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Men allegedly broke into computers of former employer

Federal authorities on Wednesday filed intrusion charges against two men accused of accessing the computer systems of their former employer.
Dan Goodin, 05 Nov 2009
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Judge spanks lawyer for leaking personal details in brief

A judge has chastised a lawyer for including the social security numbers and birthdays of 179 individuals in an electronic court brief, ordering him to pay a $5,000 sanction and provide credit monitoring.
Dan Goodin, 05 Nov 2009
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Google: Android fragmentation not 'bad thing'

OpenMobileSummit Google has defended its decision to allow unfettered Android tweaking, saying that although this may fragment the Googlephone market, it's what's best for developers.
Cade Metz, 05 Nov 2009
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Linden Lab unveils Sadville: Enterprise Edition

Some companies like IBM have an uncanny attraction to Linden Lab's virtual world, Second Life. They claim the software provides a 3-D collaboration space that's viscerally superior to what traditional mediums such as teleconferencing, instant messaging, or video conferencing can provide.
Austin Modine, 05 Nov 2009
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Sun and Apache: the Java scars that endure

ApacheCon 09 Apache Software Foundation (ASF) pioneers have toasted 10 years of independence and successful code development at their annual conference in California.
Gavin Clarke, 05 Nov 2009
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Second-gen TTxGP e-bike unveiled

Leccy Tech The organisers of the TTxGP e-bike Grand Prix series have revealed their off-the-shelf electric superbike at the annual Speciality Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show in Las Vegas.
Alun Taylor, 05 Nov 2009
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Open-sourcers promise cloud elephant won't trample your code

ApacheCon 09 Popular grid computing platform Hadoop could grow up next year, with network authentication and features to stop brand-new code breaking users' existing applications.
Gavin Clarke, 05 Nov 2009
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115,000 nabbed for in-car calling

More than 115,000 people in England and Wales got fixed penalties for being on the blower whilst driving in 2007, dropping off from the 2006 peak of almost 160,000.
Bill Ray, 05 Nov 2009
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Tech titans meet in secret to plug SSL hole

Researchers say they've uncovered a flaw in the secure sockets layer protocol that allows attackers to inject text into encrypted traffic passing between two endpoints.
Dan Goodin, 05 Nov 2009
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Hisense 1080p Media Player

Review The world isn't exactly short of devices designed to get audio-visual content from your Nas box, USB stick or external hard drive and onto your telly. The trouble is, many of them are three-legged nags let down either by grim UIs, lacklustre codec support, cheap and nasty remote controls, a simple lack of expected functionality, or all the above.
Alun Taylor, 05 Nov 2009
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Asus ups ante on Acer with two 3D laptops

Watch out, Acer. Rival PC manufacturer Asus has crafted not one, but two laptops with 3D displays, both designed to tempt gamers and film fans into parting with their cash.
James Sherwood, 05 Nov 2009
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At what point do servers become HPC beasts?

Tech Panel From time to time, The Register commissions its own "barometer surveys", to gauge the impact of technologies on our readers' working lives
Drew Cullen, 05 Nov 2009
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Toshiba attacks 2.5-inch drives from below

By putting 320GB of capacity on a 1.8-inch drive, Toshiba has signalled its confidence in this micro-drive form factor.
Chris Mellor, 05 Nov 2009
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Pirates get extra seat in Euro Parliament

Now that the Lisbon Treaty has been ratified by Czech President Vaclav Klaus, the European Parliament gets an extra 18 members, and one of those will be from Sweden's Pirate Party.
John Oates, 05 Nov 2009
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All-in-one PCs to replace desktops, claims Asus

Asus has forecast that sales of all-in-one PCs will soon overtake those of traditional desktop PCs.
James Sherwood, 05 Nov 2009
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'Searched' web info hits harder than 'surfed' - shock

Journalism academics have published a study asserting that people are more likely to "understand, remember and emotionally respond" to web news and information which they have searched for than stuff they have "surfed".
Lewis Page, 05 Nov 2009
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Cybercriminals down five British police forces in a year

