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Webhost denies poor passwords led to catastrophic hack

The director of an internet service provider has denied public allegations that poor password management and server configurations were responsible for an attack that wiped out data for more than 100,000 websites.
Dan Goodin, 10 Jun 2009
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Microsoft patches record number of security bugs

Microsoft on Tuesday patched a record number of security vulnerabilities, plugging 31 holes in its Windows operating systems, Internet Explorer browser, and other products.
Dan Goodin, 10 Jun 2009
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Palm Pre's inner iPhone revealed

Photos The Palm Pre has been available for only a few short days, but that's been long enough for the good folks at the online repair-and-parts-shop iFixIt to get their hands on one and perform a loving vivisection.
Rik Myslewski, 10 Jun 2009
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Facebook to offer vanity URLs

Facebook is letting users customize their profile URLs starting this weekend. Vanity web addresses will be dispensed on a first-come-first-served basis, replacing the random string of digits used by the social networking site now.
Austin Modine, 10 Jun 2009
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Government hints at gaming tax breaks

Newly appointed Culture Secretary Ben Bradshaw has hinted that UK videogame developers may be granted direct tax breaks.
James Sherwood, 10 Jun 2009
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Philips GoGear Opus personal media player

Review When we reviewed the diminutive Philips GoGear Spark MP3 player back in March, we were quietly impressed. Now that Philips has introduced the larger Opus, it’s time to see if the Spark was just a flash in the pan.
Alun Taylor, 10 Jun 2009
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Error time counts towards FOI rejections

An organisation is allowed to count time spent on errors in calculating when it can refuse a Freedom Of Information (FOI) Act request, the Information Tribunal has ruled.
OUT-LAW.COM, 10 Jun 2009
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DoJ steps up Google Books probe

The US Department of Justice is deepening its investigation into Google's Book deal.
John Oates, 10 Jun 2009
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Beeb invites net comments from unconnected

The BBC is currently probing the shocking news that 17 million Britons, or 30 per cent of the population, are currently without an internet connection - and that 43 per cent of those wouldn't poke the interwebs with a sharp stick even if they were given a free PC and broadband.
Lester Haines, 10 Jun 2009
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Phorm gets £15m lifeline

Phorm has today raised a £15m war chest by selling almost a fifth of itself to institutional investors at less than a quarter of its price last year.
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People without broadband in 'I don't want broadband' shock

Hats off to Ofcom, which today reveals the main reasons why 30 per cent of the country aren't connected to the internet at home - they either don't want it or can't afford it.
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Snow Leopard kisses ZFS bye-bye

Apple's Snow Leopard padded across the Mac World for the first time in public this week, accompanied by its silent twin, Snow Leopard Server - leaving little trace of ZFS.
Chris Mellor, 10 Jun 2009
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Indian outsourcers prepare for US trade war

India’s outsourcers are girding their loins for a trade war with the US over Barack Obama’s attack on US companies who export jobs and hide profits overseas.
Joe Fay, 10 Jun 2009
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Wirelessly-powered phones on sale within four years, says Nokia

Nokia has claimed that by 2013 it could become possible to recharge your phone from the ambient electromagnetic radiation (AER) emitted by Wi-Fi transmitters, mobile phone antennae and TV masts.
James Sherwood, 10 Jun 2009
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Zaphod Beeblebrox home sun 'shrinking', may have blown up

The red giant star Betelgeuse in the constellation Orion - famed as the home sun of Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy characters Zaphod Beeblebrox and Ford Prefect - is shrinking rapidly. Astronomers say that it has shrunk by 15 per cent since 1993, by which they mean that it actually did so in the mid 16th century. It may, in fact, already have exploded.
Lewis Page, 10 Jun 2009
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MPs slap HMRC for lack of joined-up IT

Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs has said it cannot afford the £250m required to join up its disparate IT systems so it could create a single tax record for every taxpayer.
John Oates, 10 Jun 2009
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Insurance giant rapped on knuckles over DPA breach

Insurance firm Amicus Legal has been put on notice for breaches of the Data Protection Act, after it failed to protect sensitive customer data on a laptop that was subsequently stolen.
John Leyden, 10 Jun 2009
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One fifth of humanity deprived of Milky Way

One-fifth of the world's population is deprived of the pleasure of viewing the Milky Way in all its splendour - thanks, you guessed it, to light pollution.
Lester Haines, 10 Jun 2009
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Next-gen Atom to launch in October, say moles

Intel has said that its next-generation Atom processor for netbooks - codenamed 'Pine Trail' - will debut in Q4, but it now appears we can narrow that down to 'early Q4'.
Tony Smith, 10 Jun 2009
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Google boss claims no sting from Bing - yet

