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Visual Studio beats SQL Server in 2008 stakes

Microsoft's Visual Studio team has put the database division to shame. Days after Microsoft slipped out the news that the update to SQL Server will not be ready in time for next month's big-dog release event, Visual Studio 2008 has been released commercially - ahead of time.

IBM taunts Sun, HP and VMware with $40 PowerVM hypervisor

IBM thinks it can slice the hell out of a server. In fact, it looks to use virtualization as a major weapon against Unix rivals Sun Microsystems and HP and against x86 vendors. Don't believe us? Then witness the PowerVM branding exercise.
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Yahoo! Will! Axe! One! Thousand! Workers!

Yahoo! president Sue Decker believes her company is "moving from catch-up mode to a mode of true differentiation." But its fourth quarter profits were down 23 per cent, and it will soon axe seven per cent of its work force.
Cade Metz, 30 2008
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Intel to tell all about roaring 96GB/s QuickPath interconnect

You horrible cynics out there looked at Intel's mushy Montvale chip and scoffed. "That's the end of the Itanic."

Concept MP3 player is a real sweetie

Sweets don’t usually inspire many creations other than toothbrushes, mouthwash and toothpaste, but designer Bomi Kim was obviously knocking back the Refreshers when he dreamt up this concept MP3 player.

Asus unveils 42in Linux-based Eee TV

Updated Asus has named the upcoming additions to its Eee PC family of low-cost computers, soon to be augmented with a small form-factor desktop machine, an all-in-one system and a TV.
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Ofcom boss demands action on data roaming charges

Ofcom's chief executive Ed Richards will tell a meeting of European regulators today there is a need to make sharp reductions to the costs of "text roaming" and "data roaming" across Europe.
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Judge sits on Microsoft for two more years

Microsoft has failed in its bid to prevent the US government monitoring its business dealings, after a federal judge yesterday extended an antitrust consent decree by two years.

Spammers dive into Google's lucky dip

Google's "I'm feeling lucky" button was designed to save web searchers time by automatically opening the first page of a query. It turns out the feature, and similar ones from other search engines, are increasingly helping junk mailers get around anti-spam products.
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Ryanair battles ASA over 'saucy schoolgirl' ad

Ryanair has locked horns with the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) over a newspaper advert featuring a "saucy schoolgirl", the BBC reports.

Sony posts Skype-packing PSP firmware update

Today’s the day that Skype finally comes to the PlayStation Portable (PSP), along with a teaser for the forthcoming Go!Messenger application.
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Ingram Micro slams credit crunch 'negative thinking'

A senior Ingram Micro Europe exec has said that the channel is paying too much attention to fears of an economic downturn.
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Blade Runner replicant checks into rehab

Actress Sean Young has voluntarily checked herself into rehab for alcohol abuse, following an unseemly outburst at Saturday night's Directors Guild Awards which saw her escorted from the premises.

Toshiba HD-EP30 HD DVD player

Review The HD format wars may be inching forward on the content front, but on the hardware side Toshiba has made a very aggressive move with the HD-EP30 - an HD DVD player which could be yours for less than £200.
Will Head, 30 2008
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PS3 capacity boost claims are claptrap, says Sony UK

Sony has dealt a blow to any storage-hungry PlayStation 3 gamers by officially denying that it’s planning to introduce either a 120GB or a 160GB version of the console into the UK.

Colour comes to the Wii Remote Riimote

The Wii may have brightened up the gaming industry, but until now it’s only been an angular and bland white console. So a German retailer is attempting to inject a little colour into the consoles with a new line of controllers.
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Sociologists: Studying engineering turns you into a terrorist

A pair of sociologists have produced a piece of research in which they claim that graduate engineers are statistically over-represented among jihadi terrorists. They go on to suggest that engineers have a "terrorist mindset" making them likelier to turn jihadi than other kinds of people.

HD DVD fights back in the US

HD DVD managed to cut itself a rather larger slice of US hi-def player sales in the third week of January, according to one analyst group's figures. But a rival market watcher still believes that HD DVD will be dead before 2009.

