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Verizon condemns FCC wireless move

As you might expect, Verizon isn't too happy about recent news from FCC. A day after Federal Communications Chair Kevin Martin called for open-access to the U.S. wireless spectrum, the company's general counsel told Congress that giving consumers the freedom to control their own wireless destiny is a bad idea.
Cade Metz, 13 2007
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Golf and Intel Inside China threaten life as we know it

And Ninthly The decadence of the new age crushed Johnny Stumpy's spirit. He'd always thought of himself as a noble vagabond, a street-licker with virtue. Then, the old man pounded him in the head with a mallet made of gold, and Johnny's dreams died. Stumpy got stumped. - The Devil Wears Sleeveless Ts by Julio Stantore

Oracle 11g’s new toys

Oracle has just announced onto a suspecting world the latest release of its flagship database engine.

Canadian iPod user struck by lightning

A 37-year-old Canadian jogger suffered "multiple injuries to his head" after ill-advisedly standing under a tree during a thunderstorm while listening to his iPod, the Vancouver Sun reports.
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Health watchdog issues toxic toothpaste alert

The UK's Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) yesterday issued a health warning that fake 50ml tubes of Sensodyne Original and Sensodyne Mint containing "toxic levels of...diethylene glycol" may have found their way into consumers' bathrooms via "markets or car boot sales".

HP launches 'virtual beauty consultant'

HP Labs is launching new technology aimed at helping women find the right shade of make up to suit their skin tone.

Sony Ericsson dials up revenue and profits jump

Sony Ericsson saw its profits jump 55 per cent year-on-year in its results for the second quarter of 2007.
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British customers miffed at email response times

British consumers are unhappy with the time it takes for email queries to be answered, according to a new report.
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Olympic planners left IT out of the budget

The government failed to account for the costs of IT when putting together its budget for the 2012 Olympic Games, according to the bean counter watchdogs of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC).
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Europe goes mad over outsourcing

Demand for outsourcing in Europe has increased dramatically in the first half of 2007, compared with the same period last year, according to the latest Quarterly Index from labour sourcing advisers TPI.
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Tiscali swallows Pipex broadband and voice

Updated Tiscali will cough £210m for Pipex's broadband and voice businesses later today, according to reports.
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US ocelots on the brink

The US's population of ocelots - estimated at "100 or less" - came one step closer to extinction this week with the unexplained death of a breeding age male in southeast Texas's Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge, Reuters reports.

EMC and Oracle buckle up for joint integration ride

Comment EMC Corporation and Oracle have announced a broadened investment in joint engineering testing and integration and solutions development to support customers who are deploying EMC Information Infrastructure in Oracle environments.
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El Reg seeks ultimate 'nom de sex'

Our recent piece on the shocking case of former porn actress Laura Madden, who stole a former classmate's name to appear in grumble flick classics such as Irresistibly Delicious and Dominance, provoked a few reader comments about how to select the ultimate "nom de sex".
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Sony says no to Euro PS3 price cut

Updated Sony has left its European PS3 fans bewildered (again) after over its decision to launch a 60GB PS3 Starter Pack bundle over here instead of cutting the console's price. There was no mention of a European 80GB model, either.

Datawind PocketSurfer 2 handheld web browser

First look Canadian company Datawind unveiled its second-generation PocketSurfer handheld gadget for web browsing, and while its pledge that the device brings with it fast wireless access for free stretches the meaning of the word, it comes pretty close.
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Virgin Media seeks sanctuary in telco buyer

Virgin Media has appointed an investment bank to court potential telco buyers as an alternative to private equity carpetbaggers, who are targeting the cable firm.
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BOFH: A question of urgency

Episode 24 Episode 24 "How's that job going?" the Boss asks hurriedly, ducking into Mission Control. "Which job?" I ask. "The installation," he responds, obviously believing that I have some idea of what he's talking about. "The installation?" I ask. "The server installation." "What server installation?" I ask, beginning to wonder …
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'You're a f**king moron'

FoTW Our illuminating piece yesterday by new boy Jefferson Alberry II, regarding al-Qaeda's stance on the iPhone, provoked a seriously adverse reaction in one "Mr Jenkins". His resulting message may be short, but it sure ain't sweet:
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Skinkers to provide live TV over the net

Skinkers, using technology called LiveStation that it acquired from Microsoft, has developed a peer-to-peer-based video service that allows consumers to watch live television on their PC.
Faultline, 13 2007

HD DVD 'popular with Europeans', trade body claims

Toshiba's HD DVD players account for 74 per cent of European sales of next-gen optical disc players, the local wing of the HD DVD Promotion Group proudly announced this week. But what it crucially neglected to say was 74 per cent of what? 1m units? 100,000? 10,000? 1000? 10?
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UK.gov websites cost £208m per year

The UK government is spending £208m per year on running websites but many of them are text heavy and crammed with policy information that citizens couldn’t give a monkey’s about.
Joe Fay, 13 2007

Microsoft sued over alleged Xbox 360 disc damage

It's been a bad couple of months for Microsoft's Xbox 360 operation. Not only is it taking a $1bn hit to fix faulty consoles, but it now faces a $5m-plus class-action lawsuit in the US over allegations the console scratches discs inserted into it.
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Jonathan King in Harold Shipman song rumpus

Convicted paedophile Jonathan King - who served half of a seven-year sentence for abusing underage boys - has resurfaced with a provocative song about mass murderer Harold Shipman, the BBC reports.
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Speedy evolution saves blue moon butterflies

