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Wikipedia sued for publishing convicted murderer's name

A man who served 15 years for the gruesome murder of a famous German actor is taking legal action against Wikipedia for reporting the conviction.
Dan Goodin, 12 Nov 2009
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AMD lays out 2011 PC roadmap

AMD outlined its product roadmaps through 2011 for servers, desktops, and notebooks on Wednesday during the company's financial analysts' day at its Sunnyvale, California, headquarters.
Rik Myslewski, 12 Nov 2009
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Attackers conceal exploit sites with Twitter API

Drive-by exploit writers have been spotted using a popular Twitter command to send web surfers to malicious sites, a technique that helps conceal the devious deed.
Dan Goodin, 12 Nov 2009
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ASUS, MSI reveal quad InfiniBand boards

You could argue that a networking technology never really goes mainstream until it is integrated into a system motherboard, making its use seamless and its cost invisible.
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Android's delicate guts ripped apart

Photos Sure, plenty of people have cracked the iPhone's software, but the Droid's hardware? That's a different matter.
Gavin Clarke, 12 Nov 2009
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Boffins develop virtual reality anti-bullying game

Boffins at Warwick University* have claimed their virtual reality bullying simulator will help victims cope with the stress of being taunted.
Pratik Desai, 12 Nov 2009
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Commentard to lose mask for teasing politico's son

A suburban Illinois politician will be told the name of a man who allegedly made disparaging remarks about her teenaged son on a newspaper website's comment section, a local judge has ruled.
Austin Modine, 12 Nov 2009
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Toshiba Satellite L450

Review Pick up the Satellite L450, or even just glance at it, and you’re left in no doubt that it’s very much a budget laptop. Chunky, plasticy and devoid of any bells and whistles, it’s not going to appeal to those who like their laptops to stand out from the crowd.
Will Stapley, 12 Nov 2009
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SandForce gets OCZ SSD design win

El Reg wondered why SandForce was talking about consumer flash in a job advert: now we know. OCZ will be making consumer and enterprise flash product using SandForce controllers.
Chris Mellor, 12 Nov 2009
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Robot negotiator ends tense Colorado siege

Everyone knows about the current rise of the killer robots, metal assassins able to crush puny meatsacks as easily as one might despatch a troublesome fly. But now there is a new development - robots which seek to negotiate with troublesome fleshies rather than mowing them down like so much grass.
Lewis Page, 12 Nov 2009
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Redundancy costs dent BT profits

BT's results for its second quarter - ended 30 September 2009 - are not as bad as expected.
John Oates, 12 Nov 2009
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Luvvies make last ditch appeal for radio mics

A new campaign backed by everyone from professional footballers to Shakespearian actors is trying to get Ofcom to rethink its Digital Dividend auction.
Bill Ray, 12 Nov 2009
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Brace of Intel SSDs imminent

Intel is spreading its solid state drive (SSD) wings with new models at the top and bottom of its range.
Chris Mellor, 12 Nov 2009
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Government consults on possible £500,000 data breach fines

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) would have the power to fine organisations up to £500,000 for serious breaches of data protection principles under plans announced this week by the Ministry of Justice.
OUT-LAW.COM, 12 Nov 2009
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Brazilian Playboy eyes miniskirted uni student

The Brazilian edition of Playboy has set its sights on Geisy Arruda - the 20-year-old São Paulo university student who caused a bit of a rumpus by turning up for lectures in a miniskirt, provoking a near riot, and getting herself expelled from the seat of learning.
Lester Haines, 12 Nov 2009
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Samsung's first Bada smartphone pictured

Samsung only announced its open mobile platform alternative to Android two days ago, but the first image of what may be the first Bada-based smartphone has already appeared online.
James Sherwood, 12 Nov 2009
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UK2.net still sorting email service

UK2.net has moved all email boxes across to a new system, and should have restored emails and other data within 24 hours.
John Oates, 12 Nov 2009
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Azerbaijani donkey bloggers jailed

The US has said it "regrets" the jailing of Azerbaijani bloggers Adnan Hajizade and Emin Milli, on what human rights organisations consider a trumped-up charge of "hooliganism".
Lester Haines, 12 Nov 2009
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Google expands navel gazing

Google has ramped up its Latitude service, adding the ability to see where you've been and alert you when your friends are nearby.
Bill Ray, 12 Nov 2009
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Intel's initial mobile CPU+GPU chips named

