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Reduce your exposure to AJAX threats

Fundamentally, there's nothing terribly new about the problems posed by Asynchronous JavaScript and XML (AJAX) when it comes to security, we just need to apply some good old security principles to this new technology.

Build a directory service for web-based services

Hands on A directory service is an application that lets you store, retrieve and modify information about network-attached resources such as users.
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Healthcare at your fingertips - a Choose & Book roadtest

The NHS's new Choose and Book system, it says here, is a "national electronic referral service which gives patients a choice of place, date, and time for their first outpatient appointment in a hospital or clinic." Ever wondered why they're called "patients"? Well, in recent weeks The Register's Mystery Croaker has had the opportunity to road test Choose and Book, and to find out.

Intel's fifth-gen Centrino to launch as Centrino 2

Ladies and gentlemen, will you please welcome Centrino... 2. Yes, despite numerous annual updates since the launch of Intel's laptop platform, the next version, codenamed 'Montevina', will apparently be released as its second generation.

Former contractor sues Google for $25m

A former Google contract worker is claiming $25m damages from the search monolith for allegedly stealing his idea for Google Sky - the heavenly Google Earth feature that allows users to navigate the universe.

Panasonic preps Wiimote-proof TV

Panasonic has designed a plasma TV which it reckons will withstand the force of a fiercely flung Wii Remote.
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Steve Fossett dead: Official

A Chicago court last Friday declared Steve Fossett officially dead - five months after he and his aircraft went missing in Nevada.

Orange gets first shout at Samsung GPS business phone

Samsung only launched its new i780 Qwerty handset a week ago at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, but the phone's already appeared on Orange's website.

Yahoo! and Microsoft's shared shareholders may swing deal

!!!!! Some of Yahoo!'s institutional investors are keen for the proposed Microsoft takeover to go ahead, not because they're pleased with the offer price but because they own shares in both Microsoft and Yahoo!.
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Moroccan IT engineer arrested over fake Facebook account

A Moroccan IT worker faces jail for setting up a Facebook account in the name of Prince Moulay Rachid, the second in line to the country's throne.
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HMRC blows £1.4m on two-word slogan

Her Maj's Revenue and Customs apparently blew nearly £1.4m in 2006 while brainstorming its way to a new slogan which simply reads "HMRC Ambition".
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'Suspicious comment' provokes LAX terminal evacuation

The FBI yesterday detained an unnamed passenger who provoked a two-hour closure of a terminal at Los Angeles International Airport by making a "suspicious comment".

How to downgrade your Apple TV software

I upgraded my Apple TV to the newly released version 2.0 software - dubbed 'Take Two' by Apple - this morning and almost immediately regretted it.

Investors cheer Toshiba plan to drop HD DVD

Toshiba shares jumped more than six per cent today as investors voiced their approval of the company's alleged decision to abandon the HD DVD optical disc format.
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Eavesdrop plod: Nobody's listening to me (any more)

The former Thames Valley detective at the centre of allegations that police bugged MPs' and lawyers' visits to prison inmates says he still hasn't heard from the official enquiry. This has reportedly led "a friend" of his to brand the enquiry "meaningless".

Griffin Evolve wireless iPod speakers

Review Griffin makes some pretty cool bits and bobs for the iPod and iPhone, but its crowning achievement to date has to be the new Evolve iPod dock and speaker set.

Samsung R60plus budget laptop

Unwired Video Review Unlike most of Samsung’s other offerings, the R60plus is a budget notebook. As such, it lacks a few features - a digital video output port and decent graphics capabilities, to name just a couple. But the core power - a 1.6GHz Core 2 Duo, 2GB of RAM and a 250GB HDD - make this an absolute steal for the price.
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Prince and Village People dive into Pirate Bay

The Village People have joined forces with pint-sized popster Prince in an effort to slap The Pirate Bay with yet another copyright infringement lawsuit.
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OFT sends out scam texts

The Office of Fair Trading has sent out thousands of fake scam text messages to 18-24 year-old mobile phone users to raise awareness about scams.
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Nanny agency hacker fined

A woman who admitted rifling through emails in AOL accounts maintained by her former employer, Nannies Inc, while working for a competitor agency, has been fined £500 plus £60 costs.

Ron Sandler leaves Computacenter

Ron Sandler has quit his non-executive chairmanship at Computacenter with immediate effect following his decision to run Northern Rock while it is under public ownership.

Most useless gadget ever?

I just wanted to know the most useless gadget that you have ever owned. To get the list going, my number one is the black and decker Autotape.

Samsung beams down portable projector

If you feel the need to beam your holiday photos onto a wall but are held back by power cables and heavy projectors, then Samsung may have the answer. It’s developed a portable projector that plugs directly into a mobile phone.
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US satellite-shoot effort seeds conspiracy theory storm

Russia and China have expressed concern over US plans to fire interceptors at a malfunctioning American spy satellite in coming weeks before it plunges fully into the Earth's atmosphere. Meanwhile, it has emerged that Washington launched a crash effort to destroy the spacecraft early in the New Year, less than a fortnight after it was launched and failed to come online.

Virgin Media taps Microsoft in lengthy email outage

Virgin Media customers have been suffering email outages for several days, prompting the firm to call in Microsoft engineers to help with an urgent upgrade.
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Physicists fire up strontium atomic clock

US physicists are rather pleased with themselves having perfected a clock "so accurate it will neither gain nor lose even a second in more than 200 million years", Reuters reports.
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Total lunar eclipse: look skywards Wednesday

Aficionados of blood-red Moons will, weather permitting, on Wednesday/Thursday be able to enjoy the last total lunar eclipse until 2010.

Sapphire ups Radeon HD 3850 memory to 1GB

Graphics card supplier Sapphire has introduced a special version of its AMD ATI Radeon HD 3850 card with double the memory of the regular model.
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Home Office opens sex offender files in pilot scheme

The British government is to pilot the limited opening up of sex offender information to parents worried about specific individuals who have access to their children.
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Forth Bridge painters to down brushes in 2012

Painting on the Forth Rail Bridge is scheduled to end in 2012, concluding over 100 years of relentless brushwork which inspired the phrase "like painting the Forth Bridge", the BBC reports.

Opera screeches at Mozilla over security disclosure

Opera has taken exception to the manner in which Mozilla handled the disclosure of a security bug that affects both firm's browsers. The moderate severity flaw involving file input controls creates a means to upload arbitrary files, assuming hackers know the full path and name of the file.
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FBI screwed up, spied on entire email network

The FBI on Friday revealed that human error led to surveillance of an entire email network back in 2006, rather than the single email address approved by the secretive court which approves domestic wiretaps and other forms of e-surveillance.
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Time to rewrite DBMS, says Ingres founder

Database management systems (DBMS) are 20 years out of date and should be completely rewritten to reflect modern use of computers.
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Finland censors anti-censorship site

Finnish police are blocking more than 1,000 legal websites, including one belonging to a well-known internet activist, under a secretive system designed to prevent access to foreign sites that contain child pornography, according to a group that advocates for individual rights online.
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Spain cuffs Wi-Fi leeching lottery scammers

Spanish police have arrested ten Nigerians suspected of running a spam-fuelled lottery scam that raked in €19,000 ($28,000) in illicit earnings over three months.