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Cisco sets free video con protocol

Cisco is hoping to expand its reach in video conferencing by giving away a telepresence protocol that allows Cisco kit to communicate with systems from other vendors.
Austin Modine, 27 Jan 2010
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Google Toolbar caught tracking users when 'disabled'

Google has updated its browser toolbar after the application was caught tracking urls even when specifically "disabled" by the user.
Cade Metz, 27 Jan 2010
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Yahoo! wows Wall Street with revenue drop

Yahoo!'s revenues took another fall during the fourth quarter - that's the fifth tumble in a row - but they didn't fall quite as much as expected.
Cade Metz, 27 Jan 2010
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Prolific hacker releases PlayStation exploit

On Monday, when we reported that the prolific hacker geohot had successfully penetrated the previously impervious PlayStation 3 gaming console, readers were understandably skeptical.
Dan Goodin, 27 Jan 2010
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Avere adds flash to filer accelerator

Avere announced its FXT filer accelerator appliance last year with a missing flash storage tier. It's filled that gap with the FXT 2700 adding the flash for extra filer dash.
Chris Mellor, 27 Jan 2010
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Netezza slims TwinFin analytics appliance

Data warehousing appliance maker Netezza has put together a cut-down version of its TwinFin analytics appliance, called Skimmer, to chase midrange customers who do not need the full-tilt-boogie TwinFin setup.
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US book giant confirms Apple tablet

If there's anyone with an ounce of tech inquisitiveness who doesn't yet believe that Apple will announce a tablet Wednesday morning in San Francisco, take heed: it's just been preannounced by no lesser light than chairman, president, and CEO of publishing giant McGraw-Hill, Terry McGraw.
Rik Myslewski, 27 Jan 2010
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Second US man admits DDoS attack on Scientology

A Nebraska man has admitted he participated in a mass attack last year that briefly brought the Church of Scientology's website to its knees.
Dan Goodin, 27 Jan 2010
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Gates backs China in Google censorship spat

Lovable, huggable ex-monopolist Bill Gates has more often than not found himself batting for China in a recent publicity drive as head of the Gates Foundation.
Austin Modine, 27 Jan 2010
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Kiwi airline adds PC, iPod support

Gadget-laden long-haul travellers could do worse than fly Air New Zealand, because the Kiwi airline has just equipped its cheapest seats with a plethora of PC and iPod portage.
James Sherwood, 27 Jan 2010
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Scott McNealy signs off in style

One of Silicon Valley's last true characters has signed off - Sun founder Scott McNealy has sent a final goodbye memo to his staff.
John Oates, 27 Jan 2010
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Keep a close eye on your subsidiary, says Court of Appeal

A parent company can inadvertently lose control of its subsidiary, according to a ruling by the Court of Appeal. An expert has said that the circumstances in which this will happen are rare but that directors of group companies should mitigate the risks.
OUT-LAW.COM, 27 Jan 2010
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Sun shops unnerved by Oracle Alpha man

It's open season on customers running Sun Microsystems.
Gavin Clarke, 27 Jan 2010
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Verified by Visa bitchslapped by Cambridge researchers

Secondary credit card security systems for online transactions such as Verified by Visa are all about shifting blame rather then curtailing fraud, Cambridge University security researchers argue.
John Leyden, 27 Jan 2010
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Samsung ready to sell World+Dog 3D TVs

Samsung has begun punching out 3D TVs en masse, the South Korean giant said today, part of its plan to cash in on what the consumer electronics industry hopes will inspire punters to buy a stack of new kit.
Tony Smith, 27 Jan 2010
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Seagate expanding into PCIe flash

Seagate is diving into PCIe-connected solid state drives via a partnership with LSI.
Chris Mellor, 27 Jan 2010
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iPhone OS update sticks customers with premium call bills

A combination of failures has resulted in some iPhone users incurring premium-rate call charges, for calls they didn't know they were making.
Bill Ray, 27 Jan 2010
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Potty mouth hackers pwn TechCrunch (again)

TechCrunch has been hit by potty-mouth hackers for the second time in 24 hours.
John Leyden, 27 Jan 2010
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O2 axes broadband laptop bundle connection fee

O2 has zapped the connection fee it charges punters taking out a mobile broadband subscription with a new laptop.
Tony Smith, 27 Jan 2010
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Science czar calls for openness on climate questions

The government's chief scientific adviser John Beddington has called for openness and honesty in the debate over man-made climate change.
John Oates, 27 Jan 2010
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Swiss computing lab offers free bug-immunity tool

Federal boffins in Switzerland say they have developed a new, freely-downloadable tool which acts as an "immune system" to fight bugs in cloud software.
Lewis Page, 27 Jan 2010
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Government IT strategy confirms savings target

