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Google Instant – more searches, less thought

AnalysisAnalysis Google is on a mission to make web search as fast as the human brain will allow. On Wednesday morning in San Francisco, as she unveiled Google Instant, a radical overhaul of the company's search engine that updates search results as you type, uber-Googler Marissa Mayer called it "search at the speed of thought." We can safely classify that as an exaggeration for effect, but Mayer's bon mot at least gets to the heart of Google's intentions.
Cade Metz, 09 Sep 2010
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Jailbreak hole in iOS 4.1 will be hard to close

Just hours after Apple released iOS 4.1 to great fanfare, hardware hackers found a way to jailbreak devices that run the new operating system. More surprising still, there doesn't appear to be anything Steve Jobs can do to stop them in the near future.
Dan Goodin, 09 Sep 2010
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Google Instant blacklists the Slutskys

Google's "Instant" search engine includes a blacklist for words and phrases involving what the company considers "violence, hate, or pornography."
Cade Metz, 09 Sep 2010
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LG Optimus GT540 Android smartphone

ReviewReview LG's first Android phone was the InTouch Max, which impressed with its slide-out Qwerty keyboard, social networking features and low price. Dispensing with the keyboard and utilising a lower quality camera, the Optimus adds to LG’s growing range of Android handsets, and offers social networking features with a few other tricks besides.
Dave Oliver, 09 Sep 2010
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UK agrees copyright cooperation with China

The UK and Chinese governments have agreed to coordinate policies and development of copyright law. The governments have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) pledging closer working on the issue.
OUT-LAW.COM, 09 Sep 2010
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Koran-burning 'pastor' loses website

Red-nosed pastor Terry Jones, who plans to burn copies of the Koran and Jewish text the Talmud at the weekend, has either had his website hacked or his ISP has pulled the plug.
John Oates, 09 Sep 2010
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McKinnon family welcomes extradition treaty review

The coalition government's decision to review extradition law has been welcomed by family and supporters of Gary McKinnon, even though it's unlikely to have an immediate effect on his case.
John Leyden, 09 Sep 2010
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MoD awards BT £810m contract extension

The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has extended its contract with BT to provide fixed telecommunications services.
Lewis Page, 09 Sep 2010
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MP urges Parliament to reform FOI laws

Ministers should not be able to block freedom of information (FOI) requests, according to amendments to FOI legislation proposed by a Liberal Democrat MP. A Labour former minister has said that the law should extend to media companies.
OUT-LAW.COM, 09 Sep 2010
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EMC hints at mid-range storage system

EMC has signalled that a new mid-range storage system is coming - a low-end one in the $10,000-$75,000 area. We reckon it's the Celerra NX3e, and we're spilling the beans here.
Chris Mellor, 09 Sep 2010
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YouGov's voluntary stalkware unpicked

YouGov recently confronted survey participants with an odd offer to download software that would track users' surfing habits.
John Leyden, 09 Sep 2010
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BlackBerry World hits 10K apps

BlackBerry World now has more than 10,000 applications on its shelves. This would be more impressive if Android didn't have ten times that number, and iOS more than twice what Android's got.
Bill Ray, 09 Sep 2010
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PARIS lifts skirt on hot CAD teaser

Hot on the heels of our recent announcement that we'd make the design of the Paper Aircraft Released Into Space (PARIS) Vulture 1-X aircraft available to the unwashed masses, we're delighted to say that our CAD rendering of the vehicle is beginning to take shape.
Lester Haines, 09 Sep 2010
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Child Support Agency system hit by new problems

UpdatedUpdated The Child Support Agency's (CSA) much-criticised computer system is again struggling this week, with staff unable to access case files because it is running so slowly.
Christopher Williams, 09 Sep 2010
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Symantec HackIsWack site still open to rickrolling

UpdatedUpdated Symantec's hapless HackIsWack cybercrime rap competition site can still be rickrolled, despite assurances to the contrary from the security giant.
John Leyden, 09 Sep 2010
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Mac Office 2011 allows only 'light edits' in Windows Web apps

Microsoft will release its Office for Mac 2011 next month, so it has unsurprisingly been prepping would-be customers for the big day by dishing up more details about what the suite will contain.
Kelly Fiveash, 09 Sep 2010
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Breaking the habit

