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Mattel demos thought-controlled game

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Rambus legal crusade blunted by paper shredder

Rambus has hit a major setback in its quest to wrest millions of dollars from Micron and Samsung in IP royalties. A judge has said its patents can't be enforced because it destroyed documents, that could affect the case, in an obstructive or misleading way.

Indian government holds Satyam execs in jail ahead of trial

Ramalinga Raju, his brother, Rama, and Satyam's chief financial officer Vadlamani Srinivas are all in prison this morning after being arrested and charged with conspiracy and forgery offences connected to the $1bn fraud at the Indian outsourcer.
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Seagate to slash up to 10 per cent of staff

Seagate's December sales were much worse than feared and the company is expected to respond to revenues falling off a cliff by sending up to ten per cent of its staff after them.

GTA: ChinaTown Wars gets 18 rating

Grand Theft Auto: ChinaTown Wars has been awarded an 18 certificate by the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC).

Plastic Logic pitches skinny, light ebook reader

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Asus Eee keyboard specs tip up on the web

Asus’s Eee keyboard received lots of attention at CES last week, despite the lack of published specifications. Now more juicy details about the keyboard that merges a PC with a touchscreen have been uncovered.

pureSilicon unveils 1TB solid state drive

CES pureSilicon took the "world’s highest-density" solid-state drive, the 1TB Nitro, for a spin at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
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McKinnon lawyers push for UK trial

Lawyers for alleged Pentagon hacker Gary McKinnon have written to UK prosecutors seeking a trial in Britain, in a move designed to frustrate attempts to extradite the UFO enthusiast for trial in the US.

Hands on with Samsung's touch-controlled P3 media player

CES As soon as you lay hands on the Samsung YP-P3, the first thought that will go through your head is what a nasty bit of plastic tat the P2 is by comparison.

Star Wars brainwave toy blows in

The latest toy to cash-in on the brainwave-controlled gaming fad has been unveiled and it’s a Star Wars-themed tube, of sorts.

World Bank confirms Wipro is on contractor blacklist

The World Bank has revealed the full list of companies banned for bidding for future contracts because of alleged malpractice.
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Is the UK.gov IT gravy train heading for the buffers?

Comment Some of the world’s biggest and best known purveyors of IT services to the UK government could soon be feeling rather sickly, as IT contracts totalling several billion pounds may well be up for review within the next 12 to 18 months. A source of considerable revenue for the likes of EDS, Cap Gemini and PA Consulting – the usual suspects – could be about to dry up overnight.
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CPS denies support for überdatabase

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has clarified comments by the UK's top prosecutor, denying that he supports proposals for a centralised warehouse of private communications data.

Astro touts high-end gaming cans

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Web 2.0rhea hack mistaken for end of universe

Fail and You Kids these days. Used to be, when you were mad at your parents or your professors, you'd write an email worm in Visual Basic and spread it around via Outlook clients.

Dell serves up Wasabi inkless printer

Dell has launched an inkless printer that it hopes will be as hot as the Japanese horseradish that shares its name: Wasabi.
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UFO wind turbine prang site sealed

Security operatives backed by snarling dogs have sealed off the Conisholme wind farm in Lincolnshire, to prevent alien hunters making off with the remains of the UFO which earlier this month seriously damaged one of the turbines, the Sun reports.
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Forget Google rationing: Only lighting farts can save the planet

Analysis Assertions by a Harvard University environmentalist and green-website promoter that two Google searches cause carbon emissions equivalent to boiling a kettle appear to be based on questionable numbers. Building on the new research, the Reg can also exclusively reveal that three days of normal human farts cause the same amount of damage to the planet as a Google search. Google, however, say that a use of their search engine is only equivalent to farting once.
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Peter Mandelson exerts party discipline in cyberspace

The Labour Party has let loose a virtual Peter Mandelson at the same time as the real Mandelson has kicked off the party's new online talking shop.
Joe Fay, 12 2009

Seagate replaces CEO

Updated Seagate has startlingly and suddenly replaced its long-serving CEO Bill Watkins with chairman Stephen Luczo. It's also lost its chief operating officer, indicating turmoil at the top levels in the company.
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Vector buys security firm Aladdin

Private equity firm Vector Capital has agreed to acquire Israeli security tools firm Aladdin Knowledge Systems in a deal valued at $160m.
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Dixons websites take a little lie down

DSGi is cut off from the digital world today, with its two main websites falling off the net.
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Greenwich celebrates International Year of Astronomy

The Royal Observatory has announced a packed programme of events in celebration of the International Year of Astronomy 2009 (slogan: “The Universe – yours to discover”) - 400 years after Galileo turned his attention to the heavens and made the case for a heliocentric solar system.
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GM's Lutz shows luxury 'leccy Cadillac

'Leccy Tech In what must be one of the most unlikely announcements ever made at a motor show, a sleek extended range EV coupé concept has been unveiled by... Cadillac.

