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Ex-EA man schools iPhone game makers

GDC 09 With an average of 165 apps released for the iPhone each day, it seems like everyone and their Aunt Mable has suddenly become a mobile developer - and all for a platform less than a year old.
Austin Modine, 24 Mar 2009
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Worm breeds botnet from home routers, modems

Security researchers have identified a sophisticated piece of malware that corrals consumer routers and DSL modems into a lethal botnet.
Dan Goodin, 24 Mar 2009
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Bush Obama sides with RIAA in P2P fight

Barack Obama's Department of Justice (DOJ) has sided with the Recording Industry Ass. of America (RIAA) in its lawsuit against a Massachusetts man accused of illegally downloading seven songs.
Rik Myslewski, 24 Mar 2009
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Novell kicks out SUSE Linux Enterprise 11

Commercial Linux distributor Novell today takes the wraps off SUSE Linux 11, its riff on Linux for servers and desktops that now sports a commercially supported extension for the Mono runtime environment and a variant that provides high availability clustering of servers.
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Medion tower makes supermarket debut

Just shy of £500 is rather a lot to spend on the weekly shop, but get yourself down to budget supermarket Aldi this week and the sum will get you a whopper of a Medion PC.
James Sherwood, 24 Mar 2009
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Taking the bull by the balls: A NetApp history

Review People hungry for storage technology details will not be impressed by Dave Hitz's history of NetApp, How To Castrate A Bull. All they will learn about WAFL, Hitz's seminal invention underpinning NetApp's filer success is that it is "Absolutely wonderful technology that our non-technical customers don't really want to hear about". Ah.
Chris Mellor, 24 Mar 2009
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Lawyer-client privilege no bar to surveillance, say Lords

The state is allowed to bug communication between lawyers and their clients, the House of Lords has said. The UK's highest court ruled that spy law the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA) allows lawyers' conversations to be bugged.
OUT-LAW.COM, 24 Mar 2009
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Failed tax system still causing grief

The Public Accounts Committee has found the government's tax system overpaid tax credits by £7.3bn in the first four years of the scheme and is still clocking up £1bn a year in overpayments.
John Oates, 24 Mar 2009
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Ofcom finds few using e-gov

The communications regulator has found that fewer than half the UK population have used online government services.
Kablenet, 24 Mar 2009
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O2, Vodafone in cabinet bunk-up

O2 and Vodafone successfully confused the media yesterday by announcing a network sharing deal, despite the fact that the deal extends to little more than linking up air-conditioning units and power supplies while the networks remain obstinately separate.
Bill Ray, 24 Mar 2009
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El Reg Street View snappers caught on camera

It's been live for less than a week, but Google's Street View has already got the press and privacy outfits in a bit of a tizz over the possible implications of having the UK's highways and byways, and indeed the citizens unfortunate enough to have been walking Blighty's leafy boulevards when the Orwellian Opel came a-calling, plastered across cyberspace.
Lester Haines, 24 Mar 2009
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Nokia unfolds 7205 Intrigue

Nokia has launched a rather intriguing clamshell phone, a colourful little talker called the 7205 Intrigue.
James Sherwood, 24 Mar 2009
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Adamo battery not hot-swappable

Dell’s recently unveiled Adamo laptop emulates Apple’s MacBook Air in more than just looks. It’s been revealed that the PC giant's latest laptop doesn’t feature a user-removable battery either.
James Sherwood, 24 Mar 2009
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London health authority put on notice over data breach

A north London health authority has been given until the end of the month to improve its information security policies following an embarrassing information security blunder last year.
John Leyden, 24 Mar 2009
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Brainscan boffins build blunder-warning hat

Brain brainboxes in America and the Netherlands have come up with two significant pieces of research this week. Doubt is cast on any hopes for an early recovery from the present global economic crisis: but then a ray of light appears from another direction.
Lewis Page, 24 Mar 2009
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All aboard for six gig SAS

The six gig SAS bandwagon is gathering pace, with Hitachi GST announcing a 6Gbit/s small form factor (SFF) enterprise drive and Atto announcing six gig SAS host adapters.
Chris Mellor, 24 Mar 2009
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Pot Noodle boils up instant doner kebab

