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Energizer site still plagued by data-stealing trojan

The maker of Energizer brand batteries is continuing to serve its customers a file laced with a data-stealing trojan more than 24 hours after the company was notified of the threat and almost two weeks after it promised to fix the problem.
Dan Goodin, 19 Mar 2010
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Privacy chiefs define 'data processor' and 'data controller'

Europe's privacy watchdogs have outlined exactly what the meanings are of the two terms on which the whole EU Data Protection Directive hangs. It said that organisations need more guidance now because of the complexity of modern business.
OUT-LAW.COM, 19 Mar 2010
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Canon Powershot G11

Review Canon’s Powershot G-series has been a best seller for the best part of 10 years. What photographers have always loved in these cameras is the combination of pocketability with full manual control and direct access to all main settings by means of professional-looking dials and buttons.
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UK.gov spunked £153m on reorganisation IT

The National Audit Office says that nearly 20 per cent of the £780m spent on central government reorganisations over the last four years has gone on IT.
Kable, 19 Mar 2010
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End government pre-snoop on stats

The ability of politicians to spin official statistics to support their own point of view is likely to be severely curtailed – at least if UK Statistics Authority has its way.
Jane Fae , 19 Mar 2010
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Loch Ness Stig blurred into oblivion

The curious case of the Loch Ness Stig just got a lot curioser, and the conspiracy thoeorists among you would do well to don your tinfoil hats and keep a sharp eye out for approaching black helicopters.
Lester Haines, 19 Mar 2010
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Virgin Media to demo 200Mb/s broadband tomorrow

Virgin Media will publicly demonstrate its upcoming 200Mb/s broadband service this weekend.
Tony Smith, 19 Mar 2010
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Student loan system failure could happen again

An investigation into the failure of the Student Loan Company to properly process applications has revealed the disaster could be repeated later this year.
John Oates, 19 Mar 2010
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And now - new stealth jumpjet makes first hover landing

Vid Following yesterday's initial hover, the new F-35B Lightning II - world's first supersonic stealth jumpjet - has now made a vertical landing. British test pilot Graham Tomlinson said the aircraft is much easier to set down than today's Harrier.
Lewis Page, 19 Mar 2010
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Tiger Woods' alleged mistress publishes X-rated texts

NSFW One of Tiger Woods' alleged mistresses has published (NSFW) a series of explicit text messages she claims the errant golfer sent to her between July and October 2009.
Lester Haines, 19 Mar 2010
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Chip maker to take on iPad with $99 tablet

Chip maker Marvell - the company that acquired Intel's ARM-based processor portfolio back in 2006 - is to pitch a low-cost tablet to students.
Tony Smith, 19 Mar 2010
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Google to flee China on April 10, says report

Google may exit China on April 10, according to a report citing an unidentified sales agent for the company.
Cade Metz, 19 Mar 2010
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PayPal enables cash-by-slap

The latest version of PayPal's iPhone application allows users to transfer money by bumping their handsets together, putting one more nail into the NFC coffin.
Bill Ray, 19 Mar 2010
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Vodafone Spain admits 3,000 smartphones shipped with Mariposa

Vodafone Spain has accepted that 3,000 customers were potentially exposed to malware after Mariposa botnet agents strayed onto the HTC Magic smartphone.
John Leyden, 19 Mar 2010
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Microsoft talks up Windows 7 SP1, shy on dates

Microsoft revealed a few more details about Windows 7 Service Pack 1 yesterday, confirming it would involve a small-fry update to the operating system.
Kelly Fiveash, 19 Mar 2010
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Sky 3D to go live on 3 April in 'thousands' of pubs

Sky's 3D TV channel will kick off on Saturday, 3 April will the Barclays Premier League match pitching Manchester United against Chelsea, the satellite broadcaster said today.
Tony Smith, 19 Mar 2010
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Orange to launch mobile games store with HMV

Orange and high-street retailer HMV will next week launch what they claimed is a first for a UK mobile phone operator: an online games download store for Java-enabled phones.
Tony Smith, 19 Mar 2010
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China Mobile pleads for compatible iPhone

China Mobile's inability to sell the latest tech is starting to hurt, with the company's head asking Apple to develop a TD-SCDMA version of the iPhone, please.
Bill Ray, 19 Mar 2010
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VirnetX flings second patent infringement sueball at Microsoft

VirnetX is hoping to scoop up a brace of lawsuit wins against Microsoft, after it filed a second patent infringement claim against the company yesterday.
Kelly Fiveash, 19 Mar 2010
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Mountain View promises Google Analytics opt-out

Google is developing a browser plug-in that will let you opt-out of being tracked by Google Analytics, the traffic monitoring service now used by 71 per cent of the top domains on the interwebs.
Cade Metz, 19 Mar 2010
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Home Office planning to brick version 1 ID cards in 2012?

