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Google's 'copied Java code' disowned by Apache

When Oracle sued Google over Android, many assumed the database giant would target code Google lifted from the Apache Foundation's open source Java incarnation, Project Harmony. But Oracle just pinpointed six pages of Google code, claiming they were "directly copied" from copyrighted Oracle material, and according to Apache, this code is not part of Harmony.
Cade Metz, 01 Nov 2010
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Crystal ball sees tepid IT growth to 2014

If you were expecting the IT market to suddenly start expanding again like it was 1999, you are in for a splash of cold water in the face to wake you from that dream.
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Scottish police IT sorely lacking, audit finds

Audit Scotland has said that the Scottish Police Services Authority (SPSA) 'is not yet able to meet all its customers' ICT needs'.
Kable, 01 Nov 2010
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App Store II: Steve Jobs sucks Mac's soul

Comment Apple has hacked the Mac's software ecosystem in two.
Rik Myslewski, 01 Nov 2010
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Top Ten Retro PC Games

Product Round-up Have you ever considered the qualities a game needs to feature on your own favourites list or any top ten gaming list for that matter? Opinions vary for sure, but for me it really must be like nothing you have ever seen before or at least innovate in such a way as to be stand-alone phenomenon in its genre.
Lucy Orr, 01 Nov 2010
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YouTube founder quits

YouTube founder Chad Hurley is ending day-to-day involvement with the video-sharing site.
John Oates, 01 Nov 2010
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iPhone alarm bug: now it's the UK's turn

Reports from UK readers have been flooding in - OK trickling in - that their iPhone alarms woke them up an hour late today. In other words their phones ignored the switchover to GMT on the early hours of Sunday morning.
Drew Cullen, 01 Nov 2010
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PayPal hardware failure fingered for worldwide outage

Hardware failure hit PayPal on Friday, leaving the payment service unavailable for around two and half hours.
John Leyden, 01 Nov 2010
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Hollywood ruling sends piracy chill through Google

Hollywood is going after advertising companies who help fund pirate websites, and has now won a landmark victory.
Andrew Orlowski, 01 Nov 2010
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Artificial replacement human livers made in lab

Topical news - and intrinsically splendid news for many Register readers and almost all Reg hacks - today, as boffins in the States say they have "reached an early, but important, milestone in the quest to grow replacement livers in the lab".
Lewis Page, 01 Nov 2010
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Interoperability: standards or proprietary?

Workshop ‘Choice’ is one of those words that gets bandied around in all kinds of ways, without anyone really thinking about if it is appropriate. We all want choice, so we are told, whether it’s to do with the schools where we send our kids, or the ever-increasing range of products on supermarket shelves. In IT we talk about ‘best of breed solutions’ as a demonstration of how clever we are at selecting the right tools for the job.
Jon Collins, 01 Nov 2010
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The terabyte iPad is coming

Blog It's coming isn't it; the terabyte tablet, and it's easy to see how. Let's double the flash memory in Apple's sexy slab each year and we get a terabyte iPad in 2015. It will probably arrive sooner.
Chris Mellor, 01 Nov 2010

Chip trio aims for 10nm class NAND

Intel, Samsung and Toshiba have formed an alliance to jointly devise ways to slim semiconductor line width down to the ten nanometre level, leading to higher capacity DRAM and flash memory, such as a 400GB flash chip and faster processors.
Chris Mellor, 01 Nov 2010
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Sacked IT director banged up for revenge hack attack

An IT director who took revenge on his former employer following his dismissal by hacking its website and deleting files has been jailed for 27 months.
John Leyden, 01 Nov 2010
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E-commerce smackdown as PCI standards revised

Analysis Revisions of the Payment Card Industry's security standards, due to come into force in January, were published on Thursday following months of negotiations.
John Leyden, 01 Nov 2010
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Cameron gets small biz adviser

David Cameron has appointed Lord Young his enterprise tsar, tasked with ensuring that small and medium-sized businesses get a fair share of government spending and are treated fairly by legislation.
John Oates, 01 Nov 2010
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Google rejects spy-happy Android app

Google has decided that eavesdropping is a step too far for even Android's laissez-faire attitude to application vetting, and rejected such an app despite waving it through first time.
Bill Ray, 01 Nov 2010
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Vulcan bomber lives to fly another day

The campaign to keep the last flying Vulcan bomber in the air looks to have been successful.
John Oates, 01 Nov 2010
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AdMob main man walks away from Google

