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Intel to help Chinese netbookers

Intel is making it easier for Chinese white-box computer manufacturers to get into the hottest segment of the market by offering them netbook packages aimed at four market segments.
Rik Myslewski, 14 Apr 2009
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Conspiracy theories aplenty as Amazon delists gay books

Gay and lesbian advocates took umbrage at Amazon.com on Monday after the online seller removed sales rankings for hundreds of books that contained homosexual themes.
Dan Goodin, 14 Apr 2009
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NASA rover resurrected twice over Easter weekend

In what could be an attempt to trump Jesus of Nazareth's record for divine Easter resurrections, NASA has said its Mars Exploration Rover Spirit mysteriously rebooted twice during the holiday weekend.
Austin Modine, 14 Apr 2009
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Businesses will postpone Windows 7 rollouts

Windows Vista's left such a bad taste in the mouth it's become one reason most organizations won't be moving to Windows 7 next year.
Gavin Clarke, 14 Apr 2009
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IBM-free Sun unwraps Nehalem EP servers

Sun Microsystems is today finally expected to unwrap two blades, four racks, and a tower workstation based on Intel's quad-core Nehalem EP Xeon 5500 processors.
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Satyam sold to BT-backed Indian firm

Tech Mahindra looks set to seize control of Satyam - the almost terminally troubled Indian outsourcer.
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EMC federates Symmetrix controllers in virtual matrix

EMC is announcing a V-Max top-end Symmetrix architecture and product that federates potentially hundreds of controllers across a RapidIO fabric, forming a virtual matrix and scaling to support hundreds of petabytes, thousands of virtual servers, and millions of IOPS.
Chris Mellor, 14 Apr 2009
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Storage firm hopes to cut IP litigation costs with escrow discovery

A legal document storage company has launched a service that will allow teams of lawyers to examine disputed intellectual property assets in a monitored, secure room. Software would be examinable on a laptop with printing and networking disabled, it said.
OUT-LAW.COM, 14 Apr 2009
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eBay looks to flog useless stuff

eBay has sold web bookmarking site StumbleUpon back to its founders, and could do the same with Skype, according to reports.
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Atrato adds SSD to its sealed arrays

Atrato, which supplies Velocity1000 arrays using sealed canisters of 2.5-inch hard drives, is adding solid state drive (SSD) storage and self-optimising software for extra performance.
Chris Mellor, 14 Apr 2009
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Hybrid Jaguar XJ en-route?

'Leccy Tech Come 2011, Jaguar will launch a Chevy Volt/Opel Ampera-swatting extended range electric hybrid version of its next generation XJ saloon.
Alun Taylor, 14 Apr 2009
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Nikon unveils the D5000

Just weeks after Canon launched its entry-level 500D Digital SLR, Nikon has responded with its latest entry-level DSLR shooter: the D5000.
James Sherwood, 14 Apr 2009
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Hair-stripping fungus threatens future of judo and sumo

Japanese academics have warned that the national sports of sumo and judo are under threat of extinction because of the rapid spread of a fungal infection that is making participants' hair fall out.
Joe Fay, 14 Apr 2009
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Labour flames whistleblowers in email smear brouhaha

Opinion As repercussions from the weekend's email-smear blogosphere meltdown continue to be felt at the highest levels in government, senior Labour figures are scrabbling to blame those responsible for the leaks of having obtained their story by unethical means - including hacking.
Jane Fae , 14 Apr 2009

Nokia-branded laptop edging closer?

