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'iPhone 4G' loser outed

Updated As promised, Gizmodo has identified the unfortunate soul who left his prototype iPhone 4G in a northern Silicon Valley pub.
Rik Myslewski, 20 Apr 2010
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Bond 23 suspended 'indefinitely'

The producers of Daniel Craig's third outing as James Bond have suspended the production "indefinitely" due to "continuing uncertainty surrounding the future of MGM and the failure to close a sale of the studio".
Lester Haines, 20 Apr 2010
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Cyberattack lifted Google password system code, says report

When alleged Chinese hackers infiltrated Google's internal systems in December, they lifted source code for a password system that controls access to almost all of the company's web services, according to a report citing a person with direct knowledge of Google's investigation into the matter.
Cade Metz, 20 Apr 2010
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Apple sued over iPhone aqua sensors

Apple is facing a class-action lawsuit that alleges Cupertino is using faulty moisture sensors in its iPhones and iPods to unfairly deny warranty service.
Rik Myslewski, 20 Apr 2010
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Drupal 7: Sooner or later, but hopefully sooner

DrupalCon 2010 Drupal 7 will be finished by June 2010 - if things go well. If they don't, it'll be the autumn - a year after construction was supposedly done and just testing and debugging remained.
Gavin Clarke, 20 Apr 2010
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Livescribe Pulse Smartpen

Review Who would have thought something as basic as the pen could be up for a geek-friendly makeover? The folk behind the Livescribe Pulse Smartpen, obviously, because what they’ve come up with is a pen which can record your writing and anything you or others say, and then squirt it all into a computer for keeping and sharing.
Sandra Vogel, 20 Apr 2010
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Ubuntu Server primed for the bigtime

Next Thursday, Canonical will open the internet floodgates and allow end user downloads of Ubuntu 10.04 Server Edition, the latest and perhaps most significant release for servers in the British company's six year history.
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Managing UC – you need to be in control

Workshop Love it or hate it (and from the feedback we have seen from Reg readers, the jury is still very much out on this one), Unified Communications (UC) is here to stay, and it will increasingly make its presence felt in the workplace. Not only will it change the way people work, but also the way the IT environment is managed.
Josie Sephton, 20 Apr 2010
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Flights resume in Scotland - Gatwick and Heathrow still shut

Flights from some Scottish airports are flying to Stornoway this morning but there are fears that more eruptions from the Eyjafjallajökull volcano could mean even more delays for stranded passengers.
John Oates, 20 Apr 2010
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UK IT job outfit punts 491 private email addys

UK IT recruitment outfit ecrm people has pulled off a bit of blinder by exposing the email addresses of what appears to be its entire mailing list of potential candidates for a Senior Web Developer post in London.
Lester Haines, 20 Apr 2010
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Seagate media player streams HD video to goggle boxes

Seagate's FreeAgent Theater home media player can now deliver streamed video to your TV from YouTube, Netflix and other internet sources.
Chris Mellor, 20 Apr 2010
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Swedish Pirate Party membership numbers sinks

Pirate Party membership in Sweden has plummeted by around 50 per cent as erstwhile supporters fail to renew their alliance to the party.
Kelly Fiveash, 20 Apr 2010
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Election promises: Wi-Fi chain gangs and maximum wage

The big three are not the only parties in the coming general election. Here are some highlights the other allegedly sensible parties might have in store for us if elected.
Jane Fae , 20 Apr 2010
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'Goodness, evilness makes you powerful' - like the Force

Profs at Harvard uni, Cambridge*, America, say they have discovered a crucial meta-physiological effect. Being extremely good and moral - or conversely highly evil - actually confers mental and even physical powers on a person.
Lewis Page, 20 Apr 2010
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Pinhead Mac Trojan sticks it to fanbois

Miscreants have created a new strain of Trojan horse malware that establishes a backdoor on compromised Macs.
John Leyden, 20 Apr 2010
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Data Protection Manager flies cloudwards

Iron Mountain has enhanced its CloudRecovery product with support for Data Protection Manager (DPM) 2010 so that users can send DPM-gathered data to its cloud storage vault.
Chris Mellor, 20 Apr 2010
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Exploiting the new dynamism

Lab A combination of today’s fast moving, interconnected trading environments and economic uncertainty drives the need for robust yet flexible business support from IT. Yet many IT departments are constrained in their ability to respond to changing business requirements because of the relatively static way in which IT has traditionally had to be implemented and subsequently managed.
Martin Atherton, 20 Apr 2010
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Sony Vaio M Atom 2.0 netbook

Review The new Vaio M is the first Sony netbook to be pitched at the increasingly common £300 price point and it is also the first to use the now equally common 1024 x 600 resolution screen. This display choice suggests that – after the highly desirable but horrendously expensive P Series and the cheaper but still unpopular hi-rez W Series – Sony has decided that if it can't beat them it may as well join them.
Alun Taylor, 20 Apr 2010
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First among SQLs

Stob Legend has it that Edgar 'Ted' Codd got the idea for SQL while attending a 'Sky at Night' spin-off lecture. Patrick Moore, pointing at the blackboard, said: 'Select a star from the table'. 'That's it!', cried Codd, and ran out the door to follow up his inspiration forthwith, missing a good discussion of vulcanoids.
Verity Stob, 20 Apr 2010
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Mystic Met closed Europe with computer model

So the UK Met Office closed European civilian airspace on the basis of one computer model, which it didn't check against reality. We already knew that the great volcano shut-down was based on a model, but we didn't know how little atmospheric sampling was performed to test the simulation against the atmosphere. It turns out only four test flights have been made to sample the composition of the cloud.
Andrew Orlowski, 20 Apr 2010
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iPhone users suffer summer appointment chaos

iPhone users are turning to Google for help as an incompatibility with Outlook shifts appointments by an hour instead of switching on daylight saving.
Bill Ray, 20 Apr 2010
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Yahoo! hires! ex-Microsoft! Windows! Live! man!

