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Microsoft 'record' results beat Jedi mind trickery

Microsoft has reported record financial results for the quarter ending June 30, and the big money maker was Windows. Despite attempts at Jedi mind trickery involving cloud services, the company remains firmly wedded to the earth-bound PC.
Gavin Clarke, 23 Jul 2010
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IBM launches zEnterprise 196 'data center in a box'

IBM has launched its next-generation System z mainframe, the zEnterprise 196. Now we will get to find out, in the next few quarters or so, if the mainframe business still has some legs and can grow or the Great Recession of 2008 and 2009 has permanently knocked it down a peg or two.
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Apple, Google, NASA, and the Rainbow connection

When Sir Roger Penrose visited Silicon Valley this spring, he stopped off at Google, NASA, and the Rainbow Mansion. But he spent most of his time at Rainbow, Silicon Valley's answer to the 17th-century French salon. Penrose — the English mathematical physicist renowned for his work on general relativity and cosmology — gave a talk in the Rainbow library, touching on black holes, Hawking radiation, and the unitarity principle. And he spent the night in a Rainbow guest room, leaving plenty time for the lighter side of theoretical physics. That evening, Penrose and his hosts watched Contact, the 1997 film based on the Carl Sagan bestseller, in which Jodie Foster discovers intelligent life beyond earth. "One of the central plot points is that the protagonist goes through a worm hole," says David Weekly, a former Rainbow Mansion resident and the founder of online collaboration start-up PBWorks. "I heard some soft chuckles on the couch next to me."
Cade Metz, 23 Jul 2010
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Overland Storage overhauls tape library and SnapServers

Overland Storage has announced a larger and LTO-5-supporting NEO tape library as well as a higher-capacity SnapServer.
Chris Mellor, 23 Jul 2010

Google offers IE users faster Wave gravy

OSCONOSCON Microsoft web surfers have been promised faster helpings of Wave gravy following Google's release of Splash.
Gavin Clarke, 23 Jul 2010
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Acer beTouch E400 Android smartphone

ReviewReview Acer is fully committed to producing smartphones, but seems to be slightly schizophrenic in its approach. There are devices in the Liquid range, which tote Android and are nicely high end, devices in the neoTouch range which run Windows Mobile, and devices in the beTouch range which again run Android and occupy the mid to lower ground.
Sandra Vogel, 23 Jul 2010
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Premium rate rants plummet again

The number of complaints to premium rate phone regulator PhonepayPlus (PPP) dropped by 52 per cent in the last year, it has said. PPP said it received 11,249 complaints in 2009/10, down from 23,244 the previous year.
OUT-LAW.COM, 23 Jul 2010
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HDS coy about future compression tech

Hitachi Data Systems doesn't have its own compression/deduplication technology but looks set to get it.
Chris Mellor, 23 Jul 2010
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Dell blames staff for malware infection

Dell said human error was to blame for mistakes which led it to ship a number of replacement server motherboards to customers pre-loaded with spyware.
John Oates, 23 Jul 2010
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OFT outlines plans to protect online shoppers

UK consumers still need to be educated about online shopping to prevent them falling victim to scams and problems, consumer protection regulator the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has said.
OUT-LAW.COM, 23 Jul 2010
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Voting reform finally on the agenda

The opening salvoes of the 2015 general election were fired this week, with publication of the wording of a proposed referendum on alternative voting, to take place next year.
Jane Fae , 23 Jul 2010
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NAND flash bottleneck being blown away

A looming NAND flash memory bottleneck will be pre-empted by a tenfold increase in data rate due to a new industry standard being promoted by Samsung and Toshiba.
Chris Mellor, 23 Jul 2010
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iPhones dialling up premium-rate bills again

AdMob has been placing premium-rate numbers into iPhone applications again, this time in an application targeted at kids, who are even more likely than adults to hit the link without noticing.
Bill Ray, 23 Jul 2010
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Country plods still not carrying mobile data devices

Police forces across England and Wales have wildly differing attitudes to the use of mobile-data gadgets. Almost 45,000 "hand-held IT devices" are in use by plods up and down the land, but seven forces have issued none at all.
Lewis Page, 23 Jul 2010
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Unpatched shortcut vuln exploited by mainstream malware

Virus writers have begun using the unpatched shortcut flaw in Windows first exploited by the Stuxnet worm, which targets power plant control systems, to create malware that infects the general population of vulnerable Windows machines.
John Leyden, 23 Jul 2010

