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Microsoft pact holds gun to Yahoo!'s stuffed elephant

Updated You didn't shed a tear over the death of Yahoo!'s independent search engine? That may change.
Cade Metz, 30 Jul 2009
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MySQL startup targets SSDs

Need a MySQL storage engine tailored for solid-state drives?
Gavin Clarke, 30 Jul 2009
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IBM flings FUD at Neon zPrimers

As El Reg anticipated when the zPrime mainframe acceleration software tool was announced by Neon Enterprise Software, the tool has not only gotten the attention of IBM, but has compelled Big Blue to warn its customers about using it.
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Wildcard certificate spoofs web authentication

Black Hat In a blow to one of the net's most widely used authentication technologies, a researcher has devised a simple way to spoof SSL certificates used to secure websites, virtual private networks, and email servers.
Dan Goodin, 30 Jul 2009
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US Congress probes accidental top secret file sharing

US Congress wants to know if new federal laws are needed to protect government employees from accidental file-sharing.
Austin Modine, 30 Jul 2009
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EU backs renewal of anti-terror bank scrutiny deal

The EU is in talks to renew an agreement allowing US authorities to scrutinise European banking transactions as part of US anti-terrorism efforts.
John Leyden, 30 Jul 2009
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GlobalFoundries inks wafer baker deal with STMicro

GlobalFoundries, the wafer baker that was spun out of Advanced Micro Devices in March and which broke ground on a new $4.2bn chip fab in upstate New York last week, has its second customer: STMicroelectronics, of Geneva, Switzerland.
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Mission control reacquires UK space cheddar

The UK's ambitious space cheese mission was yesterday spared total humiliation when the 300g lump of Somerset farmhouse cheddar sent into the upper atmosphere was recovered from a garden in Buckinghamshire.
Lester Haines, 30 Jul 2009
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BT profits hit by Global Services

BT saw its profits for the first quarter ended 30 June 2009 hit by continued poor performance at its Global Services division.
John Oates, 30 Jul 2009
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Brother MFC-6890CDW A3 inkjet

Review It is to Brother's great credit that the all-in-one MFC-6890CDW packs in as many wishlist features as reasonably possible without hitting buyers with an unfriendly price. This combined A3 colour inkjet printer and A3 scanner with a full-size glass plate is a big unit at 540 x 488 x 323mm, but not particularly heavy at 15.6kg. You asked for A3, so live with it.
Alistair Dabbs, 30 Jul 2009
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Blackpool acts to avoid fall of Pericles

A group of 10 councils led by Blackpool is rushing to find a replacement for the Anite Pericles revenues and benefits system.
Kable, 30 Jul 2009
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LG unwraps second-gen Chocolate's specs

Following its release of some craftily darkened product pictures earlier this month, LG has now released several glossy shots and specifications for its upcoming second-generation Chocolate mobile phone.
James Sherwood, 30 Jul 2009
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Nikon simplifies DSLRs

Nikon has launched what it’s claimed is its simplest and most accessible Digital SLR to date.
James Sherwood, 30 Jul 2009
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iPhone actually good at making calls shock

Testing specialists Broadband Testing have turned their attention to what remains the killer app for mobile phones - the ability to make phone calls - and has discovered that some smart phones are not so bright.
Bill Ray, 30 Jul 2009
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Tiny typo blamed for massive IE security fail

One small typo in Microsoft's code caused the security vulnerability that prompted Microsoft to release an out of sequence patch on Tuesday, it has emerged.
John Leyden, 30 Jul 2009
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Fujitsu coughs to Q1 loss, pushes up profit forecast

Fujitsu Ltd reported a first quarter net loss of ¥29.1bn ($303m) today, for the three months ended 30 June.
Kelly Fiveash, 30 Jul 2009
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Scotch lovers asked to cough up £10,000 per bottle

A Scottish distillery has launched a 50-year-old single malt at an eye-watering, throat-burning £10,000 a bottle, or £357 a tot.
Joe Fay, 30 Jul 2009
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Compellent sparkling less brightly

SAN vendor Compellent recorded its 15th consecutive quarter of growth, but only just, with revenues up 2.3 per cent sequentially for its second 2009 quarter.
Chris Mellor, 30 Jul 2009
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El Reg to launch space paper plane

It's official: We here at the Vulture Central Science Bureau have had enough of writing about space shuttles, orbiting Japanese laboratories and Chinese taikonauts, when the best the UK's space programme can offer is to lose touch with a 300g wedge of Somerset farmhouse cheddar somewhere over the south of England.
Lester Haines, 30 Jul 2009
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N97 Mini pictures emerge

Recent murmurs that Nokia is developing a miniature version of its N97 mobile phone have since gained fresh credibility, following publication of images which show the slimmed-down model in the flesh.
James Sherwood, 30 Jul 2009
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Small biz warns on contractor law

The British Chamber of Commerce has written to Lord Mandelson, asking him to delay changes to temporary workers' rights which they fear will cost the UK economy as much as £1.5bn a year.
John Oates, 30 Jul 2009
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Exposed activist accuses Tiscali of putting life in peril

Exclusive A woman who passed national security information to UK authorities spent six months in fear for her life, after Tiscali published her phone number and address in public directories, despite repeated requests to keep the information secret.
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Intel rejects Pine Trail delay claim

Intel has rejected recent reports that the launch of its next-generation Pine Trail chips will be delayed.
James Sherwood, 30 Jul 2009
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IBM demonstrates dedication to deduplication replication

IBM is adding replication to its ProtecTIER deduplication product, which it acquired by buying Diligent in April 2008.
Chris Mellor, 30 Jul 2009
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Intel warns over bare-metal BIOS bug

