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LG demos super-contrast ratio TV

Remember when TVs with 2,000,000:1 contrast ratios and 200Hz frame rates impressed you? Well, LG’s latest telly blows those specifications out of the water.
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New OS X research warns of stealthier Mac attacks

A computer security researcher has discovered a new way to inject hostile code directly into the memory of machines running Apple's OS X operating system, a technique that makes it significantly harder for investigators to detect Mac attacks using today's forensics practices.
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Apple in iWork piracy boost

A support document has appeared on Apple's website stating that a serial number is no longer required for the installation of the latest version of Apple's productivity suite, iWork '09.
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FCC fingers Comcast VoIP favoritism

Comcast may be in trouble with the FCC once again over possible net neutrality violations in its latest "protocol-neutral" internet traffic management regime.
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Open-source chief optimistic about proprietary support

The incoming president of an alliance of open-source companies hopes he can persuade big-name proprietary ISVs to join rivals in his group to further interoperability.
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IBM defies hardware woes with record 2008

There's a lot of bad economic news floating around, but there wasn't much coming out of Armonk, New York, today as IBM reported its financial results for the fourth quarter of 2008. Despite the Meltdown, IBM reached record revenue, pre-tax profit, cash flow, and earnings per share levels in 2008, thanks to a strong close in the final quarter of the year.
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Google AdWords: 11 herbs and spices revealed

Google likes its secrets. But there's one secret it likes more than any other. We don't mean Goobuntu. Or the GDrive. Or those Juniper-killing GRouters. We mean the secret that makes the millions, the secret at the heart of the Mountain View money machine.
Cade Metz, 21 2009
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Google kills iPhone-optimized iGoogle

Google has silently pulled the plug on its iGoogle website designed specifically for the iPhone, now unceremoniously redirecting traffic to its standard mobile version of the web portal instead.

Atek Logio password storage gadget

Review Whether you’re logging on to a computer, withdrawing cash from a hole in a wall or reviving a comatose mobile phone, passwords are a daily nuisance necessity. With so many mundane tasks requesting usernames and passwords, a possible solution to this ongoing memory game is the Atek Logio Secure Password Organiser, which acts as the keeper of the keys and nothing more.
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Scotland's porn laws: Can we talk about this like grown-ups?

While England is very soon to begin the interesting experiment of sending people to jail for possession of dangerous pictures, the Scottish Government is only just getting its act together on the subject.
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Logitech steps up job cuts

Mouse and peripherals maker Logitech is cutting more jobs in reaction to the deepening recession.
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China's anti-censor software pimps user data

Harvard researchers have accused the developers of tools for dodging the Great Firewall of China of selling data harvested by the software, potentially giving the authorities in Beijing an easy way to identify dissidents.
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Nokia talks up Securitas GPS app

Nokia has beefed up phone security by partnering with Securitas to design an application that’ll act like a personal bodyguard for mobile owners.
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Seagate firmware fix bricks Barracudas

The updated firmware Seagate issued to solve 1TB Barracuda drive faults is causing 500GB Barracuda drives to fail.
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Microsoft ditches Comcast shares

Microsoft recently sold its 7.26 per cent stake in Comcast, in what is being seen as another burst of financial housekeeping ahead of tomorrow’s second quarter earnings report.
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US aerospace giants stall Elon Musk's NASA deal

NASA's plans to ship supplies to the International Space Station (ISS) using commercial spaceships - some provided by famous PayPal and electric-car hecamillionaire Elon Musk - are on hold following a protest by losing bidders in the contracts process.
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Sony talks up PS3 update

Updated Just 24 hours after announcing the impending launch of firmware version 5.03 for the PlayStation Portable, Sony has released a sneak preview of another firmware update for the PS3.
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Hilton 'sucks face' with MySpace CEO

We're obliged to the New York Post for this week providing a much-needed, albeit tenuous, connection between the galactically-talented Paris Hilton and the wonderful world of IT.
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Toshiba launches A350 Satellite into orbit

The only word to remember if you’re thinking of buying Toshiba’s latest Satellite laptop is films, because the firm’s claimed its new A350 is the perfect choice for movie buffs.

