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Microsoft-tested browser prosecution snares tech giants

Tiny Eolas Technologies is taking tech giants and major customers to court claiming they infringed its patents for working with online interactive content.
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Intel: tweak Nehalem's nobs to hit high notes

Despite a tightened budget, Intel's information chief, Diane Bryant, claims the company saved $19 million by upgrading its older servers this year rather than deferring a hardware refresh until 2010.
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Tories oppose charges and speed cameras

A Conservative government would end support for local congestion charging schemes and stop funding new fixed speed cameras
Kable, 07 2009
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Have your say on service management

Webcast Service management: is it more than a made up phrase? Join The Register for some interactive chit chat as we tackle this daunting topic and answer questions from the Reg faithful live right now!

Kindle to come to Blighty on 19 October

Kindle will come to the UK on 19 October, Amazon has said.
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Lexmark C736dn workgroup colour laser printer

Review If you’re running a large workgroup, you need a printer that is fast, cheap to run and has enough flexibility to handle a variety of media and to grow with the tasks it’s asked to perform. Endeavouring to address all these needs, while also offering colour, duplex and walk-up direct print, is Lexmark’s C736dn.
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AT&T lets 3G VoIP onto iPhone

At long last, AT&T has opened up the American iPhone to VoIP calls over its 3G wireless network.
Cade Metz, 07 2009
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Murderous Brazilian crime show host does a runner

The host of a hit Brazilian TV crime show has disappeared after being stripped of the political immunity which prevented him being arrested on charges of arranging hits to boost his show's ratings.
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US military gets a camouflaged cloud

The Defense Information Service Agency - the US military's IT department - has made its cloud service available for real applications. Up until now it has only been used for testing applications.
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Foxconn to send Apple 400,000 iTablets in Q1 2010, say moles

Another day, another Apple tablet titbit for the eager masses. Today, it's been claimed that the product will be delivered by Apple's chosen manufacturer in Q1 2010 - just the timing you'd expect for a device announced at the Macworld show in early January.
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HTC launches Touch HD 2

HTC has confirmed recent rumours of a successor to its HD smartphone, by officially unveiling the HD 2.
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Application recovery: Whose job is it anyway?

When it comes to supporting business activities, the primary role of IT is to ensure that the applications on which the organisation depends are available and operating at an acceptable level of service. Beyond this there is the unsung, but absolutely essential, matter of protecting both the application and the data it collects, creates and stores over their collective lifetime.
Tony Lock, 07 2009
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Welsh yobs clobbered by cross-dressing cage fighters

Two Swansea yobs who decided, after a night on the sauce, that they'd give a couple of transvestites some stick, came off the worse for the encounter since their targets were in fact cage fighters on a stag night.
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Why the Advocate General got Google AdWords wrong

Opinion We have been waiting for the formal opinion of an advisor to the European Court of Justice, in cases brought by three French companies against Google. Now that it has been published, we think the analysis is wrong.
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Online banking scams overshadow plastic fraud slide

UK online banking fraud losses rose 55 per cent to hit £39m for the first half of 2009, according to banking industry figures published on Tuesday.
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Parallels bares all with server hypervisor

After nearly a year in beta testing and seven months after its bare metal hypervisor project went public in March, desktop and server virtualization software maker Parallels today launches its first bare metal hypervisor for servers.
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The state of desktop support

Mini-Poll This week we've been looking at desktop management from the point of view of supporting users. It can be a jungle out there, as one reader illustrated:
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Google tests clipboard in the sky

Google is privately testing a new copy-and-paste service for shuttling data between Gmail, Google Docs, and other Googly online services.
Cade Metz, 07 2009
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US to export riot-roasting raygun

The United States is to export its crowd-grilling "less lethal" microwave cannon, the Silent Guardian - which has never been deployed by US forces due to worries over bad publicity - to an unnamed foreign ally.
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Microsoft's browser ballot bodge gets the nod

Microsoft is a step nearer to settling a large part of its ongoing disagreements with the European Commission - the regulators have agreed to market-test Microsoft's suggested solution to browser bundling.
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BT picks NetApp storage for its cloudy data centres

BT is offering a pay-for-use virtual data centre in the cloud, using NetApp storage, but not its clustering versions of ONTAP.
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Star-watchers: Famous moon left half-smeared by dirty ring

A well-known moon has been smeared half-dark by dirt coming from an enormous ring, according to reports.
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T-Mobile to retune HTC Magic as guitar-themed phone

In a bold attempt to strike the right chord with modern mobile music fans, T-Mobile has confirmed plans to go on tour with a guitar themed handset.
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Gorilla Glass added to super-tough tablets

