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Five misunderstood Vista features

Microsoft has posted a nine-page document on Five Misunderstood Features in Windows Vista [unavailable for download since Tim wrote this, but touched on in the Windows Vista team blog here - Reg Dev ed]. Apparently these "cause confusion and slow Windows Vista adoption for many folks." Here they are:
Tim Anderson, 19 May 2008

Can Microsoft 'do' open source by 2015?

The recently appointed head of Microsoft's global Linux and open source team hopes the company will have a clear and comprehensible open source strategy by 2015.
Gavin Clarke, 19 May 2008

Microsoft! offers! Yahoo! less!

Microsoft said yesterday that a deal with Yahoo!, but not a full-blown acquisition, is still very much on the table.
John Oates, 19 May 2008

BAE chief exec, director detained at US airports

The CEO of BAE Systems plc, the controversial UK-headquartered arms giant, was detained by the US authorities after landing at Houston airport last week. A fellow company boardmember was also taken aside on arrival at Newark.
Lewis Page, 19 May 2008

Auditor gets diminishing returns from data matching

Audit Scotland's second major comparison of public sector databases has identified 36 per cent less fraud than its first attempt.
Kablenet, 19 May 2008

Asus throttles back Eee PC WiMax drive

Asus' Atom-based Eee PC 901 will come bundled with Bluetooth in addition to the new case design that emerged last week. But it won't have WiMax as standard.
Tony Smith, 19 May 2008

Vendor pitches handheld phone-data extractor

If you’ve got a hunch that your partner is doing the dirty behind your back, then thank your suspicious stars that a gadget’s now available for instantly copying the entire contents of his or her mobile phone.
James Sherwood, 19 May 2008

AMD turns to exclamation mark to rally gamers to cause

AMD has begun pitching its processors, graphics engines and chipsets as the ideal foundation for gaming PCs.
Tony Smith, 19 May 2008

Sony talks up blue OLED breakthrough

Sony is on its way to manufacturing larger yet less power-hungry OLED displays, thanks to a breakthrough in the screen technology's colour properties, it said today.
James Sherwood, 19 May 2008

Vye mini-v S37B sub-notebook

ReviewThe Vye mini-v S37B is another player in the increasing number of sub-notebooks appearing on shop shelves, spurred on by the runaway success of the Asus Eee PC.
Barry Schertel, 19 May 2008
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Spanish police cuff web defacement crew

Spanish police have arrested five hackers said to be among the most prolific on the internet.
John Leyden, 19 May 2008

Motorola strategy chief is latest exec to go

Troubled mobile maker Motorola has said goodbye to Richard Nottenburg, its chief strategy and technology officer.
John Oates, 19 May 2008

Yorkshire police head off pillow fight anarchy

Police in Leeds narrowly averted a major outbreak of public disorder and non-specific rhinitis this weekend when they convinced the organisers of a mass pillow fight to pull the plug on the Facebook-advertised event.
Joe Fay, 19 May 2008

MI5 spy wife was Formula One chief's Teutonic thrash tart

The case of Formula One boss Max Mosley and his uniformed prostitute flagellation orgy took a new twist over the weekend, as it emerged that one of the ladies of negotiable affection involved was married to an MI5 operative.
Lewis Page, 19 May 2008
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Mozilla phancies doing a Phorm

The Phorm bug is spreading. The idea of collecting a user's browsing history and flogging that data doesn't just appeal to ISPs. The Mozilla Foundation, the people behind the Firefox browser, want some of that action too.
Andrew Orlowski, 19 May 2008

Brits more fearful of ID fraud

Identity fraud concerns have increased 15 per cent over the last two years, according to an Ofcom survey. More than two-thirds (69 per cent) of the 3,000 British adults surveyed said they were concerned about the volume of personal data that businesses hold about them.
John Leyden, 19 May 2008
Pirates ahoy!

BSA dubs Manchester second worst for piracy

The Business Software Alliance (BSA) has claimed that Manchester is the second worst city in England for software piracy.
Kelly Fiveash, 19 May 2008

Stungun shootout in Colorado leaves slowest man standing

The Taser electric stun-gun's image as a possibly deadly incapacitating weapon took something of a knock this weekend, as it emerged that a man in Colorado - having himself been Tased - was then able to respond using his own Taser to deliver a retaliatory zapping.
Lewis Page, 19 May 2008

Aliens, astronauts and Pope partition PC World

CommentsIt's been a while since astronauts were last in the public eye, but recently a bunch of them have been quoted as saying that aliens exist. Well, they should know, having undoubtedly exchanged glances with little green men through the windows of their space station. The government suppressed news of these encounters, naturally. Meanwhile the Vatican says there's no contradiction between the Christian faith and the existence of aliens. As we all know, the church is another big coverer-upper of uncomfortable truths, but it may be that their armour is showing a chink and this is damage control. Or maybe they're just hopping aboard the intergalactic bandwagon. Who knows?
Robin Lettice, 19 May 2008
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Zango dismisses Storm Worm conspiracy theory

