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Google promises fix for jittery Usenet addicts

Usenet diehards are complaining that Google is no longer mirroring the venerable internet discussion forums on its web-based Google Groups service, but the company has reassured them that this is merely a glitch that will soon be resolved.
Cade Metz, 10 Aug 2011
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Senetas gets UK foothold for crypto kit

Australian network crypto hardware developer Senetas has announced an agreement with SELEX Elsag to supply kit into UK government contracts.
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Hackers crack crypto for GPRS mobile networks

A cryptographer has devised a way to monitor cellphone conversations by exploiting security weaknesses in the technology that forms the backbone used by most mobile operators.
Dan Goodin, 10 Aug 2011
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Five... freshly picked iOS gaming apps

iGamer If you've survived the sink estate uprising and still have a job after Global Financial Meltdown II, you might just enjoy one of the recent crop of iOS games on your commute to work.
Andrew Bailey, 10 Aug 2011
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Microsoft gives BPOS customers credit note for latest crash

Microsoft UK has vowed to provide BPOS customers with vouchers against future credits following seven hours of downtime at the weekend.
Paul Kunert, 10 Aug 2011
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Glaswegian arrested for pro-riot Facebook posts

A Scottish teenager has been arrested for alleged incitement after posting pro-disorder statements on Facebook.
John Oates, 10 Aug 2011
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US Air Force in a seriously stealthless state

The US Air Force has been left seriously short of stealth capacity following the grounding of its F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters (JSFs), while its F-22 Raptor fleet has been stuck on the tarmac since May.
Lester Haines, 10 Aug 2011
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Local TV pioneers sought by Ministry of Fun

The Ministry of Fun is looking for communities who want local TV, and has produced a map of 65 places that could be first to receive it - that is, if any locals want to argue their case.
Bill Ray, 10 Aug 2011
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Seagate's flash-disk hybrid crosses the chasm

A million units of Seagate's flash-disk hybrid drive, the Momentus XT, have shipped inside notebook computers, firmly establishing the viability of the format.
Chris Mellor, 10 Aug 2011
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Deduplication’s Role in Disaster Recovery

Deep dive El Reg has teamed up with the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) for a series of deep dive articles. Each month, the SNIA will deliver a comprehensive introduction to basic storage networking concepts. This month the SNIA examines how deduplication can help with disaster recovery arrangements.
Chris Mellor, 10 Aug 2011
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Rootkit gangs fight for control of infected PCs

A turf war is developing between rootkit-touting cybercrooks over control of infected PCs.
John Leyden, 10 Aug 2011
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Motorola hints at Microsoft deal

Motorola is open to the idea of partnering with Microsoft to produce Windows Phone handsets, although only if the revised platform proves its longevity.
Caleb Cox, 10 Aug 2011
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Falling axe strikes space shuttle workers

This Friday, 515 employees of major space shuttle contractor United Space Alliance (USA) will be given their pink slips, and will join 1,550 former colleagues who were shown the door immediately after the landing of the shuttle Atlantis on 21 July.
Lester Haines, 10 Aug 2011
BPI campaign logo: Home taping is killing music

Indie fans urged to shop to help Sony-signed labels

A call has gone out to fans to help revive the UK's indie music scene, devastated by the London riots. Many of Britain's smallest and most inventive labels suffered disproportionately in the Sony warehouse arson on Monday night.
Andrew Orlowski, 10 Aug 2011
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Apple nudges out Exxon Mobil for top spot on Wall Street

Apple briefly shunted Exxon Mobil into the No. 2 spot on the New York Stock Exchange yesterday to become the most valuable company in the US.
Kelly Fiveash, 10 Aug 2011
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iPad threatened by young pretenders

High prices and a lack of content are stymieing growth of iPad wannabes in Europe but Chinese and Taiwanese vendors could mount a stiffer challenge, according to a report by tech research company Forrester.
Paul Kunert, 10 Aug 2011
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Essex cops slaps cuffs on social media riot crusaders

Eager Essex fuzz have cuffed three locals lads suspected of using social media site Facebook to whip gangs of teenage marauders into a looting frenzy.
Paul Kunert, 10 Aug 2011
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Security watchers question supposed Facebook hack

Reported plans by Anonymous to attack Facebook on 5 November appear to be an elaborate hoax by an unknown source.
John Leyden, 10 Aug 2011
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Google kills off app maker

Google's App Inventor could be revived as an open source platform in order to let students click their way to Android applications without having to muck about learning stuff.
Bill Ray, 10 Aug 2011
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Watchdog washes hands of Lush hack

The Information Commissioner's Office is facing criticism today for its failure to punish online retailer Lush for losing 5,000 customer debit and credit card details
John Oates, 10 Aug 2011
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Facebook gets creative with mobile phone data harvesting app

Facebook wants to hook into mobile phone users who don't necessarily have a profile set up on the dominant social network.
Kelly Fiveash, 10 Aug 2011
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Nintendo 3DS gets Cloud cover

Following a sudden 3DS price cut, Nintendo offered early adopters complimentary games as a loyalty reward. That generosity continues this week, after the company struck a deal with The Cloud to bring free Wi-Fi to all 3DS console owners.
Caleb Cox, 10 Aug 2011
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Ofcom checks up on mobile coverage

