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Facebook value drops $11.25bn

Court papers have told the world what it already knows: Facebook is not worth $15bn.
Cade Metz, 08 Jul 2008
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Fiorina threatens to get in McCain's antique cabinet

Having turned HP into a model of consistency . . . Having morphed HP into a no-nonsense juggernaut . . . Having guided HP through the smoothest mega-merger in history . . . Er, okay. How about - Having rubbed out the Hewlett-Packard brand, the HP Way and HP's competitive position against IBM and Dell, Carly Fiorina would now like to lend her insight gained about running large organizations and alienating as many people as possible to the White House.
Ashlee Vance, 08 Jul 2008
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Panasas teams with Penguin on clustergasm

Clustered storage system vendor, Panasas, is teaming up the Linux cluster house, Penguin Computing, to — well, obviously combine some of the former's goodies with the latter's.
Austin Modine, 08 Jul 2008
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MobileMe steals Live Mesh thunder

Recently I viewed Apple’s presentation for MobileMe. Here’s my quick take.
Tim Anderson, 08 Jul 2008
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File system killer leads police to wife's bones

Convicted murderer and, er, file system whiz Hans Reiser today led police to the buried body of his wife Nina Reiser.
Ashlee Vance, 08 Jul 2008

Small, Cheap Computer countdown continues

Punters looking to buy a Small, Cheap Computer are having to play a waiting game. Almost all of the most well known models won't appear until the end of the month.
Tony Smith, 08 Jul 2008
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Street View spycar prowls Inverness

Hot on the heels of reader Ziad al-Hasso's clocking of Google's Street View spycar in London, Scott MacLeod brings us chilling evidence of the search monolith's ambitions to expose the entire UK to international scrutiny:
Lester Haines, 08 Jul 2008
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DWP slammed for fraud computing failure

The Department for Work and Pensions has failed to measure benefit fraud properly because of its slowness to improve IT.
Kablenet, 08 Jul 2008
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Mayor Boris to cover Porsche costs in CO2 tax brouhaha

London's new mayor, the former knockabout media rascal and MP Boris Johnson, has ended the city government's legal dispute with German luxmobile firm Porsche. Johnson has scrapped plans set by his predecessor Red Green Ken Livingstone for hefty £25 daily charges on all higher-CO2 cars entering the capital, and agreed to repay the motor manufacturer's £400k legal fees relating to a planned judicial challenge against the city levy.
Lewis Page, 08 Jul 2008
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Malware infects Merriam-Webster

Worshippers at the altar of Jobs rejoice: Merriam-Webster's latest edition of its Collegiate Dictionary has embraced fanboys among more than 100 new entries gracing its updated pages.
Lester Haines, 08 Jul 2008

Elgato transmits MacBook Air-friendly Freeview tuner

TV-on-Mac specialist Elgato has rolled out its first truly MacBook Air-friendly digital tuner.
Tony Smith, 08 Jul 2008
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IPS ditches e-passport system

The Identity and Passport Service has written off £10.8m in dropping a scheme for electronic passport applications.
Kablenet, 08 Jul 2008
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Nvidia spurns Intel Atom for VIA, spurns VIA for Intel Atom?

When Nvidia - allegedly - entered into an anti-Atom alliance with VIA, it was really preparing the ground to improve its negotiations with Intel. Allegedly. So say the latest rumours about rumours about rumours.
Tony Smith, 08 Jul 2008
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MS issues eleventh hour Snapshot bug workaround

Microsoft has taken the unusual step of issuing a workaround for a new security bug involving Microsoft Office a day before its regular Patch Tuesday update.
John Leyden, 08 Jul 2008
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NASA firms up space shuttle launch manifest

NASA has released its final manifest for space shuttle launches before the fleet retires in 2010.
Lester Haines, 08 Jul 2008
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Sony offers double-capacity M2 card

Sony Ericsson phone owners rejoice! Sony has announced an 8GB Memory Stick Micro card - twice the data-storage space of the most capacious M2 card currently available.
Tony Smith, 08 Jul 2008
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MEPs give Reding bloody nose over telco regulation

Viviane Reding's plans to revolutionise telecommunications with pan-European spectrum allocations and a new regulator have been reduced to a new talking shop to be known as BERT.
Bill Ray, 08 Jul 2008
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NXP sues to silence Oyster researchers

Chipmaker NXP, formerly Philips Semiconductors, is taking Dutch Radboud University to court on Thursday to prevent researchers publishing their controversial report on the Mifare Classic chip.
Jan Libbenga, 08 Jul 2008
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Lower VAT could help small businesses amid recession fears

Small computer outfits could see VAT rates slashed to as low as five per cent under new proposals put forward by the European Commission yesterday.
Kelly Fiveash, 08 Jul 2008
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Philips turned off by monitor business

Royal Philips Electronics will transfer its entire monitor and IT displays business to Hong Kong-based company TPV Technology Limited.
Jan Libbenga, 08 Jul 2008
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Symbian debases platinum

Symbian has launched a new developer program, the Symbian Partner Network, which bears a remarkable resemblance to the old Platinum Partner Program despite costing $3,500 less.
Bill Ray, 08 Jul 2008
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Mozilla develops browser security metrics

Mozilla is piloting a project designed to develop a better model for the security of Firefox, by tracking a whole series of metrics over time.
John Leyden, 08 Jul 2008

HTC Touch Diamond

Review With the Diamond, HTC probably reckons it has a device that can stop lurking in the bushes, and instead leap out and bash the iPhone over the head with a brick.
Alun Taylor, 08 Jul 2008
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Microsoft hopes third time is lucky with XP SP3 update

