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Google Research probes educasearch engine

Peter Norvig - current Google Research head and the company's former director of search quality - is exploring some sort of new-age search engine aimed specifically for students.
Cade Metz, 04 2010

Asus will hit e-pad market this year

Asus is working on multiple e-pad type devices which it hopes will exploit the shortcomings of Apple's iPad when they hit the market this year.
Joe Fay, 04 2010
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Skype arrives on Nokia Symbian phones

One day after Skype yanked support for Windows and Java mobiles, citing a lack of consistent quality across handsets, the proprietary VoIP outfit is showing its love for Symbian.
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Hacking human gullibility with social penetration

Security penetration testers Mike Bailey and Mike Murray rely plenty on attacks that exploit weaknesses in websites and servers, but their approach is better summed up by the famous phrase "There's a sucker born every minute".
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HDI Dune BD Prime 3.0 Blu-ray media player

Review There is no denying that the idea of one-box Blu-ray player, media streamer and HDD storage is a good one but, to date, we have not come across an example we could wholeheartedly recommend. Popcorn Hour's C-200 Media Tank came close, but the price – which doesn't actually include a Blu-ray player – the slight whiff of DIY and the persistent on-line chatter about firmware problems, all stacked up against it.
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New use found for 'world's most useful tree'

A recipe for using "the world's most useful tree" to purify water is being offered for free download, in the hope that this will help get clean drinking water to billions of poor folk around the world.
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On enterprise networking and administration

There are some things in life that everyone just expects to function, almost without thought. You switch on the light, there will be electricity available; you turn the tap and water will flow; you pick up the phone, there will be a dial tone. Over the course of the last decade, much to the surprise of many who have long toiled in the industry, users now expect most, if not all, IT services to be similarly available whenever and wherever the need, or the whim, strikes.
Tony Lock, 04 2010
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Security in the virtualised world

Webcast If virtualisation is creeping across your organisation you’ve presumably ticked some of the security boxes, right? Well, whether you have or not, you may still want to tune in the next webcast in our virtualisation series: Virtualisation and Security: Practical Matters.
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Street View threatens to throw Eurostrop

A senior Google exec yesteday suggested that if the company doesn't get its way over Street View data retention, it may stop prowling the European Union's highways and byways.
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Web wags stage IE 6 funeral

The unsung comic geniuses of the web are holding a mock funeral for Microsoft's decrepit IE 6 browser software later on Thursday.
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SeaWorld killer killer whale must die, Bible insists

The revelation that Tilikum - the killer whale which last week lived up to its species' name by killing SeaWorld trainer Dawn Brancheau - had killed before, prompted much debate as to whether the tragedy could have been avoided.
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Ofcom wades into UK 'Net Neutrality' row

Ofcom has reportedly warned broadband providers that it plans to probe how they manage their web traffic and give “preferential” treatment to some media owners.
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Samsung readies SDHC HD camcorders

Samsung has introduced a quartet of HD camcorders, all equipped with a 3.32Mp sensor, a 37mm wide-angle lens and a 20x optical zoom facility.
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Murdoch promises WSJ on the iPad

Murdoch has admitted that the Wall Street Journal is working on an iPad version, while Penguin has been demonstrating how the iPad can take content back to 1993.
Bill Ray, 04 2010
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DARPA to build military App Store, battlefield 3G

Not content with merely soliciting bids for smartphone apps useful to the military "and the national security community more generally", the Pentagon's tech hothouse now plans something resembling a military App Store - and has unveiled plans to deploy civilian mobile coverage onto the battlefield.
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Vivienne Tam packs paint on HP netbook

HP has paraded its latest laptop with a case coloured by fashion designer Vivienne Tam.
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LibDems score copyright coup

Mandybill The LibDems' surprise amendment to strengthen UK courts' powers over digital copyright infringement passed late last night, despite Labour and Tory opposition, replacing the government's original, preferred proposal in the Digital Economy Bill.
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Will we stop talking about virtualisation?

Lab Well, it’s been fun, but we’re starting to draw this virtualisation lab series to a close. Over the next couple of weeks we’ll be wrapping things up, tying things down and otherwise leaving things neatly parcelled.
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Sony readies revamped netbook

Sony looks set to replace its Vaio W netbook series with a new model based on the latest Atom chip series.
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Google search results go all starry-eyed

Google has rejigged its personalised search results option by adding stars - used elsewhere in Mountain View’s vast online estate - to its search engine and maps.
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Monster botnet held 800,000 people's details

The Mariposa botnet had the power to dwarf Georgia and Estonia cyberattacks if it had been used to launch denial of service attacks, say Spanish police.

