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Sage brushes off credit crunch

Sage told the London Stock Exchange this morning that it expects to hit targets for the year but remains cautious of the impact of the credit crunch on its business.

Dell files patent office application for 'cloud computing'

Dell is attempting to trademark the tech industry’s favourite buzzword – “cloud computing”.

Rumour of redesigned iPhone

O2’s pay-as-you-go customers could find a remodelled iPhone under the Christmas tree this year, according to the latest word on the grapevine.
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Kyocera print service gig is toner-free heaven for Midwich customers

Kyocera is tapping into the Midwich reseller base to flog a 'comprehensive managed print service" through the IT channel.
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Third time unlucky for Elon Musk's Falcon rocket

SpaceX, the commercial space launch company run by PayPal multimillionaire and tech visionary Elon Musk, has suffered another technical hitch. The third test flight of the Falcon 1 rocket has been unsuccessful, after the upper stage failed to separate properly from the lower.
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Depp for Dark Knight follow-up

With Batman behemoth The Dark Knight pleasing audiences and critics alike, it's time for some rabid speculation about the casting of the next film in the rebooted franchise. The Sun froths this morning that the incandescent Johnny Depp is in line to play the Riddler, the bodystockinged bastard last played by Jim Carrey in Batman Forever.
Sarah Bee, 04 2008

Thailand bans GTA after video game style murder

A Thai video game distributor has stopped selling Grand Theft Auto, after a local teenager went on a self-confessed GTA style murder and robbery rampage.
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Why flying cars are better than electric ones

Comment Once upon a time, NASA had a flying-car programme. Then that was shut down, and a rather cheapskate annual flying-car competition was set up instead. This year there's a further downgrade: the event is no longer the "Personal Air Vehicle Challenge", but the "General Aviation Technology Challenge". It kicks off in California this week.
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Microsoft 'proves' six degrees of separation theory

Microsoft researchers claim to have proved the pop-social-psychology shibboleth that we are no more that six degrees of separation removed from any other human being on the planet.
Joe Fay, 04 2008

Nvidia denies chipset farewell

Nvidia has denied reports that it’s planning to exit the chipset business, saying it has “no intention of getting out of the chipset business".
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Hushmail swats code backdoor rumors

Web-based encrypted email service Hushmail has refuted rumours it stopped using software based on the source code published on its website.

Samsung NV4 multimedia camera

Review This is the age of convergence, when the lines between various digital devices are blurred. Many use their mobile phone to take snaps, so it’s no surprise that camera manufacturers are fighting back.
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Home Office bankrolls plastic plod 'documentaries'

Ofcom is probing Home Office sponsorship of an ITV "documentary" on police community support officers.

The James Bond C902 mobile phone

James Bond always has the latest hardware on hand to defeat evil-doers, but the latest crime-tackling tech in the new Quantum of Solace film is a limited edition Sony Ericsson C902.
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Inside the tent, the best bioterrorist money could buy?

When Bruce Ivins, presumed psycho amateur juggler/church keyboardist/government scientist/bioterrorist, committed suicide by drug overdose, taking two days to die, everyone was taken by surprise by an FBI effort notable for almost complete information secrecy until the shoe was about to drop. In early July, many had commented, including this writer, on the huge payout to Steven Hatfill, a former "person of interest" in the anthrax investigation, assuming it meant that the case was all screwed up. Apparently, just the opposite!

Home radio networks: One standard to rule them all?

Radio technologies are sneaking into our homes - from wireless doorbells to Wi-Fi media streams - but as with any new market there's a plethora of standards vying for a slice of the home-automation pie.
Bill Ray, 04 2008
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Apple pulls posted pulled iPhone modem app

The strange case of Netshare, the application that turns the iPhone into a modem - whenever it exists - became stranger still over the weekend, when it appeared and disappeared for a second time in the iPhone App Store. Apple and AT&T (widely assumed to be the bad guy here) remained tight-lipped, leaving the world trying to figure out the significance of the strange and brief manifestations.

Microsoft harpoons Nokia to fine tune Zune

Word on the street is that Microsoft and Nokia are cooking something up for Microsoft's Zune. But rumours that the result will be a Zune phone, appear wide of the mark.
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FCC enforces internet anarchy

Analysis Regulators and network operators across the world will be watching events unfold in Washington DC with some astonishment today, as the US telecoms industry becomes embroiled in a bureaucratic farce.

