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Liquid Computing evaporates staff

The word on the street this week is that Liquid Computing, an upstart server maker that has rejiggered its product line a number of times to try to get some traction, has laid off some workers as it tightens its belt in these harsh economic times. Liquid Computing has just confirmed those rumors.
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Microsoft sues TiVo in AT&T solidarity play

Microsoft has sued TiVo. Why? Because TiVo sued AT&T. Not to mention some allegations of patent infringement.
Rik Myslewski, 21 Jan 2010
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Oracle to detail delayed Sun roadmap

Oracle's stalled $5.6bn acquisition of Sun Microsystems looks like its finally received approval from European antitrust regulators.
Gavin Clarke, 21 Jan 2010
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Oracle power couple take Manhattan by billboard

A bizarre series of billboards have appeared in Manhattan, featuring the grinning mugs of Oracle president Charles Phillips and partner YaVaughnie Wilkins.
Gavin Clarke, 21 Jan 2010
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Cisco gives biz vids preferential treatment

Cisco is a firm believer that streaming video is key to the future of business collaboration over 802.11n wireless networks. It also reckons a CEO's company-wide speech should take precedence over you showing your buddies a video where a dog rides a skateboard.
Austin Modine, 21 Jan 2010
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Amazon opens Kindle to third-party apps

Amazon is opening its Kindle ebook reader to third-party software apps as part of an apparent effort to fend off an imminent challenge from Apple's tablet.
Cade Metz, 21 Jan 2010
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3PAR gives storage weight loss guarantee

3PAR has joined in the storage guarantee program game and is saying customers can get 50 per cent primary data storage capacity savings by migrating off legacy storage to the latest 3PAR kit.
Chris Mellor, 21 Jan 2010
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Virgin trials P2P deep packet snooping

Virgin Media has begun trials of new packet-sniffing software designed to measure the level of illicit music-sharing over its network.
Austin Modine, 21 Jan 2010
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Conceptronic Grab'n'Go

Review We’re always worried when we receive products from companies with names such as ‘Conceptronic’ as it suggests a very hardware-oriented frame of mind. And, like so many of the media player devices that we’ve reviewed in recent months, the Grab'n'Go FullHD Media Player turned out to be a neatly designed piece of hardware that is let down by rather less neatly designed software.
Cliff Joseph, 21 Jan 2010
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Server Virtualisation for real

Webcast At 11am GMT today we’ve got some experts in our studio running through a real-life server virtualisation project.
Phil Mitchell, 21 Jan 2010
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Server and desktop virtualisation projects are shoddy

The vast majority of server and desktop virtualisation projects fail to meet their objectives, according to research which implies vendors are misrepresenting the benefits of desktop virtualisation.
Chris Mellor, 21 Jan 2010
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Targeted attacks replace botnet floods in telco nightmares

Targeted attacks against backend systems have replaced botnet-powered traffic floods as the main concerns for security staff at telcos and large ISPs.
John Leyden, 21 Jan 2010
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Cyber sleuth sees China's fingerprints on 'Aurora' attacks

A security researcher who reverse engineered code used to attack Google and other large companies has said he found what he believes are the fingerprints of Chinese hackers.
Dan Goodin, 21 Jan 2010
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Manchester ID staff suffer isolation as new dawn fades

The people of Manchester have either lost all interest in travelling abroad and drinking, or couldn't give a monkey's about the government's lame duck ID card scheme, if a commons answer is anything to go by.
Joe Fay, 21 Jan 2010
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German dentists develop 'painless' plasma tooth-blaster

More news of exotic high technology benefiting the human race today, as German gnasher-boffins announce a cunning plan to replace dentists' drills with "painless, contact-free" plasma beam devices.
Lewis Page, 21 Jan 2010
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Fujitsu faces strike action

Union Unite has confirmed five more days of strike action at Fujitsu.
John Oates, 21 Jan 2010
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MoD awards £540m extension to DII

The Ministry of Defence has agreed to the next phase of its Defence Information Infrastructure programme, provided by HP's Atlas Consortium.
Kable, 21 Jan 2010
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Truphone launches Local Anywhere service

Truphone has finally launched its Local Anywhere service, providing customers with (multiple) local numbers so they can benefit from local rates.
Bill Ray, 21 Jan 2010
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3D TV: Minority interest for years to come

