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Salesforce woos punters with Spring cloud

Salesforce.com has rolled out the Spring edition of its hosted customer relationship management platform. The cloud software dealer said the release adds more than 50 features, including some new sales collaboration toys.
Austin Modine, 11 Feb 2009
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US lawmaker injects ISP throttle into Obama rescue package

US Senator Dianne Feinstein hopes to update President Barack Obama's $838bn economic stimulus package so that American ISPs can deter child pornography, copyright infringement, and other unlawful activity by way of "reasonable network management."
Cade Metz, 11 Feb 2009
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Evesham Technology confirmed dead

Evesham, the defunct British computer maker, has been dissolved following a lengthy administration.
Kelly Fiveash, 11 Feb 2009
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Dell punts green gear with 0% interest

Here's a new twist on an old idea.Dell US announced today that it was extending a zero per cent interest, 36-month financing deal from its high-end EqualLogic disk arrays to laptops and servers suitable for small and medium businesses. But, rather than just providing financing across its whole product line, Dell is only offering the deal on its most energy efficient gear.
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Microsoft takes scissors to Srizbi

Microsoft security teams have struck what they hope is a fatal blow at Srizbi, the once-powerful spam botnet that has been fighting for its life since last year's demise of two US-based network providers that offered vital lifelines.
Dan Goodin, 11 Feb 2009
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Red Hat cranks up JBoss rollouts engine

The next few months should see three supported and modular versions of Red Hat's JBoss application server rolled out, scaling from web to full enterprise-class scenarios.
Gavin Clarke, 11 Feb 2009
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IDC themes: Quick fixes and virtualized storage

European storage buyers are looking for quick fixes, cost reductions and virtualized storage to match their virtualized servers.
Chris Mellor, 11 Feb 2009
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Morse taps new boss, new structure

Morse has appointed a new chief exec as it continues to restructure the business.
John Oates, 11 Feb 2009
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Americans get indoor iPhones

Femtocells have arrived on the AT&T network in the USA, or "microcells" as it prefers to call them. Whatever the name, they will still offer 3G connectivity for iPhone users from the comfort of their own home, and over their own broadband.
Bill Ray, 11 Feb 2009
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Sony Ericsson hits road with Bluetooth jukebox

Sony Ericsson has promised that its new Bluetooth stereo streaming unit will turn your car into a wireless jukebox.
James Sherwood, 11 Feb 2009
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Mobile app could Save lives

A mobile phone application has been developed that’ll summon the emergency services after your car's hit something, bounced across the tarmac, rolled down the ravine and hit a tree.
James Sherwood, 11 Feb 2009
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Vladimir Putin denies penchant for Abba

Russia has written a mildy-worded letter of protest to the Times denying that Abba tribute band Bjorn Again performed a private gig for Vladimir Putin at a cost of £20,000.
Lester Haines, 11 Feb 2009
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Cambridge Silicon Radio buys into GPS

UK wireless-chip specialists CSR, makers of Bluetooth and WiFi chips used by everyone from Nokia to Samsung, has bought up GPS-chipset manufacturer Sirf at a knockdown price
Bill Ray, 11 Feb 2009
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Nokia E63 Qwerty keyboard smartphone

Review Last year, Nokia introduced the E71, a do-it-all smartphone clearly modelled on recent examples of the Qwerty-keyboard toting BlackBerry. Unlike many other would-be BlackBerrys, it proved to be a worthy rival, with a solidly functional keyboard, fault-free push email, 3.2Mp camera, A-GPS, HSDPA 3G and Wi-Fi, all in a slimline package. The E63 misses out on a couple of functions, but basically it's a cut-down version of the same phone.
Dave Oliver, 11 Feb 2009
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Data Retention Directive has sound legal basis, rules ECJ

The European Union's Data Retention Directive has a sound legal basis because it connects to policing but does not actually cover policing functions, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has said.
OUT-LAW.COM, 11 Feb 2009
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ICO tears school CCTV a new peephole

The debate on the use of CCTV in schools moved on this week, as the Information Commissioner ever so politely read the riot act over the use of CCTV systems in schools and colleges.
Jane Fae , 11 Feb 2009
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Squatting spammers take over Facebook protest site

Spammers have seized control of a 1.5m user Facebook group.
John Leyden, 11 Feb 2009
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Virgin Media trials longer bandwidth throttling

Virgin Media's heaviest cable broadband users will be hit with tighter bandwidth throttling at peak times, as the firm tries to cope with increasing demand across its network.
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EMC gives nothing away

