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Intel calls end to server sales drought

From Intel's point of view, the Meltdown is over, and you're to be credited with its recovery — that is, if you use Google, Facebook, Amazon, or MSN.
Rik Myslewski, 14 Jul 2010
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Firefox engine outraces self after Jäger shot

Mozilla has announced that JägerMonkey — the still-gestating JavaScript engine extension set to arrive with Firefox 4.0 this fall — is now faster than the TraceMonkey extension used by the current Firefox 3.6.
Cade Metz, 14 Jul 2010
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MySQLers mixed on Ellison's ownership

If MySQL forkers Monty Widenus and Brian Aker were hoping that fear of Oracle control over the database might prompt a mass defection, they could be in for a disappointment.
Gavin Clarke, 14 Jul 2010
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IBM preps z11 'system of systems' mainframe

The word is on the street that Big Blue is looking to get its next-generation System z11 mainframes out the door a little sooner in the third quarter than many people might be expecting. No surprises there, with IBM's mainframe business slackening off and the prospects of selling customers System z10 boxes at anything close to a normal price being zilch, zero, zed.
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Cyberpower Ultra Scylla six-core AMD PC

Review The Cyberpower Ultra Scylla derives its name from a mythical six-headed sea beastie, which is a tribute to the hexa-core nature of the AMD Phenom II X6 1055T processor that lies inside the PC.
Leo Waldock, 14 Jul 2010
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Labour clings to the good old days

New Labour may be out of government – but not according to the personal websites of several of their leading lights.
Jane Fae , 14 Jul 2010

Wales joins supercomputer club

A £40m supercomputer project has been announced by the Welsh Assembly Government, to help Wales join the supercomputer club and increase knowledge-intensive skills in the country.
Chris Mellor, 14 Jul 2010
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eBay whacked with giant patent suit

eBay is being sued for a minimum of $3.8bn by a company which claims the auction house wilfully copied six of its patents.
John Oates, 14 Jul 2010

IBM's new water-cooled supercomputer fires up

Aquasar, a new water-cooled IBM supercomputer, has just been fired up at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich.
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Patch Tuesday sounds death knell for Win XP SP2

Microsoft released the expected four security advisories on Tuesday, three of which earn the dread rating of critical. They collectively address five security vulnerabilities.
John Leyden, 14 Jul 2010
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Digital ad portrayed Catholic Queen as 'flesh-eating zombie'

The UK's ads watchdog has slapped down the London Dungeon for running an animated ad on the tube which showed Mary Tudor, England's last Roman Catholic Queen, morphing into a flesh-eating zombie.
Joe Fay, 14 Jul 2010
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Ex-MI6 officer admits attempt to sell secrets

Updated A former MI6 officer faces jail after he pleaded guilty this morning to two breaches of the Official Secrets Act.
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Seagate announces ugly diskless NAS filer

Seagate has announced an empty four-bay small business filer that you fill up with drives yourself. Seagate ones, naturally.
Chris Mellor, 14 Jul 2010
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Sysadmin blog When you unify the user experience, there's going to be fallout. Homogenising the hardware and software environments means change, and sometimes users react badly to change.
Trevor Pott, 14 Jul 2010
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Pressure mounts on Apple to recall iPhone 4

Apple is facing increased pressure to say there's more to the iPhone 4's antenna woes than iffy signal strength readout code and to recall all the handsets it has sold so far.
Tony Smith, 14 Jul 2010
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3D is headache for six million Brits

Six Million Brits suffer from poor binocular vision - which gives them headaches and achey eyes when watching 3D films.
Drew Cullen, 14 Jul 2010
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Sony reveals lens-swap camcorder

Sony has announced the interchangeable-lens camcorder it revealed earlier this year as a concept it had in development.
Tony Smith, 14 Jul 2010
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LaCie cues up unbreakable Flash drive

LaCie is to release a USB Flash drive that can withstand being run over by a ten-ton truck.
Chris Mellor, 14 Jul 2010
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Mobile broadband: not up to the job?

Workshop Mobile broadband has enjoyed a meteoric rise to fame since it became widely available, with many mobile operators reporting triple digit growth year-on-year, and data usage surpassing mobile voice. Access to multimedia content and social networking sites from smartphones, and traffic to and from mobile broadband-based PCs, has contributed to this growth.
Josie Sephton, 14 Jul 2010
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Canon ups camcorder capacity

Canon has extended its Legria HF M camcorder line with a 64GB model.
Hard Reg, 14 Jul 2010
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Office 2010 retail sales shaken, not stirred

Early sales of Microsoft’s Office 2010 proved somewhat “disappointing” in the first two weeks that the software hit retail shelves, according to research outfit NPD Group.
Kelly Fiveash, 14 Jul 2010
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LaCie touts tough truck-resistant flash drive for tough guys

LaCie is bringing out a USB flash drive that can withstand being run over by a 10-ton truck.
Chris Mellor, 14 Jul 2010
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Loons speak brains on gov Treasury crowdsource site

