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Firefox fans get IE-happy AJAX testing tools

JavaScript coders targeting Firefox can now test their apps with free tools that started life serving the developers on Microsoft's once mighty Internet Explorer.
Gavin Clarke, 30 Mar 2011
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Labour MP debuts fondleslab-assisted Parliament oratory

Labour MP and doyenne of all things digital Kerry McCarthy inadvertently made history Monday evening by becoming the first British politician to read a speech from an iPad in Parliament.
Rik Myslewski, 30 Mar 2011
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Nokia deal to 'rocket Windows Phone 7 past iPhone'

By 2015, Windows Phone 7 will power 37 per cent more smartphones than Apple's iPhone, according to the prognosticators at International Data Corporation (IDC).
Rik Myslewski, 30 Mar 2011
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Bowers and Wilkins Zeppelin Air speakers

Review From a company whose flagship speakers will set you back £18k, but at least you get two of them, B&W’s first iPod dock was met with high expectations when it was released back in 2008. Indeed, the Zeppelin quickly established itself as the model to beat in terms of distinctive styling and sound quality. The latest model is called the Zeppelin Air, as it includes Apple’s AirPlay streaming technology, but it’s also had a ground-up refit, with new electronics and speakers throughout.
Dave Oliver, 30 Mar 2011
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Data centres gripped by power struggle

Cloud Data centre efficiency is a constant struggle. Choosing the right system for your required tasks is one challenge. Upgrade cycles cause power and heat issues. Existing techniques are continually refined. Combined with emerging technologies, optimal efficiency is a moving target.
Trevor Pott, 30 Mar 2011
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Dixons whacked by profit warning

Dixons shares took a tumble this morning after the UK's favourite electrical retailer warned markets it was unlikely to hit profit targets for the year.
John Oates, 30 Mar 2011
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Twittering NASA 'naut's Moon snap honoured

NASA astronaut Doug Wheelock has been honoured for his contribution to the Twitterverse with a Shorty Award for the "best Real-Time Photo of the Year".
Lester Haines, 30 Mar 2011

Network failure closed hospitals to ambulance admissions

University College London hospitals trust (UCLH) has launched an investigation after a network glitch led to the closure of A&E to blue light traffic. The problem also led to cancellations of operations.
Kable, 30 Mar 2011
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Air NZ safety vid provokes terror in the skies

Those of you of a nervous disposition are advised to put your head between your hands, lean forward and brace yourselves on the seat in front of you, because Air New Zealand has decided that naked cabin crew simply weren't getting the attention of the self-loading cargo:
Lester Haines, 30 Mar 2011
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Watch amazed as we turn data into Visualisation

Broadcast Today at 15:00BST we’ll be in our studio exploring the visualisation techniques available and looking at how they should be applied in your business - from basic applications to highly sophisticated mapping techniques that can revolutionise the understanding of your business. You can watch it right here.
Phil Mitchell, 30 Mar 2011
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Permabit looks to Linux dedupers

OEM deduplication software supplier Permabit has built an Albireo version for Linux vendors to use, as the mainstream storage OEM market for its technology is saturated.
Chris Mellor, 30 Mar 2011
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BP loses personal details on spill victims

Infamously leaky oil company BP has lost a laptop containing personal information, social security numbers and other details on 13,000 people claiming compensation for the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
John Oates, 30 Mar 2011
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George Lucas 'very happy' with 3D Phantom Menace

George Lucas has announced his satisfaction with the efforts to date to convert The Phantom Menace to 3D.
Lester Haines, 30 Mar 2011
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Jesus Phone brings the DEAD back to LIFE

When doctors are attempting to save the life of someone who has suffered a heart attack, they do a better job if they use a free iPhone app developed to brief them through procedures and drug dosages, according to a recent trial.
Lewis Page, 30 Mar 2011
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Gemalto launches NFC software - world sees hardware

Gemalto's new software platform can handle NFC payments on the SIM and is approved for MasterCard's PayPass - but that's less than half the NFC story no matter what you read elsewhere.
Bill Ray, 30 Mar 2011
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Coalition to float prototype for single government web domain

UK.gov is once again fiddling with the idea that a single government web domain will save cash and improve its shoddy IT strategy record.
Kelly Fiveash, 30 Mar 2011
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Berlusconi calls George Clooney to his defence

Silvio Berlusconi has named George Clooney as a defence witness in his forthcoming trial for sleeping with an under-aged prostitute, Reuters reports.
Lester Haines, 30 Mar 2011
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Game stocks shops with Tesco 3DS consoles

As pre-owned 3DS consoles line the shelves of Game, customers could be forgiven for thinking Nintendo gamers were unsatisfied with their purchase.
Caleb Cox, 30 Mar 2011
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Nokia: Keep codin' for Symbian and Qt!

