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Google Chrome OS - do we want another monoculture?

Yes, Google has open-sourced Chrome OS, its much-discussed browser-based operating system. But as usual, the open sourcing only says so much about its openness.
Cade Metz, 20 Nov 2009
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Dell is beat by The Street

Dell released its financial results for Q3 ended 30 October on Thursday, and for its troubles, it took a beating in after hours trading.
Rik Myslewski, 20 Nov 2009
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Major IE8 flaw makes 'safe' sites unsafe

Exclusive The latest version of Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser contains a bug that can enable serious security attacks against websites that are otherwise safe.
Dan Goodin, 20 Nov 2009
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Google Wave relies on kindness of strangers

Dreamforce 09 Google has been stumping for its Wave real-time collaboration system among the Salesforce.com faithful.
Gavin Clarke, 20 Nov 2009
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Firefox millions - now only 9 per cent Google free

Mozilla revenues climbed to $79m last year - and 91 per cent of that came from Google.
Cade Metz, 20 Nov 2009
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Google touts real-time RSS transplant

Web 2.0 NY Google is trumpeting a new messaging protocol it insists on calling PubSubHubbub.
Matthew Graven, 20 Nov 2009
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Atrato replaces sales boss - again

Atrato has replaced its sales VP, Marty Sos, after just three months, and recruited a marketing VP as well.
Chris Mellor, 20 Nov 2009
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HTC HD2 Windows Mobile smartphone

Review HTC has just about the fullest range of Windows Mobile smart phones on the market at the moment with a wide variety of types and prices. The HD2 is at the apex of its range, offering arguably the most bang, but also demanding a considerable amount of bucks. It lines up as HTC's most complete package to date though, with a huge screen, the latest Sense UI, Windows Mobile 6.5 OS, HSDPA 3G, a 5Mp camera, Wi-Fi, FM radio, GPS and social networking integration.
Dave Oliver, 20 Nov 2009
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High Court ruled against Skype founders on day of settlement

Skype founders Niklas Zennström and Janus Friis were told their case against Skype-owner eBay had to be conducted in the English courts on the day that they later agreed a compromise with eBay.
OUT-LAW.COM, 20 Nov 2009
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Tesla Roadster used for videogame audio

Leccy Tech What are the real benefits of an electric car? Reduced CO2 emissions? Less dependency on oil? Quieter inner cities? Nope. The correct answer is actually cooler sound effects for videogames.
Alun Taylor, 20 Nov 2009
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Server upgrade and disposal plans

Poll Results This week we asked you a number of questions around whether you have any immediate plans to change your server estates, who influences any such changes and how you dispose of your old kit. Your answers reveal a wide range of options are under consideration.
Tony Lock, 20 Nov 2009
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Auction's over for Skype

The saga of eBay's sale of Skype is over - Silver Lake, Joltid Limited and other partners are now the proud owners of the VoIP provider.
John Oates, 20 Nov 2009
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Datacentre black box recorder gets take-off cash

Axxana - the startup manufacturing the Phoenix RP black box data centre data recorder which can withstand a jumbo jet crash - has just received $9m in a funding round to help it take off.
Chris Mellor, 20 Nov 2009
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2pm GMT today: El Reg Unified Comms webcast

Tune in from 2pm GMT today as El Reg's expert panel unveiled the findings of our Unified Comms study and responds live Reg to reader questions.
Team Register, 20 Nov 2009
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US forces developing 'miniature weapons' for killer robots

US Air Force boffinry chiefs have decided to spend as much as $7m developing "miniature weapons" for use by killer robots in the Wars On Stuff.
Lewis Page, 20 Nov 2009
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Database anonymity at risk, warns researcher

People might be more identifiable than previously thought from supposedly anonymised information contained in large databases, according to a technology law expert. New research recommends that privacy practices and even privacy laws need to change.
OUT-LAW.COM, 20 Nov 2009
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Filesharing laws to hit websites and newsgroups too

The government is planning to award itself powers to change copyright law almost at will, in expectation that new anti-peer-to-peer laws will drive infringement to other services such as Rapidshare and newsgroups.
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Asus serves up Windows 7 Home Server box

Updated Asus has taken the wraps off a home server build out of an Atom processor and up to 2TB of internal storage.
Tony Smith, 20 Nov 2009
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ACPO proposes new domestic violence database

The latest wheeze to emerge from ACPO and the Home Office is yet another new law and order database – this one including individuals who are unconvicted, but against whom there exist unsubstantiated allegations of domestic violence.
Jane Fae Ozimek, 20 Nov 2009
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PS3 to go 3D in 2010, says Sony

Sony has formally announced plans to bring true 3D gaming to the PlayStation 3.
James Sherwood, 20 Nov 2009
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MS discovers flaw in Google plug-in for IE

Microsoft has helped discover a flaw in the Google Chome Frame plug-in for Internet Explorer users.
John Leyden, 20 Nov 2009
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Humax Freeview HD set-top box to debut 'early 2010'

Just days after Register Hardware was told by telly chiefs that no Freeview HD kit will be available in the UK ahead of the service’s switch-on next month, manufacturer Humax has announced the impending launch of its first Freeview HD-compatible set-top box.
James Sherwood, 20 Nov 2009
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Mandelson to get Nominet reform powers

Ministers have revealed new legislation that will allow the government to take over and reform Nominet, following a boardroom battle over the .uk registry's future.
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Where is server virtualisation taking us?

