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Gates defends Ballmer's Skype gamble

Somebody big has come to the defense of Steve Ballmer's $8.5bn purchase of web telco Skype - the biggest deal in Microsoft's history.
Gavin Clarke, 18 May 2011
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Aussies stumped reading the phone bill

Australia may enjoy some of the highest teledensity levels in the world, but the more calls made, the less the understanding of pricing and billing information, claims the Australian Communications and Media Authority.
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Linux kernel runs inside web browser

An independent programmer has used JavaScript to build a PC emulator capable of running Linux inside a web browser.
Cade Metz, 18 May 2011
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Journo was arrested, says Qld cop

Queensland Police have told a press conference in Queensland that they did indeed arrest tech journalist Ben Grubb in their investigation of a Facebook vulnerability demonstrated at Australia’s AusCERT conference on Sunday.
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Kiwis dump telco 'regulatory holiday'

New Zealand’s government has decided to abandon the regulatory holiday it had offered to companies building fibre broadband in that country, under its UFB (ultra-fast broadband) programme.
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Intel: Windows on ARM won't run 'legacy apps'

Update: Microsoft has taken issue with Intel's comments on the next version of Windows. An update to this story can be found here.
Rik Myslewski, 18 May 2011
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iControlPad Bluetooth controller for mobile devices

iGamer Ever tried a bout of Quake III on your Android tablet or a few laps of Super Mario Kart on your iPhone? Chances are, you spent the first few seconds smiling with nostalgia and the rest of the time hurling expletives at the poor controls. Even simple platformers, such as Super Mario World, although translating well onto touchscreens, are often spoiled by fingers obscuring most of the action.
Andrew Bailey, 18 May 2011
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Third mighty WD 'data tub' launched

WD has launched a big, fat data tub, a 3TB hard drive for audio-video applications, the AV-GP, giving WD three 3TB drives in its line-up.
Chris Mellor, 18 May 2011
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Endeavour sneaks up on space station for elevenses

Space shuttle Endeavour is currently sneaking up on the ISS prior to docking at around 10:15 GMT, with NASA providing live coverage of the space mating here.
Lester Haines, 18 May 2011
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NHS IT dino-project NPfIT should be killed off - NAO

The National Programme for IT - the multi-billion pound contract to update NHS technology use - continues to show an absence of basic management, and even though the scope of the project is shrinking costs are not.
John Oates, 18 May 2011
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HDS training up partners for enterprise sales

HDS wants its top partners to become more specialised to sell its storage gear into enterprises.
Chris Mellor, 18 May 2011

Survey shows slab-fondlers are loving their iPads

The annual Wiggin UK entertainment survey – see a bit of it here – has a new section this year taking in the public's attitudes to fondleslabs.
Andrew Orlowski, 18 May 2011
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Sandy Bridge MacBook Air rumour restoked

New MacBook Airs based on Intel's Sandy Bridge platform - second-generation Core i CPUs, essentially - will be out in June or July.
Tony Smith, 18 May 2011
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Nominet fails to pin down its net cop role

.uk Policy Forum Nominet, the .uk domain name manager, yesterday held its inaugural .uk Policy Forum, a talking shop designed to give stakeholders a chance to voice their opinions about internet governance.
Kevin Murphy, 18 May 2011
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HTC's UK repair centre suffering long delays, confusion

HTC has admitted its UK service centre is failing to repair and return handsets on schedule, but tells us the problems will soon disappear thanks to its new service centre.
Bill Ray, 18 May 2011
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Japanese still locked out of PlayStation Network

Sony has restored its PlayStation network in most of the world following a high profile hack last month, but gamers in its native Japan remain locked out of the system.
John Leyden, 18 May 2011
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Email in the cloud

Interview An application like email has the ability to swallow most of your time, just so it works as badly as it ever did. Oil and gas recruitment company Swift Worldwide Resources can't function without email, but spent long hours just keeping its creaking POP3 servers online. It solved the problem by switching to hosted email instead.
Tim Phillips, 18 May 2011
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E Ink, Epson to build 'retina' display for e-book readers

E Ink and Epson are to jointly develop a electronic paper panel with a "retina display" pixel density... almost.
Tony Smith, 18 May 2011
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LinkedIn thinks it's worth $4bn on eve of IPO

