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Sequoia e-voting machine commandeered by clever attack

Computer scientists have figured out to how trick a widely used electronic voting machine into altering tallies with a technique that bypasses measures that are supposed to prevent unauthorized code from running on the device.
Dan Goodin, 12 Aug 2009
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Nokia applies branding iron to Qt's other cheek

Qt Software, maker of the popular cross-platform API and widget set, has undergone its second Nokia re-branding in less than two years.
Gavin Clarke, 12 Aug 2009
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US tech jobs grow (a bit)

Buried deep in the latest US Bureau of Labor Statistics employment report is a startling statistic: Employment in the computer industry is on the rise.
Rik Myslewski, 12 Aug 2009
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WordPress bug resets admin password

This story was updated to correct details of the bug. It allows attackers to reset passwords, but not take over accounts.
Dan Goodin, 12 Aug 2009
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Google File System II: Dawn of the Multiplying Master Nodes

Updated As its custom-built file system strains under the weight of an online empire it was never designed to support, Google is brewing a replacement.
Cade Metz, 12 Aug 2009
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NetApp fully embraces FCoE

NetApp is the first storage vendor to offer end-to-end Fibre Channel over Ethernet by partnering with Brocade and QLogic.
Chris Mellor, 12 Aug 2009
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DoH rate-my-doc site won't name and shame individual docs

The Department of Health is launching a doctor rating service in October, but it will not name and shame individual doctors.
John Oates, 12 Aug 2009
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Texan judge outlaws Word

The US District Court of Eastern Texas has granted an injunction to prevent Microsoft from selling copies of Word because it infringes a patent owned by another company.
John Oates, 12 Aug 2009
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Nokia set to bring the Office to Symbian

Nokia and Microsoft are set to announce that Pocket Office will be coming to Nokia handsets, upsetting the blogosphere that was getting hyped on the idea of Windows-powered Nokia handsets.
Bill Ray, 12 Aug 2009
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Crystal ball torches woman's flat

The owner of a 4-inch diameter crystal ball got a nasty shock when she returned from visiting a chum to find the vitreous ornament had torched her flat.
Lester Haines, 12 Aug 2009
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Robot cauliflower harvesters to replace vanishing migrants

UK government boffins have announced that they will develop a sophisticated new infravision system, intended to let robotic machinery harvest cauliflowers and lettuces. With the migrant labourers who normally do this deserting Blighty's shores in droves, droid harvesters are seen as the only way to prevent crops rotting in the fields and soaring veg prices in the shops.
Lewis Page, 12 Aug 2009
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CV lies multiply in recession, says survey

More would-be bankers than ever are lying on their CVs, according to an annual lie-check conducted by an employee screening company. Powerchex says that 19% of job candidates in the financial services industry had a discrepancy on their CVs.
OUT-LAW.COM, 12 Aug 2009

Nokia to cull Symbian from smartphones?

Nokia smartphones may soon be shipped running the phone giant's Linux-based Maemo operating system instead of Symbian, it has been claimed.
James Sherwood, 12 Aug 2009
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Snaps show BlackBerry Storm 2 with Wi-Fi

The evidence is mounting that Research in Motion’s second-generation BlackBerry Storm will indeed feature Wi-Fi, a technology missing from the phone's predecessor.
James Sherwood, 12 Aug 2009
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Ofcom mulls what to do with 8MHz of prime spectrum

Ofcom is seeking opinions on what to do with 8MHz of prime spectrum, with everything from selling to the highest bidder to allowing unlicensed usage on the agenda.
Bill Ray, 12 Aug 2009
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Intel's 'Sandy Bridge' 32nm CPU out in Q4 2010

Intel's first next-gen microarchitecture microprocessor will arrive in Q4 2010, Taiwanese moles have claimed.
Tony Smith, 12 Aug 2009
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Nine MS security bulletins create busy updates workload

Microsoft released the expected nine patches - five critical - as part of a busy August Patch Tuesday update that focuses primarily on client-side vulnerabilities.
John Leyden, 12 Aug 2009
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TV crime show host 'ordered ratings-boosting hits'

The host of campaigning Brazilian TV crime show Canal Livre has been accused of coming up with an extreme method of boosting his ratings: ordering the murder of at least five people.
Lester Haines, 12 Aug 2009
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Best Buy demos Dell netbook running... Mac OS X

