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Zend offers PHP cure for Java bloat

Zend Technologies has built an application server for PHP that it hopes can slowly convert frustrated Java programmers as well as those relying on Java on the web and in the enterprise.
Gavin Clarke, 07 Apr 2009
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US Defense Dept shuffles self

US Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Monday outlined a sweeping set of changes to the Department of Defense's budget that he described "will profoundly reform how this department does business".
Rik Myslewski, 07 Apr 2009
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Egenera grooms Nehalem EP blades

Among the many niche server makers that are readying products that make use of Intel's "Nehalem EP" Xeon 5500 processors announced last week, you'll find Egenera, the outfit that never quite made it as a volume server maker but that still has high hopes for its PAN Manager blade management software.
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Multiple security scanner bugs give users a headache

Once an occasional inconvenience, serious security bugs and vulnerabilities in anti-virus and security suite products are growing into hardy perennials.
John Leyden, 07 Apr 2009
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Isilon cuts staff, recruits NetApper

Scale-out NAS supplier Isilon has made a first quarter loss, fired about 40 people, and recruited another NetApp sales exec to bolster its executive ranks.
Chris Mellor, 07 Apr 2009
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Google digital book 'monopoly' feels heat

Complaints over Google's sweeping digital books settlement have reached a boiling point. And Google wants you to know that Microsoft is funding some of the heat.
Cade Metz, 07 Apr 2009
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As Sun unravels, it's time for a new suit

Opinion With IBM reportedly breaking off the engagement, Sun must reinvent itself if it is to go it alone. That means bringing in a Joe Tucci lookalike to reform and restructure the business.
Chris Mellor, 07 Apr 2009
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IPS misses its ID cards for foreigners target

The Home Office has confirmed that it has issued half as many ID cards to non-EU foreign nationals living in the UK as planned.
John Oates, 07 Apr 2009
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Motorola spends $216m on money-saving job cuts

Motorola has informed the Securities & Exchange Commission that it will be spending an additional $110m laying off staff in the first quarter of 2009, bringing the total to $216m.
Bill Ray, 07 Apr 2009
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Review Apple's recent re-design of its iPod Shuffle wasn't exactly greeted with universal enthusiasm. Now Sony has come at the idea of a screenless music player from a wholly different direction and decided to build the player directly into the earphones – or vice versa, depending on how you look at things. Sounds clever, but does it work?
Alun Taylor, 07 Apr 2009
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LG eyes up comfy viewing monitors

Having the biggest screen with the best resolution may be all the rage, but if your eyes hurt to look at it, what’s that point? So LG has launched a monitor said to offer a more comfortable viewing experience.
James Sherwood, 07 Apr 2009
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Boffin: Titan moon largely made of LPG, not cheese

An American scientist believes he may have come up with an explanation for the curious lakes of liquefied petroleum gas found at the polar regions of Titan, moon of Saturn. It could be because Titan is not spherical, but has a liquid layer which is.
Lewis Page, 07 Apr 2009
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Grav-mapping satellite fires ion engines

The European Space Agency (ESA) has confirmed that both the electric ion propulsion engines aboard its Gravity Field and Steady-State Ocean Circulation Explorer (GOCE) satellite are "performing nominally".
Lester Haines, 07 Apr 2009
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Phoenix predicts hitting end of year mark

Phoenix IT Group confirmed today that trading, cash generation and non-recurring costs for the year ended 31 March 2009 have been in line with expectations.
Kelly Fiveash, 07 Apr 2009
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Go-Between actress backs McKinnon extradition fight

Oscar winning actress Julie Christie has joined the campaign to save UFO conspiracy theorist turned hacker Gary McKinnon from extradition to the United States.
John Leyden, 07 Apr 2009
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HP and Fusion-io now quicker than QuickSilver

HP and Fusion-io have built a ProLiant storage I/O powerhouse that achieved the same performance as IBM's Project Quicksilver with just two thirds of the NAND flash.
Chris Mellor, 07 Apr 2009
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Japanese unleash Jedi Obama

Those of you who've been wondering why US prez Barack Obama has not yet solved world poverty and hunger, halted global warming and given a lovely puppy to each and every child on Earth will be relieved to learn he's still on the case, but has just been a bit tied up of late on intergalactic business:
Lester Haines, 07 Apr 2009
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Symbian maps out mighty app hangar

The Symbian Foundation threw open the doors of its application warehouse this week, declaring it will be "unique".
Bill Ray, 07 Apr 2009
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GM, Segway to unveil iPhone-driven wheelchair e-car