Microsoft yesterday got out its big red felt pen and marked a few release dates on the calendar.
Kelly Fiveash, 08 Jul 2008
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Drobo 'data robot' revamped with Firewire

Data Robotics has launched the second generation of its Drobo "data storage robot", upping the unit's data-handling speed and adding a pair of Firewire 800 ports to the original's USB connector.
Tony Smith, 08 Jul 2008
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Aerovironment sells hurl 'n' splash roboplane to US spec-ops

The US Special Operations Command, SOCOM - aka the "snake eater community"* - has just placed a new order for hand-launched aerial surveillance robots which could be worth up to $200m and see hundreds of portable drones delivered.
Lewis Page, 08 Jul 2008

Minister urges end to videogame rating feud

The government has called on the UK’s two videogame classification bodies to stop their slanging match over which of their age-suitability rating systems is best.
James Sherwood, 08 Jul 2008
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Morse loses CEO, warns on revenues

Morse said goodbye to CEO Kevin Alcock today as it unveiled a trading update which said full year revenues will come in below last year's.
Joe Fay, 08 Jul 2008
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Greene washed out of VMWare as revs undershoot

VMWare co-founder Diane Greene left the company today as it announced it would undershoot its full year revenue targets.
Joe Fay, 08 Jul 2008
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Can T-Mobile get an Android onto US market in '08?

T-Mobile will be pushing out an Android handset in time for its US 3G launch on 1 October, according to rumours floating around the internet. But that deadline could cost the Android ideal dearly.
Bill Ray, 08 Jul 2008

Sharp ships 19in Acquos Jr.

Sharp is determined to prove that HD TVs don't need to be huge, and has released a 19in flat-panel telly to prove it.
Tony Smith, 08 Jul 2008
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Eco-satnav software solves 'drive or walk' decisions

Torn between driving or walking to the gym? Well, now a mobile application’s available that calculates how much CO2 using the car will produce, versus the number of calories you’ll burn with an eco-friendly walk.
James Sherwood, 08 Jul 2008
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Google out-visions Jobs on Mac roadmap

Google appears to know something we don’t about Apple’s roadmap for its Mac operating system.
Kelly Fiveash, 08 Jul 2008
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Peers call for cybercrime shakeup (again)

Peers are calling for a reversal of rules that stop UK victims reporting cybercrimes directly to the police. The House of Lords science committee is also encouraging the government to introduce a data breach notification law.
John Leyden, 08 Jul 2008

iPhone 3G to be in 'very short supply for weeks' - carrier

O2 has blamed Apple for the "disappointing and frustrating experience" many would-be iPhone 3G owners had to put up with when the carrier began taking advance orders for the handset this week.
Tony Smith, 08 Jul 2008
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No import ban in InterDigital v Samsung patent case

The US International Trade Commission investigation into alleged patent infringements by Samsung began badly for InterDigital when the Commission indicated that an import ban is inappropriate.
Bill Ray, 08 Jul 2008
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Stormy Peters lands on Gnome Foundation

The Gnome Foundation yesterday announced that it has hired former Hewlett-Packard industry analyst Stormy Peters as its new executive director.
Kelly Fiveash, 08 Jul 2008
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Microsoft prices services for the email-poor

Microsoft is targeting the email disenfranchised with a suite of cut-down email and online collaboration services priced at $3 per user a month.
Gavin Clarke, 08 Jul 2008
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Google evaporates Docs and Spreadsheets cloud

Updated Google's Docs and Spreadsheets disappeared today for close to an hour, proving that the world's largest search engine is a long way from perfecting the art of online business applications.
Cade Metz, 08 Jul 2008

EMC CEO's ego has cost investors billions

Comment By firing VMware chief Diane Greene, EMC's top dog Joe Tucci has sent a message to investors that his personal likes and dislikes come before their broader interests. That's not exactly what you want to see from an executive who has already done so very little for investors over the past five years.
Ashlee Vance, 08 Jul 2008

Jobs bars 3G Jesus Phone sales at Canuck Apple Stores

On Friday, the 3G Jesus Phone makes its debut in 22 countries across the globe, including Canada. But you can't buy one from a Canadian Apple Store.
Cade Metz, 08 Jul 2008

Microsoft pledges to fight Vista 'myths'

Microsoft believes Apple is winning the battle on the desktop using "lies" and "myths" against Windows Vista, and has promised to fight back.
Gavin Clarke, 08 Jul 2008
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DreamWorks switches to Intel for stereoscopic 3-D high

For computer animation studios, upgrading long-in-the-tooth server farms is a part of a natural cycle to keep things looking sharp. But they're a bit like butterflies flitting amongst hardware specs when it comes down to finding what they want to power "the next big thing."
Austin Modine, 08 Jul 2008
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Hawkeye technology turns tennis into a cartoon

In those archaic days before tennis adopted the Hawkeye ball tracking system, the TV audience could have some fun with close line calls. Following a controversial shot, we'd receive a number of slow-motion replays from various angles and get to make up our own minds as to whether or not the lines person was a dolt. But, in the US at least, NBC has sucked away that precious privilege.
Ashlee Vance, 08 Jul 2008
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Brocade and Cisco squabble over future fabric standards

Clashing acronym disarray has hit the networking scene with Brocade's recent claim that vendors won't rally 'round Cisco's version of data center Ethernet.
Austin Modine, 08 Jul 2008