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Researcher: Code-execution bug affects 200 Windows apps

About 200 Windows applications are vulnerable to remote code-execution attacks that exploit a bug in the way the programs load binary files for the Microsoft operating system, a security researcher said Thursday.
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Google opens Chrome Web Store to devs

Google is now allowing developers to upload applications to the as-yet-un-open Chrome Web Store, an online gallery of web applications and web extensions for the company's Chrome browser and its upcoming Chrome OS operating system.
Cade Metz, 20 2010
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Coder cooks up Java-built Flash Player

A version of Flash is being built using Java, two years after Adobe Systems opened the player's closed formats to external inspection.
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Hitachi Data Systems buys ParaScale

Remember ParaScale and direct access to cloud storage? The start-up crash-landed in June and Hitachi Data Systems has just bought the intellectual property assets and engineering team.
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Panasonic DMC-G2 interchangeable lens camera

Review The Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2 is another addition to the growing Micro Four Thirds family of cameras. I think we know the drill now; cuter form factor for a traditional interchangeable lens system, similar features to a DSLR but no reflex mirror, and a bit more discreet.
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Cops cuff armed white supremacist in banana costume

A Washington state US Marine reservist was earlier this week cuffed following a lively Tuesday afternoon which saw him dress in a child's banana costume, indecently expose himself and wave a shotgun in the street while shouting "something or other about white supremacy".
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SanDisk bigs up its flash postage stamp

SanDisk has announced a postage stamp-sized flash iSSD product for tablet computers at the Flash Memory Summit, with capacity ranging from 4GB to 64GB.
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Big Blue promises jobs for few

IBM is starting an apprentice scheme for the first time which might just rescue people who got bad news in the post from yesterday's A-level results.
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Organ banks on horizon as boffins prep tissue-freeze tech

Once again disregarding the warnings of science fiction, boffins in America are seeking to develop technology which will allow human parts to be frozen indefinitely in organ banks for use in on-demand transplants.

Intel swallows McAfee: Why?

In its biggest acquisition ever, Intel has pledged to spend $7.6bn for security firm McAfee in a bid to add security to its portfolio of mostly chippy stuff. There are lots of stories all over webdom covering this, including the Reg's own from John Leyden. A CRN think piece discusses more background and talks about how Intel and McAfee have been working together for nearly two years on more closely integrating security and hardware.
Dan Olds, 20 2010
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Nikon intros successor to popular D3000 DSLR

Nikon has announced the sequel to its D3000 digital SLR- said to be Europe's best-selling DSLR during the first half of this year.

It's time to presume the web is guilty

Sysadmin blog The security defenses available to us are clumsy and inadequate. Anti-malware applications are grand at dealing with well known threats, but pathetic and worthless at dealing with emerging ones. Software vendors are too entrenched in politics, feasibility studies and bad attempts at public relations to bother to properly and expediently patch their software.
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BBC heralds next Doctor Who download game

Updated The BBC will post the third in its series of free, downloadable Doctor Who games "soon", the Corporation said today.
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Orange gives the green light

Orange UK tells us the network snafu that's been leaving customers with slow or broken data connections is now fixed, so any remaining problems aren't its fault.
Bill Ray, 20 2010
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HP confirms 'Palm pad' to ship early 2011

HP will bring its WebOS-based tablet to market early next year, a company executive has stated.
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Apple crushes Quattro as RIM hot-wires own ads vehicle

As Apple shuts down Quattro Wireless in favour of its own advertising platform iAds, it seems that RIM is looking to make a similar move into mobile advertising.
Bill Ray, 20 2010
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Nokia drops Nokia from Nokia Music

The world's biggest mobile company is to remove the obscure and confusing "Nokia" branding from its key strategic music service, Comes With Music, and lavish it with the world-renowned and highly respected "Ovi" brand, instead.
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Online sales hit £5bn a month

Online retail sales hit £5bn in the month of July thanks mainly to rubbish UK weather pushing people onto the internet to book last-minute holidays.
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Met to improve information handling

The Metropolitan Police Service has outlined a number of IT plans aimed at improving its information processes.
Kable, 20 2010

OCZ's automated flash-HDD tiering for PCs

OCZ is extending its RevoDrive PCIe flash card to deliver automated hot data placement on solid state storage from a direct-attached SATA hard disk drive, using adaptive cache storage management software.
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Salesforce.com hoists fiscal year outlook as Q2 income slides

Salesforce.com jacked up its outlook for the year yesterday, after reporting second quarter sales that beat Wall Street expectations on revenues but which saw net income slide.
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Nokia gets into analytics

Nokia is to buy analytics service Motally, providing the technology to measure precisely how few people are using Nokia phones these days.
Bill Ray, 20 2010
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Prudish Google slammed for Aussie censorship

Google's Australian tentacle has been slammed for censoring a political party advert which had already aired on TV.
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Information Commissioner calls in tech experts

The Information Commissioner plans to appoint a panel of experts to advise his office on new technologies, following criticism it has been caught off-guard by emerging privacy threats.
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Intel needs to rethink security to profit from McAfee buy

Analysis Intel's surprise $7.76bn acquisition of McAfee is not only the biggest pure-play security deal in history, but the most significant statement of intent by an IT superpower since Microsoft launched its Trustworthy Computing initiative back in 2002.
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Scareware tries to trick marks into dropping defences

Virus authors have developed a strain of malware that attempts to con users into uninstalling legitimate security packages.
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MOON SHRINKING FAST - shock NASA discovery

Imagery from a NASA spacecraft has revealed that the Moon has shrunk significantly in recent times: indeed, instruments placed by the Apollo astronauts are thought to have recorded the rumbling, crunching sounds of lunar shrinkage carrying on in just the last few decades.

