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Quantum touts high end de-duplication box

Quantum has announced a high-end de-duplication appliance, called DXi7500. The new box is aimed at large enterprises, and as well as de-dupe, it can also be used as a virtual tape library (VTL) with a path to real tape, as disk-based backup and even as straight replicated disk storage.
Bryan Betts, 27 Jun 2007
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Proto- YouTube copyright suit lives on to darken another Google day

You win some, you lose some - and sometimes simultaneously.
Kevin Fayle, 27 Jun 2007
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TorrentSpy filters pirated videos

As TorrentSpy continues to fight a lawsuit by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), founders of the popular video download site have announced a new filtering system that allows content owners to remove pirated material from the site’s search results.
Cade Metz, 27 Jun 2007
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Ellison rules out M&A breather

Oracle loves buying companies and it simply can't break/won't break the habit. It's got ambitious growth targets to meet and rivals' market share to take.
Gavin Clarke, 27 Jun 2007
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Europe's banks must inform customers of US snooping

Privacy chiefs have given Europe's banks a September deadline for alerting customers that their financial transactions could be tracked by US security agencies. Customers must be warned that even transactions within Europe could be monitored, they said.
OUT-LAW.COM, 27 Jun 2007
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The decline of antivirus and the rise of whitelisting

The recent acquisition of SecureWave by PatchLink was not so much an acquisition as a merger, with PatchLink being the senior partner. With 3400 customers it had about twice the customer base as SecureWave and it also had about twice the staff.
Robin Bloor, 27 Jun 2007
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Jabra motors in with in-car speakerphone

Bluetooth headset specialist Jabra has released a sexy little car kit, the SP5050 - lightweight and with active noise cancellation to better beat out engine sounds.
James Sherwood, 27 Jun 2007
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British steam car aims for landspeed record

A British steam car is in the final stages of preparation for an attempt on the land speed record, or at least the steam-powered version of it.
John Oates, 27 Jun 2007
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Hotspot prices to fall after Boingo goes global with WiFi

WiFi pioneer Boingo is passing the 100,000 hotspot mark, with a new WiFi service "providing international business travellers with access to more than 100,000 locations around the world for one low monthly cost with no roaming charges and no per-minute fees."
Guy Kewney, 27 Jun 2007
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Datawrite's cash-strapped multimedia player

Datawrite has unveiled an all-in-one multimedia device to play music, watch videos, listen to the radio, play games and view documents on, and all for only £50.
James Sherwood, 27 Jun 2007
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Scientists ID possible Tunguska crater

The largest earth "impact" of recent times, the Tunguska event, might have left a crater after all. The impact levelled more than 2,000 square kilometres of forest in Siberia, but is thought to have been caused by an asteroid or comet exploding in Earth's atmosphere since no crater marking the impact has ever been found. Now researchers at the University of Bologna in Italy think they might have found a scar in the surface of the earth left by the 1908 astro-intrusion.
Lucy Sherriff, 27 Jun 2007
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Navigating the mysterious world of nano-medicine

Most discussions of the future of medicine tend to revolve around genetic manipulation, personalised pharmaceuticals, and putting off death as long as possible.
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BPEL: scripting and human tasks

In the last column in this series, we looked at the general concept of business process management with respect to SOA (Service Oriented Architecture) based systems. In particular, we reviewed BPEL (the Business Process Execution Language) and what it offers and at some of the extensions for BPEL.
John Hunt, 27 Jun 2007
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Dell pitches XPS laptops at the mainstream

Dell's anticipated 13.3in laptop did make an appearance yesterday - it was launched alongside the PC maker's new, coloured Inspiron notebooks under Dell's XPS gamer-oriented brand.
Tony Smith, 27 Jun 2007
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NI firms waste £11m on IT finance

Businesses in Northern Ireland are wasting up to a quarter of a million pounds a week on poor IT financing deals, according to research released on Tuesday.
Stephen Errity, 27 Jun 2007
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EU chooses mobile TV standard

The European Commission has drafted a document recommending the adoption of Digital Video Broadcasting - Handheld (DVB-H) as a pan-European, mobile-broadcasting standard to avoid "market fragmentation".
Bill Ray, 27 Jun 2007
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Ofcom hands Channel 5 biggest-ever fine

