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McNealy to Ellison: How to duck death by open source

Interview Let's forget the last few years ever happened — the last five, at least. Possibly 10. In the 1980s Sun Microsystems was on fire.
Gavin Clarke, 07 Dec 2010
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Nimbula punts instamatic cloud kit to world+dog

Nimbula — the build-your-own-cloud startup founded by Amazon's former vice president of engineering — has released a public beta of its so-called cloud operating system, Nimbula Director.
Cade Metz, 07 Dec 2010
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Apache loses Java showdown vote to Oracle

Exclusive The Apache Software Foundation – one of tech's most influential open-source groups – is closer to quitting Java's governing body after losing a stand-off vote against Oracle on Java.
Gavin Clarke, 07 Dec 2010
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Google unloads Nexus S Gingerbread phone

The "Pure Google" Nexus S, announced Monday, enters an increasingly crowded, turbulent smartphone marketplace in which the eventual winner — or winners — are far from certain.
Rik Myslewski, 07 Dec 2010
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Oracle slashes software prices on own iron

Well before Oracle was even close to buying Sun Microsystems, the company was kind enough to tweak its per-core pricing for its eponymous database software to make it competitive on processors with fewer threads and higher clock speeds. Now, the company is making its software pricing less attractive on servers using Itanium 9300 processors from Intel - which pretty much come from only Hewlett-Packard these days. The idea is to help Oracle's new Sparc T3 Unix boxes steal some business in HP-UX shops.
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Hacker brings enhanced security to jailbroken iPhones

A computer consultant is embarking where Apple has refused to go, adding a security measure known as ASLR to iPhones to make them more resistant to malware attacks.
Dan Goodin, 07 Dec 2010
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Cisco and BMC in fluffy IT chase

Server wannabe Cisco Systems and application and system management tool maker BMC Software have forged a tighter partnership to peddle cloudy infrastructure. Cisco has stopped short of shelling out big bags of cash to have BMC all to itself, though.
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The year's best... HD TVs

2010: it's a wrap 2010: it's a wrap The past year has been an interesting one in TV land with many new technologies making their debut on high street models. The more obvious features have been 3D and Freeview HD, but techniques to enhance image quality, such as LED backlighting, have gone mainstream too, along with more TVs offering Internet …
Niall Magennis, 07 Dec 2010
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Virtualisation, cloud and dynamic infrastucture

Webcast Today Today at 11:00 our studio has a ream of experts looking at the next steps for the data centre.
Phil Mitchell, 07 Dec 2010
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UK cops have warrant to cuff Assange, talking to his lawyer

Julian Assange's lawyer said he is talking to the Metropolitan Police this morning, after which he and his client will decide what to do next.
John Oates, 07 Dec 2010
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Samsung readies less sockety servers for 3D stacked memory

Samsung has worked out a way to stack memory chips vertically, increasing memory density and decreasing power needs.
Chris Mellor, 07 Dec 2010
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StorSimple wheels out head-in-Cloud, feet-on-premises solution

Startup StorSimple is SAShaying to the cloud with a small and medium business on-premises appliance for active data storage – and bulk data banished to the cloud.
Chris Mellor, 07 Dec 2010
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ASSANGE ARRESTED in London - in court later today

Wikileaks spokesman Julian Assange has been arrested by police in London and will appear in court later today.
John Oates, 07 Dec 2010
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British troops in A'stan find festive minutes in Santa's sack

British soldiers on active service will get an extra half-hour of phone calls home this Christmas, and cheaper calling from Afghanistan too.
Bill Ray, 07 Dec 2010
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Apple 'iPad 2' shipping in three months

Taiwanese contract manufacturer Foxconn will punch out 400,000-600,000 iPad 2s within the next 100 days, the company's factory managers have been told.
Tony Smith, 07 Dec 2010
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Server virtualisation on the move

Reader Study Everyone's talking about server virtualisation, but are stories of real activity being greatly exaggerated? That was the case a year ago when we polled Reg readers on what they were up to in that area.
Phil Mitchell, 07 Dec 2010
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Brussels goes in to bat for beleaguered bees

The European Commission has launched a plan to restore bee health in response to widespread reports of increases in bee mortality.
John Oates, 07 Dec 2010
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iPad 2 to arrive around Valentine's Day - Taiwanese reports

Apple looks set to release the next version of its iPad in February next year – that is if a claim bubbling up in Taiwan is to be believed.
Kelly Fiveash, 07 Dec 2010
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Financial vice tightens on Wikileaks, hacktivistas retaliate

The financial squeeze has been put onto Wikileaks, with MasterCard refusing to process donations to the whistleblower site and the suspension of the personal bank account of founder Julian Assange in Switzerland.
John Leyden, 07 Dec 2010
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Why is Google's new Nexus S like no other smartphone?

Google and Samsung have jointly announced the Nexus S, but the new flagship Android handset has more wireless than previously seen with Near Field Communications built in.
Bill Ray, 07 Dec 2010
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Facebook revamp gives away even more info, warn pros

Security watchers have warned that Facebook's latest revamp will create the tendency to expose more user information.
John Leyden, 07 Dec 2010
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Wikileaks are for-hire mercenaries - Cryptome

Wikileaks has always been a commercial enterprise hiding behind a narcissistic "public interest" PR, says Cryptome operator John Young in a scathing critique of the site.
Andrew Orlowski, 07 Dec 2010
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Theft scribe picked for Intellectual Property review

Five advisers have been appointed to Ian Hargreaves' review into intellectual property growth, the IPO announced yesterday. Two of the choices may cause consternation among creators' rights representatives.
Andrew Orlowski, 07 Dec 2010
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Acer outs skinny dual-core desktop

