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Bootleggers jump on 'complete' Windows 7

Microsoft has been taking some heat lately for not listening to testers' feedback on Windows 7 as it insists that the operating system is essentially complete.
Gavin Clarke, 03 Mar 2009
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Child porn suspect ordered to decrypt own hard drive

In a move sure to stoke debates over constitutional protections against self-incrimination in the digital age, a federal judge has ordered a child porn suspect to decrypt his hard drive so prosecutors can inspect its contents.
Dan Goodin, 03 Mar 2009
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Virtualization soars on Big Blue Power boxes

It looks like server virtualization really is heading for the mainstream on Power Systems machines. If some figures provided by the top brass at IBM are any indication.
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Italian iPhone makes like Roman candle

An iPhone's charging cable caught fire in Italy over the weekend - and it may not have been an isolated occurrence.
Rik Myslewski, 03 Mar 2009
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Ballmer to go Kumo on Microsoft's Live Search?

Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer is expected to outline on Wednesday what's in store for a re-branded version of his company's laggard search service, Live Search.
Gavin Clarke, 03 Mar 2009
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ICANN supremo opens escape hatch

ICANN chief Paul Twomey has said he will leave the net's domain name regulator at the end of the year.
Cade Metz, 03 Mar 2009
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Inside Cisco's Hotel California

Comment If Cisco is to introduce its unified compute system, or California project, on March 16, what will the storage look like?
Chris Mellor, 03 Mar 2009
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Fujitsu Siemens floats private cloud plan

Cebit 09 Fujitsu Siemens will launch an enterprise cloud offering this autumn, as it banks on the anything-as-a-service model to tempt cash-strapped customers and give it a raison d'etre once it is borged into new parent Fujitsu.
Joe Fay, 03 Mar 2009
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Etailer flogs signed Jade Goody biog for £1,000

Updated The Sun is less than impressed with this auction down at tat bazaar eBay punting a signed Jade Goody autobiography for a cool £1,000:
Lester Haines, 03 Mar 2009
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UK opposes copyright exemptions for mash-ups

There should be no new exemption from copyright law for users' adaptations of copyright-protected content, the UK Government has said. To create such an exemption for user-generated content would ignore the rights of content creators, it said.
OUT-LAW.COM, 03 Mar 2009
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Intel: We'll spend our way out of the downturn - again

Cebit 09 Intel kicked off the Cebit show today by wheeling out Craig Barrett to declare it will once again invest its way out of recession.
Joe Fay, 03 Mar 2009

BT wins pricing control over faster broadband

BT has convinced regulators to allow it to charge rivals whatever it wants for access to its forthcoming £1.5bn fibre network, following an intensive lobbying campaign.
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Surface surfaces in Europe

Surface - the touchscreen table that got everyone talking when first announced by Microsoft back in 2007 - is now available to buy in the UK.
James Sherwood, 03 Mar 2009
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Brother MFC-990CW all-in-one printer

Review You’re in very cramped quarters and need a machine that can print, scan, copy, fax and handle photos, but it would also be good if it had a phone and digital answering machine. Brother’s petite MFC-990CW has the spec for this, but can the metal and plastic match up?
Simon Williams, 03 Mar 2009
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Fridge-fixeable netbook debuts

Take a look at this gadget. Does it look like a netbook? Or a tablet PC? Actually, it's both and more besides, according to its maker.
James Sherwood, 03 Mar 2009
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Fiorina treated for cancer

Carly Fiorina, the ex-boss of HP and adviser to John McCain, has been diagnosed with breast cancer.
John Oates, 03 Mar 2009
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McKinnon extradition review date set

A judicial review on whether the Home Secretary was right to allow extradition proceedings against Gary McKinnon to continue despite his recent diagnosis with Asperger's Syndrome has been scheduled for 9 and 10 June.
John Leyden, 03 Mar 2009
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DSGi crosses fingers on new store format

Struggling retailer DSG International (DSGi) is hoping the overhaul of its computer and electrical barns will help turn its fortunes around after it was hit with an unfavourable tax ruling by HMRC.
Kelly Fiveash, 03 Mar 2009
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Spare Backup pumps up the volume

While HP Upline has been stumped, Spare Backup is racking up some runs; subscription revenue for its online backup-to-the-cloud service is going to exceed a million bucks in its first 2009 quarter.
Chris Mellor, 03 Mar 2009
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Expedition to probe cavern lake 3km beneath Antarctic ice

The UK government has given the go-ahead for a team of British boffins to mount an expedition to a dark, cold lake buried in a cavern three kilometres beneath the ice sheet of Antarctica.
Lewis Page, 03 Mar 2009
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Sony waves in HD-shooting high-end Cyber-shot