Authors of the Storm Worm Trojan are targeting machines running adware packages from Zango, and the developer is anxious to point out that it wouldn't touch said botmasters with yours.
John Leyden, 19 May 2008

Mobile phones cause bad behaviour in kids - report

If the kids are misbehaving then don’t blame their E number intake, because it could be your fault - or your missus' - for chatting too long on mobile phones during pregnancy.
James Sherwood, 19 May 2008

Google under fire again for handing user info to police

Google is under fire again today for cooperating with Indian police trying to track down an Orkut user who had been rude about a politician.
John Oates, 19 May 2008

Samsung pitches 82in "ultra-definition" telly

HD TV isn’t good enough any more, it seems. Samsung has paraded an 82in LCD TV that boasts a resolution several times higher than rubbish old hi-def.
James Sherwood, 19 May 2008

BBC's Today Programme shutters message board

BBC Radio 4 news flagship The Today Programme said today it will axe its online message boards at the end of this month, prompting anger and charges of censorship from users.
Christopher Williams, 19 May 2008

Whatever happened to... Three Strikes?

Sharp-witted readers may be wondering what happened to the great stand-off between the British recording business and the nation's biggest ISPs. You'll recall that back in March, the BPI set ISPs a 14-day deadline to "take action" - or face court injunctions over copyright infringement.
Andrew Orlowski, 19 May 2008

Brown goes YouTube

Two cheers for Gordon Brown! In the interests of putting some sparkle back into his dour premiership – sorry, “engage the wider public” – the Prime Minister is launching an online version of Prime Minister’s Questions. On Youtube.
Jane Fae , 19 May 2008

Vodafone shells out big bucks in buying spree

Vodafone is having itself a bit of a shopping blowout. It's just spent €474m getting full control of German fixed-line provider Arcor, having splurged €31.5m on Friday getting itself a bit of Web 2.0 action by buying ZYB.
Bill Ray, 19 May 2008

First public Firefox 3 candidate shoots out the door

Mozilla has pushed out the initial release candidate of Firefox 3 for download.
Kelly Fiveash, 19 May 2008

Boeing raygunship fires first blasts in ground testing

US airliners'n'armaments colossus Boeing announced today that one of its prototype aerial laser cannon planes has fired its first energy bolts in ground testing.
Lewis Page, 19 May 2008

Samsung Glyde touches down in US

The Samsung U940 slider smartphone was initially leaked by the FCC’s website back in February, but the phone has at long last been officially launched, as the Glyde.
James Sherwood, 19 May 2008

How Free Press breaks the citizens' network

In 2003 the journalist Ron Suskind captured one of the quotes of the decade when he cited an unnamed Bush administration official as saying:
Andrew Orlowski, 19 May 2008
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Microsoft slides out second HPC Windows 2008 beta

Microsoft quietly snuck out a second beta of its high performance computing (HPC) Windows 2008 server product on Saturday.
Kelly Fiveash, 19 May 2008

Google unveils Image Search image ads

Google has added image ads to its Image Search engine.
Cade Metz, 19 May 2008

EMC builds up disk backup

EMC has, as expected launched its Quantum software-based, de-duplicating, disk backup products. But it has also announced spin-down and low-power drives, simpler Networker backup software, and updated Avamar source-based deduplication products.
Chris Mellor, 19 May 2008

Open source zealots fill with venom

Radio RegSome pundits out there think you can't get rich off open source software. Well, that's just not true. As evidence, we bring you Mike Olson, the former CEO of Sleepycat Software who milked Oracle for millions.
Ashlee Vance, 19 May 2008

VMware pitches virtual office desktops 101

VMware is trying to sweeten its virtual office desktop play by selling some hands-on tutelage for the technology.
Austin Modine, 19 May 2008

SEC charges eight ex-AOL TW execs with civil fraud

For two years, between 2000 and 2002, AOL execs cooked the books, bigtime.
Drew Cullen, 19 May 2008

'Hacker Safe' leader defrauded investors, prosecutors say

A Indiana state judge on Monday ordered a security researcher at McAfee to stand trial stemming from felony charges he and a brother defrauded nine people by selling $1.25m in fraudulent stock and then using some of the money for personal items.
Dan Goodin, 19 May 2008

BitTorrent tracker Mininova faces legal action

Dutch anti-piracy body BREIN says it will ask a judge to halt all activities of Dutch BitTorrent-tracker Mininova, which draws over 30 million unique visitors and five billion downloads a month.
Jan Libbenga, 19 May 2008

Dell and Rackable's CFOs a-go-go

Austin Modine, 19 May 2008

Ballmer eggs on Hungarian student

Few things have made Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer duck for cover. Not the European Union, not the US Department of Justice, and not open source software. He's stood up to all three.
Gavin Clarke, 19 May 2008

HP confesses love for Citrix with mobile thin client

Like a good partner, HP has rolled out some thin client/virtual desktop bits and pieces this week to complement Citrix's Synergy conference taking place in Houston.
Ashlee Vance, 19 May 2008

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