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Giants gear up for the business analytics challenge

Business analytics is the latest IT takeover battleground, driving mergers and acquisitions among major corporate IT vendors as enterprises look to turn their data into valuable information that will give them a competitive edge.
Eira Hayward, 04 Oct 2011
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EMC goes virtual with in-house Oracle apps

EMC was in the house at Oracle's OpenWorld extravaganza in San Francisco on Monday, with not-quite-yet-retiring CEO Joe Tucci playing elder statesman with his 42 years in this racket, and talking a bit about clouds and the storage and virtualization giant's use of Oracle software to run the EMC business.
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EMC Project Lightning flash cards promised 'this year'

OpenWorld Oracle divulged at OpenWorld that the Project Lightning server flash card is in beta right now, and weighs in at 320GB of capacity in its initial configuration.
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Check your machines for malware, Linux developers told

Following a series of embarrassing intrusions that hit the servers used to maintain and distribute the Linux operating system, project elders have advised all developers to check their Linux machines for signs of compromise.
Dan Goodin, 04 Oct 2011
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Microsoft updates Hotmail to deal with grey spam

Microsoft is making a series of changes to its Hotmail service aimed at cutting down the amount of old mail stuck on servers, falsely labeled spam.
Iain Thomson, 04 Oct 2011
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Thailand PM's Twitter account breached

The Twitter account belonging to Thailand Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has been suspended after someone took control of it and used it to send messages critical of her administration.
Dan Goodin, 04 Oct 2011
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Innovatio targets Wi-Fi users with patent suits

Having found Cisco and Motorola (prior to its Google borgification) in the mood for a vigorous fightback, Innovatio IP Ventures is changing tack and filing lawsuits against Wi-Fi users for patent infringement.
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Crystal Acoustics MediaMatchBox

Review This minuscule media player from home theatre specialist Crystal Acoustics combines a go-anywhere form-factor with play-anything decoding.
Steve May, 04 Oct 2011
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Gov to spread mobile masts to remote corners of Blighty

The UK's Chancellor has confirmed that the government will sink £150m into buying up cell sites with the intention of extending rural coverage to 99 per cent of the population.
Bill Ray, 04 Oct 2011
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UK.gov goes back to school to avoid future IT blunders

Whitehall's waste of £470m on a botched attempt to modernise fire service control rooms in England begs questions about what UK plc is doing to prevent a similar haemorrhage of money in the future.
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Amazon to whup Apple rivals when Kindle Fire hits UK

Apple's tablet rivals will face "almost impossible competition" when Amazon brings its Kindle Fire to the UK, pollster YouGov has predicted.
Tony Smith, 04 Oct 2011
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Scotland Yard cyber-crime squad 'saved £140m'

The Metropolitan Police’s e-crime busting squad claims to have saved £140m in its last six months of fighting cybercrime.
John Leyden, 04 Oct 2011
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HP finally swallows Autonomy

HP has finally concluded the $10.24bn acquisition of Cambridge-based enterprise search and BI software firm Autonomy.
Paul Kunert, 04 Oct 2011
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New iPhone offered for sale via unauthorised outlets

An unauthorised market in Apple's next-gen Jesus mobe is emerging ahead of today's much anticipated launch with price tags that would reduce most desperate fanbois to tears.
Paul Kunert, 04 Oct 2011
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Core facts: Windows 8 truthiness dissected, Mango sliced

MicroBite With 500 new features, Mango's a juicy release for Microsoft's Windows Mobile team: third-party application multi tasking, HTML5-compliant browser and video voice mail.
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SanDisk Memory Zone

Android App of the Week SanDisk is a name more associated with memory cards than apps, but its new Memory Zone offering should prove useful to anyone who wants to manage and monitor their local and cloud storage from one place.
Alun Taylor, 04 Oct 2011
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Fusion-io deploys PCIe flash toaster

Fusion-io has refreshed the whole of its ioDrive product range with smaller flash chip dies and new controller firmware to produce high performance, longer lasting flash using less silicon.
Chris Mellor, 04 Oct 2011
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Facebook to scrub itself clean of filthy malware links

Facebook has recruited Websense to scan its vast social network for links to malicious sites.
John Leyden, 04 Oct 2011
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Sony: all new PS3 titles will require PSN Pass for online play

Sony has officially extended its tax on gamers who buy secondhand PlayStation titles, confirming that all future Sony games with network functionality will be mediated through an online pass system.
Caleb Cox, 04 Oct 2011
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Ballmer: Uninspiring performance and a small package

Steve Ballmer has failed to dazzle the Microsoft board in the last year, and his pay cheque seems to reflect that fact.
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HTC Evo 3D Android smartphone

