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Travel firm server glitch double dips on billing

A web-based travel agent scrambled to refund customers on Friday after a server problem meant customers' credit cards were billed again for holidays taken as long as a year ago.
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Wacky Jacqui spanked by husband

Home Secretary Jacqui Smith has admitted getting the taxpayer to pick up the bill for two porn films watched by her husband last June.
Jane Fae , 30 Mar 2009
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Build your own ParaScale cloud storage

Users can now download ParaScale's scale-out cloud storage software and turn Linux servers into a scale-out, loosely-clustered, cloud storage utility.
Chris Mellor, 30 Mar 2009
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Linux on the desktop: cheap trick or pragmatist’s dream?

Reg Tech Panel Welcome to our third and final poll on desktop operating systems. First, we looked at Vista readiness for business use: you can check out a short write up of that one here. Then we moved onto one of the main contenders to desktop Windows, Mac OS X. In this week's poll we turn our attention to desktop Linux: the challenge is to build a clear picture of where desktop Linux can fit, and if so how to make best use of it.
Jon Collins, 30 Mar 2009
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Leeds council cuts contractor rates

Leeds City Council is telling all its IT contractors to take a ten per cent pay cut.
John Oates, 30 Mar 2009
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China rubbishes cyber-espionage claims

China has been accused of using malware to spy against the Tibetan government-in-exile and the private office of the Dalai Lama, as well as numerous foreign embassies.
John Leyden, 30 Mar 2009
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Action games 'improve eyesight'

Playing a certain type of videogame can help to improve adult eyesight, a study conducted by a North American university has concluded.
James Sherwood, 30 Mar 2009
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Samsung P3

Review After a little over a year as the standard bearer for Samsung's PMP range, it's time for the YP-P2, aka the Yepp P2, to retire. But is its replacement - the YP-P3 – an evolution or a revolution? And has it got what it takes to lure buyers away from the default purchases in the segment: the ubiquitous multifunction iPod Touch and the slightly esoteric but highly capable Cowon iAudio S9?
Alun Taylor, 30 Mar 2009
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UFO fleet menaces east London

The Sun has mobilised a crack team of hacks and ufologists to probe a sensational sighting of a formation of extraterrestrial vehicles swooping over the mean streets of Bethnal Green:
Lester Haines, 30 Mar 2009
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NEC gives up on global PC sales

NEC Corp declared over the weekend its intention to retreat from the PC market in the Asia-Pacific region and concentrate solely on domestic sales in Japan, following the firm’s decision to quit the computer biz in EMEA last month.
Kelly Fiveash, 30 Mar 2009
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Palm Pré to arrive next month?

The much-hyped Palm Pré could be launched next month, according to Tweets posted by the head of one firm thought to be testing the would-be iPhone killer.
James Sherwood, 30 Mar 2009
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BT network 'vulnerable to Chinese attack'

Spy chiefs have reportedly briefed ministers that Huawei hardware bought by BT could be hijacked by China to cripple the UK's communications infrastructure.
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Pics show North Korean rocket ready to go

A satellite picture has been released showing what appears to be a large three-stage rocket stack erected by a gantry in North Korea, confirming news reports indicating an imminent launch.
Lewis Page, 30 Mar 2009
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Busted! Conficker's tell-tale heart uncovered

Security experts have made a breakthrough in their five-month battle against the Conficker worm, with the discovery that the malware leaves a fingerprint on infected machines that is easy to detect using a variety of off-the-shelf network scanners.
Dan Goodin, 30 Mar 2009
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HP Mini 2140 netbook

Review While most manufacturers seem happy to hurl out new netbook models at the rate of knots, HP is positively lumbering along. Back in May 2008, it released its first model, the Mini-Note 2133, and it's only just got around to releasing an updated version, the Mini 2140.
Will Stapley, 30 Mar 2009
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Charter Communications files for bankruptcy

US cable firm Charter Communications Inc, which is controlled by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, filed for bankruptcy protection on Friday.
Kelly Fiveash, 30 Mar 2009
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Storage in the new Fujitsu Technology Services

Tomorrow Fujitsu Siemens Computers will become Fujitsu Technology Services, as Fujitsu completes its buyout of Siemens' 50 per cent share of FSC. FTS becomes Fujitsu's global storage competence centre.
Chris Mellor, 30 Mar 2009
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World's first shaving phone unveiled

Until today, men could only have a quick shave between phone calls if they were willing to carry around an electric razor. But now a phone’s gone on sale that’ll help you look presentable and make calls.
James Sherwood, 30 Mar 2009
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Artist slices gadgets using CT scanner

Ever wondered what your gadgets look like on the inside? One artist has, and has begun capturing the inner workings of everything from the iPhone to laptops – without taking a screwdriver to them.
James Sherwood, 30 Mar 2009
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Irish boffins tackle cow-fart ecopocalypse with fish oil

Irish boffins believe they may be able to save us all from the scourge of cowfart-induced ecological catastrophe, according to reports. It seems that adding fish oil to the parping bovine planet-wreckers' diet can reduce their methane emissions.
Lewis Page, 30 Mar 2009
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Western Digital snaps up SiliconSystems

Western Digital is buying solid state disk supplier SiliconSystems for $65m in cash, and will supply SSDs to the netbook, notebook and enterprise markets.
Chris Mellor, 30 Mar 2009
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Women's lust for shopping linked to periods

Research by the University of Hertfordshire has suggested that women's desire to hit the shops may be linked to hormonal changes during their menstrual cycle.
Lester Haines, 30 Mar 2009
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iPhone finally gets Skype

From tomorrow iPhone users will be able to download a Skype application from iTunes, though they'll still be prevented from making calls over 3G connections, and will still miss out on the functionality offered by alternative Skype clients.
Bill Ray, 30 Mar 2009
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Rumour: Sun pink slips to fly today

