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Adobe: critical Acrobat flaw fix 4 weeks away

Users of Adobe's Acrobat and Reader programs have a full four weeks to fret over a critical flaw that's being exploited in the wild to install malware on vulnerable machines.
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Nvidia boss: Intel suit to 'transform computer industry'

Nvidia CEO Jen Hsun Huang believes the US Federal Trade Commission's lawsuit against Intel could "completely transform the computer industry."
Cade Metz, 17 2009
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Motorola Milestone

Review Earlier this year, Motorola was doing a very good impression of a company that, if not quite dead in the water, was certainly looking increasingly like shark bait. But then came its Android-powered Dext, with some advanced social networking capabilities and a clutch of high-end features, and the US company suddenly seemed to be back in the race.
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Dell internalises EqualLogic's automated data movement

Comment Dell contacted us when we reported on its 10GbitE product announcements to say that contrary to our first impression, that it did have "auto-data movement between tiers of EqualLogic storage."
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Government lets CCTV watchdog off the leash

The Government has appointed a regulator to oversee the use of CCTV technology amidst growing concerns about surveillance and the effectiveness of the cameras. A minister said he hoped the appointment would "address public concern" about CCTV use.
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The double-edged sword of virtualisation security

Lab A quick search will provide ample warnings of the risks of adding virtualisation technology to the business IT mix without due care and consideration to security.
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Conficker jams up developing interwebs

The infamous Conficker worm has disproportionally affected computer systems in the developing world, according to new research.
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Leaner Symmetrix goes faster

EMC has made its high-end Symmetrix V-Max thinner and faster. It's added 8Gbit/s Fibre Channel and deleted space reclaim features to make it use its capacity more efficiently and get data in and out faster.

Blu-ray boys finish 1080p 3D spec

The Blu-ray Disc Association has completed its specification for standardising the inclusion of stereoscopic 3D content on its optical discs.
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Wireless mics get reduced bureaucracy

UK regulator Ofcom has written to holders of wireless microphone licences explaining how from January 4th new licences will give them the confidence to invest in new kit.
Bill Ray, 17 2009
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Secure USB drive relies on recognising faces

Portable data security has stepped up a notch following one manufacturer’s decision to pair a USB Flash drive with facial recognition technology.
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Stargazers spy super-Earth waterworld

Astronomers from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) say they've spotted a super-Earth waterworld orbiting a red type M star some 40 lightyears from Earth.

Research suggests Wii Fit is no flab fighter

Adults should think twice before considering Wii Fit as a way of shifting those post-Christmas pounds, a University of Minnesota study has hinted.
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How to improve business productivity

On Demand Just 10 days ago we packed the glamorous Reg studios with 3 experts to talk live to our readers about business productivity.
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£500m telecoms deal up for grabs

Buying Solutions has started the procurement process for a new Managed Telecommunications Service.
Kable, 17 2009
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Optimising business comms: Putting the U in UC

Tech Panel The idea of ‘unifying’ corporate communications has been around for ages but it’s hard to get under the skin of something which has often been talked about as a single lump or dismissed as just ‘IP telephony’ or ‘IM’.
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Belkin intros iPhone-to-hi-fi Bluetooth link

Belkin has introduced a handy gadget for owners of iPhones or iPod Touches - and probably any other device that supports Bluetooth's A2DP spec - to stream music to a nearby hi-fi.
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Packard Bell preps Moto GP champ backed PCs

Motorcycle racing fans will soon be able to relive the smell of burning rubber and singed knee pads on their desktop – well, sort of – because Acer offshoot Packard Bell plans to launch a Valentino Rossi PC range.
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'CRU cherrypicked Russian climate data', says Russian

A prominent Russian climate sceptic and free-market economist says that the British HadCRUT global temperature database - much of which has now been released to the public following the "climategate" email scandal - has been manipulated to show greater warming in Russia than is actually the case.
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Senior IT workers caught in bank bonus tax crossfire

Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs has warned senior IT staff in British banks to expect to be hit by the government’s bonus tax.
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BMW uncloaks ActiveE

Leccy Tech BMW has revealed the next step in its leccy car development cycle - the ActiveE.
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Facebook sues social network spammers

Facebook has launched lawsuits against a trio of alleged high profile hijackers and spammers.
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EDS mainframe goes titsup, crashes RBS cheque system

