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Microsoft+IE9: Holier than Apple open web convert?

It is a remarkable turnaround. Microsoft, the company that more than any other was responsible for freezing web standards by first killing the browser competition and then failing to update its browser for five years, has come out with a browser that is - at the very least - decent.
Tim Anderson, 21 Mar 2011
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How to slay a cellphone with a single text

Attacks that crash most older cellphones are frequently compounded by carrier networks that send booby-trapped text messages to the target handset over and over. In other cases, they're aided by a “watchdog” feature embedded in the phone, which takes it offline after receiving just three of the malformed messages.
Dan Goodin, 21 Mar 2011
Sapphire Edge HD

Sapphire Edge HD

Review Looking more like a router than a PC, Sapphire’s Edge-HD makes the recently-reviewed Zino HD 410 from Dell look positively huge. Sapphire rather hesitantly states that it “believes” the Edge-HD to be the smallest PC in the world. Whether or not it’s a world-beater is therefore up for debate, but with dimensions of 193 x 148 x 22mm it most certainly is small.
Will Stapley, 21 Mar 2011
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Can telephony and IT work together?

Webcast Today at 11am Darren Stone from West Yorkshire Fire Service explains how his burning ambition to use communication technology rescued his organisation. Management problems for multiple devices meant he was constantly putting out fires in IT, answering emergency calls from his staff and sliding down the slippery pole towards mediocrity.
Phil Mitchell, 21 Mar 2011
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Intel eyes up HP chief for top job

Intel is looking to build up its executive ranks and is apparently willing to look outside of the chip company's own walls to find some new top brass to compete for the top jobs that president and chief executive officer, Paul Otellini, will vacate in five years or so.
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Google blames China for Gmail problems

Problems with Gmail in recent weeks are the result of increased snooping by the Chinese government terrified that recent revolutions in north Africa will somehow spread east.
John Oates, 21 Mar 2011
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Fans face freezing Apple MacBook Pros

A fair few buyers of Apple latest generation of 15in and 17in MacBook Pros have begun complaining that their new machines are locking up when asked to perform a task that sets the second-gen Intel Core i CPU racing.
Tony Smith, 21 Mar 2011
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Microsoft Kinect hacked to control the PS3

Microsoft's Kinect motion control tech continues its never-ending mod journey - into the realm of PlayStation 3.
Caleb Cox, 21 Mar 2011
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System failure blamed for increasing data breach costs

System failure has replaced negligence as the single biggest source of data breaches involving UK firms, the cost of which rose for the third successive year.
John Leyden, 21 Mar 2011
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After the mad rush to virtualise, what then?

Cloud Those of us who have set up local clouds had to go through a transition period; some systems dedicated, some systems virtualised. For many, running a mix of dedicated and virtual systems proved advantageous.
Trevor Pott, 21 Mar 2011
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SpectraLogic adds tape 'validation' to fight silent decay peril

Silent decay: it's the nightmare hinted at by drive array vendors when they talk about tape libraries. How do you know the restore is going to work, they ask? Some don't.
Chris Mellor, 21 Mar 2011
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Busted Romanian TV star fingers Bulgarian airbags

Romanian television personality Simona Suhoi, aka Simona Sensual, has firmly fingered her Bulgarian airbags as the cause of a serious affront to local traffic laws.
Lester Haines, 21 Mar 2011
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Fukushima: Situation improving all the time

Events at the quake- and tsunami-stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear powerplant in Japan went well at the weekend, with two reactors there successfully brought into cold shutdown under off-site power, power lines hooked up to other cores being cooled using seawater and some progress in refilling spent-fuel storage pools. Initial food sampling from the region around indicates that no significant quantities of hazardous radioisotopes have escaped from the plant.
Lewis Page, 21 Mar 2011
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Firefox 4 gets yet another final test build release

Mozilla squeezed out a second Release Candidate version of Firefox 4 over the weekend, just days before the open source outfit's planned final browser code splurge on 22 March.
Kelly Fiveash, 21 Mar 2011
Lord of the Rings: Extended Edition Blu-ray

Extended Lord of the Rings Blu-rays to hit Blighty

Fans of the Lord of the Rings saga will be eager to know the Blu-ray version of the Extended Edition of the trilogy will be released in the UK on 28 June.
Caleb Cox, 21 Mar 2011
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Nokia's Mobile Money roll-out bankrolled by Indian bank

Nokia's mobile banking project Mobile Money is now being backed by the Union Bank of India, and plans to roll out across the country in the next few months.
Bill Ray, 21 Mar 2011
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BAA outhouses 200 IT workers over to Capgemini

BAA has inked a five-year £100m deal with outsourcing outfit Capgemini.
Kelly Fiveash, 21 Mar 2011
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Osborne urged to end islands VAT-holiday by small-biz group

Chancellor George Osborne should end the right of companies to import low-value items VAT-free from the Channel Islands and do something to reduce petrol and diesel prices, says a small-biz body.
John Oates, 21 Mar 2011
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Hamburg vice girls to be serviced by cable car

Hamburg city officials are mulling a proposal to build a cable car between the city's Wilhelmsburg district and the St Pauli "entertainment district", thereby handily linking the site of the International Garden Show (IGS) with the Reeperbahn's brothels.
Lester Haines, 21 Mar 2011
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Dutch courts: Wi-Fi 'hacking' is not a crime

