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Official: Toshiba to get in on Blu-ray Disc

Toshiba has asked the Blu-Ray Disc Association (BDA) if it can join the gang, a move it specifically stated paves the way for the introduction of Toshiba kit supporting the HD optical disc format.

Nvidia licenses SLI for mainstream Intel chipsets

Nvidia has announced Intel's upcoming P55 Express chipset will support its SLI multi-GPU technology.
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Prof develops football-match scheduling software

A computer-sciences prof in Notttingham says he has developed software which can solve one of the knottiest problems facing humanity at present - that of scheduling football matches.
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EC criticised over Intel case

The European Union Ombudsman has accused competition regulators of poor record keeping over aspects of the recent anti-trust case against Intel.

Zafirovski to walk from Nortel with 'head held high'

Nortel CEO Mike Zafirovski has said he will soon step down from the stricken firm and "walk out with my head held high."
Joe Fay, 10 2009
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Tories plan health record giveaway

The Tories are today releasing more details of their plan to get Google and Microsoft involved in holding medical records.
Toshiba SDXC

Toshiba touts 'first' 64GB SDXC memory card

It's easy to claim to be first to do something, harder to achieve it. Toshiba has claimed it will be the first to launch an SDXC memory card, but with shipments not due to begun until Spring 2010, there's plenty of time for some other Herbert to get in ahead of it.

WD speeds up 2TB rollout

Western Digital appears to be accelerating its 2TB 3.5-inch drive from 5400rpm to 7200rpm if a weekend wave of European hard disk drive etailing mentions are to be believed.
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MoD website outflanked by XSS flaws

Hackers have discovered cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerabilities on the UK's Ministry of Defence website.
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El Reg space paper plane christened Vulture 1

It's official: The El Reg "Paper Aircraft Released Into Space" (PARIS) vehicle has been christened Vulture 1 by popular vote, and with this formality out of the way we can move on to pondering just how our audacious upper atmosphere programme is actually going to work.
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Dell ditches 12in netbook

Dell has trimmed some of the fat from its netbook line by ending the production of its Inspiron Mini 12 notebook-not-netbook.

Cal Tech, Berkeley and UCSB working on 'iPhoD'

The US military has handed out triple multimillion-dollar contracts to Californian university tech labs, aimed at developing a device called an "iPhoD".
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HTC Hero Android smartphone

Review HTC is currently balancing its prodigious smart phone output between its long-established Windows Mobile series of handsets and those running Google's Android operating system. The Hero follows the G1 and the Magic in HTC's Android line-up and comes with a fistful of updates. These include a new user interface, multi-touch screen, 5Mp camera and enhanced social networking functions, as well as the usual Wi-Fi, A-GPS and the ever-growing Android Market app store.
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Firefox 3.6 trots into first alpha

Mozilla squirted out the first alpha version of Firefox 3.6 late on Friday.
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Dell mobile phone launch just days away?

Dell is poised to launch a mobile phone within days, it has been claimed.
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Chinese authorities close fatal net treatment camp, arrest 13

Chinese police have detained 13 people as part of their investigation into the death of a teenager at an internet addiction treatment camp.
Joe Fay, 10 2009
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Job cuts move from private to public sector

Just as confidence is starting to stabilise in the private sector, so employment prospects in the public sector seem to be getting worse.
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Increase in comms snooping? You ain't seen nothing yet

Analysis Figures from the annual report of Gordon Brown's communications surveillance scrutineer are all over the news today, several weeks after they were released.
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Bill Gates-funded boffins develop anti-AIDS stealth condom

Scientists in Utah have developed what they term a "molecular condom", a type of gel which "turns semisolid in the presence of semen, trapping AIDS virus particles in a microscopic mesh".
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Twitter hack spawns spam and scareware scams

Spam and scams have continued to flow from the fallout of last week's DDoS against Twitter.

Microsoft railroads little man with Office Live U-turn

Microsoft has decided to charge annual fees to all users of its domain renewal service on the Office Live Small Business (OLSB) site.

British boffin named first ever 'doctor of texting'

A student at a British university has been awarded the first ever PhD in text messaging.
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Docs wire up world's first internet-connected pacemaker

A New York woman has became the first person to receive a pacemaker wirelessly connected to her doctor, enabling monitoring and checkups without all that mucking about examining people.
Bill Ray, 10 2009
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Mellanox looks to buy home networking start-up

InfiniBand vendor Mellanox seems set to buy home digital media networking company CopperGate for about $200m.

