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World of Warcraft upkeep costs only $200m

Blizzard Entertainment is indisputably making money hand-over-fist with its massively popular online RPG, World of Warcraft. But surely maintaining a game with some 10 million active subscribers worldwide takes a serious bite out of profits?
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Memo to US Secret Service: Net proxy may pinpoint Palin email hackers

Updated Memo to law enforcement investigators tracking down who broke into Sarah Palin's Yahoo email account: Gabriel Ramuglia might be a good place to start.
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Is IT stuck with cloud busting budget structures?

Comment A lot of noise is currently being generated around Cloud Computing and flexible IT infrastructures based on virtualised platforms.
Tony Lock, 18 2008
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US military offered flying hover car bike

A noted US air'n'space crazytechware firm, engaged in building a comparatively humdrum hover killbot, has strongly suggested that their machine could in fact function as the long-yearned-for flying car - or flying bike anyway.
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Illuminati spook fails to disarm Soviet cow nuke

A US Illuminati black op to seek, locate and disarm a Soviet nuke disguised as a blue plastic cow sculpture ended in failure when the special agent charged with the task got stuck in an air duct in Knoxville Museum of Art, and was obliged to call for traditional law enforcement assistance.
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China to combine four ships to form space station

The Director of Jiuquan Launch Center claims that China is set to build a space station by snapping together four spaceships (Shenzhou 7, 8, 9, and 10), to be launched sequentially, according to a report by Hong Kong newspaper the Ming Pao Daily News.

Union fears 3,000 EDS job cuts in UK

EDS management are bunkered in a hotel near Heathrow mulling the future of thousands of UK and Europe-based staff, following Hewlett-Packard’s decision to slash nearly 25,000 jobs earlier this week.
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French bid for Brit nuclear sector back on

The UK nuclear industry is back on track for a future hand in hand with that of France, according to reports. British institutional investors, which had previously blocked French nuke giant EDF's bid for Blighty's nuclear plants, are now thought to be on side with the acquisition.

Apple grabs double-digit US laptop marketshare

Apple's share of the US laptop market jumped into double figures during Q2, once again hitting the kind of marketshare it experienced in its hey-dey.

Toshiba takes wraps off netbook

Updated It's official: Toshiba today formally launched its entry into the Small, Cheap Computer arena, following Dell's lead and equipping the Linux version with Ubuntu 8.04.
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Oz pub slammed over 'No Undie Sundie'

The powers that be have clamped down on a Melbourne boozer's planned "No Undie Sundie" - a promotion "urging women to remove their underwear in return for a $50 drink card", Oz's Daily Telegraph reports.
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McKinnon supporters plan US embassy demo

Supporters of accused Pentagon hacker Gary McKinnon are planning a second London demonstration, this time outside the US embassy.

iPhone auto-correct puts Euro tongues out of joint

A Swiss web design company, Fruahjahr, has launched a petition to disable auto-correction on the iPhone. To many non-English users this is an even bigger nuisance than bad 3G reception or poor battery life.

Texting worse for drivers than drink or drugs

The UK's Transport Research Laboratory has established that taking your eyes off the road to look at a tiny screen held in hands that are no longer gripping the wheel is really, really dangerous.
Bill Ray, 18 2008
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Lloyds buy leaves HBOS techies facing axe - again

IT workers at Halifax Bank of Scotland (HBOS) face the job axe again this morning after the UK’s largest mortgage lender was thrown a £12.2bn lifeline from Lloyds TSB.

Dick Smith pr0n mobe heads for eBay

The mobile phone at the centre of the Dick Smith Electronics preloaded porn scandal will on Monday hit eBay complete with the snaps that reduced a sickened Cairns woman to a state of shock.
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'Idiot' pulls cables, downs ISPs at Telecity

A hamfisted worker at colo provider Telecity shut down "several" ISPs and their customers across the country when he started pulling plugs at one of its datacentres late last night.
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Brad squeezes Paris out of unsafe search chart

Internet searches about Brad Pitt are more likely to lead to infection than web hunts about any other celeb, with 18 per cent of searches leading to sites laced with malware or promoted via spam.
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Microsoft dumps hilarious comedy duo

Microsoft has ditched its Jerry Seinfeld-fronted advertising campaign, after everyone thought it was crap.

First Android phone to retail for $199

The Googlephone will cost $199 when it lands on T-Mobile in the US next week.

