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DHS chief accused of using no-fly list for political payback

Arizona's state treasurer is not-so-subtly accusing President Obama's Homeland Security chief of abusing America's "no-fly" list to satisfy a personal vendetta against him.
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Bus-Tech downsizes VTL for small mainframes

Bus-Tech says small and medium businesses with mainframes, who can't afford IBM or Sun StorageTek prices, can buy its down-sized virtual tape library (VTL).
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STEC on a roll for enterprise SSDs

STEC is trumpeting a $120m supply deal to a large enterprise storage customer - EMC, HP or IBM, we reckon - emphasising it's virtually the only solid state disk supplier in town for enterprise hard drive arrays.
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Sony Ericsson C903

Review We recently took a look at the jewel in Sony Ericsson's 'C' for camera range, the 8Mp C905 Plus, and so the arrival of the C903 marks an exercise in cost cutting. Yet, this mid-range model with a 5Mp camera retains many of the features to be found in its higher priced and higher spec’d cousin.
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Isilon makes grab at NAS performance crown

Isilon's claimed SPEC benchmark score has shown just how good Exanet systems are - says Isilon.
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Microhoo! deal! back! on!

Microsoft and Yahoo! are close to finalising a deal on search and display advertising.
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Cost of seconding workers to the UK could soar

The cost of seconding employees from overseas could rise by almost 25% when tax changes are made next year, an expert has warned. Though planning could reduce the exposure, employers will face increased wage bills, he said.
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HP offers EDS staff unpaid leave, cuts in hours

HP has emailed EDS staff offering unpaid leave and temporary cuts in hours and wages in an attempt to cut costs.
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Oz cops turn to wardriving to fight Wi-Fi 'jackers

Police in the Australian state of Queensland are to go on the hunt for unsecured wireless networks.
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Government cancels Scope 2

The Cabinet Office has cancelled the second phase of work on the development of a secure intelligence network.
Kable, 17 2009

Xbox 360 reverses plunging console sales trend

Games console sales in the US fell 38 per cent last month when compared to June 2008, market watcher NPD's latest numbers show.
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Firefox update fixes zero-day JavaScript flaw

Mozilla has released an update version of Firefox that addresses a previously unpatched flaw that has become the target of hacking attacks over recent days.
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Would you leave your child alone with a cabinet minister?

When it comes to vetting adults who may come into contact with children, there is yet again one rule for politicians, another for the rest of us.
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Dell sets date for Vostro all-in-one UK debut

Dell brings its new iMac-alike business desktop, the Vostro All In One, to the UK next month, the PC giant said this week.
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Spooks' favourite IT firm tells Reg readers to grow up

Detica managing director Martin Sutherland wants to have a privacy debate with you, but reckons you need to grow up a bit first.
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Opera slams Microsoft's Windows 7 E move - again

Microsoft is continuing to insist it has gone to great lengths in recent months to appease European antitrust watchdogs by saying it will “respect the user choice of the default browser” in Windows.
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Iran blocks Wikileaks

Iran has blocked access to whistleblowers' site WikiLeaks, ahead of today's expected protests.
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Wikipedia's Gallery guy hung up to dry?

Exclusive Wikimedia Foundation says it's standing behind Wikipedia contributor Derrick Coetzee in his defence against legal threats from the National Portrait Gallery.
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Boffin calculates cash value of memories

Some people may consider memories to be priceless, but one British boffin has devised a way to place a precise Sterling value on every reminiscence.
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App dev security – where are the risks?

Thanks for some great comments from the article about making applications more secure. One of my favourites was, “It's all very well trying to make your software idiot proof, but the problem is that the world keeps creating bigger and better idiots.” How true this often appears.
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MS sues ringtone firm over smut-punting IM spam scam

Microsoft has set its legal attack dogs on a Hong Kong distributor of mobile ringtones, over allegations that it has flooded Microsoft Live Messenger users with deceptive, fraudulent IM spam messages ultimately aimed at promoting online smut.
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What's happening with XIV?

