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Opera Software reinvents complete irrelevance

Fail and You Last week, in a bold attempt at being relevant again, Opera Software unveiled Opera Unite, which is marketese for "web server inside a web browser." The less obvious news tidbit from the release is that Opera Software is evidently still alive, and it's only when you've been clutching that single digit market share for a decade that you can convince yourself that everybody needs a web server on their computer to facilitate a revolution of sharing, openness, and all that happy horse shit.
Ted Dziuba, 22 Jun 2009
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Green GT motors through trial run

Leccy Tech Green GT's leccy racer of the same name has finally taken to the track, having completed an initial shakedown of the Paul Ricard Circuit in Le Castellet, France.
Alun Taylor, 22 Jun 2009
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Samsung Story Station 1TB external HDD

Review Samsung has been making hard drives for years, but it's taken a wee bit longer for it to decide that if Western Digital, Seagate and co. can extend their drive production efforts to nice, shiny external storage units for consumers, it can too.
Tony Smith, 22 Jun 2009
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Don't call me Ishmael

Stob Stob 'No, you don't understand,' the White Knight said, looking a little vexed. 'That's what the name is called. The name really is "The Aged Aged Man."' 'Oh, do get on with it, you pedantic old weirdo,' snapped Alice crisply. Through the Looking Glass, Lewis Carroll (1871), revised Verity Stob (2009)
Verity Stob, 22 Jun 2009
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Bolivian TV falls for Air France crash hoax

Bolivian TV channel PAT has been left looking a bit daft after broadcasting extraordinary images of the last moments of Air France flight 447, lost over the Atlantic on 1 June:
Lester Haines, 22 Jun 2009
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Satnav technology becomes self-aware

Satnavs are smart gadgets but they can’t drive on your behalf. So software firm Journey Dynamics has designed the next best thing: a GPS box that apparently learns your motoring habits and then selects the best route for your various journeys.
James Sherwood, 22 Jun 2009
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Health Dept puts HealthSpace under review

The Department of Health (DoH) has suspended development work on the project to provide online personal health records.
Kable, 22 Jun 2009
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Wanna buy an old PC factory?

We're all used to hearing about factory closures these days, but have you ever wondered what happens to a manufacturing plant when the jobs have gone?
Joe Fay, 22 Jun 2009
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BT deposits Wi-Fi in cashpoints

BT Openzone is set to expand further with a deal to put hotspots in cashpoints, forgetting for a moment that it's not a mobile phone network, and making maximum use of the unlicensed spectrum available to Wi-Fi.
Bill Ray, 22 Jun 2009
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German MP jumps ship for Pirate Party

A German MP has quit the Social Democrats in protest at the country's approval of controversial laws to crack down on child porn, and pledged his support for the Pirate Party.
Joe Fay, 22 Jun 2009
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Sony talks up Motion Control

Sony has treated a handful of its development partners to more detailed information about the firm’s upcoming motion-control gadget for the PlayStation 3.
James Sherwood, 22 Jun 2009
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DataDirect takes on EMC in the cloud

EMC's Atmos cloud storage product has competition coming: WOS, the Web-Optimised Scaler from DataDirect Networks.
Chris Mellor, 22 Jun 2009
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Dinosaurs actually slimmer than we thought, say boffins

American researchers say they have uncovered a mathematical mistake made by the dinosaur boffinry community, meaning that the weight of live dinos has long been massively overestimated. In a development with devastating consequences for various much-fancied works of fiction, it now appears that in fact the dinosaurs were significantly slenderer than had been thought.
Lewis Page, 22 Jun 2009
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Iranian hacktivists hand-crank DDoS attack

The controversial outcome of the Iranian elections has spawned a parallel conflict on the internet.
John Leyden, 22 Jun 2009
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Orange unveils GlastoNav

Watching your favourite bands while standing in foot-deep mud is tricky enough. Luckily, Orange has designed a mobile phone application that could make this year’s Glastonbury festival go slightly more smoothly for you.
James Sherwood, 22 Jun 2009
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T-Mobile's second Android revealed

T-Mobile's US operation has taken the wraps off of its second Android handset, which the carrier has called the myTouch 3G.
James Sherwood, 22 Jun 2009
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Windows 7, Bing and security: Mr Ballmer regrets

You can measure the size of a man's regret by how much he spends to make up for his mistakes.
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Palm Pre developers told to read a book

Developers chomping at the bit to get their applications onto the Palm Pre are going to have to wait a little longer, as the Mojo SDK necessary won't be around until the end of the summer at best.
Bill Ray, 22 Jun 2009
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KCOM hands network management to BT

KCOM has scaled back its ambitions again and will concentrate on selling managed services to corporates after outsourcing its the management of its network assets to BT.
Joe Fay, 22 Jun 2009
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Union attacks fire-brigade control room IT modernisation

Union officials have launched a public attack on a government networking and IT project designed to reduce the number of fire-brigade control rooms from 46 to 9. The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) says that the Fire and Resilience Control (FiReControl) project is in "meltdown" and can't possibly be ready in time for the London Olympics. The union says the project should be scrapped.
Lewis Page, 22 Jun 2009
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Facebook tackles potent click fraud scam

Facebook is investigating reports that advertisers on the social networking site have been left well out of pocket as a result of click fraud.
John Leyden, 22 Jun 2009
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Mellanox cranks up InfiniBand switches

