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1,000 devs raid iPadded code kit

A day before Steve Jobs uncloaked the Apple iPad - a tablet that doesn't multitask - Appcelerator told the world that its Titanium web-code-meets-local-app development kit would embrace the long-awaited Apple device. In the two days since, over 1,000 developers have downloaded the kit and registered to use it.
Cade Metz, 29 Jan 2010
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Windows 7 misses Microsoft's summit of success

Microsoft has reversed the blow to its business wrought by the recessionary end of 2008, announcing second-quarter results more in-line with its standard performance.
Gavin Clarke, 29 Jan 2010
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Fujitsu: 'iPad? That's ours'

Updated In addition to ignoring support for Adobe Flash, multitasking, and a few other niceties in its new iPad, Apple seems to have ignored one other important detail: it doesn't own the name "iPad." Fujitsu says it does.
Rik Myslewski, 29 Jan 2010
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Windows 7 upgrades Vista laptops to lower battery life

Laptop owners upgrading their Windows XP and Windows Vista machines to Windows 7 are complaining that Microsoft's new OS has severely reduced their available battery life.
Cade Metz, 29 Jan 2010
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Who ate all the iPies?

Comment So, a portlier iPhone has emerged from Cupertino with typical fanfare and panache, but even the hardcore fans seem disappointed by what is essentially an iPhone with a mid-life crisis.
Bill Ray, 29 Jan 2010
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Oracle hands out love and handcuffs to Sunware

Oracle has unveiled a Java and open source strategy extending some but not all of the existing efforts at Sun Microsystems.
Gavin Clarke, 29 Jan 2010
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BPI rejects scareletter approach to possible pirates

The tactic of using IP addresses extracted from internet service providers to send scare letters to suspected pirates is not something the British music industry would consider.
John Oates, 29 Jan 2010
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Ellison: Only Oracle can do OLTP clustering

You have to admire Larry Ellison, the Oracle co-founder and chief executive officer of IT giant Oracle. Well, maybe admire isn't the right word. But you can at least be amused by him.
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Oracle sues support firm over 'massive theft'

Oracle is suing third-party support provider Rimini Street, alleging "massive theft" of its software and support materials via illegal access to its technical support websites.
Austin Modine, 29 Jan 2010
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iPad vs e-book readers: price matters

Analysis Apple would have been daft not to embrace e-books when planning the iPad, but will its new offering hinder the likes of the Kindle?
Tony Smith, 29 Jan 2010
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EU damns scanners, Facebook, MySpace and Phorm

Viviane Reding, European Commissioner for Information Society and Media, has promised tough new laws to curb privacy-breaching technology like body scanners and has also warned the social networking industry that it needs to do more to protect children using its services.
John Oates, 29 Jan 2010
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Zoo man uses virtualisation to tame his server herd

On Demand It’s not every day you get to look under the bonnet of somebody else’s projects, but today you can.
Phil Mitchell, 29 Jan 2010
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Baidu gets out of jail free

Google may as well pack its multicoloured luggage and head for the airport - Baidu scored an important legal victory this week which all but assures it of the number one spot in the Chinese market.
Andrew Orlowski, 29 Jan 2010
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First mass-produced camera heads to auction

An extremely rare model of the world’s first commercially produced camera will be auctioned later this year.
James Sherwood, 29 Jan 2010
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High-flying 3PAR down at ground level

3PAR is growing revenues, but has seen the bottom line go red in its third quarter. Its product strengths don't seem strong enough to repel competitive pressures.
Chris Mellor, 29 Jan 2010
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Who's the world's largest tech firm?

The world's biggest technology company, by revenue, is now Samsung, which has just replaced HP at the top of the pile.
John Oates, 29 Jan 2010
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Silicone implants that generate 'leccy invented for US spooks

In news sure to delight topheavy Z-list celebrities everywhere, US boffins funded by shadowy federal agencies say they have developed a new kind of silicone implant which can generate electrical power from the movements of the bodily area in which it is placed.
Lewis Page, 29 Jan 2010
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Ex-Broadcom boss beats drugs orgy charges

Henry T Nicholas III, the billionaire co-founder of Broadcom, has been cleared of drugs charges by a federal judge.
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Remote tribe discovered worshipping iPad

Anthropologists claim to have contacted a remote Papua New Guinea tribe which worships a crude effigy of an Apple iPad crafted from the bark of a sacred tree.
Lester Haines, 29 Jan 2010
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World phone biz backs out of downturn

World mobile phone sales were up ten per cent year on year in Q4 2009, market watcher Strategy Analytics said today. World+Dog bought 324m handsets during the quarter.
Tony Smith, 29 Jan 2010
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GTA IV updates coming to PS3

Downloadable updates for violent videogame Grand Theft Auto IV will finally be available for the PlayStation 3 in March.
James Sherwood, 29 Jan 2010
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French mock British G-spot probe

French experts have roundly condemned British research which concluded that the legendary G-spot is probably a myth.
Lester Haines, 29 Jan 2010
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Moto to make Nexus One version two?

