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ReiserFS creator arrested over missing woman

Police in Oakland, California today arrested Hans Reiser, the well-known Linux developer, on suspicion of murdering his estranged wife.
Drew Cullen, 11 Oct 2006
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Java for Vista is rock solid, says Sun

Sun Microsystems has moved to quash growing reports (here and here) of problems between Java and Microsoft's Windows Vista operating system, due next month.
Gavin Clarke, 11 Oct 2006
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Patch Tuesday - and other days of the week

Industry comment Back in the mists of the past, people gave names to the days of the week. Some of these have survived in the names of our modern weekdays. Monday is Moon Day, Thursday is named after the Norse storm god Thor and the roman god Saturn is remembered every Saturday.
Martin Ingram, 11 Oct 2006
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Of IBM's systems management initiative

Comment IBM is in full swing promoting its highly integrated and extensive It management tools and technologies which it's ready to roll-out into an enthusiastic, waiting business community. Or so it thinks. Why does this seem like another chapter in Kafka's The Trial to me?
Cormac O'Reilly, 11 Oct 2006
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Symantec, Accenture couple on outsourcing

Symantec today announced a hook-up with outsourcer Accenture to capitalise on a lack of security expertise the pair perceive in IT departments looking to bullet-proof their networks.
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Accenture previews intelligent home technology

"Mirror, mirror on the wall, do you think I need to shave? Or maybe change my diet?"
Emmet Ryan, 11 Oct 2006
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NFC completes Smart Posters standard

The NFC Forum has just published the Smart Posters component of its short-range-radio standard, while Nokia continues with large-scale trials of the technology.
Bill Ray, 11 Oct 2006
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Slashdot in Yahoo! IM black helicopter moment

Here's one for the black helicopter files: is Yahoo! blocking the sending of YouTube URLs via its splendid IM service? Yes, says this post on Slashdot:
Lester Haines, 11 Oct 2006

AMD quad-core Opteron will support FB-DIMM

AMD's upcoming 'Barcelona' quad-core Opteron CPU will deliver just "a few percentage points of added performance here and there", a company official has admitted. Instead, many of the tweaks improve the design of the part's architecture, including FB-DIMM support.
Tony Smith, 11 Oct 2006
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CBI calls for better procurement

The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) is calling on the government to overhaul its procurement of technology.
Kablenet, 11 Oct 2006

Intel to follow 'Santa Rosa' Centrino with 'Montevina'

Intel has yet to ship 'Santa Rosa', the next major update to its Centrino laptop and small form-factor PC platform, but already it's working on the follow-up, codenamed 'Montevina', due to ship in 2008, it has been claimed.
Tony Smith, 11 Oct 2006
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GS1 - simplifying the supply chain

Comment Just for a moment, please regard the humble bar code - unloved, old, barely noticed by people these days. What does it do? Well, the most used bar code, based on the Universal Product Code (UPC) standard, first appeared in 1974 on a pack of Wrigley's chewing gum in Ohio.
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Carousel fraud slows down again

Carousel or missing trader fraud has fallen for the second month in a row.
John Oates, 11 Oct 2006
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Brummie clubber killed by bovine TB

An outbreak of bovine TB in Birmingham earlier this year which infected six clubbers was traced to a man who drank "untreated, unpasteurised milk", the BBC reports.
Lester Haines, 11 Oct 2006
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AOL UK finds a home in Carphone Warehouse

Carphone Warehouse has bought up AOL UK for £370m in cash, instantly bumping up its broadband customer base by 1.5 million.
Bill Ray, 11 Oct 2006

PCI Express 2.0 final draft spec published

The PCI-SIG has released version 0.9 of the PCI Express 2.0 specification, to all intents and purposes the incarnation that will be ratified as the standard.
Tony Smith, 11 Oct 2006
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Technicolour Colombian finch declared new species

A technicolour finch discovered earlier this year in eastern Colombia has been declared a new species, Reuters reports.
Lester Haines, 11 Oct 2006
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Microsoft Germany CEO quits over strategy

The CEO of Microsoft Germany has resigned citing differences with the company's US headquarters.
John Oates, 11 Oct 2006

Microsoft posts Windows XP Home Edition security fixes

Microsoft has posted its monthly round-up of Windows security updates targeting, among others, owners of Windows XP Home Edition- and Windows XP Media Center Edition-based PCs.
Hard Reg, 11 Oct 2006
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I-O Data touts double-speed ToteBag USB Flash drive

