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Google spits back at Oracle's Android suit

Google has responded to Oracle's lawsuit over the use of Java in Android, claiming that the mobile OS does not violate Oracle's patents – while accusing Ellison and company of a certain Java open source hypocrisy.
Cade Metz, 06 Oct 2010
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Man ordered to pay Facebook $1bn

A Canadian man has been ordered to pay Facebook $1bn Canadian for a barrage of more than four million penis-enlargement ads he posted on user walls in 2008.
Dan Goodin, 06 Oct 2010
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IBM floats Notes for Microsoft Exchange wobblers

IBM has shot back in the escalating war with Microsoft, offering email and collaboration in the cloud.
Gavin Clarke, 06 Oct 2010
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Computacenter wins bus contract

Computacenter has won a £14m contract to supply desktop support and PC supply at 650 offices and bus stations run by FirstGroup.
John Oates, 06 Oct 2010
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HP ramps up containerized data centers

HP has been dabbling in containerized data centers since the summer of 2008, and is now taking the idea seriously enough to punch a few holes in the walls of its Houston PC and server factory and create an assembly line dedicated to pumping out its Performance Optimized Datacenters — aka PODs.
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ScaleMP, IBM bond to fluff x64 systems

Starting Tuesday, middleware-maker ScaleMP's Versatile SMP Foundation software is certified to run on IBM's System x3850 X5 servers — and that makes Big Blue the Cupertino, California company's best friend.
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Amazon Kindle 3 e-book reader

Review Even a blind man in a dark room can see what the problem is with eBook readers has been – the cost. Every eBook reader review Reg Hardware has run has been followed by dozens of comments all along the lines of: Nice idea, but how much?
Alun Taylor, 06 Oct 2010
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Cryptome vows to pursue those who breached site

Cryptome.org was breached over the weekend after miscreants took control of an email account used to manage the a whistle-blowing website, which predates Wikileaks by a decade.
Dan Goodin, 06 Oct 2010
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DiData buys Kiwi dealer

South African distie Dimension Data is paying an undisclosed amount for a New Zealand services company Integral Axon Computer Systems.
John Oates, 06 Oct 2010
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Youth jailed for not handing over encryption password

A 19-year old from Lancashire has been sentenced to 16 weeks in a young offenders institution for refusing to give police the password to an encrypted file on his computer.
John Oates, 06 Oct 2010
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Field Service Engineers and their needs

Workshop It is clear that keeping remote workers operating effectively is usually a completely different challenge to those of office based workers.
Tony Lock, 06 Oct 2010
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Samsung hails Galaxy Tab charity donation plan

Samsung is generously giving 1.67 per cent of the retail price of every Galaxy Tab Android tablet sold through Phones4U to help fight breast cancer.
Nick Hawkesmoor, 06 Oct 2010
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Penis pill spam shrinks

Penis pill spam dramatically shrunk over the weekend after a notorious spam affiliate brought down the shutters on its own operation.
John Leyden, 06 Oct 2010
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Official exposes govt IT overlaps

A Cabinet Office official has said the moratorium on central government IT projects has revealed a number of overlapping projects across departments.
Kable, 06 Oct 2010
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Google sticks goggles on the iPhone

Google is rolling out its Goggles product as part of an update to its iPhone suite, taking iPhone users right up to the bleeding edge of what even Google can achieve.
Bill Ray, 06 Oct 2010
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Next Palm smartphone out early 2011, says HP

New Palm smartphones will arrive early next year, HP has revealed.
Tony Smith, 06 Oct 2010
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Voice-routing call fingerprint system fights 'vishing'

Security researchers in the States say they have developed a cunning new method of "fingerprinting" voice calls that could offer a route to trustworthy caller ID and a barrier against so-called "vishing" or voice phishing.
Lewis Page, 06 Oct 2010
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3PAR CEO to run HP StorageWorks

It's not quite out with the old and in with the new, but it is pretty close. David Scott, outgoing CEO of acquired 3PAR, is to run HP's entire StorageWorks business.
Chris Mellor, 06 Oct 2010
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Apple TV costs 40 quid to make

All the bits inside the second-gen Apple TV - and the cost of Asian labour to put them all together - cost a total of $64 (£40), market watcher iSuppli has claimed, leaving Apple $35 to spend on software development, marketing and a little left over for profit.
Hard Reg, 06 Oct 2010
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Apple censors shut down BitTorrent app client

Apple has removed a previously approved BitTorrent client from the iTunes app store - though even the developer admits it only got approved 'cos it didn't mention the protocol.
Bill Ray, 06 Oct 2010
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Yahoo! pulls! on! Dapper! suit! to! chase! Google! display! ad! tail!

