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Feds net 100 phishers in biggest cybercrime case ever

US and Egyptian authorities have charged 100 people with conducting a phishing operation that siphoned at least $1.5m from thousands of accounts belonging to Bank of America and Well Fargo customers.
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IBM bulks out WebSphere's waistline

IBM is expanding its portfolio of WebSphere business process management (BPM) and service oriented architecture (SOA) products in a major refresh.
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DCSF opens ContactPoint rules consultation

The Department for Children, Schools and Families has launched a consultation on the rules for using England's children's database.
Kable, 08 2009
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Scale-out SVC on the way from IBM?

IBM is exploring the idea of a scale-out architecture for its SAN Volume Controller (SVC) with possible involvement of flash memory and Nehalem processor. FCoE support may come when needed.
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Altec Lansing Expressionist Plus v. Edifier E3350

Review With most computers bulging at the seams with music and video files, the days of making do with even a cheap set of active stereo speakers, let alone laptop offerings, are truly dead and buried. A decent 2.1 active speaker system will not only pay dividends when it comes to playing your music but can also provide bowel trembling bass when playing games or watching video.
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Fujitsu strike action ahoy

Fujitsu is facing likely strike action. The Unite union is balloting its 1,500 members at the firm next week.
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Dell preps Googlephone for AppleT&T network

Dell is preparing to launch a Googlephone on AT&T's iPhone-happy US wireless network.
Cade Metz, 08 2009
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Carphone Warehouse trading peachy

Carphone Warehouse has lost fewer Tiscali subscribers than feared - but that means a bit more shelling out for the company.
Bill Ray, 08 2009
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Pré hitting Spain next week, says Palm

Spain will receive its first Palm Pré shipments on 14 October, the phone’s exclusive local operator, Telefónica, has announced.
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The Register primer on web based threats (and their changing nature)

The internet is a gold mine for bad people, who continue to think of innovative, clever ways to extract money from individuals and corporations.
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Sony turns to touchscreen tech

Sony has made good on its recent promise to launch touchscreen editions of its Vaio all-in-one PC.
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US Army doubles fleet of enormous floating eyes

The US Army is doubling its fleet of moored spy balloons, deployed in overseas warzones to provide continuous unblinking overwatch around fortified American camps and bases.
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US DoJ investigates IBM mainframe biz

The US Department of Justice has opened an investigation into IBM's mainframe business at the instigation of the CCIA.
Joe Fay, 08 2009
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UK Supremes to deliver McKinnon hearing decision

A decision on whether Gary McKinnon will be allowed leave to appeal to the newly-established UK Supreme Court will be given on Friday (9 October).
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How's your desktop support service desk looking?

Workshop As everyone working in IT support knows, the job would be so easy if it wasn’t for hardware and software problems getting in the way.
Tony Lock, 08 2009
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MP urges Royal Mail rethink on postcode site takedown

Tom Watson MP has fired off a letter of complaint to the Royal Mail Group, in which he grumbles that the UK postal service’s legal action against a two-man operated postcode lookup site was a "heavy handed" and "deeply regrettable" move.
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US clears the air for flying drones

Remotely controlled aircraft need frequencies in which to operate - and quite a lot of them, if the latest US submission to the World Radiocommunications Conference is to be believed.
Bill Ray, 08 2009
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Greens more likely thieves and liars, says shock study

Psychologists in Canada have revealed new research suggesting that people who become eco-conscious "green consumers" are "more likely to steal and lie" than others.
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CBS hit for $1.2m over Chinese censorware

Solid Oak Software has hit media giant CBS with a demand for $1.2m, after the media giant's tech subsidiary posted downloads of the Chinese government's Green Dam Youth Escort software.
Joe Fay, 08 2009
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Sony claims 'lightest notebook' crown

The fight for the right to claim ownership of the world’s lightest notebook has been won by Sony, the company claimed today, thanks to its launch of the Vaio X.
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Amazon eyes wander as Royal Mail strike looms

Online retail giant Amazon is mulling "contingency measures" to deal with a looming national strike at the Royal Mail, but it has insisted that no "long-term contracts" had been cancelled with the UK’s largest postal carrier.
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IBM wins benchmark crown with SSD power

IBM has blasted the SPC-1 benchmark into the stratosphere with a flash-equipped POWER6 server.
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Ex-GCHQ superspook can lobby MoD on crypto

Thales UK, the French-owned defence giant that hired recently-retired GCHQ chief Sir David Pepper as an advisor, is bidding for a massive government cryptography system that GCHQ has been closely involved in designing - including under Pepper.
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Nissan demos leaning e-car

Leccy Tech Nissan has demoed its latest take on the electric car, which takes the word ‘futuristic’ to a whole new level.
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PC tune-up software: does it really work?

