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In Google We Trust: Health docs depo now open to Americans

At long last, Google has asked for America's medical records.
Cade Metz, 20 2008
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Serve up iTunes with Apple's media browser

Mac Secrets Let's stay with the iLifeMediaBrowser.framework, which we looked at last time. Previously, I showed how to use Apple's built-in media browser using virtually no code.

NEC shows heart-shaped LCD

The next Valentine’s Day may be nine months away, but NEC’s hoping that you’ll favour its heart-shaped LCD over chocolates and flowers when 14 February does roll around.

Games consoles not green enough, claims Greenpeace

The PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Wii may all be green in the eyes of the European Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) directive - but all three have failed to meet Greenpeace’s standards.

Firefox developers tinker with new security protections (finally)

Developers of the Firefox browser are designing new technologies aimed at protecting users from some of the nastiest and most prevalent forms of website attacks.

IBM kicks off service management house party

IBM has been busy rolling code from all the service management firms it has acquired recently into a more cohesive package.
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Airbus jets could be converted to fuel-cell propulsion

Plans are afoot to propel Airbus A320 airliners using clean, green electricity, according to reports. Disappointingly for the carbon-fearing and oil-worrier lobbies alike, however, the aircraft will be so propelled only while on the ground.
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Brown brown-noses Google, Brin demands privacy

Gordon Brown might be short of friends within the Labour Party, but they must love him down at Google. He gave a speech yesterday at Google's annual Zeitgeist conference which had the smack of George Galloway's ringing endorsements of Saddam Hussein.

Boffins' breakthrough boosts fuel cell output by 50%

Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have come up with a way to improve the power output of fuel cells by more than 50 per cent: a better membrane.

Medion takes aim at Asus' Eee

Medion, Europe's prime purveyor of low-cost PCs, phones and satnavs, is taking on Asus' Eee PC. Its Akoya sub-notebook will come in MacBook-like shiny black and white versions, sport a 10.2in display and cost just €399 ($620/£318).
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Mobiles help UK malls track shoppers' every move

Mobile phone tracking technology is being put to good use watching how punters migrate around a shopping centre, thanks to gear from Portsmouth-based Path Technologies.
Bill Ray, 20 2008

When code goes bad: What to watch for

Book extract, part five Scott Bain’s book, Emergent Design: The Evolutionary Nature of Professional Software Development by Addison Wesley, looks at the principles involved in building and maintaining robust, reliable, and cost-effective code. In this, our concluding extract, Scott identifies the pathologies in code when coupling, cohesion, and redundancy have not been adhered to.
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Symbian shipments up but royalties stall

Symbian Limited has announced first quarter results which show shipments are growing steadily but a drop in average royalty per unit has left income static.
Bill Ray, 20 2008

Philips probes possibilities of hi-tech pants

Register Hardware can state with confidence that Philips' latest patent application really is total pants. The firm has designed a pair of briefs that supposedly monitor the wearer’s blood pressure.
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Israeli jailers listen to guard dogs with interpreter ware

Israeli prison officers are using high-tech computer canine interpreter communications gear to understand messages barked by patrolling guard dogs, according to reports.
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Stem cell researchers claim victory in battle with Church

Scientists have today welcomed MPs' decision to allow them to create human-animal hybrids in order to harvest embryonic stem cells for research.
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UK.gov plans central database for all your communications

The Brown government is considering a central database of all UK communications data including times and durations of phone calls, emails and internet access for every British citizen.

Meizu Mini Player SL 8GB media player

Review Despite having been busted at the CeBIT show for alleged copyright infringement, Meizu makes some stylish media players that compete with a host of 2, 4 and 8GB Flash players with 2-3in screens.

Consoles blamed for Japanese arcade sales slump

Videogame arcades are big business in Japan. Or, rather, they were. Unfortunately, the country’s homes are so clogged with entertaining technology that the trade’s multi-billion Yen value is being eaten away.

