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US issues revised e-voting standards

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) delivered an update on Monday to the United States' electronic voting standards, adding more requirements to test systems for accuracy and reliability and additional rules to make paper audit trails easier to review.
Robert Lemos, 03 Jun 2009
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Sun rallies mobile faithful to simplified Java tests

JavaOne Sun Microsystems and mobile partners are taking another stab at portability of Java applications as Apple, Google, and Research in Motion threaten to set de-facto standards.
Gavin Clarke, 03 Jun 2009
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Xandros - the Linux company that isn't

Xandros has spent the better part of a decade trying to take Linux to the masses and build itself up as a serious contender in the commercial Linux racket. And now, after the advent of Linux-based netbooks and an evolving new class of devices that are being dubbed smartbooks, Xandros is getting another chance at going mainstream and taking Linux with it. Even if people don't know they're using Linux.
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Google eyeballs planted on 92% of top websites

A new privacy study says that Google-controlled web bugs are tracking users on 92 of the net's top 100 sites and about 88 per cent of almost 400,000 other domains.
Cade Metz, 03 Jun 2009
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BakBone's SMB continuous data protection

BakBone has introduced a new continuous data protection product called NetVault FASTRecover, saying it will eliminate backup windows and recovers Exchange, SQL Server, and Windows File server data in as little as 30 seconds.
Chris Mellor, 03 Jun 2009
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Brocade gets HP HBA support

HP has added another brick to Brocade's wall by qualifying its host bus adapters with ProLiant servers, along with MSA and EVA drive arrays. HP will also ship Brocade's Fibre Channel over Ethernet switch.
Chris Mellor, 03 Jun 2009
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Shuttle X 5000TA

Review Although the Shuttle All-in-One PC X5000TA looks like a TFT display with a chunky bezel for the speakers, it's actually a proper PC that is controlled through its 15.6in touchscreen. It's housed in a relatively sleek chassis that measures 391mm wide by 327mm high and is only 36mm thick. The fold-out stand at the rear swings up to double as a carry handle so the 4kg weight - including the external power brick - isn’t much of an obstacle if you’re lugging the X5000TA from one room to another.
Leo Waldock, 03 Jun 2009
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Opera 10 debuts with 'Turbo' boost

Opera Software on Wednesday is expected to release the first edition of Opera 10, a browser the company said offered a variety of new features, including compression technology that can cut by a third the time it takes pages to load on slow networks.
Dan Goodin, 03 Jun 2009
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Sarin took half a mill in 'sod off' expenses

The ex-boss of Vodafone Arun Sarin took relocation payments of £500,000 to get himself and his luggage back to the US after leaving the mobile giant.
John Oates, 03 Jun 2009
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Murky world of recruitment gets DoJ probe

The US Justice Department is investigating Google, Yahoo!, Apple and Genentech to see if their employment practices break US competition laws.
John Oates, 03 Jun 2009
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Sony PSP Go to hit UK in October

In an announcement branded by Sony as “the worst kept secret of E3”, the electronics giant has officially unveiled the PlayStation Portable Go.
James Sherwood, 03 Jun 2009
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Yahoo! snaps up top NetApp PR bod

NetApp's senior director for corporate relations, Eric Brown, is off to sprinkle some special PR magic at Yahoo!.
Chris Mellor, 03 Jun 2009
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Who's afraid of the SOA police?

Comment We heard a lot of talk a few months ago about about the death of service oriented architecture (SOA). This was mainly by the kind of pundits who had over-hyped it in the first place. Since then, we have seen various rebuttals to the claims that were made, but a degree of uncertainty about the status and role of SOA persists. So why the confusion?
Dale Vile, 03 Jun 2009
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Code for handling personal data is muddled, says lawyer

A code of conduct for handling personal data was launched in London yesterday. But the document is inconsistent on the need for consent when collecting personal data, according to a data protection expert. Sometimes consent is not necessary, he said.
OUT-LAW.COM, 03 Jun 2009
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EMC prevails over HP in job switch trial

A California court has ruled that David Donatelli can't look after the storage part of his intended tripartite job for one year. Servers and networking are okay though.
Chris Mellor, 03 Jun 2009
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Wiltshire welcomes clutch of Great Bustards

Conservation groups have greeted with "euphoria" the hatching of the first Great Bustard chicks in the UK since the last hatchling was spotted in Suffolk way back in 1832.
Lester Haines, 03 Jun 2009
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Dell intros KITT-style gaming laptop

Dell yesterday took the wraps off its newest Alienware 17-incher - let's not kid ourselves, it's a penis extension - the "most powerful... gaming notebook in the universe", the "pulse pounding" m17x.
Tony Smith, 03 Jun 2009
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eMusic doubles prices, snares Sony

