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Researchers release point-and-click website exploitation tool

Researchers have released software that exposes private information and executes arbitrary code on sensitive websites by exploiting weaknesses in a widely used web development technology.
Dan Goodin, 08 Jun 2010
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Apple debuts Safari 5 for Mac and Windows

Apple has released Safari 5 for both Mac and Windows.
Cade Metz, 08 Jun 2010
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Asigra extends into the cloud

Disk-to-disk backup supplier Asigra is extending out to the cloud and improving virtualisation support with Cloud Backup v10.0.
Chris Mellor, 08 Jun 2010
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Steve Irwin surveillance-crocodiles travel across oceans

Before his death, legendary Aussie reptile-botherer Steve Irwin helped to plant tracking bugs on a large number of saltwater crocodiles. Boffins analysing data from the bugs now report that the crocs, despite being poor swimmers who mainly live in shallow estuarine waters, are capable of making long ocean voyages.
Lewis Page, 08 Jun 2010
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Jobs: iPhone sales spank Android

Steve Jobs suggests that you should forget anything you may have read about Android sales surpassing iPhone sales in the US.
Rik Myslewski, 08 Jun 2010
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TomTom Start2 satnav

Review TomTom’s entry-level Start satnav got the RegHardware treatment back at the tail end of 2009, with the overall judgement being that it was a decent enough piece of kit but just a little too pricey.
Will Stapley, 08 Jun 2010
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VM6 Software punts Hyper-V wrangler

Server virtualization is not as easy as vendors make it sound, which is why VM6 Software has created a set of tools that may make using Hyper-V a whole lot easier.
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Nominet announces Baroness as new chair

A Baroness, Dame Commander, pro-chancellor, and training and development expert has been chosen as the new chair of dot-uk registry Nominet.
Kieren McCarthy, 08 Jun 2010
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Defra spent £82m with IBM last year

Spending data released by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has revealed IBM to be the department's biggest supplier.
Kable, 08 Jun 2010
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Military sat supplier buys UK crypto disc firm

US satellite comms firm ViaSat last week bought UK secure hard drive maker Stonewood for $20m in cash and stock.
John Leyden, 08 Jun 2010
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Emulex buys ServerEngines

Emulex is buying ServerEngines, thus securing its core FCoE technology.
Chris Mellor, 08 Jun 2010
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PC sales boast record quarter

Figures released last week show PC sales have grown 23 per cent compared to last year, pushed mainly by growing demand in Asia.
John Oates, 08 Jun 2010
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Public backs pirate punishment - poll

Surprisingly strong public support for punishing copyright freeloaders has emerged in a new poll. It suggests that activists have a job on their hands persuading the public that infringers are the Robin Hoods of the village - they might even be the village idiots.
Andrew Orlowski, 08 Jun 2010
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iPhone 4 splashes down on both sides of the pond

Vodafone, O2 and Phones 4U have all said they'll be selling Apple's new baby by the end of the month, but no-one is talking pricing just yet.
Bill Ray, 08 Jun 2010
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Resurrecting old jargon

Lab No one disputes the fact that there’s a lot of data kicking around in most businesses. Neither are there arguments about how hard it is to find relevant information when you need it. Sure, there are exceptions, and some very progressive businesses manage their so called ’information assets’ extremely well, but for most of the rest of us, we know things are far from perfect, and the issues surrounding data quality, completeness, coherency and consistency are all too familiar.
Dale Vile, 08 Jun 2010
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EDS' dodgy Sky contract costs HP £318m

HP will pay Sky a total of £318m to settle a landmark court case over a botched customer service systems deal.
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Orange, O2 to offer iPhone 4 on 24 June

Both O2 and Orange have pledged to offer the iPhone 4 in the UK. So has Vodafone.
Hard Reg, 08 Jun 2010
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New cycle helmets emit stench if they need replacement

Remorseless German boffins have come up with the greatest boon to humanity since self-warming hand cream: they have invented cycle helmets which begin to smell disgusting once they need to be replaced.
Lewis Page, 08 Jun 2010
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The challenges of on-demand IT

Webcast On June 10 at 11am here in Blighty we'll be packing our studio with a raft of experts to talk about how virtualization and the promise of cloud services are challenging the conventional economics, management and delivery of IT.
Team Register, 08 Jun 2010
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Sony readies family friendly touchscreen PC

Sony is taking on HP's TouchSmart family with a touchscreen-equipped all-on-one PC line of its own.
Tony Smith, 08 Jun 2010
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Stephen Fry's truly terrible mistake

Opinion It's little wonder that Stephen Fry holds such a place in the nation's affections. He's earned it through a string of unforgettable performances. There's his voiceover for Direct Line's pet insurance, his voiceover for the 2008 Argos catalogue, not to mention voiceovers for Anchor Butter, Tesco, Dairylea, Kenco, Coca Cola, Trebor Mints and UK Online to name but a few examples. Who could forget his legendary partnership with Hugh Laurie for Alliance and Leicester?
Andrew Orlowski, 08 Jun 2010
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Orange Power Wellies: march and charge your mobe

