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Jobs stand-in ranks iPhone over sex

Apple's acting headman Tim Cook told an investment analyst that the iPhone is more important than sex.
Rik Myslewski, 01 Mar 2011
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Morgan Stanley hit by same attackers that breached Google

Morgan Stanley was hit by a “very sensitive” breach to its network by the same attackers who penetrated computer systems maintained by Google and dozens of other companies, according to leaked emails reviewed by Bloomberg News.
Dan Goodin, 01 Mar 2011
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Retailer predicts death of Apple retail channel, eBay gets cozy with brands

Controversialist and online retailer Ruslan Kogan has caused a minor sensation by using a conference stage to say that successful bricks-and-mortar retailers are “Apple’s bitch”.
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Ex-MySQL boss plots Second Cloud Coming

Open...and Shut It's always unwise to count out Marten Mickos. The former chief executive of MySQL scored big when Sun Microsystems bought the ever-rising open-source database star for a cool $1bn, and seemed destined to bring this same Midas touch to open-source cloud computing vendor Eucalyptus Systems, the company he currently runs.
Matt Asay, 01 Mar 2011
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Woman sentenced for breaching former employer's PCs

A California woman has been sentenced to 60 days home detention and a year of probation for breaching the mail system of a former employer and posting confidential company documents to public websites.
Dan Goodin, 01 Mar 2011
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Nuance Flext9

Android App of the Week Once you have used a letter-trace keyboard like Swype or SlideIT, there really is no going back to one-letter-at-a-time typing. Sadly, Swype is only available fitted to certain phones at source but Nuance - of Dragon speech-to-text fame - has cooked up an equivalent that’s available to anyone with a handset running Android 2.1 or above and a mere three quid to spare.
Alun Taylor, 01 Mar 2011
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Patent row gets Playstation 3s banned from Europe

The long-running patent dispute between LG and Sony over Blu-Ray technology just got serious - a European court has approved a ten day ban on imports of Playstation 3s into Europe.
John Oates, 01 Mar 2011
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Bad Appler pleads guilty

The Apple procurement manager accused of grabbing kickbacks from suppliers has pleaded guilty and agreed to pay back millions of dollars.
John Oates, 01 Mar 2011
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Google blames bug for Gmail deletions

Google has blamed problems with a storage software update for a glitch that deleted an estimated 40,000 Gmail accounts.
John Leyden, 01 Mar 2011
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LaCie cues up Thunderbolt hard drive

It's easy to claim a world first, but unless you're actually shipping something, the claim is arguably worthless. Marks, then, to LaCie for not claiming to the only storage specialist to have a Thunderbolt-connected external hard drive in the works.
Tony Smith, 01 Mar 2011
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ECJ gender ruling 'could throw insurance into turmoil'

Insurance companies could have the methods they use to calculate premiums thrown into turmoil tomorrow when the European Court of Justice (ECJ) rules on whether or not they can discriminate between male and female customers.
OUT-LAW.COM, 01 Mar 2011
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Could Coraid be readying for takeoff?

Comment Coraid is that niche ATA over Ethernet (AOE) vendor that's always about to break out of its reservation but never has. That could be about to change if things we're hearing from resellers are true.
Chris Mellor, 01 Mar 2011
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Somerset council looks for cuts in Southwest One

Southwest One, a joint venture between IBM, Somerset, Taunton Deane BC and Avon and Somerset Constabulary, will be reviewed along with all of the county council's contracts in an effort to cut costs.
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Londoners warned of card skimming risk

The Metropolitan Police is warning commuters to be extra careful when buying tickets at London train and tube stations because of an increase in card skimming.
John Oates, 01 Mar 2011
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Portsmouth redefines the Olympic-sized swimming pool

Portsmouth has delivered a serious blow to attempts to have the Olympic-sized swimming pool recognised as an official unit of measurement, by shaving two inches off the standard length.
Lester Haines, 01 Mar 2011
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Intel trying a flash cache again

Intel appears set to try flash caching on the motherboard again with its Z68 chipset.
Chris Mellor, 01 Mar 2011
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Apple to launch queue-jumping service for little people

Apple is to launch a queue-jumping service for those who urgently need a genius and are prepared to pay to avoid the wait.
Bill Ray, 01 Mar 2011
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iPhone 'Death Grip' effect is real, plastic cases don't help

The so-called 'death grip' effect, in which a user's hand touching a smartphone antenna degrades its radio connections - a major issue for the iPhone 4 with its external antennae - is real and is a serious problem, according to British boffins researching the matter.
Lewis Page, 01 Mar 2011
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The job of a server is...