Hyperic claims XenServer 'first'

LinuxWorld Hyperic will claim a first this week when it adds support for Citrix Systems' XenServer virtualization stack to its open-source monitoring and management suite.
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Old ships' logs show temporary global warming in 1730s

A climate prof noted for data mining of archived ships' logs has produced further insights into global warming. Dr Dennis Wheeler of Sunderland Uni says his latest analysis shows sudden warming of the North Atlantic and Europe - much like that seen in recent times - during the 1730s.
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Wünderbra! German policewomen take 'Action Brassiere'

In news that gladdens the heart, not to mention the boob, German police are being issued with bullet-resistant bras*.
Sarah Bee, 04 2008
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P2P radio goes titsup

Social.fm, the company formerly known as Mercora, has closed down. The service, which allowed users to stream their music collections to each other, cites no reasons for shutting up shop.
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Knights Templar to Vatican: Give us back our assets

The Knights Templar are demanding that the Vatican give them back their good name and, possibly, billions in assets into the bargain, 700 years after the order was brutally suppressed by a joint venture between the Pope and the King of France.
Joe Fay, 04 2008
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Motorola hires Jha to get handset biz out of a pickle

Motorola has finally found a new CEO for its ailing handset division, after tempting Sanjay Jha away from mobile chip giant Qualcomm.
Joe Fay, 04 2008
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Anonymous relaunches fight against Scientology

The Anonymous group is calling for disillusioned former members to return to the fold ahead of a new phase in its battle against the Church of Scientology.

Drizzle plans to wash away DBMS past

A new database management system (DBMS) designed for web applications and cloud computing could be the start of a new direction in DBMS development and, indeed, in software as a whole.
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Google's Blogger brands users as spammers

Google-owned Blogger has apologised for wrongly locking user accounts for being suspected spammers.
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Claranet blames data centre for downtime

Claranet has blamed data centre Global Switch for a power failure early this morning which brought down many of its customers' websites.

Intel says 48 core graphics is just over the horizon

Intel is releasing the Larrabee graphics chip for high-end PC gaming in late 2009 or 2010, but the company is already talking up the chip’s capabilities in a new paper.
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Sleazy doctors plead guilty to web drug racket

Two doctors have pleaded guilty to involvement in an illegal pharmaceutical supply chain racket, estimated to have raked in $126m. The duo made very little for rubber-stamping drug orders that may have imperiled the health of hundreds of thousands of Americans over a period of two years.

Lenovo heralds netbook PC duo

Lenovo has signalled its entry into the netbook market with two mini machines.
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Dutch botnet herders arrested

Dutch police have arrested two Dutch brothers suspected of running a botnet controlling 40,000 to 100,000 computers, with only a small portion (1,100 computers) based in the Netherlands.
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Olympic ticket scammers still going for gold

In the age of the P-p-p-p-powerbook and the ubiquitous 419 scammer, it comes as no surprise that many people have fallen for a Beijing Olympics ticketing scam that seems to have hit people all across the world. Due to the rarity of tickets for the games, and the particular setup of the scam site (and others), there was a lot of money lost by many people as they struggled to get their hands on tickets that didn't exist. It is ticket scalping for the 21st century, made even more lucrative by there being no need to actually provide any tickets to the victims.
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Congress quizzes world+dog over data pimping

US Congressman Ed Markey and his anti-data-pimping brigade are back on the warpath.
Cade Metz, 04 2008

Chip makers ride PC and phone sales in emerging markets

Demand for PCs and mobile phones in emerging markets gave US chip makers a solid first half of the year in sales.
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Feds accuse bank insider of massive data heist

A financial analyst for Countrywide Home Financial, one of the world's biggest and most troubled mortgage lenders, has been arrested and charged with stealing personal information concerning a breathtaking number of the company's customers.
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Rogue trader's apprentice under investigation

The assistant of rogue trader Jerome Kerviel is being investigated for complicity in his former boss' trading scandal that cost one of France's largest banks billions of euros.
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Google 'exploitation' protest takes to the streets

Plenty has been made of the biodiesel-powered, Wi-Fi-enabled buses that whisk San Francisco's Google serfs to and from their Mountain View jobs in comfort and style. According to most accounts, it's a win-win proposition that provides a highly desirable perk to employees while also reducing a significant number of cars in one of the nation's most traffic-choked locales.
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WebLogic to open gates on Oracle rationalization

Oracle's post BEA Systems acquisition roadmap hits the ground running in the next two weeks with the delivery of version 10.3 of BEA's popular application server.
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Cuil feasts on Salmon of Nonsense

Why is Cuil called Cuil? According to the free-spending founders of this Google-battling search engine/web-wide laughing stock, cuil is an "old Irish word for knowledge." But as it turns out, this is yet another example of CEO Tom Costello and company littering the web with bogus information.
Cade Metz, 04 2008