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Femto Forum promises very small cells

Hot on the heels of news from Netgear, that it is to produce a home gateway with a built-in 3G femtocell, comes the formation of the Femto Forum. The group, which holds its first plenary meeting in Heathrow, London today, has been set up to prevent fragmentation of a decidedly immature industry.
Bill Ray, 02 2007

Top popped on can-tastic memory card reader

If you're a little worried that someone, at some point, may break into your house and try to steal your memory cards, then worry no more, because the USB can-shaped card reader has thieves licked.

Of Microsoft Forefront security

Quocirca's changing channels With the launch of its Forefront security product range this week, Microsoft has deployed its tanks on the lawns of Symantec, McAfee and many other IT security vendors. So is it time for resellers to entrust Microsoft with all their customers’ IT security needs and kiss goodbye to their current security partners?
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C&W kicks Bulldog rump into touch

Cable and Wireless has fired off letters to Bulldog broadband customers telling them they will be cut off in less than a month because it doesn't want them dangling around anymore.
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Another damned thick survey

There are two sorts of people in the world: those that divide the world into two sorts of people and those that don..... No, those who measure what they do; and those (probably a larger group) who trust to luck and public opinion and love the dangerous life. I think the first group should be running businesses people (customers, employees) depend on.
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US court says just viewing child porn is not a crime

A US court has said the existence of child pornography images in the cache of a man's computer did not mean that man had committed a crime under state law. The Court of Appeals in Georgia has reversed the man's conviction.
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Conservapedia wades into Inverness

We're delighted to report that Conservapedia - the "conservative encyclopedia you can trust" - is maintaining its hard line on liberal bias.
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Virgin Media mulls takeover approach

Virgin Media, bowed by its protracted legal tussle with Sky, has again become the target of a takeover approach by private equity carpetbaggers.
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WIPO broadcast treaty defeated by web activists

A controversial new intellectual property right due to be created by the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) has been successfully opposed by a coalition of web activists and the technology industry.
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Run free little root zone

ICANN San Juan 2007 The fight over trademark rights got a welcome rematch last week, as the "free expression" contingency took the stage.
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Piranhas actually scaredycats, boffins claim

Visitors to the Royal Society's Summer Science Exhibition will be greeted with the rather disagreeable news that the feared piranha - legendary for hanging around in ferocious packs dedicated to reducing their prey to skeletal remains in seconds - actually congregate for fear of themselves ending up on the menu.

Intel quad-core sales surpass 1m, chip maker claims

Intel has sold more than a million quad-core processors, the company claimed late last week, making good a pledge made in September 2006 to beat that target before arch-rival AMD sells just one quad-core server chip.
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Harry Potter worm claims death of teen wizard

Hackers are attempting to exploit Potter-mania with the release of a worm that attempts to infect USB memory drives.
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World's biggest label kneecaps iTunes store

Universal Music Group (UMG) has dealt a serious blow to Apple's music ambitions by refusing to renew its contract with the iTunes Store.
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NASA snaps mysterious night-shining clouds

A NASA satellite has captured its first images of noctilucent clouds, brightly lit night-time clouds that form high in Earth's atmosphere during each hemisphere's summer.

AMD denies further Phenom delays

AMD has rebutted allegations that the launch date of its long-awaited Phenom processor has been delayed to Q1 2008 after the chip company fell behind on its original Q4 2007 release schedule.

iPhone autopsies conducted

It hasn't taken long for many of the Apple iPhones acquired over the weekend to be taken home and taken to bits as hardware fans and chip analysts alike try to find out what kind of kit the "revolutionary" handset is packing.

'I Go Chop Your Dollar' star arrested

Nigerian comedian and actor Nkem Owoh was one of the 111 suspected 419 scammers arrested in Amsterdam recently as part of a seven month investigation, dubbed Operation Apollo.
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Doctor Who recruits new sidekick

Doctor Who will gain a new companion for the next 13-episode series of the cult show, the BBC reports.

Mobile phones should include airbags, says Sony

Although some claim airbags can actually be quite harmful in a crash, Sony clearly thinks they're the perfect thing to protect your other life-support machine: your mobile phone.
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Google in Sicko storm

"Fire the publicist. Go off message. Let all your employees blab and blog!" fantasised the writer Clive Thompson in a recent Wired magazine cover story.

Belkin calls up iPhone accessories

Accessory specialist Belkin has been quick to hop on the iPhone bandwagon following the handset's arrival late last week and the launch of Apple's own accessory line-up.