There's great news today for those of you who like to go out on the lash and then get your laughing gear around death wrapped in pitta bread but sometimes can't even be arsed to hit the pub before partaking of late-night nutrition: You'll soon be able to avail yourselves of a doner kebab-flavoured Pot Noodle.
Lester Haines, 24 Mar 2009
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ContactPoint rollout grinds to a halt, again

ContactPoint, the child protection database set up after the murder of Victoria Climbie, has been delayed for the third time.
John Oates, 24 Mar 2009
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EMI rejigs digital unit, waves goodbye to ex-Google CIO

EMI Music split with its digital head yesterday after the troubled record company decided to move the unit he oversaw into its main business operations.
Kelly Fiveash, 24 Mar 2009
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Police ad urges: 'Trust no one'

Analysis A new ad campaign by the Metropolitan Police warns the public to be on the alert for strangers who look at them in a funny way, and to check the contents of their neighbours’ bins. Suggestions that the campaign may be a tad alarmist have been dismissed, the police arguing they are only doing what is necessary to protect the public in dangerous times.
Jane Fae , 24 Mar 2009
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Pure Digital Evoke-2S DAB and FM radio

Review With its ‘chip company that also makes radios’ label firmly in the past, Pure Digital can now move on to produce products at the top end of the market. But to justify its premium price of £170, the "luxury" Evoke-2S needs to deliver a something special. Fortunately for Pure, it does just that.
Lewis Caliburn, 24 Mar 2009
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Police union leader calls for 'killer games' sales ban

A senior German police official has called for violent videogames to be banned.
James Sherwood, 24 Mar 2009
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Orange and 3 talk back to Carter

The first responses to Lord Carter's report on enabling Digital Britain are in, and Orange has offered to connect up the UK if Ofcom agrees to hand over a decent slice of 900Mhz.
Bill Ray, 24 Mar 2009
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LibDems want gov action on killer lorries of death

The Liberal Democrats, Britain's other opposition, is calling for urgent government action on the threat of killer lorries of death, which are apparently routinely smashing into railway bridges and menacing primary schools thanks to dodgy satnav.
John Oates, 24 Mar 2009
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ID cards not compulsory after all, says Home Office

Plans to make ID cards compulsory for UK citizens at some point in the middle distance have been officially abandoned, apparently. According to the Home Office's revised counter-terrorism strategy document, published today, "It is not our intention that identity cards should be mandatory for UK nationals."
John Lettice, 24 Mar 2009
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Windows Home Server fixes bugs with Power Pack 2

Microsoft has rolled out the latest update to Windows Home Server (WHS) with today’s release of Power Pack 2.
Kelly Fiveash, 24 Mar 2009
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Facebook encourages ISP customer protests over Phorm

Facebook's privacy chief today urged customers of BT, Carphone Warehouse and Virgin Media who are unhappy about their ISP's plans to work with Phorm in monitoring and profiling web use to "make their feelings known".
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eCard scammer avoids jail

A US fraudster who used fake electronic greetings cards to spread malware has avoided a jail sentence for his crimes.
John Leyden, 24 Mar 2009

Online retailer offers Sim-free iPhone 3Gs

Play.com is punting unlocked iPhones for folk who don't fancy being tethered to O2. The downside: freedom from carriers doesn't come cheap.
Tony Smith, 24 Mar 2009
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Seagate re-armours small business storage

Update Seagate has introduced a line of network-attached, workstation and portable disk storage products with encrypted contents under its BlackArmor brand.
Chris Mellor, 24 Mar 2009
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Home Office details early ID vendors

The Home Office has listed 3M and nCipher as providers to the early stage of the National Identity Scheme.
Kablenet, 24 Mar 2009
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China bans YouTube again

The Chinese government has again blocked access to YouTube just over a year after it shut off access to the site for hosting footage of the Tibet protests.
John Oates, 24 Mar 2009
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Discovery crew prep for return to Earth

Space shuttle Discovery will tomorrow undock from the International Space Station ahead of a scheduled return to Kennedy Space Center at 13:44 EDT (17:44 GMT) on Saturday.
Lester Haines, 24 Mar 2009
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Romanian hacking group downs tools

A controversial Romanian hacker group famous for exposing security shortcomings on corporate and anti-virus websites has disbanded.
John Leyden, 24 Mar 2009
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Samsung introduces NC10-successor netbooks

