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NewScale spruces IT storefrontware

newScale - an outfit that offers enterpriseware for cataloging, provisioning, and tracking internal IT stuff - has released a new incarnation of this IT-happy package, dubbed the FrontOffice Suite.
Cade Metz, 28 Jan 2010
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Oracle to invest in Sparc iron, clusters

If you were expecting a huge amount of detail on Oracle's plans for Sun processors, servers, and storage products at the five-hour mega-event held in San Francisco today, you'll be disappointed. But if you're a Sun customer, you'll be relieved to know that Oracle at least said it will invest in Sparc and x64 servers, storage, operating systems, and other technologies.
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Cisco offers $250k for your billion dollar idea

Ever dream of coming up with the word's next billion-dollar idea – then handing it over to Cisco for a chance to win a 0.025 per cent cut of that billion? Well, now's your next big chance, you silly goose!
Austin Modine, 28 Jan 2010
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Oracle murders Sun's copycat Amazon cloud

It took a major acquisition to finally deliver a dose of reality, but Sun Microsystems' me-too Amazon-style cloud is finally dead.
Gavin Clarke, 28 Jan 2010
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3PAR plugs-in more power to VMware

3PAR is giving more power to VMware administrators to protect, copy and manage virtual server-related data on InServ arrays, with a pair of software plug-ins.
Chris Mellor, 28 Jan 2010
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Japanese biometric border check no match for, um, tape

Japan's million-dollar biometric immigration screening systems are still no match for a little ingenuity - and some tape.
Austin Modine, 28 Jan 2010
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Oracle tag teams Solaris and Linux

If you want to know what Oracle's roadmap is for Linux, just watch what Red Hat does. Oracle Enterprise Linux is just a clone of RHEL. Getting a sense of what Oracle really has planned for Solaris - aside from deploying it in SMP systems and clusters - is going to take some time. Oracle's plans for virtualization and system management are more clear.
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Aussie man convicted for Simpsons smut

A second Australian man has been convicted for possessing computer images of cartoon characters in explicit poses.
John Oates, 28 Jan 2010
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Happy Data Protection Day

Today is a special day. No, not iPad day - it's the fourth European Data Protection Day.
John Oates, 28 Jan 2010
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UK authorities' inability to seize counterfeits brings EU court referral

The Court of Appeals has asked Europe's highest court to rule on whether UK authorities can seize counterfeit goods passing through the UK and allow brand owners to take legal action against the companies behind the fakes.
OUT-LAW.COM, 28 Jan 2010
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Logicalis thinks CVN architecture is restrictive

Logicalis' new cloud service does not appear to support the secure, multi-tenancy architecture announced to a great fanfare by Cisco, NetApp and VMware (CVN) yesterday.
Chris Mellor, 28 Jan 2010
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Steve Jobs re-invents the portable telly

Analysis If you don't understand what Apple's iPad is all about, think of it this way: it's a portable TV.
Tony Smith, 28 Jan 2010
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'Tightly bound' stars seen locked in 'diabolic strip waltz'

Lurid Pic More news of the stars today: snappers armed with extremely powerful lenses have secured pics of "a very intimate couple", "tightly bound" and "dancing around each other in a diabolic waltz" as the darker, dominant one strips the other.
Lewis Page, 28 Jan 2010
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Endeavour good to go on 7 Feb

NASA has confirmed that space shuttle Endeavour will blast off on 7 February on its STS-130 mission to the International Space Station, marking the last nighttime shuttle launch before the venerable fleet is retired.
Lester Haines, 28 Jan 2010
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Virtualisation in two years’ time

Lab It is always somewhat tricky forecasting the future, never mind doing so in IT. Even in an area like “virtualisation” it is difficult to give a black and white picture of just what your IT will look like as virtualisation moves beyond the pilots, specific workloads and test/dev environments that today form the technologies' strongholds.
Tony Lock, 28 Jan 2010
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Regulator sniffs around stonking iPhone game bills

UK phone regulator PhonePayPlus has launched an investigation after game-playing iPhone users complained about surprise premium rate call charges.
John Leyden, 28 Jan 2010
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Telcos tuning up for HD Voice

Comment All the UK's networks are going to be rolling out "HD Voice" over the next year or two, promising to relay every nuance of our words and stop us making calls on the bog.
Bill Ray, 28 Jan 2010
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Sky 3D to launch in April