Workshop At its most basic, the job of a server is to process incoming data and turn it into something more useful, thereby adding value. For example, a web server will accept a request for a web page when you click on a link, search for the page and, if found, bundle up the text and images, and squirt them back the to the requester.
Manek Dubash, 01 Mar 2011
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Euro court slaps down insurers over gender risks

The European Court of Justice has ruled that insurers should not treat gender as a risk factor when assessing premiums, clearing the way for higher costs for women. And probably men.
Joe Fay, 01 Mar 2011
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Spammers exploit Internationalized Domain Names to punt penis pills

Spammers have begun taking advantage of Internationalized Domain Names as a home for penis pill portals and other spamvertised sites.
John Leyden, 01 Mar 2011
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Lenovo eyes peeper-pursuing PC controller

Do I spy with my little eye, something beginning with IT? Lenovo has redesigned the personal computer interfacing system and debuted the world's first laptop with integrated eye control.
Caleb Cox, 01 Mar 2011
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Penthouse pokes punters in eye with 3D smut

NSFW Veteran smutmonger Penthouse has announced the launch of a 3D TV service described as "the first Pan European 3D formatted adult channel".
Lester Haines, 01 Mar 2011
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BlueArc barges into the black

Hardware-accelerated and scale-out filer supplier BlueArc has made a profit for the first time in its history, on the back of record quarterly and full year revenues.
Chris Mellor, 01 Mar 2011
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Dixons prices up Motorola Android 3.0 tablet

Dixons has removed pricing and pre-order information from the Motorola Xoom page on its PC World website.
Tony Smith, 01 Mar 2011
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Kinect connect rate outstrips Sony PS3 Move

Microsoft shipped around 8m Kinect Xbox add-ons during 2010, trouncing its earlier forecast of 5m units.
Tony Smith, 01 Mar 2011
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China Unicom readies mobile OS

China Unicom is planning to launch its own mobile OS, taking on Apple and everyone else in a market presently dominated by Symbian and Ovi.
Bill Ray, 01 Mar 2011
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US trade rep bashes Baidu for 'deep linking' naughtiness

The US government has labelled Baidu - which is China's biggest search engine - a "deep linking" hub spewing out location details about where pirated content is stored online.
Kelly Fiveash, 01 Mar 2011
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Gov consults on new CCTV/ANPR Code of Conduct

The coalition government, as part of its plans to "roll back the over-intrusive powers of the State", has announced that it will remove supervision of CCTV from the remit of the Information Commissioner and establish a new Surveillance Camera Commissioner.
Lewis Page, 01 Mar 2011
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Huawei-Symantec takes big step with Force10

Huawei-Symantec is now selling storage in North America in partnership with Force10 Networks.
Chris Mellor, 01 Mar 2011
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Dell Inspiron Zino HD 410

Review With decent media streamers available for under £150 and many TVs featuring built-in network capabilities, getting content on your telly through a fully-fledged mini desktop PC might seem like a rather expensive way to do things. Still, that hasn’t stopped Dell from refining its Zino mini PC series, with the Zino HD 410 being the latest release.
Will Stapley, 01 Mar 2011
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Council busts breast milk ice cream parlour

A Covent Garden designer ice cream parlour has earned itself a bust from Westminster council for punting potentially life-threatening breast milk ice cream.
Lester Haines, 01 Mar 2011
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German 'minister for cut'n'paste' resigns over PhD plagiarism

The German defence minister has been forced to resign after being dubbed "minister for cut-and-paste" and "Baron zu Googleberg" for plagiarism while completing his PhD thesis.
Lewis Page, 01 Mar 2011
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Why do we need SANs?

Comment Why do we need SANs any more when many virtualised app and storage controller servers and virtualised storage can co-exist in a single set of racks?
Chris Mellor, 01 Mar 2011
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HBGary chief exec resigns over Anon hack

HBGary Federal chief exec Aaron Barr has resigned in a bid to allow the firm to draw a line under the continuing revelations from the Anonymous hack attack.
John Leyden, 01 Mar 2011
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SeaMicro: Intel proxy shows server moxie

SeaMicro last week announced its newest ultra-dense, ultra-low power Atom-based server solution. Our pal TPM gives it full coverage in this Reg article, but here’s the basic story.
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Surrey nudists tossed out into the cold after lease expires

A group of Surrey naturists is looking for an accommodating farmer, after their landlord refused to renew the lease on their old site.
Joe Fay, 01 Mar 2011
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Gamers raise millions for charity

