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Texter who fell in fountain threatens to sue

The woman who became an overnight YouTube sensation says she may sue the shopping mall where she was videotaped falling into a fountain while texting.
Dan Goodin, 21 Jan 2011

WiFi comes to Sydney buses

A commuter taking a two-hour intercity train trip to Sydney has both the space and the time to make serious use of a WiFi network but, alas, doesn’t have the WiFi network.
Richard Chirgwin, 21 Jan 2011

Ex-eBay CEO lands post-purge HP board seat

Hewlett-Packard's non-executive chairman Ray Lane, who took over the board of directors following the departure of chief executive Mark Hurd, is cleaning house.
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AMD to Intel: 'Thanks for the marketing boost'

When Intel unveiled its new line of 2nd Generation Intel Core processors (née Sandy Bridge) at the Consumer Electronics Show earlier this month, Chipzilla's prime rival AMD felt a level of happiness akin to that of a certain tasty bivalve.
Rik Myslewski, 21 Jan 2011

Website with 10 million users warns of password theft

A website that helps drivers avoid speeding tickets is warning its 10 million registered users that their email addresses and passwords may be in the hands of hackers who breached the site's security.
Dan Goodin, 21 Jan 2011
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Cisco-EMC Arcadia experiences integrator-friendly re-birth

It's official. The Acadia partnership formed by server wannabe and networking giant Cisco Systems and storage array maker EMC and its virtualization minion, VMware, is now known as the Virtual Computing Environment Company - VCE for short. And it is getting out of the services business and sticking to certification and support of integrated Vblock stacks.
Aavara PCE122

Aavara PCE122 HDMI extender

ReviewEver fancied watching a Blu-ray movie in the garden? Always wondered what it would be like to isolate your Xbox 360 so you could hear the gameplay over the sound of the jet engine Microsoft calls a DVD drive? Many of us would probably like to, but 50 metre HDMI cables tend to go for £300 apiece – not exactly what you'd describe as a cost-effective arrangement.
Shaun Dormon, 21 Jan 2011
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AMD CEO downed by lost server-chip business

There's a lot of speculation about why Dirk Meyer, chief executive for more than two of the most tumultuous years in AMD's turbulent history, was shown the door last week.

EMEA computer shipments flat in final quarter of 2010, says IDC

The PC market in Europe, the Middle East and Africa in the final quarter of last year was flat, according to research outfit IDC.
Team Register, 21 Jan 2011

NEC, Lenovo deny PC merger deal done

NEC and Lenovo have both attempted to pour cold water on Japanese media claims that they are to merge their respective PC businesses in what would essentially be a Lenovo acquisition of NEC's operation.
Tony Smith, 21 Jan 2011
Woman says oops after data breach... or spome other mistake, possibly. Illustration by Shutterstock/sergey sobin

Alleged Renault spies fight back

Two of the three senior Renault executives accused of industrial espionage have started legal action to clear their names.
John Oates, 21 Jan 2011

Samsung finds focus with 16Mp skinny shooter

Samsung has snapped into action with a raft of new lightweight point and shoot cameras, including one with a 16Mp sensor set to hit the shelves in the next few weeks.
Caleb Cox, 21 Jan 2011

Councils look for 'good enough' IT solutions

IT departments in local government are moving towards minimising their costs in response to the spending cuts, according to a new report from Socitm.
Kable, 21 Jan 2011

Open sourcerers port media centre to iOS

Open source media centre front end XBMC will now run on the iOS-based second-generation Apple TV. And the iPad. And the iPhone 4.
Tony Smith, 21 Jan 2011

Lush website hack 'exposes credit card details'

UpdatedLuxury cosmetics firm Lush has ditched its UK website in response to a sustained hacking attack which left users vulnerable to credit card fraud.
John Leyden, 21 Jan 2011

NASA still dreaming of last Atlantis launch

NASA is still hopeful it can extend the space shuttle programme to one last launch, and has "baselined" Atlantis's STS-135 mission for a 28 June lift-off.
Lester Haines, 21 Jan 2011
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Blizzard green-lights fan-made StarCraft mod

Blizzard has claimed it never intended to hinder development of the World of Starcraft massive multiplayer online (MMO) mod being developed by Ryan Winzen, even though removed a preview video from YouTube yesterday.
Caleb Cox, 21 Jan 2011

Police DNA retention ruled lawful by NI High Court

Northern Ireland's High Court of Justice has ruled that police retention of a 14-year-old boy's DNA was not illegal, despite a European Court of Human Rights ruling that the blanket data retention policy conflicts with human rights law.
OUT-LAW.COM, 21 Jan 2011

Boffins sex pterodactyls at last

Bone-furtling boffins say they have cracked one of the most difficult tasks known among dinosaur aficionados - namely, that of sexing pterodactyls.
Lewis Page, 21 Jan 2011

Tech salaries up five per cent in 2010

Last year saw continued growth in demand for IT staff, and a five per cent increase in salaries.
John Oates, 21 Jan 2011

Man killed by own cock

A Bengali man has reportedly suffered a gruesome demise after he pushed his metal-enhanced cock that bit too far.
Sarah Bee, 21 Jan 2011

Apple's publishing tax provokes Poirot

Apple's desire to capture a slice of publishers' subscription revenues has prompted concern from the authorities.
Andrew Orlowski, 21 Jan 2011
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Beeb gets the measure of the London Eye

Regular readers will know that the Vulture Central Weights and Measures Soviet, which a few years back set the maximum velocity of a sheep in a vacuum and quantified a raft of new benchmarks including the jub and the linguine, has been keeping a close eye on the BBC's own efforts to measure our world.
Lester Haines, 21 Jan 2011

