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Nvidia drives in second-gen Ion

Expect a raft of souped up netbooks to follow Nvidia's launch of its second-generation Ion graphics platform today.
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IBM sneak peeks Nehalem EX iron

At the CeBIT monster IT trade show in Hannover, Germany today, IBM will preview its forthcoming System x and BladeCenter servers based on the eight-core "Nehalem-EX" Xeon processors. While the Nehalem-EX chips have been pitched for the upper end of the x64 range, IBM is taking a different approach with its initial Nehalem-EX boxes and building modular rack and blade boxes with a fairly modest socket count.
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Oracle buys into Sun's 'Project Copy Linux' dream

A former Sun Microsystems' executive has re-assured worried OpenSolaris users the open-source operating system has a future under new owner Oracle.
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Cisco rolls out mobile VPN trifecta

It was back in October that Cisco first revealed its latest corporate vision to mush a whole bunch of enterprise Web 2.0-ish concepts into what it calls the new "borderless networks" architecture.
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MPs get ready to grubby hands in 'wash-up'

If you thought that the guillotine coming down on government business effectively halfway through the parliamentary session meant that much of the controversial legislation now before Parliament will just go away, think again.
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iPad launch may be limited to US, says analyst

Apple's forthcoming iPad launch may be delayed a month or limited to the US due to an "unspecified production problem," according to one market analyst.
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Race Telcom WiGoMo One

Review Tracking someone’s location using GPS technology is often regarded as sneaky or underhand, but what if you’re simply a paranoid protective parent craving the security of knowing your child’s whereabouts – day or night?
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OpSource puffs up VMware cloud

OpSource is beefing up the infrastructure cloud it rolled out in beta last summer and put into production in the fall.
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Google Chrome API experiments with browser history

Google has added a pair of "experimental" APIs to its Chrome browser, including one for querying and modifying the user's browser history and one for accessing info involving Google's new-age process model.
Cade Metz, 02 2010
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Secret documents: The Truth about MoD's UFO files

Following an announcement by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) that it will no longer keep files of reported UFO sightings, it has emerged after painstaking detective work that - in fact - it is no longer doing so.
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NASA sniffs out (yet more) lunar ice

NASA has announced that the Moon's north pole is packing substantial amounts of water ice, lurking in around 40 small craters.
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Getting there – the road to virtualisation

Lab Despite the annual technology prediction-fest that pollutes the airways each year, it’s fair to say that nobody really knows ‘where it’s all going’. And that’s good, because the world would be a bit boring otherwise. What we do have is a reasonable understanding of the direction in which things are going in general in IT. Plenty of room exists for exceeding expectations or horribly underachieving them.
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Qualys crawls into the malware scanning biz

Qualys is inviting sys admins to sign up to a new free service, QualysGuard Malware Detection, which provides alerts about drive-by-download attacks and malicious scripts on monitored websites.
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Climategate hits Westminster: MPs spring a surprise

Parliament isn’t the place where climate sceptics go to make friends. Just over a year ago, just three MPs voted against the Climate Act, with 463 supporting it. But events took a surprising turn at Parliament’s first Climategate hearing yesterday.
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Intel: Think of the children - give them PCs, not e-readers

Intel said school kids need computers, not e-readers, as it kicked off the Cebit computer show in Hannover this morning.
Joe Fay, 02 2010
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Gulag awaits Russian Olympic trainers

Those of you who like your Russia strictly old school will be delighted to learn that president Dmitry Medvedev has suggested that those responsible for the country's lamentable performance at the Vancouver Winter Olympics would be well advised to clear their desks.
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Unisys flags up customer storage waste

Unisys wants to alert its customers to their storage waste by offering a free analytics run, and then help them fix the outflow of wasted storage cash.
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NHS denies pre-election stitch-up

The Department of Health has denied accusations from the Tory party that it is busy rewriting contracts with IT suppliers in a massive stitch-up ahead of the election.
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Apple kicks out quack app, keeps boobs/farts

Apple has rejected an application that quacks on the grounds that it's pointless, apparently failing to notice the true value of what fills the iTunes store.
Bill Ray, 02 2010
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Windows Phone 7 blocks out popular HTC model, blames buttons

Windows Mobile 6.5 devices will not be upgradeable to Windows Phone 7.
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Hunt for murderer of lost golden cloud toads hots up

A long-running boffinry brouhaha regarding the disappearance of a rare golden toad has taken a new turn, with the latest team of scientists insisting that in fact human-driven climate change was not responsible for the creatures' demise.

Intel exec takes medical leave

Senior Intel exec Sean Maloney has had a stroke which will put him on medical leave for some time.

Intel shows off 48 cores

Intel demoed its experimental 48 core chip at Cebit this morning as it (almost) nailed down the dates for its latest real world server chips.
Joe Fay, 02 2010
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Converged IT stacks threaten storage interfaces

Comment In a world of converged IT stacks the standard interfaces on which external storage depends are threatened.
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WoW authenticators bypassed by middlemen hackers

Crooks have developed a man-in-the-middle-attack designed to circumvent authentication kit used by dedicated World of Warcraft gamers.
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Micron to make even teenier NAND dies

Not content with shrinking its NAND flash process to 25nm, Micron is heading below that level next year.

