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Intel clears Core i7 Xeon 5500 for landing

Nehalem Day After Monday's roll-out of Intel's long-awaited Xeon 5500 family, The Reg sat down with a pair of Intel honchos at the company's Santa Clara, California, headquarters and asked, "What took you so long?"
Rik Myslewski, 31 Mar 2009
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PC firms slammed in latest Greenpeace eco report

Dell, HP and Lenovo have all seen their eco-friendliness scores slashed in the latest edition of Greenpeace’s Guide to Greener Electronics, which conversely saw Apple and Philips gain notable mentions from the environmental organisation.
James Sherwood, 31 Mar 2009
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EU launches pirate talking shop

This week sees the second European Union conference on piracy and counterfeit goods.
John Oates, 31 Mar 2009
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The reference guide to data centre automation

This week's trawl through the Reg Library results in three of our most popular whitepapers about data centre-y things. Let's kick off:
Team Register, 31 Mar 2009
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Cost of a cuppa set to rocket

The United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organisation has warned the price of tea will "jump to a record high" following droughts in India, Kenya and Sri Lanka, which have hit production hard.
Lester Haines, 31 Mar 2009
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Seagate sneaks content round your home network

Seagate's new FreeAgent Theater media player product relies on sneakernet to cart digital files between a PC and the TV.
Chris Mellor, 31 Mar 2009
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Greenbird sail-car wafts in as future of zero-emission motoring?

Leccy Aero Tech So how's this for emissions-free motoring?
Alun Taylor, 31 Mar 2009
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Pirate Bay linking could implicate Facebook, says lawyer

The Pirate Bay has unveiled a feature that makes it easy for web users to post links to pirated material on their Facebook page. The activity risks passing liability for copyright infringement onto Facebook, a technology lawyer warned.
OUT-LAW.COM, 31 Mar 2009
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NYC granny shoots mugger with .357 Magnum

A wheelchair-bound but hardly defenceless Harlem granny is being sued for $5m after popping a .357 Magnum cap into an alleged mugger, the New York Post reports.
Lester Haines, 31 Mar 2009
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Scareware scammers latch onto Conficker hype

Scammers are taking advantage of the huge interest in the impending "activation" of the Conficker superworm by poisoning search engine results.
John Leyden, 31 Mar 2009
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Canon i-Sensys LBP3100

Review Laser printers have been nudged out of the personal, one-per-desk market by the continued growth of inkjets. For straight black print, though, there’s nothing to touch laser copy, and Canon has fortified its entry-level mono laser range with the i-Sensys LBP3100, a small machine with a couple of interesting design tweaks.
Simon Williams, 31 Mar 2009
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Slimline iPhone pictures unearthed

Rumours of a redesigned iPhone have been around since, pretty much, the day after Apple launched its 3G model. But now a drool-worthy picture has emerged of what’s been dubbed the iPhone 4G.
James Sherwood, 31 Mar 2009
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IDC says disk market spinning down this year

Research house IDC reckons the disk storage market will experience a 6.7 per cent slowdown in spending this year compared to 2008, but growth will resume at a pedestrian 1.5 per cent next year.
Chris Mellor, 31 Mar 2009
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EU demands 20% energy cut from tech industry

Viviane Reding, European Commissioner for Information Society and Media, is calling on the IT industry to cut energy use by 20 per cent by 2020.
John Oates, 31 Mar 2009
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Grey squirrels invade Nutt house

A Northern Ireland woman is on the front line of the ongoing battle against grey squirrel hordes after her house was invaded by massed sciurine forces, the BBC reports.
Lester Haines, 31 Mar 2009
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Olympus welcomes in the E-450 DSLR

Olympus has replaced its E-420 digital SLR camera with a shooter that’s supposedly a fusion of DSLR and compact, and able to bring out the artist in anyone.
James Sherwood, 31 Mar 2009
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DNA database grows faster than forecast

Over 5m profiles are now on the national DNA database, significantly above the level forecast two years ago.
Kablenet, 31 Mar 2009
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EU issues ultimatum on internet privacy

The European Commission today delivered an ultimatum to internet firms - improve your approach to privacy online, or face a regulatory clampdown from Brussels.
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Dell gives birth to octuplet Inspiron colours

