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Google mentor drowns in swimming pool

Rajeev Motwani - the Stanford University professor who served as mentor to Larry Page and Sergey Brin as they developed what would become Google - was found dead on Friday morning after an apparent accidental drowning.
Cade Metz, 09 Jun 2009
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Apple security is 'struggling,' researcher says

A well-known security consultant says Apple is struggling to effectively protect its users against malware and other online threats and suggests executives improve by adopting a secure development lifecycle to design its growing roster of products.
Dan Goodin, 09 Jun 2009
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Apple takes Snow Leopard for walk

WWDC Apple today released some intriguing details about the next version of Mac OS X, Snow Leopard, including the surprise good news that it will cost a mere $29 and the expected bad news that it will run only on Intel-based Macs.
Rik Myslewski, 09 Jun 2009
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Mike O'Brien becomes NHS IT minister

A former ecommerce minister has been given responsibility for NHS IT, as one of the Department of Health's two ministers of state
Kable, 09 Jun 2009
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Orange Vegas

Review Would you take a punt on a sub-£50 touchscreen phone? With a wallet-soothing price but few must-have features, Orange’s own-brand Vegas plays a very different hand to most high-rolling touch-operated devices currently available.
Phil Lattimore, 09 Jun 2009
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LxLabs boss found hanged after vuln wipes websites

The boss of Indian software firm LxLabs was found dead in a suspected suicide on Monday.
John Leyden, 09 Jun 2009
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EC asks: Been leant on by Microsoft?

The European Commission is asking computer makers what communication they have had with Microsoft over its ongoing browser bundling case.
John Oates, 09 Jun 2009
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Computer-related injuries in US 'increase sevenfold'

American medical eggheads have issued a stark warning today about the latest deadly health scourge to hit the developed world. It's one particularly relevant to Reg readers.
Lewis Page, 09 Jun 2009
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Storage software following hardware downwards

According to market intelligence firm IDC, you're not buying as much storage software as you did last year. Their report shows a 5.2 per cent decline in the first quarter of this year compared to a year ago.
Chris Mellor, 09 Jun 2009
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ContactPoint offers tokens for access

The Department for Children Schools and Families has begun to roll out the authentication process for access to the ContactPoint database.
Kable, 09 Jun 2009
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Russian porn starlet brands DD jubs

Simona Halep take note: "Rising" Russian porn star Anna Morgan has offered the "ample canvas" of her DD assets to an MMO virtual currency outfit, and will for two years carry the company's logo and URL tattooed across her heaving jubs in return for a cool $500k.
Lester Haines, 09 Jun 2009
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Opera Mobile 9.7 beta lands

Opera released the beta version of its latest Windows-only mobile browser yesterday.
Kelly Fiveash, 09 Jun 2009
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ECHR overturns Court of Appeal prisoner privacy ruling

Prisoners have the same right to privacy in medical correspondence as they do in relation to communication with their MPs, the European Court of Human Rights has said. The Court has overturned a ruling of the UK's Court of Appeal.
OUT-LAW.COM, 09 Jun 2009
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She Wolf of the SS mourns her Grindhouse master

Don Edmonds, the director of 1975 "Naziploitation" classic Ilsa, She Wolf of the SS, has died aged 73, Variety reports.
Lester Haines, 09 Jun 2009
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Millions opted into UK mobile phone directory

A public mobile phone directory for the UK will launch later this month, loaded with millions of private numbers bought from marketing departments.
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iPhone 3G S in the UK: what you need to know

Updated Apple’s latest iPhone, the 3G S, is currently the talk of the town. But if you’re a prospective O2 customer itching to buy the latest model, or an existing iPhone users hoping to upgrade, then you’d be wise to read the small print.
James Sherwood, 09 Jun 2009
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Acer talks up 3D notebook

Acer has unveiled plans to launch a notebook with a 3D-capable display.
James Sherwood, 09 Jun 2009
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T-Mobile hack data is genuine

T-Mobile has confirmed that files posted on a full disclosure mailing list are genuine - but the company fails to explain whether or not cybercriminals really got full access to its systems, IDG reports.
John Leyden, 09 Jun 2009
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Nintendo pooh-poohs Xbox, PS3 motion control

Microsoft’s Project Natal camera-based motion-control technology grabbed headlines last week, but Nintendo’s President has said the Wii's approach is way better.
James Sherwood, 09 Jun 2009
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E-bike TT race to include e-cars next year

