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China may reverse citizen ban on domain registration

Chinese web regulators banned individual domain registration without a business license in early December, purportedly as part of a crackdown on internet smut and malware. But an official from China's Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC) told the English-language newspaper ChinaDaily that the decision may be reversed — so long as measures are in place to verify an applicant's personal information.
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Nvidia details GF100 graphics beastie

Nvidia has released additional details on its upcoming GF100 graphics processor, and if the GPU performs as well in reality as it does on paper, AMD/ATI's Radeon HD 5000 series may have a worthy competitor.
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Monty buffs MySQL cuckoo egg

A fully completed first version of MySQL fork MariaDB has come a step closer, with a release candidate delivered by Monty Widenius on Monday.
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Sony Ericsson Yari

Review At first glance the Sony Ericsson Yari gives a very good impression of a lowish-end slider, with its so-so looks and smallish screen. Look a little closer, however, and it becomes clear that the Yari is a lot more fun than it first appears, with Wii-style gesture-recognition gaming, a 5Mp camera, aGPS and HSDPA fast internet access.
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BakBone combines backup and replication

BakBone is embedding replication into its NVFR v4 product to provide a disaster recovery capability.
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Cadbury flakes in face of Kraft bid - cuts expected

Cadbury, the 186-year old chocolate maker, has given up the fight and accepted a hostile takeover bid from Kraft.
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ArchiveVerify promises to untangle tapes

It's the tape archive nightmare - racks and racks of carefully stored tape cartridges and you don't know if they can be read. Welcome to the tape restoration lottery.
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Chinese stamp on Avatar

Chinese censors have reportedly "banned" sci-fi epic Avatar, amid fears it could provoke civil unrest, the Telegraph reports.
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Health Net's missing drive could cost it millions

US healthcare corporation Health Net kept quiet for 6 months about a lost disk drive, exposing 1.5 million of its members to identity theft. It is now being sued.
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Information Tribunal abolished as new service takes charge

The appeals process for freedom of information and data protection cases changes from today as the previous structure is absorbed into a wider tribunals service.
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Sony intros 'Quad SSD' Raid-ed notebooks

Sony has introduced a 13in notebook with four Raid-arrayed SSDs.
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Carphone's Q3 fails to please investors

CarphoneWarehouse said today that trading in the third quarter was towards the top end of expectations and it is on track to split the company into two.
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Germans unveil robots 'controlled by chaos itself'

Remorseless German boffins announced this week that they have introduced robots which are under the control of chaos itself.
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BT takes axe to Local Business

BT is making deep cuts to its Local Business network this week, following a year and a half of plummeting sales.
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Government personal data handling 'better'

Measures put in place by the Government to better protect individuals' personal data have been successful but more work is needed, according to the first annual internal report due under the new regime.
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Tales of the data centre

The Register produced some 25 webcasts in 2009, Today we present five of the best, all with a data centre or sysadmin bent, for your viewing delectation.
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Internet video take-up to be driven by TVs, Blu-ray Players

Blu-ray Disc players and HD TVs will drive the domestic take-up of internet video services, it has been claimed.
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High Court strikes down IPCom patents

The UK High Court has declared two contested patents invalid in the battle between IPCom and everyone else - in the UK, at least. Despite this, the war is far from over.
Bill Ray, 19 2010
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Plextor plunges into SSD pool

Japanese-owned Plextor, a significant player in the optical drive business, is entering the solid state disk (SSD) market, riding on the back of Philips Lite-On Digital Solutions (PLDS).
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Home Office advises Police to break the law

Home Office advice to Police Forces in the UK is wrong in law and likely to leave cash-strapped police authorities incurring some very large legal bills over the coming months.
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Wii Balance Board good aid for doctors, study finds

The Wii Balance Board (BB) peripheral could provide doctors with a cost-effective way of assessing a patient’s ability to stand up straight, a report has concluded.
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IE6 exposed as Google China malware unpicked

Fresh analysis has revealed the sophistication of malware used in attacks against Google and other hi-tech firms originating from China last month.
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Himalayan glacier-tastrophe rumour melts away

Climate stories are arriving thick and fast in the wake of Climategate, but the tale of the Himalayan glacier meltdown that never was must be one of the most strange and interesting of them all.
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Avatar kills Taiwanese man

Blockbuster movie Avatar has added to its impressive list of accomplishments - which to date include inducing suicidal despair, attracting Golden Globes, provoking civil unrest and creating a plethora of Pandoras - by killing a Taiwanese man overcome by the 3D experience.
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How do you manage your virtual environment...

Lab A study (pdf) we undertook in 2008 with the help of the Register readership acknowledged what you all knew to be true: contrary to the hype, IT wasn’t in fact broken/on-fire/rubbish, it was actually doing OK.
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Mobile apps to generate untold riches for developers

Smartphone owners will together spend a staggering $6.2bn on applications this year, market watcher Gartner has forecast.
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Apple turns to Murdoch for iSlate content

Apple is reportedly in talks with HarperCollins for the publisher to provide content for the upcoming iSlate.
Bill Ray, 19 2010
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Samsung compact cameras get optical zoom boom

Samsung hopes to snare more high-end compact camera customers by upping the optical zoom range of its HZ line.
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Microsoft finally cuts Bing data retention time to six months

Microsoft has finally slashed the amount of time it keeps some online search query data to just six months, over a year after it declared it would make the change if the likes of Google and Yahoo! agreed to play ball.
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Darling forces ministers to draw up spending hit lists

Chancellor of the Exchequer Alistair Darling has asked ministers to start drawing up hit lists to show what their departments will do to slash government spending.
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Sony unveils contactless data transfer kit

