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Adobe enlists tablet and cake makers to rally Flash

Adobe MAX Adobe Systems is fighting back against Steve Jobs' claims that its beloved Flash is sliding into inevitable irrelevance against HTML5 on the web.
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Intel stretches hypervisor across Xeon 5600, Freescale

Last week, chip maker and operating system wannabe Intel revved up its Wind River Linux with a version 4 update, putting a piping hot and steamy fresh Linux kernel at the heart of its cross-platform, embedded Linux platform. This week, the related Wind River Hypervisor is tweaked with a 1.2 release.
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iOS bug unlocks iPhones sans password

A recently discovered bug in Apple's iOS 4.1 allows users to make iPhone calls without first entering a passcode.
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EU to lift flight ban on carry-on liquids

The European Union has certified a liquid-detection security scanner that will allow that £20 1.75 liter bottle of Bombay Sapphire you bought at the Duty Free shop to come aboard your flight in your carry-on bag.
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Firefox engine speeds past Chrome after Jager shot

Mozilla has claimed the fastest SunSpider scores on the planet, after internal tests showed that its latest Firefox JavaScript engine — which includes the new JagerMonkey extension — outperforms both Google Chrome's V8 engine and Apple Safari's Nitro.
Cade Metz, 26 2010
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Judge tosses lawsuit from copyright troll

A federal judge has summarily shot down a lawsuit filed by a copyright enforcer that's filed more than 150 complaints against websites for quoting all or parts of articles published by a Las Vegas newspaper.
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Ms. Gates: 'Bill does not use a Mac'

Bill's better half, Melinda Gates, is no fan of Apple's magical and revolutionary tablet.
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Motorola Backflip Android smartphone

Review Motorola's embrace of Android has certainly got the company's creative juices flowing. For the Backflip it has eschewed the traditional slide-out keyboard design and cooked up something altogether new.
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House and Heroes tip up on Virgin on Demand

Virgin Media has bought in a bunch of past seasons of popular US shows - including House, Heroes, The Office (US) and 30 Rock - to its TV On demand service.
Caleb Cox, 26 2010
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Oracle's billboard bonker gets new job

Charles Phillips, ex-Oracle president, has got himself a new job at Infor.
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Ofcom caught between picts and luvvies on 600MHz

Ofcom has published responses to its digital dividend consultation, but respondents seem more interested in feathering their own nests than contributing to the future of broadcasting.
Bill Ray, 26 2010
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Twittering MP escapes with caution

Kerry McCarthy, Labour MP for Bristol East, has escaped prosecution for alleged electoral fraud.
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DARPA fashions miracle robotic attachment from balloon, coffee

Topflight robotics boffins in the States have developed a nifty new accessory that no droid should be without - a squashy "gripper" manipulator which can be fashioned out of ground coffee and a party balloon.
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Dutch police behead Bredolab botnet

Dutch police and net security organisations have teamed up to dismantle many of the command and control servers associated with the Bredolab botnet.
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Amazon gives away freebie baby virty data centres

Retailing giant and utility computing pioneer Amazon is betting that virtual servers, storage, and networking capacity are like potato chips: you can't just have one. Perhaps Amazon Web Services hopes that users will get hooked on cloudy infrastructure and won't be able to get off. At any rate, starting on 1 November, Amazon is going to give away free instances to its utility services to anyone who signs up.
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Digg slices and dices staff

News and link-sharing site Digg has cut over a third of its staff.
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KPMG to be probed over BAE accountancy

UK-headquartered but nowadays US-centred arms multinational BAE Systems faces negative headlines once again, as it has been announced that accountancy firm KPMG is to be investigated by UK regulators regarding its past performance as BAE's auditor.
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ARM still raking it in, and not just in phones

ARM has had a good quarter, powering 900 million mobile phones and 600 million other devices sold in the last three months as it expands beyond the pocket and into the world.
Bill Ray, 26 2010
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Wi-Fi starts getting chummy with its peers

The Wi-Fi Alliance has started certifying devices as being compatible with the new Wi-Fi Direct protocol. The protocol allows devices to connect to each other without an access point.
Bill Ray, 26 2010
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US builds net privacy brains trust

The US National Science and Technology Council has set up a committee to deal with internet privacy and how it can be balanced against the needs of the government and law enforcement.
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Great Scot! Wi-Fi on the Glasgow Subway

Glasgow Subway is Wi-Fi-ed up, a first for a British underground railway.
Caleb Cox, 26 2010
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HDS adds ROBO on-ramp to content platform

Hitachi Data Systems has added remote office cacheing facilities to its multi-tenant Hitachi Content Platform (HCP) archive product, and allowed tenants to sub-let with individual archive policies for the sub-lettees.
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NetApp and Fujitsu set up one-stop-shop after dedupe deal

Fujitsu and NetApp have extended a reseller partnership, marking the effective end of the Japanese firm's EMC storage hardware relationship.
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iPhoto 11 ate my library, say users

Apple fans upgrading to the latest version of iPhoto are finding that their photos are being gobbled up and spat out to god knows where.
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Equality Act causes logistics nightmare

Opinion Public authorities are having to gamble on how to try to meet the impossible demands of new equalities legislation. Authorities will have to try to second-guess a consultation process if they are to have any chance of meeting an April deadline.
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Samsung Omnia 7

Review Samsung's Omnia 7 is one of a handful of Windows Phone 7 devices that have gone on sale this month, and is certainly one of the largest owing to its impressive 4in touchscreen. Yet, there's something about the 1980s to the look of this phone.
Bill Ray, 26 2010
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Schmidt: I 'misspoke' over Street View

