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Google unveils one ad server to rule them all

Google has unveiled a new ad serving platform for internet publishers, merging the platform it acquired from DoubleClick in 2008 with its native Google Ad Manager.
Cade Metz, 23 Feb 2010
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UK government won't be keeping mobile database

The Home Office has responded to a petition against plans for state registration of mobile phones, by pointing out that the state has no such plans.
Bill Ray, 23 Feb 2010
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ODF's doomed mission to break into Microsoft Office

Could Microsoft's Office team learn a thing or two from those building Internet Explorer and Windows? Depends on what's at stake - and to what extent they're forced to act.
Gavin Clarke, 23 Feb 2010
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Chuck Norris botnet doesn't infect routers...

A so-called Chuck Norris botnet is hijacking poorly-configured routers and DSL modems.
Austin Modine, 23 Feb 2010
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TomTom Go 550 Live

ReviewWith turn-by-turn navigation rapidly becoming the favoured give-away on smartphones, it's reasonable to ask what the future holds for the dedicated in-car satnav makers. Arguably, there will always be a market for cheap entry level satnav units, because not everyone has a smartphone. At the top end of the market, larger screens and advanced navigation options for the high mileage motorist should also help keep sales going in the right direction.
Alun Taylor, 23 Feb 2010
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Server makers end 2009 on a high normal

CommentNow that Hewlett-Packard and Dell have reported their latest quarterly results, it seems like a good time to do a post mortem on the economic downturn and its effects on server sales for the Big Three: IBM, HP, and Dell.
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Google restarts China talks

Search giant Google is restarting talks with the Chinese government in order to clarify the future of its businesses in China.
John Oates, 23 Feb 2010
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SanDisk and Seagate shipping big ones

SanDisk and Seagate are shipping their largest ever storage SD cards and SATA drives respectively. Tomorrow they'll ship even larger ones.
Chris Mellor, 23 Feb 2010
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Apple strips top shelf, leaves corporate smut in place

Apple has had a busy night pulling minor publishers' naughty applications from the iTunes store, leaving porn as the preserve of big business only.
Bill Ray, 23 Feb 2010
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WALL-E spaceliner smart hoverchairs debut in Japan

Japanese robot boffins - that is, human roboticists - have created a smart air-cushion hoverchair in remarkable WALL-E fashion. The chair's makers are touting it initially for use by the elderly, rather than the intergalactically indolent.
Lewis Page, 23 Feb 2010

Assessing your server virtualisation needs

LabOne of the appealing things about server virtualisation is that the “table stakes” are quite low. To virtualise a server, it really is just a case of configure the server, install the appropriate software, log in and off you go – or at least, it was last time I tried.
Jon Collins, 23 Feb 2010
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Car thieves making clean getaway with GPS jammers

Car thief gangs have begun using imported GPS jammers to allow them to escape tracking technology.
John Leyden, 23 Feb 2010
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Logitech claims 'first' three-year wireless keyboard battery life

Logitech will release a wireless keyboard and mouse combo it claims will operate for three years before its batteries need changing.
Tony Smith, 23 Feb 2010
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US must redesign killer hot dogs

The American Academy of Pediatrics is determined to tackle a major threat to the wellbeing of US kiddies: killer hot dogs which present a clear and present choking hazard.
Lester Haines, 23 Feb 2010
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Acer cautious over e-book reader roll-out

Acer has put its plan to develop an e-book reader on hold while it watches how the market develops, a senior executive has said.
Tony Smith, 23 Feb 2010
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Brocade drops the Ethernet ball

Ethernet and storage networking supplier Brocade has dropped the Ethernet ball while recording record quarterly results.
Chris Mellor, 23 Feb 2010
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Nexus One in trigger-happy 999-dialling bother

Google's Nexus One handset is dialling 999 when the user tries to pick up voicemail or call a freephone number, thanks to an over-enthusiastic update.
Bill Ray, 23 Feb 2010
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MPs bash broadband tax

MPs have branded the proposed 50p per month "broadband tax" unfair, arguing the government should allow market forces to decide who gets faster broadband.
Christopher Williams, 23 Feb 2010
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Polygamist Microsoft picks Amazon as latest Linux wife

Amazon has agreed to a cross-licence patent deal with Microsoft over the online retail giant's use of technology in its Kindle e-reader product and Linux-based servers.
Kelly Fiveash, 23 Feb 2010
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Wired defines the storage 'PornYear'

Wired has thrown down the gauntlet to El Reg's Standards Soviet by defining the storage "PornYear" - equivalent to 0.94 petabytes.
Lester Haines, 23 Feb 2010
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Administrators head for titsup training company

Advent Computer Training, which ceased trading in January, has appointed two administrators from Brummie accountants PKF.
John Oates, 23 Feb 2010
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Vodafone Ireland admits pocketing dormant PAYG cash

Vodafone Ireland has copped some flak for admitting plans to pocket credit left in dormant accounts, though it turns out that everyone else is already doing just that.
Bill Ray, 23 Feb 2010
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Chimps don't like short measures: Official

Barmen should be warned that chimps have demonstrated a "folk understanding of the physics of liquids" which enables them to tell the difference between a full pint and a short measure.
Lester Haines, 23 Feb 2010
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Toshiba ZX900 Cell TV

TV sales bounce back

World+Dog bought 211m tellies during 2009, two per cent more than the number shipped in 2008 despite an eight per cent decline in the average price.
Tony Smith, 23 Feb 2010
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iPad and smartphone rootkits demo'd by boffins

