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Online attackers feed off Norton forum purge

Quick-moving attackers took advantage of a glitch in an update for Symantec anti-virus software, using an information vacuum that followed as an opportunity to lure panic-stricken users to websites that tried to install malware on their computers.
Dan Goodin, 11 Mar 2009
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Sun beefs servers with SSDs

Server maker Sun Microsystems took a shining to flash-based solid state disks (SSDs) in late 2007, and today, it will finally announce SSD modules that plug into its entry and midrange server lineup.
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BT job cuts start to bite ahead of March deadline

BT contractors are continuing to leave the firm ahead of the end of March deadline.
John Oates, 11 Mar 2009
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Atrato looks for cash to fill out sealed canister storage pitch

Xiotech may have talen the public perception lead in shipping drive arrays based on self-healing and sealed canisters of disk drives, but Atrato is shipping the same Seagate-derived technology into the video surveillance market.
Chris Mellor, 11 Mar 2009
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Game creator slams Wii MotionPlus

A videogame developer will not support the Wii's upcoming MotionPlus peripheral because the add-on “didn’t really add anything” to gameplay, it claimed.
James Sherwood, 11 Mar 2009
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Sennheiser MM50 for iPhone stereo headset

Reviews Sennheiser launched the MM50 last year, but it's just re-issued the set, this time in white as well as black, and with a nod toward Apple's iPod Touch and new MacBook laptops as well as the iPhone, which the 'phones were originally designed for.
Tony Smith, 11 Mar 2009
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Online gambling safe from EU regulation

The European Parliament has rejected calls for community-wide regulation of online gambling saying it is a job for individual countries.
John Oates, 11 Mar 2009
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Latest subject for peer review? You

Tired of twiddling with wiki biographes and writing unpaid reviews for Amazon? Perhaps you'd like to rate your co-worker, or boss, now that the wisdom of crowds has been applied to the great American public.
Bill Ray, 11 Mar 2009
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UK trade mark and patent fees to drop

The cost of registering trade marks in the UK will fall under plans proposed by the Intellectual Property Office (IPO). The move is a response to reduced EU trade mark prices and to falling demand for marks.
OUT-LAW.COM, 11 Mar 2009
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Screeching rails close London Tube station

The Central Line platforms at Bank Tube station were yesterday closed for 90 minutes during the rush hour following "complaints that decibel levels from screeching rails were too high", the Evening Standard reports.
Lester Haines, 11 Mar 2009
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Pair of Nokias comes with more music

Nokia wants to keep the beats flowing, so it’s added two more phones to its XpressMusic portfolio, along with a more basic model aimed at radio listeners.
James Sherwood, 11 Mar 2009
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Apple allows Twitterers to f**k the iPhone

Apple has decided that Twitterers will henceforth be able to access profanity via the iPhones and iPod touch, Cnet reports.
Lester Haines, 11 Mar 2009
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Critical kernel fix stars in Patch Tuesday updates

Microsoft released the promised three patches on Tuesday, including one critical, as part of its regular Patch Tuesday update cycle.
John Leyden, 11 Mar 2009
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French yoof offered Halo-esque electric buggy

'Leccy Tech Strange things can often be found off the beaten track at car exhibitions, and the dustier corners of the Pavillon Vert at this year's Geneva Motor Show proved no exception.
Alun Taylor, 11 Mar 2009
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Supercontinuum tickle-spot offers analogue-to-digital leap

Californian boffins say they have mastered the well-known phenomenon of freak waves - mathematically similar to the ship-swallowing monsters of the great southern ocean - occurring in supercontinuum light generators, by finding a magic optical "tickle-spot".
Lewis Page, 11 Mar 2009
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Sony to unveil PSP... car?

A picture has popped up online which suggests Sony may have teamed up with Gallic car maker Citroën to make a PlayStation Portable-branded car.
James Sherwood, 11 Mar 2009
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ID and Passport Service brings in ad men

The Identity and Passport Service has signed up an advertising agency to develop campaigns for its services.
Kablenet, 11 Mar 2009
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UK's net radicalization plans are 'crude, costly, counter-productive'

Negative government measures to counter online radicalisation are crude, costly and counter-productive, says a report released yesterday - if it's serious about the issue, it needs to harness the positive.
Jane Fae , 11 Mar 2009
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AMD has sold Nintendo 50m Wii GPUs

AMD today say it has now sent Nintendo a total of 50m 'Hollywood' graphics chips destined to drive the videogames pioneer's Wii console.
Tony Smith, 11 Mar 2009
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Health department data practices are sick, frowns ICO

The Department of Health has been told by the Information Commissioner's Office and the British Medical Association to improve the way it looks after patients' records.
John Oates, 11 Mar 2009
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Google tosses free texting

Google is pulling access to the XMPP API that allows third-party applications to send SMS messages with the Mountain View chocolate factory footing the bill, much to the annoyance of app developers.
Bill Ray, 11 Mar 2009
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UK extends VAT crackdown as EU OKs cut-rate cobblers

The EU has given the green light to the UK to extend its reverse charge VAT scheme aimed at cracking down on carousel fraud.
Joe Fay, 11 Mar 2009
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Russian pops сабоs in pancake-eating contest

A Russian man participating in a pancake-eating contest found out the hard way that it's probably not a good idea to stuff your face with 43 banana and cream-packed delicacies - dropping dead as he claimed the prize for his gut-busting gluttony.
Lester Haines, 11 Mar 2009
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Acer K10 DLP pico projector

Review Acer’s website describes the K10 as a "travel projector", but we reckon the tiny size and weight of this LED unit qualify it as a Pico Projector.
Leo Waldock, 11 Mar 2009
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Channel 4 fails to open archives to Mac, Linux fans

