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Say hello to Seagate's Pulsar SSD

Seagate has announced its Pulsar solid state drive (SSD) for blade and other format servers, saying it is only the first of several enterprise SSD products.
Chris Mellor, 08 Dec 2009
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IBM beams in Tivoli monitoring from the cloud

IBM has been a busy bee floating chunks of its big, complicated, on-premise IT management software into the cloud in order to woo small- and mid-sized businesses.
Austin Modine, 08 Dec 2009
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Facebook forms board to lick molesters

Facebook has called on a fellowship of web safety organizations to prove that it really doesn't want your dumb kid molested online.
Austin Modine, 08 Dec 2009
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Symantec's bumper bonus bells and whistles

Symantec has boosted its Storage Foundation product to store less duplicate data, integrate with Hyper-V and use solid state storage better. It has also added failover to its Cluster File System
Chris Mellor, 08 Dec 2009
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Google fits Android for visual search Goggles

Google has introduced a new visual-search technology for Android phones, giving it the inevitably cutesy name of Google Goggles.
Rik Myslewski, 08 Dec 2009
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Samsung P2370HD TV-monitor

Review Combo TV-monitors are not a new idea, but all too often what you get is a standard PC monitor with a TV tuner bolted on. Yet with the P2370HD, Samsung has created a fully functional 23in widescreen TV, that’s designed to work just as well as a PC monitor.
Paul Monckton, 08 Dec 2009
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2009's Top Set-top Media Players

Kit of the Year Apple's Apple TV was launched in 2007, but it has taken until 2009 for rivals to really get to grips with the notion of a device you can use to play local and network-connected content on your TV. Too many storage vendors have tried their hand, offering good content capacity but usually accessed through a slow, poor UI. Western Digital got it right by leaving out the storage - you add your own - and getting network connectivity.
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EU rolls out out astroturf guide for consumer laws

Social networking sites and blogs can be governed by the European Union's Unfair Commercial Practices Directive, according to new guidance published by the European Commission.
OUT-LAW.COM, 08 Dec 2009
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Thinking about production scale virtualisation projects?

Webcast From what we can tell, most of you that want to have tried virtualisation of some kind or another – whether it’s dabbling on the desktop, super-charging your servers or apportioning activity to application delivery. But just how many of you have got virtualisation systems running on a production-scale? Our research suggests not that many of you.
Phil Mitchell, 08 Dec 2009
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Patches provided for troublesome Aino, Satio

Updated Sony Ericsson has officially released software updates for its technically troubled Satio 12Mp cameraphone and Aino 'PlayStation' handset.
James Sherwood, 08 Dec 2009
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Surgery fools Japan's fingerprint checks

A Chinese woman arrested in Japan had surgery on her fingers to fool biometric border checks when entering the country.
John Oates, 08 Dec 2009
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PGP disk encrypt approved by MoD for military use

The UK MoD has certified PGP Corporation's whole disk encryption technology as suitable for use on British military computers. However, like most software-only solutions, it has been approved only for machines holding fairly low-level information.
Lewis Page, 08 Dec 2009
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Apple kicks prolific developer out of iTunes shop

Developer Molinker has been kicked out of the iTunes store for posting too many positive reviews, reducing the size of the store by almost one per cent.
Bill Ray, 08 Dec 2009
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Microsoft and NetApp find love in adversity

Comment It wouldn't be surprising if NetApp and Microsoft started collaborating more closely, especially over cloud computing, now that VMware, EMC and Cisco are in a 3-way marriage, and Microsoft is hustling Hyper-V out onto the data centre streets, with Azure following behind.
Chris Mellor, 08 Dec 2009
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Virgin Galactic trumpets SpaceShipTwo

Virgin Galactic yesterday unveiled its SpaceShipTwo (SS2) passenger-carrying rocketplane in a lavish* ceremony at New Mexico's "Spaceport America".
Lester Haines, 08 Dec 2009
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First Android 2.0 smartphone arrives in UK

Motorola's first smartphone running Android 2.0 is now available in the UK.
James Sherwood, 08 Dec 2009
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Apple to appeal after OPTi's $21.7m patent infringement win

