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Ubuntu Koala food console gets its cron on

Scalr - the open source admin console for Amazon's Elastic Compute Cloud and its Eucalyptus doppelganger - has added a cron job task manager to its arsenal, giving you more freedom to write and schedule scripts on sky-high virtual servers.
Cade Metz, 15 2010
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ITV HD World Cup matches to be shown on Sky, Virgin

Virgin Media and Sky viewers will get to watch ITV's HD channel on 2 April.
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Nominet to release super-short domain names

A host of new, short domain names will be made available under the body responsible for domain names ending in .uk, Nominet. It plans to allow the registration of previously-banned domain names consisting of one or two characters.
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ERP checkpoint

Workshop A lot of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems in place today were installed in the 90's as part of the consolidation of point solutions or to deal with Y2K. At the time, a lot of effort generally went into selecting the most appropriate supplier and system, and significant money and manpower was invested in implementation – sometimes, it could be argued, to quite an excessive degree.
Dale Vile, 15 2010
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Vodafone confirms HTC Android 2.1 duo

Vodafone has flagged up the forthcoming release of HTC's Android-based smartphones Legend and Desire on its network next month.
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Iran's cyber-police hack US spy sites

Iranian security forces have arrested 30 people accused of waging cyber-war against the country with the backing of the United States.
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Apple boss gets $22m bonus

Apple's chief operating officer Tim Cook got a cash bonus of $5m and a bunch of share options for filling in while Steve Jobs was off sick
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.com celebrates 25th birthday

On April 26, 1985, a man called Charles Hornig complained on a mailing list that his new symbolics.com email address wasn't working. Scanning every mail server on the internet, all 1,008 of them, he discovered only one was configured to handle a .com address.
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Is StorSpeed grinding to a halt?

The future of filer cacher StorSpeed appears unclear after it emerged that key execs had left the firm amidst rumours it failed to actually shift any kit.
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Symbian sees (Silver) light at the end of the tunnel

A Symbian version of Microsoft's answer to Flash, Silverlight, has been spotted in the wild. It quickly disappeared but the hope is that it will emerge later this week.
Bill Ray, 15 2010
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LG cuts Fresh Cookie

LG is to cut a couple of extra Cookies: the Plus and the Fresh.
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The challenge of virtualised workloads

On Demand Virtualisation might be something everyone likes to talk about in general terms, but what of the specifics of migrating workloads?
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IT contractors convicted of UK casino hack scam

A pair of UK hackers who used false betting slips in a bid to con casinos into paying out on bogus gambles were undone by greed and a schoolboy maths error, a court heard.
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TomTom for iPhone gets traffic updates

TomTom has updated its iPhone app, adding a much requested traffic updates and Google searches for local services.
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Harrods punts 3D TVs with free shutter specs

Posh department store Harrods has dispute Currys claim to be the first UK retailer to begin taking advance orders for Sony 3D TVs.
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Intel ships super-svelte SSD

Intel is now shipping a cut-down version of its X25-M SSD for less than $150, days after OCZ announced its sub-$100 Onyx SSD.
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Nokia cuts own market share forecast to 34%

Forecasts and market share estimates in the handset industry are increasingly skewed by the rising importance of counterfeit and grey market devices. Such products find their main markets in emerging economies, which are accounting for an increasing proportion of total shipments.
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Robot mini space shuttle is go for April, says US air force

Long-delayed plans by the US to deploy a small robot space shuttle appear now to be approaching fruition, according to reports. The US Air Force has now stated that the X-37 unmanned spaceplane will be launched into orbit on April 19.
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Gelsinger stuns analysts and colleagues with storage pool plan

Comment EMC's Pat Gelsinger is proposing unified storage/server systems that span the globe and function as a single virtual resource pool, using YottaYotta technology.
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Apple details iPad's 'breakthrough' mobile contract

Apple's iPad will come with a monthly contract, a replacement option when the battery craps out and a button to stop the screen spinning round - and it'll even read bedtime stories to you.
Bill Ray, 15 2010
YoYoTech Warbird i750CX

YoYoTech Warbird i750CX

Review The YoYoTech Warbird i750CX is a juiced-up version of the Warbird i750X. Both models are bare towers that come without a display, mouse, keyboard, speakers or operating system, although our review unit was supplied with Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit already installed to save us the effort. Everything else is included.
Stanford Lithium-Sulphur battery design

Boffins builds lithium battery that can't explode

Scientists from Stanford University in the US have worked out how to build a lithium-sulphur battery that doesn't require a lithium metal electrode. That, they say, will make it free from the "serious safety issues" that have been holding the technology back.
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Ex-Sun man Bray takes on paranoid Android role at Google

