15th > September > 2009 Archive

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Amazon cops to stalled data center

Amazon has acknowledged that it's behind the 116,700-square-foot data center no longer under construction on the banks of the Columbia River in Boardman, Oregon.
Cade Metz, 15 2009
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Avaya grabs Nortel's telecoms biz for $900m

Avaya has won an auction for Nortel's enterprise telecoms business, beating out rival bidder, Siemens Enterprise Communications.
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Netbook sales set to soar - or not

Netbook sales will continue to be strong for the foreseeable future - the only question is how strong.
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Complexity and confusion drive Microsoft's licensing

Microsoft's licensing is tying customers in knots, with organizations spending needless amounts to ensure they remain compliant.
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HP busts out fall PC lineup

The fall PC buying season kicks off for Hewlett-Packard today as the company launches a bunch of new consumer and corporate notebooks as well as two desktop PCs aimed at businesses, a refreshed netbook, an all-in-one PC, and a beefier media server for the home market.
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Broadcom sues Emulex in patent spat

Broadcom says Emulex is using its patented technology unlawfully and is off to court to stop Emulex using unlicensed technology and to get cash damages.
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Sim-free Palm Pré pre-orders tip up in UK

Palm’s must-have new smartphone, the Pré, has popped up for pre-order on the websites of two different UK-based retailers.
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HP and Canon extend printer deal

HP and Canon are deepening their existing relationship which will see more marketing and distribution for Canon's product list as well as a wider range of kit from HP.
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Tandberg Data tells channel 'have some of DAT'

Contrary to any idea that manufacturing and selling removable RDX disk drives meant Tandberg Data was against SME tape products, the company is going to sell DAT drives and media products through its channel.
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Blur Switzerland more, Google ordered

Switzerland's head of federal data protection has told Google that his country is still not sufficiently blurry on the Great Satan of Mountain View's Street View service, despite the company agreeing to further obscure faces and number plates.
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Government swiftly backpedals on vetting scheme

The Vetting Database is in trouble: that’s official. Or rather, according to a spokeswoman for the Department of Children, Schools and Families (DCSF), it most definitely is not.
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Intel takes biggest slice of market pie since 2005

Intel grew its market share of PC processors on the back of a slight recovery in sales in the second quarter.
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HP and Vivienne Tam join forces, again

HP and clothes designer Vivienne Tam have joined forces to create another handbag-style netbook.
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Freecom MediaPlayer II 500GB

Review Despite its name, the Freecom MediaPlayer II is more than just media streamer - it's a Nas box too. So, not only can you use it to play video files in your lounge, but it's easy to get content on to it as well. Just hook it up to your network, and drag and drop what you want to watch.
Will Head, 15 2009
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Ofcom will delegate video-on-demand regulation

Media regulator Ofcom will delegate much of the oversight of video on demand services when a new European Union Directive comes into force in December. Ofcom has outlined which services will and which won't be covered by the new rules.
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Former Isilon CFO charged over secret customer deals

Isilon's former chief financial officer, Stuart Fuhlendorf, is being charged by the US SEC with cutting secret customer deals and reporting false and inflated sales results.
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Overland results show improvement

There's no need to call the grim reaper. Overland Storage's fourth quarter and full year 2009 results show it being nursed back to health.
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Volkswagen unveils Yorkshire-friendly e-car

Leccy Tech Volkswagen has whipped the dust sheet from a “close to production” concept car, described by the firm as its “Beetle for the 21st Century”.
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Nokia lets operators screw with customise the N900

Nokia has been busy reassuring network operators that they will be able to muck about with the branding on the Maemo-based N900, despite rumours to the contrary.
Bill Ray, 15 2009
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Toshiba, HDS, WD dish new disk drives

Three of the top four hard disk drive suppliers have each announced new products, covering the very small, the small and the not small at all form factors.
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Aussie censors persist in making a bad fist of it

Male masturbation and extreme anal fisting are now PG, as far as the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) are concerned.
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Malware lingers months on infected PCs

