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NSA whistleblower details intelligence cock-ups

Web 2.0 SummitWeb 2.0 Summit Thomas Drake, the whistleblower who exposed the NSA’s failings on digital surveillance, has said that the US is behind the curve on internet monitoring and has been playing fast and loose with privacy rules.
Iain Thomson, 19 Oct 2011
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As US sinks, Apple sees a glorious future in China

Apple may have disappointed Wall Street by not meeting their conservative predictions for its most recent fiscal quarter, but that didn't stop Cupertino from predicting that next quarter will be a barn burner.
Rik Myslewski, 19 Oct 2011
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Cisco girds Nexus switches for data center battle

Networking giant Cisco Systems has been under attack for the past several years, and the company gearing up its high-end, converged Nexus switches to defend its data-center turf from encroachment by HP, Dell, Arista Networks, Juniper Networks, Brocade Communications, and others.
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Oracle updates Java to stop SSL-chewing BEAST

Firefox developers said Tuesday that they have no plans to keep the browser from working with the Java software framework now that Oracle has released a patch that prevents it from being used to decrypt sensitive web traffic. In a blog post published in late September and updated on Tuesday, Mozilla recommends that Firefox users update their Java plug-in to lower their chances of falling victim to attacks that silently decrypt data protected by the SSL, or secure sockets layer, protocol used by millions of websites. Firefox developers had said previously that they were seriously considering disabling the Java plug-in as a way of preventing the exploit.
Dan Goodin, 19 Oct 2011
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Solar Challenge leaders whizz towards Adelaide

WSCWSC Dutch team Nuon recovered ground lost to Tokai on Day 4 of the World Solar Challenge, ending the day just 20km behind the race leader. The top two are now less than 500km away from the finish line in Adelaide. Tokai and Nuon are equally capable of driving at South Australia's 110km speed limit, but strong sidewinds today seem to have benefited Nuon. Nuon's worst day was when they lost about 20 minutes to the reigning champions on Day 3. However, they believe their superior aerodynamic performance in both headwinds and crosswinds partially explains today's gain. According to gossip in the Dutch overnight camp near Pimba, South Australia, Tokai's solar car also lost speed towards the end of today's racing, with speed falling to as low as 70km/h. The University of Michigan's chance of lifting the WSC title for the first time is over. The third placed team started the day six minutes behind Nuon and 41 minutes behind Tokai. But they ended Day 4 about 107km behind Nuon, after their car shed a mudguard, (repeatedly we are told), and they then had to wait for the back-up truck bearing spares before carrying out a roadside repair, at the expense of valuable racing time. So, with just 500km left to the chequered flag, the winner of the 2011 World Solar Challenge will certainly be crowned tomorrow. While Nuon is gaining momentum, this race is for Tokai to lose. Unless the Japanese make a mistake or suffer mechanical problems, it's hard to see how the Dutch can get into position to overtake. In which case, the final result will be a repeat of 2009, with the University of Tokai hailed champions, Nuon, four-time winners in second place, and University of Michigan in third place for the fourth time in a row. Further north, meanwhile, the race-within-a-race for fourth place is heating up with Dutch team Solar Team Twente ending the day ahead of Ashiya University of Japan, and Aurora, Australia's leading contender. A quick rewind... Our first view of the top solarcar teams today came at Glendambo, 250km south of Coober Pedy and 600km from the finish line in Adelaide. Tokai made it in at 2.54pm (see pic) and left the compulsory checkpoint on time at 3.24pm. Nuon left Glendambo just before 4pm, gaining five minutes on the race leader. In case you were wondering just how these solar racers pass the night, we caught up with them as they made camp a few kilometres north of Pimba at a tad past 6pm South Oz time: Beer, pokies and solarcars Before we sign off for the night, we'd like to give a heads-up to Glendambo ("Sheep: 22,500, people: 30"), which is the eighth of nine compulsory checkpoints in the 3000km World Solar Challenge. Earlier today Lester and I shared the bar with a group of Serbian miners on their way to Prominent Hill in the Woomera Prohibited zone, a couple of hundred kilometres or so north-east. They appeared to be more interested in the beer and the pokies than in solarcar racing. Tomorrow, it's onwards to Port Augusta and then Adelaide, and we'll leave you today with a tremendous picture taken by Team Nuon, a reminder of the bushfires that torpedoed racing on Monday afternoon (Day 2). ®
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Ballmer disses Android as cheap and complex