In the least shocking news of the day, it appears that the government's latest internet loon-magnet is attracting an awful lot of lunatics.
John Oates, 14 Jul 2010
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Virgin eyes legal challenge to Canvas

Virgin Media looks set to formally complain about Project Canvas to communications watchdog Ofcom, The Times reports today.
Tony Smith, 14 Jul 2010
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Kingston SSDNow V+ 512GB solid-state drive

Review Reg Hardware has covered plenty of solid-state disks before, but never anything to match the capacity of Kingston’s latest high density SSD. Back in January, Kingston announced the SSDNow V+ series, the higher spec members of its family of “value” drives with capacities ranging from 64GB to 512GB.
Shaun Dormon, 14 Jul 2010
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Sluggish corporates ill-prepared for death of Win XP SP2 support

Analysis It's been months coming but many organisations are ill-prepared for the end of security support for Windows XP SP2, potentially leaving a huge population of vulnerable machines for hackers to exploit.
John Leyden, 14 Jul 2010
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'Russian spy' was MS software tester

The alleged "12th man" in the Russian spy ring broken up by the FBI earlier this month was a software tester at Microsoft's Redmond headquarters.
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Symbian Titanic heading for iceberg

In a commentary piece titled Is Symbian re-arranging the deck chairs on the Titanic?, Gartner analyst Nick Jones provides a stinging analysis of the current Symbian state of play, admonishing the less than impressive Symbian^3 user interface and misguided roadmap for the mobile operating system's evolution. He concludes that "the Symbian Foundation is just re-arranging the deck chairs on the Titanic and ignoring the Android iceberg ahead".
Wireless Watch, 14 Jul 2010
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Thieves steal 3,000 laptops from US Special Ops contractor

Thieves lifted 3,000 laptops from a military contractor for the US Special Operations Command in a leisurely nine-hour robbery back in March, it has emerged.
Joe Fay, 14 Jul 2010
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India to place $11bn order for AIP hi-tech submarines

Indian defence chiefs have approved $11bn of funds to boost the country's submarine fleet. The cash is intended to see India become the first non-Western nation to deploy long-touted, much feared "air independent propulsion" (AIP) submarine technology.
Lewis Page, 14 Jul 2010
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Storage vendors are in VMware beauty contest

VMware has come up with new vStorage APIs in vSphere 4.1 that improve storage array's abilities to store lots of virtual machines (VM), copy them, and help move them; great for VMware users; potentially terrible for some array vendors.
Chris Mellor, 14 Jul 2010
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Gay teen mag closure sparks privacy fears

The closure of a US website and magazine for gay teens has sparked privacy fears over what will happen to sensitive personal information held by the now defunct publication.
John Leyden, 14 Jul 2010
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Double whammy: The music tax based on deep packet inspection

"The innocent man must be punished!" - Mark Corrigan
Andrew Orlowski, 14 Jul 2010
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Sepp Blatter dubbed 'Bellend' by SA gov website

Sharp-eyed Fifa watchers have spotted that either Sepp Blatter has an unusual middle name, or someone in the South African government was relying on Wikipedia when knocking up the presidential website.
Joe Fay, 14 Jul 2010
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Bookie takes wagers on iPhone 4 recall

Bookmaker Paddy Power is offering odds of 4:5 that Apple will recall the iPhone 4.
Tony Smith, 14 Jul 2010
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IBM opens up beta for AIX 7

For only the second time since Big Blue entered the Unix market for real in February 1990 with the launch of the RS/6000 line of workstations and servers, the company is letting customers who use its Power-based servers take a future AIX release for a test drive in an open beta program.
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Jobsian remote access app comes to Android

LogMeIn has released an Android version of its popular remote PC-access tool, LogMeIn Ignition.
Cade Metz, 14 Jul 2010
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Amazon sounds death knell for rocket-science grids

Comment Amazon's Cluster Compute Instances officially sounded the death knell for grid computing efforts that once held promise as the "next big thing".
Dave Rosenberg, 14 Jul 2010
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Apple acquisition points to Google Maps divorce

Apple has acquired the French-Canadian mapping-software firm Poly9 and moved the company's braintrust to the Cupertino mothership.
Rik Myslewski, 14 Jul 2010
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Top Solaris developer flees Oracle

Greg Lavender, the lead developer in charge of the Solaris operating system at Oracle, has left the company. And the OpenSolaris Governing Board, which is supposed to steer the open source version of Solaris, is thinking about disbanding because Oracle has not had any contact with the board for the past six months.
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Opera Mini de-betas on Android

Opera has taken the beta tag off the Android incarnation of its low-bandwidth mobile browser, offering an Opera Mini 5.1 that includes a few small improvements over the 5.0 beta.
Cade Metz, 14 Jul 2010
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Google tests multiple accounts in single browser

Google is testing a tool that lets you use multiple user accounts in the same browser, according to a bloggy report.
Cade Metz, 14 Jul 2010
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IDC: Second quarter PC sales hit the bull's eye

The PC market rebounded as expected in the second quarter, according to the latest statistics from market watcher IDC, with PC shipments across all types up 22.4 per cent to 81.5 million units.