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Maven founder proposes Eclipse marriage

The team that founded Apache's Maven project has joined Eclipse to marry their popular framework and repository with the Eclipse platform and projects.

Apple has that syncing feeling over MobileMe

Apple has rewritten marketing bumf for its MobileMe service after it emerged the "push" service actually needed customers to do their own share of shoving when it came to updating desktop apps.
Bill Ray, 16 2008

Falling pound brings iTunes UK into line with Europe

Apple no longer needs to lower the price of songs on iTunes UK in order to achieve pricing parity with the rest of Europe - fluctuating exchange rates have done the job for it.
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Attack of the Italian space pod parachute babes

Farnborough So far at Farnborough, we've brought you news on all the mainstream, humdrum pieces of sky-tech: stealth superfighters, supersonic jumpjets, tiltrotor plane-copters for the rooftop penthouse dwelling billionaire in your life. By now, many of you will have been saying to yourselves, "That's all very well, but it's a bit mainstream. When oh when are we going to hear about the inflatable foam space re-entry pod/pant module and associated all-female Italian skydiving team?"

Man hacks Mac OS X onto MSI Wind

Fancy a 10in MacBook, anyone? We've seen Mac OS X installed and run on Asus' original Eee PC, and now someone's done the same on the MSI Wind, aka the Advent 4211.
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Grand Theft Auto coming to the DS

Campaigners against violent videogames may soon begin complaining that the Nintendo DS’ stylus could become a weapon. That’s because a Grand Theft Auto spin-off is being created for the handheld console.
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Government halts work on Scope intelligence network

Ministers have frozen the development of the Scope project, a secure computer network providing key officials with speedy access to secret intelligence on terrorism and other threats.
Kablenet, 16 2008
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AOL spammer jailed for 30 months

A New Yorker was jailed for 30 months on Tuesday after being convicted for spamming 1.2 million AOL members with junk mail.

Sony to sell 80GB PS3 at 40GB price

Sony is to leave its 40GB PlayStation 3 by the wayside, in favour of a cheaper 80GB model. That’s despite only recently stating that it has no plans to fiddle with the console’s prices.
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Cisco takes us back to the future

Cisco has been showing journalists its vision of the future, which bears a remarkable resemblance to the past. It's somewhere around 1998 by our reckoning, only this time in high definition.
Bill Ray, 16 2008
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EU dumps more anti-trust charges on Intel

Chipmaker Intel is facing more EU competition charges relating to allegations that it abused its dominant position to keep computers with AMD chips out of European shops.

Sierra Wireless Compass 885 HSUPA 3G modem

First Review Britain's mobile phone networks haven't been slow to punt mobile broadband to their customers, but the arrival of simple plug-and-play USB modems has made their task easier.
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MySQL 5.1 servers take early bath

People clambering to get their hands on the latest candidate release of MySQL 5.1 were yesterday locked out of Sun Microsystems' download servers for several hours.
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San Francisco's 'rogue' sysadmin still being paid while in jail

San Francisco’s officials were squirming with embarrassment today as it emerged that they are still paying the salary of the banged-up sysadmin accused of locking down the city’s IT network and refusing to divulge the password.
Joe Fay, 16 2008
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Global warming to stone US kidneys

The US must brace itself for an increase in cases of kidney stones provoked by rising temperatures, scientists this week warned.
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eBay UK pimps users' privacy for targeted ads

Updated: eBay users in the UK will start seeing adverts targeting them based on the kind of items they view and bid for while browsing the online tat-house.
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Phorm protestors picket BT AGM

Attendees at BT's Annual General Meeting today will have to run the gauntlet of an anti-Phorm protest outside the event at the Barbican, London.
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BAE 'skips a generation' in killer robot tech

Farnborough UK-headquartered arms globocorp BAE Systems plc has shown off a raft of new robotic concepts this week at the Farnborough Air Show. But the newest and biggest kid on the BAE droidplane block is the Mantis, a large and powerful twin-engined technology demonstrator project whose wraps came off on Monday for the ceremonial inking of an MoD contract.
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HP's white trash data center is up for anything

Hewlett-Packard has finally found its way into the data center trailer park.
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Vodafone presents punter with £500k phone bill

Updated A Vodafone customer from Norwich has pitched his claim for the largest ever single-person phone bill after getting a demand from Vodafone for £588,198, and fifteen pence.
Bill Ray, 16 2008
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ISS expands parking capacity

International Space Station crew members Oleg Kononenko and Sergei Volkov yesterday carried out a five-hour, 54-minute spacewalk (see pic) to install a docking target on the station's Zvezda service module as part of a programme to expand the station's parking capacity.
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Call for reform as UK data protection rules turn 10

The UK's Data Protection Act turned ten years old on Wednesday amid calls to either update the legislation or enforce the rules it established.
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Grissom bows out of CSI

