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Assange relishes US banks 'squirming' over 'megaleak'

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange says he enjoys watching US banks "squirm" as he threatens to expose them with a "megaleak" of confidential documents.
Cade Metz, 31 Jan 2011
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Samsung loads Lovefilm onto BD boxes

DVD rental and movie streaming service Lovefilm is to be rolled out to Samsung Blu-ray Disc players.
Tony Smith, 31 Jan 2011
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Is Angry Birds 2 a Fox film spin-off?

Games developer Rovio has struck a deal with 20th Century Fox, paving the way for a further 45 levels of Angry Birds to hit mobiles this March.
Caleb Cox, 31 Jan 2011
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Hansard to pulp paper processes

Parliament's official recorder is planning to leave the paper age by processing ministers' written answers electronically.
Kable, 31 Jan 2011
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BlackBerry beats iPhone to top UK smartphone

Research in Motion (Rim) has insisted its BlackBerry is the most popular smartphone in Britain.
Hard Reg, 31 Jan 2011
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Facebook system messages subverted by French pranksters

Facebook's attempts to crowd-source translations of system messages have been abused by French pranksters.
John Leyden, 31 Jan 2011
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Poll confirms Reg Hardware readers' verdict

We have to agree with Broadband Genie: O2 and Virgin Media are currently the country's best service providers.
Hard Reg, 31 Jan 2011
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Ten... wireless keyboards

Product Round-up I feel sorry for keyboards. Despite tapping away constantly at one, I can't say I give mine any regard. Fairly rapidly, so it seems, they get covered in reminders of our lifestyle excesses and tacky habits. And when our computers are to blame for something, its usually the keyboard that soaks up the frustration.
Caleb Cox, 31 Jan 2011

In defence of Comic Sans

Stob Stob Good Morning!!!
Verity Stob, 31 Jan 2011
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Hosted apps and corporate security

Video Early last week our usual host Tim Phillips was joined by Andrew Buss, service director with Freeform Dynamics, and Eran Feigenbaum, director of security for Google Apps, to discuss security in the cloud.
Phil Mitchell, 31 Jan 2011
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Facebook launches location-tracking Places Deals

Facebook sank its teeth into more corners of Europe’s consumer market today, with the launch of a new mobile phone feature that it has dubbed ‘Places Deals’.
Kelly Fiveash, 31 Jan 2011
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Google wants Android developers

Google is about to hire "dozens" of mobile developers to stock up its Android marketplace, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Bill Ray, 31 Jan 2011
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Five essential BlackBerry apps for business

For most users, BlackBerry means business. And these days that means more than on-the-go immediate access to email. The BlackBerry App World contains a host of downloads you can grab to help you become more productive. Here are the five we reckon every BlackBerry owner should obtain.
Cliff Joseph, 31 Jan 2011
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'Air laser' tech could sniff bombs, probe atmos from afar

Military- and security-funded boffins have been trying to develop better bomb-detecting technology for many years now. Most of what they come up with has obvious defects: typically sensors either don't actually detect explosives but rather associated substances or shapes (metal detectors, X-ray systems) or they need to be very close to explosives or other chemicals of interest – as with sniffer dogs or handheld chem detectors.
Lewis Page, 31 Jan 2011
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John Barry dies at 77

Composer John Barry has died at the age of 77, following an illustrious career which encompassed work on The Ipcress File, Midnight Cowboy, Zulu, Born Free and Dances With Wolves.
Lester Haines, 31 Jan 2011
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SourceForge applies global password reset after hack attack

Open-source code repository SourceForge has advised users to change their passwords following a concerted hacking attack.
John Leyden, 31 Jan 2011
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Panorama stalks alleged stalker's twin brother

The Beeb's Panorama team demonstrated they've got the investigative right stuff by stalking an alleged stalker's twin brother.
Lester Haines, 31 Jan 2011
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Official: Android rules OK

Android has surged past Symbian to become the world's most popular smartphone operating system.
Tony Smith, 31 Jan 2011
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Alacritech apprehends an NFS anomaly

