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Adobe warns of attacks exploiting critical Flash flaw

Adobe has promised to update its Flash media player to patch a critical vulnerability that is being exploited in targeted attacks to install malware on end user machines.
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IBM juices Power7 chips for midrange workhorse server

Almost precisely a year ago, IBM began the rollout of its Power7-based blade servers in the wake of Intel's Xeon 5600 and 7500 processor launches. And Big Blue is counterpunching Intel on blades and midrange machines again, with an expanded Power Systems blade server lineup and a speed bump for its workhorse Power 750 box.
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Panasonic beefs up 3D video camera

Panasonic has introduced an upgraded version of last year's breakthrough integrated-lens 3D video camera, and will send that now-superceded model into space.
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HP opens app fluffing school

What applications running in your data center are suitable for moving from physical to cloudy infrastructure? Do you know how to fluff your apps to run on a cloud? Hewlett-Packard is betting that at least some CIOs out there are willing to pay to have this all sorted out.
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Nissan Leaf electric car

First Look You'll either love the Nissan Leaf's look or hate it, but as the UK's first mass-market e-car - if you can call 500 or so vehicles, all pre-sold, a readily available product - it doesn't deserve ignoring for its Micra-on-the-rack exterior.
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Gov won't force publishers to hand paywalled content to libraries

The UK Government has scrapped plans to force publishers to place a copy of paid-for online content in legal deposit libraries for the public to access for free.
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Can Bing ride IE and WinPho to Google triumph?

Next month marks the two-year anniversary of Microsoft's assault on Fortress Google.
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Facebook photo-tagging trick used to lure emo kids to survey scam

Facebook survey scammers, the hardest-working crooks in cybercrime, are exploiting Facebook's loosely-controlled photo-tagging technology to develop more attention-grabbing scam lures.
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US lawyer's email not creative enough for copyright protection

A lawyer's email was not creative enough to be protected by copyright laws, a US court has ruled.
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Some Windows tools to manage the desktop estate

Desktop Most businesses are pulling their IT team in two directions at the same time. We want instant access to information for improved productivity - and we want regulatory compliance. We want the economies of cloud, virtualisation and managed desktops - and we want business mobility.
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Space flutes salute Yuri Gagarin

NASA astronaut Cady Coleman and Jethro Tull founder Ian Anderson hooked up late last week to pay homage to Yuri Gagarin when they whipped out their flutes for "the first space-Earth duet".
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Android App of the Week The one feature of iOS that beats Android like a red-headed stepchild is the music player. Hardly surprising given Apple’s experience with media player UIs, but that still doesn’t excuse just how basic the Android alternative is, or how unimpressive the efforts of the various Android phone makers have been.
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Second Call of Duty: Black Ops mission pack out next month

Call of Duty: Black Ops will get its second stash of downloadable content on 3 May, although PlayStation 3 owners will not be allowed to go on the mission.
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Mind the gap!

Webcast When it comes to security we seem start out with the best intentions and have Fort Knox protecting our applications, data and interactions.
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Facebook twins lose court case

The creepy Winklevoss twins have lost an appeal against an earlier settlement with Facebook which gave them $20m in cash and $45m in Facebook shares.
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HPC SAN whiz moves into files

Big file data has attracted another supplier: Data Direct Networks (DDN), which has added a network-attached storage (NAS) product alongside its high-performance computing SAN storage arrays.
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Cloudera cranks out fresh Hadoop distro

Cloudera has released a third version of its open source Hadoop distribution, boasting that the distro tightly integrates several other Apache-licensed projects designed to run in tandem with the distributed number-crunching platform.
Cade Metz, 12 2011
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Ozaki iCoat Bubble iPhone 4 case

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Nvidia: 'old' tablet development kit won't get Android 3.0

Anyone who owns an Nvidia-based media tablet and is hoping to run Android 3.0 Honeycomb on it at some point in the future may yet be disappointed, it seems.
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Amazon splatters ads to cut Kindle price

Amazon is offering an advertising-subsidised version of its flagship Kindle, putting adverts on the idle screen and main menu in exchange for a $25 discount on the hardware.
Bill Ray, 12 2011
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Security researcher warns over Dropbox authentication security flaw

Attackers able to get their hands on a Dropbox configuration file would be able to access and download any files a user synchronises through the service without betraying any signs of compromise, a security researcher has discovered.
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NASA hangs bunting for shuttle anniversary