Clearly uninspired by Windows XP Home, one Best Buy staffer slapped Mac OS X on one of the chain's demo Dell Inspiron Mini 910v netbooks, if pictures posted on the internet are to be taken at face value.
Tony Smith, 12 Aug 2009
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Sony Ericsson 'designer' handsets hit catwalk

There is communication and then there is “chic communication”, according to Sony Ericsson, which has launched a mobile phone designed to be the perfect fashion accessory.
James Sherwood, 12 Aug 2009
Kyocera FS-C1020MFP

Kyocera FS-C1020MFP

Review The multifunctional device (MFD) has arguably been the killer corporate business machine of recent years, so the appearance of affordable A4 versions for smaller offices is extremely welcome. With the FS-C1020MFP, Kyocera continues to speed up performance in this demanding market.
Alistair Dabbs, 12 Aug 2009
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Tr.im calls in Web 2.0 doctors, gets stomach pumped

Tr.im, the URL shortening service, has granted itself a stay of execution while it tries to convince someone to buy the unprofitable firm.
Kelly Fiveash, 12 Aug 2009
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STEC goes on range extension rampage

STEC has set out on a range extension exercise, offering faster speeds and interfaces, and cheaper multi-level cell (MLC) flash variants.
Chris Mellor, 12 Aug 2009
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Twitter briefly knocked offline by hackers (again)

Twitter suffered from yet more security jitters on Tuesday night, after another attack left the site briefly unavailable.
John Leyden, 12 Aug 2009
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Brain-jacking fungus turns living victims into 'zombies'

Scientists say they have discovered a horrific flesh-eating fungus which is able to infect living creatures and turn them into "zombies".
Lewis Page, 12 Aug 2009
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Reg reader captures Perseid meteor

We're very much obliged to reader Bill Pinnell who, despite our doomongering yesterday, was able to capture this splendid snap of a Perseid meteor at 4:33 am this morning in Worcester Park, Surrey (click for a bigger version):
Lester Haines, 12 Aug 2009
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Men in Green step back from GM's 230mpg Volt claim

Leccy Tech The US Environmental Protection Agency has cast a shadow over General Motors' bullish claim that the Chevy Volt - aka the Vauxhall Ampera - can do 230 miles on a single US gallon of fuel.
Alun Taylor, 12 Aug 2009
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Lawsuit accuses T-Mobile of asking staff to email 'off the clock'

T-Mobile could face a class action lawsuit over claims that it made employees work without pay using mobile phones and email devices. The US suit highlights concerns about employee rights at a time of always-on communications.
OUT-LAW.COM, 12 Aug 2009
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Government stamp of approval for fake weed

The government's drug advisory board is calling for action on "legal highs" containing synthetic cannabinoids.
John Oates, 12 Aug 2009
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µTorrent 2.0 beta drops anchor

The upcoming second version of µTorrent, the world's most popular BitTorrent client, has moved into beta.
Kelly Fiveash, 12 Aug 2009
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O2 UK denies pre-Halloween Pré launch

A report that O2 will launch the Palm Pré in the UK on 30 October is false, the network operator has told Register Hardware.
James Sherwood, 12 Aug 2009
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Apple hunts down Win and Mac flavoured Safari flaws

Apple has patched six security holes in its Safari web browser software.
John Leyden, 12 Aug 2009
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Extra large condoms hit UK supermarket shelves

Tesco started selling a new range of Durex Extra Large condoms today, in what it insists is a response to surging consumer demand.
Joe Fay, 12 Aug 2009
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Oracle spells out VM tools plans

In the wake of its acquisition of Virtual Iron, and its hammering out of a converged roadmap for the Oracle VM Server variant of Xen hypervisor, Oracle's techies are still at work, making tools that wrap around the existing Oracle VM Server hypervisor to make it more useful.
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Airliner black-box 'real time data streaming' tech developed

A Canadian firm has announced imminent flight tests of aviation data-streaming technology which would transmit information normally recorded in an aircraft's "black box" accident recorders "in real time". In cases such as that of the recent disappearance of Air France flight 447 above the Atlantic, there would be no need to recover the black boxes in order to find out what happened.
Lewis Page, 12 Aug 2009
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Sony coughs to faulty Vaio notebooks

Sony has admitted that faulty Nvidia graphics chips are causing havoc for some Vaio laptop owners.
James Sherwood, 12 Aug 2009
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How do you take your server virtualization, sir?

