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RSA breach leaks data for hacking SecurID tokens

Attackers breached the servers of RSA and stole information that could be used to compromise the security of two-factor authentication tokens used by 40 million employees to access sensitive corporate and government networks, the company said late Thursday.
Dan Goodin, 18 Mar 2011

Google (finally) releases antidote to Google ad webpage drag

Google has rolled out a new AdSense script that will load the company's ubiquitous contextual ads significantly faster than in the past.
Cade Metz, 18 Mar 2011
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Supercomputer charts killer tsunami's course

The US National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has run simulations that show how the tsunami triggered by last Friday's 9.0 Miyagi earthquake in northeastern Japan propagated across the Pacific Ocean.

RIM PlayBook to sync with Microsoft Exchange cloud

The PlayBook – the iPad challenger from BlackBerry maker RIM – is following Apple's device into the workplace with the assistance of Microsoft.
Gavin Clarke, 18 Mar 2011

Groupon worth 'as much as $25 billion'

Online daily-discount provider Groupon is rumored to be talking with banks about a public offering that would value it at as much as $25bn.
Rik Myslewski, 18 Mar 2011

HP's 'vision' should embrace Apple, not copy it

Open...and ShutHewlett-Packard needs to grow, but its chief executive Leo Apotheker has made it very clear that he intends to boost HP's fortunes in a very non-Oracle sort of way.
Matt Asay, 18 Mar 2011
Nikon D7000

Nikon D7000 DSLR camera

ReviewIn the months following the launch of its new mid-range DSLR at Photokina, Nikon struggled to keep up with demand, so successful and fabled the D7000 had quickly become. But does it really live up to the hype?
Catherine Monfils, 18 Mar 2011

Vince Cable to cut training and flexible work rules

The Department for Business Innovation and Skills is promising to cut regulations on flexible working and training for smaller companies.
John Oates, 18 Mar 2011
Noka Software Updater for Mac

Nokia Software Updater for Mac Beta

ReviewThere was a time when having to use anything but a Nokia phone would evoke fears of disorientation and a general unease about straying from my comfort zone. Sony Ericsson? Where is everything? Motorola? Does it do iSync? Samsung? Er... Even though Nokia never actually overwhelmed Mac users with its support for the platform, if you picked the right phone, then Apple’s iSync could be used on a number of handsets to synchronise address book and calendar data.
Bob Dormon, 18 Mar 2011

US e-book sales double as dead tree demand dips

The US is experience a boom in demand for e-books. Sales were up almost 116 per cent during January when compared to the same month in 2010, hitting $69.9m.
Tony Smith, 18 Mar 2011

How Google taped up its email outage wounds

CommentDoes tape have a role in cloud computing?
Chris Mellor, 18 Mar 2011

Sweden postpones EU data retention directive, faces court, fines

Sweden is to delay the implementation of the controversial EU data retention directive for a year, risking a heavy fine of up to €68m, whereas Austria has decided to implement the directive after a European Court of Justice ruling in 2010.
Jan Libbenga, 18 Mar 2011

Cloud music boom: everyone wins, except the creators

Hurrah! Research company ABI has predicted a boom in paid-for streaming music services benefitting a long list of winners. There's just a few groups in the loser column... including the artists who make the music.
Andrew Orlowski, 18 Mar 2011

O2 ups 3G speeds by 30%

O2 has begun sending HSPA 3G through the 900MHz band, using it to up the capacity of its 3G service
Tony Smith, 18 Mar 2011

MS claims credit for Rustock botnet takedown

Action taken by Microsoft and law enforcement agencies was responsible for the takedown of the infamous spam-spewing Rustock botnet, the software giant said today.
John Leyden, 18 Mar 2011

BOFH: In distributed denial

Episode 3
Simon Travaglia, 18 Mar 2011

Government to scrap COI, axe up to 1,000 communication jobs

UK.gov plans to replace the Central Office of Information with a new executive agency that deals with the government's marketing and advertising activity.
Kelly Fiveash, 18 Mar 2011

A glimpse at Amazon's app store

Bored bloggers at a German website tried typing the expected address of Amazon's forthcoming app store, and were rewarded with a glimpse of the initial stock and pricing.
Bill Ray, 18 Mar 2011

I floated a site into the cloud, and it didn't rain down in chunks...

WAR on the Cloud, part 1:The "cloud" is still somewhat in its novelty phase as with virtualisation and (say) XML of yesteryear, when simply waving them at an application would magically make all your troubles drop away, like sessions on a crashing web server.
Damon Hart-Davis, 18 Mar 2011

Half of 2011's PCs to use CPU GPUs

Around half of the personal computers shipping this year will drive displays using CPU-integrated graphics engines.
Hard Reg, 18 Mar 2011

Fukushima one week on: Situation 'stable', says IAEA

The situation at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear powerplant in Japan, badly damaged during the extremely severe earthquake and tsunami there a week ago, continues to stabilise. It is becoming more probable by the day that public health consequences will be zero and radiation health effects among workers at the site will be so minor as to be hard to measure. Nuclear experts are beginning to condemn the international hysteria which has followed the incident in increasingly blunt terms.
Lewis Page, 18 Mar 2011

Google's copyright review: Google lays down the Google law

Google's contribution to the review of the intellectual property created to please Google was always going to be an important document. And here it is, typos and all; what a shame Google didn't review it on the way out of the door - some parts are unreadable.
Andrew Orlowski, 18 Mar 2011

Yahoo! to! offload! Delicious! as! early! as! next! week!