Sony has launched its latest Cyber-shot bridge camera - the DSC-HX1, its first compact able to shoot HD video at 30f/s.
James Sherwood, 03 Mar 2009
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Sony exec hints at third PSP Grand Theft Auto outing

Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars will soon be released on Nintendo’s DS handheld console. But Sony isn’t prepared to let the franchise move to a rival handheld without a fight, and has hinted that another GTA for the PlayStation Portable (PSP) may be in the pipeline.
James Sherwood, 03 Mar 2009
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Asus lights up 1TB SSD Lamborghini laptop

Lamborghini’s aren’t known for their storage capacity, but buy one from Asus and you’ll get plenty.
James Sherwood, 03 Mar 2009
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BT accused of 'sharp practice' on rolling contracts

TalkTalk has sparked a row with BT by accusing it of "sharp practice" over its contract renewals policy, which aims to tie customers in for an extra year or even 18 months.
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Local authorities must change child privacy practices

Local authorities across England should change their rules on collecting information about children, a new report into the protection of children's privacy has said. The report was produced by children's rights lobby group Action on Rights for Children (ARCH).
OUT-LAW.COM, 03 Mar 2009
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Ford shows off e-van concept

'Leccy Tech Further proof that the tie-up between Ford and British electric van maker Smith EV is getting both broader and deeper came from Geneva today when Ford showed off its Tourneo BEV concept - essentially a Ford Tourneo Connect commercial people carrier with the Smith Transit Connect EV (né Ampere) electric drive train.
Alun Taylor, 03 Mar 2009

Intel announces autos, mobiles Atom ambition

First netbooks, then handheld internet tablets and now... cars. Intel wants to get its Atom processor family into automobiles.
Tony Smith, 03 Mar 2009
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LG Super Multi Blue BE06-LU10

Review The LG Super Multi Blue BE06-LU10 external DVD writer's headline figure is its 6x Blu-ray writing speed. The rest of the specification also catches the eye: 2x BD-RE, 16x DVD±R, 8x DVD+RW and 6x DVD-RW writing.
Leo Waldock, 03 Mar 2009
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Pirate Bay rejects law-breaking claims

A defendant in The Pirate Bay trial has dismissed claims that the notorious file sharing site’s activities are illegal.
Kelly Fiveash, 03 Mar 2009
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Facebook sues 'Spamford' Wallace over spam scam

Facebook has launched a lawsuit against infamous junk mail merchant Sanford "Spamford" Wallace.
John Leyden, 03 Mar 2009
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Brussels and Beijing work to end trade show police raids

Cebit 09 The entertaining spectacle of German police and customs agents busting hapless Chinese exhibitors at trade shows could become a thing of the past if a joint project between the People's Republic and the EU works as it should. Which is a pity.
Joe Fay, 03 Mar 2009
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Study: Girls still not swarming into sci-tech, dammit

US researchers have issued a comprehensive roundup of research covering that hotly-debated topic: Why aren't there more girls in the sci/tech/engineering/maths-based world?
Lewis Page, 03 Mar 2009
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Securing the corporation

In the past couple of articles we have considered why security is important and what are the threats faced, both internal and external. Most, if not all organisations will be doing something about IT security, so it isn’t going to be awfully useful to launch into a treatise on how everybody should be implementing IT security. It is perhaps worth revisiting some of the key elements of ‘security done right’, however, so we can consider what’s getting in the way.
Jon Collins, 03 Mar 2009
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Ancient pulsar still radiating like a young 'un

NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory has detected what the agency describes as a "surprisingly active" ancient pulsar - the oldest such body ever spied in the X-ray band and still radiating after around 200m years.
Lester Haines, 03 Mar 2009
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Apple updates full desktop Mac line-up

It's all go at Apple: the company has just rolled a stack of new desktops: the Mac Pro, the iMac and the Mac Mini have all been updated.
Tony Smith, 03 Mar 2009
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Asus keyboard PC due May. Or maybe June

Asus' Eee PC Keyboard could appear as early as May the firm's bosses confirmed at CeBit today.
Joe Fay, 03 Mar 2009
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Barclays heralds new wave of wallet-waving

Barclays Bank is to embed contactless technology into every debit card issued from this day forward, allowing punters to pay for coffee with a wave of the wallet - providing they can find somewhere that accepts the new technology.
Bill Ray, 03 Mar 2009
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Apple adds simultaneous multi-band Wi-Fi to routers

Apple didn't just tweak its desktop Mac line-up today - it also tinkered with its wireless router range.
Tony Smith, 03 Mar 2009
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NetApp gives MetroCluster a good going-over

NetApp has updated its MetroCluster software to support storage array failover to remote site storage in VMware environments.
Chris Mellor, 03 Mar 2009
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Oz runs Romero-themed zombie awareness week

Australia is running a national zombie awareness week in a bid to educate users about how to stop hackers from taking over control of their PCs.
John Leyden, 03 Mar 2009
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BT OpenZone: Is it or isn't it?

