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Stalker video peepholed ESPN bombshell

A Chicago man who stalked ESPN reporter Erin Andrews across the United States managed to secretly videotape America's sexiest sportscaster in the nude twice, federal prosecutors said Wednesday.
Dan Goodin, 19 Nov 2009
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National Security Agency beefed Win 7 defenses

The National Security Agency helped Microsoft harden Windows 7 against attacks and is providing similar assistance to Apple, Sun Microsystems and Red Hat too, an agency official said.
Dan Goodin, 19 Nov 2009
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IBM greases mainframe app pipe

IBM is sweeping cobwebs off big iron with a host of new software products and updates aimed at streamlining maintenance and squeezing more workloads out of the System z mainframe.
Austin Modine, 19 Nov 2009
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DWP IT contractors in strike ballot

HP contractors working for the Department for Work and Pensions will vote on whether to strike over job losses and pay.
Kable, 19 Nov 2009
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Fedora 12 - it's a horse, not a camel

Review The Fedora Project has announced the latest version of its popular open source Linux distribution. Nicknamed Constantine, Fedora 12 has quite a few impressive new features and demonstrates that the project has gained a renewed sense of direction.
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US, China play footsie with joint space mission

The United States and China have agreed to step up discussions on cooperative space exploration, as both countries separately pursue ambitious plans to send a manned mission to the Moon by around 2020.
Austin Modine, 19 Nov 2009
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Crypto pioneer and security chief exits Sun

Crypto pioneer and Sun Microsystems' veteran chief security officer Whitfield Diffie has left the company, with database-giant Oracle's acquisition still in the air.
Gavin Clarke, 19 Nov 2009
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Google remaps Earth for iPhone

Review Google has released a major update to its Google Earth iPhone app, boosting it a full point to 2.0.
Rik Myslewski, 19 Nov 2009
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Nuke labs show the future of hybrid computing

SC09 The Hybrid Multicore Consortium is on a mission that perhaps all of computing - on the desktop and in the data center - will one day embark on: making hybrid computing architectures as easy to program and use as monolithic platforms have been.
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IoSafe Solo disaster-proof drive

Review The IoSafe Solo USB drive is a robust storage device that promises to protect precious data in the event of a fire or flood. It uses patented technology to surround the 3.5in Sata hard disk with both waterproof and fireproof barriers, as well as an innovative cooling mechanism.
David Poyner, 19 Nov 2009
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No Freeview HD kit in time for launch, warns telly exec

It's now clear that you'll need a new TV or set-top box (STB) to pick up Freeview HD. However, Register Hardware has learned that compatible kit won’t arrive in Blighty in time for the service’s debut early next month.
James Sherwood, 19 Nov 2009
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The Register's threat predictions for 2010

Webcast Find out what threats lie in wait for your business throughout 2010 and how to avoid them, with this free to view audio slideshow from The Register, in association with MessageLabs.
Team Register, 19 Nov 2009
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Queen's Speech slammed by small biz

Small business groups were less than impressed with Gordon Brown's fantasy list of what he would do in the unlikely event that he is re-elected as Prime Minister.
John Oates, 19 Nov 2009
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Arriva cellphone tickets let mobiles keep you mobile

Passengers travelling on an Arriva bus can now pay with a wave of their mobile phone, without recourse to NFC, RFID, or any equally high-tech solutions.
Bill Ray, 19 Nov 2009
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Arkansas cop tasers 10-year-old girl

An Arkansas cop has been suspended after tasering a ten-year-old girl who repeatedly "screamed, kicked and resisted" when her mother attempted to get her to have a shower before bed.
Lester Haines, 19 Nov 2009
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Infrastructure convergence - The two sides of the coin

Comment Let’s be fair – IT isn’t the only industry fraught with jargon, but it can certainly hold its head up high among the leaders in the field of gobbledygook.
Jon Collins, 19 Nov 2009
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Toshiba plans new enterprise: High capacity 3.5-inch HDDs

Toshiba is planning to enter the high-capacity enterprise 3.5-inch hard disk drive market.
Chris Mellor, 19 Nov 2009
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When algorithms attack, does Google hear you scream?

Analysis One day in June 2006, search startup Foundem vanished from Google. Foundem is the developer of a "universal vertical search" technology, and currently offers comparison shopping across a range of consumer and travel categories by drilling down into vendor sites and returning details of actual flights and products. But on 26 June 2006, Google flipped a switch and all of the obvious comparison shopping keywords no longer applied for the company.
John Lettice, 19 Nov 2009
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North England to replace satanic mills with iPhone app factories

Offical boosters for the North of England have been looking at iPhone development, and published a guide for entrepreneurial Northerners on how to get their apps noticed.
Bill Ray, 19 Nov 2009
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'Hybridisation' tech to quintuple battery life

