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IBM upgrades DS series by the numbers

References to a mysterious IBM storage array are popping up across the web. Is this the hardware refresh of IBM's flagship DS8000 storage array line?
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Twitter docs hack exploits stupidity vuln

Fail and You Over a month ago, a hacker gained access to Twitter's internal documents and thereby introduced the unprofitable Web 2.0 darling to the blunt end of internet justice. Hacker Croll - the still anonymous Frenchman who has claimed responsibility for the attack - cracked the personal e-mail account of a Twitter administrator. In its observance of the San Francisco startup law of relying on free, online productivity suites instead of ponying up to Microsoft for something that actually works, Twitter stores all of its internal documents on Google Docs.
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Intel to deliver Postville in August

Details of Intel's biggest solid-state drive so far, a 320GB part built on its 34nm process, are popping up across the web.
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Wyplay Wyplayer

Review Wyplay is a French company that’s aimed its Wyplayer directly at users of the Gallic equivalent of Freeview – TNT HD – but who also require media player functionality. It is, in essence, a high definition Personal Video Recorder combined with a media streamer, in a single box. It may offer everything the average Frenchman needs, but how well will it fare in Blighty?
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US space superloo claps out

NASA's deluxe International Space Station toilet clapped out yesterday, meaning the 13 astronauts currently aboard the orbiting outpost will temporarily have to share the Russian "Waste Management System" and space shuttle Endeavour's facilities.
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Cisco slices HQ staff

Cisco is cutting 700 jobs from its headquarters in San Jose, as part of the 2,000 which were announced in February.
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Data Domain doubles up dedupe speed

Data Domain has added a 4-socket quad-core processor set-up and produced a top-end DD880 box with double the performance of its old range-topper, reminding everybody why EMC and NetApp fought so hard to get it.
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Mozilla downplays risk from unpatched flaw

There are conflicting reports as to whether a flaw in a new version of Firefox is exploitable or not.
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Toshiba to back Blu-ray Disc with player launch?

Toshiba may be about to put the past behind it, look to the future and launch a Blu-ray Disc player.
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DRAM patent holder sues Big Blue

Canadian embedded DRAM patent-holder Mosaid is suing IBM for patent infringement.
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Apollo 11 vets urge Mars mission

Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins have urged NASA to scrub its lunar ambitions and set its sights on Mars, the BBC reports.
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AMD's first DirectX 11 GPU 'not out until November'

AMD's first DirectX 11 graphics chip won't appear in products you can buy before November, despite being demoed more than a month ago.
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BT to flog Microsoft cloud, unified comms services

BT has agreed to punt Microsoft’s online services to its business customers.
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Belkin expunges expensive wireless HDMI gadget

Belkin has canned its long-awaited, much-delayed wireless HDMI kit, FlyWire.
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It shouldn't happen to a vetting database

Politicians and civil servants are at loggerheads over who should be added to the Government’s shiny new vetting database. If they can’t get their act together before the scheme goes live later this year, the entire system could be a laughing stock even before it is launched to the public.
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Revenue not scared of carbon trading fraud

Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs is not seeing a stampede of fraudsters hitting carbon trading as a new way to commit carousel fraud, or missing trader intra-community fraud.
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DfT shared service reverted to manual controls

The Department for Transport had to resort to manual processing to cope with problems at its shared services centre.
Kable, 20 2009
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Companies line up for funding to break China's Firewall

An organisation with links to Falun Gong is hoping to benefit from US government spending on breaking China's Great Firewall.
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Apple MacBook Pro 13in June 2009 release

Review Apple has always kept a clear dividing line between consumer products for home and education users, and more expensive professional models offering higher performance and additional features. And, until quite recently, its laptop range had stuck rigidly to that formula.
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Kingston's thumb drive is tiny Tardis

You really won't want to lose Kingston's Data Traveller 300 256GB thumb drive, the highest-capacity thumb drive available. There could be a near-universe of files, pictures and music inside and yet it can be as easily mislaid as any 2-gig thumb drive.
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Anti-Sec spoof threatens s'kiddie mayhem

Pranksters have latched onto Anti-Sec's quixotic crusade against full disclosure of security vulnerabilities by impersonating the group in a threat to unleash an OpenSSH exploit.
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Nissan to build e-car batteries in Blighty

Leccy Tech Nissan is to start making lithium-ion batteries for its leccy cars in the UK. But today's announcement stopped short of guaranteeing that Nissan will start building e-cars here too.
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UK.gov eavesdroppers frustrated by red tape

Chiefs at GCHQ, the government's electronic eavesdropping station in Cheltenham, have been told to cut bureaucracy, which it's feared may hamper the agency's ability to cope with an increased demand for intelligence and security testing.
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Bloggers spin product-less Nokia trademarks