Comment Alacritech claims NFS filer I/O is grossly skewed towards reads and suffers from read metadata processing that chokes controller CPUs.
Chris Mellor, 31 Jan 2011
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Sony slips out Mac app for Bloggie Touch

Sony has released OS X software to connect Macs to its Bloggie Touch pocket camcorder and do a little more with your pics and video than the basic USB link allows.
Hard Reg, 31 Jan 2011
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Chinese 'repurpose' Top Gun footage

China's state broadcaster CCTV has been left looking a bit daft after local netizens spotted it had swiped a choice snippet of footage from Top Gun.
Lester Haines, 31 Jan 2011
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LCD pushbutton sunglasses issued to US Navy SEALs

The latest gizmo to be adopted by top-secret special forces troops fighting the Wars on Stuff is liquid crystal ballistic sunglasses which can change colour automatically much faster than traditional "photochromic" offerings - or at the touch of a button.
Lewis Page, 31 Jan 2011
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Boffins squeeze a mesh onto Android handsets

Australian researchers have ported Wi-Fi mesh-networking onto the Android platform, potentially turning any Android handset into a relay able to extend network coverage into disaster areas.
Bill Ray, 31 Jan 2011
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Death, grit and climate: Met Office drama unfolds

If a hit West End play can be made out of Bohr meeting Heisenberg, there must be some promising dramatic material in the blame-game now unravelling in Whitehall.
Andrew Orlowski, 31 Jan 2011
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Android bites big chunk out of Apple iPad market share

The world's computer makers shipped 17.6m tablets during 2010, 9.7m of them in Q4 alone.
Tony Smith, 31 Jan 2011
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Scaled-down EU patent system moves a step closer to approval

A committee of the European Parliament has approved plans to create a 12-country patent system in Europe as countries including the UK seek to break a decades-old deadlock on whether patents should be translated, and, if so, how this should be done.
OUT-LAW.COM, 31 Jan 2011
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VMware creates private clouds for newbies

VMware is still a pretty young software company in a fairly nascent market and relies on software license and maintenance fees for the bulk of its revenues. But the company wants to get more sales providing services, too, and today announced two offerings that will have VMware's techs come in and puff up your cloud in a jiffy.
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Orange blames switch for data problems

Orange said today a switch problem was to blame for 3g outages in recent weeks, which seem to be concentrated in London.
John Oates, 31 Jan 2011
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EU may re-ignite carbon trading following hack attack

Some EU carbon emission trading registries may start trading again later this week following the Europe-wide suspension of trading in response to a hacking attack on 19 January.
John Leyden, 31 Jan 2011
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Firm offers punter prints pronto

Many of our children, perhaps even our spouses, have had aspirations of becoming a model. Now it's possible to wind them up by turning them into one - 'figure'-atively speaking.
Caleb Cox, 31 Jan 2011
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UK.gov taps up DWP's IT boss for all of Whitehall

Joe Harley has been appointed as UK.gov's new IT boss, the Cabinet Office confirmed today.
Kelly Fiveash, 31 Jan 2011
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Indonesian pop star jailed over sex videos

Indonesian pop star Nazril "Ariel" Irham has been jailed for three-and-a-half years for participating in two homemade sex videos.
Lester Haines, 31 Jan 2011

Intel finds flaw in Sandy Bridge chipset

Chip giant Intel was ecstatic about the rollout of the Sandy Bridge Core family of chips for desktops and laptops and is prepping for single-socket servers and workstations next month based on the Xeon variants of these chips. But the discovery of a bug in the Intel 6 Cougar Point chipset announced this morning just threw a spanner in the rollout of these CPUs. It also very possibly may have given Advanced Micro Devices the lucky break it has been praying for.
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IBM floats Microsoft Office web challenger

IBM is gunning for Microsoft's multi–billion dollar Office franchise with a hosted incarnation of its personal productivity suite built on OpenOffice.
Gavin Clarke, 31 Jan 2011
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Dixons offers Angry Birds on the house

