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Man knows when you're signed in to GMail, Twitter, Digg

A UK-based web developer has figured out a simple way to tell if visitors to his site are logged in to Gmail, Facebook, Twitter, Digg and thousands of other websites.
Dan Goodin, 26 Jan 2011
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Intel sings duet with Black Eyed Pea will.i.am

Intel has appointed Black Eyed Peas front man and multi-platinum artist will.i.am as its new "director of creative innovation".
Rik Myslewski, 26 Jan 2011
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Super Micro rides server upgrade wave

Server and system component maker Super Micro is coming out of the Great Recession riding a pent-up server upgrade cycle where plenty of customers are still looking to save a little bit more money on their iron. Many buyers are looking to Super Micro and its resellers to make them kit instead of Hewlett-Packard, Dell, IBM, or Fujitsu.
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O2 to fling out free Wi-Fi for all

O2 is planning to deploy 13,000 Wi-Fi hotspots over the next two years, with free internet access in exchange for your mobile number and a few quid from the venue.
Bill Ray, 26 Jan 2011
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Bookeen CyBook Orizon

Review Should you be considering Bookeen's CyBook Orizon as your new e-book reader, the only question you really need ask yourself is, do you want to pay an 80 quid extra for a touchscreen.
Tony Smith, 26 Jan 2011
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CoD: Black Ops 'not fit for purpose', fans claim

After last year's petition, in which gamers demanded their money back for Call of Duty: Black Ops, an independent pressure group has reported Activision to the Office for Fair Trading.
Caleb Cox, 26 Jan 2011
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Sage reports gentle SMB spending

Accountancy software company Sage is seeing a steady flow of small businesses spending money on its products in the firm's first quarter.
Kelly Fiveash, 26 Jan 2011
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TMS doubles flash RamSan Fibre Channel speed

TMS has doubled its flash-based RamSan-630's Fibre Channel speed from 4 to 8Gbit/s, meaning 10GB/sec bandwidth, and is working on eMLC-based flash product.
Chris Mellor, 26 Jan 2011
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Samsung expands Galaxy universe

Samsung has taken the wraps off a quartet of smartphones ahead of next month's Mobile World Congress show, the usual launch pad for handsets this time of year.
Tony Smith, 26 Jan 2011
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HP Palm tablet specs outed

It was bound to happen: the upcoming Palm tablet's specifications have leaked out of HP.
Tony Smith, 26 Jan 2011
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Mozilla reaches for almost perfect 10 with latest Firefox 4 beta

Mozilla has pushed out another beta for Firefox 4, just nine days after the last test build iteration of the forthcoming browser arrived.
Kelly Fiveash, 26 Jan 2011
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UK tech retailers are rubbish

Staff at UK electrical retailers such as Currys and Comet know nothing about the products they're selling – unless you're after an extended warranty of course.
John Oates, 26 Jan 2011
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Smarter security for smartphones

Mobile phones are emotive devices. They have your kids as the wallpaper, texts saying who loves you and both your work and personal lives in one.
Simon Rockman, 26 Jan 2011
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iPad propels Apple into top-three PC vendor placement

Apple is the third largest computer maker in the world... if you include the iPad in its sales tally.
Tony Smith, 26 Jan 2011
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Zuckerberg's Facebook page hacked

Mark Zuckerberg's Facebook page was hacked on Tuesday to promote an alternative business plan for the social network site.
John Leyden, 26 Jan 2011
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The cloud, security and hosted apps

Webcast Today at 8am PST / 11am EST / 4pm GMT our usual host Tim Phillips will be joined by Andrew Buss, service director with Freeform Dynamics, and Eran Feigenbaum, director of security for Google Apps, to discuss the security and privacy issues surrounding hosted apps.
Phil Mitchell, 26 Jan 2011
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Israeli firm readies pocket-friendly desktop PC

Israel-based maker of wee PCs, CompuLab, has said it will ship an even more tiny machine in April. The Trim-Slice's 2.5in HDD-like dimensions are all due to Nvidia's Tegra 2 system-on-a-chip.
Tony Smith, 26 Jan 2011
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Samsung TV app competition - no winners here

The European round of Samsung's Smart TV competition is open to voting, with half a million Euros up for grabs as developers push television way beyond distance viewing.
Bill Ray, 26 Jan 2011
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Egypt slams lid on protests, Twitter

