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Napster flirts with Apple fanboys

Napster has a message for all you iPod and iPhone owners: It's now selling DRM-free MP3s.
Cade Metz, 21 May 2008
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Compuware too cool for quality tools?

Computware, the mainframe software house, appears to be narrowing its focus on development tools following a hip marketing makeover.
Gavin Clarke, 21 May 2008
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Home Office backs e-crime overhaul

Home Office ministers are poised to give the green light for the establishment of a central e-crime reporting and investigation agency in the UK.
John Leyden, 21 May 2008
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Mass SQL injection hits English language websites

Thousands of websites in China have been booby trapped with code written to download Trojan software onto visitors who run vulnerable Windows PCs.
John Leyden, 21 May 2008

World's first touch-sensitive e-reader touted

Taiwanese manufacturer Prime View International (PVI) claims to have developed the world’s first e-reader that integrates touch-sensitivity into an e-paper screen.
James Sherwood, 21 May 2008
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Big news for small cells

Qualcomm, the mobile phone technology firm, today announced a "significant" investment in ip.access, the Cambridge, UK-based femtocell specialist, on the same day the Femto Forum unveiled more members and an agreed standard process.
Bill Ray, 21 May 2008
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Medion charts a path for women drivers

Satnav manufacturer Medion is targeting women drivers with its latest navigator: a pearlescent pink model with matching case.
James Sherwood, 21 May 2008
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Temp workers to get equal rights after 12 weeks

An agreement inked by government, employers and unions yesterday means temporary British workers will be given the same employment rights as permanent staff after 12 weeks in the job.
Kelly Fiveash, 21 May 2008
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Teapot backdoor probed by German telescope boffins

Just when you (may have) thought it was safe to log back onto your computer and do something private, German security boffins have come up with a new vulnerability.
Lewis Page, 21 May 2008

Intel plans Q3 Core 2 Quad, Duo line-up shuffle

What does Intel have on its near-term desktop processor roadmap? More of the same, it seems, in the period leading up to Q4's introduction of its next-gen CPU design, 'Nehalem'.
Tony Smith, 21 May 2008
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Motorola dodges $4bn damages

Motorola has settled claims outstanding from the company's involvement in the ill-fated Iridium satellite phone system, ending up having to pay nothing despite creditors' attempts to squeeze $4bn out of the beleaguered technology company.
Bill Ray, 21 May 2008
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Orange mobile broadband takes six-day break

Orange mobile broadband customers have been without internet access since Thursday, and the company cannot tell them when it will be restored.
John Oates, 21 May 2008
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Amazon.com: Now with 50% less cockfighting

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is claiming partial victory in its legal battle to have cockfighting magazines The Gamecock and The Feathered Warrior removed from Amazon after the publisher of the former agreed to "ask Amazon.com to stop selling its publication online".
Lester Haines, 21 May 2008

Intel nudges Centrino 2 debut back

Intel's next major Centrino revamp - dubbed 'Centrino 2' - isn't coming until the end of June, and not this month, as the company's executives have stated in the past.
Tony Smith, 21 May 2008
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Stone catches fallen Rock

Stone Group, reseller to the public sector, has bought high-end laptop maker Rock Group which went into administration earlier this month.
John Oates, 21 May 2008
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HP's Hurd points out flat and spotty US in Q3

HP boss Mark Hurd sketched out a "flattish" picture of the US market, but confirmed the company was seeing worldwide growth as he aired third quarter earnings yesterday.
Joe Fay, 21 May 2008
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Hello Kitty gets claws into UK electronics

Brand developer Comment Retail Services has signed a deal to bring Hello Kitty into the hands of UK punters by way of mobile phone content and branded electronics, reports licensing.biz.
Bill Ray, 21 May 2008
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Sikorsky X2 superwhirlybird enters ground spin-up phase

Those like us on the Vulture flying-car desk, who chafe at the limitations of present-day hovering aircraft, like to keep an eye on Sikorsky's X2 prototype. The helicopter firm announced today that the X2 made its first ground runs with blades fitted last week, and everything went swimmingly.
Lewis Page, 21 May 2008
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Open source code crawling with fewer bugs

