan 2009
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Lucky Mancs could get ID cards first, Jacqui declares

Wacky Jacqui Smith continues to believe her own increasingly insane press releases on ID cards. Yesterday she told the people of Manchester that they might be lucky enough to get their hands on ID cards earlier than the rest of the country.
John Oates, 30 Jan 2009

Council fields world's first rubbish-fuelled rubbish truck

'Leccy Tech For a brief moment this week, the focus of electric vehicle development in Britain was Huddersfield town centre and while the location may lack the glamour of Geneva, Monaco or Los Angeles what was on show was not without interest.
Alun Taylor, 30 Jan 2009
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Patent app reveals Microsoft's smart smartphone cradle

Microsoft has asked for a patent to protect its idea for a smartphone docking cradle that would turn your handheld into a mini-laptop.
James Sherwood, 30 Jan 2009
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First 'fully accurate' totally voice-controlled phone unveiled

You’d probably expect a groundbreaking mobile phone to be developed deep inside Nokia’s HQ or in a military bunker. However, a supposedly super-secure handset described as the world’s first truly hands-free mobile has, in fact, been designed on an industrial estate in Hereford, UK.
James Sherwood, 30 Jan 2009
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Bosses swear data protection oath

The heads of several public sector organisations, but none from central government, have signed a promise to protect personal information.
Kablenet, 30 Jan 2009
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Street View vehicle kills Bambi

Those of you who are old enough to remember when it was all fields round here and have spent years searching for an answer to the Sex Pistols' perennial poser Who Killed Bambi? will be delighted to learn that the question has finally been answered.
Lester Haines, 30 Jan 2009
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Boffins: Blue light kills MRSA 'superbugs'

American medi-boffins say they have developed a way to kill so-called "superbugs" - deadly infections which can't be cured using antibiotics - by simply shining a certain wavelength of blue light on them. They believe the technique could be used safely on patients infected with MRSA*.
Lewis Page, 30 Jan 2009
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Techwatch weathers DDoS extortion attack

Techwatch is back online following a sustained denial of service attack that left the digital TV news site unavailable for two days earlier this week.
John Leyden, 30 Jan 2009
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Online data shows netbook demand rocketing

Ten per cent of online computer buyers now owns a netbook and almost 20 per cent of mobile PCs sought out by buyers in December 2008 was one of these mini-laptops.
Tony Smith, 30 Jan 2009
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Dell smartphones coming next month?

Rumours that Dell has designed a mobile phone have been doing the rounds for months. But it’s now been reported that the PC assembler could unveil two smartphones within weeks.
James Sherwood, 30 Jan 2009
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Texas lawyer sues Citibank over fake cheque scam

A Houston lawyer is suing Citibank after being taken for $182,500 by email scammers claiming to be a debt-chasing Japanese company, Texas Lawyer reports.
Lester Haines, 30 Jan 2009
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The Register Guide to securing your network

From time to time we ask our analyst friends at Freeform Dynamics to compose a primer on a tech topic du jour. Today, we focus on vulnerability management, a crucial component in every IT security strategy.
Team Register, 30 Jan 2009
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KCOM chops 150 as integration business slides

KCOM is ditching 150 staff from its Integration and Managed Services business after revenues at the unit slipped by ten per cent.
Joe Fay, 30 Jan 2009
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1m French out of work thanks to dodgy data - UK next?

As the UK prepares to put in place its shiny new vetting database later this year, analysis of a similar project in France reveals a devastating degree of inaccuracy, leading to real hardship for a very large number of people.
Jane Fae , 30 Jan 2009
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American Stereotype™ walks Google's mean Street View

We're fully aware that some of our UK readers have pretty well decided that the average American wears a baseball cap, Harley-Davidson sweatshirt, jeans and cowboy boots and walks the mean streets of the Land of the Free with a hunting rifle while swigging from a bottle of hard liquor.
Lester Haines, 30 Jan 2009

