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IE and Firefox cough up hard drive contents

Updated The latest versions of Internet Explorer and Firefox on Windows and (in the case of Firefox) Unix systems are vulnerable to attacks that could reveal the contents of sensitive files residing on a victim's hard drives.
Dan Goodin, 13 Feb 2007
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IBM's juiced Power6 stomps poor, old Power5+

ISSCC At a time when rivals have given up on juicing their processors, IBM plans to crank the heck out of Power6. The dual-core chip due out by mid-2007 will come in "just shy" of 5GHz and flaunt double the performance of today's Power5.
Ashlee Vance, 13 Feb 2007
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Are founder-driven SW vendors good for enterprise buyers?

Comment I met with Gerry Cohen last week, the founder CEO of BI vendor Information Builders (IB). After 30 years in the business he still has an infectious enthusiasm for software. As has Jim Goodnight, the founder CEO of SAS, and Michael Saylor, the founder CEO of MicroStrategy, who founded his company in 1989. Between them, this triumvirate of founder CEOs account for $2.3bn of worldwide annual BI industry sales: about one-third of the whole BI market.
Gerry Brown, 13 Feb 2007
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Intel owed depressed employee more than counselling

Simply providing counselling for employees does not absolve companies of responsibility for their employees, the UK's Court of Appeal has ruled. The Court found that Intel was responsible for a worker's breakdown even though it provided counselling.
OUT-LAW.COM, 13 Feb 2007

Orange takes the cloak off Super SIM

3GSM Orange has announced the availability of its much-anticipated Super SIM supplied by Sagem Orga. The Super SIM has 128MB of storage and, when inserted into a Super SIM supporting handset, automatically installs "the Orange Homescreen, Packet Video player, F-Secure anti-virus client, and a whole series of Orange branded wallpapers and themes".
Bill Ray, 13 Feb 2007
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New copyright police to increase raids and seizures in UK

The Government will fund 4,500 new copyright police to conduct raids from April. The move comes as the Department of Trade and Industry passes responsibility for copyright enforcement to Trading Standards Officers.
OUT-LAW.COM, 13 Feb 2007

AMD licenses ATI phone GPU tech

AMD today said it will license its graphics technology for handheld devices, signing up STMicroelectronics as one of its first customers. The move comes a day after it launched new media processors aimed at... er... handhelds.
Tony Smith, 13 Feb 2007
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EC to overhaul consumer law to boost e-commerce

The European Commission will overhaul European contract law to make internet selling easier, more reliable and more efficient.
OUT-LAW.COM, 13 Feb 2007

HDMI pitches for PC vendor mind share

The battle to determine which PC display interconnect will dominate the market has begun in earnest. Yesterday, the organisation that licenses the HDMI port claimed more than 50 desktops, notebooks, motherboards, graphics cards and monitors are now shipping with its technology on board.
Tony Smith, 13 Feb 2007
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Amazon slapped with cockfighting lawsuit

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has slapped Amazon.com with a lawsuit aimed at preventing the online retailer punting cockfighting magazines and dogfighting videos, Computerworld reports.
Lester Haines, 13 Feb 2007

InPhase begins shipping holographic storage

InPhase Technologies has begun bulk shipping of its 300GB holographic storage disks and drives, the firm said yesterday. The Tapestry HDS-300R drive costs $18,000, with the 1.5mm-thick platters running to $180 a piece. The firm already claims a series of high profile customers, including Turner Broadcasting, the US Geological Survey, and Lockheed Martin.
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North Korea to shut down nuclear reactor

North Korea last night agreed to shut down its principal nuclear reactor in return for fuel aid, the BBC reports.
Lester Haines, 13 Feb 2007
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MPs launch IT comp for primary children

A parliamentary group has launched a competition for primary school children to prove their grasp of technology.
Kablenet, 13 Feb 2007
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ESA boffins make Martian maps

