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Microsoft confirms Russian pill-pusher attack on its network

Microsoft has confirmed that two devices on its corporate network were compromised to help a notorious gang of Russian criminals push Viagra, Human Growth Hormone, and other knockoff pharmaceuticals.
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Blade Network kicks RackSwitches up to 40 Gigabits

Blade Network Technologies kicked off the inevitable move toward 40 Gigabit Ethernet data-center networking on Thursday, rolling out the first 40 Gigabit switches aimed specifically at enterprises and their relatively flat networks.
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Behind the Kindle, under the iPad: an unholy alliance

Frankfurt Book Fair If some of the speakers at this year's Frankfurt Book Fair are to be believed, your life — or at least the part of it that involves snuggling up in bed with a good book and mug of hot cocoa — is about to be turned upside down.
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Digital Stream DHR8203U Freeview HD DVR

Review Digital Stream is not a name that many people will be familiar with when it comes to PVRs – but that’s not necessarily a bad thing; few had heard of Topfield or Humax before their very successful Freeview models appeared in the UK.
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Opera Mobile for Android: Nearly there!

The Opera Mobile browser will be available in Google's Android Marketplace within the next month and the upcoming Opera 11 desktop browser will offer Firefox-like extensions.
Cade Metz, 14 2010
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Apple regains top-three computer maker placing

Apple is once more among the top three personal computer makers in the US.
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Ryanair wins ihateryanair.co.uk because of £322 ad revenue

A website criticising airline Ryanair must surrender its domain name to the Irish carrier because it broke the policies governing the use of others' trademarks in .co.uk addresses by earning money from commercial links on the site.
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Former White House advisor wants cybercrime haven crackdown

A former White House security advisor has urged a crackdown on rogue states that serve as a "safe haven" for cybercrime, along with a fundamental rethink of internet architectures.
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Paris Hilton flashes her Brazilian...

Brazilians who just can't get enough of "fashionista" Paris Hilton had better proceed directly to Orkut, where the world-leading celebutard has released a "line of inspired virtual goods".
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Sony updates Nex camera firmware

Sony has posted a firmware update for its Nex compact cameras.
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Nokia takes C5, adds Wi-Fi, GPS

Nokia has rolled out a revision of its C5 budget touchscreen phone, this one with Wi-Fi, a digital compass and GPS, the Finnish phone giant said.
Hard Reg, 14 2010
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3 bigs self up as biggest 3G network

3 is claiming to have the biggest 3G network, which if it is true won't stay true for long.
Bill Ray, 14 2010
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Bonfire of the quangos begins

The Coalition has released the full list of quasi-governmental organisations which are for the chop.
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Nokia N900 to gain MeeGo dual-boot facility

MeeGo developers are working to allow their open source operating system to be installed on the Nokia N900 alongside Meamo, the gadget's native - for now - OS.
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High-speed asteroid pile-up prompts X-File

The Hubble Space Telescope has captured the aftermath of just what happens when two asteroids collide at 11,000 mph (17,702 km/h), prompting an explosion "as powerful as the detonation of a small atomic bomb".
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AOL, News Corp, private equity firms all have hots for Yahoo!

AOL, News Corp and a number of private equity outfits are reportedly circling Yahoo! in possible bids to buy the web portal.
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Archos users celebrate Android app access

Users of Android-based tablets from Archos can now get the Google applications the rest of the Android community takes for granted, and seem blissfully unaware of the illegality of doing so.
Bill Ray, 14 2010
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Germans develop sleepy-driver car 'warning' system

In Germany, apart from the well-known national passion for efficiency and order, a common trait among the citizenry is the desire for driving extremely fast along the autobahn.
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WD intros latest network hard drive

WD has added a fresh model to its line of network-connectable hard drives.
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Cameron to spend £1bn+ on cyber security

David Cameron will next week allocate more than a billion pounds to a cross-government effort to bolster Britain's cyber security, Whitehall sources have told The Register.
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Want to do a desktop refresh? How would you like to pay?

Workshop Developments in both the worlds of PC technology and the global economic climate have conspired to slow down much of the “routine” desktop upgrade cycle that takes place periodically in most organisations.
Tony Lock, 14 2010
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When Dilbert came to Nokia

You may have had your fill of Nokia analysis and features, but I'd like to draw your attention to one more - one that's very special. The Finnish daily Helsingin Sanomat has published a report based on 15 interviews with senior staff. It reads like the transcript to an Oscar-winning documentary where the narrative thread is held together entirely by the talking heads.
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OOo's put the willies up Microsoft

Microsoft is trying to convince customers who have fled the company’s Office software in favour of an open source alternative to return to the proprietary flock by publicly dissing its rival.
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Ixos Divo 2.1 iPod dock and speakers

Review While all-in-one computers can often knock out an intelligible noise, laptops and oft-mute desktops will always benefit from some sonic support. PC-friendly 2.1 sound gear has been around for some time now, with plenty to choose from. Yet what really makes the Ixos Divo stand out is its impressive appearance. Indeed, Ixos doesn’t just want the Divo to nestle up to your PC monitor, the company suggests this audio eye candy could also live in the lounge tethered to your TV.
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Tape backup could be binned soon