Yahoo! is reportedly close to bagging a new suitor for its bookmarking web property Delicious.
Kelly Fiveash, 18 Mar 2011

Woman fingers ex in 15-foot strip pole theft mystery

A Florida woman has turned on her ex-boyfriend after the sudden disappearance of her 15-foot "expert dancing pole" following the couple's breakup.
Joe Fay, 18 Mar 2011


ReviewTHQ has made it abundantly clear that it intends to step it up as a publisher, marquee titles – the likes of De Blob 2, Red Faction: Armageddon and indeed Homefront are all part of that plan – as the publishing house looks to take on Activision and EA, specialists in the art of the cross-platform blockbuster.
Mike Plant, 18 Mar 2011

Apple 'gay-cure' app severely slapped

Apple is today accused of anti-gay discrimination, following the release of an iPhone app that aims to help people find “freedom from homosexuality”.
Jane Fae , 18 Mar 2011

RIM ruffles operator features with NFC play

RIM is the latest manufacturer to pitch NFC as something that bypasses network operators to the advantage of manufacturers, rather to the annoyance of said operators.
Bill Ray, 18 Mar 2011

Actress meets feds investigating nude photo Gmail hack

Actress Vanessa Hudgens has met with federal investigators who are probing a reported hack of her personal Gmail account. The hack led to the online distribution of nude photos and videos of the High School Musical star.
John Leyden, 18 Mar 2011
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Game steals thunder from Eurogamer show

Retailer Game has announced its own consumer-focused videogame show, to be held one week before the big Eurogamer Expo this September. Coincidence?
Caleb Cox, 18 Mar 2011

Cisco shells out first dividend

Cisco Systems has finally grown up and is starting to pay a quarterly dividend to shareholders.
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Phones4U sold on again

Mobe retailer Phones4U has been bought by BC Partners from its previous private equity owners.
John Oates, 18 Mar 2011

Three to drop mobile smut shield

Network operator Three is to stop filtering out smut that monthly subscribers are attempting to view on their mobile phones.
Tony Smith, 18 Mar 2011
Eye of Sauron

Microsoft Kinect powers DIY Eye of Sauron

Microsoft's Kinect has been wielded for numerous applications, but now it has been used to create a giant eyeball that follows you round the room.
Caleb Cox, 18 Mar 2011

TV sitcom opens up the world of penetration testing

The world of penetration testing has become the unlikely topic of a new sitcom from Fox.
John Leyden, 18 Mar 2011

X-51 hypersonic scramjet test bird ready for second flight

The X-51A hypersonic scramjet project is back on track, according to its chiefs, with problems that occurred on the inaugural test flight now ironed out and a second flight pencilled in for 22 March.
Lewis Page, 18 Mar 2011
Duke Nukem

Duke Nuke teases with sapphic siblings

NSFWHere's a trailer for the highly anticipated Duke Nukem Forever.
Caleb Cox, 18 Mar 2011

Google to enforce SSL encryption on developer APIs

Google will soon require the use of SSL encryption with three of its developer-facing APIs.
Cade Metz, 18 Mar 2011
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AT&T ends illicit handset tethering

AT&T is clamping down on subscribers who have jailbroken their iOS devices or rooted their Android handsets in order to tether their computers or tablets to the intertubes without paying for that service.
Rik Myslewski, 18 Mar 2011

IBM accused of bribery in China, South Korea

The US Securities and Exchange Commission has filed a lawsuit against IBM, alleging that the company paid bribes to government officials in China and South Korea to secure deals for the sale of mainframe and PCs among different government agencies.
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Dell: 'Yes, we will offer multiple Amazonian public clouds'

Dell director of storage strategy Carter George has confirmed that the company will offer at least two "public clouds" – one based on Microsoft's Azure platform and another based on, well, something else.
Cade Metz, 18 Mar 2011

Anonymous DoS attacks thwarted with Aikido hip throw

In early December, researchers from security firm Radware were dispatched to repel attacks against a company being targeted by the Anonymous hacking collective and could only be described as fierce and potentially devastating.
Dan Goodin, 18 Mar 2011

IBM: Our appliance servers smoke Ellison's 'phony baloney'

IBM is spoiling for a fight with Oracle, as was abundantly in evidence at Big Blue's recent Investor Day at the company's TJ Watson Research Center north of New York City.

Microsoft: IE9's web privacy hole? A feature, not a bug

A hole has been spotted in Internet Explorer 9's do-not-track technology, and Microsoft says it's a feature not a bug.
Gavin Clarke, 18 Mar 2011

Programmer gets 8 years for theft of stock trading software

A former Goldman Sachs software developer has been sentenced to eight years in prison for stealing proprietary code used in the firm's high-speed trading platform.
Dan Goodin, 18 Mar 2011

Google patches Flash bug before Adobe

Google has already released an update for its Chrome browser that fixes a critical vulnerability in Adobe's Flash Player that's under attack. Users of the animation software on other browsers and operating systems will have to wait until next week for the same patch.
Dan Goodin, 18 Mar 2011

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