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SpringSource responds to support criticism

Exclusive SpringSource is updating its controversial maintenance policy three weeks after encountering a barrage of criticism.
Gavin Clarke, 08 Oct 2008
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Google takes aim at drunken messaging

The forward-thinking folks at Google have implemented a novel solution to prevent regretful drunken digital correspondence to friends, family, co-workers, and loved ones.
Austin Modine, 08 Oct 2008
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Sepaton's tape library de-duplication guarantee

Guarantees are getting popular. De-duplicating virtual tape library supplier Sepaton is offering a simple 40:1 de-duplication efficiency guarantee with few restrictions compared to NetApp's 50 per cent savings guarantee.
Chris Mellor, 08 Oct 2008
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Red Hat tells Wall Street it wants Main Street

Commercial Linux distributor Red Hat hosted its annual analyst day in New York today, and as Wall Street continues to hemorrhage, the company couldn't have picked a gloomier time for the occasion.
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Toshiba re-states commercial fuel-cell deadline

Toshiba has re-iterated that it will commercially introduce fuel cells for portable devices by the end of March 2009.
Tony Smith, 08 Oct 2008
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Plasmon UK goes into administration

Plasmon has placed its UK and Europe operation in administration as it negotiates with an investor who it hopes will refinance and take over its core archive business.
Chris Mellor, 08 Oct 2008
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I'm very sorry, says gay health warning clergyman

The chaplain to the London Stock Exchange has offered a "full and complete" apology for suggesting on his blog that gay men should carry tattooed health warnings.
Lester Haines, 08 Oct 2008
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Hitwise and Compete: the user data ISPs do sell

Testifying before Congress last month, three of America's four largest ISPs said they wouldn’t sell customer data to the likes of Phorm and NebuAd without getting consent. And the press applauded. But no one thought to ask one more question: Are they selling customer data to anyone else?
Cade Metz, 08 Oct 2008
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Tories plan streamlined children's database

An incoming Conservative government would replace the ContactPoint database of all children in England with a system covering only those seen as vulnerable.
Kablenet, 08 Oct 2008
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Boris to give out Olympic 'BlackBerries'

Visitors to the 2012 Olympics may be entertained by “handheld electronic devices” designed to provide spectators with a “more intimate experience”.
Jane Fae , 08 Oct 2008
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Darling launches £50bn relube of bunged-up UK banks

The UK government has announced a dramatic £50bn part-nationalisation plan for the country’s struggling banking system.
Kelly Fiveash, 08 Oct 2008
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BlackBerry Storm finally blows in

RIM, together with Vodafone, has finally taken the wraps off the worst kept secret in handset history: the BlackBerry Storm.
James Sherwood, 08 Oct 2008
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Green biz now 'bigger than software and biotech'

The green sector - those companies providing goods and services which tackle climate change - is now bigger than software and biotech combined, according to bank analysts. However they have only reached this conclusion by including industrial groups whose greenness would be questioned by many.
Lewis Page, 08 Oct 2008
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My jubs are real, wails Kim Kardashian

Forget the international financial meltdown - this week's hot news is that foxy minx celebutard, Playboy model and amateur grumble flick performer Kim Kardashian has definitely not indulged in jub enhancement.
Lester Haines, 08 Oct 2008

Asus sexes up Eee line

Asus has formally launched the svelte Eee PC S101, its attempt to lift the line out of its netbook-for-kids ghetto and parade the Small, Cheap Computer family up Main Street.
Tony Smith, 08 Oct 2008
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Boy band sings praises of Windows 7

The world is awaiting with tremulous expectation the forthcoming Professional Developers [sic] Conference, aka PDC2008, which Microsoft has dubbed an event "so hot, the t-shirts caught on fire!"
Lester Haines, 08 Oct 2008

PS3 too expensive, claims analyst

Sony must slash the PlayStation 3’s retail price in order to avoid losing sales to its arch-rival, Microsoft's Xbox 360, a gaming analyst has warned.
James Sherwood, 08 Oct 2008
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DARPA to begin mysterious 'Project GANDALF'

