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Fairfax looks for bids on auction site

Fairfax Media is considering offloading New Zealands’s biggest online auction site Trade Me and has embarked on a wider strategic review of its group assets.
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Sex-rating social pages take off in Queensland

A plague of geographically based Facebook "sex-rating" pages is spreading in north-east Australia, rating locals on their sexual pedigree.
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RSA appoints security chief amid blistering criticism

RSA has appointed its first chief security officer, three months after a data theft on its network contributed to the hack of the world's biggest defense contractor, and possibly other important customers.
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Intel teaches machines to build own device drivers

Intel Labs is working to automate the tedious and error-prone process of writing device drivers and porting them to different operating systems.
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Nikon Coolpix P300 compact camera

Review Nikon's endeavour to rein in Canon’s success in the compacts market has seen the Coolpix P7000 released as a direct competitor to the Canon PowerShot G12. By introducing the P300, Nikon's first pocket-sized advanced compact, the company seems keen to cast a shadow over the Canon PowerShot S95.
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Xiotech unscabbards go-faster flash-mungous ISE blade

Six months after it was announced, Xiotech's go-faster flash-enhanced ISE storage blade is here, and ready to rock and roll.
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Council fined for randomly emailing personal data

Surrey County Council has been fined £120,000 by the Information Commissioner's Office for breaking the Data Protection Act.
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Pollster: Performance has little to do with pay, bureaucracy

Good engagement and more autonomy for staff, and a willingness to accept "controlled risk" are the characteristics that make for a successful organisation, according to the head of a major polling company.
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Lulz warns NHS of sick security

LulzSec, the security collective which claimed credit for hacking Sony, has taken to Twitter to warn the NHS that it stumbled across several admin passwords.
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Lanarkshire wristslap after vulnerable adults' data lost

A local authority has signed an undertaking to improve the security of the personal data it holds after information about six vulnerable home support clients was stolen from a worker, the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has said.
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MS lines up bumper Patch Tuesday

Microsoft is preparing a bumper Patch Tuesday for next week, with 16 security bulletins that collectively address 34 vulnerabilities.
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Nokia takes the Facebook wall physical with NFC

Nokia's latest research video shows us how high-speed NFC could make physical walls as interactive as their Facebook equivalents, while Barclaycard has tweaked its TV advertising to include Orange.
Bill Ray, 10 2011
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Can cloud save the NHS?

As the scope of cuts to the UK public sector becomes clearer, the holy grail becomes finding places where money can be saved with no impact on frontline services.
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Channel CFOs break free

The chief financial officer at Kelway - who oversaw the major acquisitions the reseller monster had made in recent years - is leaving by mutual consent at the end of the month and plans to set up a consultancy advising other channel businesses on a buy and build strategy.
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NAO calls for new ambulance data systems

Ambulance services need to develop data systems and procedures quickly, so organisations can collect and share information to measure performance, according to the National Audit Office (NAO).
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Spanish police cuff three Anonymous hack suspects

Updated Spanish national police have arrested three suspected members of the infamous Anonymous hacking crew.
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Facebook plonks Sofa in Web2.0 lounge

Facebook bought Netherlands start-up Sofa for an undisclosed sum yesterday.
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Midlands council laughs at zombie-apocalypse threat

Leicester City Council has been forced to admit that it lacks a comprehensive emergency plan should the Midlands city be hit by zombie attack.
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VDI is not the only fruit

Video Thinking about virtualising your desktop? Virtual desktop infrastructure isn't the only option, says Trevor Pott, arch-sysadmin and El Reg contributor. In this podcast with Danny Bradbury, he discusses the alternatives to VDI, such as application virtualisation.
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Dragon scoops Expansys into his Marlow den

Etailer Expansys has relocated offices from Manchester to Marlow, but unsurprisingly the majority of the staff refused to make the daily 286-mile round trip.
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Carphone Warehouse offers BlackBerry tablet a day early

The Carphone Warehouse reckons it will be able to sell you one of RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook a day ahead of the tablet's 16 June UK debut.
Hard Reg, 10 2011
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HP refuses to resurrect global partner piss-up conference

HP has confirmed will not be running a global partner knees-up for the third year running much to chagrin of some in the UK channel who are keen to get a run down of top level strategy, particularly in light of Leo Apotheker's succession to disgraced former CEO Mark Hurd.
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Chromebooks hit UK shelves pre-order pages

Netbooks and notebooks based on Google's Chrome OS look set to arrive in the UK early next month - though you'll wait longer if you want a 3G-connected model.
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Is a Fusion-io bubble building up?