Web 2.0 SummitWeb 2.0 Summit Steve Ballmer has predicted that the new line of Windows Phones coming out this Christmas can establish the company’s operating system and beat Apple and Android devices.
Iain Thomson, 19 Oct 2011
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Philips Fidelio DS9

ReviewReview Philips' audio engineers must be feeling rather pleased with themselves these days.
Tony Smith, 19 Oct 2011
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Report: Hacking forum is a cybercrime academy

Certain underground hacking forums are acting as training academies and tech-support networks for cybercriminals as well as creating a marketplace for a vast array of cybercrime tools, say researchers.
John Leyden, 19 Oct 2011
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'Mental act' computerisations no longer automatically unpatentable

The UK's Intellectual Property Office has changed its guidance on how its reviewers will consider the 'mental act' exemption to patentability when assessing patent applications for computer-implemented inventions.
OUT-LAW.COM, 19 Oct 2011
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Using SaaS for a more efficient business

Live TodayLive Today SaaS might give you more availability, it might cut your capital costs, and it might give you a big empty server room in your basement where you can play ping pong after work, but will it make your business more efficient?
Miatta Momoh, 19 Oct 2011
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Samsung, Google whip out Android 4.0 Nexus

Here's the Samsung Galaxy Nexus - aka the Galaxy Prime - launched by the South Korean Apple biter and Google in Hong Kong this morning.
Tony Smith, 19 Oct 2011
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HP boasts of 3PAR benchmark boost

HP is blowing its 3PAR horn loudly, saying it has doubled 3PAR's customer base since buying it last September, and that 3PAR is now top dog on the SPC benchmark.
Chris Mellor, 19 Oct 2011
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Another World 20th Anniversary Edition

iGameriGamer It's one of gaming's longest enduring and most profound existential questions. Twenty years and as many platforms later, Another World - aka Out of this World in the US -remains as enigmatic as ever, surviving even creator Eric Chahi's own fascinating personal deconstruction of his work at this year's Game Developers Conference.
Andrew Bailey, 19 Oct 2011
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Currys, PC World websites slated by punters

Dixons Group's websites for Currys and PC World are among the worst online shops for electrical appliances, according to a new study by consumer rights group Which?
Brid-Aine Parnell, 19 Oct 2011
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Sony names PlayStation Vita release day

Having already confessed that the PlayStation Vita won't hit the UK this year, Sony today said fanboys will have to wait until February 2012 for their next portable PlayStation fix.
Tony Smith, 19 Oct 2011
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Yahoo! revenue! AND! profits! bomb! as! expected!

Yahoo! surprised no one yesterday when it reported its third quarter results to Wall Street.
Kelly Fiveash, 19 Oct 2011
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Groupon IPO could be as soon as Monday

Groupon's foray onto public markets hasn't exactly been smooth, but sources are saying it's a go for next week after many rumours of the on-again-off-again variety.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 19 Oct 2011
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Nipples and teen lesbians sexy even when ironic, ASA rules

The Advertising Standards Authority has put the kibosh on an ad for Duke Nukem Forever that confronted post-watershed viewers with pole dancers, schoolgirl lesbians and multiple nipple flashes.
Joe Fay, 19 Oct 2011
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Lenovo aims to seize PC crown within 3 years

Lenovo is aiming to become the biggest shifter of PC tin on the planet within three years after recently swiping the number two spot from Dell.
Paul Kunert, 19 Oct 2011

Alcatel-Lucent hacks off an arm for $1.5bn

Alcatel-Lucent has sold off its Genesys division to investment fund Permira for $1.5bn (£952m), but will hang onto its "enterprise" operation as no one seems to want it.
Bill Ray, 19 Oct 2011
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Dell Vostro V131 13.3in Core i5 notebook

ReviewReview Back in the old days, you knew where you were a Dell business laptop. Heave it out of the box and you’d be rewarded with a giant, hot-running thing with the aesthetic appeal of a pile-up on the M40.
Dave Stevenson, 19 Oct 2011
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ASA upholds complaint against 'best gaming' Virgin ads

Another slap on the wrist for Virgin Media from the Advertising Standards Authority: the ISP was today told not to claim its 50Mb/s broadband package is the "best for online gaming".
Hard Reg, 19 Oct 2011
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Debt collectors warned off pursuing punters on Facebook

Debt collectors should not be allowed to chase people who owe them money on social networking sites, including Facebook and Twitter, the UK's Office of Fair Trading has said.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 19 Oct 2011
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BSkyB earns more dosh out of fewer new punters

BSkyB's number of customers signing up to its products fell from 96,000 new subscribers in the company's Q1 last year to 77,000 in the first quarter ended 30 September 2011 – despite that, both revenue and pre-tax profit climbed.
Kelly Fiveash, 19 Oct 2011