'Leccy Tech General Motors may be knock-knock-knocking on heaven's door, but it clearly still has the time and money to fanny about with left-field ideas like Project P.U.M.A. - or the Personal Urban Mobility and Accessibility vehicle.
Alun Taylor, 07 Apr 2009
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Balls saves history lessons from Facebook and Twitter

Ed Balls pulled middle Britain back from the brink yesterday, by telling a teachers' conference that children won't be forced to learn to Twitter and Facebook instead of studying the Victorians and Roman Britain.
Joe Fay, 07 Apr 2009
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Zune exec Tweets of 'new Zune hardware'

Microsoft will announce some Zune hardware this year, according to a Zune executive’s Twitter post.
James Sherwood, 07 Apr 2009
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Sony Ericsson intros basic Walkman phone

The W205 is Sony Ericsson’s latest music mobile, but - given the amount of space the firm’s dedicated to explaining the handset’s musical features - you’d be forgiven for thinking you were being sold an iPod.
James Sherwood, 07 Apr 2009
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Bacon sarnies cure hangovers: Official

It's official: The classic post-bender bacon sarnie really does help cure your hangover, thanks to the dual chemical benefits of the bread/sliced pig combination.
Lester Haines, 07 Apr 2009
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Realtors charged with Glengarry Glen Ross-style rival hack

Three real estate agents in North Carolina face charges over allegations they hacked into the webmail account of a rival.
John Leyden, 07 Apr 2009
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Online casino pays off US investigation

Shares of online casino PartyGaming jumped 17 per cent today after it announced a legal settlement with US authorities.
John Oates, 07 Apr 2009
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Photocops: Home Office concedes concern

The Home Office has at last conceded that the policing of photographers requires a little more scrutiny.
Jane Fae , 07 Apr 2009
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Report: Legalising drugs would save UK plc huge packet

Comment New research has confirmed a reality which is obvious to many, but which can seldom be acknowledged in British mainstream politics: that it is primarily the fact of drugs being illegal which makes them so damaging to society. Furthermore, if drugs were legalised - even assuming a huge increase in their use - the public purse would gain substantially.
Lewis Page, 07 Apr 2009
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Google's trademark keyword sale kyboshed by Appeals Court

A US court was wrong when it ruled that Google's selling of a trade marked term to a competing company to be used as a trigger for advertising was not 'use in commerce'. The appeals court has said that the use could infringe the trade mark.
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Drobo doubles up storage robot capacity

Desktop external storage supplier Data Robotics has doubled up the slot capacity of its Drobo product to produce the 8-slot Drobo Pro, enabling it to sell networked block storage into markets served by low-end commodity NAS (network-attached storage) vendors such as Buffalo, Iomega, Seagate and others.
Chris Mellor, 07 Apr 2009
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Firm finalises Wii weights design

Whether or not you agree that videogames are a healthy pastime, you can now become the next Stallone or Schwarzenegger by simply switching on your Wii.
James Sherwood, 07 Apr 2009
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Wi-Fi BlackBerry Storm rumour blows in

The BlackBerry Storm’s lack of Wi-Fi support is arguably its most disappointing feature. But all that will change if rumours of a Wi-Fi capable model prove true.
James Sherwood, 07 Apr 2009
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Aussies get gov-backed uber-broadband

Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has created a public private partnership to sort out the country's shonky broadband network.
John Oates, 07 Apr 2009
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Boffins list sci-fi words which wormed their way into dictionary

The Oxford University Press has come up with a list of nine words that originated in science fiction, but which have now become part of the language of science.
Bill Ray, 07 Apr 2009
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Amazon UK kicks off low-end price scuffle with iTunes

Amazon has kicked off what some members of the soar-away press are describing as an MP3 price war, after it slashed over 100 of its top-selling tracks to just 29 pence a pop in the UK.
Kelly Fiveash, 07 Apr 2009
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Arizona teen's mobile shops him to cops

An Arizona teen was cuffed after his mobile phone rang the police while he was boasting about the theft of a car stereo, the Phoenix New Times reports.
Lester Haines, 07 Apr 2009
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EC blasts mobile masts away from schools and hospitals

The European Commission has formally adopted a report recommending that radio transmitters should not be placed near schools and hospitals, as the general public feels uninformed about the issue.
Bill Ray, 07 Apr 2009
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BT blocks up to 40,000 child porn pages per day

Between 35,000 and 40,000 attempts to access child pornography sites via BT Retail's broadband network are blocked every day, it was revealed today.
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DSi UK sales off to strong start

