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Intel's Otellini plots little growth path

The current state of Intel’s business is “a little better than we expected” according to its chief executive and president, whose promised to keep things moving by thinking small - Atom small to be specific.
Rik Myslewski, 13 May 2009
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Google crossbreeds search with spreadsheet

Searchology Google is breeding a newfangled search tool that automatically organizes web data into the familiar rows and columns of an ordinary spreadsheet.
Cade Metz, 13 May 2009
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LaCie's xbig products get bigger

External drive supplier LaCie has upgraded its NAS products with RAID-protected capacities up to 10TB and multimedia streaming, increasing viability for both home users and small businesses.
Chris Mellor, 13 May 2009
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Nvidia punts 3D into Europe

Nvidia has finally made its 3D PC kit available to gamers, film fans and photo fanatics across northern Europe.
James Sherwood, 13 May 2009
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iRiver P7 8GB portable media player

Review Here at Reg Hardware, we’ve been given to wonder if iRiver has rather lost the plot of late. Sure, the Lplayer was a decent enough bit of kit, but the E100 and Spinn? Writing, “could do better” on their end of term report cards would have been polite in the extreme. However, some of the devices on the iRiver booth at the 2009 CES gave us cause for optimism, in particular, the P7.
Alun Taylor, 13 May 2009
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Intel cuts ribbon on research lab

Intel is spending $12m on a graphics research lab in Germany.
John Oates, 13 May 2009
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Gov 'smart meter' plans: Sky box in charge of your house

Analysis The UK government has unveiled its plans for so-called "smart" energy meters, to be compulsory throughout Blighty in future. The proposed technology appears like excellent news for energy companies, offering them many options to cut costs and perhaps carbon emissions. Chances for consumers to be truly "smart", however, aren't part of the plans - ordinary users are set to remain locked out of the short-term energy market.
Lewis Page, 13 May 2009
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Google faces trade mark class action over AdWords

Google is facing an attempt to file a class action lawsuit over its US policy of allowing companies to use trade marks they don't own to trigger their internet adverts. If it gathers enough participants, the suit could be costly for the search giant.
OUT-LAW.COM, 13 May 2009
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ICO voices concern over creaking data protection law

The Data Protection Directive is old-fashioned and out of date, a report published by the UK's privacy regulator the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has said. Commissioner Richard Thomas said that the European Union must change its legislation.
OUT-LAW.COM, 13 May 2009
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Herschel and Planck off to meet Lagrange

The European Space Agency's Herschel and Planck space telescopes look good to go tomorrow (Thursday 14 May) at 13:12 GMT from the ESA spaceport in French Guiana.
Lester Haines, 13 May 2009
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Apple releases OS X 10.5.7 update

Apple released an update to its Leopard operating system yesterday that comes loaded with a host of security and bug fixes as well as added hardware support.
Kelly Fiveash, 13 May 2009
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Raygun 747 to fight 'one-off' tag with twin '09 missile fryings

Embattled raygun executives, in charge of America's jumbo jet mounted nuclear-missile-nobbling laser cannon, are fighting back against cuts which have largely sidelined the project.
Lewis Page, 13 May 2009
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Kanye West doesn't have a f***ing Twitter, OK?

American rapper and record producer Kanye West has issued a shouty missive against Twitter for allowing a bogus account carrying his name to amass more than one million followers on the microblogging site.
Kelly Fiveash, 13 May 2009
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Intel hit with largest ever EU fine

The European Commission has found Intel guilty of anti-competitive behaviour and fined it over a billion euros.
John Oates, 13 May 2009
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Patches bring zero-day relief from PDF and PowerPoint flaws

Microsoft has released a solitary bulletin that covers 14 vulnerabilities in PowerPoint, including a zero-day bug that has been the target of hacker exploitation over recent weeks, as part of its May Patch Tuesday update.
John Leyden, 13 May 2009

Apple prepping 32GB iPhone 3.0?

As Apple addicts gear-up for the its Worldwide Developers Conference next month, specifications have appeared online suggesting that Apple may have upped the iPhone’s storage capacity to 32GB.
James Sherwood, 13 May 2009
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Electric racer hits the track

Leccy Tech Swiss outfit Green GT whipped the dust sheets off its leccy racer at the recent Swiss Show of Renewable Energy and New Technologies.
Alun Taylor, 13 May 2009
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Jamie Bodkin, 13 May 2009
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HBA duopoly blown away by 10gigE

Comment The temperature in the 10GbitE networking technology pot is rising as vendors sprinkle 10gigE magic into their products.
Chris Mellor, 13 May 2009
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Qualcomm ponies up half mill prize cash

Qualcomm Ventures has put up $550,000 in prize money, to be invested in the best business model it can find, in a process which is surely what it should be doing anyway.
Bill Ray, 13 May 2009
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Zune phone specs spied

