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Jobs savages 7-inch tablet competition

If you've been putting off buying an iPad because you're waiting for a more-affordable seven-inch version, or if you've been considering getting an upcoming seven-incher from a non-Cupertinian source, Apple CEO Steve Jobs would like to set you straight.
Rik Myslewski, 19 Oct 2010
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VMware revenues up 46%

No market can grow like crazy forever, and that applies to VMware as much as anyone else. In the third quarter, the server virtualization juggernaut had $714.2m in overall revenues, up 45.8 per cent, and net income more than doubled to $84.6m. But there may be rockier times ahead.
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Jobs dubs Google's 'open' Android speak 'disingenuous'

Apple cult leader Steve Jobs has hit back at Eric Schmidt over the Google boss' repeated claims that Google is "open" and Apple is "closed."
Cade Metz, 19 Oct 2010
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Dane-Elec myDitto Nas device

Review Perhaps I'm getting cynical, but it's a rare event these days when a product crossing my desk positively fires me with enthusiasm. And when it comes to yet another disk device - we old journos call the subject of storage "snorage" - what could be duller? The myDitto from Dane-Elec is an exception on both counts.
Chris Bidmead, 19 Oct 2010
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Employers get Equality Act info from mega-thick codes

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has published the statutory guidance that will help employers, lawyers and courts to interpret the Equality Act. Three Codes of Practice were laid before Parliament last week.
OUT-LAW.COM, 19 Oct 2010
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Seagate thinks about going private (again)

Seagate is talking with private equity firms about going private for the second time. Why?
Chris Mellor, 19 Oct 2010
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ZeRTO, a storage start-up

A buzz is developing around ZeRTO, an Israeli stealth startup. It was founded in 2009 by two brothers, Ziv and Oded Kedem, who previously founded Kashya to develop replication technology for disaster recovery.
Chris Mellor, 19 Oct 2010
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Q: Why pay for DNS?

Sysadmin blog How many people would pay for DNS? If you had asked this question during the late nineties, the answer would have been a very small number indeed. DNS is free; anyone can download a copy of BIND and set up a DNS server. Today, however, millions of companies pay good money for DNS hosting.
Trevor Pott, 19 Oct 2010
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Lone Android dev 'almost brought down T-Mobile'

T-Mobile USA told the FCC that having an open network caused it severe overloading and network degradation, thanks to one incompetent Android developer.
Bill Ray, 19 Oct 2010
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IBM Java defection leaves Apache sourcers shellshocked

On October 11, IBM announced its decision to junk Apache Harmony, an open source Java implementation of Java, and throw in its lot with Oracle's Open JDK.
Gavin Clarke, 19 Oct 2010
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WD thrusts forth its mighty 3TB internal hardness

Western Digital has unveiled the world's first 3TB internal drive, a Caviar Green model with four platters.
Chris Mellor, 19 Oct 2010
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EMC plays the name game

EMC has registered a new trademark: VNX.
Chris Mellor, 19 Oct 2010
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Seagate's shrinks GoFlex drive

Seagate has struck another blow in the areal density wars. The company has revved up its 1TB FreeAgent portable drive, shrinking it internally from three platters to two, making it cheaper to manufacture.
Chris Mellor, 19 Oct 2010
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UK cybercops cuff big phish

UK police arrested a suspected counterfeit credit card manufacturer in east London on Monday.
John Leyden, 19 Oct 2010
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Oracle array users skid off 7410 road map

A European Oracle 7410 array user has been told no more upgrades are possible after the end of the month - despite the fact that he only bought the 7410 this year.
Chris Mellor, 19 Oct 2010
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Street View spies a €2.4m fine

The Spanish Agencia de Protección de Datos (Data Protection Agency) is demanding Street View be brought to book over its clandestine Wi-Fi slurping activities.
Lester Haines, 19 Oct 2010
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Ofcom will not probe YouView... for now

UK communications watchdog Ofcom has decided it doesn't need to investigate Project Canvas, despite cable broadcaster Virgin Media's claim that the putative online telly standard is anti-competitive.
Tony Smith, 19 Oct 2010
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Ofcom blesses YouView

