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AVG chokes fake traffic spew

Updated After howls of protest from countless web masters, AVG has promised to quit spewing fake traffic across the internet.
Cade Metz, 07 2008
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EU forms an opinion on CUS'ing

Common Use of Spectrum such as the 2.4GHz band that makes Wi-Fi possible should become more prevalent to drive innovation and efficient spectrum use, the EU Spectrum body says. But legislation may be needed to ensure radio systems play nicely together.
Bill Ray, 07 2008
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How to be an instant Web me-2.0 developer

Stob Are you a Web 1.0 duhveloper in a rut? Is rich web codery passing you by in Internet time? Do you nibble on the ASCII Alphabetti Spaghetti of server-side processing, while younger, feck- (careful) and talent-less colleagues slurp the UTF-Eightti Vermicelli of client-side coquetry?
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Yahoo! talks! to! Time! Warner?

Yahoo! spent the holiday weekend locked in talks with Time Warner. The two are looking for a way to split Yahoo! up in order to fend off Microsoft's takeover attempt.
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Prius hybrid to get rooftop solar panel

Motor mammoth Toyota, maker of the famed Prius hybrid car, is rumoured to be thinking about fitting some new Prius models with solar panels. The possible move is unlikely to seriously affect the car's fuel consumption, however, and is being seen by some as a PR stunt.

Asus details 'comfort keyboard' Eee PC 904

Asus UK has formally announced the rumoured Eee PC 904, adding the version that runs Windows XP to its website. The gain: a bigger keyboard. The loss: it doesn't use an Intel Atom processor.

O2 starts 3G iPhone stampede - and runs away

O2 today started taking pre-orders on its website for Apple's iPhone 3G - and stopped taking them again within minutes of opening the doors.

Trojan trawls recruitment sites in ID harvesting scam

Hackers have turned the harvesting of personal information from Monster.com and other large US jobsites into a lucrative black market business

Daily Mail loses employee info

Northcliffe Media, owner of the Daily Mail, is the latest company to lose a laptop load of sensitive staff information.

Pioneer proudly pitches 400GB Blu-ray optical disc

Pioneer has pressed what it claims is the world's first 16-layer optical disc. It's keeping mum about the medium's format, but it's telling that each data layer has the same capacity as a Blu-ray Disc.
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Final Arthur C Clarke novel on the way

The final novel by legendary sci-fi author Arthur C Clarke is to be published in August.
Sarah Bee, 07 2008

Sony spin-off planning 2009 FED TV launch

A Sony affiliate plans to launch large Field Emission Display (FED) TVs next year, a move that could see the firm trump attempts by rivals to commercialise a similar next-generation telly type: Surface-conduction Electron-emitter Display (SED).
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NZ sports fans cop eyeful of hardcore

Shaken NZ sports fans have recounted how a relaxing Sunday afternoon in front of Prime TV's Grass Roots Rugby turned to horror and disbelief as they were treated to three minutes and 50 seconds of rooting Desperate Black Wives 2.

Drobo storage 'robot' to deliver music, movies to UPnP devices

Data Robotics, developer of the Drobo storage "robot", will release code later this month that will allow the unit to stream content to UPnP and DLNA devices.
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Bavaria sanctions police spyware

Bavaria has become the first German state to approve laws that allow police to plant spyware on the PCs of terror suspects.
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UK.gov serves up GM food as price hike fix

The government's former chief science adviser Sir David King has said genetically-modified crops represent our best chance for improving yields sufficiently to deal with current food price problems.
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Vodafone prevails in £2bn UK tax spat

Vodafone has won a key ruling in its long-running battle with the UK government over a disputed £2.2bn tax bill.
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Bon-viveur boffin: Biomimetic bird, bat & bug bots are b*llocks

Everyone knows about the current rage for biomimetics - the building of machines or robots which copy design features from living creatures. But now a top UK biomech boffin has hurled cold water over the whole idea.
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BenQ administrator threatens to sue Siemens

Was BenQ Mobile insolvent in May 2006, long before it filed for liquidation? The company's insolvency administrator in Germany, Martin Prager, is preparing a multi-million euro lawsuit against Siemens in the belief that it was.

SCH scoops up Fayrewood leftovers for £2m

Specialist Computer Holdings has bought the last two trading subsidiaries of Fayrewood for a knockdown £2m. The subs are Interface Solutions International Limited, a well known UK distie, and System Loans Services Limited, a minuscule company that dresses up IBM X servers for sale.

