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Pro tip: Don't include SEC lawyer in your $4.6m botnet scam

When running a botnet to spam millions with emails touting your illegal stock-scalping scheme, it's rarely a good idea to include a US Securities and Exchange Commission lawyer's work address on the mailing list.
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Microsoft preps massive cloud expansion

Mix 09 Microsoft will soon start a significant expansion of the hosting capabilities available in its nascent cloud, Azure Services Platform.
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Phone designers to improve reality

Multicore Expo Future phones will recognize buildings and people by sight and replace reality with something better. They'll also have roll-out HD displays. Or projectors. Or they'll dock with your PC's display.
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Has Microsoft matched Flash with Silverlight 3?

Mix 09 Traditionally, version 3.0 is the moment when everything comes together for Microsoft. Has the company pulled this off with Silverlight 3.0, the beta of which was announced today here at Mix 09 in Las Vegas?
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Sun and IBM - What price Bigger Indigo?

Comment Innovation loves a crisis, Sun boss Jonathan Schwartz likes to say. But perhaps not so much as your competitors love your particular crisis. Witness the way IBM has quietly but gleefully watched Sun's power and fortunes wane in the aftermath of the dot.com bust.
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Wii-style games keep kids trim, finds study

An apple a day keeps the doctor at bay, so the old wives' tale goes. But so might certain videogames, now that researchers have finally quantified the benefits of playing active games like Wii Sports.
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A grim day for browser security at hacker contest

CanSecWest Internet browser security took a beating during Day 1 of an annual hacking competition, with Apple's Safari, Microsoft's Internet Explorer and Mozilla's Firefox all being felled in a matter of hours.
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Ofcom insists on emergency roaming

Broadband and 999 calls are what the public needs most, according to Ofcom's consultation on Access and Inclusion.
Bill Ray, 19 2009
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Secret Aussie blacklist leaked

The inevitable has happened - the secret Australian blacklist of banned websites has been published on the internet.
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Philips GoGear Spark MP3 player

Review We've not looked at any of Philips' GoGear media players before, so the arrival of the new Spark seemed like a good opportunity a poke one with Reg Hardware's metaphorical sharp stick.
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Microsoft promises 'lessons learned' on IE 8 download day

Analysis It took nearly two years for the functionally inferior Internet Explorer 6 to finally be surpassed by the better IE 7 in terms of regular daily use.
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Brussels: Old-school lightbulbs to be gone by 2012

The European Commission has adopted new regulations which will see ordinary incandescent lightbulbs phased out across Europe. Users will be able to choose in future from fluorescent lamps, including energy-saving "bulbs", and more-efficient halogen incandescents.
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Google Street View hits UK streets

Late yesterday, Google launched novelty snoop service Street View in the UK, offering views of, er, streets.
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Government funds IT security research

The government's Technology Strategy Board has invited bids for a £6m fund for research into improving information security.
Kablenet, 19 2009
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How police busted UK's biggest cybercrime case

Exclusive The story of the investigation into the failed multi-million pound cyberheist at Sumitomo Bank can finally be told, following the recent conviction and sentencing of its perpetrators.
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Intel desktop price cuts coming

Intel will be cutting the prices of some of its four-core desktop processors next month. It'll be adding some new ones to its line-up too, ahead of further introductions in May.
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Second Light not Surface 2, claims Microsoft

Microsoft has confirmed that Second Light isn’t a second Surface, despite reports claims to contrary. It also hinted that larger and more advanced models of the original interactive coffee table may be developed.
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Samsung stalking SanDisk again?

SanDisk shares have shot up 43 per cent to $10.93 in a week with rumours that Samsung is trying to take it over again.
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Microsoft readies IE8 for lift off

Web surfers across the world will be able to download Internet Explorer 8 later today.
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Samsung punts popcorn flicks for pounds

Samsung, in common with the rest of the mobile industry, wants to get into service provision, and today that means downloadable movies for phone and PC - as long as your phone is a Tocco Ultra and your PC runs Windows.
Bill Ray, 19 2009
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Oracle grows despite recession

Oracle grew its revenues in its third 2009 quarter by two percent to $5.5bn - a decent performance, but still not good enough for CEO Larry Ellison.
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IT vendors: Who’s hot and who’s not?

Roll up, roll up to the third instalment of The Register’s Good, Bad and Ugly IT Vendor study, where you get the chance to express your views about the purveyors of IT goods and services that you use in your business. Whether you want to praise good performance or castigate failure, now’s the chance to sit down with a cuppa and make those views known to the world.
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Virgin Media to battle modem hackers

More than a thousand hackers are using reconfigured cable modems to fraudulently access free high speed Virgin Media broadband, sources have revealed.
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Dell's Studio One 19 gets UK date, price

Seven days after it officially unveiled the Studio One 19 all-in-one PC to the world, Dell has announced when the machine will arrive in Blighty.
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Blighty orders first 3 supersonic stealth jumpjets

The UK has ordered its first three Joint Strike Fighter (aka F-35 or "Lightning II") supersonic stealth jumpjets. The initial trio of UK planes will be prototypes built as part of the F-35's development phase, giving Blighty access and input to the jet's final design.
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UK fraud strategy 'more worthy of Uzbekistan'

A UK government strategy for tackling internet fraud has been criticised by a senior banking security researcher.
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Samsung bashes out ruggedised ringer

