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Firefox 3.6: I am more than my Monkey

The last time Mozilla released a new incarnation of its open-source Firefox browser, the main concern was the JavaScript engine. This time around, the open-sourcers have far more on the brain.
Cade Metz, 14 Jan 2010
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Gates' patent legacy turns heat on IBM

IBM has long placed a premium on patents - such a premium, its engineers are expected to routinely create and file patents to prove the company's technical leadership to the world.
Gavin Clarke, 14 Jan 2010
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VMware hypervisors on the Go

With a number of freebie alternatives to its flagship ESX Server 4.0 hypervisor out there in the market - including some pretty stiff competition from Microsoft's Hyper-V, Citrix Systems' XenServer, and Red Hat's KVM - VMware has to do something to engage and hold small and medium businesses who are not gonna pay a lot for that hypervisor/management tool stack.
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Samsung SH-BO83L

Review For those using their PCs as home entertainment centres, the Samsung SH-BO83L internal drive turns your computer into a versatile Blu-ray player while also acting as a fast DVD and CD writer. In one step, it upgrades your disc burning ability and adds BD-Rom support at a thoroughly reasonable price.
Alistair Dabbs, 14 Jan 2010
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China throws rotten tomatoes at IMDb

China this week appears to have blocked access to the Internet Movie Database (IMDb.com), giving rise to speculation that it is stepping up its war on websites that allow user-generated content.
Jane Fae Ozimek, 14 Jan 2010
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Dixons celebrates shiny Christmas

DSGi - the group behind PC World and Currys - has updated the City on trading over the crucial Christmas period.
John Oates, 14 Jan 2010
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Virtualisation as a business enabler for wild animals

Webcast Join us as we continue our virtualisation workshop with this latest webcast in the series - but with a whole new twist. We’ll be examining the role that virtualisation is playing for Reg reader gurus from the UK’s Chester Zoo – who recently implemented a server virtualisation program.
Phil Mitchell, 14 Jan 2010
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Microsoft tells UK schools: buy our software, save money

Bett Microsoft's UK education chief insisted yesterday that schools would continue to lap up its software despite tightening budgets and a likely change of government - and education policy - in the next few months.
Kelly Fiveash, 14 Jan 2010
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E-commerce law update includes ISP hate speech exemption

The Government has published Regulations that will absolve internet service providers (ISPs) and other digital service providers of responsibility for religion or sexuality-related hate speech transmitted over their networks.
OUT-LAW.COM, 14 Jan 2010
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Report calls for mandatory shared back office

Legislation should be used to force local authorities to share back office facilities, according to a new report.
Kable, 14 Jan 2010
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Russia assigns $16.7m for nuclear spaceships

The Russian government has assigned funds of 500 million roubles ($16.7m) for the development of a nuclear-powered spacecraft, according to reports. Draft designs are expected to be finalised by 2012.
Lewis Page, 14 Jan 2010
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LG eyes 'second biggest phone firm' status

LG aims to sell 140m mobile phones globally this year, with a view to becoming the world’s second largest handset maker by 2012.
James Sherwood, 14 Jan 2010
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E-book readers attract unwanted VAT

Many of those finding e-book readers under their Christmas tree have been surprised to discover that electronic titles attract value added tax, despite the dead-tree versions being VAT-free.
Bill Ray, 14 Jan 2010
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Sun shines on PC sales as economic storm abates

PC sales in the fourth quarter showed a surprising jump in sales - partly thanks to low prices and partly due to purchases put off in previous quarters.
John Oates, 14 Jan 2010
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Dell positioning to acquire Exanet

It is reported and we hear from other sources that Dell is inching closer to buying failed clustered NAS vendor Exanet.
Chris Mellor, 14 Jan 2010
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West Country pagans tie horses in knots

Police are investigating the possibility that pagans are behind a "bizarre outbreak of horse mane weaving" in Devon, Dorset and Somerset, the Western Morning News reports.
Lester Haines, 14 Jan 2010
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Understanding service requirements: How true are the truisms?

