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2011: The year open source (really) goes capitalist

Open...and Shut If 2010 was the year that taught open source "how to disappear completely," 2011 will be the year we're reminded that "anyone can play guitar"…or open source. At present, open source is de rigueur with the underdog class, those vendors seeking to challenge incumbents like Apple and Oracle.
Matt Asay, 24 2010
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Mind your own: Scotland unveils privacy principles

The Scottish Government has published new guidance on achieving privacy-friendly public services. The five principles should encourage good practice and ensure personal data is always handled with respect, according to the the Scottish Government.
Kable, 24 2010
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Restaurant held up with iPhone, not gun

New London, Connecticut ne'er-do-well Jerome Taylor thought his iPhone to be a suitable facsimile for a handgun in his failed attempt to hold up a local restaurant.
Bill Ray, 24 2010
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O2 promises to tap-up customers in 2011

O2's location-based advertising arm, O2 More, has been successfully hooking in the punters, and the operator expects NFC to increasingly contribute to that revenue next year.
Bill Ray, 24 2010

Skype makes wobbly return, offers compo to paying punters

Skype is slowly coming back to life after suffering a major outage over the past few days and, in an effort to say sorry, the firm is offering to compensate its paying customers.
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Sony buys PS3 chip plant back off Toshiba

Sony is to buy back the Cell processor plant it sold to Toshiba in 2008.
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Reg Hardware Reader Awards 2010

Reg Hardware Reader Awards 2010 Back in November we asked you to make your suggestions for the products most worthy of a Reg Hardware Readers Award. We got hundreds of nominations from which we drew up shortlists of the most popular - and least popular in the case of the Rusty Dodo Award - gadgets released this year.
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Which storage technologies and vendors will fly in 2011?

Questions At this turning point of the year, as Dell wraps up Compellent and InSite One, and Atrato slides under the waves, it's timely to look ahead at the storage world in 2011 and ask que sera?
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Android Marketplace gets AT&T billing

Google's Android Marketplace has added AT&T to the short list of network operators who'll collect your money on behalf of developers.
Bill Ray, 24 2010
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Coca-Cola fizzes over pornforacoke.com

Coca-Cola has filed a trademark infringement case against the operators of pornforacoke.com, which offers "tons of porn for the price of a daily glass of coke".
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Pirate Bay mouthpiece disses Assange's legal wrangles

Julian Assange needs to turn himself in to the Swedish authorities and stop “dragging WikiLeaks down with him”, according to The Pirate Bay co-founder Peter Sunde.
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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

The headline says it all.
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Mobile operators handed content billing blueprint

An allegedly leaked presentation from Allot Communications suggests that mobile customers might end up paying €3 a month for Skype, and 2 cents per MB for Facebook.
Bill Ray, 24 2010

IBM races bits along a nanowire track

IBM scientists have found out how to move bits precisely at an atomic scale along a nanowire, bringing racetrack memory closer to reality. It's glamming up this project by saying a portable racetrack memory box could store a year's worth of movies.
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Mozilla takes on web data miners with privacy icon release

Mozilla has pushed out a series of privacy icons that tell web surfers how their online data might be used depending on what site they've visited.
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Masked Santas disarm Swedish royal guard

Two masked men dressed in Santa hats robbed a royal guard of his automatic weapon in Stockholm last night.
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Vulture falls asleep in front of Christmas TV

Well, that's your lot this side of Christmas. The Register is taking its festive break as of about now. We'll be back next week, with full service being restored sometime after Boxing Day. In the meantime, we wish you all the best and hope you enjoy the festive period to the full, however you're spending it.®