Review LG might have been first with its Optimus 3D, but HTC hasn’t wasted any time coming up with a glasses-free 3D phone of its own.
Dave Oliver, 04 Oct 2011

Growing arrays need bigger pipes

Storage array and disk drive vendors have excelled themselves and delivered the high-capacity goods. But some of us are still not happy, because although we have big fat data vaults they are being held back by anorexic pipes.
Chris Mellor, 04 Oct 2011
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Facebook: 'We didn't patent stalking logged-off users'

Facebook has rebuffed claims that a patent it was recently granted describes the ability to track logged-out users.
Kelly Fiveash, 04 Oct 2011
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NHS claws back £170m refund on duff IT system

An American IT company has returned £170 million to the NHS after a project they promised to deliver was declared impossible.
Anna Leach, 04 Oct 2011
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Premier League loses footie decoder case

The European Court of Justice has judged that Brits must be allowed to buy satellite TV smartcards and decoders from other single-market countries.
Hard Reg, 04 Oct 2011
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Chrome browser 'is becoming Number Two'

Google's Chrome browser will edge past Mozilla Firefox in a matter of months, web stats poking firms have concluded. Irish company StatCounter foresees the Google browser becoming the second most used browser on the net by December.
Anna Leach, 04 Oct 2011
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Lumison swallows DediPower Managed Hosting

Lumison has snapped up Reading-based cloud and co-lo player DediPower Managed Hosting for an undisclosed sum.
Paul Kunert, 04 Oct 2011
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RIM invites BlackBerry users into MS Office cloud beta

BlackBerry users wanting to get into Microsoft's cloudy Office 365 only have a few months to wait, and the properly impatient can sign up for the beta this month.
Bill Ray, 04 Oct 2011
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id Software's Rage

Review Is it an RPG? Is it a first-person shooter? This is a question which reverberates around my mind while I wander through Rage’s wastes. Why the confusion? Because id’s latest shooter hovers somewhere in the middle of these genres, a chimera with, oddly enough, lashings of Motorstorm-esque racing thrown in for good measure.
Mike Plant, 04 Oct 2011
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Hospital data boob: Records left in bin room got binned

Bungling hospital staff accidentally destroyed patient data after a worker put 10,000 records in the wrong room, an investigation by the Information Commissioner's Office [ICO] revealed today.
Anna Leach, 04 Oct 2011
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HTC to plug private data backdoor leak slurp vuln

HTC has admitted some of its Android handsets have a flaw which could allow malicious apps to read customer locations and account details, but a fix is on the way.
Bill Ray, 04 Oct 2011
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Ten reasons why you shouldn't buy an iPhone 5

Comment Here we are again on iPhone day, and once more the world waits on the edge of its seat to see what the fruitchomp masterminds of Cupertino have in store.
Lewis Page, 04 Oct 2011
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Oracle to NetApp: 'I'm a faster, cheaper storage lover'

OpenWorld Oracle says it has scored an SPC-1 benchmark win over NetApp; its ZFS storage box delivers twice the SPC-1 speed of a NetApp array for less than half the cost.
Chris Mellor, 04 Oct 2011
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Oracle's mighty column stuffs databases

OpenWorld Oracle says it can squeeze its databases in ZFS and Pillar Data arrays with Hybrid Columnar Compression (HCC).
Chris Mellor, 04 Oct 2011
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Look who's talking ... about your Facebook Page

Facebook has launched new ways to help its advertisers bank sackfuls of cash and no doubt cause privacy advocates to despair.
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GridIron fires up its turbocharged bandwagon

OpenWorld GridIron says its way of turbo-charging SAN access means more database instances can be virtualised and run faster - like, say, 16 virtualised Oracle RAC nodes in a physical server juggling one million queries a second.
Chris Mellor, 04 Oct 2011

HTC's Mango handsets hit shelves in Blighty

HTC's pair of impending Windows Phone handsets have gone on sale in the UK ahead of time.
Caleb Cox, 04 Oct 2011
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McAfee, IBM gobble rival security-intelligence firms

McAfee and IBM have both bought into the expanding security intelligence market with the acquisition of start-ups NitroSecurity and Q1 Labs, respectively. Financial terms on both deals, announced Tuesday, were undisclosed.
John Leyden, 04 Oct 2011
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Fedora 16: Linux home for lost Ubuntu GNOMEs

Review The Fedora Project has released the first beta of Fedora 16.
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HP anoints Mayer in global networks boss role

HP has confirmed that Bethany Mayer - caretaker of its global networking biz for the last four months - will get the job on a permanent basis.
Paul Kunert, 04 Oct 2011
Java Toaster - sunshine toast