If you have been hoping to take a hiking holiday on Mars, but have found your plans spoiled by the dreadful lack of detailed maps, fear not: the European Space Agency has come to your rescue.
Lucy Sherriff, 13 Feb 2007
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HTC slides in slide-out-keyboard communicators

3GSM 3GSM HTC has unwrapped a trio of smart phones, including the eagerly anticipated Advantage X7500 - the UMPC-like successor to the manufacturer's Universal 3G handset. It also rolled out its first candybar form-factor phone with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard.
Tony Smith, 13 Feb 2007
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Money transfers go mobile for migrant workers

3GSM The GSM Association has teamed up with Mastercard to launch a pilot program to make it easier for international migrant workers to send money home.
John Leyden, 13 Feb 2007
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Intel Tera – not firma, but coming

Here is a long-term question: is Intel starting the long walk away from the x86 architecture and towards what it sees as the "next big thing"?
Martin Banks, 13 Feb 2007
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BP offices hit by mail bomb scare

Technology workers were disturbed this morning by what appears to have been a hoax bomb at a business park near Heathrow.
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The Register - tuned to your every whim?

Site news You can get emails, or build a feed, on any topic, company or technology area we write about by heading down to search.theregister.co.uk, running a search for anything of interest, and following the links.
Team Register, 13 Feb 2007

Nokia turns on N series TV phone

3GSM Nokia has introduced its latest digital telly friendly mobile phone: N series member the N77. Ready for viewing, it's equipped with a 2.4in, 320 x 240 display capable of rendering 16m colours. There's a pair of stereo speakers too.
Tony Smith, 13 Feb 2007
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Nokia 3GSM gallery

3GSM Nokia announced six new handsets at 3GSM this year. For your viewing pleasure, here they all are...
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Bank in hot water over BT's Plusnet deal

BT says it will continue to work with Rothschild bank, depite the financial institution giving it such poor advice over the Plusnet acquisition last year that the bank has been formally reprimanded by the Takeover Panel.
Lucy Sherriff, 13 Feb 2007
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IBM plants Linux on the desktop

IBM has announced an open-source desktop, running Lotus apps and Firefox on top of Red Hat or SUSE Linux. It's based on an internal project which has deployed Linux desktops to several thousand IBM staff, in what IBM said was one of the largest corporate Linux roll-outs to date.
Bryan Betts, 13 Feb 2007
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Mexican drug gangs slug it out on YouTube

Warning: graphic content A bloody war between rival Mexican drug gangs has spilled onto YouTube where two competing cartels "taunt each other with blood-soaked slideshows and films of their murder victims", Reuters reports.
Lester Haines, 13 Feb 2007

Free Nokia route-plan app arrives late, in need of shower, cocoa

Call off the search - Nokia's free Smart2Go route-planning software has arrived at last at its intended destination: the company's Smart2Go website, where it's now available to download.
Tony Smith, 13 Feb 2007
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UK bikers skate on sticky grit

UK bikers have launched an online petition* aimed at getting the government to rethink its "sticky grit" de-icing strategy.
Lester Haines, 13 Feb 2007
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Belgium upholds anti-Google injunction

Copiepresse, the French and German language news agency in Belgium, has for the second time won the support of the Belgian courts in its battle to stop Google including snippets of its articles on the Google News search pages.
Lucy Sherriff, 13 Feb 2007
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Princeton ESP lab shuttered in bad week for irrationality

The news that the lab investigating parapsychological phenomena around extra-sensory perception has closed makes for a bad week for pseudoscience.
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ip.access opens Oyster femtocell to the world

ip.access has launched a consumer-friendly 3G cell, called Oyster, that's designed to be plugged into the internet. Oyster routes normal 3G calls over the customer's broadband connection; supplying all the advantages of a VoIP solution with none of the complexity.
Bill Ray, 13 Feb 2007
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Kingston offers multi-format SD card pack