Is Nokia wobbling over its commitment to Windows? Or just stringing along the Symbian and Qt faithful?
Gavin Clarke, 30 Mar 2011
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NASA systems dangerously at risk from cyberattack

An official audit of NASA's network has concluded that the space agency faces a high risk of cyberattack.
John Leyden, 30 Mar 2011
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Five ways your customers say they are unhappy

In some sectors – mobile networks or car insurance, for example – customer churn is a way of life. Most businesses like to hang onto their customers, but sometimes, although wooed with expensive marketing campaigns and introductory discounts, customers don’t leave a note on the kitchen table or phone for a tearful it’s-not-you-it’s-me conversation: they just leave.

BBC explains hour-long website outage

The BBC's entire web estate fell offline last night for around an hour, following what the Corporation described as "a major network incident".
Kelly Fiveash, 30 Mar 2011
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Human heart could power an iPod

Scientists have developed the first commercially viable nanogenerator, which could pave the way for the human heart to become a charger for our electrical gizmos.
Caleb Cox, 30 Mar 2011
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Dell, Rackspace, and Equinix float free OpenStack test cloud

Dell, Rackspace and Equinix have teamed up to offer you a few free dates with OpenStack, the nine-month-old open source "infrastructure cloud" platform. If you decide to tie the knot, you can then pay the trio to help with that too.
Cade Metz, 30 Mar 2011
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Irish cop child abuse image plan attracts data protection ire

An initiative to combat child abuse images by the Irish Police has fallen foul of the Data Protection Commissioner.
Jane Fae Ozimek, 30 Mar 2011
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Corporate hospitality is OK, says new Bribery Act guidance

The Bribery Act will not lead to a large number of prosecutions and will not outlaw corporate hospitality, the Government has said in long-awaited guidance on last year's Bribery Act.
OUT-LAW.COM, 30 Mar 2011
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The workload challenge

Broadcast The mainframe was there first, but is it the dinosaur that many people assume?
Phil Mitchell, 30 Mar 2011
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FBI asks for help to crack mystery code in 12-year-old murder case

FBI experts are seeking the help of the public to make sense of two encrypted notes found on a murder victim that have stumped detectives for years.
John Leyden, 30 Mar 2011
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Crysis 2

Review Where Crysis shifted the paradigm of photorealism for a lucky monster-rig owning few – while power slamming the nail into the coffin of my creaking 9800 Pro – Crysis 2 is a far more forgiving beast.
Andrew Bailey, 30 Mar 2011
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Three UK finally turns a profit

Three UK has finally turned a profit in the UK in its eighth year of operation – with some help from a network-sharing agreement with Everything Everywhere, after parent company Hutchison Whampoa reported its annual results.
Andrew Orlowski, 30 Mar 2011
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Cisco dispenses Nexus rack switch for speed freaks

The product update drum keeps beating out its time at Cisco Systems, with new Nexus converged switches coming out the factory door. Cisco, which fancies itself a server maker these days, is also getting the jump on its peers in talking about the servers it plans to put in the field using Intel's future "Westmere-EX" Xeon E7 high-end processors.
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Messenger delivers first Mercury orbital snap

NASA's Messenger has returned the first photograph taken by a spacecraft circling Mercury, a tad under two weeks after it went into orbit around the solar system's innermost planet.
Lester Haines, 30 Mar 2011
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Cisco fleshes out FCoE offering

Cisco has fleshed out is Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) offering with an end-to-end-capability from servers to storage arrays and back again via Nexus and MDS9500 switches.
Chris Mellor, 30 Mar 2011
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German Green extracts tracking info from mobile operator

A German Green Party member has successfully extracted the tracking information stored by his mobile operator, and created a map that shows his every movement over a six month period.
Bill Ray, 30 Mar 2011

Tesla Motors sues BBC for defamation

Tesla Motors has filed libel a suit against the BBC, accusing Top Gear of defamation.
Caleb Cox, 30 Mar 2011
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Comodo admits 2 more resellers pwned in SSL cert hack

Comodo has admitted a further two registration authorities tied to the digital certificates firm were hit by a high-profile forged digital certificate attack earlier this month.
John Leyden, 30 Mar 2011
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Oracle and the Attack of the Killer Stack

Comment Oracle will have to look more like HP and HP will have to look more like Oracle.
Chris Mellor, 30 Mar 2011
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Stop sexing up IT and give Civil Servants Macs, says gov tech boss

The man in charge of the government's IT efficiency drive has told MPs that Whitehall should use more Apple Macs while castigating the previous government for trying to sex-up IT projects.
Joe Fay, 30 Mar 2011
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Cloud music lockers: who fricking cares?

