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Wikiland gets Euro data center

Update: Originally, this article said this was Wikimedia's first European data center. It is not. The not-for-profit's projects have had Euro support in the past.
Cade Metz, 23 Jun 2009
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Top 500 supers - world yawns at petaflops

The annual International Supercomputing Conference kicked off this morning in Hamburg, Germany, with the announcement of the 33rd edition of the Top 500 supercomputer rankings. While petaflops-scale machines are far from normal, they soon will be.
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Asus Crosshair III Formula AM3

Review Asus sent us a Crosshair III Socket AM3 Phenom motherboard to use when we tested the Republic of Gamers OC Station. This seemed like a questionable idea as it meant we were testing a £125 accessory on a £137 motherboard.
Leo Waldock, 23 Jun 2009
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Asus Republic of Gamers OC Station control box

Review The Republic of Gamers OC Station is an intriguing motherboard accessory that works as a control centre for your mobo without any of that nasty Bios business. It also handles overclocking duties. That’s what the OC stands for, see?
Leo Waldock, 23 Jun 2009
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Seagate polishes BlackArmor range

Seagate has added low-end models to the BlackArmor range and is introducing a 640GB 2.5-inch FreeAgent drive.
Chris Mellor, 23 Jun 2009
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NASA takes stick over feet and inches

NASA's insistence on sticking to pounds, feet and inches in its Constellation programme "could derail efforts to develop a globalised civilian space industry", New Scientist reports.
Lester Haines, 23 Jun 2009
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Manchester council caned over school data breach

Manchester City Council has been rapped over the knuckles for the loss of two laptops containing sensitive personal information on teachers and workers at local schools.
John Leyden, 23 Jun 2009
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Apple hikes MacBook SATA speed

Remember the MacBook SATA degrade, meaning affected MacBooks could only operate SATA at 1.5Gbit/s, potentially slowing down SSD MacBook Pros? It's been fixed in a somewhat grudging manner by Apple.
Chris Mellor, 23 Jun 2009
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11 Time Lords plan charity shindig

The BBC will unite every incarnation of Doctor Who for a one-off Children in Need special in November - with new Time Lord Matt Smith making his debut alongside William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee, Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy, Paul McGann, Christopher Eccleston and David Tennant.
Lester Haines, 23 Jun 2009
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Rockstar to launch Grand Theft Auto on... UMD

Gaming firm Rockstar has announced that GTA: ChinaTown Wars is to be launched onto the PlayStation Portable.
James Sherwood, 23 Jun 2009
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Kodak cuts the cord on latest digital frame

It’s probably been a while since you last sat around the family photo album. But Kodak is trying to bring those days back, with a digital frame that’s supposedly ideal for sharing.
James Sherwood, 23 Jun 2009
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Mitsubishi slashes iMiEV's price

Leccy Tech Mitsubishi has announced plans to slash the price of its e-cars by 50 per cent over the next six years.
Alun Taylor, 23 Jun 2009
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Notorious spammer Ralsky pleads guilty to stock scam

Notorious spammer Alan Ralsky faces up to 87 months' imprisonment after pleading guilty to participation in a pump-and-dump stock spam scam.
John Leyden, 23 Jun 2009
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LSI hauled to court for trade libel

SanDisk has got so hacked off at LSI's claims of patent infringement and threatening letters to SanDisk's customers that it's suing the company for trade libel.
Chris Mellor, 23 Jun 2009
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Nokia to use Intel mobile chips?

Nokia is to start using Intel chips in its mobile devices, it has been claimed.
Tony Smith, 23 Jun 2009
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Social networking big boys must bow to EU data laws

Social networking sites are legally responsible for their users' privacy, Europe's privacy watchdogs have confirmed. A committee of data protection regulators has said that the sites are 'data controllers', with all the legal obligations that brings.
OUT-LAW.COM, 23 Jun 2009
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Musk hits out at co-founder's Tesla Roadster allegations

Famed PayPal hecamillionaire and space rocket kingpin Elon Musk has issued a personal retort to the lawsuit recently mounted against him by fellow co-founder of electrocar maker Tesla Motors, Martin Eberhard.
Lewis Page, 23 Jun 2009
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Surveillance response 'inadequate', say Lords

The Government's response to a Parliamentary report on the monitoring and legislation surrounding surveillance is "inadequate" and it has "paid insufficient attention" to the report's recommendations, a follow up report has said.
OUT-LAW.COM, 23 Jun 2009
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Toshiba hopes for 3D flash chip within three years