Five has been hit with a £300,000 fine by regulator Ofcom in what is the biggest payout by a public service broadcaster to the regulator. It was found to have faked winners in live call-in competitions.
OUT-LAW.COM, 27 Jun 2007
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Mobile Clinic: keeping mobile workforce management consistent

Mobile Clinic The number one question that you all seem to be losing some sleep over is, 'How do we keep mobile device management consistent with the policies and procedures applied to the other devices on my corporate network?' Once again we roll out our illustrious panel of experts to tackle it for you, to give you some pointers and hopefully steer you in the right direction.
Team Register, 27 Jun 2007
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Asus re-locates GPS PDA in UK

Time was when all budget GPS gagdets were Windows Mobile PDAs with bundled route-planning software and a satellite pick. Now they're almost all dedicated units a la Tom Tom. But Asus is having another go, with its A696 GPS PDA.
James Sherwood, 27 Jun 2007
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Hippie-era CIA skulduggery report unveiled

The so-called "family jewels" internal report into questionable doings by the CIA in the 1960s and early '70s is now available online - with only a moderate amount of blanking-out.
Lewis Page, 27 Jun 2007
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IBM and Informix tie down Cheetah

I have periodically written about Informix Dynamic Server (IDS) ever since IBM acquired it. Initially, IBM had the wrong messaging—all of its databases were marketed under the DB2 brand, which didn't go down too well—but this has now changed with the company's refocus on information management in general and Information on Demand in particular.
Philip Howard, 27 Jun 2007
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Sun updates Solaris Express developer edition

Sun Microsystems has announced new functionality for Solaris Express Developer Edition. The OpenSolaris-based distribution targets developers for the Solaris OS, Java, and Web 2.0 with a set of products that are optimized for multi-core processor architectures and includes new compilers and development tools designed to assist developers in creating better applications more rapidly.
Clay Ryder, 27 Jun 2007

SanDisk and DivX shake hands

SanDisk and DivX are now the best of chums. The memory card specialist will now be allowed to incorporate DivX Stage 6 technology into its Sansa line of media players.
James Sherwood, 27 Jun 2007
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Eliminate stress at the touch of a button... literally

Stress gets to us all, but until now there have been only three outlets: going for a ciggie, squeezing a stress toy or punching your boss. But now you can press the red button and bring all your stress to an end with the USB stress panic button.
James Sherwood, 27 Jun 2007
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Windows Live gets upgrade

Microsoft is beta testing two new features of Windows Live - its effort at delivering software as a service over the web. It has added a photo-sharing application, Live Photo Gallery, and 500MB of online storage space called Windows Live Folders.
John Oates, 27 Jun 2007
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Microsoft security engineer makes top-10 worst jobs list

Summer's here, and 'tis the season to be compiling lists. One of the most eagerly awaited is the Ten Worst Jobs in Science, issued by Popular Science magazine. This year the roster of horrible occupations has gained widespread attention because it includes "Microsoft Security Grunt".
Lewis Page, 27 Jun 2007
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First reviews find iPhone more than a pretty face

Reporters for the Wall Street Journal and The New York Times have had their iPhones for two weeks now, and their first reviews cast a cautious optimism on Apple's new baby.
Bill Ray, 27 Jun 2007
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Spluttering UK net neutrality movement gets breath of life

Efforts to get the net neutrality bandwagon rolling in the UK continue, with new predictions that ISPs are set to charge content providers for faster loading.
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EMI pitches cross-platform content into the VidZone

EMI has signed a licensing and distribution agreement with Vidzone Digital Media to deliver the music giant's full DRM-free digital catalogue to mobiles and PCs via its cross-platform offering.
Kelly Fiveash, 27 Jun 2007
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Brand-name reviews give iPhone the thumbs-up

Apple's iPhone doesn't - or shouldn't - find its way into the hands of consumers until tomorrow evening US time, but that hasn't prevented units finding their way into the hands of the brand-name reviewers like the Wall Street Journal's Walt Mossberg.
Tony Smith, 27 Jun 2007
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Dell dances out with desktop Inspirons