Anyone hoping that 3D TV will greatly boost the consumer electronics industry will find the latest research from DisplaySearch less than comfortable reading, despite its affirming headline data.
Tony Smith, 21 Jan 2010
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Wrists playing up? You're shagging too much

A US researcher has suggested a possible link between dodgy wrists caused by carpal tunnel syndrome and sex, "when the hands become repeatedly extended while under pressure from the weight of the upper body".
Lester Haines, 21 Jan 2010
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Nokia apes Google, gives gratis satnav route guidance

Nokia has redesigned its Ovi Maps navigation software and has decided to stop making users pay for turn-by-turn guidance.
James Sherwood, 21 Jan 2010
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Europe clears Oracle Sun for take-off

The European Commission has cleared Oracle's takeover of Sun Microsystems.
John Oates, 21 Jan 2010
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UK gov cuts ribbon on public datasets site

The Cabinet Office has officially taken the wraps off its data.gov.uk web portal, which is intended to serve as a central repository for British citizens to gain access to some government data.
Kelly Fiveash, 21 Jan 2010
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Nokia switches direction and gives away maps

Nokia has started giving away Ovi Maps including turn-by-turn directions, removing one more source of income in the ongoing battle to out-freebie Google.
Bill Ray, 21 Jan 2010
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Cardiff tops UK plastic fraud list

Cardiff has displaced London as the worst place in the UK for card fraud, according to a new survey of fraud hotspots.
John Leyden, 21 Jan 2010
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MPs frozen out of super-secret copyright talks

The government has refused to give MPs access to papers on international negotiations about copyright enforcement on the internet and at national borders.
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Sony Ericsson releases videocam-cum-smartphone

Sony Ericsson has historically only sold mobile phones, but now the firm has launched a camcorder that also makes voice calls.
James Sherwood, 21 Jan 2010
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Data protection and virtualised machines

Lab Let’s face it, we’re not very good at backups.
Jon Collins, 21 Jan 2010
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1984 film classification law gets reboot

Anyone hoping that 2010 was the year when they could produce smut or violence for direct release to DVD, without undergoing the tiresome process of having their work checked and classified by the British Board of Film Classification, can hit pause now.
Jane Fae Ozimek, 21 Jan 2010
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Xbox Live to display download cash values

Microsoft may display cash values alongside its existing virtual currency on Xbox Live in a bid to end consumer confusion.
James Sherwood, 21 Jan 2010
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Seagate sales surge in Q2

Seagate's second fiscal 2010 quarter was a blast, with revenues up a third and half a billion profit.
Chris Mellor, 21 Jan 2010
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Google taps Gmail for more clicks with ad tweak

Google has tweaked how it slots ads into Gmail, so that you need never be short of distractions while reading your email.
Kelly Fiveash, 21 Jan 2010
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Google explains China Syndrome by advertising - on Google

Google is serving up an explanation of its China syndrome difficulties amongst its sponsored search results - but has apparently balked at the idea of pouring its marketing budget into Bing or Yahoo!'s pockets.
Joe Fay, 21 Jan 2010
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Exeter Uni goes offline to fight mystery malware

The University of Exeter took the unusual step of temporarily taking its network down this week in response to a virulent virus outbreak.
John Leyden, 21 Jan 2010
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BT reveals faster broadband pricing

BT's new faster broadband service will cost from £19.99 per month, it's been announced today.
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UK HP workers will strike tomorrow

HP workers are going on strike tomorrow, following talks which delayed the first mooted day of action in December.
John Oates, 21 Jan 2010
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HP preps pico-projector laptops

HP will launch a range of notebooks with integrated pico-projectors later this year.
James Sherwood, 21 Jan 2010
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Egyptian mobile users warned off Koran-based ringtones

Egypt's supreme religious law authority has delivered a stinging slap to mobile users who were adapting verses from the Koran as ringtones, saying they were violating the sanctity of the word of God.
Joe Fay, 21 Jan 2010
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NASA flying-car man designs electric VTOL podcraft

A NASA engineer long obsessed with flying cars has produced a concept design for a one-man, electrically powered helicopter/plane/glider podcraft. However the work was done largely without backing from NASA, and designer Mark Moore admits that battery technology must improve massively before the design becomes practical.
Lewis Page, 21 Jan 2010
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iPhone keeps buried earthquake victim alive for three days

