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PETA offers $1m for test tube chicken

PETA, the US Animal rights organization, is challenging scientists to create test-tube meat for a cash reward, in a similar vein as X Prize Foundation.
Austin Modine, 22 Apr 2008
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Behind the scenes with Apple's media browser

Mac SecretsWelcome my second “peek behind the scenes” for Cocoa developers. I enjoyed the responses to the first installment, both for and against, and especially the lively email exchanges, some of which I plan to pick up on in the near future!
Dave Jewell, 22 Apr 2008

Google (re-)branded world's greatest brand

At least one Strategy Boutique believes that Google is the most powerful brand on the planet.
Cade Metz, 22 Apr 2008

Logica cuts 1,300 jobs

Logica will cut 1,300 jobs as part of a restructuring announced by chief executive Andy Green this morning.
John Oates, 22 Apr 2008
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Soaraway security spending keeps breaches in check

The average spending by companies on information security defences has tripled over the last six years, resulting in the overall cost to UK business of reported security breaches dropping by a third.
John Leyden, 22 Apr 2008
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Samsung chairman quits in corruption scandal

The disgraced chairman of Samsung quit the firm today in a bid to save its reputation, after he and nine other senior executives were indicted on tax dodging charges.
Christopher Williams, 22 Apr 2008

eBay slams UK.gov touting ban

The Government will create a list of "crown jewel" events whose tickets cannot be sold on once bought. If the ticketing industry will not sign up to the voluntary scheme the Government has threatened to legislate.
OUT-LAW.COM, 22 Apr 2008

Intel takes chopper to chip prices

Intel has tweaked its processor price list, knocking up to 50 per cent off what it charges for desktop CPUs.
Tony Smith, 22 Apr 2008

Atom-based Eee PC to hit UK in June

Asus will release an Atom-based version of its Eee PC early in June, a number of company executives have said.
Tony Smith, 22 Apr 2008

Were the snatched Brit sailors in 'disputed waters'?

AnalysisLast week, the Times obtained an MoD document relating to the Iran sailors seizure fracas last year. It was heavily redacted, but there was a paragraph left which referred to the well-known fact that part of the maritime boundary between Iraqi and Iranian waters has never been agreed by Iran.
Lewis Page, 22 Apr 2008

Evolution finds a home for recognition technology

Evolution Robotics has finally found a home for its generic product recognition technology. The firm will embed it in camera phones from Japan's Bandai Networks in the spring.
Bill Ray, 22 Apr 2008

Nokia pumps out XpressMusic duo

It’s been a while since we heard anything from Nokia’s XpressMusic department, but the Finnish phone giant is keeping the beat going with two additions to the music-focused range.
James Sherwood, 22 Apr 2008

South Koreans clone sniffer dog

South Korea has begun training seven puppies cloned from a Canadian labrador retriever named Chase, reckoned by the country's customs officials to be their best sniffer dog, the BBC reports.
Lester Haines, 22 Apr 2008

Canon Digital Ixus 970 IS compact camera

ReviewHow do you improve on an existing product? Well, you can change the colour, you can add new features... or you can do what Canon has done with the Ixus 970 and give it a radical new redesign.
George Cole, 22 Apr 2008

Sony delays PS3 virtual world Home - again

Sony has pushed back the release of Home, the PlayStation 3's answer to Second Life, yet again, pending 'refinements' it believes it needs to make to the service.
James Sherwood, 22 Apr 2008

Microsoft and Novell to push SuSE Linux sales in China

Microsoft and Novell yesterday announced plans to extend their interoperability alliance by tapping into the increasingly lucrative Chinese market.
Kelly Fiveash, 22 Apr 2008

Palm 'innovative Wi-FI device' invite points to Foleo revamp?

Forgotten TechIs Palm about to put its once-canned Foleo notebook-alternative back on the agenda? That's one possible conclusion to draw from a claim the company's currently seeking testers for an "innovative new product".
Tony Smith, 22 Apr 2008

OSC spurns queries on London charge zone data export

Pictures of cars and number plates from London's congestion charge zone, even outside of its operating hours, can now be exported wholesale to the US authorities, it was claimed yesterday - but regulators refuse to answer questions about it.
John Oates, 22 Apr 2008

'Virtual strip search' arrives at JFK and LAX

The US Transport Security Administration (TSA) has celebrated the successful trial of 'see through clothes' scanners by ordering 30 more of the millimeter wave devices for Los Angeles and JFK International airports this spring.
John Lettice, 22 Apr 2008

DARPA looking at 'Z-Wing' stratocruiser

Last week, news broke that the Pentagon had selected three design teams to contend for its "Vulture" project, in which enormous yet frail unmanned flying wings will cruise for years on end in the upper reaches of the atmosphere. Details of the plans are expected later this month, but some intriguing information has already leaked out.
Lewis Page, 22 Apr 2008

Data pimping catches ISP on the hop

What's the story with Phorm, NebuAd, and other behavioral targeting firms that track user data from inside the world's ISPs? In some cases, even the ISP can't tell you.
Cade Metz, 22 Apr 2008

Six months on from HMRC, data losses still rising, says ICO

Information Commissioner Richard Thomas is again telling UK companies to sort out their data protection systems as the number of reported losses of private information keeps on growing.
John Oates, 22 Apr 2008

UK Office of Government Commerce cracks one off

LogoWatch exclusiveIn April last year, London design outfit FHD proudly announced it would be rebranding the UK's Office of Government Commerce (OGC) - the HM Treasury tentacle "responsible for improving value for money by driving up standards and capability in procurement".
Lester Haines, 22 Apr 2008

The American way of bioterror - an A-Z of ricin crackpots

It takes a special kind of American to be fascinated by ricin, and last week the latest, Roger Von Bergendorff, was indicted in the District Court of Nevada. Bergendorff possibly qualifies for an award in failed Darwinism, being the only person in recent times to have seemingly accidentally poisoned himself with the protein toxin, but not quite effectively enough for the FBI to have nothing to do except attend his funeral.

