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Nine-inch Asus Eee not doomed after all?

Asus may continue to sell some 8.9in netbooks - despite previous hints from senior management that the company might kill them off in favour of 10in models.
James Sherwood, 08 Apr 2009
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Acer flaunts first Ion-based nettop

Acer today announced the first small, cheap desktop PC using Nvidia's new Ion graphics chipset.
Austin Modine, 08 Apr 2009
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Google animates 'offline' Gmail for iPhone, Android

As promised, Google has unleashed a new web-based Gmail incarnation that runs on both the Apple iPhone and Google's very own Android mobile platform.
Cade Metz, 08 Apr 2009
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Intel chips get new logos, star treatment

Intel has introduced a new and flashier set of logos for their consumer-level processors and processor-cum-chipset combos, along with a star-rating system that may generate more trouble than guidance.
Rik Myslewski, 08 Apr 2009
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Did Sun's total package kill the IBM deal?

It's ironic but fitting that executive bonuses, a subject that's ignited popular anger against the very companies in Sun Microsystems' core customer base on Wall St, helped kill Sun's future.
Gavin Clarke, 08 Apr 2009
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Sun revs VirtualBox to 2.2

Beleaguered server and system-software maker Sun Microsystems wants to change the Big Blue subject big-time, if only so that someone could talk about the new VirtualBox 2.2 virtualization software the company is announcing on Wednesday.
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Google pours Java on code cloud

Google has added the Java runtime to its App Engine, that (semi-)free service that lets you build and host web apps on Google's very own cloud distributed infrastructure.
Cade Metz, 08 Apr 2009
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Tata win Child Maintenance COTS IT deal

The Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission has chosen Tata Consultancy Services to build its new IT system.
Kablenet, 08 Apr 2009
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Fusion-io gets funding infusion

PCIe-connect SSD start-up Fusion-io brought forward its B-round funding and new CEO announcements to SNW as it revealed it was nearly $50m better off.
Chris Mellor, 08 Apr 2009
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South Africa punts money into e-MPV maker

'Leccy Tech When South African wannabe e-car maker Optimal Energy unveiled its Joule five-door 'leccy hatchback at the 2008 Paris Motor Show, the general opinion was that while it looked and sounded fine, would anyone put hard cash on it ever going into production?
Alun Taylor, 08 Apr 2009
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Intel intros 2GHz Atom

Intel has announced a 2GHz Atom processor, as expected, along with a lesser part with on-board auto-overclocking.
Tony Smith, 08 Apr 2009
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Brando injects storage

Seeing a hypodermic sticking out of someone isn’t a sight most people relish. So quirky peripherals retailer Brando has made a larger-than-normal syringe and wants you to jab it into your USB port.
James Sherwood, 08 Apr 2009
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BT still struggling to fix Olympic problems

BT has reconnected many of the Eastenders who lost their telecoms this weekend after a large thrust borer crashed through a deep tunnel, cutting fibre optic cable and copper line connections.
John Oates, 08 Apr 2009
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Nork splash shot snapped by passing satellite

Pic A commercial satellite, passing over the Sea of Japan at the weekend as North Korea made an unsuccessful attempt to launch its first satellite into orbit, obtained this remarkable snap of the rocket stack in flight:
Lewis Page, 08 Apr 2009
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Male chimps strike 'meat for sex' deals

Researchers have confirmed that male chimpanzees who share meat with females mate twice as often as those who prefer to keep their food to themselves.
Lester Haines, 08 Apr 2009
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FCO warns over bogus credit crunch relief phishing email

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has warned Brits and others to ignore a phishing scam currently circulating around the internet.
John Leyden, 08 Apr 2009
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'Mad as hell' news agency declares war on light-fingered sites

News agency the Associated Press (AP) has said it will start taking action against internet publishers who use its material without paying for it or without sharing earnings. The company is adopting new, aggressive policies, it said.
OUT-LAW.COM, 08 Apr 2009
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Repeat space tourist Simonyi back on terra firma

Space tourist Charles Simonyi this morning returned to Earth from the International Space Station at the end of his second trip to the orbiting outpost.
Lester Haines, 08 Apr 2009
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Race heats up for Satyam

The race to buy Satyam is heating up and the board could make a decision as early as this Monday.
John Oates, 08 Apr 2009
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Acer extends Aspire One netbook line with 11.6in model

Acer has ramped up its Aspire One netbook family - arguably pushing the range out of netbook territory with a 11.6in model.
Tony Smith, 08 Apr 2009
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Acer touts touchscreen Windows 7 PC