An American filmmaker trapped under the rubble of his hotel used his iPhone for medical advice, while relying on his SLR for light and paper for recording his last thoughts.
Bill Ray, 21 Jan 2010
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Nominet appoints itself web policeman

Nominet has announced it will suspend the domain name of any .uk website suspected of being involved in criminal activity.
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Lloyds, RBS ditching more tech workers

Lloyds has announced over 500 more jobs cuts, hard on the heels of Royal Bank of Scotland's announcement it is laying off 221 techies at its Dublin Technology Centre.
John Oates, 21 Jan 2010
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RockYou hack reveals easy-to-crack passwords

Analysis of the 32 million passwords recently exposed in the breach of social media application developer RockYou last month provides further proof that consumers routinely use easy to guess login credentials.
John Leyden, 21 Jan 2010
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Bogged-down Mars rover may be doomed to chilly death

NASA says that its "scrappy" Mars rover, Spirit - which has spent six years prowling the ochre wilderness of the red planet - may finally be stuffed. Bogged in a sand trap, the machine is unable to align its solar panels correctly for the coming Martian winter, meaning that it will probably expire from the cold.
Lewis Page, 21 Jan 2010
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More MIDs with ARM than Atom by 2013

Looking forward to the day when ARM chips appear in more handheld internet devices than Intel and other x86 processors do? You may not have too long to wait - though don't expect an overnight switch.
Tony Smith, 21 Jan 2010
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Microsoft's top lawyer demands a cloud computing law

Analysis Redmond's top legal mouthpiece Brad Smith is calling on US lawmakers to overhaul rules on cloud computing, just as the company ramps up its efforts to belatedly step on other vendors' toes in that marketplace.
Kelly Fiveash, 21 Jan 2010
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Survey shows strong demand for Apple tablet

Market research from US stats gatherer ChangeWave suggests Apple fans may be delaying laptop purchases just in case the much-rumoured iPad tablet shows up.
Tony Smith, 21 Jan 2010
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Clinton throws down the gauntlet to China over Google

Hillary Clinton has demanded that Beijing investigate the widespread hacking attack on Western businesses that has prompted Google to threaten to leave the country.
Joe Fay, 21 Jan 2010
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Firefox 3.6 goes live and final

Mozilla has officially released Firefox 3.6, the latest incarnation of its open-source web browser.
Cade Metz, 21 Jan 2010
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iPad pictures revealed

Apple might not be calling its forthcoming device the iPad, but it is acting to stop anyone else using the name.
Bill Ray, 21 Jan 2010
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Oracle: Mine is bigger and, um, more integrated

Comment With the European Union finally giving approval of the $7.4bn acquisition of Sun Microsystems by Oracle, the players in the IT industry can finally don their armor - made of iron, of course, and polished with software - to prepare for battle in the field of integrated systems.
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Emergency IE patch goes live as exploits proliferate

Updated Microsoft released an emergency security update for all versions of Internet Explorer on Thursday as attacks exploiting a critical vulnerability in the widely used browser spread to hundreds of websites.
Dan Goodin, 21 Jan 2010
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YouTube and Hulu dabble in for-pay vids

Two of the internet's most popular video websites are planning to charge users to watch certain movies and television shows online.
Austin Modine, 21 Jan 2010
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Amazon 'makes it easier' for authors to DRM Kindle ebooks

Updated Update: This story has been updated to clarify what has changed with DRM and Amazon's Digital Text Platform. No-DRM, Amazon says, was always the default with the platform.
Cade Metz, 21 Jan 2010
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IFPI wants another stab at OiNK

One of the world’s top music trade bodies warned today that the fight against UK BitTorrent tracker OiNK won't end with the recent acquittal of its creator and administrator, Alan Ellis.
Austin Modine, 21 Jan 2010
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AMD chief hails Intel-assisted 'transformation'

AMD president and chief executive Dirk Meyer has called the company's fourth-quarter 2009 financial results "another milestone in our transformation."
Rik Myslewski, 21 Jan 2010
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More problems for Apple's top desktop

Apple's star-crossed top-of-the-line iMac is causing new problems for Cupertino - but this time it's not about cracked casings or flickering displays.
Rik Myslewski, 21 Jan 2010
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Google money machine returns to overdrive

Google's top secret money machine returned to overdrive during the fourth quarter, with the web giant reporting a 17 per cent leap in revenue from a year ago.
Cade Metz, 21 Jan 2010