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Latvia's 'Robin Hood' hacker unmasked as AI researcher

Latvian police have identified a computer science researcher as the folk hero who hacked government systems to expose the fat salaries received by state officials despite a draconian austerity drive in effect.
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Apple patent filing portends Google ad war

Apple has filed a patent to enable info and apps to be automagically loaded onto your iPhone/Pod/Pad based on your location - but exactly how it would affect location-based ads remains fuzzy.
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NEC kicks out glueless Nehalem EX beast

Like all remaining Itanium vendors aside from HP, NEC is shifting its focus to Intel's new Nehalem-EX Xeon 7500 processors for its big-iron beasts.
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HTML5 unfit for web TV, says Hulu

Web-TV-streaming giant Hulu claims that HTML5 isn't ready for coding and broadcasting video on the web.
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Samsung NX10

Review Samsung has upped its game in the camera market with the release of the NX10. It’s the company’s first ever EVIL (Electronic Viewfinder Interchangeable Lens) model – a hybrid DSLR that takes on the optional lenses compact camera market and directly challenges the successful Micro Four Thirds cameras from Olympus and Panasonic.
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IBM opens systems software lab in Manchester

IBM has opened up a software development lab in Manchester, focusing on various systems programs that run on its Power Systems iron.
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EU privacy watchdogs say Facebook changes 'unacceptable'

Europe's privacy watchdogs have issued a rebuke to Facebook, telling the social networking site that changes it made to the site's privacy settings late last year were 'unacceptable'.
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Computacenter sales boosted by big deal

Reseller Computacenter made sales of £616m in the first quarter of the year, up eight per cent on the same period last year.
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Garage worker prangs £200k Ferrari

A Surrey garage worker has good reason to believe his bosses will "kill him" after he pranged a client's £200k Ferrari 612 Scaglietti.
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Xiotech's management by iPhone and iPad

Xiotech has gone and done it, offering its ISE array monitor iPhone demo as an iPhone app.
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Will hybrid SSD/HDD products succeed?

Comment Toshiba is mulling over a combined flash drive and spinning disk product. Will such a hybrid SSHD succeed or is it doomed to fail?
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NZ spider objects to Canadian's todger

A Canadian tourist who decided to take a quick nap on a NZ beach following a skinny-dip ended up seriously hospitalised after a venomous spider bit his penis, Oz's The Age reports.
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3D TV sales to soar, says researcher

How's this for synchronicity? According to one market watcher, 3D TVs will account for three per cent of world telly sales this year.
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Double-Take takes on Citrix and VMware

Double-Take is launching its virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) Flex product in EMEA while buyout rumours strengthen.
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iPad talks to external hard drive? Yes it can

Apple's iPad has internal Flash memory and no easy way to connect an external hard drive. But it can be done.
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Unlicensed software use 'may have peaked'

The growth of illegal software use may have peaked, according to research firm IDC. It said that if current trends continue the percentage of computers running unlicensed software worldwide will be the same in 2010 as it was in 2009.
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ConLibs leave open question over net surveillance

As ministers settle in to their offices this week, the fate of arguably the most significant domestic security policy of the previous government has gone largely undiscussed.
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Boffins demo one-molecule DNA 'walker' nano-bot

American boffins say that they have created tiny robot spiders or "walkers", each one of which is a single complicated molecule fashioned out of DNA. They have managed to get the molecular nanorobospiders to follow a trail of DNA "breadcrumbs".
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The iPad: Unsubsidised, unaffordable, unloved?

Apple has again decided to launch hardware without an operator subsidy - but will the iPad be any more successful in avoiding the operator's shilling than the iPhone was?
Bill Ray, 14 2010
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Facebook ID theft Mr Big just a sprat, says social network

Facebook has reportedly identified a hacker who recently offered to sell 1.5 million profiles in underground hacking forums, although he actually had only a fraction of these to flog.
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Pirate Bay ISP hit with German injunction

The Hamburg district court has slapped an injunction on German ISP CB3ROB (Cyberbunker) and its operator, demanding that the outfit refrains from plugging The Pirate Bay into the internet.
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Welsh police come down hard on Octopussy porn

A man appeared before Swansea magistrates this week accused of possessing extreme porn images, including one which allegedly shows "a person performing an act of intercourse with a dead animal, namely a squid."
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Facebook founder called trusting users dumb f*cks

Loveable Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg called his first few thousand users "dumb fucks" for trusting him with their data, published IM transcripts show. Facebook hasn't disputed the authenticity of the transcript.
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Foreign IT pros in USA get paid more than Americans - study

Foreign IT professionals working in the States on H-1B visas don't cause a reduction in pay for Americans, according to a new study - because they actually get paid more than US citizens with similar qualifications, not less.
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'Martin Mills you are a LEGEND!'