Intel has warned that some of its motherboards contain a flaw in their BIOS setup that creates a privilege escalation vulnerability.
John Leyden, 30 Jul 2009
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Microsoft to launch UK ad-funded online video player

Updated Microsoft plans to launch an online TV player in the UK next week, which serves up telly shows long after they've aired on the box.
Kelly Fiveash, 30 Jul 2009
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Dell Inspiron Mini 10

Review Dell's cheap and cheerful Mini 10v is a firm favourite here at Vulture Central but some potential customers are doubtless more interested in capability and functionality rather than absolute economy. So, with that in mind, we thought it wise to take a quick gander at the top end of Dell's netbook offering, the Mini 10 complete with all the trimmings, almost.
Alun Taylor, 30 Jul 2009
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Mozilla makes rough notes on Firefox 3.6

Mozilla is instructing developers to go back to school in readiness for the changes that will come in Firefox 3.6, and helpfully it’s published a new guide detailing the latest tweaks.
Kelly Fiveash, 30 Jul 2009
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O2 does Apple-flavour customer service

O2 seems to have picked up more than the iPhone from Apple - the operator has also been taking lessons in how to ignore press enquires and stonewall its customers.
Bill Ray, 30 Jul 2009
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Lads from Lagos cut off

The lads from Lagos, and lots of other more deserving folk, have lost all internet access, thanks to the failure of a submarine cable linking West Africa to Spain and Portugal.
John Oates, 30 Jul 2009
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Wii and PS3 sales slide

Sales of Nintendo’s Wii and Sony’s PlayStation 3 have experienced sharp declines during the last three months, both firms’ first quarter financial reports have revealed.
James Sherwood, 30 Jul 2009
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Johnson signs off ID card for UK citizenry

Home Secretary Alan Johnson has shown off the design for the national ID card for British citizens.
John Oates, 30 Jul 2009
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MI5 website vuln builds mountain out of molehill

Hackers have uncovered information security shortcomings involving MI5's website, even though the problem is nowhere near as severe as one tabloid paper claims.
John Leyden, 30 Jul 2009
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GGF says plenty of treasure for Pirate Bay purchase

Global Gaming Factory X AB (GGF) has broken its silence about the planned acquisition of notorious BitTorrent tracker site The Pirate Bay, by saying it expects the deal to complete on 27 August.
Kelly Fiveash, 30 Jul 2009
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Application QoS – where's the measuring tape?

IT has undergone a major development in the last few years, namely the acknowledgment that end users have little or no interest in how the application or service is delivered to them - so long as it is delivered and meets their own service level criteria.
Tony Lock, 30 Jul 2009
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Mozilla Labs' Weave 0.5 aligns Firefox planets

Mozilla Labs has pushed out a new version of a prototype app that syncs up the "Firefox experience" across multiple browsers.
Kelly Fiveash, 30 Jul 2009
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Sky switches on 3D TV channel in 2010

Sky is to launch the UK’s first 3D TV channel in 2010.
James Sherwood, 30 Jul 2009
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EMC's Data Domain deal changes Quantum future

Quantum's first quarter 2010 revenues show a continuation of financial pain and determined effort, but there is some reward, despite the clouds gathering over the tie-up with EMC.
Chris Mellor, 30 Jul 2009
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Red Hat Enterprise clone poised to 'die'

Updated According to six concerned CentOS developers, the Red Hat Enterprise Linux clone is poised on the edge of the abyss.
Cade Metz, 30 Jul 2009
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Ballmer: People don't 'get' Microsoft's Yahoo! marriage

FAM Steve Ballmer has had to sell Microsoft's search and advertising marriage with Yahoo! to financial hawks baffled by the deal.
Gavin Clarke, 30 Jul 2009
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Cisco patches DoS vuln pair in IOS

Cisco has issued a pair of updates today patching two remote denial of service vulnerabilities affecting certain devices running its Internetwork Operating System (IOS).
Austin Modine, 30 Jul 2009

Intel's Moorestown left homeless?

Intel believes its upcoming 32nm processor shrink will move it firmly into the pocketable, internet-enabled device market - but that focus may leave the 45nm Moorestown mobile platform out in the cold.
Rik Myslewski, 30 Jul 2009

Microsoft ultra-thins to 'out cool' netbooks, Apple

FAM Microsoft is betting ultra-thin laptops can steal business from netbooks and Apple this Christmas while providing the opportunity to sell more expensive copies of Windows.
Gavin Clarke, 30 Jul 2009
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Groovy punts SQL turbocharger

Groovy Corporation has launched an SQL database acceleration appliance, boasting of extreme speeds.
Rik Myslewski, 30 Jul 2009
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Microsoft's Yahoo! marriage skips China

Microsoft and Yahoo!'s search engine marriage will not include a Chinese honeymoon due to Yahoo!'s existing nuptials with the e-commerce giant, Alibaba Group.
Austin Modine, 30 Jul 2009

Microsoft kills Zune phone talk

FAM Microsoft has killed any lingering hopes, fears, dreams, suspicions or conspiracy theories involving a Zune challenge to Apple's iPhone.
Gavin Clarke, 30 Jul 2009
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Google hints Bing! pact will curb competition

Though it controls somewhere between 65 per cent and 73 per cent of the US search market, Google is hinting that the Microsoft-Yahoo! search pact will hinder competition.
Cade Metz, 30 Jul 2009
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Dutch court clogs Pirate Bay

A Dutch court has ordered The Pirate Bay to remove itself from the Netherlands within 10 days or face fines of 30,000 euros per day.
Austin Modine, 30 Jul 2009
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Meter insecurity raises specter of free parking hacks

Black Hat Hackers have figured out a way to trick San Francisco's computerized parking meter system into giving away unlimited free parking by cloning the smart cards used to pay fees.
Dan Goodin, 30 Jul 2009