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Researcher: Twitter attack targeted anti-Russian blogger

As Twitter struggled to return to normal Wednesday evening, a trickle of details suggested that the outage that left 30 million users unable to use the micro-blogging service for several hours - at least in part - may have been the result of a spam campaign that targeted a single user who vocally supports the Republic of Georgia.
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Apple blueprints warranty Big Brother

Apple has filed a patent application for a technology that could detect, time-stamp, and remember "whether consumer abuse has occurred in an electronic device."
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MPs urge more action on green IT

The House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee has said the government should be more ambitious in its strategy for greening the use of information technology.
Kable, 07 2009
Samsung SpinPoint 2.5in HDD

Head shop rolls out disk size roadmap

By January 2010 we should be seeing 620GB 2.5-inch and 2.5TB 3.5-inch hard disk drives, according to head manufacturer TDK Corporation.

Motion-sensing skateboard game landing by Christmas

When images of a skateboard videogame peripheral emerged earlier this year, gamers were left puzzled over what Tony Hawk had up his sleeve. But online retailer Game has since revealed that the pro skateboarders’ latest title will be out within months.
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Microsoft assaults our senses with 'viral' Bing video

Microsoft's quest to for cool has seen it endorse a video for Bing that channels the spirit of that other high-tide mark in Web 2.0 entertainment, Star Wars Kid.
hands waving dollar bills in the air

Half of UK firms have lay-off plans

Half of British businesses are either certain they will have to lay off staff in the next six months or are considering such action.

Panasonic preps retro Micro Four-Thirds camera

Panasonic’s Micro Four-Thirds (MFT) expertise is already well established, but a leaked image has revealed the manufacturer’s plans for a 12Mp retro-style MFT camera to take on Olympus’ EP1.

Where does WAN acceleration by virtual machine actually get us?

Opinion NetEx is claiming its virtual machine-based WAN acceleration product, HyperIP, supports more software applications than any other similar product. Software like this is taking us towards a virtual mainframe environment.
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MoD Minister: This is the last generation of manned fighters

In a bizarre repeat of history, a British defence minister has given it as his opinion that we are currently witnessing development of the final generation of manned combat aircraft. The comments made last week by Quentin Davies MP echo those made in a 1957 government white paper by the then Defence minister, Duncan Sandys.
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Exotic star's 'violent ejections' during companion's visits

Pic Astronomers have released imagery of an "exotic" star which spurts out "regular ejections of matter" every few decades. The scientists theorise that this is caused by occasional interactions between the star and a longtime companion.
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MS preps five critical fixes for busy Patch Tuesday

Microsoft is lining up nine updates - five critical - for the August edition of its regular Patch Tuesday update cycle.
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Microsoft grabs Office.com domain in Google Apps assault

Microsoft has registered a new domain in an effort to retain Office customers who might be considering a shift online to Google Apps.
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Government rubbishes ID card hack report

The Home Office has dismissed an apparently successful attempt to clone and edit the data on a British identity card's microchip.
Kable, 07 2009

Second-gen Sharp Aquos sets unveiled

Sharp has updated its Aquos DX TV series with the introduction of 13 sets offering high-tech displays, easier-to-use features and, of course, integrated Blu-Ray Disc recorders.
Kodak Easyshare M420

Kodak Easyshare M420

Review Kodak’s Easyshare M420 is aimed at the person looking for a reasonably cheap and convenient, compact camera that will basically take care of business, allowing you to simply point and shoot. As Kodak’s founder George Eastman once said: “You press the button, we do the rest.” So, the Easyshare M420 is cheap, but is it cheerful?

LG's watchphone priced

UK-based Dick Tracy types now finally have an idea of how much they may have to fork out for LG’s upcoming watchphone, thanks to Orange’s French arm.
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Microsoft whips out Office 2008 patch for Mac lovers

Microsoft has hastily applied a fix to the Mac version of Office 2008, after the software giant introduced a glitch in the Open XML format when it released Service Pack 2 for the suite.

BT's giant new faster broadband boxes blocked

BT has been forced to put the brakes on an ongoing pilot of faster broadband technology in north London because of protests from local residents, who say its new roadside cabinets are too big and ugly.
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LHC rushed back into service at 50% max power

International boffinry alliance CERN has announced plans to rush its damaged but still unprecedentedly puissant particle-punisher, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), into service at half its planned maximum power. It's hoped that this will avoid the mighty machine being beaten by a rival US atomsmasher in the race to find the so-called "God particle".

