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Is Hitwise in the Phorm biz?

Front Porch – a Silicon Valley startup offering a Phorm-like online ad system – has sued several companies for patent infringement, including NebuAd, Hitwise, and Microsoft.
Cade Metz, 29 2008
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Android and Windows Mobile 'complementary', claims HTC

T-Mobile G1 manufacturer HTC plans to develop more handsets based on Android. It maintain this will not affect its Windows Mobile business - the Google platform and Microsoft's are “complementary”, it claimed.

Toshiba unwraps 256GB 2.5in SSD

Toshiba has taken the wraps off a 256GB solid-state drive, though the unit's not set to become widely available until Q4.
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Byron Review's internet enforcer goes into action

The UK government is today launching the UK Council for Child Internet Safety with support from BT, Microsoft, Facebook and over 100 other organisations and companies.
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Elon Musk's Falcon 1 launches successfully

Multimillionaire tech visionary Elon Musk has finally achieved a long-sought goal on the fourth attempt, as his privately-funded SpaceX Falcon 1 is now circling the Earth. The rocket, launched from Kwajalein Atoll in the Pacific, reached orbital velocity at 00:26 UK time.
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FCO owns up to energy waste

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has been leaving about 10,000 computers switched on overnight.
Kablenet, 29 2008
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Apple reduces iPhone output, will sell more, analyst claims

Apple will make 14-15m iPhones during Q3 and Q4, down from 18m, it has been claimed.
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BT's third Phorm trial starts tomorrow

Updated BT will invite thousands of its broadband subscribers to voluntarily participate in a third trial of Phorm's advertising targeting system starting tomorrow, the two firms said this morning.

Sony Ericsson shows wireless kit for Christmas

Ericsson did create Bluetooth, so it should be able to show off what's possible, though the company's devotion to its offspring is being challenged by loyalty to its parents.
Bill Ray, 29 2008
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Music and pics coming to next-gen Nintendo DS

Nintendo has developed a new, feature-laden DS handheld console, according to a Japanese newspaper.
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Samsung's second 8Mp phone leaked

Samsung’s first eight-megapixel camera phone, the i8510, has scarcely been out for five minutes, but the electronics giant’s already lined up a follow-on handset.
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Bear squeeze blues: How to destroy a bank

Comment With the banks apparently unable to cope with the markets anymore, the poor dears, short selling has been banned to protect them. HBOS is being taken over cheaply, even compared to what a mortgage bank is worth in this rotten market. Allegedly, "spivs" conducted a whispering campaign, and used short selling to make money out of misery. It is nearly true.
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Adobe cache snafu delivers free movie downloads

A security bug in Adobe's software means users were able to access Amazon's video streaming service without payment, Reuters reports. The flaw was a rare example of a bug that gives extra functionality to users.
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Tories promise to kill off kids database

The Tory Party will scrap the government's controversial ContactPoint child database if elected.
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Virgin Galactic spaceliner-piggyback craft delayed

The "mothership" jet aboard which Richard Branson's planned space-tourism rocketplanes will ride piggyback has had its first flight delayed, according to reports. The WhiteKnight Two carrier craft had been expected to fly this month.
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VAT fraudsters sentenced to total of 133 years

More than 20 people have been sentenced to a total of 133 years for their part in a series of major mobile phone carousel fraud conspiracies in the UK.
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Chrysler grows iPod Peapod

'Leccy Tech Chrysler has redesigned its Peapod range of electric cars with a model aimed directly at iPhone and iPod users.
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Firefox update fixes international character password glitch

Mozilla has published an update to its popular Firefox web browser designed to fix a password saving glitch.
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UK spooks poke Facebook for new spies

The British Secret Service has given up trawling the Oxbridge Junior Common Rooms for new recruits and begun advertising on Facebook instead.
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Frenchman's pedalo dirigible Channel attempt blown out

An attempt to cross the English Channel in a pedal-powered dirigible has failed. French blimp-bike aficionado Stephane Rousson was defeated by headwinds blowing at several miles per hour.
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Microsoft makes 'big' Rosario tools promise

Microsoft claims it will have "nailed" the application lifecycle management (ALM) companion to Visual Studio with the third iteration - Visual Studio Team System 2010, codenamed Rosario - when it ships.
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Developing software in the global village

Reg Reader Workshop Anyone would think the kids of today had invented globalization.

Carphone Warehouse Webbook

Review The Elonex-made Webbook is a medium-sized machine, built around a 10.2in screen, and so goes up against the Asus Eee PC 1000 and the MSI Wind/Advent 4211, but at a lean price of £249.
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Thousands more City workers to lose jobs, says CBI

The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) warned today that thousands of City jobs in the UK are set to be lost over the next three months.
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Sony Ericsson unveils eco phone

Sony Ericsson only officially took the wraps off its eco-friendly initiative – named GreenHeart – last week, but the firm’s already showcased the first concept phone to roll off Mother Nature’s production line.
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Asus Eee PC 901 to gain HSUPA, HSDPA next month

Asus is to integrated HSUPA 3G as well as HSDPA into its Eee PC 901 next month, but it's not clear whether the mobile broadband technology will be available beyond the network operators, or with Linux.
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EU bids to dominate future nebulous buzzword

