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Big and bendy e-ink displays on way

Plastic Logic will be ready to ship its long awaited portable and flexible e-ink display early next year, the firm has announced.
James Sherwood, 09 Sep 2008
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Google to ‘anonymize’ user IPs after 9 months

After continued pressure from EU regulators, Google has once again revised its data retention policies, saying it will "anonymize" user IP addresses after 9 months.
Cade Metz, 09 Sep 2008
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Crunch starts to bite on IT spending

The credit crunch is starting to hit IT spending, with 43 per cent of large companies across the world reducing IT budgets this year.
John Oates, 09 Sep 2008
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Nuke-nobbling US laser jumbo fires test beams

America's famous nuke-toasting aerial ray cannon jumbo jet has at last fired its first energy beams in ground testing, according to prime contractor Boeing. The Airborne Laser (ABL) system is now complete, and testing will progress to a live intercept against a ballistic missile in 2009.
Lewis Page, 09 Sep 2008

HP clocks up 24-hour laptop battery life

HP has beaten Dell - in the laptop battery longevity hype stakes, that is. It's produced a notebook with a full-day runtime, it claims - five hours longer than Dell's most recent battery life boast.
Tony Smith, 09 Sep 2008
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Google's Street View fleet - 100 spots and counting

We're tipping our hats today to vigilant Reg readers, who have so far contributed 100 sightings of Google's Orwellian Street View spycar fleet as it goes about its masters' dark business on the highways and byways of Blighty and beyond.
Lester Haines, 09 Sep 2008
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AMD Socket AM3 Phenoms due Q1 2009

AMD's first 45nm desktop processors - codenamed 'Deneb' - will initially support the Socket AM2+ interconnect. But the chip maker's roadmap shows AM3 versions out not long afterward.
Tony Smith, 09 Sep 2008
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Sony Ericsson shows off secretary smartphone

Personal assistants are expensive, we’d guess, so Sony Ericsson’s launched a handset that it’s claimed is the next best thing.
James Sherwood, 09 Sep 2008
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Tikitag lets anyone become Big Brother

If you're still wondering exactly what NFC technology is for, then Tikitag will sell you enough kit to try and find out for only $50 - a small investment if you can find a killer application for the technology.
Bill Ray, 09 Sep 2008
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Google publishes Chrome patch details

Google has belatedly released details of a security update to its newly released Chrome browser, days after it actually pushed out the patch.
John Leyden, 09 Sep 2008
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Morse suffers blip amid economic turbulence

The economic downturn has hit Morse Plc with a vengeance, the service provider's full year figures show today.
Joe Fay, 09 Sep 2008
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Ubuntu zoo preps for new arrival

Unassuming Ubuntu has announced a new clever creature is coming to its alliterative aggregation of Linux distros.
Chris Mellor, 09 Sep 2008
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AMD releases overclockable tri-core CPU

AMD has rolled out its first tri-core 'Toliman' Phenom processor that's overclocker friendly.
Tony Smith, 09 Sep 2008
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DoJ hires Mickey Mouse lawyer for Google probe

The Department of Justice has hired its old anti-trust boss from private practice to head up a probe into Google's advertising business.
John Oates, 09 Sep 2008

Sony gushes over gurly laptop line

Sony has announced the latest in its series of colourful laptops it hopes consumers will love, cherish and... er... treat like a real friend.
Tony Smith, 09 Sep 2008
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Creative Zen Mozaic MP3 player

Review First announced back in July, the Mozaic settles nicely into Creative's MP3 player range sitting between the Zen Stone Plus and the Zen proper.
Alun Taylor, 09 Sep 2008
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BlackBerry, HTC eat into Nokia Q2 market share

Global smartphone sales were steady during the second quarter of 2008, according to Gartner. But only a wider availability of new touchscreen smartphones will spur stronger sales in Q3, the analyst warned.
James Sherwood, 09 Sep 2008
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Doctors rally for right to call UK.gov quangonista a 'sh*t'

A junior doctor has been suspended by academic authorities for a month for branding a senior medical establishment figure a "fucking shit" on a web forum.
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Nokia plays MobileMeToo

Nokia is pushing its online money pit Ovi with the launch of remote synchronisation and file management, promising much of the functionality offered by Apple's iPhone but without the slick interface.
Bill Ray, 09 Sep 2008
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Exposed: North Korea's taekwondo assassins

North Korea was yesterday accused of infiltrating an international taekwondo group and using it as a front for espionage and assassination, including a planned 1982 attempt on the life of South Korean president Chun Doo Hwan, Reuters reports.
Lester Haines, 09 Sep 2008
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Scientology critics fight YouTube takedown notices

Net users are fighting back against attempts to remove content critical of the Church of Scientology (CoS) from YouTube.
John Leyden, 09 Sep 2008
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MS pumps up Zune storage ahead of iPod revamp

As everyone eagerly awaits news from Apple’s forthcoming “Let’s Rock” iPod event, Microsoft has snuck in ahead with two new Zune capacities - reminding the world that it too sells MP3 players.
James Sherwood, 09 Sep 2008
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Sony intros dual-drive HDD, SDD 18in hi-def notebook

