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AT&T censors Pearl Jam's anti-Bush sing-along

Analysis AT&T has apologized for the censorship of lyrics that were critical of US President George W. Bush during a webcast of a performance by rock band Pearl Jam at a recent Lollapalooza festival.
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Vonage works around Verizon patents

Vonage is still smarting from that legal tete-a-tete with Verizon, but after throwing together a trio of patent workarounds, it's confident that a full recovery is on the way.
Cade Metz, 10 2007

EnterpriseDB chases Oracle and MySQL on Web 2.0

LinuxWorld Having spent three years trying to get purchase on Oracle's mighty database business, EnterpriseDB is embracing Web 2.0 developers with a bundled version of Postgres.

Linux vendors and Microsoft follow the money

LinuxWorld Novell's recently unpopular chief executive was doing more than reading from a crudely scripted speech when he told LinuxWorld to get with the program and deal with Microsoft and mixed source.
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Harry Potter and the Virus of Doom

Spoiler Alert A lot of people have been wondering what Harry Potter's future is really like. I have the answer: he's going to be an amateur detective. But nobody will know this, because he'll be working in a tech support call centre for Weasley Computers.
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OGCbs drops transformation framework

OGCbuying.solutions has cancelled its plans for a framework agreement on integrated solutions.
Kablenet, 10 2007
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Punch out your own code on a Greenphone

Trolltech's Qtopia is a commonly used mobile Linux. It's used in a large number of different devices – from Sony's mylo communicator, to Motorola and Panasonic's Linux phones. While you might not have come across it in the Carphone Warehouse, it's a common platform in one of the biggest mobile markets going – China.

Nokia revises chipset strategy

Nokia is to outsource most of its chip development to other manufacturers in order to reduce its R&D spend and concentrate on developing core chipset technologies. The Finnish firm, which is the world's largest mobile maker, said the new licensing and multi-sourcing model would allow it to broaden its pool of chip suppliers, while enabling the firm to focus on its core competencies in chipset development.
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UK gambling ad ban hits overseas operators

Online gambling companies based outside the European Economic Area are to be banned from advertising in the UK. The Gambling Act will be used to bar the advertising of over 1,000 websites.
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NASA: astronauts do not fly drunk

There is no evidence to support allegations that NASA astronauts have been flying drunk, NASA said this week.

'Wild West' internet needs a sheriff

The government needs to do more to protect ordinary users from cybercrime and safeguard the growth of e-commerce, according to a report from the House of Lords' Science and Technology Committee.
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New MoD push to silence internal dissent

The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has brought in sweeping new rules intended to prevent military personnel from releasing information which shows the MoD in a bad light.
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Doctor Who signs up thinking man's crumpet

In a flurry of hyper-drive, telephone box powered activity, the Beeb has announced yet more guest stars for the forthcoming, much-awaited fourth series of Doctor Who.

'Portable' CD player puts MP3 into a spin

During the transition period between technology formats, such from CDs to MP3s, consumers inevitably go through a period where they want 'all in one' players'. So, one designer has developed a concept MP3-cum-CD player that promises to play MP3 and traditional CDs, but in a way that’s anything but traditional.
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BOFH: Damsels in distress

Episode 28 Episode 28 So the PFY and I are both on a quick junket to Paris and have managed to score seats in business class thanks to the combination of the Boss' short sightedness and the PFY accidentally stepping on his glasses until the lenses broke. "So what's this junket about then?" I ask the PFY while making the exact amount of …
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Ex-MI5 agent Shayler claims to be chav messiah

Well-known former MI5 officer and 9/11 conspiracy theorist David Shayler has taken a further step along the path to fruitcakeville, suggesting to a TV news interviewer that he is the Messiah.
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Universal tests DRM-free future

Universal Music Group, the world's largest music label, has said it will temporarily allow the sale of thousands of its albums and tracks DRM-free.
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So you wanna program games?

Editors' Blog If computer game development is your thing, save your pennies and get yourself over to the Los Angeles Convention Centre.
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China to map 'every inch' of the moon

China has announced plans to map "every inch" of the surface of the Moon as part of its ambitious space-exploration programme.

