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Opera CTO still sour on Google native code plugin

Google I/O Officially, Opera CTO Håkon Wium Lie was at Google's developer conference to discuss WebP – Mountain View's open source effort to replace the aging JPEG image compression format – but he'd rather talk about WebM, the video format he calls the last missing piece in the standard web platform.
Cade Metz, 11 May 2011
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Sod-all for tech in Australian federal budget

Australia’s IT sector is once again disappointed at a federal budget that provides few big-ticket tech items.
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Apple and Google wriggle on US Senate hot seat

When questioned by US senators at a hearing on digital privacy, Apple and Google execs spent most of their time successfully bobbing and weaving, but were thrown off-balance when asked about location-grabbing patents and drunk-driving apps.
Rik Myslewski, 11 May 2011
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Anobit flash can take a pounding for 5 years

EMC World Israeli startup Anobit has introduced a Genesis SSD which lasts for five years when writing 4TB of data a day.
Chris Mellor, 11 May 2011
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Pre-NBN, Telstra upgrades to ADSL2+ in Tasmania

Telstra has upgraded its copper broadband network in Tasmania ahead of the deployment of the National Broadband Network.
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New graphics engine imperils users of Firefox and Chrome

The US Computer Emergency Readiness Team is advising users of the Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome browsers to disable a recently added graphics engine that can be exploited to steal data or crash end user computers.
Dan Goodin, 11 May 2011
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Google misses Russian trick with Opera snubs

Google I/O Opera CTO Håkon Wium Lie believes Google is missing a serious opportunity in failing to support Opera as a "top tier" browser, especially in Russia, where Opera is the leading browser with 30 to 40 per cent of the market.
Cade Metz, 11 May 2011
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Panasonic SC-HTB520 soundbar

Review TV manufacturers are keen to push the merits of picture quality on the latest sets, but unfortunately sound quality seems to have been lost somewhere along the way due to the tiny speakers manufacturers cram into their slender frames. It seems as if most expect you to twin their sets with surround sound systems. If you haven’t got space for a full home theatre set-up, a soundbar may be more suitable audio upgrade.
Niall Magennis, 11 May 2011
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Trevor Pott's guide to pricing up the cloud

As a sysadmin for a small-ish business, I lack the resources to keep an in-house expert who is intimately familiar with the intricacies of each technology on my network. There are so many technologies from so many vendors: it is simply overwhelming for two sysadmins to try to know everything between them.
Trevor Pott, 11 May 2011
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Alpha.gov.uk – it's nearly a beta

The government has chucked £261,000 at a post-Directgov website that could, if disliked by taxpayers, be ditched before the site hits beta stage.
Kelly Fiveash, 11 May 2011
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NASA restores Pluto to league of planets

NASA has rather cheekily joined the campaign to restore Pluto to the solar system's league of planets, following the distant body's demotion to dwarf status back in 2006.
Lester Haines, 11 May 2011
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Google infringes copyright by displaying and linking to news site content

A Belgian appeals court has upheld an earlier ruling that Google infringes on newspapers' copyright when its services display and link to content from newspaper websites, according to press reports.
OUT-LAW.COM, 11 May 2011
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David Cameron wants to push all of Blighty online

Reconditioned computers that cost less than £100 a pop have gone on sale today as part of the government's strategy to get more British people online.
Kelly Fiveash, 11 May 2011

Canadian kid uses supercomputing to cure cystic fibrosis

A Canadian teenager has scooped a CAN$5,000 prize and deserved glory after successfully wielding the power of a scientific supercomputing network to develop a mix of drugs which could be used to fight cystic fibrosis.
Lewis Page, 11 May 2011
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IP firm claims ownership of DVD video-menus

A Texas-based intellectual property holder is suing a host of major home entertainment companies - think all the big names - for daring to sell DVDs with clickable videos in their menus.
Tony Smith, 11 May 2011
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Steven Moffat fumes over Doctor Who plot leak

Steven Moffat is none too pleased that "crucial plot lines" of the opening two episodes of the new Doctor Who series were made public before the programmes aired last month.
Lester Haines, 11 May 2011
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UK security minister steps down

UK security and counter-terrorism minister Baroness Neville-Jones steps down after a year in the job.
John Leyden, 11 May 2011
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Linutop feeds mini-PC fans tiny Tux box

French firm Linutop has launched its latest micro desktop: the model 4.
Hard Reg, 11 May 2011
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EMC winds up new file-mover

EMC World EMC has announced a Cloud Tiering Appliance to move files from select arrays to VNX and Isilon, and from VNX to Atmos and Data Domain. It is, in effect, Rainfinity reinvented and will develop into a generalised data mover.
Chris Mellor, 11 May 2011
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Google stashes $500m for fines

Google has set aside $500m to settle the investigation into its advertising practices by US regulators.
John Oates, 11 May 2011
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Snap shows next-gen iPod Nano to sport camera

The next iPod Nano - Apple's small, square music player line - will get a rear-facing video camera, it seems.
Hard Reg, 11 May 2011
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Cloud connectivity: Five minutes of your time, please