Google clones Groupon to rival e-coupon site

Google is prepping its very own Groupon-like offering, after failing to grab the voucher site for itself.
Kelly Fiveash, 21 Jan 2011

Yes! It's the iDevice-driven desktop droid

This little bad boy is the TankBot, an inexpensive micro-robotic toy controllable by iOS.
Caleb Cox, 21 Jan 2011

ZeuS blackhats target online payment providers

Baddies behind the infamous ZeuS Trojan are diversifying their business by targeting online payment providers as well as online banking accounts.
John Leyden, 21 Jan 2011

Mozilla blocks Firefox-breaking Skype toolbar

Mozilla has blocked a Skype toolbar add-on for its Firefox browser, after blaming the extension for causing 40,000 crashes last week.
Kelly Fiveash, 21 Jan 2011

India's cheap-as-chips delayed by cash spat

Will Indians ever be able to buy a netbook for 20 quid? The nation's government still hopes so, despite binning its original offer to manufacturers to come up with one.
Hard Reg, 21 Jan 2011

Top Indian space boffin beams down climate shocker

India's leading space physicist believes cosmic rays affect the Earth's climate far more than previously thought.
Andrew Orlowski, 21 Jan 2011
Leica S2

Leica S2 professional medium format DSLR

ReviewHistorically, commercial photographers have always relied on medium-format systems for their photo shoots and happily traded off manoeuvrability for image quality. Yet, when the Leica S2 became available to buy towards the end of 2009, things changed. The S2 pushes the boundaries of all flagship DSLRs, giving Nikon, Canon and the like, something to think about.
Catherine Monfils, 21 Jan 2011

Massive US rocket sends top-secret cargo into space

The US intelligence services have launched a large secret payload into space using one of the most powerful rockets currently available, a mighty Delta IV Heavy, which took off for the first time from the west coast last night.
Lewis Page, 21 Jan 2011

T-Mobile touts US teen tracker

T-Mobile USA is offering to prevent teens texting while driving for only $5 a month, and track their movements for free, as long as they have an Android handset.
Bill Ray, 21 Jan 2011

Pirates: Good for Microsoft, great for open sourcers

Open...and ShutSoftware used to be so easy. You built a product and sold it through a variety of channels. Prospective customers might wonder whether they should buy your product or someone else's, but there was no question that they'd have to buy something if they wanted it. Software was proprietary. You couldn't use it for free. Period.
Matt Asay, 21 Jan 2011

El Reg takes a spin round Team Lotus's F1 factory

Team Lotus started out with four people in late 2009, and has grown to 200 people and two Formula One cars today. It only got a guaranteed place on the starting grid in December 2009 - and then had to create a team, a car and an infrastructure in four months.
John Oates, 21 Jan 2011
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Duke Nukem Forever release date revealed

The forthcoming Duke Nukem first-person shoot-'em-up may have been taking Forever to arrive - such is the irony of its title - but at long last, the game's publisher, 2k, has confirmed the release date.
Caleb Cox, 21 Jan 2011
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Are disk drives beginning to spin down?

Are flash and cloud storage starting to end the disk drive's spectacular run on the storage stage?
Chris Mellor, 21 Jan 2011

End of the line for ID cards

Today is the last day that ID cards can be used for buying porn or booze, or indeed for travel to Europe.
John Oates, 21 Jan 2011
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Big new wind turbines too close together, says top boffin

A top American fluid-dynamics boffin says that new, larger wind turbines now going into service are going to have to be placed much further apart - which will have serious implications for the amount of energy produced by wind farms of the future.
Lewis Page, 21 Jan 2011

IPTV UK: failure to launch?

Britain's broadcasters are struggling with the internet. Efforts to design a single, consistent IPTV platform have become mired by the need to accomodate participants' existing services - some with commercial agendas, others without - and mud slung by competitors is beginning to stick.
Tony Smith, 21 Jan 2011

Facebook defends security strategy

AnalysisFacebook has defended its record in thwarting rogue applications and other security in the face of criticism from security firms that it ought to adopt tighter application controls.
John Leyden, 21 Jan 2011

McDonalds samples NFC swipe-tech in UK

McDonalds will be accepting proximity payment cards in 1,200 UK branches from this summer, though Starbucks has almost 7,000 stores lined up to accept barcodes in the USA.
Bill Ray, 21 Jan 2011

1kW of sexy GPU love

When someone provides me the funding I request for a project without fighting me tooth and nail over every bent copper, I believe that I should return the courtesy by going above and beyond to earn the trust that has been placed in me.
Trevor Pott, 21 Jan 2011

Gates, Woz, and the last 2,000 years of computing

It's weird to see something from your childhood displayed as an ancient cultural artifact. Here at the newly refurbished Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California, I'm standing over a glass case that houses the Commodore 64, the same machine I begged my parents to buy me for Christmas in 1983.
Gavin Clarke, 21 Jan 2011

EU halts carbon trading after 'concerted' hack attacks

The European Commission has temporarily halted trading of carbon emissions credits following revelations that some two-million allowances worth about €30m were stolen from insecure accounts in recent days.
Dan Goodin, 21 Jan 2011

Lawyer wants WikiLeaker kept off suicide watch

The attorney for accused WikiLeaker Pfc. Bradley Manning has petitioned his client's living conditions, which require him to be watched around the clock and forbid him from exercising except for one 30-minute period each day.
Dan Goodin, 21 Jan 2011

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