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eBay defies 'softening' economy

eBay says that a softening economy has slowed its online auctions on both sides of the Atlantic. But the company still made an awful lot of money during the year's first quarter. And it still has high hopes for the future.
Cade Metz, 17 Apr 2008
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IBM grows profits, raises outlook

IBM posted first-quarter financial results that blew past analyst estimates, providing the second indication in as many days that some IT outfits aren't getting dragged into a slumping US economy that some say already is in recession. The company also raised its earnings estimates for the remainder of 2008.
Dan Goodin, 17 Apr 2008

The iPhone learns to read

Apple's iPhone can now understand hand-written letters, after an application initially developed to allow input of Chinese characters was tweaked to make it understand English.
Bill Ray, 17 Apr 2008
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Pump some IronPython with Studio IDE

Hands on part 2 When I looked at IronPython in part one, I focussed on how it marries the Python language and libraries with Microsoft's .NET framework.
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Hauppauge pitches PC TV tuner at Freesat punters

With Freesat, the satellite telly answer to Freeview, just weeks from launch, TV tuner specialist Hauppauge has begun punting a USB-connected box capable of picking up the free content - even Freesat's HD broadcasts.
Tony Smith, 17 Apr 2008
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eBay Australia faces competition probe

eBay Australia's decision to only accept PayPal, which it owns, is being investigated by Aussie competition regulators.
John Oates, 17 Apr 2008
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French Colonial Marines to get Aliens medic-datalink

Who remembers the movie Aliens, in which Sigourney Weaver and a team of spacegoing marines got stuck into the eponymous acid-blooded homicidal monsters? Anyone who does will be pleased to hear that one of the cunning technologies of the fictional Colonial Marines will soon be available to the French army.
Lewis Page, 17 Apr 2008
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Man proposes to prospective partner with games console

Many women secretly dream of their hubby-to-be proposing on a secluded island as the sun goes down. But gaming buff Brain Klima went a step further and popped the question with a little help from Mario and Luigi.
James Sherwood, 17 Apr 2008

Intel: laptop/desktop crossover coming sooner than expected

Intel will sell more mobile CPUs than desktop processors this year, the chip giant's CEO claimed this week.
Tony Smith, 17 Apr 2008
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Anti-paedophile group targets child abuse sites

The Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) has called for international cooperation to tackle a core of 2,755 foreign-hosted abuse sites that it says are responsible for the majority of images of children obtained by UK paedophiles.
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BT's secret Phorm trials open door to corporate eavesdropping

The government has refused to investigate BT's covert wiretapping of thousands of its customers in 2006 and 2007, despite its own expert's view that without consent Phorm's advertising targeting technology is a breach of criminal law.
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US law makers seek ban on in-flight calls

A group of US congressmen have introduced legislation which would ban the use of mobile phones on US aircraft, attempting to "ensure a relative amount of peace for the American public as they take to an increasingly crowded sky".
Bill Ray, 17 Apr 2008
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Firefox and Safari updates tackle alternative browser bugs

There's patching work ahead for users of alternative browsers. Mozilla updated its Firefox web browser on Wednesday in response to the discovery of a vulnerability involving its Javascript Garbage Collector function.
John Leyden, 17 Apr 2008

Intempo Rebel DJ and ad-zapping FM radio

Review Ever wanted to tell Chris Moyles to shut his piehole? Or longed for Christian O'Connell to get permanent laryngitis? Intempo’s Rebel radio records all your favourite FM stations and cuts out all the DJ drivel and adverts.
Lewis Caliburn, 17 Apr 2008
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Red Hat scurries away from consumer desktop market

Linux and open source software giant Red Hat has abandoned plans to develop a consumer desktop product because it cannot compete with the might of Microsoft.
Kelly Fiveash, 17 Apr 2008
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YouTube divorce rant vid wows the crowd

A video showing one Tricia Walsh-Smith bemoaning her treatment at the hands of her estranged husband, Broadway executive Philip Smith, has delighted YouTubers and struck fear into the hearts of lawyers who've described the outburst as a "scary, new step" in acrimonious divorces:
Lester Haines, 17 Apr 2008
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Pirate Bay offers uncensored, ad-backed blog hole

The Pirate Bay has opened a blogging site, and is promising not to remove anything as long as it doesn't break Swedish laws.
John Oates, 17 Apr 2008

Apple pushes past Toshiba in US

Apple grabbed 6.6 per cent of the US personal computer market during Q1 on the back of a leading year-on-year 32.5 per cent jump in unit shipments, research company Gartner said yesterday.
Tony Smith, 17 Apr 2008
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Brit tourist blags his way onto Iron Man set

A Brit tourist who blagged his way onto the set of Iron Man managed to land a scene with Gwyneth Paltrow, the Times reports.
Lester Haines, 17 Apr 2008
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Orange eyes up TeliaSonera