Motorola’s CEO has confirmed that the company is developing a “consumer device” in partnership with Google.
James Sherwood, 29 Jan 2010
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How secure are virtual desktops, really?

Lab As we discussed in an earlier article in this series many “desktop virtualisation” solutions exist today.
Tony Lock, 29 Jan 2010
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UK.gov shutters half its websites

907 of the government's 1,700 websites have closed following the recommendations of the Varney report in 2006.
Kable, 29 Jan 2010
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Many voice encryption systems easily crackable

Updated A vast majority of voice encryption products are seriously flawed, according to controversial tests by an anonymous hacker.
John Leyden, 29 Jan 2010
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Sony slams colour e-paper quality

The quality of electronic paper is not yet high enough for Sony to develop a colour e-book reader, an executive at the company has said.
James Sherwood, 29 Jan 2010
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Greenock pensioners cuffed for Tesco 'sex romp'

Two Greenock pensioners prompted the closure of a Tesco bakery aisle and police intervention after "stunned shoppers" clocked the pair indulging in a "sex romp", the Sun reports.
Lester Haines, 29 Jan 2010
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Samsung ST550

Review Samsung’s ST550 is a rather innovative point-and-shoot compact camera as it features both a front and back LCD. The idea is to make self shots and timed group pics easier to compose. With the ST550, standing with arm outstretched and looking silly – just to end up with snapshot of just half your head in front of the Tour Eiffel – will become a thing of the past.
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Italians salute Mussolini on the iPhone

An iPhone app which allows nostalgic Italians to enjoy speeches by Benito Mussolini has proved a big hit, having attracted over 6,000 downloads since it launched on 21 January.
Lester Haines, 29 Jan 2010
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IT training firm goes titsup

Tech training firm Advent Computer Training has been forced to cease trading, leaving its students in limbo.
John Oates, 29 Jan 2010
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Xiotech reloads Matrix

Comment Xiotech is aiming to build a Matrix eco-system of storage system app vendors linking its superdisk ISE enclosures with direct storage-controlling apps like VMware, Oracle and Exchange 2010.
Chris Mellor, 29 Jan 2010
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Sun takes over MoD's UFO bureau

Renowned British tabloid the Sun has pledged to take on the task of running the nation's UFO-report bureau after cash-strapped Ministry of Defence chiefs closed it down last year. The paper says its public-spirited move has been endorsed by famous Mars-prang eggface prof Colin Pillinger.
Lewis Page, 29 Jan 2010
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British poshos outdrink chavs

Figures from the Office of National Statistics show that despite what the government keeps telling us we are not a nation of drunks, and people with manual or routine jobs actually drink less than those with professional or managerial ones.
John Oates, 29 Jan 2010
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Google Apps goes loopy on booted-off Premier subs customers

Updated This article was updated to reflect that Google subsequently reported the error had now been fixed.
Kelly Fiveash, 29 Jan 2010
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Experts fret over iPad security risks

Apple's much hyped iPad tablet may come tightly locked down but the device is still likely to be affected by many of the security issues that affect the iPhone, as well as some of its own.
John Leyden, 29 Jan 2010
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Hong Kong Taoist masters still hard at it

A 47-year-old Hong Kong woman was conned out of HK$1.5m (£120,000) and persuaded to have sex with two Taoist "masters" on the promise of receiving HK$130m (£10.4m) in "heavenly treasure", HK's The Standard reports.
Lester Haines, 29 Jan 2010
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AT&T plans $2bn wireless overhaul

AT&T has acknowledged that its US wireless service is in need of an upgrade, and the company is putting its money where its apologetic mouth is, allocating an additional $2bn or so to upgrade its network in 2010.
Rik Myslewski, 29 Jan 2010
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Interpol chief questions body scanner rollout