Sony: PS3 leap year glitch caused network lockout

Old-style PlayStation 3 consoles are now able to reconnect to the PlayStation Network, after a glitch in the machine's internal clock blocked access to the online service.
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Google now owns location advertising

Google has been awarded a patent on advertisements targeted by location, which bodes badly for any competitor without its own patent stack.
Bill Ray, 02 2010
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IEEE names 28-year-old woman its new 'Face of Engineering'

Global engineering association the IEEE has chosen a woman described by her supervisors as "the 'Energizer Bunny'" as its designated "New Face of Engineering" for 2010.
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3D TVs to drop below £1000 in 2012

World+Dog will buy 4.2m 3D TVs this year as early adopters pay through the nose for the latest telly technology: sets will typically set them back $1768 (£1184), US-based market watcher iSuppli has calculated.
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BBC confirms death of 6Music, slashes online budget by a quarter

The BBC plans to axe its 6Music digital radio channel by the end of 2011 as part of a pledge made by the Corporation's director-general to cut costs at the Beeb.

How to pimp your supercomputer

Today, The Register's resident HPC analyst Dan Olds discusses the HPC Advisory Council, for this exclusive webcast.
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National Theatre hack forces password reset

Some 17,000 culture vultures registered to the UK's National Theatre website need to reset their passwords after the site was hacked.
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The anthrax scare: Case and flask closed

When the US government closed the anthrax case recently, the committee to clear Bruce Ivins and all the conspiracy theorists again emerged from the closet. Because the case took so long and the bioterrorist was at the center of the US biodefense research community, careers and reputations were made and lost on it.
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Nokia intros last of its four phone files

The rumour did the rounds a month or so back, but now Nokia has confirmed that it will brand all future phones into one of four product lines.
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Oz watchdog nips Pammie Anderson's bikini-clad ass

Oz's Advertising Standards Bureau has declared that fantasy bikini-clad minxes hosed with cream in a slo-mo cavort is not a legitimate way to punt an internet domain registration outfit:
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Logitech unveils Harmony universal remote duet

Logitech has introduced two more models to its Harmony line of all-in-one remote controls.
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Android app brings in $13K a month

One Android developer is earning more than $400 a day from his find-your-car application, proving it's not just Apple fans who'll pay for basic apps.
Bill Ray, 02 2010
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Asus assures no more delays for keyboard-computer

Asus promised today that its much delayed Eee keyboard PC will finally ship in April.
Joe Fay, 02 2010
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Google Maps boss to Germans: 'We don't want to invade you'

The man behind Google Street View assured Germany the firm didn't want to invade as it sought to allay the country's privacy concerns today.
Joe Fay, 02 2010
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Universal label shows digital gains, praises Spotify

Universal Music, the world's biggest record label, said digital revenues grew eight per cent in 2009, even though revenue was €4.6bn, 6.2 per cent down on 2008.
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Panasonic punts glove-friendly rugged touchscreen tablet

Need a touchscreen PC you can use outdoors in the depths of Winter? Panasonic will have one for you in September.
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Buzz Aldrin goes Dancing With The Stars

Following his raptastic hook-up with Snoop Dogg, multi-talented Moon geezer Buzz Aldrin will be strutting his stuff in the forthcoming series of Dancing With The Stars - alongside cream-splattered beach strumpet Pamela Anderson.
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Apple accuses HTC of iPhone tech theft

Apple has begun legal proceedings against HTC, alleging the Taiwanese phone manufacturer has used iPhone technology without its say-so.
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Apple is suing HTC

Apple has filed a lawsuit against Taiwanese manufacturer HTC, citing 20 patent infringements including UI and hardware as well as architectural design.
Bill Ray, 02 2010
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Asus goes small on aluminium, big on Bamboo

Cebit Asus showcased its fourth generation Eee at Cebit today, along with its bamboo-cased business laptops and a series of gaming laptops with two of everything.
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Zombie tactics threaten to poison honeypots

Innovations in botnet technology threaten the usefulness of honeypots, one of the main ways to study how bot herders control networks of zombie PCs.
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Sony Pictures virtualises filers

Sony Pictures Imageworks, the special effects company behind Alice in Wonderland 3D, is virtualising its filers behind Avere appliances.
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IBM cuts more than 1,600 US jobs

IBMers from a number of different divisions of the IT giant say that the company initiated another round of "resource actions" on Monday, with somewhere north of 1,600 people estimated to have lost their jobs.
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LTO-5 tape comes from Quantum and Overland

Both Quantum and Overland have announced LTO5 tape products, but the LTO consortium still has nowhere for tape users to go after LTO-6.
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iPhone ego clash costs Flash at Virgin America

Updated Update: This story has been updated to show that although Virgin American is not using Flash on its home page, it is using Flash elsewhere on its site
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Woman called Window joins Apple

Ex-Mozilla security boss Window Snyder has joined Apple.
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FCC talks National Broadband

The FCC reckons that the private sector can't be trusted with public safety and that TV companies should sell off some spectrum to ensure broadband for all.
Bill Ray, 02 2010
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Microsoft wants to put infected PCs in rubber room

RSA A top Microsoft executive is floating the idea of creating mandatory quarantines for computers with malware infections that pose a risk to internet users.
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Chrome beta bakes in auto-translation

Google has added automatic translation and a more granular set of privacy options in the latest beta of its Chrome browser.
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Ballmer: One day, Bing will actually make money

Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer has insisted that one day, the company's Google-battling Bing search engine will actually make money.
Cade Metz, 02 2010
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Authorities dismantle botnet with 13 million infected PCs

One of the world's biggest botnets has been taken down, cracking open a global platform that infiltrated more than half of the Fortune 1000 companies, according to the Associated Press.
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Opera 10.50 goes from pre-alpha to final in 10 weeks

A day after Microsoft rolled out its Windows browser ballot screen to EU netizens, Opera officially released the Windows incarnation of its latest and greatest desktop browser.
Cade Metz, 02 2010
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US burg renames self 'Google'

Google is looking for US locations to test its own ultra-high-speed fibre optic networks, and there's no city more eager to be chosen than Google, Kansas.