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'Copyright troll' seeks $150,000 from republican candidate

A copyright enforcement service has filed a lawsuit seeking $150,000 from Nevada Republican Senate candidate Sharron Angle for posting two newspaper articles without authorization.
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Firefox 4 beta gets hard on Windows

Mozilla has released a fifth Firefox 4 beta, offering graphics hardware acceleration on Windows and a new API that lets site developers code pages that visually display audio data inside the browser.
Cade Metz, 08 2010
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What does the Hurd mentality bring to Oracle?

Comment It's going to be a long time before Oracle can take on the likes of HP and IBM for the IT-market crown. But before he retires, you can bet Larry Ellison's last billion bucks that he most surely wants to become the dominant systems supplier in the data center.
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Intel Sandy Bridge preps for AMD Fusion fracas

At next week's Intel Developer Forum, Chipzilla will unveil its long-awaited Sandy Bridge microarchitecture — and the more we learn about it, the more it appears to share with AMD's oh-so-late Fusion effort.
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Review Best known today for its mobile phones, Nokia has released a connected jukebox at a knock down price. Nokia Home Music is an unusual beast: essentially it's a radio – primarily an Internet radio – built around a giant mono 10W speaker, but there's a Swiss Army knife selection of I/O options for getting music in and out of the box.
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Web-happy iPhone dev kit gets Jobsian silent treatment

Much like the San Francisco-based startup Unity, Appcelerator has asked Apple if iPhone applications coded with its dev kit violate the new Jobsian rule against the use of languages other than Objective C, C, or C++. And like Unity, Appcelerator hasn't received an answer.
Cade Metz, 08 2010
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Apple flooded by Japanese iPod battery swaps

In the three weeks following its offer to replace the batteries in overheating first-generation iPod nanos, Apple Japan swapped out a total of 4,994 suspect cells.
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Nokia names N8 release date, pricing

Nokia's N8 smartphone will go on sale at the end of this month priced at £429 for the SIM-free version, the Finnish phone giant said today.
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Flaming work laptop toasts cottage

A retired schools inspector is suing her former employer because her work laptop allegedly set fire to to her thatched cottage, causing £350,000 of damage.
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Vodafone gets out of China

Vodafone is planning to raise $4.3bn selling its stake in China Mobile, and will be handing most of the cash to its shareholders.
Bill Ray, 08 2010
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RIM goes for Documents To Go

BlackBerry maker RIM has apparently bought out DataViz, publisher of the popular Documents To Go, in a deal worth $50m in cash.
Bill Ray, 08 2010
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Cisco & Citrix marry on virty PCs

It looks like someone didn't get the deal done in time for the VMworld virtualization and cloud extravaganza last week. Today, server wannabe and networking giant Cisco Systems and virtualization player Citrix Systems will announce their first partnership, bundling up the XenDesktop Swiss army knife of desktop and application virtualization on Cisco's "California" Unified Computing System blade servers.
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BT takes 40% of CfH spending

Connecting for Health spent £470m with BT last year, more than twice as much as went to CSC.
Kable, 08 2010
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Pliant does MLC flash

The march of MLC flash into mainstream enterprise storage took another step forward today as Pliant launched its Enterprise Flash Disk (EFD) products.
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Nikon updates Coolpix range-topper

Nikon has introduced a new top-of-the-range Coolpix compact camera, this one coming in above the previous line leader, the P6000.
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O2 rolls out early-bird ticket app

O2 has been tempting existing and potential customers with the carrot of early access to event bookings for some time. Now it's made getting hold of tickets easier.
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MS prices up Xbox 360 Kinect console combo

Microsoft has priced up the Xbox 360 Kinect bundle it's hoping will tempt console-less consumers when the motion control tech launches on 10 November.
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UK hacker fined for personnel database mischief

A court has ordered a UK hacker to pay compensation after he used a purloined laptop to hack into his ex-employer's personnel database.
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Bullish analysts: N8 will save Nokia

Strong operator demand for new kit from Nokia means the company may be emerging from its darkest period in modern history, according to a report from Morgan Stanley.
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Eric Schmidt warns Berliners: 'We know where you are'

Eric Schmidt did his best to raise the bar on his harshest critics yesterday, by telling an audience in Berlin that "we know where you are, we know what you like".
Joe Fay, 08 2010

Save us from our users

Sysadmin blog Many sysadmins among us certainly have a god complex. The truth is, no matter how well-prepared for a large project we try to be, we can't control our users.
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Samsung scents strong Android tablet sales

Watch out, Apple, Samsung wants your market share. The South Korean giant has forecast that its Galaxy Tab 7in Android tablet will account for a third of the slate market by this time next year.
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Sussex police try new tactic to relieve snappers of pics

The problem of police decision-making on who is permitted to take photographs of what is highlighted again in a disturbing incident at the weekend, where film was seized at an anti-fascist protest in Brighton.
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Cattle-burp eco menace mastered - by oregano

A bovo-boffin in Pennsylvania says he has saved life on planet Earth from being gradually stifled into extinction by burgeoning clouds of cattle-belch methane. The solution is apparently to feed cows oregano.
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Safari and Firefox updates plug critical holes

Tuesday marked a busy day for alternative browser security updates with patches from both Apple and Mozilla.
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Fourth-gen iPod Shuffle dissected

The gadget take-apart guys at iFixit.com rate Apple's latest generation of iPod Shuffle at two out ten when evaluating the ease with which the device can be repaired.
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New mid-range product coming from EMC

EMC will introduce a new mid-range storage product in early 2011.
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Assange asks for new lawyer

Julian Assange has requested a new lawyer to represent him during a rape investigation in Sweden because his previous brief, Leif Silbersky, was not engaged enough with the case.
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Cisco pays millions to end DoJ probe

Cisco Systems and distie Westcon Group North America, owned by South African firm Datatec, are to pay $48m to end an investigation by the US Department of Justice into overcharging.
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Two-lane BRIDGE FOUND ON FAR SIDE OF THE MOON!

