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Les Paul dies at 94

Les Paul - the inventor of the solid-body electric guitar and one of the most important developers of multi-track recording - died Thursday at age 94.
Rik Myslewski, 14 Aug 2009
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Uncle Sam shells out $62m for 100GbE

It would be tough to call the development of 100 Gigabit Ethernet switches and adapters a shovel-ready project, but the Obama administration's stimulus package is picking up the $62m tab to help get faster networks to market.
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Bug exposes eight years of Linux kernel

Linux developers have issued a critical update for the open-source OS after researchers uncovered a vulnerability in its kernel that puts most versions built in the past eight years at risk of complete takeover.
Dan Goodin, 14 Aug 2009
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HBA market share shenanigans

Both Emulex and QLogic are claiming HBA market revenue share gains, and citing the same Dell'Oro report to do so.
Chris Mellor, 14 Aug 2009
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Oppressed snappers focus on police in London and Chatham

Relations between police and photographers, already at an all-time low, look set to worsen this week as activists set up a new national campaign group to protect photography, and protesters get ready to take to the streets in Chatham.
Jane Fae , 14 Aug 2009
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100 freetards an hour join Pirate Party UK

The Pirate Party UK has been all but swamped by interest shown since they registered as an official political party last month, its leader claimed this week.
John Oates, 14 Aug 2009
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Dutch news agency goof leaks VIP phone numbers

Security shortcomings by Dutch press agency GPD exposed the private telephone numbers of politicians and other public figures to prying eyes until earlier this week.
John Leyden, 14 Aug 2009
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X-Men helmsman to fly Battlestar Galactica

X-Men helmsman Bryan Singer will direct and produce a big screen outing of Battlestar Galactica, Variety reports.
Lester Haines, 14 Aug 2009
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Samsung parades 'multi-wireless' camera

How many modes of wireless connectivity can you cram into a compact camera? Three, according to Samsung, which has launched what it’s called the world’s first "multi-wireless" compact.
James Sherwood, 14 Aug 2009
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Nuke-nobbler raygun 747 scores 'surrogate' test success

The USA's amazing jumbo-jet-mounted blaster cannon, the Airborne Laser (ABL), continues progress through flight testing. Lead contractor Boeing announced last night that the ABL has successfully detected and locked onto a test rocket and held a "surrogate" low-power beam on it. Had a full-bore blast been fired, the rocket would have been destroyed.
Lewis Page, 14 Aug 2009
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Xiotech offers cash for storage clunkers

Xiotech has jumped on the car cash for clunkers programme and is offering its own cash for disk clunkers deal.
Chris Mellor, 14 Aug 2009
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First Samsung Android phone out next week

Exclusive Samsung’s first Android-based mobile phone – the Galaxy i7500 - will be launched next week, Register Hardware has discovered.
James Sherwood, 14 Aug 2009
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Lenovo sounds duff ThinkPad battery alert

Lenovo has posted an battery check-up utility after a "limited number" of ThinkPad owners began complaining about power packs that wouldn't recharge or provided a suspiciously low capacity.
Tony Smith, 14 Aug 2009
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'Norfolk Broads Idiot' nailed on YouTube

The powers that be are poised to deliver a financial keelhauling to the 'Norfolk Broads Idiot' who appeared on YouTube apparently attempting to secure a Darwin Award:
Lester Haines, 14 Aug 2009
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Pré sales plunge after iPhone 3GS arrival, analyst claims

Sales of Palm's Pré are slumping, a US financial analyst has claimed, but the good news is that may make the smartphone cheaper to buy.
Tony Smith, 14 Aug 2009
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Phones down, smartphones up in Q2

Global mobile phone sales dropped slightly during the second quarter this year, figures released by analyst Gartner have revealed. But even though recession-hit consumers are tightening their belts, sales of pricey smartphones are rising.
James Sherwood, 14 Aug 2009
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Facebook acts to soothe red-faced Redhillians

For the second time in just over a year, an outbreak of malicious gossip has inspired red-faced apoplexy in the residents of leafy Redhill in Surrey.
Jane Fae , 14 Aug 2009
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Labour MP exposes password credentials

Web admins for Gisela Stuart MP inadvertently left password credentials for her site publically accessible up until Thursday.
John Leyden, 14 Aug 2009
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World's first electric Chopper parks up

Leccy Tech A group of tattooed and portly custom Chopper builders from New York State and a straight-laced electronics firm make for an odd pair. But they are the duo behind Smart Chopper - an extreme leccy bike.
Alun Taylor, 14 Aug 2009
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Xyratex signals jump in storage array capacity

Hot on the heels of Hitachi GST announcing an enterprise version of its 2TB SATA drive Xyratex has said it will build drive array enclosures using it.
Chris Mellor, 14 Aug 2009
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Cops taser naked doorbell-ringing giant

A 6ft 7in San Fransisco man who decided to indulge in some light knock down ginger while wearing only tennis shoes ended up at the receiving end of a Taser, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Lester Haines, 14 Aug 2009
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Ex-Samsung boss convicted for fraud

The ex-chairman of Samsung Lee Kun-Hee has been found guilty of abuse of trust over a dodgy bond issue.
John Oates, 14 Aug 2009
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Lad passes gruelling 'getting on bus' test

A Bury lad waiting for his GCSE results was somewhat surprised to learn he'd passed exam board AQA's stringent 'Using Public Transport (Unit 1)' test, which honours those able to "walk to the local bus stop, stand or sit at a bus stop, wait for the arrival of a public bus and sit on the bus and observe through the windows".
Lester Haines, 14 Aug 2009
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Mitsubishi iMiEV five-door e-car