Workshop How easy it is to say that ‘IT service delivery should start with the business’? It’s one of those statements like ‘the customer is king’ or ‘always clean up as you go along’, that may indeed save time in the long run but which can be a lot harder in practice than some theorists would like.
Jon Collins, 14 Jan 2010
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Nintendo confirms DSi XL's UK launch

Nintendo has confirmed that its DSi XL handheld console will officially arrive in Blighty next March.
James Sherwood, 14 Jan 2010
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Vodafone struggles to get iPhones out

Vodafone is having problems getting iPhones in the sweaty palms of its eager customers, though at least the cold weather should make their palms less sweaty.
Bill Ray, 14 Jan 2010
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T-Mobile UK earmarks two tariffs for scrappage

T-Mobile UK is junking its Combi and Flext tariffs next month, the trade paper Mobile Today reveals.
Team Register, 14 Jan 2010
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New Labour bring old Nuremberg Laws to Britain

Police officers could find themselves on the wrong end of a citizen’s arrest if they follow advice issued by Home Secretary, Alan Johnson, after the European Court of Human Rights slapped the UK's stop and search laws.
Jane Fae Ozimek, 14 Jan 2010
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Oracle will cut half of Sun workers, analyst predicts

An analyst has predicted that half of Sun's 27,000 staff will be for the chop when Oracle finally gets its hands on the faltering Sparc vendor.
Joe Fay, 14 Jan 2010
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Orange squeezes out 300 jobs

Orange has confirmed that 300 jobs in Bristol will go or be moved with the closure of its Keypoint call centre.
John Oates, 14 Jan 2010
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Modern Warfare 2 outsold Avatar, claims developer

First-person shooter Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 has grossed more than $1bn (£625m) in worldwide retail sales since its November launch, raking in more cash during its first five days on sale than blockbuster movie Avatar managed to do, the game's developer has claimed.
James Sherwood, 14 Jan 2010
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Dodgy Haiti earthquake-themed domains point to scams

With sad inevitability, fraudsters have rushed to register the Haiti earthquake-themed scam URLs in the wake of Tuesday's natural disaster in the impoverished Caribbean country.
John Leyden, 14 Jan 2010
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Lightning catches up with Thunderbird

Mozilla has made a beta of Lighting 1.0 available for download, giving users of its Thunderbird email package a more integrated way of working out what day it is.
Team Register, 14 Jan 2010
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Samsung soups up flash capacity

Samsung has souped up its flash capacity with a 64GB MoviNAND product and a 32GB microSD (Secure Digital) product.
Chris Mellor, 14 Jan 2010
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Men more different from chimps than women, say boffins

In genetic terms, as everyone but religious extremists acknowledges, human beings are in general very similar indeed to chimpanzees. However, scientists have now discovered that the Y chromosomes - found only in the males - of the two species are extremely dissimilar.
Lewis Page, 14 Jan 2010
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UK.gov moves to block Hamas kids site

The Home Office is considering blocking a childrens' website run by the Palestinian group Hamas following suggestions it incites hatred of Jews.
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Sony Ericsson Aino

Review Sony Ericsson's latest marketing wheeze is to release a slew of new handsets with seemingly meaningless names. Satio, Yari, Naite and the handset currently under scrutiny, Aino, are models the company has lined up to compete with Apple and Android. The Aino is meant to be a media fan’s handset first and foremost. It also has a fairly strong set of general specifications, including an 8Mp camera, Wi-Fi and GPS.
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ZTE accelerates Android handset release plan

ZTE, a Chinese handset manufacturer with global ambitions, has brought forward the release of its first Android smartphone.
James Sherwood, 14 Jan 2010
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Audi confirms e-tron production plans

Leccy Tech Audi has unveiled yet another version of its e-tron leccy über coupé at the Detroit Motor Show. But, unlike previous designs, has slapped a production date onto its bonnet.
Alun Taylor, 14 Jan 2010
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Knuckle rap for riot shield sledging coppers

A group of Oxfordshire coppers caught on camera using a riot shield as an improvised sledge have had their knuckles rapped by their unimpressed superintendent:
Lester Haines, 14 Jan 2010
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Atoms in supercomputing?

If you build a supercomputer out of Atom chips, will someone buy it? That remains to be seen, but it’s a compelling enough idea to score $9.3m from the US Department of Energy.
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World standards body maps out 3D TV generations

Standards setter the International Telecommuncations Union (ITU) has established a far-reaching roadmap for 3D TV technology, though it admits it will take at least 20 years for its more advanced notions to be realised.
Tony Smith, 14 Jan 2010
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China silent on Google, welcomes compliant internet firms

China went on a wide-ranging charm offensive today to show the world it is open to the internet and is in fact the biggest victim of hacking attacks.
Joe Fay, 14 Jan 2010
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Security experts dissect Google China attack

Analysis The hacking attacks against Google that prompted the search engine giant to consider pulling out of the country are far more frequent than is commonly thought.
John Leyden, 14 Jan 2010
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Swedish Weight Watchers bring down the house

