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Apple sued over iPhone e-bookiness

A Swiss company has filed a lawsuit against Apple claiming the iPhone infringes upon its patent for an "Electronic device, preferably an electronic book."
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Outsourcing prices on the wane, says Gartner

If IT vendors think that their services businesses are going to save their cookies this year, they may have another thing coming.
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Microsoft 24 hours late with IE8 pwn protection

Just one day after a little-known hacker dazzled his peers by exploiting the latest version of Internet Explorer 8 beta, Microsoft added an important protection to the browser that probably would have prevented the attack.
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Microsoft follows Google to Mars

Microsoft clearly will go to the ends of the Earth to make sure no Google product goes unanswered.
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Dell spreads the channel love with distie big guns

Dell is signed up Ingram Micro and Tech Data in the US to wholesale Vostro desktops and notebooks in the US. The same disties go live with Dell in Canada in the next few weeks.
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Yorkshire dealers get spliced

Concorde Informatics has bought fellow Yorkshire reseller Phase CRS for an undisclosed sum.
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Ubuntu promises DIY Amazon cloud

OSBC Next month should see the first steps from the Canonical camp that will let you run an Amazon-style cloud behind the firewall on Ubuntu.
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InfiniBand: Caught in the Ethernet meatgrinder

Comment InfiniBand supplier Voltaire may be moving towards a twin InfiniBand/Ethernet strategy as InfiniBand looks to get boxed in by 10gigE and the coming 100gigE.
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EMC saves earth from its own private jets

Opinion EMC demonstrated the inherent complexities of saving the planet as it began sponsoring a greenhouse gas supply chain initiative this week, just months after CEO Joe Tucci had a good look at the atmosphere from the comfort of a corporate jet.
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Leaving PCs on costing UK business millions

A third of business computers in the UK are left switched on overnight, costing British businesses more than £300m a year in extra electricity bills.
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Mimecast and file server destruction

Analysis Mimecast is a UK-based supplier of unified email management services. Around the end of 2002 it started to build an appliance function that would unify the many daisy-chained email functions, (anti-spam, anti-virus, data leak prevention, signaturing) that were all implemented as separate boxes through which emails had to flow before ending up in peoples' inboxes. How it has done this and what it means leads logically through cloud file storage (CFS) to a deadly problem for filer suppliers.
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Dell buffs up EqualLogic SAN arrays with solid state drives

As we exclusively revealed last week, Dell is launching a new PS6000 line of EqualLogic iSCSI SAN arrays, featuring solid state drives and expanded software offerings.
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'Transportable' raygun 'deploys' - across Albuquerque

US flying-and-exploding-stuff globocorp Boeing has announced successful tests of a mobile "rapid deployment" complete laser weapon system. Sadly the company has missed the widely accepted shark-portability standard by a huge margin.
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Warner launches press-to-order DVD movie service

Warner Bros is diving into the vaults to offer 150 previously unreleased classic films for download or through a made-to-order DVD service.
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Samsung boxes up Centrino 2 notebook pair

Samsung is prepping the launch of two Centrino 2 notebooks. They are fairly similar, apart from screen size, but aimed at two decidedly different markets.
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Google takedowns flawed, analysis shows

Academics have analysed the requests received by Google for copyrighted material to be removed from the internet and found that almost a third of requests may be unwarranted and over half of link removal demands came from competitor companies.
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El Reg nails rooftop 60-ft todger outrage mansion

There was much merriment yesterday at the news that an 18-year-old wag had painted a 60-ft phallus on the roof of his parents' £1m Berkshire mansion - an outrage which escaped mum and dad's notice for a year:
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Shuttle XPC SP45H7

Review We're desperately keen to see the new Shuttle SX58H7, which supports the Core i7 family of processors, but it's currently listed as "coming soon" so we shall have to be patient. In the meantime, Shuttle suggested, why not take a look at the SP45H7?
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Canon unveils 1080p HD video-shooting DSLR

Canon has launched a 15.1Mp digital SLR camera that’s also able to capture full HD video.
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WAG sues CPW for phone pic nick

Glamour model Danielle Lloyd is suing Carphone Warehouse after a staff member downloaded pictures of her from her phone and tried to sell them to national newspapers.
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Scareware package incorporates file ransom trickery

Cybercrooks have combined two threats with a fake anti-virus package that holds files for ransom.
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Dell retreat from Limerick will leave 9,500 casualties

Dell's axing of 2,510 jobs at its Limerick plant will cost the region 9,500 jobs and suck €117m out of the local economy, a secret Irish government report admits.
Joe Fay, 25 2009
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BMW driver follows satnav to edge of cliff

A Doncaster man is facing a "hefty recovery bill", and an appearance before the beak on a driving without due care and attention rap, after following his BMW's satnav to the edge of a West Yorkshire cliff, the Telegraph reports.
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Sony talks up PSP digital downloads

Sony has confirmed that downloadable games will become a much bigger feature on the PlayStation Portable (PSP) throughout the rest of 2009.
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Sex crime 'lie detector' pilot could prompt wider use

Paedophiles and other sex offenders on probation will face compulsory "lie detector" tests from next month, The Register has learned.
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Isle of Man e-bike trial loses racers

