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Google boss backs subsidized Linuxbooks

Google CEO Eric Schmidt has hinted that his company - or at least its partners - will one day subsidize the purchase of extra-low-cost Linux netbooks in an effort to promote the use of its myriad cloud online services.
Cade Metz, 04 Mar 2009
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The Borings renew Street View fight

Mr and Mrs Boring have renewed their Google Street View tilt.
Cade Metz, 04 Mar 2009
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Obama releases Dubya's secret anti-terror memos

The Obama administration has released nine secret legal opinions penned by Bush Administration lawyers, revealing the scope of executive power the White House sought in fighting domestic terrorism.
Austin Modine, 04 Mar 2009
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Fusion-io secretly parts with CEO

Updated Fusion-io has signed a great deal for HP to OEM its flash memory card acceleration technology. And it has lost Don Basile, its CEO, in a bizarre conjunction of events.
Chris Mellor, 04 Mar 2009
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US court urged to block warrantless GPS tracking

The Electronic Frontier Foundation and the American Civil Liberties Union are waging a legal challenge against what they say is law enforcement's growing use of global positioning system location-tracking devices often without first seeking a warrant.
Dan Goodin, 04 Mar 2009

MontaVista joins Moblin crew

Linux tool vendor MontaVista is joining the Moblin community, the Intel-sponsored group that's putting a Linux stack on the low-power Atom processor.
Austin Modine, 04 Mar 2009
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US warboffins update Where Eagles Dare gizmo-bombs

Who here remembers the nifty little gizmo-bombs used so inventively by Clint Eastwood and Richard Burton in WWII flick Where Eagles Dare? If you liked them, it seems you're not alone, as US special ops Q-Branch boffins are now looking to buy a detonator unit with even more functions.
Lewis Page, 04 Mar 2009
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Serious business behind Microsoft's Silverlight-3 tease

Microsoft's been playing the tease on Silverlight 3. The company's been slowly upping the ante on expectations, promising "major enhancements", while outsiders who traveled to Redmond and have met the Silverlight team have returned with tales of wonders but few details, citing pain of confidentiality agreements.
Gavin Clarke, 04 Mar 2009
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Iron Mountain punts subterranean data storage

Iron Mountain - well-known for storing paper records and tape cartridges in secured holes in the ground - has started up an underground cloud-based Virtual File Service.
Chris Mellor, 04 Mar 2009
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Dell plays with virtual data centers

In a normal time - say, like last year before the economic meltdown - server maker Dell would have probably just shelled out a bunch of cash and acquired Future Facilities, a maker of 3D data center simulation and design tools. But this is not a normal time, and cash is king. So, today, Dell is instead announcing a partnership with the company that will see Dell use its 6Sigma DC virtual data center modeling tools in its efforts to peddle products and services.
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Gigabyte unveils touch-sensitive, twistable netbooks

Gigabyte has launched a four-strong range of netbooks with twistable, tablet-style touchscreens.
James Sherwood, 04 Mar 2009
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Butt-based watch UI uncovered

Let’s face it, many of us spend most of the day sitting down. So a designer’s drawn up plans for a watch that tells the time according to sitting time zones.
James Sherwood, 04 Mar 2009
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San Diego F-18 crash deaths 'avoidable'

The F/A-18D Hornet crash which last December claimed four lives after the aircraft came down in a suburb of San Diego was "avoidable", the BBC reports.
Lester Haines, 04 Mar 2009
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Live security webcast: 3pm GMT today

Regcast Our expert panel take to the studio at 3pm GMT today to tackle the topic of Security for mid-sized businesses, in our latest live, free and fully interactive webcast.
Jamie Bodkin, 04 Mar 2009
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Portuguese open sourcers decry MS-only gov eProcurement

Portuguese open sourcers are a bit miffed that a government "eProcurement" platform offers "conditioned access to bid at a public tender", viz: If you're not running Microsoft software you're not tendering for anything.
Lester Haines, 04 Mar 2009
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HP plays the Fusion-io card

Comment HP has plunged into the solid state drive storage pool by adding NAND flash-based IO Accelerator cards to its blade servers to speed up disk I/O.
Chris Mellor, 04 Mar 2009
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Panasonic reveals dual-resolution camera

Panasonic has expanded its Lumix camera line with a “creative HD hybrid” model able to shoot video at two different resolutions.
James Sherwood, 04 Mar 2009
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Lenovo IdeaPad S10e netbook

