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Amazon customer purchases protected by US Constitution

Lists that identify the titles of books, music, and movies purchased by Amazon.com customers are protected by Free Speech rights guaranteed by the US Constitution, a federal judge has ruled.
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Yahoo! unfurls revamped Yahoo! mail beta

Yahoo! has released a beta of its latest Yahoo! Mail update, claiming that the web-based email service is at least two times faster than previous versions.
Cade Metz, 27 2010
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iPhones, MacBooks sicken Chinese women

Chinese workers assembling Apple laptops and iPhones are being sickened by a particularly nasty industrial chemical, n-hexane, according to a report.
Ten Essential... bedside iPod docks

Ten... bedside iPod docks

Product Round-up When Reg Hardware last looked at iPod docks, we focused on premium offerings intended to take pride of place in your living room. This time we turn our attentions to some of the best speaker docks for more intimate surroundings.
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North Lincs pilots victimisation index

An electronic system to help people who are vulnerable to antisocial behaviour is being trialled in North Lincolnshire.
Kable, 27 2010
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New pocket-sized smartbomb - just for killer robots

US weaponry megacorp Raytheon says it has successfully tested a new, pocket-sized smartbomb specifically designed for use by killer robots.
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BA slams stupid security checks

The chairman of British Airways has said it is time to stop kowtowing to US demands on airport security.
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Ellison accuses HP boss of espionage

Larry Ellison is raising the temperature of his fight with HP by accusing its new CEO Leo Apotheker of running a spying scheme against Oracle when he was boss of SAP.
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US Army trials robot 'leccy-n-bandwidth war-mules

The US army remains determined to kit out all its ground troops with portable, wearable networking gear which will provide them with comms as well as an accurate idea of where everyone is. Unfortunately, when you have to generate your own wireless coverage as you go from the same kit, this means a lot of power - and this in turn means a crippling load of batteries.
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Bredolab botnet suspect cuffed in Armenia

A man suspected of running the infamous Bredolab botnet has been arrested in Armenia.
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Virgin Media begins 100Mb upgrades

Virgin Media today said it will begin increasing the maximum downstream broadband speed available via its network to 100Mbit/s, and maximum upload speed to 10Mbit/s.
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Satyam boss ordered back to jail

Ramalinga Raju, disgraced boss of Satyam, has had his bail cancelled by the Indian Supreme Court ahead of hearings on charges of massive accounting fraud at the reseller.
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Virgin America heads to the cloud with Google

Virgin America has signed a deal with Google to provide cloud-based apps to all its 1,700 staff across the US.
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Everything Everywhere rushes into third quarter

Less than a month after posting its Q2 results Everything Everywhere has put out Q3 results, this time showing marginal growth in revenue and customer numbers.
Bill Ray, 27 2010
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Bus spotter admits £11k database fees fraud

A Suffolk man has admitted to defrauding his employer of £11,000 to indulge his pastime of bus-spotting.
Joe Fay, 27 2010
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Symbian angst downgrades Nokia

The new management of Nokia is already ringing the changes - identifying several areas widely criticised by outsiders. But the short-term outlook continues to look uncertain. This week rating agency Moody changed its outlook from "stable" to "negative", citing concern about Symbian^3 devices.
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Sage Pay upgrade woes hit merchants

Thousands of e-commerce merchants are still struggling to process transactions following problems with a weekend upgrade by payment processor Sage Pay.
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Privacy watchdog needs someone to explain technology

The Information Commissioner's Office needs you to help it deal with the privacy implications of new technology.

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Sysadmin blog Next year is Wyse’s 30th anniversary. The company rose to fame during the 1980s with terminal emulation thin clients, and although it had a brief flirtation with own-brand PCs it is its focus on thin clients that has made this company famous.
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Privacy watchdog lowers White House's grades

The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) last week issued a report card on privacy, civil liberties and cyber security that found the White House faring even worse than it had last year.
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White iPhone 4 delayed again

Those desperate to get their hands on a white iPhone 4 will have to wait until 2011, as Apple has again delayed its release, this time until next spring.
Caleb Cox, 27 2010
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Bling brings Facebook likes into meatspace

Bling Nation, which makes the mobile commerce stickers so beloved by Facebook, has integrated itself with Facebook preferences, which are now now available by tapping a phone on the counter.
Bill Ray, 27 2010
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Prosecutors prep decision on BT-Phorm case

The Crown Prosecution Service is close to settling on whether to prosecute anyone over BT and Phorm's secret interception and profiling of internet traffic.
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Virtualization: Solving the problems of success

The Register has written a guide for you, a five-pager called Virtualization: solving the problems of success.
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PARIS launch tomorrow come hell or high water

The Paper Aircraft Released Into Space team would like to apologise to those Reg readers who were hanging round their monitors on Tuesday expecting some form of PARIS launch activity.
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Sony UK fuels Christmas cheer with VAT back promo

