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Data Centers get 'black box' flight data recorder

It's like airplane's "black box" flight data recorder. But it's for data centers.
Chris Mellor, 06 Apr 2009
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MS teams with Facebook to eradicate Koobface worm

Microsoft has teamed up with Facebook to purge the persistent Koobface worm from the popular social-networking site.
John Leyden, 06 Apr 2009
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Pink Floyd frontman backs McKinnon musical protest

A small group of protesters held a successful musical protest against attempts to extradite UFO enthusiast turned hacker Gary McKinnon to the US on Thursday.
John Leyden, 06 Apr 2009
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IBM-Sun deal breaking down, report says

According to spokespeople for the two companies a report on Sunday evening in the Wall Street Journal, the much-rumored and never-admitted merger talks between IBM and Sun Microsystems appear to have hit an impasse.
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Workplace dispute laws change today

The way workplace disputes are handled will change from Monday. The Government's scrapping of the statutory grievance and disciplinary procedures is just one of the law changes that will come into effect on 6th April.
OUT-LAW.COM, 06 Apr 2009
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Olympic cock-up knocks East London off Internet

Businesses and customers in East London were still without internet and phone service this morning after Olympic contractors dug through a fibre optic cable.
John Oates, 06 Apr 2009
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Irish Blood Transfusion Service endorses Dracula

We're delighted to report that the Irish Blood Transfusion Service is giving its full support to Dublin's "One City, One Book" - an annual initiative "designed to encourage everyone in the city to read the same book during the month of April each year".
Lester Haines, 06 Apr 2009
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Failed Nork rocket bits straddle Japan

North Korea, as expected, launched a large multi-stage rocket at the weekend. Parts of the stack fell on either side of Japan. Pyongyang claims that a satellite was put into orbit: Japanese and US air-defence commanders have stated this is untrue.
Lewis Page, 06 Apr 2009
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Drunk Swedish pastor woos Christians online

A Church of Sweden pastor faces possible expulsion from the ministry after drunkenly hitting a Christian online dating website and wooing women with chat-up lines such as "You look like a bearded lady".
Lester Haines, 06 Apr 2009
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Boffins develop sight-free touchscreen phone dialler

Two Google engineers have answered Stevie Wonder’s recent plea for touchscreen phones to become more accessible to the blind and developed a sight-free phone dialling application for the Android platform.
James Sherwood, 06 Apr 2009
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Pure Flip Mino HD

ReviewThe pocket-sized Flip camcorder was one of the top tech toys of summer 2008, and it spawned a host of equally diminutive copycat products – not to mention our own compact camcorder round-up. The secret of the Flip’s success lay in its sheer simplicity. Unlike most digital cameras and camcorders, which are festooned with buttons and menus settings, the Flip just had one big button for recording video clips, and two additional buttons for playing and deleting files.
Cliff Joseph, 06 Apr 2009
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EMC gets social to push storage

EMC's marketing department has had an epiphany - the PR efforts for its April 14th virtual event include a heavy dash of social networking.
Chris Mellor, 06 Apr 2009
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Wii's MotionPlus peripheral to launch in July?

Nintendo’s MotionPlus controller add-on could be launched in selected parts of Europe within three months, if a retailer’s leaked product roadmap is to be believed.
James Sherwood, 06 Apr 2009
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Xiotech Emprise takes PowerNAPs

Xiotech has added spin-down to its Emprise ISE storage arrays to save power.
Chris Mellor, 06 Apr 2009
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Unannounced BlackBerry trio show up online

Specifications for three previously unannounced BlackBerry handsets have emerged online.
James Sherwood, 06 Apr 2009
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MPs battle to save great British pub

A cross-party alliance of over 200 MPs has joined a British Beer and Pub Association campaign to save the traditional British boozer from oblivion.
Lester Haines, 06 Apr 2009
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SNIA embraces NAS and FCoE

The SNIA (Storage Networking Industry Association) is bringing NAS (Network-Attached Storage) networking into its mainstream activities by expanding its IP Storage Forum into the Ethernet Storage Forum (ESF).
Chris Mellor, 06 Apr 2009
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A Geeks Guide2 ...Hacking

Reg BookshopElectronic vandalism, government espionage, ITU hideouts, luminous hairstyles and the coolest body piercings; the Hollywood portrayal of the hacking scene is one we are all familiar with. However this common portrayal often skips the fact that hacking is an art – indeed it is the fine art of creative problem solving.
Register Books, 06 Apr 2009
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WAN optimisation: the experts' view