France Telecom (Orange) has confirmed it's looking at linking up with Scandinavian operator TeliaSonera, after rumours of a possible merger surfaced in the Le Figaro newspaper yesterday.
Bill Ray, 17 Apr 2008
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Microsoft soothes Vista pain with Bossploitation flick

Microsoft may not excel at delivering software on-time, but it does make one hell of a lame video. Witness an internal promotional flick about the firm's Vista operating system which turned up on YouTube.
Kelly Fiveash, 17 Apr 2008

Miserly marks get smart to UK phishing fraudsters

Incidents of phishing targeted against holders of UK bank accounts are up, but losses are down.
John Leyden, 17 Apr 2008
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Hitachi to go it alone on discs after all

Hitachi has done an about turn and decided it won't be selling its struggling hard drive division.
John Oates, 17 Apr 2008

Music biz proposes 'iPod tax' in return for format-shift freedom

A UK music industry trade body has proposed a tax on MP3 players that would not only ensure musicians and labels are paid their dues, but also that consumers who pay their way effectively have to cough up twice.
Tony Smith, 17 Apr 2008
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The telly's an Armani, dahling

Samsung and Armani aren’t talking to one another today, because the electronics giant and the fashion house are too busy watching the co-branded LCD TV they’ve paraded down a Milan catwalk.
James Sherwood, 17 Apr 2008
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Nokia's Comes With Music 'comes without profits'

Nokia will be handing over its entire handset profit margin - and more - to the record industry for its "Comes With Music" progamme, according to media analysts.
Andrew Orlowski, 17 Apr 2008
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Sony shaves OLED panel to 0.3mm

Sony has put the display panel used in its 3mm-thick 11in OLED TV on a crash diet and produced a version that's less than a third of the thickness - not much beefier than a sheet of A4 paper, in fact.
James Sherwood, 17 Apr 2008
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US courts erode protections for online publishers

Two recent judgments could erode vital protections for web publishers in the US. The rulings could undermine protections from liability for user-posted material previously enjoyed by publishers.
OUT-LAW.COM, 17 Apr 2008
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Oldham murders owl with whalesong

LogoWatch Oldham Council has failed to follow its own motto - "Sapere Aude", or "dare to be wise" in the local dialect - and has spunked £100k on a couple of circles and its own name.
Lester Haines, 17 Apr 2008
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Nokia takes a Q1 tumble

Handset maker Nokia missed targets for the first quarter today and saw its shares fall more than ten per cent.
John Oates, 17 Apr 2008
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Harvard bitch seeks to strip Zuckerberg's Facebook trademark

A former classmate of social networking bitch-in-chief Mark Zuckerberg is bidding to strip Facebook of its trademark, alleging Zuck had no right to claim ownership of the term in 2005.
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Sun may shut off high-end MySQL features

Less than two months into Sun Microsystems' MySQL acquisition, Sun has succeeded in upsetting the grassroots types with plans to close off features to the community.
Phil Manchester, 17 Apr 2008
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Fujitsu and friends arm four-core Opteron servers

Fujitsu Siemens Computers (FSC) is the latest hardware vendor to punt servers loaded with AMD’s four-core Opteron processor chip, which finally hit the channel – following months of production delays – last week.
Kelly Fiveash, 17 Apr 2008
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Google and Yahoo! 'move closer' to ad wedlock

Microhoo Pleased with its test of Google's ad engine, Yahoo! is considering a more extensive partnership with its search rival/large weapon against Microsoft.
Cade Metz, 17 Apr 2008
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Yes! It's the sawed-off USB key!

Ripping a USB cable in half is an achievement, but your friends will be even more impressed when they discover it still performs data transfers.
James Sherwood, 17 Apr 2008

This DVD will self-destruct in 48 hours

A German company has introduced a disposable DVD that can be viewed for 48 hours, then thrown away. The DVDs will sell for just €3.99 ($6.44 /£3.20).
Jan Libbenga, 17 Apr 2008
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Feds to collect DNA of every person they arrest

In a major expansion of the US government's DNA collection practices, officials plan to collect DNA samples of every citizen arrested by a federal law enforcement agency and all immigrants detained by a federal authority. The move will add 1.2 million people's genetic blueprints to the federal database every year.
Dan Goodin, 17 Apr 2008
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Truphone adds £16.5m to global operator hope chest

Truphone, the British VoIP-on-a-handset firm, has raised another £16.5m to fund its transformation into a grown-up telecoms company.
Bill Ray, 17 Apr 2008
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Microsoft teases mobile developers with 'big' Silverlight deals

ReMix 08 Microsoft aims to nail deals with major handset on Silverlight in the next few months, taking the media player software beyond the beachhead it has established with Nokia.
Gavin Clarke, 17 Apr 2008
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SQL string in URL exposes sex offender data

Better known for its presentation of stunning examples of how not to develop code, The Daily WTF this week exposed a horrendous case of information loss when it published an article on a critical flaw in the Oklahoma Department of Corrections website.