William Petersen has decided to hang up his lab coat down at CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, marking the end of eight years of Gil Grissom's contribution to criminal forensics.
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Samsung goes HD with compact flagship

The camera giant’s expanded its NV compact range with the launch of the NV100HD, which also sports the world’s only 28mm wide angle lens with 14.7 megapixels.
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World's smallest iPod music beamer debuts

Ditching cabled headphones for a pair of wireless cans is a must, but not if you need a chunky transmitter. Brando has launched what it claims to be the world’s smallest Bluetooth A2DP transmitter.
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Samsung L201 offers cut-price, basic snapping

Samsung has unveiled the latest addition to its L series of compact cameras. And although the L201 lacks any unique features, it includes everything you’d want from a basic shooter.

Sony PS3 movie downloads are go

Sony has finally broken its silence over the long awaited PlayStation 3 video downloads service and launched it onto the PlayStation Network.
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UK boffins roll out video periodic table

A group of boffins from Nottingham Uni is about to launch an entertaining short video guide to the periodic table - apparently designed to give them the chance to chuck sodium into water with unrestrained glee:
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Sony pitches 'unique' 16in, 16:9 HD Vaio at movie buffs

Sony has just taken the wraps off its new consumer-oriented laptop, a machine that promises true movie-friendly 16:9 aspect ratio viewing thanks to a "unique" 16.4in, 1600 x 900 display.
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ETS apologises for online marking blunders – again

ETS Europe, the school exam contractor, has been slammed by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) following revelations of marking delays brought on in part by technical cock-ups at the firm.

Sony builds hot-swap GPU tech into ultra-portable laptop

Sony's second key laptop introduction of the week is its 13in Vaio Z - not only a low-weight boy for business but also one of the first notebooks with seen with hot-switch graphics chips.
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HMRC disc losers still getting paid

The payouts received by the civil servants who took the blame for Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs losing the child benefit database have been revealed.
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Hamilton Rentals regains independence

Management at Hamilton Rentals has carried a £10m MBO from the rental outfit’s parent, 2e2.
Joe Fay, 16 2008
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Copyright gets 'Use It Or Lose It' clause

The European Commission today approved an extension to the life of sound recording copyright, from 50 to 90 years - but with a twist.

Sensitive Wii maker snubs developers

Nintendo may have announced a new enhancement to the Wii controller, but don't expect many titles to take advantage of the new accuracy.
Bill Ray, 16 2008
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EMC accused of stifling discrimination claims while battling class-action

EMC ignored internal discrimination claims from female employees whilst fighting a class action lawsuit filed by other female employees.
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App Store clean-up follows allegations

Members of Apple's brand-new App Store have cleaned up their act after accusations of unprofessionalism and queue jumping to get their software noticed by iPhone users.
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Blinkx bestows video search on world+dog

Blinkx is now offering a white label version of its transatlantic video search engine. But it prefers the name Red Label. "The Blinkx 'B' has always been red," CEO and founder Suranga Chandratillake tells The Reg.
Cade Metz, 16 2008

iPhone 3G unlocked in Brazil

The iPhone 3G only went on sale last week, but a Brazilian group already claims to have hacked the phone, allowing owners to use the device on any network.
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EU tells UK to deal with Phorm - or else

The European Commission has sent a message to the British government, and it reads something like this: "If you don't deal with Phorm, we will."
Cade Metz, 16 2008
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Former Samsung boss receives suspended jail term

The former chairman of the Samsung Group and one of South Korea's most powerful business leaders was given a stiff fine and sent on his way for corruption allegations.
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Acer Aspire One: the new sub-laptop to beat?

Early reviews of Acer's £220 Aspire One were none too complementary about the Small, Cheap Computer's build quality, but have spent a brief time with a unit that's not a pre-production model, we'd say Eee PC creator Asus has a real challenge on its hands.
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Congress spotlights another American data pimper

Congressman Ed Markey - chair of the House Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet - has called out another American ISP for pimping user data to NebuAd, the Phorm-like behavioral ad targeter.
Cade Metz, 16 2008
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Fastscale sends Windows Server to Weight Watchers

Fastscale is bringing its unique brand of software shrinking to Windows Server.
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Dell and Wal-Mart team on TV installations

Good idea? Bad idea? Not even Wal-Mart and Dell are sure.
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Seagate CEO cops to sloppy floppy in Q4

Seagate says the storage market is chugging along just fine, but the company's late-mover position in notebook and nearline markets made for a disappointing fourth quarter.
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Mono man accuses Mac Gtk+ fans of jeopardizing Linux desktop

Miguel de Icaza has criticized plans for the next GNU Gnome cross-platform environment that risks damaging the Linux desktop ISV ecosystem by focusing on the Mac.