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Google's IP anonymization fails to anonymize

In telling the world it will anonymize user IPs after only nine months, Google has appeased EU regulators. At least in part. But it looks like Mountain View's new policy is just another example of Google Privacy Theatre.
Cade Metz, 12 2008
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NEC joins IBM's Super Friends chip alliance

IBM has recruited NEC Electronics to its semiconductor Super Friends alliance, designed to spread out the cost of developing and producing 32-nanometer fabbed chips.
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Coventry fans blue over 'hackable' cashless payment system

Coventry City fans are worried about the security of a cashless payment card introduced at the football club's Ricoh Arena stadium this season.

Brits are Europe's biggest gadget buyers - official

Brits spent so much of their cash on electronics last year that the total amount of discretionary income splurged on technology in the UK ranked worldwide second only to the US.
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Northrop offer supersonic robot stealth raygun cyber-bomber

American aerospace colossus Northrop Grumman has called for the US air force to purchase a hundred-strong fleet of enormous aerial stealth raiders, able to direct "netted wolfpacks" of flying kill-robots and packing "cyber warfare tools" capable of "attacking enemy information nodes". The proposed Next Generation Long Range System (NGLRS) cyberbomber is also, of course, thought likely to mount some kind of raygun.
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Acer raises UK prices

Acer UK is raising PC trade prices on Monday, September 15 and is blaming the dollar-sterling exchange rate for the move.

Philips opens kimono, gives glimpse of kinky kit

Earlier this week, Register Hardware brought you news that clean-cut electronics manufacturer Philips is going into the vibrator, sorry, “marital aid” business. And now we’ve got pictures of the saucy gadget set.
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Child abusers adopt blackmail tactics

Child abusers are increasingly resorting to online threats and blackmail instead of 'grooming' children, a specialist police child protection agency warns.

Sony PRS-505 Reader e-book

Review Since words written on paper have kept civilised humans amused and off the streets for the best part of five-and-a-half thousand years, anything that hopes to replace it had better be good.
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Royal Society: Schools should show creationism 'respect'

Updated The Royal Society has backed the discussion of creationism in school science classes, kicking off what promises to be a spectacular row amongst the country’s top boffins.
Joe Fay, 12 2008
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BOFH: Back in the saddle

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DRAM boom-lite coming

DRAM manufacturer Elpida hopes the DRAM market will be healthier next year when a severe two year slump ends.
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Sky ices Picnic, blames Ofcom

Sky today said it had put its planned terrestrial pay TV product "Picnic" on ice, blaming Ofcom's glacial decision-making.

Panasonic shows world's smallest DLSR

The developers of the Micro Four-Thirds lens system promised that it would create smaller digital SLRs and the new Lumix DMC-G1 from Panasonic is claimed to be the first offspring of the technology.

Apple 'niche player' in touchscreen phone biz, says analyst

Apple's iPhone may have boosted awareness of touchscreen handsets, prompting a 91 per cent increase in sales between 2007 and 2006, but it's still just a "niche player", one market watcher reckons.
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Maritz apologises to VMware customers again

Days before VMware's virtualization-fest at the virtual Venice of Las Vegas' Venetian Hotel, CEO has issued a second letter of apology to customers affected by the ESX update last month that crashed their virtual servers.
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YouTube fake tool dumbs down malware distribution

Miscreants have created a tool that dumbs down the process of using fake YouTube websites to spread malware.
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Ray Winstone joins Mel Gibson at the Edge of Darkness

Brit thesp Ray Winstone has replaced Robert De Niro in the big-screen adaptation of telly classic Edge of Darkness after the latter walked out two days into shooting over "creative differences", Variety reports.

SanDisk's Extreme 32GB CompactFlash

SanDisk has further extended its Extreme III storage range with the launch of a 32GB CompactFlash card.
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NASA preps Atlantis for Hubble mission

Space shuttle Endeavour was yesterday rolled into the Kennedy Space Center's giant Vehicle Assembly Building, where technicians will clamp on its external tank and twin solid rocket boosters pending transfer to launch pad 39B some time next week.
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University offers one-day Jedi course

Queen's University Belfast will in November open its doors to 30-40 wannabe Jedi knights with a one-day course entitled "Feel the Force: How to Train in the Jedi Way."
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Enta wins Intel channel badge

Enta has picked up official distribution rights for Intel, making it the chip vendor's sixth distie in the UK.

