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The year's best... laptops

2010: it's a wrap 2010: it's a wrap Apple's MacBook Air was undoubtledly the stand-out notebook of 2010, particularly in its compact 11.6in form, even though the bigger, 13.3in model is the better of the two: not a lot less portable, but faster, more functional and with a longer battery life.
Nick Hawkesmoor, 06 Dec 2010
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Major Facebook redesign, smoothed-off Zuckerberg unveiled

Facebook has redesigned its user profile page, pushing more personal info and photos to the top in an effort to make it "even easier for you to tell your story and learn about your friends."
Cade Metz, 06 Dec 2010
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Minister 'C*nt' promises £50m to get fabtastic fibre for all

Culture minister Jeremy Hunt has promised £50m in extra funding to put "a fibre point in every community in the UK by the end of the Parliament".
John Oates, 06 Dec 2010
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Toshiba charges up battery equipped LED TV

Toshiba has taken the wraps off what it claims is the world's first telly - a 32-incher - with a built-in battery.
Hard Reg, 06 Dec 2010
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Building dynamic infrastructure that reaches the private cloud

Webcast On December 7th at 11.00 GMT we’re going to be talking about the strategic changes required to develop a successful dynamic infrastructure and how it takes us to the heart of what’s increasingly being called the Private Cloud. Or to put it another way, virtualisation and dynamic infrastructure.
Phil Mitchell, 06 Dec 2010
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Alleged Russian spam-lord hauled into US court

A Russian who allegedly at one time ran a network of compromised machines responsible for a third of global spam appeared in federal court in Wisconsin on Friday to deny the charges.
John Leyden, 06 Dec 2010
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Inside the Ordnance Survey's new HQ for the digital era

In the past year, the Ordnance Survey organisation has survived a huge government cull of quangos, the prospect of ugly public sector cutbacks and a big shake-up of its licensing model. But the UK mapping service now arguably faces its biggest challenge yet: A move to a new office that, for many of its workers, is already proving to be a major culture shock.
Kelly Fiveash, 06 Dec 2010
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Gov decides not to have scientific advice on drugs any more

The coalition government is ditching the requirement to seek scientific advice before setting drugs policy.
John Oates, 06 Dec 2010
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Seagate puts out Barracuda Low Power Green

Seagate has quietly launched a green version of its Barracuda desktop drive, with three platters holding 1.5 or 2TB and spinning at a mere 5,900rpm.
Chris Mellor, 06 Dec 2010
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BlackBerry to Indian gov: Ban us, you have to ban Skype too

RIM reckons it has convinced the Indian government that it can't intercept customer data, and that if it gets banned it's going to take everyone else down with it.
Bill Ray, 06 Dec 2010
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Microsoft 'Xbox TV' rumours: Over the Cable Guy's dead body

Xbox TV? We've heard it all before, and this time the rumour has replaced the word Apple with the name Microsoft, but it's essentially the same: saying that it will come to market as a virtual cable operator, delivering TV channels over the internet in return for a monthly fee.
Faultline, 06 Dec 2010
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Stuxnet expert nuke-boffin killing: Iran claims arrests

Iranian authorities claim to have arrested suspects over the murder of a nuclear scientist in the country last Monday.
John Leyden, 06 Dec 2010
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White iPhone inbound for spring of 2011

The long-delayed white iPhone is back on the road map, scheduled for Spring next year, according to shop signage spotted by 9to5 Mac.
Bill Ray, 06 Dec 2010
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How I went from punting PCs to betting a quarter billion on Betfair

Interview Former channel man Peter Webb has become one of Betfair's leading customers and bets a quarter of a billion pounds annually on horseracing alone. He also sloshes a good amount on the X Factor market.
Robert Blincoe, 06 Dec 2010
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Crazed reindeer stalks, attacks Scottish woman with antlers

Children are advised to hide under the duvet if they hear sleighbells this Christmas Eve, after it emerged that reindeers appear to have developed a taste for human flesh.
Joe Fay, 06 Dec 2010
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Doctor Who: Return to Earth

Review Doctor Who has not fared well on Planet Videogame. So many titles been merely mediocre or just plain crap, often barely connected to the TV series and pumped out by publishers keen to cash in on the brand with minimal effort.
Tony Smith, 06 Dec 2010
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SpaceX's Dragon poised to go orbital

Elon Musk's SpaceX looks poised to send its Dragon capsule into orbit, following a successful static engine test of the Falcon 9 lifter.
Lester Haines, 06 Dec 2010
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Groupon shuns Google's $6bn takeover bonanza

Groupon walked away from acquisition talks with Google late last week, after speculative reports suggested that the world’s largest ad broker was willing to splurge up to $6bn to buy the e-commerce coupon outfit.
Kelly Fiveash, 06 Dec 2010
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Smartphone users are faithless slappers - survey

