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Dollars and sense: tech startups discover revenue is good

Open...and Shut During the dot-com bubble, making money was optional. Given enough eyeballs, all investors are shallow, went the refrain, and money poured into silly startups that had little chance of ever making money except in equally silly IPOs and acquisitions.
Matt Asay, 27 Aug 2010
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Sony NEX-5 interchangeable lens camera

Review I have to admit upon opening the box and finding a silver-bodied version of the Sony NEX-5 with the 18-55 zoom, my first thoughts were: this is the coolest camera ever.
James Cumpsty, 27 Aug 2010
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HP tops Dell's offer for 3PAR

HP upped the ante in its battle with Dell last night- outbidding the direct seller's $24 a share offer for 3PAR with an offer of $27 a share - valuing 3PAR at $1.8bn.
Chris Mellor, 27 Aug 2010
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RIM proposes crypto forum to dodge India BlackBerry ban

RIM has prosed that an industry forum be established to help governments manage lawful intercept, in the hope of forestalling India's threatened ban.
Bill Ray, 27 Aug 2010
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Systems monitoring: what’s possible, and what really happens

Workshop IT increasingly plays a pivotal role in business processes. The importance of systems to the efficiency of business operations makes maintaining the quality of service delivered by IT platforms a matter of mounting attention and concern. How can systems managers ensure this quality, especially with the expanding use of virtualisation solutions, the potential impact of “cloud” based tools and rapidly changing business needs?
Tony Lock, 27 Aug 2010
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Half of UK road users support usage-based road charging

A Department for Transport survey has found that more than half of UK adults believe that road charging should be based on usage.
Kable, 27 Aug 2010
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HP readies dual-core Atom netbook

HP is preparing a netbook based on Intel's new dual-core Atom chip, the 1.5GHz N550, and has posted a service manual on its website ahead of the as-yet-unannounced machine's release.
Tony Smith, 27 Aug 2010
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Holiday snaps? Er, no - criminal porn

Ignorance of the law is no excuse. Nor is it especially clever, if you’re voluntarily handing your PC over to the police to assist them in their inquiries, not to understand the difference between “holiday snaps” and pictures of a criminally pornographic or indecent nature.
Jane Fae Ozimek, 27 Aug 2010
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Sony exec forecasts physical media future

If in ten years we've all got diskless PlayStations and Xboxes, we'll all be able to jeer at Sony Computer Enterainment CEO Kaz Hirai who this week forecast such things are at least that far off, if not longer.
Tony Smith, 27 Aug 2010
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First Dreamliner delivery slips into 2011

Boeing will not deliver the first Boeing 787 Dreamliners until 2011, following yet another delay in the troubled programme.
Lester Haines, 27 Aug 2010
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Mail on Sunday inadvertently bolsters annual smutfest

A purse-lipped piece in the Mail on Sunday directed at politicians who dare to support the legitimate adult industry has backfired, with sex tradeshow Erotica 2010 turning the slagging to its own advantage.
Jane Fae Ozimek, 27 Aug 2010
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Friday musings on HDS, NetApp, HP and Dell

Pigeons from the far corners of the storage empire have flown in to the El Reg roost dropping off their precious messages which may or may not be true, but we think they could be.
Chris Mellor, 27 Aug 2010
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US colonel blasts PowerPoint bureaucracy in Afghan HQ

A US colonel serving at NATO's headquarters in Afghanistan has launched a blistering attack on the PowerPoint culture and top-heavy bureaucracy there.
Lewis Page, 27 Aug 2010
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iPhone hackers look to iOS 4.1

Upgraded your iDevice to iOS 4.0.2? Then don't expect to be able to jailbreak it, at least not from tools provided by hackers band the iPhone Dev Team.
Tony Smith, 27 Aug 2010
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UK biz buoys Computacenter

Computacenter's unaudited results for the first six months of the year show a decent performance all round - with even troublesome Germany showing signs of improvement.
John Oates, 27 Aug 2010
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Dell Streak GPL snub enrages Android fans

It seems Dell hasn't quite got used to working with the GNU General Public Licence - it has failed to release some of the core code used by its Streak tablet, much to the annoyance of the open-source community.
Bill Ray, 27 Aug 2010
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Apple releases third beta of 10.6.5 OS X

Apple slung out a third beta of Mac OS X 10.6.5 yesterday for coders to tinker with.
Kelly Fiveash, 27 Aug 2010
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Danish rocketeers poised to reach for the skies

Danish rocket enthusiasts are poised for the first test launch of of a vehicle they hope will one day carry adventurous passengers on a sub-orbital jaunt.
Lester Haines, 27 Aug 2010
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Firefox 3.6.9 release candidate rocks up for sturdy testers

Mozilla pumped out a release candidate version of Firefox 3.6.9 yesterday.
Kelly Fiveash, 27 Aug 2010
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Will IBM sideline XIV?

