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Apple sits on critical Mac bug for 7 months (and counting)

Researchers have disclosed a critical vulnerability in the latest version of Mac OS X that they say Apple has sat on for almost seven months without fixing.
Dan Goodin, 12 Jan 2010
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Microsoft Office 2007 migration aches foreshadow 2010

It has been predicted Microsoft's Office 2010 will cause migration headaches, but for some, the pain is already here.
Gavin Clarke, 12 Jan 2010
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Google leaks small biz stats to random people

Google has inadvertently leaked web traffic data for multiple small businesses to random third-parties across the web.
Cade Metz, 12 Jan 2010
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Say hello to Maxell-branded hard drives

Hitachi Maxell is turning itself into an external hard drive supplier with a GEN branded line of products.
Chris Mellor, 12 Jan 2010
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Twitter hunts app-making, security-boosting techies

Twitter is looking to hire engineers that will enable it to develop revenue-generating services and improve its security.
John Leyden, 12 Jan 2010
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Microsoft offers Oracle-phobes MySQL migration tool

In the past, Microsoft has worked hard to improve the Window performance of open-source database MySQL, hoping to stop the deployment drain from Windows to Linux. But now, Microsoft has released early software to help bring MySQL users into the closed-source company's database fold.
Gavin Clarke, 12 Jan 2010
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TVonics DTR-HV250 DVR

Review British Freeview box maker TVonics currently eschews the dark arts of HDTV or satellite content and seems content to plough its own furrow providing well made and easy to use Freeview and Freeview+ devices. This equipment is aimed more at the man in the street or tech fanatic's mum, than tech fanatics themselves.
Alun Taylor, 12 Jan 2010
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Brown offers free laptops to deprived UK schoolkids

Free laptops with broadband access will be dished out to more than a quarter of a million UK households to help kids from cash-strapped families do better in exams, said Prime Minister Gordon Brown yesterday.
Kelly Fiveash, 12 Jan 2010
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Naked scans: Net cries nude-o-geddon

The proliferation of airport body scanners will spark a flurry of low-grade porn, internet conspiracy theorists claimed last week.
Jane Fae , 12 Jan 2010
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Small biz sees signs of recession ending

Small business group the British Chamber of Commerce sees some signs of the recession ending, but warns the recovery is still a fragile beast.
John Oates, 12 Jan 2010
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Delivering and deploying software for virtualisation

Lab To date, much of the outside attention on virtualisation has fallen on the infrastructure side of the equation – that is, what’s the impact of adding such a software layer to physical machines etc. etc. But, as we discussed in our recent webcast, as the thinking moves beyond the pilot phase for virtualisation, then the spotlight falls on the more important bit – the software to be run within the virtual machines.
Jon Collins, 12 Jan 2010
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Emulex posts higher than expected results...

Emulex has announced preliminary results almost 20 per cent higher than expected just as testers confirmed its FCoE adapter goes three times as fast as QLogic's.
Chris Mellor, 12 Jan 2010
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Nokia gets giggy with it

Nokia's Beta Labs has released "Gig Finder", an application for S60 users that works out where you are and what music is playing locally.
Bill Ray, 12 Jan 2010
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Supersonic stealth jumpjet in first hover-system flight test

Vid The world's first supersonic stealth jumpjet, the F-35B, has belatedly begun flight tests of its vertical-thrust technology - much of which is from Blighty. The radical plane is intended to replace the famous Harrier in the services of many nations, including the UK.
Lewis Page, 12 Jan 2010
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Twitter hack group hits Baidu.com

The same group that used a DNS attack to hijack Twitter last month has defaced the home page of Chinese search engine Baidu.
John Leyden, 12 Jan 2010
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Orange denies exec's Apple tablet 'confirmation'

Orange France has denied reports that a company executive admitted the existence of Apple’s much-rumoured iPad tablet.
James Sherwood, 12 Jan 2010
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Consumer Electronics Show Complete Coverage

CES 2010 Didn't get to this year's Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show? Here are the key stories.
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US airport body scanners can store and export images

Full body scanners at US airports can transmit digital strip search images of people, contrary to US Transportation Security Authority assurances.
Chris Mellor, 12 Jan 2010
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Gambling boss gets three years

David Carruthers, the former chief executive of Betonsports, was sentenced to 33 months' prison time last week.
John Oates, 12 Jan 2010
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Record labels seek DMCA-style UK takedowns

Exclusive Record label trade association the BPI wants sweeping changes to UK online copyright practice in 11th hour amendments to the Digital Britain bill.
Andrew Orlowski, 12 Jan 2010
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SuperSpeed USB roll-out raises steam

CES 2010 The USB Implementers Forum - the organisation that oversees the bus standard - has said 17 products now have the right to come emblazoned with its SuperSpeed USB - aka USB 3.0 - logo.
Tony Smith, 12 Jan 2010
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Nexus One bits and bobs cost $174

Google's Nexus One smartphone costs $530 to buy online. The company could be making a handsome profit.
James Sherwood, 12 Jan 2010
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Freesat BBC iPlayer trial coverage widened

