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$11.7m judgment against Spamhaus slashed to $27,000

A federal judge has handed a major victory to anti-spam crusaders Spamhaus, slashing an $11.7m verdict to just $27,002.
Dan Goodin, 16 Jun 2010
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NHS still rubbish at caring for data

The Information Commissioner's Office has again warned the NHS that it is not doing enough to safeguard patients' data.
John Oates, 16 Jun 2010
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NASA: Civilization will end in 2013 (possibly)

In 2013, the earth will be attacked from space, with one possible outcome being mind-bogglingly severe disruption to our tech-centric way of life.
Rik Myslewski, 16 Jun 2010
Ten Essential 500GB Portable HDDs

Ten Essential... 500GB Portable Hard Drives

Product Round-up Portable hard drives may not offer the capacity or speed of their desktop siblings, but for laptop owners looking for handy back-up space or extra storage capacity, they're a must.
Tony Smith, 16 Jun 2010
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Ubuntu's Koala food mixes with Windows VMs

Eucalyptus Systems — the open source outfit that mimics Amazon's so-called compute cloud inside private data centers — has released a major upgrade to its commercial product, Eucalyptus Enterprise Edition.
Cade Metz, 16 Jun 2010
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AMD shoots low and wide with Opteron 4100s

The x64 server chip refresh cycle may feel done, but there's still one more to go to finish the work that Intel and Advanced Micro Devices started in March. AMD is getting ready to launch its "Lisbon" Opteron 4100 processors, which are slated for delivery sometime in the third quarter.
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Nuke lab tests flashy HPC server cluster

It's Flashturbation of a different kind. US nuke lab Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory has tapped longtime HPC cluster partner Appro International to custom-build a 100 TB flash-based storage system for its Hyperion x64 testbed cluster.
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NetApp improves SANscreen for virtualised environments

NetApp has improved its SANscreen storage management product to show the effects of using thin provisioning and deduplication technologies, and integrated it with BMC's Atrium to help BMC users respond to degraded service levels.
Chris Mellor, 16 Jun 2010
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Feds block sale of crooks' favourite messaging client

AOL's sale of ICQ messaging software to Russian firm Digital Sky Technologies might yet be blocked by US authorities, which fear losing access to transcripts from the criminal fraternity's favoured messaging product.
John Oates, 16 Jun 2010
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New crew pursue ISS

The trio of International Space Station Expedition 24 flight engineers blasted off yesterday at 21:35 GMT from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
Lester Haines, 16 Jun 2010
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Virident's tachIOn SSD flashes by

Virident Systems has announced its tachIOn solid state drive (SSD) that comes as a PCIe-connect card with a claimed two to four times IOPS advantage over Fusion-io and LSI/Seagate PCIe products.
Chris Mellor, 16 Jun 2010
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Microsoft justifies lost Office 2010 upgrades

Microsoft has briefly explained why it's killed a tried and tested way for loyal consumers to obtain a new edition of Office for a low price.
Gavin Clarke, 16 Jun 2010
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Cops collar 178 over £17m credit card crimes

Cops across Europe, the US and Australia have collared 178 people in an operation to smash an international fake credit card production network turning over more than £17m.
Robert Blincoe, 16 Jun 2010
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Nintendo shows off 3D DS

Nintendo has introduced the - not unexpected - 3D-enabled version of its DS handheld console.
Tony Smith, 16 Jun 2010
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AT&T iPad 'hacker' arrested for 'drugs possession'

One of the hackers behind the AT&T iPad security breach has been arrested after police allegedly discovered cocaine, ecstasy and LSD during a search of his home.
Robert Blincoe, 16 Jun 2010

Virtual management? It's complicated

Sysadmin Blog Virtualisation is complicated. I am not talking here about implementation, or even the concepts or technologies underpinning virtualisation. I am talking about the realities of managing and maintaining a virtualised infrastructure.
Trevor Pott, 16 Jun 2010
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Adaptec disappearing down rabbit hole

The remnants of adapter company Adaptec, having sold its RAID adapter business to PMC-Sierra, is leaving storage further behind as it becomes a Steele Partners shell for financial operations.
Chris Mellor, 16 Jun 2010
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Managing the dung heaps of data

Lab The question “What about the 'I' in 'IT'?” serves as an equally good reminder of the point of the ‘T’. But while information allegedly exists to support the business, from the information technology perspective it sometimes seems almost a by-product of all the communications we want to do, all the applications we want to run.
Jon Collins, 16 Jun 2010
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iPad beats BlackBerry for browsing

Apple's iPad is now generating more web traffic than RIM's BlackBerry in North America, though at least a BlackBerry can do other things too.
Bill Ray, 16 Jun 2010
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iSoft shuffles board as shares continue to fall

iSoft shares continued to fall yesterday despite a supposedly reassuring update from the health provider.
John Oates, 16 Jun 2010
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Easy-peasy science GCSEs binned

Science GCSEs set to replace the pack of dumbed down current exams have been rejected for being too easy.
Robert Blincoe, 16 Jun 2010

Did the iPad just save Wired, and Conde-Nast?

