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Google may exit China after 'highly targeted' attack

UpdatedUpdated Google plans to curb its controversial practice of censoring search results in China after uncovering a "highly sophisticated and targeted attack" designed to steal information about human rights activists from its Gmail service and at least 20 other large companies. The attack that hit Google in mid-December originated in China and was aimed at accessing the Gmail accounts of human rights activists. Although only two email accounts appear to have been breached, "accounts of dozens of US-, China- and Europe-based Gmail users who are advocates of human rights in China" have been routinely breached, most likely as a result of phishing or malware attacks, the company said Tuesday.
Dan Goodin, 13 Jan 2010
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'Sandwich attack' busts new cellphone crypto

A new encryption scheme for protecting 3G phone networks hasn't even gone into commercial use and already cryptographers have cracked it - at least theoretically. In a paper published Tuesday, the cryptographers showed that the Kasumi cipher, which is also referred to as A5/3, can be broken using what's known as a related-key attack, in which a message encrypted with one key is later changed to one or more different keys. The team dubbed the technique a sandwich attack because it was broken into three parts: two thick slices at the top and bottom and a thin slice in the middle.
Dan Goodin, 13 Jan 2010
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Microsoft Office 2007 retailers dodge patent injunction

Microsoft might have pulled Office 2007 from its online shop but retailers are still selling the suite.
Gavin Clarke, 13 Jan 2010

VMware relieves Yahoo! of its Zimbra

VMware has agreed to purchase Yahoo!'s Zimbra unit - an outfit that offers enterprise email, collaboration, and calendering - after earlier reports indicated a pact was on the cards.
Cade Metz, 13 Jan 2010

Terracotta polishes Quartz job scheduler

Having bolted the open source Ehcache Java caching software it bought to its Java application clustering environment, Terracotta has now added the Quartz job scheduler it acquired as 2009 was winding down.
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Calcitic astro-whiz clogs ISS piss recycler

The mysterious properties of astronaut piss are believed to be the cause of the International Space Station's extremely troublesome deployment of its $250 million urine-recycling system.
Austin Modine, 13 Jan 2010
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Tech downturn is history, says Forrester

The economists and box counters at IT market-watcher Forrester Research have called an unofficial end to the IT recession, saying that tech spending will hit $568bn in the United States in 2010, up 6.6 per cent compared to last year, and will rise above $1.6 trillion globally, up a smart 8.1 per cent.
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Symantec buys Gideon to bow before government idols

Symantec intends to boost the risk-management wares it sells to the public sector by scooping up privately-held Gideon Technologies.
Austin Modine, 13 Jan 2010
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Seagate Barracuda XT 2TB Sata 3.0 HDD

ReviewReview The Seagate Barracuda XT is the latest 2TB hard drive to land on our test bench, following on from the WD Caviar Black and Green and the Hitachi Ultrastar. It’s the largest capacity Seagate we have seen since the 1.5TB Barracuda 7200.11 so you may think that Seagate was as keen as mustard to scatter review samples to the waiting world.
Leo Waldock, 13 Jan 2010
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'Fizzy phone' tops wacky handset list

Smartphones grab most handset headlines these days, but if the latest devices from, respectively, a Chinese designer and Korean manufacturer Pantech are anything to by then there’s still a market for weird and wacky phones.
James Sherwood, 13 Jan 2010
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Israeli ducted-fan robo sky-jeep in hover trials

The Israeli designers of a radical flying jeep style vertical-takeoff-and-landing "fancraft" have announced long-belated flight tests. However, the trials of the pilotless "AirMule" have so far seen the aircraft tethered and restricted to just two feet off the ground.
Lewis Page, 13 Jan 2010
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Sony Ericsson Android phone caught on camera

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Register Hardware, 13 Jan 2010
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Home Office picks new prof for Nutt job

The Home Office has found someone to take the job of chair of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs, left vacant after the sacking of David Nutt.
John Oates, 13 Jan 2010
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Dell's pimps 6gig SAS for DAS

