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Apple tops Microsoft market cap, revenue, and profits

Microsoft's quarterly profits leapt 31 per cent during its third quarter. But that wasn't enough to stop a world of Apple fanbois from pointing towards Redmond and laughing.
Cade Metz, 29 Apr 2011
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Natty Narwahl: Ubuntu marine mammal not fully evolved

ReviewReview Canonical has released Ubuntu 11.04, née Natty Narwhal. But this release is not your ordinary update with a handful of new features in the same basic Ubuntu you know and love. No, this marine mammal is an entirely new beast, with the Unity shell replacing everything familiar about the Ubuntu desktop.
Scott Gilbertson, 29 Apr 2011
hands waving dollar bills in the air
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Problems with primary data cloud storage

Blocks and FilesBlocks and Files Cirtas is cutting back its cloud storage activities as it finds businesses are not taking to storing primary data in the public cloud as ducks might take to water.
Chris Mellor, 29 Apr 2011
Fujifilm Finepix X100
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Fujifilm Finepix X100 APS-C camera

ReviewReview The Fuji FinePix X100 is, of course, a camera for those with more money than sense. Just look at it. Finished in wildly ostentatious silver magnesium alloy with splashes of leather on the grip, the retro viewfinder styling and chunky shutter speed dial evoke the rangefinders of the 1960s and 1970s.
Dave Stevenson, 29 Apr 2011
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Royal Weddings, PCs and Cameron's brass balls

Wedding to wedding, Osborne to Osborne: not a lot seems to have changed over the past 30 years, does it? Di and Charlie did the aisle tango back in 1981 and now their son is about to follow suit. We all get a day off and well, ho hum, not much seems to change in Britain, does it?
Tim Worstall, 29 Apr 2011
Cat 5 cable
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Fairlight: The Rolls Royce of synthesizers

Synthesizers and Royal Weddings were everywhere in the early Eighties, but the real Rolls Royce of electronic music was the Fairlight.
Michael Moran, 29 Apr 2011
Mortal Kombat
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Mortal Kombat

ReviewReview Like Frankenstein’s Monster, Mortal Kombat has ever been the lumbering chimera, an amalgamation of individual parts thrown together, somehow brought to life much to the despondency of nature’s will.
Mike Plant, 29 Apr 2011
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Yahoo! Hadoop! brain! spin-off! doomed! to! fail!

Open...and ShutOpen...and Shut The once dominant Yahoo is apparently keen to compete with one of today's hottest startups, Cloudera, to own the affections of data plumbers everywhere.
Matt Asay, 29 Apr 2011

Yandex seeks kopeks in Nasdaq IPO

Yandex, the search engine that claims 64 percent of the market in Russia, is seeking as much as US$1 billion in an IPO put together by Deutsche Bank, Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs*.
Richard Chirgwin, 29 Apr 2011
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Amazon cloud fell from sky after botched network upgrade

Amazon has apologized for the extended outage that hit its AWS infrastructure cloud late last week, providing an extensive explanation for the problem and extending 10 days of credit to customers who were using data stores in the portion of the service where the problem originated.
Cade Metz, 29 Apr 2011
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Did PlayStation Network hackers plan supercomputer botnet?

The dearth of details from Sony about a criminal intrusion into its PlayStation Network is fomenting plenty of speculation about the methods and motives behind the attackers, and some of it isn't pretty. The most dire scenario is that attackers gained, or tried to gain, control of the part of Sony's network that issues updates for the PlayStation 3. If that were to happen, the attackers could use the private key uncovered late last year by the fail0verflow hacker collective, and independently published around the same time by jailbreaker George Hotz, to sign malicious firmware updates offered to tens of millions of console owners. In 2008, researchers effectively created their own rogue certificate authority by harnessing the massive computing power of just 200 PS3s to find so-called collisions in MD5, a cryptographic hash algorithm with known weaknesses. With an army of literally millions of zombie PS3s under their control, hackers would own a supercomputer at par or superior to those possessed by most nation states, and they wouldn't even have to foot the power bill.
Dan Goodin, 29 Apr 2011
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NASA scrubs final space shuttle Endeavour launch

NASA has postponed the final launch of space shuttle Endeavour by about 72 hours or more. The launch had been set for 3:47pm Eastern time on Friday, but it has now been delayed until at least 2:33pm on Monday.
Cade Metz, 29 Apr 2011
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Mozilla ships first security update for Firefox 4

Mozilla has issued the first ever security update for Firefox 4.0, including a fix for two chunks of code that allowed attackers to override a key security protection baked in to recent versions of the Windows operating system. The slip up in the two WebGLES graphics libraries, which Mozilla added to the latest version of the open-source browser, is the result of someone compiling the code without the benefit of ASLR, or address space layout randomization. The security measure, which Microsoft introduced in Windows Vista, is designed to prevent malware attacks by making it harder to locate the memory addresses of code loaded by memory-corruption exploits.
Dan Goodin, 29 Apr 2011
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Oracle wins round one in bare-knuckle Android patent suit

Oracle has won an early round in what is sure to be an epic battle against Google over Android's use of Java.
Cade Metz, 29 Apr 2011
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Apple floats iCloud for 'email, music, and beyond'

Apple is preparing beta versions of iOS 5.0 and Mac OS X Lion that hook into a service called iCloud, which will let users store and synchronize a wide range of data on Apple servers, according to report citing people familiar with the matter.
Cade Metz, 29 Apr 2011
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Legal goons threaten researcher for reporting security bug

A German software company has threatened legal action against a security researcher who privately reported a critical vulnerability in one of its programs, Dark Reading reports. Legal goons from Magix AG sent a nasty gram to a researcher who goes by “Acidgen” after he reported the stack buffer overflow in the company's Music Maker 16. According to the report, Acidgen alerted Magix representatives to the bug in several emails that also included proof-of-concept code that forced the Windows calculator to open, indicating the flaw could be exploited to execute malicious code on a victim's computer.
Dan Goodin, 29 Apr 2011