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Facebook cookies 'fixed' as Oz privacy bureaucrats investigate

While Facebook flip-flops over whether or not its track-after-logout cookies were or were not benign, the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner is reportedly taking a look at whether or not the cookies breached privacy laws.
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On its first birthday, LibreOffice has reason to celebrate

The Document Foundation, which produces the LibreOffice open source office-software suite, is celebrating the first anniversary of the code’s release.
Iain Thomson, 28 Sep 2011
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Mobile messaging comes to Oihoo 360

Chinese ISP Qihoo 360 has launched a mobile messaging service on Android, iOS and Symbian smartphones.
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iiNet gets cloudy with voice

Although iiNet has offered various SME services for some time, it’s predominantly seen as a consumer brand. With its latest launch, the country’s second-largest ISP now hopes to give itself a strong position in the business services market as well.
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Microsoft staff savage Ballmer at company confab

During Microsoft's annual full staff meeting, employees unmistakably expressed their displeasure about how the company is being run.
Iain Thomson, 28 Sep 2011
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Renault Wind Gordini roadster

Review Thumbing its nose at yet another grim British summer, Renault has added a Gordini model to its Wind roadster line-up and so given us all an excuse to put on our best French accent, pretend to be Maurice Trintignant and ponder why Renault didn’t name it Le Vent and dodge the inevitable flatulence jokes.
Alun Taylor, 28 Sep 2011
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Java, Adobe vulns blamed for Windows malware mayhem

Failure to patch third-party applications has become the main reason that Windows machines get infected with malware.
John Leyden, 28 Sep 2011
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Woman nabbed for 'senseless' stiletto ATM attack

A 39-year-old woman was cautioned by police after she unleashed what officers described as a "senseless" attack on an ATM.
Gavin Clarke, 28 Sep 2011
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LibDems call for gov 'IT skills' office

The Liberal Democrats have said the government should set up a new office to promote IT skills throughout Whitehall, in an effort to fill the "skills gap" in the sector.
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ICO: Uni workers' personal webmail may be pried open

University workers must release information from personal webmail accounts on request if it is related to public business, the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has said.
OUT-LAW.COM, 28 Sep 2011
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Big data and the cloud

Broadcast Peter Elleby is the IT Director at natural search specialists Hydra. It’s a company that, in layman's terms, tells its client how well they perform on the web and how to improve that performance. In order to do this it’s got to crunch and parse huge volumes of unstructured data. As a start-up that would have meant a significant hardware investment, so they turned to the Cloud to give them scalable data crunching on the fly.
Phil Mitchell, 28 Sep 2011
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Brits not keen on 3D, reveals poll

Reg Hardware readers last year voted 3DTV the Rusty Dodo in the Reg Hardware Awards, and it seems Brits aren't too keen on the technology when its used in the cinema, either.
Tony Smith, 28 Sep 2011
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The Secret of Monkey Island

Antique Code Show The Secret of Monkey Island ignites the urge to buckle swashes in everyone and 20 years on from its debut everyone I know still loves this game.
Lucy Orr, 28 Sep 2011
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Nokia rolls out N9 across Europe, avoids UK

Nokia has reiterated the fact that its new MeeGo-based handset, the N9, will not be heading to the UK anytime soon, despite its European roll-out this week.
Caleb Cox, 28 Sep 2011
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US lawmakers call for FTC probe of supercookies

Two US lawmakers have called on the Federal Trade Commission to investigate the use of “supercookies” that secretly log web visitors' browsing histories across multiple sites, even when the users delete browser cookies to elude tracking.
Dan Goodin, 28 Sep 2011
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Toshiba outs 7in Android 3.2 tablet

Toshiba has taken the wraps off a 7in version of its Thrive tablet.
Tony Smith, 28 Sep 2011
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D-Link unhooks from UK boss

D-Link has split with long-serving UK and Ireland general manager Chris Davies amid suggestions that he had no place in the next growth drive.
Paul Kunert, 28 Sep 2011
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Poll: Porn-watching, net-savvy kids are a myth

Parents who think their tearaway hacking kiddies are seeing all sorts of things they shouldn't online are buying into some of the top myths about children on the web, according to a new report.
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iLuv shows desktop-style iPad dock