In blockbusting news, a NASA spacecraft has discovered a bridge wide enough to carry a two-lane road on the far side of the Moon.
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Coalition launches extradition treaty review

The controversial extradition treaty between the US and the UK is to be reviewed by the government.
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Think tank rages at NHS' £700 bill for fertility clinic porn

A right-leaning Health think tank has condemned the NHS for spending £700 a year on porn to assist male visitors to fertility clinics to produce samples.
Joe Fay, 08 2010
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Google squirrels into human brains with Scribe experiment

Google has created an atmosphere of McCarthyism and a postage stamp-sized image of what the hell the world will look like if us hacks use the firm's latest creepy tool, dubbed Scribe.
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Consultants bag £37m from failed e-Borders contract

The Home Office paid more than £37m to just one consultancy for advice on the e-Borders contract, which was torn up by the coalition after the election.
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Three picks up the Tab

Three has become the latest UK operator to tout tablets: specifically Samsung's Android-based Galaxy Tab.
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Reg hack celebrates happy event

The IT angle obsessionists among you are not going to like this one bit, but we're delighted to announce that El Reg's Iberian Bureau today welcomed a new member to the Vulture Central fold, in the form of a small but perfectly-formed donkey foal, or buche, as they're known in these parts.
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Ofcom gives 3G upgrade thumbs-up

Ofcom has decided to let 3G networks up their broadcast power, but only by half of what it had proposed: for the sake of 3 rather than the bees.
Bill Ray, 08 2010
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Software update to convert Humax set-top box to DVR

Humax will next month roll out a firmware update that will allow its HD-Fox T2 Freeview HD set-top box to record programmes on USB-connected storage devices.
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BioWare zeroes in on Mass Effect download snafu

Top marks to BioWare which yesterday pumped out a downloadable module for Mass Effect 2. The only problem: the DLC consisted of nothing but zeros - all 1.5GB of it.
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Google search button is, like, so 2009 - or something

Google’s search engine doodle turned from the somewhat troublesome bouncy balls to a shade of chrome today in the build-up to the company’s web search event in San Francisco.
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iOS 4.1 out today, iPhone hackers say

Hackers at the iPhone Dev Team think Apple will begin pushing out iOS 4.1 today - and warn anyone keen to jailbreak their handset to leave the update well alone.
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Brits don't want in-flight calling

A new survey reveals that the majority of Brits don't want regulations on in-flight calling relaxed... a shame since those regulations were relaxed more than two years ago.
Bill Ray, 08 2010

Has HP blundered big time?

Oh dear HP, what have you done, what Pandora's box have you opened to unleash terror and despair on yourself?
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HP punts MicroServer for SMBs

Hewlett-Packard is keen on scaring up some business at small and medium businesses, and today will dust off the old MicroServer brand from Digital Equipment and slap it on a new entry ProLiant x64 server aimed expressly at cheapskates who don't want or need a full-on ProLiant tower, rack, or blade box.
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Google pulls trigger on 'Instant' search engine

Updated Update: This story has been continually updated with additional info from Google's press event.
Cade Metz, 08 2010
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Apple releases iOS 4.1 into the wild

Apple has released iOS 4.1, which Steve Jobs outlined in his presentation one week ago, during which he also introduced Cupertino's new iPods, revamped Apple TV, and iTunes-based music sales social networking effort, Ping.
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Hurd to take $950,000 salary after Oracle pay cut

Mark Hurd will take a 25 per cent pay cut to work for Larry Ellison — if HP fails in its legal maneuver to block the Oracle CEO's audacious hire.
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Adobe Reader 0day under active attack

Researchers have uncovered sophisticated attack code circulating on the net that exploits a critical vulnerability in the most recent version of Adobe Reader.
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Netezza, Symantec jump on takeover rumors

The global economy might not be on the mend as much as we would like, but there are plenty of IT behemoths sitting on big bags of cash, and tongues are a-wagging today about data warehousing appliance maker Netezza and security and systems software maker Symantec both being possible takeover targets.
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NoSQL CouchDB founder turns to phone and cloud services

NoSQL start-up CouchIO is targeting mobile and clouds after just a year of trying to monetize the company's CouchDB document store.

Appro sells another flash-happy HPC cluster

Appro International, the upstart HPC cluster maker, has got another big order from its biggest customer, the San Diego Supercomputer Center.
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Microsoft wins court order crushing mighty spam botnet

A federal magistrate judge has recommended that Microsoft be given ownership of 276 internet addresses used to control “Waledac,” a massive botnet that the software company has been working to bring down.
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Amazon buys (some of) digital music site Amie Street

Digital music site Amie Street has been bought by Amazon, but the founders of the user-fueled music service aren't abandoning their efforts to bring social networking to music lovers.