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Mozilla man blasts Apple and Google for HTML5 abuse

Mozilla open source evangelist Chris Blizzard has unloaded on both Apple and Google for abusing the HTML5 moniker, confusing netizens everywhere, and undermining the slow march towards truly open web standards.
Cade Metz, 09 2010
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EMC steams ahead in storage software stakes

IDC's latest ratings show EMC way out in front in the storage software race, with second-place Symantec slowing down and CommVault trying to break out of the pack.
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Microsoft releases fix for 'Pwn2Own' security bug in IE

Microsoft on Tuesday patched at least 34 security holes in a wide range of software, including a bug in its Internet Explorer browser that fetched a researcher $10,000 at a hacker contest in April.
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Web2.0rhea eclipses search in UK

Internet users in the UK are now officially more interested in talking about themselves than they are in learning about their world.
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Ingres strikes back at Microsoft and Oracle iron appliances

Two years after Microsoft nicked DataAllegro out from under Ingres, the open-source database vendor has delivered its hardware-loving storage and database response.
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IBM tunes math on Power/AIX boxes

IBM is taking the wraps off its Engineering and Scientific Subroutine Library (ESSL) for AIX V5.1.
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NetSecure SmartSwipe credit card reader

Review We’re constantly hearing stories about credit card fraud and identity theft on the Internet, so the Canadian company NetSecure has come up with a gadget called the SmartSwipe that aims to provide people with a little extra peace of mind when using their credit card online.
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Bill defines 'personal information' to avoid strengthening DPA penalties

Ah, the reality of power. For all the opposition talk about strengthening the protection of privacy, in the first weeks of government, the pro-privacy proposition has become more difficult to implement. The inevitable result is that gears are being put into neutral or reverse (as quietly as possible, mind you).
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Dell EquaLogic launches automated tiering

Dell has announced XVS versions of its P6000 arrays that provide faster and more efficient VMware storage, plus new firmware that automatically moves hot data into a solid state drive (SSD) tier from SAS disks in the same enclosure.
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SGI raises Copan MAID from the dead

Crashed Copan's MAID product has come back from the dead, branded as SGI's COPAN 400 platform, and pitched as a persistent data disk store.
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Former heads of HP and eBay win California primaries

Former Silicon Valley empresses Meg Whitman and Carly Fiorina won the Republican nominations for California's Governor and one of its Senate seats overnight.
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Apple bans competing ads from the iPhone

Apple has tweaked its developer terms and conditions to explicitly lock out in-application advertising services that might compete with its own iAd service.
Bill Ray, 09 2010
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Plucky Finn attempts to drive length of Finland in small digger

Occasionally, like Alexander the Great, adventurous souls living today's degenerate modern life weep because there are no more worlds to conquer. Everest has been climbed, then parachuted; the English Channel has not just been swum, but crossed by flying jetpack also; hardy golfers have played "the most remote and climatically extreme golf courses in the world... not using any caddy or cart".
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Panasonic readies monster 3D monitor for sale

Fancy a 152in, 4K-by-2K 3D plasma TV, anyone? Interested? Then call Panasonic, which will begin taking orders for the beast in July - six months after a prototype panel was demo'd at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES).
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Owner of Russia's biggest breasts sues over airline buffeting

The owner of Russia's biggest silicone breasts is suing an airline after a combination of turbulence and skimpy business class seats forced her professional assets to double up as airbags.
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Olympus apologises after shipping malware-laced cameras in Japan

Olympus has apologised after it distributed a digital camera in Japan that came with added malware on its internal memory card.
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Government says axing Becta will save £10m

The closure of Becta will save £10m over the next year, the government said yesterday.
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First WiMAX handset not Sprinting from stores

US operator Sprint has admitted inaccurately claiming that its HTC EVO 4G handset had outsold the Palm Pre and Samsung Instinct combined, by three times in a third of the time.
Bill Ray, 09 2010
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Google infected by World Cup fever

Google has tweaked search results for "world cup" to display upcoming matches and the teams still in the contest at the top of its results page.
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Subscribers get $3 each in Classmates suit. How much did the lawyers make?

Classmates.com, the big American school re-union site, has thrown in the towel in a US class action which accuses it of sending emails that violated the privacy rights of some subscribers.
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PARIS in cheeky GPS chip slip

Following the recent test of the Paper Aircraft Released Into Space (PARIS) APRS/GPS telemetry transmitter, designed to allow us to track the Vulture 1 space plane as it glides into the history books, we had a couple of emails asking just what electronic wizardry went into this neat piece of kit.
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Samsung throws down the dev challenge

Event Samsung is throwing down the gauntlet for app developers with a grand prize giveaway competition during its Dev Day here in London.
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IT jobs market recovering well

The first three months of 2010 saw a four per cent increase in technology jobs advertised compared to the last quarter of 2009.
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Mr Ballmer goes to Washington for China pirate gripe

Big name bosses at 12 tech companies are meeting with US lawmakers and White House officials to complain about illegal software copying in China.
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Are you getting Double Vision?

