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Oracle's WebLogic roadmap recaptures BEA's dream

OpenWorld 09 Oracle could to do what BEA Systems failed to achieve in the next two years: successfully deliver on a modular and virtualized roadmap for its Java application server.
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Canonical pushes out Ubuntu 9.10 server

If you are getting ready to build your own internal cloud-style virtual infrastructure, Canonical - the commercial entity behind the Ubuntu distro of Linux - really wants you to think outside of the box and consider the forthcoming "Karmic Koala" Ubuntu 9.10 Server Edition.
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Racerunner SSDs tap Exar dedupe tech

It had to happen: WhipTail has worked out you'll get more data in an SSD if you compress it, and the company is working with Exar to do exactky this.
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Avere boosts NAS filer performance

Newcomer Avere is one of four NAS storage suppliers to have exceeded 100,000 IOPS on the SPECsfs2008 NFS benchmark, with one quarter to one twelfth of the disks needed by the others - and with a faster overall response time as well.
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Feds: bald man posing as 17-year-old secretly taped teens

A Massachusetts man in his 40s stands accused of posing as a 17-year old boy so he could lure teenage girls into video chatrooms and secretly videotape them as they engaged in sexual acts.
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Google Squared rounds out features

Google Squared - the experimental web tool that delivers Google search results as a table (because tables rock, that's why) - recently received an update to improve the quality and quantity of data it spits out.
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Packard Bell EasyNote Butterfly

Review Over the past two years Acer has bought the eMachines, Gateway and Packard Bell. Dividing the buying public into a number of categories that it can target with specific brands, Packard Bell covers the ‘Trends & Lifestyle’ group in Europe, and the EasyNote Butterfly s laptop is part of the plan.
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3PAR zeroes in on wasted space

3PAR is thinking about nothing in particular with its latest announcement: targeting and removing zeroes from migrated-in volumes and getting rid of them in thin copies and snapshots.
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Olympic builders hit with biometrics - local residents next?

Confusion reigns over at the Olympic village, as security measures more appropriate to a top security prison than a construction site are put in place to "facilitate" efficient working in the run-up to the 2012 Olympics.
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IBM, Microsoft, HP named nimblest negotiators

IBM, Microsoft and HP are the three best negotiators in industry, a survey has found. The companies took the top three spots in a piece of research that sought to find the companies that were the most able negotiators.
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Torrent crackdown pushing pirates towards file hosting

The crackdown on torrent tracking sites such as BitTorrent has encouraged software pirates to make greater use of file-hosting websites.
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Sonos to launch five-amp, five-speaker music streamer today

Multi-room music streaming specialist Sonos will today introduce its latest system: the ZonePlayer S5, an iPhone-activated, internet-connected music blaster.
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WikiReader feeds you factiness on the go

OpenMoko's Project B: WikiReader, a hardware implementation of Wikipedia offering mobile users access to the font of all knowledge, goes on sale today.
Bill Ray, 13 2009
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Maradona's website hacked after last-gasp Argentina victory

Peruvian hackers have reacted to the country's dramatic defeat to Argentina on Saturday by defacing the site of Argentinian manager Diego Maradona and dubbing him a cry-baby.
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Mitsubishi preps 'versatile' plug-in hybrid e-car

Leccy Tech Mitsubishi has announced details of the range-extended plug-in hybrid that Reg Hardware first got a sniff of back in July and which will be officially unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show next week .
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Guardian gagged over Commons question

Updated The Guardian newspaper was yesterday prevented from reporting parliamentary proceedings, after legal action apparently trumped the media's right to report on the House of Commons.
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Moon orbiter detects pole-plunge hotspots in dark bottom

Pics NASA has released new images from its spy satellite orbiting the Moon, showing the twin impacts at the lunar south pole of the iceberg-hunting probe which struck there on Friday.
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Savvis picks Compellent for public cloud service

Savvis has picked Compellent to be its cloud storage supplier in the Spirit project to develop a virtual private data centre public cloud service. Compellent beat other vendors because its automated data movement made its storage more cost-effective and cheaper to manage.
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One cellphone for every ten lags in UK prisons

The Prisons service discovered 8,648 mobile phones in prisons in the last 12 months, forcing prisoners to share one between ten, though it also admitted there could be many more.
Bill Ray, 13 2009
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SanDisk flashes its extra bits

SanDisk is shipping 4-bit Secure Digital flash cards with flash chips storing 8GB of data.
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Proles told to get online to save economy

Having recently been given her very own digi-quango, dotcom ingenue Martha Lane-Fox has taken to airwaves and newspapers to berate the public for not using the internet enough.
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Google Docs gets jiggy with folder sharing

Mountain View is finally rolling out a “shared folders” feature in Google Docs, after it first promised to add the option to its online app in July this year.
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Review We liked the first version of Western Digital's WD TV box. It was released in December 2008, barely nine months ago, but WD has already rolled out its successor.
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Prehistoric titanic-snake jungles laughed at global warming

Fossil boffins say that dense triple-canopy rainforests, home among other things to gigantic one-tonne boa constrictors, flourished millions of years ago in temperatures 3-5°C warmer than those seen today - as hot as some of the more dire global-warming projections.
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Pirate Party helped cut P2P in Sweden?

