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Safari, Opera browsers patch-shy, says study

Users of Safari and Opera are much more likely to run insecure versions of those browsers because it's harder to keep up with updates, a new study has concluded.
Dan Goodin, 06 May 2009
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Yahoo! breeds Pig that talks elephant

If there's one place on earth where swine talk is still met with open arms, it's Yahoo!.
Cade Metz, 06 May 2009
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Apple power brick sparks lawsuit

A trio of plaintiffs has filed a class action suit against Apple, charging that although the company's much-touted MagSafe Adapter may be mag(netic), safe it ain't.
Rik Myslewski, 06 May 2009
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HTC Vodafone Magic

Review It seems like ages since the first Google Android phone appeared as the T-Mobile G1 at the back end of 2008. But now the HTC Magic has arrived on Vodafone and it's an altogether different beast: lighter, sleeker, more powerful, with more memory, a 3.2Mp camera and stereo Bluetooth.
Dave Oliver, 06 May 2009
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Sage numbers buoyed by falling pound

Small business software specialist Sage saw falling sales balanced out by currency movements over the last six months.
John Oates, 06 May 2009
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3PAR stumbles in fourth quarter

Enterprise storage supplier 3PAR announced increased revenues for its fourth quarter and full fiscal 2009 period, but swung into losses because the recession caused its customers to delay or cancel purchases.
Chris Mellor, 06 May 2009
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Secret US robo whispercopters head to 'undisclosed location'

The US Special Operations Command - SOCOM, America's secret military elite - is to double its fleet of robot whispercopters in coming years, according to reports.
Lewis Page, 06 May 2009
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Gov to encourage e-commerce by clarifying consumer rights

The Government plans to clarify and simplify consumers' rights in a bid to encourage online shoppers to make more use of them. It will publish a plan in the summer for helping shoppers to understand and exercise their rights.
OUT-LAW.COM, 06 May 2009
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Skinn-Eee Asus out next week

Asus' MacBook Air-style Eee PC 1008HA - aka Seashell - goes on sale in the UK next week, the company said today.
Tony Smith, 06 May 2009
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Virgin Media pilots 200Mbit service

Virgin Media has begun a pilot of a 200Mbit/s broadband service in Kent to gauge future demand for bandwidth in the home.
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Four co-branded 'Navman Mio' satnavs en-route

Two years after it acquired the Navman satnav brand, erstwhile rival satnav maker Mio has confirmed that several co-branded devices are on the way.
James Sherwood, 06 May 2009
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Pré FAQs answered - by Sprint employee

All the hype surrounding Palm’s Pré has led to many unanswered questions about its features. Which IM services will the smartphone support? Will PictBridge be available? So a Sprint insider’s compiled answers to some common Pré FAQs.
James Sherwood, 06 May 2009
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Win 7 RC fails to thwart well-known hacker risk

An almost-ready version of Windows 7 retains a feature from Windows NT which expedites a well-known hacker trick, according to net security experts.
John Leyden, 06 May 2009
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Browncasting: Why can't Downing Street do digital?

Comment Gordon Brown’s recent YouTube appearances may be embarrassing for what they say about his body language – but do they also expose a deeper inability on the part of this Government to come to terms with new media?
Jane Fae , 06 May 2009
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Vauxhall city e-car won't be 'mini Volt'

Leccy Tech Insiders have poured scorn on media reports that Vauxhall is working on a city e-car that will use a version of the Ampera - aka the Chevy Volt - electric drive train minus the range extending 1.4l petrol engine.
Alun Taylor, 06 May 2009
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Car-prang secretary bites off boss's todger

A Singapore woman who hired a private detective to probe her husband's suspected infidelities got more than sufficient material for a divorce when the gumshoe witnessed the chap's secretary accidently bite off his todger.
Lester Haines, 06 May 2009
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'Lunatic' Smith doubles ID card costs for Mancunians

Home Secretary Jacqui Smith today confirmed that Manchester volunteers will be allowed to pay a total of £60 for an ID card from later this year. The price tag on the ID card will remain £30, but the Home Office is now estimating the cost of biometric enrollment, payable to the high street stores it hopes to recruit, as a further £30.
John Lettice, 06 May 2009
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iTunes: prices up, revenue down?

