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Intel CEO: 'We will win in the tablet market'

Intel president and chief executive Paul Otellini says that his company is going to "win" in the tablet marketplace.
Rik Myslewski, 13 Oct 2010
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Big iron makers test their metal on SAP

The server makers of the world have been busy little benchmarketeers in the past few weeks and have released a slew of test results that show the prowess their machines have supporting SAP's ERP software.
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RIM BlackBerry Torch 9800

Review BlackBerry manufacturer RIM has been struggling to keep up with the main innovators at the head of the smart phone pack. So far, it's been keeping pace rather than edging in front. It appears that's unlikely to change with the Torch 9800, which has some very good features, including the latest BlackBerry OS 6, but has a few drawbacks too.
Dave Oliver, 13 Oct 2010
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Facebook introduces one-time passwords

Facebook began rolling out new service on Tuesday that allows people using public computers to log into the site without having to enter their regular password.
Dan Goodin, 13 Oct 2010
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Spycam school to pay damages for kiddie snaps

The US school which used laptop cameras to spy on its students has agreed to pay damages to settle a civil suit brought as a result of the scandal.
John Oates, 13 Oct 2010
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Nokia jumps into bed with LightSquared

Nokia will provide a data-centric device for LightSquared's network next year, competing with devices based on Qualcomm's L-Band TDD LTE chips - a Scrabble bag of letters that could do well in Blighty.
Bill Ray, 13 Oct 2010
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The differences that silicon can make to the desktop

Workshop Looking at the sleek laptops, all-in-one and small form factor PCs of today, they have changed beyond all recognition compared to the deskbound, utilitarian behemoths of even a decade ago. Much of this change is thanks to the evolution and integration of the internal components of PCs, enabled by advances in manufacturing processes that have led to a huge increase in the number of transistors on individual chips.
Andrew Buss, 13 Oct 2010
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Symantec aims for higher levels in auto management

Symantec has revved its Storage Foundation HA and Veritas Operations Manager software products to automate storage management tasks and help to banish the spectre of storage scripting.
Chris Mellor, 13 Oct 2010
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National Schools Film Week punts unsafe URL

We can't decide whether someone is having a right laugh or simply hasn't got a clue, but we feel that National Schools Film Week could have picked a better URL to punt cinema to wide-eyed youngsters.
Lester Haines, 13 Oct 2010
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Basic security housekeeping vital, says GCHQ boss

GCHQ's director has said that 80 per cent of the government's cyber security vulnerabilities can be solved through good information assurance.
Kable, 13 Oct 2010
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Bloggers swallow iPhone 4 screen weakness claim

Analysis You have to take care with statistics, and that is certainly the case with the report from US computer warranty house SquareTrade headlined "iPhone 4 glass breaking 82 per cent more than iPhone 3GS four months in".
Tony Smith, 13 Oct 2010
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Micron CEO waddles onto fattest cat list

Micron CEO Stephen Appleon is the 25th most overpaid CEO in America according to a Business Insider story, citing proxy advisory group Glass Lewis's CEO pay survey.
Chris Mellor, 13 Oct 2010
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Google Glamour girl joins Schmidt Privy Council

Marissa Mayer – Google's first female engineer and one of its most familiar public faces – is moving on from her role as vice president of search to run the company's geolocation and local services.
Cade Metz, 13 Oct 2010
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MS confirms Zune for Mac

Microsoft has confirmed earlier staff Tweets that a Mac version of its Zune desktop software is on its way.
Hard Reg, 13 Oct 2010
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EMC picks Greenplum Data Computing appliance

EMC has launched its Greenplum Data Computing Appliance (DCA), promising twice the performance of Oracle's Exadata system.
Chris Mellor, 13 Oct 2010
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Currys punts cut-price 3D TV pack for Xmas

Do you want a 3D TV but find yourself put off by the price? Dixons-owned chain Currys has announced a 50in set fo a penny less than a grand.
Tony Smith, 13 Oct 2010
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Power grid scare stories a 'bunch of hooey'

There have been a lot of scare stories in the media about electrical power grids in recent times, suggesting that it would be a simple matter to bring down a national transmission system by way of a minor cyber attack or physical sabotage - thereby bringing that nation's infrastructure to a grinding halt.
Lewis Page, 13 Oct 2010
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Everything Everywhere starts staff cull

Orange and T-Mobile have started softening up the staff who'll be facing synergisation, warning some they're for the chop while others are being told there's still hope.
Bill Ray, 13 Oct 2010
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Huge jobs loss to follow public sector cuts

Half a million private sector jobs are likely to be lost as a result of public sector spending cuts.
John Oates, 13 Oct 2010
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Bling phone maker invites celebs to flog first smartphone

It's official: Vertu luxury mobile phones are not simply for the incredibly well-heeled but also for the celebrity obsessed too.
Keir Ching, 13 Oct 2010
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Sony Reader PRS-350 Pocket Edition

Review You may recall that I wasn't very impressed with Samsung's E60 e-book reader. Sony's new Reader Pocket Edition is a very different page out of the book.
Tony Smith, 13 Oct 2010
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Microsoft lays virtualisation beta egg

