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Microsoft munches super startup carcass

Microsoft has eaten the carcass of Interactive Supercomputing, a creator of HPC development tools for parallelizing applications.

HP-UX gets biannual face-lift

Hewlett-Packard is rolling out Update 5 for the HP-UX Unix operating system that runs its Itanium and PA-RISC lines of Integrity and HP 9000 servers, keeping to its pattern of two updates per year for its flagship operating system.

Steady as she goes at Phoenix

Phoenix IT Group said trading for the six months ending 30 September 2009 has seen some improvement in the second quarter.

Orange gets UK iPhone deal

France Telecom's Orange is to start selling the iPhone to UK subscribers later this year.
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Home Office makes nice cartoon ID card ad

The Home Office is to spend over £500,000 this year on a marketing campaign for the identity card which features cartoon fingerprints.
Kable, 28 2009

VelociRaptor users bitten by false error bug

Western Digital has taken ten months to issue a firmware fix to a VelociRaptor bug, and even then has not made it generally available.
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Vegemite unscrews lid on iSnack2.0

LogoWatch Kraft Foods has announced the result of a three-month competition to name its new cream-cheese-adulterated Vegemite, and has decided it's a really bright idea to brand the spread "Vegemite iSnack2.0".
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MAID: Where's the love?

Why don't UK enterprises use MAID? This is puzzling. We live in an increasingly green era and spinning disk platters around while no one is using them is like having empty lorries drive up and down a motorway.
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First USB 3.0 hard drives fall short of SuperSpeed speed

External hard drive makers Buffalo and Freecom are jostling to become the first firms of their kidney to kit out product with a USB 3.0 - aka SuperSpeed - interface.

Sony to rename Motion Control

Sony isn’t content with the PlayStation 3’s upcoming Motion Control peripheral and wants to improve its functionality, lower the price, build a broader compatible games catalogue change the device’s name.
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Keeping track of stuff: the secret of service management

Workshop IT gets asked to look after a lot of stuff which it may not have had a hand in procuring or specifying. Most organisations have IT procurement policies in place but it doesn’t mean they are followed by everyone. Compound by lots of years and add a bit of M&A here and there, and we can see how easy it might be to arrive at a point where IT is in charge of managing an estate of stuff it doesn’t know much about.
Tony Lock, 28 2009
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Oz woman demands chihuahua at gunpoint

A Sydney woman has been charged with attempted robbery after she demanded at gunpoint that a police officer hand over a chihuahua, ABC News reports.
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Phishing fraud hits two year high

Phishing attacks reached a record high during the second quarter of 2009, with 151,000 unique attacks, according to a study by brand reputation firm MarkMonitor.

Project Natal backwards compatibility unlikely, says Microsoft

Gamers hoping to use the Xbox 360’s upcoming Project Natal motion control peripheral with existing games could be in for some disappointment, Microsoft has hinted.
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Attack of the Killer Tits

Reports are coming in of a previously unknown, deadly threat to sleepy Hungarian bats: that of being killed by tits.
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Google deepens search pockets

Google has slotted anchor links into some search engine results to help users more quickly find what they’re looking for when looking up a complex query.
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DVLA pledges investigation over Castrol spy posters

The DVLA's sideline in selling data to marketing companies is under renewed scrutiny after Castrol used it to target drivers with personalised billboard advertising.
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Nation's parents prepare to be vetted

Ofsted has blown a hole in Home Office claims that deciding who needs to be vetted is a simple matter, after the education quango tarred parents who share childcare arrangements as "illegal childminders" and potential criminals.

Electro/photonic 'Excitonic' cryo-computing breakthrough

Boffins in California say they may be on their way to developing new, superfast "excitonic" computers. The latest experiments have seen hybrid electronic/photonic integrated circuits functioning at "around 100" degrees Kelvin, which - while extremely cold - is much more practical to achieve than the previously necessary 1.5°K.
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Yahoo's! Maggie! Wilderotter! jumps! overboard!

A former Microsoft VP - who at one point was considered for the top job at Yahoo! - is stepping down from the web giant’s board of directors at the end of the year.

Panasonic parades 50in 3D plasma TV

Panasonic is on the road towards development of its “full HD 3D system”, following creation of a 50in 3D-capable plasma display.

