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Warezov botnet rises from the grave

After laying low for the better part of a year, the Warezov botnet is back - with some new tricks up its sleeve.
Dan Goodin, 16 Oct 2008
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FCC smiles on Goo-soft's white space wireless play

The US Federal Communications Commission has inched towards a plan that would provide high-speed WiFi-like wireless access over unused portions of the country's television airwaves.
Cade Metz, 16 Oct 2008
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Liquid Computing drops IQ for Ethernet

In the IT business, volume is everything. And when people talk about standardization, this is what they really mean. Liquid Computing - a company that entered the server space with such a big splash (and a very sophisticated design) - has learned this lesson the hard way. And with its second rev of products, the company has ditched its proprietary server interconnection scheme and adopted Ethernet.
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Wireless neutrality: Not if we can prevent it

Partisan network enabler Camiant is to bring "real-time policy control" to a European mobile network, throttling data by application, time and location, not to mention tariff.
Bill Ray, 16 Oct 2008
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Hubble's 486 back-up springs into life

Updated NASA is cautiously optimistic that Hubble will soon be back in action following a boot-up of the space telescope's venerable 486 back-up system.
Lester Haines, 16 Oct 2008
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Hands on with SanDisk's SlotMusic SD-not-CD player

First Look SanDisk's upcoming cassette Micro SD personal stereo, SlotMusic, will be coming to the UK and the rest of Europe early next year, Register Hardware can reveal after having a play with the gadget.
Tony Smith, 16 Oct 2008
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Google UK honours Queen Liz 2.0

Google UK is today honouring Her Imperial Majestyness Queen Liz 2.0 with a royal "Google doodle" marking the monarch's visit to the search monolith's London offices.
Lester Haines, 16 Oct 2008
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How should software developers be paid?

Reg Reader Workshop The success of any software development organisation depends on balancing a whole range of factors from the skill sets through tool sets to the way in which everything is managed. Over the past few weeks, you had your say on a lot of this stuff in the reader workshop we've been running.
Dale Vile, 16 Oct 2008
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Tata launches 'public' Cisco video conferencing

Tata Communications and Cisco have opened public video conferencing rooms in London and California, meaning people in existing public rooms in India now have someone to talk to.
John Oates, 16 Oct 2008
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Portsmouth seeks ISP - no net access required

We're sure that UK councils' equal opps policies do a great deal to ensure that absolutely everyone gets a fair crack of the whip when it comes to applying for jobs or tendering for those juicy service contracts, but there are surely occasions when it is entirely justifiable to discriminate against those who do not have the benefit of an internet connection:
Lester Haines, 16 Oct 2008

1980s Apricot reborn in noughties as netbook seller

One-time UK computer industry darling Apricot has been revived as a maker of Small, Cheap Computers and is launching its first offering today.
Tony Smith, 16 Oct 2008
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iSCSI dodges Fibre Channel over Ethernet noose

Storage Expo Fibre Channel over Ethernet may not have taken off yet, but at least it's on the taxiway. That's thanks to NetApp's launch of the first native FCoE storage subsystem, converged network adapters (CNAs) from Emulex and QLogic, and Cisco's announcement of the first FCoE switch - the Connectrix NEX-5020, which is based on its Nexus 5000 datacentre switch and can bridge from FCoE to real Fibre Channel.
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Italy, Poland threaten veto on EU green package

Italy and Poland have threatened to veto the EU's proposed new measures against climate change. The two nations argue that their economies cannot stand the costs of the green legislation as it now stands.
Lewis Page, 16 Oct 2008
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Android comes with a kill-switch

Google has put itself in charge of policing Android devices. The search giant is retaining the right to delete applications from Android handsets on a whim.
Bill Ray, 16 Oct 2008

Siemens shows slim, sexy solar-powered cordless concept

Siemens reckons we'll all soon be keeping our phones topped up with sunlight, and it's designed a concept handset, the Solar, to show how such a device might look.
Tony Smith, 16 Oct 2008
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PS3 must stay focused on games, says Sony

The PS3 and Xbox 360 are worlds apart in terms of pricing, but Sony and Microsoft do have at least one thing in common: a belief that games must always be the core focus for both consoles.
James Sherwood, 16 Oct 2008
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Intel: Atom chips for all!