Battery boss says laptop power tech to drive most electric cars

'Leccy Tech A manufacturer of lithium-ion batteries for electric cars has said that lithium-ion batteries will dominate the electric car market for the next 15-20 years.
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Quantum theme debuts on Radio 1

The Jack White and Alicia Keys theme for forthcoming Bond outing Quantum of Solace this morning enjoyed its first airplay on Jo Whiley's Radio 1 show.
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Norway sends entire citizenry's ID info to media

Norway's national tax office erroneously sent CD-ROMs crammed with the 2006 tax returns of nearly four million people living in Norway to national newspapers, radios and tv stations, news agency AFP reports.
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Windows Live third wave washes up

Microsoft has given birth to a beta of the next version of Windows Live – the firm’s online software and services suite.
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MySpace Music hears the antitrust song

Special Report News Corporation and the major record labels are facing antitrust questions about the blockbuster MySpace Music venture - even before the site has launched.

ITC to probe Wii patent violation claims

A US manufacturer’s recent claim that four of its patents for on-screen navigation and control technology have been infringed by the Wii are to be formally investigated by a US trade body.
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No uranium for Russia, say Oz MPs

An Australian parliamentary committee has said that an AU$800m deal to supply Russia with uranium should be put on hold until the latter was able to "assuaged doubts" regarding how it intended to use the material.

Hitachi and Panasonic tighten flat-TV partnership

Matsushita and Panasonic parent Matsushita are to extend their flat-panel display development deal.
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New Yorkers to pay for RFID in driving licences

New York drivers will have the option, from June next year, of paying an additional $30 to have an RFID tag embedded in their driving licence, allowing them to cross nearby borders without recourse to a passport.
Bill Ray, 18 2008

Vodafone prices up HSDPA-bundled Dell netbook

Vodafone will be offering Dell's Inspiron Mini 9 netbook for free when it starts selling the HSDPA enabled version of the Small, Cheap Computer next month.
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German cyberplods raid Pirate Party on Skype Trojan mole hunt

Bavarian cops have searched the office of a spokesman for the German Pirate Party (Piratenpartei Deutschland) hunting for a mole who leaked information on plans to develop a Trojan capable of eavesdropping on Skype conversation, according to local reports.

Chrysler plans electric car production model

'Leccy Tech Chrysler look set to follow General Motors and put its own electric car into production in 2010 based on the four-door ecoVoyager concept it showed off earlier this year.
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Say hi to Haumea - our fifth dwarf planet

The International Astronomical Union (IAU) has decreed that the object formerly known as 2003 EL61 will henceforth be addressed as "Haumea", and joins Ceres, Eris, Makemake and Pluto in the solar system's league of dwarf planets.
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AT&T lifts (deleted) page from Google EULA

Remember Google Chrome's copyright-snaffling EULA? AT&T appears to be doing the same courtesy of a BellSouth ISP offering.
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3G Americas warns against text warning systems

3G Americas, the club promoting GSM networks in the Americas, has released a report pointing out that SMS is useless as an emergency notification system, even claiming that using the text network that way could interfere with life-saving services.
Bill Ray, 18 2008
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Microsoft Live Search gets Powerset boost

Microsoft yesterday revealed how it has begun integrating Powerset’s semantic internet search technology into its own Live Search product.
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Robots to engage in mid-air couplings

Flying robots are now able to do many tasks which formerly required assistance from a human pilot. They can land, take off, copy aerobatic manoeuvres and dock a manned jet to another one for air-to-air refuelling - hands off.
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Fujitsu consolidates North American IT operations

Size matters as much as scope in the IT sector, but at the same time, executives like to carve out their own empires within vast conglomerates. Which often means the big IT players have organizational charts that are messier than some of the code they write. Today, the org chart at the North American operations of Fujitsu just got a little simpler.
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Symbian: Linux unfit for mobile phones

Symbian has told the world that as open source operating systems go, Linux is unfit for mobile phones.
Cade Metz, 18 2008
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Google to DoJ: The clock is ticking

When government regulators come knocking, businesses usually make with the "Yes, sirs" and the "Thank you very much, sirs," attempting a bit of the old boardroom charm to make the probing process go easy.

IBM gets virtual and cloudy with 22nm chips

IBM may not be in the same league as Intel when it comes to volume chip production, but the PowerPC family of chips gets embedded in all kinds of devices, and it does a decent volume with its related Power chips in servers, too. Plus, the company sells intellectual property related to chip making. And that is why IBM needs to show now that it has the future chip fabrication processes that processor outfits can depend on for their future products.
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EFF sues Dubya over warrantless surveillance

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has sued President Bush, the National Security Agency, and nine other public officials to stop what the civil liberties group characterizes as far-reaching and illegal surveillance on ordinary US citizens.
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Israeli hamlet plans DNA database for dog poop

An Israeli city hopes to use DNA analysis in the fight against dog poop littering its footpaths.
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Democratic rep fathered alleged Palin hacker

The son of a democratic state representative from Tennessee is at the center of an online investigation into who broke in to the email account of vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin and shared some of its contents with the world.