Mighty Moshe Yanai has left IBM for unknown reasons and regions unknown, with various bloggers suggesting his intensely competitive personality might have have something to do with it. That could leave the XIV product in a lurch.
Chris Mellor, 27 Aug 2010
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ISPs - beware of paranoid bloggers

Exclusive Ofcom will encourage ISPs to be transparent about traffic management, but won't ask them to detail the information in a standard format, according to meeting notes seen by The Register.
Andrew Orlowski, 27 Aug 2010
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Euro bell tolls for UK's data protection regs

The Ministry of Justice has said it has responded on time to the European Commission's request that it beef up British data protection to bring it into line with European law.
John Oates, 27 Aug 2010
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Boffin-botherer's LHC doomsday case thrown out on appeal

Eccentric botanist and soi-disant physicist Walter L Wagner of Hawaii, continuing his futile battle in the US courts against the Large Hadron Collider, has been handed another stinging legal bitchslap.
Lewis Page, 27 Aug 2010

CTOs warned to prepare for Windows 7 budget squeeze

Businesses rushing to upgrade their computers from Microsoft’s Windows XP and Windows 2000 to Windows 7 can expect their budget purse to swell in 2011-2012, IT analyst house Gartner warned yesterday.
Kelly Fiveash, 27 Aug 2010

Fujitsu roadmaps Core i5 tablet netbook

We're nowhere near the end of 2010, but Fujitsu has already roadmapped what it hopes will be the killer mobile office computer of 2011.
Tony Smith, 27 Aug 2010
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Twitpic pulls 50 Cent bum burger snap

NSFW 50 Cent is none too impressed that Twitpic last night objected to a snap of of his "Kim K burger" and decided it'd probably be better if they suspended his account altogether.
Lester Haines, 27 Aug 2010
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Gang get prison, face deportation for mobe thefts

Five men and a woman have been sentenced to prison terms for their roles in a series of burglaries of mobile phone shops.
John Oates, 27 Aug 2010
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Sony granted PS3 modchip dongle ban Down Under

Sony's Australian wing has successfully asked the Federal Court to ban the importation and sale of the PS Jailbreak USB dongle.
Tony Smith, 27 Aug 2010
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Netezza sees explosive growth in Q2

Momentum continues to build at data warehousing appliance maker Netezza, which posted 45 per cent growth in the second quarter of fiscal 2011, hitting $63.8m in revenues.
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Nominet chief tells domainers to grow up

The chief executive of .uk domain manager Nominet has called for the "domaining" community to "grow up" and start looking more respectable.
Kevin Murphy, 27 Aug 2010
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Microsoft to slot ActiveSync into Hotmail

Microsoft will show some much-needed love into Hotmail next week, by adding Exchange ActiveSync to the webmail service.
Kelly Fiveash, 27 Aug 2010
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Intel to get whacked in Q3 by PC slowdown

Wall Street got a shock this morning as chip maker Intel cut its guidance for the third quarter ending in September.
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Colonel who slammed Afghan HQ PowerPoint culture is fired

A US Army colonel who published a splendid attack on top-heavy bureaucracy and PowerPoint culture at NATO's top headquarters in Afghanistan has been sacked.
Lewis Page, 27 Aug 2010
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Doc develops RSI-reducing rolling mouse

Could this mouse reduce your risk of developing repetitive strain injury? Creator SmartFish thinks so.
Tony Smith, 27 Aug 2010
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Once-prolific Pushdo botnet crippled

Security researchers have disrupted the botnet known as Pushdo, a coup that over the past 48 hours has almost completely choked the torrent of junkmail from the once-prolific spam network.
Dan Goodin, 27 Aug 2010
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US gov slaps flack for fake iTunes game reviews

The US Federal Trade Commission has reached a settlement with a California public-relations firm in which the company agrees to stop posting reviews on Apple's iTunes Store of their clients' games, and take down the ones already posted.
Rik Myslewski, 27 Aug 2010
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Fennec squeezes into Android users' pockets

Mozilla has pushed out another alpha version of Firefox for mobile phones, Fennec, and it's inviting Android, and N900, users to have a shot with the little fox.
Bill Ray, 27 Aug 2010
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Google ditches JavaOne over Oracle's Android suit

Google has said that due to Oracle's lawsuit against the company over the use of Java in Android, it will not be attending the annual JavaOne developer conference this fall. Following Larry Ellison's acquisition of Sun Microsystems, JavaOne is now run by Oracle.
Cade Metz, 27 Aug 2010
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British Airways sorry for 'landing on water' nonsense

British Airways has apologized for telling 275 passengers en route from London to Hong Kong that their Boeing 747 was in imminent danger of crashing into the sea.
Dan Goodin, 27 Aug 2010
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Paul Allen launches patent broadside on world+dog

Billionaire Paul Allen on Friday became the latest tech titan to launch a major patent offensive, filing a far-reaching complaint against Google, Apple, Facebook, Netflix, and seven other companies over technology that was developed almost a decade ago.
Dan Goodin, 27 Aug 2010
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VW to eliminate worst road hazard: drivers

Hot Chips Soon you won't own a car, but one will come to you on its own when you call it, then whisk you away in perfect safety without you having to drive it — and that day may be closer than you think.
Rik Myslewski, 27 Aug 2010
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Dell data center biz invaded by California hippies

Dell has reinvented itself as a California hippie.
Cade Metz, 27 Aug 2010
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Porn and pirates hide Android's money maker

Android might be eating up smartphone market share, but Google's marketplace is leaving developers disgruntled.
Gavin Clarke, 27 Aug 2010
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Google eats pseudo Swedish social startup

Google has acquired the Palo Alto-based startup Ångströ, an outfit that built all sorts of apps that hook into "social" sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.
Cade Metz, 27 Aug 2010