Regcast As part of our Virtualization Workshop series, we've invited a studio full of proper virtualization experts to tackle your questions on anything and everything to do with Server Virtualization. You can join them right here.
Team Register, 12 Aug 2009
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openSUSE will sacrifice 10.3 release on Halloween

The openSUSE project, which creates the Linux development distro that ultimately ends up being Novell's SUSE Linux Enterprise in desktop, server, and other variants, is mothballing an old development release.
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Dell unpacks 'easy to own' Vostros

Dell has beefed up its Vostro PC range with the creation of three… ahem… “easy to buy” and “easy to own” laptops.
James Sherwood, 12 Aug 2009
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Facebook slims down for developing countries

Facebook today launched a low bandwidth version of its site, for users on slow connections.
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Judge slaps ban on RealDVD software

A US federal district court judge has handed a preliminary injunction to Hollywood studios, to prevent RealNetworks from selling its RealDVD product to US customers who want to copy DVDs using the software.
Kelly Fiveash, 12 Aug 2009
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Report: US planetsmash-asteroid scan running years late

An official study by a heavyweight science and technology panel has said that "there has been relatively little effort by the US government" to tackle the threat to planet Earth from possibly devastating asteroid strikes. Politicians in Washington have directed NASA to make a start on dealing with the issue, but without supplying any funds.
Lewis Page, 12 Aug 2009
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Nokia and Microsoft cosy up in small Office space

Two of the losers in the smartphone wars are cuddling up. Historic enemies Microsoft and Nokia today announced a wide ranging partnership covering mobile software, services, and eventually GUIs.
Andrew Orlowski, 12 Aug 2009
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CA auto-immune update trashes systems

Updated A beserker update to CA eTrust anti-virus software created all sorts of confusion on Wednesday.
John Leyden, 12 Aug 2009
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Apple poaches eBay data center guru

As it preps a $1bn data center in North Carolina, Apple has hired away eBay's senior director of data center services and strategy.
Cade Metz, 12 Aug 2009
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Man gets 3 years in prison for stealing IDs over LimeWire

A Washington state man who admitted using the LimeWire file-sharing program to steal tax returns and other sensitive documents has been sentenced to more than three years in federal prison.
Dan Goodin, 12 Aug 2009
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Exploding iPhone injures French teen

A French teenager has been injured by his girlfriend's exploding iPhone, little more than a week after Apple was accused of trying to suppress news of an exploding iPod Touch.
Cade Metz, 12 Aug 2009
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Dell: Linux v Windows netbook returns a 'non-issue'

OpenSource World Dell has delivered a dose of reality for both Microsoft and the Linux community on the subject of netbooks.
Gavin Clarke, 12 Aug 2009
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Stephen Hawking both British and not dead

In perhaps the most amusing effort to discredit US President Barack Obama's plan for nationalized health care - if not the most ridiculous - US financial newspaper Investor's Business Daily has said that if Stephen Hawking were British, he would be dead.
Cade Metz, 12 Aug 2009
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Apple talks down (another) iPhone App Store critic

Again lifting its famous veil of silence, Apple has responded to a prominent blogger angry about its arbitrary iPhone App Store approval procedures.
Rik Myslewski, 12 Aug 2009
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Citrix touts XenServer hypervisor ramp

Citrix Systems - which has made a good living peddling products that allow desktop users to run server-based applications - wants to make even more money with desktop and server virtualization.
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Apple update patches serious DNS flaw in Mac OS X

Two weeks after internet overlords warned of a serious vulnerability in one of the most widely used programs for resolving domain names, Apple has updated its Mac OS X operating systems to fix the security bug.
Dan Goodin, 12 Aug 2009
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Palm accused of spying on Pre owners

If you're a Palm Pre user, it appears that your phone is telling Palm where you are, which apps you're using, how long you're using them, and when those apps crash.
Rik Myslewski, 12 Aug 2009
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Boffins showcase do-it-yourself flying spy drone

French engineering students have designed a do-it-yourself unmanned aerial vehicle that can provide high-resolution, geo-referenced surveillance images in real time.
Dan Goodin, 12 Aug 2009