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Pre-release Windows 8 code hits PC makers

Microsoft's webOS luvvin' partner HP is among the PC manufacturers getting copies of early Windows 8 code, according to reports.
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Google open source guru: 'Why we ban the AGPL'

Google open source guru Chris DiBona says that the web giant continues to ban the lightning-rod AGPL open source license within the company because doing so "saves engineering time" and because most AGPL projects are of no use to the company.
Cade Metz, 31 2011
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Facebook HipHop serves 70% more traffic on same hardware

When Facebook moved its servers to HipHop for PHP – the code transformer it built to convert PHP into optimized C++ – the company's average CPU usage dropped by 50 per cent. And after six months of additional engineering, the tool was about 1.8 times faster.
Cade Metz, 31 2011
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Adobe Photoshop Express 2.0

iOS App of the Week Having taken the plunge into iPhone photography with the Slow Shutter Cam app, I decided my next step should be Adobe's Photoshop Express, which has just been updated to version 2.0.
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Microsoft files monopoly complaint against Google

Microsoft has made a formal complaint against Google to the European Commission accusing the search and advertising giant of using various illegal methods to dominate the European search market.

RM revenue declines in face of UK.gov slash fest

School tech provider RM is still struggling with a "subdued" market, following the UK government's recent allocation of education funds.
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Quantum unleashes more robots on tape libraries

Quantum is doubling up the robotics in its i6000 Scalar tape library to increase reliability.
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Acer boss quits after board disses his future strategy

Acer CEO and president Gianfranco Lanci has quit the computer maker, after boardroom wrangles over the company's future left him high and dry.
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James Cameron to amp up Avatar frame rate

James Cameron has said he's decided to up the frame rate on Avatar 2 and 3 to give the movies an "added sense of reality".
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Vodafone and DoCoMo bundle into India

Vodafone is to spend $5bn buying out local partner Essar for control of India's second-largest operator, while DoCoMo is spending $175m to improve 3G coverage in the country.
Bill Ray, 31 2011
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Ofcom calls on BT Openreach price cuts for ISPs

Ofcom is pushing for a price fall in broadband and landline services, after the telecoms watchdog said today that BT would have to slash charges it currently dishes out to providers that use its network.
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Xiotech adds continuous ISE action

Xiotech has added continuous availability to its ISE storage blades across datacentre, campus and metro areas.
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LizaMoon mass-injection attack reaches epidemic proportions

Malware writers are using website vulnerabilities to inject malicious scripts into thousands of websites as part of an ambitious attack ultimately designed to redirect surfers to a site pimping rogue anti-virus packages.
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ECJ asked to rule on crucial internet publishing jurisdiction issue

The Court of Appeal has asked the European Court of Justice (ECJ) to decide whether online publishing takes place where information is hosted or where it is read.
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WTF is... 3D printing

Head along to London's Design Museum and you'll find a remarkable shoe on display until August. Called the Melonia Shoe, it’s perhaps not what most Reg Hardware readers would wear, but it is remarkable, not so much for the design, but because it was printed by Belgian product prototyping company Materialise and Sweden-based designers Naim Josefi and Souzan Youssouf.
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Three pitches 'premium' 3G data dongle

Three will next month offer what it today claimed its best mobile broadband dongle yet.
Hard Reg, 31 2011
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Middle England chokes on Nice Baps

A Bedfordshire baker has provoked the wrath of Middle England by dubbing his breadery "Nice Baps".
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TV election debate 'worm' graph found to undermine democracy

The use of so-called "worm" approval graphs in televised election debates can strongly affect the way in which viewers will vote, opening up the possibility of the worm being used unscrupulously to undermine democracy.
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Samsung rolls out 22in see-through screens

Samsung has started to churn out 22in LCD panels. Nothing remarkable about that, you might think, but no - these ones are transparent.
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Fukushima fearmongers are stealing our Jetsons future

As the situation at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear powerplant slowly winds down, the salient facts remain the same as they have been throughout: nobody has suffered or will suffer any radiological health consequences. Economic damage and inconvenience resulting from the quake's effects on nuclear power have been significant, but tiny in comparison to all other human activities – the nuclear power plants in the stricken region have suffered less damage and caused less trouble to local residents than anything else that was there.
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Testing confirms Samsung keylogger rumour just a false alarm

Updated Antivirus testers have backed up Samsung's protestations that the detection of keylogging software on brand-new Samsung laptops was just a false alarm.
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Vanilla Ice to tackle panto Captain Hook

In highly-improbable celebrity news, Chatham's Central Theatre has announced that its Xmas panto this year will feature Vanilla Ice as Captain Hook.
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Go Daddy CEO under fire for 'elephant snuff film'

Bob Parsons, chief executive of the market-leading domain name registrar Go Daddy, has come to blows with animal-rights organisation PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals), after he shot an African elephant and posted the video online.
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Ofcom forced to publish tests on dodgy radio kit

Ofcom has been forced to disclose its own tests showing that powerline networking kit does breach the European EMC Directive, but still won't do anything to enforce compliance.
Bill Ray, 31 2011
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Men at Work lose Down Under plagiarism appeal

Australia's Federal Court has rejected an appeal by EMI Music and Men at Work against a ruling that part of the 1983 hit Down Under was lifted from Kookaburra Sits in the Old Gum Tree.
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Microsoft's Google complaint not an April Fool

