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Microsoft's Mountain man sees Jobsian past in .NET

Nearly 10 years ago, Dan'l Lewin was given an almost unenviable role - to be Microsoft's ambassador in Silicon Valley, a place hostile towards his new employer.
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Free Software Foundation urges Google to open On2 codec

Now that Google has completed its acquisition of video compression outfit On2 Technologies, a representative of the Free Software Foundation has urged Mountain View to release On2's latest codec under an irrevocable free license and use it to replace Adobe Flash on YouTube.
Cade Metz, 22 2010
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Cray swings profit on Q4 revenue dive

Supercomputer maker Cray finished out 2009 better than many might have expected it to do, reversing to a modest $3m profit on a 43 per cent revenue decline to $88.3m in the fourth quarter ended in December.
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HP at storage crossroads

Comment In the rosy glow of better quarterly results from HP, one forlorn story of mediocre performance repeated itself. StorageWorks declined 3 per cent and EVA revenues fell 5 per cent year on year.
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Iron Mountain thinking about a long, cool drink of Mimosa

Comment The Iron Mountain repository could be getting an email and file archiving software wrapper with strong rumours that Iron Mountain plans to buy Mimosa.
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Endeavour touches down at Kennedy

Space shuttle Endeavour wrapped its two-week STS-130 mission to the International Space Station last night, touching down at Kennedy Space Center at 03:20 GMT.
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McKinnon gets a date for 'final' appeal

Pentagon hacker Gary McKinnon and his legal team have been given three months to prepare for a judicial hearing on whether the Home Secretary proceeded correctly in allowing extradition proceedings to proceed in spite of dire medical warnings.
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Mixed messages for UK small biz

The British economy is showing some signs of recovery, but January's fall in retail sales is a sign that any recovery is weak and still needs help from government and low interest rates.
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Web2.0rhea means ‘higher insurance premiums’

Web2.0rhea sufferers may pay a high price for their compulsive use of Twitter and Facebook, in the form of higher insurance premiums.
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Kipping at your desk is highly productive, say boffins

Splendid news for those among us who occasionally wake up with a snort at our desks, hastily wiping drool off our chins and looking around guiltily. Boffins have annouced that a brief zizz during the day enhances performance and makes people more efficient and productive.
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Apple to take iPad orders this week?

Want a the 3G-less Apple iPad? The Mac maker will begin taking advance orders for the product later this week, it has been claimed.
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Twitter phish pwned profiles push penis pills

Twitter users were hit by potent phishing attacks over the weekend that have already led to spam runs from compromised accounts.
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Samsung models high-end compact

Samsung has taken the wraps off a new premium compact camera pitched an serious snappers.
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Argentinians invade Falkland Islands website

Argentinian hackers yesterday raised their national flag over the Falkland Islands' Penguin News - a temporary occupation in which they laid out their case for sovereignty over the South Atlantic paradise island group.
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Feds open school spycam probe

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is opening a probe into allegations that a US high school used laptop cameras to monitor students.
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The myth of Britain's manufacturing decline

Comment Woe unto us for we don't make anything any more. We've given up on manufacturing and that's what ails the UK economy. We must therefore invest heavily in a renaissance of making things that we can drop on our feet and all will be right with the world.
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Dell Inspiron Zino HD

Review On the face of it, Apple’s Mac Mini makes most 'small form-factor’ PCs look like a pile of junk. The Mini’s ultra-compact design also makes it ideal for use in an office or as a stylish little media centre in the living room. Evidently, Dell has taken note - hence the appearance of its Inspiron Zino range of compact PCs.
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Cyber attacks will 'catastrophically' spook public, warns GCHQ

Exclusive A digital attack against the UK causing even minor damage would have a "catastrophic" effect on public confidence in the government, GCHQ has privately warned Whitehall.
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Sony shows off lens-swap compact

Sony will release its answer to the likes of the Olympus Pen and Panasonic GF1: a premium compact camera with interchangeable lenses.
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MPs obsess about expenses, ignore data security

The UK parliament is now so obsessed with looking tough over expenses that it is cutting corners on data security, and increasing the risk of a breach of constituent confidentiality.
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Sony Ericsson snubbed Google over Nexus One

Sony Ericsson turned down the chance to make the Googlephone, because it didn't want to become a contract manufacturer - not even for the Chocolate Factory.
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O2 claims win in UK mobile broadband speed test

A survey of UK mobile broadband speeds commissioned by O2 gives the carrier the thumbs up for network performance.
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Global warming worst case = Only slight misery increase