Leccy Tech The flag’s yet to drop on eGrandPrix’s inaugural zero-emission TTXGP trials, but that hasn't stopped the organiser from announcing its plans for next year’s race.
Alun Taylor, 09 Jun 2009
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Corporate social responsibility - ya gotta love it

Three papers plucked from the Reg White Paper Library this week - all about aspects of governance, regulation and all round squeaky cleanness.
Team Register, 09 Jun 2009
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Windows 7 boss predicts 'modest' initial shipments

A Microsoft wonk has admitted that PC vendors are unlikely to see a huge rise in shipments when Windows 7 hits the shelves on 22 October.
Kelly Fiveash, 09 Jun 2009
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Japanese lunar orbiter to go out with a bang

The Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency will be keeping its eyes peeled tomorrow for some brief fireworks when its Kaguya lunar orbiter slams into the Moon's surface at 6,000 km/h.
Lester Haines, 09 Jun 2009

The best netbook-friendly Linux distros

We loved the Xandros based OS the Asus put on the original Eee PC for its simplicity and direct access to applications. Likewise Acer's version of Linpus, installed on the Linux versions of its Aspire One netbook. For 90 per cent of the tasks anyone's likely to perform on a netbook, they're spot on and allow the machines to boot up in under 20 seconds.
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TomTom maps route onto iPhone 3G S

TomTom has jumped on the iPhone 3G S bandwagon by launching a satnav application and car kit for the must-have smartphone.
James Sherwood, 09 Jun 2009
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Firefox 3.5: In, out, shake it all about

Mozilla has spun out a post-beta, pre-release candidate version of Firefox 3.5.
Kelly Fiveash, 09 Jun 2009
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'D'oh!' tops fave kids' TV catchphrase poll

Homer Simpson's "D'oh!" has topped a poll of kids' top TV catchphrases, with Fred Flintstone's "Yabba Dabba Doo!" and classic Dalek imperative "Exterminate" voted second and third in Brit viewers' affections.
Lester Haines, 09 Jun 2009
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Drayson back at MoD, retains biznovation portfolio

Controversial former military equipment purchasing boss Lord Drayson has been made a Defence minister once again. Details of his portfolio have yet to be announced, but Drayson will outrank the current equipment minister - and will retain a position at the new department of "Business, Innovation and Skills".
Lewis Page, 09 Jun 2009
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McKinnon launches second extradition challenge

A judicial review of former Home Secretary Jacqui Smith's handling of the Gary McKinnon extradition proceedings began in London today.
John Leyden, 09 Jun 2009

WD drops 4TB whopper

Like Burger King, Western Digital believes in whoppers; it's just announced a 4TB capacity My Book external drive.
Chris Mellor, 09 Jun 2009
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Zac Efron to catch Saturday Night Fever?

Whatever your feelings on Saturday Night Fever, this will bring a chill to your heart: Simon Cowell is planning a remake of the 1977 movie, with Zac Efron in the frame to step into John Travolta's shoes as Tony Manero.
Lester Haines, 09 Jun 2009
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Data watchdog clears mobile phone directory

The UK data watchdog has given the green light to a controversial directory of millions of mobile phone numbers, which launches next week.

Site news: Unique commenter handles coming

We have changed the way we manage reader “handles” for story comments.
Drew Cullen, 09 Jun 2009
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EMC sends love letter to Data Domain

EMC supremo Joe Tucci has sent an open letter to Data Domain staff saying their company has an exciting future inside EMC - which has lots of great takeover stories to tell, unlike a certain other company.
Chris Mellor, 09 Jun 2009
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Companies to be Bob the Builder with Firefox 3.5

Mozilla is working on a program that will give firms the opportunity to build their own bespoke browsers, using the upcoming version of Firefox.
Kelly Fiveash, 09 Jun 2009
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Capita snares Carillion IT Services

Capita is buying the IT reseller arm of the construction services group Carillion plc for £36m on a cash free, debt free basis.
Team Register, 09 Jun 2009
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Engineers are troublesome 'expert loners', says prof

US researchers say that graduate engineers tend to be egoistic loners who can't work properly in teams, much to the aggravation of their employers. Responsibility for this distressing state of affairs lies partly with the media, which portrays a misleading image of what it is to be an engineer, and partly with older students at college who lead youngsters astray.
Lewis Page, 09 Jun 2009
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Red Hat goes one louder with Fedora 11

Linux distributor Red Hat and its affiliated Fedora Project, which creates the development release that eventually becomes Red Hat's commercially supported Enterprise Linux distro, have gone one louder this morning with the release of Fedora 11.
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McAfee downplays service pack fail

A recent McAfee service pack led to systems being rendered unbootable, according to posts on the security giant's support forums.
John Leyden, 09 Jun 2009
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Can Dell hack it as a services company?