Canvas chairman gives up Phorm job

Kip Meek has been appointed chairman of the Canvas company, and will lead the hunt for a CEO for the TV platform. He'll be giving up his non-executive directorships at the Broadband Stakeholder Group and Phorm. Meek's association with the latter raised a few eyebrows when he was linked with the post recently - Canvas boxes will return a huge amount of TV and web information to the consortium.
Andrew Orlowski, 23 Jul 2010
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HP to pitch Windows Slate at Big Biz

HP has confirmed that its Windows 7-based Slate 500 tablet hasn't been canned and will be pitched at big biz customers this coming autumn.
Tony Smith, 23 Jul 2010
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Spitzer 'scope spots Buckyballs in spaaace

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has sniffed out Carbon-60 molecules in a distant nebula - the first detection of "Buckyballs" in outer space.
Lester Haines, 23 Jul 2010
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'Freeware' phishing kit dupes s'kiddies

Skilled malware authors have duped less skilled cybercrooks into doing their dirty work with a new phishing kit.
John Leyden, 23 Jul 2010
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PARIS skins up with Rizlas and dope

Work continues apace down at the Paper Aircraft Released Into Space (PARIS) workshop, where we've been looking at just how to skin our Vulture 1-X vehicle.
Lester Haines, 23 Jul 2010
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Microsoft's ARM deal fuels hope of a chilled-out Xbox

Microsoft has licensed ARM's architecture, but while an ARM might be found in every mobile phone it seems Redmond is more interested in putting some ARM goodness into the Xbox.
Bill Ray, 23 Jul 2010
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Google cranks up Chrome release schedule

Google plans to release new stable versions of Chrome every six weeks as it continues to try and smash through as many builds as possible of its increasingly popular browser.
Kelly Fiveash, 23 Jul 2010
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BBC Trust green lights Corporation's news app

The BBC is now allowed to release smartphone apps able to present its news feeds to viewers on the move.
Tony Smith, 23 Jul 2010
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Possibly the world's most pointless review

Each week we receive dozens of link-to-article requests from tech websites. Much as we want to oblige, we rarely have time to read the articles, let alone link to them.
Drew Cullen, 23 Jul 2010
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ACTA leaks - but secret squirrel stays secret

Just who is the bad apple at the ACTA negotiations, excluding the public and forcing discussions between the parties to be held in secret?
Jane Fae , 23 Jul 2010
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'Soft robots' will use gut-wrenching propulsion method

American boffins say they are poised to invent a new class of shape-shifting "soft bodied robots" which will manoeuvre - perhaps inside the human body - by mimicking the literally gut-wrenching means by which certain species of creepy-crawly get about.
Lewis Page, 23 Jul 2010
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The Sun saves parasailing donkey's ass

There's some top quality news today for the animal lovers among you: the Sun has moved with lightning speed to save the Sea of Azov's very own flying donkey, Anapka, who recently found herself on the wrong end of an asinine promotional stunt:
Lester Haines, 23 Jul 2010
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Olympus PEN E-PL1 Micro Four-Thirds camera

ReviewReview Adding another variation to its popular PEN range of Micro Four-Thirds cameras, the Olympus E-PL1 has done away with the retro style of its siblings, added a pop-up flash and a dedicated movie record button. It has re-designed the menu layout for even simpler navigation, introduced a Live Guide mode for complete novices and downgraded some of the pro options.
Catherine Monfils, 23 Jul 2010
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Apple delays white iPhone 4 - again

Apple still can't work out how to mass-produce an iPhone 4 coloured white and has now delayed the handset - again - until "later this year".
Tony Smith, 23 Jul 2010
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Couple charged over hybrid car industrial espionage plot

A Michigan couple faces charges of stealing industrial secrets on hybrid cars from GM before attempting to sell the data to a Chinese auto manufacturer.
John Leyden, 23 Jul 2010
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London bike hire scheme suffers pre-launch wobbles

Anyone wishing to use one of Boris's hire bikes from next week will need a UK address registered with a credit card company in order to pre-register because the 'casual use' system has been delayed.
John Oates, 23 Jul 2010
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IBM's zEnterprise 196 CPU: Cache is king

AnalysisAnalysis IBM is a funny technology company in that its top brass doesn't like to talk about feeds and speeds and seems to be allergic to hardware in particular. Which is particularly idiotic for a hardware company that sells servers, storage, and chips.
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Home Office mobe theft fight doubles in importance

