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Google code cloud punts on-demand embarrassment

Fail and You Last week, users of Google App Engine - Google's application hosting platform - discovered a new feature in the product: downtime. App Engine was offline for roughly six hours, and for much of that time, even the status page which tells users about downtime was unavailable. Now that's a strong way to send a message.
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Elgato Video Capture

Review The usage is clear: you have a stack of old VHS tapes and you'd like to get the content they hold in a more convenient, digital form for viewing on an iPod or burning to DVD.
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Spy boss poked by Facebook

The Foreign Office has defended spy boss Sir John Sawers after his wife posted private information about the family on Facebook.
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Ash Ashutosh fires up another storage startup

The founder of AppIQ - the storage resource management software firm bought by HP a few years ago - looks to be leading a stealthy storage startup, ActiFio.

Panasonic recycles CRTs using frickin’ lasers

Panasonic claims to have upped the efficiency of its CRT TV recycling operating by turning to, of all things, laser beams.
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BT abandons Phorm

BT has abandoned plans to roll out Phorm's controversial web monitoring and profiling system across its broadband network, claiming it needs to concentrate resources on network upgrades.

Open-source handset sales to soar

Shipments of smartphones running an open-source operating system will grow by more than 100m units a year over the next few years, Juniper Research forecasts.
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Lunar orbiter beams back first Moon snaps

NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) has beamed back its first snaps of the Moon - images from the Mare Nubium region captured by the spacecraft's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera, aka LROC:
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Tory plan for MS, Google, others to hold NHS records floated

The Conservative Party has declined to comment on claims by the Times that under a future Tory government, UK health records "could be transferred to Google or Microsoft." This is described by the paper as "the first concrete proposal to emerge from the Tories' 'post-bureaucratic age' agenda."
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Reg reader tickled by Acer's Easy Lai

We're obliged this fine summer morn to Reg reader Jon Andrews, who's just been tickled by Acer's Easy Lai - the man who assures customers that his company's kit conforms to all the required standards.

Nokia to launch Android smartphone?

Updated Nokia is "months away" from launching its first mobile phone based on Google’s Android operating system, according to reports.
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Tory Lady tries to give bodice-rippers the snip

First there was the Dangerous Pictures Act, and then there was the Dangerous Cartoons Law. Now, courtesy of the Conservative Party, we could be in for new laws on "Dangerous Writings".

BlueArc fires Mercury at the mid-range

Super-NAS supplier BlueArc will announce tomorrow it is moving down into the mid-range with a Mercury product line, using its high-end, HW-accelerated design ideas.
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NZ lad punts nude mum snaps on net

NSFW A NZ teenager has the honour of being local net tat bazaar Trade Me's first seller to offer "photos of a mother in underwear", the New Zealand Herald reports.

Toyota preps plug-in Prius for mass production

Leccy Tech Mass production of a plug-in Toyota Prius could start within two years, it’s been reported.
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Office admin sacked for Blears abuse

Updated An office administrator at the Department of Children, Schools and Families has been sacked for posting an anonymous comment about Hazel Blears on TheyWorkForYou - the government-funded* website which aims to increase political engagement.
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Johnson presses for haste on foreigner IDs

Home secretary Alan Johnson has asked the UK Border Agency to look at speeding up the issuing of identity cards to foreign nationals.
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Documents uncover PSP Go's true CPU speed

The upcoming PlayStation Portable Go is slightly more powerful than previously thought, technical documents filed by maker Sony have revealed.
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Top British judge suggests ban on 'cruel' killer roboplanes

A retired top-ranking British judge has suggested that unmanned aircraft are "so cruel as to be beyond the pale of human tolerance", and should be banned.
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Web browser makers line up battleships

Microsoft has seen its grip on the global browser market share loosened by nearly 12 per cent since March, according to one web monitoring firm.

