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Cisco's Q4 sails over US economic slump

"Despite" is clearly the golden word for financial reports of major US tech corporations.
Austin Modine, 06 Aug 2008
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American man too fat for execution

An American death row inmate claims he's too fat for execution.
Cade Metz, 06 Aug 2008
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MySpace elbows into the Cloud

MySpace has teamed up with The Cloud to offer UK social networkers free access to Wi-fi hotspots, so they can keep up with what their pretend friends are up to while out socialising.
Bill Ray, 06 Aug 2008
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Supercomputer to improve UK weather

The Met Office, home of UK weather forecasting, is getting a shiny new supercomputer from IBM.
John Oates, 06 Aug 2008
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Feds charge 11 in TJX ID fraud case

Federal prosecutors announced on Tuesday that they had indicted eleven people in the largest case of identity theft and hacking ever prosecuted by the US Department of Justice. The eleven suspects, including three US citizens, allegedly took part in stealing more than 40 million credit and debit card accounts from nine major retailers and restaurants, including TJX Companies, BJ’s Wholesale Club, OfficeMax, Barnes & Noble, Sports Authority, Forever 21 and DSW. The Dave & Busters and Boston Market restaurant chains were also among the victims, prosecutors stated.
Robert Lemos, 06 Aug 2008
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IBM opens supercomputer tools for ordinary rocket scientists

LinuxWorld IBM has marked the tenth anniversary of its commitment to Linux by going nuclear on high-performance computing.
Gavin Clarke, 06 Aug 2008
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NASA: Mars is good habitat for Terry Pratchett dragons

In a development which may untwist a few knickers around the internet, NASA scientists have now explained just what their Phoenix robot lander has found in the soil of Mars - and what the implications are for possible discovery of life on the Red Planet.
Lewis Page, 06 Aug 2008
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Motorola's rockin' Rokr trio

Motorola has refreshed its Rokr music mobile range with the launch of three additional handsets.
James Sherwood, 06 Aug 2008
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Home wireless without the power trip

A new generation of low-power radio technologies is creeping into our homes, in the form of wireless light switches and remote-controlled plug sockets. But the next generation of home-automation kit is all going to communicate every which way, assuming a common language can be agreed upon.
Bill Ray, 06 Aug 2008
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UK.gov dishes out £19m for comms snoop data silos

The UK government has given communications providers almost £19m in the last four years under anti-terror laws to pay for access to huge compulsory databases of customer information.
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Sony Ericsson's Nunchuck mobile

Playing videogames on your mobile could soon become lots more user-friendly, because Sony Ericsson (SE) is to bundle a Wii Nunchuck-esque controller with an upcoming handset.
James Sherwood, 06 Aug 2008
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Researcher gives Elvis and bin Laden fake e-passports

The 'fraud-proof' e-passport can be copied and altered, a Dutch security researcher has demonstrated. In tests conducted for the Times, Jeroen van Beek of the University of Amsterdam changed the chip data in a normal UK e-passport to contain a picture of Osama bin Laden. The paper also reports that van Beek has contrived to have a passport in the name of Elvis Presley accepted by a public e-reader in a Dutch town hall.
John Lettice, 06 Aug 2008
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EU grabs 30MHz of spectrum for talking cars

The EU has agreed to reserve 30MHz of spectrum (around 5.9GHz) for cars that want to talk to each other, in the belief that doing so will save lives rather than add more driver-distracting gadgets.
Bill Ray, 06 Aug 2008
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Too much money? Bling your iPhone with the $1000 app

iPhone users can now buy themselves a picture of a red gem to display on their handsets, purely to demonstrate they've got enough money to throw $999.99 at such a pointless gesture.
Bill Ray, 06 Aug 2008
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Physical USB security

Keeping information stored on Flash drives is vital, but if you’re not convinced that software encryption’s secure enough then a physical option’s now available.
James Sherwood, 06 Aug 2008
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Fedora 10 alpha code is go

The Red Hat-sponsored open source team behind Fedora has released an alpha version of Fedora 10 (Cambridge) with better security features and audio support.
John Oates, 06 Aug 2008
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Bill Gates exposed as closet Yorkshireman

Bill Gates has been revealed as an honest-to-goodness, Hovis-munching, hardworking Yorkshireman by the same Halifax-based geneaologist who previously claimed that George Bush and John Kerry are both secret Emmerdale watchers.
Joe Fay, 06 Aug 2008
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Gordon Brown's secret life as network admin

Gordon Brown is known as a bit of a micro-manager, but who knew he also took so much personal responsibility for keeping Downing Street IT systems up and running?
John Oates, 06 Aug 2008
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ColorWare's colourful iPhone 3G

Almost everyone owns an iPhone 3G now, or so it seems sometimes. So if you want to stand out from the Apple crowd, but aren’t willing to give up the phone, why not have your handset custom hued?
James Sherwood, 06 Aug 2008
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NASA chief: ISS tests for super plasma space drive

In non-Mars-lander NASA news, it has been reported that the space agency will soon set out concrete plans to test a revolutionary new drive system aboard the International Space Station. The propulsion tech in question is a plasma engine known as Variable Specific Impulse Magnetoplasma Rocket (VASIMR).
Lewis Page, 06 Aug 2008
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'Ringleader' of retail hacking ring was Fed informant

