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Microsoft dodges multi-million dollar WGA payout

Microsoft has dodged a potentially-expensive legal fight after a case against Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) was denied class-action status.
Gavin Clarke, 22 Jan 2010
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Google betas Flash-free YouTube sans open codec

Google has publicly released an experimental YouTube player that uses the HTML5 video tag, as it continues the (very) slow process of moving the world's most popular video-sharing site away from Adobe Flash.
Cade Metz, 22 Jan 2010
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Hacker brings multitouch to Google's Nexus One

A celebrated Android hacker has released software that greatly enhances Google's Nexus One smartphone, endowing it for the first time with the same coveted multitouch features that grace Apple's iPhone.
Dan Goodin, 22 Jan 2010
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Spring daddy looks to Oracle's MySQL commitments

Rod Johnson, open source Java pioneer and general manager of VMware's new SpringSource division, has welcomed the commitment European regulators appear to have squeezed from Oracle over the future of MySQL.
Gavin Clarke, 22 Jan 2010
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Quantum spruces up StorNext filesystem

Quantum has pushed out a major StorNext release, adding integrated filesystem deduplication and replication.
Chris Mellor, 22 Jan 2010
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Public sector ICT 'under pressure'

The Society of IT Management has said that public sector ICT professionals are being squeezed between a cut in budgets and increased demand for their services.
Kable, 22 Jan 2010
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The Equality Bill: Hidden agenda?

Opinion Employment lawyers and HR professionals would be well advised to keep a close eye on the progress of the Equality Bill, currently being debated in the House of Lords. Initially intended as a legislative sweep-up, it now proposes major policy changes.
OUT-LAW.COM, 22 Jan 2010
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AMD preps for two-fisted two-socket catfight

AMD is hoping that its next move in the server space will bring it success in the massive two-socket market.
Rik Myslewski, 22 Jan 2010
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FCC website outs HP smartbook

HP has received US Federal Communications Commission approval for a device dubbed the Compaq AirLife 100 and listed on the FCC website as a "smartbook".
Tony Smith, 22 Jan 2010
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China swings at Clinton as Schmidt fudges exit plan

China has hit back at criticism from Google and Hillary Clinton accusing them of cultural imperialism by insisting that their view of freedom of information is somehow universal.
John Oates, 22 Jan 2010
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Storage is boring, right?

Workshop In the spirit of calling a spade a spade, it is fair to say that computer storage is generally perceived to be quite dull – in Douglas Adams terms it would qualify as ‘mostly harmless’.
Jon Collins, 22 Jan 2010
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Poetic justice for HK Taoist truck driver

The Hong Kong truck driver who duped an aspiring model into having ritual sex with him has been jailed for six years and nine months, HK's The Standard reports.
Lester Haines, 22 Jan 2010
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MS to release WinMo 7 to phone makers in September

Windows Mobile 7 will be handed over to smartphone makers in September, to allow them to ready devices based on the operating system for Q4 2010 or Q1 2011.
Tony Smith, 22 Jan 2010
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Lords mull Hail Mary penance for file sharers

Mandybill The Lords this week discussed new compensation for copyright holders this week - including a voluntary 'Hail Mary fine' payable by file sharers, instead of suspension - but nobody noticed.
Andrew Orlowski, 22 Jan 2010
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Irish board hack prompts password reset

Popular Irish web discussion forum boards.ie has reset user passwords in response to a hack attack that compromised member login credentials.
John Leyden, 22 Jan 2010

Billionaire-funded e-car gets showroom date

Leccy Tech The electric e6 MPV manufactured by Chinese firm BYD and partly funded by American billionaire Warren Buffet will be launched later this year.
Alun Taylor, 22 Jan 2010
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Police arrest MD of dowsing-rod 'bomb detector' firm

A British businessman who has made millions selling dowsing-rod "explosives detectors" to the Iraqi security forces has been arrested on suspicion of fraud.
Lewis Page, 22 Jan 2010
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Lenovo talks up LePhone launch

Lenovo has reiterated its plan - announced at the Consumer Electronics Shows earlier this month - to launch an Android-based smartphone later this year.
James Sherwood, 22 Jan 2010
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Ofcom opens debate on Freeview HD DRM to punters

Ofcom has begun asking the public whether the BBC should be allowed to apply DRM to Freeview HD broadcasts.
Tony Smith, 22 Jan 2010
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HP TouchSmart 600

Review Every now and again, reviewing a new PC can be a pleasure rather than a chore. The feeling is not the result of blistering performance or a full set of ticks next to a spec list, but the natural response to using high-quality kit that works exactly as you want it to. HP’s TouchSmart 600 looks beautiful and reveals an approach to product design that suggests the company has thought carefully about every component and feature, and how best to implement them.
Alistair Dabbs, 22 Jan 2010
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Super-soldier exoskeleton to get 3-day fuel cell powerpack

A radical powered exoskeleton under development for use by the US military is to be fitted with fuel-cell power supplies which will increase its endurance from hours to days - and furnish juice for the burgeoning load of electronics carried by modern soldiers, too.
Lewis Page, 22 Jan 2010
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UK.gov stacking up gang of clouds

The government's CIO has said he expects the public sector to use commercial cloud computing services as well as the 'G Cloud'.
Kable, 22 Jan 2010
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Linux coders do it for money

Around 75 per cent of Linux developers raked in cash from their code crunching in the past year.
Kelly Fiveash, 22 Jan 2010
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Airport scanner staff object to vetting

Security staff at Heathrow airport are reportedly furious at the suggestion that any of them would ever use pics taken from the new body scanners for lewd or lascivious purposes.
Jane Fae , 22 Jan 2010
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Rickets rise linked to excessive gaming