Social-networking-for-suits website LinkedIn has increased the target price for shares it will sell tomorrow in its Initial Public Offering.
John Oates, 18 May 2011
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Pint-sized 3D printer produced

3D printers are generally so large, that even if you had a daily use for one, it would be an implausible prospect to set up beside your home PC. This could be about to change.
Caleb Cox, 18 May 2011
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Endeavour docks with space station for the last time

Space shuttle Endeavour docked with the International Space Station for the 12th and final time earlier today, as its swansong mission continues to run smoothly.
Lester Haines, 18 May 2011
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Serial hacker TinKode rifles through NASA satellite files

A serial hacker has broken into NASA systems before posting "proof" of his exploits online.
John Leyden, 18 May 2011
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Lloyds TSB signs up to Olympic Phone pay-by-wave plan

Samsung and Visa have signed up Lloyds TSB to back NFC payments made at the Olympics, on the special-edition Olympic phone, but still need an operator to complete the set.
Bill Ray, 18 May 2011
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Heavy coffee drinking wards off deadly cancer in men

Splendid news today for many Reg readers and journalists: a new study indicates that heavy coffee drinking staves off deadly prostate cancer in men.
Lewis Page, 18 May 2011
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Hargreaves 'Google Review' backs digi-rights swap shop

The "Google Review" – Ian Hargreaves' Independent Review of IP and Growth – has been published. The report's language is more Dave Spart than Geoff Taylor; it reflects legal academia's view that IP is an oppressive hindrance on our way to a cybernetic utopia, rather than the creator and business' view that IP is a temporary monopoly necessary for investment to support inventions.
Andrew Orlowski, 18 May 2011
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Dixons to flog off old 'brands' Miranda and Saisho

Struggling retailer Dixons Store Group has appointed an IP firm to flog off two of its now-defunct brands.
John Oates, 18 May 2011
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Samsung Galaxy S II dual core Android smartphone

Review Sometimes the Mark II versions of phones feel like they’ve had little more than a light skim with the update brush. Yet with the Samsung Galaxy S II, this is certainly not the case. While, the original Galaxy S was a fine handset, this latest refit includes dual core processor, stunning AMOLED screen, a fine 8Mp camera, over-air syncing and more, all packed within one of the slimmest enclosures you’re likely to come across.
Dave Oliver, 18 May 2011
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The other enterprise desktop?

Webcast This week, The Register’s Tim Phillips was your host for the live Regcast ‘The other enterprise desktop: Because Windows can’t be everything to everyone ’. And very jolly it was too, getting lots of good questions and feedback from viewers on the day.
Miatta Momoh, 18 May 2011
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Attachmate's Brauckmann takes control of SUSE Linux

Legacy software lover Attachmate has put one of its own long-time executives in charge of what was formerly Novell's SUSE Linux operation and will focus that unit on serving Linux customers and growing Linux business.
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UK student hacker sentenced over gaming Trojan

A UK university student has avoided jail over a malware-based scam that allowed him to break into the personal computers and webmail accounts of an estimated 100 victims.
John Leyden, 18 May 2011
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Welshman attempts to board train with pony

A Welshman* has earned himself 15 minutes of CCTV fame by attempting to board a train with a pony.
Lester Haines, 18 May 2011
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Apple proposes even tinier SIMs for future iPhones, iPads

Apple has proposed an even tinier SIM format to the European standards body ETSI.
Bill Ray, 18 May 2011
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Boobs on display in Duke Nukem web game

NSFW The Duke is back with a fresh PR stunt, this time an online game which features guns, targets and lots of Bulgarian airbags.
Caleb Cox, 18 May 2011
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Life is simpler with fewer business suppliers

In a previous article we looked at how organisations could consolidate data assets to support the business better.
Nathan Coates, 18 May 2011
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Cisco refuses to deny it will sell off Linksys

Cisco is understood to be planning to sell off its consumer router Linksys business. The company has declined to squash the rumour.
Kelly Fiveash, 18 May 2011
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End user productivity revisited

Survey Productivity is a concept that sometimes appears to have been hijacked by IT vendor marketing people.
Dale Vile, 18 May 2011
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Schmidt: Android will bring DEMOCRACY to the WORLD

