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How is SSL hopelessly broken? Let us count the ways

Analysis Every year or so, a crisis or three exposes deep fractures in the system that's supposed to serve as the internet's foundation of trust. In 2008, it was the devastating weakness in SSL, or secure sockets layer, certificates issued by a subsidiary of VeriSign. The following year, it was the minting of a PayPal credential that continued to fool Internet Explorer, Chrome and Safari browsers more than two months after the underlying weakness was exposed.
Dan Goodin, 11 Apr 2011
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Adobe speeds Creative Suite releases to catch tablets

Adobe Software is accelerating the delivery of new versions of its popular Creative Suite, hoping to keep up with the ever-changing mobile computing market.
Gavin Clarke, 11 Apr 2011
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Bruised Iron Mountain gives up on storage cloud

It's weird: Gartner is now Iron Mountain's news outlet and tells us that bruised Iron Mountain is giving up on its public cloud storage and closing the business down. The beleaguered company has also set up a poison pill defence against any takeover attempts.
Chris Mellor, 11 Apr 2011
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Leicester unloses key data

Leicester City Council has found the USB stick containing key codes for several thousand vulnerable residents' front doors.
John Oates, 11 Apr 2011
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Icelandic todger museum acquires human hampton

The Icelandic Phallological Museum last Friday became "probably the only museum in the world to contain a collection of phallic specimens belonging to all the various types of mammal found in a single country", when it took possession of a human penis.
Lester Haines, 11 Apr 2011
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'Thickest burglar' leaves passport at scene of raid

The Sun has hailed 48-year-old Kenneth Morgan as Britain's "thickest burglar", after he abandoned his passport at the scene of a break-in.
Lester Haines, 11 Apr 2011
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Phones 4U gets first dibs on white LG 3D phone

Phones 4U just called to say it has the exclusive on LG's autostereoscopic 3D smartphone, the Optimus 3D - in white, at least.
Hard Reg, 11 Apr 2011
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Brits won't get PSP price cut, says Sony

UK gamers aren't going to enjoy the benefits of the €50 (£44) price cut Sony has just applied to the PlayStation Portable.
Hard Reg, 11 Apr 2011
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Duke Nukem Girls give it some on video

NSFW Headline says it all. Video shows it all...
Hard Reg, 11 Apr 2011
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UK mobile punters get swift network switcheroo ability

Mobile customers can now change networks in 24 hours – if they can be bothered to negotiate the sped-up but still complicated process.
Bill Ray, 11 Apr 2011
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Corrupt bank worker jailed over Trojan-powered tax scam

A former local business manager at a bank who participated in a £3.2m self assessment tax fraud was jailed for three years and three months on Friday.
John Leyden, 11 Apr 2011
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Binary dinosaur drive found alive and breathing fire

Comment A binary dinosaur, with another 28-year-old Seagate drive inside, is still working - in an original IBM 5150 PC's expansion unit.
Chris Mellor, 11 Apr 2011
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Nude Florida man in gunfight with police SWAT robot

Vid A naked Florida man sent a police SWAT robot fleeing from his home after opening fire on the tin cop with an AK-47 assault rifle.
Lewis Page, 11 Apr 2011
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Capita makes grab for health reseller

Capita is making an offer of £15.8m for Tribal Group's health and government divisions.
John Oates, 11 Apr 2011
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Russians honour 65-metre fluorescent phallus

A Russian performance art collective has trousered a state-funded cash prize for painting a 65 metre fluorescent phallus on a St Petersburg bridge.
Lester Haines, 11 Apr 2011
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Seagate gets new global sales head

Seagate has announced a new EVP for global sales and marketing, Albert 'Rocky' Pimentel, while some doubt remains about the fate of previous incumbent Dave Mosley.
Chris Mellor, 11 Apr 2011
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Computacenter bags Apple dealer

Computacenter's German tentacle is snapping up an Apple dealer, assuming regulators do not object.
John Oates, 11 Apr 2011
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No stranger to the moleskin trouser

