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Avere gets more funding

Avere, the maker of the multi-tiered filer accelerator FTX products, has picked up another $17m in funding. It aims to "rapidly expand production and distribution of its FXT Series appliances that accelerate the performance and reduce the costs of NAS environments."
Chris Mellor, 06 Aug 2010
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Customers' big-iron hedge hits Cray's quarter

Supercomputermaker Cray narrowly missed its projected revenue targets for the second quarter, but is revving up to bring home the bacon in the second half of the year as it delivers its new XT6 and XE6 massively parallel supers.
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Seagate's flash cache drive rocket

A user of the flash cache-enabled Seagate Momentus XT drive reports a tenfold improvement in PhotoShop application load time and three times faster startup.
Chris Mellor, 06 Aug 2010
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Private browsing modes in four biggest browsers often fail

Features in the four major browsers designed to cloak users' browser history often don't work as billed, according to a research paper that warns that users may get a false sense of security when using the built-in privacy settings.
Dan Goodin, 06 Aug 2010
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Panasonic DMR-XW380 Freeview HD DVR

Review Unlike the current wave of Freeview HD recorders coming on stream right now, the Panasonic DMR-XW380 is not just a twin tuner hard drive recorder, but a DVD recorder too. Pay a fair bit extra and you can have opt for DMR-BW880, the Blu-ray version Reg Hardware reviewed recently.
Nigel Whitfield, 06 Aug 2010
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The rocky road to UC

Workshop While Unified Communications (UC) is not quite mass market, the number of organisations giving it the once-over is growing. Hype aside, UC is something that companies will find themselves adopting quite simply because fragmented communications in the workplace are increasingly common, which causes problems for the general workforce and IT staff alike. Add to this the fact that employees sitting at their desks from 9am to 5:30pm is no longer a reality for many businesses and, grudgingly perhaps, UC begins to make sense.
Josie Sephton, 06 Aug 2010
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NASA bumps ISS spacewalk to Saturday

NASA has postponed today's planned spacewalk to replace a failed ammonia pump assembly on the International Space Station, and Tracy Caldwell Dyson and Doug Wheelock will now exit the orbiting outpost tomorrow at 10:55 GMT.
Lester Haines, 06 Aug 2010
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Octopus-gate chief exec resigns over private data sale

The sale of private data by Hong Kong transport payments firm Octopus Holdings has forced the resignation of chief exec Prudence Chan.
John Leyden, 06 Aug 2010

Ditch the malware magnet

Sysadmin blog It is no secret that I have little use for endpoint anti-malware protection apps. In my experience they are all, regardless of vendor, virtually worthless. A well written piece of modern endpoint anti-malware will briefly inform you that you have been infected right before it commits seppuku and vanishes, leaving you to deal with the malware and all the little friends it downloaded.
Trevor Pott, 06 Aug 2010
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Extreme porn law on the ropes

A stunning reversal for police and prosecution in North Wales may herald the beginning of the end for controversial legislation on possession of extreme porn.
Jane Fae , 06 Aug 2010
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Naked German women evade Swedish chopper

Keen Swedish cops deployed a helicopter and sniffer dogs last weekend after three clothes-light German women got lost in the woods.
Lester Haines, 06 Aug 2010
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Three Strikes Bill too wet and woolly, say Kiwi lawyers

New Zealand's Parliament met to discuss the pending Three Strikes legislation this week, with the Law Society chipping in. The amendment is too vague, onerous on the ISPs, and too gentle on serial freetards, the Society's government liaison Clive Elliott says.
Andrew Orlowski, 06 Aug 2010
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Clinton barrels in to BlackBerry brouhaha

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton reckons there is a "right to free use and access" that could be infringed by countries banning BlackBerrys.
Bill Ray, 06 Aug 2010
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eBay photocopier data risk ignored

Analysis The security threat from carelessly ditched computers increasingly applies to a much wider range of office equipment, as sophisticated storage technology finds its way into humble devices such as fax machines and printers.
John Leyden, 06 Aug 2010
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The Great Beast's shag pad: Yours for €1.5m

Those with a taste for the occult and a more than a few quid to spare might be interested in viewing the Sicilian cottage where "wickedest man in the world" Aleister Crowley once held court.
Lester Haines, 06 Aug 2010
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Eagles singer wins case against US politico

Eagles frontman Don Henley has won a lawsuit against a Republican politician who was found to have violated the copyrights of two of the singer’s songs.
Kelly Fiveash, 06 Aug 2010
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Firefox 4 beta crack ruse spreads Trojan to total idiots

Scammers are trying to con gullible marks into getting infected via a fake Firefox 4.0 beta download scam.
John Leyden, 06 Aug 2010
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Apple tweaks store to show trial versions

Apple has tweaked its application store to separate out trial versions of applications, so they don't clutter up the freebies section.
Bill Ray, 06 Aug 2010
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NHS trust axes 600 jobs, IT staff up for chop

A hospital trust is to slash up to 600 jobs – some of which will be IT and back office staff – as part of a £60m cost saving plan.
Kelly Fiveash, 06 Aug 2010
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'Poo-powered' Volkswagen astounds world+dog

Updated The UK and green media is alive with reports of a "poo powered" car, dubbed the "Bio-Bug", developed to encourage sustainable motoring. But what's the real story?
Lewis Page, 06 Aug 2010
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Channel 4 4OD to hit PS3

Sony and Channel 4 are in talks to bring 4OD to the PS3.
Caleb Cox, 06 Aug 2010
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Bound robbery victim IMs for help with toes

