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US gov polishes Energy Stars for servers

Here is perhaps the best sign that computing has really gone mainstream: Starting today, servers can be equipped with the same kind of yellow Energy Star tags as a stove, microwave, or refrigerator.
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Duke Nukem developer answers Take-Two suit

Supposed Duke Nukem Forever developer 3D Realms has responded to a lawsuit filed by the game's would-be publisher, Take-Two Interactive, calling it "merely a bully tactic" to seize the Duke Nukem franchise.
Austin Modine, 19 May 2009
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Appro bridges Tesla GPUs, Nehalems

Supercomputer cluster vendor Appro is a niche player in the cut-throat HPC market, and it's bringing the nVidia Tesla GPU and the CUDA programming environment to the knife fight with its new HyperPower clusters.
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Startup sees iPhone through biz-colored glasses

In the beginning, the world questioned whether the iPhone was a business device. But not Santiago Becerra.
Cade Metz, 19 May 2009
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Wolfram Alpha - a new kind of Fail

Comment Wolfram Alpha, the not-quite-search-engine from self appointed mathematical genius Stephen Wolfram, launched last Friday, and oh my, has it been a great weekend for software reviewers. I took some time to play around with Wolfram Alpha, and aside from being the best damn Wikipedia search engine since Powerset, the only noteworthy thing about it is that so far, Alpha is the finest example of the tragedy that results when an academic tries his hand at building a successful web product.
Ted Dziuba, 19 May 2009
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OpenSSH chink bares encrypted data packets

Cryptographers are urging users of a widely employed network protocol to make sure they're running the latest version after discovering a flaw that could allow attackers to read data that's supposed to remain encrypted.
Dan Goodin, 19 May 2009
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Swimmer's camcorder surfaces

A waterproof head-mounted camcorder for swimmers has surfaced on the website of quirky gadget retailer Thanko.
James Sherwood, 19 May 2009
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DSGi sells Hungarian biz for €1

DSG international, the UK’s biggest consumer electronics retailer, today confirmed it is selling Electro World Hungary for one euro.
Team Register, 19 May 2009
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Plantronics .Audio 655

Review Skype’s voice-over-IP software has emerged as a major challenger to traditional telephone companies in the last couple of years, especially when it comes to saving money on expensive international calls. Now featuring SILK, a new wideband audio codec, Skype has raised its sonic standards and the latest Plantronics headset, the.Audio 655, supports this technology.
Cliff Joseph, 19 May 2009
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Vodafone writes off £5.9bn

Data and India saved the day at Vodafone, which is writing off £5.9bn, mainly due to problems in Spain.
John Oates, 19 May 2009
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Danger Mouse seems to want fans to pirate his blocked release

A legal dispute has led one of pop music's most exciting artists to take a novel approach to the release of his latest work: the album is a blank recordable CD on to which buyers can record illegally-downloaded versions of the album.
OUT-LAW.COM, 19 May 2009
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Israeli boffin invents "OkayToKiss™" pocket bad-breath test

Top Israeli stinks boffins have developed a small breathalyser-style test device which can accurately tell a user if he or she has bad breath, putting an end to the stress and uncertainty of the unreliable blow-in-your-hand method. The new test is dubbed "OkayToKiss".
Lewis Page, 19 May 2009
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Home Office: IPS to hang onto snaps of fingerprints

The Home Office has revealed more about the workings of the biometric database that will support the National Identity Scheme.
Kable, 19 May 2009
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Motorola's handheld self abuse continues

Associated Press has been going over documents concerning the suit filed by Motorola's former Chief Financial Officer, providing more details of Paul Liska's accusation that he was given the elbow for blowing the whistle on the company's finances.
Bill Ray, 19 May 2009
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Pad punted to cool your laptop

If you're fed up with the heat pumped out by your laptop, you'll like this: a slim, liquid-filled pad that manufacturer Nexus claims will knock 17°C off a notebook's operating temperature.
Tony Smith, 19 May 2009
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Next-gen e-book readers to slim down

Within weeks of Amazon's announcement that its Kindle e-book reader was supersizing to focus on documents and textbooks, two companies have announced cut-down e-book readers better suited to beach reading than perusing the Wall Street Journal.
Bill Ray, 19 May 2009
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Police force eBay scammer to cough up ill-gotten gains

Lancashire Police have obtained a confiscation order to seize over £100,000 from a convicted eBay scammer.
John Oates, 19 May 2009
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More June Palm Pré launch evidence emerges

