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Next Windows name unveiled: Windows 7

The name of the next Windows client operating system will be Windows 7.
Gavin Clarke, 14 Oct 2008
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Nokia beats rivals to steamy Britney video hotspot

What can we say? Money talks and bullsh|t walks, to quote Spinal Tap. Nokia's capacious pockets... er... compelling technology has beaten out the likes of Samsung and Apple to get its newest touchscreen phone a prime appearance in Britney Spears' latest raunchy pop promo.
Tony Smith, 14 Oct 2008
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Sony to save planet with PS3 firmware overhaul

Sony isn’t willing to drop the PlayStation 3’s price, but the electronics giant is at least keeping the console up to date with another firmware revision.
James Sherwood, 14 Oct 2008
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MoD admits data loss bigger than thought

The MoD has admitted that the hard drive lost by EDS contained more information, on more people than originally believed.
John Oates, 14 Oct 2008
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RIPA ruling closes encryption key loophole

A landmark ruling over the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (RIPA) may just have reduced our rights to refuse to self-incriminate. Or not, if you accept the arguments of the judges involved.
Jane Fae , 14 Oct 2008
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November debut for Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 on O2

Sony Ericsson's first Windows Mobile smartphone, the Xperia X1, will arrive on the O2 network next month.
James Sherwood, 14 Oct 2008
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Gamers to assemble for attempt on world record

A band of self-confessed Nintendo DS addicts hope to set a world record for the most number of people playing the portable csonsole in one place, at one time.
James Sherwood, 14 Oct 2008
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Cry havoc and let slip the SSD dogs of war

SNW Fusion-io has a storage technology that, if it succeeds, could wreak havoc amongst the business models of mid-range drive array storage vendors.
Chris Mellor, 14 Oct 2008
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NComputing pushes OLPC to one side in Indian schools deal

NComputing says it has scored a major coup in India where it will provide virtualisation technology to 5,000 schools in Andhra Pradesh.
Kelly Fiveash, 14 Oct 2008
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Jacqui Smith resurrects 42-days after Lords rejection

Home Secretary Jacqui Smith has introduced a one-line bill* which could be rushed through Parliament against any individual the police wished to hold for 42 days.
John Oates, 14 Oct 2008
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Boffins conclude machines still not quite people

Politicians are not quite ready to pass themselves off as human: but machines are almost there. This was the shock conclusion from a Reading University competition run at the weekend designed to sort out machines from people.
Jane Fae , 14 Oct 2008
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Dell preps software de-dupe, SSD launches

Dell plans to incorporate block-level de-duplication and SSD drives into its storage line-up, as it banks on the credit crunch to revive its rep amongst cost-conscious corporates.
Chris Mellor, 14 Oct 2008
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US Navy also planning Cyberwar Command

Not to be outdone by the US Air Force with its "Cyber Force", the US Navy is now planning a uniformed cyberwar legion too. The dark blue nerd-force will be called the Naval Cyber Forces Command.
Lewis Page, 14 Oct 2008

MacBook range revamp snippets slip out

Apple fans anticipating a cheap MacBook may be disappointed by the company's notebook launch tonight: possible part-number and price data suggest they won't get one.
Tony Smith, 14 Oct 2008
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Verity's further education

Stob The story so far: I stumped up nearly £1000 for an OU computer course (M885 Analysis and design of enterprise systems: an object-oriented approach) and was surprised when the second piece of homework was based on a paper by Madanmohan and De' comprising, in part, plagiarised gibberish. I drew this to the attention of my OU tutor, and then to the OU course chair. Neither was interested, and instead urged me to "[take] the paper at face value irrespective of any doubts you may have". Eventually, the IEEE admitted the plagiarism.
Verity Stob, 14 Oct 2008
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MobUI snaps up Action Engine

Interface-developer MobUI has picked up Mobile-shell development company Action Engine in something of a fire sale, though remarkably few details about the transaction are available.
Bill Ray, 14 Oct 2008
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Dennis Hopper joins French Legion of Honour

Dennis Hopper today joined other luminaries from the world of entertainment including Lord Olivier, Clint Eastwood and, ahem, Celine Dion in the ranks of France's Légion d'honneur, the BBC reports.
Lester Haines, 14 Oct 2008
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MS roll out exploit prediction with Patch Tuesday

Microsoft plans to debut impact predictions related to vulnerabilities with the next edition of its Patch Tuesday update cycle.
John Leyden, 14 Oct 2008
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Credit crunch prompts Virgin Media bid to shift debt mountain

Virgin Media has persuaded banks to hold off calling in billions of pounds of debt from 1990s cable rollouts until 2012.

