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Google tosses Android a Donut

Three months after Google released an "early look" at version 1.5 of its Android mobile operating system, a newer version has made its way into the eager hands of developers.
Rik Myslewski, 28 Jul 2009
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Microsoft's mobile marketplace opens for submissions

Updated Microsoft has thrown open the door on its Windows mobile marketplace, betting it can tempt customers and developers with a better service than the one offered by Apple's iPhone App Store.
Gavin Clarke, 28 Jul 2009
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Open source API dreams of The Meta Cloud

The Meta Cloud is one step closer to meta-reality.
Cade Metz, 28 Jul 2009
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Seagate forced to think about the next small big thing

Comment Western Digital has pipped Seagate in the small form factor (SFF) areal density hard disk drive stakes with today's 1TB Scorpio Blue, which, in My Passport Essential SE form, compares to Seagate's 640GB FreeAgent Go. However the Seagate product is a two-platter one, meaning 320GB/platter, whereas WD's has three.
Chris Mellor, 28 Jul 2009
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EU releases 2G GSM-reserved spectrum into wild

The EU has officially released the 900MHz spectrum formerly reserved for 2G GSM services, allowing other technologies into the space assuming that local regulators can sort out the historical mess.
Bill Ray, 28 Jul 2009
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Sage clears the quarter

Small business and accountancy software provider Sage has hit targets for the quarter, but warned that trading remains tough.
John Oates, 28 Jul 2009
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BBC bids to control next-gen Telly UI

The BBC has hoisted the bathrobe on its secretive and ambitious Project Canvas set top box project, via the BBC Trust.
Andrew Orlowski, 28 Jul 2009
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D-Link Xtreme N DIR-685

Review Ah, convergence, that buzzword of the 1990s – so often promising a lot, but delivering little. Evidently, D-Link is toying with the convergence concept with the neatly packaged Xtreme N DIR-685. This four-port Gigabit router features 802.11n Wi-Fi, a 3.2in LCD panel – billed as a digital photo frame – and Nas functionality too. It certainly looks the part, but does it deliver on its promise?
Emil Larsen, 28 Jul 2009
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Average UK broadband just over half advertised speed

The average downstream speed received by UK households is just 57 per cent of the average advertised rate, according to Ofcom research.
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Endeavour crew wrap final ISS spacewalk

NASA astronauts Chris Cassidy and Tom Marshburn yesterday completed the fifth and final spacewalk of space shuttle Endeavour's STS-127 mission to the International Space Station.
Lester Haines, 28 Jul 2009
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SHA-3 hash contest enters second round

The competition for the next generation of cryptographic hash algorithms has moved on to its second stage.
John Leyden, 28 Jul 2009
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Novell punts tools to make software appliances

Since earlier this year, commercial Linux distributor Novell has been working to get a set of online tools together, which it hopes will make it the force behind virtual machine server appliances. It also has a matching partner program that will see key Linux software vendors deploy appliances based on customized - yet supported - instances of Novell's SUSE Linux.
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Truck drivers! Don't go texting now

Fresh from the department of the bleeding obvious comes the news that truck drivers sending text messages are more likely to have accidents than those paying attention to the road ahead.
Bill Ray, 28 Jul 2009
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iTablet suppliers named

Some of the firms tasked with supplying parts for Apple’s rumoured tablet PC have been named.
James Sherwood, 28 Jul 2009
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Satire website survives domain name challenge

A website that parodied the site of a political lobbying organisation has survived a domain name challenge from the target of its satire because there was no commercial exploitation of the name, even though it was deliberately confusing.
OUT-LAW.COM, 28 Jul 2009
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NHS Direct wrongly emailed patients' data

An email sent by the NHS advice service mistakenly disclosed personal information about patients, although it did not leave the health service.
Kable, 28 Jul 2009
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Fujitsu ships SuperSpeed USB

Fujitsu Microelectronics America (FMA) has started shipping its first USB 3.0 SATA bridge IC, which the firm said will start appearing in gadgets by the end of this year.
James Sherwood, 28 Jul 2009
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Fusion-io flush with flash success after demo

