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Spam regains pre-McColo reach

If you've noticed a spike in the amount of spam you're receiving, you're not alone. According to an analysis by Google, the volume of junk mail has returned to levels not seen since November, when host provider McColo was disconnected.
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‘Wikipedia killer’ pilfers blogosphere, taunts bloggers

Ulitzer bills itself as a new-age website that will somehow replace the cult of Wikipedia. And judging from the online farce that followed the site’s Friday beta launch, it’s off to a good start.
Cade Metz, 01 2009
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HP ponders Android netbooks

Hewlett-Packard is pondering using Google's Android mobile OS for its small, cheap computers.
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Soothsayers slash IT spending forecasts

None of us want to hear about a decline in IT spending, but that is tough. This is an economic meltdown, and IT spending seems hell bent on declining this year, despite projection after projection showing spending would stay above that negative territory. We had better get used to the word "decline" for a while.
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Atlantis trundles to Kennedy launch pad

Space shuttle Atlantis yesterday morning arrived at Kennedy Space Centre's Launch Pad 39A (see pic), having taken around five hours to trundle the 3.4 miles from the Vehicle Assembly Building.
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Aptare goes upgrade crazy

Aptare has upgraded its Storage Resource Management (SRM) products to work better in a virtualised server world.
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Bondage bonzer for bonding, beam boffins

Couples who spank together stay together - such is the conclusion of two separate pieces of research, reported in the latest edition of New Scientist.
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Google to fund 'video Street View' for Central London

April Fool A joint project by the Metropolitan Police and London's Westminster Council to put CCTV onto the Internet has received substantial financial backing from Google, The Register has learned. On completion of the first phase, practically every square inch of Central London - including narrow alleyways, council debating chambers and police interview rooms - will be accessible from anywhere in the world.
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Competition Commission scuppers Capita takeover

Capita's takeover of IBS Opensystems Software has been stopped by the Competition Commission.
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Motorola Aura

Review It's a moot point whether releasing an unashamedly style-led handset costing over a grand - yes, more than one thousand of your Earth poundingtons - at the present time is recession busting - or recession baiting. The kind of cash that's required to trouser this high-end, low-spec phone could well engender the sort of spending that will offset the credit crunch. Or it might just fuel the bonfire of toxic debt that has already brought us to this pretty pass.
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Dept of Work and Pensions isn't working, says report

A report by the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman roasts the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) for its poor information provision, poor record keeping and poor complaint handling.
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EC publishes Q&A on overseas data transfer

The European Commission has prepared a set of questions and answers as well as a flowchart to help companies understand when they can and when they cannot send personal data abroad.
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Florida cops taser satnav lake plunge woman

April Fool Police were last week obliged to taser a 37-year-old mother of two who followed the satnav of her husband's $100k Mercedes into a Florida lake, the Ocala 'Gator reports.
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VMare floats April date for cloud launch

On April 21 VMware will announce its "next generation of virtualisation technology" with an event featuring VMware president and CEO Paul Maritz.
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LametopsLaptops Direct offers free funerals

April Fool Desperate times call for desperate measures, and UK computer outfit Laptops Direct today launched an initiative offering cashed-strapped punters the chance to give their loved ones the send-off they deserve:
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iPhone apps punt iPhone apps

A new service from mobile developer Mobui promises to sort through the morass of mediocrity that is the iTunes application store, by providing recommendations from the authors of apps you've already bought.
Bill Ray, 01 2009
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eBay put Skype on iPhone 'to boost price of NSA backdoor'

April Fool Skype was pushed onto Apple's iPhone at the instigation of the VoIP app's corporate owner eBay, the Reg can exclusively reveal - in order to reap huge sums from government listening agencies interested in spying on Jesus-mobe-toting terrorists.
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Which desktop Linux distribution?