RegcastClear some space in your diary for 2pm BST (9am EST) on 21 April, as The Register's expert panel tackle WAN optimisation in our next live and interactive Regcast.
Jamie Bodkin, 06 Apr 2009
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Dixons cuts off Norse to right base

Dixons shares jumped nearly 12 per cent today on news that it has started cutting its Nordic stores and is considering a rights issue to speed the rest of the restructure.
John Oates, 06 Apr 2009
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UK transport minister's website pwned

The website of junior transport minister Paul Clarke was hacked over the weekend by apparently motiveless mischief-makers.
John Leyden, 06 Apr 2009
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Profs: Sex with oldies or youngsters will give you the clap

In a finding sure to send ripples of fear through the showbiz world, profs in Florida have disclosed that having sex with people who are much older or younger than you increases your chances of catching a Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD).
Lewis Page, 06 Apr 2009
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Vatican researcher claims Templars worshipped Turin Shroud

The Vatican has pulled off its customary Holy Week stunt of outdoing The Da Vinci Code by publishing an article which claims the Knights Templar were the custodians of the Shroud of Turin for 100 years, and were accused of heresy for their pains.
Joe Fay, 06 Apr 2009
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Touchy Google wraps protective arm around Chrome EULA

Google has clarified Chrome’s universal licensing terms after a user argued that the firm could limit an individual’s web browsing based on the content he or she viewed.
Kelly Fiveash, 06 Apr 2009
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BBC goes live... over Wi-Fi

No telly in your office? No problem, because the BBC has launched a live TV service for smartphones.
James Sherwood, 06 Apr 2009
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Symbian Foundation: A brand that wants to share and talk

LogoWatchHolistic brand reconceptualisation has come to Symbian, or more accurately The Symbian Foundation, as the administrative rump of the British mobile software company is now known. Symbian still licenses Symbian OS, but since it has no engineers (1,000-odd development staff have joined new owner Nokia), Symbian was in need of a new look. Cue the joss sticks and the whalesong.
Andrew Orlowski, 06 Apr 2009
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3D camera to arrive for Christmas

A compact camera capable of snapping sterescopic 3D images will be commercially launched later this year, it’s been reported.
James Sherwood, 06 Apr 2009
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Crucial N125 64GB SSD

ReviewThe de facto standard for netbook storage might now have become the hard disk, but that still leaves rather a lot of machines out there with solid-state drives, some fast, some slow, all low capacity, at least when compared to HDDs.
Tony Smith, 06 Apr 2009
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BT does Italian Job on London traffic lights

BT is still working to restore access to thousands of people and businesses in east London left offline when a tunnel borer cut through fibre cables and copper wire. The problem is also preventing Transport for London from managing its traffic lights.
John Oates, 06 Apr 2009
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Keeping up with the Zetta Joneses

Start-up Zetta is offering cloud storage services for mid-sized enterprise's primary unstructured data. It provides multi-drive, multi-node and multi-component redundancy to counteract perceptions of cloud unreliability.
Chris Mellor, 06 Apr 2009
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Terry Pratchett cuts ribbon on Treacle Mine Road

Sir Terry Pratchett yesterday dropped in on a new Somerset housing estate where two roads have been named in honour of his Discworld novels.
Lester Haines, 06 Apr 2009
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DARPA: Give us solar cells you can use to build stuff

US military brainiacs have notified the boffinry community that they need a new miracle material called "Power Skin", which would "harvest" energy from its surroundings and also be strong enough to make robots out of.
Lewis Page, 06 Apr 2009
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Old worm learns new Conficker tricks

Proving imitation in the sincerest form of flattery, even in the world of malware creation, VXers have adapted a four-year old worm to exploit the vulnerability used by the Conficker superworm.
John Leyden, 06 Apr 2009
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Wagoner: EVillain or EVictor?

'Leccy TechSo it's goodbye to Rick Wagoner, General Motor's youngest ever CEO and a man whose legacy will have people arguing long into the evenings.
Alun Taylor, 06 Apr 2009
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Entry-level Archos MP3 revealed by Amazon

A previously unseen Archos MP3 player has shown up for sale online.
James Sherwood, 06 Apr 2009
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T-Mobile and Android to renew vows?

