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News Corp boots MySpace CEO

After less than a year at the helm of MySpace, Owen Van Natta is stepping down as the social network's CEO, effective immediately.
Austin Modine, 11 Feb 2010
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Intel finds cure for CPU old age

ISSCC Intel has developed a research microprocessor that it claims can improve throughput of degraded chips or chip environments by over 40 per cent. Such degradation might involve variations in supply voltage, temperature changes, or simply aging transistors.
Rik Myslewski, 11 Feb 2010
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Can Sun's GlassFish turn on master Oracle?

In Hand of Orlac, a plastic surgeon replaces the crushed hands of a pianist with those of an executed murder. What at first is a godsend for the ruined musician may in truth be an agent of its former owner's insidious will, compelling its inheritor to murder his own father.
Austin Modine, 11 Feb 2010
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Red Hat projects to seed cloudy IT

Let's get one thing straight. We don't like the term cloud computing any more than you do
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Chip makers set for 'fab-lite' future?

ISSCC By 2025, vertically integrated megacorps such as Intel will be endangered species. Or not.
Rik Myslewski, 11 Feb 2010
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Unisys parts with server chief

Unisys has parted ways with senior vice president Rich Marcello, the man who ran its Technology, Consulting, and Integration Solutions business unit.
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BT revenues down

BT revenues for the three months ended 31 December 2009 were down four per cent on the same period last year.
John Oates, 11 Feb 2010
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HP, 3Com deal gets approval

HP's takeover of 3Com is likely to get the nod from European regulators this week.
John Oates, 11 Feb 2010
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MEPs slam Nokia Siemens for aiding Iranian censors

Updated MEPs singled out Nokia Siemens for criticism over selling censorship and surveillance systems to Iran on Wednesday, charges the networking firm said are unfounded.
John Leyden, 11 Feb 2010
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Drayson locks Forces chiefs out of Defence budget carve-up

Lord Drayson, the British arms industry's man inside the Ministry of Defence, has moved to lock the heads of the armed services out of the room in which the Forces' future is to be settled. This is being billed as an attempt to prevent interservice bickering, but it will leave the rapacious UK arms business facing almost no uniformed opposition in its bid to pocket more government cash.
Lewis Page, 11 Feb 2010
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Social networking sites slack on secreting kids' details

More than half of social networking sites assessed by the European Commission fail to hide the personal details of under-18s by default, the EU body has warned. It said that 50 per cent of teenagers display personal information on the internet.
OUT-LAW.COM, 11 Feb 2010
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Licensing in virtual systems still making us ill

Lab We know from extensive research carried out with readers of The Register that in the server arena, virtualisation is moving into the mainstream.
Tony Lock, 11 Feb 2010
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Isilon flashes up NAS clusters

Isilon, which makes scale-out NAS clusters up to 10PB in size, is turbo-charging them by adding NAND flash to speed metadata operations.
Chris Mellor, 11 Feb 2010
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Prisoners chucked off Facebook

The Home Secretary reports he's successfully asked Facebook to pull 30 pages owned by prison inmates, but promises that better cavity searches will address the problem in future.
Bill Ray, 11 Feb 2010
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Mozilla admits Firefox add-on malware false alarm

Updated Mozilla has admitted it erred in labelling one of the two Firefox add-ons offered for download from its official add-on site as malign last week.
John Leyden, 11 Feb 2010
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'Electronic fags' are useless - US prof's startling claim

An American professor has called for urgent regulation of so-called "electronic cigarettes", devices which are supposed to give a nicotine addict a hit of their drug without falling foul of smoking bans.
Lewis Page, 11 Feb 2010
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Apple, Microsoft fingered for patent infringement by Emblaze

Microsoft and Apple were hit with an infringement claim yesterday from Emblaze, after the Israeli tech outfit accused the companies of violating its streaming media US patent.
Kelly Fiveash, 11 Feb 2010
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Aging telco calls DWP, gets £237m payout

The Department for Work and Pensions has added another three years to its contract with BT for networked IT services
Kable, 11 Feb 2010
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Researchers rip iPad apart to reveal Apple's profits

Apple stands to make a profit of up to $483 per unit on its iPad according to a very literal breakdown by industry analysts iSuppli.
Joe Fay, 11 Feb 2010
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EU commissioner warms up for body scanner probe

The European Commissioner for Transport, vice-presendent Siim Kallas, is preparing a report on body scanners for the European Parliament.
John Oates, 11 Feb 2010
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Netgear ReadyNas NVX Pioneer Edition

Review Reviewing the RNDX400E was difficult from start to finish, not least because we were sent the RNDX4210 instead first. It’s an easy mistake to make though, since both the RNDX400 and RNDX4000 (notice the extra zero) series share pretty much identical hardware.
Emil Larsen, 11 Feb 2010
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US judges leave definition of obscenity to Amish, Kansas

United States judges are squaring up for an almighty battle over the proper standards to apply to internet published material.
Jane Fae Ozimek, 11 Feb 2010
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Apple tablet profits could hit £309 per iPad

Apple's iPad could cost the company as little as $229 (£147) to make. Not a bad margin, that, for a machine that will retail for $499 (£320).
Tony Smith, 11 Feb 2010
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Newborn Firefox gets first glimpse of life

Mozilla may have officially dropped the Firefox 3.7 name in December, but that hasn’t stopped the open source web troupe pushing out a first alpha of the browser for brave testers to tinker with.
Kelly Fiveash, 11 Feb 2010
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Intel says warranties evaporate when kit resold

If you're thinking of buying second-hand computer equipment off eBay, you'd better make sure it doesn't have "Intel inside" because – and this is official – Intel regards re-selling its equipment as voiding any warranty.
Guy Kewney, 11 Feb 2010
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Surplus astronaut right-sizing imminent at NASA?

