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Web infection attacks more than 100,000 pages

Hackers have injected malicious code into hundreds of thousands of reputable web pages, turning them into launchpads for attacks that silently install malware on the machines of those who visit them. The UK's Civil Service and the United Nations were among those who had been hacked.

Unlocked iPhones help drive Apple Q2

Announcing its second quarter financial results today, Apple confirmed the obvious by saying a "significant" number of iPhones are being purchased from its outlets with the express intention of unlocking them. That trend, coupled with higher-than-expected demand, has resulted in inventory shortages, the company claimed.

Microsoft's Ruby lead sounds Balkanization alarm

The guy leading Microsoft's port of Ruby to .NET has warned of a potential Balkanization of Ruby, which could impair the language's success.

Plate armour to protect PS3

Defending yourself from virtual bullets in Metal Gear Solid 4 will be hard enough, but keeping your PlayStation 3 free from everyday scrapes is another matter. Thankfully, Amazon’s now selling console armour to do just that.

Slang splurge forces voice-recognition revision

If you leave a voicemail on your mate’s phone arranging for a couple of jars in the local rub-a-dub without the trouble'n’strife and then your pal doesn’t arrive, it could be because you’re using too much slang. Innit.
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UK net registry battles coup d'etat

Updated Nominet, the not-for-profit registry for .co.uk web addresses, is facing an attempted coup by a group of members who want to force its bosses to hand back millions of pounds in surplus fees.

AMD introduces bug-fix three-core Phenoms

AMD has rolled out a trio of tri-core processors, all revised versions of the Phenom X3 CPUs it introduced last month.
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US court says IP addresses are private

A US court has ruled that users have a "reasonable expectation of privacy" in their internet surfing records and that police must obtain warrants from higher than usual courts in order to force ISPs to hand over records.

Pioneer picks Panasonic as plasma telly partner

Pioneer and Panasonic are to align their plasma TV operations and integrate their research and development efforts, the new partners said today.
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Sydney skies menaced by deadly raygun disco-ball

Most readers will be aware by now of the recent spate of laser-pointer yobbo dazzle harassment attacks on aircraft in Australia. Now, however, aviators above Sydney are being threatened by a new brand of malefactor - municipally-funded modern artists.

Sony to bring GTA IV PS3 bundle to Blighty

Sony has jumped onto the Grand Theft Auto IV bandwagon and created a PlayStation 3 bundle pack that includes game and console, to ensure would-be gangsters opt for PS3-based drive-bys.

YouTube has a little local difficulty in Arabia

A security snafu on YouTube allowed users in the UAE to view the account pages and preferences of other users.
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The web rip-offs nobody cares about

Column The problem with web crime is "who cares?" It doesn't matter if we're talking about identity theft or credit card fraud, if it's done to you, you may well have to weep alone.
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Border Agency plans Olympic identity card

The Border Agency is developing a "pretty inclusive and far reaching" Olympic accreditation card for the 2012 games.
Kablenet, 24 2008

Samsung rolls out Pebble player

A futuristic MP3 player has washed ashore from Samsung, and it’s dubbed the Pebble.

OLPC sweet talks Microsoft

The One Laptop Per Child Foundation (OLPC) is adapting its Sugar software package to make it compatible with Microsoft’s operating system.

Sony Bluetooth Walkman NWZ-A826K

Review Available in three flavours - 4, 8 and 16GB - the pithily named NWZ-A826K is Sony's latest post-ATRAC assault on the MP3 player market, an attack launched once again under the now rather faded Walkman banner.
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Spread your database connections with PHP PDO

PHP is one of the most commonly used scripting languages on the web - about 35 per cent of websites use PHP. Databases, meanwhile, are undergoing something of a renaissance thanks to web development.
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Brown gov will make 'big commitment' to carbon capture

The Brown government, having previously stated that it is one of very few national administrations worldwide taking the idea of carbon capture seriously, has reportedly disclosed that its seriousness will not take the form of cash.
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Amazon spits out healthy Q1 results

Online retail giant Amazon racked up impressive first quarter revenue and profit growth, and said today it has – so far – not been affected by an economic slowdown in the US.

