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By the Power of Power, IBM goes Power System

IBM's long-standing lurch toward unifying the System i and System p server lines reached another, um, milestone this week. The vendor dished out the Power System servers which share the same innards and component nomenclature. In addition, IBM chucked out i5/OS, revealing "i." We'll pause for the appropriate awe to set in.
Ashlee Vance, 03 Apr 2008
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Symantec drops Microsoft lawsuit

Microsoft and Symantec have agreed to settle a lawsuit filed two years ago over the use of Veritas code in Microsoft products, including Windows Vista.
Austin Modine, 03 Apr 2008

Intel confirms Centrino 2 brand

IDF It's official: Intel's 'Montevina' incarnation of Centrino will indeed be branded Centrino 2, as expected.
Tony Smith, 03 Apr 2008

Intel demos 'Nehalem' chips clocked to 3.2GHz

IDF Intel's next-generation processor, 'Nehalem', will be made available running at 3.2GHz - if demos of the chip at Intel Developer Forum this week are anything to go by.
Tony Smith, 03 Apr 2008
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XtremeData swaps precious modily fluids between FPGAs and Xeons

IDF FPGAs sitting in Xeon sockets. Boring, right? Well, not if you meet the XtremeData crew who tell us they party to the Xtreme every chance they get. As we understand it, that means drinking a six-pack while watching Monte Carlo simulations.
Ashlee Vance, 03 Apr 2008
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Intel still telling Yorker corker

IDF When pushed to tell us where its missing 'Yorkfield' wonder chips are, Intel's spin staff told us to "check our favorite e-tailer." W did, probing a number of stores, and found nothing but more delay notices.
Ashlee Vance, 03 Apr 2008
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Intel enrols second-gen Classmate PC

IDF Intel today introduced a new version of its Classmate PC education-oriented sub-laptop. Dubbed the second-generation CPC, the new model tweaks the specs of the original and features a bigger display.
Tony Smith, 03 Apr 2008
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Vodafone chief tells mobile users he knows where they live

CTIA Wireless Vodafone CEO Arun Sarin believes that wireless users will happily opt-in to mobile advertising. And he plans to reward them by reducing their monthly bill.
Cade Metz, 03 Apr 2008
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DDoS packets soak up to 3 per cent of net traffic

To appreciate the strain online miscreants are putting on internet infrastructure, consider this: As much as three per cent of the net's traffic is malicious garbage designed to inflict damage one party or another, Arbor Networks estimates.
Dan Goodin, 03 Apr 2008
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Yahoo! brings speech rec to mobile search

CTIA Wireless Yahoo! has released a nifty BlackBerry app that lets you search the web with voice commands.
Cade Metz, 03 Apr 2008

Rock rolls out 12in, 1kg sub-notebook

UK notebook specialist Rock has begun punting an alternative to Apple's MacBook Air and Toshiba's Portégé R500: a 12in Windows Vista-running laptop that weighs just a kilo.
Tony Smith, 03 Apr 2008
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Welsh couple cop Mosquito flak

A Welsh couple who installed a Mosquito device outside their house have found themselves at the centre of the ethical debate on the youth-repelling gadget.
Bill Ray, 03 Apr 2008
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'Diamondville' to shine as Intel's next Atom

IDF Having launched the first batch of 45nm Atom-brand processors yesterday, Intel today began touting the next set, these ones aimed at sub-laptops and small form-factor desktops rather than Mobile Internet Devices (MIDs).
Tony Smith, 03 Apr 2008
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BBC tells ISPs to get stuffed

Relationships between the BBC and internet industry have plunged to an all-time low, after the BBC's internet chief Ashley Highfield used a blog post yesterday to tell ISPs to get stuffed - and even threatened to name and shame them.
Andrew Orlowski, 03 Apr 2008
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Aussie laser-pointer dazzle attacks on airliners: Bad

Australian politicians are demanding restrictions on the ownership of laser pointers in the land down under. The banning calls follow a series of widely-reported incidents in which individuals on the ground have attempted to dazzle pilots of commercial aircraft making approaches to landing.
Lewis Page, 03 Apr 2008
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Dead wife contacts Lancs man via SMS