Computing boffins say they have demonstrated rootkits which can be used to turn your smartphone or "upcoming tablet computer" into a remotely-activated bugging or tracking system.
Lewis Page, 23 Feb 2010
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Council backs down on CRB checking grown-up lecturers

Caerphilly County Borough Council has today backed down from its demands that performers and authors be CRB-checked before getting on stage in front of a grown-up audience.
Jane Fae , 23 Feb 2010
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Mandybill petition puts hacks in a spin

A rash of reports fantasise today that the government has "dumped" or "abandoned" plans to boot the most persistent illegal filesharers off the internet.
Team Register, 23 Feb 2010
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Dell's order status website wobbles at knees

UpdatedDell customers hoping to check when their newly-purchased computer will be shipped are complaining about errors on the vendor's order status website.
Kelly Fiveash, 23 Feb 2010
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FTC warns 100 organisations over leaked P2P data

More than 100 organisations guilty of allowing private data to leak on P2P networks have received warning letters from US consumer watchdog the Federal Trade Commission.
John Leyden, 23 Feb 2010
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Apple iPhone tops 2009 smartphone sales

The iPhone was almost certainly 2009's top-selling smartphone after racking up world shipments of 24.89m units.
Tony Smith, 23 Feb 2010
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ARM strengthens low power hand, targets smart grid

As Intel moves into its heartland territory in smartphones, processor firm ARM is extending its reach in turn. With Intel's efforts to reduce power consumption dramatically in Atom as yet unproven, ARM hangs on to its power advantage, and is moving more aggressively into embedded wireless and the 'internet of things'.
Wireless Watch, 23 Feb 2010
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Pope pooh-poohs airport perv-scanners

The Pope has come out against airport scanners - or maybe he hasn’t, but those operating the scanners may be sinning all the same.
Jane Fae , 23 Feb 2010

The Myth of Three Strikes

MandybillIt's taken a national newspaper 18 months to report what two major British industries and several million Reg readers already knew: there won't be any permanent disconnections for file sharers.
Andrew Orlowski, 23 Feb 2010
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iPhone: The OS with big aspirations

Apple is advertising for an Engineering Manager to take the iPhone OS onto new platforms and new hardware, extending the OS, and the Cupertino control that goes with it.
Bill Ray, 23 Feb 2010

DIY music blow: Sellaband goes titsup

Last week the fabulously wealthy Luke Johnson - former head of Channel 4 and the financier behind Pizza Express and owner of the Giraffe restaurants - told musicians to get on their bikes and bypass the "corporates". They could do everything DIY-style, he wrote in his Financial Times column.
Andrew Orlowski, 23 Feb 2010
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Citizens rail against government data sharing

A new poll shows that Britons are becoming increasingly concerned about the type of personal information held by the government.
Kable, 23 Feb 2010
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Plan for top-level pornography domain gets reprieve

A plan to create a specific area of the Internet for pornography has been given a reprieve by a distinguished panel of judges.
Kieren McCarthy, 23 Feb 2010
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Intel and friends in $3.5bn tech stimulation

At a speech delivered at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC, this morning, Intel's president and chief executive officer Paul Otellini said that the chip maker was spearheading a $3.5bn investment by itself and venture and established tech companies to cultivate new tech companies and thereby create jobs.
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Street View dismisses German privacy fears

Google has dismissed German privacy fears over Street View, saying it will launch the service in the country by the end of the year, AFP reports.
Lester Haines, 23 Feb 2010
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Payment card skimmer secretly planted in gas station pump

Criminals racked up more than $11,000 in fraudulent payment card charges using a skimming device planted in a Utah-based gas station pump, according to reports.
Dan Goodin, 23 Feb 2010
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YouTube's IE6 support dies on March 13

Google will remove IE6-support from YouTube on March 13, according to a web post from the company.
Cade Metz, 23 Feb 2010
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60 million Americans don't use the interwebs

A new study from the US Federal Communications Commission says that 93 million Americans don't have broadband internet access at home.
Rik Myslewski, 23 Feb 2010
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Intel hit by 'sophisticated' hack last month

Intel says it was hit by a "sophisticated incident" in January in which hackers attempted to breach its digital defenses, making it the latest US company to admit it is being targeted by online miscreants.
Dan Goodin, 23 Feb 2010
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Gear6 throws self at Memcached Achilles heel

No matter how much people talk about constantly available cloud services, there's always that time when you want to upload something to YouTube and the site's unavailable due to "planned site maintenance." And just don't mention Twitter's Fail Whale.
Gavin Clarke, 23 Feb 2010
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Adobe squishes code execution bug in download manager

Adobe Systems on Tuesday patched a critical vulnerability that could be exploited to remotely install malicious files on end-user PCs when they install or upgrade Reader and Flash applications.
Dan Goodin, 23 Feb 2010
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Wal-Mart buys internet TV biz

Worldwide retail giant Wal-Mart is buying its way into the rapidly expanding sphere of on-demand, internet-based television.
Rik Myslewski, 23 Feb 2010

Windows gets reserved seating on Amazon cloud

Following the official opening of Microsoft's Azure "cloud" earlier this month, conspicuous competitors Amazon and Rackspace are hoping to woo developers onto their own sky high services with an array of new tools and discounts.
Cade Metz, 23 Feb 2010
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RHEL 5.5 - extra lube for your KVMs

ReviewRed Hat's Enterprise Linux (RHEL) version 5.5 has reached the beta stage with downloads available for those with a subscription to the Red Hat Network.
Scott Gilbertson, 23 Feb 2010

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