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Desktop OS revenue and growth outpace servers

It doesn't take any insight at all – or the analysts at Gartner – to figure out which operating system supplier is the largest. It's Microsoft, of course. But which ones are numbers two, three, and four? And which is the fastest-growing maker of operating systems? The answers might surprise you.
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HP unveils stylin' new desktop line

HP has spiffed up its three-PC desktop line just one week after rolling out new consumer and business notebooks and netbooks.
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Bin Laden's porn stash: Too good to be true?

The revelation that US commandos who stormed Osama bin Laden's Pakistan bolthole unearthed a "massive smut stash" didn't much surprise those who'd been expecting news that the terrorist wasn't quite the paragon of Islamic virtue he claimed to be.
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AMD chases servers with fanless FirePro GPU

There are a number of different annoying things about the fanless GPU co-processors that Nvidia and Advanced Micro Devices are peddling as adjunct computational engines for servers. First, these Tesla and FireStream co-processors, as their lines are respectively known, cost more than regular GPUs. And they also have a different set of drivers that deprecate their use as a graphics card.
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Turks take to the streets against web filters

Thousands of people in Turkey took to the streets yesterday to protest government plans for compulsory internet filtering.
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Evil flash cookies easier to delete with new Adobe player

Controversial "Flash cookies" can now be deleted from within web browsers like more traditional cookies, the software company behind Flash technology has said.
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Seagate intros Wi-Fi hard drive for iKit

Seagate has taken the wraps off a wireless hard drive designed as additional storage for iPhones and iPads.
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Sun attempts to ID entire FA Cup Final crowd

The Sun has thrown its weight behind an attempt to ID everyone who was at Wembley for Saturday's FA Cup Final, and who were captured in an impressive 360° hi-res picture as they cheered on Manchester City and Stoke City.
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EMC's all-flash benediction: Turbulence ahead

Analysis A rising tide lifts all boats and the blessing EMC gave to all-flash arrays at EMC World will be gratefully seized upon by a string of established small players and start-up wannabees such as Pure Storage and SolidFire. But this tide could carry some boats into turbulent waters.
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Autonomy engulfs 5-petabyte Iron Mountain cloud

Autonomy is paying $380m for Iron Mountain's archiving and online backup business.
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In-app payment patent scattergun fired at small devs

Mobile developers using in-app purchasing have been hit with letters requesting they hand over half a per cent of their US revenue as a licence for using the patented concept.
Bill Ray, 16 2011
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Sony restores PlayStation Network parts

Sony reinstated several features of the PlayStation Network yesterday in a phased return of service throughout Europe and North America.
Caleb Cox, 16 2011
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RM reports first-half loss, nasty sales dip

Education technology provider RM saw revenue decline 15 per cent in the first six months of the company's fiscal year.
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Yahoo! boo-hoo over Alibaba boo-boo

Yahoo! has told its long-suffering investors that it is still in discussions with Alibaba over the fate of its payment business Alipay.
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Square Enix confirms data lifted in website raids

Japanese video game developer Square Enix has confirmed that email address and resumes of job seekers have been exposed following a website hack.
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Vodafone touts 'new concept' smartphone

You'd have thought Vodafone had low-cost Android smartphone a-plenty to sell, but it still feels it needs another, this one an own-brander aimed at folk who haven't used a smartphone before.
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Rambus litigation imperilled by document shredding

A US Appeal court has found that Rambus had shredded documents pertinent to two lawsuits it had won, and has asked lower courts to re-examine the cases, threatening Rambus licence revenues.
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Hargreaves review 'to bring in digital rights clearing house'

Strategic leaks from the ongoing review of the UK's copyright law suggest Ian Hargreaves' team will establish a new intermediary agency he hopes will speed up digital licensing.
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Freecom looks to leather for drive dress

Freecom has introduced a leather-clad external hard drive.
Hard Reg, 16 2011
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Boy George plonks tech centre onto Silicon Roundabout

An energy, transport and social data "research centre" was announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne this morning.
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RIM confirms 'limited' BlackBerry Playbook recall

Research in Motion has confirmed claims that a number of 16GB BlackBerry PlayBook tablets are faulty and must be recalled.
Caleb Cox, 16 2011
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Nokia finally gives Ovi brand a mercy bullet

"People often ask, 'What's a "Nokia"? – is it some new kind of yoga or a fashionable new diet?' Then you remind them – it's the platform for the Ovi mobile services experience – and the fog of confusion quickly clears." – The Register, August 2010
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Dropbox 'insecure and misleading' – crypto researcher

Updated Popular cloud storage service Dropbox is misleading users into thinking it is more secure than it really is, says a security researcher and academic, who has asked for the FTC to investigate.
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Sony Ericsson walks away from Clearwire logo fight

Sony Ericsson has given up its action against Clearwire for having a swirly green logo, as Clearwire concedes it is unlikely to ever launch a competing range of mobile phones.
Bill Ray, 16 2011
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RIM BlackBerry PlayBook 7in tablet

Review The PlayBook is described by makers RIM as the first professional-grade tablet. RIM, of course, is best known for its e-mail handset, the BlackBerry. A good deal larger and minus the distinctive keyboard, RIM’s Playbook is a handsome machine, well-designed and with great build quality.
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McKinnon battles renewed Obama-era extradition push

