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US gun lobby blogs Thanksgiving gun 'facts'

The US gun industry has chosen the week of America's massive Thanksgiving holiday to unveil its foray into Web 2.0.
Gavin Clarke, 27 Nov 2008
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Honeywell's Kitchen Computer remembered

This Old Box, Holiday Edition The holiday season has returned to Silicon Valley!
Austin Modine, 27 Nov 2008
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Java Community Process shakes Soviet commissar tag

Qcon He once likened the Java Community Process (JCP) to a commissar in Soviet Russia, but newly elected JCP executive committee member Rod Johnson is now employing an if-you-can’t-beat-em-join-em strategy.
John K Waters, 27 Nov 2008
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Lenovo offers netbooks with added 'e'

Lenovo is finally bringing its S9 and S10 Small, Cheap Computers to Europe.
James Sherwood, 27 Nov 2008
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Mumbai terrorist attacks kill at least 100

Serial terrorist attacks in Mumbai, India's financial capital, have left at least 100 dead and 280 wounded.
Cade Metz, 27 Nov 2008
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Oxford student vote kyboshed by email

Oxford University Student Union elections have a bad case of the hanging chads after moving to an online voting system dependent on emails.
John Oates, 27 Nov 2008
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Group Test: AMD Radeon HD 4000 series

Round up When AMD updated the RV670 chip used in the ATI Radeon HD 3000 series to the RV770 in the HD 4000 line, it went ballistic and increased the number of unified shaders from 320 to 800.
Leo Waldock, 27 Nov 2008
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'Bloody' is an offensive word, declares ASA

The Sun newspaper has been ordered not to use the word 'bloody' on posters in future. The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) said it was socially irresponsible to use the word in an advert that appeared in a public place.
OUT-LAW.COM, 27 Nov 2008
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Dixons plunges to loss

Dixons Store Group International posted a £30m loss for the last six months of trading.
John Oates, 27 Nov 2008
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NASA developing brain-monitor hats for airline pilots

US aerospace agency NASA has announced that it is developing a brain-monitoring hat for airline pilots to wear. The idea is that the bonce-clocking headset will know when pilots become "mentally overloaded" and help them to "realise" this.
Lewis Page, 27 Nov 2008
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John Coltrane. Miles Davis. Er... Ray Ozzie?

When Microsoft needs an epic suck-up job, there's only one man who can do it justice. Deep in a bunker in Seattle, out comes the special red telephone that instantly dials Steven "Collective Intelligence" Levy.
Andrew Orlowski, 27 Nov 2008
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Overland gets fresh financing

Overland Storage, which was in danger of running out of cash by the end of the month, has agreed a $9m accounts receivable financing deal.
Chris Mellor, 27 Nov 2008
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Twitter silenced in Canada

Canada is the latest country to lose SMS Twitter alerts after the company failed to put together a deal that would make the service cost effective, leaving Canucks to rely on internet-based alternatives.
Bill Ray, 27 Nov 2008
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Anti-fraud site targeted in Joe Job attack

Fraudsters have upped the ante in their fight to discredit a respected UK-based anti-fraud website.
John Leyden, 27 Nov 2008

No cheap Blu-ray players for Blighty this Xmas

Don't expect to pick up a cheap Blu-ray Disc player this Christmas - unless you live in the US or Japan.
Tony Smith, 27 Nov 2008
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Daimler sparks e-drive research project

'Leccy Tech Daimler AG – that's Mercedes, to the rest of us – has announced the establishment of an electric drive research programme with the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT).
Alun Taylor, 27 Nov 2008

Nokia develops home control tech for phones

Nokia has inked in plans to take over your home. It’s announced development of an in-home gadget management platform called Home Control Centre (HCC).
James Sherwood, 27 Nov 2008
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Prosecutors gather evidence on secret BT-Phorm trials

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) is gathering evidence on BT's covert trials of Phorm's ISP-level adware system to help it judge whether it is in the public interest to allow a private prosecution for breach of wiretapping laws.
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Boris cans congestion extension

London Mayor Boris Johnson will scrap the western extension to the congestion charge zone.
John Oates, 27 Nov 2008
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The world's most deadly handset?

Brain tumours from excessive cellphone use shouldn’t be your first health concern any longer, because if the man standing next to you looks like Al Capone’s cousin and he’s making a call on his mobile then you’d best leg it.
James Sherwood, 27 Nov 2008
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Obama tries to stay connected

Barack Obama is hoping to find a way around the rules that ban communications equipment in the White House so he can keep his beloved BlackBerry when he takes office.
Bill Ray, 27 Nov 2008
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Icahn! goes! double! or! quits! on! Yahoo!

