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Seeking web security, exploit operators prefer Firefox

Criminals running websites that push drive-by exploits overwhelmingly prefer the Firefox browser, according to a researcher who spent the past three months surveilling their browsing habits.
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Apple applies for in-call music swapsies iPhone patent

Apple has filed a patent application that would enable iPhone users to transfer files and typed messages to others while speaking with them during a voice call.
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NAO tells MoD to keep tabs on its kit

The National Audit Office has called on the Ministry of Defence to implement a new management system after it failed to account for equipment worth £6.6bn.
Kable, 21 2009
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Trade body loses laptop full of driving conviction data

A trade body has lost a laptop computer containing the personal details of 37,000 people and information on 1,900 people's driving convictions. The information was kept on an unencrypted laptop which was stolen from a locked vehicle.

US magazine to display Harry Potter-style moving images

Aside from dishing out news about celebrities and TV shows, US magazine Entertainment Weekly has inked plans to add video displays to its pages.
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BT shifts network, blame to fourth party

BT is planning to consolidate maintenance contracts on its outsourced local networks, the copper in the ground, to Carillion and Telent in a £1bn cost-cutting measure.
Bill Ray, 21 2009
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Musk/Tesla Motors lawsuit by former exec dropped

Updated The lawsuit mounted by former Tesla Motors executive Martin Eberhard against the firm and its chief, renowned hecamillionaire tech-biz kingpin Elon Musk, appears to have been dropped.
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Sony sparks digi book fireworks with ePub move

Analysis Sony has said its ebooks will henceforth be supplied solely in ePub format, creating a duopoly with Amazon's Kindle platform.
Bill Ray, 21 2009
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PCI organisation confirms PCIe 3.0 delay

The next version of the PCI Express bus standard, 3.0, won't appear until 2010 and not this year as originally anticipated.
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MSI intros 12in Wind notebook-not-netbook

MSI has formally introduced the latest addition to its Wind netbook series - only it's arguably not a netbook.

PS3 backwards compatibility gone for good

It’s official: Sony has confirmed that backwards compatibility definitely isn’t returning to the PlayStation 3.
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Twitter tells you what twits' where

Twitter, thrillingly, is adding location information to every tweet, so now you'll be able to avoid twits physically as well as electronically.
Bill Ray, 21 2009
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IM client library bug plagues Pidgin

Users of Pidgin and other alternative IM clients need to update their software following the discovery of potentially serious security flaws.
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SpinVox: £30m debt due by Christmas

Exclusive SpinVox's July round of funding has left it burdened with a £30m debenture that must be paid before Christmas, according to documents just filed at Companies House.
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Apple to offer own-brand HDTV, claims analyst

Sony, LG, Panasonic, Toshiba and Samsung are all firms you associate with TV sets. But from 2011 you’ll be adding a new name to the list: Apple, according to an outspoken analyst.
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Dan Brown is most unwanted author says Oxfam

Vatican botherer-in-chief Dan Brown has been awarded the accolade of most-donated fiction author to Oxfam shops, the charity announced today.
Joe Fay, 21 2009
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64-bit Chrome takes centre stage in Linux land

Google engineers have been beavering away at a 64-bit version of the company’s Chrome browser for the Linux platform.
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No more Eurofighters for RAF, despite 232-jet pact

A senior RAF officer has stated unequivocally that the British government considers itself under no obligation to buy any more Eurofighter/Typhoon jet fighters. The statement would seem to confirm that no more will in fact be bought: but the taxpayer may yet spend billions more on upgrading the existing RAF fleet.
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ7

Review Panasonic’s DMC-TZ7 has been around for a while now, although the company maintains it in its current range. It's not surprising, because it’s one of the few compact super-zooms on the market that includes HD recording – its closest rival is Canon’s PowerShot SX200 IS.
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Microsoft cuts down Chinese 'Tomato Garden'

Microsoft scored a big victory in China yesterday, after four people were reportedly sentenced to jail terms for reproducing and distributing illegal copies of the firm's Windows XP operating system.
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US women protest for the right to bare

