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AT&T to crush copyrighted network packets

AT&T says it's time to start filtering copyrighted content at the network level.
Cade Metz, 11 2008
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Light reading for XML with Groovy

Hands on, part 2 Groovy, unlike Java, provides a relatively streamlined way to read and write XML documents. In the first part of my two-piece tutorial, I looked at how you can use Groovy's flexible strings, closures and iterators to quickly create XML fragments and files.
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DARPA whirly-wing jet gyrocraft hits noise snags

DARPA*, the Pentagon warboffinry outfit for whom the only field worthwhile is the left one, is having some problems with its "Heliplane" programme.

Microsoft's Raikes leaves

Jeff Raikes, head of Microsoft's Office software business is stepping down after 26 years with the company.
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Knock, knock: Cisco is banging at your door

The average person regards the Cisco brand much as they do intestinal bacteria: blissfully unaware of its presence.

The MP3 speaker jacket

The New Year brings about resolutions to get fit and lose weight. So, if you’re still struggling to get up of the sofa, a jacket with built-in MP3 capabilities could be the motivation you need.

Best wireless VoIP phone?

I work on a diving vessel (oil related) and I'm looking to purchase a portable phone which can work on a wireless network. If possible I would prefer if the phone was not LAN connected, and that the actual phone could pick up the wireless signal.

WowWee wheels in Tribot

CES on Video Your plastic pal who's fun to be with. WowWee's Tribot is a 'cartoon character come to life...'
Will Head, 11 2008
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Sir Edmund Hillary dies at 88

Sir Edmund Hillary, the NZ climber who in 1953 conquered Mount Everest and subsequently did much to improve the lot of Nepal's Sherpa people has died aged 88.

Samsung YP-P2 personal media player

Review Believe it or not, 'yepp peetoo' is Samsung's preferred pronunciation of the name of their new media player. Thankfully a coterie of Yepp Girls were on hand at the launch of the peetoo a month or so back and they had such lovely thighs, sorry, smiles, that we instantly forgave Samsung its assault on the English language.
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Atlantis to blast off on 7 Feb

NASA has announced that space shuttle Atlantis will carry Europe's Columbus laboratory to the ISS on 7 February.
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ODF vs OOXML - views from the coal face

Mini-Poll Long, long ago, in an industry far, far away, a number of large companies struggled to decide whether to adopt a document interchange format as a global standard.

Intel to revise mobile CPU naming scheme

Intel will revise its naming scheme for mobile processors in Q2, a move that will see the old LV and ULV labels dropped in favour of new processor class prefixes to go with the ones already applied to Core 2 Duo chips.
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NASA's Messenger closes on Mercury

NASA's MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry, and Ranging spacecraft (Messenger) will on Monday make a close pass of Mercury, marking the first spacecraft visit to the world in 33 years since Mariner 10 dropped by in 1975.
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Facebook checks for Cambridge applicants

Somewhat behind the rush, it seems that at least some Oxbridge academics are getting wise to the Facebook phenomenon.
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Europe to probe state funding of new media

The European Commission will investigate public service broadcasting's use of new media to determine whether state aid to broadcasters is unfair to commercial competitors.
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Polish teen derails tram after hacking train network

A Polish teenager allegedly turned the tram system in the city of Lodz into his own personal train set, triggering chaos and derailing four vehicles in the process. Twelve people were injured in one of the incidents.

Samsung rolls out Croix-based F490

CES Samsung has waited until the end of this year’s CES show in Las Vegas to secure plenty of attention for its latest mobile phone, the Croix UI-based F490.

Intel readies low-end 'Penryn' Core 2 Duos

With Intel's 45nm Core 2 Duo E8000 series now launched, the first mainstream desktop 'Penryn' processors are on their way. Lesser versions are due in Q2, as the Core 2 Duo E7000 series. Range topping dual-core Celerons will be coming sooner.

Micro SD spy gadgets spied on web

Flash storage has already seen numerous gadgets shrink in size. But it’s now shrinking the consumer spy gadget market with the development of a belt-buckle spy camera for snooping on your pals.
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Becta excludes Vista, Office - again

Microsoft’s hopes of getting Vista into British classrooms have been held back at least another year after Becta issued a scathing report on the operating system and its equally fresh-faced twin, Office 2007.
Joe Fay, 11 2008

Microsoft demos Surface multi-touch user interface

CES on Video Bill Gates demos Surface, Microsoft's multi-touch finger-controlled UI that sports some rather iPhone-like gesture controls...

Casio readies launch of 'world's fastest-shooting' digicam

CES Casio finally looks set to launch its fastest snapper yet, the Exilim EX-F1. However, it has cut back on the camera's movie frame rate since unveiling a prototype model at the IFA show in Berlin last year.
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RIAA 'to disappear'?