Zend floats PHP cloud development platform

Zend has announced a cloud for building and deploying PHP apps on other clouds – but without the management hassle.
Gavin Clarke, 19 Oct 2011
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Leaked Intel roadmap reveals PCIe flash kit

Tom's Hardware has reported a leaked Intel storage roadmap that confirms a PCIe flash product is coming, as well as confirming updates across Chipzilla's three flash product families.
Chris Mellor, 19 Oct 2011
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Vegas man begs web for $1m to fix gigantic scrotum

An American has turned to the internet to raise $1m to pay for an operation to fix his scrotum, which has swollen to an eye-watering 45kg.
Team Register, 19 Oct 2011
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TfL wheels out digital bus info upgrade

As winter sets in, commuters in London stand huddled at bus stops, hoping the shelters' electronic signs report an accurate "due" arrival time rather than a crappy guess. Those lucky enough to have Transport for London's Countdown system of signs installed at their stops can judge by the minutes flickering on the display whether to brave the chill or nip into the warm caff for a coffee.
Matt Stephens, 19 Oct 2011
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Trusteer scraps with analysts over 'bank security bypass'

Trusteer continues to spar with researchers at Digit Security over claims that it might be possible to bypass Trusteer's online banking security technology Rapport.
John Leyden, 19 Oct 2011
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RIM lifts skirt, flashes 'new' OS at devs

The PlayBook will get push email and BBM support just as soon as the BlackBerrys get QNX, which has been rebranded BBX to make it seem shiny and new.
Bill Ray, 19 Oct 2011
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ITU heralds ultra-high def TV progress

The ITU, an international standards setter, has agreed "the pertinent technical characteristics" of the ultra-high definition televion (UHDTV) format.
Tony Smith, 19 Oct 2011
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Telefonica, Verizon ready VMware schizophones

VMworld EuropeVMworld Europe VMware rules the x86 server virtualization racket, giving physical servers multiple personalities. And now cell phone operators are lining up to support its Mobile Virtual Platform (MVP) hypervisor on smartphones.
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Mystery over bogus Facebook login data dump

The publication on Pastebin of the supposed login details of more than 10,000 Facebook users fails to pose any security risks, at least on the social network, because the data is bogus, according to Facebook.
John Leyden, 19 Oct 2011
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UK has enough sheep shearers, needs more coders

Positions in Britain's IT sector are still going to homegrown workers, according to the UK Border Agency, although software developers and graphic designers are needed to produce visual effects and 2D/3D computer animation for film, TV and video games.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 19 Oct 2011

Building a private cloud

For my last track, I chose Planning, building and managing a private cloud.
Trevor Pott, 19 Oct 2011
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Reseller loses veteran chairman and CEO in shake-up

Managed services and software reselling outfit Maxima has raised £2m through a rights issue to fund future development and as a precursor to offloading business units that are deemed "non-core" over the coming months.
Paul Kunert, 19 Oct 2011
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Motorola sharpens smartphones with revamped Razr

Motorola revived one of its most popular handset brands today: Razr.
Caleb Cox in Berlin, 19 Oct 2011
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Libel reform vows to slay anonymous trolls

A single complaint about an anonymous article or posting online could be enough to legally force a website to take it down – if new Parliamentary proposals on defamation get passed into law.
Anna Leach, 19 Oct 2011
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Trojan targets Mac's built-in security defences

Malware coders have created a Mac-specific Trojan that is designed to attack anti-malware defences built into Apple's Mac OS X operating system.
John Leyden, 19 Oct 2011
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Samsung Android 4.0 smartphone priced for Blighty

UK mobile phone seller Clove has priced up the Samsung Galaxy Nexus at £515 sans Sim lock.
Tony Smith, 19 Oct 2011
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HP assembles specialist storage sales squad

HP is setting up a channel-specific team to help resellers punt its storage on the back of triple-digit growth in 3PAR and rising demand.
Paul Kunert, 19 Oct 2011
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Domain registry touts dot-surnames for $500k

Could it be the ultimate in internet vanity addresses?
Kevin Murphy, 19 Oct 2011
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Would you go to Facebook for mobile tech support?