According to Ofcom's latest intervention in the sticky world of mobile phone operators, coverage checkers are generally fairly accurate but the regulator would like to see integrated mapping and point-of-sale checks.
Bill Ray, 10 Aug 2011
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Panasonic preps Pocket Server

Panasonic has unveiled a Wireless Pocket Server which lets users stream content to iOS devices, preserving precious storage space on these Apple gadgets as well as other Wi-Fi enabled gear.
Caleb Cox, 10 Aug 2011
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Nokia's software exits the US market

Nokia is to give up on its feature and low-end business in America, making the company a Windows Phone manufacturer as it makes one last pitch to become relevant in the USA.
Bill Ray, 10 Aug 2011
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Heavily-looted mobile phone barns issue 'safety first' missives to staff

British mobile phone resellers are in turmoil after being repeatedly targeted by thugs during the past four days of rioting that began in London before spreading to other cities. Unsurprisingly those businesses are urging extreme caution among frontline staff.
Kelly Fiveash, 10 Aug 2011
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Phone hacking arrest: Police cuff 61-year-old man

The Metropolitan Police has arrested another person in connection with allegations of phone hacking.
Kelly Fiveash, 10 Aug 2011
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Amazon web services customers vent spleen

Vulnerabilities in Amazon's web services that were exposed after lightning hit power supplies at the weekend have led to stinging criticism from some customers.
Paul Kunert, 10 Aug 2011
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Avnet sales dampened by slippery EMEA market

The integration of acquisitions and a "tepid recovery" in the local tech market saw Avnet EMEA sales slide in Q4 but less challenging conditions in the rest of its world-wide operations more than made up for the dip.
Paul Kunert, 10 Aug 2011
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Who'd buy a fake battery?

The Intellectual Property Office's IP Crime Group issued its annual report yesterday, and it highlights some jaw-dropping rip-offs.
Andrew Orlowski, 10 Aug 2011
Hauppauge Colossus

Hauppauge Colossus HD PCIe card

Review When I first looked at the box containing the Hauppauge Colossus I wasn’t quite sure as to what its exact purpose was. I saw the words “HD Video Recorder,” “PCI-Express,” and “HDMI” thinking I could use it to record almost anything and then I noticed the asterisks.
Shaun Dormon, 10 Aug 2011
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Lossless music goes High Street

British digital download store 7Digital is expanding the range of lossless music available for download. Albums will now be available in the industry standard FLAC format from artists such as Radiohead and Enya - in some cases cheaper than the MP3 equivalent.
Andrew Orlowski, 10 Aug 2011
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Apple injunction startles Samsung

Samsung has responded to Apple's sudden legal request against the Galaxy Tab 10.1 with surprise, claiming the injunction came out of the blue and the company never had a chance to present its side of the argument.
Caleb Cox, 10 Aug 2011
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Chinese government under cyber siege

The Chinese government claims it came under almost 500,000 cyberattacks last year, most of which it said originated outside the country.
John Leyden, 10 Aug 2011
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Nokia snubs UK with N9

It might well be the best phone the beleaguered company launches in 2011 - but Nokia won't be bringing its shiny new N9 to the UK.
Andrew Orlowski, 10 Aug 2011
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London rioters should 'loose all benefits'

Amid angry calls for UK rioters to face plastic bullets, water cannon, the Army, a spell in the Army, jail or all of the above, comes this e-petition demanding that the feral youth of Britain be stripped of their state hand-outs.
Lester Haines, 10 Aug 2011
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Trojan script gets stuck on superglue site

The website of Super Glue became bunged up with a malicious script earlier this week as part of a tricky problem that was only resolved on Wednesday.
John Leyden, 10 Aug 2011
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Hack on Hong Kong Stock Exchange disrupts trading

Hackers took down a website belonging to the Hong Kong stock Exchange, prompting Asia's third-largest securities exchange to suspend trading in the shares of London-based HSBC and six other companies.
Dan Goodin, 10 Aug 2011
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Red Hat dev cloud welcomes Java EE 6

Red Hat has announced that its OpenShift developer cloud now handles Java Enterprise Edition 6, boasting that this is the first "platform-as-as-service" to do so.
Cade Metz, 10 Aug 2011
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New York police launch Facebook perp watch unit

The New York City police department has created a new juvenile justice unit intent on tracking people who discuss criminal activities on social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and, um, MySpace.
Cade Metz, 10 Aug 2011
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Fake collar bomb victim back in lock down

The 18-year-old daughter of IT executive and multi-millionaire Bill Pulver is again being targeted by her mystery attacker.
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Kogan plugs 'cheap stuff' bug

Technology e-tailer Kogan has pledged to honour hundreds of hugely discounted orders that were placed while a bug afflicted its Website.
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VMware lets Rabbit loose on open source code cloud

VMware has plugged the open source RabbitMQ messaging system into Cloud Foundry, the "platform-as-a-service" it introduced in beta form earlier this year.
Cade Metz, 10 Aug 2011