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Intel answers Microsoft's Linux 'noise' with MeeGo show

Microsoft and Intel are fighting for the affections of hardware makers as the PC industry tries to answer Apple's iPad.
Gavin Clarke, 03 Jun 2010
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Boffins use Solaris to store the real Sun

Space watchers at the University of Central Lancashire are using Solaris ZFS and Sun Fire storage to hold a burgeoning stack of close-up pics of the real Sun.
Chris Mellor, 03 Jun 2010
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Ten Essential... BlackBerry Apps

Product Round-up Research in Motion’s BlackBerry smartphones are a staple communications tool in the business world, but also have a growing consumer base too. With mobile apps enhancing the capabilities of these phones in both sectors, some pickings from the company’s App World seemed in order, to see what extra juice you can squeeze out of your BlackBerry.
Sonal Sachdeva, 03 Jun 2010
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Council lost unencrypted children's health info

A local authority has lost an unencrypted memory stick with details of children's and young people's mental and physical health as well as their ethnicity, privacy watchdog the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has said.
OUT-LAW.COM, 03 Jun 2010
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Guardian says dating site rivals violated database rights

The Guardian newspaper has sued two online dating sites in the High Court, claiming that the companies have violated its database rights by using profiles taken from its own dating service.
OUT-LAW.COM, 03 Jun 2010
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Britain's bank slashes tech jobs

Royal Bank of Scotland - which is mostly owned by us - is slashing back office and technology jobs in its wealth management division.
John Oates, 03 Jun 2010
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FTC slaps down commercial keylogger firm

CyberSpy Software, which markets the controversial RemoteSpy commercial keylogging application, has agreed to rewrite the software and clean up its business practices to settle a case brought by the US Federal Trade Commission.
John Leyden, 03 Jun 2010
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Reader offer: Crucial Solid State Drives

Readers can buy Crucial SSDs at a 15 per cent discount - check out our review here.
Drew Cullen, 03 Jun 2010
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Drinking coffee offers no real benefit, say eggheads

Deluded trick-cyclists in the UK and Germany have produced "research" purporting to show that coffee drinkers receive no tangible benefit from their morning cup of beautiful, life-giving beany caffeine goodness.
Lewis Page, 03 Jun 2010
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Google readies 'late fall' Chrome OS release

Google is planning to spin out its browser-based Chrome OS "operating system" in the "late fall" of 2010, according to a Mountain View wonk.
Kelly Fiveash, 03 Jun 2010
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Samsung warns over malwarey Wave smartphones in Germany

Early users of Samsung S8500 Wave smartphones could be in for a nasty surprise, following the discovery that some of the devices shipped with malware pre-installed on memory cards.
John Leyden, 03 Jun 2010
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HP's Palm buy was all about WebOS

HP's CEO has been explaining that the company didn't buy Palm for its mobile phones, but for access to WebOS with a view to spreading the platform far and wide.
Bill Ray, 03 Jun 2010
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Zuckerberg sweats privacy criticism

Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg has again defended his company's privacy policies, this time with added sweat.
Team Register, 03 Jun 2010
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Microsoft presses refresh on Windows Live again

Microsoft is once again tweaking its Windows Live estate, this time with a view to improving photo and video management both online and offline.
Kelly Fiveash, 03 Jun 2010
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iPad apps may need to be disabled-accessible

A draft British Standard on web accessibility warns organisations to consider how easily disabled users can access their websites on mobile phones, tablets and TVs. Ignoring their needs could breach BS 8878 and the Equality Act, it says.
OUT-LAW.COM, 03 Jun 2010
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Artificial 'black hole' generator fashioned out of circuit boards

Chinese scientists have stunned the world of boffinry by fashioning an artificial "black hole" generator out of copper-coated circuit boards.
Lewis Page, 03 Jun 2010
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Google sniffs along app store shelves

Google has expanded its mobile search to encompass online application stores including iTunes and the Android Marketplace, slipping itself between iTunes and the customer.
Bill Ray, 03 Jun 2010
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Judges back Holland against Ladbrokes on online gaming

Ladbrokes has lost a long-running restriction of trade case against the De Lotto - the Dutch lottery and sports betting site - which objected to the company taking bets from Dutch citizens.
John Oates, 03 Jun 2010
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Vulture 1 GPS test: It did work, honest

Yesterday's test of the Vulture 1 GPS/radio board didn't quite run according to plan, due to a dodgy broadband connection which scuppered the live map here on El Reg.
Lester Haines, 03 Jun 2010
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PARIS pops down to QinetiQ

Tuesday saw the Paper Aircraft Released Into Space (PARIS) team down at QinetiQ's hypobaric chamber in Farnborough, testing the crucial Vulture 1 aircraft release mechanism.
Lester Haines, 03 Jun 2010
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New Facebook developer regs not rogue-proof