Reader Poll One of the most common objections to desktop Linux is fragmentation. With so many distributions, which one do you choose for serious deployment in a business environment? Given the amount of work involved in any desktop OS switch in terms requirements analysis, application selection, compatibility testing, integration with systems management processes, etc., you want to make sure that the horse you back represents a safe long-term bet.
Dale Vile, 01 2009
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‘Unifying standard’ vital for mass-market 3D TV

The percentage of TVs sold worldwide with 3D capability will exceed ten per cent by 2011, market watcher Screen Digest has stated.
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Spd improves mobile TV experience

Spd, publishers of the shell UI that makes Windows Mobile an easier pill to swallow, have launched a stand-alone streaming TV player, offering great usability and features but not a lot in the way of content.
Bill Ray, 01 2009
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Detroit does mass-market e-car deal with Proton

'Leccy Tech The Detroit Electric Car Company has announced that it is to develop a range of electric vehicles by grafting its own 'leccy car drive trains onto existing models from Malaysian manufacturer Proton.
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Conficker botnet remains dormant - for now

Conficker changed the way parts of the botnet communicated overnight, but little else of note has happened so far.
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US Patent Office exposes Apple secret plan

April Fool The US Patent and Trademark office published an Apple patent filing on Wednesday that analysts are calling a bold attempt by the Cupertino Fruit Company to protect its core corporate values and business practices.
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Miss Universe pops into Guantánamo Bay

Those of you stuck for a holiday destination this summer might consider Guantánamo Bay - described last week by Miss Universe Dayana Mendoza as a "loooot of fun!"
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Nokia releases mobile info app

Getting the best price for in-store purchases or finding out what time a film starts is now as simple as Point and Find – Nokia’s latest application for on-the-move info.
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Firefox 3.0 ekes ahead of Internet Explorer 7 in Europe

Mozilla’s web browser Firefox 3.0 crawled past Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 7 in European market share for the first time last week.
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Intel 'Nehalem' Xeon 5500 series

Review Intel’s new Xeon 5500 series uses the chip giant's 'Nehalem' architecture to effectively put a pair of Core i7 CPUs on a workstation motherboard.
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Nokia apps points and shoots finds and sells

In the continuing battle to find a use for all that processing power in a modern mobile phone, Nokia has launched Point & Find, an application that uses image recognition to supply punters with goods on the basis of a photograph.
Bill Ray, 01 2009
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Logica snaffles police database deal

Public sector specialist Logica has won a seven-year £75.6m contract to build and maintain the Police National Database.
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US atom boffins: Our cloud makes sky easier to see

US federal boffins, in charge of archiving colossal streams of data from automated sky-scanning telescopes around the world, are pleased to announce their new "Project Deep Sky" astro data cloud portal thing.
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HP pitches Cloud Assure at corporate world

Hewlett-Packard announced a cloud computing service aimed at large businesses yesterday.
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Bloggers could squeak out of court reporting restrictions

Bloggers might be able to escape reporting restrictions on sensitive court cases because they have not been informed of the restrictions. An ongoing case about a boy said to have fathered a child at 12 years of age has highlighted the issue.
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Silicon Graphics goes titsup (again)

Silicon Graphics Inc. (SGI), the perma-struggling workstation-turned-server-maker, filed for bankruptcy protection today, and was immediately bought by Rackable Systems for $25m cash.
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Moderatrix quits El Reg: Latest

April Fool Well, you've really outdone yourselves this time, haven't you? Earlier today, your comments to this sensitively-handled piece on the sad case of the Florida satnav lake incident prompted our Moderatrix, Sarah Bee, to quit her job at Vulture Central.
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MS punts stripped down Windows Server 2008 at tiny SMBs

Microsoft has today released a new server product from its Windows 2008 family, aimed at small, cash-strapped businesses that have so far shunned the software giant's current Small Business Server (SBS) offering.
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Space launches could be capped to save ozone layer

American researchers have warned that space rockets could do more damage to the ozone layer than old-school spray-cans and fridges.
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UltraDNS back online after DDoS assault

