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From virtualisation to private cloud

We all know what virtualisation consists of: a host containing one or more virtual machines, usually, but not necessarily, servers.
Alan Stevens, 20 Jun 2011
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Sega’s saggy security

The latest victim of a large scale attack is Sega Corp, which has admitted that security of its Sega Pass website database in Europe had been compromised. The personal information on all of its 1,290,755 registered users has been stolen.
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Voda India scraps lawsuit over Facebook rant

Vodafone’s Indian operation Vodafone Essar has dropped legal action against a customer that dared criticize its services on Facebook.
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Telstra’s T-Box adds Foxtel

Telstra will start carrying Foxtel channels on its rival IPTV T-Box service from next week.
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Dell snaps up RNA Networks

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Acrobatic US driver in 85mph back-seat drunk sex prang

A court in Virginia must decide just whether it's actually possible to drive a car at 85mph while simultaneously engaging in drunken back-seat sex.
Lester Haines, 20 Jun 2011
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Got a website? Pay attention, Cookie Law will come

Small businesses need to be careful of the European Union cookie law - although so far most countries seem to be ignoring it.
John Oates, 20 Jun 2011
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Intel gets into Comcast product catalog

While Motorola’s announcements at the Cable Show in Chicago last week shows that it has come alive and is hellbent on keeping its major cable customers, in Comcast and Time Warner Cable, the emergence of an Intel chip in an announced set top box at Comcast must set Broadcom firmly back on its heels and send the shivers up Motorola as well.
Faultline, 20 Jun 2011
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Stranger danger: Worse online, or on the street?

There have been more than 2,000 child victims of "on street" grooming since 2008, but poor data collection makes combating the problem more difficult - according to an official report.
John Oates, 20 Jun 2011
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Foxconn staffer jailed for iPad IP theft

A Chinese court has convicted three Chinese citizens, one a Foxconn employee, for trade secret theft.
Andrew Orlowski, 20 Jun 2011
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Rare video: Moon flashing in front of giant's face

Vid Boffins at the European Space Agency are hugging themselves gleefully after capturing a dramatic vid from a space probe in orbit above Mars which shows the Martian moon Phobos zooming across the backdrop provided by gigantic Jupiter.
Lewis Page, 20 Jun 2011
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Microsoft gains DoJ anti-trust approval on Skype buy

Thr US Department of Justice approved Microsoft's $8.5bn acquisition of Luxembourg-based Skype Technologies SA on Friday.
Kelly Fiveash, 20 Jun 2011
Huawei MediaPad

Huawei outs 'first' Android 3.2 7in tablet

Chinese handset maker Huawei has taken the wraps off its latest tablet: the 7in, Android 3.2-based MediaPad - the first of its kind to run that version of the Google OS, Huawei claimed.
Tony Smith, 20 Jun 2011
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Orange spreads Glasto goofery to t-shirts

Orange has outdone itself with its traditional Glastonbury green-tech, this year touting a t-shirt which generates power from the gig itself and provides enough to charge a mobile phone.
Bill Ray, 20 Jun 2011
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ICANN opens the domain floodgates

The peak international regulator for domain names has ICANN has approved a groundbreaking plan to increase the number of generic top-level domains (gTLDs) from the current 22 such as .com, to customizable ones which could include brand names, different languages or scripts.
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Vintage Psion prototype: Yours for £85,000

An unreleased Psion prototype can be yours for a mere £85,000 - if you hurry. Just don't expect it to do anything.
Andrew Orlowski, 20 Jun 2011
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Apple to revamp desktop Macs

Apple will refresh its Mac Pro and Mac Mini desktop computers in August, with the new range featuring Intel’s new Sandy Bridge CPUs and Thunderbolt, the company’s latest high-speed peripheral interface developed in collaboration with Intel.
Bob Dormon, 20 Jun 2011

Win! 12 RHA MA-350 earphones up for grabs

Competition Glasgow-based Reid & Heath Acoustics (RHA) has a dozen pairs of its new MA-350 in-ear 'phones - each worth £29.95 - to give away to 12 lucky Reg Hardware readers.
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World braces for domain name EXPLOSION

