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Vuln exposes eBay developer accounts

eBay security officials are requiring members of its developer program to change their passwords following the discovery of a vulnerability that could allow attackers to intercept sensitive account details.
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Microsoft at a loss in Word patent case?

Comment Time to take a breath following the "landmark" injunction against Microsoft over alleged infringement of an XML patent in Word.
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Microsoft catches 11 UK pirate retailers

Microsoft has reached settlements with 11 companies accused of selling dodgy copies of its products.

Nokia exec denies Symbian Maemo swap claim

A Nokia executive has pooh-pooh'd claims that the Finnish phone giant is dropping support for Symbian in favour of its Maemo mobile incarnation of Linux.
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Blaster anniversary recalls network worm heyday

It's six years since the infamous Blaster worm crippled Windows systems worldwide.
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Ditching ID cards would save £3bn

If the Tories win the next election and stick to their promises to cancel the ID card scheme, they will save the UK economy over £3bn.
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Just how Virtual are your servers?

Reader Studies For all the talk about server virtualization, it would be easy to get the impression that for many organisations it’s already a done deal – servers have been virtualized, workloads have been consolidated, challenges have been overcome, benefits achieved, yadda yadda.
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Next-gen Intel mobile processors out next month

Intel's upcoming Nehalem-class mobile quad-core processors - codenamed 'Clarksfield' - may debut a little sooner than expected.
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Patriot provides 'Mac-specific' SSD series

Patriot Memory has introduced a Mac-specific solid-state drive it claims was specifically designed for the platform.
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Samsung cameras get second screens for self-portraits

Updated Taking self-portraits using a compact camera can be tricky: extending your arms far enough so that your nose doesn’t fill the shot, for example. But Samsung may have solved the problem by building a user-facing screen onto it two latest models.
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Is LTO-5 the last hurrah for tape?

Imation will soon be making the industry's first terabyte-plus raw capacity tape, in the LTO-5 format, with delivery in early 2010.
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Orange repeals unpopular price changes

Orange has scrapped plans to increase out-of-bundle call rates, as well as the cost of web access from handsets, after customers started deserting the network in droves.
Bill Ray, 13 2009
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China scales back censorship plans

The Chinese government is scaling back plans for compulsory net filtering for all citizens.
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AMD rolls out overclockable 'Intel beater'

Claiming performance to beat or at least match equivalent chippery from Intel yet at a lower price, AMD today pitched its latest Black Edition processor at gamers and enthusiasts.
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Underground forum r00t-y0u.org gets pwned

A notice on underground cybercrime forum r00t-y0u.org on Thursday suggested the site had become part of a law enforcement sting operation. However hacker hijinks and mischief making seem equally likely explanations for the incident, at the time of writing.
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On2 investors bemoan 'unfair' Google buyout

On2 Technologies shareholders are protesting Google’s approach to buy the video software maker for $106.5m.
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Boffins develop 'Hidden gateway to Hogwarts girls' loos'

Attention-seeking boffins in China claim to have created a "tunable electromagnetic gateway" which "can realize functionalities that were thought to be possible only in science fictions". Sadly they seem not to be aware of the difference between science fiction and the enormous, derivative, fist-eatingly turgid Billy Bunter/Meg'n'Mog combo fantasy platform Harry Potter™.
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Publishing giant hits delete on internal IT staff

Business publisher Reed Elsevier is outsourcing its IT support staff. Their jobs will go to HCL Technologies, a leading Indian offshorer.
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Ofcom taps sailors for new fees

Ofcom has published proposals for charging those at sea for radio communications, but would like everyone to note that it's not planning to screw the lifeboats this time.
Bill Ray, 13 2009
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Google's Caffeine splutters off interwebs

Google's heavily hyped new Caffeine system, that world+dog has been wetting their pants over since its testbed launch earlier this week, is currently offline.
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London desperately seeking Strategy Boutique

LogoWatch We're delighted to inform those of you who're reading this to the sound of whalesong, whilst enveloped in thick joss-stick-generated fug that the Greater London Authority needs your help in defining the capital's identity paradigm, via a "brand engagement process" with the "widest range of stakeholders possible", leading to a unified brand for London which sets the vision for a post-2012 metropolis.
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Microsoft gobs up SQL Server 2008 R2 public preview

Redmond has dished out a community test preview of SQL Server 2008 R2 to developers.
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Stargazers spy retrograde planetary bloater

Astronomers have spotted what they claim is the first exoplanet in a retrograde orbit around a star - a bloated body which is also the "least-dense planet currently known".
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iGoogle baptised in Web 2.0 finger bowl

Google has added "social gadgets" to its customisable user homepage.
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Virus arms race primes malware numbers surge

Half (52 per cent) of new malware strains only stick around for 24 hours or less.
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US Marines' Afghan robocopter-supply contest down to two

Ambitious plans by the US Marines which might reshape tomorrow's battlefields - and even upset civilian logistics in some circumstances - have moved ahead. A competition to select an unmanned aircraft for delivery of supplies to isolated outposts in Afghanistan by 2010 has now eliminated all but two contenders.
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BlackBerry Curve 8520

Review Research in Motion's latest offering in the BlackBerry Curve range is described as an entry-level model. Indeed, it doesn't have a touch screen, GPS, or even a 3G network connection. However, it is a slim and efficient little work horse at a reasonable price with Wi-Fi, a 2Mp camera and all of Blackberry's push email know-how built in.
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When is an operating system not an operating system?