Put down the Java manual

Apparently, there is a perceived shortage of C# and Java programmers. Certainly a good percentage of all job ads are for these languages.
Dominic Connor, 04 Oct 2011
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HP confirms Ansell as UK networking head

HP Networking sales director John Ansell is set to take control of the entire UK business unit by month end when current incumbent Barry Bonnett exits the role.
Paul Kunert, 04 Oct 2011
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Symantec alliance with Huawei put on countdown

Symantec Vision Symantec CEO Enrique Salem said the Huawei-Symantec joint venture will have its fate known by the end of the year: either one of the partners will buy it or there will be an IPO.
Chris Mellor, 04 Oct 2011
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Systemax fills hole left by shamed US boss

Systemax has hired former Best Buy exec David Sprosty as the CEO of its Technology Products division in North America, finally filling the role that was vacated by shamed exec Gilbert Fiorentino earlier in the year.
Paul Kunert, 04 Oct 2011
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Why grill Google over web dominance? It has none

Open ... And Shut Google chairman Eric Schmidt was recently hauled before the US Senate to answer antitrust inquiries. After all, Google dominates the online search market, with 64.8 per cent of the market in August 2011, according to comScore (and much higher market share, according to Net MarketShare), and increasingly abuses that power to disadvantage competitors and hurt consumers, according to some.
Matt Asay, 04 Oct 2011
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Red Hat snatches storage Gluster file system for $136m

Commercial Linux distributor Red Hat is paying $136m to acquire Gluster, the privately held maker of the GlusterFS cluster file system that is used by some hot properties on the intertubes.
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iPhone 5 a no-show at Apple's 'Let's talk iPhone' event

Apple surprised nearly every pundit who was breathlessly following its "Let's talk iPhone" event – it didn't introduce an iPhone 5.
Rik Myslewski, 04 Oct 2011
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Apple stuffs Intel desktop CPU into iPhone 4S ad

Apple's new iPhone 4S contains a chip the Mac maker calls the A5. But if a pic of the beast included in the 4S advert shown at the handset's launch is anything to go by, the A5 actually contains a pair of Intel 'Nehalem' processors - aka the first-gen Core i7.
Tony Smith, 04 Oct 2011
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Tuesday's iPhone event more than Apple.com can bear

Apple may be an unstoppable force in the eyes of its competitors, fans and pretty much everyone else, but no one more so than the webmasters running Apple.com.
Dan Goodin, 04 Oct 2011
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Rumors of iPod classic's death prove exaggerated

Updated The lack of an iPhone 5 announcement at Apple's "Let's talk iPhone" event wasn't the only pundit–defying act performed by Apple CEO Tim Cook and his merry men: despite rumors to the contrary, the venerable iPod classic also lives.
Rik Myslewski, 04 Oct 2011
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Oracle previews Solaris 11, due in November

OpenWorld If you expected Solaris 11 to be announced at the OpenWorld extravaganza taking over San Francisco this week, you probably weren't alone. But you're going to be a little disappointed, at least for a while. It won't be launched until sometime in November.
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Apple outs iPhone micro USB adaptor

It's not only the iPhone 4S that will ship on 14 October - so too will Apple's long-promised dock-to-micro-USB adaptor.
Hard Reg, 04 Oct 2011
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Apple snubs Samsung's Oz patent peace offering

Apple has rejected Samsung's peace deal in an Australian court, preferring instead to go to trial where a win could influence its other lawsuits around the world.
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Dell building its own Exadata killer

OpenWorld Way back when, before Oracle bought Sun Microsystems, and even before Hewlett-Packard became hardware buddies with Big Red with the original Exadata Database Machine, Dell was Oracle's chosen buddy for running parallel Oracle databases using Real Application Cluster on top of Linux. But now Oracle is in the hardware business, and it looks like Dell is fixing to take the parallel Oracle database fight to Oracle.
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Silver! Lake! Digital! Sky! also! in! Yahoo! play!

With Alibaba chief Jack Ma’s interest in Yahoo! already on the record, it now seems that the owner of the Chinese online giant is considering a partnership for its bid.
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Accelerating universe expansion discovery snags Nobel Prize

A discovery first published in 1998 has won the Nobel Prize for Physics for three astronomers, including Brian Schmidt of the Australian National University.
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The cat came back: Cubrilovic spots another Facebook 'tracker'

If nothing else, Australian blogger Nic Cubrilovic is giving Facebook a sense of what it feels like to have someone watching you all the time. No sooner is one Facebook cookie drama damped down than he triggers another.