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Apple kills Jailbreakme Mac bug

Apple has purged Mac OS X of a browse-and-get-hacked vulnerability that first came to light three weeks ago, when the popular Jailbreakme service used it to root fully patched versions of the iPhone.
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Microsoft trips on Visual Studio Lightswitch

Review Microsoft's Visual Studio LightSwitch, just released to beta, is a new edition of Visual Studio 2010 and will become the next step up from the free Express.
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Red Hat plays Switzerland in balkanized cloud world

If you listen to all of the major cloudy infrastructure players - and some of the minor ones too - they all sound like they have all the answers and you need only come to them to solve all your fluffy IT problems. But no one actually has a complete cloudy stack. Even Red Hat, which tried again today to give that impression while at the same time espousing its openness as it fleshed out some of the details of its Cloud Foundations stack.
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Samsung R780 17.3in laptop

Review Samsung’s R780 has clearly been designed to get noticed. The glossy, deep-red chassis and slightly nauseating swirly line motif won’t appeal to those who like their laptops to be subtle, but it does make it stand out from the crowd. Personally speaking, I quite like it. That said, I also quite liked the design of Acer’s Ethos, and it appears there were a few of you who thought I had a screw loose for saying that.
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Flyover states up attacks on Craigslist

Attorneys-general from 17 US states have signed an open letter to Craigslist calling for the immediate closure of its adult services section.

Half a hero biscuit for Microsoft

Sysadmin blog Neat as it is, Office Communications Server (OCS) is complicated. It has grown beyond being one application server into a collection of interlinked but separate application servers, each with their own requirements.
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Iron-on armpit BO stench-filters 'ideal for modern lifestyle'

The list of boons which military-driven R&D has conferred upon a suffering humanity is a long one: computers and their networks, aircraft, brass bands etc. But now warboffinry has truly penetrated deep into civilian life - even unto the actual armpits of ordinary consumers - to tackle one of the most fearsome scourges besetting Western civilisation today.
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NHS trust tags mentally ill offenders

The South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust is using satellites to track psychiatric patients with criminal convictions.
Kable, 26 2010
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Canon supersedes EOS 50D

Canon has announced the latest addition to its EOS digital SLR range: the 18Mp 60D.
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Just 5% of workers ever truly leave the office

Only 5.9 per cent of workers disconnect from the office while on leave, and 40 per cent have tried in-flight Wi-Fi to keep them connected.
Bill Ray, 26 2010
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LaCie ups compact hard drive to 1TB

LaCie has upgraded its compact, metal-clad Rikiki Go external hard drive to 1TB.
Hard Reg, 26 2010
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Facebook death lists spook Colombian town

The southwestern Colombian town of Puerto Asís is in a state of "panic and anxiety" after two death lists naming a total of 100 young people were posted on Facebook, warning them to get out of town within three days or face the consequences.
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How do you choose a hypervisor?

Workshop We know that the majority of organisations that we survey have adopted server virtualisation to support their server consolidation activities, and are reaping benefits.
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Vulture 1: Plane plans planned

The Paper Aircraft Released Into Space (PARIS) team would like to assure readers that we will be providing full constructional details of the Vulture 1 aircraft - just as soon as the thing's finished
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Pundits predict plunging iPad market share

Acer's chairman JT Wang may believe Apple's share of the tablet market may shortly plunge to between 20 and 30 per cent, but market watcher iSuppli doesn't see it falling below 60 per cent, for the next few years at least.
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Microsoft bats out first Exchange 2010 service pack

Redmond released the first service pack for its Exchange 2010 software yesterday.
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LG: big, bendy e-paper screens out by year's end

LG's display developing subsidiary will begin mass-producing 9.7in colour e-paper panels and 19in monochrome but flexible e-paper screens by the end of the year.
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Coca-Cola and Facebook get touchy with Israeli teens

Coca-Cola is offering wrist bands to those attending the Village festival in Israel so they can update their Facebook status with a tap of the hand.
Bill Ray, 26 2010
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Court of Appeal challenges parallel import blocking

Brand owners may have less power to prevent sales in Europe of goods intended for other markets after a ruling by England's Court of Appeal this week. The judgment over the sale of Sun-branded disk drives is likely to be welcomed by independent resellers.
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More Bull grunt for Blighty's atom-bomb factory

French-centred IT provider Bull has announced an order from the UK's nuclear weapons apparatus for a third bullx supercomputer. The new "Blackthorn" machine will join two existing bullx "Willows" already in use by the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE).
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Adobe sucks up to Oracle over FOSS boss gripes

Adobe has distanced itself from less-than-pretty comments made against Oracle by the Flash and Photoshop vendor’s open source boss.
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ROBOT KILL-CHOPPER GOES ROGUE above Washington DC!