Sysadmin blogSysadmin blog Pott's First Law: user inertia is the most powerful force in the universe. This is due to habits and habituation. Habits are patterns of behavior repeated with such frequency that they become subconsciously embedded. Habituation is the slow, steady acceptance of that regular stimulus input.
Trevor Pott, 09 Sep 2010
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Police, ACPO, public set to clash on filming rights

The seizure of a film claimed as potential evidence of a violent crime may turn out to have serious implications for police, photographers and the public – though it is still too early to tell whether the eventual outcome will be good, bad or indifferent.
Jane Fae , 09 Sep 2010
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UK.gov finally pulls plug on National Programme for IT

The ailing National Programme for IT has been cancelled, although most of its multi-billion pound spending will go ahead.
John Oates, 09 Sep 2010
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'Internet censorship is trade barrier', says Google exec

Google's top legal man wants to see pressure applied to governments - such as China's and Turkey's - that have strict internet censorship rules in place.
Kelly Fiveash, 09 Sep 2010
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Brits unleash world's hottest chilli pepper

A British firm has claimed the world's hottest chilli pepper crown, a fearsome beast clocking 1,176,182 on the Scoville scale.
Lester Haines, 09 Sep 2010
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ARM flexes muscles with fivefold performance boost

ARM's next-but-one processor will improve performance by five times, and the company aims to spread the architecture into the server side of the cloud too.
Bill Ray, 09 Sep 2010
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US raygun jumbo jet fails to beam down test missile

The USA's famed ray-cannon jumbo jet, the Airborne Laser Testbed (ALTB), failed to shoot down a ballistic missile in a long-delayed live test last week.
Lewis Page, 09 Sep 2010

iPlayer, iTunes succumb to Web2.0rhea

Hot on the heels of Apple's poorly-received iTunes update, the BBC has released a new version of iPlayer, and it's met a chorus of criticism. In each case the culprit appears to be the same. “This next step is allowing users to interact with the service and each other around our programmes,” writes James Hewines on the BBC blog. As Rolf would say – can you guess what it is yet? Here's another clue: the new iPlayer site aims “to bring a social dimension to watching and listening” - which has apparently never existed before.
Andrew Orlowski, 09 Sep 2010
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Google slaps malware warning on Radio 3 website

UpdatedUpdated Google is warning surfers visiting BBC Radio 3's website that the classical music domain is a security risk.
John Leyden, 09 Sep 2010
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LaCie intros aluminium-clad USB 3.0 drives

LaCie has introduced two more USB 3.0 external hard drives, one for desktops, the other for portable computers.
Tony Smith, 09 Sep 2010
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Microsoft to embrace and extend HTML 5?

Microsoft watchers are poring over a series of Twitter posts from former Silverlight Product Manager Scott Barnes, a web design and user experience specialist.
Tim Anderson, 09 Sep 2010
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World's only real flying car in price hikes, further delays

The firm behind the world's most plausible near-future flying car has pushed back delivery dates again, and suggested that vehicles may wind up costing substantially more than had been planned.
Lewis Page, 09 Sep 2010

Pentax debuts latest K-series DSLR

Pentax has introduced the K-r, its latest compact digital SLR.
Tony Smith, 09 Sep 2010
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Mozilla lights up joystick, tickles developer gaming bellies

Mozilla launched a new gaming project through its Labs wing earlier this week, in a move to get coders to play with fancy browser and web technologies.
Kelly Fiveash, 09 Sep 2010

Pentax intros 'chameleon' camera

In addition to the K-r DSLR, Pentax also rolled out a couple of compacts today, both part of its Optio line.
Tony Smith, 09 Sep 2010
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PayPal update email 'violates own anti-phishing advice'

PayPal UK has sent out an updated user agreement email to its customers that manages to violate its own tips on how to avoid phishing scams. The payments process outfit disputes the accusation.
John Leyden, 09 Sep 2010
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Rioting lags demand women's tennis

Prison inmates deprived of the viewing pleasure of watching Vera Zvonareva and Kim Clijsters mixing it up at Wimbledon earlier this year responded with a quick riot, the Telegraph reports.
Lester Haines, 09 Sep 2010
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Apple: third-party iOS dev tools OK after all

Apple has said is to allow software developers to create iPhone and iPad apps using tools it does not directly sanction.
Tony Smith, 09 Sep 2010
Bacon inhaler
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Bacon thief leaves rasher on door knob

