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Oracle shareholders choke on Ellison's package

Larry Ellison's days as one of the tech-sector's best-remunerated chief executives could be numbered if a group of activist Oracle shareholders get their way this week.
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Geode - the Firefox add-on that knows where you are

Mozilla's virtual lab has unveiled an experimental browser add-on capable of identifying where you are. Give or take 20 meters.
Cade Metz, 09 2008
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EC wants pan-Euro online shopping laws

An EU directive that will harmonise consumer protection for online and bricks and mortar sales made another lurch along the Brussels’ legislative roadmap yesterday.
Joe Fay, 09 2008
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Big Blue bucks the downturn

IBM gave investors something to cheer about today - Big Blue will not be nationalised any time soon.
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Home Office defends retaining comms data

The Home Office has said that ministers have not yet decided how to retain data on all communications - but defended the importance of doing so.
Kablenet, 09 2008
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Martin Sheen backs Paris for president

Paris Hilton has deployed some heavyweight backing for her bid to become the next (fake) president of the US of A - none other than West Wing thesp Martin Sheen, who offers the talented heiress some sound campaign advice in this rather silly video down at Funny or Die:
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New USAF Cyber-war formation downgraded

The US Air Force will proceed with plans to create a large, dedicated cyber warfare force, it was confirmed yesterday. However, rather than being an independent "Command" in its own right, the net battle formation has been downgraded in status and will now be subordinate to USAF Space Command.

Asus confirms touchscreen Eee in pipeline

Asus will launch an Eee PC netbook with a touchscreen display early next year, a company executive has said.
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Netbook makers point to H2 '09 for dual-core mobile Atom debut

Don't expect a dual-core Atom-based netbook until next summer, manufacturers of Small, Cheap Computers have warned.
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Scottish NHS data safeguarded by bizarre questionnaire

Scottish Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon has welcomed new rules to tighten up security around patient records in Scotland. This follows the discovery of confidential details about patients and their treatment in two separate – and derelict - hospital premises.
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Armed cops ice South London devil dog

Armed police officers yesterday shot dead a devil dog which attacked four people during a uncontrolled rampage in Mitcham, South London.

Navman locates addition to S-series satnav line

Satnav manufacturer Navman has today unveiled a stylish, super-slim addition to its S range of GPS-enabled gadgets.
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Drop the DAB donkey, says analyst

OFCOM should relieve British radio of its costly obligation to support digital as well as analogue broadcasts, a leading analyst company advised this week. If it doesn't, the commercial radio sector will die.
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Blu-ray add-on coming to the Xbox 360?

Microsoft has commissioned two of the biggest names in consumer electronics to manufacture a Blu-ray Disc drive for the Xbox 360, market sources have claimed.
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No takers for Huawei handset division

Chinese telecommunications-kit giant Huawei has failed to find a buyer for its handset division, with the state of world markets being blamed for all but two bidders pulling out.
Bill Ray, 09 2008
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US satellite returns first hi-res snap

Satellite imaging outfit GeoEye has released the first pic from its GeoEye-1, launched on 6 September and destined to provide hi-res snaps for Google's all-seeing Earth and Maps services.
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Secret docs loser to appear in court

The civil servant accused of leaving secret intelligence documents on a Waterloo to Surrey train will appear in court later this month.

Ford cars to gain prang-preventing radar rigs

Ford is to build radar into some of next year's cars in order to prevent (hopefully) drivers bumping into things.

Sanyo beams as next-gen laser cuts it for 100GB Blu-ray Disc

Sanyo has developed a blue laser that could enable 100GB capacity Blu-ray Discs and 166.67MB/s write speeds, 12 times the standard speed.
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LG's second 8Mp cameraphone unveiled

LG has officially unveiled its second eight-megapixel phone: the KC780.
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Land Warrior soldier-puter to get hoverbot vid hookup

The US Army's techno-revolution push is making some progress, according to reports. Small military hover-droids in Iraq will be increased by 60 per cent, and there are unspecified plans to integrate footsoldiers' wearable computers into the wider military net.
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Cisco ships Mexican drug runner music on VPN CD

A sysadmin looking to set up a VPN network was surprised to discover that a Cisco installation CD contained Mexican music instead of security software. Cisco has acknowledged the issue and said that affected customers will be offered replacement CDs.
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Porn, abuse, depravity - and how they plan to stop it