Regulator Ofcom has rejected calls to investigate YouView, the venture formerly known as Project Canvas, under the Competition Act.
Andrew Orlowski, 19 Oct 2010
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Rooney exits Man U with a few choice words

It's a tip of the hat this morning to Fox Sports, which yesterday managed to summarise the Wayne Rooney/Manchester United spat with a choice quote from the strumpet-friendly footballing Weeble:
Lester Haines, 19 Oct 2010
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Alternative iPhone 4 nears end of test phase, claims insider

A new iPhone 4 variant has entered its final testing stage before release, it has been claimed.
Tony Smith, 19 Oct 2010
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Sat-phone operator TerreStar's tits swinging skyward?

Satellite-phone operator TerreStar is heading for Chapter 11 the Wall Street Journal reports, putting America's personal satellite phone network at risk.
Bill Ray, 19 Oct 2010
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Google slaps down China resellers in 'very important market'

Google has reportedly cut ties with seven ad resellers in China and, at the same time, renewed its vows to search users in that region – despite their undying love for the firm's rival Baidu.
Kelly Fiveash, 19 Oct 2010
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Keep your PC clean - or we'll shut you down

Analysis When it comes to protecting our personal and financial data online, the Australian solution – of cutting off users who fail to maintain their PC security - may have a lot of appeal.
Jane Fae , 19 Oct 2010
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Top cyber crime cop lied under oath, says judge

Exclusive The head of the national police unit set up to tackle internet crime told lies under oath about her involvement in a plot to damage the career of a junior detective, a judge has said.
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Adobe preps sandboxing tech to fight exploits

Adobe has fleshed out its plans to offer sandboxing as a mechanism to limit the impact of attacks against its ubiquitous Adobe Reader PDF reader application.
John Leyden, 19 Oct 2010
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Apple wipes smile off FaceTime in the Middle East

Apple's FaceTime enables any iPhone 4 to make video calls to any other iPhone 4, assuming neither of them were bought in Saudi Arabia, UAE, Qatar, Egypt or Jordan.
Bill Ray, 19 Oct 2010
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7Digital takes on iTunes

Digital music company 7Digital is to go head-to-head with Apple's iTunes on iPhones and iPads. Or so it hopes.
Andrew Orlowski, 19 Oct 2010
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YouTube clasps naked dancer to bosom

It's official: smut is now allowed on YouTube – so long as it's artistic smut.
Jane Fae , 19 Oct 2010
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Medal of Honour

Review For all the pre-release controversy surrounding Medal of Honour, EA's contemporary world shooter is surprisingly understated.
Andrew Bailey, 19 Oct 2010
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Unisys lights up Xeon-based mainframes

Mainframe maker Unisys has made no secret of the fact that its long-term goal is to stop making its own mainframe engines and run both of its MCP and OS 2200 operating system platforms atop machines using Intel's Xeon processors.
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Azul starts peddling Zing virty Java stack

Azul Systems, which makes hardware appliances to speed up the performance of Java applications, today starts selling its Zing virtual appliances for JVMs as an alternative to the Vega hardware appliances it has been selling since the company launched six years ago.
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Was Ozzie's head in the clouds as rivals stole his role?

Ray Ozzie's unexpected departure from his role as chief software architect does not look good for Microsoft, not least because it follows a series of other high-level departures.
Tim Anderson, 19 Oct 2010
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HP unwraps Palm Pre 2

HP has formally taken the wraps off WebOS 2.0 - due to ship in the Palm Pre 2 at the end of this week.
Tony Smith, 19 Oct 2010
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Iran: 'Nuke spies nabbed, but not for Stuxnet'

Iranian leaders have backtracked on earlier claims that they had arrested unnamed nuclear spies over the spread of the infamous Stuxnet worm in the country.
John Leyden, 19 Oct 2010
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ScaleMP: Still making big ones out of small ones

ScaleMP’s vSMP Foundation for SMP software is now certified to run on IBM’s newest x86 boxes, according to TPM’s story here.
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Small firms split on social media

Around half of small businesses are using social media, but many do not find it useful, according to research by a small firms trade body.
OUT-LAW.COM, 19 Oct 2010
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EMC boosts revenues 20% in Q3

