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NoScript 2.0 beefs border patrol

NoScript daddy Giorgio Maone has released version 2.0 of his popular Firefox add-on, a means of blocking JavaScript, Java, Flash, and other plug-in or script content from untrusted websites.
Cade Metz, 29 Jul 2010
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Alcatel OT-808 fashion phone

Review With its mirrored exterior and clamshell action, it’s quite deliberate that, looking at the Alcatel OT-808, you end up thinking it resembles a make-up compact. Evidently, it’s designed to appeal to budget conscious femmes or those who want something fun to use when out on the town, leaving the pricey smartphone at home. And if the mirror finish and make-up mimicry weren’t enough, above all else, it comes in pink too.
Caleb Cox, 29 Jul 2010
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Cell phone eavesdropping enters script-kiddie phase

Black Hat Independent researchers have made good on a promise to release a comprehensive set of tools needed to eavesdrop on cell phone calls that use the world's most widely deployed mobile technology.
Dan Goodin, 29 Jul 2010
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Amazon takes Kindle to the UK

Amazon UK's front page is dominated today by a letter to its customers, introducing the "third generation of Kindles".
Drew Cullen, 29 Jul 2010
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Russian city blocks YouTube

The Russian city of Komsomolsk-on-Amur has ordered ISP Rosnet to "restrict access" to YouTube and four other websites containing "extremist" material, Pravda reports.
Lester Haines, 29 Jul 2010
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Sage poised for huge Italian buy

The recently installed chief executive of Sage is planning a massive bid for Italian business management firm TeamSystem.
John Oates, 29 Jul 2010
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Churchill's dentures go under the hammer

A set of dentures belonging to Winston Churchill and described as "a vital weapon" in Britain's struggle against Nazism come under the hammer today, the BBC reports.
Lester Haines, 29 Jul 2010
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Call of Duty: Black Ops squeezes on to Nintendo DS

Call of Duty: Black Ops is to get a standalone "companion" for the Nintendo DS.
Drew Cullen, 29 Jul 2010
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Managing change in the application portfolio

Workshop Nothing stands still forever, particularly not in IT, and with good reason. When we researched the drivers that were having the most impact on how x86 server environments are architected, evolved and operated for example, we found that data growth was the number one driver, followed closely by new application requirements, and then changing requirements from existing applications (Figure 1).
Jon Collins, 29 Jul 2010
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BT layoffs boost profits

Layoffs and cost-cutting at BT have boosted BT's first quarter net profits by a third to £284m.
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Turkish pranksters load Facebook Translate with swears

Facebook's attempts to crowdsource translations have gone awry in Turkey.
John Leyden, 29 Jul 2010
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Opposition to can Aus $1.3bn school laptops program

Australia's general election is in full swing and disputes over tech funding and tech policy continue to intrude on today centre stage.
Drew Cullen, 29 Jul 2010
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UK population to be guaranteed mobile 768Kb/sec service

The government has endorsed the plan to pass organisation of the digital dividend mega auction back to Ofcom, with universal service guarantees, and promises a new-for-old deal for the Programme Makers and Special Events (PMSE) crowd.
Bill Ray, 29 Jul 2010
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DfT 'unwittingly' bigged-up speed camera benefits

Exclusive The Department for Transport (DfT) has "unwittingly" misled the public over the benefits of speed cameras for the last four years.
Jane Fae Ozimek, 29 Jul 2010
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Supercomputer geek builds Cray-1 around home PC

Daryl Brach, known as pfaffen online, has built a scale model of the Cray-1 supercomputer to house a PC.
Chris Mellor, 29 Jul 2010
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ID card astroturf - No2ID beats the truth out of IPS

A cackling Phil Booth, No2ID National Coordinator, writes to tell us that six months after he first pestered the Identity & Passport Service about its quotes from ID card-toting happy campers in its publicity material, it has confessed - um yes, all but one of those quoted worked for the government.
John Lettice, 29 Jul 2010
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Papal crackdown on bare-kneed tourists sparks hypocrisy claims

The Vatican's stripey knickerbocker-clad Swiss Guards have launched a crack down on scantily-clad tourists in and around the Holy See.
Joe Fay, 29 Jul 2010
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iPads for hospitals: is this a good idea?