Motion Computing claims to have enhanced the durability of its ruggedised tablet PC screens by becoming the first firm to launch handheld PCs featuring the curiously named Gorilla Glass.
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Verizon strokes Google's Android

Google has teamed up with Verizon Wireless to jointly develop a long line of Android-based mobile devices for use on America's largest cellular network.
Cade Metz, 07 2009
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Hotmail phish exposes most common passwords

Data from the Hotmail phishing attack proves that consumer password security remains pants.
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WD Caviar Black 2TB

Review The 2TB Caviar Black is the second hard drive we have seen with a capacity of two terabytes. Glance back to our 2008 round-up of 1TB drives, which used three or four platters, and you can see that this is pretty much a doubling of areal density.
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Amazon tosses gelded Kindle at UK readers

Amazon has finally provided details for the International version of its Kindle ebook reader, but even the most diehard fan may be nonplussed to find one in their stocking this Christmas.
Bill Ray, 07 2009
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Europe clears Windows 7 for takeoff

Windows 7 The agreement between Microsoft and the European Commission on the bundling of Internet Explorer means Windows 7 is cleared to ship with IE included later this month.
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Who does the helpdesk really help?

Workshop Who does the helpdesk help - IT or the business? Many people (users) think the helpdesk is ‘what IT is for” where as in fact it may be the very thing stopping IT from being a more valuable partner to the business. Is this status quo simply the way things are destined to stay or is there more we can do with this frontline service?
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Pirate Bay buyer admits doubts over deal

GGF, the troubled Swedish firm aiming to buy BitTorrent tracker the Pirate Bay, has admitted the deal may be crocked.
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EC forces interop promise out of Microsoft

The second part of the agreement between Microsoft and the European Commission, although it will garner fewer headlines, is by far the most important part of the agreement.
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'Stop NASA bombing the Moon!'

Treehugging, possibly lycanthropic web-2.0 campaigners have launched a petition intended to "stop NASA from bombing the Moon!".
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Nintendo chief downplays further Wii price cuts

A Nintendo executive has hinted that another Wii price cut isn’t on the cards because the console already represents good value for money.
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Are our Freetard motivational gurus going bonkers?

As the recession deepens, the strain appears to be getting to some of our best-paid business gurus and motivational speakers. It can't be easy to keep the fantasy economics of Web 2.0 going against all the evidence, and cracks seem to be starting to appear. I have two worrying exhibits for you.
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Microsoft: we make partners' lives too complicated

MPN Microsoft has admitted that making life simpler for its partners is a "perennial challenge" that is tough to overcome.
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First speech-to-text app for phones launched

Android and iPhone users will soon be able to talk text messages directly to their phones, according to the firm behind the first voice-powered text prediction application for mobile phones.
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Visa gives merchants crypto card security guidelines

Visa has published best practices for data field encryption (AKA end-to-end encryption) that call on merchants to always encrypt cardholder data.
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Debian to harness FreeBSD with kernel port

The Debian Project is planning a FreeBSD kernel of its disto that'll help fine tune its Linux for web sites and critical network-based deployments.
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Sun adds Oracle Linux to ops tools

Sun Microsystems’ xVM server virtualization hypervisor has not yet seen the light of day as a commercial product, but the company is continuing to enhance the management tool. Now, the latest version of Ops Center has arrived featuring enhancements for running Solaris-based virtualization.
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Microsoft and Red Hat consummate virtualization vows

Microsoft and Red Hat have now consummated vows to love and cherish each other's operating systems on their corresponding hypervisors.
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MySpace confession sinks car-death conviction appeal

A California appeals court has upheld a California woman's conviction for vehicular manslaughter by citing her MySpace page, in which she confessed to a penchant for drag racing.
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Top prices, old shows - the Beeb's iPlayer goes global

The BBC's ramping up efforts to launch an iPlayer-like internet video service outside the UK, but has rejected using ad-funded model to squeeze as much money as possible from its programming.
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Judge sets November deadline for Googlebooks pact

Google has until November 9 to revise its $125m book-scanning settlement with American authors and publishers.
Cade Metz, 07 2009
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Spammers jump on Gmail, Hotmail mass-hack gravy train

This week's airing of some 30,000 compromised Windows Live and Google Mail accounts has coincided with a spike in spam from those two services that promote sketchy electronics dealers, a researcher said.
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Ballmer mixed on Windows 7's success

Steve Ballmer's been giving out mixed messages on the likely impact of Windows 7 on Microsoft and PC sales.