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Google antitrust? Ask the one man who can (almost) answer

Exclusive Outside of Google, no one really knows how the company makes its money. We know that most of Google's billions come from AdWords, its search advertising system. But no one really knows how AdWords works. By design, AdWords is a black box. If the world knew how it worked, Google says, unscrupulous advertisers would game the thing.
Cade Metz, 30 2010
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Big iron, x64 refresh goose server sales

The server racket returned to something resembling normalcy in the third quarter, according to the box counters at IT market-watcher Gartner.
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US cable giant Comcast accused of internet video 'toll booth'

Internet backbone provider Level 3 Communications says that US cable outfit Comcast is demanding a recurring fee for transmitting internet movies and "other content" to Comcast customers who request the content, accusing the cable provider of violating the Federal Communications Commission's "net neutrality" principles. But Comcast says Level 3 is misrepresenting the negotiations between the two companies.
Cade Metz, 30 2010
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Olympians threaten ICANN with lawsuit

The International Olympic Committee is threatening to sue the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers if they don't receive protection for IOC trademarks in ICANN's upcoming revisions to its generic top-level domains (gTLD) guidelines.
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Governance bodies offer help to small firm directors

Fourteen guiding principles to be used by directors in unlisted companies have been published to address the "neglected" needs of those firms. Trade bodies representing directors are behind the publication.
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Arcam rCube portable iPod speaker system

Review Following in the footsteps of Bowers & Wilkins, Cambridge-based Arcam is the latest top-end British hi-fi maker to start a dalliance with the dark forces of the iPod, iPad and iPhone by producing a one-box music system to complement Apple's handheld devices.
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Seagate ends talks to go private

Comment Seagate has ended discussions with interested parties about going private.
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Infrastructure overheated? Take a dip in the resource pool

Webcast IT departments are coming under pressure from the business to have more responsive and flexible IT service provisioning.
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US orders data lock down in wake of Wikileaks release

The US government on Monday enacted new policies designed to prevent mass leaks similar to one rolled out over the weekend, when Wikileaks released thousands of classified diplomatic cables.
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Microsoft waves arms, signals 2.5m Kinect sales

Microsoft has claimed to have sold more than 2.5m Kinect Xbox add-ons since the gadget went on sale earlier this month.
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Activists say consultation on RIPA was 'secretive and short'

Digital rights activists have criticised a Home Office consultation on the UK's main interception law that they say is shorter and more secret than it should be.
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Becta agrees £400m ICT framework

More than 20 suppliers have been included in a services framework agreement set up by the soon to be abolished education ICT agency.
Kable, 30 2010
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US rejected Brown's McKinnon case plea

The US authorities spurned a personal plea by former prime minister Gordon Brown to allow Gary McKinnon to serve any sentence in the UK, according to Wikileaks files.
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How to kill your computer

Many people simply ignore the rule "if it aint broke, don't fix it" and end up annihilating their computer through a burst of static electricity or dodgy DIY.
Caleb Cox, 30 2010
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Windows Phone 7 gets unlocked

The first jailbreaking app is out for Windows Phone 7, enabling the installation of unsigned applications, which can now be developed in Visual Basic too.
Bill Ray, 30 2010
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Trend Micro buys encryption firm

Trend Micro has agreed to buy encryption specialist Mobile Armor. Financial terms of the deal, announced on Tuesday, were not disclosed.
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Google Earth steps 'seamlessly' into Street View

Google has announced the release of Google Earth 6 - now with fully-integrated Street View allowing amazed netizens to "journey from outer space right to your doorstep in one seamless flight".
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SanDisk, Sony pitch über CompactFlash spec

Nikon, SanDisk and Sony want to revive the CompactFlash card as the default memory card technology for pro users.
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EXPLODING GARBAGE TERROR hits Florida

Terror struck the Floridian city of Orlando this week as a garbage lorry exploded in a blast heard across the neighbourhood after a refuse operative tossed unidentified rubbish into its compactor.
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Europe opens full probe into Google

The European Commission has opened a formal probe into allegations that Google has abused its dominant position in online search by illegally favouring its own services.
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Acer leans on Pisa in HPC market bid

