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FTC settles spying charges on rent-to-own computers

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has settled a case against a software vendor and seven rent-to-own PC sellers over charges that they illegally spied on customers.
Iain Thomson, 26 Sep 2012
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NYPD: iPhone thefts rising ten times rate of other crimes

Thefts of iPhones and iPads in New York City have increased at a rate ten times higher than other crime during this year – and the police are offering help to protect your Apple kit.
Rik Myslewski, 26 Sep 2012
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Oracle offers tiny tools for pint-sized Java devices

Oracle has announced two new Java products for embedded systems, with the aim of getting the object-oriented language running on as wide a range of devices as possible, including ones with very limited resources.
Neil McAllister, 26 Sep 2012

Philippines pinches nose, averts eyes, bans cybersex

The government of the Philippines – which presides over a population that’s a jewel in the Vatican crown – has passed a cybersecurity law which, among other things, outlaws cybersex.
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High-energy physics opens up

The Higgs boson isn’t the only win CERN can point to this year: the organization that runs the Large Hadron Collider has overcome a political challenge to match its physics: helping provide open access to the entire field of high-energy physics.
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New critical Java flaw claimed

Oracle's Java is making a play to wrest back the title of world's leakiest code from Internet Explorer, after Polish researcher Adam Gowdiak claimed another critical flaw exists in the product.
Simon Sharwood, 26 Sep 2012
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Sharp to slice 11,000 job in bid to slash losses

Struggling Japanese electronics giant Sharp is set to cut nearly 11,000 jobs, double that originally feared, as well as offload some overseas factories and reduce wages in a desperate bid to haul itself out of the red by next April.
Phil Muncaster, 26 Sep 2012
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Google swims with the fishes

Perhaps inspired by the tourists who followed their Satnav and drove into the sea, Google has lugged cameras beneath the waves and added the results to the StreetView service.
Simon Sharwood, 26 Sep 2012
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Barnes & Noble Nook HD and HD+ hands-on review

Review Giant US book retailer Barnes & Noble is coming to the UK, setting up shop here to sell e-books online rather than finding a foothold in the High Street. Its weapons against established retailers and arch-rival Amazon: the Nook Simple Touch GlowLight 'backlit' E Ink e-book reader and a pair of new tablets able to take the fight not only to the Kindle Fire and the Asus-made Google Nexus 7 but also Apple's dominant iPad.
Tony Smith, 26 Sep 2012
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UN agency didn't break North Korea tech embargo

The United Nations has decided that one of its own agencies was not guilty of breaking sanctions by exporting technology to North Korea in a bid to help the axis of evil country with its burgeoning intellectual property rights.
Phil Muncaster, 26 Sep 2012
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Kiwi cops forgot Kim Dotcom's visa

New Zealand's Organised and Financial Crime Agency New Zealand (OFCANZ) seems to have forgotten or ignored Kim Dotcom's Permanent Resident status when it asked local spooks to tap his phones, according to a document posted online detailing arguments in the case.
Simon Sharwood, 26 Sep 2012
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If you see 'URGENT tax rebate download' in an inbox, kill it with fire

FireEye has put together a list of the most common words and phrases that appear in fake emails designed to infect corporate networks and steal data.
John Leyden, 26 Sep 2012
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Toshiba leaps aboard flash-platter combo bandwagon with a wild cry

Toshiba has produced its own hybrid drive, following Seagate's lead and WD's stated intention.
Chris Mellor, 26 Sep 2012
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Guardian's Robin Hood plan: Steal from everyone to give to us

Comment The brother-in-law of the Guardian's editor - the paper's investigative reporter David Leigh - has floated an idea to save the newspaper industry.
Andrew Orlowski, 26 Sep 2012

They said it wasn't right for biz - but Samsung unveils TLC SSD

Samsung's South Korean headquarters has announced two new 840 SSDs, one of which uses three-level cell (TLC) technology , a first for the industry, and the other a more normal two bits per cell, the 840 Pro.
Chris Mellor, 26 Sep 2012
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Info-flinging service Nokia Life gets webby, gains a plus

Nokia has extended its Life Tools selection with Life+, a web-based addition to its advice-and-information-dispensing SMS service, reflecting just how widespread basic data services are these days.
Bill Ray, 26 Sep 2012
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UK air traffic controller lands 6,000-seater VDI on flashy Violin arrays

The UK's national air transportation service is basing a 6,000 seat private cloud VDI system on flash arrays from VIOLIN Memory.
Chris Mellor, 26 Sep 2012
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Larry couldn't, but we can: Upstart Waratek touts cloudy Java love

A startup has pledged to deliver for Java what the brains of Larry Ellison’s mighty Oracle and the entire Java community cannot: cloud scalability - now.
Gavin Clarke, 26 Sep 2012
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NZ bloke gets eel stuck up jacksie

A New Zealand hospital refused to speculate last week on just how one patient managed to get an eel stuck up his backside.
Lester Haines, 26 Sep 2012
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Yahoo! boss! boots! out! CFO! and! Google! kisses! up! for! future! search! deal!