Comment It's eighteen months since IBM bought Moshe Yanai's XIV business in January 2008, with much subsequent puzzlement from industry commentators and trashing-by-blog from competitors. Some people reckoned it was a failure.
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Google Docs to get 'shiny new' interface

Mountain View has the builders in over at Google Docs, where the company is working on a new interface for the online office app.
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Swedish devil girls fingered on Street View

Our shock exposé yesterday of the tattooed Swedish devil girls who jumped a cyclist, deprived him of his trousers and underpants and made merry with his wedding tackle had some commenters demanding photographic evidence of the outrage.
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Ministry of Justice issues digital preservation code

The Ministry of Justice is recommending that public bodies do more to preserve digital records, and is extending FoI to more organisations.
Kable, 17 2009
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HP hoovers up IBRIX

HP is buying IBRIX and its parallelised, scale-out file-serving software for an undisclosed amount.
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Guns N' Roses blogger dodges time in slammer

A Los Angeles man who pleaded guilty to illegally uploading nine Gun N' Roses songs onto his music site has dodged jail time.
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Nikon D5000 digital SLR

Review You’ve got to hand it to those marketing bods who are constantly on the lookout for a gap in the market. Not so long ago, digital SLRs were neatly divided into high-end/entry-level models, but now, consumer DSLRs come in a variety of specifications aimed at specific groups of users. Nikon’s D5000 is a good example. It’s described as an “upper entry level” DSLR, which means that it offers more than a budget DSLR, but just a little less than a mid-range model. So does the D5000 fill a gap or fall between two stools?
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SpinVox offers pounds of own flesh to staff

Voicemail transcription service SpinVox is offering staff share options over the summer instead of boring old wages - though the company is keen to emphasise this is about shared ownership rather than running out of money.
Bill Ray, 17 2009
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Accenture saddles up Symbian development

Accenture has bought Nokia's Symbian Professional Services unit, and will be responsible for helping device manufacturers get version ^2 onto their handsets.
Bill Ray, 17 2009
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Memory-hogging bug offers universal browser crash exploit

Security researchers have published details of a security flaw that can crash multiple browsers across multiple platforms.
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Google not liable for defamatory search snippets

Google is not the publisher of defamatory words that appear in its search results, the High Court ruled yesterday. Even when Google had been told that its results contained libellous words, it was not liable as a publisher, said Mr Justice Eady.
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Lexus unveils hybrid

Leccy Tech Lexus has launched its first dedicated hybrid. Called the HS250h, it is the first model in the Lexus line-up that will be available exclusively as a hybrid. Think of it as the Toyota Prius' posh big brother.
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IBM peddles FCoE switches from Brocade and, yes, Cisco

IBM this week threw its support behind Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) switches, saying that it would be reselling one of the FCoE converged data center switches from new server rival Cisco Systems as well as putting another switch in the field from Brocade Communications.
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Riot police raid birthday barbecue for 'all-night' Facebook tag

Riot police stormed a man's 30th birthday barbecue for 15 guests because it was advertised as an "all-night" party on Facebook.
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Copan chief walks the plank

MAID storage array supplier Copan Systems has parted company with CEO Mark Ward.
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Verizon plays handset exclusivity games with US Congress

In a predictable attempt to deflect government scrutiny with a near meaningless policy change, Verizon Wireless has announced that its handset-exclusively deals will expire after six months for all wireless carriers serving fewer than 500,000 users.
Cade Metz, 17 2009
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Apple, Microsoft sued over iPod, Zune controls

Apple, LG, Microsoft, and 20 other companies are being sued for patent infringement by a Texas firm that claims to have invented the touchpad.
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NASA orbiter returns first shots of Apollo moon sites

NASA's lunar orbiter has returned its first pictures of the Apollo moon landing sites. The images — showing the missions' lunar module descent stages accented by their shadows from a low sun angle — may at least prove to die-hard conspiracy theorists that NASA went to considerable lengths to relocate its secret movie studio in the Nevada desert.
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Clever attack exploits fully-patched Linux kernel

A recently published attack exploiting newer versions of the Linux kernel is getting plenty of notice because it works even when security enhancements are running and the bug is virtually impossible to detect in source code reviews.