Apple has been told to pay OPTi $21.7m in damages after an Eastern Texas Court issued a final judgment in the firm's long-running patent infringement case.
Joe Fay, 08 Dec 2009
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Stanford prof pops lid on paint-on battery tech

Boffins in America have developed a "one-dimensional" nanomaterial liquid which can be painted onto walls or pieces of paper to create working batteries.
Lewis Page, 08 Dec 2009
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Adware touts $1 bribe to prospective zombies

An adware distributor is offering to pay punters $1 to install their crud.
John Leyden, 08 Dec 2009
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Brown launches 'Zip it, Block it, Flag it' net code for children

Prime Minister Gordon Brown will today be launching a new internet safety strategy for children and young people, drawn up by an unprecedented coalition of Government, industry and charities at the first the UK Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS) Summit in London today.
Jane Fae , 08 Dec 2009
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The Economics of Virtualisation

Lab Virtualisation is clearly one of IT’s great fashions, and as such continues to attract huge amounts of interest. Unlike many technology-based fashions - and we can all remember quite a few - virtualisation solutions are being deployed in anger in many areas, especially in the world of x86 servers. As is well appreciated, getting budget approval for any project can be problematic - so just how do the economics of “virtualisation” stack up?
Tony Lock, 08 Dec 2009
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CrunchPad gets JooJoo eyeballed

The manufacturer of the late CrunchPad has revealed the device as it stands. It now goes under the name JooJoo and is ready for pre-ordering, despite the lack of details or launch date.
Bill Ray, 08 Dec 2009
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Swindon twins with Walt Disney World

The picturesque Wiltshire town of Swindon has beaten 24 less magical UK locations to become the first real-world twin of Florida's Walt Disney World.
Lester Haines, 08 Dec 2009
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3D BD spec due H2 2010, says AMD

The Blu-ray Disc Association's specification for incorporating stereoscopic 3D content on Blu-ray media, won't appear until the second half of 2010, AMD has said.
Tony Smith, 08 Dec 2009
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Nokia sinks flagship store

Nokia is to close its 'flagship' Regent Street showcase, a few yards along from Apple's premier London Store, after two years.
Andrew Orlowski, 08 Dec 2009
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Bonuses all round for failing Border Agency

The UK Border Agency is paying out £295,000 in bonuses to senior staff despite its ongoing struggle with a backlog of thousands of mystery cases.
John Oates, 08 Dec 2009
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Tory peers to protect kids from anuses

Lord Mandelson's Digital Economy Bill, we're told, is about "equipping the UK to compete and lead in the global digital economy". If two Conservative peers get their way though, its also about censoring breasts, buttocks and anuses.
Team Register, 08 Dec 2009
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Walking With Dinosaurs star goes walkabout

Oz's Walking With Dinosaurs touring show is one star short today after someone made off with a 1.5m-tall remote-controlled beast as the show opened in Guadalajara, Mexico.
Lester Haines, 08 Dec 2009
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Acer Aspire 5738DZG 3D 15.6in notebook

Review Despite its obvious appeal, 3D hasn’t really taken off as far as computers are concerned. However, things seem to be picking up pace of late, and Acer is the latest to get in on the game with what it claims is the world’s first 3D-capable laptop.
Will Stapley, 08 Dec 2009
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Wind River takes Android commercial

Embedded specialist Wind River has launched a validated version of Google's Android platform, bringing revenue generation to the open-source model.
Bill Ray, 08 Dec 2009
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FAST takes its sweet time

EMC has announced the first deliveries of its FAST (fully-automated storage tiering) technology to move lumps of storage between solid state drives (SSD) and spinning disk in its high-end, mid-range and iSCSI/filer arrays.
Chris Mellor, 08 Dec 2009
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NASA aims for Friday WISE up

NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, aka WISE, is scheduled to blast off on Friday from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on its mission to "scan the entire sky in infrared light with a sensitivity hundreds of times greater than ever before".
Lester Haines, 08 Dec 2009
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Android 2.0: what to expect

You don't want to find stale donuts in your local patisserie, you want the freshest treats available. Likewise, you want the latest, most up-to-date smartphone operating system which, in the case of Android, means choosing Éclair.
James Sherwood, 08 Dec 2009
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China executes securities trader over $9.52m fraud

