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US bandwidth gets new caps

More Americans will soon be fitted with bandwidth caps.
Cade Metz, 06 Feb 2009
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Ubuntu shops believe in Ubuntu

Is Ubuntu ready for prime time in the enterprise? Ubuntu users think so, according to a recent survey from Ubuntu's commercial sponsor, Canonical, and IT consultancy Red Monk.

Apple rethinks battery bondage

Three Apple patent applications have surfaced indicating the company may be rethinking its policy of using non-user-serviceable batteries in its mobile devices.
Rik Myslewski, 06 Feb 2009
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NASA births cliff-hanging yo-yo bot

NASA boffins said today they've built and tested a small and relatively simple robot that can rappel down cliffs, traverse steep terrain, and tarry about in inhospitable craters other rovers would fear to tread.
Austin Modine, 06 Feb 2009
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High-slider integrity planned for Windows 7 UAC

Microsoft has promised changes to a frustrating Windows security feature inside Windows 7, following reported vulnerabilities and an avalanche of criticism.
Gavin Clarke, 06 Feb 2009
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Reading punts free mobile info service

Reading Borough Council has launched a free service for locals and visitors interested in live information on buses, parking spaces and even cinema times, all through a mobile phone application.
Bill Ray, 06 Feb 2009
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IBM adds dedupe to Tivoli Storage Manager

IBM has announced a major release of its Tivoli Storage manager backup, archive and compliance product, adding scalability to up to a billion data objects, up to 3X faster backup speeds, and de-duplication.
Chris Mellor, 06 Feb 2009

Pentax K-m entry-level digital SLR

Review We’ve all been there: you go into a store with a fixed budget in mind then spot a product that makes you think: 'Hmm. If I spend a bit more, I can get an even better model than the one I had planned for.' Well, if you’re setting out to buy a high-end digital compact, you could well change your mind if you clamp your eyes on the Pentax K-m digital SLR.
George Cole, 06 Feb 2009
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Acronis on the prowl?

With a brand new CEO, established revenue stream and neat technology, you could be forgiven for thinking that privately-owned Acronis was looking to be acquired.
Chris Mellor, 06 Feb 2009
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New Zealand bolts net filtering regime into place

If you thought that net filtering and grandiose firewalls were the exclusive preserve of West Island (or "Australia", as the locals like to call it), think again. New Zealand is showing that it, too, is ready to play its part in the great Antipodean censorship stakes.
Jane Fae , 06 Feb 2009
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BlackBerry bosses settle share option row

The joint chief executives, president, chief financial officer and other board directors of Research in Motion - the firm behind BlackBerry - have settled a probe by Canadian regulators over the backdating of stock options.
John Oates, 06 Feb 2009
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Of laptop data security

Perhaps the first thing to say is: “It's nobody's fault.” We could blame the laws of physics for the current capabilities of laptops, but not those who discovered them, nor those who have successfully pushed the data storage of hard disks to terabyte capacities. Nor indeed, the people who squeezed the processing equivalent of several mainframes into the flat rectangle of electronic wizardry that we give to our mobile workers.
Jon Collins, 06 Feb 2009
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Fusion-io: Wozniak gets involved

Comment Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak is to become chief scientist for PCIe-connected solid state drive vendor Fusion-io and help devise a strategy to penetrate global corporate customers. His track record in this, unlike his Apple engineering record, is sadly unimpressive.
Chris Mellor, 06 Feb 2009
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MS lines up two critical updates for Patch Tuesday

Microsoft is lining up four security updates - two of which earn the dread rating of critical - for the February edition on its regular monthly Patch Tuesday update cycle.
John Leyden, 06 Feb 2009
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Xbox 360's NXE patch births RRoD complaints

The New Xbox Experience (NXE) patch - released earlier this week to fix an HDMI audio issue caused by downloading the NXE interface itself – appears to have brought the dreaded Red Ring of Death (RRoD) to rather a lot of consoles.
James Sherwood, 06 Feb 2009
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British troops to wear smart earplugs in Afghan combat

British troops getting ready to deploy to Afghanistan are being issued with electronic sound-cancelling earplugs designed to let them hear what they need to - orders, conversations, enemy footfalls - but prevent hearing damage caused by explosions, gunfire and so on.
Lewis Page, 06 Feb 2009
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El Reg pays tribute to father of Playmobil

It was with heavy hearts earlier this week that we reported on the death of Hans Beck, the man who in 1974 gave the world Playmobil.
Lester Haines, 06 Feb 2009
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Google finally soups up Gmail search

Google has at last added a new feature to Gmail Labs that allows users to simultaneously view multiple panes in the online email service without having to open another browser window.
Kelly Fiveash, 06 Feb 2009

HP UK pulls Linux from all new netbooks

HP has decided UK consumers don't want Linux-based netbooks. Actually, it appears to believe business buyers don't want the open-source OS either.
James Sherwood, 06 Feb 2009
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Lords say surveillance society erodes foundations of UK

The House of Lords Constitution Committee has warned that increasing use of surveillance by the government and private companies is a serious threat to freedoms and constitutional rights.
John Oates, 06 Feb 2009
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PlayStation 3 to get 45nm Cell 'mid year'

A slimmer PlayStation 3 could hit the shops this summer, because Sony’s finally said when it’ll begin replacing the console’s 65nm Cell chip.
James Sherwood, 06 Feb 2009
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BBC seen to yield over website snooping

The BBC has dropped a controversial tracking system from its UK website after privacy activists complained that it was reporting personal information including their post codes to a US company.