Researchers on the island of Samoa have witnessed evolution in action, as the population of male "Blue Moon" butterflies has returned from the brink of extinction. The researchers, from Berkeley University, put the resurgence of the species down to an evolutionary arms race, in which the butterflies' latest weapon is a gene that fights off a parasite.
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FCC chair paints a picture of wireless devices as open as PCs

Comment The chairman of the US regulator the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Kevin Martin came out this week and told a US newspaper just what he has in mind for the 700 MHz spectrum auction in late 2008, talking about an open network which lets any wireless device connect to it, and which places no limits on the services that can be offered across it.
Faultline, 13 2007

Oracle UK systems accused in 'SSH hacking spree'

Compromised computers at Oracle UK are listed among the 10 worst offenders on the net for launching attacks on servers which run SSH (secure shell) server software.
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New generator means fresh air on the ISS

Brief The inhabitants of the International Space Station can breathe more easily this week, after a new oxygen generator was switched on.

Sony to axe 60GB PS3 in US

Sony has confirmed that consumers in the US will not be offered the PS3 Starter Pack announced this week for Europe, and that soon the only PS3 they'll be able to buy will be the recently announced 80GB model.

VMware gets multi-server config tool

Utility software developer Veeam has come up with a configuration tool for VMware ESX servers which lets you work on multiple virtual servers simultaneously, for example to reconfigure all the members of a server cluster at the same time. It also gives GUI access to settings normally accessible only through the command line or a script, the company claimed.
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Software Assurance doesn't reassure, and don't mention the iPhone

Mighty Reading UK's best city It might not really be a city, but a recent survey puts Royal Reading as the "top-performing" place in the UK for employment, population growth, and skills. The town is home to many tech companies including Cisco, Intel, Microsoft, and Oracle. Google grabs another Google spotted a tiny area of …

HP TouchSmart IQ770 PC

Review According to the famous maxim, a camel is a horse designed by committee, and it's not hard to spot the hand of a committee in the design of the HP TouchSmart IQ770 PC.

AMD RS740 chipset wins PCI Express approval

AMD's anticipated budget chipset, the RS740, has won the approval of PCI Express overseer, the PCI SIG, for its compatibility with version 1.1 of the standard.
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Oz mayor stole cash for Darth Vader voice distorter

The lord mayor of Darwin remains defiant after being found guilty of stealing council funds to buy "a fridge, underwear and a Darth Vader voice distorter", The Sydney Morning Herald reports.

Itheon offers WAN in a box

Itheon has brought out a compact version of its network emulator technology for developers who need to check how their games or applications will perform in the real world.

Oracle preps July patch blitz

Oracle plans to release 46 security patches next week as part of its quarterly update cycle.
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Martian ice swaps poles every 25,000 years

Water-ice on Mars swaps poles over a cycle that spans 51,000 years or so, in step with the way the planet precesses, or wobbles around on its axis.
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Computer virus turns 25

The computer virus turns 25 this month. Long-suffering computer users would be forgiven for thinking that the first computer virus appeared in the mid-1980s, but the first virus actually predates the arrival of the first IBM-compatible PC.
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T-Mobile in court over Truphone call blocks

Truphone got its hour in court yesterday, though judgement in the case - the VoIP operator has applied for an interim injunction to stop T-Mobile blocking its customers from dialling Truphone numbers - is not expected until Monday morning.
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iPhones, iPhones and more iPhones

Comments It's been a particularly iPhone-strewn week, now that the Yanks have got their hands on the precious device, and the lovers and haters have come right out of the woodwork.

OLPC czar shames Intel into board seat

You can usually gauge how thrilled Intel is with a given announcement by examining the length of its associated news release. Today, we find Intel joining the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) program and managing a grand total of five paragraphs to tout the achievement.

Cloak and dagger Chinese firm tells Google to change its name

Google has been sued over its use of the name Google. A Chinese company recently filed suit with a court in Beijing, claiming its been inundated with phone calls because the search engine's Chinese name is far too similar to its own.
Cade Metz, 13 2007
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US judge pushes infringing YouTube clip in decision

In a ruling on a trademark dispute, Judge Terence T. Evans of the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals this week digressed from the normal pattern of appellate opinions to tell a story. It was a story about baseball. By the time it was over, Judge Evans had encouraged thousands of readers to infringe on Major League Baseball's broadcast copyright.
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Net radio saved from certain death

There's been a stay of execution after all. Just hours after a federal appeals court rejected efforts to postpone the arrival of new royalty rates threatening to bring down internet radio, webcasters reached a tentative agreement with the recording industry that will keep them online - at least temporarily.
Cade Metz, 13 2007
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Silicon Valley struggles to save toxic landmark

On the morning of May 12, 1932 — long before the area was transformed into the nation's technology hub— more than 100,000 spectators braved traffic on the still-uncompleted Bayshore Freeway to congregate at the Mountain View-Sunnyvale border.

Microsoft details Dynamics Live CRM

Analysis Two companies are driving coverage of on demand business applications this year. Unfortunately for Salesforce.com, it isn't one of them.

EMC goes all out with storage overhaul

EMC is expected to announce a high-end Symmetrix storage system Monday, in addition to a slew of upgrades for its existing storage gear.
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Ballmer talks up software as a service

The most compelling part of Steve Ballmer's hour-long keynote during this week's Worldwide Partner Conference were the first and last five minutes.