A group of around 20 Swedish Weight Watchers participants who'd gathered in the programme's Växjö clinic to "see how much weight they had lost" found out the answer was not enough to prevent the floor from collapsing under their combined bulk.
Lester Haines, 14 Jan 2010
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Avatar expands 3D TV interest

Hit movie Avatar appears to be persuading punters - in the US, at least - that it might soon be possible to view 3D films on TV at home. Whether it will convince them to buy into the notion is another matter.
Tony Smith, 14 Jan 2010
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Cisco, NetApp and VMware announce three-way love-in

Hot on the heels of HP and Microsoft, Cisco, NetApp and VMware are planning a big announcement on January 26th, attended by the CEOs of NetApp and VMware, but not Cisco. What gives?
Chris Mellor, 14 Jan 2010
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Kodak strikes at Apple in iPhone, Mac patent dispute

Eastman Kodak has issued lawsuits against both Apple and Blackberry maker Research in Motion, claiming neither of them has licensed its patents despite using the technology described therein and having been warned about it by Kodak.
Tony Smith, 14 Jan 2010
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Keep space station past 2015, pleads ESA chief

The head of the European Space Agency (ESA) has called for the International Space Station (ISS) to be kept in service until at least 2020. At present the station - the only manned space effort currently underway - is not planned to keep operating past 2015.
Lewis Page, 14 Jan 2010
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Wearable speaker plays to mums' brainy baby plans

Wacky gadget manufacturer Nuvo has created a ‘wearable stereo’ for expectant mums designed to help boost babies' brains.
James Sherwood, 14 Jan 2010
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Nvidia gets biological with life sciences nerds

Nvidia has a substantial lead over rivals Intel, Advanced Micro Devices, and IBM when it comes to peddling graphics co-processors, and it wants to keep that lead and extend it, if possible. That means doing boring old stuff that server and operating system makers have to do, such as lining up application software vendors so they can take full advantage of the Tesla family of GPU co-processors.
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Swiss Army updates nerd-friendly knives

Swiss Army knives are famous for opening envelopes and wine bottles when you don’t have the proper tools to hand. Now manufacturer Victorinox has updated the pocket toolkit with a range of hi-tech features.
James Sherwood, 14 Jan 2010
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Panasonic flees Microsoft Exchange for IBM cloud

IBM will be moving Panasonic's workforce to LotusLive hosted email and collaboration software, in what it's touting as the largest enterprise cloud computing contract to date.
Austin Modine, 14 Jan 2010
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Ex-AMD exec called own company 'pathetic'

Intel has dropped a stink bomb into its ongoing dust-up with the US Federal Trade Commission over allegations of anticompetitive practices, revealing a 2004 communication in which AMD's then-top salesman referred to his own company as "pathetic" and said he "would never buy AMD for a personal system if I wasn't workin here."
Rik Myslewski, 14 Jan 2010
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Pizza delivery man cops to life in DarkMarket

A former London pizza delivery man faces a 10-year prison sentence after admitting he helped found the notorious DarkMarket forum for computer crime, several news sites reported.
Dan Goodin, 14 Jan 2010
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Cisco stuffs four SAN services into one card

Cisco has unveiled a new four-services-in-one network line card designed to move more data storage functions out of end devices and into the fabric.
Austin Modine, 14 Jan 2010
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Microsoft names new date for Visual Studio 2010

Microsoft has named the date for the (delayed) next installment of Visual Studio and its .NET Framework.
Gavin Clarke, 14 Jan 2010
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Survey outs Britain as nation of tech twits

One in 20 Britons think Steve Jobs is a Division II footballer, six per cent think a virtual hard disk (VHD) is a sexually transmitted disease, and 10 per cent believe a wireless dongle to be a sex toy.
Rik Myslewski, 14 Jan 2010
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AMD's GlobalFoundries consumes Chartered Semi rival

Hot on the heels of its announcement last week that it had inked a wafer-baking deal with Qualcomm, GlobalFoundries - formerly the chip-making arm of Advanced Micro Devices - says that it has completed its acquisition and integration of rival chip manufacturer, Chartered Semiconductor of Singapore.
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IE zero-day used in Chinese cyber assault on 34 firms

Updated Hackers who breached the defenses of Google, Adobe Systems and at least 32 other companies used a potent vulnerability in all versions of Internet Explorer to carry out at least some of the attacks, researchers from McAfee said Thursday.
Dan Goodin, 14 Jan 2010
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Intel profits surge towards heavens

Intel has reported fourth-quarter revenue of $10.6bn, a 28 per cent rise from the same quarter last year. Operating income for the quarter was $2.5 billion and net income $2.3bn, topping Wall Street estimates.
Rik Myslewski, 14 Jan 2010