An Atlanta woman who was tied to her bed by an armed robber managed to alert her boyfriend by instant messenger - no mean feat since she was obliged to type with her toes.
Lester Haines, 06 Aug 2010
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Solar storms, BlackPads and killer mice

Comments The Sun went mad this week, belching an especially huge quantity of superhot plasma straight at the Earth. The plasma cloud struck the Earth's magnetic field last night, causing the Northern Lights to go haywire. You lot were all about beauty and doomsaying.
Team Register, 06 Aug 2010
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Hoax Facebook virus makes more trouble than a real virus

A hoax Facebook virus is spreading rapidly across the social network.
John Leyden, 06 Aug 2010
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StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty

Review Starcraft II has been a long time coming and regardless of whether you’re a real-time strategy fanboy or not, Blizzard’s newest release for PC and Mac has generated quite a buzz. It promises to fill a void that has been sorely felt in the console-based wars of recent years.
Lucy Orr, 06 Aug 2010
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Elon Musk plans new Mars rockets bigger than Saturn Vs

SpaceX, the rocket company founded and bankrolled by famous PayPal nerdwealth icon Elon Musk, has revealed radical plans for a colossal launcher as big as the Saturn Vs which sent men to the Moon - and has also proposed nuclear-powered spaceships to carry astronauts to Mars.
Lewis Page, 06 Aug 2010
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O2 blamed for iPhone's data sucking

O2's Pay & Go customers are up in arms as the iPhone's simplicity and capability sees unwitting users' credit disappear into O2's hands.
Bill Ray, 06 Aug 2010
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LG Cookie breaks into UK

LG Electronics has launched the Cookie Series, a range of brightly coloured phones aimed at the youf generation.
Caleb Cox, 06 Aug 2010
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Inflated billions hide cloud’s cash potential

Open...and Shut Gartner thinks the cloud computing market will top $68bn in 2010. If so, it's probably a good idea that someone, somewhere in the industry starts to make money from the much-hyped cloud trend.
Matt Asay, 06 Aug 2010
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Google faces trial on ageism claims

Google has been ordered by the California Supreme Court to stand trial in a lawsuit brought by a 54-year-old man, who was dubbed a “fuddy-duddy” by his Mountain View colleagues.
Kelly Fiveash, 06 Aug 2010
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700,000 Saudi BlackBerrys go silent noisy

Updated Saudi Arabia has carried out its threat to cut off BlackBerry users in the country, with 700,000 addicts reduced to talking on the phone and perhaps even doing some work.
Bill Ray, 06 Aug 2010
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Pentagon demands WikiLeaks stuff genie back in bottle

The US Defense Department has formally asked WikiLeaks to delete all copies of military documents it has received and return any documents not yet published.
John Oates, 06 Aug 2010
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Apple rumoured to be mulling Chinese web gamer buy

Apple is reportedly looking to buy a Chinese internet game maker, according to an exec at the Handseeing Information Technology company.
Kelly Fiveash, 06 Aug 2010
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US chops 131,000 jobs in July

The US Census giveth, and the winding down of the census taketh away.
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Nokia betas Craigslist for the third world

Nokia has started testing Nokia Listings in India - a service much like Craigslist, only without the internet.
Bill Ray, 06 Aug 2010
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Beatles on iTunes? 'Don't hold your breath' says Yoko

John Lennon's widow has put the kibosh on rumors that Apple Corps' Beatles catalog might arrive on Apple Inc's iTunes online music store anytime soon.
Rik Myslewski, 06 Aug 2010
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Beefy 2010 chip forecast get steroids blast

Chip market researcher iSuppli says in its latest forecast for 2010 that semiconductor sales are "already pumped up by bulging demand" but that this year it has "been injected with a powerful dose of growth steroids." And thus, iSuppli is raising its chip revenue forecast for the year.
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Defcon speaker calls IPv6 a 'security nightmare'

The internet's next-generation addressing scheme is so radically different from the current one that its adoption is likely to cause severe security headaches for those who adopt it, a researcher said last week.
Dan Goodin, 06 Aug 2010
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Novell to plow new-age Wave minus Google

Novell has committed to keep surfing Google's Wave despite the search giant stopping development of its new-age collaboration tool.
Gavin Clarke, 06 Aug 2010
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US appeals court bashes warrantless GPS tracking

A federal appeals court has roundly rejected US government claims that it doesn't need a search warrant to surveil suspects using global positioning system location-tracking devices.
Dan Goodin, 06 Aug 2010
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HP's Hurd quits quickly on sexual harassment probe

HP boss Mark Hurd has resigned suddenly following allegations of sexual harassment.
Gavin Clarke, 06 Aug 2010
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Apple iPhone app patent claim 'doesn't feel right'

Apple has apparently lifted the look-and-feel of an iPhone app from German developer FutureTap and used it in a software patent application, putting that developer in a sticky situation.
Rik Myslewski, 06 Aug 2010
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Unpatched kernel-level vuln affects all Windows versions

Researchers have identified a kernel-level vulnerability in Windows that allows attackers to gain escalated privileges and may also allow them to remotely execute malicious code. All versions of the Microsoft OS are affected, including the heavily fortified Windows 7.
Dan Goodin, 06 Aug 2010
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Hurd's HP legacy: Dell racer, IBM chaser

Somewhere in California, Carly Fiorina must nearly have choked to death from laughter while stumping for a US Senate seat as news of her successor's sudden departure broke following a sexual-harassment probe.