Comment What's the term for a collection of hints that don't exist? Right, it's an absence of hints, and that's what we see on the EMC World 2009 agenda.
Chris Mellor, 11 Feb 2009
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Adobe relaunches AIR developer's trading website

Adobe Systems hoped for second time lucky yesterday with the relaunch of its directory of AIR applications that it has dubbed “Marketplace”.
Kelly Fiveash, 11 Feb 2009
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Armed cops contain Wild West Leicestershire toy gun menace

A Leicestershire couple who decided it would be a wheeze to celebrate renewing their wedding vows with a Wild West-themed party got a bit of a shock when armed police backed by a helicopter descended on the bash.
Lester Haines, 11 Feb 2009
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Beeb borrows copyrighted Flickr image

A Brum snapper is a little annoyed with the BBC after it apparently borrowed a copyrighted snap from Flickr showing Birmingham's crepuscular skyline and used it as a "live" news backdrop.
Lester Haines, 11 Feb 2009
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Jobs market bleak for grads as banking weakens

Graduates being spat out by the UK's sprawling Higher Education sector this year will face the first fall in the number of grad job vacancies since 2003.
John Oates, 11 Feb 2009
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Top MI6 spy: Terrorism less serious than bird flu

Counter Terror Expo A former Assistant Chief of the UK's shadowy Secret Intelligence Service (SIS, aka MI6) has played down the threat of jihadi terrorism, saying that other dangers are more serious. The ex-spy also said that global counterterrorism database plans were "unlikely ever to succeed".
Lewis Page, 11 Feb 2009
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Score 18%, pass a science exam

The Royal Chemistry Society says it's disappointed with the response of British examiners, after discovering that pupils needed to score only 18 per cent in a science exam to gain a pass grade.
Andrew Orlowski, 11 Feb 2009
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Mobile heavyweights mass to get Carter over 2Meg for all

Heads of three of the five UK network operators are meeting with Lord Carter, the communications minister, tomorrow morning, along with representatives of the other two, to talk about his demand for 2Mb/sec for all and how to achieve it.
Bill Ray, 11 Feb 2009
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Vatican endorses Darwin, slights intelligent design

The Vatican gave the Creationist lobby a left right sign of the cross today, announcing it would stage a conference on Darwinism next month and declaring that it was one of the Fathers of the Church that thought up the idea in the first place.
Joe Fay, 11 Feb 2009
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Take-apart phone launching this year

The firm behind a mobile phone that can be physically altered to suit different requirements has unveiled the handset’s first “jackets” - and confirmed that the interchangeable talker will be available later this year.
James Sherwood, 11 Feb 2009

Analyst predicts cut-price, updated 3G iPhone models

A market analyst has compiled a list of potential features that he’s claimed could be included on an upcoming cut-price iPhone.
James Sherwood, 11 Feb 2009
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Dell confirms Wasabi portable printer

Dell has officially unveiled its oddly named Wasabi inkless photo printer.
James Sherwood, 11 Feb 2009
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Red Dwarf touches down in Coronation Street

Friday 10 April will, as we previously reported, see the first installment of Red Dwarf: Back to Earth - digital channel Dave's resurrection of the classic sci-fi series which forms part of its Red Dwarf weekend.
Lester Haines, 11 Feb 2009
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SanDisk shows off multi-level cell make-over

SanDisk and Toshiba have announced the world's smallest NAND flash die and the world's highest-capacity flash die using 32nm and 43nm process technologies.
Chris Mellor, 11 Feb 2009
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Obama orders 'root and branch' cybersecurity review

President Obama has ordered a wide-ranging review of the US's cybersecurity defences.
John Leyden, 11 Feb 2009
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Microsoft kills off public availability of Windows 7 beta

Microsoft has slammed the door shut on its Windows 7 beta download program, though anyone still keen to get their mitts on it can simply trundle along to Pirate Bay or similar for a copy.
Kelly Fiveash, 11 Feb 2009
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Jacqui Smith ecstatically ignores more scientific advice

Jacqui Smith is set to again ignore scientific advice on drug misuse by rejecting advice on reclassifying ecstasy.
John Oates, 11 Feb 2009
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IDC confirms PC chip sales have fallen off a cliff

PC and microprocessor shipments dived into the depths in the last quarter of 2008, IDC reports, with the first quarter of 2009 already looking bleak.
Chris Mellor, 11 Feb 2009
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EU threatens 'formal action' against UK.gov on Phorm

Exclusive The European Commission has given its strongest signal yet that it will hold the UK government to account for its failure to act over BT and Phorm's secret and allegedly illegal internet monitoring trials in 2006 and 2007.
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Novarra offers to infest mobile data on laptops too