Nintendo Wii 'like a virus', games boss sniffs

The President of videogame developer Epic Games has compared Nintendo's Wii console to a “virus”, despite having caught bought one himself.
James Sherwood, 22 Apr 2008
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AVG revamps free security scanner

AVG Technologies plans to release a revamped version of its popular, free anti-malware scanner on Thursday.
John Leyden, 22 Apr 2008

I wouldn't park there, mate - Honda adds sat nav warnings

Honda's latest innovation lets Japanese drivers know if they should be rolling up the windows and locking their doors, or if they've found the ideal spot to abandon their vehicle, by downloading local crime figures to their GPS unit.
Bill Ray, 22 Apr 2008

Dubai mobe cracking demo barred by Heathrow boffin bust

A mobile phone security researcher has been left baffled by UK government airport authorities, who impounded basic equipment while claiming that he could be illegally exporting high-end code breaking technology.
Christopher Williams, 22 Apr 2008
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Office 2007 fails OXML test

Microsoft's Office 2007 Word documents do not conform to the newly-approved Open XML (OXML) international standard.
Kelly Fiveash, 22 Apr 2008
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Teradata puts feisty start-ups on notice with appliance charge

Teradata, the big daddy of data warehousing, has finally responded to the appliance challenge by rolling out a new family of systems that cater to customers with various budgets.
Ashlee Vance, 22 Apr 2008
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Microsoft's 'Vista Capable' appeal thrown out

Microsoft’s has lost its attempt to overturn a key ruling in the Windows Vista Capable lawsuit.
Kelly Fiveash, 22 Apr 2008

Hitachi 35mm-thick LCD TV to come to Europe next month

Retailer Comet has announced that it’ll soon start selling a Hitachi super-thin LCD TV to European telly addicts.
James Sherwood, 22 Apr 2008

PS3 to get movie downloads this summer?

The web’s currently rife with speculation that Sony might launch a PlayStation 3 movie downloads service this summer.
James Sherwood, 22 Apr 2008

Americans love wireless - and AT&T too

AT&T's Q1'08 results show the telco, along with the American public, is becoming ever more reliant on wireless.
Bill Ray, 22 Apr 2008

US court waves through border laptop searches

Contrary to what some of you may believe, one cannot live in a laptop, according to the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in the US.
Kevin Fayle, 22 Apr 2008
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Violin tunes SSD memory appliance

Violin Memory sells a solid state disk (SSD) appliance, using DRAM and not flash memory, and FalconStor is supporting this to make its latest software perform very much faster. Blocks and Files was able to talk with Morgan Littlewood, VP of Marketing at Violin Memory, and ask him some questions about solid state disks.
Chris Mellor, 22 Apr 2008

Futurist's music widget goes titsup 2.0

Music's best-known "futurist" has admitted his latest business idea has flopped and the service will close. Gerd Leonard of "Music 2.0" fame, who popularised the phrase "music flows like water", has discovered that on the internet, revenue flows like set cement.
Andrew Orlowski, 22 Apr 2008
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EU may be lubricating IBM anti-trust probe

European Union regulators may be preparing for an anti-trust review of IBM, following on the complaints of start-up mainframe challenger, Platform Solutions (PSI).
Austin Modine, 22 Apr 2008
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Ubuntu man Shuttleworth dissects Hardy Heron's arrival

InterviewOn Thursday, the Ubuntu 8.04 magic happens. The operating system - called Hardy Heron at playgrounds around Silicon Valley - goes up for download in its various forms, most notably Server and Desktop.
Ashlee Vance, 22 Apr 2008

US court beats up FTC over Rambus 'patent ambush' ruling

Rambus, the fast memory designer, has won its appeal to overturn a 2004 Federal Trade Commission anti-trust ruling.
Drew Cullen, 22 Apr 2008

Yahoo! pulls Alibaba out of hat, posts big Q1 profit jump

Jerry Yang today hailed Yahoo!'s "extraordinary" Q1 results, citing the besieged firm's ability to execute, against a backdrop of economic uncertainty and Microsoft's unwelcome bid to buy the company.
Drew Cullen, 22 Apr 2008

Nokia predicts IBM 360 of mobile phones

SOFCON 2008Nokia's chief technology officer believes the mobile phone industry will soon have a standard platform.
Cade Metz, 22 Apr 2008

Hitachi reveals greenest data center dream

Hitachi Data Systems is celebrating Earth Day by announcing the most eco-friendly and power-efficient enterprise-class data center ever constructed — that is, ignoring the slight complication that it hasn't actually been constructed yet.
Austin Modine, 22 Apr 2008

VMware placates Wall Street with 70 per cent Q1 revenue surge

The frenzied folks on Wall Street have come to terms with the realities of a slower growing VMware.
Ashlee Vance, 22 Apr 2008

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