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Repetitive HP grabs another Flickr clone

HP has revealed plans to acquire Tabblo, proving it has an almost limitless cash stockpile to spend on start-ups that let customers fiddle with their photos online.
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Ideas behind computer games can be copied

General ideas and structures behind computer games and programs can be copied as long as the source code and graphics are not, the UK's Court of Appeal has ruled.

Ten battles the PS3 must fight to win the next-gen console war

So, it's Friday and eager gamers are already out and about trying to pick up a PlayStation 3 - particularly after last night's one-shop only midnight launch.
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Ofcom learns lessons from Biscit fallout

Analysis Ofcom's new broadband migration rules have been given their first run out in the last week with the collapse and carve up of failed ISP Biscit Internet.

Geek Squad rides into town

Carphone Warehouse has moved into the home PC support market with a version of Best Buy's Geek Squad service.
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Commons to eye surveillance society

Government plans for identity cards will be re-examined by MPs as part of a wide-ranging inquiry into the surveillance society due to be announced by the House of Commons Select Committee next Tuesday.
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Premium-rate phone operators will soon need a lottery licence

Premium phone line operators will need lottery licences to operate from September, according to the Gambling Commission. The changes will affect many of the competitions that have attracted criticism in recent weeks.
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Pundits rate Ajax, evaluate ALM incumbents

Comment BEA Systems' former chief technology officer Scott Dietzen caused a minor stir at Evans Data Corp's (EDC) recent developer conference. Dietzen founded open source messaging and collaboration start up Zimbra after leaving BEA. Importantly for us, Zimbra epitomizes Web 2.0 because it utilizes AJAX and mashups.
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University snubs RIAA

The University of Nebraska has complained that the Recording Industry Ass. of America wants it do its work of tracking down file sharers.

PS3 hits UK

You may have waited patiently at the flagship Virgin Megastore on London's Oxford to collect your pre-ordered PS3, or you may have had to wait just a few hours longer as a result of last minute changes to the launch imposed by local police force and councils, as we reported on Wednesday... but now the wait is over.

Apple TV undressed on web

Want to take a peek into the Apple TV? Computer repair company TechRestore laid down the best part of 300 bucks just to take the gadget home and... well... take it to bits, exposing the machine distinctly old-style Intel processor and Nvidia graphics chip.
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Account pretexters plague Xbox Live

When Kevin Finisterre got his virtual guns handed to him in an online game of Halo 2 last Thursday, he called his opponents on their none-too-subtle hacks that skewed the game in their favour and turned the battle into a rout.
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Microsoft shutters video sharing site

Microsoft has closed its video sharing website to new users while it wrestles with how to ensure material on the site obeys copyright laws.

3Com quarterly loss narrows

3Com Corp said yesterday that its third quarter loss narrowed as revenue rose with the help of its two operating segments, SCN and Huawei-3Com.

Intel EOLs mobile Core, Celeron CPUs

Intel has scheduled a raft of mobile Core Solo, Core Duo and Celeron M processors for termination as it prepares to bring more advanced models to market in the coming months.

AMD to axe prices in April?

AMD will cut the prices of entry-level 90nm processors on 9 April by between 30 and 35 per cent, a US investment bank has claimed.

US company offers Wi-Fi-proof paint

An American company says it has successfully tested wireless-blocking paint. EM-SEC Technologies, in a release last week, said its "Coating Solution", applied to a test facility, had successfully protected "wireless devices and other electronic equipment".

Nokia attempts to patent rotating numeric pad

Nokia has filed for a US patent for a mobile phone with a rotating numeric keyboard. No, we don't mean an old-style dial lookalike, but a numeric pad that can turn round to retain the correct orientation when the handset it flipped into landscape mode.
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BOFH: The PFY punts for smut

Episode 11 Episode 11 "We should get a server for podcasts," the Boss announces, breezing into Mission Control under the influence of a new idea. "What for?" the PFY asks. "So we can deliver podcasts and video to our staff and customers." "What podcasts?" "Podcasts about what's happening in the company." "Where are these podcasts at …
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Sumo insurgents menace US forces in Iraq