Panasonic showcases future TV line-up

Panasonic has launched seven new Viera 1080p HD TVs. The range includes six plasma TVs ranging from 42 to 65in and a single 37in LCD TV, all with a selection of futuristic features.
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US Navy seeks hydrogen-powered forklifts

US Navy boffins are seeking to kit out American military stores depots with hydrogen-powered forklifts, or - as they prefer - "hydrogen-fueled material handling equipment".
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Novell tells LinuxWorld to face the future as Rollins rolls in dosh

Summertime Linux blues Well folks, the August doldrums are well and truly upon us. With the Reg newsroom resembling the Black Hole of Calcutta, but with less atmosphere, we're thankful to LinuxWorld for topping up the news. Novell boss Ron Hovsepian told the fanboys to accept its deal with Microsoft as part of the open source …
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Orange lands Lampard TV coup

Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard got his own TV channel yesterday, admittedly only available to Orange customers watching on their mobile phones, but it's one up on a MySpace page.
Bill Ray, 10 2007
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Fibre Channel gets an 8Gig kicker

The first 8Gbit/s Fibre Channel storage networking products are out, and could drive the final nail into the coffin of 10Gbit/s Fibre Channel. However, the new technology seems unlikely to stem the drift to iSCSI over 10Gbit/s Ethernet, although it might perhaps slow it a little.
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SNIA offers green advice

SNIA, the Storage Networking Industry Association, has set up a task force and technical working group to address "green storage". The groups will develop resources to help IT managers understand and address environmental issues, the organisation said.
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ATI driver flaw exposes Vista kernel

An unpatched flaw in drivers from ATI creates a means to smuggle malware past improved security defences in the latest version of Windows and into the Vista kernel.
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Watchdog pokes Sky's Amstrad deal

Sky's £125m buyout of Amstrad will face scrutiny from the Office of Fair Trading (OFT), regulators have announced.

Google starts charging for storage

Google has begun charging users for additional storage once they fill their free allowance, according to a blog post by one of the company's lead software engineers.
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Evesham boss changes tune on tax break scheme

Evesham Technology chairman and founder Richard Austin appears to have performed an impressive U-turn over the reason behind the firm's current financial crisis, which has seen some 150 staff made redundant.
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Nokia N800 gets WiMAX

Nokia's N800 tablet is to get Mobile WiMAX connectivity in order to be used on Sprint's US WiMAX network next year, though it's probably keeping Wi-Fi and Bluetooth just in case.
Bill Ray, 10 2007
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Securo-prof claims to invent new, much deadlier dirty bomb

Researchers from King's College London have raised the spectre of a new terrorist technique which would "kill an order of magnitude more people than a dirty bomb" and is "likely to incite considerably more fear".

Another 1,400 Sony batteries sent for slaughter

Batteries continue to be a hot topic for Sony, but not in a good way. Toshiba American Information Systems has announced the recall of some 1,400 Sony batteries used in its Satellite and Tecra notebook range.

HTC rumours hot up

HTC doesn't seem to be running short of ideas for smart phone concepts. It's rumoured the manufacturer has developed a new touchscreen handset and that it could also be working on a separate slider smartphone.
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Earth will feel the heat from 2009: climate boffins

Chuck out your thermals: global warming is coming, and it isn't waiting for 2100. A new climate model predicts that by the end of this decade, there is an even chance that global temperatures will be hotter than 1998, the warmest year on record.
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Competition: Correct history with Google's News Comments

Summer Fun There's something about Google and news. Nothing brings out the autistic side of Google's corporate personality more than answering criticism about its handling of news material.

Outlook grim as Cloudmark update crashes email clients

A dodgy spam definition update from Cloudmark has crashed users' email clients.
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Web designer-turned-hacker avoids jail

The boss of a British website design firm has received a suspended jail sentence after pleading guilty to hacking into a competitor's website.
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Taking the trade out of tradeshows - start-ups set for failure

LinuxWorld It's becoming easier and easier to spot start-ups likely to fail. Take, for example, FastScale.
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eBay seller nabs $1500 for Jesus-like garage stain

An American family just sold the stain on the floor of their garage for more than $1500. This may or may not be a sign from God.
Cade Metz, 10 2007

Dissecting penguins for fun and profit

Meat Cast Semi-Coherent Computing goes penguintastic this week as I hit the LinuxWorld tradeshow in search of data center justice.
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Pirate Party invades Utah

The Pirates have touched down in the American desert, determined to protect the freedoms of internet users everywhere.
Cade Metz, 10 2007