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Missing: 1TB of Clinton White House data

A hard drive containing more than 1 terabyte of sensitive data from the Clinton administration, including the personal information of White House staff and visitors, is missing from the US National Archives.
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Yahoo! puts webpages in their place

Yahoo! is offering developers a free online service that gives webpages a certain sense of place.
Cade Metz, 21 2009
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Microsoft rolls Netflix into Windows Media Center

Microsoft snuggled a little closer to its US movies-on-demand buddy Netflix on Wednesday by rolling the firm's streaming content into Windows Media Center.

Worldwide GPS may die in 2010, say US gov

The global positioning system (GPS) operated by the US government could fail as early as next year.
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VMware's vSphere enters real world, early!

VMware has shipped its next-generation virtualization hypervisor and management tools collection, vSphere 4, ahead of schedule.
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Smartphones sales on the up in Q1

Global smartphone sales grew by 12.7 per cent during the first quarter this year, but at the expense of a 9.4 per cent dip in sales of less advanced handsets, market watcher Gartner has concluded.
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China lowers national security IT ‘trade barrier’

A certification scheme that threatened to ban many software and hardware products from China has been curtailed. The scheme, which holds IT vendors to controversial national standards, will be limited to public procurement only, a government agency has said.
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IntelliTouch Eos wireless iPod speaker system

Review Fancy an affordable wireless iPod system that can grow to suit your needs or just looking for a way to avoid hardwiring speakers in the your home? Certainly, wireless sound systems take some beating in terms of convenience but, typically, at a cost. Addressing both portability and price, the new IntelliTouch Eos offers multizone audio may prove to be a sound investment.
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Google derides 'dinosaur' system integrators

Google has hit out at old school system integrators and described them as “dinosaurs” who are out of touch with growing customer demands for more cloud-based products.
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RealNetworks claims CSS license lets it copy DVDs. Sues studios

RealNetworks is filing an anti-trust action against the major US studios. It says it has a license to use CSS decryption which it obtained legally, and therefore its RealDVD copying software is not only legal, but attempts by the studios to block it amount to anti-trust. It will be interesting to see if a court agrees.
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Microsoft loses $200m in Texas Hold 'em up patent suit

Microsoft has been ordered to pay at least $200m to i4i, a Canadian software firm for infringing patents in the way that Microsoft Word handles documents.
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NZ couple do bunk with £3.9m bank error

New Zealand police have asked Interpol to help them apprehend a couple who did a bunk with an unspecified percentage of a NZ$10m (£3.9m) bank error.
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Toddler snaps up mechanical digger online

A New Zealand three-year-old was temporarily the proud owner of a mechanical digger after successfully bidding online for the earth-moving kit.
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Storage vendors unroll better VTL options

It's been a good day for mainframe tape users. They can store data on cheaper open systems virtual tape libraries (VTLs) thanks to Bus-Tech's MDL-100V product, and Sun has simultaneously enhanced its mainframe VTL and tape products.
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Germans resist Street View invasion of privacy

Google's all-seeing Street View is attempting to convince German authorities that it should be allowed to retain "partially censored images" which Hamburg and 15 other states want purged from the search monolith's databases.
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Boffins build basis for 9TB DVDs

Aussie scientists have devised a digital disc design capable of holding the content from 2000 DVDs - more than nine terabytes of data - in a unit physically no bigger than a DVD or Blu-ray Disc.
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Acer outlines 2009 handset plans

An Acer executive has sketched out the firm’s handset plans for 2009, announcing that all but one of its planned devices will be based on Windows Mobile.

Nokia gets trippy with 'light messaging'

It can be hard to guess the sender's mood from their text messages, so Nokia has applied to patent a communications technology that uses light to express emotion.
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Dell demos Android-equipped netbook

Dell has shown off a netbook running Google’s Android OS. Well, sort of.
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Cisco settles open source case

Networking behemoth Cisco has settled a patent infringement case brought by the Free Software Foundation.
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ISS re-wee tech triumph heralds golden showers in orbit

