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Turing Collection saved for the nation

The Turing Collection - the set of offprints of Alan Turing's work collected by his friend Professor Max Newman - has been saved for the nation after the last minute arrival of money from the National Heritage Memorial Fund.
John Oates, 25 Feb 2011

Australians safe from Mortal Kombat

The Australian federal government’s Classification Board has given a “refused classification” (RC) rating to the upcoming Mortal Kombat game, meaning it will not go on the shelves.
Richard Chirgwin, 25 Feb 2011

Exxon, Shell, BP outed as mystery hack attack victims

Bloomberg News has identified six of the energy companies targeted in recent series of “coordinated covert and targeted cyberattacks” and says the victims could face legal liability for choosing not to disclose them to shareholders.
Dan Goodin, 25 Feb 2011
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RIM BlackBerry Bold 9780 smartphone

ReviewIf you’ve seen one BlackBerry, you’ve sort of seen them all: the latest models nearly all talk the same design language of smallish screen and biggish keyboard, the unchanging row of buttons and, generally a chrome frame.
David Phelan, 25 Feb 2011
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IBM's knockout single file system benchmark

CommentIn a week that saw EMC announce its record NFS benchmark with a virtually all-flash VNX, IBM has blown everyone else away with an astounding single file system SONAS result.
Chris Mellor, 25 Feb 2011

Fairness FAIL: When small print contradicts the big print

Companies whose small print changes the basis of consumer deals will face investigation by consumer regulator the Office of Fair Trading (OFT), it has said. According to the OFT, one in five consumers had experienced a contract problem in the last year.
OUT-LAW.COM, 25 Feb 2011

United Nations undermines Internet Governance Forum

The first preparatory meeting for the 2011 Internet Governance Forum has ended with a significant degree of uncertainty thanks to ongoing bureaucratic delays.
Kieren McCarthy, 25 Feb 2011
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Government seeks chief procurement officer

The Cabinet Office has confirmed that it will fold the job of running Buying Solutions into its new post of chief procurement officer.

Google whacks link farms

Google has made a major change to its search algorithms in order to try to scrub more link farm results from appearing near the top of search results.
John Oates, 25 Feb 2011

MySpace sale or spin-off process begins, says report

MySpace talks are reportedly set to take place between News Corp and around 20 potential suitors next month, as the struggling entertainment portal's parent company looks to sell or spin-off the business it acquired in 2005 for $580m.
Kelly Fiveash, 25 Feb 2011

Anonymous hacks Westboro Baptists during live interview

Denizens of Anonymous defaced a website run by the Westboro Baptist Church on Thursday during a live radio interview.
John Leyden, 25 Feb 2011

Intel outs future Xeon chip porn

ISSCCIntel was not about to pre-announce all the feeds and speeds of its future Xeon and Itanium processors at the IEEE's International Solid-State Circuits Conference in San Francisco this week. But its chip engineers are just like all the others attending the event. They want to show off the electrical engineering marvels they have created, and they did lift a little curtain on future "Sandy Bridge-EP" and "Westmere-EX" Xeon processors, due later this year.

Customs officers get X-ray machines for down under searches

Aussie customs officers are to get right under the skin of visitors to the Lucky Country with body scanners that will allow them to peruse suspected smugglers' internals without the need for a doctor's expertise.
Joe Fay, 25 Feb 2011

London Stock Exchange floored, again

The London Stock Exchange is currently closed thanks to the failure of its trading platform.
John Oates, 25 Feb 2011

Credit cards at the turnstile across London by 2013

Transport for London has confirmed that by the end of 2012 it will accept contactless credit and debit cards at the tube turnstiles, just after the Olympic tourists leave.
Bill Ray, 25 Feb 2011

Elder Scrolls V goes dragon mad

The first trailer for the fifth major instalment in the Elder Scrolls series was released yesterday, giving us a glimpse at the new engine, and whetting appetites for the dragon-filled land of Skyrim.
Caleb Cox, 25 Feb 2011

MS tacks Mozilla 'Do Not Track' header onto W3C submission

In a move that melds sneaky with shrewd, Microsoft has added Mozilla's Do Not Track browser header to the submission of its Tracking Protection proposal to the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). This potentially leaves Google – the third of the three contenders for privacy-enhanced browsing – isolated in a self-regulatory alliance with a gaggle of US ad networks, while Microsoft sidles closer to the kind of solution the regulators are likely to go for.
John Lettice, 25 Feb 2011
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Lloyds, First Direct websites hit by payday outages

Customers of two of the UK's biggest banks were locked out of their online accounts this morning, as payday collided with an outbreak of server sleeping sickness.
Joe Fay, 25 Feb 2011
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LaCie and Promise Thunderbolt their desktop storage

LaCie and Promise have announced desktop storage products using Intel's Thunderbolt 10Gbit/s interface.
Chris Mellor, 25 Feb 2011

Mozilla confirms Firefox 4 beta 12 is FINAL test build

Mozilla release manager Christian Legnitto confirmed in the early hours of this morning that there will be just one more beta of Firefox 4 before the upcoming but oft-delayed browser hits Release Candidate status.
Kelly Fiveash, 25 Feb 2011

Energy MPs foresee terrible future of clean, cheap energy

CommentMPs will take another look at shale gas next Tuesday. It's about time.
Andrew Orlowski, 25 Feb 2011

IBM reclaims server crown from HP

IBM has stolen the server crown back from rival Hewlett-Packard.