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1 12Mp µ4/3s camera

Review You know the saying: if it looks like a duck, walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, then it must be a duck. Well, Panasonic’s DMC-G1 looks like a digital SLR, has interchangeable lenses like a DSLR – but it isn’t a DLSR. No sir, the G1 ushers in a new generation of cameras designed to blast a hole right through the middle of the so-called hybrid/bridge/superzoom market. So, is the G1 a wolf in sheep’s clothing, a sheep in wolf’s clothing or simply in a class of its own?
George Cole, 30 Jan 2009
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The HTML that says no - Joi Ito's pitch for a theft-free web

DLD09 Joi Ito has a recipe for a world without DRM - cunningly, it's software that stops you doing stuff you're not allowed to. Simple, yes? In the future world according to Ito, every object on the Internet will have licensing and copyright information attached to it, machine will talk to machine, and machine will overrule you if you're accidentally about to swipe something.
John Lettice, 30 Jan 2009
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Firefox 3.1 release date hampered by cheeky monkey

Mozilla is struggling to get the third, and probably final, beta of Firefox 3.1 out the door, which means its first quarter release target is looking increasingly doubtful.
Kelly Fiveash, 30 Jan 2009
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Apache gunbird used as robo kill-chopper fleet command ship

US weaponry'n'aerospace companies have announced the first flight testing of an Apache attack helicopter equipped to act as flagship to an accompanying fleet of robotic unmanned kill-choppers.
Lewis Page, 30 Jan 2009
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Birmingham drops the possessive apostrophe

Defenders of correct punctuation should look away now, because Birmingham City Council has voted to drop possessive apostrophes from its street signs, in the process risking a "pedants' revolt' as Middle England rises to combat this latest menace to our beloved mother tongue.
Lester Haines, 30 Jan 2009
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Acer test drives latest Ferrari notebook

Acer’s gunning for pole position with the launch of it's latest Ferrari-brand notebook - the 1200.
James Sherwood, 30 Jan 2009
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Gordo's mobe interrupts economic summit

If you want evidence that UK big cheese Gordon Brown is not hip with the kids, try this BBC clip of his mobe interrupting a press conference at the World Economic Forum shindig in Davos...
Lester Haines, 30 Jan 2009
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Nintendo inks 'Spring-Summer' DSi launch for Europe

First shipments of Nintendo’s DSi handheld console could arrive in Blighty slightly earlier than expected, a company document has revealed.
James Sherwood, 30 Jan 2009
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Swiss cops sniff out dope plantation on Google Earth

Swiss police reported yesterday they "stumbled across" a sizeable dope plantation which had helpfully been captured on Google Earth, AP reports.
Lester Haines, 30 Jan 2009
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DEC 'hacker' questions McKinnon political bandwagon

Boris Johnson's outspoken defence of Gary McKinnon in his extradition fight has been criticised by a former security consultant, who complains he was denied such support when he himself was charged with hacking offences.
John Leyden, 30 Jan 2009
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Orange adds PAYG BlackBerry

Mobile email fans bereft of cash can now get their BlackBerry kicks without a monthly service contract, thanks to Orange.
James Sherwood, 30 Jan 2009
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Nigerian car thief turns into sheep

We're not quite sure what to make of this report in Nigeria's Vanguard, but it appears that police in Ilorin, Kwara State, are holding in custody a chap who tried to steal a Mazda, transformed himself into a sheep and was seized by vigilantes in a swift ovine suppression operation.
Lester Haines, 30 Jan 2009
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Encryption standards are here - but not for flash or tape

Multi-vendor standards for self-encrypting storage devices are emerging through the Trusted Computing Group. But flash and tape drives are not included in them.
Chris Mellor, 30 Jan 2009
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Experian sends 'cheap' Lord a-leaping

Credit rating agency Experian has split from Lord Taylor of Blackburn, one of its political advisers, after the ermine-clad idiot said he could get legislation changed for cash.
John Oates, 30 Jan 2009
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Fring snuggles with Last.fm

