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Botnet caught red handed stealing from Google

A recently discovered botnet has been caught siphoning ad revenue away from Google, Yahoo! and Bing and funneling it to smaller networks.
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Windows 7, Bing and mobile will determine Ballmer's future

The wheels continue to roll, and fall off, of Steve Ballmer's pan-European tour of serious-minded national and broadcast media.
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IBM throws DB2 Power cluster at Ellison's Exadata

The war of words and technology between IBM and Oracle will get a little warmer today as Big Blue launches its DB2 PureScale clustering technology for its DB2 database and Power Systems Unix servers.
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Cisco readies rack servers for the holidays

Back in early June, server wannabe Cisco Systems launched its C-Series rack-based x64 servers, companions to the B-Series blade servers that came out in March as part of its "California" Unified Computing System.
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Spotify scores over £1m a month from subs

Music streaming pioneer Spotify earns more than £1m a month from its premium subscribers, OUT-LAW.COM can reveal. Earnings could be as high as £72m a year. The figure is derived from statements made by Spotify executives.

Desktop minipoll results – user ignorance is bliss?

Workshop The results are in from yesterday’s mini-poll, and they are pretty conclusive – even if we take into account that removing users altogether is not an option. The top two types of call may be quite easily balanced – as you can see from the chart, between ‘don’t know how to do something’ and ‘application not responding’.
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IBM multi-petabyte cloud defies XIV storage

Comment With its Smart Business Storage Cloud, IBM says we have its GPFS and XIV being used to build a system capable of multiple petabytes of capacity and supporting billions of files with high-performance computing-like I/O performance. But XIV has a maximum usable capacity of 79TB.

Oracle not interested in Brocade

Oracle's chief oracle has said he isn't interested in buying Brocade.
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Bitbucket's Amazon DDoS - what went wrong

After a DDoS brought down Bitbucket's web-based code-hosting service for more than 19 hours over the weekend, Jesper Nøhr speculated the attack had exposed a flaw in the sky-high Amazon infrastructure that hosts the site. Nøhr - who runs Bitbucket - has since spoken to an "Amazon executive" about the attack, and according to his account of the conversation, his earlier speculation was right on the money.
Cade Metz, 09 2009
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Sony HDR-TG7VE

Review The HDR-TG7VE could be seen as Sony's answer to cheap and cheerful camcorders like the Flip Mino HD. However, whereas the latter could be viewed as a bit of a toy, the TG7 is more of a proper camcorder - both when it comes to features and price.
Will Head, 09 2009
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AutoVirt adds archiving and tiering

With v3.0 of its software AutoVirt is betting that it can succeed in the file virtualisation market when Brocade, EMC, and F5/Acopia have made relatively little impression.
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Taming the monster VoIP survey

Reg reader studies Every now and again, we don't nail things first time when it comes to questionnaire design, so first, apologies to all those who took one look at our monster Unified Communications survey last week and decided, understandably in hindsight, it wasn't for them.
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Zero-day fixes star in biggest ever Patch Tuesday

Microsoft is preparing its biggest ever Patch Tuesday update for next week.
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Greenpeace applauds Apple climate change flounce

Greenpeace - the environment-obsessed organization that famously protested outside of Steve Jobs' inaugural iPhone keynote - is now praising Jobs and his Apple cult for their stance on climate change.
Cade Metz, 09 2009
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Lunar ice-mine pole prang probe looking good, says NASA

NASA's mission to crash a spent rocket stage and a following survey craft into a dark crater at the Moon's south pole is now in its final stages. The empty Centaur upper-stage booster has now successfully separated from the LCROSS probe-craft and the two are plunging down toward the lunar antarctic.
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3PAR rolls out adaptive provisioning

3PAR is developing technology to move data blocks automatically between different tiers of storage, according to a person familiar with the situation.
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UK Supremes turn down McKinnon hearing

