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Cambridge string theorist to succeed Stephen Hawking

A Cambridge physicist who revolutionized the concept of string theory has been tapped to succeed Steven Hawking in one of the world's most prestigious academic posts.
Austin Modine, 21 Oct 2009
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Yahoo! snuffs search-results-for-sale nonsense

Yahoo! has finally put an end to the old-school "paid inclusion" programs that blurred the lines between its search engine and its search advertising.
Cade Metz, 21 Oct 2009
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Zend's cloud of clouds PHP play drops first code

ZendCon 09 The first code in a cross-vendor project to make PHP applications work on different clouds - and (kinda) avoid lock in - has been delivered.
Gavin Clarke, 21 Oct 2009
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Canon Pixma MP560

Review Mid-range, inkjet all-in-ones are the mainstay of most printer makers’ catalogues, so for one to stand out, it has to offer extra features, better performance or improved cost of ownership to get noticed. Canon has introduced the Pixma MP560 to build on a successful design in at least two of these three ways.
Simon Williams, 21 Oct 2009
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Samsung buys into Fusion-io

Fusion-io has taken a cash investment from NAND chip leader Samsung, strengthening an existing chip supply relationship.
Chris Mellor, 21 Oct 2009
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Red Hat enjoys fruit of recession

Red Hat is still looking to expand beyond its traditional market of tech-savvy companies into a more mainstream world nearly a year after the open source vendor first declared its intentions to woo conservative customers away from rivals Microsoft and Oracle.
Kelly Fiveash, 21 Oct 2009
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Live today: The El Reg VoIP webcast

The Register’s expert panel discusses the results from our recent VoIP mini-survey and gives the low-down on the choices, challenges and consequences of business VoIP solutions from 2pm BST today, live and online.
Jamie Bodkin, 21 Oct 2009
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Court kicks YouTube rant missus into touch

The New York Supreme Court's Appellate Division has sent YouTube rant (former) missus Tricia Walsh-Smith packing, ruling that her divorce from Broadway mogul Philip Smith is legit, and she'll walk away with nothing more than a prenup provision of $750,000.
Lester Haines, 21 Oct 2009
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Tories to fight election on Spotify

In an early effort to target young voters, the Conservatives have begun advertising on Spotify.
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Magpies hold funerals for fallen feathered friends

A University of Colorado scientist has claimed that magpies hold "funerals" for fallen friends, demonstrating that they're all a lot more touchy-feely than they might appear.
Lester Haines, 21 Oct 2009
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Unibody MacBook unzipped

Apple’s new unibody white MacBook was only officially unveiled a few hours ago, but US repair-and-parts shop iFixit has already taken the machine to bits.
James Sherwood, 21 Oct 2009
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Police make a mockery of data protection

Comment While the police are very keen to retain as much data on the average citizen as they can "just in case" it becomes useful, they are markedly less happy when the data being collected relates to them.
Jane Fae , 21 Oct 2009
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UK telly in coke blizzard shock

A former BBC producer has claimed that the UK's TV industry is snowed under with charlie, and the "off-the-wall" brilliance of many stars is down to prodigious intake of nose ajax.
Lester Haines, 21 Oct 2009
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Kanye West death prank used to sling scareware

Rumours of the death of rapper Kanye West in a car crash became fodder for fake anti-malware scams on Tuesday.
John Leyden, 21 Oct 2009
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Google-branded Android smartphone inbound?

Google is poised to make the jump from smartphone OS developer to smartphone supplier, an industry analyst has claimed.
James Sherwood, 21 Oct 2009
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Stallman calls on EU to set MySQL free

Richard Stallman demanded the EU cut MySQL loose from Oracle yesterday in an open letter to Brussels' competition supremo Neelie Kroes.
Joe Fay, 21 Oct 2009
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Black Wii will come to Blighty, says Nintendo

The black Wii will finally arrive in Europe next month, Nintendo has pledged.
James Sherwood, 21 Oct 2009
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Denver website seeks dope critic

Denver's Westword newspaper has unsurprisingly received more than 120 applications for the post of marijuana reviewer, many of whom are offering to do the job for nothing.
Lester Haines, 21 Oct 2009
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Leaf battery rental scheme unveiled

Leccy Tech The Leaf e-car’s purchase price could be similar to that of a similar size petrol car, maker Nissan has promised, thanks in-part to an innovative battery rental scheme.
Alun Taylor, 21 Oct 2009

Paramagnetic nanodot smartstuff offers 1TB micro-SD cards

Boffins in America say they have developed a new material which will mean terabyte-capacity micro format data cards. Intriguingly, the same wonder-stuff could also be employed in building super-high-temperature, super-efficient ceramic car engines.
Lewis Page, 21 Oct 2009
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Japanese algorithm 'can tell if you're about to die'

Apparently respectable programmers in Japan claim to have developed an algorithm which can tell, merely by listening to a person briefly, whether or not they are about to die.
Lewis Page, 21 Oct 2009
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Securing the remote estate

Workshop One of the challenges of managing a remote desktop estate is security. It’s not a new problem, but it has been raised higher in the collective consciousness in the last few years, thanks to the proliferation of smaller, cheaper and more portable devices.
Martin Atherton, 21 Oct 2009
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HTC Touch 2 Windows Mobile 6.5 smartphone

Review Windows Mobile 6.5 is now with us but its reception has been far from ecstatic. The general view is that Microsoft is playing catch-up and will have to do something spectacular with Windows Mobile 7, due to debut next year, if it's to really challenge its rivals.
Sandra Vogel, 21 Oct 2009
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Windows 7 - the Reg reader verdict