The quality of open source code has improved over the last two years, according to an audit sponsored by the US Department of Homeland Security.
John Leyden, 21 May 2008
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Nokia says no plan to switch phones to Linux

Despite reports to the contrary, Nokia is not embracing Linux as a platform for its mobile phones. The Finnish giant insists that comments reported by Reuters and others were quoted out of context and that nothing has changed.
Bill Ray, 21 May 2008
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SF's green mayor dreams of electric car heaven

Analysis On a trip to Israel two weeks ago San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom heard more about the plan to switch the country from petrol vehicles to electric, and was so impressed he bought the project. Now Newsom wants his city to be the first in the US to adopt electric cars wholesale, and claims that with the will, "you can be off oil in 10-15 years, 100 per cent."
John Lettice, 21 May 2008
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Roll-your-own SugarCRM targets partners and enterprises

SugarCRM today announced a new edition of its on-demand customer relationship management (CRM) software service. Most noteworthy are the tools for partners and customers to roll out and manage their own versions of the software.
Gavin Clarke, 21 May 2008

Asus Eee PC 901 spied on web... in black

We saw leaked piccies of the white Atom-powered Eee PC 901 t'other week, but now it's the turn of the black version to find pictures of itself slip out of Asus and appear on the web.
Tony Smith, 21 May 2008
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SOCA defends e-crime record as minister admits gap

Analysis The Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) has defended its record in tackling cybercrime, arguing that it has more resources at its disposal in fighting e-crime than the more specialist police agency it replaced.
John Leyden, 21 May 2008
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UK censor launches online content classification drive

The British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) has launched its online classification system for downloadable movies and games.
James Sherwood, 21 May 2008
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Ofcom pulls plug on wholesale broadband regulation

Communications regulator Ofcom is ending regulation for the majority of UK wholesale broadband.
John Oates, 21 May 2008
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Cornish lingo gets standard written form

Supporters of the Cornish language have, following "more than two years of passionate negotiations", agreed on an essential for official recognition of and funding for their tongue - a "Standard Written Form" (SWF) designed to unify the disparate versions of the revived lingo.
Lester Haines, 21 May 2008
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Samsung Adidas F110 miCoach personal trainer phone

Review Many of us spend a fortune on gym membership only to join the gang of guilty no-shows after just a few weeks. So is a mobile phone capable of putting you on the fast track to personal fitness?
Phil Lattimore, 21 May 2008
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Official: no Gunmetal Grey PS3 for UK

While US Metal Gear Solid 4 fans eagerly await the delivery of limited edition Gunmetal Grey PlayStation 3 bundle packs next month, Sony has confirmed that the fancy bundle won't be offered to British gamers.
James Sherwood, 21 May 2008
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Latest 'designer handset' touted by Christian Dior

Watch out Nokia Vertu, because there’s now another ridiculously priced handset on the market. Designer Christian Dior is to launch a line of bling-encrusted phones priced at up to $5000 (£2541/€3179).
James Sherwood, 21 May 2008
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Oz carrier Primus blitzed by DDoS attack

Australian telco Primus said it came under an intense denial of service attack on Wednesday.
John Leyden, 21 May 2008
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Japan gets cryptic timepiece

Wrist watches that display the time using LED arrangements are nothing new, but this latest version from Japanese manufacturer Tokyoflash is so bonkers that even Stephen Hawking would have trouble working out how many minutes past four it is.
James Sherwood, 21 May 2008

Revealed! The new face of the Eee PC

The sun may be about to set on Asus' famous Eee-assessing blonde beach babe. She's apparently been supplanted by another woman, one with a taste for the finer things in life - and Small, Cheap Computers™.
Tony Smith, 21 May 2008
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Time Warner and Time Warner Cable split

Time Warner Cable Inc has agreed to completely sever ties with its parent company Time Warner Inc, which will receive a tasty payout from the spin-off.
Kelly Fiveash, 21 May 2008
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3 told to cut rates