A software error, combined with an unfortunate user action, led to a US military robot helicopter - developed from a manned version and capable of carrying a fearsome arsenal of weapons - straying into restricted airspace near Washington DC, according to reports.
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Thai mobe outfit warns of deadly roaming charges

A round of applause today for Thai operator TrueMove and its refreshing honesty about the potentially deadly effects of mobile phone bills.
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Internet, China and Russia destroying US, rock and roll

An ageing and increasingly cantankerous rock aristocracy is pointing its arthritic fingers at the internet, blaming it for destroying America, and even more worryingly, rock and roll.
Joe Fay, 26 2010
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Dell bids high for 3PAR, gets a 'yes'

3PAR has said 'yes' to Dell after the PC firm raised its bid for the storage vendor to $24.30/share beating HP's rival bid by just 30 cents.
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Pro-Palestine hackers spraypaint gov training quango

A government training organisation - the National Skills Academy - has had its home page hacked and replaced by a message supporting Palestine.
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HDS exec launches vicious attack on IBM storage exec

A senior Hitachi Data Systems executive has launched an extraordinarily aggressive attack on IBM Fellow Moshe Yanai, the inventor of EMC's Symmetrix platform and pioneer of XIV and Diligent, both companies which IBM bought.
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Doctor Wii game comes to the Nintendo Who

Doctor Who is a kids' programme, right? Which no doubt explains why developer Asylum Entertainment is bringing out a couple of Who games for Nintendo's Wii and DS.
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Drunken employee pops cap in server

An employee of a Salt Lake City mortgage company allegedly got drunk and popped a cap in the firm's $100k server, the Salt Lake Tribune reports.
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Microsoft gets Speedos in a twist over half-naked 'Meter Maids'

Microsoft has upset a bunch of bikini-clad Aussie “Meter Maids”, after a promotional stunt backfired on the company.
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PC World, Currys to offer cash for clunkers

Want a new notebook, netbook or desktop? Dixons stores PC World and Currys are both offering a "guaranteed" £50 off any new machine when you hand over your old one.
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Asus unwraps dual-core Atom netbook

Asus has outed its first netbook based on the just-announced dual-core Atom N550 processor.
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HP builds out cloudy wares with Stratavia buy

Hewlett-Packard has snapped up a database and application automation company called Stratavia for an undisclosed sum.
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H.264 answers Google's open codec with forever free license*

Update: This story has been updated to show that the MPEG-LA's license change applies to free video broadcasts, not applications that encode and decode video.
Cade Metz, 26 2010
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Moshe Yanai has left IBM

Moshe Yanai, the founder of EMC's Symmetrix product, storage company XIV and co-founder of Diligent, has left IBM.
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Boffins build lie detector for crooked CEOs

Researchers have developed a method of rooting out fraudulent financial statements based on the statements CEOs and CFOs make during quarterly earnings calls.
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Google spotlights real-time search engine

Google has given its Twitter-inspired "real-time" search results their very own webpage. Previously, the search and ads giant served up such ultra-fresh links alongside all its other results, but it's now providing a dedicated portal for those seeking stuff recently posted to Twitter, Facebook, other "social" services, blogs, and news sites.
Cade Metz, 26 2010
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Apple files chip block stack patent

Apple has filed a patent application that supports the stacked-component design of its A4 chip used in the iPad and iPhone 4, and points to further future integration of multiple system components on the same die.
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Server biz recovery lags in Europe

The server racket has been recovering in the second quarter, but in Western Europe, spending was affected by faltering economic conditions in some countries and ongoing concern about how all members of the euro zone will be affected.
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Police extend detention of e-voting critic

A computer scientist who exposed serious vulnerabilities in India's electronic voting machines will remain in police custody until at least Saturday, seven days after he was arrested, news websites reported.
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Sumo scandal gets iPad relief

The gloriously corpulent cadre of Japanese ring warriors known in the West as sumo wrestlers and in their home country as rikishi have a new tool to help them communicate among themselves: the iPad.
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Mozilla shrugs off 'forever free' H.264 codec license

Update: This story has been updated to show that the MPEG-LA's license change applies to free video broadcasts, not applications that encode and decode video.
Cade Metz, 26 2010
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Novell misses Q3 revenue and profit targets

The uncertainty over the future of Novell continued to weigh on the company as it reported disappointing financial results for the third quarter of fiscal 2010 ended July 31.