NASA is gearing up to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the first shuttle launch later today at Kennedy Space Center, and administrator Charles Bolden will take centre stage to announce just where the surviving orbiters will finally be put on public display.
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Upgrade-hungry office drones ponder PC prangs

Want a new work computer? Wait until the boss isn't looking then take a hammer to the one you have now.
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Nokia gets touchy-feely with two new Symbians

Nokia says it wants to sell 150 million Symbian phones before the venerable OS is finally shunted off to the knacker's yard, and it unveiled two new models today that the Finns hope will bring that target nearer. Both feature a new "Anna" revision to Symbian OS.
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Wacom joins the iPad pen party

Not everyone wants to prod 'Pad with pinky, as various stylii have surface to enable drawing and note taking on Apple’s popular fondleslab. It's an approach that Steve Jobs presumably wanted to avoid given his view of the Newton as "that scribble thing". Yet a new arrival to the iPad's stationery cupboard is graphics tablet maker Wacom, with its announcement of the Bamboo Stylus.
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UK PC sales plunged in Q1

Brits aren't buying so many computers these days, but they are taking to tablets.
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Indonesian anti-smut MP caught ogling filth

An Indonesian MP who was instrumental in passing the country's controversial and tough anti-pornography law fell on his sword yesterday after being caught ogling smut in parliament.
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'I own half of Facebook', says New York fuel salesman

New York firewood salesman Paul Ceglia filed a revised complaint against Facebook yesterday, in which the claimant said he had evidence that showed he was entitled to ownership of half of the social network.
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Ten... 40-42in net connected HD TVs

Product Round-up If you’re looking to get the biggest bang for your thin-screen buck, then the 40-42in TV category is the sweet spot. It’s here that the most competitive price points jostle with bleeding edge features.
Steve May, 12 2011
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App streaming vs installation: what's best when

Desktop Effective desktop management isn't just about working with operating systems – it's also about managing the applications your users are using.
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iPhone 5? You might be waiting till 2012

Apple fans may have to wait till next year before they can junk their iPhone 4s in favour of iPhone the Fifth.
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Avast alert finds WHOLE WEB malign

Major freebie anti-virus scanner Avast has apologised for a cock-up defining the vast majority of the web as malign.

Air cooled data centres are hot!

Air cooling in the automotive world has practically disappeared, with the last major hold-out - Porsche - having moved to water-cooling its cars' engines more than 10 years ago in order to reduce emissions.
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Red Dwarf to blast off on new adventure

The cast of Red Dwarf are poised to reunite for a new series of the cult TV sci-fi series, twelve years after the spacecraft finally ran out of fuel on the BBC.
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Indie music scores class action victory

Self-styled digital "copyfighters" love to think they're doing good by battling the "evils" of major record companies. But as with most things on the web, it's empty talk. When there's a real battle on, they're nowhere to be found.
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Quantum automates tape media checking

Quantum has built on its i6000 library tape MeDIA scanning function with an enhanced Extended Data Life Management (EDLM) feature to automatically migrate data from doubtful tapes.
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Virgin preps step-down Tivo box

Virgin Media will release a lower-capacity version of its Tivo-based cable box next month.
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Mummy, mummy, there's a nuclear monster!

The total non-story of the Fukushima nuclear powerplant "disaster" – which has seen and will see no deaths or measurable health consequences for anyone anywhere – has received a shot in the arm today with the news that Japanese authorities have upgraded the incident to a Level 7 on the nuclear accident scale.
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Cisco shuts Flip

So, farewell then, Flip. Cisco, the networking giant which bought the YouTube-friendly camcorder family in March 2009, today said it is ditching the product line.
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Cisco Flips consumer unit out with trash

Selling digital gadgets to consumers and breaking into the server racket, all the while alienating some of the server-makers who were pushing Cisco Systems networking gear, has been tough on Cisco's profits in recent quarters. And the restructuring that the networking giant has announced is an admission that things are not going as planned.
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HDS boss submits to Infosmack grilling

Episode 94 Each year in April, the storage industry swarms to an American watering hole, some say to breed. Other say they are hanging at Storage Networking World. Who knows what's right?
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World pays tribute to Yuri Gagarin

The world is today paying tribute to Yuri Gagarin, who 50 years ago became the first man in space.
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Microsoft promises not-quite-as-much Street View