Troublemaking investor Carl Icahn has doubled his stake in Yahoo! despite sitting on a billion dollar loss from his first stake in the firm.
John Oates, 27 Nov 2008
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Russian WebMoney hacker cuffed over Trojan scam

Russian police have reportedly arrested a hacker who developed a tool for siphoning cash from WebMoney accounts.
John Leyden, 27 Nov 2008
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Clamshell 'iPhone' appears online

The world’s first clamshell iPhone has been discovered online and it’ll be available to buy later this month.
James Sherwood, 27 Nov 2008
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MPs lost for Word over creaking Microsoft packages

MPs have logged a massive support call with Microsoft after they ended up at the wrong end of the tech world's fitful migration to Office 2007.
Kelly Fiveash, 27 Nov 2008
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Oz bill-dodgers nailed on Facebook

A Melbourne restaurant owner has dispensed net justice to a group of bill-dodgers after tracking the ringleader down on Facebook, News.com.au reports.
Lester Haines, 27 Nov 2008
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Infocus X10 projector

Review Full HD is what we all want, but until the release of the X10 from InFocus, a projector capable of displaying a full 1080p image would have cost you the proverbial arm and a leg.
Paul Monckton, 27 Nov 2008
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Atari dumps Davenport Lyons' piracy nastygram campaign

Exclusive Storied videogaming brand Atari has dropped a campaign of legal threats against alleged illegal filesharers run on its behalf by the law firm Davenport Lyons, The Register has learned.
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Zoo's polar bear breeding plan scuppered by girl-on-girl

A northern Japanese zoo's polar bear breeding plan was somewhat delayed when staff noticed the male brought in to make the beast with two backs with their resident female was himself herself a girl.
Lester Haines, 27 Nov 2008
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Lori Drew guilty in MySpace bully trial

The woman accused of using MySpace to bully a vulnerable teenage girl who subsequently killed herself has been found guilty of three charges.
John Oates, 27 Nov 2008
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Ashdown brain trust: Democracy isn't a human right

A group of intellectuals, military officers, policemen and retired second-rank politicians have issued an "interim" report laying out their view of what the UK should do to stay secure in coming decades. The assembled heavyweights, curiously, appear to conflict with the UN on the matter of fundamental human rights.
Lewis Page, 27 Nov 2008
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The Music Wars from 30,000 feet: Meet Chris Castle

Interview Ebullient lawyer Chris Castle has a unique perspective on the Music Wars. A former Sony and A&M executive who "switched sides" to Silicon Valley, then found himself defending the original Napster, which he called one of the greatest inventions of the 20th Century. His clients range from technology companies to major recording artists.
Andrew Orlowski, 27 Nov 2008
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Satanic net neologisms - nominations invited

So popular has our "top net neologism" poll proved that we're now bowing to reader pressure and inviting submissions for the "most repulsive bastard spawn of cyberspace" - words so hideous in their aspect that they cause lovers of the English language to vent steam through both ears while firing up the Twat-O-Tron.
Lester Haines, 27 Nov 2008
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Back the F:\ Up

With a (D)echo of French Connection's FC UK ad campaign, Mozy is distributing t-shirts bearing the legend "BACK THE F:\ UP" to people tasteless enough to wear them. I look quite good in mine.
Chris Mellor, 27 Nov 2008
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Financial crisis does for Scottish biofuel plant

Chemical company Ineos Enterprises has "put on hold" indefinitely plans to build a £65m biodiesel plant in Grangemouth, near Falkirk.
Lester Haines, 27 Nov 2008
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Robo-flower wilts as power burns

An electronic flower has been designed that blooms in tune to your household’s electricity conservation in real time.
James Sherwood, 27 Nov 2008
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WordPress update kyboshes XSS flaw

WordPress has fixed a cross-site scripting (XSS) flaw in its blogging software.
John Leyden, 27 Nov 2008
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Sharp ships latest Blu-ray Disc player

Sharp has launched a Blu-ray player that it hopes Santa will want to load onto his sleigh this Christmas.
James Sherwood, 27 Nov 2008
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Chinese police confirm Gome chairman quizzed over 'economic crimes'

Beijing police confirmed today that the founder and chairman of Gome Electrical Appliances Holdings is under investigation for alleged involvement in “economic crimes”.
Kelly Fiveash, 27 Nov 2008
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How Microsoft blew its own RIA invention

Cast your mind back to the year 2000. Microsoft has just announced its .NET Framework, complete with a new language called C# - that was in July, at the Orlando Professional Developers Conference.
Tim Anderson, 27 Nov 2008
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Space robot research station to land in Oxfordshire

The European Space Agency and Innovation minister Lord Drayson have signed an agreement to build a research centre at the Harwell Science and Innovation Campus in Oxfordshire.
John Oates, 27 Nov 2008
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Apple to slash prices by up to 15% on Black Friday?

Apple is holding a one-day sale for turkey-tired customers in the US on Black Friday, traditionally one of the busiest shopping days of the year.
Kelly Fiveash, 27 Nov 2008
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MoD kit chief: Blighty unsure of supersonic stealth jumpjet

The head equipment purchaser at the UK's ministry of defence (MoD) has implied that Britain maintains an open mind on whether it will purchase the new F-35B supersonic stealth jumpjet to operate from its new aircraft carriers. General Sir Kevin O'Donoghue, Chief of Defence Materiel, seemed to confirm that there was a backup plan in which the F-35C catapult launch variant might be used instead.
Lewis Page, 27 Nov 2008
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HP, IBM - Stuck in the 'midrange' with you

Analysis It is a story we hear again and again from the IT vendors: They are going to double down and make aggressive moves into the small and medium business space because the growth rates for IT spending are higher than they are among larger enterprises - at least when those businesses are all lumped together.