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US Supremes: GPS tracking requires warrant

The US Supreme Court has ruled unanimously that police need to request a warrant before attaching GPS tracking devices to suspects’ cars.
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VMware busts through billion dollar quarter

Server virtualization juggernaut VMware has busted through its first billion dollar quarter, beating Wall Street estimates for the fourth quarter of 2011 in both sales and profits.
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Ten... IPTV set-top boxes

IPTV Week IPTV Week Nearly every new gadget can be connected to the internet. The smart TVs popularised by Samsung and others are the focus of this but you don’t need to shell out on a new telly - a cost-effective IPTV box can do it too.

Laptops get cooler with bamboo bottoms

"What we do with an old bamboo makes everybody cheer," sang Caractacus Potts, who would no doubt be impressed at what fellow inventors use the material for nowadays.
Caleb Cox, 24 2012
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Campaign launched to teach consumers about ad-stalking

An organisation representing US marketing bodies has launched a new advertising campaign to raise consumer awareness of online behavioural advertising (OBA).
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Councils tout £1.2bn for IT whizkid to grab their backend

A one-billion-pound contract is up for grabs as three London councils hunt for IT hotshots to streamline their back-office systems - handling everything from criminal record checks and financial accounts to the payroll and psychometric testing.
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HP palms £316m in DWP desktop deal

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has awarded a significant desktop management contract to HP under the Desktop 21 framework agreement.

How to tell if your biz will do a Kodak

Blocks and Files Disruptive or enhancing innovation? Kodak's descent into Chapter 11 hell is a tolling bell for all successful storage suppliers facing innovative technology from competitors. King Canute didn't reinvent himself: can you?

CW lets slip Nokia Lumia 900 UK launch date

Nokia's Lumia 900, the Windows Phone 7.5 handset that's literally the bigger sibling of the Lumia 800, will be out here in June, Carphone Warehouse has seemingly let slip.
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Android App of the Week Android App of the Week Android owners are not well served for UK TV content. We now have a version of the BBC iPlayer after a long wait, and while ITV has released its ITV Player for the Googlephone OS, it's not very good. Other channels don't offer player apps.
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Ofcom to borrow cup o' spectrum for Olympics

Ofcom is laying the groundwork for the London Olympics, outlining plans to borrow radio spectrum, but will be running the event with a fraction of the engineering resource of its Chinese predecessor.
Bill Ray, 24 2012
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GM Volt e-car battery safe, say feds

General Motors' Chevy Volt e-car does not sport a defective design, the US' National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has judged.
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Shatner faces final frontier as Priceline.com spokesman

Priceline.com has decided to milk the last dregs from an increasingly portly franchise by roasting spokesman William Shatner in a fiery death.
HP Mini 1104 business netbook

HP pitches 10in netbook at business

HP clearly thinks there's still mileage in the netbook - many of its rivals don't - at the very least as a business device. It has launched a new model, the Mini 1104, to prove it.

Apple looking to support new technology, says blog

Apple may be looking to incorporate the latest version of a new technology, the company's many fansites are reporting.
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Dinosaurs were super mums, nest find proves

They may have been cold-blooded, but it turns out dinosaurs were caring parents – arranging their eggs neatly and letting their scaly offspring stay in the nest until they had at least doubled in size.
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Juror jailed for looking up rape defendant on Google

A juror who used Google to search for a defendant in a rape case in Luton was jailed for six months yesterday for contempt of court.
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Facebook, MySpace, Twitter expose Google's 'evil'

A gang of engineers from Facebook, MySpace and Twitter has released a new bookmarklet designed to expose how Google’s People & Pages service favours the ad giant’s own Google+ results at the expense of the rest of the web.
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Telly makers failing to turn punters on to smart TV

IPTV Week IPTV Week UK consumers aren't yet turning on to the smart TV concept, pollster YouGov revealed today.
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Information management in financial services

Involved in information management? Then join us on January 25 at 11:00 GMT, when we discuss the findings from the latest Reg research and offer tips and techniques on good information practice.
Sony SVR-HDT1000 Freeview+HD DVR