The founder of Google-owned AdMob has quit the company citing “personal reasons”.
Kelly Fiveash, 01 Nov 2010
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Stay at home and watch telly, trade bodies urge Brits

In a desperate application of herd-mentality tactics, home entertainment trade organisations are once again trying to persuade us to buy more kit and content by telling us that's what almost everyone else is doing.
Tony Smith, 01 Nov 2010
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Murder victim-mocking troll jailed

The penalty for crossing the line online can be pretty severe – as internet troll Colm Coss discovered to his cost last week.
Jane Fae Ozimek, 01 Nov 2010
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Enormous Paleozoic flesh-eaters created in lab

Updated Crazed boffins in the USA say they have successfully carried out a Jurassic Park-style project in which enormous flesh-eating creatures from the remote prehistoric past have been successfully bred in the laboratory. Incomprehensibly this laboratory is not located on a remote island.
Lewis Page, 01 Nov 2010
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Microsoft squats the living room with XBox LIVE refresh

Microsoft today rolls out the latest edition of XBox Live today complete with new dashboard and a bunch of media partners.
Hard Reg, 01 Nov 2010
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Tech grads least likely to find a job

The number of graduates unable to find work in the UK continues to grow, and IT grads are among the worst hit.
John Oates, 01 Nov 2010
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No wonder CompSci grads are unemployed

Opinion Recently a director at a huge bank asked me “Do British students learn algorithms?”
Dominic Connor, 01 Nov 2010
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Microsoft chips away at 3D tech with Canesta buyout plan

Microsoft plans to buy privately-held gesture chip maker Canesta Inc.
Kelly Fiveash, 01 Nov 2010
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Freecom Mobile Drive CLS storage

Review The turn of the century spelled the death of VHS and cassette tapes, along with the plastic cases they came in. Fast-forward to 2010, and you can once again store your data in a translucent case with a paper label adorned with an indecipherable scrawl.
Shaun Dormon, 01 Nov 2010
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BBC radio chief: You may experience a little pain (but not much)

Tim Davie, the BBC's director of audio and music, has spelled out the difficulty of the digital switchover in an intriguing interview.
Andrew Orlowski, 01 Nov 2010
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Gentlemen, start your engines – with your phone!

OnStar will soon let users unlock their cars, activate the horn, check the fuel and oil levels and even start the engine, all from the comfort of their smartphone handset.
Bill Ray, 01 Nov 2010
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Webroot snares UK security firm Prevx

Internet security firm Webroot has acquired UK-based anti-malware firm Prevx. Financial terms of the deal, announced Monday, were undisclosed.
John Leyden, 01 Nov 2010
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PARIS in 89,000 ft climax

The Paper Aircraft Released Into Space team has spent the last three days sipping champagne and analysing data and images following last week's triumphant space plane mission.
Lester Haines, 01 Nov 2010
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IBM sniffs around Fortinet

IBM last week polished off its acquisition of privately held Ethernet switch maker Blade Network Technologies for a rumored $400m. And just after finishing that networking meal, Big Blue appears still hungry for networking products as it is apparently sniffing around network security appliance maker Fortinet to do a possible takeover.
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NASA Mars rover leaves moist skidmarks in boggy struggle

NASA's famed Mars rover Spirit, snared and immobile since last year - and, it is feared, never to be heard from again following its current deep hibernation through the Martian winter - may in fact be bogged down in an actual, watery (ish) bog.
Lewis Page, 01 Nov 2010
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Startup promises money for fanbois

Field Agent is an iPhone app that presents the user with questions or tasks, then pays the user a minimum of two quid for completing them in the name of market research.
Bill Ray, 01 Nov 2010
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Ballmer pulls on furs for Russia's answer to Silicon Valley MoU

Microsoft boss Steve Ballmer signed a memorandum of understanding in Russia today, to build a research and development centre – à la Silicon Valley – in a location outside of Moscow.
Kelly Fiveash, 01 Nov 2010
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Dolphin speaks: Ditch the iPad, give me the Toughbook!