Japan's I-O Data will next month ship a series of colourful USB Flash drives it claims deliver almost double the read and write speeds of standard products. Due to be made available in a choice or blue, red or black, and in capacities ranging from 512MB to 8GB, the ToteBag BH drives splits the storage into two banks which can …
Tony Smith, 11 Oct 2006
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Broadcom wins a round in war against Qualcomm

A judge has fine tuned one of the many disputes between Broadcom and Qualcomm, holding that Qualcomm has in fact violated one of Broadcom's patents.
Ashlee Vance, 11 Oct 2006
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Windows Update glitches derail Patch Tuesday

Microsoft published 10 patches as part of its regular Patch Tuesday update cycle yesterday, but many users are experiencing problems getting hold of the software updates because of delays involving Microsoft's Windows Update delivery mechanism.
John Leyden, 11 Oct 2006

Ricoh Caplio R5 7.2Mp compact digital camera

Review Unlike some of the digital camera brands gracing shop shelves, Ricoh can claim a long and surprisingly prestigious photographic heritage, including development of the world's first mass-produced twin-lens reflex, the RicohFlex III, which launched back in 1950 with a class-leading price and a good quality lens spoilt by soft corners...
Wayne Brooker, 11 Oct 2006

Intel readies Merom-based Celeron Ms for Q1 '07?

Expect to see the first Core 2 Duo-derived Celeron M processors in Q1 2007, the same timeframe Intel has assigned to the release of low-voltage Core 2 Duo CPUs, it has been claimed by folk who've had a look at the chip giant's latest mobile roadmap.
Tony Smith, 11 Oct 2006

Bloggers bamboozled by 'Sony Ericsson DVB-H phone'

Sony Ericsson is preparing a handheld web-friendly tablet phone equipped with the ability to pick up DVB-H digital television broadcast if a heap of realistic-looking photos and concept paintings posted on the web. Or is it?
Tony Smith, 11 Oct 2006

Spam Cube to take anti-spam gadget worldwide

Security gadget maker Spam Cube is to bring its anti-malware hardware to a worldwide audience, courtesy of a tie-in with distributor eSys. The email-scanning device is currently only available to buyers in the US.
Hard Reg, 11 Oct 2006
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Samsung ships 10Mp camera phone to Korea

Samsung announced the SCH-B600 ten megapixel camera-phone way back in March this year, but this week launched the device to consumers in its native South Korea. The camera's equipped with a 3x optical zoom, 5x digital zoom, auto-focus and a flash, but if photography's not your thing, the B600 can pick up digital TV broadcasts …
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Microsoft SCO conspiracy theory quashed (again)

The paranoid style pervades internet discourse like sap coursing through a tree - as we've seen with the 9/11 "Truth Movement" and the net neutrality scare - and as we've previously noted in the fascinating SCO vs Linux saga.
Andrew Orlowski, 11 Oct 2006
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Police search for UK victims of US ID theft

UK police are attempting to reach thousands of Brits who have become victims of malware-powered ID theft scam.
John Leyden, 11 Oct 2006
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Moller flogs flying car on eBay

Those of us who have been waiting 50 years for the answer to the question "where's my bloody flying car?" need wait no longer. It's right here on eBay:
Lester Haines, 11 Oct 2006
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Cyberterror sim scares pants off of Wired smarty

Momentary horse-laugh of the day goes to Chris Suellentrop, an editor at Slate, writing in Wired about becoming a convert to the decrepit church of cyberterror in "Sim City: Terrortown:"

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Tony Smith, 11 Oct 2006
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SEC procrastinating on Brocade fine?

The SEC may be struggling with the vast scope of its stock option investigation if its delay in actually collecting a fine from Brocade is anything to go by.
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Gitmo - another Brit idea commercialised by the US?

Blunkettwatch Stunning revelations in today's excerpts from The Blunkett Tapes in the Guardian - although the offshore jurisdiction limbo that is Guantanamo Bay is generally held to be a US innovation, it was in fact devised within easy bagging and tagging range of the very offices whence we report. Like vertical take-off aircraft, the hovercraft, apocalyptic science fiction and Churchillian rhetoric it was in fact a British innovation.
John Lettice, 11 Oct 2006

Intel 'Bearlake' South Bridge to offer fast data recovery tech?

