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Sun shares DARPA dough with photon biz (again)

As it fashions optical chip links for the US military, Sun Microsystems has enlisted the help of another optically-minded partner.
Cade Metz, 22 Oct 2008
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Sun claims super-skinny JavaFX milestone

The leaves might be falling, and the first installment of Sun Microsystems' JavaFX might still not be here, but the company has delivered what it's calling a "milestone" for its rich internet application (RIA) platform and runtime.
Gavin Clarke, 22 Oct 2008

Eee PC series to get Windows 7 but not Vista, says CEO

Asus CEO Jerry Shen has denied claims that consumers are sending back more Linux netbooks than they're returning Windows-based models.
Tony Smith, 22 Oct 2008
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Greenpeace on fusion: Whatever it is, we're against it

CERN boffins are confident that fusion, the holy grail of cheap, safe power will be economical and usable within thirty years. It's a finger in the air sort of estimate, based on projects from the Age of Scientific Optimism, such as the Los Alamos and Apollo moon landing projects.
Andrew Orlowski, 22 Oct 2008
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Samsung flees SanDisk bid

Samsung has pulled out of its SanDisk bid because it looks far too risky - with SanDisk making increased losses, selling off some manufacturing capacity, and its share price tumbling well below the bid offer.
Chris Mellor, 22 Oct 2008
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Intel shows off 'giant iPod Touch'

Intel demo'd what one staffer called a "giant iPod Touch" at the chip giant's gathering of Taiwanese developers this week.
Tony Smith, 22 Oct 2008
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India's Moon shot takes to the skies

India's Moon probe Chandrayaan-1 this morning successfully launched from Satish Dhawan Space Centre, the Indian Space Research Organisation reports.
Lester Haines, 22 Oct 2008
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QLogic dodges recession in second quarter

QLogic is doing its best to be immune to economic doom and gloom scenarios with a 22 per cent year-on-year increase in quarterly revenues and a 20 per cent net income rise.
Chris Mellor, 22 Oct 2008
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Wiggy scuffle pampernaut lawyers back in court

The legal team of Lisa Nowak, the one-time NASA spacewoman accused of planning to abduct and mishandle a rival for the affections of a space shuttle pilot, appeared again in court yesterday. Prosecutors were appealing against an earlier decision to throw out most of the evidence in the case.
Lewis Page, 22 Oct 2008
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VMware freezes hiring, gives chilly outlook

Virtualisation company VMware increased turnover by 32 per cent in the last three months, but warned that earnings for the year are likely to be on the low side of previous estimates and that it has started a hiring freeze.
John Oates, 22 Oct 2008
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German privacy watchdogs agree social networking ground rules

Social networking sites are not permitted to store information about people's use of the sites beyond the duration of a particular session, according to a panel of Germany's data protection officials.
OUT-LAW.COM, 22 Oct 2008
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Watchdog snarls at Commando Krav Maga

The Advertising Standards Authority has ordered Combat Survival Inc, trading as Commando Krav Maga, to stop claiming its main man Moni Aizik is a terror-busting, "Ex-Israeli Special Forces Commando" human death machine.
Lester Haines, 22 Oct 2008
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Government tied in knots by bondage protest

"Forget the whips and chains: it's actually a lot more serious than that". This was the view of Consenting Adult Action Network Spokesperson and disability activist Clair Lewis, as she joined fashion photographer Ben Westwood and a bevy of bound and gagged models in a demonstration against what they believe to be the latest government witch-hunt.
Jane Fae , 22 Oct 2008
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Believe your own hype - always

In our third extract from Paul Carr's book Bringing Nothing to the Party, the nascent net-botherer muses on one particularly irksome and precocious flash in the dot com pan...
Paul Carr, 22 Oct 2008
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Prison boss demands right to jam inmates' cellphones...

South Carolina's state prison chief Jon Ozmint is fighting for the right to deploy mobile phone jammers, in order to prevent criminals from staying in touch while they're out of circulation.
Bill Ray, 22 Oct 2008
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Motorola intros wacky flip-round phone

Mention Swiss-made bearings, custom engineering, tungsten-carbide coated gears and a mirror-polished finish, and you’d be forgiven for thinking we were referring to a luxury watch. Instead, all these features and more are present in Motorola’s latest wacky handset.
James Sherwood, 22 Oct 2008

Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 Windows Mobile smartphone

Review Sony Ericsson's answer to the iPhone is finally with us, and though there's much to admire, it doesn't feel like it's quite the phone it could have been.
Dave Oliver, 22 Oct 2008
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Sarko demands withdrawal of voodoo doll

