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Twitter hit with rogue anti-virus scam

Twitter users over the weekend were the target of a scam that tried to infect them with rogue anti-virus software and other malware, in what is one of the first times the micro-blogging site has been hit by a known for-profit attack, a security researcher said.
Dan Goodin, 02 Jun 2009
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Microsoft buys gene-splicing software unit

Microsoft is wading deeper into the health care industry today, announcing intentions to acquire Rosetta Biosoftware, a unit of Merck & Co. that makes software for analyzing genomes and conducting clinical studies.
Austin Modine, 02 Jun 2009
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Intel reveals next-gen ultrathin chips

Computex Declaring that in the notebook market "thin is in," Intel today announced a new ultra-low-voltage (ULV) processor, three new Core 2 Duo mobile processors, and a new low-power mobile chipset - and attempted a wee bit of benchmarking bait-and-switch regarding battery life.
Rik Myslewski, 02 Jun 2009
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Website liable for Google-generated page summary

A Dutch website has been sued — and sued successfully — for the way Google summarized one of its pages.
Cade Metz, 02 Jun 2009
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Scotland strikes national Oracle deal

Procurement Scotland has agreed to pay Oracle £18.7m to obtain a four year unlimited use software licence and support for around 80 public bodies.
Kable, 02 Jun 2009
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Hitachi CP-RX80

Review Price competition at the entry level for digital projectors is certainly becoming intense. Inevitably, the cheapest models are just new boxes containing legacy hardware: you get what you pay for. With the CP-RX80, Hitachi pushes gently against the tide with an attractively priced projector that is actually rather good.
Alistair Dabbs, 02 Jun 2009
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BCS writes data Highway Code

The British Computer Society has created a Personal Data Guardianship Code to help businesses and individuals deal responsibly and safely with private information.
John Oates, 02 Jun 2009
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Asus and co. co-opt Nvidia's Ion for mini-PCs

Computex Yesterday, Asus was "considering" Nvidia's Ion platfom. Today, it has product to show. So have rather a lot of its rival Small, Cheap Computer makers. All of them are demo'ing Ion driven kit at Computex.
Tony Smith, 02 Jun 2009
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Websense blocks Bing in IM snafu

Websense users were temporarily blocked from enjoying the launch of Microsoft's Bing search engine on Monday.
John Leyden, 02 Jun 2009
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BSA urges London companies to check for pirate software

The Business Software Alliance (BSA) has written to more than 1,000 companies in London, asking them to complete a software audit as part of a two-month campaign against software piracy.
OUT-LAW.COM, 02 Jun 2009
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Volvo readies plug-in hybrid V70 estate

Leccy Tech Volvo has formed a partnership with Swedish power company Vattenfall in an effort to bring a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) version of the V70 estate to market in 2012.
Alun Taylor, 02 Jun 2009
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Royal Navy trials 'paging system' for submarines

US arms behemoth Raytheon says that the Royal Navy has tried out its new Deep Siren satcomms "paging system" for submarines, and was very impressed.
Lewis Page, 02 Jun 2009
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AMD ships dual-core CPU for thin'n'light laptops

Computex AMD's dual-core Athlon Neo, a chip aimed at the same makers of ultra-skinny laptops that Intel is currently pitching its small CPUs - aka CULV, for Consumer Ultra Low Voltage - to, is now available in volume.
Tony Smith, 02 Jun 2009
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Microsoft shows controller-less Xbox game control gadget

Microsoft has finally confirmed that an Xbox 360 motion-capture gadget’s in the works.
James Sherwood, 02 Jun 2009
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Google Docs caves to MS Office 2007 file formats

Google has finally added support for Microsoft’s Word and Excel 2007 default file formats to its online Docs office suite.
Kelly Fiveash, 02 Jun 2009
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Acer intros 'pro' netbook

Acer has formally launched the Aspire One Pro 531, a "business class" version of the already rather corporate-styled Aspire One 531.
Tony Smith, 02 Jun 2009
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What's the fastest USB 2.0 HDD?

I need to purchase a very fast USB 2 external hard disk drive to carry out some radio-over-fibre experiments here at the University of Kent.
Anthony Nkansah, 02 Jun 2009
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ISPs frosty on Jacqui's comms surveillance plan

Jacqui Smith's plan to have ISPs create an enormous federated database of all online communications is receiving a frosty reception from the industry, multiple sources have revealed.
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Nintendo sells 1m DSi handhelds in Europe

Nintendo’s DSi console has been bought by 1m Europeans since its launch around eight weeks ago, the games giant has announced.
James Sherwood, 02 Jun 2009
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Euro server slump makes Itanium look good

European server sales were so bad in the first quarter that Intel's long-unloved Itanium actually stood out as a comparative beacon of light.
Joe Fay, 02 Jun 2009
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Digital Spy struggles to pin down tainted ad infection

