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AMD draws x64 battle lines with 'Magny-Cours'

With AMD's launch of its "Magny-Cours" Opteron 6100 processors today, another battalion in the x64 War of 2010 is moving into position, opposite the field from Intel's "Westmere-EP" Xeon 5600s. Tomorrow, Intel will roll out its big-gun "Nehalem-EX" Xeon 7500s, and in the second quarter, AMD will move its entry "Lisbon" Opteron 4100s into the front lines. The shooting will not wait until all the chips are in the field, of course, and this morning, the battle is already loud and smoky.
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Why the Google antitrust complaint is not about Microsoft

Google should spend an afternoon with Shivaun and Adam Raff, the two very real people behind a recent EU antitrust complaint against its web search monopoly. To meet the pair - co-founders of the British price comparison site Foundem - is to know you would never describe them as Microsoft mouthpieces. They're computer scientists by training and search engineers by trade, and with their European complaint - echoed stateside with an FCC filing - they've made a case that deserves a level of attention denied by Google's remarkably successful efforts to paint them as Redmondian sockpuppets.
Cade Metz, 29 Mar 2010
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Buying Solutions signs £6bn framework deal

The Treasury agency Buying Solutions has said that a pan-government framework arrangement with 20 suppliers could be worth £6bn.
Kable, 29 Mar 2010
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Toshiba Satellite T130

Review If Toshiba's svelte Satellite T110 was too small for you, the next model up, the T130, might not be. Both are part of the company's "thin, light and mobile" line-up, but while the T110 - reviewed here - is an 11.6in laptop that likes look down on netbooks, its bigger sibling is a 13.3in notebook that promises to be more fleet of foot than more mainstream machines.
Tony Smith, 29 Mar 2010
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Choosing an ERP implementation partner

Workshop Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) has been around for a long time, yet there is no de facto guide to making it work or any guarantee that you'll get what you want if you invest in it. Yet many thousands of instances of ERP from a range of software vendors are in play today. Despite the uncertainties, businesses make it work. So what stands between success and failure if you want ERP in your business?
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HP strike struck

HP managers will be celebrating this morning - a threatened two-day strike by 1,000 members of the Public and Commercial Services union has been cancelled.
John Oates, 29 Mar 2010
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Virtualisation and sorcery: We’re all apprentices now

Lab It’s funny to think what might be made of this virtualisation lab in a few years’ time. When we kicked it off back in December last year, we wanted to gauge where organisations large and small were really at – and after a barrage of questions and a solid level of feedback, we think we now know. Whatever the evangelists and early adopters might think about virtualisation, it’s still early days for many organisations.
Jon Collins, 29 Mar 2010
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WIN a Pogoplug 2 DIY cloud computing gadget

Competition The Pogoplug 2 from Cloud Engines connects your storage - external HDDs and USB Flash keys - to your own network and the wider internet beyond it. And we have one to give away to a lucky Reg Hardware reader.
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Capita bags another dealer

Capita is buying education supplier Ramesys from Lloyds Bank for £15m.
John Oates, 29 Mar 2010
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Are you a 'supertasker'? Probably not

Trick-cyclists in America say they have discovered that about 2.5 per cent of the human race are so-called "supertaskers", able to do more than one thing at a time without loss of performance. In particular, supertaskers can drive safely while talking on the phone.
Lewis Page, 29 Mar 2010
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UK Music wants Cabinet creative committee

Britain's music industry umbrella group reckons the UK could overtake the US by 2020, but it's got a few demands for policy makers. UK Music calls for easier digital licensing, less red tape on smaller music venues, and wants a cabinet-level committee to coordinate policy.
Andrew Orlowski, 29 Mar 2010
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Is iFlorist the greatest website in the universe, ever?

It's come to our attention that there's a bit of a ding-dong going down at Trustpilot as to whether online flower outfit iFlorist is the greatest company ever to do business on the interwebs or, well, not.
Lester Haines, 29 Mar 2010
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PS3 update to rid all consoles of Linux support

Sony will release the next PlayStation 3 firmware update this week, the company has announced.
Tony Smith, 29 Mar 2010
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Facebook prepares for another privacy row with its users

Facebook has once again decided to tweak its privacy policy, but this time the Mark Zuckerberg-run company has told its users to expect another overhaul ahead of making the changes - presumably in an effort to prevent the kind of protest the Web2.0rhea site suffered last year.
Kelly Fiveash, 29 Mar 2010
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N00b spooks to be pensioned off