Facebook app developers will need to verify their account with the social network before they are allowed to create applications under a new scheme, but experts are nonplussed by the proposals.
John Leyden, 03 Jun 2010
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Pacific islands growing not shrinking, says old study

Huge compensation claims filed by Pacific states including Tuvalu have been hit by a three-year old study, dramatically "rediscovered" by New Scientist magazine today. The study concluded that many Micronesian islands are growing, not shrinking.
Andrew Orlowski, 03 Jun 2010
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Gartner expects big jump in chip sales

Analyst group Gartner reckons chip sales will grow 27 per cent this year compared to 2009.
John Oates, 03 Jun 2010
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Skype through your TV

Panasonic today debuted Skype functionality for a range of HDTVs.
Caleb Cox, 03 Jun 2010
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Nintendo UK cuts DSi price

Nintendo is reducing the UK trade price of the DSi gaming handheld on 18 June. But it is not saying by how much.
Caleb Cox, 03 Jun 2010

Intel delays USB 3.0 chipset until 2012

Intel is holding up USB 3.0 adoption by delaying its motherboard chipset until 2012.
Chris Mellor, 03 Jun 2010
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Nokia rides you hard for power

Nokia will shortly launch a bicycle-powered recharging kit for its phones, providing free power as long as you can pedal at eight miles per hour.
Bill Ray, 03 Jun 2010
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EU Parliament plans Google-powered paedo detector

Google looks set to gain a surprising ally in its battle against the European Commission to retain its search logs - the European Parliament.
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Nokia peddles pedal-powered charger

Nokia may be losing the smartphone battle but it continues to make the running in developing countries. And maybe for tree huggers too.
Drew Cullen, 03 Jun 2010
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Skype founders unveil Spotify clone

Skype founders Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis have unveiled their latest venture, Rdio, for specially invited beta testers.
Andrew Orlowski, 03 Jun 2010
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HP whips out winsome threesome

HP has announced an Atom-powered entry-level NAS box for small business.
Chris Mellor, 03 Jun 2010
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Could Red Hat be Novell's spouse?

Red Hat's CEO Jim Whitehurst declined to dismiss the possibility of buying out his company's Linux rival Novell in a meeting with reporters in London today.
Kelly Fiveash, 03 Jun 2010
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Project Mojo – the server rack that packs petaflops

Putting a petaflops into a single server rack isn't as difficult as the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency had thought.
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Sky TV gets even more demanding

Sky is talking up its new video on demand service, Sky Anytime Plus.
Caleb Cox, 03 Jun 2010
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Verizon leads race for (the real) iPhone 4G

The stars are beginning to align for an iPhone that rides on Verizon's upcoming 4G LTE next-gen wireless broadband to appear next year.
Rik Myslewski, 03 Jun 2010
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Salacious smut soaks 12% of web

It brought 8mm film projectors into the home. It launched the VHS revolution. And it has contributed mightily to the success of the internet. What else could we be referrring to but porn?
Rik Myslewski, 03 Jun 2010
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Ballmer says Windows will shame iPad

The race between Microsoft and Apple to dominate tablet computing is "on", according to chief executive Steve Ballmer.
Gavin Clarke, 03 Jun 2010
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ARM chippies cooperate on Linux

Does the Linux operating system need yet another distro? No. But a bunch of people interested in the ARM RISC processors used in mobile computers and netbooks — and hopefully someday soon inside of servers just to scare the hell out of Intel — are ganging up to create a unified foundation for ARM-based distros called Linaro.
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Google tries to patent tech that snoops Wi-Fi networks

Updated Google is attempting to patent the very same wardriving technology the search giant says it used by mistake to snoop on Wi-Fi users in more than 30 countries, attorneys said Wednesday.
Dan Goodin, 03 Jun 2010
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Steve Jobs – Apple's not business, it's personal

For Steve Jobs, it's not business. It's personal.
Cade Metz, 03 Jun 2010
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Yahoo! cloud man rises to CTO

Yahoo! has tapped cloud computing guru Raymie Stata to fill its CTO post.
Cade Metz, 03 Jun 2010
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IBM freshens cut-rate blade server

It may be hard to imagine why, but some customers who buy blade servers don't want the fastest x64 processors they can get their hands on. They may not be virtualizing the blades, and they may only be running simple print, file, and Web infrastructure workloads. Therefore don't need lots of memory or even two processor sockets. For this reason, IBM created the single-socket HS12 blade server, which got some CPU gooses this week.
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Rash of Facebook 'likejacks' still flaring

Facebook attacks that force users to unwittingly endorse scam pages keep spreading, researchers say.
Dan Goodin, 03 Jun 2010