A Dutch court has ruled that hacking into Wi-Fi connections is not a crime providing any connected computers remain untouched. However Wi-Fi freeloaders would still lay themselves open to civil proceedings.
John Leyden, 21 Mar 2011
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Porsche punts e-car pre-orders

Porsche is now taking orders for its plug-in hybrid 918 Spyder sportscar, if you have €645,000 (£562,000) lying around.
Tony Smith, 21 Mar 2011
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Interwebs stunned by musical atrocity

I'd really like to thank the Beeb this afternoon for flagging up Rebecca Black's Friday, which has become a bit of a hit down at iTunes despite provoking the desire to tear your ears off with pliers.
Lester Haines, 21 Mar 2011
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Apple finalises first iOS 4.3 update

Apple will update iOS 4.3 to 4.3.1 within a week or two, it has been claimed.
Tony Smith, 21 Mar 2011
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Will world universities step to cluster challenge?

The April 15th team- application deadline for the SC11 Student Cluster Competition (SCC) is fast approaching. The SCC pits eight university teams from around the globe against one another in Seattle (site of Supercomputing 2011 - or SC11) to compete for clustering glory.
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Cray to build huge, grunting 20-petaflop 'Titan' for US gov labs

Oak Ridge National Laboratory, one of the big supercomputer centers funded by the US Department of Energy, has tapped Cray to build a monster cluster that will weigh in at 20 petaflops when it is completed next year.
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Big union loving for AT&T's T-Mobile plan

AT&T's acquisition of T-Mobile USA will attract huge scrutiny, and the battle for public opinion is already underway, but if the deal is rejected, it won't be T-Mobile which suffers.
Bill Ray, 21 Mar 2011
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Tumblr blames human error for 'minor' security breach

Blogging platform tumblr has downplayed the significance of a security breach over the weekend.
John Leyden, 21 Mar 2011
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Google cops €100k French spank in Street View slurp outrage

French privacy watchdogs have hit Google with its very first fine for allowing its Street View cars to snoop on citizens' Wi-Fi data.
John Oates, 21 Mar 2011
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MoD rejects Gaddafi low-flying aircraft complaint

In a serious blow to Libya's Muammar Gaddafi, the Ministry of Defence has moved to prevent the tyrant whining about low-flying RAF aircraft.
Lester Haines, 21 Mar 2011
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When dinosaurs mate: AT&T and Deutsche Telekom

Soon there may be only once place to go for Americans who want to use their phone abroad: the monopoly GSM supplier will be AT&T Wireless. This is not just any old monopoly, though. It has a special place in American infamy.
Andrew Orlowski, 21 Mar 2011
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Google plugs new-age telephony into US carrier phones

Google has teamed with US wireless carrier Sprint to integrate the carrier's cell phones with Google Voice – the new-age telephony web service that lets you attach a single number to multiple phones, turn your voicemail messages into emails, send free texts, make free domestic calls, and dial international numbers on the cheap.
Cade Metz, 21 Mar 2011
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PHP.net breach: Concern over safety of source code

Maintainers of the PHP programming language spent the past few days scouring their source code for malicious modifications after discovering the security of one of their servers had been breached.
Dan Goodin, 21 Mar 2011
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Oracle puts out Solaris 11 compatibility tester

The Oracle Technology Network Garage – the blog where system administrators and developers hang out in the World According to Larry – has announced that the software giant has put out a tool to help customers figure out if their Solaris applications will be compatible with the upcoming Solaris 11.
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Dell erects data centers in '10 countries'

Dell is building data centers in as many as ten countries across the globe, including a facility in Australia.
Cade Metz, 21 Mar 2011
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Chinese man jailed for provoking nuke panic

A Chinese man has copped 10 days in jail and a 500 yuan ($76) fine for redistributing a fake radiation warning he picked up on the internet.
Lester Haines, 21 Mar 2011
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Fukushima explained in crap cartoon

Those of you've who've struggled over the past week or so to understand just what's happening down at Japan's Fukushima nuke plant should seek enlightenment from this video, evidently aimed at kids but just as handy for fact-starved, fearful parents:
Lester Haines, 21 Mar 2011
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Proposed NBN 'retail restraint' law is bad for everyone

Comment On the face of it, the Liberal Party is showing a laudable determination to ensure that NBN Co – the government-owned corporation set up to build, own and operate Australia's National Broadband Network – doesn't cut out the existing retail market by selling directly to customers.
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Aus gamers set to get adult rating?

The Tasmanian Government is backing a federal government plan to introduce an R18+ classification scheme for computer games.
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Eclipse sings open-web tune: No framework, no problem

Eclipse Foundation executive director Mike Milinkovich wants to make one thing perfectly clear: Project Orion is not Eclipse.
Gavin Clarke, 21 Mar 2011
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Microsoft sues trio over Androidian book reader

Microsoft is suing Barnes & Noble, Invetec, and Foxconn International over alleged patent infringements by the Android-based Nook e-reader sold by Barnes & Noble.
Gavin Clarke, 21 Mar 2011