Backing up to tape in an autoloader or small library could be heading for the graveyard if an Imation deal with BDT comes good.
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RIM gets another Indian reprieve

India won't ban BlackBerrys until next year, allowing RIM another three months to arrange lawful intercept, though the decision is not the good news it sounds.
Bill Ray, 14 2010
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Overland to cluster SnapServers

Overland Storage aims to cluster its SnapServers together, using assets it is buying from Maxiscale. This means customers will soon be able to grow SnapServer storage seamlessly to 10PB-plus levels.
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Manchester cops hit Twitter - spoof feeds fall down stairs

Greater Manchester Police decided to show the world just how tough it is policing England's third city by tweeting every report it receives for 24 hours.
Joe Fay, 14 2010
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Powermat debuts 'case-less' induction charging kit

Magnetic induction charging specialist Powermat has revamped its line up of wireless chargers, slimming down the adaptors that add power pick-ups to phones and other handheld gadgets.
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Quango bonfire torches websites

The complete list of quangos to be quashed by the Coalition has been released and fortunately republished by the BBC and other media because the government's own sites have been still mostly unavailable today.
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Facebook dismisses Ceglia lawsuit as 'scam'

Facebook dismissed a lawsuit filed against the company’s boss Mark Zuckerberg by a man who claims he is entitled to 84 per cent of the social network, by saying the whole thing was a “scam”.
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Major US carriers sign up to sell Apple iPad

Apple's dramatic expansion of iPad sales outlets in the US continued today with the announcement both Verizon and AT&T stores will stock the "magical" device.
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QPad Heaton XL gaming mousepad

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'Squeeze green oil from North Sea by squirting CO2 in' - prof

Analysis A top boffin working for major energy companies says that Blighty could enjoy a second North Sea oil bonanza - by squirting surplus CO2 from factory chimneys down into exhausted fields, so forcing more oil up the wells.
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Florida cops tase naked jogger

Florida police tased a 18-year-old this week after spotting him going for a jog wearing nothing but a pair of swimming goggles.
Joe Fay, 14 2010
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Tablets? Pah! Netbooks still selling well, says analyst...

Rumours of the death of netbook are greatly exaggerated, it has been claimed by one market watcher after it calculates that netbooks will have outsold the iPad and other such tablets almost 4:1 by the end of 2010.
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Handheld porn market growing fast

Apple might not like it, but smutty services for mobile phones and other devices are still growing strongly.
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LightSquared courts disaster with rapid response team

American wannabe network operator LightSquared has created a rapid response team, poised to provide satellite communications, and put the company's technology in front of TV cameras, at a moment's notice.
Bill Ray, 14 2010
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Robot goes berserk in Balkan lab: 6 boffins given dead arms

The location: Deep in remote East-central Europe, the very stamping grounds of Igor and Dr Frankenstein. The scene: A laboratory, where dedicated scientists are toiling to create powerful artificial servants for the betterment of humanity - admittedly, using methods that their professional colleagues might deem questionable.
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Opera: Can someone free Korea from IE?

Opera is quite pleased with the state of the European browser market, now that the EU has ordered Microsoft to give users a fair choice on Windows. But it still bemoans Internet Explorer's ongoing stranglehold in other parts of the world, most notably Korea.
Cade Metz, 14 2010
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Facebook leaked users' real names with advertisers, suit says

Two California men have filed a federal lawsuit accusing Facebook of sharing their real names and other sensitive information with advertisers in violation of the social network's own privacy policy.
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Mozilla names SAP's mobility man as CEO

SAP is turning into an unexpected mine of talent for Silicon Valley employers if Mozilla's latest hire is to be believed.
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IBM floats new CloudBurst stacks

IBM has revamped its existing x64-based CloudBurst appliances as well as rolling out an alternative stack based on its own Power7-based systems. Apparently Big Blue doesn't want to be an also-ran in the race to sell preconfigured cloudy infrastructure to companies setting up virtualized private clouds.
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Larry Ellison to buy EMC?

Whimsical Wall Street analysts, eager investment bankers, and maybe a few pump-and-dumpers are presumably behind the chatter that Larry Ellison, who is synonymous with software powerhouse and server wannabe Oracle, is interested in buying disk-array giant and VMware owner EMC.
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Google money machine tops self by 32%

The Google money machine continued to crank out the dollars in third quarter, as revenues leapt 23 per cent from the same period last year.
Cade Metz, 14 2010
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Microsoft polishes Office Docs for Facebookers

In love with Facebook and in fear of OpenOffice, Microsoft has updated its collaboration service for 500 million users on Mark Zuckerberg's social network.
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Cheers for AMD's shrinking losses

Wall Street moneymen pumped AMD's stock up by as much as seven per cent after the chip maker announced lower year-on-year losses Thursday, a gain that settled back to about four per cent after the initial buzz mellowed.