Stuck in the mud and powerless?
Caleb Cox, 08 Jun 2010
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Council staff helping selves to data

Official claims that "your data is safe with us" suffered another body blow at the weekend with revelations of a dramatic rise in hacking of the UK’s tax and benefit mega-database by council staff.
Jane Fae , 08 Jun 2010
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ID card scheme barely broke 13,000 mark, minister confirms

The Labour government's flagship ID card scheme attracted just 13,200 signups before it was finally put down by the new coalition, a Commons answer revealed yesterday.
Joe Fay, 08 Jun 2010
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How to organise that World Cup pub crawl

Looking for a pub to watch the World Cup while drinking beer with your mates?
Caleb Cox, 08 Jun 2010
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Hackers plant malware on Jerusalem Post website

Hackers compromised the website of the Jerusalem Post on Monday so that it served up malware.
John Leyden, 08 Jun 2010
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Tesco IT director gets top job

Tesco's IT director will take over as boss of the country's largest retailer when Sir Terry Leahy steps down as chief executive next March, it was announced this morning.
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Microsoft starts Office Web Apps roll out

Microsoft has released its Office Web Apps in the UK via its online SkyDrive storage service.
Kelly Fiveash, 08 Jun 2010
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Yahoo! signs up Becks as footie pundit

David Beckham has signed up with Yahoo! as a pundit, commenting on the upcoming World Cup as well as the upcoming 2010/11 football season.
John Leyden, 08 Jun 2010
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British Library sinks beneath Strategy Boutique spam

Webinar: Monitoring holistic social media conversations
Andrew Orlowski, 08 Jun 2010
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Smartphones to outsell PCs by 2012

Morgan Stanley reckons online advertising is worth $50bn a year in America alone, and that smartphones will rapidly become the platform of choice.
Bill Ray, 08 Jun 2010
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BT betters pay offer under strike threat

Updated BT has made another pay offer to the Communications Workers Union (CWU) in the hope of avoiding a strike.
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SA vultures under threat from brain-smoking gamblers

Conservations have warned that the World Cup could finish off a rare South African vulture because locals believe smoking the beasts' brains will help them win big in footie-related bets.
Joe Fay, 08 Jun 2010
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China sidesteps Great Firewall with web roadmap

The Chinese government has issued a white paper laying out current, and future, internet policy - and you might not recognise its view of internet use in that country.
John Oates, 08 Jun 2010
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Sony BDV-E370 Blu-ray home cinema kit

Review If you can’t be bothered messing around with a separate Blu-ray player, amp and surround sound speaker set-up, then an all-in-one home cinema kit such as the BDV-E370 from Sony may be just the sort of set up you’re looking for.
Niall Magennis, 08 Jun 2010
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Painting for Emos

It's like Post Secret, but for Paint addicts To draw a secret click HERE (online tool)
Drew Cullen, 08 Jun 2010
World Cup 2010 Interactive Calendar

The World's best World Cup Calendar (maybe)

Are you sick of World Cup magazine pull-outs? Do you want one super encompassing index of when and where everything is happening?
Caleb Cox, 08 Jun 2010
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Microsoft pushes WP7 plans for enterprise

Microsoft was always going to struggle to get coverage of its TechEd developer conference, and particularly its Windows Phone 7 plans, in the week of iPhone 4. But it is trying its best, outlining the WP7 strategy for its most natural market, the mobile enterprise. In addition, details of one of the first WP7 handsets likely to hit the market this year, the LG Panther, leaked online.
Wireless Watch, 08 Jun 2010
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Operators' EU roaming challenge sent home

A legal challenge to the EU's capping of roaming rates, brought by the UK's four biggest networks, has failed at the European Court of Justice.
Bill Ray, 08 Jun 2010
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New laser raygun tech: Our sharks kick the tyres

Raygun fans will be overjoyed today to hear that a major problem of energy weapons - the fact that they tend to be hugely more devastating to themselves and their users than they are to their targets - may soon be solved.
Lewis Page, 08 Jun 2010
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Ten Essential World Cup Apps

Product Round-up Kick off is mere days away - this coming Friday, no less, with South Africa vs Mexico and Uruguay playing France - so now's the time to get your smartphone loaded up with World Cup goodies.
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Apple adds 'make the web go away' button to Safari 5

Steve Jobs didn't get around to mentioning Safari 5 in his WWDC keynote last night, but it rolled out anyway shortly after he finished up, and today publishers throughout the world are surely beginning to wonder, 'hang on, what's this Reader thing?'
John Lettice, 08 Jun 2010
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DHS deploys HD 'video quilting' chandeliers in Boston

The Department of Homeland Security, gigantic government security octopus of the USA, has announced plans to wrap Americans in a huge "high resolution video quilt".
Lewis Page, 08 Jun 2010
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Symbian integrates Chinese search

Symbian will be creating APIs for integrating search into applications for China-based Baidu, but at least they'll be readable by the locals thanks to the newly-open-sourced MYuppy font.
Bill Ray, 08 Jun 2010
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Murdoch taps Telegraph for new tech boss

