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Bill Gates launches stealth bgC3 LLC project

So much for quitting Microsoft to spend more time with his medicines. Billionaire Bill Gates has reportedly started a new venture, bgC3 LLC.
Gavin Clarke, 23 Oct 2008
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IBM, Intel open blade switch specs

Server maker IBM and sometime-server maker Intel partnered in 2002 to jointly create and endorse blade servers based on Big Blue's chassis: the BladeCenter. In 2004, the companies opened up the specifications to the chassis so they could help foster a community of blade, switch, and peripheral manufacturers. And today, they're opening up the specs for the switches that go into the BladeCenter designs.
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Without typo-squatters, how far would Google fall?

How much money is Google making from the world's typo-squatters? God only knows. Or rather: God, Eric Schmidt, Sergey Brin, Larry Page, and a few Oompah Loompahs inside their Mountain View Chocolate Factory.
Cade Metz, 23 Oct 2008
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Grim news at Dixons

Dixons Store Group International (DSGi) updated the markets today on a miserable six months of trading.
John Oates, 23 Oct 2008
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TfL considers life without Oyster

Transport for London may replace its Oyster card with with new ticketing systems operated through mobile phones or bankcards.
Kablenet, 23 Oct 2008
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NASA kids' compo: Name the inflatable moon habitat

US space agency NASA has announced a competition for schoolchildren to name a prototype inflatable habitat module intended for use on the Moon. An early test model is currently being tried out for resistance to cold at McMurdo Station in Antarctica.
Lewis Page, 23 Oct 2008
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Speed cams ditched in Wiltshire

Swindon local council has voted in favour of ending funding for maintenance of speed cameras in the town.
John Oates, 23 Oct 2008
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Bespoke top level domains 'to cost $200,000'

Internet overseer ICANN plans to reform the top level domain (TLD) naming system so anyone can set up a new registry, but it seems web plebs will have to make do with boring old .com and friends. According to a report, the price for a bespoke TLD will be announced this Friday at about $200,000.
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Seagate earnings slump 83%

The economic crisis has slammed into Seagate's quarterly earnings, with the storage company suffering an 83.1 percent drop in net income.
Chris Mellor, 23 Oct 2008
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Compellent delivers storming quarter

SAN storage supplier Compellent has announced a storming quarter, with revenues up 84 per cent. It's also made its first profit, and is seeing continued but slowing growth.
Chris Mellor, 23 Oct 2008
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Skiving Aussie fingered on Facebook

An Oz call centre employee has become an overnight net celeb down under after an email exchange between him and his firm's workforce manager regarding a "sickie" escaped into the wild yesterday.
Lester Haines, 23 Oct 2008
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Next Nokia E-series smartphone leaked

Images and specifications have been unearthed of yet another addition to Nokia’s E-series smartphone line-up.
James Sherwood, 23 Oct 2008
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Android Marketplace sparks into life

The Android Marketplace for free apps will go live Monday and will find itself facing competition from other pay sites before too long.
Bill Ray, 23 Oct 2008
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Toshiba charges ahead with EV-friendly battery building plan

'Leccy Tech Toshiba has announced plans to up its production of lithium-ion battery cells from the current 150,000 a month to three million by 2010, its eye on the new hybrid and plug-in electric cars silently heading our way in the next few years.
Alun Taylor, 23 Oct 2008
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Amazon braces for the Grinch at Christmas - or not

Amazon.com had a decent third quarter but has scared investors by giving an almost absurdly broad estimate of fourth quarter revenues and profits.
John Oates, 23 Oct 2008
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VbyV password reset is childishly simple

Much was made of how easy it was for a hacker to reset Sarah Palin's webmail account password and gain illicit access to emails, but resetting passwords for Verified by Visa - which supposedly makes online transactions more secure - is arguably even easier.
John Leyden, 23 Oct 2008
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Edifier MP300 Plus 2.1 laptop speaker system

Review Portable laptop speakers aren't easy to get excited about. Most tend to look cheap, sound cheap and often aren't all that portable.
Alun Taylor, 23 Oct 2008
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All Android apps are not made equal

With Android developers finally let loose with real hardware, some of the limitations of the Android SDK are coming to light - though it seems that applications coming out of the Googleplex aren't limited in quite the same way.
Bill Ray, 23 Oct 2008
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Microsoft springs Office 2007 SP2 release date - kinda

Microsoft has confirmed it will dish up Office 2007 Service Pack 2 in the first half of next year.
Kelly Fiveash, 23 Oct 2008
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Home Office coughs to stolen lappies

The Home Office said 12 of its laptops were stolen in 2007 - by government standards a pretty low figure.
John Oates, 23 Oct 2008
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Sony Ericsson to reduce handset range by 20 per cent

Sony Ericsson plans to slash the number of handsets in its mobile phone line-up following its first quarterly loss in more than five years.
James Sherwood, 23 Oct 2008
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Thrust SSC team to build 1000 mph 'Bloodhound' car

Comment A new bid to break the land speed record using British technology was launched today by the Science Minister, Lord Drayson. The idea is that breaking the previous record (held by the same British team mounting this attempt) will inspire schoolchildren to embark on careers in science and engineering.
Lewis Page, 23 Oct 2008
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Designer touts 'super sight' sunglasses

