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Microsoft's pledges mobile open source love

Microsoft is clarifying which open source apps are allowed in the Windows Phone Marketplace just as a survey reckons that a number of iPhone and Android open source apps are breaking those platforms' licensing rules.
Gavin Clarke, 09 Mar 2011
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Google to kill Gizmo5 VoIP on April 3

Google will shut down the standalone Gizmo5 VoIP service on April 3, 16 months after acquiring Gizmo5 and rolling the startup's engineers into its Google Voice team.
Cade Metz, 09 Mar 2011
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Facebook lets users report friends who post suicidal content

Facebook has introduced a service that allows users to report friends who have posted suicidal content on their account pages.
Dan Goodin, 09 Mar 2011
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Q2 motion-controlled internet radio

ReviewThe Q2 is the simplest Internet radio you’re likely to find. It’s good looking too, with its tidy cube shape, rubberised casing and five colour options: white, black, lime and a couple of flowery pink and blue versions.
Ian Calcutt, 09 Mar 2011
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Govt working on 'browser-based' solution for new cookie law

The government is working with browser manufacturers to create new settings that will help businesses comply with a controversial new EU law on cookies that is due to come into force in May.
OUT-LAW.COM, 09 Mar 2011
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Bury council considers mass outsourcing

Bury council is considering a transformation programme that would involve transferring the delivery of most services to private or third sector organisations.
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Google guilty of copyright wrong

A French court has found Google guilty of copyright infringement and ordered it to pay half a million euros compensation to rights holders.
John Oates, 09 Mar 2011
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Anobit shipping flash stash

Secretive Israeli flash controller start-up Anobit is now shipping its controller with 2-bit (we think) Hynix NAND to "a world-leading provider of mobile computing devices". Well (hint, hint), Hynix supplies Apple, iPad two is shipping ... nuff said.
Chris Mellor, 09 Mar 2011
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Org charts on steroids

WorkshopQuick, grab the org chart. Today’s org chart can show much more than just who looks after the paperclips; it can also indicate departmental structure, vacancies, reporting lines, accountabilities, even job performance.
Ken Young, 09 Mar 2011
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VMware buys WaveMaker to float casual developers' boats

VMware has bought open-source web apps outfit WaveMaker for an undisclosed sum.
Kelly Fiveash, 09 Mar 2011
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EMC blows benchmark away - again

EMC has blown another file-serving benchmark away with a result more than four times faster than the previous best.
Chris Mellor, 09 Mar 2011
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Irish distie grabs Advent

Irish distributor DCC has bought Advent Data Limited – the Leeds-based office consumables supplier.
John Oates, 09 Mar 2011
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Mole points to April iOS 5.0 outing

Apple may have announced the release of iOS 4.3 will take place this coming Friday, 11 March, but within weeks it will show off iOS 5.0, it has been claimed.
Tony Smith, 09 Mar 2011
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Samsung teases with trim tablet snap

Samsung has posted a teaser shot for its upcoming 8.9in Galaxy Tab, which for some reason interweb pundits believe proves the tablet will be a skinny affair.
Tony Smith, 09 Mar 2011
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Building Windows 7 skills - will we need another 10 years?

Windows 7Ten years of Windows XP means that the whole world knows how to use it, from administrators to users. How much training does it take to migrate to Windows 7?
Tim Anderson, 09 Mar 2011
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Croatian brainboxes deploy calculus-based CAPTCHA

Boffins at Croatia's Ruđer Bošković Institute are confronting surfers with difficult maths problems as an alternative to conventional CAPTCHA conundrums.
John Leyden, 09 Mar 2011
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iPhone lead in ad revenue generation slipping away

Android users are seeing almost as many adverts as iPhone users, in Europe at least, and that is despite Apple customers seeing more than a billion adverts in January from independent ad network InMobi alone.
Bill Ray, 09 Mar 2011
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Tesco heralds 2011 as YEAR OF ANDROID

Tesco is now selling more Android smartphones than iPhones.
Tony Smith, 09 Mar 2011
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Government needs to bring IT skills in-house

A parliamentary committee heard yesterday that government relies too much on outsourcing and needs better in-house IT skills.
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Apple MacBook Pro 13in

ReviewLove or loathe Apple, you can't deny it makes gorgeous-looking computers. Are there cheaper machines? Sure. Better spec'd? Maybe not, now that the new MacBook Pros are here, complete with Intel's very latest mobile processors and an interconnect tech no one else has yet.
Tony Smith, 09 Mar 2011
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Virtualising and customising desktops