Surrey police are hunting a burglar who broke into a house in Redhill, Surrey and swiped a packet of bacon - except for a single rasher left chillingly draped over the front door handle.
Joe Fay, 09 Sep 2010
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Oracle and NetApp dismiss ZFS lawsuits

NetApp and Oracle have agreed to dismiss their respective lawsuits against each other without prejudice. ZFS-using companies such as Coraid and Nexenta can now go ahead free of the threat of NetApp interference.
Chris Mellor, 09 Sep 2010
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Dutch banks and operators go contactless

A trio of banks has joined three Dutch network operators in creating compatible NFC infrastructure, based on SIM security, aiming to bring contactless payment to the Netherlands by 2012.
Bill Ray, 09 Sep 2010

The Celerra NX3e isn't it

Curiouser and curiouser, Alice said. The Celerra NX3e is not the new mid-range storage system that EMC CFO David Goulden said would be shipping early next year. But it is an EMC low-end Celerra and has been shipping since October 2009, according to people who should know but prefer to remain anonymous.
Chris Mellor, 09 Sep 2010
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Rackspace claims credit for shushing Koran-burning 'pastor'

Hosting company Rackspace shut down the Dove World Outreach Center's website last night, because it broke its acceptable use policy.
John Oates, 09 Sep 2010
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Google Instant a potential bonanza for search scams

Security watchers are concerned that scareware scammers may quickly adapt to the introduction of real-time search technology from Google to develop even more potent search engine poisoning attacks.
John Leyden, 09 Sep 2010
DVD it in many colours
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Could Oracle buy HP?

One way for Oracle to solve HP's CEO problems is for it to buy HP and re-install Mark Hurd as CEO.
Chris Mellor, 09 Sep 2010
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Clegg's taking away Your Freedom

The coalition government's wiki-powered loony magnet - Your Freedom website - which aims to collect the internet's very finest ideas - is shutting tomorrow, or rather "entering the next stage".
John Oates, 09 Sep 2010
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Dell launches Opteron 4100s into Boxes-o-Cloud

With a substantial portion of Dell's server business based on custom and quasi-custom designs that shrink server sizes and offer better performance per watt than the standard PowerEdge machines, the server maker cannot rest on its laurels or play favorites with Intel as it did in days gone by. Sometimes, companies want a machine that leverages processors from Advanced Micro Devices, and Dell must make such a box.
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Apple issues moral regulations apps dev guide

Apple has finally published some rules for applications submitted to the iTunes store, and it seems that down in Cupertino they're just as bored of flatulence-themed applications as the rest of us.
Bill Ray, 09 Sep 2010
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Opensourcers get personal over Ellison's Google fight

Open source advocates are asking you to write to Larry Ellison to protest about Oracle's damaging decision to prosecute Google over Java.
Gavin Clarke, 09 Sep 2010
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Ex-Sun CEO sees rosy future in health

Former Sun Microsystems chief executive Jonathan Schwartz has opted for the hard life of Silicon Valley startup rather than running another Fortune 500 mega corp into the ground.
Gavin Clarke, 09 Sep 2010
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Steve Jobs lectures devs, dodges antitrust action

CommentComment Over two years after the debut of the iTunes App Store, Apple has finally provided developers with guidelines describing what apps are and aren't acceptable for inclusion in what Steve Jobs has called Cupertino's "curated platform."
Rik Myslewski, 09 Sep 2010
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Google search index splits with MapReduce

ExclusiveExclusive Google Caffeine — the remodeled search infrastructure rolled out across Google's worldwide data center network earlier this year — is not based on MapReduce, the distributed number-crunching platform that famously underpinned the company's previous indexing system. As the likes of Yahoo!, Facebook, and Microsoft work to duplicate MapReduce through the open source Hadoop project, Google is moving on.
Cade Metz, 09 Sep 2010
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Firefox 4 preview knocks back Jäger shot

Mozilla has released preview builds of Firefox 4 that include JägerMonkey, the new JavaScript engine extension designed to outpace rival engines from the likes of Google and Opera.
Cade Metz, 09 Sep 2010
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Oracle sneaks out Solaris 10 refresh

Rather than wait two weeks for its own OpenWorld extravaganza, Oracle has snuck out the long-awaited update to the Solaris 10 operating system. The related Solaris Cluster clustering software and Solaris Studio development tools were also tweaked.