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White House admits non-existent email backups

The Dubya White House has admitted that it has no backup tapes for administration emails sent and received between March 1, 2003 and May 22, 2003.
Cade Metz, 07 2008

Citrix's XenDesktop can fly you to the moon

There are a few software makers out there who are excited about desktop virtualization - damned excited. And sometimes that excitement takes us into rather confusing territory where jubilation overpowers technical reality.

Ofcom confirms Freeview will get HD next year

Free-to-air satellite broadcasting system Freesat may have only just launched in the UK as an outlet for BBC and - soon - ITV HD programming, but regulator Ofcom has confirmed that some Brits will get HD over Freeview next year.
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QXL.co.uk shuts up shop

QXL.co.uk - the online auction site that isn't eBay - is closing.
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Cisco hits lowered targets

Cisco hit its lowered targets for the third quarter of 2008, increasing sales by 10.4 per cent ahead of targeted growth of 10 per cent.
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Air France pilot in white-knuckle near miss

Air France is investigating a pilot who provoked a near miss at 33,000ft after allegedly "showing off" his control of the aircraft to a boy in the cockpit, the Times reports.
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What did happen to all those London mayoral votes?

Last week, the nation turned out in record numbers (45 per cent) to decide who would run their local councils. In London, that meant voting Boris Johnson into what Ken Livingstone probably thought was his office for life.

Intel delays next-gen integrated chipsets to fix video bug

When does an Intel chipset launch? When it's first mentioned by the company in public? The next time? The time after that? The 'Eaglelake' chipset family has been discussed by Intel on several occasions, but it'll apparently be truly launched next month.

Sony launches 'Freeview HD'-ready LCD TV line

With the UK launch of terrestrial HD pencilled in for 2009, Sony has jumped onto the bandwagon and unveiled a Bravia LCD TV series featuring an integrated MPEG 4 AVC HD-capable tuner.
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Ofcom plays precog on tomorrow's wireless world

Ofcom put healthcare and transport at the top of the agenda in its annual research and development report, released today.
Bill Ray, 07 2008
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MS UK kills mystery 'Live to Code' site

Microsoft has pulled an apparently rogue internal marketing project that sat quietly, but not unnoticed, on the same servers as its main UK website for at least a fortnight.

Grand Theft Auto IV misses week one million sales mark

Grand Theft Auto IV sold almost 1m copies during its first five days on sale in the UK, according to local market watcher Chart-Track and the European Leisure Software Publishers Assocation.

Two arrested over piracy at computer fair

Police and trading standards officers in Yorkshire have seized counterfeit goods and equipment at a Bradford computer fair. The full retail value of the goods would have been £1m, they said.
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Capgemini Q1 sinks on weak dollar, pound

IT services firm Capgemini today blamed the weak US dollar and British pound for a 1.4 per cent drop in its first quarter revenues.
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Private sector saviours wanted for desperate ID scheme

Plans for the widespread introduction of fingerprint passports and ID cards, already delayed until 2012, have receded further into the distance with the publication of the latest Identity & Passport Service cost report for the ID scheme. This effectively pulls the plugs on the network of IPS-run interview centres, and lobs future responsibility for these and for biometric enrolment over to private sector companies.

Palm's 'Skywriter' smartphone spied on web?

Palm's anticipated Treo 800w is thought to be what the company's calling 'Zeppelin' - a very unfortunate codename, given the originals' tendency to crash and burn. But what about its 'Skywriter' product?
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Get your Windows Server Online training guides here

As Microsoft encourages the shift towards Windows Server 2008, you might think that the previous versions immediately become obsolete. But demand has shown this to be false, and this is why we at Reg Books have decided to package together the key Windows Server 2003 MCSE and MCSA Online Learning products into cost-effective collections.
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Dope-crazed Canadians sledgehammer iPhone

The fanboys among you of delicate sensibilities are advised to look away now, because it's just come to our attention that dope-crazed Canadians last Saturday used the Toronto Freedom Festival as a platform to lay into an iPhone with a sledgehammer:
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Scientists create Chewbotca robot muncher

During private and quieter moments, it does a person good to assess the present threat of robots.

SAP don't want to get SaaSy afterall

SAP has signaled a retreat from full, on-demand versions of its enterprise resource planning (ERP) products, just as Google and Microsoft up their game in the software-as-a-service (SaaS) market.
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US boffins puff off 'living nose on a chip' tech

American boffins have revealed that they are working to perfect a new technology in which "living olfactory cells" would be placed on electronic chips, offering an accurate sense of smell as an option for portable devices.

Opera Dragonfly emerges from pupa

Browser maker Opera has released an early version of a tool to help developers debug web pages. It hopes Opera Dragonfly will assist developers in making the experience of surfing the net consistent across web-enabled mobiles, desktops, and consoles while prompting the adoption of open standards.

Ruckus kicks off over directional Wi-Fi

Wi-fi co Ruckus reckons Netgear has been fitting its directional Wi-Fi technology to more routers than it ought, and has slapped the company with a patent-infringement suit.
Bill Ray, 07 2008

Peter Gabriel's website is back

Peter Gabriel's website and the website and ticket buying site for Womad, the world music festival he founded, are back online today after their servers and routers were stolen at the weekend.

