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Google backpedals (again) on Buzz privacy

For the second time since the launch of Google Buzz last Tuesday, Mountain View has announced changes to its Tweetbookish Gmail add-on in an effort to answer complaints over user privacy.
Cade Metz, 15 2010

Android first to host Adobe's AIR for smartphones

MWC Adobe Systems is bringing its Flash-based AIR runtime to mobile devices, with Google's Android the first potential host.
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Weeny SIM Wi-Fi hotspot is here! But why?

MWC Another attempt to add value to the diminutive GSM SIM sees Sagem Orga squeezing an entire Wi-Fi hotspot into a SIM card - we're just not sure why.
Bill Ray, 15 2010
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Shell hit by massive data breach

Shell has been hit by a massive data breach - the contact database for 176,000 staff and contractors at the firm has been copied and forwarded to lobbyists and activists opposed to the company.
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Jumbo-jet ray cannon in missile-vape success

The US Missile Defence Agency's mighty, jumbo-jet-borne energy cannon, the Airborne Laser Testbed (ALTB), finally made good on decades of promises last week as it blasted a test missile out of existence above the Pacific. However the ALTB and its chemical laser technology have been relegated almost to the status of a curiosity in recent times, and the belated success is unlikely to see the project resurgent.
Samsung Wave

Samsung unveils Bluetooth 3.0, 802.11n smartphone

MWC Samsung has taken the wraps off the first phone to be fitted out with its Bada operating system. It also has 802.11n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 3.0.
SuperTalent MasterDrive SX

Super Talent's Superspeed super cheap flash

Flash product supplier Super Talent is putting together a de-featured RAIDdrive to deliver USB 3.0 speed for less than $70.
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Rootkit blamed for Blue Screen patch update snafu

The presence of a hard-to-detect rootkit may have caused Windows XP machines to freeze up after applying a patch from Microsoft last week, according to preliminary analysis of the problem from Microsoft's security team.
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Microsoft to cough up surprise SQL Server 2005 SP4 furball

Microsoft has pricked up its ears over customer demands for a fourth service pack for its aged SQL Server 2005 database, and confirmed SP4 will be pushed out before the end of this year.
Sony Ericsson Vivaz Pro

Sony Ericsson adds Qwerty keyboard to Vivaz camphone

MWC Sony Ericsson has added a slide-out Qwerty keyboard to its Vivaz touchphone, allowing it to append the new handset with the 'Pro' moniker.
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Yahoo! Nectar deal to link online ads to offline buys

Shoppers will have internet adverts displayed to them based on their offline shopping habits in a new scheme being developed by internet publisher Yahoo! and customer loyalty scheme Nectar.
Motorola Quench

Moto shows off eighth Android 'andset

MWC Motorola today took the wraps of yet another Android smartphone, this one called Quench and based around a 3.1in touchscreen.

Orange goes a bundle with euro roaming

Chewing up data by phone or 3G data card when abroad is a reliable method of chewing up money.
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Humax ships Freeview HD box

Set-top box maker Humax has begin shipping its HD-Fox T2 Freeview HD receiver to shops.
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Now IPCC hurricane data is questioned

More trouble looms for the IPCC. The body may need to revise statements made in its Fourth Assessment Report on hurricanes and global warming. A statistical analysis of the raw data shows that the claims that global hurricane activity has increased cannot be supported.

Putting an iPad through the Motions

Apple's iPad might be the latest thing, but Motion Computing has been selling tablet devices for more than a decade - long enough to work out what punters want from a slate.
Bill Ray, 15 2010
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Socitm 'disappointed' over government IT plans

The Society of IT Management has criticised the government's IT strategy for wanting to cut IT costs rather than deploy technology more effectively.
Kable, 15 2010
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Paris Hilton canes the Brazilian lager

El Reg's numero uno celebutard "One night in" Paris Hilton spent the weekend enthusiastically promoting Brazilian lager "Devassa Bem Loura", which brewer Schincariol is punting with a £34m campaign featuring the highly-talented socialite:
Toshiba TG02

Toshiba unwraps second-gen WinMo touchphone

MWC Toshiba has extended its line of Windows Mobile smartphone with an upgraded version of last year's TG01 handset and a new slide-out Qwerty keyboard model.
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iPhone must-have crowd inflates UK gadget insurance claims

Apple gizmo fans are committing more insurance fraud in a move to upgrade their iPhones to the latest model, a UK insurer has claimed.

IBM super is Met Office's 'chief weapon against British cynicism'

In the UK these days, everyone loves to hate the Met Office, sometimes for getting long-range forecasts wrong - it predicted a barbecue summer and a warm winter for 2009 - but mostly because they don't make the weather right.

UK jobs go at Getronics

IT services giant Getronics is cutting jobs in the UK after losing several contracts.
Archos 9

Archos 9

Review If you are Chinese then 2010 is the year of the tiger, but if you are a geek then it is the year of the slate or tablet. Obviously, most people are thinking about the iPad when they start banging on about such things, but the newest consumer targeted device of this ilk to hit the shops is the 9, the first attempt at a genuine UMPC device from French PMP maker Archos.
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Where does Mozilla go when the monopoly witch is dead?

