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Microsoft sucks open source into its WebMatrix

Microsoft is embracing open-source on the web, offering a development kit that targets non-techie programmers.
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Embotics delays Microsoft Hyper-V support

The customer is always right. At least until they go off maintenance. That's why Embotics – a maker of a virtual machine provisioning, capacity, and lifecycle management tool called V-Commander – has delayed support for Microsoft's Hyper-V hypervisor until later this year.
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Microsoft to hire 4,000 in UK

Microsoft has pledged to create 4,000 new jobs in the UK, with the bulk of them to be reached through apprenticeships.
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Adobe (finally) makes it easier to delete Flash cookies

Adobe has finally fixed a privacy weakness that threatened users of its ubiquitous Flash Player: the software's storing of cookie-like files that many websites used to track visitors' behavior against their wishes.
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Altec Lansing Octiv 450 iPad speaker

Review After a slow start, quite a few iPad speaker-docks in the shops these days, one of the most recent arrivals being the Octiv 450 from Altec Lansing – well known for its inMotion range of portable iPod speakers. The Octiv isn’t portable, but its compact design is neat and practical, and it produces a surprisingly robust sound.
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PC market limps into 2011

The worldwide market for PCs grew just 2.7 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2010 despite generous pricing and Christmas promotions.
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UK.gov descales public data with new corp launch

The UK government may have abolished a shedload of quangos in recent months, but the Cabinet Office has arguably just created a shiny, new one – step forward the Public Data Corporation.
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Apple posts dev-only iOS 4.3

Apple posted a pre-release version of iOS 4.3 last night. Almost immediately, juicy snippets from the developer-only download have leaked out.
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Cable vendor slapped for unproven claims

The Advertising Standards Authority has slapped hi-kit supplier Russ Andrews for claiming its super-duper mains cables could reduce radio interference on the power line.
Bill Ray, 13 2011
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Android passes iPhone in mobile ad race

Android is firmly crushing Apple's iOS in the smartphone ad wars, according to a report released Thursday by mobile advertising firm Millennial Media.
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Motion Computing outs Windows slate

Some say Intel's 'Oak Trail' platform - foundation for an upcoming Atom-based system-on-a-chip - isn't proving too popular with tablet makers, but Motion Computing, for one, will be using it.
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Dixons warns on crap Christmas

Dixons warned markets this morning that Christmas trading had been worse than expected with like-for-like sales down 2 per cent and margins down 0.2 per cent.
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Russian ransomware SMS smut-scam raised $30k

A ransomware-based malware scam allowed Russian cybercrooks to fleece an estimated 2,500 surfers to the tune of almost $30k.
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Yank fires up iPhone-controlled beer cannon

A Virginia Tech university graduate and a couple of chums have come up with what one YouTube commenter rates as the "Greatest. Invention. Ever" – an iPhone-controlled beer-dispensing cannon.
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BlackBerry bug bugs India

RIM has put lawful intercept mechanisms in place for the Indian government.
Bill Ray, 13 2011
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MySpace could be someone else's space soon

MySpace management confirmed yesterday that it is considering selling the ailing website, following the firm’s decision to lay off half of its 1,000-strong workforce earlier this week.
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Oxford gets e-car charge-up network

Oxford residents can now buy e-cars safe in the knowledge they have access to at least 20 public re-charging points in the city.
Hard Reg, 13 2011
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Analysts weigh in on Android and iPhone

Will the launch of the Verizon iPhone 4 slow Android's growth? Ask analysts and some will say yes, others no.
Hard Reg, 13 2011
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Hope springs eternal for Obama poster plagiarist

Associated Press has settled one of its copyright infringement lawsuit with artist Shepard Fairey over the once-iconic, now-ironic Obama "HOPE" poster. The two parties came to an out of court agreement this week, but several other AP claims against Fairey's commercial empire are still to be resolved.
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DUP website translated into Irish by mischievous hacktivist

A mischievous hacktivist broke into three websites run by the Democratic Unionist Party on Wednesday night to replace the website of the staunchly unionist Ulster party with an Irish language version.
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Asus NX90Jq 18.4in Core i7 laptop

Review I first encountered Bang & Olufsen in my teens. A friend’s father had a Beocenter music system, which we fledgling audiophiles were, of course, both in awe of and barred from touching. The sleek lines, matt black controls and aluminium panels of that and other early B&O systems instantly sprang to mind when glancing upon the Asus NX90Jq notebook for the first time.
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O2 becomes a reseller with 2e2 deal