Updated UK celebrity gossip website Digital Spy has apologised after serving up banner ads laced with malware earlier this week.
John Leyden, 02 Jun 2009
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A Geeks Guide2 ...Windows 7 Training

Geeks Guide2 If the development of Windows 7 were a Grand Prix, Microsoft would be coming up to the final straight. Whether or not it will cross the line a winner or come crawling into the pits remains to be seen, but as the release date comes ever closer, Microsoft has begun delivering training content for Windows 7.
Register Books, 02 Jun 2009
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Microsoft guns down 13 unlucky products

Microsoft shuttered, put a hold on and let go of 13 products in the past eight months to help it cut costs, following a profits dive at the company that led to job cuts.
Kelly Fiveash, 02 Jun 2009
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Qinetiq strike action could increase risk to British troops

Analysis British staff at Qinetiq, the company formed from an uneasy mixture of privatised UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) research facilities and profitable US war-tech companies, have voted to strike in protest at pay freezes and redundancies.
Lewis Page, 02 Jun 2009
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Promise Smartstor NS4600

Review The term Network Attached Storage or NAS seems rather simplistic and doesn’t really do justice to a device like Promise’s Smartstor NS4600, which comes with four drive bays and a heap of server abilities. Add to this its polished black shell, funky blue lights, built-in power adapter and exquisitely quiet fan, and you’ve got yourself a living-room-friendly storage behemoth.
Emil Larsen, 02 Jun 2009
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Atlantis hitches a ride to Florida

Space shuttle Atlantis is today at Biggs Army Air Field, El Paso, Texas, having hitched a ride yesterday atop a modified 747 from Edwards Air Force Base, California. NASA is closely eyeing the weather to see if the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft can make the final leg to Kennedy Space Center in Florida this afternoon.
Lester Haines, 02 Jun 2009
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Gordon 'to sacky' Wacky Jacqui

Jacqui Smith will leave the Cabinet on Monday, it was reported today.

Dell axes hackintosh makers' favourite netbook

It's official: one of the most hackintosh-friendly netbooks, the Dell Inspiron Mini 9, is no more.
Tony Smith, 02 Jun 2009
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Acer taps Q4 for Android smartphone launch

Acer has promised to launch its first Android smartphones during the fourth quarter of this year.
James Sherwood, 02 Jun 2009
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Twitter Yi not, as Beijing bins Bing

China today cut citizens' access to MS search engine Bing, Flickr, Hotmail, MSN Spaces and Twitter - just two days before the 20th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre.
Lester Haines, 02 Jun 2009
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Jailed Phil Spector wigs out on Twitter

Legendary record producer and paragon of sanity Phil Spector is apparently Twittering from his prison cell, having been permitted to keep a laptop, but not his wig.
Sarah Bee, 02 Jun 2009
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HMRC goes underground to find new tech boss

Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs has found a new man to head up its IT department, but he won't be starting until September.
John Oates, 02 Jun 2009
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EMC hopes for Data Domain 'I do'

Comment Dan Warmenhoven must have gnashed his teeth. Just when he was showing off his bright and shiny brand new Data Domain toy, up comes EMC and gazumps him, offering 20 percent more - and all cash at that! - to Data Domain shareholders. Ouch.
Chris Mellor, 02 Jun 2009
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Retailer reveals Gametrak Freedom launch, price

An online retailer’s revealed the launch date and price of the Xbox 360’s upcoming Wii Remote-style controller, Gametrak Freedom.
James Sherwood, 02 Jun 2009
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Napster: Ex RIAA boss rues lost opportunity

It's the tenth anniversary of Shawn Fanning's Napster - and former RIAA chief Hilary Rosen has again regretted not being able to legitimise the service.
Andrew Orlowski, 02 Jun 2009
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Astronauts suffer 'exploding' space headache

Dutch scientists have discovered that a good number of astronauts have suffered "space headache" - a unique condition apparently unrelated to the usual woes of space motion sickness (SMS) and characterised by an "exploding" pain.
Lester Haines, 02 Jun 2009
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IBM gets RamSan cached flash boost

Texas Memory Systems has acted to counter the courting of IBM's SAN Volume Controller (SVC) by Fusion-io's ioDrive flash memory by getting its RamSan-500 solid state drive certified interoperable with the SVC.
Chris Mellor, 02 Jun 2009
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EC pressure on Microsoft grows

The European Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes is considering ordering Microsoft to offer rival browsers with its own software bundle.
John Oates, 02 Jun 2009
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Bike kiosk grumbleflick shocks Spaniards

A hacked display in a public bicycle kiosk treated passers-by to a dose of porn last week.
John Leyden, 02 Jun 2009
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Google slips Reg reader £500k!!!!!