HMRC arrests 10 carousel fraud suspects

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) officers arrested 10 suspected multi-million pound "carousel" fraudsters last week in a nationwide swoop.

Senior execs targeted in 'precision' malware attacks

Hackers are targeting senior managers of large firms - along with members of their families - in a new wave of highly-focused email attacks.

Toshiba HD DVD to offer 'true cinema' frame rate

To get that true cinema experience, simply ditch your microwave popcorn and download Toshiba's latest HD DVD firmware update that support film's 24 frames per second (fps) playback speed.
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'Unusually frisky' deer blow lid on marijuana plantation

Italian police busted two would-be marijuana cultivators after "unusually frisky" deer alerted the authorities as to the presence of their mountaintop dope plantation, UPI reports.
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Fooling around at the less glamorous end of mobility

Mobile workshop We spent some time last week discussing requirements for mobile devices and got quite a bit of feedback on how to select and deploy the right kit for professional users.
Dale Vile, 02 2007

Chinese clone iPhone looks for media player

Where can China's I-Fighting Industrial have got the idea for its FT4021 MP4 player from? The cheeky company has packed in almost all the Apple iPhone's features minus the wireless connectivity, though unlike its inspiration, the FT4021 has a memory card slot.
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Loopy quantums reveal successive universes

So it turns out that the universe didn't begin with a big bang, after all. No. It was a big boing, the result of a previous universe contracting before bouncing back out to become ours. This is the latest news from the mutantly clever quantum cosmologists at Penn State university.
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UK.biz: recruiting talent the number one IT problem

IT directors say their number one problem is recruiting and retaining talent. Despite this, they put flexible teleworking at the bottom of their list of priorities.

'al-Qaeda' puts on big shoes, red nose, takes custard pie

Analysis The "car bomber" hysteria gripping much of the British and international media over the weekend has had a bucket of cold water from the Reg already, but just one bucket doesn't seem enough for this kind of outbreak.
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EU mashes GM potato plan

The European Union's Council of Ministers last week delivered a serious blow to biotech companies' ambitions to roll out GM crops across the region by postponing a decision on the "commercial optimisation" of BASF's Amflora "genetically optimised potato".
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I saw aliens at Roswell, claims dead PR man

The public relations officer at the Roswell air base in 1947 has released claims that he saw a crashed spacecraft and the bodies of aliens at the site, despite a lifetime spent denying any such things.
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N-Gage games to equal PC games

Nokia has started development on at least one cross-platform game, codenamed "Project White Rock", which will offer an identical experience on PCs and N-Gage mobile phones, Pocket Gamer reports.
Bill Ray, 02 2007
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Facing up to parallelism

It is, perhaps, one of those forgotten facts that computing is still a relatively young technology, made all the more poignant by the realisation that many of the people driving the High Performance Computing (HPC) business, like Burton Smith, Microsoft's technical fellow in charge of advanced strategies and policies for the company, have not only been round the track several times, but are very much still at the bleeding edge of the technology.

Saudi hackers scalp MS UK

Saudi hackers manged to deface a page on Microsoft's UK web site last week, recording the techniques they used in an online video.
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IBM becomes nuclear tutor

IBM plans to open a nuclear consultancy center in France to take advantage of the increased competition in a newly-opened European energy market.
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NetSuite goes for IPO

The long-rumoured and speculated Initial Public Offering (IPO) by Netsuite, the software as a service (SaaS) specialist, is at last underway. and it looks like it will use a novel way to determine the share price and the volume of shares to be issued.

Storage firm Compellent registers IPO

Network storage firm Compellent Technologies seeks to sell up to $60m of common stock in the company's initial public offering.
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Feds fiddle as cybertopia burns

At a time when phishing, malware and other cyber crime is hitting unprecedented levels, a federal grand jury has indicted two Ohio men who ran a website that used the US mail to distribute DVDs prosecutors claim are obscene.
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Google slapped with libel claim

Google links to more than 11.5bn web pages - and it's responsible for the content posted to every single one them. At least, Brian Retkin thinks so.
Cade Metz, 02 2007

IBM hits software with 20 per cent Power6 tax hike

IBM this week reached out to customers and reminded them that its software pricing model is bat-shit crazy.
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SoundExchange offers royalty compromise to Net radio stations

Music industry taxman SoundExchange is offering a new deal to internet radio broadcasters who say upcoming royalty hikes will kill online broadcasting.