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Sundance shorts debut on iTunes

Short films from the upcoming Sundance film festival will be released through Apple's iTunes for download. Documentary, animated and drama shorts from the 2007 Sundance Film Festival will go on sale at $1.99 each on the iTunes Store from Monday, 22 January.
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Woolworths punts must-have kids' book for £99m

The parents among you know how it is: your kid wants that must-have item and you will stop at nothing to ensure your offspring's happiness.
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Skype boys christen video venture

The Venice Project - created by Skype and Kazaa founders Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis - has been renamed Joost.com.
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Pretexting banned in the US

The kind of surveillance activities carried out on behalf of computing giant Hewlett-Packard which caused controversy last year have been made illegal in the US thanks to a new law.
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Japan confirms H5N1 bird flu outbreak

Four thousand Japanese chickens have died from an illness confirmed as the H5N1 strain of bird flu. The chickens were all being reared at a poultry farm in the Miyazaki prefecture on the southern island of Kyushu. The farmer's remaining 8,000 birds have now been culled.

Apple has toxic core: Greenpeace

Despite Apple's launch of the eco-friendly iPhone last week, Greenpeace is demanding an environmental revolution that will shake the company to its core.
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Water drinking death contest show taken off air

The Sacramento radio show behind a water drinking competition which saw one of the contestants die from apparent water intoxication has been taken off air indefinitely.
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Sony readies CompactFlash card line

Sony has decided to enter the CompactFlash market, an unusual move partly given the age of the format and its bulkiness in comparison to the latest memory cards but mostly because of Sony's penchant for its own design, Memory Stick.

Apple to charge for 802.11n Mac enabling software?

Apple is to allow owners of Macs equipped with 802.11n Wi-Fi adaptors to take advantage of the next-generation wireless technology, but it's going to charge punters for the privilege, it has been claimed.
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Scientists bring forward nuclear holocaust

The planet will move closer to an inevitable firey armageddon on Wednesday, when a group of atomic scientists move their "Doomsday clock" forward in response to the volatile international climate.
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Celebrity Big Brother in racism rumpus

UK TV watchdog Ofcom is looking into accusations of racism levelled at Celebrity Big Brother, the BBC reports. Around 2000 viewers have complained that Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty is being targeted by some other contestants because she's Indian.
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Scottish IT firms hit by Dell effect

Scottish IT firms are struggling to hold onto staff tempted by the recent arrival of Dell.
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Japan scales back lunar ambitions

Japan is reportedly scrapping plans to visit the moon. Problems in developing the science package for the planned lander have delayed the project by so much that the spacecraft earmarked to make the journey has become dilapidated. Repairing the craft would be too costly, the agency says.

Hamsard picks up the rest of CSF

Hamsard is paying £3.3m for the managed services business of CSF - the solutions part of the company was bought by Logicalis in December.
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Gigabyte, Asus JV pitches 'next-gen' gaming mobo

Football team soundalike Gigabyte United - it's actually a joint venture between Gigabyte and Asus - has launched its self-styled "richly featured next-generation gaming platform" dubbed the Gigabyte 6-Quad.

Trojans fuel ID theft boom

Identity theft, both offline and online, is on the rise with keylogging Trojan software often forming the weapon of choice for would-be fraudsters, according to a new study by net security firm McAfee.
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3 culls roaming charges

3 customers will no longer pay to receive calls, and will be able to use their bundled minutes, text, and data, when roaming onto a 3 network abroad.
Bill Ray, 16 2007

Sony PS3 sales pass 2m mark... two weeks late

Sony has shipped 1m PlayStation 3 consoles in Japan, the consumer electronics giant said yesterday, the day it hit that mark. However, the announcement was a tacit admission it has failed to hit the 2m-machine target it last year said to would reach by the end of 2006.
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Do you own these bookshelf must-haves?

