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Pro-smoking website redirected to 'baccy free zone

Hackers attacked the websites of two organisations campaigning against the smoking ban last week, redirecting UK users to the NHS Smokefree site.
Barbara Axt, 14 Apr 2008
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Dilemma meets opportunity: iPhone beta SDKs in review

iPhone SDKs are like buses these days, the appear so frequently. Since my introductory piece on iPhone development, Apple has rolled out an initial SDK preview, a second iteration of the SDK (Beta 2) while a third beta followed not long behind. The second beta included the much-anticipated Interface Builder application but Beta 3 actually makes it work.
Dave Jewell, 14 Apr 2008
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BT's 'illegal' 2007 Phorm trial profiled tens of thousands

BT's covert trial of Phorm's ISP adware technology in summer 2007 involved tracking many thousands more customers without their knowledge than previously reported, it's emerged.
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Sage update fails to convince the markets

UK accountancy software firm Sage has failed to convince the stock markets that all is well despite issuing a statement saying that it expects results for the half year ended 31 March 2008 to be in line with expectations.
John Oates, 14 Apr 2008
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The missing five-minute Linux manual for morons

Stob It is time to wake up and smell the elephant in the room. Vista is struggling to achieve escape velocity. Microsoft finds itself the butt of an international joke, but does not seem able to get a grip. The issue of choice of platform is once more up for grabs.
Verity Stob, 14 Apr 2008
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Dubai impounds cable slicing ships

Two ships whose anchors damaged an undersea cable in the Gulf have been traced by the cable operating company using satellite imagery. The owners of one vessel have paid compensation for the damage caused, and the second remains impounded by Dubai port authorities.
Lewis Page, 14 Apr 2008
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BBC technology chief bounces on to Project Kangaroo

Ashley Highfield, the BBC's chief technology executive, is to quit the corporation to take the helm at Project Kangaroo, the cross-broadcaster internet TV venture.
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IT culture and biz performance - click here for enlightenment

RegCast Our new RegCast - the snappily-named Strategic Role of IT Culture in Business Performance - is fit and ready for human consumption, right here, right now.
Team Register, 14 Apr 2008

Sharp unwraps 'world first' Intel Atom phone

Chip giant Intel doesn't reckon its Atom chip family will be ready for mobile phones until 2009-2010, but that hasn't stopped Japanese carrier Willcom punting an Atom-based handset - the first if its kind, the company claimed.
Tony Smith, 14 Apr 2008
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Google App Engine: how much will you pay for freedom?

Google is offering to host your web apps for free:
Tim Anderson, 14 Apr 2008
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Intel Core 2 Duo T9500 mobile 'Penryn' processor

Review We started the year with a review of a Rock X770 gaming laptop. We used the machine to look at the Nvidia GeForce 8800M GTX graphics chip, but it's time to look at the processor, now upgraded to Intel's 45nm mobile Core 2 Duo T9500.
Leo Waldock, 14 Apr 2008

Database Trojan infests pro-Tibet websites

Security researchers have unearthed more details about a Trojan that targets backend databases as well as desktop clients.
John Leyden, 14 Apr 2008
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LG punts Viewty-like PMP

LG has taken a break from designing phones to launch a handset-lookalike portable media player, the T80.
James Sherwood, 14 Apr 2008
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Google and Salesforce snuggle up with biz apps

Google and Salesforce.com are exchanging Web 2.0 friendship bands today, forging a closer relationship in the hope of directly threatening their nemesis in customer management and office software: Microsoft.
Kelly Fiveash, 14 Apr 2008
IBM

IBM wants to get youngsters hooked on Power

IBM's Power server evolution will continue through hipness and experimentation.
Ashlee Vance, 14 Apr 2008
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Australia giving snoop powers to employers

The Australian government is considering extending email snooping powers currently restricted to security services to all employers.
John Oates, 14 Apr 2008
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Nintendo preparing DS Lite update, pundit claims

Nintendo's DS Lite handheld console is ready for replacement by a third-generation model, a Japanese games industry exec has claimed.
James Sherwood, 14 Apr 2008
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Toshiba reveals R500 sub-notebook with 128GB SSD

Toshiba has extended its Portégé R500 sub-notebook family with a pair of new models that both pack in 128GB of solid-state storage.
Tony Smith, 14 Apr 2008
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Terror on an Olympian scale

