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Microsoft team hacks Silverlight for Chrome

The prospect of Silverlight applications running in Google's Chrome browser is in the air.
Gavin Clarke, 18 Feb 2009

Apple shares MacBook break-in tips

Apple has published instructions for upgrading hard drives and RAM in its MacBook and MacBook Pro lines, and user-friendliness took another step backwards.
Rik Myslewski, 18 Feb 2009
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Sirius XM gets 11th-hour $530m loan

Sirius XM Radio has been saved to broadcast another day by US cable tycoon John Malone.
Austin Modine, 18 Feb 2009
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Voltaire preps InfiniBand switch for IBM blades

Network switch maker Voltaire has landed a deal with IBM to create a new 40 Gbit/sec InfiniBand quad-data rate (QDR) switch for Big Blue's BladeCenter blade server chassis.
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Mellanox enables server adaptor sharing

Mellanox has provided a way for servers to share Ethernet and Fibre Channel adapters slotted into a BridgeX product at the edge of an InfiniBand network.
Chris Mellor, 18 Feb 2009
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Google gears Gmail for PC hack attack

Over the past year, dozens of web-based services have adopted new features that allow them to be used even when an internet connection isn't available. The technologies making this possible may offer plenty of convenience, but they also make end users susceptible to powerful new attacks, a security researcher warns.
Dan Goodin, 18 Feb 2009
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Intel sees future in Mega Data Center

Intel says that by 2012, Mega Data Centers run by the likes of Google, Microsoft, Amazon, and Facebook will account for 20 to 25 per cent of its server chip sales. Unless the economy is still melting.
Cade Metz, 18 Feb 2009
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NHS patient database goes titsup

The database that stores vital medical information on millions of NHS patients crashed last week.
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DLNA compliance testing: It ain't working

Comment Alastair Morrison was stumped; his Iomega NAS sent MP3 files to be played on a Sony Bravia TV, and they stuttered to a halt after a few seconds, yet both devices were DLNA-compliant.
Chris Mellor, 18 Feb 2009
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Gigabyte passively cooled Radeon 4850 card

Review We've been hugely impressed by the Radeon HD 4850 graphics card thanks to the balance it strikes between price and performance, and we firmly believe that, at £125, it's damn good value.
Leo Waldock, 18 Feb 2009
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AA sniffs out Blighty's best bacon sarnie

The AA has judged that Bob's Big Bite in Stourbridge is where weary travellers can refuel with Blighty's best bacon sarnie - a combination "solid back bacon" between "robust" hand-sliced bread presented on "a real plate with a paper napkin", as the Telegraph puts it.
Lester Haines, 18 Feb 2009
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McDonalds to cook up EV charging station network

'Leccy Tech McDonald's of Sweden is going to start serving electricity as well as the usual Big Mac and fries, according to Elforsk, an electricity R&D operation co-owned by Svensk Energi (Swedenergy) and Svenska Kraftnät - the Swedish national grid.
Alun Taylor, 18 Feb 2009
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LG unveils everlasting solar phone

MWC LG looks set to follow in Samsung’s solar-powered footsteps, because it’s unveiled a prototype sun-soaker handset.
James Sherwood, 18 Feb 2009
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Econav spied on Nokia phone

MWC The recently launched Econav satnav has turned up as an application on a Nokia handset.
James Sherwood, 18 Feb 2009
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NTT DoCoMo shows off futuristic modular phone

Japanese network provider NTT DoCoMo has shown off a handful of wacky, yet technologically advanced, prototype phone designs that may find their way onto its futuristic network.
James Sherwood, 18 Feb 2009
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RIM execs settle with SEC over backdated options

The Securities and Exchange Commission is charging four executives at Research In Motion - the firm behind the BlackBerry - with offences related to the backdating of share options.
John Oates, 18 Feb 2009
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Attack of the Windows replicants replication vendors

Windows file migration startup AutoVirt has debuted its AutoClone Windows file replication software, joining Double-Take and Neverfail in protecting Windows by copying changed data to a remote server.
Chris Mellor, 18 Feb 2009
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Emulex pins adapter future to Ethernet and encryption

Emulex has announced a second generation Ethernet Fibre Channel adapter and added encryption to its Fibre Channel adapter range using RSA technology.
Chris Mellor, 18 Feb 2009
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Watchdog mauls billboard sex ads

