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Iran's 'Rescue Nuke Scientist' game battles US game studio

A curious geopolitical video game developer arms race has entered the next stage with a group of Iranian students unveiling a game that depicts the rescuing of Iranian nuclear scientists from the clutches of US and Israeli troops.
Austin Modine, 17 Jul 2007
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IBM relinquishes IP for the sake of open standards

Computer giant IBM is handing over a portfolio of intellectual property to any other developers that want to use it in the name of furthering interoperability and open standards.
OUT-LAW.COM, 17 Jul 2007
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Ministry of Sound goes mobile

Considered by many to once upon a time represent the epitome of clubbing culture, the Ministry of Sound has launched its latest digital music player, pitching it against the epitome of MP3 gadgets, the iPod.
James Sherwood, 17 Jul 2007
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Buffy and Neighbours thesps join Torchwood

Former vampire James Marsters has joined Kylie Minogue among the burgeoning roster of foreign thespos selected to appear in Doctor Who and its spin-offs, the BBC has announced.
Lester Haines, 17 Jul 2007
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Google in cookie concession to dead people

Hoping to appease privacy advocates who've come down hard on its data retention policies, Google has made a practically meaningless change to its cookie policy.
Cade Metz, 17 Jul 2007
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Intel intros fast FSB dual, quad-core CPUs

Intel has followed the launch of its first mobile Core 2 Extreme processor with a handful of desktop CPUs that support the chip giant's 1333MHz frontside bus upgrade.
Tony Smith, 17 Jul 2007
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John Lennon's specs provoke online bidding frenzy

A pair of John Lennon's trademark specs, given by the Beatle to a Japanese TV producer back in 1966 and up for sale on 991.com, have reportedly attracted bids as high as $1.5m, Reuters reports.
Lester Haines, 17 Jul 2007

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Stob 'What if,' said a friend down the pub the other day, when the conversation was circling uneasily for take off at that tricky third round mark, 'what if those old Greek philosophers - you know, the ones that used to sit around all day gassing - what if they had had the benefit of modern social website software, like Facebook? Would it have made a difference to Western civilisation?'
Verity Stob, 17 Jul 2007
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Arrests from e-borders pilot pass 1,000

Alerts issued by the Joint Border Operations Centre (JBOC) have resulted in more than 1,000 arrests.
Kablenet, 17 Jul 2007
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BT's IPTV aims to lure footie fans

UK customers of BT's IPTV service will be able to avail of cut-price access to English Premier League football matches for the coming season.
Emmet Ryan, 17 Jul 2007
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Strict copyright laws do not always benefit authors

A stricter, more author-friendly copyright regime does not guarantee higher pay for authors, according to a new study which surveyed the earnings of 25,000 writers.
OUT-LAW.COM, 17 Jul 2007

Asus announces 'super 3G' add-in card

Asus wants to connect ExpressCard-equipped laptops to 3G networks, and to that end this week launched the T500, an add-in card with cellular connectivity capable of downloading data at up to 3.6Mbps.
Tony Smith, 17 Jul 2007
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Curry may combat Alzheimer's

US researchers have isolated a compound in turmeric - commonly used in the UK's national dish chicken tikka masala and other more deadly curry concoctions - which "may help stimulate immune system cells that gobble up the brain-clogging proteins that mark Alzheimer's disease", Reuters reports.
Lester Haines, 17 Jul 2007
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Iowa plans audacious Harry Potter butter sculpture

Iowa State Fair has jumped firmly on the JK Rowling bandwagon in the run-up to this week's release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by announcing an audacious butter sculpture of the boy wizard, the Des Moines Register reports.
Lester Haines, 17 Jul 2007
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Pilots get electronic flight bag

Considering the technical complexity of modern commercial aircraft and the operational complexities of running any airline service, it may seem surprising - especially to anyone steeped in the ways of business and/or operational automation - to consider the level to which a commitment to paper is maintained.
Martin Banks, 17 Jul 2007
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Nintendo yanks Mario Party 8 - offensive language to blame?

