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GPS drives father to murder

A man in North America shot his five children dead before turning the gun on himself after GPS technology helped him to discover that his wife was cheating on him.
James Sherwood, 09 Apr 2009
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Trekkies enjoy surprise Star Trek premiere

Fans of Star Trek in Texas got an unexpected treat on Monday when they became the first to see the much-anticipated new film.
John Leyden, 09 Apr 2009
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Novell's openSUSE does ARM Linux

Commercial Linux distributor Novell today announced that the openSUSE Project, which drives the development variant of its Linux, will support the creation and packaging of various Linuxes for ARM processors using the openSUSE Build Service version 1.6.
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Sonar causes (temporary) deafness in dolphins

Exposure to military sonar may cause temporary hearing loss in bottlenose dolphins, scientists at the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology have found.
Austin Modine, 09 Apr 2009
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Hadoop - Why is Google juicing Yahoo! search?

It's the Google equivalent of the everlasting gobstopper. And for some reason, the Mountain View Chocolate Factory has encouraged a knockoff industry among its Slugworthian rivals.
Cade Metz, 09 Apr 2009
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Isilon's EMEA boss leaves

Isilon may be sending chief technology officer Paul Rutherford to run its Europe, Middle East and Africa operations, after the departure of Steve Jenkins, VP and general manager for Isilon EMEA, according to industry sources.
Chris Mellor, 09 Apr 2009
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Ofcom guns for Hollywood with roaming vid

UK regulator Ofcom has put together a video to remind the public to be careful using a mobile phone abroad, as roaming rates are still unreasonably high and legislation is still being enacted.
Bill Ray, 09 Apr 2009
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Apple sued over iPhone, MacBook multi-touch tech

Hold onto your iPhones, because a Taiwanese touch-sensitive technology firm is suing Apple over claims that the Mac maker used its multi-touch patents without permission.
James Sherwood, 09 Apr 2009
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AP orders affiliate to pull embedded YouTube vids

The Associated Press is evidently as good as its word when it comes to enforcing a clampdown on unauthorised use of its material - so much so that it recently ordered an affiliate radio station to remove embedded videos taken from its official YouTube channel.
Lester Haines, 09 Apr 2009
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Russian schoolgirl invents inertioid-driven Venus rover

A Russian schoolgirl has wowed the crowds at an exhibition of youthful scientific inventions by rolling out a high-tech Venus rover, Pravda reports.
Lester Haines, 09 Apr 2009

Apple reportedly coughs to plastic MacBook crack conundrum

Apple has quietly told its hardware servicing partners to fix MacBooks with hairline cracks in the machines' plastic covering, it has been claimed.
Tony Smith, 09 Apr 2009
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Microsoft ordered to pay $388m patent infringement damages

Microsoft was slapped with a $388m patent infringement fine yesterday, following a lengthy legal row with anti-piracy software vendor Uniloc.
Kelly Fiveash, 09 Apr 2009
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NASA astronaut goes a-Twittering

NASA astronaut Mike Massimino has been indulging in some light Twittering ahead of his upcoming trip to service the Hubble Space Telescope.
Lester Haines, 09 Apr 2009
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Traffic info goes mobile

The Highways Agency has launched a service to provide traffic information from its website to mobile phones and other portable devices
Kablenet, 09 Apr 2009
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Summary care records - you might die, but they never will

Patients can decide whether or not to have their Summary Care Records included on the NHS national database, but if they change their mind afterwards there is no way to delete the record.
John Oates, 09 Apr 2009
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US outlines secretive international piracy deal

The world's major economic powers are considering whether to involve internet service providers (ISPs) in fighting copyright infringement and how to stop pirated material crossing borders, according to documents released by the US Government.
OUT-LAW.COM, 09 Apr 2009
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Bidders 'plot Nortel break up'

Nokia Siemens Networks, Avaya and Siemens Enterprise Communications are bidding to carve up Canadian networking giant Nortel - which is currently in bankruptcy protection - according to a report.
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MySpace rant was not private, rules US Court of Appeal

A student who wrote an unflattering diatribe about her hometown on MySpace has lost a claim that its republication by a local paper invaded her privacy. She might yet prove that its wider dissemination was an intentional infliction of emotional distress.
OUT-LAW.COM, 09 Apr 2009
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P2P eavesdrop 'guilt by association attack' developed

