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Adobe and Nokia pledge $10m for Flash and AIR apps

Adobe and Nokia are offering developers a Google-size pile of cash as incentive to write applications for Flash Player and AIR running across different types of devices.
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Intel to put internet in your pants

Intel and LG Electronics have joined forces to release a "next-generation" mobile internet device (MID) based on Intel's upcoming Moorestown hardware platform and running Moblin 2.0.
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Dear Obama: Please consider open-source a waste of your time

Last week, several big names in open source tossed a letter at American President Barack Obama, urging him to mandate that no government IT purchase be made without someone scrutinizing the software license. "Dear President Obama," it read, "please consider open source."
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Debian 'Lenny' arrives: bigger, longer, searchable

There's something different about Lenny, the latest release of Debian that finally went live this weekend.
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Libra freezes out Welsh legalese

The UK government is throwing an extra £4m at the upgrade of its new courts IT system because it currently can’t translate documents into Welsh.
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HP iPaq Data Messenger Windows Mobile smartphone

Review Windows Mobile smart phones have traditionally been the workhorses of the smartphone world – capable, versatile, but never likely to win any beauty contests. On the face of it, HP's brace of new iPaq handsets - the Voice Messenger, and this, the Data Messenger - would seem to fit all too neatly into that description.
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Ofcom snatches spectrum

Ofcom has published a consultation showing how it will create a fairer spread of 900MHz ownership, if the industry can't come up with something better before the end of April.
Bill Ray, 16 2009

UK.gov to tap BT as data harvester

The government will call on BT and other big communications firms to monitor small ISPs' customers and keep private information on them under European data retention rules, the Home Office has revealed.
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How to survive the crisis: Sell kiddies booze

Those among you currently battling to survive the economic apocalypse ravaging the planet might perhaps take a lead from supermarket monolith Tesco, which has apparently decided on a controversial way to get extra wonga flowing into its tills:
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2008 a top year for UK games sales

Recession notwithstanding, the games software sales in the world's biggest markets grew 11 per cent last year. UK sales alone were up 26 per cent year on year - and more than double 2003's sales.
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Sony Ericsson kicks off Barcelona love-in

MWC: It's the first morning of the mobile industry shindig in Barcelona, but Sony Ericsson couldn't resist jumping the gun by announcing a couple of new handsets last night - even if the interesting one isn't actually going to be available until Christmas.
Bill Ray, 16 2009
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Missed flight woman goes absolutely mental

An anonymous woman who on 4 February demonstrated at Hong Kong airport exactly how not to deal with missing your flight has become a huge YouTube celeb after the mother of all tantrums was caught on camera:
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Man U fan pwned in Facebook honeypot

A Manchester United fan who drove 400 miles for an amorous rendevous with a woman he wooed on Facebook discovered he'd been well and truly stitched up by a couple of Liverpudlian pranksters.
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Brit, French nuke subs collide - fail to 'see' each other

Updated British and French nuclear missile submarines collided earlier this month beneath the Atlantic, according to reports. Much is being made of the fact that the two subs "failed to see each other", but this is actually quite normal.
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Pilots boycott gov ID cards

Airline pilots have warned the government that they will not take part in their security theatre trial of ID cards at Manchester and City of London airports.
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Italian crooks use Skype to frustrate wiretaps

Italian crooks are making greater use of internet telephony because of the widespread use of wiretaps in the country.

Michelin strikes key 'e-wheel' deal

'Leccy Tech If the future of the 'leccy car is going to be built on in-wheel motors, it's looking more likely to be a case of Vive le France than Rule Britannia.
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Landmark copyright trial against Pirate Bay gets underway

The copyright infringement trial against the four men behind The Pirate Bay kicked off in Stockholm this morning.
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HTC launches updated Touch Diamond and Pro

MWC HTC today announced updates to two of its flagship touchscreen mobile phones, unveiling the Touch Diamond 2 and the Touch Pro 2.
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Mobile operators combine to flog customer data

The UK's mobile operators have agreed to pool and sell customer data in an attempt to stimulate the mobile advertising sector.
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Intel MID men sign LG

MWC LG will offer a handheld internet access terminal based on Intel's upcoming 'Moorestown' Atom chip and the Linux software platform the chip giant is sponsoring.
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Samsung's Omnia touchphone goes HD

Samsung has updated its Omnia mobile phone to create what it has claimed is the world’s first handset capable of HD video capture.
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Samsung NC10 netbook

Review The NC10 is Samsung's take on the Small, Cheap Computer but unlike many 'me too' netbook competitors, the South Korean giant has clearly put a bit of thought into differentiating its offering from the other Eee-alternatives out there.
Will Head, 16 2009
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Huawei shows iPhone-style Android handset

MWC Modem maker Huawei has, as expected, taken the wraps off the Android phone it hopes to bring to market in Q3.
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Woman sues over Vista to XP 'downgrade' charge

A woman is suing Microsoft for allegedly charging her extra to downgrade from Windows Vista to XP.
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Police arrest first Heartland suspects

Three Florida-based men have been charged with credit card fraud following the first arrests connected with the hacking attack against payment processor Heartland Payment Systems.

