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Ex-Navy SEAL and nanny 'Otter' does bird over Broadcom

A federal judge in California sentenced an ex-Navy SEAL to prison today after he refused to testify against his employer, former Broadcom CEO, Henry Nicholas.

Vodafone sews up iPhone distribution

Vodafone has signed a deal with Apple to distribute the iPhone in ten of its operating countries - several of which are still 2G-only, which should help clear stocks once the 3G version is launched.
Bill Ray, 06 2008
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Franco robbed Sir Cliff of Eurovision win

Of all the crimes perpetrated by the late and largely unlamented Franco - dictator of Spain during more years than most locals care to remember - perhaps the most heinous is the fascist regime's fixing of the 1968 Eurovision Song Contest which saw the sainted Cliff Richard's Congratulations pipped at the post by Hispanic musical outrage La La La.

Grand Theft Auto 4 maker sues Chicago transport chiefs

Take-Two Interactive is suing the Chicago Transit Authority after the metropolitan transportation organisation removed a series of Grand Theft Auto 4 ads from the city's bus shelters.
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'Mad Scientist' developing powered suits for US military

Powered exoskeletal suits are big right now, with the movie Iron Man all over the place. US defence tech giant Raytheon has decided to ride the ink surf, issuing some opportunistic statements and and photos of its ongoing military powered suit programme.

Apple tops tech support success poll

Apple's consumer-oriented tech support is rather better than other vendors' equivalents, US non-profit organisation the Consumers Union has claimed.

Sony demos 'commercial design' fuel cell for mobiles

Sony has shown off a tiny fuel-cell prototype it claims will pave the way for a practical renewable power system for handheld devices.
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NASA invites you to travel to the Moon

NASA is inviting citizens of Earth to add their name to an electronic roll-call destined to travel to the Moon aboard the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) later this year.
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Interpol publishes pic of another suspected child abuser

Interpol has taken the unusual step of posting an image of a suspected paedophile on its website.

Sony Ericsson Z770i mobile phone

Review Fans of clamshell phones may feel a touch hard done by when it comes to Sony Ericsson. Despite some desirably stylish Walkman and Cyber-shot designs, the real style icons to date have tended to be candybars.
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Intel and chums target 450mm wafer fabs

Three of the world’s biggest chip players will cooperate with one another to develop silicon wafers to improve efficiency in semiconductor manufacturing.
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SplashPower splashes down in Fulton Innovation

SplashPower, the UK inductive charging company that has been struggling to create a product since 2001, has been bought up by Alticor-subsidiary Fulton Innovation.
Bill Ray, 06 2008
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Winehouse cans Bond theme project

Amy Winehouse's planned theme for Quantum of Solace has been canned because the troubled chanteuse is "not ready to record any music", her producer has announced.
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Top cop brands CCTV a 'fiasco'

A senior Metropolitan police officer has described the UK's CCTV strategy as a "fiasco", saying billions had been spent with very little impact on either stopping crime or providing evidence.
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Defra steps up probe into honeybee wipeout

The Department for Environment, Food And Rural Affairs (Defra) has announced it is giving "higher priority" to the investigation of bee fatalities following "early signs of significant colony losses across the country".
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Google questions Verizon 'open network'

Google wants to make darn sure that when Verizon opens up its wireless network, it actually opens up its wireless network.
Cade Metz, 06 2008
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Cops demand more time in marathon OiNK investigation

Cleveland police have again extended the bail granted to Alan Ellis, the administrator of Oink.cd, an invitation-only BitTorrent tracker shut down in a high profile dawn raid last October.
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Motorola board faces down a hostile crowd

Angry Motorola shareholders confronted the ailing firm's board over the company's poor performance yesterday, but left with little more than vague promises and estimated dates.
Bill Ray, 06 2008
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Independent dubs El Reg lesbian

We at El Reg have been called a fair few things in our time, but never before has it been suggested that we are dedicated practitioners of the Sapphic arts.

Battery shortage leaves Compal forecast flat

Contract laptop PC maker Compal Electronics Inc has been forced to scale back its Q2 shipment growth forecast, blaming a shortage of batteries.

