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Adobe confirms remote code-execution flaw in Reader (again)

A security researcher has uncovered yet another vulnerability in Adobe Reader that allows hackers to execute malicious code on computers by tricking their users into opening booby-trapped files.
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Etón Soulra solar-powered iPod dock

Review While there are plenty of solar chargers to keep gadgets going in the great outdoors, sun-powered iPod speaker docks are rather thin on the ground. Step forward Californian company Etón Corporation, which specialises in portable and often eco-friendly products such as wind-up and solar radios.
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Dixons aims high, medium and low with own-brand blizzard

Dixons is aiming low to high with four new own-brand lines for its PC World and Currys stores.
Caleb Cox, 04 2010
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Saudi Arabia beats UAE to BlackBerry ban

BlackBerry users residing in, or visiting, Saudi Arabia should ensure that they can get to their messages another way, as the government is asking operators to block RIM’s email service from Friday.
Bill Ray, 04 2010
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Vodafone upsets customers with upgrade downgrade

Vodafone customers with an HTC Desire, waiting for Android 2.2, instead got a new firmware version packed with Vodafone bloat.
Bill Ray, 04 2010
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Indonesian parliament gets smut eyeful

There were red faces at the Indonesian parliament this week after miscreants somehow managed to stream a porn video through an internal TV channel.
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Carnivorous plague mice 'wiping out towns' in US Midwest

Top boffins in the States believe they have unmasked the mystery attacker responsible for repeatedly wiping out towns in the Rocky Mountains and Great Plains, slaughtering thousands of inhabitants. The massacres are apparently being carried out by a type of carnivorous mouse, described by scientists as "nasty little beasties".
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Scotland's police inspector slams data entry record

The accuracy of information on the Police National Computer (PNC) is being affected by problems with IT and data entry at Scottish police forces, according to a new report.
Kable, 04 2010
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Sky faces competition probe over film rights

The Competition Commission will investigate whether Sky is using a stranglehold on film rights to harm its competitors in the pay-TV market.
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Google to allow trade marks as keywords across Europe

Google will let companies use competitors' trade marks as keywords to trigger search adverts in all European countries for the first time. The move will test the interpretation of a number of EU and national court rulings on the controversial practice.
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Hotmail upgrade finally reaches 350m users

Microsoft has taken its sweet time to roll out its new version of Hotmail to its 350 million users, but everyone has now been upgraded.
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Botnet that pwned 100,000 UK PCs taken out

Security researchers have uncovered the command and control network of a Zeus 2 botnet sub-system targeted at UK surfers that controlled an estimated 100,000 computers.
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UK music worth £3.9bn

The UK music industry grew 4.7 per cent last year, according to the PRS annual survey.
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Hands on with Nintendo 3DS

When Nintendo invited us last week to an event to show off its three dimensional portable gaming console, the 3DS, I wasn't as excited as I should have been. A Nintendo fan since my first Duckhunt, I'd be lying if I said I was uninterested, but apart from a World Cup match in the cinema, 3D technology has never impressed me. There is a wow - for ten seconds or so.
Caleb Cox, 04 2010
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Apple smartens up music file-sharing via iDisk

Apple has stealthily added "cloud" music streaming without telling anyone - even its own customers, according to MP3Tunes' Michael Robertson.
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Symantec leak hints at PureDisk on NetBackup 5000

Symantec appears to be close to introducing a NetBackup 5000 appliance running PureDisk deduplication software, if a leaked manual is real.
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Brussels delays data protection reforms

The European Commission has effectively pushed back plans to overhaul the Data Protection Directive by up to a year under pressure from national regulators.
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Terrafugia Transition flying car redesign - first analysis

The Terrafugia Transition - the nearest thing to a flying car expected on the civil market in the near future - has been redesigned following last year's flight tests of a proof-of-concept prototype.
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Vonage offers free 3G calls for iPhone, Droid Facebookers

Vonage, the respectable face of VoIP, has launched a mobile client allowing iPhone and Android users to make VoIP calls for free, as long as they’re calling a Facebook friend.
Bill Ray, 04 2010
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AOL sales drop by a quarter, reports billion dollar loss

AOL blew another hole in its finances today after the internet veteran posted a massive quarterly loss, having swallowed a Q2 goodwill impairment charge related to its sell-off of Bebo.
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Scotland Yard cuffs six in megaquid phish ring probe

Six suspected fraudsters have been arrested in the UK and Ireland over their alleged involvement in a bank and credit card phishing scam that affected tens of thousands of victims and resulted in losses of millions of pounds.
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Superhero game beta sucks boobs into honeypot

Gamers anxious to try out DC Universe Online ahead of its official release have become the targets of a scam designed to trick them into completing bogus surveys.
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Red Dead Redemption reloads with add-ons

As mentioned last month, the first of four Red Dead Redemption packs is on its way, starting with Legends and Killers, downloadable from early next week.
Caleb Cox, 04 2010
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LiMo rumoured set for recall to Linux mothership

The operator-backed LiMo Foundation is on the verge of folding into the Linux Foundation, according to Taiwanese manufacturers working with the standard.
Bill Ray, 04 2010
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Labor raids IT piggybank to grease election promises

Labor will cut Australia's IT budget to pay for election pledges.
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Vodafone bags UK first for BlackBerry Torch 9800

Mobile giants Vodafone is the first UK network to offer the BlackBerry Torch 9800.
Caleb Cox, 04 2010
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FTC settles Intel lawsuit to 'help consumers'

Update The US Federal Trade Commission announced Wednesday morning the much-anticipated settlement of a lawsuit it brought against chip maker Intel last December.
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Is it a phone? Is it a Taser? No, it's a cattle prod!

A Queensland man yesterday pleaded guilty to possession of a Taser disguised as a mobile phone.
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GPL scores historic court compliance victory

Open sourcers have scored a major victory in a US court over violation of the GPL.
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Judge trounces Register.com in Baidu.com hijacking case

A federal judge has given Chinese search-engine giant Baidu the green light to proceed with its negligence lawsuit against domain registrar Register.com in a court decision that said an error that wreaked havoc on the Chinese site smacked of intentional wrongdoing.
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'Most powerful person in search' calls time on Yahoo!

In the war for internet supremacy, one veteran has retired from the battle while another has new marching orders: Yahoo! trailblazer Srinija Srinivasan has bowed out while Google vice president of engineering Vic Gundotra has reportedly been tapped to head up Mountain View's anti-Facebook offensive.
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AMD to crank up performance with Bulldozer Opterons

Although AMD won't release its "Bulldozer" PC and server processors and "Bobcat" mobile processors until sometime next year, the company is expected to be the star of the Hot Chips conference at Stanford University later this month.
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Apathy kills Google's new-age Wave

Google is closing down development of its new-age communications platform Wave due to lack of interest.
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Apple preps iOS fix as Germany warns of iPhone peril

Apple plans to issue fixes for two security flaws that when exploited together allow attackers to remotely install malicious apps on iPhones, iPads, and iPod touches.
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Microsoft strikes Salesforce patent payola

Salesforce.com is paying good money to make Microsoft's patent infringement lawsuit go away, Redmond has said.