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Stubborn trojan stashes install file in Windows help

Security researchers have spied malware that stashes a copy of itself in a Windows help file to ensure victim computers remain infected.
Dan Goodin, 03 Feb 2010
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SGI biz still kinda lumpy

When Rackable Systems bought defunct supercomputer maker Silicon Graphics and took its name last year, it got a radically expanded customer base and a shot at evening out its own lumpy business among hyperscale Internet companies with SGI's equally bumpy HPC business. The idea - and it may prove to be a sound one in the long run - is that lumpy and bumpy can run smoother. But that hasn't happened quite yet, as SGI's financial results for its most recent quarter show.
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Google calls time on Blogger FTP

Google will no longer allow FTP publishing on its Blogger service beginning March 26.
Cade Metz, 03 Feb 2010
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Microsoft's IE 8 misses Windows 7 updraft

Internet Explorer has continued its gentle drift southwards, having missed any boost from last year's release of IE 8 and the sales onslaught behind Windows 7.
Gavin Clarke, 03 Feb 2010
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Makara's do-it-yourself platform cloud

So, you want to use so-called platform cloud like Microsoft Azure, Google App Engine, or Engine Yard? But you want more choices and more control than these application clouds offer, and you don't want to have to monkey around and build a virtual data center yourself using Amazon's EC2 or a number of infrastructure clouds? A startup called Makara is cooking up something that you might find interesting.
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Google mystery server rooted in Apache

The Google Web Server - a custom server used only by Google itself - was originally built from open-source Apache code, according to a former Google employee.
Cade Metz, 03 Feb 2010
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NotW reporter accused of hacking over 100 mobiles

Disgraced former News of World royal correspondent, Clive Goodman, and a private eye accomplice, Glenn Mulcaire, allegedly tapped into the voice-mail records of far more celebrities and public figures than previously admitted according to mobile phone records.
John Leyden, 03 Feb 2010
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Dell floats new line of lighter, pared-down servers

Dell is planning a line of stripped down CloudEdge servers - standardised versions of its custom hyperscale data centre servers - for applications that work round fail-in-place hardware.
Chris Mellor, 03 Feb 2010
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Fujitsu strike is off

The Unite union has called off Friday's Fujitsu strike. The 24-hour walkout has been cancelled as a gesture of goodwill while talks continue.
John Oates, 03 Feb 2010
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Warez backdoor allows hackers to pwn Twitter accounts

Twitter has lifted the lid on its recent advice to many users to reset their passwords for the micro-blogging site.
John Leyden, 03 Feb 2010
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Record year for online tax filing - and phishing mails

Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs is celebrating another record year for online tax returns, over six million people filed online this year.
John Oates, 03 Feb 2010
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Netbooks to see speed boost this year

Expect to see Atom-based netbooks speed up a little in the latter half of the year when Intel releases upgraded Atom CPUs able to talk to faster memory than the current lot can manage.
Tony Smith, 03 Feb 2010
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Apple updates iPhone OS

Apple has posted an iPhone firmware update that, it claims, delivers improved battery analysis on the 3GS, while also fixing bugs.
James Sherwood, 03 Feb 2010
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Michigan man in DIY rocket sled explosion

A Michigan man required hospital treatment when a rocket sled stunt went explosively wrong, ClickOnDetroit reports.
Lester Haines, 03 Feb 2010
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BT rolls back the night

BT has shifted night time by an hour, deciding that peak rate should run from 0700 to 1900, rather than the six-to-six with which we're all familiar.
Bill Ray, 03 Feb 2010
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Time running out for OFT T-Orange intervention

The FT reports that the Office of Fair Trading is about to grab the T-Orange investigation, though the regulator still has two days to make the decision.
Bill Ray, 03 Feb 2010
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Disk capacity growth rate slowing

Hard disk drive capacity growth rates are slowing and two 2.5-inch drive capacity increases are in qualification with drive manufacturers, according to TDK.
Chris Mellor, 03 Feb 2010
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Police have more than 10,000 ANPR cameras

Police have confirmed that forces in England and Wales are passing up to 14m reads per day from automatic numberplate recognition cameras to a national database.
Kable, 03 Feb 2010
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Manchester cops recover from Conficker

Manchester police were once again able to run inquiries on the Police National Computer on Wednesday morning, after techies purged a Conficker worm infection from the force's network.
John Leyden, 03 Feb 2010
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Hubble snaps space conker bonk aftermath