'Leccy Tech Will the Isle of Man TTxGP zero-emission motorcycle race, due to be run on 12 June, have more than two electric bikes on the starting line?
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Copyrighted mice give OK on vat-grown organs

Scientists in Hawaii and Texas have unveiled some good news for planned "therapeutic cloning" techniques, in which new genetically-correct tissues would be grown in the lab for transplant into people needing replacement parts.
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Last.fm goes payware

Less than a year after unveiling what it called a "free global jukebox", Last.fm is scrapping free radio listening, except in three key countries: the USA, the UK and Germany. The site, acquired for $280m by media giant CBS almost two years ago, will instead introduce a €3 monthly equivalent fee for music streams. The site cruft, such as recommendations, interviews and social networking, remains free.
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French 3M workers barricade boss in office

Workers at a French 3M plant barricaded their boss in an office yesterday, in a protest over plans to lay off 110 employees, Reuters reports.
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China brands Tibet beating video fake

The Chinese government has branded a YouTube video, purportedly showing Chinese police viciously beating Tibetan protesters, as a fake.
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Security in the clouds - or clouds in security?

‘Cloud Computing’ is the marketing term of the moment, despite lacking a formal definition (this is what we came up with),
Tony Lock, 25 2009
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Altec Lansing Octiv Air wireless iPod speaker system

Review iPod speaker systems have come on a-ways of late, with units such as Edifier's Luna 5 and B&W's Zeppelin both looking and the sounding the part of serious home audio kit. With wireless music networking being the other Big Idea at the moment it was only a matter time before somebody put the two together and came up with something like Altec Lansing's Octiv Air wireless speaker system.
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Dell serves up 11G servers and Nehalem workstations

Dell is launching its 11th generation of PowerEdge servers, with M-series blades and new Precision tower workstations, together with a new Dell Management Console (DMC) based on Symantec Altiris software.
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Quirky motion-capture controller finally paraded

A controller enabling gamers to play motion-capture games on the Xbox 360 has been unveiled at the ongoing Game Developers Conference in San Francisco.
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Sun sells two Constellation supers for $30m

Sun Microsystems may be keeping quiet as lawyers apparently work out the details of a sale to IBM, but the company has made one announcement: a $30m deal to sell two of its "Constellation" supercomputers to support weather forecasting and academic research in Australia.
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Skype is biggest international telco

VoIP outfit Skype is now handling more international voice minutes than anyone else - the eBay-owned operation is responsible for eight percent of the world's chat time.
Bill Ray, 25 2009
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Are you making the most of your IT?

In recent weeks, The Register broadcast three live webcasts looking at software productivity for mid-sized businesses.
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Pentagon hacker Analyzer suspected of $10m cyberheist

Charges against notorious hacker-turned-suspected-cyber-fraudster Ehud Tenenbaum have expanded to include alleged fraud involving banks and credit card firms in both Canada and the US.

Deadfish iPhones send users into deep freeze

Some iPhone and iPod Touch users who've upgraded to the latest 2.2.1 firmware are reporting problems connecting to WiFi, though in some instances, going outside or sticking the handset in a freezer is providing relief.
Bill Ray, 25 2009
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Profs design AK47-locating 'smart dust' helmets

Acoustic gunshot detectors have become common in the past few years, and some have been reduced in size to where a single soldier can wear one on his uniform and be cued-in to an enemy's location as soon as he fires.
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Pioneer rebuffs reported rush to end plasma TV production

Exclusive Pioneer has denied reports that it will wrap up worldwide plasma TV production with a final run of sets next month.
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VMware VMs cost how much?

VMware reckons its virtual machines (VMs) cost less than rivals because you can stuff more of them in a physical server. It cites a Taneja Group study, just released, to support this claim.
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Microsoft: Judge us by our deeds on open source

Updated OSBC Microsoft has made a "tremendous commitment" to systems and file interoperability, according to its head of North American sales and marketing.
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Canadian cops cry for BlackBerry wiretap

Comment It has recently dawned on Canadian officials that communications sent with the BlackBerry are among the hardest mobile messages to eavesdrop on. But rather than congratulate the Waterloo, Ontario-based Research in Motion on a job well done, they're calling for laws that would force service providers to use only technology that can be tapped.

Nintendo's Iwata reveals wii storage fix, new games

GDC 09 Nintendo president Satoru Iwata delivered a keynote address to a capacity crowd at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco today, revealing a new mass storage solution for the Wii and preview of three upcoming game titles.
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AMD migrates live VMs from Shanghai to Istanbul

Virtual machines are not as virtual as you might think. It's a bit tricky to move a running virtual machine across different processor generations, and you can forget jumping from a Xeon to an Opteron server - or visa versa.
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Dell Nehalem men badmouth your servers

Uh-oh. All the server makers are starting to talk about total cost of ownership (TCO) again. And that usually means they are running out of the normal bang for the buck arguments they use to peddle products.
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Red Hat sales buck Meltdown

If you had to be one software vendor staring down the economic meltdown, then you would probably want to be Red Hat. If someone else had already chosen to be Oracle. And maybe you'd rather be Red Hat anyway, because size isn't everything.
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Sun packs 150 billion web pages into meat locker

If you believe the Gospel According to Robert J. Cringley, Google pilfered its top-secret modular data center from the Internet Archive.
Cade Metz, 25 2009