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Alcatel-Lucent touts bit-blazing 100Gbps for Kiwi NBN

French telco vendor Alcatel-Lucent is sending in the big guns – its 100Gbps metro networking – to New Zealand, as the competition to supply the government’s Ultra-Fast Broadband Initiative heats up.
Juha Saarinen, 17 Mar 2011

Phishers dodge fraud protections in Firefox, Chrome

A recent round of phishing attacks targeting customers of Bank of America and PayPal circumvent fraud protections built in to the Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome browsers by attaching an HTML file to the spam email.
Dan Goodin, 17 Mar 2011

MS embraces/shuns Google's open video codec

Microsoft has teamed with the Google-backed WebM project to announce software that allows Internet Explorer 9 and other Windows applications to render video using WebM, the web-media format that Google open sourced under a royalty-free license last year.
Cade Metz, 17 Mar 2011

Java daddy: 'Aggressively stupid' won't work for Oracle

Oracle has got no choice but to get it right on Java, according to Java founder James Gosling, who has voiced some support for the database giant's proposed changes.
Gavin Clarke, 17 Mar 2011
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US CIOs: IT hires on the rise

Robert Half Technology, the IT unit of the eponymous headhunter, says that CIOs are more optimistic about the prospects of hiring more people and doing more IT projects than you might otherwise think.
Apple iMovie for iPhone 4

Apple iMovie 1.2

iOS App of the WeekI’ve been having a lot of fun playing with Apple's new GarageBand app, but it’s the updated iMovie that will really benefit from the new camera and improved graphics power of the iPad 2.
Cliff Joseph, 17 Mar 2011

Overland gets $15m tide-us-over cash

Overland Storage is raising $15.4m to tide it over before new product sales lift revenues.
Chris Mellor, 17 Mar 2011

Judge mulls 'wasted costs' as ACS:Law cases close

A London court yesterday officially closed the book on allegations of illegal file-sharing brought by ACS:Law against 26 defendants.
Kelly Fiveash, 17 Mar 2011

Police just rubber-stamping US data slurp

Members of the European Parliament have condemned the first six months of data sharing with US terror spooks as an abject failure of data protection.
John Oates, 17 Mar 2011
Altec Lansing inMotion Air

Altec Lansing inMotion Air wireless speaker

ReviewAltec Lansing’s inMotion range of portable speakers has been popular with iPod and iPhone owners for many years. However, the inMotion Air turns out to be a break with tradition – in fact, it’s not specifically designed for the iPod at all.
Cliff Joseph, 17 Mar 2011

UK cyclists hit by fraud after online purchase at website

UpdatedA suspected security breach at popular UK-based biking site chainreactioncycles.com has been linked by victims to multiple instances of fraud.
John Leyden, 17 Mar 2011

Asus to take fight to tablets with cheap Google netbook

Eee PC maker Asus will launch a dirt-cheap netbook this summer in a bid the eke out out market share before the tablets take it all.
Tony Smith, 17 Mar 2011

Visa goes all P2P in US

Americans with Visa cards will soon be able to transfer money to any other Visa account worldwide, just by entering the amount, the recipient's card number and an email address.
Bill Ray, 17 Mar 2011

Texas bank robber asked for ID

A Texas master criminal's attempt to rob a Dallas bank ended badly after the teller requested two forms of ID before handing over cash.
Lester Haines, 17 Mar 2011

Spectrum-guzzling operators will TAKE TV off THE AIR

Ofcom has threatened to put the spectrum used by broadcast TV on the block.
Bill Ray, 17 Mar 2011

Spam levels plummet as Rustock botnet taken down... for now

Spam volumes shrank on Wednesday after the prolific Rustock botnet fell silent, reportedly as a result of a takedown action.
John Leyden, 17 Mar 2011

Child abuse cop slams ICANN

One of Interpol's top child porn cops has launched a blistering attack on the domain name industry and the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) for not doing enough to help law enforcement tackle child abuse imagery online.
Kevin Murphy, 17 Mar 2011

Boffins build copper-crunching laptop cooler

General Electric nanotech scientists have have come up with a heat-conducting system that's more than twice as efficient as copper yet has a quarter of the metal's weight.
Tony Smith, 17 Mar 2011

Broadband minister asks ISPs to better 'regulate' industry

Communications minister Ed Vaizey is calling on ISPs to beef up their commitments to providing UK customers with information about how they manage online traffic.
Kelly Fiveash, 17 Mar 2011

Accolades and anguish at the Baftas

Heavy Rain was a critical success at last night's British Academy of Film and Television Videogames Awards, scooping three gongs amid the roar of much applause.
Dell Inspiron Duo

Dell Inspiron Duo

ReviewDevices that try to reconcile the essentially irreconcilable often come a cropper. As the Good Book says, “Because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.” Trying to combine the best of the netbook with the best of the tablet is what Dell’s new Inspiron Duo is all about, but does it work as either, let alone both?
Alun Taylor, 17 Mar 2011