A Taiwan-based PC manufacturer’s entered into talks with Nokia to potentially construct the Finnish mobile phone giant’s first notebook, it’s been reported.
James Sherwood, 14 Apr 2009
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Brussels to sue UK over Phorm failures

Updated The European Commission has revealed plans to sue the UK government over its failure to take any action against BT and Phorm for their secret broadband interception and profiling trials.
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'Vista Capable' judge tosses class-action status - again

Microsoft scored a second significant victory in the “Vista Capable” lawsuit late on Friday, after a federal judge declined to restore class-action status in the long-running case against the software giant.
Kelly Fiveash, 14 Apr 2009
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Nokia N79 Active

Review You'll have seen from our review of the Nokia N79 that, even in bog standard form, it's an extremely capable multimedia powerhouse, equipped with a 5Mp camera, HSDPA connectivity, Wi-Fi and Assisted GPS.
Dave Oliver, 14 Apr 2009
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Profs: Facebook, Twitter users are lazy, thick, amoral

Fresh research from America confirms that online social networks are in fact playthings of the devil. Ohio profs say that use of Facebook leads to lower college grades, and others in California have found that Twitter gradually renders its users' moral compasses untrustworthy.
Lewis Page, 14 Apr 2009
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Spam spurt fuelled by booming underground economy

The expanding underground economy is fuelling an identity price war, with unskilled crooks now able to buy full personal identities for pennies, according to the latest edition of Symantec's Internet Threat Report.
John Leyden, 14 Apr 2009
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Sony talks up 'digital only format' PSP game

Sony has announced that an upcoming PlayStation Portable videogame may not be released on UMD.
James Sherwood, 14 Apr 2009
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Seagate sees more restructuring ahead

Seagate's third financial 2009 quarter revenue was better than feared but still lower than the previous quarter, and the company anticipates more restructuring to lower costs, indicating more jobs may be lost.
Chris Mellor, 14 Apr 2009
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BT health problems will cost more jobs

BT shares fell sharply this morning on rumours that it is to cut another 10,000 jobs and take a massive hit on the cost of its NHS work.
John Oates, 14 Apr 2009
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More IBM contractors get rates cut

Another group of contractors at Big Blue have had their pay rates cut, this time via recruitment outfit Elan.
Kelly Fiveash, 14 Apr 2009
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Play unveils AspireRevo launch date

Online retailer Play.com has begun accepting UK pre-orders for Acer’s recently launched AspireRevo Ion-based small, cheap desktop PC.
James Sherwood, 14 Apr 2009
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IDC: Linux to benefit from recession

Economic turmoil has always driven change (and sometimes innovation) in the data centre, and this global recession will be no different. This time around, like the recession that started in 2001, it looks like Linux is going to be one of the big beneficiaries.
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US superputer nuke boffins puff mighty, arse-kicking GPU

It almost goes without saying these days that if you have a powerful computer you should also have a powerful graphics card. This also holds true in the world of supercomputing: boffins operating the fifth most powerful known computer in the world - the "Intrepid" system at the Argonne US national laboratory - are chuffed as ninepence with their new "Eureka" graphics card. Well, house of cards.
Lewis Page, 14 Apr 2009
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Goldman Sachs threatens blogger over demonic domain name

A blogger has taken legal action to defend his right to criticise bailed-out investment bank Goldman Sachs. The bank has threatened to sue over trade mark infringement, but the blogger has launched his own legal campaign to defend himself.
OUT-LAW.COM, 14 Apr 2009
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One in ten PCs still vulnerable to Conficker exploit

Many systems are still unprotected against the Conficker superworm, weeks after the malware began spreading across the internet creating a huge botnet of compromised machines thought to number in the millions.
John Leyden, 14 Apr 2009
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IPCC U-turn on Tomlinson CCTV

The Independent Police Complaints Commission has admitted there could be CCTV footage of the moments before Ian Tomlinson was struck by police officers shortly before he suffered a fatal heart attack.
John Oates, 14 Apr 2009
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Brazilian ejected as lingerie arouses border staff suspicions

UK Border Agency officials in Newcastle were patting themselves on the back this weekend after they turned back a Brazillian woman, whose suitcase contained nothing more than a few T-shirts and an extensive collection of boudoir wear.
Joe Fay, 14 Apr 2009
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Nintendo confirms MotionPlus launch

Nintendo’s hotly anticipated MotionPlus add-on for the Wii Remote will launch into Europe slightly earlier than expected.
James Sherwood, 14 Apr 2009
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Fourth anti-virus firm buys into behavioural blocking