Reader workshop It used to be the case that the role of the operating system (OS) was pretty well defined as a layer of software responsible for controlling the use of and access to physical machine assets such as CPU, memory, disk, network, and so on.
Dale Vile, 13 2009
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Australian police charge banking Trojan suspect

Australian police have charged an as yet unnamed 20 year-old man on suspicion of creating a banking Trojan that infected an estimated 3,000 computers worldwide, as well as building up a 74,000 strong botnet of compromised machines.
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Twitter is mainly pointless babble and other rubbish

Most of Twitter is pointless babble, spam and self promotion, a bunch of Texas-based marketing analysts with improbable nicknames has declared.
Joe Fay, 13 2009
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Global Warming ate my data

The world's source for global temperature record admits it's lost or destroyed all the original data that would allow a third party to construct a global temperature record. The destruction (or loss) of the data comes at a convenient time for the Climatic Research Unit (CRU) in East Anglia - permitting it to snub FoIA requests to see the data.

Sony embraces ePub for eBooks

Sony has announced it will be adopting the ePub standard as its only format for electronic books, along with DRM from Adobe, in its continuing battle against Amazon's Kindle platform.
Bill Ray, 13 2009
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BlackBerry maker dials in to watchphones

Research in Motion clearly isn’t happy with LG’s upcoming GD910 watchphone stealing the limelight. The BlackBerry maker has also announced plans to make a branded wrist accompaniment.
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Lacklustre N97 mars Nokia phone numbers

Gartner blames a lacklustre take up of the feature-packed Nokia N97 for failing to please Nokia investors - and says it needs to shake up its high-end. Figures released by the analyst company yesterday show that Nokia has stemmed the haemorrhage in its market share, but failed to capitalise on its rivals geographical limitations. Investors want Nokia to raise its average selling price and demonstrate higher margins.
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MS revives Outlook for Mac

Microsoft is to bring back a Mac version of Outlook, a move that will see the end of its current Mac OS X email, PIM and collaboration offering, Entourage.
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Permabit launches grid in the cloud product

Permabit has turned its grid-based archival storage hardware and software into an offering for cloud service providers, by beefing up its I/O performance for multi-tenancy.
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Adobe sounds Apple PowerPC death rattle

Adobe will not support Mac PowerPC-based systems in future versions of its Creative Suite product.
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NASA review: Forget about boots on Mars by 2030

A panel appointed to recommend a way ahead for the US space programme following major funding cuts has rejected the idea of ignoring the Moon and sending astronauts straight to Mars. Trimming its shortlist of plans from seven to four, the Augustine panel has also stated that serious human space exploration is not possible without more funds than are currently allocated.
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Outlook (finally) coming to the Mac

When Microsoft releases its next version of Office for Mac late next year, it will include a capability that will finally bring it into parity with its Windows counterpart: Outlook for Mac.
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Bloke decapitates horse with chainsaw

A California man accused of decapitating his horse with a chainsaw to feed his extensive pack of mutts faces up to three years, eight months hard time if convicted on felony animal cruelty charges, the Press-Enterprise reports.
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Phase Change Memory enters new, um, phase

Phase Change Memory has promised much and delivered very little. That might be about to, well, change as a secretive supplier starts to open up on what the technology can do.
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Parallels juggles servers for John Q. ISP

Server management and virtualization vendor Parallels has put out a beta of a new tool that takes a subset of the complex Plesk Panels system management tools used by large hosting companies and offers it up to smaller ISPs that have much less complex systems but similar management needs.
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Open and proprietary ISVs discover love in the cloud

Software companies from opposite sides of the open-source track have found common ground on the cloud: business intelligence
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Autocad attacks return after four years in wilderness

Viruses attacking users of the Autocad computer assisted design application have recently resurfaced after taking a four-year hiatus, prompting a call from one security watcher for more to be done to done to prevent such outbreaks.
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Sun hails rise of self-scaling software

CloudWorld Lew Tucker envisions a world in which web applications can scale up their own hardware resources. Apps will not only run in the proverbial cloud, he says, they'll have the power to grab more cloudiness whenever they need it.
Cade Metz, 13 2009
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Apple to set loose five million ChiPhones

The long-awaited Chinese iPhone will go on sale in September, and it has already added nearly $1.5bn to Cupertino's coffers.
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Twitter transformed into botnet command channel

For the past couple weeks, Twitter has come under attacks that besieged it with more traffic than it could handle. Now comes evidence that the microblogging website is being used to feed the very types of infected machines that took it out of commission.
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Novell lands full-time staff on openSUSE

The openSUSE project, which creates the development version of Novell's SUSE Linux, is getting a handful of full-time Novell developers.

Sony promises clarity on virtualization-free Vaio PCs

Sony has promised to be more upfront with Vaio customers after blocking their ability to work with hardware virtualization from Intel.
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US state bars sex offenders from 'social networking sites'

The state of Illinois has barred known sex offenders from Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, and just about any other website that gives you a digital account for communicating with others.
Cade Metz, 13 2009