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Ancient typewriters reborn as USB keyboards

The personal computer may have consigned the typewriter to the dustbin of history, but some vintage models are being reborn as USB keyboards.
Rik Myslewski, 15 Jun 2010
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New York Times bans 'tweet'

Writers at the New York Times were recently requested to stop referring to Twitter updates as "tweets" by the Gray Lady's standards editor, Phil Corbett.
Kieren McCarthy, 15 Jun 2010
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Internet 1 - England goalkeeper 0

The internet loves nothing more than an excruciating moment of embarrassment caught by the cameras. When that moment happens to be in the middle of a World Cup match between England and the United States, well...
Kieren McCarthy, 15 Jun 2010
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Nominet election campaign starts rolling

The election campaign for two Board positions at dot-uk registry Nominet has kicked off, with seven candidates vying for two positions.
Kieren McCarthy, 15 Jun 2010
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Synology DiskStation DS410 Nas box

Review Synology’s DS410 is a four drive Nas aimed at the small business market – or home use if overkill is your thing – with claimed read speeds of up to 110MB/s in RAID 5 whilst keeping power consumption down to 56W.
Shaun Dormon, 15 Jun 2010
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ACTA restricts developing economies, India tells WTO

A secret trade agreement designed to harmonise some countries' intellectual property laws could destabilise existing international agreements and harm the economic prospects of developing countries, India has said.
OUT-LAW.COM, 15 Jun 2010
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Wireless mics get national frequency early

Channel 38 will be available for wireless microphones, nationally, three months earlier than planned.
Bill Ray, 15 Jun 2010
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God particles breeding like bosons

US researchers have suggested that the elusive God particle - the Higgs boson - may actually be no less than a quintet of divine, and as yet elusive, components of the universe.
Lester Haines, 15 Jun 2010
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Apple revamps Mac Mini as skinny HDMI box

Apple has sliced roughly half of the metal off its old Mac Mini and re-released the starter computer as a box that now looks a lot like the Apple TV. And it has an HDMI port.
Tony Smith, 15 Jun 2010
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Sarko to walk tall in factory visit

French president Nick Sarko has once again demonstrated his touchiness about his lack of international standing by sending operatives ahead of a planned factory visit to make sure he isn't overshadowed by less vertically-challenged workers.
Lester Haines, 15 Jun 2010
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Apple to sell unlocked iPhone 4

Apple UK will sell the iPhone 4 Sim-free.
Tony Smith, 15 Jun 2010
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Twitter topples over

A failed upgrade left the world Twitter-less for several hours last night.
John Oates, 15 Jun 2010
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You think mobile voice is expensive?

Workshop The issue of mobile pricing can be something of a sore point in the business environment, and it's one that we're exploring through our Reg reader poll. We'll be reporting back on it a little further down the line as part of this workshop. But of course there are different aspects to pricing, and based on the feedback we’ve seen from you so far roaming charges seem to be the stickiest issue.
Josie Sephton, 15 Jun 2010
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Deutsche Telekom duo not facing nosey charges

The former chief exec and chairman of Deutsche Telekom will not face charges, after an investigation into spying on board members and journalists failed to find sufficient evidence against them.
Robert Blincoe, 15 Jun 2010
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Samsung shows upcoming Bada, Android smartphones

Samsung has taken the wraps off its latest Android and Bada smartphones.
Tony Smith, 15 Jun 2010
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Can the cloud hold off data deluge?

An article in CIO Magazine takes a look at a 2007 report from IDC (sponsored by EMC) estimating that the size of all digital data will grow by something like 1.2 million petabytes from 2009 to 2010, and will grow an astounding 44x by 2020; the number of individual files will increase by 67x.
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Bullfighter cuffed for lack of cojones

Apprentice bullfighter Christian Hernández decided on Sunday that he'd prefer to pursue another line of work, fleeing the ring to derisive whistles from his fellow Mexicans and proceeding directly to a local police station on a breach of contract rap.
Lester Haines, 15 Jun 2010
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Apple store flakes after iPhone 4 price reveal

Apple's UK online store crumpled under a mass of fanbois this morning, which may or may not have been related to its opening up for iPhone 4 pre-orders.
Team Register, 15 Jun 2010
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Anobit breaks MLC flash barrier

Israeli startup Anobit reckons it has the technology in its Genesis enterprise SSDs to make flash storage practicable for all tier one data.
Chris Mellor, 15 Jun 2010
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Murdoch hedges bets with e-reader purchase

Rupert Murdoch's News Corp has bought the software platform designed for the Skiff e-reader, but dropped the hardware which will likely never see the light of day.
Bill Ray, 15 Jun 2010
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Gov hits brakes on vetting scheme

Further erosion of New Labour’s Big Brother state looks likely to take place later today when Home Secretary Theresa May announces that the government is stopping implementation of the Vetting and Barring scheme (VBS), which was due to go live next month.
Jane Fae , 15 Jun 2010
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GCHQ imposes Whitehall iPhone ban

The image of ministers and their advisors hunched over their BlackBerries is set to become an enduring legacy of the New Labour era, as it's emerged that RIM will maintain its stranglehold on the government smartphone market under the coalition.

