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Dell buys into Dell for $100m

Dell's rebirth as a technology juggernaut is well underway. Just ask Michael Dell.
Ashlee Vance, 03 Jul 2008

Nvidia throws itself under the bus with chip defect, delays and lost sales

Nvidia issued some somber news for shareholders today, revealing a financial forecast cut short due to slowing sales, a delayed ramp for new product, and a hefty payout due to faulty laptop chips.
Austin Modine, 03 Jul 2008
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OMTP says mobile Web 2.0 is a beach

Operator talking shop the Open Mobile Terminal Alliance has embarked on an ambitious plan to bring Web 2.0 to mobile phones, called Bondi to reflect the joy of surfing.
Bill Ray, 03 Jul 2008
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Virgin warns 800 punters for file-sharing

The BPI has written to 800 Virgin Media customers warning them to stop sharing music files or risk losing their broadband connection.
John Oates, 03 Jul 2008
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AMD's dual-GPU Radeon HD 4870 X2 less than a month away

AMD will follow up last week's launch of the Radeon HD 4870 graphics card with the anticipated two-chip version in August, Asian sites have claimed.
Tony Smith, 03 Jul 2008
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Moody's to fix sub-prime computer error

Moody's, the ratings agency, is reviewing its computer models and setting up a central monitoring system after admitting that a bug led it to incorrectly grade several European mortgage debt instruments.
John Oates, 03 Jul 2008
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Sony pulls PlayStation 3 software update

Sony has been forced to withdraw the anticipated 2.4 PS3 firmware just a few hours after the update became available, because the new code has apparently been playing havoc with consoles.
James Sherwood, 03 Jul 2008
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Openmoko to release Linux handset tomorrow

Anyone fond of creating their own applications within a open source environment will soon be able to get mobile. Openmoko has finally announced the launch date of its Neo FreeRunner open-source phone.
James Sherwood, 03 Jul 2008
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Tories pledge to flush away eco slums

Who would have guessed that in 2008, a pledge to give British people flushing toilets would be a shock vote winner?
Andrew Orlowski, 03 Jul 2008
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Research: Wind power pricier, emits more CO2 than thought

Fresh contenders have entered the UK wind power debate, as a turbines expert funded by the Renewable Energy Foundation publishes an investigation into a hotly-disputed subject - the variability in output to be expected of a large UK windfarm base.
Lewis Page, 03 Jul 2008
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Is LG prepping an 8Mp phone?

Sony Ericsson’s C905 8Mp handset isn’t even out yet, but it’s already set the bar for cameraphone quality. It’s rumoured LG could be the third manufacturer to release an equally high-quality snapper phone.
James Sherwood, 03 Jul 2008
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Built-in browser expiry proposed to fight botnet menace

Nearly half (45.2 per cent) of all internet surfers neglect to regularly update their browser software. Slackness in applying updates in a timely fashion leaves an estimated 637 million surfers vulnerable to drive-by download attacks, according to a new survey.
John Leyden, 03 Jul 2008
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America wakes up to the surveillance society

Civil liberties groups in the US are demanding that the Department of Justice cough details of its use of mobile phone tracking - particularly how often it's done so without probable cause of a crime being committed.
Bill Ray, 03 Jul 2008
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Pay-by-phone commerce coming closer

The global trade body for the mobile industry and a European monetary organisation have signed a pact to speed up the deployment of handset payment services in Europe.
James Sherwood, 03 Jul 2008
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Brit carrier deals inked at last

Comment The UK media this morning is alive with "giant carrier" headlines, as the long-awaited contracts for the Royal Navy's new carriers are signed at last. In fact, as some news sources reported at the time, the deals were effectively confirmed six weeks ago, but today is the public announcement.
Lewis Page, 03 Jul 2008
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Firefox 3 makes up world record to set world record

The Mozilla Foundation has officially set a previously non-existent Guinness World Record for the largest number of software downloads in a day.
Kelly Fiveash, 03 Jul 2008
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ISO certifies Adobe's PDF

The International Standardisation Organisation has ratified Adobe's Portable Document Format (PDF) as an official international standard, though it won't make PDF documents load any faster.
Bill Ray, 03 Jul 2008
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Logitech Pure Fi Anywhere iPod speakers

Review An almost infinite number of iPod speaker sets are now available, but one manufacturer that's kept up a consistent quality with its music-player peripherals is Logitech.
Scott Snowden, 03 Jul 2008
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What powers a solar-powered snail, kids?