With the launch of Windows 7 just around the corner, it’s enevitable that firms will start using the OS’ launch as a marketing angle. Enter Acer, with its Windows 7 all-in-one PC.
James Sherwood, 08 Apr 2009
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Isolated Aussies left really isolated

Australia's Northern Territory lost all internet and phone connections yesterday, thanks to the failure of two separate Telstra circuits.
John Oates, 08 Apr 2009
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Hackers pwn Macca site with banking malware

Webmasters had to purge the website of former Beatle Paul McCartney after hackers planted malware.
John Leyden, 08 Apr 2009
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UK butterfly numbers hit hard

Scientists are warning that another wet summer following two years of wash-outs could drive some UK butterfly species to extinction, the Telegraph reports.
Lester Haines, 08 Apr 2009
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Advent AIO-100

Review At first glance, you could be forgiven for mistaking the Advent AIO-100 for just a normal 18.4in monitor with what looks like a very sturdy base. However, inside that oversized foot sits a full working PC.
Will Head, 08 Apr 2009
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British film board rejects 'disturbing' sexual torture film

The British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) have issued a rare rejection notice for a "disturbing and realistic" DVD called NF713.
Jane Fae Ozimek, 08 Apr 2009
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Hugh Jackman speaks of Wolverine leak heartbreak

Hugh Jackman has described himself as "heartbroken" by the leak of X-Men Origins: Wolverine which saw an incomplete version appear on several BitTorrent websites ahead of the official 1 May US release date.
Lester Haines, 08 Apr 2009
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Secret European project to battle online jihad

The UK is collaborating with the German, Dutch and Czech governments on a secret research project on how to effectively block the distribution of Islamic extremist material online.
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Sling to offer £25 discount on new Slingbox

In a bid to boost upgrade sales, Sling Media is to offer owners of its original Slingbox TV-over-the-net box £25 off the price of a more recent model.
Tony Smith, 08 Apr 2009
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Wanna upgrade from Windows 7 beta? Go back to Vista first

Microsoft is asking Windows 7 beta testers to remove the program and return their computers to Vista, before upgrading to the forthcoming release candidate of the firm’s latest operating system.
Kelly Fiveash, 08 Apr 2009
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Microsoft hit with €9m fine over German pricing

The German competition authority, the BundesKartellamt, has fined Microsoft €9m for colluding with retailers to set the price of "Office Home and Student 2007".
John Oates, 08 Apr 2009
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Can't get a job? Try plastic surgery

US jobseekers have shown a committment to supporting the country's plastic surgery industry in these troubled economic times by indulging in a bit of nip and tuck for more than just cosmetic reasons, Reuters reports.
Lester Haines, 08 Apr 2009
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Nokia Life Tools help Indian farmers get one

Nokia has completed trials of its Life Tools service, providing information to India's farmers and farming communities, demonstrating how mobile phones can do more than play music and make farting noises.
Bill Ray, 08 Apr 2009
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Acer debuts thin and light notebooks for the masses

So here we are in New York for the first leg of Acer's seasonal refresh. The Taiwanese PC company is making a really big deal of the line-up, 20 products grouped into three areas - notebooks / netbooks / and all-in-one PCs and slotted into three brands: Acer, Gateway (Packard Bell in Europe) and eMachines.
Drew Cullen, 08 Apr 2009
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Prof: Fat ladies don't get to be CEOs, lardy blokes do

New research carried out on Fortune 1000 CEOs indicates that fatcat biz kingpins are, in fact, fatter than the rest of us - but not if they're women. Counterintuitively perhaps, it appears that breaking through the glass ceiling is more difficult for the heftier lady.
Lewis Page, 08 Apr 2009
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Brown pledges to make Britain's drivers greener

'Leccy Tech Gordon Brown wants the UK to become a “world leader" in producing and exporting electric cars.
Alun Taylor, 08 Apr 2009
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Sadville besieged by bitey 'spampires'

Run for your lives: the vampires are coming! Or "spampires", as they are now referred to by many of the increasingly concerned inhabitants of Sadville.
Jane Fae Ozimek, 08 Apr 2009
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Phorm moves beyond privacy - except when slating rivals

Phorm wheeled out its new chairman last night - the former Tory chancellor Norman Lamont - to steward the second town hall meeting since it leapt out of stealth mode and straight into a privacy firestorm just over a year ago.
Joe Fay, 08 Apr 2009
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French adhesive workers stick it to Brit boss

The British boss of a French adhesive factory is being held captive by workers over redundancy fears.
John Oates, 08 Apr 2009
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Wii gamers get arty

