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Google's WiFi snoop - who knew and who didn't?

How do you mistakenly spend three years collecting personal data from the world's open WiFi networks? We're not quite sure. We can only hope that when Google asks an outsider to scrutinize the WiFi-snooping habits of its Street View cars, the results are released to the public.
Cade Metz, 18 May 2010
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Microsoft sneak peeks Hotmail makeover

Microsoft has realized there's more to maintaining its lead over Gmail than shoveling buckets of storage at Hotmail users.
Gavin Clarke, 18 May 2010
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Sir Paul McBeatle: 'Me, I'd love Beatles to be on iTunes'

You can blame him for "Band on the Run" or "Ebony and Ivory," but according to Sir Paul McCartney, it's not his fault that the Fab Four's oeuvre isn't available on iTunes.
Rik Myslewski, 18 May 2010
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Seagate preps three terabyte whopper

Seagate has confirmed it will offer a 3TB drive.
Chris Mellor, 18 May 2010
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Packard Bell dot S2

Review It’s been a couple of years since Acer gobbled up Packard Bell as part of its quest for world domination, and the Taiwanese giant seems perfectly happy to continue churning out netbooks under both brands.
Will Stapley, 18 May 2010
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Delivering a secure information infrastructure

Lab I recently had the task of writing an explanatory paper about Good Practice Guide (GPG) 13, a UK-government sponsored piece of guidance around "protective monitoring" – that is, being able to keep an eye on what's going on in your IT environment in order to spot when security breaches happen.
Jon Collins, 18 May 2010
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LimeWire knackered by US courts

Peer to peer (P2P) software company LimeWire induced its users to infringe copyright by the unauthorised sharing of music and film files and shares responsibility for that infringement, a US court has ruled.
OUT-LAW.COM, 18 May 2010
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Garlands folds: 1000 call-centre jobs axed in Northeast

Garlands Call Centres has gone into administration with the likely loss of 1,000 jobs in the north east.
John Oates, 18 May 2010
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US airforce shifts 30,000 troops to 'cyberwar front lines'

The US Air Force reports that it has assigned no fewer than 30,000 digital troops to "the front lines of cyber warfare". This is close to a third of the number of US troops deployed in Afghanistan.
Lewis Page, 18 May 2010
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Spotify waves £5 plan at freeloaders

Spotify is adding two new plans, one paying, one decidedly limited. Spotify Unlimited a £4.99 a month all - the music you-can-stream-on-your-PC- and-no-ads- option.
Hard Reg, 18 May 2010
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Reg reader applauds World's Crappiest phish

There is we believe some kind of worldwide minimum standard for phishing expeditions, which demands at least a level of literacy, a false bank log-in page and a plausible alert to hook victims.
Lester Haines, 18 May 2010
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Pirate Bay resurfaces after German legal depth-charge

The Pirate Bay file tracking site is currently offline - apparently forced to close by a German court injunction filed last week.
John Oates, 18 May 2010

iPad to become inflight fatcat fun-slab

The iPad is bound for ever greater heights (etc) as BlueBox Avionics, suppliers of in-flight entertainment kit to the airline industry, has launched an iPad-based system.
Bill Ray, 18 May 2010
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Luke Skywalker to helm movie of own comic, Black Pearl

Mark Hamill will make his first foray into big screen directing by taking the helm for a film adaptation of his own comic book Black Pearl, AP reports.
Lester Haines, 18 May 2010
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What’s in the box?

Workshop Selecting the right choice of components for an industry standard x64 server is much more than the speed of the CPU and the size of the hard disk. Virtualisation puts fresh demands on CPU performance and crucially, stretches memory, networking and IO performance.
Andrew Buss, 18 May 2010
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Koobface gang counter-poohpooh nemesis sec-pro Danchev

The gang behind the infamous Koobface worm has responded to a post by a security researcher on their activities and motives with an answer buried in the latest version of their malware.
John Leyden, 18 May 2010
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The joy of software licensing on the desktop

Workshop One of the joys of working as a manager of desktop and laptop systems is to be found in the weird and sometimes surreal world of software licenses. Not really, of course. In fact, trying to ensure that the organisation is buying only the licenses it requires at the best price, while making sure that no unlicensed applications have materialised on corporate kit, can be enough to drive a budget-holding IT manager to despair. But just what are the challenges to be faced, and how can they be addressed? In this article we try to shed a little light on the murky waters of licensing.
Tony Lock, 18 May 2010
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Microsoft coughs up $200m, licensing in VirnetX patent case

Microsoft has agreed to pony up $200m in a one-time patent infringement settlement payment to VirnetX Holding Corp. Redmond will also licence the internet security software maker's technology from now on.
Kelly Fiveash, 18 May 2010
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Mobile phone users have fewer brain tumours

