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Microsoft challenges IBM to Websphere duel

Microsoft is trying to get under IBM's skin with some benchmarks run in its Redmond labs using Big Blue's own Java-based test, Trade, and a variant of it ported to C#, which Microsoft calls .NET StockTrader. But as Microsoft throws down the benchmarking gauntlet, IBM is ignoring the calls for a WebSphere duel at the Middleware Corral.
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LexisNexis says credit card fraudsters used its data

LexisNexis is in the process of warning at least 32,000 people that their social security numbers and other personal information may have been stolen by identity thieves who used the company's information retrieval service.
Dan Goodin, 05 May 2009
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Permabit archives your bulk data

Where do put your archive data, those masses of unstructured and semi-structured files that you can't throw away but must keep online just in case? Should it go on bulk SATA disk tiers in primary drive arrays or on dedicated archive arrays?
Chris Mellor, 05 May 2009
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EU urges US to drop ICANN

Obama should hand over control of ICANN so it can be overseen by an independent international tribunal, EU Information Society Commissioner Viviane Reding said today.
Austin Modine, 05 May 2009
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IBM fires WebSphere CloudBurst at McKinsey heretics

When consultant McKinsey & Co recently warned that cloud computing would cost you money rather help you than save it, IBM took the unusual step of responding.
Gavin Clarke, 05 May 2009
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Sir Alan Sugar hails £30m 'equitable' Viglen win

Viglen, the UK PC maker, has won a Office of Government Commerce contract worth up to £30m to supply public sector organisations with 70,000 PCs. Its chairman, Sir Alan Sugar, is very pleased indeed.
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Lexmark T650DN mono workgroup laser printer

Review The more people using a printer, the bigger it has to be, if only to hold extra paper. In fact, workgroup printers seem to have to be big simply to impress more people. Lexmark’s T650DN starts large and is eminently expandable, so will only get larger.
Simon Williams, 05 May 2009
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VIP, JDI pick up Acer franchises

Acer has awarded VIP Computer Centre and JDI Technology UK distribution rights.
Team Register, 05 May 2009
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Apple and Google fingered in monopoly probe

The Federal Trade Commission is investigating the board of directors of Apple and Google over concerns that close links between the two firms could break US antitrust laws.
John Oates, 05 May 2009
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Disk drive manufacturers re-hiring in Thailand

While Seagate is expected to fire up to 1,000 employees in the USA, Western Digital and Hitachi GST are hiring thousands of workers in Thailand.
Chris Mellor, 05 May 2009
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Atomsmasher boffins probe duff whisky deluge

Whisky aficionados are using radiocarbon dating to verify the age of expensive vintages, according to reports. Boffins at the National Radiocarbon Accelerator Unit, tasked with checking out various top-end tipples, say that fakes are more common than not.
Lewis Page, 05 May 2009
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SSL encryption and the Ghost of Windows Past

We thought we could escape from writing the words "Windows 2000" again. But it's a topsy turvy world, and that's a fact - as these three IT security whitepapers, fresh from the Reg Library, show.
Team Register, 05 May 2009
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Seagate to 'shut US plants'

A US financial analyst expects Seagate to announce the closure of one or two US plants by the end of May, predicting 800 to 1000 redundancies.
Chris Mellor, 05 May 2009
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Oompa-Loompa and Tinky Winky cuffed for drunken brawl

Devon cops yesterday cuffed an Oompa-Loompa, Tinky Winky and Spiderman following a drunken fancy dress punch-up at a Devon holiday camp.
Lester Haines, 05 May 2009
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UK's national grid 'ready' for e-car expansion

'Leccy Tech A new study claims to show that if three million of us went out tomorrow and bought plug-in electric cars, the UK's national grid could support our charging needs without missing a beat.
Alun Taylor, 05 May 2009
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RIM confirms Storm 2

Research in Motion (RIM) plans to release an updated version of its first touchscreen BlackBerry, the Storm, the firm’s CEO has confirmed.
James Sherwood, 05 May 2009
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EMC scuppers Donatelli's HP switch

A temporary injunction issued in a Massachusetts courts stops EMC leaver David Donatelli starting work at HP today.
Chris Mellor, 05 May 2009
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Crimestoppers benefits from recession-hit grasses

Snitching hotline Crimestoppers has reported it's on a bit of a roll purging the UK's streets of crims - thanks to boracic citizens increasingly willing to grass for cash.
Lester Haines, 05 May 2009
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GCHQ: Mastering the Media

GCHQ has been hard at work in the last two days spinning against our revelations on Sunday that it is spending more than £1bn on monitoring and analysis equipment under a secret project called Mastering the Internet.
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No 'next gen' consoles until 2013, analyst claims