American women are preparing for protests this weekend against laws which allow men to remove their shirts in public, but treat women who do the same as guilty of misdemeanour.
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Desktop virtualization stirs interest

This week we have taken a look at how desktop virtualization solutions are being used and their potential for future deployments. Your comments on the topic are extensive, full of practical experience and, on the whole, fairly positive.
Tony Lock, 21 2009
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FCC to vote on US mobile competition probe

The FCC has scheduled an open meeting for next Thursday, to decide if the regulator should launch a full examination of competition in the US mobile industry.
Bill Ray, 21 2009
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MS and Sophos incompatible over Win 7 XP Mode

A row has broken out between Sophos and Microsoft over the alleged patching and management difficulties posed by Windows 7's XP Mode.

Channel 4 to go 3D

Not to be outdone by Sky, Channel 4 has broadcast plans for a week-long series of 3D TV programmes.

Axed factory workers try to drag Dell into court

Former Dell workers axed from its Limerick factory are going to court to try and secure better redundancy packages from the US PC giant.
Joe Fay, 21 2009
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Fresh effects for Cocoa apps

Mac Secrets I've decided to delve into Apple's CoreGraphics framework, to explore some of its undocumented features. Using these routines, you can add all sorts of wondrous effects to your Cocoa applications.
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Tesla Model S poses for cameras

Leccy Tech Tesla has published some glossy shots of its upcoming Model S saloon caressing the tarmac.

Eee Keyboard prepped for October launch?

Asus’ famous Eee PC Keyboard may finally launch within months, a mole has claimed.
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Pair charged with BNP list breach

Two people have today been charged with offences under the Data Protection Act for leaking the BNP's membership list last year.
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Hewlett Foundation ponies up cash for Wikipedia

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, which handles the cash donated to various charities and good causes by one of the co-founders of Hewlett-Packard and his wife, has given Wikimedia, the non-profit behind the Wikipedia online encyclopedia, a $500,000 grant to improve itself.
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Bubbly-belly-bugging boffins battle bovine belch peril

In a desperate attempt to avoid all life on Earth being gradually suffocated by a growing global cloud of noxious cow-belch emissions, corporate chiefs have planted bugging devices on a herd of dairy cattle. The listening devices, it's hoped, may allow top-bracket scientists to sift valuable information from the creatures' rumbling, bubbling guts.
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Handset makers, the criminal's friend

Last month the United Arab Emirates mobile operator Etisalat tried to sneak malware onto customers' BlackBerry handsets. But what pushed an operator to try such an underhand trick, and do so in such an inept manner?
Bill Ray, 21 2009
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Microsoft, Amazon, Yahoo! to join anti-Googlebook war

The battle to derail Google's Book Rights Registry has been joined by three heavyweight warriors: Microsoft, Amazon, and Yahoo!.
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Baby-roasting BBQ pulled from Sears site

In a blunder that might top the Baby Shaker app on Apple's App Store, retailing giant Sears.com has been caught offering a Bar-B-Que grill specially designed to roast infants and other human morsels.
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Trading in The Pirate Bay bidder stopped over deal funding

Less than a week before Global Game Factory X (GGF) is due to purchase The Pirate Bay, the deal appears to be spiraling rapidly towards Davy Jones' locker.
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Hotmail pulls Attach-Photo feature over security concerns

Microsoft has suspended the "Attach-Photo" feature in Hotmail as a result of security concerns.
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Eight accused in AT&T, T-Mobile $22m ID theft scam

Federal prosecutors have accused eight individuals of fraudulently obtaining $22m worth of wireless devices and services from AT&T and T-Mobile in an elaborate four-year scheme that exploited weaknesses in the cellular providers' network.

Nokia 'actively looking' at own netbook

Nokia could follow service providers into netbook territory, by offering a machine of its own.
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Microsoft goes Darwinian with evolutionary tree patent

A Microsoft patent application has evolutionary biologists worried Redmond could claim standard techniques used by scientists to organize how animals are related through time.