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Jesus Phone in shock Opera browser benediction

Apple has allowed the Opera Mini browser on the Jesus Phone, according to a shock announcement from Opera.
Cade Metz, 13 Apr 2010
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Info-scrubbing algorithm unveiled to protect patient privacy

US researchers have devised a novel way to protect the privacy of patients whose medical histories are included in public databases and electronic medial records, according to news reports.
Dan Goodin, 13 Apr 2010
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Visual Studio 2010 opens Windows to outside help

Microsoft reckons Windows is top dog, but that hasn't stopped the giant from cracking open the door in Visual Studio 2010 to some outside help.
Gavin Clarke, 13 Apr 2010
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Gosling gusher sinks Oracle's Java cred

Comment Oracle's loss of the father of Java, James Gosling, is by far the biggest in terms of defections the database giant has witnessed since acquiring Sun Microsystems.
Team Register, 13 Apr 2010
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NoSQL player questions big data

Memcached specialist Gear6 is blending the DMBS features of query and search with the big data world of NoSQL while aligning with a VMware favorite.
Gavin Clarke, 13 Apr 2010
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Google boss tells newspapers he feels their pain

Not content with being the CEO of an ad-selling, phone-punting, operating-system-developing, online-apps-hosting, tablet-designing, and search-providing megacorp, Eric Schmidt apparently believes he's also a newspaper publisher.
Rik Myslewski, 13 Apr 2010
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Mountain View trials revamped Google Docs

Google is previewing updated incarnations of its web-based document and spreadsheet editors, as it launches a new standalone online application for collaborating with others on digital graphics and drawings.
Cade Metz, 13 Apr 2010
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Gyration Air Mouse Elite

Review Gyration’s accelerometer technology forms the backbone of the Nintendo Wii’s Remote that supports gesture recognition, so with sort of pedigree, I was expecting big things from the manufacturer’s latest peripheral, the Air Mouse Elite. It's a wireless mouse that also functions as a remote control for your PC and whole lot more.
James Sherwood, 13 Apr 2010
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SNIA offers cloud storage standard

The Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) has announced the first cloud storage standard, the Cloud Data Management Interface or CDMI.
Chris Mellor, 13 Apr 2010
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Fear 2012? Bunker hustler has you covered

A California entrepreneur is building a series of hardened underground bunkers that he says will be able to save the lives of 4,000 well-heeled bunkernauts should something go terribly, terribly wrong with earth.
Rik Myslewski, 13 Apr 2010
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DVLA deals £300m card-style licence contract

A Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency contract to supply card-style driving licences could be used to continue to produce ID cards for foreign nationals.
Kable, 13 Apr 2010
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The desktop demands of board-level managers

Workshop Register readers tell us that supporting employees and their IT equipment is a daily challenge, seemingly designed to expose any weaknesses in the IT team's ability to keep systems available and users working productively.
Tony Lock, 13 Apr 2010
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Gartner revises 2010 IT spending upwards

Last week it was the prognosticators at Forrester Research who upped their projections for IT spending a teensy bit, calling the end of the tech downturn and the beginning of a tech recovery. This week, the wizards at Gartner are peering into their crystal balls and see a slightly brighter IT picture for this year, too.
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Apple in Brazilian iPad shocker

Apple has come a tad unstuck in Brazil over its omnipotent and paradigm-redefining iPad, because the name is already registered to a South Korean defibrillator manufacturer.
Lester Haines, 13 Apr 2010
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Tandberg plots 1TB removable hard drive

Updated Tandberg Data is planning a 1TB capacity RDX QuikStor removable hard drive for the August-September period. This will be the first 2.5-inch 1TB drive available.
Chris Mellor, 13 Apr 2010
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Thousands wrongly labelled by CRB checks

The Criminal Records Bureau has paid out compensation of £290,124 to people wrongly labelled criminals during background checks by the agency.
John Oates, 13 Apr 2010
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Overzealous Orange cuts off customer, still bills

A confused Orange disconnected a customer after he cancelled his brother's account, and then insisted he pay for the suspended line until he produced ID to get reconnected.
Bill Ray, 13 Apr 2010
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IBM adds Easy Tier to DS8700

IBM has added an Easy Tier feature to its high-end DS8700 storage array that moves hot data to solid state drives (SSD) automatically.
Chris Mellor, 13 Apr 2010
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FalconStor pushes HyperFS out the door

FalconStor has announced its scale-out HyperFS file system, initially for the media and entertainment industries.
Chris Mellor, 13 Apr 2010
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Argentinian jailbreakers dress in sheep's clothing

Two Argentinian jailbreakers who disguised themselves as sheep have managed to elude a dragnet comprising 300 police officers with helicopter back-up.
Lester Haines, 13 Apr 2010
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Ticket site sorry for pisspoor password wrong

Ticket site Lunatickets apologised to users who got an email overnight telling them their password had been changed.
Team Register, 13 Apr 2010
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eBayer sued for leaving negative feedback

