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TJX credit card heist suspect, 2 others, accused of new scam

Three men - one of them suspected of playing a role in the heist of 45.6 million credit cards from retailer TJX Companies - have been accused of hacking into cash register terminals belonging to a restaurant chain and installing software that sniffed credit card numbers.
Dan Goodin, 13 May 2008

Intel said to feed Google solid state drives

Intel is working its close ties to Google for solid state storage drive sales, according to a report.
Ashlee Vance, 13 May 2008
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Japan's ciggie machines to sniff out buyer's age

Most people wouldn’t welcome the onset of wrinkles and crow’s feet, but Japanese smokers could soon need some if they’re to buy smokes from the country’s cigarette machines.
James Sherwood, 13 May 2008
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USB 2.0 - or not?

Is it me, or do the USB 2.0 ports on my laptop seem too slow? I copied some files from a friend onto a USB stick, and they copied quickly. But transferring them onto my machine was very different.
Charlie Mansour, 13 May 2008
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NetBeans extension makes simple work of PHP

Arriving with the NetBeans 6.1 release last week was the NetBeans IDE Early Access for PHP. This provides a complete PHP integrated development environment hosted in NetBeans, re-using the infrastructure NetBeans has already employed for Java and Ruby.
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UK's tallest bovine soars to 6ft 6in

A Friesian bullock who measures a towering 6ft 6in at the shoulder is expected to claim the Guinness World Record for the UK's tallest bovine, the Times reports.
Lester Haines, 13 May 2008
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Computer Misuse Act changes are delayed further

Denial of service attacks will not be criminalised in England and Wales for another six months despite measures lying unused in existing laws since 2006. Changes to the Computer Misuse Act will not be activated until October.
OUT-LAW.COM, 13 May 2008
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Kiwi airliners converted into giant iPod docks

A generation of unprecedentedly large and fast iPod docks is now on offer, and it has now been announced that firm customer orders have been placed.
Lewis Page, 13 May 2008
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Oz driver sticks seatbelt on slab of beer

Oz police have described themselves as "shocked and appalled" after pulling a driver near Alice Springs to discover he'd lovingly strapped in his slab of beer while leaving a five-year-old boy next to it without the benefit of a seatbelt.
Lester Haines, 13 May 2008
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Tiscali crosses Carphone Warehouse from bidders list

Tiscali has written up a wish list of companies it would like to sell itself to, and Carphone Warehouse has not made the cut.
John Oates, 13 May 2008
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AMD to hire TSMC to fab 'Fusion' CPUs?

AMD is said to be planning to add chip foundry TSMC's name to its (short) list of processor production partners later this year. TSMC's alleged role: to fab AMD's upcoming 'Fusion' CPU.
Tony Smith, 13 May 2008

Sony OLED TV longevity claim challenged

Sony has downplayed allegations that its state-of-the-art OLED TV, the XEL-1, has a fraction of the longevity the manufacturer claims it has.
James Sherwood, 13 May 2008
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Airbus revises A380 delivery schedule

Airbus has confirmed it's cutting the number of A380s due to be delivered in 2008 and 2009 - from 13 to 12 and 25 to 21, respectively.
Lester Haines, 13 May 2008
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MS whips lens cap off WorldWide Telescope

Microsoft yesterday whipped the lens cap off the public beta of its much-anticipated WorldWide Telescope - a "rich Web application that brings together imagery from the best ground- and space-based observatories across the world".
Lester Haines, 13 May 2008
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LapDome Planet Business laptop bag and shade

Review Thankfully, the typical English weather recently relented and gave us a few sunny days in which we rushed outside to test some summer kit. This curious laptop case was one such item.
Scott Snowden, 13 May 2008
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Grand Theft Auto IV sales drop fails to shake title's pole position

GTA IV remained the UK's best-selling videogame during its second week on shop shelves, despite the number of copies shifted in Blighty falling by more than 50 per cent.
James Sherwood, 13 May 2008
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Lewis Hamilton and friend targeted in computer blackmail plot

