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Apple's carpet-bomb Safari flaw can wreak havoc on Windows

A researcher has created a proof-of-concept site that graphically demonstrates the risk Windows users face when using Apple's Safari browser.

VMware turns Thinstall into ThinApp

VMware is done digesting the application virtualization startup, Thinstall, and will be rebranding the product under a suspiciously analogous name: ThinApp.
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Ingres alumnus joins DBMS scrum

Ingres originator Jerry Held has become the latest database big gun to take aim at traditional database management systems (DBMS), saying they are unsuited to cloud computing.
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Making the mobile web ubiquitous

Now anyone can have a mobile web site, thanks to Ubik: an idiot-proof toolkit released by Volantis that talks users through creating their own mobile web presence. Though it won't tell you why you would want to do so.
Bill Ray, 10 2008

RM boss says school's out forever

RM yesterday announced that its head teacher honcho has resigned after more than 25 years with the computer supplier.

Whaling fraudsters harpoon 15,000 victims

Targeted phishing attacks against high-rollers reached new heights over the last two months, according to a study by iDefense.
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NASA preps GLAST for blast-off

NASA is making final preparations for tomorrow's lift-off of the Gamma-Ray Large Area Space Telescope (GLAST) atop a Delta II rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

Apple's Snow Leopard to cut the bloat from Mac OS X

Apple's next major Mac OS X released, yesterday confirmed as Snow Leopard, will focus solely on under-the-bonnet changes, the Mac maker has revealed. But will owners of PowerPC-based machines be left in the cold?
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NZ hydropower drought could see leccy rationing

Kiwis are being urged to use less 'leccy by their government. New Zealand normally draws three quarters of its electricity from righteous hydropower stations, the most dependable form of renewable energy, but dry weather in the Antipodean hills has seen low water levels and power cuts are feared.
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Asus floors it with Lamborghini laptop revamp

Asus has formally announced the anticipated successor to its Lamborghini laptop line, the compact, 12.1in VX3 - intended to bring a little... luxury to the sub-notebook arena. And integrated HSDPA 3G connectivity.
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Afghan cellco accuses rivals of funding Taliban

Roshan, the largest mobile provider in Afghanistan, has accused competitors of paying off criminals to protect their infrastructure, pointing out that it owned eight out of the ten masts destroyed this year.
Bill Ray, 10 2008
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Angry? Try the Tw*t-O-Tron

Aficionados of our cut-and-paste comments service, which allows Reg readers to vent their spleen without actually having to use their brains, might like this nifty bit of programming which generates informed anaysis of the state of modern Britain.

iRobot Roomba 560 robot vacuum cleaner

Review Robots. Everybody loves them, but not many of us - unless we're members of the armed forces, cybernetics profs, supervillains etc - actually get to own one. Unless you invest in a domestic droid from iRobot.
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EU orders horsemeat and chips in equine passport scheme

The European Union will kick off a single passport and chip system next year - but only for horses and donkeys. Well, for now anyway.
Joe Fay, 10 2008

Canon pitches 'lightest' digital SLR at beginners

Canon has slimmed down the latest member of its EOS digital SLR camera range not only to make the new machine lighter but also to make it easier for beginners to buy.
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British workaholics win EU opt out deal

The British government today secured landmark European Union agreements that will allow UK citizens to work more than 48 hours a week, and bring temp workers into line with permanent staff.

LG looks to Swarovski to bling up LCD TV line

LG has taken the wraps off what could be the blingiest telly yet - a 47in LCD TV with a base clad in Swarokvski sparklies.
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EU mulls intervention over BT's secret Phorm trials

The European Commission is considering intervening over the failure of UK data watchdogs to punish BT for the way it secretly co-opted tens of thousands of customers into trials of Phorm's profiling system to serve them targeted advertising.
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EC's 'Steelie' Neelie snubs Microsoft Office

European anti-trust commissioner Neelie Kroes today strongly rebuffed Microsoft by urging businesses and governments to use software based on open standards.
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MPs urge action as spooky caller ID-faking services hit UK

Exclusive Communications watchdogs have today been pressed by MPs to investigate a new service that allows people to fool caller ID systems into displaying a fake number, amid fears it will be abused by ID fraudsters and other conmen.
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O2 prices up the latest iPhone

O2 has confirmed its pricing on the new iPhone, and will give away the 3G version of Apple's baby for £45 a month from the 11th of July.
Bill Ray, 10 2008
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Another police website hacked

This is starting to get a little tedious. The Bedfordshire Police website has just been taken down after it was discovered that every page had been replaced by an animated man carrying a Tunisian flag. Underneath, according to the BBC, was a green symbol and a Muslim prayer written in Arabic. Don’t bother clicking on the link: as at mid-day, it is still not back up.
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Microsoft struggles to rid US shores of pesky pirates

Microsoft yesterday confirmed that it has filed 21 civil lawsuits for software piracy in US federal courts against resellers in 14 states.

HP's VoodooPC challenges MacBook Air on thinness

Well, Apple can still claim the MacBook Air is the skinniest laptop currently available - for the moment. The machine that beats it, VoodooPC's Envy 133, isn't due to debut until 20 June.
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Edinburgh Fringe box office system goes titsup

Comedy lovers hoping to get their hands on tickets to this year’s Edinburgh Fringe festival have lost their sense of humour after discovering the company’s box office system went titsup on Monday.
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Cyber-fraudsters strike gold at South African government

The South African government has lost more than £12m (199m Rand) over the last three years thanks to a cybercrime syndicate using spyware.

AJAX browser wishlist call goes unanswered

The OpenAjax Alliance is trying to gee up the AJAX community after a disappointing response to its call for a wish list of features vendors should add to browsers.

Symantec tools up with Xen for VMware assault

Symantec Vision '08 Symantec is teaming up with Citrix to attack the server virtualization market. The storage management firm has stirred Citrix's Xen code into its Veritas suite in a new offering arriving later in 2008.
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US bars ID refuseniks from planes - but not ID losers

The US Transportation Security Administration is to deny passengers who refuse to present identification access to airplanes - but will still permit entry to those who say their ID has been lost or misplaced.
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New York talks net giants into child pornography crackdown

After discussions with the New York Attorney General's office, three big-name American ISPs - Time Warner Cable, Sprint, and Verizon - have agreed to a sweeping crackdown on child pornography.
Cade Metz, 10 2008

Symantec fluffs up its backup getup

Symantec Vision '08 Symantec's data protection suite received its annual booster shot of new features at Symantec Vision in Las Vegas this year.

Get 'em while they're hot: critical security fixes from Microsoft, Apple

Microsoft and Apple released a batch of critical security fixes within 24 hours of each other, patching a variety of components including the Internet Explorer browser, Bluetooth services and the QuickTime media player.

Delayed SQL Server 2008 hits release phase

Microsoft's delayed SQL Server 2008 has inched closer to daylight, with the company's first release candidate (RC) code.

NetApp adds girth to its midrange storage

NetApp is trading in its current midrange FAS3000 and V3000 storage systems for some boxes with a bit more power capacity under the chassis.