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Microsoft's Windows 8 goals revealed

Microsoft's successor to Windows 7 is taking shape - and that shape looks suspiciously like an iPad supplementing a diet of media with online services.
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Red Hat fights Microsoft for cloud profits

Comment If making money from open source was hard, extracting it from clouds might prove to be even more difficult. Particularly when your main rival on the x64 server is none other than Microsoft.
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Gateway DS50 Core i3 desktop PC

Review The main reason for wanting a compact PC is lack of room on or under a desk. The Gateway DS50 is not SFF in the Asus EeePC terms, but in the sense of something roughly half the volume of a midi-tower. It still has room for a full-height DVD rewriter, a 3.5in hard drive inside the case, an internal power supply and a 95mm cooler over the Core i3-530 processor.
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Hoodies swipe bus for YouTube joyride

Three Wiltshire hoodies have been arrested and bailed after taking a double-decker bus for an early morning jaunt, part of which popped up on YouTube.
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Nirvanix offers cloud taster to nervous customers

Nirvanix will set up a cloud file storage node in your own data centre, federate it to other nodes and provide an on-ramp to its public cloud storage.
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House of Commons to digitise parliamentary questions

The House of Commons Commission has said it plans to switch to electronic delivery of Hansard's parliamentary written questions and answers.
Kable, 29 2010
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Europe approves US mass data grab

Europe has signed a deal to hand over all bank transaction data to the US in order to help the ongoing war on terrorism.
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Notorious Kraken botnet rises from the ashes

The Kraken botnet, believed by many to be the single biggest zombie network until it was dismantled last year, is staging a comeback that has claimed almost 320,000 PCs, a security researcher said.
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Flying car gets helpful road-kit weight exemption from feds

The Terrafugia Transition, closest thing to a flying car yet built, has received a unique exemption from the US government allowing production models to be 110 pounds heavier than a normal "light sport aircraft". This will permit the car/plane combo to satisfy safety requirements when driving on roads.
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HTC posts Android 2.1 update for Hero phone

HTC has posted the long-awaited - and much promised - Android 2.1 update for its Hero smartphone.
Hard Reg, 29 2010
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Developers plug critical PNG graphic bug

Developers have plugged a critical hole in a PNG reference library used by many browsers to render graphics file.
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Bono doubles down on Facebook

Elevation Partners, the private equity firm backed by bad-backed U2 frontman Bono, has stumped up $120m for just over 0.5 per cent of Facebook.
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BI 2010 - The State of Play

White paper Your data is more scattered and more inconsistent, takes too long to reach the people who need it, and is incomplete, inaccurate or out of date more often than three years ago.
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Microsoft badmouths Google competition - again

The days of Microsoft being able to ignore the competition or overstep “dirty words” are long gone, as evidenced by a corporate Office 2010 blog post written by the company’s customer service and support veep yesterday.
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Romford coppers try to stopper young snapper

Despite fine words from high-ranking police officers, an unpleasant incident in Romford last week suggests that officers on the ground are no nearer understanding or respecting photographers’ rights.
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Google opens Docs to iOS crowd

Google has updated its Google Docs Viewer to allow those who walk the iOS path to share in the joy of viewing - though not editing - their Google-hosted documents.
Bill Ray, 29 2010
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Let’s hear it for service centricity

Lab An elderly lady attended a public lecture given by an astrophysicist on how the Earth goes around the Sun and how the Sun circles about with countless other stars in the Milky Way. During the question and answer session, the woman stood up and told the distinguished scientist that his lecture was nonsense, that the Earth is a flat disk supported on the back of an enormous tortoise.
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It's non-stop fun in Zero Carbon Britain, 2030

Comment A hundred years ago, the socialist utopians had a vision of what they called "a world without want". The Zero Carbon Trust published its vision of Britain in 2030 earlier this month, and it's one where people's "wants" will substantially increase. Particularly anyone wanting, say, a lamb chop with rosemary and garlic, or a Shepherd's Pie.
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China threatens Google's internet licence over HK redirect

Google has agreed to halt the automatic rerouting of its China search engine users to Hong Kong after Beijing officials threatened to not renew the firm's internet licence if it continued with the switcheroo.

