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McCain begs for YouTube DMCA takedown immunity

After having several campaign videos removed from YouTube for alleged copyright violations, Republican presidential candidate John McCain wants the video-sharing web site to consider special takedown privileges for politicians and their ilk.
Austin Modine, 15 Oct 2008
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IBM servers and storage to use Fusion-io currency

IBM is likely to introduce flash-enabled servers and a productised QuickSilver within the next six months or so.
Chris Mellor, 15 Oct 2008
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Google demanding Intel's hottest chips?

When purchasing server processors directly from Intel, Google has insisted on a guarantee that the chips can operate at temperatures five degrees centigrade higher than their standard qualification, according to a former Google employee. This allowed the search giant to maintain higher temperatures within its data centers, the ex-employee says, and save millions of dollars each year in cooling costs.
Cade Metz, 15 Oct 2008
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Microsoft's Patch Tuesday plugs critical holes in IE, Office

Microsoft on Tuesday issued updates plugging at least 20 security holes in Windows, Office, and other products. They came as miscreants sent out phony emails urging people to download malware that masqueraded as critical Windows alerts.
Dan Goodin, 15 Oct 2008
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IBM to punt entry-level SVC

IBM is going to introduce a cheaper and less powerful SAN Volume Controller (SVC) for small/medium business (SMB) customers.
Chris Mellor, 15 Oct 2008
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Adobe breaks sound barrier with Flash Player 10

Sound is the new frontier for Flash as Adobe Systems released its first major update in three years today, packing in features missing from May's first beta.
Gavin Clarke, 15 Oct 2008
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Western Digital sees future written on disks, not clouds

Interview Western Digital (WD) listens more than it speaks. The company's roadmap is rarely revealed and it sails serenely on saying nothing, while flash solid state drives (SSD) challenge hard disk drives and cloud backup squares up to WD's external backup drive business. We don't know whether it's in a state of denial or knows things we don't know and these upstart technologies have less substance than we suppose. Should we get real, or should WD?
Chris Mellor, 15 Oct 2008

Blu-ray Disc a 'bag of hurt', says Jobs

Want a Mac with a built-in Blu-ray Disc drive? You're in for a long wait - Apple's waiting until the technology becomes more firmly established with consumers.
Tony Smith, 15 Oct 2008
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HP loses top PC spot in Europe

The worldwide PC market grew in the last quarter but only because of sales of netbooks such as the Asus Eee PC.
John Oates, 15 Oct 2008
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Taser's French distributor cuffed in commie spying case

The French distributor of Taser-brand cattleprod stunguns has been arrested along with nine other suspects - including policemen and private detectives - for allegedly spying on a communist politician.
Lewis Page, 15 Oct 2008
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SanDisk reinvents 1980s personal stereo for the noughties

SanDisk has continued with plans to replace the CD with the SD, by launching a portable music player based around its pre-loaded Micro SD card notion.
James Sherwood, 15 Oct 2008
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Alien crustaceans clash claws in UK waterways

Scientists believe the UK ranges of two aggressive alien crustaceans - the North American signal crayfish and the Chinese mitten crab - are beginning to overlap, offering the prospect of an epic battle for supremacy over Britain's waterways.
Lester Haines, 15 Oct 2008
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Touchscreen desktop Eee due November

Asus' iMac-alike all-in-one touchscreen-equipped desktop Eee PC is due to arrive in the UK toward the end of November, local retail sites reckon.
Tony Smith, 15 Oct 2008
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‘You can Google Checkout any time you like, but you can never leave...’

Book extract In our second extract of Bringing Nothing To The Party, entrepreneurial chancer Paul Carr finds himself enviably ensconced in a swanky Hertfordshire hotel at the pleasure of Google. But will he make it out alive?
Paul Carr, 15 Oct 2008

Russian conmen punt iPhoneys

Russian confidence tricksters have started manufacturing their very own iPhone clone, but it only runs long enough to convince the mark to part with his money.
Bill Ray, 15 Oct 2008
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Newcastle men dodge post-bog handwash

Researchers probing the delicate matter of just how many of us do the right thing and wash our hands after a trip to the bog have described themselves as "flabbergasted" at just how many Brits have "faecal bugs" on their post-lav mitts.
Lester Haines, 15 Oct 2008
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Toshiba unveils HSDPA-ready Portégé trio

Toshiba has strengthened its standing in the thin and light laptop market by crafting three additional machines for its flagship Portégé family.
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Firefox 3.1 beta arrives with JavaScript booster turned off