Microsoft's decision to take Google to the European Commission might sound like an early April Fool's prank, even Brad Smith, after 10 years defending Microsoft against the Commission, could see it.
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O2 loses lock stock in Palm Pre precedent

O2 won't unlock 'exclusive' phones, such as the Palm Pre, ever - unless you resort to the small claims court, in which case they'll unlock the handset and pay you off to boot.
Bill Ray, 31 2011
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Playstation phone postponed for some punters

Tomorrow's launch date of the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play is in doubt after Vodafone joined O2 to postpone the so-called Playstation phone's release.
Caleb Cox, 31 2011
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3DS bothers buyers with black screen of death

Nintendo has told 3DS owners worried by reports that the new handheld console suffers freezes, black screens of death and 'restart system' messages to install a system update.
Caleb Cox, 31 2011
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Digital player maker 'incited consumers to break the law', says ASA

A company must change the way it advertises its digital music player because the ads encourage people to copy music in a way that breached copyright law, the advertising industry regulator has said.
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Introduction to Ethernet storage

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. This article looks at mainstream Ethernet-based storage.
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Scientists eye curvaceous Earth gravity map

The European Space Agency today unveiled a new gravity map of Earth put together using data from its Gravity Field and Steady-State Ocean Circulation Explorer (GOCE) satellite.
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Google Places puts QR Codes on the shelf

Google has become a Principal Member of the NFC Forum, just as Google Places drops support for the lower-tech, but cheaper to implement, QR Codes that do much the same thing.
Bill Ray, 31 2011
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Deleting 'innocent' DNA will cost £5m

Removing innocent people's records from the DNA database will cost almost £5m, the House of Commons was told yesterday.
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Tunisian government seizes Orange sub

The Tunisian government has seized 51 per cent of local mobile network Orange from its previous owner - the son-in-law of the country's ousted president.
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The mainframe comes of age ... again?

Economic pressure has led to more finance directors and CFOs scrutinising expenditure to a painstaking level of detail. The aim is to ensure that IT can deliver what the business needs at the lowest cost while still meeting the never-diminishing expectations of the board and shareholders.
Tony Lock, 31 2011
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BBC-led RadioPlayer arrives at last

The RadioPlayer console went live this morning, uniting British radio stations under a simple, open easy-to-use web interface. It's quite a political achievement, given the nature of the squabbling radio business – and all the more so since the entire project required just one full-time employee – and had a budget lower than the annual salary of a top media executive.
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EU parliament suspends webmail after cyber-attack

The European Parliament network has fallen under cyber-attack, leading to a suspension of webmail and other security restrictions.
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Sega Mega Drive gets micro makeover

Check this out: you can still buy new Sega Mega Drive consoles. These ones are a fraction of the size of the original and come with more than one built-in game.
Caleb Cox, 31 2011
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BT wholesale kit crash silences thousands of customers

A hardware failure downed thousands of punters connected to BT's network via some of its smaller Openreach providers on Wednesday evening.
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Google preps identity spotter app

Ever been sat in a bar and recognised someone, but don't have the balls to ask where you know them from? Soon you can rudely snap a pic to figure it out.
Caleb Cox, 31 2011
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UK nuke lab, Korean Air Force buy SGI supers

Supercomputer maker Silicon Graphics Inc (SGI) has sold two of its shared memory Altix UV systems to the UK's Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) nuke lab and an Altix ICE 8400 cluster to the Korean Air Force.
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Google app cloud juices Java and Python

Google has released a new version of Google App Engine – the service that lets you build applications atop the company's famously distributed infrastructure – providing additional tools for both Python and Java developers.
Cade Metz, 31 2011
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Google 'clamps down' on world of Android partners

Google has not only decided to keep the Android Honeycomb source code closed for the foreseeable future, preventing all but a few select partners from using the latest version of its mobile OS, it has also clamped down even harder on those select partners, telling them they can't make changes to the platform or form partnerships of their own without the approval of head Android man Andy Rubin, according to a report citing close to a dozen executives with knowledge of the situation.
Cade Metz, 31 2011
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APN hits regional Oz with group buying

Media group APN is the latest old-media player to embrace the group buying phenomenon, increasing its stake in New Zealand based group buying site, GrabOne, from 50 percent to 75 percent.
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Apple patent eyes Mac OS X tablet

A patent application published on Thursday reveals how far Apple has progressed on melding iOS's multi-touch interface with Mac OS X, and hints that the Mac operating system's multiple-workspace feature, Spaces, may find its way onto the iPad.
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Mobiles really do fry your brains: JAMA

In the latest mobile health scare to hit the Interwebs, the Journal of the American Medical Association is reporting measurements of mobile use on brain chemistry.
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Oz network hits serious speed bump

While the political battles have occupied centre-stage, Australia’s National Broadband Network has hit its first real-world speed-bump, with reports in Australia that it has halted negotiations over key civil works tenders.
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Windows Home Server 2011 signed off

Microsoft has announced that Windows Home Server 2011 has been signed off for release.
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FSF to Google: Free Gmail's JavaScript now!

The Free Software Foundation has called on Google to release Gmail's JavaScript code under a free software license, continuing its crusade to ensure that all "nonfree" software is eradicated from the world's computers.
Cade Metz, 31 2011