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Floating IT lab mimics multi-tiered networks

Skytap - the Jeff Bezos-backed startup that lets you mimic internal IT infrastructure in the so-called cloud - has introduced a new set of automation tools designed to facilitate the creation of complex network topologies on its floating interwebs service.
Cade Metz, 10 Mar 2010

Google opens Google Apps app store

The Mountain View Chocolate Factory has unveiled an online marketplace for third-party applications that hook into its Google Apps suite of web-based businessware.
Cade Metz, 10 Mar 2010

UK pol touts canine chip implants

Even if your beloved Westie is spending her declining years curled up by the hearth, Home Secretary Alan Johnson suggests she should be microchipped for the protection of her potential victims, and you should pony up for dog-attack insurance.
Rik Myslewski, 10 Mar 2010

Tablet maker threatens, then robs Apple

The publicity whores at China's Shenzhen Great Loong Brother tablet-PC maker are at it again.
Rik Myslewski, 10 Mar 2010

Sepaton in anti-Data Domain pitch

Criticising the pain of single-silo deduplication products, Sepaton has introduced a dual-node clustered product that can be upgraded to its larger ES2 system.
Chris Mellor, 10 Mar 2010

Suburban woman accused of using net to recruit terrorists

A suburban Pennsylvania woman who went by the online alias JihadJane used the internet to recruit Islamic terrorists and to plot the assassination of a Swedish cartoonist who depicted the Prophet Mohammed, according to a federal indictment unsealed Tuesday.
Dan Goodin, 10 Mar 2010

Exploring Security in the virtualised world

Live right now!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 to our webcast at 10am today: Virtualisation and Security: Practical Matters.
Phil Mitchell, 10 Mar 2010
Google Nexus One

Google Nexus One

ReviewThe flourishing Android operating system has appeared on phones made by Motorola, Sony Ericsson, Samsung, LG and HTC. Now Google has launched its own handset, though it’s actually made by HTC, which has made the bulk of Android handsets so far.
David Phelan, 10 Mar 2010

Google goes cycling

Google is offering a cycling option for users of its map service.
John Oates, 10 Mar 2010

Max Clifford takes £1m to drop hack probe

Celebrity publicist Max Clifford has agreed to accept a £1m plus payoff in exchange for dropping phone hacking allegations against the News of the World.
John Leyden, 10 Mar 2010

Brown promises Budget in a fortnight

Gordon Brown is set to announce the Budget will happen at the end of the month, increasing the likelihood that the election will be on 6 May.
John Oates, 10 Mar 2010

NY chef offers mam cheese canapes

A New York chef is offering samples of cheese made from his wife's breast milk with the promise that it's "100 per cent organic, free range and foie gras fed".
Joe Fay, 10 Mar 2010
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Sharp preps Freeview HD set-top kit

Sharp will release the first of two Freeview HD set-top boxes at the end of April. It's also preparing a regular Freeview DVR that uses USB-connected storage to make it a doddle to transfer taped programmes to a PC.
Tony Smith, 10 Mar 2010

Palm pops out plug-in dev kit

Palm has released its Plug-in Development Kit, enabling native development for those who find AJAX just can't cut it.
Bill Ray, 10 Mar 2010
Samsung SpinPoint 2.5in HDD

WD targets Win XP users to ease 4KB drive upgrades

Western Digital is to help Windows XP users more easily make the transition to so-called '4K' hard drive technology, the new standard for basic drive formatting.
Tony Smith, 10 Mar 2010
Broken CD with wrench

Microsoft boffin scoops Turing Award

A Microsoft researcher has received the Turing Award in recognition for his pioneering work in personal computing hardware and networking technology development.
John Leyden, 10 Mar 2010

BT boss urges fines for filesharing customers

MandybillIan Livingston, the boss of Britain's biggest ISP BT, is lobbying for the government's proposed technical sanctions against filesharers to be replaced with fines.
Christopher Williams, 10 Mar 2010
Happy business people celebrate. Photo by Shutterstock

Young people are lazy, think world owes them a living - prof

It's official. Proper actual science has confirmed that the young Westerners of Generation Y (people now in their 20s) are idle, workshy loafers by comparison to their elders. They are also think that the world owes them a handsome living, having higher expectations of salary and status than their predecessors.
Lewis Page, 10 Mar 2010

UK is safer from al-Qaeda 'bastards', says security minister

The minister responsible for counter-terrorism has said that despite "some very nasty bastards out there who aim to do us harm", government security initiatives have made the UK safer from attacks in recent years.
Christopher Williams, 10 Mar 2010

Y2.01K hits Garmin satnav

Garmin's Geko 201 GPS kit can't decide what year it is, flipping between decades every time it's switched on, though it's performing better on days of the week.
Bill Ray, 10 Mar 2010

Microsoft whitewashes MSN in latest Web2.0rhea whimsy

Microsoft has taken the beta wraps off its MSN homepage, which the company relaunched in the US in November 2009.
Kelly Fiveash, 10 Mar 2010

Twitter adds filter to cut phishing lines

Twitter has tightened up security procedures in order to curtail phishing attacks against users of the micro-blogging service, which have become rampant over recent weeks.
John Leyden, 10 Mar 2010