Web and email security firm Marshal8e6 has bought behaviour-based malware detection specialist Avinti. The terms of the deal, announced Tuesday, were undisclosed.
John Leyden, 14 Apr 2009
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Microsoft ends mainstream XP, Office 2003 support

Microsoft retired mainstream support for Windows XP and Office 2003 today - but that doesn’t necessarily mean anyone should be in a hurry to upgrade to Vista yet.
Kelly Fiveash, 14 Apr 2009
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Radiopaq punts 'custom tuned' cans

Not content with acting only as a search engine for web-based audio, Radiopaq has branched out into audio hardware and designed a selection of earphones tuned to your musical tastes.
James Sherwood, 14 Apr 2009
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Symmetrix and the death of monolithic arrays

EMC's Symmetrix V-Max, announced today, represents the death of monolithic storage arrays and the rise of combined scale-up/scale-out modular arrays built from commodity components tied together with ASICs, very clever software and geographical distance cluster interconnects. It's also a tribute to 3PAR's T-Class InServ design and solidifies a trend to modularity seen already with the DMX-4.
Chris Mellor, 14 Apr 2009
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NASA probes seek remnants of lost 'Theia' planet

A pair of NASA "space weather" monitoring spacecraft are having something of a change of pace, as they search for evidence of a long-lost world which may once have crashed into the Earth, and so formed the Moon.
Lewis Page, 14 Apr 2009
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Former Qwest CEO headed to prison

Qwest International's former chief executive is finally heading to jail, nearly two years after being found guilty in a massive case of insider dealing.
Gavin Clarke, 14 Apr 2009
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Microsoft extends Red-Ring-of-Death cover to fresh Xbox fault

Just as Microsoft had recovered from the Xbox 360's notorious "Red Ring of Death" fiasco another big hardware error has begun slaughtering its boxes.
Austin Modine, 14 Apr 2009
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Dell chases Sparc shops with migration offer

Server makers have been picking on the Sparc/Solaris base for so long that it seems normal. But with faith in Sun Microsystems being shaken after it rejected a takeover bid by rival IBM two weekends ago, and with Sun announcing its own "Nehalem EP" Xeon 5500 servers today, Dell decided that this was a particularly good time to announce services and financing to help Sparc customers make the jump to Dell iron using Linux - or Solaris, if they insist.
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Cisco dismisses 'hefty' layoffs rumor

Cisco Systems has dismissed predictions of a 10 per cent reduction in headcount from a JPMorgan analyst.
Rik Myslewski, 14 Apr 2009
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Toshiba secretly working on TG02 and TG03?

Toshiba’s recently unveiled TG01 smartphone isn’t even out yet, but a leaked document’s apparently uncovered evidence of two further phones in the TG line.
James Sherwood, 14 Apr 2009
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Google gives a peek of Android 1.5

Google has announced the availability of an "early look" at the SDK for the next version of its Linux-based Android mobile operating system, version 1.5.
Rik Myslewski, 14 Apr 2009
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Tesla to open London showroom

'Leccy Tech Californian ‘leccy car maker Tesla has announced plans to build its first showroom outside of North America in Blighty.
Alun Taylor, 14 Apr 2009
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BSA hijacks Somali pirate hype

As the world's media continues to follow the scourge of piracy off the coast of Somalia, perhaps it's time to take another look at the label of "pirate" for copyright thieves.
Austin Modine, 14 Apr 2009
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SLED 11: a distro for businesses, not idealists

Review SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop (SLED) is perhaps best known as the distro whose owner Novell, in 2005, signed an extremely unpopular patent-protection deal with Microsoft. From that moment on, Novell was essentially dead to those that prize the free software aspects of Linux.
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eBay to divorce Skype on Wall St

eBay plans to spin off Skype sometime in 2010, having failed to turn itself into a Web 2.0 telecoms hybrid.
Austin Modine, 14 Apr 2009
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Student sentenced for F-ucked up grade hack

A university student in Florida on Tuesday was sentenced to 22 months in prison for his role in a bungled scheme to hack into his school’s computer system and make hundreds of grade changes.
Dan Goodin, 14 Apr 2009