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Big Blue shrinks 'Westmere' Xeon towers

IBM continues to round out its System x and BladeCenter x64-based server lineup, and today, it kicked out two more machines: a pair of System x tower boxes aimed primarily at small and medium businesses or the remote offices of larger firms.
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Oracle sued for alleged fraud against US gov

The US Justice Department has sued Oracle, claiming the software giant overcharged the federal government by "tens of millions of dollars".
Cade Metz, 17 Jun 2010
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Nokia C5

Review Nokia’s lower end and mid range handsets might not offer the bells and whistles of the leading edge phones, but they can be solid workhorses. The C5 is a case in point. Just be aware when eyeing up the specs that its small screen means it can’t do some things nearly as well as bigger screened alternatives.
Sandra Vogel, 17 Jun 2010
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Retailers lobby for lower charges for contactless payments

New payment technologies should be cheaper to use than existing card systems, not more expensive, retailers have said. Shop operators have claimed that card fees are already too high, running into hundreds of millions of pounds in the UK.
OUT-LAW.COM, 17 Jun 2010
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Javascripters promise Jobs-free HTML5 for iPad

Javascripters who slammed Apple and Google for hyping HTML5 are offering a claimed frustration-free answer to coding for iPads, iPhones and Androids.
Gavin Clarke, 17 Jun 2010
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Intel stuffs speedy security into silicon

Intel Labs has announced two new chunks of test silicon that expand the company's definition of what it considers "job one" in terms of product development.
Rik Myslewski, 17 Jun 2010
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Report damns health records scheme

A detailed review of the Summary Care Record programme and HealthSpace - its related "portal" - by University College London has found only "modest benefits" from the scheme.
John Oates, 17 Jun 2010
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Terror data handover seriously flawed

Comment The European Union has redrafted its agreement with the US Treasury which requires Europe’s financial institutions to transfer details of global financial transactions to the US. The revised Draft Agreement is to be put to the European Parliament in July for approval, despite a text containing significant privacy defects and obvious areas of drafting in need of urgent attention.
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New Xbox 360 said to 'still scratch discs'

Anyone hoping the new-design Xbox 360 will treat game discs more gently than its predecessors have been claimed to is set to be disappointed.
Tony Smith, 17 Jun 2010
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DHS slams US gov network security

The US government is bad at protecting its networks and has neither the authority or manpower to respond to threats in real time.
Robert Blincoe, 17 Jun 2010
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Sony sets UK PlayStation Move prices

Sony UK will release the PlayStation Move in a bundle pack comprising the motion controller, the PlayStation Eye camera and a trio of games.
Tony Smith, 17 Jun 2010
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The desktop management advisory guide

Guide Desktop management isn’t easy. There’s a raft of expertise needed to help you juggle the various increasingly pressing demands of systems, users and budgets. And it’s rare that there’s one piece of advice that will help you tackle it all.
Team Register, 17 Jun 2010
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Qualcomm back in the EU's sights

A UK chip maker has asked the EU to look again at Qualcomm's business practices, despite the chip giant having cleared itself last time by settling with the complainants.
Bill Ray, 17 Jun 2010
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Birmingham jihad-cam network suspended

A crime prevention quango has postponed activation of a new CCTV network trained on Muslim areas of Birmingham, and funded from the central police counter-terrorism budget, after a local outcry.
Team Register, 17 Jun 2010
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Virtual management - a lesson from history

Blog I have worked with many different virtualisation platforms, from Microsoft’s early attempts with Virtual Server 2005 to the latest VMWare, Hyper-V, KVM and Xen offerings. I have taken the time to play with the management software offered by these vendors, and even a few of the third-party stuff. Depending on your specific needs, the higher-level management tools can either make your life easier or far more complicated. They will most assuredly make it more expensive.
Trevor Pott, 17 Jun 2010
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Killer piranha stalk Folkestone pond

Experts fear Britain could be facing a deadly invasion of killer piranha after a Kent angler hooked one of the Amazonian fang-fish in a Folkestone pond - thousands of miles from its natural habitat where gangs of them regularly strip the flesh from their victims in a terrifying frenzy of teeth and foaming water.
Lester Haines, 17 Jun 2010
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Is running a datacentre just like running a kitchen?

