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US bloggers set for journalistic shield

A US bill that would shield journalists, including bloggers, from revealing their sources has cleared the House Judiciary Committee, an important stage in becoming law. There is already legislation in the UK which protects journalists and bloggers.
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Finnish Football, LA riot journo join attack on YouTube

It seems that far too many people are watching free Veikkausliiga highlights on YouTube.
Cade Metz, 07 2007
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World Poker Tour goes, er, global

The China Leisure Sports Administrative Center has tied the knot with World Poker Tour Enterprises (WPT) to promote “the sport of poker, by helping to create, expand and commercialize China’s first ever national poker competition,” the Associated Press reported today.
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National Express bus kingpin ditches biofuel trial

National Express, "the largest scheduled coach provider in Europe," has closed down a biofuels programme which could have seen its vehicles running on 30 per cent-bio diesel.

Of EMC's storage blitz

EMC Corporation last month announced a new line-up of storage systems and software that seek to help customers store information more cost-effectively, securely, and intelligently.

AMD's Opteron goes to 3.2GHz

AMD is trying to breath new life into its dual-core Opteron by upping the chip to 3.2GHz just weeks before Barcelona rolls on store shelves. AMD announced today the pricing and availability to its Opteron 2000 and 8000 series x86 chips, both in a mainstream and high performance flavor.
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Broadband claims mislead on speed

There is a huge gap between advertised broadband speeds and the actual speeds users can achieve, new research from consumer group Which? has shown.
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Teaching hacking helps students, professors say

When Sam Bowne visited the DEFCON hacking conference in 2006, he saw a lot of people having fun with a really interesting topic: computer security.
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Yahoo! denies! China! claims!

Yahoo! has hit back at claims by a US Senate committee that it covered up its involvement in handing over information to Chinese authorities which led to the arrest and detention of four Chinese citizens.

Microsoft sees $1.5bn verdict chucked out

Microsoft yesterday overturned a $1.5bn ruling made against it for patent infringement.

Linux database becomes a browser

The fashion for "web mashups" just got a steroid boost with the release of a browser that is really a desktop database, with full SQL scripting and the ability to manipulate tabular data found on the Internet.
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Four-way stellar smash will form monster galaxy

What do you get if you take four galaxies and set them on a collision course? The biggest cosmic pile-up we earthlings have ever seen. Come back in a few million years and they will have formed a giant galaxy, roughly ten times the size of our puny Milky Way
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Poker for potholes initiative makes run at California ballot

A California YouTube junkie received permission last week from the California Secretary of State to circulate a petition to establish a government run online poker site that would subsidize fixing the state's roads.

Motorola Q 9h smartphone

Review On first viewing, the Moto Q 9h is reminiscent of a calculator; despite going for a BlackBerry-style layout, its square features haven't quite captured the improved look of those devices, and pulling it out of your pocket could see colleagues and co-workers stifling a few laughs.
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Stricken Evesham says will honour warranties and support

Evesham Technology's founder and chairman Richard Austin has said that DTE Leonard Curtis has been appointed administrator of the firm's accounts. Following on from a very difficult few days for many ex-employees of the firm, Austin finally confirmed yesterday that Evesham had indeed entered administration on Friday 3 August.
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Dell brings the cha-ching to buy Zing

Dell has agreed to cough up for music startup Zing, which makes software to connect personal music players to live streams and other online content.
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Orange dismantles Bristol Tower of Doom

Orange has agreed to remove a mobile-phone base station from the top of a block which has become known as the "Tower of Doom", thanks to the high incidence of cancer amongst the elderly residents.
Bill Ray, 07 2007

First Response issues ID theft alert after burglary

First Response Finance has warned thousands of UK customers to be wary of suspicious transactions on their accounts following the theft of storage discs from the finance firm's offices near Manchester.

Microsoft cuts Xbox 360 prices

Microsoft has announced a price cut across the Xbox range in the US, but Europeans will have to wait before they see any markdowns. From tomorrow, stateside gamers will be able to pick-up a Premium for $50 less, in addition to a $30 cheaper Elite system or $20 cheaper Core.
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Qualcomm fails to overturn US import ban

Qualcomm seems out of options in the ongoing patent dispute with Broadcom, having failed to get the president to overrule the court-imposed ban on the import of phones containing chips which infringe Broadcom's patents.
Bill Ray, 07 2007

Wipro jumps on Infocrossing

Wipro Technologies, the global IT services arm of Indian outsourcing firm Wipro Ltd, said it has signed a $413.27m all-cash deal to acquire Infocrossing Ltd.
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Boffins flick Quantum vacuum switch from suck to blow

