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Japan gets battery swapping electric taxis

You'll soon have a one-in-15,000 chance of hailing an all-electric taxi when in Tokyo.
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Mass web infection pinned on hardened crime gang

A mass compromise that has hit tens of thousands of English-language webpages is probably part of a much larger wave of attacks that's been under way since June by a sophisticated band of criminals, a security researcher said Wednesday.
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Judge orders cybersquatter to pay Verizon $33m

A federal court in California has upheld a massive $33.15m penalty against a cybersquatting domain aggregator that registered hundreds of websites mimicking Verizon's name and trademarks.
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UK banks 'not doing enough' on internet fraud

Security offered by UK banks to online customers varies widely, according to a survey by Which? Computing.
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OCZ pitches 'best value' SLC SSD

OCZ claims is latest solid-state drive is the most cost-effective model based on speedy single-layer cell (SLC) Flash technology.
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Chelsio imitates LeftHand Networks

Ten gig E comms supplier Chelsio has moved up-stack and is producing software to turn a host server's direct-attached storage into a SAN or NAS resource, copying HP'S LeftHand Networks software.
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Virgin mail struggles to its feet

Updated Virgin customers have been struggling to stay in touch this week, as their email service started failing on Monday and only managed to get its act back together this morning.
Bill Ray, 27 2009
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Sharp intros 5in ARM-based netbook

Asus may not be so keen on ARM-based netbooks, but Sharp certainly is. Today, it launched the PC-Z1 Netwalker, a weeny netbook based around a 5in display and Ubuntu Linux and an ARM Cortex A8-derived CPU.
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NetApp's missing bits: Don't we need a switch infrastructure?

Comment NetApp has announced dynamic scale-out, a feature of ONTAP 8 that has multiple heads for its filers. But what wasn't announced was any description of a head and filer interconnect, nor the ability for multiple filers to connect to the multiple heads. So how can that work, then?
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Microsoft re-jigs Xbox 360 range

Updated Rumours of changes to the Xbox 360 line-up were true. Microsoft has confirmed it will increase the Arcade model’s price, phase out the Pro and slash the Elite's price.
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PSP Go pulled to pieces

The PlayStation Portable Go won’t be available in Blighty for several weeks yet, but images of a dismantled model have already appeared online.
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Versata saps $139m out of SAP

SAP has to pay Versata Software $139m following a court decision that it is infringing on five of Versata's patents.
Bill Ray, 27 2009
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Zune exec bails ahead of player's upcoming HD launch

Microsoft’s Zune general marketing manager has quit the firm.

Exploding iPhone total rises as Oz officials probe alleged fakes

Yesterday, it was eight. Now the total of iPhones that have allegedly exploded - or at last suffered a catastrophic cracking of the screen - has risen to 11.
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Pirate Bay saviour faces more trouble

Global Gaming Factory X (GGF) could be delisted from the Swedish stock exchange.
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Official: Google wants to tell you what to think

File this one under spectacular and hubristic PR own goals.
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NHS heals serious spoof email flaw

Updated Cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerabilities on the National Health Service's website created a means to send spoofed emails with dodgy medical advice. The vulnerabilities, now fixed, also created a potential means to run information-harvesting attacks.
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How to turn a world leader into a fourth-rate broadband economy

There is an interesting report out this week from an organization in the US calling itself Speed Matters. It is backed by the Communications Workers of America, and it makes a seriously cogent point about US broadband capability.
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Intel 'Lynnfield'

Preview When Intel launched the 'Nehalem' architecture-based Core i7 - codenamed 'Bloomfield' - and the X58 chipset in November 2008, we assumed that the anticipated mid-range follow up would be called Core i5.
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Blazing laptop of death claims one

A laptop left running on a sofa started a fire which killed a 56-year-old Canadian man.
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Forget solar panels, it's time for rooftop slime-tanks

The Institute of Mechanical Engineers has called for the UK to adopt a strategy of "geo-engineering" techniques to extract huge quantities of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
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Boffins render full HD million-point animated hologram

Scientists in Japan have built a computer capable of generating holographic images from three-dimensional models composed of up to a million points.
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CRB looks to ID cards to solve accuracy woes

Millions could be asked to provide ID card and fingerprint data to get a job under new systems being developed by the Home Office following a collapse in the accuracy of background checks.
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Emulex finally gets IBM design win

IBM's BladeCenter HS22 blade servers will use Emulex 10gig E interface cards that can be software key upgraded to Fibre Channel over Ethernet adapters.
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Google's move into mortgages spawns lawsuit

Google's possible move into offering competitive mortgage quotes has sparked a lawsuit.
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NetApp flashes array SSD

NetApp's Jay Kidd has told SearchStorage that the company's storage arrays will have solid state drives (SSD) announced for them by the end of the year.
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Nokia announces Linux-based smartphone