The number of British kids suffering from the deficiency disease rickets is soaring, medical experts have claimed. The cause: too many hours indoors playing videogames.
James Sherwood, 22 Jan 2010
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O2 halts Mobile Landline signups

O2 has suspended its popular 'Mobile Landline' service temporarily. The service provides business with a landline number that reroutes to an O2 SIM, without connection charges, an attractive proposition for SMEs.
Andrew Orlowski, 22 Jan 2010
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Tor software updated after hackers crack into systems

Privacy-conscious users of the Tor anonymiser network have been urged to upgrade their software, following the discovery of a security breach.
John Leyden, 22 Jan 2010
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UK government rebuffs cries for free postcode database

Number 10 has responded negatively to a petition signed by over 2,000 people that asked the government to convince the Royal Mail to offer a free postcode database to non-profit and community websites.
Kelly Fiveash, 22 Jan 2010
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Avon & Somerset cop computers titsup?

A South-West Tory MP has well and truly put the cat among the proverbials with a question in the House of Commons about what he claimed is the "collapse of Avon and Somerset police's computer system".
Jane Fae , 22 Jan 2010
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Crusty fireball space mango wrecks US doctor's office

A "mango-sized" meteorite crashed into a doctor's office in Virginia this week at more than 200 mph, according to reports. The space rock smashed through the roof, an internal wall and an upper floor before shattering into several pieces on a concrete slab.
Lewis Page, 22 Jan 2010
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NSA beats warrantless wiretap rap

A Federal judge has dismissed a complaint against the National Security Agency's (NSA) Bush-era warrantless wiretapping programme, prompting suggestions the US government is now able to mount mass surveillance operations unhindered by the courts or constitution.
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Indian Nokia workers ready to up tools

A two day strike at Nokia India is ending with most staff heading back to work, having been asked nicely and told that management will explain.
Bill Ray, 22 Jan 2010
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Chris Morris jihad film good to go

Chris Morris, the genius-man behind The Day Today, Brass Eye and Blue Jam, has spent the last few years researching and making a film about some hapless British would-be terrorists.
John Oates, 22 Jan 2010
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BT to throttle P2P for faster broadband

Hopes that BT's new faster broadband technology might improve peer-to-peer downloads have faded with the firm's confirmation that subscribers will be subject to the same restricitions as those on less expensive tariffs.
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Zero-power LCD aims to reduce paper use

Pen and paper remains the simplest and often quickest way of scribbling down messages. Now US-based screen manufacturer Kent Displays has launched a power-free LCD writing tablet designed to reduce the world’s paper use.
James Sherwood, 22 Jan 2010
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BBC and ITV chase gaming cash

ITV and the BBC will soon fight it out for more than just viewer numbers. It has emerged than both broadcasters are to create videogame versions of their most popular TV shows.
James Sherwood, 22 Jan 2010
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Schwartz puts comforting arm around stricken Sun

Employees at Sun Microsystems concerned at the prospect of yet more lay-offs at the company will not have been comforted by a company-wide memo from president and CEO Jonathan Schwartz yesterday.
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MS knew of Aurora exploit four months before Google attacks

Microsoft first knew of the bug used in the infamous Operation Aurora IE exploits as long ago as August, four months before the vulnerability was used in exploits against Google and other hi-tech firms in December, it has emerged.
John Leyden, 22 Jan 2010
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A Geeks Guide2... Microsoft Training 365

Geeks Guide2 This week we’re offering Reg readers a huge introductory discount on a Microsoft Training 365 Technical Subscription. For the next 28 days you will save over £580 on this IT pro and developer training hotbed by ordering the subscription via the Register Books website.
Register Books, 22 Jan 2010
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TSA screener plants powder baggie in flier's luggage

A screener for the US Transportation Security Administration lost his job after pretending to plant a plastic bag of white powder in the carry-on luggage of a passenger at the Philadelphia International Airport.
Dan Goodin, 22 Jan 2010
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Facebook busts ground on first custom data center

Facebook is building its first custom-designed data center, after years of leasing data center space from third parties.
Cade Metz, 22 Jan 2010
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Fujitsu puts systems chief at helm

Since last September, struggling IT supplier Fujitsu has been trying to right itself and do so without a president, with double-duty falling on the shoulders of Michiyoshi Mazuka, the company's chairman. But Fujitsu has now tapped an executive who has run several Fujitsu divisions and who currently runs its systems business, hoping to steer the company back to profitability.
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Web2.0rhea infects International Space Station

A US astronaut has made a giant leap in social-networking history by sending the first tweet from space.
Rik Myslewski, 22 Jan 2010
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Boffins birth uber 'net neutrality' dowser

Researchers with the International Computer Science Institute in Berkeley, California have unveiled a completed version of their Netalyzr service, a tool designed to detect when your ISP is interfering with your net connection.
Cade Metz, 22 Jan 2010
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NASA pegs Noughties as hottest decade on record

The past decade was the warmest ever on record, showing that global warming is "continuing unabated," according to a new report from NASA.
Austin Modine, 22 Jan 2010
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Amateur goof makes Twitter account hijacking a snap

Twitter is sitting on an amateur configuration blunder that makes it trivial for attackers to take control of user accounts, a researcher said Friday.
Dan Goodin, 22 Jan 2010
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Oracle prez admits 8 1/2 years with billboard woman

Oracle president Charles Phillips has admitted he had a "serious" eight-and-a-half-year relationship with the woman who appears beside him in billboards littering New York, San Francisco, and Atlanta.
Gavin Clarke, 22 Jan 2010