Hacking the Apple TV

Part 1 Apple continues to describe its Apple TV set-top box as a “hobby” project: it’ll continue to develop the platform, but it’s not making any money out of it yet. The gadget’s a hobby project for a lot of other folk too. They want to gain access to this closed but surprisingly powerful system to make it more useful.
Nick Hawkesmoor, 06 Feb 2009
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Amazon to make Kindle mobile

Amazon has confirmed that books currently available for its Kindle e-reader will soon be accessible on mobile phones.
James Sherwood, 06 Feb 2009
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Cisco wireless flaws pose DoS risk

Cisco is urging admins to update their wireless LAN hardware following the discovery of multiple vulnerabilities in its enterprise Wi-Fi kit.
John Leyden, 06 Feb 2009
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The Boss bitchslaps Ticketmaster

Bruce Springsteen has castigated Ticketmaster after it encouraged US fans to buy tickets online for one of his gigs at inflated prices.
Kelly Fiveash, 06 Feb 2009
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Spysat-spying spysats on track for launch, says Boeing

US aerospace colossus Boeing says it has conducted successful ground testing of America's planned "space surveillance" satellite system. The idea, essentially, is spy satellites to spy on other spy satellites.
Lewis Page, 06 Feb 2009
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Commissioner pours scorn on internet freedom law

New EU laws to protect freedom on the internet and force ISPs to stand up to authoritarian regimes are "unnecessary" and proposed penalties are "heavy", EU Telecoms Commissioner Viviane Reding told the European Parliament this week.
Jane Fae , 06 Feb 2009
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TomTom belts up with Renault

You’ll be kicking yourself if you recently bought a top-of-the-range Renault Megane. Because the French car maker’s now updated its faithful Clio line with a swanky integrated TomTom satnav option.
James Sherwood, 06 Feb 2009
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Sony unveils colourful PSP trio

Don’t get your hopes up for Sony’s new Carnival Colours PlayStation Portable series launching in the UK. The Japanese electronics giant’s just unveiled a simple trio of re-sprayed PSPs for Blighty instead.
James Sherwood, 06 Feb 2009
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Insolvency levels show upturn in downturn

UK insolvencies have risen sharply in the past quarter as the recession starts to hit small businesses. But the headline figure is distorted by one group that accounted for 729 separate managed services businesses that all went into administration.
John Oates, 06 Feb 2009
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Brits 'a bunch of yellow bastards', says irate Yank

FoTW Our recent shock revelation that South Dakota is awash with American Sterotypes™ did not go down too well with one gun-toting Yank.
Lester Haines, 06 Feb 2009

OLPC designer styles goes-like-stink electric motorbike

'Leccy Tech The metaphorical dust cover was yanked off the latest 'leccy motorcycle at the TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) conference in Long Beach, California, yesterday - and an arresting looking bit of kit it is too.
Alun Taylor, 06 Feb 2009
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Flybe clips IT department's wings

Exeter-based sky bus operator Flybe is sacking a significant proportion of its IT department, according to an insider.
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MoD orders £3m anti-friendly-fire 'Combat ID Server'

Controversial gov-plunder warboffinry firm Qinetiq - in partnership with US armsbiz giants - has won a £3m deal from the Ministry of Defence (MoD) for a prototype server intended to prevent "friendly fire" incidents.
Lewis Page, 06 Feb 2009
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US sheds 598,000 jobs in January

They say you can't manage what you don't measure. But what do you do when you don't trust what you are measuring or when you are measuring the wrong thing?
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NEC shutters European PC biz

NEC has confirmed that it will shutter its European PC operations. After announcing hefty fiscal Q3 losses and 20,000 worldwide job cuts last week, the Japanese technology conglomerate will also outsource its European server manufacturing.

Apple banishes Macs to old folks home

Apple has quietly declared that Power Mac G4s, Xserve G4s, and the PowerBook G4 are now either "vintage" or "obsolete."
Rik Myslewski, 06 Feb 2009
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FBI releases pics of low-level suspects in $9m ATM scam

The FBI has released pictures of two suspects linked to a multi-million dollar ATM heist.
John Leyden, 06 Feb 2009

Intel ships updated Atom chips six months early

Intel has confirmed it is already shipping the next incarnation of the Atom processor.
Austin Modine, 06 Feb 2009
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MySQL chief Mickos quits Sun

Former MySQL CEO Marten Mickos is leaving Sun Microsystems, less than a year after Sun paid $1bn for the free-database outfit he helped build.
Cade Metz, 06 Feb 2009
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Geeks.com settles charges claiming its security was crap

Geeks.com, a large online seller of computer hardware and software, has agreed to allow federal regulators to monitor its website security for 10 years to settle charges it violated federal laws requiring it to adequately safeguard sensitive customer data.
Dan Goodin, 06 Feb 2009
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Salesforce.com president and chief strategy officer departs

The president of Salesforce.com has definitely left the building, and two other high-level execs have reportedly been laid off as well.
Austin Modine, 06 Feb 2009
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Google shoves ebook monopoly onto iPhone

Google has unleashed its incubating digitized book monopoly onto the iPhone (and iPhone-wannabes running its very own Android OS).
Cade Metz, 06 Feb 2009