Google CEO Eric Schmidt today said he "misspoke" when he suggested that people who don't like pictures of their homes appearing on Street View should "just move".
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Botnet-harbouring survey fails to accounts for sinkholes

Updated Damballa has pulled its original blog post after admitting that the methodology of its botnet survey was incorrect. The security firm's analysis of active, malicious botnet command and control servers ignored the existence of deliberately established sinkholes, rendering its findings misleading.
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eBay opens Instant Sale for lazy gadget sellers

eBay is rolling out a secondhand buying service called Instant Sale for people who can't be bothered to list their unwanted gadgets for auction or through the classifieds.
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BBC Trust: Unsupportable opinions are OK

The BBC Trust has partially upheld a complaint against The Culture Show on the Digital Economy Act - but strangely ignored the most serious allegations of inaccuracy and bias.
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Expedia and friends team up to stop Google's travel play

A group of travel sites are teaming up to fight Google's proposed takeover of ITA Software.
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UK border police seize £500k from Nigerians' hand luggage

The UK's border police were patting themselves on the back today after seizing over half a million quid in cash from the hand luggage of two Nigerian men at Heathrow Airport.
Joe Fay, 26 2010
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Tesco's iPhone app gets barcode reader

Tesco has added the ability to read barcodes to its mobile shopping app - just as it did in 1999, only without bankrupting shoppers.
Bill Ray, 26 2010
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Coalition tears up net snoop plan's £2bn price tag

The coalition government has torn up figures that pegged the cost of plans by the intelligence services to store records of every online communication at £2bn.
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Android Market shows hand at 100k Apps

One hundred thousand apps are to be had on Android Market, Google declared today.
Caleb Cox, 26 2010
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Sage Pay upgrade glitch forced poor password picks

Payment provider Sage Pay is investigating a weekend upgrade that resulted in a minority of users being obliged to adopt a less secure password that only contained alphanumeric digits.
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Trucker jailed for deadly motorway gamble

A lorry driver who killed a man on the M25 by crashing into his car while using a laptop has been jailed for five years.
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Unisys hit by mainframe, services declines in Q3

The ClearPath mainframe upgrade cycle that Unisys has been enjoying for the past three quarters started to run out of steam in the third quarter, cooling off the company's revenue and profits. The top and bottom line at Unisys was also hit by declines in its various services business.
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Misfiring Kaspersky update reduces servers to a crawl

An update to Kaspersky Labs' enterprise anti-virus software inadvertently slowed Windows servers to a crawl, the Russian net security firm has admitted.
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Sony drops PSPgo price pants

Sony has dropped the UK price of the PSPgo, a download-only version of the handheld console, in plenty of time for Christmas.
Caleb Cox, 26 2010
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Top 10 Kindle books outsell dead-tree versions 2-1

Amazon's top 10 books are selling twice as many digital editions as hardback and paperback combined, although the company still isn't providing any hard figures to back up the claim.
Bill Ray, 26 2010
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Apps fuel mobile games sales bonanza

Sales of mobile games will double over the next four years to fuel a global market worth $10bn in 2014. Apps are to blame.
Caleb Cox, 26 2010
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Sony soars, sinks, soars on Apple buyout rumor

Just how volatile are the stock markets these days? How about this metric: Sony's stock shot up by 3 per cent on Monday on a totally unsubstantiated rumor that Apple was eyeing it as a takeover target.
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Google illegally divulges user searches, suit claims

Attorneys on Monday accused Google of intentionally divulging millions of users' search queries to third parties in violation of federal law and its own terms of service.
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Cray notches another XE6 super sale

Cray is getting traction with its XE6 supercomputers, launched this past May summer and first shipped at the end of July. The University of Stuttgart – which has a bunch of scalar and vector systems from IBM and NEC, as well as some hybrid machines and a baby Cray XT5m – is moving into Cray systems in a big way.
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Big Blue's Big Sam gets $10bn for bonus stock boost

Comment IBM needs to hit at least $11.40 in earnings per share for the company's top brass to get their 2010 bonuses, so on Tuesday its board of directors gave Sam Palmisano, Big Blue's president, CEO, and chairman, the means to engineer that number with a $10bn bag of cash.
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Google streaming search in 'Instant revenue boost'

Google's search revenues increased almost 2 per cent in the two weeks following the introduction of its Instant search engine, according to an independent study.
Cade Metz, 26 2010
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Hackers plant Firefox 0day on Nobel Peace Prize website

Malicious hackers have exploited an unpatched vulnerability in the latest version of Firefox to attack people visiting the Nobel Peace Prize website, a Norway-based security firm said on Tuesday.
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Super Micro cranks server sales

Because Super Micro is a motherboard baker as well as a server maker, it is a bellwhether of sorts for the whitebox server racket. And it looks like business is pretty good, if Super Micro's first quarter of fiscal 2011 is any sign.
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WebAndroidiPhone kit plugs into PayPal

Appcelerator — the outfit whose Titanium dev kit was recently freed from the threat of Jobsian destruction — has teamed with PayPal to offer a version of the kit for that dovetails with PayPal's mobile payments library.
Cade Metz, 26 2010
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Microsoft's Office ribbon hits Mac fans

Office 2011 for Mac hit retailers Tuesday with more crossover between the Apple and Windows editions than ever before — and that might not be a good thing for Microsoft.
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LimeWire (finally) dies under judge's gavel

P2P file-sharing enabler LimeWire finally lost its long-running battle against music-industry heavy hitters on Tuesday.