The renowned US military ultratech agency, DARPA*, is about to begin work on a mysterious new piece of surveillance and tracking kit known only as "Project Gandalf".
Lewis Page, 08 Oct 2008

AMD Fusion for Gaming

Review AMD has been talking about its Fusion technology, which will combine the CPU and GPU in a single unit, for some time now. It's not due until next year, so we were taken aback when the first incarnation of Fusion turned out to be software, not silicon.
Leo Waldock, 08 Oct 2008
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Judge Dredd smartshell shotguns to hit Iraq in '09

It's quite difficult to make guns - portable ones, anyway - convincingly hi-tech. Sure, you can add a laser sight, you can attach all kinds of crazy lights and optics, you can even have a boresight camera and helmet heads-up display for shooting round corners without sticking your neck out*. But at the end of the day it will still, basically, be a gun. Lumps of metal driven by expanding gas will fly out of the end at high speed, and make holes in things or people which they hit.
Lewis Page, 08 Oct 2008
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Voltaire expects revenue dive

InfiniBand supplier Voltaire expects sharply lower third quarter 2008 revenues and a net loss for the period, due to delays on two multi-million dollar orders from financial institutions.
Chris Mellor, 08 Oct 2008
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Axmark quits Sun cos he 'hates' working for the man

David Axmark, co-founder of MySQL, has quit Sun Microsystems because he “hates” all the rules he has to follow at the company.
Kelly Fiveash, 08 Oct 2008
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Messenger delivers more Mercury postcards

NASA's Messenger has delivered its second set of postcards from Mercury, following a successful low-altitude fly-past on Monday which saw the spacecraft swoop to within 125 miles (200km) of the planet's surface, snapping furiously as it went:
Lester Haines, 08 Oct 2008
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Swedish kingpin backs new mobe technology in US

XG Technology has secured a significant infrastructure order from secretive Swedish billionaire Johan Bohman, enough to enable the company to subsidise the first rollout of its so far untested network architecture in Florida, scheduled for next month.
Bill Ray, 08 Oct 2008

'Podestrian' risk rising for drivers, warns insurer

Portable media players are putting a growing number of pedestrians in danger, UK insurance firm Swinton has warned.
James Sherwood, 08 Oct 2008
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Brown promises £250bn bailout will save SMEs

Downing St has put SMEs at the centre of its bank bailout plan, but is relying on European funds and the banks' own word to deliver much needed relief to small business.
John Oates, 08 Oct 2008
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Europe whacks industry, blesses capture caper

Power generation, construction, coal and aluminum are the biggest losers after a day of votes by the European Parliament's environment committee yesterday. The winners on "Super Tuesday", as it was dubbed, will be investors in carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology and Russia.
Andrew Orlowski, 08 Oct 2008
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Asus admits Eee Box mini PC shipped with virus

Asus has admitted that some of the its Eee Box desktop mini PCs have shipped with a virus.
Tony Smith, 08 Oct 2008
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UK.gov £12bn comms überdatabase 'wouldn't spot terrorists'

A heavyweight US investigation of counter-terror databases has concluded that the type of intelligence mining proposed by UK spy chiefs under the auspices of the Interception Modernisation Programme (IMP) probably won't catch jihadis.

Symantec swoops on Messagelabs

Symantec is to buy the British messaging security firm MessageLabs for $695m in cash.
Drew Cullen, 08 Oct 2008
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Famed investor backs away from web-obsessed Microsoft

A well-known hedge-fund manager has hit out at Microsoft’s “overaggressive and almost panicky” attempts to plump up its online investments.
Kelly Fiveash, 08 Oct 2008
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HP and Tandberg trumpet lifesize video conferencing

Video conferencing suppliers HP and Tandberg have got together to provide a one-stop video-conferencing shop.
Chris Mellor, 08 Oct 2008
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UK asks to buy next-gen spy planes from US

The UK has applied for permission to purchase three large, heavily-equipped spy planes from America. The move will fuel speculation that replacements for the RAF's existing, aged Nimrod R1 surveillance/intercept birds will not be British-sourced.
Lewis Page, 08 Oct 2008
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Autopilot blamed for Qantas plunge

