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EC goes Apple hunting – reports

Not afraid of a challenge, the European Commission has decided to take on Apple and the major record labels at the same time.
Ashlee Vance, 03 Apr 2007
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Supreme Court rules on EPA's bad case of gas

Hippies have successfully harshed the US government's mellow by telling the Feds to get to work.
Austin Modine, 03 Apr 2007
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Sun to fry NetApp with FISH

Sun Microsystems has a near-term NetApp assault in store code-named 'FISHworks.'
Ashlee Vance, 03 Apr 2007
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New vulnerability strikes heart of Web 2.0

Whatever you think of "Web 2.0" (it's really not mandatory to release everything in permanent beta) you probably thought that this generic approach to mashups, Ajax and all that good stuff didn't change the usual coding "good practice" rules much.
David Norfolk, 03 Apr 2007

Virgin TV launches Freeview box

Virgin Media has announced Virgin Free TV - basically a Freeview set-top box with a Virgin sticker on the front and a Virgin-branded electronic programme guide (EPG) inside.
Bill Ray, 03 Apr 2007

iPod case features replaceable clickwheel covers

Accessory specialist Gear4's latest offering, this time for the second-gen iPod Nano, is the IceBox Rap. Daft name, perhaps, but the case has a novel feature: the clickwheel cover's replaceable so you can customise the look.
Tony Smith, 03 Apr 2007

Transcend touts ExpressCard Flash disk

Want to do something useful with that unused ExpressCard 34 slot sitting there in your laptop? How about turning it into a Flash-based solid-state disk?
Tony Smith, 03 Apr 2007
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NHS delivers on X-ray specs

Connecting for Health has chalked up a success in the roll-out of its £12.5bn National Programme for IT (NPfIT).
Mark Ballard, 03 Apr 2007
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BestTreatments.co.uk goes private

The website recommended by nhs.uk is no longer free at point of delivery.
Kablenet, 03 Apr 2007
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iPod owners want radio in next player - survey

Size, it seems, no longer matters. Or rather it doesn't matter as much as a built-in radio. Yes, we're talking what consumers want from future iPods - at least what rock-centric radio station listeners demand, according to a new poll.
Tony Smith, 03 Apr 2007
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Bill Gates's Corbis loses battle for corbis.net

Stock photography company Corbis has lost its battle to gain control of the domain corbis.net. The company's claims that the small web design firm that owns the name registered it in bad faith were rejected.
OUT-LAW.COM, 03 Apr 2007
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Griffin Elevator laptop lift

Review Griffin calls the Elevator a "space-saving laptop stand". I'm not sure about "space-saving", but it's unquestionably something you might very well want to sit your notebook on, particularly if your neck's giving you grief.
Tony Smith, 03 Apr 2007
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US to consider evoting reform

US Senator Bill Nelson met yesterday with election supervisors to discuss his new election reform bill, the "Voter Confidence and Increased Accessibility Act" and look for funding for his plan.
Lucy Sherriff, 03 Apr 2007
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Aaardman signs three year deal with Sony

Aaardman Features has signed a three year deal with Sony Pictures Entertainment which will bring together "Aardman's unique and hugely successful animation expertise and SPE's global production, marketing and distribution operation", the company has announced.
Lester Haines, 03 Apr 2007
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Intelligent machines expert heads for the hills

A senior lecturer in Intelligent Autonomous Systems is conducting an experiment to see how, and if, humanity will survive once the oil runs out.
Bill Ray, 03 Apr 2007
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McKinnon loses fight against extradition

Updated Gary McKinnon, the alleged Pentagon hacker, has lost his appeal against extradition to the US on hacking charges.
John Leyden, 03 Apr 2007
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French claim fastest train title

The French today claimed the world's fastest "train on rails" title by accelerating a modified TGV to a white-knuckle 574.8km/h (356mph), the BBC reports.
Lester Haines, 03 Apr 2007
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Plusnet servers stuffed by spam

Plusnet's servers are spluttering again, with many of the BT-owned ISP's subscribers unable to access their email since yesterday morning.
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US Navy ponders robot carrier planes

The killer-robot takeover in the American military continues to gather pace with news over the weekend that the US Navy has received concrete proposals for unmanned carrier planes.
Lewis Page, 03 Apr 2007
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Google primes DoubleClick bum rush

Google is preparing a spoiler to slap down Microsoft's bid to acquire online advertising broker DoubleClick, according to reports.
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China reveals nuclear lunar rover

China is planning to send a nuclear powered rover to the moon in 2012 on its first unmanned mission to our natural satellite.
Lucy Sherriff, 03 Apr 2007
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Make your own mobile network

Ever dreamed of setting up your own Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO)?
Bill Ray, 03 Apr 2007
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Serenity beats Star Wars in sci-fi movie poll

Serenity has outstripped Star Wars as the best sci-fi movie of all time in a poll of 3,000 fans by SFX magazine.
John Leyden, 03 Apr 2007
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Computacenter reels in Allnet

Box shifting behemoth Computacenter PLC has acquired Allnet Ltd, the in-premises cabling division of Cable and Wireless.
Kelly Fiveash, 03 Apr 2007
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Free music has never looked so cheap

Analysis For the major record labels, yesterday's deal between EMI and Apple doesn't herald a new beginning, but the beginning of the end.
Andrew Orlowski, 03 Apr 2007