Toshiba has developed a 3-dimensional NAND flash chip using 2 bit multi-level cell technology.
Chris Mellor, 23 Jun 2009
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Rebrand ahoy for tainted Satyam

Indian outsourcer Satyam is to rebrand itself in order to draw a line under the revenue-boosting shenanigans of its ex-chief executive and founder, who is still awaiting trial.
John Oates, 23 Jun 2009
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A Geeks Guide2 ...The Illustrated Network

Geeks Guide2 Due to the speed of progression in the networking industry, technologies often come and go without a hint of a whimper.
Register Books, 23 Jun 2009
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DARPA seeking Genesis-style godware capability

US military wacky-professor bureau DARPA has outdone itself this time, issuing a request for "intelligent" electronic components and chemicals which can "self-organise" themselves to form complex items such as routers, fuel cells, biofuel factories or medical drugs. Indeed, reading between the lines it appears as though the American killboffins are seeking nothing less than the creation of artificial intelligent lifeforms.
Lewis Page, 23 Jun 2009
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Punters 'confuse' netbooks with notebooks

Guess what: ordinary folk don't know the difference between netbooks and notebooks, at least as far as the functionality of the two types of laptop go.
Tony Smith, 23 Jun 2009
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Lenovo test drives 'roll cage' PC

A thin profile and lightweight design are often the preserve of netbooks and high-end Macs, so Lenovo’s bucked the trend with a 14.1in ThinkPad that, it claimed, offers both those qualities and more.
James Sherwood, 23 Jun 2009
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Nokia Siemens clamps down on Iran snoop claims

Nokia Siemens Networks has denied it provided Iran with any special snooping equipment or capabilities when it helped install mobile networks in the country.
John Oates, 23 Jun 2009
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Firm digs up iPhone 3.0 gaming 'bone'

Do iPhone owners love their games as much as dogs love bones? We’ve no idea, but peripherals firm 22Moo hopes to find out by launching a bone-shaped controller compatible with Apple’s latest iPhone OS – version 3.0.
James Sherwood, 23 Jun 2009
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Kodak to kill Kodachrome

Production of Kodak’s historic Kodachrome colour film will end later this year, the company has announced.
James Sherwood, 23 Jun 2009
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Alleged Craigslist killer pleads not guilty

The alleged "Craigslist killer" Philip Markoff has pleaded not guilty to the murder of a woman he allegedly met through Craigslist.
John Oates, 23 Jun 2009
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HTC Touch Pro2

Review We were expecting the HTC Touch Pro2 to emerge around the same time as its cousin the Diamond2 back in April, but it looks like the wait has done the Pro2 good. Not least of its charms is a new version of HTC's TouchFLO 3D interface, which further relegates Windows Mobile to the background, but there's also a slide-out Qwerty keyboard, tilting touch screen, A-GPS, WiFi and an emphasis on conference calling.
Dave Oliver, 23 Jun 2009
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Vodafone offers customers chance to pay for own infrastructure

Femtocell World Summit Vodafone surprised delegates at today's Femtocell Summit by announcing that from the first of July, UK customers will be able to buy their own Femtocell, thereby extending Vodafone's network through their own broadband connection.
Bill Ray, 23 Jun 2009
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MPs slam 'disgraceful' Type 45 destroyers

Analysis The Royal Navy's new billion-pound Type 45 destroyers are back in the news again for unfortunate reasons, with the head of an influential parliamentary committee saying it's "disgraceful" that they will enter service without their French-supplied primary weapons ever having been fired from the ships.
Lewis Page, 23 Jun 2009
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Consumers think netbooks are notebooks

Customers are perplexed about the terminology currently used by different tech vendors when it comes to understanding the difference between netbooks and notebooks, a new study has found.
Kelly Fiveash, 23 Jun 2009
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Ministry of Defence offers luvvies reprieve

UK regulator Ofcom has published detailed proposals for the entertainment industry's spectrum usage, making it clear that the Program Makers and Special Events crowd will be thrown to the open market come 2018.
Bill Ray, 23 Jun 2009
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MySpace squeezes out two thirds of international staff

MySpace is slashing two thirds of its international workforce and bringing the axe down on at least four of of its international offices.
Joe Fay, 23 Jun 2009
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Street View projects Woolworths through temporal portal

Here's a good one for those of you who might have considered the time-shifting capabilities of Google's Street View: An impressive example of how to project a Woolworths store through a temporal portal...
Lester Haines, 23 Jun 2009
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Nine-ball attack splits security researchers

