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US Navy spares Silicon Valley's 'Alexandria Lighthouse'

Hangar One, the onetime airship station that has long symbolized California's Silicon Valley, won't be destroyed after all. The US Navy will allow it to stand - without its clothing.
Cade Metz, 01 Aug 2008
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Sumerians cracked world's oldest joke

UKTV has published what it claims to be the world's oldest joke - a Sumerian rib-tickler dating back to 1,900 BC which goes: "Something which has never occurred since time immemorial; a young woman did not fart in her husband's lap."
Lester Haines, 01 Aug 2008
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Blighty's nuke-power push stalled as EDF buy falls through

The British government plan to build a new generation of nuclear power stations is on hold, after French energy giant EDF's bid to buy the UK's existing nuke base was rejected at the last moment. Reports have it that the deal fell through after existing shareholders in British Energy - thought to be large UK pension funds - demanded more than EDF was willing to pay.
Lewis Page, 01 Aug 2008
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Toyota unveils Segway rivals

With the Segway’s popularity taking off around the world, Toyota has seen the opportunity and designed its own deceptively similar two-wheeled motorised transportation device.
James Sherwood, 01 Aug 2008
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Google buys vid editing firm to spice up Youtube

Google has bought Omnisio - a web video editing firm based in Palo Alto, California - which will be used to add extra functions to YouTube.
John Oates, 01 Aug 2008
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Blu-ray to rule by 2011

Blu-ray backer Sony has announced that the format’s likely to outsell DVD globally in 2011, with over 5m Blu-ray discs having been sold around the world this year already.
James Sherwood, 01 Aug 2008
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Foreign Office reports five data losses to Info Commissioner

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has reported five significant data breaches to the Information Commissioner's Office in the last financial year, in total affecting less than 188 people.
Kablenet, 01 Aug 2008
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Electoral Commission criticises London e-counting

The Electoral Commission has registered concerns over the electronic counting of votes in London's recent elections.
Kablenet, 01 Aug 2008
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McAfee: Why we blacklisted SANS

Analysis McAfee's SiteAdvisor security tool briefly blacklisted the respected SANS Institute on Wednesday. The incident highlights wider concerns about the reliability of the safe surfing tool.
John Leyden, 01 Aug 2008
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Worms spread via spam on Facebook and MySpace

Miscreants have created a pair of worms targeting MySpace and Facebook users. Two variants of a new worm - dubbed Koobface - are the first to use social engineering sites to press-gang infected machines into botnets, warns net security firm Kaspersky Lab.
John Leyden, 01 Aug 2008
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Sony Ericsson W350i entry-level Walkman phone

Review Checking into the Walkman phone range with a sub-£80 pre-pay price tag, the W350i’s appeal is built around its key music player features, a touch of slimline chic, and just enough eye-catching style.
Phil Lattimore, 01 Aug 2008
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Northgate buys Anite Public Sector

Northgate Information Solutions has bought Anite's local government and secure information systems businesses for £54.3m - minus £3.8m owed by the parent company to Anite Public Sector, and an unspecified amount left behind to grease working capital. Northgate is owned by the private equity house Kohlberg Kravis Roberts.
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Treasury coughs £80m tax credit for R&D

The UK government will dish up an extra £80m a year in tax credits to encourage small businesses to invest in more research and development.
Kelly Fiveash, 01 Aug 2008
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US Congress to vote on in-flight mobile ban

US lawmakers could ground moves to permit in-flight mobile phone calls. New laws to permanently silence mid-air yammering will go forward to a vote in the House of Representatives.
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BOFH: Server room secret panels

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Simon Travaglia, 01 Aug 2008
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US scientist commits suicide as Feds prep anthrax charges

A senior US government bioscientist thought to be facing charges over the 2001 anthrax attacks has apparently committed suicide.
Joe Fay, 01 Aug 2008
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Trashman arrested for YouTube threats

A New York man has been arrested after posting videos on YouTube claiming to have poisoned thousands of jars of Gerber baby food.
John Oates, 01 Aug 2008
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Holographic Wii storage en route?

