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GoToMyPC (finally) goes to your Mac

At long last, Citrix has squeezed out a version of its GoToMyPC remote access service that lets you both connect to a Mac from a distant PC and connect to a distant PC from a Mac.
Cade Metz, 15 Jan 2010
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Apple lawyer smacks Gawker with Mac tablet hint

Super-secretive Apple has provided some of the best evidence yet that its long-rumored tablet is on the way. No, not by leaking photos or specs, but instead by threatening a website about soliciting said photos or specs.
Rik Myslewski, 15 Jan 2010
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Amazon cloud accused of network slowdown

Amazon's sky-high EC2 service has experienced a significant increase in network latency in recent days, according to data from two separate companies running widely-used management tools in tandem with the service.
Cade Metz, 15 Jan 2010
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Big Blue rides Schooner to MySQL boost

As countless crafty upstarts have learned time and again in the IT racket, it's tough to get a server vendor who makes a living peddling boxes to get excited about server appliances that get rid of banks of servers. But IBM has inked a deal with upstart Schooner Information Technology to resell its web-caching and MySQL-boosting appliances starting in early March.
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Cyber attack hits law firm that sued China

A law firm that filed a lawsuit against the Chinese government says it was hit by a cyber attack that looks strikingly similar to one that targeted Google, Adobe Systems, and 32 other large companies.
Dan Goodin, 15 Jan 2010
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Windows and Office veteran ejects from Microsoft

The Microsoft veteran who helped lead development, sales, and marketing on Office and Windows is leaving the company after more than 20 years.
Gavin Clarke, 15 Jan 2010
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PsiXpda pocket computer

Review About 10 years ago, Psion's handheld computers were the ones to beat and the Psion Series 5 was at the top of the heap. The keyboard was tiny but so well designed that it was really possible to touchtype on it. Indeed, the Series 5 set the standard for others to emulate, and, quite simply, as far as usability is concerned no other small format device since has come close.
Sandra Vogel, 15 Jan 2010
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Storage Fusion on plumping up drive ahead of sale

Comment Storage analytics service firm Storage Fusion is being fattened up for market.
Chris Mellor, 15 Jan 2010
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Otellini sees slow return to IT normalcy

Despite his company's recent strong financial results, Intel president and CEO Paul Otellini doesn't project a recovery for the corporate market anytime soon.
Rik Myslewski, 15 Jan 2010
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Motorola ends mobile sell off

Motorola is ending the search for a buyer for its set top box and networking business, because it cannot find anyone willing to pay enough for the unit.
John Oates, 15 Jan 2010
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China's doomed attempt to hold the world to ransom

The Chinese government is trying to corner the rare earths market and that isn't good news for the tech business. Those with good memories of Chemistry O Level will know what the rare earths are: the funny little line of elements from Lanthanum to Lutetium at the bottom of the periodic table, along with Yttrium and Scandium, which we usually add to the list.
Tim Worstall, 15 Jan 2010
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Universities avoid Kindle over accessibility barriers

Three US universities have agreed not to use Amazon's e-book reader the Kindle until it is easily usable by blind people. A fourth settled a complaint from blind people's advocacy groups by saying that it will strive to use accessible devices in future.
OUT-LAW.COM, 15 Jan 2010
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US Army's robot kill-chopper chopped

The US Army's plans for powerful robotic combat formations have been downgraded, according to reports. A pilotless helicopter gunship and droid ground vehicles intended to carry supplies and clear mines have been axed: however a robot tank project and other automated weaponry will proceed.
Lewis Page, 15 Jan 2010
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NAO tells HMRC: Pick up, dammit

The National Audit Office has told HM Revenue and Customs it has to make more improvements to its telephone services.
Kable, 15 Jan 2010
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MPs slam IBM pension moves

A Westminster Hall debate has led to serious criticism of the way IBM ended its final salary pension scheme.
John Oates, 15 Jan 2010
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No Windows Mobile 7 launch at MWC, claims mole

Don't expect Windows Mobile 7 to launch next month at Mobile World Congress, despite what you may have heard in the press and on the rumour mill.
Tony Smith, 15 Jan 2010
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McKinnon: The longest ever game of pass the parcel

Comment Pentagon hacker Gary McKinnon has won breathing space in his long-running fight against extradition, with news on Wednesday that judges have granted a further judicial review. This time it is to consider whether the Home Secretary was right to disregard medical evidence that he might harm himself or even commit suicide if extradited to the US.
John Leyden, 15 Jan 2010
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World braces for Lindsay Lohan sex tape

Lindsay Lohan is said to be "devastated" that a 47-second video of her indulging in "adult activity" with a member of the opposite sex is about to get a worldwide internet release.
Lester Haines, 15 Jan 2010
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Is dynamic IT management necessary for mid-sized firms?