Mozilla pushed out the first beta of Firefox 3.1 on Tuesday night but the release omits some much anticipated improved JavaScript functionality.
John Leyden, 15 Oct 2008
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Capita coughs up £13.6m for ABS Networks

Capita is beefing up its networking expertise by buying Crawley-based ABS Network Solutions Limited for £13.6m.
John Oates, 15 Oct 2008
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IP addresses in server logs not personal data: Ruling

A German court has ruled that website operators are allowed to store the internet protocol (IP) addresses of their visitors without violating data protection legislation. Without additional information, IP addresses do not count as personal data, it said.
OUT-LAW.COM, 15 Oct 2008
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NASA goes for Hubble back-up boot-up

NASA will this morning attempt to boot up the Hubble space telescope's redundant Side B Control Unit/Science Data Formatter (CU/SDF) following the failure last month of its operational Side A counterpart which blinded the 'scope.
Lester Haines, 15 Oct 2008
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Peruvian football team has really bad day

A Peruvian second-division football team has suffered what must rate as one of the worst days in the history of the sport, MSN reports.
Lester Haines, 15 Oct 2008

Mazda takes RX-8 for a spin on 'hydrogen highway'

'Leccy Hydrogen Tech Mazda - a company once more famous for its lightbulbs than its cars - has taken its hydrogen-powered RX-8 for a zip around Norway's roads, the revolutionary - literally - vehicle's first trip outside Japan.
Tony Smith, 15 Oct 2008
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Toshiba revamps executive notebook

Toshiba has taken aim at executives with the launch of a new Tecra laptop, which the firm claimed is the perfect blend between quality, durability and portability.
James Sherwood, 15 Oct 2008
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Qualcomm import ban lifted

The US Court of Appeals has ruled that the International Trade Commission can't actually ban third parties from importing kit containing Qualcomm chips, even if they breach a Broadcom patent.
Bill Ray, 15 Oct 2008
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iSCSI: Game over

NetApp, Cisco, QLogic, Emulex and VMware have all proclaimed FCoE (fibre channel over Ethernet) heaven is just around the corner. So is this the end for the iSCSI internet storage standard? Has Dell's EqualLogic purchase suddenly been devalued?
Chris Mellor, 15 Oct 2008
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Gov consults on biofuels-quota postponement

The Brown government has turned unenthusiastic on biofuels, with new Transport minister Andrew Adonis proposing that quotas for biosourced ingredients in ordinary motor fuel be moved back by some years.
Lewis Page, 15 Oct 2008
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Batman theme composer dies at 85

Neal Hefti, the man responsible for the "energetic" theme tune for the TV series Batman, has died aged 85, the LA Times reports
Lester Haines, 15 Oct 2008
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Eclipse spruces Mobile Tools for Java

The Eclipse Foundation - the open source integrated development environment (IDE) project - wants more mobile platform developers to get involved in expanding Eclipse into mobile application development. With the launch today of a revamped version of the Mobile Tools for Java (MTJ), Eclipse said it wanted to establish a new development standard for mobile platforms and hoped to attract wider participation.
Phil Manchester, 15 Oct 2008
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Google's coup: The internet's first rule book

The regulator's rule book for deciding what is permissible on today's roads is very thick indeed. The content, behaviour and performance of "stuff on roads" is massive, and grows by the day. Try hot-rodding your lawnmower – or deciding that on Thursdays, you will only make left turns, and see how far you get.
Andrew Orlowski, 15 Oct 2008

Archos 5 internet-enabled PMP

Review Traditionally, we've not had a lot of time for combined personal media players and internet tablets. This is because most of them are just not very good.
Alun Taylor, 15 Oct 2008
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Jacqui Smith trails überdatabase plans

The Home Secretary has today warned that the government will legislate to collect more data on internet communications because it believes it will help fight serious crime and terrorism.
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Revealed: The golden rules of managing software projects

Reader Poll We asked what looks to have been a pretty contentious question – what’s the role of managers in software development? - and we got some pretty contentious answers, which are well worth a look in their entirety. The conclusion: a lot of managers are crap. But – and it’s a big but – they don’t have to be, if they get certain basics in place.
Jon Collins, 15 Oct 2008

OpenOffice 3 goes native on the Mac

The latest version of OpenOffice - providing you can get at it - supports Macs natively for the first time.
John Leyden, 15 Oct 2008

Official: gadgets not responsible for Qantas jet plunge

Initial investigations into the Qantas Airbus A330 mishap have concluded that it was due to incorrect information fed into the flight control system and not interference from passengers' gagdets.
Scott Snowden, 15 Oct 2008
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Three joins Nokia's music club

