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Cisco and EMC in joint venture blitz

The long rumored partnership between networking giant and server wannabe Cisco Systems, server virtualization juggernaut VMware, and storage powerhouse (and VMware owner) EMC will be announced this week, according to various reports.
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TalkTalk to fight net disconnection plan

A major ISP has promised a court challenge to Government plans to allow the cutting off of internet connections used by people accused of unlawful file sharing. TalkTalk said it will challenge the plans in the courts.
OUT-LAW.COM, 02 Nov 2009
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UK gov squeezes copyright law into cheat sheets

The UK Government will produce 'model contracts' to be used in copyright dealings in an attempt to make copyright law more useful and understandable. It will also standardise the way copyright exceptions to copyright law are dealt with in contracts.
OUT-LAW.COM, 02 Nov 2009
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Belkin Powerline HD Gigabit mains Ethernet adaptor

Review Belkin's Gigabit Powerline HD mains-wiring network adaptor is the first we've seen to claim to be able to delivery data transfer rates of up to 1000Mb/s.
Tony Smith, 02 Nov 2009
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Europe plots black boxes for cars

The European Commission's study into feasibility of fitting black box recorders to cars to record 20 types of data in case of accidents looks set to recommend the devices are fitted to all European cars.
John Oates, 02 Nov 2009
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Olympic ticket scams already starting, says top e-cop

Organised criminal gangs are snapping up domain names, ready to launch rip-off ticket sites for the 2012 Olympic Games.
Robert Blincoe, 02 Nov 2009
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IBM facelifts i/OS for midrange gear

It might have come out with a slightly different name and a little later than expected, but Big Blue has tweaked its proprietary midrange operating system for Power-based systems with the i 6.1.1 release.
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'Internet Age' means egalitarian 'hunter-gatherer' society

Federal brainboxes in New Mexico, analysing the many types of human society in terms of inequality between rich and poor, have suggested that the modern "internet age" of knowledge and technology-based economies may lead to substantially fairer wealth distribution - perhaps as fair as that seen in primitive hunter-gatherer groups.
Lewis Page, 02 Nov 2009
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The state of the x86 server estate?

Proper Webcast If you’re running a data center, or just a moderate server room, chances are you’ve got an awful lot on your plate. It only gets worse too. Day to day; new demands, new apps, new kit, new pressures and more than likely, you only have partial visibility on these matters.
Phil Mitchell, 02 Nov 2009
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HTC to launch WinMo phone with Android-oriented UI

HTC will formally launch its Windows Mobile - not Android, alas - HD2 smartphone in Taipei on Wednesday, the company said today.
Tony Smith, 02 Nov 2009
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Unigen plans enterprise flash by the bucket

Another vendor is chancing its arm in the enterprise flash drive stakes, and betting on SandForce's controller to turn flash chips into solid state drive gold.
Chris Mellor, 02 Nov 2009
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Scientists flee Home Office after adviser sacking

The Home Office faces mass resignations by its consulting scientists after its clumsy gagging attempt on top drug adviser David Nutt.
John Oates, 02 Nov 2009
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A short poll about server architectures

Tech Panel Reg readers, we're interested in finding out what your server architecture looks like, and how this might map onto what we have uncovered as some of the core challenges. Is it hub-and-spoke, all in one place or highly distributed? Let us know.
Jon Collins, 02 Nov 2009
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Quanta opens servers to 100-core Tilera

Upstart multicore, Linux-compatible chip maker Tilera don't need no stinking tier one server makers. That means no IBM, Dell, Hewlett-Packard, or Sun Microsystems. At least not yet. The company has just lined up $25m in its C round of funding, which includes $10m from Quanta Computer, the Taiwanese PC maker that is the volume leader in notebook manufacturing in the world. And as Tilera has confirmed to El Reg, Quanta is going to use Tilera chips to build servers.
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Motorola Android 2.0 phone Europe-bound

Motorola's Android 2.0-based Droid handset will be called the Milestone over here, the phone maker has revealed. In addition to a new, name the European incarnation will get HSDPA 3G and multi-touch technology, it has emerged.
Tony Smith, 02 Nov 2009
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Female fruitbat fellatio frenzy: 70% give head

