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Google in shock reveal of AdSense revenue shares

Google has revealed exactly how much revenue it shares with third-party websites who run text advertisements brokered through its AdSense service.
Cade Metz, 25 May 2010
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ISP slapped with $807,000 fee for 'groundless' spam case

An internet service provider that has brought more than 20 lawsuits alleging spam abuses has been ordered to pay one of the defendants almost $807,000 for filing "groundless claims" that mired the company in years of costly litigation.
Dan Goodin, 25 May 2010
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Color ebook reader for 200 clams? Yup

Updated There's a new Android-based e-reader on the block that's set to challenge the Kindle, iPad, Nook et al in price, features, and display quality.
Rik Myslewski, 25 May 2010
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Database daddy goes non-relational on NoSQL fanbois

Postgres and Ingres father Michael Stonebraker is answering NoSQL with a variant of his relational baby for web-scale data — and it breaks some of the rules he helped pioneer.
Gavin Clarke, 25 May 2010
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Google's encrypted search casts shadow on web analytics

In adding SSL encryption to its primary search engine, Google isn't just protecting your traffic from anyone sniffing your network. It's also preventing third-party webmasters from tracking the search terms you used to find their sites. That may be a good thing for netizens intent on privacy lockdown. But for webmasters, it could be a bit of a problem.
Cade Metz, 25 May 2010
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Veho Muvi Atom video camera

Review Any aspiring secret agents out there will probably be interested in the new Veho Muvi Atom DV camcorder. At 40mm tall, it’s even smaller than last year’s Muvi Micro that was touted as the smallest camcorder in the world. The Atom’s size is impressive but it comes at the cost of the viewfinder – there isn’t one.
Caleb Cox, 25 May 2010
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Taxpayers may ship 736 iPads to Brussels

Each and every member of the European Parliament (MEP) may soon receive a brand-spanking new, "magical and revolutionary" Apple iPad.
Rik Myslewski, 25 May 2010
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Phoenix Mars Lander officially dead

NASA has confirmed that its Phoenix Mars Lander has not survived the harsh Red Planet arctic winter, and appears to have suffered serious ice damage to its solar panels.
Lester Haines, 25 May 2010
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Laws puts brakes on gov IT spending

David Laws, chief secretary to the treasury, and Francis Maude will jointly chair the "Efficiency Group" in order to help government departments renegotiate contracts with suppliers.
John Oates, 25 May 2010
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German watchdog tells firms to do own US privacy checks

German privacy watchdogs have told companies to conduct their own checks of US companies' conduct before passing personal data to them, even if they are signed up to the EU-US 'Safe Harbor' data protection scheme.
OUT-LAW.COM, 25 May 2010
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Janet, E2BN procure network for education and local authorities

The national education network and a broadband provider to public services have shared a £6m deal for new infrastructure in the east of England.
Kable, 25 May 2010
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Business intelligence for real

On Demand Just last Thursday we had a live broadcast from our illustrious studios that explained how business intelligence can be used to good effect in your business – given the new end-user demands everyone is facing.
Team Register, 25 May 2010
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Terence Conran slams 'appalling' Olympic mascots

LogoWatch Sir Terence Conran has expressed his displeasure at 2012 Olympic mascots Wenlock and Mandeville in a letter to the Times in which he describes the pair as "symbols of national mediocrity".
Lester Haines, 25 May 2010
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Dell to release first MID on 7 June

Dell will launch its Streak mobile internet device on 1 June - and UK cellco O2 has the exclusive.
Tony Smith, 25 May 2010
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Cray launches Gemini super interconnect

The final piece of Cray's "Baker" XE6 massively parallel supercomputers, on which the company's financial 2010 hinges, make its debut today.
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GreenBytes qualifying 1TB drives

GreenBytes is qualifying 1TB, 2.5-inch drives, and by a process of elimination we think we've spotted signs of another new Seagate product.
Chris Mellor, 25 May 2010
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Microsoft to wave goodbye to mobile 'experience' boss?

