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French court fines eBay for sale of counterfeit handbags

A French court has ordered eBay to pay a hefty 20,000 euros to luxury goods designer Hermes for the online auction house's role in the sale of three counterfeit handbags.

WiiMote game launched for visually impared

Gaming boffins from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have developed a Wii-style videogame designed to help visually impaired players virtually thrash their 20/20 competitors.
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Intel fined $25m

Intel has been fined $25m (26bn Won) by the South Korean Fair Trade commission for breaching fair trade rules.
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BAE's man in the MoD taken aside by feds in Miami

A third senior BAE Systems executive has been subpoenaed by US investigators in recent weeks, it has emerged. Alan Garwood, until recently seconded from BAE as head of the Defence Export Sales Organisation (DESO), the controversial Ministry of Defence arms-sales bureau, was served with legal documents while changing planes in Miami last month.

Small, Cheap Computer sales to soar as Intel boosts Atom supply

Computex Asus' President, Jerry Shen, has forecast sales of Small, Cheap Computers™ will top 10m units this year, presumably having been encouraged by Intel bigwig Sean Maloney's promise of "very, very high volumes" of Atom CPUs by September.
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ISS toilet sucks again

The International Space Station's troublesome toilet is now sucking like a good 'un after Oleg Kononenko yesterday fitted the new pump delivered by Space Shuttle Discovery on mission STS-124.
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Bletchley Park activates online donations

Our recent piece on some light tin-rattling by the Bletchley Park Trust aimed at raising cash for essential repairs to the home of the UK's wartime codebreakers prompted a few reader comments that the website didn't have an easy method for supporters to make donations.
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Vodafone sees American horizons

Verizon, the US mobile operator part-owned by Vodafone, is in talks to take over Alltel, America's fifth largest operator, with a view to snatching the number-one spot from AT&T.
Bill Ray, 05 2008

Pinnacle Video Transfer

Review Gadgets now capable of playing video have left owners are hungry for content. Folk with large VHS tape collections want to digitise them, just like vinyl. Two problems, one solution, says Avid offshoot Pinnacle: its Video Transfer standalone H.264 encoder.
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TeliaSonera says 'non' to Gallic advances

TeliaSonera has turned down a $42bn offer from France Telecom, owner of the Orange brand, after the board decided unanimously that the company was worth more than that.
Bill Ray, 05 2008
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Ofcom slaps MTV with £255k fine

Ofcom has imposed fines totalling £255,000 on MTV Networks for various breaches of the Broadcasting Code on channels TMF, MTV France, MTV UK and MTV Hits.

Linux to outship Windows Mobile by 2013

Smartphones running Linux look set to become far more commonplace within the next five years, market watcher ABI Research has forecast.

Baby held in Indian jail alongside hacking suspect mum

A seven-month-old child has been held in prison alongside his hacker parents in India.
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Ofcom asks ISPs nicely to stop mis-selling broadband on speed

Ofcom has today published a new voluntary code of practice aimed at rebuilding consumer trust in the ISP industry damaged by misleading speed claims.

Sony says yes to in-game PS3 adverts

The virtual world used to be one of the few places where we weren’t continually blasted with adverts, but no longer. Sony has announced plans to introduce "dynamic" in-game advertising on the PS3.
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Swedish authorities pull plug on female Elvis

A Stockholm couple is battling the tax authorities for the right to call their five-month-old daughter Elvis, The Local reports.

MS teases Joy Division fans with Unknown Pleasures Zune

It appears that Microsoft chiefs are closet Joy Division fans: it has commissioned a limited edition Zune, featuring etchings from one of the band’s album covers.
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Yahoo! hits back at Icahn

Yahoo! has accused Carl Icahn of grossly misstating the facts about Microsoft's bid for the company and its subsequent actions.
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Painting by numbers: NASA's peculiar thermometer

Analysis The story is that the world is heating up - fast. Prominent people at NASA warn us that unless we change our carbon producing ways, civilisation as we know it will come to an end. At the same time, there are new scientific studies showing that the earth is in a 20 year long cooling period. Which view is correct? Temperature data should be simple enough to record and analyze. We all know how to read a thermometer - it is not rocket science.
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Qinetiq ships first 'Transformer' war-droid

The US war robot manufacturing arm of controversial Brit gov spinoff bonanza company Qinetiq has announced the first shipment of its so-called "Transformer" battle droid.

O2 to offer £100 iPhone... in time for Xmas?

