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Homeland Security takes pity on terror list Ted Kennedys

The Department of Homeland Security has finally taken pity on all those people who share a name with someone on the FBI's "terror watch list."
Cade Metz, 29 2008

Chernobyl coverage blows up in Radio Free Europe's face

Websites run by Radio Free Europe have been under a fierce cyber attack that coincided with coverage over the weekend of a rally organized by opposition to the Belarusian opposition.
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Linux guru Hans Reiser convicted of first-degree murder

A jury has convicted Hans Reiser, developer of the ReiserFS filesystem for Linux, of first degree murder for killing his estranged wife in 2006 even though her body was never found.

NetBeans 6.1 packs welcome additions

Hot on the heels of a successful 6.0 release, which we covered here and here, Sun Microsystems has delivered NetBeans 6.1, just in time for the company's annual JavaOne and CommunityOne events in San Francisco, California.

Adobe veteran joins Microsoft media camp

Microsoft has poached a 17-year Adobe Systems veteran in a sign of where the company is placing its technology bets.
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BAE lands US Army minidroid horde contract

Global military contractor BAE Systems has announced that it will lead a large alliance of American academics in building an army of miniature robots to aid the US military. The effort, known as Micro Autonomous Systems and Technology (MAST), will receive $38m of US Army funding.

Netgear gets a crush on SMBs at Interop

Interop 2008 The security guards aren't letting hacks onto the show floor of Interop 2008 in Las Vegas, but Netgear is already primed for action.
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Amy Winehouse pitches for Bond theme

Brit warbler and walking advert for the perils of tattooing, Amy Winehouse, is making a pitch for the theme song of forthcoming Bond movie Quantum Of Solace, the BBC reports.
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Lords defy Government by proposing criminalisation of data rogues

The House of Lords has proposed making it a criminal offence to disclose personal information intentionally or recklessly. The Lords passed an amendment to the Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill, defeating the Government.

AMD to intro 45nm quad-core Phenom this quarter

AMD appears to be staggering its 45nm quad-core desktop processor release schedule. It's preparing to release one this quarter, but the next two won't ship until toward the end of the year - before January 2009, is what the chip maker's said to be telling mobo makers.
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Data sharing could have stopped killing

A report has shown that improved data sharing between prisons and police would help stop a repetition of the mistaken release of a man who committed manslaughter the same day.
Kablenet, 29 2008
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Web jukebox sued

Unlicensed music discovery service Project Playlist is being sued for copyright infringement.

HSBC plugs hole that exposed site directory

HSBC has finally fixed a bug that allowed web surfers to browse the directory structure of a supposedly secure website it helps to run.
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Mel Gibson to star in Edge of Darkness

Mel Gibson has signed up to play the lead in a movie adaptation of 1985 TV series Edge of Darkness, Variety reports.
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Brown opts for morality over science on 'lethal skunk'

Gordon Brown looks set to ignore scientific advice and upgrade cannabis next week. There is no official word from Downing Street, but Brown dropped heavy hints to that traditional home of serious political debate, GMTV.

Nokia Maps to gain real-time traffic updates

Nokia is to add traffic monitoring to its phone-based satnav service.

Financial firm wags finger, warns youngsters to watch gadget spending

Keeping up with the Joneses has always been a traditional occupation for middle-aged Brits, but now younger people risk contracting “bling-itis” by trying to keep up with their friends’ gadget purchases.

IBM, Rational & Telelogic: and now for something completely different

In the 50 plus acquisitions that IBM has completed over the past five years, none have taken longer to close than the long-awaited Telelogic deal. Nonetheless, the bottom line of the deal is that IBM’s Rational brand will break past the software development lifecycle ghetto into the realm of developing complex products that you can see, touch, and be transported in (think: consumer electronics, automobiles, aircraft).
Tony Baer, 29 2008

Nokia 3110 Evolve eco-friendly mobile phone

Review The planet's warming up, and we want to do something about it. Yet we still can't stop using our power-gobbling gadgets. What's the best way to minimise this paradox? Ask Nokia, and it'll tell you to try its "environmentally-friendly" 3110 Evolve.

SEC targets Google director over Pixar options backdating

Google Inc senior director Ann Mather is facing a potential legal battle with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for alleged stock options abuses that occurred during her tenure as CFO at Pixar Animation Studios.
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MySpace wins lawsuit against Spamford Wallace

MySpace has won a lawsuit against notorious spammer Sanford (Spamford) Wallace. The social networking website gained a default judgment against Wallace after he failed to turn over documents or appear in court, CNet reports.
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Web 2.0 bloat trebles web's waistline

The web is getting fatter faster than a middle-aged November goose on an all-spaghetti diet, thanks to webmasters and bloggers greasing their pages with Web 2.0 lard.

BT bundles MS Office with Linux laptop

This week's award for the Most Astutely Selected Software Bundle goes to BT after the teleco tried to hook potential purchasers of Asus' Linux-running Eee PC 900 by offering to ship it with a copy of Microsoft Office.