MI5 has begun laying off older intelligence officers who cannot get to grips with the internet and other modern technologies.
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iPads sold out

iPad versions of applications will come at a premium, but with the iPad now sold out even the most spendthrift Apple fans will have to wait.
Bill Ray, 29 Mar 2010
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Virgin Media talks up 'simple' mobile tariff revamp

Virgin Media is to launch a line of "incredibly compelling" - so no hyperbole there, then - mobile phone tariff next month which it pledged would be a paragon of simplicity "in a market traditionally littered with complicated options".
Tony Smith, 29 Mar 2010
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Boy, 4, presses dad's iPhone, wins £500 eBay auction

A four year-old boy bid £500 for - and won - a bookplate signed by JK Rowling - while playing with his dad's iPhone.
Drew Cullen, 29 Mar 2010
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DNS glitch sends surfers to China

A networking error resulted in Chilean surfers being redirected to servers in China late last week. A smaller number of Californians were also affected by the snafu, which was inconsistent but persisted for around two days between Wednesday and Friday last week.
John Leyden, 29 Mar 2010
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Orange to slash price of top iPhone plan

Exclusive Orange will this week tweak its iPhone pay monthly plans to introduce a new package offering unlimited calls and unlimited texts.
Tony Smith, 29 Mar 2010
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MS coughs to Hotmail block

Microsoft has apologised to its UK Hotmail users after some of the software vendor's IP addresses were embarrassingly blocked due to spamming.
Kelly Fiveash, 29 Mar 2010
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Brits still getting bull from broadband providers

British broadband providers are still failing to warn punters that the real speeds they will experience are likely to be much slower than heavily advertised maximum speeds.
John Oates, 29 Mar 2010
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Best Buy trumpets UK store openings

Best Buy opens its first UK outlet, a superstore with with a 50,000 sqft shop floor, in Lakeside, Thurrock, in May.
Team Register, 29 Mar 2010
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Erotic trojan keelhauls Japanese pirates

Some Japanese aficionados of the "visual novel" who decided they'd really rather not pay to enjoy interactive erotic romp Cross Days ended up with their personal info splashed across the internet, TorrentFreak reports.
Lester Haines, 29 Mar 2010
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Official: Sony Ericsson X10 has no multi-touch hardware

A Sony Ericsson staffer has admitted that the company's eagerly awaited Android-based touchscreen smartphone, the Xperia X10, lacks hardware support for multi-touch operation, dashing hopes that the feature's absence might be remedied by a firmware update.
Tony Smith, 29 Mar 2010
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Radio lobby 'hides' 2m analogue receiver sales

Maybe the Great Digital Switchover won't be so difficult, after all. The UK's digital radio lobby group has redefined what an analogue radio is, giving DAB a stunning boost in market share.
Andrew Orlowski, 29 Mar 2010
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Nips slip past Apple censors

iPhone fans with a penchant for naked breasts and an inability to surf the web can now play puzzles containing risqué images - in apparent violation of Apple's 'no naughty bits' policy.
Bill Ray, 29 Mar 2010
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BT hijacks business browsers

BT is annoying business broadband customers by hijacking their browsers to nag them to download a branded desktop utility.
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Google pushes out Chrome 5 beta for Windows

Google has released a new Windows-based beta of its Chrome browser to its developer channel.
Kelly Fiveash, 29 Mar 2010
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Discovery is go for April launch

Discovery is ready for a 5 April launch on its STS-131 mission to the International Space Station.
Lester Haines, 29 Mar 2010
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Carphone Warehouse splits with self

Carphone Warehouse has completed its split into two companies, with one owning half of Best Buy Europe - whose first UK store will be opening in May.
Bill Ray, 29 Mar 2010
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AMD claims no premium for four-way chips

With Intel finally on par with Advanced Micro Devices in terms of CPU performance, memory bandwidth and basic server architecture, AMD is left to keep even or slightly ahead on performance and compete aggressively on price.
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Lords: Analogue radio must die

Digital radio isn't great and the public doesn't want it, but you're going to get it anyway. So recommends the House of Lords Communications Committee today.
Andrew Orlowski, 29 Mar 2010
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Trojan poses as Adobe update utility

Miscreants have begun creating malware that overwrites software update applications from Adobe and others.
John Leyden, 29 Mar 2010
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Avnet rings up Bell Micro sale

