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Hulu to charge $10 for iPad and Playstation 3 TV

Hulu has confirmed it will charge viewers for programs delivered to iPads, some TVs, and other devices — but apparently without using either Flash or HTML5.
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Google Chrome will block out-of-date plug-ins

Google will soon prevent insecure versions of plug-ins from running on top of its Chrome browser to make sure they don't contain security bugs that can be exploited by malicious websites.
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Sony Vaio L13 touchscreen PC

Review The Sony Vaio L series of all-in-one touchscreen PCs launched last year, now has some new additions. The Vaio L13, L11 and L12 models share the same basic features including a 24in 1920 x 1080 multi-touch glossy screen, 4GB RAM and 64-bit Windows 7 Home Premium.
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Billionaire's betting exchange backs Android

Irish billionaire and betting man, Dermot Desmond, is looking to Google's Android to boost the fortunes of his core business, Betdaq, not least because it's impossible getting a gambling app in the iStore.
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Beeb sends teaboy outside with iPhone

We're delighted to report that the BBC has taken El Reg's advice and sent the teaboy outside with an iPhone to grab a snap of its own building.
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Fake IBM playboy pleads guilty

A 36-year old Dutch man conned thousands of pounds out of show jumpers and horse riding fans by claiming to be the son of a big boss at IBM.
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Loud sex ASBO woman spared jail again

The Tyne and Wear woman who simply cannot put a sock in it while making the beast with two backs has been spared jail for a second time.
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Budget to cost over a million jobs: Official

Figures from the Treasury suggest the UK economy is likely to shrink by 1.3 million jobs.
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Nipper's naked arse provokes Street View outrage

A Greater Manchester mum is "angry, disgusted and upset" after Google flashed her three-year-old son's arse at Street View surfers.
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Stratus makes $50,000 zero downtime promise

Fault-tolerant server company Stratus is betting real money that its latest range of servers running VMware will never fail - for at least six months.
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Microsoft's 'New Busy' Hotmail has lie-in

Microsoft has confessed that the rollout of the latest version of Hotmail is taking longer than customers might have expected, especially given the fanfare that accompanied the release.
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Cumbria massacre top cop also patrols cyberspace

Analysis The UK's top e-copper has been put under the microscope over his force's heavily criticised response to Derrick Bird's fatal shooting spree.
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Medion says splash out on waterproof speakers

Play your WAVs among the waves with this waterproof wireless speaker from electronics vendor Medion.
Caleb Cox, 30 2010
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SoftBank punts free ADSL for femtocell folk

Free ADSL and a free femtocell, but you still have to pay for mobile calls: Japanese punters now have a new business model from SoftBank Mobile.
Bill Ray, 30 2010
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Shadow Analyser speeds digital analysis of recovery files

Researchers at UK computer forensics firm Disklabs have helped develop technology that will drastically speed up the forensic analysis of 'Volume Shadow Copies' (VSC) of suspect Windows computers.
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Carnegie Mellon SEI scores $1bn military software dev deal

The Software Engineering Institute (SEI) at Carnegie Mellon university has been awarded an almost $1bn military contract for "software research and development pertinent to national defense".
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Isilon bellyflops into Smart Pools

Scale-out file storage supplier Isilon is clustering its clustered systems into Smart Pools with automatic data movement between them to provide better balanced storage resources across storage tiers for its customers' applications.
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HK 'Dog Man' cuffed for voodoo ritual sex

A Hong Kong "voodoo master" dubbed the "Dog Man" is in court accused of duping a 20-year-old student into ritual sex to expel "ghost embryos", HK's The Standard reports.
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Seagate hits GoFlex with bunch of fives

A report says Seagate is using five platters in its 3TB monster FreeAgent GoFlex external disk, not four. That's a quickie fix to up the capacity and not a significant increase in areal density as we suggested it might be.
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Apple support-drone scripts leaked

Apple won't be appeasing anyone with a free bump case - a "leaked" script shows the apparent aim is to blame the customer, as long as the customer is at fault.
Bill Ray, 30 2010
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Ricoh readies 'flick to transfer' photo app

Camera company Ricoh has released an iPhone app that allows users to send photos and videos straight to each others' handsets.
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Apple in the workplace

Mini Poll Apple's success as a manufacturer of consumer electronics is beyond question. The kit has become an accepted part of many people's lives, and the brand is one of the most well respected and desired on the planet.
Dale Vile, 30 2010
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Ads watchdog whacks Orange over coverage claim

Orange has been told not to claim in its adverts that its 3G mobile broadband network "covers more people in the UK" than any other operator's network does - at least without defining 'coverage' more tightly.
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The Linux Chronicles, Part 1

