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Nintendo coughs to console case crack problem

Nintendo has admitted that some of its DS Lite handheld games consoles have been affected by a problem that causes the console's case to crack. The company claimed the damage was purely "cosmetic" and does not affect the "gameplay or integrity" of the gadget.
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Betonsports boss sacked for being arrested

Betonsports chief executive David Carruthers has been sacked by the firm following his arrest in Dallas last week.
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European Parliament calls for censorship code of conduct

The European Parliament has called on the European Commission to establish a code of conduct governing the online censorship of dissidents. It wants companies such as Google and Telecom Italia to pledge not to help governments censor their citizens.

Squeezebox maker pitches network music player at audiophiles

Slim Devices will ship its first audiophile-oriented network music player in September, the company said today. Dubbed the Transporter, the $1,999 stack-sized system is pitched at music lovers who want better sound quality than the company's Squeezebox can offer.

HP signs Baidu for China

HP has signed a deal with Chinese search outfit Baidu to preload its portal onto PCs it ships to China. The tie-up will last a year to begin with, starting October 2006.

Hitachi-LG preps world's first 4x Blu-ray burner

Hitachi-LG Data Storage (HLDS) will this month ship the world's first 4x Blu-ray Disc recorder, it has been claimed. The higher speed applies only to recording - rewriteable BD-RE media will spin at the more commonplace 2x speed.
Hard Reg, 25 2006
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Bowman report highlights MoD misses

The National Audit Office (NAO) has said the Ministry of Defence needs to raise its game in managing major projects.
Kablenet, 25 2006

VAT fraud drives booming UK exports

Soaring VAT fraud is significantly inflating the UK's export growth figures. The Ernst & Young ITEM Club Summer forecast, released yesterday, predicts that export growth for 2006 will be more than 15 per cent.
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UK declares war on cyberbullies

The government has published new guidelines to help parents and schools tackle the rise of cyber-bullying. Schools minister Jim Knight also said he would be working with industry to explore what more can be done by ISPs and telcos to help deal with the problem.

Motorola unveils slimmer, 'super 3G' RAZRs

Motorola yesterday launched its anticipated slimline KRZR and RIZR handsets, along with two 3G versions of the RAZR and an high-speed incarnation of its SLVR phone.

ATI's RD600 Intel edition will ship, says mobo maker

ATI CEO Dave Orton yesterday said the company's short-term roadmap remains the same, whether the firm gets bought by AMD or not, but there's still concern in some quarters that news of the takeover will impact ATI's ability to ship Intel-oriented chipsets in the near future. Well, according to mobo maker DFI, ATI's RD600 for Core 2 Duo will ship.

Ubuntu heads for the mainstream

Interview Mark Shuttleworth, millionaire cosmonaut and self-funded Linux guru, has managed to make his Ubuntu project the Linux distribution of choice in just two years. But now the friendly brown OS with the cute drumming noises faces an awkward journey towards the commercial mainstream.
Ben King, 25 2006

BenQ readies 'world's first' HDMI monitor

BenQ is gearing up to ship what it claims is the world's first computer monitor with an HDMI port. The 24in FP241W will support the full 1080p HD resolution when it ships this coming September.
Hard Reg, 25 2006
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Iraq sat phone shambles costs UK $1.1m

A failure to shut off the service of satellite phones stolen in Iraq has left UK taxpayers almost £600,000 ($1.1m) the poorer.
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Level 3 has a little lie-down in the sun

Level 3's data centre on Goswell Road suffered a five-hour outage on Sunday when uninterruptible power supplies got interupted. The hot weather in London meant the company was unable to keep temperatures down earlier on in the week - despite the help of the London Fire Brigade.