The Cabinet Office has launched the new Government ICT Strategy with the claim it will save £3.2bn per year from 2013-14.
Kable, 27 Jan 2010
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MPs demand UK government end secrecy over ACTA

MPs across the political spectrum are demanding that the UK government should release details regarding ongoing international negotiations on the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA).
Kelly Fiveash, 27 Jan 2010
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HTC Hero to get Android 2.1 update in March

Looking forward to the release of Android 2 for the HTC Hero smartphone? Bad news: it may not appear until March, a month or so after the anticipated February delivery date.
Tony Smith, 27 Jan 2010
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Home Office says 'no decision' yet on sex offender disclosure

The News of the World appears to have jumped the gun with its "exclusive" report that the government now intends to roll out "Sarah’s Law", with the Home Office officially declaring no such decision has been taken.
Jane Fae , 27 Jan 2010
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Playmobil throws down animation gauntlet

The El Reg Bootnotes department's toy manufacturer of choice, Playmobil, has agreeably invited fans to pitch their best miniature animation efforts for the chance to secure £500 and a year's supply of the company's products.
Lester Haines, 27 Jan 2010
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Microsoft hit with cash-for-Points lawsuit

Microsoft is facing a class-action lawsuit over the way it charges for digital content served up by Xbox Live.
Tony Smith, 27 Jan 2010
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Amateur CCTV sleuth site probed by privacy watchdog

A new website that would let internet users monitor CCTV cameras online has hit trouble before launch, with the data protection watchdog suggesting the idea could be illegal.
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Nokia N97 Mini

Review Nokia’s Symbian-driven N97 smart phone came out in the summer to rather mixed reviews, with most people praising its feature count, but finding it a bit of a pain to use. Now comes the N97 Mini, a little (but not a lot) smaller than the original N97, and with most of its feature count intact, including its 5Mp camera, HSDPA 3G, Wi-Fi and A-GPS, though it now has a smaller screen, as well as reduced memory and battery life.
Dave Oliver, 27 Jan 2010
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Toshiba looks ahead, sees a 14TB disk

Comment Earlier this month Toshiba researchers presented a couple of papers concerning bit-patterned media (BPM) and associated head technologies at a Magnetism and Magnetic Materials Intermag conference in Washington DC. They have been working towards an areal density of 5Tbit/sq in for hard disk drives and this was by way of a progress report.
Chris Mellor, 27 Jan 2010
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EMC blows CIFS benchmark away

EMC has blown a CIFS benchmark away with a result 2.7 times better than the previous record, but why is it bothering? The only other suppliers on the list are Apple, Fujitsu and Silicon Graphics.
Chris Mellor, 27 Jan 2010
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California school pulls 'oral sex' dictionary

A California school last week pulled the Merriam-Webster 10th edition dictionary from fourth and fifth-grade classrooms, after one parent "complained about a child stumbling across definitions for 'oral sex'".
Lester Haines, 27 Jan 2010
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Nokia cuts down X6 handset

Nokia is pushing out a cut-down version of its flagship X6 handset, halving the memory size to 16GB but also dropping the deal that provided free music to fill it.
Bill Ray, 27 Jan 2010
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Apple granted multi-tap detecting tablet patent

Apple was yesterday granted a patent giving it ownership of a method by which tablet devices can detect how close users' fingers and thumbs are.
Tony Smith, 27 Jan 2010
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UK.gov tweaks open source policy small print

The UK government has rejigged its open source and open standards software procurement policy, following pressure from OSS vendors last autumn.
Kelly Fiveash, 27 Jan 2010
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Airships can defeat roadside bombers, says ex-US officer

An ex-US air force officer has said that unmanned spy airships capable of defeating terrorist/insurgent bombers could have been in service years ago, saving many lives among US and allied troops. He says that the technology was "illegally" sidelined by senior officers determined to preserve satellite and aircraft budgets.
Lewis Page, 27 Jan 2010
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Compulsory perv scanners upset everyone

The debate over use of scanners in UK airports is rapidly turning into knock-about farce, as the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) takes a firm stand on some people’s right to privacy – whilst government disrespects everyone’s rights and prepares to hand over loads more dosh when it eventually loses the argument at the European Court.
Jane Fae , 27 Jan 2010
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Near-field comms gets 'peer-to-peer' data sharing spec

Devices that support near-field communications (NFC) now have a way to exchange information. The NFC Forum this week published a specification for "bi-directional communications between NFC-compliant devices".
Tony Smith, 27 Jan 2010
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Spanish town to reward good drivers

