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Apple's Q4 'most profitable quarter ever'

Apple has once again run the recession's undershorts up the flagpole during its fiscal fourth quarter 2009.
Austin Modine, 20 Oct 2009
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MPAA chief set for September exit

The chairman and CEO of Motion Picture Association of America, Dan Glickman, will exit stage left when his contract ends this September.
Austin Modine, 20 Oct 2009
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Internet Archive uncloaks open ebook dream machine

The Internet Archive and various like-minded partners have launched an open architecture for selling and lending digital books online, an effort to consolidate the fledgling market for net texts - and give Google a little food for thought.
Cade Metz, 20 Oct 2009
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Data Domain soups up products

Data Domain has replaced its 500-series mid-range and 120 entry-level deduplication products with new ones.
Chris Mellor, 20 Oct 2009
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Samsung Tocco Lite budget touchscreen phone

Review Having scored considerable touchscreen success with its debut Tocco F480, Samsung has been understandably keen to extend its Tocco-branded portfolio – first with the Tocco Ultra Edition GT-S8300 numberpad-packing slider/touchscreen combo, and now with a budget version, the Tocco Lite GT-S5230, also known as the Star in some territories.
Phil Lattimore, 20 Oct 2009
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News archives can lose libel protection as stories change

A newspaper which continued to publish a defamatory article on its website after its subject was cleared in an investigation lost its right to claim a special journalistic defence against libel, the High Court has said.
OUT-LAW.COM, 20 Oct 2009
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Wikileaks publishes BNP 'member list' (again)

Updated The BNP's "membership list" has been leaked for the second time in a year, it's claimed today.
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Astronomers spy 32 new exoplanets

The European Southern Observatory (ESO) has announced its discovery of 32 new exoplanets - a bountiful harvest of new worlds to conclude the initial five-year phase of its High Accuracy Radial Velocity Planet Searcher (HARPS) planet-sniffing programme.
Lester Haines, 20 Oct 2009
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Brussels lights way ahead for Euro book digi library

The European Union has promised a rapid reaction to the threat posed to Europe's cultural heritage by Google Books, deploying the twin weapons of a "stakeholder dialogue" and an impact assessment.
Joe Fay, 20 Oct 2009
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West Antarctic ice loss overestimated by NASA sats

Scientists using a network of ground sensors emplaced in Antarctica say that NASA satellites have overestimated the amount of ice that is melting and running off into the ocean from the polar continent.
Lewis Page, 20 Oct 2009
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SGI gets OEM on BlueArc's Mercury

SGI is OEM'ing rebranded BlueArc NAS products in its InfiniteStorage line.
Chris Mellor, 20 Oct 2009
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Watchphone winging its way to BlackBerry users?

BlackBerry handsets could soon gain a wristwatch accessory if there's something to the online publication of images of a so-called “smartwatch” for the Research in Motion phone range.
James Sherwood, 20 Oct 2009
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Google gives Voice users ability to not share their messages

Google was forced into some quick tweaking of Google Voice last month after users spotted that transcripts of voicemail messages were being served up in search results.
Team Register, 20 Oct 2009
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Blogging vicar casts Tina Turner into hell

A blogging Tunbridge Wells vicar has caused a bit of a brouhaha by roundly condemning secular cremations where the dearly departed can expect nothing better than "a poem from nan combined with a saccharine message from a pop star before being popped in the oven with no hope of resurrection".*
Lester Haines, 20 Oct 2009
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Toilet texting not a faux pas, declares Intel

Intel has published a helpful guide to mobile use during the holidays, ruling that Americans believe it's rude to surf the web at the dinner table, but OK to slip off to the john for a swift Google.
Joe Fay, 20 Oct 2009
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ITV reaches for remote by cutting loose techies

Techies at ITV face an uncertain future after the company's management told staff about plans to "rationalise" and "centralise" the team as well as outsource some IT services.
Kelly Fiveash, 20 Oct 2009
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Adam Curtis uncovers the secrets of Helmand

Documentary filmmaker Adam Curtis is trying something new on the web. It's unearthing a secret, patchwork history that reads like a novel. It's about Afghanistan, and what he calls "our dreams of Afghanistan, and their dreams of us".
Andrew Orlowski, 20 Oct 2009