Windows Mobile on iPhone a cruel joke?

Proof that PR companies are starting to understand which techie buttons to push comes in the form of a video of Windows Mobile apparently running on an Apple iPhone, despite the insanity of such a proposition.
Bill Ray, 14 Oct 2008
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Sony preps PSP firmware update

Sony has confirmed that PSP users will soon be able to access the PlayStation Store directly from the console, thanks to an impending firmware update.
James Sherwood, 14 Oct 2008
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Ultra-mobile devices: Atom to beat ARM... just, says analyst

Can ARM mount a serious challenge for Intel's Atom processor family? Market watcher ABI Research thinks so - it has forecast that almost half of all UMPCs, SCCs and MIDs will be ARM-based come 2013.
Tony Smith, 14 Oct 2008
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Mozilla bets big with new R&D group

Mozilla Labs has huddled together a new group of wonks to research and develop tools for the “open web”.
Kelly Fiveash, 14 Oct 2008
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Space tourist docks with ISS

Space tourist Richard Garriott is about to begin his 10-day stay aboard the International Space Station (ISS) following a successful docking this morning of the Soyuz TMA-13 spacecraft (see pic) which launched on Sunday from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
Lester Haines, 14 Oct 2008
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Canon PowerShot SX110 IS

Review Canon seems to release a new Digital Ixus camera every few months or so, but it has been more restrained when it comes to its PowerShot range.
George Cole, 14 Oct 2008
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Black widows: Coming soon to a kitchen sink near you

Arachnophobes look away now: The UK is becoming an attractive home for "exotic" spider species which, due to our increasingly benign climate, have decided to put down permanent roots in this Sceptred Isle.
Lester Haines, 14 Oct 2008
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Google in secret talks to stop Yahoo! probe

Google is holding secret negotiations with the US Department of Justice to head off a full investigation into its ad-sharing deal with Yahoo!.
John Oates, 14 Oct 2008
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Supersonic bizjets could have windowless flight decks

Executive jet manufacturers, hoping to make some big money developing small supersonic bizcraft in the post-Concorde era, are seemingly undaunted by the economic climate. With the help of NASA, they are also working on some nifty tech fixes to the serious problems faced by supersonic civil aviation.
Lewis Page, 14 Oct 2008
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Gartner cuts 2009 IT spending forecast

IT analyst house Gartner Inc has slashed its global tech spending forecast for next year to growth of just 2.3 per cent.
Kelly Fiveash, 14 Oct 2008
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DarkMarket carder forum revealed as FBI sting

Leaked documents have confirmed that carder forum DarkMarket was actually an FBI sting operation.
John Leyden, 14 Oct 2008
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Brussels bemoans low take-up of electronic cash

The European Commission has launched a new legal framework to boost the use of "electronic money" within the EU, even as we all realise we had even less real money than we thought.
Joe Fay, 14 Oct 2008
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Storm botnet blows itself out

Security watchers Marshal claim the infamous Storm botnet is no more, after waning spam emails finally dried up altogether last month.
John Leyden, 14 Oct 2008
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CPS to consider private prosecution over stealth Phorm trials

The Crown Prosecution Service will examine evidence that BT and Phorm's stealth advertising targeting trials broke wiretapping laws, despite a recent police refusal to pass the case to prosecutors.
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HP warns of Nvidia problems

HP has offered free repairs for 38 models of its Pavillion Slimline range of desktop machines, which are having problems with Nvidia graphics units.
John Oates, 14 Oct 2008
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Bloke knocked up kebabs close to corpse couch

A Wolverhampton fast food shop owner is out of the kebab business after he was busted preparing the traditional English dish while a corpse lay on a nearby sofa.
Lester Haines, 14 Oct 2008
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Carphone puts £60m tag on Best Buy Europe project

Carphone Warehouse has lifted the lid on how much its cooperative deal with Best Buy is going to cost, along with a trading report on how well the year is going for it so far.
Bill Ray, 14 Oct 2008
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Wikipedia plumbs the filthy depths of plumbing

NSFW It always cheers us up when some wag gets right in there down at Wikipedia and sabotages the world's leading provider of balanced, objective and unfiddled info. It's thanks very much then to Mick McCarthy who's just spotted an nice addition to the encyclopedia's entry on plumbing:
Lester Haines, 14 Oct 2008
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Compressed-air car to go commercial next year?

