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Microsoft 'sorry' as Hotmail bug hits 17,000

Microsoft has apologized, but not explained why nearly 20,000 Hotmail accounts were mysteriously emptied of their contents during the Christmas holiday.
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Micron revs flashy SSD line

Micron has revved its RealSSD C300 flash products, moving them to a smaller process technology, doubling maximum capacity, increasing performance, and christening its new line the RealSSD C400.
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AMD gooses graphics, specs first CPU/GPU mashups

CES AMD has released a new series of GPUs that it claims increases its lead in mobile graphics, and it has revealed a bit more about its Fusion line of processors.
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Canon Pixma MG-5250 Wi-Fi all-in-one inkjet printer

Review Canon has launched so many photo all-in-ones recently that only a handful of people outside Canon seem to be able to tell one from another. One thing I can say, though, is that if you go shopping for the Pixma MG-5250 to print your Christmas pics on, you shouldn’t be disappointed.
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EMC to release hot flood of unifying products

EMC will introduce VNX5000 and VNX7500 products unifying its CLARiiON and Celerra mid-range storage arrays, according to documents seen by El Reg.
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Beaver, correctly used, 'could save ecosystem', contends prof

In struggling to save endangered ecosystems, America frequently overlooks one of its most valuable resources, according to one expert. That resource is beaver.
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Ford cars get draconian parental controls

Teenagers will soon find radio shock jocks off the listings, along with loud music, speeding of any kind and wheel spins too – if Dad upgrades to Ford's MyKey system that is.
Bill Ray, 04 2011
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Blue Coat gain is Emulex loss

Steve Daheb, Emulex chief marketing officer, has jumped ship and landed the same position at Blue Coat Systems, the WAN acceleration vendor.
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BT confirms broadband upgrades for rotten boroughs

Six communities where an online poll claimed every single BT customer voted for the local exchange to be upgraded will get faster broadband, the firm has confirmed.
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US bumblebees in 'alarming' decline

US researchers have announced that numbers of four species of Stateside bumblebees have declined to the point of extinction, and have fingered a pathogen genus thought to be responsible for a similar collapse in honeybee populations worldwide as a contributory cause.
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Speed-cam stats to be published, indicates gov

The Department for Transport is proposing that councils and police will have to publish data about speed cameras.
Kable, 04 2011
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Facebook sells equity: Reportedly valued same as Tesco

Cash-loaded Goldman Sachs clients with more than $2m to wave around were told over the weekend that they would soon have the opportunity to invest in Facebook.
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Storage experts: Does size matter?

You The Expert There has been much ado about 2.5-inch, small form-factor (SFF) hard disk drives of late and how they are better than the larger 3.5-inch drives. Does size matter?
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Cowon iAudio X7 hard drive PMP

Review Hard drive media players are becoming something of rarity these days, but that hasn't stopped Cowon going down the HDD route with its latest media player, iAudio the X7, a machine pitched as much against the Apple iPod Classic as at the all-singing, all-dancing iPod Touch.
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Freshly reburied Storm zombies burst up out of graves again

Security watchers have spotted a malware-seeded spam run that bears all the hallmarks of a new generation of the infamous Storm worm.
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Rogue TV satellite brought to heel after auto reboot

Intelsat bird Galaxy 15 is responding to commands again, having exhausted its batteries over eight months of uncontrolled broadcasting, thus forcing an automatic reboot.
Bill Ray, 04 2011
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Gov gone wild: Mad new pub glasses, bread freedom introduced

Science minister David Willetts has launched a vicious January attack on the honest British pint in favour of Australian "schooners" and Continental micro-measures of wine.
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Swedish Pirate Party leader quits due to boredom

The founder and chairman of the Pirate Party, Rickard Falkvinge, has quit after five years heading up the anti-copyright political vehicle, citing boredom as one of the reasons he decided to step down.
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Small biz calls for end date on enhanced 17.5% VAT

Small business lobbyists are calling on Chancellor George Osborne to review the 2.5 per cent hike in VAT once the UK budget deficit is back under control.
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Anonymous attacks Tunisia: Zine El Abidine Ben Ali offline

A portion of 4Chan's denizens have taken it upon themselves to attack Tunisian government websites.
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Firefox ahead of IE in Europe, boosted by Chrome effect

Mozilla’s Firefox just pipped Microsoft’s Internet Explorer to the European post in December, with the open source browser grabbing slightly more market share in Europe than Redmond’s own surfing tool.
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10-year-old girl becomes youngest ever supernova discoverer

A 10-year-old Canadian girl has been crowned "the youngest person to discover a supernova" after spying the exploding star on amateur observatory images.
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Whamcloud staffs up for brighter Lustre

There were rumblings over Christmas break of some big changes in the Lustre community, an open source file project under the control of Oracle, And while no one seems to want to go on the record at the moment, insideHPC has learned that some of Oracle’s key Lustre engineers have recently joined Whamcloud.

