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Amazon rains MySQL on Europe

Amazon has floated its MySQL cloud across the Atlantic.
Cade Metz, 14 2010
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Brokerage coughs up $375,000 for website breach

US brokerage D.A. Davidson has agreed to pay $375,000 to settle charges that lax security practices allowed criminal hackers from Latvia to pilfer the confidential information of some 192,000 of its customers.
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Schooner adds DR to SQL and cache appliances

Schooner Information Technology came out of stealth mode a year ago with its Memecached caching and MySQL acceleration appliances, which are tuned for multithreaded servers and which allow companies to consolidate anywhere from five to ten x64 servers running these workloads down to one Schooner appliance. The trouble is, companies love that kind of consolidation, but putting so many apps in one hardware basket makes them downright jumpy.
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Emulex scores FCOE revenue win

Emulex says it sold more FCoE kit than QLogic in 2009. That's unexpected, considering that QLogic had more design wins for its Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) converged network adapters (CNA) throughout 2009 than Emulex, and by a wide margin.
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Son of Nehalem due this year

It's now official: Intel's next-generation microarchitecture, dubbed Sandy Bridge, will appear in late 2010.
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Offline Google Docs disappear on May 3

Google's online document and spreadsheet editors will no longer offer offline access as of May 3, and it's unclear when it will return.
Cade Metz, 14 2010
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Ten Essential... iPhone Accessories

Product Round-up Yes, there are hundreds - nay, thousands - of apps you can download and extend the functionality of your iPhone 3GS. But don't forget there are plenty of hardware add-ons too, from handset battery life boosters to kit to make the Apple phone more care friendly. Here are the ten we think are most deserving of your hard-earned.
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The right path to UC?

Workshop Picture this: the pros and cons of going down the Unified Communications (UC) route have been assessed and the benefits look promising. So far so good. But in a world where vendors flaunt their purchasing options almost as much as the solutions themselves, and where your capex budget is being squeezed to the point of suffocation, but hosted services feel forever out of reach, which route do you take?
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Transport for London gobbles up Oyster

London's Oyster Card system is now owned by Transport for London, which stumped up £1m for the brand as well as considerably more for the associated infrastructure.
Bill Ray, 14 2010
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Palm opens for Chinese cash

Palm has approached Huawei Technologies about the possibility of a takeover, reports suggest.
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Confirmed: Apple's MacBook Pros not primed with Optimus

The dual GPU system implemented in Apple's new MacBook Pro notebooks is not Nvidia's Optimus technology, it has emerged.
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Xiotech's CorteX to change the storage world

Comment Xiotech wants CorteX to be the door to a new storage world. CorteX is a REST-using API that lets an application access and manage Xiotech's storage brick, its ISE (Intelligent Stage Element), the sort of super disk drive with fail-in-place components, a five-year warranty and terrific performance from its multiple spindles.
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Humax Freeview HD boxes to get Sky Player

Humax set-top boxes will soon provide access to Sky's Sky Player service, the two companies said today.
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Microsoft offshores its own IT

Microsoft is outsourcing its internal IT to Indian company Infosys.
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Neil Armstrong slams 'devastating' Constellation cancellation

Veteran astronauts Neil Armstrong, Eugene Cernan and James Lovell have signed an open letter urging Barack Obama to reconsider the "devastating" cancellation of the Constellation programme.
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Gears of War 3 release date unveiled

Epic Games has confirmed that Gears of War 3 will be coming to the Xbox 360 a year from now.
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McAfee sued over third-party pop-up pitches

Security software maker McAfee is being sued over alleged sneaky tactics in promoting third-party services to consumers buying its anti-virus technology.
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Consumerisation and client computing

Workshop The Apple Mac is an appropriate candidate for the ‘I want one of those because he’s got one’ poster child. However, the creep of consumerism and its impact on the range of computing devices which find themselves inside organisations goes beyond mere executive envy.
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Legal vultures swoop on Compellent

Compellent is being investigated by a law firm about potentially false and misleading statements that violated US federal securities laws.
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Research In Motion drives away with QNX

Research In Motion is buying QNX Software, with the intention of pushing the embedded OS into cars and using it for a new generation of "intelligent peripherals".
Bill Ray, 14 2010
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Obama to backtrack on NASA Orion cancellation - reports

Barack Obama has decided to partially reverse his decision to cancel NASA's "Orion" manned space capsule, according to reports. However the US President will not reinstate Bush-era plans for manned space exploration beyond low orbit - starting with a permanent Moon base - in the near future.
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Nintendo beats Wii patent infringement rap

Nintendo has claimed victory in its long-running legal battle with Anascape after the US Court of Appeals said it did not infringe a patent held by the little-known intellectual property owner.
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Bulgarians cop an eyeful of Penthouse billboard filth

The ethics commission of Bulgaria's National Council for Self-regulation in Advertising has "suggested" that Penthouse pull a billboard ad campaign featuring the rather cunning stunt of making an eye look like, well, have a look here...
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LSI gets 1 million IOPS from 1TB of flash

LSI has recorded 1 million IOPS from a terabyte of Seagate flash, showing how you need less and less flash to achieve the magic million marker.
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Election algorithm gives Tories sunnier outlook