The scientific world is electrified today by one of the most significant discoveries of our times: the great majority of female short-nosed fruit bats love to give head. Possibly even more significantly, the nimble lust-crazed chiropterines are able to perform fellatio on a male bat who is taking them from behind at the time.
Lewis Page, 02 Nov 2009
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Firefox 3.6 beta promises speed injection

Mozilla pushed out a first beta version of Firefox 3.6 on Friday, ahead of a planned release by the end of the year.
John Leyden, 02 Nov 2009
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LG OLED TV roadmap forecasts 40-inchers for 2012

LG has reaffirmed its OLED TV roadmap, but warned that the price of tellies based on the technology won’t match those of LCDs for at least seven more years.
James Sherwood, 02 Nov 2009
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Creative whips out e-reader at AGM

Creative Labs is hoping to grab a piece of the expanding e-reader pie with a net-enabled device it will also pitch as a social networking and general media tablet.
Team Register, 02 Nov 2009
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BT Tower restaurant reborn for Olympics

BT is considering reopening the revolving restaurant at the top of its eponymous Tower in central London.
John Oates, 02 Nov 2009
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TalkTalk steps up attack on government

Charles Dunstone, the TalkTalk boss with links to the Conservative Party, has launched an attack on the government's plan for a 50 pence per month tax on every landline to fund rural fibre rollout.
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Nokia to shut down N-Gage

First it was a phone, then an online service. Now, Nokia's N-Gage will soon be nothing at all. The Finnish phone giant is going to shut it down.
Tony Smith, 02 Nov 2009
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Chronically ill people 'happier if they abandon hope', say docs

Health researchers in America have suggested that it is better for people suffering from severe illness to give up any hope that their condition might improve.
Lewis Page, 02 Nov 2009
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Agincourt: The sensational truth

The news last week that a group of historians had calculated that Henry V's forces at Agincourt weren't actually outnumbered four to one by the French caused a certain amount of dismay here at Vulture Central.
Lester Haines, 02 Nov 2009
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Apple MacBook Late 2009

Review Just a year ago, in October 2008, it looked like the white plastic-cased MacBook was headed for the scrap heap. Apple had just introduced a new and more expensive model sculpted out of aluminium, and although the plastic version was kept on sale to provide a less-expensive option for the budget-conscious education market, it was obvious then that Apple was preparing to put it out to pasture.
Stephen Dean, 02 Nov 2009
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Southwark council sues IBM

A London local authority is taking legal action against IBM over a software solution it claims is not fit for purpose.
Kable, 02 Nov 2009
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Aspiring model pleasures Taoist master

A Hong Kong model, whose career was evidently not going too well, was told by her agent that he happened to know a Taoist Mao Shan master with the power to grant her success - providing she had ritual sex with him.
Lester Haines, 02 Nov 2009
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Pirate Bay clampdown prompted file sharing site spike

Attempts to shut down notorious torrent tracker site The Pirate Bay have spurred a four-fold increase in the number of file sharing websites during the third quarter of 2009.
John Leyden, 02 Nov 2009
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Windows 7 busts the 3 per cent share barrier

Microsoft's kind of make or break Windows 7 launch pushed the OS to a stonking 3.48 per cent market share by the end of last month, figures from tracker firm Net Applications show.
Joe Fay, 02 Nov 2009
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Storage firm Drobo gets mysterious cash injection

Drobo, the supplier of stylish 4- or 8-bay add your own drives external storage boxes, has raised $10m in an E-round funding exercise.
Chris Mellor, 02 Nov 2009
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Microsoft security report shows worms are returning

Microsoft's latest security intelligence report shows a resurgence in worms, although rogue security software also remains a big issue.
John Oates, 02 Nov 2009
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Virgin America dumps servers, flies for the clouds

For a start-up, Virgin America is acting pretty big these days.
Gavin Clarke, 02 Nov 2009
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UTIT IT touts titillation

LogoWatch We're much obliged to the reader (who's wisely chosen to remain anonymous because he really doesn't want to to end up dangling by his 'nads in a Saudi jail) for a fine example of branding wrongness from Riyadh-based UTIT.
Lester Haines, 02 Nov 2009
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Fujitsu UK workers vote to strike

Union members at Fujitsu Services have voted for strike action over pensions, pay and job cuts.
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US military tracker-droids to 'consider humans as fluid'

