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Amazon sending Kindle to college

Amazon is planning a new student-friendly version of its Kindle e-book reader, according to McAdams Wright Ragen analyst Tim Bueneman.
Austin Modine, 26 Aug 2008
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Breakup with Sadville lion ends in kidnap plot, duct-taped dog

In Sadville, they were close. But in our world, the relationship quickly took a turn for the worse. He dumped her. She walked into his office with a gun and tried to kidnap him. And when that failed, she broke into his apartment with handcuffs, some duct tape, a taser, a BB gun, and a dog named Gogi, shining some sort of "laser beam" onto his chest before he fled the scene and called the cops.
Cade Metz, 26 Aug 2008
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E-voting outfit confesses vote-dropping software bug

Electronic voting machine manufacturer Premier Elections Solutions has warned government officials of a critical programming error that can drop votes before they are tallied.
Dan Goodin, 26 Aug 2008
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Asus readies fourth incarnation of Eee 900

This is getting silly. Asus is planning another variant of the Eee PC 900 in addition to the three models already carrying the 900 moniker - and the nine other Eee-branded mini laptops Asus currently lists.
Tony Smith, 26 Aug 2008
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Million bank details sold on eBay

A computer hard disc containing one million sets of bank details was bought on eBay for just £35.
John Oates, 26 Aug 2008

World+Dog predicts new iPods, Macs imminent

The net's abuzz with anticipation as to what Apple's going to announce at an event said to be taking place on 9 September. At the very least, new iPods seem certain to be unveiled shortly, and quite likely new laptops Macs too.
Tony Smith, 26 Aug 2008
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Infosys swoops on Axon

Shares in computer software firm Axon Group jumped more than 20 per cent this morning after it agreed a £407.1m takeover from Infosys Technologies.
Kelly Fiveash, 26 Aug 2008
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Reader comments bigger legal risk than forums

Media sites which ask readers to comment on news stories are at greater risk of bearing responsibility for those comments than for comments in online forums or discussion groups, leading web moderators have warned.
OUT-LAW.COM, 26 Aug 2008
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Grazing cattle display animal magnetism

Researchers have explained why cattle will tend to face the same direction when grazing - a behaviour long known to herdsmen and hunters but previously attributed to either prevailing winds or the sun's position.
Lester Haines, 26 Aug 2008
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'Child protection' database slammed as plod data mine

A new database purporting to help protect vulnerable children could be used by authorities to gather evidence against them for criminal prosecutions, it has emerged.
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Nuns face off in online beauty contest

Updated! Father Jack would dribble into his drink - a rather open-minded Italian priest is running a beauty contest for nuns.
Sarah Bee, 26 Aug 2008
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HTC's big-talking talker

The design of HTC’s latest slider handset may hark back to early smartphone formats, but the S740 still packs in all the technology necessary to make it a leading contender in the modern mobile market, its maker claims.
James Sherwood, 26 Aug 2008
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Best Western plays down impact of hack attack

Hotel chain Best Western has denied falling victim to a large-scale hacking attack.
John Leyden, 26 Aug 2008
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MSI touts 'first' mobo for Intel Core i7

Want a peek at Intel's 'Nehalem'-oriented X58 chipset? Well here it is, courtesy of mobo maker MSI, which today announced its first board for Core i7 processors.
Tony Smith, 26 Aug 2008
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TomTom goes upper class

TomTom has shifted into fifth gear and is chasing down business executives with a taste for high-end satnavs.
James Sherwood, 26 Aug 2008
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Qinetiq trumpets midsummer robo solar-plane 'record'

Controversial warboffinry spinoff firm Qinetiq claimed a new world record over the weekend, saying that its "Zephyr" unmanned solar-powered plane had made a 3-day flight earlier this summer. However, the test took place in uniquely favourable circumstances.
Lewis Page, 26 Aug 2008

Olympus E-420 digital SLR

Review Many of us want the slimmest, lightest, most portable camera we can afford. No surprise, then, that Olympus is making a lot of noise about the E-420, claimed to be the “world’s most compact DSLR”.
George Cole, 26 Aug 2008
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Beeb to resurrect Reggie Perrin

The BBC is planning to resurrect The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin, with Martin Clunes in the frame to take the lead role made famous by the late Leonard Rossiter, the Guardian reports.
Lester Haines, 26 Aug 2008
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Mobile broadband: What's it for?