As adventurous types begin packing their bags for sunny rock climbing holidays and such, Samsung has unveiled a rugged mobile phone that it hopes you’ll see fit to pack into your Berghaus rucksack.
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Sony seeks underwriter for Ericsson 'split'

Sony is reportedly in talks to buy out Ericsson from the cooperative deal that led to the creation of Sony Ericsson in 2001, assuming the Japanese giant can get the cash together.
Bill Ray, 19 2009
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Manufacturers notch up weakest output since 1980

UK manufacturers expect to slash factory output in the coming months as orders for March fell at their sharpest rate in 17 years.
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Air France trials biometric boarding cards

Air France has started trialling RFID-equipped smartcards which store passenger fingerprints to allow automated boarding.
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Astroboffins probe mysterious 'blazar'

An international team of astronomy brainboxes say they have gained valuable initial insights into the behaviour of faraway, molto weirdo space objects known as "blazars".
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Sky calls for access to cable network

Sky has called on the government and regulators to open up Virgin Media's infrastructure to competitors, claiming it will speed roll-out of high speed broadband services.
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Fennec leaps into beta

Fennec, the mobile version of Firefox, has gone to beta. Though currently only available for the Nokia N810 Internet Tablet, it appears to be functional and stable.
Bill Ray, 19 2009
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Pioneer BDP-51FD Blu-ray Disc player

Review It's not been easy for Pioneer of late, what with the painful withdrawal from the high-end plasma TV market that it had dominated with the Kuro, the best plasma family on the planet. However, life goes on and this spritely little Blu-ray Disc player should go some way to putting the spring back into Pioneer’s step.
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British International Motor Show cancelled

The British International Motor Show has cancelled next year's show as the recession starts to bite.
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IBM joins rivals in cutting contractor rates

IBM UK is cutting some contractor rates.
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Street View captures traditional British Christmas

Updated And so it begins. Just hours after it launched here, we're much obliged to patriotic reader Russ for the first image from Google's Street View to capture the true spirit of Blighty.
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IT contractor charged over US oil rig hack

An IT contractor has been charged with sabotaging offshore oil rig computer systems.
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Sony tunes in to stereo TV stands

Sony has expanded its range of stereo-cum-telly stands with the launch of a set for big screen TVs.
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Elgato H.264 encoder gains 1080p processing

Mac TV tuner specialist Elgato has updated its Turbo.264 video conversion dongle by bunging 'HD' on the end of the name and equipping it with the ability to handle 1080p content.
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Advertising watchdog okays 'gaming equals early grave' ad

The Advertising Standards Authority has stood behind an advert that some consumers complained connected videogames with an early death.
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Symantec opens Norton door to cloud

Symantec is offering consumers a backup to the cloud service through its Norton brand, with 25GB of space costing a smidgen under $50/year.
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Cisco snaps up pocket video maker

Cisco is to buy Pure Digital Technologies, manufacturers of the Flip range of handheld digital video cameras.
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Intel chip flaw gets double exposure

Security researchers are due to publish research on how an Intel chip flaw might be used for potentially malign purposes on Thursday.
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Penguin floats hybrid Linux supers

Linux supercomputer maker Penguin Computing is ramping up its use of nVidia Tesla graphics processing units as co-processors for its x64-based Linux clusters.
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Obama CIO's 'youthful indiscretion': shirt thieving

Why was America's inaugural CIO cuffed for petty thievery as 21-year-old? He swiped four dress shirts from J.C. Penney - and made a run for it.
Cade Metz, 19 2009
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Ballmer hails Windows Mobile for Welfare™

Steve Ballmer on Thursday said Microsoft's smartphone strategy for the recession is to be a soup kitchen for the mobile market.
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Google kicks Amazon in the Kindle

Escalating the ebook wars, Google has backed Sony's Reader Digital Book with more than half a million public-domain titles coded in the open ePub format.
Cade Metz, 19 2009
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Sun banks future on multicore virtualization

Multicore Expo Sever virtualization is at the top of most IT admins' to-do lists, but it's still has a long way to go in the development of management software, I/O technology, and storage technology before its full value can be realized.
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Online game given real-life bank permit

Publishers of the online game Entropia Universe have been granted a real-life banking license by Swedish officials. They plan to open a government-insured virtual bank for the game within a year.
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Richardson death used to bait scareware traps

Criminal hackers are exploiting interest in news of the tragic death of actress Natasha Richardson on Wednesday to bait scareware traps.
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HP streams 'confidential' town hall meeting to world+dog

When HP senior vice president and general manager Joe Eazor opened today's EDS "Global Town Hall" meeting, he gave employees a stern warning about the evils of sharing top-secret HP info with anyone outside the company.
Cade Metz, 19 2009
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Boffins sniff keystrokes with lasers, oscilloscopes

CanSecWest Researchers have devised two novel ways to eavesdrop on people as they enter passwords, emails, and other sensitive information into computers, even when they're not connected to the internet or other networks.
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Sun's Niagara gets Linux (again)

Server maker Sun Microsystems has a new Linux partner for its "Niagara" family of multicore processors and their related servers: Wind River Systems.

iPhone 3.0 beta reveals mixed blessing

On Tuesday evening, Apple released a beta of the iPhone 3.0 software it had announced that very morn. Details are now hitting the web - big-time.