Evidence is mounting that Palm will launch its Pré smartphone next month.
James Sherwood, 19 May 2009
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Blighty's black honeybee comes in from the cold

Britain's native black honeybee could be "key to reversing the decline in the UK's honeybee population" - more than 100 years since Victorian apiarists rejected it for being too lazy and aggressive.
Lester Haines, 19 May 2009
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Fox terminates The Sarah Connor Chronicles

Fox has announced that it's terminated The Sarah Connor Chronicles after two series, the Hollywood Reporter reports.
Lester Haines, 19 May 2009
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Gut instinct no protection against net scams

Those who rely on gut instinct and are open to persuasion are more at risk of falling prey to internet scams, according to a research sponsored by the UK Office of Fair Trading.
John Leyden, 19 May 2009
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Slimline PS3 pic publication prompts legal threat

A website that published pictures of what's claimed to be the new slimline PlayStation 3's bodywork has been told to axe the shots.
James Sherwood, 19 May 2009
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Charges against London tube tourist snapper thrown out

Westminster Magistrates have dismissed charges of breaching the Public Order Act brought against a Greek tourist for taking photographs on the London Underground.
Jane Fae , 19 May 2009
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Jamie Bodkin, 19 May 2009
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250kg Russian drops healthy 2kg sprog

A 34-year-old Russian woman who tips the scales at 39st 5lb (250kg) has "surprised" doctors by dropping a perfectly healthy 4lb 6oz (2kg) baby boy, the Times reports.
Lester Haines, 19 May 2009
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Google backs newspaper rollup

Google has joined calls for antitrust laws to be relaxed, to allow local newspapers to merge to help them compete with, er, Google.
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NEC ready to sample 'world's first' USB 3.0 controller chip

NEC has taken the wraps off what may be the world's first control chip for USB 3.0 - aka SuperSpeed USB.
Tony Smith, 19 May 2009

BASF to develop 350-mile e-car 'super battery'

Leccy Tech German firm BASF and US company Sion Power have agreed to co-develop a battery technology with the potential to deliver five times the capacity of a conventional lithium-ion battery of the same size.
Alun Taylor, 19 May 2009
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DARPA to try out goose v-formation trick with jets

Geese don't fly in V formation just for fun: it makes long flights a lot easier for the following birds. Pentagon scientists are now looking to exploit this effect to save fuel in military aircraft.
Lewis Page, 19 May 2009
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Palm: Pré to launch on 6 June

The Pré smartphone will launch on 6 June, Palm has officially confirmed.
James Sherwood, 19 May 2009
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Linux group, Microsoft form unholy alliance against US lawyers

Microsoft and the Linux Foundation have penned a joint letter to the American Law Institute, in opposition to its proposal to create an implied warranty that software goods ship with “no material defects”.
Kelly Fiveash, 19 May 2009
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Wacky Jacqui defends Michael Savage ban

The home secretary Jacqui Smith yesterday faced an indignant Tory MP, who described her decision to ban US shock-jock Michael Savage from darkening the UK's shores as 'ludicrous'.
Lester Haines, 19 May 2009
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Asus Eee PC 1008HA Seashell

Review We liked the Asus Eee PC 1008HA - aka Seashell - when we first saw it at the CeBit show this past March. Asus has done 'luxury' netbooks before - most notably the Eee PC S101 - but they never won us over. Just too darn angular for us. You might as well have a regular netbook and pay a lot less for it.
Tony Smith, 19 May 2009
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Ford crushes half-price hybrid hoax

Ford has stepped forward to debunk a hoax email suggesting the motor firm was selling new models of a hybrid car at half price in response to the global financial crisis.
John Leyden, 19 May 2009
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Vodafone Magics up a little Google glitter

Comment Vodafone's latest handset might be known as the "HTC Magic", but you won't find the network operator pushing HTC's brand more than it has to - it would much prefer to be associated with a certain search engine than an Asian manufacturer.
Bill Ray, 19 May 2009
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'Better IT could have stopped 7/7 bombings'

Better connections between police and MI5 intelligence databases may have helped stop the July 7 suicide bombings, according to a parliamentary investigation.
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'Air fuelled' battery tech invented in Scotland

Boffins based in Scotland believe they're on the track of rechargeable batteries which could broach a barrel of whup-ass on any now in service - and even more advanced types in development. The new super batteries gain their advantage by absorbing atmospheric oxygen as they discharge, and giving it up again as they charge.
Lewis Page, 19 May 2009
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Microsoft's answer to MobileMe goes public