Acer has cut the tape on a Gateway HPC Competence Centre at the University of Pisa IT Centre as it ramps up its effort to become a serious play in top-drawer computing.
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Apple Mac Mini with Snow Leopard Server

Review With Apple’s Xserve now discontinued, the only two Mac servers available are the Mini and the Mac Pro Server. The Mac Mini is Apple’s lowest-cost computer yet in its more expensive server incarnation it dispenses with the optical drive of its desktop sibling, instead opting for a second 2.5in hard disk.
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Ransomware Trojan is back and badder than ever

A ransomware Trojan threat is back – in an even more noxious form – two years after it last appeared.
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NASA to make MAJOR ALIENS REVELATION this week

NASA has set the interwebs a-tremble with a teasing announcement to the global media that a news conference will be held in Washington DC on Thursday "to discuss an astrobiology finding that will impact the search for evidence of extraterrestrial life".
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How I saved the Macintosh

Memoirs of a Salesman Today, Apple seems unstoppable - its new products dominate their markets or create entirely new ones. But there was a time, 20 years ago, when Apple seemed to have lost everything.
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Me, myself and Eric: Google delays social network effort, says report

Google has reportedly delayed the official launch of a social network it’s understood to be quietly mothering until spring next year.
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Irish chap romps off with Bad Sex award

Irish author Rowan Somerville has seen off former Labour spin doctor Alastair Campbell in the race to secure the Literary Review's Bad Sex in Fiction Award 2010.
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Wikileaks hit by second DDoS

Wikileaks was hit by a second denial of service attack on Tuesday. The assault followed attempts to blitz the site off the web on Sunday night in the run-up to the controversial release of hundreds of thousands of US diplomatic cables.
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Tron Evolution

Review The original movie Tron was something of an irony. Considered by many as a landmark in computer animated cinema, the movie actually owed more to traditional animation techniques than CGI.
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Microsoft reaches for remote control in crowded US TV market

Microsoft is readying itself for a battle in the crowded TV space and reportedly plans to bring a subscription-based television service to its Xbox gaming console.

British computer pioneer Wilkes reaches EOL

Maurice Wilkes, British computer pioneer, has died at the age of 96. Wilkes was head of Cambridge University's computer lab from 1945, when it was known as the Mathematical Laboratory, to his retirement 1980. In recent years he published his memoirs and consulted for DEC and the Oracle-Olivetti lab in Cambridge.
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Councils 'spend shedloads on CCTV'

Local authority spend on CCTV may be nearing the £500m mark according to The Cost of CCTV, a report by Big Brother Watch, published today.
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iPhone 4 keyboard case anyone?

Another day, another iPhone 4 case with a built-in Qwerty keyboard.
Hard Reg, 30 2010
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'Smear agricultural land with human poo'

Aptly named UK organic farming organisation The Soil Association has called for the human race to use much more of its own poo to assist food production - in an effort to stave off a new eco menace that the charity has dubbed "peak phosphorus".
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Apple Facetime flings out frightening random calls

Apple's FaceTime application has been fingered for randomly placing calls, identified as coming from friends and causing more than a little concern when the call fails to connect.
Bill Ray, 30 2010
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Tesco takes Apple tablet

Tesco has begun selling the Apple iPad, allowing you to gain Clubcard points for your pricey fondleslab.
Hard Reg, 30 2010
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Who said anything about green?

Green and sustainability initiatives might be interesting discussion points for some, but really only matter to most companies when they deliver tangible benefits to the business.
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Sony pips MS with 4.1m motion controller sales

Sony has said that it has sold 4.1m PlayStation Move controllers around the world.
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Telegraph to charge for online news

The Telegraph will begin charging for news online from next year, according to a report.
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Red Hat snaps up Makara

As El Reg reported back in September, Makara was shopping itself to various potential suitors, and today Linux, virtualization, and middleware juggernaut Red Hat snapped up the startup to pad out its platform as a service products to better compete against Microsoft, VMware, and others.
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Cryptographers crack system for verifying digital images

Cryptographers have cracked software used to verify that images taken with Canon cameras haven't been altered.
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Calling Australia's IT Pros: Optus wants to kick your sporting arse

Australian readers of The Reg may have already noticed that Optus wants IT teams to Take the Ultimate IT Challenge. It was launched last month, and ads are all over the shop.