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Time Warner mulls AOL spin off

Plummeting revenues at AOL helped batter Time Warner's net income in the first quarter. In related news: Hey, anyone want to buy some red hot AOL stock? Anyone?
Austin Modine, 30 Apr 2009
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Red Hat pitches software-patents-free Europe

Red Hat is today expected to join others in making the case against the enforcement of patents in software across the European Union.
Gavin Clarke, 30 Apr 2009
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IBM unloads Nehalem towers, clusters

It's Dynamic Infrastructure blitz week at Big Blue. In a kicking out new entry and midrange rack servers and funky new blade server based on its Power6+ chips and a bunch of storage enhancements and Fibre Channel over Ethernet and other networking products rebadged from Brocade, IBM previewed two upcoming x64 tower servers and kicked out some pre-configured supercomputer clusters to round out its x64 portfolio.
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QLogic rumored as EMC takeover target

With only two companies in the world who make host adapters for networking servers to external storage - and one of them trying to shake off a hostile takeover - it is no surprise that the other one is rumored to be the target for a takeover too.
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Intel scales EPA 'green' list

For the past several years, IT vendors have been heavy on the lectures about how companies need to get with it and go green. But do they take their own advice?
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Windows 7 — It’s like Vista, only less annoying

Review Today, Microsoft will start official downloads of the Windows 7 Release Candidate. It's the last-planned release of Windows 7 before Microsoft sends the polished code to OEMs and starts boxing up the bits as product.
Tim Anderson, 30 Apr 2009
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NAO wants sustainable ICT procurement targets

Central government's spending watchdog has called on the Office of Government Commerce (OGC) and the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to work with departments on new goals for the sustainable procurement of ICT.
Kable, 30 Apr 2009
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Acer ponders Android smartphone

Acer has followed in the footsteps of arch rival Asus with talk of possible plans to launch an Android-based smartphone.
James Sherwood, 30 Apr 2009
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Fujitsu LifeBook P8020

Review Hot on the heels of Sony's Vaio TT and the Toshiba Portégé R600, Fujitsu's LifeBook P8020 is a similarly small and light affair looking to tempt business types away from the likes of Lenovo and Dell. Netbook fans will yet again baulk at high price tag, but there's clearly still a market for premium ultra-portable laptops offering more oomph than an Atom processor can muster.
Will Stapley, 30 Apr 2009
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Euro space 'scopes go for 14 May launch

The European Space Agency's Herschel and Planck space telescopes are set to blast off on 14 May atop an Ariane 5 ECA launcher from French Guiana, the agency reports.
Lester Haines, 30 Apr 2009
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ICO acts on student privacy breach

Manchester University has been censured by the Information Commissioner's Office for publishing personal information about students.
Kable, 30 Apr 2009
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Will CA's stringent roadmap come back to haunt it?

Management software firm CA is superstitious and refuses to release a product with the number 13 attached to it.
Kelly Fiveash, 30 Apr 2009
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Firefox finds more pesky bugs

Mozilla Corporation has released a new version of Firefox in order to remove a bug found just a week after an updated version of the browser was released.
John Oates, 30 Apr 2009
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Peugeot preps 4WD diesel hybrid

'Leccy Tech Peugeot's interesting HYbrid4 diesel hybrid 4WD system - previously known as HYmotion4 - has made the leap from the drawing board and concept car to prototype production in preparation for it hitting the streets in the summer of 2011.
Alun Taylor, 30 Apr 2009
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Virgin wi-fi rolls up two years late

Virgin has finally switched on wi-fi access on its trains, a mere two years after it was supposed to arrive.
Bill Ray, 30 Apr 2009
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Koreans cook up glow-in-the-dark beagles

South Korean scientists say they've cooked up a quartet of glow-in-the-dark beagles, boasting red nails and abdomens even under normal light and which emit a spooky red glow when subject to ultraviolet.
Lester Haines, 30 Apr 2009
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Study finds IT heads not interested in power saving

A Forrester Research Survey has shown that, despite green pretensions, the vast majority of PCs have no power management regime because the IT chief says it's not his problem.
Chris Mellor, 30 Apr 2009
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DSGi plans £310m rights issue