Dell has brought a splash of colour to the desktop with its launch of eight brightly hued Inspiron PCs.
James Sherwood, 31 Mar 2009
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Vulture Central on total G20 terror lockdown

Readers concerned for the safety of El Reg operatives, who will this week selflessly risk life and limb by entering Central London during the G20 summit, should rest assured that measures have been taken to mitigate the threat posed to national security and world order by malodorous, dreadlocked crusties deploying packs of dogs on string.
Lester Haines, 31 Mar 2009
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EU endorses telecoms talking shop super regulator

The EU parliament has reached an agreement on the details of the new regulatory body envisioned - and considerably diluted - by Viviane Reding, which should now come into existence in the next couple of months.
Bill Ray, 31 Mar 2009
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Emulex and QLogic bring FCoE closer

Fibre Channel's replacement by Ethernet came a step closer with QLogic's introduction of the single chip 8100 Series integrated converged network adapter (CNA), joining Emulex' OneConnect product.
Chris Mellor, 31 Mar 2009
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Ex-Google design man trundles into Twitter

Twitter has poached Google’s former visual design boss to take on the role of creative director at the micro-blogging site.
Kelly Fiveash, 31 Mar 2009
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EU tells members to get ready for disaster

The EU is pushing the development of a strategy to protect Europe from cyber-attacks and disruptions.
John Leyden, 31 Mar 2009
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Workers take Caterpillar Inc managers hostage

Brief Four managers at a Caterpillar Inc plant in Grenoble are being held hostage by workers, AFP reports.
Lester Haines, 31 Mar 2009
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Playboy TV offers 'Jacq off' special package

Comment The ultimate demotion of Home Secretary Jacqui Smith, from grim-faced scourge of individual liberty to national joke, came one step closer last night with the launch of Playboy TV’s Jacqui Smith VIP package.
Jane Fae Ozimek, 31 Mar 2009
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Westminster forced to switch off digital CCTV cameras

Westminster City Council has written to Geoff Hoon to object to his department's decision to force it to switch off its 100 digital CCTV cameras, mostly used for parking enforcement.
John Oates, 31 Mar 2009
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'Big Brother' - the price of self-driving cars

Privacy campaigners have called in the national press for a debate over possible future car technologies being considered by the European Union.
Lewis Page, 31 Mar 2009
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G20 police demand ID as train staff ordered to spy on passengers

Hysteria over protests connected to the G20 conference continues to grow, with ID checks for East-end residents and train staff told to tip off police about suspicious passengers.
John Oates, 31 Mar 2009
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Honda creates thought-controlled android

Remember Asimo, Honda’s stair-climbing android? It's back and this time the robot can be controlled by human thoughts.
James Sherwood, 31 Mar 2009
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What's wrong with a Twitter degree?

"It's not another Mickey Mouse course," insists tutor Jon Hickman, of Birmingham City University, talking about his new MA degree course in "social media". The £4,400 course starts in September. "People are going to think we're doing an MA in blogging or Lolcats."
Andrew Orlowski, 31 Mar 2009
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Sun confirms second round of layoffs

Server and operating system maker Sun Microsystems has confirmed that it had indeed enacted another round of layoffs, as we reported it would.
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Israelis' invulnerable, 60-tonne robot bulldozer force to double

The Israeli armed forces have announced plans to double their existing force of robot bulldozers, after unmanned "Black Thunder" droid diggers apparently covered themselves with glory during the recent Gaza incursion.
Lewis Page, 31 Mar 2009
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BT Wholesale cuts off Prodigy Internet

Sheffield-based ISP Prodigy Internet has effectively been shut down, after BT Wholesale began redirecting its customers to a "walled garden" page to obtain Migration Authorisation Codes (MACs).
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iPhone slip serves up free 3G Skype calls

Daredevil iPhone users who've installed the latest development build of their firmware, version 3, have discovered an interesting side effect - free Skype calls over the 3G network.
Bill Ray, 31 Mar 2009
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Satyam races to find buyer ahead of Indian election

Satyam hopes the sale of its majority stake will be completed before the Indian general election which starts in mid-April.
John Oates, 31 Mar 2009
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Cosmonaut bemoans ISS toilet row

Cosmonaut Gennady Padalka has bemoaned an increasingly petty US-Russian spat in which politics apparently threaten the brotherly co-operation which has hitherto marked life aboard the International Space Station.
Lester Haines, 31 Mar 2009
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'Fit and healthy' Brit dies playing Wii

