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Microsoft supplies Interpol with DIY forensics tool

Interpol plans to distribute a Microsoft DIY computer forensics tool to its 187 member countries under an agreement announced Wednesday.
Dan Goodin, 16 Apr 2009
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Microsoft's online Office variant preps for business

You'll get a taste of what a web-based version of Microsoft's Office for Firefox, Safari, the iPhone and Internet Explorer can do later this year.
Gavin Clarke, 16 Apr 2009
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Public rejects Time Warner metered-bandwidth tests

Time Warner Cable is reportedly having trouble finding submissive test subjects for its proposed scheme of charging US customers by the gigabyte for their internet service.
Austin Modine, 16 Apr 2009
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Rebuffed by western cellcos, Dell turns to China and retailers

Although it failed to impress US and European operators with its smartphone prototypes, Dell is certainly not giving up, and is reported to be pursuing deals with retailers and with China Mobile. Chinese news sources report that the giant operator is likely to launch two Dell handsets later this year.
Wireless Watch, 16 Apr 2009
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MPs call for inquiry into Tory terror arrest

The Home Affairs Select Committee wants a fuller inquiry into the arrest of MP Damian Green, and believes politicians should be kept out of police investigations in future.
John Oates, 16 Apr 2009
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Nowak astronaut romanta-scuffle affair: New evidence

The case of ex-spacewoman and US Navy captain Lisa Nowak grinds on. It was reported this week that her lawyers have asked that charges against her be dismissed, on the grounds that she may not in fact have done a good job of pepper-spraying a romantic adversary for the affections of a space shuttle pilot.
Lewis Page, 16 Apr 2009
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Fasthosts' market leadership claims banned

Fasthosts has been banned from claiming it is the "UK's Number one web host" in adverts, after a rival complained it was used flawed data and exaggerated graphs to mislead potential customers.
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Carry On producer Peter Rogers dead at 95

The man behind the Carry On franchise died yesterday at the age of 95.
Joe Fay, 16 Apr 2009
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Rorke's drift towards RAID ASIC replacement

Rorke Data's new Galaxy Aurora LS video post-production storage box accelerates RAID performance by running software RAID on a Nehalem multi-core processor, instead of the classic, performance-boosting, RAID ASIC.
Chris Mellor, 16 Apr 2009
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Govt powers up electric cars with £5k subsidy

'Leccy Tech Anyone looking to buy an electric car in the UK could soon be eligible for a £5000 ($7500/€5600) rebate, thanks to a new government eco motoring incentive.
Alun Taylor, 16 Apr 2009
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Which zoo animals like artificial sweeteners: Facts at last

Almost everybody has, no doubt, at one time or another asked themselves one of the most urgent questions facing the human race today. That is, of course: Just which kinds of Swiss zoo animals like the taste of artificial sweeteners?
Lewis Page, 16 Apr 2009
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Samsung planning three Android phones for '09?

News that Samsung’s developing a handset based on Google’s Android mobile OS is nothing new. But a mole on the inside claims to know that the firm’s Android phone plans are actually much more ambitious than a single device for 2009.
James Sherwood, 16 Apr 2009
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Tiscali titsup fears grow

Tiscali's struggle for survival has been dealt a blow by auditors, who refused to sign off its accounts, citing "fundamental uncertainties" about the firm's future.
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Microsoft gets second extension in IE EU antitrust brouhaha

EU antitrust regulators have granted Microsoft yet another extension to respond to charges that the software giant abused its dominant market position by bundling Internet Explorer with Windows.
Kelly Fiveash, 16 Apr 2009
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Oracle releases whole security blanket of patches

Oracle has released its latest quarterly patch batches with the publication of 43 updates, covering security flaws across its product range.
John Leyden, 16 Apr 2009
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Symbian show struggles for identity

This year's Symbian show has a date; October 27th, and a venue; Earls Court, but is looking for suggestions from the crowd when it comes to a name, theme, branding and content.
Bill Ray, 16 Apr 2009
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Family-friendly gaming site launches

The web’s already bursting with tales of GTA-loving teens running amuck and of contrasting reports about the impact of videogames on kids. But now a website’s launched that aims to help inform families about videogames.
James Sherwood, 16 Apr 2009
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Jamaica cracks down on 'daggering' after broken todger upswing

Jamaican doctors have warned of the dangers of daggering, after being presented with a forest of fractured penises over the last year.
Joe Fay, 16 Apr 2009
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Sapphire Vapor-X HD 4850 vapour-cooled graphics card