We've seen tablet cases that make a fondleslab operate as a laptop screen, but you'll soon be able to go for that desktop look too.
Hard Reg, 28 Sep 2011
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Leave nothing behind when migrating virtual machines

We migrate virtual machines (VMs) for all sorts of reasons: to load balance our physical hosts, say, or to offload a server so it can be taken offline for maintenance, or because the original host has failed. But in every case we want no interruption to the VM's operation, or at least as little interruption as possible.
Bryan Betts, 28 Sep 2011
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Veggies tricked into dating meat-gobbling escorts

Vegetarians looking online for lovers who have the same dietary preferences as they do were misled by dating site VeggieDates.com, the Advertising Standards Authority ruled today.
Anna Leach, 28 Sep 2011
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Gutsy golf-club granny collars crim in Flying Squad bust

A middle-aged heroine was hailed by Scotland Yard today for her part in helping the Flying Squad arrest a gang of violent crooks who were attempting a robbery at her golf club.
Lewis Page, 28 Sep 2011
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Chocolate weighed in Schwarzeneggers: Official

Regular readers will be aware that a couple of years back we at El Reg established a set of standards designed to supersede the wholly inadequate imperial and metric measurements which had for so long battled for international supremacy.
Lester Haines, 28 Sep 2011
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Huawei gets tough with Discovery Channel handset

Huawei ventured further into the rugged terrain of mobile phones this week, unveiling a toughened handset stamped with Discovery Channel branding.
Caleb Cox, 28 Sep 2011
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Google plants self on Silicon Roundabout

Google is set to plonk itself on the doorstep of the Silicon Roundabout next year, after the company signed a lease for a seven-floor building intended to be used as a base for start-ups and coders.
Kelly Fiveash, 28 Sep 2011
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Mozilla forces Firefox 7 on memory diet

Firefox 7 has been released with a promise from Mozilla its browser is less of a memory hog.
Gavin Clarke, 28 Sep 2011
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Carphone Warehouse whipped for cheap Jesus mobe ads

Carphone Warehouse has been smacked down by the Advertising Standards Authority for claiming that it had the lowest price in the country on the iPhone 4.
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Virgin Media goes cloudy for biz punters

Virgin Media plans to launch a range of cloud-based services for its business customers.
Kelly Fiveash, 28 Sep 2011
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Schoolteachers can't teach our kids to code, say engineers

ICT teachers will need extra training to teach the new IT curriculum that science minister David Willetts announced this month, says the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).
Anna Leach, 28 Sep 2011
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UKChatterbox urges password change following hack attack

Popular IRC service UKChatterbox is advising users to change their passwords following a series of hacks which culminated in an attack that may have compromised user details.
John Leyden, 28 Sep 2011
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WTF is... HbbTV?

Connected TV is all the rage. Every major brand has its own IPTV platform, such as Panasonic's VieraConnect or Samsung's Smart TV, offering a mix of catch-up services and additional content like movie trailers and YouTube access.
Nigel Whitfield, 28 Sep 2011

Open-source hardware group puts out vid system-on-a-chip

A radical tech coalition has produced an open-sourced music visualiser that modifies input video rather than generating patterns - and interestingly the box includes a system-on-a-chip that could one day compete with ARM. If just 80 units sell, the "Milkymist" will have already paid its way.
Bill Ray, 28 Sep 2011
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Hackers disguise malware as emailed docs from smart printers

Hackers have developed a new ruse designed to trick recipients into opening malicious email messages that come loaded with malware.
John Leyden, 28 Sep 2011
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Larry Page sees 'tragic' future for Google

A story in which any number of Mae West quotations can be applied: "I speak two languages, Body and English Google." Or, "Anything worth doing is worth doing slowly." Or, "Between two evils, I always pick the one I never tried before."
Kelly Fiveash, 28 Sep 2011
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Pierre Cardin reckons it can out-bling the iPad

Fashion label Pierre Cardin has joined world+dog in trying to muscle in on the fondleslab phenomenon.
Paul Kunert, 28 Sep 2011
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Amazon revamps E Ink Kindle line