Rupert Murdoch's News International is getting a new technology boss - pinched from rival paper, and website, the Telegraph.
John Oates, 08 Jun 2010
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Strathclyde Police website pulled offline, possible hack probed

Strathclyde Police's website has been out of action for nearly 24 hours while its IT team investigate whether the force's online portal has been compromised by Chinese hackers.
Kelly Fiveash, 08 Jun 2010
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China net addicts' great escape foiled by taxi drivers

An attempt by 14 desperate Chinese internet addicts to break out of an online re-education centre was foiled when the taxis they'd hired to facilitate their getaway dropped them off at the nearest nick.
Team Register, 08 Jun 2010
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Adobe lines up emergency Flash fix

Adobe plans to release a patch for an unpatched cross-platform flaw in Flash on Thursday (10 June), as a partial response to a critical bug that has become the target of hacking attacks over recent days.
John Leyden, 08 Jun 2010
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Art and engineering: do they mix? Yes they do!

Physicist and engineer Colin Tregenza Dancer has been awarded a Royal Academy of Engineering Silver Medal for his contribution to British engineering.
Caleb Cox, 08 Jun 2010
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Unix in the UK: Mission critical!

Hewlett-Packard has blades on the brain for both "industry standard" and "mission critical" servers, but IT managers in the United Kingdom seem to be more worried about the cost of their mission critical platforms, generally Unix boxes, according to a report released by Coleman Parkes Research.
Dr Dominic Micklewright
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Pro Gamers: Brains the size of a planet and lungs the size of a pea

Pro gamers have the mental reflexes of a test pilot and the physical abilities of a potato.
Caleb Cox, 08 Jun 2010
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Apple lifted 'make web go away' button from open source

Apple Safari's new "make web go away" button is based on an open source project distributed under the Apache 2 license.
Cade Metz, 08 Jun 2010
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Conviction and confusion in Microsoft's cloud strategy

Microsoft TechEd Microsoft's Windows platform may be under attack from the cloud, but you wouldn't know it here at the company's TechEd in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Tim Anderson, 08 Jun 2010
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Safari purged of decade-old browser history leak

Apple Safari has become the first major browser to be purged of one of the web's longest-running privacy defects: The ability for any site owner to effortlessly steal a complete copy of your recent browsing history.
Dan Goodin, 08 Jun 2010
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Turkey bans Google Books, Google Docs, Google Translate...

Turkey has banned multiple Google services, according to reports, including Google Translate, Google Docs, and Google Books. But Mountain View believes the ban is accidental, a side effect of Turkey's longstanding ban on the Google-owned YouTube.
Cade Metz, 08 Jun 2010
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Novell wants a piece of Sun Oracle

Everybody wants a piece of the former Sun Microsystems, now the server, storage, and operating system arm of software giant Oracle. And starting today, that list of piranhas swimming after Sun includes struggling commercial Linux distributor and systems software maker Novell.
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Safari 5 off to Apple's traditional rough start

Updated Apple's Safari 5 has been out for just one day, but — as is usual with integer-level upgrades — users are already reporting niggles, nuisances, and no-goes.
Rik Myslewski, 08 Jun 2010
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BP grabs 'oil spill' keywords on Google

BP is purchasing search keywords such as "oil spill" on Google, Microsoft Bing, and Yahoo! in an effort to spin the ongoing clusterf**k in the Gulf of Mexico.
Cade Metz, 08 Jun 2010
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Apple releases moving pictures of Steve Jobs keynote

Apple today released the full video of Monday's Worldwide Developers Conference keynote, featuring the iPhone 4 as introduced by huckstermeister extraordinaire Steve Jobs.
Rik Myslewski, 08 Jun 2010
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Virtualizing the hard stuff

Webcast Most Reg readers have moved on from the early days of virtualizing servers, when the idea was simply to consolidate and save floor space. Yesterday’s virtualization beta-testers are now fully versed in the virtualization game, and they're looking to get more bang for their buck with real projects that deliver benefits across their application portfolio.
Team Register, 08 Jun 2010
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Major League Baseball hunts for trolls posting porn

Major League Baseball is seeking a court order requiring an internet service provider to identify people posting pornographic images and threats to parts of its MLB.com website, Reuters reports.
Dan Goodin, 08 Jun 2010
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England win World Cup, says dried vulture brain

Footie punters eager to know if their team has any possibility of winning the world cup would do well to take note of the shamanic powers of vulture brains, whose far-seeing powers can apparently foresee if, for example, England are going to screw up yet again in the essential penalty shoot-out.
Lester Haines, 08 Jun 2010
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Storage shop ParaScale shrinks itself

Cloud file storage supplier ParaScale has failed to raise funds in a B-round and is having to cut costs and conserve its dwindling cash.
Chris Mellor, 08 Jun 2010
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Bank of America insider admits he stole sensitive customer data

An employee in one of Bank of America's customer call centers has admitted he stole sensitive account information and tried to sell it for cash.
Dan Goodin, 08 Jun 2010