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ADVISE data-mining program cut by Homeland Security

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is ditching a controversial data-mining program, the Associated Press revealed today.
Burke Hansen, 06 Sep 2007

Apple slashes iPhone prices

No, Steve. We didn't miss that last bit.
Cade Metz, 06 Sep 2007

Master crim leaves vital clue at scene of burglary

An 18-year-old burglar spectacularly avoided elevation to the league of master criminals by writing "Peter Addison was here!" at the scene of a break-in, the Sun reports.
Lester Haines, 06 Sep 2007

MPs slam Defra over rural payments system

Rushed testing of IT and poor management led to the failure of the single payments scheme for farmers, says a parliamentary report.
Kablenet, 06 Sep 2007

Intel schedules quad-core mobile CPUs for H2 '08

Intel looks set to release a quad-core microprocessor for notebooks at long last, but you're not likely to get your hands on a laptop containing the chip for the best part of a year.
Tony Smith, 06 Sep 2007
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Large databases are not safe enough, says stats boffin

Large databases do not adequately protect sensitive personal information, according to a statistics professor in the US, who says that individuals can still be identified despite attempts to anonymise them.
OUT-LAW.COM, 06 Sep 2007

Facebook was my idea, says yet another ex-Harvard student

Another former Harvard student has come forward claiming to have invented a precursor to social networking giant Facebook. Aaron Greenspan has written an unpublished book detailing his claims.
OUT-LAW.COM, 06 Sep 2007

Dino-killing asteroid traced back 160m years

The dinosaur-busting asteroid that slammed into Earth some 65 million years ago has been traced back to a collision between two monster chunks of rock 160 million years ago, out in the main asteroid belt.
Lucy Sherriff, 06 Sep 2007

Sony adds HD to TV-via-net box

Sony's LocationFree media streaming system has been upgraded to HD. The new LF-W1HD device will now support streaming for HD - and Blu-ray content, apparently - around the home, at up to 1080i resolution.
James Sherwood, 06 Sep 2007

IBM and Novell push out new SLED

IBM and Novell have announced an integrated open collaboration client for SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop that includes IBM Lotus Notes, IBM Lotus Sametime and IBM productivity tools to deliver advanced email and calendar capabilities, unified communication & collaboration and lightweight yet powerful word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation capabilities with OpenDocument Format support.
Clay Ryder, 06 Sep 2007

Vodafone takes one on the chin for billing problems

Vodafone has blamed recent changes to its billing system for a litany of problems affecting its UK network, from inaccurate bills to disconnected calls, but is refusing to say who's responsible for the debacle.
Bill Ray, 06 Sep 2007

Seagate targets sensitive customers with encrypted HDDs

Hard disk drive (HDD) giant Seagate Technology is to start flogging HDDs with built-in encryption chips in an attempt to secure sensitive data on home PCs.
Kelly Fiveash, 06 Sep 2007

Toshiba boffins ready next-gen iPod hard drive

Toshiba has taken the wraps off a new hard drive recording technology it claims will dramatically increase the capacity of the 1.8in drives used in portable media players like Apple's newly announced iPod Classic.
Tony Smith, 06 Sep 2007

Orange promises rethink on deleted email accounts

UpdatedOrange is contemplating a U-turn on its trashing of old Freeserver accounts following a storm of criticism from hacked-off users.
John Oates, 06 Sep 2007

Government warns parents of food-colouring danger

Parents are being warned of a link between disruptive behaviour and hyperactivity in children and certain food additives.
Lucy Sherriff, 06 Sep 2007

PRC forces also ravaging UK gov nets, insist Brits

AnalysisIn the wake of Pentagon leaks suggesting that the Chinese military has conducted network attacks against US military systems, some in the UK are clearly feeling left out.
Lewis Page, 06 Sep 2007

Mobiles can upset hospital equipment, after all

A new study published in Critical Care indicates that the signal generated by mobile phones can interfere with hospital equipment, even to the point of inhibiting its function, from a range of up to three meters.
Bill Ray, 06 Sep 2007

If you can fix a 757 with two goats, how many do you need to fix an OSI vote?

For a story that had more than its fair share of drama this week, it was hard to look further than Microsoft's efforts to get its Office Open XML (OOXML) specification fast-tracked as an ISO standard. Ordinarily, stories about Microsoft and standards tend to be the preserve of bearded men of a particular age, but the OOXML saga has a much wider appeal. The Swedish vote, for example, was changed after it emerged Microsoft had paid partners to join the board of the body that voted on whether it should agree to fast-track OOXML. In Portugal, there were claims the IBM delegate had been locked out with the excuse that there weren't enough chairs in the room. Then there were the 36 countries that suddenly decided they needed to join ISO in the run up to the vote, most of which voted for OOXML. Despite Microsoft's best (and some would say, worst) efforts, the attempt to get fast-track ratification of its specification as a standard failed.
Billy MacInnes, 06 Sep 2007
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Horizon's Irish revenue falls