Australian air traffic investigators believe the Qantas Airbus which suddenly lost altitude over Western Australia, seriously injuring 14 passengers, may have suffered from computer problems.
John Oates, 08 Oct 2008
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US military fails to go RFID tag-tastic

The US Department of Defence is failing to follow its own mandate for RFID implementation despite sinking $12.2 million into the project, according to a report from the Inspector General.
Bill Ray, 08 Oct 2008
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Scaling agile software development

Reader Poll The question we asked on Monday - whether agile development could scale - certainly put the cat among the pigeons.
Jon Collins, 08 Oct 2008
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Ten of the Best... Pocket Camcorders

Round-up YouTube has a lot to answer for – not least the sudden rush of low-cost ‘pocket’ camcorders designed for quickly capturing short video clips on the move. These cameras typically cost less than £100 and have pretty low specifications – as little as 320x240 resolution in the case of the cheap and cheerful Disgo camcorder.
Cliff Joseph, 08 Oct 2008

Acer Aspires to WiMAX with 4G laptop duo

Acer is the first company to announce a pair of WiMAX-touting notebooks so that residents of Baltimore, where Sprint has rolled out its WiMAX service, can enjoy speeds approaching 3G with 4G technology.
Bill Ray, 08 Oct 2008
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Unisys cranks out kicker CMOS and Xeon mainframes

Server maker Unisys is today announcing its second generation of dual-core ClearPath mainframes. These use the company's own CMOS-based mainframe engines and new midrange mainframes based on Intel's Tigerton quad-core Xeon 7300 processors, sporting the same OS 2200 and MCP operating systems that run on the CMOS iron.
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HP and EDS kill nearly 3,500 UK jobs

EDS and Hewlett-Packard will slash its UK workforce by 3,378 jobs over the next two years, according to the Public and Commercial Services union.
Kelly Fiveash, 08 Oct 2008
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Son of state lawmaker charged with Palin email hack

The son of a Democratic Tennessee state lawmaker pleaded not guilty on Wednesday after being indicted for breaking into the email account of US vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin.
Dan Goodin, 08 Oct 2008

Apple patents OS X Dock

Apple has patented the OS X Dock, nearly a decade after the operating system made its public debut with a new slant on the taskbar.
Austin Modine, 08 Oct 2008
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World's largest ad broker targets web games

In its continued struggle to duplicate the worldwide dominance of its text-based advertising biz, Google has launched a long expected program for slapping ads onto Web-based Flash games. Naturally, "AdSense for Games" is billed as a beta.
Cade Metz, 08 Oct 2008
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Unisys anoints ex-Gateway chief as CEO

Well, that didn't take very long. Only two weeks ago, server and services specialist Unisys said that Joe McGrath, its president and chief executive officer, was stepping down at the end of the year and that its board of directors were beginning a search for a new executive to accelerate its strategy. And today, Unisys announced that former Gateway CEO Ed Coleman is not only its new CEO, but also the chairman of the board.
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$236m judgment lands on mom and pop spam shop

An Arizona couple accused of bombarding a small internet service provider with millions of spam messages has been ordered to pay more than $236m in a federal case that documents the heroic measures one man took against the torrent of unsolicited junk mail.
Dan Goodin, 08 Oct 2008
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Terracotta claims cure for web app bottleneck

Startup Java infrastructure software maker Terracotta has taken the wraps off version 2.7 of its eponymous Java application scaling and acceleration program.
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Facebook and Microsoft complete Live Search crowbarring trick

Microsoft operation Force-feed Live Search is now making official use of the company's $240m stake in Facebook.
Austin Modine, 08 Oct 2008
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US teen cuffed for sending nude phone pics

A 15-year-old Ohio girl was arrested on felony child pornography charges for allegedly sending nude cell phone pictures of herself to classmates. Authorities are considering charging some of the students who received the photos as well.
Dan Goodin, 08 Oct 2008