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US Air Force halts plans to establish a Cyber Command

The US Air Force has suspended plans to build a provisional unit designed to make it the dominant service in cyberspace.
Dan Goodin, 14 Aug 2008

Intel releases USB 3.0 controller interface spec

Intel has provided chipset makers with a draft specification for a USB 3.0 eXtensible Host Controller Interface (XHCI), making good a promise it made a couple of months ago.
Tony Smith, 14 Aug 2008
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EDS knits bigger net for voluntary redundancies

Updated EDS has more than doubled the pool of workers pinpointed for possible voluntary redundancies in the UK, The Register has learned.
Kelly Fiveash, 14 Aug 2008
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Sony plans 2009 Euro OLED TV debut

Sony will bring its skinny OLED TV family to Europe next year, so says Japanese newspaper Nikkei, though it's unclear if the move will see the arrival of the 11in XEL-1 OLED TV or a follow-up model.
Tony Smith, 14 Aug 2008
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Logica profits plunge

Restructuring charges battered Logica's first half profits despite first half revenues growing by six per cent, figures released today show.
John Oates, 14 Aug 2008
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US judge says University can ignore Christian course credits

A federal judge has told the University of California that when considering applicants, it has the constitutional right to ignore high school course work grounded in the notion that the Bible is infallible.
Cade Metz, 14 Aug 2008
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Phoenix IT revs up in Q1

Q1 revenues were up 48 per cent for Phoenix IT, which posted an interim management statement today on the three months ended 30 June. The UK IT outsourcing group is not revealing hard figuers, but it says that organic revs were up 13.8 per cent, with the rest of the gain reflecting the fact that new-ish acquisition, the disaster recovery group ICM, contributed just one month's revenues to the same period last year.
Team Register, 14 Aug 2008
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NetBeans 6.5 beta promises PHP simplicity

Sun Microsystems has taken another step in its long journey towards greater support of open source by delivering the first beta of its next crop of NetBeans.
Gavin Clarke, 14 Aug 2008
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Russian push into Georgia could knock Nasa off ISS

Russia’s invasion of Georgia is sending ripples right out into space, with NASA facing the possibility of no longer being able to hitch a ride to the International Space Station on Soyuz flights.
Joe Fay, 14 Aug 2008

Asus goes official on extended Eee PC line-up

Undoubtedly feeling the pressure of competition, Asus has come clean on its ever expanding range of Eee PCs. And it's starting to get a little silly.
Tony Smith, 14 Aug 2008
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Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 release date named

Sony Ericsson's eagerly anticipated Xperia X1 Windows Mobile-based smartphone looks set to be released early October.
James Sherwood, 14 Aug 2008
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EDS hits TfL with restraining order

EDS has filed a restraining order against Transport Trading Limited, a Transport for London subsidiary, to stop it handing the £100m-a-year Oyster contract to Cubic.
John Oates, 14 Aug 2008
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Ofcom: 'Well done Ofcom!'

Ofcom paid tribute to its own munificence today by releasing its annual report on how its stewardship of the UK communications sector has made everyone love their ISP, telco and media.
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HBOS culls 5% of IT workforce

Halifax Bank of Scotland (HBOS) is slashing around 100 IT jobs as part of a cost-cutting exercise aimed at reducing duplication between mortgage brands.
Kelly Fiveash, 14 Aug 2008
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Massive expansion planned for 'no-work' database

The operator of a new private database that allows big shops to share information on suspected dodgy staff is holding talks with major corporations to expand into other industries.
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AOL phisher jailed for 7 years

A Connecticut man was sentenced to seven years in prison on Wednesday for masterminding a phishing scam targeting AOL members.
John Leyden, 14 Aug 2008
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VIA Nano ultra-low power processor

Preview The mobo in our pics may look like a VIA SN18000G, which sells for about £150 with a 1.8GHz C7 processor, but it’s more exciting: it's a reference board for VIA's would be Atom-smasher: Nano.
Leo Waldock, 14 Aug 2008
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Twitter falls silent in the UK

Twitter has stopped sending SMS updates to UK customers, thus leaving them unaware of the latest important updates on what their friends had for breakfast.
Bill Ray, 14 Aug 2008
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Samsung builds phone from corn

A mobile phone with a case made entirely from an eco-friendly material has been unveiled by Samsung.
James Sherwood, 14 Aug 2008
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Tired of RRoD taunts? Turn your Xbox 360 into a PC

The solution to a hot and noisy Xbox 360 is to put the console inside a big, black PC case - according to one manufacturer, that is.
James Sherwood, 14 Aug 2008
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Integralis shrugs off credit crunch in H1

Integralis, the German-owned, IT security services firm, pumped out a H1 statement today, showing sales up 18.4 per cent to €80.4m (H107: €68m). As it's quoted in Germany, the firm is a little spare with the profit details. But it says operating profit was up 51.1 per cent and it notes a big uplift in cash flow from operating activities to €2.6m. And the biggest order backlog to date.
Team Register, 14 Aug 2008
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Midwife's lost diary sparks mums and baby alert

UK public sector workers have performed a sterling job of losing sensitive digital data stored on CDs, stolen laptops and wot-not over the past year. But it’s important to note that sometimes, good old fashioned paper-based documents go missing too.
Kelly Fiveash, 14 Aug 2008
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Yahoo! knows! where! you! are!