Sky has confirmed that its long-awaited 3D TV channel will launch in April. And the broadcaster plans to kick things off this weekend with 3D footie coverage at nine British boozers.
James Sherwood, 28 Jan 2010
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Seagate pumps £60m into Springtown plant

In a bit of cheery news for Ulster, Seagate is pumping £60m into its Springtown, Londonderry, plant to develop next-generation read/write heads.
Chris Mellor, 28 Jan 2010
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India eyes man in space by 2016

India has announced its bid to the fourth nation to put a man in space, and says it'll put a pair of astronauts into a seven-day low-Earth orbit in 2016.
Lester Haines, 28 Jan 2010
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Apple iPad to hit UK this March

Apple has confirmed that its iPad tablet will appear in Blighty the month after next.
James Sherwood, 28 Jan 2010
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Mellanox recovering but wheezing

InfiniBand supplier Mellanox is making profits as the recession eases, but much less than before.
Chris Mellor, 28 Jan 2010
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ISSCC: Home cooking at the wafer bakers

The semi-annual dance of chip technology previews gets its 2010 start at the International Solid State Circuits Conference in San Francisco two weeks from now, and Intel, Advanced Micro Devices, IBM, Sun Microsystems (soon to be a division of Oracle), and Hitachi are going to be talking up their future chip tech.
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Home Office spawns new unit to expand internet surveillance

Exclusive The Home Office has created a new unit to oversee a massive increase in surveillance of the internet, The Register has learned, quashing suggestions the plans are on hold until after the election.
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Aussie censor balks at bijou boobs

The proposed Australian Government clampdown on smut just got a whole lot broader, as news emerged of a ban on small breasts and female ejaculation in adult material.
Jane Fae , 28 Jan 2010
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Tesco store bans shopping in pyjamas

The Tesco branch in Cardiff's St Mellons has clearly had enough of barefoot shoppers wandering the aisles in their pyjamas, and has ordered customers so dressed to cease and desist.
Lester Haines, 28 Jan 2010
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Asus G51J

Review Late last year we were left somewhat underwhelmed with Acer’s attempt at a 3D laptop. The Aspire 5738DZG was underpowered, making 3D gaming nigh-on impossible. Now Asus has entered the fray, with the G51J 3D, which handles the whole 3D thing in a very different way.
Will Stapley, 28 Jan 2010
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Congressional websites befouled by mucky-mouthed hackers

A number of Congressional websites were defaced with abuse aimed at President Obama following Wednesday's State of the Union address.
John Leyden, 28 Jan 2010
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Facebook faces new privacy probe

Facebook is facing a second investigation by Canadian privacy regulators over concerns that it is failing to properly protect people's data.
John Oates, 28 Jan 2010
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Next from Apple: The Pocket iPad

Exclusive Sources in Cupertino have exclusively confirmed to the Reg that Apple intends to follow up its anticipated iPad success with a miniature, pocket-sized version boasting added voice technology.
Team Register, 28 Jan 2010
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New SGI chases new partners

The recently combined Rackable/SGI is looking to add some new blood to depleted partner ranks. After the merger, the company dropped about one-third of its combined partners for various reasons and is now trying to rebuild its channel presence.
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Nokia adds police radar to handset

Police use radar guns to snare speeding drivers. Now Nokia has adapted the technology to improve the way people interact with mobile phones.
James Sherwood, 28 Jan 2010
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Windows 8 possible July 2011 release?

An ex-Microsoft employee has let the cat out of the bag about when the software giant might release Windows 8.
Kelly Fiveash, 28 Jan 2010
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Brit kids failing to fall out of trees

Brit kids are dismally failing to do themselves an injury in the time-honoured way, by falling out of trees, as they increasingly spend their time glued to video games, the Sun has revealed.
Lester Haines, 28 Jan 2010
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Apple iPad vs netbooks: fight not over yet

Analysis Apple CEO Steve Jobs was rather dismissive of the netbook at the iPad's launch last night. He needed to be: he was trying to win over journalists and analysts who've spent the last 18 months or so asking when his company will release just such a product - and telling readers why it really should.
Tony Smith, 28 Jan 2010
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Paddy Power takes bets on iPad shipments

Paddy Power is offering short odds of 11/4 on that Apple's iPad will sell between 2-3 million units in 2010.
Team Register, 28 Jan 2010
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Symantec slaps Trojan alert against Spotify