My Phone, Microsoft's cloud repository of mobile data, has gone into public beta, offering an online backup of contacts, calendars and files, but is still suffering a few early glitches.
Bill Ray, 19 May 2009
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LG claims crown for world's thinnest LCD TV

LG has turned to edge lighting technology to create what it claimed is the world’s thinnest LCD TV panel.
James Sherwood, 19 May 2009
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MP expenses leaker may never be found

The Metropolitan Police has confirmed it is ending its investigation into who leaked politicians' expenses information to the media.
John Oates, 19 May 2009
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HP, Microsoft hook up to snare SMBs

Hewlett-Packard and Microsoft have inked a multi-million-dollar partnership to dish up integrated unified communications and collaboration software over the next four years.
Kelly Fiveash, 19 May 2009
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Nortel spin-out preps FCoE switches for blade servers

Blade Network Technologies - the spinout from Canadian telecom giant Nortel that has built a nice little business supplying switches for blade servers - is today at the Interop extravaganza in Las Vegas showing off the Fibre Channel over Ethernet converged switches that will eventually be resold by IBM, Hewlett-Packard, and perhaps others.
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Excess of cola floors Oz ostrich farmer

A report in the International Journal of Clinical Practice is warning of the perils of quaffing too much cola - a habit which can, by lowering blood potassium levels, result in symptoms from mild muscular weakness to paralysis.
Lester Haines, 19 May 2009
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Downing Street on Phorm: 'Meh'

Downing Street has palmed off responsibility for enforcing the law around its web monitoring and profiling technology to the Information Commissioner.
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Daimler buys ten per cent of Tesla

Leccy Tech Mercedes-Benz maker Daimler AG has acquired a ten per cent stake in US e-car maker Tesla Motors for a “double-digit million Euro sum”.
Alun Taylor, 19 May 2009
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BBC asks nicely to run second hacking demo

The BBC has followed its recent controversial botnet demonstration with a new filmed demo of how a Trojan attack works - except this time it made sure to ask nicely.
John Leyden, 19 May 2009
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Intel and AMD begin server war dance

Intel and Advanced Micro Devices are gearing up to take each other on in the server racket and are apparently readying some major announcements.
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Six months on, Macs still plagued by critical Java vuln

More than six months after Sun Microsystems warned that a flaw in its Java virtual machine made it trivial for attackers to execute malware on end users' machines, the vulnerability remains unpatched on Apple's Mac platform.
Dan Goodin, 19 May 2009
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Dell punts germ-free netbook for school kids

Dell is now flogging a series of colorful netbooks aimed at the clumsy, snot-nosed germ-factories affectionately known as school children.
Austin Modine, 19 May 2009
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Intel 'Pine Trail' amputates Atom's third chip

Intel has confirmed that its next-generation Atom processor, code-named Pineview, will include an on-chip memory controller and an integrated graphics processor.
Cade Metz, 19 May 2009
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Deleted Tweets found living in the hereafter

Careless Twitterers are in for a healthy dose of Web 2.0 reality with the advent of a site that shows it's not really possible to purge errant tweets, as the microblogging site might have them believe.
Dan Goodin, 19 May 2009
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Michael Dell faces questions in crime-camera case

Michael Dell, chairman and CEO of the eponymous computer vendor, has been deposed by a New Orleans judge in a lawsuit concerning double-dealing in that famously corrupt city's crime-camera program.
Rik Myslewski, 19 May 2009
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Gumblar Google-poisoning attack morphs

A Web attack that poisons Google search results is getting worse, according to security researchers.
John Leyden, 19 May 2009
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Apple patents all-seeing display

Apple was granted a flurry of patents today, including one that describes a flat-panel display that doubles as a camera.
Rik Myslewski, 19 May 2009
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NebuAd knocks at death's door

NebuAd - aka the American Phorm - is just about dead.
Cade Metz, 19 May 2009
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Napster crossbreeds streaming, download plans

Napster - the outfit that shares a name with a bygone music piracy pioneer sued into oblivion - is back with a new $5-per-month streaming/download hybrid plan following its purchase by Best Buy last year.
Austin Modine, 19 May 2009
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Cybersecurity groups band together in malware fight

Three cybersecurity groups said Tuesday they plan to band together to combat the growing scourge of malware.
Dan Goodin, 19 May 2009