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Apple to support reps: Don't confirm Mac infections

Apple officials have instructed members of the company's support team to withhold any confirmation that a customer's Mac has been infected with malware or to assist in removing malicious programs, ZDNet's Ed Bott reported on Thursday.
Dan Goodin, 20 May 2011

Stargazers spot dark energy

The distribution of galaxies and the time it takes for galactic clusters to form are behind a University of Queensland claim confirming the existence of dark energy.
Richard Chirgwin, 20 May 2011

Firefox add-on with 7m downloads can invade privacy

A high-rated Firefox extension with more than 7 million downloads secretly collects data about every website the open-source browser visits and combines it with uniquely traceable information tied to the user, an independent security researcher said.
Dan Goodin, 20 May 2011
Creative Sound Blaster Tactic 3D Sigma

Creative Sound Blaster Tactic 3D Sigma gaming headset

ReviewHaving just played Darkspore, and somewhat underwhelmed by the music and ambient sounds, I am definitely not above lowering games' scores slightly based on sound quality. At times it appears that audio is the developers’ last thought and, likewise, I’ll admit that choosing the latest graphics card or mouse takes precedence over some new gaming headphones. Yet great sound effects, with thoughtful surround positioning, can create a unique gaming experience.
Lucy Orr, 20 May 2011

Blighty's first touch-to-pay phone goes on sale today

Orange has won the race to get UK punters paying with a wave of the phone, launching its Barclaycard-backed Quick Tap service today on the back of MasterCard's PayPass network.
Bill Ray, 20 May 2011

Symantec buys Clearwell tech that makes lawyers poorer

Days after Iron Mountain sells its way out of the eDIscovery market Symantec is buying its way in, with a $390 million purchase of Clearwell.
Chris Mellor, 20 May 2011

Playboy sneaks NAKED LADIES onto iPad

Playboy has whipped open the bathrobe on its latest plan to combat falling sales and the ready availability of free net smut – an online version of the magazine's entire 57-year back catalogue.
Lester Haines, 20 May 2011
Sharp Aquos phone

Sharp: Aquos phone to go global

Sharp has promised to release its TV-branded Aquos phone worldwide.
Tony Smith, 20 May 2011

LinkedIn goes ballistic following IPO

Social-networking-for-suits site LinkedIn saw its shares go ballistic to double in price yesterday after the company's IPO.
John Oates, 20 May 2011

Sony's Thai website pwned by phisher scoundrels

Security researchers have discovered a phishing site running on Sony's servers.
John Leyden, 20 May 2011

German salesmen rewarded with meticulously organised orgy

Those of you who feel you're not sufficiently well rewarded for all your hard work should consider alerting your boss to the employee incentive techniques of German insurance outfit Ergo.
Lester Haines, 20 May 2011

Big Brother man: TV viewers will swap privacy for content

Big TentThe man who brought Big Brother to the UK this week painted a nightmare vision of the future where people trade their personal information for the chance to watch TV programmes.
Joe Fay, 20 May 2011
Ricoh e-paper

Ricoh reveals paper-bright colour e-paper

Here's a snap of Ricoh's colour e-paper, which, the company claims, is two-and-a-half times brighter than anyone else's colour e-paper.
Tony Smith, 20 May 2011

Mobile operators argue with Ofcom over termination rates

The UK's bigger operators are taking Ofcom to the Competition Appeals Tribunal, arguing for higher termination rates - except Three, which wants the opposite.
Bill Ray, 20 May 2011

Government hires Guardianista as digital chief

The government has hired Mike Bracken as its new digital boss.
Kelly Fiveash, 20 May 2011
Mario Question

Videogames give kids the munchies

Studies show that gamers who spend longer playing videogames tend to have a higher rate of obesity than more casual players. In fact, most gamers are fat and miserable. Apparently. But while an unhealthy Fifa 11 habit could be a rational explanation for a child's lack of exercise, several researchers now suggest gaming has a direct link to spontaneous food intake too.
Caleb Cox, 20 May 2011

BOFH: Attack of the Global Corporate Overlords

Episode 6
Simon Travaglia, 20 May 2011

New Mac fake-defenders similar to Windows scareware

Researchers at Microsoft have discovered striking similarities between the recently emerged wave of scareware packages targeting Mac fans and the longer established rogue anti-virus applications for Windows.
John Leyden, 20 May 2011
L.A. Noire

LA Noire

ReviewIf you were expecting Grand Theft Auto or Red Dead Redemption dressed in police uniform, then I'm sorry to disappoint you. LA Noire is far removed from its Rockstar stablemates. Sure, it bears all the hallmarks of gaming's master craftsman: the peerless synergy of narrative, art direction and game design, the unabashed depiction of crime and the criminal underworld and, of course, a repugnant legion of degenerates and sociopaths. But LA Noire is an entirely different game.
Andrew Bailey, 20 May 2011

Desktop Linux: the final frontier

Depending on who you talk to, 40 to 75 per cent of the world’s web servers are Linux-based. That is some serious market penetration. But even in organisations running Linux on their servers the operating system is on just 20 per cent of desktops.
Lucy Sherriff, 20 May 2011

Gov urged to extend rural mobe, broadband coverage

A parliamentary motion urging Ofcom to extend next generation mobile broadband to 98 per cent of the UK received cross-party support during a debate in the House of Commons yesterday.
Kelly Fiveash, 20 May 2011