The word on the street this morning is that the second part of the 5,000- to 6,000-person layoff by struggling server and operating system maker Sun Microsystems will kick in today.
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3 and T-Mobile announce site provider

Mobile Broadband Network Limited, the company set up to manage the UK's combined 3G network for operators 3 and T-Mobile, has announced that Arqiva will be providing 5,100 cell sites to be used by both networks.
Bill Ray, 30 Mar 2009
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Asus slides out first 'optical drive included' Eee

Keeping up with Asus’ ever expanding Eee PC range is getting tricky, especially now the firm has just unveiled the line's first model with an integrated optical drive.
James Sherwood, 30 Mar 2009
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Russian mag teases with netbook MacBook specs

Is this the face of Apple's unannounced netbook?
Tony Smith, 30 Mar 2009
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MPs lambast Forces' new personnel database

The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has come in for yet more scathing criticism from its parliamentary oversight committee. The committee's report into the MoD annual accounts says that the introduction of a new personnel database system, run on the MoD intranet, has been a fiasco.
Lewis Page, 30 Mar 2009
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IBM tries to patent offshoring

Two years ago, red-faced IBM executives ordered a patent application on offshoring jobs to be withdrawn. Last week it returned, more sophisticated than ever. The latest application, describes how to weigh various constraints, such as lack of a skilled workforce, against incentives such as tax breaks.
Andrew Orlowski, 30 Mar 2009
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Firefox update fixes pwn2own vuln

Mozilla responded to reports of vulnerabilities by pushing out a new version of Firefox on Friday.
John Leyden, 30 Mar 2009
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IBM-led Open Cloud Manifesto: Who's in, who's out?

The Open Cloud Manifesto, spearheaded by IBM, landed today with a small thud - but it's the vendors left off the list of supporters who are making the biggest bang.
Kelly Fiveash, 30 Mar 2009
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Nokia kicks OEMs to the kerb

Nokia is getting out of third-party manufacturing, a move that will see the Finnish giant spending $5bn less on making handsets, according to specialists iSuppli.
Bill Ray, 30 Mar 2009
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LG talks up transparent touch phone

LG has unveiled more of the features of its upcoming transparent mobile phone, the GD900, announcing that the handset will include gesture recognition and several other tech treats.
James Sherwood, 30 Mar 2009
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Fujitsu talks big on x64 server sales

The European arm of Japanese server maker Fujitsu, to be called Fujitsu Technology Solutions, is staking the growth of its server business on the IA platform.
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Delivering sustainable security

Regcast In the third in our series of Regcasts assessing the state of the IT security market, the experts look at the mechanisms required to ensure security solutions evolve to match the ever changing threat landscape.
Team Register, 30 Mar 2009
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Verizon to ape AT&T with netbook sales

US cellco giant Verizon Wireless will begin selling netbooks before the middle of the year.
Cade Metz, 30 Mar 2009
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Microsoft and TomTom settle 'Linux' kerfuffle

Microsoft and TomTom have settled the much-discussed patent infringement suits they tossed at each other earlier this year.
Cade Metz, 30 Mar 2009
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Intel unmasks Nehalem Xeons

Intel has officially unveiled its "Nehalem EP" Xeon 5500 processors for two-socket servers.
Team Register, 30 Mar 2009
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IBM punts two racks, a blade, and a hybrid thingy

Nehalem Day IBM is looking for the new Nehalem EP-based servers to kick start its System x rack server and BladeCenter blade server business, which saw a steepening decline in sales as 2008 wound down.
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HP goes to 11 with ProLiant launch

Nehalem Day When you are the volume leader in the x64 server racket, as Hewlett-Packard is, you have customers who have all kinds of different needs, and when Intel launches a new processor for the workhorse two-socket portion of the server market, you go broad and you go deep to protect the HP server biz.
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Dell girds iron from the tower to the blade

Nehalem Day Dell has officially announced its new "Nehalem EP" server lineup.
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DHS battles Axis of Exorbitance with software overhaul

The US Department of Homeland Security said on Friday it's seeking a "leaner, smarter" way to preserve our freedoms and fight the global war on terror by launching an agency-wide efficiency program to cut wasteful spending.
Austin Modine, 30 Mar 2009
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Gartner sees flat biz software biz in 2009

Software spending will be stagnant this year, according to market research firm Gartner, but companies should finally start loosening their purse strings after the first quarter of 2010.
Austin Modine, 30 Mar 2009
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Intel showcases 'transformational' Nehalem

Nehalem Day Intel's "Nehalem EP" Xeon 5500 series of processors for two-socket servers were announced this afternoon. Finally. Now, the server market can breathe a sigh of relief and set about the difficult task of trying to peddle better boxes in a worsening economy. Which sure beats trying to sell last year's machines this year.
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Google launches free (legal) music search in China

Together with the world's four largest music labels, Google has formally launched an ad-based MP3 download service in China to combat easily accessible illegal downloads that have effectively killed the country's music industry online.
Austin Modine, 30 Mar 2009
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Romanian phisher gets 50 month prison term

A Romanian man has been sentenced to serve more than four years in US prison for taking part in a sophisticated phishing scam that cost financial institutions at least $150,000.
Dan Goodin, 30 Mar 2009
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Google caches payment card details for 19,000 Brits

More evidence of Google's success in organizing the world's information and making it universally accessible: Payment card details for 19,000 Brits were recently found hosted in the search engine's web cache.
Dan Goodin, 30 Mar 2009
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Microsoft kills MSN Encarta

Microsoft is pulling the plug on its MSN Encarta encyclopedia websites and software, following Wikipedia's obliteration of the online reference market.
Austin Modine, 30 Mar 2009