A combination of Moore's law and Android will bring down corrupt and authoritarian regimes over the coming years, Eric Schmidt declared at a Google conference on Privacy today.
Joe Fay, 18 May 2011
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Downing Street e-petition site to get new Directgov home

Number 10 Downing Street's defunct e-petition site will soon find a new home in the government's Directgov website, which is currently under review and is likely to be replaced within the next year.
Kelly Fiveash, 18 May 2011
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India gets any-phone mobile Facebook for a penny a day

For a rupee a day Indians can now get onto Facebook, assuming all their mates aren't on Google's Orkut network and they don't mind missing all the graphics.
Bill Ray, 18 May 2011
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Labour: France's pirate-bashing Hadopi laws work

Shadow culture minister Ivan Lewis has cited new research from France to support anti-piracy enforcement online.
Andrew Orlowski, 18 May 2011
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SAP to sit enterprise offering on Amazon clouds

SAP has not had a very easy time getting its Business ByDesign on-demand applications to market, and it may not matter all that much now that the German software giant is preparing to allow for its various enterprise applications to run on Amazon's EC2 compute cloud.
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Civil-service union hit by invisible DDoS is back up

Update The Public and Commercial and Services union's website was back up and running in time for its annual conference on Wednesday, following a week-long denial of service assault.
John Leyden, 18 May 2011
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David Davis: Jobless should dig trenches for fat UK pipes

Maverick Tory MP and former Shadow Home Secretary David Davis used this morning's Times to call for BT to raise an army of unwashed, unemployed oiks to build the UK's next generation broadband network.
John Oates, 18 May 2011
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Microsoft replaces Xbox 360s after disc-format switch

Microsoft has confirmed rumours that Xbox 360 users who find their console to be incompatible with a new Xbox disc format will be offered a replacement machine.
Caleb Cox, 18 May 2011
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Supreme Court: DNA database retention regs are unlawful

The Supreme Court has ruled that guidance on the running of the national DNA database – which states that all collected DNA signatures should be retained other than in "exceptional" circumstances – is unlawful. However the court, noting that Parliament is considering the matter, has declined to specify any remedy for the situation.
Lewis Page, 18 May 2011
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San Francisco BOFH must cough up $1.5m

San Francisco admin Terry Childs must pay nearly $1.5m for bringing down the city's network for 12 days.
John Oates, 18 May 2011
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Google rejigs new dev cloud prices after coder outcry

One week after introducing a new pricing structure for its App Engine development cloud, Google has announced a handful of changes to the setup in response to complaints from many of the developers currently using the service.
Cade Metz, 18 May 2011
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Otellini: ARM servers 'ain't gonna work'

Intel CEO Paul Otellini has a low opinion of ARM Holdings' efforts to crack the server market, an arena in which Chipzilla's processors are the dominant force.
Rik Myslewski, 18 May 2011
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New PlayStation Network hack hijacks user accounts

Four days after the PlayStation Network reopened, Sony has taken down login and password recovery pages for the service following reports they contained a serious flaw that was actively exploited to hijack user accounts.
Dan Goodin, 18 May 2011
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Appro plunks Opteron super into US fission lab

Supercomputing upstart Appro International has scored a relatively big win, getting a large cluster of its Xtreme-X parallel machines installed and running at the Idaho National Laboratory, one of the little known labs of the US Department of Energy.
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Sky-high megablog names top 50 'cloud innovators'

GigaOM – the San Francisco-based megablog that so closely chronicled the rise of what the world now calls cloud computing – has released its list of the industry's top 50 "cloud innovators".
Team Register, 18 May 2011
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Intel rewrites 'inadequate' roadmap, 'reinvents' PC

Intel has rewritten its product roadmap to drastically cut the power targets for its notebook processors and to expand those targets for its mobile-device processors.
Rik Myslewski, 18 May 2011
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Google rolls out fix for Android security threat

Google has plugged a security hole that exposed the vast majority of Android phone users' calendars and contacts when they accessed those services over unsecured networks.
Dan Goodin, 18 May 2011
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Apple leases space in new Silicon Valley data center

Apple has leased space in a new Silicon Valley data center, according to a report citing "multiple industry sources".
Cade Metz, 18 May 2011