T-Mobile looks to have fallen head-over-heels for Google’s Android platform, with rumours emerging that the network giant has decided to use the OS on devices other than mobile phones.
James Sherwood, 06 Apr 2009
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Microsoft's Live Search to morph into Bing?

Microsoft has trademarked “Bing” and registered .com and .net domain names, in a move that some are surmising could point to the new moniker for the company's Live Search brand.
Kelly Fiveash, 06 Apr 2009
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Next-gen iPhone to gain FM transmitter tech

Will the next iPhone have built-in Griffin iTrip-style FM transmission tech? It certainly appears so - and 802.11n Wi-Fi into the bargain.
Tony Smith, 06 Apr 2009
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Sun shares sink as IBM deal breaks down

One quick way to make a few bucks this morning, if you happened to read the IT press over the weekend, is to short sell shares in Sun Microsystems, now that the rumoured acquisition of Sun by rival IBM seems to be unravelling.
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Swedes mash Japanese pop pineapple

We're obliged to all of you who follow El Reg's world-beating improbable Swedish news for pointing us in the direction of the shock case of the Japanese pop pineapple who was over the weekend beaten and relieved of 20,000 kronor (£1,680-ish or ¥252,167) worth of camera kit.
Lester Haines, 06 Apr 2009
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No FreeRunner follow-up, says OpenMoko

OpenMoko, the company behind the open source FreeRunner handset, is giving up on creating a new version in favour of fixing the old one and working on a new secret project.
Bill Ray, 06 Apr 2009
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3PAR F-class jumps into Clariion competition

Enterprise storage array supplier 3PAR has introduced a downsized T-Class system, the F-Class, to take on high-end dual controller modular storage arrays in enterprise data centres.
Chris Mellor, 06 Apr 2009
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Wolverine leak claims first victim?

UpdatedA FoxNews.com journalist got himself into serious hot water over the weekend after he published a review of an illegally downloaded copy of X-Men Origins: Wolverine ahead of its 1 May release.
Kelly Fiveash, 06 Apr 2009
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Research spies holes in Fortune 1000 wireless nets

Overlooked design weaknesses in a widely used type of wireless network are seriously jeopardizing the network security of the retailers and manufacturers that rely on them, a security expert has determined.
Dan Goodin, 06 Apr 2009
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Open-source .NET gets AJAX polish

The open-source implementation of Microsoft's .NET development framework is getting some AJAX spit and polish from interface specialist Telerik.
Gavin Clarke, 06 Apr 2009
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Cisco takes comfort in misery of others

Cisco Systems is to go on a shopping spree, accelerating its company-acquisition efforts at a time when the Meltdown has depressed equity values worldwide.
Rik Myslewski, 06 Apr 2009
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PS3 back to haunt Wii in Japan

New titles from Capcom and Sega helped Sony's Playstation 3 outsell the Nintendo Wii in Japan for the first time in 16 months, according Japanese magazine publisher Enterbrain.
Austin Modine, 06 Apr 2009
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VMware wheels and deals on server virtualization

The low-hanging fruit for server virtualization - customers who already knew they needed it on their x64 iron whether the economy was in good shape or bad - must be starting to dry up as the competition among virtualization-hypervisor providers heats up.
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Next iPhone to make you a film editor?

Rumors of new iPhone capabilities are coming hot and heavy, and we're still two months away from the device's rumored release window.
Rik Myslewski, 06 Apr 2009
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Japanese porn at heart of Home-Office terrorism snooping

Japanese pornographers became embedded deep within a Home Office site advising on the interception of possible terrorist communications.
Gavin Clarke, 06 Apr 2009
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HP bails on massive Wi-Fi patent claim

Hewlett-Packard has cashed out of a four-year-old Wi-Fi patent lawsuit from Australia's national science agency that's targeted a who's-who list of big tech vendors with wireless products.
Austin Modine, 06 Apr 2009
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Microsoft cries netbook victory against Linux

Microsoft may be on its way to vanquishing Linux in the war to dominate netbook operating systems, but the ground could be shifting against Windows.
Rik Myslewski, 06 Apr 2009
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Obama's DoJ defends Bush-era wiretaps

The US Justice Department under President Obama is invoking Bush Administration tactics to dismiss a lawsuit alleging federal agents engaged in illegal phone and email surveillance of ordinary US citizens.
Austin Modine, 06 Apr 2009

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