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Google remarkets behavioral ad eyeball creep

At the very least, it's yet another demonstration of Google's uniquely creepy ability to control what you see on the interwebs.
Cade Metz, 26 Mar 2010
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Sun grows Oracle but stunts profits

All eyes were on Wall Street this afternoon as software giant and new hardware vendor Oracle reported sales of $6.4bn for its third quarter of fiscal 2010 ended in February, up 17 per cent from the year ago period. However, thanks to its $7.4bn acquisition of Sun Microsystems, which happened a month before the end of the quarter, Oracle booked $34m in acquisition costs and had $306m in restructuring charges and that helped push net income down 10 per cent to $1.19bn.
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Segway + motorbike = futuristic dorkmobile

Just when you thought that the Segway "self-balancing personal transportation device" concept had finally had a stake driven firmly through its überdorky heart, it's baaaack.
Rik Myslewski, 26 Mar 2010
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Apple display patent enslaves sun

An Apple patent application published Thursday describes a variety of techniques for capturing light from external sources to either replace or supplement traditional backlighting of electronic-device displays.
Rik Myslewski, 26 Mar 2010
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Games console 'killer' powers Avatar 3D power package

A fledgling gaming service claimed to be a "console killer" is being used to test delivery of high-end 3D modeling and design software from the cloud.
Gavin Clarke, 26 Mar 2010
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Desktop Colour Laser Printers: Best Buys

Group Test While any of these six printers can turn out a decent business page, with sharp black text and vibrant colour graphics, some definitely have more to offer than others and two stand out.
Simon Williams, 26 Mar 2010
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Xerox Phaser 6125

Review This printer has the lowest official retail price in the group by a good way and this feeds through to typical internet prices, where it can be had for around £139.
Simon Williams, 26 Mar 2010
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OKI C3450N

Review Alone among the printers in this group test, the OKI machine uses strips of high-intensity LEDs to illuminate its photoconductor drums, rather than laser beams. This makes for a simpler design, though in this case the machine is deeper from front to back than most.
Simon Williams, 26 Mar 2010
Lexmark C540N

Lexmark C540N

Review This is a comparatively big machine, in a case full of bumps and bulges, and has a similar arrangement of drums and toner cartridges to the Dell 1320C.
Simon Williams, 26 Mar 2010
HP Color LaserJet CP1215

HP Color LaserJet CP1215

Review This printer and the Canon i-Sensys LBP5050 use the same colour laser engine, designed by Canon. HP puts it in a case of its own design, but there are still many similarities between the two machines.
Simon Williams, 26 Mar 2010
Dell 1320C
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Dell 1320c

Review Tall and black, this big, square Dell cube makes its presence felt on the desk. Paper feeds from a decent-capacity, 250-sheet paper tray and there’s a single-sheet multipurpose feed, too. The control panel is simple, but includes warning LEDs built into a useful schematic of the printer.
Simon Williams, 26 Mar 2010
Canon iSensys LBP5050

Canon i-Sensys LBP5050

Review This is a squat machine, cased all in white, with a simple, LED-filled status panel. It has a single paper tray, holding just 150 sheets, which isn’t a lot if you print frequently. There’s a multi-feed slot for envelopes and other media.
Simon Williams, 26 Mar 2010
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Buyer's Guide: Colour Laser Printers

Group Test On price alone, you might think there’d be no contest between inkjets and colour laser printers, but the strength of the latter lies in areas other than the monetary bottom line. The key advantages are all results of the technology itself: cleaner quality print, more robust documents and higher print speed.
Simon Williams, 26 Mar 2010
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Dell and Caringo in OEM cahoots?

Comment Dell's DX6000 object storage platform, built using unidentified partner technologies, is set to compete with MC's Centera and Atmos products. DX software looks to be sourced from Caringo.
Chris Mellor, 26 Mar 2010
Colour Laser Printers

Desktop Colour Laser Printers

Group Test Laser printer have been hit hard by the rise of inkjet machines in the last ten years or so. Excellent inkjet print quality, especially in colour and on photo paper, caused many pundits to predict that was it for the laser - and the colour laser in particular.
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Times websites want £1 a day from June

The Times and the Sunday Times are set to charge for access to their websites from June.
John Oates, 26 Mar 2010
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Apple's iPad to launch with 30,000-volume free library

Apple's e-book reader application, iBooks, may be more widely available than anticipated, thanks to the inclusion of more than 30,000 free e-books from Project Gutenberg.
Tony Smith, 26 Mar 2010
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Tesco Internet Phone rings off the hook