Secret docs reveal Dell knew PCs were faulty

Dell is in court accused of knowingly selling thousands of computers which it knew were likely to be faulty.
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SkyFire massacres own proxies

SkyFire, pioneer of mobile browsing by proxy, has been shutting down those proxies around the world as the cost of processing everyone's content gets too much for it.
Bill Ray, 29 2010
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Security - policies, processes and people

Workshop The problem with building foolproof systems, so the saying goes, is that the world seems to generate a better class of fool. This seems to be particularly true with systems charged with managing security.
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Secret ancient code, basis of all modern civilisation, cracked

A former IT type, nowadays a part-time professor of scientific philosophy, says he has cracked a "hidden mathematical musical code" in the works of the famous ancient Greek savant Plato.
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RIM BlackBerry Pearl 3G phone

Review What's this, a BlackBerry without a keyboard? In phone circles it's akin to a Factor without its X. The Pearl 3G 9105 is BlackBerry's first handset to sport a standard numeric keypad, rather than a Qwerty keyboard or its own SureType alphanumeric blend, which assigns two letters to each key. It's likely that this is something of an experiment, since the same phone is available with the SureType option in the US as the 9100. Can its other improvements make up for the loss of one of Blackberry's major assets?
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Hadoop goes 'open core' with Cloudera Enterprise

Hadoop Summit Cloudera – the commercial Hadoop outfit – has unveiled its first for-pay product: Cloudera Enterprise, an augmented version of the open source distributed data crunching platform designed specifically for production environments.
Cade Metz, 29 2010
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Google wonk buzzes off to Facebook... bitch

A Google engineering director and key player in the company's Chrome OS and WebGL projects has quit Mountain View in favour of a job over at Facebook.
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Nasa returns to the moon... in 3D game

President Obama may have knocked on the head Nasa's plan to put real people back on the moon, but the space agency is still going ahead with a scheme to get you there virtually.
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Security threats for mobile users

On Demand If you've got security in your remit and an increasingly mobile work force then we could have just the tonic for your day job, a webcast discussing just these challenges.
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Confidential report reveals ContactPoint security fears

An independent study on the previous government's controversial child protection database highlighted significant security and privacy risks.
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Russian spy ring bust uncovers tech toolkit

The FBI's case against an alleged deep cover Russian spy ring relies heavily on surveillance of their use of ad hoc Wi-Fi networks, bespoke software, encryption and the web.
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Seagate reveals 'first' 3TB external desktop drive

Seagate had become, it claimed today, the world's first hard drive maker to ship a 3TB external hard drive.
Hard Reg, 29 2010
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HDS flashes pay-per-use private cloud storage

Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) is announcing an on-site, fully-managed, pay-per-use storage system for businesses to use globally, and for use by service providers to build their own services.
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iPhone 4 Sim shrink sorrow solved

Those of you buying an iPhone 4 or an iPad 3G will face the issue of getting Micro Sim card replacements. You have three options:
Caleb Cox, 29 2010
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BBC grabs stock photo of own building

The TV licence payers among you are going to like this: The BBC has apparently turned to Getty Images for a stock photo of its own building...
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Singularity

I'm not sure why I'm writing this review when you've already played Singularity countless times before. Don't worry, though. Your memory isn't failing you. Quite the contrary, it's working far too well.
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Oracle adds Fibre Channel to 7000

Oracle has updated Sun's ZFS-using 7000 unified storage system, adding Fibre Channel connectivity and doubling its capacity.
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Obama okays spectrum auction

President Obama has nodded through the spectrum auction proposed by the National Broadband Plan, knocking back the idea of any freebies in favour for revenue-generating auctions.
Bill Ray, 29 2010
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SAP hit by competition complaint

German software company SAP has been hit by a competition complaint from a company which previously won a $139m patent infringement case against it.
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Online ads need standards

Online advertising methods and terminology should be standardised to help advertisers and publishers navigate the complex internet advertising process, US trade body the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) has said.
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Baidu begins search for Silicon Valley talent

Baidu reportedly plans to hire software engineers from the US in an effort to pick up more technology prowess outside of China where it dominates the local search market.
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Google's Wi-Fi snoop prompts Early Day Motion

Harlow's new Conservative MP Robert Halfon has tabled an Early Day Motion with concerns about Google, a first for the company.
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Data slicer cuts itself off from hardware

Cleversafe has untied the knot between its data protection hardware and software with a set of software-only licenses for customers wanting to use third-party hardware.
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MIT boffins exhibit self-forming 'programmable matter'

Vid Almost unbelievably lazy boffins at Harvard and MIT, fatigued no doubt by the onerous task of fashioning paper planes for use during academic debates, have developed electrically powered self-folding paper able to do this without human input.
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Qualcomm looks to emerging markets to up Brew