The Register expert panel is quizzing Dell on its move into services with cloud-optimized SaaS offerings live and online. Register readers will able to join the debate and get answers to the questions that matter from (11am PST, 2pm EST, 7pm BST) on 16 June.
Jamie Bodkin, 09 Jun 2009
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Samsung debuts germ-proof gaming laptop

Samsung has unfolded its latest R series laptop, the R720, which the firm hopes might catch the eyes of film fans and gaming geeks alike.
James Sherwood, 09 Jun 2009
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AT&T jettisons the last of its Usenet

AT&T has dealt another blow to the internet relic known as Usenet.
Cade Metz, 09 Jun 2009
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Microsoft spins out intellectual property business

Microsoft has spun out an intellectual property business unit it acquired two years ago, apparently to control the company's costs.
Gavin Clarke, 09 Jun 2009
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Apple tight-leashes 'Snow Leopard' Server

WWDC You were hoping that Apple would spend a little less time at its Worldwide Developer Conference on the iPhone, the health of Steve Jobs, and the desktop and laptop variant of the "Snow Leopard" Mac OS X and maybe launch the server variant of Snow Leopard? You were hoping it would flesh out a real server product line? Well, you can forget it.
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Palm Pre breaks Sprint sales records

Palm Pre has arrived in America, and now that the lines have dispersed and as the buzz dies down, folks are eager to know if the smart phone debut was a victory rally or Palm's swan song.
Austin Modine, 09 Jun 2009
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Google lets you code for Googlephones on Googlephones

Google has introduced an Android scripting environment that lets you code stuff for the Googlephone on the Googlephone.
Cade Metz, 09 Jun 2009
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Fedora 11 leaps into filesystem unknown

Review It seems like Fedora 10 came along just yesterday, but already Fedora 11 is here.
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Google wraps Gmail and Co. in Microsoft comfort blanket

As part of its ongoing effort to destroy Microsoft Exchange, Google has unleashed a new tool that lets you access its so-called cloud apps via Outlook - Redmond's very own Exchange client.
Cade Metz, 09 Jun 2009
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AT&T squeezes wannabe iPhone upgraders

AT&T will charge current US iPhone 3G customers a hefty fee for the privilege of upgrading to an iPhone 3G S before their two-year contracts are up, and American owners of the soon-to-be-second-rate 3G model are none to happy about it.
Rik Myslewski, 09 Jun 2009
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Novell musing Moblin open-source app store

Novell is considering making a one-click "open-source app store" for its upcoming Moblin-based OS for netbooks. The scheme is intended as a selling point for average users largely unfamiliar with free software alternatives outside a Microsoft platform.
Austin Modine, 09 Jun 2009
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Isilon clusters having swell time

Amazing what software can do. In May, Isilon's maximum capacity was 3.5 petabytes per cluster. Now, with new software, it can grow to over 5PB.
Chris Mellor, 09 Jun 2009
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Publisher defends Google Books 'sell out'

World Copyright Summit Richard Sarnoff, the man who signed off on the historic authors settlement with Google, took to the stage to defend the deal today. If it survives antitrust scrutiny, the Settlement between Google and US authors promises to give Google a monopoly on out-of-print books in digital form. Isn't the accumulation of knowledge in one private corporation scary?
Andrew Orlowski, 09 Jun 2009
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Nokia enlists Adobe and .NET armies on mobile web

The world's largest handset manufacturer is reaching out to designers using Adobe and to Microsoft's army of .NET coders, urging them to build web apps for phones running its S60 platform.
Gavin Clarke, 09 Jun 2009
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Germans fire up 200 teraflop Juropa2 super

French server maker Bull might be the prime contractor on the 200 teraflops Juropa2 massively parallel supercomputer installed at the government-sponsored Forschungszentrum Jülich (FZJ), but beleaguered server maker Sun Microsystems wants everyone to know that the box that was turned on last Friday is comprised of its InfiniBand switches and its Xeon blade servers.