Zune phone rumours have been doing the rounds for years, but now an accurate rundown of the gadget’s hardware may finally have been uncovered.
James Sherwood, 13 May 2009
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Intel to appeal EU fine

Intel said it will appeal the record €1.06bn ($1.5bn) fine imposed on it by the European Competition Commission.
John Oates, 13 May 2009
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New service seeks to monetise microwaffling

Question-answering service AQA has expanded its offering to a Twitter-like service, with the added benefit of paying users for posting their thoughts by charging those receiving them.
Bill Ray, 13 May 2009
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Virgin Media to add 500k homes to cable network

Virgin Media plans to connect about half a million more premises to its network in the next few years in the first significant expansion of cable coverage since the 1990s.
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Could Sadville break the internet with nakedness?

Comment Second Life's introduction of adult zoning and age verification highlights an uncomfortable truth about the future of the web - as network function increases, so the anarchic free-for-all we are used to will be eroded further, and possibly abolished forever.
Jane Fae , 13 May 2009
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Mio tunes into TV satnavs

Mio has showcased a two satnavs that are bound to brighten up boring motorway journeys, because they can also receive TV signals.
James Sherwood, 13 May 2009
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VeriChip shaves 3mm off human RFID chips

Luddites still objecting to having an 11mm chip implanted in an arm will no doubt be relieved to hear that VeriChip has developed an even-smaller implantable RFID tag, measuring a diminutive 8mm by 1mm.
Bill Ray, 13 May 2009
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Intel Xeon W5580 workstation desktop processor

Review While we were reviewing the Intel Xeon W5580 it was hard to ignore the similarity between the new Xeon and Intel’s desktop Core i7. After a fair amount of testing, it became apparent that the Xeon W5580 is identical to the Core i7 965 Extreme, except that you can run two Xeons on a workstation motherboard and the price is astronomical. That’s £1300 for each CPU plus the thick end of £500 for an Intel S5520SC motherboard.
Leo Waldock, 13 May 2009
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EU case relies on dodgy evidence: says Intel

Intel's general counsel has made a spirited defence of the company and accused the European Competition Commission of relying on dodgy evidence and ignoring documents which contradicted its case, after receiving a record fine for anti-competitive practices.
John Oates, 13 May 2009
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Netbook demand dropped 26% in Q1

Demand for netbooks was indeed down in Q1 - as yesterday's Atom processor shipment figures suggested - but by the industry average, figures form market watcher DisplaySearch show.
Tony Smith, 13 May 2009
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Jail for Hong Kong techie who exposed stars' sex snaps

The Hong Kong techie who exposed over 1,000 compromising pics of film star Edison Chen and a parade of starlets has been sentenced to eight and a half months in jail.
Joe Fay, 13 May 2009
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US airforce looking at winged-rocket booster 'X-plane'

The US Air Force has announced that it is interested in a "Reusable Booster System" (RBS) - a combination of rocket and aeroplane which could replace the first stage of existing orbital launch stacks. After the upper stages separated and carried on into space, the winged RBS would glide down to a winged landing for refuelling and subsequent re-use.
Lewis Page, 13 May 2009
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Microsoft slings out Office 2010 technical preview

Microsoft will ship a technical preview of Office 2010 to invite-only users in July, the company has confirmed.
Kelly Fiveash, 13 May 2009
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HDS adds CommVault dedupe

Hitachi Data Systems is oem'ing CommVault's Simpana to provide deduplicated data protection services, and Simpana has passed the 10,000 customer mark.
Chris Mellor, 13 May 2009
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Pirate Win 7 ruse used to build botnet

A Trojan buried within counterfeit copies of Windows 7 RC was used to build a botnet of compromised PCs.
John Leyden, 13 May 2009
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Government appoints Twittercrat

Meet the fresh young face of Government 2.0. It's Andrew Stott, and he's our new "Twittercrat"* - or the new Director of Digital Engagement, to give him his official title.
Andrew Orlowski, 13 May 2009
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Google inks biggest ever apps deal

Cap Gemini has sold what it believes is the largest ever contract for Google's online suite of software products.
John Oates, 13 May 2009
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Debbie Gibson battles Mega Shark and Giant Octopus

Stuff Terminator Salvation and Star Trek, this is what true sci-fi movie buffs have been waiting for: A titanic struggle for control of the world's oceans between a Mega Shark and a Giant Octopus, witnessed by the decorative Debbie Gibson:
Lester Haines, 13 May 2009

Intel's record fine will lead to civil suits, says expert

The European Commission has issued its biggest ever competition law fine to computer chip maker Intel. One competition law expert said that the billion euro fine will "open the floodgates" for civil actions that could cost the company further.
OUT-LAW.COM, 13 May 2009
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Watchdog bans Natasha Richardson ski helmet ad