Review Much midnight oil was burnt at Register Hardware while deciding just when and with what we should begin our Leccy Tech car tests. Try as we might, we just couldn't convince ourselves that battery powered quadbikes like the G-Wiz or Think City were the place to start. Nor could we rustle up much enthusiasm for third-party modifications like the Electric Car Corporation's battery powered Citroën C1.
Alun Taylor, 14 Aug 2009
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Open Rights Group chief in privacy scandal

Updated (see footnote): The Open Rights Group campaigns against privacy violations and highlights data security lapses - but controversy has arisen over a dispute involving ORG executive director Jim Killock's previous role, as communications co-ordinator and national executive member of the Green Party.
Andrew Orlowski, 14 Aug 2009
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Collar the lot of us! The biometric delusion

Special report Until the 16th century, educated opinion, as codified by Ptolemy, held that the Earth is at the centre of the universe. Then along came Copernicus.
David Moss, 14 Aug 2009
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Mozilla invites dark lords, Lando to play code swaps on Bespin

Mozilla Labs has added collaboration services to the latest version of its cloud-based development project - Bespin.
Kelly Fiveash, 14 Aug 2009
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Dell boxes VGA cable to within an inch of its life

Aboxalypse now We're sort of delighted to report that our campaigning Aboxalypse now series - aimed at naming and shaming those who would destroy Mother Earth with their cardboard and bubble wrap excesses - seems to be having some effect.
Lester Haines, 14 Aug 2009
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MS Zero-day security bug was two years in the making

A flaw in Office Web Components which Microsoft fixed on Tuesday was first reported to the software giant over two years ago, it has emerged.
John Leyden, 14 Aug 2009
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US carriers are taking the beep

New York Times columnist David Pogue's ongoing campaign to reduce the length of voicemail messages is bearing fruit, as an update from the man explains the operators are starting to listen.
Bill Ray, 14 Aug 2009
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Dell's first phone spied on web

Images have leaked onto the web of the smartphone that PC maker Dell is rumoured to be on the cusp of launching.
James Sherwood, 14 Aug 2009
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Oz gov suggests world's worst copyright protection scheme

After taking the prize of internet villain of the year for worst internet blocking proposal on the planet, the Australian Government appears determined to do the double, with what has already been described as the world’s worst comms interception scheme.
Jane Fae , 14 Aug 2009
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IT Crowd writer defends NHS

Graham Linehan, the wise and funny man behind Father Ted and the IT Crowd, has been using Twitter to round up defenders of the NHS against ever more insane attacks from US rightwing pundits.
John Oates, 14 Aug 2009
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Microsoft bins Xbox 360 Pro

Microsoft has canned one of its Xbox 360 models, according to a leading UK retailer.
James Sherwood, 14 Aug 2009
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Minister attacks drunken topless lovelies with tangler-bazooka

Everyone's favourite knockabout security minister, Admiral Lord West of Spithead, has stunned the nation today by unveiling a net-flinging entanglement "bazooka" which he considers suitable for use on "topless lovelies" who "have had too much to drink".
Lewis Page, 14 Aug 2009
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IBM UK facing 'backlash' over pension snuffing

Unite - Britain's largest union - has warned IBM UK of a coming "backlash" from thousands of employees over its decision pull a prime pension plan out from under 28 per cent of its workforce.
Cade Metz, 14 Aug 2009
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Health emails from US voters overload fed website

The US debate of health care reform led to a flood of emails from constituents that swamped the House of Representatives' primary Web site, the AP reports.
John Leyden, 14 Aug 2009
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Apple denies ChiPhone deal

Yesterday, Chinese mobile provider China Unicom was reported to have purchased five million iPhones from Apple and would launch the überpopular smartphone in September. But today, the company denied that such a deal has been made.
Rik Myslewski, 14 Aug 2009
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Hacktivist vuln still plagues UN.org

The official website of the United Nations has yet to fix a vulnerability that more than two years ago allowed hacktivists to replace official content with their own activist messages.
Dan Goodin, 14 Aug 2009
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Microsoft banks on Windows 7 double holiday hit

Comment Microsoft has enlisted the dedicated cheerleadership of IDC to write a report that says how Windows 7 will boost employment and revenue for the IT industry as a whole - and for companies in the Microsoft partner ecosystem in particular.
Gavin Clarke, 14 Aug 2009
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Big Blue bundles pound down mainframe prices

IBM wants to get more workloads running on more mainframes, and is willing to slash prices to do so - but shops will have to put new workloads designated by IBM as "solution editions" to get cheaper iron.
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AppleT&T faces twin texting suits

Apple and AT&T are facing a pair of strikingly similar class-action lawsuits charging that the companies misrepresented the iPhone's ability to send and receive MMS messages when upgraded to iPhone Software 3.0.
Rik Myslewski, 14 Aug 2009
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Google Caffeine: What it really is

As it invites the world to play in a mysterious sandbox it likes to call "Caffeine," Google is testing more than just a "next-generation" search infrastructure. It's testing at least a portion of a revamped software architecture that will likely underpin all of its online applications for years to come.
Cade Metz, 14 Aug 2009
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Online betting mogul cops plea, coughs up $43m in gains

Gary S. Kaplan, the founder of online gambling empire BetonSports, pleaded guilty on Friday to multiple federal charges in an agreement that required him to forfeit more than $43m in criminal proceeds.
Dan Goodin, 14 Aug 2009
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Morrissey tells netdepressives to boycott his re-releases

Lyricist and sardonic crooner Morrissey has urged loyal fans to steer clear when the big music labels re-release his old tunes.
Gavin Clarke, 14 Aug 2009