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After months of denial, Microsoft cops to IE vulnerability

Microsoft has finally accepted responsibility for its role in a security weakness that allows malicious websites to run harmful code on an end user's machine. The acknowledgment of the vulnerability in Internet Explorer comes after three months of saying the burden lay with third-party software makers whose programs actually accepted the nasty payloads.
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Onetime Google nemesis cranks click-fraud crusade

Advanced Internet Technologies once took Google to court over click fraud. But that was small potatoes.
Cade Metz, 12 2007
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MPs slam criminal assets recovery IT 'mess'

The agency set up to recoup the ill-gotten gains of criminals lacked the appropriate information systems, according to a group of MPs.
Kablenet, 12 2007

CoPilot 7 satnav kit finds its way to the UK

ALK Technologies will finally launch the latest release of its CoPilot Live satellite navigation software across Europe this month. Version 7.0 will arrive - coincidentally - seven months after it was originally promised.
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Mobile broadband to dominate in 2011

Mobile broadband is expected to become the dominant broadband platform worldwide in 2011, according to a new report.
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Corporate computing going thin to go green?

MP Alan Whitehead reckons it is not unfair to compare the computer industry to the airline business: all efforts are focused on the end user experience, he argues, without heed being paid to the effect the business has on the planet.
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Russian spammer murder hoax exposed

A yarn that a prolific Russian spammer was whacked by Russian hit-men is increasingly looking like a hoax.

Asian manufacturers race to ready iPhone-alikes

Guess what? Taiwanese handset makers are scrambling to ready iPhone-like communications gadgets and could have them out the door before July 2008.
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Ballmer: Google is winning online

Steve "on the" Ballmer is telling anyone who'll listen about how Microsoft is taking a pasting from Google in the search advertising racket.

AMD Catalyst update promises big gains for gamers

AMD has posted the latest release of its Catalyst graphics chip drivers, claiming the software yields "significant performance gains" in a stack of games - DirectX 10 supporting titles in particular.
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Cassini team ties icy jets to tiger stripes

The tiger stripes at the south pole of Saturn's moon Enceladus are indeed responsible for the powerful jets emerging from the body.
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TV for those who enjoy massacres

Analysis In 1991, Bad: Or the Dumbing of America was published. Written by Paul Fussell, a man with experience of war, it pessimistically ran through all that was execrable in the United States with the realisation things were only going to get worse.

Intel X48 chipset to ditch DDR 2?

Intel's X48 high-end gaming-oriented chipset, the anticipated successor to the only-just-released X38 chipset, is set to debut in Q1 2008 - supporting DDR 3 memory only, it has emerged.

Apple iPod Touch

2007's Top Products Apple may be keen to tout the Touch's 3.5in display, but the first thing you notice about the new iPod is how thin it is. Front to back it measures 8mm - on paper not as thin as the 6.5mm thick iPod Nano, but you'd never really know unless you measured them both. The point is, the Touch is supremely skinny.
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BOFH: A tragic accident

Episode 35 Episode 35 It's an exceptionally quiet morning at Mission Control and the PFY and I are killing time by rifling through the director's PA's drawers to see if she left anything good behind when she departed the company. "Ah... excuse me?" a voice asks haltingly from behind the partition. "Yep?" the PFY asks, always willing to …

Sony Ericsson releases Walkman, Cyber-shot phones

Sony Ericsson’s announced availability of two previously unveiled music-oriented handsets and the broader availability of an erstwhile Vodafone exclusive. The W910 and K850 were both announced back in June, while the K630 is essentially a rebadged Vodafone V640i.
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Evesham left debts of £6.8m

Defunct British PC maker Evesham Technology went bust owing creditors nearly £7m, the firm's administrators have revealed.
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Giants carve up broadband punters

Rapid consolidation in the UK broadband market means it's now dominated by just six operators, who divvy up 94 per cent of home internet users between them.

Moto punts Pebl-like music phone

Motorola has launched the Pebl-inspired U9 music phone that was forecast way back in July. The compact curvacious sliderphone sports a bright 1.5in OLED external display to give it that MP3 player feel.
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EMI 'goes indie'

Comment A memo from EMI's new owner has got the music digerati very excited. In recent years they've been hoping some of the lovely lolly that's been lubricating the City of London would flow their way. Now their wish is coming true - and it might not be what they wanted after all.
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Gore wins Nobel Peace Prize

He might have made a couple of mistakes in his Inconvenient Truth documentary, but we suspect Al Gore will consider his shiny new Nobel Peace Prize a winning blow in the PR war on climate change.
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Rebranding earthquake shakes seismic tech outfit

LogoWatch Those of us who view the inexorable spread of rebranding madness with a certain dread and not a small amount of horror had, until now, assumed that it was only Web 0.2 solutions providers, telcos, or self-important chip outfits with more money than sense who allowed themselves to succumb to the sound of whalesong and the pungent scent of joss-sticks.

