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Microsoft's Patch Tuesday fixes record number of flaws

Microsoft on Tuesday patched a record number of security holes in its Windows operating systems and other software, a haul that included at least one security flaw that was already under attack in the wild.
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Salesforce chief trades barbs for Larry love

OpenWorld 09 After years of fighting and trading shots, Salesforce.com has signaled a time out in the Web 2.0 switching and culture war with Oracle.
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Trade body doubles efforts against pirate software

Anti-piracy lobby group the Business Software Alliance (BSA) has more than doubled the number of 'take down' notices it issues to stop the distribution of pirated software.
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Colt quietly offshores network ops

Networking provider Colt has quietly offshored some of its network operations to a team based in India.
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Great British beer moves county

Newcastle Brown Ale - one of Britain's most famous and recognisable beers - is moving from its home on Tyneside to Yorkshire.
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Sky News goes free

Sky News is now streaming its TV channel for free over its website 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
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Michael Dell: Netbooks go sour after 36 hours

According to Michael Dell, a netbook is a dream purchase - until it's about 36 hours old.
Cade Metz, 14 2009
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Vodafone Mozies into cloud backup

Decho has done a deal with Vodafone for the mobile telco to offer business and consumer cloud backup services.
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Brother DCP-375CW wireless multifunction inkjet printer

Review Product design has clearly moved on leaps and bounds since the early days of popular multifunctional devices (MFDs), judging by the Brother DCP-375CW. Not only does it look rather swanky in its dual-finish matt and shiny black casing, but it is extraordinarily compact at just 150mm high, 390mm wide and 360mm deep. How Brother managed to cram a full A4 scanner in there is still a mystery.
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MySpace replaces disks with flash

Social networking site MySpace has replaced traditional server/direct-attach disk combos with flash memory cached servers to save space, energy, cooling and cost.
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AMD intros mid-range 5000-series Radeons

AMD has rolled out two more 5x000-series GPUs, this time the mainstream-oriented 5750 and 5770, lesser partners to the recently released high-end 5850 and 5870 - reviewed here - DirectX 11 graphics cards.
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HDS has archive head in the clouds

Hitachi Data Systems has renamed and refreshed its Content Archive Platform as a cloud-focussed platform with multi-tenancy features which scales out to a 96-node cluster.
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Microsoft ropes in Family Guy to pimp Windows 7

If Windows 95 made you Mick Jagger, and Windows 98 made you David Bowie, then Windows 7 is going to make you a Family Guy or American Dad.
Joe Fay, 14 2009
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Fujitsu intros 11in notebook-not-netbook

Fujitsu has hopped on the Consumer Ultra-Low Voltage - Intel's name for low-end, low-power notebook chippery - bandwagon and launched the 11in Lifebook P3110.
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Liquid electrocar batteries could be replaced at pumps

Remorseless German boffins have come up with a solution to long recharge times for electric vehicles. They propose the use of liquid-electrolyte batteries, so that a 'leccy car could have discharged electrolyte pumped out and replaced with fully-charged liquid at filling stations.
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HTC Hero up for grabs

Lucky Draw The Register is giving one lucky reader the chance to get his or her mitts on HTC’s latest Android phone — the HTC Hero, complete with a copy of CoPilot Live 8 with UK and European maps.
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Translation outfit seeks Glaswegian speakers

A London translation firm is desperately in need of Glaswegian interpreters after its Lithuanian owner, despite her fluent English, struggled with our Scottish cousins' local patter.
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Do users care about desktop support?

Mini-Poll This week we are looking at the problems of managing the desktop infrastructure and especially the question of its cost.
Tony Lock, 14 2009
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T-Mobile takes on patsy role in Microsoft Sidekick fallout

T-Mobile plans to compensate all Sidekick customers who lost their data following the extremely embarrassing server outage at Microsoft’s subsidiary company Danger on 2 October.
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Ex-GCHQ chief compares Iraq whistleblower to Soviet spy

The former director of GCHQ Sir David Pepper has for the first time spoken of his anger at a whistleblower in the run up to the invasion of Iraq, comparing her case to that of the traitor and paedophile Geoffrey Prime, who was jailed in the 1980s for passing secrets to the KGB.
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Subaru set to show stylish hybrid

Leccy Tech Subaru will reveal its take on the future of hybrid motoring when it whips the dust sheets off the gull-wing Hybrid Tourer Concept at the Tokyo Motor Show next week.
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Home Office staff offered early bird ID cards

The government has made another attempt to invest some cachet into ID cards by revealing that civil servants working on the scheme will be able to apply for the cards early.
Joe Fay, 14 2009
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Go MiFi - and ditch your iPhone?

The MiFi, or the "intelligent mobile hotspot", may sound like one of the most pointless devices ever created. It's a small, battery powered gizmo that converts one wireless network protocol (3G) to another even less efficient protocol (WiFi).
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Aerial laser gunboat 'burns hole in fender' of moving car

The Advanced Tactical Laser (ATL) ray-cannon, mounted in a specially-equipped Hercules transport plane flying above New Mexico, has now succeeded in "putting a hole in the fender" of a ground vehicle driving along beneath it.
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London techies get kit off for charity

There is some really quite exciting news today for those of you who've spent years wondering just how you could justifiably buy photographs of butt-naked London tech entrepreneurs: check out the forthcoming Nude Tech 2010 calendar, featuring 24 disrobed IT movers and shakers, and all in aid of charity.
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Samsung GT-C6625

Review Windows Mobile smartphones with miniature Qwerty keyboards are rarely extremely exciting to look at, and the Samsung GT-C6625 is a case in point. Blocky hardware and a somewhat old-fashioned design, makes it look a couple of years out of sync with the latest smartphone trends.
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Opera takes Unite for spin with browser beta release

Norwegian browser maker Opera has pushed out a beta version of Opera Unite.