A distributed denial of service attack knocked NeuStar's UltraDNS managed DNS service offline for several hours on Tuesday.
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Boffins sound super-thin speaker revolution

A super-thin OLED display looks pretty daft if you pair it with a set of bulky speakers, so British boffins have designed a thin and flexible speaker.
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Verizon clocks on at the widget factory

Verizon has signed up to the Joint Innovation Lab set up by Vodafone and China Mobile last year, pushing the (potential) customer base for the as-yet unpublished mobile-widget standard to over one billion.
Bill Ray, 01 2009
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BBC Trust moots new licence laws to cope with net

The government is likely to change TV licensing laws to address the increasing number of viewers who choose to watch only via the internet, according to the BBC Trust.
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EMC VP breaks company's own embargo

EMC VP Andrew Cohen seems to have broken an EMC embargo about a forthcoming eDiscovery product.
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HTC unveils BlackBerry-style smartphone

HTC has officially launched its latest Blackberry-esque handset – Snap, which features a design strikingly similar to that of an HTC phone details of which leaked last month.
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Yahoo! engineer in murder-suicide riddle

A father suspected of murdering five members of his family before killing himself has been identified as a Yahoo! engineer.

Who is going to run IBM?

There is a tradition, but certainly not a rule, that the person running IBM retires at 60. In years gone by, as one chairman and chief executive was getting ready to retire, an up-and-coming executive from the direct reports to the CEO has been tapped to be president, and thereby anointed next CEO.
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Acer Nvidia Ion-based nettop revealed on web

Acer is prepping a nettop system based on Nvidia’s Ion platform, according to Taiwanese reports.

Reg Hardware's April Fool's Day round-up

So April Fool’s Day is upon us once more and the web’s full of stories about talking fish, invisible cars and a fruit that sits somewhere between a banana and a pineapple (thanks, Waitrose).
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Yahoo! stacks big, purple mobile pack

Yahoo! launched a new version of its mobile page today, stacking nearly every Yahoo! service along with other popular web utilities into a tall drink of web portal.
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Shuttleworth: standards and open source against 'gross' cloud lock-in

Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth has advocated open-source and industry standards as a way to prevent vendor lock-in in the nebulous cloud computing market.
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Architect of Google's YouTube deal exits Facebook

Facebook chief financial officer Gideon Yu has left the fast-rising social-networking phenomenon after just 20 months and as it prepares to go public.
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Twitter jilts Ruby for Scala

Web 2.0 Expo Famously, when Twitter's Web2.0rhea app was suddenly embraced by digerati+dog in late 2007, its original Ruby on Rails architecture had more than a little trouble keeping up the endless stream of digital solipsism.
Cade Metz, 01 2009
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Microsoft Office opening for iPhone

iPhone users will soon be able to view, edit, and share Microsoft Word and Excel files on their Jesus Phones.
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SEC sticks up Grand Theft Auto maker for $3m

Take-Two Interactive, publisher of the Grand Theft Auto video game series, has agreed to pay US regulators $3m to settle a lawsuit over illegally backdating employee stock options.
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Cybersecurity law would give feds unprecedented net control

US senators have drafted legislation that would give the federal government unprecedented authority over the nation's critical infrastructure, including the power to shut down or limit traffic on private networks during emergencies.
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SGI's Rackable's future supercomputers

Comment The Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing by beleaguered supercomputer-maker Silicon Graphics and the acquisition of most of SGI's assets by Rackable Systems for $25m in cash may lay to rest any questions about the future of shared-memory, Itanium-based supercomputers.
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Texas senator wants to ban Vista purchases

Windows Vista gets a lot of grief both in tech circles and the general public — but one Texas lawmaker wants to make it a matter of public policy.
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Fedora 11 beta bares chest to all-comers

The Fedora Project has announced Fedora 11, code-named Leonidas, has been moved to beta and is ready for a tire kicking before it tries to take on the massed ranks of freebie Linuxes, commercial Linuxes, Unix, Windows, and other proprietary operating systems out there.