WebcastAlthough we've been talking about desktop virtualisation for years, uptake remains modest.
Phil Mitchell, 09 Mar 2011
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ASA rules BT Wi-Fi service works with invisible routers

The Advertising Standards Authority has ruled that BT's Wi-Fi network does extend into open spaces, even if the router isn't visible in the adverts.
Bill Ray, 09 Mar 2011
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Logitech circulates surround sound successor

Logitech has upped the volume on its surround sound speakers with the release of a new 5.1 set, the official successor to the popular Z-5500 series.
Caleb Cox, 09 Mar 2011
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Anti-religious campaigners smack down census Jedis

First signs that the purity of census results may be swayed by internet campaigning emerged this week, as the Twittersphere declared itself opposed to Jediism. Elsewhere, Jewish organisations were urging people to put themselves down as Jewish, in order to increase pressure for more Jewish faith schools.
Jane Fae , 09 Mar 2011
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Gwyneth Paltrow rouses Discovery crew

The crew of space shuttle Discovery was roused this morning by Gwyneth Paltrow's Coming Home, a choice wake-up ditty selected by the space station flight controllers in Mission Control.
Lester Haines, 09 Mar 2011
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Dentist cuffed for using lost credit card to pay for pizza

A millionaire has been busted after allegedly buying pizza with credit card he found on the street.
John Leyden, 09 Mar 2011

Murdoch's music dot.com pockets $77m

"Beyond paid downloads, beyond subscriptions, beyond piracy, and Beyond Oblivion is Music Liberation." In true 1999-era dot.com style, that's how Adam Kidron's music startup signs off its corporate communications.
Andrew Orlowski, 09 Mar 2011
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Man jailed after cops uncover 'crack in bum'

A sharp-eyed Reg reader has alerted us to the hardline policing approach taken by coppers investigating drugs crime in North London, as exposed by the Islington Gazette.
Joe Fay, 09 Mar 2011
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Pr0n stars to demo against .xxx

Porn stars are set to rally against the proposed .xxx top-level domain name outside the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) public meeting in San Francisco next week.
Kevin Murphy, 09 Mar 2011
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Boffin demos melon-matching tech

NSFW-ishWith a firm grip on facial recognition tech already, Japanese boffins have turned their attention to food and developed a tool to identify fruit and veg.
Caleb Cox, 09 Mar 2011
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Look before you leap into desktop virtualisation

DVDesktop virtualisation is today’s hot topic in IT circles but as with every innovation, rushing headlong into it without proper planning could land you in trouble. How can you go from zero to 60 in measured, sensible steps and avoid a car crash along the way?
Danny Bradbury, 09 Mar 2011
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HP to put a WebOS in every PC

HP is planning to put WebOS onto every PC it sells in 2012 in an attempt to attract developers to the platform, not to mention selling HP as a provider of cloud services.
Bill Ray, 09 Mar 2011
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Cute download Firefox, 'treat a cub' vid downed by IE glitch

Mozilla is trying to encourage more people to download the final beta of its soon-to-be-released Firefox 4 browser by streaming various web cams capturing red panda cubs in captivity at Knoxville Zoo in Tennessee.
Kelly Fiveash, 09 Mar 2011
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Canonical pares Ubuntu down to 2 editions

Canonical, the commercial entity behind the Ubuntu distribution of Debian Linux, is going to make it easier for people to consume its operating system.
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How do you quantify service performance

DatacentreService availability and performance are key to running businesses efficiently, given today’s massive reliance on computing systems. How do you determine how a system should perform, and how do you measure that performance?
Dave Cartwright, 09 Mar 2011
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Police expert caught with abuse images

A technology expert given special clearance to examine police computers has been caught with child sex abuse images.
John Oates, 09 Mar 2011
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Honey I shrunk the chip ... now what?

