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Talend taps MDM with open-source wand

Data integration specialist Talend is rolling out an open source master data management (MDM) product based on technology it purchased from the French MDM vendor, Amalto.
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How to host your very own Windows 7 launch party

So you've got your trusty laptop warmed up with a fresh copy of Windows 7, decked the halls with balloons and streamers, and sent invitations to an exhaustively multicultural clutch of friends for a single night of red-hot OS release revelry.
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Study finds med students Tweeting patient info

Memo to med students: tame your tweets.
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LSI pimps out 7900 array

LSI Engenio has updated its high-end 7900 array to support more SATA drives, concurrent iSCSI and Fibre Channel support, and solid state storage.
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Ballmer says Big Blue hands in too few pies

Steve Ballmer believes that if IBM is to remain relevant among the technology giants, it needs to have its hand in just about everything. In other words, the Microsoft CEO believes that IBM needs to be more like Microsoft.
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Newton designer returns to Apple

One of the men directly responsible for Apple's ill-fated Newton Message Pad has been rehired by Apple.
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AT&T brands Google a net neutocrite

As the US Federal Communications Commission moves towards official net neutrality rules, AT&T is determined to get in the way.
Cade Metz, 29 2009
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NASA: Tell us how to spend $4m pa on tech contests

Hoping to stimulate the US economy and space programme through crowdsourcing, NASA has invited the general public to submit ideas for inventor-prize contests. So far there is no suggestion of a prize for the best contest idea.
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Vodafone joins the iPhone throng

Vodafone has confirmed it will be selling Apple’s iPhone in the UK and Ireland from early next year, joining Orange as notches on Jobs’s bedstead.
Bill Ray, 29 2009
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Artists adds pulsating 'brain' to PC

Growing human body parts in a lab is a relatively new procedure, but one Japanese artist has already taken the process further by growing a 'lifeform' beside his PC.
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First prison sentence for extreme porn

The first serious prison sentence for possession of extreme porn was handed down earlier this month in Newcastle Crown Court.
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Inmate hacker locks down jail computers

A UK prison computer system was left in lockdown after jail bosses gave a convicted cybercriminal the task of reprogramming it, the Sunday Mirror reports.
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Facebook kills 'Kill Obama' poll

Facebook has removed a user poll set up to ask "Should Obama be killed?" and the Secret Service is now looking into it.
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Bletchley Park earns first ever lottery grant

Bletchley Park earned its first ever national lottery grant on Monday with an award of £460,000 to fund long term development work.
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The Register primer on delivering data governance

Data governance is a dirty, never- ending job, but someone has to do it. And that someone could be you. The Register primer on delivering data governance may help you get your organisation galvanised into cleaning up the stables properly.
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NASA retargets Moon-attack probe

NASA has shifted the planned impact point of its Lunar CRater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) Moon-attack probe, based on new data which indicate its first choice might not contain as much hydrogen as the water-sniffing mission was looking for.
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HP lays out sketches of storage roadmap

Comment HP's EVA arrays will get thin provisioning and automated LUN migration, while LeftHand's SAN software will be ported to the XEN and Hyper-V platforms, according to attendees at an HP Tech Day event.
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Dell confirms oh-so-skinny Latitude Z laptop

Dell has finally come clean on the latest edition to its Latitude range - the Z - following months of leaked pictures and speculative specifications.
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China strengthens Great Firewall ahead of anniversary

The Chinese government has used its unrivalled net censorship apparatus to attack parts of the Tor network ahead of the 60th anniversary of communist rule, according to activists.
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Toshiba intros CULV satellites

Not much bigger than netbooks, Toshiba's new Satellite laptops show just how the once well-segmented notebook market is now just a single continuum.
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HP silent on glitch with Core i7-based Elite Pavilion PCs

Hewlett-Packard customers are up in arms about a major glitch affecting the company's Core i7-based PCs.
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US drone crashes on Sunni party offices in Iraq

A US military drone aircraft has crashed onto the Mosul offices of a major Iraqi Islamist political party, which last year cut off all official relations with America. The US forces said the crash was "coincidence".
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Optical zoom arrives on 12Mp cameraphone

Samsung has followed up its recent launch of the 12Mp Pixon cameraphone by unveiling the world’s first 12Mp cameraphone that has an optical zoom.
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Vodafone Music has disastrous relaunch

Vodafone's free music promotion last week saw overloaded servers, compatibility problems and customers getting billed - all of which bodes badly for the operator's upcoming 360 service.
Bill Ray, 29 2009
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Dell smothers shareholder suit

Dell has settled a long-running court case brought by disgruntled shareholders, who accused management of artificially boosting Dell's shareprice so they could offload their personal holdings.
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Google Docs opens heart to students

Mountain View has tweaked Google Docs to make the average schoolkid's working day even easier to cheat negotiate their way through.
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Nation's moral guardians snap over 'shag bands'

