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Facebook enshrines dead people profiles

Facebook has announced a new service for the friends and family of dead people.
Cade Metz, 27 Oct 2009
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Fake servers sell better than real servers

Vendors who were hoping to get rich on the server virtualization trade have been disappointed by the effect the economic meltdown has had on their business. Just when virtualization products from VMware, Citrix Systems, Microsoft, and a few others have the kind of management features to make them enterprise grade, companies are afraid to spend money on the new servers that are really needed to run server virtualization hypervisors.
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Sun's MySQL fork survival theory ripped

If Oracle screws up MySQL, the community will fork and the database will live on under another name - leaving Oracle high and dry.
Gavin Clarke, 27 Oct 2009
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UK data losses keep growing

A Freedom of Information request by infrastructure specialist Software AG reveals that more companies and government departments than ever are reporting data losses to the Information Commissioner's Office.
John Oates, 27 Oct 2009
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Deploying VoIP in real life

Missed our recent live Regcast, Deploying VoIP in real life? Never fear: the on-demand version is available now for your viewing pleasure.
Team Register, 27 Oct 2009
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Suzuki unveils fuel cell e-scooter

Suzuki has put British engineering centre stage at the ongoing Tokyo Motor Show, unveiling a scooter powered by a UK-made hydrogen fuel cell.
Alun Taylor, 27 Oct 2009
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Sony Walkman NWZ-S544

Review Do pocket media players need built in speakers? Certainly, apart from the Touch, Apple doesn't seem to think so and let's face it, love it or loathe it, Apple knows a thing or two about selling MP3 players to world+dog.
Alun Taylor, 27 Oct 2009
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Raytheon buys BBN for 'about $350m'

Renowned techsploration company BBN - famed far and wide for inventing forerunner internet kit, and for giving the world the "@" symbol in email addresses - has been bought by US armsbiz colossus Raytheon. The move illustrates growing aspirations on the part of arms firms to do business in the information systems sector.
Lewis Page, 27 Oct 2009
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Retailers price up Blighty's black Wii

The black Wii has been priced up ahead of its UK release on 6 November.
James Sherwood, 27 Oct 2009
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Clock stopped for McKinnon extradition

Home Secretary Alan Johnson has confirmed to the House of Commons that he has "stopped the clock" on Gary McKinnon's extradition while new medical evidence is considered.
John Oates, 27 Oct 2009
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El Reg receives message from planet 'Female Pigeon'

Our suggestion yesterday that exoplanet HD 43848 b in the constellation Columba would probably benefit from a name other than "Female Pigeon" (Peristera) prompted the planet formation expert responsible for the idea to beam over a mild email protest.
Lester Haines, 27 Oct 2009
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Gov advises authorities on when EU procurement rules apply

The Government has published a guide it hopes will clarify when land deals are subject to EU procurement rules and when they are not. The guidance relates to agreements between authorities and land developers.
OUT-LAW.COM, 27 Oct 2009
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MSI to make Tegra-based e-book viewer

Taiwan's MSI is developing an e-book reader, its chairman, Joseph Hsu, has apparently revealed.
Tony Smith, 27 Oct 2009
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IBM gives voice to your web

Researchers at IBM have created a tool to put vocal flow into any web site, making life easier for the blind as well as the exceptionally lazy.
Bill Ray, 27 Oct 2009
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3PAR developing united federation of clusters

3PAR is actively developing technology needed to federate its InServ clustered storage arrays together and provide a single pool of resources across the federation.
Chris Mellor, 27 Oct 2009
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MySpace in talks to become Facebook friend

Facebook is in talks with MySpace to assimilate some of its content, in what would mark a formal admission of defeat for the Murdoch-owned site.
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Upminster top for tupping on UK bonkmap

The most sexually obsessed town in the UK is officially Upminster, according to an important new interactive mapping survey.
Jane Fae , 27 Oct 2009
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Intel soups up 34nm SSDs

Intel has updated the firmware installed in its 34nm X25-M SSD line, claiming the new code helps deliver a sequential write speed boost of up to 40 per cent.
Tony Smith, 27 Oct 2009
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Bloggers go ballistic over non-existent wireless tax

The UK is not in fact about to impose a tax on wireless networks, but that hasn't stopped bloggers jumping up and down about it.
Bill Ray, 27 Oct 2009
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BlackBerry wristband accessory priced, dated

The inPulse watch accessory for BlackBerry handsets will appear on wrists in February 2010, it has emerged.
James Sherwood, 27 Oct 2009

Nintendo to increase DSi screen size?