Software update spikes certain Freesat set-top boxes

A software update for Goodmans, Bush and Grundig Freesat set-top boxes that has caused owners widespread viewing problems could be fixed within hours.
James Sherwood, 20 Oct 2009
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Office 2010 beta coming next month

Microsoft plans to shove a Office 2010 public beta out the door in November.
Kelly Fiveash, 20 Oct 2009
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Freecom Hard Drive XS

Review Freecom appears to be taking a leap out of LaCie's book. Once known for cheap but plain looking storage products, Freecom has been bitten by the design bug.
Tony Smith, 20 Oct 2009
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EU says 3G on GSM now the law

The European Union claims to have cleared the path for an expansion of wireless broadband across Europe and saved the economy by officially mandating the opening up of the GSM band for new mobile services.
Team Register, 20 Oct 2009
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New police crime-mapping system crashes on first outing

The shiny new police crime-mapping system popped up yesterday – and promptly fell back down again.
Jane Fae , 20 Oct 2009
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Ares I-X trundles to launchpad

NASA's Ares I-X test rocket is currently trundling towards Launch Pad 39B at Kennedy Space Centre ahead of a slated 27 October first test flight.
Lester Haines, 20 Oct 2009
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Overland hurls PwC auditors overboard

Overland Storage management seems to have taken exception to PricewaterhouseCoopers' auditing of its accounts and fired the firm.
Chris Mellor, 20 Oct 2009
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UK.gov's G Cloud may have security silver lining

Information security experts have said the government can take advantage of the G Cloud project to improve practices in the field.
Kable, 20 Oct 2009
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Spycatchers accuse nuke boffin of selling secrets to 'Mossad'

A senior US government satellite scientist has been arrested for attempted espionage after being caught in a complex sting operation targeting his links to Israel.
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BBC Trust boots 'Open iPlayer' plans into touch

The BBC Trust has shelved a plan that would have allowed broadcasters such as Channel 4, ITV and Five to share the Beeb's iPlayer.
Kelly Fiveash, 20 Oct 2009
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'Unbreakable' 6in bendy e-paper designed

Taiwanese manufacturer AU Optronics (AUO) has designed a supposedly unbreakable 6in e-paper screen that could go on sale next year.
James Sherwood, 20 Oct 2009
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Barnes & Noble whips out Nook e-reader

Details of Barnes and Noble's electronic reader hit the internet today ahead of the device's expected launch.
Team Register, 20 Oct 2009
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Call of Duty PC gamers peeved as dedicated servers ditched

Call of Duty developer, Infinity Ward, has announced that multiplayer Modern Warfare 2 games on the PC will now run through online matchmaking service IWNet.
James Sherwood, 20 Oct 2009
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What is it about supporting remote workers?

Mini Poll Thanks for your feedback on this week's workshop topic, which could loosely be defined as 'remote desktop support' but actually translates more into 'trying to explain how to put out a fire using a periscope, tin can and string'.
Martin Atherton, 20 Oct 2009
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Microsoft 'restores' Sidekick contacts, sort of

Microsoft has told Sidekick customers who lost their data following an extremely humiliating server breakdown that some contacts have now been restored.
Kelly Fiveash, 20 Oct 2009
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Philips GoGear Muse

Review Philips' media player range has been undergoing something of a renaissance of late. Both its Spark and Opus players struck us as a thoroughly respectable little devices that sounded good, worked well and represented decent value. Now Philips has released the Muse and, even from a cursory glance at the spec sheet, it is clear that Philips has raised its game.
Alun Taylor, 20 Oct 2009
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AMD revs Athlons for Windows 7 assault

In the rush to catch the PC upgrade tsunami that may or may not materialize after the Windows 7 earthquake this Thursday, chip seller Advanced Micro Devices has had its wafer baker, GlobalFoundries, cook up new Athlon II processors for mainstream desktop PCs.
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Much ado about IBM's mainframe monopoly

Comment The business and trade press has been abuzz with the news that the US Department of Justice had opened up an investigation of IBM's monopolistic practices with regard to the mainframe market.
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Scareware Mr Bigs enjoy 'low risk' crime bonanza

RSA Europe 2009 Cybercriminals are growing rich by franchising out scareware distribution operations.
John Leyden, 20 Oct 2009

Apple Store down - new cultware coming?