Review The Sapphire Vapor-X HD 4850 is a reference Radeon HD 4850 with an after-market cooler. That might not sound like a big deal, but Sapphire has come up with something special.
Leo Waldock, 16 Apr 2009
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Silicon Valley's biggest winners and losers in 2008

The MercuryNews.com 2008 Silicon Valley 150 rankings show Data Domain making the biggest annual percentage sales gain out of all the IT companies in the list at 122 per cent to $274.1m. Symantec made the biggest loss of all at -$6.6bn.
Chris Mellor, 16 Apr 2009
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eBay buys Korean rival

eBay is paying $1.2bn for South Korea's leading online auction house Gmarket, which will be combined with eBay's existing Korean auction site - Internet Auction Company.
John Oates, 16 Apr 2009

Can the iPhone save NFC?

The continuing push to get the general public interested in Near Field Communications sees an RFID tag strapped to the back of an iPhone, and used to trigger various videos for reasons that remain obscure.
Bill Ray, 16 Apr 2009
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Nokia's profits dive 90 per cent

The world's largest maker of mobile phones, not to mention cameras, saw net profits down by 90 per cent in the first quarter of 2009 compared to last year, though the company blamed de-stocking for some of drop.
Bill Ray, 16 Apr 2009
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Nokia shifts 13m 2.6m 5800 phones

A Nokia executive recently claimed that the firm had sold a whopping 13m 5800 Xpress Music handsets. But, after checking its warehouses, Nokia’s since realised that it hasn’t even sold half that amount.
James Sherwood, 16 Apr 2009
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DHS offers glimpse into life of its top snot'n'slobber expert

The widely-feared US Department of Homeland Security (DHS), in a praiseworthy attempt to reach out to the American people, has offered up a glimpse into the exciting life of its top spittle expert.
Lewis Page, 16 Apr 2009
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Nirvanix nabs $5m for cloud expansion

Cloud storage start-up Nirvanx has gained $5m in B-round funding to strengthen its offering for enterprise customers.
Chris Mellor, 16 Apr 2009
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Pizza-polluting YouTube plonkers soil Domino's

Two US Domino's pizza employees who filmed themselves performing a gross-out food prank have been fired, but not before the clammy hand of Web 2.0 ensured their larks would live in infamy.
Sarah Bee, 16 Apr 2009
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No charges for terror arrest Tory

The Crown Prosecution Service has decided that Damian Green, the MP arrested by anti-terror police, should not be prosecuted and nor should the civil servant suspected of leaking Home Office information.
John Oates, 16 Apr 2009
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Microsoft cut 'n' shuts search engine with bribery machine

Microsoft has stitched together its product search engine with the company’s Live Search Cashback service ahead of the relaunch of its clunky, Google-wannabe brand.
Kelly Fiveash, 16 Apr 2009
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Mac and Linux Bastilles assaulted by new attacks

A set of recently discovered security holes in Mac and Linux platforms reminds those over-confident in their superior protection that no one is immune to vulnerabilities.
John Leyden, 16 Apr 2009
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UK dons dunce hat on copyright law

Copyright reform in the UK has 'stalled' as the Government has caved in to the 'vested interests' of the content industry, the head of a digital rights activist group has said. The view comes as the UK 'abjectly fails' a test of its copyright laws.
OUT-LAW.COM, 16 Apr 2009
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Sun begs IBM to come back and talk

Updated If IBM would only commit a little more to the deal, Sun is keen to resume takeover talks again, according to Bloomberg.
Chris Mellor, 16 Apr 2009
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Google nabs purse snatcher

Google's Latitude service proved an unwitting aid to police tracing a stolen purse in San Francisco, guiding the boys in blue to the miscreants in moments.
Bill Ray, 16 Apr 2009
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US parkies in 'burrow-buster' marmot detonation campaign

Senior parkies in the American city of Spokane are facing a barrage of criticism over their decision to exterminate troublesome tree-noshing squirrels by blowing up their burrows using fuel-air "bunker buster" type explosives.
Lewis Page, 16 Apr 2009
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Patent application uncovers PSP RC car

The PlayStation Portable (PSP) may one day support 3D driving games, of sorts. At least according to a patent application filed by Sony for a PSP-controlled RC car.
James Sherwood, 16 Apr 2009
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HP goes sweet sixteen with HP-UX 11i update

