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Oracle defies HP and IBM with 47% revenue leap

If you were thinking that that acquisition of Sun Microsystems was going to drag Oracle down financially, you were wrong. That means you, Hewlett-Packard. And especially you, IBM .

2010: The year open source went invisible

Open...and ShutThe big open source news in 2010 is that open source became essentially invisible. It's not that the media stopped reporting on open source. Far from it. Up until 2010, coverage of open source had remained roughly static, as evidenced by Google News result for "open source" in 2007, 2008, and 2009.
Matt Asay, 17 Dec 2010

The year's best... TV media players

2010: it's a wrap
Nigel Whitfield, 17 Dec 2010

Google Maps for Droid phones becomes a LOT better

The Android version of Google Maps for Mobile has added some new features in a major revision – with 3D panning, a proper compass and off-line caching, to name just three.
Bill Ray, 17 Dec 2010
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Analyst squares up against Gartner's magic quadrant

Ferris Research, an analyst firm focused on messaging, compliance and collaboration, is asking IT vendors to let the firm know if Gartner has ever improved any of their magic quadrant positions in return for cash.
Chris Mellor, 17 Dec 2010

BOFH: Who's been naughty and who's been nice?

Episode 19
Simon Travaglia, 17 Dec 2010
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Compellent straps on chastity belt for Dell

Compellent and Dell have cooked up a poison pill shareholder rights deal to discourage any other bidders from coming forward and paying more than Dell.
Chris Mellor, 17 Dec 2010

Delicious, Yahoo! Buzz, MyBlogLog, AltaVista all face axe

Yahoo! is reportedly in the process of retiring eight products, following the company's announcement earlier this week that it planned to axe 600 jobs worldwide.
Kelly Fiveash, 17 Dec 2010

Prosecutors kick Phorm case upstairs

Prosecutors have further delayed a decision on whether anyone will be prosecuted over BT's secret trials of Phorm's web monitoring system.
Christopher Williams, 17 Dec 2010

Romanian police cuff 40+ over €millions telecom blag

Romanian police are claiming success in breaking up a cybercrime ring blamed for losses of more than €11m ($14.6 million) through telecoms call charge fraud.
John Leyden, 17 Dec 2010

iPad media apps: Stealthed hobbits thwart Google's flaming Eye

OpinionTablet media applications have a Google invisibility cloak around their stories. As this spreads a deadly revenue-denying dart could penetrate Google's media business model.
Chris Mellor, 17 Dec 2010
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NetApp to take DataFort out back and give it mercy bullet

NetApp is end-of-life-ing its DataFort security appliance product line, with a planned migration path to Brocade products.
Chris Mellor, 17 Dec 2010

Struggling MySpace inks new Google deal

MySpace has finally inked a multi-year search and advertising deal with Google.
Kelly Fiveash, 17 Dec 2010

Scientologist overlord declares victory over Anonymous

Scientology head David Miscavige has declared victory over Anonymous in an internal church magazine.
John Leyden, 17 Dec 2010

Brussels pushes harder in Google probe

Google's regulatory worries are deepening today, with the news that the European Commission has agreed to broaden its inquiries into the dominant search engine's alleged anti-competitive practices.
Team Register, 17 Dec 2010

Amazon randomly censoring incest books

Confusion over the censorship policy at Amazon continues to mount, with news this week that the company now appears to be removing incest-themed material from its Kindle.
Jane Fae , 17 Dec 2010
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MPs set out on quest to find UK.gov's IT strategy

The government's technology strategy is being scrutinised by the Common's Public Administration Select Committee (PASC).
Kelly Fiveash, 17 Dec 2010

Euro cops mull crowd-sourced cybercrime data

Crowd-sourcing cybercrime reports could help the fight against online crime, according to a senior European Union official.
John Leyden, 17 Dec 2010

Ofcom proposes UK phone numbers prefix re-org

Ofcom has proposed simplifying non-geographic codes, making calls to 0800 numbers free from mobiles and finally bringing an end to the insanity of 0845 number usage.
Bill Ray, 17 Dec 2010
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IBM in dash for multi-level flash

STEC's 2-bit ZeusIOPS MLC (multi-level cell) flash will be supplied for the high-end DS8800, DS8700 Turbo, and Storwize V7000 storage, but not for IBM's DS5000 arrays. Maybe this s a "not yet" rather than a "not ever", as the DS5000 range does support SSD (solid state drive) use.
Chris Mellor, 17 Dec 2010

Nokia sues Apple in European courts

Nokia has filed for patent infringement against Apple in the UK, Germany and the Netherlands, claiming ownership of more smartphone fundamentals.
Bill Ray, 17 Dec 2010
Lara Croft and The Guardian of Light

Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light

ReviewLara Croft and the Guardian of Light was released on Xbox Live and the PS3 back in the summer, and now it's been faithfully recreated for the iPad.
Tony Smith, 17 Dec 2010

Sharp gets $1.2bn from Apple for iPhone display plant

First Toshiba, now Sharp is a Japanese display maker said by local reports to be partnering with Apple on a enormo-factory to punch out iPhone screens.
Tony Smith, 17 Dec 2010

Orange to ship 0.5m touch-pay phones next year

Orange reckons that half the smartphones it sells in 2011 will have NFC built in, planning to ship half a million NFC-equipped handsets in the next 12 months.
Bill Ray, 17 Dec 2010

Assange: Text messages show rape allegations were 'set up'

WikiLeaks boss Julian Assange said on Friday that text messages in the possession of the Swedish government prove that rape allegations against him are a set up.
Dan Goodin, 17 Dec 2010
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Facebook: Why our 'next-gen' comms ditched MySQL

About a year ago, when Facebook set out to build its email-meets-chat-meets-everything-else messaging system, the company knew its infrastructure couldn't run the thing. "[The Facebook infrastructure] wasn't really ready to handle a bunch of different forms of messaging and have it happen in real time," says Joel Seligstein, a Facebook engineer who worked on the project. So Seligstein and crew mocked up a multifaceted messaging prototype, tossed it onto various distributed storage platforms, and ran a Big Data bake off.
Cade Metz, 17 Dec 2010

Google beefs up search result malware warning

Google has expanded a program designed to prevent search engine users from visiting websites that could scam them or install malware on their computers.
Dan Goodin, 17 Dec 2010
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SGI forges overclocked servers for Wall Street

Silicon Graphics has a need for speed. Or, more precisely, some of its customers do, and those customers also have money to burn.

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