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Fear and loathing in 2008 - tell us about it!

Along with each New Year comes hopes and wishes that things will change for the best.
Gavin Clarke, 02 Jan 2008
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AJAX wave evades vendors

Ajax developers are turning away from commercial development tools and opting for free, open source alternatives.
Phil Manchester, 02 Jan 2008
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California judge says Californian company can infringe patents

A federal judge in California has ruled that Qualcomm is allowed to sell chips infringing the Broadcom patents, until the end of January 2009 at least, while paying a mandatory royalty to Broadcom during that period.
Bill Ray, 02 Jan 2008

Asus to show second-gen Eee PC next week

Asus is due to show off what it calls the "next generation" of its elfin Eee PC Linux-based sub-laptop at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas next week. The unit is almost certainly going to come with WiMax wireless broadband connectivity.
Tony Smith, 02 Jan 2008
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Saudis cuff 'outspoken' blogger

The Saudi authorities have confirmed they are holding an "outspoken" blogger for "purposes of interrogation", the New York Times reports.
Lester Haines, 02 Jan 2008
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Nvidia's AMD-aimed nForce, GeForce chipsets due this month

Nvidia is expected to roll out a bumber crop of chipsets during the first three months of 2008, including AMD-oriented versions of its latest nForce 700 series.
Tony Smith, 02 Jan 2008
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World outlook worst since dot-com crash

The economic outlook for the UK is looking as bad as at any time since the dot-com crash of 2001.
John Oates, 02 Jan 2008
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Panasonic preps slimline Blu-ray drive for laptops

Panasonic has begun sending out samples of what it claims is the world's thinnest internal Blu-ray Disc burner for notebook computers.
Tony Smith, 02 Jan 2008
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Motorola and Metrologic lay down arms

Motorola and Metrologic have settled a half-decade long patent dispute, which the comms giant inherited when it bought Symbol Technologies almost a year ago.
Bill Ray, 02 Jan 2008

Toshiba sues DVD duplicator Acme

Toshiba last week launched legal action against an Italian disc duplication company it maintains has infringed its intellectual property.
Tony Smith, 02 Jan 2008
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German privacy activists cry foul over data retention law

Privacy activists have filed a constitutional complaint against Germany's data retention laws.
John Leyden, 02 Jan 2008

Sony models budget 7.2Mp snapper

Sony will roll-out its latest budget snapper this month: the 7.2-megapixel Cyber-shot DSC-S730.
Tony Smith, 02 Jan 2008
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USB Chameleon rolls eyes, bizarrely doesn't change colour

You'd have thought that everyone knows the Chameleon can change the colour of its skin. But not the designers of the latest USB gadget, it seems. "This product does not change colour," warns UK supplier Drinkstuff.
Tony Smith, 02 Jan 2008
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Thom Yorke dismisses net-only album paradigm

Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke has described the idea of releasing the band's In Rainbows exclusively on the net as "stark raving mad", and insists that fans want a tangible "object" - a reference to Monday's physical release of the album.
Lester Haines, 02 Jan 2008
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NASA denies cover-up on airline safety

NASA has denied covering up its first survey of airline pilots on safety, despite releasing the figures late on New Year's Eve and in pdf format rather than Excel files, making independent number-crunching more difficult.
John Oates, 02 Jan 2008
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Junk food ads target net

New rules banning TV ads for junk food during programmes aimed at the under-16s will force firms to punt their wares to kids via mobile phones and the internet, the Children's Food Campaign has warned.
Lester Haines, 02 Jan 2008
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Consumers binged on chips in November

The chip industry is banking on a late surge in demand to meet its full year sales forecast, despite the public’s insatiable thirst for silicon-heavy kit in November.
Joe Fay, 02 Jan 2008
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FBI's 'idiot dude' fails to boost US Navy terror emails

We now return readers to the case of alleged terrorist Hassan Abu-jihaad, the former US Navy signalman banged up for sending Babar Ahmad and Azzam Publications information on when his surface action group was transiting the Strait of Hormuz in 2001. Another alleged crime was buying a few Chechen jihadi videos and tipping the web company five dollars in overpayment.
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Lindsay Lohan crowned 2007's worst actress

