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DWP upped IT development spend by a third

The Department for Work and Pensions increased its IT development budget from £224m in 2006-07 to £303m in 2008-09 to introduce online services.
Kable, 16 2010
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Intel pushes workhorse Xeons to six cores

The first volley in the volume x64 server price war was officially fired today, with Intel rolling out its "Westmere-EP" Xeon 5600 processor. Rival Advanced Micro Devices is widely expected to counter with its "Magny-Cours" Opteron 6100 processors on March 29, to be followed by the long-awaited launch of Intel's "Nehalem-EX" Xeon 7500s on March 30.
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Opera unleashes final Opera Mini 5 and Opera Mobile 10

Opera has released final versions of its Opera Mini 5 browser for Java-based phones and BlackBerries and its Opera Mobile 10 browser for Symbian S60-based devices and Windows Mobile phones.
Cade Metz, 16 2010
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Sony Bloggie

Review With our lives increasingly being played out on Twitter, Flickr, Facebook and Youtube, the market is awash with pocketable camcorders from the likes of Flip, Kodak and Creative to satisfy this on-line craving. Indeed, just about all the players in this game have released revitalised HD versions recently, with Sony’s Bloggie being among the latest arrivals.
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ID cards have three databases, says minister

Identity minister Meg Hillier says that the Identity and Passport Service has "custom built" its own database for the identity card scheme.
Kable, 16 2010
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Sheffielders must retune their Freeview boxes tomorrow

Readers in the Sheffield area will tomorrow need to retune their Freeview boxes if they want to carry on watching BBC channels.
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PC sales are back in the black

After a miserable six months PC sales got back into positive territory in the second half of 2009.
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Windows Phone 7 - what's in and what's out

Mix10 "In this release, our focus is on phones purchased by consumers," said Microsoft’s Charlie Kindel, describing the Windows Phone 7 developer platform to attendees at the Mix conference in Las Vegas on Monday.
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LibDems drop net blocking, blame activists

Mandybill LibDem peers agreed to drop their controversial net-blocking clause from the Digital Economy Bill after the government advised that the proposal would be legally unenforceable. It means the Bill now heads for the Commons with one of the key copyright infringement countermeasures up in the air, although it's likely to be a return to Plan A (ministerial superpowers) rather than judicial oversight by the Courts, as the LibDems' Plan B proposed.
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Small biz suffocated by employment red tape

Britain's small businesses are struggling with the constant flow of employment red tape emitted by Westminster.
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US Marine robot supply skyhook compo: Enter the A160T

Mighty aerospace mammoth Boeing has made a late entry in the contest to supply the US Marines with robot helicopter supply skyhooks, able to move stuff in and out of isolated forward bases in Afghanistan without input from human operators.


LSI is announcing a 6Gbit/s SAS switch that enables servers in a rack to share direct-attached storage, turning DAS into a rack SAN.
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Twitter seeks to embed self in everything

Twitter has unveiled a new set of tools for embedding its Web2.0rhea service in third-party websites.
Cade Metz, 16 2010
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Reality star Pratt shuns showbiz to be cybercrime superhero

A star from the The Hills reality show has announced his supposed intention to take a break from his lucrative TV career in order to fight cybercrime.
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Sony announces pre-announced netbook revamp

Sony has launched the Vaio M netbook that retailers began including on their websites a couple of weeks ago.

LSI and Seagate take on Fusion-io with flash

LSI and Seagate are sampling an LSI-branded server bus flash card, taking on Fusion-io which has been running away with this kind of product.
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Google fails to grab Nexus name

Google has demonstrated that it too can name a phone without waiting until it owns the name: its attempt to get Nexus One recognised as a trade mark has been rejected.
Bill Ray, 16 2010
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Google vows to delete Chrome's unique client ID

Google is changing the way it handles the unique identifier that accompanies each installation of its Chrome browser.
Cade Metz, 16 2010
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Street View plays spot the army numberplate

We reckon Google has done a pretty good job with its Street View blurring tech, protecting innocent UK numberplates from public scrutiny, and it's fair to say that the army only has itself to blame for the military's insistence on using a different format to the civvy world:

After Sony PSP phone, a 3G Nintendo DS?

Mobile gaming lies at the heart of all the best smartphone rumors this quarter, so it's no surprise that talk of a Nintendo handset have resurfaced.
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EMC's big DaaDy box

Comment EMC's super-duper globally federating Data-at-a-Distance scheme requires a box to do the work. No box - no federation. So what has Tucci got up his sleeve?
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Pirate Bay blocking row silenced in Norway

The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) and a pro-copyright group have given up their fight to get telecoms outfit Telenor to block access to The Pirate Bay in Norway.
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US Army considered attack on Wikileaks

It is claimed that leaked documents show the US Army felt sufficiently threatened by security breaches on Wikileaks that it considered ways it might wreck the site.
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Twitterati swarm on malaria campaign

The UN Special Envoy for Malaria has released the names of his Social Media Group who have promised to do their bit to keep malaria prevention programmes in the public eye.
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Manchester's on fire for ID cards, claims ID minister

Home Office Identity Minister Meg Hillier is now pitching ID cards as a weapon against social exclusion, and has mysteriously truffled-up nearly 6,000 extra ID card enthusiasts, meaning enrolments will hit 10,000 next week. Was it not just last week she said they'd only had 4,307 applications? Yes it was.
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China tells Google to obey law even if it's leaving

