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Flash video comes to iPhone, iPad (kinda)

Beginning this Thursday, owners of iOS devices — iPhone, iPad, iPod touch — will be able to view Flash video on the devices from which Apple CEO Steve Jobs has so vociferously banned Adobe's much maligned media-enabling software.
Rik Myslewski, 03 Nov 2010
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Semi sales leap 26% from 2009

Global chip sales hit $26.5bn in September, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association, a gain of 2.9 per cent compared to the prior month and up 26.2 per cent compared to a year ago.
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Mac market share slips worldwide

Although Apple may seem to be riding an unending wave of success after success, a new study shows that its worldwide market share is slipping.
Rik Myslewski, 03 Nov 2010
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Nuke lab gets visual with GPU cluster

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, one of the big nuke labs run by the US Department of Energy that is responsible for managing the American nuclear weapons stockpile and helping to design future nuclear weapons, has what amounts to a brand new frontal lobe for its myriad parallel supercomputers.
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Google man slings mud at Facebooked Bing

Microsoft updated its new Facebook-powered Bing tools on Tuesday, and über-Googler Matt Cutts promptly splattered this Bingbook setup with another large handful of virtual mud.
Cade Metz, 03 Nov 2010
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Shut up, Spock! – how Battlestar Galactica beat Trek babble

Interview No guns firing beams of light. No photon torpedoes. And, sorry, no aliens – menacing or otherwise. The "re-imagined" Battlestar Galactica that concluded last year couldn't have been further from its 1970s namesake – or from what most of us think of as sci-fi.
Gavin Clarke, 03 Nov 2010
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CloudSleuth slaps dashboards on heavenly grids

With more and more companies deploying real applications out there on public clouds, someone is going to have to deliver sophisticated performance monitoring and modeling tools that can span multiple clouds to not only help companies using cloudy infrastructure do their comparative shopping, but also to point their fingers at their vendors when application service level agreements are not met.
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Oracle kills low-priced MySQL support

Oracle has hiked up the price of MySQL, killing low-priced support options and more than doubling what it charges for the commercial versions of the database.
Gavin Clarke, 03 Nov 2010
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Philips Streamium MCi900 DVD and Wi-Fi Hi-Fi

Review If you're after rather more up-market multifunction home entertainment rig, then the Streamium MCi900 from Philips is aimed at you. For £999 you get combination of upscaling DVD player with a 160GB HDD along with an 802.11n wireless media streamer, RDS FM radio, 2 x 50W RMS amplifier, a 3.5in LCD screen and a couple of the funkiest bookshelf speakers you are ever likely to see.
Alun Taylor, 03 Nov 2010
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Volunteer biker gang foils Westminster CCTV car fleet

A band of bikers have recently taken to helping motorists in Westminster identify the London borough's fleet of CCTV smart cars.
Jane Fae , 03 Nov 2010
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eBay Meg bitchslapped by Governor Moonbeam

Meg Whitman's expensive bid for the governorship of California has failed: she lost out to Jerry Brown - aka "Governor Moonbeam" - who last held the job in 1975.
John Oates, 03 Nov 2010
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DWP CTO predicts the end of Windows

The Department for Work and Pensions' chief technology officer has said that the latest version of Microsoft Windows may be the last to be widely deployed.
Kable, 03 Nov 2010
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Microsoft details small biz server release dates and prices

Microsoft confirmed yesterday that its Aurora software will, as expected, be named Windows Small Business Server (SBS) 2011.
Team Register, 03 Nov 2010
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Oz journo pokes PARIS

We're delighted to report that the Oz press has picked up on last week's Paper Aircraft Released Into Space triumph, albeit to suggest that the future of paper-based aeronautical endeavour would be best served by a titanic clash between Blighty and the Lucky Country to determine just who's the mutt's nuts in high-altitude tomfoolery.
Lester Haines, 03 Nov 2010
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Haven for life found in Mars' Syrtis Major region

Boffins sifting data from a survey craft in orbit above Mars say they have found evidence of "warm, wet spots" which would have been refuges for Martian life as the red planet changed from a hospitable world to a freezing desert billions of years ago.
Lewis Page, 03 Nov 2010
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Stealth Carbon 'efficiency' tax could close UK data centres

Almost half of the UK's data centre operators believe the UK's Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) efficiency scheme tax could drive UK data centre investment offshore, with one-third saying it would send UK data centres overseas as well.
Chris Mellor, 03 Nov 2010
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Hitachi eyes Apple owners for skinny HDD

SuperSpeed USB may be here, but USB 2.0 remains the standard. Drive makers are still releasing USB 2.0 drives - the latest is Hitachi with its G-Drive Slim.
Hard Reg, 03 Nov 2010
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London Stock Exchange investigates IT 'sabotage'

The London Stock Exchange is investigating a suspected sabotage after a trading platform was crippled for two hours.
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Virgin Media readies 1TB TiVo set-top for Brits