Ericsson sharpens axe - again

Cellular-infrastructure manufacturer Ericsson will lay off 5,000 in a bid to cut costs, ahead of the expected reduction in spending from telcos over the next few years.
Bill Ray, 21 2009
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ECJ: Sick workers earn holiday entitlement

Workers will be able to build up holiday entitlements even when absent on sick leave and will be able to carry over untaken leave until subsequent years, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has said. The ruling will force a change in UK law.
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£1 coin gains GPS

Flipping a coin to decide where to eat out tonight is all well and good. But when the flip’s decided on Carluccio’s instead of Pizza Express, how do you find the darn place? Enter the GPS coin.
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Oz cops cuff Jungle Jane pump-and-dump perv

Cairns police have arrested and charged the perv burglar who twice broke into a sex shop, had his evil way with "Jungle Jane" inflatable dolls and then unceremoniously dumped his conquests in an alleyway.
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Google fails to flog Web 2.0 auto-ad model to papers

Google’s attempt to bump up its ad revenues beyond the interwebs has hit the buffers – as a result the company will dump its two-year-old Print Ads program.
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PBX phone phreakers ring up huge bills in Oz

Phreakers are using security loopholes in PBX systems to make international calls at the expense of businesses in Western Australia.
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Suffolk braces for 300mph winds

Those of you living in the Suffolk badlands around the IP20 postcode had better batten down the hatches, nail down your livestock and retreat to your tornado bunkers because tomorrow promises to be a tad windy, according to Metcheck:
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Nokia 5800 XpressMusic touchphone

Review It’s hardly a surprise that Nokia’s first post-iPhone foray into touch-controlled mobiles has drawn massive amounts of interest. Nokia may have dabbled briefly with touch-operated handsets before, with its 7700 and 7710, but the 5800 XpressMusic is certainly year-zero as far as Nokia devices designed to take on Apple’s game-changer are concerned.

Obama: 1m electric cars on US roads by 2015, please

'Leccy Tech Presumably choosing to do it not because it is easy but because it is hard - well, hard-ish - the Obama White House yesterday declared that it “hopes” to create a $7000 tax credit for the purchase of alternative vehicles and get one million plug-in hybrid cars – or any cars capable of 150mpg or more - that's 186+ in Imperial mpg - on US roads by 2015.
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Spy chief to Obama: Let DARPA fix economy

Newly-inaugurated President Barack Obama has been urged by a top US spysat chief to revitalise America's economy through the use of DARPA*, the legendary Pentagon barmy-boffinry bureau which has given the world the internet and the stealth bomber. More recently the agency has also sponsored initiatives such as mindreading peril-sensitive brainhat binoculars and brainchipped cyborg zombie insecto-bugs.
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Seagate promises second fault fix in 24 hours

Update Seagate has promised to issue a fix for the latest Barracuda bricking fault within 24 hours.
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Rapists should be raped, declares Jordan

Prodigiously Bulgarian airbagged glamour minx Jordan has announced that rapists should henceforce be raped themselves, one of a raft of proposed measures designed to restore law and order to the UK's crime-ravaged streets.
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SEC to probe Apple on Steve Jobs' health issues?