In the next few weeks (hint: CTIA is in three weeks) I'm expecting mobile operators to be offered a new tool, which will allow them to work out what on earth their mobile broadband customers are doing.
Guy Kewney, 26 Aug 2008
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Tories want data loss prosecutions

The Conservatives have repeated their call for those involved in data losses to face criminal charges, following the Home Office's loss of data on all prisoners.
Kablenet, 26 Aug 2008
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Nokia unveils N79 and N85 smartphones

The iPhone 3G may be hogging all the limelight, but Nokia’s bounced back with two new N series multimedia handsets to liven up your days.
James Sherwood, 26 Aug 2008
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MessageLabs takes smut-blocking tech in-house

Web security services outfit MessageLabs has acquired image analysis technology firm Fortium ICA Limited. Fortium Technologies, the parent company of Fortium ICA, will continue to market and develop video copy control and fingerprint detection technologies as an independent company.
John Leyden, 26 Aug 2008
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Street View spycars need some TLC

Our Street View spycar Google Maps Web 0.2 mashup has proved a spectacular success, with around 85 sightings to date submitted by sharp-eyed readers and 400,000 hits down there at the search monolith's cartographical tentacle...
Lester Haines, 26 Aug 2008
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US utilities plot remote switch off

HomePlug, the networking standard for sending data over mains wires, is to implement ZigBee's Smart Energy protocol, allowing utilities to reach out and the thermostat turn down, or up, when power is short.
Bill Ray, 26 Aug 2008
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IT pay jumps as skills gap widens

The IT skills shortage in the UK is being made worse by the routine offshoring of entry-level tech jobs.
Kelly Fiveash, 26 Aug 2008
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Sony designs photo frames for the digital age

If you’ve recently splashed out on a new digital SLR, such as the Olympus E-420 we've reviewed here, then you’ll need some where to show off your snaps. Sony knows this, so it’s unveiled two LCD photo frames.
James Sherwood, 26 Aug 2008
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iPhone 2.0.2 crack posted then pulled

Hours after the latest version of the iPhone Dev Team's PwnageTool iPhone cracking utility hit the servers, the group appears to have pulled the app.
Tony Smith, 26 Aug 2008

How can I run Windows apps on a Linux Acer Aspire One?

It just read your review of the Acer Aspire One. I've had one for a week or so and find that I can't load up windows files (*.EXE), which is a bit of a blow as I wanted to be able to do basic Autocad drawings. Is there an easy way to get it to run windows files?
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EC misleading EU on copyright extension, says boffin

A leading academic has warned that the European Commission "wilfully ignored" studies that it paid for whose conclusions disagreed with its policy, and that the Commission is misleading the European Union Council, Parliament and citizens over copyright extension.
OUT-LAW.COM, 26 Aug 2008
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Council clamps down on 'man on the street'

Chichester District Council has provoked the wrath of Middle England by suggesting to staff and members that the phrase "man on the street" would better be expressed by "general public", since the former is "based on the assumption that the world is male and makes the views or work of women invisible".
Lester Haines, 26 Aug 2008
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Colonel: Bowman army comms 'astonishingly bad'

The long-bedevilled Bowman digital comms infrastructure for the British army is continuing to enrage and frustrate its users - a British commander in Afghanistan has described Bowman as "broken" and "astonishingly bad". Bowman was finally forced through acceptance trials in 2004, after a nightmare 14-year gestation period.
Lewis Page, 26 Aug 2008
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Yahoo! reinvades! Iran!

Yahoo! has reinstated its free webmail services in Iran, less than a year after the firm blocked new registrations from the country citing tighter US sanctions.
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Kindle fails to set light to unsold e-book pile

The humble paper-based book isn't burnt just yet. Amazon is keeping schtum as to how many e-books it has sold, but evidence is mounting that predictions of iPod-grade sales and billion-dollar revenues were a smidge optimistic.
Bill Ray, 26 Aug 2008
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Geek tech takes hoovering to new heights

If the Missus always nags you to help her clean, she’ll faint when you offer to vacuum the whole house. Thankfully, technology’s found a way to liven up this chore – but you’ll need a Wii Balance Board.
James Sherwood, 26 Aug 2008
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Citrix tries to woo crowds with XenApp 5

Citrix Systems yesterday announced the imminent release of XenApp 5, in its latest attempt to strengthen its hold on the data centre and desktop virtualisation market.
Kelly Fiveash, 26 Aug 2008
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Wind turbines put bats under (low) pressure

A research team from the University of Calgary has found that a large percentage of bat fatalities at wind turbine sites are caused by a sudden drop in air pressure around the turbine blades, the BBC reports.
Lester Haines, 26 Aug 2008