Motorola cuts a dash with 24-carat gold Razr 2

Motorola's no stranger to gilt-y pleasures. It's already offered Oriental buyers a lady-aimed gold-clad Krzr K1 and now here's a Razr 2 that's apparently been "re-imagined and reconfigured in the most luxurious materials... bathed in gold and clothed in snake-like skin".
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YouTube gatecrashers trash 16th birthday bash

A quiet birthday party in Chippenham, Wiltshire turned into a near-riot after details were posted on YouTube prompting over 100 uninvited teenagers to gatecrash the bash, Reuters reports.
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Simon Pegg to play Scotty

Brit thespo Simon Pegg, who's previously entertained the crowds in Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, will play a young Scotty in the next celluloid Star Trek outing, Reuters reports.
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Microsoft, McDonald's and flying cars

Fries with that? McDonald's in the UK is to start offering free Wi-Fi with its clown meat sandwiches by the end the of the year. McDs already offers free wireless web access in most of its US stores. The chain is currently aiming to move upmarket and presumably hopes the deal will help attract besuited road warriors back to its …
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US demands air passengers ask its permission to fly

Under new rules proposed by the Transport Security Administration (TSA) (pdf), all airline passengers would need advance permission before flying into, through, or over the United States regardless of citizenship or the airline's national origin.
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BEA rejects Oracle bid

Updated Oracle has made a surprise $6.7bn bid for middleware developer BEA Systems.

Allen telescope array begins alien hunt

The first section of the Allen Telescope Array (ATA) has been powered up and is embarking on its mission to listen to a million stars.

Hackers unlock iPhone - again

Hackers have struck back against an iPhone software update from Apple that disabled unlocked phones. The iPhone Development Project has developed a method to install third-party apps and use upgraded iPhones on GSM networks other than AT&Ts, The Unofficial Apple Weblog reports.
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El Reg deploys (extra) comment icons

The commentators among you will have noticed that El Reg recently deployed a set of 11 "comment icons" (now expanded to 23) allowing you, our beloved readers, to flag your two bits' worth with a suitable image.

Nintendo updates Wii

Nintendo has announced several changes to the Wii games console’s Internet Channel, urging gamers to become more web-savvy with their Wii.
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Red Hat, Novell sued for patent infringment

Just days after Steve Ballmer again raised the spectre of patent lawsuits being filed against Linux companies, Red Hat is being sued for patent infringement.

Moon-like Bluetooth speaker is out of this world

Crater-face is usually a term reserved for pre-pubescent teens and South American generalissimos. But Sony Ericson’s MBS-100 Bluetooth speaker also looks set for some name-calling if its lunar-like design's anything to go by.

Medion finds a place on Sainsbury's shelves

Sainsbury’s clearly thinks it’s onto a nice little earner with Medion notebooks, so it’s stocking up for Christmas.
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Branson: saviour of Northern Rock

Tiresome action-billionaire Richard Branson's Virgin group is in talks to take the helm of listing mortgage outfit Northern Rock, it's been revealed today.
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American betting exchange craps out after four months

The state of Louisiana has apparently had enough of Betcha.com, a peer-to-peer betting exchange similar to Intrade or Betfair but based in Seattle, the Seattle Times reports.
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Digital downloads get pop-tastic applause

Unless you've been living under a rock recently you'll have noticed that the digital music industry has been flip-flopping all over the place this week.

Zend crafts application server PHP implant

Zend Technologies is turning to application server vendors in the next phase of its work fine-tuning PHP for enterprise development.
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Compellent IPO a driving force?

The storage biz has once again birthed a surprisingly successful IPO — but how will adolescence treat it?
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Ruling allows US tech firms to dodge an immigration bullet

Technology firms in the US just won a last-minute reprieve from a fusillade of new, and potentially devastating, immigration rules.

Security vuln auction site pulls in research

A controversial marketplace for security exploits and vulnerabilities said it has exceeded expectations with the submission of more than 150 vulnerabilities in its first two months of operations.
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AP sues Moreover over aggravated aggregation

News agency Associated Press (AP) is suing Verisign over that company's unlicensed use of AP news stories. The suit relates to Verisign-owned news aggregation site Moreover.

CDW's flight into private equity is complete

CDW, America's biggest computer dealer, left NASDAQ today, on completion of its takeover by a couple of private equity firms. They are called Madison Dearborn Partners and Providence Equity Partners, in case you're interested.
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Tons of free music ... and other global injustices

Real Mail Ah, let's hear it for "consensus". These days, consensus is a splendid, many-sided thing that can mean anything you want it to mean - and whatever it is, you'll find the supporting evidence on the internet. Which is great news for hacks, who love to be soothsayers to the nation - and tell us what we're really thinking.
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Universal recruits enemies for Total war on iTunes

Universal Music chief Doug Morris is reportedly aiming to join forces with Sony BMG and Warner to topple the iTunes store.
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Watchdog chucks life raft to White House backup tapes

A government watchdog group that alleges the Bush Administration has illegally failed to maintain more than 5 million emails has filed a temporary restraining order that would require administrators to preserve all remaining backup tapes.

EA aquires Bioware and Pandemic

Gaming megapublisher and dev sweat shop operator Electronic Arts plans to buy VG Holding Corp, owner of BioWare and Pandemic Studios, for $860m.