Dataram makes SAN flash cache sandwich

Memory supplier Dataram has found another place to stuff flash cache, parking a pile of it between drive arrays and fabric switches in a SAN.
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Samsung R720 17.3in notebook

Review If you caught our review of the Samsung R522, the R720 will look more than a little similar. As the name implies, though, it has a larger 17.3in display, with a glossy coating and native resolution of 1600 x 900. Naturally, this makes the chassis a fair bit bigger at 441mm wide, 273mm deep and, at its thickest point, 40mm tall. Nevertheless, it's one of the lighter 17in laptops on the market, weighing in at 2.9kg.
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Reddit swiftly squishes XSS worm

Popular social news website Reddit has stopped the spread of a cross-site scripting (XSS) worm that hit the site on Monday.
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Union predicts retirement surge over IBM pension changes

Union Unite is predicting staff at IBM will walk out, opting for early retirement, rather than accept reduced pensions from the firm.

Xerox barges into services with $6.4bn ACS buy

Copier giant Xerox plans to buy US outsourcing and data centre management giant Affiliated Computer Services Inc (ACS) for $6.4bn in a cash and stock deal.

STEC notches up LSI win

LSI is to use STEC ZeusIOPS enterprise flash drives in its products, following the example of EMC's Symmetrix and Clariion arrays and arrays from many other storage vendors.

Eurocrat demands MP3 player volume limit mandate

MP3 players sold in Europe could one day come with pre-set audio volume limits if plans proposed by a European Commissioner become official.
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US Navy boffins put an end to drought

Backroom lab boys in the US Navy say they have developed hugely more efficient desalination machinery, ideal for making seawater drinkable. The new tech, as well as saving space and energy aboard US warships, could also bring relief to water-poor areas around the world.
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iPhone voted UK's 'coolest brand'

The iPhone has been elected as Britain's "coolest brand", knocking Aston Martin off the top of the CoolBrands list of desirables that it has dominated for three years.
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3 flings bribey fivers for new subscribers

3 has started paying customers who sign up friends and family a whole pukka fiver for every subscriber recruited.
Bill Ray, 28 2009
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Cameron escapes Twitter twat rap

Ofcom has ruled that David Cameron did not break broadcasting rules when he told breakfast radio listeners that politicians who use Twitter risk making a "twat" of themselves.
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German cops impound motorised beer crate

A German biker who rather brilliantly converted a beer crate into a diminutive quad bike has been relieved of his wheels, following a police pursuit, Ananova reports.

Sunbelt buckles up for anti-bloatware drive

The anti-virus bloatware problem is getting worse despite what some vendors may claim, according to figures from Sunbelt Software.

Is Apple behind Intel's speedy optical link?

The high-speed Light Peak optical interconnect that Intel unveiled at last week's developer confab was developed as a result of a CEO-to-CEO interconnect between Apple's Steve Jobs and Intel's Paul Otellini.
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Google shuts down bank snafu Gmail account

Google has resolved a lawsuit from a US bank that accidentally sent 1,300 confidential tax IDs to an innocent Gmail account, but not before the web giant complied with a court order to shutdown the account and disclose certain account info.
Cade Metz, 28 2009
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Opera lobby dubs IE ballot screen 'threatening and confusing'

The chief European critic of Microsoft's Windows-IE bundling says the company's proposed web browser ballot screen compromise is a sham, accusing Redmond of packing the screen with "threatening and confusing" questions.

Apple's move to kill Hackintosher suit denied

Apple's motion to toss out a lawsuit filed by pesky Hackintosher Psystar was itself tossed out by a US District Court judge.
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Yahoo! reinvents! yodel!

Yahoo! has released the first volley in its $100m ad campaign: a TV ad that explores new frontiers in oversaturated colors and multi-culti jollity.
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New accounting rules to juice IT numbers

The US Financial Standards Accounting Board, which makes the rules that bean counters use to juggle the books, last week approved a new rule about revenue recognition for systems that could cause a brief bump in hardware sales for some IT suppliers based in the United States or using US accounting rules.
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Open sourcers strike back at Google cease-and-desist

Three days after Google told an independent developer to stop bundling proprietary applications with his alternative Android operating system, fans of the popular package have shot back with plans to work around the move.
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Microsoft, nVidia tag team on HPC

Employing graphics chips as co-processors to do tough computing tasks is not as simple as plugging in some electronics, adding a few libraries of code, and letting it rip. But it ought to be something like that, which is why graphics chip maker nVidia and desktop and server operating system maker Microsoft are working together to make GPUs more useful for Windows boxes.
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iPhone App Store tops 2,000,000,000 downloads

Apple's iTunes App Store has hit yet another milestone: two billion apps downloaded since the Store hung out its digital shingle on July 11, 2008.