Autonomy shares drop despite solid results

Autonomy saw its shares drop more than ten per cent on results for the first quarter, showing good revenue growth but slightly weaker than expected profits.

Motorola debuts 3G Z8 kicker

Motorola is having another stab at crafting a handset with attitude, by developing a third-generation model of its original Z8 “kick slider”.

Murdoch's chief hacker testifies in California

Christopher Tarnovsky has been testifying in the ongoing case between the News-Corp-Owned NDS and DISH Network Inc, which accuses Murdoch's firm of hacking its pay-TV conditional access (CA) systems.
Bill Ray, 24 2008
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Coming soon: The Church of Googlology?

Those among you who are increasingly concerned at Google's inexorable rise to total domination of Planet Earth would do well to check out this report into the vast number of domain names the search monolith has acquired, many of which indicate its sinister future intentions.

Iomega pitches paperback-sized media playback HDD

Iomega has launched an HD version of its ScreenPlay multimedia storage unit, boasting enough capacity for your entire DVD collection.
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The terror dam of doom that looms over Boise, Idaho

It shouldn't come as a surprise that some American scientists think terrorism can be defined by equations and a priori vulnerability factors. Close study of terrorist action and behavior is too dull for many in the US counter-terror business, so it's better to have numbers; insurance men, newspaper reporters and government officials like them, and Benchmark Analysis for Quantifying Urban Vulnerability to Terrorist Incidents delivers plenty.
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Anti-Scientology crusader vaporized from YouTube

YouTube has vaporized a popular user account dedicated to criticizing The Church of Scientology.
Cade Metz, 24 2008
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Lib Dem mayor candidate jumps aboard muni Wi-Fi failboat

Brian Paddick, the Liberal Democrats' London mayoral hopeful, has pledged to build a city-wide free Wi-Fi network, despite the high failure rate of similar projects internationally.
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Central e-crime unit waits for Home Office approval

Police hope the Home Office will approve plans to create a central e-crime unit in the UK. Ministers are yet to agree £1.3m in start-up funding for a Policing Central E-Crime Unit (PCEU), proposed by ACPO (the Association of Chief Police Officers) and the Metropolitan Police.
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Sky One to resurrect Blake's 7?

Sky One has provocatively given the go-ahead for the development of two 60-minute scripts which could see the return to the small screen of cult TV classic Blake's 7, the BBC reports.

Motorola losses grow over flabby Q1

Motorola has posted figures for the first three months of 2008, with a rise in losses, and handset sales down 39 per cent.
Bill Ray, 24 2008

Microsoft could go it alone without Yahoo!

Microsoft boss Steve Ballmer yesterday dropped the biggest hint yet that Redmond could turn its back on rival Yahoo! if its hostile bid to buy the internet search engine is rejected.
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Why has Sony bought Gracenote?

$260m is a lot to pay for a pile of information about a dying music format - but Sony might just have made the deal of the century. The entertainment giant now has the biggest store of music metadata in the world, with the acquisition of Gracenote. The deal is expected to be completed in May.
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Canadian man in Taser trouser inferno shocker

Taser-wielding Canadian police inadvertently caused a horrific underpant conflagration at the weekend, according to reports.
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Clash vet pens 'Don't tase me bro!' ditty

Former Clash guitarist Mick Jones has immortalised in song the legendary "Don't tase me, bro!" arrest of Andrew Meyer, the student who decided it was a good idea to get shouty at senator John Kerry and received a solid tasering for his trouble:

Sony and Sky plan summer release for video download scheme

Sony and broadcaster Sky have confirmed that a video download service will be launched for the PSP during the ice-cream season, bringing satellite TV to the portable games console.