Nintendo has designed a new version of the DSi, this one featuring larger screens, a Japanese publication has claimed.
James Sherwood, 27 Oct 2009
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Land Warrior war-smartphone tech support goes to A'stan

The Land Warrior wearable military smartphone rig - one of the few of its type to have seen combat service in large numbers - continues to rise from its ashes, having been officially cancelled in 2007. However, the kit is now in service in Afghanistan, and makers General Dynamics have just announced a $50m tech-support deal from the US Army.
Lewis Page, 27 Oct 2009
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Google stalks your social circle

Google took its beach towel down to the social networking pool yesterday with the release of its latest Facebook-apeing Web 2.0-stylie search tool.
Kelly Fiveash, 27 Oct 2009
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ID Card scheme banking on 28 million volunteers

Government claims that the ID Card scheme will be self-financing are "completely deluded", the Tories have claimed today.
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Did the credit crunch and Vista stop you buying PCs?

Mini Poll In this poll we are trying to get a handle on whether readers are considering breaking with old habits when it comes to desktop refresh strategy.
Team Register, 27 Oct 2009
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On2 investors call off attack dogs against Google takeover

On2 Technologies Inc has settled legal challenges mounted by some shareholders who opposed Google's proposed $106.5m acquisition of the video software company.
Kelly Fiveash, 27 Oct 2009
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MSI X-Slim X600 15.6in notebook

Review We're beginning to think there's some sort of competition between laptop manufacturers to come up with the most ridiculous marketing statements. In our recent review of the EasyNote Butterfly, we were left cringing at Packard Bell's explanation of exactly why it had chosen to use that name.
Will Stapley, 27 Oct 2009
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'New discipline' of 'Network Science' birthed by US Army

Assorted American boffins and social scientists armed with supercomputers and US Army funds will come together to create "the new discipline of Network Science", according to those involved. The new Centre for Social and Cognitive Networks will be founded at Rensselaer Polytechnic in New York State.
Lewis Page, 27 Oct 2009
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Home Office: El Reg may be right on vetting figures

A senior Home Office official has admitted that figures presented for the last 18 months regarding the number of adults likely to end up needing to be vetted may be a serious underestimate. He also suggested that El Reg figures may be right, despite frequent previous denials.
Jane Fae , 27 Oct 2009

Sky Player hits Xbox 360

Broadcaster Sky has launched its long-awaited video-on-demand and streaming service for the Xbox 360.
James Sherwood, 27 Oct 2009
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Microsoft drops Family Guy like a hot deaf guy joke

Microsoft proved that one thing Windows 7 won't install is a sense of humour yesterday, by hastily pulling out of its sponsorship of a Family Guy/American Dad variety special.
Joe Fay, 27 Oct 2009
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Computacenter ditches last distie biz

Computacenter has sold the last of its distribution businesses to Ingram Micro for an undisclosed amount.
John Oates, 27 Oct 2009
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Secure Juniper triggers Dell's OEM'ing instinct

Dell is going to OEM Juniper networking gear as well as Brocade's, because of Juniper's superiority in wide area networking and security.
Chris Mellor, 27 Oct 2009
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Subterranean hive mammals may offer cancer cure

Boffins probing the secrets of fantastically long-lived and sexually active subterranean nudie hive rodents say they may be on the track of a preventive for cancer.
Lewis Page, 27 Oct 2009
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Ares I-X stuck on the pad

NASA's Ares I-X is still standing on Kennedy Space Centre's launchpad 39B, following the cancellation of the first trailblazing flight of the Constellation programme.
Lester Haines, 27 Oct 2009
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BlackBerry Storm 2 launch continues

The BlackBerry Storm 2 will be available in North America just two days after the handset hits Blighty.
James Sherwood, 27 Oct 2009
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Games developers demand tax breaks

Direct tax breaks for the UK videogame development sector are crucial if the industry is to grow, industry trade body Tiga has claimed.
James Sherwood, 27 Oct 2009
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Dassault picks up PLM unit from Big Blue