When iTunes introduced variable pricing a month ago, we discovered most of the catalog remained unchanged, with price increases for the most popular songs. Fair enough, you might think, that reflects real-world supply and demand. But has it, as expected, brought home more cash for the beleaguered labels?
Andrew Orlowski, 06 May 2009
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Brit software group swallows Borland for $67m

Micro Focus has bought Borland for $67m and is also buying the application testing business of Compuware.
John Oates, 06 May 2009
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Hot young guys whip out their throbbing iPhones

NSFW We're not quite sure how this one slipped under the El Reg gaydar, but the blogosphere has over the last couple of weeks got itself into a a bit of a tizz over Guys with iPhones (really, really NSFW), which features lots of nude chaps posturing in front of mirrors with their Jesus phones.
Lester Haines, 06 May 2009
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Taser use still plateau'd among firearms cops

The latest quarterly figures on English and Welsh police use of Taser electro-stun weapons have been released by the Home Office. Tasings overall are up as more plods tool up with the jolt-weapons; but use remains broadly steady among firearms teams, the only police to have been equipped with Tasers for long.
Lewis Page, 06 May 2009
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Dell dives as Western Europe PC market stagnates

PC sales in the UK went into reverse in the first quarter with surging netbook shipments as the bottom fell out of the professional market.
Joe Fay, 06 May 2009
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O2 maps UK homes' gadget habits

Don’t feel guilty if a large chunk of your cash goes on gadgets. O2 has discovered that 40 per cent of UK families now spend at least £3000 - ten per cent of the average household income - on electronics each year.
James Sherwood, 06 May 2009
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Top British boffin: Time to ditch the climate consensus

Interview Just two years ago, Mike Hulme would have been about the last person you'd expect to hear criticising conventional climate change wisdom. Back then, he was the founding director of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, an organisation so revered by environmentalists that it could be mistaken for the academic wing of the green movement. Since leaving Tyndall - and as we found out in a telephone interview - he has come out of the climate change closet as an outspoken critic of such sacred cows as the UN's IPCC, the "consensus", the over-emphasis on scientific evidence in political debates about climate change, and to defend the rights of so-called "deniers" to contribute to those debates.
Stuart Blackman, 06 May 2009
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Toshiba Camileo P30

Review The pocket-sized Flip kickstarted a trend towards a new type of ultra-compact camcorder when it was launched last year. Since then, a number of other companies have got in on the act as well, and in some cases they’ve beaten the Flip at its own game.
Cliff Joseph, 06 May 2009
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Vodafone and Avenir quit their bickering

Avenir Telecom has terminated its distribution relationship with UK operator Vodafone, ending four months of sabre rattling that was due to end up with former Avenir employees in court today.
Bill Ray, 06 May 2009
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Victoria Principal 'pulled pistol' on maid

Move over Naomi Campbell: Former Dallas star Victoria Principal has demonstrated just how to deal with unsatisfactory domestic staff by allegedly pulling a pistol on her maid.
Lester Haines, 06 May 2009
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UK.gov denies 'Google tax' plan

The government has denied reports it plans to impose taxes on Google and other search engines to help prop up the BBC.
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Cisco source code swipe suspect charged

A Swedish man faces computer hacking and trade secret theft charges in the US over allegations he broke into the systems of Cisco and swiped the networking giant's source code.
John Leyden, 06 May 2009
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Swedish couple demand right to name baby 'Q'

A Swedish couple's battle to name their son "Q" will shortly arrive on appeal at the Supreme Administrative Court, aka Regeringsrätten, which will determine if current regs allow single-letter first names.
Lester Haines, 06 May 2009
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Online ticket reseller fails in internet immunity bid

An online ticket reseller in the US has been denied protection from liability for its users' actions. StubHub lost its claim that it was not responsible for its users breaking anti-touting laws because of evidence that it contributed to their acts.
OUT-LAW.COM, 06 May 2009
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HTC working on Android netbook?

