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Google Android just five weeks away?

This week, another unnamed source told TmoNews - a T-Mobile obsessed blog - that the American wireless carrier will offer up the first Android phone for pre-sale on 17 September.
Cade Metz, 13 Aug 2008
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China's The9 earns epic loot from The World of Warcraft

The owner of six of China's fastest privately-owned computers continues to rake in cash thanks to more than a little help from orcs and elves.
Austin Modine, 13 Aug 2008

Dell offers glimpse of monster quad-core laptop

Dell revealed its first quad-core notebook yesterday, a 17in monster that'll appear as part of its Precision mobile workstation line once Intel gets its four-core laptop chips out the door.
Tony Smith, 13 Aug 2008
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How poor crypto housekeeping left OpenID open to abuse

Slipshod cryptographic housekeeping left some OpenID services far less secure than they ought to be.
John Leyden, 13 Aug 2008
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Acer Aspire One gets official WinXP update pack

Acer has posted Windows XP drivers for its Aspire One mini laptop, allowing punters put off by the cheapest model's Linpus Lite Linux to switch to the more mainstream OS.
Tony Smith, 13 Aug 2008
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Rude financial firms to pay, Ombudsman vows

Delays, rudeness and poor claims handling are grounds for ordering financial services firms to compensate customers, the Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS) has said. Payments can be ordered in addition to other remedies.
OUT-LAW.COM, 13 Aug 2008
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OpenGL 3.1 promise follows gamer revolt

Exclusive Graphics and games engineers angered by the delayed OpenGL spec and threatening to adopt Microsoft's DirectX have been asked to hold out a little longer for promised changes.
Gavin Clarke, 13 Aug 2008
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Underage US gamers buying GTA: IV

According to a report by Game Daily, Nielsen Games questioned US GTA: IV gamers and found that 17 per cent of those who had purchased the game were between seven and 16- years-old.
James Sherwood, 13 Aug 2008
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Brown's website is Web2.0tastic

Ten Downing Street has a new website, or rather blog. And it's hip.
John Oates, 13 Aug 2008
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Forgot your ID? You must be a terrorist

The US Transportation Security Administration has done a backflip on a policy of adding people who had forgotten their ID to its database of suspect fliers.
Joe Fay, 13 Aug 2008
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How good are open source phones?

I was looking at the current Neo Free Runner as possibly my next phone as on paper it seems to have a lot of great features at a pretty good price - for a SIM-free handset.
Jamie Cockrill, 13 Aug 2008
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Retailer 'recalls' PSP Go!Cam

Some sale of Sony's PlayStation Portable’s Go!Cam have allegedly been halted over fears that the add-on could overheat and potentially cause a fire.
James Sherwood, 13 Aug 2008
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The IT Crowd goes west

Cult geek comedy The IT Crowd, has been sold to a US cable channel and the scripts for the third series have been delivered to producers.
John Oates, 13 Aug 2008
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Duncan McIntyre severs ties with Morse

Duncan McIntyre no longer works at Morse, the reseller he ran for 10 years until July 2007. That was when Morse demerged the sexier bit of the group, Monitise plc.
Team Register, 13 Aug 2008

VMware admits 'time bomb' rolled past quality control

VMware’s CEO has blamed a chunk of leftover pre-release code for a bug that yesterday prevented virtual servers around the world from powering up when the clock hit 12 August.
Kelly Fiveash, 13 Aug 2008
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Council IT provider's staff exposed back-room operations

Oldham council’s “preferred service provider” gave the whole community an eyeful when two members of staff serviced one another, unaware they were being watched by a crowd of 20 people.
Joe Fay, 13 Aug 2008
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Windfall taxing big oil: how to make the gas crisis worse

There's something about the oil business that turns even intelligent people into frothmouthed loons: they're raping the planet, shafting Joe Sixpack or, from the other side, insisting that the drill in every back yard is the very definition of America. I realise that in the middle of an election that the small still voice of reason isn't going to get much airplay but let's give it the old school try anyway.
Tim Worstall, 13 Aug 2008
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Nokia punts 'understated elegance' talker

If you’re not swayed by handsets for the poser crowd, then how about a Nokia talker that it’s claimed radiates understated elegance?
James Sherwood, 13 Aug 2008
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'Different' Dell to downgrade XPS brand

Dell has confirmed its XPS brand is to be demoted to a sub-brand, used simply to mark out high-end Inspiron and Studio machines rather than as a product family in its own right.

Celio Redfly Windows smartphone terminal

Review A more focused variation on the pointless ill-fated Palm Foleo, the Redfly attempts to bring laptop/netbook usability to the humble Windows smartphone.
Alun Taylor, 13 Aug 2008
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Bumper Patch Tuesday plugs multiple Office flaws

Critical vulnerabilities in Microsoft Office star in the latest edition of Microsoft's Patch Tuesday updates.
John Leyden, 13 Aug 2008
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Symantec wins big in UK bootleg software case

Symantec today claimed its biggest win to date in Europe in a software piracy case. The software company received £700,000 in damages and costs from Nusoft Trading Ltd, an Essex, UK distributor of counterfeit Symantec software.
Team Register, 13 Aug 2008
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Phorm secretly tracked Americans too