The alleged ringleader of a retail hacking ring was working for the Feds as an informant at the same time he was allegedly masterminding an even bigger racket.
John Leyden, 06 Aug 2008
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GTA: Chinatown Wars' features leaked online

Rockstar has been somewhat cagey about the features of its upcoming Grand Theft Auto videogame for the Nintendo DS. But some of the title’s qualities have since been leaked online.
James Sherwood, 06 Aug 2008
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Mash it up with online gods at reMix08

Microsoft’s reMix08 lands on the golden beaches of Brighton next month and The Register can help you get there on the cheap.
Team Register, 06 Aug 2008
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Asus confirms Eee Stick controllers

Asus has finally officially launched its Wii-style controllers, which hit headlines earlier this year. Called the Eee Stick, the wireless controller allows users to play games in the same way as on the Wii console.
James Sherwood, 06 Aug 2008
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Email hacker banged up for exposing boss's sex life

A Spanish office worker has been jailed for two years after hacking into his former manager's account and distributing personal and private emails to all and sundry.
John Leyden, 06 Aug 2008

AMD spits out chipset for 'performance-loving' gamers

AMD has finally thrown its 790GX chipset at the “performance” gaming crowd. It integrates ATI Radeon HD 3300 graphics with Phenom CPUs and can clock speeds of up to 3.2GHz, AMD claims.
Kelly Fiveash, 06 Aug 2008
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Congestion charge means less traffic, more congestion

Transport for London has published its sixth annual report into the impact of the congestion charge on the city's traffic, with the surprise finding that fewer cars are entering the zone but congestion is as bad as it was before the charge was introduced.
John Oates, 06 Aug 2008
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ASA rules against citing 'hits' in ads

An advert that claimed a website received over five million 'hits' every month has been banned because the metric is likely to mislead readers. The UK's advertising watchdog said that 'hits' is an unreliable measure of website popularity.
OUT-LAW.COM, 06 Aug 2008
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Yahoo! recounts! votes!

Yahoo! miscounted the shareholder votes at its general meeting last week, it has admitted to the Securities and Exchange Commission.
John Oates, 06 Aug 2008
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Killer Satnavs amok in 'Utah Polyhedron' phenomenon

Here at Vulture Central we are connoisseurs of the hilarious near-death satnav blunder, which is to news as deep-fried jetwash poultry giblo-nuggets are to nutrition - disgusting, unsatisfying, the bane of society and yet snorked up in moments even by those who should know better. Today the wires bring us what may very well be the sidesplitting GPS human misery pratfall to rule them all.
Lewis Page, 06 Aug 2008
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Paris Hilton - the compromised candidate

Paris Hilton got astride the hustings in the US presidential election today, and redrew the boundaries on the previous front runners’ energy policies.
Joe Fay, 06 Aug 2008
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NebuAd jettisons PR firm, employees

Exclusive Now that Congress has put the freeze on its stateside ISP partnerships, NebuAd is slimming down.
Cade Metz, 06 Aug 2008
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AOL haunts Time Warner's Q2

Ridiculously unwieldy web/telecoms/publishing/TV/music/film production giant Time Warner continues to be tormented by its dial-up Banquo, AOL. The group today posted total profits that were dragged down 26 per cent by declining sales.

McAfee slaps Trojan warning on MS Office Live

McAfee has apologised after an anti-virus update released on Monday night incorrectly identified a plug-in for Microsoft Office Live Meeting as a Trojan.
John Leyden, 06 Aug 2008
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Google offloads conflict of interest biz

True to its word, Google has unloaded the search engine marketing arm of Performics, the business unit it nabbed as part of its much-discussed DoubleClick acquisition.
Cade Metz, 06 Aug 2008
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Microsoft dyes hair orange to cheer SQL Server 2008 release

Microsoft's SQL Server 2008 has finally found its way into the daylight.
Austin Modine, 06 Aug 2008
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Nokia's Trolltech renews Windows mobile vows

LinuxWorld Nokia-owned Trolltech has re-committed its Qt cross-platform application framework and toolkit to Windows.
Gavin Clarke, 06 Aug 2008
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Transmeta hooks Nvidia for $25m power payment

Transmeta - yes, you remember them - has picked up a prominent licensee scalp in the form of Nvidia.
Ashlee Vance, 06 Aug 2008
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Kaminsky (finally) reveals gaping hole in internet

Black Hat After a four-week orgy of speculation, recrimination and warnings, Dan Kaminsky's domain-name system vulnerability has finally gone public. And boy, are we glad the net's overlords paid attention.
Dan Goodin, 06 Aug 2008

IBM solves world's 'paper or plastic' crisis

Since the dawn of history, mankind has been plagued by an unnecessary burden whilst grocery shopping at their neighborhood supermarket: telling the cashier whether they prefer a paper or plastic bag.
Austin Modine, 06 Aug 2008
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Please ignore the net neutrality sideshow haunting Comcast's BitTorrent bust

Comment According to narrow-minded ideologues on both sides of the increasingly childish debate over net neutrality, Comcast's infamous BitTorrent throttling is all about, well, net neutrality. But it's not. It's about Comcast lying to its consumers, the press, the FCC, and everyone else with even a passing interest in getting what they pay for.
Cade Metz, 06 Aug 2008