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Apple update plugs security vulns

Apple has released a set of security updates that plug over two dozen holes in Mac OS X - including the Safari RSS vuln discovered last month - plus a vuln apiece in Java for Mac OS X 10.5, 10.4, and Safari for Windows.
Rik Myslewski, 13 Feb 2009
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Google euthanizes radio ad biz

There's no denying Google has a talent for building a monopoly in the search-ad biz. The question whether it has a talent for anything else.
Cade Metz, 13 Feb 2009
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VIA spins mini-mobo disk array

Taiwanese x86 chip and mini-motherboard maker VIA Technologies has launched a rack-mounted disk array based on its own Mini-ITX motherboards.
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Microsoft goes retail with own shops

Microsoft is following Apple's lead by opening its own retail stores.
Gavin Clarke, 13 Feb 2009
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FTC gives behavioral ad punters one last chance

The US Federal Trade Commission told online advertisers to do a better job of self-regulating how they track people's activities - or the government will step in and do it for them.
Austin Modine, 13 Feb 2009
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Rackable stomached $31.3m loss in 2008

Server maker Rackable Systems has finished up a rough 2008 and is positioning itself to take on a challenging 2009 IT spending environment.
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Cisco Linksys Media Hub 500GB home NAS

Review Linksys has always been one of those dull, boring companies that makes dull, boring networking products for business users. But since its takeover by networking titan Cisco in 2003, Linksys has slowly tried to turn itself into a more consumer-friendly firm - all the better to grab a slice of the burgeoning home networking market.
Cliff Joseph, 13 Feb 2009
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The dark horse in data centre I/O simplification

Comment Data centre I/O needs simplifying, everyone is agreed.
Chris Mellor, 13 Feb 2009
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Credit crunch hits school rebuilding programme

The National Audit Office says councils are struggling to borrow money under the Private Finance Initiative to build schools fitted with new ICT
Kablenet, 13 Feb 2009

GM Volt to get regular software-style updates

'Leccy Tech General Motors has given some insights into how it plans to squeeze every last mile from the Chevrolet Volt's battery back - and how it hopes to develop the model.
Alun Taylor, 13 Feb 2009
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Hospital boss slams patient records system

Andrew Way, the chief executive of the Royal Free Hospital, said the move to electronic records had cost the hospital £10m, increased waiting times for patients and required an extra 40 admin staff.
John Oates, 13 Feb 2009
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Wakefield does a Brum with possessive apostrophes

Wakefield Council has done a Brum and dropped possessive apostrophes from street names, prompting a further wave of linguistic indignation from the good burghers of Middle England.
Lester Haines, 13 Feb 2009
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Non-shiny black iPhone images unearthed

Images have been leaked online of what could be a shell for the next generation iPhone, including one picture highlighting a previously unseen model number.
James Sherwood, 13 Feb 2009
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Networked radar barrage balloons pass milestone

US-based weapons globocorp Raytheon was pleased yesterday to announce a successful Critical Design Review for its planned flotilla of cruise-missile-busting network spyeye barrage balloons.
Lewis Page, 13 Feb 2009
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Huawei shows tiny HSDPA Wi-Fi hotspot gadget

Modem maker Huawei has introduced what it claims is the world's smallest and lightest HSDPA connection-sharing gadget yet.
Tony Smith, 13 Feb 2009
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Facial-recognition tech now used to greet hotel guests

Facial recognition technology has long been a holy grail for security agencies, and a bogeyman for privacy lovers and libertarians. One company, however, says that reasonably priced face-recognition tech has uses outside the security field: in particular, in the service sector.
Lewis Page, 13 Feb 2009
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Samsung crafts solar-powered phone

Samsung has unveiled an eco handset that can be charged using sunlight.
James Sherwood, 13 Feb 2009
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Cocaine now cheaper than lager

The price of cocaine has dropped so dramatically in the last ten years that a line of Bolivian marching powder is now cheaper than a pint of lager or a glass of wine, the Telegraph reports.
Lester Haines, 13 Feb 2009
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McAfee sales strong despite recession

McAfee bucked the trend of poor financial news from the IT industry by posting strong results that exceeded analyst expectations on Thursday.
John Leyden, 13 Feb 2009
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Jacqui's jihad on web extremism flops

More than a year after Jacqui Smith gave a major speech on counter terrorism, in which she said she wanted jihadi literature removed from the web, the internet industry has seen scant sign of action from the government.
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Taliban man loves his iPhone

The Taliban's former ambassador to Pakistan has been outed as a fanboy for the iPhone.
John Oates, 13 Feb 2009
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Paul Allen's cable firm files for Chapter 11

Charter Communications Inc, which is controlled by Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen, will file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection by 1 April after striking a deal with senior debt holders yesterday.
Kelly Fiveash, 13 Feb 2009
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Rogue fishing skipper faked own death

A fishing skipper who attempted to avoid questioning by the Marine and Fisheries Agency (MFA) by pretending he was dead and submitting his own obituary to a trade newspaper was yesterday sentenced to six-and-a-half years' jail.
Lester Haines, 13 Feb 2009