DSGi is looking to raise £310m through a rights issue to underwrite its continuing overhaul and offset a drying up of credit insurance.
Team Register, 30 Apr 2009
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Northamber reports loss, reviews vendors

Veteran tech distie Northamber is reviewing its vendor lineup and increasing its focus on its more "supportive suppliers" as it tries to hold up margins through the continuing recession.
Team Register, 30 Apr 2009
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Sony unveils world's first 'self-cleaning' telly

Sony has launched a self-cleaning TV, of sorts, that, it claimed, produces the smoothest and clearest motion reproduction of any Bravia to date.
James Sherwood, 30 Apr 2009
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Mole talks up Palm Pré... 2

Everyone knows salt’s bad for you in large amounts, but you’ll need a fair sized dose if you’re to swallow the latest Palm Pré rumour. But it’s Register Hardware’s duty to report that a second Pré smartphone’s supposedly in the works.
James Sherwood, 30 Apr 2009
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LoTR fan film set for net premiere

Fans of the Lord of the Rings who have not yet had their fill of cinematic Middle-earth should make a date for Sunday 3 May at 4pm (UK time), when the internet and the Sci-Fi-London festival will simultaneously host the premiere of The Hunt for Gollum - a "film for fans by fans" knocked together for just 3,000 quid:
Lester Haines, 30 Apr 2009
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Wii induction charging stand unveiled

An induction-based charging dock for Wii Remotes has been designed so you’ll no longer have to strip your controller bare each time you need to replenish its juice.
James Sherwood, 30 Apr 2009

Apple setting up chip division for next-gen iPhones?

Apple appears to be amassing a team of engineers, with the intention of making its own chips for the next generation of iPhones.
Bill Ray, 30 Apr 2009
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NASA gets cold feet on Moon base plan

NASA is dithering about whether its future plans should include a Moon base or focus on missions further out into the solar system, New Scientist reports.
Lester Haines, 30 Apr 2009
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Toshiba Regza DV556DB

Review The market for TVs with integrated DVD players has never quite reached its potential. Dogged by some indifferent products, a very large installed base of standalone DVD players already out there and manufacturers’ desire to sell us two products instead of one, TV/DVD combos have struggled to make a real impact.
Lewis Caliburn, 30 Apr 2009
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Meet Phorm's PR genius

Your reporter's reaction to Phorm's publishing of a delusional attack blog this week was one of confusion: what troubled mind could have fathered such a downright weird attempt at rebuttal?
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Ditch satnavs, urges ambulance chief

Ambulance drivers in North East England have been told to reduce their reliance on satnavs when speeding towards emergencies after too many of them arrived on scene late.
James Sherwood, 30 Apr 2009
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Department of Homeland Security to destroy swine flu victims

It's evident that the US of A's Department of Homeland Security is taking the H1N1 threat very seriously indeed, and we reckon that Secretary Janet Napolitano may have been taking some advice from Condoleeeeza "Waterboarding" Rice as to how to apply a "Guantánamo Bay" solution to the menace posed by swine flu.
Lester Haines, 30 Apr 2009
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Security luminaries chew the fat on e-voting

Our Infosec show diary on Wednesday brought you news of ripped posters, fire and underpants.
John Leyden, 30 Apr 2009
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Free mobile broadband from Vodafone

Anyone who isn't paying for mobile broadband can have a free shot tomorrow, as Vodafone is giving away access to publicise the launch of the network's new 50 pence tariff.
Bill Ray, 30 Apr 2009
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UK 'digital tech hubs' to design future gadgets

Microsoft, Philips and IBM have partnered with UK universities to create a trio of digital technology hubs, where cutting-edge gadgets for the elderly, disabled and rural dwellers can be developed and tested.
James Sherwood, 30 Apr 2009
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Army officer tossed laptops into the sea

The High Court has heard how an army officer destroyed laptops containing pictures of Iraqis killed in a controversial battle near Basra.
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Palm's Pré: the $170 phone

The Pré smartphone could cost just $30 (£20/€23) more to buy that it actually costs Palm to make, according to a report by market analyst iSuppli.
James Sherwood, 30 Apr 2009
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How can I secure a USB Flash drive?