'Leccy Air Tech One car manufacturer is readying the launch of a product which runs on nothing more than hot air. (The jokes just write themselves, don't they?)
James Sherwood, 14 Oct 2008
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Microsoft seeds second comms server release

Microsoft is working on an update to its unified comms software, uninspiringly dubbed Office Communications Server 2007 R2.
Kelly Fiveash, 14 Oct 2008

Koreans create dancing droid

Korean boffins have created a robot that can, they claim, can dance. 'Your plastic pal who's fun to be with' here at last, we wonder.
Nick Hawkesmoor, 14 Oct 2008
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Apple's ImageKit exposed

Mac Secrets When Leopard arrived, a number of significant new technologies came with it, including Objective-C 2.0, Core Animation, and ImageKit.
Dave Jewell, 14 Oct 2008
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Controversial ad serving firm Adzilla pulls out of the US

Controversial behavioural advertising firm Adzilla has reportedly quit the US market. The move follows the resignation of chief exec Toby Gabriner.
John Leyden, 14 Oct 2008
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Sun, Novell, and Cray - Time to go private?

For the most part, the downturn on the global stock markets is bad news for IT vendors and the institutional investors and individuals that invest in them. But for some, it might be good news.

Apple takes wraps off rumour-matching MacBook Pros

Apple today unveiled what CEO Steve Jobs claimed were "exciting" new notebooks, though we're not sure anyone who's followed the rumours will be quite so enthusiastic: they'll have heard it all before.
Tony Smith, 14 Oct 2008

Apple MacBook Air stays skinny, gains beefier specs

Apple's MacBook Air remains as skinny as ever following today's laptop launch, but buyers now get much better graphics, a faster processor and more storage space.
Tony Smith, 14 Oct 2008

Apple revamps MacBook as 13in MacBook Pro

Apple today unveiled a new-look MacBook that ditches the familiar white and black plastic styling and becomes just a small-screen MacBook Pro.
Tony Smith, 14 Oct 2008
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Microsoft hits DHL with $2m lost Xbox action

Microsoft is suing courier DHL for $2m after more than 21,000 Xboxes were damaged and looted during a train derailment last year.
Gavin Clarke, 14 Oct 2008
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Citrix pushes portable VMs with 'Kensho' launch

Citrix Systems today is releasing a technical preview of its open-source toolkit that lets virtualized applications run across three major hypervisor platforms.
Austin Modine, 14 Oct 2008
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Airport baggage screener charged with stealing passengers' stuff

A baggage screener for the US Transportation Security Administration has confessed to brazenly stealing a trove of electronics gear from the luggage of passengers he was sworn to protect, federal prosecutors said.
Dan Goodin, 14 Oct 2008
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Intel earnings up in Q3, uncertainty clouds Q4

In uncertain economic times, techies look to big names like Intel as financial bellwethers for the industry. So it's welcome news that Intel's earnings were up during the third quarter 2008. The chip maker's outlook for Q4, however, is somewhat of a craps shoot.
Austin Modine, 14 Oct 2008
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Intel disputes EU's probing procedure

Intel wants a temporary time-out from its latest scrap with the European Commission to debate the way the EU is proceeding with the latest round of anti-trust charges.
Austin Modine, 14 Oct 2008
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Clouds float Dell bottom line

It's easy to be snarky about the "cloud computing" catch phrase server makers are tossing around as they peddle their wares. It's as annoying as it is inexact. Nonetheless, there's some money to be made from companies facing complex server scalability issues.
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Feds hamstring world's largest spam gang

US regulators have struck a body blow at two men accused of masterminding the world's largest spam enterprise by obtaining a court order that shuts down some half-dozen companies they operated and freezing assets earned in the operation.
Dan Goodin, 14 Oct 2008