A Lancashire man whose house has a chilling reputation for poltergeist activity claims he is being haunted by text messages from his dead wife, the Blackpool Gazette reports.
Lester Haines, 03 Apr 2008
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Intel forces server chums to fend for themselves

IDF Server aficionados were left wanting at this year's China-flavored Intel Developer Forum. The company kept banging on and on and on about something called a MID, which is neither a PDA nor an ultra mobile PC. The important difference between a MID and something else, according to Intel, is new usage models.
Ashlee Vance, 03 Apr 2008
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BlackBerry delivers bumper spring harvest

BlackBerry maker Research in Motion (RIM) has pulled some exceedingly rare positive news out of the hat in the middle of a grim month for the mobile sector.
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Upgrade outage hits Protx merchants (again)

A botched upgrade at UK payment processing firm Protx left thousands of online merchants unable to take payments earlier this week.
John Leyden, 03 Apr 2008
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DHS reckons US cops' access to sat-surveillance is go

US Homeland Security overlord Michael Chertoff has told reporters that he believes plans for increased use of satellite surveillance by American law-enforcement agencies are ready to move forward. However, Democratic politicians remain unconvinced that adequate privacy and civil liberties safeguards are in place.
Lewis Page, 03 Apr 2008
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Thailand cracks down on cut-price castrations

Thailand yesterday imposed a countrywide temporary ban on castrations "for cosmetic purposes" which are advertised on the internet and promise to relieve ladyboys of their testicles for as little as 4,000 baht (£65).
Lester Haines, 03 Apr 2008

Microsoft denies Lite-On Blu-ray rumour

Microsoft has officially denied that it’s working with a Taiwanese manufacturer to develop a Blu-ray drive for the Xbox 360.
James Sherwood, 03 Apr 2008
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BT: 'We did not let anyone down over Phorm... it was not illegal'

Updated BT Retail wheeled out Emma Sanderson, its "director of value added services", on BBC Breakfast today to account for its secret profiling and targeting of credit card advertising to 18,000 of its customers using Phorm technology in 2006.
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Rogue trader sues SocGen for unfair dismissal

Rogue trader Jérôme Kerviel, accused of losing Société Générale €4.9bn (£3.8bn), is to sue his former employer for unfair dismissal, the Times reports.
Lester Haines, 03 Apr 2008
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Micron burned by cooling chip market in Q2

Micron Technology Inc yesterday posted a second quarter decline in revenue brought on by the current price erosion in memory chips and a painful "goodwill" write-off.
Kelly Fiveash, 03 Apr 2008
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Boeing's Honda-FCX-style fuel cell glider 'success'

US aerospace colossus Boeing has at last successfully trialled a manned fuel-cell hybrid electric plane produced by its Spanish research facility, according to reports.
Lewis Page, 03 Apr 2008
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Sony's dinky camcorder sets the bar

Sony has unveiled a sexy titanium-clad camcorder, which the electronics giant claims is the world’s smallest, slimmest and lightest 1920 x 1080 resolution camcorder available.
James Sherwood, 03 Apr 2008
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James Bond menaced by red hot Chilean

The mayor of a small Chilean town has expressed his displeasure at the hoisting of the Bolivian flag over his home by mounting a motorised disruption of filming of next Bond outing Quantum of Solace.
Lester Haines, 03 Apr 2008
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Carphone Warehouse mulls Tiscali bid, report claims

Carphone Warehouse is mulling a bid for Tiscali's UK broadband user base, according to a report. The Italian group is running for the exit from the low-margin consumer ISP market.
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UK.gov delay means hacking laws are so last century

The government has suspended legislation to update the outdated Computer Misuse Act in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, leaving Scotland the only part of the UK with laws to tackle 21st century hackers.
John Leyden, 03 Apr 2008
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Coming soon: classifications for movie downloads

The British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) will launch cinema-style age ratings for film downloads within a couple of months.
James Sherwood, 03 Apr 2008
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Third time lucky? Google seeks open access in white spaces

The results of the US 700MHz auction were far from fulfilling Google’s dreams of an open wireless network that would significantly boost unfettered internet usage across the airwaves, and so its own revenues.
Faultline, 03 Apr 2008
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AT&T demos Microsoft Surface 'table'

AT&T has demonstrated Microsoft’s Surface, prior to the US network operator’s rollout of the futuristic table into several stores later this month.
James Sherwood, 03 Apr 2008
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Wicker Man sequel goes up in smoke