I have seen amazing music services that never launched because of music company collywobbles. No one would call Amazon's Cloud Drive locker, launched yesterday, an amazing music service. Or even a quite good one. To be honest, it barely deserves to be called a "service" – it's really more of an afterthought.
Andrew Orlowski, 30 Mar 2011
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Gartner raises 2011 IT spending prognostications

The wizards at market researcher Gartner have spent the past few weeks polishing their crystal balls, and now think the IT spending environment will be a bit better than they had originally expected.
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Google gets biennial privacy audit after Buzz blunder

Google has agreed with the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to undergo regular privacy audits for the next 20 years, after bolting its ill-conceived Buzz social network on to Gmail in early 2010 without first seeking the consent of its users.
Kelly Fiveash, 30 Mar 2011
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Carrier-sold iPad 2 Sim locks snag unwary buyers

Buying an iPad 2 from a network operator - or one of its third-party resellers - comes at a price beyond the cost of the data contract and the hardware, it seems: the 'magical... again' gadgets are Sim-locked.
Tony Smith, 30 Mar 2011
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VMware corks hypervisor security hole

Server and PC virtualization juggernaut VMware has issued a patch for the Workstation hypervisor that plugs a privilege-escalation hole on machines that use Linux as the host environment for the hypervisor.
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Microsoft cofounder Allen unloads on Gates

St. Bill Gates, latter-day savior of philanthropy, has been recast as an alpha geek in a memoir penned by fellow Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen.
Gavin Clarke, 30 Mar 2011
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Vote compass unmasks Canadian political opinion

Canada is gearing up for another federal election and The CBC – Canada’s state-owned broadcaster – has released an online tool to help the undecided.
Trevor Pott, 30 Mar 2011
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Harvey Norman warms to etail

Australian retail Luddite Gerry Harvey has reversed his anti etailing stance, and has announced that he will launch an online retail store.
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Mobile ads wither in January

Australian smartphone adoption is booming, yet the mobile ad market took a serious dive in January. According to a report from global ad network InMobi, Australian mobile ad impressions dropped by 18 per cent in January compared to October 2010.
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Microsoft: IE9 not yet 'broadly' available

With Internet Explorer 9 having lost the early download PR war to Firefox 4.0, Microsoft now claims the numbers are unimportant and that it's the "long game" that counts.
Gavin Clarke, 30 Mar 2011
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Verizon boosts 'selected' US backbones to 100G

Verizon has announced that it will be the first service provider to pump "selected segments" of its US long-haul backbone to 100 Gigabit Ethernet speeds, using Juniper Networks routers and Ciena coherent optical-processing gear.
Rik Myslewski, 30 Mar 2011
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Gloves off on Australia's NBN: Turnbull articulates policy

Telecommunications policy-watchers in Australia have a clear articulation of the federal opposition’s position and plans, after communications spokesman Malcolm Turnbull addressed a Sydney conference on Wednesday.
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Google to NASA: Open source will not kill you

Google open source guru Chris DiBona has called on NASA to use more open source code in its aerospace program, urging the government agency to test free software in unmanned flights and "blow-up some robots."
Cade Metz, 30 Mar 2011
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Is Samsung imitating Sony?

If this is true, it could be the stupidest thing any laptop manufacturer has ever done: NetworkWorld is reporting the discovery of keyloggers on brand-new Samsung laptops.
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Dell, HP badmouth Apple's iPad

A top Dell marketeer says that Apple's "magical and revolutionary" fondleslab is doomed to enterprise irrelevancy, and an HP senior vice president blasted Apple's partner policies as being "just absurd."
Rik Myslewski, 30 Mar 2011
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Google unleashes (another) Facebook knock-off

Google has unveiled its latest answer to Facebook, and as it turns out, the long-rumored Google +1 project is a shameless knock-off of the Facebook "Like" button.
Cade Metz, 30 Mar 2011