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Zuckerberg's Google boycott reaches 32 days (and counting)

Supernova On the stage, there were three chairs. And just off stage, there were three men deeply obsessed with online social networking: Dave Morin of Facebook, Kevin Marks of Google, and Joseph Smarr of Plaxo.
Cade Metz, 18 2008
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T-Mobile doubles 0870 call costs

In a remarkable reading of Ofcom's new rules on 0870 numbers, T-Mobile has decided to double the price of such calls for most of its customers, rather than cutting them as Ofcom intended.
Bill Ray, 18 2008

Toshiba touts hi-def laptop trio

Toshiba has dipped its toes into the mobile HD market, with the launch of three Qosmio laptops equipped with the manufacturer’s dedicated HD content processor.

VeriSign builds out DNS security defences

VeriSign is pushing ahead with plans to make the internet's Domain Name System (DNS) more resilient to internet attacks. But although it will make its upgraded server infrastructure IPv6 and DNSSec ready, the net infrastructure giant reckons the touted performance improvements promised by the protocols have been delivered by other means.
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US woman sues over exploding thong

A 52-year-old US woman has filed suit against Victoria's Secret claiming that an attempt to spice up her underwear drawer ended in corneal trauma after a "decorative metallic piece" flew off an example of the lingerie giant's "Sexy Little Thing" low-rise v-string as she was slipping into the come-hither apparel and gave her an eyeful.

Al-Qaeda targets net-connected coffee machine

An Aussie risk advisory services manager has issued a chilling security alert concerning the Jura F90 net-connected coffee machine, warning caffeine-heads that the hi-tech brewing device could open their Windows PC to exploitation by internet paedophiles and al-Qaeda*, CNET reports.
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Roomba robot maker to build DARPA squidge-droids

Famous robotics company iRobot - maker of the noted Roomba autonomous floor-cleaner and supplier of war-bots to the US military - has announced a radical new development contract. The company is to create a "soft" robot able to wriggle its way through "openings smaller than its actual structural dimensions".

AMD readies rival for Intel's Atom

More details have emerged about 'Bobcat', the processor AMD has in development that's set to take on Intel's Atom processor family.

Stressed? Over-worked? Buy a satnav

Looking for ways to reduce stress and heighten your awareness? Then the answer’s simple: buy a satnav. "Research" has found the GPS devices have several positive impacts on the modern driver.

AMD Radeon HD 4850 details spied ahead of launch

AMD's anticipated Radeon HD 4850, the follow-up to its 3850 GPU and rival to Nvidia's GeForce GTX 200 series, appears to have made an unscheduled early appearance on Amazon.com courtesy of board seller Diamond Multimedia.
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Fortinet goes shopping for database security

Security appliance firm Fortinet is pushing into the database security market via the acquisition of technology from IPLocks. Fortinet has licensed IPLocks’ database monitoring and auditing tools as well as acquiring its vulnerability assessment tool, source code and related assets.
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3G iPhone not ready for the enterprise?

Business users are complaining they have little idea of what the new iPhone will offer them, other than the fact that the low price is going to see every middle manager toting one while their IT departments fret about the lack of encryption and security on the phone.
Bill Ray, 18 2008
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Kazakh TV off-air after satellite 'breathing troubles'

Central Asian ex-Soviet republic Kazakhstan has reportedly lost all domestically controlled satellite TV services due to malfunctions in its sole communications spacecraft.

Instant trojan to worm toolkit sighted

Miscreants have created a point-and-click toolkit designed to make it easier to both create and distribute Trojans.
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China in anti-monopoly investigation of Microsoft

Updated China has kicked off an anti-monopoly probe into Microsoft’s business practices and lawsuits from local firms could follow, according to state media reports today.
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Gov claims 'password protection' OK for sensitive docs

The government sent the security industry into gales of laughter today when it insisted that sensitive documents on Hazel Blears’ missing PC are quite safe, as the machine is “password protected”.
Joe Fay, 18 2008

AMD CPU shoot-out: Phenom X3 and X4

Review The birth of AMD’s quad-core Phenom processor was plagued with problems. After a gestation period more akin to an elephant than a CPU, the new silicon popped out puking and bawling but was clearly a bit of a runt.

Wii and Xbox 360 storage boost rumours hot-up

Gamers may soon see some major storage capacity changes made to the Wii and Xbox 360, with Nintendo thought to be working on a storage option, and Microsoft poised to unveil a new capacity model.

Panasonic promises 6x BD-Rs next month

Panasonic has developed what it claims is the world's first recordable Blu-ray Disc capable of laying down a track at 6x speed - 20 per cent faster than a 16x DVD-R.
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Yahoo! execs! stick! it! to! the! man!

Jerry Yang celebrates his first year as CEO of Yahoo! today, but with so many execs choosing to exit stage left, it’s not exactly an anniversary he’ll want to shout about.
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Phorm failed to mention 'illegal' trials at Home Office meeting in 2007

Exclusive The Home Office held a private meeting with Phorm in August last year, but BT's interception and profiling partner did not disclose that it had completed an allegedly illegal trial of its technology on tens of thousands of unwitting broadband subscribers just weeks earlier.

Garmin's satnav phone launch delayed?

