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Google renews vows with Chrome OS

Google I/O One day, Google says, it will merge Android and Chrome OS. But at the moment, despite Android's ever-expanding influence, the web colossus is intent on delivering Chrome OS before the end of the year, complete with its inability to run local applications or store local data.
Cade Metz, 26 2010
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BakBone ditches damp squib ColdSpark

BakBone Software is closing its one-year-old ColdSpark business and returning to its backup software roots to avoid cash losses.
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Halting McKinnon extradition not in our power, says Clegg

Halting the extradition of Gary McKinnon to the United States isn't within the power of Britain's government leaders, Nick Clegg has suggested.
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Vexia Econav 480 satnav

Review Arguably there’s been nothing really innovative in satnav for some time. But the Econav 480 claims to be able to help you save fuel and the environment by telling you how to drive in a fuel efficient way while getting you from A to B.
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NoSQL relationship graph straddles six degrees of separation

Data management and persistent object-store veteran Objectivity reckons it can now connect you to actor Kevin Bacon using NoSQL.
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Sam Mendes to helm new Jesus Phone ads

As the world restlessly kicks its heels ahead of the 7 June launch of the next manifestation of the Jesus Phone, it's been revealed that the Church of Jobs has recruited American Beauty director Sam Mendes to helm a series of TV ads for the miracle device.
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Amazon Kindle flunked by college students

Amazon's Kindle DX is flunking out of college.
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ScaleMP scales up to 128 nodes

Big SMP boxes are expensive, and puny two-socket and four-socket boxes are cheap. And for years now, ScaleMP has been trying to use software and fast networks to make a big server out of a bunch of little ones.
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Statistics prof nails Blackpool hoopla scam

A statistics professor called in by trading standards helped nail a Blackpool hoopla stall operator who fleeced holidaymakers of thousands of pounds in a game which was pretty well "impossible to win", the Telegraph reports.
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Consumer segment fuels soaring PC sales

Worldwide sales of PCs are up almost a fifth on last year from 308.3 million to 376.6 million.
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BT workers to ballot for strike

The Communication Workers Union, representing 55,000 BT workers, is to ballot staff on strike action against a perceived pay cut in the face of company profits and management bonuses.
Bill Ray, 26 2010
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Oz government in filter paranoia meltdown

In a performance punctuated with all the hallmarks of paranoia, Australian Communications Minister Stephen Conroy laid into internet giant Google earlier this week, suggesting that the approach taken by their chief executive, Eric Schmidt, is a "bit creepy".
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X-51 hypersonic scramjet flight delayed by errant freighter

The X-51A Waverider scramjet test scheduled for yesterday has been delayed for 24 hours by a freighter wandering into the Pacific firing range where the trial flight is to take place.
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McAfee buys Trust Digital for iPhone enterprise safety

McAfee has bought privately-held enterprise mobility management and security startup Trust Digital. The terms of the deal, announced Tuesday, were undisclosed.
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More power to Apple iPad, says MSI

Manufacturer MSI has released a utility for its Windows-based computers that will allow them to charge Apple iPads more quickly.
Hard Reg, 26 2010

The art of desktop deployment

Blog Each week brings a new topic to discuss here on the Reg Desktop Management Blog, and this week's is Windows Deployment Services (WDS) vs Ghost-Like Applications (GLAs).
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BBC upgrades iPlayer to allow 'social propositions'

The BBC has relaunched the website version of its popular iPlayer service in an effort to give the online telly catch-up service a Web2.0rhea sheen.
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LaCie rolls out rugged crypto hard drive

LaCie has added a fingerprint reader to its rubber-wrapped Rugged external hard drive line.
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O2 limits unlimited broadband packages

Just as it runs a high-profile advertising campaign boasting it is "nobbling broadband niggles", O2 has begun telling users of its "unlimited" broadband packages that they shouldn't download more than 10GB in a month.
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Business intelligence – still an oxymoron?

Reg reader study It’s been a while since we’ve asked any questions about business intelligence.
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BT brings Web 2.0 into the fold

BT has folded the Ribbit internet call management service into its Onevoice business offering, combining functionality equivalent to Google Voice with the backing of a proper telecommunications company.
Bill Ray, 26 2010
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DoJ pokes Apple digital music biz practices, says report

US Feds are reportedly investigating Apple’s online digital music business practices.
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Grand Theft Auto demo drives onto iPhone

Rockstar Games has announced the release of Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars Lite for the iPhone and iPod Touch.
Caleb Cox, 26 2010
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Student Loan Co writes off boss and chairman

Ralph Seymour-Jackson, the chief executive of the Student Loan Company and its chairman John Goodfellow have fallen on their swords following last year's failures.
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Captain Cyborg sidekick implants virus-infected chip

A second transhumanist RFID-chipping nut has emerged from the academic community at the University of Reading.
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EMC to US.gov: We didn't overbill you but here's $90m anyway

EMC has paid $87.5m to the US government to settle a lawsuit claiming it paid consultants to recommend EMC product to the US government.
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Government yet to set ContactPoint closure date

The Department for Education has yet to set a timetable to abolish the controversial database of all children in England.
Kable, 26 2010
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Sony demos very bendy flexible OLED screen

