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China denies role in cyber attacks on Google

China has denied it was involved in the December cyber attacks on Google and at least 33 other companies.
Cade Metz, 25 2010
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Platform and Calypso serve risk analysis to traders

Calypso Technology - one of the handful of multi-asset trading platforms for capital markets - has tapped Platform Computing to provide the grid backbone for its Galapagos risk analysis and hedging applications. Unlike other parts of the Calypso trading platform, Galapagos is only being sold as a service, and that means Calypso has to set up a compute and storage grid suitable for scaling up and down dramatically as the markets move up and down around the world.
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Data watchdog slaps Southampton Uni hospital

Mark Hackett, chief executive of Southampton University Hospital NHS Trust, has promised to deal properly with data security after one of his staff lost a laptop computer with 33,000 patients' records on it.
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Omnifone snares HP bundle deal

Three years on from its debut, streaming music service Omnifone has gained a toe hold on the desktop, thanks to a major PC deal. HP will bundle its MusicStation service pre-installed in 10 European countries on laptops and desktop PCs.
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iSlate leaves fingerprints all over the net

Apple's iSlate has been spotted online by Flurry Analytics, sporting an iPhone OS and consumerist tendencies.
Bill Ray, 25 2010
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UK gov ministers offer online Q&A on Afghanistan

The British foreign and defence ministers are answering questions posed by all comers in an online forum, where the most popular questions are answered first. Thus far, public interest appears fairly low.
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Official: Music biz still risk and revenue phobic

An answer to the music industry's woes slipped into the IFPI Annual Report last week, but its significance went unnoticed. Before I get to it, though, here's a poser.
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Loud sex ASBO breach woman spared jail

The Tyne and Wear woman found guilty of breaching an ASBO requiring her to refrain from indulging in unnaturally loud sex has been spared hard time, the Telegraph reports.
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T-Mobile to revamp tariffs

T-Mobile has confirmed it is to introduce new 18-month and two-year pay monthly mobile tariffs on 1 February.
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Whirlpool allows old stains to linger on Kitchenaid.com site

Domestic appliance manufacturer Whirlpool has come under fire for failing to clean up a malware infection on one of its sites, months after it was notified of a problem by UK anti-virus firm Sophos.
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Sun squeals over 'UK's first iPhone baby'

This morning's Scottish Sun held the front page with an "exclusive" detailing how a couple used an iPhone application to help them conceive.
Bill Ray, 25 2010
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UK PS3 sales exceed 3m units

UK sales of the PlayStation 3 recently surpassed 3m units, Sony has claimed.
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Jumbo-jet laser cannon tested against missile

Vid The US Missile Defence Agency has released video of its jumbo-jet-mounted laser cannon - intended to beam down nuclear missiles lifting off from enemy countries - in action, playing its ray on a test rocket off California.
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Death of a commentard: Can the iSlate kill off Web 2.0?

Comment Get rid of the keyboard and a computer changes from an input device to one designed for the consumption of content - ideal for all those whose contribution we'd happily do without.
Bill Ray, 25 2010
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Wikileaks pledge drive hobbled by PayPal suspension

Wikileaks, the anonymous whistleblowing website, says PayPal has frozen its account, frustrating its fundraising efforts.
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Sony Alpha A550

Review The positioning of the Sony’s Alpha A550 in its DSLR line-up is a bold move. At this price point the company has left off some features that most manufacturers are offering as must-haves, namely, HD Video and customisation of picture profiles. What the A550 has instead are features more suited to still photography, with a continuous shooting at a much higher than average capture rate and shadow detail adjustment by two different means.
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Bloated Office 2010 kicks dirt in face of old computers

Microsoft has confirmed that the upgrade path from Office 2003 to its upcoming Office 2010 suite won’t necessarily be an easy one for customers to follow.
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Slovak biker spat linked to rare destructive worm

A rare example of a destructive computer worm has been spotted on the web.
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Swan couple in surprise divorce

A Gloucestershire wildfowl sanctuary has witnessed a rare bust-up between a pair of Bewick's swans, who've apparently decided to go their separate ways in a surprise "divorce".
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Ladbrokes, police probe data breach

Ladbrokes is investigating the loss of thousands of customer details from one of its databases, but is reassuring gamblers that the information did not include bank details or passwords.
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Acer to ship more than 1m Chrome netbooks

Acer has narrowed its Chrome OS netbook release window from H2 2010 to the third quarter. It’s also preparing to launch an e-book reader and – guess what – a tablet too.
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Pope tells priests - get to grips with blogs, web vids

The Pope has ordered his priests to get more active on the net to spread the word of God, while warning them not to get carried away by the false idols of the digital world.
Joe Fay, 25 2010
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Galaxy Portal joins Samsung's Android gang

A smartphone with augmented reality at its heart has been unveiled as Samsung’s latest addition to its growing UK portfolio of Android mobiles.
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Government expects £277m from vetting scheme

The Home Office has disclosed the amount it expects to raise from applications to the Vetting and Barring Scheme.
Kable, 25 2010
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UK.gov uses booze to lure London kids into ID scheme