Fring, developer of the free cross-network messaging and VoIP client, has added Last.FM to its supported-services list. It'll provide access to streaming music for S60 users who can share their musical tastes with the world via various forms of IM including Twitter.
Bill Ray, 30 Jan 2009
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Dell quietly jacks up EMEA prices

Dell quietly jacked up its prices at the start of this year, but its account managers are only now filtering that information through to the computer maker’s partners and customers, The Register has learned.
Kelly Fiveash, 30 Jan 2009
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First piss-drinking astronauts to go on live TV

NASA has announced that the first astronauts to survive in orbit by drinking their own recycled urine will meet their public on live TV next Wednesday.
Lewis Page, 30 Jan 2009
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HP gives SMBs zero per cent financing

Server, PC and ink maker Hewlett-Packard gets a lot of business from small and medium businesses, and these companies are struggling a bit in the Western economies right now. So HP's Financial Services arm has rolled out a tried and true - but dangerously addictive - tactic to move gear: zero per cent financing.
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US school in toothless Obama worm infection

Security experts reckon a new low-threat worm that displays the image of President Obama on infected desktops is the work of technically-knowledgeable pranksters.
John Leyden, 30 Jan 2009
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ISPs relieved not to be Carter's Cops

Digital Britain ISPs greeted Carter with a sigh of relief, LINX head of public affairs told us today. In response to copyright infringement, ISPs will not now need to deploy expensive packet inspection - and won't disconnect users.
Andrew Orlowski, 30 Jan 2009
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'I HOPE YOUR HOUSE IS NEAR THE SEA HAHAHAHA!!!!'

FoTW Yes, it's a welcome return for Flame of the Week. Presumably ignited by this story - although the subject line suggests an accumulation of tinder.
Andrew Orlowski, 30 Jan 2009
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Toshiba plays sugar daddy to SanDisk

SanDisk is getting almost $300m cash and freeing itself from over half a bilion dollars of equipment lease obligations courtesy of sugar daddy Toshiba.
Chris Mellor, 30 Jan 2009
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White Space lobby leaps to Europe

Having secured FCC approval for the use of cognitive radios in White Space on the American side of the pond, a lobbying consortium has jumped the Atlantic to try their luck with European regulators.
Bill Ray, 30 Jan 2009
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Humyo cloud disappears from afternoon sky

Europe's largest online storage provider, Humyo, has been offline all afternoon due to a multi-terabyte database rebuild.
Chris Mellor, 30 Jan 2009
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T3 girds loins for IBM legal fight

Clone mainframe maker T3 Technologies - one of the last few non-IBM alternatives for running Big Blue's mainframe software - says that it doesn't anticipate settling its IBM lawsuits in Europe and in the United States. In other words, it won't pull a Platform Solutions.
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Microsemi CEO slapped for fabricating degrees

Chip maker Microsemi has decided to keep its CEO and president James Peterson after a board investigation concluded he lied about receiving degrees from Brigham Young University.
Austin Modine, 30 Jan 2009
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Silverlight 3 and 4 to 'open up new areas' - Microsoft

The next two releases of Silverlight will take Microsoft's media player in completely new directions, the technical executive in charge has promised.
Gavin Clarke, 30 Jan 2009
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Windows 7 UAC shutoff 'bug' leaves Microsoft unmoved

Security researchers have unearthed a potentially serious flaw in User Account Control (UAC) features in Windows 7. Microsoft is aware of the issue but is currently unconvinced it needs to make changes to the pre-release code.
John Leyden, 30 Jan 2009
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Google Chocolate Factory leaks (more) GDrive talk

More evidence has surfaced that Oompa Loompas inside the Google Chocolate Factory are hard at work on something called the GDrive.
Cade Metz, 30 Jan 2009
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NEC to axe 20,000

NEC joined the parade of tech firms announcing sinking profits, downsized forecasts, and shrinking workforces when the company today released financial results for its most recent quarter.
Rik Myslewski, 30 Jan 2009