XML co-inventor and languages expert Tim Bray has taken a job at Google just a month after he left Sun Microsystems Oracle.
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Carly Fiorina downs sinister Democrat hot air balloon

The team driving Carly Fiorina's bid to become Republican senator for California is apparently still relying heavily on mind-altering substances during its campaign brainstorming sessions, if this pop at Democrat incumbent Barbara Boxer is anything to go by:
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Pirate Bay founders get post-Sweden election appeal date

The Pirate Bay appeal finally has a tentative autumn 2010 date set for the founders of the infamous BitTorrent tracker website.
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Cybercrime losses almost double

US net crime loss complaints almost doubled in value from $265m in 2008 to reach $560m last year, according to official figures.
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Spooks scramble to replace failed secret messaging system

MI6 and GCHQ have begun work to replace an aborted secret communications system that wasted tens of millions of pounds.
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Are West Bromwich Borg pliers actually side cutters?

The revelation last Friday that West Bromwich was under threat of subjugation by a transdimensional DIY superpower prompted a few commentards to question our use of the word "pliers" to describe the threat:
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Historian warns against copyright-fight heavy hitting

Copyright-dependent industries risk alienating the public and undermining intellectual property laws with their unregulated and aggressive tactics, according to an historian who has studied nearly 400 years of piracy and intellectual property law.
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Ad industry OKs climate porn

The UK advertising industry has bravely decided it can continue to accept millions of pounds from the state to create alarming climate advertisements, despite inaccuracies and a storm of complaints from parents. The principled decision, from the admen's self-regulatory body the ASA, follows 939 complaints about the UK energy ministry DECC's "Drowning Dog" prime time TV and cinema ad (aka "Bedtime Story") , which cost £6m, and four related posters.
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Dealing with unstructured content

On Demand You can't manage what you can't even see. In these days of continuing data growth, it's becoming increasingly difficult to know what's stored where, and who's got access.
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Dedicated Vi device vies for buyers

The NanoNote is a £90 portable computer, sporting open source hardware and software, but no wireless and little more than a Vi editor in the way of applications.
Bill Ray, 15 2010
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UK tech companies call for government tax breaks

UK technology firms are calling on the government to slash taxes to help create thousands of new jobs in the IT sector.
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EU fails to shift unwanted perv scanners

The European Parliament has failed to offload the half-dozen body scanners it bought in 2005, shortly before MEPs decided the technology was intrusive - even for normal people.
Joe Fay, 15 2010
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Twitter bomb hoax man changes plea

A UK man accused of posting a Twitter update that was taken as a threat to blow Doncaster airport "sky high" is to face trial, and has changed his plea to not guilty.
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Mole-cruiser planned to attack Iranian nuke bunkers

The US military is looking for help in building a robotic subterranean mole-craft, intended to deliver burrowing kamikaze strikes against underground bunker complexes and suchlike.
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US National Broadband plan goes to Congress

All Americans will be entitled to 4Mb/sec broadband, and America will have the fastest mobile network in the world, under the FCC's plan for the future of internet access.
Bill Ray, 15 2010
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VMware opens up Workstation 7.1 beta

Server and desktop virtualization giant VMware has opened up beta testing on its latest desktop hypervisor, Workstation 7.1.
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Facebook users warned over stalk-my-profile scam

A bogus application that lures Facebook users by falsely offering to show who has been viewing their profile has been exposed as a scam.
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Crooks plant fake payment card terminals at multiple stores

Crooks planted bogus payment card processing terminals at multiple locations operated by the Hancock Fabrics chain store that allowed for the theft of sensitive financial data from customers, the company warned.
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Battle lines drawn in Apple-Google warfare

Updated The battle between Apple and Google is heating up, with execs taking potshots at each other and Silicon Valley insiders choosing sides - some by getting new business cards.
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Windows Phone 7: free tools, captive Marketplace

Mix10 Microsoft aims to lure Windows Phone 7 developers with free tools. That's the good news. The less-good news is that Redmond plans to lock down the platform à la Apple's App Store.
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Microsoft pushes temporary security fix to IE laggards

Microsoft has released automated workarounds designed to immunize users against a critical vulnerability in earlier versions of Internet Explorer, which criminals are already exploiting online.
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The $20K iPad

If you're an Apple fanboi with $19,999 burning a hole in your pocket, why not spend it on The World's First Diamond iPad?
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Man gets 30 months in prison for taping nude sportscaster

A Chicago-area man was sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison for secretly taking videos of America's sexiest sportscaster in the nude and then posting them online.