Graffiti, tagging, Banksy – whatever you care to call it, it’s a messy business. So a prototype Wii peripheral’s been developed that does away with the need for spray cans.
James Sherwood, 08 Apr 2009
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BMW opens up to haptic car doors

You may have been introduced to the world of electronic haptics by your smartphone’s virtual keypad, but now your car’s doors could soon begin giving you feedback about surrounding potential dangers.
James Sherwood, 08 Apr 2009
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BT's great hole of Ilford still causing grief

BT is still working to fix problems created by a tunnelling machine which crashed through one of its deep level tunnels cutting fibre optic and copper lines early on Saturday afternoon.
John Oates, 08 Apr 2009
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SQL Server 2008 SP1 washes ashore

Microsoft released its first service pack for SQL Server 2008 yesterday, which comes with a few subtle changes and exactly zero new features to boot.
Kelly Fiveash, 08 Apr 2009
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MS blames non-Redmond apps for security woes

Microsoft has blamed common third-party desktop applications, rather than Windows, for the majority of security threats in a new report. The finding might appear surprising at first but is backed by independent security notification firm Secunia.
John Leyden, 08 Apr 2009
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Ad watchdog gives thumbs up for female TV orgasms

Quangocrats at the UK's advertising watchdog have thrown open the floodgates for women to have orgasms on British television before 11pm, albeit very quietly.
Joe Fay, 08 Apr 2009
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DARPA gives Cal Tech boffin $6m 'to save Moore's Law'

Maverick Pentagon deathboffins aim to prevent processing progress grinding to a crunching halt in the next few years by developing "self healing" integrated circuits, able to repair themselves in the event of damage or failed components.
Lewis Page, 08 Apr 2009
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iPhone's Wi-Fi problems cause heated speculation

iPhone users who found their Wi-Fi failing after the last firmware upgrade are starting to identify what went wrong, while some have managed to get Apple to replace iPhones with handsets that have never seen 2.2.1.
Bill Ray, 08 Apr 2009
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Oops: Microsoft wonk hits Live Messenger red button

Microsoft has said sorry to users of its Windows Live Messenger service after it sent out a missive yesterday wrongly instructing people to change their email addresses.
Kelly Fiveash, 08 Apr 2009
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Mitsubishi unveils 3D TV line-up

With 3D fast replacing HD as the latest TV buzzword, Mitsubishi has stepped up to the multi-dimensional plate and announced its launch of two 3D-ready TV families.
James Sherwood, 08 Apr 2009
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Google loses third bigwig in four weeks

Google has lost a trio of bigwigs in less than a month.
Cade Metz, 08 Apr 2009
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Spies hacked US electrical grid, says WSJ

Foreign cyber-spies have reportedly been infiltrating the US electrical grid and planting software that can be used to destroy key components.
Austin Modine, 08 Apr 2009
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Sun Sparc guru splits for Redmond

In stunning blow to Sun Microsystems, the company's lead chip designer, has resigned. And Marc Tremblay is reportedly taking a job at Microsoft.
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Intel demos Moorestown, embeds Nehalem

Intel has demonstrated that its long-awaited mobile platform is meeting its power-saving goals, disclosed upcoming low-power Xeon 5500s for storage and blades, and pointed toward a future in which programmers might actually use all the threads and cores the company's hardware is throwing at them.
Rik Myslewski, 08 Apr 2009
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Laptop Hunters snare Microsoft on Linux

Linux FCS Microsoft has made a tactical mistake in deciding to compete with Apple on price in its latest, much debated, Laptop Hunters TV ads.
Gavin Clarke, 08 Apr 2009
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Demand for IT jobs stinks in UK

There's significantly less demand for IT staff in the UK compared to last year according to a job report published today, although the tech sector has still fared better than most.
Austin Modine, 08 Apr 2009
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Google chief lectures newspapers

According to non-journalist, non-publisher, non-newsman Eric Schmidt, newspapers just don't understand their own business.
Rik Myslewski, 08 Apr 2009
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Sims creator Will Wright leaves EA

Will Wright, one of the most renowned game designers in the world, is leaving Electronic Arts and Maxis to focus on Stupid Fun Club, an "entertainment think tank" he founded in 2001.
Austin Modine, 08 Apr 2009
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Intel puts five Xeons on death row

Intel's newly released Nehalem EP-core Xeon processors have inflicted their first casualties: five older Xeons are scheduled to be phased out.
Rik Myslewski, 08 Apr 2009
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IBM fingered over early Linux mistakes

Linux FCS IBM, the first and biggest IT vendor to champion Linux, has been gently rebuked for initially tolerating the community to further its own interests.
Gavin Clarke, 08 Apr 2009