Gamers gun down Half-Life

If you hold the view that violent videogames encourage real-life violence, then stop reading now. Because Register Hardware’s discovered news of some US gaming geeks playing Half-Life with real guns.
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YouTube clarifies ban on privacy, harassment and threats

YouTube has clarified the conditions under which it would remove videos that invade people's privacy or harass, impersonate or threaten them.
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Brazilian TV ad: Save water, piss in the shower

Vid Brazilian treehuggers have released a TV ad encouraging people to urinate in the shower so as to avoid unnecessary use of water when flushing the lavatory. The short vid shows various authoritative leaders of opinion including Mahatma Gandhi and King Kong - in cartoon form - engoldening their showertime experience in righteous fashion.
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Twitter meltdown raises questions about site stability

The paralysing effect of an internet attack against Twitter has raised questions about the site's apparent fragility.
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Big label stakes highlight Spotify's truthiness trouble

Major labels have the largest equity stakes in Spotify, a Swedish computer title reports. The company has previously denied this. But how much will artists see from the deals?

GM hybrid SUV planned for 2011

Leccy Tech General Motors (GM) has claimed that, come 2011, it will become the first car manufacturer to launch a plug-in hybrid SUV in North America.
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Coppers make fake football sites pay penalty

The Metropolitan Police's e-crime unit has taken out about 100 websites which claimed to be selling tickets for Premier League football matches.
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Booming scareware biz raking in $34m a month

Fraudsters are making approximately $34m per month through scareware attacks, designed to trick surfers into purchasing rogue security packages supposedly needed to deal with non-existent threats.
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U.S. unemployment rate slips slightly

Economists were bracing for deep jobs cuts in the U.S. economy during the month of July, but could relax this morning as the numbers coming out of the Bureau of Labor Statistics were not as bad as expected, and not an unhappy surprise like Americans got in June.

iTablet to rake in $1bn, claims analyst

Apple hasn’t coughed up to the existence of the iTablet yet, but that hasn’t stopped one analyst from predicting that the gadget will generate Apple an extra $1bn (£597m/€696m) over 12 months.
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Martha Lane-Fox: No broadband, no citizenship

"I don't think you can be a proper citizen in our society in the future if you're not online," says self-confessed web-zealot Martha Lane Fox. She was appearing on a surprisingly good BBC Radio 4 investigation into internet refuseniks.
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Samsung Windows Mobile competition winners

Our congratulations to the following Reg readers who entered and our recent Samsung Windows Mobile competition.
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Does *free* virtualization = certain chaos?

Reader workshop This week we broached the subject of 'stuff that can go wrong with virtualization'. One of the comments we received on last week’s round-up article serves as a good lead in. The Reg reader was asking for:
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Telco offers 911 by txt

Americans in Iowa can now summon the emergency services by text message, as long as they're with T-Mobile, happen to be within Black Hawk County and have time to respond to a message or two.
Bill Ray, 07 2009
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Malaysia mulls Chinese Green Dam twin

Malaysia - the Southeast Asian country that has imprisoned at least two bloggers under sedition laws - is mulling a net filter along the lines of China's Green Dam. But Information Minister Rais Yatim says it would not be used to censor blogs and websites.
Cade Metz, 07 2009
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IT admin charged in Xmas Eve rampage on charity

The former sysadmin for a Florida-based charity stands accused of ransacking the organization's servers and phone systems last Christmas eve, more than a year after his employment there ended.
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Circular Awards 2009 - now with added Astroturf

We're in our fifth year of watching the circular awards business - where like-minded campaign groups indulge in an annual orgy of backscratching. And this is shaping up to be the most exciting yet!
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Man blames cat for child porn downloads

A Florida man accused of downloading more than 1,000 images of child pornography is blaming the offense on his cat, according to published reports.
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Rogue iPhone app stores raking mazuma

Apple's heavy-handed App Store mismanagement may anger and frustrate many iPhone developers and users, but it's making one group quite happy: jailbreakers.
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Microsoft secures web Office XML patent

Microsoft might be offering up its XML-based Office specs and formats with a promise not to prosecute, but that hasn't stopped it from locking down another patent on the suite.
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Robo soup chefs wrangle ramen

The ongoing Meltdown has required many unemployed workers to take jobs below their station, but perhaps none have fallen further than two industrial robots who are now employed as noodle chefs in Nagoya, Japan.

Tesla speeds to $1m profit

While the rest of the US auto industry is dissolving during the ongoing Meltdown, Tesla Motors - the manufacturer of high-end all-electric speedsters - is making money.
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Ubuntu man extends olive branch to irate Debian devs

Mark Shuttleworth has offered to put more Canonical employees on to Debian at the expense of Ubuntu, in a potential compromise with angry Debian developers.