Andrew's Mailbag My mailbag is one one of the best things about this job. Yes, there are flame-o-grams, but these are quite rare, and the people most likely to send them are too busy reprogramming their computers to show pictures of bunnies when my name comes up to flame me.
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Viewsonic VMP74 1080p media player

Review For most of this century, I've evangelised home movie set-ups that put a lightweight, probably Linux-based player in the living room, leaving your multimedia libraries on a server at the other end of your network.
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LG punts 'out of the ordinary' wireless Blu-ray player

LG has taken the wraps off its latest Blu-ray Disc player, a device the company claimed was not "ordinary", thanks to its Wi-Fi connectivity and ability to reach out to the internet for content.
Hard Reg, 14 2010
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Service management best practice

Whenever IT best practice for service management gets a mention, we tend to think of Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL). A much longer list of them exists, however. Here’s one I found earlier: ITIL, Application Service Library (ASL), Microsoft Operations Framework (MOF), CoBIT, ISO/IEC 20000, Agile, SSADM, RAD, CMMI, Six Sigma, SUPER (EU FP6), TQM and Prince 2. Phew. Maybe you all won’t agree they help people with the same things, but let’s agree it’s a longer list than ‘just ITIL’.
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Yahoo! wipes! brow! of! worried! search! advertisers!

Anxious Yahoo! bosses showed an overwhelming desire yesterday to stop its existing search advertisers worrying about the company’s recent pact with Microsoft.
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Win XP SP2 support to cease in two months

Overtime looms for developers and sys admins alike in the run-up to Microsoft's plans to stop supporting Windows XP SP2 and Windows 2000 from 13 July.
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National Archives preserves Labour government websites

The National Archives has published online historical copies of key government websites, including responses to emergencies like swine flu.
Kable, 14 2010
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Chinese consortium chases NFC business mode

Eighteen banks, two national network operators and a handful of handset manufacturers have joined forces in the attempt to find a business model that will make NFC pay.
Bill Ray, 14 2010
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Quantum struggles to break restraining chains

Comment Still making a loss, still facing revenue declines, still making progress; that's Quantum's fiscal 2009 story in a nutshell.
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Nvidia recovering in fiscal Q1

Graphics card and GPU co-processor maker Nvidia has closed out the first quarter of its fiscal 2011 ended on May 2, and showed marked improvement over the pretty terrible results it had this time last year. However, sales were only up a bit sequentially, and Wall Street promptly gave Nvidia's shares a haircut.
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Russia launches Cyrillic top-level domain

Russia yesterday acquired the Cyrillic top-level domain .рф, as reps from the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) handed over the corresponding administration certificate at an internet forum in Moscow.
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Digital Economy Bill minister stabbed

Stephen Timms, the Labour MP and former minister who was responsible for guiding the Digital Economy Bill through Parliament, was stabbed today in his East Ham constituency.
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Boffins warn on car computer security risk

Updated Computer scientists have carried out one of the first detailed security analyses of the security implications of increased use of computer systems in cars, finding systems surprisingly easy to hack or disrupt.
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Chocolate Factory pulls plug on Googlephone webstore

Google has told the world it will stop selling the Nexus One from the online store it launched in tandem with the so-called "superphone" less than six months ago.
Cade Metz, 14 2010
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This witch-hunt will hurt Adobe more than Apple

Comment There's nothing quite so righteous as a Puritan who suddenly discovers wickedness has been lurking at the heart of the community for years, and embarks on rooting it out to save us all. After years of uncritical coverage, the press pack has decided that Apple is after all, quite wicked. Adobe is stoking the discontent with a lavish - and possibly quite misleading - ad campaign launched yesterday. This is very ill-judged, and the blow-back could be felt across the entire IT industry.
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Atlantis blasts off on final mission

Space shuttle Atlantis lifted off today on its STS-132 mission to the International Space Station - the final flight for the venerable vehicle.
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'Bulletproof' ISP for crimeware gangs knocked offline

One of the internet's most resilient and crimeware-friendly networks was knocked offline Friday after the plug was pulled on its upstream service provider, security watchers said.
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'Completely useless' Windows 3.1 hits Google's Android

First, it was Windows Vista on the iPhone. Now, an even earlier Microsoft creation has been updated for the smartphone set.
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Adobe tilts at windmills with image apps for iPad

Adobe has asked Photoshop product manager John Nack to help build a new breed of Adobe imaging applications for tablet computers. And yes, that includes the Apple iPad.
Cade Metz, 14 2010
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Google: Street View spycars did slurp your Wi-Fi

Google has said that its world-roving Street View cars have been collecting information sent over open Wi-Fi networks, contradicting previous assurances by the company.
Cade Metz, 14 2010
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'Lost' iPhone 4G brouhaha: Jobs gets on the job

Apple CEO Steve Jobs intervened in the Case of the Purloined iPhone, personally contacting Gizmodo editor Brian Lam to ask for the return of the missing iPhone 4G prototype.
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CA boost profits, but see modest growth ahead

Systems management tool and database provider CA, formerly known as Computer Associates, finished out its fourth quarter of fiscal 2010 on a high note, with sales up 7 per cent to $1.1bn and net income up 55 per cent to $101m. That's probably as good as can be expected given the state of the high-end server base that dominates CA's business.
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Ukrainian TJX hacking suspect arrested in India

A Ukrainian national accused of helping to hack into nine US retailers and making off with data for millions of credit cards has been arrested in India, IDG News has reported.