Saving the whole of the newspaper industry is a big ask, even for a "magical and revolutionary" device, but there might just be hope for the magazine business. The rapaciously-priced ($4.99 for this month's issue) iPad edition of Wired has comfortably outsold the somewhat cheaper print edition, and it's not even ad-free. On the contrary...
John Lettice, 16 Jun 2010
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Sony prices up PlayStation Move

Sony's PlayStation Move motion controller will arrived on UK shop shelves on 15 September, debuting at €30 (£25).
Tony Smith, 16 Jun 2010
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Philippines declare war on cyberlingo

The government of the Philippines has declared "all out war" on what it considers a major threat to the purity of English - the "jejemon" invasion of social networks and mobe text messaging.
Lester Haines, 16 Jun 2010
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Twitter promises to stay up for World Cup

Twitter admits it has had its worst month since last October for downtime but promises it will do its best to stay up and running for World Cup games.
John Oates, 16 Jun 2010
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Sony confirms subscriptions coming to Playstation Network

Sony is to start charging for access to the PlayStation Network.
Tony Smith, 16 Jun 2010
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Opera pushes out 10.6 preview

Opera has released a public beta of its next browser release, 10.6 - featuring support for royalty-free WebM video and HTML5 offline web apps. This will be the next major milestone for Linux and BSD users, since Opera is skipping an official 10.5 release for those platforms.
Andrew Orlowski, 16 Jun 2010
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BT signs first smart meter deal

BT has joined the gathering feeding frenzy around smart metering of utilities with its first ever deal to provide the necessary internet connectivity, to a minimum of 10,000 meters.
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Lightning bolt smites 60ft Jesus statue

The faithful of Ohio were left contemplating a message from above this week after a bolt of lightning hit a 60 foot high statue of Jesus, reducing it to a smouldering steel skeleton.
Joe Fay, 16 Jun 2010
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Wannabe Jedi drool over potent laser 'lightsabre'

Those of you who fancy playing Star Wars or who have a currently unarmed shark knocking about the house might be interested in the Wicked Lasers Spyder III Pro Arctic - a real-life "lightsabre" capable of inflicting some serious damage:
Lester Haines, 16 Jun 2010
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Breaking Google's last taboo

Google has traditionally charged into other business areas with all the subtlety of a bull in a china shop. This isn't always a bad thing: there are plenty of cosy industries that are ripe for a shake-up, and advertising is one of the cosiest. But there's one area that's been strictly taboo.
Andrew Orlowski, 16 Jun 2010
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Radiation warning labels for deadly mobes!

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors has passed an ordinance that will require warning labels on mobile phones, indicating their radiative output especially for the scientifically-illiterate and paranoid.
Bill Ray, 16 Jun 2010
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Currency moves cost small biz dear

Small business owners in the UK blame currency movements for threatening their ability to export goods - or at least to export goods profitably.
John Oates, 16 Jun 2010
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Orange outs iPhone 4 pricing

Orange has posted its iPhone 4 tariffs, but you'll need to spend big to get one of the handsets for free.
Tony Smith, 16 Jun 2010
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Alleged Biden threat spoofer drops plea deal

The tech-savvy man accused of emailing threats to US Vice President Joe Biden, spoofed from his neighbour's account, has upped the stakes of the legal ordeal he faces.
Robert Blincoe, 16 Jun 2010
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Sony Ericsson unveils yoof-oriented Xperia

Sony Ericsson has introduced its latest Android-based Xperia smartphone: the X8.
Hard Reg, 16 Jun 2010
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Developers twitchy as wait for Symbian^3 goes on and on

Nokia's forthcoming N8 smartphone will certainly have market leading hardware specs, but the real challenge for the firm is to convince developers of its software credentials.
Wireless Watch, 16 Jun 2010
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Police complaints body gets a kicking for FOI law-breaking

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has been given a truncheoning for ignoring Freedom of Information requests from the public.
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HTC speaks out on Hero Android 2 update

Still awaiting the promised Android 2 update for your HTC Hero smartphone? Here's what HTC has to say about it:
Tony Smith, 16 Jun 2010
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Burger van busted offering free takeaway porn

Police are pondering just what charges two East Yorkshire men will face after they were nabbed giving away free porn DVDs from a burger van in Driffield.
Lester Haines, 16 Jun 2010
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Dot Hill: Troubles and prospects

Comment Dot Hill sold 125,000 entry-level array subsystems - good news. The bad news is it's restructuring and sacking a tenth of its workforce to staunch losses - and it's partnering with Xiotech in an opaque technology agreement with no clarity over which of them will deliver product. So what on earth is going on?
Chris Mellor, 16 Jun 2010
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Violin Memory gobbles up Gear6