Pioneer music service eMusic has finally snagged a major label in Sony - but was it worth it?
Andrew Orlowski, 03 Jun 2009
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Nokia's N97 flagship to sail in this month

Nokia’s flagship handset, the N97, will finally be available to buy in Blighty later this month.
James Sherwood, 03 Jun 2009
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Boffins create super flies that need almost no sleep

In a scientific triumph whose significance would be difficult to exaggerate, American boffins have managed to create a breed of special flies which require hardly any sleep.
Lewis Page, 03 Jun 2009
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Sony's PS3 Motion Control demoed

Video Motion-controlled videogames are the order of the day at E3 this year, at least according to Microsoft and Sony.
James Sherwood, 03 Jun 2009
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Blears is latest to scurry away from Brown's Cabinet

The UK edged closer to having to set up a rota to run the country this morning as another Cabinet minister bolted from Gordon Brown's beleaguered government.
Joe Fay, 03 Jun 2009
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Fake Outlook config scam aims to harvest logins

Cybercrooks have come up with a new way to trick prospective marks into handing over login credentials or installing fake security (scareware) packages.
John Leyden, 03 Jun 2009
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How will sir pay? Facebook credits, that'll do nicely

Facebook has launched an internal payment system using virtual currency to get its members to pay for various virtual things on the site.
John Oates, 03 Jun 2009
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Asus aims at Apple TV with LAN-linked set-top box

There's not word on when - or if - this little black box will arrive in the UK, but here's Asus' attempt to take on the Apple TV and other gadgets that display digital content on an HD TV.
Tony Smith, 03 Jun 2009
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Microsoft UK NTO leaves to spend more time with IT policy

Is it something in the air? Microsoft UK national technology officer Jerry Fishenden is jumping ship to spend more time with his family, his doctoral research and UK technology policy.
John Lettice, 03 Jun 2009
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Second iteration of Windows Server 2008 due in October

Microsoft confirmed yesterday it was on track to spin out Windows Server 2008 R2 this autumn.
Kelly Fiveash, 03 Jun 2009
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Phorm woos browsers with personalised web

Phorm is aiming to strengthen ties with publishers by allowing them to track and target their visitors' interests as they browse the web.
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Robosub prowls Pacific's hadal depths

US scientists are hailing a "new era" of deep-sea exploration after successfully dispatching a robotic vehicle to the bottom of the Mariana Trench - 10,902 metres or 6.8 miles beneath the Pacific's surface.
Lester Haines, 03 Jun 2009
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12 of the best... mice

Round-up Mice are probably the most common peripheral in the computing world and any old one should perform the basic function required of it with a reasonable degree of competency. But which is the best? Which takes the concept of the mouse just that little bit further and pushes the proverbial envelope? Which indulges in a spot blue cheese thinking? Which sticks its tongue out at convention? Which is just plain cool? Or odd? To find out Reg Hardware has got hold of half a pound of metaphorical cheddar and is away behind the technical skirting board to track down a dozen of the best in the great mouse hunt.
Alun Taylor, 03 Jun 2009
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NetApp ups bid for Data Domain

NetApp has revised its bid for Data Domain, lifting its offer to $30/share in cash and stock.
Chris Mellor, 03 Jun 2009
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Pentagon funds 'Wireless Network After Next'

Famed tech-pioneer company BBN - which among other things gave the world the "@" symbol in email addresses - has been awarded Pentagon funding to develop the "Wireless Network after Next" (WNaN) for use by the digital grunt of tomorrow.
Lewis Page, 03 Jun 2009
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Scientists seek noctilucent cloud enlightenment

Scientists are suggesting 2009 may prove a bumper year for northern hemisphere noctilucent clouds - high-altitude pre-dawn and post-sunset features illuminated by the Sun from below the horizon.
Lester Haines, 03 Jun 2009
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Spectral Spector Twitterer admits hoax

The highly entertaining Twitter account purporting to be from Phil Spector has been revealed by its unidentified owner to be one of those naughty internet hoaxes.
Sarah Bee, 03 Jun 2009
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Larry Ellison relives reveals network computer netbook dream

Larry Ellison has once again demonstrated how he always gets what he wants in the end, by floating the possibility that Oracle could get into the stripped down client PC business.
Joe Fay, 03 Jun 2009
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Cambridge hospital cleans up after mystery malware infection

An unnamed computer virus infection forced a UK hospital to temporarily shut down part of its network earlier this week.
John Leyden, 03 Jun 2009
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Hitler kicked off iPhone

Apple has pulled the plug on an iPhone application which offered an RSS feed of Electronic Frontier Foundation updates.
John Oates, 03 Jun 2009
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Microsoft takes hard line on Win 7 hardware

Just one day on from confirming that Windows 7 will arrive on 22 October, Microsoft has begun punting “exclusive” hardware features for its operating system.
Kelly Fiveash, 03 Jun 2009
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Insurance giant coughs to malware-related data breach

The US arm of insurance giant Aviva has blamed a computer virus infection for the potential disclosure of sensitive personal information.
John Leyden, 03 Jun 2009
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Data Domain bid war: Could NetApp go higher?

