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Shawshank thesp erased from NY voter rolls

USA '08 Susan Sarandon's common law hubby was miffed this morning when election officials at his local polling station couldn't find his name.
Cade Metz, 05 Nov 2008

Dell pressures workers into leave without pay

Nearly all employees at Dell are being asked to take a week of unpaid leave. If they don't obey, another round of layoffs will begin.
Austin Modine, 05 Nov 2008
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FCC defies Dolly Parton, opens white space waves

Defying TV broadcasters, wireless microphone makers, God, and Dolly Parton, the FCC has opened America's "white spaces" to unlicensed net devices.
Cade Metz, 05 Nov 2008
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NY man charged with boosting TJX credit hijack

A New York man has been charged with aiding the alleged leader of the hacking gang accused of stealing more than 40 million credit and debit card numbers from stores owned by TJX Companies and other companies.
Dan Goodin, 05 Nov 2008
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Intel selling half its stake in VMware

Intel's investment arm plans to pawn half its stake in VMware, a recent regulatory filing has revealed.
Austin Modine, 05 Nov 2008
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Is the internet going down down under?

The battle is now on for the soul of the Australian internet. The outcome could have enormous repercussions for the future of the internet in the UK.
Jane Fae , 05 Nov 2008
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Barack Obama will be president

America Saved Barack Obama has defeated John McCain to become the next president of the United States and the first African-American to hold the highest office in the land.
Cade Metz, 05 Nov 2008
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Nokia closes plant, 'reorganises' 600 staff

Nokia will close its site at Turku, Finland and redeploy the staff there to Salo or near Helsinki. The company has also announced a "sharpened focus" that will put 130 research staff at risk - plus another 35 "workforce adjustments" in operations.
Bill Ray, 05 Nov 2008

School to hand out e-textbooks

A London school’s pencilled in plans to ditch old-style textbooks because it wants pupils to swot up using mobile phones instead.
James Sherwood, 05 Nov 2008
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Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi ExpressCard and Wireless Receiver

Review Creative's X-Fi sound cards have been around for a while, but with the Sound Blaster X-Fi Notebook we have the first ExpressCard 34 iteration of the breed.
Alun Taylor, 05 Nov 2008
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Gordo entertains a couple of lapdancers

Two lapdancers from the Spearmint Rhino chain yesterday shimmied their way to Downing Street to present a petition protesting against the attempted reclassification of their places of work as “sex encounter establishments”.
Lester Haines, 05 Nov 2008
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CBI warns of harsh winter for small biz

Business group the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) called on banks to free up lending to small and medium enterprises this winter, warning that many firms will be looking for funding.
John Oates, 05 Nov 2008
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Defra drafts proper pet practice for the daft

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) is consulting on new guidelines for gormless pet owners who don't know a dog's arse from whatever it has in lieu of an elbow.
Sarah Bee, 05 Nov 2008
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Another 180 'hover & stare' ducted fan bots for US forces

The US military has ordered a further 180 hovering ducted-fan spyeye robots, renowned for their ability to operate in tight places and "stare" through windows at will.
Lewis Page, 05 Nov 2008

Freesat gets Five

Channel Five will arrive on free-to-air satellite broadcasting network Freesat in a couple of weeks.
Tony Smith, 05 Nov 2008
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The great platform and operational excellence survey

Reg Tech Panel There's a lot of stuff running on servers that underpin the majority of your organizations applications and end user computing.
Dale Vile, 05 Nov 2008

VIA and Nvidia nix netbook pact

Nvidia and VIA have reportedly canned their plan to jointly develop a reference design for Small, Cheap Computers based on their chippery.
Tony Smith, 05 Nov 2008
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Which top-of-the-line graphics card should I buy?

I play Crysis and Half-Life 2-based games on a PC connected to a 50in Pioneer Kuro plasma, but my ATI Radeon 1950 Pro is starting to show it's age. What should I replace it with?
Ricky Cann, 05 Nov 2008
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Dell's sticks with dual de-dupe strategy

Dell is going to have two de-duplication technologies, not a single de-duplication architecture across its products,
Chris Mellor, 05 Nov 2008

Coppers nab more mobe-yapping drivers

The number of people charged for driving while talking on the mobile has been climbing steadily for the last few years. The majority were Londoners, who are also the most adept in getting away with it.
Bill Ray, 05 Nov 2008

Yee-hah! Ford demos electric pick-up truck

'Leccy Tech Grab your shotgun, a six-pack and smell-hound because a 400+ bhp electric version of Ford's F-150 pick-up has been unveiled at the 2008 Speciality Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show in Las Vegas.
Alun Taylor, 05 Nov 2008
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The Independent gets the wrong end of Jacqui's gIMP

A confused and technically illiterate account of Jacqui Smith's government Interception Modernisation Programme (gIMP) by The Independent crosses our desk this morning.
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Opera update plugs bug brace