Yahoo's punter-locating database officially launched yesterday and already has privacy advocates in a flap, despite offering users complete control as well as expecting them to lie every now and then.
Bill Ray, 14 Aug 2008
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US says the next war will be all in our minds

The US needs to draft in psychopharmacologists, neuroscientists and even goateed cultural studies experts to fight 21 century wars that will be largely in the mind.
Joe Fay, 14 Aug 2008

Intel to drop C word from Atom chip brand

Intel has scratched the 'Centrino' off its Atom product line labels, the chip maker has confessed.
Tony Smith, 14 Aug 2008
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Onboarding with Westcon

Westcon Convergence, the UK part of networking distie Westcon Group, has introduced an "onboarding" tool to make life easier for resellers. This shoe-horns multiple vendor certification programs and offerings into one place online and a quick way of measuring revenue targets. At least that's what it sounds like: you can read the bumf here.
Team Register, 14 Aug 2008
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Prof says fatties a bigger menace than bin Laden

Government health adviser Professor David Hunter believes obesity in the UK is now a greater threat than terrorism.
John Oates, 14 Aug 2008
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Intel's Hammer of Thor

Hammer has picked up Intel's storage and server distribution rights for the Nordic countries. Hammer will run the business through its Stockholm office.
Team Register, 14 Aug 2008
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Sony downgrades PS3 PlayTV functionality

We’re all excited about PlayTV’s launch next month, but would you be upset if we said that the PlayStation 3 telly tuner now won’t allow saved video to be copied to the PlayStation Portable, a PC or a Memory Stick?
James Sherwood, 14 Aug 2008
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µTorrent silently fixes long-standing zero-day vuln

Popular BitTorrent client µTorrent has quietly patched a vulnerability that created a means for hackers to load malware onto the PCs of file-sharers simply by persuading them to open a poisoned Torrent.
John Leyden, 14 Aug 2008

Brits offered first portable DAB+ tuner

Scottish DAB hand Revo has announced its first portable unit capable of pinking up not only FM, DAB and internet radio broadcasts but also next-gen DAB+ transmissions.
Tony Smith, 14 Aug 2008
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Virgin Media ADSL punters suffer 2-day email meltdown

Virgin Media says engineers are working to restore full email service to its ADSL subscribers after a hardware failure at partner Tucows downed the system.
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Olympic Committee wins gold for foot shooting

YouTube has pulled a video of a Free Tibet protest after receiving a takedown notice from the International Olympics Committee.
John Oates, 14 Aug 2008
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COBOL thwarts California's Governator

Inspite - or perhaps because - of its "difficult" birth, Common Business Oriented Language (COBOL) has become a survivor in the world of computing. That's caused problems when it comes to maintaining systems running the language.
Phil Manchester, 14 Aug 2008
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Ofcom knocks back spectrum auction

Ofcom has admitted it will not start the auction of three chunks of 2GHz spectrum in October as promised, pushing the date back as litigation from T-Mobile and O2 drags on.
Bill Ray, 14 Aug 2008
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Bear prints found on Georgian cyber-attacks

Security researchers claim to have uncovered evidence pointing to a link between Russian state-run businesses and cyber-attacks against Georgia.
John Leyden, 14 Aug 2008
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US judge decrees open source licenses valid

Openistas are celebrating a major court victory over a legal spat involving model railroad hobbyists that will have big implications for the Creative Commons license.
Kelly Fiveash, 14 Aug 2008
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Hasbro kills Colonel Mustard in the corporate office with the marketing ploy

American toy and game giant Hasbro has given Clue(do) an overhaul, murdering Colonel Mustard, Professor Plum, and the rest of the 60-year-old board game's famous cast of characters.
Cade Metz, 14 Aug 2008
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Microsoft running on at least 220,000 servers

Exactly how many servers does Microsoft own? Well, we still don't for sure, but it looks as if Redmond is running at least 148,357 boxes.
Ashlee Vance, 14 Aug 2008
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Rackable puts RapidScale storage biz up for adoption

After suffering a disappointing second quarter, Rackable Systems wants to dump its RapidScale storage appliance business which the company purchased for nearly $40m only two years ago.
Austin Modine, 14 Aug 2008
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Former Apple lawyer to pay $2.2m for cooking books

The former top lawyer at Apple has agreed to pay $2.2m to settle federal charges she illegally cooked the company's financial books to conceal backdated stock options issued to CEO Steve Jobs and other top executives.
Dan Goodin, 14 Aug 2008
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Next Visual Studio going multi-screen?

Microsoft has again hinted at changes in the next major release of Visual Studio allowing developers to spread out across different monitors.
Gavin Clarke, 14 Aug 2008
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Judge spikes 'dumbest literary agent' Wikipedia suit

An American judge has dismissed a flimsy defamation suit against the cult of Wikipedia.
Cade Metz, 14 Aug 2008
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Sun opens Java tools in mobile fight back

Sun Microsystems has open sourced its Java toolkit for building mobile applications just as the role Java plays on handsets comes into question.
Gavin Clarke, 14 Aug 2008
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Microsoft may lift VM licensing restrictions next week

It may have finally dawned on Microsoft that its current software licensing restrictions kill one of the major benefits of virtualization — the ability to move a virtual machine freely about physical servers.
Austin Modine, 14 Aug 2008
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Yahoo! board! adds! Icahn! allies!

Following through on its pact with Wall Street kingpin Carl Icahn, Yahoo! said today that two Icahn pals have been added to its board of directors.
Cade Metz, 14 Aug 2008
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Judge refuses to lift order squelching students' subway card hack

A federal judge has refused to strike down an order gagging three Massachusetts Institute of Technology undergraduates from discussing gaping security holes in electronic payment systems used by Boston's transit agency.
Dan Goodin, 14 Aug 2008
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Sun spreads more VirtualBox love

As Sun Microsystems gets closer to the release of its xVM server virtualization platform, it's aiming to ease developers into the fold by spreading its lightweight desktop hypervisor around to hardware vendors.
Austin Modine, 14 Aug 2008