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Shuttle Endeavour 'go' for Sunday blastoff

NASA's space shuttle Endeavour is ready for a pre-dawn launch this Sunday, carrying a new room and seven-window observation dome to the International Space Station. Officials at Kennedy Space Center said liftoff is go for 4:39 AM EST (9:39 AM GMT, 1:39 AM PST), with an 80 per cent chance of good weather. "The team is energized …
Austin Modine, 05 Feb 2010
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Cisco preps data center interconnect

Cisco is reportedly prepping a software upgrade for its flagship Nexus 7000 switches designed to ease the movement of loads and virtual machines across multiple data centers. Dubbed Overlay Transport Virtualization (OTV), the technology essentially encapsulates and forwards Layer 2 Ethernet LAN traffic across disparate data …
Austin Modine, 05 Feb 2010
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IBM preps biz info flow sniffer

Next month, IBM will demonstrate new business software designed to track how information flows across different systems and squeal when it spots potential flaws or alterations. Based on its own research along with technology from the $225m acquisition of Guardium in 2009, IBM's InfoSphere Business Information Monitor will be …
Austin Modine, 04 Feb 2010
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Oracle: destroyer of virtual worlds

Another of Sun Microsystem's almost-practical projects for Java has been shuttered now that Oracle holds the purse strings. Project Darkstar, an open-source application server catered specifically for massively multiplayer online games, will no longer receive Snoracle funding. The news was announced yesterday with a post to the …
Austin Modine, 04 Feb 2010

Cisco books back in the black

Cisco System's quarterly profit surged 23 per cent as renewed interest in corporate infrastructure upgrades saw the network giant post its first sales increase in a year. Chief executive John Chambers heralded the financial results as a "clear indication" that we're entering "the second phase of the economic recovery." In …
Austin Modine, 03 Feb 2010
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IBM Initiates master data buy

IBM said today that it plans to acquire Initiate Systems, one of the few master data management (MDM) vendors that hadn't yet been gobbled down by a software megafirm. Chicago-based Initiate specializes in MDM software for healthcare and government organizations. Big Blue's purchase arrives on the heels of MDM rival Informatica …
Austin Modine, 03 Feb 2010
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Salesforce delivers rules tools for Force cloud

Salesforce.com is sinking its talons deeper into business applications with tools to build business rules in its Force.com platform. The company on Wednesday is expected to roll out the Force.com Visual Process Manager, which boasts a software-free serving of graphical process design. Salesforce joins giants like IBM, Oracle, …
Austin Modine, 03 Feb 2010
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JooJoo men strike back at CrunchPad suit

With Apple's latest cultware setting the world aflame over tablet PCs, it's easy to overlook another $500 couch potato media pad that made a rather spottier debut months earlier. Fusion Garage is supposedly getting set to release its JooJoo internet pad soon. But first, it's aiming to quash a lawsuit filed by the device's …
Austin Modine, 02 Feb 2010
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Cisco 120Gbps router rumored

Cisco is rumored to be cooking up a new carrier core router to outpace Juniper's speedy T1600. But it seems that issues with the supporting application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) design may delay the Cisco's telco router rollout by up to a year. The new MSC120 Cisco router will become heir to network giant's Carrier …
Austin Modine, 02 Feb 2010
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Windows 7 RC 'buy a copy' shut downs start next month

Updated Microsoft will soon put the screws on those still running last year's free preview of Windows 7 by incessantly shutting down their PC. Starting on February 15, Windows 7 Release Candidate will begin displaying a friendly notice every few hours to either get paying or get bent. Come March 1, the PC will begin a regimen of …
Austin Modine, 02 Feb 2010
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The Borings get another whack at Street View

Mr. and Mrs. Boring will get a third chance to fight Google over the snapping photos of their secluded home from a Street View spymobile. Last week, a federal appeals court partially revived the now-famous Pennsylvania couple's privacy lawsuit against Google. But the 3rd US Circuit Court of Appeals ruling said that Aaron and …
Austin Modine, 01 Feb 2010
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Obama scraps Constellation moon mission

President Barack Obama is calling on NASA to cancel its plans to return astronauts to the moon by 2020 and instead focus on developing "building blocks" for future deep space exploration as well as partnerships with private industry. The canned lunar program, called Constellation, "was over budget, behind schedule, and lacking …
Austin Modine, 01 Feb 2010
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Microsoft and IBM cloud collab claims deflated