Next year, 500 doctors and nurses in Victoria hospitals will trial the use of iPads.
Drew Cullen, 29 Jul 2010
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UK privacy watchdog clears Google Wi-Fi slurp

The “pay-load” data collected by Google’s Street View cars did not slurp up “meaningful personal details”, the UK’s privacy watchdog concluded today.
Kelly Fiveash, 29 Jul 2010
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Data breaches blamed on organised crime

Cybercrooks continue to be a menace to corporate security, with hackers and malware authors collectibly responsible for 85 per cent of all stolen data.
John Leyden, 29 Jul 2010
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Authentic Navy rum: Yours for £600 a bottle

Those of you with a taste for rum and 600 quid to spare might like to uncork a bottle of Black Tot "Last Consignment" British Royal Naval Rum, lovingly decanted from the official stocks held by the Senior Service since sailors' final rum ration in 1970.
Lester Haines, 29 Jul 2010
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Sky turns 3D on Oct 1

Sky is launching a 3D TV channel, Europe's first, on October 1.
Drew Cullen, 29 Jul 2010
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Google sets Android on pirates

Android now comes with an API allowing applications to phone home to check for a licence when launched, locking out pirates and anyone with an unreliable data connection.
Bill Ray, 29 Jul 2010
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Acer Aspire Ethos 8943G 18.4in laptop

Review Stylish and powerful, the new 18.4in Aspire Ethos 8943G will appeal to those looking for a desktop replacement that doesn’t hold back on performance. Each of the four cores on the Core i7-720QM purr along at 1.6GHz, while ATI’s Mobility Radeon HD 5650 is on hand should you want to indulge in a bit of gaming. Throw in a Blu-ray drive, and the cost of the components starts to rise, pushing the laptop’s price well over the £1,000 mark.
Will Stapley, 29 Jul 2010
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Virgin hitches MTV to media player loveliness

World+dog must have a media player to call its own. Not to be outdone Virgin is in on the act as of today with the launch of Virgin Media Player, for mobile and computer use.
Drew Cullen, 29 Jul 2010
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Courts bar dodgy documents from divorce cases

People involved in divorce wrangles will no longer be able to use dodgily-obtained documents to prove their spouse is hiding money, following a landmark Court of Appeal ruling.
Team Register, 29 Jul 2010
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Fragrant tech thief stalks Whitehall

Civil servants at the Department for Communities and Local Government are living in fear of a sweet smelling mobile technology thief who carries a ladies' purse.
Joe Fay, 29 Jul 2010
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.NET for Android prepares to get probed

Microsoft's .NET for Android - dubbed MonoDroid - has come a step closer.
Gavin Clarke, 29 Jul 2010
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Pay-off or lay-off: HP calls on 700 staff to heed redundo plea

Hewlett-Packard has reduced the number of UK employees it plans to show the door in its latest round of redundancies from 934 to 720.
Kelly Fiveash, 29 Jul 2010
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Sky bags UK HBO exclusive

Never saw The Wire, but I am told it is rather good. I won't be seeing it in a hurry either, now that Sky has slurped up HBO's entire library in a UK exclusive.
Drew Cullen, 29 Jul 2010

Quantum quivers again

Quantum, the supplier of tape, reduplicating backup arrays and some file archiving software, has turned in a loss-making quarter, attributing it to poor sales in Europe and a North America region.
Chris Mellor, 29 Jul 2010
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Sky clocks up £1bn profit

