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OpenSocial, OpenID, and Google Gears: Three technologies for history's dustbin

Fail and YouHey, does anybody remember Google's OpenSocial? Come on, it hasn't even been a year since it was announced. OpenSocial was supposed to unify social network application developers behind one common API. Revolutionary, innovative, all that shit.
Ted Dziuba, 22 Sep 2008
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Miracle airship tech sustained by DARPA pork trickle

A Ukrainian airship visionary based in California has won further US military funding to develop his miraculous "Aeroscraft" sky-leviathan design. However, some question marks remain over the craft's unique - almost miraculous - buoyancy-control technology.
Lewis Page, 22 Sep 2008
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Comcast reveals it is protocol agnostic

As part of its response to an August order from the FCC, Comcast has unveiled a new "protocol-agnostic" method for managing heavy traffic on its cable-based network.
Cade Metz, 22 Sep 2008
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Intel ships dual-core Atom

Intel formally begun shipping its first dual-core Atom chip, the 1.6GHz desktop-oriented 330, yesterday.
Tony Smith, 22 Sep 2008
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Nokia's next-gen Linux-based net tablet to incorporate HSDPA

Nokia has let slip some of the key features of its next internet tablet, the successor to the N810, reviewed here. Top of the list: integrated HSDPA 3G support.
Tony Smith, 22 Sep 2008
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Palm OS II-based smartphones now due H2 2009

Palm's next-gen operating system will be finished by the end of the year, the company promised late last week.
Tony Smith, 22 Sep 2008
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Gov seeks UK nuclear competition for EDF

French energy giant EDF will have some competition in the new British nuclear sector, according to reports. It appears that certain UK sites belonging to British Energy and the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority will see new plants built by EDF's rivals.
Lewis Page, 22 Sep 2008
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Carphone goes bargain hunting in Tiscali sell-off

Carphone Warehouse has made a renewed, lowball offer for Tiscali's UK operations of "less than £450m".
Christopher Williams, 22 Sep 2008
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Feds search Palin hack suspect's flat

Federal investigators served a search warrant on a suspect in the Sarah Palin webmail hack case in the early hours of Sunday morning.
John Leyden, 22 Sep 2008
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Sony Ericsson Walkman slider spied online

A picture has popped up online of an upcoming Sony Ericsson handset that looks as though it’ll sit somewhere between the recently announced G705 slider and the latest Walkman, the W890i.
James Sherwood, 22 Sep 2008
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UK.gov IDs identity vendors

The Identity and Passport Service has announced shortlists for two stages of the National Identity Scheme procurement programme.
Kablenet, 22 Sep 2008
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SanDisk seeks to replace the CD with the SD

SanDisk has launched a new flavour of storage across Europe and the US: Micro SD cards with DRM-free music already loaded.
James Sherwood, 22 Sep 2008
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Is flash a cache or pretend disk drive?

InterviewShould you use flash solid state drive (SSD) storage as a pretend hard disk drive or as a cache attached to a server’s main bus?
Chris Mellor, 22 Sep 2008
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MI6 agent's moustache falls off during TV interview

The first ever British spy to purposely appear as such on TV had his false moustache fall off during filming, it has been revealed.
Lewis Page, 22 Sep 2008
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Sun faces up to the 64 thread question with T2+

AnalysisYou wouldn't know it by the revenue and profit figures, but Sun Microsystems is managing a fair amount of churn in its Sparc and X64 server product lines.
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Are today's developers more creative?

Reg Reader WorkshopBack last year, I stumbled into a conversation at a conference just as a twenty-something programmer was uttering the words "Of course, developers nowadays are a lot more creative than they were 20 years ago".
Jon Collins, 22 Sep 2008
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College launches iPhone videogame course

Don’t like the games on your iPhone or iPod Touch? Well, you’ll soon be able to make your own, if you pass the world’s first iPhone videogame course.
James Sherwood, 22 Sep 2008
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Apple 2G iPod Touch

ReviewWe like the iPod Touch. It's not the only portable device with a touchscreen control system, but the way that Apple has employed the technology is clever.
Stephen Dean, 22 Sep 2008
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Fujitsu to take on FSC commercial biz?

Siemens is expected to unload its stake in Fujitsu Siemens Computers to its Japanese partner, which will then slice and dice the business before flogging the consumer aspects.
Joe Fay, 22 Sep 2008
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Scrap PCs smuggled, dumped in Africa, China

The British government needs to tighten up the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) directive to prevent e-waste being illegally exported to and dumped in the developing world, according to a charity group.
Kelly Fiveash, 22 Sep 2008
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SanDisk pre-launches slotMusic

DRM-free music for your mobile phone and MP3 players sounds a good idea but not when an announcement is rushed out by SanDisk eager to to push up Samsung's bid price.
Chris Mellor, 22 Sep 2008
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Million dollar burnout features as malware lure

First it appeared as an art project. Now, over a decade later, it's back from the dead as a malware lure.
John Leyden, 22 Sep 2008
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London battles fire-breathing black cabs

RoTMTransport for London last week announced the temporary withdrawal of 500 black cabs following eight spontaneous combustion events in three months - the first incendiary transportation incidents in the capital since Red Ken Livingstone's removal from office apparently contained the fire-breathing vehicle menace.
Lester Haines, 22 Sep 2008
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Superfluid leak downs LHC for months

Bad news broke at the weekend for fans of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) - the titanic underground magno-doughnut proton punisher located outside Geneva. Technical mishaps will mean at least a two-month delay before the inaugural hadron headbang.
Lewis Page, 22 Sep 2008
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What's the cost of global warming?

