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Oracle subpoenas Apache in search of Google smoking gun

Oracle is going after the Apache Software Foundation and its open-source version of Java to find the smoking gun it clearly believes will prove Google deliberately violated patents and copyrights it owns on Java.
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Red Hat revenues pumped by partners

Red Hat is ramping up to be the first billion-dollar open source baby, and more than anything else, the commercial Linux operating system and middleware distributor has its channel partners to thank for the growth.
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Want an untracked Android? Here’s how

Self-described hacker Moxie Marlinspike has released WhisperMonitor, a firewall for the Android operating system that among other things blocks its location-tracking features.
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Oracle U-turns on Hudson open source control

Oracle is relinquishing control of the Hudson project after a heavy-handed attempt to stay in charge prompted most community members to fork themselves and undermine the project's viability.
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CNET sued for giving kids LimeWire

Even as the LimeWire damages case grinds its way through the courts, a group of film and music artists led by wealthy film producer and founder of FilmOn.com Alki David are suing CBS Interactive and CNET for distributing the LimeWire application.
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IE is tough on Flash cookies but ignores homegrown threat

Members of Microsoft’s Internet Explorer team are giving themselves a pat on the back for making it easier to delete the privacy menace known as Adobe Flash Cookies. Too bad the IE developers aren't tackling a similar snoop threat embedded in Microsoft's very own Silverlight framework.
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Sccope best price finder

iOS App of the Week I decided to avoid last week's royal rave-up by engaging in some retail therapy. We’ve seen a number of shopping-related apps recently, but this price-comparison app is the one I've found most useful when I’m in shopping mode.
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Facebook fails webmail tests

Consumer organisation Which? reckons Facebook provides one of the worst free webmail services available.

Janet 3G to go live in June

Janet (UK), the organisation responsible for the UK's higher education and research network, has announced that a new high capacity data service for universities and colleges will be launched in June 2011.
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HP's new EVA: The big reveal

HP has told us all that the EVA is morphing into the P6000. El Reg can reveal a little more about this coming P6000 line.
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iOS 5 said to sport over-the-air update facility

Apple's iOS 5 will support over-the-air firmware updates, it has been claimed.
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Fraud charges for 3 former Torex execs

The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) is charging three former executives of Torex Retail Plc with fraud offences.
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Apple iPad 3 to sport 3D screen a 'dead cert'

If claims that Apple's next iPad will sport a 2048 x 1536 display containing four times as many pixels as the current one stretched credibility, one rumour, that successor to the iPad 2 will incorporate a glasses-free 3D screen, takes it to breaking point.
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Sony flicks to B-side with Walkman refresh

Sony has modified its MP3 player collection, with this year's refresh of Walkman Music Clips.
Caleb Cox, 05 2011
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Surrey voted tops for tits in birdwatching poll

Surrey is the best place in England to spot tits in gardens, a survey has revealed.
Joe Fay, 05 2011
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X Factor hack exposes personal data of fame-seeking contestants

The personal information of more than 250,000 would-be X-Factor contestants may have been exposed after hackers broke into systems maintained by producers of the US edition of the TV talent show.
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Bradley Manning now in nicer Army prison

Imprisoned US soldier Private Bradley Manning, who is charged with leaking huge amounts of classified data from military computer systems, is now under a much less severe confinement regime.
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Dear Mr Beefy ex-soldier: Your BT needs you

BT wants to enlist tough, muscly ex-armed forces personnel to help the telco roll out faster broadband in the UK.
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Rethinking desktop virtualisation

Desktop Virtualisation It used to be simple. Users could either run a local operating system, or use a thin client with screen, keyboard and mouse talking to an operating system running on the server. Today there are many models of desktop virtualisation, and few safe assumptions.
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Three unlimited data plan gets no tie-in option

Network operator Three has made its all-you-can-eat data tariff, The One Plan, available to punters who don't want a two-year tie-in.
Hard Reg, 05 2011
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Harman Kardon SB 16 soundbar

Review It’s a sad fact that as the picture quality of flatscreen TVs have been steadily improving, their audio performance has been dropping off. This is mainly due to the fact that TVs are becoming slimmer and slimmer, leaving less room for decent sized speakers. If your other half won’t hear tell of a surround sound systems and all the associated cables, then a soundbar might provide a more harmonious route to beefier audio from your TV.
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Boffins herald end of stiff screens

Flexible e-ink is, again, being heralded as the future of mobile computing, this time with navigation by manipulation of semi-rigid jabber-slablets, as well as grey-on-grey animated action.
Bill Ray, 05 2011
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Be.ez Le Reporter Air 11 MacBook Air bag

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Reg reader lost for words over blank HP keyboard

Pics PC buyers have become used to having to do most of the donkey work when it comes to setting up their machines, but Hewlett Packard has gone one better by supplying keyboards that are not just wireless, but letter-less and digit-less too.
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O2 revises PlayStation phone release date

Sony Ericsson's Xperia Play smartphone will finally make it to O2 next month, the network operator said this week.
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LastPass resets passwords following possible hack

Password management system LastPass has reset users' master passwords as a precaution following the discovery of a possible hack attack against its systems.
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DARPA, NASA look to spawn STARSHIP enterprise

More details have emerged on the US government's plan to build a spacecraft capable of "a journey between the stars". Astoundingly, it is expected that this can be achieved with no more than "several hundred thousand dollars" of government funding.
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Nokia touted Meego to rivals, but nobody wanted to know