Violin Memory, which makes network-attached flash memory arrays, has bought Gear6, a web and NFS caching technology company. We might see a flash NAS as a result.
Chris Mellor, 16 Jun 2010
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Android and iPhone bite into Nokia Q2 results

Nokia has been having a worse year than expected, reminding the world that it's a tough market out there.
Bill Ray, 16 Jun 2010
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Street View snooping sparks new watchdog site

The row over Google's Street View network sniffing, along with European proposals to keep browsing history, has led Privacy International to set up a new website which aims to harness technical knowledge and skills to push forward debate on these issues.
John Oates, 16 Jun 2010
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Bigfoot Networks Killer 2100 gaming network card

Review Bigfoot Networks’ new Killer 2100 is more than just an Ethernet card as it features a network-processing unit designed to reduce lag when on-line gaming. The manufacturer’s claim the benefit is improved performance in games with high network traffic: think MMOs in crowded cities or raids. To try out this card, I tested it in the World of Warcraft Dalaran City on about 10 different occasions.
Lucy Orr, 16 Jun 2010
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HP bulks up software for hybrid infrastructures

HP has revved its BSM (Business Service Management) product - software which, HP says, provides a two-way lens through which line-of-business (LOB) managers and IT staff can each understand the other's view of business service priorities and IT infrastructures supporting those services.
Chris Mellor, 16 Jun 2010
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Got an iPhone 4 yet? No? You're gonna have to wait now

iPhone 4 wannabes who blinked, or most likely were hit with an error message, will now have to wait until next month before they can get their hands on one of the coveted talking lightboxes.
Team Register, 16 Jun 2010
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Virtualization for critical apps

On Demand Just last week we got down and dirty in the tech underbelly of Virtualization. This wasn't a strategic discussion, it was hands-on and all about the challenges and solutions to virtualizing mission critical apps.
Team Register, 16 Jun 2010
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Apple apologizes for iPhone 4 gaffe

On Wednesday morning, Apple released a straightforward apology for Tuesday's series of iPhone 4 pre-order cock-ups.
Rik Myslewski, 16 Jun 2010
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TomTom slashes LIVE subs

TomTom is offering new TomTom LIVE sign-ups free services for a year - and is halving annual subscription costs to £47.50.
Drew Cullen, 16 Jun 2010
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IDC: 2010 PC sales will top 2008 peak

Happy days are not only here again in PC Land for 2010, but apparently the party is going to continue for the next five years as far as the forecasts coming out of market researcher IDC are concerned.
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Inevitable Mac OS X 10.6.4 update problems surface

There are scattered reports of problems with Apple's Snow Leopard update that was released yesterday. Ah, tradition.
Rik Myslewski, 16 Jun 2010
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Firefox's oldest friend dumps it for Google Chromium

Flock — the so-called social web browser — has dumped its traditional Firefox core in favor of Chromium, the open source incarnation of Google's Chrome browser.
Cade Metz, 16 Jun 2010
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Eastern European banks under attack by next-gen crime app

Banks in Russia and Ukraine are under continued siege by criminal gangs wielding a sophisticated, next-generation exploitation kit that hacks the financial institutions' authentication system and then hits it with a denial-of-service attack.
Dan Goodin, 16 Jun 2010
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IBM buys Coremetrics for web analytics

IBM has added another arrow to its data analytics quiver with the acquisition of Coremetrics, a specialist in the area of web analytics relating to product marketing.
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Privacy watchdog pack demands Facebook close the 'app gap'

A small mob of privacy advocacy groups have called on Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to do more to protect user privacy by giving users more control over the way their personal information is turned over to third parties.
Dan Goodin, 16 Jun 2010
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Oracle's Java police derailed by Google TV

While the authorities governing Java fiddle, the power is passing to another: Google.
Gavin Clarke, 16 Jun 2010
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Mega ISP Verizon punts sky-high storage

Mega ISP Verizon has unveiled its own on-demand storage service, dubbed — in predictable fashion — Verizon Cloud Storage.
Cade Metz, 16 Jun 2010
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YouTube adds video editor for noobs

YouTube has added a video editor — or at least a video trimmer.
Rik Myslewski, 16 Jun 2010
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Microsoft inks search pact with...Opera

Microsoft has inked a deal with arch-nemesis Opera Software, convincing the Norwegians to make Bing one of the, um, "default search engine choices" on their latest desktop browser.
Cade Metz, 16 Jun 2010
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Russian video chat site mulls todger filter

Video chat site Chatroulette may deploy genitalia-filtering software to stem the considerable tide of pervs flocking to the property to show world+dog their penises, TechCrunch has reported.
Dan Goodin, 16 Jun 2010