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Mozilla slips 'Do Not Track' header into Firefox nightlies

Mozilla has uploaded a working prototype of its "Do Not Track" http header into the Firefox nightly builds.
Cade Metz, 01 Feb 2011
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School reinstates Facebooker who called teacher 'douche bag'

A California high school student who was suspended for calling a teacher “a douche bag” on Facebook has been reinstated, following a legal showdown involving the American Civil Liberties Union.
Dan Goodin, 01 Feb 2011
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The future is analog (at least part of it)

Open...and Shut The times they are a' changing for digital media and software, but perhaps not always for the better, as recent reports suggest, and not always as completely or as fast as the Silicon Valley set would expect.
Matt Asay, 01 Feb 2011
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Home Office crime maps go to street-level detail

The Home Office has announced the rollout of a new online crime-map service for England and Wales that ministers describe as "more comprehensive than any other scheme" in the world. The new mapping service offers crimes arranged by street, rather than merely by ward or subdistrict as before.
Lewis Page, 01 Feb 2011
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Virgin Media kills 20Mb broadband service

Virgin Media is urging existing customers on its 20Mbit/s broadband service to splurge a one-off payment of £30 to upgrade to its 30Mbit/s offering, which launched today.
Kelly Fiveash, 01 Feb 2011
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Archos 101 8GB Android tablet

Review The Archos 101 – that's 'ten-one' – sits at the top of company's range of Android devices that also includes the 43 personal media player, reviewed here. So now, Archos can offer you an Android device with a screen anywhere between 2.8 and 10.1 inches – from a pocket media player to a fully-fledged iPad-esque tablet.
Alun Taylor, 01 Feb 2011
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Assange traveled in drag to evade gov spooks

Julian Assange's wariness of government spooks ran so high that the WikiLeaks founder resorted to disguising himself as a woman when traveling, according to a profile published Monday by The Guardian.
Dan Goodin, 01 Feb 2011
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Government put brakes on Bribery Act

The Government has delayed the implementation of the Bribery Act. It will not now come into force in April as planned, but will be put on hold while the Government rewrites guidance for businesses on how to comply with the 2010 law.
OUT-LAW.COM, 01 Feb 2011
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Amazon to sell Kindle through Currys, PC World

Dixons' stores are to sell Amazon's popular Kindle e-book reader.
Tony Smith, 01 Feb 2011
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LG touts glasses-free 3D smartphone

LG will show off a 3D-capable mobile phone at this month's Mobile World Congress show, the Korean company has teased.
Tony Smith, 01 Feb 2011
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Egypt loses last vestiges of connectivity

Thousands of Egyptians ignored the government curfew and camped out overnight ahead of today's "million-man march" protests.
John Oates, 01 Feb 2011
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Openistas question UK.gov's £300k crime-mapping website

Open data advocates are questioning why the Home Office splurged £300,000 on its shiny new police.uk crime-mapping website, which launched this morning. Sort of.
Kelly Fiveash, 01 Feb 2011
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Samsung Android tablet sales smaller than thought

A Samsung executive has admitted that the Korean giant hasn't put quite as many Android tablets in the hands of punters as its recent claim that it has shipped 2m of the things suggests.
Tony Smith, 01 Feb 2011
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Alternative security conferences plot European editions

Organisers are putting together plans to stage two alternative security conferences in Europe this spring that aim to provide an alternative to vendor-driven events.
John Leyden, 01 Feb 2011
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Apple tosses Sony iBooks rival from iTunes

Sony's plans to release a virtual version of its e-book reader on the iPhone and iPad have been dashed by Apple.
Tony Smith, 01 Feb 2011
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Boots punts over-the-counter paternity test

Boots is offering an over-the-counter paternity test kit, to the delight of some and the horror of others.
Jane Fae , 01 Feb 2011
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Wanted: 1 solution architect to fist bankers' asses

It's a cordial tip of the hat this morning to reader Simon Stahn, who has just been favoured with this employment opportunity by Jobserve:
Lester Haines, 01 Feb 2011
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DDoS bot infests food processing firms

A new family of malware agents is attacking the websites of firms involved in the industrial food processing industry.
John Leyden, 01 Feb 2011
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Yahoo! mail servers blamed for WinPho 7 data spew bug

Microsoft's own Mail app and Yahoo! Mail have been implicated by the software giant as the cause of the Windows Phone 7 bug that has caused some handsets to rack up users' data transfer tallies.
Tony Smith, 01 Feb 2011
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Kaspersky plays down source-code leak

Leaked versions of source code for older versions of Kaspersky Lab's security software have been released through file-sharing networks over the last few days.
John Leyden, 01 Feb 2011
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Apple clips publishers' wings