Astronauts and cosmonauts on the International Space Station (ISS) celebrated a significant technology milestone yesterday, as the station's buggy quarter-billion-dollar urine recycler was finally declared fully operational. Jubilant, thirsty space explorers quaffed refreshing draughts of "yesterday's coffee" and cracked ribtickling jokes with ground controllers.
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Undead deleted photos linger on social networking websites

That embarrassing party shot of you and that hot dog may still come back to haunt you - photos posted on social networking websites can often be easily viewed even after users attempt to delete them, according to a study by security researchers at the University of Cambridge.
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CSC freezes UK pay

CSC will freeze pay for all UK staff this year in a bid to survive the recession, managers have been told.
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Skype pulls about-face, calls for interoperability

Two months after Skype announced a beta of its SIP gateway, the company's general manager has called on PBX manufacturers to get compatible, despite half a decade of refusing to play nicely with anyone.
Bill Ray, 21 2009
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Designer dreams up handheld 3D Blu-ray camcorder

The Blu-ray Disc Association has only just inked plans for a 3D Blu-ray Disc standard taskforce, but one designer’s already sketched out a concept 3D-capable consumer camcorder with Blu-ray support.
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OCZ ups peak SSD speeds with Summit line

OCZ has rolled out its third 2.5in SSD family this year: the Summit series.
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Spielberg: Games consoles doomed

Steven Spielberg has suggested that games consoles will, one day, be replaced by in-home virtual reality entertainment.
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European 'standard' e-car power connector details emerge

Leccy Tech Further details have emerged about the design of the would-be European e-car plug standard currently being championed by Germany-based energy company RWE.
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Stumbling Lenovo turns in record loss

Stumbling PC giant Lenovo saw sales and profits fall further than expected in the fourth quarter.
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Hack suspect challenges privacy of Palin emails

Defence lawyers in the Sarah Palin webmail account hack case intend to claim the Alaskan governor's emails were a matter of public record and therefore enjoyed no expectation of privacy. The novel legal tactic is designed to reduce the seriousness of the charges against their client, David Kernell.
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Dedupe this: NetApp buying Data Domain

Comment Announcing its intent to be king of the dedupe hill, NetApp is buying Data Domain for $1.5bn. The announcement overshadowed NetApp's fiscal 2009 earnings which beat Wall Street estimates.
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MSI Wind U115 Hybrid

Review From the outside, the Wind U115 looks like your average 10in Small, Cheap Computer - which makes the fact that MSI has managed to squeeze in not one but two storage systems all the more impressive.
Will Head, 21 2009
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Cisco stakes out 30 markets for IP world domination

Analysis In 2003, Cisco selected six key emerging markets on which to focus to drive growth and new revenue streams. Recently, it has increased that number to a huge 30, all unified by the common theme that they are driven by the explosion of data traffic over wired and wireless IP networks.
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BitDefender launches 'suck it and see' free anti-virus scanner

Romanian anti-virus firm BitDefender has begun offering a free version of its anti-virus scanner software to consumers.
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Yahoo! to! buy! social! networking!

Yahoo! is likely to buy its way into social networking, and it accepts that Google has won the search game.
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Geeks make least selfish lovers: Official

It's offical: Geeks make the most considerate lovers, with four in five declaring that sex should be more about their partner than satisfying their own filthy needs.
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Nokias, BlackBerrys pay ultimate price for Brown gov

Pondering what mobile phone will survive the toughest environments? Look no further than the House of Commons, where Tom Watson of the Cabinet Office yesterday gave a list of exactly which mobile phones have paid the ultimate price in Gordon Brown's battle against the world, the recession and everything.
Joe Fay, 21 2009
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6.5m vehicles to be tracked by 2012

A new study of satellite tracking technology estimates that US companies are tracking 3.6 million vehicles, a number that's due to rise to 6.5 million by 2012.
Bill Ray, 21 2009
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Little guy trampled in meaty WEEE overhaul

An independent IT retailer group has slammed the Department of Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform and accused it of “ignorance” over what the outfit sees as discrimination against small shop owners within the WEEE legislation.
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Safe signals in Perl

Once upon a time, handling signals in Perl code had a pretty big gotcha — one that you couldn’t work around. Perl 5.8 changed signal handling in a way that eliminated that gotcha, but replaced it with a different one, harder to trigger, but no less surprising.
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Panasonic pitches high-speed SDHC cards

