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Java guru quits over Oracle 'disregard'

A top Java programming guru has quit Java's governing body, the Java Community Process, over Oracle's heavy handedness, as Oracle denied it is trying to pack the group with sympathizers.
Gavin Clarke, 25 Oct 2010
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Adobe AIR 2.5 adds Flash to Android, TV and RIM tablets

Adobe MAX 2010 Adobe today announces AIR 2.5, which will enable Flash-based applications and services for Google's Android, RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook and Samsung 'smart' TVs.
Gavin Clarke, 25 Oct 2010
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Product Round-up With World+Dog now using Skype or an IM app to video-chat to friends and family across the globe, it's worth remembering that how you look to the world at large is dependent on the quality of the webcam you are using. If you are using a low-end laptop or netbook, the integrated 1.3Mp or even 0.3Mp webcam is not going to give your mug a good full-screen treatment.
Alun Taylor, 25 Oct 2010
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Cray beats six to win Argonne deal

Supercomputer maker Cray has high hopes for its XE6 parallel supercomputers, not just in terms of number-crunching performance for its customers, but also financial performance for itself. While a deal announced to put a fairly large XE6 machine into Argonne National Laboratory will not help Cray make its 2010 financial goals, it starts the foundations for 2011.
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ICO reopens Google Street View privacy probe

The Information Commissioner's Office is reopening its investigation into Google's collection of unsecured Wi-Fi by its fleet of Street View cars.
John Oates, 25 Oct 2010
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Seagate sued for 'fraudulently hiring engineer'

Seagate is being sued for $2.7m by a laid-off engineer for allegedly inducing him to take a job that didn't exist.
Chris Mellor, 25 Oct 2010
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Facebook comes down hard on Faceporn

Facebook is suing Faceporn for alleged trademark infringement.
John Oates, 25 Oct 2010
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'Warpigs' VXer pleads guilty

A veteran Scottish virus writer faces a likely spell behind bars after pleading guilty to computer crime offences.
John Leyden, 25 Oct 2010
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NEC cranks fault-tolerant servers with Xeon six-shooters

Fault-tolerant server maker NEC today rolls out an upgraded FT Series box sporting Intel's "Westmere-EP" Xeon 5600 processors and is also delivering support for Microsoft's Hyper-V server virualization hypervisor, setting the stage for fight between VMware's software-based fault tolerance and the hardware-based fault tolerance and Hyper-V combo.
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The Hardware mid-life crisis

Workshop The good old PC, along with the phone, is today the main, if not only, interface that users have to IT systems and services. The experience that people have of their personal system often colours their perception of how well IT does its job, regardless of how well run the rest of IT is.
Andrew Buss, 25 Oct 2010
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Skype throws off Nimbuzz in ad-revenue smackdown

Identity aggregation client Nimbuzz has joined Fring in the does-not-Skype pile, as the Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) behemoth continues trimming back the parasites.
Bill Ray, 25 Oct 2010
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Two-year wait for Windows 8, MS blurts

A posting on Microsoft's Dutch site suggests we'll have to wait until 2012 for the next release of Windows.
John Oates, 25 Oct 2010
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Google debuts Music Search

Google has lifted the lid on a streaming music service called Music Search. Frankly described as a "trial", it finds and streams Bollywood music - full track streams are hosted by two third parties.
Andrew Orlowski, 25 Oct 2010
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Mixing business and pleasure

Sysadmin blog The uptake of smartphones has placed pressure on network administrators to work out Mobile Device Management (MDM) beyond Blackberry Enterprise Server. Microsoft has made a few half-hearted attempts at MDM that have steadily improved with age, but there is little to see from the vendors of the phone platforms themselves. This gap in the market didn’t last long; many companies have stepped in to fill it.
Trevor Pott, 25 Oct 2010
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Gemalto leaps into anti-Android fray

Security chip maker Gemalto has launched its own attack on Android, claiming to own patents essential to the use of Java as a mobile OS.
Bill Ray, 25 Oct 2010
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UK gov vets the vetting process

After a bit of a false start earlier this month, the official Coalition review of the current vetting and barring system (VBS) – as well as the associated criminal record checks – kicked off last week.
Jane Fae , 25 Oct 2010
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Cameron promises boost for tech companies

Prime Minister David Cameron promised improvements to British broadband and more support for smaller, high tech companies as he outlined the Coalition government's "national infrastructure plan".
John Oates, 25 Oct 2010
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How average is your sex life?

