Karen Friar

Karen Friar is news editor for ZDNet in the UK, based in London. She started out in film journalism in San Francisco, before making the switch to tech coverage at ZDNet.com. Next came a move to CNET News.com, where she looked after west coast coverage of business technology, and finally a return to her homeland with ZDNet UK.

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EMC cements in lead as storage market grows

EMC has held onto the top spot in the external disk storage market in the face of a surging NetApp, according to first-quarter figures from IDC.Overall, factory sales of external disk storage systems pulled in $5.

June 6, 2011 by Karen Friar

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Java SE to get 17 security fixes

Oracle plans to send out fixes on Tuesday for several Java Standard Edition security flaws, including some it rates as 'critical'.The Java SE Critical Patch Update for June will deliver 17 fixes for vulnerabilities that can be exploited by a remote attacker without the need for a username and password, the software maker said in an announcement on Friday.

June 6, 2011 by Karen Friar

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Office 365 to launch in June

Microsoft looks set to officially release Office 365, its rebranded set of cloud-based business tools, on June 28.The launch was revealed in a post to Twitter on Friday by Jon Roskill, a vice president in Microsoft's Worldwide Partner Group.

June 6, 2011 by Karen Friar

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Ballmer goes off-message with Windows 8 timing hint

Microsoft's chief executive Steve Ballmer has indicated that the next version of Windows will arrive in 2012, only to be contradicted by the company's official press corps.At a developer's event in Tokyo on Tuesday, Ballmer spoke about several Microsoft products before finally talking about Windows 7 and the plans for the upcoming update to the OS.

May 24, 2011 by Karen Friar

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Finnish iPhone users to catch refunds from cold

The Finnish Consumer Agency has told iPhone owners in the country that they may be entitled to a refund if they were not warned that cold temperatures could cause problems for the Apple phone.The watchdog has been fielding questions from Finns who have noticed problems with the iPhone's performance in freezing conditions, a spokeswoman from the Finnish Consumer Agency confirmed to ZDNet UK on Friday.

January 31, 2011 by Karen Friar

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Virgin hooks up more towns to 100Mbps broadband

Five more UK towns have been connected to Virgin Media's 100Mbps service, as the ISP continues its 'ultrafast' cable broadband rollout started at the end of last year.On Tuesday, the ISP said that the next-generation broadband service is now on sale in Cheshunt and Hatfield, in Hertfordshire; Southport; Pentwyn near Cardiff; and Treforest, Rhondda Cynon Taf in Wales.

January 25, 2011 by Karen Friar

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Assange can be given bail, high court rules

Prosecutors have lost their bid to prevent Julian Assange, editor of Wikileaks, being released on bail while his extradition to Sweden on sex-crimes charges is decided, according to reports.On Thursday, the high court in London upheld a magistrates' court decision to allow Assange to be bailed.

December 16, 2010 by Karen Friar

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Time's running out - tell us your views on Wikileaks

There's only a few hours left to give us your opinion on the Wikileaks saga in our short survey.We've heard a lot from expert commentators about Julian Assange, the Wikileaks publications and the Anonymous backlash — but not much from the man in the street.

December 15, 2010 by Karen Friar

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Swedish appeal delays Assange's release

Swedish authorities have decided to appeal against a judge's decision to grant bail to Wikileaks editor Julian Assange, who faces extradition to Sweden for questioning on sex-crimes charges.The lodging of the appeal came on Tuesday, just hours after the bail decision in City of Westminster Magistrates Court in London.

December 14, 2010 by Karen Friar

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IBM plots route to cloud services for partners

IBM has set up a cloud-computing facility in the UK to help its business partners worldwide to develop, test and ultimately sell cloud-based services.The Cloud Computing Lab at Hursley IBM Innovation Centre provides access to the technologies needed for enterprises to add the cloud to their portfolio.

October 26, 2010 by Karen Friar

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