US engineering researchers say they have identified a new privacy threat to users of peer-to-peer (P2P) networks such as BitTorrent and (perhaps) Skype. Obligingly, however, they have freely released a protective plugin designed to work with a popular torrent client.
Lewis Page, 09 Apr 2009
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Ricoh CX1

Review The performance of compact cameras has greatly improved over the years, largely as a result of advances in auto technology. Improved autofocus, white balance and exposure systems mean that most pictures will turn out sharp and correctly exposed, while face- and smile-detection systems mean you're more likely to snap your subject’s face rather than the tree behind.
George Cole, 09 Apr 2009
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Conficker botnet stirs to distribute update payload

The Conficker superworm is stirring, with the spread of a new variant that spreads across P2P and drops a payload. It is thought to update machines infected by earlier strains of the worm.
John Leyden, 09 Apr 2009
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The Quick - and the Dead in the Water

Comment Quick by name, and for once, quick by nature. The speedy resignation of assistant Commissioner Bob Quick, following his inadvertent public exposure of secret documents detailing a highly sensitive counter-terror operation, has probably saved the Police and Home Office an Easter of recriminations and back-biting.
Jane Fae , 09 Apr 2009
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New e-crime units nabs nine banking Trojan suspects

Nine suspects in a banking Trojan case have been arrested by specialist cybercops from the UK's new Police Central E-Crime Unit (PCeU).
John Leyden, 09 Apr 2009
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PETA pitches for Pet Shop Animal Shelter Boys

The Pet Shop Boys have said they're "unable to agree" to a request by animal rights organisation PETA to change their name to "Animal Shelter Boys".
Lester Haines, 09 Apr 2009
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HK movie star porn snap thief faces trial

The man allegedly responsible for copying and distributing 1,300 compromising photos of Hong Kong film star Edison Chen has pleaded not guilty to "three charges of obtaining access to a computer with a view to making dishonest gain".
Lester Haines, 09 Apr 2009
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How to address the two key challenges with virtualization

This week we have curated three papers from the Reg Whitepaper Collection that concern themselves with various aspects of server and data centre performance.
Team Register, 09 Apr 2009
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Whitehall to train pro-West Islamic groups to game Google

Exclusive Whitehall officials will train pro-West Islamic groups to manipulate their Google search ranking in an attempt to drown out extremist voices online, The Register has learned.
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LG launches first 'Freesat inside' TV

Earlier this year LG pledged to start integrating Freesat tuners into some of its TVs. And now the firm’s made good on its promise by launching the LF7700 series.
James Sherwood, 09 Apr 2009
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Xbox Live downloads for sale on Amazon

If you’re too lazy to walk to the shops to buy your brother a videogame giftcard for his birthday, then the process is now as easy as logging onto Amazon and printing out a code.
James Sherwood, 09 Apr 2009
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NASA: Clean-air regs, not CO2, are melting the ice cap

New research from NASA suggests that the Arctic warming trend seen in recent decades has indeed resulted from human activities: but not, as is widely assumed at present, those leading to carbon dioxide emissions. Rather, Arctic warming has been caused in large part by laws introduced to improve air quality and fight acid rain.
Lewis Page, 09 Apr 2009
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Samsung phone named after northern city

When naming a handset after a city, phone manufacturers usually pick somewhere glamorous like Vegas or NYC. But Samsung’s executives have clearly spent too long drinking in one university’s infamous student union, because it’s rumoured the firm’s inked plans to call an upcoming phone the Preston.
James Sherwood, 09 Apr 2009
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Brits not sold on eco handsets

Several handset manufacturers have already started marketing eco-friendly mobile phones, but a new survey’s discovered that only a small minority of Brits are actually sold on so-called eco phones.
James Sherwood, 09 Apr 2009
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Microsoft wraps Live Search in chicken and breadcrumbs

Microsoft has cranked up the PR machine by releasing a little more detail about the forthcoming revamp of its Google-wannabe Live Search brand.
Kelly Fiveash, 09 Apr 2009
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Naming the Palm Prē: Strategy Boutique OD's on joss-sticks

We're sure you were all wondering just how Palm came up with the paradigm-busting name for its much-anticipated, iPhone-annihilating Prē smartphone. The answer is it didn't - it asked a Strategy Boutique to do it.
Lester Haines, 09 Apr 2009
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Obama science chief: Geo-engineer to save Gaia!