Apple has taken the Apple Store down for maintenance, which is generally an indication that new products are on the way.
Austin Modine, 20 Oct 2009
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Bond's Dr. No dies at 91

Joseph Wiseman, the stage and screen actor who played the title role in "Dr. No," the first James Bond film, has died at the age of 91.
Cade Metz, 20 Oct 2009
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IBM slides Voltaire's 10 GE switches into HPC clusters

Back in June, InfiniBand and now 10 Gigabit Ethernet switch maker Voltaire announced its first 10 GE switch, the Vantage 8500. Today, Voltaire begins shipping the box, and it has inked a reseller agreement with server maker IBM to help peddle it.
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Top NASA scientist busted for leaking satellite intel

A former NASA scientist who helped discover evidence of water on the moon has been arrested on charges he tried to sell Israel classified information about US military satellite systems.
Dan Goodin, 20 Oct 2009
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Apple preempts Win 7 with fresh iMacs, Macbooks

Apple has announced a major overhaul of its iMacs, a new unibody white Macbook, and updated Mac Minis for its holiday lineup. The Cupertino company also unveiled a new wireless multitouch mouse featuring a completely touch-sensitive top side.
Austin Modine, 20 Oct 2009
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Data collector charged $275,000 for leaking personal data

One of world's biggest collectors of consumer data has agreed to pay $275,000 after federal authorities accused it of exposing the personal information of 13,750 people.
Dan Goodin, 20 Oct 2009
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Fedora 12 beta code is go

Red Hat has announced the first and only beta of its next Linux development release, Fedora 12.
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IBM and Canonical pitch Ubuntu + cloud package at US firms

With the imminent release of Windows 7, IBM and Canonical are clasping hands to sell an Ubuntu Linux- and Lotus-based desktop package to US businesses targeting low-end PCs and netbooks.
Austin Modine, 20 Oct 2009
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Sun slashes (another) 3,000 jobs

Sun Microsystems doesn't want to talk to anyone anymore unless it has permission from Oracle, but the Securities and Exchange Commission has funny rules about disclosure that mean it has to tell investors - the ones who still own Sun's shares - what it is up to. And this afternoon, after Wall Street closed, Sun filed a report with the SEC saying that it was slashing jobs as it awaits the closure of the acquisition of the company by Oracle.
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iPhones and social networking add to IT security headaches

RSA Europe 2009 The flood of consumer devices such as iPhones into the enterprise and workers giving away snippets of potential sensitive information via social networking sites have emerged as new threats in the information security landscape.
John Leyden, 20 Oct 2009
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Yahoo! profits! soar! on! falling! revenues!

Google says the worst of the economic meltdown is behind us. But Yahoo!'s take on the matter is a bit more guarded. After its revenues took another dip during the third quarter, dropping 12 per cent year-on-year, the best Carol Bartz and company can say is that the economy is "loosening-up a bit."
Cade Metz, 20 Oct 2009
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Man posed as teen lesbian to snare girl's nude photos

A Maryland man has admitted he posed as a teenage lesbian to trick a 15-year-old girl he met online into sending him sexually explicit photos.
Dan Goodin, 20 Oct 2009
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Barnes & Noble's ebook reader takes its bow

To the surprise of no one, Barnes & Noble has unveiled a $259 Android-based ebook reader known as the Nook.
Cade Metz, 20 Oct 2009
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Auto thief foiled by guardian satellite

A 21-year-old man was arrested Sunday after the 2009 Chevrolet Tahoe he is accused of carjacking was electronically disabled as he sped away from two police cruisers.
Dan Goodin, 20 Oct 2009
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Fedora 12 polishes Linux for netbooks

Review The Fedora Project has released the first beta of Fedora 12, the next major revision of the Fedora Linux line, and though it's still a work in progress, there are already some standout features, including a much improved power management system and support for the Moblin project, Intel's effort to make Linux work better on netbooks and mobile devices.