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Everyone but Oracle demands Java independence

Exclusive Last week, at its mega OpenWorld conference in San Francisco, Oracle laid out its roadmap for the future of Java. But there's a catch: Oracle's plan stands little chance of succeeding.
Gavin Clarke, 30 Sep 2010
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Wireless USB rides again

The Wireless USB 1.1 specification – just released by the USB Implementers Forum – promises near-field communication (NFC) and battery-life improvements.
Rik Myslewski, 30 Sep 2010
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2 out of 3 Android apps use private data 'suspiciously'

Google's Android operating system doesn't provide controls to adequately protect users' sensitive data, according to a study that found two-thirds of applications monitored used phone numbers, geolocation, and other information “suspiciously.”
Dan Goodin, 30 Sep 2010
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Amazon one-upped in RIM tablet ebook duel

Although online bookstores Amazon and Kobo both announced support for the BlackBerry PlayBook when it was unveiled on Monday, Kobo one-upped its competitor on Wednesday when it said that its ereader app will come preloaded on RIM's challenger to the Kindle, iPad, Nook, Sony Reader, et al.
Rik Myslewski, 30 Sep 2010
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Penguin in the picture: top video editors for Linux fans

Best of Linux When it comes to video editing platforms, Windows and Mac own the field. They run the software from Adobe, Apple, and Avid that's preferred by professionals, and most –including all Windows machines – come with free, basic editing software for everybody else.
Gavin Clarke, 30 Sep 2010
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Pay rises up thanks to recovery and inflation

Pay rises in the private sector are on the increase again as firms start to feel the benefit of economic recovery.
John Oates, 30 Sep 2010
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Apple TV stripdown reveals mystery solder pads

Photos Apple's new second-generation Apple TV is easy to take apart, easy to repair, and its guts may be poised for significant upgrades – or even double duty.
Rik Myslewski, 30 Sep 2010
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Acer Aspire 5940G 15.6in notebook

Review If you’re after a well-crafted machine, adorned with a range of features from a media controlling touch panel to the old favourites eSATA and ExpressCard/54, then Acer’s Aspire 5940G could well fit the bill. There’s even a fingerprint reader, a 4-pin FireWire 400 port and a whopping sub-woofer.
Shaun Dormon, 30 Sep 2010
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Jaguar celebrates 75th year with e-supercar concept

Jaguar has takan the wraps off a range-extended two-seater e-supercar capable of a top speed of 205mph and a 0-60mph sprint of 3.4s.
Tony Smith, 30 Sep 2010
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Stereo 3D best on mobiles, says chipmaker

Expect a raft of handheld devices with glasses-free 3D screens to debut in the new year alongside the Nintendo 3DS, Irish chip maker Movidius has forecast.
Tony Smith, 30 Sep 2010
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Nokia: N8 shipping

That Nokia feels the need to tell World+Dog that it has begun shipping its N8 smartphone speaks volumes.
Tony Smith, 30 Sep 2010
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FalconStor loses its head

Storage software company FalconStor has lost ReiJane Huai, its co-founder, chairman, CEO and president, due to alleged improper payments. It looks as if he has been ousted.
Chris Mellor, 30 Sep 2010
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OCZ plays bottleneck card with new SSD interface

Flash storage maker OCZ wants us to use its proprietary High Speed Data Link (HSDL) instead of standard SATA and SAS interfaces for solid state drives (SSDs).
Chris Mellor, 30 Sep 2010
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Whitman accused of hypocrisy over servants

The most expensive election in history hit another snag this week with news that would-be California governor, and ex-eBay boss, Meg Whitman employed a Mexican woman without permission to work in the US as her maid for nine years.
John Oates, 30 Sep 2010
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Kia POPs out see-through OLED dash readout

Kia's POP may be an all-electric, but it's yet another blobby concept car of the kind that will never appear on the nation's roads, and as such we considered ignoring its Paris Motor Show appearance.
Tony Smith, 30 Sep 2010
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Police charge 11 over Zeus cybercrime scam

UK police investigating a suspected Zeus Trojan e-banking fraud ring have charged 11 people with a variety of fraud and money laundering offences.
John Leyden, 30 Sep 2010
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Samsung backs Windows Phone 7 for the duration

Samsung may only recently dismissed Windows Phone 7 as a minority interest smartphone OS, but that hasn't stopped it today announcing its "long-term commitment" to the platform.
Tony Smith, 30 Sep 2010
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HP says P9500 is bullet-proof