HP managers are reaping the harvest of their deep cost-cutting at EDS, in the form of a massive mainframe failure that crippled some very large clients, including the taxpayer-owned bank RBS.
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Soaraway PC market growth for 2010, says IDC

The world PC market has surged out of its recent doldrums and returned to sustained growth, according to research group IDC, which predicts double-digit gains through 2013.
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RockYou admits security snafu exposed email login details

Social media application developer RockYou has vowed to improve its security and apply encryption following a breach that exposed 32 million user login credentials to hackers.
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Google Fast Flip pulls in more news outlets

The Google news mole burrowed deeper into the dried ink of over 50 media publications yesterday, after it launched Fast Flip three months ago.
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China cages game Trojan hackers

Chinese authorities have sentenced 11 members of a malware gang to long stretches behind bars, after the group was convicted of creating and distributing Trojans designed to steal the login credentials of online gamers.
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Surveying anonymity and the public good

Comment Members of the public are wary of having their data used – even anonymously – for research purposes, whilst researchers are altogether more laid back about the proposition.
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Official: British telly really is almost all repeats

One thing you can say about the rise of digital telly: there are now more repeats shown on British television than at any time since 2003.
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A New Year's call to Apple: publish and be damned

Mac Secrets Please don't imagine that writing for El Reg is a piece of cake, much less a sizable rum-soaked hunk of Stollen with most of the marzipan in it.
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Why buy CDs? It's instant music, stupid

Andrew's Mailbag I recently mused on how the CD was taking an awful long time to die. Susan Boyle has just become the fastest selling CD on Amazon. Now it could be that SuBo is our revenge on any relative who ever bought us a dodgy sweater for Christmas. It's a weapon of mass retaliation. But a lot of people are ensuring the CD endures. Why so, dear readers?
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Ten years of .NET - Did Microsoft deliver?

Microsoft closes The Noughties by trying to keep up with competitors and to remain a top destination for developers by embracing cloud computing and open source. It opened the decade with another massive platform shift, though: the introduction of .NET.
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Sony plots death of Amazon Kindle

Sony - a company that has struggled to establish itself as a dominant player in the world of ebook readers - is anxious to remind you that the ebook market is still in its infancy and that the Amazon Kindle is far from winning the battle. In fact, Steve Haber, president of Sony’s digital reading business division, thinks Jeff Bezos and co. have made some critical mistakes.
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Brando outs retro Bluetooth headset

Skinny Bluetooth headsets that conduct sound through your jawbone are sad, admit it. For some proper office credibility get yourself a retro Bluetooth headset.
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Fasthosts martyrs relive email FAIL (again and again)

Fasthosts email customers endured (yet another) outage this morning, thanks to a glitch in the company's BlueArc storage system.
Cade Metz, 17 2009
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VMware: virtualized SMBs do it better

A new VMware survey says that small biz IT departments that embrace virtualization are more competent than those who don't. Not that you'd expect anything different from VMware.
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Adaptec CEO resigns

Adaptec's CEO is resigning, and the company is up for sale.
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Iraqi insurgents hack US drones with $26 software

Updated Iraqi militants are intercepting sensitive video feeds from US predator drones using $26 off-the-shelf software, and the same technique leaves feeds from most military aircraft vulnerable to snooping, according to published reports.
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Shuttleworth steps down as Canonical CEO

Mark Shuttleworth - the billionaire founder of the Ubuntu Linux project that was started in 2004 and the chief executive officer of Canonical, the company that provides support and services for Ubuntu - is apparently sick of paperwork.
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Google 'in talks' over Googlenetbook

Google has been in talks with at least one hardware manufacturer about a Google-branded Chrome OS netbook, according to internet rumor. And it only stands to reason. We now have the Googlephone. Why not the Googlenetbook?
Cade Metz, 17 2009
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Watchdog files complaint over Facebook 'privacy' settings

The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) has filed a formal complaint with the US Federal Trade Commission over Facebook's recent changes to user privacy settings, claiming the changes are in violation of consumer-protection law.
Cade Metz, 17 2009
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Intel details fresh desktop, mobile 'Cores'

Surprising no one, Intel announced on Thursday that it would be rounding out its Core i3/5/7 mobile and desktop processor lines on January 7 at the upcoming Consumer Electronic Show (CES) in Las Vegas.