HTC has emerged as the possible manufacturer of a T-Mobile Android netbook.
James Sherwood, 06 May 2009
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Volvo test-drive goes virtual

Test-driving a car will never be the same again, at least if you’re thinking of buying a Volvo S60 Concept. Why? Because the Swedish car firm has designed a videogame to let you try out its motor.
James Sherwood, 06 May 2009
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US game plods deploy robot enforcement menagerie

American game wardens and wildlife plods are deploying lifelike robotic bears, deer and turkeys in the battle against poachers, according to reports.
Lewis Page, 06 May 2009
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Lame Mac 'email worm' limps into view

Virus writers have created a worm that seeks to establish a botnet of compromised Mac machines. But the Tored Mac worm, which attempts to spread via email, is so hopelessly buggy and lame that it's about as likely to score as Steve Ballmer at an Apple convention.
John Leyden, 06 May 2009
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Windows 7 promises better SSD-ing performance than Vista

Microsoft has done some tuning of Windows 7, so that it will make much better use of PCs and laptops with solid state drives than the lamentable Vista. It's nothing very clever, but it should make for a snappier Windows.
Chris Mellor, 06 May 2009
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Dabs founder Atherton cleared of rape charges

David Atherton, founder of Dabs.com which he sold to BT in 2006, has been acquitted of rape charges at Leeds Crown Court.
John Oates, 06 May 2009
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Conservative US shock-jock to sue Wacky Jacqui

Controversial US DJ Michael Savage has loudly declared he will sue UK home secretary Jacqui Smith after appearing on a "banned list" of 22 people unwelcome in Britain for "fostering extremism or hate", as the BBC puts it.
Lester Haines, 06 May 2009
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New Kindle: Wider, but still no broadsheet

Amazon has announced an enlarged Kindle e-book reader, aimed squarely at students and those whose reading extends beyond the latest bonkbuster to documents and textbooks.
Bill Ray, 06 May 2009
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AMD to support Intel AVX instructions

Chip designer and erstwhile maker Advanced Micro Devices will support a bunch of Advanced Vector Extensions (AVX) instructions, part of the family of extended Single Instruction, Multiple Data (SIMD) instructions for x64 chips that Intel announced last year.
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Conficker hype obscures sneaky botnet growth

Spammers and other cybercrooks are rebuilding their arsenal of compromised machines after suffering a setback with the takedown of cybercrime-friendly ISP McColo last November.
John Leyden, 06 May 2009
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EU telco reform trips over Three Strikes

Two years of negotiation and compromises to craft a giant EU telecomms package ended in recrimination this afternoon, after the Parliament fell out over disconnecting hardcore internet downloaders.
Andrew Orlowski, 06 May 2009
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Dell hunting M&A guru

Boy, this sounds like a fun job. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that PC and server maker Dell is looking for a merger and acquisition expert to help it save Michael Dell's reputation spend some of the company's $7bn in net cash on acquisitions to bolster its business.
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Amazon patents hideous Kindle 1 design

On the eve of Amazon's Kindle DX announcement, the online storefront was awarded a US design patent for the awful, terrible look of the Kindle 1.
Austin Modine, 06 May 2009
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SAP kicks on-demand suite into 2010?

SAP has kicked the date for the on-demand version of its business applications further into the future.
Gavin Clarke, 06 May 2009
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US spy boss pushes for unified cyber-command center

The US military wants to create a unified digital command center in Maryland as part of a push to reorganize its offensive and defensive cyber operations.
Dan Goodin, 06 May 2009
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Google, telcos in wireless agreement shock

Somehow, Google and the wireless telcos have found something they can agree on.
Cade Metz, 06 May 2009
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Apple fine-tunes app censorship

Apple will extend parental controls to applications in its upcoming iPhone 3.0 software and iTunes 8.2, thus helping to calm some of the ongoing brouhaha over its erratic App Store censorship policies.
Rik Myslewski, 06 May 2009
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Green-laser micro-projectors green-lighted

Your mobile phone may one day include a projector capable of displaying 100-inch images, thanks to laser-maker Corning and projector-designer Microvision.
Rik Myslewski, 06 May 2009
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Microsoft blocks dirty dozen apps from mobile store

Say what you like about Microsoft (as Apple fans do). At least you know where you stand on certain issues.
Gavin Clarke, 06 May 2009
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US P2P bill aims shackles at browsers, IM

Technology lobbying groups have pounced on proposed US legislation designed to prevent the accidental sharing of sensitive files over peer-to-peer networks, saying it is so broad that web browsers and even entire operating systems would also be covered.
Dan Goodin, 06 May 2009
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SCO threatened with Chapter 7 destruction

SCO Group's long-standing legal battles over its claimed Unix copyrights may finally end with US bankruptcy court forcing a Chapter 7 cyanide capsule down the company's throat.
Austin Modine, 06 May 2009
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Super Micro rack-mounts micro Atom server

Motherboard and whitebox server maker Super Micro Computer has launched a rack-mounted server that's based on Intel's Atom processor.