Virgin Media today said it is bring TiVo back to Blighty with a 1TB set-top box capable of grabbing HD and 3D content from the cable company.
Tony Smith, 03 Nov 2010
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First Windows Phone 7 handsets sell out

The first Windows 7 handsets are flying out of shops faster than they can be supplied.
Bill Ray, 03 Nov 2010
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ICO U-turns on Street View

The Information Commissioner's Office has changed its mind about Google's Street View and decided that it is after all in breach of the Data Protection Act.
John Oates, 03 Nov 2010
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DARPA, NASA team on '100-Year Starship' project

Those like us here on the Reg astronautical desk who are occasionally a bit disappointed at the limited scope of humanity's space programmes may be overjoyed to learn that NASA has just begun work on an actual interstellar starship. Well, kind of.
Lewis Page, 03 Nov 2010
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BBC One HD to go live tonight

BBC One HD goes live tonight at 7pm.
Tony Smith, 03 Nov 2010
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Microsoft's IE 8 'most widely used browser', rules ASA

The UK’s advertising watchdog has ruled that Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 8 browser is the most widely used web surfing tool, following an investigation of one of the company's ads.
Kelly Fiveash, 03 Nov 2010
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Wi-Fi strikes alliance with mains networking tech

The Wi-Fi Alliance has inked an agreement with the HomePlug Powerline Alliance to create interoperable kit, capable of annoying radio hams as never before.
Bill Ray, 03 Nov 2010
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Toshiba AC100 Android smartbook

Review Toshiba is a quarter-century-old notebook veteran, and of late has been known more for solid reliability than elegance or innovation. The AC100 comes as a surprise: a beautifully designed, ultra-lightweight netbook with a 10.1in screen you would be proud to be seen using.
Chris Bidmead, 03 Nov 2010
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Gigabit WLAN tech to shoulder Wireless DisplayPort

Vesa, the organisation behind DisplayPort, has selected the Wireless Gigabit Alliance's 60GHz networking technology as the basis for a future wireless version of the digital monitor cabling standard.
Tony Smith, 03 Nov 2010
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How much is Facebook worth?

Comment How much is Facebook worth? Hundreds of billions or spit? The answer to that question depends upon who you're asking: and indeed how you're doing the asking.
Tim Worstall, 03 Nov 2010
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Orange intros MiFi gadget, refreshes mobile data deals

Orange has rejigged its mobile broadband offerings. It has also introduced a Wi-Fi modem for punters who want to share an HSDPA 3G link among several gadgets.
Tony Smith, 03 Nov 2010
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Hitachi GST going for IPO

It's an IPO: Hitachi is sending its wholly-owned disk drive making subsidiary, Hitachi GST, out into independence via an Initial Public Offering (IPO).
Chris Mellor, 03 Nov 2010
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Sexy Hustler honeys unlikely to corrupt Croydon yoof

The youth of Croydon is unlikely to be corrupted by adverts promising HUSTLER HONEYS IN THEIR STARS 'N' STRIPES GETTING ALL WET, the UK's advertising regulator has declared.
Joe Fay, 03 Nov 2010
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Nominet to flog short domains

More than 2,800 very short UK domain names are to be auctioned for the first time, starting next month.
Team Register, 03 Nov 2010
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Symbian's Utopia - and why it was an impossible dream

Andrew's mailbag This is a story of how a complicated and obscure technical detail shed light on the fate of an industry. The industry here is smartphones, and we begin with a hairy technical subject - memory management. But don't worry if you don't know what a malloc and sprintf mean - and according to Dominic Connor that's most CompSci graduates - I shall provide plain English translations along the way.
Andrew Orlowski, 03 Nov 2010
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BT network goes titsup up north

The BT network has failed for the second time in a few days, again cutting off users in and Scotland and northern England.
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Shaping your next desktop upgrade

Video What's the next desktop upgrade going to be? A hardware refresh? A new version of Microsoft Office? Windows 7? Or an upgrade to all three at once?
Phil Mitchell, 03 Nov 2010
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Testy Turkey re-blocks YouTube over naughty hotel romp clip

Turkey has reinstated its block on YouTube – this time because it is showing a naughty clip of an opposition politician in a hotel bedroom with a female party member.
John Oates, 03 Nov 2010
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Chinese Kindles hop firewall to freedom

Kindle users in China are able to surf the internet unimpeded by the Great Firewall, as the authorities have yet to recognise the threat the e-book reader represents.
Bill Ray, 03 Nov 2010
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ITC to side with Nokia against Apple

The US International Trade Commission (ITC) has reportedly found that Nokia hasn't infringed the patents that Apple claimed the Finnish phone giant had trodden all over.
Tony Smith, 03 Nov 2010
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Oracle 7400 storage drags down cloud storage firm