Updated Nintendo has pulled its new Wii console game Mario Party 8 from UK shops just days after its release and during a massive TV advertising campaign for the title.
James Sherwood, 17 Jul 2007
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China aims artillery for a blue-sky Olympics

The Chinese government's weather-control programme, more accustomed to bringing down rains on parched crops, has announced a new and ambitious mission. The People's Republic is due to host the Summer Olympics next year, and if the weather dares to defy the commies it will be brought into line by force.
Lewis Page, 17 Jul 2007
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Trolltech pushes Qtopia and Qt

Editors' Blog I'm just contemplating my notes from a roundtable hosted by Trolltech product director Naren Karattup, entitled Unleashing the creative power of the developer – you unleash wild animals, don't you? I think I'm bit nervous.
David Norfolk, 17 Jul 2007
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iPhone 2.0 screen-maker rumour really points to video iPod?

Apple will release a second-generation, lower cost iPhone in September for an iPod-like price of $249-299 - if a Chinese-language newspaper report citing Taiwanese industry moles is to be believed, that is.
Tony Smith, 17 Jul 2007
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Chinese fight rat plague with giant saucepan

Residents downstream of China's controversial Three Gorges Dam in Hunan province have responded in traditional fashion to a plague of two billion rats forced into farmland by rising water levels - by offering them to restaurants in neighbouring Guangdong province, the home of "if it's edible, we'll eat it" Cantonese cuisine.
Lester Haines, 17 Jul 2007
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German bus driver objects to passenger's breasts

A German bus driver demonstrated exemplary concern for his passengers' safety when he ordered a 20-year-old sales clerk to shift her mammary assets or vacate the vehicle, Bild reports.
Lester Haines, 17 Jul 2007
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AppleStore shut for 'update' - new kit coming?

Apple's online AppleStore - it's US incarnation, at least - has temporarily shut its doors to customers pending an update. This typically happens when the Mac maker's just about to announce new products.
Tony Smith, 17 Jul 2007
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US: GPS-Galileo agreement to be inked this week

US negotiators in Brussels expect to reach agreement with the European Union within a week regarding cooperative use of the American Global Positioning System (GPS) and the EU's proposed Galileo sat-nav constellations.
Lewis Page, 17 Jul 2007
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Norton labels Nasa app as adware

Symantec has updated its anti-virus definition files after a duff update falsely identified two open source packages as adware.
John Leyden, 17 Jul 2007
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T-Mobile forced to connect Truphone numbers

T-Mobile will be forced to connect calls to Truphone numbers, by court injunction granted yesterday.
Bill Ray, 17 Jul 2007
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O2 serves notice on i-mode service

O2 has hit the red button on its i-mode service less than two years after it brought the Japanese mobile web technology to Europe.
Joe Fay, 17 Jul 2007
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$20K in prizes for best Symbian open source apps

The Forum Nokia Open C Challenge, which offers $20,000 in prizes for the best application developed using Nokia's Open C libraries for Series 60 programming, along with POSIX for the Symbian bits, is now open to registrations.
Bill Ray, 17 Jul 2007
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Fasthosts 'electrical issue' halts service for four hours

Fasthosts, the UK's largest web hosting company, suffered a four hour outage to its service yesterday evening.
Kelly Fiveash, 17 Jul 2007
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MPs call for British manned space flight

MPs have called on the government to give the lead to the UK's space industry and expand its vision to include funding launches and even manned spaceflight.
Joe Fay, 17 Jul 2007
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Google goes mobile, small biz

Google is ramping up its assault on the mobile internet with tests of its AdSense service and rumours of product search aimed at the mobile phone screen.
Bill Ray, 17 Jul 2007
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Fujitsu fetes world's slimmest waterproof mobile

Sometimes you suddenly come to your senses and ask yourself what in the world you are doing. This happened to me today, as I was taking pictures of a bikini-clad beauty who was brandishing a mobile phone while standing up to her knees in a swimming pool on the roof of a nine-storey building in central Tokyo.
Hugh Ashton, 17 Jul 2007
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Romanian cops cuff drunk, naked, handless driver

Romanian traffic cops in the seaside town of Constanta were rather surprised to discover that the driver of a BMW they pulled for zigzagging across the road had no licence, no hands, no clothes, and was figuratively legless, evz.ro reports.
Lester Haines, 17 Jul 2007
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Intel Core 2 Extreme QX6850 & MSI P35 Diamond mobo

Review Intel is getting ready to move to a new generation of processors on a 45nm fabrication process, but that hasn't stopped it from squeezing some more performance out of its existing, 65nm chips. So, ladies and gentlemen, please welcome the 3GHz Core 2 Extreme QX6850 with the chip giant's brand new 1333MHz frontside bus.
Leo Waldock, 17 Jul 2007
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Domain name scammers target uk.biz