The established Unix operating systems change at a glacial pace these days, but they do get tweaked from time to time. In the case of Hewlett-Packard's HP-UX 11i v3 operating system for the company's current Itanium and legacy PA-RISC servers, HP-UX gets an update every six months or so, with Update 4 debuting tomorrow.
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Q1 PC sales: Bad, but not quite awful

Worldwide PC sales fell 7.1 per cent to 63.1 million in the first quarter of 2009, not as far as expected.
John Oates, 16 Apr 2009
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NetApp snuggles up to Cisco in data centre love-in

NetApp and Cisco are jointly marketing NetApp's storage arrays, validated to work with Cisco's UCS virtualised blade and networking computer system.
Chris Mellor, 16 Apr 2009
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Touchscreen phones to take 20% market share

Global touchscreen penetration on mobile phones will surpass 20 per cent this year, a Taiwan-based touch panel maker has claimed.
James Sherwood, 16 Apr 2009
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Iomega opens sub-$2k box of storage tricks

Iomega has bounded into the SME NAS and iSCSI storage market with a sub-$1,800 box, taking on all other low-end NAS suppliers at their own game, and signifying that unified file and block storage is the way to go.
Chris Mellor, 16 Apr 2009
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Pirate Bay server becomes museum artefact

A server used by notorious BitTorrent tracker site The Pirate Bay that was seized by police has been added to Sweden’s National Museum of Science and Technology’s collection.
Kelly Fiveash, 16 Apr 2009
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Antitrust-shy IBM closed to fresh Sun talks

So much for playing hardball: IBM is apparently not interested in resuming talks to purchase Sun Microsystems, following their recent break down.
Gavin Clarke, 16 Apr 2009
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Researchers dissect world's first Mac botnet

Fresh research has shed new light on the world's first Mac OS X botnet, which causes infected machines to mount denial of service attacks.
Dan Goodin, 16 Apr 2009
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Blizzard ditches long-time WoW operator

Blizzard Entertainment is dumping its long-time China World of Warcraft distributor and operator, a company that relies heavily on the online adventure, for a rival operation.
Austin Modine, 16 Apr 2009
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Hackers develop 'memory-scraping malware' to steal PINs

More personal data records were breached last year than the previous four years combined, thanks to increased hacker activity rather than insider threats.
John Leyden, 16 Apr 2009
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Flagship satnav paraded by Garmin

Garmin has launched a “premium” Nüvi satnav with a large 5in touchscreen, but which is also 25 per cent slimmer than most existing Nüvi’s.
James Sherwood, 16 Apr 2009
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NASA's Kepler dazzles with first pics in new-Earth hunt

NASA's Kepler space telescope has sent home the first images of the starry patch of sky where it will soon begin the hunt for Earth-like planets.
Austin Modine, 16 Apr 2009
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IBM and pals to start baking 28nm chips

The march toward faster, more power-efficient microprocessors took another step Thursday when the IBM Technology Alliance announced the joint development of 28 nanometer process technology.
Rik Myslewski, 16 Apr 2009
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Fake SMS snoop utility turns spies into zombies

A new variant of the infamous Waledac botnet client doing the rounds poses as a utility that allows would-be snoops to view other other people's SMS messages online.
John Leyden, 16 Apr 2009
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Hacking internet backbones - it's easier than you think

Network backbone technologies used to route traffic over large corporate networks are vulnerable to large-scale hijacking attacks, according to two researchers who released freely available software on Thursday to prove their point.
Dan Goodin, 16 Apr 2009
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Bush-era NSA wiretap violations exposed

The New York Times has broken the latest news in the National Security Agency's warrantless wiretapping odyssey: that the NSA has been routinely scanning American communications at a rate far beyond what had been envisioned by Congress when the telecoms immunity and FISA wiretapping revisions passed last summer.
Burke Hansen, 16 Apr 2009
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Jaunty Jackalope release candidate unleashed

Jaunty Jackalope has sprung a step closer, with the release of final pre-production code for Ubuntu 9.04 Desktop and Server, and Ubuntu Netbook Remix edition.
Rik Myslewski, 16 Apr 2009
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Microsoft v TomTom: a GPLv3 wake-up call

Microsoft's brawl with TomTom over FAT patents has been seized on by software-freedom advocates as a wake-up call for people to adopt GPLv3.
Gavin Clarke, 16 Apr 2009
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Google money machine records Q1 choking sound

The recession has finally gummed-up the dial on Google's top secret money machine even though the search firm is still doing better than most other advertising-dependent companies.
Austin Modine, 16 Apr 2009