Physical vs virtual: What's your poison?

Sysadmin Blog Virtualization is not new - mainframes have been doing it for ages, and other non-x86 operating systems have been slicing up servers for quite some time as well. Yet if I had to pin a single IT label on the first decade of this century, I'd tag it as the decade of x86 virtualization.
Trevor Pott, 15 Jun 2010
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Hardcore mobile survey for hardcore users

Poll Mobile technology is one of the most written about topics on El Reg, but does that mean it’s now ingrained in all organisations?
Team Register, 15 Jun 2010
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Murdoch moves for full control of Sky

Sky shares jumped 18 per cent this morning on news that Rupert Murdoch is seeking full control of the company.
John Oates, 15 Jun 2010
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Microsoft and Oracle lose among open sourcers

Microsoft and Oracle are losing out to Linux and MySQL while cloud computing's not exactly taking off, according to the latest survey of Eclipse users.
Gavin Clarke, 15 Jun 2010
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picoChip gulps another $20m

Bath-based femtocell specialist picoChip has raised another $20m in equity funding, but with a million chips already sold it's about rapid expansion rather than running costs.
Bill Ray, 15 Jun 2010
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Toshiba readies full-keyboard netbook

Toshiba has introduced a netbook with a "full-size" keyboard for mini-laptop owners fed up of tapping away on tiny keys.
Tony Smith, 15 Jun 2010
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Sony Vaio P netbook

Review Sony manages to conjure up some lovely pieces of kit, but it also has a tendency to slap outrageous price tags on them. And this was no more apparent than when it launched the Vaio P-Series last year.
Will Stapley, 15 Jun 2010
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FSA warns firms about social media promotions

Financial services firms should keep tabs on their social networking, other internet communications and iPhone apps to make sure that they stay up to date and compliant, according to regulator the Financial Services Authority (FSA).
OUT-LAW.COM, 15 Jun 2010
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GCHQ: The uncensored story of Britain's most secret intelligence agency

Book Review If information indeed is power, then GCHQ is undoubtedly the closest thing the British government has to the Death Star.
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Sony NEX-5 tips up in UK

Jessops has got its mitts on the first batch of Sony NEX-5 to hit the UK.
Hard Reg, 15 Jun 2010
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Microsoft throws Office 2010 at shoppers

Microsoft's Office 2010 has hit retail stores with consumers being hailed as the suite's savior.
Gavin Clarke, 15 Jun 2010
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Police confirm cybercrime budget cut

The Metropolitan Police have confirmed their budget for battling cybercrime nationally has been slashed by the Home Office.
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How to follow the World Cup from your desk

The world and its dog are beaming World Cup insight and inanities into the web sphere. Here are our picks for insight.
Robert Blincoe, 15 Jun 2010
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An alternative take on collaborative project management

Webcast We’re all familiar with how projects are usually defined and managed. If you’re lucky, you use a specialist project management application, and perhaps some kind of generic content management system. But let’s be honest, the back of a beer mat and some follow-up emails is the best it gets.
Team Register, 15 Jun 2010
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Public sector IT: Our own pig in lipstick?

Tight budgets and less intrusive government mean that the stage is set for increasingly heated debate between those who want to overhaul public sector IT systems wholescale, and those who believe that now is not the time for radical change.
Jane Fae , 15 Jun 2010
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US Senator wants Internet seizure rights

A new bill introduced to Congress calls for a new government body to oversee the internet as well as provide emergency powers to a “director of cyberspace policy” as well as the President.
Kieren McCarthy, 15 Jun 2010
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RIM readies next BlackBerry, AT&T airs Aria

RIM is readying a new touchscreen BlackBerry, according to reports, while Android is slowly but surely getting its hooks into Apple's strongest bastion, AT&T. The US carrier will launch its first Android phone from HTC - currently leading the charge against the iPhone's US leadership - next week.
Wireless Watch, 15 Jun 2010
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Is that a Wi-Fi media server in your pocket?

