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Will Oracle kill MySQL? Who cares?

Fail and You When Oracle bought Sun last week, the MySQL community collectively curled its lip into a worried sneer. Is Oracle going to kill MySQL? We'll have to wait and see.
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Kyocera Mita FS-2020D

Review Kyocera Mita makes a range of laser printers and multi-functionals from personal one-per-desk models right up to big-league machines that can handle small-run production print jobs. The FS-2020D is a ‘team’ printer, so medium-size groups of workers are the users it's been developed for. There are a few things it needs to do to fulfill this aim.
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UK agent leaves secret drugs info on bus

A British secret agent for the Serious Organised Crime Agency left information on dozens of informers and agents on a bus while working with Colombian customs.
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Swiss woman rolled over Facebook

A Swiss woman caught red-handed on Facebook while off work with a migraine has been given her marching orders, the BBC reports.
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Point solutions are the enemy of data compliance

The rules of the IT game grow longer by the day, and for many it is a struggle to keep up. But good IT governance makes life easier, while saving money and improving profitability. At any rate, this is the thesis of these three vendor papers from the Reg Library. Read on.
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Big Blue, Brocade to show united front to Cisco

IBM is about to supply Brocade's Foundry-based networking products, according to persistent rumours reported by Reuters and others.
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Western demand for netbooks in decline?

If you can't find the netbook you want to buy, blame Chinese mobile phone networks. However, the signs are you're not going to buy a netbook anyway.
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Samsung unveils first Android handset

Samsung has finally taken the wraps off its first Google Android-based handset, with an official launch of its I7500 phone.
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Ofcom leery of Beeb's uber-set-top box

Ofcom has warned that the BBC's set-top box project - dubbed "iPlayer in hardware" - could eventually be halted by the regulator.
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Jacqui drops central snooping database

Home Secretary Jacqui Smith has confirmed the government is ditching the idea of a central intercept database to log all phone calls and emails sent or received by UK citizens.
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Windows 7 gets built in XP mode

Microsoft is adding a "Windows XP Mode" to Windows 7, in a move to encourage users to make the switch to the software vendor's forthcoming operating system.
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US declares 'public health emergency' over swine flu

Britain's medical system has started gearing up for a flu pandemic and the US has declared a "public health emergency", after it became clear that an outbreak of swine flu in Mexico had worked its way into the human population.
Joe Fay, 27 2009
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Greens: Telcos must share cell towers to save on CO2

The Green Party has published a report calling for cell networks to share equipment, saying that "competition between mobile phone companies is wasting almost 300 GWh a year due to duplication of telephone network equipment". Three hundred gigawatt-hours annually is approximately one per cent of one per cent of the UK's energy usage.
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Dell prices up XPS 435 gaming beast

When Dell first displayed its XPS 435 PC back in February, we ribbed the gargantuan gaming machine’s “coin collector tray”. But it turns out that you won’t have much spare change left to chuck in it now that Dell’s announced that machine’s starting price.
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Anonymity proves grey area for IDScan

Security software provider IDScan has been left red-faced after a page of supposedly anonymous details of ID cheats on its website turned out not to have been anonymised after all.
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Thieves lift hives as UK bee numbers drop

The UK's beekeepers are facing a new threat to their hives in the wake of a dramatic decline in honeybee numbers - the wholesale theft of colonies for sale on a burgeoning "apian black market", as the Times describes it.
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Swine flu apocalypse: Batten down the hatches

The world is this week mobilising to battle the mutated H1N1 "swine flu" virus which, having caused a suspected 103 deaths in Mexico, is now reported to have spread to the US, Canada and Europe - in the process pulling off the improbable feat of knocking Jade Goody (RIP, princess) from the front pages of panic-stricken UK tabloids.
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Boffins dream up Sleeptalking PC standby-mode tech

Computer boffins at Microsoft Research and UC San Diego have proposed the introduction of "sleep talking" technology, allowing PCs to carry out network tasks such as BitTorrent downloads or VoIP/IM listening while in energy-saving standby mode.
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UK.gov to spend £2bn on ISP tracking

The government plans to spend £2bn for ISPs to intercept details of their customers' emails, VoIP calls, instant messaging and social networking.
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Strumpets strut Spain's Street View

NSFW We're obliged to Manuel Santos this fine-ish spring morning for evidence of what happens when the newest kid on the net surveillance block meets a representative of the world's oldest profession, in this case on Madrid's Calle del Desengaño:
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Surgient revs fake server headache pill

The server virtualization hypervisor space is seeing a flattening in revenues, as industry juggernaut VMware admitted last week. But the myriad niche companies that are selling tools to manage virtual and physical servers are benefiting from the continuing sprawl.
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Zotac GeForce GTX 275 AMP! Edition

Review Nvidia launched its GeForce GTX 275 on the same day that AMD delivered the ATI Radeon HD 4890 but it has taken us a while to get our mitts on this factory-overclocked Zotac GeForce GTX 275 AMP! Edition.
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Texas passes videogame tax break bill

The US state of Texas has passed a bill that will see local videogames firms awarded development tax breaks.
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Musician dumps instruments for iPhone

The days when musicians rocked up to gigs with trucks full of guitars, keyboards and drums are dead. Because one musician plans to entertain London’s Wembley crowd with just one instrument... his iPhone.
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Cameron: Give the UK's health records to Google

David Cameron has repeated his pledge to cancel the ContactPoint database and the ID card scheme if the Tories win the next election.
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No queue to succeed at QLogic