Last week was a fairly average week – and Wednesday a fairly average day. Hardly surprising, since Wednesday was actually World Statistics Day.
Jane Fae , 25 Oct 2010
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Comments added to Reg Mobile sites

Unlike some websites - we do not force people using mobile browsers to read our mobile version. But we think it's a better read on most phones. And it just got better.
Drew Cullen, 25 Oct 2010
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BlackBerry App World goes online

RIM has opened an online portal for BlackBerry users who want to browse for apps on a larger screen, as the company moves to better emulate its hero Apple.
Bill Ray, 25 Oct 2010
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Vanquish

Review If Vanquish had been made around 150 years ago, Shinji Mikami would have had to commit seppuku, the Japanese ritual of suicide by disembowelment.
Andrew Bailey, 25 Oct 2010
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Vulture 1 rolls out of fab bunker

The Paper Aircraft Released Into Space team are delighted to bring you the final construction snaps of the Vulture 1 aircraft.
Lester Haines, 25 Oct 2010
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ICO concerned over interception modernisation programme

Information commissioner Christopher Graham has said that he is concerned about government plans to allow enhanced storage of people's internet data.
Kable, 25 Oct 2010
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Firesheep flames cookie capture risks

A developer has released a Firefox extension that illustrates just how vulnerable users of open wireless networks are when they log into websites that rely on cookies for authentication.
John Leyden, 25 Oct 2010
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Sony hits stop on Walkman tape players

Sony is ditching the groundbreaking Walkman cassette player in its home market, 30 years after first launching its assault on the hearing of teens and the patience of the people sat next to them.
Joe Fay, 25 Oct 2010
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Facebook investor aims for $5.7bn float

Mail.ru, which owns a stake in Facebook, has set the price it hopes to get for its shares when it floats on the London Stock Exchange.
John Oates, 25 Oct 2010
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Microsoft opens online PC gaming shop-front

Microsoft is opening the Games for Windows Marketplace - an online store that integrates Xbox Live and Windows Live services to make it easier to buy PC games.
Caleb Cox, 25 Oct 2010
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Americans whisk up 106 software jobs in Northern Ireland

A US software firm is creating 106 jobs in Northern Ireland.
John Oates, 25 Oct 2010
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US raygun jumbo fluffs another test missile-blast attempt

The United States' enormous jumbo-jet-mounted raygun, the Airborne Laser Testbed (ALTB), has suffered another embarrassing test failure. During an attempt to beam down a target missile off the Californian coast last week, a technical hitch saw the 747's blaster cannon fail to fire up.
Lewis Page, 25 Oct 2010
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Nigerian airline ticket fraudster gets 8 years

A West African fraudster has been jailed for more than eight years over his role in an airline ticket scam following his extradition to the US back in June.
John Leyden, 25 Oct 2010
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Hurd fingered in HP bribe case after probe

Mark Hurd, former chief executive of HP, has been named in a court case brought against the ink giant.
John Oates, 25 Oct 2010
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Students cluster for fame and glory at SC10

SC10 SC10 Student Cluster Competition: Go Hard or Go Home
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Teradata pumps data warehouses with six-core Xeons

Teradata might be the pioneer of data warehousing on cheap x64 server clusters and the use of appliance packaging to tune machines and their software to attack specific workloads, but Oracle and IBM want to eat Teradata's lunch. And its breakfast and dinner, too. That means Teradata has to keep upgrading its hardware and database software and partnering to bring more functionality onto its data warehouse and analytics appliances, making them more useful to the customers who shell out big bucks for them.
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Wikileaks taunts Pentagon with server mirrors in USA

WikiLeaks is using US-based servers run by Amazon.com to mirror its controversial data stash, including the classified "Iraq War Logs" released on Friday afternoon, according to internet records.
Cade Metz, 25 Oct 2010
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Nielsen cops to iPad stat cock-up

The customarily competent media-survey firm, The Nielsen Company, has backtracked on its startling claim that one-third of all iPad users have never download an app. The company now says that the number of download virgins is fewer than one in ten.
Rik Myslewski, 25 Oct 2010
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Google boss: 'Creeped out by Street View? Just move'

Google CEO Eric Schmidt has said that if you don't like Google Street View cars photographing your house, you can "just move."
Cade Metz, 25 Oct 2010
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Facebook pages very much public, even when set as private

Facebook settings that are supposed to cloak user profiles can easily be bypassed to reveal the friends, pictures, and other attributes of users who have configured their accounts to be private.
Dan Goodin, 25 Oct 2010
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Ubuntu demotes Gnome for Unity netbook look

Ubuntu's netbook look is coming to desktop PCs, as the Linux distro demotes its long-standing default Gnome interface.
Gavin Clarke, 25 Oct 2010
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Googlenet traffic now 6% of interwebs

Google now handles more interwebs traffic than all but one of the world's ISPs, after gaining more than one per cent of the net's total traffic over the past nine months, according to data from network-security outfit Arbor Networks.
Cade Metz, 25 Oct 2010