Workshop It’s a fair assumption that the operational management of IT follows some kind of maturity model. Many organizations are, in theory, chaotic; a logical next step is to implement a layer of control, and from there one might say one could start building a managed environment. After that – hurrah! – it is reputedly an easy hop, skip and jump towards fully dynamic IT management.
Jon Collins, 15 Jan 2010
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HP confirms Hyper-V LeftHand appliance

HP is planning to develop a Hyper-V version of its VMware-based LeftHand Networks virtual storage appliance (VSA).
Chris Mellor, 15 Jan 2010
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Chinese Avatards go mad for Pandora

The Chinese have apparently gone mad for Avatar, with eager cinemagoers queuing for hours in freezing temperatures to visit the wonderful world of Pandora.
Lester Haines, 15 Jan 2010
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Scottish doc swerves charges for snooping

A Scottish doctor accused of illegally accessing celebrities' and politicians' medical records will not now be charged with any offences.
John Oates, 15 Jan 2010
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Who actually needs virtualisation and collaboration tools

Lab Email is now routinely referenced as a mission critical system. The importance of tools that help and encourage greater collaboration amongst staff, partners and even customers is also on the rise as organisations seek to raise productivity and performance. Is it possible for collaboration tools and e-mail systems to be utilised under the great bandwagon that is virtualisation and if it is what factors need to be considered?
Tony Lock, 15 Jan 2010
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NuLabour 'Bribo' laptop pops up on eBay

One enterprising eBayer is offering buyers the chance to get their hands on a "spanking new, gleaming Bribo laptop, complete with instruction sheet showing you where to place your X when the time comes".
Lester Haines, 15 Jan 2010
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'Domestic extremism' police called in on climate hack

Norfolk police investigating the "Climategate" hack have called in colleagues from the National Domestic Extremism Team (NDET), it has emerged.
Team Register, 15 Jan 2010
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Escaped con who taunted cops on Facebook finally collared

UK police have caught up with an escaped con who ran a "fan group" on Facebook during his time on the run.
John Leyden, 15 Jan 2010
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SD movies fine for Wii, hints Nintendo

Nintendo has claimed consumers won’t mind being unable able to watch HD movies on the Wii’s upcoming movie service.
James Sherwood, 15 Jan 2010
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The Digital Economy Bill: Where are we now?

Pelted from all sides by amendments, the Digital Economy Bill continues to plough its way through Parliament. This week, the Lords lined up to have their say, but since there are so many (300) Amendments, they’ll be at it again on Monday.
Andrew Orlowski, 15 Jan 2010
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Pentax K-7

Review Last February we looked at the Pentax K-m, a rather tasty entry-level DSLR. Yet the K-7 is a different kettle of fish from the K-m, it’s a more advanced model aimed at the enthusiast/semi-pro market.
George Cole, 15 Jan 2010
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Iraqi weapons inspector accused in online sex sting

A former head of UN weapons inspections in Iraq has been charged with child sex offences after being caught in an online sting.
John Oates, 15 Jan 2010
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Peppa Pig told to belt up

Parents whose kids have ever refused to belt up will be relieved to learn that kids TV character Peppa Pig will not in future been seen without a seatbelt, thereby ensuring that pre-school nippers are educated early in the need to travel in safety.
Lester Haines, 15 Jan 2010
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Tories: We will set up a permanent 'War Cabinet'

Analysis Today the Conservative Party - the bookies' favourite to be the next government of old Blighty - sets out as much of its plans on national-security matters as it is willing to share before this year's election.
Lewis Page, 15 Jan 2010
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False Moscow CCTV feed scam leads to fraud charges

The discovery that some CCTV cameras around Moscow streamed prerecorded images, instead of live pictures, has resulted in criminal charges against StroyMontageService, the firm that maintained the network.
John Leyden, 15 Jan 2010
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Nokia posts proposal for next year's smartphone UI

Details are beginning to emerge regarding what Nokia wants to see in the next-gen Symbian user interface.
Tony Smith, 15 Jan 2010
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Multi-touch gaming notebook launched

PC gaming looks set to get more interactive following the launch of a machine heralded as the world’s first multi-touch gaming notebook.
James Sherwood, 15 Jan 2010
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Business host DataGate vanishes

Business hosting outfit DataGate has fallen off the internet today, with customers unable to raise the firm on the phone too.
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ICO: Whitehall has improved data security

The information commissioner says that government has improved both its data protection and its disclosure of such work.
Kable, 15 Jan 2010
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UK.gov dismisses Tory claims UK cyberspace is defenceless

The government has dismissed Tory claims that the UK is not equipped to battle digital attacks on its national security.
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NASA Titan moon-balloons to run on cloud fuel