Comment Everyone knows that QLogic has valuable intellectual property: Fibre Channel over Ethernet - or FCoE - a highly desirable piece of IP in the converged data centre stakes. But with Broadcom bidding for QLogic competitor Emulex and with the QLogic CEO being 15 years in post, aged 63 and with no successor in sight, where is QLogic going?
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Microsoft ditches Live Search product upload tool

Microsoft has ditched its Live Search Product Upload tool as part of its latest shake-up of its less-than-popular web search service.
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DHS trials musical brainscan wellness tech on US firemen

The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has unveiled plans to enhance the performance of firemen and federal agents by playing them special music synthesized from their own brain waves.
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ISPs eye role in Jacqui's mass surveillance system

The trade body for ISPs has today cautiously welcomed news that the government does not plan to build a massive, centralised database of communications data, but voiced fears about the cost to its members.
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Reding demands Cyber Cop for Europe

Europe needs a security tsar to defend and protect its communications networks against attacks from organised crime, rogue states and breakdowns, Viviane Reding has claimed.
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Taxman denies Wikipedia UK charity status

Wiki-fiddling isn't a charitable activity, according to the UK tax man. Revenue and Customs is denying tax privileges that go with charity status to Wikimedia UK, or Wiki UK Limited, as it's officially registered.
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RFID rag launches radio ID database

In demonstration of how ubiquitous radio frequency identification tags have become RFID Journal has launched a graphical tool showing deployments around the world, but is asking those in the industry to provide some data.
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Carphone Warehouse linked to Tiscali buy-up (again)

Tiscali shares were given a boost today on the Italian stock exchange by reports that it is once again close to a deal to offload its UK operation to Carphone Warehouse.
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Tandberg Data taps out but doesn't go liquid

Tandberg Data ASA has filed for bankruptcy in Norway after it was unable to repay a loan from Cyrus Capital, and will use the process to restructure and reduce its debt burden.
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Obama awaiting super-secure BlackBerry delivery

BlackBerry maker Research in Motion has designed a new model, but you’ll never get your hands on one because this emailer’s been designed with just one person in mind: Barack Obama.
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Sony pops out Bluetooth headphone duo

Whether you’re planning on listening to music or making calls, Sony has labelled its latest wireless headphone duo as perfect for either audio form.
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Mexico? US? Just don't go there, warns EU health chief

Spain has confirmed one case of swine flu in the east of the country, as the European Commissioner for Health warned against unnecessary travel to the countries at the centre of the outbreak.
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GE talks up 500GB-per-disc optical storage tech

General Electric (GE) has demonstrated a storage technology with the potential for allowing 500GB of data to be written onto a single DVD-sized disc.
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Liquid crystals - Display genius no match for petty politics

Happy Birthday, IC George Heilmeier is widely known as the father of the LCD. But he abandoned his liquid crystal baby nearly forty years ago.
Cade Metz, 27 2009
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IBM pits Watson super against humanity

"This downtown boy met and married an uptown girl." On the popular Jeopardy game show, such a statement functions like a question in terms of being a piece of input data that expects one and only one bit of output data, in this case an actual question: "Who is Billy Joel?"
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Pink-slipped sysadmin admits to threatening ex-employer's network

A system administrator has admitted he threatened to cause extensive damage to his former employer's computer system after he was laid off.
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Yahoo! hooks Adobe digital-media veteran

Yahoo! has reportedly hired an Adobe Systems veteran to head up its online applications.
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Microsoft unfurls BizTalk Server 2009

Microsoft on Monday turned the dial that releases Biztalk Server 2009 into the wild. The sixth incarnation of Redmond's connectivity and integration software is now available for Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN) customers and May 1 for everyone else.
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Wikipedia's Norwegian press officer cuffed for killing mum

One of the "bureaucrats" who oversaw Norway's incarnation of Wikipedia - and the press officer for Wikimedia Norge, the organization that oversees the Norwegian Wikipedia - has been arrested for killing his mother.
Cade Metz, 27 2009
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Qualcomm surrenders in Broadcom patent spat

Wireless-communications leader Qualcomm has agreed to an $891m (£608m) settlement with its bitter rival Broadcom, thus ending a long-running patent dispute between the two companies.
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Obama pledges 3% of GDP for science

President Barack Obama has set the goal of devoting more than 3 per cent of the US gross domestic product (GDP) to science research and development.
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Google and Microsoft get in Obama's ear

During President Barack Obama's first 100 days, much was made about his Lincoln-esque cabinet of all the talents bringing together expert individuals even from the opposition.
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Apple shareholders get 'say on pay'

Apple's shareholders will, after all, have the opportunity to weigh in on executive compensation.
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EFF accuses Apple of muzzling iPhone hobbyists

The operator of a wiki website has filed a federal lawsuit that accuses Apple of trying to squelch protected speech after it demanded the removal of posts discussing ways hobbyists can make iPods and iPhones work with software other than iTunes.
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Craigslist founder defends 'erotic' listings

There's only a few PR predicaments worse than having a sensationalized killing named after your business*. Yet, despite intense coverage of the so-called "Craigslist murder," Craig Newmark - founder of the popular online classified service - says there's no plans to shutter the site's "erotic services" section.
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Open cloud crusade yokes Microsoft, Intel, VMware, Sun...

Backed by such familiar names as AMD, Cisco, HP, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, Red Hat, Sun, and VMware, the Distributed Management Task Force (DMTF) has joined the increasingly fragmented fight for so-called open cloud standards.
Cade Metz, 27 2009
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Virt tool maker Cassatt is going titsup

William Coleman - the founder and chief executive officer at server virtualization management tool maker Cassatt - has bared his soul to Forbes magazine and says that the company is in the process of trying to sell itself or shutting down and selling off its assets.