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LIVE NOW: The state of the x86 server estate

Webcast Today at 11am GMT we share the wisdom of your peers in a live webcast on the state of the x86 server estate.
Phil Mitchell, 26 Nov 2009
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Locust Storage unveils Ethernet-powered disk array

Start-up Locust Storage is combining drive spin-down with Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) to provide what it reckons is the greenest storage array yet designed.
Chris Mellor, 26 Nov 2009
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UK equality laws 'fall short of EU requirements', says Commission

The UK's equality laws are inadequate, according to the European Commission which has announced that it has begun legal action against the UK. The Government claims that new equality legislation will settle the dispute.
OUT-LAW.COM, 26 Nov 2009
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iFarter begs Apple for rational App Store

First Apple came for the fart apps, and I did not speak out because I was not an insufferable twat.
Austin Modine, 26 Nov 2009
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RIM BlackBerry Bold 9700

Review The original BlackBerry Bold 9000 cut quite a dash when it debuted last year, signalling clearly to any doubters that Research in Motion was moving the BlackBerry out of the boardroom and into the pockets and handbags of consumers who had need for its exemplary e-mail service in their day-to-day lives.
Dave Oliver, 26 Nov 2009
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EU gifts Ireland €14.8m after Dell Limerick shutdown

The European Parliament has sent €14.8 million to the Mid-West of Ireland following the shutdown of Dell's factory in Limerick.
Cade Metz, 26 Nov 2009
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Google flirts with new-look home page

Google is testing out a new look for its iconic search page, featuring cleaner, bolder graphics and a default side bar.
Austin Modine, 26 Nov 2009
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Windows 7 saves Dixons

Dixons Store Group International credited the launch of Windows 7 with reducing its losses for the first half of the year - ahead of the all-important Christmas sales beano.
John Oates, 26 Nov 2009
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NASA to develop haptic air-typing spacesuit gloves

NASA is considering plans to integrate haptic vibro feedback and Halting State style air-writing accelerometer capability into spacesuit gloves.
Lewis Page, 26 Nov 2009
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Microsoft enlists faceless girl band as face of Windows 7

The Sugababes may be clumsily plodding along without any original members left in their line-up, but that hasn't stopped Microsoft from enlisting Heidi, Amelle and Jade (who they?) to big up Windows 7.
Kelly Fiveash, 26 Nov 2009
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Virgin Media to trial filesharing monitoring system

Virgin Media will trial deep packet inspection technology to measure the level of illegal filesharing on its network, but plans not to tell the customers whose traffic will be examined.
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Afghanistan disappears from Planet Apple

iPhone owners with mates in Afghanistan will have a hard time keeping track of them, as the handset doesn't admit the existence of the country in its contacts application.
Bill Ray, 26 Nov 2009
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Sun doubles Open Storage high-end performance

Sun has pimped up its high-end Storage 7000 product with processor, cache and hard drive upgrades.
Chris Mellor, 26 Nov 2009
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Sennheiser parades "world's best Bluetooth headset"

Claiming your Bluetooth headset as the “world’s best” is a dangerous statement to make, but one that manufacturer Sennheiser believes its latest cans are worthy of.
James Sherwood, 26 Nov 2009
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Modern Warfare 2 update confirmed

Don’t fret if you are growing tired of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 or have already completed all the levels - it has emerged that more content is on the way.
James Sherwood, 26 Nov 2009
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US Military cyber forces on the defensive in network battle

The US 24th Air Force - the first dedicated American military cyber force to go operational - is "not yet a warfighting organisation" and needs to "create an awareness of the battlespace", according to its commander.
Lewis Page, 26 Nov 2009
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iPhone developer hires worm author

An Australian mobile application developer has hired the creator of the first iPhone worm, Ashley Towns, as a software developer.
John Leyden, 26 Nov 2009
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Computacenter beefs up in Germany

British PC mega reseller Computacenter has hoovered up German outfit becom Informationssysteme GmbH.
Joe Fay, 26 Nov 2009
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Crowdsourced maps take inspiration from Pac-Man

Free mapping service Waze is hoping to fill gaps by providing users with virtual rewards for real work.
Bill Ray, 26 Nov 2009
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Asus unboxes latest Eee Box

Asus has broadened its Eee Box range with the addition of a dual-core Atom-based mini-desktop.
James Sherwood, 26 Nov 2009
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London's stock exchange crashes again

Updated The London Stock Exchange has suffered yet another systems crash, leaving brokers high and dry since 9.30 this morning.
John Oates, 26 Nov 2009
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'Alien spies live among us' says Bulgarian gov space boffin

A boffin at the Bulgarian national Space Research Institute has stated that not only are aliens living among us, but that they object strongly to "immoral behaviour" by humanity - such as causing global warming. "Unnatural" acts such as use of cosmetics and "artificial insemination" are also frowned upon by the extraterrestrial visitors.
Lewis Page, 26 Nov 2009
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Italian prosecutors seek jail time for Google execs

Italian prosecutors are pushing for Google execs to be jailed in a case over an internet video that showed the bullying of a teenager with Down's Syndrome.
Kelly Fiveash, 26 Nov 2009
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TomTom iPhone Car Kit

