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One last production run for TouchPad

HP swears this is it: the end, the final, never-to-be-repeated, absolutely the last time: but there will be just one more production run of TouchPads for punters that missed out on cheap-as-chips deals when it killed off the unloved fondleslab.
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Aus regulator seeks tweaks to Telstra NBN plan

Australia’s competition regulator has pushed a pawn in the telco regulation chess match, soliciting industry comment on Telstra’s first draft of its structural separation regime.
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Biofuel boffins pimp panda poo

Pandas are famous for a restricted and difficult diet: the bamboo they favour takes a lot of digesting to yield enough energy to keep them going.
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IBM opens Power8 kimono (a little bit more)

Last May El Reg gave you the little information we were able to gather on the impending Power7+ and future Power8 processor designs and their possible announcement dates in Power Systems machines.

Telstra unites and rebrands digital media ad assets

Telstra has merged its media advertising assets, Sensis Digital Media, Telstra Classifieds and BigPond Advertising into a newly created group branded the Telstra Advertising Network (TAN).
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Subscribe to our hardware, says Brocade

Hoping to use its elbows against Cisco’s hold on the data centre market, Brocade has decided on a pitch to the bean-counters: switches that you pay for according to the ports you’re using.
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Couple can sue service that monitored their net sex

A federal judge is allowing a lawsuit to proceed against a laptop-tracking service that surreptitiously intercepted explicit images from a public school teacher during an investigation of a stolen computer.
Dan Goodin, 31 Aug 2011
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Renault Scenic Bose Edition 1.6 130dCi

Review Many years ago, a family friend who at the time flew for the United States Air Force gave me a personal tour around a Fairchild A10 Thunderbolt and said: “Y’know, Al, she ain’t a plane she’s more a gun with wings.”
Alun Taylor, 31 Aug 2011
Samsung Series 7 Chronos notebook

Samsung outs MacBook Pro lookalike laptop

Samsung, oh how you must love to tempt Apple lawyers. Launched today: the Series 7 Chronos notebook, a 15.6in machine wrapped in aluminium. With a black caclulator-style keyboard. And a black lid hinge.
Tony Smith, 31 Aug 2011
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London borough in miracle £250m IT deal

The London borough of Barking and Dagenham has signed a joint venture agreement with Agilisys to reform the delivery of its back office and support services.
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Apple ejects FT app from iTunes

Apple has formally booted the Financial Times newspaper app out of the iTunes store for the newspaper's refusal to hand over 30 per cent of subscription revenues to the Mac maker.
Tony Smith, 31 Aug 2011
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Tyneside police website defaced, used to serve phish

Northumbria Police Authority woke up to a host of security problems after the August bank holiday weekend.
John Leyden, 31 Aug 2011
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CA inks £45m Tesco IT deal

Supermarket behemoth Tesco has announced that US-based CA Technologies will take care of its IT network across the whole group.
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Smartphone net access rockets

Almost half of the UK's internet users - 45 per cent of them - accessed the net using a mobile phone in the past 12 months, the Office of National Statistics (ONS) said today.
Hard Reg, 31 Aug 2011
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Trev's Big Adventure in Virtualisation

Video Trevor Pott, our adventurous sysadmin guest, never does things by halves. When a client asked him to virtualize its desktop and server infrastructure all in one go, he jumped at the chance. Danny Bradbury interviews him day by day as he grapples with missing equipment, application issues, and backup woes.
Danny Bradbury, 31 Aug 2011
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Motorola pops Pro+

Here's a handset that'll keep you awake: Motorola's new Pro+.
Hard Reg, 31 Aug 2011
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NHS diabetic gizmo will text for help if wearer is in danger

Scientists from Swansea University are collaborating with a consortium of Welsh technology companies to develop a blood glucose-monitoring sensor that can transmit readings to the mobile phones of NHS staff.
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Mobee mods Magic Trackpad into virtual keyboard

So you bought an Apple Magic Trackpad at launch, but you've found you never use it - yes, we're thinking of you, Bob. Now it doesn't have to gather dust.
Tony Smith, 31 Aug 2011
Sid Meier's Civilization

Sid Meier's Civilization

Antique Code Show I remember 1991 starting on a sombre note, with my sister and I sitting in a bar doing shots under an Apocalypse Now poster waiting for the start of World War III, as we watched US bombers strafe Iraq. The end of civilisation? Well, not quite.
Lucy Orr, 31 Aug 2011
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Outbound space probe looks back at tiny Earth and Moon

Pic NASA's space probe Juno, outward bound for Jupiter, has sent pack a pic of the Earth-Moon system from 6 million miles away.
Lewis Page, 31 Aug 2011
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Toshiba launches thick Thrive tablet in Europe

Toshiba will not be introducing its third-generation Android tablet at this week's IFA consumer electronics show, confounding reports and the hopes fondleslab fans.
Tony Smith, 31 Aug 2011
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Graphene photocells could mean hyper-speed internet

The latest study of miracle material graphene shows it could be used to provide a much higher speed internet.
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New UK 'leccy meters remotely run via Voda 2G

