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IBM's Power7 pitch deconstructed

Some of IBM's Power7 machines have been shipping for several weeks, and the high-end Power 770 and 780 boxes start shipping this coming week. Now, the sales pitching and smooth talking by IBM and its local business partners will begin. What, exactly, will that sales pitch be?
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BSkyB yanks more cash from HP's hide

IT giant Hewlett-Packard said on Friday after the markets closed on Wall Street that it had to knock off another £70m from its first quarter of fiscal 2010 ended in January to cover yet another interim payment to BSkyB relating to a lawsuit filed against EDS relating to the implementation of a customer relationship management suite at the broadcaster.
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Fujitsu president was sacked, not sick

Fujitsu has admitted that its ex-president Kuniaki Nozoe, who left the firm in September apparently due to ill health, was in fact sacked by the board of directors.
John Oates, 08 Mar 2010
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The Hurt Locker sweeps Oscars

Kathryn Bigelow's The Hurt Locker came away from the Oscars last night with six statuettes - double the number which Avatar secured for James Cameron's trophy cabinet.
Lester Haines, 08 Mar 2010
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Conservatives want big IT deals delayed

Shadow minister Francis Maude has asked the cabinet secretary to postpone the signing of important IT contracts until after the election.
Kable, 08 Mar 2010
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Pixel Qi sunlight-readable colour e-paper inbound

Pixel Qi - the 'Qi' is pronounced 'chee' - the company behind a type of e-paper that's not only colour and able to cope with video but is also claimed to be fully readable in bright sunlight, will be making screens available to hardware hackers by the end of June.
Tony Smith, 08 Mar 2010
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Growing up with virtualisation

On Demand As many organisations are discovering as they move beyond server virtualisation pilot projects, there's more to it than just consolidating servers and dealing with workloads.
Jon Collins, 08 Mar 2010
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MIT profs produce 'Ring of Fire' nanotube superbatteries

MIT boffins say they have discovered a radical new source of portable energy, powered by a burning ring of fire, which can hold a hundred times as much juice as a li-ion battery.
Lewis Page, 08 Mar 2010
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Paris Hilton crowned 'Worst Actress of the Decade'

Jetsetting celebutard Paris Hilton has deservingly secured a special Razzie for Worst Actress of the Decade - acknowledging her contribution to cinema in works such as The Hottie and the Nottie, House of Wax and Repo - The Genetic Opera.
Lester Haines, 08 Mar 2010
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Energizer Duo software suffers backdoor Trojan bother

A Trojan backdoor found its way into Energizer Duo USB battery charger software downloads.
John Leyden, 08 Mar 2010
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Toshiba prices up Blu-ray Disc patent portfolio

Consumer electronics and entertainment companies Mitsubishi, Thomson, Toshiba and Warner Bros have together begun charging for their intellectual property that is "essential" to Blu-ray Disc players, drives and recorders.
Tony Smith, 08 Mar 2010
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Microsoft delivers official Word on Office 2010 'tech guarantee' plan

Microsoft has kicked off its Office 2010 "technology guarantee" plan, details of which the company prematurely let slip in February.
Kelly Fiveash, 08 Mar 2010
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Virgin Media wins Film 4 HD exclusive

The HD incarnation of "public service broadcaster" Channel 4's Film 4 offering will only be available to paying Virgin Media customers, it has emerged.
Tony Smith, 08 Mar 2010
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Microsoft flaunts cross-platform gaming goodies

Ninety per cent of a game's source code can now be shared between an Xbox, a PC and a phone - assuming one wants an Xbox game on a three-inch screen.
Bill Ray, 08 Mar 2010
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Bing shies away from gay-as-day search results in Arab countries

Microsoft's Bing search engine blocks out "sexually explicit" results and gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender queries in Arab countries, claimed the Open Net Initiative late last week.
Kelly Fiveash, 08 Mar 2010
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Hull Daily Mail pulls porncoder comments

The Hull Daily Mail evidently decided over the weekend it had received enough of a kicking over its Beverley porncoder investigation, and pulled all comments on both the original story and the follow-up.
Lester Haines, 08 Mar 2010
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Home streaming is 'killing music'

Two weeks ago a US market research company caused a panic in the music business when it reported sales of MP3s had declined. DRM has all but disappeared from digital music, while music catalogs and retailer choice have grown... and yet the volume of digital song sales fell. Ironically, it's the major labels' darling Spotify that's bearing the sharp end of the backlash.
Andrew Orlowski, 08 Mar 2010
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3 tries to tempt mobile broadband buyers with MS Office

Mobile phone network 3 today said it will offer its mobile broadband customers a copy of Microsoft Office Home & Student 2007 for a penny less than £60.
Tony Smith, 08 Mar 2010
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MEPs told to vote or else as US data row deepens

The European Parliament has been asked to vote to approve or reject the Passenger Name Record agreement with the US.
John Oates, 08 Mar 2010
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Sumo wrestler lifts cash machine

Two men including a suspected sumo wrestler were cuffed after bodily lifting a cash machine from a Moscow shop, the BBC reports.
Lester Haines, 08 Mar 2010
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Whatever happened to the email app?