System integrator and IT distributor Horizon Technology Group said overall first-half revenue rose by 11 per cent to €146,305, but it saw profits tumble in Ireland.
Kelly Fiveash, 06 Sep 2007

Church hall bans 'unchristian' yoga for nippers

A Somerset church has banned toddlers from practising yoga in its hall because the "unchristian" practice "promoted other spiritualities", the BBC reports.
Lester Haines, 06 Sep 2007

Slave kids working UK cannabis farms

UK drug information organisation DrugScope has highlighted the plight of child "slaves" forced to work in illicit UK cannabis farms.
Lester Haines, 06 Sep 2007

Cassini closes in on Iapetus

Saturn watchers on the Cassini mission are preparing for another fly-by, this time of the oddly shaped moon Iapetus.
Lucy Sherriff, 06 Sep 2007

Cursing senior plod samples electric justice

VideoA top Welsh cop has posted video of himself being zapped with a Taser cattleprod stun gun. With a strangled cry of "Aagh - bloody hell," North Wales chief constable Richard Brunstrom tastes electric justice and pitches to the deck, towards the end of this Flash vid:
Lewis Page, 06 Sep 2007

Aussie bin Laden penetrates APEC security

A crack squad of Oz TV comedians - one dressed as Osama bin Laden - today succeeded in penetrating tight defences around the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Sydney, Reuters reports.
Lester Haines, 06 Sep 2007

HP revives iPaq range

It's been quite a while since there were any shake-ups in the world of the HP iPaq, and suddently here come five new iPaq devices all at once: the 110, 210, 310, 610 and 910.
James Sherwood, 06 Sep 2007

TV's iPod moment?

ColumnLast month, the British television industry belatedly joined in a ritual that has been performed by a variety of industries over the past decade. Pointing manically at the rising tide of digital technology, it shook itself awake, and demanded a little more panic.
William Davies, 06 Sep 2007

Sony adds HDMI port to Alpha snapper

With the increasing proliferation of HDMI-enabled devices, we knew it wouldn't be long before HDMI ports begin appearing on digital SLR cameras: Sony's 12.2-megapixel Alpha 700 features an HDMI jack for instant connection to a telly.
James Sherwood, 06 Sep 2007

Asus backs Blu-ray

Asus has rolled up its sleeves and jumped into the next-generation optical disc format fight on the side of Blu-ray Disc. This week it announced a multi-format DVD writer with the ability to play BD media.
Tony Smith, 06 Sep 2007

Acer joins HD DVD spin team

If you thought Acer's move, announced last week, that it will support the Blu-ray Disc optical disc format was a sign it had hopped off the fence, think again. The computer maker - soon to be the world's third largest - today reiterated its support for HD DVD.
Tony Smith, 06 Sep 2007

Boffins develop quantum-computer building block

US boffins have made two widely separated atoms communicate their properties to one another in a phenomenon famously referred to by Albert Einstein as "spooky action-at-a-distance" and by others as "quantum teleportation".
Lewis Page, 06 Sep 2007

HP turns to Voodoo to conjure up gaming PC

Exactly a year after HP acquired Voodoo PC, the two have collaborated to create a high-end gaming desktop to go out with an HP badge. The Blackbird 002 sports a stylish aluminium chassis and an impressive range of build options for the avid PC gamer.
James Sherwood, 06 Sep 2007
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Mac, Linux BBC iPlayers in the offing, says PM

The Beeb's controversial decision to roll out its iPlayer TV-over-IP platform on Windows only seems to have been overruled, presumably by its own governing body.
Lewis Page, 06 Sep 2007

Rick Rubin: Right idea, Wrong Price?

The record producer and co-founder of Def Jam has only been "co-head" of Sony's Columbia Records since May, but he's already setting about destroying the old business so a new one can be built in its place.
Andrew Orlowski, 06 Sep 2007

UK and US team-tag to speed patent prosecution process

The US and UK patent offices have agreed to share and recognise each other's patent examination reports under a new deal. The offices hope the deal could save significant application time for would-be patent holders.
OUT-LAW.COM, 06 Sep 2007
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Michael Dell 'not involved' in accounting fraud

Michael Dell, CEO of Dell Computers said Wednesday he was not involved in any of the accounting monkeyshines uncovered during an internal probe at the company.
Austin Modine, 06 Sep 2007

Apple lobs $100 credit at iPhone buyers

Much to our surprise, Apple mavens have revolted against Steve Jobs. And he's trying to appease them.
Cade Metz, 06 Sep 2007

Microsoft readies Virtual Machine Manager 2007

Microsoft's virtualization team has finally stirred as the market gears up for VMworld next week. A bundle of announcements today include a virtulization management software released to manufacturing, solidified pricing and licensing, and promises for future versions.
Austin Modine, 06 Sep 2007

Google leaps on patent reform bandwagon

Today, some of the biggest names in high-tech have their eyes on the nation's capital, where lawmakers are babbling about an overhaul of the U.S. patent system.
Cade Metz, 06 Sep 2007

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