Spyware targets frustrated GTA IV gamers

Gamers desperate to get their mitts on Grand Theft Auto IV are being targeted in an opportunistic spyware scam. Spam emails offer prospective marks free entry to a draw offering a PlayStation 3 loaded with the much-anticipated game as a prize.

Sony slips out sleek, sexy home cinema set

Sony’s latest home cinema unit is an exercise in minimalism, but what the Bravia unit lacks in size it makes up for in sound power.

Cash, blow-up dolls and mime artist star at spyware knees-up

NSFW It's common knowledge that malware has become the purview of cybercriminals rather than mere mischief-makers. But unlike the frolics of dotcom yuppies, the excesses of Eastern European cybercrooks have rarely been chronicled.
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Men could have kids with chimpanzees - gov must act

A leading Scottish churchman and bioethics thinktank operator has warned again of the dangers attendant on genetic research, and recommended that there should be a law against men having children with female chimpanzees.

French punters offered petite Eee PC rival

French online retailer Surcouf has become the latest purveyor of sub-notebooks based on chip maker VIA's Nanobook reference design.
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Dogs reduce allergies in kids

German researchers have apparently confirmed that keeping a dog as a family pet will reduce the chance that kids will develop allergies - a finding which backs a theory that having a mutt about the house "trains the immune system to be less sensitive to potential triggers for allergies like asthma, eczema and hay fever".

Microsoft slings sack of green at US universities

Microsoft has handed over half a million dollars to four US universities doing research into green computing.

Samsung shows off fourth-gen Blu-ray player

Samsung has shown off its next major Blu-ray Disc player release - and pledged to pursue its goal of dominating the HD player market aggressively.

TomTom updates One, XL satnavs

TomTom has been back to the drawing board and redesigned its One and XL satnav ranges, creating a minimalistic suction cup and enhancing the audio clarity of navigation instructions in the process.
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UK government websites out of control

The House of Commons Committee of Public Accounts has released its report into government websites, and it is not impressed.

Chip makers unite to define unified home network tech

Intel, Panasonic, Texas Instruments and Infineon have launched a bid to steer the development of a unified home networking platform - technology capable of combining coaxial, powerline and phone cabling.
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Astroboffins moot massive Moon-mirror heliograph

A pair of US astrobiologists have come up with a cunningly simply way of attracting the attention of alien lifeforms - just cover half the Moon's surface with mirrors to throw back some extra sunlight in ET's direction.

Israeli spyware-for-hire PIs jailed

A group of private eyes who applied spyware to industrial espionage have been jailed in Israel, in the latest twist to a long-running high-profile investigation.
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MySpace stripped of myspace.co.uk domain victory

UPDATED An independent appeals panel has overturned a heavily-criticised decision to hand control of the myspace.co.uk domain to Rupert Murdoch's Fox Interactive Media.
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US Army hands out $3.5m for portable fuel-cell powerpack

The US Army has dished out further funds in its quest for portable electric systems, this time making a $3.65m award to Protonx Technology Corp of Massachusetts for continuing development of its Pulse M250 methanol fuel cell powerpack.

Dell swings axe at five per cent of EMEA staff

Computer giant Dell is axing up to five per cent of its 17,500-strong EMEA workforce in a cost-cutting exercise.

11-year-old Sun mascot beats up NetApp

Having been worked over by the rise of Linux servers, Sun Microsystems wants to capitalize on what it sees as the next major "open systems" movement. The company believes that storage systems - or more specifically storage software - will transition to favor lower-cost, less proprietary plays.
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Whitehats tackle The Great Botnet Dilemma

After infiltrating one of the biggest and most abusive known botnets, security researchers are wrestling with a thorny ethical dilemma: should they exorcise tens of thousands of possessed machines or simply leave them be?
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White space fillers are hospital system killers

Hospitals in the USA fear plans to fill white space - unused TV frequencies - will have a knock-on effect on the systems they use to monitor patients wandering around their buildings. So they are lobbying the Federal Communications Channel to reserve some more frequency for them.
Bill Ray, 29 2008
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US Department of Justice banned from Wikipedia

Wikipedia has temporarily blocked edits from the US Department of Justice after someone inside the government agency tried to erase references to a particularly-controversial Wiki-scandal.
Cade Metz, 29 2008

Dell busts out appliance baby for OEMs

Dell has an interesting side gig going where it makes appliance-like gear for OEMs. This week it rounded out the appliance play via a new low-end server that's of particular interest because it's small enough to fit into telco racks.

Microsoft embraces and extends server promiscuity

Interop 2008 A decidedly downbeat Bob Muglia took centre stage at Interop this afternoon to preach the gospel of interoperability according to Microsoft.
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McAfee 'Hacker Safe' cert sheds more cred

Comment More than three months after security bugs were documented in more than 60 ecommerce sites certified by McAfee as "Hacker Safe," a security researcher has unveiled a fresh batch of vulnerable websites.