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Juniper boasts billion buck quarter

Like its rival Cisco Systems, Juniper Networks is dealing with a base of customers who want to spend money on new gear but are not – thanks to the Great Recession – sure that they should commit those funds quite yet.
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Court strikes down Facebook probation

A California appeals court has struck down as unconstitutional probation conditions that barred a 15-year-old convicted of possessing a stolen motorcycle from using a computer or the internet for any purpose other than school-related assignments. Last week's decision from California's Court of Appeal for the Fourth Appellate District came in the case of a defendant identified only as J.J., who was convicted of receiving a stolen Honda 50cc off-road motorcycle. In addition to being required to complete a drug treatment program, the 15-year-old was ordered to delete any existing MySpace or Facebook pages, prohibited from using any instant messaging program and barred from using a computer for any purpose other than school-related assignment.
Dan Goodin, 20 Oct 2010
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£1bn in govt IT projects on slash list

Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude has said that more than 300 IT projects have been reviewed and projects worth £1bn will be stopped or "de-scoped".
Kable, 20 Oct 2010
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Mozilla preempts Google with 'open' web app store prototype

Mozilla has released a prototype for what it calls an "open web app ecosystem," a browser-agnostic answer to Google's upcoming Chrome Web App Store.
Cade Metz, 20 Oct 2010
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11.6in sub-notebooks

Product Round-upProduct Round-up If you're searching for a grab-and-go computer that's lighter and more portable than the average 13in machine, yet has has more welly and a higher-resolution display than a netbook with a 10in, 1024 x 600 screen can provide, you're essentially looking for an 11.6in notebook.
Tony Smith, 20 Oct 2010
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Arkeia smashes through the blocks

Arkeia is adding deduplication to its entire line of backup software, appliances and virtual appliances with Network Backup 9.0.
Chris Mellor, 20 Oct 2010
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The True Cost of Desktop Support

WorkshopWorkshop Desktop support is something every organisation does using a variety of tools, people and processes, using both trained and qualified staff through to the unsanctioned, and often badly informed “I know someone who can help” approach. In many organisations, it is noticeable how many end users base their entire perception of IT service delivery around their interactions with the help desk and IT support staff with whom they interact. As a consequence desktop support is possibly the most high profile activity undertaken by the entire IT department, yet few organisations have a detailed idea of the economics in this area.
Tony Lock, 20 Oct 2010

So what now for Symbian?

It's a little heartbreaking for anyone who knows Symbian - or anyone who appreciates good system design - to see its predicament today. It's a bit like gradually watching a divine beauty turn into a neglected and unloved hag in middle age. Through lack of care and attention, Nokia has let those good looks go to waste. Now Lee Williams, chief executive of the Symbian Foundation, has stepped down for "personal reasons", with the Foundation's operations guy Tim Holbrow replacing him with immediate effect.
Andrew Orlowski, 20 Oct 2010
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Boxee box to come to Blighty

D-Link's Boxee-branded set-top box will go on sale in the UK on 12 November.
Tony Smith, 20 Oct 2010

Retailers expect Dell WinPho 7 smartphone early next month

Dell's Windows Phone 7 handset, the elongated Venue Pro, is set to arrive over here on 8 November.
Hard Reg, 20 Oct 2010
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List-makers battle to keep football fixture lists protection

Everyone thought the question of what rights exist in football fixture lists was settled back in 2004 when the European Court of Justice concluded that the then-new database right did not protect football fixture lists. But a judge has just ruled that they are protected. What now?
OUT-LAW.COM, 20 Oct 2010
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Google Android 3.0 on track for New Year tablet launches

Google has told hardware and software developers to expect Android 3.0 in December.
Tony Smith, 20 Oct 2010
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Firefox update plugs 9 security flaws

Mozilla has released a new version of Firefox that fixes nine flaws, five of which earn the dread rating of critical.
John Leyden, 20 Oct 2010

Asus dual-core netbooks out this week

Asus will have a pair of netbooks based on Intel's new dual-core Atom chip, the N550, out later this week.
Tony Smith, 20 Oct 2010
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Local Spanish press embrace PARIS

