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HP embiggens ProLiant x64 server line

HP is not only launching two Xeon 7500 servers and three Opteron 6100 servers – as we told you it would - it's also previewing five other machines, which are due during the second half of the year.
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100 Gigabit Ethernet standard ratified

It's official: the IEEE 802.3ba 40Gb/s and 100Gb/s Ethernet standard has been ratified by — who else? — the IEEE P802.3ba 40Gb/s and 100Gb/s Ethernet Task Force.
Rik Myslewski, 22 Jun 2010
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Ex-Amazon 'Master of Disaster' animates server Chef

Opscode — the Seattle-based startup lead by Amazon's former "Master of Disaster" — has introduced an online service for overseeing the use of its open source Chef framework, a means of juggling server configurations atop so-called infrastructure clouds such as Amazon EC2 and in good ol' private data centers.
Cade Metz, 22 Jun 2010
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Trackstick Mini GPS Tracker

Telespial Systems Trackstick Mini GPS

ReviewIf your business or pleasure activities can be enhanced by accurately recording where you have been and when, then a good passive GPS tracker can be a handy gadget to have. Of course, GPS trackers also have a slight whiff of the ignoble and sneaky about them and rightly so ,as one of their major advantage over a GPS tracking smartphone app is that you can use them to record what other people have been up to.
Alun Taylor, 22 Jun 2010
Sony Ericsson Xperia X10

Sony Xperia X10 Competition – the winners

Last month Reg Hardware ran a competition to win a Sony Xperia X10 handset.
Register Hardware, 22 Jun 2010
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ISS 'naut snaps Aurora Australis

An astronaut aboard the International Space Station has captured an impressive snap of the Aurora Australis, while the orbiting outpost was over the Southern Indian Ocean at an altitude of 350km:
Lester Haines, 22 Jun 2010
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Hosted security: necessary, evil or necessary evil?

Mini PollFrom previous conversations with Reg readers, we know that security is something that is often best left to others – many organisations lack either the expertise or the time to really do justice to securing their IT systems. One possible answer is to get others to manage it – for example, by using hosted security services from third parties.
Team Register, 22 Jun 2010
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Feds cuff man in ATM skimming case

Federal authorities have arrested a Serbian national living in Chicago and charged him with attempting to buy an ATM skimming device.
Dan Goodin, 22 Jun 2010
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US freezes Intel monopoly probe

Intel and the Federal Trade Commission look likely to reach an out-of-court settlement of competition charges brought against the chip giant.
John Oates, 22 Jun 2010
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ThinkGeek trembles before Pork Board's pork sword

The wags down at ThinkGeek have found themselves on the receiving end of the "best-ever cease and desist letter", after seriously treading on the National Pork Board's trotters.
Lester Haines, 22 Jun 2010
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Old timer cleared of extreme porn charges

Fresh confusion arose last week as to when an individual may be found guilty of possessing extreme porn, with the acquittal of a pensioner on the grounds that no one could be sure when he actually downloaded the images in question.
Jane Fae , 22 Jun 2010
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Cyber cops want stronger domain rules

International police have called for stricter rules on domain name registration, to help them track down online crooks, warning the industry that if it does not self-regulate, governments could legislate.
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Orange to offer granny phone

Tony Smith, 22 Jun 2010
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Tom Stoppard: Tech is destroying the written word

No VidsHeavyweight luvvie Sir Tom Stoppard has said that new technology in the home is destroying children's - and thus society's - appetite for the written word. He also considers that today's educational system places too much emphasis on maths and the sciences at the expense of the humanities.
Lewis Page, 22 Jun 2010
Dell Inspiron R

Dell rolls out Inspiron R range

Dell has introduced its new laptop line, the Inspiron R.
Caleb Cox, 22 Jun 2010
Red Dead Redemption

Red Dead Redemption DLC out today

Rockstar Games' Red Dead Redemption gets its first downloadable content add-on today.
Hard Reg, 22 Jun 2010
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Premature ejaculation means fanbois get iPhones early

UpdatedFans who pre-ordered an iPhone 4 are getting them a day early, thanks to FedEx's efficiency, so now they only have to remember to breathe for 24 hours.
Bill Ray, 22 Jun 2010
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US attacks Europe's perv-scanners

A US security official has criticised European use of perv-scanners at airports, saying the technology is better regulated in the US.
John Oates, 22 Jun 2010
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HP converges on itself with bulked up storage offering

