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Startup makes thin clients look chubby

VMworld This week's VMworld conference in San Francisco was the coming-out party for the thinnest thin client we've ever encountered, a sub-pint-sized desktop appliance from Pano Logic of Menlo Park, California.
Rik Myslewski, 04 Sep 2009
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Canonical rents out Ubuntu mavens

Canonical has announced a new type of support for enterprises running Ubuntu that need some extra hands-on help: the Premium Service Engineer (or PSE).
Austin Modine, 04 Sep 2009
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Apple security lags (again) with critical Java patches

Comment Apple is once again playing security catch-up to the rest of the computing world, this time with an update for the Leopard version of its Mac operating system that patches critical holes in Java that were fixed on competing systems 29 days ago.
Dan Goodin, 04 Sep 2009
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Feds force Googlebooks privacy promise

Under pressure from the US Federal Trade Commission, Google has released a privacy policy specifically for Google Book Search, that digital library service poised on the brink of monopoly.
Cade Metz, 04 Sep 2009
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Virgin Media in 'which Whitchurch' whoopsie

Map reading courses all round at the Virgin Media press office, after an attempted spoiler campaign served only to disappoint and anger the denizens of "the oldest continuously inhabited town in Shropshire".
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IFA 2009: All the Stories

Complete Coverage All the key product introductions, all the new technologies, all the stories.
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Month of Facebook flaws gets underway

A security researcher has vowed to reveal technical details of a series of cross-site scripting vulnerabilities involving Facebook applications during September.
John Leyden, 04 Sep 2009
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Toshiba unwraps Blu-ray player

IFA Toshiba has finally conceded and formally unveiled its first standalone Blu-ray Disc player.
James Sherwood, 04 Sep 2009
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LG parades 'first ever borderless' TV

IFA LG has launched what it has labelled as the world’s first range of borderless LCD TVs.
James Sherwood, 04 Sep 2009
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Sale talks heat up at T-Mobile UK

Deutsche Telekom is in early talks with three companies to sell off its UK mobile business T-Mobile.
John Oates, 04 Sep 2009
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Samsung intros Europe's first Nvidia Ion netbook

IFA Samsung formally launched its Nvidia Ion-based netbook, the N510, at IFA this week - though the machine has been available to buy in Europe for a week or so, if you look hard enough.
Tony Smith, 04 Sep 2009
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Toshiba launches latest Satellite

IFA Toshiba has announced a flagship notebook that, along with all the usual bells and whistles, also features a re-writable Blu-ray drive.
Bob Dormon, 04 Sep 2009
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EU Oracle/Sun investigation could cause rift with US

The European Commission's decision to investigate Oracle's purchase of Sun Microsystems under competition rules could lead to a major rift with US authorities, a competition law expert has warned.
OUT-LAW.COM, 04 Sep 2009
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McAfee false alert snares innocent JavaScript files

Faulty virus definition updates from McAfee that flagged legitimate JavaScript files as potentially malign caused a headache for some sysadmins earlier this week.
John Leyden, 04 Sep 2009
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LG promises 3D plasma telly

IFA Three-dimensional viewing is the name of the game at IFA this year. Not to be outdone by the likes of Panasonic, LG has demoed its own 3D-capable set. And it's a plasma.
James Sherwood, 04 Sep 2009
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Swedish bloke attempts lactation

A Swedish dad who hopes he might in future be able to help out his missus in the breastfeeding department has embarked on a rigorous programme of moob-pumping to entice vital nourishment from his chest.
Lester Haines, 04 Sep 2009
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MS fuels up five critical Windows fixes

Microsoft plans to release five critical update bulletins next Tuesday, all critical, in the September edition of its regular Patch Tuesday update cycle.
John Leyden, 04 Sep 2009
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iPhone rescue girl gets head stuck down bog

An 18-year-old Sunderland lass who got her head stuck down a music festival toilet while attempting to retrieve her cash and iPhone from the malodorous pit has become a Facebook celeb, the Sun reports.
Lester Haines, 04 Sep 2009

HTC readies radical Touch HD revamp

IFA HTC has drawn up plans for a significant upgrade to its Touch HD smartphone, Register Hardware has learned.
James Sherwood, 04 Sep 2009
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Microsoft can still sell Word

Microsoft has been granted a stay on a court injunction that would have stopped the software giant selling its Word application.
Kelly Fiveash, 04 Sep 2009
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Man arrested for £1m online tax fraud

