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Microsoft yanks preferred status from Daddy Gates' old firm

Microsoft will no longer seek regular legal counsel from a firm named after Bill Gates' father, after it was chopped from a list of regular suppliers.
Gavin Clarke, 15 May 2009
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Deleted cloud rebuilds self from scratch

Nine months after an engineer accidentally deleted its Amazon-like compute cloud - and six months after a second major outage - FlexiScale has finally completed a software overhaul meant to avoid such extended blackouts.
Cade Metz, 15 May 2009
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Unsafe at any speed: Memcpy() banished in Redmond

Memcpy() and brethren, your days are numbered. At least in development shops that aspire to secure coding.
Dan Goodin, 15 May 2009
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Eurofighter Tranche 3: Oh please, God, no

Comment So the fix is in. The Treasury's attempt during recent weeks to kill off the final UK tranche of cripplingly expensive Eurofighter combat jets will be quashed, on the personal orders of Gordon Brown. Money will be taken from taxpayers, and lives will be lost among British troops, to buy aircraft which won't be any use - some may never even fly.
Lewis Page, 15 May 2009
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Samsung Tocco Ultra Edition S8300

Review While last summer’s Tocco proved a hit for Samsung, its follow up isn’t simply a feature-refreshed, identikit Mark II model. For this season’s flagship Tocco Ultra Edition, Samsung has reconfigured the original minimalist design with a significant extra – a sliderphone keypad – adding a different dimension to the look, feel and playability of Samsung’s pocketable Tocco.
Phil Lattimore, 15 May 2009
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HP hit by laptop recall

HP is recalling thousands of laptop batteries after two machines overheated and caught fire.
John Oates, 15 May 2009
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Google protects Colonel Sanders' privacy

It's good to see that Google, currently somewhat on the ropes regarding Street View privacy, is walking it like it talks it when it comes to protecting innocent individuals from international cyberexposure:
Lester Haines, 15 May 2009
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BakBone stretches into email management

Fresh from buying collapsed Assempra's continuous data protection assets, data protection software supplier BakBone has splashed out $16m to buy ColdSpark, which sells enterprise e-mail systems.
Chris Mellor, 15 May 2009
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Hubble packing shiny new camera

The Hubble Space Telescope now boasts a shiny new Wide Field Camera 3 following a seven-hour, 20-minute spacewalk by STS-125 mission specialists John Grunsfeld (in pic, below) and Drew Feustel.
Lester Haines, 15 May 2009
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LG confirms 12Mp cameraphone

So far only Sony Ericsson has reached the dizzying heights of 12Mp cameraphone photography. But its Idou handset will soon have a rival, thanks to LG.
James Sherwood, 15 May 2009
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Intel shows glimpse of 32-core Larrabee beast

Intel has opened up a corner of its kimono and shown a picture of the upcoming Larrabee chip, indicating it will be a 32-core graphics processing engine.
Chris Mellor, 15 May 2009
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Ireland's 'most romantic man' is complete w*nker

Ireland's most romantic man has been stripped of his crown following protests that he'd been convicted of "committing two acts which were offensive to public morals and decency", viz; "following women around Galway City in his car while masturbating".
Lester Haines, 15 May 2009
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Exclusive: Mitsubishi's iMiEV UK launch revealed

Leccy Tech The Mitsubishi iMiEV will go on sale in the UK this November, Register Hardware can reveal.
Alun Taylor, 15 May 2009
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Computacenter: Life's not as bad as we thought

Computacenter shares are up over five per cent today after the company said first half turnover and profits were much better than last year's.
John Oates, 15 May 2009
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Entry-level Phenom II CPUs to launch in June

Expect AMD to take the wraps off a dual-core Phenom II processor aimed at low-cost desktops early next month.
Tony Smith, 15 May 2009
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Isilon filer guarantees 80 per cent utilisation

Clustered filer supplier Isilon is offering a guarantee that its filers will give you more than 80 per cent storage utilisation, up to 3.45PB of file space, and cost less than a dollar a gig.
Chris Mellor, 15 May 2009
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BlackBerry Storm 2 spotted in wild

Pictures of Research in Motion’s recently confirmed second-generation Storm smartphone have surfaced online.
James Sherwood, 15 May 2009
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Solar-powered netbook spied in Spain