3 is getting too long in the tooth to play in the kids' pool. The Competition Appeal Tribunal yesterday ruled that the mobe co, not being such a new player any more, is going to have to cut its termination rates to be more in line with other operators.
Bill Ray, 21 May 2008
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Moody's computer 'bug' caused over-optimistic credit ratings

Moody's saw its shares slide on opening this morning, after reports that the institutional rating firm had blamed bugs in its computer model for leading it to grade several debt parcels as almost without risk for investors.
John Oates, 21 May 2008
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US Reapers get satnav bombs, deploy on Canadian border

The General Atomics Predator-B drone aircraft - better known under its US Air Force name, the "Reaper" - has just dropped its first satnav-guided weapons. In a doubtless unrelated development, the roboplane also seems set to deploy along the US-Canadian border.
Lewis Page, 21 May 2008
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Register Books brings you Dorset House

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Register Books, 21 May 2008
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Acer Predator packs powerful specs, lacks skull cleaning capability

Acer wants to take a big bite out of the gaming PC business with its new system, Predator, part of its Aspire line.
Tony Smith, 21 May 2008
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Microsoft loses Alcatel-Lucent patent legal spat

Microsoft lost a lawsuit yesterday in which it alleged that Alcatel-Lucent had violated software patents used in business telephone networks.
Kelly Fiveash, 21 May 2008
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'F**k the Country Channel', says the Country Channel

We're very much obliged to the shocked reader who forwarded us an email newsletter from online TV outfit The Country Channel, which appears to dedicate its time to dancing with horses, tractor-pulling and sniffing out British cheeseries.
Lester Haines, 21 May 2008
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Christian Bale signs for Terminator trilogy

Christian Bale, who's already strutting his stuff before the cameras for Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins, will play John Connor in a further two cinematic outings for the Skynet versus humanity saga.
Lester Haines, 21 May 2008
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Whither Google's new CFO?

Back in August, Google told the world that CFO George Reyes would retire from the company once someone could be found to replace him. Well, almost nine months have passed, and there's no replacement.
Cade Metz, 21 May 2008

Phlashing attack thrashes embedded systems

A security attack that damages embedded systems beyond repair was demonstrated for the first time in London on Wednesday.
John Leyden, 21 May 2008
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Tory proposes street-legal Segway legalisation

The Segway personal transporter should be allowed to be ridden on UK roads, a Conservative transport spokesman has said.
James Sherwood, 21 May 2008
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Microsoft pays people to use its search engine

Microsoft will do almost anything to shrink the Google gap. It will even pay people to use its search engine.
Cade Metz, 21 May 2008
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After Debian's epic SSL blunder, a world of hurt for security pros

It's been more than a week since Debian patched a massive security hole in the library the operating system uses to create cryptographic keys for securing email, websites and administrative servers. Now the hard work begins, as legions of admins are saddled with the odious task of regenerating keys too numerous for anyone to estimate.
Dan Goodin, 21 May 2008
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Bush tests Castro with mobile phone gift barrage

Americans will soon be able to send cell phones to Cubans, President Bush announced today.
Austin Modine, 21 May 2008
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Microsoft to ODF, PDF - let's get it on together

A Microsoft pledge to support current and future versions of Open Document Format (ODF) in Office has been greeted with skepticism by the industry group leading ODF.
Gavin Clarke, 21 May 2008
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Red Hat Enterprise Linux thinks big

Red Hat has updated its enterprise Linux distro with hardware and driver refinements targeting desktops and big servers.
Gavin Clarke, 21 May 2008
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Man barred from posting crimes on YouTube

An Englishman has been ordered to stop bragging about his criminal behavior on the internet after an extensive video library of his misdemeanors was spotted on YouTube by local authorities.
Austin Modine, 21 May 2008
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Vista on your iPhone - almost 'perfection'

Sitting at the perfect, if somewhat niche, intersection of Windows Vista and Apple iPhone fandom is this: VistaPerfection 2.0.
Gavin Clarke, 21 May 2008