The European Commission has called out for help on how it can "put Europe into the lead of the transition to Web 3.0". It doesn't seem sure what web 3.0 is or could be in the future - it just knows it wants it.
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Game stash truck lifted from cops' lorry lock-up

Police have learnt the true meaning of Grand Theft Auto, after a lorry full of stolen PlayStation 3 games was nicked from their... ahem... secure lock-up.
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MoD prays RAF disk thieves aren't data savvy

Personal details of potentially all current and ex-RAF personnel and dependents were stored on three USB-connected storage drives which went missing from a Ministry of Defence establishment at Innsworth, Gloucestershire.
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Iridium flares for another $500m

Iridium, the satellite-phone operation that went bankrupt back in 1999 and has been quietly turning a profit since 2005, is to be merged with an investment bank affiliate in a deal that gives the company $500m in cash to play with.
Bill Ray, 29 2008
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Vodafone launches in-store power pods

The nightmare of your phone’s battery dying while you're out and about is no longer, because Vodafone has launched in-store charging pods.
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Nokia gives corporate email the push

Nokia is to give up on corporate email and pushed applications, leaving all that to third-party companies while it concentrates on selling push email to ordinary punters.
Bill Ray, 29 2008
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Confirmed: Samsung 8Mp Pixon

Samsung has broken its silence over rumours that it’s poised to launch a second eight-megapixel phone. It has officially confirmed the handset’s existence.
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MoD man 'faces Official Secrets trial' for leaving files on train

The Cabinet Office official who left secret intelligence documents on a train seems set to face criminal charges under the Official Secrets Act.
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US politicians back Act to save internet radio

A law that could save internet radio stations from having to make payouts they claim will cripple them has been approved by the US House of Representatives and is expected to pass into law.
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eBayed VPN kit hands over access to council network

Updated An item of networking kit bought from eBay for just 99p ($1.79) gave privileged access to an internal network at an English county council.
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Sun puts Xeon, Sparc T2+ chips in Netra rack servers

Server maker Sun Microsystems is to take the wraps off three new servers, aimed at telecommunications companies and other service providers and network equipment manufacturers serving the global - and booming - communications space.
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US Congress debates cellphone cancer risk

The House Subcommittee on Domestic Policy has been hearing from cancer researchers - and the wife of a cancer-sufferer - about the dangers of uncontrolled mobile phone use and how more research is needed.
Bill Ray, 29 2008
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Sprint launches WiMAX in crab land

Sprint has officially launched its WiMAX broadband wireless network in Baltimore - the crab capital of America - marking the technology's big city debut. And the company still insists on calling it Xohm.
Cade Metz, 29 2008
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Cybersecurity holes exposed in Los Alamos nuke lab

The Los Alamos National Laboratory - easily the world's most sensitive and sophisticated research institution - is marred by cybersecurity weaknesses that compromise the way information on its unclassified network is protected.
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Scalable Storage rises from agàmi ashes

That's curious. Unified storage system startup agàmi crashed and burned spectacularly on July 28th with CEO David Stiles telling Sunnyvale employees about the shutdown at 11am and them losing their jobs two hours later. Now he's started a new firm, Scalable Storage Systems, that uses agàmi's IP and assets.
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Plasmon takeover talks fail

The talks between Plasmon and a private equity firm trying to take over the business have terminated. Plasmon's shares have been temporarily suspended on the London stock exchange.
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US Congress rubberstamps IP enforcement bill

The US House of Representatives on Sunday passed a bill heavily backed by the recording industry that would create an intellectual property enforcement czar position in the White House as well as significantly increase penalties for IP infringement.
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Reg competition: Cisco goes isup

It's five days since the lower case letter 't' briefly disappeared from Cisco's home page.
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Stratus tolerates faults on Windows HPC

There are many ways to gang up machinery to scale applications on groups of servers or provide a measure of disaster recovery or fault tolerance for those applications. Supercomputer customers are known for spending big bucks on exotic technology, but they're also notorious cheapskates. That's why Linux and the clustering of commodity x86 servers took off a decade ago, essentially wiping out the market for vector supercomputers and nearly knocking out RISC architectures.
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Microsoft straps open source jQuery to Visual Studio

Microsoft is softening its attitude on shipping open-source code with Windows with a decision to distribute the handy jQuery JavaScript library with Visual Studio.
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Washington and Microsoft declare war on scareware

Washington state's top law enforcement official has filed suit against a man accused of bombarding end users with misleading messages designed to trick them into buying software to fix PC problems that don't exist.
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Fujitsu-Siemens punts small biz storage blade

Earlier this decade, as the blade server form factor went commercial, the consensus was that local storage was only necessary on blade servers for operating system images and that any data customers need would be plunked on storage area networks that are linked to the blades. Some even went so far as to suggest that blades should not have any local storage at all, and operating systems should be booted from SANs.
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Mayor Boris serves Governator cold revenge

Taking the piss out of the machines: London mayor Boris Johnson gave himself a full year to stew over being mocked by California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger for rhetorical fluency. Ironic that.
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Attention developers: Your SESSIONIDs are showing

Protecting passwords is important, but do you take the same care with your SESSIONIDs? You should.