Release of the first mobile phone from satnav manufacturer Garmin could be delayed from the third quarter to Q4, it’s been claimed.
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Europe's first mobile WiMAX goes online

WorldMax has launched Europe's first mobile WiMax deployment, covering the centre of Amsterdam so that coffee-shop dwellers can surf the web without puzzling over plugs and wires, once they've got their PC-card connected.
Bill Ray, 18 2008
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Swedish parliament rejects snoop everyone law

A controversial law in Sweden which would have allowed Sweden's National Defence Radio Establishment (FRA) to monitor all outgoing and incoming communications crossing Sweden's borders didn't get enough votes in parliament today.

Sony Ericsson shows budget-phone pair

Tucked away in the corner at Sony Ericsson's Q4 handset showcase, held in London last night, were two phones that may be the ideal Light, Cheap Mobiles to go with your Small, Cheap, Computer.

Sainsbury's customers starve as servers melt down

Sainsbury's on-line ordering system thought it would try something new today, and opted for disappearing completely and taking the day's orders with it.
Bill Ray, 18 2008
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London hospital loses 20,000 unencrypted patient files

Providing proof, if it were needed, that every single piece of personal data in the UK has now been lost - probably several times over, by multiple corporations and government offices - news has just broken of another theft of laptops crammed with easily accessed info. This time the there-but-for-the-grace-of-god bonehead users were hospital staff at St George's hospital in Tooting.

Firefox 3 downloads hit 7m despite server FAIL

The Mozilla Foundation’s servers yesterday buckled under the strain of its own PR stunt to convince World+Dog to download Firefox 3 and set a new record over a 24-hour period.

UK developer trio accused of game plagiarism

A former pub landlord and two chums who together created a computer game and signed a big distribution deal with a major US games supplier have been accused of ripping off other titles' content.
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OpenSUSE 11 a redemptive OS with a Mactastic shine

Review 2008 is proving to be a banner year for Linux distributions; so far we've seen Ubuntu 8.04 and Fedora 9, both of which go a long way toward making Linux painless for newbies.

Teens use technology to party in strangers' pools

Tech savvy teens are using Google Earth’s splendidly clear aerial shots of the UK to launch a summertime craze – pool crashing.
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Photobucket tipped over by Turkish hacker

Photobucket, the popular photo sharing website, became the target of a DNS hack on Tuesday.

Fuji touts world's fastest CompactFlash

Get your finger on the shutter button, because Fuji claims its latest CompactFlash memory card boasts the world’s fastest write speed.
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Is it safe to download al Qaeda manuals yet?

Is the "al-Qaeda manual" still an easy get into jail card? The UK Court of Appeal yesterday quashed the conviction of Samina Malik, aka the "Lyrical Terrorist", for possession of information useful for terrorist purposes under Section 58 of the Terrorism Act 2000, but the Crown Prosecution Service still views this and other widely circulated documents as prima facie evidence of wicked intent.
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Red Hat chief calls for open source missionary work

Summit Customers who remain only halfhearted open source converts aren't doing enough for Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst.
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XtremeData gives Xeon chips another math lesson with FPGAs

XtremeData is shipping its newest set of FPGAs made for giving Intel's Xeon chips a helping hand with math work.
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1,076 developers, 15 years, one open-source Wine

After 15 years of development, a running battle with Microsoft and persistent doubts about its viability, the first proper version of Wine - a middleware tool to run Windows applications on Unix-like operating systems - has finally arrived.

ClearSpeed's silicon freshness results in 41 Teraflop rack

Cheaper and faster - check. ClearSpeed has hit the two major keys to winning in the silicon game with the release of its latest floating point accelerators.

IBM's Roadrunner is top of the supercomputer pops

So IBM beat IBM in the new supercomputer TOP500 hit parade published today. No surprise there, with Roadrunner, the new no.1, built by IBM for the Los Alamos National Laboratory, earning plenty of airtime last week for being the first petaflop computer.
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Red Hat meanders into hypervisor market

Summit Red Hat is extremely late to the virtualization hypervisor party, but the company is confident that its reputation as a prominent Linux licenser will push the technology to even greater heights. Open source style.
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Sweden ushers in bugging for all

Sweden this evening voted in favour of its controversial snoop law, after the proposal was amended earlier today.
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FCC tests 'vindicate' white space lobby

Supernova Microsoft wants you to know that when its white space prototypes malfunctioned during lab tests at the US Federal Communications Commission, the lab did not burn down.
Cade Metz, 18 2008
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Parallels slices and dices OS X with Server for Mac

Parallels has stolen a march on VMware with the release of virtualization software for Intel-based servers running Apple's OS X Leopard operating system.
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Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 and 5 get another year of TLC

Summit Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) versions 4 and 5 are going to stick around in full support mode a full year longer.

Start-up outfoxes Apple, Dell and HP by offering stock options with PCs

God bless Silicon Valley. Where else will you find a PC start-up offering stock options to create faux communities?

Sun shrinks Constellation for HPC run

Sun Microsystems has suffered from a hate-hate relationship with the supercomputing world over the past few years. The shift to Linux clusters caught the company totally off guard, and resulted in Sun vanishing from the Top500 supercomputers list. That's hardly the "right" position for a company that prides itself on selling servers and building big systems to occupy.