Hindsight, as they say, is a wonderful thing. So a designer’s crafted a pair of sunglasses that he's claimed will extend your field of vision.
James Sherwood, 23 Oct 2008
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Blundering workmen cut major Docklands fibre

Workmen in London's Docklands sliced through a major fibre optic trunk yesterday, forcing businesses and ISPs nationwide to reroute internet traffic.
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Microsoft rushes out emergency Windows update

Microsoft is about to issue an emergency security update to plug a vulnerability which could allow an internet worm to be spread via a computer without the user doing anything.
John Oates, 23 Oct 2008
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English speakers hit hardest by ID theft

Victims of identity theft are twice as likely to hail from English-speaking countries than from France, Germany or Spain. Some punters worldwide are putting themselves at risk by putting personal details - such as pet names - used as passwords for sensitive online accounts into social networking profiles.
John Leyden, 23 Oct 2008
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Merchants and punters cry foul over Verified by Visa

The Verified by Visa system is becoming harder to avoid, even for those with real doubts about its effectiveness in combating fraud.
John Leyden, 23 Oct 2008
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Bechtolsheim 'leaves' Sun for switches start-up

Sun Microsystems cofounder Andreas von Bechtolsheim is reining back his role as chief architect at the firm to concentrate on what has up to now been his pet project – Arista Networks.
Kelly Fiveash, 23 Oct 2008
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AMD intros low cost, high end GPU

AMD has rolled out its ATI Radeon HD 4830 graphics card, pitching the part as a low-cost entry into its top-of-the-line GPU range.
Tony Smith, 23 Oct 2008

Powerline Ethernet standardisation effort still stuck

An attempt to define a standard for in-home powerline Ethernet networking remains deadlocked after the lead proposal failed to win sufficient support from IEEE members this month.
Tony Smith, 23 Oct 2008
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Civil servants' pro-Labour memo reignites child data controversy

Exclusive The Conservatives have called on the government to explain why supposedly impartial civil servants have intervened in a political argument over how sensitive data on children should be stored and shared.
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57,000 Wii-oriented guitar accessories recalled

If you’re an up-and-coming Slash or Dave Murray, practising your riffs on the Wii with a Rage Wireless Guitar may not longer be the best option, because it could leave you with a nasty burn.
James Sherwood, 23 Oct 2008
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Sony preps PSP storage fix

Sony only recently launched firmware version 5.00 for the PlayStation Portable, but the electronics giant’s already inked in an update because it discovered a storage problem on the portable player.
James Sherwood, 23 Oct 2008
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Gov approval given for Saudi Eurofighter sale

The US government has given its approval for the sale of sensitive military technology to the Saudis in the form of Eurofighter combat jets developed cooperatively by the UK, Germany, Italy and Spain.
Lewis Page, 23 Oct 2008

MS axes Xbox 360 games in India, Germany

Fears that a game’s contents could cause offense have spread since the LittleBigPlanet delay, with two upcoming titles banned from sale in some regions.
James Sherwood, 23 Oct 2008

Intel badmouths Jesus Phone

Intel has started calling the iPhone a flawed browsing experience. The chip giant attributes this to Apple's choice of an ARM core to power its moderately successful mobile phone.
Bill Ray, 23 Oct 2008
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Google reports itself for aiding and abetting malware distribution

Google has castigated itself for being an intermediary for malware.
John Leyden, 23 Oct 2008
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Sun: Elvis Andy has not left the building

When we woke up this morning, we were confronted with a flurry of stories about Andy Bechtolsheim leaving Sun to become chairman and chief development officer at a startup called Arista Networks. This seemed like bad news for Sun, but the company would like you to know it isn't entirely true.
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Microsoft rushes out emergency Windows security fix

Updated Microsoft has released an emergency security update for a broad swath of its users that patches a critical security hole that is already being exploited in the wild.
Dan Goodin, 23 Oct 2008
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Amazon delivers Windows-powered cloud

Amazon has launched a beta version of its Elastic Compute Cloud running Windows, while taking early steps to make EC2 appealing to business users.
Gavin Clarke, 23 Oct 2008
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'Magnetic Death Star' fragments unearthed in New Jersey

Some good news and bad news about global warming: The bad news is that Earth's rising temperatures could threaten coastlines, endanger wildlife, and - in some extreme cases - melt your ice cream. But it could also turn some of us into crystalline magnet men of immense size and power.
Austin Modine, 23 Oct 2008
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Russian regulators quash Google's Microhoo play

Anti-trust regulators have rejected Google's bid to become czar of all the online Russias.
Cade Metz, 23 Oct 2008
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Goldman Sachs to sack 10 per cent of workforce

Another sign less funding will be flowing through Silicon Valley: Goldman Sachs getting ready for some serious belt-tightening.
Austin Modine, 23 Oct 2008
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Microsoft sales tumble from quarterly high

Microsoft's put a brave face on its first-quarter results one year after trumpeting its best performance in eight years.
Gavin Clarke, 23 Oct 2008