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Google says ad blockers will save online ads

Add-on-Con Google - the world's largest online ad broker - sees no reason to worry about the addition of ad-blocking extensions to its Chrome browser. Online advertisers will ensure their ads aren't too annoying, the company says, and netizens will ultimately realize that online advertising is a good thing.
Cade Metz, 16 2009
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Mystery co. sues Apple, IBM, Microsoft, Adobe, Oracle...

An east-Texas company, BetaNet LLC, has filed a patent-infringement suit against Apple, Microsoft, Adobe, Oracle, IBM, SAP, and a dozen other companies.
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'Steve Jobs' dupes blogosphere with AT&T protest hoax

A web-borne - and, for that matter, web-born - movement to spank AT&T this Friday which started as a hoax has taken on a life of its own.
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Philip K. Dick's kid howls over Googlephone handle

Philip K. Dick's daughter is "shocked and dismayed" that Google has apparently named its fabled cellphone after one of her father's creations without consulting his estate.
Cade Metz, 16 2009
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Attacks spread malware with help from AppleInsider

Malware purveyors are exploiting web vulnerabilities in appleinsider.com, lawyer.com, news.com.au and a dozen other sites to foist rogue anti-virus on unsuspecting netizens.
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Stratus puts $50K where its fault tolerant mouth is

Server virtualization and the live migration of virtual machines across a network of servers and storage has allowed companies like VMware and Citrix Systems to bully their way into the high availability server market. And Stratus Technologies, which makes mirrored, fault-tolerant x64 boxes, is fighting back against what it sees as less resilient server setups with a deal for customers who buy its top-end ftServer 6300. The deal is simple: If they buy specific ftServer setups and the machines have unplanned downtime, they get $50,000 in cash.
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Intel heaps 'connected-TV' hype on partners

The future of television is fiddling around with extra gadgets, closing pop-up advertisements, chatting with friends, and maybe a bit of shows on the side.
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Acer A1 Liquid Android smartphone

Review Over the last 12 months Acer has been spitting out smartphones like there is no tomorrow. Some of them, like the Tempo F900, have been quite good while others, like the beTouch E101, have been, ahem, less impressive. Yet none have really scored as a hit in our book, but that may be about to change with the release of the A1 Liquid, Acer's first Android phone.
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Citrix adds failover to Hyper-V partitions

Citrix has delivered a key feature of the Essentials stack of management tools for Microsoft's Hyper-V hypervisor for Windows platforms and pledged to bring the high availability tool, called StorageLink Site Recovery, to its own XenServer hypervisor next year.
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Unhappy Fujitsu staff vote for pre-Xmas strike

Fujitsu Services staff voted overwhelmingly in favour of strike action, with 1,500 UK workers set to down tools on Friday, 18 December.
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Is production scale virtualisation ready for the big time?

On Demand Most IT Professionals nowadays have tried virtualisation of some kind or another – whether it’s dabbling on the desktop, super-charging servers or apportioning activity to application delivery.
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Digital Dividend could cost cable TV dear

The EU is to investigate claims that 4G mobile networks could knock out cable TV, if allowed to deploy in the "Digital Dividend" spectrum.
Bill Ray, 16 2009
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Googlephone videos uncovered

Evidence is mounting that Google’s smartphone will be called the Nexus One, following the appearance of a video showing the phone’s packaging and OS.
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El Reg's PARIS programme attracts high-flying sponsor

We're delighted to announce today that our Paper Aircraft Released Into Space (PARIS) programme has attracted sponsorship from Peer 1 - the international hosting firm which has demonstrated it has the Right Stuff by backing our audacious upper-atmosphere plane plan.
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US warships to get plane-snatching robot arms?