Pic The Hubble space telescope has snapped a pic believed to show the results of two dinosaur-biffing asteroids smacking into each other in a hypervelocity collision - faster than two cannon shells fired from supersonic jet fighters hitting one another head on*.
Lewis Page, 03 Feb 2010
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Nikon names world's slimmest 10x zoom shooter

Nikon has developed what it claims is the world’s slimmest compact camera with a wide-angle lens and 10x optical zoom.
James Sherwood, 03 Feb 2010
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Medion E54009 touch monitor

Review Love or scoff at the idea, Windows 7’s touchscreen features need to be experienced first-hand, and jabbing away at a demo machine at PC World doesn’t really count. The problem is that buying in to touchscreen technology for the home is an expensive experiment: you would normally need to invest in a brand new touchscreen notebook or all-in-one touchscreen desktop computer to really get to grips with it.
Alistair Dabbs, 03 Feb 2010
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ASA bites PETA over Baby P billboard

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has ordered People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) not to re-run a billboard campaign featuring Steven Barker, the man who tortured 17-month-old Peter Connelly and was subsequently found guilty of "causing or allowing" the infant's death.
Lester Haines, 03 Feb 2010
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Apple vs the iPad Bedwetters

Apple's new iPad has caused an amazing outbreak of Chicken Little-ism. If the iPad is successful, it's curtains for the internet, for freedom and for humanity as we know it. Have you felt a piece of this fall on your head?
Andrew Orlowski, 03 Feb 2010
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Michael Dell snaps up Magnum photo archive

Michael Dell's investment tentacle, MSD Capital LP, has acquired the Magnum Photos agency's extensive print archive for an undisclosed sum, Bloomberg reports.
Lester Haines, 03 Feb 2010
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Dell unveils ultra-skinny Latitude laptop

Dell has taken its ultra-thin business-centric Vostro V13 notebook and tweaked it for suits.
James Sherwood, 03 Feb 2010
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Exploding ciggie blows out Indonesian bloke's teeth

A Indonesian man has accepted 5m rupiah (£335) compensation after an exploding cigarette took out six of his teeth, the BBC reports.
Lester Haines, 03 Feb 2010
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Office 2010 Release Candidate taps small pool of testers

Microsoft has pushed out a near-ready version of Office 2010 to a select bunch of testers.
Kelly Fiveash, 03 Feb 2010
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World of Warcraft auctions coming to iPhone

World of Warcraft fans will soon be granted access to the game’s auction houses through their iPhones.
James Sherwood, 03 Feb 2010
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Draconian new electoral laws for South Australia?

South Australians were this week up in arms at the propsect of a $5000 fine for posting anonymous comment online in respect of an upcoming state election.
Jane Fae , 03 Feb 2010
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Microsoft wishes it could be a Google number two

Microsoft's hopeless pursuit to become the world's biggest search giant took a blow from an unlikely source yesterday.
Kelly Fiveash, 03 Feb 2010
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Salesforce delivers rules tools for Force cloud

Salesforce.com is sinking its talons deeper into business applications with tools to build business rules in its Force.com platform.
Austin Modine, 03 Feb 2010
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Fujitsu and Symantec tie-up storage bundling deal

Fujitsu and Symantec are partnering to sell product bundles combining Fujitsu servers and storage with Symantec's data protection, security and volume management software.
Chris Mellor, 03 Feb 2010
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Alreet, Apple!

Newcastle is to get its very own Apple Store, as soon as next week if we have parsed this report correctly.
Drew Cullen, 03 Feb 2010
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Think Aussie election rules are draconian? Look at the UK's

Commentards looking forward to venting their spleens during the upcoming UK election could found themselves falling foul of rules designed to ensure fair and balanced coverage of the proceedings.
Jane Fae , 03 Feb 2010
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US taxpayer funds Google raid for Twittercrat

Don't worry if you have never heard of Sumit Agarwal, until recently a lowly Google product manager. Not many people have. But he's the latest Googler to swap his Segway for a government paycheck, becoming the Obama administration's latest hire.
Andrew Orlowski, 03 Feb 2010
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UK suffers videogame 2009 sales blow

The games industry is often perceived as going from strength to strength, with titles like Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 claiming record sales figures. But 2009 actually saw UK sales plunge, market watchers said today.
James Sherwood, 03 Feb 2010
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HP turns MDS into new small EVA array