Intel's first 'Arrandale' 32/45nm Core i CPU+GPUs for laptops will debut during H1 2010, but the chip giant may be easing back on its introduction schedule.
Tony Smith, 12 Nov 2009
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Wolfram Alpha given keys to the Bingdom

Microsoft has inked a deal with Wolfram Alpha, making its Bing search engine a high-profile customer of the egghead web product’s API.
Kelly Fiveash, 12 Nov 2009
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Terrorism chiefs don't know what they've censored online

Police are shutting websites without keeping any records, hampering government efforts to address online extremism, it's been revealed.
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Brain-delving boffins in key monkey-butler breakthrough

In a development with potentially immense consequences in the important area of monkey* butlers, boffins have identified the crucial genetic differences which permit humans to employ speech and deny this ability to chimpanzees, our closest genetic cousins.
Lewis Page, 12 Nov 2009
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Win 7 remote kernel crasher code released

Microsoft has reportedly begun investigating a potentially nasty denial of service vulnerability affecting Windows 7.
John Leyden, 12 Nov 2009
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Motorola muses marketing meatier cuts

Motorola, having failed to sell off its mobile division, is reportedly considering flogging everything else instead, demonstrating that there's more than one way to skin a dead horse.
Bill Ray, 12 Nov 2009
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Wistron to release roll-out screen e-book reader in 2010

An e-book reader with foldable screen - similar to the Readius - will be launched next year, Taiwanese manufacturer Wistron has claimed.
James Sherwood, 12 Nov 2009
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Boffins find new way to spot stars which have planets

Astro boffins have developed a simple method for telling which stars have planets and which don't, potentially a great help in hunting for alien civilisations or uninhabited Earthlike worlds ripe for colonisation by humanity*.
Lewis Page, 12 Nov 2009
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Mozilla hits FF button with second Firefox 3.6 beta

Mozilla has hastily released a second beta of Firefox 3.6 just over a week after pushing out the first test preview of its popular browser.
Kelly Fiveash, 12 Nov 2009
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UK's cyber warriors go into battle in March

The UK's new cyberwarfare unit will be ready for action on 10 March, according to the government.
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Intel P55-based motherboards

Group Test If you’re planning to build a new PC around an Intel 'Lynnfield' Core i5 or Core i7-800 processor then you are guaranteed to get stacks of performance at a reasonable price. In addition to a new CPU, you'll also need a motherboard that's based on Intel's P55 chipset and supports the LGA1156 interconnect spec.
Leo Waldock, 12 Nov 2009
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Cross-platform Safari update shoots down multiple bugs

A new version of Safari tackling numerous security bugs was published on Wednesday, just two days after a major operating system update from Apple.
John Leyden, 12 Nov 2009
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SAP rejects blackmail charges over Oracle letter

SAP has rejected suggestions made in The Wall Street Journal that it was effectively trying to blackmail Oracle by claiming it could influence the investigation by the European Commission.
John Oates, 12 Nov 2009
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Ringback tones outselling ring tones

German operators are making more money from ringback tones than they are from ring tones, despite only having 2.3 per cent signed up.
Bill Ray, 12 Nov 2009
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MS exec gets shot down after 'inaccurate' Windows 7 spiel

Apple might agree that imitation is the greatest form of flattery, but Microsoft has slammed suggestions that its Windows 7 operating system was inspired by Mac OS X.
Kelly Fiveash, 12 Nov 2009
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3 to start shaping traffic on Monday

3UK is to start limiting mobile broadband traffic from Monday, throttling P2P application and restricting video streaming on overloaded cells.
Bill Ray, 12 Nov 2009
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Britain needs meat trimmers and boners, not techies

British IT workers can rest easy that they are not about to be displaced by a tide of non-EC workers after the government published its latest list of shortage occupations.
Joe Fay, 12 Nov 2009
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Vodafone prices up the HD2

If you don’t minding signing an airtime agreement, then you can now bypass Expansys’ £500 ($828/€554) asking price for an unlocked HTC HD2 and bag yourself the phone for free on Vodafone.
James Sherwood, 12 Nov 2009
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Sky downplays Spook behavioural link

BSkyB has been downplaying concerns about its AdSmart behavioural advertising technology, which will launch next year.
Andrew Orlowski, 12 Nov 2009
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Britney's Twitter feed hacked again

Britney Spears' Twitter profile was again seized by hackers on Thursday.
John Leyden, 12 Nov 2009
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Designers detail the cars of 2030