Garmin tells iPhone users where to go

Satnav giant Garmin's first turn-by-turn navigation app for iPhone makes its debut at CES this week.
Caleb Cox, 04 2011
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Disconsolate Spanish smokers driven out into blizzard

Glum Spanish smokers have resigned themselves to the idea that the taking of tobacco will in future be done on the street, as a ban on smoking in public places came into force on 2 January.
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Captain Marvell flops out mighty flash/disk hybrid controller

Hoping to help bring affordable flash acceleration to hard disk drives, Marvell has crafted a hybrid controller that makes an SSD and hard drive duo look like a single storage pool to host systems.
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Who will rid me of these obsolete PCs?

I never would have believed that getting rid of one’s old computer gear could be the harder side of upgrades – until early last year when I bought a set of Wyse thin clients to replace an aging and mismatched desktop fleet.
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Dell engulfs security provider to Fortune 500

Dell has bought SecureWorks which provides a variety of security and compliance services to customers including 85 of the Fortune 500 companies and many banks and financial institutions.
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Hitachi GST brings out massive DVR units

Hitachi GST has introduced new drives for digital video recorders, revving its existing 3.5-inch product with doubled capacity and giving us a 50 per cent capacity increase on the 2.5-inch product. With the new 3.5-inch drive, DVRs can hold twice as many movies and TV programmes as before.
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HP Beats up its PC range

HP has refreshed its consumer notebook and desktop PC line-up for the New Year.
Caleb Cox, 04 2011
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Win 7 Mobile app marketplace DRM cracked

Security flaws in the newly-established Windows Phone 7 marketplace have led to the creation of a mechanism to strip away copy-sharing (DRM) controls.
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Enraged wives hand Pakistani polygamist vicious shoeing

A Pakistani polygamist copped a righteous shoeing from two of his three known wives, who alleged that he'd already had a clandestine fourth other half and was planning to tie the knot for a fifth time.
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DRAM prices plunging into 2011

If you are out shopping for a server or a PC, you're going to be able to buy a box with considerably more memory than you could a year ago. With DRAM prices expected to fall through 2011, the longer you wait to buy, the more memory you are going to get for the money.
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Opera in touchable tablet browser peep show

Opera has unveiled a touchable incarnation of its web browser designed specifically for tablets and netbooks.
Cade Metz, 04 2011
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PHP apps plagued by Mark of the Beast bug

Web developers are in a lather following the discovery of a bug in the PHP programming language that causes computers to freeze when they process certain numerical values with large numbers of decimal places.
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Amazon preps Kindleware for Android, Windows tablets

Amazon is prepping Kindleware for Android and Windows tablets.
Cade Metz, 04 2011
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Microsoft powers up 'wallless' data center

Microsoft will soon fire up a state-of-the art data center in its home state of Washington, after receiving a tax break from local politicos.
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Ubisoft eases PC DRM (a little)

DRM checks on Ubisoft Games appear to have changed - gamers can now play titles like Assassins Creed 2 without a constant internet connection.
Caleb Cox, 04 2011
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Microsoft confirms code execution bug in Windows

Microsoft has confirmed reports that several versions of Windows are vulnerable to exploits that allow remote attackers to take full control of users' computers using booby-trapped emails and websites.
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Reseller's VAR two-step lands Oz upside

Master reseller Avnet has sold an American value-added reseller it landed through last summer's acquisition of Bell Microproducts while snapping up another to deliver greater leverage in the Australian IT market.
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Ex-IBM channel marketeers turn hired guns

Some high-level ex-IBMers have ganged up to create a virtual channel marketing department that IT vendors can hire to either augment or replace their own marketing efforts.