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France gets closer to 'three strikes' downloader web ban

The globalisation of internet law continues apace, as French legislators press ahead next week with the "loi Hadopi". The purpose of this proposed law is twofold: to clamp down on internet piracy, and to shift the responsibility for this clampdown firmly on to the shoulders of ISPs.
Jane Fae , 12 Jun 2008
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Edinburgh Fringe ticket site dead as a parrot

Edinburgh Fringe festival organisers admitted yesterday that their box office system is still out of action more than 48 hours after tickets went on sale.
Kelly Fiveash, 12 Jun 2008
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Opera unleashes Kestrel

After months of public inactivity, Opera has been racing to release the latest version of its desktop browser. No guesses why. For the first time since 2003, Mozilla's FireFox looks like a modern browser, and not a skinnable memory heap testing tool.
Andrew Orlowski, 12 Jun 2008
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Microsoft: keep your sticky mitts off our language runtime

It's official: Microsoft will not accept any external code contributions to its planned Dynamic Language Runtime (DLR), which will run Microsoft's new scripting languages for the web and Silverlight content on .NET
Gavin Clarke, 12 Jun 2008
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Intelligence documents left on a train

Updated: A senior civil servant has been suspended for leaving top secret intelligence documents on a Waterloo to Surrey train.
John Oates, 12 Jun 2008
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Sergey Brin books joyride on Russian rocket

Google kingpin Sergey Brin has put down $5m to book a ride into space aboard a Russian rocket, according to reports. American orbital-joyride travel agency Space Adventures revealed the move yesterday.
Lewis Page, 12 Jun 2008
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Phoenix eats dirt

The Thermal and Evolved-Gas Analyzer (TEGA) aboard NASA's Phoenix Mars lander finally has an ovenful of dirt for anlaysis, following various attempts to shake the "clumpy" Martian soil into the instrument.
Lester Haines, 12 Jun 2008
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AMD pooh-poohs dual-core 'Kuma' cancellation claim

AMD will release dual-core chips based on its tenth-generation, K10 core design - despite rumours to the contrary.
Tony Smith, 12 Jun 2008
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GLAST sets its sights on gamma-ray bursts

NASA's Gamma-Ray Large Area Space Telescope (GLAST) yesterday lifted off from Cape Canaveral at 16:05 GMT atop a Delta II rocket.
Lester Haines, 12 Jun 2008
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Property slump hits Carphone Warehouse

Carphone Warehouse hasn't been connecting as many ADSL customers as it had hoped, though apparently it's all the fault of the housing slowdown and booming sales of mobile broadband.
Bill Ray, 12 Jun 2008
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Pluto awarded celestial consolation prize

The International Astronomical Union (IAU) has awarded poor old Pluto a consolation prize following its controversial demotion from the league of planets - other similar dwarf planets will henceforth be called "plutoids".
Lester Haines, 12 Jun 2008
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Intel pledges free USB 3.0 chip spec 'early H2'

Intel has denied keeping USB 3.0 - aka SuperSpeed USB - to itself, refuting rumours circulating around the halls at Computex last week.
Tony Smith, 12 Jun 2008
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AMD to pair CPUs, GPUs with Intel's physics tech

AMD is partnering with Intel to improve the way its graphics chips can handle physics and other scientific calculations.
Tony Smith, 12 Jun 2008
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Pope gives blessing to anti-christ terrorist squad

The Vatican’s security service will be tapping into Interpol’s computers after setting up an in-house anti-terrorism unit.
Joe Fay, 12 Jun 2008
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Dodgy drug sales underpin Storm worm

Illegal pharmaceutical supply chain outfits have become the main customers of botnet farmers. Spam-pushing botnets, such as that established by the Storm worm, are raking it in advertising dodgy drug websites, according to a study by security appliance firm IronPort.
John Leyden, 12 Jun 2008
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Global semiconductor sales forecast slashed

The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) yesterday cut its forecast for growth in global sales of semiconductors in 2008, blaming price pressure in the memory sector.
Kelly Fiveash, 12 Jun 2008
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Pentax Optio S12 compact camera

Review Thankfully, digital camera manufacturers have stopped stuffing ever more megapixels into their compact cameras. That's good because performance suffers and, for most folk, eight megapixels are fine.
George Cole, 12 Jun 2008
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God makes you stupid, researchers claim

A psychology researcher has controversially claimed that stupidity is causally linked to how likely people are to believe in God.
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China's spacewalk mission go for October

China's postponed Shenzhou VII manned space mission will now launch in October, Reuters reports.
Lester Haines, 12 Jun 2008
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Bubbles mean O2, but anyone can use them

O2 has lost its appeal to the European Court to prevent a competitor using bubbles to represent the company when comparing prices, in a ruling that will have implications beyond the mobile-phone industry.
Bill Ray, 12 Jun 2008
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eBay told to stop forcing Aussies to use PayPal

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has told eBay to stop plans to force Aussie buyers to use PayPal.
John Oates, 12 Jun 2008
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RAF strafes Next in pirated duvet copyright rumpus

The Royal Air Force is suing a high-street shopping chain for violating its intellectual property rights. A range of duvets and other bedroom stuff marketed at young boys feature red-white-and-blue roundels, and this has Her Majesty's flyboys up in arms (as it were).
Lewis Page, 12 Jun 2008
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Kremlin pushes Cyrillic alphabet net