Google CEO Eric Schmidt insisted yesterday that Mountain View wasn’t concerned about the arrival of Bing, even as stats for Microsoft’s revamped search engine made a healthy upward swing following its launch last week.
Kelly Fiveash, 10 Jun 2009
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Software to turn iPhones, Pres into virtual pens grabs award

An undergraduate engineering student in America has won an award for developmental software which allows accelerometer-equipped smartphones - for instance the renowned Jesus Mobe and new kid the Palm Pre - to be used as "pens" for writing or drawing on the air in front of a user. Text or images are generated within the phone and can then be sent as messages, kept as notes etc.
Lewis Page, 10 Jun 2009
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Thrustmaster gets into the tennis racket

Tennis elbow is no longer the preserve of Murray and Federer, because a Wii peripheral has been served up that’s... well... a tennis racket with integrated Remote.
James Sherwood, 10 Jun 2009
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Japanese pop pineapple recovers from Swede mashing

We're delighted to report that Japanese pop pineapple Hideki Kaji evidently recovered from the mashing he received at the hands of thieves in April, and was able to complete the video for his musical meisterwork Passion Fruits.
Lester Haines, 10 Jun 2009
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US extradition could push McKinnon 'towards suicide'

Gary McKinnon is "too fragile" to extradite to the US to face trial over his admitted computer hacking offences, his lawyers argue.
John Leyden, 10 Jun 2009
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STEC answers the billion dollar question

Comment Solid state drive supplier STEC has joined the big boys, having attained a billion dollar market capitalisation.
Chris Mellor, 10 Jun 2009
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Canon Pixma Pro9000 Mark II

Review Medium format colour inkjet printers, which sit between standard A4 and wide format production machines, fill a fairly specialised niche. Capable of printing full-bleed A3+ pages, Canon’s Pixma Pro9000 Mark II is aimed at photo enthusiasts or semi-professional photographers. Semi-pros might prefer to use it for proofing than end product, but it would also be suitable for print-on-demand applications, like sending wedding guests away with photos on the day of the big event.
Simon Williams, 10 Jun 2009
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Dell turns Cloud into bite-sized chunks for enterprises

Live webcast The Register expert panel is quizzing Dell on its move into services with cloud-optimized SaaS offerings live and online. Readers can join the debate and fire their own questions from 11am PST, 2pm EST, 7pm BST on 16 June.
Team Register, 10 Jun 2009
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Bates accuses porn cops of misleading public

Jim Bates, once recognised as one of the country’s leading computer forensic experts, has made the extraordinary claim that senior police officers in Avon & Somerset and in the Met’s Child Exploitation Online Protection Team (CEOP) have deliberately stirred up and misled public opinion, in an effort to distract attention from a scandal that could soon engulf them.
Jane Fae , 10 Jun 2009
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London's e-van drivers club together

Leccy Tech London’s leccy van users have locked arms in the hope of persuading the city’s petrol and diesel van drivers to support Mayor Boris Johnson's initiative to make London the world’s e-vehicle capital.
Alun Taylor, 10 Jun 2009
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Apollo 11 - The Owners' Workshop Manual

DIY vehicle maintenance publisher par excellence Haynes has agreeably decided to mark the forthcoming 40th anniversary of the first Moon landing by releasing a commemorative Apollo 11 Owners' Workshop Manual.
Lester Haines, 10 Jun 2009
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Cartoon lion urges Lancs kids to dob in terrorist classmates

Primary schoolchildren in Lancashire are to be shown a police-produced film warning about the danger from terrorists, and urging them to report anyone with "extremist views" to the authorities. The message is illustrated using the story of Catholic extremist Guy Fawkes, whose views apparently "began forming" while he was at school.
Lewis Page, 10 Jun 2009
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IT upturn? Not this year, say disties

The world’s top distributors have said that the channel might be near the bottom of the slump, but strong growth may not be seen until 2011.
Joe Fay, 10 Jun 2009
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Nursery worker faces child sex charges

Devon police have charged a nursery worker with seven offences including sexual assault and making and distributing indecent images of children.
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Whizz for Atoms: inside Intel's next netbook generation

Intel's Atom initiative may have proved successful so far, but the chip giant has done itself no favours by releasing two versions of the chip.
Tony Smith, 10 Jun 2009
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Samsung dominates SSD market

Samsung is the lead supplier in the half billion dollar SSD market, according to a Gartner research note reported by DigiTimes.
Chris Mellor, 10 Jun 2009
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Texas cop tasers gobby granny

A gobby 72-year-old Texas great-grandmother who got a bit physically "non-compliant" after being pulled for speeding copped a light tasering for her trouble, ABC reports.
Lester Haines, 10 Jun 2009
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Samsung shows off video-capable colour e-paper

Samsung has demoed a small panel that functions as both colour e-paper and as a video display.
James Sherwood, 10 Jun 2009
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One millionth English 'word' is... Web 2.0