Nokia Siemens Networks is punting Facebook integration to mobile phone operators that reckon their customers would prefer using a social network over calling tech support.
Bill Ray, 19 Oct 2011
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AMD taps Papermaster as CTO

Hot potato techie Mark Papermaster has been chosen by Advanced Micro Devices to be its new chief technology officer. The appointment lays to rest speculation on who will be drawing up the company's processor and systems roadmap as the chip maker tries to hang in there against goliath Intel and a slew of ARM upstarts.
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Viacom appeals dismissal of $1bn YouTube lawsuit

Viacom is trying to convince an appeals court to overturn an earlier ruling in which a federal judge dismissed the $1bn lawsuit the TV behemoth brought against Google's YouTube.
Kelly Fiveash, 19 Oct 2011
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Cassandra database now ready for mere mortals

The NoSQL database Cassandra has hit 1.0-level maturity with a heavy play for enterprise customers.
Gavin Clarke, 19 Oct 2011

Juniper profits get a haircut in Q3

Profits at Juniper Networks have had a haircut after costs for manufacturing, research, development, and sales all grew faster than revenues in its third quarter. But revenue is growing and hitting targets, which is a good sign for the networking business in general, and for Juniper in particular.
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Apotheker right hand man Wohl exits HP

HP's short lived chief communication officer Bill Wohl - a close ally of blundering former CEO Leo Apotheker - has confirmed that he has followed his buddy out of the business.
Paul Kunert, 19 Oct 2011
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New RAM shunts data into flash in power cuts

Viking has built a hybrid, battery-free, non-volatile storage memory product, combining DRAM and NAND, which is faster than PCIe flash. Eat your heart out, Fusion-io.
Chris Mellor, 19 Oct 2011
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Holographic storage biz files for Chapter 11

If you listened hard you might have heard a thin scream of despair as holographic storage developer InPhase Technologies filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection yesterday.
Chris Mellor, 19 Oct 2011
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Google adds default end-to-end encryption to search

Google is rolling out default end-to-end encryption to people who use the site to seek for images, news and general webpages, a change that will better protect search queries and results from eavesdroppers. The SSL, or secure sockets layer, service will be offered by default to users who are signed into their Google accounts, beginning in the next few weeks, Google Product Manager Evelyn Kao wrote in a blog post published on Tuesday. The change, which will convert the default Google address to https://www.google.com (note the "s"), will encrypt search queries sent from a user's computer to Google and the resulting links, which travel the other way. People eavesdropping on the connection won't be able to easily read the traffic.
Dan Goodin, 19 Oct 2011
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Fund manager withdraws legal threat over security vuln

First State Super, the company that called the police and fired off legal threats when a security researcher notified it of vulnerabilities in its online funds management application, is reportedly softening its stance.
Richard Chirgwin, 19 Oct 2011
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Google Analytics goes with the flow

Web 2.0 SummitWeb 2.0 Summit Google is adding a visualization tool to its analytics stream that gives website operators a more graphical representation of who is visiting their pages.
Iain Thomson, 19 Oct 2011
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Trade Me set for end of year float

Fairfax Media’s partial float of dotcom asset Trade Me may be on the cards before the end of the year according to industry reports out of New Zealand.
Natalie Apostolou, 19 Oct 2011
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MC Hammer getting into search business

Web 2.0 SummitWeb 2.0 Summit Stanley Burrell, AKA MC Hammer, is getting into the search business with a startup called Wiredoo.
Iain Thomson, 19 Oct 2011
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Irish DPC to investigate Facebook

Even if you’re not a Facebook user, chances are that your computer is carrying cookies from The Social Network™. They’re scattered all over the Web like digital malarial mosquitoes waiting for the next host.
Richard Chirgwin, 19 Oct 2011
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IBM fails to keep Oz harassment case under wraps

Australia’s Federal Court has ruled against an attempt by IBM to suppress the details of a sexual harassment case against it.
Richard Chirgwin, 19 Oct 2011
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Google planning major upgrades to Google+ ‘within days’

Web 2.0 SummitWeb 2.0 Summit Google is planning to unveil a series of major upgrades to its social networking service starting in the next few days, including the ability to use Google Apps accounts to access Google+ and set up brand pages for companies and the use aliases instead of real names.
Iain Thomson, 19 Oct 2011
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NextIO punts I/O virtualizing Maestro

NextIO, a maker of server I/O virtualization switches based on PCI-Express technologies, has announced the third and probably the most significant of its products. It's called vNET I/O Maestro and is being peddled as a server I/O virtualization appliance that can take the place of Ethernet and Fibre Channel switches at the top of server racks.
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Talking virtualization with a FlexPod user

Sydney’s vForum conference was the venue for the Cisco / NetApp / VMware tie-up getting one of its first major Australian outings on Wednesday October 20.
Richard Chirgwin, 19 Oct 2011