Book extract Headspace is Reg contributor Amber Marks's exploration of how the state and private sectors are trying to exploit the science of smell to watch and control citizens.
Amber Marks, 14 Apr 2008
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Adobe zooms in on film industry with CinemaDNG

Adobe Systems today revealed plans for an open video format which it plans to hand over to a standards body.
Kelly Fiveash, 14 Apr 2008
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Asus spills Nvidia's nForce 780a beans

A little bird tells us Nvidia is going to tell the world about its AMD-oriented nForce 780a chipset at the end of this month, but if you can't wait, Asus has posted details of its 780a-based mobo on its website.
Tony Smith, 14 Apr 2008
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Canada.gov blocks sale of space company to US

The Canadian government has stepped in to block the sale to America of a company which owns and operates a key surveillance satellite. The move will also safeguard Canada's space robotics technology, for which US space agency NASA says the nation is "world renowned".
Lewis Page, 14 Apr 2008
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Blockbuster bids for Circuit City

Struggling retail chain Blockbuster has offered more than $1bn for struggling retail chain Circuit City. The video rental outfit made the bid public today in an attempt to hurry a deal along.
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Preatoni breaks silence over Telecom Italia spying probe

High profile security industry personality Roberto Preatoni has spoken for the first time about his arrest by Italian police investigating an ongoing spying scandal involving Telecom Italia.
John Leyden, 14 Apr 2008
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All because the lady loves... er... memory cards

Storage has finally been given a feminine touch, with the introduction of an MMC/SDHC card reader and integrated compact mirror.
James Sherwood, 14 Apr 2008
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Home Office won't appeal immigration ruling

The Home Office will not appeal last week's High Court decision which found its attempt to backdate changes to immigration rules for highly-skilled individuals was illegal.
John Oates, 14 Apr 2008
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Nokia admits DVB-H still not taking off

Nokia's head of internet services has admitted DVB-H isn't taking off in the way the firm had hoped, and that customers seem more interested in downloading content than watching broadcasts.
Bill Ray, 14 Apr 2008
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High Court quashes decision to release secret ID card reports

The High Court has quashed an Information Tribunal ruling ordering the release of independent reviews of the Government's controversial identity card scheme. The freedom of information case must now be re-assessed by a new Tribunal, the Court said.
OUT-LAW.COM, 14 Apr 2008
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Scientist who named the black hole dies aged 96

Legendary American physicist John Wheeler, who coined the term "black hole", helped build the first generations of US atomic bombs, and worked with some of the most fabled names in 20th century physics, has died. The famous professor passed away from pneumonia at his home in New Jersey, aged 96.
Lewis Page, 14 Apr 2008

Wii can conduct an orchestra too

If rocking out with Guitar Hero isn’t your forte, then how would you like to conduct your own classical orchestra? It’s now possible thanks to the creation of a 'virtual maestro' game.
James Sherwood, 14 Apr 2008
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Google crawls The Invisible Web

As part of an ongoing effort to index the so-called Invisible Web, Google's automated crawlers are now toying with HTML forms. But only on certain "high-quality sites."
Cade Metz, 14 Apr 2008
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(New) dirt-cheap bots attack Hotmail Captchas

UK researchers have devised a novel and inexpensive way of cracking Microsoft's Windows Live Captchas with a success rate of more than 60 percent, a finding that further exposes weaknesses in a key measure designed to keep miscreants from infiltrating free online services.
Dan Goodin, 14 Apr 2008
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Security experts warn against Web 2.0 charlatans and 'premature AJAXulation'

RSA Forget a wave of Web 2.0 threats taking down your software, stealing your data or exposing users - the real danger is posed by some existing attack techniques. And it's IT charlatans peddling over-night AJAX solutions that'll leave you vulnerable.
Gavin Clarke, 14 Apr 2008
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CodeGear's Delphi PHP suite gets nip and tuck job

Borland Software's CodeGear subsidiary has refined its PHP development environment, Delphi for PHP. The tool continues to be associated with the older Delphi suite that helped make Borland's name.
Gavin Clarke, 14 Apr 2008
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New York lawmakers approve 'Amazon Tax'

The New York legislature has approved an ingenious new law that would force Amazon and other big-name online retailers to collect sales tax on all goods shipped to the Empire State.
Cade Metz, 14 Apr 2008
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UK's most popular Wi-Fi router defaults to insecurity

From the folks at security think tank GNUCitizen comes yet another demonstration of the insecurity that's present by default in the UK's most popular home broadband router.
Dan Goodin, 14 Apr 2008