The distinction between the storage and transmission of stuff – a canyon wide enough to create rival industries in the past – gets more meaningless by the day. Vodafone's next personal Wi-Fi hotspot will have a file sharing built right into the dongle. That's if FCC filings and blog reports can be believed. The next-gen MiFi unit, or personal router, is manufactured by China's Huawei.
Andrew Orlowski, 15 Jun 2010
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UK.gov outlines £95m IT savings plan

Ahead of next week's emergency Budget, Francis Maude, head honcho of the Efficiency and Reform Group (ERG), has outlined plans to renegotiate government IT contracts to net £95m in planned savings.
Robert Blincoe, 15 Jun 2010
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Sun slips nips onto iPad

NSFW Today sees the launch of the Sun's iPad app which, for a small consideration, offers fanbois the chance to digest at leisure all of the paper's famous meaty goodness.
Lester Haines, 15 Jun 2010
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Lone workers will like being tracked, says Orange

Orange is pushing out research claiming that UK lone-worker staff would love to be tracked using GPS, for their own benefit of course.
Bill Ray, 15 Jun 2010
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iPhone 4 no longer available to UK buyers?

Ordered your iPhone 4 yet? Tough - you've already missed the boat, if this afternoon's latest missive from Apple is to be believed.
Team Register, 15 Jun 2010
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Neon updates zPrime mainframe accelerator

Neon Enterprise Software, the cheeky provider of the zPrime systems software that allows production work normally running on IBM z/OS mainframe engines to be dispatched to cheaper zIIP and zAAP co-processors on those mainframes, has tweaked the tool so it can now offload even more work to those cheaper engines.
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NEC lops off HYDRAstor heads

Update NEC has shrunk its multi-node HYDRAstor grid archive down to a single node, for smaller businesses wanting their own backup and archive store in the office and not off on a cloud somewhere.
Chris Mellor, 15 Jun 2010
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Apple's US online store buckles under iPhone 4 preorders

Updated Apple's US online store appears to be choking under the load of iPhone preorders.
Rik Myslewski, 15 Jun 2010
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Firefox 4 sneak peek flaunts Google open video codec

Mozilla has turned out a Firefox 4 prototype that includes Google's newly open sourced WebM video format, while Opera has rolled the format into a developer build of its own.
Cade Metz, 15 Jun 2010
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Newsweek: 'Zombies rise from grave, invade US'

An army of zombies has invaded America, according to Newsweek.
Cade Metz, 15 Jun 2010
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Java father Gosling backs managed runtime gallop

Java father James Gosling has endorsed plans to juice managed runtimes on Linux from a company that was once at loggerheads with Sun Microsystems over his beloved language.
Gavin Clarke, 15 Jun 2010
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Apple Store iPhone app promises buyer's remorse

Apple has released an iPhone app that allows US users to access its online store to puchase items, schedule appointments at its brick-and-mortar stores, read product reviews — and spend money very, very easily.
Rik Myslewski, 15 Jun 2010
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Researchers probe net's most blighted darknet

Researchers probing a previously unused swath of internet addresses say they've stumbled onto the net's most blighted neighborhoods, with at least four times as much pollution as any they've ever seen.
Dan Goodin, 15 Jun 2010
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Dell lands custom gaming server deal

The E3 Expo is raging in Los Angeles today, and Dell's bespoke server techs are on hand backing up the launch of OnLive, the maker of an online gaming system that lets users play games over a broadband link from within a Web brower, with the video and data processing associated with the game being done back in OnLive's data center.
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Critical and unpatched, Windows XP bug is under attack

Five days after it was disclosed in a highly controversial advisory, a critical vulnerability in Microsoft's Windows XP operating system is being exploited by criminal hackers, researchers from anti-virus provider Sophos said on Tuesday.
Dan Goodin, 15 Jun 2010
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Mac OS X cranked to 10.6.4

Apple added another item to its busy day with the release of version 10.6.4 updates for both Mac OS X and Mac OS X server.
Rik Myslewski, 15 Jun 2010
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Google code hints at Chrome OS Dellbook

It looks like Dell will join Acer and HP in offering netbooks based on Google's Chrome OS sometime this fall.
Cade Metz, 15 Jun 2010
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iPhone 4 preorder system exposes private user data

Preordering for Apple's iPhone 4 got off to a rocky start on Tuesday, with long lines, system outages, and an AT&T server that exposed sensitive account information for existing users of the must-have mobile device.
Dan Goodin, 15 Jun 2010
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Clamshell dinner – Jobs and iPad munch netbook sales

Yes, the iPad will munch the netbook market, according to research firm DisplaySearch.
Cade Metz, 15 Jun 2010