ICANN meeting The number of top-level internet domains is set to double over the next few years, after ICANN today approved the launch of a program that will let any company apply to run dot-anything.
Kevin Murphy, 20 Jun 2011
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30,000 Shreks besmirch BeautifulPeople

Updated Surface-preoccupied hook-up site BeautifulPeople.com has culled 30,000 uglies who were accidentally allowed to join the "largest most exclusively beautiful community in the world".
Lester Haines, 20 Jun 2011
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Orange eco T-shirt boosts Glasto goers' blowers

Orange has once again dived into this year's festival season with a nifty eco-product for charging mobile devices – a T-shirt that uses sound energy to produce an electrical charge.
Caleb Cox, 20 Jun 2011
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Met Police confirms ICT outage but plays down attack fears

The Metropolitan Police Service is investigating the cause of a "major network issue" that has prevented staff using some IT services for almost two weeks.
Paul Kunert, 20 Jun 2011
Peugeot iOn e-car

Peugeot iOn e-car

Review Back in 2009, I took one of the first pre-production Mitsusbishi iMiEV’s in the UK for a spin. Spool forward to 2011 and you can now have the e-car with a Peugeot or Citroën badge on the nose. But there have been enough, albeit subtle, changes to warrant a another shufti.
Alun Taylor, 20 Jun 2011
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NetApp goes a bundle with OnCommand

NetApp aims to be a best-of-breed supplier of storage to cloud computing stacks. As such, it wants its arrays to be easy to use and manageable at the storage admin and cloud orchestration layer levels.
Chris Mellor, 20 Jun 2011
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Sprint springs into bed with LightSquared

Sprint is to help LightSquared get its 4G network rolled out across America, and become a significant customer of that network too, according to documents seen by Bloomberg.
Bill Ray, 20 Jun 2011
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Japan takes the Top 500 lead with K super

ISC'11 Japan needs a little good news these days, and it comes from the International Super Computing 2011 conference in Hamburg, Germany, as the K supercomputer, a massively parallel Sparc-based cluster built by Fujitsu, has taken the lead in the number-crunching race as gauged by the June 2011 edition of the Top 500 supercomputer list and its Linpack Fortran benchmark.
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Saab fingers BAE over South African fighter deal

UK-headquartered arms globocorp BAE Systems is back in the spotlight over allegedly corrupt business practices after its partner Saab announced that it had submitted documents to the Swedish national anti-corruption prosecutor and specifically named BAE.
Lewis Page, 20 Jun 2011
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British Library hands 200 years of history to Google

The British Library is handing 250,000 books to Google for scanning into the Google Books project.
John Oates, 20 Jun 2011
Sony PS3 Slim

Sony preps refreshed PS3 and talks down PS4

The PlayStation is slimming down again, after Sony made further tweaks to the console's innards, while insisting a PS3 successor is still a long way off.
Caleb Cox, 20 Jun 2011
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Intel readying MIC x64 coprocessor for 2012

ISC'11 Intel doesn't seem to be in a hurry to get its own line of Knights coprocessors for HPC applications into the field, and maybe it doesn't have to be.
LG Optimus 3D

Carphone Warehouse pockets LG Optimus 3D

The Carphone Warehouse is claiming exclusivity on LG's forthcoming handset, the Optimus 3D.
Caleb Cox, 20 Jun 2011
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SpaceX goes to court as US rocket wars begin

Upstart startup SpaceX, which seems set to overturn every applecart in the space business with its cheap new launchers and capsules, has gone to court after an industry consultant allegedly spread rumours that its rockets were unsafe.
Lewis Page, 20 Jun 2011
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Gartner slashes UK PC shipments for 2011

Gartner has nearly halved the UK PC sales forecast for 2011, blaming the stockpile of PCs buckling distributors' shelves and scrappy continued demand.
Paul Kunert, 20 Jun 2011
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Euro space truck prepares for fiery death

Space truck Johannes Kepler will today undock from the International Space Station ahead of a fiery death above the Pacific.
Lester Haines, 20 Jun 2011
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Oz alkie gets hammered on hospital hand sanitiser

Doctors at a Melbourne hospital have suggested hospitals Down Under would do well to lock up their hand sanitiser, after one patient got lashed on six bottles of antibacterial brew.
Lester Haines, 20 Jun 2011
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Sony slips Skype on PlayStation Vita

