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Yahoo! takes notes on your searches

Yahoo! has equipped its primary search engine with what you might call an automated note taker.
Cade Metz, 08 2009
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China cuts internet to quell ethnic riots

China has blocked internet access in parts of Urumqi - the capital of the northwestern Xinjiang province - after violent clashes between the minority Muslim Uighurs and Han Chinese reportedly left 156 dead and more than 1,000 injured.
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US websites buckle under sustained DDoS attacks

Websites belonging to the federal government, regulatory agencies and private companies have been struggling against sustained online attacks that began on the Independence Day holiday, according to multiple published reports.
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ECB Cricket 1.0

iPhone App Review The England and Wales Cricket Board hasn’t had a great deal to shout about lately, what with the Stanford debacle and the recent rather tasteless photoluv shootout of Sir Flintoff of Flanders. But here, at last, is something it can be proud of, the ECB iPhone app has arrived just in time for the biggest cricket event of the year, The Ashes.
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Google polishes Chrome into netbook OS

Google is releasing an operating system for laptops and desktops, in a direct challenge to Microsoft's money-making core business.

Gartner cuts 2009 IT spending forecasts

The growing consensus among the IT market researchers is that 2009 is going to stink in terms of sales, and that whatever rebound happens in 2010 will not get us back to the revenue levels of 2008.
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Microsoft talks turkey in Brussels

Microsoft and the European Commission are back in talks aimed at ending anti-trust investigations against the company.

Sony intros three-way anti-shake camcorder

Sony has launched what it claims is the world’s first camcorder able to reduce the effects of camera shake, rattle and roll from three directions.

Symantec eliminates dedupe disparities

Symantec is to add deduplication to the backup clients and media servers for NetBackup and Backup Exec. This will allow Backup Exec customers equality of deduplication with NetBackup customers.
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Ofcom coughs 3G coverage maps

The UK regulator has finally released nationwide maps of the 3G coverage available, and it will come as no surprise that anyone planning to take a dongle to the Highlands will be out of luck.
Bill Ray, 08 2009
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'Metal muscle' memory-alloy robot flapper bat shown off

Boffins in North Carolina have announced that they are hard at work on a robotic bat which will have a skeleton made of "shape-memory alloy" and flap its wings using electrically powered "metal muscles". The palm-sized robothopter is intended for use as a military surveillance platform, or Micro Air Vehicle (MAV).
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Spam tool developer faces six years in chokey

A US software writer has pleaded guilty to developing a botnet-based spamming tool used by notorious spammer Alan Ralsky.
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Happiness Index: Don't move to Vanuatu

Did you know people in Haiti, Burma and Armenia are all better off than in Britain? And the Congo is happier than the USA? That's what the London think-tank New Economic Foundation reckons in its second "Happy Planet" rankings. But even NEF admits that its "happiness" rating or HPI doesn't really measure human happiness, and that it's sacrificing truthiness for the publicity its reports can generate.
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Overland branches out

Joining the likes of Double-Take and Neverfail, Overland Storage is adding server protection to its product line with replication and continuous data protection.
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Moderatrix to gain even more sinister powers

A new system to improve the behaviour of visitors to internet sites, by granting more draconian exclusion powers to moderators, is launching this week in the UK.

Cops swoop on e-crime gangs after banks pool intelligence

Two London-based cybercrime gangs have been busted, following an agreement by banks and credit card companies to share intelligence on network attacks and malware.

Freecom adds RFID to HDD

Freecom has launched an external HDD that will only grant you access to its data if you’re the bearer of the keycard.
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Patriot Torqx 128GB SSD

Review Patriot’s first stab at a solid-state drive went by the name of Warp and used the oft-derided JMicron 602 controller. By contrast, the new Torqx series of SSDs makes the switch to the Indilinx Barefoot controller that so impressed us when we reviewed the OCZ Vertex.
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Shell issues 12% pay cut ultimatum to IT contractors

Royal Dutch Shell has reportedly told its UK-based IT contractors they will be asked to quit if they fail to accept a 12 per cent pay cut.
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Deal inked in US Navy 'R2-D2' raygun robo-turret plan

One of the most critical questions in the world of seagoing death-ray technology today - that is, who would be selected to develop swivelling "R2-D2" robotic laser blaster gun turrets for US Navy warships - has now been answered. American weaponry megacorp Northrop Grumman, makers of the first electric solid-state "battle strength" raygun module, have scooped a $98m deal from the Office of Naval Research.
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Cops to step up use of phone and net records

Detectives will be required to consider accessing telephone and internet records during every investigation under new plans to increase police use of communications data.
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Google reinvents network computing

Google has launched itself into the network computing debate by announcing its own operating system, proposing that the browser is the platform and the network is the computer.
Bill Ray, 08 2009
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Short URLs in spam skyrocket

Incidents of shortened URLs in spam messages have skyrocketed since the start of this week.
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The 3G map Ofcom didn't want you to see

Exclusive Want to know 3G coverage in your area? After weeks of refusing to do so, telco quango Ofcom published a coverage map today. That's what it's supposed to do, you'd think. Cell operators are obliged to provide information to the regulator, and know the signal strength down to a few feet.
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Google fear? BCS shrinks away from Tories

The British Computing Society has moved to distance itself from the Tory Party's review of NHS IT.

iPhone hackers update jailbreak, unlock tools for 3GS

The iPhone Dev Team has formally announced that it has posted versions of its unlocking and jailbreaking tools that work with the iPhone 3GS.