Spanish firm Iunika has unveiled a solar-powered netbook.
James Sherwood, 15 May 2009
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Canadian Sex Party stands proud at polls

Sex and politics, together at last - this week the Canadian Sex Party became the first of its kind in the English-speaking world to stand registered candidates in British Columbia, in Canada's provincial elections.
Jane Fae , 15 May 2009
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Fujitsu Services shuts final salary pension scheme

The union Unite has condemned the decision by Fujitsu Services to shut its final salary pension scheme.
John Oates, 15 May 2009
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Mozilla marks June for Firefox 3.5 release candidate

Mozilla plans to spin out the release candidate version of Firefox 3.5 in the first week of June.
Kelly Fiveash, 15 May 2009
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USAF raygun boffins clocking planet-buster asteroid threats

US airforce raygun boffins have awarded a further $7m in funding to a project which detects and tracks asteroids which could hit Earth and kill us all.
Lewis Page, 15 May 2009
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Malware infested MPs' PCs inflate leak risk

Comment "That's one of those irregular verbs, isn't it? I give confidential security briefings. You leak. He has been charged under section 2a of the Official Secrets Act." (Bernard Woolley, Yes Minister)
John Leyden, 15 May 2009
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Organised crime cops seek international hacking powers

British law enforcement agents are quietly working with European counterparts on changes to national legislation that will allow them to share intelligence gained by hacking into suspects' PCs.
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Samsung etches tiny mechanical shutter for cameraphones

Here's a pic of Samsung's clever micro electro-mechanical (MEMS) shutter, designed to make high-megapixel cameraphones take rather better photos than they currently can.
Tony Smith, 15 May 2009
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Acer to launch Gateway-branded netbook this year

Acer will finally launch its Gateway branded desktops and notebooks next week, and plans to launch servers and netbooks under the revived badge by the end of the year.
Joe Fay, 15 May 2009
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Mac update has 3D issues with VMware Fusion, ATI card

Mac users have been told not to install Apple’s latest update to OS X 10.5.7 if they are running VMware Fusion on a Mac that comes loaded with an ATI video card.
Kelly Fiveash, 15 May 2009
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New script outstrips all other drive-by download risks

A newly-created malicious script has become the source of almost half the drive-by download attacks tracked by one security firm.
John Leyden, 15 May 2009
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Archaeologists unearth oldest known 3D pornography

Topflight archaeologists have unearthed a 35,000-year-old figurine carved out of mammoth ivory by prehistoric Germans, depicting a woman with enormous breasts. The find is thought to be the oldest known example of 3D pornography in the world.
Lewis Page, 15 May 2009
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UK tech quango eyes 10Gbit broadband

Networking researchers will get a £1m funding boost to develop technology capable of delivering internet access at 10Gbit/s to homes and businesses.
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Tony Hawk prepping skateboard gaming peripheral?

Gaming peripherals look set to become much more realistic, following the revelation that skateboarding superstar Tony Hawk’s latest title will use a hi-tech skateboard add-on.
James Sherwood, 15 May 2009
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Canon EOS 500D

Review Digital SLRs are generally aimed at three distinct groups: beginners, advanced users and pros. Occasionally, a model emerges that doesn’t fit so neatly into any of these categories. Take the Canon EOS 500D – a high-end, entry level DSLR perhaps? Then again, it could also be a low-end, mid-range camera. So is the EOS 500D simply versatile or a camera that falls between two stools?
George Cole, 15 May 2009
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Banned US shock-jock demands Clinton intervention

US shock-jock Michael Savage has asked Hillary Clinton to intervene on his behalf following UK home secretary Jacqui Smith's decision to name him on a list of 16 identified individuals she'd rather not see pass Blighty's immigration controls.
Lester Haines, 15 May 2009
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Acer readies HD netbook

Acer appears to be preparing a rather more HD-friendly netbook than many of its past mini laptops have proved to be.
Tony Smith, 15 May 2009
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The V-Max dust is settling

Comment EMC raised a marketing whirlwind with its highly scalable Symmetrix V-Max last month, and much dust was raised as competitors and EMC made claims and counter-claims. What will EMC competitors actually do, though, as they assimilate the impact of V-Max?
Chris Mellor, 15 May 2009
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EU selects satellite broadband providers