I'd like to get a USB Flash drive that I can use to keep some personal information on securely - password-protected and encrypted, in other words. Do I have to buy a special drive to do this, or is there a way I can get the same results with software and a generic 16GB drive I have handy?
Andre Cooper, 30 Apr 2009
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Getting started with TrueCrypt

TrueCrypt is a free, open source application that allows you to create encrypted file stores and open them under Windows, Linux and Mac OS X. It's UI can appear daunting to the newcomer, but the app's actually very straightforward to use.
Nick Hawkesmoor, 30 Apr 2009
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Security researchers fret over Adobe PDF flaw

Adobe has warned that its Reader and Acrobat PDF software is vulnerable to an unpatched vulnerability.
John Leyden, 30 Apr 2009
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Kindle users get burnt

Amazon has introduced a per-megabyte pricing mechanism for delivering files to the Kindle e-book reader, replacing the ten-cent flat rate for whispered content.
Bill Ray, 30 Apr 2009
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Torture case against Boeing subsidiary resuscitated

In a ruling sure to fan the flames of controversy over Bush-era torture policies, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals this week strongly repudiated the Bush and Obama administrations’ arguments of a broad reading of the so-called "state secrets" doctrine, which the Bush administration in particular had used to smother potentially embarrassing litigation in its crib.
Burke Hansen, 30 Apr 2009
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Virtualization can't save Q1 profits for Citrix

Virtualisation may be a hot technology, but making money on any kind of IT right now is a challenge, as the latest financial results from Citrix Systems show.
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Apple moves to patent mobile color

Apple has filed a patent application describing a technique for creating fashionably colored carbon fiber device enclosures.
Rik Myslewski, 30 Apr 2009
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Google Chocolate Factory patents Data Center Navy

The Mountain View Chocolate Factory has received a patent on its plans for a navy of podified data centers.
Cade Metz, 30 Apr 2009
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Motorola still on the schnide

Motorola is still losing money like gangbusters. In the first quarter of 2009, handset sales dropped nearly 50 per cent compared to last year.
Austin Modine, 30 Apr 2009
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Adobe PSD pushes programmer too far

You work long hours, for an ungrateful organization wasting time programming around other peoples' mistakes and botched code. And that's in a commercial operation - never mind the unpaid effort that goes into community open-source projects.
Gavin Clarke, 30 Apr 2009
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ARIN heads off IP address land grab

Older types of internet protocol addresses are about to get harder to come by - at least in North America.
Dan Goodin, 30 Apr 2009
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Twitter breach gives behind-the-scenes Obama peek

Twitter still hasn't come clean, but it appears yet another administrative account on the micro-blogging site has been breached, giving world+dog an inside peek at the accounts of Barack Obama, Ashton Kutcher, and other celebrities.
Dan Goodin, 30 Apr 2009
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Fujitsu offloads chipmaking to Taiwan

Updated Fujitsu has joined the parade of chip-design firms that are passing off all or part of their manufacturing to the giant Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC).
Rik Myslewski, 30 Apr 2009
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Cloud database guinea pigs sought by Microsoft

A Microsoft incubator project for online synchronization of databases is preparing to welcome early adopters.
Gavin Clarke, 30 Apr 2009
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Solaris 11 due mid-2010

The number and gee-whizness of features Sun Microsystems is putting into updates to both the Solaris 10 commercial operating system and the related OpenSolaris development release of Solaris are slowing. That's the best indication that Nevada - the code name for Solaris Next or Solaris 11 or whatever you want to call it - is getting closer to release.
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Acer nails Windows 7 for October release

Another piece has fallen into place for an autumn 2009 release of Windows 7.
Gavin Clarke, 30 Apr 2009
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NetBSD, Mandriva get shiny new releases

The NetBSD Project has released NetBSD 5.0 into the wild today, marking the operating system's first major release since 2007.
Austin Modine, 30 Apr 2009