Pentagon propellerhead chiefs have hatched another sinister surveillance scheme. The plan is to add "flow based" theories of urban traffic movement - which assume that humans en masse behave like fluid moving through a network of pipes or channels - to conventional radar/camera based tracking of vehicles.
Lewis Page, 02 Nov 2009
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Tandberg bigs up removable media capacity

Tandberg Data showed off a 320GB DAT drive at SNW in Frankfurt and has upped its RDX removable drive capacity to 640GB.
Chris Mellor, 02 Nov 2009
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Orange saves callers pennies with iPhone tariffs

Orange will launch its iPhone offering on 10 November, at a price almost indistinguishable from O2's existing one.
Bill Ray, 02 Nov 2009
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More than half of touchphone users will go back to buttons

World+Dog wants a touchscreen phone, survey results from market watcher Canalys suggest, but vendors still have work to do to prevent users going back to buttons.
Tony Smith, 02 Nov 2009
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Notorious Kiwi pill spammers slapped with fine

A gang of notorious spammers from Christchurch, New Zealand have been hit with fines in the first prosecution under the country's anti-spam laws.
John Leyden, 02 Nov 2009
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Ruiz out as Global Foundries chairman

GlobalFoundries, the wafer baking spinout of Advanced Micro Devices, announced this morning that chairman Hector Ruiz has taken a voluntary leave of absence from the company, effective immediately.
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Scots slam Germans for 'tight-arsed' slur

The Scottish National Party has decided to take the Germans to task for commonly insinuating that our Caledonian cousins are a bit tight, The Telegraph reports.
Lester Haines, 02 Nov 2009
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Esther '1st lady of internet' Dyson appointed NASA advisor

Famed techbiz journo and investor Esther Dyson has been named as chairperson of a new "Technology and Innovation Committee" formed to help advise the senior management of NASA.
Lewis Page, 02 Nov 2009
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Vonage drops off the net

VoIP service Vonage has reportedly dropped off the net, with UK customers complaining that their voice service has disappeared since lunchtime today.
Bill Ray, 02 Nov 2009
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Apple said to have axed Atom support from OS X 10.6.2

Apple has axed support for Intel's Atom processor from the as-yet-unreleased Mac OS X 10.6.2, it has been claimed. If true, the move will hinder anyone keen to create a micro Mac laptop from any of the many netbooks on sale today.
Tony Smith, 02 Nov 2009
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Marvel Comics open on iPhone

US comics fans can now use their iPhones' in-app purchase capability to download Marvel comics onto Apple's überpopular smartphones.
Rik Myslewski, 02 Nov 2009
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US gov warns banks on money mules

The government agency that insures US banks has warned its members to be on the lookout for an increase in money mules used to launder money that's been electronically stolen from deposit accounts.
Dan Goodin, 02 Nov 2009
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ZFS gets inline dedupe

Sun's Zettabyte File System (ZFS) now has built-in deduplication, making it probably the most space-efficient file system there is.
Chris Mellor, 02 Nov 2009
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Google retrieves coder's Microsoft badge from rubbish bin

Jon Skeet - the Microsoft-happy Google developer whose Mountain View overlords "advised" him to give up his Microsoft MVP badge - has now regained this Ballmerian status symbol after a compromise with Google's "Code of Conduct" police.
Cade Metz, 02 Nov 2009
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Chip sales upgrade from terrible to bad

Global semiconductor sales have improved from terrible to bad in the third quarter, as the industry continues to recover from its massive slide a year ago.
Austin Modine, 02 Nov 2009
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Novell tongue-lashes LA for Google cloud switch

Los Angeles has broken a lot of hearts in its history. You're on top of the world one day, then tossed into the heap the next when the new big thing arrives.
Austin Modine, 02 Nov 2009
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Unisys takes Secure Cloud private

Server and services company Unisys launched its homegrown cloud computing service in the summer, and now it wants to sell companies a chip off the Secure Cloud block and let them install local versions of the Unisys cloud inside their own data centers.
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The Meta Cloud gets more meta

RightScale has renewed its quest for The Meta Cloud.
Cade Metz, 02 Nov 2009
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Amazon's EC2 brings new might to password cracking

Forget what you've learned about password security. A simple pass code with nothing more than lower-case letters may be all you need - provided you use 12 characters.
Dan Goodin, 02 Nov 2009
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Skype for Linux set for open source

Skype for Linux will be open sourced at some point in "the nearest future."
Rik Myslewski, 02 Nov 2009