Sony UK is running a VAT back promo with most of the UK's consumer electronics retailers in the Christmas run-up.
Hard Reg, 27 2010
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Credit cards get colour screens

Toppan Printing has demonstrated a credit card with a colour screen and keypad, claiming that you don't need a mobile phone to manage mobile commerce.
Bill Ray, 27 2010
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Pillar refresh alert as R5 hits the streets

Pillar has a near-term refresh of its Axiom array coming by the end of the year, in the form of a release 5 (R5) system, to be followed by more updates in 2011.
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Online badness: The kids are not alright

One in eight kids are upset about content they've seen online - such as porn, sexual or bullying messages or harmful user-generated content. Less than half of parents are aware of their concern.
Caleb Cox, 27 2010
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NetApp, Fujitsu and Quantum in product-swapping orgy

Opinion The aftershocks of EMC's earth-shaking Data Domain acquisition are causing the storage industry suppliers' tectonic plates to grind and shift into new positions.
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A Sparc of hope for Symbian

The Symbian Foundation is being wound down - but it may yet survive, at least in name.
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Hacker almost derailed Mandela election in South Africa

An unidentified voting system hacker almost derailed South Africa's first democratic elections.
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Sage Pay says sorry for upgrade shambles

Sage Pay has apologised for an upgrade of its systems that left many of its 32,000 customers in the UK and Ireland unable to process transactions on Monday.
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Nearly half of top UK firms do not use software escrow

Almost half of the 350 most valuable listed companies in the UK do not have software escrow agreements in place to give them access to technology if a supplier goes bust, according to an escrow services company.
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Intel announces globo-dominance 'Cloud 2015' plan

Chip colossus Intel has unveiled its vision for the future of corporate IT. In a global announcement today the company took the wraps off the Open Data Centre Alliance, to which $50bn-pa-worth of CIOs are already signed up and to which Intel has been appointed "non-voting technical advisor".
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Pizza Express gets iPod makeover

Pizza Express is experimenting with a restaurant format featuring booths that reduce noise and include personal iPod docks.
Caleb Cox, 27 2010
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Oracle back in the Unix game with Sparc T3 servers

Oracle was vague about when its new Sparc T series servers using the 16-core "Rainbow Falls" Sparc T3 processors were coming to market when they were launched a month ago, but two of the four machines are now shipping. And Oracle has slashed prices and boosted performance to show IBM and HP that it is indeed back in the Unix game.
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Lender objects to $13m sex.com sale

The $13m sale of the domain name sex.com has been thrown into doubt after one of its bankrupt owner's creditors made an official objection.
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RIM goes Bold with the 9780

Research in Motion (RIM) has launched the latest rev of the popular Bold series - the BlackBerry Bold 9780.
Caleb Cox, 27 2010
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Wikileaks Iraq War Logs vanish from Amazon US

WikiLeaks' "Iraq War Logs" site is no longer hosted on US-based servers operated by Amazon.com, according to internet records.
Cade Metz, 27 2010
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Credit card 'flash attack' steals up to $500,000 a month

Credit card fraudsters may have pocketed as much as $500,000 over the past month by pursuing a new type of attack that exploits a major blind spot in payment processors' defenses, an analyst said.
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HTML5 web video flashes past Flash

HTML5 now commands a majority of web-based video support, but its rise is being fueled by mobile devices. Adobe Flash still holds the lead in desktop content.
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Mozilla delays Firefox 4 until 'early 2011'

Mozilla has pushed back the planned release of Firefox to sometime in "early 2011." Previously, the open source outfit had said its latest desktop browser would be officially released next month.
Cade Metz, 27 2010
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Notorious Koobface worm ported to Mac OS X

Security researchers say they've been monitoring a Mac OS X version of the notorious Koobface worm, which uses advanced rootkit techniques to stealthily hijack infected machines.
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Microsoft vision chief sees world without Microsoft PCs

Comment Is Microsoft a dying consumer brand? That's the question CNN's Money has posed.
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Intel plays Switzerland in the cloud wars

Comment Whenever someone starts waving "standards," it is always a prelude to war. With the launch of the Open Data Center Alliance today by 70 IT organizations (some of whom are IT suppliers), Intel is trying to position itself as the neutral player in the coming cloud wars. Switzerland benefited by being the bankers for warring countries, and Intel seeks to benefit by maintaining and extending its dominance in the server racket.
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Ellison roasts HP chairman for 'absurd lie'

Larry Ellison has broadened his attack on Hewlett-Packard's management by accusing chairman Ray Lane of lying.
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Palin email hacker asks judge for leniency

The man convicted of breaching then vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin's Yahoo Mail account has asked a federal judge to spare him a prison sentence and instead put him on probation.