It's easy for Google chairman Eric Schmidt to be playful about a future search deal with Yahoo! now that ex-Chocolate Factory Golden Girl Marissa Mayer is at the helm of the Purple Palace. Schmidt apparently hinted at just such a search pact on Tuesday.
Kelly Fiveash, 26 Sep 2012
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HDS's young HUS array gets BIG new brother

HDS has merged its high-end array code with its low-end HUS hardware. The unified file, block and object storage HUS 100 array is barely two months old and now has a larger brother.
Chris Mellor, 26 Sep 2012
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Brit turns Comp Sci coursework into $100k glad-rags search biz

Vid A computer science graduate who used her final-year coursework on image processing to establish a startup has netted a $100k (£60k) prize.
Anna Leach, 26 Sep 2012
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Ex-HP boss Mark Hurd's $53m gold parachute approved by judge

A US judge has dismissed a shareholder lawsuit against HP's board of directors over its bumper severance payment to ex-CEO Mark Hurd.

Azzurri sales talks with Alternative Networks 'are over' - insiders

Talks that begun months ago between biz voice and data comms firm Azzurri Communications and AIM-listed suitor Alternative Networks have reached a stalemate over price, claim sources close to negotiations.
Paul Kunert, 26 Sep 2012
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Antique Code Show So I just re watched Cabin in the Woods (spoiler alert) and when the big glowing god hand explodes out of the earth in the last frame, I was left with a niggle at the back of my subconscious.
Lucy Orr, 26 Sep 2012
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TalkTalk somehow retains most-complained-about-ISP title AGAIN

TalkTalk has once again been crowned the worst broadband and telephone provider by its cheesed-off customers, communications regulator Ofcom confirmed this morning.
Kelly Fiveash, 26 Sep 2012
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Windows Store size doubles: Now 0.3% the size of Apple's

The number of apps in Windows Store - Microsoft’s online software shop - has apparently doubled in 10 days.
Gavin Clarke, 26 Sep 2012
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GiffGaff: We've got no iPhones, but here's how to cut down your SIM

While O2's discount wing, GiffGaff, isn't offering the iPhone 5, it is providing instructions for those willing to take up the scissors and give their existing SIM a trim.
Bill Ray, 26 Sep 2012
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NetApp insists it won't drop StorageGRID

The Register's storage desk has been told by insiders that NetApp is going to drop its bought-in StorageGRID product in favour of an internal object development from its Indian operation.
Chris Mellor, 26 Sep 2012
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SourceForge mirror cracked: Served admin tool with gaping backdoor

SourceForge has launched a clean-up after a backdoored copy of phpMyAdmin was served up from a Korean-based mirror maintained by the popular open source repository.
John Leyden, 26 Sep 2012
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Freetard-idol rock star Trent Reznor gives up, signs to major label

When Nine Inch Nails rock star Trent Reznor decided to go into DIY music publishing in 2008, he became a freetard poster child overnight. For the project, Reznor bypassed The Man to release a long instrumental album under the NIN banner in a variety of formats: some tracks were given away for free, $5 bought you a compressed digital version, while vinyl options ranged from $10 to $300.
Andrew Orlowski, 26 Sep 2012
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Samsung slaps swift patch over phone-wiping Galaxy S III vuln

Samsung has whipped out a fix for an embarrassing flaw in its smartphones that allows miscreants to wipe victims' phones with a simple web link. The South Korean electronics giant is pushing out the patch right now.
Bill Ray, 26 Sep 2012
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Google in new Maps patent row - but not with Apple

Wi-Fi location database biz Skyhook has launched fresh legal action against Google, claiming the advertising giant's maps service infringes nine of its geo-location patents.
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Cisco CEO wouldn't bet the farm on HP turnaround

HP CEO Meg Whitman reckons the titan's revival won't happen overnight, but according to Cisco top dog John Chambers it might not happen at all.
Paul Kunert, 26 Sep 2012
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Tesla drops veil on TOP SECRET solar Superchargers

Elon Musk's e-car company Tesla has unveiled its built-in-secret Supercharger network, which will supply free juice to Model S sedans but no other plug-in cars.
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Google exec faces arrest after vid tears strip off Brazilian

A judge in Brazil has ordered the arrest of a Google exec after the company refused to remove YouTube videos that hit out at a mayoral candidate in the Latin American country.
Team Register, 26 Sep 2012
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Windows 8 and you – So, what's next?