Security researchers are split over the seriousness of a web attack dubbed "Nine-ball" which broke onto the internet last week.
John Leyden, 23 Jun 2009
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Demanding times for storage platforms

Regcast Our Regcast “Storage Platforms and Business Advantage” is now available on-demand .
Jamie Bodkin, 23 Jun 2009
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Transformers helmsman demolishes English language

A whiny email from Transformers director Michael Bay to bosses at Paramount Studio pits the recreator of Optimus Prime against the rules of English grammar.
John Leyden, 23 Jun 2009
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Freetard Prof faces fine, jail

Harvard professor Charlie Nesson's loony-tunes defence tactics in a file-sharing case against the US record industry may land him in the clink.
Andrew Orlowski, 23 Jun 2009
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Recession will destroy 40,000 UK IT services jobs

Just under 40,000 UK IT services jobs are expected to disappear by 2010, although then the sector will slowly begin to recover.
John Oates, 23 Jun 2009
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JustGiving.com website goes titsup after upgrade

Update: This story originally referred to JustGiving as a not-for-profit. It is not.
Kelly Fiveash, 23 Jun 2009
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Dreamliner first flight delayed yet again

Boeing has announced the first flight of its 787 Dreamliner will not now go ahead on 30 June as planned due to "a need to reinforce an area within the side-of-body section of the aircraft".
Lester Haines, 23 Jun 2009
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Nokia to develop Intel-based pocket internet gadgets

Intel and Nokia will jointly develop x86 CPUs, chipsets and a "user-friendly pocketable" internet access device to put the parts in, the two giants said today.
Tony Smith, 23 Jun 2009

Steve Jobs spotted at Apple HQ

Steve Jobs was spotted yesterday at Apple headquarters.
Cade Metz, 23 Jun 2009
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DHS killing satellite self-spying program

America is reportedly abandoning its plans to use satellites to spy on itself.
Austin Modine, 23 Jun 2009
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Intel and Nokia's brave new world

Intel and Nokia today announced a long-term relationship focused on future mobile products, then hosted a conference call with reporters and analysts to discuss why, what, when, where, and how. You can be sure that Redmond is listening closely.
Rik Myslewski, 23 Jun 2009
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Oracle plucks meat from Virtual Iron carcass

Oracle plans to add various Virtual Iron management tools to its Oracle VM product, and the combined offering is scheduled for release "early to mid next calendar year."
Cade Metz, 23 Jun 2009
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Microsoft begins Security Essentials downloads

Microsoft has begun offering limited trial downloads of its no-added-cost anti-malware tool, targeted at consumer desktops.
John Leyden, 23 Jun 2009
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Shutters brought down on mortgage foreclosure racket

A bogus mortgage foreclosure prevention operation that traded in misery has been shut down by a US court.
John Leyden, 23 Jun 2009
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NASA moon-attack probe beams home first lunar shots

NASA's new lunar probe beamed home images from the far side of the moon early Tuesday as the spacecraft eased into position for slamming down on the surface this October.
Austin Modine, 23 Jun 2009
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Titsup TSA partner closes airport express lanes

America's airport security checkpoints just lost some express lanes.
Cade Metz, 23 Jun 2009
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Super Micro stuffs super node into pizza box

Motherboard and whitebox system maker Super Micro is talking up its products at the International Supercomputing Conference in Hamburg, Germany this week, including a hybrid Xeon-GPU cluster node, blade servers sporting the new six-core "Istanbul" Opterons, and a baby super workstation.
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Sun buffs InfiniBand for Constellation supers

The second-generation InfiniBand switch that Sun Microsystems has been showing off since last November made its debut this morning at the International Supercomputing Conference in Hamburg, Germany. The new switch - coupled to new servers based on Intel's "Nehalem EP" Xeon 5500 processors as well as existing quad-core "Shanghai" Opterons (and soon to be six-core variants) - is the core of the upgraded Constellation HPC clusters that Sun has been pushing for two years as a means of getting back into the supercomputing space.
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Web-based Zoho jumps into bed with Microsoft Sharepoint

Zoho wants to bridge the gap between its online productivity apps and traditional in-house office software with a new plug-in that lets Zoho Office users save documents to Microsoft SharePoint.
Austin Modine, 23 Jun 2009
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Ruby shines in North American developer survey

Ruby use is up 40 per cent amongst North American software developers since 2008, according to a new study from Evans Data.
Austin Modine, 23 Jun 2009