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Judah 'Visual Voicemail' Klausner sues Google, Verizon, Citrix...

Suing communication providers over alleged patent infringements has worked pretty well for Judah Klausner.
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Google stretching underwater comms cable?

It looks like Google is prepping another underwater comms cable.
Cade Metz, 28 2008
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Dabs.com courier goes titsup

Online retailer Dabs.com has told customers to hang fire for a few days while orders due to be delivered by Amtrak are reassigned to another courier.

Acorn alumni to toast tech pioneer's 30th anniversary

Some 400 staffers from that flag bearer of the 1980s UK home computing revolution, Acorn, are to gather next month to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the firm's foundation.

Tosh on top for laptop reliability

Which?, the UK consumer organisation, has ranked the UK's most reliable laptops.

Computacenter down on falling profits

Computacenter shares are down more than seven per cent this morning after the firm reported a 14 per cent fall in profits in the first six months of the year.
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Europe's Tesla will be first with full performance

Tesla Motors, darling of the electric vehicle industry, has confirmed that it will produce a European "special edition" of the famous Roadster sports car. European buyers will be the first to get Roadsters with full-performance transmissions - early US cars now being delivered have "intermediate" lower-performance machinery which will need to be replaced.

Panasonic to bring IPTV into the mainstream

IFA Panasonic today pledged to bring IPTV to the masses: it's going to build net-delivered video right into its HD TVs.
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Best Buy removes craplets for $30

Best Buy, America's biggest electronics retailer, will remove the preloaded rubbish software installed with new PCs, for $30. Best Buy sells billions of dollars of PCs a year, so this could be a game changer. Margins in the the PC industry are skinny, and fees from software makers for pre-installing craplets on consumer-"friendly" machines can be more than $30 a unit.
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McKinnon heads for the last chance saloon

Accused Pentagon hacker Gary McKinnon is approaching his own D-Day, with his fate due to be sealed in the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.
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BBC fixes BT Home Hub auto-vomit bug

BBC engineers have solved a mysterious, long-running bug that has meant iPlayer and live TV streams have frequently prompted the BT Home Hub, UK's most common router, to reset itself.

LG prices up HSDPA-equipped mini laptop

IFA LG's not going be left out of the Small, Cheap Computer arena - it'll be releasing its own would-be Eee beater, the 3G-integrated X110, in October.
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Coming soon: Facebook - The Movie!

Be afraid, be very afraid - Sony has asked West Wing creator Aaron Sorkin to write a movie about how internet superphenomenon Facebook was spawned, and by way of research he's waded straight in with a group page down at the social networking website.
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French train tickets go USB

The French National Railway Company is trialling contactless tickets with USB connections, replacing the ubiquitous ISO7816 for online top-ups and data storage.
Bill Ray, 28 2008
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'Googlebomb' blows up in Daily Mail hack's face

A hapless Daily Mail hack's failure to understand Googlebombing has led to her becoming victim of her own twisted definition of the mischief-making practice.

Panasonic intros 'world's slimmest' Blu-ray players

IFA Panasonic today punted what it claimed is the world's lowest-profile Blu-ray Disc player. It also unveiled Europe's first BD recorder.

Roberts Stream 202 DAB/FM/net radio

Review In what Roberts claims to be a world first, this unit delivers DAB, FM as well as Wi-Fi connected internet radio and music streaming all in a traditional kitchen-style portable.
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Microsoft, Nikon release shutter on patents

Microsoft has inked a cross-licensing patent deal with camera maker Nikon.
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Sikorsky announces first flight of 'X2' triplex supercopter

The X2 prototype superhelicopter had a successful first flight yesterday, according to its makers Sikorsky. The revolutionary (cough) aircraft hovered and manoeuvred using its twin main rotors without problems, but trials of its tail propulsor will take place on a future flight.
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McKinnon loses extradition fight

The European Court of Human Rights has refused to intervene in preventing the US extradition of accused Pentagon hacker Gary McKinnon.