Malware stays around on infected PCs far longer than previously thought, according to the latest research from Trend Micro.
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Cyclists give TV chef a Wikikicking

It's been all go for the last couple of days down at the Wikipedia page celebrating TV food-molestor James Martin, who's earned himself a bit of a Wikikicking from irate cyclists following an entertaining review of the Tesla Roadster for the Mail.
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Sony Ericsson's Pureness set for pre-Christmas launch

Sony Ericsson’s transparent mobile phone will be launched before for Christmas, it has emerged.
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Ford says new Taurus 'is fitted with stealth fighter radar'

US motor mammoth Ford have made a bizarre claim to have incorporated radar technology from the renowned F-22 Raptor - the most secret, most expensive fighter plane in the world - into a new mid-range family car. Amazingly the claim has been accepted without question by the BBC.
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Google and Microsoft bombard Brussels over ad tracking

Google, Microsoft and other special interests are subjecting the European Commission to the most intense lobbying campaign it has ever faced, over regulation of how data is used to target advertising online, according to officials in Brussels.
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Swayze death exploited to serve up fake anti-virus

Miscreants have moved swiftly to establish malicious websites designed to rip off users searching for more information on the death of actor Patrick Swayze on Monday.
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Swedish ISP to appeal Pirate Bay cut-off verdict

The Swedish ISP that was ordered by a court in August to block The Pirate Bay has reportedly decided to appeal the verdict.
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Machine rebellion begins: Killer robot destroyed by US jet

An American "Reaper" flying hunter-killer robot assassin rebelled against its human controllers above Afghanistan on Sunday, and a manned US fighter jet was forced to shoot the rogue machine down before it unilaterally invaded a neighbouring country.
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Telstra rejects Aussie gov calls for split

The incumbent Australian telco Telstra is unimpressed with broadband minister Stephen Conroy's calls for reform and the possible division of the company up into retail and wholesale businesses.
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Apple iPod Nano 5G

Review Apple rarely - if ever - praises the products of rival companies, but the recent launch of the new iPod range included an unexpected tribute to the merits of the compact and easy-to-use Flip camcorder.
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Datz all, folks

Updated Datz Music Lounge, the all you can eat music service where you paid £99 upfront for a year's unlimited music, has closed.
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Street View prowls Outer Hebrides

Those among you who might have wondered just how far you have to travel to escape the attention of Google all-seeing Street View should be advised that the answer is Rockall, or any other place accessible only by sea - at least until the Great Satan of Mountain View bolts a spycam to a submarine snorkel and scours the world's oceans in search of fresh prey.
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Violin Memory grabs Fusion-io's former chief

Dr Don Basile, the former head of Fusion-io, has been secretly working as the CEO for Violin Memory since April this year, it has emerged. Various ex-Fusion-io people have followed him there.
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Why should the US stimulus rules change for the big carriers?

Now that the US broadband stimulus funding applications are in, there is rising debate over whether the rules should be changed for subsequent rounds of financing.
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Microsoft harries XP-loving biz customers on to Windows 7

Microsoft wants business customers - whose offices are chugging along nicely with the company's eight-year-old workhorse OS, Windows XP - to upgrade to Windows 7 now.
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New Guinea sex cult eyes bumper banana crop

Papua New Guinea police have dispatched officers to a remote village where the leader of a sex cult rather brilliantly promised locals "a bumper banana harvest" if they made the beast with two backs in public.
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BT extends trials of boondocks broadband

BT has announced plans to extend trials of technology to allow more homes and businesses in remote locations to receive stable broadband.
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Son of Hadopi: The Revenge

The French government is soldiering on with its three strikes legislation, Hadopi. After rejection by the French Supreme Court on constitutional grounds in June, Hadopi fils returns to the Senate this afternoon. This time persistent file sharers who have been warned, then disconnected, will have the right to appeal the termination before a court.
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Warning: Showers can seriously damage your health