The Spanish town of Puigcerdà has come up with a novel way of rewarding those drivers who behave themselves: give them the cash which was collected in fines from those who don't.
Lester Haines, 27 Jan 2010
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Which? warns on pirate letters

Consumer organisation Which? said it has received over 150 enquiries from people who believe they have been wrongly accused of pirating copyrighted content.
John Oates, 27 Jan 2010
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Power-brick maker touts... colour e-book reader

A company you have (probably) never heard of is working on a 13in colour e-book reader it hopes to sell to companies you (probably) have heard of.
Tony Smith, 27 Jan 2010
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Microsoft 'offered sex and drugs to distributors'

As sales incentives go it's pretty extreme: one of Microsoft's Israeli distributors is claiming Microsoft offered resellers women for sex on a cruise ship.
Chris Mellor, 27 Jan 2010
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Phantom app risk used to bait scareware trap

Scareware scammers are staking advantage of rumours about an "unnamed app" that supposedly poses a security risk to Facebook users in order to trick users into sites slinging rogue security software packages.
John Leyden, 27 Jan 2010
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We7 goes after Spotify with iPhone app, subs

Free ad-supported streaming music company We7 is joining the crowded subscription market and launching its own iPhone app next week.
Andrew Orlowski, 27 Jan 2010
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Negroponte sends broken OLPC laptops to Haiti

Tragedy-struck Haiti is bracing itself for a new wave of woe: a consignment of broken OLPC laptops.
Andrew Orlowski, 27 Jan 2010
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Larry to take integrated Sunacle direct to CIOs

All the talk of layoffs at Sun Microsystems in the wake of the $7.4bn acquisition of the company by Oracle was apparently a bunch of hogwash.
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Rubber Duck banned from txt

Drivers of vehicles weighing more than 10,000 pounds have been banned from sending text messages while driving in the US, in a move welcomed by everyone.
Bill Ray, 27 Jan 2010
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South African Police reveal Apple tablet photos

The South African Police Service has released photos of the Apple tablet, well ahead of the Steve Jobs press conference scheduled for this morning in San Francisco.
Cade Metz, 27 Jan 2010
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Apple iPad spanked with Defective by Design protest

Not everyone is drooling about Apple's soon-to-be-launched tablet. Members of the anti-DRM group Defective by Design were protesting Wednesday morning outside Apple's tighty controlled launch event, handing out cards mocking Apple's invitation, with Apple's tagline "Come see our latest creation" replaced with "Come see our latest restriction."
Rik Myslewski, 27 Jan 2010
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Oracle promises golden trip to yesteryear on Sun

Oracle's promised to take computing back to the 1960s by investing in Sun Microsystems' products and integrating them with its own software.
Gavin Clarke, 27 Jan 2010
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Steve Jobs uncloaks the 'iPad'

Updated Steve Jobs has announced Apple's long-awaited tablet - now officially named the iPad, as The Reg had predicted - at a media circus Wednesday morning in the 757-seat Novellus Theater at San Francisco's Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.
Rik Myslewski, 27 Jan 2010
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Ubuntu Firefox shuns Google for Yahoo! search

The next release of Ubuntu will scrap Google as the default search engine on its Firefox browser in favor of Yahoo!, thanks to a new revenue-sharing deal between Yahoo! and commercial Ubuntu backer Canonical.
Cade Metz, 27 Jan 2010
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Oracle in MySQL, OpenOffice autonomy vow

The employees of MySQL are a truly blessed people. As with Sun Microsystems before it, Oracle has vowed to leave its sales and development team independent and intact.
Gavin Clarke, 27 Jan 2010
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eBay refiddles with auction fees

eBay is making more changes to its already profoundly confusing US pricing structure as a way to attract high volume sellers and appease those who auction only a few low-priced items.
Austin Modine, 27 Jan 2010
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IE Windows vuln coughs up local files

If you use any version of Internet Explorer to surf Twitter or other Web 2.0 sites, Jorge Luis Alvarez Medina can probably read the entire contents of your primary hard drive.
Dan Goodin, 27 Jan 2010
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Apple's iPad - fat iPhone without the phone

Comment Steve Jobs succeeded in surprising no one. The Apple CEO took to a San Francisco stage Wednesday morning to announce Apple's latest effort to change the face of mobile computing, and even the device's name was no surprise. The Reg first dubbed Apple's impending tablet the "iPad" last October.
Rik Myslewski, 27 Jan 2010
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Ellison to recruit thousands for Sun integration army

Larry Ellison has promised jobs for Sun Microsystems' existing employees and an expansion in their ranks, along with instant profits for his shareholders.
Gavin Clarke, 27 Jan 2010