SpringSource adds springiness to Tomcat server

Open-source Java framework specialist SpringSource has unveiled a new incarnation of its Apache Tomcat-based tc Server, offering application developers and operators additional tools for building, deploying, and monitoring their software on the lightweight runtime platform.
Cade Metz, 10 Mar 2010

Mozilla Jetpack flies out of laboratory into loving arms of Firefox

Mozilla has promoted its web extensions prototype package - Jetpack - by pushing it upstairs and readying it for production with its Firefox browser.
Kelly Fiveash, 10 Mar 2010

UK plastic fraud losses fall for first time in 3 years

A rise in online banking fraud losses took some of the shine off the overall fall in debit and credit fraud in the UK last year.
John Leyden, 10 Mar 2010
The Ford car engine intended for stratospheric hydrogen service. Credit: Boeing

'Phantom Eye' hydrogen strato-spy drone starts building

Global arms'n'aerospace behemoth Boeing says it will now begin work in earnest on its "Phantom Eye" high-altitude hydrogen spy drone, powered by a pair of modified Ford car engines.
Lewis Page, 10 Mar 2010

Government spends £11k on ID card 'branding'

The government still seems to be shying away from spending too much money advertising its ID card and National ID Register schemes.
Joe Fay, 10 Mar 2010
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Saviour likely for titsup training firm

Administrators for Advent Computer Training, and its sister school for plumbers, believe they have found buyers for the company.
John Oates, 10 Mar 2010

Freesat BBC iPlayer beta gets red button access

Humax and the BBC have extended their iPlayer offering to all of the manufacturer's Freesat set-top boxes, making the catch-up service available through remotes' red buttons.
Tony Smith, 10 Mar 2010
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Samsung to bundle glasses with 3D TVs

In a bid to become the leading supplier of 3D TVs, Samsung will bundle every one of its 3D tellies and Blu-ray Disc players with two pairs of active-shutter specs and a copy of Monsters vs Aliens, the company announced last night.
Tony Smith, 10 Mar 2010
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MoJ halves consultancy spending

The Ministry of Justice reduced its consultancy spending from £20.7m in 2007-08 to £10.5m in 2008-09, despite the failure of other departments to meet government cost-cutting targets.
Kable, 10 Mar 2010

Zero* welcome for 200 Welsh TV shows - in Wales

Almost 200 Welsh language programmes broadcast by S4C last month attracted precisely zero viewers, leaked audience figures show.
Joe Fay, 10 Mar 2010

Ex-Sun boss punts Apple-Microsoft-world 'tried to sue me' missive

Former Sun Microsystems boss Jonathan Schwartz has claimed that Apple chief Steve Jobs threatened to sue the server and software maker in 2003.
Kelly Fiveash, 10 Mar 2010

Underground mole-satnavs to work off lightning strikes

News has emerged of a secret US military programme intended to let troops navigate about inside huge underground enemy tunnel complexes by measuring energy pulses given off by lightning bolts.
Lewis Page, 10 Mar 2010

Cryptome: PayPal a 'liar, cheat and a thug'

"PayPal is a fucking liar, a cheat and a thug," says Cryptome operator John Young. The eBay-owned payment service closed the Cryptome account last week, with over $5,000 of donations intended for Young in limbo.
Andrew Orlowski, 10 Mar 2010

Pistol fired on Olympic honour campaign for Turing

The campaigner who led a successful effort last year to secure a public apology for the UK government's mistreatment of Alan Turing is calling for recognition of the celebrated cryptographer during the 2012 London Olympics.
John Leyden, 10 Mar 2010

Voltaire brings InfiniBand switch to the masses

InfiniBand and Ethernet switch maker Voltaire this morning rolled out its Grid Director 4200, a midrange 40 Gb/sec InfiniBand switch that shoots the gap between its entry and high-end switches, and that is the product that Voltaire expects companies to buy as they adopt InfiniBand for database clustering and other HPC jobs.
LG LX9900

LG 3D TV line to debut in May

LG will release its 3D TV range in May, the company said today. The line-up will comprise a pair of LED TVs and a Blu-ray Disc player.
Tony Smith, 10 Mar 2010

Google flips switch on mobile YouTube banner ads

Google is now serving ads on the mobile incarnation of YouTube.
Cade Metz, 10 Mar 2010

Google boss says something will happen in China 'soon'

Google CEO Eric Schmidt has reiterated that the company is currently in negotiations with the Chinese government over its future in the country - despite the Chinese government's claims to the contrary - and he expects some sort of development "soon".
Cade Metz, 10 Mar 2010
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Citrix tunes XenApp for Windows Server R2

Citrix has unveiled XenApp 6 after re-architecting the product from the ground up to take full advantage of Microsoft's Windows Server 2008 R2.
Intel Core i7-980X, aka Gulftown

Intel's redemos six-core Gulftown

Intel has given developers another peek at its upcoming Core i7-980X Extreme Edition processor.
Rik Myslewski, 10 Mar 2010

Zeus botnets suffer mighty blow after ISP taken offline

At least a quarter of the command and control servers linked to Zeus-related botnets have suddenly gone quiet, continuing a recent trend of takedowns hitting some of the world's most nefarious cyber operations.
Dan Goodin, 10 Mar 2010

Mozilla open source license set for facelift

Mozilla is updating its open source license after more than 10 years of use.
Cade Metz, 10 Mar 2010

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