Windows 7 Microsoft takes the wraps off Windows 7 tonight, but thanks to the UK's looming postal strike Reg readers have been playing with the final, shrink-wrapped product for days.
Joe Fay, 21 Oct 2009
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GCHQ outsources net snooping... to EDS

Exclusive The government has outsourced parts of its biggest ever mass surveillance project to the disaster-prone IT services giant formerly known as EDS, The Register has learned.
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RIM revamps BlackBerry Bold with Bold 2

Research in Motion has unveiled the Bold 9700 smartphone - aka the Bold 2.
James Sherwood, 21 Oct 2009
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Quantum downsizes DXi deduplication boxes

Quantum has downsized its enterprise DXi7500 deduplication product to the mid-range DXi6500, and given it Nehalem processing power and solid state storage.
Chris Mellor, 21 Oct 2009
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Geeks Guide2 Windows 7

To coincide with the launch of Windows 7, Geeks Guide2 is offering readers 40% off some of the best Windows 7 books available and forthcoming. With an abundance of titles landing between now and 2010, we’ve selected a few key favourites that may interest you.
Register Books, 21 Oct 2009
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The Register joins The Pirate Party

It's the most controversial choice of guest for years - not the BNP on the BBC, but something that caused almost as much controversy.
Andrew Orlowski, 21 Oct 2009
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Republican men hormonally emasculated by US election

American neuroscientists say that men who voted for Republican candidate John McCain in the recent presidential elections suffered a serious loss of testosterone as a result of the Obama victory. The hormone, produced by one's wedding-tackle, is considered essential for basic manliness.
Lewis Page, 21 Oct 2009
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Seagate pushes SSDs as part of recovery drive

Seagate's first 2010 fiscal quarter brought cheering news and a better outlook as its numbers continue to recover and it beings sampling its solid state drive with OEMs.
Chris Mellor, 21 Oct 2009
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ASA to probe drowning dog climate ad

The Advertising Standards Authority will investigate the Government's £6m TV spine-tingler designed to change our behaviour. 357 complaints have been made to the ASA, a self-regulatory body.
Andrew Orlowski, 21 Oct 2009
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Japanese bloke gets arsey over artificial rectum

Updated A Japanese chap is a bit browned off after a hospital wrongly diagnosed him with rectal cancer, whipped out the offending section of digestive tract and fitted an articial replacement.
Lester Haines, 21 Oct 2009
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QLogic gets another CNA kiss from IBM

IBM is double-dating with QLogic and its Fibre Channel over Ethernet adapters, in contrast to its less enthusiastic affair with Emulex.
Chris Mellor, 21 Oct 2009
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IEEE drops support for rival standard from powerline LAN spec

The IEEE-backed attempt to define a universal standard for powerline networking has dropped plans to ensure compatibility with rival world home LAN standard G.hn.
Tony Smith, 21 Oct 2009
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Former FBI agent slams defence tactics in McKinnon case

Updated A former FBI legal officer who handled controversial plea bargaining negotiations with Gary McKinnon has attacked the tactics adopted by the hacker’s defence team.
John Leyden, 21 Oct 2009
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Google 'music service' imminent, says rumor mill

Multiple sources are reporting that Google is on the verge of launching some sort of "music service."
Cade Metz, 21 Oct 2009
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Crypto spares man who secretly video taped flatmates

An Australian man who set up an elaborate network of hidden cameras to spy on his flatmates has escaped jail time after police were unable to crack the encryption scheme protecting his computer.
Dan Goodin, 21 Oct 2009
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Microsoft thinks it can sell one copy of Windows 7 for every four people

Windows 7 Microsoft hopes to sell 14 million copies of Windows 7 to UK consumers next year.
Kelly Fiveash, 21 Oct 2009
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PC World punts Windows 7 £100 trade-in promotion

Windows 7 DSGi is betting big on Windows 7 sales with a special promotion clearly designed to convince more customers to visit the firm’s not exactly bustling PC World stores.
Kelly Fiveash, 21 Oct 2009
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Barnes & Noble mulls Android SDK for Nook reader

Barnes & Noble.com president William J. Lynch has hinted the American bookseller will one day open up its Android-based ebook reader to third-party developers.
Cade Metz, 21 Oct 2009
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IBM revs server control freak tool

As a maker of a diverse line of systems, supporting a number of homegrown and third-party operating systems and server virtualization hypervisors, IBM can either control all of these platforms and make some money or do the job itself.
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Microsoft inks Bing pacts with Twitter, Facebook

Microsoft is adding "real-time" search results from Facebook and Twitter to its Bing decision engine search engine, after inking deals with both social networking outfits.
Cade Metz, 21 Oct 2009
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Citrix ekes out revenue, profit growth

Citrix Systems managed to squeeze out a tiny bit of both revenue and profit growth in the third quarter, despite a big dip in product license revenues.
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eBay halts nine months of revenue shrinkage

eBay's revenues are on the rise again, thanks to the continued growth of its PayPal and Skype operations. But in the third quarter, the online tat house saw profits plummet nearly 30 per cent. The news sent its share price tumbling more than five per cent in after hours trading on Wednesday.
Cade Metz, 21 Oct 2009
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Google apes Microsoft's Twitter pact in real-time

Google has announced a pact to feed Twitter's Web2.0rhea straight into its search engine, hours after Microsoft unveiled a similar deal.
Cade Metz, 21 Oct 2009
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Judge shoots down challenge to Craigslist erotic services

A federal judge has summarily dismissed a lawsuit Chicago's sheriff brought against Craigslist, ruling that the website can't be sued for prostitution ads posted by its users.
Dan Goodin, 21 Oct 2009