The US military has decided to spend $1.4m developing a robotic arm which will be mounted on the deck of a warship in order to pluck robot aeroplanes out of the sky, so permitting them to land safely on vessels without large flight decks.
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First seamless 4G mobile data devices in sight

Chip firm ST Ericsson says it has developed devices which will allow users to use the latest 4G mobile networks in Scandinavia seamlessly, without the need to switch dongles.
Bill Ray, 16 2009
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ID card minister forgets ID card

Already shouldering the unfortunate burden of cheerleading for the ID cards scheme, one might expect the universe might cut Home Office minister Meg Hillier some slack. Alas, at an event in Liverpool to promote said white elephant yesterday, she forgot her ID card.
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Cops need warrant to search phones, say Ohio Supremes

Police officers must obtain a search warrant before snooping through the contents of a suspect's cell phone, Ohio's supreme court ruled on Tuesday.
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Home Secretary unmoved by last-ditch McKinnon protests

Self-confessed Pentagon hacker Gary McKinnon ought to answer serious criminal charges in the US, the Home Secretary told MPs on Tuesday
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Wireless e-car recharge tech within range?

Leccy Tech If losing your leccy car's power cable or the risk of an almighty electric shock keeps you from buying an e-car, then US company Evatran may have the answer.
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LaCie intros small, stylish external drive

LaCie has introduced a small external hard drive called Rikiki which has a 2.5in disk drive inside.
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Adobe profit, sales fall in Q4

Adobe Systems saw profit and sales drop in its fourth quarter, but despite that, the firm proclaimed that customer demand was set to blossom in 2010.
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NZ gal's Bulgarian airbags halt traffic

A New Zealand teenager whose mates dared her to flash her chesticles at passing motorists brought traffic to a standstill when an appreciative driver ran her over, the Southland Times reports.
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The iPhone gets a Bing in its step

Microsoft has launched an iPhone version of its mobile Bing application, bringing endless images and voice navigation to Apple's baby in its continuing fight with Google.
Bill Ray, 16 2009

Asus coyly announces 32nm 'Gulftown' processor

Asus has near as darnit confirmed the upcoming release of 'Gulftown', Intel's six-core Extreme Edition Core i7-980X desktop processor.
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Nvidia hints at Tegra 2 intro at CES

Nvidia looks set to announce its next-generation Tegra system-on-a-chip at the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show early next year.
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Bendy flash memory raises prospect of flexible displays

Flexible plastic computer displays have come closer as a result of a successful organic flash memory project led by University of Tokyo researchers.
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Teardown team open-sources gadget repair guides

The gadget teardown experts at iFixit have decided to make the firm’s entire catalogue of gadget repair guides available to all - and for free.
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Online-only news to be overseen by press watchdog

Internet-only publications are to face the same regulations as newspapers for the first time under an extension to the powers of newspaper industry self-regulator body the Press Complaints Commission (PCC).
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RockYou password snafu exposes webmail accounts

Millions of user passwords to social networking sites have been exposed, after a serious SQL injection flaw on the Rockyou.com website left login details - stored in plain text - up for grabs.
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Facebookers made into fans of Berlsuconi in post-attack row

Italian left-wingers claim a Facebook propaganda campaign has co-opted hundreds of thousands of users into groups supporting Silvio Berlusconi as he recuperates.
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EC drops Microsoft browser probe

Brussels has ditched some of its antitrust action against Microsoft, after the software giant agreed to offer Windows customers a choice of web browsers via its operating system.
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Geeks Guide2 Christmas 2009 — Part IV

It’s time to wrap up with the fourth and final part of our trilogy in true geek style. In addition to the books featured below, we also have a further 12,000+ items available at the bookstore, all with special Chrimbo discounts and same working day dispatch where available. There is also free delivery on orders over £25!
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Watchdog mauls Disney woman's breasts

The Advertising Standards Authority has kicked into touch an online ad for Disney flick Adventureland, which encouraged Yahoo! users to whip off a woman's shirt with a click of the mouse.
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Firms fuse high-tech sensors into concept phone

Consumers could soon interact with mobile phones in more advanced ways than mere button presses or finger swipes, if the concept Fuse phone is anything to go by.