The Home Office has published guidelines asking recyclers to check if phones are stolen, claiming that the business is worth £5m a year despite it being only worth £2.5m eight weeks ago.
Bill Ray, 23 Jul 2010
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UK.gov soaps up public in latest data appeal

The Cabinet Office is once again asking British citizens to pony up ideas about what government information should be released via the data.gov.uk website.
Kelly Fiveash, 23 Jul 2010
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Oracle has '$70bn, five-year acquisition plan'

Charles Phillips, one of the co-presidents at software giant and unenthusiastic server maker Oracle, reportedly said the company had plans to double its acquisition budget over the next five years to a total of $70bn. But apparently this is not true.
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BBC news apps squeeze onto iPhone, iPad

The BBC Trust has waved through a Beeb news app for Apple’s iPhone and iPad, just a few months after the Corporation’s governing body mulled whether development of the software could be justified.
Kelly Fiveash, 23 Jul 2010
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Forget the Jesus Phone, here's the Rude Phone

NSFWNSFW It costs $78, it is available in black, red or white and it is called the WANK E5.
Drew Cullen, 23 Jul 2010
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Software giant SAS loses copyright case in London

SAS has lost an important copyright case in the High Court in London, although SAS insists it has not lost at all.
John Oates, 23 Jul 2010
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Ex-staffer pleads guilty to massive T-Mobile data scam

A former T-Mobile employee has admitted his role in the illegal sale of massive volumes of customer data to marketers.
Christopher Williams, 23 Jul 2010
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UK's Zephyr robo sun-plane in record-buster 2-week flight

The "Zephyr" solar-powered unmanned plane, which has been airborne continuously for the past two weeks above the Arizona desert, has made a successful landing to break several aviation records.
Lewis Page, 23 Jul 2010
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Forrester: IT spending growth holding up

The prognosticators at IT watcher Forrester Research are not letting a little debt crisis in Greece and the fears by some that it will "metastasize across the European Union" put a damper on global IT spending growth for 2010.

Google is ‘Obama’s Halliburton’

A discovery motion filed part of an investigation into Google’s former chief lobbyist turned Obama’s “Deputy CTO” failed this week.
Andrew Orlowski, 23 Jul 2010
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Riverbed removes steel from WAN juicing Steelhead

Riverbed has released a version of its Steelhead WAN optimization appliance that isn't an appliance. You might say it's a Steelhead without the steel.
Cade Metz, 23 Jul 2010
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Intel and Nokia's MeeGo Linux gets car boost

Nokia and Intel's MeeGo mobile Linux effort has been given a leg up in cars.
Gavin Clarke, 23 Jul 2010
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Judas Phone: more Photoshop tomfoolery

Some sites call for Photoshop submissions [Fark and B3ta.com]. And some reject them, as Reg reader Bill discovered today.
Drew Cullen, 23 Jul 2010
Blacklight: Tango Down
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Blacklight: Tango Down

One of the few things I learnt at university was Pareto’s Principle, or the 80/20 rule, which states that in anything, 20 per cent is vital and 80 per cent is trivial.
Andrew Bailey, 23 Jul 2010
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vBulletin vuln gifts admin credentials to unwashed masses

Websites using software from vBulletin have been stung by a critical vulnerability that makes it trivial to steal credentials needed to administer site panels.
Dan Goodin, 23 Jul 2010
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Google tests (semi) HTML5 YouTube embed code

Google is testing new YouTube embed code that plays videos using either the company's experimental HTML5 player or its standard Flash player, depending on the video and the setup of the user's system.
Cade Metz, 23 Jul 2010
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Empires built on free code aren't cheap

Open...and ShutOpen...and Shut Five years ago, Joe Kraus declared that it was a "great time to be an entrepreneur." In the midst of dwindling hardware and software costs, among other things, it's never been easier to start and scale a company.
Matt Asay, 23 Jul 2010
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Security world ill-equipped to solve digital whodunnits

When anthrax-laced letters killed five people and sickened 17 others shortly after the September 11 terrorist attacks in 2001, investigators were able to pin point the precise lab where the deadly spores were manufactured. And when Confederate General Stonewall Jackson was shot on the battle field some 150 years ago, forensics showed only one of his own forces could have pulled the trigger.
Dan Goodin, 23 Jul 2010
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Mozilla tames Firefox tab monster with Candy

Mozilla is testing a new Firefox interface designed to tame that seemingly endless string of tabs stretching across the top of your browser – and beyond.
Cade Metz, 23 Jul 2010