Apple is cracking down on applications that provide access to paid content, rejecting anything that looks as though its trying to bypass handing over 30 per cent to Cupertino.
Bill Ray, 01 Feb 2011
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Filth dominates net – shock survey

Pornography is the most popular genre of internet traffic, a new survey shows. The research also suggests that music business may have overestimated the exchange of P2P trackers and underestimated other forms of unlicensed music acquisition.
Andrew Orlowski, 01 Feb 2011
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China drafts in parent army to battle internet addiction

China has sought to battle the scourge of internet addiction among the youth by giving parents the right to monitor their offspring's online meanderings.
Joe Fay, 01 Feb 2011
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IEEE releases next-gen powerline spec to gadget makers

Standards organisation the IEEE has published the final version of its 1901 ethernet-over-mains specification.
Tony Smith, 01 Feb 2011
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LG comes to the NFC party

LG Electronics plans to launch proximity payments in Europe before the end of next year, putting it into competition with just about everyone else.
Bill Ray, 01 Feb 2011
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Ofcom to review Digital Economy Act site-blocking measures

Communications watchdog Ofcom is to review sections of the Digital Economy Act to see if they are workable.
Kelly Fiveash, 01 Feb 2011
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Oracle coughs $46m for bribe claims

Oracle is paying $46m to the Department of Justice to end an investigation into allegations that Sun Microsystems, now owned by Oracle, bribed resellers.
John Oates, 01 Feb 2011
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Discovery crawls to launch pad

Space shuttle Discovery reached Kennedy Space Center's launch pad 39A this morning after a seven-hour, 3.4 mile crawl from the Vehicle Assembly Building.
Lester Haines, 01 Feb 2011
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iPhone crashes car stereos, Toyota warns

Motor maker Toyota has warned Australian car dealers that iOS 4.1 devices can crash certain vehicles' sound systems.
Tony Smith, 01 Feb 2011
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Boffins hope for dimensional portal event at LHC by 2013!

Top boffins at international science alliance CERN have decided to postpone a planned upgrade and keep the Large Hadron Collider - arse-kickingest particle-punisher and largest machine of any kind built by the human race - running at current power levels to the end of 2012.
Lewis Page, 01 Feb 2011
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Win five BlackBerry Torch 9800s!

Competition Reg Hardware has teamed up with Research in Motion (RIM) for a spiffy competition called the BlackBerry Super App-rentice.
Hard Reg, 01 Feb 2011
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Baidu slurps up Google's leavings, pockets $1bn

Chinese search giant Baidu has almost doubled its income over the last year and made more than half a billion dollars in profit.
John Oates, 01 Feb 2011
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Intel 'Sandy Bridge' mobile platform

Review Sandy Bridge is the codename for Intel's second generation of Core processors that covers Core i3, i5 and i7 for both side of the desktop-mobile divide. If you've been following the news lately, you'll know that Dell has discovered flaws in the Cougar Point chipset that, while not revealing a fault in the actual Sandy Bridge CPU, has implications for Sata devices used in this new generation of silicon. In the process of reviewing this whitebook sample, issues affecting storage did come to light as, you'll discover.
Leo Waldock, 01 Feb 2011
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Cisco promises half a billion dollars for Cameron's BIG idea

Cisco chairman and CEO John Chambers met UK Prime minister David Cameron yesterday, pledging half a billion dollars over five years to help the UK private sector solve the unemployment problem, and avoid the Olympic legacy being more about white elephants than east London renewal.
Chris Mellor, 01 Feb 2011
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The lowdown on storage and data protection

Deep dive El Reg has teamed up with the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) for a series of deep dive articles. Each month, the SNIA will deliver a comprehensive introduction to basic storage networking concepts. The first article explores data protection.
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Elon Musk looking to get into 'black' spy sat market

Upstart startup rocket company SpaceX, helmed and bankrolled by renowned internet nerdwealth tycoon Elon Musk, is already taking NASA business away from the established American rocketry industry. Musk now appears to be targeting the potentially much bigger market for launching secret US spy satellites.
Lewis Page, 01 Feb 2011
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Google boss preps seriously 'wonky' book

Eric Schmidt has made sure he won't be hanging around cluttering up the house when he finishes his stint as Google CEO, by immediately seeking to have someone jot down his words of wisdom for a book. A real one, apparently on paper.
Team Register, 01 Feb 2011
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Japan plans space debris fishing trip

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has a cunning plan to tackle the menace of orbiting space debris - a really big metal net.
Lester Haines, 01 Feb 2011
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China bets on thorium