Intel's upcoming ICH9 South Bridge family, due to ship in Q2 2007 with the 'Bearlake' chipset series, will support what the chip company calls "Rapid Recover Technology" to get users up and running quickly if their primary hard drive fails, it has been claimed.
Hard Reg, 11 Oct 2006
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HCL squeezes Indian software engineers

Indian outsourcing giant HCL Technologies has told its software engineers they have to work longer days without any extra pay for the greater good of the company.
Mark Ballard, 11 Oct 2006
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Ericsson goes green

Ericsson has entered into a deal with MTN, with funding from the GSM Association, to supply electricity for cell base stations using biodiesel-powered generators.
Bill Ray, 11 Oct 2006
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Dunn editorial officially ends the 'HP Way'

Opinion Former HP chairman Patricia Dunn has displayed remarkable courage during the unravelling of the company's spy scandal. Where others might hide behind humility and full disclosure, Dunn has bravely moved to rewrite history and fashion her image in something approaching a decent light.
Ashlee Vance, 11 Oct 2006
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Apple's NY Fifth Avenue store is an 'insult to Islam'

According to a report on The Middle East Media Research Institute, Apple's NY Fifth Avenue store has been slammed by "an Islamic website" as a "new insult to Islam".
Lester Haines, 11 Oct 2006
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Nokia adds Orb for go-anywhere TV

Nokia is bundling Orb's "MyCasting" client onto one of its smartphones, giving punters the chance to access their own TV subscriptions and music libraries on the go.
Andrew Orlowski, 11 Oct 2006
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It's the information, stupid

Symantec is shifting its strategy towards protecting information and interactions on the net, rather than just devices or computer networks.
John Leyden, 11 Oct 2006
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Brocade-McData: nothing to see here, Mr FTC

Updated Brocade is not sweating over the Federal Trade Commission's anti-trust investigation of its acquisition of McData and pressing ahead with plans to digest a second third of the storage switch market.
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Ad watchdog slaps The Link's wrists

The Advertising Standards Authority has told phone retailer The Link and Freetalk Communication that a recent email advertising its Voice over Internet Protocol service was unfair to BT.
John Oates, 11 Oct 2006
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MIT opens Junk Science Institute

In an expensive attempt to stake a claim in Private Eye's Psueds Corner, Massachusetts Institute of Technology has announced a "Center for Collective Intelligence".
Andrew Orlowski, 11 Oct 2006

Belkin tunes into Bluetooth for iPod song sender

Another day, another wireless Belkin iPod accessory. After the SportCommand wireless remote, here's the TuneStage II, a Bluetooth 2.0-connected combo for streaming music from the player to a hi-fi.
Tony Smith, 11 Oct 2006
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Founder Augustin to abandon VA

VA Research/Linux Systems Software founder and general open source blowhard advocate Larry Augustin plans to sever his ties with the company come December.
Ashlee Vance, 11 Oct 2006
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DoJ waves through AT&T-Bell South deal

The US Department of Justice has approved AT&T's proposed acquisition of Bell South, saying the enlarged group is "not likely to reduce competition substantially [or] harm consumer welfare". It has attached no conditions to the deal.
Drew Cullen, 11 Oct 2006
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Eudora morphs into Thunderbird

Qualcomm is to stop selling Eudora, the venerable email client, and is hand over development to the Mozilla Foundation.
Drew Cullen, 11 Oct 2006
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Options scandal claims CNET, McAfee chiefs

Two top McAfee execs and three CNET Networks chiefs have quit their jobs in the wake of America's growing backdated options scandal.
Gavin Clarke, 11 Oct 2006
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BEA touts an 'enterprise MySpace'

There may have been no new news to emerge from BEAWorld in Prague this week, coming as it did so soon after BEAWorld in San Francisco, but CEO Alfred Chuang gave a significant pointer to BEA's thinking for future directions. What is more, it is a pointer to where we may well see something approaching a 'killer app' emerging for SOA.
Martin Banks, 11 Oct 2006
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Google mixes up letters and numbers

Google has combined its online word processing and spreadsheet applications through a common interface, single sign-in and data repository.
Gavin Clarke, 11 Oct 2006