You have to leave it to IBM and Microsoft. The two won't let a small thing like a shrinking market douse the fire of a heated rivalry over business collaboration wares. The business collaboration market is hot right now. Red hot! Well, hypothetically red hot. But that's reason enough for these software giants to make some very …
Austin Modine, 01 Feb 2010
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Woman sues rail line for 'exploding' toilet

ROTM A woman is suing Chicago's regional rail system for injuries sustained when a toilet she used "exploded" underneath her. Artist's (tasteful) interpretation of an exploding toilet. In a complaint filed in Cook County Circuit Court in Illinois, Julianna Mandernach accuses the Chicago Metra line of negligently allowing public …
Austin Modine, 29 Jan 2010
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CA taps IBM alum as chief exec

CA has tapped another IBM veteran as its next chief executive officer, replacing its turn-around champion John Swainson, who retired from the IT management omnicorp's helm at the close of 2009. The company's new CEO, William McCracken, has served as executive chairman since Swainson's retirement plans were announced in …
Austin Modine, 29 Jan 2010
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Juniper needles way to recovery

Juniper Networks saw a slight drop in fourth-quarter profit, but the network kit maker unexpectedly topped its own estimates for revenue thanks to renewed spending from corporate customers and US phone carriers. The world's second-largest network kit maker is also optimistic for a rebound from 2009, which saw profits for most …
Austin Modine, 28 Jan 2010
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Ellison wants another failing Bay Area giant

Larry Ellison clearly has a soft spot in his wallet for struggling San Francisco Bay institutions. On Wednesday, Oracle's chief executive finally confirmed long-standing rumors that he's trying to buy the Golden State Warriors, the Oakland, California-based professional basketball franchise. The question is whether the team's …
Austin Modine, 28 Jan 2010
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Google graduates social stalking tool

Google's social network stalking aid has graduated from the company's experimental Labs site to prime-time on Google.com. In the next few days, with its Social Search tool, Google will let English-language users scour for publicly-available content produced by friends and online contacts . To use social search, users need to …
Austin Modine, 28 Jan 2010
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Japanese biometric border check no match for, um, tape

Japan's million-dollar biometric immigration screening systems are still no match for a little ingenuity - and some tape. Two South Korean women have been arrested on suspicion of bypassing a cutting-edge fingerprint reading machine and illegally entering Japan by using special tape bearing the fingerprints other people. The …
Austin Modine, 28 Jan 2010

Cisco offers $250k for your billion dollar idea

Ever dream of coming up with the word's next billion-dollar idea – then handing it over to Cisco for a chance to win a 0.025 per cent cut of that billion? Well, now's your next big chance, you silly goose! The network giant has launched its second-ever “I-Prize" contest to tap great business and technology ideas from you, the “ …
Austin Modine, 28 Jan 2010
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eBay refiddles with auction fees

eBay is making more changes to its already profoundly confusing US pricing structure as a way to attract high volume sellers and appease those who auction only a few low-priced items. The online tat house charges sellers twice per successful auction. There's an “insertion fee" to list an item on the website and a “final value …
Austin Modine, 27 Jan 2010
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Gates backs China in Google censorship spat

Lovable, huggable ex-monopolist Bill Gates has more often than not found himself batting for China in a recent publicity drive as head of the Gates Foundation. On his way to the World Economic Forum in Switzerland, the Microsoft-chief-turned philanthropist appears unmoved over China's position on internet censorship after Google …
Austin Modine, 27 Jan 2010
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Cisco sets free video con protocol

Cisco is hoping to expand its reach in video conferencing by giving away a telepresence protocol that allows Cisco kit to communicate with systems from other vendors. The network giant also give a peek at its upcoming consumer telepresence products and announced it's rolling out two new high-end video conferencing endpoints …
Austin Modine, 27 Jan 2010
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NASA's Spirit rover stuck for good

Spirit's days of wandering the Martian landscape are over, as NASA resigns itself to leaving the bogged-down rover in place to survive the Red Planet's winter. The space agency said Tuesday that it's ending efforts to extricate the robot from the loose soil where it's been trapped since April. Spirit will instead continue to …
Austin Modine, 26 Jan 2010
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IBM reloads Sun poaching gun

With the European Union finally giving approval to Oracle's $7.4bn acquisition of Sun Microsystems last week, IBM is stepping up efforts to exploit any untapped feelings of uncertainty in shops using Sun iron. On Tuesday, IBM announced the addition of new software to its four-year-old “Migration Factory” vendor poaching program …
Austin Modine, 26 Jan 2010