Dell is adopting 6Gbit/s SAS for its PowerVault direct-attached storage (DAS) for servers with drives, enclosures and RAID controllers.
Chris Mellor, 13 Jan 2010

Alfresco ECM gilds IBM's Lotus suite

Open source vendor Alfresco Software is rolling its enterprise content management (ECM) system into IBM's Lotus collaboration products to serve as a stronger counterpoint to Microsoft Sharepoint and reach smaller-sized business customers.
Austin Modine, 13 Jan 2010
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Demystifying architecture for non-enterprise organizations

WorkshopWorkshop Architecture, schmarchitecture... words like “architecture” get banded around in IT like they have a specific meaning, when in reality you’d get ten different definitions from ten different people if you asked. But few would agree that IT should do without some degree of ‘structure’, be it mere forethought or understanding about what is required or in place.
Jon Collins, 13 Jan 2010
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Diva: Samsung touts tarted up telephones for WAGs

Samsung's Diva phones, due to strut their stuff over here later this month, are apparently aimed at "fashionable women", the company said today.
Tony Smith, 13 Jan 2010
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An academic take on Santa

HPC news and developments slack off a lot during the holidays. The lull often lasts well into January as we put the holiday season behind us, take down the tree, and exchange our geeky gifts for even geekier and more powerful gifts… but that won’t stop us from writing something HPC-related.
Dan Olds, OrionX, 13 Jan 2010
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Brit firm aims to make airport perv scans obsolete

A British firm is aiming to capitalise on travellers' body issues with a security scanner that does not produce an image, yet can identify a wide range of concealed explosives.
Christopher Williams, 13 Jan 2010

Networkers at Cisco Live: €300 discount for Reg readers

Site offerSite offer Cisco is hosting Networkers at Cisco Live, its annual conference for techies, in Barcelona on January 25-28. Better still, the networking equipment giant is offering Reg readers a credit-crunchtastic €300 discount for everyone who signs up.
Team Register, 13 Jan 2010
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Prysm pitches ultra-green laser telly tech

US company Prysm has taken the covers off what it claims is a new type of ultra-low power HD TV that combines old-style CRT elements with laser technology.
Tony Smith, 13 Jan 2010
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Supercomputing in retail?

I got a call recently from a reporter who confronted me with an interesting question. He had attended SC04 in Pittsburgh, and one of his key takeaways from the show was that retailing was on the cusp of adopting HPC-style computing to crunch their data in order to improve both top-line and bottom-line results. He asked me: “Has HPC made it into retailing?” and followed up with “If not, why not?” and “If so, what are they getting out of it?”
Dan Olds, OrionX, 13 Jan 2010
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Critical Adobe updates overshadow MS Patch Tuesday

January's Patch Tuesday update from Microsoft was overshadowed in importance by fixes that defend against highly publicised exploits in Adobe Acrobat and Reader.
John Leyden, 13 Jan 2010
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US faces critical lack of (mad) computer scientists

Famed Pentagon wildcard boffinry outfit DARPA issued a stark message today. According to the military crazytech bureau, America faces a crippling shortage of mad scientists - in particular, of mad computer scientists - in the near future, and only drastic action in the US educational system can rectify this.
Lewis Page, 13 Jan 2010
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Wii welcomes video on demand

Nintendo will roll out a Netflix video-on-demand service to Stateside Wii owners, the gaming giant’s US chief has confirmed.
James Sherwood, 13 Jan 2010
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Economics backs net neutrality, say researchers

Net neutrality is not just the fairest way to organise the internet but the most economically effective, according to two US academics. Their economic analysis of the policy claims that it is the best way to encourage investment in online services.
OUT-LAW.COM, 13 Jan 2010
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'Plutonium pinch' nips NASA

NASA's future solar system exploration programme could be threatened by a shortage of plutonium-238, New Scientist reports.
Lester Haines, 13 Jan 2010
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HP loses massive DWP contract