Symantec has apologised over a cock-up that resulted in the incorrect classification of streaming music service Spotify as a Trojan on Thursday.
John Leyden, 28 Jan 2010
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EDS ruling won't mean overhaul for IT procurement

IT companies will not have to conduct a total overhaul of their sales processes in the aftermath of a long-awaited court ruling this week, a technology law expert has said. The ruling focused on the dishonesty of one employee, not a whole company.
OUT-LAW.COM, 28 Jan 2010
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Nokia Q4 shows it ain't dead yet

Nokia had a pretty decent fourth quarter and is showing the first signs that savage cost-cutting and redundancies might just be working.
John Oates, 28 Jan 2010
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EU super-regulator sets up shop

The EU's telecoms super-regulator started work today, with the first item for debate being where to build a Hall of Justice.
Bill Ray, 28 Jan 2010
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Obama to scrap Moon, Mars expeditions - report

President Barack Obama is set to effectively scrap all US manned spaceflight plans beyond Earth orbit for the foreseeable future, according to a newspaper report.
Lewis Page, 28 Jan 2010
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World+Dog jumps on iPad accessory bandwagon

The iPad was uncloaked fewer than 24 hours ago, but manufacturers — and Apple itself — are already tripping over one another to launch accessories for the still unavailable tablet.
James Sherwood, 28 Jan 2010
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Oracle: Storage trouble in store

Comment Oracle is putting a heavy focus on Sun's 7000, tape and flash storage products, implying the rest of the bought-in storage line is not so well-regarded and may be under threat.
Chris Mellor, 28 Jan 2010
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Data cops seek law change after CRU broke rules

The Information Commissioner's office wants to plug a loophole in the UK’s sunshine laws, after academics at the centre of the ‘Climategate’ scandal at the University of East Anglia escaped prosecution on a technicality.
Andrew Orlowski, 28 Jan 2010
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Google graduates social stalking tool

Google's social network stalking aid has graduated from the company's experimental Labs site to prime-time on Google.com.
Austin Modine, 28 Jan 2010
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Citrix desktop virt soars in Q4

Citrix Systems staked its future on virtualization when it shelled out $500m to buy XenSource in August 2007. And while it's arguable that virtualization on servers and desktops has not played out as expected, mashing up system virtualization technologies with existing application virtualization tools to create new products - as confusing as it may be to talk about - seems to be getting traction among Citrix shops.
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Apple lets 3G VoIP onto iPhone

Apple is now allowing VoIP-over-3G apps, after a change to the new beta version 3.2 of its iPhone SDK, released yesterday in concert with the announcement of Cupertino's long-awaited iPad.
Rik Myslewski, 28 Jan 2010
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Confirmed: no iPad iBooks for Blighty

Apple UK's iPad web pages are now online and they confirm fears that the tablet's iBooks application and associated content store will not be available to British buyers at launch.
Tony Smith, 28 Jan 2010
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Critical infrastructure execs fear China

Operators of electrical grids, telecommunications networks, and other critical infrastructure say their systems are under constant attack, often from sophisticated nation-states, according to a poll of 600 IT executives in 14 countries who oversee such networks.
Dan Goodin, 28 Jan 2010
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FCC probes Googlephone's double dip cancel fees

The US Federal Communications Commission has questioned whether Google properly warns Nexus One buyers that the subsidized version of the inaugural Googlephone carries not one but two early termination fees.
Cade Metz, 28 Jan 2010
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Adobe sounds off on iPad's Flash slap

Apple claims that its just-announced iPad "lets you see web pages as they were meant to be seen," but Adobe's group manager for Flash marketing isn't buying it.
Rik Myslewski, 28 Jan 2010
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Amazon in 71% profit surge

Amazon simply had a wonderful Christmastime.
Cade Metz, 28 Jan 2010
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Ellison wants another failing Bay Area giant

Larry Ellison clearly has a soft spot in his wallet for struggling San Francisco Bay institutions.
Austin Modine, 28 Jan 2010
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Juniper needles way to recovery

Juniper Networks saw a slight drop in fourth-quarter profit, but the network kit maker unexpectedly topped its own estimates for revenue thanks to renewed spending from corporate customers and US phone carriers.
Austin Modine, 28 Jan 2010