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Novell slaps iPhone interface on cloud control kit

Novell said it would do rapid release cycles when it launched its Cloud Manager tool back in September, and sure enough, the beleaguered (and acquired) software maker is already kicking out the 1.1 release of its cloud control freak.
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Salesforce wants some Ruby love

Dreamforce 2010 Why would a company that spent 10 years delivering CRM as a service drop $212m in cash and $27m in stock on a 30-person startup that hosts Ruby on Rails apps for devs on Amazon?
Gavin Clarke, 09 Dec 2010
LaCie XtremKey

LaCie XtremKey all-terrain USB flash drive

Review Data security can mean a lot of things, from encryption to defence against cyber attacks. There’s backing up and archiving too, but with the XtremKey, LaCie has in mind the idea that you might want to secure your data against the rough and tumble of everyday life. So if trouble follows you around, you can be assured your torrents PowerPoint presentations will be safe.
Bob Dormon, 09 Dec 2010
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Managing the Windows 7 migration

Webcast Today at 11am we have a live broadcast where we’re inviting you to share your experiences and ask the questions that you’re still pondering about Windows 7 migrations.
Phil Mitchell, 09 Dec 2010
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Feds seek 'compliance program' for US kit reseller

Two men have been charged with fencing stolen EMC equipment and wire fraud offences relating to almost a million dollars of nicked hardware. A US equipment reseller firm allegedly implicated in fencing of stolen kit also faces a landmark suspended-sentence "compliance program".
John Oates, 09 Dec 2010
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Sprint CEO admits WiMAX gamble didn't pay off

Dan Hesse has admitted that his company's gamble in investing in WiMAX hasn't paid off in providing Sprint with a first-mover advantage – even if it has turned out great for customers.
Bill Ray, 09 Dec 2010
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Has Seagate added a 1TB SFF drive to its Constellation?

Some online disk drive sites are listing a 1TB 2.5-inch Seagate Constellation drive, which shouldn't exist.
Chris Mellor, 09 Dec 2010
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Apple patches QuickTime to root out 15 ugly vulns

Apple plugged 15 vulns in its QuickTime media player earlier this week.
Team Register, 09 Dec 2010
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World of diamonds bigger than the Ritz discovered

A curious world orbiting a star 1200 light years from our own solar system could be home to diamonds of enormous, unparalleled size, say boffins.
Lewis Page, 09 Dec 2010
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Microsoft wins tasty US federal gov agency cloud contract

Microsoft secured a cloudy contract win with the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) yesterday in its latest cat-and-mouse play with rival Google to score lucrative deals with government bodies Stateside.
Kelly Fiveash, 09 Dec 2010
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Google Voice brings expectation management to Santa 2.0

Google has set up a Santa calling service, offering personalised calls from the man himself, along with Facebook and Twitter updates, as the man in the red suit goes high tech.
Bill Ray, 09 Dec 2010
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Lost ancient civilisation's ruins lie beneath Gulf, says boffin

Refugees from a lost civilisation whose ruins and relics lie submerged on the seabed deep beneath the Persian Gulf may have founded ancient, advanced Middle Eastern societies thousands of years ago in the time before the Pharaohs.
Lewis Page, 09 Dec 2010
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iPad-smuggling women pinched in China

Chinese customs caught 14 women trying to smuggle iPhones and iPads into China from Hong Kong.
John Oates, 09 Dec 2010
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Donkey Kong Country Returns

Review If Doctor Who: Return to Earth shows how weak some Wii games can be, Donkey Kong Country Returns demonstrates the exact opposite. This game is bloody good, and I really need say no more.
Tony Smith, 09 Dec 2010
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Nick Cave smashes speed camera with Jag

Australian singer, actor, writer and Kylie-killer* Nick Cave laid waste to one of Hove's speed cameras when he crashed his car into it.
Sarah Bee, 09 Dec 2010
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E-book reader demand boom near

Sales of e-book readers are going to skyrocket - but not for a few years yet. So says market watcher ABI Research, and it's conclusion is largely backed by fellow analyst Gartner.
Tony Smith, 09 Dec 2010
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Three bumps up mobile broadband contract charge

Three is pushing up the price of its broadband, applying a rather-generous inflationary rate to customers who thought they were on fixed-rate contracts.
Bill Ray, 09 Dec 2010
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Bloated US patent holder sues 9 tech companies

An Intellectual Property-gathering outfit founded by ex-Microsoft CTO Nathan Myhrvold has thrown a patent infringement sueball at nine tech companies.
Kelly Fiveash, 09 Dec 2010
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Death of ID card scheme left £6.5m of kit going begging

The government is working out what to do with £6.5m worth of kit left gathering dust after it pulled the plug on the ID card scheme earlier this year.
Joe Fay, 09 Dec 2010