Sony SVR-HDT1000 Freeview+ HD DVR

Review Review At first glance, the Sony SVR-HDT1000 may appear rather unprepossessing. It’s a Freeview HD digital recorder which bucks the trend for ubiquitous Smart-ness and has no integrated Blu-ray player or fancy multi-platform functionality. It does, however, make a virtue of simplicity. Those looking for a no-nonsense, high …
Steve May, 24 2012

Microsoft names SQL Server 2012 launch date

Microsoft's SQL Server 2012 will be officially launched on 7 March and likely come with a higher list price than older versions of the relational database.
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Watchdog bites Nokia over Lumia 800 TV 'flash ads'

UK communications regulator Ofcom has slapped the wrists of Nokia and Channel 5 for failing to make it sufficiently clear to viewers that the TV company had taken the Finnish phone giant's sponsorship Euro, part of Nokia's Lumia 800 Windows Phone handset promo programme.
Hard Reg, 24 2012
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Starship Voyager dumped into skip

One Trekkie's dream of boldly going where no interior designer has gone before appears to be over – thanks to his estranged wife, who has decided his starship Voyager-themed flat isn't entirely suitable for the terrestrial housing market.
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HP pays $425,000 to settle blazing battery claim

HP has coughed up $425,000 to lay to rest allegations made by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission that it sold lithium ion laptop batteries it knew were dangerous.
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Top RIM jobs shake-up: Heads roll... but not very far

Comment Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis have stepped down as co-CEOs at RIM, but sacrificial lambs have to be sacrificed, not kept knocking around while things continue as usual.
Bill Ray, 24 2012
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Pay attention, 007: Wi-Fi cufflinks perfect for a spy

Brookstone, the up-market US gifts-you-know-you-absolutely-can't-resist retailer, has come up with another winner: Wi-Fi routing silver cufflinks with an on-board USB stick.
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Google+ lets in nicknames, slams door on plebs' pseudonyms

Google has very slightly tweaked its naming policy for Google+ by allowing nicknames to be displayed alongside an individual's real identity on the social network.
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Assange™ to present own TV show

Famous WikiLeaks frontman Julian Assange™ says he will soon be presenting an unnamed weekly TV show via unspecified channels to a vast global audience.
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Inspiration Works intros Android tablet for tykes

Toy Fair 2012 Here at the Toy Fair 2012, the fact technology dominates kids' entertainment is clear as day. Inspiration Works aims to capitalise on this trend with a tablet specifically targeted towards nippers.
Caleb Cox, 24 2012
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WD soaks up $2bn in Thai flood aftermath

Western Digital and its supply chain have pulled out all the stops and delivered a decent profit in the last quarter of 2011, the one in which some of its Thailand plants were inundated by deadly flooding.
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Hacktivists hammer Polish govt for backing ACTA

Hacktivists at Anonymous have turned their ire at least partially away from SOPA in the US and towards governments pushing its bigger brother, ACTA.
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Sage 'satisfied' as squeezed small biz still puts out

Sage the British software juggernaut said that its trading results had held up since 1 October, despite the strain on its core customer base in small businesses.

Apple's Dutch Galaxy Tab ban shot down by The Hague

The Dutch have found themselves on the front line of the long-running international patent battle between Apple and Samsung: an appeals court in The Hague has rejected Apple's design-related gripes against Samsung's Galaxy Tab tablet, snubbing its request for a ban on the sale of the iPad rival in The Netherlands.
Toshiba Portege Z830 Ultrabook

Ultrabooks won't smash tablets, says analyst

Ultrabooks will not outsell tablets, the next five years at least, though the new skinny laptop category will experience unit-shipment growth three times as fast as the tablet.
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Is France's 'three strikes' anti-piracy banhammer working?