BT's decision to upgrade every BT Business Hub, enabling them to operate as OpenZone hotspots, has been controversial - the fact that the company seems unable to decide if users are being opted into or out of the system can only make things worse.
Bill Ray, 03 Mar 2009
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Telenor shuns IFPI's 'block Pirate Bay' demands

Norwegian ISP Telenor has refused demands from representatives of the US music and film industry to block access to BitTorrent tracker website The Pirate Bay.
Kelly Fiveash, 03 Mar 2009
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Extreme-sports fans offered tough compact camera

AgfaPhoto has designed a compact camera that appears to have been tailored for the needs of divers, hikers and skiers.
James Sherwood, 03 Mar 2009
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Nokia N97 price skyrockets

Nokia’s N97 smartphone will arrive later than previously thought - and cost a fair chunk more, according to one retailer’s website.
James Sherwood, 03 Mar 2009
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Snacker discovers Nokia phone in crisp packet

Nokia has begun using a unique, but totally barmy, method of phone distribution: putting its handsets inside crisp packets.
James Sherwood, 03 Mar 2009
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NZ unleashes sonic Manilow weapon

New Zealand has followed the lead of an Oz local council and intends to unleash the ultimate deterrent against Christchurch "mallrats" - the Barry Manilow sonic weapon.
Lester Haines, 03 Mar 2009
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SGI lays off another 9 per cent

Supercomputer maker Silicon Graphics has let go 120 more employees, nine per cent of its workforce, in an effort to cut costs as its revenues decline.
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Tandberg puts DiskStor library on books

Tandberg Data is continuing its migration to becoming a disk and tape-based data protection vendor with the addition of a DiskStor virtual tape library to its product range next quarter.
Chris Mellor, 03 Mar 2009
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Environmentalists greenmail Google, Dell

Cebit 09 Greenpeace has called out the tech industry on its environmental claims, challenging the likes of Google and Dell to start applying pressure on governments to adopt meaningful emissions reduction targets ahead of a crucial meeting on a replacement for the Kyoto protocol.
Joe Fay, 03 Mar 2009
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Nokia releases cuter Qt

Nokia has released the first major update to Qt since it acquired Trolltech a year ago, with licensing and features to increase the application and UI framework's appeal.
Gavin Clarke, 03 Mar 2009
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Google CFO nabs $1.2m bonus for five months' work

The Chocolate Factory's new chief financial officer has received a million-dollar bonus after just five months on the job.
Cade Metz, 03 Mar 2009
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Neil Young posts angry YouTube missive

Neil Young has hit out at YouTube by complaining it “unfairly” punishes artists to keep the online video business ticking over.
Kelly Fiveash, 03 Mar 2009
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HP quashes executive jet perks

In a sign that Hewlett-Packard is running short on compensation-based expenses to eliminate - or that its executives simply abhor flying commercial first class – the PC vendor said it's now cutting private jet perks for top executives.
Austin Modine, 03 Mar 2009
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Hack-off contestant dubs Apple Safari 'easy pickins'

Apple's Safari browser is likely to be compromised multiple times at an annual hacking contest being held later this month because it's "easy pickins as usual," a researcher specializing in Apple security says.
Dan Goodin, 03 Mar 2009
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Apple Mac-sprucing bores fanbois

Opinion Apple updated its Mac Mini, iMac, and Mac Pro lines on Tuesday. And what a ho-hum set of updates it was.
Rik Myslewski, 03 Mar 2009
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Contractors risk mini-Microsoft-protest

Microsoft contractors unhappy with a 10 per cent pay cut took to the streets just as senior management - again - talked up future hiring.
Gavin Clarke, 03 Mar 2009
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US spy agency gains support for cyber security role

The United States' top intelligence official argued last week that the National Security Agency should become the nation's cyber defender, adding his voice to the growing murmur of support for the agency's future role in cyberspace.
Robert Lemos, 03 Mar 2009
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Intel dubs 2009 'The Year of 10Gb Ethernet'

Intel's high-density computing honcho says that 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) is ready for prime time.
Rik Myslewski, 03 Mar 2009
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Server market gets second opinion on Q4

The analysts at Gartner have reexamined the server patient, and they can confirm it's still sick.