The current generation of UK ID card is, apparently, the wrong kind of ID card, and is likely to be upgraded to incorporate new features by 2012.
John Lettice, 19 Mar 2010
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LHC boffins crank beams to 3.5 TeV redline

Big news from the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) overnight. The titanic proton-punisher has once again smashed all records to achieve the most powerful particle beams ever generated by the human race, at energies of 3.5 Tera-electron-volts - the maximum redline power at which the mighty machine can currently be safely run.
Lewis Page, 19 Mar 2010
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Virgin Mobile fined for pushing mobile spam

Virgin Mobile has been fined for sending spam messages to Australian mobile users who'd already opted out of receiving promotions.
John Leyden, 19 Mar 2010
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Dell order status website suffers second server meltdown

Dell has once again apologised, after its servers buckled under the strain of requests from customers hoping to check the status of their orders on the company's website.
Kelly Fiveash, 19 Mar 2010
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Health records riddled with errors

The Summary Care Records scheme is not trusted by doctors because some records have serious errors.
John Oates, 19 Mar 2010
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Blighty gives Street View the bum's rush

It's Friday, and rapidly approaching pub o'clock, so no apologies for this week's last two offerings from the wonderful world of Street View: Google Moon, UK-style:
Lester Haines, 19 Mar 2010
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Blunkett: 'The dog howls when I whip out my ID card!'

"Even the dog howls when I bring it home," claimed former Home Secretary and Big Brother Awards Lifetime Menace as he waved his ID card at Privacy International's 20th birthday party last night.
John Lettice, 19 Mar 2010
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YouTube accuses Viacom of secretly uploading videos

Google has accused Viacom of secretly uploading videos to YouTube in an effort to support its copyright infringement claims against Mountain View.
Kelly Fiveash, 19 Mar 2010
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Facebook stands up to UK.gov's cyberbullying

Comment The Home Office has half-heartedly claimed victory in its effort to strong-arm Facebook into publishing a child protection "panic button" on its users' profiles. In fact, the government has been given an embarrassing lesson in rationality by the leading social network.
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Server makers prepping for Opteron 6100s

In direct response to a story published earlier this week by The Register regarding the OEM support for the upcoming dozen-core "Magny-Cours" Opteron 6100s and related chipsets, Advanced Micro Devices has been compelled to blog that there are indeed tier one server makers working away on servers that will use the new chip.
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Just how does IT spend its time looking after ERP?

Poll Results Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) packages providing functionality to support core business processes in an integrated manner are a prominent feature in a lot of IT environments. But what kind of burden do they place on the IT department?
Dale Vile, 19 Mar 2010
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Google knew YouTube did evil, but bought it anyway

Do no evil? Google execs knew YouTube was in the wrong, but swallowed hard and bought it anyway, emails disclosed to a US court show. In 2006 execs at the Chocolate Factory were aware that the startup was less than wholesome, describing it as a "rogue enabler of content theft" whose "business model is completely sustained by pirated content" - in emails now made public. They acknowledged it would raise ethical questions.
Andrew Orlowski, 19 Mar 2010
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Google ratchets interweb 3D on Windows

Google has announced a new open source project designed to facilitate the use of WebGL, the browser-based 3D graphics standard floated by Mozilla and the Khronos Group.
Cade Metz, 19 Mar 2010
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Fake servers even less secure than real ones

The prognosticators at Gartner are at it again, and this time they are guessing that IT shops are not going to be as diligent in securing their virtual servers as they need to be for many years to come.
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Firefox zero-day fix set up for 30 March release

Mozilla confirmed the presence of an unpatched flaw in its browser on Thursday, with a post promising to release a fix at the end of the month.
John Leyden, 19 Mar 2010
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Microsoft, 'open' data, and the curse of open source

Do the rise of cloud computing and the outbreak of peace on open standards in the browser mean programmers will be forced to find new ways to make money online?
Gavin Clarke, 19 Mar 2010
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Computer glitch prompts 50 raids on elderly couple's home

New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg apologized to an elderly Brooklyn couple on Friday for about 50 door-pounding visits police made to their home resulting from a glitch in one of the department's computers.
Dan Goodin, 19 Mar 2010
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Nerd alert: First Lucid Lynx Ubuntu beta fun

Review Lucid Lynx, Ubuntu 10.04 that Friday entered the beta stage, looks to be taking the popular distro to an entirely new and very consumer-oriented level.
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Massive FBI computer overhaul is put on ice (again)

The FBI has once again suspended work on parts of a massive computer overhaul that many say is vital to fighting crime and terrorism.
Dan Goodin, 19 Mar 2010

Intel Labs unveils PC power plans

Engineers at Intel Labs are toiling away at a "holistic approach" to energy savings that could result in lower-power processors, shrunken power bricks and batteries and worldwide power bills shrinking by billions of dollars.
Rik Myslewski, 19 Mar 2010
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Steve Jobs and governator tout transplant reform

The über-private and über-reclusive Apple CEO Steve Jobs made a rare non-keynote public appearance on Friday, joining California governor and action-film hero Arnold Schwarzenegger to promote organ-donation legislation.
Rik Myslewski, 19 Mar 2010