Stob A website called MySpace is 'in a death spiral' according to Mr Robert Scoble, who attributes this unhappy state to its being implemented using Microsoft .NET technology, and because it is headquartered in Los Angeles, where apparently there aren't enough good programmers.
Verity Stob, 11 Apr 2011
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Apple AirPlay unlocked

The cryptography Apple uses to secure AirPlay wireless media streams - and to prevent anyone easily supporting the protocol for playback - has been cracked.
Tony Smith, 11 Apr 2011
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Google calls halt on German Street View

Google has confirmed it will not be collecting any more pictures for its Street View service in Germany.
John Oates, 11 Apr 2011
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A fifth of Europeans can't work out how much a TV costs

A full 20 per cent of European consumers are too befuddled to work out which is the cheaper flat screen TV when given a choice of two*, European Commission research has found.
Joe Fay, 11 Apr 2011
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Facebook 'signs' independent social network deal with Baidu

Facebook has reportedly inked a deal with Baidu to build a social network for the People's Republic.
Kelly Fiveash, 11 Apr 2011
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HTC Android tablet priced up for Blighty's shoppers

Smartphone maker HTC's entry into the media tablet arena, the Flyer, will arrive in the UK imminently, according to Carphone Warehouse.
Tony Smith, 11 Apr 2011
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Google folds Hotpot into Places

Google is adding Hotpot functionality into Google Places, dropping the standalone service to create a single source for company information and peer reviews.
Bill Ray, 11 Apr 2011
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Nokia E7 Qwerty slider smartphone

Review The Nokia E7 is the company’s latest for phone for business and, in keeping with the styling makeover first seen on the N8, it features a sleek aluminium casing with tapered ends and a big 4in screen. Indeed, it could easily be mistaken for an N8 at first glance.
David Phelan, 11 Apr 2011
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Google hits 'prove we killed no Afghans' – Assange™

Julian Assange™, globally famous Wikileaks supremo, has claimed that his organisation is "more accountable" than democratic governments and has also claimed credit for the rise of anti-corruption sentiment in India. He also suggested that the number of Google hits generated by typing an organisation's name followed by "blood on its hands" might be a valid measure of guilt.
Team Register, 11 Apr 2011
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Punter bags 500GB SSD, finds 128MB Flash inside

Pity the poor guy who bought a very cheap external hard drive in China, only to find that there was nothing inside but a seemingly cleverly configured 128MB USB Flash key.
Tony Smith, 11 Apr 2011
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Gov denies special celeb NHS record treatment

The Department of Health has said that politicians and celebrities will not get an automatic exemption from inclusion on the NHS personal demographics service (PDS), despite reports suggesting this will be the case.
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Child protection website insecurity fixed

A member of the public was shocked to find that links to a web page used to report incidents of suspected child abuse to the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre were insecure.
John Leyden, 11 Apr 2011
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Official iSteve biography gets 2012 release

A biography about Apple boss Steve Jobs will be published in 2012 and it has the all-important official seal of approval from the man himself.
Kelly Fiveash, 11 Apr 2011
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ZTE and Ericsson go to war over patents

Ericsson and ZTE are hurling suits at each other in a full-on war over patents.
Bill Ray, 11 Apr 2011
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Level 3 pays $3bn for Global Crossing

Level 3 is acquiring fellow tier 1 network provider Global Crossing, bringing together two of the most notorious fibre-networking firms from the heyday of the dotcom boom.
Joe Fay, 11 Apr 2011
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Windows 7 gets the Star Wars treatment

Vids The Star Wars fans among you who remember Microsoft's TV punts for Windows 7...
Lester Haines, 11 Apr 2011
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US Navy laser cannon used to set boat aflame

Vid US Navy boffins last week carried out their first test of a raygun mounted on a warship, using the beam to blast a small rigid-inflatable boat and set its engines on fire.
Lewis Page, 11 Apr 2011
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GCHQ commits schoolboy security blunder