Dolphins are being taught to use computers to communicate with humans. A human-cetacean translation tool will be demonstrated in early 2011 - with hardware supplied by Panasonic and its range of Toughbook laptops.
Caleb Cox, 01 Nov 2010
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Serco apologises for chiseling suppliers

Serco, one of the largest IT suppliers to government, has today apologised to its own suppliers for trying to squeeze them for 2.5 per cent cash rebates on existing contracts.
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RIAA and Anonymous sites both downed by DDoS assaults

Hacktivists briefly took out the two main Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) websites on Friday afternoon as revenge for the organisation's long-running legal offensive against Limewire, which led to the closure of the controversial P2P service earlier in the week.
John Leyden, 01 Nov 2010
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Amiga on the block (again)

Commodore, the American personal computer company felled by mismanagement many moons ago, lives on, here and there, through trademarks and brands long since parcelled up and sold to other companies.
Drew Cullen, 01 Nov 2010
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Samsung Galaxy Tab data contracts compared

Samsung's Galaxy Tab 7in Android tablet officially goes on sale today. Want one? To help you work out which network will offer you the best 3G data deal, we've compared carriers' pre-pay tariffs to see how they match up.
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Music biz vows to end CD scandal

Influential music groups in the UK have urged the record industry to end one of its most shocking scandals. You might think you've heard everything - but this silent disgrace has been unreported until now. Sensitive readers may wish to stop reading at this point.
Andrew Orlowski, 01 Nov 2010
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Microsoft concedes on blank-screen operations

Applications running on Windows Phone 7 won't be halted when the lock screen kicks in, if they've got a note from Microsoft promising they won't drain the battery too much.
Bill Ray, 01 Nov 2010
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Shuttle Discovery to bring back PLAGUE RODENTS from SPACE

Worryingly, plans have been announced to expose a horde of rodents to bizarre, poorly understood space plagues and bring them back to Earth for experiments.
Lewis Page, 01 Nov 2010
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Google Wave crash helped push Maps man to Facebook

Google’s latest Facebook mutineer – Lars Rasmussen – recently quit the world’s largest ad broker in part because of the challenges associated with working for such a large company.
Kelly Fiveash, 01 Nov 2010
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Sharp intros record-to-USB Freeview TV

Sharp has added a pair of edge LED-backlit tellies to its Aquos line.
Hard Reg, 01 Nov 2010
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Intel lets outside chip maker into its fabs

It looks like the makers of field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) are not quite ready to cede the coprocessor market to GPUs just yet. Achronix Semiconductor, an FPGA maker based in San José, just down the highway from chip giant Intel, has announced that it will use Chipzilla's fabs to cook up a future generation of chips that will "extend the boundaries" of these exotic semiconductors.
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Android phone sales up 1,309%

It's been a good year for Android-based smartphones: their worldwide sales are up 1,309 per cent, year-on-year, according to research outfit Canalys.
Rik Myslewski, 01 Nov 2010
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First official HTML5 tests topped by...Microsoft

The Worldwide Web Consortium has released the results of its first HTML5 conformance tests, and according to this initial rundown, the browser that most closely adheres to the latest set of web standards is...Microsoft Internet Explorer 9.
Cade Metz, 01 Nov 2010
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Spamhaus blocks fellow antispam outfit

Updated The owner of a spam-prevention website said it has been taken down following unfounded complaints from fellow anti-junkmail organization Spamhaus. Spamhaus strenuously denied the claim.
Dan Goodin, 01 Nov 2010
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Nokia, HTC, Sony attacked by hidden megatroll

Another day, another mobile phone patent dispute — and this time the plaintiff is again SmartPhone Technologies LLC, the vaporous entity that filed a similar suit against Apple, AT&T, Research in Motion, and six other companies this March.
Rik Myslewski, 01 Nov 2010
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Internet Explorer info leak festers for 2 years

For almost two years, Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser has been vulnerable to attacks that steal digital security tokens and other sensitive data, a security researcher said recently.
Dan Goodin, 01 Nov 2010
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Google sues US gov for picking Microsoft

Google has sued the US government, claiming the Department of the Interior didn't give Google a fair shake when it settled on hosted email and collaboration services from Microsoft.
Cade Metz, 01 Nov 2010
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Google calls bug bounty hunters to YouTube, Blogger

Google has unveiled a pilot program designed to make Blogger, YouTube and other company-run websites more secure by paying significant bounties to researchers who report bugs that threaten users.
Dan Goodin, 01 Nov 2010
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Fans roast Microsoft for Silverlight demotion

Microsoft is facing a wave of disbelief and anger from Windows programmers after saying that it is demoting the would-be Flash-killer Silverlight for HTML5.
Gavin Clarke, 01 Nov 2010