In a major blow for the UK film industry and fans of 1973 cult movie The Wicker Man, a planned sequel to the virgin-roasting horror classic has been cancelled due to "financing problems".
Lester Haines, 03 Apr 2008
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Dave Cameron pledges to Open Source UK.gov

The UK’s two major political parties have demonstrated the benefits of bringing the open source ethos into government, by getting into a punch-up over who thought of the idea in the first place.
Joe Fay, 03 Apr 2008
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Blu-ray awareness rising

If you still haven’t made the switch from VHS to DVD, then chances are you’re not up to speed on Blu-ray either. But research has found that over half of UK film fans are at least aware of the HD format.
James Sherwood, 03 Apr 2008
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Nokia 8800 Arte and Sapphire Arte handsets

Review If you want to put your money where your mouth is, the Nokia 8800 Arte is a luxury sliderphone with a eyebrow-raising price tag that says more about you than your average Nokia ever could.
Simon Lorne, 03 Apr 2008
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Let there be light, and music

Some people claim music lightens a gloomy mood, but the iHome iPod docking station lamp is guaranteed to shed some light on the subject – literally.
James Sherwood, 03 Apr 2008
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China promises censor-free Olympic media

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has confirmed that international media will have "access to uncensored internet" during the 8-24 August sportsfest in Beijing and that TV transmission of the games will not be subject to a delay.
Lester Haines, 03 Apr 2008
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Jules Verne mates with ISS

The European Space Agency’s "Jules Verne" Automated Transfer Vehicle this afternoon successfully docked with the International Space Station at 16:45 CEST (14:45 GMT) following a cautious approach monitored by both ground-based teams and the ISS's crew.
Lester Haines, 03 Apr 2008
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Trend, Sophos and McAfee flunk Vista SP1 anti-virus tests

Top tier anti-virus vendors including McAfee, Trend Micro, and Sophos all failed to secure Windows Vista SP1 in recent independent tests.
John Leyden, 03 Apr 2008
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Android alternative delivers partial Linux package

CTIA '08 The LiMo Foundation has announced the first version of its Linux based mobile alternative to Google's Android is "complete". Except that it isn't.
Phil Manchester, 03 Apr 2008
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EDS buys Brit security shop

EDS has bought Vistorm, a private UK business that flogs IT security and information assurance services to large companies. Terms are undisclosed.
Drew Cullen, 03 Apr 2008
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Naomi Campbell cuffed in Heathrow Terminal 5

WSA - Updated Battling Streatham clotheshorse Naomi "Fuck off and respect my privacy" Campbell is being held at Heathrow airport having been arrested "on suspicion of assaulting a police officer", the BBC reports.
Lester Haines, 03 Apr 2008
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MySpace trumpets music service

News Corp's social networking heavyweight Myspace has taken its inevitable plunge into the commercial music businesses.
Austin Modine, 03 Apr 2008
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iPhone unlock team strikes again

A hotly anticipated development kit for hacking your iPhone and bypassing Apple's official application store has been released.
Gavin Clarke, 03 Apr 2008
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WiMAX is more of a crawl than a Sprint

CTIA Wireless Sprint is running late on its WiMAX network, which will now go commercial in the summer, and not this month, as originally pencilled.
Bill Ray, 03 Apr 2008
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'Bullying' Aussie high school stops fingerprinting kids

An Australian high school has stopped fingerprinting its children, on receiving a caning from the country’s press.
Drew Cullen, 03 Apr 2008
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Wikipedia-reading boffins jimmy keyless door to entire universe

A team of German scientists say they have cracked the encryption of a device widely used in keyless entry systems that electronically secure cars, garages and office buildings.
Dan Goodin, 03 Apr 2008
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Google's Android 'designed to drive fragmentation'

CTIA Wireless Google's Android platform is designed to drive fragmentation of mobile operating systems, creating an industry in which Google's cross-platform applications will thrive.
Bill Ray, 03 Apr 2008

Microsoft gives XP an extra two years to live (kinda)

Microsoft said today it will continue to sell Windows XP Home beyond its scheduled June 30 kill-date for the emerging class of "ultra-low-cost PCs," or ULCPCs.
Austin Modine, 03 Apr 2008