The BBC has extended its iPlayer-on-Freesat trial to more punters by publishing the "secret code" they need to try out the service.
Tony Smith, 12 Jan 2010
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Volkswagen unfolds coupé concept

Leccy Tech Hot on the heels of Peugeot's SR1, Volkswagen has whipped the dust sheets off its own hybrid coupé concept at this year’s Detroit Motor Show.
Alun Taylor, 12 Jan 2010
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Orange chief engulfed by Apple Tablet feeding frenzy

Is this a record? With just four innocuous words at the tail end of a French TV interview yesterday morning, France Telecom number two Stephane Richard triggered a blogosphere-fanboi Apple Tablet feeding frenzy. He had said the launch of the beast was imminent, claimed an excitable French source, while Techcrunch, confirming the confirmation, wisely intoned that Richard had clearly been caught off guard.
John Lettice, 12 Jan 2010
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Apple vanishes multi-touch ancestor

Fingerworks.com has finally disappeared, five years after Apple bought the company and integrated multi-touch into the iPhone, hopefully paving the way for a new kind of keyboard.
Bill Ray, 12 Jan 2010
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AOL sets itself mountain to climb with 1,400 layoffs

AOL began a series of job cuts yesterday, after it failed to convince 2,500 of its employees to take voluntary redundancy at the firm, which was spun out of Time Warner late last year.
Kelly Fiveash, 12 Jan 2010
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Avatar renders this earthly life meaningless

James Cameron's 3D sci-fi romp Avatar appears to have deeply affected some cinemagoers who've found that life on Earth doesn't measure up to the prospect of living on utopian world Pandora.
Lester Haines, 12 Jan 2010
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Acer announces 'Arrandale' laptops

Acer has introduced a pair of new notebooks each equipped with an array of Intel Core i3, i5 and i7 processor options and the new HM55 chipset.
Tony Smith, 12 Jan 2010
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Computacenter says profits 'materially' ahead of forecasts

Computacenter said its profits for 2009 will be well ahead of expectations, as it saw services grow in the last quarter and hardware buyers rush to beat the government's VAT increase.
Joe Fay, 12 Jan 2010
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2010: The year PC prices go up

PC prices have fallen - or at least stayed the same - for many years now, but some analysts believe this year will see them become more expensive.
John Oates, 12 Jan 2010
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Roll up, roll up for the great Reg survey

Reg Reader Survey Have you got that New Year feeling? Not sure who you are anymore? Uncertain what you want out of life?
Phil Mitchell, 12 Jan 2010
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US Matrix-style cyberwar firing range goes to Phase II

US plans to develop a virtual network world - to be populated by mirror computers and inhabited by myriad software sim-people "replicants", and used as a firing range in which to develop the art of cyber warfare - have moved ahead.
Lewis Page, 12 Jan 2010
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Home Office misses Brussels' Phorm deadline

The government missed its deadline to respond to European allegations arising from the Phorm controversy that UK internet users are not protected against commercial wiretapping.
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Nokia Booklet 3G

Review Given its unparalleled success in the mobile phone market, it was only a matter of time before Nokia tried its hand at creating a laptop. The Finnish manufacturer isn’t keen on its Booklet 3G being called a netbook, though. Instead, ‘mini laptop’ is the preferred term. But with features such as 10.1in screen and Intel Atom processor, it sure looks like a netbook to us.
Will Stapley, 12 Jan 2010
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Frustrated bug hunters to expose a flaw a day for a month

A Russian security firm has pledged to release details of previously undisclosed flaws in enterprise applications it has discovered every day for the remainder of January.
John Leyden, 12 Jan 2010
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Browsers could host a (simple) database

APIs are being developed to enable a browser and browser-based applications to ingest and store database records over the net for offline database access.
Chris Mellor, 12 Jan 2010
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Latest Asus Eee Keyboard desktop demo'd

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Data breach howlers to get up to £500,000 fine

The Information Commissioner's Office is threatening to slap penalties of up to half a million pounds on data controllers who are found guilty of serious breaches of the Data Protection Act.
Kelly Fiveash, 12 Jan 2010
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Canada quashes Yes Men hoax with phishing claim

Those online pranksters known as The Yes Men may be called many things for their spoofing antics - satirists, provocateurs, major-league assholes - but phishers they're not.
Austin Modine, 12 Jan 2010
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Spider-Man 4 washed down plughole

Columbia Pictures has cancelled Spider-Man 4 and will now develop "a younger, cheaper installment of the superhero franchise", without the assistance of Tobey Maguire or director Sam Raimi.
Lester Haines, 12 Jan 2010
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European court pulls plugs on terror stop and search

The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that the UK police's use of stop and search powers granted under terrorism legislation is illegal.
John Oates, 12 Jan 2010
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Star Trek to boldly go (again)

Paramount has announced that the sequel to JJ Abrams' successful reboot of the Star Trek franchise will hit cinemas on 29 June 2012.
Lester Haines, 12 Jan 2010