Nintendo to release pulse-feeling Wii add-on out next year

Nintendo plans to launch its planned pulse-sensing peripheral for the Wii next year, the company has announced.

Lamborghini to go (partly) electric

Leccy Tech Lamborghini’s CEO, Stephan Winkelmann, has revealed that the Audi-owned supercar maker plans to add electricity to its drive trains from 2015.
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Sun's Rock is barefoot on Abbey Road

More rumors and some evidence has surfaced suggesting that Sun Microsystems has indeed killed off its "Rock" UltraSparc-RK, sometimes called the UltraSparc-AT10, high-end server processor.
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Counting the cost of virtualization

Reader Workshop The benefits of virtualization, particularly in relation to x86 server consolidation, are pretty well recognised. The significant reduction in hardware requirements and operational overheads that many have achieved with their initial deployments will in many cases have easily justified the cost of the virtualization technology itself.
Dale Vile, 10 2009
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73% of Brits too shagged for a shag

A shock survey of 2,000 adult Brits has revealed that 73 per cent are too tired at the end of the day to get their rocks off - the result of a national malaise of bone idleness which has poor old Blighty creaking under the weight of lardy couch potatoes.
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Canadian telco uploads 8GB iPhone 3GS

Canadian electrical retailer Rogers has as near as darn it confirmed that an 8GB iPhone 3GS is on its way, briefly revealing the device in a handset comparison chart on its website.
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Tr.im cuts air supply, says no money in tiny Web 2.0 pot

Tr.im has shutdown its operations after failing to make money from, or find a buyer for, its URL shortening service.
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IT shops struggle to control personnel costs

According to a new report out of Gartner, IT managers and chief information officers are having a tough time getting their arms wrapped around personnel costs in their shops.
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Hotel prank call badboy tracked down to mum's flat

Online news mag The Smoking Gun (TSG) claims it to have tracked down the leader of prank call website PrankNET to the suburban flat in Windsor, Ontario he shares with his mum.
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Court filings are protected by copyright, says lawyer

A US lawyer has claimed that copyright is violated when courts pass legal submissions on to a commercial publisher. The lawyer claims that the US courts' behaviour undermines the hundreds of hours of work put into submissions.
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Microsoft offloads digital ad agency for $530m

In a deal worth about $530m in cash and stock, Microsoft has offloaded its Razorfish digital ad agency to Publicis Groupe, the French advertising giant that purchased a search-engine marketing biz from Google last year.
Cade Metz, 10 2009
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Obama loses (another) cybersecurity bigwig

Updated Yet another high-ranking government official in charge of securing the country's computer networks has resigned. This time, it's the head of the US Department of Homeland Security's Computer Emergency Readiness Team.

Microsoft's next SQL Server debuts in pieces

Microsoft has released the first in a series of test code drops for the next version of SQL Server.
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Nortel CEO says g'bye as revenues rise

Last week, Nortel president and CEO Mike Zafirovski said he would leave the embattled Canadian telecom equipment maker, and today, he made good on his promise, just as Nortel announced second-quarter financial results that were - although still feeble - better than expected.
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Fortinet plots rare IT security IPO

All in one security appliance firm Fortinet has announced plans to go public on the stock exchange.
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BMC snaps up message queue maven

System and application management tool maker BMC Software today made a rather oblique move into the message queuing middleware space by acquiring a relatively obscure company called MQSoftware.
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US bank deposits checks via iPhone camera

A US bank will this week launch a new service that allows you to deposit checks by taking photos of them with your iPhone.
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HP sued by own sales reps

IT vendors are often not much better than their customers when it comes to doing information technology, and sometimes, they are worse. This appears to be the case with a sales force commission tracking system called Omega used by Hewlett-Packard, which has screwed up commissions so badly that three former employees of the company have taken HP to court.
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Georgian blogger calls for Twitter attack probe

The pro-Georgian blogger who was the target of attacks that shut down micro-blogging website Twitter last week has called on Russian President Dmitry Medvedev to track down the culprits.
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Microsoft nails retail store logo and locations

Microsoft has locked down the logo for the planned retail stores it hopes will take a bite out of Apple's PC and phone business.
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Yahoo!'s open source elephant loses its daddy

Yahoo! is losing the founder of Hadoop, that increasingly popular open source grid platform based on Google's proprietary software infrastructure.
Cade Metz, 10 2009
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Facebook secures ex-Google brain trust

Facebook has agreed to acquire FriendFeed, a file, photo, video, and message-sharing website whose co-founders are all former Googlers, one of whom coined Google's renowned motto, "Don't be evil."