Comment Simon Brassington, strategist at HP StorageWorks UK & Ireland, took issue with our reporting of HP's new P9500 array. This is based on Hitachi's VSP, technology, and using solid state drives and 2.5-inch but not 3.5-inch disk drives.
Chris Mellor, 30 Sep 2010
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Downloads are not performances, rules US court

A music download is not a performance of a work and therefore does not demand an additional licence and fee, a US court has ruled. A stream of a file is a performance, though, the court said.
OUT-LAW.COM, 30 Sep 2010
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Microsoft fits SQL Server 2008 with roomy second service pack

Microsoft released a second service pack for its ageing SQL Server 2008 product yesterday.
Kelly Fiveash, 30 Sep 2010
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PayPal plugs mobile site phishing risk

PayPal has fixed a cross-site scripting problem on its mobile payments site that, left unaddressed, had the potential for misuse in phishing attacks.
John Leyden, 30 Sep 2010
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Trek fans served Enterprise-grade pastry slicer

Captains log. Stardate 100929.5. Gadget specialist ThinkGeek has announced the Star Trek Pizza Cutter.
Caleb Cox, 30 Sep 2010
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Virgin Media introduces P2P throttling

Virgin Media will for the first time target peer-to-peer traffic for throttling on its cable network, joining most DSL broadband providers.
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Tony Smith, 30 Sep 2010
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Amazon plots Android store

Leaked documents purport to detail the terms and conditions for Amazon's rumoured Android app store, and it seems the former bookseller is taking mobile applications very seriously indeed.
Bill Ray, 30 Sep 2010
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UK.gov refines pub sector software code, database re-use licence

UK public sector workers have been handed a new Open Government licence this morning from The National Archives office that allows easier re-use of some gov data.
Kelly Fiveash, 30 Sep 2010
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T-Platforms: Russian Big Iron

GTC Video Blog One of the most interesting hardware designs at the 2010 GPU Tech Conference came out of Russia – Moscow, to be specific. T-Platforms has engineered the traditional blade and associated heat dissipation hardware in a way that allows far more gear to be placed in a standard rack.
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HABITABLE ALIEN WORLD discovered 20 light-years away!

Stargazing boffins say they have discovered evidence of a potentially habitable world orbiting a star just 20 light-years from Earth. They add that the circumstances of the discovery suggest that the galaxy may be "teeming with potentially habitable planets".
Lewis Page, 30 Sep 2010
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HP eager to replace brittle IT

Analysis The top brass at Hewlett-Packard – which became the largest IT company in the world two years ago and will likely stay there because IBM no longer cares for the title – want a bigger piece of the ever-changing IT pie. And they think they have a plan to not only do that, but also to grow the pie over the next several years.
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Facebook security team zeroes in on Koobface hackers

A Facebook security boss says police are closing in on the authors of the infamous Koobface worm.
John Leyden, 30 Sep 2010
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EU sues UK.gov over Phorm trials

The European Commission is suing the UK government over authorities' failure to take any action in response to BT's secret trials of Phorm's behavioural advertising technology.
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Video vigilante site emerges from legal battles

Internet Eyes, a controversial service that invites web users to provide low-cost monitoring of CCTV cameras in exchange for prizes, will finally launch next week.
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Seagate stuffs 3TB drives in NAS box

Seagate has added its 3TB drive to the 2- and 4-slot BlackArmor NAS boxes, taking capacity up to 12TB.
Chris Mellor, 30 Sep 2010
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Samsung E60 e-book reader

Review I once took possession of an Apple Newton MessagePad. I still have it, and occasionally waste a pack of four AAs for old times' sake to remind myself what handheld computing was like back in the mid-1990s. I get the same sense of nostalgia using Samsung's e-book reader, the E60.
Tony Smith, 30 Sep 2010
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Texas Chain Saw Massacre declared top horror flick

Tobe Hooper's 1974 gorefest The Texas Chain Saw Massacre has been voted the top horror film ever by a veritable bloodbath of luminaries of the genre including John Carpenter, George Romero and Robert Englund.
Lester Haines, 30 Sep 2010
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BT promises biggest ever rural broadband project

BT, with a large slice of help from the European Union, is promising the largest ever superfast broadband programme for Cornwall.
John Oates, 30 Sep 2010
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Next fashions budget 10in Android tablet

UK clothing retailer Next has quietly begun offering a 10in Android 2.1 tablet.
Tony Smith, 30 Sep 2010
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Skype and Facebook sitting in a tree?