Round-up Installing tune-up and registry fixing software was hit and miss when we tested on a five-year-old Windows XP laptop. Faster Microsoft Office and Windows boot-up times were possible with some software packages, but occasionally performance took a dive and a similarly priced Ram upgrade thrashed the rest of the field.
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Google search index prettifies PDF view

Google’s search results now include a feature that allows web surfers to more easily view formatted PDFs from within their browser.
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Virgin Media to trial IPTV off-cable network

Virgin Media will trial delivering its TV and broadband services via copper phone lines as part of plans to expand its footprint beyond the cable network laid in the 1990s.
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Canada laid bare on Street View

Google has extended its Street View coverage to Canada, with Banff, Calgary, Halifax, Kitchener-Waterloo, Montreal, Ottawa, Quebec City, Squamish, Toronto, Vancouver (see pic), and Whistler now exposed by the Great Satan of Mountain View's all-seeing eye.
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Ralph Lauren DMCAs thin Photoshop skills

Ralph Lauren may or may not have a knack for fashion. But we can safely say the American clothing giant needs a little help with Photoshop. And the DMCA. And the Streisand Effect.
Cade Metz, 08 2009
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The experts view on data center agility

The Register's recent Agile Data Center Summit brought readers together with a line up of experts and analysts from across the industry.
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SiRF launches tiny fast-fix satnav chip

GPS chip maker SiRF has hinted that a wider variety of location-aware gadgets could find their way to market next year, following the firm’s launch of its latest satnav pick-up.
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Hotmail 'phishing' campaign is small peanuts

Access to the 10,000 compromised Hotmail accounts at the centre of a high profile breach might be obtained for as little as $90 on the black market.
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iSnack 2.0 morphs into Cheesybite

LogoWatch Kraft has announced that the spread formerly known as iSnack 2.0 will henceforth grace Oz's kitchens under the name of Vegemite Cheesybite.
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Care assistant sacked over porn shop internship

The inflexible nature of the Swedish government's employment policies was starkly illustrated this week, after a would-be care assistant was forced out of his job after taking on an internship in a porn shop.
Joe Fay, 08 2009
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Hands on the Sony Vaio X

First Look Sony's Vaio X is a skinny so and so, to a degree that puts even Apple's MacBook Air to shame. Likewise its weight. But is it too compact for a notebook?
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Coin-sized nuclear isotope battery minted

A boffin in Missouri has invented a nuclear-powered battery the size of a penny. Professor Jae Kwon believes that radioisotope batteries can hold a million times as much juice as today's chemical types, perhaps offering the potential for devices like torches and cellphones which would never run flat.
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Gay man offered lesbian neighbours slug pellet curry

A gay man has admitted he gave his lesbian neighbours curry laced with slug pellets after he was accused of kidnapping their three-legged cat.
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Mitsubishi builds monster OLED telly

LG’s 15in OLED TV is no longer the world’s largest, because Mitsubishi has just shown off a whopping 155in organic LED screen in Japan.
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Adobe steps on developer toes (again)

Adobe's Shibuya project, enabling AIR developers to charge for their applications, has upset at least one developer: the chap who had already launched the same thing commercially.
Bill Ray, 08 2009
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Google maximizes minimalist homepage madness

Google has taken its Rainman-like minimalist-homepage obsession to new extremes, testing a page that includes nothing but the Google name and an empty search box. And a very small trademark symbol. It looks like this:
Cade Metz, 08 2009
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Skype sees off one patent threat...

Skype is claiming a victory in one of the many IP suits that are plaguing the P2P phone company at the moment.
Joe Fay, 08 2009
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NASA tweaks killer asteroid's trajectory of death

NASA has recalculated the trajectory of asteroid Apophis and concluded that Bruce Willis can stand down from a state of doom-body-busting readiness.
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Recidivist stock fraud hacker pleads guilty to ID theft

A former stock fraud hacker has pleaded guilty to new fraud and identity theft charges.
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EMC outs Atmos compute cloud

EMC has been growing its profile in the IT sector, expanding beyond storage and obliquely into servers and software for some time. Now, it's getting ready to take a slightly more direct shot at the server biz with a forthcoming compute cloud offering under the Atmos brand, now in beta.
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FBI chief barred from online banking by wife

America's chief spook has been banned from internet banking by his wife after nearly falling prey to a common email phishing scam.
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Microsoft plays ads-funded Office 2010 Starter gambit

Microsoft plans a brand-new edition of its forthcoming Office 2010 in a push to loosen customers' vice-like grip on old versions of its productivity suite an upgrade.
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Critical Adobe Reader vuln under 'targeted' attack

Attackers once again are targeting an unpatched vulnerability in Adobe Reader that allows them to take complete control of a user's computer, the software maker warned.
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Dell cuts North-Carolina plant despite $280m sweetener

Dell has settled a long-running dispute over a $280m incentives package to open shop in North Carolina by shutting the facility and cutting 905 jobs to control costs.

Cisco makes up term 'dark web,' fights it with appliance

In the absence of proper categorization, egregious websites rule the internet, free to terrorize the hapless workers of web 2.0 with wanton non-productivity.