In the last year five British police forces have suffered major computer failures lasting three days or more as a result of malicious internet attacks.
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Wikipedia's founder gets €10K coolness credit

Jimmy Wales can add "Nokia Foundation scholarship" winner to his list of achievements, having received €10,000 for his sterling work as Maximum Leader of the Wiki.
Bill Ray, 05 Nov 2009
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The state of the x86 server estate

Proper webcast If you’re running a data centre, or just a moderate server room, chances are you’ve got an awful lot on your plate. 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, 05 Nov 2009
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Mozilla plots Firefox interface overhaul

Mozilla has detailed plans to revamp and simplify the user interface of Firefox.
John Leyden, 05 Nov 2009
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BBC website now unbroked

BBC Online is mostly back online now, after serious problems overnight and early this morning.
John Oates, 05 Nov 2009
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EU block to Mandelson's filesharing laws removed

A plan by the European Parliament to restrict the power of national governments to disconnect illegal filesharers has been dumped to win agreement on new telecoms competition laws.
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Mandriva flashes its small aggressive penguin

The end of year race to update product names has begun in earnest, with Mandriva becoming one of the first to launch a product with 2010 in its moniker.
Joe Fay, 05 Nov 2009
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Orb goes Mac - at last

Orb, the Slingbox-in-software app that allows you to access your music, TV and photos on any device, has finally unleashed its long-awaited Mac version.
Andrew Orlowski, 05 Nov 2009
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Fat Reg slims down for spanking new mobile phone version

We’ve had a few goes with various technology partners at pumping out a mobile version of The Register over the years. But for reasons too dull to dwell on, each attempt foundered on the shores of irrelevance and indifference.
Drew Cullen, 05 Nov 2009
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Ex-HP boss confirms political move

The former boss of HP, Carly Fiorina, is to stand as a Republican candidate for Senate for California.
John Oates, 05 Nov 2009
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Fifth of iPhone users watching porn

Shopping site Retrevo has been talking to iPhone users and has discovered that they prefer cool gadgets to degrees, but still consider themselves intellectual.
Bill Ray, 05 Nov 2009
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Spotify: The Sutton Coldfield challenge

Exclusive New Spotify figures obtained by El Reg shed some new light on the progress of the music phenomenon.
Andrew Orlowski, 05 Nov 2009
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Asus delays 'smartbook' release

Asus has push back scheduled plans to launch its first "smartbook" early next year.
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Google launches privacy Dashboard service

Google has launched a Dashboard service that's designed to show how much the search engine giant knows about its users online activities.
John Leyden, 05 Nov 2009
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Samsung Galaxy i7500

Review HTC may have done it first, but now the Androids are starting to come thick and fast. Motorola got in early with the Dext, and all the major manufacturers are planning their own entry into Android land.
Dave Oliver, 05 Nov 2009
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Brown declines to resign

Shocking news from the home of 10 Downing Street's e-petitions site, Prime Minister Gordon Brown is not going to resign.
John Oates, 05 Nov 2009
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Could a hard drive dedupe data?

Comment Hitachi GST president Steve Milligan says one of the drivers affecting the hard drive industry is the need for efficient storage with technologies like virtualisation and deduplication. What is he on about?
Chris Mellor, 05 Nov 2009
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Large Hadron Collider scuttled by birdy baguette-bomber

Exclusive A bird dropping a piece of bread onto outdoor machinery has been blamed for a technical fault at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) this week which saw significant overheating in sections of the mighty particle-punisher's subterranean 27-km supercooled magnetic doughnut.
Lewis Page, 05 Nov 2009
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US carrier in shock 'wireless pipes make money' claim

OpenMobileSummit A US wireless carrier has admitted that it can make a very good living as a wireless carrier.
Cade Metz, 05 Nov 2009
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You too can become a Taoist Mao Shan master

The shock news earlier this week that a Chinese truck driver had persuaded an 18-year-old aspiring model that he was a Taoist Mao Shan master with the power to grant her catwalk success - providing she indulged in ritual sex - prompted many readers to enquire how they too might achieve the same kind of spiritual enlightenment.
Lester Haines, 05 Nov 2009
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China says there's no such thing as net addiction