Judge blames RealNetworks for DVD-ripping ban

A US district judge has rejected RealNetworks' argument that Hollywood studios illegally joined forces to block the sale of its DVD-duplicating software, RealDVD.
Austin Modine, 12 Jan 2010
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Android and WinMo updates going head-to-head

The rivalry between Android and Windows Mobile looks set to heighten, with Google and Microsoft both poised to release updates for their mobile operating systems.
James Sherwood, 12 Jan 2010
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Google flaps free flag in white space database race

Nine companies are bidding to run the US white space database, but only Google plans to give access away for free - which should ensure the race doesn't last long.
Bill Ray, 12 Jan 2010
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DARPA cuts back on Cray super project

As the market was getting ready to open this morning Cray told Wall Street that the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, which funds all kinds of advanced systems and networks, is scaling back its contract for a future petaflops-scale supercomputing system being designed by Cray under DARPA's High Productivity Computing Systems program. And that is going to chop $60m out of future revenues.
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Women to 'chest drive' Bulgarian airbags

Women considering going under the knife to boost their assets are being offered the chance to "chest drive"* implants before committing to surgery.
Lester Haines, 12 Jan 2010
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Google releases Nexus One SDK

The Android variant found on Google's Nexus One handset now has an SDK, answering one of the criticisms aimed at the search giant's foray into hardware.
Bill Ray, 12 Jan 2010
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Honda beats rivals to hybrid coupé launch

Leccy Tech Peugeot and Volkswagen each demoed concept hybrid coupés recently, but Honda has trumped both with a soon-to-launch model of its own.
Alun Taylor, 12 Jan 2010

IT infrastructure: what really matters?

Mini Poll It’s a new dawn, it’s a new day… and a new year for IT strategies to be set, budgets to be fixed and plans to be rolled out. The current rhetoric would suggest it’s all about cost – and for many organizations it may be. But each business is different, both in terms of the problems it is trying to solve, and the objectives it’s trying to achieve.
Jon Collins, 12 Jan 2010
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Is it art or is it pr0n? Australia decides it's ALL filth

Australian painters and photographers may soon need to watch their step, as an overhaul of child pornography laws in New South Wales looks set to remove the defence of "artistic merit" from the statute books.
Jane Fae , 12 Jan 2010
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Phoenix to rise from Martian ashes frost?

NASA will from 18 January check for signs of life from its Phoenix Mars Lander, which wrapped up its successful Red Planet arctic mission back in November 2008 and was pronounced probably dead.
Lester Haines, 12 Jan 2010
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Making big ones out of small ones: RNA networks

Giving users more flexibility in how they configure systems to attack various workloads was a big thread running through SC09 last year. At the show, we took at look at three different companies who are, in one way or another, providing large system images. (Click to see our posts on ScaleMP, 3Leaf, and SGI.)
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Police cuff citizens for videotaping arrests

Since the police beating of motorist Rodney King in 1991, men in blue have looked warily at the civilian videotaping of arrests and other police activities. Some cops are so opposed to the practice, they've begun arresting the amateur videographers and charging them criminally.
Dan Goodin, 12 Jan 2010
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Sun, Fujitsu juice entry Sparc box

Sun Microsystems and its Sparc chip and server partner, Fujitsu, have have upgraded the entry Sparc Enterprise M3000 rack server with a peppier Sparc64-VII chip.
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Open-source BI specialist gets in-memory boost

Open-source business intelligence company JasperSoft is boosting itself into high-end data warehousing and data marts.
Gavin Clarke, 12 Jan 2010

Nokia opens Ovi Store for N900s

Nokia N900 users who have updated their OS can now access the mobile Ovi Store from their smartphones.
Rik Myslewski, 12 Jan 2010
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'God help our smartphones,' vicar prays

A London clergyman has brought a medieval ceremony of the Church of England into the 21st century by blessing his flock's smartphones, laptops, and iPods.
Rik Myslewski, 12 Jan 2010
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South Korea sets up cyberwarfare unit to repel NORK hackers

South Korea has launched a cyberwarfare command centre designed to fight against possible hacking attacks blamed on North Korea and China.
John Leyden, 12 Jan 2010
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Google unveils GDrive that's 'not the GDrive'

Google says it's not the fabled GDrive. But the company will soon roll out an update to Google Docs - its web-based file editor - that lets users upload and store files of any type.
Cade Metz, 12 Jan 2010
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Next-gen iPhone rumored for April

The next iPhone will appear as soon as April and will include a host of upgrades that include a dual-core processor, improved graphics, video chat, an OLED display, plus - and this one is hard to believe - a removable battery.
Rik Myslewski, 12 Jan 2010
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Hackers pluck 8,300 customer logins from bank server

Hackers have stolen the login credentials for more than 8,300 customers of small New York bank after breaching its security and accessing a server that hosted its online banking system.
Dan Goodin, 12 Jan 2010
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Apache mulls end to 1.3 and 2.0 web server releases

The Apache Software Foundation may formally end development of the long-in-tooth 1.3 and 2.0 branches of its Apache HTTP Server to focus support on the 2.2.xx branch.
Austin Modine, 12 Jan 2010