Apple silences Psystar's rebel yell with injunction

Apple has finally secured a permanent injunction against Hackintosh thorn-in-the-side Psystar, apparently bringing over a year and a half of litigation to an end.
Joe Fay, 16 2009
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Firefox update plugs three critical flaws

Mozilla has pushed out a cross-platform update for Firefox that fixes multiple security flaws.
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EMC DPA adds replication monitoring

EMC has extended the data protection coverage of its DPA product by giving it the ability to monitor replication operations by servers and some EMC storage arrays.
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Google weighs in to Aussie firewall row

Google has criticised the Australian government's forthcoming mandatory ISP censorship system for targeting a "too wide" a range of content.
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MoD does everything right for once in Xmas shocker

Comment It doesn't happen often, but just for once there's good news out of the Ministry of Defence - good news for British troops in combat overseas, and good news for British taxpayers too. But it's bad news for the UK arms biz, and bad news for certain regional communities who rely on the MoD to bring them government money they wouldn't otherwise receive - and don't particularly deserve.
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UK judges reject Lucas' appeal in Star Wars helmet case

A trio of senior UK judges have rejected George Lucas' claims that a propmaker for the original Star Wars film had breached his copyright by selling Imperial stormtrooper outfits.
Joe Fay, 16 2009
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Amazon adds media streaming to S3 storage cloud

Amazon Web Services, the cloud computing subsidiary of online retailer Amazon, today has put a media serving and caching front end on its Simple Storage Service (S3) storage cloud that lets it act as a distributed (as in globally) media server to feed streaming content on the cheap.
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Broadcom chip promises 20Mp, 1080p mobile devices

Broadcom has hinted that 20Mp cameraphones able to record 1080p video could be available by 2011, following the release of its latest multimedia processor.
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Google Doodle poisoned by scareware slingers

Scareware slingers have begun hiding links to rogue anti-virus sites behind Google Doodle.
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Borders signs deal for new eBook store

Borders has bought a stake in on-line book seller Kobo, which will take over the bookselling giant's eBook store and extend the service onto PDA phones too.
Bill Ray, 16 2009

FTC whacks Intel with anticompetition complaint

Updated The US Federal Trade Commission ruined Intel's Christmas by hitting the firm with wide ranging charges of anticompetitive business practices.
Joe Fay, 16 2009
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Virgin coughs up digital tech support for clueless users

Virgin Group has launched a tech help service that will compete with the likes of DSGi's Tech Guys in the UK.
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LHC Xmas shutdown today - massive boffin roister planned

Sad news for fans of the exciting new sport of ultra-violent hadron billiards today, as international science alliance CERN shuts down the Large Hadron Collider - most powerful particle-punisher ever built - for the Christmas break this evening.
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Intel staff 'fired' in ring piece stunt

In a bid to distract hacks from Intel's upcoming battle with the Federal Trade Commission, the chip giant's spin team have come up with a "funny" video of five Finnish employees firing themselves from cannons in a bid to play the Intel five-note jingle.
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IBM munches BPM maven Lombardi

IBM has acquired privately held business process management software niche player Lombardi, an outfit based in Austin, Texas. IBM says that its middleware stack needed some BPM tools that allowed for people and the departments they work in to be wrapped in the loving embrace of workflow software like ERP and content management systems are using other BPM tools.
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Google accused of scrubbing bloody Berlusconi pics

Move over, Facebook. Now Google is caught in the middle of Italy's epic row over Sunday's violent assault on Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.
Cade Metz, 16 2009
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IBM Rational adds new ties for devs

IBM has introduced a fresh batch of updates and software to their portfolio made to help software developers and systems engineers integrate different business processes into its Rational platform.
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TJX hacker mulls Asperger's defense

The international hacker who has admitted to stealing more than 130 million payment card numbers has mounted a new defense claim that he might suffer from Asperger's syndrome, a court filing indicates.
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Dell crunches numbers on Perot deal

In an effort to get Wall Street excited about the company again, Dell has committed to extract $4bn in costs from its operations between 2009 and 2011. That gets a bit tricky if Dell keeps acquiring companies, and it had to keep acquiring if it's gonna dig itself out of it commodity hardware corner, a place where a slick and fast supply chain and direct sales to the customer aren't enough to generate profits.
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'Steve Jobs' repeals AT&T iPhone prank

Fake Steve Jobs has retracted the online AT&T joke that somehow morphed into a legitimate protest against the telco's wireless network. But it may be too late.
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How Google became Microsoft: A decade of hits, misses and gaffes

For the tech industry, The Noughties were very nice indeed. Except when they weren't.
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Uni warns patients after doctor gets phished

Officials at the University of California at San Francisco have warned 600 patients that their medical information may have been leaked by a doctor who fell for a phishing scam.