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Google's Great American Wireless Auction 'game' annoys US lawmakers

Several US lawmakers are annoyed that Google was allowed to "game" the recent 700-MHz wireless auction.
Cade Metz, 16 2008
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Pub jukebox delivers playlists, blogs and twitters

Next time you're approaching the pub you might be able to grab your mobile and cue up some appropriate entrance music, if your local has the latest jukebox service from TouchTunes.
Bill Ray, 16 2008

Utah boffins in terahertz spybeam infra-computing quest

Boffins working at the University of Utah say they have one-upped London-based researchers in the race to perfect "T-ray" powered computers. Terahertz radiation, or T-rays, could drive powerful circuitry in a similar fashion to photonic optical machines seen by some as a likely successor to current (cough) electronic kit.
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Biometric methadone dispensers tested on UK lags

NEC is supplying the Prison Service with biometric methadone dispensers in up to 100 prisons.

Japan loves low-tech handsets

Japanese people usually get their hands on cutting-edge technology before anyone else. But many of them don’t make much use of the latest in mobile phone hardware, a recent study has found.

Samsung leaks handset trio at trade fair

Samsung has given anyone attending a trade show in the Netherlands a sneak peek an three upcoming brushed-silver handsets.
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X-48B mini flying-wing drone prototype resumes testing

A NASA/Boeing project working on the aerodynamics of proposed "blended wing body" (BWB) flying-wing-esque aircraft has entered its second phase of flight tests.
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Dutch transit card crippled by multihacks

The introduction of the Dutch public RFID transit pass will be delayed because it can be easily hacked.

Asus launches second-gen Eee PC

Updated Asus has formally launched the second generation of the diminutive Eee PC sub-notebook, the 900. It confirmed the specs announced when it first unveiled the little laptop, but it was decidedly coy when it came to the machine's CPU.

Sony posts PS3 firmware 2.30

Sony has kept its firmware launch promise and released version 2.30 of the PlayStation 3's system software this week.

Wi-Fi spoofing sends Jesus phone disciples off the true path

Punters using Wi-Fi based positioning systems on their mobile devices would do well to look before they leap. Security vulnerabilities have discovered location spoofing flaws in the Skyhook positioning system that might be used to lead users astray.

MySQL to fortify defenses with Citadel

MySQL User Conference MySQL is targeting improved security and privacy with a version of its database codenamed Citadel due in 2009 that’ll also see MySQL speed up product release cycles.
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Fring brings Skype to the iPhone

Fring, the VoIP client that integrates with various VoIP networks including the ubiquitous Skype, is now available for the iPhone - providing exactly the kind of application that Steve Jobs stated wouldn't be allowed.
Bill Ray, 16 2008

AMD launches Dell's four-core Opteron boxes

Dell's Opteron experience hasn't been all that fantastic. After resisting the Opteron push for so long, Dell embraced AMD's flashy chip just as Intel started to catch up on performance and performance per watt metrics with Xeon. Then, Dell watched as AMD shot itself in the chest with the four-core Barcelona roll out. Dell was left with a bunch of designs that needed the MIA four-core Opteron and surely plenty of questions about why it bothered with AMD at all.
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eBay kills live auctions

eBay is canning its live auction service in its latest effort to overhaul its business model.

Oracle patches 'sitting duck' database vulns

Oracle posted 41 patches on Tuesday as part of its regular quarterly patching cycle, with core database vulnerabilities being heavily represented.

Cowon Q5W media player

Review When we recently looked at the Archos 705 we were less than impressed. Still, we do reckon a decent combined personal media player and internet tablet could work, so here we have Cowon's answer to Archos' Wi-Fi range, the Q5W.
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Schoolboy's asteroid-strike sums are wrong

Widespread media reports claim that a German schoolboy has recalculated the likelihood of a deadly planet-smasher asteroid hitting the Earth, and found the catastrophe is enormously more likely than NASA thought. The boy's sums were said to have been checked by both NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA), and found to be correct.

Hacker blasts Mac clone maker's licence 'violation'

Psystar, the company claiming to offer a $400 computer capable of running off-the-shelf copies of Mac OS X, is not only annoying Apple - it's also managed to piss off the guy who wrote the emulation technology.

