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Apple unleashes monster patch batch on Mac faithful

Apple released a massive security update on Tuesday that patched at least 80 vulnerabilities in its Tiger and Leopard operating systems, many of which were critical.
Dan Goodin, 19 Mar 2008
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Arthur C. Clarke dead at 90

Arthur C. Clarke has died at the age of 90.
Cade Metz, 19 Mar 2008
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Symantec shines storage management software for Server 2008

Symantec today is giving a good three-month notice that point upgrades for Veritas Storage Foundation and Server Cluster Software are on the way.
Austin Modine, 19 Mar 2008
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Patent Office loses software not a patent case

Symbian has won a High Court judgement against the UK Intellectual Property Office (UK IPO) which refused to grant it a software patent.
John Oates, 19 Mar 2008
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Windows hardware challenge draws on resources

Project Watch: Microsoft 2008 Here's a question for you: what hardware does it take to run an entirely new, pre-release Windows operating system and 1TB-worth of SQL Server 2008 community technology preview?
Mark Whitehorn, 19 Mar 2008
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How the BBC plans to save your ISP

The BBC iPlayer is now an undeniable success with consumers. The technological mistakes and management waste of its lengthy gestation are almost forgotten in the flush of popular excitement surrounding the fact that now - at last - quality television is available on demand on the web.
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Motorola to offload half its Birmingham staff

Motorola is poised to axe half the staff at its design facility in Birmingham, as the mobile company tries to turn around its beleaguered mobile devices division.
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The USB wedding ring

Victorian poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning asked us to count the ways I love thee. But if modern-day wedding ring designer Jennifer Flume gets her way, then you’ll be counting the ways in gigabytes and diamond carats.
James Sherwood, 19 Mar 2008
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Avaya banks on recession to push cheap comms kit

Avaya has launched a bargain basement version of its unified communications offering which is aimed to appeal to customers worried about the economic downturn.
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US 700Mhz auction raises $19.6bn

The Federal Communication Commission (FCC) has announced the end of the US 700MHz auction, but won't be saying who's snapped up the frequencies for another 10 days or so while they officially close the sale.
Bill Ray, 19 Mar 2008
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Yahoo! tries to whip investors into line

Yahoo! increased the pressure on Microsoft to up its offer for the internet firm yesterday by telling investors it expects to double cash flow over the next three years.
John Oates, 19 Mar 2008

Apple US retail sales leap past PC par

Apple took 14 per cent of the US retail computer market last month - 25 per cent if you look at its share in terms of sales revenue - figures from market watcher NPD reveal.
Tony Smith, 19 Mar 2008
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ICO to focus on reducing risk, not enforcement

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has said that its aim is to protect people from the risks associated with abuses of their personal data rather than strictly enforce the law. It has announced its broad aims in a new strategy document (pdf).
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Intel prices up four wireless modules for 'Centrino 2'

Intel's upcoming WiMax module for laptops, 'Echo Peak', is going to add at least $34 to the price of a new notebook, if leaked pricing information is to be believed. But watch out for cheaper offerings.
Tony Smith, 19 Mar 2008
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Tolkien first edition goes for a bundle

An anonymous bidder has paid £60,000 for a first edition of JRR Tolkien's The Hobbit at auction, the Times reports.
Sarah Bee, 19 Mar 2008

Future iPods to come bundled with free iTunes access?

Apple could soon offer an unlimited music bundle with future iPods and iPhones if the plan strikes a chord with the music industry.
Tony Smith, 19 Mar 2008
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Security researchers show how to hook phishers

Security researchers are cooking up tactics for beating phishing fraudsters at their own game.
John Leyden, 19 Mar 2008

US State puts violent videogames under scrutiny

Legal bigwigs met in Massachusetts yesterday to discuss the possible introduction of a law to ban retailers from selling violent videogames to kids.
James Sherwood, 19 Mar 2008
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Peking University preps online swearing edict

In a magnificently ambitious move, Peking University is thinking of banning its students from gossiping or being sweary online.
Sarah Bee, 19 Mar 2008
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Apple 'mulls all-you-can-eat music plan'

So now we can guess why Apple has clung so tightly to DRM, which has all but disappeared from major label digital music retail in recent months. It remains a powerful bargaining chip.
Andrew Orlowski, 19 Mar 2008
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Apache rules web server landscape

Apache is still top of the web server charts with just under half of the top 100 US websites running on the open source software.
John Oates, 19 Mar 2008

Roberts WM-201 Wi-Fi internet radio

Review For a manufacturer of radios like Roberts to produce a Wi-Fi-enabled device shows just how far internet radio has come. About 6000 stations are now available, and radios are becoming increasingly adept at presenting this vast selection in an easy-to-access way.
Lewis Caliburn, 19 Mar 2008
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Video conferencing gets cheaper, nastier easier

HP has slashed the entry price for its top-end video conferencing platform as it tries to convince businesses that it is no longer an unaffordable luxury.
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Toshiba confirms $1bn lost ditching HD DVD

Toshiba has knocked ¥100bn ($1bn/£498m/€639m) off its full-year pre-tax earnings, blaming not only the elimination of its HD DVD operation but also falling Flash prices.
Tony Smith, 19 Mar 2008
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Twin-lens reflex camera updated for digital era

If you’re not swayed by titanium-clad compacts or waterproof camcorders, then how about Rolleiflex’s modern take on the traditional 60 x 60mm twin-lens reflex camera?
James Sherwood, 19 Mar 2008

