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Hyundai's Blue-Will

Hyundai readies Volt-style hybrid

'Leccy Tech Due to be unveiled at next month's Seoul Motor Show, the Hyundai Blue-Will is the Korean take on the plug-in parallel hybrid.
Alun Taylor, 26 Mar 2009
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Hey, Red Hat - Open-source help still lousy?

OSBC It's been exactly a year since former Delta Airlines vice president turned Red Hat chief executive Jim Whitehurst criticized open-source vendors for doing a lousy job of getting customers involved in the community and projects.
Gavin Clarke, 26 Mar 2009
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Game designers deconstruct their 'art'

GDC 09 A lot of hard-core gamers like to argue over whether video games should be considered "art." If they're not, these three characters have brought the medium awfully close.
Austin Modine, 26 Mar 2009
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Pink slips at Big Blue

IBM is cutting 5,000 jobs today, mostly in the US and mostly from its services division.
John Oates, 26 Mar 2009
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EU: Our Members need 'increased wood'

A Brussels talking-shop operated by the EU has called for greater efforts by European countries to grow more trees, as this would remove carbon from the atmosphere and mitigate global warming.
Lewis Page, 26 Mar 2009
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Lite-on eSAU208-16

Review If you buy a netbook, you have to be prepared to live without an optical drive. You can add an external drive for reading and writing DVDs and CDs, but to make it as convenient as the mini-laptop, it needs to be self-contained and compact. Lite-On has one with a good spec.
Simon Williams, 26 Mar 2009
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Discovery bids adios to ISS

Space shuttle Discovery yesterday undocked from the International Space Station and its crew will today use the vehicle's robotic arm to do a final check on the "thermal protection system" prior to a sheduled Saturday touch-down at Kennedy Space Center.
Lester Haines, 26 Mar 2009
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More videogames for girls, demands psychologist

Videogames have long been associated with the development of visual-spatial skills in youngsters. But one researcher has warned that a lack of female-friendly titles could be putting girls at a disadvantage.
James Sherwood, 26 Mar 2009
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Madoff data can be extradited back to US

Data which is protected by the Data Protection Act can be transferred to the US to help in the investigation of companies run by Bernard Madoff, the High Court has said. The transfer would usually be barred but is justified in this case, the Court said.
OUT-LAW.COM, 26 Mar 2009
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WD releases 2TB external HDDs

Western Digital has bumped up versions of its chunky MyBook external hard drives to a whopping 2TB of raw storage capacity.
Tony Smith, 26 Mar 2009
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Samsung phone recognises people, calls them

Scrolling through your phone’s address book to find someone to call or text can be a chore. So Samsung has launched a cameraphone that lets you text or call by tapping on their photo.
James Sherwood, 26 Mar 2009
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Dell plays left hand, right hand on smartphone plans

Michael Dell has confirmed that Dell is working on small-screen devices, while analysts reckon the company has shelved existing plans in order to provide services with its new devices.
Bill Ray, 26 Mar 2009
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Budvar beats Anheuser-Busch in latest Budweiser battle

US brewer Anheuser-Busch has lost its attempt to register the word 'budweiser' as a trade mark for beer in the European Union. Czech brewer Budejovicky Budvar has won the right to market its beers under the name.
OUT-LAW.COM, 26 Mar 2009
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Atlantis finally go for Hubble mission

Space shuttle Atlantis will trundle its way to Kennedy Space Center's Launch Pad 39A next Tuesday, in preparation for its much-delayed STS-125 mission to the Hubble Space Telescope.
Lester Haines, 26 Mar 2009
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Pink Floyd's Gilmour backs McKinnon protest gig

Updated Legendary Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour has agreed to participate in a musical protest against attempts to extradite UFO enthusiast turned hacker Gary McKinnon to the US.
John Leyden, 26 Mar 2009
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Top e-crime cop to plead for more cash

The woman in charge of policing online fraud in the UK plans to use the first operational year of the new Police Central e-crime Unit (PCeU) to make the case for more funding.
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Vuzix redesigns pop-up books

Vuzix has updated its VR920 virtual reality goggles with an add-on supposedly capable of bringing books alive with pop-out 3D characters.
James Sherwood, 26 Mar 2009

