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Sun explores parallel universe with Studio 12

Sun Microsystems today releases Sun Studio 12, its latest IDE (integrated development environment) for C, C++ and Fortran. It's freely available for Solaris and Linux software platforms and the update will be useful for developers building multi-core and multi-threaded applications, the company says.
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AccuRev streams ahead

Think streams, not files. That is the key concept of AccuRev, a source-code management system which is winning praise for its innovative and effective approach.
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Orange simplifies data by capping at 30MB

Orange has launched its unmetered-mobile-data tariff for the UK - but unexpectedly capped it at 30MB a month.
Bill Ray, 04 2007
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Not happy with PC World's customer service?

DSG employees are like one big happy family. In fact, when one of its retail operations lives next door to another - as is the case for PC World and Currys in sunny Crawley - it appears that it is not averse to sharing stock to get a sale.

Google acquires Panoramio

Google continued its attempts to offer every service imaginable online by purchasing a Spanish photo-sharing website.
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Raytheon inventions are programs and not patentable

The High Court has backed the Comptroller General of Patents in refusing a company a patent for inventions which were computer programs. The ruling in the appeal followed the lead of a recent landmark case.

Apple's iPhone available on June 29

Apple has announced that its much-anticipated iPhone product will launch on 29 June in the US. The date was given in a series of television adverts broadcast on Sunday, and was later officially supported in a statement by a spokesman for the California-based company.
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Killer Wi-Fi panics London's chattering classes

Recent revelations that Wi-Fi may provoke spontaneous abortions in cattle, raise storms and tempests, curdle milk and fry children's brains have had the desired effect among London's chattering classes, with panicked parents mobilising to contain the wireless menace.
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Boffins reveal yet more of Titan's secrets

Scientists were dismayed when, as they watched the Huygens probe fall to the surface on Saturn's moon Titan, one of its key experiments failed.
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Paris Hilton goes down for 23 days

Paris Hilton yesterday began her 23 day sentence for violating probation on a drink-drive rap, the BBC reports.

Computer Associates - has the worm turned?

Computer Associates (CA) have had a pretty miserable time over the past few years. I guess they felt like the underpaid and overworked airport staff at New York's JFK airport as I came through on a flying visit to catch up on their latest news.
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All you need to know to get agile

Book review In the last couple of articles I wrote about the problems addressed by agile planning, and the sometimes problematic nature of the approach itself. Perhaps it's not so surprising that for such a relatively new subject, much has been written about it.
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Space elevator business plan crashes to Earth

Today we bring you the surprising news that space elevators are not yet a viable business concern, as the Department of Financial Institutions Securities Division (DFISD) in the state of Washington issued a cease and desist order against LiftPort.
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PartyGaming talks to US Dept of Justice

Online poker firm PartyGaming is in talks with the US Department of Justice (DoJ).
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McCain wants Ballmer as ambassador to China

Irascible chair-flinging corporate tyrant Steve Ballmer could be in the running for a top government job, it was revealed last week.
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Flying car sells for $505k

One of the cars built for 1968 kids' fave Chitty Chitty Bang Bang has sold for a cool $505,000 (£255,000), the BBC reports.
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iSoft sets lawyers on CSC

iSoft said today it has started legal action over CSC's refusal to consent to its takeover by Aussie health provider IBA Health.

Oracle extends lawsuit against SAP

Oracle has amended its theft lawsuit against SAP to include claims of infringed copyrights and breached contracts.

Vita Audio R2 DAB/FM stereo radio

Review The concept of DAB in the UK has been dogged a little by new entrants into the radio sector introducing some indifferent products looking to cash in on an expanding market. The Vita R2 is a genuinely good product with a sensible and simple approach to design, but with a few surprises up its sleeve as well.
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Astronomer traces Zodiac's time and place of birth

An astronomer has traced the origins of the earliest known descriptions of what would become the constellations of today's Zodiac to the region which once held the Assyrian cities of Ninova and Asur.
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Google feasts on FeedBurner