Pondlife earthquake scammers go mobile

The Chinese earthquake and the Burmese cyclone, like so many other tragedies before them, are being actively exploited by online scammers. Past history involving disasters such as the Indian Ocean tsunami and Hurricane Katrina suggest opportunistic malware attacks themed around these latest events are likely to follow.

South Korea Prez receives limited edition Xbox

Heads of state receive loads of great gifts - President Bush recently received a mountain bike from Israel, for instance. But if you’re mates with the Gates, then you get the coolest presents, like an Xbox 360 encrusted with mother-of-pearl.

'Experimental' Linux distro Exherbo eyes serious developers

A former Gentoo developer yesterday revealed that he has been working on a new hardcore Linux distribution, dubbed Exherbo.

US and Romania dredge up 38 phishing suspects

Police in the US and Romania have charged 38 members of a suspected phishing gang.

A videogame that truly takes the p*ss

Combine videogames, beer and a urinal, and what do you get? Well, aside from a vile smell, you get Place to Pee – an interactive gaming unit ‘operated’ by the flow of a certain warm, yellow liquid.
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Metal Storm in further grenade-gasm tests, paper issues

Famed Australian gun-tech company Metal Storm, in a characteristic move, has announced details of further prototype testing and also signalled its intention to raise more money on the stock markets.

Website in 'Apple to launch 3G iPhone at WWDC' allegation shock

Apple will formally launch the iPhone on 9 June, yet another anonymous 'mole' has alleged.
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Teen battles City of London cops over anti-Scientology placard

Anti-Scientology campaigners are up in arms after it emerged that City of London police issued a court summons to a teenager for displaying a sign that branded the Hollywood-bothering, UFO-fancying sect a "cult".
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Dutch ban voting computers over eavesdropping fear

The risk of eavesdropping has driven the Dutch government to ban electronic voting computers from future elections.

Iogear pitches over-the-network USB sharing gadget

Plug this little fella into your network and you'll be able to share printers, hard drives, card readers, speakers and other USB gadgets, maker Iogear claims.
Hard Reg, 20 2008
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Netflix to sell set-top box for streamed movies

DVD renter Netflix has started selling set-top boxes that allow its subscribers to watch streamed movies.
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DISH Network awarded $1,050 in NDS card crack case

NDS Group is going to have to tighten its belt. After a mere day's deliberation, a US jury has cleared the company of deliberately cracking the competition's smart cards and circulating the cracks online. It has been found guilty of cracking just the one card, and is thus liable for a hefty $49.69, plus a grand in damages.
Bill Ray, 20 2008
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Unmanned Aerial Manhood outrage at Kasparov rally

Politicians in Western countries talk a lot about the contribution technology can make to politics, but they're generally on about quite limited ideas like video debates. In Russia, some activists are much more avant garde - seeking to make their (unspecified) point by the use of a remote-controlled flying penis fitted with helicopter blades.
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Russell T Davies bows out of Doctor Who

Russell T Davies is stepping down from his executive producer and lead writer role on the BBC's pride and joy Doctor Who, no doubt to a mixed chorus of grateful cheers and sardonic smirks.
Sarah Bee, 20 2008

Platform Computing makes cluster management land grab

PGC08 Platform Computing is getting into the business of cluster management software for high performance computing (HPC), a move the company hopes will complement its traditional offerings for HPC workload management.

Royal Bank of Scotland takes three weeks to squash nasty Worldpay bug

Updated This story was updated to reflect that the vulnerability has yet to be fixed and that RBS responded to an amateur security researcher's email. A previous version erroneously reported the security hole had been closed and that the bank never sent a reply.
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Wikimedia Foundation muzzles Wikinews

Wikinews - like its sister site, Wikipedia - bills itself as a place without bias. Ostensibly, it's a democratic news source that never answers to a higher power. But that's just a setup for the latest act in the world's greatest online farce.
Cade Metz, 20 2008

EMC: The age of high-end flash has begun

EMC predicts the end is nigh for rotating drives dominating data center storage.