Toshiba touts laptop refresh buts keeps mum on specs

Toshiba is getting in early and announcing - sort of - its Centrino 2 laptops ahead of time.
Tony Smith, 19 Mar 2008
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Shell says still 'undecided' on massive offshoring plan

Royal Dutch Shell left both staff and potential suppliers on tenterhooks yesterday when it dished out details of its outsourcing programme to UK-based IT workers.
Kelly Fiveash, 19 Mar 2008
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UK postal vote system 'not fit for purpose'

The UK electoral system is not fit for purpose because it is too easy to create fake voter registrations.
John Oates, 19 Mar 2008
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Phorm agrees to independent inspection of data pimping code

Phorm has agreed to allow an independent software expert to inspect its source code as it continues to battle the firestorm provoked by agreements with BT, Virgin Media and Carphone Warehouse to let it build profiles of their broadband customers' web browsing.
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Japanese malware author admits guilt

A Japanese man has confessed to creating a data-destroying Trojan horse.
John Leyden, 19 Mar 2008
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Mobile termination fees go to Competition Commission

BT's argument that Ofcom used the wrong formula to set mobile termination fees has proved compelling - the ongoing case against the regulator has been handed over to the Competition Commission.
Bill Ray, 19 Mar 2008
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Brown: Jack Bauer spook horde to tackle terrorism

Prime Minister Gordon Brown claimed we are safer than we were a year ago, as he outlined his long-awaited National Security Strategy to Parliament today.
Lewis Page, 19 Mar 2008
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Morocco's Facebook faker is freed

Fouad Mourtada, the IT engineer jailed for setting up a fake Facebook page for a member of the Moroccan Royal family, has been released from prison.
John Oates, 19 Mar 2008
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EDS hoovers up Reading networking firm

EDS has bought Reading-based firm Nexagent. Nexagent makes software for companies to design, manage, and provision virtual private networks, especially those for large companies which might include several regions.
John Oates, 19 Mar 2008

Dell gets in a state over SSD claims

Dell has slammed an analyst's claim that a large number of disgruntled customers are returning the vendor's flash drive-based notebooks due to high failure rates.
Kelly Fiveash, 19 Mar 2008
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WD puts twin-platter 640GB HDD into mass-production

Western Digital has begun churning out its dual-platter 640GB 3.5in Caviar SE16 hard drive in volume, the hard drive manufacturer said today, though buyers will be keener to hear when it'll ship drives with four or more platters.
Tony Smith, 19 Mar 2008
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Botnet farmers play the international exchange game

Spyware authors are prepared to pay botnet farmers or webmasters much more for infecting PCs in the UK or Australia than machines in continental Europe.
John Leyden, 19 Mar 2008
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Microsoft's Hyper-V release threat level reaches RC status

Microsoft today spat out a release candidate build of its delayed virtualisation software Hyper-V.
Kelly Fiveash, 19 Mar 2008
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Sun invites VMware to virtual desktop dance

These days, when you read about a company providing "seamless integration to third-party virtualization technologies," that usually means one thing: a vendor has added support for VMware's software to its own products. And so we find Sun Microsystems following this pattern with the release of Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) Version 2.0.
Ashlee Vance, 19 Mar 2008
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So what's the easiest box to hack - Vista, Ubuntu or OS X?

This story was updated to correct the maximum prize amount available.
Dan Goodin, 19 Mar 2008
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EMC spoons Brocade's Backbone

EMC has run its finger down Brocade's Backbone and likes what it feels. The storage vendor today said it's primed to resell the Brocade DCX Backbone switch as the Connectrix ED-DCX-B.
Austin Modine, 19 Mar 2008
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DSL Reports back up after DDoS attack

DSL Reports, a website for broadband users, popped back online after being taken down by a distributed denial of service attack. At least 1,100 bot-infested machines took part in the assault, which at one point directed nearly 48MBps of malicious data at the site.
Dan Goodin, 19 Mar 2008
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Microsoft cozies to Eclipse, no tongues though

EclipseCon Microsoft has gone on a second date with Eclipse, this time around Windows Vista, but there's still no commitment to go steady.
Gavin Clarke, 19 Mar 2008
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Google ships database porn tool

If you're tired of boring old data sets that lack the pizazz of Web 2.0ocity, then Google has the API for you.
Ashlee Vance, 19 Mar 2008
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Ex-Brocade HR chief gets four month prison sentence

Former Brocade human resources chief Stephanie Jensen was sentenced to 4 months in prison today and fined $1.25m for her part in a stock option backdating scheme.
Austin Modine, 19 Mar 2008
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Comcast accuses FCC of impotence

Comcast has told the chairman of US Federal Communications Commission that he has no legal right to prevent the company from busting BitTorrents.
Cade Metz, 19 Mar 2008
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Pennsylvania officials bail after voter reg site springs a leak

Pennsylvania officials pulled the plug on a voter registration website after a user posted online instructions that showed the site was exposing sensitive information about people who used the service.
Dan Goodin, 19 Mar 2008
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Solaris SPARC to x86 software highway opens

Sun Microsystems has gone totally native. Customers can now run unmodified SPARC/Solaris applications on x86 systems thank to a partnership with Transitive. The two companies also plan to craft a new package for running native x86 applications on SPARC machines.
Ashlee Vance, 19 Mar 2008