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Oracle: destroyer of virtual worlds

Another of Sun Microsystem's almost-practical projects for Java has been shuttered now that Oracle holds the purse strings. Project Darkstar, an open-source application server catered specifically for massively multiplayer online games, will no longer receive Snoracle funding.
Austin Modine, 04 Feb 2010
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TPC adds power suckage to benchmarks

If server makers are already anxious about how big their iron is, they'll now also need to start worrying about how cool they are.
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Open-source Silverlight project drops early third code

The open-source project shadowing Silverlight has come a step closer to mirroring the latest edition of Microsoft's challenger to Flash.
Gavin Clarke, 04 Feb 2010
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Huawei E5 Wi-Fi/3G modem

Review Huawei's E5 is one of a growing line of compact, standalone HSDPA 3G modems that double-up as impromptu Wi-Fi hotspots. You may have heard of it as 3's MiFi.
Tony Smith, 04 Feb 2010
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Appeal Court: TV menu decision was irrational, but not unfair

A broadcasting platform did not break the rules on the placing of stations in its electronic programme guide (EPG) even though its decision was partly irrationally based and it used criteria not specifically listed in its policy.
OUT-LAW.COM, 04 Feb 2010
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Wikileaks finds cash to continue

Whistle-blowing site Wikileaks has secured enough money in donations to resume operations.
John Leyden, 04 Feb 2010
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Monster grabs Yahoo! jobs

Giant jobs site Monster.com is about to get bigger - it has bought Yahoo!'s HotJobs.
John Oates, 04 Feb 2010
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IBM preps biz info flow sniffer

Next month, IBM will demonstrate new business software designed to track how information flows across different systems and squeal when it spots potential flaws or alterations.
Austin Modine, 04 Feb 2010
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MoD turns to bloggers for advice on UK defence policy

With the major parties agreed that a full defence review is to be carried out after the election - thus avoiding any need to let the public vote for what it wants - one wouldn't expect yesterday's MoD green paper to say much, and indeed it mostly doesn't.
Lewis Page, 04 Feb 2010
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Singer wears ‘Twitter dress’ to Grammys

A British singer-songwriter was spotted at the US Grammy Awards this week wearing a hi-tech dress that displays Twitter posts.
James Sherwood, 04 Feb 2010
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Schwartz goes all of a Twitter

Jonathan Schwartz, now the ex-CEO of Oracle-owned Sun, went in the same way as he ran the company, oddly: he tweeted a haiku to his followers.
Chris Mellor, 04 Feb 2010
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Aussie ISP beats Hollywood on 'copyright' rap

The Australian Federal Court has found an Aussie ISP not responsible for copyright offences committed by its customers.
John Oates, 04 Feb 2010
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BBC 'to chop DAB radio flops'

The BBC may axe some of its digital-only radio stations, including 6Music and the Asian Network, according to a report. The Asian Network costs £25m but attracts only 360,000 listeners. It's reckoned to be as expensive per-minute as prime-time TV costume drama.
Andrew Orlowski, 04 Feb 2010
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DNA pioneer lambasts government database policy

The developer of DNA fingerprinting and profiling has said the government is wrong in retaining profiles of innocent people.
Kable, 04 Feb 2010
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HP ordered to pay £200m in interim damages ruling

The High Court has ordered Hewlett-Packard to pay BSkyB £200 million in interim damages, according to press reports. The interim award follows a ruling last week over a contract tendering process.
OUT-LAW.COM, 04 Feb 2010
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ARM boss forecasts mass migration to netbooks

ARM CEO Warren East believes that netbooks will come to dominate the PC market - and it won't be that long before it happens.
Tony Smith, 04 Feb 2010
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Carbon trade phish scam disrupts exchanges

Phishing fraudsters have extended their net beyond harvesting e-banking credentials via a scam that resulted in the theft of 250,000 carbon permits worth over €3m.
John Leyden, 04 Feb 2010
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PS3 sales up, says Sony

Sony recorded a strong rise in PlayStation 3 hardware and software sales during its third 2009 fiscal quarter.
James Sherwood, 04 Feb 2010
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Vodafone signs up 410k UK customers for Christmas