Cartoon-loving boffins from University of St Andrews believe they have found a way to reverse the "Casimir force" which causes really small things to stick to each other. This has been widely written up, usually with the word "levitation" in the headline.
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Mega-planet spotted orbiting fading star

Astronomers have discovered the biggest transiting exoplanet yet. Orbiting a fading star in the constellation of Hercules, planet TrES-4 is a whopping 70 per cent bigger than Jupiter.
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Patientline backs down on price rises

Patientline, the beleaguered monopoly supplier of communication services to UK hospital patients, has dropped its prices back to the pre-April level of 10 pence a minute for outgoing calls: incoming calls remain at the outrageous 49p a minute.
Bill Ray, 07 2007

Alcatel unveils mobile phone under £20

Does your phone support Hair-Band GSM/GPRS/BONO EDGE and HSBC capabilities? If you think a 3G phone is under gravitational stress, or WMV music is a highstreet store...there’s no point paying for a cutting-edge handset. Alcatel is attempting to remedy this by launching a back to basics mobile phone.
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UK Information Commissioner: protect your own data

The Information Commissioner's Office - the UK public body tasked with protecting ordinary individuals from abuses by the rapidly-multiplying organisations which hold personal data - has today "published new guidance to help individuals understand how and why their personal information may be shared by organisations."
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Planting trees will not save the planet: official

Bad news for plastic greens: planting trees really isn't going to save us from global warming. Researchers studying pine trees in North Carolina have determined that there is a limit to the amount of extra carbon dioxide a tree can actually turn into more tree.
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Beeb exterminates Tomorrow's World rumours

Tomorrow's World is yesterday's news following confirmation from the Beeb that the populist science and technology show will not be returning to our small screens any time soon after all.
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T-Mobile wants our phones

Pile 'em high. A new survey from T-Mobile suggests that the UK population is sitting on 52.3 million old phones, with a combined value of £1.1bn, and they've kindly offered to take them off our hands too. They go on to suggest that these phones could be used to pay for 39,000 nurses, or to buy the entire Chelsea football …
Bill Ray, 07 2007
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US rules vote swapping legal

A US court has ruled that websites set up to allow people to swop their votes are legal and protected by the Constitution.

Researchers ease LCD viewing angle woes

Researchers at a Taiwanese university have developed an LCD that tracks a viewer’s movements and then adjusts its settings to give the optimum display. It’s claimed the design can therefore overcome blurred or distorted images when viewing the screen from an angle.

Sun to axe more jobs

More layoffs are on the way at Sun Microsystems. Despite its third consecutive profitable quarter, the Silicon Valley server giant will cut an unspecified number of jobs by the end of this year.
Cade Metz, 07 2007
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Governator vows to appeal ruling striking down video game law

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has vowed to appeal a federal judge's ruling striking down a state law that prohibits the selling or renting of violent video games. The decision, issued in a case brought by video game industry groups, said the restriction violated the freedom of speech provision in the US Constitution.

Desktop Linux: That dog will mount

LinuxWorld The Linux desktop reminds us of a dog humping a table leg. It's both fun and disturbing to watch, but ultimately there's very little payoff from the exercise.

Google to rescue Linux from Microsoft lawyers

Google has joined the fight to save Linux from an army of patent-waving Microsoft lawyers.
Cade Metz, 07 2007

Brocade ex-CEO guilty of options fraud

Gregory Reyes, the former boss of Brocade, has been found guilty of securities fraud concerning backdated options.
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So you want to be a Teradata specialist?

Many aspiring IT professionals look for career safety with mass-market technology. However, there’s also a secure career in specialist technology, as long as your chosen vendor doesn’t become complacent. So, as an example, we asked a Teradata specialist about the possibilities of a career with his specialist technology. Similar points could no doubt be made about other technologies.
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Efficient data centers make companies less green

LinuxWorld Being green is obviously a huge concern for the tech industry. It doesn't take an industry microscope to see hardware vendors scampering to improve their hardware efficiency to appeal to folks sweating over the rising cost to power a data center.
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Fake e-cards signal massive DDoS attack

Security researchers are reporting a sharp increase in the number of machines infected by the Storm Worm, prompting speculation that its authors, who so far have limited their activities to spam, intend to use it for more destructive purposes, such as launching massive denial of service attacks.

Dell to stuff hypervisors in flash memory

LinuxWorld A rather nimble Dell looks set to rattle the server market later this year by embedding the core virtualization code of a prominent software maker in flash memory.