Analysis Cooling a datacentre the wrong way is like cooling a hot kitchen by opening the fridge door: it makes more sense to open a window and pump fresh air in.
Manek Dubash, 17 Jun 2010
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Ingram grabs Spanish distie

Ingram Micro - the broadline distributor - has bought a Spanish distie called Albora Soluciones based in Barcelona.
John Oates, 17 Jun 2010
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World Cup: Holland to win, Spain to slump

World Cup Stats Spain is chewing on the chorizo of defeat thanks to Switzerland's 1-0 victory yesterday, and history shows this result is a major setback.
Robert Blincoe, 17 Jun 2010
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Samsung gears up to make half-terabyte flash drives

Samsung is close to volume production of half-terabyte PC/notebook solid state drives (SSD) with impressively fast read and write speeds.
Chris Mellor, 17 Jun 2010
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Did ID card applications surge after scheme was scrapped?

A series of questions in the Commons yesterday suggest that the ID card scheme had a surge of applicants even after it became clear that the Tories would be scrapping the scheme.
Joe Fay, 17 Jun 2010
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Firefox comes over all cloudy

Firefox Weave has become Firefox Sync, and will be part of Firefox 4 in a cloud-based future.
Bill Ray, 17 Jun 2010
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WD SiliconEdge Blue 256GB SSD

Review Hard drive manufacturer Western Digital has taken not one but two steps into the Solid State Drive market. Up in the Enterprise stratosphere we have three WD N1x drives that use SLC memory and are hellishly expensive at £310 for 32GB, £649 for 64GB and £1099 for 128GB.
Leo Waldock, 17 Jun 2010
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Software freetards demand axing of ACTA

Richard Stallman and the Free Software Foundation are calling for the rejection of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) unless key changes to “protect the public's freedom” are made.
Robert Blincoe, 17 Jun 2010
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AOL offloads Bebo - for 'exceptionally uninspiring number'?

Updated AOL is set to reap an "exceptionally uninspiring" sum for Bebo, the moribund social networking site for which it paid $850m just two years ago.
Joe Fay, 17 Jun 2010
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Googlegate: Mapping a scandal of global proportions

Opinion While the rest of us have generally been enjoying the sunshine and warm weather for the past few weeks, there has been a permanent cloud over Mountain View, as the storm over Google's capturing of Wi-Fi content with its Street View cars has developed.
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Autopsy on wacky Jacqui's ID astroturfing

Lobby group No2ID have got their hands on the final report into MyLifeMyID.org - the supposedly independent collector of "young people's" views on ID cards.
John Oates, 17 Jun 2010
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Tape business shows steep decline

The tape drive and media business shrank by a quarter in 2009. At this rate it could enter irrelevance in a few years time.
Chris Mellor, 17 Jun 2010
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Hybrid CD vinyl unites warring tribes

Here's something you don't see very often. Veteran Detroit techno producer Jeff Mills has solved the vinyl or CD conundrum with a new "hybrid" disc that plays in both. It's a five-inch single with a CD stuck on the back.
Andrew Orlowski, 17 Jun 2010
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NFC will be in all Nokia smartphones from 2011

Nokia has announced that from next year every Nokia smartphone will have NFC, regardless of fact that the technology lacks a business model or any market demand.
Bill Ray, 17 Jun 2010
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Hidden in plain view: Google Music's stealth infrastructure

Along with world+dog, I overlooked very something important this week. I was wondering why, to launch its new music service, Google would want to get into the messy and thankless business of administering rights. Best to leave the region-by-region haggles to someone else, I reckoned.
Andrew Orlowski, 17 Jun 2010
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Virginia cops liberate bound goat from car trunk

Virginia cops last week did their bit for caprine wellbeing by liberating a half-baked goat from a car trunk, the Lynchburg News Advance reports.
Lester Haines, 17 Jun 2010
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Nobel Prize winner on dodgy World Cup ball