A young man has died after collapsing while playing Wii Fit.
James Sherwood, 31 Mar 2009
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Sony ignores UK as US, Europe get PS2 price cut

Sony has treated PlayStation 2 buyers in North America and Europe to a console cost cut. But the electronics giant has confirmed that UK consumers won’t see any reduction.
James Sherwood, 31 Mar 2009
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Nortel staff sacked without redundancy payout

Networking equipment maker Nortel sacked 228 UK staff on Monday without a redundancy pay out.
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Convicted Trojan author in new hacking charge

A former hacker who went to prison as a teenager over a stock-trading scam is back in trouble with the law.
John Leyden, 31 Mar 2009
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Ultra-quiet MSI all-in-one PC blows in

MSI has unveiled its latest all-in-one PC, a touch-sensitive 19in machine with a “fashionable and glassy” frame.
James Sherwood, 31 Mar 2009
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GM in-car kit team says no to drive'n'Twitter tech

Exclusive Rumours that in-car communications firm OnStar had designed a gadget for updating Twitter feeds from your car, using voice recognition technology, are false, the company has confirmed.
James Sherwood, 31 Mar 2009
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Security in 2009, the expert view

Episode 4 In the fourth in our series of Regcasts assessing the state of the IT security market, our expert panel consider what lies ahead for 2009.
Team Register, 31 Mar 2009
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Clarification

In our story headlined Big Brother - the price of self-driving cars, we incorrectly reported that Simon Davies of Privacy International gave documents on the Cooperative Vehicle Infrastructure Scheme to The Guardian. We would like to make it clear that Simon Davies did not provide any documents to the paper. The Guardian managed to obtain the documents themselves. We apologise for our confusion.
Team Register, 31 Mar 2009
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What's an open cloud? The Manifesto's not telling

Comment "What exactly is an open cloud?" you ask. You won't find an answer in the Open Cloud Manifesto.
Cade Metz, 31 Mar 2009
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Google animates venture capital arm

Google is an old hand at investing in startups, but today, the search company is launching a formal venture capital unit focused on turning the practice into a profit maker.
Austin Modine, 31 Mar 2009
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US Supremes flatline Virginia's hardline anti-spam law

A tough anti-spam law passed by the state of Virginia has officially been declared dead following the refusal by the US Supreme Court to reinstate a felony conviction prosecuted under the statute.
Austin Modine, 31 Mar 2009
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Android tethering app tossed

Providers of one of the more popular tethering apps for Google's Android-based G1 handset have had their application summarily dumped from the application store, at the apparent behest of mobile operator T-Mobile.
Bill Ray, 31 Mar 2009
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Acer rides little netbooks to big profit

The ongoing global Meldown isn't melting everyone, as Taiwan's Acer demonstrated in its 2008 financial results, released Tuesday.
Rik Myslewski, 31 Mar 2009
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YouTube signs on scraps of Disney

YouTube has signed up the Mouse House's media division to upload some Disney conglom content on the ubiquitous video site.
Austin Modine, 31 Mar 2009
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Microsoft draws fire for taxpayer handout

Microsoft is running into a buzzsaw of bad PR over $11m (£7.7m) in US economic-stimulus funds that Washington state officials have earmarked for a bridge over a highway that would connect two branches of its Redmond intergalactic nerve center.
Rik Myslewski, 31 Mar 2009
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Sun talks up Solaris 10 for Nehalem

Nehalem Day For reasons that Sun Microsystems has yet to explain, late last week the company decided to pull its briefings on Galaxy servers based on Intel's new Xeon 5500 (née Nehalem EP), and focus instead on how Solaris 10 is being tuned for the new chip.
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Jimbo Wales kills 'Google killing' Wikia Search

Little more than a year after its debut, Jimmy "Jimbo" Wales has announced the death of Wikia Search, the for-profit operation he once billed as an antidote to the "unhealthy" search practices of Microsoft, Yahoo!, and, yes, Google.
Cade Metz, 31 Mar 2009
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US judge bars teen 'sexting' charges

A federal judge has temporarily barred a Pennsylvania prosecutor from filing child pornography charges against three teenage girls who took nude or semi-nude pictures of themselves.
Dan Goodin, 31 Mar 2009