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Brocade results disappoint Wall Street

Despite quarterly sales growing 35 per cent in a year, Brocade disappointed Wall Street expectations and posted a loss due to legal and other exceptional items.
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NetApp peeking at object interfaces

NetApp is going to add a native object interface to its storage arrays, probably before the middle of next year.

Storm 2 gets 'spongy' touchscreen

Research in Motion (Rim) has redesigned the Storm smartphone’s screen to provide an improved touchscreen experience, an anonymous blogger has claimed.
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Not now darling I'm twirping

Stob Baroness Susan Greenfield, head of the Royal Institution and occasional star of Ben Goldacre's Bad Science column, has dramatically claimed, via the offices of the Daily Mail, that social websites harm children's brains.

London hospital recovers from Conficker outbreak

An east London hospital has confirmed its computer systems were infected by the Conficker worm earlier this month.
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New NASA rocket fuel 'could be made on Moon, Mars'

NASA, in a joint venture with US air force boffins, has tested a new kind of rocket fuel which "has the consistency of toothpaste" and could potentially be manufactured off-planet in remote space outposts. Its inventors say it is also less environmentally damaging than some current rocket fuels when used within Earth's atmosphere, and could be more powerful too.
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Hedgehog quip secures Fringe's top gag crown

Comedian Dan Antopolski has secured the 2009 top Fringe gag crown for entertaining Edinburgh Festival crowds with: "Hedgehogs. Why can't they just share the hedge?"

Microsoft responds to Xbox's 54% failure rate

Microsoft has admitted that it is “constantly improving” the Xbox 360, following the recent publication of a gamer-based survey that found the console to have a 54.3 per cent failure rate.

Apple blogger legally unlocks iPhone

An iPhone blogger has revealed a way of legally unlocking the device after paying off his mobile contract.
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Apple says Google Voice is on hold, not cut off

Apple has denied it has outright rejected the Google Voice app for the iPhone, and told regulators on Friday it is under review because it could interfere with the "user experience".

Smartphones sapping free time, survey finds

If you want a better work/life balance then ditch your smartphone, because a survey has discovered that high-tech handsets can sap your personal time.
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Street View in a jam over Swiss roll-out

Google has run into a spot of privacy bother with the Swiss roll-out of its all-seeing Street View, with the country's head of federal data protection demanding it be shut down just days after it went online last Tuesday.
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Microsoft's Word patent case to hit appeal court next month

A US federal court will hear Microsoft’s Word injunction appeal on 23 September.

Nokia launches laptop

Following months of speculation, Nokia has officially launched its first laptop - Booklet 3G.
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Honda Insight five-door hybrid

Review In the race to popularise the hybrid, Honda has been shown a clean pair of heels by Toyota. This situation is graphically underlined by the fact that Toyota's Prius is currently on its fourth incarnation since its launch in 1997, while the Honda's Insight is only on its second since 1999. Between 2006 and the launch of the new model, the Insight didn't exist at all.
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Solarflare claims integrated 10GBASE-T LOMs first

Updated Fabless chip-design house Solarflare Communications is today expected to announce what it claims are the first integrated 10GBASE-T LAN-on-motherboard (LOM) controllers.
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Microsoft gives Live Framework weeks to live

Microsoft will end support for a test version of its Live Framework next month.
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Liberty launches McKinnon paper plane campaign

The campaign to keep Gary McKinnon in the UK continues - this week sees the launch of petitions by both an autism charity and human rights campaigners Liberty.
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Virtualization and the cloud

Reader Workshop A reasonably fundamental principle of virtualization is that it creates a layer of abstraction between a virtual machine and the physical hardware. As we have already discussed in this series, this allows multiple virtual machines to run on a single physical machine, and also can enable a virtual machine to be moved quite straightforwardly from one physical machine to another.
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Vodafone's Ovi-killer leaks

The world's biggest global mobile network appears to be planning to put the skids under Nokia, Google and Apple's plans for mobile software. According to videos leaked to TechCrunch UK last week, Vodafone is planning a comprehensive services offering called "Vodafone People". Apple might not be too worried, but Nokia and Google should be.
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UK cops eye shotgun cartridge Taser

The Home office has confirmed it's eyeing the Taser eXtended Range Electronic Projectile (XREP) for possible deployment with UK police forces, the Guardian reports.
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Boffins in 'let's create black holes in the lab' jape

Boffins in America say they have worked out a method of creating small black holes in the laboratory for experimental purposes. They seem unconcerned at the prospect of possibly destroying the earth, creating a portal into a parallel universe where peckish man-eating dinosaurs rule etc.