The Advertising Standards Authority has ruled that billboard ads punting an Advanced Medical Institute (AMI) nasal spray and featuring the words "Want longer lasting sex?" are "unsuitable for public display".
Lester Haines, 18 Feb 2009
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Fake Canon exec blogger rebuffs legal beef

Camera maker Canon has attempted to have a spoof executive blog removed from the internet but the blog operator has continued to publish after making some minor changes to the site.
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20 per cent of laptop buyers opted for netbooks in Q4 08

Almost a third of consumer-oriented portable PCs shipped in Europe in Q4 2008 were netbooks, market watcher IDC has said.
Tony Smith, 18 Feb 2009
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US Navy orders new electric hyper-kill railgun

Globe-straddling weapons megacorp BAE Systems is pleased to announce that it has inked a deal with the US Navy to build a new electromagnetic hypercannon.
Lewis Page, 18 Feb 2009
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Too busy to make a jam sandwich? M&S can help

Those readers who are a) too busy to remove bread from a packet, b) physically incapable of opening a jar or c) untrained in the use of a knife, will be relieved to learn that as of next Thursday Marks & Spencer will be punting a 75p jam sandwich featuring, er, bread, butter and strawberry jam.
Lester Haines, 18 Feb 2009
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Cisco to bundle Trend security suite with wireless routers

Cisco has signed a deal with Trend Micro to embed internet security software into Linksys wireless routers. The deal represents a different way to market security software to families rather than a recognition that routers need anti-virus, which they don't.
John Leyden, 18 Feb 2009
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Sony shows off stacks more compact cameras

Sony has introduced a bevvy of Cyber-shot compact cameras, some skinny, others chunkier, but all with double-digit megapixel counts.
Tony Smith, 18 Feb 2009
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Abba star slates 'lazy, stingy' Pirate Bay fans

Former Abba guitar player Björn Ulvaeus has hit out at supporters of The Pirate Bay and accused them of fighting for “the ‘freedom’ to be lazy and stingy”.
Kelly Fiveash, 18 Feb 2009
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Dell hires new UK channel boss

Dell has found a replacement boss to head up its UK channel team after Andy Dow abruptly left the computer vendor last month.
Kelly Fiveash, 18 Feb 2009
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Facebook does U-turn on eternal data grab

Facebook has dumped heavily criticised new service terms that lay claim to photos and messages posted to the site forever - even after accounts are deleted - following an outcry from members.
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UK 'bad' pics ban to stretch?

The government could be planning to up the ante when it comes to material it doesn't approve of - it may become illegal to even look at images, not merely possess them.
Jane Fae , 18 Feb 2009
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Oberthur paints go-faster stripes on SIMs

MWC In what much surely be the last push to get more functionality into a SIM card, Oberthur has managed to squeeze an accelerometer into SIM, with the claim of turning any phone into a Wii-like controller.
Bill Ray, 18 Feb 2009
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Rail workers get shirty with see-through blouses

Female staff on National Express's East Coast line connecting London and Edinburgh have refused to sport new uniforms because the blouses leave "little to the imagination" of passengers, the Daily Mail reports.
Lester Haines, 18 Feb 2009
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LG updates netbook with on-board HSDPA

Updated LG has tweaked its X110 netbook - MSI's Wind in another guise - to add on-board HSDPA 3G.
Tony Smith, 18 Feb 2009
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Samsung showcases wristphone

MWC LG may have stitched together plans to become the world’s leader in wearable mobile devices, but Samsung is closing in with its latest wristphone.
James Sherwood, 18 Feb 2009

Western Digital My Book World Edition 1TB NAS box

Review Western Digital maintains that the stylised hardback design of its My Book external hard drives has proved really popular with the punters. But while it's extended the range to take in not just local storage but also network-connected drives, the latter haven't grabbed consumer attention as much as the others have.
Tony Smith, 18 Feb 2009
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Google sued by biz directory

A business directory site is suing Google for allegedly unfairly raising prices and favouring a rival firm.
John Oates, 18 Feb 2009
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Minister trashes ex-spook chief's liberty warning

Tony McNulty, the combative employment minister tipped to replace Jacqui Smith as Home Secretary, has branded a high profile warning by a former MI5 chief that the government risks creating a police state as "abject nonsense".
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DARPA seeks self-aware AI robot mega-tanks

Pentagon boffinry chiefs have announced that they would like some self-aware computer systems capable of "meta-reasoning" and "introspection". The plan is to place these machine intelligences in command of heavily armed, well-nigh invulnerable robotic tanks.
Lewis Page, 18 Feb 2009
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Sky network downed in London