Reader poll As business has become more mobile, the ability to connect to business applications and communications has become more critical and is turning applications into services.
Dale Vile, 11 May 2011
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Samsung to plug Five On Demand into IPTVs

Samsung is to add telly channel Five's catch-up service to its new HDTV-hosted IPTV platform, Smart TV.
Hard Reg, 11 May 2011
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Use of Weapons declared best sci-fi film never made

Our poll to name the best sci-fi film never made has returned Use of Weapons by Iain M Banks as the book Reg readers would most like to see projected on the silver screen.
Lester Haines, 11 May 2011
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Mentally ill file-sharer had 'low self-esteem'

A file-sharer made mitigating pleas of mental illness when she pleaded guilty to copyright infringement in a Scottish Court this week.
Andrew Orlowski, 11 May 2011
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Swiss jetwing backpack-birdman flies the Grand Canyon

Vid Swiss aerial daredevil Yves Rossy, aka "Jetman" has completed his latest feat successfully, leaping from a helicopter to hurtle across the Grand Canyon using his unique strap-on, jet-powered personal aeroplane before descending to land by parachute.
Lewis Page, 11 May 2011
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What Carthage tells us about Amazon, Fukushima and the cloud

Comment Sometimes, the Anglo Saxon parts of our language, rich though they are in epithets, insults and methods of swearing, simply aren't enough to allow one to express the complete and total lunacy of some people out there.
Tim Worstall, 11 May 2011
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Plague of US preachers falsely claim to be Navy SEALs

Yet another curious effect of the modern internet media world became apparent this week: the syndrome – particularly common among American clergymen – of falsely claiming to be a former US Navy SEAL has risen to prominence, as the risk of being exposed as such a liar has risen severely.
Lewis Page, 11 May 2011
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Microsoft to turn your flat into a control pad

Microsoft is developing technology that turns wall surfaces in every room of a house into control panels for videogames and appliances.
Caleb Cox, 11 May 2011
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What happened when Huawei called in the makeover consultants

Chinese kit supplier Huawei is working hard to gain acceptance in the west, employing the best in the business to give it a western look that's more than skin-deep.
Bill Ray, 11 May 2011
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ASA upholds a brace of ads gripes against Groupon

The Advertising Standards Agency (ASA) has admonished Groupon for misleading web surfers about online sales promotions.
Kelly Fiveash, 11 May 2011
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Modest Patch Tuesday batch tackles Windows and Office issues

Microsoft released two patches on Tuesday, one of them critical, as part of its regular Patch Tuesday update cycle.
John Leyden, 11 May 2011
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Operation Flashpoint 2: Red River

Review Hightailing it across the vast, open countryside in the middle of the night. Fighting a desperate rearguard action against an indomitable force. Squinting through the claustrophobic green murk of nightvision for enemies hidden among trees and rocky outcrops.
Andrew Bailey, 11 May 2011
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ICO offers new code of practice

The Information Commissioner's Office has written a code of practice that offers organisations practical advice on sharing data.
John Oates, 11 May 2011
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Munro report: Child protection staff hindered by IT

A number of social workers interviewed for a government-commissioned review (177-page PDF/2.1MB) of child protection in England said that their locally procured computer systems were "substantial obstacles" to good practice. The workers were participating in an online conversation as part of the report by Professor Eileen Munro.
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Boy George promises to cut employment rights

Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne is asking employers to get in touch over plans to reform employment law.
John Oates, 11 May 2011
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Comet cuts jobs as sales fall

Kesa Electrical – the owner of Comet – said today it is shutting distribution centres and laying off 150 staff after a quarter of falling sales.
John Oates, 11 May 2011
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Portal 2 maker punts Portal 2 making pack

Game developer Valve has launched the Portal 2 Authoring Tools beta, so avid designers can get their hands dirty creating their own custom maps of the game.
Caleb Cox, 11 May 2011
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Northants cops blow up suspicious school play prop

Northamptonshire Police have advised anyone disposing of school play props to do so "responsibly", after a discarded piece of theatrical material caused a major bomb alert.
Lester Haines, 11 May 2011
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Reg Hardware revamps YouTube channel

Site News Reg Hardware's YouTube channel has been given an overhaul, complete with a swank new look.
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Coalition signs up to passenger info slurp

The Coalition government has enthusiastically signed up to a draft European directive on exchange data on airline passengers, even though UK and European data watchdogs have already said the directive goes too far.
John Oates, 11 May 2011
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Newly emerged banking Trojan challenges ZeuS-SpyEye duopoly

A new banking Trojan with infection rates similar to SpyEye and Zeus in some regions has emerged.
John Leyden, 11 May 2011
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Shuttle mission: SPAWNING of the SPACE KRAKEN

In a sinister development it has emerged that when Shuttle Endeavour lifts off for her final flight she will be carrying not only her crew and the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer to the International Space Station but a contingent of spacegoing squid.
Lewis Page, 11 May 2011
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German finance ministry tags fraudsters’ phishing form

The German Ministry of Finance has applied some lateral thinking in order to warn potential victims of a new phishing campaign.
John Leyden, 11 May 2011
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Galleon hedge fund founder convicted on all 14 counts

Loose lips sink ships – and billionaire hedge fund tycoons that engage in insider trading.
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Red Hat's KVM: A better way to virtualize the data center?

