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Yahoo! to! ax! 10%! of! product! staff! says! report!

Yahoo! is set to lay off about 10 per cent of its product staff, according to a report citing sources "close to the situation."
Cade Metz, 12 Nov 2010

'Superb' Apple 1 on the block for £100k-£150K

Forgotten TechAn original Apple 1 made by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak in Jobs parent's garage goes on the auction block in London this month.
Drew Cullen, 12 Nov 2010

Memo to Microsoft: don't bet against Amazon

Open...and ShutThe technology world used to be fairly easy to understand. For a time, IBM dominated the back office while Microsoft monopolized the desktop. More recently, Microsoft and Linux split the difference on servers while Oracle bought the known universe to dominate enterprise middleware and applications.
Matt Asay, 12 Nov 2010

RHEL 6: how much for your package?

You know how you can tell that Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 is a real enterprise-class operating system? No, it's not because the word "enterprise" is in its name. What makes RHEL 6 an enterprise OS is that it now has so many features and add ons - and prices for each - that it is no longer easy to describe it in one sentence. But this one will work in a pinch: RHEL 6 costs more than RHEL 5.

Fanbois howl as OS X update bricks PGPed Macs

Users of PGP's Whole Disk Encryption for Macs got a nasty surprise when they upgraded to the latest OS X update once they discovered their systems were no longer able to reboot.
Dan Goodin, 12 Nov 2010

Google: Oracle doctored that 'copied Java code'

Google has accused Oracle of doctoring the code samples that allegedly prove Mountain View pilfered Oracle's copyrighted Java code in building its Android mobile operating system.
Cade Metz, 12 Nov 2010
Pioneer NAV1 iPod dock

Pioneer XW-NAV1 iPod dock and AV centre

ReviewPioneer's XW-NAV1 iPod dock-cum-entertainment system is an unusual box of tricks. As well as an iPhone compliant dock, it's also a CD/DVD player with 1080p upscale output, a CD ripper, FM radio and a USB media player. There may be other devices out there that do all those things, but I've never come across this exact combination in one unit before.
Alun Taylor, 12 Nov 2010
Panasonic Pure Line TX-L37D28

Panasonic Pure Line TX-L37D28 37in LCD TV

ReviewPanasonic has been banging on about 3D TV for most of the last year, but has turned its attention to old good old-fashioned 2D telly once more with the Pure Line range. The company describes these models as ‘designer TVs’, which suggests they’ll be rather expensive. In fact, it seems more like an attempt to inject a little bit of designer style into the lower end of Panasonic’s product portfolio.
Cliff Joseph, 12 Nov 2010

ICO insists on scrutiny for laws invading privacy

ICO boss Christopher Graham has rejected the accusation that he sent "Keystone Kops" to investigate Google and has called for more scrutiny of laws which infringe on privacy.
John Oates, 12 Nov 2010
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Location, location: Storage controller functions get moving

OpinionServer virtualisation luvvies are looking askance at expensive storage arrays and saying: "Pah! Run the storage controller functions as a system app in a virtual server and use JBODs. That's the way to use commodity hardware."
Chris Mellor, 12 Nov 2010

Plods scrap crap stealth spy blimp

Disappointed plods in Manchester have scrapped a cunning surveillance balloon intended to provide "eye in the sky" capability at less cost than police helicopters. The aerostat apparently could not cope with bad weather.
Lewis Page, 12 Nov 2010

The cunning PM communications plan

Project managementEvery new project begins as an idea in someone's head and pretty soon it becomes a conversation, a series of meetings and, if approved, a fully scoped project. The conversations continue throughout the project as part of the process.
Ken Young, 12 Nov 2010

Apple plugs iTunes Ping into Twitter

Twitter has inked a deal with Apple to allow its service to link up to the Jobsian outfit’s Ping in iTunes.
Kelly Fiveash, 12 Nov 2010

Sky confirms UK Online closure

Sky has confirmed it will completely shut down UK Online, its second string ISP brand, in January.
Christopher Williams, 12 Nov 2010