LG's first Blu-ray player with Freeview+ uncloaked

LG has launched its first Blu-ray player with integrated Freeview+ support.
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Plod to get computer forensics 'breathalyser' next year

UK police may be forced to develop a bespoke digital forensics device for seized computers after testing of market offerings failed to meet price, technical and speed standards.

OpenSSH exploit rumours swarm

Rumours are circulating about the active exploitation of systems running older versions of OpenSSH, the open source remote administration utility.
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Vulture Central unleashes RegPad™

We at Vulture Central were a mite surprised to learn recently of the TechCrunch "CrunchPad", which has got the technosphere into a bit of a tizz with its promise of couch computing delivered via an 18mm aluminium chassis, Linux and "Webkit based browser".
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Phorm confirms TalkTalk fail

Phorm confirmed today that TalkTalk has terminated its commercial agreement with the web monitoring and ad profiling firm.
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New boffinry: North Atlantic could be massive CO2 sink

British oceanographers say they have found evidence that phytoplankton growth in the north Atlantic is sharply limited by the availability of iron. The seagoing boffins suggest that their research could have important implications for efforts to fight climate change, as phytoplankton can absorb large amounts of CO2 from the atmosphere.
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Predicting floods through mobile telephony

Researchers in Tel Aviv have established that variations in microwave transmissions, specifically those used to connect up cell towers, can be used to measure humidity and thus predict flooding.
Bill Ray, 08 2009

Enertia e-bike wheeled into shops

Leccy Tech US firm Brammo has finally put its Enertia e-bike on general sale.
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Google's vanity OS is Microsoft's dream

No one will be happier than Microsoft about Google's vanity venture to market computers with a Google-brand OS. It gives us the illusion of competition without seriously troubling either business, although both will obligingly huff and puff about how serious they are about this new, phoney OS war. Since both of these giants are permanently in trouble with antitrust regulators - they're at different stages of IBM-style thirty years legal epics - that's just the ticket for them both.
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US judge prunes damages from YouTube copyright suit

YouTube won a small victory this week in the website's everlasting campaign not to have its pants sued off by copyright owners.
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MyDoom dabs spotted on mega cyberassault

An updated version of the MyDoom worm is blamed for ongoing denial of service attack against high-profile US and South Korean websites, according to preliminary analysis.
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HTML5's Flash and Silverlight 'killer' potential chopped

Much has been made of how HTML5 will "kill" proprietary media tools and players from Adobe Systems and Microsoft.
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SEC extends Jobsian health probe

Steve Jobs may be back at work as Apple's CEO - part-time, at least - but his troubles aren't over.
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Fujitsu chases SMBs with entry tower

Fujitsu announced a new entry-level server on Wednesday that aims to tighten the company's grip on that chunk of the market in Europe.
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Orange UK exiles Firefox from call centres

Yes, the corporate world is taking its sweet time upgrading from Microsoft's eight-year-old Internet Explorer 6, a patently insecure web browser that lacks even a tabbed interface. Take, for example, the mobile and broadband giant Orange UK.
Cade Metz, 08 2009

EMC wins Data Domain with $2.1bn offer

NetApp can't beat what EMC is offering for Data Domain. The company said on Wednesday it will not revise its proposal to purchase Data Domain to outdo EMC's new uprated bid.
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Neon revs cost-cutting mainframeware

A small mainframe software tool developer called Neon Enterprise Software has opened up a can of worms - and quite possibly several cans of Big Blue whoop-ass - by launching a new tool that will allow customers to shift a larger percentage of their workloads from standard (and expensive) mainframe engines to the cheaper specialty System z mainframe engines known as zIIPs and zAAPs. It's called zPrime.

Apple punts Safari update

Updated Apple today upgraded is Safari browser to version 4.0.2, promising improved stability of its Nitro JavaScript engine.
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EMC stakes claim in IT management

EMC wants to sell you disks. And it wants you to buy VMware products to virtualize your servers. And now it wants to manage your servers, storage, and networks with a line of tools called Ionix.

Samsung smartphone keyboard takes wing

Samsung has filed a patent for a handheld device that trumps both the Palm Pre's too-tiny keyboard and the screen-hogging soft keyboard of Apple's iPhone.