Sony US cuts PSP Core Pack price

Sony has formally announced its plan to knock $30 off the price of the basic PlayStation Portable package in the US. The PSP Core Pack will now retail for $170.
Tony Smith, 03 Apr 2007
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Robot Cop ends tense Massachusetts siege

The long-anticipated robot police are in action at last. Old-fashioned fleshy cops in Hingham, Massachusetts, were forced to call in mechanised assistance on Saturday as a tense siege situation spiralled out of control.
Lewis Page, 03 Apr 2007
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EU needles Apple, EMI

A day can be like a lifetime in politics and perhaps the same adage can also be extended to the man with a penchant for black roll-neck sweaters, Apple boss Steve Jobs.
Kelly Fiveash, 03 Apr 2007
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Magnet supports give way at LHC

A routine test of the almost-complete Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN ended in near disaster last week when the structure supporting the particle accelerator's key magnets failed.
Lucy Sherriff, 03 Apr 2007
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Microsoft hits Middle East pirates

Microsoft is taking legal action against several companies it accuses of selling academic copies of Office to ordinary punters.
John Oates, 03 Apr 2007
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Giant pirate dumps cartoon lover on MySpace

Letters We recently went to a party thrown by a typography firm. It was great, there was a limitless supply of barbecued beef and everything, so we won't hear a word against the industry. We were therefore very upset to learn that small businesses are harbouring pirated fonts, we even cried hot, inky tears. You were less sympathetic:
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JavaScript hijacking - a new exploit, or not?

I've had an email comment on my JavaScript Hijacking piece to the effect that everyone knows that you do your input validation on the server and that data you send down in JavaScript or in HTML is unsafe - so this really isn't a new exploit.
David Norfolk, 03 Apr 2007
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Xerox makes $1.5bn document management buy

Printing and copying giant Xerox has announced its intention to run off 1.5 billion crisp dollar bills to buy document management firm Global Imaging Systems (GIS).
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Expansys set to float

Updated: Gadget website Expansys is gearing up to float on the Alternative Investment Market (AIM).
John Oates, 03 Apr 2007

HP ProCurve recruits allies for war on Cisco

HP ProCurve has announced an alliance scheme to take on Cisco, and signed up its first four allies, namely Mitel, AirWave Wireless, DVTel and ShoreTel.
Bryan Betts, 03 Apr 2007
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Homeland Security grabs for net's master keys

The US Department of Homeland Security is pushing to get hold of the master keys for a proposed revision of the internet's domain name system.
John Leyden, 03 Apr 2007
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Renting elastic servers

So, it seems that the early adopters of the move towards rentable hosted services are not the bleeding edge, state-of-the-art businesses that the likes of Sun Microsystems had hoped to target with its Grid computing service. Instead, it has been applications developers that have latched on to the technology, particularly as a means of testing new developments on large installations without actually having to buy them.
Martin Banks, 03 Apr 2007
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Trash-talking Texas sues RadioShack

RadioShack is being sued in Texas for allegedly exposing its customers to ID theft. The lawsuit follows allegations that it carelessly discarded sensitive records outside one of its stores.
John Leyden, 03 Apr 2007
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Slammed by the WTO, slammed at home

Analysis As Alberto Gonzalez, loyal Bushie par excellence, stares up at his own sword of Damocles, his record of mediocrity has sharpened into focus. Memos advocating what the civilized peoples of the world consider torture, a misplaced priority on public morals prosecutions at home, suspension of habeas corpus rights, FBI investigations run amok, politicization of the US Attorney’s Office – his failings as Attorney General are as numerous as they are dispiriting.
Burke Hansen, 03 Apr 2007
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Informatica wins $25m, maybe more, from Business Objects

Business Objects may have to shell out at least $25m to data integration specialist Informatica, after losing a long-running patent infringement battle.
Gavin Clarke, 03 Apr 2007
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XenSource caters to Windows 2000 laggards

Like a titanium-wired bra, XenSource has become more supportive.
Ashlee Vance, 03 Apr 2007
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Imagine, it's Cup time

Here’s a question, what do they put in the water in Hull that makes the students there keep winning the UK heat of Microsoft’s annual Imagine Cup?
Martin Banks, 03 Apr 2007
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Windows Vista license change tackles virtualization

Microsoft has updated Windows Vista licensing for centralized and thin-client computing, as virtualization offers users a chance to cut their software and hardware costs.
Gavin Clarke, 03 Apr 2007
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Napster purrs over Q4 sales

Napster has warmed the hearts of investors by upping its fourth quarter revenue forecast.
Ashlee Vance, 03 Apr 2007
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Data Domain readies de-duping IPO

Storage start-up Data Domain filed a registration statement with the SEC for an initial public offering late Friday.
Austin Modine, 03 Apr 2007
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Marvell gets [SIC] on Sun's NIC

Sun Microsystems's new chip unit has wasted no time picking up a customer. The company today revealed that Marvell will craft a set of products built around one of Sun's networking chip designs.
Ashlee Vance, 03 Apr 2007
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Cisco инвестирует в России

Cisco announced today the launch of a venture capital initiative aimed at Russia's burgeoning tech industry.
Austin Modine, 03 Apr 2007