The global trade group for the record industry IFPI says France's 'graduated response' scheme HADOPI is helping win the war against piracy.
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Facebook to shove Timeline in EVERYONE'S face soon

Facebook is now pushing its Timeline feature to all of its users, after carrying out a slow reveal of the dominant social network's makeover to those people happy to upgrade to the new look.
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Micron, Elpida, Nanya lust for a DRAM hot threesome

The boys from Boise are on a roll after buying the ashes of Virtensys last week - now Idaho-based Micron is chatting up struggling Japanese memory maker Elpida and Taiwan's Nanya to form a 3-way merger.
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Microsoft fingers alleged Kelihos botnet kingpin

Microsoft has filed a lawsuit against a Russian national who allegedly created and operated the Kelihos botnet, prior to a takedown operation in September 2011.

Facebook sheds light on Nokia's Lumia sales

Despite pushing half-second "break flashes" onto Channel 5 viewers – in contravention of Ofcom rules – Facebook figures seem to show the Lumia isn't selling as well as Nokia might have hoped.
Bill Ray, 24 2012
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IBM and NEC tag team on OpenFlow networking

IBM and NEC are joining forces to promote switches and controllers based on the OpenFlow protocol to their joint customers.
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HUD's up! Ubuntu creates menu-free GUI

Canonical has unveiled HUD, which it has billed as the "menu of the future" for its next Linux desktop.
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Ultrabooks will devour notebook biz by 2016 - report

All notebooks will look like Ultrabooks in five years' time as vendors find cheaper ways of offering the shiny Intel-based machines, according to a new report. The report's author also speculated that this move could force Apple to ditch its MacBook Air and look for a new form factor to invent.
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Antivirus startup Dasient flocks off to Twitter

Twitter has acquired anti-malware startup Dasient. Financial terms of the deal, announced Monday, were undisclosed.
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US govt security advice site trashed by hackers

Anonymous and LulzSec members have hacked US government security web site OnGuard Online and defaced it, forcing it offline, in retaliation for the recent MegaUpload takedown and the controversial Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), the groups have announced.
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AT&T starts dishing out $1bn in radio frequencies

AT&T has asked the FCC to approve the transfer of a billion dollars' worth of radio spectrum to T-Mobile USA, to accompany the $3bn it will be handing to Deutsche Telecom.
Bill Ray, 24 2012
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Node.js sees Windows compatibility as key to success

The creator of Node.js says he wants to avoid the mistakes of other development environments, and support cross-platform systems as much as possible.
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Anonymous explodes MegaUpload clone 'scam'

A supposedly "Anonymous-built" alternative to MegaUpload has been discredited by members of the hacktivist collective.
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Nokia busted for dodgy SMS to customers

Nokia has fallen foul of the Australian Communications and Media Authority, incurring a $AU55,000 fine following consumer complaints over its SMS marketing practices.
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Apple tops estimates with earnings leap of 118 per cent

Apple blew past even the most optimistic Wall Street earnings estimates for the first quarter of its fiscal 2012, posting revenues of $46.33bn, resulting in a quarterly net profit of $13.06bn, or $13.87 per share.
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Oz stalls e-health trials

Australia’s e-health implementation has stalled because of cross-version software incompatibilities, it emerged yesterday.
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APN gets friendly with Pollenizer

Australasian print and radio media company APN News & Media has secured a deal with leading Australian digital start up incubator Pollenizer.
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No bail for Kim Dotcom

Kim Dotcom has been denied bail in a New Zealand court, and remanded in custody until February 22. The reserved decision by district court judge David McNaughton has now been released.
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Whacked moon rocks yield up their secrets

Since NASA is trying to find the moon rock samples it once cheerfully scattered around the world, here’s a hint: some of it is over at Curtin University in Western Australia.
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Yahoo! revenues! continue! to! decline!

Yahoo! has released disappointing results for its fourth quarter, with earnings down 5 per cent and revenues falling a further 13 points.
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AMD swings to a loss in Q4

Despite issues with getting chips from both GlobalFoundries and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Corp last year, AMD was able to get a modest bump up in sales in the fourth quarter thanks in large part to its hybrid CPU-GPU chips for PCs, with sales up 2.5 per cent to $1.69bn.