Low-tech hack was behind $7.2bn SocGen fraud

The French software developer turned rogue trader who cost French bank Société Générale an estimated €4.9bn ($7.2bn) used co-workers' access codes to set up fraudulent transactions.
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French police plan Windows-free jails, offices

The French gendarmerie has blown a big framboise at Microsoft by ditching Windows XP in favour of Ubuntu.
Joe Fay, 30 2008
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Michael Bay to relive A Nightmare on Elm Street

Transformers director Michael Bay and his partners at the Platinum Dunes production company have been tasked by New Line Cinema to "relaunch" the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise.
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Chinese make Olympic weather bow to Party's will

Chinese officials have announced that the Beijing Meteorological Bureau has successfully carried out experiments aimed at preventing light rain from washing out the opening ceremony of the 2008 Olympics on 8 August.

Sony sensor paves way for 24-megapixel SLRs

Sony has developed a 25.7-megapixel CCD sensor with a size that matches the dimensions of a 35mm film frame.
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US military prepares for plummeting spy satellite

The US military is putting into effect contingency plans to deal with the possibility that a large spy satellite expected to fall to Earth in late February or early March could actually hit North America.
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VOIP and the web baffle Brit spook wiretappers

The head of the UK government's secret electronic spying and codebreaking agency, GCHQ, has said that his organisation's ability to intercept conversations and messages is seriously undermined by internet-protocol (IP) communications. The digital spook's comments may come as a blow to British and European politicians who have sworn to eradicate terrorism from the internet.
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Bill Gates advice to UK wannabes? Don't get sued

Bill Gates performed the London leg of his farewell tour this morning, telling aspiring entrepreneurs they should sign up to Microsoft's CRM platform and to try not to get sued.

Samsung gears up to battle Cystic Fibrosis

For once, Samsung’s latest announcement isn’t about yet another phone, camera or HD TV. Instead, the company’s unveiled its latest sponsorship scheme: raising funds for the fight against Cystic Fibrosis.

Is this the world's most expensive desktop PC?

Have you got £375,000 to spare? Do you love standing out from the crowd? Well, you’ll be the King, or Queen, of hi-tech nerd bling with one Japanese manufacturer’s platinum and jewel-encrusted PC.
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Submarine cable cut torpedoes Middle East access

A submarine cable in the Mediterranean was cut earlier today, resulting in a dramatic slowdown in internet access for people in India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and much of the Middle East.

How to speed up Windows Vista: official and unofficial tips

Microsoft has published an article on speeding up Vista, aimed at general users.
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ICANN to throttle domain tasters

ICANN wants to destroy domain tasters at the expense of poor typists.
Cade Metz, 30 2008

SWsoft Parallels does Virtuozzo Containers 4.0 thing

SWsoft Parallels has today launched the finalized version of its anti-hypervisor approach to virtualization, Virtuozzo Containers 4.0. It also appears the company is officially SWsoft no longer. Banish the name from your mind.
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NetApp invents new jobs for its executives

Network Appliance today is cooking up some new positions to promote its executives. Score one for the guy who does vinyl lettering on their office doors.
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Rogue ads infiltrate Expedia and Rhapsody

This story was corrected throughout to name Expedia.com as one of two sites found by Trend Micro and Sandi Hardmeier to be serving malicious banner ads. While Excite.com has been found in the past to also host attack ads, there are no recent reports it has done so recently.
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EnterpriseDB goes large on simplicity

EnterpriseDB, the open source database company, aims to capitalize on the uncertainty around MySQL's purchase by Sun Microsystems, and is wooing developers with improved capabilities and services.
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Tolkien-inspired oil painting 'immortalizes' Silicon Valley rich people

A woman named Jane is preparing an oil painting that "depicts the leaders of Silicon Valley in a situation inspired by the pivotal fight scene in The Fellowship of the Ring."
Cade Metz, 30 2008
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US Navy to test fire electric hypercannon

The US Navy will astound the world tomorrow by test-firing a radical new weapon system at an unprecedented power level. The new piece of war-tech on trial is that old sci-fi favourite, an electromagnetic railgun.
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Amazon to sell more stuff in 2008

This afternoon, during a conference call with industry analysts and reporters, Amazon chief financial officer Thomas Szkutak gave the world a peek into the company's plans for the coming year. "In 2008, you know, we're going to do more of what we did in 2007," he said.
Cade Metz, 30 2008