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NYT casts Assange as 'arrogant' (with a little 'Peter Pan')

WikiLeaks is hardly the journalistic enterprise many of its supporters claim, but it will be a sad day for American jurisprudence if the website is prosecuted for spilling government secrets, the top editor of The New York Times says.
Dan Goodin, 27 Jan 2011
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Xen sends Citrix Q4 into the clouds

Citrix Systems shelled out $500m in 2007 to acquire XenSource, the company behind the open source Xen hypervisor, and in 2010, that bet paid off bigtime.
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Mac daddy predicts all-knowing, all-seeing UI

Macworld In the future, you'll use a speech-based interface to access all the world's knowledge – including your own personal memories – stored in the cloud, according to a legendary engineer who was a member of the team that designed Apple's original Macintosh user interface.
Rik Myslewski, 27 Jan 2011
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Samsung N350 dual-core netbook

Review The debate as to whether netbooks are evolving fast enough rages on. Some say manufacturers are guilty of laziness by continuing to churn out similar models, while others argue that there’s simply no need for netbooks to evolve like standard laptops and that more attention should be put into making them cheaper.
Will Stapley, 27 Jan 2011
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Change to sustain public sector ICT spend

Public sector investment on ICT is set to remain steady over the next five years in the face of the government's spending cuts.
Kable, 27 Jan 2011
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Mac Tel sends in the clouds

Australia’s emerging cloud computing market for the enterprise set is getting competitive with the entry of tier-two carrier Macquarie Telecom.
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BPM beyond automation

Broadcast Today at 11am, we'll be beaming live from our central London studios when The Register's own Tim Phillips will be joined by a couple of experts to talk about Business Process Automation.
Phil Mitchell, 27 Jan 2011
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Intel's biggest ever buy is going ahead

The European Commission has approved Intel's buyout of McAfee – as long as the chip giant allows other companies access to its technology.
John Oates, 27 Jan 2011
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State of the Internet Down Under?

A quiet suburban town 18km away from Sydney with no CBD to speak of called Riverwood boasts Australia’s fastest average broadband speeds at 5.8Mbps, but according to Akamai’s latest ‘State of the Internet’ report this is a rare treat.
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Met re-opens NoTW phone hack probe

Scotland Yard has re-opened an investigation into phone hacking at News of the World – more than four years after closing the book of the case.
John Leyden, 27 Jan 2011
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UK proximity payments by phone this summer

Everything Everywhere is launching proximity payments in the UK this summer in collaboration with Barclaycard.
Bill Ray, 27 Jan 2011
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Sony preps PlayStation gaming for Android

Sony will bring PlayStation gaming to Android, the company announced this morning, firming up rumours and leaks that a future Sony Ericsson mobile will include gaming.
Tony Smith, 27 Jan 2011
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Anon hackers join Egyptian protests

Hackers affiliated with Anonymous have begun bombarding Egyptian government websites with junk traffic as part of a protest against net censorship that has accompanied recent civil unrest in the Arab country.
John Leyden, 27 Jan 2011
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HP makes flash music with Violin

HP is working with flash supplier Violin Memory to make accelerated database systems competing with Oracle's Exadata go-fast boxes.
Chris Mellor, 27 Jan 2011
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Lenovo and NEC to combine PC ops

It's official: after past denials, Lenovo and NEC are combining their PC operations - in Japan for now, but possibly further afield in due course.
Tony Smith, 27 Jan 2011
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Microsoft sues ex-general manager over Salesforce.com exodus

Microsoft is suing its erstwhile general manager Matt Miszewski, after he took a job with cloud computing rival Salesforce.com.
Kelly Fiveash, 27 Jan 2011

Forget Flash – content is king

My story begins with a blizzard. This blizzard dumped over a metre-and-a-half of snow on my hometown. This being Edmonton in the winter, we’re fairly used to this sort of thing. Those with big, heavy cars drive them into a road-shoulder snowbank and make their own parking spots. Those with smaller cars park behind them. My fiancée failed to remember she has a small car, managed to get stuck, and blew the reverse gear on her car’s transmission.
Trevor Pott, 27 Jan 2011
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Theresa May announces new counter-terrorism package

Home Secretary, Theresa May, yesterday announced radical government action to end the creeping threat to civil liberties in the UK brought about by counter-terrorism legislation and increased powers for the security forces – by replacing her existing powers with even better counter-terror legislation and new powers for the security services.
Jane Fae , 27 Jan 2011
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China Mobile asks Apple for LTE iPhone...