An unemployed man who tried to sell a computer disc that used to belong to the best mate of F1 star Lewis Hamilton has been arrested in Germany.
John Leyden, 13 May 2008
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Brits favour ASBOs for unruly mobile users

Asbos are usually reserved for rowdy town-centre teens, but one in ten Brits think the anti-social behaviour orders should be handed out inconsiderate mobile phone users.
James Sherwood, 13 May 2008
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UK punters love Nokia, hate McDonalds

The annual "Brands We Love, Brands We Hate" survey shows Nokia topping the charts as most loved brand in the UK, while McDonalds, AOL and The Sun are the most hated.
Bill Ray, 13 May 2008
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HomePlug retakes lead in powerline Ethernet standards race

The HomePlug Alliance (HPA) has once again beaten rival powerline Ethernet organisation the Universal Powerline Association (UPA) to become the lead candidate for the IEEE's powerline networking standard. But it won't know it's won for sure until July.
Tony Smith, 13 May 2008
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Taser rolls out taser-on-a-roll, new military zapbomb deal

Everyone's favourite flying-cattleprod maker, Taser International, has won a new contract with the US military. The firm also announced a new "peel and stick" conversion kit for police riot shields, allowing their outer face to function like a sort of portable electric fence.
Lewis Page, 13 May 2008
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Ofcom sharpens cutlasses for pirate radio assault

Ofcom, the UK regulator of all things communicative, is considering everything from ASBOs to covert surveillance to shut down pirate radio stations, according to documents obtained by The Register under the Freedom of Information Act.
Bill Ray, 13 May 2008
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Microsoft slams OEMs over XP SP3 install cock-up

Microsoft has blamed computer makers for the Windows XP service pack three (SP3) install debacle that has wreaked havoc on PCs.
Kelly Fiveash, 13 May 2008
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HP pays $13.9bn for EDS

Updated Hewlett Packard has bought EDS for $13.9bn, doubling its services business at a stroke.
Joe Fay, 13 May 2008
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Heathrow 777 crash: Siberian cold to blame?

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) yesterday issued a further update (pdf) on its investigation into the 17 January crash-landing of a Boeing 777 at Heathrow following an otherwise uneventful long-haul flight from Beijing.
Lester Haines, 13 May 2008
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HP buys EDS: What are they thinking?

Analysis Mark Hurd must know what happens to HP bosses who strike a legacy-defining deal.
Joe Fay, 13 May 2008

Gizmondo console revamp 'on track' for Q4 launch, claims boss

Gizmondo chief Carl Freer has apparently told fans of the failed handheld games console that the gadget will be back on the market and is "on target for a Q4 2008" launch... er... relaunch.
Tony Smith, 13 May 2008

Vendor touts notebook as desktop server replacement

We've all heard of laptop computers that have been designed to replace desktop PCs, but this is the first time we've come across one that's intended a server replacement.
Tony Smith, 13 May 2008
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Olympus mounts 10Mp DLSR challenge

Olympus has extended its old-school E-500 snapper series, with the creation of another 10-megapixel digital SLR (DSLR) model.
James Sherwood, 13 May 2008
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Becta asks EC to probe Microsoft school deals

Microsoft’s plans to get Office 2007 into British classrooms suffered a fresh blow yesterday when Becta confirmed that it has referred an interoperability complaint to the European Commission (EC).
Kelly Fiveash, 13 May 2008
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SOCA denies ditching crime boss hunt

The UK's Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) has denied reports that it has abandoned a hunt for crime barons in favour of a broader sweep against 500 criminal organisations involving 15,000 suspected crooks.
John Leyden, 13 May 2008
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Korean DMZ droids 'unfit for combat'