With all of the talk about 10 Gigabit Ethernet in the commercial server racket these days, it is easy to forget that the king of high bandwidth in server networking is still InfiniBand, which runs at 40 Gb/sec in the new round of products that are coming out. Mellanox Technologies, which makes chips for processing the InfiniBand protocol, is the latest vendor to kick out its own quad-data rate (QDR) switches.
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Apple won't let Commodore onto its baby

Apple has rejected a licensed Commodore 64 emulator application for the iPhone, citing its own rules that forbid virtual environments - something aimed more at Java developers than nostalgic gamers.
Bill Ray, 22 Jun 2009
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WD 2TB Caviar Black appears on promo card

Western Digital could be set to add a 2TB model to its Caviar Black range, if a picture of a promotion card in Japan is to be believed.
Chris Mellor, 22 Jun 2009
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Review Everyone knew that Apple was planning to unveil version 3.0 of the iPhone OS at its Worldwide Developer Conference this month. As expected, the new OS adds some long awaited features such as ‘copy and paste’, multimedia messaging (MMS) and the ability to ‘tether’ your iPhone to a laptop computer so that the notebook can share the phone’s 3G internet connection.
Stephen Dean, 22 Jun 2009
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Plantronics touts 'world's best' Bluetooth headset

Plantronics has launched what it claims is currently the world’s most advanced noise-cancelling Bluetooth headset.
James Sherwood, 22 Jun 2009
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Google submits to Beijing porn drive

Google's attempt to burnish its public image by helping anti-government demonstrators in Iran has been hobbled by its apparent submission to a Beijing anti-porn drive that has even drawn fire from the US government.
Joe Fay, 22 Jun 2009
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Blade Runner house yours for $15m

Fans of Blade Runner with very, very deep pockets are directed to Frank Lloyd Wright's 1924 Ennis House, which featured in the movie and is up for grabs for a modest $15m.
Lester Haines, 22 Jun 2009
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Please don't eat your horse, EU asks owners

The Sun is having a field day on "barmy" new EU regulations which require every horse owner to sign a pledge that he or she will not eat their mount.
Lester Haines, 22 Jun 2009
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O2 tells Apple fans to talk to the hand

Updated O2, who hold the UK exclusive on the iPhone, provides a useful online ordering tool for those looking to get the latest Apple hardware - as long as you're not using Apple's Safari browser.
Bill Ray, 22 Jun 2009

iPhone 3G S sales surpass 1m units

Apple has announced that over 1m iPhone 3G S units have been sold since the handset was launched last week.
James Sherwood, 22 Jun 2009
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After six months, Steve Jobs speaks

Apple CEO Steve Jobs took his first small step towards retaking the reins in Cupertino on Monday morning, issuing a short statement in a press release announcing that sales of the company's new iPhone 3GS* (Reg review link) have topped one million since its release last Friday.
Rik Myslewski, 22 Jun 2009
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Platform leaps from grids to clouds

Platform Computing's Load Sharing Facility was one of the pioneering commercial programs for coordinating workloads running on parallel supercomputers, and it comes as no surprise that Platform wants to take what it knows about managing grids and apply it to managing clouds.
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Kodak retiring iconic Kodachrome film

Eastman Kodak is retiring Kodachrome this year, as digital photography winds the once-iconic color film into obscurity.
Austin Modine, 22 Jun 2009
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Microsoft goes green to win IE 8 and Bing users

The planet and economy have been co-opted by Microsoft in its latest effort to win back the web from open-source and Google.
Gavin Clarke, 22 Jun 2009
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Microsoft plucks Yahoo! data center efficiency expert

Microsoft has hired a Yahoo! data center veteran to help build an energy efficient infrastructure beneath its planned cloud and online services.
Gavin Clarke, 22 Jun 2009
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Another Xbox chief leaves for EA

It's becoming more and more plausible that Electronic Arts and Microsoft's Xbox unit intend to keep swapping executives until they run each other's companies.
Austin Modine, 22 Jun 2009
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Google News serves up...Wikipedia links

Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy "Jimbo" Wales likes to discuss the "free encyclopedia anyone can edit" as some sort of breaking news source. And apparently, Google agrees with him.
Cade Metz, 22 Jun 2009
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Voltaire's monster Infiniband switch

Voltaire is announcing general availability of its 40Gbit/s quad data rate InfiniBand switch at today's International SuperComputing 2009 event.
Chris Mellor, 22 Jun 2009
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US city ends FaceSpaceGooHoo log-in grab

After a virtual avalanche of news coverage, the City of Bozeman, Montana has decided it will no longer ask job applicants for their FaceSpaceGooHoo log-ins.
Cade Metz, 22 Jun 2009
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VMLogix plugs virt jukebox into Amazon cloud

As they move to virtual environments, one of the things that IT shops need is a jukebox that stores all gold images for software stacks used in development, testing, and production. The programs that do this are called lab managers - because they were initially used in software development labs that were the early adopters of x64 virtualization - but they're used for managing production software stacks as well, and soon, they'll be able to deploy stacks to public clouds in addition to internal infrastructure.

People just not that into Blu-ray

Winning the next-gen DVD format war turns out to be a bit like getting crowned "most popular stench." Blu-Ray may have overwhelmed the competition, but that doesn't mean folks plan to invite it into their home.
Austin Modine, 22 Jun 2009