Microsoft spun out a public beta of its Enterprise Desktop Virtualisation (MED-V) 2.0 software yesterday.
Kelly Fiveash, 13 Oct 2010
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Sony uncloaks first Google TV television

Sony has unveiled the first HD television based on Google TV, the search giant's fledgling effort to marry broadcast TV with the interwebs.
Cade Metz, 13 Oct 2010
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Lovefilm confirms PS3 streaming scheme

Lovefilm has confirmed it will bring video streaming to the PlayStation 3 - it's just not saying when.
Tony Smith, 13 Oct 2010
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Mozilla foot soldiers unleash 'Army of Awesome' on Twitter

Mozilla has hooked itself up to Twitter and created an “Army of Awesome” for Firefox users needing help with the browser.
Kelly Fiveash, 13 Oct 2010
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Philips readies 'design your own TV' service

Philips is to launch a build-to-order service... for TVs.
Tony Smith, 13 Oct 2010
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Foxconn warns phones prices will rise

Mobile phone prices are set to rise, warns the owner of the Foxconn factories.
Bill Ray, 13 Oct 2010
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Margaret Thatcher celebrates 85 years

Those of you who are glued to live coverage of the Chilean mine rescue have probably not had time to raise a toast to Baroness Thatcher, who is today celebrating her 85th birthday.
Lester Haines, 13 Oct 2010
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Tony Smith, 13 Oct 2010
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Google tracks inflation with interwebs data

Google is developing a new-age price index that uses the company's epic collection of web shopping data to provide an alternative means of calculating inflation.
Cade Metz, 13 Oct 2010
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British bank cuts 4,500 IT jobs

Lloyds Banking Group is cutting 4,500 jobs from its IT department as part of its integration of Halifax and Bank of Scotland.
John Oates, 13 Oct 2010
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Small but lethal Lethic is biggest junk mail villain

Botnet networks of compromised PCs are responsible for 87 per cent of all spam, according to figures released by Microsoft at the RSA Conference on Wednesday.
John Leyden, 13 Oct 2010
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Jobsian fondle-slab in SEXY FILTHGRAM CRACKDOWN

Famous fruitbrand fondle-slabbery firm Apple is moving to further bolster family values and hierarchical, authoritarian control - not to mention other rightwing American values such as abstinence from youthful or otherwise unapproved sexy sexuality - by the use of a traditional instrument of The Man's dominance: the US Patent and Trademark Office.
Team Register, 13 Oct 2010
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MS speeds ahead as Google stalls on hardware acceleration

On the same day that Google Chrome coders pushed back some of the hardware acceleration features they had planned for version 8 of Mountain View’s browser, it was revealed that Microsoft had been awarded a patent for GPU-Accelerated video encoding.
Kelly Fiveash, 13 Oct 2010
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Almost a quarter of Europeans can't be bothered with the net

The European Commission is renewing its effort to get every European hooked up to the net - whether they want to or not.
Joe Fay, 13 Oct 2010
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IBM expands Power leasing deal to Europe and Asia

The generous leasing deal that IBM rolled out in early September to Oracle and Hewlett-Packard Unix shops in North America is now available to customers moving over to Power Systems iron and the AIX operating system in Europe and Asia.
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NetApp going Dutch

NetApp has an event taking place in Amsterdam on November 4th. We don't know what's happening there but journalists around Europe are being contacted.
Chris Mellor, 13 Oct 2010
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Oracle re-commits to ODF after OpenOffice divorce

Oracle is spinning its participation in a forthcoming Open Document Format (ODF) event as proof of its continued commitment to the OpenOffice.org community.
Gavin Clarke, 13 Oct 2010

Apple to lead fanbois 'Back to the Mac'

Next Wednesday, October 20, Apple will host an invitation-only event on its Cupertino campus that is apparently intended to remind its iOS-obsessed fan base that, yes, it still makes personal computers.
Rik Myslewski, 13 Oct 2010
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Broadcom to acquire dual-mode 4G chip designer

Communications-chip heavyweight Broadcom announced Wednesday that it will acquire Beceem Communications, a fabless designer of dual-mode 4G wireless chips that support both the rising LTE and fading WiMAX standards.
Rik Myslewski, 13 Oct 2010
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Microsoft's Bing to slurp Facebook users' data and likes

Microsoft and Facebook are partnering on Bing, folding in information from 500 million Facebookers into Microsoft's search engine — but claiming they'll respect your privacy.
Gavin Clarke, 13 Oct 2010
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Appro overclocks HF1 server for hedge funds

Flash-crashing Wall Street is so much more fun now than in the old days, when you had to cause an actual panic over a number of days to cause a crash. And if you're a hedge fund that wants to do super-fast trades to get ahead of the about-to-crash competition, Appro International has just the server for you.
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PC shipments sag below Q3 targets

The global PC business is slowing down a bit faster than the prognosticators at IDC expected, thanks to sheepish consumers who are too spooked to let go of their cash.
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FCC bids to curb 'bill shock and mystery fees'

On Thursday, the US Federal Communications Commission will detail a set of proposed rules that will require wireless carriers to notify users when their monthly voice and data plans are nearing their limit.
Rik Myslewski, 13 Oct 2010