The Egyptian government has banned further protests against the long rule of President Mubarak and shut off access to Twitter after a day of violent protests left three people dead.
John Oates, 26 Jan 2011
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Gelsinger hails fat first year at EMC

EMC has posted impressive results for 2010, after a year of being driven hard by new COO Pat Gelsinger.
Chris Mellor, 26 Jan 2011
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Videogame TRAINS TERRORISTS, yells pundit

Modern combat-inspired first-person shooter series Call of Duty may have unwittingly influenced the attack on Moscow's Domodedovo airport, it has been claimed.
Caleb Cox, 26 Jan 2011
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Seagate tells flash bigots to get real

Comment Disk drive vendor Seagate has issued a document that tells flash evangelists to get real – there is no way flash will kick disk drives out of notebook storage for many years to come.
Chris Mellor, 26 Jan 2011
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US cyberwar firing range to demo by July

DARPA has announced that its planned "National Cyber Range" – an artificial, sealed-off internet inhabited by simulated nodes, computers, sysadmins, users etc in which the USA can test-fire cyber weapons and practice cyber combat – is to reach demonstration status by July this year.
Lewis Page, 26 Jan 2011
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Single complaint sparks police raid and total ban on rental movie

Northampton police have seized A Serbian Film from Blockbusters, despite the fact that the version on offer had been approved by the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC).
Jane Fae , 26 Jan 2011
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Storage array vendors vs. the cloud

Storage array vendors have a problem with their customers storing data in the cloud. They already sell to these customers but cloud service providers are cannier buyers typically and may favour cheaper and cloud-specific kit from other suppliers. What should storage array vendors do?
Chris Mellor, 26 Jan 2011
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Tory MP accidentally endorses... German pr0n site

Red-faced Tory MP Francis Maude last night denied all responsibility for the content of a German SmutSite – and then quietly removed a link to it from his own personal front page.
Jane Fae , 26 Jan 2011
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More than just snow hurting small biz

Yesterday's fall in GDP cannot be blamed on mere bad weather and shows the government must do more for small businesses or risk a double-dip recession, business lobby groups have said.
John Oates, 26 Jan 2011
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Rescue mission begins for Hitchhiker's Real Guide

Members of the h2g2 community consortium are in the market for someone to buy the site or donate some cash to the cause, after the BBC confirmed earlier this week that it was ending its 10-year hosting of Douglas Adams’ Real Guide to the Galaxy.
Kelly Fiveash, 26 Jan 2011
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WTF is... wireless HDMI?

We’re now all used to HDMI, the digital equivalent of the once-ubiquitous Scart connector, the latest versions of which are capable of supporting multi-channel audio, 3D TV and a return channel, so you can feed the sound back from your TV’s tuner to a surround sound system.
Nigel Whitfield, 26 Jan 2011
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Tesco axes VAT from laptops

Tesco is knocking the VAT off a stack of notebooks and netbooks in a bid to get downturn-dashed Britons buying again.
Tony Smith, 26 Jan 2011
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Croc feels crummy after chomping on phone

Nibbling a Nokia for lunch could have health implications - just ask the ravenous crocodile that swallowed one whole.
Caleb Cox, 26 Jan 2011
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Little Big Planet 2

Review Sorry, did I forget your birthday? Ah, well that’s because the Mexican and Japanese levels of the first Little Big Planet constantly occupy a large part of my addled brain. With the latest incarnation, Sony could have easily cashed in on people of my ilk, as we would have brought an inferior product just because it reminded us of the initial visually amazing, funny, charmingly innovative experience we got first time round.
Lucy Orr, 26 Jan 2011
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Sat-spotters find secret payload launched by giant US rocket

Amateur skywatchers say they have located the secret spacecraft launched aboard a giant US rocket on Friday. It is thought to be an optical spy satellite of a type which had been retired, but has now been brought back into service due to the failure of its replacement.
Lewis Page, 26 Jan 2011
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Google buys social network-compatible voicemail operation

Google has splashed out on SayNow, a start-up service that provides celebrities with Twitter-like voicemail, as it tries to take voice into the 21st century.
Bill Ray, 26 Jan 2011
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Israelis seize woman packing 44 iPhones