Recently-installed Russian president Dmitry "Vladimir Putin" Medvedev has pressed for internet authorities to change the web's naming system to allow domain names in the Cyrillic alphabet.
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US dominates tech R&D

The US remains ahead of the pack in science and technology, contributing 40 per cent of the world’s total research and development spend in the sector, according to a new study.
Kelly Fiveash, 12 Jun 2008
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Top Tory resigns on principle over 42 days bill

Shadow home secretary David Davis has resigned from Parliament in protest at the Commons' passing of government measures to allow police to detain suspects for 42 days without charge.
John Oates, 12 Jun 2008

Gamers not social misfits, after all

It's official - gamers are not socially inept, even those who arguably spend far too much time with in front of the screen, joypad in hand.
Tony Smith, 12 Jun 2008
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BBC deploys the Tw*t-O-Tron

The BBC is evidently impressed with the Tw*t-O-Tron - the automated vitriol generator based on real comments from the corporation's "Have Your Say" rantfest - since it has now deployed the service to save enraged Middle Englanders the bother of forming a coherent sentence while venting steam from both ears.
Lester Haines, 12 Jun 2008
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Linksys revamps WRT54G wireless router

Not everyone wants 802.11n Wi-Fi, it would seem. Linksys has revamped its venerable WRT54G Wi-Fi router, despite being 'limited' to the old 802.11g standard.
Tony Smith, 12 Jun 2008
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British pilot makes first supersonic stealth jumpjet flight

The world's first supersonic stealth jump-jet has made its debut flight, with a British test pilot at the controls. However, the F-35B "Lightning II" - intended to replace the famous Harrier in various armed forces including the RAF, Royal Navy and US Marines - isn't expected to show off its vertical-thrust abilities until next year.
Lewis Page, 12 Jun 2008
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EU to 'guide' local regulators on digital dividend

EU Telecoms Commissioner Viviane Reding will produce a set of guidelines for countries planning to sell off their analogue TV spectrum, in the interests of ensuring a reasonable return on investment.
Bill Ray, 12 Jun 2008
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LG launches world's least power-hungry display

According to LG, its newly launched Flatron W2252TE is the world's most energy efficient monitor.
Tony Smith, 12 Jun 2008

Asus Eee PC 901 to hit Blighty on 1 July

Asus' Atom-powered Eee PC 901 will go on sale across the UK on 1 July for an Eee PC 900-beating £319, Register Hardware has learned.
Tony Smith, 12 Jun 2008
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Data breaches easily prevented - report

The vast majority of information security breaches might have easily been prevented, a study has concluded.
John Leyden, 12 Jun 2008
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Oz mobe vid flasher caught red-handed

A 27-year-old Oz man who repeatedly called a woman's mobile and tried, with varying degrees of success, to expose her to live video action of him masturbating was ultimately nailed after getting through while she was in the police station complaining about his mobe-based onanism.
Lester Haines, 12 Jun 2008
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US PC sales sputter amidst economic gloom

Worldwide PC shipments will outshine previous growth forecasts for 2008 according to IDC, which attributed the rise to robust sales of portable computers.
Kelly Fiveash, 12 Jun 2008
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Free Wi-Fi still a goer in San Fran'

While municipal Wi-Fi systems are being switched off from Philadelphia to Cupertino, San Francisco is planning to have the whole city connected wirelessly by the end of the year.
Bill Ray, 12 Jun 2008
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Firefox record breaker sets the date

Mozilla has finally set a date for the official launch of Firefox 3 - which open sourcers hope will set a world record for most ever downloads in a day.
John Oates, 12 Jun 2008
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Apple partially rehabilitates Sun's DTrace

Apple has decided that developers can use Sun Microsystems' DTrace tool to monitor applications under its Mac OS/X operating system after all. Well, sort of.
Phil Manchester, 12 Jun 2008
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Sun to lose lunch money on JavaFX

JavaFX, part 1 The Rich Internet Application (RIA) fight is hotting up. And, while Adobe Systems and Microsoft are squaring up in the schoolyard with all the kids cheering and screaming them on, it looks as if Sun Microsystems is in danger of getting its lunch money stolen again.
Matt Stephens, 12 Jun 2008
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SCADA security bug exposes world's critical infrastructure

Gasoline refineries, manufacturing plants and other industrial facilities that rely on computerized control systems could be vulnerable to a security flaw in a popular piece of software that in some cases allows attackers to remotely take control of critical operations and equipment.
Dan Goodin, 12 Jun 2008
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Canada moots tough sanctions for DRM flouters

The Canadian government today unveiled a controversial proposal to update the country's copyright laws.
Austin Modine, 12 Jun 2008
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Yahoo! and Microsoft terminate talks, this time for good

Microhoo! Yahoo! has terminated all acquisition talks with Microsoft, today saying Microsoft was only interested in the internet provider's search business. Yahoo! shares fell 10 per cent today to $23.52, from yesterday's closing price of $26.52.
Gavin Clarke, 12 Jun 2008
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Scalent strokes physical to virtual to whatever you like play

Start-ups in the systems management arena tend to scare us. They promise the world and usually deliver a rundown village mired in a drought. But every now and then, a company like Scalent Systems pops up that actually seems capable of performing a practical task.
Ashlee Vance, 12 Jun 2008
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Foldable sports plane gives Everyman a chance at crashing

If what's keeping you from buying your own personal ultralight aircraft is lack of garage space and a USB plug on the plane's dash for your iPod — you are certainly in luck.
Austin Modine, 12 Jun 2008