Dassault Systemes, which arguably gave IBM a credible toehold in the Unix business in the late 1980s, has bought IBM's PLM software business unit for $600m.
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Gizmodo says sorry for malware suckerpunch

Tech blog Gizmodo has been suckerpunched by cyber scoundrels, who placed malware-loaded web ads on the site.
Kelly Fiveash, 27 Oct 2009
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IBM board gives Big Sam another $5bn

IBM's stock repurchasing addiction to show earnings per share growth continues unabated, and today the company's board of directors gave the company's management another $5bn bag of junk to take to Wall Street to buy back its own shares in the coming year.
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Symbian aims to baffle embrace community

Symbian has marked its annual shindig by once more launching its application warehouse, and looking to the wisdom of the crowds to tell it what its future plans should be.
Bill Ray, 27 Oct 2009
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Cisco borgs real-time security biz ScanSafe

Cisco intends to buy the web security outfit ScanSafe in a deal worth approximately $183 million, the networking gear maker said today.
Austin Modine, 27 Oct 2009
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Microsoft inflates Web Office test program

Microsoft's Outlook format isn't the only things being opened up.
Gavin Clarke, 27 Oct 2009
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Apple dangles tablet lure in Oz

Today's Apple-tablet rumeur du jour is that Cupertino is shopping its not-so-secret "print redefiner" to Australian media companies, trolling for content partners.
Rik Myslewski, 27 Oct 2009
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Mass web infections spike to 6 million pages

An estimated 5.8 million pages belonging to 640,000 websites were infected with code designed to launch malware attacks on visitors, according to a report released Tuesday.
Dan Goodin, 27 Oct 2009
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Nissan steps glides into mobility tech

Honda has really been pushing the boundaries of mobility devices recently, while Nissan has stuck two poles onto a pair of roller skates.
James Sherwood, 27 Oct 2009
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Amazon rains MySQL from the heavens

Amazon has floated a new cloud based on MySQL, giving sky-high developers instant access to a database that's not its very own SimpleDB creation.
Cade Metz, 27 Oct 2009
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Pig plague? There's an app for that!

The medical heavyweights at the Harvard Medical Center have jumped on the swine flu-info bandwagon with the release of an iPhone app to educate individuals and businesses about the ongoing pig plague pandemic.
Rik Myslewski, 27 Oct 2009
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Punked US Chamber sues faux press release pranksters

The US Chamber of Commerce has sued a group of online pranksters for trademark infringement, after these Yes Men floated a fake online press release that mimics the Chamber's website.
Cade Metz, 27 Oct 2009
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US DoD snuffs open-source 'misconceptions'

The US Department of Defense is promoting the positive aspects of free and open-source software for use in sensitive and un-restricted government IT projects.
Gavin Clarke, 27 Oct 2009
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Free Microsoft security tool locks down buggy apps

Microsoft has released a free tool designed to harden software applications against attacks that exploit common security vulnerabilities.
Dan Goodin, 27 Oct 2009
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IBM stirs up new mashup tools for Cognos

IBM has launched a new mashup service for its Cognos 8 business intelligence suite today, as well as updated its Mashup Center software to plug into more enterprise sources.
Austin Modine, 27 Oct 2009
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China accuses Google of 'malicious' censorship

The Chinese Communist Party's main newspaper is (apparently without a trace of irony) accusing Google of unfairly censoring its website for having reported on the search firm's book-scanning copyright dispute.
Austin Modine, 27 Oct 2009
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Asustek opens curtain on desktop 'supercomputer'

Taiwanese motherboard and PC maker Asustek is apparently getting ready to jump into the personal supercomputer market with a glorified deskside supercomputer that it has developed in conjunction with graphics chip maker Nvidia and the National Chiao Tung University in Taiwan.
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Firefox nabs 30 million users in eight weeks

Internet Explorer's dominance of the browser world continues to melt away at a steady but glacial pace — with Mozilla earnestly waving a hair dryer.
Austin Modine, 27 Oct 2009
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Dell chief stuffs data center into suitcase

Sun Microsystems took data centers mobile when it embraced shipping containers, but Dell's gone further - and smaller - with a data center in a briefcase.
Gavin Clarke, 27 Oct 2009