All change at Microsoft, according to the Wall Street Journal which reports J Allard - responsible for the Xbox and parent to the stillborn Courier - is top of the leaving list.
Bill Ray, 25 May 2010
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3-million-km-long comet plunges into Sun

Boffins in California report that they have managed to track the course of an unusually resilient comet as it crashed deep into the Sun before finally being crisped.
Lewis Page, 25 May 2010
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OFT leaves online ad snoopers to regulate themselves

The Office of Fair Trading believes the online behavioural advertising industry is quite able to regulate itself, despite some concerns about user profiling and adaptive pricing based on postcodes.
John Oates, 25 May 2010
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Looking for code work? Write fake anti-virus scripts

Updated A scareware purveyor has brazenly advertised for recruits on a mainstream job market website.
John Leyden, 25 May 2010
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PC World gets almost-exclusive iPad deal

If you want to buy an iPad on Friday, and you aren't near an Apple store, you'd best get down to PC World or Currys.
John Oates, 25 May 2010
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Unified communications in context?

Webcast We've seen from Reg research that a lot of you have considered and are exploring the notion of unified comms so we’ve been trying to do some work on your behalf.
Team Register, 25 May 2010
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Queen's speech pledges faster deficit cut, 'freedom bill'

The Queen has opened Parliament, detailing the coalition's first legislative programme and setting the scene for deep cuts and unprecedented political bartering.
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6Music: Dead man walking?

Analysis Public consultation on a whole raft of cuts planned at the BBC ends today, after the Corporation confirmed in March that, among other things, it would axe digital radio stations 6Music and the Asian Network and halve the number of Beeb websites by 2012.
Kelly Fiveash, 25 May 2010
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Mass Effect movie deal done

Role-playing game Mass Effect is set to make a big-screen appearance.
Tony Smith, 25 May 2010
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Second biggest WiMAX network switches to LTE

Russia's Yota network, which connects 300,000 people over WiMAX technology, is switching to LTE as the tide firmly turns in favour of the latter technology.
Bill Ray, 25 May 2010
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HTC Smart mobile phone

Review HTC's Smart is the Taiwanese company's cheapest handset yet. Designed around the cost-cutting Brew operating system it eschews such bells and whistles as Wi-Fi, GPS or an app store, but it still has quite a few things going for it.
Dave Oliver, 25 May 2010
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Toshiba takes cover off waterproof camcorder

Toshiba has introduced its first camcorder capable of taking a dip and capturing 1080p footage while it's at it.
Hard Reg, 25 May 2010
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New iPhone to land in US on 7 June

June 7 is now a near-certainty to be the launch date for the latest iPhone, with Apple CEO Steve Jobs kicking off the firm's Worldwide Developers' Conference on that day (and with US retailer Wal-Mart halving the prices of the current iPhone 3GS in readiness). That would suggest that the new handset would hit the shelves in early July.
Wireless Watch, 25 May 2010
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Tabnapping attack baits phishing trawl

A leading developer of Firefox has warned of a sneaky potential new form of phishing attack.
John Leyden, 25 May 2010
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Computing smart-scope gunsight for US snipers

US military boffins are about to produce a field-ready computer gunsight which will let snipers kill people on their first shot from a mile away - even with troublesome winds blowing.
Lewis Page, 25 May 2010
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Murdoch's paywall: The end of the suicide era?

News International is offering a glimpse of its revamped Times and Sunday Times newspaper sites, before they disappear behind a paywall in four weeks' time. Murdoch's move has been greeted with a lot of angst from people who never pay for anything - the Kumbaya crowd - but also criticism from rivals who, hypocritically, secretly hope he'll succeed.
Andrew Orlowski, 25 May 2010
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Beeb, British Museum face smut issues over saucy pot

The BBC and the British Museum could be in a tight spot if the legal system puts two and two together over a Roman cup which also puts two and two together... in a naked, underage sort of way.
Jane Fae , 25 May 2010
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Plug-in pledges to rid web of Justin Bieber

Sick to death of Justin Bieber? Help is at hand.
Caleb Cox, 25 May 2010
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Greatest Living Briton loses £30m

The 'Institute of Web Science' is another casualty of the UK's spending cuts.
Andrew Orlowski, 25 May 2010
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IT managers are spoil sports

Just over half of IT managers (54 per cent) think staff should be banned from watching the World Cup using PCs at work.
Drew Cullen, 25 May 2010
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Violin punts flash-mem array with '10X performance advantage'

Violin Memory is introducing a flash memory array product with integrated flash RAID and a "sustainable ten-fold performance advantage over leading competitors".
Chris Mellor, 25 May 2010
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Second man jailed over Scientology DDoS attacks

A second US man has been jailed over controversial denial of service attacks against the Church of Scientology two years ago.
John Leyden, 25 May 2010
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Women are tech goddesses!