Updated Gary McKinnon has been refused leave to appeal to the newly-established UK Supreme Court against his extradition to the US on hacking charges.
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Nvidia halts future Intel chipset development

That's it. Enough. No more. We're not doing any new chipsets for Intel processors. So says Nvidia, echoing a forecast made a year ago.
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BT to push fibre to 1.5m more homes and businesses

BT has abandoned its plans to limit its fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) programme to new build sites.
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Almighty rumpus in Swedish lesbian enclave

The news earlier this week that Chinese state news agency Xinhua had identified a hitherto unknown lesbian enclave buried deep in the forests of northern Sweden prompted sceptical commenters to demand photographic evidence of the sapphic paradise.
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Kindle DX to ship outside US, says Amazon

The Kindle DX will be available internationally during 2010, Amazon has confirmed.
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MySQL's ex-boss demands Europe OK Oracle's Sun buy

MySQL's former CEO Marten Mickos is flying the flag for his fleeting former employer, sending a heartfelt plea to the European Union to wave through Oracle's takeover of Sun Microsystems.
Joe Fay, 09 2009
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Apple posts iPhone update

Apple has released a firmware update for the iPhone which supposedly fixes several “sporadic” and “intermittent” bugs in version 3.1 of the handset's system software.
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Barnes & Noble preps Kindle punching Google machine

Amazon nemesis Barnes & Noble is on the verge of challenging the Kindle with its very own ebook reader based on Google's open source Android operating system.
Cade Metz, 09 2009
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StorSpeed pushes delicious filer flash cacher

Startup Storspeed has launched an application-aware clustered file caching product: the SP5000.
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Toyota Prius fourth-generation e-car

Review While the name Prius hasn't achieved the same degree of synonymity as Transit or Mini, it's still the one nine out of ten motorists will think of when you say the word 'hybrid'. You can thank Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio for that, and the fact that Toyota have sold 1.2 million of the things since the first one rolled off the production line back in 1997.
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Web firms seek Royal Mail rivals with GSOH for delivery fling

Online UK retailers are outlining plans to flee Royal Mail’s service following yesterday’s Communication Workers Union vote, which came out massively in favour of a national strike.
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Virgin to launch Music Unlimited 'without unlimited music'

Exclusive For the second time in a year, UK punters look like losing out on a ground-breaking music service, thanks to big label paranoia. The Register understands that Virgin Media's "unlimited" downloads service will launch without the unlimited, untethered top-tier offering - the first in the world of its kind. Virgin told us that it's still working towards that goal. Sources acknowledged resistance to "go unlimited" from the music business, with fingers pointed at Sony Music.
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Phorm takes a bullet for the advertising industry

The unlikely image of Phorm boss Kent Ertugrul as some kind of John the Baptist of behavioural targeting was conjured yesterday as advertising industry leaders pondered the future of online advertising.
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ID card support hits bottom under Brown

Support for the government's ID card scheme has slumped to its lowest level yet, according to research by NO2ID.
Joe Fay, 09 2009
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Giant megaships to suck 'stranded' Aussie gas fields

Energy globocorp Royal Dutch Shell has announced plans to deploy a fleet of monster processing ships - the biggest ever constructed - to exploit so-called "stranded" gas fields, ones which can't be harvested economically by conventional means.

Amazon slashes Wii's UK price

Nintendo might be unwilling to drop the Wii’s price any further, but at least Amazon’s UK arm isn’t.
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Nokia netbook to land on 22 October

Nokia has confirmed that its first laptop will arrive in Europe later this month.
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NASA iceberg-finder prangs into Moon's south pole

Update NASA has successfully crashed a spent rocket stage and accompanying probe-craft into the Cabeus crater in the lunar antarctic. Space-agency boffins are now eagerly harvesting a flood of data from telescopes, orbiters and the probe itself in order to find out if valuable water ice has been discovered by the impact.
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Mobile web polarizes as duellists pick their seconds

The two largest US cellcos went on the warpath this week with contrasting statements about their web strategies.
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Does the Help Desk have a future?