Preposterous presidential playboy Nicolas Sarkozy is not amused by a voodoo doll of himself for sale in French bookshops, and has demanded the pernicious pin-based product is pulled from the shelves, er, post-haste.
Sarah Bee, 22 Oct 2008
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Sony powerless to fix PSP screen problem

Sony has admitted that it’s powerless to fix display problems on the PlayStation Portable 3000, which gamers have complained displays strange lines on its screen.
James Sherwood, 22 Oct 2008
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Chrome sweeps carpet-bombing bug under the rug

Google has issued a second partial fix to Chrome for an infamous carpet-bombing vulnerability that affected multiple browser packages, but it is only available via the developer version of its browser.
John Leyden, 22 Oct 2008
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Google Maps gets gov M-way congestion overlay

England's Highways Agency has announced a hookup with Google which presents live traffic information overlaid atop the online ad firm's popular cloud map app, Google Maps.
Lewis Page, 22 Oct 2008
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Flanders demands its own top-level domain

The detente between Belgium's fractious regions is under strain again after the Flemish parliament demanded its own top-level domain.
Jan Libbenga, 22 Oct 2008
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Microsoft sued in China for black screen of death

A Chinese lawyer has filed a legal complaint against Microsoft for installing Windows Genuine Advantage on his computer. He has asked the Ministry of Public Security to file criminal charges against Microsoft.
John Oates, 22 Oct 2008
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Bank of England prescribes 'boredom'

Sterling hit a five-year low against the dollar this morning after Mervyn King, the Bank of England’s governor, admitted that Britain was headed for a recession.
Kelly Fiveash, 22 Oct 2008
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PS3 decked out with Metal Gear design

If you’re totally addicted to Metal Gear Solid, then your heart’s sure to skip at the sight of this MGS4-themed PlayStation 3.
James Sherwood, 22 Oct 2008

Apricot drops 'too complicated' Linux from netbook line

Apricot has pulled the plug on its Linux-based netbook, choosing instead to offer the pint-sized Picobook Pro only with Windows XP.
Tony Smith, 22 Oct 2008
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US uni hacker skirts child abuse charges

A University of Pennsylvania student was sentenced to three months in custody on Tuesday after confessing his part in a cyber attack that crashed the server of the US uni's engineering facility two years ago.
John Leyden, 22 Oct 2008

London could get HD Freeview next year

Freeview viewers in London and other major metropolitan areas could get high-definition TV next year under spectrum juggling plans being considered by regulators.
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Toshiba blasts out S300 Satellite Pro

Toshiba has launched its latest addition to its Satellite Pro laptop series: the fully-featured S300.
James Sherwood, 22 Oct 2008
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EMC's double-digit growth run will finish this quarter

Storage industry bellwether EMC has delivered its 21st consecutive double digit growth quarter with revenues of $3.76bn for the third quarter. These are up 13 per cent on last year's revs, which were $3.3bn. But the company is forecasting low single-digit growth next quarter.
Chris Mellor, 22 Oct 2008
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HP boss places bets on 1,000 staff at UK race track

Hewlett-Packard boss Mark Hurd has spent the morning at Ascot’s racing course with 1,000 hand-picked UK employees mulling the future of the company, after announcing earlier this month that 3,378 jobs are off to the knacker's yard.
Kelly Fiveash, 22 Oct 2008
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BAE's bandwidth blimp-bot takes off (indoors)

A British robot blimp prototype has made its first flight inside a large hangar. The company making the droid airship is run by noted aerial daredevil Per Lindstrand, famous for his ballooning sky-jinks with beardy biz tycoon Richard Branson.
Lewis Page, 22 Oct 2008
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Date set for internet 'obscene' publications trial

Darryn Walker, a 35-year-old civil servant from Mowbray Road, South Shields, will go to trial next year after being accused of publishing an obscene story on the internet.
Jane Fae , 22 Oct 2008
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Alarm clock becomes digital detective

Convinced that ghosts are creeping around your bedroom as you sleep? Well, now there’s a high tech solution that may help catch them - burglars too - in the act.
James Sherwood, 22 Oct 2008
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Europe gives temps same rights as permanent staff

The European Parliament has passed a proposal to give temporary staff and contractors the same employment rights as permanent staff.
John Oates, 22 Oct 2008

OWC intros 'world's first' four-interface Blu-ray burner

US peripherals specialist Other World Computing (OWC) today touted what it claims is the world's first external Blu-ray Disc burners with two species of Firewire port - 400 and 800 - plus USB and eSata interfaces.
Tony Smith, 22 Oct 2008

Virgin Media network downed by scouse power outage

Power problems in Knowsley near Liverpool downed Virgin Media's cable network in the north and midlands today, leaving customers without broadband or TV for several hours.

