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Microprocessors are the new cigarettes

Chip companies need to start acting their age, according to a sage analyst.
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Multi-threaded development joins Gates as yesterday's man

When he wasn’t ruminating at this week’s TechEd on the “millions” of servers running Microsoft’s planned on-demand services, Bill Gates was talking about how to architect software to take advantage of powerful “transistors” in massive server farms.
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City of London pilots national fraud project

The City of London Police will pilot a national fraud project which will enable banks to report e-crime.
Kablenet, 06 2008
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Dotcom icon ISP Breathe inhales Fast4

Breathe Networks Limited (BNL) has acquired small ISP Fast4 for an undisclosed sum.
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Two top posts at NPfIT are still empty

The NHS's National Programme for IT is still looking for leaders following the departure of director general Richard Granger in January.
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Phone watchdog plans text spam clampdown

PhonepayPlus, the regulator responsible for the premium rate and phone-paid services industry, is planning to clamp down on the black market in lists of mobile numbers in response to growing anger at text spam.

Intel said to be unwilling to share USB 3.0 toys

Computex Intel's apparently not too keen on other chipset makers building USB 3.0 - aka SuperSpeed USB - into their products. To that end, one website claims, the chip giant's not sharing its toys.
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CSC cranks the whalesong up to 11

LogoWatch It's come to our attention that CSC, the "leading global consulting, systems integration and outsourcing company", has had a bit of a face-lift and is poised to unleash on an unsuspecting world its "emotionally compelling" new brand frontage - evidently the result of thousands of hours of whalesong-driven blue-sky brainstroming power brunches enveloped in a thick joss-stick-generated fug.

Microsoft proposes gadget feature disabling tech

Depending on your point of view, it’s either intensely annoying when someone uses their phone in a train’s quiet zone, or very annoying when you’re in one and want to use your phone.
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US Intel case delayed again

AMD vs Intel The Intel AMD antitrust case has been delayed and now won't be heard until 2010.
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Virgin Media and BPI join forces to attack illegal filesharing

Virgin Media will launch a campaign against illegal downloading next week, when it’ll begin firing off warning letters to subscribers the BPI believes are sharing copyright music files.

AMD launches external graphics card box

Computex AMD used the Computex show in Taipei this week to propose XGP - eXternal Graphics Platform, a slimline box you connect your GPU-lite laptop to when you need more graphics horsepower.
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Second ISS spacewalk runs on rails

Busy STS-124 mission specialists Mike Fossum and Ron Garan yesterday completed their second spacewalk outside the International Space Station, in the process carrying out preparatory work for attachment of the "Experiment Logistics Module - Pressurized Section" to Japan's Kibo laboratory.

PSP going nowhere, gaming exec alleges

Sony hasn't a clue what to do with the PlayStation Portable (PSP), and if it doesn't sort matters out quickly, developers will desert the platform, it has been claimed.
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Wikipedia kills Greatest Show On Earth

The curtain has dropped on the web's longest running farce. Or so it seems.
Cade Metz, 06 2008

Sony Alpha 200 digital SLR

Review Sony came to the digital SLR party late, with its first model, the Alpha 100 - launched in 2006. Its successor, the Alpha 200 (A200), is also aimed at the entry-level market. First announced in January, Sony recently sent one over for a more in-depth look.
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BOFH: Dealing with engineers

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Dell's wee Eee-alike loses some keys

The launch of Dell’s miniature notebook may be pushed back until late summer and feature a keyboard that’s several keys short of a full set, one of the company’s executives has confirmed.
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Besuited cubicle monkey trashes office

Those among you who've ever been forced to work in a cubicle farm will certainly enjoy this CCTV footage of what happens when a suit reaches breaking point:

Firefox 3: now available bug-free, say devs

Mozilla is claiming the second release candidate of Firefox 3.0 is free of bugs.
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Biofuel 2.0 gets off ground in Kiwi airliner trial

Air New Zealand has announced that its planned airliner biofuel test will be carried out using biodiesel made from jatropha nuts. Jatropha plants, able to survive in deserts, could offer a biofuel source which would not compete with food production or drive deforestation.
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Cyber B52 strikes mooted as response to Chinese infowar

"I have watched this thing grow... to the incredible proportions it has reached today. I have studied the facts ... facts, and by projecting the statistics I realized the time has come to act. I realized I had to act before the entire will and vitality of the free Western world was sapped and polluted and made rancid... The absolutely fantastic thing is that the facts are all there for anyone who wants to see them."