Comment Could NetApp go higher than its $1.9bn Data Domain bid if EMC raises its offer?
Chris Mellor, 03 Jun 2009
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Scientists design picture projection specs

Boffins have designed a pair of specs with an embedded head-up display and tracking technology to let the wearer to manipulate content with their eyes.
James Sherwood, 03 Jun 2009
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BT bumps up broadband speeds

BT customers will begin to enjoy the result of its much delayed 21CN network upgrade as it today begins to convert its retail broadband offering nationwide to ADSL2+, which will offer speeds of "up to" 20Mbit/s.
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Royal Navy warship almost fires on UFOs

A Royal Navy warship may have come within seconds of opening fire on Unidentified Flying Objects above Merseyside, possibly narrowly avoiding the precipitation of an interstellar war and the extirpation of humanity by testy aliens.
Lewis Page, 03 Jun 2009
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Tukwila Itanium delay situation still as clear as mud

Two weeks ago, when Intel once again delayed its quad-core "Tukwila" Itanium processors until early 2010, the company did not give much insight into what the delay was about. It also said nothing about how the continuing delays with Tukwila would affect future Itanium processor rollouts.
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Tesla and Daimler plan joint 'affordable' e-car

Leccy Tech Daimler AG’s recent “double-digit million Euro sum” tie-up with Tesla will result in an “affordable” electric vehicle, Tesla’s CEO has announced.
James Sherwood, 03 Jun 2009
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Microsoft sues John Does for bilking search bribery machine

Microsoft has sued ten John Does for allegedly pilfering money from its search bribery machine.
Cade Metz, 03 Jun 2009
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Hacker disrupts economy of annoying Twitter-based game

An annoying Twitter-based game has been exploited through a Robin Hood-style attack involving the transfer of imaginary funds.
John Leyden, 03 Jun 2009
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Judge orders Echostar to disable set-top DVR

Satellite TV provider EchoStar has been ordered to disable DVR functionality in their set-top boxes and pay Tivo $103 million for allegedly infringing on the company's digital video recorder patent.
Austin Modine, 03 Jun 2009
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Data-sniffing trojans burrow into Eastern European ATMs

Security experts have discovered a family of data-stealing trojans that have burrowed into automatic teller machines in Eastern Europe over the past 18 months.
Dan Goodin, 03 Jun 2009
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Moblin Linux boosters go global

Computex Intel continues to push the adoption of the open-source Moblin Version 2 mobile operating system, today using the Computex show in Taipei, Taiwan as its bully pulpit.
Rik Myslewski, 03 Jun 2009
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Cisco punts not-so-unified rack servers

So much for that whole argument that networking giant and server wannabe Cisco Systems is only interested in selling a closed, proprietary stack of hardware and system software known as "California" and branded the Unified Computing System. Today, with the launch of free-standing rack servers, Cisco moved to annex (in spirit) the state of Texas, where Hewlett-Packard and Dell have their x64 rack-server factories, by launching three of its own rack servers.
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Google to slip SVG into Internet Explorer

JavaOne Microsoft might be hesitating on Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) in Internet Explorer 8, but Google's pressing on.
Gavin Clarke, 03 Jun 2009
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Microsoft Bing rehosts Wikifiddling as 'Reference' material

Update: This story has been updated with comments from Microsoft.
Cade Metz, 03 Jun 2009
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Data Domain shareholders to judge beauty contest

EMC has not raised its bid for Data Domain after NetApp's revised $1.9bn offer, saying the EMC all-cash proposal of $30/share is superior to NetApp's part-stock offer.
Chris Mellor, 03 Jun 2009
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Verizon sends compute cloud over US, Europe

Verizon Business, the application hosting and outsourcing arm of the U.S. telecom giant bearing the same first name, today announced its foray into cloud computing, giving us yet another ugly acronym, CaaS, short for computing as a service.
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Microsoft renames netbooks 'low cost small notebook PCs'

Just when we thought the whole "netbook" terminology mess was sorted out properly, the PC industry gives its wheel of marketing whale song another spin.
Austin Modine, 03 Jun 2009
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Google Wave - a developer's eye view

Last week, Google announced Wave, a new communication tool presumptuously described as "e-mail, if it were invented today." Now, it's a coming of age for technology companies to write a collaboration tool, put a good spit-shine demo on it, and call it a revolution. The idea is nothing new. In the 80s, we called it Lotus Notes. As of recent, we called it Microsoft Sharepoint. Today, I guess, it's Google Wave.
Ted Dziuba, 03 Jun 2009