Wedged underneath the excitement of Dell's latest Inspiron and XPS notebook announcement, is a new line of Inspiron desktops that could actually give you some decent performance - if you don't mind being tied to your desk, that is.
James Sherwood, 27 Jun 2007
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Google search rivals full of sound and fury

Analysis The rumor hit the web early this month. Citing an anonymous source, TechCrunch’s Michael Arrington reported that Microsoft was putting together some sort of uber search team at its Silicon Valley outpost in Mountain View, California. Gathering at least twenty “rock star” developers - including 23-year-old wunderkind Sanaz Ahari – and putting them to work on a “next-generation” search platform, Microsoft was intent on challenging the web’s runaway search leader in its own backyard.
Cade Metz, 27 Jun 2007
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Platform dives into Intel's world of clusters

Canada’s Platform Computing has signed up to Intel’s Cluster Ready program and claims to be first to market with a commercial stack that has been certified under the scheme.
Team Register, 27 Jun 2007
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Doctors slam Choose and Book

The British Medical Association said today the NHS's Choose and Book system is unfit for purpose and actually limits choice for patients.
John Oates, 27 Jun 2007
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BBC iPlayer finally hits the streets

The BBC will press ahead with its Windows-only on-demand service when it launches the iPlayer on July 27, the broadcaster announced today.
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Elasmobranch scanner tech ready for War on Terror

The US Navy's plan to detect mines and other underwater objects by their electrical fields - in the same way as sharks and rays find prey - has moved closer to reality.
Lewis Page, 27 Jun 2007
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Floating storage specialist names price

Network storage and disk backup company Data Domain has announced pricing for its Initial Public Offering.
John Oates, 27 Jun 2007
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Border agencies prep for multi-modal biometrics

The UK, Europe and the US are planning to belt and brace their border databases by using multiple forms of biometrics to identify people.
Mark Ballard, 27 Jun 2007
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Evesham Zieo N500-HD 17in laptop

Review Evesham has moved fast to pack its Zieo N500-HD laptop with a long list of 'Santa Rosa' Centrino Duo features. The 2.2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T7500 processor runs on the new 800MHz frontside bus and the chipset is a combination of 965 northbridge and ICH8M. Ordinarily, a new southbridge adds a handful of new features such as extra USB ports, but Centrino Duo is heavily skewed towards power management and longer battery life.
Leo Waldock, 27 Jun 2007
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Google Earth for charidee

Google is offering charities and not-for-profit organisations the chance to use Google Earth without paying the earth.
John Oates, 27 Jun 2007
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Iomega parades designer hard drive

For anyone that thought storage wasn't sexy, think again. Iomega's eGo - the name says it all... - is the Paris Hilton of data-packing, mirroring its 160GB capacity with a svelte, catwalk-ready design.
James Sherwood, 27 Jun 2007
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Designed to pay twice

Editor's blog Here are some thoughts on user-interface design and the simple psychology of rooking the user. Try this for an example: I have been staying at a hotel where there is Wi-Fi available in the form of a T-Mobile hotspot. Let’s not go to the length of criticising the hotel for not fronting this service itself, putting the cost on the bill, etc – or indeed, just burying the cost in the hotel charges so it appears free. What it does mean, however, is that one has to go through T-Mobile’s SignUpWithYourCreditCard process... tedious but survivable.
Martin Banks, 27 Jun 2007
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Pipex-hosted sites left high and dry by flooding

Pipex has today become the first ISP to report major technical problems caused by the extreme weather which has battered the north of England.
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HPC bar goes lower and wider

The more things stay the same, the more things are likely to change, and clear evidence of that could be seen today at the announcement of the latest Top500 Supercomputers league tables at the International Supercomputer Conference in Dresden.
Martin Banks, 27 Jun 2007
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Mobile security: the right way and the wrong way

Mobile workshop The team here at Freeform Dynamics has reviewed a lot of projects and gathered a lot of feedback from organisations implementing mobile technology over the years. One of the things we hit on in a report we put together earlier this year was how importance it is to engage and train users to minimise mobility related security risks in the right way.
Dale Vile, 27 Jun 2007
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Tiscali TV reaches for Sky channels

Sky has agreed to supply Tiscali's TV service with the same package of channels it took away from Virgin Media in a dispute over charges earlier this year.