Workshop PCs and diversity go hand in hand, whether it’s how we choose for them to look, feel and perform, or what we expect them to do.
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Washington cop tases naked lawn sex man

A Washington cop tased a semi-naked man who took umbrage at being interrupted during some al fresco nookie in the Pacific Northwest state on Tuesday morning.
Joe Fay, 09 2010
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Dell Alienware M11x 11in gaming notebook

Review The Alienware M11x has been heralded as the world's first true gaming netbook. To be fair, that's not a misnomer Dell uses in its advertising, preferring to position the 285mm wide 11.6in widescreen unit as simply a sub-15in gaming laptop.
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Humanity evolved to cope with 30°C+ heat, says prof

Many of humanity's distinctive features - walking upright, hairlessness, the ability to sweat copiously - arose due to the fact that the place where we evolved has been scorchingly hot for millions of years, according to noted boffins.
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iPad's brain not so unique

Taking the tear-down to the microscopic level, UBM TechInsights concludes that Apple's A4 processor is manufactured by Samsung and will share a core with that company's next Android handset.
Bill Ray, 09 2010
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Garmin Connect exposes cycle trip details to world

FourSquare is notorious for disclosing the location of users to world+dog, but the perils of applications that tell potential burglars or stalkers you aren't at home extend far beyond social networks.
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ISA circling the drain

The Independent Safeguarding Authority, standard-bearer for the last government’s efforts to protect every child in the country from any harm imaginable, is sailing into choppier waters this week with the announcement that the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) is now seeking a judicial review to delay its implementation.
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Strippers hit historic Marconi HQ

The plight of Chelmsford's historic Marconi headquarters, the world's first radio factory, has upset founder Guglielmo Marconi's family. The listed building is in the hands of receivers, having been empty for two years and after plans to redevelop were abandoned.
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Superslim iPhone 4 enough to fend off Android?

Opinion Apple CEO Steve Jobs duly stood up at the company's World Wide Developers Conference in San Francisco this week to introduce the long-awaited iPhone 4.
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Official: gadgets mute kids better than old-style activities

Modern gadgets are helping to reduce the 'Are we there yet there?' syndrome that gets bored sprogs whining on long journeys. These days, traditional car games just don't cut the mustard.
Caleb Cox, 09 2010
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Conroy pledges to stop spams infecting Aussies' portals

Stephen Conroy has pledged to protect Australians from the threat of spam through their portals.
Joe Fay, 09 2010
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Brocade launches cloudy Brocade One

Brocade has introduced its new great big vision thing, Brocade One, a cloud and data centre architecture, with Virtual Cluster Switching (VCS) as the core technology for building large, high-performance and flat Layer 2 data centre fabrics to better support server virtualization.
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Microsoft closes door on 64-bit development for Office 2011

Microsoft will not be extending any 64-bit love to its upcoming Office 2011 suite for Apple Macs.
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Malaysian cops bust SMS scam ring

Malaysian cops have busted an alleged text message spam scam ring thought to have fleeced locals for hundreds of thousands of dollars.
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Google's Wi-Fi sniff probe reveals 'criminal intent' - PI

An analysis of Google's Wi-Fi sniffing code, paid for by Google, suggests the company could find itself facing criminal charges, according to a privacy watchdog and pressure group.
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US Navy dolphins, sea lions hunt rogue robo-subs

The US Navy has been forced to unleash a crack force of trained dolphins and sea lions to recapture several underwater robots which went rogue off the coast of Virginia earlier this week.
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Dell kicks out new blades and racks

A resurgent Dell, riding the x64 upgrade wave that is happening in the wake of the recession, will crank out three more machines today, broadening its PowerEdge lineup to chase some more money. The new machines include two PowerEdge blade servers and a new rack machine. All will start shipping in July.
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Microsoft bares Steve Jobs' Flash rant claptrap

Steve Jobs' credibility took another hit on Tuesday when Microsoft let the world know that its upcoming Office for Mac 2011 won't be fully based on Apple's Cocoa frameworks.
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Google Caffeine jolts worldwide search machine

Google has completed the roll-out of its next-generation search infrastructure, the indexing system overhaul known as "Caffeine." According to the company, the new setup provides "50 per cent fresher" results than its previous system.
Cade Metz, 09 2010
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Mass hack plants malware on thousands of webpages

More than 100,000 webpages, some belonging to newspapers, police departments, and other large organizations, have been hit by an attack over the past few days that redirected visitors to a website that attempted to install malware on their machines.
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Java fragmentation threatens as Oracle-Apache talks stall

Updated Google's Android will continue to run an unauthorized version of Java for the foreseeable future — something the Apache Software Foundation has warned will fragment the community.
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Google morphs Chrome OS into netbook thin client

Exclusive Google's Chrome OS — the operating system that moves all apps and data into a web browser — will provide remote access to "legacy PC applications" through a mystery process the company calls Chromoting, according to an email from a Google employee.
Cade Metz, 09 2010
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Judge to movie studios: Why shouldn't I dismiss piracy lawsuits?

A federal judge has ordered attorneys representing movie studios to explain why they lumped thousands of alleged copyright violators into just two lawsuits, an indication she is seriously considering claims by ISP Time Warner and civil liberties advocates that the actions violate well-established court procedures.
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Security gaffe exposes addresses of elite iPaders

AT&T has exposed the email addresses of more than 114,000 early adopters of Apple's iPad, a security breach that could make some of the world's most elite celebrities and executives vulnerable to phishing attacks, Gawker reports.
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Sadville founder lays off 30% of staff

It's a particularly sad day in Sadville.
Cade Metz, 09 2010