Opera has updated its browser to plug a pair of critical security holes.
John Leyden, 05 Nov 2008
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Bombproof TV rolling-news eco bins target the City

City workers not yet living in old fridge boxes under motorways will now be able to receive news of their redundancies even faster, as a new video news channel may soon deploy onto street screens across the Square Mile. The screens will be attached to recyclo-eco-bins - which will also feature secret terrorist-bomb-proofing technology.
Lewis Page, 05 Nov 2008
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Smith's airport ID card plans cut back to small pilot scheme

Jacqui Smith's plans for ID cards for airport workers are in deeper trouble, with the news that next year's rollout has been downscaled to an 18 month trial at only two airports, Manchester and City of London. According to a report in today's Financial Times, the Home Secretary is due to announce the trial on Thursday - but the paper adds that no agreement has yet been reached on whether or not the trial would cover existing workers, or only new employees.
John Lettice, 05 Nov 2008

Asus denies sub-10in Eee PCs for the chop

Asus UK has said it's not going phase out its 7in and 8.9in Eee PC netbooks next year after all. In fact, these models may be in for a revamp in the near future.
Tony Smith, 05 Nov 2008

Demand for consoles, add-ons skyrockets as PC games plunge

Videogame sales in the UK will eclipse the combined value of music and video purchases in the UK this year for the first time ever, despite plummeting demand for PC titles.
James Sherwood, 05 Nov 2008
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Microsoft retires Windows 3.11 on 18th birthday

Microsoft finally withdrew its ancient operating system, Windows for Workgroups 3.11, on 1 November from the embedded market.
Kelly Fiveash, 05 Nov 2008
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Jonathan Schwartz scrambles aboard the Obama train

Sun showed it can still get ahead of the crowd last night, as it became the first tech company to try and grab some reflected glory from Barack Obama's victory in the US election.
Chris Mellor, 05 Nov 2008

Dell Inspiron Mini 9 with Vodafone HSDPA

Review Dell may be late to the netbook party, but it's turned up with something very fashionable on its arm to make up: the Inspiron Mini 9, bulging in all the right places with HSDPA 3G mobile broadband goodness.
Will Head, 05 Nov 2008
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Europe takes aim at BBC licence fee

The European Commission has opened a period of consultation on its proposals to change the rules governing state aid handed to broadcasters.
John Oates, 05 Nov 2008
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Roadpricing satnav spybox trials under way

The UK's Transport minister has confirmed that technical trials of road-pricing systems are underway.
Lewis Page, 05 Nov 2008
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Whitehall credit card abuse and payment fraud costs £4m

Financial losses in UK government rose last year despite a decreased number of incidents, according to official Treasury figures.
John Leyden, 05 Nov 2008
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Orange opens dual-display LG clamshell

Orange has taken exclusive delivery of LG’s latest talker: a stylish clamshell device with two screens.
James Sherwood, 05 Nov 2008

Oki okays release of 'jumping robot leg' chair

Japan's Oki has developed an office chair that, it claims, can jump. And we thought all they were good for is spinning around and skating along on the casters.
Tony Smith, 05 Nov 2008
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UK.gov apologises for Tory-bashing child database memo

A top government official has apologised after civil servants working on the ContactPoint project wrote a memo to local authorities that was sharply critical of Tory policy on child data sharing.
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Firefox hits 20% share as testers tickle 'pr0n mode'

Popular browser Firefox has snatched more than 20 per cent market share during two separate weeks in October, according to new statistics.
Kelly Fiveash, 05 Nov 2008
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Guy Fawkes stunt arrives early

Comment A Libertarian celebration of Guy Fawkes and Bonfire Night has put junior transport minister Tom Harris in trouble - and yet again, it is his shoot-from-the-hip style of blogging that is the cause of his discomfort.
Jane Fae , 05 Nov 2008
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Nasty Toryboy bloggers ate my politics, claims Blears

Cynical, viciously nihilist bloggers are destroying British political culture, claims Communities Secretary Hazel Blears. And furthermore, she is due to say today in a speech to the Hansard Society, they're all Tories.
John Lettice, 05 Nov 2008
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Lords demand DNA database deletions

The House of Lords forced another climb-down by the government yesterday by voting to amend the rules for the DNA database to allow innocent people to have their DNA samples destroyed and removed from the database.
John Oates, 05 Nov 2008
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HP apes IBM's SVC

HP is introducing a SAN storage virtualisation platform, using LSI software, to combine mid-range HP and third-party drive arrays into a single pool of storage.
Chris Mellor, 05 Nov 2008
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Olympus E30 DSLR leaked

Details of an upcoming Olympus digital SLR camera have been released by an online retailer.
James Sherwood, 05 Nov 2008
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Will 'wi-fi on steroids' give you spots, baldness and liver damage?