Sony has introduced a quartet of PCs - three all-in-one desktops and a desktop-replacement notebook - pitched at punters after a Blu-ray Disc system.
Tony Smith, 09 Sep 2008
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UK Govt screws browser choice

A firestorm is brewing over proposals issued by the UK's IT advisory body over which browsers the public sector should support. Taxpayers will be forced to change their browsing habits and computer setup to accommodate the guidelines, say web standards experts.
Andrew Orlowski, 09 Sep 2008
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VMware co-founder quits for academia

After his wife was whacked as CEO by EMC padrino Joe Tucci, VMware co-founder Mendel Rosenblum has decided to retreat to the altogether cosier world of academia.
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Ballerinas and fish-gutters beat techies in UK immigration race

The UK is in dire need of ballet dancers, fish-gutters and sheep shearers - but not, it seems IT staff.
Joe Fay, 09 Sep 2008
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Google goes after 3 billion with super satellite

Google has hooked up with Liberty Global and HSBC Principle Investments to start funding a satellite network aimed at connecting the three billion people who still can't get access to the internet, at least those living near the equator.
Bill Ray, 09 Sep 2008
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Legal digital music is commercial suicide

Opinion Lala, for those who don't know, is a free streaming music venture. Invested in by Warner Music group to the tune of $20m it streams about five million songs, but also offers 89 cent MP3 sales, and song rentals for 10 cents each. But why is almost nobody using their well-designed, expansive, free streaming service?
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Ingram Micro captures Eurequat at point of sale

Ingram Micro Europe is buying Eurequat, a French owned distributor ofc (AIDC) and point of sale (POS) products. Terms are undisclosed.
Team Register, 09 Sep 2008
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Vodafone to offer Nokia 'Tube' iPhone rival

Pictures have emerged online revealing which network operator Nokia has chosen to launch its much-hyped 5800 XpressMedia - aka 'Tube' - phone.
James Sherwood, 09 Sep 2008
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Aaaagh, there's a thumb in my USB port!

Next time you see a thumb poking out from a PC’s USB port think twice before calling an ambulance, because it’s more likely to be quirky online vendor Brando’s idea of a joke.
James Sherwood, 09 Sep 2008
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Fake Twitter profile punts Orkut attack

Miscreants are using a fake Twitter profile in a bid to spread malware that harvests login credentials for Orkut.
John Leyden, 09 Sep 2008
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Sony Ericsson and Nokia fight over uncapped music downloads

Sony Ericsson is poised to jump on Nokia’s recent Comes With Music announcement by launching a rival unlimited music download service.
James Sherwood, 09 Sep 2008
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Sony Ericsson apes Nokia's 'Saw You Coming'

Sony Ericsson is imitating market leader Nokia and will bundle "free" music with its handsets, the FT claims today.
Andrew Orlowski, 09 Sep 2008
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Obama strumpet-sex scandal ruse spreads malware

False claims that presidential candidate Barack Obama is a sex tourist are being used to trick users into getting infected by malware.
John Leyden, 09 Sep 2008
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AMD trumpets Hyper-V nuptials

In addition rolling out a trio of tri-core processors, AMD has said it's snuggling up to Microsoft and Hyper-V.
Chris Mellor, 09 Sep 2008
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Flagship Sony Alpha blown in

Sony’s latest Digital SLR isn’t just the flagship model in its Alpha range, it’s also claimed to be the world’s first 24.6-megapixel camera with a full-frame CMOS sensor.
James Sherwood, 09 Sep 2008

Apple revamps iPod line-up

Yes, it's iPod update time, with new Nanos and Touches, and tweaked Shuffles and Classics all announced by Apple this evening.
Tony Smith, 09 Sep 2008
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Google smears Chrome on 'sacred' home page

When an army of angry American watchdogs barked for a one-word privacy link on the Google home page, the search giant refused. At least initially. And when it finally acquiesced a month later, it did so only after carefully removing another word from the page. The way head Googirl Marissa Mayer tells it, the Google home page mustn't contain any more than 28 words. Yes, 28.
Cade Metz, 09 Sep 2008
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The Hadron Collider: What's it all about, then?

Around about now, boffins will be eagerly awaiting news that protons are finding their way fully around the 27km circuit of CERN's Large Hadron Collider, the latest and best atom-smasher particle accelerator - and the biggest scientific experimental apparatus ever built.
Anton Wylie, 09 Sep 2008
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Apple channels Pandora with iTunes 8

Along with an iPod hardware refresh today, Apple's product announcement orgy unveiled an update to iTunes, some iPod software tweaks, and declared peace with NBC.
Austin Modine, 09 Sep 2008
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Microsoft delivers four critical updates

Microsoft has issued four critical security updates that patch at least eight vulnerabilities in the various Windows operating systems and Office programs. If you use either, you'll want to install them sooner rather than later.
Dan Goodin, 09 Sep 2008