Sony selects tri-colour LED backlighting for top-end TVs

Sony has unveiled its top-end range of Bravia LCD TVs, some of which feature a panel backlit by three colour LEDs - instead of the normal white light - to improve the screens' colour quality.

Asus quietly demos Eee Box

Computex Asus may have focused its attention during the Computex show, held in Taipei this week, on its Atom-based Eee PC 901 and 1000 sub-notebooks, but that didn't stop it showing off its Eee Box desktop.

Microsoft Patch Tuesday promises seven fixes

Microsoft's monthly security update next Tuesday will see seven fixes including a critical update for Internet Explorer.

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Harvard rivals claim smoking gun in Facebook 'code theft' case

The founders of ConnectU, an also-ran social network that emerged from Harvard University around the same time as Facebook, are renewing their charge that Mark Zuckerberg stole their ideas, amid claims of new "smoking gun" instant messenger evidence.
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NASA chief: Europe should have own astronaut ship

NASA chief Michael Griffin has urged Europe to build its own manned space vessels, saying that he is "worried" about the period from 2010 to 2015. During those five years, no Western nation will have technology able to carry people into space.
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TfL hands out contracts for congestion charge tags

Transport for London has contracted six companies to introduce 'tag and beacon' technology for the next phase of the capital's congestion charge.
Kablenet, 06 2008
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US air force chiefs sacked in robot-armada brouhaha

The civilian and uniformed heads of the US Air Force have been fired, according to reports. The two men's reluctance to unleash armadas of drone aircraft into the skies of Afghanistan and Iraq was apparently a major factor in the decision. However, there was also some unpleasantness regarding mislaid nuclear weapons, and ballistic-missile parts mistakenly shipped to Taiwan.

Carphones making a comeback - sort of

Cars and gadgets go together like fish and chips. So much so that one intrepid retailer has hollowed out the guts of several toy cars and put a mobile phone inside them.
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Google silences Android critics

Last month, on the official Android discussion group, David "Lefty" Schlesinger posted a message that questioned the open sourciness of Google's fledgling mobile platform. And he was promptly muzzled by Google developer advocate Dan Morrill.
Cade Metz, 06 2008

US FTC cracks open anti-trust investigation on Intel

AMD vs Intel The US Federal Trade Commission has opened a formal antitrust investigation into Intel, a move that brings mounting scrutiny on Chipzilla's pricing strategy and other business practices.
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Amazon.com's US site KO'd!

Updated Amazon.com has been knocked out of service by an undiagnosed glitch that's making it impossible for people to access the website.
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Icahn laughs at Yahoo!

Carl Icahn has tossed yet another letter at Yahoo!, reiterating his claims that it botched a possible merger with Microsoft and detailing his plans for the company should he succeed in overhauling its board of directors.
Cade Metz, 06 2008
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Cavalcade of privacy watchdogs bark for data pimping probe

Fifteen privacy watchdogs - yes, fifteen - have tossed a letter at Congress, urging the House Telecommunications Subcommittee to hold public hearings on the use of so-called behavioral ad serving technologies. They want further scrutiny of ISPs pimping customer data to the likes of Phorm, NebuAd, and Front Porch.
Cade Metz, 06 2008

Eclipse slams Sun for 'mockery' of a Java process

Sun Microsystems has earned the displeasure of the Eclipse Foundation over its proposed modular Java specification alternative to the OSGi, for the next version of Java.

Security militia sought to brutalize ransomware virus

After discovering a new and improved virus that encrypts important files on infected machines, researchers from Kaspersky are calling on fellow security professionals to lend a hand in cracking the massive key needed to liberate the ensnared data.

Fellow from AMD ridicules Cell as accelerator weakling

IBM's Cell chip will struggle to woo server customers looking to turbo charge certain applications because the part has a fundamental design flaw, according to AMD fellow and acceleration chief Chuck Moore.
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What hell hath science wrought lately?

In the beginning, things were simple. That's arguably because people were far more stupid, but let's not split hairs.