Apple seems set to produce an LTE - Long Term Evolution - 4G iPhone, for network operator China Mobile if for no one else.
Tony Smith, 27 Jan 2011
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MP: Googlepoly hurts British business

The UK is heading for a "bleakly uniform world of Google everything" unless the company is constrained, Parliament heard yesterday in a special debate on the power of search engines.
Andrew Orlowski, 27 Jan 2011
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Middlesbrough cabbie relieves lad of iPhone

A Middlesbrough teen has been left "devastated" after a cabbie made off with the iPhone he'd demanded as guarantee the lad would pay the fare.
Lester Haines, 27 Jan 2011
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Blackadder style chemists transform gold into purest ... purple

Boffins in Utah have achieved a Blackadder-esque scientific feat by turning gold into purest purple. It's hoped that this will lead to a novel means of harvesting solar power.
Lewis Page, 27 Jan 2011
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BSkyB reels in Wi-Fi network operator The Cloud

BSkyB confirmed this morning that it bought Wi-Fi hotspot provider The Cloud Networks Ltd earlier this month for an undisclosed sum.
Kelly Fiveash, 27 Jan 2011
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Man demands police protection from sex-mad missus

An exhausted Turkish man living in Germany has asked cops to protect him from his sex-mad missus, Bild reports.
Lester Haines, 27 Jan 2011
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LightSquared gets satellite waiver

The marginally insane plan for a US-spanning mobile network using frequencies reserved for satellite is looking more likely, thanks to an FCC decision that handsets won't have to be satellite-capable.
Bill Ray, 27 Jan 2011
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PSP 2 'as powerful as PS3'

The PSP 2 - or "Next Generation Portable", as Sony has codenamed it for now - has officially been revealed in Tokyo today, and the company claims it's as powerful as the PS3.
Caleb Cox, 27 Jan 2011
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Xiotech's go-much-faster storage brick

Xiotech has announced its go-faster hybrid ISE storage brick containing a mix of solid state drives and spinning disk drives.
Chris Mellor, 27 Jan 2011
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Pothole-spotter app aims to stop arse ache

A simple way to report potholes which need repairing means you can now see how well, or badly, your local council is doing keeping the roads safe.
John Oates, 27 Jan 2011
HTC DG H100 Media Link

HTC DG H100 Media Link DLNA adapter

Review HTC’s DG H100 Media Link is handy little gadget that can connect any HDMI-equipped TV to a DLNA-enabled wireless home network, so you can stream audio and video content direct from your phone or PC to the big screen.
Dave Oliver, 27 Jan 2011
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Data retention 'ineffective' in fighting serious crime

Comms data retention is ineffective for the prosecution of serious crime, according to a study of German police statistics by local privacy activists.
John Leyden, 27 Jan 2011
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UK cops arrest five in Anonymous attacks probe

Scotland Yard has arrested five people under the Computer Misuse Act as part of its investigation into alleged attacks by the Anonymous hacking collective.
John Leyden, 27 Jan 2011
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Cameroonians cleared in 'surreal' dyed banknote scam

Two Cameroonian cousins of the Lads from Lagos, who took a Spanish property developer for €200k in a classic "black money" ploy, have been cleared of any wrongdoing on the grounds that "not even the naïvest person would have believed" the "surreal and incredible" dyed banknotes scam.
Lester Haines, 27 Jan 2011
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Antique Nimrod subhunters scrapped – THANK GOODNESS!

Comment The UK press is bursting with indignation today as the process of scrapping the Nimrod MRA4 submarine-hunting aircraft begins. But in fact the four planes now being broken up were a financial and engineering disaster. Had they gone into service they would have become a terrible, cripplingly expensive millstone around the neck of the Ministry of Defence. We are much, much better off without them.
Lewis Page, 27 Jan 2011
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Mexican army interdicts dope-slinging catapult

The Mexican army has seized a dope-slinging catapult capable of projecting 4.4lb (2kg) bundles of marijuana into Arizona.
Lester Haines, 27 Jan 2011
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Heroic London carbon trading scheme fails

"I have measured out my life with coffee spoons" - TS Eliot
Andrew Orlowski, 27 Jan 2011
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Hubble squints at most distant galaxy