Tesco is pulling the plug on its foray into VoIP, giving customers a month to find an alternative to its Tesco Internet Phone and Talk Wi-Fi services.
Bill Ray, 26 Mar 2010
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'Switch to Century Gothic to save the planet'

A university CIO says that sysadmins determined to do their bit for the environment - and save cash on printer consumables - should switch fonts wherever possible to Century Gothic.
Lewis Page, 26 Mar 2010
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Roger Boyes probes Vienna Boys’ Choir

You know how it is: you've got a hot story on the Vienna Boys’ Choir that needs writing up pronto, so you put your top man on the job...
Lester Haines, 26 Mar 2010
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GSMA trials spam snitch scheme

The GSMA is piloting a scheme allowing GSM users to report SMS spam to a standard short code, in the hope of stopping the trickle before it becomes a flood.
Bill Ray, 26 Mar 2010
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European conference sets agenda for cybercrime fight

The Council of Europe has called for a worldwide implementation of its Convention on Cybercrime to fight the growing problem of economic crime on the web.
John Leyden, 26 Mar 2010
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Asus goes all out for SuperSpeed USB

Asus is ramping up the number of device it offers with SuperSpeed USB 3.0 on board, announcing that more than 20 gadgets will feature the high-speed bus.
Tony Smith, 26 Mar 2010
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Sarah's Law review skewed by handpicked sample

Home Office jubilation over the "success" of its sex offender disclosure scheme may be premature amid yet more evidence of the Home Office twisting research to suit its own agenda.
Jane Fae , 26 Mar 2010
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Lads from Lagos pose as US troops to snare unwary ladies

The Lads from Lagos have struck again, this time posing online as US servicemen at war overseas in order to become "romantically involved" with American women fond of a man in uniform and then "prey on their emotions and patriotism".
Lewis Page, 26 Mar 2010
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How ready is your business for unified communications?

Workshop Although unified communications (UC) still has some way to go before it achieves mainstream adoption, businesses increasingly understand what it is and what it can deliver in terms of benefits to the business.
Josie Sephton, 26 Mar 2010
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IBM: Mainframe emulator part of a conspiracy

Comment Let's start with the obvious: there was never a poor bald geek's chance with a supermodel that IBM was ever going to willingly license its z/OS and related systems software so it could run on the commercialized version of the open source Hercules mainframe hardware emulator for x64 iron.
Samsung WB5000

Samsung WB5000

Review In the world of the serious superzoom bridge cameras, Samsung’s WB5000 is currently the company’s only fully-loaded model. It sports an 24x f/2.8–5.0 zoom lens, a 12Mp sensor with with RAW mode shooting and 720p HD video recording. It also features dual optical and digital image stabilisation, two user-defined shooting modes and the classic aperture, speed priority or full manual mode.
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Phorm turns up in Brazil

After months lost in a jungle of its own creation, Phorm, the much-maligned internet monitoring and profiling outfit, today emerged with new hopes its technology and the tens of millions spent on it might bring some return.
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Adaptec's caching card uses MS code

Adaptec has announced benchmark results for its MaxIS solid state drive (SSD) caching card and revealed it's based on licensed Microsoft code.
Chris Mellor, 26 Mar 2010
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Apple 'real cost' comparison shows inflation beaten mercilessly

A look at how much old Apple products would cost if they were released today doesn't quite show what it hopes to - that the iPad is very good value - but it does provide an interesting insight into the economics of technology.
Tony Smith, 26 Mar 2010
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The Pirate Party is the shape of things to come

Comment A clear winner is emerging from the Digital Economy Bill - and it's the UK Pirate Party. The penny only really dropped for me yesterday, after the Open Rights Group's big demonstration at Westminster.
Andrew Orlowski, 26 Mar 2010
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Vast 'Cloud 9' sky-wedding balloon destroyed in Vegas prang

An eleven-story-high helium balloon used for aerial parties and sightseeing has crashed to the ground and been destroyed by a storm in Las Vegas, fortunately with no-one on board. The owners intend to offer visitors a petting zoo while a replacement balloon is constructed.
Lewis Page, 26 Mar 2010
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Durex India eStore spills customers' personal details

A site that sold Durex condoms in India has threatened a whistleblower with a legal nastygram in the wake of an admitted security breach involving leaked client details.
John Leyden, 26 Mar 2010
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UK.gov biz department wonders if Twitter is worth the effort

The UK government’s business, innovation and skills department (BIS) is currently peering into its own Web2.0 navel in an effort to work out if it’s wasting time and money on “social media” websites.
Kelly Fiveash, 26 Mar 2010
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Saga servers quiver for Cameron