70s Disco inspires latest Samsung music phones

MWC Samsung harked back to an earlier musical epoque today by launching a handset dubbed the Disc, one of two new musicphones that'll go out under Samsung's Beat brand.
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ITV 'could dump' Friends Reunited

ITV is reportedly considering selling off Friends Reunited, the social networking site it paid £175m for in 2006. It's unlikely a sale now would achieve even half that.
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Nvidia touts Tegra with $99 handheld net tablet notion

MWC Want an internet handheld for under $100? That's what Nvidia is promising, courtesy of its ARM-based system-on-a-chip family, Tegra.
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Tesco email is broked

Tesco's internet subscribers are without email access right now, even if the grocer's status page claims all is well.
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Beta-blocker 'erases' unpleasant memories

Dutch scientists claim to have shown that the beta-blocker propranolol can "erase" unpleasant memories - a discovery which "opens up new avenues for providing a long-term cure for patients with emotional disorders".
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Royal Navy to be first running-jump-jet force

Senior Royal Navy aviators have said that the successor plane to the famous Harrier jumpjet will probably not land vertically on British aircraft carriers. Rather, the F-35B "Lightning II" will employ the "Shipborne Rolling Vertical Landing" (SRVL) technique as routine: it will be a running-jump jet, as it were.
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ISP music for 'older than iPod gen' users

British ISP Sky is believed to be the first network to sign with Omnifone as the media giant revamps its music plans, reports suggest.
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Obama's BlackBerry still hackable, warns Mitnick

President Obama's 'bullet-proof' BlackBerry might still be cracked, according to uber-hacker Kevin Mitnick.

LG lauds world’s first transparent phone

MWC LG’s recently unveiled Arena was the first handset to introduce the Korean company's new S-Class 3D UI, but the firm’s since unveiled two more sexy touchscreen devices running the cube-based menu system - including one with a transparent touchpad.
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Windows goes Mobile 6.5

MWC Phone rivals HTC and LG today joined Microsoft at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona to launch the world’s first handsets set to run the latest incarnation of Windows Mobile.
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Terabit Ethernet possibilities

Researchers think they have opened the door to terabit per second Ethernet links using multiplexed 10Gbit/s data streams and small chalcogenide demux chips to demultiplex the 10 gig streams.
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'Lenny': Debian for the masses?

Review The venerable Debian Linux distribution has experienced a significant new release with its latest update, dubbed Lenny. While Debian is still not the easiest Linux distro to install and use, Lenny makes significant leaps forward and remains one of the most powerful Linux options.
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Nokia opens app everything store

To the surprise of no-one at all, Nokia has launched their application store on Ovi, announcing a 70/30 split with content owners. But Ovi won't be limited to applications, and supposedly, it will know what's of interest to you before you do.
Bill Ray, 16 2009
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Samsung gets own models confused

MWC Keeping track with the latest mobile phones is tricky, especially when several new devices launch each day. But Samsung appears to have gotten slightly confused with its own mobile models.
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Red Hat and Microsoft ink virt interoperability deal

Operating system suppliers Red Hat, which is the leading commercial Linux distro by some measures, and Microsoft, the only maker of Windows, today announced a cross-platform support agreement that will allow operating systems from one to run on the hypervisors of the other.
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Microsoft just wants to be touched

Microsoft has been showing press the next version of their mobile operating system, with lots of finger control, integration with the cloud, and an application store. A bit like the iPhone. Only not as good.
Bill Ray, 16 2009
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Hackers: BitDefender site exposes private data (yet again)

Updated Romanian hackers have discovered a security flaw in the website of anti-virus provider BitDefender. They said it was the second time in a week the company has inadvertently exposed a database that is supposed to remain private.
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Apple sued over iPhone smooth scrolling

A Scottish IP firm is suing Apple over the smooth zooming and scrolling featured on the iPhone.
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Google's Android Market accepts price tags

US and and UK developers can now include price tags when uploading mobile apps to Google's Android Market, the Chocolate Factory's answer to the iPhone App Store. Google says that priced apps will go on-sale sometime this week - but only in the US.
Cade Metz, 16 2009
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Yahoo! cuts! web! bookmarking! fat!

Yahoo! has cut off another useless appendage.
Cade Metz, 16 2009
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iPhone and iPod Touch dominate handheld web traffic race

The iPhone and iPod Touch each generate more web traffic than any other handheld device.
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'You're Goths, and you can't serialise my next book'

FoTW George Orwell called advertising "the rattling of a stick inside a swill pail". What would he call the business of writing advertorials about Twitter, and other Web 2.0 hypes, then?
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Apple's Mac OS X update breaks Perl

Apple's latest Mac OS X security update has a knack for breaking Perl, according to Mac users across the web.
Cade Metz, 16 2009