Leccy Tech Ever wondered what the progeny of today's gadget obsessed ‘yoof’ will be driving come the year 2030?
Alun Taylor, 12 Nov 2009
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Intel settles with AMD for $1.25bn

If you were looking forward to a long and protracted antitrust battle between Intel and Advanced Micro Devices, you're out of luck. The two companies have buried the hatchet and settled all outstanding intellectual property and antitrust lawsuits.
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Hotmail imposes tracking cookies for logout

Hotmail users are now unable to log out of their account if the browser they are using does not accept third party cookies.
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Palestinian network launches without spectrum

Palestine network Wataniya has gone ahead with a commercial launch, relying on Tony Blair's assurances that Israel will release the needed radio spectrum very soon.
Bill Ray, 12 Nov 2009
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Nintendo posts DSi XL promo

A short promotional video for Nintendo’s upcoming DSi XL has popped up online.
James Sherwood, 12 Nov 2009
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Brocade's file virtualisation efforts come to nought

Brocade's StorageX file virtualisation push is to end with a whimper, with the formal last ship date passing with a roadmap to nowhere, meaning support withdrawl in 2012.
Chris Mellor, 12 Nov 2009
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US Navy 'PANDA' tech to sniff out 'deviant' sailors

US Navy Intelligence is soon to deploy radical new computer monitoring software able to sniff out "deviations" among hundreds of thousands of sailors at sea on the world's oceans.
Lewis Page, 12 Nov 2009
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Data Domain-besotted EMC dumps Quantum

EMC, flushed and happy with Data Domain, has dumped its Quantum-based Disk Library products, just like that.
Chris Mellor, 12 Nov 2009
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Google's Chrome beta for Mac expected early December

A beta version of Google’s Chrome browser for the Mac is set to land in December.
Kelly Fiveash, 12 Nov 2009
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Facebook status bolsters alibi in armed robbery case

A banal Facebook status update has provided an alibi for a 19 year-old New Yorker facing armed robbery charges.
John Leyden, 12 Nov 2009
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AMD squeezes promises from Intel

AMD and Intel's agreement to settle legal disputes around the world includes a provision which would stop Intel fighting action from any regulator which tries to change its discount and pricing regime.
John Oates, 12 Nov 2009
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LG: watchphones for all in 2010

If you haven’t been impressed by LG’s all-hype and little-substance GD910 watchphone so far, then fear not. The firm has hinted at plans to improve on the design next year.
James Sherwood, 12 Nov 2009
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Dell resells customized Cray baby super

Supercomputer maker Cray today announced a reseller agreement with number two PC and server maker (in terms of shipments) Dell, which will see the latter company resell its own custom version of the entry-level Cray CX1 baby supercomputer.
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Intel takes out $1.25bn insurance policy

Intel's take on today's settlement of its multiple legal entanglements with rival AMD is simple: we didn't do anything wrong, we're not going to change, and we think $1.25bn is a reasonable amount to spend to avoid trial - and, possibly, to guard against even more-serious legal challenges.
Rik Myslewski, 12 Nov 2009
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MS patent looks just like Unix command, critics howl

Microsoft has won a patent that covers functionality closely resembling security features that have been at the heart of Unix for more than two decades and more recently been folded into the Linux and Mac operating systems.
Dan Goodin, 12 Nov 2009
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Windows XP on netbooks to lose life support?

You might not be able to buy a brand-new netbook running Windows XP much past the New Year, even though Microsoft has committed to offering that operating system for another year.
Gavin Clarke, 12 Nov 2009
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Parking spot flies to International Space Station

A new Russian module has arrived at the International Space Station today, providing the orbiting outpost with an much-needed extra parking spot for its expanded crew of six.
Austin Modine, 12 Nov 2009
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Amazon cloud heads for Asian sky

Amazon will soon launch a new cloud over Asia.
Cade Metz, 12 Nov 2009
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Google Chrome web protocol seeks 2x download speeds

Updated Google is developing a new application layer protocol designed to speed the movement of stuff across the web. It's called SPDY, pronounced, yes, speedy.
Cade Metz, 12 Nov 2009
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Block McKinnon extradition, MPs tell UK Home Secretary

Accused NASA hacker Gary McKinnon has won the support of a key Parliamentary committee, which has called on the British government to block a request to extradite him to the US.
Dan Goodin, 12 Nov 2009