Live Chat It’s the early 2000s and Microsoft has delivered its latest versions of Visual Studio and Windows.
Gavin Clarke, 26 Sep 2012
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Vandals break into congressman's office, install Linux on PCs

A US congressmen has been left incensed after miscreants installed Linux on computers at his campaign office, possibly thrashing some data in the process.
John Leyden, 26 Sep 2012
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Tech budgets in schools heading north again

The amount of money schools splash on tech is on the up despite the government putting an end to ring-fenced spending for ICT a year ago, a study by the British Educational Suppliers Association (BESA) has found.
Paul Kunert, 26 Sep 2012
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RIM shares bounce on BlackBerry 10 optimism

The number of BlackBerry users is up slightly, despite the aging OS and hardware, lifting RIM shares that that already been buoyed by previews of the shiny new OS10.
Bill Ray, 26 Sep 2012
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Connected TVs snatch online video viewing crown from PCs

More people watch internet-sourced video on their TVs than their PCs - at least in the US. Another sign, maybe, that the PC is losing its place at the centre of consumers' digital lives, at least for video entertainment.
Hard Reg, 26 Sep 2012
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Symantec source code leak becomes torrent

Hacktivists once again poked fun at Symantec after previously leaked source code for Symantec's Norton Utilities 2006 software was made available as a torrent on Monday. Symantec downplayed the significance of the leak, saying it only involved obsolete code that had already been exposed.
John Leyden, 26 Sep 2012
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Skydiver sets date for 'supersonic' edge-of-space PLUNGE

Vid Balls-of-steel skydiver Felix Baumgartner has set a date for his "supersonic" attempt to break the world's highest space jump record.
Anna Leach, 26 Sep 2012
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Speaking in Tech: Watching Downton Abbey on your Kindle Fire?

Podcast Podcast It's another enterprise techcast with hosts Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela. This week, we slow it down with everyone together for the first time in weeks. You'll also hear about Kindle Fire fights, The New York Times data centre and what went down at the Storage Developer Conference.
Team Register, 26 Sep 2012

Acronis sucks up another Red Hatter

Backup software outfit Acronis wants to break out of the backup ghetto, and has recruited a Red Hat cloud business exec to help it do this. Scott Crenshaw will become its chief marketing officer, with a focus on enterprise file sync 'n' share.
Chris Mellor, 26 Sep 2012
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Google celebrates as Android hits 25 billion downloads

Over the next five days, the Mountain View Chocolate Factory will offer a series of discounts on products and applications in its Google Play store to celebrate hitting the 25 billion–downloads mark.
Iain Thomson, 26 Sep 2012
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Researcher offers quick fix for Samsung remote wipe vuln

Although Samsung has yet to issue patches for most of the phones affected by a recently discovered remote-wipe vulnerability, a German security researcher has released an app that he says can block the exploit.
Neil McAllister, 26 Sep 2012

Carbon fiber MacBooks to appear soon?

Those long-rumored carbon fiber MacBooks may be inching closer towards reality, if anonymous Asian sources can be trusted.
Rik Myslewski, 26 Sep 2012
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HP pitches four-socketeer Xeon E5 borg boxes

As El Reg readers know, HP has been quietly shipping four-socket rack servers sporting Intel's Xeon E5-4600 servers since August and talking about its four-socket blade since that time, and now the company is finally getting around to formally announcing the boxes and talking up the benefits of four-socketeers for certain workloads.
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Hobbyist star-gazer cops amazing eyeful of Jupiter's space ball

An amateur astronomer has captured stunning images of Jupiter's moon Ganymede.
Team Register, 26 Sep 2012
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Intel denies that its CEO thinks Windows 8 isn't ready

Intel has denied reports that CEO Paul Otellini believes Microsoft is releasing Windows 8 before it's "fully ready," saying instead that Chipzilla has the utmost confidence in Redmond's latest OS.
Neil McAllister, 26 Sep 2012
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Google charms Greenpeace with wind powered data center deal

Google has signed a contract to obtain 48 megawatts of wind energy from the Canadian Hills Wind Project in Oklahoma to power its data center in that state.
Iain Thomson, 26 Sep 2012
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Blazing new comet may OUTSHINE THE MOON in 2013

Astroboffins have spotted a new comet that's scheduled to make its earthly appearance in November 2013, blazing through the night skies with a brightness that could well outshine the full Moon.
Rik Myslewski, 26 Sep 2012

Russia blocks Monsanto corn in GM study fallout

Monsanto’s GM corn, the centre of a storm inspired by the now-notorious French “rat tumours” study, has been banned from Russia following a decision by consumer rights regulator Rospotrebnadzor.