ExclusiveExclusive HP has lost one of its largest outsourced IT contracts from the British government to rival Fujitsu Services.
Christopher Williams, 13 Jan 2010
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GSMA sees 2.6GHz future

The GSMA argues that the majority of the 2.6GHz band should be LTE-friendly, conceding that WiMAX needs some space to play in the interest of neutrality.
Bill Ray, 13 Jan 2010
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Mini-asteroid sneaks up on Earth

A diminutive asteroid will today pass within 76,000 miles (122,000 km) of Earth at 12:46 GMT, although NASA has confirmed Bruce Willis's services will not be required.
Lester Haines, 13 Jan 2010
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French culture minister flames Google over book scan plan

Frederic Mitterrand delivered another Francoslap to Google yesterday, threatening to eject the book-devouring search giant from the effort to digitise the French National Library.
Joe Fay, 13 Jan 2010
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ntl:Telewest forgets who its customers are

Some Virgin customers have been without ADSL services since this morning thanks to a breakdown in authentication, though things should be back to normal now.
Bill Ray, 13 Jan 2010
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What Ballmer and Hurd should announce this afternoon

Microsoft and HP CEOs are making a big announcement today about a joint agreement and investment in business computing. We don't know what they are announcing, but we know what they should be.
Chris Mellor, 13 Jan 2010
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Labour MP experiences nasty video shock horror

UK Government attempts to re-enact legislation designed to police video recordings are bringing out the censorial tendency in parliament.
Jane Fae , 13 Jan 2010
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Lethic botnet knocked out by security researchers

The command-and-control servers of the Lethic botnet have been taken out following a spam-busting collaboration between security firm Neustar and ISPs.
John Leyden, 13 Jan 2010
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Canon Digital Ixus 200 IS

ReviewReview Some digital cameras cry out to be touched. They’re sleek, they’re stylish and it’s hard resist the temptation to pick them up. Canon’s range of Ixus cameras falls into this category, and the Digital Ixus 200 IS takes this step a further by being the first Ixus to offer a touchscreen interface.
George Cole, 13 Jan 2010
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Schools minister strikes elegiac tone at Bett

BettBett Minister for Schools and Learners Vernon Coaker kicked off this year's Bett today, in a reflective speech that offered very little insight into what the current government plans were for the future of IT in education.
Kelly Fiveash, 13 Jan 2010
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Google leaves censorship to China's experts

CommentComment Amnesty International was among the human rights organisations scrambling to congratulate Google for threatening to pull out of China today. Which just shows how much human rights activists know about technology. Come to think of it, if human rights campaigners did know more about technology, they might think twice about using Gmail accounts.
Joe Fay, 13 Jan 2010
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Seagate CEO rides again

Ousted Seagate CEO Bill Watkins is back in harness as the CEO for a light-emitting diode (LED) company.
Chris Mellor, 13 Jan 2010
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Spam filters stuff Canadian Beaver

Venerable Canadian publication The Beaver has been obliged to change its name after prudish spam filters objected to its suggestive title.
Lester Haines, 13 Jan 2010
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Fem-rage shocker: Woman zaps ex-boyf with pink taser

The debate over the appropriateness of Taser flying-cattleprod stun weapons took a new turn this week. Those fearing that the crippling electric weapons might be used inappropriately will be alarmed, but it's possible that the jitter-jolt blasters may become more popular in some quarters.
Lewis Page, 13 Jan 2010
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Yikes! It's the Yike Bike

A bunch of “entrepreneurs, engineers and dreamers” have turned their backs on headline-grabbing e-cars to come up with an electrically powered shrunken penny-farthing.
James Sherwood, 13 Jan 2010
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French top MOT failure league

The government agency which runs MOT tests in the UK has finally given in to a BBC request for all the information on which cars were most likely to fail the test in 2007.
John Oates, 13 Jan 2010
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Facebook snuggles with McAfee in security spree

Facebook has partnered with McAfee to offer users of the social networking site a free six-month subscription to its security software.
John Leyden, 13 Jan 2010
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Cisco taps Avnet to peddle 'California' servers