Wii becomes world's fastest selling console

Nintendo’s Wii has become the world’s fastest selling console, with more than 50m units sold since its 2006 launch.
James Sherwood, 26 Mar 2009
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German police boot down doors of Wikileaks offices

Analysis Government's tendency to moprh from blocking "child porn" to censoring discussion of all government censorship was illustrated this week when German Police raided the offices of Wikileaks Germany.
Jane Fae , 26 Mar 2009
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Sony-backed next-gen TV tech maker to close

A Field Emission Display (FED) TV business partly owned by Sony is to be liquidated, Japanese media report.
James Sherwood, 26 Mar 2009
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Lenovo splits to cover domestic, emerging markets

Lenovo has divided its business into new units to allow China’s largest computer vendor to slice and dice its products for developed countries and emerging markets.
Kelly Fiveash, 26 Mar 2009
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Revolting French workers bite 3M's balles

French 3M workers, who on Tuesday barricaded their boss in an office in protest at jobs cuts, have released their prisoner following successful negotiations to secure more cash for redundancy packages.
Lester Haines, 26 Mar 2009
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Knee X-ray biometrics plan to fight spoofing

US federal eggheads have proposed a novel method of preventing biometric ID systems being spoofed by the use of such things as contact lenses, fake fingerprints etc. Instead of easily-fooled systems of this sort, people should instead be identified using X-ray photographs of their knees.
Lewis Page, 26 Mar 2009
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Wallet-stretching li-ion G-Wiz e-car goes on sale

'Leccy Tech It's with a certain amount of trepidation what we bring you news of the asking prices for the latest e-cars you can actually buy here in the UK.
Alun Taylor, 26 Mar 2009
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LibDems uncover over 10,000 RIPA yarns

Local councils are using snooping powers too readily and without proper oversight.
John Oates, 26 Mar 2009
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A Geeks Guide2 ...iPhone Development

Reg Bookshop Reg Bookshop Geeks Guide2 With more than 25,000 apps available and over 800 million downloads, the iPhone’s App Store has become a battlefield for programmers. aS well as providing a playground for challenge-seeking developers, it offers an avenue to make money for small scale projects.
Register Books, 26 Mar 2009
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Thus finds a home for mobile division

The mobile division of C&W-owned Thus has been palmed off to Genisis Communications, to prevent the customers falling into the hands of Cable & Wireless or being subsumed into Vodafone.
Bill Ray, 26 Mar 2009
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BackWeb sues Microsoft over 'push' technology

BackWeb Technologies is suing Microsoft for infringement of four of the company’s patents.
Kelly Fiveash, 26 Mar 2009
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Final countdown to Conficker 'activation' begins

Security watchers are counting down to a change in how the infamous Conficker (Downadup) worm updates malicious code, due to kick in on Wednesday 1 April.
John Leyden, 26 Mar 2009
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Elgato Turbo.264 HD hi-def H.264 encoder

Review We love Elgato's original Turbo.264 dongle for its ability to speed up the conversion of video from a variety of sources into the H.264 format favoured by the iPhone we use as a PMP.
Tony Smith, 26 Mar 2009
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Aussie classification site hacked in censorship protest

Hackers broke into the Australian government's film and videogame classification website yesterday and posted a message opposing comms minister Stephen Conroy's trial of internet filtering.
John Oates, 26 Mar 2009
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Otellini: 'I'd rather have Sun be independent'

Another IT head honcho has put his two cents out there about the rumored acquisition of Sun Microsystems by rival IBM.
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T-Mobile pulls out of 2.6GHz challenge

T-Mobile has given up the fight against Ofcom's sale of 2.6GHz spectrum, leaving O2 as the only operator still challenging the regulator and delaying the auction.
Bill Ray, 26 Mar 2009
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Michigan man jailed for humping car wash vacuum

A Michigan man who was caught red-handed having sex with a car wash vacuum hose has been jailed for 90 days, the Saginaw News reports.
Lester Haines, 26 Mar 2009
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Resprayed Arena unveiled

LG’s Arena was only recently unveiled, but T-Mobile’s already scored itself an exclusive upgrade to the hyped-up handset.
James Sherwood, 26 Mar 2009
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City IT workers brace for anarchist attack

IT workers at City institutions have been told they must come to work on April 1 and 2, when thousands of protestors are expected in the Square Mile to mark the G20 meeting of leaders in London.
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'Nanodiamond' asteroid tracked from space to desert impact