A recent test has shown that decision support queries are faster and cheaper with Fusion-io and Dell, but only up to a point. The pair produced a top three database query benchmark result against the TPC-H standard.
Chris Mellor, 28 Jul 2009
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Facebook slaps faces on ads

The appearance of Facebook users' photos in ads that crop up on their friends' pages has once again raised questions about the social networking website's privacy policies.
John Leyden, 28 Jul 2009
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Time Warner swallows Google's AOL stake

Time Warner has bought back the five per cent stake in AOL which Google bought for $1bn back in 2003 - only having to cough up $283m for the stake.
John Oates, 28 Jul 2009
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Nissan unveils high-tech e-car prototype

Leccy Tech Nissan has whipped the dust sheets off of a prototype electric car, which the company used as a test-bed for the creation of its upcoming leccy vehicle.
Alun Taylor, 28 Jul 2009
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Japan joins Qualcomm finger-pointers

The Japanese Fair Trade Commission has sent a draft order to Qualcomm accusing the chip supplier of abusing its market dominance, accusations with which the company must be getting quite familiar.
Bill Ray, 28 Jul 2009
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Firefox 4.0 flashes lusty leg at Windows lovers

Just a few days on from teasing us about how Firefox 3.7 might eventually look, Mozilla has spun out another set of mockups – this time capturing Firefox 4.0 in the headlights.
Kelly Fiveash, 28 Jul 2009
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Oz Firewall still standing after inconclusive filter trial

Inconclusive news from the internet filtering trials might turn out to be bad news for the anti-censorship lobby in Australia. The Australian Government’s refusal to explain what exactly would count as a bad result for internet filtering adds to the sense that it will be ploughing on with this regardless.
Jane Fae Ozimek, 28 Jul 2009
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O2 data network falls over again

Reports are pouring in that O2's data network is again on the fritz, with users complaining that data connectivity on the mobile network has been down for an hour. The company's website isn't any help as that's down too.
Bill Ray, 28 Jul 2009
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P2P Judge: File sharing ain't fair use

In a damning indictment of the competence of Harvard Law School's Berkman Centre, a Judge has thrown out the main defence argument of P2P file sharer Joel Tenenbaum before the trial has even begun.
Andrew Orlowski, 28 Jul 2009
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Gov geek publishes 5000-word Twitter guide

The world was given an insight into how both Twitter and the UK's e-government work today when the national media discovered one of Whitehall's in-house self-proclaimed web geek's guide to using Twitter.
Joe Fay, 28 Jul 2009
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Panasonic puts camera's lens on a diet

Panasonic has launched a super-slim compact camera, which it’s claimed features the world’s thinnest aspherical lens.
James Sherwood, 28 Jul 2009
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Micron barges into PCIe SSD business

Fusion-io is going to face competition from Micron for PCI-e-connected solid state drives.
Chris Mellor, 28 Jul 2009
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Aussie woman's toilet trauma prompts lav-overhaul call

An Australian doctor has called for a fundamental redesign of the nation's lavatories after a severely dehydrated Queensland woman was freed from a seven-day imprisonment in her dunny.
Joe Fay, 28 Jul 2009
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Oracle hits Qtrax with $2m sueball

Database giant Oracle has filed a $2m copyright infringement and breach of contract lawsuit against P2P outfit Qtrax.
Kelly Fiveash, 28 Jul 2009
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Dutch spam suspect fined €250K

Dutch telecoms regulators have fined a junk email spammer €250,000.
John Leyden, 28 Jul 2009
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Toshiba TG01 smartphone

Review It seems like it's been a long time coming, but the TG01 is finally here. Toshiba's latest venture into the smart phone market is a Windows Mobile device but, in terms of size, looks unlike anything we've ever seen.
Dave Oliver, 28 Jul 2009
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Unions demands better conditions for temps

The Trades Union Congress (TUC) is calling for better protection for the rights of temporary staff in the UK.
John Oates, 28 Jul 2009
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Big Blue blows a billion on predictive software seller

IBM is paying $1.2bn for SPSS, which sells business intelligence and predictive analysis software.
John Oates, 28 Jul 2009

Intel delay impacting netbook launches?