Police, Google and Facebook warned on data protection

European Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding said citizens have the right to proper data protection, and the "right to be forgotten", and deserve national regulators which will enforce the rules.
John Oates, 17 Mar 2011

Virgin turns on third Tivo tuner

Virgin Media has begun pushing out an firmware update that will activate the third tuner built into its new, Tivo-branded set-top box.
Hard Reg, 17 Mar 2011

Fukushima on Thursday: Prospects starting to look good

The story of the quake- and tsunami-stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear powerplant continues to unfold, with reports suggesting that the situation with respect to the three damaged reactors at the plant may soon be stabilised without serious consequences. The focus of attention has now moved to problems at a pool used to keep spent fuel rods cool. There remain no indications that anyone has yet suffered any radiation health effects, and the prospect is growing that this will remain the case.
Lewis Page, 17 Mar 2011

Google copyright purge leaves Android developers exposed

Google's attempt to purge copyright from header files has put mobile developers at risk of being forced to reveal their own source code, according to legal experts.
Bill Ray, 17 Mar 2011

New cheap gas, not nature, is nuclear's biggest worry

New nuclear reactors just aren't economical, says the CEO of the largest nuclear operator in the United States. Exelon's CEO John Rowe says that the economics of cheap gas makes a nuclear renaissance unforeseeable for the next few years – and had done so before the quake prompted regulators to politicians to review their policies.
Andrew Orlowski, 17 Mar 2011
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Pervasive encryption: Just say yes

CloudIn my day job as a sysadmin for a small business, and in my moonlighting as a freelance tech consultant, I get to do a lot of thinking about security.
Trevor Pott, 17 Mar 2011
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IBM tunes up Java for z196 mainframes

Software almost always lags behind the hardware it runs on. This week, IBM tuned up its Java virtual machines and software development kits for its System z mainframe line to take advantage of new instructions in the new zEnterprise 196 mainframes.
DVD it in many colours

Intel buys Silicon Hive for SoC smarts

Intel continues to build up its capabilities in software in general and in parallel processing in particular, as it announced today it has acquired Silicon Hive.

New York Times tucks skirt behind stilted paywall

Regular readers of the online version of the New York Times will be asked to pay for a monthly subscription to the newspaper after perusing 20 articles on the site for free.
Kelly Fiveash, 17 Mar 2011
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WD outs 6TB monster drive

Western Digital has upgraded its two-disk My Book Studio II external hard drive to a whopping 6TB of capacity.
Hard Reg, 17 Mar 2011
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Nintendo 3DS smashes advance order record

Nintendo 3DS has become the most pre-ordered console on Amazon, beating the likes of PS3 and Wii, the online retailer has claimed.
Caleb Cox, 17 Mar 2011

Prof debuts miniature laser diode for fast networking

Miniature laser diodes emitting intense single wavelength light could speed data networking.
Chris Mellor, 17 Mar 2011

HBGary's nemesis is a '16-year-old schoolgirl'

Forbes has bagged an interview with the "teenage girl" who supposedly played a key role in hacking security firm HBGary on behalf of Anonymous.
John Leyden, 17 Mar 2011

ChinaNet bestows free Wi-Fi upon lucky Android few

ChinaNet, the ISP brand of China Telecom, has launched a public Wi-Fi service in 500 of its Shanghai telephone booths, and while most users will have to pay Android handsets get in for free.
Bill Ray, 17 Mar 2011

Dell brings 2G Core i, swappable covers to Inspiron laptops

Dell has updated its Inspiron R laptop line, decking the 14in, 15in and 17in machines out not only with a vast selection of clip on, clip off lids but also Intel's second-gen Core i processors.
Tony Smith, 17 Mar 2011

Apple: Yes, Safari outperforms embedded iOS web viewer

Apple has confirmed that the web viewer embedded with iOS 4.3 does not offer certain optimizations included with the Safari browser bundled with Apple's mobile operating system.
Cade Metz, 17 Mar 2011

Patent-pimping pair attacks Apple, PayPal, Victoria's Secret

Apple, PayPal, and Victoria's Secret have been slapped with a patent-infringement suit which alleges that their one-click online transaction-processing systems violate a 2004 patent held by a pair of companies that are no strangers to legal dust-ups.
Rik Myslewski, 17 Mar 2011

IE9: Downloads beat Angry Birds, lag Firefox and Opera

Microsoft is claiming 2.3 million downloads of Internet Explorer 9 in the first 24 hours since the browser was officially released on Monday.
Gavin Clarke, 17 Mar 2011

Download data versus piracy claims: the figures don’t add up

CommentFirst, a declaration of interest. Before I joined El Reg, I was working on an analyst project (PDF/721 KB) with Sydney company Market Clarity led by long-time friend Shara Evans.
Richard Chirgwin, 17 Mar 2011

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