Domain name scammers are once again targeting UK firms.
John Leyden, 17 Jul 2007
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European Court schedules Microsoft verdict

The European Court of First Instance has confirmed it will deliver its verdict on the Microsoft case on 17 September.
John Oates, 17 Jul 2007
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Pepper Pad 3 Linux UMPC arrives in UK

It may not be the most attractive portable device on the market, but the Linux-based Pepper Pad 3 internet tablet has been given a technical makeover that includes faster Wi-Fi connectivity and a much needed slimmer body.
James Sherwood, 17 Jul 2007
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Boeing shows automated spying, flying drone

US death-tech'n'airliners giant Boeing has carried out a spy-fi-esque demonstration of military surveillance technology.
Lewis Page, 17 Jul 2007
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Behind the Apple vs Universal breakup

Column Earlier this month, Universal Music Group (UMG) - the world's largest record company with acts like U2 and Jay-Z - decided not to renew its contract with Apple's iTunes music store. Universal will continue to supply iTunes its vast catalogue but may cancel that supply at any time. In the company's own words, "Universal Music Group will now market its music to iTunes in an 'at will' capacity, as it does with its other retail partners."
Steve Gordon, 17 Jul 2007
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Popbitch launches BB betting website

Does anyone really care about who will win this years' UK version of Big Brother?
Kelly Fiveash, 17 Jul 2007
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iPhone becomes phisherman's friend

Security shortcomings in the design of Apple's iPhone might make it easier to mount phishing and cross-site scripting attacks.
John Leyden, 17 Jul 2007
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C&W says trading is sunny side up

Cable and Wireless (C&W) said it is trading in line with expectations and that it is on track to increase annual profit to between 16 and 24 per cent.
Kelly Fiveash, 17 Jul 2007
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Vodafone to offer Samsung slider smartphone

Samsung's anticipated i620 Windows Mobile smartphone - a skinny slider phone with a drop-down BlackBerry-style QWERTY keypad - is to go on sale in the UK through Vodafone.
James Sherwood, 17 Jul 2007
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NEC and Stratus in fault-tolerant server threesome

NEC and Stratus promised you new, beefy fault tolerant servers would ship in June. But the boxes ended up shipping in July. We'll forgive the vendors a wee, one-month lapse, especially since they've tossed out some new, low-end additions as well.
Ashlee Vance, 17 Jul 2007
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Oklahoma woman takes sue happy RIAA to the bank

In what appears to be the first known case of its kind, the RIAA has been ordered to pay a defendant nearly $70,000 in attorney fees and costs after unsuccessfully suing for copyright infringement.
Austin Modine, 17 Jul 2007
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Microsoft product groups back off February 'big bang'

Microsoft's product groups are quietly distancing themselves from next February's big-bang major launch event, unveiled by COO Kevin Turner last week.
Gavin Clarke, 17 Jul 2007
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Google tells TV execs where they've gone wrong

iTV Con With his opening keynote at iTV Con, a trade conference dedicated to, yes, internet television, Google’s head of boob tube technology Vincent Dureau told industry players and reporters that traditional television is pretty close to dead. Of course, he’s confident that the latest internet technologies can drive a new breed of TV to unprecedented heights. No one was surprised.
Cade Metz, 17 Jul 2007
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Yahoo! profits! drop! slightly!

Yahoo! today reported a slight drop in quarterly profits from last year, but a figure in line with previously lowered expectations. The company's second quarter results are the first dose of earnings to arrive since co-founder Jerry Yang replaced Terry Semel as CEO.
Austin Modine, 17 Jul 2007

Intel rides laptop chips and lower costs during Q2

Strong notebook and server chip sales carried Intel to a second quarter that neared the high end of previous forecasts. Investors, however, seemed unmoved by the results, as Intel noted strong pricing competition in the desktop market and a reliance on cost-cutting measures to gloss its results.
Ashlee Vance, 17 Jul 2007
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Xbox chief abandons Microsoft for EA Sports

Microsoft Xbox division chief Peter Moore will be leaving his position in Redmond to join game developer Electronic Arts as president of the EA Sports label.
Austin Modine, 17 Jul 2007