Most of us these days find battery life an annoying issue, as our increasingly puissant personal gadgetry uses juice faster and faster. Few, however, find batteries as troublesome as modern-day soldiers do - burdened as they are with lasers, optics, radios, monocle displays and other electronic paraphernalia.
Lewis Page, 19 Nov 2009
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iPhone gets NFC hook-up

iPhone owners lamenting the lack of NFC capability can now plug in the iCarte from Wireless Dynamics, providing short-range wireless at the cost of a little extra length.
Bill Ray, 19 Nov 2009
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Apple iPad to get OLED screen

Apple's much anticipated iPad won't appear until the second half of 2010 - but at least the delayed model will come with a 9.7in OLED display rather than an LCD.
Tony Smith, 19 Nov 2009
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Atlantis specialists set for ISS spacewalk

Space shuttle Atlantis mission specialists Mike Foreman and Robert Satcher will later today step outside the International Space Station for the first of three STS-129 mission spacewalks.
Lester Haines, 19 Nov 2009
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Palin claims webmail hack disrupted GOP campaign

Sarah Palin has described the hack of her webmail account as the "most disruptive" event in her campaign to become US vice president last year.
John Leyden, 19 Nov 2009
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Hi-tech Silly Putty reformed as gadget protector

What is the best way to protect your laptop or smartphone? By covering them in bubble wrap? Or by restricting their use only to well-padded areas? No. A hi-tech Silly Putty is your best bet, according to manufacturer Tech21.
James Sherwood, 19 Nov 2009
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NetApp doubles profits ahead of Fujitsu love-in

NetApp recorded more than doubled profits for its second fiscal 2010 quarter, out-performing its largest competitors and beating its own plans and Wall Street’s expectations alike.
Chris Mellor, 19 Nov 2009
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New 'reversible' paralysis-ray turns victims blue, flaccid

Canadian boffins say they have developed a fearsome paralysis ray technology which caused test animals zapped with it to "turn blue and become paralysed". The effect is claimed to be "reversible", but is often fatal.
Lewis Page, 19 Nov 2009
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MySpace recruits Imeem band member

MySpace, the yesterday-man of social networking sites, has reportedly bought Imeem for an undisclosed sum.
Kelly Fiveash, 19 Nov 2009
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Modern Warfare 2 sets second sales record

Videogame publisher Activison has claimed a second sales record for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, based on the game’s five-day global “sell-through” figure.
James Sherwood, 19 Nov 2009
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How blogger kept Belle de Jour's ID secret

British blogger Darren Shrubsole has revealed how he used a GoogleWhack and IP tracking to create an early warning system for the anonymity of sex worker and writer Belle de Jour, who was outed in the press this week.
John Oates, 19 Nov 2009
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Casio casts ultra-slim 'freezeproof' compact

Blighty’s winter mornings can get rather cold, so if you insist on taking pictures of frozen flowers and iced-up lakes then at least Casio is here to help with a super-slim “freezeproof” compact camera.
James Sherwood, 19 Nov 2009
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Ofcom talks to spook firm on filesharing snoop plan

Exclusive Ofcom has held talks over a monitoring system that would peer inside filesharing traffic to determine the level of copyright infringement, in preparation for new laws designed to protect the music, film and software industries.
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Parents demand control over text messaging

More than 90 per cent of parents want more control over their sprog's texting habits, and would buy more phones if they had it.
Bill Ray, 19 Nov 2009
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Sony Bravia KDL-46W5810 46in LCD TV

Review The W5810 range represents Sony’s first move into the Freesat market, allowing you to sample the delights of true HD broadcasting without coughing up any extra cash for a Blu-ray player or Sky HD subscription.
Cliff Joseph, 19 Nov 2009
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Downfall writer praises Hitler rant net meme

The writer of 2004 German film Downfall has described as "tremendously amusing" the plethora of parodies featuring a ranting Hitler reacting angrily to various topical bad tidings - including the news he's been banned from Xbox Live, and Frank Lampard is signing for Inter Milan.
Lester Haines, 19 Nov 2009
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ISA report reveals email security lapse

The Independent Safeguarding Authority's first annual report reveals that it sent an email with confidential data to the wrong address.
Kable, 19 Nov 2009
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Japan claims latest long distance e-car record

Leccy Tech A Japanese e-car has set a new world record for the longest distance travelled on a single charge, travelling the 345 miles from Tokyo to Osaka without pulling over to re-charge.
Alun Taylor, 19 Nov 2009
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Spanish payment breach prompts huge German card recall

German authorities have recalled more than 100,000 credit cards over fears that crooks may have obtained details of the cards via an unnamed Spanish payment processing firm.
John Leyden, 19 Nov 2009
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Judge batters Bluebeat with injunction over Beatles downloads

An LA judge has slapped an injunction on the Californian website that was flogging downloads of the Beatles catalogue at 25 cents a pop.
Joe Fay, 19 Nov 2009
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HP workers eye walkout over engineer jobs dispute

Updated Hewlett-Packard workers have voted in favour of strike action in the UK, following a ballot among members of the Unite union who complained about 150 customer engineers being shunted over to a subsidiary company.
Kelly Fiveash, 19 Nov 2009
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Sony Ericsson goes web crazy