HP has upgraded its storage offerings as part of a Converged Infrastructure (CI) announcement, making EVAs clusterable, enhancing mid-range dedupe and introducing a new LeftHand iSCSI box.
Chris Mellor, 22 Jun 2010
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Whitehall invites broadband subsidy goldrush

The government has invited internet firms to Whitehall to thrash out how taxpayers could help deliver "superfast broadband"* to rural areas.
Christopher Williams, 22 Jun 2010
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Apple iOS 4 update frustrates iPhone 3G owners

UpdatedUnsurprisingly, there are reports of woes among iPhone users when upgrading to iOS 4 and we even have first hand experience of this here at Reg Hardware. On a 3GS, the upgrade was the "easiest yet" for our esteemed leader, yet in the foothills, there’s a rather sickly 16GB iPhone 3G that won’t run any of third party apps or sync up with iTunes media.
Bob Dormon, 22 Jun 2010
USB Cassette 4-Port Hub

Tape out: the cassette-styled USB hub

This is the USB Cassette 4-Port Hub from Asian gadget seller Brando. As the name suggests, it features four USB ports and looks like a retro cassette tape.
Caleb Cox, 22 Jun 2010
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Aussie pols want compulsory AV software and firewalls

As the Australian Government continues to grapple with the issue of how best to protect the nation from internet nastiness, the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Communications has just lobbed a major new element into the debate in the form of a mega-report on cyber-crime.
Jane Fae , 22 Jun 2010
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Flash bursts onto Android

Adobe has launched a final version of Flash 10.1 for Android, so iPhone users can now officially feel left out, though they'll be in good company for a while yet.
Bill Ray, 22 Jun 2010
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Huge new airships for US Army: designed in Blighty

British engineers are to partner with a major US defence contractor to build a large "optionally manned" robot spy airship, intended to lurk for three weeks at a time in the skies above Afghanistan.
Lewis Page, 22 Jun 2010
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Apple iOS4 upgrade adds multitasking, folders... and pain

As usual, the latest Apple operating system upgrade is stranding quite a few unhappy users with broken machines. This time it's iOS4, which was released for some older iPhone models on Monday.
Liam Proven, 22 Jun 2010
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Dyson Air Multiplier

Dyson delivers new deskfan duo

Appliance giants Dyson has announced two additions to its deskfan range.
Caleb Cox, 22 Jun 2010
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Osborne promises to curb deficit in five years

Chancellor George Osborne's emergency Budget today promised to increase tax allowances but also increase VAT in an effort to balance the need for huge cutbacks with protecting the nascent economic recovery.
John Oates, 22 Jun 2010
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Salesforce releases Facebook for suits

Salesforce.com is today expected to release its Facebook for businesses against established enterprise collaboration software from Microsoft and IBM.
Gavin Clarke, 22 Jun 2010
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ToryDems add up bill for Labour's ID scheme

The Labour government spent just under £300m to develop the ID card and biometric passport schemes unceremoniously dumped by the ToryDems this month.
Joe Fay, 22 Jun 2010
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Samsung Wave

Samsung Wave smartphone

ReviewSamsung is one of those manufacturers that seems to grind out decent, capable handsets with great frequency, yet few of its many iterations tend to stick in the memory, or appear to set the pace.
Dave Oliver, 22 Jun 2010
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Osborne hands out tax cuts - for companies

ToryDem chancellor George Osborne handed a massive tax boost to business today in his first budget.
John Oates, 22 Jun 2010
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Opera stomps on 'extremely severe' security holes

Opera has unleashed a minor point upgrades for the Windows and Mac versions of its web browser - so minor it didn't merit a press release. But the 10.54 release fixes five security holes, four of which Opera won't fully disclose, but are rated "extremely severe", "highly severe", "moderately severe" and… "less severe".
Andrew Orlowski, 22 Jun 2010

Poker money and the ethics professor

What does an ethics professor do when a self-confessed felon bankrolls his favourite causes? Give the money back? Turn it into a case study for his students? We may soon find out.
Andrew Orlowski, 22 Jun 2010
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Brits are bored with mobile broadband

UK mobile broadband sales are tumbling as consumers have figured out that the technology does not live up to its billing.
Drew Cullen, 22 Jun 2010
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Microsoft launches MSN health application

Microsoft has announced the availability of its brand new "health and wellness" HealthVault cloud platform in the UK.
Chris Mellor, 22 Jun 2010
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Chancellor cans planned game biz tax break

Conservative Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne has scrapped a Labour plan to provide tax relief for the videogames industry.
Tony Smith, 22 Jun 2010
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Google claims Wi-Fi slurp legal in the US

Google lawyers reckon its Wi-Fi data harvesting operation will be judged legit in the US.
Christopher Williams, 22 Jun 2010
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Middle-aged sex is crap: Official

A study of 1,752 weary adults has shown that after the age of 45, it's downhill all the way when it comes to getting your end away.
Lester Haines, 22 Jun 2010
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Big EU imports of Sahara sun-power coming soon?