WIN a Plantronics .Audio 646 DSP stereo headset

Giveaway Plantronics' .Audio 646 headset is one of the smartest USB-connected stereo headsets out there, and Reg Hardware was one pair to give away to one lucky reader.
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UK mobile networks more popular than ever

The UK's mobile sector has never carried more traffic, but revenue was down last year for the first time ever as users demanded and got more service for less money.
Bill Ray, 20 2010
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Google co-founders to be immortalised on silver screen

Facebook boydroid Mark Zuckerberg isn’t the only web kingpin to be portrayed on the silver screen, as a film about Google founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page has reportedly been optioned.
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PARIS acquires visual tracking capability

Our Paper Aircraft Released Into Space (PARIS) programme continues to advance on multiple fronts, with the Vulture 1-X structure coming along nicely, a Mark 2 release mechanism ready for testing and our logistics team pondering just how to get the maximum bangs for bucks from launch day - when it finally arrives.
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Google's Wave flop: Spare us the warm fuzzies

Open...and Shut Google's Wave has crashed, but the trick for Google is to learn the right lessons from its failure.
Matt Asay, 20 2010
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Overland sues BDT for patent infringement

Struggling tape and disk array data protection vendor Overland Storage is suing BDT, a Germany-based tape automation supplier for using its patented technology unlawfully.
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Intel's embedded security strategy faces tech obstacles

Security vendors have welcomed Intel's $7.7bn acquisition of McAfee as confirmation of the importance of security in the future of computing but warned plans to embed security in chips will pose difficult technical challenges and may upset existing partners.
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Mobile PC buyers buying peppier boxes

Usually, PC processor shipments fall moving from the first quarter to the second, but in the wake of the economic meltdown, trends continue to wiggle in funny ways as a new level of normality tries to establish itself. Which is why PC chip unit shipments and revenues rose sequentially in the second quarter, according to IDC.
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Trojan-ridden warning system implicated in Spanair crash

Malware may have been a contributory cause of a fatal Spanair crash that killed 154 people two years ago.
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Google Street View captures miracle Heisenloo

Of all the miracles captured by Google Street View, the public convenience that disappears when you walk past it could be one of the strangest. To see this spectacle, position yourself here on Liverpool's Lodge Lane in Toxteth. You will see the loo behind the bus stop.
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Mobile phones: Where does the money go?

One of the oldest mottos at Vulture Central is Show Us The Money. There's one even better, I think, which is Show Us The Profits. Are there any? If there are, where are they going?
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DARPA orders VTOL robots for 'covert payload placement'

DARPA, the US military research bureau occasionally prone to embarrassing tumbles from the teetering kitchen stool of unreasonable risk while groping wildly for the inaccessible biscuit tin of technological dominance secreted atop the unscalable refrigerator of unfeasibility, has done it again.
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Ethernet storage protocol choices

You The Expert: We're moving to a world in which all storage network protocols run over Ethernet. That means both file and block. There's no dispute about running file access over Ethernet but the block world is squaring up for a three-way tussle.
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Big biz loved Dell servers and storage in Q2

Large corporations are not buying servers, storage and PCs like it is 1999, and neither are their SMB counterparts, but if Dell's numbers for the second quarter of fiscal 2011 are any indication, they are acting a bit like it is early 2008 before the bottom dropped out of the global economy.
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Google lands Gmail video chat on Linux

Google has introduced a Linux incarnation of the online voice and video chat client that integrates with Gmail and other Google services.
Cade Metz, 20 2010
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Google Nexus One 'too popular' in dev phone afterlife

Google's Nexus One phone was a flop as a sold-direct-to-consumer "superphone," but according to the company, it's a huge hit in its new incarnation as a developer platform.
Cade Metz, 20 2010
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Ubuntu quietly breaks off Sparc affair

Maverick Meerkat is set to become the last version of Ubuntu that'll run on Oracle's Sparc, ending a four-year relationship.
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LG touts 'surprisingly productive' iPad killer

LG says that its upcoming tablet, set for worldwide release before the end of this year, will compete against Apple's iPad by being, well, useful.
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Apple eyes kill switch for jailbroken iPhones

Apple has applied for a patent covering an elaborate series of measures to automatically protect iPhone owners from thieves and other unauthorized users. But please withhold the applause.