Review Ah, netbooks... everybody is making them - cue Psion lawyers - and everyone wants one. Yet despite the stiff competition, Acer and Asus combined own around 70 per cent of the market. So what are the rest of them doing so wrong? Not distinguishing themselves well enough, if the Lenovo IdeaPad S10e is anything to go by.
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ITV to sell Friends Reunited, axe 600 jobs

Broadcaster ITV is slashing 600 jobs and looking to sell its Friends Reunited and Scoot websites after reporting a net loss of £2.55bn last year.
Kelly Fiveash, 04 Mar 2009
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MPs vote to keep addresses private (theirs, not yours)

Members of Parliament have voted themselves the right to withhold their names and addresses from publication. Candidates at Parliamentary elections will get the same right.
Jane Fae , 04 Mar 2009
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Government wastes £4.6m on mobile telly nonsense

A £5m gov-backed mobile-video series designed to promote condom use among da yoof has met with a limp reception - in the two months since its launch the internet-based campaign has only managed 554 MySpace friends and 15 fans on Facebook.
Bill Ray, 04 Mar 2009
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Online bookie Bwin funding dodgy football website

Online bookie Bwin is funding a website that links to unauthorised live internet broadcasts of Premier League and other football matches, according to a BBC Radio 4 investigation.
John Leyden, 04 Mar 2009
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Cut your desktop TCO with The Register

If you are responsible for desktop environments in large organisations – more than 500/1000 desktop PCs – then we’ve got a treat for you. We're running a round table next Tuesday that shows how to reduce your Desktop TCO.
Team Register, 04 Mar 2009
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Garmin walks out pedestrian-oriented satnavs

Garmin has veered off of the road to launch two satnav series targeted at pedestrians.
James Sherwood, 04 Mar 2009
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ZTE promises world's first low-cost solar phone

Solar-powered gadgets, particularly mobile phones, were everywhere at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona last month. Now a Chinese firm’s unveiled a solar talker that’ll help save the Earth – but which won’t cost it either.
James Sherwood, 04 Mar 2009
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Polish Spitfire shoots down BNP

The British National Party has pulled off a bit of a blinder by fronting an anti-immigration campaign with a poster featuring a Spitfire belonging to 303 Squadron of the RAF - the "most effective Polish squadron during the Second World War", as the Telegraph puts it.
Lester Haines, 04 Mar 2009
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LG preps 8Mp Viewty successor

Reports are coming in that LG has designed a successor to its Viewty cameraphone. The new handset has already been unofficially dubbed the Viewty II.
James Sherwood, 04 Mar 2009

Amazon's Kindle goes soft with iPhone app

Amazon has extended the Kindle brand into software with an iPhone application, also available for the iPod Touch, replicating the electronic-book experience but without the electronic ink.
Bill Ray, 04 Mar 2009
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OLED-equipped 'open source' EV shown at Geneva Motor Show

'Leccy Tech Back in January, Reg Hardware reported on German auto-engineering company EDAG's plan to unveil at the Geneva Motor Show an electric vehicle with an OLED tail-gate, four in-wheel electric motors, user-definable OLED dashboard and basalt-fibre body panels.
Alun Taylor, 04 Mar 2009
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HP punts Officejet threesome at SMBs

Hewlett-Packard has launched three new Officejet printers aimed at the small and medium business (SMB) market.
Team Register, 04 Mar 2009
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MPs told PGP 'incompatible' with Parliament network

MPs have been told that although they are free to install PGP on their parliamentary machines the technology is not compatible with Parliament’s remote access software, making its use impractical.
John Leyden, 04 Mar 2009
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Taiwan suggests suffering IT vendors try China, Africa and India

Cebit 09 Taiwan's IT cheerleader-in-chief claimed today the country's IT sector should come through the current financial crisis unscathed, if it can wean itself away from the cash-strapped consumers of the US and Europe.
Joe Fay, 04 Mar 2009
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Bloodhound supercar is 'recession beater', says promoter

Government plans to turn the UK's foundering financial-services-based economy into a high tech, engineering powerhouse were showcased today in London.
Lewis Page, 04 Mar 2009
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Epson EH-DM2 projector with built-in DVD player

Review Will users get carried away by Epson's EH-DM2 portable projector that features an integrated DVD player and audio output?
Lewis Caliburn, 04 Mar 2009
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US cops called to McDonalds menu cock-up