Palm Pré WebOS: the UI in action

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Sony pitches Webbie HD webcam at YouTubers

CES Bought a Creative Vado or Flip Ultra recently? We hope you kept the receipt because Sony is about to enter the YouTube camcorder market like a bull entering a china shop.

Palm Pré WebOS: Synergy technology demo'd

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UK.gov funds web video product placement venture

At a time when the wisdom of of pinning the UK's economic fate to the fortunes of the global financial sector is being questioned, it's good to know there are people in government concerned with how to encourage innovation - via the monetisation of thousands of hours of poor quality web video.
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How you pay for tomorrow's scares, today

In a remarkably gullible news item, the BBC reported that 2008 was a ‘huge year for natural disasters’. "The past year has been one of the most devastating ever in terms of natural disasters... climate change [is] boosting the destructive power of disasters like hurricanes and flooding,” it proclaimed.

G1 app stops drivers from texting

If you’re worried your son or daughter is speeding around town in the family saloon and simultaneously tapping away on their G1 Googlephone, then rest easy. Because an Android platform application’s been developed that prevents texting when driving.

Sony rallies chums round proprietary standard

Sony has been telling anyone who will listen that its personal variant of Ultra Wide Band is the way of the future, and at CES has convinced Toshiba to go public and join with various camera manufacturers in endorsing the "standard".
Bill Ray, 12 2009

Chrysler turns on Circuit at Detroit Motor Show

'Leccy Tech Chrysler seems determined to forge ahead with plans for an electric fleet if its presentations at the Detroit Motor Show are anything to go by.

Red Hat tries on new head for Europe

Phil Andrews is Red Hat's new regional director for the United Kingdom and Ireland.
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Welcome back, Palm

Analysis After years in a persistent vegetative state, Palm has come roaring back with a gadget that's going to prove hard to beat in 2009. Palm has a new smartphone (Pre), a new platform (webOS), and it deserves all the plaudits that have come its way since it unveiled both at CES in Las Vegas last week. Want an iPhone with a proper keyboard and multitasking? The Pre does all that, and while the first version is exclusive to Sprint's network in the USA, Palm surely has a version for the rest of the world that's compatible with GSM/WCDMA networks.
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Create high-resolution displays for OS X

Mac Secrets OK, I lied. Last time I said I'd continue our exploration of symbolic hotkeys. That can wait, though, as since then I found myself buried in the guts of Apple's new CoreUI framework and found a pressing need to talk about it.
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Citrix rides virtualization into 2009

You might be thinking that Citrix is bummed out by the Meltdown. Little more than a year ago, it shelled out a whopping $500m for open source hypervisor startup XenSource. But Citrix sees virtualization as just thing a slumping economy needs. As 2009 gets going, however slowly, Citrix is planning on using virtualization as a lever to try to help companies cut costs - while lining its own pockets.

Wireless HDTV set for 2009

Those déclassé wires tethering your wide-screen TV to your set-top box or Blu-Ray drive may finally disappear when ultra-wideband HDTV sets hit the market later this year, thanks to a group of announcements at this year's CES.

Intel answers AMD Neo with 'ultrathin' laptop chip

Intel is reportedly cooking up a mobile processor designed for a new category of mobile platforms that is quite similar to what AMD announced just last week.

Microsoft ad campaign urges more IT spending

Microsoft has joined Dell by asking customers to continue paying them during the recession rather than slash spending on IT.
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Red Hat, Novell rejigger execs

Commercial Linux distributors Red Hat and Novell have both made some changes to their executive ranks as they gear up to go after the money in IT budgets this year.
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Microsoft gets touchy with $24m N-trig investment

Microsoft has joined a consortium of investors putting $24m into touch-screen and pen-based input specialist N-trig.

New York judge OKs Amazon Tax

A New York Supreme Court judge has approved the state's new-fangled Amazon Tax.

AMD upgrades mobile GPU lineup for laptops

AMD's RV770 graphics processor went portable at the Consumer Electronics Show with a new range of Mobility HD 4000 GPUs for notebooks.

New chip aims HD video at iPhone

England's Imagination Technology, designer of the PowerVR MBX hardware that powers the iPhone and iPod Touch, has announced its latest and greatest graphics processor IP core, the PowerVR SGX543.
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How the Google stole Christmas

When Google unloaded the world's largest collection of desktop search ads onto the Apple iPhone, it didn't ask advertisers for their approval. It just unloaded, happily collecting the extra revenue.
Cade Metz, 12 2009