Prepare to peel off your bumper stickers - the Recording Industry Ass. of America (RIAA) may disappear in a merger of trade groups, Variety reports.

US-Iranian naval clash: Radio trolls probably to blame

Analysis Those readers who follow the non-IT'n'Paris news will be aware that in recent days a group of US warships almost fired on fast boats operated by Iranian Revolutionary Guards. This was after hearing radio transmissions in which the Iranians appeared to threaten some form of attack.
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BOFH: Memory short circuit

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Colombian ID thief coughs

A Colombian citizen has pleaded guilty to ripping off as many as 600 people after planting keystroke-logging software on the PCs of hotels.
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Junkie sues pusher over heart attack

A Canadian former drug addict has successfully sued the dealer who supplied the crystal methamphetamine that triggered a heart attack and put her in a coma for 11 days, the Times reports.

Toshiba demos Cell-equipped HDTV

CES Toshiba used the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) to explain why it plans to incorporate the PlayStation 3's Cell processor into future LCD TV products.
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The future's bright for Virgin executives

Less than a month into the job and Orange boss Tom Alexander has lured three of his old muckers from Virgin to help him turn Orange UK into a competitive business.
Bill Ray, 11 2008

Bed maker constructs cot for gadget lovers

If you’re always searching for a reason for 'just an extra five minutes' in the mornings, then here it is: a hi-tech bed that combines all the latest gadgetry.
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DRM now dead, as Amazon snags Sony

Amazon.com has now secured the right to sell DRM-free music from all four major labels, snagging Sony BMG.

OpenMoko preps Linux phone prototype

CES on Video OpenMoko's open source phone software is on its way, and now there's a handset to go with it, ready for budding coders to begin creating apps for the platform.
Will Head, 11 2008
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Dublin's free Wi-Fi falls foul of competition law

Dublin has abandoned its plan to blanket the city with free Wi-Fi as it thinks it might breach EU law on state aid, and they haven't got the €27m it's going to cost anyway.
Bill Ray, 11 2008

Former Cisco UK chief steps into the channel

Former Cisco UK boss Alan Watkins has jumped the fence into the channel with the buyout of Teksys, a Microsoft LAR (large account reseller).
Joe Fay, 11 2008
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Bill kills Bill, UK gov goes nuclear and IT contractors shed tears

Chipzilla suffers monster new year hangover, plink fizz Intel finally filed its response to the European Commission’s formal anti-competitive charges this week only to find the state of New York adding its squawky voice to the row.

Toshiba quietly shows fuel-cell fitted UMPC

CES Toshiba didn't make much of a fuss about its UMPC, claiming the smooth-cornered handheld PC was intended to demo technologies the company develops to potential manufacturer customers. One such technology: fuel cells.
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Bluetooth's coming home

Footy fans at a number of clubs will soon be able to enjoy adverts downloaded direct to their mobile phones over a Bluetooth connection, courtesy of promotional company Bluepod.
Bill Ray, 11 2008

Showa Denko ships 40GB 1.3in HDD

Japan's Showa Denko (SDK) has begun mass producing a phone-friendly 1.3in hard drive that can hold 40GB of data - the most capacious product of its kind, the company claimed.
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MP3sparks.com downed by links to Russian cybercrime gang

Exclusive The popular Russian digital music retailer MP3sparks.com has scored an own goal by doing business with a web host that has been linked to an infamous cybercrime syndicate. Many UK users have been frozen out of the site as a result.

Panasonic previews monster 150in plasma

CES Panasonic demo'd what must be the world's biggest TV, let alone the world's largest HD plasma screen. Its 150in display crams in a whopping 4096 x 2160 pixels more than four times 1080p's 1920 x 1080.

Countdown for IBM Project Zero

Over the years, Microsoft's taken a lot of flack for attempting to undermine open source.

Mobe snap murderers face justice

A Glasgow man who murdered a 24-year-old by stabbing him 80 times with a knife and then "went on to pose for a mobile phone picture alongside the victim's body" will be sentenced next month.

Hackers graft Google Android onto hardware

Mobile phone handsets based on Google's Android platform are due to appear some time in the second half of this year but hackers have already got a cut-down version of the software running on devices.
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Malware hitches a ride on digital devices

It's time to add digital picture frames to the group of consumer products that could carry computer viruses and Trojan horse programs.

VMware catches Foedus

Foedus? Yeah, we wondered the same thing.

Intel launches modular server platform for SMBs

Intel is punting a new modular server kit that's based on standardized parts for system builders and OEMs who cater to small and mid-sized businesses.

Mass web infection leaves researcher scratching her head

Security maven Mary Landesman is in the midst of piecing together a who-done-it involving the infection of hundreds of websites that are generating an enormous amount of traffic. Or maybe it's a how-done-it. Either way, she's mostly drawing blanks.