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New charge against alleged WikiLeaker carries death penalty

The US Army has filed 22 additional charges against accused WikiLeaks source Pfc. Bradley Manning, including one that carries a potential death sentence.
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RIM brushes off HP fondleslab innuendo

You might be sick of the pundits falling all over themselves to pour love on the iPad. You may be sick of the Apple fondleslab. But at least you can recognize one when you see one.
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iPad 2? Let's be kind and call it iPad 1.5

Analysis When introducing the iPad 2 on Wednesday, Apple CEO Steve Jobs referred to it as an "all-new design." That assertion could kindly be called debatable.
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Intel outs 'Poulson' speeds and feeds

ISSCC Intel has released some additional about its future eight-core "Poulson" Itanium processors.
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iPlayer Global iPad app price announced

The BBC’s director general Mark Thompson has told a London conference that the broadcaster’s global iPlayer will soon be available to users outside the UK for a US$10 per month subscription.
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iPhone to whup Sony PSP 2

The head of a casual gaming giant reckons Sony's upcoming NGP - aka the 'PSP 2' - will be "dead on arrival" and claims it will never match up to the might of iOS.
Caleb Cox, 03 2011
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The Guardian 2.0.2

iOS App of the Week Version 2.0 of The Guardian newspaper's app came out recently, but I held off downloading it at first because it now requires a subscription rather than being completely free.
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Privacy groups demand one commissioner to rule them all

The UK needs a single privacy commissioner, and not the tangle of officials it is creating to police the area, an alliance of pressure groups claimed yesterday.
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Will Drobos support Thunderbolt?

CEBIT: Will Data Robotics Drobo storage support Intel's Thunderbolt USB 3.0 and FireWire 800 replacement technology?
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Government flies kite for VAT changes

The Coalition Government seems to be serious about changing VAT rules which currently allow big retailers to dispatch items via the Channel Islands in order to avoid paying the tax.
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Data centre orchestration

Webcast Data centre managers today need to get IT marching to the beat of the business and that means finely tuning the solutions and services they offer to get everything in step.
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ICO evidence raises Freedoms Bill data worries

The Information Commissioner (ICO) has just published a critique of the Home Office’s Freedoms Bill, which is being sold to the public as reining in New Labour’s surveillance state.
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Nintendo readies iTunes-like app store for 3DS

Nintendo is to bring an iTunes-style app store to the Nintendo 3DS.
Hard Reg, 03 2011
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Wales calls on ICANN to unleash .cymru

Welsh deputy first minister Ieuan Wyn Jones has complained about delays to ICANN's new generic top-level domains programme, which are holding up a plan to offer citizens ".cymru" domain names.
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Surfing while driving – that's multitasking

One in five Americans with a smartphone admits to using the internet while driving, with social networking ranking as one of the most popular distractions that's taking eyes off the road.
Bill Ray, 03 2011
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Hungry boffins turn 3D printer into snack maker

When it comes to exquisite cuisine, who said you need pots and pans? Maybe soon we'll use computers and printers to fix up meals.
Caleb Cox, 03 2011
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Discovery 'nauts wrap second spacewalk

Discovery mission specialists Steve Bowen and Alvin Drew yesterday wrapped the second STS-133 spacewalk, completing a series of maintenance tasks on the International Space Station.
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Eurofighter Typhoon: It's EVEN WORSE than we thought

Analysis Yesterday the UK National Audit Office published a detailed report on the current status of the infamous Eurofighter combat jet – nowadays officially known as Typhoon. We here on the Reg defence desk have always had a low opinion of the cripplingly expensive, marginally useful fighter: but even we were amazed by the new facts and figures. The Eurofighter, almost unbelievably, is turning out to be even worse value for money than we had thought.
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WikiLeaks movie screen rights secured by DreamWorks

A movie about the WikiLeaks drama looks set to get a sprinkling of stardust from Steven Spielberg, after the ET director reportedly secured the screen rights to a book chronicling the life of the whistleblower site's founder Julian Assange.
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'Self-incriminators' may be forced to tell the court what they know

People accused of misusing confidential commercial or technical information have lost the right to avoid self-incrimination in court cases, following a High Court ruling.
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Teen cybercrime forum boss jailed

A UK teenager who ran a prolific cybercrime forum from home has been jailed for five years.
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Mario Sports Mix

Review It's not hard to see why Nintendo added the third word to Mario Sports Mix. A mix it is, not only of four individual sports, but two games too: Wii Sports and Mario Kart Wii. Unfortunately, the whole is less than the sum of its parts.
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BT fibre-to-the-premises trial takes 7 hours per install

Knee deep in cable BT's new fibre optic upgrade is delivering better real world speeds than the company's old copper-based network when compared to advertised "up to" broadband rates, according to the latest figures from Ofcom.
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Sky News spun out as BSkyB takeover OK'd, more or less

News Corporation's buyout of satellite payTV operator BSkyB has been accepted in principle by the Culture Secretary, following advice from UK regulators Ofcom and the Office of Fair Trading. News Corp has agreed to spin out and fund the Sky News operation for 10 years.
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Scientists crack spotless Sun mystery

Scientists reckon they've cracked the mystery as to why during 2008-2009, the Sun was completely devoid of sunspots for almost two years.
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Ford punts prang-prompted auto cops-calling kit

