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Feds nab modern-day Bonnie and Clyde

Federal prosecutors have charged a Philadelphia couple with conspiracy, aggravated identity theft and a host of other violations, after they allegedly stole credit cards, billing statements and other sensitive information from friends, neighbors and bar patrons during a 13-month crime spree that netted more than $119,000.
Dan Goodin, 15 May 2008
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Intel ordered to dish documents on deleted antitrust lawsuit e-mails

AMD vs Intel Intel has been ordered to hand over secret employee interviews from an internal investigation looking into documents and e-mails that went missing during its antitrust trial with AMD.
Austin Modine, 15 May 2008
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Making sense of Salesforce.com

The Salesforce.com marketing pitch at the recent Dreamforce Europe was wearying at times but it is not complete nonsense. Chief executive Marc Benioff spent the first hour of his keynote reiterating what he has said 1,000 times before about "no software".
Tim Anderson, 15 May 2008
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'Major' Flash Player beta released

The "first major" Flash Player update since Adobe Systems completed its 2005 acquisition of Macromedia is due to be made available today as a beta.
Gavin Clarke, 15 May 2008
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European manned spaceflight plan proposed

Strong rumours are circulating regarding plans for a European manned spaceflight capability. A firm announcement is expected later this month, which would outline a scheme based on modifications to the existing "Jules Verne" automated cargo module used to supply the International Space Station.
Lewis Page, 15 May 2008
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BT profits nothing to phone home about

BT failed to increase profits this year, although turnover was up very slightly in the fourth quarter ended 31 March.
John Oates, 15 May 2008

Run your home from your car, says Panasonic

Panasonic has unveiled two hi-tech in-car systems that close the gap between operating your car and running your home.
James Sherwood, 15 May 2008
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Dixons admits 'it's even worse than you thought'

DSGI will overhaul its PCWorld computer barns and slash its fleet of High Street shops as part of a turnaround plan revealed the same day it admitted sales have gone into reverse at its computer retail business.
Joe Fay, 15 May 2008
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Online ID checks to limit teen booze and knife purchases

If you can’t prove how old you are, your days of shopping on the internet may be numbered. Fears that young people could be getting hold of knives, adult DVDs and alcohol are all fuelling a campaign by Margaret Moran, MP for Luton South, to make online age verification compulsory in the UK.
Jane Fae , 15 May 2008
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Swiss birdman in Alpine backpack-jetplane stunt flight

Famous backpack-jetplane pilot Yves Rossy has given his most daring public performance yet, leaping from an ordinary aeroplane to perform a variety of stunts above the Swiss Alps. He says he will fly his four-engined strapon flying wing across the English Channel later this year.
Lewis Page, 15 May 2008

Intel: future iPhone to be Atom powered

An Intel executive has apparently claimed a future iPhone will be based upon the chip giant's Atom processor.
Tony Smith, 15 May 2008
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Neighbourhood Watch 2.0: Your tensions are being monitored

Community cohesion? You know it makes sense. Once your local community starts to get the slightest bit incoherent you're on the slippery slopes - riots, meltdown of national institutions then global revolution are only a few short steps away.
John Lettice, 15 May 2008
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Phones 4u accused of misleading customers

Responding to a "large number of complaints from consumers", Ofcom has opened an investigation into high-street retailer Phones 4u's selling practices to make sure it's playing by the book.
Bill Ray, 15 May 2008
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Union gears up for BT strike action this month

BT is facing industrial action from union Connect, which has voted to reject the company's pay offer.
John Oates, 15 May 2008

DisplayPort to do DVI to death, analyst claims

Market watcher In-Stat reckons DisplayPort, the new PC-centric monitor connection system will trounce DVI to feature in 600m shipped products in 2012.
Tony Smith, 15 May 2008
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NATO primes cyber defence centre in Estonia

Seven NATO countries have backed the establishment of a new cyber warfare defence centre in Estonia. The Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence (COE) is expected to swing into operation in August.
John Leyden, 15 May 2008
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Developing world buoys up software pirates

Software piracy in the UK has fallen for the first time in three years, albeit slightly. However, the worldwide counterfeit software rate climbed to 38 per cent in 2007.
Kelly Fiveash, 15 May 2008

Brennan JB7 Micro Jukebox

Review Ever wanted to combine the convenience of digital music with decent sound and build quality? Then say hello to your new best friend, the JB7 Micro Jukebox. This tactile and user-friendly bit of kit delivers both with aplomb.
Lewis Caliburn, 15 May 2008
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Top-slicing the Beeb: Clueless execs get busy

Some quangos, like jellyfish, seem to be able to reproduce asexually. It's what they live to do. What this means is that without any contact, parthenogenesis occurs and they simply spawn off a little version of themselves, which may grow as large as its parent. Britain's uber-regulator Ofcom, I learned this week, definitely falls into this class. I just hadn't realised how badly it longs to plop out lots of baby Ofcoms.
Andrew Orlowski, 15 May 2008
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Slimmer Xbox 360 en-route?

