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Gulf of California terrorized by ONE-EYED MUTANT SHARK!

Scientists have decided that the “Cyclops shark” caught in the Gulf of California back in June is the real deal: a mutant rather than a hoax.
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Japanese take World Solar Challenge

Tokai University has taken the World Solar Challenge after one of the tightest last days in the history of the race. After 3,000km and five days, just over an hour separated first and second place, with The Netherlands' Nuon team running a close second.
LaCie LaPlug networked storage

LaCie LaPlug

Review Networkable drives are widely available and affordable these days, but the LaPlug could come in handy if you have a stack of existing USB hard drives or memory sticks that you want to share with other people on your home or office network.
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War boffin: Killer cyber attacks won't happen

People worried about a cyber-war should calm down and stop worrying because it will never happen, a war studies academic has said. In the paper Cyber War Will Not Take Place Dr Thomas Rid confidently argues that hacking and computer viruses never actually kill people.
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Dixons stores knock £150 off RIM PlayBook

PC World and Currys have knocked 150 quid off the price of RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook in a bid to encourage sales of the 7in tablet.
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JANET and modern data centre dreams

Live Today Live at 10 am(BST) today, Dr Phil Richards from Loughborough University heads into The Reg studios to tell us how he's building modular hybrid clouds.
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Are IP addresses personal data?

Let’s revisit that old chestnut: “Is an IP address you use in an internet session personal data about you?” The reason: I have just come across two legal references which relate to copyright infringement where the argument that an IP address is personal data was accepted.
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Nexenta flogs virtual storage to High Street bank

VMworld ZFS storage system supplier Nexenta has dived into the virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) pool, with an automated storage provisioning product, claiming that what took days now takes minutes.
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Oracle vs Google court showdown delayed

The trial date for the Oracle versus Google patent battle has been postponed, as expected, and may get a new judge.
The Guardian iPad Edition

The Guardian iPad Edition

iOS App of the Week As well as launching a brand new app specifically designed for the iPad, The Guardian is also the first proper UK newspaper to appear in iOS 5's Newsstand feature. The Guardian iPad Edition gives us interesting look at how the newspaper industry could develop in the next few years.
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Retailer intros cut-price 10in Android tablet

Cheap 10in tablet, anyone? Aussie retailer Kogan - which also operates here in the UK - will have one out next month for 151 quid.

0.5mm2 ARM chip offers 5X energy efficiency, jacks up performance

ARM's new energy efficient Cortex-A7 processor will bring computing to a billion more people, its CEO claimed yesterday. Which may or not be a good thing.
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Motorola to fit fitness freaks with work-out watch

While the company was busy unveiling its latest Razr handset, Motorola also slipped out a new health and fitness gadget, the Moto Actv.

Jobs was 'working on future product day before he died'

Steve Jobs, whose life was celebrated by employees at Apple's Cupertino campus yesterday, was said to be working on the company's next product the day before he died.
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Euro fraud cops crush garlic tax evaders

The European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) says its new whistleblowing website has helped it extinguish a cigarette-smuggling ring and sniff out falsely labelled garlic.
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Microsoft's saucy compiler exposes privates to devs

Microsoft has delivered early code for its "compiler-as-a-service" project for Visual Basic and C#, which lets developers hook into the software building process.
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Tearful skin-beaters say good bye to the BumChum

If you're a veteran tub thumper and haven't secured your own BumChum, you're too late, with 2010's product of the year superseded by the much less interesting sounding BC Gigster.
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WD: Thai floods will force hard drive prices up

WD has warned disk drive shortages will linger well into 2012 and price rises are inevitable as it deals with the aftermath of the severe flooding in Thailand.
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Yahoo! refuses! to! sell! as! buyers! flash! cash!

Yahoo! is still trying to work out if it can survive without having to be sold to any number of bidders said to be circling the troubled internet company.
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WTF is... Bluetooth 4.0?

Apple's iPhone 4S, which went on sale last week, is the first phone to support version four of the Bluetooth standard. That makes it something of a flag-waver for the technology. But with most users happy to make do with Bluetooth 2 - Bluetooth 3 is out but seemingly little used - does this matter? And what the heck does Bluetooth 4 do anyway?
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This just in: Brussels shatters CRT cartel

The European Union has squeezed a settlement out of CRT glass manufacturers it accused of operating a cartel back in the days when people used glass screens.
Joe Fay, 20 2011
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Acer UK sales slashed in HALF in Q3

Notebook giant Acer fell fastest and hardest in a UK market dogged by weak consumer, SME and public sector spending.
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Crap alchemist jailed for poo-into-gold experiment

A Northern Ireland man has been jailed for three months for causing £3,000 of damage to his flat after attempting to turn his own faeces into gold using an electric heater.
Joe Fay, 20 2011
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Hands on with the Motorola Razr

First Look Motorola let me have a play with its latest smartphone, the Razr, at the handset's launch event in Berlin yesterday.
Caleb Cox, 20 2011
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Nokia still in the red in Q3 sales bloodbath

Microsoft newlywed Nokia stayed in the red with an operating loss of €71m (£62m) in its third quarter ended 30 September 2011.
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Symantec blusters FileStore's new cluster thruster

Symantec has updated its FileStore N8300, adding more cluster nodes, primary data deduplication and virtual machine/desktop cloning.
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Spooks still prefer BlackBerrys for swapping secrets