Cowon shows off super-sexy PMP

Many of you are desperately trying to discover if Apple’s about to release a new curvy iPod. But rival Cowon has jumped in before it and launched a sexier, more curvaceous multimedia player.
James Sherwood, 26 Aug 2008
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Joss-sticks increase cancer risk: Official

Researchers have warned that burning joss-sticks and incense is associated with "an increase in some types of lung cancer, and cancers of the upper respiratory tract, such as throat and mouth cancer", the Guardian reports.
Lester Haines, 26 Aug 2008
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Medion punts £599 Blu-ray PC

Want a Blu-ray quad-core PC on the cheap? Tesco is selling Medion's Akoya P36888 for a mere pound under 600 quid.
Tony Smith, 26 Aug 2008
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Amazon goes on Shelfari

Amazon.com is buying Shelfari – that is, according to the Seattle social networking start-up, but for now the online retail giant is keeping mum about the deal.
Kelly Fiveash, 26 Aug 2008
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Minister warns of national grid hack threat

A UK government minister has warned that cyber-terrorists were attempting to take out the national grid.
John Leyden, 26 Aug 2008

Pure develops 'interactive' DAB radio

If you thought "listener interactivity" was just a reference to men who shout at radios, think again, says DAB hand Pure. Next month, it'll launch an Evoke DAB radio that links to its online portal.
Tony Smith, 26 Aug 2008
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Casio and Hitachi pair on 8Mp cameraphone

In these days of megapixel madness, manufacturers don’t last long if they fall behind the benchmark. So Hitachi and Casio have teamed-up to create an 8Mp phone, according to FCC documents.
James Sherwood, 26 Aug 2008
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Fringe box office FAIL pushes sales down 10%

Ticket sales at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe were down ten per cent this year, in part because of the technical failure of its box office system.
Kelly Fiveash, 26 Aug 2008
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DARPA in Tom'n'Jerry robo-brain quest

Pentagon boffinry chiefs are on the verge of inking a deal which could see US forces equipped with "neuromorphic" imitation brain modules, each potentially as intelligent as a cat.
Lewis Page, 26 Aug 2008
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Apple goes auntie over slasher comic

Murderdrome is a comic published exclusively for the iPhone and iPod Touch, which makes its removal from iTunes something of a problem for publishers Infurious and bodes badly for their comic-rendering application.
Bill Ray, 26 Aug 2008
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Scumbags punt Trojan with baby kidnap lure

With a sick email malware campaign, pond dwelling scumbags are claiming to have kidnapped the children of would-be targets of infection.
John Leyden, 26 Aug 2008
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Crypto guru thinks outside the box with Cube attack

Senior cryptologist Adi Shamir is developing a new attack for rooting out potential weaknesses in encryption ciphers, dubbed the Cube Attack.
John Leyden, 26 Aug 2008
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China pardons iTunes (but not Sting)

The People's Republic has pardoned iTunes after access to the online music store was apparently blocked in reaction to selling a new Tibet-themed album during the Olympic games.
Austin Modine, 26 Aug 2008
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EMC's Celerra starts smaller and gets cheaper

Just 12 months after introducing the Celerra NS20, EMC has increased its capacity by 50 percent, and replaced its entry level role with a cheaper NX4 model.
Chris Mellor, 26 Aug 2008
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AT&T freshens tourist-trapping iPhone data plans

US telco giant AT&T has announced two new international data plans for the Jesus Phone, saying they'll save Americans "hundreds of dollars" on journeys abroad. But we all know this is just another way for the company to hold your wallet hostage.
Cade Metz, 26 Aug 2008
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Hardware hackers get second Bugs bite

Hardware hackers can soon start building their own Linux gadgets with a fresh batch of Lego-like building blocks from Bug Labs.
Gavin Clarke, 26 Aug 2008
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Embarcadero rallies on Windows and web with CodeGear

Embarcadero Technologies has updated its recently acquired CodeGear Rapid Application Development (RAD) suite and languages for Windows.
Gavin Clarke, 26 Aug 2008

Hackintosh maker bites back at Apple

Psystar, the company that sells open systems capable of running Mac OS X, plans to fight back against the copyright infringement lawsuit Apple has filed against it.
Austin Modine, 26 Aug 2008
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Houston, we have a virus

A computer worm that ferrets out passwords managed to stow away on laptops aboard the International Space Station, NASA has confirmed. It is not the first time a NASA computer has become infected.
Dan Goodin, 26 Aug 2008