Ford has announced that, come 2012, European drivers will be able to opt for its all-singing, all-dancing vehicle connectivity suite, Sync.
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Julian Assange sets out bid to appeal extradition to Sweden

Lawyers representing WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange lodged papers at the UK's High Court this morning, in an effort to appeal against his extradition to Sweden.
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Apple iPad 2: from rumour to reality

The Reality iPad 2? Let's be kind and call it iPad 1.5 iPad 2 spawns updated iOS and apps Apple cuts iPad price Steve Jobs unveils iPad 2 Apple iPad 2 snapped in all its skinny glory Apple names iPad 2 reveal date
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Welsh battle killer shrimp invasion

The Welsh have taken to nets and catfood to battle a Caspian crustacean invasion that could have a "devastating impact on native species".
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Cobalt-barrel machine guns could fire full auto Hollywood style

You know in the movies, where people get hold of powerful automatic weapons - rifles or machine guns - and fire them on full automatic for ages?
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Novell paints Red Hat Linux manager green

The quickest way to build a commercial Linux business is to clone whatever Red Hat does. That's what Oracle and CentOS do with their Enterprise Linux redistributions and accompanying paid-for support offerings, and it is now what Novell is doing with a "new" product called SUSE Manager.
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Yanks outweigh Canucks: Official

It's official: US adults have the edge in the heavyweight stakes over their Canadian counterparts, with the 2007-9 figures showing "the prevalence of obesity among adults in Canada is lower than it is in the United States".
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Firesheep hack catches out Mr Demi Moore

Ashton Kutcher's Twitter profile was hacked on Wedesday to spout pro-SSL graffiti.
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Ten... fantasy swords you wish you owned

Weapon round-up At Reg Hardware, with the honorable exception of videogames, we tend to talk up tools that generally assist in everyday life. Today, though, we're going to break tradition altogether and run through some weaponry. Well, bladed replicas to be precise.
Caleb Cox, 03 2011
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Google insists it couldn't have been British. Excuse me?

How curious. The Government's review into IP and growth may have been set up by mistake, or at least on a false premise. On announcing the review last November, Prime Minister David Cameron said something quite curious. Cameron explained that the review was a response to Google's concerns...
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Hollywood eyes Blade Runner replicants

Fans of Blade Runner will certainly raise an eyebrow at the news that production outfit Alcon Entertainment is in "final negotiations" to acquire the prequel and sequel rights to the 1982 sci-fi classic.
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Sage Pay suffers 2nd day of downtime

Sage's online payment service SagePay is mainly not working for its 32,000 customers today, and it wasn't really working yesterday either.
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O2 boots up boobies blocker

O2 has finally switched on its porn-blocker, much to the annoyance of customers who don't see why they should prove their age.
Bill Ray, 03 2011
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Introduction to 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 explored data protection. This second one looks at building and operating a backup system.
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UK.gov closes door against foreign boners

The UK government has declared the country has quite enough boners, and has pulled up the drawbridge against any foreign boners wishing to immigrate.
Joe Fay, 03 2011
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EU czar stomps into digital radio

Europe's digital radio sector is a not a happy place, as consumers vote with their wallets. It isn't just a DAB thing, which is a uniquely British disaster: the appetite for digital radio is similarly depressed all over the continent. And this is not good enough for Neelie Kroes, Europe's unelected digital czar.
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Second US 'secret space warplane' to launch tomorrow

The US Air Force is set to launch its second X-37B miniature unmanned spaceplane - the type famously dubbed a "secret space warplane" by the Iranian government - on Friday.
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Teradata snaps up Aster Data for $263m

Data warehousing appliance maker Teradata has figured out that it needs a software business that it controls above and beyond its clustered parallel database. It has ponied up $263m to acquire Aster Data Systems, which has created tools for chewing on monstrous amounts of unstructured data.
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Can HPC methods yield 92% help desk satisfaction?

You know how when you call a help desk or customer service number they have that short ‘this call may be recorded’ message? Have you ever wondered what they do with the recordings?
Dan Olds, 03 2011
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WordPress comes under 'extremely large' web attack

WordPress came under massive attack on Thursday, causing disruptions for many of the sites that rely on the webhosting platform to publish their content.
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Apple cures iPad buyer's remorse

If you recently bought an iPad and you're feeling buyer's remorse after yesterday's introduction of the iPad 2, there's hope – and we've discovered that the amount of that hope varies depending upon where you live.
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WebGL: Interwebs 3D tech emerges from puberty

WebGL – the emerging standard that provides hardware-accelerated 3D inside the browser –  has reached the 1.0 milestone.
Cade Metz, 03 2011
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Solution found for climate change: Nuclear war

A solution has been found to those pesky climate change problems being caused by global warming: nuclear war.
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'Linux kernel for the cloud' gets new government

Rackspace has overhauled the governance of OpenStack – the eight-month-old open source effort to build Amazon-like "infrastructure clouds" – relinquishing some of the control it gained by acquiring one of the project's other major contributors.
Cade Metz, 03 2011
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Microsoft and Google tag-team GeoTag patent

Microsoft and Google have found a common cause. The two companies just joined forces to sue a tiny geo-location patent jihadist.
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Apple, Google, RIM in smartphone dead heat

Although Android-based smartphones now have a larger US market share that do handsets from Apple or RIM, the three-way battle remains a tight one.