Stuff yourself silly with Nintendo's Wii

The Wii has been linked to numerous claims that it’s helped people lose weight. But now the console could help people get fatter - virtually, at least - thanks to the impending release of Major League Eating: The Game.
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US punters don't want mobile music

Punters in the US aren't interested in buying music on their phones, regardless of the price, says a new study from Jupiter Research.
Bill Ray, 16 2008
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Virtualization: nothing new on the Sun or the mainframe

The Freeform perspective IT industry veterans are often heard complaining that the new fangled stuff youngsters are raving about today is just a rehash or repackaging of old familiar things that have been around for years.
Dale Vile, 16 2008
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Fujitsu Siemens Computers profit up, revs down

Fujitsu Siemens Computers (FSC) today blamed the weak US dollar and strong Euro for a five per cent sales tumble in its 2007 fiscal year.
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Smith plans 300-strong force to tackle UK radicalisation

UK Home Secretary Jacqui Smith is to announce 300 new police-service posts specifically targeted at preventing terrorist radicalisation in Britain.
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Pirate Bay to sue music industry

The Pirate Bay is threatening to seek damages from music industry lobby group The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) for blocking access to its website.
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Ofcom taps water network for next generation broadband

Ofcom will today announce an investigation into whether the roll-out of next generation broadband can be accelerated by using existing utilities infrastructure, such as the trenches that play host to the water network.

The talking timepiece

In days gone by, a cutting-edge watch was one that could change TV channels or that had a built-in calculator. But now the world’s first quad-band Windows Mobile watch-phone has been unveiled.

UK Wii Fit pre-orders cause shortage

The UK's will to lose pounds and get fit through videogames is so strong that the much hyped Wii Fit has sold out even before going on sale.
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Security gumshoes locate source of mystery web compromise

Updated The source of the mystery infection of more than 10,000 websites back in January has been uncovered.
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Predator kill-machine pilots suffering 'chronic burnout'

A US military report says pilots operating the well-known Predator drone aircraft suffer far higher levels of mental stress than flyboys who are physically present aboard their planes.

Boffins develop '500TB iPod' storage tech

In the future, your iPod Touch may be able to hold millions of tracks, thanks to a breakthrough in storage technology made by the University of Glasgow.
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Frattini blows off Brussels to join Berlusconi.gov

Silivio Berlusconi's re-election as Italian Prime Minister may be good news for the citizens of that beautiful if occasionally disorganised land, but it will also rob the European Union of one of its most impressive intellects.
Joe Fay, 16 2008

Nintendo denies third-gen DS outing at E3

Nintendo has officially denounced speculation that it’s planning to release a third-generation DS handheld console at the E3 show this year.

Windows Vista update 'kills' USB devices

Updated Microsoft has admitted it is investigating reports that a recent Windows Vista security update causes havoc with some USB devices, but the software giant has yet to provide a fix for the cock-up.
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Concerns build over Debian delays

Organizers of Debian are taking too long too approve new contributors and are threatening the future of the project according to some working on the open source initiative.
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Women love chocolate more than password security

Women are four times more likely than men to give out "passwords" in exchange for chocolate bars.
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Google sneaks under standards radar

In stark contrast to Microsoft's recent battle, here and here, to get Open Office XML sanctioned as an international standard, Google has quietly pulled off a standardization coup for its XML-based KML geographic information language with barely a whisper of dissent.

Google paid click rate decelerates (again)

For the third straight month, the number of people clicking on Google ads didn't grow quite as quickly as it has in the past. At least, that's the word from market research outfit comScore.
Cade Metz, 16 2008
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Fake subpoenas harpoon 2,100 corporate fat cats

A highly targeted email scam that singled out as many as 20,000 senior corporate executives on Monday resurfaced Wednesday as attackers sought to replicate their success installing identity-stealing software on the PCs of some of the world's most powerful individuals.

MySQL chief recommits to Linux under Sun

MySQL User Conference Under its new owner, Sun Microsystems, MySQL will remain true to its Linux roots and won’t be pulled towards Solaris or become overshadowed by the Solaris-distributed Postgres.
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Comcast proposes P2P 'bill of rights'

As the FCC continues to investigate its choke hold on BitTorrent and other peer-to-peer file-sharing traffic, Comcast has proposed a "bill of rights and responsibilities" for P2P users and internet service providers.
Cade Metz, 16 2008