Agricultural brainboxes at Stanford University say that global warming isn't likely to seriously affect poor people in developing nations, who make up so much of the human race. Under some scenarios, poor farmers "could be lifted out of poverty quite considerably," according to new research.
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Google digs 6-foot hole for Gears

Google wonks have ended development of the company's Gears application platform, less than three years since its release.
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Infosec job prospects recover after credit-crunch slide

The information security recruitment market is beginning to recover, after problems with the wider economy pushed job prospects and salaries down to a record low last summer, according to a new UK-focused salary survey.
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Overland's Nasdaq market cap gap trap map

Back from the dead? It's a little too soon to say, but Overland Storage - threatened with costly ejection by Nasdaq because its market capitalisation was under $15m - has got a $12m stock issue to put that threat into touch.
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Virgin offers cut-price data roaming in Europe

Virgin Media today launched new packages to allow its mobile customers send and receive data in Europe rather more cheaply than they have been able to so far.
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Siemens' IT workers ballot for strike action at Beeb

Siemens IT staff working at the BBC are mulling possible strike action over a planned pay freeze by the tech firm.
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Double-Take disaster recovery takes to the clouds

Server systems can now be protected against failure with Double-Take replication to servers in Amazon's cloud.
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Wide open spaces mark Mobile World Congress 2010

Comment Barcelona 2010 will be remembered as the year the industry banded together against a common enemy: the Americans.
Bill Ray, 22 2010
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OFT requests T-Orange investigation

The Office of Fair Trading has requested control of the investigation into the merger of T-Mobile and Orange, making a quick decision unlikely and delighting the competition.
Bill Ray, 22 2010
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IBM flicks out HS22V Xeon blade

IBM has launched a new Xeon-based blade server for BladeCenter boxes that it says is tuned specifically to support virtualization hypervisors that in turn run virtual Linux or Windows instances.
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Tricorder/Aliens-motion-tracker handscanner kit gets $6m

Roguish Pentagon kill-nerds have decided to spend more than $6m on a miraculous handheld scanner along the lines of a Star Trek Tricorder or Aliens Colonial Marine motion-tracker. The through-walls people detector will work in the same way as the mysterious brain-slime electrofield senses of sharks and manta rays.
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Twitter bomb threat joke man faces possible jail sentence

Updated A Twitter user who posted a "joke" bomb threat against a UK airport could be jailed after pleading guilty to sending a menacing message.
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Student racks up £8000 mobile broadband bill

Orange has hit a student with a bill for almost eight grand for using a 3G dongle in France for a month.
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Zmanda hooks Tivoli cop into MySQL

Open source vendor Zmanda is adding hooks into its MySQL database backup software for shops using IBM's Tivoli Storage Manager to mastermind the policies.
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Samsung promises Euro 3D TV release first

Samsung reckons it will be the first company to release a 1080p LED-backlit 3D TV in Europe.
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Brussels data watchdog cries foul over secret copyright talks

The man charged with protecting EU citizens' personal data and privacy has protested at being frozen out of secret negotiations to tighten international copyright law online.
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AMD's 'Magny-Cours' Opterons surface on eBay

If you can't wait until the end of March or so to get your hands on the dozen-core "ys" Opteron 6100 processors due from Advanced Micro Devices, then some cagey system builders have a deal for you out on eBay.
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US pinpoints author of Google attack code, says report

US investigators have pinpointed the author of a key piece of code used in the alleged cyber attacks on Google and at least 33 other companies last year, according to a new report.
Cade Metz, 22 2010
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CollabNet chews up scrum dev house

CollabNet is stuffing scrum into its web-hosted development arsenal with the purchase of Danube Technologies, a maker of scrum-based project management software.
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Iron Mountain downs its Mimosa

Our sources were right. Iron Mountain has gone ahead and bought Mimosa Systems and its NearPoint email, file, and SharePoint archiving software.
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Microsoft ties SharePoint into application-virtualization play

Microsoft's application virtualization software - App-V - has been updated to fully support the up-coming next edition of Office.
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Google's MapReduce patent - no threat to stuffed elephants

In mid-January, Google won a patent for MapReduce, the distributed data crunching platform that underpins its globe-spanning online infrastructure. And that means there's at least a question mark hanging over Hadoop, the much-hyped open source platform that helps drive Yahoo!, Facebook, Microsoft's Bing, and an ever-expanding array of other web services and back-end business applications.
Cade Metz, 22 2010
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HTC Smart: A smartphone for the rest of us?

Last week's Mobile World Congress reinforced the trend for smartphone capabilities to migrate down the food chain in to low cost handsets, spreading the mobile internet to wider user bases.