Qualcomm's Brew content platform has enjoyed something of a revival lately, moving beyond its CDMA base into the growing market for affordable mobile web devices. AT&T has adopted the system, and so Qualcomm is holding its annual Brew conference, now renamed Uplinq, with a new sense of confidence.
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White Space delivers green tech to Sierra Nevada Mountains

Spectrum Bridge has been busy working out how to use the white spaces between the TV channels, while the FCC continues dithering over who gets to run the database of such channels.
Bill Ray, 29 2010
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Stayin' alive: Ten years of Linux on the mainframe

Comment It would be hard to find two technologies that would seem to be more diametrically opposed in the data center than the IBM mainframe and the open source Linux operating system. But the combination of the two, which then-IBM president and now IBM chairman and CEO Sam Palmisano championed (or more precisely, gets credit for championing within Big Blue regardless of whose idea it may have been), saved the System z mainframe business.
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Mozilla turns out Firefox 4 beta candidate builds

Updated Update: This story originally said that Mozilla had released the first Firefox 4 beta. But the beta has not been officially released. Last week, Mozilla told us the first beta would arrive "within days."
Cade Metz, 29 2010
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Adobe pushes out emergency patch for Reader apps

Adobe Systems has pushed out an emergency update that patches at least 17 holes in its Reader and Acrobat applications, including two serious bugs that are being used by online criminals to install malware on end-users' machines.

Double-Take helps Microsoft Flex HPC muscles

Microsoft is trying to wiggle its way into HPC shops with its Windows HPC Server 2008 variant, which includes similar tools that a Linux distro uses to support parallel supercomputing workloads.
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Yahoo! girds Google's bastard grid child

Hadoop Summit Yahoo! has released a beta version of Hadoop with built-in security, while open sourcing the latest version of its in-house workflow engine for the Google-mimicking distributed number-crunching platform.
Cade Metz, 29 2010
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iPhone consumed by solar 'death ray'

An enterprising solar-energy enthusiast has discovered how an iPhone reacts to what he calls a "65-inch death ray".
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Jobs' solo Flashturbation lent unlikely second hand

The puritanical Steve Jobs has won an unlikely ally in his campaign to kill Flash: the very porn industries he's blocked from the iPad and iPhone.
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Disgruntled fanbois sought for iPhone 4 Apple prosecution

A California law firm is trolling for iPhone 4 owners frustrated by flaws in their recently purchased Cupertinian handsets.
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Yahoo! brews HTML5 mail for iPhone

Hadoop Summit Yahoo! is developing an HTML5 incarnation of its web-based mail service for use on the Jesus Phone.
Cade Metz, 29 2010
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Apachesourcers claw out major Tomcat revision

One of the Apache Software Foundation's earliest projects has seen its first major update in four years, with the twin goals of easing development and boosting performance.
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Amazon punts Kindleware for Androids

Amazon has released Kindleware for Android handhelds.
Cade Metz, 29 2010
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Pillar Data ditches staffers, shrugs

Pillar Data has fired some of its workforce, but it's no big deal according to the company.
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Cisco uncloaks Android video tablet for suits

Cisco Systems has announced a business-centric, HD video—capable touchscreen Android tablet it claims, er, "redefines industry paradigms" for mobile communication and collaboration.
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Seagate's 3TB external drive

Seagate has breached a barrier and introduced a massive 3TB external drive in the form of an updated FreeAgent GoFlex.
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Twitter to open source MySQL-to-Hadoop tool

Hadoop Summit Twitter intends to open source an additional piece of the Hadoop-happy infrastructure it uses for internal data analysis. Known as Crane, this is a tool for moving data from MySQL into Hadoop, the open source data-crunching platform based on Google's proprietary infrastructure.
Cade Metz, 29 2010
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InfiniBand to outpace Ethernet's unstoppable force

Comment Every good idea in networking eventually seems to be borged into the Ethernet protocol. Even so, there's still a place in the market for its main rival in the data center, InfiniBand, which has consistently offered more bandwidth, lower latency, and often lower power consumption and cost-per-port than Ethernet.
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Verizon iPhone set for January touchdown?

"Stop us if you've heard this one before: there's a new report that Verizon may soon offer Apple's iPhone, ending AT&T's US exclusivity for the überpopular handset."
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New project leader wears the Fedora

Paul Frields, who has been getting his paycheck from Red Hat to run the Fedora development Linux variant since 2008, is moving back inside the company to work on Enterprise Linux, and an outsider named Jared Smith is being brought in as the new Fedora Project Leader.
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LCD maker cops to international price-fixing conspiracy

Yet another seller of LCD panels has copped to international price-fixing that bilked Apple, Dell, and HP, among others.