Intel has pledged to wrestle supply and demand into alignment and ship enough Atom processors by the end of the year to meet its customers' needs.
Tony Smith, 16 Oct 2008
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Tarmin touts active archiving software

Storage Expo UK-based software developer Tarmin Technologies has come out of stealth this week with an intriguing archiving tool called GridBank. As the name implies, this is grid-based and looks rather like ILM version 2.0 - but Tarmin CEO and co-founder Shahbaz Ali prefers to call it active archiving.
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Daughter cremates mom on improvised barbecue

The daughter and grandson of a Northern California woman decided to forego the usual funerary niceties when 84-year-old granny popped her clogs in December last year, and cremated her on a "improvised barbecue", LA Times reports
Lester Haines, 16 Oct 2008
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Adobe patch thwarts clickjacking attack

Adobe has published an update to its popular Flash Player software, addressing a much-publicised clickjacking flaw.
John Leyden, 16 Oct 2008
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Vint Cerf declares for Obama over net neutrality

Vint Cerf has declared for Obama in the US Presidential race, after carefully considering the issues – you know, war, global and domestic poverty – and deciding that what the world needs now is network neutrality.
Joe Fay, 16 Oct 2008
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HP readying touchscreen laptops, phones

Hewlett Packard is planning to embrace touchscreen devices more ferociously and is thought to be on the verge of launching both a touchscreen laptop and a series of touchscreen phones.
James Sherwood, 16 Oct 2008
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Oracle discharges monster bug fix

It's no-questions-asked overtime for data centre staffers again, after Oracle published its latest monster update batch on Wednesday night.
John Leyden, 16 Oct 2008
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Google calls on developers to polish Chrome

Google yesterday released an update to its Chrome web browser that fixes a number of known glitches and crashes in the software.
Kelly Fiveash, 16 Oct 2008
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Nokia tries to smile as profits slump

Nokia's third quarter results show the company feeling the credit crunch and losing ground to competitors with cheaper handsets, but still chipper about the future.
Bill Ray, 16 Oct 2008
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SpringSource makes OSGi components pledge

SpringSource is taking steps towards becoming an online destination for those hunting open-source Java components guaranteed as OSGi-compliant.
Gavin Clarke, 16 Oct 2008
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Wacky Jacqui's yoof ID site goes silent

Updated The Home Secretary's opinion-harvesting site for young 'uns, mylifemyid.org, has shut up shop and looks likely to drag its feet on publishing the research.
John Oates, 16 Oct 2008
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Nokia 6650 clamshell phone

Review On the surface, the Nokia 6650 is a rather unassuming clamshell phone that borrows a lot from the Motorola Razr's book of styling.
Andrew Miller, 16 Oct 2008
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Parliament to probe military kit issues

A new inquiry has begun into the way the UK's Ministry of Defence (MoD) procures and maintains the nation's defence equipment. Parliament's Defence committee - a cross-party group of fourteen MPs - says it's happy for people to email them with information of interest.
Lewis Page, 16 Oct 2008
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The secret history of the internet & its founders

Geeks Guide2 It’s time for the second edition of GG2 and this week we move from the (not so) wonderful world of Wikipedia to a biography of our beloved internet with On The Way To The Web.
Register Books, 16 Oct 2008
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Sharp to ship 'world's first' Blu-ray recording TV

Sharp has taken the wraps off its latest range of Aquos tellies, which, it claims, are the world’s first LCD TVs to feature integrated Blu-ray Disc recorders.
James Sherwood, 16 Oct 2008
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Toshiba hints at sooner-rather-than-later fuel-cell debut

Toshiba has hinted that it may introduce fuel cell-based products on a commercial scale within the next few months.
James Sherwood, 16 Oct 2008
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LSI snares tier one OEM for SAN SW

A mystery OEM shopper has signed up to take LSI's SVM SAN virtualization software. LSI has just announced a major release for the software.
Chris Mellor, 16 Oct 2008
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PayPal glitch freezes sellers' cash for weeks

A problem with some PayPal payments being held by the company was just a glitch, not a cunning plan to claw more money out of buyers.
John Oates, 16 Oct 2008
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Audit Commission coughs to Iceland investments

The Audit Commission - the "independent watchdog, driving economy, efficiency and effectiveness in local public services" - has admitted to depositing £10m in Icelandic banks this year.
John Oates, 16 Oct 2008

Man buys new MacBooks, pulls them to bits, takes pics

Hardware hackers have already got their mitts on Apple's latest MacBook and MacBook Pro laptops - and taken the new notebooks to bits.
Tony Smith, 16 Oct 2008
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Motorola touts touchscreen phone tech to Trekkers

Touchscreen phones are ten-a-penny nowadays, so Motorola is fighting back by crafting a handset with not one but two touch-sensitive panels.
James Sherwood, 16 Oct 2008
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Das überdatabase: Inside Wacky Jacqui's motherbrain

Analysis Home Secretary Jacqui Smith isn't known in these pages for the clarity of her pronouncements on technology. And yesterday, as she confirmed the government's plan to proceed with the Interception Modernisation Programme (IMP), she limited herself to the spin of building a universal communications surveillance apparatus.
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Dell adds 12in notebook-not-netbook to support site

Dell hasn't launched its anticipated 12in notebook-not-netbook, the Inspiron Mini 12, but that hasn't stopped the PC giant adding the machine to its support pages.
Tony Smith, 16 Oct 2008
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Microsoft's Fast charged with 'accounting fraud'