Yahoo! confirmed yesterday that ex-Microsoft man Blake Irving will take on the role of chief product officer and report directly to the company’s boss, Carol Bartz.
Kelly Fiveash, 20 Apr 2010
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Leica launches its first geo-tagging compact

Leica has introduced its first camera with integrated geo-tagging able to stamp snaps with your location anywhere in the world... except China, apparently.
Tony Smith, 20 Apr 2010
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Security boffins build broadband speed quantum crypto network

UK-based boffins have set a new record for quantum key distribution in a move that paves the way towards faster high security communication networks for banks and governments.
John Leyden, 20 Apr 2010
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Space Station lightsabre-sparring hoverdroids to be upgraded

In further Star Wars-themed international space station (ISS) news, it has emerged that not only is the orbiting space base soon to be equipped with a robot named "R2", but that its complement of small, spherical hoverdroids - not unlike those famously used by Luke Skywalker aboard the Millennium Falcon for light-sabre sparring - are to be upgraded and covered with crowdsauce.
Lewis Page, 20 Apr 2010
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Broadband boss: 'The end of freeloading is nigh'

The telecomms industry is in a Mexican stand-off and we'll have to pay for the data we use. So reckons David Williams, the outspoken chief executive of broadband-by-satellite outfit the Avanti Group.
Andrew Orlowski, 20 Apr 2010
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Music festival organisers warn punters about dodgy tickets

As Glastonbury confirmed today that Latin pop sensation Shakira will play at this year's festival, organisers of various summer concerts have warned punters to beware of fake tickets.
Kelly Fiveash, 20 Apr 2010
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Discovery touches down at Kennedy

Space shuttle Discovery touched down at Kennedy Space Center at 13:08 GMT today, marking the end of its STS-131 mission to the International Space Station. A first landing attempt yesterday was waved off because of rain and cloud.
Lester Haines, 20 Apr 2010
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3G iPad ship date named

Apple's 3G iPad will go on sale on Friday, 30 April, the company has just said.
Tony Smith, 20 Apr 2010
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Rogue admin waits for verdict

San Francisco's rogue sysadmin Terry Childs, who refused to reveal passwords when he was sacked, could learn his fate later today.
John Oates, 20 Apr 2010
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Amazon purges account hijacking threat from site

Amazon.com administrators on Tuesday closed a security vulnerability that made it possible for attackers to steal user login credentials for the highly trafficked e-commerce website.
Dan Goodin, 20 Apr 2010
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European Commission details Five Year Security Plan

The European Commission has revealed some more details of how it intends to get the Stockholm Programme to strengthen security enacted into law by 2014.
John Oates, 20 Apr 2010
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Panasas adds high-capacity archive box

High-performance computing scale-out NAS supplier Panasas is launching its PAS HC product, a high-capacity archive store.
Chris Mellor, 20 Apr 2010
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IBM pares down Power7 blade server

One of the blade servers using IBM's new Power7 processors got lost in the shuffle last week. The single-socket Power Systems 701 and the dual-socket, double-wide Power Systems 702 were launched together, but there was another baby blade in a separate announcement, the Power Systems 700.
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Google stung by more privacy complaints over Buzz

Canada's privacy chief is the latest high-profile politico to hit out at Google for its ill-considered stealth launch of Buzz in Gmail earlier this year.
Kelly Fiveash, 20 Apr 2010
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Microsoft preps fix for IE 8 flaw that makes safe sites unsafe

Microsoft will release an update intended to rid Internet Explorer 8 of a vulnerability that can enable serious security attacks against websites that are otherwise safe.
Dan Goodin, 20 Apr 2010
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Newtonian Rock shop leaks iPad prices

Updated Apple has announced that it will reveal international pricing for the iPad on May 10, but that hasn't stopped one Gibraltar-based mart from jumping the gun.
Rik Myslewski, 20 Apr 2010
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Google's Schmidt pitches Chrome OS netbooks

Browser-obsessed netbooks running Google's Chrome operating system will be the freshest thing to hit computing in two decades, Eric Schmidt claims.
Gavin Clarke, 20 Apr 2010
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Adaptive Computing consolidates cloud control

When Cluster Resources became Adaptive Computing last summer, the hybrid HPC cluster management specialist promised to ramp up its tools for virtualized servers to boost its enterprise business. And with the Moab Adaptive Computing Suite 5.4, it's doing just that.
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Google tool ranks gov appetite for your private data

Brazil and the United States topped the list of nations demanding private information about Google users, according to a tool the web giant unveiled Tuesday.
Dan Goodin, 20 Apr 2010
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Amazon sues US state on customers' privacy

Amazon has filed suit against a US state agency that is demanding the online retailer turn over not only the sales records of nearly 50 million transactions since 2003, but also the names and addresses of the purchasers, along with details of exactly what they bought.
Rik Myslewski, 20 Apr 2010
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iPhone and Mac boost Apple by 94%

The Apple juggernaut continues to pick up speed.
Rik Myslewski, 20 Apr 2010
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Yahoo! conjures! growth! from! flat! first! quarter!

Yahoo!'s search pact with Microsoft, cost cutting and business growth helped boost the internet's second biggest search company in the first three months of 2010.
Gavin Clarke, 20 Apr 2010