Avnet is paying $252m for Bell Microproducts - the 20-year veteran distie which specialises in storage kit.
John Oates, 29 Mar 2010
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Child safety tsar demands faster action

The UK may be a world leader when it comes to internet safety – but it needs to do more - that was today’s verdict from Professor Tanya Byron – author of the government’s current policy on the internet, Safer Children in a Digital World.
Jane Fae , 29 Mar 2010
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AMD signs Acer to hit Intel in the Duomos

Acer has set itself the target of grabbing 10 per cent of the enterprise server market after embracing AMD's make-or-break Opteron 6100 architecture today.
Joe Fay, 29 Mar 2010
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A quarter of underage children have social networking profiles

One in four underage children have profiles on social networking sites, according to research by media regulator Ofcom. The survey found that 25 per cent of eight to 12-year-olds surveyed have a social networking profile.
OUT-LAW.COM, 29 Mar 2010
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BBC ices launch of free iPhone news app

Next month's release of iPhone apps for BBC news and sports coverage has been shelved, while the BBC Trust probes the proposal.
Kelly Fiveash, 29 Mar 2010
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Tories to cut IT to keep National Insurance down

The shadow chancellor today announced cuts in large IT programmes would form part of a £6bn public spending squeeze under a Tory government, that would be used to cancel most of a rise in national insurance planned for next year by Labour.
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The Storage love-in

We at The Register pride ourselves on our ability to get under the covers of the technology industry, challenging pre-conceived ideas and asking the questions that much of the world daren't ask.
Team Register, 29 Mar 2010
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Ericsson pulls in $1bn from China Mobile

Ericsson has managed to flog $1.8bn of mobile infrastructure to China, signing a $1bn deal with China Mobile today and proving that Huawei won't win them all.
Bill Ray, 29 Mar 2010
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3view names the day it'll take DVB-T2 box orders

It's not saying when you'll be able to get your hands on the thing, but set-top box maker 3view today gave advance notice that it will begin taking advance orders for its Freeview HD box next week.
Tony Smith, 29 Mar 2010
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Big Windows Server users get prepaid Amazon fluffing

Windows server customers who've bought in bulk can now use their licenses to effectively access prepaid computing power in Amazon's Web Services cloud.
Gavin Clarke, 29 Mar 2010

Apple unleashes four dozen free Snow Leopard fixes

Apple has released an update to Mac OS 10.6, aka Snow Leopard, that aims to fix issues with QuickTime X, OpenGL, Windows compatibility, printer and USB-device problems and more.
Rik Myslewski, 29 Mar 2010
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Ex-contender for top IBM job pleads guilty on securities charges

The former senior IBM executive once considered a successor to chief Sam Palmisano and caught in an insider trading sting has pleaded guilty to two of the charges brought against him in court in New York.
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MS to release emergency IE fix on Tuesday

Microsoft has announced plans to release an out-of-sequence patch, designed to resolve a zero-day vulnerability in Internet Explorer.
John Leyden, 29 Mar 2010
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Tinfoil Condition Red! LHC 7 TeV mega-blasts today

Tuesday will be a big day at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), far and away the most powerful particle-punisher ever assembled by the human race. For the first time ever, boffins operating the colossal machine will cross the streams produced in its twin mighty hadron cannons, colliding particles at never-before-seen 7 Tera-electron-Volts (TeV) energies.
Lewis Page, 29 Mar 2010
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Video giant embraces Flash-phobic iPad with HTML 5

Adobe's Flash Platform took another hit Monday when a leading online video technology provider announced enhanced and growing support for HTML5, specifically intended to support non-Flash devices such as Apple's iPad, iPhone and iPod touch.
Rik Myslewski, 29 Mar 2010
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Red Hat previews Terabyte-bustin' next virtual machine

Red Hat's commercial implementation of its open-source KVM hypervisor, Enterprise Virtualization 2.1 (RHEV) is just four months old, but changes in server hardware and end users' desire to run fatter virtual machines has compelled Red Hat to kick out another release.
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Sun's IBM-mainframe flower wilts under Oracle's hard gaze

Larry Ellison likes to buzz rotten fruit off some corporate type’s head. Over the years Microsoft, PeopleSoft, BEA Systems, SAP, and Red Hat have lined up to be been duly pelted during calls with Wall St or during Oracle's mega OpenWorld customer and partner conference.
Gavin Clarke, 29 Mar 2010