Young people in London are getting the chance to get their hands on an ID card, the lucky so-and-sos.
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NZ police pursue cuffed and naked fugitive

New Zealand police were last Friday led a merry dance by a prisoner who gave them the slip while en route to court in Whakatane, on the country's north island.
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Nokia app to stream live skydive record attempt

Nokia has designed an application to let mobile phone users watch in real time skydiver Felix Baumgartner’s upcoming attempt at breaking the sound barrier.
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Talend takes swipe at data-integration duo

Data integration specialist Talend hopes to undercut closed-source vendors on Master Data Management with its planned delivery today of technology acquired from Amalto.
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AMD adds Black Edition to Phenom range

AMD fleshed out its Phenom II and Athlon II ranges with a quintet of fresh processors today, three of which barely trouble the $100 price barrier.
Joe Fay, 25 2010
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Ericsson ups jobs cull to 6,500

Ericsson will be laying off another 1500 people following a quarter that saw net income down to less than a fifth of last year's.
Bill Ray, 25 2010
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Australia leaves the internet

It's Australia Day tomorrow, and the country's subjects are using it to mark a week of protests against government plans for compulsory internet censorship.
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Only nukes can stop planetsmash asteroids, say US boffins

Top American boffins have warned that the US government's efforts to prevent global apocalypse caused by meteor strike are inadequate. The scientists add that nuclear weapons are the only practical means of defence against large, planet-wrecker sized asteroids.
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Damages slashed for US freetard

Infamous music pilferer Jammie Thomas-Rasset has had a $2m damages bill for copying 24 songs slashed by a US judge.
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New music file aims to sink piracy using blogs and Twitter

A new music file format has become the latest to try to supersede the basic MP3, promising licensed files will have "tangible benefits" over pirated tracks for the first time.
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Free postcoders bang on Ordnance Survey door

The co-founder of a UK postcode lookup service that was forced to shut down after the Royal Mail threatened the website with legal action in October last year, is calling on the developer community to consult with the government on Ordnance Survey mapping data.
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Kaspersky update slaps Trojan warning on Google Adsense

Updated An update to Kaspersky's popular anti-virus software on Monday falsely identified Google AdSense as a malicious script.
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Sony registers 'PlayStationArc' domain name

Evidence is mounting that Sony’s motion controller wand for the PlayStation 3 will be officially called the Arc.
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Multi-million investment hints at UK battery swap shops

Leccy Tech A UK rollout of Better Place’s battery swapping system now looks all the more certain. The firm has just secured a $350m (£216m) investment from some of the world’s largest banks.
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MacSaga.com not linked to Macworld says mag

Macworld UK has warned its readers not to trust retail website MacSaga.com - which claims to be owned by the magazine’s publisher, IDG Communications.
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Mozilla buries heels on un-YouTube open video

Mozilla vice president of engineering Mike Shaver has reiterated that the open source outfit has no intention of rolling the H.264 video codec into its Firefox browser, even though the likes of YouTube and Vimeo are using the patented codec with early versions of their plug-in-free HTML5 video players.
Cade Metz, 25 2010
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Juniper, Polycom counter Cisco with video con play

Juniper Networks and Polycom have formed an alliance to sell enterprise telepresence and video conferencing services through third-party providers, in an apparent effort to counter Cisco's recent acquisition of video-conferencing gear maker Tandberg.
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IT spending to rise in 2010, says Gartner

Like its peers in the IT market research community, Gartner has been polishing its crystal balls for the past few months, hoping to predict what global IT spending will look like in 2010. The answer is up from 2009's levels, but this may have a lot to do with the currency effects of translating global sales into U.S. dollars. A separate poll by Gartner of chief information officers from around the globe suggests that their IT budgets will be flat.
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Apple to end AT&T's iPhone exclusive?

Apple's hyper-hyped iPad may not be the only thing on Steve Jobs' agenda when he takes the stage this Wednesday at San Francisco's Yerba Buena center. The latest word on the street is that Apple may also announce the end of its US iPhone-exclusivity deal with AT&T.
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Once impenetrable PS3 cracked wide open

The first hacker to successfully jailbreak the iPhone says he has pulled off yet another modding marvel, this time penetrating the previously impervious PlayStation 3 gaming console.
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Google Chrome 4 lands (Windows) extensions on world+dog

Google has unveiled a "stable" Windows version of Chrome 4.0, providing all PC-based users with access to its new Chrome extension gallery.
Cade Metz, 25 2010
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Oil companies hit by 'state' cyber attacks, says report

At least three US oil companies were victims of highly targeted, email-borne attacks designed to siphon valuable data from their corporate networks and send it abroad, according to a published report citing unnamed people and government documents.
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Apple earnings leap 50 per cent

Updated Apple began one of the most important weeks in its recent history by reporting a 50 per cent jump in profits for the first quarter of its fiscal year when compared with the same period in 2009.
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VMware profits pinched in Q4

For all the talk about how server virtualization's day has finally come for the x64 server platform - and how the economic meltdown has finally given customers the impetus to go virtual with their iron - VMware couldn't grow both sales and profits in the final quarter of 2009.