China has warned Google that it must obey government rules even if it decides to exit the country.
Cade Metz, 16 2010
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Five loses Freeview HD bandwidth

Five will not appear on Freeview HD before 2012 after the channel failed to satisfy broadcasting watchdog Ofcom that it is fully committed to HD.
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Anti-virus suites still can't block Google China attack

Analysis The vast majority of consumer anti-virus products are still failing to block the Operation Aurora exploits used in the high profile attack against Google and other blue-chip firms last December, according to independent tests.
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Jobcentre ejects Jedi Knight

A Southend Jedi Knight who refused to dehood in his local Jobcentre was escorted from the premises by security stormtroopers, the Sun reports.
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'The LHC will implode the Moon or PUT OUT THE SUN'

Tinfoil Tuesday Here on the Reg Large Hadron Collider (LHC) desk, where we follow the rollercoaster triumphs and disasters which occur at the world's mightiest particle-thrasher, there are occasional quiet spells. Right now, for instance, the titanic machine is shut down for a couple of days' technical tweaks.
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SNCF website announces major train disaster

French railway operator SNCF has apologised after its website earlier today announced a major disaster involving a TGV, which left 102 dead and 380 injured.
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Sky to pack pubs with 3D TVs

Sky has bought 15,000 3D TVs from LG and will install them in pubs... er... "public venues" the length and breadth of the land.
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Panorama unleashes Torrents of Web2.0rhea

BBC1's flagship current affairs program was devoted to file sharing last night, and contained something to piss off a range of lobbyists.
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O2 gets exclusive on Samsung Jet Ultra Edition touchphone

O2 has won the exclusive rights to sell Samsung's BBC iPlayer-enabled Jet Ultra Edition touchscreen handset.
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Home Office, EHRC rap top cop knuckles

The age-old dilemma of whether the police need more powers in order to carry out their job effectively was back in the public arena this week.
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Shuttle gets a handle on all-in-one touchscreen PCs

Shuttle has revamped its Atom-based all-in-one touchscreen PC design, equipping the DIY computer with a skinny, 36mm-thick case and a handle to carry it around.

Googlephone sales top, um, 135,000

Google has sold a mere 135,000 Nexus One phones since the smartphone's much-ballyhooed launch on 5 January, according to the latest numbers from mobile analytics outfit Flurry.
Cade Metz, 16 2010
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PayPal says sorry to Cryptome

PayPal's chief of legal affairs has apologised to Cryptome after the eBay-owned payment service confiscated its funds without explanation. John Muller, ultimately responsible for setting PayPal's guidelines, says the payment company made a mistake. He adds that he was a fan and former donor to Cryptome.

Pliant's SSDs are awesome, says Pliant

Solid state drive startup Pliant has announced a benchmark saying its SSDs rock - as it said back in September. Why is it bothering to tell us?
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Intel wants vintage x64 servers on rubbish heap

With the economy on the mend - at least by gross measures that may not mean a hill of beans to people on the street - Intel thinks it is putting its "Westmere-EP" Xeon 5600 processors into the field at precisely the right time. Not only are people more willing to spend money than they were a year ago, but their aged servers are one year older and closer to death.
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Microsoft's Internet Explorer 9 embraces - yes - HTML5

Microsoft is focusing on performance and HTML 5 standards support in Internet Explorer 9, the next version of its web browser.
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Computer forensics tool for banks aims to trace Trojans

Transaction security firm Trusteer has launched a remote forensics service designed to allow banks to diagnose if a client's PC has been infected with malware following incidents of suspected fraud.
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Waledac botnet 'decimated' by MS takedown

Communications within the notorious Waledac botnet have been "effectively decimated," thanks to a novel takedown approach that combined court actions with a variety of technical measures, a Microsoft program manager said Tuesday.
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SGI punts baby Xeon blade box

While a lot of server makers are merely talking up how their existing machines support the new six-core "Westmere-EP" Xeon 5600 processors from Intel, which launched today and which offer some advantages over prior generations of x64 chips, Silicon Graphics is actually putting a new Xeon 5600 machine into the field.
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Navy, NASA 'committed' to restoring Silicon Valley Colossus

The long-running campaign to restore Silicon Valley's beloved 1930s mega-relic, Hangar One, has passed another milestone: the US Navy and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) have jointly "committed" to reskinning the toxically troublesome edifice.
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Feds use phony MySpace profiles to nab bad guys

Undercover US agents are infiltrating MySpace, Facebook, and other social networking sites with false online profiles in an attempt to nab users under investigation for breaking the law, a Justice Department document reveals.

IBM taps Red Hat KVM virt for dev cloud

Big Blue wants developers to create and test their code on its IBM Cloud, and it expects them to code for Red Hat's commercial implementation of the open source KVM hypervisor for x64 servers.
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Twitter plans Chinese presence

Google may be "99.9 per cent" certain that it will leave China, but Twitter will instead move into the Middle Kingdom.
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Feds sue Russian for stock pump and dump hack

The US Securities and Exchange Commission accused a Russian man of earning more than $255,000 in illegal stock sales by using hijacked brokerage accounts to artificially manipulate the price of shares in more than three dozen companies.