Parents be warned: If you spot your seven-year-old daughter sneaking off to school sporting innocent-looking "cheap coloured plastic bracelets", it means she's actually inviting the opposite sex to snap her "shag bands" in return for sexual favours - part of a "terrifying wave of promiscuous behaviour" which threatens to undermine British society.
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Freeview website titsup ahead of big retune

Just hours before millions will be required to retune their televisions, the website explaining how appears to be struggling under the pressure.
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i-mate boss blames 'fraud' for company's demise

Jim Morrison, CEO of premium Windows Mobile manufacturer i-mate, has claimed that a $15m fraud is what killed the company, rather than any failure to sell enough phones.
Bill Ray, 29 2009
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Bulk of Companies Act finally rolled out

Most of the 2006 Companies Act will finally come into force on Thursday, when 550 sections of the massive Act are implemented, leaving only a handful of sections to be enacted.
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Congo major had piss-up with rebels

A Democratic Republic of Congo army major has been suspended after inviting rebels for a few liveners at his base - hours before they rather churlishly repaid his hospitality by torching part of the facility.
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PC tune-up software: does it really work?

Round-up We love hardware, and if you ask us how to make an old computer go faster, we’ll recommend a hardware upgrade. But 34 million people opt for a software tune-up in the US alone, estimates Iolo, a company that makes tune-up software.
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Microsoft admits to Halo 3: ODST 'issues'

Microsoft has downplayed reports that a Halo 3: ODST disc error is causing gamers software and console problems.
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Small biz battered by late payments

British small and medium businesses are still struggling with late payments despite government promises to sort the issue out.
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MS opens up Security Essentials downloads from today

Microsoft plans to release the final version of its free-of-extra-charge anti-malware scanner later on Tuesday
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MoD pays quadruple in money + blood for Afghan helicopters

Comment So the die is cast. In yet another masterly procurement move, the UK Ministry of Defence has decided to spend hundreds of millions of pounds upgrading and restoring its aged Puma helicopters - which were due to retire next year - for service in Afghanistan. This will cost more than buying a fleet of brand new choppers.
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HP uses Home Server to power storage for small biz

HP has introduced a line of combined isCSI and file storage server/storage array bundles, and a small business backup product using Microsoft consumer backup software.
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LG mixes up more Chocolate

LG has fattened up its Chocolate handset range with the creation of a third model.
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Ballmer pumps Windows 7 up to thrifty customers

Microsoft boss Steve Ballmer has used the ‘C’ word in a missive he wrote today that paints an austere picture of the world economy, but at the same time punts the company’s technology as a saviour to businesses and their depleted piggy banks.
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Treemometers: A new scientific scandal

A scientific scandal is casting a shadow over a number of recent peer-reviewed climate papers.
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Newegg hatches IPO

In a sign that maybe the economy is turning around, Newegg, which has grown to be the second-largest online-only retailer in the United States and one with a specialty in IT parts and consumer electronics, is going public.
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Warner Music returns to YouTube

Warner Music is returning to YouTube after a nine-month blockade over licensing.
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Cisco preps Nexus switches for third-party blades

Networking giant and server wannabe Cisco Systems says it will be working with third-party blade server makers to create a version of its Nexus family of switches that tuck inside non-Cisco blades.
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Stallman backpedals on Mac OS backdoor claims

Free software activist Richard Stallman has withdrawn an accusation that Apple's Mac OS X contained a backdoor after admitting there was no evidence to substantiate his earlier claims.
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UK, France mull Photoshop fakery laws

The Photoshop wars are heating up again, with politicians in the UK and France calling for legislation to regulate digital nipping, tucking, and smoothing of images in ads and elsewhere.
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Researcher: No emergency patch for critical Windows bug

A security researcher has downplayed the significance of publicly released attack code exploiting a critical vulnerability in newer versions of Windows, saying it isn't reliable enough to force Microsoft to issue an emergency patch.
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Amazon Kindle fails test at Bezos alma mater

The Kindle DX may be dominating the e-book market, but it's not winning hearts with the education crowd. The device has received the cold shoulder even at Amazon chief Jeff Bezos' own alma mater, Princeton University.
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TPC slaps Oracle on benchmark claims

Oracle let its marketing mouth get ahead of its brain with the Exadata 2 cluster system. Today, the Transaction Processing Council, which administers the TPC family of transaction and data warehouse processing benchmarks, slapped Oracle with a fine and a muzzle order relating to claims it has been making in advertisements about how its iron stacks up against alternatives such as IBM's Power 595 behemoth.
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Mozilla sides with Microsoft against Google IE

Mozilla has joined Microsoft in questioning the logic of a new Google plug-in that turns Internet Explorer into Google Chrome. But unlike Redmond, the open source outfit actually presents a well-reasoned argument.
Cade Metz, 29 2009
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Apple shovels admin iPhoneware onto PCs

Apple shot itself in its Software Update foot - again - by briefly offering an enterprise-level utility through its Windows update service.
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Palm Pre backs away from Apple iTunes

The long-running feud over the Palm Pre's ability to sync with Apple's iTunes may have come to an end. Or not.