Want Angry Birds for nowt? From tomorrow you can try and get a copy from the Currys- and PC World-branded versions of Intel's AppUp, the chip giant's netbook-centric online app store.
Hard Reg, 31 Jan 2011
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419ers strip lonely heart mum of £80k

A divorced mother of three was taken for £80,000 by 419ers posing as a US soldier, the Daily Mail reports.
Lester Haines, 31 Jan 2011
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DataCore rewrites SANsymphony score

Storage virtualisation software supplier DataCore has revved its SANsymphony product to provide faster access to virtualised and pooled block-access storage for its mid-market customers.
Chris Mellor, 31 Jan 2011
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India calls RIM's bluff on email access

RIM has only hours left to achieve the impossible, with the Indian government reiterating threats of retaliation if it's denied access to corporate emails tomorrow.
Bill Ray, 31 Jan 2011
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Google open sources its Mac deployment engine

Google has open sourced its internal software for deploying Mac OS X packages across a network.
Cade Metz, 31 Jan 2011
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Network attacks (allegedly) ravage London Stock Exchange

The London Stock Exchange and one of its counterparts in the US are investigating attacks that hit their networks last year and were intended to disrupt their operations, The Times reported on Monday.
Dan Goodin, 31 Jan 2011
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Enterprise fanbois yawn at death of Apple Xserve

On Monday, Apple ended its nine-and-one-half-year Xserve experiment, and reactions are mixed. One outspoken analyst says the decision "sucks," but a broad-ranging survey reveals that most users of that Jobsian rack-mounted server don't hold a grudge against Cupertino.
Rik Myslewski, 31 Jan 2011
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D-Link hooks up with new channel partner

Australian disto Whitegold Solutions has been appointed a D-Link “value added partner” to help drive the vendor’s products into the SMB markets.
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Google Docs morphs into once and future 'GDrive'

Google has updated Google Docs – its online word processor cum online file repository – offering new tools for finding, exploring, and sharing files stored on the service.
Cade Metz, 31 Jan 2011
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Oracle promises to obey own OpenJDK rules

Oracle is drafting rules it says even it can obey to run the open-source reference implementation of Java, OpenJDK.
Gavin Clarke, 31 Jan 2011
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Mac Tel money in the clouds

Listed carrier Macquarie Telecom has added $5 million to its earnings forecast for the year ended December 2010, attributing the upswing to the performance of its hosted services division.
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Oracle uncloaks 5TB tape

Oracle is increasing the capacity of its T10000 tape fivefold, doubling its I/O speed, and enabling a 5-exabyte tape library.
Chris Mellor, 31 Jan 2011
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Intel shakes off $1bn chipset flaw

How much did a little design flaw in one metal layer on the Cougar Point Intel 6 chipset used with Sandy Bridge Core i5 and i7 chips cost Intel? A cool $1bn, that's how much.
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Netgear CEO says 'closed' Apple is doomed

Apple CEO Steve Jobs' insistence on a closed iOS platform is dragging his company down, dooming it to be overtaken by Google Android, according to the chairman and CEO of... Netgear.
Rik Myslewski, 31 Jan 2011
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VMware Go promoted to Pro

Server hypervisor juggernaut VMware is known for charging a hefty premium for its virtualization and related management tools, but its ESXi hypervisor has been free for years and for a year it has been shipping a tool called VMware Go to manage its freebie hypervisors. These moves were reactions to Microsoft entering the market with Hyper-V, and Citrix System giving away its own XenServer, and have allowed VMware to build a large base of customers using cut-down versions of its hyper wares for zip, zilch, nadda.
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Judge rebukes 'World's No. 1 Hacker'

A judge in Georgia has scolded a controversial security figure for improperly subpoenaing Yahoo! and Twitter in an attempt to get user names and passwords belonging to some 25 researchers.
Dan Goodin, 31 Jan 2011
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Google exec 'missing' amid Egypt protests

Google's head of marketing for the Middle East and North Africa has gone missing after joining protests against the Egyptian government, according to report citing the exec's brother.
Cade Metz, 31 Jan 2011