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Microsoft confirms code-execution bug in Windows apps

Microsoft on Monday warned of a vulnerability in Windows applications made by third-party developers that allows remote attackers to execute malicious code on end-user PCs.
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Tools and rules buffed for Microsoft's iPhone challenger

Microsoft is prepping Windows mobile developers for October's debut of Windows Phone 7.
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AMD: 'Bobcat' smaller, faster than Intel's Atom

AMD says that its upcoming "Bobcat" core for netbooks and notebooks is smaller than a single-core Intel Atom chip – and faster. According to the company, this low-power architecture could eventually follow Atom into the server market, but at the moment, that territory is still reserved for the "Bulldozer."
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Cloud.com bear hugs VMware vSphere

Cloud.com – the outfit that offers a platform for transforming your existing data center setup into a so-called infrastructure cloud – has introduced support for VMware's vSphere 4.1 hypervisor and its accompanying vCenter management console. The CloudStack platform already dovetails with other hypervisors, including open source mainstays Xen and KVM.
Cade Metz, 24 2010
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IBM slips automatic tranny into Power7

Hot Chips "Civilization advances by extending the number of important operations which we can perform without thinking about them," said mathematician Alfred Lord Whitehead, in his 1911 tome, An Introduction to Mathematics. And with its Autonomic Computing effort, IBM believes it's advancing civilization.
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Mobile 3D planned for MeeGo Linux

Intel and Nokia are reviving the spirit of Second Life with plans for 3D interfaces on mobile devices running their MeeGo Linux distro.
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Verbatim MediaShare 1TB Nas

Review Verbatim is best known for its range of straightforward and affordable hard disks, memory sticks and other storage devices. However, its new MediaShare drive is a little more ambitious. The low-profile aluminium chassis bears more than a passing resemblance to Apple’s Mac Mini or AppleTV, but it’s essentially a good-looking Nas drive with a few extra media-streaming features thrown in for good measure.
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Data protection and surveillance: Swapping the speed camera for ANPR?

When on holiday in the Dordogne two weeks ago (feels like two months now!), I picked up a Sunday Times newspaper which stated that the government was reducing grant-funding for speed cameras. This was given the thumbs-up by the paper which reported that many motorists see such cameras as a tax first and a life-saver second.
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Apple demonstrates how to do touchscreen desktops

Here's a sign that Apple is not only thinking seriously about touchscreen iMacs, but that it has a rather smarter view of the technology than its rivals.
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Sony intros latest mid-range DSLR pair

Sony has taken the wraps off a fresh pair of Alpha digital SLR cameras, these ones with a 1080p video capture capability.
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Nokia intros budget touchscreen talker

Nokia has taken the wraps off its latest talker: the 5250, a low-end - Symbian 1, no 3G, 2Mp camera - touchscreen job aimed at yoof.
Hard Reg, 24 2010
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Gmail pushes onto the iPhone

Google has enabled push email on the iPhone, so now received Gmail can interrupt iPhone users just as irritatingly as the native app supplied by Apple.
Bill Ray, 24 2010
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Take-Two Interactive loses fight for Bioshock.com

Games giant Take-Two Interactive has lost an attempt to obtain the domain name Bioshock.com through arbitration proceedings from a company that owns hundreds of thousands of domain names.
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Australian cave tour guide offered in Klingon

An Australian cave system has become the world's first attraction to offer self-guided tours in Klingon.
Caleb Cox, 24 2010
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Microsoft Windows glider crashes

Those of you who've been following our Paper Aircraft Released Into Space (PARIS) programme are invited to spare a thought today for Microsoft's Phoenix glider, which failed to demonstrate the Right Stuff over the weekend at Red Bull's Flugtag competition in Long Beach, California.
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EMC exec flags up FAST 2 and FCoE

EMC's eagerly-awaited FAST 2 automated data movement is coming to CLARiiON and Celerra arrays today, together with FCoE and improved VMware vCenter integration.
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LucasFilm sets lawyers on Jedi nameswipers

LucasFilm has filed a $5m trademark suit against "Jedi Mind Inc", claiming that the company has failed to phase out its use of the word 'Jedi'.
Bill Ray, 24 2010
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Smiths publishes Samsung Slide e-book reader

Samsung's E60 e-book reader has arrived on UK shelves courtesy of newsagent WHSmith.
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Boffins learn to adjust body clocks

Good news today for sufferers from jet lag, bipolar depression, interstellar or interplanetary colonists and others plagued by disorders relating to the circadian rhythm - or body clock.
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McAfee re-issues fake visa waiver virus warning

Proving there's not much new under the sun, McAfee is warning travellers to the US to be aware of the danger of fake visa waiver websites.
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CISx plans scrapped

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has confirmed that it has halted the development of a central data sharing system for government.
Kable, 24 2010
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AOL loses senior flack Marty Moe for personal reasons

AOL’s senior communications veep Marty Moe has quit the company.
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Ball player gets Beaver ban after drunken naked tasering

An up and coming football player has been kicked off the Oregon State University team after local cops were forced to tase him after he was found "naked and intoxicated" in a stranger's home.
Joe Fay, 24 2010
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Inmate-frying microwave pain blaster turret installed in US jail

A microwave "pain ray" energy weapon, deemed too controversial for US military use in Iraq, has nonetheless gone into service. A trial installation is in use at a prison in Los Angeles for the purpose of quelling fights among the inmates.
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Government calls for intellectual property evidence

The Intellectual Property Office is asking for evidence which might influence future policy.
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Lexmark files patent gripe against 24 cartridge makers