This is one that you could have seen coming a million miles away. With only two master resellers in the global server racket, it was only a matter of time before either Arrow Electronics or Avnet started distributing the "California" Unified Computing System converged blade servers from Cisco Systems.
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Rugby Football Union scores 3D first

Next month’s rugby match between England and Wales looks set to go down in history as Blighty’s first live sports event broadcast in 3D.
James Sherwood, 13 Jan 2010
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Sun marries Hadoop to Grid Engine

Sun Microsystems may be in a PR muzzle until sugar daddy Oracle gets permission to buy it from European antitrust regulators, but the coders who maintain Sun's myriad software products are still banging away on their keyboards in an effort to not only look useful to keep their jobs, but be useful. They just can't engage the IT press to talk about what they are up to. Which is why Sun's blogs come in handy, and in this case, as a means of letting us know about an update to Sun's Grid Engine grid software.
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Sony Ericsson outs see-through screen phone

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Register Hardware, 13 Jan 2010

McKinnon granted another judicial review

The High Court has granted a further judicial review of the Home Secretary's decision to allow extradition proceeding against Pentagon hacker Gary McKinnon to proceed. The move means the imminent threat of extradition against McKinnon is removed until at least April.
John Leyden, 13 Jan 2010
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HP, Microsoft form $250m IT tag team

With Cisco Systems, EMC, and VMware teaming up to sell integrated IT stacks, Oracle buying Sun Microsystems to create its own integrated stacks, and IBM having sold integrated legacy system stacks and rolling in profits from them for decades, it was only a matter of time before other big IT players paired off Today, through a three-year, $250m partnership named Frontline, the number one server maker, Hewlett-Packard, and the number one operating system player, Microsoft, paired off to jointly create, sell, and support Windows-based stacks.
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Google flips default switch for always-on Gmail crypto

Just hours after Google disclosed it and at least 20 other large companies were the targets of highly sophisticated cyberattacks, the online giant said it would enhance the security of its email service by automatically encrypting entire web sessions. The change, which Google is in the process of rolling out now, means Gmail sessions will be automatically protected from start to finish with the SSL, or secure sockets Layer, protocol, even if a user doesn't specifically ask for it. Up until now, users had to check a setting in their Gmail options to get always-on encryption.
Dan Goodin, 13 Jan 2010
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3D TV gets cold shower from Avatar man

CES 2010CES 2010 Judging by the avalanche of hoopla thundering out of last week's Consumer Electronics Show, you'd think that 3D television is done deal. All the wrinkles have been ironed out, and all you need to do is don a pair of geeky glasses and your boob tube will immerse you in three-dimensional movies, sports, and reruns of "The Office."
Rik Myslewski, 13 Jan 2010
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Googlephone sales off to a sluggish start?

A new report suggests that as few as 20,000 Google Nexus One smartphones were sold during its first week of availability. By comparison, 1.6 million iPhone 3GS units were snapped up in its first seven days on the planet.
Rik Myslewski, 13 Jan 2010
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Microsoft predicts Linux will fail mobile 'quality' test

Linux is shaping up as Microsoft's target in a potential war of attrition to gain lost market share for Windows Mobile in handsets.
Gavin Clarke, 13 Jan 2010
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Trojan pr0n dialers make comeback on mobile phones

After taking a long hiatus, trojan dialers that can rack up thousands of dollars in charges are back by popular demand. According to researchers at CA Security's malware analysis lab, a new wave of malicious dialers is hitting users of mobile phones. The trojans are built on the Java 2 Micro Edition programming language and cause infected handsets to send SMS messages to high-cost numbers, at great expense to the victim.
Dan Goodin, 13 Jan 2010
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RealNetworks boss in sudden exit

Rob Glaser - founder of internet media outfit RealNetworks - has stepped down as chief executive of the company after sixteen years at the helm.
Cade Metz, 13 Jan 2010