Workshop With the rapid development of service desk ‘self help’ tools and the even faster adoption of ‘community’ web sites by many users to help them work things out is the help desk on the slippery slope to becoming a thing of the past? If desktop virtualisation takes off does that mean the end of the help desk as we know it? Or are there still 1001 things that users think of doing that require a human being to help them out of a mess?
Tony Lock, 09 2009
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Pirate Bay co-founders deny ownership of site

Lawyers representing The Pirate Bay co-founders, Frederik Neij and Gottfrid Warg, denied in a Dutch civil court yesterday that the Swedish men currently own the notorious BitTorrent tracker site.
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Spotify: Live revenues, or the kitten gets it

Spotify founder Daniel Ek says the service can't keep giving away free music, and wants cheaper music and a cut of concert revenue to keep it going.
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W3C sidesteps Apple over widget-patent

The W3C has spent the last three months poring over Apple's patent on remote updating, and the web standards organization thinks the patent can be avoided by careful wording and tweaking a couple of APIs.
Bill Ray, 09 2009
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UK Border Agency suspends 'flawed' asylum DNA testing

The UK Border Agency has quietly suspended its heavily-criticised attempt to test asylum seekers' nationality by DNA fingerprinting and isotope analysis.
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Volkswagen boffins turn staircase into giant working piano keyboard

Can’t be bothered taking the stairs or putting your rubbish in the bin? You might change your mind when you see how electronics have been used to create a set of musical stairs and a ‘bottomless’ bin.
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NASA moon-bomb probe strikes rich seam of fruitcake

Nutjob Parade Those readers who've been following NASA's LCROSS lunar pole-prang mission, which saw a brace of spacecraft crash into the Moon's south pole earlier today, will be aware that the effort wasn't popular in all quarters.
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Android to overtake iPhone in 2012 - analyst

Google’s Android will have more than quadrupled its market share by the end of 2012, market watcher Gartner has claimed. But Symbian looks set to remain the dominant smartphone OS for several years to come.
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Ralph Lauren says sorry for incredible shrinking pelvis

Ralph Lauren has apologized for Photoshopping the pelvis of a fashion model down to inhuman proportions.
Cade Metz, 09 2009
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Honda slips motorised unicycle into e-car

Leccy Tech Honda is gearing up to demo an array of electric vehicles at the upcoming Tokyo Motor Show, including an e-car incorporating the firm’s recently unveiled motorised unicycle.
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Climate porn campaign drowns dog for £6m

Taxpayers are paying £6m so their children can be scared out of their wits. It's not Halloween, but a new climate change TV advertising campaign that begins tonight, which features a young girl watching a dog drown.
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YouTube video spam promotes Russian real estate

Russian security researchers have discovered a spam campaign that points towards video ads hosted on YouTube.
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Twitter bans security maven for sharing naughty link

A well known security researcher was banished from Twitter for more than two days for including the address of a malicious website in a two-month-old dispatch.
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Alpha-male Ellison issues $10m Exadata challenge

Larry Ellison don't need no stinking benchmarks to prove the Exadata V2 database cluster recently announced with his minion Sun Microsystems has more oomph than IBM's "fastest computer".
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Large Hadron boffin arrested on terrorism suspicion

An atomic physicist who worked at the European Organization for Nuclear Research for six years has been arrested on suspicion he had links to an Al Qaeda affiliate in North Africa.
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Nokia (officially) ports Qt to Maemo 5

Nokia has created an official port for the Qt graphical toolkit to Maemo 5, hoping to entice more developers into making apps for its upcoming N900 tablet-that-is-actually-a-smartphone.
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Sun and Oracle to pimp synergies at OpenWorld

Sun Microsystems has been given a larger presence than usual at Oracle's annual OpenWorld conference to help showcase its products and joint work with Oracle, and plug leaking sales.