It's official: The one millionth English "word" is "Web 2.0", which secured the the crown earlier today, beating "Jai Ho!"*, "n00b" and "Slumdog" in the race to linguistic glory in the process.
Lester Haines, 10 Jun 2009
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StrongWebmail holds up hands to hack, plots further challenge

StrongWebmail has conceded that a group of ethical hackers beat its systems to claim a $10,000 prize, while reiterating its commitment to callback verification technology and plotting a further "hacker challenge".
John Leyden, 10 Jun 2009
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HP serves up cookie sheet servers

Hewlett-Packard has launched its own variant on the "cookie sheet" minimalist server design championed by Google and imitated by commercial server makers.
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iPhone 'photo lawyer' app to take the stand

Register Hardware has seen some bizarre iPhone applications in the past, but this one may take the cake? We’ve come across one that, the developer claims, puts a lawyer in your iPhone.
James Sherwood, 10 Jun 2009
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Amazon, Apple dish up $300,000 to 'musical crims'

A gang of cyber fraudsters were arrested this morning after allegedly making tens of thousands of pounds by buying their own records from Apple iTunes and Amazon using stolen credit cards.
Kelly Fiveash, 10 Jun 2009
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Acer Android smartphone pencilled for November launch

Acer will unveil its first Android-based smartphone in November, according to reports coming out of Taiwan
James Sherwood, 10 Jun 2009
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France suspends Three Strikes

World Copyright Summit France's constitutional court today deemed the Hadopi law illegal. Judges deemed that two parts of the legislation also nicknamed "Three Strikes" - the backers prefer "graduated response" - contravened two major areas of the 1789 Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen, articles 5, 9 and 11.
Andrew Orlowski, 10 Jun 2009
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AMD claws cash back from Intel

AMD may have flubbed the launch of its first quad-core processors but it managed to claw back a few points of revenue share against Intel in the first quarter of 2009.
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Yahoo! exposes very own stuffed elephant code

Hadoop Summit Yahoo! has released its own Hadoop distro, an internet-scale distributed data-crunching platform based on the Apache open-source project that underpins several of the web’s highest profile sites, including Yahoo!, Facebook, and - amusingly - Microsoft’s Bing.
Cade Metz, 10 Jun 2009
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AMD fab spin-off to break super-skinny ground

Globalfoundries, AMD's fab spin-off, has officially pledged to start construction of New-York-state plant targeting bleeding-edge 32nm and smaller-process silicon.
Austin Modine, 10 Jun 2009

OpenSolaris ported to ARM chips

Sun Microsystems' OpenSolaris project has quietly announced the operating system that just added support for Sparc has now been ported to ARM - commonly used in embedded devices, handhelds and, increasingly, netbooks.
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iPhone reigns at Apple design awards

WWDC The iPhone's ascent as a full-fledged development environment was in evidence Tuesday night when the 2009 Apple Design Awards were announced at the company's annual Worldwide Developers Conference.
Rik Myslewski, 10 Jun 2009
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Network giants reject 'buy American' Obama mandate

Cisco Systems and Alcatel-Lucent want "buy American" provisions stricken from Barack Obama's $7.2bn US stimulus program to expand broadband internet access.
Austin Modine, 10 Jun 2009
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T-Mobile downplays hacking fears

T-Mobile USA is fighting suggestions its systems were breached by hackers with a new statement clarifying that although the limited data posted on an underground forum was genuine its ongoing investigation has uncovered no evidence of a wider compromise.
John Leyden, 10 Jun 2009
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America's radio lobby 'fighting dirty'

World Copyright Summit Who's the most powerful entertainment lobby in the United States?
Andrew Orlowski, 10 Jun 2009
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'Tens of thousands' of US students sign up for legal P2P

World Copyright Summit Tens of thousands of students have signed up to pay for a legal P2P music program in US universities, set to start later this year in experimental form. It's Choruss, the incubator hatched by Jim Griffin - a long-time advocate of licensing P2P sharing on networks.
Andrew Orlowski, 10 Jun 2009
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Crypto attack puts digital sig hash on collision course

Cryptographers have found new chinks in a widely-used digital-signature algorithm that have serious consequences for applications that sign email, validate websites, and carry out dozens of other online authentication functions.
Dan Goodin, 10 Jun 2009
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Yahoo! defies Facebook with Hadoop SQL dupe

Hadoop Summit Much to the chagrin of Facebook, Yahoo! is developing its own SQL-like language for Hadoop, the open-source distributed data-crunching platform that's well on its way to conquering the planet.
Cade Metz, 10 Jun 2009
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Bing 'better' than Google for advertisers

We've had the $100m ad campaign, a porn scandal, denials, and an initial surge.
Gavin Clarke, 10 Jun 2009