The head of Interpol has questioned whether the ongoing scramble by western governments to install body scanners at airports is financially worthwhile and said they are is unlikely to stop terrorists.
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iPad Mini/Nano beta-tester: Of course it's real

Comments Our world exclusive yesterday disclosing Apple's pocket-sized, enhanced version of the recently announced iPad fondle-slab device has drawn a good deal of excited comment. Naturally there could be nothing tastier than whipped-up hype digested, excreted, eagerly gobbled up again and finally plopped onto a plate for your Friday delectation, so here it is. Yum.
Team Register, 29 Jan 2010
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Teletext toddles off as licence taken

UK regulator Ofcom has revoked the licence that allowed Teletext to broadcast text-based services alongside the TV signal - ending 17 years of independent interactive TV.
Bill Ray, 29 Jan 2010
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Spanish disco offers gals free 'consolers'

A Spanish disco is tonight offering free "consolers" to the first 400 girls who pitch up at the door, and promises the lucky recipients they're "going to vibrate".
Lester Haines, 29 Jan 2010
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Show me the money!

Workshop IT costs money, and the job of any CIO, IT director or manager will include some element of balancing the books. In their simplest form, budgets split across money for new acquisitions and one-off purchases, and money to be spent keeping things going, covering everything from contract renewals and staffing, to spare parts and toner cartridges.
Jon Collins, 29 Jan 2010
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Danes ditch Microsoft, take ODF road - at last

The Danish Parliament has agreed to ditch some Microsoft-based software in favour of the ODF standard from April next year.
Kelly Fiveash, 29 Jan 2010
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CpW unveils new identity excitingness

Details of the forthcoming Carphone Warehouse demerger are emerging: the company is to become "New Carphone Warehouse" and er, "TalkTalk".
Bill Ray, 29 Jan 2010
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IBM countersues Neon over zPrime accelerator

With mainframe revenues off sharply and likely to be so until the System z11 mainframes ship much later this year, IBM can ill afford to look the other way as Neon Software peddles its zPrime tool for offloading mainframe workloads to much cheaper specialty engines on Big Blue's mainframes.
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Lens firm promises shake-free cameraphones

Cameraphones will sport much improved image stabilisation within a year, lens manufacturer Varioptic has promised.
James Sherwood, 29 Jan 2010
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Bathroom scale plugs into Google Health

Not content with knowing where you go, both in real and cyber space, Google will soon know how much you weigh too - thanks to wi-fi-connected scales.
Bill Ray, 29 Jan 2010
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Google mystery server runs 13% of active websites

The Google Web Server - custom-built server software used only by Google - now runs nearly 13 per cent of all active web sites, according to the latest survey data from the web-server-tracking UK research outfit Netcraft.
Cade Metz, 29 Jan 2010
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Brits choose Altix UV supers to fight cancer

The Altix UV massively parallel supers might not be shipping until the third quarter of this year, but Silicon Graphics is lining up customers who want to get the box early. The latest customer to ink a deal for an Altix UV is the United Kingdom's Institute of Cancer Research.
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CA taps IBM alum as chief exec

CA has tapped another IBM veteran as its next chief executive officer, replacing its turn-around champion John Swainson, who retired from the IT management omnicorp's helm at the close of 2009.
Austin Modine, 29 Jan 2010
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Google (finally) pays bounties for Chrome bug reports

Google will begin paying bounties as high as $1,337 to researchers who privately report high-severity security bugs in its Chrome browser and Chromium open-source project.
Dan Goodin, 29 Jan 2010
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CIA, PayPal under bizarre SSL assault

The Central Intelligence Agency, PayPal, and hundreds of other organizations are under an unexplained assault that's bombarding their websites with millions of compute-intensive requests.
Dan Goodin, 29 Jan 2010
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Woman sues rail line for 'exploding' toilet

ROTM A woman is suing Chicago's regional rail system for injuries sustained when a toilet she used "exploded" underneath her.
Austin Modine, 29 Jan 2010
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PHP fluffed to suck data from Microsoft's cloud

Zend Technologies has updated its developer framework to improve the way PHP applications float on Microsoft's Azure cloud.
Gavin Clarke, 29 Jan 2010
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Apple video shows Flashed iPad

Updated Will Apple's new iPad support Adobe Flash when it ships in March? Not if you trust Steve Jobs' much-picked-over presentation in San Francisco on Wednesday - or the current EULA attached to the device's beta SDK. But for some reason, the marketing materials on the Apple website tell a different story.
Rik Myslewski, 29 Jan 2010