Yahoo! bought display advertising outfit Dapper yesterday for an undisclosed sum.
Kelly Fiveash, 06 Oct 2010
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Little Chef in 'I ♥ Charlie' t-shirt outrage

Roadside foodmonger Little Chef has fallen foul of the Sun for punting an "I ♥ Charlie" t-shirt which is apparently doing a roaring trade with students with a penchant for marching with Bolivians.
Lester Haines, 06 Oct 2010
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PARIS unveils impressive box

It's all go down at the Paper Aircraft Released Into Space (PARIS) headquarters ahead of our planned 23 October launch.
Lester Haines, 06 Oct 2010
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McCanns join CEOP quango row

Theresa May is sticking to her plan to merge the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) into a larger law enforcement agency, despite further protests from Kate and Gerry McCann.
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Samsung shows Wave II smartphone

Samsung's second-gen Wave smartphone - set to feature the next release of the South Korean giant's Bada OS - will arrive in Europe in November.
Tony Smith, 06 Oct 2010
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The Curse of Wikipedia strikes Norman Wisdom

The obituaries for Norman Wisdom have again highlighted lazy journalists' reliance on Wikipedia. This time, bogus information inserted by a drive-by prankster was upheld by a Wikipedia Administrator - and reprinted by newspapers including The Guardian and The Mirror.
Andrew Orlowski, 06 Oct 2010
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WAC wiki creates Waikiki

The Wireless Application Community has published draft specifications for WAC widgets, and is seeking comment from the developer community it so desperately needs to attract.
Bill Ray, 06 Oct 2010
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UK energy industry mugs customers

The future for UK energy may be smart technology, but the economics behind that decision are decidedly unsmart. Or possibly very very cunning, depending on whether or not you credit the beancounters at Ofgem with a degree of subtlety.
Jane Fae , 06 Oct 2010
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Ex-General Electric boss unleashes bile on HP board

Oracle's Larry Ellison isn’t the only CEO mouthing off at Hewlett-Packard’s decision to hire Leo Apotheker as the company’s replacement for disgraced former boss Mark Hurd. Now Jack Welch, the ex-chief of General Electric, is sticking the boot in, too.
Kelly Fiveash, 06 Oct 2010
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Close integration cannot stop at the HW/SW boundary

Why doesn't HP's Converged Infrastructure (CI) include system software? HP says it does: according to the IT giant you can have any hypervisor you want, any operating system you want, any database or any other middleware you want. So what am I talking about?
Chris Mellor, 06 Oct 2010
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Sony Ericsson Zylo

Review The world + dog may be knocking out smartphones like there's no tomorrow but that's not to say the feature phones is dead and buried. The Zylo handset from Sony Ericsson would, once upon a time, have had a W code to show it sat in the Walkman range, but the days of simple delineation between music (Walkman) and camera (Cybershot) phones are long gone, to be replaced by a new era of slightly silly names – hence, the Zylo.
Alun Taylor, 06 Oct 2010
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Security threats for mobile users

On Demand If you've got security in your remit and an increasingly mobile work force, then we could have just the tonic for your day job, a webcast discussing just these challenges.
Team Register, 06 Oct 2010
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Man enraged by sagging pants pops cap in teen's ass

A Memphis man driven to distraction by the low-riding pants of two youths is facing aggravated assault charges after popping a cap into one of the exposed asses in question.
Joe Fay, 06 Oct 2010
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Hitachi shows 1600 x 1200 panel for 7in tablets

Much of the coverage of Japan's Ceatec consumer electronics show has centred on Android tablets and Toshiba's glasses-free 3D TV line. But here's what caught our eye while perusing local newssite Impress' show highlights write-up.
Tony Smith, 06 Oct 2010
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Navy Carriers: We want two or no votes for you, Tories

Comment Tomorrow, the new National Security Council meets to decide just what the future armed forces of the United Kingdom will have in terms of people and machines - how many regiments, tanks, guns, jets, choppers, ships and submarines, and of what type.
Lewis Page, 06 Oct 2010

AMD says it is definitely, really not for sale

Maybe Larry Ellison's killing of Opteron-based servers from Oracle's Sun Fire x64 server lineup earlier this year was a love touch instead of a bitchslap for Advanced Micro Devices?
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ICO wants clearer definition of 'personal' data

A definition at the heart of the UK's Data Protection Act (DPA) is unclear, creating legal confusion that undermines the whole law, the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has said.
OUT-LAW.COM, 06 Oct 2010
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Nokia's anti-capitalist RPG heads for console