British Gas is to deploy meters with embedded mobile phones, and Zigbee networking, to ensure we know how much electricity we're using, and they do too.
Bill Ray, 31 Aug 2011
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Father of Java abandons Google for floating robot cloud

Father of Java James Gosling has quit Google and turned his back on tier-one tech companies altogether by joining a California start-up which makes unmanned ocean-going robots.
Gavin Clarke, 31 Aug 2011
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Finding the black-spots in service delivery

On Demand Earlier this month we ran live Regcast called ‘Watermelon metrics...'’. Reg broadcast editor Tim Phillips was joined by Freeform Dynamics analyst Andy Buss and CA Technologies' Patrick Ancipink.
Miatta Momoh, 31 Aug 2011
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Sony to ship VR-style 3D headset in November

The 3D headset Sony showed off at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas this past January will finally go on sale in November - though only in Japan.
Tony Smith, 31 Aug 2011
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Quarter of NHS data collection to go in red-tape slash plan

The UK's Department of Health hopes to save millions by cutting data collection and red tape across the NHS.
John Leyden, 31 Aug 2011
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Firefox offers glimpse of new tablet version

The chaps at Mozilla are showing off how well Firefox will work on a tablet computer, with new interface elements aping Honeycomb – but still no launch schedule.
Bill Ray, 31 Aug 2011
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Don't buy your iPad in a McDonald's car park

A young woman in South Carolina has had her dream of buying a brand-new shiny iPad in the car park of a McDonald's crushed by two swindlers, who left her with a wooden dud.
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DARPA software to trawl Bin Laden laptops, thumb drives

Famous Pentagon mad-scientist bureau DARPA says it would like some miracle software to help hard-pressed US spooks and military intelligence officers trawl through the massive troves of imagery retrieved from gadgetry seized in the ongoing massive campaign of special-forces raids across southwest Asia.
Lewis Page, 31 Aug 2011
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MySociety marshals griping commuters to fix UK transport

Commuters who like to complain have a new outlet with the launch of FixMyTransport.com, a website that gets your grievance to the right person.
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Last ever batch of TouchPads isn't coming to Blighty

Brits hoping for a cheap fondle won't get one from HP, as the final production run of the TouchPad will be bound for North America only.
Bill Ray, 31 Aug 2011
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Microsoft brings Hadoop option to SQL Server

Microsoft customers running SQL Server are getting a taste of really big data processing through an injection of Hadoop.
Gavin Clarke, 31 Aug 2011
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WikiLeaks weathers DDoS assault

WikiLeaks' website slowed to a crawl on Tuesday night following an apparent denial of service attack.
John Leyden, 31 Aug 2011
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Nokia's Ovi wunderkind is off ... to Nokia-backed Vision+

One of Nokia's high flyers is leaving the company – but will still be spending Nokia's money. Tero Ojanperä, an executive vice president, member of the core Leadership Team (and, don't forget, UN Young Global Leader) will head up a Nokia-backed investment fund called Vision+.
Andrew Orlowski, 31 Aug 2011
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Oracle's Africa dealings under FBI, SEC, DoJ investigation

Oracle is reported to be under investigation by the US authorities for breaking federal anti-bribery laws in Africa.
Gavin Clarke, 31 Aug 2011
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Google rolls out offline Gmail (for Chrome only)

Google has released a new version of Gmail that operates without an internet connection, and it plans to offer similar offline versions of Google Docs and Google Calendar over the coming week. But these tools will only work in tandem with Google's own Chrome browser.
Cade Metz, 31 Aug 2011
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Mozilla addons site targeted in same attack that hit Google

The secure webpage hosting addons for Mozilla Firefox was targeted in the same attack that minted a fraudulent authentication credential for Google websites, the maker of the open-source browser said.
Dan Goodin, 31 Aug 2011
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DoJ files antitrust suit to block AT&T's T-Mobile buy

The US Department of Justice has filed an antitrust lawsuit to block AT&T's proposed acquisition of fellow wireless carrier T-Mobile USA.
Cade Metz, 31 Aug 2011
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Sydney NFC newbie gets tapped by investors

Sydney based NFC start-up Tapit Media has secured its first round of seed funding from VC group Sydney Angels.
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IBM borgs UK 'big data' outfit

IBM is to acquire the Cambridge, UK-based "big data" analytics outfit i2, echoing HP's $11bn purchase of Autonomy Corp. earlier this month.
Cade Metz, 31 Aug 2011
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Wikileaked cable: AFACT was MPAA’s cat’s-paw

A second cable discussing the “world+dog vs. iiNet” court case has emerged on Wikileaks, confirming the widespread suspicion in Australia that Hollywood was behind both the action and the choice of target.
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Kernel.org Linux repository rooted in hack attack

Updated Multiple servers used to maintain and distribute the Linux operating system were infected with malware that gained root access, modified system software, and logged passwords and transactions of the people who used them, the official Linux Kernel Organization has confirmed.
Dan Goodin, 31 Aug 2011
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Google+ is an identity service, Schmidt says

Hoping, perhaps, to bring the curtain down on the so-called ‘nym wars’, Google chairman Eric Schmidt has discussed the advertising giant’s identity policies in a Q&A at the MediaGuardian Edinburgh International TV Festival.