Ultra-slim desktop PC, anyone? If you fancy one, Acer has just released the Revo 100, packed with Nvidia's Ion chippery and not Intel's Atom but AMD's dual-core Athlon II Neo.
Tony Smith, 07 Dec 2010
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Tehran conscripts Ninja masters to crush democracy

The Iranian government has been attempting to co-opt the country's Ninjas and other martial artists to help out with some light repression duties, US diplomatic cables released by Wikileaks claim.
Joe Fay, 07 Dec 2010
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Google targets iPad with Android 3 Honeycomb tablet yumminess

Google's Andy Rubin has been showing off Honeycomb, the next version of Android and one with proper tablet support, explaining how Android applications will work across form factors.
Bill Ray, 07 Dec 2010
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MS waves enticing moolah at Oracle, Salesforce punters

Microsoft has written to Salesforce.com and Oracle punters urging them to ditch the cloudy database offerings of Marc Benioff and Larry Ellison in favour of its own CRM system.
Kelly Fiveash, 07 Dec 2010
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Sky music service goes titsup.fm

BSkyB is closing down its Sky Songs subscription music service, blaming poor take-up. The fiver-a-month offer bundled unlimited ad-free listening to a catalog of 5 million songs, and five MP3s to keep a month.
Andrew Orlowski, 07 Dec 2010
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Salesforce.com parks cloudy database over Ellison's head

Dreamforce 2010 Larry Ellison's got a new database competitor in the form of Salesforce.com, with the launch of Database.com from his one-time protégé Marc Benioff.
Gavin Clarke, 07 Dec 2010
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Latest botnet rankings: Rustock still mother of them all

Spam levels – hit by recent botnet takedown efforts – have begun to return to their previous noxiously high levels.
John Leyden, 07 Dec 2010
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Blighty's kids nosedive down global reading, maths rankings

Britain's schoolchildren have slipped down the international league in reading, maths and science, according to the latest batch of numbers from the OECD.
Joe Fay, 07 Dec 2010
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Apple sells more mobile PCs than Dell

Apple is now a more successful global seller of mobile computers than Dell, according to new third-quarter numbers from market watcher DisplaySearch.
Tony Smith, 07 Dec 2010
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Police back ends must be slimmed, says Home Sec

Home Secretary Theresa May has said that police forces need to ensure that they protect frontline staff by making cost savings on IT.
Kable, 07 Dec 2010
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Sage Pay prevents punters blowing Xmas wad

Sage Pay has apologised for a four hour outage yesterday that left online merchants with no way to process payments for Christmas orders.
John Oates, 07 Dec 2010
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Judge puts Assange behind bars ahead of extradition hearing

Wikileaks editor Julian Assange told Westminster Magistrates Court he would not consent to extradition to Sweden where he is wanted for alleged sexual offences.
John Oates, 07 Dec 2010
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Alan Sugar's 'cockup braindead in call centre clueless' BT row

Alan Sugar showed UK business how to secure tip top service from BT today, pursuing a dual strategy of ranting on twitter while pulling the "don't you know who I am" line on the call centre staff.
Joe Fay, 07 Dec 2010
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Tumblr tumbles down, stays there for 24 hours

Tumblr has blamed a database problem for an outage that left the popular microblogging service largely unavailable for more than 24 hours.
John Leyden, 07 Dec 2010
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IBM gorges on cheap debt for share buybacks, acquisitions

IBM sometimes behaves like a bank, and sometimes like a private equity firm. Sometimes it even behaves like an IT vendor.
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Sony adds Sky News to Bravia net TVs

Whatever you think of Sky news, the fact is you can now view it on internet-connected Sony Blu-ray Disc players and Bravia TVs.
Hard Reg, 07 Dec 2010
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Samsung blows wad on Bada bling app compo starlets

Samsung's Developer Challenge is over, with the top app earning a prize of $300,000 as the company continues to big up its third mobile platform.
Bill Ray, 07 Dec 2010
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Quantum crypto experts dispute potency of 'blinding' hack

A dispute has emerged between experts in quantum cryptography over the effectiveness of a recently discovered attack that takes advantage of implementation flaws in high-security key exchange systems.
John Leyden, 07 Dec 2010
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Google delays Chrome OS, punts brandless beta netbook

Google has announced that the first Chrome OS netbooks will arrive in "mid-2011" from Acer and Samsung. Originally, the company said that devices would arrive by the end of this year.
Cade Metz, 07 Dec 2010
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Microsoft unveils 'do not track' option for IE9

Microsoft says it will offer a privacy setting in the next version of Internet Explorer that will make it easy for users to keep their browsing habits from being tracked by advertising networks and other third-party websites.
Dan Goodin, 07 Dec 2010
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Salesforce's Benioff: 'Ellison flunks vision test'

Dreamforce 2010 Marc Benioff, chairman and CEO of Salesforce, has fired back at Larry Ellison and his beloved Exadata for cloud computing, saying that the server fails the cloud test and that Oracle lacks a genuine vision.
Gavin Clarke, 07 Dec 2010
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Whitehats peer into new botnet's heart of 'Darkness'

Whitehat hackers are tracking a new botnet that's quickly become a popular platform for launching web attacks.
Dan Goodin, 07 Dec 2010
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Google speeds Chrome JavaScript engine with 'Crankshaft'

Google has uncloaked a new incarnation of the V8 JavaScript engine that underpins its Chrome browser. Dubbed "Crankshaft," the updated engine is roughly 50 per cent faster on Google's own V8 benchmark suite, according to the company's internal tests.
Cade Metz, 07 Dec 2010