China's health ministry has turned down the country's rhetoric on internet addiction, and has warned against "boot camp" style approaches for habitual web abusers.
Joe Fay, 05 Nov 2009
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Olympus intros E-P1's successor

Olympus has launched the follow-up to first Micro Four-Thirds format camera, the E-P1, called, unsurprisingly, the E-P2.
James Sherwood, 05 Nov 2009
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T-Mobile backs into Android Marketplace

T-Mobile USA is to integrate Android application purchases into its billing platform, proving there's still value in the operator-customer relationship.
Bill Ray, 05 Nov 2009
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Swedish spooks knocked offline by hack attack

The website of the Swedish Signals Intelligence agency (Försvarets Radioanstalt, or FRA) was taken offline by a massive DDoS attack this week.
John Leyden, 05 Nov 2009
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Travel agents accused of shilling for ID cards

Lobby group NO2ID has told the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) to stop acting as a propagandist for the government's doomed ID card project.
John Oates, 05 Nov 2009
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IBM gives big discounts on Power engines

The U.S. economy may look like it is coming out of the Great Recession, at least according to the economists who work for Uncle Sam, who said recently that gross domestic product in the States rose by a 3.5 per cent annualized rate in the third quarter.
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Sony upscales PS3's PlayTV to HD

Sony has released an update for the PlayStation 3 Play TV tuner unit enabling it to better serve the needs of HD buffs and mobile maniacs.
James Sherwood, 05 Nov 2009
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Gwen Stefani in Band Hero avatar argument

US ska-pop band No Doubt - best know for its 1996 hit Don't Speak - has become the latest group to throw a hissy fit over the use of its lead singer’s likeness in a videogame.
James Sherwood, 05 Nov 2009
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Murdoch admits delays on paywall scheme

Rupert Murdoch has confirmed that his company is unlikely to hit its June deadline for putting up paywalls around its newspaper websites.
John Oates, 05 Nov 2009
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NY insider trading scandal widens, 14 more charged

Federal prosecutors in Manhattan said this morning they are bringing charges against 14 people it claims were involved in yet another insider trading network.

Vint Cerf mods Android for interplanetary interwebs

OpenMobileSummit Internet founding father cum Google evangelist Vint Cerf is working to bring his interplanetary interwebs protocol to mobile networks here on earth.
Cade Metz, 05 Nov 2009
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Latest Moblin Linux polished for netbooks

The effort putting Linux on Intel's mobile Atom processor has seen its latest release, with an across-the-board polish for Moblin.
Rik Myslewski, 05 Nov 2009
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Windows 7 sales leave Microsoft coffers unstuffed

Sales of boxed copies of Windows 7 are thrashing Windows Vista's early history, but at a price - the money that Microsoft is making on them isn't keeping up.
Gavin Clarke, 05 Nov 2009
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Spain won't disconnect illegal file sharers

Spain doesn't plan on unplugging internet users accused of illegal file-sharing, despite strong government support for "three-strikes" disconnection laws in the UK and France.
Austin Modine, 05 Nov 2009
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Facebook, MySpace backdoor exposed user accounts

Facebook and MySpace have closed gaping security holes in their sites that gave attackers full access to accounts that had automatic-login features enabled.
Dan Goodin, 05 Nov 2009
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Google demi-god backs shared mobile airwaves

OpenMobileSummit After plugging Google's open source Android OS into the interplanetary interwebs, net demi-god Vint Cerf has called for a mobile world where the airwaves are shared by multiple wireless outfits.
Cade Metz, 05 Nov 2009
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IBM parks beta cloud on development and test servers

IBM on Thursday kicked off a free public beta of a new cloud computing development and test environment that's hosted on Big Blue's machines.
Austin Modine, 05 Nov 2009
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Opera in top secret iPhone talks?

OpenMobileSummit Opera boss Jon von Tetzchner says that one day Apple's iPhone will run third-party browsers. But he won't be drawn on whether the company is poised to offer a Jobsian version of Opera itself.
Cade Metz, 05 Nov 2009