BlackBerry is to retain its status as the government's favoured mobile device for transferring restricted information, despite the network problems that led to a widespread breakdown in its service for three days last week.
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Android mobes sneak into enterprise pockets

The last three months provided an unprecedented opportunity for Android devices to get themselves integrated into enterprise systems while the world waited for the iPhone 5, according to the latest figures from Good Technology.
Bill Ray, 20 2011
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Logicalis hires industry veteran as UK sales boss

Logicalis has brought in former CA Technologies big cheese Chris Miller as sales director, The Reg can reveal.
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Virtualisation on the cards in VMAX revamp

El Reg is hearing from a couple of well-placed sources that version two of VMAX will arrive by the end of the year.
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Flood-hit WD could lose HDD leadership

WD has announced very good results for its first financial 2012 quarter, ending September 30, with revenue of $2.7bn (£1.7bn), 12 per cent or so up on the year ago quarter's $2.4bn. Net profit was $239m (£151m), satisfyingly higher than the $197m recorded a year ago, and 58 million disk drives were shipped – that's seven million more than a year ago.
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Ubuntu daddy bets on desktop polish, ARM clouds

Ubuntu fans are being coaxed into accepting a new emphasis on design in the next desktop release and breaking the umbilical link to old server hardware for the cloud.
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FCO rep: Best argument for net freedom is cold hard cash

LCC When a country restricts its population's freedoms on the internet, and you want to do something about it, point out to the heads of state how much money their nation is potentially losing as a result of the web clampdown - that's the advice from a top UK Foreign Office bod.
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Asus names Eee Slider release date

Asus' Eee PC Slider - described by the company as a tablet, but really a hybrid device - goes on sale in the UK next week.
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The road to Office 2010

Office 2010 is something of a conundrum. First the good news: it is the fastest selling version of Office in history, according to US analyst Forrester. Half of the businesses the firm surveyed in March had started the migration process, and the “vast majority” of the rest planned to upgrade in the future.
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VMware rejiggers acquired Shavlik tools for SMBs

VMworld Europe During the VMworld Europe shindig in Copenhagen, Denmark this week, server virtualization juggernaut VMware gussied up two management tools it gained back in May when it acquired partner Shavlik Technologies, and promptly slapped its brands on them.
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Spamhaus and ISP spar over 'email DoS' blacklisting

Analysis Spamhaus and a Dutch ISP that was temporarily slapped on the anti-spam organisation's blacklist continue to be at loggerheads – even after the service provider was removed from the list.
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Gaddafi death reports likely to spawn multiple scams

Early reports that deposed Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi may have died after being injured during the fall of his home town of Sirte are likely to become a theme of cybercrime attacks, if past experience is anything to go by.
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Devs still frozen out of Android ice cream source

Google's Ice Cream Sandwich has been served, and it looks destined to give live-free-or-die open sourcers continued indigestion for now at least.
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Next-gen Xbox set for 2013 release

A new Microsoft Xbox system is apparently under development and will be ready for release in late 2013, with a reveal expected a few months before during the E3 Expo in LOs Angeles.
Caleb Cox, 20 2011
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Coraid scoffs cloud platform startup

Coraid, the developer of the simplest Ethernet SAN storage, has bought cloud orchestration software maker Yunteq.
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Microsoft debuts Holodesk to fiddle with balls

Microsoft has released a video of what’s it’s calling a Holodesk – a 3D holographic display that allows users to virtually pick up and use software constructs such as balls and blocks.
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Bug in Flash Player allowed Mac webcam spying

Updated Engineers on Thursday patched a hole in Adobe's ubiquitous Flash Player that allowed website operators to silently eavesdrop on visitors' webcam and microphone feeds without permission.
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Quickflix hits 'pause' button on ASX

Quickflix, Australia’s answer to Netflix, has entered into a trading halt pending a "significant announcement" regarding a partnership agreement for its digital movie streaming service.
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Microsoft reports record revenue, lackluster Windows sales

Microsoft has released its numbers for its most recent quarter, which show revenue growth of seven per cent over the same period last year. Its strongest growth on the back of sales of its Office suite.
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Ellison munches unstructured data with Endeca buy

Only weeks after announcing that it is going to create its own Hadoop distribution running atop its own Berkeley DB NoSQL database, Oracle has snapped up Endeca Technologies, which has cooked up a data store called the MDEX Engine and some analytics and e-commerce front ends to it that Ellison & Co. want to weave into their own cohesive big data-commerce suite.
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Get your Fujitsu cloud free

Fujitsu is targeting SMEs and ISVs with a two-month trial of its cloud services.
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Security keeps LA cops away from Google Apps

Google has dismissed as a smear campaign the emergence of stories that its Google Apps implementation at LAPD is going pear-shaped.
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UK gov publishes IT action plan to back up previous IT plan

The Cabinet Office has published an action plan that details deadlines for when it hopes to implement the IT strategy it announced in March this year.
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Kiwi software developer makes Deloitte fast 500

New Zealand tablet software developer Diligent Board Member Services has earned a ranking on Deloitte's Technology Fast 500 list of US technology businesses.
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Deep inside ARM's new Intel killer

ARM has swung a one-two punch at Intel's plans to muscle in on the smartphone and tablet space that's currently dominated by the plucky chip designers from Cambridge.