It's all about charitable gaming today. Not only are millions of kids having a bash at a maths game to raise money for Unicef, but it has been revealed how many greenbacks a pay-what-you-like software bundle made, of which a third was donated to charity.
Caleb Cox, 01 Mar 2011
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HP gives 3PAR a filer head

HP has layered its Ibrix-based X9300 scale-out file storage system on top of the 3PAR arrays giving customers file storage protocol access to the 3PAR T- and F-Series arrays and their thin provisioning, autonomic management and multi-tenant facilities.
Chris Mellor, 01 Mar 2011
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Discovery team grapples ISS module

Discovery STS-133 mission specialists Mike Barratt and Nicole Stott are in the process of using the International Space Station's robotic arm to manoevre the Permanent Multipurpose Module (PMM) from the shuttle's payload bay towards its final home on the orbiting outpost's Unity node.
Lester Haines, 01 Mar 2011
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Ex-PM blocked Steve Jobs knighthood

A senior ex-MP claims Gordon Brown used his position as prime minister to block the offer of a knighthood for Apple supremo Steve Jobs.
John Oates, 01 Mar 2011
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NSPCC blurs lines as vetting debate kicks off

As debate on the future of the Vetting and Barring Scheme (VBS) gets under way, the NSPCC is demanding the right for authorities to carry on hiring and firing on the basis of uncorroborated "soft information" about employees.
Jane Fae Ozimek, 01 Mar 2011
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MS kicks off game coder compo

Microsoft has started to take registrations for its annual Dream Build Play Challenge, a contest for indie game developers to showcase their skills with the chance to win big.
Caleb Cox, 01 Mar 2011
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Natalie Portman slaps John Galliano

Oscar winner Natalie Portman has administered a righteous shoeing to fashion designer John Galliano, who has just been given his marching orders by Christian Dior after being accused of delivering a spectacularly obnoxious anti-Semitic rant.
Lester Haines, 01 Mar 2011
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IBM re-ups mainframe interface licensing with EMC

IBM would prefer to sell its own DS or XIV series of disk arrays to its System z mainframe customers, but mainframe shops sometimes have other ideas, such as buying Symmetrix DMX or VMAX arrays. And that's why Big Blue has extended an interoperability and technology licensing agreement with disk array rival EMC.
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Password management site plugs info-leak bug

Password management site LastPass has plugged a security hole in its website that created a means to extract the email addresses - though not the passwords - of enrolled users.
John Leyden, 01 Mar 2011
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The Node Ahead: JavaScript leaps from browser into future

Voxer is a walkie-talkie for the modern age, an iPhone app that lets you instantly talk across the interwebs and listen at the same time and leave voice messages if no one is on the other end and simultaneously chat with multiple people and toggle between text and voice to your heart's content. It's a real-time internet app in the extreme, and that's why it's built with a development platform most of the world has never heard of.
Cade Metz, 01 Mar 2011
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IBM scores $23.6m e-health deal

IBM has secured a $23.6m dollar contract with the National E-Health Transition Authority (NEHTA) to design and build Australia’s National Authentication Service for Health (NASH) project.
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Digislide stiffed by Austrade

South Australia tech start-up darling Digislide is embroiled in a wrangle with Austrade over denial of funding.
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Microsoft plans June Windows 8 tablet tease?

Microsoft is planning a mid-year show-and-tell of its planned Windows 8 design for tablets, according to a report citing sources inside the company.
Gavin Clarke, 01 Mar 2011
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Assange claims Jewish conspiracy against WikiLeaks

Julian Assange has claimed that WikiLeaks is the victim of an international conspiracy and smear campaign led by "Jewish" journalists, according to report citing a phone conversion with the WikiLeaks founder. But WikiLeaks challenged the accuracy of the report via its Twitter account.
Cade Metz, 01 Mar 2011
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Self-erasing flash drives destroy court evidence

The inner workings of solid state storage devices are so fundamentally different from traditional hard drives that forensic investigators can no longer rely on current preservation techniques when admitting evidence stored on them in court cases, Australian scientists said in a research paper.
Dan Goodin, 01 Mar 2011
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Fanboi rumor mill dances for iPad 2 iPad 3

The iPad 2 – or whatever Jobs & Co choose to call it – is almost certain to be unveiled on Wednesday, judging from the not-so-subtle graphic used in the invitation for the roll-out event to be held in San Francisco. And already the buzzosphere is a-buzzing about the iPad 3 and an expanded MobileMe.
Rik Myslewski, 01 Mar 2011