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Nvidia dollars lifted by Intel's Sandy Bridge ramp, payola

Nvidia has frenemy Intel to thank for its improving financial situation in its first quarter of fiscal 2012.
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Easier cookie deleting comes to Adobe Flash

Adobe has released a new version of its ubiquitous Flash Player that finally makes it easier for users to delete the digital breadcrumbs some websites have abused to track users against their wishes.
Dan Goodin, 13 May 2011
Google Chrome OS–equipped Cr-48: three-quarter view

Google Chromebook: Will the revolution be subscribed?

Analysis Google will charge businesses $1,008 to use one of its browser-centric Chromebooks for three years, and the search giant is confident this will slice the total cost of today's business systems in half.
Cade Metz, 13 May 2011
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Darkspore

Review Yes I am old and I remember when Maxis was all about SimCity. Proving it was the God of simulation the developer then managed to get everyone addicted to the The Sims. At the time, I was too busy having a life (read: taking drugs), to get really stuck in, I hear it on good authority that The Sims 2 was absolutely amazing and had a bit of gene mixing of its own.
Lucy Orr, 13 May 2011
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Renault readies sub-£7000 e-car for Blighty

Renault is pledging to put an e-car on Britain's roads for as little as £6690.
Tony Smith, 13 May 2011
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Microsoft, Nokia, HTC fight Apple's 'App store' trademark

Microsoft is joining a challenge to Apple's European trademark of Appstore and App Store.
John Oates, 13 May 2011
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Reg ed rattles the Red-Headed League

FoTW Our editor Joe Fay usually keeps a pretty low profile, but earlier this week he stuck his resolutely brunette bonce* above the parapet with this piece about a shouty Steve Jobs and MobileMe.
Lester Haines, 13 May 2011
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Tape sucks, sniffs EMC

EMC World It does not compute; EMC resold $25m of tape products from Quantum in 2010 but has just declared "Tape sucks" to thousands of attendees at EMC World in Las Vegas. This isn't channel conflict; it looks like out and out war.
Chris Mellor, 13 May 2011
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Jupiter's Io a hotbed of lava

Scientists perusing data from NASA's Galileo spacecraft have concluded that the spectacular volcanism displayed by Jupiter's moon Io is caused by a substantial subsurface magma ocean.
Lester Haines, 13 May 2011
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Check Point boss looks beyond 'weapons' for security defence

Interview De-perimiterisation and the move to cloud computing will not alter the central place the firewall occupies in corporate security architectures, according to Check Point chief exec Gil Shwed.
John Leyden, 13 May 2011
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Brazilians slap health warnings on knickers

Brazil's Congress has decreed that in future underwear must come with warnings of the perils of cancer, a healthy 12 years after the idea was first proposed by former congressman Barbosa Neto.
Lester Haines, 13 May 2011
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Android Market goes commercial in 131 countries

The Android Marketplace now takes payments in 131 countries, Google has revealed, leaving China and Greenland as the biggest blanks on the map along with some of the more war-torn countries.
Bill Ray, 13 May 2011
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Microsoft ID expert confirms departure from Redmond

Kim Cameron has broken his silence and confirmed that he has indeed quit his identity architect job at Microsoft.
Kelly Fiveash, 13 May 2011
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Glass aeroplanes and iPads on the way, say boffins

A new breakthrough in superspeed pulse mould technology will allow aeroplanes, mobile phone casings and suchlike to be made out of a miraculous type of glass which is as tough as metal, according to the inventors of the new process.
Lewis Page, 13 May 2011
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Agency worker rights should be set in comparison with staff, says gov

Employers should compare agency workers to members of its staff who do "broadly similar work" in order to establish what rights the temporary worker is entitled to, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has said.
OUT-LAW.COM, 13 May 2011
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Microsoft pledges Kinect games explosion

Microsoft has announced that the number of Kinect games available top buy will have tripled by the end of the year.
Caleb Cox, 13 May 2011
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Europe promises immigration action as North Africa moves

The European Council met yesterday to discuss the future of the Schengen Agreement - which allows free travel between 25 European countries - in the light of revolutions in north Africa.
John Oates, 13 May 2011
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Impatient punters trade PS3s for Xbox 360s

Retailers say PS3 consoles are being exchanged in record numbers as a result of the PlayStation Network outage.
Caleb Cox, 13 May 2011
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BOFH: Every silver lining has a cloud

Episode 5 Episode 5
Simon Travaglia, 13 May 2011
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Haumea: Mysterious radioactive rugby-ball world

The fifth "dwarf planet" of the solar system, Haumea, is shaped like a rugby ball 2,000km long and its icy surface is warmed by radioactive uranium and thorium ores in its interior.
Lewis Page, 13 May 2011
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Software pirates should offer up more booty, says BSA

Software companies should be entitled to bigger damages for the use of copied software, industry lobby group the Business Software Alliance (BSA) has said.
OUT-LAW.COM, 13 May 2011
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 micro four thirds camera

Review While Panasonic further extends the range of its Micro Four Thirds cameras with the recently announced Lumix DMC-G3, this new arrival with its bulging bridge form factor won’t be for everyone. Keeping up with Olympus with its PEN models, the Lumix DMC-GF1 was Panasonic’s first compact MFT alternative and with the DMC-GF2, the company has gone to town on both size and ease of use. It even accommodates a 3D capture that gets tested in this review along with the 14mm pancake wide angle lens.
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Would putting all the climate scientists in a room solve global warming...