Family and supporters of Gary McKinnon remain confident that their campaign against his extradition to the US will ultimately prove successful, despite the insistence of a senior Obama government law official that the alleged hacker ought to stand trial in the US.
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Comet owner boosted by closure rumours

Kesa Electricals – the owner of Comet – has seen its shares jump almost 8 per cent today, on rumours that it may close the UK chain Comet and return to its roots in France.
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Endeavour heads off on final mission

Space shuttle Endeavour blasted off on its 25th and final mission today, carrying the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS) and spare parts to the International Space Station.
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Digital Music: a collective failure of imagination

Analysis It's about 10 years since I rigged up dynamic DNS in my apartment in San Francisco so I could play my music library remotely. I suspect many of you have tried something similar, and many more have subsequently used Orb or a Slingbox to achieve the same goal.
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Cisco, Microsoft, NetApp chum up against VMware

Who needs VMware? NetApp, Microsoft and Cisco are releasing validated server/hypervisor/storage designs for Hyper-V cloud data centres. We definitely won't call them vBlocks.
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Brussels opens ears on cloud computing

The European Commission has opened a consultation on cloud computing ahead of the creation of a Europe-wide strategy.
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SanDisk gobbles Pliant in $327m deal

Embedded and Smart Card flash supplier SanDisk is buying enterprise SSD start-up Pliant Technology for $327m. The move could well signal the start of SSD supplier consolidation.
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UK public-sector union DDoS'd

The Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union says that its website has been under sustained cyberattack for the past five days.
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Designer punts ultimate customisable keyboard

If we wrote stories for every concept design that crossed our desks, we wouldn't have time to bring you much else. Some designs are worth a mention, though, and this idea of a fully customisable keyboard certainly raises a few eyebrows.
Caleb Cox, 16 2011
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Mozilla to shift 12m surfers off 2-year-old Firefox 3.5

Mozilla is planning to shunt 12 million users, who are still surfing the web on its aged Firefox 3.5 browser, over to a more recent version.
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Obama gov wants 3 yrs porridge for infrastructure hackers

The Obama administration is looking to make hacking attacks against critical infrastructure systems punishable by a mandatory three years imprisonment. It also wants an Act normally applied to mobsters to be applied to online criminals too.
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Up to $650 for a .xxx domain - or to keep your name off one

Pornographers and brand owners can expect to pay between $75 and $650 to register .xxx domain names, newly published registrar pricing schemes have revealed.
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Adobe lets audio and video onto SendNow file transfer cloud

Adobe has announced that you can now send audio and video files via SendNow, the file-transfer service the company introduced last November.
Cade Metz, 16 2011
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Win free tickets to Hadoop Summit

Competition The Register is offering its beloved readers the chance to win free tickets to Yahoo!'s fourth-annual Hadoop Summit, a one-day confab dedicated to the open source distributed number-crunching platform.
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VMware gets Go-ing with Shavlik buy

Server virtualization juggernaut VMware has bought Shavlik Technologies, one of its partners in virtual machine management and a provider of patch management and network security tools.
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VIA double stuffs x64 clone chips

Intel and Advanced Micro Devices are not the only ones innovating in the x64 chip racket. VIA Technologies has carved out a niche for itself for low-powered chips suitable for netbooks, small form factor PCs, micro servers, and other embedded devices, and is double-stuffing its sockets with the QuadCore X4 chips to better compete with Intel's Atom and AMD's future "Bobcat" processors.
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Teenage duo sentenced over credit card Ghostmarket

Two UK teenagers received sentences for repeated hack attacks that stole credit card data and took one online webhost offline.
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HP breakthrough to hasten flash memory's demise?

HP scientists have made a breakthrough in the development of memristors, a fundamental circuit type that looks increasingly likely to replace NAND flash and possibly DRAM.
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Russian rumor: Microsoft to buy Nokia for $30bn

Today's unsubstantiated but intriguing rumor: Microsoft will buy Nokia's mobile division – smartphones, feature phones, plain-vanilla phones – for $30bn, and the deal will be completed this year because "обе компании очень сильно торопятся."
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99% of Android phones leak secret account credentials

The vast majority of devices running Google's Android operating system are vulnerable to attacks that allow adversaries to steal the digital credentials used to access calendars, contacts, and other sensitive data stored on the search giant's servers, university researchers have warned.
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Microsoft welcomes CentOS Linux onto virtualized Windows

OSBC Microsoft is taking a swing at Red Hat, promoting freebie Linux CentOS on Windows Server via its hypervisor and offering technical support for service providers.
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NBN looks for more wireless spectrum

NBN Co is on the hunt for more wireless spectrum and is currently in talks with the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) to acquire unallocated 2.2 GHz blocks.
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Open source .NET mimic rises from Novell ashes

The founders of Mono – an effort to build an open source version of Microsoft's .NET platform – have launched a new company around the project, just fourteen days after they were laid off by new Novell owner Attachmate.
Cade Metz, 16 2011
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Kiwi virtual world creators get $2.5m

The growing investment frenzy for anything "social" continues, with SmallWorlds attracting the eye of New Zealand entrepreneur Sam Morgan, who has tipped NZ$2.5 million into the company.