Rather agreeably, El Reg's audacious Paper Aircraft Released Into Space project has been honoured with a page in provincial paper El Diario de Avila.
Lester Haines, 20 Oct 2010
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OpenSFS to fund Lustre HPC file system development

Over half of the top HPC centres in the world are using the Lustre file system, so the latest move to fund its development should make a lot of people happy. And there will be a lot of brainpower and resources backing up the move: namely, supercomputer maker Cray, HPC storage vendor Data Direct Networks, and two nuke labs funded by the US Department of Energy - the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
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BT quietly recalls shocky adapters

BT is quietly sending out replacements for Comtrend adapters, warning users of dodgy models not to touch them if they can't be disconnected first.
Bill Ray, 20 Oct 2010
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Dixons risks future of humanity with Star Wars-themed ads

Dixons has put the future of humanity at risk by beaming a series of ads featuring Star Wars refugees C-3PO and R2-D2 into deep space. The campaign touts its Currys and PCWorld chains.
Joe Fay, 20 Oct 2010
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Apple leaks 'Back to Mac' goodies

Top marks to Apple's web team - and Polish website Spidersweb for spotting it - who have put up Apple support site discussion pages for the products due to be announced at this evening's "Back to the Mac" event.
Tony Smith, 20 Oct 2010
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Virtual products rake in more cash than ads

Social gaming and networking applications are now making more money selling virtual merchandise than displaying adverts, which is good news for closed shops that make such things simple.
Bill Ray, 20 Oct 2010

Google pumps existing drag-and-drop tech into Docs

Google couldn’t resist touting a new, minor feature in its Docs product yesterday, which just so happened to be the same day Microsoft announced its Office 365 product.
Kelly Fiveash, 20 Oct 2010
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Hackers subvert Firefox security warnings to sling scareware

Hackers have subverted warnings generated by Firefox about dangerous sites to punt fake anti-virus portals.
John Leyden, 20 Oct 2010
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TomTom adds Star Wars voices to iPhone app

TomTom has updated its iPhone satnav app, introducing support for the iPhone 4's high-resolution screen but more importantly allowing you to have Darth Vader read out your directions.
Tony Smith, 20 Oct 2010
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It should be VICE and not VCE

Presenting at IP EXpo today Acadia CEO Michael Capellas positioned Intel as an equal partner to VMware, Cisco and EMC in the VCE coalition.
Chris Mellor, 20 Oct 2010
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Nokia slips secret chip into C7

Nokia's C7 handset has an NFC chip in it, but Nokia is refusing to say why it's there or even what it is exactly.
Bill Ray, 20 Oct 2010
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Hand over illegal porn at the border, please

Relief is at hand for confused travellers who are not too sure what sort of smut they're allowed to import into Australia.
Jane Fae , 20 Oct 2010
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Cameron cocks up UK's defences - and betrays Afghan troops

CommentComment Prime Minister David Cameron has taken personal charge of sorting out the UK's defences. Not only has he cocked it up more than somewhat, he has also slashed vital helicopters for our troops fighting in Afghanistan - and then lied about it.
Lewis Page, 20 Oct 2010
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Google releases stable version of Chrome 7

Google pushed version seven of its Chrome browser into the company’s stable channel of releases yesterday, which means features tested in beta and developer builds are now available to the masses.
Kelly Fiveash, 20 Oct 2010
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Osborne details painful cuts for UK

After months of phoney war, George Osborne has detailed the coalition's battle plan to beat Britain's £109bn deficit, confirming hundreds of thousands of casualties across the public sector.
Christopher Williams, 20 Oct 2010
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Scientists dodge Osborne's axe

Scientists are today expressing relief that the government's deep cuts have left them relatively unscathed.
Christopher Williams, 20 Oct 2010
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Is there a Blue Cheetah in your future?