The gaming world is rife with speculation that Microsoft is inking in plans to launch a slimmer and lighter Xbox 360 model.
James Sherwood, 15 May 2008
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IM represents 'new linguistic renaissance'

Those among you who believe the use of instant messaging slang and shorthand among teens has doomed the English language to inevitable destruction should take heart from this report in New Scientist, which claims that au contraire, IM represents an "an expansive new linguistic renaissance".
Lester Haines, 15 May 2008
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Spotigo promises Wi-Fi mapping within 5 metres

German Wi-Fi specialist Spotigo has managed to compile a Wi-Fi radio map of London and other major European cities, enabling it to locate any Wi-Fi device within five metres - and it promises to have the rest of Europe mapped within a year.
Bill Ray, 15 May 2008
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Verizon shuns Android for LiMo

Sometime next year, Verizon will roll out a Linux OS as the "preferred operating system" for phones on its US wireless network. And that Linux OS is not Google Android.
Cade Metz, 15 May 2008
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Chinese boffins show off unbelievably tight ring

Chinese nanojewellery experts have managed to fashion an exceptionally tiny ring out of just 36 atoms of gold. Incredibly minuscule as the golden nano-ring is, however, it is in fact the world's largest of its type.
Lewis Page, 15 May 2008
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Life a mess? The Moderatrix can help

It's come to our attention that some of you have lost your way a little on this journey we call life, and are wandering aimlessly while attempting to answer the fundamentals of existence. How do I install a printer driver on Umbongo Linux? I'm hungry - should I order pizza or a bucket-'o-plumped-chicken-gizzards? If I have a shower, will women want to have sex with me?
Lester Haines, 15 May 2008

Asus' Atom-powered Eee PC spied on web

Asus may be promoting the new Eee PC 900 hard, but some potential buyers are waiting for the promised Intel Atom-based version. Well they might: in addition to a snappier CPU, it'll sport a swish new look.
Tony Smith, 15 May 2008
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Videogames cut physical violence levels, claims report

Anyone worried that players are being corrupted by violent videogames can relax, because the latest study has found that aggressive titles may actually be helping to cut the number of violent crimes.
James Sherwood, 15 May 2008
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LG displays world's largest circular LCD

LCDs are so square, man. So LG has cut off some corners and developed what it claims are the world’s largest elliptical and circular LCD screens.
James Sherwood, 15 May 2008
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Billg bigs up SharePoint and Touch Wall

Bill Gates bigged up collaborative technologies and demoed a new device called the Touch Wall, which looks to us rather like a wall-mounted iPhone.
Kelly Fiveash, 15 May 2008
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CBS saves CNet from activist investors

CBS is buying CNet Networks - the web publisher behind ZDNet, gamespot.com, tv.com, mp3.com, news.com and techrepublic. These sites will now be combined with CBS's websites.
John Oates, 15 May 2008
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Sony's Alpha 300 DSLR lands in UK

Sony’s Alpha 300 digital SLR (DSLR) camera has finally gone on sale in the UK, approximately three months after details of the device first emerged online.
James Sherwood, 15 May 2008
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SOCA says: We are hitting serious criminals

The UK's Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) has said it is making progress in the fight against high-impact crime. The agency published its second annual report on Thursday highlighting increased seizures of Class A drugs and the confiscation of criminals' wealth.
John Leyden, 15 May 2008
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Triumph eco-bra brings Reg editors excuse to publish pants pic

The Japanese wing of ladies' pants purveyor Triumph opened its kimono this week to expose a hi-tech set of undies that'll charge up your missus' Eee PC while "arousing" everyone else's interest in matters environmental.
Hard Reg, 15 May 2008
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Yahoo! faces battle for the board

Yahoo! might not have escaped the clutches of Microsoft after all.
John Oates, 15 May 2008
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Koreans tout standard for US mobile TV

LG and Samsung have teamed up to have their respective technologies accepted as the American standard for mobile TV, just as Dish starts casting around for someone to help them build such a network.
Bill Ray, 15 May 2008
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Wake up and smell the Doritos™ - Avril Lavigne's manager

Copyright is over, and musicians should make themselves as pretty as they can for big brand advertisers, says top music manager and label boss Terry McBride.
Andrew Orlowski, 15 May 2008
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Apple okay with Safari 'carpet bombing' vuln for now

Next time you get nagged to install Apple's Safari browser keep this in mind: The company's security team has dismissed research that shows a simple way miscreants can use the browser to litter an end user's machine with malicious files.
Dan Goodin, 15 May 2008
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Adobe lands Sun Java rich-client CTO

Sun Microsystems' desktop division CTO has defected to Adobe Systems. It's the latest installment of musical chairs between vendors jockeying for developers building rich internet applications, and highlights Sun's weaknesses in this already competitive field.
Gavin Clarke, 15 May 2008
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RIAA ordered to shell out $100k for P2P witch hunt

How many work hours does it take to fight off a false accusation of copyright infringement from the Recording Ass. of America?
Austin Modine, 15 May 2008
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Overstock's Patrick Byrne battles New York Sith Lord

Unwilling to collect the Empire State's new "Amazon Tax," Patrick Byrne and Overstock.com have jettisoned their New York-based affiliate marketers.
Cade Metz, 15 May 2008
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American cable giant joins data pimping club

Charter Communications, the eighth largest ISP in the States, has jumped into bed with NebuAd, a behavioral ad targeting firm along the lines of Phorm and Front Porch.
Cade Metz, 15 May 2008
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Rootkits on routers threat to be demoed

Updated Security researchers have devised a rootkit capable of covertly monitoring and controlling Cisco routers.
John Leyden, 15 May 2008
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MySpace fraudster indicted in teen's suicide

A 49-year-old Missouri mother has been indicted for fraudulently using MySpace to "cyber-bully" a teenage girl who committed suicide after she was tricked into believing she was being dumped by her online boyfriend.
Dan Goodin, 15 May 2008