Apple MacBook June 2009 release

Review Pay attention now, because there’ll be a test on this at the end. This time last year, Apple’s laptop range consisted of two main product lines. The mainstream, consumer model for home users and the education market was the highly popular MacBook, with its 13in screen, white plastic casing and a price tag of around £700. Alternatively, for 'professional' users, there was the gleaming metallic design of the more powerful MacBook Pro, which was available in 15in and 17in versions with prices starting well in excess of £1000.
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BT offers staff time on hold

BT is offering its staff sabbaticals on reduced pay, as well as various other flexitime working options, in order to cut costs.
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Olympics bosses probe mobile tracking tech

Security officials preparing counter-terror measures for the 2012 Olympics are considering deploying technology that can continuously pinpoint the location of mobile phones.
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Police headcams burst into flames

Exclusive The news that Metropolitan police officers patrolling the nation's capital may soon carry GPS tracking equipment has been overshadowed by shock revelations that uniform-mounted video cams have "caught fire" in use.
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Smut downloads pound Japan's 3G network

Japan's 3G network is taking a pounding from porn-hungry users, who are eagerly slurping up capacity to the point that service providers have been obliged to impose limits on abusers of "unlimited" net access packages.
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EMC whacks up Data Domain bid

EMC has raised its Data Domain bid from $30/share to $33.50/share, giving the company a $2.1bn valuation and potentially knocking NetApp out of the running.
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Ofcom top of Tory deathlist

Ofcom would be scrapped and regulators stripped of policy-making responsibilities by a Tory government, David Cameron said today.
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MySociety denies role in Blears sacking

Politico website MySociety has denied any role in a chain of events which reportedly led to the sacking of a civil servant for criticising boat rocking ex-Cabinet Minister Hazel Blears.
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Sir Alan Sugar hits eject button at Viglen

Sir Alan Sugar resigned as chairman at Viglen on 1 July, hard on the heels of his appointment as the government’s Enterprise Champion, a Companies House document has revealed.

Apple moves to patent fingerprint-controlled gadgets

Apple has plans to implement biometric controls into its gadgets, if techniques outlined in its latest patent application are taken to their logical conclusion.

Nokia staffers kick rugged phone into touch

Nokia has confirmed recent rumours that it has designed a rugged mobile phone.
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Niagara Falls to power next Yahoo! data centre

In one of the brighter moments of New York governor David Patterson's unanticipated and beleaguered administration, Yahoo! has announced that it will plunk down its next data centre just east of Buffalo, New York, so it can tap the carbon-free hydroelectric power generated by Niagara Falls.

Radiopaq slips out sound-boosting iPod Nano sleeve

Poor iPod performance getting you down? Then boost its audio accuracy with Sound Jacket which, manufacturer Radiopaq claims, significantly improves the sound quality of MP3 music tracks.

Boffin predicts pee-powered cars

Leccy Tech Forget chicken-powered cars - a researcher has discovered that the key to hydrogen-powered transportation lies in taking the piss - quite literally.

Projector-phones due by Christmas?

Viewing videos on your smartphone's tiny display may soon be a thing of the past, replaced by your phone's ability to project that video onto a screen, wall, or even a friend's shirt.
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Windows users ambushed by attack on fresh IE flaw

Thousands of websites have been hit by fast-moving exploit code that installs a cocktail of nasty malware on visitors' computers by targeting a previously unknown vulnerability in some versions of Internet Explorer.

Microsoft takes Gazelle secure browser on road trip

Microsoft will next month present its browser-as-operating-system project to an international symposium of computer and security experts.
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Google remaps interwebs real estate listings

Google has juiced its efforts to bypass Craigslist and other real estate classifieds sites, adding a new property-listings search contraption to Google Maps.
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Programmer charged with stealing Wall Street-ware

A former Goldman Sachs software designer has been arrested and charged with stealing proprietary software used for the firm's high-speed trading platform.
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Amazon may plug in-book advertising into Kindle

Amazon may embed advertising in e-books for the Kindle as well as paperbacks sold through its on-demand book publishing service.
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iPods get digicam rumor upgrade

Apple may soon add video-capture capability to its ubiquitous iPods, if rumors that surfaced Monday are to be believed.
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HP and Dell claim energy efficiency server firsts

Getting IT vendors to agree to any standard, even one that they have a big hand in shaping, is almost impossible. And so it is with the new Energy Star specification for servers, supposedly embraced by server makers to show the energy efficiency of their metal.
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Warner Bros. nabs Mortal Kombat maker for $33m

Warner Bros. has walked away with most of Mortal Kombat maker Midway Games for the cut-rate price of $33 million (£20m).
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Register.com in seven day mail Fail

Register.com says it completed an upgrade to its email system more than a week ago. But for some of its small-business customers, the upgrade is better described as a downgrade.
Cade Metz, 06 2009
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DoJ probes reviews US telecom powers

The US Department of Justice (DoJ) has begun looking into whether US telecom giants are abusing their growing market powers.