Mobile network O2 is teaming up with 2e2 to provide a full fleet of tech services to businesses.
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Sarko to use G8 presidency to promote net regulation

Nicolas Sarkozy plans to use France's presidency of the G8 this year to promote international cooperation on greater regulation of the internet, according to reports.
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US air force has new scramjet hypersonic plane plans

Who remembers the Blackswift – the planned hypersonic successor to the legendary SR-71 Blackbird spy plane of Cold War fame? The Blackswift was intended to take off and land from a runway like a normal plane and achieve speeds of Mach 6 on scramjet propulsion (comfortably eclipsing its illustrious turbo/ramjet predecessor's Mach 3.5) – and carry out a barrel roll while doing so.
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SK Telecom to bring LTE 4G mobe data to Seoul

SK Telecom will be rolling out an Long Term Evolution (LTE) network later this year, despite being one of the earliest supporters of the WiMAX standard, which itself is about to hit version two.
Bill Ray, 13 2011
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BBC Trust says no to kit-specific iPlayer apps

If you're eagerly waiting for the BBC to pull its finger out and implement iPlayer on your TV, set-top box, games console or smartphone, forget it. The Corporation will almost certainly not help you, its governing body, the BBC Trust, has said.
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HP to unveil WebOS tablets next month

HP has been sending out invites to an event its hosting on 9 February, and it's widely expected to focus on WebOS handsets and tablets.
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Bletchley Park to rebuild pioneering EDSAC computer

Bletchley Park is to rebuild one of the world's first modern computers.
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Palin's email snooper sent to prison

The man convicted of breaking into Sarah Palin's personal email account has been sent to prison – despite the judge's recommendation that he serve his sentence in a halfway house.
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SAP buys secure login tech

German software giant SAP has moved into the security market with the acquisition of identity and access management technology from Secude.
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Google dispenses first jackpot award to security bug hunter

Google updated its Chrome browser software on Wednesday to address a variety of security bugs, including the first vulnerability to qualify its finder for the recently introduced top-tier of its Chromium Security Reward scheme.
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Thunderstorms found to squirt antimatter into space

Top NASA boffins analysing data from a gamma-ray telescope satellite in orbit above the Earth say they have discovered that thunderstorms, in addition to the various other things they do, emit "beams of antimatter" out of their tops.
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Perot Systems top dog exits Dell

Peter Altabef – the former president and chief executive officer of Perot Systems and the person who has been running the combine Dell Services unit in the wake of the $3.9bn acquisition of Perot by Dell in September 2009 – has left the company.
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Google scarfs up ebook tech firm

Google has acquired eBook Technologies, presumably to beef up its eBookstore effort, which hasn't exactly set the world on fire since its launch last December 6.
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Cloud juggler eyes Microsoft's floating VMs

RightScale – the southern California startup whose eponymous online service lets you juggle so-called infrastructure clouds – is preparing tools for managing Microsoft's Azure cloud as well.
Cade Metz, 13 2011
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Big Data confab courts Reg readers

O'Reilly Media is offering Reg readers a twenty-five per cent discount on tickets to Strata, its brand new conference dedicated to Big Data – that's digerati-speak for "using the latest web and enterprise data processing tools to reinvent your business". Set for February 1 through February 3 in Santa Clara, California, the confab will include Big Data–minded bigwigs from the likes of Google, Microsoft, and Amazon.
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Steve Ballmer at 11: A Microsoft power play too far?

Steve Ballmer's anniversary as Microsoft CEO has arrived with a paradox.
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Intel's 2010 income up 167% from 2009

Intel's financial performance in the fourth quarter of 2010 exceeded analysts' expectations, spiking Chipzilla's stock's value by around 3 per cent in after-hours trading.
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Penguin goes hybrid with ClusterWare

Penguin Computing, the makers of workstations and clusters aimed at HPC shops, also peddles various cluster management tools under the Scyld brand. Up until now, the Scyld ClusterWare cluster management tools have been wedded to Red Hat Enterprise Linux and its CentOS clones, but with the latest update to ClusterWare, Penguin Computing is going hybrid. Now, the node provisioning and management tool can spit put Novell's SUSE Linux Enterprise Server onto Linux nodes.
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Vodafone sacks login leakers

Vodafone has dismissed “a number of staff” following the misuse of login credentials that allowed unauthorized access to a Web portal meant to be accessible only to its employees and those of its resellers.