Entourages are not something that delegates bring to a conference. Especially if the delegate is a humble public sector scientist. But the private invitation-only event I attended at Downing College Cambridge this week was no ordinary conference. It was an attempt to bring together leading climate scientists and IPCC figures with their critics.
Andrew Orlowski, 13 May 2011
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Win7 machines harder hit by infection as VXers change tactics

Win7 infection rates rose during the second half of 2010 even as malware hit rates on XP machines declined, according to official statistics from Microsoft.
John Leyden, 13 May 2011
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LimeWire settles with record labels, to pay $105m for copyright hurt

Defunct P2P file-sharing network LimeWire settled out of court with major record companies yesterday in a $105m agreement.
Kelly Fiveash, 13 May 2011
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Samsung shows screen that folds seamlessly

Researchers have developed a display that folds in half without a visible crease, paving the way for a range of foldable mobile concepts to become reality.
Caleb Cox, 13 May 2011
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Peugeot compo cam aids amateur espionage

Car company Peugeot has a competition on its website, in which you have to find hidden 3008s. It features some astonishing panoramic shots of London, taken sometime last summer, from the top of CentrePoint. You can zoom in, and if you go full screen, it’s pretty impressive.
Nigel Whitfield, 13 May 2011
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Italian bus driver goes completely hands-free

A Roman bus driver has demonstrated just why Italians are globally celebrated for their automotive skills by steering his vehicle with his elbows while manipulating a brace of mobile phones.
Lester Haines, 13 May 2011
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YouView confirms Technicolor exit

Set-top box maker Technicolor has pulled out of the YouView internet TV project.
Nigel Whitfield, 13 May 2011
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Facebook 'smear' shock: Journos aghast!

Newspaper readers will be appalled to discover that a blushing, innocent maiden in Silicon Valley has had her reputation besmirched by a wicked rival. Facebook's PR agency attempted to spin a blogger to write an unfavourable story about rival Google. It's caused an outpouring of distress from Her Majesty's Press today, acting at their most chivalrous.
Andrew Orlowski, 13 May 2011
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Newly spunky Tandberg grapples RDX

Two years ago Tandberg Data was an ailing company, but yesterday it agreed to buy the RDX removable disk assets from ProStor, signalling its return to health.
Chris Mellor, 13 May 2011
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Ubisoft whispers the wonder of Wii 2

French games publisher Ubisoft has expressed its excitement over Nintendo's Wii successor, suggesting the forthcoming console will be a high-powered piece of kit that developers will find easy to port to.
Caleb Cox, 13 May 2011
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164XXX jubs shake Middle England

NSFW The Sun has got itself into a right tizz over the 164XXX jubs of one Chelsea Charms (link NSFW), whose humungous Bulgarian airbags were thrust into the faces of innocent kiddies yesterday on ITV's This Morning.
Lester Haines, 13 May 2011
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One thumb up for Facebook security improvements

Security changes designed to curtail the spam and scams that have become endemic on Facebook over recent months have received a cautious welcome from security watchers.
John Leyden, 13 May 2011
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Google 'close to $500m settlement' over illegal drug ads

Google has set aside $500 million not for an antitrust settlement, but to settle a US criminal investigation into claims that it made hundreds of millions of dollars from ads purchased by illegal online pharmacies, according to a report citing people familiar with the matter.
Cade Metz, 13 May 2011
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Is Skype Microsoft's PowerPoint part deux?

MicroBite Microsoft already owns one verb: "PowerPoint. But it's not a very sexy or exciting verb in today's webby world. So, a few years back, Microsoft began searching for another, one that covers something lots of people do online. But Google already owns that one. But this week, chief exec Steve Ballmer finally got his wish. His company is now the proud owner of a second verb: "Skype".
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Kodak wins round in Apple patent brawl

Struggling photo pioneer Eastman Kodak has won an important round in its long-running patent disputes with Apple.
Rik Myslewski, 13 May 2011
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Hackers turn Cisco phones into remote bugging devices

Internet phones sold by Cisco Systems ship with a weakness that allows them to be turned into remote bugging devices that intercept confidential communications in a fashion similar to so many Hollywood spy movies, SC Magazine reported.
Dan Goodin, 13 May 2011
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Cloud Sherpas lead climb into Google heavens

Cloud Sherpas – an Atlanta, Georgia–based outfit that aims to facilitate the use of Google's Apps suite of online business services – has added several new tools to its flagship application.
Cade Metz, 13 May 2011
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Google and Microsoft in trading places shocker

Open...and Shut Microsoft and Google seem to be trading wardrobes of late. Microsoft used to be easy to pick out: black-hat-wearing-bad-guy constantly in hot water with global antitrust authorities and married to proprietary software and not-so-open standards.
Matt Asay, 13 May 2011
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Porn found in Osama bin Laden compound

Osama bin Laden's compound may not have had phone or internet service, but it did have porn. Lots of it.
Dan Goodin, 13 May 2011
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Facebook absolved for exposing user info to advertisers

A federal judge has gutted a lawsuit filed against Facebook for allegedly leaking users' personal information to advertisers on the grounds that they didn't suffer specific injuries and the leak didn't run afoul of wiretap and computer fraud statutes.
Dan Goodin, 13 May 2011
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Security watchers unpick PlayStation hack

Security analysts have narrowed down the probable causes of the infamous Sony PlayStation Network breach.
John Leyden, 13 May 2011
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Microsoft BPOS cloud outage burns Exchange converts

Microsoft has served up another apology for the unreliability of its cloud after burning converts to its BPOS collaboration service by killing their email.
Gavin Clarke, 13 May 2011