"Conspiracy for Good", Nokia's live-action role-playing, crusty activist fantasy, may be heading for your living room - according to one of the executives involved.
Andrew Orlowski, 06 Oct 2010
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Keyboard-equipped iPad cases comes to Blighty

Looking for an iPad case that incorporates a real keyboard that'll talk to the tablet wirelessly? UK retailer Gearzap tells us it has just the thing.
Tony Smith, 06 Oct 2010
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OLPC makes first-world tablet

One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) has taken $5.6m from chip shop Marvell to create a tablet PC intended for western consumption, stepping somewhat away from its stated aim of "providing an affordable educational device for use in the developing world".
Bill Ray, 06 Oct 2010
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Miniskirted Brazilian is appealing...

Geisy Arruda, the miniskirted student who was verbally abused by a baying mob at São Paulo's Universidade Bandeirante, aka Uniban, has been awarded R$40,000 ($23,860) damages against the seat of learning.
Lester Haines, 06 Oct 2010
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Bob Dormon, 06 Oct 2010
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20% of TVs to ship in 2015 will be 3D, says analyst

Global shipments of 3D TVs will top 50 million units in 2015, market watcher ABI Research said today.
Tony Smith, 06 Oct 2010
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Kiss frontman gives file-sharers tongue-lashing

Kiss frontman Gene Simmons is a strict dad and it seems he has applied his “now school” approach to illegal file-sharers on the web, for whom he reserves zero mercy.
Kelly Fiveash, 06 Oct 2010
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Intel preps ARM-to-x86 porting tool for iOS apps

Intel has said it is developing software to make it easier to port iOS applications to other mobile operating systems - in particular, MeeGo, the mobile OS favoured by the chip giant.
Tony Smith, 06 Oct 2010
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Euro Council of Ministers wants Happy World

Although Google and Verizon's stitch-up rapprochement has spiked the issue of Net Neutrality in the USA, with the push for regulation stalling in Congress last week - somebody's forgotten to tell the EU's bureaucrats.
Andrew Orlowski, 06 Oct 2010
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Opera targets unsmartphones with Mini ad exchange

Opera has launched its own mobile ad exchange, designed to serve ads on both smartphones and old school feature phones via its Opera Mini browser.
Cade Metz, 06 Oct 2010
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Adobe Reader purged of hole that was under attack

Adobe has patched 23 security vulnerabilities in its Reader document viewer, including one that criminals were exploiting to install malware on the PCs of unwitting victims.
Dan Goodin, 06 Oct 2010
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Mozilla upsets net world order with Bing on Firefox

The Firefox 4 search toolbar will offer Microsoft Bing as an alternative to Google, as Mozilla takes another step towards its traditional nemesis — and apparently hedges its bets against its traditional sugar daddy.
Cade Metz, 06 Oct 2010
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Citrix beefs up virtual computing

Citrix Systems is hosting its Synergy user conference in Berlin this week, and is using the occasion to roll out a slew of nips, tucks, and tweaks to its various Xen-derived virtualization products and GoTo services.
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Hackers hijack internet voting system in Washington DC

An internet voting system designed to allow District of Columbia residents to cast absentee ballots has been put on hold after computer scientists exploited vulnerabilities that would have allowed them to rig elections and view secret data.
Dan Goodin, 06 Oct 2010
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Logitech unveils first Google TV box

Logitech has unveiled its Google TV settop box, a device designed to meld the web with your television.
Cade Metz, 06 Oct 2010
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Opensourcer targets Windows Phone 7 hopefuls

An open-source database company hopes to strike it big with developers on Microsoft's Windows Phone 7, officially launched next Monday.
Gavin Clarke, 06 Oct 2010
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Facebook unveils changes to enhance privacy

Facebook on Wednesday rolled out new features designed to make people feel more comfortable putting photos, videos, and other personal data online.
Dan Goodin, 06 Oct 2010
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Cisco jump-starts home 'telepresence'

Cisco has announced a "tranformational" consumer-level videoconferencing system that it calls Cisco ūmi telepresence.
Rik Myslewski, 06 Oct 2010
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Motorola sues Apple over - what else? - patents

Android stalwart Motorola has thrown a one-two punch at Apple, suing it in two US Federal Courts for patent infringement and filing a complaint against with the US International Trade Commission.
Rik Myslewski, 06 Oct 2010
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Android phone auto reverts jailbreaks

A new Android smartphone from T-Mobile ships with hardware that thwarts jailbreakers by automatically restoring modified devices to their original factory state.
Dan Goodin, 06 Oct 2010