Visa approves wireless payment chip

Visa has approved a microSD card for proximity payments, slotted into the BlackBerry Bold or Samsung Galaxy S, paving the way for payWave transactions on a mobile phone.
Bill Ray, 09 Dec 2010
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PARIS concocts commemorative cocktail

NSFD * The Paper Aircraft Released Into Space (PARIS) team is delighted to announce today that it has concocted a cocktail in honour both of our patron saint Paris Hilton and the heroic Playmonaut who on 28 October piloted the Vulture 1 vehicle to earth from a dizzying 89,591 feet.
Lester Haines, 09 Dec 2010
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Facebook boydroid to hand over theoretical riches to charity

Mark Zuckerberg clearly has more invisible money than he knows what to do with, given that the Web2.0 paper billionaire has agreed to offload most of his wealth to charity.
Kelly Fiveash, 09 Dec 2010
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Anonymous hackers' Wikileaks 'infowar' LATEST ROUNDUP

Online "warfare" between the friends and enemies of Wikileaks continues, with an increasing number of organisations involved.
Lewis Page, 09 Dec 2010
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Dell and Compellent are exclusive

Dell and Compellent are talking about a possible business combination.
Chris Mellor, 09 Dec 2010
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Lock and load: Birmingham launches gunfire location IT

The Safer Birmingham Partnership has begun to use communications technology developed in the US to locate the source of gunfire in the city.
Kable, 09 Dec 2010
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Wikileaks whistle-blower: Where's the money, Julian?

"There has been an unconscionable failure [in conventional journalism] to protect sources. It is those sources who take all the risks... journalists don't take their job seriously" - Julian Assange.
Andrew Orlowski, 09 Dec 2010
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Tony Smith, 09 Dec 2010
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Redstor schools the cloud with EMC's ATMOS

UK-based cloud backup provider Redstor is moving into cloud storage using EMC's Atmos hardware and software and a data centre build out programme.
Chris Mellor, 09 Dec 2010
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ICO makes mincemeat of nativity data protection piffle

The Information Commissioner’s Office (pdf) is sending a seasonal note to schools to reiterate that parents taking pics of their offspring kitted out as angels or shepherds is not a Data Protection matter.
Jane Fae , 09 Dec 2010
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Call of Duty DDoS attack police arrest teen

A 17-year-old from Manchester has been arrested by the Metropolitan Police's e-crime unit (PCeU) on suspicion of being behind a denial of service attack against the online game Call of Duty.
John Oates, 09 Dec 2010
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Amazon Kindles cash from Wikileaks

Updated Amazon's UK tentacle is selling a Kindle version of the Wikileaks documents for £7.37.
John Oates, 09 Dec 2010
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Apple turns to Intel for low-end laptop graphics

Apple is said to be gearing up to use the next generation of Intel graphics in its MacBook and - probably - MacBook Air - laptops in place of the Nvidia technology they currently use.
Tony Smith, 09 Dec 2010
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Google morphs Gmail into Microsoft backup service

Google has unveiled a service that lets businesses use Gmail as a back-up for Microsoft Exchange.
Cade Metz, 09 Dec 2010
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WikiLeaks supporters milk Twitter API in DDoS attacks

WikiLeaks supporters are milking Twitter's application programming interface to carry out attacks that have led to crippling slowdowns at MasterCard.com, Visa.com and other websites that cut off funding to the whistle-blower outfit.
Dan Goodin, 09 Dec 2010
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Flame throwing Apache flees Oracle's Java group

Updated Apache is officially quitting Java's governing body after 10 years, slamming Oracle, the JCP, and fellow JCP members in the process.
Gavin Clarke, 09 Dec 2010
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Canonical COO jumps clear after 10 months

Canonical's chief operating officer is leaving the company after less than a year, and heading to an HTML5 start up.
Gavin Clarke, 09 Dec 2010
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Google 'open' to Chrome Web Store without the Chrome bit

Update: This story has been updated with comments from Mozilla's Jay Sullivan.
Cade Metz, 09 Dec 2010
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Dutch police arrest 16-year-old WikiLeaks avenger

Dutch police said they have arrested a 16-year-old boy for participating in web attacks against MasterCard and Visa as part of a grassroots push to support WikiLeaks.
Dan Goodin, 09 Dec 2010
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MokaFive does VDI for Windows 7

MokaFive is offering an alternative to the pain and expense of migrating corporate desktops to Windows 7 with with release 3.0 of its virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) MokaFive Suite.
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Google 'Crankshaft' inspired by Sun Java HotSpot

Google's new "Crankshaft" JavaScript engine was inspired at least in part by Sun's Java Hotspot performance engine, the reengineered Java virtual machine that Sun released in 1999.
Cade Metz, 09 Dec 2010
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Steve Ballmer proposed $15bn Facebook acquisition

Microsoft's reported to have conceded it once tried to buy Mark Zuckerberg's Facebook for $15bn.
Gavin Clarke, 09 Dec 2010