Kinect hacked for OS X

The open source driver for Microsoft's Xbxo 360 Kinect add-on has been ported to Mac OS X - an irony given that Kinect developer PrimeSense originally punted the motion detection tech at Apple.
Tony Smith, 12 Nov 2010
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MS hits back in Security Essentials row

Microsoft has said its rivals and the media have misunderstood its plans to offer its freebie anti-virus scanner to Windows users without security protection via its Microsoft Update service.
John Leyden, 12 Nov 2010

Microsoft looks to KIN for support

A leaked Verizon product list shows Microsoft's Kin isn't dead, it's just been sleeping a while and will return as a cheapy feature-phone later this year – only without the good bits.
Bill Ray, 12 Nov 2010

Dell 'Streak 2' to get 5in HD display, dual-core CPU

Dell is to up the screen resolution of its 5in Streak phone-cum-tablet to 1280 x 800, it has been claimed. It'll get a dual-core, 1.2GHz processor too.
Tony Smith, 12 Nov 2010

Gov and telcos in Aussie wiretap death match

When it comes to telecomms technology, who are you going to trust? Senior executives in some of Australia’s largest telcos? Or a high-ranking bureaucrat from the Federal Attorney-General’s Department?
Jane Fae , 12 Nov 2010
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Global warming is actually good for rainforests, say boffins

OpinionOK, so let's take it that global warming is coming: that temperatures are set to rise by easily 3°C by the end of the century. Disaster, right? The tropical rainforests - lungs of the planet - will die, CO2 levels will thus rise even faster, a runaway process will set in and planet Earth will be transformed into a baking lifeless hell.
Lewis Page, 12 Nov 2010

BOFH: BOFH vs Bot: Ultimate Smackdown

Episode 16
Simon Travaglia, 12 Nov 2010

Google's social 'problem' doesn't involve building Facebook rival

Google has once again gone on record to deny suggestions that the company is in the process of building its own social network to rival Facebook.
Kelly Fiveash, 12 Nov 2010

Beeb to show unseen interview with Dr Who theme creator

The BBC will next week air a previously unbroadcast interview with the late Delia Derbyshire, the synthesised music whiz who first realised composer Ron Grainer's famous Doctor Who score.
Tony Smith, 12 Nov 2010
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IBM's cloudy object vision stoked by EU

Fancy that: European tax-payers are coughing up for a €15.7m IBM research project about storing objects in the cloud with metadata.
Chris Mellor, 12 Nov 2010

Elgato gadget to stream Freeview direct to iPad

TV tuner maker Elgato is to release a version of its EyeTV app for the iPhone and iPad that will allows is Netstream tuner to beam Freeview content direct to those mobile devices.
Tony Smith, 12 Nov 2010

iPhone users are sad and mentally unfocused

A shock study of iPhone users has found that they spend 46.9 per cent of their time thinking about something other than what they're doing - and this febrile absentmindedness makes them deeply unhappy.
Lewis Page, 12 Nov 2010
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Robot wars break out on poker sites

The world's two largest poker sites, PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker, are battling to keep poker bots off their sites.
Robert Blincoe, 12 Nov 2010

Airport security boss calls time on tech

The security boss of Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport is calling for an end to endless investment in new technology to improve airline security.
John Oates, 12 Nov 2010

China faces million-strong zombie phone horde

More than a million mobile phones in China have been infected with the AVK.Dumx.A Trojan.
Bill Ray, 12 Nov 2010

Reduced growth forces Sophos to shed 80 jobs

Tough times in the information security market have obliged UK-based information security firm Sophos to draw up plans to reduce its workforce by around 7 per cent.
John Leyden, 12 Nov 2010

Xbox Kinect costs just £35 to build

After receiving positive reviews upon its release this week, Microsoft's Xbox 360 Kinect has been stripped naked and assessed for manufacture costs. It turns out that the materials that make up the motion-powered peripheral amount to just £35 - considerably less than its £130 RRP.
Caleb Cox, 12 Nov 2010