Nokia touted its former "platform of the future" Meego to industry rivals, but was rebuffed, chief executive Stephen Elop said.
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SOCOM 4

Review If the murder-sim genre has taught us anything, it’s that gamers require little pretext to kill. It helps, of course, when justification is provided through exposition, or by that simplest casus belli of all, an enemy pulling the trigger first. But occasionally, along comes a game like SOCOM 4 to prove all we really need to know to justify our virtual bloodlust is, to quote Aliens’ Vasquez, “where they are.”
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Adobe, Apple, Google hit by wage-fixing case

Six of Silicon Valley's largest companies have been named in a class action suit seeking compensation for anti-competitive employment practices to which the companies have already admitted.
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Skype mulls going online with offline Facebook, Google contacts

Facebook has reportedly been in talks with Skype, and the company's boss Mark Zuckerberg is said to have mulled over buying the web video chat service.
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Let the Cloud Developer Wars begin

Microsoft is all for the cloud, says chief executive Steve Ballmer. IBM has its new Smart Business Cloud. Oracle has its Exalogic cloud in a box. Amazon’s cloud services are growing apace. Salesforce.com and Google have always been cloud.
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IBM preps Power7+ server chip rev

It has been more than a year since IBM got its first Power7-based machines out the door, and about six months since the chips were fully ramped across the Power Systems lineup. The server processor racket waits for no one, and a slowpoke will quickly get left behind in the volume and midrange space. And so Big Blue has to continue to advance the Power chips if it wants to get all of those systems, software, and services revenues these chips drive.
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Cell site data sinks into black hole of local bureaucracy

It seems that UK mobile operators do publish the location of every base station, but they then mail that information to local authorities who do almost nothing with the data.
Bill Ray, 05 2011
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Virgin space rocketship trials 'feather' re-entry system

The SpaceShipTwo suborbital rocketplane, commissioned by beardy biz-lord Richard Branson in order to offer zero-G exoatmospheric joyrides to wealthy customers, has flight-tested its unique "feathering" re-entry mode.
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Francis Maude outlines Public Data Corporation plans

The government intends to have a data policy framework in place by autumn 2011 as part of its preparations for the Public Data Corporation (PDC), according to Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude.
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Slack bank practice creates opportunity for phone phishing scams

Opinion There is a scene during the underrated '70s conspiracy thriller Three Days of the Condor when Robert Redford's bookish spy is asked to verify his identity when calling into base. He resists, insisting that the person who took his call needs to verify their own identity before he gives anything away.
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EU pay-by-tap accepts operator independence

The European Payments Council guidelines for NFC proximity payments are up for debate, and this time the operator isn't considered an essential component though still the preferred partner.
Bill Ray, 05 2011
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Intel brings protected DVD, BD playback to WiDi

Intel has tweaked its WiDi 2.0 software to support the playback of DRM-protected content - DVDs and Blu-rays, essentially - as promised four months ago.
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Cisco trims bloat

Cisco Systems has taken some hit points in recent quarters from its bloated business lines and unfocused product and marketing efforts. In response today, it announced its expected corporate reorganization. Most changes are in its engineering efforts, which is a tacit admission that the data networking giant has as much a hardware and software problem as a sales problem.
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Domain security comes to .co.uk

Nominet plans to bring a higher level of security to UK domain names within the next two weeks.
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iOS lauded as top moneymaker

The iPad and iPhone are the most valuable and profitable devices available for your software-development business – at least according to Evernote CEO Phil Libin.
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Google Go boldly goes where no code has gone before

Every Google data center has a Chubby, and Heroku wanted one too.
Cade Metz, 05 2011
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Google joins California Do-Not-Track opposition lobby

Google has become the only browser marker to explicitly join lobbyists opposing a proposed law giving consumers the legal right to keep companies from tracking them online.
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Mozilla refuses US request to ban Firefox add-on

Mozilla officials have refused a US government request to ban a Firefox add-on that helps people to access sites that use internet domain names confiscated in an unprecedented seizure earlier this year.
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Big Data pumps up Teradata in Q1

There may be a lot of big name server makers chasing the data warehousing and analytics market, but there is still enough business for industry pioneer Teradata to grow respectably.
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Australian Privacy Act feels revamp pressure

The Australian government may consider expediting significant reforms to the Privacy Act as a result of the Sony data breaches.
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Google dumps Aussie Wi-Fi data tracking

Google Australia has removed all Wi-Fi equipment from its fleet of Street View cars and has confirmed that it will not be "accidently” collecting any more unencrypted data via the StreetView process.
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Westpac data centre feels heat

An air conditioning fault at a data centre has been blamed for immobilising the Westpac ATM, EFTPOS and online banking system yesterday.
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TIO has record complaints quarter

The Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman has reported 59,532 new complaints between January and March 2011, an increase of more than 14,000 new complaints on the previous quarter.
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Court rejects Google call to end 'Android not open' suit

A Massachusetts court has denied Google's efforts to dismiss a hot-button lawsuit that accuses the company of unfairly using its Android operating system to strong-arm mobile handset makers into using Google location services rather than those of rival Skyhook.
Cade Metz, 05 2011
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Intel PC hegemony facing ARMy attack

ARM-based processors will bite off a significant chunk of Intel's PC hegemony in the next few years, achieving a 13 per cent share of the PC-processor market by 2015.