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Google data center born without chillers

The cooling system inside Google's Belgium data center has no chillers. It uses nothing but outside air - so-called "free-cooling" - to keep temperatures down. And if the Belgian air gets too hot, Google shifts the data center's compute loads to other facilities.
Cade Metz, 16 Jul 2009

Amazon sued for cracks in Kindle

An Amazon Kindle owner is angrily suing the online bookseller marketplace, alleging that his Kindle's cracks were caused by Amazon's own supposedly protective Kindle Cover.
Rik Myslewski, 16 Jul 2009
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Microsoft 'deal factories' fast-track customers to block rivals

WPC Exclusive Microsoft is rolling out "deal factories" run by executives with the power and authority to cut quick deals with customers, so they don't go to rivals.
Gavin Clarke, 16 Jul 2009
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O2 gets into banking business

O2, the UK brand of Spanish network operator Telefonica, has got into bed with NatWest Bank to launch two payment cards, as it expands into financial services.
Bill Ray, 16 Jul 2009
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Synology Disk Station 409Slim

Review At first glance, the Synology Disk Station 409 Slim seems a rather strange concept. Why use 2.5in disks in a four bay Nas enclosure? Surely, you’d want to cram as much storage space as possible into a NAS? Moreover, 2.5in drives are currently limited to around one quarter of the capacity of their 3.5in counterparts, hence, limiting the total internal capacity of the device to 2TB.
Paul Monckton, 16 Jul 2009
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Zombies bite into Symbian smartphones

Security researchers have identified the first known spam bot client for 3G phones.
John Leyden, 16 Jul 2009
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Lords cut Irish travel from e-Borders

The e-Borders programme suffered a setback after the government dropped plans to introduce immigration controls between UK, Ireland and the Channel Islands.
Kable, 16 Jul 2009
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BT brings jobs back from India

BT is bringing call centre jobs back to Blighty from India.
John Oates, 16 Jul 2009
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BMW to ride in with 115-mile range e-scooter?

Leccy Tech BMW has cracked the electric scooter nut and will start to sell what appears to be a genuinely usable electric bike in 2011.
Alun Taylor, 16 Jul 2009
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Win a Samsung C6625. Oh yes!

Lucky Draw The Register has teamed up with Microsoft to give two readers the chance to get their hands on the Samsung C6625 equipped with Windows Mobile 6.1.
Jamie Bodkin, 16 Jul 2009
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Airbed-fixing German blows up mattress flat

Some light airbed-fixing DIY ended badly for a Düsseldorf man when he blew up his flat instead of the inflatable mattress he was attempting to fix.
Lester Haines, 16 Jul 2009
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Child protection groups undermine Aussie Firewall

You know your child protection policy is in trouble when even mainstream children’s charities speak out against it – and this is just the latest in a string of bad news to hit Australian Communications Minister, Stephen Conroy over the last seven days.
Jane Fae , 16 Jul 2009
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Government defeats Tories in 'McKinnon' extradition vote

An opposition motion calling for a review of the extradition treaty between the US and UK failed in Parliament on Wednesday after Labour supporters of US extradition target Gary McKinnon fell behind the party whip.
John Leyden, 16 Jul 2009
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Brits don't think musicians should be paid

A poll suggests an emergent misanthropic streak in British adults, with only 38 per cent agreeing with the statement that musicians should earn royalties from online transactions.
Andrew Orlowski, 16 Jul 2009
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The tragedy of the Creative Commons

The Creative Commons initiative fulfilled a major ambition last week - but it's taken only days for the dream to turn to crap.
Andrew Orlowski, 16 Jul 2009
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City turns up nose at Autonomy's cautious optimism

Autonomy shares bombed more than 10 per cent this morning, after the software firm reported its second quarter results.
Kelly Fiveash, 16 Jul 2009
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Anti-trust bomb falls on LCD market

Analysis In all probability the anti-trust bomb that landed on Philips and LG Displays desk this week, courtesy of the European Union, is unlikely to be the only one dropped by the European Commission in this recession.
Faultline, 16 Jul 2009
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Panasonic Viera TX-P42G10 Freesat HD TV

Review It was a smart move by Panasonic to time its recent ad campaign to coincide with the French Open and Wimbledon tennis season. Indeed, tennis is certainly the sort of sport that highlights benefits of the company’s 600Hz ‘intelligent frame creation’ technology used in its Viera NeoPDP televisions.
Cliff Joseph, 16 Jul 2009
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California skateboard dude swipes Reg logo

LogoWatch It's come to our attention that California "retail boutique" Primitive Shoes - owned by professional skateboarder and thesp Paul Rodriguez Jr, aka "P-Rod" - has been playing it a bit free and easy with our beloved El Reg Vulture logo:
Lester Haines, 16 Jul 2009
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Picsel Technologies goes dark

Updated The future of Picsel Technologies is in doubt today after its website disappeared amidst claims that it has gone into administration.
Bill Ray, 16 Jul 2009
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India plots 1.2bn user biometric ID cards project

India is pushing ahead with plans to issue each of its 1.2 billion citizens with biometric-based ID cards, linked through an online database of Himalayan proportions.
John Leyden, 16 Jul 2009
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Tattooed Swedish devil girls sexually molest cyclist

Warning: No IT angle Swedish cops are on the look-out for a quintet of tattooed girls who dragged a 50-year-old man off his bicycle, pulled down his trousers and smalls and "sexually molested" the poor bloke.
Lester Haines, 16 Jul 2009
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Virgin Media sets throttle on hardcore hogs

Virgin Media's bandwith throttling policy will in future be more targeted towards the minority of customers the firm says "hammer" its network.
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Vulture Central plans Brit-Yank dictionary

