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Wikileaks judge gets Pirate Bay treatment

Analysis Every now and again, an event comes along and takes our breath away by reminding us just how far out of step the legal system can be with today's changing world. The latest example is last week's attempt by a federal judge in California to shutter Wikileaks, a website devoted to disclosing confidential information that exposes unethical behavior.

Bungee Labs betas IDE to grid flowgasm

If you're just thinking about software-as-a-service, then you're a slack-jawed rube. You can have an entire platform-as-a-service with a little effort.

Sun unfurls four-core Xeon-fueled blade memory hole

When not patting itself on the back for selling servers, Sun Microsystems found time today to announce a new blade system.
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Samsung i70 memory mishap

I have just purchased a new Samsung i70 camera. I have fully charged the battery before use, but when the camera's switched on all I get displayed on the screen is "memory full".
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Scareware package planted in ITV.com ads

Updated again Users visiting the website of UK broadcaster ITV earlier this week risked exposure to a scareware package. Malware-laced banner ads that lead to download sites for the Cleanator scare package have also been served up on the Radio Times website.
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Dial-a-phone 4u?

Phones 4u is buying Dial-a-phone, marking a significant expansion of the high-street retailer into direct sales via phone and on-line.
Bill Ray, 21 2008
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Sky Broadband puts the fault into default Wi-Fi security

Sky Broadband advises customers to consider changing their default Wi-Fi passwords - because the apparently random network keys are guess-able.

Alienware confirms existence of Area-51 m15x laptop

Alienware has given birth to its latest hardcore laptop, which it claims packs enough capability to ensure it meets the requirements of just about every possible user.

Flick-knife-style Wii remote USB stick

When Register Hardware first caught sight of the Wedisk, we thought some dastardly being had shrunken the Remote for our office’s Wii. However, the device is actually a miniature USB flash drive shaped like the console’s controller, but with a difference.
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Car net auction trio use GPS to steal back wheels

Three Japanese master crims were cuffed after using the GPS system of a car they flogged in a net auction to steal back the vehicle, Mainichi reports.
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Warner Bros revs up live action Akira

Warner Bros has announced a two-movie live action adaptation of Katsuhiro Otomo's six-volume Akira, the first of which will be fast-tracked for a 2009 release, Variety reports.
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Aliens seize control of Daily Telegraph

Who could have predicted that the long-anticipated alien invasion of our beloved Mother Planet would begin not with the reduction to rubble of the White House by some fiendish atomic death ray weapon, but rather the subjugation of the Daily Telegraph to the extraterrestrials' dark will.
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US cruiser nails crippled spy-sat on first shot

Updated Pentagon officials say that a malfunctioning US spy satellite targeted for destruction has been hit by a missile-defence interceptor. The dead spacecraft smashed into a kinetic kill vehicle, lobbed into the satellite's path 250km above the Pacific by a Standard missile from US cruiser Lake Erie.

Gears of War 2 scheduled for November release

Microsoft has officially announced that the Xbox 360 sequel to the popular shooter Gears of War will launch in November of this year.
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Lords look again at internet security

The House of Lords Science and Technology Committee has announced a follow-up inquiry to its 'Personal Internet Security' report.
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ICANN finds no evidence of front running

A committee of the body responsible for the internet's addressing system has found no evidence of front running, a form of deceptive domain name acquisition.
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MS + Yahoo! = Microhoo! - Official!

Poll result It's official: the unholy spawn of the Microsoft-Yahoo! coupling shall forthwith be known as Microhoo!, following a resounding victory for the neologism in our recent reader poll.

Missing: 80GB PS3. Last seen: Sony's website

The absence of the 80GB PlayStation 3 from Sony's US website is re-igniting rumours that the electronics giant could be about to replace the model with a larger capacity offering.

Philips AAA battery handset

Philips has created a handset that stops dead your excuse of “I couldn’t call because my phone’s battery died,” because its latest mobile phone accepts AAA batteries.

Shuttle XPC Glamour SN68PTG6

Review If you’ve previously seen a Shuttle XPC barebones PC, the SN68PTG6 will be instantly familiar. It follows the firm's standard small form-factor system design that resembles two cubes attached one to the other, but this time with some design highlights and the firm's Glamour label.
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Geordie cops arrest two for Wi-Fi squatting

Two men have been arrested for "dishonestly obtaining a communications service" after they used a householder's wireless network to check their emails.

Wi-Fi downloads coming to the PSP

Sony has confirmed that it’s developing a wireless hotspot download access service for the PlayStation Store, enabling PSP owners to download games directly via the handheld console.
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Report into MP bugging: MP was bugged, no laws broken

Details of the government investigation into police bugging of an MP's conversations with a prison inmate have leaked, ahead of an expected announcement to Parliament this afternoon.
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French telecoms chief says 'non' to EU-wide regulation

EU commissioner Viviane Reding's plan to create an EU-wide telecoms "super regulator" has been attacked as being costly and pointless.
Bill Ray, 21 2008
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Why is Microsoft dancing with Danger?

