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Yahoo! lavishes $75m on self

Despite another quarter of un-Google-like declining revenues, Yahoo! says it will reverse several months of cost-cutting, feeding $75m into new hires, new tech, and its very own Yahoo!-trumpeting ad campaigns.
Cade Metz, 22 2009
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Oracle plots VM 3.0 for next year

Oracle briefed partners peddling its Oracle VM server virtualization product and those of its recently acquired Virtual Iron product line three weeks ago, and today it was time for those products' customers to get a little more detail about what Oracle has in mind for its future Oracle VM products.
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Adobe spanked for insecure Reader app

Adobe Systems has been taken to task for offering outdated software on its downloads page that contains dozens of security vulnerabilities, several of which are already being exploited in the wild to install harmful malware on users' machines.
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Windows 7 prepped for August 6 release

Microsoft has admitted there will be a Windows 7 family pack, while revealing it planned a phased release of the client's code ahead of October's official launch.
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Google spins YouTube into future profit machine

Fed up with all the speculation over the financial health of YouTube, Google has fought back in classic Google fashion - i.e. it's burbling vague claims that can only lead to more speculation.
Cade Metz, 22 2009
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Sun cranks clocks on Sparc T2 and T2+

The executives at server and operating system maker Sun Microsystems have been uncharacteristically quiet since the $5.6bn Oracle deal was announced back in April. And they've been silent since Sun's shareholders approved the deal last Thursday. This - from one of the most aggressive, PR-driven firms on the planet - is a bit disturbing. But Oracle is calling the shots, which is why the IT trade press had to figure out for itself that Sun has actually done a good thing and boosted the clock speeds on its 'Niagara' family of Sparc T2 and T2+ processors.
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Too-tall terror snapper stopped by cops again

If the law doesn’t quite fit, then Kent Police are not above making it up as they go along. That is the conclusion of local photographer Alex Turner who, following his arrest last week for being too tall – and possibly looking like a terrorist – was stopped by police again on Sunday, and required to hand over ID.
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Brother P-Touch 2100 label printer

Review While paper dominates most printing issues, there are those who need a different kind of beast to print on plastic to produce long-lasting identification and warning labels. The old embossed Dymo tape of yore, adorning dad’s tool drawers and just about every fuse box in the land, while still going today, has had to give way to more intricate labels with stylish fonts. A case in point is Brother’s P-Touch 2100, a self-contained label printer, which can produce a wide variety of print effects on cut-to-length PET tape.
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SCH buys majority market share

SCH Distribution is buying IQ Sys Limited - the UK's leading Citrix distie.
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300 Irish jobs go at Intel

Intel is firing 300 workers, six per cent of its Irish workforce, at a plant near Dublin because the product they have been making is obsolete.
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Tech can make Britain Great again

The UK's technology industry can pull the country out of its debt hole and make up for the decline in manufacturing.
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Windfarm Britain means (very) expensive electricity

A recent industry study into the UK energy sector of 2030 - which according to government plans will use a hugely increased amount of wind power - suggests that massive electricity price rises will be required, and some form of additional government action in order to avoid power cuts. This could have a negative impact on plans for electrification of transport and domestic energy use.
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Taking open source into the real world

Regcast Whether organisations benefit more from using open source-based solutions or those supplied from traditional proprietary software vendors is often debated at a theoretical level. In reality organisations use solutions that give them some form of business benefit or that address particular pain points, deploying a mix of proprietary and open source. The balance varies organisation by organisation but in the real world there are few closed shops.
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Toshiba tight-lipped on Blu-ray player plan

Toshiba has poured cold water on claims that it's preparing to produce a Blu-ray Disc player this year. Well, sort of.
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BlackBerry Storm 2 demo'd on web

A video has appeared online in which a second-generation Blackberry Storm is apparently demonstrated.
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Firefox 3.7 swivels glassy eye

Mozilla developers have revealed mockups of Firefox 3.7 to give users a taster of what that version of the popular open source browser might eventually look like.
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Watchdog bites Mattesons saucy sausage ad

NSFC The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has rather churlishly ruled that four innuendo-packed radio ads for Mattesons smoked sausages "could cause harm to children".
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Bank fined £3m for data loss

The Financial Services Authority has fined HSBC £3m for failing to properly look after its customers' information and private data.
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To the Moon - with extreme engineering

It's a temptation, watching many of the 40th Anniversary retrospectives, to think of the Apollo space program as a triumph of power and industrial might. The superpowers' space programs were, of course, political and chauvinistic, designed to showcase national wealth. But there's a better way of looking at the program, Dennis Wingo reminded me recently. Masses of money helped put man on the Moon of course, but the Moon program is really a tale of engineering improvisation and human organisation.
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Spider-Man director to helm World of Warcraft

Spider-Man director Sam Raimi will helm a movie adaptation of World of Warcraft, Variety reports.
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Seagate loses $3bn in a year

Seagate lost $3.09bn in its fiscal year to the end of June, with revenue plummeting 23 per cent to $9.8bn. In its final 2009 quarter it lost $81m, on revenue 19 per cent down at $2.35bn, compared to a profit of $160m a year ago.
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US Senate halts F-22 Raptor production

The US Senate voted yesterday 58 to 40 to halt production of the stealth F-22 Raptor, handing president Barack Obama a significant victory in his drive to curb defence spending.
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Sony Ericsson Xperia drops Windows for Android

An Android-based version of Sony Ericsson's first Windows Mobile smartphone, the Xperia, has appeared online, prompting speculation that an official unveiling could be just around the corner.
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Twitter, Facebook urged to improve security

Social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook have become feeding grounds for cybercrime.
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Kingston SSD Now V