The South Korean armed forces have announced that a year-long trial of robotic guard systems versus human troops has been judged a failure for the mechanoids. South Korea remains committed to significant automation of its defences, but intends to move forward with different kit - possibly with overseas involvement.
Lewis Page, 13 May 2008
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Son of 419 victim contacts El Reg

It's sad to report that amid all the merriment to be had at the expense of Nigerian 419 fraudsters and their improbable tales of MARIAM ABACHA, Congolese banks stuffed with illicit loot and other entertaining yarns concerning riches beyond the wildest dreams of avarice, there are all too real people ready and willing to believe the Lads from Lagos.
Lester Haines, 13 May 2008
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Welsh Darth Vader dodges jail

A Welsh man, Arwel Wynn Hughes, from Holyhead has avoided jail for attacking two would-be Jedis with a crutch while disguised as Darth Vader.
John Oates, 13 May 2008
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Dallas kids tracked for their own good

Tracking children from dawn to dusk might seem extreme, but in Dallas, Texas, it seems to be working to reduce truancy and get more kids graduating.
Bill Ray, 13 May 2008
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AT&T defends 'open' wireless network

Innovation '08 Three years ago, Jason Devitt was speaking at an industry conference when he criticized a mobile application just released by a big-name wireless carrier. And the big-name wireless carrier wasn't happy.
Cade Metz, 13 May 2008
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Drive-by download attack compromises 500K websites

More than half a million web pages have been compromised with malware as part of a new attack, Trend Micro warns.
John Leyden, 13 May 2008
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Brocade cranks its Fibre switches and HBAs to 8Gb/s

Brocade is primed to move its 8Gb/s networking gear to a market it entered just one year ago, server bus host adapters (HBAs). It's also giving the 8Gig work-over to its Fibre Channel switch lineup.
Austin Modine, 13 May 2008
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Windows Server 2008 bundles get first 'public' airing

Microsoft today announced that it will launch a “public preview” program for two of its first Windows Server 2008-based bundles.
Kelly Fiveash, 13 May 2008
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Google Android winners shun publicity

Mystery surrounds the identity of four winners in Google's $10m Android mobile applications competition, announced last November.
Gavin Clarke, 13 May 2008
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Debian fixes serious crypto bug

Debian has warned of a vulnerability in its cryptographic functions that could leave systems open to attack.
John Leyden, 13 May 2008
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Next Ubuntu LTS in 2010, unless Linuxes synchronize

Mark Shuttleworth, head of Canonical and founder of the Ubuntu project, has called on other Linux developers to synchronize releases of new versions of their distros.
Phil Manchester, 13 May 2008
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Google and Facebook socialize world+dog

Following quickly in the footsteps of MySpace, both Facebook and Google have announced new-fangled tools that allow social-networking types to shuttle their online data from site to site.
Cade Metz, 13 May 2008

Romanian and Turkish scientists turn circuit boards into oil

Whether through a force of expanding environmental activism or just compliance with government edicts, the IT sector is in a pinch over how to safely recycle defunct computers and equipment.
Austin Modine, 13 May 2008
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IBM's Cell blade boosted by memory and floating point gains

IBM's Cell attack will gain some added muscle next month thanks to a new blade server. The system will run on a refreshed version of the Cell chip that includes better support for mathematical calculations and memory. As a result, the Cell-based blades could tempt a larger set of customers.
Ashlee Vance, 13 May 2008
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Visual Studio update dents Silverlight development

Developers building applications for Microsoft's much-ballyhooed Silverlight media player won't be able to use Visual Studio 2008 running the company's latest software update.
Gavin Clarke, 13 May 2008
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Sun gives servers an Opteron quad job

Sun has been sluggish to release servers based on AMD's four-core Opteron processors, but today it got around to the quad job.
Austin Modine, 13 May 2008
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Microsoft updates squash four critical bugs

Microsoft on Tuesday issued updates to plug a half-dozen security holes, four of which were rated critical.
Dan Goodin, 13 May 2008