Analysis Mobile users have a lower risk of developing brain cancers than non-mobile users, a ten-year €19m study by the UN has shown. But the epidemiologists are doubtful about the results, which aren't alarmist enough, and have called for more funding additional research.
Andrew Orlowski, 18 May 2010
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Brits have no love for bits and bytes

Brits have a shaky grasp of bits and bytes, placing "little monetary or emotional value" on the digital value they own. This is the conclusion of HP, which recently surveyed 1,000-plus British consumers.
Drew Cullen, 18 May 2010
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Acer denies Chrome OS netbook launch is near

Acer has gone on record to state that it will not be launching netbooks based on Google's Chrome OS in the "short term".
Tony Smith, 18 May 2010
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Vodafone chortles over blabber bonanza

Vodafone has been cutting costs and increasing profits, resulting in a top end-of-financial-year filing and confident predictions for the future, as long as voice minutes don't continue to decline.
Bill Ray, 18 May 2010
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Google gobbles up confab-over-IP firm GIPS for $68m

Google has bought a Swedish VoIP company called Global IP Solutions - which is traded on the Oslo Stock Exchange.
John Oates, 18 May 2010
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Ofcom creates piracy havens at small ISPs

Ofcom has decided that only fixed line ISPs with more than 400,000 subscribers will be forced to comply with the Digital Economy Act's controversial anti-filesharing provisions.
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FOSS vendors lick chops over ConLib IT plans

Analysis In the run-up to the General Election both the Conservative Party and the Liberal Democrats made positive noises about open source software in their respective manifestos.
Kelly Fiveash, 18 May 2010
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Apple, Rim surpass Motorola handset sales

We've seen the success Apple and Research in Motion (Rim) have had in the smartphone market, but how have they fared in the broader handset arena? Not too shabbily, figures from market watcher iSuppli suggest.
Tony Smith, 18 May 2010
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You paid €20m for UN mobe-fear - and that's just the start

Comment The Interphone study has spent 10 years failing to find any evidence that mobile phones cause cancer, but there's no end in sight for the gravy train powered by the public's paranoia.
Bill Ray, 18 May 2010
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Linux gets jiggy with more filesystems in 2.6.34 kernel release

On Sunday a new version of the Linux kernel rocked up, with two new filesystems loaded into the distro.
Kelly Fiveash, 18 May 2010
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Freebie Spotify is back, also £5 no-ads option

Spotify closed its doors to new free listeners in the UK last August, except by invitation, and the waiting list - according to some readers - is months. Now it's introducing 20 hours of free listening for which no invitation is necessary. You'll hear ads, of course, on this package which is called Spotify Open.
Andrew Orlowski, 18 May 2010
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PS3 owners: This cinema is buff!

Imagine, if you will, the elevator pitch for MUBI:
Drew Cullen, 18 May 2010
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Nato should tool up for cyber war, say globo-bigwigs

Nato believes there is not likely to be a conventional military attack on its members in the future but that some form of cyber-attack is one of three most probable dangers facing the alliance.
John Oates, 18 May 2010
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Apple tweaks MacBook spec

Apple has quietly upped the MacBook's processor to a 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo. The old Nvidia GeForce 9400M graphics chip is out, too, replaced by a new GeForce 320M part.
Hard Reg, 18 May 2010

Exploding-battery epidemic caused by 'lithium moss'

Researchers at Cambridge University have proposed using nuclear magnetic resonance to work out why lithium batteries keep exploding.
Bill Ray, 18 May 2010
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The iPad, news saviour? Murdoch may have something here

iPad diaries Rupert Murdoch, in the face of widespread scepticism, thinks he can charge for news on the internet - but what if he's right? And the dead tree publishers, the derided MSM who initially welcomed the iPad as a potential saviour - what if they were right, too? Even if only a little bit?
John Lettice, 18 May 2010
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World+bitch flocking to expose self on Facebook

Facebook is on track to reach 500 million users by June, despite a backlash over a series of recent anti-privacy changes that mean more and more users' information is exposed to all and sundry.
John Leyden, 18 May 2010
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American Heart Association hails the Wii

Nintendo has won the backing of the American Heart Association for its active video games on the Wii.
Drew Cullen, 18 May 2010
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Apple MacBook Pro 15in

Review Remember the Apple PowerBooks? They were pants. Of course, I didn't know this at the time. It's only now, having had the chance to play with Apple's latest MacBook Pro, that I realise that everything that came before it was so dreadfully ordinary.
Alistair Dabbs, 18 May 2010
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Mozy backs up cloud backup with hard-drive storage

EMC-owned cloud storage outfit Mozy will become significantly less cloudy with plans to include local backup in its next release.
Chris Mellor, 18 May 2010
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PARIS gets her very own private enclave