Norwegian economic crime police have raided the headquarters of Microsoft-owned Fast Search and Transfer and charged the firm with accounting fraud.
Kelly Fiveash, 16 Oct 2008
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AVG tags ZoneAlarm as Trojan

A dodgy anti-virus update from AVG wrongly flagged up the popular ZoneAlarm firewall as a Trojan on Tuesday.
John Leyden, 16 Oct 2008
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Abu Dhabi emir rescues Thames Estuary mega-windfarm

The government of Abu Dhabi has stepped in to rescue the financially-troubled London Array mega-windfarm project, intended to build a massive forest of turbines in the middle of the Thames estuary.
Lewis Page, 16 Oct 2008

Logic3 lets loose line up of iPod accessories

Apple iPod accessory maker Logic3 launched a number of new devices yesterday at the Digital Winter event in central London.
Scott Snowden, 16 Oct 2008
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Premium rate watchdog chief quits

George Kidd, boss of the premium rate regulator PhonepayPlus, has resigned.
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McCain gets pair of personal cellphone towers

USA '08 Verizon and AT&T have both located temporary cell sites near presidential-candidate John McCain's Arizona ranch, to better connect the good Senator, his supporters and security staff.
Bill Ray, 16 Oct 2008
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MS hit with Red Ring of Death lawsuit

Just four words can send a Microsoft Xbox 360 executive running for the hills. And they’ll be getting their trainers on now, because a Red Ring of Death lawsuit has been filed against Microsoft.
James Sherwood, 16 Oct 2008
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Platform, Dell push open source cluster management

Platform Computing, one of the pioneers in parallel supercomputer management, this week rolled out the next edition of its open source parallel cluster management tools, Open Cluster Stack 5.
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Shiny phones lead to rash of rash

The British Association of Dermatologists is warning that excessive mobile phone use can lead to an unsightly rash across the face and ears and wants doctors to look out for it.
Bill Ray, 16 Oct 2008
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Scammers making '$15m a month' on fake antivirus

Figures suggesting that fake anti-virus packages are allowing cybercrooks to make more than €10m a month are been described as little better than guesswork. Vendors across the industry are warning that scarewore packages - which attempt to trick would-be marks into handing over their hard-earned cash for packages that claim to resolve fictitious infections - are a growing problem.
John Leyden, 16 Oct 2008
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Adobe redirects web surfers to nefarious links

Adobe has been caught hosting a web page that redirects unsuspecting visitors to websites that attempt to install malware on vulnerable machines. The company was informed of the problem on Friday, but six days later, it still hasn't been fixed.
Dan Goodin, 16 Oct 2008
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Oracle shareholders enhance Ellison's package

Larry Ellison has not only survived a plan that could have put Oracle shareholders in charge of his annual compensation, he's in line for a bigger payout.
Gavin Clarke, 16 Oct 2008
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Internet searches stimulate brain more than books

Searching the Internet may stimulate and help improve brain function more than reading a book.
Austin Modine, 16 Oct 2008
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Ballmer stirs excitement with Yahoo! comments

Investors desperate for a scrap of good news have been buoyed by comments from Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer that a Yahoo! still makes sense.
Gavin Clarke, 16 Oct 2008
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Verari previews SSD for blades

Boutique blade server maker Verari Systems was on hand at the Storage Networking World trade show in Dallas this week to preview its foray into solid state drives (SSDs) for its blade servers, which will come to market at the end of the year.
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Obama spews ads onto Xbox Live

In an effort to reach young American males whose interests don't even extend to television, US presidential candidate Barack Obama is now placing ads inside online video games.
Cade Metz, 16 Oct 2008
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Ralsky confidant agrees to rat out notorious spam gang

A woman accused of aiding notorious spam kingpin Alan Ralsky in a relentless junkmail torrent has admitted to sending tens of millions spam messages and agreed to cooperate in the prosecution of her boss. A second defendant is expected to plead guilty on Friday.
Dan Goodin, 16 Oct 2008
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US Air Force outlines combat raygun safety

Just because the US Air Force wants to arm itself with deadly combat rayguns doesn't mean it's about to skimp on safety. No sir.
Austin Modine, 16 Oct 2008
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Google: 'We are Meltdown proof'

Defying a melting economy, Google racked up $5.54bn in revenues during Q3, a 31 per cent leap from a year ago. But that's hardly a surprise. This summer, during a conference call announcing ho-hum Q2 earnings, co-founder Sergey Brin left little doubt that the online ad broker would soon crank the dial on its top secret money machine.
Cade Metz, 16 Oct 2008
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Servers take dive in IBM's third quarter

When IBM pre-announced its revenues and earnings as the market was swooning two weeks ago, in an effort to calm a staggering and falling Wall Street, the company's overall numbers gave the impression that Big Blue was weathering the financial storm. While this may be true in the aggregate, to IBM's, er, credit as an IT supplier, certain portions of its business - particularly certain server lines - didn't do so well. Decide for yourself if this is some kind of leading indicator for the rest of 2008 and maybe 2009.