Staff at aged organisation Saga are all a-quiver this Friday in anticipation of a website meltdown when they start a live interview with Tory leader and grannies' favourite David Cameron.
John Oates, 26 Mar 2010
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ERP deniers their own worst enemy

Workshop As new ideas and technologies emerge and develop in IT, we typically go through a maturity curve. Lots of problems are reported in the early days as a result of unproven products and lack of market ‘know how’ which gradually disappear over time as offerings become more robust, experience is gained, and best practices are defined.
Dale Vile, 26 Mar 2010
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Third of UK students would strip their way through college

A third of female students would happily top up their funds by stripping while four per cent would consider escort work as a way to make ends meet.
Joe Fay, 26 Mar 2010
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Alleged spy traitor's bail bid blocked

A former MI6 officer who allegedly attempted to sell Top Secret computer files to what he thought was a foreign intelligence agency has had his bail application rejected.
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Orange days from major tariff refresh

Exclusive Orange is just days away from revamping its pay-monthly packages, Reg Hardware has learned.
Tony Smith, 26 Mar 2010
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Has Symantec sprinkled Veritas developers with pink slips?

Comment The fate of hundreds of Veritas developers hung in the balance this week as parent Symantec was rumoured to have killed off its S4 object storage development effort.
Chris Mellor, 26 Mar 2010
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World Cup-themed PDF attack kicks off

Miscreants have booted a World Cup-themed email malware attack onto the web, taking advantage of existing material on the tournament.
John Leyden, 26 Mar 2010
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Microsoft's Hotmail flicks finger at UK students

Microsoft’s Hotmail and Outlook Live servers keep getting stuck on a spamming loop that is locking many students and teaching staff at UK universities out of the firm’s email service.
Kelly Fiveash, 26 Mar 2010
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Anglia defends Oxburgh's eco network ties

The University of East Anglia has defended the choice of Lord Oxburgh to head its enquiry into Climategate.
Andrew Orlowski, 26 Mar 2010
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Beijing erects giant pong-away sprays at rubbish dumps

Beijing is putting up 100 giant deodorant sprays which can jet perfume over rubbish dumps in order to reduce their acrid smell.
John Oates, 26 Mar 2010
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Chattanooga devil dog eats cop cruiser

Vid Chattanooga cops have released a video of a one-sided encounter between officer Clayton Holmes's police cruiser and a local devil dog.
Lester Haines, 26 Mar 2010
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Xbox 360 firmware update coming on 6 April

It's official: the Xbox 360 is getting USB Mass Storage support on 6 April. And SanDisk will be releasing and Xbox-branded USB stick as a tie-in.
Tony Smith, 26 Mar 2010
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TechniSat Freesat set-top gets BBC iPlayer support

Own a TechniSat HDFS Freesat set-top box? You'll soon be able to gain access to BBC iPlayer on your telly if you do a couple of things.
Tony Smith, 26 Mar 2010
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Vodafone: get your Sony Ericsson X10 from us on 2 April

There's a huge buzz about the Xperia X10 - the upcoming Android smartphone from Sony Ericsson - and if you're keen to get your hands on one, Vodafone will set you a handset on 2 April, it said today.
Tony Smith, 26 Mar 2010
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EMC to converge CLARiiON and Celerra arrays

EMC is about to converge its CLARiiON and Celerra arrays into a new V-CX product, according to a pair of sources with knowledge of the situation.
Chris Mellor, 26 Mar 2010
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Mammoth patent troll holder snags smartphone threat

One of the largest US intellectual-property firms has acquired an "obscenely broad" patent that may cause migraines among the legal teams at Apple, Google, Palm, Motorola, NTC, and other smartphone makers.
Rik Myslewski, 26 Mar 2010
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Microsoft to extend Silverlight for Mac?

HTML 5 in Internet Explorer may mean Microsoft is rejoined the league of civilized nations on browsers, but another Microsoft technology remains under lock and key more firmly than ever.
Gavin Clarke, 26 Mar 2010
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Nokia sharpens Vision with Novarra buy

Finnish phonemeaker Nokia has announced that it will acquire the privately-held, Chicago-based Novarra, makers of the Vision mobile browser and server platform.
Rik Myslewski, 26 Mar 2010
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Kit attacks Microsoft keyboards (and a whole lot more)

Security researchers on Friday unveiled an open-source device that captures the traffic of a wide variety of wireless devices, including keyboards, medical devices, and remote controls.
Dan Goodin, 26 Mar 2010

Apple pries iPad moniker from Fujitsu

A week and a day before Apple's "magical and revolutionary" iPad is scheduled to be released, Apple has finally acquired the rights to its name.
Rik Myslewski, 26 Mar 2010