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Google splits with Mozilla on 3D interwebs

One of the most heavily-flogged dead horses on the internet is getting 3D graphics into web browsers. But with Google now at the reins, maybe the old girl will actually come back to life.
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Cache-poisoning attack snares top Brazilian bank

One of Brazil's biggest banks has suffered an attack that redirected its customers to fraudulent websites that attempted to steal passwords and install malware, according to an unconfirmed report.
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AMD loses cash less quickly

AMD's CEO Dirk Meyer has fired a shot at his Intel counterpart, Paul Otellini, who recently said that the PC market has hit rock bottom.
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Oracle guru speaks peace, MySQL old-guard cautious

Dr DBA, a top technology guru at Oracle, has appeared at MySQL's annual conference to sooth concerns over the open-source database's future under Oracle.
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AMD chases Nehalem with speedier Shanghai

Chip maker designer and marketeer Advanced Micro Devices has been forced to sit through all the glowing news about rival Intel's "Nehalem EP" Xeon 5500 chips for the past three weeks, and now that the news has died down a bit, the company will today announce that it has cranked the clocks on its "Shanghai" quad-core Opteron processors while at the same time re-introducing ultra-low voltage and energy efficient parts that can take the fight to Intel.
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Scots to pioneer remote sex via glowing ring

A Scottish company trialling "intimate communication over a distance" is seeking couples interested in drawing lines of light on each other's bodies rather than the more-traditional teledildonics hardware.
Bill Ray, 22 2009
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The McNealy and Schwartz Sun legacy

Comment Sun's long revivalist saga is over. Soon to be ex-CEO Jonathan 'The Pony Tail' Schwartz will be remembered for what he didn't do and how he turned Sun into a corporate anorexic.
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Fujitsu cuts contractor pay

Fujitsu Services has confirmed that it is asking contractors to swallow a 15 per cent pay cut because of prevailing economic conditions.
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Darling banks on offshoring to save UK plc

Budget 09 Chancellor of the Exchequer Alistair Darling presents his budget today as the UK faces its worse recession for a generation. And his big idea is using offshoring and shared services to cut billions of pounds, and thousands of jobs, from the civil service.
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Texas goes large with supersize SSD

Texas Memory Systems has announced its biggest flash SSD yet - the 5TB RamSan-620.
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Seagate's Barracuda goes low-power

Seagate has introduced a lower power consumption version of its 3.5-inch Barracuda desktop drive.
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Carphone Warehouse to become two

Not happy running just one company Carphone Warehouse CEO Charles Dunstone has announced plans become chair of one mobile-phone network and one retailer, both of which should end up in the FTSE 250.
Bill Ray, 22 2009
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eBay officially not cheaper than High Street

eBay has been told not to republish adverts claiming its prices are 25 per cent cheaper than the High Street.
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Latest Intel netbook chipset needs Vista for boosted graphics

Windows Vista is coming to netbooks - well for those that want to take advantage of Intel's GN40 chipset and the graphical advantages it offers over the 945GSE found in most netbooks, it will.
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A Geeks Guide2 ...Solid Code

Reg Bookshop Geeks Guide2 Let’s face it; all software development projects have their fair share of problems. While some are particularly minor, some could result in catastrophic project failure. However, such failures are not always the fault of a single software developer’s error; instead a multitude of technical and non-technical issues are commonly at fault.
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LSI mans up on bandwidth

LSI Engenio has doubled the I/O bandwidth of its 7900 storage array, increased the drive count, and added full disk encryption.
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Mozilla update quashes nine bugs

Mozilla released an updated version of Firefox on Tuesday that addressed nine security flaws, one of which earns the dreaded 'critical' rating.
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Oldsters: If you think you'll lose your memory, you will

Here's one for all those concerned at the prospect of advancing age gradually stripping away their, erm, wait, tip of my tongue - memory. Bad news: your ability to retain information will indeed disappear as you get older. But, in a cruel twist of fate, if you aren't concerned you'll be fine.
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Ocarina making dedupe music with BlueArc

Hardware-accelerated file storage supplier BlueArc is to sell Ocarina deduplication hardware integrated with its Titan 3000 product.
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Server platforms and operating systems: Reg readers speak

