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3,400 votes vanish from Florida election
Florida elections officials are determining whether they can give their counterparts in Palm Beach County more time to certify voting results of an election last week, following the revelation that more than 3,400 ballots have vanished into thin air.
Microsoft slashes US Xbox 360 to sub-Wii price
Microsoft will slice the price of the Xbox 360 in the US this Friday, making an entry-level version of its game console less expensive than a Nintendo Wii.
Oracle's Ellison spanked for withholding evidence in shareholder suit
A federal judge has upbraided Oracle CEO Larry Ellison for withholding evidence in a class-action suit brought by company stockholders.
Amazon to sell one OLPC laptop for the price of two
Amazon will soon sell the OLPC Linux laptop using the approach taken by the hardware charity's 'buy two, get one' programme.
Google restores Chrome's shine
Google has acted with speed and retracted the objectional sentences in Chrome's EULA, so that any content you post via Chrome is yours and yours alone.
Scottish beavers (and Cali cacti) get their chips
As a report from the US Computing Technology Industry Association shows the number of companies adopting chipping for one or more projects up by a third on 2007, it is nice to think that just occasionally, chips and other tracking devices can be put to uses that are relatively benign – or even green.
Kids may benefit from mobiles in class
A study from Nottingham University found that kids can actually benefit from using mobile phones in class.
Dell launches Inspiron 9 mini laptop
Dell has launched the Inspiron Mini 9, as expected. Alas, it's not as cheap as previous rumours suggested.
Remember Rooster Cogburn, that aggressive old man with one last stand left in him? Word is that Microsoft will make a splash on Monday around Hyper-V and System Center Virtual Machine Manager with a host of supporting supplier statements.
AMD to spin off fabs, claims analyst
Is AMD about to announce that it's going to reinvent itself as a fabless semiconductor company? That's certainly what one analyst thinks.
Secure Computing snaps up user control firm Securify
Security appliance firm Secure Computing has bought user access monitoring and control firm Securify, in a deal valued at up to $20m ($15m guaranteed in cash and stock, plus an earn-out of up to $5m).
LG launches 8Mp full-of-firsts cameraphone
LG has taken the wraps off its superlative-laden eight-megapixel cameraphone, which it'll bring to Blighty next month.
Lockheed demos AI-based roboforce command tech
US aerospace colossus Lockheed Martin says it has taken an important step towards the inevitable rebellion of heavily armed, highly intelligent slaughter machines bent on the elimination of humanity. (We're paraphrasing the company release, obviously.)
Intel P45 desktop chipset
ReviewThe P45 Express is Intel’s latest mainstream chipset for the Core 2 range of processors. In many respects, it's a refinement of the P35. However, it has developed in an interesting direction.
Holiday text messages to cost less than 9p
Viviane Reding has begun circulating details of her proposed caps on data and SMS roaming. She wants to see prices capped at €.11 for a text message and €1 a MB for roamed data.
Phorm: Our business is fine, honest
After its share price slumped to a new low, Phorm today sought to allay investor fears about the ISP-level adware business by repeating assurances that a critical third trial with BT will go ahead.
Sony recalls burning US laptops
Sony is recalling 73,000* Vaio TZ-series laptops sold in the US, as a possible short circuit of wires near the hinge could burn users.
Hi-tech cops lose their website
The lapsed website of the UK's National Hi-Tech Crime Unit has been snapped up by an opportunistic German marketeer.
UK's top boffin: Renewables targets were 'a mistake'
A former chief scientific advisor to the government has said that EU renewable-energy quotas will cause widespread fuel poverty. Sir David King believes that European heads of state, in agreeing the targets, may have mistaken electricity usage for total energy consumption - leading to overly ambitious and expensive goals being set.
MS doesn't set world alight with Office Live Workspace
Microsoft claimed yesterday that one million subscribers have now signed up to the beta release of Office Live Workspace.
Phone phishers hop on filesharing legal threats bandwagon
Fraudsters have begun cold-calling householders to accuse them of copyright infringement online and threaten them with court action, an ISP has reported.
AMD to launch 45nm quad-core Phenoms on 8 January 2009
What desktop processors are AMD planning to release during the final three months of the year? A leaked roadmap slide reveals all. And its first 'Deneb' desktops will debut in January 2009.
History shaped Google's Trojan Horse
AnalysisWhen people buy software - buy it in seriously large amounts - it isn't just today's binary they're choosing. They're buying what they think is a bit of the future - they're buying a piece of risk insurance. This explains why very mature and well-proven systems often lose out to the Newest Kid on the Block. It also explains the enduring effectiveness of FUD and Vapourware.
Chrome: A new force for web applications?
ReviewGoogle's new web browser has provoked an orgy of comment almost rivalling that for a new trinket from Apple. There's plenty of froth, but for once the interest is justified.
Vodafone grabs carrier exclusive on HSDPA Dell Minis
Vodafone has become the first carrier to say that it'll sell Dell's newly announced Inspiron Mini 9 little laptop.
Ubuntu documentation in shreds
An ambitious plan to smarten up the online documentation for Linux distro Ubuntu has ended in failure.
Anonymous fights Scientology in schools
The Anonymous collective has announced a new phase in its protests against the Church of Scientology, targeting the alleged mistreatment of youngsters by Scientologists.
eBay sues business partners over alleged cookie stuffing
Internet auction site eBay is suing some of its business partners for 'cookie stuffing', a kind of advertising fraud. It claims partner sites are pretending that users have clicked on eBay ads when they have not.
EU parliament says yes to hydrogen cars
Members of the European Parliament have voted overwhelmingly in favour of a plan to bring in common standards for hydrogen cars and hydrogen filling stations across the EU.
Red Hat buys Qumranet, sidesteps Microsoft
Red Hat has bought Qumranet, the company behind KVM virtualisation technology, for about $107m in cash.
Mythbusters busted over RFID gagging
The co-host of popular science television show Mythbusters has backtracked on claims that the Discovery Channel spiked a planned exploration of RFID security after coming under commercial pressure from credit card companies.
Ice in fuel caused Heathrow 777 crash
The Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) has concluded that the 17 January crash-landing of a Boeing 777 at Heathrow was probably caused by "ice within the fuel feed system" which restricted flow to the engines.
US noses past Western Europe in 3G stakes
Though the US still trails in terms of freedom from mobile tyranny, it has surpassed Western Europe in the great race towards 3G.
Scammers skirt spam shields with help from Adobe Flash
Online scammers have found a new way to skirt anti-spam filters, this time by making use of Adobe Flash files hosted on free websites.
3 punts mobile email for £2.50 a month
UK operator 3 is celebrating their first year of mobile broadband by launching a new data tariff of £2.50 for unlimited email use, though the price doubles to a fiver a month for suit-wearers using Exchange or Notes access.
Applet accelerating Java update M.I.A.
Sun Microsystems planned to push out a significant update to Java today, but a last-minute snag has made its date of arrival uncertain.
Open source release takes Linux rootkits mainstream
The art of burying invisible malware deep inside a Linux machine is about to go mainstream, thanks to a new open-source rootkit released Thursday by Immunity Inc., a firm that supplies tools for penetration testers.
Comcast files FCC impotence suit
As expected, Comcast has appealed the landmark FCC order that sanctioned the American ISP for secretly blocking BitTorrents and other peer-to-peer traffic.