So what would Mozilla do if it ever won? The question, which The Register asked of Mozilla Foundation head Mitchell Baker a couple of weeks ago, may be slightly premature, but Mozilla most certainly isn't losing, and The Beast, while still gripping hold of a goodly chunk of the browser market, is bloodied and reeling.
TomTom for iPhone

Apple ambushed in Barcelona

MWC The mobile industry - most of it - has finally got its act together to challenge Apple's dominance of mobile applications.
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UK.gov invests £4.3m in cyber-scam crackdown team

Updated The UK government has launched a specialist cyber-enforcement team and allocated extra funding for Trading Standards as part of a campaign designed to clamp down on online scams.
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IBM packs 'em in vertically

IBM is achieving Copan-like packing densities with the 60-drive DCS9900 disk shelf.
Sony Ericsson X10 Mini Pro

Sony Ericsson preps compact Android pair

MWC Not content with releasing one Xperia X10 smartphone, Sony Ericsson is planning to offer two more.
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Doctor Who attempted to overthrow Thatcher

Former Time Lord Sylvester McCoy has sensationally claimed that during his tenancy of the Tardis he and left-wing scriptwriters attempted to otherthrow the government of Margaret Thatcher.

Nokia, Intel merge mobile Linux offerings

MWC Intel has tightened its alliance with Nokia by merging its Moblin mobile Linux platform into the Finnish phone giant's built-on-Linux Maemo OS.
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Google co-founder: Maybe we'll stay in China after all

A month after storming the moral high-ground over China's hacking activities, Sergey Brin has declared the firm is happy to get off its high horse and kick its heels in the country a little longer.
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Chips make you chipper: Official

It's official: if you're feeling a bit down in the dumps, then filling your face with chips will cheer you up, according to boffins at Aston University’s School of Life and Health Sciences.
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Intel joins Nokia in Android attack

MWC Intel and Nokia have joined forced to create a new platform to take on Google's Android - MeeGo.
Bill Ray, 15 2010
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Too fat to fly: Kevin Smith and OpenOffice

News has surfaced of humiliation for two oversized geek icons. Director Kevin Smith has been deemed too fat to fly by SouthWest airlines, who turfed him off an Oakland to Burbank flight just as he'd buckled himself in. Meanwhile, OpenOffice has been deemed too fat for Ubuntu's NetBook distribution.

Voda goes ultra-cheap with handsets for the developing world

MWC In rich countries, the consumer buzz around mobile phones is all about iPhones and data and internet. But for cellcos, rich countries equal saturated markets, fierce competition and stand-still sales. They rely on the developing world for just about all their growth.
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Scareware scams switch to social network smut lures

Scams which attempt to trick users into volunteering personal credentials in return for free pornography have moved over onto social networks.
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Westminster politicos told to grasp Vista nettle

MPs hoping to have their House of Commons' computers upgraded to Microsoft's Windows 7 OS were hit with a nasty Vista setback last week.
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Holy Father turns on to Dad Rock

The Vatican has prescribed the perfect iPod playlist for Catholics looking to spend their summer trailing between carefree rock festivals rather than scouring their soul on foot-lacerating pilgramages.
Icecrypt set-top box

Topfield Freeview HD set-top announced

The latest in this spring’s crop of Freeview HD receivers, the Icecrypt T2200, has just been announced. A standard ‘zapper’ box, it supports the new DVB-T2 standard, and will receive both SD and HD terrestrial channels.
MSI Wind Top A2220 Hi-Fi

MSI pitches all-in-one PC at audiophiles

MSI has introduced an all-in-one touchscreen desktop its claims is the bee's knees for PC audio.
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CardersMarket hacking kingpin jailed for 13 years

Prolific malicious hacker Max Ray Vision was jailed for 13 years over a series of massive credit card scams that cost US banks an estimated $86 million.
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Microsoft re-tiles mobile platform for Windows 7 era

MWC Microsoft has rewritten its mobile platform at last, but the competition still has eight months before Windows Phone 7 Series handsets slip into pockets.
Bill Ray, 15 2010
Windows Phone 7 Series

Windows Phone 7 Series launched

MWC Windows Mobile, farewell. Welcome, Windows Phone 7 Series.
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Scenic overlook bolted onto ISS

The premier - and most exclusive - place to observe Earth has been successfully latched and bolted to the planet-side port of the International Space Station's new Tranquility node, NASA said on Monday.
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Vendors applaud fanboi-lite Macworld

The first Macworld Expo without Apple at its core wrapped up over the weekend in San Francisco. And despite the, shall we say, "more intimate" nature of the event, vendors with whom The Reg spoke were uniformly positive.
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Juniper readies Pulse security for mobiles

Juniper Networks has unzipped several new products for wireless devices this weekend as a counterpoint to Cisco's own ambitions in the mobile space.