Anyone unimpressed by the capabilities of the PlayStation 3 or the Xbox 360 may have to wait another four years before a superior generation of consoles hits the market, an analyst has forecast.
James Sherwood, 05 May 2009
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Pilots plot air raid on Jacqui over ID cards

Pilots organisation Balpa is considering legal action against the Home Office for forcing its members to carry ID cards.
John Oates, 05 May 2009
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Apple drives iPhone app developers to the brink

A backlog in Apple's payment processing system has left some iPhone developers still waiting for February's payments, leaving some at risk of bankruptcy and considering legal action against the lads in Cupertino.
Bill Ray, 05 May 2009
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HTC's third Android spied online

HTC’s recently leaked 2009 handset line-up has, once again, come up trumps. Pictures have emerged online of what appears to be one of the leaked phones running Google’s Android OS.
James Sherwood, 05 May 2009
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Kebabs pose 'no danger whatsoever', Russians claim

NSFW We're not quite sure what Pravda has got against vegetarians, but having last year slammed meat-dodgers as a "perversion of nature", it's now declared them limitlessly insane.
Lester Haines, 05 May 2009
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Asus intros Air-style U series

Even though the release of the super-slim 10in Eee PC 1008HA is imminent, Asus today announced three more of the MacBook Air-like laptops, this time with larger displays and 'grown up' processors.
Tony Smith, 05 May 2009
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Obama declares war on Ireland over tech tax avoidance

President Obama has declared war on Ireland, the Netherlands and Bermuda, and is giving Silicon Valley a long hard stare as he overhauls America's tax system to bankroll his campaign pledges.
Joe Fay, 05 May 2009
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Investigation into Mafia control of Italian windfarm biz

Mafia-busting Italian magistrates have launched a major investigation into crooked windfarm projects in Sicily, according to reports. It is suggested that large sums in government support have been collected for wind power stations which in many cases produce no electricity.
Lewis Page, 05 May 2009
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Chinese officials obliged to smoke 4.6m snouts

Updated The Chinese county of Gong'an has launched a novel way of injecting funds into local coffers: it is ordering officials and teachers to smoke only the homegrown Hubei brand of cigarettes.
Lester Haines, 05 May 2009
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Further funding flung at Fring

VoIP upstart Fring has raised another block of cash from its backers, despite lacking a business model or even a business as such.
Bill Ray, 05 May 2009
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Pioneer BDR-203BK

Review Installing a Blu-ray Disc recorder is the latest must-have upgrade for desktops, but because they remain thin on the ground, they maintain a price premium. Given the high storage capacity of the Blu-ray format, write speed is particularly important and we’re starting to see drives capable of 8x writing on 25GB and 50GB recordable media. Pioneer’s BDR-203BK appears to be waiting for the media to catch up.
Simon Williams, 05 May 2009
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Sage workers braced for job cuts

More job losses are predicted at Sage when the firm announces its financial results tomorrow.
John Oates, 05 May 2009
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Virgin Media cool on cable wholesale plans

Virgin Media has denied a report it has secret plans to wholesale access to its cable network to broadband and phone competitors next year.
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Ron Howard accuses Pope of scuppering Dan Brown movie

Hollywood film director and former Fonz sidekick Ron Howard has accused the Vatican of a dark plot to knobble his latest blockbuster Dan Brown adaptation, Angels and Demons.
Joe Fay, 05 May 2009
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UK fines for IP infringement to rocket

The British government plans a tenfold increase in the penalties for criminal breaches of intellectual property law. Infringement of IP laws will be punishable by fines of up to £50,000 rather than the current £5,000, according to Government plans.
OUT-LAW.COM, 05 May 2009
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Apple buying Twitter!

The latest suitor for everyone's favourite mobile application is apparently Apple.
John Oates, 05 May 2009
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IBM Warwick data centre has a lie down

IBM's Warwick, UK, data centre was hit by a power outage on Thursday, causing customers' mission-critical systems to be down for several hours, according to a source.
Chris Mellor, 05 May 2009
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eBay driving world's tomb raiders out of business, says prof

An American archaeology prof says that a long-feared outbreak of eBay-driven tomb raiding has failed to occur. Rather, it seems that the online dross emporium - by creating a huge and profitable new market for forged antiquities - has drawn criminals and charlatans out of looting and into making crappy imitations for eBay.
Lewis Page, 05 May 2009
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Apple brands UK tabloid 'obscene'

Apple may put News International's nose out of joint with its definition of 'obscene', after rejecting a newspaper-reading iPhone app for reasons of rudeness.
Bill Ray, 05 May 2009
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Apple bans Page 3 from iPhone app