The FCC has voted to allow unlicensed use of White Space spectrum between the TV stations. Meanwhile UK-regulator Ofcom today published a statement on cooperative common spectrum, but both proposals are based on technically unproven concepts of radio agility that hardly stack up.
Bill Ray, 05 Nov 2008
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Orange IPTV: Missing, presumed dead

What if you launched an IPTV service, and nobody cared? That's the question that has apparently led Orange execs to ditch plans to offer broadband customers pay TV down their phone lines.
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Google! aborts! Yahoo! deal!

Google is abandoning attempts to push through its ad-sharing deal with Yahoo!
John Oates, 05 Nov 2008

SanDisk pitches 100x SSD speed boost tech

SanDisk has come up with a tweak for solid-state drives that, it claims, will accelerate SSD random write speeds by a factor of 100.
Tony Smith, 05 Nov 2008
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PETA goes ape over Sega chimp advert

An animal rights group went bananas when it discovered that Sega had used a real chimpanzee in an advert for its latest Wii game. But the gaming firm has now promised to end its monkey business.
James Sherwood, 05 Nov 2008
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Pentagon spends $442m on 'multiple kill' space interceptors

The US Missile Defence Agency has assigned a further $442m for work on "multiple kill vehicles", designed to let a single American interceptor rocket destroy several orbital targets. The multi-kill capability is seen as vital if the nascent US missile shield is ever to become a credible defence.
Lewis Page, 05 Nov 2008
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9 hilarious election tweets worth remembering

It was an epic night for nettards and social inadequates as Barack Obama beat that guy the Vietnamese tortured to become the United States' first black African-American president-elect. And hey, it was all go down at Twitter, as the microblogging service exploded in a veritable bukkake of inanities and half-baked blogulations.
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Atrato taps salesman for CEO post

Start-up Atrato has made Steve Visconti, previously EVP for sales and marketing, its new CEO. The previous CEO, Dan McCormick, becomes chairman of the board and will focus more on fund raising.
Chris Mellor, 05 Nov 2008
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Microsoft woos startups with new BizSpark program

Redmond is giving a select bunch of software startups thousands of dollars worth of development tools and server software at a big discount for up to three years.
Kelly Fiveash, 05 Nov 2008
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Porn breath tests for PCs heralds 'stop and scan'

Technology that claims to pick up traces of illicit images on PCs has attracted the interest of Australian cops. The software, developed in an Australian University, might eventually be used to screen PCs for pr0n during border inspections.
John Leyden, 05 Nov 2008
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Sun injects Euro universities with OpenSparc

The processor and operating system technologies that made Sun Microsystems one of the first big Silicon Valley startups got their start three decades inside the computer science departments of two universities. It was Stanford University for the hardware and the University of California at Berkeley for the operating system that would eventually become Solaris.
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Michael Crichton dead at 66

Michael Crichton - the author, filmmaker, and television producer best known for his 1990 novel Jurassic Park - is dead at the age of 66.
Cade Metz, 05 Nov 2008
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Report: Obama, McCain campaigns hit with 'sophisticated' cyberattack

Sophisticated overseas hackers broke in to the computer systems of both the Barack Obama and John McCain campaigns and stole a large amount of data, according to an article published Wednesday by Newsweek.
Dan Goodin, 05 Nov 2008
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Who's got more cash? Apple or Microsoft?

Recent figures from Microsoft and Apple reveal some interesting changes to how the companies compare financially. Apple's earnings may be closer to Microsoft's than you think.
Austin Modine, 05 Nov 2008
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Boffins: global warming kills lemmings, not suicide

The Norwegian lemming population is dwindling - through no fault of its own.
Cade Metz, 05 Nov 2008
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Hackers jailbreak T-Mobile's Googlephone

Hackers have managed to jailbreak T-Mobile's new G1 phone by exploiting a gaping loophole in Android, the open source operating system supplied by Google.
Dan Goodin, 05 Nov 2008
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Sun bundles servers in MySQL blankets

You're Sun Microsystems. You have a server lineup you brag about all the time. You have one of the best operating systems in the world in Solaris. And you shelled out $1bn in cold, hard cash to acquire the most popular open source database in the world, MySQL.
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New cleaning products erase murder stains

Thanks to a new breed of detergent, getting away with murder isn't the daunting task it once was.
Cade Metz, 05 Nov 2008
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WoW accused of turning man's mind into 'living video game'

World of Warcraft creator Blizzard Entertainment's lawsuit against MDY Industries is getting a little dose of bat-shit insane before the case rolls to trial.
Austin Modine, 05 Nov 2008
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Microsoft's 'M' treads on US veterans' toes

Microsoft is in hot water again for again taking the name of someone else's software for one of its fledgling products
Gavin Clarke, 05 Nov 2008
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Obama-themed malware mauls world+dog

Malware purveyors have wasted no time capitalizing on Barack Obama's landslide victory in the US presidential race. Within 12 hours of his acceptance speech Tuesday night, net users were being treated to scams involving Google AdWords and prodigious volumes of spam.
Dan Goodin, 05 Nov 2008