Sony Ericsson has decided web applications are the way of the future, with a new SDK and emulators enabling the development of cross-platform applications.
Bill Ray, 19 Nov 2009
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US flights suffering nationwide delays

The Federal Aviation Administration has blamed a computer glitch for flight delays across the US today.
John Oates, 19 Nov 2009
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Boffins try to get closer to hot bodies

Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have found a way of of increasing the amount of energy that can harvested from a hot body*. If the discovery lives up to the hype then it could possibly pave the way to devices that can use waste heat as a power source.
Pratik Desai, 19 Nov 2009
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US monster-truck roboguns to blast enemies autonomously

Military boffins in the US are now equipping a small fleet of armoured lorries with automatic defensive weapons which can detect incoming antitank rockets and shoot them down in mid-air before they strike, meanwhile retaliating upon the enemy gunmen with devastating firepower - all without human input.
Lewis Page, 19 Nov 2009
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Santa menaced by sex offender postie

The US Postal Service has pulled the plug on a Santa Claus letter service which has run since 1954.
John Oates, 19 Nov 2009
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Qualcomm's nifty Skifta home P2P

A 6 man "startup" was one of the highlights of Qualcomm's first European R&D showcase today. Skifta is a private P2P network for media sharing - much like Orb. There's a small daemon that runs on Linux, Mac or PC and this sprays music, photos and other movies around different devices such as games consoles, TVs, your mobile or work PC.
Andrew Orlowski, 19 Nov 2009
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Will Ferrell is Hollywood's most over-rated overpaid star

Will Ferrell has landed Forbes' "Most Overpaid Star" honour, topping a list of names who sometimes "cost more than their box office worth".
Lester Haines, 19 Nov 2009
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California votes in HD TV power pruning law

Legislators in California have voted to exterminate overly energy-hungry TVs, creating a law that insists the state’s tellies meet strict energy consumption standards.
James Sherwood, 19 Nov 2009
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'Banned' Xbox Live consoles appearing on eBay

Microsoft’s decision to ban gamers from Xbox Live as punishment for allegedly modifying their consoles has spurred many to simply sell their Xbox 360s through eBay, it has emerged.
James Sherwood, 19 Nov 2009
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IBM squishes systems software into new business unit

As is usually the case at IBM, the official convergence is often announced long after various product lines were already well on their way toward a confluence behind the scenes. And so it is with a new unit of Big Blue's Systems and Technology Group, which put all of its operating systems and hypervisor virtualization software under the control of one group back in early September, but is just talking about it now.
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NJ teen jailed over Scientology DDoS

A New Jersey teenager convicted of participating in a denial of service attack against the Church of Scientology has been jailed for a year.
John Leyden, 19 Nov 2009
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FCC approves radio mast 'shot clock' rule

The FCC has agreed that local authorities must approve or deny applications for new radio towers within 150 days, or 90 days for additional kit on existing towers.
Bill Ray, 19 Nov 2009
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AOL appeals for 2,500 job axe volunteers

AOL has asked 2,500 workers to volunteer for redundancy packages at the ailing web firm.
Kelly Fiveash, 19 Nov 2009
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Scareware tool dumps smut on Windows PCs

Rogue anti-virus slingers are getting even sneakier. Instead of offering to clean up non-existent malware threats as per the traditional approach, one rogue scanner offers to clean up images of porn it claims to have found on a prospective mark's PC.
John Leyden, 19 Nov 2009
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Google open sources flash-happy Chrome OS

Updated It's a big week for Microsoft. Which means Google has made a point of spotlighting a product designed to undercut its Redmond arch rival.
Cade Metz, 19 Nov 2009
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Users howl as Fedora 12 gives root to unwashed masses

Updated This story was updated about 11 hours after it was published to reflect that Fedora developers have reversed course. Operating system users once again will be required to enter a root password before installing software packages.
Dan Goodin, 19 Nov 2009
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Intel invests in exafloppy future

Intel has announced that it is joining forces with a trio of French institutions to create a European research center focused on the development of supercomputers with exaflop-level performance.
Rik Myslewski, 19 Nov 2009
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Google adds automatic captions to YouTube

Google is adding new technology to YouTube that can automatically add text captions to videos using speech recognition.
Austin Modine, 19 Nov 2009
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Why Microsoft's IE 9 will frustrate standards fans

PDC Performance and standards look like dominating work on Microsoft's next version of Internet Explorer.
Gavin Clarke, 19 Nov 2009
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Write haiku, win home server

Intel and Microsoft want to give you a home server in exchange for 17 syllables of poetic artistry.
Rik Myslewski, 19 Nov 2009
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Al Gore entertains the supercomputer troops

SC09 Former vice president and Nobel Prize winner Al Gore did his self-deprecating politician and climate change champion routine as a keynote for the HPC (high performance computing) faithful at the SC09 trade show in Portland, Oregon, this morning and did his best to get the HPC community fired up about the job they need to do to help normal people (as well as politicians) see and understand that we need to address climate change by changing our energy, transportation, water, and agriculture systems.