Just when you thought it couldn't get any worse for US forces in Iraq, Fox News bring chilling pictoral evidence of a new heavyweight weapon deployed by the fun-loving insurgents of that sun-kissed land astride the Tigris:

East Midland's crook tagging shambles exposed

Technology and procedural shortcomings left tagged offenders released into the community on license unmonitored for weeks, an undercover investigation by the BBC has discovered.
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New criminal investigation into Ohio elections

A criminal investigation is to be launched into the way the November 2006 elections were run in Cleveland, Ohio, according to reports.
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Booze worse than Speed or Acid shocker

Research from today's Lancet magazine suggests a better way to categorise drugs based on the harm they do to the user and to society more widely.
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War Museum to stage camouflage expo

London's Imperial War Museum (IWM) opens a major exhibition titled "Camouflage" today, which will run until November.
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HP's Neoview appliance – think fridge

One of the most interesting factoids about Neoview, the data warehousing platform sort of announced by HP last year, is that it really is a "platform", a box which takes the notion of plug'n'play to new levels.
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Tinfoil bag blaggers lift women's panties

New Jersey law enforcement operatives are hot on the trail of three shoplifters who used a tinfoil-lined "booster bag" to thwart security sensors and make off with $12,000 in women's underwear, ABC News reports.

Apple TV does work with (some) SD TVs

Updated Apple's Apple TV set-top box will indeed connect to a standard-definition CRT TV of the entirely old-style non-widescreen, 4:3 ratio variety, it has emerged.
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Carling Weekend festival goers get the blues

Live music giant Mean Fiddler has said it may review its relationship with ticketing system websites after a booking mix-up led to thousands of music festival orders being rejected.
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US nuke boffins rubbish polygraph testing

Lie detectors might work in the movies, but a US congressional report says that when it comes to screening nuclear scientists, you might as well reinstitute the ducking stool.
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Mother Superior: MySpace or school, your choice

The principal at St Hugo of the Hills Catholic School in Bloomfield Hills has banned her students from having MySpace pages.

Sony PlayStation 3

2007's Top Products No one could have missed the recent mass of media attention surrounding the impending UK, European and Australian launch of Sony's PlayStation 3. And after months of prolonged waiting, it has arrived. We conduct an in-depth review of this eagerly-awaited games console and discover what all the fuss was about.

Spamhaus nemesis e360 Insight sued over junk mail

e360 Insight, the Illinois-based mass mailer suing Spamhaus for calling it a spammer, is being sued in California for spamming.
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PS3 in the UK: complete coverage

Review Sony PlayStation 3 The stories PS3 hits UK Ten battles the PS3 must fight to win the next-gen console war UK cops clamp down on midnight PS3 launch Italian consumers taking PS3s home already Sony details Euro PS3 old games compatibility Folding@home comes to the PS3 Sony to bring 'PS2-less' PS3 to US, Japan? …
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Gordon Brown's exploding balls delight Chinese zombies

The long Gordbye Gordon Brown's final budget as Chancellor inevitably drew the most attention in the UK press this week. His last gasp income tax-slashing theatrics were matched by rises elsewhere, though extending R&D tax relief to small and medium-sized firms with up to 500 employees should cheer a few tech firms, who'll also …
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Web 2.0 firms lobby for £100m gravy train

Analysis Is the Web 2.0 hype running out of steam? If so, a healthy injection of public funds should kick it back into life.
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Vigilante attack sheep guard British village

Anyone among you thinking of paying a visit to the Gloucestershire village of Leighterton with the intention of burgling the good burghers of that little piece of rural England might want to pick another target, The Sun suggests.

The SANs of Mars

Networked storage has proved a boon for US scientists studying high-res images of Mars, which can have file sizes in excess of 2GB.
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British man in webcam 'suicide'

Police are investigating the unexplained death of a man who appeared to commit suicide in front of an audience of webcam chatroom users.
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Relisys back in administration

Monitor maker Relisys Digital has gone into administration for the second time in just over year.
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Rocket launch scares pirated nipples onto sheep

Letters CD-Wow lost its battle to be allowed to import discs that were not intended for sale in the UK. A group of record labels pursued the retailer to the high court over the issue. CD-Wow was found to have infringed copyright and been in contempt of court over an earlier order. The spanking handed down by the judge (verbal or otherwise) has not scared any of you. No, you are in fact emboldened:
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Feds claim VoIP for their own

Silicon Justice VoIP just got another leg up on traditional telecoms.