Kingston Technology has begun bundling its 1GB MicroSD card with a pair of adaptors that allow the card to slide smoothly into MiniSD and SD memory card slots, respectively. Handy that, if your phone uses MicroSD, but your camera and computer will only handle the other formats. That's Kingston's pitch, at any rate, and since …
Tony Smith, 13 Feb 2007
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Novell and Microsoft swing both ways

The possibilities for recursive virtualisation have just increased, with Novell and Intel announcing that you can now run Windows unmodified on Novell's SUSE Linux, via Xen and an Intel VT-capable processor, while Microsoft says an upcoming service pack will let its Virtual Server run SUSE Linux as a virtualised guest.
Bryan Betts, 13 Feb 2007
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'Fatal text' driver jailed for two years

A Pontypool sales executive who killed another driver in a head-on collision, just two minutes after sending a text message, has been jailed for two years.
Lester Haines, 13 Feb 2007

AMD confirms RS690 will ship as 690G

AMD has confirmed its upcoming RS690 chipset will be available in at least two versions - one for desktops, the other for mobiles - both with the model number 690G, documents released to Register Hardware today reveal.
Tony Smith, 13 Feb 2007

Cameraphones focus on liquid lenses

3GSM The quality of autofocus lenses on cameraphones are set to get a boost with technology from Varioptic, a firm that makes its lenses out of oil and water, rather than using traditional mechanical lenses.
John Oates, 13 Feb 2007
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Fujitsu man condemns NPfIT as failure

The government's pet technology project, the multi-billion pound NHS National Programme for IT (NPfIT), is in danger of failing, lacks the leadership required to stop it drifting off course, and is in danger of morphing into "a camel", according to a senior figure in one of the main contractors implementing the project.
Lucy Sherriff, 13 Feb 2007
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US film critics slap Calcutta-born Welsh

US film critics have lined up to have a pop at the "Welsh" accents in The Last Sin Eater - "a creepy religious drama" regarding a Welsh immigrant community living in America's Appalachian mountains.
Lester Haines, 13 Feb 2007
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EMC, FalconStor extend VTL contract

EMC has extended its relationship with its virtual tape library (VTL) software partner FalconStor until 2013. The storage monster's manoeuvrings last year, however, may reveal how EMC put the squeeze on during negotiations.
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Samsung 3GSM gallery

3GSM Samsung announced a handful of new handsets at 3GSM this year and showed off a host more. For your viewing pleasure, here they are...
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Altobridge conjures up instant GSM networking

Need a GSM network in a hurry? Altobridge can provide a GSM cell, for use with standard handsets and connected over satellite, within five minutes.
Bill Ray, 13 Feb 2007
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Eight nabbed in China for Panda worm

Police in central China's Hubei Province have detained eight men in their 20s alleged to have participated in the spreading of last year's "Panda burning joss stick" virus outbreak.
Dan Goodin, 13 Feb 2007
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IBM scouts for more software acquisitions

IBM's appetite for acquiring software companies shows no signs of diminishing. Last year, the company conservatively spent $3.6bn, adding 12 companies or just their assets to its $18bn middleware business during 2006.
Gavin Clarke, 13 Feb 2007
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The Java Phrasebook

Book review Elliote Rusty Harold, acclaimed Java and XML author, recently described Java as the lingua franca of the programming world. According to Harold he can write basic Java and have it understood by non-Java programmers more often than not.

Moto's banana beats Nokia's brick

First look The surprise of the 3GSM show so far has turned up in the Gadget Porn Department. Nokia's new communicator, the E90, was one of the most eagerly anticipated launches in a long time. But rather like Apple's iPhone, it's somewhat less spectacular once the reality sinks in.
Andrew Orlowski, 13 Feb 2007

D-Wave qubits in the era of Quantum Computing

Few start-ups would have the guts or audacity to unveil their first product at the Computer History Museum. D-Wave Systems, however, did just that today by unveiling the world's most advanced quantum computer - a product that may one day be displayed at the museum as a breakthrough system or simply as a curious relic.
Ashlee Vance, 13 Feb 2007