Nintendo has already admitted that the Wii has a storage-related “issue”. But a patent application’s revealed that the firm could be considering a futuristic storage format as a solution to the problem.
James Sherwood, 01 Aug 2008
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McAfee snaps up data loss prevention firm

McAfee has agreed to pay $46m to buy data loss prevention firm Reconnex. The deal, announced Thursday and expected to close in the third quarter of 2008, follows a string of acquisitions in the data loss prevention (DLP) arena.
John Leyden, 01 Aug 2008
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Westcoast rings up Avenir for convergence emergence

Westcoast is teaming up with a b2b telecoms distie called Avenir Telecom, so that it can offer IT resellers the full mobile data shilling.
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Late-breaking April Fool prangs snoozing Guardianista

Debate on the opening up of DNS allocation was today thrown into chaos, as the ruling council of San Serriffe put its foot down and demanded international recognition of its exclusive rights to ownership of the .ss top-level domain. "There is", thundered Lifelong President General Pica, "considerable value in the .ss domain. It may not be politically correct to say so: but worldwide, large numbers of military enthusiasts and right-wing political groups are interested in paying premium rates to use it."
Jane Fae , 01 Aug 2008
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US customs: Yes, we can seize your laptop, iPod

The Department of Homeland Security has outlined what we've all known for some time - that border agents are allowed to snoop through files on your computer, mobile phone or any other digital device.
John Oates, 01 Aug 2008
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Apple 'jams iPhone-as-modem app'

Updated Apple has apparently put the blocks on an iPhone application that turns the device into a modem for a PC. Macrumours reports that Canadian software company Nullriver Inc. released the application, called NetShare, yesterday through Apple's iTunes store, but it was withdrawn within hours.
Andrew Orlowski, 01 Aug 2008
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Microtronica sticks band-aid on UK ops

Here's a weird thing. The computer components distie Microtronica doesn't want to be a distributor anymore. Not in the UK, at any rate, where it has told PC builders that they must go to Scan Computers, the computer retailer, for their supplies.
Team Register, 01 Aug 2008
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Obama critical of Bush regime's bioterror fearmonger gap

In a speech on security policy a couple weeks ago, Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama signaled that a change in administration probably wouldn't change the way the establishment views threats.
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Robotic hand relief

With the weekend approaching, many of you will be dreaming up ways to relax. Well, a robotic personal relaxation device is available that’ll help while away Saturday afternoon. For our male readers anyway.
James Sherwood, 01 Aug 2008
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IBM blows cloud computing foghorn

IBM is building a $360m data centre to gain a bigger foothold in the increasingly crowded cloud computing services market.
Kelly Fiveash, 01 Aug 2008
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Dutch vacuum salesman pumps Google for €1m

A Dutch vacuum cleaner salesman is demanding a massive payday from Google in exchange for control of his company's web address, Knol.com.
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Phoenix lander sucks up water on Mars

NASA has extended the Mars Rover mission by five weeks after confirming it had found water in a soil sample on the rocky red planet.
Joe Fay, 01 Aug 2008
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Is green storage a dead end?

The SCSI Trade Association website has run an article entitled The Data Center’s Green Direction is a Dead End by Steve Denegri. It argues that the storage industry is effectively in denial and that we need more energy, not less, for the health of our industry.
Chris Mellor, 01 Aug 2008
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George Orwell joins blogging fray

George Orwell's diaries are to be made available online as a blog, starting from next Saturday.
Sarah Bee, 01 Aug 2008
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Greens: Abandon economic growth to beat CO2 offshoring

Environmental campaigners, citing government-commissioned research, have said that the UK's claimed carbon emissions figures are "a big lie". The analysis adds carbon burdens associated with offshore manufactures, shipping and aviation to the UK total, and - according to the activists - shows that economic growth and carbon emissions are inextricably linked, and that the UK is actually responsible for much more greenhouse gas than it admits.
Lewis Page, 01 Aug 2008
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Fujifilm quietly unveils an HD DSLR

Fujifilm has quietly unveiled a 10-megapixel Digital SLR (DSLR) camera online, which integrates an HD video recording mode should you get bored of still image snapping.
James Sherwood, 01 Aug 2008
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Sun profits evaporate as darkness falls on US economy

Sun promised to buy back $1bn worth of shares from stockholders today as it announced static revenues and a slump in fourth quarter profits.
Joe Fay, 01 Aug 2008
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Firefox 3.1 vs IE8: 'Alpha, beta testers step forward, please'

Microsoft is looking for additional testers for the second beta of its upcoming Internet Explorer 8 browser, while Mozilla has reached the first developer milestone of the next release of Firefox.
Kelly Fiveash, 01 Aug 2008
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Rich data: the dark side to Web 2.0 applications

All web applications allow some form of rich data, but that rich data has become a key part of Web 2.0. Data is "rich" if it allows markup, special characters, images, formatting, and other complex syntax. This richness allows users create new and innovative content and services.
Jeff Williams, 01 Aug 2008
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Millions chose torrents over Radiohead's own site - survey

At least 2.3 million people preferred to download Radiohead's In Rainbows from torrent sites rather than the band's own site, a survey this week reports, even though the cost was the same: Zero.
Andrew Orlowski, 01 Aug 2008
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OLED video light switches?