Lab No, no, not the v word...! There are few topics that have garnered as much interest recently as virtualisation. And that’s not just coming from us – the level of feedback we get on this is head and shoulders above many other areas.
Jon Collins, 20 Nov 2009
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Taiwanese sex scammer's net double is NYC model

The news this week that a 55-year-old bald and "physically unattractive" Taiwanese man had posed online as a "youthful male model" to convince up to 20 women to have sex with his ailing father - who was actually himself - provoked a certain amount of incredulity among Reg readers.
Lester Haines, 20 Nov 2009
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Ubuntu in truffle shuffle with Chrome OS

Ubuntu’s commercial sponsor Canonical revealed late yesterday that it has been working with Google on its Chrome OS platform since before Mountain View announced its game-changing plans in July this year.
Kelly Fiveash, 20 Nov 2009
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Amazon punters go mad for 'Laptop Steering Wheel Desk'

Amazon customers have gone absolutely mad for the AutoExec WM-01 Wheelmate Steering Wheel Desk Tray, which "attaches to your steering wheel for easy access to a writing and drink storage surface".
Lester Haines, 20 Nov 2009
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US immigration dodge is permanent

Janet Napolitano, boss of US Homeland Security, is making the Global Entry system - a quicker way through customs and border control - permanent.
John Oates, 20 Nov 2009
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LHC dimensional apocalypse from midnight: Your thoughts

Well, this is it. In the early hours of tomorrow morning, scientists at the controls of titanic machines situated in mighty hollowed-out caverns and tunnels deep beneath Switzerland will begin to unleash forces so vast and complex as to tax the very limits of human comprehension. The mighty Large Hadron Collider, most powerful matter-rending machine ever assembled by the human race, will once again begin to shoot beams of particles around its superfluid vacuum-pipe lightspeed doughnut.
Lewis Page, 20 Nov 2009
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Riverbed going virtually into public cloud

WAN optimiser Riverbed has announced virtual Steelhead for the cloud and a way to speed up iSCSI data traffic.
Chris Mellor, 20 Nov 2009
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Ricoh CX2

Review It doesn’t seem five minutes since we looked at the CX1 – well, back in April actually – so it’s quite surprise to find that Ricoh has already launched its successor, the CX2. Again, this is a super-zoom compact seemingly aimed at the enthusiast or the DSLR user who occasionally wants to pack something simpler and smaller. That said, there are a few surprising omissions for a top-end compact.
George Cole, 20 Nov 2009
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Vampires not good role models for Catholics, declares Vatican

The Vatican has come out against vampirical toothy teen book'n'movie series Twilight, dismissing the epic girl loves vampire, girl loses vampire, girl becomes vampire cycle as a "deviant moral vacuum".
Joe Fay, 20 Nov 2009
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MS denies Win 7 backdoor rumours

Microsoft has once again denied rumours that it built a backdoor into Windows 7.
John Leyden, 20 Nov 2009
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Ballmer waxes lyrical about Windows 7 double bubble sales

Microsoft’s shouty boss Steve Ballmer made a few big noises about Windows 7 sales yesterday, by declaring it was jumping off retail shelves at twice the level of its unloved Vista operating system.
Kelly Fiveash, 20 Nov 2009
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The pros and cons of business application packages

Poll Results Whether to build or buy, that is the question? Well, it is for many when it comes to business applications. It's a topic on which we asked for your feedback as part of our latest workshop, and over 100 of you came back with your views on it. So what did we learn?
Dale Vile, 20 Nov 2009
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Yank objects to Reg cherry-popping headline

Vulture Central's Kelly Fiveash has until now kept a pretty low profile, avoiding the kind of flak which regularly peppers our inboxes as indignant readers vent their spleen and propel steam from their ears.
Lester Haines, 20 Nov 2009
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Asus intros netbook with desktop CPU

Asus has once again extended it Eee PC netbook range, this time with a machine that not only includes Nvidia's Ion graphics but also a dual-core Atom processor - a desktop chip, to be precise.
Tony Smith, 20 Nov 2009
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ISPA slams Mandy's copyright land grab

