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Podgy Googlers get shrunken plates

In a calculated effort to halt the expansion of its staff, Google has shrunk the size of its plates.
Cade Metz, 20 Sep 2010
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HP tunes blades for Oracle apps

No matter who gets the top job at Hewlett-Packard – and whether or not former HP top exec Mark Hurd gets to keep his job as co-president at Oracle – these two companies are going to have to partner and compete. HP is the dominant supplier of servers in the world, and Oracle is the dominant supplier of databases and middleware and the number two provider of enterprise applications.
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How Ellison could fight Google's Android - without lawyers

First, the good news. Java on mobile phones has been a palpable success. Installed on eleven billion mobile phones worldwide, Java ME is one of the most widely available software development platforms - ever.
Matt Stephens, 20 Sep 2010
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Oracle pledges MySQL community love

OpenWorld Oracle has promised to continue developing the community edition of MySQL. But you'd better like the architecture and customers that Oracle is targeting.
Gavin Clarke, 20 Sep 2010
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Acer Aspire 5741

Review The Aspire 5741 follows Acer's tried and true formula of extracting the maximum value from the core hardware without wasting money by adding extra features. The fact of the matter is that the Intel Core i3's combination of CPU and graphics isn't especially exciting but it does a very fair job of work and offers good value for money.
Leo Waldock, 20 Sep 2010
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Dell Inspiron 15R

Review I'm used to seeing Dell laptops and PCs that are as dull as mud, so the rather attractive-looking Inspiron 15R sample came as a shock. The lid comes in a choice of red, pink, blue or black while the deck of the chassis surrounding the keyboard is chromed.
Leo Waldock, 20 Sep 2010
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HP Pavilion dv6

Review HP describes the Pavilion dv6-3085EA as an "entertainment notebook PC" which shows a shocking lack of imagination as this laptop has a list of interesting features that merit close examination. For starters, this particular version of the dv6 stands out in a world of Intel laptops as it uses an AMD CPU which is allied with an AMD chipset and AMD's ATI Radeon HD 5650 graphics.
Leo Waldock, 20 Sep 2010
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Lenovo ThinkPad Edge

Review Lenovo offers its ThinkPad Edge in a massive number of permutations but they are all rather expensive and start north of £1000. My review sample was a relatively basic model that came without the 3G mobile broadband option and with the 4GB of memory installed in two modules, leaving no scope for an upgrade in that department.
Leo Waldock, 20 Sep 2010
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Sony Vaio EB2

Review The Sony Vaio EB2 is available in a choice of brown, black or pink. Presumably Sony mistook your reviewer for a teenage girl as they sent me the pink version, which was a nasty shock.
Leo Waldock, 20 Sep 2010
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Toshiba Satellite Pro C650

Review Toshiba has built its Satellite Pro C650 into a chassis that feels rather cheap and not especially cheerful. The deck around the keyboard has a curious textured finish that shows greasy fingerprint marks horribly.
Leo Waldock, 20 Sep 2010
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Buyer's Guide: 15in Notebooks

Group Test In this group test I'm comparing six models that have a 15.6in screen with a decent, 1366 x 768 resolution that supports HD video - look for an HDMI port if you want to hook it up to a telly.
Leo Waldock, 20 Sep 2010
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15in Notebooks: Best Buys

Group Test Choosing a winner from this group of 15.6in laptops was a tricky matter as they have a great deal in common. Apart from sharing the same size screen and 1366 x 768 resolution, they all come with 802.11n Wi-Fi and have a tray-loading multi-format DVD writer. So relatively small differences count for a lot.
Leo Waldock, 20 Sep 2010
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Back-to-college 15in Notebooks

Group Test So the kids are off to university and you want to pack junior off with a decent machine for his or her studies - not to mention all the social facetweeting stuff the young uns like to do these days.
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Apple, Google may end wage-capping case

The Department of Justice is close to ending an investigation into several Silicon Valley giants accused of colluding to hold down staff salaries and stop recruiters calling each others' staff.
John Oates, 20 Sep 2010
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Quantum falls for RDX