If you’re often confused by the array of switches in your flat, then help is at hand. Push-buttons are going high-tech, because a manufacturer’s developed one with an integrated OLED display.
James Sherwood, 01 Aug 2008
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Thales wins first UK ID card contract

French defence provider Thales SA has won the first contract for the UK national ID card project.
John Oates, 01 Aug 2008
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John Glenn blasts Moonbase-to-Mars NASA roadmap

Famed US astronaut and politician John Glenn has said that that NASA's planned return to the Moon will be of no use to a future manned Mars mission.
Lewis Page, 01 Aug 2008

Nvidia waves goodbye to chipsets?

The web is alight with rumours that Nvidia has had enough of the chipset business and is poised to leave.
James Sherwood, 01 Aug 2008
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Tardy Apple finally releases DNS patch

Apple has finally gotten around to defending against a high-profile Domain Name System flaw, days after security researchers called it out for dragging its heels on releasing a patch.
John Leyden, 01 Aug 2008
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Expiring man vows Reg deathwatch

FoTW It's ages since we saw any innovation in Flames of the Week. The noble art of the Hate Mail has been usurped by the Demented Comment. But here's something new. Someone who is so angry, they can't fill in their name properly in their email client.
Andrew Orlowski, 01 Aug 2008
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Campaigners celebrate Comcastration

As expected, the US telecoms regulator has censured Comcast for violating "net neutrality" principles laid down in 2005. And as expected, Comcast has strongly hinted it will challenge the decision, arguing that it violates the FCC's own rule making obligations.
Andrew Orlowski, 01 Aug 2008
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Cuil confesses 'serious file corruption'

Cuil - still pronounced "Cool" - has apologized for its quantum porn, blaming the incident on "a serious corruption of [its] files."
Cade Metz, 01 Aug 2008
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US Senate polishes new teeth for cyber cops

The US Senate has passed a bill to strengthen the hands of federal prosecutors who fight computer crime by removing some of the more common hurdles in prosecuting online miscreants.
Dan Goodin, 01 Aug 2008
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Microsoft promises SP 'milestone' for Visual Studio 2008

First, it was Windows XP SP1. Then Windows Vista SP3. Now it's the Visual Studio and .NET Framework 3.5 SP1, due by the end of summer. The connection? Microsoft's service packs keep growing in importance as a means of updating key products between official releases.
Gavin Clarke, 01 Aug 2008
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Open Wi-Fi network wraps Mumbai man in bomb blast probe

Indian police raided the Mumbai home of an American expatriate after someone used his open wireless network to send an email that took responsibility for a bomb blast that killed at least 42 people.
Dan Goodin, 01 Aug 2008
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Proprietary tech will dull blade server growth

While gazing into its crystal ball, Gartner has reached a spectacular conclusion about the future of the blade server market:
Austin Modine, 01 Aug 2008
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Yahoo! shareholders! back! Jerry! Yang!

Microhoo! Despite continued resentment over the aborted merger with Microsoft, Yahoo! shareholders have reelected the company's entire board of directors.
Cade Metz, 01 Aug 2008
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Apple DNS patch doesn't patch Mac clients

Apple was widely skewered for being among the last to fix a gaping security hole in the net's address lookup system that could allow the wholesale hijacking of users' internet connections. And now that the company has finally got around to issuing a patch, there's just one problem: it doesn't work on client versions of Mac OS X.
Dan Goodin, 01 Aug 2008
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Privacy watchdog hoists Google by its own petard

In an effort to prove that Google is a serious threat to the personal privacy of people everywhere, the National Legal and Policy Center has exposed countless Google Street View pics that detail what are likely the home, cars, and daily commute of top Google executive Larry Page.
Cade Metz, 01 Aug 2008
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German medical team arms man, twice

Medical science has given a 54-year-old German farmer new hope to again indicate how large a fish he's caught by successfully fitting him with a new pair of arms.
Austin Modine, 01 Aug 2008