Panasonic will release its Class 10 SDHC memory cards in the UK next month.
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Queen given golden console

The Queen may need somewhere else to store the crown jewels, because she’s reportedly been given a golden Wii.
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Brit hover barges, airships offered to Canadian oilfields

British firms are pitching retro-futuristic transport ideas for future energy projects intended to exploit the "oil sands" of Canada's Alberta province. Two ideas being touted are riverine "hover barges" and monster heavy-lift "hybrid" airships.
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Now Google tracking follows you out of cyberspace

Not content with knowing what you're doing online, Google has patented a process using the accelerometer in your phone to work out what you're doing offline too, all in the interest of improving your experience.
Bill Ray, 21 2009
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Job losses hit C&W profits

The cost of sacking hundreds of staff during the integration of Thus meant Cable and Wireless reported full year pre-tax profits down 13 per cent today.
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Conficker: Hold the funeral, it's not dead yet

Media coverage of the Conficker superworm has died down over recent weeks but variants of the worm are still infecting 50,000 new PCs a day.
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Intel drags feet on Itanium quad-core (again)

Are you one of the IT shops with Itanium-based servers at the heart of your data center expecting a substantial speed boost this year from Intel with the quad-core "Tukwila" Itaniums? You'd better forget about it, because the processor won't be making an appearance until the first quarter of 2010.
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Apple seeks specialist for iPhone ARM upgrade

An upgraded ARM processor may power future iPhones, if the requirements in an Apple job posting for experienced chip-level programming talent are any indication.
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Twitter typosquatting site preys on gullible

Miscreants have launched an aggressive phishing attack that aims to dupe the unwary into handing over their login credentials for the microblogging service.
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US lawmakers put Canada, Spain on piracy 'watch list'

A group of US lawmakers plan to "closely monitor" five countries where they claim copyright piracy has reached "alarming levels."
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Scrubbed geo-location data not so anonymous after all

Anonymized data collected from GPS-enabled devices may not be as anonymous as you think, according to researchers who show that knowing someone's general home and work locations can be enough to identify an individual uniquely.
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Microsoft IIS vuln played no role in server breach, uni says

Network administrators at Ball State University have retracted their claims that a campus website was brought down by a zero-day vulnerability in Microsoft's Internet Information Services webserver.
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Jobsian cult indoctrinates American children

In the time-honored "hook 'em while they're young" marketing tradition, Apple is offering a summer series of free Apple Camp workshops at its US retail stores for youngsters aged 8 through 12.
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Governator revives anti-violent video game crusade

California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is asking America's top court to restart his campaign of criminalizing the sale of violent video games to children.
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DDoS attack chokes Chinese net surfing

Millions of internet users in China had trouble accessing websites earlier this week after an attack on a domain registrar in that country touched off a network traffic jam.
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Google brands ebook monopoly critics 'shortsighted'

Poised to create a court-approved monopoly in the digital book market, Google's $125m library-scanning settlement is under investigation by the US Department of Justice and possibly state attorneys general. But Google co-founder Sergey Brin has defended the company's pact with American authors and publishers, calling criticism of the deal "pretty short-sighted and contradictory."
Cade Metz, 21 2009
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IBM euthanizes aging Power gear

With Power6+ systems in the market and Power7 machinery slated for next year - and with IBM's supply chain expert (Bob Moffatt) in charge of its Systems and Technology Group - you can't expect older gear to stay in the product line for very long.
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NetApp says no one wants to buy NetApp

No-one really wants to buy NetApp. There are five possibles but none of them has a problem that buying NetApp would solve better than any alternative. Really. That's NetApp CEO Dan Warmenhoven's view.
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Hitachi GST buying WD plant

Number three disk drive manufacturer Hitachi GST is helping out number two supplier Western Digital by buying a media substrate plant it no longer needs.
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Can Western Digital drives vary their spin speeds?

There has been some confusion about whether Western Digital's IntelliPower technology varies a drive's rotation speed or not. Well, it doesn't.
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Hulu's web TV coming to the UK

Hulu, the commercial-fed internet television service backed by three of the four American TV giants, is rumored to be arriving in the UK as early as this September.