On demand When you virtualize your servers, do you divide them by operating system, or is it practical to use a bare-metal hypervisor to support all your x86 operating systems?
Miatta Momoh, 11 May 2011
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Fags flash butts in nightclubs

Wireless networking is everywhere these days, from laptops and phones to games consoles and cameras, but perhaps the trend is now getting out of hand. Because eCigarette manufacturer Blu, has made a tab that lets users know when other eSmokers are nearby.
Caleb Cox, 11 May 2011
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VMAX is becoming an app engine

EMC World VMAX could become a server resource with a set of X86 engines controlled by ESX and running EMC software assets inside virtual machine containers, connecting to direct-attached VMAX storage resources.
Chris Mellor, 11 May 2011
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Lenovo shows ThinkPad X1 ahead of time

Lenovo has begun teasing techies ahead of Tuesday, 17 May's ThinkPad X1 launch - or the day after, if you live in the UK.
Tony Smith, 11 May 2011
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MicroSkype: Andreessen settles accounts with Ballmer

Computer history was turned on its head in Silicon Valley yesterday.
Gavin Clarke, 11 May 2011

What’s with WAN optimisation?

The data centre is no longer alone. It's not a facility that occasionally releases data sporadically, on special occasions for particular jobs. As IT functions become increasingly centralised within the data centre, it's hammered constantly for both input and output by all parts of the business.
Manek Dubash, 11 May 2011
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Google opens Chrome Web Store to world+dog

Google I/O Google has announced that its Chrome Web store is now available globally in over 41 languages.
Cade Metz, 11 May 2011
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Google floats monthly subscriptions to Chrome OS notebooks

Google I/O Google will offer Chrome OS notebooks to business and students for a monthly subscription fee beginning June 15. The subscription will include both hardware and software updates.
Cade Metz, 11 May 2011
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Huawei draws blood in ZTE patent tussle

Telecom-equipment maker Huawei Technologies has been awarded an injunction against its Chinese rival, ZTE Technologies, the target of a flurry of patent and trademark lawsuits Huawei filed in Germany, France, and Hungary.
Gavin Clarke, 11 May 2011
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Sergey Brin mum on $500m DoJ settlement stash

Google I/O Google has set aside $500 million to prepare for a possible settlement with the US Department of Justice, according to an SEC filing. But Sergey Brin says he knows nothing about it.
Cade Metz, 11 May 2011
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Microsoft stops ID-ing phones in jab at Google

Microsoft will stop identifying specific mobile devices that use its location-tracking services, a change that differentiates its Windows Phone 7 from Google's competing Android operating system.
Dan Goodin, 11 May 2011
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Sergey Brin: Only 20% of Googlers still on Windows

Google I/O Google co-founder Sergey Brin has said that only about 20 per cent of Google's employees are still using Microsoft Windows, and that all of those users are on Windows 7.
Cade Metz, 11 May 2011
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Intel juices cash dividend (again)

Intel is rolling in cash, and like all mature companies, it pays a dividend to reward its shareholders and to help boost its share price in a positive feedback loop that, in turn, helps it make more money. Intel has so much cash – even after shelling out a fortune to invest in its future 22-nanometer chip fabs – that on Wednesday it raised its dividend for the third time in five months.
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Oracle: Quit messin' and marry Hadoop!

Open...and Shut Oracle isn't the biggest enterprise software vendor, but in 2010 it grew faster than its big-enterprise peers, including Microsoft and IBM, to claim third place. Being ever so ambitious, it's unlikely that Oracle chief executive Larry Ellison will be content to take the bronze. But it's equally unlikely that relational databases will be enough to power Oracle to the top of the enterprise heap.
Matt Asay, 11 May 2011
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Aussie iPad mag developer wins new investors

The iPhone/iPad/Android revolution may or may not be the saviour of big publishers, but it's given an Australian-based publishing platform developer a handy leg-up.
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AT&T spars with rivals over T-Mobile merger

During the $39bn squabble in a US Senate hearing room about whether AT&T's proposed acqusition of T-Mobile should pass antitrust muster, it was no easy feat to sift fact from fiction – although it was easy to discern that the stakes were high and the arguments passionate.
Rik Myslewski, 11 May 2011
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Yes, the new Android movie rentals use Adobe Flash

Google I/O Google believes online video should be delivered with the HTML5 video tag and open source WebM media format. And yet it just introduced a new movie-rental service that uses Adobe Flash and the royalty-encumbered H.264 codec.
Cade Metz, 11 May 2011
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Cisco dollars pinched by cheap switches, vanishing cameras

Cisco Systems' third-quarter numbers for its current fiscal year reveal a company that has run its switching business aground and has become too dependent on the public sector for its revenues.
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Don’t leak WikiLeaks: The NDA from hell

As Julian Assange™ well knows, a culture of secrecy can be counterproductive, encouraging leaks by the disaffected. Someone has now leaked against WikiLeaks, with the organization’s non-disclosure agreement escaping into the wild.