An international alliance of astronomers are exceedingly chuffed to announce the first occasion of an asteroid being tracked from space, through impact with the Earth's atmosphere and thence to recovery of fragments on the ground.
Lewis Page, 26 Mar 2009
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Why no Lego Doctor Who? fans demand

Fans of Doctor Who last night quizzed exec producer Julie Gardner and designer Edward Thomas, who had perhaps unwisely agreed to appear before the unwashed masses at the opening night of the Celtic Media Festival in Caernarfon.
Lester Haines, 26 Mar 2009

Asus pulps Apple in hardware reliability survey

Asus has stolen the top spot from Apple in a report that assesses the reliability of top PC manufacturer’s machines.
James Sherwood, 26 Mar 2009
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Sony Ericsson serves up tennis star's handset

Nothing shifts gadgets better than a sexy sport star’s endorsement. So Sony Ericsson’s doubled up with tennis superstar Maria Sharapova to serve up its latest handset – the T707.
James Sherwood, 26 Mar 2009
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Melissa anniversary marks birth of email-aware malware

Thursday (26 March) marks the 10th anniversary of the notorious Melissa virus, the first successful email-aware virus.
John Leyden, 26 Mar 2009
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Microsoft loudly disses secret 'Cloud Manifesto'

Updated Microsoft’s Azure boss has leaked details of a “Cloud Manifesto” some big tech firms have been secretly working on and revealed that Redmond has no intention of playing ball.
Kelly Fiveash, 26 Mar 2009
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Windows 7 RC download page reveals May ship date

Someone with butter fingers at Microsoft has prematurely let slip when the company plans to push out the Release Candidate version of Windows 7 by posting the download page early.
Kelly Fiveash, 26 Mar 2009
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Sprint preps 15-city WiMAX roll-out

US telecom-services provider Sprint has announced that it will extend its WiMAX-based 4G wireless-broadband service to 10 American cities this year, with five more scheduled for 2010.
Rik Myslewski, 26 Mar 2009
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Webmail bug puts 40m accounts in jeopardy

A web-borne vulnerability lurking in a popular email application seriously compromised the security of 40 million accounts until it was fixed early last month, independent researchers said.
Dan Goodin, 26 Mar 2009
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Moonlight plans video-patent police beater for Linux

The open-source version of Microsoft's Silverlight is adopting hardware-based decoding for video, a move that will boost multimedia on Linux devices.
Gavin Clarke, 26 Mar 2009
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Google juices in-photo ads biz

Google has invested in a Silicon Valley startup that plants ads inside online photos. And The Reg can't help but wonder when the company will begin slipping virtual marketing into the very real cityscapes of Google Street View.
Cade Metz, 26 Mar 2009
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US mums sue anti-sexting crusader

The mothers of three high-school girls threatened with child-pornography charges have fired back with a lawsuit that accuses their district attorney of retaliating against them for refusing to attend a "re-education program."
Rik Myslewski, 26 Mar 2009
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Eastern game guru seeks Western know-how

GDC 09 Acclaimed game designer Hideo Kojima says he's recruiting Western developers to add their software specialization expertise to the next entry in the Metal Gear series.
Austin Modine, 26 Mar 2009
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Apple sets Snow Leopard release dev con dates

Apple announced on Thursday that its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) will be held on June 8 through 12, as expected.
Rik Myslewski, 26 Mar 2009
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Oracle and HP proposed joint Sun dismemberment deal

Oracle and Hewlett-Packard are believed to have made a joint offer for Sun Microsystems in a deal totaling more than $2bn.
Gavin Clarke, 26 Mar 2009
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Blades and VMs - IT's peanut butter cup

It looks like blade servers and server virtualization are the new Reese's Peanut Butter cup of the data center.
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Google clips 200 sales and marketing staff

Google has admitted it's not perfect.
Cade Metz, 26 Mar 2009
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Firefox exploit sends Mozilla into 'high-priority fire drill' mode

Mozilla's security team is rushing out a fix for its flagship Mozilla browser following the public release of attack code that targets a previously unknown vulnerability.
Dan Goodin, 26 Mar 2009
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Parallels: Bare-metal hypervisor in the works

Parallels, one of many peddlers of desktop and server virtualization products, says that it is still hard at work on a bare-metal hypervisor for the carving up of servers.