Boffins have slammed examiners in England for setting school children seriously dumb questions.
Andrew Orlowski, 03 Jul 2008
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Scareware runs amok on PlayStation site

Gamers visiting the US Sony PlayStation website risk malware infection after the site was hit by hackers.
John Leyden, 03 Jul 2008
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Linspire CEO defends Xandros buy-out

The CEO of Linux distributor Linspire has confirmed that rival desktop Linux maker Xandros Inc has acquired the firm.
Kelly Fiveash, 03 Jul 2008
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Transatlantic data sharing talks stumble over access to justice

High-level transatlantic talks on data sharing have hit a snag over EU citizens' right to defend their privacy in US court, the European Commission said in Brussels yesterday.
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Boozers rejoice - it's the USB wine tap!

If a glass of plonk is your limit after a long day at the office, then you’d better not read on, because a tipple at your desk is now much easier, thanks to the fabulous French invention that is the USB Wine Tap.
James Sherwood, 03 Jul 2008
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The Moderatrix will see you now

Those among you who are still adrift on the sea of life - despite our resident Agony Aunt's best efforts to guide you to the shores of sanity - will be relieved to learn that the Moderatrix has once again opened the door of her basement boudoir to offer spiritual succour to the needy.
Lester Haines, 03 Jul 2008
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UK and US agree biometric heavily vetted trusted traveller deal

The UK and US governments are to set up a fast-track scheme for trusted, frequent travellers between the two countries, immigration minister Liam Byrne announced today. So say goodbye to immigration blues? Not so fast - the agreement between the two countries only "sets out the shared determination to develop a swift channel across the two borders for trusted travellers", presumably meaning that it'll be a while yet.
John Lettice, 03 Jul 2008
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Wife-slaying Linux guru may have 'developmental disability'

Lawyers for prominent Linux developer Hans Reiser, who was convicted of his wife's murder in April, have written to the trial judge this week to argue that their client may be mentally ill.
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Microsoft touts trustworthy browsing with IE8

Microsoft has detailed a raft of security improvements due to appear in Internet Explorer 8. The second beta of Redmond's web browser will be packed full of features designed to thwart phishing and drive-by download attacks, Redmond explained on Wednesday.
John Leyden, 03 Jul 2008
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Are the ice caps melting?

PBEM The headlines last week brought us terrifying news: The North Pole will be ice-free this summer "for the first time in human history," wrote Steve Connor in The Independent. Or so the experts at the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) in Boulder, Colorado predict. This sounds very frightening, so let's look at the facts about polar sea ice.
Steven Goddard, 03 Jul 2008
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'HD TV gas' 17,000 times worse for planet than CO2, claims boffin

LCD TVs, praised as being greener than old-style tellies because they consume much less power, may actually be speeding climate change, a chemical expert has warned.
James Sherwood, 03 Jul 2008
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Microsoft flogs subscriptions to the unwary and confused

Comment There's no such thing as a coincidence or a missed opportunity in the world of Microsoft, and this is no ordinary week.
Gavin Clarke, 03 Jul 2008
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Strange cults, vocal surgery and the quiet man: Inside Microsoft

Radio Reg Who'd have thought a bad haircut and rocking backwards and forwards in your chair like a child with ADD could pass as must-have traits? Yet, such was the cult of Bill Gates at Microsoft, company employees adopted these to become more like their boss.
Gavin Clarke, 03 Jul 2008
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EU still greasing IBM antitrust probe despite PSI withdrawal

IBM may have corked the wails of antitrust outrage coming from the diminutive mainframe vendor Platform Solutions (PSI) by purchasing the upstart, but the European regulator genie has already slipped out the bottle.
Austin Modine, 03 Jul 2008
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Nut launches death threats at Debian women

Exclusive Women working on Debian have been getting death threats from a nut job who believes they're killing free software.
Phil Manchester, 03 Jul 2008
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Judge grants Viacom 12TB of YouTube user records

In the ongoing $1bn legal spat between Google and Viacom, a federal judge has ordered the search giant to turn over all existing records of every video viewed on YouTube. That includes user account names and IP addresses.
Cade Metz, 03 Jul 2008