Canon gets a handle on portable printing - literally

Canon's Selphy CP770 may look like a portable cooler box for keeping beer chilled, but the unit’s actually a portable photo printer.

Sony details PS3 DVR pricing, launch date

Sony has confirmed that the PlayStation 3’s PlayTV digital video recorder (DVR) add-on will be available in four months' time.
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Wikipedia goes to court to defend defamation immunity

Wikipedia, the free, user-generated online encyclopedia, faces a court battle to protect itself from liability for everything that users post on the site. The company behind the site will argue that it should be granted immunity under US law.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS20 compact camera

Review Think of digital cameras and names like Canon, Sony and Pentax come to mind. But Panasonic is proving to be a dark horse, releasing models with impressive looks and good performance.
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Sky plays the victim over Ofcom pay TV rights probe

Sky has complained to Ofcom that a probe of its dominance of UK pay TV is too one-sided, ahead of a decision that could see the market for football and movie rights opened up to more competition.

Unicaresoft loses MSNLock case against Microsoft

Microsoft has won its case against Dutch 46-year-old mother of three Carola Eppink, who wanted to restrict her children's use of the internet by using a self-made program she'd dubbed MSNLock.
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Jacqui Smith un-downgrades cannabis

Home Secretary Jacqui Smith, standing in front of a tired-looking Gordon Brown, told the House of Commons today she would ignore advice from the government's scientific advisors and upgrade the classification of cannabis from C to B.

Japan to tax MP3 players

MP3 players and DVRs could soon become more expensive in Japan, if the country’s government successfully introduces a levy on sales of these devices.

T-Mobile takes a shine to HTC's Diamond

HTC may have only officially announced its new Diamond handset yesterday, but T-Mobile hasn’t wasted any time in rebranding the phone and preparing it for UK sale.
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Rogue MP3 Trojan streaks across P2P networks

Hundreds of thousands of examples of a new Trojan that poses as a media file have flooded onto P2P networks.

Dell issues virtualization wonder box despite AMD

As long promised, Dell has gone hog wild with virtualization. The company today dished out a couple of new boxes geared toward running VMware and Citrix's virtualization wares, tuned its iSCSI storage gear for virtual servers and produced a couple new services bobs as well.
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BT Fusion rises again

Son of Fusion is here - BT has launched what it's calling "Total Broadband Anywhere", with Windows Mobile handsets from HTC and membership of BT's FON network.
Bill Ray, 07 2008
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Yahoo? We don't need no stinkin' Yahoo!

Bill Gates says Microsoft is quite capable of sorting out its internet strategy all on its own if Yahoo! refuses to play ball.
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Boris Johnson bans boozing on London transport

Newly-elected London mayor Boris Johnson has gone straight into attack mode and carried out his election pledge to ban boozing from London's public transport system, the BBC reports.
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Mobile roaming in Europe: Have your say

The European Union is launching a public consultation on European roaming regulations.

AT&T halts holidays during 3G iPhone launch window

AT&T staffers have once again been told they can't take any time off work next month because of an anticipated "heavy selling period" resulting from "an exciting Summer Promotional Launch", a leaked memo reveals.
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DARPA wants Matrix style virtual world for cybergeddon

The US military's famed scientific wingnut farm, DARPA*, has released full details of its planned "National Cyber Range" - a mighty network which could be configured to simulate the cyberspace battlefields of the future. This would allow America's fighting nerds to train for the net conflicts of tomorrow, mounting attacks on simulated enemies or defending against devastating cyber strikes by the enemies of democracy.

Embarcadero snaps up Borland's CodeGear for $23m

Database tools vendor Embarcadero Technologies has snapped up Borland Software's unwanted tools subsidiary CodeGear for $23m - $127m less than initially sought.
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NASA confirms manned mission to 10 Petaflops

Well, well, well. It would seem that the 20,000-core supercomputer announced yesterday by NASA will just be the first course in an ongoing relationship between the space folk, SGI and Intel.
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Chipzilla funds Sprint-Clearwire snog

Sprint's on-again, off-again relationship with Clearwire is on again.
Cade Metz, 07 2008

AMD plans 12-core server chip for 2010

AMD today shed light on its upcoming server workstation roadmap, revealing details on its first six-core processor, expected to be released next year, and a 12-core offering, due by 2010.
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FBI withdraws secret Internet Archive probe

The FBI has withdrawn a secret order that used new anti-terrorism powers to demand information about a user of the Internet Archive without a court order after attorneys challenged it as an unconstitutional abuse of power.
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Yahoo! banks on the power of !

Sue Decker wants you to know that Yahoo! is the only Fortune 500 company with an exclamation point in its name.
Cade Metz, 07 2008
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Hollywood awarded $110m against TorrentSpy

Operators of the once-popular TorrentSpy tracker have been ordered to pay more than $110m to Hollywood for facilitating illegal downloads of movies and television shows.
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Comcast mulls overage fees for bandwidth lovers

Comcast is considering monthly download caps for all those people on its cable-based internet service.
Cade Metz, 07 2008