Sky made a £1bn profit in the year to 30 June for the first time, with ARPU reaching £508 per subscriber. Annual revenue totalled £5.9bn, up 10 per cent year on year.
Andrew Orlowski, 29 Jul 2010
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Nokia goes after Opera Mini

Nokia has unveiled a knock-off of Opera's Mini phone browser, intended for use on its low-end handsets in emerging markets. It's the first manifestation of Nokia's own ad engine.
Andrew Orlowski, 29 Jul 2010
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Apple coughs to iPhone 3G IOS 4 upgrade problems

iPhone 3G users who've upgraded to iOS 4 are discovering that the roaming switch isn't working any more, for those on O2's network at least.
Bill Ray, 29 Jul 2010
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IBM buys file compressor

IBM is buying Storwize for its real-time, inline data compression technology and products.
Chris Mellor, 29 Jul 2010
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Oracle and HP make a deal for Solaris on ProLiants

The inscrutable plan of Oracle for Solaris 10 on x64 servers became more... scrutable this morning. The company announced that Dell and Hewlett-Packard would be certifying and reselling Oracle's Solaris and Enterprise Linux operating systems, as well as its Oracle VM implementation of the Xen hypervisor on their respective PowerEdge and ProLiant servers.
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Lovefilm calls in the DRM brigade for media player push

Lovefilm is the UK's answer to Netflix. And like Netflix it has a pressing problem. No, not Blockbuster.
Drew Cullen, 29 Jul 2010
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US carrier tailors 3G jacket for iPod touch?

US wireless carrier Sprint is slated to offer a kind of handset sleeve that could provide 3G wireless access to an iPod Touch, the Apple iPhone that's not a phone.
Cade Metz, 29 Jul 2010
DVD it in many colours
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Open source HPC file system gets startup

High performance computing – by which is meant traditional parallel supercomputing as well as data analytics and hyperscale cloudy infrastructure – is facing a looming file system and storage bottleneck, and Whamcloud, a startup backed by $10m in private funding and some of the top people behind the Lustre file system, want to help.
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Next Gnome delayed until 2011

Linux users on Gnome must wait a full year before their favorite desktop is updated – the first such delay in the project's short history.
Gavin Clarke, 29 Jul 2010
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Microsoft names September for IE9 beta

FAM The beta version of Microsoft's Internet Explorer 9 will hit in September.
Gavin Clarke, 29 Jul 2010
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Fog of cyberwar: internet always favors the offense

Black Hat Fighting wars that target computer networks is fraught with risks that don't exist in traditional warfare, raising the stakes for future conflicts, a retired US general told security professionals Thursday.
Dan Goodin, 29 Jul 2010

Nvidia plugs-in Visual Studio with CUDA 3.1

Nvidia announced some new CUDA stuff last week, a new developer kit (3.1) and the Parallel Nsight Visual Studio plug-in, both designed to make it easier for ISVs and other coding types to support Nvidia GPUs in their apps. Our pal TPM has a typically detailed story here.
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Ballmer and Softies sacrifice sleep to catch iPad

FAM Microsoft's chief executive has come very close to telling investors he screwed up after years of writing off, belittling and underestimated Apple's potential success in touch-based computing.
Gavin Clarke, 29 Jul 2010
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Uncle Sam sues Oracle (again) for alleged fraud

The US Department of Justice has filed a fresh lawsuit against Oracle, three months after intervening in a whistleblower suit that accuses the software giant of overcharging the government by "tens of millions of dollars."
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Data for 100m Facebook accounts published to BitTorrent

Underscoring the permanence of data published on the internet, a security researcher has compiled the names and URLs of more than 100 million Facebook users and made them available as a BitTorrent download.
Dan Goodin, 29 Jul 2010
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'Suspicious' Android wallpaper app nabs user data

An Android wallpaper application that collected data from users' phones and uploaded it to a site in China was downloaded "millions of times", according to mobile security firm Lookout.
John Leyden, 29 Jul 2010