Tearaways deface Tayside Police website

Tayside Police have restored their website following an embarrassing defacement late last week.

Lexus planning compact e-car?

Leccy Tech Lexus has promised to unveil a “ground-breaking” concept compact car at next month’s Frankfurt Motor Show, leading many to wonder if the company’s sketched plans for a small-size leccy vehicle.
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Apple admits iPhone apps not suitable for business

Apple is reminding customers that applications sold through the iTunes store are strictly for non-commercial use: business use is forbidden, which makes one wonder what that section of the store is for.
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In the spin of SSDs on database servers

Interest in solid state drives (SSDs) is growing as their initially terrifying price plummets: Intel recently announced a 60 per-cent reduction in the cost of its X25-M Mainstream SATA SSD since its launch last year.
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Aussie birds 'desperate to copulate with brainy males'

Top-level boffins, having carried out extensive surreptitious surveillance of Australian females copulating with their chosen sexual companions, have stated that most down-under birds in their test group would prefer a brainy partner.

Snow Leopard launch date emerges

Apple has announced that Snow Leopard – that latest update to the Mac OS - will be available later this week.
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Apple confirms 28 August is Snow Leopard day

Last week's leak was correct: Apple will ship Snow Leopard on 28 August.
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Model-slag blogger sues Google for blowing her cover

The woman behind the "Skanks in NYC" blog dedicated to putting the boot into model Liskula Cohen is suing Google for $15m after the search monolith bowed to court pressure to reveal her identity.
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Rogue admin charges cut to size

Terry Childs, the San Francisco administrator accused of locking the city out of its own network, has seen most of the charges against him dropped.
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GSM connectivity now enjoyed by 4 billion

GSM is well on the way to global domination, with one-time rival CDMA serving a mere 423 million compared to the four billion who'll soon be able to make a GSM call.
Bill Ray, 24 2009
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Snow Leopard to ship this Friday

Apple announced today what the rumor mill reported last week: that Mac OS X 10.6, aka Snow Leopard, will be released this Friday, August 28.
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Scammers step up attacks on Warcraft players

Out to steal online gold and other assets worth real money, scammers are stepping up attacks on World of Warcraft players, according to security researchers.

Platform buys HP's message passing interface

Platform Computing, which has carved out a niche for itself managing supercomputer clusters and dispatching applications on HPC gear, has been expanding up the stack. It continued this process today when it acquired the HP-MPI stack created by HP for its own servers, as well as others used in HPC clusters.
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Swedish court orders The Pirate Bay shutdown

Days ahead of The Pirate Bay's supposed takeover and lawful reform, Swedish authorities are playing wack-a-mole with the notorious BitTorrent tracker's bandwidth suppliers.
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4chan pwns Christians on Facebook

The denizens of notorious imageboard 4chan are up to mischief again with an attack on Christians over the weekend.
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Real versus Spotify: the battle for subscriptions

Real is the latest company to goad Apple, taking aim at its selection policy for the iPhone App Store. Real said yesterday it's going to submit a Rhapsody application, daring Apple to refuse it.
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Three-way fight for Real's iPhone-Rhapsody application

Apple has another embarrassment brewing, as its secretive App Store guardians ponder whether to allow an app from RealNetworks onto the Store's virtual shelves.
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RIM joins WebKittens litter with Torch-Mobile buy

Research in Motion (RIM), makers of the BlackBerry, has acquired Torch Mobile, developers of the WebKit-based Iris Browser.
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Facebook to hire like it's 1999

Facebook expects to increase its staff by as much as 50 per cent this year by tapping into the "surplus" of out-of-work engineers caused by the Meltdown.
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Mass infection turns websites into exploit launch pads

Malicious hackers have managed to infect about 57,000 web pages with a potent exploit cocktail that targets a variety of vulnerable applications to surreptitiously install malware on visitor machines.

Sun touts Sparc T Java bang

Sun Microsystems might be as quiet as a church mouse these days as it awaits the final OK on the looming $5.6bn Oracle acquisition, but the company is still benchmarking its latest Sparc T iron as if everything were normal - they're just not bragging about the results as per usual.
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Microsoft's Windows 7 pretzel takes fresh twist

Microsoft's tortured stance on Windows 7 in Europe continues, with the company circling back on packaging and pricing.