Apple yanks Wi-Fi detectors from iTunes

Wi-Fi hotspot detecting applications are the latest on Apple's list of verboten apps, and even developers are being left in the dark as to why.
Bill Ray, 04 2010
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Men lie more in online dating - except about their weight

Help is at hand for those who make use of - or perhaps help to run - online dating services. A new study has revealed who is most likely to tell lies about what aspects of themselves when seeking love on the interwebs.
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Microsoft expects to flog 300m 270m copies of Windows 7 in 2010

Microsoft’s chief operating officer, Kevin Turner, claimed yesterday that the software vendor would sell 300 million 270 million copies of Windows 7 this year, even though he expects businesses to keep their budgets tight.
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Oscars can Sacha Baron Cohen Avatar skit

Brit comedian Sacha Baron Cohen will not entertain the Oscars crowd on Sunday by hooking up with Ben Stiller for a dig at the helmsman of paradigm-busting megabucks sci-fi superproduction Avatar.
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Brits blame Apple, Nokia, RIM et al for smartphone woes

Smartphone owners are a vocal lot, willing to vent spleen to all and sundry when their handsets don't work as well as they expect them to.
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PR outfit trumpets NHS deaths 'crisis management'

Here's a top tip for NHS hospitals which find themselves in the awkward position of having a load of dead patients lying about as a result of Clostridium difficile infection: call Freshwater PR who can prevent the resulting press kicking proving fatal to your good name.
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NetApp models uplifting BRaaS

NetApp has produced a set of design guides for service providers, including a Backup and Recovery as a Service (BRaaS) offering with Asigra, and is looking for a sales uplift in this area.

Intel tightens up Westmere security

Intel will add additional security instructions to the Westmere server chips due later this month, the firm told journalists at Cebit today.
Joe Fay, 04 2010
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eBay scammer gets four years

The leader of a UK-based gang who made millions selling counterfeit luxury golf kit and other knock-off goods through auction site eBay has been jailed for four years.

Intel preps new Xeons for March 16 launch

The word on the street is that chip maker Intel will finally get around to launching its new Xeon processors on March 16, and AMD will follow up with its new Opterons sometime near the end of the month. Let the marketeering begin.
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Intel pitches Atom storage platform

Intel is pitching an Atom processor platform for storage boxes in home networks and small office/home office applications.
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Microsoft embraces another Linux company

Another day, another company developing Linux-based tech falls into line with Microsoft's intellectual property wonks.

NFC breathes new life into tombstones

An American outfit has started selling RFID tags for embedding in headstones, making life easier for the next generation of the Time Team.
Bill Ray, 04 2010

T-Mobile to slash international call rates

T-Mobile will next week slash the cost of making calls to overseas numbers - if you're one of its pay-as-you-go customers.
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Hull Daily Mail exposes depraved local porncoder

The Hull Daily Mail has put itself in the frame for an investigative journalistic award of the highest standing after exposing a local website owner who'd designed "thousands of hardcore pornography websites".
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Buffalo preps SuperSpeed USB 3.0 portable HDD

Buffalo will ship its first portable hard drive to support SuperSpeed USB next month.
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US 'Anubis' stealth assassin robo-missile nearly ready

The US military is continuing work on a portable, robotic drone/missile which could be used to kill individual human beings from afar. The weapon, codenamed "Anubis", has now moved into the final stages of development.
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Asus shows media player's USB 3.0 upgrade

Asus has introduced its latest HDD-to-HD TV adaptor, this time adding SuperSpeed USB 3.0 to the media playback gadget.
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Big Phone's first Google Android defaults to...Yahoo!

The first Google Android-based handset offered by the iPhone-hugging AT&T will not use Google as the default search engine. It will use Yahoo!.
Cade Metz, 04 2010

Netezza squeezes out Q4 growth

Data warehousing and analytics appliance maker Netezza has closed out its fiscal 2010, and like many hardware and software vendors in the IT racket, the company's profits took a hit. Unlike many hardware suppliers, Netezza actually managed to get a tiny bump in sales in the quarter and for the year, despite the economic meltdown.
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Ubuntu Lucid Lynx changes its spots

Canonical is replacing its signature brown color scheme with the debut of Ubuntu 10.04, the next major release of the popular Linux distribution.
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'Severe' OpenSSL vuln busts public key crypto

Computer scientists say they've discovered a "severe vulnerability" in the world's most widely used software encryption package that allows them to retrieve a machine's secret cryptographic key.
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More doubt tossed onto iPad numbers

A second report has surfaced claiming Apple is experiencing spotty overseas production of the iPad, due for release later this month.
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Ballmer in the clouds: 'Microsoft redefines, Amazon repackages'

Asked if Microsoft is truly innovating in the race towards so-called cloud computing - not just reacting to what companies like Amazon and Google have done - Redmond chief Steve Ballmer pointed to Windows Azure, the company's sky-high development platform.
Cade Metz, 04 2010
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Real Networks rolls over to Hollywood

RealNetworks has agreed to destroy all traces of its short-lived DVD-duplicating software, RealDVD, to appease the Hollywood heads that brought legal action against it.