Novarra, the company providing the technology that inserts Vodafone's branding into Vodafone Live sessions and which has just relaunched US Cellular's mobile internet service, is expanding its capabilities into laptop browsing.
Bill Ray, 11 Feb 2009
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Firefox's Fennec trots onto Windows Mobile

Fennec, the mobile version of the Firefox browser from Mozilla, has reached a milestone release with a version for the HTC Touch Pro, though initial reports seem to indicate it lacks key functionality.
Bill Ray, 11 Feb 2009
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German Interior minister's website pwned in wiretap protest

Lax password security allowed hackers to bust into the German interior minister’s website.
John Leyden, 11 Feb 2009
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Vanessa Redgrave braces for The Day of The Triffids

The BBC has announced the cast for its remake of John Wyndham classic The Day of The Triffids, including mother and daughter thesp pair Vanessa Redgrave and Joely Richardson.
Lester Haines, 11 Feb 2009
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Civilisation is awful: Let's stop it right now

Andrew's mailbag "Let's find out what everybody is doing - and stop them doing it" - A P Herbert
Andrew Orlowski, 11 Feb 2009
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Last US sat radio gang mulls bankruptcy

Sirius XM, the remaining satellite radio broadcaster in the USA, is reportedly considering filing for chapter 11 protection from creditors as it becomes unable to service its huge debt.
Bill Ray, 11 Feb 2009
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Dell gets the finger from Pivot3

Comment A US casino operator video surveilling its customers has ripped 90 Dell servers and replaced them with Pivot3 storage arrays.
Chris Mellor, 11 Feb 2009
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NetApp boss flying high on Phenom?

As 500 NetApp staffers get their pink slips, it appears their their boss has a new airplane, an EMB-500 turbo-jet.
Chris Mellor, 11 Feb 2009
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Hackintosh maker leaves web doors unlocked

Add Psystar to the growing list of companies that have have allowed sophomoric mistakes to jeopardize the security of their websites in recent days.
Dan Goodin, 11 Feb 2009
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Google axed Android multitouch at Apple's request?

It seems there's a reason that T-Mobile's new G1 touch-screen smartphone doesn't have a multitouch display: Google doesn't want to upset Apple.
Rik Myslewski, 11 Feb 2009
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Nvidia to power Dark Knight on Vista netbooks

Want to play Medal of Honor or enjoy The Dark Knight on a Windows-Vista-powered netbook? Your chance could be coming this summer.
Gavin Clarke, 11 Feb 2009
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Dell launches perfume ad teaser site for Macbook Air rival

Dell is definitely taking a page from Apple with the imminent launch of its Adamo ultra-portable laptop. Not only does the PC giant have the anticipated mobile pinned as a Macbook Air killer, Dell has been as tight-lipped on details as the Cupertino-based cult.
Austin Modine, 11 Feb 2009
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IBM lobs biz software at Amazon cloud

If compute clouds want to succeed as businesses instead of toys, they have to run the same commercial software that IT departments deploy internally on their own servers. Which is why a deal struck between IBM and Amazon's Web Services subsidiary is important, perhaps more so for Amazon than for Big Blue.
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Authors Guild to Amazon Kindle: Shut up

Amazon's new eBook reader, the Kindle 2, was just announced on Monday, but it's already drawing complaints from the publishing industry.
Rik Myslewski, 11 Feb 2009
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Prime Minister out-nonsensed by Conservative Wikifiddler

Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy "Jimbo" Wales still hopes to equip his free online encyclopedia with its very own nonsense filter. But at the moment, the Wikinonsense is alive and well.
Cade Metz, 11 Feb 2009
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Fugitive VOIP hacker cuffed in Mexico

A fugitive hacker accused of illegally rerouting millions of dollars worth of VOIP calls through telecommunications companies' networks has been apprehended in Mexico.
Dan Goodin, 11 Feb 2009
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Microsoft celebrates 10,000 US patents

Microsoft announced it's been awarded its 10,000 patent in the US. The big "ten-oh-oh-oh." Quintuple digits. That works out to an average of 294 patents per year since Microsoft was founded.
Austin Modine, 11 Feb 2009

Palm unfazed by Apple patent threat

Palm CEO Ed Colligan isn't worried about a possible legal battle with Apple over the upcoming Palm Pre smartphone.
Rik Myslewski, 11 Feb 2009
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Red Hat to help liberate Oracle 'hostages'

Red Hat is piling the open-source pressure on Linux predator Oracle with a project targeting the giant's massive application server business.
Gavin Clarke, 11 Feb 2009