Hacking the Apple TV

Part 2 Apple’s Apple TV set-top box supports all the audio and video file formats that iTunes, iPods and iPhones can handle. That’s plenty for many folk, but for those who favour less mainstream formats or widespread ones that Apple’s not keen on — DivX, for one — it severely limits the value of the machine.
Nick Hawkesmoor, 13 Feb 2009
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Prof: Save up fossil fuel reserves to fight the next ice age

A Danish climate scientist has suggested that the peoples of the Earth should hold off from burning all the planet's available fossil fuel supplies over the next couple of centuries, so as to be able to burn them thousands of years from now in order to stave off the next ice age.
Lewis Page, 13 Feb 2009
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Serial security hackers hit F-secure

F-Secure admitted on Thursday that it had been hit by the same Romanian group that previously hit Kaspersky Lab and Bitdefender's reseller-run Portugese website over recent days.
John Leyden, 13 Feb 2009
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Semiconductor industry tries to re-architect itself

Comment In the face of a foundry chip glut and recession-induced demand slump the world's semi-conductor industry is experiencing shock and disruption with moves afoot for government aid, mergers and a bankruptcy.
Chris Mellor, 13 Feb 2009
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Mozilla asks developers to take Bespin for a spin

Mozilla has spun out Bespin for developers to run naked and free in an extensible web-based code editing paradise that promotes open relationships standards.
Kelly Fiveash, 13 Feb 2009
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Cowon unveils sexy satnav-capable PMP

Cowon has officially unveiled its latest portable media player: the super-sexy L3.
James Sherwood, 13 Feb 2009
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World's nuttiest MP3 player aimed at Acorn fans?

If you see this acorn lying in the road then don’t assume there’s a hungry Squirrel nearby, because this nut’s actually an MP3 player.
James Sherwood, 13 Feb 2009
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No Android launch at MWC, says Samsung

Many folk were expecting Samsung to unveil its first phone based on Google’s Android OS at Mobile World Congress (MWC) next week, but the firm has now confirmed that it won't.
James Sherwood, 13 Feb 2009
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50m PSPs sold shipped globally, says Sony

Sony has announced that 50m PlayStation Portables (PSP) have now been shipped worldwide.
James Sherwood, 13 Feb 2009
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Tesla opens skirt, flashes bit of S

'Leccy Tech Clearly unable to contain itself until 26 March, Tesla has issued a sneak peak of its Model S 'leccy saloon.
Alun Taylor, 13 Feb 2009
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Danish sex museum loses wood

The latest victim of the global financial apocalypse is, sadly for aficionados of rumpy-pumpy-related artefacts, Copenhagen's Museum Erotica which will close within a week if it doesn't find enough cash to maintain wood.
Lester Haines, 13 Feb 2009
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Twitter breaks Jam Festival record

Writing about Twitter is the journalistic equivalent of eating the fluff from your navel. The posh papers love it. Menopausal middle-aged hacks love it. The BBC is obsessed with it. Instead of telling us something we didn't know before, Twitter makes churnalism so easy, it practically automates the entire job.
Andrew Orlowski, 13 Feb 2009
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CERN Proton-smashers: We are economically valuable

International atomsmasher lab CERN has rubbished UK science minister Lord Drayson's suggestion that research funding should focus more on areas which directly benefit the economy. The Minister particularly favoured areas where he made his large personal fortune: med-tech and drugs.
Lewis Page, 13 Feb 2009
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PacketVideo opens doorway to Android

G1 owners have been warned to stop browsing immediately or risk exposing themselves to the worst of the internet, after researchers found a flaw in PacketVideo's runtime for Android.
Bill Ray, 13 Feb 2009
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Wanna see how to use Win 7 UAC to pwn a PC?

White hat hackers have created a proof of concept demo illustrating how improved User Account Control (UAC) features in Windows 7 might be completely bypassed.
John Leyden, 13 Feb 2009
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Kaspersky breach: No user info lifted, auditor confirms

No customer information was accessed during last weekend's breach of a Kaspersky website, an independent auditor has concluded, confirming the results of an internal investigation conducted earlier by members of the anti-virus firm.
Dan Goodin, 13 Feb 2009
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Defacement archive Zone-h gets defaced

Defacement archive Zone-h.org has itself been defaced.
John Leyden, 13 Feb 2009
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Amazon pulls Japanese rape simulator from shelves

NSFW Amazon has blocked sales of a sick Japanese PC game that puts the player in the role of a criminal who rapes a mother and her two teenage daughters.
Austin Modine, 13 Feb 2009
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Apple fights iPhone unlocking (again)

Apple has told the US Copyright Office that jailbreaking an iPhone should be illegal under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).
Rik Myslewski, 13 Feb 2009
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Twitter attack exposes awesome power of clickjacking

A worm that forced a wave of people to unintentionally broadcast messages on microblogging site Twitter shows the potential of a vulnerability known as clickjacking to dupe large numbers of internet users into installing malware or visiting malicious pages without any clue they're being attacked.
Dan Goodin, 13 Feb 2009
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Intel's future Xeons to share sockets

We know what's coming on desktops and notebooks. But what about Intel's 32 nanometer server silicon?
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Unix world braces for geekgasm

Updated The world's digit-obsessed UNIX lovers are just minutes away from the celebration of a lifetime. At 11:31:30pm UTC time today, the POSIX clock reaches 1234567890 seconds.
Cade Metz, 13 Feb 2009