Sony has developed an OLED display that's just 80 microns thick, allowing to be bent round anything with a radius of 4mm or more - and to continue to show moving images while this is happening.
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EU telecoms market still 'too fragmented'

The EU telecoms market is doing okay, but could be doing better, according to the latest report from the European Commission, which blames inconsistent regulation for the lack of a unified approach.
Bill Ray, 26 2010
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IT Crowd gets fifth series run

Readers rejoice, the IT Crowd is to return with a fifth series of the popular Channel 4 sitcom.
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Toshiba Satellite U500-1EX touchscreen notebook

Review Toshiba is evidently very pleased with its Satellite U500 design: it has now based several models on it, including one with joint Ducati branding. The 1EX version reviewed here adds support for Windows 7 touchscreen gestures.
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Apple's iPad resellers are revolting

Apple's Premium Resellers are getting iPads to sell on Friday - provided their shops pass Apple's stringent standards.
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Facebook forces users to expose or remove connections

Facebook is asking users to link to education, work, location, employer and likes pages, with connections made public by default.
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'Being fat is no worse for you than being a woman'

The widely-discredited Body Mass Index (BMI) method of measuring how fat a person is took another hammering today. Scientists in the USA have announced a study showing that an "overweight" BMI is not linked to poor health at all, and even an "obese" rating seems to be nothing to worry about for under-40s.
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Atlantis bows out with Kennedy touchdown

Space shuttle Atlantis wrapped its 32nd and final mission today when it touched down at Kennedy Space Center at 12:48 GMT.
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NetApp beating out EMC

NetApp is becoming the lead storage vendor in virtualised environments because it offers a more seamless and cost-effective approach than EMC.
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TwitPic-nicking Mail nicked

If you’re going to nick TwitPics, it pays to read the small print first.
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Microsoft morris dancers upset Soho with Hotmail relaunch

Office drones around Soho's Golden Square have complained to the council about the racket caused by Microsoft's ongoing attempt to attract more users to Hotmail through the medium of dance.
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Carrier cans 'jinxed' mobile number after all owners die

Bulgarian mobile network Mobitel has reportedly blocked the phone number 0888 888 888 after it emerged that everyone to whom it was assigned died.
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Have Dell's EMC storage revenues been falling?

Comment Dell seems to have recorded an annual decline in sales of its EMC CLARiiON-sourced storage, according to its latest quarterly results.
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Foxconn website defaced after iPhone assembly plant suicides

A subtle defacement of the website of electronics manufacturer Foxconn has drawn further attention to an alarming spate of worker suicides at a plant in southern China.
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Music biz pot calls Apple black

Comment Here's a question. Do you think Walker's Crisps are the most popular because people just love Walker's crisps? Until the 1980s the British snack business comprised lots of local favourites. Big money marketing changed that, and in the early 1990s, PepsiCo spent millions on muscling the 'portfolio' of 'brands' it had acquired, via display stands, into almost every newsagent and corner shop in the country.
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Three unveils iPad data deals

Mobile phone network Three will offer 3G iPad owners 10GB of data for just £15.
Hard Reg, 26 2010
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Virtualizing the hard stuff

Webcast Most Reg readers have moved on from the early days of virtualizing servers, when the idea was simply to consolidate and save floor space. Yesterday’s virtualization beta-testers are now fully versed in the virtualization game, and they're looking to get more bang for their buck with real projects that deliver benefits across their application portfolio.
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Netezza pulls back into profit for Q1

Data warehousing and analytics appliance maker Netezza continued to grow revenues in the double digits in the first quarter of fiscal 2011 ended in April, with revenues up 28.2 per cent to $58.2m, and swung to a $2.7m profit compared to a nominal loss in the year ago quarter.
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Searchers say bug bars way back to Google

Updated Google users are complaining of a search bug that prevents them from returning to the company's web-dominating search engine via their browser "back" buttons.
Cade Metz, 26 2010
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Gizmodophone may have forced Jobs' hand

Updated One reason Steve Jobs went ballistic over the infamous iPhone-left-in-a-bar escapade may have been that the lost stolen peripatetic prototype was not the one he planned to introduce from the Worldwide Developers Conference keynote stage on June 7.
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EU says Google and Microhoo still violate data protection law

A panel of European Union data protection authorities has told Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo! that their data retention policies still do not comply with EU law.
Cade Metz, 26 2010
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Facebook unveils simpler privacy controls to spur sharing

Facebook simplified privacy settings on Wednesday in response to sustained criticism over previous changes that has reached a crescendo in recent weeks.
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Cisco bugs surrender control of building's critical systems

Cisco Systems has warned of serious vulnerabilities in a device that connects a building's ventilation, lighting, security, and energy supply systems so they can be controlled by IT workers remotely.
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VMware overhauls desktop virt line

VMware has upgraded its Workstation hypervisor for PCs and Fusion hypervisor for Macs, with the goal of giving them more native performance, particularly for graphics — notorious for being clunky enough to make users cranky.
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Terracotta ratchets Oracle cache fight

Updated Terracotta is using the open-source cache technology it bought last year to challenge Oracle's application server and in-memory database grid for Java.
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Google hints at native code in Chrome Web Store

Google I/O Google has indicated it will offer native code browser applications from the Chrome web apps store that's due to launch later this year.
Cade Metz, 26 2010