Why can't you see What you're doin' to me When you don't believe a word I say?
Drew Cullen, 25 May 2010
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Yahoo! buys! obscure! Indonesian! geo! location! site!

Yahoo! has bought a little-known Indonesian social media company for an undisclosed sum.
Kelly Fiveash, 25 May 2010
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Google does an Orb

Google's Android music service will do an Orb and allow you to stream your home music collection when you're out of the house. It will require a small piece of server software to run on your home PC.
Andrew Orlowski, 25 May 2010
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Chips-for-gold fraud gang get 74 years' jail

A 21-strong gang of CPU-dealing VAT fraudsters have been sentenced to a total of 74 years in prison.
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Deadly phone number of doom disconnected

A Bulgarian phone number featuring nine eights has been cut off after three successive owners died in suspicious circumstances.
Bill Ray, 25 May 2010
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Facebook promises simplified privacy controls from Thursday

Facebook is due to begin rolling out simplified privacy controls on Thursday, a senior executive has announced.
John Leyden, 25 May 2010
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iPhone 3G disappears from cellco sites

Suspicions that the iPhone 3G is not long for this world would appear to be founded - if UK carriers' websites are anything to go by.
Hard Reg, 25 May 2010
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Canonical updates Landscape manager

Having taken the wraps off the enterprise-grade Ubuntu 10.04 Long Term Support variant of Linux, commercial Linux distributor Canonical this morning delivered an upgrade of its companion Landscape systems management tool to keep all those Linuxes in line.
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Fedora 13 – Linux for Applephobes

Review With its music store and cloud syncing services, Ubuntu 10.04 tends to eclipse Fedora in the minds of many.
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Google: Android fragmentation isn't fragmentation

Google I/O Google Android project leader Andy Rubin isn't concerned about the fragmentation of the Android handset market. In fact, he doesn't even call it fragmentation.
Cade Metz, 25 May 2010
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Google removes Chrome beta tag on Mac, Linux

Google has promoted Mac and Linux versions of its Chrome browser out of beta, marking the first time the search behemoth has brought them into its fold of ready-for-prime-time releases.
Dan Goodin, 25 May 2010
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Windows Phone chief and Xbox brain exit Microsoft

If there's a job more thankless than leading Microsoft's perpetually loss-making online business operations, it's running the Redmond unit that handles Windows Mobile and Xbox.
Gavin Clarke, 25 May 2010
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74 Democrats defy Obama man's net neut plans

Seventy-four Democratic members of the US House of Representatives have sided with telcos in the ongoing dust-up over the Federal Communications Commission efforts to preserve net neutrality.
Rik Myslewski, 25 May 2010
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Cisco taps into smart grid money machine

Cisco has developed a new router and switch pair in an attempt to cash in on the growing interest in — and money-making potential of — "smart" electrical power grids.
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Mountain View delivers Google Analytics opt-out

Mountain View has released a browser add-on that opts you out of Google Analytics, the traffic monitoring service now used by 71 per cent of the top domains on the interwebs.
Cade Metz, 25 May 2010
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HP unseats Big Blue as server king

The triple-whammy of declining mainframe and Power Systems server sales and a resurgent X64 market has toppled IBM from the top rank in the server racket, according to statistics released by box counter Gartner.
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Twitter tw*ts ad networks

Twitter has banned third-party ad networks from its micro-blogging service, less than six weeks after launching an ad platform of its own.
Cade Metz, 25 May 2010
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Intel abandons discrete graphics for HPC

Intel is leaving the discrete graphics market to Nvidia and AMD/ATI for now, but its orphaned GPU/CPU mashup, Larrabee, will soon see new life in the HPC space.
Rik Myslewski, 25 May 2010