Samsung SP-A400B movie and business projector

Review Forget TVs - to get a truly huge picture, a projector is the only way to go, and if you want to take full advantage of HD media, there’s no better way to show it off. It needn’t cost you a huge amount either.

Pulled PlayStation update to be re-released next week?

Sony has resolved the problems with version 2.40 of its PlayStation 3 firmware. The consumer electronics giant is said to be readying a fresh release of the update next week.

Meet the UK's most spammed man

Receiving a few hundred spam messages a day is bad enough, but spare a thought for an unfortunate Orange user who's the target of a server-straining 44,000 junk mail missives every 24 hours.

Sharp BDHP20H sub-£300 Blu-ray Disc player

Video Review The second of our three sub-£300 Blu-ray players is this little baby from Sharp. It comes in at £250, and it provides a decent range of features. But how well does it perform?

No PAYG 3G iPhone in UK until Christmas

The Carphone Warehouse has announced that pay-as-you-go 3G iPhones will be available "in time for Christmas" - a rather longer wait than hopeful buyers were anticipating.

Knife crime Definitely Maybe linked to games, claims Oasis man

Oasis’ guitarist Noel Gallagher has named violent videogames as one factor behind the spate of knife crimes affecting UK youth.
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Google's spycar revs up UK privacy fears

Google's Street View cars, which grab real photographs of streets and the people in them for the search giant's Maps service, have come under fire from privacy campaigners.
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3 calls foul on T-Mobile price promise

UK operator 3 has called in the Advertising Standards Authority to rule on T-Mobile's claim that no one gives more minutes for thirty quid - on the grounds that 3 offers more minutes for a lower price.
Bill Ray, 07 2008

Samsung's latest touchscreen talker is uncovered

Samsung hasn’t launched a phone for, well, several hours now. So the rumour mill’s begun churning out word that the firm’s prepping the release of yet another touchscreen mobile.
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Microsoft: Yes! We're! talking! to! Icahn!

Microsoft confirmed today that it has been talking to Carl Icahn about possibly taking over Yahoo! should he succeed in ousting the board of directors.

Inside man in failed £72m electronic heist jailed

A former HSBC worker who tried to steal £72m ($141m) from the bank through an audacious electronic heist has been jailed for nine years.
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Trousers Brown: Blighty faces 'food security' threat

Analysis Just in case we didn't all have enough to panic about these days - what with energy prices, global financial gloom, impending ecopocalypse, terrorism etc - the government says any British trouser not yet besmirched by fear is definitely worn by someone who isn't paying attention. Apart from all of the above, we now face a "food security challenge".
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Holidaymaker gets £31k data roaming bill

Another jet-setting TV addict has fallen foul of unreasonable roaming fees, this time to the tune of £31,500, just to get their TV fix - just as the EU considers how best to curtail the operators' roaming rates.
Bill Ray, 07 2008

Autumn release for HSDPA-enabled Eee PC?

Europeans could get their hands on a 3G-equipped Eee PC as early as... the end of September, Asus has indicated.

Undercover cash conversations

It’s often said that money talks, but no one ever meant it literally. However, Register Hardware’s come across a wallet-shaped gadget that lets you have covert conversations with your cash. Sort of.
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Blind spot - the trouble with optical drives

Optical drives should be popular. They hold lots of gigabytes, can be intrinsically WORM and hold data for a guaranteed 30 years or more without the periodic refreshes needed by tape. But they are simply not used as a general data archiving product by business, having become niche products in areas such as medical image recording.
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Segway CTO scoots to Apple's design team

Segway's original boss of scooter development is retiring his gyroscopes to craft future merchandise for Apple.
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Microsoft criticizes EU's 'unreasonable' judgement

Microsoft has opened its promised appeal against a European Union court fine of $1.4bn (899m euros), calling the charge "unreasonable" and "error prone".
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ISPs laud their data pimping services but refuse to use them

Another American ISP has frozen its plans to embrace behavioral ad targeting.
Cade Metz, 07 2008
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Rogue IT troubleshooter pleads guilty to scamming Cisco

A former city contractor from New Jersey is pleading guilty to pilfering nearly $6.9m by exploiting Cisco's part replacement program.