Review Yes, the iPhone incarnation of TomTom's GPS navigation system is a bit on the pricey side. But if you're a fan, you're used to paying a pretty penny for flashy tech. And this TomTom actually gets the job done.
Rik Myslewski, 26 Nov 2009
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Geeks Guide2 Christmas 2009 - Part I

Welcome to the first part of our trilogy of Christmas 2009 goodies! If he hasn't made too many elves redundant, St Nick should be with us in four weeks' time, and for those of you who have yet to begin shopping we'll have 40 per cent savings each week on a range of books from dSLR cameras to iPhones, dragons to zombies, and other splendidness. This week it's cameras to start.
Register Books, 26 Nov 2009
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Kent Police exceeded powers in too-tall photographer case

Police in Kent have at last acknowledged that arresting people for being too tall might not be a very good idea.
Jane Fae , 26 Nov 2009
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Nokia limits N900 shipments to pre-order customers

Nokia fans hoping to pick up one of its N900 Linux-based smartphone-cum-tablets on the high street may finally be able to do so on 4 December.
James Sherwood, 26 Nov 2009
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Facebook swipes user's vanity URL

Analysis Facebook's recently introduced vanity URLs may be a handy function for many, but the offer to distinguish users' profiles with names rather than numbers is not unconditional.
John Leyden, 26 Nov 2009
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Mobile industry excludes self from filesharing regulation

Mobile operators have kicked off the PR war against identifying those sharing files by revealing themselves as the ideal conduit for any kind of online crime.
Bill Ray, 26 Nov 2009
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SpinVox puts spin on layoff rumours

Exclusive SpinVox insiders say the controversial voice-to-text company has made layoffs at its Marlow office today.
Andrew Orlowski, 26 Nov 2009
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Replace Bulldog gridiron mascot with robot, PETA demands

Animal-rights protesters in Georgia, America have asked a local football* team - the "Georgia Bulldogs" - to replace their recently-deceased bulldog mascot with a robot. The protesters say that far from being tough, bulldogs are actually weakly genetic freaks and shouldn't be allowed to breed.
Lewis Page, 26 Nov 2009
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Police smoke out 300-pound frozen turkey thief

Police in Michigan are hunting an enormous homeless burglar who swiped a family's Thanksgiving turkey.
Joe Fay, 26 Nov 2009
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How to network at a supercomputing show

SC09 There was plenty of noise coming out of the networking vendors, who glue supercomputing nodes and their storage to each other at last week's SC09 supercomputing trade show in Portland, Oregon.
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IT buyers will keep purses shut till New Year

IT spending will likely return to growth next year, although it will be modest - about four per cent worldwide for the whole year.
John Oates, 26 Nov 2009
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Aus gov dredges up cuter panic-button for kids online

Salvation for children who feel threatened, harassed or bullied on the internet may be close at hand, in the shape of a user-friendly dolphin-shaped "panic button".
Jane Fae , 26 Nov 2009
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Apple ramps up share of US retail PC sales takings

Apple accounted for just under half - 48 per cent - of all the money spent on desktop computers in US retailers during October 2009, market watcher NPD has revealed.
Tony Smith, 26 Nov 2009

Christmas debut for Rock Band Network?

Gamers uninspired by Rock Band’s 1000-strong track catalogue could be strumming along to their personal music collections by Christmas, MTV Games has said.
James Sherwood, 26 Nov 2009
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EU agency runs rule over ID cards for online banking logins

A study by an EU cybersecurity agency into the use of electronic identity cards for online banking has highlighted seven types of vulnerability and 15 possible threats.
John Leyden, 26 Nov 2009
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McNealy's inflatable 'blimp' pleasure-dome angers neighbours

Sun boss Scott McNealy has installed a giant, blimp-like inflatable dome in his garden, where he entertains companions. Angry neighbours have complained about loud cries and the noise of muffled "slapshots" which "ring out across the valley".
Team Register, 26 Nov 2009
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Corel Holdings scoops up cash-strapped Corel Corp

Struggling software vendor Corel Corporation has been bailed out by Corel Holdings, a limited partnership controlled by the company's majority investor Vector Capital.
Kelly Fiveash, 26 Nov 2009
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'World's largest' BitTorrent tracker Mininova kneecapped

Popular BitTorrent site Mininova has been forced to delist virtually all its trackers, after a legal defeat by a Dutch rights holder organisation.
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Mozilla dishes up fourth Firefox 3.6 beta alongside deep-fried turkey

Praise be - Mozilla has spun out yet another beta for Firefox 3.6, the next iteration of the outfit's popular browser, just in time for Thanksgiving.
Kelly Fiveash, 26 Nov 2009
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Big Blue murders Cell blade servers

IBM's QSZ2 Cell-based blade server received nary a mention at last week's SC09 supercomputing trade show in Oregon. And for good reason.
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Icon design for dummies fanbois

Mac Secrets This month, we broaden the bailiwick of the Mac Secrets column. From now on, I’ll cover not only undocumented Apple APIs and programming techniques, but also other topics of Mac developer interest. This time around, I examine the thorny issue of application icon design.
Dave Jewell, 26 Nov 2009
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Johnson refuses to intervene in McKinnon extradition

Gary McKinnon could be extradited to the US to face hacking charges before Christmas, after the Home Secretary declared he would not be intervening in the case.
Team Register, 26 Nov 2009