Sony is planning to bring Skype to PlayStation Vita, according to photos leaked online.
Caleb Cox, 20 Jun 2011
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IDC warns resellers of ticking cloud time bomb

IDC has warned resellers that migration to public and private clouds is happening more rapidly than expected, and they need to gear up for it or risk becoming irrelevant.
Paul Kunert, 20 Jun 2011
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Bright Computing revs up cluster manager

Bright Computing, which started from scratch several years ago to create a new, integrated cluster management tool, continues to build out the capabilities of the Bright Cluster Manager with the 5.2 release of the software, announced today at the International Super Computing 2011 conference in Hamburg, Germany.
Jabra Chill earphones

Jabra Chill smartphone earphones

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Tony Smith, 20 Jun 2011
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Spielberg flung Fox from Transformers 3

Executive producer Steven Spielberg demanded Megan Fox be sacked from the third Transformers movie after she compared director Michael Bay to Hitler.
Lester Haines, 20 Jun 2011
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Ofcom talks up telephony spectrum trading

Changes to the licences held by the mobile operators will shortly enable them to buy and sell their radio spectrum, along with the obligations that go along with it.
Bill Ray, 20 Jun 2011
HP TouchPad

Brits told how much they'll pay for HP TouchPad

HP has begun taking orders for its WebOS-based tablet, the TouchPad.
Tony Smith, 20 Jun 2011
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Samsung readies 'world's first' solar netbook

Samsung has announced it will be launching the NC215S solar-powered netbook this August for customers in Russia. Using solar panels to keep laptops running is nothing new, but the company claims a world’s first here due to the panel being integrated into the lid of the netbook's 10.1in, 1024 x 600-pixel display.
Bob Dormon, 20 Jun 2011
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Wimbledon fans lobbed virtual serving challenge

Tennis stars began swinging rackets at Wimbledon today, marking the 125th anniversary of the prestigious tennis tourney. To celebrate, Ralph Lauren has put together a serving challenge for all to try.
Caleb Cox, 20 Jun 2011
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World+dog yawn over NFC smartphone shopping

Although the technorati may be salivating over the brave new tap-to-buy smartphone world, a new survey has discovered that only one in five smartphone owners could give a rat's patootie about "mobile wallets".
Rik Myslewski, 20 Jun 2011
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Wikipedia awash in 'frothy by-product' of US sexual politics

The world's Wikifiddlers are obsessed with santorum. Though they can't agree on what that is.
Cade Metz, 20 Jun 2011
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Quantum crypto felled by 'Perfect Eavesdropper' exploit

Researchers have devised a technique for eavesdropping on communications secured through quantum cryptography that allows an attacker to surreptitiously construct the secret key encrypting the secret content.
Dan Goodin, 20 Jun 2011
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Microsoft's WebGL claims bashed by own employee

It didn't take long for researchers to pooh pooh last week's advisory that claimed that hard-to-fix design flaws in the emerging WebGL 3D standard seriously imperiled end users who relied on it.
Dan Goodin, 20 Jun 2011
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Aus gaming and ICT get R&D tax boost

Australia may increase its international competitiveness as a gaming and ICT development hub following a new R&D tax incentive passed by the Federal government.
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Google revives TV buzz with SageTV buy

Faced with almost-universal indifference to Google TV, the Chocolate Factory has decided to splash some pocket change on buzz-generation and acquired SageTV.
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Making sense of Adobe's enterprise pitch

Adobe has announced its Digital Enterprise Platform for Customer Experience Management. My tip to Adobe: that is too many words with too many syllables for busy IT people who are trying to get their work done. What on earth is it? The same old stuff repackaged, or something genuinely new?
Tim Anderson, 20 Jun 2011
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Intel code guru: Many-core world requires radical rethink

Intel is readying its many-core "Knights Corner" coprocessor for release next year, but programming the 50-core-plus beastie and its 100 or 200 core follow-ons will require a whole new approach to code wrangling.
Rik Myslewski, 20 Jun 2011
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Microsoft's Hyper-V 3.0 coming to Windows 8?

Microsoft is slipping its Hyper-V virtualization software into the forthcoming Windows 8, according to a report.
Gavin Clarke, 20 Jun 2011