Last Autumn I volunteered to review Windows 7. But in the following weeks, I found Linux to be preferable in many ways. This is pretty significant progress, and outside the 'community' has gone largely unnoticed, too - I haven't seen all that many Ubuntu stories in the Wall Street Journal. But what comes next is going to be pretty challenging for everyone involved – and that's what I'll look at here.
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Job club firm loses thousands of details

A4e, the company that runs League of Gentlemen-style job clubs and administers the Home Office test for would-be citizens, has apologised to 24,000 people whose details were on a laptop stolen from one of its staff.
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Phorm's losses top $100m

Phorm will shift some of its operations from London to Brazil to save money after announcing another heavy loss for 2009.
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Microsoft quietly readies small biz version of Office 2010

Microsoft looks set to release a small business version of Office 2010 for emerging markets, but is currently remaining silent on the issue even though alleged screenshots of the software package have appeared online.
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Hornby opens part-time visitor centre

Model train maker Hornby is opening a visitor centre in Margate for fans of tiny transport toys.
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Tesla IPO successful: Stock up 40% on day one

Famous electric car firm Tesla Motors, which has now delivered over a thousand li-ion powered $100k Roadster sportscars, has had a successful IPO. The company's stock, after a slight initial dip, climbed by 40 per cent during its first day listed on the NASDAQ exchange.
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StorageCraft promises two minute server image resurrection

StorageCraft has promised its ShadowProtect backup product can have a server image booted as a virtual machine in two minutes from a backup set if the server crashes.
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Cash woes hold back National Insurance IT improvements

A National Audit Office report says that limited money for IT is hampering improvements to the administration of National Insurance.
Kable, 30 2010
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Happy with your mobile provider?

Workshop It seems that mobile operators are doing something right. According to the results from our recent mobile poll, a pretty convincing majority - close on 80% of you - have told us that you would be happy to recommend your provider.
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IPVision FetchTV SmartBox 8000 DVR

Review The Freeview market has been getting more crowded recently, stimulated – as were we all – by the long-awaited addition of new high-definition channels to the service. However, there’s still plenty of new kit that out there that merely tunes into standard definition, such as the FetchTV SmartBox 8000 from IPVision. What makes it stand out from the crowd though is it’s the first Freeview box to provide access to the Sky Player, as well as the BBC iPlayer.
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Sony posts patch to ease overheating Vaio risk

More than 500,000 Vaio notebooks around the world contain mis-callibrated temperature sensors that could allow the laptops to overheat, Sony has admitted.
Hard Reg, 30 2010
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Free 'sat lav' app locates loos for bursting punters

Touching cloth and can't hold it in? Make sure this app is the first thing to run.
Caleb Cox, 30 2010
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Regular domains beat smut sites at hosting malware

New research pours scorn on the comforting but erroneous belief that Windows surfers who avoid smut and wares on the web are likely to avoid exposure to malware.
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Pictures of Ubuntu: Linux's best photo shots at Windows and Mac

Best of Linux When it comes to photo applications it seems Windows and Mac have things nailed down, with plenty of individual applications and several packages packed with tons of features.
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Cisco man stays neutral in Red Hat-VMware battle

Update: This story originally said that VMware founder Ed Bugnion had assumed the role of CTO at Cisco. This is not the case. Bugnion is the CTO of Cisco's server access and virtualization technology group.
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Finn finishes Finnish mini-digger odyssey

A plucky Finn's quest to be the first man to traverse much of the length of Finland riding a small imported Chinese mechanical digger has ended in success.
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BCS rebels apologise ahead of crunch meeting

The rebel group opposed to recent changes at the British Computer Society have issued an apology to Ken Olisa, a BCS trustee who had accused the rebels of libel.
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How can UK.gov spend £35m on a website?

Comment The Central Office of Information (COI), the UK Government's centre of excellence for marketing and communications, has just published a report on the costs, usability and quality of selected UK Government websites in 2009-10.
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Lenovo sets back smartbook launch

Lenovo's Skylight ARM-based netbook may arrive rather later than expected - but with a better processor.
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ASA tuts at Orange after 9 months pondering complaint

The Advertising Standards Authority has upheld a complaint against Orange's claims that its 3G network is the biggest in the UK.
Bill Ray, 30 2010
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German arrested for Adolf Hitler ringtone

A German man could face six months in prison after selecting an Adolf Hitler speech as his mobile phone ringtone.
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UK small firms better get used to Dell's 65-day payment terms

Dell has insisted that its decision to extend its payment times will not affect small businesses in a range of countries - none of which are the UK.
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French regulator orders Google to reinstate Gatso-buster's account