Microsoft has started collecting images for its version of Google Street View which will be included on Bing's maps in a service called 'Streetside'.
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PARIS team raises pint to Yuri Gagarin

It won't have escaped your notice that today marks the 50th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin's historic first manned space flight.
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VMware open sources Microsoft Azure killer

VMware has open sourced a new platform for building application development services along the lines of Microsoft Azure or Google App Engine, hoping to spawn an army of so-called "platform clouds" that aren't run by Microsoft or Google.
Cade Metz, 12 2011
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Android, Steve Jobs, and Apple's '90%' tablet share

Open...and Shut Apple CEO Steve Jobs recently took the stage to pound the drum for the company's dominance of the nascent tablet market. "We own 90 per cent of the tablet market!" he crowed during the launch event of the iPad 2.
Matt Asay, 12 2011
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Opera embraces Google's open source JPEG killer

Opera has released a new incarnation of its desktop browser – Opera 11.10, aka Barracuda – improving the speed of its Turbo traffic-compression service and expanding its SpeedDial interface to provide quick access to an unlimited number of your favorite sites.
Cade Metz, 12 2011
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Oracle vs HP+Intel: Wassup?

There’s nothing like a vendor war to keep things interesting, and Oracle has launched a great one with its recent decision to stop development for future Itanium processors.
Dan Olds, 12 2011
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Microsoft cranks out Internet Explorer 10 preview

MIX 2011 Microsoft has released an Internet Explorer 10 preview, little more than a month after the debut of IE9.
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Oracle, Fujitsu goose Sparc M3000 entry box

Sparc Enterprise M server partners Oracle and Fujitsu have upgraded the entry-level Sparc Enterprise M3000 rack-based server with a faster Sparc64-VII+ processor.

Office workers: 'The best way to upgrade a PC is to smash it'

More than one in four European office workers believe that the quickest way to get a replacement phone or laptop is to destroy the one provided to them by their employer, according to a new study by online-backup provider, Mozy.
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HP juices desktop and mobile workstations

HP has rolled out a new spate of workstation-class machines: two desktops and three laptops designed for video and audio pros.
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Exploit-wielding boffins go on free online shopping binge

Computer scientists have documented serious flaws in software running some of the world's biggest e-commerce sites and shown how they can be exploited to receive DVDs, digital journals, and other products for free or at sharply reduced prices not authorized by the sellers.
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Microsoft floats fresh code for Azure

MIX 2011 Microsoft has delivered updated Azure software, while extending an offer that allows for free use of its so-called development cloud.
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Novell rolls up last service pack for SUSE Linux 10

Novell has grabbed all the latest snippets of code suitable for patching up its SUSE Linux Enterprise 10 operating system and rolled them into Service Pack 4. This is the last Service Pack planned for version 10 of the desktop and server platform.
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Google admits Android 'both open and closed'

Google Android boss Andy Rubin sees himself as a latter-day Gene Amdahl, insisting that anyone who questions his commitment to building an "open" mobile platform is merely spreading FUD.
Cade Metz, 12 2011
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Embrace chaos, beat pirates... buy my book, says Mason

The only way to be beat content pirates is to join them, claims author and digital strategist, Matt Mason.
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Writers sue Huffington Post for back pay

Now that it's got a genuine corporate behemoth as its owner, the Huffington Post is fielding a lawsuit from its unpaid army of bloggers.
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AdBlock Plus man disputes Mozilla add-on tests

Wladimir Palant – the man behind the most famous of Firefox add-ons, AdBlock Plus – has pushed back against Mozilla's recent efforts to rate the performance of his and other add-ons, claiming the outfit's testing methods were flawed.
Cade Metz, 12 2011
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Ex-Microsoft man charged with scamming Ballmer and Co

A Microsoft staffer has been charged with stealing $450,000 from the company.
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Equinix to host new traders’ exchange

Chi-X Australia, the exchange granted a licence to compete with the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX), has announced that Equinix will host its primary Australian data centre.
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Updates galore in Microsoft's biggest ever Patch Tuesday

Microsoft has patched a record 64 vulnerabilities in Windows, Office and five other software packages, many of which allowed attackers to remotely install malware on end user machines.
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AMD backs USB 3.0 on desktop and laptop chipsets

AMD has become the first major microprocessor baker to have USB 3.0–capable chipsets certified by the USB Implementers Forum.