A Florida woman has earned herself an appearance before the beak on a misuse of 911 rap after calling cops three times to demand they rush to a McDonald's outlet and satisfy her lust for Chicken McNuggets.
Lester Haines, 04 Mar 2009
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Acer promises Windows Mobile 6.5 smartphone for €49

Cebit 09 Acer unwrapped a quartet of smartphones at Cebit today, doubling its range just weeks after it unveiled its first wave of devices.
Joe Fay, 04 Mar 2009
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Eye-Fi launches Wi-Fi video upload SD

Eye-Fi has launched an SD card able to support wireless video uploads onto the web, as promised.
James Sherwood, 04 Mar 2009
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EC retires the Microsoft watchdog

The European Commission has relaxed the requirements of the 2004 anti-trust order against Microsoft - the software giant no longer needs its behaviour watched by a full-time “monitoring trustee”.
Kelly Fiveash, 04 Mar 2009
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Opera lances 'extremely severe' jpg bug

Opera has published an update to its flagship browser software that addresses a raft of security bugs.
John Leyden, 04 Mar 2009
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Asus cracks out of its shell with Air-esque Eee PC

Cebit 09 Asus stuck with its beside-the-seaside theme this week when it unveiled its latest 10in Eee PC netbook, the 1008HA, at Cebit.
Joe Fay, 04 Mar 2009
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Last day for anti-snooping petition

An e-petition which asks Prime Minister Gordon Brown "to Stop ISP's from breaching customers privacy via advertising technologies" is ending today.
John Oates, 04 Mar 2009
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Huawei unwraps 21Mb/s HSDPA dongle

Modem maker Huawei has introduced an HSDPA dongle with a slide-out USB connector. Not only that, but it supports monster download speeds
Tony Smith, 04 Mar 2009
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Asus unfolds dual-screen laptop/e-book reader

Cebit 09 Two screens are better than one, aren’t they? The answer’s yes, at least according to Asus – developer of a dual-screen display shown off at the ongoing Cebit show in Germany this week.
James Sherwood, 04 Mar 2009
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German cops bust cybercrime forum

German police have arrested several members of a hacking forum linked to the distribution of Trojan horse software that infected 80,000 computers.
John Leyden, 04 Mar 2009
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Spotify breach creates password hack risk

Popular online music service Spotify has warned of a security breach that may have exposed user passwords and other sensitive data.
John Leyden, 04 Mar 2009
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Obama taps net neut for FCC post

As expected, President Barack Obama named former Harvard law classmate Julius Genachowski as the next chairman of the US Federal Communications Commission.
Cade Metz, 04 Mar 2009
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AMD's former chip-making unit dubbed 'Globalfoundries'

AMD's former chip-making business is now "Globalfoundries." Well, technically, it's "GLOBALFOUNDRIES," but we don't play that capitalization jive.
Austin Modine, 04 Mar 2009
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AMD teams with Intel chum on 40nm GPU shrink

AMD has announced two new graphics processors designed to provide DirectX 10.1 gaming and HD-video capability in low-power packages for laptops.
Rik Myslewski, 04 Mar 2009
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Brit pair convicted for high-tech bank heist gone bad

Two men have been convicted for trying to steal £229m from the London branch of a Japanese bank in an elaborate, high-tech scheme that would have been Britain's biggest bank heist.
Dan Goodin, 04 Mar 2009
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Schwarzenegger delivers the goods for Cebit fans

With Terminator Salvation lead actor Christian Bale losing it and the movie's director Joseph McGinty clashing with Warner Brothers for clipping scenes to make his film PG-13 instead of R, the time is ripe for the man who helped make the whole Terminator oeuvre such a success to step in, apply some cool Austrian logic, and bang some heads together.
Gavin Clarke, 04 Mar 2009
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NASA teams with Cisco to track carbon in 'near real-time'

Global climate science could get a kick in the pants with NASA's new pact with Cisco Systems to monitor and report carbon buildup across the world in "near real-time."
Austin Modine, 04 Mar 2009
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Microsoft courts enterprises with Windows 7

Microsoft has shifted focus from consumers and has begun targeting major enterprises mostly running Windows XP by telling them to prepare for Windows 7.
Gavin Clarke, 04 Mar 2009
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HP babysits small biz servers

Hewlett-Packard can't afford to have small and medium businesses become deer in the headlights of the economic meltdown. And so, the company is starting to kick out deals and services to make it easier for SMBs to acquire its servers and storage despite the uncertain business climate.