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Red Hat revenues in 20% climb

Commercial Linux and middleware distributor Red Hat revealed its financial results for its third quarter of fiscal 2011 today, and if revenues are any guide, then the company just keeps growing like there never was a recession. That said, Red Hat's profits are under a little pressure, thanks to product transitions, and Wall Street won't be happy about that at all.
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Feds please no one with first official net neut rules

The US Federal Communications Commission has officially approved rules meant to ensure "net neutrality". But it's unclear whether the commission has the legal authority to back them up. And whether it does or not, just about everyone thinks the new rules are crap, including net neutrality zealots.
Cade Metz, 22 2010
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Mozilla to unload Firefox 4 spit and polish beta

Firefox is due to release an eighth Firefox 4 beta. Not to be confused with a fourth Firefox 8 beta.
Cade Metz, 22 2010
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Gifts for the Geeks

Product Round-up Christmas time is here and we all know what that means: family feuds, nativity plays, decorative trees and brussel sprouts. Such are the joys of commercialised religion.
Caleb Cox, 22 2010
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National Identity Card holding chumps have buyer's remorse

The horror that was the National Identity scheme may be dead - its end pronounced yesterday – but it is not altogether gone and now, zombie-like, supporters of the ID card are returning to haunt the Coalition.
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Morricone makes music for Android smartphone

LG has hired famed movie music composer Ennio Morricone to write... er... ringtones for its upcoming dual-core smartphone.
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Microsoft has shifted 1.5 million Windows phones

Microsoft has been telling the world that it's shifted 1.5m Windows Phone 7 handsets, though what proportion have arrived into the sweaty palms of users we don't know.
Bill Ray, 22 2010
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Lindsay Lohan looks to CCTV saviour in hand to hand battery case

Lindsay Lohan's latest stint in rehab has hit an unseasonal bout of discomfort and joylessness after she was accused of attacking one of the workers at the Betty Ford Centre.
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Famous 'Silhouette' Flash illusion unravelled by trick-cyclist

The "silhouette illusion" used in many online quizzes to indicate things about a user's personality, whether he or she is left- or right-brained etc, is actually of no use for finding such things out.
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iPhone case makes like a Moleskine

Time was when some of us would secrete a crafty packet of fags inside a book, but now it seems that the Apple iPhone 3GS and 4 has reached such a high level of public approbation that it needs to be hidden away in a similar fashion.
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Government to examine public procurement practices

Competition watchdog the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) will investigate the way Government and local authorities buy services in a bid to ensure that competition law is being respected.
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Partners, kids force iPad owners to take more tablets

Tablets breed tablets, it seems, with 17 per cent of iPad owners having more than one in their home. A similar percentage of punters expect to purchase a second tablet too.
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2010: The Year's Best Tech

As the year nears its close, it's time to look back to the technology products that most excited the Reg Hardware team during 2010. Don't forget you'll soon be able to vote for your choices too, in the Reg Hardware Reader Awards. The shortlists are in, and we'll be posting the voting form shortly. Here's your chance to …
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MS withdraws misfiring Outlook update

Microsoft has withdrawn a recently issued patch for Outlook 2007 following the emergence of conflicts with third-part email accounts.
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Amazon wraps up Kindle crashes

Kindle users delighting in Amazon's leather case are finding the addition of a wrapper sends the e-reader into a tailspin, though thankfully not a terminal one.
Bill Ray, 22 2010
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Enormous 1km ice-cube machine fashioned at South Pole

International boffins have created an enormous particle detector by instrumenting up a kilometre-on-a-side cube of the utterly pure and transparent ice found thousands of metres beneath the surface at the South Pole.
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Make your iPhone patriotic - for free

If it's the $1.99 price that has been preventing you from being properly patriotic then hold back no more - until Christmas you can download the PatroitApp for free.
Bill Ray, 22 2010
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Microsoft Small Business Server 2011 - what's in it for you?

Review “We’re all in for the cloud” said Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer earlier this year; but the company’s new Small Business Server (SBS) 2011 is only half-in at best, even though smaller organisations are among the most obvious candidates for online services because they generally lack specialist IT staff.
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The unceasing storage rush

A flood doesn't even begin to describe the unceasing rush of storage news.
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Sony streams music subscriptions to TVs, Blu-ray boxes

Sony is now offering owners of its Bravia internet tellies, its Blu-ray Disc players, PS3 consoles and Vaio PCs all-you-can eat monthly music subscriptions.
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School caretaker harassed after Islamists hack EDL

A school received hatemail targeting its caretaker after he was wrongly identified as a fascist by opponents of the English Defence League, based on data stolen by an Islamist hacking group.
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WiMAX and LTE grab 4G moniker

The ITU has decided that both LTE and WiMAX may be known as "4G" technologies, despite neither properly qualifying as part of the fourth generation of mobile technologies.
Bill Ray, 22 2010
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Ingram Micro or Ireland - who would you bet on?

Credit ratings Fitch has affirmed Ingram Micro's credit rating at BBB- stable putting it just a notch or two behind that of Ireland.
Joe Fay, 22 2010
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World+Dog says 'no thanks' to 3D TV

It doesn't matter where in the world you go, one thing is certain: we don't want 3D TV.
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Wi-Fi hack threat man pleads guilty

A US man has pleaded guilty to hacking into his neighbour's wireless network before setting up counterfeit webmail accounts in the innocent man's name and sending death threats against the Vice President, Joe Biden.
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Putting the SaaS into security management

Hosted apps In all areas of business, security and privacy are built on good policy, properly applied. If you think moving to hosted services or software as a service (SaaS) changes this, then think again. While some aspects of security may be simplified, the cloud raises challenges in other areas.
Tony Lock, 22 2010
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Qualcomm turns a pretty penny on FLO spectrum

AT&T has paid almost $2bn for the frequencies Qualcomm has been using to broadcast its MediaFLO service.
Bill Ray, 22 2010
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Teradata eats Aprimo for $550m

Data warehousing specialist Teradata has acquired Aprimo, an outfit peddles Web-based marketing software. Teradata is paying $525m in cash and assuming $25m of the company's debt.
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Ubuntu Wayland: Shuttleworth's post-Mac makeover

Ubuntu Linux spent the last few months of 2010 dropping bombshells on the Linux world. Founder Mark Shuttleworth is clearly intent on shaking the foundations of his popular Linux distro and pushing it, and Linux at large, in new directions.
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Opera beefs Android with 'open' widget platform

Opera has rolled out a widget platform for Google's Android operating system that supports the WAC specification, a multi-mobile-giant effort to create a common set of application APIs across handheld devices.
Cade Metz, 22 2010
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Skype goes titsup across globe

Skype users across the globe are unable to access the popular peer-to-peer VoIP service.
Cade Metz, 22 2010
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Mozilla lands fresh Firefox 4 beta on Android, Maemo

Mozilla has released a new Firefox 4 beta for Android and Maemo, hot on the heels of its latest desktop beta.
Cade Metz, 22 2010
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Oracle revs Sun's VirtualBox hypervisor

It has been only three weeks since Oracle kicked out the 3.2.12 maintenance release of its Oracle VM VirtualBox hypervisor for x86 and x64 PCs and servers, and today, the company is launching a new VirtualBox 4.0 version that supports more hardware, has more features, and comes with a new packaging of the hypervisor.
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Google 'open' nonsense brainwashes US gov

Google has reached new heights in its effort to fool the world into believing that Android is so "open" it can singlehandedly deliver us from any and all forms of mobile tyranny.
Cade Metz, 22 2010
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Storage startup Atrato shuts doors

Storage startup Atrato has closed down because it ran out of cash.