Comment Did you ever! Fusion-io shares opened at $25, $6 above the $19 IPO price and valuing the company at $1.9bn. Is this a flash bubble?
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Apple wades in to defend developers

Apple is wading into the patent row between Lodsys and seven Apple application developers.
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Red Faction: Armageddon

Review Red Faction: Guerrilla released in 2009 was a sandbox full of C-4. Volition and its clever Geo-Mod technology gave me the world and the tools to destroy it. Yet with Red Faction: Armageddon, Volition has clasped the reins of this chaotic monster and decided, mistakenly perhaps, that it needs some steering.
Lucy Orr, 10 2011
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Where do all the Free Schools go?

Video Education Secretary Michael Gove faces many obstacles (and many opponents) to his plan to let parents, charities and educational experts open and manage new Free Schools in their local areas.
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Cabinet Office talks to Facebook & co about new ID system

Exclusive Facebook and other social networks could be used by British citizens to sign into public services online, The Register has learned.
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Phishers LAMP web hosts

Phishers compromise LAMP-based websites for days at a time and hit the same victims over and over again, according to an Anti-Phishing Working Group survey.
Joe Fay, 10 2011
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4G auctions - illegal and immoral?

Both O2 and BT contend that Ofcom's 4G auction proposals amount to illegal subsidy of their competitors, but all the other network operators are curiously silent on the whole thing.
Bill Ray, 10 2011
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Reg hack cast adrift as Illuminati Online goes off-line

Self-Indulgent Comment For nearly 20 years I've paid, monthly, for an email account, but next month the domain shuts down and while I feel I should care it seems email isn't as important as it used to be.
Bill Ray, 10 2011
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Sophos says sorry over Google Analytics false alarm

Updated Sophos has apologised after its security screening technology went awry and began falsely warning users when they visited websites running Google Analytics.
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E3 2011: the showstoppers

Show Roundup 2011's Electronic Entertainment Expo in LA set the world alight with inklings of a new console war and more titles on display than a brimful bookshop.
Caleb Cox, 10 2011
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Mission critical computing for the masses

The provisioning highly-available IT service, once the sole province of large enterprises, is today available to everyone.
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Cloud iTunes DESTROYS music business FOREVER!

More hysterical shrieking reaches us about Apple's new music feature, I'm afraid.
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IPv6 on Mobile? Only if it's free

The UK's first trial of mobile IPv6 is suffering technical delays as the operator struggles to make it work, though that's still impressive when the competition can't work out why they should even bother.
Bill Ray, 10 2011
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Speck TrimSleeve MacBook Air case

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Codemasters pulls website after hackers pwn customer database

Games developer Codemasters has taken its website offline and advised users to change their passwords in the aftermath of a hack attack last week.
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Two fined for mobile data theft

Two ex-T-Mobile staff have to pay £73,700 in fines and confiscation orders after being found guilty of breaking the Data Protection Act.
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IBM demos graphene circuits

Researchers at IBM are showing off a high-speed switching circuit based on graphene.
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Go Daddy to sell .xxx domains

Go Daddy, the largest seller of internet domain names, has become the latest registrar to sign up to sell .xxx addresses.
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LTE iPhone 5 coming this fall?

If you're jonesing for a 4G LTE iPhone 5, you may only have to wait until this fall – and move to the United Arab Emirates. Or not.
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Duke Nukem Forever rocks up on shelves

Somebody pinch me, I must be dreaming. 14 years since production first commenced, Duke Nukem Forever has finally gone on sale. It was immediately hit by stonkingly bad reviews, though. D'oh!
Caleb Cox, 10 2011
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Red Hat's Oracle shot: The Unbreakable Database?

Open...and Shut Red Hat has always been joined at the hip to the success of the database market. What's surprising is that it has yet to launch its own database product. Perhaps that should change.
Matt Asay, 10 2011