A Florida man faces a $15,000 defamation lawsuit for leaving negative feedback on an eBay seller.
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Twitter to auction off words

Twitter will start auctioning off keywords, gluing promoted tweets to the top of search results, but won't start pushing out advertising until the end of the year.
Bill Ray, 13 Apr 2010
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Microsoft slams coffin lid on Vista

Microsoft has killed support for its unloved Windows Vista operating system today.
Kelly Fiveash, 13 Apr 2010
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London cops focus on extreme porn, human trafficking

A new command within the Metropolitan Police service will have responsibility for policing extreme porn and indecent images of children as well as prostituion and human trafficking.
Jane Fae , 13 Apr 2010
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Will DNSSEC kill your internet?

Internet users face the risk of losing their internet connections on 5 May when the domain name system switches over to a new, more secure protocol.
Kevin Murphy, 13 Apr 2010
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Ocarina compresses Flash and MPEG2s

Ocarina can now compress Flash and MPEG2 videos with no visible loss of quality.
Chris Mellor, 13 Apr 2010
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Antarctic boffins obtain prehistoric deep ice core sample

A team of boffins who have been mounting difficult deep drilling operations at a remote camp in Antarctica believe they may have obtained ice cores dating from the last glacial era.
Lewis Page, 13 Apr 2010
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Google chief 'paranoid' on security after China attack

Google's chief exec said the search engine giant is paranoid about further security attacks in the wake of a high-profile assault it blames on hackers in China late last year.
John Leyden, 13 Apr 2010
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Third of XP security suites flunk tests

A third of 60 anti-malware products for Windows XP failed to make the grade in independent security tests.
John Leyden, 13 Apr 2010
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Opera for iPhone: The review

At last. Apple approved Opera's Mini browser for the iPhone overnight, and in in a few hours it's already attracted over 150 reviews. They're not all positive, and not all accurate, but it's an indication of how much interest there is in a better browser. While Safari was the jewel in the crown of the iPhone user interface, it hasn't changed in three years. There are now 80 million iPhone and iPod Touches out in the wild, so some choice is long overdue.
Andrew Orlowski, 13 Apr 2010
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Facebook rejects CEOP 'panic button' demands (again)

Facebook has again rejected demands from child abuse investigators to publish a branded "panic button" on its users' profile pages.
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Nokia taps out Twitter phone trio

Nokia has announced three new handsets - the Nokia C3, Nokia C6 and Nokia E5 - designed to put better messaging and social networking tools in the hands of more people around the world, at affordable prices. These new handsets feature full QWERTY keyboards, and enable access to a range of different email accounts, IM communities and social networks.
Tony Smith, 13 Apr 2010
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Nokia announces Facetwittery-enabled phones

Nokia has announced it will bring social networking to the masses on its freshly minted C3, C6 and E5 phones.
Bill Ray, 13 Apr 2010
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Tories put ID cards, Contactpoint on manifesto hit list

The Conservative Party Manifesto, published today, is a slap in the face for all those who have been claiming that there is very little difference between the two major parties when it comes to policy.
Jane Fae , 13 Apr 2010
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Sony Ericsson intros Flac friendly music phone

Sony Ericsson has extended its new 'give phones names not numbers' approach to nomenclature to its Walkman line, introducing the Zylo and Spiro.
Tony Smith, 13 Apr 2010
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Open-source Sugar snared by Jobsian code block

SugarCon 2010 Open-source CRM developer SugarCRM has been snared by the dark, so-called brilliance of Apple's whip-tongued chief executive Steve Jobs.
Gavin Clarke, 13 Apr 2010
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Portal crossbreeds backups of earth and sky

CTERA Networks - a fledgling storage outfit based in Israel - has introduced a platform for overseeing storage services that span the local office and the so-called cloud.
Cade Metz, 13 Apr 2010
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Spacewalkers polish off ISS ammonia tank

Mission specialists Clayton Anderson and Rick Mastracchio have completed the installation of a new Ammonia Tank Assembly (ATA) on the International Space Station with a six-hour, 24-minute spacewalk - their third and final STS-131 mission EVA.
Lester Haines, 13 Apr 2010

Apple updates MacBook Pro notebooks

Updated Apple has updated its MacBook Pro laptop line, promising not only faster processors and better graphics but also a longer battery life.
Tony Smith, 13 Apr 2010
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Sepaton adds support for Symantec's OST

Sepaton is today adding support for Symantec's OST interface to its S2100-ES2 virtual tape library and DeltaStor deduplication software. It also has a strategy for extending its products to include CIFS and NFS support, and plans to move into the archive and potentially the search space.
Chris Mellor, 13 Apr 2010
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Nokia X3 sliderphone