Police investigating a complex online fraud which scammed more than a million pounds from taxpayers have arrested a man in London.
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Mobile hack shows need for security upgrade

Last week the Chaos Computer Club announced it had cracked GSM, but by Friday the GSMA was saying the attack was completely impractical - so should you be worried?
Bill Ray, 04 Sep 2009
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Samsung YP-Q2 v. Sony E-series deathmatch

Head-to-head With the market for mid-range MP3 players never having been more competitive, seeing Sony and Samsung fight it our for advantage is like watching two wannabe WAGs scrap over a premiership footballer who is rumoured to be hung like a horse and has a Manchester City transfer cheque in his pocket.
Alun Taylor, 04 Sep 2009
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NASA orbiter snaps Apollo 12 landing site

NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) has snapped the Apollo 12 landing site where, on 14 November 1969, astronauts Alan Bean and Pete Conrad touched down to begin their 32-hour stay on the lunar surface:
Lester Haines, 04 Sep 2009
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Samsung pledges X-series laptops 'will not explode'

IFA Samsung has launched a notebook range featuring batteries that it has claimed won’t explode, ever.
James Sherwood, 04 Sep 2009
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MSI brings ultra-skinny laptop to Blighty

MSI has formally launched its MacBook Air-alike X600 skinny laptop in the UK, releasing two models: one with an optical drive and one without.
Tony Smith, 04 Sep 2009
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Newport Networks goes titsup

The VoIP outfit founded by Welsh tech entrepreneur Terry Matthews has gone into voluntary liquidation.
Kelly Fiveash, 04 Sep 2009
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German boffins invent steel Velcro

German boffins have developed a new version of Velcro, made of steel for improved strength. They say that their "Metaklett" metallic hook-&-loop material could be used to hold together buildings, or to tape car parts to one another.
Lewis Page, 04 Sep 2009
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YouTube Lad from Lagos gets a bite

NSFW We're delighted to report that our fave YouTube Lad from Lagos, Prince Obi, has got a positive response to his orginal appeal for assistance:
Lester Haines, 04 Sep 2009
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Could Micron buy Numonyx?

NAND flash chip manufacturer and Intel partner Micron could be looking to buy Intel offspring and NOR flash manufacturer Numonyx, according to an EE Times report.
Chris Mellor, 04 Sep 2009
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Conficker borks London council

Updated An Ealing council employee infected the UK local authority's IT systems with the Conficker-D worm after he plugged an infected USB into a work computer, causing tens of thousands of pounds in damages in the process.
John Leyden, 04 Sep 2009
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Man remanded for extreme porn offences

An arrest – and remand time – for being suspected of possessing extreme porn may act as wake-up call for those who thought that the new law on extreme porn would just quietly fade away.
Jane Fae Ozimek, 04 Sep 2009
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Microsoft adds Ping to Bing, leaves Windows Live in dark

Microsoft is adding a Web 2.0-stylie sharing feature to its Bing search engine.
Kelly Fiveash, 04 Sep 2009
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Touchscreen Vaios delayed

IFA Further details about Sony’s plans for Windows 7-based touchscreen Vaio PCs have emerged. And it seems the Japanese electronics giant has suffered a set-back.
James Sherwood, 04 Sep 2009
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Samsung 'submarine' speaker system surfaces

IFA We’re all for eco-friendly products here at Register Hardware, but hope Samsung isn’t taking the proverbial with its latest speaker system, which, the company claims, uses materials sourced from the sea.
James Sherwood, 04 Sep 2009
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Comes With Music aims for Spotify

Nokia is expanding Comes With Music, and seemed to welcome the comparison with the tenner-a-month Spotify option this week.
Andrew Orlowski, 04 Sep 2009

Ofcom fails to sweep away power-line networking

Ofcom's latest update on power-line networking is "dismissive", "inaccurate" and "fails to respond to complaints" according to the Radio Society, who just won't let the matter lie.
Bill Ray, 04 Sep 2009
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US jobless rate climbs again in August

The unemployment rate continues to edge up in the United States, with the Bureau of Labor Statistics reporting that over 14.9 million people who want to work can't find it.
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Gear4 launches first CD-capable kit

IFA Gear4 has gone back to audio basics, launching its first ever products incorporating CD players.
James Sherwood, 04 Sep 2009
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Police drop case against admin over animal rights comments