Review Kingston Technology offers three distinct families of SSD, with the SSD Now E series for servers and the SSD Now M series aimed at mainstream performance PCs. These models are exactly the same as the Intel X25-E and X25-M drives, no doubt thanks to the IM Flash Technologies joint venture between Intel and Micron.
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O2 coughs to data failure

O2 has admitted a major failure of its data network yesterday, attributing the problem to dodgy DHCP service that wasn't giving punters a proper IP address during the connection process.
Bill Ray, 22 2009
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Firefox laggards offered security update

Mozilla has released a security and stability update for users still running 3.0.x versions of Firefox.
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Ofcom graciously gives satellites go-ahead

UK regulator Ofcom has decided not to restrict what satellite operators can do with their Complementary Ground Component, but still intends to make serious money out of them.
Bill Ray, 22 2009
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UK's first solar-powered Bluetooth speaker switches on

British barbecue fans no longer need to drag cabled living room speakers onto the patio to liven up their meat feasts. The UK’s first solar-powered Bluetooth speaker system has launched in Blighty.
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802.11n Wi-Fi to be standardised... at last

It's only taken the best part of decade, but 802.11n Wi-Fi looks finally like becoming a standard this coming September.
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Moles claim Project Natal will yield a redesigned Xbox 360

Details uncovered about the image sensor inside Microsoft’s upcoming Project Natal peripheral have sparked speculation that a redesigned Xbox 360 will be launched next year.
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Overland Storage gets new head marketeer

Recovering data protection vendor Overland Storage has recruited a new worldwide sales and marketing VP. The previous one, Ravi Pendekanti, is moving across to look after business development.
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PC repair shop caught trying bank fraud

It's no surprise that computer repair shops might snoop for porn on laptops they fix, but an investigation by Sky provides anecdotal evidence that unscrupulous repairmen are prepared to attempt bank fraud as well.
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QLogic quarterly revenues down

QLogic's first fiscal 2010 revenues were 27 per cent down at $122.8m with net income down 53 per cent to $15m - but at least it was a profit.
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Optical add-on turns cameraphone into mobile lab

Medical boffins have redesigned the humble cameraphone, developing a strap-on microscope that’s able to snap images of miniscule microbes.
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Intel appeals billion euro fine

Chipzilla has appealed against a record €1.06bn ($1.5bn) fine imposed on it by the European Commission in May.
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MySQL.com sites go dark

Updated MySQL.com has been down for several hours today, after a power outage in the Swedish city where the open-source database project is hosted.
Cade Metz, 22 2009
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Microsoft super discounts Windows 7, cloud, online Office

Radio Reg Microsoft executives like to affix "super" to their words. In the past, we've had "super" important, "super" cool, and "super" nicely.
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South Carolina AG counterpunches Craigslist suit

South Carolina's top prosecutor is asking a federal judge to dismiss a complaint against him by Craigslist over his dangling threats to sue the website for hosting prostitution-related ads.
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Synaptics develops 10-finger touchscreen

Synaptics has launched a touchscreen sensor able to recognise up to 10 simultaneous finger touches.
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World of Warcraft (sort of) returns to China

China's millions of World of Warcraft players may soon have a chance to return to the massively popular online game after nearly two months of government-enforced downtime.
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AMD celebrates 500 million CPU sales

Microprocessor designer and seller Advanced Micro Devices - the onetime chip manufacturer - is marking its 40th year in the chip racket business. today, the company said it has shipped more than 500 million x86 and x64 chips, Oh, and it also announced a shameless ultra-thin notebook giveaway through Twitter, hoping to convince people it's cool.
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Feds suffer from 'serious' IT security talent shortage

The United States government faces a serious shortage of skilled cybersecurity specialists, according to a new report, which estimates the country may need an 8-fold increase in the number nationally sponsored graduates with security degrees.
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Apple, RIM trouser smartphone profits

If you'd staked money on a US company and a Canadian company leading the world smartphone market ten years ago, I would have said you were mad - or under the influence. The global standard GSM was a European invention, and the Europeans and Japanese had been plotting their course for years. But the iPhone and the Blackberry are now returning the lion's share of profits in the mobile phone business to their creators, giving the old guard an unenviable choice.
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Yahoo! in talks to acquire Gmail add-on

Yahoo! has confirmed its acquisition of Xoopit. You can read the full story here
Cade Metz, 22 2009
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VMware not immune to the downturn

Server virtualization juggernaut and Wall Street darling VMware is by no means immune to the economic downturn or to the effects of the transition to its new vSphere 4.0 products, as its financial results for the second quarter show.
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Open source unites for US government dollars

OSCON Billions of dollars and people hours are spent each year to lobby US politicians over legislation and lucrative government contracts.
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eBay revenue shrivel hits nine month mark

eBay's bread-and-butter marketplace business is still shriveling.
Cade Metz, 22 2009
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Security officer suspended over iPhone engineer's death

Following yesterday's news that a Chinese engineer committed suicide after misplacing a 4G iPhone prototype, a security officer involved in the death has been suspended from his job, and his case has been turned over to Chinese authorities.
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Microsoft signs off on Windows 7

Microsoft has signed off on Windows 7, closing a tightly controlled chapter in Microsoft product development.
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New attacks exploit vuln in (fully-patched) Adobe Flash

Online criminals are targeting a previously unknown vulnerability in the latest versions of Adobe's ubiquitous Flash Player that allows them to take complete control of end users' computers, security researchers warn.
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Amazon acquires online shoe fetishist

Amazon today announced that it would acquire shoes, clothing, bags, and accessories etailer Zappos.com in a stock-swap deal that will total approximately $847m.