Review Hot on the heels of the music-centric Nokia X6 touchscreen smartphone comes the X3, a scaled down version, with running Symbian S40 this time rather than S60, but with a similar UI on top. There’s no touch screen or Comes With Music, no 3G or Wi-Fi or GPS, though it does have a 3.2Mp camera and yet still has music in mind.
Dave Oliver, 13 Apr 2010
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Real-time ad targeting violates privacy, say US pressure groups

US consumer regulator the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has been asked by consumer groups to investigate some of the internet's biggest companies in a review of whether users' rights are violated by online advertising systems.
OUT-LAW.COM, 13 Apr 2010
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Last.fm now offers Less.fm

CBS-owned music site Last.fm offers Less.fm today, after a decision to stop streaming full length tracks. Instead, it will provide a 30-second preview of a song and a link to other sites carrying the full song, such as Spotify and Mog.
Andrew Orlowski, 13 Apr 2010
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EU agency zooms in on 'Flying 2.0'

An EU cyber security agency has developed recommendations for the introduction of greater use of RFID technology in air travel.
John Leyden, 13 Apr 2010
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Seagate tempts hard drive buyers with Star Trek

Seagate is partnering with Paramount to release 21 of the studio's recent films on the hard drive maker's 500GB FreeAgent Go external HDD.
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IBM sharpens Power7 blades

IBM seems to finally be getting serious about Power-based blade servers. Today's launch of the Power Systems 701 and 702 blades, which use the new eight-core Power7 chips, offer about twice the performance of their predecessors, the JS23 and JS43 machines that were delivered using dual-core Power6+ chips last April. The use the same snap-together design of the JS23 and JS43 machines, but have half the processor sockets and lower prices too.

Bioshock 2

Review Released in late 2007, the first Bioshock was the perfect antidote to an unending stream of derivative first person shooters. Borrowing elements from RPGs and brimming with fresh ideas, both in its aesthetic and play mechanics, Bioshock offered a compelling blend of first-person shooter (FPS) and RPG within a highly polished and memorable narrative.
Andrew Bailey, 13 Apr 2010
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Breach on Fort Apache.org exposes passwords

Hackers penetrated the heavily-fortified servers for Apache.org in a "direct, targeted attack" that captured the passwords of anyone who used the website's bug-tracking service over a three-day span last week.
Dan Goodin, 13 Apr 2010
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Google to open source $124.6m video codec, says report

Google will take a swashbuckling step towards license-free web video playback next month when it open sources the leading video codec from a company it just acquired for $124.6 million, according to a report citing multiple people familiar with the matter.
Cade Metz, 13 Apr 2010
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Oracle drops top architect into MySQL skeptic zone

MySQL Con It was a skeptical crowd of MySQLers that greeted Oracle's chief software architect at their annual conference on Tuesday, where he tried to sound reassuring on the future of their database.
Gavin Clarke, 13 Apr 2010
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Steve Jobs: 'Pad? That's my word'

The latest off-the-cuff email from Steve Jobs has injected another soupçon of silliness into the ongoing kerfuffle over the iPad's name - and in doing so, it has further established the CEO of the Decade's reputation for imperious disregard for the developers who have contributed mightily to his company's success.
Rik Myslewski, 13 Apr 2010
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Fedora tempts fate with Apollo 13 beta

If thirteen is supposed to be an unlucky number, why tempt the Fates and launch the beta of a thirteenth version of a product on the thirteenth of the month - and on the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 13 mission to the Moon, which damned near killed its three astronauts? And particularly when you have code-named that release "Goddard," after the American father of modern rocketry?
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Microsoft, Adobe, Oracle unite with massive patch batch

It was an extreme version of Patch Tuesday as Microsoft, Adobe Systems, and Oracle released updates that fixed dozens of critical vulnerabilities in their wares.
Dan Goodin, 13 Apr 2010
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VMware SpringSources for open source Rabbit

VMware's open-source Java framework specialist SpringSource has acquired Rabbit Technologies, a UK-based outfit that offers an open source messaging platform for systems floating across so-called infrastructure clouds.
Cade Metz, 13 Apr 2010
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Otellini says IT economy no longer dying

According to Intel president and CEO Paul Otellini, his "industry is nearly fully recovered" - and if his company's financial performance in the first quarter of 2010 is any indication, he may be right.
Rik Myslewski, 13 Apr 2010
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Big Data open-source duo united under Apache

As big-data hook ups go, they don't get much bigger: NoSQL and distributed computing pin ups Cassandra and Hadoop have been united by the Apache Software Foundation.
Gavin Clarke, 13 Apr 2010
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Xen 4.0 adds Remus fault tolerance

The open source Xen project finally caught up to VMware in the release numbering wars, kicking out the 4.0 release of its eponymous hypervisor for servers and desktops.
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Fedora 13 - Ubuntu's smart but less attractive cousin

Review Number 13 is indeed an unlucky number for the next release of Fedora. Unfortunately for this popular distro, its beta arrives at almost the same time as the next release of Ubuntu, Lucid Lynx.