Tesco reveals unannounced Dell 12in netbook

Tesco appears to have leaked details of Dell's next mini laptop. But while some sites a jumping for joy at the inadvertent bean spillage, we're not sure the suggested spec makes sense for a netbook.
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BT watchdog joins BT

Sean Williams, a former senior Ofcom regulator who ran the process that created Openreach and stopped short of breaking BT's power over the telecoms industry, has been hired by, er, BT.

Lenovo drops web sales of Linux machines

Lenovo has dropped Linux from the list of operating systems it will preload on desktops and notebooks sold via its website.
Joe Fay, 12 2008

German court bans VoiP on iPhone

A VoiP application for Apple's iPhone has been banned by the Higher Regional Court in Hamburg, Germany at the behest of T-Mobile.
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Morgan Stanley gets spectrum grab bag gig

Ofcom, the UK regulator, has appointed the investment bank Morgan Stanley to promote international interest in the digital dividend, ahead of the auction planned for 18 months' time.
Bill Ray, 12 2008
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Western Digital's 2.5-inch to hit 1TB by early 2010

Western Digital (WD) and Fujitsu will likely have 1TB 2.5-inch disk drives available by early 2010 according to industry sources.
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UK.gov told not to subsidise superfast broadband

Francesco Caio, the former top cable and Wireless beancounter tasked by the government with an economic analysis of next generation internet deployment in the UK, has come out against subsidies for fibre.

WD's 2.5in HDDs to hit 1TB by early 2010

Western Digital has just announced that it has started volume shipping its 500GB 2.5in Scorpio Blue drive, with 250GB per platter and a 5400rpm spin speed.

Netbooks and Mini-Laptops

Buyer's Guide Since Asus launched the Eee PC 701 in October 2007, many notebook makers have hopped on the Small, Cheap Computer bandwagon, a fair few of them pushing the limits of the format's size and price in the process.
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Euro mobe companies mass against cap proposals

Five European mobile operators have ganged up to fight Viviane Reding's proposal to cut termination rates by 70 per cent, with a study showing that it will lead to mobile phone users paying more.
Bill Ray, 12 2008
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Hundreds queue for Doctor Who Hamlet tickets

Hundreds of people have queued around London's Novello Theatre to secure tickets for David Tennant's planned outing as Hamlet in the capital's West End, the BBC reports.
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Beauty contest judge canned for slamming 'munter' contestants

A beauty contest judge tasked with finding the sexiest fan of Millwall FC was given his marching orders after suggesting a large percentage of the contestants were tattoed "munters", the Daily Mail reports.
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Mozilla slots pr0n safe mode into Firefox 3.1

Mozilla is responding to challenges from browser rivals Apple, Microsoft and Google by reviving private browsing mode features in Firefox.

Qantas phone check-in to take off next year

Barcode boarding is really taking off, with Qantas becoming the latest airline to launch mobile phone based check-in services.

Japanese call on deities to discipline wayward PCs

Anti-virus software usually does the job, but if malicious code gets through then it can bring your PC to its knees. So a Japanese shrine’s resorted to a rather more unorthodox way of keeping laptops safe.
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Obama: McCain can't email, remembers Rubik's Cubes

Barack Obama has told American voters that John McCain is a poor choice for the highest office in the land because he "doesn't know how to use a computer" and "can't send an email."
Cade Metz, 12 2008
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Senator saves YouTube from al Qaeda

Senator Joseph Lieberman claims to have struck a mighty blow against the forces of al Qaeda this week by pressuring YouTube to forbid users from uploading terrorist training videos.
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Massive ATM fraud triggers Gulf banking jitters

Banks across the United Arab Emirates are fighting to restore confidence in its banking system after hackers used counterfeit cards to withdraw funds from cash machines.