Asus shows off bamboo-clad 'eco' laptop

Now, laptop maker Asus is well known for its willingness to bring all sorts of hi-tech compounds into the manufacture of its notebook computers, but it hasn't ignored more traditional materials. It's already released a leather-clad laptop and has now begun touting what it claims is the world's first bamboo computer.
Tony Smith, 27 Jun 2007
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Fujitsu sharpens blade server

Fujitsu Computer Systems flashed its latest energy-efficient, better I/O performance blade server and chassis in the hope of cutting customers loose from market leaders HP and IBM.
Kelly Fiveash, 27 Jun 2007

Toshiba readies Class 4 4GB Micro SDHC card

Toshiba has followed SanDisk to become the latest memory card maker to unwrap a Micro SD card that adheres to the high-capacity SDHC spec. Toshiba's offering, like SanDisk's - reviewed here - is a 4GB boy.
Tony Smith, 27 Jun 2007

Kodak models silver snappers

Kodak's production line must be hot to the touch now, following its roll out of four "fashionable" compact cameras - the M series - and the addition of two models to its existing high-end Z series.
James Sherwood, 27 Jun 2007
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Google searches for computer dealers

Is there no end to this company's ambitions? Google has signed up Ingram Micro, the world's biggest IT wholesaler, to distribute its hardware search appliance box in the US.
Drew Cullen, 27 Jun 2007
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Microsoft to hawk PCs to India's kids

Microsoft plans to sell a PC for kids and launch an educational channel on its MSN portal in India as the next step in a worldwide "Unlimited Potential" program.
Austin Modine, 27 Jun 2007
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Worms 2.0!

Interview Wade Alcorn recently published a paper explaining the technical details behind Inter-protocol Exploitation [PDF, 120kb].
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RIAA tried to shake down 10-year-old daughter, suit claims

An unemployed single mom with health problems has renewed her legal challenge of the Recording Industry Ass. of America (RIAA) with unseemly new details. They include accusations that the cartel's goons tried to contact the woman's 10-year-old daughter at school by impersonating the girl's grandmother on the phone.
Dan Goodin, 27 Jun 2007
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ICANN goes native, as new TLDs proliferate

ICANN San Juan 2007 Tuesday brought more on the expansion of the top-level domain (TLD) landscape - namely a discussion of what are referred to somewhat jokingly as geoTLDs. These are really two distinct kinds of TLDs - one for information about cities or purely geographic regions, and another for linguistic and cultural preservation.
Burke Hansen, 27 Jun 2007
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SGI's ICE, ICE bladey

SGI's dash away from cruel mistress Itanic continued this week in earnest with the delivery of the Xeon-based Altix ICE blade.
Ashlee Vance, 27 Jun 2007
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Spacesuit entrepreneurs plan parachute jumps from orbit

A former Nasa flight surgeon who lost his astronaut wife in the Columbia space shuttle disaster has teamed up with a self-described "bad boy" space commentator to mount trials in which humans would descend from orbit skydiver-style.
Lewis Page, 27 Jun 2007
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Music biz agrees: stop shooting self in foot

At the Norwegian summer resort of Kristiansand in Norway last week, representatives of all corners of the British (and global) music business came together to think the unthinkable.
Andrew Orlowski, 27 Jun 2007

Intel releases Core 2 chip Bios fix

Intel has released a BIOS patch for Windows machines running Core 2 and Xeon 3000/5000 chips that addresses potential unpredictable system behavior.
Austin Modine, 27 Jun 2007
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Eclipse tools up for Europa release

Eclipse gets its biggest update on Friday. The Europa update to the Eclipse Framework will wrap in 17 million lines of code spanning 21 projects, more than doubling last summer's first synchronized release, Callisto, with a mere seven million lines and 10 projects.
Gavin Clarke, 27 Jun 2007
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HP fires up Multi-Core Aid effort

HP has located a few friends, including Intel and AMD, to help it deal with the multi-core processor morass.
Ashlee Vance, 27 Jun 2007
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Red Hat spreads its JBoss in Q1

Red Hat turned in a healthy first quarter amid signs it's evolving into a multifaceted operation, thanks to growing sales of JBoss and use of channel partners.
Gavin Clarke, 27 Jun 2007