Figures from Sweden suggest six out of ten P2P users have stopped or significantly reduced their unlicensed file sharing, AFP reports.
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Polish government cyberattack blamed on Russia

A largely unsuccessful attack on Polish government systems last month reportedly originated in Russia.

Idle wild: how Intel's mobile Core i7 speeds up to slow down

Intel's first mobile Core i7 processors - codenamed 'Clarksfield' - incorporate a feature the chip company is calling Turbo Boost. It's not new - the technology is a part of every 'Nehalem' architecture-based CPU the company has released to date.
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Perot/Dell buys China services business

Dell will get a services foothold in China after its soon-to-be subsidiary Perot Systems announced it would take over a unit of the distressed consultancy BearingPoint.
Joe Fay, 13 2009
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UK Border Agency flip-flops on asylum seeker DNA tests

After it "temporarily suspended" its controversial nationality DNA testing pilot, the UK Border Agency has today changed its stance again, saying the programme will go ahead, but the results won't be used to decide asylum seekers' fate.
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Cornish separatists take aim at pasty students

Cornish separatists have launched a campaign to scare students out of the county, along with second homers, surfers and celebrity chef Rick Stein.
Joe Fay, 13 2009
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Michigan airport grounds website over malware risk

An airport in Michigan reportedly took down its website late on Monday in response to a computer virus risk.
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Mozilla gets orientation-friendly with Firefox 3.6

The next iteration of Firefox will be able to detect the orientation of laptops and mobile devices that come loaded with accelerometers.
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Cisco swallows Starent Networks

Cisco has announced it will absorb mobile experts Starent, in a deal worth $2.9bn which prepares Cisco for the Long Term Evolution of mobile telecoms.
Bill Ray, 13 2009
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Office 2004 for Mac granted extended run to appease VBA fans

Microsoft has thrown a lifeline to the Office 2004 for Mac by extending its official retirement date.
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Man jailed over air traffic control IT kit eBay scam

An engineer who sold £58,000 of kit stolen from the UK's National Air Traffic Control Centre on eBay to pay off a credit card debt was jailed for 15 months on Monday.
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Exagrid slides out smoothly scalable Data Domain beater

Start-up Exagrid has introduced a 10TB dedupe appliance, configurable in a 10-node deduplication grid or cluster, with global reduplication across the nodes and Data Domain-beating performance.
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Sun, Fujitsu crank Sparc64-VII clocks

While Sun Microsystems has been muzzled by Oracle to not talk in specifics about the future of the Sparc server line, Sun and its server partner, Fujitsu, can nonetheless keep enhancing their jointly sold midrange and high-end server Sparc Enterprise machines, and at the OpenWorld customer event in San Francisco this morning, the two hardware vendors said they had boosted the performance on servers using quad-core Sparc64-VII processors.
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Missing dot sends Sweden tumbling off internet

Sweden effectively fell off the internet last night when maintenance to Domain Name Systems damaged every single .se web address.
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Snow Leopard data-munching bug predates Snow Leopard

Fanboi complaints of a mystery data-munching Mac OS bug began well before the arrival of Snow Leopard, Apple's latest desktop operating system. Similar tales of woe date back to at least November of 2007, when Jobsian cultists were still using the previous Mac OS version, just plain Leopard.
Cade Metz, 13 2009
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Google shares malware samples with hacked site admins

Google has rolled out a feature that provides webmasters of compromised sites with samples of malicious code and other detailed information to help them clean up.
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Dell pitches x86 in Oracle's Sun court

OpenWorld 09 Michael Dell has tuned his supersales pitch for the down economy: buy more, and buy frequently, to save more. Just don't buy Sparc.
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Internet coalescing into lump of Google

The internet is looking much lumpier than it was just a few years ago. In 2007, the majority of internet traffic was more evenly distributed across tens of thousands of networks. Now, just 300 networks contribute to 60 per cent of all traffic online, according to two-year study by Arbor Networks.
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Bing advertisers on wane, says report

Microsoft's Bing decision engine search engine stomached an 8 per cent drop in all-important first-page advertisers during the third quarter, according to the latest report from search research outfit AdGooRoo.
Cade Metz, 13 2009
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Adobe relieves Reader and Acrobat update blues

Adobe Systems has introduced a new software updater for its Reader and Acrobat applications, one of several additions released Tuesday to protect users against a growing wave of malware attacks.
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Google's Postini clogs email in US, UK

Google's Postini email security and spam filtering system is seriously clogged, with businesses on both sides of the Atlantic complaining that the hosted service is slow to deliver their messages.
Cade Metz, 13 2009
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Intel coffers rebound from first half beating

The theme of Intel's third quarter earnings today is paying no mind to last year and focusing on how much better things are compared to Q2.
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HP invites you to touch its PCs

As part of its ongoing rollout of new PCs and laptops ahead of the Windows 7 launch next week and a presumed bump up in PC sales, Hewlett-Packard has announced another batch of new machines for consumers and corporates. The big push today is for relatively inexpensive touch screens for laptops and desktops and low-cost Compaq-branded PCs and laptops for consumers and small businesses.