Lindsay Lohan has been crowned 2007's worst actress for her chilling performance in I Know Who Killed Me by a discerning audience of almost four million AOL Moviefone pollees.
Lester Haines, 02 Jan 2008
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Barcode faking for fun and profit

The increased use of barcodes in a wider variety of applications has made them a suitable, if unlikely, target for hacking attacks.
John Leyden, 02 Jan 2008
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US flight authorities tighten rules on gadget battery storage

Travelling to the US? Make sure you've packed your gadgets' rechargeable batteries properly, as new rules governing what power cells you can take with you are now in force.
Tony Smith, 02 Jan 2008
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PC scuppers NYE fireworks in Seattle

A computer cock-up prevented a New Year fireworks show at the Seattle Center Space Needle from firing off at the stroke of midnight, much to the chagrin of the gathered crowd.
Kelly Fiveash, 02 Jan 2008
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Burma hits satellite TV where it hurts

The fun-loving Burmese regime has apparently found a non-violent method to restrict satellite TV access to foreign news services - hiking the cost of a licence by 16,700 per cent from 6000 kyat (£2.50) to 1m kyatt (£400, or "three times the average annual salary", as the BBC explains).
Lester Haines, 02 Jan 2008
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China link puts 3Com takeover in doubt

There is another cloud over Bain Capital and Huawei Technologies's takeover of 3Com - the US Congress committee into foreign ownership is extending its investigation into the offered buyout.
John Oates, 02 Jan 2008
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Office update disables MS files

Microsoft's Service Pack 3 for Office 2003 blocks you from opening certain file formats the software giant deems less secure - including its own.
John Oates, 02 Jan 2008
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US colon cancer risk blamed on English couple

US researchers have identified a married couple who sailed from England to the US in around 1630 as the bearers of a genetic mutation which puts their numerous descendants at higher risk of a hereditary form of colon cancer.
Lester Haines, 02 Jan 2008
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UK gov sets rules for hacker tool ban

The UK government has published guidelines for the application of a law that makes it illegal to create or distribute so-called "hacking tools".
John Leyden, 02 Jan 2008
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Rock Xtreme X770 laptop with Nvidia GeForce 8800M graphics

Review The basic version of the 17in laptop Xtreme X770 packed GeForce 8700M graphics. Rock recently offered GeForce 7950 Go GTX graphics with 512MB of dedicated GDDR 3 memory to give your games more oomph, but that’s history now, ‘cause the GeForce 8800M GTX is here.
Leo Waldock, 02 Jan 2008
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IBM swallows Tel Aviv storage firm

Computer giant IBM said today that it has acquired Israel-based storage firm XIV for an undisclosed sum.
Kelly Fiveash, 02 Jan 2008
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Highways Agency forecasts last year's traffic

Those of you thinking of heading out onto the UK highways and byways are advised not to bother checking out the Highways Agency's handy traffic forecaster, unless you're lucky enough to have a Back to the Future DeLorean:
Lester Haines, 02 Jan 2008
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Information security breaches quadrupled in 2007

Personal information leaks reached unprecedented levels last year, according to a brace of studies out last week.
John Leyden, 02 Jan 2008
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Shell expected to slash 3,200 IT jobs

Oil giant Royal Dutch Shell has told its staff that it plans to make more than 3,000 job cuts.
Kelly Fiveash, 02 Jan 2008
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Google to reinvent UK newspaper biz

Google is bringing its new-age advertising know-how to the UK newspaper business.
Cade Metz, 02 Jan 2008
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Hitachi, Fujitsu spurn miniature HDDs

Hitachi plans to drop production of miniature hard disk drives used in digital music players and video cameras, according to the Japanese business newspaper Nikkei.
Austin Modine, 02 Jan 2008
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Google researcher calls for Flash flush

A Google researcher is advising that security professionals rewrite code associated with Adobe Flash content two weeks after warning that buggy files can be exploited by attackers to gain complete control over transactions on websites belonging to banks, government agencies and other trusted organizations.
Dan Goodin, 02 Jan 2008