China has committed itself to establishing an entirely new nuclear energy programme using thorium as a fuel, within 20 years. The LFTR (Liquid Fluoride Thorium Reactor) is a 4G reactor that uses liquid salt as both fuel and coolant. China uses the more general term TMSR (Thorium Molten-Salt Reactor).
Andrew Orlowski, 01 Feb 2011
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Public Wi-Fi is a dog's dinner, says Cloud founder

Britain's Wi-Fi networks need masses more investment if they're to fulfill their potential, says the founder of The Cloud. George Polk founded the network in 2003 and left in 2007. BSkyB snapped it up last week.
Andrew Orlowski, 01 Feb 2011
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Dating site and hacker in online spat over security breach

The founder of Canadian dating website PlentyOfFish.com has become embroiled in an online spat with a white-hat hacker who found security bugs on the site and a reporter who began asking questions about the flaw.
John Leyden, 01 Feb 2011
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Embrace your outsourced future

The impact of outsourcing and the internet means people in the UK will need to create their own jobs, rather than hope to walk into a job as in the past.
John Oates, 01 Feb 2011
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PS3 to float into cloud

Sony has popped its head in the cloud and informed developers of a feature to store saved game data online.
Caleb Cox, 01 Feb 2011
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Second Samsung Wave smartphone slaps UK

Samsung today said its second-generation Bada based smartphone is now available to Britons.
Caleb Cox, 01 Feb 2011
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Speedlink goes gold for Competition Pro silver jubilee

Speedlink is celebrating 25 years of joystick jubilation, with the release of a limited edition gold Competition Pro - the ultimate home arcade accessory.
Caleb Cox, 01 Feb 2011
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eSilo does dashing damp dedupe

Cloud backup and archive supplier eSilo has a novel twist on deduplicating backup data at source before sending it to the cloud - rehydrating it at the source as well so restore time from the cloud is cut.
Chris Mellor, 01 Feb 2011
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Microsoft Bing man puts self up for auction at eBay

Microsoft's principal development manager for its Bing search engine has quit the role in favour of a job at online tat bazaar eBay.
Kelly Fiveash, 01 Feb 2011
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ARM Holdings eager for PC and server expansion

RISC chip designer ARM Holding has closed out a record Q4 and 2010, and is laying the foundations to expand into desktop PCs and servers through the aggressive and enlightened self-interest of its growing licensee base.
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Netgear CEO sorry for 'when Steve Jobs goes away' bit

Netgear chairman and CEO Patrick Lo has apologized for comments he made on Monday that, as he put it, "have been construed by some to be references to Steve Jobs' health."
Rik Myslewski, 01 Feb 2011
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Newest PS3 firmware hacked in less than 24 hours

Hackers say they unlocked the latest firmware for the PlayStation 3 game console, less than 24 hours after Sony released it in a desperate attempt to stuff the jailbreaking genie back in the bottle.
Dan Goodin, 01 Feb 2011
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Open-source forkers declare Oracle independence

Opensourcers running a popular code management project have declared independence from Oracle by voting to fork rather than leave the giant in charge.
Gavin Clarke, 01 Feb 2011
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Cisco: Mobile web grows 26X by 2015

In 2015, over 5.6 billion mobile devices will stuff the interwebs with 75 exabytes of data, according to a new report by Cisco Systems. That's a 26X bigger load than currently burdens today's already-overcrowded networks.
Rik Myslewski, 01 Feb 2011
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M2 acquires Clear Telecoms

M2 Telecommunications yesterday announced to the Australian Stock Exchange that it had acquired Clear Telecoms.
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Google to Microsoft: You're stealing our search results!

Google has accused Microsoft of copying its search results, after running a "sting operation" that indicates Redmond's Internet Explorer software is tracking what searchers find on Google and using this data to tweak results on Bing.
Cade Metz, 01 Feb 2011
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Intel, Google, Facebook back Obama startup love

Intel, IBM, HP, Google, and Facebook are putting their money where the mouths are in support of the Obama administration's new business-boosting initiative, the Startup America Partnership. Well, some are giving more mouth than money.
Rik Myslewski, 01 Feb 2011
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VMware: Attack of the co-presidents

Server virtualization behemoth VMware has announced that it has named four co-presidents and removed the president job from Paul Maritz, the hot-shot Microsoftie brought in by EMC to battle his old employer in the virtualization racket.
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EMC lets go of Greenplum Community Edition

EMC's Greenplum data warehousing appliance and database division has a new Community Edition of its eponymous parallel database. The Community Edition replaces the single-node edition of the database, which was not as useful for companies trying to create parallel databases for warehouses and business analytics.
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Yahoo! kills its stuffed elephant

Yahoo! has killed off its Hadoop distro, choosing to put its weight behind the core Apache Hadoop project instead.
Cade Metz, 01 Feb 2011