AnalysisLet us assume global warming is happening. Let us assume too that it is doing so at a rapid pace. What should we do about it?
Evan Jones, 22 Sep 2008
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Pentax goes back to DSLR basics

Pentax has unveiled an entry-level digital SLR that it hopes will persuade avid snappers to ditch their simplistic compact cameras in favour of more complex photography.
James Sherwood, 22 Sep 2008
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Electric Mini spied in Munich

'Leccy techBMW's electric Mini has been spotted pootling around Munich, its zero-emission power source revealed by the lack of an exhaust pipe.
Tony Smith, 22 Sep 2008
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Hammer Films has risen from the grave

Classic film fans lock up your daughters, take up your wooden stakes and prepare to battle the forces of darkness: Hammer Films has announced it's called action on its first horror production for over 30 years.
Lester Haines, 22 Sep 2008
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Police drop BT-Phorm probe

ExclusiveCity of London Police have decided not to formally investigate BT and Phorm for their allegedly illegal secret ISP-level adware trials, arguing that there was implied consent from customers and it would be a waste of public money.
Christopher Williams, 22 Sep 2008
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Android-based T-Mobile G1 pics leaked

With just 24 hours or so to go before T-Mobile officially unveils the G1 Android-based handset, pictures of the phone have emerged online to whet consumers’ appetites.
James Sherwood, 22 Sep 2008
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Free from Philips, iRex launches A4 e-book reader

Philips spin-off iRex has gone up a size to produce an A4 version of its e-book reader, this one aimed at the document-reading business type, rather than the classic-consuming bookworm.
Bill Ray, 22 Sep 2008
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Armani stiches together latest talker

Fashion favourite Armani has expanded its range of branded gadgets with the creation of a second Samsung mobile phone.
James Sherwood, 22 Sep 2008
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Has the war on terror scored a virtual victory?

CommentScore one for the good guys – if, that is, you believe that some websites are just so wrong that they are fair game for a takedown. Alternatively, bemoan the demise of a voice that you may not agree with, but which at least gave you the opportunity to understand better what the other side in the “war on terror” are thinking.
Jane Fae , 22 Sep 2008
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McAfee snaps up Secure Computing

McAfee is buying smaller IT security rival Secure Computing for $465m in cash.
John Leyden, 22 Sep 2008
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Turkish court bans Dawkins' website

CommentOnce upon a time, it took a Pope or a Stalinist dictator like, um, Stalin to have scientific discourse banned by decree. Nowadays, however, it merely takes a large and influential publishing house, and the agreement of Turkey’s criminal court of peace.
Jane Fae , 22 Sep 2008
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Oracle website 'not found' as Ellison et al schmooze customers

It's just as well Oracle customers are today holed up at the firm's OpenWorld event in San Francisco seeing as, for the second time inside a month, the Oracle website is having a little lie-down.
Kelly Fiveash, 22 Sep 2008
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US pilots will go to VR drone ops straight from training

The new head of the US Air Force, General Norton "Norty"* Schwartz, has said that in future some rookie pilots will go straight from training school to remotely flying robot planes.
Lewis Page, 22 Sep 2008
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Toshiba, Sony to ship 45nm Cell in 2009?

Toshiba will next year begin mass-producing 45nm Cell processors, allowing Sony to put them into a (hopefully) slimmer PS3.
Tony Smith, 22 Sep 2008
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Brocade adds encryption to SAN fabric

Brocade has added an encryption switch and blade to its SAN fabric products. You can now encrypt the data in your Brocade SAN without having to use Brocade's own-brand HBAs.
Chris Mellor, 22 Sep 2008
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MS trains eye on supercomputing with HPC Server 2008

Microsoft wheeled out the big guns today with its high performance computing (HPC) Server 2008 product finally hitting manufacturers.
Kelly Fiveash, 22 Sep 2008
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Will Microsoft ever get the web?

Remix 08The UK Remix conference in Brighton last week was a local echo of Mix in Las Vegas, Microsoft’s web development event. Some 500 developers and designers turned up in a tired Brighton Centre to hear Microsoft’s web story, covering products like Silverlight, ASP.NET, Internet Explorer 8, Windows Live services, and the Expression design tools.
Tim Anderson, 22 Sep 2008
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'Malware-friendly' Intercage gets PIE in the face

UpdatedCalifornia-based network provider Intercage has gone completely offline following weeks of scathing criticism that it hosts an inordinate number of sites engaged in phishing, malware propagation, and other illegal activities.
Dan Goodin, 22 Sep 2008

Oracle pledges $3bn R&D spend

OpenWorld 08Oracle has promised increased research and development to maintain a growing software stack, while announcing updates to its collaboration, tools, and databases.
Gavin Clarke, 22 Sep 2008
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Data centers embrace The Great Outdoors

Some years ago, when power and cooling issues first started coming to the fore in data center conversations, some of us were joking that the smart thing to do would be to move big data centers to the polar caps and use the cool air keep the iron from overheating.
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Senate bill sics DoJ on copyright infringers

As legislation allowing the US Department of Justice to sue suspected copyright violators on behalf of the entertainment industry heads to a vote on the Senate floor, an outspoken advocacy group is calling for the public to voice their concern.
Austin Modine, 22 Sep 2008
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HP loads PC with nonexistent web browser

HP is now offering desktop PCs with virtual web browsers.
Cade Metz, 22 Sep 2008
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EA in Spore DRM climbdown

Austin Modine, 22 Sep 2008
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Oracle sits big iron on Amazon cloud

OpenWorld 08Oracle has eased licensing terms and introduced virtualization and back-up tools for using its database and infrastructure stack with Amazon's cloud services.
Gavin Clarke, 22 Sep 2008