Goalkeepers like to get their excuses in first, and this new World Cup is no exception.
Andrew Orlowski, 17 Jun 2010
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Apple not yet dominant enough for anti-trust action

Opinion Apple is rapidly becoming an anti-trust target and right now it is behaving like a badly spoiled child with respect to what it will allow and not allow on any of its platforms. This is reflected in decisions to keep Adobe and any other development environment off its devices, and more recently in its proposed new developer terms which will stop developers from working with Google and AdMob on advertising.
Faultline, 17 Jun 2010
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Canadians form adulterers' privacy campaign

The Canadian woman suing her mobile operator because her husband discovered her affair through her bill says she has gathered evidence from two fellow adulterers who were caught out the same way.
Team Register, 17 Jun 2010

When desktop security is a remote possibility

Workshop You, the readers of The Register, have told us that supporting users is fraught with problems. And when it comes to looking after remote users things get even more difficult.
Tony Lock, 17 Jun 2010
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Sunny Spain suspends solar subsidy scam

Dead broke Spain can't afford to prop up renewables anymore. The Spanish government is cutting the numbers of hours in a day it's prepared to pay for "clean" energy.
Andrew Orlowski, 17 Jun 2010
iPad vs netbooks

iPad gouges netbook sales

Tablets look set to displace the netbook, if figures from market watcher DisplaySearch are to be believed.
Tony Smith, 17 Jun 2010
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Vodafone customers collaborate to chart coverage

If you think network coverage maps are untrustworthy and always favour the supplier, here's a way to to put them straight.
Caleb Cox, 17 Jun 2010
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LibCons bin £2bn of late Labour projects

The coalition government has scrapped 12 projects worth £2bn pounds that were agreed during the final months of Labour's rule.
Robert Blincoe, 17 Jun 2010
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Indonesia flips over internet rock star smut clips

An online celebrity sex video is giving Indonesia's authorities an opportunity to try and restrict internet use.
Robert Blincoe, 17 Jun 2010
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Microsoft unveils one-stop service for reporting stolen accounts

Microsoft on Thursday unveiled a program to alert banks and online services when accounts they oversee are compromised.
Dan Goodin, 17 Jun 2010
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Apple's fresh Mac mini stripped naked

Apple's new Mac mini, announced on Tuesday, is simple to open, easy to upgrade, and requires an exceptionally small amount of power — a mere 10 watts at idle.
Rik Myslewski, 17 Jun 2010
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Firefoxers howl as privacy add-on auto updates with 'bloatware'

Updated Firefox users are howling that a widely-used browser add-on designed to protect them from unwanted cookie tracking has been automatically updated with what they see as overly intrusive "bloatware".
Cade Metz, 17 Jun 2010
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Researcher shows how to strike back at web assailants

A security researcher has disclosed details on more than a dozen previously unknown vulnerabilities that people responding to web-based attacks can exploit to strike back at online assailants.
Dan Goodin, 17 Jun 2010
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Pakistani lawyer petitions for death of Mark Zuckerberg

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is being investigated by Pakistani police under a section of the penal code that makes blasphemy against Muhammad punishable by death.
Cade Metz, 17 Jun 2010
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HP and Yahoo! team up to print ads in your home

There's been some knicker-twisting hubbub coursing the intertubes about ads being served up by HP's email-enabled ePrint printers, announced last week at Internet World New York.
Rik Myslewski, 17 Jun 2010
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Cisco to reveal next 'Data Center 3.0' push

Server wannabe Cisco Systems is on a five step program to take over the data center with its Data Center 3.0 initiative, and on June 30, the company is getting set to divulge what the next step will be – and perhaps announce a product or two.
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FalconStor wins HDS as VTL reseller

Hitachi Data Systems is going to resell FalconStor Virtual Tape Library (VTL) software, with deduplication, integrated with its AMS 2000 mid-range storage arrays.
Chris Mellor, 17 Jun 2010
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IBM preps AIX 7.1 for autumn Power7 harvest

In the computer racket, it has always been much easier to get new hardware out the door than the software to take advantage of it fully. And so it is with IBM's Power7-based Power Systems machines and its AIX variant of Unix, which is slated for a 7.1 update in the autumn.