Vodafone's trading statement for the last three months of 2009 shows a steady shift from voice to data, though data still isn't bringing in enough money.
Bill Ray, 04 Feb 2010
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Webcam saves stranded man

This is nice. A German man stranded on sea ice was saved by a woman sitting at her PC 500km away.
Team Register, 04 Feb 2010
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The long and winding road to server virtualisation

Reader feedback "Move along, nothing to see here," said Reg reader Joshua 1, a self-confessed "old timer on the virtualisation front," in response to the question of whether server virtualisation was ready for prime time.
Jon Collins, 04 Feb 2010
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Symbian shares the source

The Symbian Foundation has announced it will be sharing the last of its source code today, putting the most widespread mobile OS under the Eclipse licence.
Bill Ray, 04 Feb 2010
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Acer punts Windows server for your stuff

Acer has introduced a Nas box based on Intel's old desktop Atom processor.
Tony Smith, 04 Feb 2010
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Men at Work swiped Down Under riff

Australian band Men at Work could be substantially out of pocket after Sydney federal court ruled that the flute riff from Down Under was ripped off from Kookaburra Sits in the Old Gum Tree.
Lester Haines, 04 Feb 2010
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Sony, Vodafone vie for X10 UK launch first

Sony Ericsson intends to beat Vodafone to the launch of its first Android-based smartphone, the Xperia X10.
James Sherwood, 04 Feb 2010
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Iran launches rat, two turtles, some worms into space

The Iranian government says it has launched its third spacecraft, this time carrying "a rat, two turtles," and an unspecified number of "worms" on a one-way trip into space. The rat, according to reports, is named "Helmz 1".
Lewis Page, 04 Feb 2010
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Politico sues politico

UK right-wing blog Tory-Politico.com has been hit with a cease and desist order from US site politico.com.
John Oates, 04 Feb 2010
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Sony 'actively thinking' about PSN access fee

The possibility that PlayStation owners could be forced to pay for access the console’s online network has reared its ugly head again, following comments by a Sony executive.
James Sherwood, 04 Feb 2010
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MS probes bug that turns PCs into 'public file servers'

Microsoft has begun investigating a flaw in IE that most affects older versions of Windows, and turns vulnerable systems into a "public file server".
John Leyden, 04 Feb 2010
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Sonos ZonePlayer S5

Review US firm Sonos first debuted its first products back in 2006, and it offered just about the best example of a self-contained, multi-zone wireless music system that had yet been seen. It featured an iPod-like hand-held controller and used the company's proprietary wireless technology – rather than Wi-Fi – to connect your PC to a series of amplifiers around your home, which could be connected to the speakers of your choice.
Dave Oliver, 04 Feb 2010
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Blacklisted UK colleges take Border Agency to court

Exclusive Several UK colleges are taking the UK Border Agency to court after they were suspended from approving student visa applications.
John Oates, 04 Feb 2010
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Blighty gets DARPA cash to put sat-phones in satellites

Pentagon crazytech chiefs have hit upon a new plan: they will equip future US military satellites with satellite phones. British firm Inmarsat has got the job.
Lewis Page, 04 Feb 2010
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H.264 video codec stays royalty-free for HTML5 testers

Freetards stand down - MPEG LA has decided to slash royalties to zero for anyone wishing to use the H.264 codec for free streaming of internet video until the end of 2016.
Kelly Fiveash, 04 Feb 2010
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Teen blogging is sick! (and not in a good way)

Teenagers are bored with blogging and are moving onto other public confessionals forms.
Drew Cullen, 04 Feb 2010
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Wales Audit Office boss sacked amidst laptop smut claims

Jeremy Colman, Auditor General for Wales has resigned from his £170,000 a year post after porn material was allegedly found on his laptop.
John Oates, 04 Feb 2010
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Motorola Devours el cheapo Androidphone market

Verizon Wireless will bring another Android-based Motorola smartphone to the US market next month. A glance at its specs indicates that it should be less expensive than Moto's flagship Droid.
Rik Myslewski, 04 Feb 2010
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Amazon fingers touch tech firm

Amazon is reportedly buying a company specialising in touch technologies, and recruiting hard to keep the Kindle at the front of the shelf.
Bill Ray, 04 Feb 2010
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Does Apple patent claim show iPad with built-in camera?