We've decided to give Google a break this afternoon, and have curtailed the usual Reg whining about the search monolith's dark ambitions to enslave humanity to its will, using stored search data and Orwellian black Opels.
Lester Haines, 02 Jun 2009
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DARPA killer AI robots to 'participate in own construction'

You've got your robots which can make copies of themselves, of course. That's pretty scary - a runaway exponentially-multiplying machine horde, potentially able to overrun the human race in an eyeblink. But how much more scary would it be if you had a machine which could not only make copies of itself once complete, but could also participate in its own construction while it was still being built?
Lewis Page, 02 Jun 2009
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Obama administration joins Google

Steve Jobs may have engineered the most audacious reverse-takeover in tech history when Apple "acquired" NeXT in 1996. Within a year, Jobs and his NeXT colleagues had purged Apple executives from all the key positions (although the chief accountant remained - which may tell you something about chief accountants). But that's small beer compared to Google's acquisition of the Obama Administration.
Andrew Orlowski, 02 Jun 2009
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Triangular buttons key to touchscreen typing success - inventor

A British inventor has submitted a patent application for a wacky touchscreen keyboard design which, he claims, could spell the end for accidental key presses.
James Sherwood, 02 Jun 2009
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Acer: Android netbook coming in Q3

Acer will indeed make and sell an Android-based netbook, a company executive has said. We're just unconvinced it'll be any more successful than its Linux netbooks.
Tony Smith, 02 Jun 2009
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IBM BladeCenters still touring Shanghai as Istanbul beckons

While the six-core "Istanbul" Opteron processors from Advanced Micro Devices were launched yesterday, not every vendor is ready on day one to get the chip into existing or new products.
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Smera tilting e-car debuts in Paris

Leccy Tech Despite looking like a slightly crushed Smart car, Lumeneo’s Smera e-car has gone on sale in Paris.
Alun Taylor, 02 Jun 2009
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Netizens tell court NebuAd's not dead

NebuAd appears to be dead. And its lawyers have asked to withdraw from an ongoing class action suit against the Phorm-like behavioral ad targeter. But those suing the company have asked the court to deny this request on the grounds that NebuAd has a talent for resurrecting itself.
Cade Metz, 02 Jun 2009
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Google puckers up to biz world

Google released a brace of new products today pitched at SMBs and high-end, tech savvy corporations.
Kelly Fiveash, 02 Jun 2009
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Intel paints rosy future at Taiwan confab

Computex Despite the inarguable fact that the computer industry is mired in its worst sales decline ever, Intel is upbeat about the future.
Rik Myslewski, 02 Jun 2009
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Apple plugs QuickTime and iTunes flaws

Apple has released updates for QuickTime and iTunes designed to plug multiple security vulnerabilities.
John Leyden, 02 Jun 2009
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HP leads pack with Istanbul iron

Server maker Hewlett-Packard advanced to the pole position in the x64 server race this morning as it launched a slew of new iron, some using Advanced Micro Devices' new six-core "Istanbul" Opterons 2400 and 8400 series processors announced yesterday and others rounding out the new ProLiant and BladeSystem machines that came out concurrent with the four-core "Nehalem EP" Xeon processors at the end of March.
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Sun succumbs to Apple envy with Java Store push

JavaOne Sun Microsystems' outgoing chief executive Jonathan Schwartz has opened his swansong JavaOne with a parting challenge to Apple's success on mobile.
Gavin Clarke, 02 Jun 2009
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40,000 sites hit by PC-pwning hack attack

More than 40,000 websites worldwide have fallen under the spell of a sneaky piece of attack code that silently tries to install malware on the machines of people who visit them, security experts from Websense have warned.
Dan Goodin, 02 Jun 2009
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US Patent Office backs Nvidia with Rambus rejection

Nvidia said Tuesday the US Patent and Trademark Office has initially rejected 41 claims by Rambus that accuse the graphics chip maker of aping its memory controller tech without paying.
Austin Modine, 02 Jun 2009
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Ellison pits Sun and Oracle against AJAX and Google

JavaOne Under Oracle's charge, Sun Microsystems will fuel PCs and phones with Java and JavaFX, challenging Google's Android on netbooks, Oracle's chief Larry Ellison has said.
Gavin Clarke, 02 Jun 2009
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AMD trumpets HDTV-on-PC chip

Computex AMD jumped into the hot TV-on-PC market Tuesday with the release of the ATI Theater HD 750 chip, which provides HDTV capabilities to desktop and mobile PCs.
Rik Myslewski, 02 Jun 2009
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Windows 7 to ship October 22

Windows 7 will hit store shelves on October 22, Microsoft confirmed today.
Austin Modine, 02 Jun 2009
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Rumor mill coughs up $99 4GB iPhone

With less than a week to go before Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference, at which new iPhone - or iPhones - is/are widely expected to be announced, the rumor mill is heating up. And the latest buzz is about a $99 4GB model.
Rik Myslewski, 02 Jun 2009

Sony shows off PS3 motion-control magic wand

Hot on the heels of Microsoft's hands-free 'Project Natal', Sony showed off its own motion controller today at its E3 press conference. And that means all three major video game consoles will offer a motion control gadget.
Austin Modine, 02 Jun 2009