Claims from minister Stephen Timms this morning that the Digital Economy Bill has widespread support have been thrown into question, after the Internet Service Providers Association insisted it is strongly opposed to aspects of the legislation.
John Oates, 20 Nov 2009
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Nokia swings axe again

Nokia is streamlining again, this time to the tune of 230 employees in Finland and another 100 in Copenhagen.
Bill Ray, 20 Nov 2009
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Lawyers pursue banned Xbox Live gamers

Are you an Xbox 360 owner recently banned from Xbox Live? Has the ban left you feeling short changed? Perhaps you’ve experienced other console problems as a result of the ban? If you can answer 'yes' to any of these questions, then US law firm Abington IP wants to hear from you.
James Sherwood, 20 Nov 2009
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QinetiQ mail virus patent attracts barbs

An anti-virus expert has poured cold water on a patent from British technology firm QinetiQ that supposedly offers a new technique for tackling malicious email attachments.
John Leyden, 20 Nov 2009
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Oracle begs EC for more time

The European Competition Commission is extending the deadline set for Oracle to provide evidence that its proposed takeover of Sun Microsystems will not damage competition for European consumers.
John Oates, 20 Nov 2009
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VTOL gyro-copter flying car mates with killer robot

A flying-car company which has struggled for 15 years to win acceptance for its radical gyrocopter/aeroplane technology may have finally broken through into the mainstream. It was announced this week that Carter Aviation technologies - aspiring designer of the CarterCopter Personal Air Vehicle - has partnered with successful military robot maker AAI.
Lewis Page, 20 Nov 2009
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Skinny Acer notebook delivers six-day battery life

Acer appears to have found a solution to notebook users' battery life woes. Its Aspire Timeline 1810TZ apparently delivers a 10x improvement in runtime when compared to other thin'n'light laptops equipped with six-cell lithium-ion batteries.
Tony Smith, 20 Nov 2009

Wrecking CRU: hackers cause massive climate data breach

The University of East Anglia has confirmed that a data breach has put a large quantity of emails and other documents from staff at its Climate Research Unit online. CRU is one of the three leading climate research centres in the UK, and a globally acknowledged authority on temperature reconstructions.
Andrew Orlowski, 20 Nov 2009
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Sony demos monster 3D TV

What better way to prove your commitment to the 3D TV market than showing off a big, massive whopping 280in 3D-capable TV? That seems to Sony’s opinion, anyway.
James Sherwood, 20 Nov 2009
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Apple cult leader emails outside world

Apple cult leader Steve Jobs has communicated with the outside world.
Cade Metz, 20 Nov 2009
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Microsoft Silverlight - now with hidden Windows bias

PDC Silverlight 4.0 was the big hit at Microsoft's Professional Developer Conference (PDC) this week. "I can see that Silverlight is the future of Windows client development" one attendee told me.
Tim Anderson, 20 Nov 2009
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Potty-mouths charged for Comcast hijack

The potty-mouthed hackers who hijacked Comcast's domain name for several hours last year were charged with intentionally damaging a protected computer system.
Dan Goodin, 20 Nov 2009
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Nvidia previews next-gen Fermi GPUs

SC09 Graphics chip maker and soon-to-be big-time HPC player Nvidia raised the curtain a little higher on its next-generation of graphics co-processors at the SC09 supercomputing trade show in Portland, Oregon, this week, and it is arguable that the GPU co-processors aimed at personal supers and massive clusters alike were the star of the show.
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MySpace makes peace with Indies

MySpace Music has settled with one of its fiercest critics, Merlin, settling a 14-month standoff. MySpace - the social networking sensation of 2005 - launched a music portal in September last year, but only with the four major labels. Since MySpace had built its reputation on new independent bands, you can see why the snub hurt.
Andrew Orlowski, 20 Nov 2009
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Hackers free Snow Leopard from Jobsian cage

Snow Leopard users are once again free to run the Apple operating system on hardware with Atom processors, courtesy of hackers in Russia.
Dan Goodin, 20 Nov 2009
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IBM chases HP (and Sun) with tiny mem prices

In an effort to boost the amount of money that IBM is getting from competitive takeouts of Unix systems from Hewlett-Packard and Sun Microsystems, Big Blue has taken a sharp machete to the memory prices on its Power Systems, reducing prices by between 28 and 70 per cent.
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Oman cuffs 212 for selling VoIP calls

This year, police in the Arab nation of Oman have raided 121 internet cafes throughout the country and arrested 212 people for providing VoIP services, according to a local report.
Cade Metz, 20 Nov 2009
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FDA takes aim at illegal net pharmacies

The US Food and Drug Administration said it has completed a sweep of illegal online pharmacies that targeted 136 websites that appeared to be illegally selling drugs to American consumers.
Dan Goodin, 20 Nov 2009