Analysis The world may have missed it in the fuss over the Yahoo! bid, but last week Microsoft announced it had agreed to acquire Danger Inc, for a reported $500m. The purchase is indicative of Microsoft's aspirations as a provider of back-end services to the mobile industry, and could point to a new model for the future of Windows Mobile.
Bill Ray, 21 2008
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Microsoft launches student Java and LAMP challenge

University computer science departments are rapidly becoming Microsoft-free zones, as Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP (LAMP) combine with Java to become the de-facto standard environment for students of programming.

Facebook loses a few bitches

Facebook has suffered its first drop in monthly users, according to numbers from web analytics outfit Nielsen Online.
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Evesham brand up for sale as Austin walks

TimeUK founder Tahir Mohsan said today he has put the Evesham Technology Ltd brand up for sale, following the departure of the defunct British computer maker’s co-founder and chairman Richard Austin last month.

IT security controls partly blamed for SocGen debacle

Weak security controls have been partly blamed for the rogue trader scandal at Société Générale that cost the bank €4.9bn ($7.2bn).
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Robocopter gunship abandons sinking warship project

American arms'n'aerospace tech titan Northrop Grumman has announced that its "Fire Scout" unmanned helicopter will now be trialled by the US Navy on a different class of warship than that planned.
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Microsoft splits Server 2008 for SMB

Redmond yesterday revealed plans for the next version of its Windows server operating system, with different flavours for small biz and mid-sized organisations.
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Sky will fight to keep ITV stake

Rupert Murdoch's BSkyB will take legal action to challenge the recent ruling that it should sell off its stake in rival broadcaster ITV.
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SugarCRM goes folksy with Mickos philosophy

MySQL chief executive Marten Mickos is surely regarded as a rainmaker among the entrepreneurial wing of the open source movement.

Microsoft goes open source - almost

Microsoft later today will present itself as a kinder, gentler software maker. The company is expected to announce a broad change in its development policies.
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Bezos flogs slice of Amazon shares

While Amazon is spending $1bn buying back its own shares, company founder Jeff Bezos is selling some of his own.
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Microsoft opens APIs and protocols to all

In an apparent bid to calm still feisty regulators, Microsoft has agreed to publish application programming interfaces (APIs) for its major software products and provide free access to those interfaces. In addition, Microsoft will free up protocols around its client and server software and has vowed not to sue open source companies that create non-commercial versions of these protocols.
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Microsoft bares all - play by play

Bloggy Thing 8:32 - So, here we are early in the morning in California, waiting for Microsoft's top brass to divulge all the meat on their Openness Festival. The Great Beast of the Pacific Northwest has finally capitulated and agreed to free its APIs for developers. In addition, Microsoft will publish most of its major protocol data and license the protocols at a reasonable fee.

Colorware offers MacBook Air custom paintjobs

US electronics respray firm Colorware has picked up where Apple left off and begun offering MacBook Air owners custom paintjobs for the laptop.

The Wii Fit parody video

Wii Fit may have already sold over 1m copies in Japan, but it seems not everyone's looking forward to standing on that little white board when the game finally gets released over here.
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EC to Microsoft: We're still looking

Microsoft today flung open its software APIs and protocols to all comers. Is it enough to persuade the European Commission to drop anti-trust investigations of the company? In a word, no. The Commission today noted that Microsoft has issued four statements in the past promoting interoperability, and it wants to see if a) the new pledge conforms with EC competition law and b) if Microsoft actually walks it like it talks it.

Microsoft turns to Zune for mobile game edge

In the battle for gaming supremacy, Microsoft has finally deployed the big guns against the Playstation and Wii: Web 2.0 and the Zune.
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Québec cops bust massive botnet ring

Canadian police have arrested 17 people suspected of running a huge botnet of compromised PCs. Up to one million computers in various countries were allegedly under the control of the suspects, who range in ages from 17 to 26. All but one are male, UPI reports.
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Google to build 80,000 foot radio tower?

Google's quest to deploy wireless networks without all that mucking about with steel towers has led its roving eye to settle on Space Data Corp. The company, which provides wireless connectivity via hydrogen-filled balloons floating around the southern US, has caught Google's interest according to reports in the Wall Street Journal.
Bill Ray, 21 2008
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Start-up Pliant claims to have secret for speedier SSDs

Fledgling storage firm Pliant Technologies has thrown off its startup invisibility cloak, and claims it can greatly improve the performance of Flash-based solid state drives.

Fraud guardian LifeLock accused of fraud

Analysis One of the top three credit reporting services, Experian, has sued a small company that sells identity theft protection services, alleging that it engages in fraud by skirting consumer protection laws.
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Google eyes Cleveland medical records

Google's efforts to engulf the world's medical records will begin in Cleveland.
Cade Metz, 21 2008