Toshiba unveils SD-to-HD resolution revolution

IFA Toshiba has launched the first TV that incorporates its own image upscaling system.
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Password pants-off at Lloyds Bank

Updated: Set yourself a rude password at Lloyds TSB, and it is just possible that you might find it changed to something politer. That was the experience of Lloyds customer Steve Jetley, who attempted to set "Lloyds is pants" as his telephone banking password.

Sony launches 200Hz telly technology

IFA Sony has gone one better than 100Hz motion display, and launched a TV with exactly double that frame rate.

Sharp previews 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio LCD TV

IFA The future of LCD TV technology is a contrast ratio of one million to one - so Sharp reckons, at least. It announced two such tellies today in an attempt to prove it.

Toshiba cooks up kitchen-ready HD TV/DVD combo

IFA Toshiba has unveiled a range of HD LCD TVs with integrated DVD players.

Philips unveils 38mm-thick HD TV

IFA Measuring a super-slim 38mm at its thinnest point, the Essence HD LCD TV boasts a refresh rate of just 2ms and a full 1080p resolution.

Philips pitches black with monster contrast LED backlight

IFA In move to take on the likes of the Pioneer Kuro and Panasonic's Viera, Philips has announced the 42PFL9803 TV with black-enhancing LED backlight technology.
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Bloomberg kills Steve Jobs

Bloomberg yesterday dispatched Apple supremo Steve Jobs to the hereafter with a 17-page obit inadvertently published during an apparent update, Gawker reports.
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Acer H1 revs jump but profits slump

Acer increased sales in the first half of 2008 by 31 per cent to $8.14bn.
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DARPA develops zap-bomb electropulse countermeasures

US military boffins are preparing highly sophisticated technical defences against the dreaded electromagnetic pulse bomb, a weapon which has long been anticipated but never successfully built.
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Larry Ellison gets huge pay rise

The richest boss in tech just got a little bit richer, and this time it's not his customers squeaking.

DSGi sharpens axe for 50 staff

Struggling electrical retail giant DSGi has told around 50 employees working at its business unit that they could lose their jobs.
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Data watchdogs did not want to see eBay bank server

The man who paid £35 for a server stuffed full of Royal Bank of Scotland and NatWest customer details has been left less than impressed with the reaction of UK data regulators.

Samsung unwraps MacBook Air beater

IFA Samsung promised its X360 "premium" laptop would be "lighter than Air" - it isn't, but it's a smartly spec'd thin'n'light notebook nonetheless.

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Blu Christmas coming, format fans forecast

IFA Christmas is going to be a truly festive season for Blu-ray Disc, the organisation behind the optical disc standard forecast today.
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Engineer accidentally deletes cloud

Another large cloud is on the fritz.
Cade Metz, 28 2008

TomTom launches road-savvy satnav series

IFA TomTom has rolled out a trio of satnavs that continuously adapt the directions they give you based on changing road conditions, ensuring you always get from A to B by the fastest route.

Logitech beefs up Squeezebox line - and then some

IFA Logitech has introduced its second Squeezebox music streamer since it took over Slim Devices almost two years ago. After the compact Duet comes the more mighty Boom.
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McAfee SiteAdvisor sued over 'spyware' tag

In a case that could tie the hands of companies trying to protect their customers from internet threats, a website owner with past ties to a notorious piece of spyware has filed a lawsuit claiming it is being unfairly maligned by warnings from McAfee that the site poses a risk to its customers.
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GooTube cheers online gay porn ruling

Much to Google's delight, a federal judge has dismissed a porn infringement suit brought against online video site Veoh.com.
Cade Metz, 28 2008
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Dell profits sink 17% as revenues rise

Dell posted a surprise 17 per cent drop in profits for its fiscal second quarter, even though its revenues handily beat Wall Street estimates.