French mini M.Go is go for Q1 2009 launch

'Leccy Tech Gallic car maker Microcar has announced that its new Neighbourhood Electric Vehicle (NEV) model, the M.Go, will go on sale in the first quarter of 2009.
Alun Taylor, 22 Oct 2008
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TSA signs off on paperless boarding

The US Transport Security Administration says it has successfully completed tests of electronic boarding passes sent to mobile phones as bar-codes, setting the stage for expanded use of the technology.
Bill Ray, 22 Oct 2008
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Feds raid Miley Cyrus hack suspect

A hacker who allegedly uploaded pictures of 15-year-old Hannah Montana star Miley Cyrus onto the net was raided by the FBI on Monday.
John Leyden, 22 Oct 2008
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Muslim leader rejects Sony's LittleBigPlanet edit

Sony should not have removed controversial background music from its LittleBigPlanet game simply because it contained words from the Koran, an influential Muslim has said.
James Sherwood, 22 Oct 2008
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What is a Linux distro worth?

Here's a thought experiment proposed by the Linux Foundation today: If you had to start from scratch, what would it cost to create a Linux distribution?
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One billion unwanted opinions in real-time: Now SHOUTED at you

Hats off to young British entrepreneur Chris Ridgeon for developing a new tool for self-expression. Internetshout.com which launches today describes itself as "the world's voice-based social and discussion forum" - and delivers exactly what it promises on the tin.
Andrew Orlowski, 22 Oct 2008
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1,400 Yahooligans perish as Yang raids needle cabinet

Fail and Yahoo! Yahoo! is firing a bunch of people to cut $400 million from its budget. That sucks for the people who work there, but the entrepreneurs and venture capitalists who hustled Yahoo! out of more than $2.5 billion in the last 4 years probably aren't terribly concerned.
Ted Dziuba, 22 Oct 2008
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Symbian Foundation gets new high priest

The Symbian Foundation, marshal of the open source world in which the dominant mobile platform finds itself, has appointed Lee Williams as Executive Director - though guru might be a better title for someone expected to lead a religion.
Bill Ray, 22 Oct 2008
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Gmail cuts out the meatspace with canned replies

Lazy Gmail users can now set up automatic replies to common emails with a new add-on feature dubbed ‘Canned Responses.’
Kelly Fiveash, 22 Oct 2008
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Feds seize biker gang's trademark

Federal investigators have hit a California biker gang where it hurts - by seizing the group's trademark. The Mongols OutLaw Biker Gang [website] attracted the attention of the DoJ's Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Department, with 61 indictments issued today. Search warrants were issued in six states yesterday, following a long undercover investigation. Gang members' bikes were impounded, but it's the seizure of the Mongol's trademark that will raise eyebrows.
Andrew Orlowski, 22 Oct 2008
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TSA seizes pre-flight terrorist screening

The US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will soon take control of screening airline passengers against the country's terrorist watch list in a much-delayed bid to net less infants, Senators, and other innocent travelers.
Austin Modine, 22 Oct 2008
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Oracle cites 'screw up' for BEA support outage

Oracle has moved to re-assure users on legacy versions of BEA Systems software their products are safe, after online support became suddenly unavailable.
Gavin Clarke, 22 Oct 2008
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Dell: 'We will out-pace the rest of the industry'

Dell claims it will out-pace the rest of the PC industry this year. But that may not be much of a boast. The company doesn't know whether the industry is actually on the way up.
Cade Metz, 22 Oct 2008
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Dutch court convicts teens for stealing pixels

A pair of Dutch teenagers have been convicted of theft for stealing virtual items from a classmate.
Austin Modine, 22 Oct 2008
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IBM defers New Coke financing

Launching a new server platform of any kind in this economic environment is never an attractive option - unless it costs a lot less money than the alternatives. With mainframes, just being a lot cheaper than last year's model is progress, and with the System z10 Business Class entry mainframes announced this week, IBM has cut the price for the server as well as for main memory and specialty engines to support Linux, Java, and DB2 workloads.
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Ohio elections website hacked as vote scuffle gets ugly

USA '08 Service has been restored to the website that handles Ohio's voter registration and elections information after hackers breached its defenses. The intrusion is just one of several assaults confronting the Secretary of State's office as tensions mount over next month's presidential election.
Dan Goodin, 22 Oct 2008
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Is Amazon censoring anti-DRM reviews?

Amazon.com customers are once again accusing the online retailer of removing video game reviews that criticize the use of SecuROM Digital Rights Management (DRM).
Austin Modine, 22 Oct 2008
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IBM spins up AJAX collaboration project

AJAXWorld Not content with its current roster of collaboration software, IBM is spinning up an effort based on completely open technologies including AJAX.
Gavin Clarke, 22 Oct 2008