An iPhone newspaper browsing application that saw The Sun banned by Apple because of its Page 3 content could be granted a reprieve - thanks to the impending release of firmware version 3.0.
James Sherwood, 05 May 2009
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French lead world in eating and sleeping

It's official: The bleedin' French spend more of their time crashed out or eating than any other nation in the 30 Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) member countries.
Lester Haines, 05 May 2009
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Upcoming 'Gemini' BlackBerry Curve not 3G after all

Images of what’s thought to be Research in Motion’s next BlackBerry Curve have, unfortunately, revealed that the phone actually doesn’t actually support 3G as originally thought.
James Sherwood, 05 May 2009
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Ballmer email kicks off second round of Microsoft layoffs

Steve Ballmer has emailed all Microsoft staff as the second wave of planned redundancies at the software giant begins to bite today.
John Oates, 05 May 2009
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Broadcom aims big guns at Emulex

Update Broadcom has accused the Emulex board of "intransigence", after announcing an all-cash $9.25/share offer for the network adapter and array switch vendor.
Chris Mellor, 05 May 2009
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Itanium: 'A special cause for optimism'

With the quad-core "Tukwila" Itanium processors coming out sometime around the middle of this year, the Itanium Solutions Alliance, the consortium of hardware and software vendors that peddle Itanium-based products, has dusted off the Itanium drum and begun banging on it.
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IBM buys Greek word for 'tracker '

IBM on Tuesday said it has purchased the software maker Exeros to help boost its data discovery toolbox.
Austin Modine, 05 May 2009
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Google woos BlackBerries with Apps connector

In an effort to woo more BlackBerry-happy businesses onto Google Apps, the Mountain View Chocolate Factory will soon offer new BlackBerry server software meant to provide easy access to its cloud-based web-based app suite.
Cade Metz, 05 May 2009
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Microsoft: Don't rush to download Windows 7 RC

Microsoft is advising people against rushing to download the Windows 7 Release Candidate, which became broadly available today.
Gavin Clarke, 05 May 2009
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Citrix plunks NetScaler into virtual machines

Citrix Systems is hosting its annual Synergy user conference in Las Vegas this week, and the company will be fleshing out its application, server, and desktop virtualization strategy with a number of new products.
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Hackers demand $10m ransom for Virginia medical data

Almost 8.3 million patient records have been stolen from a Virginia government website that tracks prescription drug abuse, according to hackers who are demanding a $10 million ransom for their return.
Dan Goodin, 05 May 2009
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Juniper punts 'next-gen' network hardware

Juniper Networks has announced what it refers to as its "next generation network infrastructure for the distributed enterprise" - meaning four new services gateways in its SRX series and a new line of EX series Ethernet switches.
Rik Myslewski, 05 May 2009
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Turkey's YouTube blackout enters year two

Turkey is getting a dressing-down today from free press organization Reporters Without Borders, as the country's blockage of YouTube enters year two.
Austin Modine, 05 May 2009
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Intel animates Data Center Manager

Look out, system admins. Intel wants your job.
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Big Blue bows to Zeus

IBM is incorporating STEC Zeus solid state drives into its DS8000 storage arrays and its Power Series servers and direct-attach storage (DAS).
Chris Mellor, 05 May 2009
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Sun's Amber Road traffic picks up

Sun looks to have a raging product success on its hand with 800 plus Open Storage 7000 sales in the five months since its launch, making it the fastest ever ramping product in Sun's storage product portfolio. It's updated the product as well.
Chris Mellor, 05 May 2009
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Rackable serves up $13.4m in losses

If the rising and falling fortunes of niche server maker Rackable Systems are any indication, the economy might be stabilizing. Sales were up sequentially from the fourth quarter and losses shrank a bit. But even with that, the year-on-year numbers look pretty bad for Rackable and show that it has a long way to go to get back to the kinds of numbers it was posting a year ago.
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Apple prepping 3G laptops?

Updated Apple may be planning to add 3G wireless broadband capabilities to all or part of its laptop line - including possibly the oft-rumored tablet Mac.
Rik Myslewski, 05 May 2009
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US prosecutor orders Craigslist 'erotic listings' shutdown

A US prosecutor has told Craigslist that if it doesn't take down all "erotic listings" within 10 days, it will face a criminal investigation and possible charges.
Austin Modine, 05 May 2009
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Open source closes gap on Microsoft's next Silverlight

Code has been released for the open-source version of Silverlight that closes the gap on the as-yet-unfinished next version of Microsoft's browser-based media player.
Gavin Clarke, 05 May 2009
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McAfee website visited by plague of security locusts

McAfee's website has been has been hit by at least three nasty bugs that left its customers susceptible to phishing and other types of scams. At least one remained unfixed at time of writing, more than 24 hours after it was first disclosed.
Dan Goodin, 05 May 2009