El Reg's Paper Aircraft Released Into Space (PARIS) now has its very own section, nicely nestled in Science, the better for readers to follow the progress of our audacious upper atmosphere plane plan.
Lester Haines, 18 May 2010
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Solid state drives set for huge growth

Enterprise solid state drive (SSD) sales will grow by almost 90 per cent a year between now and 2015.
Chris Mellor, 18 May 2010
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Chelsea fans hack Man Utd phone systems

Chelsea fans mocked their rivals at Manchester United last weekend by hacking into the Old Trafford club's phone system and changing its recorded message.
John Leyden, 18 May 2010

Blighty to get mobe-download barcode rail tickets

Barcode ticketing specialists Masabi have signed a deal with TheTrainLine.com for a national rollout of its mobile ticketing service, reducing tickets to downloaded images.
Bill Ray, 18 May 2010
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Fatso Office files get NXPowerLite diet

Office file bloat could be banished with NXPowerLite, skinnying down your flabby PowerPoint decks.
Chris Mellor, 18 May 2010
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Pirate Bay now run from Pirate Party 'mountain bunker'

The Pirate Bay returned to the business of providing its BitTorrent technology to freetards earlier today with a new bandwidth supplier in the unlikely form of the Swedish Pirate Party, after the site was offline for the best part of a day.
Kelly Fiveash, 18 May 2010
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Wobbly drive array problems? This'll stiffen your rack

Everyday background vibration in data centre drive arrays can slow drive random read performance by up to 246 per cent. Stiffer drive racks prevent this happening and make I/O-dependent apps go faster.
Chris Mellor, 18 May 2010
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Mucky private chat could be illegal soon

Could 2010 be the year when the authorities finally clamp down on the internet – and in the process abolish some fundamental liberties we have been taking for granted for a very long time? The answer from two cases – one now over, though possibly subject to appeal, the other going forward to a full hearing later this year – could be a very worrying affirmative.
Jane Fae , 18 May 2010
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Quantum crypto boffins in successful backdoor sniff

Computer scientists have pulled off what is claimed to be the first successful attack against a commercial system based on theoretically uncrackable quantum cryptography.
John Leyden, 18 May 2010
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Canadian mobe firm sued over disappearing husband

A disgruntled woman is suing Canadian telco Rogers Wireless for destroying her marriage.
John Oates, 18 May 2010
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Quantum's StorNext snuggles with cloud 

Comment Quantum's disk plus tape storage software, StorNext, is set to have cloud functionality added to it.
Chris Mellor, 18 May 2010
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Consumers still want it hard

Yesterday's HP media survey confirms something many Reg readers passionately believe - hard copies have great value, and they aren't going away any time soon.
Andrew Orlowski, 18 May 2010
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Transit site coughs up private info for 168,000 passengers

Dutch authorities have shuttered a transit website after a hacker demonstrated it gave him access to addresses, birthdates, and other sensitive information belonging to some 168,000 passengers.
Dan Goodin, 18 May 2010
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Dev goes 'Wild' with H.264 Firefox

A Dutch open source developer is building a version of Firefox that uses the HTML5 video tag in tandem with the H.264 codec.
Cade Metz, 18 May 2010
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Apple said to order 24 million iPhone 4Gs

Apple is betting big that its upcoming - and noticeably improved - iPhone 4G will be an instant worldwide hit, according to a report citing Taiwanese parts suppliers.
Rik Myslewski, 18 May 2010
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Microsoft fluffs boffins with supercomputer promise

Microsoft plans on delivering supercomputing power to a broader audience of scientists via its cloud computing and server technologies.
Gavin Clarke, 18 May 2010
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William Shatner to star in Twitter-inspired TV show

CBS will air a sitcom in which William Shatner plays a cranky old fogie whose rants are captured by a Twitter-obsessed son with a million followers. No, we're not kidding.
Dan Goodin, 18 May 2010
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IBM freshens up System x servers

IBM continued to tweak its System x lineup Tuesday when it announced more machines supporting the latest Intel Xeons, and allowed Nvidia Tesla GPU coprocessors into the systems.
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Yahoo!: 'Our search talent is here to stay'

Yahoo! says that even after Microsoft assumes control of its search engine listings, it will retain many of its most talented search engineers.
Cade Metz, 18 May 2010
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HP profits up 28% on freshened servers

The IT and investor communities were both a little jumpy this week, worried that IT bellwether Hewlett-Packard wasn't pulling in enough dough. But this was just borrowing trouble. Overall revenues at the HP were up 12.7 per cent to $30.8bn in the second quarter ended in April, and with HP keeping tight reins on costs, net earnings grew by 27.8 per cent, to $2.2bn.
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Security bug bites 64-bit Windows 7

Microsoft on Tuesday warned users of a vulnerability in 64-bit versions of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 that could expose users to malware attacks.
Dan Goodin, 18 May 2010