Quantum has signed up with ProStor to OEM its RDX removable disk drive, giving ProStor a virtual monopoly of the disk-based removable storage market for small and medium businesses.
Chris Mellor, 20 Sep 2010
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LG's CEO hangs up

The curse of the iPhone continues. A week after Nokia dispensed with its CEO, so has LG Electronics. Nam Young has resigned to make way for Koo Boon-joon, a member of LG's founding family and younger brother of LG Chairman Koo Bon-moo.
Andrew Orlowski, 20 Sep 2010
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'Unicorn' captured in remote Laos mountain forests

A unfeasibly rare two-horned "unicorn" has been sighted for the first time in ten years in the remote mountain forests of the Far East. Unfortunately the creature was captured by local villagers and died before international unicorn boffins could reach the scene.
Lewis Page, 20 Sep 2010
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4chan launches DDoS against entertainment industry

The denizens of 4chan launched a series of distributed denial of service attacks against entertainment industry websites over the weekend, protesting legal actions against torrent tracker website the Pirate Bay.
John Leyden, 20 Sep 2010
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HP and Oracle avoid blows over disgraced Hurd

OpenWorld Hewlett-Packard and Oracle have sidestepped their feud over disgraced CEO Mark Hurd on the opening of the database giant's annual OpenWorld conference in San Francisco.
Gavin Clarke, 20 Sep 2010

Fanboys flabbergasted by 'Apple TV runs iOS' revelation

Why is everyone so amazed that the Apple TV runs iOS? True, Apple itself has never said as much, but anyone who has looked at the product's tech specs on the Apple website - posted almost immediately after the device's announcement - will see that it's based on Apple's A4 CPU.
Tony Smith, 20 Sep 2010
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Oracle spins own Linux for mega hardware

OpenWorld Oracle has given up on copying Red Hat and is delivering its own Linux to squeeze the last ounce of performance from new cloud-in-a-box and OLTP server giants.
Gavin Clarke, 20 Sep 2010
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Diligent co-founder's second gig

Blog Diligent co-founder Doron Kempel has started up a new company; SimpliVT.
Chris Mellor, 20 Sep 2010
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Swedish far-right party defaced on eve of general election

The website of a Swedish far-right party was hacked on Saturday, the day before national elections which resulted in its first ever electoral success.
John Leyden, 20 Sep 2010
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T-Mobile sued for censoring weed service

T-Mobile USA is being sued for cutting off a message service offering guidance to those seeking legal access to cannabis, despite the service purging itself of references to the evil weed.
Bill Ray, 20 Sep 2010
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Swedish Pirate Party suffers embarrassing general election flop

The Swedish Pirate Party failed to secure a parliamentary seat in Sweden's general election yesterday, after it pulled in less than 1.4 per cent of the vote.
Kelly Fiveash, 20 Sep 2010
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Oracle promises fresh approach to storage

Analysis: First impression: Oracle's version of the Vblock, the Exalogic Elastic Compute Cloud, takes a distinctively different approach to storage.
Chris Mellor, 20 Sep 2010
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Boffins riot as Hadron Collider upgrade is delayed

Budget cuts are forcing international science alliance CERN to postpone upgrades to the most potent particle-punisher currently operated by the human race - the subterranean Large Hadron Collider (LHC) outside Geneva. CERN has also been compelled to temporarily shut down other accelerators, and has seen "protests" from boffins and support staff threatened by the cuts.
Lewis Page, 20 Sep 2010
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LaCie takes on Time Capsule

LaCie has introduced its take on Apple's Time Capsule. The French firm's offering is the 2TB Wireless Space, an black-clad 2.4GHz 802.11n Wi-Fi base-station with built-in hard drive.
Tony Smith, 20 Sep 2010
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Sony readies compact music, video Walkman

There's a new Sony Walkman out next month: the S750.
Hard Reg, 20 Sep 2010
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Webmin's virtual twin

Sysadmin blog More Mins: Virtualmin is an open core extension to Webmin. It allows a systems administrator to manage all the elements to provide shared hosting to multiple customers from one Linux server. Unlike Webmin, in which you configure all of the elements on a per-application basis, Virtualmin approaches configuration domain by domain, abstracting configuration of the applications away from the administrator.
Trevor Pott, 20 Sep 2010
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Facebook fone? Feh, says Facebook