Hot on the heels of its purchase of photo-sharing website Panoramio, Google has bought FeedBurner for an undisclosed amount.
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Brit uploaders teach Yanks man-hug techniques

Culture British web-vid upload site VideoJug launched yesterday in the States, offering a striking example of reverse cultural colonisation. VideoJug is a sort of how-to version of YouTube, offering short instructional clips on diverse topics such as tying a Windsor knot and coping with cancer.
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2012 Olympics logo debuts to whalesong

LogoWatch Olympics minister Tessa Jowell clearly spent too much time in the chill-out room absorbing whalesong from her iPod at the "star-studded" launch of the 2012 Olympics logo in London's Roundhouse earlier today, since she described the rather frightening graphic as both "an invitation and an inspiration" as VIPs battled to verbally out joss-stick each other.
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OGC shreds identity scheme documents

The Office of Government Commerce (OGC) has taken to treating its "Gateway" reviews of government IT projects like classified official documents as pressure mounts to have them opened to public scrutiny.
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Computerland hires new exec

Computerland has appointed Keith Edward Wilson executive director.

Command Windows with Powershell

Books Microsoft has finally answered the prayers of system administrators and developers everywhere with the introduction of Windows PowerShell, a new scripting technology that enables the automation of system management tasks and the creation of system management tools. PowerShell runs on Windows XP, 2003, and Vista.

No Zune in Europe until 2008

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer told German business and economics magazine Wirtschafts Woche in an interview that the Seattle-based behemoth will delay the European launch of its moderately-awaited Zune MP3 player until next year.
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BT declares ceasefire in broadband speed wars

BT is aiming to push access speed down the broadband agenda as the copper wires which carry data into homes swiftly approach their technological limits.

EMC swallows security firm Verid

Software glutton EMC today announced its latest toy as Florida-based security outfit Verid.
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Brit gamer shot in armed robbery out of hospital

Adam Mapleson, the British gamer who was shot after intervening to help security guards facing armed robbers, has been released from hospital.
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Dutch boffins tout green petri-dish synthetic meat

Dutch bio-boffins are seeking to sate modern consumer lust for animal flesh by growing artificial pig tissue from stem cells.
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Staring at the surface of an alien star

Scientists have taken the first ever pictures of the surface of an alien Sol-like sun.
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Sirius and XM's star-crossed merger

Comment One man's "merger of equals" is another man's "merger of disasters." In the case of XM and Sirius, US regulators need to figure out just what kind of men they are. And nothing less than your rights to, well, sound will hinge on their decision.
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No goat sex at the Olympics, rules BBC

The Web 2.0-tastic BBC just loves "user generated content". So when London's Olympic team unveiled its logo for the 2012 games to much mockery earlier today, what could be better than unleashing the Wisdom of the Crowd?

Microsoft makes another Linux friend in Xandros

Xandros has become the latest Linux distro to hop into bed with Microsoft, announcing a five-year deal for joint development.

Logicalis buys NC HP reseller

Logicalis, the Anglo-South African reseller, has bought another US computer dealerahip, this time an HP specialist in North Carolina. Terms are undisclosed

Superstar multi-core start-up MIA

Server, software and chip darling PeakStream appears to have entered the start-up protection program.

Four-core Opteron box fiasco crushes Cray's 2007

Cray has blamed delayed shipments of Opteron-based servers for a likely massive fall in 2007 revenue.

US Patent Office returns to Microsoft-Eolas fray

Microsoft is getting another chance to prove to the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) that the disputed Eolas patent for browser plug-ins is invalid.
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Private equity firms trump Nortel for Avaya's hand

Avaya is close to selling itself to private equity firms Silver Lake partners and Texas Pacific Group for more than $8bn, bumping Nortel as top bidder.
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Book publisher steals Google laptops

Angered by Google's attempts to copy their works, publishers have decided to strike back against the ad broker by stealing its technology.
Cade Metz, 04 2007
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Private investment firm greases Palm

Struggling to regain its edge in the smartphone market, Palm has reached an agreement to sell a quarter of the company to a private equity firm and to place a former iPod guru in an executive seat.