Sony's TransferJet moved a step closer to UK gadget lovers' mitts yesterday when the company launched the first memory card to contain the near-field communications data-exchange technology.
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Virtualisation for Beginners

Hands On VMWare engineer Shawn Morel opens an entertaining and highly recommended seminar on the internal workings of his company's Fusion product for the Mac by dividing up an area of space with a couple of vertical lines. He points in turn to the three segments this creates: "You've got Userland, the Kernel space and Hyperspace."
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Israelis develop Nazi-doodlebug sonic deathwave cannon

Israel intends to offer for export one of its latest and most terrifying military technologies: a sonic cannon or "thunder generator", powered by devasting "bunker buster" fuel-air explosive technology - used in secret Nazi superweapons of the 1940s - to deliver sound rays so powerful as to be instantly deadly to anyone hearing them.
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Google ices Android launches in China

Google has hit China where it hurts - icing the launch of two Android phones in the world's biggest and fastest growing mobile market.
Joe Fay, 19 2010
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Man Utd imposes social networking ban

Manchester United has banned its players from using social networking websites.
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Man makes music on Linux-based touchscreen guitar

Forget everything you know about guitars – acoustic or otherwise — because a hi-tech guitar has been designed that replaces strings and strumming with a touchscreen and Linux.
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MS spins IE security disaster into Windows 7 upgrade opportunity

Microsoft is doing its best to deflect from the software vendor’s ugly, fat security hole in Internet Explorer 6, by telling customers to not only upgrade their browser for the latest version of IE, but also to ditch Windows XP while they’re at it.
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UK border database on target and budget, says Home Office

Half of all journeys in and out of the UK are now being centrally recorded and analysed by the £1.2bn e-Borders scheme, the government estmates.
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Garmin adds satellite imaging to satnavs

Getting stuck down one-way country paths because that's where your satnav told you to go should soon become a thing of the past, because Garmin plans to add bird’s eye view satellite images to selected models.
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Church of England takes on Ofcom

The Anglican Church has joined a campaign demanding greater restitution for wireless microphone users, claiming the cost of shifting frequencies will top a million quid.
Bill Ray, 19 2010
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Fifty Strikes and… we'll tell your Mum

Unlicensed file sharers have a new name to toast this morning: Lord Razzall. Together with his Lib Dem colleague, the party's spokesperson for Culture, Media and Sport Lord Clement Jones, Razzall has tabled an amendment (No.76) to the Digital Economy Bill that gives serial infringers a bit of leeway.
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Vodafone revs up UK femtocell program

Last June, Vodafone UK became the first European operator to go live with femtocells, though the indoor base stations remained somewhat shadowy in the carrier's portfolio. Now it is bringing them out into the marketing daylight with a rebranding and a price cut.
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Too much sitting can kill: Official

Swedish scientists have warned that too much sitting on your backside can provoke cancer, diabetes, heart disease and obesity.
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EMC rains on Pillar's parade

Strangely, on the day Pillar formally announces its faster Axiom with boosted controller performance, EMC has announced denser CLARiiON and Celerra arrays with 2TB drive support.
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EC sets deadline for Microsoft bid to buy Yahoo! search biz

Antitrust officials in Brussels have set a provisional deadline of 19 February to either greenlight or kibosh Microsoft's bid to buy Yahoo!'s search engine business.
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Server maker Verari sparks back into life

Say goodbye to Verari Systems, and say hello to Verari Technologies.
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Berserker Bing bots bring down Perl network

Misfiring Microsoft search bots managed to render a site used by Perl Testers almost unusable last week.
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Singapore nightclub offers booze for boobs

A Singapore nightclub has launched an initiative which rewards gals with free booze depending on the size of their chesticles, the China Times reports.
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NFC Forum offers video to lure competitors

The NFC Forum will be running a webcast tomorrow in an attempt to drum up interest in its annual competition, but the competition to NFC itself is attracting more interest.
Bill Ray, 19 2010
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2010 will be the year of the net tablet, claims analyst

Web-connected portable devices will be snapped up by "tens of millions" of people worldwide this year, according to a forecast from industry watcher Deloitte.
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MS in Xbox 360 ESPN sports show talks

Microsoft is in talks with the Walt Disney Company to add sports channel ESPN to the Xbox 360, according to industry insiders.
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New service hamstrings Google data hoarding

Alarmed by the vast amount of personal information Google collects from its users, a hacker has unveiled an anonymization service that prevents the internet giant from tracking searches and websites visited by a specific individual.
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Unisys jettisons Medicare processing biz

Server and outsourcing supplier Unisys - which seems to have been restructuring itself since mainframe makers Sperry and Burroughs were mashed up in 1986 - is rejigging itself once again. This time, the company is selling off its health information management business to raise some cash.
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AT&T snuffs mobile Facebook security glitch

AT&T says it has resolved a network glitch that caused some mobile customers to log into Facebook accounts belonging to complete strangers.
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MS to issue emergency patch for potent IE vuln

Microsoft will release an emergency update that patches the Internet Explorer vulnerability used to breach the security defenses of Google and other large companies.
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IBM bakes Lotus Notes for Android

IBM isn't forgetting about Google's mobile OS after squeezing Lotus Notes onto the iPhone and the BlackBerry.
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Windows plagued by 17-year-old privilege escalation bug

A security researcher at Google is recommending computer users make several configuration changes to protect themselves against a previously unknown vulnerability that allows untrusted users to take complete control of systems running most versions of Microsoft Windows.
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Microhoozon calls for un-Google ebook guardian

Microsoft, Amazon, Yahoo!, and other opponents of Google's Book Search settlement have proposed an alternative to the controversial legal pact, calling on the US Congress to appoint a "public guardian" to oversee a national database of digital books.
Cade Metz, 19 2010