Facebook has been busy denying rumours that it's planning to manufacture its own mobile phone, though not everyone is convinced.
Bill Ray, 20 Sep 2010
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Mozilla Labs pops out JavaScript language tool for coders

Mozilla has released a JavaScript engine strictly for testing purposes to allow web developers to gain deeper access to – and better understanding of – the code underpinning its browser.
Kelly Fiveash, 20 Sep 2010
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ZoneAlarm slammed for scarewarey marketing

ZoneAlarm has run into criticism from its customers for using scary pop-up warnings as a marketing tactic designed to persuade users to purchase the paid-for version of its personal firewall.
John Leyden, 20 Sep 2010
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Super-tough wireless sensors 'to be dropped into volcanoes'

Topflight engineers based in Newcastle have hit upon a radical plan for warning of volcanic eruptions. They intend to build a heatproof sensor unit which can be dropped into a volcano's caldera and wirelessly transmit data to monitoring stations despite being possibly immersed in molten rock.
Lewis Page, 20 Sep 2010
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Florida cops left stoned stunned by pot-filled SUV

A Florida Road Ranger was left holding his nose last week when an unconscious driver turned out to be packing 100lbs of pot plant.
Joe Fay, 20 Sep 2010
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IBM ponies up $1.7bn for data warehouse maker

If Japanese server maker NEC wanted to build a dataware housing business based on Netezza's database and field programmable gate array accelerators, then it is going to shell out a couple billion dollars. Because server rival IBM just bought Netezza for $1.7bn, fleshing out its data warehousing and analytics portfolio as it gears up to do battle with Teradata, Oracle and Microsoft.
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Taxman rejects 'lie detector' tech

The government has denied claims it will extend use of telephone "lie detector" tests to the tax system.
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GOG.com closes

Games download site GOG.com shut down last night without warning.
Tony Smith, 20 Sep 2010
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Steve Jobs chops student hack down to size

Steve Jobs may not be a ninja, but when an over-enthusiastic journalism student had the temerity to email him to complain about Apple's less than helpful press office last week, he quickly chopped her down to size.
Joe Fay, 20 Sep 2010
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Ofcom lifts shutters on Strategy Boutique

Thanks to a Freedom of Information Act Request we now know vital information about how the UK's telco and media regulator goes about its business. Last month Ofcom disclosed how much its logo had cost, and how it should be used. As ever, Ofcom's visual style usage guide makes for riveting reading.
Andrew Orlowski, 20 Sep 2010
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Europe pushes TV spectrum sell-off

The European Commission has proposed requiring member countries to sell off TV frequencies by 2013, and allow wireless broadband elsewhere by 2012.
Bill Ray, 20 Sep 2010
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Morgan Chase blames Oracle for online bank crash

JP Morgan Chase online banking services crashed in New York last week, and the outage has been laid at Oracle's door.
Chris Mellor, 20 Sep 2010
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Defence Minister 'to big up electropulse threat' - report

New UK defence minister Liam Fox has fallen into the clutches of fearmongering armsbiz lobbyists, according to reports.
Lewis Page, 20 Sep 2010
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Phone hacking probe cops 'got law wrong' - were too lenient

The claim by London's Metropolitan Police that the interception of messages is only illegal when the message has not been listened to, read or collected by the recipient has been challenged by a privacy law expert.
OUT-LAW.COM, 20 Sep 2010
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Cabinet Office agrees GCSx local council access terms

The Cabinet Office has reached an agreement with local government organisations about security standards for connection to its GCSx network.
Kable, 20 Sep 2010
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Violin plays 40TB MLC fiddle

Violin Memory has introduced a 40TB capacity flash memory array for enterprises that uses multi-level cell (MLC) NAND and costs less than $16 per GB.
Chris Mellor, 20 Sep 2010

Xiotech adopts Permabit de-dupe

Wow; Xiotech is OEMing Permabit's Albireo deduplication technology, following closely on the heels of BlueArc.
Chris Mellor, 20 Sep 2010
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Intel trials downloadable CPU upgrades