Lab Notes Is the email program dead? Did the whole world just migrate away from Hotmail over to Facebook when we weren't looking? Does anyone else care?
Andrew Orlowski, 08 Mar 2010
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'Curiosity' nuclear Mars tank passes key tech test

NASA bigwigs say that their nuclear powered, laser-packing robotic tank, intended to prowl the ochre plains of Mars, has had its most troublesome bugs ironed out and will be ready to blast off for the red planet next year.
Lewis Page, 08 Mar 2010
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Acer said to be readying glass-lidded laptop

Acer is preparing to release a very skinny - and, dare we say it, incredibly fragile - notebook with a glass-backed frameless display.
Tony Smith, 08 Mar 2010
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3PAR tiering faster than FAST

Faster than EMC's FAST: you can order 3PAR's automatic data moving across storage tiers software right now. 3PAR is also adding solid state storage to its arrays.
Chris Mellor, 08 Mar 2010
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EU ministers want new life for IP enforcement

European Union minsters have told EU governing bodies to revive plans to create a pan-EU law criminalising intellectual property infringement, and to make more use of a new body to cooperate on the enforcement of intellectual property rights.
OUT-LAW.COM, 08 Mar 2010
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Exiled iPhone Wi-Fi apps move to Cydia

Developers kicked out of the iTunes store for using private APIs are turning to the unregulated Cydia store, and think the demographic might even suit them better.
Bill Ray, 08 Mar 2010
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Botnet takedowns 'don't hurt crooks enough'

The takedowns of the Mariposa and Waladec botnets last week were victories for the good guys, but security experts warn that although cybercrooks suffered a bloody nose they collectively retain the upper hand in their ongoing conflict with law enforcement and its security industry allies.
John Leyden, 08 Mar 2010
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BBC: Grasp the high-speed runaway cloud nettle

Competition Hats off to BBC Online's Silicon Valley correspondent Maggie Shiels, who on her dot.maggie blog offers some defining purple prose for the new era in computing.
Andrew Orlowski, 08 Mar 2010
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Paypal freezes Cryptome

eBay Inc has suspended Cryptome's PayPal account, confiscating donations made to the site in the past two weeks. New York architect John Young has refunded around $5,300 to donors.
Andrew Orlowski, 08 Mar 2010
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Panasonic DMC-G2

First Look With a DSLR dangling from my neck, unpacking the new Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2 was certainly quite a contrast. The diminutive lens is remarkably light and, even when married to the body, you certainly don’t feel like you’re being burdened by bulk.
Bob Dormon, 08 Mar 2010
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Crap Scottish weather favours ginger hair

A genetics research student has suggested that the comparatively high number of ginger-haired people among the Scots and Irish may be due in part to crap weather.
Lester Haines, 08 Mar 2010
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BBC protects 'unique' 1Xtra listeners from radio cull

The BBC has justified 1Xtra’s survival in the Corporation’s recent biz strategy cull by claiming that the station’s “unique” audience, which is made up of fewer listeners than death row candidate 6Music, is worthy of more investment.
Kelly Fiveash, 08 Mar 2010
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Ubisoft undone by anti-DRM DDoS storm

Ubisoft has confirmed its rights management servers were hit by a fierce DDoS attack over the weekend that left some customers unable to play its games for much of Sunday.
John Leyden, 08 Mar 2010
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UK.gov urged to slash DNA retention plan

Government plans designed to bring the National DNA Database in line with human rights legislation have been criticised today by an influential group of MPs as not going far enough.
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ASA to take over Facebook, Twitter regulation

Advertising regulator the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) will take over the regulation of companies' social networking pages by the end of the year, according to advertising industry proposals.
OUT-LAW.COM, 08 Mar 2010
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iSuppli: Semi recovery a 'false spring'

A consensus is evolving that the semiconductor industry is going to recover mightily in 2010. But the analysts at iSuppli want to remind everyone that things are only going to feel so good this year because they were so bad in late 2008 and through 2009.
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'Crazy' man cuffed for plotting cyber extortion scheme

A California man was charged with extortion after he allegedly threatened to send millions of emails and social networking messages that maligned a large life insurance company unless he was paid almost $200,000.
Dan Goodin, 08 Mar 2010
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Intel investigates after retailer sold fake CPUs

Updated Intel says it's investigating the sale of fake desktop processors by online electronics retailer Newegg in a scandal that's prompting outrage among customers and recriminations among sellers.
Dan Goodin, 08 Mar 2010
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Steve Jobs says 'No' to iPhone-to-iPad tether

Steve Jobs has spoken: Apple's "magical and revolutionary" iPad will not allow iPhone-to-iPad 3G tethering.
Rik Myslewski, 08 Mar 2010
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Open source webdesktopmobile kit refreshes for iPhone, Android

Appcelerator has taken the beta tag off its open source Titanium development kit, a means of building native desktop and mobile applications using traditional web-development tools such as JavaScript, Python, Ruby on Rails, html and CSS.
Cade Metz, 08 Mar 2010
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Thailand approves extradition of credit card hack suspect

A criminal court in Thailand has approved the extradition to the US of a Malaysian man suspected of participating in credit card thefts of more than $152m, according to a local news report.
Dan Goodin, 08 Mar 2010