Policing the Internet Contrary to popular belief, the government and police forces have hitherto not exerted a great deal of direct control over content. But, after a decade of growth in self-regulation and filtering by the industry to avoid government intervention, that may be about to change.
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Touch sensitive Flip launched

The Flip pocket camcorder range has widened with the addition of a model sporting touch-sensitive controls and redesigned body.
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Apple rattles legal sabre at Canadian tech school

LogoWatch Apple is none too pleased with the Victoria School of Business and Technology in Vancouver, which has for the last three years or so used a logo which the computer giant claims is too similar to its own brand frontage.
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BT outsources international network ops

BT will outsource 500 staff from its Design and Operate units to Alcatel-Lucent in a seven-year global deal.
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Sling shoots AppleTV rival into UK stores

Sling Media's SlingPlayer-in-a-box gadget, SlingCatcher, is now available to Brits.
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Microsoft leaks cloudy OS name

Another day, another cloudy name for Windows arrives, this time it’s all about Strata, apparently.
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BenQ E72 budget Windows Mobile smartphone

Review The BenQ E72 has touched down in the UK initially as an exclusive device on the BT Fusion mobile/Wi-Fi dual-mode phone service, though you can find it SIM-free - and quite cheaply too.
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Halo 3 update confirmed

Games developer Bungie has confirmed some good news: that there’s a new Halo 3 in the works. The bad news is how long’s left to go before it’ll be ready.
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Ambulance Service not patient enough for Vista

Londoners can sleep safe in their beds tonight after the London Ambulance Service confirmed that it has no plans whatsoever to migrate to Windows Vista anytime soon.

Web palmtop offers life-time no-limits mobile surfing for £60

Datawind has upgraded its PocketSurfer web browsing palmtop with a new airtime package that offers unlimited internet access for life, all for a mere £60.
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UK crypto boffins turbo-charge quantum cryptography

Boffins at Toshiba’s Cambridge Research Labs have developed a technique for turbo-charging the speed of quantum cryptography transmissions.
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Medion cuts netbook price to offer UK's cheapest rebadged Wind

Medion has cut the price of its Akoya Mini E1210 Small, Cheap Computer, making it the cheapest rebadged MSI Wind in the UK.
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Bebo users release interstellar spamgasm at Gliese 581

A large amount of information compiled by Bebo users has now been beamed into space, aimed at a planet thought particularly likely to harbour intelligent alien life.
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PSP fans tap directly into PlayStation Store

PlayStation Portable owners will have direct access to the online PlayStation Store from next week, Sony has confirmed.
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MEPs vote to recognise flag, anthem, motto

MEPs voted last night to recognise the EU flag, anthem and motto, which will come as something of a surprise to the rest of the world which has been recognising the EU flag for some years now.
Bill Ray, 09 2008
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Toshiba launches latest MacBook Air beater

Toshiba has grown its slimline Portégé laptop range with the birth of a new model which the firm claims is the world’s thinnest and lightest fully featured machine to date.
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HP jilts Intel SSDs

After enthusiastically supporting Intel's solid state drive (SSD) launch in August, HP has gone and selected Samsung SSDs for its virtualisation blade server system.
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Linux at 17 - What Windows promised to be

On October 5, 1991, the young man who would one day become the world's most famous programmer - and the brand name and poster boy for the open source software movement - sent a message to a newsgroup announcing the birth of what would become the Linux operating system.
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Bull juices supers with German engineering

French server maker Bull made some noise earlier this week by shaking hands with a ginormous German supercomputing lab, and now, the company has acquired German HPC expert Science + Computing AG.
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Romanian national cops to $700,000 phishing trip

A 22-year-old Romanian national has admitted he participated in a US-based phishing operation that raked in some $700,000 over a three-year period.
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Intel shakes AMD's chip-fabbing baby

AMD's plans to spin its debt-dependent chip manufacturing biz into a separate entity may free the chipmaker from a considerable financial burden, but old rivalries with Intel will assure things don't go down without a hitch.
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Microsoft moves to protect business from bank crunch

Microsoft is taking steps to make sure it's not left out of pocket as banking customers seek bankruptcy protection against their suppliers.
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NSA spied on US aid workers, officers, and journalists in Baghdad

The US National Security Agency routinely spied on the phone calls of American military officers, journalists, and aid workers calling back home from Iraq, according to two former NSA operators.
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Micron to cut 2,850 jobs, slash NAND flash biz

Micron Technology, the largest memory maker in the US, plans to lay off 15 per cent of its workforce and halt production of NAND flash chips at its Boise, Idaho headquarters.