It's come to our attention (again) that some of our Stateside cousins continue to struggle with El Reg's flavour of the Beloved Mother Tongue™.
Lester Haines, 16 Jul 2009
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Former astronaut takes control of NASA

The US Senate yesterday confirmed former astronaut Charles Frank Bolden as the new NASA head, with Lori Beth Garver occupying the deputy administrator's office.
Lester Haines, 16 Jul 2009
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Toshiba relaunches Satellite laptop line

Toshiba will release a quartet of new Satellite laptops at the end of the month, some bringing multi-touch touchpads to the line, all offering improved energy efficiency, the company said.
Tony Smith, 16 Jul 2009
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Mercedes' performance team confirm e-car plan

Leccy Tech The speed freaks at Mercedes-Benz's tuning subsidiary and skunkworks, AMG, are preparing an electric version of the forthcoming SLS AMG gullwing über-coupé.
Alun Taylor, 16 Jul 2009
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Nokia sees sales, shipments and profits slide

The recession bit Nokia with a vengeance in the second quarter, with the company seeing most of its major metrics take a turn for the worst.
Bill Ray, 16 Jul 2009
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Builder blacklist boss hit with £5,000 fine

Ian Kerr, the man behind the Consulting Association, which held and maintained a blacklist of builders, has been fined £5,000 by Knutsford Crown Court.
John Oates, 16 Jul 2009
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Google puts Chrome updates on Courgette-only diet

Google has shrink-wrapped the way it delivers updates to its Google Chrome browser by releasing a new system dubbed Courgette.
Kelly Fiveash, 16 Jul 2009
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UK to get Kindle in Christmas stocking?

Amazon's Kindle e-book reader will apparently be launched in the UK by Christmas, complete with a virtual network operator and GSM compatibility.
Bill Ray, 16 Jul 2009
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High spam response powers junk mail economy

Almost a third of consumers admit responding to messages that might be spam emails. Some acted out of curiosity or by mistake but a puzzling 96 from a sample of 800 (12 per cent) said they clicked because they interested in the product or service advertised in junk mail messages.
John Leyden, 16 Jul 2009
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The curious case of Sun's hardware biz

Comment Today is the day that shareholders of Sun Microsystems will gather to decide the fate of the company, either approving or disapproving of Oracle's $5.6bn takeover of the server and operating system maker.
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PCs do better than expected in Q2

It looks like the prognosticators at IDC and Gartner were a little too cynical about the state of the PC market, and shipments have apparently fallen less than they had predicted in the second quarter.
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Move over, Apple: Symbian preps app warehouse

The Symbian Foundation has been waxing lyrical about its application warehouse, now titled Horizon, which will be available to all and sundry come October.
Bill Ray, 16 Jul 2009
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Sun shareholders approve Oracle deal

The shareholders that actually own Sun Microsystems - as opposed to the people who used to run it and behaved as if they owned it - approved of the $5.6bn takeover of Sun by software powerhouse and server and storage (not)wannabe Oracle.
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Reg readers crack case of the $23 quadrillion overcharge

It seems an empty amount field is the culprit in the programming glitch that caused some 13,000 holders of prepaid Visa cards to receive warnings that their accounts were overdrawn by more than $23 quadrillion.
Dan Goodin, 16 Jul 2009
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OpenOffice bug/feature stirs 'horde of angry chimps'

Update: This story has been updated to clarify when the described bug/feature occurs
Cade Metz, 16 Jul 2009
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Apple's panties in bunch over Microsoft ads

Apple's legal arm asked Microsoft to pull its ongoing series of Laptop Hunter ads, according to one Microsoft exec.
Rik Myslewski, 16 Jul 2009
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Mandriva's Linux-on-a-stick refreshed with Spring '09 release

Mandriva has refreshed its Linux-on-a-stick distribution to put the pocket-sized operating system in line with its desktop Mandriva Linux 2009 Spring release.
Austin Modine, 16 Jul 2009
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Lawsuits in Motion settles one more lawsuit

Research in Motion of BlackBerry fame has agreed to a patent-dispute settlement in the latest chapter of the long-running saga of RIM versus world+dog.
Rik Myslewski, 16 Jul 2009
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Mysterious organic blobs found in Alaskan waters

Enormous blobs of thick, black, gooey biological material have been spotted drifting in the waters off Alaska's northern coast, and nobody is quite sure what they are.
Austin Modine, 16 Jul 2009
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IBM: Revenues down, profits up in Q2

IBM's top brass must surely be glad that the acquisition of Sun Microsystems that was in the works since last November fell apart in the spring. Because the current configuration of Big Blue, with its emphasis on services and software and decreasing dependence on hardware, means it can continue to generate profit growth, even when hardware sales are slammed and software and services sales take some hits, too.
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Google adds location-based searches to iPhone

Google has added location-based search capabilities to the iPhone 3.0-enhanced version of its mobile-device website.
Rik Myslewski, 16 Jul 2009
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Google profits climb 19% amid 'difficult environment'

CEO Eric Schmidt says Google has yet to find a mathematical model that can predict the future of the worldwide economy. But there's little doubt the company has developed a search ad monopoly capable of weathering the worst financial downturn since the Great Depression.
Cade Metz, 16 Jul 2009
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HP chases Sun Oracle server shops

Now that shareholders of Sun Microsystems have voted to approve Oracle's $5.6bn (£3.4bn) takeover, Unix rival HP is trying to cull customers from the Solaris herd and move them to ProLiant or Integrity machines running Windows, Linux, or HP-UX.
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Webcams, printers, gizmos - the untold net threats

Forget mis-configured Apache servers and vulnerability-laden Adobe applications. The biggest security threats to business and home networks may be the avalanche of webcams, printers, and other devices that ship with embedded web interfaces that can easily be turned against their masters.
Dan Goodin, 16 Jul 2009