Mobile operator 3 will become the first UK network to endorse Nokia's troubled music program "Comes With Music", industry sources confirmed today. Reports surfaced yesterday that 3 will offer the bundle with a N95-8GB model phone.
Andrew Orlowski, 15 Oct 2008
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'U-turn' West: MI5 watching 'great' terror plot right now

Everyone's favourite knockabout security minister, Lord Alan West of Spithead, has said that the UK security services are aware of "complex plots" - in particular "another great plot" by jihadi terrorists - "building" in the UK.
Lewis Page, 15 Oct 2008
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MoJ plots spending cuts to plug £1.3bn funding gap

The Ministry of Justice has confirmed it is considering spending cuts that could possibly affect IT systems.
Kablenet, 15 Oct 2008
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Wireless power delivery gets blended

Bored of being associated with delivering milliamps for trickle-charging gadgets, wireless-power company Fulton has decided to show its muscle by equipping a kitchen blender with its wireless technology.
Bill Ray, 15 Oct 2008
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Lehman Excel snafu could cost Barclays dear

A formatting fubar involving an Excel spreadsheet has left Barclays Capital with contracts involving collapsed investment bank Lehman Brothers than it never meant to acquire.
John Leyden, 15 Oct 2008
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Laser raygun plane gets $30m 'extended evaluation'

US arms goliath Boeing is pleased to announce it has been awarded an extra $30m by the US Air Force to keep its Advanced Tactical Laser (ATL) raygun aeroplane in operation, following the original "technology demonstration" deal under which it was built. However, the technology appears yet to be demonstrated, as no inflight lasing has taken place.
Lewis Page, 15 Oct 2008
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T-Mobile Googlephone to hit UK in two weeks

Brits will be able to get their hands on T-Mobile's G1 Googlephone at the end of the month, the carrier said today.
Tony Smith, 15 Oct 2008
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Layoffs, boardroom reshuffles at Tesla Motors

Rumours of layoffs and management reshuffles at Tesla Motors - maker of the famous but as-yet-scarce Roadster electrosupercar - have been confirmed. In the next few hours Elon Musk, Tesla chairman, is expected to announce that he has formally superseded Ze'ev Drori as CEO. Details of "strategic layoffs" will also be revealed.
Lewis Page, 15 Oct 2008
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Sun and Fujitsu hint at Sparc futures

As part of the launch of the Sparc T5440 midrange server this week in San Francisco, top brass from both Sun Microsystems and Fujitsu spent some time assuring customers that the companies' chip and systems partnership going strong and that both were working away on Sparc processors that would end up in future systems.
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Novell to acquire Managed Objects

Novell intends to buy Managed Objects, maker of business service management (BSM) software, for an undisclosed sum. The deal is expected to close during Novell's first fiscal quarter 2009, which ends next January.
Austin Modine, 15 Oct 2008
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Security vendors cry foul over exploit tests

Anti-malware vendors have launched a counter-attack on a study questioning the effectiveness of internet security suites, suggesting that the methodology in tests carried out by vulnerability notification firm Secunia was fundamentally flawed.
John Leyden, 15 Oct 2008
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Intel gobbles NetEffect for Ethernet smarts

Chip maker Intel today said that it paid $8m to acquire the assets of NetEffect, a maker of Ethernet networking adapters and ASICs. NetEffect was founded a decade ago to create InfiniBand networking technology and a business based on it, but this didn't work out.
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Luxury hotel sues email-thieving blackmailer

Underscoring a weak link in the security chains of even the world's biggest companies, a luxury hotel chain is subpoenaing Yahoo in an attempt to learn who breached its computer network and accessed sensitive emails sent to company employees.
Dan Goodin, 15 Oct 2008
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Nokia's Trolltech preps embedded app breakthrough

Nokia-owned Trolltech has been promoting a planned environment for building embedded applications on Mac, Linux, and Windows machines.
Gavin Clarke, 15 Oct 2008
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GooTube snubs McCain's call for DMCA favoritism

YouTube has rejected John McCain's request for special treatment when his campaign videos are hit with DMCA takedown notices.
Cade Metz, 15 Oct 2008
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iPhone beer maker sues Carling over virtual suds

An iPhone app developer is suing the Molson Coors Brewing company for over $12.5m in damages for allegedly copying his $3 novelty beer-pouring application and offering it on iTunes for free.
Austin Modine, 15 Oct 2008
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eBay Q3 income - Now with profit

Internet auctioneer eBay has reversed a loss from its third quarter last year, but warned that its full-year revenues would fall short of previous estimates.
Austin Modine, 15 Oct 2008