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Bug gives attackers complete control of Windows PCs

A security researcher has warned of a vulnerability in older versions of the Windows operating system that allows attackers to take full control of a PC by luring its user to a booby-trapped website.
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Google mobile ad chief fires back at Apple lockout

Google's mobile-advertising chieftan is none too happy about a recent tweak to Apple's developer agreement that locks his service's ads out of Cupertino's iPhone OS iOS devices — "magical and revolutionary" or not.
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LG 42LE5900

Review LG’s 42in 5900 is a very slim set, that produces a great photo. As the largest of the sets tested here, however, it does perhaps show up the failings of some standard-definition channels a little more.
Panasonic Viera TXL32D28

Panasonic Viera TX-L32D28

Review If you’re looking for a set that will cover all the bases, then with support for both Freeview and Freesat, the Panasonic TX-L32D28 could be for you. With some channels only available on one of these two platforms, having both tuners gives you the best choice of viewing options.
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Samsung LE40C650

Review Samsung’s set is a sleek, good looking design, and out of the box the HD picture quality was stunning. Setup even ends with a handy reminder for the less technically savvy to connect set-tops and suchlike using HDMI for HD pictures.
Sony Bravia KDL-32EX703

Sony Bravia KDL-32EX703

Review Reg Hardware has already done an in-depth review of the KDL-EX703 here - it’s a compact and good-looking set with LED edge lighting.
Toshiba Regza 40RV753

Toshiba Regza 40RV753

Review Toshiba’s 40RV753 is one of the less full-featured sets in this group test, really only offering DLNA media playback on top of the basic Freeview HD specs – there’s no online TV offering, for example. It feels chunkier than the other sets, too, with a solid plastic casing.
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Freeview HD integrated TVs

Group Test With the launch of Freeview’s HD service, there’s a slow but steady trickle of products arriving in the shops. Reg Hardware has already looked at a selection of Freeview HD set-top boxes - now it's the turn of TVs with built-in Freeview HD tuners.
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Buyer's Guide: Freeview HD TVs

Group Test If you’re replacing an old television set, connectivity is a potential issue that it’s worth considering carefully. Having a decent number of HDMI ports is certainly a good idea, for connecting up Blu-ray and DVD players, and games consoles, and most sets cater for such devices well.
Sharp Aquos LC-46LE821E

Sharp Aquos LC-46LE821E

Review Sharp’s main selling point for its Quattron-branded range of Aquos TVs is the inclusion of extra, yellow pixels, giving an increased range of colours. The set’s also a very modern looking design, and to my taste much more so than the others I’ve tested.
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Freeview HD TVs: Best Buys

Group Test With Freeview HD appearing on more and more sets, this group test is necessarily a snapshot, with a fairly wide range of screen sizes and so forth:
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Links to blog in email made sender liable, says US court

A US bankruptcy court has said that a man committed defamation just by forwarding an email with links in it to online material that was defamatory. The court said that the man 'published' the blog to his email recipients.
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CBI calls for other people to suffer cuts

Lobby group the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) is urging Chancellor George Osborne to make cuts to the public sector rather than increasing the tax burden on its members.
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On Demand and over here

Live Now Today at 11am we have a studio packed 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.
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Slack backup leaves Brits exposed to data loss

UK consumers often store valuable data only on their computers without backing it up, inviting disaster if hardware failure or malware infection strikes.
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Ireland publishes proposed data breach notification rules

Irish organisations which lose the personal data of more than 100 people will have to report the data security breach to the authorities, according to new rules proposed by that country's privacy regulator.
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Campaign for Brian Blessed to do a voice over for my satnav

Brian Blessed fan Richard Gardner sent us the following report: we are delighted to republish it.
Hard Reg, 10 2010
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Holistic, end-to-end, consolidated service management-itis