Chicago officer beats off dildo-wielding bill-skipper

An Illinois woman allegedly launched an ill-considered assault on a cop with a “rigid female pleasure device” after an altercation over an unpaid Crab Shack bill.
Joe Fay, 12 Nov 2010

MoD battles copycat hackers

The Ministry of Defence is battling a wave of copycat attacks after a hacker took down the Royal Navy's public website this week.
Christopher Williams, 12 Nov 2010

Nintendo readies 'limited edition' Mario Kart Wii pack

Nintendo is takling the threat from Microsoft's Xbox 360 Kinect and Sony's PlayStation Move with... a bundle.
Tony Smith, 12 Nov 2010

Apple, Oracle air-kiss their way to OpenJDK deal for Mac OS X

Apple and Oracle signed a significant open-source deal today which welcomed the Mac OS X maker into the OpenJDK club, which IBM joined last month.
Kelly Fiveash, 12 Nov 2010
Call of Duty: Black Ops

Black Ops sets record sales figures

Call of Duty: Black Ops has set a new UK record after it sold 1.4m copies on its first day of release.
Caleb Cox, 12 Nov 2010

Hasty legislation will make a mess of Europe's 'right to be forgotten'

OpinionThe European Commission proposal to include a 'right to be forgotten' in data protection laws risks causing legal, technical and ethical mayhem if it is not thought through more thoroughly.
Struan Robertson, 12 Nov 2010

Supercomputing: From idea to reality

WebcastWhat’s it like to design and build the biggest computers in the world? Join The Register on the 16th of November at 9:30am PST / 12:30pm EST / 5:30pm GMT to find out.
Phil Mitchell, 12 Nov 2010


Team Register, 12 Nov 2010

Security pros fail to get a grip on meaty bot

A new variant of the Lethic botnet agent comes signed with a digital certificate from the same firm whose identity was abused by the infamous Stuxnet industrial control system worm.
John Leyden, 12 Nov 2010

Facebook joins Apple and Google in data center wonderland

Facebook has announced plans for a second custom-built data center, saying it will build a $450 million facility in western North Carolina, which is suddenly a big-name data-center hot bed.
Cade Metz, 12 Nov 2010

Palin email hacker gets 366 days in custody

The former Tennessee college student convicted of hacking into Sarah Palin's Yahoo Mail account was sentenced on Friday to 366 days in either federal prison or a halfway house.
Dan Goodin, 12 Nov 2010

Samsung's Android tablet: split and eviscerated

The race to dethrone Apple's iPad as top tablet has begun in earnest, with Samsung's Galaxy Tab now available, and others such as RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook waiting in the wings.
Rik Myslewski, 12 Nov 2010

3D printers, one-dimensional enemies

Public Knowledge has published a provocative paper on 3D printing, entitled: "It Will Be Awesome If They Don’t Screw It Up: 3D Printing, Intellectual Property, and the Fight Over the Next Great Disruptive Technology",
Bill Ray, 12 Nov 2010

Overland secures fresh funds

Overland, the struggling data storage vendor, has secured $4.2m in fresh funds from institutional investors.
Chris Mellor, 12 Nov 2010

Feds may tighten privacy protections

The Obama administration is reportedly considering a stepped-up approach to enforcing privacy on the internet that includes new laws and the creation of a new post to make sure they are enforced.
Dan Goodin, 12 Nov 2010
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Microsoft coaches NoSQL options for Azure cloud

Microsoft is working with NoSQL startups to simplify deployment of their databases on its Azure cloud.
Gavin Clarke, 12 Nov 2010

Woman charged with stealing nude pics of baseball star

A Minnesota woman has been charged with stealing racy photos of Cleveland Indians centerfielder Grady Sizemore from the email account of his Playboy bunny girlfriend.
Dan Goodin, 12 Nov 2010

Facebook set to unveil 'Gmail killer'

Facebook is hosting a press event in San Francisco on Monday, and the rumor is that the social networking giant will introduce its very own online email service.
Cade Metz, 12 Nov 2010

RHEL 6: serious Linux built for growth

ReviewRed Hat has released Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6, the first major update for RHEL in over three years.
Scott Gilbertson, 12 Nov 2010

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