Chinese authorities have executed a securities trader found guilty of embezzlement to the tune of $9.52m.
Joe Fay, 08 Dec 2009
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Ruggedised botnets pushing out even more spam

Cybercrooks have adapted to the takedown of rogue ISPs by building more resilient botnets.
John Leyden, 08 Dec 2009
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SecureWorks snaps up dns

Security firm SecureWorks has acquired UK-based managed security services and consulting outfit dns. Terms of the deal, announced Tuesday, were undisclosed.
John Leyden, 08 Dec 2009
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E-Commerce defence thwarts online libel case

A newspaper publisher was not liable for user comments posted after an online article and will not have to pay out libel damages, the High Court has ruled.
OUT-LAW.COM, 08 Dec 2009
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'We must all stop washing to save the planet'

Analysis A "world-renowned expert on carbon emissions" has stated that Western consumers must avoid five "eco crimes" committed every day in order to save the world. Dr Dave Reay's main assertion, in fact, is that we should stop washing so much - but the national press has chosen rather to highlight his assertion that drinking instant coffee is better for the environment than filter.
Lewis Page, 08 Dec 2009
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Bada smartphone to debut H1 2010

The first smartphone based on Samsung’s Bada OS will arrive during the first half of 2010, the company has confirmed.
James Sherwood, 08 Dec 2009
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M'Lordships to save FM radio?

Two members of the House of Lords have tabled amendments to the Digital Britain bill, urging Ofcom to consider the effects of the proposed digital radio switchover on analogue listeners and community stations.
Andrew Orlowski, 08 Dec 2009
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Microsoft and NetApp pledge true love, for 3 years

Microsoft and NetApp have struck a 3-year strategic alliance centred on virtualised server environments and technology integration.
Chris Mellor, 08 Dec 2009
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Israel tests biometric database

The Israeli Knesset has voted in favour of a bill for a compulsory biometric database of all citizens.
John Oates, 08 Dec 2009
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PS3 to support data transfer

Sony has outlined the main features of its latest PlayStation firmware update, which includes a data transfer application.
James Sherwood, 08 Dec 2009
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Google sues alleged work-at-home scammers

Google has sued to stop what it called "a widespread internet advertising scam" being pushed by a Utah company that allegedly used the search engine's trademark when offering work-at-home opportunities.
Dan Goodin, 08 Dec 2009
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Koobface worm dons tinsel to snag seasonally-affected marks

Festive miscreants have begun using Xmas-themed lures to push the Koobface worm.
John Leyden, 08 Dec 2009
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Cisco vows return of big borging

Cisco boss John Chambers is confident the world economy has recovered enough for a renewed push into new markets.
Austin Modine, 08 Dec 2009
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Google betas Chrome for Mac, Linux

Google (finally) released beta versions of its Chrome browser for Mac and Linux on Tuesday, along with over 300 extensions for Windows and Linux.
Rik Myslewski, 08 Dec 2009
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Intel Larrabee letdown leaves HPC to Nvidia's Fermi

Comment Intel has never been particularly precise about what its "Larrabee" graphics chips were, so it is difficult to be sure how disappointed we should all be. And considering the company's track record outside of the x86 and x64 chip racket - its failed networking business and Itanium are but two examples of its woes - it's hard to say what to expect from Intel when, and if, it finally markets discrete graphics chips that can also be used as number-crunching co-processors for servers and workstations.
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Jaguar stumbles on stairway to Google cloud

In October, Google rolled out UK vehicle maker Jaguar Land Rover as a corporate poster child for the much-debated switch to Google Apps, its Microsoft-battling suite of web-based businessware. But according to employees, Jaguar's initial migration from Microsoft Exchange to the so-called Google cloud didn't quite go as planned.
Cade Metz, 08 Dec 2009
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Media monsters float co-op ebook 'storefront'

A quintet of publishing heavyweights have come together to develop a "digital storefront" for the delivery of media to portable devices.
Rik Myslewski, 08 Dec 2009
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Cisco: We're not a smartphone maker

Cisco isn't interested in competing against Apple or Research in Motion by selling a smartphone of its own, the company's CEO John Chambers said on Tuesday.
Austin Modine, 08 Dec 2009