There is concern at NASA regarding how to find work for all its astronauts following the demise of the space shuttle fleet and President Obama's bid to axe the shuttles' planned manned spaceflight successor, the Constellation programme.
Lewis Page, 11 Feb 2010
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Home Office to secure mobile phones

The UK's Design Council has been working with the Home Office to create technologies designed to prevent mobile phone theft - which is rampant, or not, depending on when you ask.
Bill Ray, 11 Feb 2010
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Promise ventures into Jasper Forest

Promise Technology is going to use Intel's Jasper Forest processors in forthcoming storage array products.
Chris Mellor, 11 Feb 2010
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Navigon adds Twitter, Facebook to satnav iPhone app

A Twittering satnav - what could possibly go wrong? The next version of Navigon's MobileNavigator iPhone app, 1.5.0, will feature both Twitter and Facebook integration, allowing you to alert you friends, family and millions of fans with your whereabouts, destination and estimated time of arrival.
John Lettice, 11 Feb 2010
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IBM plants Power 7 on Smarter Planet pitch

The chip story coming out of Monday’s Power7 unveiling from IBM is bigger than usual. Naturally it is doing plenty of the requisite feeds-and-speeds chest-beating, but there is a broader message directed at a wider audience.
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John Mayer tweets remorse over Playboy interview

US muso John Mayer has taken to Twitter to express regret over an interview in the March issue of Playboy in which he ill-advisedly used the N-word, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Lester Haines, 11 Feb 2010
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Google Buzz leaves privacy concerns ringing in ears

Comment What’s that really annoying humming sound bothering your lugholes? Oh yes, Google Buzz. Bah.
Kelly Fiveash, 11 Feb 2010
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Aussie anti-censor attacks strafe gov websites

The Anonymous denial of service campaign against Australian government websites on Wednesday in protest against mandatory net filtering plans was a relatively modest affair, but still managed to disrupt the access to targeted websites.
John Leyden, 11 Feb 2010
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Toshiba's second Blu-ray player nears Blighty

Toshiba's second Blu-ray Disc player will hit the UK in May, the company has confirmed.
Tony Smith, 11 Feb 2010
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Toshiba to tap out touchscreen laptop line

Toshiba's Satellite U500-1EX has become the latest notebook to hop onto the touchscreen bandwagon. The laptop's 13.3in display is multi-touch capable.
Tony Smith, 11 Feb 2010
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MEPs to US: Hands off our bank accounts

The European Parliament has rejected a proposed interim agreement on SWIFT - under which the US gets access to European bank transactions.
John Oates, 11 Feb 2010
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New airlock mini-sub for US Navy SEAL 'operations'

The US Navy SEALs, America's secretive frogman-commando elite, are to get a new and enlarged pocket submarine which will allow them to travel most of the way to an objective inside in the dry and then exit through an airlock before swimming on for their final approach.
Lewis Page, 11 Feb 2010
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Opera beta burns Chrome for top spot

Opera unleashed a beta version of its browser this morning, and 10.5 claims the lead over Google Chrome and Apple's Safari in the Javascript stakes. The speed improvement is down to a new Carakan ECMAScript engine.
Andrew Orlowski, 11 Feb 2010
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Sun-gazing sat heads for the heavens

NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) blasted off today at 15:23 GMT from Cape Canaveral following an aborted launch yesterday due to unfavourable wind conditions.
Lester Haines, 11 Feb 2010
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Big Blue eye glares at UK workforce

IBM has confirmed it is considering making more UK staff redundant, although no final decision has been made.
John Oates, 11 Feb 2010
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Red Dwarf's Kryten exposes iPhone number

Red Dwarf thesp Robert Llewellyn has been left a tad red-faced after exposing his mobile phone number to the interwebs.
Lester Haines, 11 Feb 2010
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MS update gives some XP boxes the Blue Screen

Applying the latest patches from Microsoft can cause Windows XP machines to crash with the infamous blue screen of death.
John Leyden, 11 Feb 2010
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SGI spins up Cyclone HPC cloud

Try it, then rent it or buy it. That's the new mantra from supercomputer maker Silicon Graphics this morning as it launches its own supercomputing on demand offering, dubbed Cyclone.
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Street View catches Finn with his pants down

The Finnish authorities have launched an enquiry into what they consider a serious breach of privacy on Street View, after a snooping spymobile captured a chap wearing less clothes than is advisable when Google comes a-calling.
Lester Haines, 11 Feb 2010
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Google extends Chrome for Fanbois

Google has released a new beta of its Mac-ified Chrome browser that accepts extensions and provides bookmarking syncing across disparate devices.
Cade Metz, 11 Feb 2010
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Juniper pays $169m to settle backdating suit

Juniper Networks has agreed to pay a massive $169 million fee to settle a class-action lawsuit with New York Clity pension funds and other investors over a backdated stock options scandal.
Austin Modine, 11 Feb 2010

Opera plays chicken with Apple iPhone police

Opera's Jesus Phone play is more clever than you think.
Cade Metz, 11 Feb 2010
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OpenOffice 3.2 is on tap

OpenOffice 3.2 is available for download.
Austin Modine, 11 Feb 2010
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Google's 'Musicblogocide' - blame the DMCA

The world is calling it "Musicblogocide 2010." We call it yet another demonstration that the DMCA takedown is a ridiculously blunt instrument.
Cade Metz, 11 Feb 2010
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Dell acquires SMB systems babysitter Kace

Dell says it will purchase Kace Networks, a maker of systems management appliances, which the vendor hopes will reel in more midsize business sales.
Austin Modine, 11 Feb 2010