Boffins are working on a cunning new plan to power future hot-air-balloon probe craft sent to survey Titan, ice moon of Saturn. The balloons' burners will be fuelled by the evaporated patio gas which occurs naturally in the Titanian atmosphere.
Lewis Page, 15 Jan 2010
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'Anti-cyberbullying' rapper sorry for SMS smack talk

A rapper who acted as a spokesman for Ed Balls' anti-cyberbullying campaign last November has been caught sending abusive texts to a listener who called into a radio show, the BBC reports.
John Leyden, 15 Jan 2010
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Fender phone gets launch date

T-Mobile has pulled — or should that be plucked? — a few strings and signed up Eric Clapton to promote its upcoming Fender-themed phone.
James Sherwood, 15 Jan 2010
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UK BitTorrent admin acquitted on fraud charge

Updated Alan Ellis, the former admin of music BitTorrent tracker OiNK, was acquitted of conspiracy to defraud by a Middlesbrough court today.
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Secretive Brit millionaire buys Segway Inc

A British millionaire inventor has bought Segway Inc - the maker of electric pogo sticks that promised to change the world when it launched back in 2001.
John Oates, 15 Jan 2010
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Pogoplug to hop into Britain next month

Pogoplug, Cloud Engines' media sharing gadget, is finally coming to the UK.
Tony Smith, 15 Jan 2010
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US Global Hawks capture Haiti destruction

The US military's Southern Command has released* some aerial photographs of post-earthquake Haiti, which it says are "providing US military planners valuable situation awareness as they coordinate US military support to the Haiti relief".
Lester Haines, 15 Jan 2010
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LG publishes bendy 19in e-newspaper

LG has developed an e-journal reader that not only measures a whopping 19in but is also flexible.
James Sherwood, 15 Jan 2010
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No World Cup anthem for England football heroes

The England football team will jet off to South Africa this year without the benefit of the traditional rousing official anthem, the FA has announced.
Lester Haines, 15 Jan 2010
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Intel rides Nehalem to heavenly profits

In announcing financial results for the fourth quarter and all of 2009 yesterday, Intel rejiggered its financial statements in such a way that we now have a better idea of how its PC and server businesses are doing in terms of revenues and profits. And, my oh my, did operating margins for both PC and server chips recover in the fourth quarter.
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US will complain to China about Google hacking

The United States will issue a formal diplomatic note to China expressing concern about cyber attacks that hit Google and dozens of other companies, and that researchers say originated in that country.
Dan Goodin, 15 Jan 2010
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NASA finds cocaine in Space Shuttle hangar

NASA is trying to sniff out which employee brought a baggy of cocaine into the hangar that houses Space Shuttle Discovery at Kennedy Space Center in Florida this week. The space agency is preparing the shuttle for a launch to the International Space Station in March.
Austin Modine, 15 Jan 2010
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IBM and Microsoft renew Lotus tussle in the cloud

Lotusphere 2010 preview Microsoft bashing has always been a key function at IBM's annual Lotusphere conference which lands in Orlando, Florida, again next week. Funny how collaboration software will do that.
Austin Modine, 15 Jan 2010
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Microsoft plucks Azure SLAs from cloud of secrecy

Microsoft will revise the wording on its Azure cloud service level agreements (SLAs) following a trip into a Kafkaesque world of secrecy.
Gavin Clarke, 15 Jan 2010
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Texas Instruments to patch smart meter crypto blunder

Texas Instruments plans to patch a cryptography flaw in a widely used chip that could allow attackers to remotely tamper with electronic power meters and other devices that connect to smart electricity grids.
Dan Goodin, 15 Jan 2010
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Google banned 30,000 advertisers post Economic Resurrection

In the fall of 2008, when the worldwide economy began to melt, Google responded by shamelessly expanding ad coverage on its web-dominating search engine, letting more ads onto more pages. But now that the economy has recovered, the web giant has suddenly become more much vigilant in its efforts to weed out what it considers low-quality advertising.
Cade Metz, 15 Jan 2010
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Amazon takes Kindle self publishing global

Amazon is expanding its Kindle self-publishing platform to allow authors and (supposed) rights holders to upload and sell e-books worldwide in English, German, and French.
Austin Modine, 15 Jan 2010
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US gov Photoshops bin Laden wanted pic

Osama bin Laden has received a makeover from the Photoshoppers at the US State Department, punishing him with the only sure justice he can't escape: age.
Rik Myslewski, 15 Jan 2010
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Exploit code for potent IE zero-day bug goes wild

Updated Exploit code targeting the Internet Explorer vulnerability used against Google and other companies has gone public, increasing the chances that broader attacks will soon follow.
Dan Goodin, 15 Jan 2010