Lab Many IT professionals see ‘service management’ (or ‘managing services’ if you prefer) as a simple phrase which describes what they do. Some see it as ‘doing the job properly’. Others do not like the term because it overstates what they do, or they do not consider IT to be a custodian of ‘services’. However, most IT professionals will accept that it’s at least ‘a way’ of describing the processes and systems used in the IT department to deliver IT functions to their users.
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Sarah Palin 'boob job' debate dominates US right - and left

US political bloggers were working overtime last night on the most crucial issue since the healthcare debate - has Sarah Palin had a boob job?
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BCS civil war heats up ahead of crunch general meeting

A row over the future of the British Computer Society (BCS) is heating up ahead of a crunch emergency general meeting that will debate a no-confidence motion against the chief exec and current board of trustees.
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Tories declare students a burden on us all

Universities minister David Willetts did little to win over his new constituency by describing students as an unacceptable burden on UK taxpayers.
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Brocade One to optimise data centres

Comment Brocade's all-singing, all-dancing Brocade One architecture aims to make virtualised data centres easier to manage and optimise. Two technologies, a toolset and templates are needed for this.
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Robobeachcop demands licence from Poole snapper

If you go down to the beach in Poole, make sure that in addition to the sun cream you're also carrying a licence for that dangerous piece of photographic kit.
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Google spymobile snaps self jumping to light speed

Those of you who've been waiting since the 1960s for that bloody flying car you were promised will be a bit hacked off to learn that Google is already way ahead of we mere mortals when it comes to advanced vehicular technology.
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Amazing 'pulse of darkness' ray tech birthed in US gov labs

US government boffins say they have invented a fiendishly cunning new kind of laser running on quantum dots which, rather than producing pulses of light, actually emits pulses of intense darkness.
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Cloud computing, eBooks - no thanks (or not just yet)

We promised one final instalment for you from law firm Wiggin's epic annual consumer media survey - and here it is. Look away now if you're anticipating quick riches from your investments in eBooks, 3DTV or cloud computing. In all three areas, a wary public is going to keep its cash safe. At least for now.
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Microsoft's Bing grabs hold of Zuckerberg's firehose

Microsoft has announced yet more tweaks to Bing, this time adding a new "social" site to its search engine.
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UK.gov unplugs Lane Fox digiquango

A new technology quango due to be headed by karaoke investor Martha Lane Fox has been shut down by the new government less than three months after it was unveiled.
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Sony 3D TV kit, PS3 games released tomorrow

Sony will release its first four stereoscopic 3D games for the PlayStation 3 tomorrow.
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Lambeth Labour party in email tapping row

The Labour party in Lambeth has been split after it began disciplinary proceedings against one of its councillors on the basis of intercepted emails sent from his council email address.
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Spotify available on TV

Spotify's universal jukebox is now embedded in TVs - in Sweden to begin with. TeliaSonera has made it available to 120,000 customers - who will need to buy a Spotify Premium subscription.
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Mozilla dons grass skirt with near-ready Thunderbird 3.1 release

The next version of Mozilla's open source email client hit a second release candidate milestone yesterday.
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ToryDems stoke ID card 'bonfire'

Home Secretary Theresa May outlined the mechanics of scrapping the ID register yesterday as the bill to scrap the programme moved through the Commons.
Joe Fay, 10 2010
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Tequila botnet auto-destructs

A botnet targeting Mexican surfers has been dismantled just weeks after it first appeared, apparently by the cybercrook who established it rather than by any action by the federales or ISPs.
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BP targets Twitter to clean up oil spill

BP has complained to Twitter about one of the very many parody feeds mocking its efforts to clean up the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
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Key Star Trek tri-corder boffinry breakthrough

A breakthrough in small, high-powered magnets could lead to handheld magnetic resonance scanners with similar capabilities to those of today's room-sized medical and scientific instruments.
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Small biz quakes as Budget shadow looms

Business expenses are already going up - even before expected tax rises in the emergency Budget come into effect.
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Home Office launches urgent review of illegal police stop'n'search