Google has "a dominant position in search advertising", said France's antitrust authority today as it gave the company four months to open up about its cancellation of the AdWords account of Navx, a vendor of speed camera warning devices.
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Windows group policies in the real world

Sysadmin Blog I admit: group policy is a pretty dry subject. If you are reading an article about group policy, you aren’t here for my sense of humour. This means that you are seeking a few technical tidbits. In Windows, it's not easy to do this.
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The 3G coverage picture that can't be published

Today's victory for mobile operator Three against Orange in their advertising spat shouldn't obscure a bigger problem - we don't know the true extent of mobile coverage. Ofcom knows, but won't say.
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Visa tightens rules for small sellers

From tomorrow small businesses that take credit card payments will be obliged to enrol in the credit card industry's Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) compliance programme.
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Dutch send submarine to fight Somali pirates

International naval forces battling piracy in the lawless seas off the Horn of Africa are to be joined for the first time by a submarine. A single Dutch Walrus-class boat will operate in the area from September to November this year as part of NATO's Operation Ocean Shield taskforce.
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Brace yourself for 4TB drives next year

If you think 3TB drives are big think on this; 4TB ones are coming.
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Palm retrospectively discounts developer fees

Not content with halving the price of applications, Palm has dropped its $50 listing fee too, and will be refunding fees already paid.
Bill Ray, 30 2010
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Asus unwraps desktop CPU netbook

Asus, concerned that your average netbook doesn't deliver sufficient processing welly, is preparing a model with a desktop processor.
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Google: Flash stays on YouTube, and here's why

Google has confirmed that Adobe Flash will continue to "play a critical role" on YouTube, saying the fledgling HTML5 video tag doesn't meet the site's needs.
Cade Metz, 30 2010
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US VoIP subscribers 21 million strong

The US Federal Communications Commission reports that there are 21 million VoIP subscriptions stateside, and that the vast majority of them are residential customers. But it didn't count Skype subscribers.
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Medical diagnoses for 130,000 people vanish into thin air

New York-based Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center has become one of the latest medical providers to expose highly sensitive patient data after CDs containing unencrypted data sent by FedEx never made it to their destination.
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Database duo deliver Windows Phone 7 apps storage

A tiny database duo are promising what mighty Microsoft won't deliver with the first Windows Phone 7 - an on-phone database for non-Microsoft applications.
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Red Hat bumps Enterprise Linux 6 to Beta 2

Commercial Linux distributor Red Hat said today that it has kicked out the second beta of its Enterprise Linux 6, moving the operating system one step closer to production.

Cisco revamps Nexus, Catalyst switches

Wednesday was the big day for Cisco Systems' Data Center 3.0 announcement. And rather than talk about the glorious world of the inter-clouds — the fifth phase of Cisco's plan to take over the data center — the company simply rolled out two new switches and some fabric softener.
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Facebook apps must now seek permission for user data

In a move hailed by privacy advocates, Facebook on Wednesday deployed a feature that allows its users to better control what personal information can be accessed by third-party applications and websites.
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Apple seeks antenna engineers after 'Death Grip' debacle

Apple may be subtly telegraphing a tacit admission that the iPhone 4's "Death Grip" reception problems may not merely be due to users holding their brand-new smartphones incorrectly: the company has recently posted job openings for antenna engineers.
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Microsoft sees spike in attacks targeting 0day Windows bug

The number of malicious attacks exploiting an unpatched vulnerability in older versions of Windows has mushroomed over the past week, prompting Microsoft to warn customers to deploy countermeasures until an update is released.
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VMware makes VMs Go vroom

The VMware Go online and freebie virtual machine builder that VMware created to spur adoption of its ESXi embedded and free server hypervisor is getting some tweaks that will make it more appealing to small and medium businesses that might otherwise go with Microsoft's freebie Hyper-V.
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Microsoft's KIN is dead, long live Windows Phone 7

Microsoft is killing its ill-conceived KIN social network phones, just six weeks after launch. The devices were meant to usher in the next generation of smartphone.
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Motorola advert revels in anti-iPhone schadenfreude

Motorola is taking advantage of the iPhone 4 'Death Grip' debacle by kicking Apple when it's down: the Droid maker ran a full-page ad in Wednesday's New York Times ridiculing the Jobsian handset's antenna problems.
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Facebook bars crawls from all but select few

Facebook has updated its robots.txt file so that the site can only be crawled by a short list of search engines, including Google, Microsoft's Bing, China's Baidu, Russia's Yandex, and a few others.
Cade Metz, 30 2010