Smartphone users have little brand loyalty, according to a survey of global consumers by GfK. Only Apple comes out of it well, with 59 per cent of iPhone users inclined to a repeat purchase.
Andrew Orlowski, 06 Dec 2010
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Final mission of shuttle Discovery postponed until February

Space shuttle Discovery will not now lift off on its final STS-133 mission to the International Space Station until 3 February at the earliest.
Lester Haines, 06 Dec 2010
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CNN flashes gay todger over interwebs

NSFW God alone knows what rotund gobshite Rush Limbaugh will make of it, but we suspect CNN editors will be wishing they'd never been born after they get the Excellence in Broadcasting treatment for this outrage:
Lester Haines, 06 Dec 2010
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Indian feds' site besmirched in tit-for-tat Pak hack attack

Pakistani hackers have responded to attacks by their Indian counterparts by defacing the website of India's federal crime investigation bureau over the weekend.
John Leyden, 06 Dec 2010
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Google acquires DRM henchmen with Widevine buy

Google has bought DRM software outfit Widevine for an undisclosed sum.
Kelly Fiveash, 06 Dec 2010
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Apple: white iPhone 4 out 'Spring 2011'

World+Dog will finally get their hands on official white iPhone 4s in "Spring 2011", according to signs posted in Apple Stores across the US.
Tony Smith, 06 Dec 2010
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Nottinghamshire back-end taken over by giant reseller

Nottinghamshire County Council is handing back office processes to Logica in a deal which hopes to save the local authority £5m a year thanks to shared services.
John Oates, 06 Dec 2010
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Judges reject Operation Ore appeal

The Court of Appeal has rejected claims that some individuals prosecuted under Operation Ore for incitement to distribute indecent photographs were themselves the victims of credit card fraud.
Jane Fae Ozimek, 06 Dec 2010
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Nokia patents touch-tastic NFC operator leapfrog

A US patent from Nokia shows how a handset manufacturer can make money from NFC, without being forced into a relationship with the banks or even the network operators.
Bill Ray, 06 Dec 2010
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Anonymous attacks PayPal in 'Operation Avenge Assange'

Anonymous has launched a broad-ranging campaign in support of Wikileaks, starting with a DDoS assault on a PayPal website.
John Leyden, 06 Dec 2010
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Operation Ore decision a 'serious miscarriage of justice' - lawyer

The solicitor who brought the Operation Ore appeal that was finally rejected today has questioned whether the British courts had the expertise to consider deeply technical cases.
Jane Fae Ozimek, 06 Dec 2010
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Steelie Neelie floats pan-European phone number notion

The European Commission is opening a consultation on whether businesses would find a pan-European telephone number useful, or useless.
John Oates, 06 Dec 2010
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Juniper gobbles Altor Networks in $95m startup snack

Juniper Networks has acquired partner Altor Networks for $95m in cash, to beef up the security of networks and virtualized servers using its switches.
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Google launches 'free' 'open' 'cloud' eBooks digiback service

Google has begun flogging books to US customers with the launch today of the company’s rather flat-sounding ‘Google eBooks’ business.
Kelly Fiveash, 06 Dec 2010
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Google aims Nexus S smartphone at US, UK

It's official: the next Nexus smartphone will be out on 20 December.
Tony Smith, 06 Dec 2010
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Burmese junta strongman considered buying Manchester United

The leader of the Burmese military junta seriously considered a $1bn bid for Manchester United in January 2009.
John Leyden, 06 Dec 2010
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Browser confab woos Reg readers

Promo Add-on-Con — the annual Silicon Valley developer pow-wow dedicated to web browser extensions — is offering Reg readers a super-secret discount on this year's confab.
Team Register, 06 Dec 2010
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WikiLeaks: Intel strong-armed Russian apparatchiks

Updated A WikiLeaked cable reveals that Intel was able to arm-twist Russian apparatchiks into letting it import 1,000 development platforms that ran afoul of import restrictions imposed by the government of that worker's paradise struggling economy.
Rik Myslewski, 06 Dec 2010
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Chinese hackers 'slurped 50 MB of US gov email'

The Chinese government may have used its access to Microsoft source code to develop attacks that exploited weaknesses in the Windows operating system, according to a US diplomatic memo recently published by Wikileaks.
Dan Goodin, 06 Dec 2010
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Feds arrest man who juiced Google's 'just be evil' search

Federal authorities on Monday arrested a website operator accused of selling counterfeit eyeglasses who subjected customers to foul-mouthed tirades when they complained about the quality of the goods.
Dan Goodin, 06 Dec 2010