US scientists have rather disturbingly provided ammunition for shower-dodging geeks to defend their malodorous ways: showers can actually be bad for your health.
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NetApp brushes up entry-level

NetApp has announced a new mainstream FAS2000 array and dropped the price of its entry-level FAS2020 product.
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Orange biz picks up web security

Orange Business Services is to start selling ScanSafe web security products.
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British TV firm dumps Silverlight

In a blow to Microsoft, ITV has switched the technology powering its web streaming service from Silverlight to Adobe's more widely installed Flash.
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Seagate jazzes up HDD-to-TV box

Seagate has tweaked its connect-your-hard-drive-to-your-telly offering, FreeAgent Theatre, marking up the device's moniker with a plus sign to indicate its superior status.
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Brown says the 'C' word

Prime minister Gordon Brown has said what everyone else in the country has known for months - that the government, whether Labour, Tory or LibDem, will have to cut spending in order to sort out the country's massive debt pile.
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Australia mulls botnet takedown scheme

Australia is considering the adopting of a code that would oblige ISPs to contact, and in extreme cases perhaps even disconnect, customers with malware-infested computers.
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Sweep Panorama coming to Sony's robotic photographer?

Sony has hinted that its upcoming Party-shot robotic photographer may soon be upgraded to support its Cyber-shot cameras' funky Sweep Panorama shooting mode.
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Peugeot to offer in-car Wi-Fi in 2010

Peugeot is to turn its cars into mobile Wi-Fi hotspots.
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Intel legal chief swaps chips for bite of Apple

Intel's general counsel Bruce Sewell has beaten a hasty retreat from Chipzilla in favour of a new job over at Apple.
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Human brain 'works like US presidential elections'

American brain specialists, in an announcement which may explain many puzzling aspects of human behaviour, say that the human bonce's decision-making process functions in a very similar way to US presidential elections.
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Zune HD unzipped

If you’re disappointed that the Zune HD is just a North American gadget “for the time being”, yet still want to know what makes it tick, then read on. Because US repair-and-parts shop iFixit has taken its screwdrivers to Microsoft’s latest media player model.
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Microsoft mobile marketplace ads worm into iPhone

Microsoft is clear about the applications it will ban from its upcoming download marketplace for Windows mobile phones.
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AT&T to service Apple's fabled tablet?

Apple is prepping a 9.6-inch touch-screen tablet that will include snappy wireless hardware - although it appears that AT&T's struggling infrastructure may be chosen to service the li'l fellow.
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US Bank dumps Sharepoint (to spend more time with Lotus)

One of the largest banks in the United States will stop writing checks for Microsoft Sharepoint and standardize on the IBM Lotus platform instead.
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Tervela bags $18m for go faster messaging appliances

Appliances that accelerate Java applications, encryption and decryption, network message transfer, Web serving, and database processing have found their niches. Now a company called Tervela aims to sell the idea of a messaging appliance to the financial services industry.
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US gov opens Cloud shop to combat runaway IT costs

Federal CIO Vivek Kundra has unveiled a new portal where government agencies can shop for their very own clouds, a part of the Obama administration's effort to deliver the US government from the IT dark ages.
Cade Metz, 15 2009
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France passes three-strikes bill

France's lower house has approved an amended version of the controversial three-strikes legislation intended to crack down on illegal downloads.
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Intel to EU watchdogs: 'It's AMD's fault'

Surprising no one, Intel contends that European Union market watchdogs erred when they fined the chip-baking giant €1.06bn for anti-competive practices.
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Adobe spends $1.8bn on Omniture web brains

Adobe Systems is snapping up the self-described "web analytics and online business optimization software and services" company Omniture for $1.8bn.
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Windows plays virtualization catch up with Linux

Linux server users are reaping the benefits of virtualization more than those running Windows.
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Oracle, Sun speed-launch Exadata V2

If Oracle is trying to convince Sun customers that it is committed to the Sparc platform, perhaps it is not trying hard enough.