WebcastWebcast Is there a (Blue) Cheetah in your future? Massively Parallel Technologies (MPT) thinks it has the right stuff to change almost everything you’ve come to know and love (or, more likely, hate) about application development. It's putting together an entire suite of offerings – really an entire ecosystem – that will supposedly revolutionize application development, beginning with code writing and collaborating with others all the way through to selling the end product and making bank on it.
Dan Olds, OrionX, 20 Oct 2010
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SMEs, tech vendors scrabble for morsels of comfort in CSR

George Osborne left small business lobbyists spluttering today over the lack of an explicit commitment to helping SMEs in the Comprehensive Spending Review.
Joe Fay, 20 Oct 2010
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International Telecom Union drags self out of past

ITUITU There's plenty wrong with the International Telecommunication Union, but formal proposals here at its quadrennial Plenipotentiary congress in Guadalajara, Mexico, prove that many attendees want to fix the creaky United Nations' agency.
Kieren McCarthy, 20 Oct 2010

BBC licence fee on ice for 6 years

The BBC Trust has accepted the decision to freeze the licence fee at £145.50 for a colour licence for the next six years. But it could have been much, much worse for the corporation.
Andrew Orlowski, 20 Oct 2010
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Sex.com sells for $13m

The storied domain name sex.com is set to be sold for $13m, The Register has learned.
Kevin Murphy, 20 Oct 2010
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Green light for spooks' net snoop plan

The coalition government has approved a multibillion-pound plan by the intelligence agencies to store details of every online conversation.
Christopher Williams, 20 Oct 2010
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Windows Phone 7 arrives in UK shops tomorrow

UK mobile phone network operators will start selling Windows Phone 7 handsets tomorrow.
Hard Reg, 20 Oct 2010
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O2 to offer Samsung Galaxy Tab

Samsung's Galaxy Tab is set to ship on 1 November, just over a week from now, but while various UK mobile phone network operators have said they will offer the 7in Android tablet, they are still keeping mum about how much they will charge for it.
Tony Smith, 20 Oct 2010
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Gov depts to cut back office, IT spending

Several government departments will cut back office services and IT spending under chancellor George Osborne's comprehensive spending review.
Kable, 20 Oct 2010
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Google ends all Street View Wi-Fi data collection

Google has "no plans" to resume the collection of WiFi network data via its world-roving Street View cars, according to a report by Canada's privacy commissioner reprimanding the web giant for collecting WiFi payload data as well as network info.
Cade Metz, 20 Oct 2010
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Apple rolls out two new MacBook Air models

"What would happen if a MacBook and an iPad hooked up?", Steve Jobs asked his "Back to the Mac" audience today, and answered his own question with the release of two new versions of the MacBook Air, available today starting at $999.
Rik Myslewski, 20 Oct 2010
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Facebook games maker sued in privacy flap

A developer of some of Facebook's most popular games has been hit by a federal lawsuit alleging it shared millions of Facebook user IDs with advertisers and data brokers. The lawsuit alleges that Zynga, maker of six of the top 10 Facebook games, collected and shared the IDs of 218 million users, in violation of federal law and terms of service. It seeks unspecified monetary damages and an injunction preventing the alleged practice from continuing. The suit was filed in US District Court in San Francisco on behalf of Nancy Graf of St. Paul, Minnesota. It seeks class action status so other Facebook users may also be represented.
Dan Goodin, 20 Oct 2010
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Jobs' Lion to marry Mac OS X and iOS

UpdatedUpdated Steve Jobs announced today what he suggested was a marriage of iOS with Mac OSX. Called Mac OS X Lion, the next version of the Mac's operating system will bring iOS features to the Mac, including bringing the App Store — and, possibly, its limitations — to the Mac.
Rik Myslewski, 20 Oct 2010
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IBM kills off Irish server works

The Irish Times reports that Big Blue is killing off the remaining server manufacturing jobs in its Emerald Isle factory, and shifting the server-making to its factories in Shenzhen, China.
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eBay's non-Skype profits climb 16%

eBay's third-quarter revenues climbed 10 per cent over the same quarter last year, if you exclude revenues from the failed VoIP experiment with Skype, while non-Skype, non-GAAP profits rose 16 per cent.
Cade Metz, 20 Oct 2010
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Red Hat exec proposes end to IT suckage

InteropInterop Why isn't IT getting cheaper instead of more expensive? That was the question posed by Jim Whitehurst, president and CEO of open source software juggernaut and cloud wannabe Red Hat, during his keynote at the Interop networking — and now cloud computing — trade show in New York.