Flaw in MS anti-malware engine poses command override risk

Microsoft has updated its malware protection technology following the discovery of a bug which might, given a plausible but unlikely set of circumstances, allow a hacker to gain root access to vulnerable systems.
John Leyden, 25 Feb 2011

Park the Mario Kart, and throw your keys in the bowl

NSFW(ish)We Dare is a new game, for the Wii and PS2 and out later this year, that invites players to use motion-sensing consoles in a rather more adult way than previous titles.
Bill Ray, 25 Feb 2011

Apple under siege: Antitrust probes and product delays ...

Apple is accustomed to a few months of over-excited headlines at this time of year, in the build-up to the refresh of its mobile product line, and its iPad 2 should, indeed, turn up next week.
Wireless Watch, 25 Feb 2011
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Western Dig opens new R&D centre

Western Digital has opened a new research and development centre in Singapore and we detect some interesting bits of of HAMR disk drive technology coming out of it.
Chris Mellor, 25 Feb 2011
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Turn your mobile phones in to a live gig speaker

Do you experience muffled audio at festivals because you're surrounded by taller people or the speakers are too far away? There's an app for that.
Caleb Cox, 25 Feb 2011

All hail our cloud computing overlords

CommentWe all know what's going to be so frabjous about cloud computing: it's going to make the damn stuff work. Yes, yes, we have computing systems that work now, but they need that priestly caste made up of Reg readers sitting in front of them, in charge.
Tim Worstall, 25 Feb 2011
Killzone 3

Killzone 3

ReviewKillzone 3's Infiltrators are a class apart. Camouflaging themselves, they mimic their opponents' identity to move unmolested through hostile territory. Then, when the pivotal moment presents itself, they break cover and wreak havoc on an unsuspecting enemy.
Andrew Bailey, 25 Feb 2011

Man found guilty of battery after ejaculating in co-worker's drink

A California man faces up to a year inside after being found guilty of two counts of misdemeanor battery for ejaculating into a colleague's water bottle.
Team Register, 25 Feb 2011

Google preps YouTube movie service 'for UK'

Google is reportedly planning to launch an unlimited movie subscription service in the UK.
Kelly Fiveash, 25 Feb 2011

Stock Exchange says soz for downtime

Trading has restarted on the London Stock Exchange this afternoon after a systems failure closed it for business this morning.
John Oates, 25 Feb 2011

MobileMe packages disappear from Apple's shelves

Apple's MobileMe service is running fine, but the $99 annual package has disappeared from both virtual and physical shelves in what some reckon is a prelude to the service going free.
Bill Ray, 25 Feb 2011

London man gets 5 years for YouTube terror videos

A London man who created extremist videos and loaded them onto the internet was jailed for five years today.
Team Register, 25 Feb 2011

Mobile spyware tool helps paranoid spouses prove themselves right

Paranoid spouses will find it even easier to track their partner with a new mobile spyware tool that delivers reports via email.
John Leyden, 25 Feb 2011
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Is Japan ready for Nintendo 3DS launch?

The Nintendo 3DS goes on sale in Japan tomorrow, where fans are patiently queuing, blissfully unaware the device is already available to their neighbours in China.. unofficially of course.
Caleb Cox, 25 Feb 2011

Huawei invites US gov to investigate links to Chinese military claims

Chinese comms kit giant Huawei Technologies, which controversially withdrew from its bid to buy 3Leaf Systems earlier this week, is calling on the US government to investigate claims that it has links to the People's Liberation Army.
Kelly Fiveash, 25 Feb 2011

Amazon automates AWS app deployment

Amazon wants to make it easier for you to use its EC2 compute cloud and related services to host complicated applications.

Auction fraud complaints prop up declining US cybercrime reports

US complaints about internet fraud dropped 10 per cent last year.
John Leyden, 25 Feb 2011

Cyber cops and domain name registrars meet to tackle net crooks

Cyber cops from both sides of the Atlantic are meeting with domain name registrars in Brussels today to try to figure out ways to crack down on internet crime.
Kevin Murphy, 25 Feb 2011

Oracle to float cloud-ready Java EE in 2013

ExclusiveThe flavor of Java used to build application servers like IBM's WebSphere, Oracle's WebLogic, and Red Hat's JBoss is getting a two-stage retooling designed to float app severs to the cloud.
Gavin Clarke, 25 Feb 2011

Dear US gov: Stay the hell out of Silicon Valley

Open...and ShutIt will come as no surprise to the largely libertarian technology industry that big government has done little to advance the interests of Silicon Valley. But you might raise your eyebrows at the degree to which the US government is hurting the very people it tries to help.
Matt Asay, 25 Feb 2011

Godson: China shuns US silicon with faux x86 superchip

ISSCCIf the Chinese government is scaring the world with its hybrid CPU-GPU clusters, what do you think the reaction will be when Chinese supercomputers shun American-made x64 processors and GPU co-processors and start using their own energy-efficient, MIPS-derived, x86-emulating Godson line of 64-bit processors?

Antennagate Redux: Consumer Reports condemns Verizon iPhone 4

The Verizon CDMA incarnation of Apple's iPhone 4 suffers from the same dropped-call syndrome as the existing GSM incarnation, according to the venerable American product tester Consumer Reports.
Cade Metz, 25 Feb 2011

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