The European Union might subsidise "interconnector" undersea power lines beneath the Mediterranean for the purpose of importing solar energy from the Sahara desert, according to reports.
Lewis Page, 22 Jun 2010
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Nobody trusts anything - shock poll

Facebook and Twitter are trusted as much as the professional media, according to a survey by Zogby - which reveals that nobody trusts anything at all.
Andrew Orlowski, 22 Jun 2010
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Bloody George's Budget: How bad is it really?

AnalysisOooh, I do love a good budget. It's an opportunity to poke fun at all the nonsensical misunderstandings of economics that politicians are prey to. Even if someone proposes something sensible you can be sure that the opposition to it will be rooted in a misconception of reality. So, what does this budget have for us today? Anything actually useful or interesting to technical types?
Tim Worstall, 22 Jun 2010
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Windows 7 Backup gets users' backs up

Windows 7 Backup is getting trashed in a Microsoft forum for being unbelievably bad and stupefyingly slow.
Chris Mellor, 22 Jun 2010
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Tilera to stuff 200 cores onto single chip

Multicore chip upstart Tilera has announced an ambitious product roadmap for its TileGX systems-on-a-chip that will see the company plunk up to 200 cores – plus their memory and peripheral controllers and a mesh network linking the chips – onto a single die within the next few years. The company is also trotting out a new server partner and investor – PC and server maker Quanta – using its current TilePro64 processors in a 2U server that has 512 cores jam-packed into a 2U rack form factor.
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Dell 'in talks' with Google over Chrome OS netbooks

Dell is "in talks" with Google over Mountain View's still-gestating Chrome OS, an operating system that limits itself to a Google web browser.
Cade Metz, 22 Jun 2010
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Apple tweaks privacy policy to juice location tracking

Apple has updated its privacy policy to allow the company, its partners, and its licensees to keep close watch on your "precise location data."
Rik Myslewski, 22 Jun 2010
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Google gives its Voice to all Americans

Google Voice — the new-age telephony thingy that lets you attach a single phone number to multiple phones, turn your voice mails into emails, and thumb your nose at AT&T — is now available to everyone in the US.
Cade Metz, 22 Jun 2010
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Ubuntu daddy in patent class of its own

Ubuntu creator Canonical has upgraded its membership in a Linux patent protection group – without any clear reason for the change.
Gavin Clarke, 22 Jun 2010
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Man charged with malware 'sextortion' plot

Federal prosecutors have accused a man of hacking into scores of computers and using the personal information he found to extort sexually explicit videos from female victims, many of whom were juveniles.
Dan Goodin, 22 Jun 2010
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'World's No. 1 hacker' tome rocks security world

A recently published e-book penned by the self-proclaimed “world's No. 1 hacker” is rocking the security community with back-and-forth allegations of plagiarism, racism, and even threats against a security podcaster and his family.
Dan Goodin, 22 Jun 2010
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Red Hat revenues swell to $209.1m

Red Hat is not as precisely coupled to the economy as many other IT players. Throughout the Great Recession, Red Hat got its brim a little wet, but it never blew off Wall Street's head and got trampled in the mud like so many other companies. And as the economy recovers, the commercial Linux operating system and JBoss middleware distributor is growing at more or less the same rate – like nothing ever happened.
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Verizon iPhone due 'early 2011'

Stop us if you've heard this one before: there's a new report that Verizon may soon offer Apple's iPhone, ending AT&T's US exclusivity for the überpopular handset.
Rik Myslewski, 22 Jun 2010
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Domain registrars push back on law enforcement changes

The companies that sell domain names have pushed back on proposals made by law enforcement yesterday to change their contracts to make cybercrime more difficult.
Kieren McCarthy, 22 Jun 2010
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Firefox 3.6.4 debuts with Flash flak jacket

Mozilla has released a stable build of Firefox 3.6.4, the first incarnation of the open source browser that seeks to minimize crashes by running plug-ins as processes separate from the core browser.
Cade Metz, 22 Jun 2010

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