Exciting news from UK spooks at GCHQ - it's the new and improved "Guidance document on use of Smartphones in Government".
John Oates, 11 Apr 2011
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Apple to dominate tablet biz through 2015

Apple's iOS may be forecast to lose smartphone market share even to Microsoft's Windows Phone, but it will remain the leader in the media tablet arena through to 2016.
Tony Smith, 11 Apr 2011
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Teradata adds flash, denser packaging for BI appliances

Teradata wants to keep its dominant position in data warehousing and analytics, so it is picking up the technology pace to take on Oracle with its Exadata appliances and IBM with its Netezza and Smart Analytic System appliances. The company is rolling out an improved Enterprise Data Warehouse product line and a separate product that mixes disk drives and flash memory to shoot the gap between its disk-based and flash-based appliances.
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Intel does fondleslabs with Atom 'Oak Trail'

Intel has announced that it is now shipping its latest low-power platform, formerly codenamed Oak Trail, aimed squarely at Chipzilla's latest market-defining neologism: "Companion Computing".
Rik Myslewski, 11 Apr 2011
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SpyEye suspects charged over alleged banking scam

UK police have arrested three men over an alleged scam involving stealing money from online bank accounts that had been compromised using the infamous SpyEye Trojan.
John Leyden, 11 Apr 2011
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Isilon scale-out filers get processor boost

EMC's Isilon unit has revved up its product range by adding two systems that use Intel Westmere and Nehalem processors, with more than twice as much file throughput for its top-end S200 system. Big data here we come...
Chris Mellor, 11 Apr 2011
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DARPA wants secure Droids, iPads, iPhones

Sometimes it's tough being an elite high-risk Pentagon boffin. Much though the life might seem like a dream to many of us – perks of the job could include such things as hover-jeep flying cars, self-assembling floating fortresses, Matrix style cyberwar firing ranges populated by replicant sim-people etc etc – there are downsides.
Lewis Page, 11 Apr 2011
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Hack attack spills web security firm's confidential data

Try this for irony: The website of web application security provider Barracuda Networks has sustained an attack that appears to have exposed sensitive data concerning the company's partners and employee login credentials, according to an anonymous post.
Dan Goodin, 11 Apr 2011
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Brain boffins in cortex mapping breakthrough

Brain boffins at University College London have made a major breakthrough in the ongoing effort to bridge the gap between man and machine.
Rik Myslewski, 11 Apr 2011
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Microsoft accuses Google of misleading feds over app security

Microsoft has accused Google of making "misleading security claims" to the US government, as the two companies continue to spar over the use of their respective online application suites among government agencies.
Cade Metz, 11 Apr 2011
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GNOME 3: Shocking changes for Linux lovers

Review At five years in the making, and with code contributions from more than 3,500 developers, the just released GNOME 3 is not a small upgrade: it's a radical departure with an entirely new approach.
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Optus launches '3G at home' femtocell

Optus has launched Australia’s first consumer femtocell service to a chorus of shrugs and yawns.
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Overbuild threat drove NBN decision: Conroy

Australia could have had privately-built high-speed FTTN broadband, but for the roadblocks put in place by its incumbent carrier, according to an in-depth investigation into the history of the National Broadband Network by ABC programme Four Corners.
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Assange™ says Guardian claims 'completely fabricated'

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has told the Australian national broadcaster that Guardian journalists David Leigh and Luke Harding invented a quote attributed to him in the book WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange's War on Secrecy, and that he is suing The Guardian.
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KIT buys ioko for $79.4m

Video technology company KIT Digital has capped off a tech acquisition frenzy with the purchase of cloud based video provider ioko365 for US$79.4 million.
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Sony buries hatchet with GeoHot in PS3 modding case

Sony has agreed to drop a lawsuit against a hacker who published the secret key used to jailbreak the PlayStation 3, in exchange for promises he will drop all future attempts to unlock the game console.
Dan Goodin, 11 Apr 2011