Police have dropped their controversial six-month investigation of a Sheffield IT worker who had a minor role administering the activist website Indymedia UK.
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Amazon red cards 'offensive' Man Utd chant CD

Offensive chants on a Manchester United CD aimed at Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger have prompted online e-tailer Amazon.co.uk to withdraw it from sale.
John Leyden, 04 Sep 2009
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Axeman cometh: Microsoft lays off 27 staff

Microsoft plans to axe 27 jobs at its Redmond and Bellevue sites.
Kelly Fiveash, 04 Sep 2009
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Coming soon - LSI: Filer

LSI's customers will soon be able to buy a filer from the company as a result of its ONStor acquisition.
Chris Mellor, 04 Sep 2009
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'Exomoonologist': NASA can detect forest moon of Endor

One of Blighty's top exomoonologists has said that NASA's new "Kepler" space telescope - in addition to its hotly-anticipated ability to discover habitable planets orbiting other stars - will also be able to detect habitable moons orbiting the gas giants of far-flung solar systems.
Lewis Page, 04 Sep 2009
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Nokia: Castration as Motivation

Here's a roundup of odds and ends I found at Nokia World Stuttgart this week. Starting with a very odd one...
Andrew Orlowski, 04 Sep 2009
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Mercedes moves e-car concept closer to the forecourt

Leccy Tech Like BMW, Mercedes-Benz just couldn't wait until the opening of the Frankfurt Motors Show to reveal its latest thinking on the leccy car front.
Alun Taylor, 04 Sep 2009
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Amazon offers restitution for Orwellian Kindle moment

Kindle customers who saw George Orwell's Nineteen-Eighty-Four disappear from their screens have received an apology from Amazon's CEO, along with a copy of the book or $30 of restitution.
Bill Ray, 04 Sep 2009
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Faux Facebook 'friend' takes US woman for $4,000

A US woman has been stung for $4,000 via a fraudulent Facebook "friend in peril" scam.
John Leyden, 04 Sep 2009
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New IIS attacks (greatly) expand number of vulnerable servers

Attackers have begun actively targeting an unpatched hole in Microsoft's Internet Information Services webserver using new exploit code that greatly expands the number of systems that are vulnerable to the bug.
Dan Goodin, 04 Sep 2009
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Windows Mobile 7 feature details mined

Microsoft's answer to the touchy-feely iPhone will hit handsets next month. But it's only a partial answer.
Gavin Clarke, 04 Sep 2009
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Net watchdog inserts self in Googlebooks pact

Warning that Google's $125m digital library settlement with American authors and publishers provides exactly zero privacy protection for the world's readers, the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) has filed a motion in federal court to intervene in the hotly-debated Google Book Search case.
Cade Metz, 04 Sep 2009
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iPhones get sun, leg power

Two new alternative power sources for digital gadgets such as the iPhone and iPod touch have just surfaced - one powered by the sun and one powered by you (and your bicycle).
Rik Myslewski, 04 Sep 2009
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'Special' Red Hat project joins search for The Meta Cloud

Following in the slipstream of the open-source lidcloud project, Red Hat has unveiled its own effort to create a single programming interface for a wide range of so-called infrastructure clouds, including Amazon's EC2 and the Rackspace Cloud.
Cade Metz, 04 Sep 2009
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Firefox to warn users of insecure Adobe Flash

Upcoming versions of Mozilla's Firefox browser will automatically warn users running versions of Adobe's Flash Media Player that contain known security bugs, according to a published report.
Dan Goodin, 04 Sep 2009
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Music industry cooks UK government's piracy stats

The government's dizzying statistic that over seven million Brits are involved in online piracy comes from dubious research commissioned by the music industry itself.
Austin Modine, 04 Sep 2009
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Oracle should relax Sun's Java Community control grip

If Oracle ends up owning Sun Microsystems, it's got a one-off opportunity to correct the mistakes of the past when it comes to working with open source on Java.
Gavin Clarke, 04 Sep 2009
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Microsoft pimps bogus Windows 7 'launch parties'

Microsoft is offering to bribe you into throwing a launch party for Windows 7.
Rik Myslewski, 04 Sep 2009
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EchoStar ordered to pay TiVo (another) $200m

Dish Network and its sister company EchoStar must cough up an extra $200 million to TiVo for continuing to offer DVR functionality in their set-top boxes after being slapped with a court injunction.
Austin Modine, 04 Sep 2009