The government has launched an urgent internal review of police stop and search powers after acknowledging officers had used the powers illegally.
Joe Fay, 10 2010
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Virtualizing the hard stuff

Live Now At 10am Pacific / 1pm Eastern, we have a live one-hour webcast that will be looking at just how you virtualize the critical apps in your business.
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BT union negotiations sour

BT workers will be sent strike ballot papers next Friday after five hours of talks with union leaders broke down yesterday.
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Penguin chief: Linux must 'out fabulous' Apple's iPhone

Apple, not Windows, is Linux's prime competitor on smart phones, according to a top Linux representative.
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O2 to step back from unlimited mobile data deals

O2 is to stop bundling 'unlimited' data access with the smartphones it sells.
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US weighs up probes for Apple ad biz checkup - report

US regulators are preparing to probe Apple to see whether it is unfairly restricting competition for adverts on its mobile devices, the FT reported today.
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Phoenix's virtualization tech flies to HP

BIOS specialist Phoenix Technologies has sold its virtualization division to HP for $12m.
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Aus gov shakes up cyberdefence strategy

The Australian government has decided to stop supporting AusCERT in favour of a new computer emergency response team more focused on providing an early warning system for utilities, banks and other critical infrastructure firms.
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Red Hat notches up another KVM cloud win

Commercial Linux distributor Red Hat has invested big bucks and years of development time to position its KVM hypervisor as a practical alternative to VMware's ESX Server and related tools for building clouds.
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WD ships storage to the Macs

Specially designed to look at home in a family of Apple products, the new My Book Studio LX external hard drive from industry pioneer WD hit the market this week.
Caleb Cox, 10 2010
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Microhoo set for holiday debut

Microsoft hopes to have Bing up and running on Yahoo! before the end of the Christmas holiday season.
Cade Metz, 10 2010
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Google polishes its Microsoft browser

Google has released an official beta version of Chrome Frame, the Internet Explorer plug-in that turns Microsoft's browser into a Google browser.
Cade Metz, 10 2010
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Judge limits DHS warrantless laptop searches

A federal judge has thrown out key evidence in a child pornography trial because the laptop alleged to contain more than 1,000 illegal images wasn't searched until about five months after US customs officials seized it at a US border crossing.
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Fanbois howl over 'hang a lot' Safari 5

Complaints about Apple's recently released Safari 5 continue to mount, but we've got a few suggested fixes — which, depending upon your situation, may be godsends or may be totally useless.
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Drupal clarifies security rules after White-House gaper

Webmasters running unfinished modules for Drupal do so at their own risk after the open-source CMS updated its guidelines on fixing security vulnerabilities.
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Mozilla girds Firefox with 'hang detector'

The next version of Firefox will include a "hang detector" that automatically terminates plug-ins that quit talking to the outside world.
Cade Metz, 10 2010
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iPhone manufacturer to shutter China factories

Foxconn – the massive Taiwan-based contract manufacturer whose clients include Apple, Dell, HP, Intel, Sony, and others – will shutter its mainland China operations in a restructuring that could move as many as 800,000 workers into the ranks of the unemployed.
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Adobe plugs critical Flash Player hole

Adobe Systems on Thursday made good on a promise to rid its ubiquitous Flash media player of a critical vulnerability that criminals are exploiting to install malware on end user machines.
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Microsoft says XP netbooks die on October 22

Microsoft has reminded OEMs that as of October 22, it will forbid them from loading Windows XP on netbooks.
Cade Metz, 10 2010
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HP preps (more) Opteron 6100 racks and blades

June will see the debut of HP's ProLiant rack and tower servers using Advanced Micro Devices' twelve-core "Magny-Cours" Opteron 6100 processors.
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Adobe debuts What Jobs Hates™ v10.1

Adobe has officially released Flash Player 10.1, a piece of software reviled by worldwide cult leader Steve Jobs.
Cade Metz, 10 2010