UK carrier O2 will punt Apple's anticipated 3G iPhone for just £100 - provided buyers agree to an 18-month tie-in, it has been claimed.
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Google's Hot Trends shafted by strap-on

NSFW It appears that Google Trends' advanced algorithm which "filters out spam and removes inappropriate material" from the search monolith's analysis of "broad search patterns" has been shafted by horny teens, as today's hot tips demonstrate:

Freesat to show Euro 2008 in HD

The BBC and ITV will be showing Euro 2008 footie matches in HD over the Freesat network, the two broadcasters have announced.

Skateboarding Sidekick slated for release

It's rumoured that another Sidekick handset is being prepped for an unveiling tomorrow, with the latest design being hawked by legendary sidewalk surfer Tony Hawk.
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'Legit' website compromises reach epidemic proportions

Once upon a time surfers could stay unmolested by malware by staying away from warez and smut. Those days are well and truly over as changes in hacking tactics mean that compromised content on legitimate website has become the main conduit for so-called drive-by download attacks.

AMD mugs Intel in backstreets of Paris

AMD unveiled its marketing strategy for its Puma notebook silicon this week: rub Intel’s nose in it for as long as it can get away with it. Perhaps it’s no coincidence the launch was in Paris.
Joe Fay, 05 2008
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German government approves plod-spyware law

The German government yesterday passed a controversial anti-terror law that would grant police the power to monitor private residences, telephones and computers.

Sanyo camcorders turns to tracking technology

If you’re the sort that hides whenever a camcorder’s brought out, then you’d better hope your friends don’t buy Sanyo’s latest model, because it features face-tracking technology.

DS Lite Guitar Hero bundle plucked out

Toys'R'Us has revealed details about an upcoming Guitar Hero: On Tour bundle pack for the Nintendo DS, which should get portable gamers thrashing air-guitar virtually anywhere.
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UK workers heading back to the office

Research from Microsoft reports that less than half of UK companies are interested in letting staff work remotely, a drop of 10 per cent since last year, as companies become more concerned about their future.
Bill Ray, 05 2008

VIA takes tiny mobo spec to second generation

Computex VIA has launched the second generation of its Mini-ITX micro motherboard form-factor.
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Gov ready to drop Gowers?

Is the Government edging away from the recommendations made in the Gowers Report? The British music business seems to think so - based on perceived nudges and winks from the new Culture Secretary Andy Burnham. Burnham addressed the Annual General Meeting of the non-profit collection society the PPL yesterday - but your reporter found it hard to detect anything as concrete as a policy wiggle. Not yet, anyway.
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Verizon and Alltel join hands

Verizon's parent Vodafone has confirmed the second largest mobile operator in the US will soon take the top spot by acquiring Alltel for a total of $28.1bn.
Bill Ray, 05 2008

Breach disclosure laws have 'no effect' on identity theft

Widespread information security breach laws in the US have failed to do much to reduce identity theft. The finding, by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University, comes as calls are growing in Europe to enact laws that would oblige organisations to notify customers in cases where their personal details become exposed.

Holographic storage kingpin turns staff and product into an illusion

Holographic storage developer InPhase Technologies has been promising the imminent arrival of its 300GB Tapestry drives for three years. But the constant setbacks and delays have now forced the Longmont, Colorado-based firm to cut a substantial amount of its workforce, according to several reports.
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EFF pushes court to block unmasking of anonymous MySpace user

The Electronic Frontier Foundation is waging a constitutional challenge against an Illinois politician seeking to unmask an anonymous MySpace user accused of creating impostor profiles and posting defamatory material on them.
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Comcast rolls out brand new bandwidth throttles

Update: This story originally quoted from a piece from The New York Times. But The Times has largely rewritten its story, and after several calls, Comcast has responded to our requests for comment, so we have removed all quotes from The Times.
Cade Metz, 05 2008

BEA AquaLogic SOA business dismantled

BEA Systems' AquaLogic service oriented architecture (SOA) business, assembled through a multi-million dollar M&A splurge, is being dismantled it seems.

IBM fills chips with water

Oh, those crazy kids at IBM's Zürich lab. They can't get enough of processor cooling technology.
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Drugs, hookers and cranked customers: Ex-Broadcom boss indicted

More proof arrives today that we should have befriended the folks at Broadcom in the early part of this decade.

Battle of the SSD strategies: Sun vs. EMC

How do the flash solid state disk (SDD) strategies of EMC and Sun differ?