Updated It's official: the Amazon Kindle Fire will debut at $199 (£130), sport a 7in colour screen and run a customised version of Android with its own UI.
Tony Smith, 28 Sep 2011
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PCIe flash performance: Your mileage may vary

A Swiss supercomputing centre has found TMS PCIe flash delivers its advertised goods while Fusion-io and Virident do not.
Chris Mellor, 28 Sep 2011
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Windows Marketplace goes webby

Windows Phone users, happily getting their Mango update, can now buy apps using a website as well as the Windows-only Zune client.
Bill Ray, 28 Sep 2011
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Amazon intros $199 movie Kindle

Amazon has refreshed its entire range of Kindle tablets, adding a seven inch $199 colour Android model, a keyboard-less 4GB Touch model at $99 and a non-touchscreen 2GB $79 version. It also took an aggressive step into TV and movie delivery, bundling free streaming with the new Kindle Fire and a taster for Amazon’s Prime movie delivery store.
Andrew Orlowski, 28 Sep 2011
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French gov trousers hefty wad in 4G spectrum sale

France's 2.6GHz auction has raised a shade under €1bn in an auction apparently designed to wring revenue out of the usual suspects rather than spurring innovation or competition.
Bill Ray, 28 Sep 2011
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Microsoft to skim Samsung Android takings

Samsung, one of the industry's biggest Android device makers, will pay Microsoft a royalty for every handset it ships running Google's operating system.
Gavin Clarke, 28 Sep 2011
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Apple to execute touch-less iPods

The iPod will be ten years old next month, but despite that, the much-loved music player is facing extinction.
Caleb Cox, 28 Sep 2011
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HP networking boss leaves after less than a year

HP UK and Ireland networking boss Barry Bonnett is leaving the role after less than a year in charge, The Register can reveal.
Paul Kunert, 28 Sep 2011
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HP parks Airbus supers in containers

Airbus is one of the first industrial HPC customers in the world to plunk its most recent supercomputers into containerized data centers.
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Electro-plaster points China Unicom mobes at 3G

China Unicom has created a roaming agreement to offload 2G customers, achieved using a carefully placed sticker instead of mucking about with contracts and signed deals.
Bill Ray, 28 Sep 2011
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Reebok used 'very fit woman' in buttock-related deception

Reebok has to fork over $25m to the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for talking out its arse about its butt-toning footwear.
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OnStar backs down over GPS tracking of ex-customers

OnStar has backed down from a proposed change in its terms and conditions that would have seen the vehicle info system collecting car monitoring data on former customers.
Iain Thomson, 28 Sep 2011
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Diebold e-voting hack allows remote tampering

Computer scientists have demonstrated a hack that uses off-the-shelf hardware to tamper with electronic voting machines that millions of Americans will use to cast ballots in the 2012 presidential elections.
Dan Goodin, 28 Sep 2011
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US tops the class in IT competitiveness

The United States may be messed up in a lot of ways, but it is still the most competitive country in the IT sector, according to an index put together by the Business Software Alliance and The Economist's Intelligence Unit.
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Fixed broadband rules downloads, mobile rules new services

The Australian Bureau of Statistics’ Internet Activity Survey is one of the country’s easiest sources of regular copy for tech writers: it’s published every six months on a predictable schedule, and merely reciting the data points is good for a couple of hundred words.
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AMD misses Q3 revenue targets

Struggling x86 and graphics chip maker Advanced Micro Devices put out its preliminary financial results for the third quarter of fiscal 2011 after Wall Street closed today, and the numbers were not good.
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Linux Foundation merges MeeGo into Tizen

The Linux Foundation has officially put MeeGo on the back burner and is working towards a new open source OS called Tizen, which will have a greater emphasis on HTML5 support.
Iain Thomson, 28 Sep 2011
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Global data center building booms

The Great Recession didn't just throw cold water on server spending, it also slammed the brakes on data center buildouts. While server spending picked up in late 2009 and shipments recovered in 2011 to their pre-recession levels, it takes a bit longer to fund data center projects. But it looks like brick-and-mortar – and sometimes container-and–prefab module – construction for glass houses is starting to pick up.