Reg Barometer This is one of a series of articles which draws on online research conducted in partnership with The Register in October 2008. Some 1,125 people, from organisations large and small based in the UK, United States and many other countries took the time to let us know how IT systems are being used in their businesses. Thanks to all of you who took part.
Tony Lock, 22 2009
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Euro Parliament agrees roaming caps

The proposed caps on the cost of using a mobile within Europe have been approved, just in time for voters to give their approval come June.
Bill Ray, 22 2009
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It's US vs Europe as world e-car plug standard race nears end

'Leccy Tech It looks like the US, Europe and several of the world's major car manufacturers are set to agree on a standard power connector for plug-in e-cars. Or rather two standards: one for the new world, one for the old.
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Old school music sales fell 8% last year

Worldwide music sales declined by more than eight per cent in 2008 to $18.42bn, according to the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry.
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Android-based tablet PC spied online

Several firms have already begun talking-up Android-based laptops, but now a quirky PC manufacturer’s stuck its neck out and launched its own model.
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Virgin Media sticks with Phorm

Claims that Virgin Media is seeking to dump Phorm in favour of more conventional behavioural targeting firms have been denied by both firms today.
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Yes! It's the World of Warcraft house!

World of Warcraft undoubtedly has its addicted followers. So if you frequently find yourself playing for hours each day, then why not put yourself in the ultimate WoW garden shed?
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Gov systems found on 1.9m zombie botnet

Government and corporate Windows PCs were among the ranks of a 1.9 million botnet recently discovered by net security firm Finjan.
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Interstellar Bebo spamgasm targeted at 'water world'

Astronomers believe that there may be a "water world" capable of harbouring intelligent alien life orbiting a star just 20 lightyears from Earth. Unfortunately, it appears that the first communication any aliens will receive from the human race will be a multimedia compilation assembled by Bebo users.
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Darling points at silver lining, floats investment in broadband

Budget 09 Chancellor of the Exchequer Alistair Darling today used what is likely to be his last Budget to paint an optimistic view of the UK economy and the path out of the world recession.
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Dead PC tycoon's estate eaten up by credit card debts

Disgraced PC-tycoon Charles Forsyth died almost penniless, according to the administrator of his estate. High-living Forsyth, who left a legacy of four crashed computer companies and served a three and a half year prison sentence, died last year of a heart attack aged just 49.
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Toshiba unveils next netbook

Toshiba has jazzed up its NB100 netbook, bringing some curves and a 10.1in display to the rather business-like mini laptop. A better battery life too: up to nine hours, the company claimed.
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LG insider points to Apple OLED notebook

An LG staffer has made the very bold claim that 15in Apple notebooks equipped with OLED displays will appear within months.
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Eurocrats, MEPs clash on telecoms reform to flush out pirates

The European Parliament and its member states are reportedly on a “collision course” over tackling online piracy, after the two parties failed to agree on a final sticking point in a massive reform of the telecoms industry.
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Info Commissioner contacted 74 times over Street View

Privacy regulator the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) said that 74 people have written to it about Google's Street View service since its launch last month. It said it would release details of the complaints and enquiries soon.
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MPs to probe ISP snooping and throttling

MPs have today launched an investigation into the use of snooping technology by ISPs which allows them to profile customers for advertisers and throttle or block specific types of traffic.
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Why Whack-a-Tard won't save music

Any recording business executive celebrating the court victory over The Pirate Bay should have been in San Francisco this weekend for a reality check. Attending CodeCon 2009 would have brought them swiftly down to earth, and emphasised the futility of trying to prevent P2P file sharing. What's the point, when you can make money off it instead?
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Google should punt content thief ad payments to rights owners

A content-tracking software company wants the internet's biggest advertising networks to siphon money from advertising on copyright-infringing websites and divert it to the material's original owners. No major ad network has signed up yet.
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Samsung samples 500GB laptop HDD

With notebook-oriented SSDs now hitting the 250GB mark, Samsung has introduced a laptop-friendly hard drive offering double that capacity.
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Dell updates Studio 15