Nokia watchers are feverishly poring over Finland's trademark database for clues to the phone giant's future products after 'Money', 'Booklet', 'C series' and 'X series' turned up late last week.
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EMC dishes what it will do with Data Domain

Data Domain, which has today announced its top-end DD880 product, will become the foundation of a new backup, recovery and archive division inside EMC.
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Medical cannabis app rolls out on iPhone

The continuing insanity of US cannabis law comes to the iPhone, with an application that will find the nearest dispenser of medicinal cannabis, along with a handy database of attorneys in case you get pulled carrying.
Bill Ray, 20 2009
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Metallica sticksman gloats over Napster downfall

Metallica drummer and pro-copyright mouthpiece Lars Ulrich is "proud" he helped wipe out internet file-sharing site Napster.
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Government pig flu spotter pulls a sickie

The government's online symptom checker for swine flu symptoms has been unavailable all day, and it has emerged that government plans for a national flu hotline have been delayed.
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German bomber crashes on Moon Google Earth

Scotland's Daily Record is running an interesting piece on the apparent remains of a crashed WWII German bomber which ended its days over Greenock in 1941, and which has now surfaced on Google Earth.
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Dell partner CIT dodges bankruptcy

Financial services giant CIT Group, which dabbled just a bit too much in subprime mortgages, is on the verge of getting some $3bn in emergency financing from its bondholders in order to avert bankruptcy, according to Reuters.
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IT jobs site urges password resets after hack attack

US-based online IT employment agency Elance is warning users to change their passwords after it fell victim to hackers.
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Palm gets its Mojo working

Palm has opened access to its WebOS development kit, Mojo, allowing anyone to develop Pre applications - though no one outside the USA has a Pre as yet.
Bill Ray, 20 2009
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Microsoft gets SaaSy with SP2 for Apple-friendly Office

Microsoft released the second service pack update to Office 2008 for Apple's Mac platform today.
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Google lights up Moon on Apollo 11 anniversary

Google has switched on the Moon in Google Earth to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing.
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Microsoft embraces Linux 'cancer' to sell Windows servers

Microsoft is embracing 'cancer' to help ensure Windows survives server-room consolidation.
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US tactical bot has no taste for humans

Cyclone Power Technologies Inc. has denied suggestions that its biomass-fuelled engine, installed in the the sinister, DARPA-funded "Energetically Autonomous Tactical Robot" (or EATR) will be powered by humans, either dead or alive.
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Digital Spy fights second malware attack

Updated Celebrity and TV gossip website Digital Spy has confirmed reports that its subscribers outside the UK have been exposed to malware. The latest reported outbreak follows an earlier malware infestation, later traced to tainted banner ads, that hit the site only six weeks ago.
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Researcher raids browser history for webmail login tokens

In a disclosure that has implications for the security of e-commerce and Web 2.0 sites everywhere, a researcher has perfected a technique for stealing unique identifiers used to prevent unauthorized access to email accounts and other private resources.
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Intel slashes prices on desktop, server chips

Chip maker Intel has cut prices between 11 and 19 percent on a host of desktop and entry server processors. The company rarely explains its quarterly price tweaks - which tend to happen in the wake of its posting of financial results for the prior quarter - and this time around was no different.
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EU calls hearing over Google 'orphan' treatment

As the US Department of Justice continues its investigation into Google's $125m book-scanning settlement with American authors and publishers, the EU has cranked up its own review of the controversial pact.
Cade Metz, 20 2009
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Music industry busts jukebox piracy scheme

Just because the recording industry keeps a close eye on internet file-sharing these days doesn't mean you can evade the long arm of justice, antiquated mediums of entertainment!
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Japanese nuke lab erects 200 teraflop super

Server maker Fujitsu has announced that the Japan Atomic Energy Agency will be building a 200 teraflops cluster based on Intel's 'Nehalem EP' Xeon 5500 processors and Fujitsu's blade form factor. JAEA is also buying two Sparc-based clusters, foundations for even larger petaflops-scale supers that Fujitsu plans to build using its future 'Venus' eight-core Sparc64-VIII processors.
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US grants $47m for power grid smarts

US energy officials are handing out $47m of the county's economic stimulus package to speed up work on several "smart grid" technology test sites. The money comes out of a $3.9bn pool of grants aimed at modernizing the electrical grid.
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Mac OS X gets rootkit coding manual

Over the past decade, the world has seen advances in rootkits running on Windows and Unix operating systems that few would have thought possible. Now, it's Mac OS X's turn, as a security researcher plans to share a variety of techniques for developing the ultra-stealthy programs for the Apple platform.