Mac OS X 10.5 delayed to ensure Vista compatibility?

Analysis Has Apple delayed Mac OS X 10.5 - aka Leopard - to October? That's certainly what some unnamed industry sources have claimed, suggesting the delay has been made to allow the company's coders to get the OS' Boot Camp utility compatible with Windows Vista.

Mitac buys Tyan

Mitac, the Taiwanese computer hardware firm, is acquiring Tyan Computer. The company currently has a 35 per cent stake in Tyan which builds servers for the value-added reseller and system integration markets. Mitac is an OEM for the top five server brands.
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Fancy three: the Brits get the latest PlayStation

Register Hardware Register Hardware - it's just like The Register, only harder - brings you the hottest personal technology news and reviews every day. The gadgets that grabbed the headlines this week: PS3, Apple TV, HD DVD, and gaming chippery from Intel and AMD.
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Ireland pounces on school fingerprinters

The Irish Information Commissioner's Office has come down on the notion of school fingerprinting and taken early action to prevent the technology being deployed arbitrarily.
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SCA and SDO go to OASIS

Two specifications that may have some impact on rationalising the practical realities of service development and building within SOA have now reached the point where they are to go forward to OASIS, the Organisation for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards, as the first step towards becoming accepted standards.
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Canadian killed by poison pills bought on the net

A 57-year-old Canadian has died a month after she consumed tainted pills bought on the net. Marcia Bergeron died of poisoning after taking drugs labelled as anti-anxiety and sedative pills, bought from a site featuring fake endorsements from medical agencies.
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BT foxed by Chicago area code change

A long-planned area code change for Chicago has left BT customers in the UK unable to call the southern part of the Windy City.

Vista feature helps VXers trick surfers

Microsoft's trustworthy computing initiative is five years-old but the software giant is still making bone-headed design decisions that favour usability over basic security.
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Tim Berners Lee goes postal on spam

So there we were. In a room devoted to Engineering, the man voted the Greatest Living Briton had exploded in front of me.
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Illusions of Security: Global Surveillance and Democracy in the Post-9/11 World

Book review The World Trade Centre was still smoking when US lawmakers hastily passed the PATRIOT Act; in the UK, it wasn't much longer before Parliament enacted the comparable Anti-Terrorism, Crime, and Security Act) Objections to the PATRIOT Act are legion, and they have been well documented. Less well documented – until now – is how the PATRIOT Act and the mindset accompanying it have played themselves out in the lives of real people.
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Postcard from QCON

It was interesting to compare this QCon conference with Microsoft's Architect Insight conference. Without denigrating an interesting Microsoft conference, QCon ran longer and had a wider scope (it wasn't just for architects; neither for just one platform) and a more mature architectural content (the people responsible for running Amazon and eBay really do have something worth listening to).
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Appliances not the enemy

When HP CTO Russ Daniels blithely talks about the Neoview data warehouse appliance being the size of a big fridge not toaster it is easy to miss the point in the dismissive quip. In essence, what he is talking about is some fiercesomely complex data management software being shipped in on a pallet and dumped in an appropriate corner of the datacentre.

All hail the Java-based x86 emulator

Researchers at Oxford have built an x86 emulator that runs purely on Java, making it ideal for security researchers who want to analyze and archive viruses, host honeypots and defend themselves against buggy or malicious software without hosing their machines. The JPC also emulates a host of other environments, giving technophiles the ability to play Asteroids and other software that's sat on shelves for years collecting dust.
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Only you can prevent airline battery fires

The U.S. Department of Transportation continues its war against laptop battery terror in the skies, warning passengers to take precautions while flying with a laptop or cell phone. Any suspicious lithium-ion battery behavior should be reported.

SAP disses Oracle grand scale theft claims

SAP today hit back at a lawsuit filed Thursday by rival Oracle alleging SAP employees stole proprietary Oracle support material online by posing as Oracle customers.