Panasonic splashes photos on HD TVs

Panasonic today announced a photo playback device that's ready for the HD TV era. It also supports the high capacity SDHC memory card format the company has been promoting of late and handily featured in its latest digital cameras and camcorders.
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Craigslist robberies rise

Craiglist isn't just about destroying local newspapers. It's about helping to "disintermediate" the local retail chain, too.
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EU will fund stem cell science

The EU yesterday decided not to follow the Bush administration's lead and declined to impose a blanket ban on federal funding of scientists doing research on embryonic stem cells.
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Gearing up for DIY BI

Comment Every coming trend or market needs a good name to define it, so let’s try this one: DIYBI, the Do IT Yourself Business Intelligence system.
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Amazon founder aims for space

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos is well and truly in the commercial space race, with details of his planned vertical take-off and landing rocket launcher emerging from the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA).

Apple ships Bluetooth Mighty Mouse

Apple has launched the wireless incarnation of its Mighty Mouse multi-button, scroll-ball fitted input device. As anticipated from recent Federal Communications Commission (FCC) filings, the rodent used Bluetooth 2.0 and drops LED optical tracking for a laser-based system.
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Scotty's ashes get new launch date

The ashes of actor James Doohan, better known as Star Trek's Scotty, will be sent up into space in October, just over a year after they were originally supposed to leave Earth.

Skype ships more 'Mac-specific' VoIP app for OS X

Updated Skype has posted version 1.5 of its VoIP client for Mac OS X. It's a pre-release test version and while Skype said the software was now even more Mac friendly than before, the OS X incarnation is still lagging some way behind the Windows release.

Stateside spam slaying stalls

US efforts to stop the nation serving as the world's top spam relaying nation are stalling.
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Micro-ISV: From vision to reality

Book review Every developer working for an employer dreams, at one time or another, about striking out alone.
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Roxio paves way for Mac-compatible Blu-ray burners

Roxio has added Blu-ray Disc authoring support to its Mac-based burning tool Toast 7, the company said today.
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Future of the net to be decided tomorrow

The future of the internet and the US government's role within it will be debated at a public meeting tomorrow in Washington DC.
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Appeal against ISP snooping goes to Washington

A group of technology companies and civil liberties groups will continue to challenge a law requiring ISPs to allow eavesdropping of customers by security agencies.

Hacker conference PI charged with witness tampering

The private investigator who was arrested by the Feds shortly before he was due to give a presentation on privacy at a hacker convention on Saturday has been charged with witness tampering and obstruction of justice.
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Stem cells flee DC for Xanadu

Letters Bush has used his presidential veto for the first time to scupper the federal funding for stem cell research. We understand Nancy Reagan is not happy with him. And neither were you. We wanted to include a letter of Bush-support, for balance, but we didn't get ANY:   "The president is not going to get on the slippery slope of taking something living and making it dead for the purposes of scientific research."
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IBM's fresh Unix (1) boxes maul old HP servers

IBM today mucked up a perfectly good Unix server announcement by coating it in a vague, software ooze.

People-chipping tech cloned by hackers

Hackers demonstrated how to clone a copy of an human-implanted RFID chip at a hacking conference this week. The demonstration goes against claims from people-chipping firm VeriChip that its technology, the subject of the experiment, can uniquely identify an individual.

Sun's Q4 loss/sales spike combo stuns Wall Street

Call him "Mixed Bag Schwartz." Sun Microsystems' new CEO hit investors with a large net loss but also a surprising, healthy spike in sales, as the company reported fourth quarter results today.
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Boffins map surface of Titan by accident

Every planetary landing mission that flies from now on will effectively gain an new sensor set without a single extra piece of equipment, thanks to a chance discovery by scientists working on data from the Huygens lander.
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HP drives Mercury Interactive into garage for $4.5bn

Hewlett Packard has bought into the application performance and IT governance trend by acquiring Mercury Interactive in HP's biggest deal since the Compaq purchase.
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Ingres grabs Thinking Instruments

CA spin out Ingres has announced its first corporate acquisition in a deal that capitalizes on the core Ingres heritage established by its former parent company.