Samsung has unveiled two 10.1in “mini notebooks” - netbooks to you, me and Intel's lawyers - for buyers that value portability above all else.
James Sherwood, 24 Mar 2009
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Sony hints at eco-friendly HD TV future

Exclusive Sony is set to make its TVs more environmentally friendly, and all you have to do is lie down and go to sleep.
James Sherwood, 24 Mar 2009
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Samsung B2700 Bound rugged mobile phone

Review Anyone who's ever splashed a few drops of water on just the wrong bit of their pricey new phone can see the advantage of rugged design. It's rarely pretty, it's never svelte, but you don't need to venture into a war zone to appreciate the benefit of a more secure approach to portable electronics.
Dave Oliver, 24 Mar 2009
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DARPA at phase 2 on human 'regeneration' tech

Famed US military mad-professor bureau DARPA has inked a second deal with Massachusetts researchers to develop ways of "regenerating" human body tissues cut, shot or blown off in combat. The new biotech therapies would employ the same methods used by newts in growing replacement limbs.
Lewis Page, 24 Mar 2009
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Penguin-free Linux 2.6.29 kernel released

Linus Torvalds has released a new version of Linux that temporarily kills off Tux, the cutesy Penguin mascot.
Kelly Fiveash, 24 Mar 2009
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GSMA scores 2, concedes 3, with EU

MEPs have reached an informal agreement on European roaming, conceding the cost of data and 30-second billing to the mobile-industry, but standing firm on caps and the price of a text message.
Bill Ray, 24 Mar 2009
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Michael Dell licks chops over Bigger Indigo

While every man and his dog in the IT industry was been commenting on Cisco Systems entering the server business, the IT vendor community has been pretty mum about the rumors of IBM looking at acquiring rival Sun Microsystems for perhaps as much as $8bn. Until now.
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PGP email marketing gaffe creates message storm

PGP irritated its security conscious customers on Tuesday by making the schoolboy error of sending out an email marketing message to a list of around 300 recipients without using the bcc field.
John Leyden, 24 Mar 2009
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Mr. WebTV gives games thin-client treatment

GDC 09 An intriguing new game service called OnLive may bring obsolescence to the gaming console question: "But will it run Crysis?"
Austin Modine, 24 Mar 2009
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Cisco pitches new world server order

If you had to sum up the sales pitch that Cisco Systems is polishing up as it prepares to deliver its "California" Unified Computer System, it would look something like this: California will save you money, even if we charge a premium for server capacity.
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Kiwi telecom inks contract with convicted hacker

New Zealand's No. 2 telecommunications company has hired a 16-year-old botnet herder less than 12 months after he pleaded guilty to six computer hacking and fraud charges following an international investigation.
Dan Goodin, 24 Mar 2009
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Red Hat aims open-source at IT discomfort zone

OSBC Red Hat has told open-source vendors they shouldn't hesitate when selling against proprietary rivals during the current economic downturn.
Gavin Clarke, 24 Mar 2009
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Google, Mozilla back 3D interwebs

GDC 09 Open-standards industry consortium the Khronos Group is forming a working group meant to bring accelerated 3D graphics to the interwebs.
Rik Myslewski, 24 Mar 2009
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UK boffins to breed syntho-blood from human embryos

Led by the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service, a team of British scientists is planning a three-year research project that seeks to fashion synthetic human blood from embryonic stem cells. It's a welcome announcement. The synthetic human blood biz needs a transfusion of its own.
Cade Metz, 24 Mar 2009
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Newfangled rootkits survive hard disk wiping

Researchers have demonstrated how to create rootkits that survive hard-disk reformatting by injecting malware into the low-level system instructions of a target computer.
Dan Goodin, 24 Mar 2009
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Kiwis scrap 'three strikes' P2P policy

New Zealand has temporarily abandoned its plans to enact a French-style "three-strikes" internet policy that forces ISPs to disconnect customers repeatedly accused of illegally downloading copyrighted materials.
Austin Modine, 24 Mar 2009
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Novell boss in semi-apology over Microsoft pact

OSBC It was a short presentation that focused dryly on "opportunities" for open source in something he called the "service-driven data center."
Gavin Clarke, 24 Mar 2009
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Google goes long with new search pages

Google has pushed out two (minor) changes to its web-dominating search engine. Search-results pages now offer longer site descriptions, and a longer list of searches is provided that may or may not improve your initial query.
Cade Metz, 24 Mar 2009