EMC is experiencing storming business results with 20 per cent revenue growth and a 58 per cent rise in profits in its third 2010 quarter.
Chris Mellor, 19 Oct 2010
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Cameron: Carriers tomorrow, bombers today

Prime Minister David Cameron has at last announced the Coalition government's plan for sorting out the Ministry of Defence's finances.
Lewis Page, 19 Oct 2010
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Vatican confirms Simpsons as Catholics

The Vatican has declared that the Simpsons are a fine example of the Catholic ideal, and given parents the green light to let their kids watch the animated show.
Joe Fay, 19 Oct 2010
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Microsoft gets in a spin, announces Office 365

Microsoft has shoved its productivity suite of apps into a cloud-based service it has dubbed "Office 365" that is aimed at business customers.
Kelly Fiveash, 19 Oct 2010
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Why songwriters couldn't join the Choruss

Jim Griffin's bold plan to take P2P file sharing out of the black economy, and into the one that deals with green folding stuff, flopped because it couldn't explain to songwriters how they'd get paid.
Andrew Orlowski, 19 Oct 2010
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Google's Street View broke Canadian privacy laws

The Canadian privacy watchdog today said Google's Street View fleet broke the law when it collected payload data from unsecured Wi-Fi networks.
Team Register, 19 Oct 2010
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Apple hit by iPad sales guessing game

Comment So who exactly forecast Apple's fourth quarter - equivalent to calendar Q3 - iPad sales would be so much higher than the 4.19m the company last night announced that it had shipped during the period?
Tony Smith, 19 Oct 2010
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Call of Duty: Black Ops may leak online after disk theft

Xbox copies of Call of Duty: Black Ops were supposedly stolen yesterday, sparking fears that the closely-guarded title may be leaked online ahead of its release.
Caleb Cox, 19 Oct 2010
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Compromise turns Kaspersky site into malware hub

The US website for anti-virus provider Kaspersky was caught pushing malware to its users for three and a half hours on Sunday after it was compromised by criminal hackers.
Dan Goodin, 19 Oct 2010
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Symbian chief withdraws from iPhone and Android fight

The leader of the consortium fighting off Android and the iPhone has stepped down after just two years.
Gavin Clarke, 19 Oct 2010
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Java surpasses Adobe kit as most attacked software

Oracle's Java framework has surpassed Adobe applications as the most attacked software package, according to a Microsoft researcher who warned she was seeing “an unprecedented wave of Java exploitation.”
Dan Goodin, 19 Oct 2010
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Intel waves Old Glory with wafer baker plans

Chip giant Intel will shell out some $8bn and create thousands of jobs to build out chip development and fabrication facilities in the US for its future 22 nanometer PC and server chips.
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Oldsters beat twentysomethings at social networking

We now know where Microsoft went wrong with its KIN "social phone": it mistakenly made twentysomething hipsters its target market.
Gavin Clarke, 19 Oct 2010
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Two Russians convicted as money mules

Two Russian men have been convicted for their roles as money mules who tried to siphon funds out of US bank accounts and send it to ringleaders in Ukraine.
Dan Goodin, 19 Oct 2010
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Google Android chief smacks Steve Jobs with Linux speak

Google Android chief Andy Rubin has responded to Steve Jobs's extended rant against Google's mobile OS, unloading a cagey tweet meant to defend claims of Android "openness."
Cade Metz, 19 Oct 2010
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196 nations open three week (!) telecoms congress

ITU The International Telecommunication Union is a walking contradiction, where tedious 19th century ceremony exists side-by-side with snappy 21st century efficiency.
Kieren McCarthy, 19 Oct 2010
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Yahoo! boss blames revenue dip on better Bing

Yahoo!'s revenues took a slight dip during the third quarter — but the much-criticized company posted profits that just beat the expectations of the Wall Street guessmen, thanks in large part to the sale of jobs site HotJobs.
Cade Metz, 19 Oct 2010
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RIM boss joins queue to kick Jobs

Research in Motion co-CEO Jim Balsille ripped into Apple CEO Steve Jobs after the Cupertinian worthy took aim at RIM's BlackBerry smartphones and upcoming PlayBook tablet on Monday.
Rik Myslewski, 19 Oct 2010