If we can develop the scientific knowledge needed to change the climate for the benefit of humanity, and change it in a controlled manner, shouldn't we be trying to do it? Is it so different from developing antibiotics? Remarks this week by Obama's chief science advisor John Holdren have reopened the debate.
Andrew Orlowski, 09 Apr 2009
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16 teams to field 24 e-bikes in 'zero-emission' TT race

'Leccy Tech It turns out that the TTxGP e-bike trial may be worth watching after all. At the official launch of the event, the organiser announced that 24 bikes from 16 teams will be on the start line of the Isle of Man course for the first ever zero-emission TT race on 12 June.
Alun Taylor, 09 Apr 2009
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France rejects Three Strikes

French legislators have rejected the 'Hadopi' bill which would terminate the internet connections of copyright infringers. Assembly members (not The Sénat, or upper house, as previously stated) rejected the measure by 21-15 in a poorly attended vote, a week after the lower house passed the measure.
Andrew Orlowski, 09 Apr 2009
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Denon spins out vinyl-to-MP3 turntable

However you try and package it, ancient, scratch-prone vinyl just ain’t hip. So digitise those decades-old discs with Denon’s time-travelling turntable.
James Sherwood, 09 Apr 2009
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In-car Twittering on the rise?

OnStar recently denied it was designing an in-car gadget for voice-activated Twittering from behind the wheel. But such a gadget could well prove handy, because it’s been discovered that Tweeting on the move is an alarmingly common driver activity.
James Sherwood, 09 Apr 2009
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UK.gov delays new data breach powers

The government has failed to meet its own deadlines to bring in new powers for the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) to fine companies who lose personal data.
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UK police bust lottery scam centre in Somerset

Police have busted a bogus lottery winner scam, following a raid on a cheque processing and clearing house in Somerset.
John Leyden, 09 Apr 2009
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Who snapped first?

Last week's damp squib G20 protests have finally thrust an issue into the spotlight - just not the one the organizers or the state might have expected.
Joe Fay, 09 Apr 2009
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Firm debuts flashing 'phones

Playing music loudly is the universally accepted way for iPod-clad commuters to annoy other passengers. But there’s another way: a pair of earphones that flash in time to the beat.
James Sherwood, 09 Apr 2009
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Microsoft loses data centre head

Silicon Valley outfit Digital Realty Trust has poached Microsoft’s containerised data centre architect, Michael Manos.
Kelly Fiveash, 09 Apr 2009
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US mobile carriers want more devices, fewer OSes

Yes, the carriers want new business models and partners as their traditional wireless voice and data markets saturate, but these must work within the cellco assumptions, expanding the operators' total addressable markets while engaging in a clear profit share. In other words, not Skype.
Wireless Watch, 09 Apr 2009
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Microsoft puts Sun's Tremblay in SiArch

There are so many things that software giant Microsoft could do with a seasoned chip designer of the caliber of Marc Tremblay, it's a wonder Sun would ever let him get away in the first place.
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Facebook in Pirate Bay block Fail

Facebook is trying to keelhaul links to Pirate Bay torrents on its website, just one week after the popular file-sharing repository made it easier for users to share them on their Facebook profiles.
Austin Modine, 09 Apr 2009
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Apple eyes new-age iPhone answering machine

An Apple patent application published Thursday by the US Patent and Trademark Office describes adding video answering-machine capability to the company's iChat messaging application, including extending remote video messaging to the iPhone.
Rik Myslewski, 09 Apr 2009
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Google money machine defies common sense

As the economy continues to shrink, Google continues to crank the dial on its top-secret money machine.
Cade Metz, 09 Apr 2009
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Cisco shells out $105m for Tidal

That didn't take long. Networking giant and server wannabee Cisco Systems has forked over $105m in cash and retention incentives to acquire Tidal Software, a privately held maker of job scheduling, application performance management, and IT process automation tools known collectively as Intersperse.
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Intel committed to mobile Linux, despite core dump

Linux FCS Intel remains committed to its mobile Linux project, it has said, despite handing over supervision to the Linux Foundation.
Gavin Clarke, 09 Apr 2009
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Nehalem aces OLTP test on HP iron

Yes, Nehalem is fast.
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Microsoft downsizes Seadragon and Photosynth brains

Hip project names and cool logos have their price it seems, and Microsoft's Live Labs - incubator to Seadragon, Photosynth, Deepfish, and Volta - is too expensive for this economy.
Gavin Clarke, 09 Apr 2009
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GooTube unfurls Universal video player, website

YouTube and Universal Media Group said today they've formed a pact to make their own separate music video website called "Vevo" featuring ad-funded UMG content.
Austin Modine, 09 Apr 2009