Bigger is better in pastries, paychecks and bank accounts, but not in electronics. A recent story in HPCwire caught my interest and got me thinking about what the end of the shrink road might portend – and the potential alternatives.
Dan Olds, OrionX, 09 Mar 2011
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Fusion-io files for IPO

Privately-owned solid state storage vendor Fusion-io has filed for an initial public offering (IPO), hoping to cash in on the booming flash market.
Chris Mellor, 09 Mar 2011
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DDoS botnet attacks gold miners and wine makers

Security researchers have discovered a strain of DDoS botnet agent that launches an attack against large corporate investment groups and mining-related interests.
John Leyden, 09 Mar 2011
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Tree-keen Toyota plans major e-car roll outs

Toyota is banking on a big jump in the price of oil: it said today that it plans to launch rather a lot of new e-cars by 2015.
Tony Smith, 09 Mar 2011
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Angry Birds flies to Facebook

Rovio's Angry Birds is officially in-flight toward Facebook, with a version planned to hit the social network site this May.
Caleb Cox, 09 Mar 2011
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The public cloud ... why bother?

Given the amount of noise around cloud computing at the moment, the signal can be difficult to discern. One question that tends to be forgotten in the debate is – why should you bother? Is it just about the money, as some pundits would have you believe? Given that the public cloud is not going to be right for everything, when does it make sense?
Nathan Coates, 09 Mar 2011
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Internet Explorer 9 pulls on best pants for 14 March release

Microsoft is to release its forthcoming browser Internet Explorer 9 on 14 March.
Kelly Fiveash, 09 Mar 2011
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Republicans believe in 'climate change' but not 'global warming'

The likelihood of an average American agreeing that world temperatures are rising is strongly affected by the name used for the phenomenon. Americans believe strongly in "climate change", but acceptance that "global warming" is taking place is much less common.
Lewis Page, 09 Mar 2011
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Discovery glides into history

Space shuttle Discovery ended its 39-mission career this afternoon at 16:57 GMT, when it landed at Kennedy Space Center.
Lester Haines, 09 Mar 2011
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Google juices VP8 open source video codec

Google has released a new SDK for its open source and royalty-free VP8 video codec, promising faster encoding and improved video quality.
Cade Metz, 09 Mar 2011
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Gmail auto sorts bulk mail, notifications, forum messages

Google has introduced a new Gmail tool designed to automatically identify and sort certain types of messages, including "bulk" mail, group mailing list "forum" messages, and notifications such as online account statements and receipts.
Cade Metz, 09 Mar 2011
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Microsoft to Apple: 'Oh, yeah? Well, your font is too small'

Microsoft has filed another legal salvo at Apple in the ongoing dust-up over whether the term "App Store" is worthy of being trademarked.
Rik Myslewski, 09 Mar 2011
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VMware lets Apple fondleslabs tickle Windows VDI

Hot on the heels of a new 4.6 release of its View virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), launched last week, VMware is allowing a new client to reach back across the internet or internal corporate networks to use server-based Windows desktops: Apple's iPad and impending iPad 2 fondleslabs.
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Trujillo embraces his inner amigo

Australia's favourite Ex-Telstra CEO, Sol Trujillo, may have left the country with an extra $30m in his pocket after a four-year stint taunting the government and shareholders, but that didn’t stop him from branding the experience as marred by racist "amigo-heavy" slurs.
Natalie Apostolou, 09 Mar 2011
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DDoS malware comes with self-destruct payload

Attacks that have wreaked havoc on dozens of South Korean government websites over the past week have included another nasty surprise: a malicious payload the causes the infected machines recruited to carry out the assaults to spontaneously self-destruct.
Dan Goodin, 09 Mar 2011
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Smartphones now half of Aussie browsing, says Nielsen

Smartphones are now the engine-room of digital content consumption, according to the Nielsen Australian Online Consumer Report. For the first time, mobile internet penetration has hit 50 per cent with smartphones in the hands of over a third of online Australians.
Natalie Apostolou, 09 Mar 2011
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HP lays cuckoo egg in Microsoft nest

AnalysisMicrosoft's biggest partner has laid a cuckoo's egg in the nest. Next year, every Hewlett-Packard Windows PC will ship with the Linux-based webOS as well.
Gavin Clarke, 09 Mar 2011
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Oz governments find new use for censorship

Australia’s government has once again exhibited its enthusiasm for censorship, with the Minister for Home Affairs Brendan O'Connor reportedly considering setting the country’s content classifiers onto Apple's App Store and Google's Android Marketplace.
Richard Chirgwin, 09 Mar 2011
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Ingenious NetApp buys Engenio

NetApp is buying LSI's Engenio storage business. In other words, NetApp CEO Tom Georgens is buying the business he used to run.
Chris Mellor, 09 Mar 2011