CashnCarrion Though IT is one of the fastest changing industries, there are some things that endure the test of time.
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AOpen readies Car PC for Mitsubishi motors

Mini PC specialist AOpen today joined Mitsubishi to unveil a voice-controlled in-car computer designed to provide driver and passengers with travel information and keep them entertained - and connected - while they're out and about.
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Microsoft picks IBM top brain

Microsoft has bagged one of the brains behind IBM's application server and middleware strategies to land a bigger punch in corporate computing.
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Naomi Campbell up before the beak

Updated Battling supermodel Naomi Campbell is finally up before the beak today in a New York court on a second degree assault rap, The Evening Standard reports. The appearance follows a no-show last September which nearly resulted in the judge issuing a warrant for her arrest.
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IBM offers storage kit to tiddlers

IBM has extended its storage offering downmarket with the announcement of the cheapo DS3000 range for small and medium sized businesses (SMBs).
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US man badly burned by self-combusting cell phone

A US man has been badly burned in a fire resulting from a spontaneously-combusting mobile phone, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
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You've left your prints all over that flaming Mac

Letters The fire just won't go out. We've tried pouring sand on it, water, throwing blankets at it, but all we got was the odd feeling we'd been on an English seaside holiday. We're talking of course, about the flames licking up the edges of the pages we used to publish any mention of the new phone from that company. You know, the fruity one?
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1and1 says problems are over

Hosting provider 1and1 says it has sorted out problems which were delaying email today and yesterday and said it was sorry for any hassle caused.
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Beatles lyrics auctioned for $300,000

The handwritten lyrics to While My Guitar Gently Weeps - penned by George Harrison - have been auctioned in the US for a cool $300,000, the BBC reports.

Apple attacks iPhone UI emulators

Apple is apparently taking a dim view of software developers emulating the bright Mac OS X user interface it's developed for its upcoming iPhone handset. Attempts to post graphics that bring the look of the iPhone to existing Palm OS, Windows Mobile and Symbian devices are being repulsed by legal threats.
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US Navy seeks help in developing e-warfare systems

The US Navy is looking for help from the IT industry to develop technologies that can block mobile phone signals or broadcast transmissions.

UK consumers bought 200,000 Nintendo Wiis over Xmas

Nintendo sold almost 200,000 Wiis in the UK and more than 500,000 of the next-gen console across the rest of Europe during December 2006, the company has claimed. However, it also admitted it's still having a job shipping out enough of them.
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Page 3 girl in net sex vid shocker

Page 3 girl Keeley Hazell was reduced to a "sobbing wreck" after an explicit sex video of her and a former boyfriend escaped onto the internet, The Sun reports.

HP gets denser, faster...

HP claims to have made a chip design breakthrough that could result in integrated circuits up to eight times denser than those currently in production.
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Cattle branding comes to the 21st Century

Somark Innovations, a small company working out of Saint Louis, has successfully tested an RFID tattoo, on cows, mice and rats: enabling an identifying number embedded under the skin to be read from over a meter away.
Bill Ray, 16 2007
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X-ray exposes ring-swallowing thief

A jewellry-swallowing ne'er-do-well who tried to make off with a £1,750 engagement ring from a shop in Dorchester, England was collared when police ran a metal detector over his stomach.
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Apple's iPhone: theoretical risks of unreleased handset

Apple's iPhone is unlikely to become a gateway device for mobile malware, Symantec says. The handset will run an operating system based on Mac OS X, thus opening the possibility that the small number of viruse targeting the platform might be re-purposed to infect iPhone.

Symantec blames deferrals for missing Q3 target

Symantec said its third-quarter revenue and profit fell below its forecast, as sales of data center management products failed to perform as expected.

Transmeta clocks another CEO

In the midst of making war with Intel, Transmeta has tapped a new CEO. The former chip maker and now chip IP specialist has picked Lester Crudele as its new president and CEO. Crudele takes the helm on Feb 1, when current prez and CEO Arthur Swift steps down.
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Netflix puts the Net into Flix

Netflix, the online movie rental business, is to offer films and TV episodes over the internet. Subscribers download a browser applet, which lets them watch stuff using a real-time playback technology.

SAP in Salesforce.com thunder-stealing exercise

SAP has tried to deflate Salesforce.com's latest update event by announcing competing products and services for the mid-market.
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Tradedoubler shareholders snub AOL's $900m bid

AOL, which yesterday agreed to pay $900 million for Swedish company Tradedoubler.com is pledging to hold firm on the hefty sum, despite opposition from some shareholders of the acquisition target.

Intel makes income disappear in Q4

Intel performed a disappearing act during its fourth quarter, hiding revenue and income from investors. The chip giant saw Q4 revenue drop five per cent to $9.7bn. More stunning, however, was Intel's 39 per cent net income slide to $1.5bn (EPS of 26 cents). These results capped off a difficult year for the company, as it tried to reorganize products and staff to deal with a stronger AMD.