Nokia has launched what it calls an "internet tablet", though the device's size, shape and set of features will seem to many to put it slap bang in the smartphone category.
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Microsoft FATtens up patent portfolio

Microsoft inked an intellectual property licensing deal with Tuxera Ltd yesterday.
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Apple and Snow Leopard take-downs - just say no

On Tuesday evening UK time The Register received a take-down notice from San Francisco lawyers acting on behalf of Apple. Our hosting company, Rackspace, received a similar notice, Apple's beef being that The Register had posted "confidential trade secrets" in our First Look at Snow Leopard.
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Fire at Google UK

Staff at Google's London lair have been evacuated after fire broke out. Four fire engines were called to the blaze. Reports of staff fleeing the blaze on Segways at high speed (8mph) could not be confirmed.
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Tossable bots for US Navy SEALs

The shortlived era of the throwable "camera grenade" may already be over, as beercan-sized, hurlable robots with infrared nightsight video are now being delivered to US troops. Tellingly, elite special-operations units have also decided to try the new kit out.
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MSI launches Windows 7 touchscreen PC

MSI has launched an all-in-one touchscreen PC designed to runs on Microsoft’s inbound Windows 7.
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Sony launches almost-flagship DSLR

The Sony Alpha digital SLR range continues to expand, this time with the launch of a cut-down version of the a900 called, cunningly, the a850.
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Pirate Bay suitor gets backing for buy

Global Gaming Factory X (GGF) shareholders have unanimously given the thumbs up to the firm's plans to buy The Pirate Bay.
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Asus eyes e-book biz for Eee extension

Asus may have decided to make an e-book reader after all.
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Cray nabs PathScale compilers from SiCortex

Upstart supercomputer maker SiCortex today sold its PathScale compilers to rival Cray for an undisclosed sum, as its backers try to recoup some of the money they pumped into the struggling HPC company. This marks the second time in recent months that Cray has benefited from the demise of its peers.
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Phishing emails dry up as fraudsters switch tactic

Phishing email volumes fell during the first half of 2009, according to a variety of security reports out this week.
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Linux guru: interface innovation is the challenge

Novell distinguished engineer James Bottomley believes Linux desktop environments need a dose of open source ingenuity rather than ape ideas from Windows and OS X.
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Bookie lays odds on next Microsoft head transplant

After Microsoft was caught removing the head of a black man from a stock website photo and replacing it with the head of a white man, Irish betting shop Paddy Power is offering odds on the racial makeup of the smiling faces who will turn up in Redmond's global advertising campaign for the upcoming Office 2010.
Cade Metz, 27 2009
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Snow Leopard - what doesn't work

A grassroots effort is assiduously testing a broad range of Mac applications to discover which work with Snow Leopard and which don't. And overall, the news is good.
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Fujitsu-Siemens pulls a Sony with Windows 7 virtual switch off

Fujitsu-Siemens has become the second maker of PCs to earn the contempt of customers for apparently preventing its machines' BIOS from working with Intel chip virtualization.
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VMware goes into hyper-drive with vSphere 4.0

Ahead of the four-day VMworld extravaganza in San Francisco next week, server virtualization juggernaut VMware wanted to toss out some numbers to show that its vSphere 4.0 virtualization stack is getting great traction in the market. And because Microsoft can't stand being number two or three in any market, it started throwing around some numbers of its own, showing how its Hyper-V and related management tools could save customers big bucks.
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Trojan zaps banking credentials via IM

No longer the province of teens and chat-obsessed netizens, instant messaging is being adopted by a growing number of banking malware applications, which zap pilfered credentials to thieves in real time.
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Dell and HP sing Microsoft tune on Word injunction

Updated Dell and Hewlett-Packard are supporting Microsoft's bid to postpone a US court injunction on Word shipments.
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Novell profits even as sales slide

Commercial Linux distro and NetWare seller Novell has managed to stay profitable in its third quarter of fiscal 2009 even as sales slide thanks to the economic meltdown.
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Google probed by Italy's anti-trust arm

Italy's anti-trust watchdog is investigating Google's treatment of local newspapers on the Italian versions of its news site and search engine.
Cade Metz, 27 2009
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Apple decrees Spotify worthy of iPhone

iPhone users will soon be able to enjoy their Spotify-subscription tunes over their Apple smartphones. A Spotify iPhone app has just been approved for distribution through the iTunes App Store.
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Canucks crack whip on Facebook privacy

Facebook has vowed to overhaul how personal information is shared with third-party applications after Canada's privacy Czar scolded the social website for its promiscuous policies.
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Feds warn of malware in fake credit union advisory

A government agency is warning all federally insured credit unions to be on the lookout for a bogus alert delivered through the US mail that includes two CDs containing malware.