Apple reportedly faces a review by US regulators to ensure investors weren’t misled by the firm’s disclosure regarding boss Steve Jobs’ health problems.
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DWP IT projects bust budget by £391m

IT projects in the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) are running almost £400m over-budget and a total of more than 14 years late, the government has disclosed.
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Goat hangs self in Canadian zoo

Calgary Zoo is one exotic goat short of an Arkful after a Turkmenian markhor "accidentally hanged itself" over the weekend.
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Joiku gets profit joys from unlimited mobile data

Hotspot developer Joiku is reaping some uncommon rewards. Its research shows almost a third of users upgraded to an unlimited data plan after buying its hotspot software, supporting the argument that such services can indeed make money for operators.
Bill Ray, 21 2009
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Kinetic kit promises gratis gadget power

Eco-friendly gadget fans are often torn between their love of tech and the impact their devices' power consumption have on old Mother Earth. Thankfully, an eco charger’s been designed that’ll dissolve your power woes, provided you walk-the-walk.
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Airline ticket receipt scam spreads malware

Malware authors are sending out booby-trapped emails disguised as electronic ticket receipts.
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Coming soon: Pills to 'turn down' your ears at clubs

Top doctors and brainboxes in America and Argentina believe they may be on the track of pills which could "turn down" people's ears, protecting their hearing from damage at noisy clubs or concerts.
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iPhone app warns of driving restrictions

An iPhone application’s been developed to help keep drivers abreast of local restrictions on mobile phone use.
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Tiscali pulls plug on 186K

Tiscali has cut off wholesale broadband service to 186K customers.
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Citrix and Intel go to bare metal to virtualize PCs

Intel and hypervisor provider Citrix Systems are announcing a joint collaboration that will see a bare-metal hypervisor based on the commercial variant of the Xen hypervisor delivered later this year.
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Gov stumps £4.3m bee health funding

The environment secretary Hilary Benn today announced an extra £4.3m "to safeguard and undertake more research into the health of bees".
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Brown backs down on expenses secrecy

The government will not seek to change the Freedom of Information Act to exempt MPs from disclosing their expenses, Gordon Brown said today, signalling an abrupt U-turn.

Apple drops white Macbook processor speed

Apple has quietly revamped its low-end, plastic-cased MacBook - in the process reducing the machine's processor speed.
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Manx P2P for 'one Euro a year'?

Exclusive The Isle of Man's e-commerce minister says he wants to legalise P2P music file sharing - taking just one Euro a year from broadband subscribers.
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Sony and Microsoft clash over consoles

Executives from Microsoft and Sony have once more slammed each other’s consoles.
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Chinese porn crackdown goes mobile

China intends to broaden its crackdown on internet pornography to banning overly-amorous messages sent by mobile phones.
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Kentucky reverses 141-site net casino land grab

Kentucky officials must return 141 gambling domain names they seized last year in a bid to block internet betting within state borders, an appeals court panel ordered on Tuesday.
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Meltdown mauls memory market

Memory makers have taken it on the chin during the ongoing Meltdown, but prices of DDR2 memory are now rising while some reports indicate that DDR3 prices are set to fall.
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Supremes defend American net smut (yet again)

The Child Online Protection Act is still dead.
Cade Metz, 21 2009
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EU sees high speed networking in Photonics

An EU-funded research body has been demonstrating the potential of high-frequency wireless, including 10Gb/s connections that operate over a kilometre - and in the rain.
Bill Ray, 21 2009
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Microsoft trades TV dreams for priorities with Comcast share dump

Comment Microsoft decision to kill its flagship $1bn investment in US cable-TV giant Comcast is a sign of strategic prioritization and financial necessity.
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Open-sourcers get with the git

There was a time when the Linux community used BitKeeper as its source code control system, after switching from the open-source CVS. But then Samba developer Andrew Tridgell figured out you could telnet to a BitKeeper server, type "HELP," and get a list of commands. Upon hearing of Tridgell's daring hack, BitMover - the company that maintains BitKeeper - got all license-revokey on the community, changing the terms of the agreement and demanding that Linux developers start paying for its software.
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C dominated 2008's open-source project nursery

C overwhelmingly proved the most popular programming language for thousands of new open-source projects in 2008, according to license tracker Black Duck Software.
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Russia says no more space tourists after 2009

Russia's space agency chief said there's no more room for space tourists in the International Space Station after this year because of plans to double the full-time crew at the orbiting outpost