LG spills Secret beans

LG can’t keep a secret, but it’s hoping to shift a few. The South Korean handset manufacturer today launched Secret, a phone it actually unveiled a couple of weeks back.

Vodafone and China Mobile team to build mobile Web 2.0

Vodafone and China Mobile are setting up a Joint Innovation Lab (JIL) to establish standards for Web 2.0 widgets in the hope of creating truly cross-platform mobile apps.
Bill Ray, 24 2008

Honda android to conduct symphony orchestra

Detroit Symphony Orchestra conductor Thomas Wilkins could be getting worried, because the US classical music ensemble has orchestrated plans to replace him - temporarily at least - with a Honda robot.
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Colliding galaxies mark Hubble anniversary

Aficionados of galactic pile-ups can avail themselves today of a set of 59 Hubble images of colliding galaxies, released to commemorate the 18th anniversary of the space telescope's launch.
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Home Office defends 'dangerously misleading' Phorm thumbs-up

Updated The Home Office today defended advice it gave BT and Phorm that their "Webwise" agreement to track millions of broadband subscribers will probably be legal if consent is obtained.
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'We could wake up smarter' - Ballmer hints at Win XP reprieve

Windows XP could yet be reprieved from end-of-life, if enough customers demand it, said Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer today.

Sun chum Oracle pushes database buyers to IBM

Comment A couple of years back, Oracle chief Larry Ellison and then Sun CEO Scott McNealy held an event in Redwood City to renew their vows. Oracle signed on to ship Java for ten more years, and Sun started bundling Oracle's database on its servers at no charge. That last bit was meant to give Sun an edge over hardware rivals, although we can't claim to have heard of it ever making a difference in the market and aren't even sure the deal is still going.
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Ubuntu launchpad for Affero?

The controversial Affero general public license could get an unexpected boost from Ubuntu developer Canonical. Mark Shuttleworth, Canonical's chief executive, has said AGPL is "a strong candidate" for the eventual open source release of Launchpad, Canonical's developer collaboration tool.

Sun buys low-power x86 disaster Montalvo

Exclusive Sun Microsystems has bought chip start-up Montalvo Systems for an undisclosed sum.
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Unmasking the Neighborhood Network Watch

Emery Martin is a man on a mission. The 23 year-old resident of Brooklyn has spearheaded the Neighborhood Network Watch, a grassroots group advocating the monitoring by volunteers of open Wi-Fi networks "to make sure that terrorists may not be using your own home network to plan the next attack on our nation or your very own community".
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Eye-o-Sauron™ border beam barrier tech too crap to keep

Functionaries at the US Department of Homeland security (DHS) have officially confirmed that the troubled first-generation Eye-o-Sauron™ huddled-mass tracking border protection system - aka Project 28 - is too useless even to use as a basis for future equipment. A just-accepted $20m pilot barrier in the Arizona desert will be binned completely, and future kit will start from a clean sheet.
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Random people to monkey with Yahoo! search engine

Yahoo! has rolled out a limited preview of its Search Monkey platform, a way for third-party web developers to "enhance the functionality, appearance and usefulness" of Yahoo! Search results.
Cade Metz, 24 2008

IBM's SVC unit will get thin provisioning

IBM, we've learned, intends to add thin provisioning capabilities to its SAN Volume Controller (SVC), a long-overdue feature for some of Big Blue's virtualized arrays.

Blade dishes loss-less Ethernet wonder

Blade Network Technologies has announced RackSwitch, the first loss-less Ethernet switch, needed for FCoE storage networking.

FreeBSD developer Kip Macy charged with tenant terror

Prominent FreeBSD developer Kip Macy has been charged with waging a campaign of terror against people renting apartments in a six-unit building he owns. He stands accused of cutting out floor supports to retaliate against a tenant who went to court to keep from being evicted.

LaCie's rugged rubber drive hits 500GB

Rubber hard disk fetishist LaCie has upped the capacity of its ruggedly designed portable drive to half a terabyte capacity.