The Advertising Standards Authority has taken a dim view of an email announcing the death of actress Natasha Richardson which went on to offer great deals on ski helmets.
Lester Haines, 13 May 2009
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MSI pushes skinny MacBook Air-like laptops

MSI has made lots of noise about its all-in-one ‘glassy’ PC and various netbook models of late. But in an effort to prove that it hasn’t forgotten about notebooks, the firm’s announced a Centrino Ultra Low Voltage (CULV) model.
James Sherwood, 13 May 2009
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Atlantis creeps up on Hubble

Space shuttle Atlantis is poised to rendevous with the Hubble Space Telescope on its final servicing mission to the venerable eye in the sky.
Lester Haines, 13 May 2009
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Seagate slashes more jobs

Seagate is cutting a further 1,100 jobs with a view to reaching break-even point, aiming to save $125m a year.
Chris Mellor, 13 May 2009
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Oracle buys Virtual Iron

Software giant Oracle has announced its purchase of server virtualization wannabe Virtual Iron, confirming months of rumor.
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Lombardi re-thinks the cloud model

A re-engineered workflow build and management system for cloud-based systems has been delivered after four years' work by Lombardi Software.
Gavin Clarke, 13 May 2009
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Cyber attack could bring US military response

The United States' top commanding officer for the space and cyber domains told reporters last week that a cyber attack could merit a more conventional military response.
Robert Lemos, 13 May 2009
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Craigslist shutters 'erotic services' section

Craigslist is shuttering its "erotic services" section after months of resisting demands by state and local law enforcement officials in the US.
Austin Modine, 13 May 2009
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Otellini questions EU logic

In hitting Intel with a record 1.06 billion euro fine, EU Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes argued that the company has "used illegal anticompetitive practices to exclude its only competitor and reduce consumers’ choice." Speaking at a press conference in Brussels, she said "the whole story is about the consumer."
Cade Metz, 13 May 2009
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Snow Leopard, Jobs to miss Apple geekfest

Apple's new version of Mac OS X - 10.5.7, released on Wednesday - may have a longer life than previously thought. Cupertino has also announced that the next version, Snow Leopard, won't debut at the company's upcoming Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) as many observers had hoped.
Rik Myslewski, 13 May 2009
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P2P study: Music crackdown is bad for business

A study of P2P music exchanges to be revealed this week suggests that the ailing music business is shunning a lucrative lifeline by refusing to license the activity for money.
Andrew Orlowski, 13 May 2009
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Ubuntu fluffs web file-synchronization service

Ubuntu's commercial backer won't fluff its own cloud, but Canonical isn't eschewing online services in the battle against Microsoft.
Gavin Clarke, 13 May 2009
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Russia raises fare for NASA's Soyuz rocket rides

Bumming a ride on Russian rockets will soon be a few million dollars more expensive. Inflation y'know.
Austin Modine, 13 May 2009

Fanbois squeal over Mac OS X upgrade

Apple's recently released 10.5.7 update to Mac OS X is bringing grief to a goodly number of unfortunate souls.
Rik Myslewski, 13 May 2009
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AMD: 'The dog didn't eat Otellini's homework'

AMD finds it amusing that on a day when the EU dropped a record €1.06 billion fine on Intel, Intel is still calling the shots.
Cade Metz, 13 May 2009
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IBM puts future profits in the bag

IBM is hosting its annual investor conference today, and the top brass of Big Blue's numerous business groups spent many hours walking the assembled Wall Street analysts through the models that show the company did the right things over the past few years.
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Nokia cuts Ovi fluff

Nokia's rationalisation of its sprawling, me-too services is gradually becoming clearer. Late last month, the world's biggest phone manufacturer said it was taking 450 staff out of its operation, "to open up deeper and greater opportunities for third parties."
Andrew Orlowski, 13 May 2009
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Google openness is a closed door

Comment When Google meets with Congressional staffers, hoping to convince US lawmakers that it's nothing but good for the world, the web giant likes to say that it believes in openness. "Open is better than closed," the company says. Open "enhances competition" and "encourages innovation." But if you ask the company to discuss its openness, it's not too open about it.
Cade Metz, 13 May 2009
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Microsoft slapped for Windows-only Office patch

Microsoft has defended its decision to release a Windows-only security patch for its Office program after a researcher warned it put Mac users of the software at risk.
Dan Goodin, 13 May 2009
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Fujitsu takes trip to Venus

With Sun Microsystems and Oracle hogging all of the debate about the Sparc architecture these days, you can't blame Fujitsu for wanting to get a word in edgewise. So today, somewhere in Japan, Fujitsu reminded everyone that even though it's getting out of the chip manufacturing racket, it does have an eight-core Sparc64 chip in development.