As the election campaign hots up, could a model built to demonstrate the benefits of the Python programming language hold the key to a successful election forecast?
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Microsoft's Silverlight goes fourth tomorrow

Microsoft will release Silverlight 4 tomorrow, less than a year after launching version 3 of the company’s wannabe Adobe Flash killer.
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Lib Dems demand niceness, ignore technology

The Lib Dems unveiled a manifesto (pdf) this morning that was chock-full of bright ideas and sensible fair thinking, but lacking a unifying theme.
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DARPA, US Marines team on proper flying car project

Big news for flying-car lovers today, as US military boffinry chiefs have unveiled full details of their plan to produce an excellent flying Humvee or sky-jeep type vehicle - and have a prototype flying by 2015.
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Primark pulls 'disgraceful' padded bikini for kiddies

Cut-price clothes retailer Primark has pulled a "disgraceful" range of kids' bikinis featuring padded tops, following a barrage of criticism over the ill-considered apparel.
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Rutland Telecom offers local internet for local people

Residents of Lyddington village, Rutland, are celebrating the arrival of decent broadband today, thanks to their very own telco.
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Salesforce.com and VMware float mystery cloud project

Salesforce.com and VMware will debut a cloud computing product later this month.
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Atom runs Android, Google plans tablet

With the iPad in the market and a host of Linux or Windows tablets to follow, all eyes are on Google's response. Its upcoming Chrome OS, which is entirely geared to mobile browsers, will be important in the new hybrid formats between phone and PC. But before those 'cloudbooks' debut later this year, Android is also expected to appear on a tablet soon.
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The coolest arse on the planet

There's that word "pad" again - but for buttocks this time. Not an arse-wipe, this is a "plug and play" - yes, really, cooling device to stop your bum getting sweaty in marathon gaming sessions.
Hard Reg, 14 2010
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Ex-SAP boss goes west to join US biz software maker

Ex-SAP boss Léo Apotheker has taken on a director role at US firm GT Nexus, just two months after quitting his job at the German biz software company.
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NFC? It might work says Department for Transport

Following two years of study, and £355,000 in cash, the Department for Transport has concluded that NFC works OK for ticketing. Probably.
Bill Ray, 14 2010
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Apple delays UK iPad launch

Apple has delayed the UK release of the iPad to allow more Americans to buy the "magical" gadget.
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'Groom-a-Tory' iPhone app sparks privacy paranoia

Mobile developers have expressed privacy fears over a Conservative general election-related iPhone application.
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Korea sends teen games players to their beds

This is what happens when you have the best broadband in the world: children stay up all night playing computer games online.
Hard Reg, 14 2010
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French city in pedestrian-powered streetlight plan

French city authorities, according to reports, are considering plans to power streetlights using energy provided by pedestrians treading on special power-generating pavements.
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Oxburgh blesses Climategate boffins

All's well at CRU. The University of East Anglia's scientific enquiry into the Climategate affair, led by Lord Oxburgh, has exonerated the staff involved.
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Secret admirer goes after Double-Take

A secret bidder has made an unexpected high-value acquisition offer for data protection vendor Double-Take Software.
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Promoted tweet scheme ripe for abuse

Miscreants are highly likely to take advantage of Twitter's move towards making money through ad-supported micro-blogging updates, security watchers warn.
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UK carriers cut and paste iPad statement

O2, Vodafone and Orange have made almost identical statements to the effect that they will offer the iPad at the end of May.
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Paramount movies tip up on MSN Video

MSN UK is to carry full-length films from Paramount on the new MSN Video Player.
Hard Reg, 14 2010
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Java code-execution vuln exploited in drive-by attack

A popular song lyrics website has been found serving attack code that tries to exploit a critical vulnerability in Oracle's Java virtual machine, which is installed on hundreds of millions of computers worldwide.
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Adobe to sue Apple 'within weeks,' says report

Adobe intends to sue Apple over the recent SDK change that bans iPhone and iPad applications translated from languages Steve Jobs doesn't like, according to a report citing sources close to Adobe.
Cade Metz, 14 2010
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Internet abuzz with BitTorrent bypass code

A block of 86 lines of C# code is creating a buzz online following claims it may make BitTorrent downloads untraceable.
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iPad stuck in US for extra month

Apple has delayed the international launch of the iPad by one month. The reason? According to an Apple media advisory, "demand is far higher than we predicted."
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Intel expects server bump in Q2

Comment With its expected reversal of fortunes from last year's awful first quarter, Intel has set its sights on having a second quarter of 2010 that is better than normal seasonal trends and perhaps a much better second half as all of its PC and server chips hit their market strides.
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Israel confiscates visiting iPads

If you're planning a visit to Israel, don't bring along your new iPad - the Israeli government will confiscate it at entry.
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Google and friends back bid to block warrantless email search

A coalition of civil liberties groups has joined Yahoo! in its bid to block a government attempt to read messages in a Yahoo! email account without a search warrant.
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MySQL fork duo tear down Oracle's Iron Man fantasy

MySQL Con The battle to own MySQL is over and Oracle executives are fanning out to woo open sourcers, but MySQL luminaries have mobilized to win the hearts and minds of DBAs and developers.