Despite only launching in the UK last Friday, Blighty’s gamers have already grabbed almost 100,000 Nintendo DSis.
James Sherwood, 07 Apr 2009
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Sony Ericsson says phone makes snapping, shooting simpler

If navigating your way around sub-menus to find your phone’s camera application often proves difficult, then why not trade up to one that puts photo features exactly where you need them?
James Sherwood, 07 Apr 2009
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Wi-Fi Beeb viewing may break law

Users of the BBC's trial of TV-over-Wi-Fi networks will break the law if they plug in their mobile phones in locations not covered by a television licence, the TV Licensing Authority has warned.
OUT-LAW.COM, 07 Apr 2009
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State-owned RBS to axe 9,500 workers

RBS will cut up to 9,000 jobs in its back office, call centre and IT operations, the floundering newly state-owned bank announced today.
Joe Fay, 07 Apr 2009
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Apple plays catchup with Nehalem EP-powered Xserves

Apple has announced that it is delivering Intel's quad-core Xeon 5500 "Nehalem EP" processors in its Xserve server lineup starting today.
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Brocade launches FCoE switch and adapters

Brocade has announced a top-of-rack Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) switch, together with Converged Network Adapters for servers to use when connecting to the switch.
Chris Mellor, 07 Apr 2009
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Microsoft to offer Windows 7 downgrade to XP

Microsoft has agreed to allow Windows 7 customers to downgrade not just to Vista but also to XP.
Kelly Fiveash, 07 Apr 2009
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MS pushes back Forefront security offensive

Microsoft will delay the release of the next version of its Forefront security product range.
John Leyden, 07 Apr 2009
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Obama & Gates vs the US military-industrial complex

Analysis The US Defence Secretary has signalled a serious attempt on his part and that of President Obama to reform the world's largest military machine. If the two men get their way - and that's a big if - the Pentagon will become much less a capital-intensive tech porkbarrel and much more an organisation of properly-backed combat troops.
Lewis Page, 07 Apr 2009
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Indian Feds arrest more for Satyam fraud

The Central Bureau of Investigation - India's federal investigators - have arrested three of Satyam's financial staff they believe were involved in the fraud.
John Oates, 07 Apr 2009
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YouTube a 'half billion dollar failbucket'

A financial analyst has cast a new light on Google's ongoing battle with the music business. According to Credit Suisse's Spencer Wang, YouTube will lose parent Google $470m this year, because it can't generate worthwhile income from advertising.
Andrew Orlowski, 07 Apr 2009
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Microsoft killing free XP support next week

Microsoft will drop free support for handful of aging products next week, including consumer versions of Windows XP and Office 2003.
Austin Modine, 07 Apr 2009
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AMD offers Opteron upgrade discounts

AMD said today it's offering discounts to businesses that upgrade their servers with newer Opteron processors.
Austin Modine, 07 Apr 2009
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Linux device developers not weird, just mainstream

CE Linux Forum Developers putting Linux on consumer devices aren't weirdos mining a niche, according to the Intel man who last year volunteered to help maintain embedded Linux.
Gavin Clarke, 07 Apr 2009
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Blade server standards coming this year

A standard to which no big vendors adhere is as intimidating as a tiger with its teeth and claws removed. And so it might be with the standards for blade servers that the Server Systems Infrastructure (SSI) forum is trying to get into the field.
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Apple iTunes unwraps (precious few) 69 cent tracks

Apple today followed up on its promise to remove all DRM from music for sale on its iTunes Store and to institute a new pricing structure of $0.69, $0.99, and $1.29 per song.
Rik Myslewski, 07 Apr 2009
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Double-Take expands beyond server replication

Double-Take Software, a maker of data-replication software for Windows and then Linux servers, has been expanding into the virtualization-management realm to chase a few virtual dollars. To that end has rejiggered its existing products and created some news ones to comprise what it is calling a workload optimization suite.
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Animal rights group protests seal clubbing in World of Warcraft

Animal rights stunt-group PETA' is protesting Canada's culling of adorable baby seals this year by hosting a battle royale in World of Warcraft.
Austin Modine, 07 Apr 2009
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Dungeons & Dragons slays its digital distribution

Wizards of the Coast, publisher of Dungeons & Dragons, has pulled all digital editions of its products from online stores today in response to finding that its new D&D Player's Handbook is being illegally distributed over P2P and file-sharing websites.
Austin Modine, 07 Apr 2009
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Google taps your IP address for Starbucks targeting

Google's search engine monopoly now offers so-called local results - even if you neglect to key in your particular location.
Cade Metz, 07 Apr 2009