Roughly ten months after it first launched Studio 15, Dell has updated the laptop series with a selection of cherry picked technical modifications.
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Bittorrent's Bram Cohen on the music biz

CodeCon 09 Interview I've known Bram Cohen since 2001, when Bittorrent was a glimmer in his eye. It's a worldwide phenomenon now, and is at the heart of the Pirate Bay trial.
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Budget reaction: Credit insurance good, all else bad

Budget 09 Reaction to Alistair Darling's budget is mixed to say the least. Even the £2,000 subsidy for people buying a new car and scrapping an old one has had a mixed response from the motor industry.
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One third of workers open to bribes for data theft

A somewhat self-serving survey ahead of an information security trade show in London next week reveals a third of workers can potentially be bribed into handing over company data.
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Darling supports broadband by raiding Granny's digital fund

Budget 09 Alistair Darling used today's Budget to back calls for Universal Service obligations to include access to a decent broadband network regardless of where in the UK your home or business is.
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Ballmer disses Oracle's decision to buy Sun

Microsoft boss Steve Ballmer has derided Oracle’s decision to buy Sun Microsystems for $7.4bn.
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Branson mothership bottom smacked in 'touch & go' incident

Rumoured control issues in Richard Branson's WhiteKnightTwo rocketplane-piggyback "mothership" craft appear to be persisting. Reports have it that the innovative aircraft smacked one or both of its tails against the runway during a recent test flight.
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Sanyo Xacti VPC-HD2000

Review ‘It’s a Dual camera,’ says the little sticker on the side of the vaguely retro, pistol grip, Sanyo Xacti VPC-HD2000 camcorder. Sure it can function as a 12Mp still camera too, but when it comes to video, Sanyo claims the Xacti is the first consumer camcorder to shoot 60 frames per second in 1080p full HD. To achieve this, and easier editing, Sanyo utilises "True Progressive" scanning technology which, during playback, allows freeze framing on full, rather than interlaced images.
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IBM picks open-source in Oracle database fight

IBM is licensing technology from an open-source database company it's invested in, hoping to convince Oracle customers they should switch to its next DB2.
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Google feeds Analytics API to world+dog

As promised - many months ago - the Mountain View Chocolate Factory has opened up the Google Analytics Data Export API, letting web-happy developers tap straight into site stats collected by the free traffic-tracking service.
Cade Metz, 22 2009
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IBM boasts Sun-HP server pact pillaging

Now that IBM has reported its financial results for the first quarter of 2009, the company can brag a little bit about competitive takeouts for server deals.
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AT&T reveals slipping iPhone sales

Sales of Apple's iPhone are slowing as potential buyers await the long-rumored refresh of the popular smartphone.
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Turks hijack Kiwi MSN via DNS cracks

RSA The New Zealand version of Microsoft's MSN website was briefly hijacked after attackers penetrated that country's prominent domain name registrar. Websites for Sony, BitDefender, and HSBC were also commandeered.
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Tech giants surrender to Oz Wi-Fi boffins

Some of the world's top tech companies have run up the white flag in the face of a national science agency’s legal claim it invented key technologies behind Wi-Fi.
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Microsoft's DNA won't permit Oracle-Sun deal

Comment When Steve Ballmer tackled the inevitable question on a Microsoft hardware acquisition, in the wake or Oracle's planned purchase of Sun Microsystems, he was "sticking to the knitting."
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AMD pulls forward six-shooter Opteron cannon

AMD is picking up the pace for its six-core, Istanbul family of Opteron processors, saying it will ship the chips to paying customers in May with server OEM partners shipping in June.
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VMware lovers to slow fake server spending

VMware's first quarter sales were up 7 per cent thanks to a huge jump in its services revenue, but the virtualization house warned it's likely to report a first-ever drop in revenue next time around.
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Microsoft rallies Google-averse on pubCenter

Microsoft has thrown its challenger to Google's Adsense open to public testing while trying to rally partners.
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eBay endures revenue shrinkage deja vu

At the end of 2008, for the first time in its history, eBay stomached a year-over-year decline in quarterly revenue. And at the beginning of 2009, it happened again.
Cade Metz, 22 2009