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Commodore 64 may come back as Warren Beatty

When the Commodore 64 returns from the dead, it may not be called the Commodore 64.
Cade Metz, 15 Apr 2010
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Big Blue juices OS formerly known as 400

In conjunction with the launch of Power7-based blade servers this week, IBM is also delivered a long-awaited upgrade to its proprietary i For Business operating system (formerly known as OS/400), with i 7.1 bringing native XML and encryption capabilities to the integrated database management system embedded in the OS. IBM is also adding features to i 7.1's compiler tools that allow them to create applications without using the legacy green-screen protocols that have defined IBM midrange systems for more than 40 years.
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OU: Digital divide now between clued and clueless

The vice chancellor of the Open University has said the digital divide is now between people who do and do not understand how to exploit IT fully.
Kable, 15 Apr 2010
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US gov cries foul on MPAA piracy claims

That massive amount of money that business groups such as the Business Software Alliance (BSA) and the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) claim is being lost due to piracy and copyright infringement? Well, fuggedaboutit.
Rik Myslewski, 15 Apr 2010
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Is Oracle severing its LSI relationship?

We're hearing rumours that Oracle is ending the Sun-LSI relationship whereby Sun incorporated drive arrays from LSI.
Chris Mellor, 15 Apr 2010
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Novero TheFirstOne designer Bluetooth headset

Review Apparently comprised of ex-Nokia hands, Novero is a company focused on phone accessories for users on the move. The matter-of-factly entitled, TheFirstOne is Novero’s designer Bluetooth headset heralded to ‘change the way we look at technology’ and is priced accordingly at £120.
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Commissioner pledges protection for net neutrality

Internet users must be able to access whatever content they want, regardless of telecoms companies' demands that high-bandwidth publishers pay them, according to a European Commissioner ahead of a consultation on net neutrality.
OUT-LAW.COM, 15 Apr 2010
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Volcanic ash grounds dozens of UK flights

Hundreds of passengers are likely to be stranded this morning as a volcanic ash plume has grounded flights across the country.
John Oates, 15 Apr 2010
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Herd of sheep, off tits on drugs, savagely Tased

In shock* news it has emerged that a group of sheep in America, out of their minds on Class A drugs, have been repeatedly blasted using controversial electric Taser stun weapons.
Lewis Page, 15 Apr 2010
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HP fingered in bribe probe

HP's headquarters in Moscow were raided by Russian investigators yesterday looking for evidence the computer giant bribed its way to victory in a big contract.
John Oates, 15 Apr 2010
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All-in-ones grease great quarter for PCs

Who said desktops were dead? Worldwide sales of PCs soared 24.2 per cent in Q1, compared with last year when the market slumped by seven per cent. The rebound was fuelled by both desktop and portable shipments, both of which exceeded expectations, IDC said.
Hard Reg, 15 Apr 2010
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Sony pledges 'affordable' 3D TV experience

Sony today pledged to make viewing this summer's World Cup in 3D "more affordable", momentarily forgetting that - so far - no one is broadcasting the matches in more than two dimensions here.
Tony Smith, 15 Apr 2010
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Sony preps pair of PS3 3D updates

Sony has roadmapped two key PlayStation 3 firmware updates that will bring stereoscopic 3D functionality to the games console.
Tony Smith, 15 Apr 2010
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Wii Fit fall woman turns into nympho

A Manchester woman who took a tumble from her Wii Fit board is suffering an earth-moving side effect of the Nintendo-related mishap: she's now a nymphomaniac.
Lester Haines, 15 Apr 2010
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Two new LTO tape gens announced

The Linear Tape Open Consortium has announced two more LTO tape generations, taking capacity up to 32TB compressed with LTO-8.
Chris Mellor, 15 Apr 2010
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Swiss HSBC data breach victim count trebles

A French prosecutor said bank account details of 79,000 customers was stolen from the Swiss subsidiary of HSBC, three times the number previously admitted by the bank.
John Leyden, 15 Apr 2010
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Toshiba tips hat into tablet ring

Toshiba has confirmed plans to release an iPad-alike tablet later this year powered by Google's Android OS.
Tony Smith, 15 Apr 2010
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Game unwraps software too early for some

Game Group PLC has gone into mini-crisis management mode, after selling ex-display stock as new to online buyers on gamestation and gameplay websites.
Hard Reg, 15 Apr 2010
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Shrek's Donkey poses with bustier-clad strumpet

DreamWorks and Paramount big-wigs are none too happy with a fashion shoot in men's mag VMan, featuring characters from the Shrek movie franchise cavorting with scantily-clad models.
Lester Haines, 15 Apr 2010
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Facebook starts random application shutdown

Updated Facebook has started shutting down iPhone applications, taking a sudden interest in trademark infringement in naming and logos - some of the time, anyway.
Bill Ray, 15 Apr 2010
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US librarian in chief puts Twitter into aspic

The short-form outpourings of Stephen Fry, Ashton Kutcher and millions of other Twitterers are to be preserved for the ages after the US Library of Congress revealed it would begin archiving Twitter.
Joe Fay, 15 Apr 2010
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DNS Trojan poses as iPhone unlocking utility

An application that offers to unlock iPhones is actually designed to hijack internet connections on compromised Windows PCs, security watchers warn.
John Leyden, 15 Apr 2010
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IBM predicts reoffending rates for prisoners

The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice is paying IBM to provide it with software which will predict which of its charges are most likely to reoffend, following a similar deal in the UK.
John Oates, 15 Apr 2010
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Death row inmate claims allergy to lethal injection

An Ohio death row inmate is attempting to postpone his imminent appointment with the lethal injection gurney by claiming a possible allergy to the anaesthetic used by the state to dispatch its condemned prisoners.
Lester Haines, 15 Apr 2010
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Opera Mini tops the iTunes chart, but can it make any money?

iPhone users are tuning to the Opera Mini browser, which now tops free apps polls around the world. But giving away a product isn't necessarily the best way to make money.
Bill Ray, 15 Apr 2010
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He gave me the hairless eyeball

"Hello everyone, this is my giant disembodied eye project," says Nirav Patel, a software development engineer at Apple, who thinks up interesting stuff in his spare time.
Hard Reg, 15 Apr 2010
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Blighty's first home grown war robot takes to Welsh skies!

