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World of Warcraft Cataclysm

World of Warcraft: Cataclysm

Review World of Warcraft actually bears more than a passing resemblance to it’s new - or old, depending on your perspective - villain Deathwing. Since its launch in 2004, it has trampled through the lives of millions, wreaking havock and destruction while altering the landscape of massively multiplayer online role-playing games forever.
Lucy Orr, 21 Dec 2010
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Cabinet Office signs MoU with Vertex

Customer management outsourcing company Vertex has become the latest to sign a memorandum of understanding on efficiencies with the Cabinet Office.
Kable, 21 Dec 2010
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Adobe forgets to thank Apple as it hits $1bn per quarter

Adobe put a troublesome year behind it yesterday, announcing its first ever billion-dollar quarter and jacking up its forecasts for next year.
Joe Fay, 21 Dec 2010
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Xiotech could be leaving the prairie

Revived storage startup Xiotech has issued a denial that it is planning to move its headquarters from Eden Prairie, Minnesota.
Chris Mellor, 21 Dec 2010
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SEC probes whether Hurd leaked EDS buy info

The SEC has gotten on Mark Hurd's case, with an investigation that will look into whether the former HP boss passed on information about the acquisition of EDS to his nemesis, Jodie Fisher.
Joe Fay, 21 Dec 2010
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Microsoft says no to Kinect sex game

NSFW Getting down for some 'hot coffee' action isn't going to happen on the Xbox 360, at least not with the Kinect motion control system and not with Microsoft's say-so.
Tony Smith, 21 Dec 2010
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Secunia intros auto-update to patch management tool

Security notification firm Secunia took the wraps off a new version of its patch management tool on Monday.
John Leyden, 21 Dec 2010
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Commission outlines how EU govts could standardise admin

The European Commission has published documents which it hopes will result in governments across Europe standardising the way they run their administrations. The Commission said the documents would help make government services interoperable.
OUT-LAW.COM, 21 Dec 2010
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NEC teases with two-screen Android tablet

There are no pictures of the gadget yet, but NEC is promising to show off a dual-screen "cloud communicator tablet" running Android - a "world first", the company claims.
Tony Smith, 21 Dec 2010
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China net filtering overlord gets pwned

The microblog of the brains behind China's infamous net filtering systems has been taken offline following a wave of criticism from net users.
John Leyden, 21 Dec 2010
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Sluggish economy means hard times for US executioners

Economic turmoil has wreaked havoc on the US execution industry, latest figures show, with the total number of prisoners put to death well down on last year.
Joe Fay, 21 Dec 2010
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Govt asks businesses for views on intellectual property

The Government has asked businesses how it can help them to make more use of intellectual property (IP) assets. It has also published details of the review it will hold into IP growth.
OUT-LAW.COM, 21 Dec 2010
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Asus, Acer to take on MacBook AIr

Expect MacBook Air clones from Acer and Asus early next year. Lenovo too.
Hard Reg, 21 Dec 2010
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US Navy's electric plane-thrower successfully launches an F-18

The US Navy says it has successfully launched a jet fighter into flight using a radical new electromagnetically powered catapult. The feat is important for the Americans, whose next supercarrier will be a disastrous botch without the new tech: it is even more critical for the future of the Royal Navy.
Lewis Page, 21 Dec 2010
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Senior Guardian hacks turn on Assange

An intriguing mini-drama has emerged from backstage at the WikiLeaks theatre.
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Daily Express social network pwned by slew of smut

The Daily Express MyExpress web service has been swamped by masses of sex spam text in a mighty pwn which may have begun two years ago.
Jane Fae , 21 Dec 2010
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Christmas shoppers hit by BT fire

A flood and fire in one of BT's major exchanges in London's west end has left stores on Oxford Street and Regent Street unable to process card payments in the last few shopping days before Christmas.
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Queen set to outlaw ID cards today

The bill abolishing the National Identity Scheme is expected to gain royal assent later today.
Kable, 21 Dec 2010
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Samsung hops onto MLC roundabout

Samsung is sampling its first enterprise multi-level cell (MLC) flash, with a pretty high performance solid state drive, and hopping onto a roundabout already crowded with other suppliers such as Anobit, OCZ, Pliant and STEC.
Chris Mellor, 21 Dec 2010
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Nailing the question of SaaS security

Reg reader study According to feedback so far from Reg readers, the jury is still out on the question of security when it comes to hosted apps, or 'Software as a Service' (SaaS) in cloud parlance.
Team Register, 21 Dec 2010
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BP taps HP for IT ops

Oil giant BP looks likely to make cuts in its European and US IT departments to help allay the costs of the Deep Water Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.
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Duke of Edinburgh gives spintronics researchers a pile of cash

The Duke of Edinburgh is funding research into spintronics that has demonstrated the reading and writing of data from the spin of the nuclei of phosphorous atoms.
Chris Mellor, 21 Dec 2010
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Open source FTP app fixes fiery backdoor bug

ProFTPD has updated its popular open source file transfer application to close a zero-day bug that hackers used to attack the developers' own website and plant a backdoored version of the software late last month.
John Leyden, 21 Dec 2010
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BAA accused of banning passengers from filming travel chaos

It seems that UK airport bosses are not content with keeping passengers in the dark as to when they will ever leave the ground. Angry passengers who'd rather be swilling their eggnog in foreign climes have told El Reg that British Airports Authority (BAA) staff are stopping passengers stranded at Heathrow – and other airports – from filming the ensuing chaos on their mobiles.
Jane Fae , 21 Dec 2010
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Worthless iPhone 'Wikileaks App' removed from Apple Store

An iOS app designed to provide access to Wikileaks has been removed from the Apple App Store.
Lewis Page, 21 Dec 2010
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Sony Ericsson to brand PlayStation phone 'Xperia Play'?

Will the PlayStation phone be called the PlayStation Phone? A search of Sony trademarks suggests it might not.
Tony Smith, 21 Dec 2010
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Vblock clouds moisten the data center

Michael Capellas, the former CEO at Compaq and since May of this year the CEO heading up the Acadia cloudy infrastructure partnership between Cisco Systems, EMC, and VMware, has been making the rounds, talking up the partnership and its Vblock virtualized server and storage stacks.
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Microsoft's year in review: Hits, misses, and maybes

Radio Reg This year saw Microsoft return to mobile with Windows Phone 7, deliver its answer to Google Apps, and silence web skeptics with an HTML5-compliant IE9 beta.
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Microsoft opens playpen for 'unstable' web standards

Microsoft has unveiled an online sandbox where developers can experiment with unfinished web standards you won't find in its Internet Explorer browser.
Cade Metz, 21 Dec 2010
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HP tempts Cisco shops with networking discounts

In September, Hewlett-Packard dumped Cisco-branded LAN and WAN switches from its data centers, and now, it wants Cisco shops to do the same thing.
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Microsoft ARMs Windows for iPad assault (allegedly)

Microsoft is set to unveil a new incarnation of Windows that runs on ARM chips, according to a report citing two people familiar with the company's plans.
Cade Metz, 21 Dec 2010