A source has revealed that HP will build a new small EVA array by combining MDS shelves with an XCS-running controller.
Chris Mellor, 03 Feb 2010
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Fake Firefox site bundles undead adware

Adware slingers have taken advantage of the buzz around the latest version of Firefox to establish a fake browser download site.
John Leyden, 03 Feb 2010
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AOL hits into rough with painful independent fourth quarter

AOL saw Q4 sales drop 17 per cent in its first financial results since being spurned by one-time parent Time Warner Inc.
Kelly Fiveash, 03 Feb 2010
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Obama plagiarist has a legal posse

Artist Shepard Fairey is facing a Grand Jury probe for falsifying evidence in a copyright case. Fairey was suing Associated Press over the use of an copyright image Fairey had used as the basis for a popular Obama election poster.
Andrew Orlowski, 03 Feb 2010
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Unisys lands $187m Pentagon mainframe deal

Mainframe maker Unisys wants a little good news ahead of reporting its fourth quarter 2009, and the US Department of Defense was happy to oblige. The Defense Information Systems Agency, the IT arm of the Pentagon, today inked a deal to shell out $187m to provide managed services for DISA's ClearPath mainframes.
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iPad forces operators to shave their SIMs

O2, Orange and DoCoMo are all apparently stocking up on micro SIMs suitable for Apple's iPad, though taking a sharp knife to an existing SIM is always an option.
Bill Ray, 03 Feb 2010
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Yes! It's the iPad jacket!

‘Is that an iPad in your pocket or are you just pleased to see me?’ If you’re wearing the latest gadget jacket from geek clothing firm Scottevest then your answer will probably be the former.
James Sherwood, 03 Feb 2010
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IBM Initiates master data buy

IBM said today that it plans to acquire Initiate Systems, one of the few master data management (MDM) vendors that hadn't yet been gobbled down by a software megafirm.
Austin Modine, 03 Feb 2010
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Google pushes new multitouch onto Nexus One

Updated Google has pushed out a software update for its Nexus One phone that attempts to improve 3G connectivity while adding "pinch-and-zoom" multitouch to a trio of applications where the navigate-with-your-fingers technology was conspicuously absent.
Cade Metz, 03 Feb 2010
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Researchers penetrate last bastion of Windows security

Security researchers have defeated vulnerability protections baked into the latest versions of Internet Explorer, demonstrating that it's possible to poke holes in a safety net that's widely relied on to keep end users safe from drive-by exploits.
Dan Goodin, 03 Feb 2010
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Google's Android code deleted from Linux kernel

After removing Google's Android driver code from the Linux kernel, Novell Fellow and Linux developer Greg Kroah-Hartman has argued that the mobile OS is incompatible with the project's main tree.
Cade Metz, 03 Feb 2010
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Microsoft's SVG talk a prelude to IE support?

Microsoft is making positive noises on SVG, raising the possibility it wiil support the 2D graphics specification in Internet Explorer.
Gavin Clarke, 03 Feb 2010
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Apple: popularity, not problems, caused iMac delays

Apple says that the shipment delays of its top-of-the-line 27-inch iMacs aren't because it has halted production while it works to correct the big boy's display problems. The real reason for the delays? "The 27-inch iMac has been a huge hit with customers and we are working to increase supply to meet up with strong demand," the company says.
Rik Myslewski, 03 Feb 2010
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Intel mobile graphics in 3x boost

Intel uncloaked a few more details on Wednesday about its line of consumer-level 32nm Westmere processors, which were previewed late last year and formally announced at last month's Consumer Electronics Show.
Rik Myslewski, 03 Feb 2010
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Fugitive VoIP hacker admits 10 million minute spree

A Miami hacker has admitted he pocketed more than $1m by selling millions of minutes of voice over IP calls and surreptitiously routing them through the networks of telecommunications companies.
Dan Goodin, 03 Feb 2010
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Intel sneak peeks Westmere EP server silicon

With IBM and Intel gearing up the high-end Power7 and "Tukwila" Itanium launches for next Monday, Intel's preview of its "Westmere-EP" processors for servers and workstations and a slew of research projects was always going to get lost in the shuffle.

Cisco books back in the black

Cisco System's quarterly profit surged 23 per cent as renewed interest in corporate infrastructure upgrades saw the network giant post its first sales increase in a year.
Austin Modine, 03 Feb 2010