Broadcaster Channel 4 has admitted the archive section of its web-based service will remain unavailable to Mac and Linux users.
Kelly Fiveash, 11 Mar 2009
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PRS v YouTube: No UK vids, but royalty row runs and runs

The row between YouTube and the Performing Rights Society - which collects royalties for musicians - shows no sign of ending, although talks yesterday were described as positive.
John Oates, 11 Mar 2009
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Swedes say nej to Sofia 'Dark Knight' Englundh

The powers that be have decreed that a 19-year-old Stockholm lass may not change her name to Sofia "Dark Knight" Englundh, The Local reports.
Lester Haines, 11 Mar 2009
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Apple restyles iPod Shuffle

Apple has quietly revamped the iPod Shuffle - removing all its control in the process and making it half the size of the previous model.
Tony Smith, 11 Mar 2009
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Microsoft tempts enterprises with 'temporary' license cuts

Microsoft is giving big customers discounts of up to a quarter on licensing of major server and communications software in an apparent reaction to the recession.
Gavin Clarke, 11 Mar 2009
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Call of Duty kicks Grand Theft Auto at awards night

Winning an Oscar’s the pinnacle for actors and their films, but the videogame industry’s finest were recognised in London last night at the British Academy Video Games Awards.
James Sherwood, 11 Mar 2009
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Chinese crackers create counterfeit iTunes racket

Chinese crackers have reportedly cracked the iTunes gift card system.
John Leyden, 11 Mar 2009
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Have IT vendors been hit harder than IT departments?

I don't know about you, but I keep wondering where the disconnect is between the US unemployment rate and IT departments. And if there is a disconnect, as there seems to be from looking at the data, I am grateful on both your behalf and my own. The rest of the IT Jungle team is grateful, too. None of us - you, me or them - wants to become a statistic.
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Gov: High-tech engineering (car making) will save Blighty

Analysis More news from the British government's push to revitalise the economy through high tech today, as the Trade and Investment Minister - a former banker - briefed reporters on a new national marketing effort for UK "advanced engineering".
Lewis Page, 11 Mar 2009
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BBC mobile gets pimped

The BBC has launched a new beta of its mobile service, allowing punters to set up the kind of news coverage they are interested in displaying on the limited space available on a mobile phone.
Bill Ray, 11 Mar 2009
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BT rebuts database security breach claims

BT has dismissed the significance of supposed vulnerabilities on its systems detailed by infamous hacker Unu on Tuesday.
John Leyden, 11 Mar 2009
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Phorm CEO clashes with Berners-Lee at Parliament

An exasperated Kent Ertugrul took on Sir Tim Berners-Lee in a tense encounter at a discussion on internet privacy at the Houses of Parliament today.
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Windows app store breaks old ground for Microsoft

Microsoft hopes to differentiate its online app store against Apple with the promise of honesty if not better pricing.
Gavin Clarke, 11 Mar 2009
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'WALL-E' robot grunt obeys military hand signals

Vid American robo-profs have developed control software which will allow the droid ground-troops of tomorrow to be controlled by their fleshy comrades using standard military hand signals.
Lewis Page, 11 Mar 2009

Child offered for sale on Xbox Live

US police have launched a criminal investigation after a child was advertised for sale on Xbox Live.
James Sherwood, 11 Mar 2009
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Apple preps netbook 10-inch touch screen thingy

The web is aflame with rumors that a 10in, touchscreen "netbook" will arrive from Apple later this year. But we see things differently.
Rik Myslewski, 11 Mar 2009
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Microsoft's IE regulatory date with fate extended

Microsoft's been given additional time to rebut European regulator's findings it broke the law by shipping Internet Explorer with Windows.
Gavin Clarke, 11 Mar 2009
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Google plugs your surf history into ad money machine

Google has unleashed a new behavioral ad targeting scheme onto YouTube and partner sites in its AdSense advertising network - though it has carefully avoided the term behavioral ad targeting. Google prefers "interest-based advertising."
Cade Metz, 11 Mar 2009
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Kremlin-backed youths launched Estonian cyberwar, says Russian official

Members of a Kremlin-backed youth group spearheaded the cyberattacks that paralyzed Estonia's internet traffic in May of 2007, a Russian government official has admitted.
Dan Goodin, 11 Mar 2009
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Spansion gets Nasdaq delisting notice

Floundering flash mem giant Spansion has received a delisting notice from the Nasdaq stock exchange. The Sunnyvale, California-based company says the notice arrived in part because of its recent Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing.
Cade Metz, 11 Mar 2009
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Real ID law to receive makeover under Obama

A law requiring US citizens to present federally mandated ID cards for "official purposes" such as boarding a plane is likely to be shaken down at the door under the US Department of Homeland Security's new secretary, Janet Napolitano.
Austin Modine, 11 Mar 2009
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National Semiconductor to lay off 1,725

National Semiconductor announced Wednesday that it would immediately lay off 850 employees and follow those layoffs with an additional 875 over the next "several quarters" as the company closes two plants: one in Suzhou, China and a second in Arlington, Texas.
Rik Myslewski, 11 Mar 2009
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Hitachi cops to Dell LCD pricing conspiracy

A Hitachi subsidiary has agreed to a $31m fine for its role in an industry-wide conspiracy to fix the prices of monitors sold to computer and handset manufacturers.
Dan Goodin, 11 Mar 2009
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SEC: Magical stock brokering software was a fraud

US trade regulators are accusing two California men of orchestrating a multi-million dollar ponzi scheme by convincing clients they owned a special stock option trading computer program with a near-flawless record for choosing winners.
Austin Modine, 11 Mar 2009