Operatives at Israel's Ben-Gurion International Airport last week thwarted an elderly woman's attempt to enter the country packing 44 iPhone 4s.
Lester Haines, 26 Jan 2011
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'You offend me, sir, with your pathetic writing'

FoTW It has been a while since we've had a decent Flame of the Week. This is a strong candidate who breathes life into this venerable Reg institution. It is in response to my piece Why can't we do better than these crappy torrent sites? (P2P sites are getting poisoned again – and nobody seems to care)...
Andrew Orlowski, 26 Jan 2011
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Conficker Group muses on hits and misses

The Conficker Working Group has hailed its success in neutralising domains programmed to act as control hubs for the infamous worm, while lamenting its failure to mount a comprehensive clean-up operation against infected PCs or to bring its authors to justice.
John Leyden, 26 Jan 2011
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TalkTalk talks job cuts

TalkTalk, the broadband provider spun off from CarphoneWarehouse, is cutting jobs.
John Oates, 26 Jan 2011
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The weakest link in Software as a Service

The delivery of cloud based application functionality via the Software as a Service (SaaS) model frequently sparks security-related concerns. In our latest workshop on hosted apps, Reg readers have been very forthcoming about their nervousness in this area.
Dale Vile, 26 Jan 2011
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Mid-Atlantic Ocean temperatures peaked in 1998

The water temperature in the subtropical Atlantic Ocean has cooled down since 1998, oceanographers report. Measurements since 1957 had shown a rise of more than ¼ of a degree up to that point, but between 1998 and 2006 the ocean stopped warming and cooled by 0.15°C in the same area.
Lewis Page, 26 Jan 2011
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Femtocell experts create even tinier porta-base station

Femtocell experts Ubiquisys have designed an even smaller network base station that you can take on holiday to dispense with roaming rates forever - if your network will let you.
Bill Ray, 26 Jan 2011
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Dell: Alienware m11x hinge crisis closure near

Problems some punters have experience with the hinges on the Alienware M11x gaming laptop may soon be sorted out, at long last.
Tony Smith, 26 Jan 2011
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Robust network spending drives Juniper's Q4

All eyes were on upstart network equipment maker Juniper Networks concerning its fourth quarter, as the company has become a bellwether of sorts for cloudy infrastructure spending.
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Utah to honour Browning M1911 semi-automatic

Utah is poised to adopt the classic Browning M1911 semi-automatic as its official "state gun", in honour of native John Browning who invented the weapon in 1911.
Lester Haines, 26 Jan 2011
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Facebook offers 500 million users SSL crypto

Facebook is giving all users the option of accessing its social networking service via SSL encryption.
Cade Metz, 26 Jan 2011
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Intel pumps $100m into university research

Intel is launching a $100M, five-year program to juice university research in the US on advanced computing projects, an effort that will attempt to walk the fine line between pure research and marketable product development.
Rik Myslewski, 26 Jan 2011
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Newspaper site pulls plug after 'sustained' hack attack

South African newspaper The Mail & Guardian pulled down its website on Wednesday to protect readers against “sustained attacks” that attempted to infect them with malware.
Dan Goodin, 26 Jan 2011
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Verizon bundles Google Apps with small biz broadband

Verizon is now bundling Google's online Apps suite with broadband services for small- and medium-sized businesses.
Cade Metz, 26 Jan 2011
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Oracle eases Java's Oracle big-boy bias

Oracle wants to slip one of the world's largest Java user groups into the JCP seat abandoned by Apache.
Gavin Clarke, 26 Jan 2011
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CA buys Torokina Networks

Torokina Networks, a small Sydney-based developer and CA channel partner, has been acquired by CA.
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Cisco borgs network 'guardian angel'

Networking giant Cisco Systems is acquiring privately held Pari Networks for an undisclosed sum.
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Google unleashes Android fondleslab SDK

Google has released an unfinished SDK for the upcoming Honeycomb incarnation of Android, a release intended for touch tablets as well as smartphones.
Cade Metz, 26 Jan 2011
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Dell talks shopping in Davos

Everybody wants to know what Dell is going to do to build up its business through acquisitions, but founder Michael Dell is only talking in vagaries, as is the norm at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.