The UK tentacle of French arms giant Thales is delighted today to announce that its new "Watchkeeper" drone aircraft for the British Army has made its first flight in UK airspace. The machine first flew in 2008, above Israel, where the Hermes 450 it is based on is made.
Lewis Page, 15 Apr 2010
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Lenovo ThinkPad X100e

Review As netbooks approach adolescence, they're outgrowing the original bargain basement specs and compromises acceptable to a beach girl, and heading towards £500. But around this price they're meeting ever-cheaper thin and light notebooks, or "ultraportables". The result is an overcrowded and confusing market place.
Andrew Orlowski, 15 Apr 2010
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Why doesn't Nokia buy Palm?

Comment Nokia has endured a painful two years - a kind of corporate Lost Weekend. Instead of alcoholism, Nokia found itself distracted by completely avoidable, self-inflicted corporate restructuring and IP issues, and so technologies we saw two years ago will only start to appear in phones next year.
Andrew Orlowski, 15 Apr 2010
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More vultures attack Compellent

Two more legal firms have joined in the hunt to extract cash from Compellent and deliver it to aggrieved investors with a modest emolument going to the lawyers for their expenses.
Chris Mellor, 15 Apr 2010
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Big Brother Watch manifesto makes plea for privacy

The latest manifesto into the lists (pdf) comes not from a party standing at election, but from a pressure group.
Jane Fae Ozimek, 15 Apr 2010
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NextIO teams with Fusion-io for 5TB flash SAN

NextIO has inked a deal with Fusion-io to produce a 5TB flash SAN to share flash storage between connected servers.
Chris Mellor, 15 Apr 2010
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Angry Romanian hackers deface Telegraph for Top Gear toss

Subdomains maintained by The Daily Telegraph website were defaced by a group of angry Romanian hackers on Thursday.
John Leyden, 15 Apr 2010
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KIN'ell, Microsoft! Is that a breasticle I see before me?

Is a man's nipple erotic? If, dear reader, you answer yes to that question then perhaps Microsoft's latest efforts to advertise its wares should be slammed for promoting so-called sexting among young people.
Kelly Fiveash, 15 Apr 2010
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IBM Workload Optimized: Here comes the hype wave

IBM pushed out some more of its “Workload Optimized” offerings last week, with the introduction of analytic packages based on its mainframe and x86 systems.
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Vendors bet on England World Cup fail

Firms are falling over themselves to cash in on the Fifa World Cup. TomTom today was the latest manufacturer to pledge to refund the purchase price on one of its offerings if England wins the international soccer tournament.
Tony Smith, 15 Apr 2010
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Retailer claims customers' immortal souls

Games retailer GameStation has claimed that it owns the immortal souls of 7500 punters who purchased goods from its website earlier this month.
Hard Reg, 15 Apr 2010
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IBM prunes low-cost AIX rev

IBM has radically improved the bang for the buck on its Power7-based Power Systems 701 and 702 blade servers this week, and is expected to soon deliver similarly priced entry rack and tower servers. And now it has a new, lower-cost AIX 6.1 Express Edition that will match the less expensive hardware and therefore help Big Blue's AIX platform better compete against Windows, Linux, HP-UX, and Solaris alternatives.
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Sony working on 'major' PlayTV update

Sony raised UK gamers' hopes yesterday with the promise of a "major" update to the PlayStation 3's PlayTV add-on, only to dash them by announcing that the key new feature will be Facebook integration.
Tony Smith, 15 Apr 2010
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Oracle releases emergency security patch for Java

Under criticism for not patching a critical vulnerability in its recently acquired Java virtual machine, Oracle on Thursday released an emergency update that eliminates the zero-day threat.
Dan Goodin, 15 Apr 2010
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Apple bans Pulitzer Prize political cartoons from iPhone

This week, a California political cartoonist was awarded the prestigious Pulitzer Prize. Last December, Apple's App Store police barred his work from its hallowed online halls.
Rik Myslewski, 15 Apr 2010
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Oracle murders free OpenSolaris CD shipping

Oracle has murdered the OpenSolaris free CD shipping program.
Cade Metz, 15 Apr 2010
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Intel: Killer cables may leapfrog USB 3.0

Intel sees its high-speed, long-distance Light Peak optical cabling technology as the next interconnect step after USB 3.0.
Rik Myslewski, 15 Apr 2010
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AMD claws back to profitability

Business is picking up at AMD, which has announced its financial results for the first three months of 2010, which president and CEO Direk Meyer identified as having attained "record first quarter revenue."
Rik Myslewski, 15 Apr 2010
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Google money machine tops self with 23% revenue leap

At the end of last year, Google's top secret money machine returned to overdrive. And in the first quarter, it was more of the same.
Cade Metz, 15 Apr 2010
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Google in talks to re-admit Android to Linux kernel

Linux Collaboration Summit Android's deviant Linux could be readmitted to the main kernel following talks at the Linux Collaboration Summit in San Francisco today and Friday.
Gavin Clarke, 15 Apr 2010