Exclusive Phorm has also deployed its behavioral ad targeting technologies in the US of A.
Cade Metz, 13 Aug 2008

eBay wins right to not police counterfeit goods

A court in Belgium has thrown out a complaint by L'Oreal that eBay was not doing enough to combat sales of fake versions of the cosmetics giant's products on its site.
John Oates, 13 Aug 2008
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Best Buy helps Apple put an iPhone under every tree

Best Buy next month becomes the first “independent” US retailer to start selling the iPhone, as Apple looks to establish the shiny device as this year’s tickle me Elmo.
Joe Fay, 13 Aug 2008
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Logitech docks daring mouse design

Buttons aren’t revolutionary, but to Logitech they’re the next revolution in mice docking stations.
James Sherwood, 13 Aug 2008
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iPhone 3G isn't necessarily

Eager punters cooing over their 3G iPhones are finding the third generation connectivity not quite what they had hoped, and according to some reports Apple's super-phone is failing to meet the requirements of the 3G standard.
Bill Ray, 13 Aug 2008
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Criminals hijack terminals to swipe Chip-and-PIN data

Sophisticated cybercrooks have developed a technique for tampering with the PIN Entry Devices on Chip-and-PIN readers to steal users' card details and PINs.
John Leyden, 13 Aug 2008
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World shocked (shocked!) by Legal P2P

Why does the idea of legal P2P - something music fans have been clamouring for since the original Napster - still cause so much confusion?
Andrew Orlowski, 13 Aug 2008
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GTA slammed in parental poll

A poll’s discovered that parents are more concerned about their kids playing Grand Theft Auto during a sleepover, than over their offspring drinking beer or watching a porno.
James Sherwood, 13 Aug 2008
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Ryanair cancels aggregator-booked tickets in escalating scraping war

Ryanair has said that it will no longer honour bookings made through aggregator sites. The Irish budget airline said that cancelling would be quicker and more effective than lawsuits.
OUT-LAW.COM, 13 Aug 2008
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PS3 DVR add-on launch delayed

PlayStation 3 fans hungry to get their hands on a PlayTV unit will have to wait just a little bit longer than expected, because Sony’s delayed the add-on’s launch date.
James Sherwood, 13 Aug 2008
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Chinese network announces $14.5bn 3G plans

China Unicom says it will splurge $14.5bn on network infrastructure over the next two years, as the company rushes to deploy its 3G network.
Bill Ray, 13 Aug 2008
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Cybercrime bust highlights PIN terminal insecurity

Analysis UK police arrests of a gang reckoned to have tampered with Chip and PIN entry devices to harvest PIN numbers and cardholder details have sparked calls to revamp the security of devices.
John Leyden, 13 Aug 2008
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Yelp 'pay to play' pitch makes shops scream for help

When it debuted in July of 2004, Yelp reinvented the notion of online city guides, giving "real people" the power to write "real reviews." For many, it represents the best of something called Web 2.0, a site built by you and me and everyone else. But in its struggle to turn clicks into cash, the San Francisco startup has been known to hedge this egalitarian ideal, playing games with the very concept that made it so popular.
Cade Metz, 13 Aug 2008
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Windows XP crashes out of Olympics?

Microsoft's Silverlight browser plug in might be in contention for PR gold for its streaming of Olympics 2008 content online, but Windows is letting Team Redmond down badly.
Gavin Clarke, 13 Aug 2008
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Three-alarm fire bakes Apple facility

A three-alarm fire scorched the roof and damaged offices at Apple's Cupertino, California campus late Tuesday evening.
Austin Modine, 13 Aug 2008
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Security researchers' accounts ransacked in embarrasing hacklash

On Sunday morning, security consultant Alan Shimel woke to discover that his personal blog, which is frequented by countless peers and reporters, was pointing to a website featuring explicit gay porn. Equally disturbing, he found someone had cracked open his Yahoo! Mail account and aired sensitive documents he filed with the Internal Revenue Service.
Dan Goodin, 13 Aug 2008
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Google will eat itself in 202,345,117 years

Update: After further investigation, it's likely the Google Will Eat Itself project is indeed ia hoax - though those behind it say that it's not.
Cade Metz, 13 Aug 2008
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XIV lands quietly on planet IBM

Shhh. Don't tell anyone but IBM has announced its XIV extremely scalable storage system, the one acquired with the XIV purchase earlier this year, the one with the technology designed by Moshe Yanai, the originator of EMC's Symmetrix.
Chris Mellor, 13 Aug 2008
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Microsoft's data crunching baby hit with lawsuit

Datallegro, a data warehouse maker in the midst of being acquired by Microsoft, has received a lawsuit, claiming that Datallegro's current CEO aided the company in infringing on a key patent.
Ashlee Vance, 13 Aug 2008
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Apple faithful snared in phishing scam targeting Mac.com users

Hundreds of Mac users have been snared in a phishing scam that coincided with the glitches in the roll-out Apple's MobileMe service.
Dan Goodin, 13 Aug 2008
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NetApp thin provisions income in Q1

NetApp's earnings climbed 11 per cent during its fiscal first quarter 2009, but margins were thin due to growing interest in low-end storage and an investment "surge" that the company expects to pay off in the second half of the year.
Austin Modine, 13 Aug 2008