Freesat launches in UK

Freesat, the UK's latest package of free-to-air TV channels, this time transmitted from a satellite, has now gone live, allowing comsumers access to standard-definition and HD broadcasting for a single, one-off payment.

Cybercrims dump swag on open botnet server

Everyone knows Trojans steal personal data, but the discovery of a server containing more than 1.4 gigabytes of stolen business and personal info brings home the real extent of the problem.

HTC’s Diamond iPhone rival unwrapped

A glitzy London hotel was this morning's setting for the launch of HTC’s new handset, Diamond, the latest phone in a long line of would-be iPhone killers.

Microsoft rebuts Blu-ray Xbox 360 rumours - again

It's a good job gamers aren’t holding their collective breath in hope for an Xbox 360 with a built-in Blu-ray Disc drive. Microsoft has once again stepped in to quash the latest rumours that it’s developing one.
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Hyundai and Kia's latest pitch to US drivers - Windows

Microsoft has signed deals with Hyundai and Kia to supply voice recognition kit for cars sold in the USA, just as soon as its exclusive deal with Ford runs out in November.
Bill Ray, 06 2008
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ISP reporting network to pierce bandwidth smokescreens

ISP watchers have launched a bid to get to the bottom of what's going on with UK broadband by recruiting people to install specially-adapted network gear on their line, to collect reams of independent performance data.

Americans offered smart footwear

If a woman wants to blow £1000 on a pair of shoes then Manolo Blahnik is the obvious answer, but rich males had never been afforded the same option until the launch of the Verb For Shoe hi-tech sneakers.

Microsoft slings multiple sue balls at resellers

Microsoft has filed piracy lawsuits in a US federal court against eight firms it accuses of selling illegal versions of its software.

Sun juggles love of code with need for cash

CommunityOne The relationship between business, vendors and coders has been tested at a Sun Microsystems conference in San Francisco intended to express oneness with open source.

Rackspace flies storage on CloudFS

Rackspace is developing a storage-in-the-cloud service called CloudFS for web 2.0, SaaS (software-as-a-service) and social networking media customers needing highly scalable storage.

Yahoo! greenlights search security warnings

So Yahoo! is getting off its butt at last to warn users when its search engine results include potentially malicious sites.

HP strokes web 2.0 with immense NAS

Hewlett-Packard has issued a massive NAS system for the most seriously storage starved — web 2.0 shops, huge ass data centers, national labs, and other businesses with more petabytes of data than can be considered healthy.
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Canadian toddler dies after VOIP 911 call

A Canadian toddler has died after a VOIP-based 911 call sent an ambulance to the wrong address.
Cade Metz, 06 2008
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Google launches security group for open source

Google is spearheading a volunteer workforce it hopes will become the centralized authority for responding to security issues in open source software.

Sun's JavaFX to hoover-up user data

JavaOne Sun today announced the yet-to-launch JavaFX programming language will gather data on end-users activities to help developers monetize software, by selling ads for instance.

Intel wants to own the weather prediction business

Interview The conventional wisdom - whatever that is worth - pegs Intel EVP Sean Maloney as the company's successor to CEO Paul Otellini. That's great news for technology hacks because, man, this Maloney guy is quite a bit more open about his personal life and feelings than Otellini.
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DHS grilled over uber secret cybersecurity plans

The US Department of Homeland Security cybersecurity initiative may be unnecessarily shrouded in secrecy and too reliant on contractors, according to a Senate panel.

Windows XP SP3 leaps into the tubes

Microsoft is giving the automatic web release of Windows XP Service Pack 3 another go today, after an eleventh hour muck-up ruined its scheduled availability last week.
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Yahoo! shareholders thump Yang in the fiduciaries

In late February, after Yahoo! famously rejected Microsoft's initial $44.6bn bid for the company, two share-holding Detroit pension funds filed a class action lawsuit against Jerry Yang and the Yahoo! board, claiming a "breach of fiduciary duties".
Cade Metz, 06 2008
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NASA ditches Itanic for new Xeon-based SGI giant

NASA has once again turned to SGI for a massive supercomputer.