Apple breaks jailbreakers' hearts with iPhone 3GS patch

Apple has reportedly tweaked the way its iPhone is coded in an effort to freeze out users who jailbreak the company's handsets.
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Acer unveils Android-based 'Liquid' A1

Acer has mixed a dash of Android Donut together with a splash of Qualcomm Snapdragon to create what it hopes will be a market-leading smartphone.
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Twitter tells twitterers 'don't go changing'

Twitterers wanting to prevent the next British Constitutional crisis, or just keep the world informed on today's lunch selection, are advised to hang fire before undergoing any identity crises this week.
Joe Fay, 14 2009
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Child porn threat to airport's 'virtual strip search' scanners

Manchester Airport has rejected claims its new body scanners will fall foul of child pornography laws, claiming that because they use X-rays "they do not make an image".
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The Twitter storm that saved freedom of speech

Comment So was it Twitter what won it? Yesterday, in the wake of a flurry of Twitter and blogosphere outrage, the 'super-injunction' banning the Guardian (and, we should note, everybody else) from reporting details of a parliamentary question effectively collapsed. "A few tweets and freedom of speech is restored," the Graun itself said, while Tory blogger Iain Dale claimed: "Let there be no mistake. This would not have happened without the online engagement through various blogs and Twitter which has happened over the last 18 hours or so."
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Citrix chases VMware with Hyper-V deal

Citrix Systems wants to sell anything it can into shops using VMware server and desktop virtualization tools, but it doesn't want to discount XenServer, XenDesktop, and XenApp licenses. What's a vendor to do? Give away free services and training to customers looking to migrate from VMware, of course.
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Hubble snaps aftermath of galactic pile-up

The Hubble Space Telescope has captured an impressive image demonstrating what happens when two spiral galaxies crash into each other at high speed:
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Try these beans: Business Service Management

Workshop In recent weeks we’ve received plenty of meaty responses in roughly equal measures (positive and negative) to the questions posed in this workshop. For many, service management is seen as simply doing the job properly, regardless of the tools / politics / obtrusive management and so on. Others do what they do but really don’t care or think about what they do in terms of services.
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Farmer fined for ignoring cow's 'psychological needs'

A West Yorks farmer has been slapped with a £150 fine for keeping a cow in a darkened barn and therefore failing to 'meet the psychological needs' of the bovine.
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Hands on with Acer's dual-OS netbook

First Look At an Acer product launch in central London earlier today, Register Hardware got up close and personal with the firm’s first netbook to ship with two operating systems.
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Federal boffins: 'Giant invading snakes' will soon rule USA

Much of the United States - including "urban and suburban areas" - may soon be overrun by a plague of "giant, invasive snakes" capable of "attacking and killing people", according to genuine federal boffins.
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PS3-controlling phone launched in Blighty

Sony Ericsson has finally released the first mobile phone able to control the PlayStation 3. But your pockets had better be deep, because the handset could cost you more than the console itself.
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Google Docs updated with three-headed bug

Google Docs users are having trouble printing, exporting, and importing files, following a recent update to the alleged Microsoft killer.
Cade Metz, 14 2009
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Oracle looks to mobile and iTunes interfaces

OpenWorld 09 Oracle is increasing its focus on mobile and interface construction in the next planned releases of its Java IDE and underlying framework.
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Google unclogs its Postini

Google says it has resolved the email delivery problems that plagued its Postini message management service for several hours yesterday, telling customers that no data was lost.
Cade Metz, 14 2009
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Mozilla service detects insecure Firefox plugins

Mozilla has introduced a service that checks Firefox browser plugins to make sure they don't have known security vulnerabilities or incompatibilities.
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Delta hacked my email, says passenger rights chief

An airline passenger rights advocate is accusing Delta Air Lines of hacking into her computer and e-mail accounts to sabotage her organization's attempts to mandate basic services during flight delays.
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Bloggy thing signals iPhone FM radio

Apple is developing an FM radio application for the iPhone and the iPod touch, according to an anonymous source speaking to a blog.
Cade Metz, 14 2009
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Trojan plunders $480k from online bank account

A Pennsylvania organization that helps develop affordable housing learned a painful lesson about the hazards of online banking using the Windows operating system when a notorious trojan siphoned almost $480,000 from its account.
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45th Mersenne prime revealed

Number-porn lovers rejoice! The most ridiculously long prime number ever discovered has been verified and revealed in all its 12-million-digit glory.
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Intel and the Nehalem bump

That nice little bump in server chip sales that Intel just posted in the third quarter? What happens if that's Chipzilla burning off a lot of pent-up demand for decently performing Xeon processors?
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Michael Dell primps for Microzon's mega data centers

Yes, Dell has hired away IBM's mergers and acquisitions genius. And yes, the PC maker has expanded its arsenal with that $3.9bn acquisition of services giant Perot Systems. But Michael Dell has no intention of transforming the company into a one-stop-shop for the enterprise.
Cade Metz, 14 2009