Printer maker Lexmark has probably run out of ink today after firing off 24 patent lawsuits to cartridge vendors on Monday.
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Sony shows continuous autofocus DSLRs

Sony's second blast of digital SLR-age this morning involves a pair of low-end Alphas - A33 and A55 - that use what appears to be a half-silvered mirror in place of the usual DSLR moving mirror to improve the way the cameras can autofocus moving objects.
Hard Reg, 24 2010
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Google Marketplace DRM broken

Android applications secured by Google's Library aren't as secure as they should be, with only a byte or two preventing applications being copied freely.
Bill Ray, 24 2010
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UK insurer hit with biggest ever data loss fine

Zurich Insurance must pay an enormous £2.3m fine for losing thousands of British people's personal data.
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Sky rolls out Sports News app

Sky has launched a Sky Sports News app that'll run on the iPad as well as the iPhone.
Hard Reg, 24 2010
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Richard Desmond joins Project Canvas

Richard Desmond, new owner of Channel 5, has thrust the channel back into Project Canvas, the BBC-led next-generation set-top box.
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Toshiba no-glasses 3D TV out by Xmas?

Toshiba's keeping mum, but Japanese daily paper the Yomiuri Shimbun has claimed the manufacturer is about to launch a 3D TV that doesn't require viewers wear special glasses.
Hard Reg, 24 2010
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Windows Phone 7 SDK coming 16 Sept

The final version of the Windows Phone 7 developer tools will be available from September 16, while handset information isn't leaking so much as flooding ahead of the official launch.
Bill Ray, 24 2010
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Secret X-37B space plane lost by sat-spotters for 2 weeks

The United States' X-37B robot mini-shuttle spaceplane, which was launched into orbit on a classified mission in April, has changed its orbit. However the "secret space warplane" - as the X-37B has been dubbed by the Iranian government - has now been re-acquired by alert amateur skywatchers.
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Microsoft hit by cloudy downtime in US

Microsoft suffered a two-hour long outage of some of its hosted software services in North America yesterday.
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Scareware solicitors sent to regulator

Consumer group Which? has welcomed a decision by the Solicitors Regulation Authority to send Andrew Crossley of ACS:Law to the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal.
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Danes work up head of steam over manga exhibition

A manga exhibition in a Danish museum is attracting protestors concerned that material on display depicts fictional children in a sexual manner.
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FalconStor speeds VDI by playing Violin

FalconStor has tweaked its flash-accelerated NSS SAN Accelerator to make virtual desktop provisioning and protection faster.
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Sun-like star HD10180 thought to have Earth-sized world

Astroboffins probing the skies with a crafty instrument attached to a mighty telescope high in the Andes have found a sun very like our own - which they believe has a planet of similar size to Earth.
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Oracle forms new 'axis of evil' against open source, claims Adobe

Oracle has replaced Microsoft as the FOSS community’s number one enemy, according to Adobe System’s open source boss.
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Makara layers DIY platform cloud atop EC2

This spring, a startup called Makara came out of stealth mode with a beta of a product called Cloud Application Platform, which as the name suggests allowed companies to set up private platform clouds like Microsoft Azure, Google App Engine, or Engine Yard internally on their own iron. Today, Makara is doing something that will perhaps be more interesting, which is layering atop Amazon's EC2 infrastructure cloud to turn it into a platform cloud.
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3PAR had three suitors

Comment It's been the 3PAR bid shuffle; the company has been seeking to sell itself since early May and three potential acquirers were involved: Dell; HP and one other.
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Samsung gives sneak peak of iPad basher

It's official: Samsung will unveil its would-be iPad beater, now called the Galaxy Tab - sounds like a fizzy drink - just ahead of the IFA consumer electronics show early next month.
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Alleged bad Appler stashed $150,000 in shoeboxes

The Apple manager accused of accepting kickbacks in exchange for company secrets had $150,000 stashed in shoeboxes when authorities searched his home, according to news reports.
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Microsoft ID guru slams 'duplicitous' Apple

Microsoft chief architect of identity Kim Cameron has insisted that the "non-personal information" collected by Apple can be used to personally identify you – despite angry counterarguments from at least one Jobsian fanboi.
Cade Metz, 24 2010
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Yahoo! search Bingified in US and Canada

Yahoo! has completed its transition from an in-house search infrastructure to Microsoft Bing platform in the US and Canada.
Cade Metz, 24 2010
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Firefox 4 beta gets Sync and Tab Candy Tab Panorama

Mozilla has released a fourth Firefox 4 beta, adding in its seasoned bookmark-syncing service, Firefox Sync, and its new tab-sorting interface, originally dubbed Tab Candy and now known as Tab Panorama.
Cade Metz, 24 2010
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Skeletal scanner would ID terrorists from 50 meters

Scientists are developing an identity verification system that would spot terrorists and pedophiles by scanning their skeletal features and comparing them against a database of stored images.
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Firefox, uTorrent, and PowerPoint hit by Windows DLL bug

A day after Microsoft confirmed a vulnerability in Windows applications that executes malicious code on end-user PCs, the first exploits have been released targeting programs including the Firefox browser, uTorrent BitTorrent client, and Microsoft PowerPoint.
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Embotics plays nanny for VMware virtual machines

Another VMworld event is coming down the pike from VMware with everyone riding its virtualization wake, and containing VM sprawl is still a problem. Which is why Embotics is kicking up its V-Commander server virtualization management system for VMware hypervisors to the 3.6 release level.
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Microsoft punts 'significant' Office for Facebook update

Microsoft claims to have significantly reworked the Office applications for Facebook adjunct to its main, $14bn Office applications business.