Intel has decided to delay the launch of its entry-level products, it’s been reported, forcing major netbook manufacturers to push back the first shipments of their upcoming netbooks.
James Sherwood, 28 Jul 2009
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RIM tries to grab some Nortel pie

RIM is in negotiations to buy up some of Nortel's patents that slipped through Ericsson's fingers, in an attempt get themselves some IP collateral in preparation for the domination of LTE.
Bill Ray, 28 Jul 2009
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Linux Foundation urges fans to sign up to Visa credit card

The Linux Foundation hopes to raise cash by branding a Visa card with its cutesy Tux mascot.
Kelly Fiveash, 28 Jul 2009
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Managing Desktop Software for fun and profit

Regcast Last week Egan Christensen of Dell joined Gabriel Consulting’s Dan Olds in the Reg studio, to discuss Managing Desktop Software both for fun and profit. This 30-minute audio exclusive, with accompanying slides, is now available to watch on-demand and free of charge from the Reg Archives.
Team Register, 28 Jul 2009
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Greenpeace unleashes Captain Kirk on HP

Greenpeace today claimed the support of TJ Hooker himself, William Shatner, in its battle with IT giants over their use and disposal of toxic chemicals.
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Sprint pays $483m for a bit of Virgin territory

Sprint has snapped up Virgin Mobile USA, folding the brand into its own in exchange for stock that values the operation at $483m.
Bill Ray, 28 Jul 2009
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Online 'godfather games' banned in China

China has taken steps to ensure that its inhabitants can’t access violent videogames online.
James Sherwood, 28 Jul 2009
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ARM doesn't lose self and leg

Chip designer ARM Holdings has posted declining profits and revenues for the second quarter of 2009. But its outlook for the coming year is, yes, cautiously optimistic.
Austin Modine, 28 Jul 2009
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Apple bars Google's Voice from iPhone

Apple has barred the official Google Voice application from the iPhone App Store while dumping two third-party apps that tap into Google's invite-only service.
Rik Myslewski, 28 Jul 2009
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Foxconn pays suicidal iPhone engineer family for life

The life of the Foxconn engineer who committed suicide after misplacing an iPhone 4G prototype was apparently worth more than previously thought.
Rik Myslewski, 28 Jul 2009
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Microsoft emergency fix kills bugs in IE, Visual Studio

Microsoft issued two emergency updates on Tuesday to fix critical security bugs that leave users of Internet Explorer and an untold number of third-party applications vulnerable to remote attacks that completely commandeer their computers.
Dan Goodin, 28 Jul 2009
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Landlord sues tenant over moldy Tweet

Pop quiz. You find a disparaging post about your company on Twitter that's written by a client who's followed by a mere 20 people. You fear the offhand remark about the poor quality of your service could harm your company's reputation. What's the absolute worst way to make it go away?
Austin Modine, 28 Jul 2009
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Comcast trials Domain Helper service DNS hijacker

The DNS hijacker is here to stay.
Cade Metz, 28 Jul 2009
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ATI FirePro plays leapfrog with Nvidia

AMD has made its latest move in the game of workstation-class graphics leapfrog it's playing with competitor Nvidia.
Rik Myslewski, 28 Jul 2009
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IBM iron predicts the future

Back in May, at its annual day to preach to IT and Wall Street analysts, IBM laid out is vision for providing real-time, predictive analytic systems that will allow managers to take longer lunches and take credit for ideas that are not their own.
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Hackintosher aims 'blazin' guns' at Apple

Psystar, the pesky Hackintosher that has been giving Apple fits for well over a year, has switched legal representation and is preparing to go to trial with, as the company puts it, "guns blazin'".
Rik Myslewski, 28 Jul 2009
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Hollywood demands shuttering of Pirate Bay

Hollywood is asking a Swedish court to deliver the killing blow against the The Pirate Bay now that its four co-founders have been found guilty of facilitating copyright infringement.
Austin Modine, 28 Jul 2009