Thousands of Sky and Easynet customers in south London and Surrey were knocked offline this morning by a major network fault.
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BP snips IT contractor rates

BP is telling its 900 IT contractors to take a ten per cent pay cut or find themselves new jobs outside the company.
John Oates, 18 Feb 2009
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Wanted: £160k-a-year Twittercrat

Can a magic sprinkling of Web 2.0 buzzwords revive the fortunes of a deeply unpopular government?
Andrew Orlowski, 18 Feb 2009
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Microsoft confirms Equipt kill date

Microsoft has told Equipt customers that the subscription software package will be killed off on 30 April 2009.
Kelly Fiveash, 18 Feb 2009
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Robert Llewellyn drops Red Dwarf clanger

Digital channel Dave appears to have canned a planned part of its Easter Red Dwarf celebration, if a message posted on Twitter by cast member Robert Llewellyn is anything to go by.
Lester Haines, 18 Feb 2009
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Judges plead guilty to jailing kids for kickbacks

Two corrupt judges have admitted getting paid for sending young offenders to private jails, often against the advice of probation officers and other court officials.
John Leyden, 18 Feb 2009
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Barcelona pickpocket swipes Microsoft secrets?

MWC An unnamed Telstra executive is one Windows Mobile phone lighter this afternoon, thanks to a Barcelona pickpocket. Which would hardly be news were it not for the fact that this particular phone featured an as-yet-unreleased version of Microsoft's mobile offering.
Bill Ray, 18 Feb 2009
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BearingPoint buckles under debt

BearingPoint has filed for Chapter 11 as part of a financial restructuring agreed with its senior creditors which will see existing shareholders wiped out.
Joe Fay, 18 Feb 2009
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Mr. and Mrs. Boring lose Google Street View tilt

Mr. and Mrs. Boring have lost their quixotic legal battle against Google's Orwellian attempt to spy on the entire planet.
Cade Metz, 18 Feb 2009
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DreamWorks to bake 3D flicks on desert cloud

In a sign of the economic times, DreamWorks Animation has inked a deal with the New Mexico Computing Applications Center to use spare capacity to help render its 3D films.
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Wireless wonks face shrinking economy, vanishing porn

MWC We're into the third day of Mobile World Congress, the annual shindig of the mobile industry, and now that the urgent meetings are over and the big news has been released, talk turns to the state of the industry - and the state of the congress itself.
Bill Ray, 18 Feb 2009
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Mozilla, Skype join iPhone jailbreak fight

Skype and Mozilla have thrown their weight behind the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) in that digital-freedom organization's fight to loosen the Digital Millenium Copyright Act's (DMCA) restrictions on iPhone jailbreaking.
Rik Myslewski, 18 Feb 2009
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Hulu yanks vids from TV.com

American web TV portal Hulu.com has yanked its content off CBS-owned TV.com following the site's recent relaunch as a potential rival for ad-driven streaming television.
Austin Modine, 18 Feb 2009
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Behind IE 8's big incompatibility list

To realize the scale of the challenge facing Microsoft as it pulls the web around to Internet Explorer 8, you need look no further than the list of sites that fail to render properly on the browser.
Gavin Clarke, 18 Feb 2009
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IBM lobs airplane miles at x64 shops

Server maker IBM has quietly expanded its so-called Power Rewards marketing program, which offers a serving-purchase point system akin to airline frequent flier mile deals. In the past, customers got points if they swapped out RISC server iron in favor of Big Blue's own Power Systems, and now, companies using non-IBM x64 iron can trade up to Power Systems and get points, which can be traded in for software and services.
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Apple iPhone police censor South Park

Apple has blocked the creators of South Park from selling an iPhone app based on the long-running cartoon series.
Rik Myslewski, 18 Feb 2009
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Intel reneges on Irish job cut promise

Chipzilla plans to slash between 200 and 300 jobs in Ireland, despite chairman Craig Barrett assuring Intel workers last month that its Leixlip plant was in no immediate danger of job cuts.
Austin Modine, 18 Feb 2009
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HP printer, server, and PC sales in double digit dip

Wall Street has been waiting on the edge of its window ledge seat to see how IT giant Hewlett-Packard performed during its first fiscal quarter of the year. And they can finally relax. HP reported sales of $28.8bn, up 1.2 per cent, and net earnings came in at $1.85bn, down 13.1 per cent compared to the year-ago quarter.