A strong hint that Apple will indeed include a camera in subsequent versions of the super-hyped iPad was revealed in an “image capturing device” patent application submitted by the company late last month, The Register has learned.
Kelly Fiveash, 04 Feb 2010
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NASA develops spaceship work robot called 'R2'

NASA, in partnership with motor globo-mammoth GM, says it has taken a "giant leap in robotic technology", having developed a robot intended to operate alongside humans in space and called - really - R2.
Lewis Page, 04 Feb 2010
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Google turns to NSA for help in cyberattack defences

Google is detailing a new data-sharing agreement with the US National Security Agency in order to better protect itself against apparent attacks from China.
John Oates, 04 Feb 2010
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Extreme pr0n suspect has his internet access suspended

A new threat for those suspected of ogling extreme porn arrives today in the shape of an internet ban pending trial. This is what lawyers might term "an interesting idea", and one that could come to cause grief far more widely if it catches on.
Jane Fae , 04 Feb 2010
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Chinese e-tailer lights up ciggie-lighter phone for smokers

Online gadget retailer Chinavasion has launched a mobile phone with integrated... cigarette lighter.
James Sherwood, 04 Feb 2010
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E-book readers are a satisfied lot

Owners of e-book readers - well, US-based ones at least - are very happy with their purchases, local market watcher NPD has revealed.
Tony Smith, 04 Feb 2010
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Big iron bolsters Q4 at Unisys

The rebound in spending on two upgraded mainframe lines and aggressive costcutting helped swing Unisys to a profit in the final quarter of 2009, despite ongoing revenue declines.
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Kit cracks iPhone backup passwords

Password cracking of iPhone backups has become a point-and-click exercise thanks to software unveiled Thursday by a computer forensics tools provider.
Dan Goodin, 04 Feb 2010
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Cisco's California sales on the double

With business brewing again over at networking giant Cisco Systems and poised for a recovery in spending on networking, the company's competitors in the server racket - mainly Hewlett-Packard, IBM, and Oracle - were perhaps annoyed to see that Cisco's "California" Unified Computing System blade and rack servers are continuing to gain traction in the market.
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Juniper bakes 250Gbps core router chip

Juniper Networks has said it has new silicon in the oven that will soon let its T Series core routers reach a full duplex per-slot capacity of 250 gigabits per second.
Austin Modine, 04 Feb 2010
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Apache terminates 'outdated' web server

An increasingly creaky version of the web's most popular web server has finally been retired after twelve years serving billions of pages.
Gavin Clarke, 04 Feb 2010
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Do Google's search warrant police run IE6?

According to popular perception, Google is the anti-Microsoft: a new-age outfit bent on re-architecting a flawed interwebs using nothing but open source software. The company runs its own flavor of Linux. It funded the rise of Firefox. And it eventually fashioned its own open source browser, Google Chrome.
Cade Metz, 04 Feb 2010
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Adobe to Jobs: 'What the Flash do you know?'

Adobe has fired back at Steve Jobs after the Apple boss allegedly attacked Adobe Flash for being "buggy" and referred to the Flashmakers as "lazy."
Rik Myslewski, 04 Feb 2010
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US bill seeks cybersecurity scholarships

The US House of Representatives has overwhelmingly passed a bill that would direct almost $400m toward research designed to shore up the nation's cybersecurity defenses.
Dan Goodin, 04 Feb 2010
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Domain auction house wrestles with alleged shill

Oversee.net CEO Jeff Kupietzky has revealed that the company is in active but pending legal action against the former executive who allegedly fixed tens of thousands of its domain-name auctions under the pseudonym “halvarez."
Kieren McCarthy, 04 Feb 2010
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AT&T lets 3G Sling TV onto iPhone

Updated AT&T has reversed an earlier stand, allowing Sling Media's player for the iPhone touch to stream live or recorded television over 3G.
Rik Myslewski, 04 Feb 2010