Utility IT service supplier Flexiant has blamed intermittently slow service over the past two weeks on slow accesses to disks on an Oracle ZFS-based 7400 storage array.
Chris Mellor, 03 Nov 2010
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BT shields gentle customers from Min of Sound pirate raids

Music and club brand the Ministry of Sound has had to give up chasing 25,000 alleged file sharers – because BT has deleted their details.
John Oates, 03 Nov 2010
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James Bond returns to movie games screens

Activision has released two James Bond games, GoldenEye 007, a reworking of an earlier first-person shooter for the Wii and Nintendo DS and James Bond 007: Blood Stone, an "original, cinematic Bond experience" for XBox 360, PS3, PC and Nintendo DS.
Hard Reg, 03 Nov 2010
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PARIS laid bare in intimate snaps

We thought those of you who've been loyally following our "appallingly successful" Paper Aircraft Released Into Space project might enjoy a few behind-the-scenes views of our crack team and local Spanish support operatives as the historic attempt unfolded. For those of you seeking hires copies on Flickr, or video from YouTube, skip to the last page of this article and scroll down to the bottom for copious resources.
Lester Haines, 03 Nov 2010
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National Rail tweaks departure board API, 'orders' coder to kill site

A web and mobile apps developer has been told to stop using the live departure board (LDB) API by the UK’s Association of Train Operating Companies (ATOC).
Kelly Fiveash, 03 Nov 2010
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Apple to triple iTunes song sample length

Apple's CD-crushing, music industry–transforming iTunes music store will triple the length of many of its song samples from 30 to 90 seconds.
Rik Myslewski, 03 Nov 2010
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Aircraft bombs may mean end to in-flight Wi-Fi, mobile

The ability to use Wi-Fi and cellphones on planes may be curtailed just as it was about to take off, following an aviation threat uncovered last week.
Dan Goodin, 03 Nov 2010
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Former Phones 4U boss injured in armed break-in

John Caudwell, formerly the boss of Phones 4U, was injured during a raid on his Staffordshire home.
John Oates, 03 Nov 2010
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Marathon adds suspenders to virty server belts

Marathon Technologies is adding disaster-recovery capability to its everRun MX fault-tolerant code.
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Supremes poke Schwarzenegger's 'violent' game ban

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Tuesday in a case that pits Arnold Schwarzenegger and California lawmakers against what they call violent video games.
Cade Metz, 03 Nov 2010
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Best Buy opens UK online store

You read the headline and that's about it, really.
Hard Reg, 03 Nov 2010
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Facebook unveils Facebook Phone mobile hooks

Facebook has introduced a handful of mobile tools, including single sign-on for third-party apps, a new Facebook Places location write API, and a "Deals" platform, which allows local businesses to offer e-coupons to Facebookers who are nearby.
Cade Metz, 03 Nov 2010
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Fedora 14: haven for Ubuntu's homeless GNOMEs

Review Fedora 14, released Tuesday, has quite a bit of new stuff under the hood - things you probably won't notice most unless you're a systems admin or use Fedora for development.
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Unpatched IE bug exploited in targeted attacks

Unknown attackers have been targeting a previously unknown vulnerability in Internet Explorer to take control of machines running the Microsoft browser, security watchers warned on Wednesday.
Dan Goodin, 03 Nov 2010
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Group slams airport naked body scanners

An electronic privacy group has urged a federal appeals court to limit the use of full body scanners at US airports, arguing the machines are an unprecedented intrusion into the affairs of millions of Americans.
Dan Goodin, 03 Nov 2010
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Zuckerberg: the iPad 'is not mobile'

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg says the Apple iPad "is not mobile."
Cade Metz, 03 Nov 2010
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Google open sources Apache server speed mod

Google has open sourced an Apache server module designed to speed website performance. Presumably, the module is based on the mystery Google Web Server the company uses to serve its own pages.
Cade Metz, 03 Nov 2010
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DDoS attacks take out Asian nation

Myanmar was severed from the internet on Tuesday following more than 10 days of distributed denial of service attacks that culminated in a massive data flood that overwhelmed the Southeast Asian country's infrastructure, a researcher said.
Dan Goodin, 03 Nov 2010
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SGI shrinks red ink with super sales

If you are in the supercomputer business, you can't get hung up on quarterly results because it is a low-volume business with high-ticket items and that makes revenues and profits choppy. You also need to have some cash on hand to pay for parts, build systems, and ship them to customers while you await acceptance from them before you can send your invoice and get paid. This ain't like selling a $2,500 tin box through the channel.
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Silicon Valley wrestles self over public safety spectrum

US public-safety officials are involved in a tug-of-war with commercial interests about who gets control over the coveted 10MHz "D-Block" — and here in The Reg's San Francisco territory, said public-safety folks are harming their own cause through bickering and infighting.
Rik Myslewski, 03 Nov 2010