The Hubble Space Telescope has squinted at what's "likely to be the most distant object ever seen in the universe" – a galaxy some 13.2 billion light-years from Earth.
Lester Haines, 27 Jan 2011
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Google disappears torrent terms from autocomplete search results

Google has been true to its pre-Christmas word about getting ever so slightly tougher on copyright infringement by killing some terms users look up via its ubiquitous search engine.
Kelly Fiveash, 27 Jan 2011
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Distie PC sales swell in US

Sales of PCs to disties are up 38 points in the US over the last two years.
Team Register, 27 Jan 2011
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Chaps tolerant of girl-on-girl cheating by other halves

Trick-cyclists in America have carried out groundbreaking research in which they find that men are much less likely to break up with a cheating girlfriend if she cheats on them with another woman, rather than with another chap.
Lewis Page, 27 Jan 2011
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Smartphone shipments surged in 2010

Apple and Android ate into the world smartphone market share of both Nokia and BlackBerry boys Research in Motion during 2010, though since everyone is selling more handsets than ever before, none of them should complain.
Tony Smith, 27 Jan 2011
Xbox Live: Summer of Football

Microsoft insists autistic Xboxer is a cheat

Jennifer Zdenek, the mother of an 11-year-old autistic boy, is outraged at Microsoft's Xbox Live for labelling her son a cheat and taking back all his online achievements, which she claims were earned fairly.
Caleb Cox, 27 Jan 2011

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Trevor Pott, 27 Jan 2011
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Fanboi king hails Apple 'love affair with open web'

Macworld When Google yanked the royalty-encumbered H.264 video codec from its Chrome browser, saying its goal was to "enable open innovation", John Gruber promptly convinced an army of tech pundits that Mountain View was guilty of an epic hypocrisy.
Cade Metz, 27 Jan 2011
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New Nokia boss drops grenade: hints at strategy shift

Nokia's new CEO Stephen Elop dropped a grenade in his first full quarterly earnings conference today. Elop took charge in September.
Andrew Orlowski, 27 Jan 2011
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Deliveries for final Apple Xserves stalled to April

Apple is killing off its Xserve rack-mounted, Xeon-based servers on January 31, but if you thought you could go for one last rack refresh today and get a reasonable delivery, you're about to get your second Xserve-related unpleasant surprise.
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Scareware mongers cough up $8m to settle fraud charges

Federal authorities will collect $8 million from members of a scareware operation that duped more than a million people into installing bogus security software on their computers.
Dan Goodin, 27 Jan 2011
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Mellanox itching to close Voltaire, crank up InfiniBand

While many IT players are seeing revenue and profit flushes in the fourth quarter, the results were mixed at network adapter and InfiniBand chip and switch maker Mellanox Technologies.
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Oracle spurns Ruby devs for Java love

Ruby-on-Rails, once an exciting Web 2.0 language flirted with by Sun Microsystems, has no future at Oracle.
Gavin Clarke, 27 Jan 2011
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Court orders seizure of PS3 hacker's computers

A federal judge ordered prolific hacker Geohot to turn over his computers and hard drives and to stop publishing the tools used to root Sony's PlayStation 3 after finding his hack was likely a violation of US copyright law.
Dan Goodin, 27 Jan 2011
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RC flyer to watch over fires

Melbourne’s Metropolitan Fire Brigade is to deploy an Australian-developed “eye in the sky” remotely-controlled aerial camera from WA-based developer Cyber Technology.
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AMD uncloaks Fusion dev kit

AMD has released the software development kit for its Fusion line of CPU/GPU mashups, an update and renaming of its ATI Stream SDK.
Rik Myslewski, 27 Jan 2011
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Amazon boasts first $10 billion quarter

Amazon's quarterly sales topped $10 billion for the first time in the fourth quarter of last year.
Cade Metz, 27 Jan 2011
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Happy New Year text prematurely blows up suicide bomber

A suicide bomber's plan to detonate explosives in Central Moscow on New Year's Eve was foiled when she received an unexpected text message that caused her deadly payload to blow up too early, according to news reports.
Dan Goodin, 27 Jan 2011
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Intel gifts world open source FCoE

Intel has officially introduced its Open FCoE software stack, based on the native OS Fibre Channel Over Ethernet project it first open sourced in 2007.
Cade Metz, 27 Jan 2011