Science fiction beams up into the British Library

The British Library exhibition of the history of science fiction opens today.
John Oates, 20 May 2011

Remastered 4K, 3D Titanic steams towards cinemas

James Cameron has confirmed that the 3D version of his 1997 epic Titanic will hit cinema screens on 6 April next year.
Lester Haines, 20 May 2011

Down and dirty in a monster data centre

CloudAt 66,000 servers worldwide and counting, it’s hard to remember that 10 years ago Rackspace didn’t exist. Now its customers in its Slough data centre alone include the Ministry of Defence and Lloyds TSB. Use an Oyster card, or buy insurance from Confused.com, and your data is stored on one of the 16,000 Rackspace servers in the UK. And, of course, The Reg lives somewhere on its 5,000 square metres of floorspace.
Tim Phillips, 20 May 2011

Using the internet in the People's Republic of China

China makes no secret of its desire, and ability, to control internet access, but even at a glance it's clear that the Great Firewall Of China leaks like the proverbial sieve.
Bill Ray, 20 May 2011

Twitter revamps privacy controls, 3rd-party app access

Third-party Twitter applications will have to ask users' permission before processing their private messages following a change in the company's permissions policy.
OUT-LAW.COM, 20 May 2011

Google gets ready to crush quote-comparison websites

Google has unveiled the next step in its plans to push into the market for online financial services with a price comparison site for mortgages and bank accounts.
John Leyden, 20 May 2011

El Reg iPhone app rated a flaccid 12+

It won't have escaped your notice that Vulture Central has unleashed a veritable shedload of mobile apps to deliver The Register to a range of devices, including one for the Jesus Phone and iPad.
Lester Haines, 20 May 2011

Nintendo Wii price plummets below £100

The price of the Nintendo Wii plunged today, with some retailers pushing the price of a bundle under the £100 mark.
Caleb Cox, 20 May 2011

£1.1bn Royal Navy warship finally armed, sort of

AnalysisHMS Daring, first of the £1.1bn+ Type 45 destroyers now coming into service with the Royal Navy, has finally fired her primary (and only significant) armament, the Sea Viper missile system.
Lewis Page, 20 May 2011

Endeavour mission specialists wrap first ISS spacewalk

NASA 'nauts Greg Chamitoff and Drew Feustel have wrapped the first of four spacewalks planned for Endeavour's STS-134 mission to the International Space Station.
Lester Haines, 20 May 2011

IT suppliers fear new GP consortia will 'create difficulties'

Suppliers of IT systems to England's NHS may face difficulties in the market if the planned reorganisation causes big differences in requirements, according to the manager responsible for health at one of the largest vendors of government IT.

Who's nicked Vaz's fondleslab?

Keith Vaz, MP for Leicester East and chair of the Home Affairs Committee, is outraged that some scrote has nicked an iPad and actual, real laptop from his offices.
John Oates, 20 May 2011

Arrays assaulted by acceleration appliances

BlogPesky acceleration appliances are proliferating and saying they can get better I/O out of storage arrays than the arrays themselves. We can imagine the array vendors sighing and saying: "Here we go again. When will these cachers ever learn?"
Chris Mellor, 20 May 2011

Hollywood to 'retell' Carrie

Film fans who consider Brian DePalma's 1976 movie Carrie an inadequate interpretation of the Stephen King novel will be delighted to learn that MGM is planning a "retelling".
Lester Haines, 20 May 2011

Google euthanizes newspaper archive scan plan

Google has shut down its five-year old effort to digitizes back issues of the world's newspapers.
Cade Metz, 20 May 2011

Apple, Amazon trademark spat turns surreal

Apple has slapped back at Amazon in their messy legal tête-à-tête over whether the online megaretailer's Appstore for Android is a violation of Apple's trademark for the term "app store" – and its arguments are becoming increasingly surreal.
Rik Myslewski, 20 May 2011

Explosion in iPad factory kills two, injures more

UpdatedAn explosion at the Chinese factory that manufactures Apple's iPad, among other devices, has reportedly killed two three* and injured 16, three seriously.
Rik Myslewski, 20 May 2011

Google nabs patents from defunct mini-phone maker

Google has paid $4.9 million to acquire the patents of defunct Israeli phone maker Modu, according to a report from an Israeli newspaper.
Cade Metz, 20 May 2011

Massachusetts PCs infected by data-hungry worm

Computers operated by the state of Massachusetts were infected for more than three weeks with a sophisticated piece of malware that security researchers say stealthily stole more than a gigabyte's worth of sensitive data over the past 10 days.
Dan Goodin, 20 May 2011

Will Red Hat come back to haunt the Open Virtualization Alliance?

Open...and ShutIn an attempt to cripple VMware's lead in enterprise virtualization, a posse of tech leaders decided to band together behind Red Hat's KVM in the Open Virtualization Alliance (OVA), announced this Wednesday.
Matt Asay, 20 May 2011

Norway's military computers targeted in serious attack

Norwegian military officials said they were targeted in a serious computer attack that struck in late March, one day after the country's F-16 fighter jets participated in bombings on Libya, according to published news reports.
Dan Goodin, 20 May 2011

Twitter and unnamed Twitterers sued by anonymous man

Twitter and certain Twitter users have been sued in the High Court in London by an individual referred to only by the initials "CTB".
Cade Metz, 20 May 2011

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