Intel is trialling a processor that can be made to run faster - if you cough up extra cash.
Tony Smith, 20 Sep 2010
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Lily Allen sues Apple over hacked Macbook

Lily Allen, the British pop star, has issued a writ against Apple, in an attempt to find out who hacked into her Macbook.
Drew Cullen, 20 Sep 2010
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Google Apps tap mobiles for beefier log-in security

Google is tapping user cell phones to provide an extra level of sign-in security for Google Apps, its suite of online business applications.
Cade Metz, 20 Sep 2010
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Microsoft gives temporary fix for info leak in ASP.Net

Microsoft has issued a temporary fix for a cryptographic weakness in widely used web development software that allows attackers to read password files and other sensitive data.
Dan Goodin, 20 Sep 2010
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Ellison fluffs Amazon with Oracle cloud love

OpenWorld No wonder Larry Ellison was waxing lyrical on Sunday about how Amazon's model of elastic computing jived with Oracle's view of the cloud.
Gavin Clarke, 20 Sep 2010
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Amazon loves LoveFilm (true)

Amazon is mulling a £200 million bid for Lovefilm, the UK's answer to Netflix, the Sunday Times reports.
Drew Cullen, 20 Sep 2010
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Yahoo! 'owns several patents' on Google Instant

Exclusive Yahoo! owns several patents covering Google's new Instant search engine, according to Shashi Seth, Yahoo!'s senior vice president of search and a former search product leader at Google.
Cade Metz, 20 Sep 2010
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Interpol chief impersonated on Facebook

Scammers recently created two bogus Facebook accounts in the name of Interpol chief Ronald K. Noble in an attempt to obtain information about ongoing criminal investigations, the head of the international organization has revealed.
Dan Goodin, 20 Sep 2010
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Blade Network adds top-of-racker

Blade Network Technology has rolled out the RackSwitch G8052, a new addition to its top-of-rack switch lineup.
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Adobe patches critical Flash Player vuln under attack

Adobe Systems has patched a critical vulnerability in its ubiquitous Flash Player that has been under active attack for at least a week.
Dan Goodin, 20 Sep 2010
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Larry Ellison's first Sparc chip and server

Oracle has announced the Sparc T3 processor and its related Sparc T3 systems at the OpenWorld extravaganza in San Francisco, giving Solaris shops who had run out of headroom on the existing Sparc T2 and T2+ machines a little breathing room – and giving Oracle a chance to chase some entry and midrange Unix server sales against rivals IBM and Hewlett-Packard.
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PARC turns 40: mice, money, and the new interwebs

Mention "Xerox" and "PARC," and you'll likely be greeted by a rolling of the eyes or an off-hand comment like: "Didn't they invent the mouse and let Microsoft make all the money?" That happened to me more than once when I mentioned I was heading to the Palo Alto Research Center to interview a few folks for the iconic institution's 40th anniversary, which will be celebrated later this week.
Gavin Clarke, 20 Sep 2010
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Prosecutor won't resign over lewd texts to 'hot' crime victim

A county prosecutor in Wisconsin has rebuffed calls to resign following revelations he sent a crime victim 30 racy text messages that among other things referred to her as a “tall, young, hot nymph.”
Dan Goodin, 20 Sep 2010
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Secret Apple deal hints at TV future

Secretive Apple has inked a secretive deal with a major entertainment-info supplier that has revived speculation that Cupertino is readying a living-room putsch push far more aggressive than its Jobsian hobby, the Apple TV.
Rik Myslewski, 20 Sep 2010
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Microsoft punts HPC Server 2008 R2

Microsoft used the High Performance Computing Financial Markets conference in New York as the launching pad for its much-awaited third release of its technical computing variant of its Windows server operating system, Windows HPC Server 2008 R2. And the quants on Wall Street and around the financial markets are eager to get their hands on the product.
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Google Docs is going mobile

Google, while celebrating 30 million people having signed up to its cloudy documents service, has announced that editing will soon come to mobile users.
Bill Ray, 20 Sep 2010
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HP drops fight to block Hurd's Oracle hire

OpenWorld Mark Hurd can officially work for Larry Ellison, now that HP has called off its lawyers.
Gavin Clarke, 20 Sep 2010