The EU has awarded Inmarsat Ventures and Solaris Mobile enough radio spectrum to run trans-Europe satellite data networks, but Ofcom remains undecided if they'll still have to pay market rates to run their network down to the UK's street level.
Bill Ray, 15 May 2009
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Mickey Rourke to star in Mona Lisa rehash

Evidently not satisfied with taking a hatchet to Get Carter and The Long Good Friday, Hollywood has now decided Neil Jordan's 1986 gangster film Mona Lisa would benefit from a rehash starring Mickey Rourke.
Lester Haines, 15 May 2009
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Sony, Nintendo: release your next-gen handhelds now

Attempts by Sony and Nintendo to freshen up their handheld consoles will see global sales of such gadgets grow by 4.9 per cent this year, according to analyst iSuppli.
James Sherwood, 15 May 2009
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Asus to slash retail Eee PC line-up

Asus today confirmed a version of its MacBook Air-like netbook, the 1008HA, with a removable battery will indeed be coming to the UK, part of a scheme to streamline the Eee PC line-up here.
Tony Smith, 15 May 2009
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Facebook users warned over renewed phishing assault

Facebook users are facing a new wave of phishing attacks following a previous barrage in April.
John Leyden, 15 May 2009
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Emulex rebuffs Broadcom's advances again

Comment Emulex has reinforced its opposition to a revised Broadcom bid to take the company over. In its latest rebuttal to Broadcom's latest $9.25/share offer, it virtually repeated the statement it made following the first unsolicited attempt.
Chris Mellor, 15 May 2009
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White House confiscates hack's handset

Video OK, so we all forget to switch phones off when we go into theatres, concert halls, meetings with the boss. Usually, we're spared blushes because the darn thing doesn't ring, but at least we know that, if it did, we wouldn't have it taken away.
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D-Link exposes WiFi routers with new 'security feature'

A new security feature added to some D-Link wireless routers actually makes users more susceptible to network intrusion, according to a hacker blog, which provides enough evidence to be taken seriously.
Dan Goodin, 15 May 2009
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Atlantis crews begins second Hubble spacewalk

Two NASA astronauts ventured out of space shuttle Atlantis today for the mission's second of five spacewalks to repair and upgrade the Hubble Telescope.
Austin Modine, 15 May 2009
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Google trademark grab defies mounting lawsuits

Despite facing multiple lawsuits over the sale of trademarked keywords on its web-dominating ad machine, Google has expanded the use of trademarks by US advertisers.
Cade Metz, 15 May 2009
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Microsoft's JavaScript strategy hurting IE 8?

Microsoft's focus on selected improvements in Internet Explorer's handling of Javascript has cost its latest browser in the race against competitors.
Gavin Clarke, 15 May 2009
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IBM supers shun nukes for biz analytics

As part of its briefings to Wall Street and investors this week, IBM trotted out its recently announced System S streaming system and the "Watson" QA super. Both are variants of its BlueGene/P Power-Linux supercomputer lineup, but both are aimed at solving business problems instead of simulating weather or nuclear explosions.
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Hacked flight sim site in catastrophic crash and burn

A popular website for users of flight simulation gear has been felled, most likely fatally, after malicious hackers attacked both of the servers housing more than 12 years worth of content supplied by its 60,000 members.
Dan Goodin, 15 May 2009
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Take-Two sues over death of Duke Nukem Forever

The abrupt meltdown of PC gaming's most infamous vapourware, Duke Nukem Forever, isn't going to pass without some legal fallout.
Austin Modine, 15 May 2009
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Ocarina dedupes better than NetApp

Ocarina is better at data reduction than NetApp according to a commissioned Swiss Tester, being better with just deduplication and much better when its compression (content-aware optimisation) is switched on.
Chris Mellor, 15 May 2009
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Dell taps VIA Nano chips for custom mini-servers

In the Web hosting world, you can charge a premium for customers who have dedicated servers. But Moore's Law and every-more powerful processors combined with server virtualization puts pressure on Web hosting companies to do shared servers for their clients because no modest Web customer can use a whole one-socket or two-socket server today. What's a Web hosting company trying to make profit to do?