All Things Digital reports that Facebook and Skype are on the verge of announcing an integration of their services, allowing Facebook users to talk to each other.
Bill Ray, 30 Sep 2010
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High-flying! Yahoo! trio! look! for! purple! door! marked! exit!

Yahoo!’s US operations boss Hilary Schneider has reportedly quit the Carol Bartz-run internet firm.
Kelly Fiveash, 30 Sep 2010
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US demands right to snoop the world

No sooner does the world agree to one request from US law enforcers for the right to snoop on its citizens than they are back with yet more demands. This week, however, the US may finally have pushed too far: the EU is not happy – and it is pushing back.
Jane Fae , 30 Sep 2010
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Tablets in, netbooks out, forecasts analyst

Apple will have shipped 4.2m iPads during Q3, rising to 5m in Q4, market watcher DisplaySearch has forecast.
Tony Smith, 30 Sep 2010
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QNX to power BlackBerry handsets too

RIM has plans for QNX to replace its existing handset operating system, though there will be one more version before the company adopts a single-OS strategy.
Bill Ray, 30 Sep 2010
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BIS will name'n'shame Scrooge bosses

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills is to name and shame businesses which fail to pay the minimum wage.
John Oates, 30 Sep 2010
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TomTom pledges to tackle traffic

TomTom wants to ease UK traffic congestion, but it didn't go so far as to hand out free satnavs to make it happen.
Hard Reg, 30 Sep 2010
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Microsoft assembles unlikely band of brothers against patent trolls

Google, Apple, Yahoo!, Dell, Intel, Facebook and Hewlett-Packard have all come out in support of Microsoft’s efforts to upend a patent infringement verdict that ordered the software giant to pay $290m in damages.
Kelly Fiveash, 30 Sep 2010
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US military Cyber Command won't go operational as planned

The US military's central Cyber Command will not become operational as had been planned tomorrow, according to Pentagon spokesmen. Issues responsible for the delay include difficulties finding suitably qualified staff among America's uniformed legions, and also the fact that it isn't even clear what "operational" means for a cyberforce.
Lewis Page, 30 Sep 2010
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The Navitaire cock-up, filleted

The Register has found out more about the Navitaire data centre responsible for the 21-hour Virgin Blue outage on Sunday and the second outage on Tuesday. It makes the prolonged first outage even more puzzling.
Chris Mellor, 30 Sep 2010
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Smartphone buyers want Apple, Android

The iPhone's appeal may be settling down - at least in the US - and it's almost entirely due to the rise of Android, according to a survey conducted by market watcher ChangeWave.
Tony Smith, 30 Sep 2010
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Buy your own Batmobile

The original 1960s Batmobile was the dream car for a generation of superhero fans. Now for $150,000, American company Fiberglass Freaks will build you one.
Caleb Cox, 30 Sep 2010
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Google revives dead Nexus One store as Android 'gallery'

Google has reanimated its dead Nexus One webstore as a place where you can comparison-shop for partner Android phones.
Cade Metz, 30 Sep 2010
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Open-source Sugar rips open partner pack

SugarCRM is taking on Salesforce.com with a version of its service and software package that can be customized by partners.
Gavin Clarke, 30 Sep 2010
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Feds accuse 37 of being Zeus 'money mules'

Federal prosecutors in New York City have charged 37 low-level crime-gang members with participating in a scheme that defrauded banks out of more than $3m using the Zeus Trojan.
Dan Goodin, 30 Sep 2010
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Verizon courts Star Wars set with Droid R2-D2

Beginning Thursday, stateside Star Wars fanbois with $249 to spare can arm themselves with "the highly anticipated limited edition Droid R2-D2 by Motorola," with service from wireless carrier Verizon.
Rik Myslewski, 30 Sep 2010
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Google menaces penguins with Street View Antarctica

Google has trained its all-seeing Street View eye on the penguins of Antarctica.
Cade Metz, 30 Sep 2010
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HP names SAP vet as chief exec

HP's board has elected ex-SAP CEO Léo Apotheker as their company's new CEO and president, and provided him with a seat on the board.
Rik Myslewski, 30 Sep 2010
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Google open sources JPEG assassin

Google has open sourced a new "lossy" image format known as WebP — pronounced "weppy" — claiming it can cut the size of current web images by almost 40 per cent.
Cade Metz, 30 Sep 2010
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Final Ubuntu 10.10 and first Drizzle beta in release duet

Open sourcers, contain yourselves. Not only has the MySQL fork Drizzle finally hit beta, but the "sexiest Ubuntu yet" has been delivered as a release candidate - on the same day.
Gavin Clarke, 30 Sep 2010