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Rail union ballots for strike over fingerprints

Eurostar cleaners are considering strike action over changes to working practises which mean they must provide fingerprints when they clock on or off.
John Oates, 20 Apr 2009
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Pirate Bay convictions are legally insignificant outside Sweden

Editorial A court in Sweden has found the co-founders of file-sharing site The Pirate Bay guilty of copyright offences. Each of them has been sentenced to one year in prison. But while the ruling has symbolic significance outside Sweden, it has little legal significance.
OUT-LAW.COM, 20 Apr 2009
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Tory terror police were 'fishing' for Liberty

Damian Green said being arrested and questioned by anti-terror police would have been a frightening experience, if it hadn't been so comical.
John Oates, 20 Apr 2009
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Flash: Fibre Channel drives poised for the exit

In just 30 months flash solid state drives will cost only three times as much as Fibre Channel drives, prompting a user switchover to flash, according to Wikibon analyst David Vellante.
Chris Mellor, 20 Apr 2009
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TVonics MDR-250

Review With the digital Armageddon crossover almost upon us – or actually upon us in the case of anyone living in South Devon or the Borders – never has their been a better time to take a look at an affordable, easy-to-use, jack-of-all-trades Freeview tuner that even the most technophobic in society can get to grips with. That would be the TVonics MDR-250, then.
Alun Taylor, 20 Apr 2009
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Spansion loses chief financial officer

Troubled NOR flash maker Spansion's woes have got a little worse with the loss of its chief financial officer.
Chris Mellor, 20 Apr 2009
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US Navy unveils superconductor 'cloaking device' destroyer

US Navy boffins say they have made a significant breakthrough in countermeasures against sea mines - by using superconductors to nullify the magnetic signature of an American destroyer.
Lewis Page, 20 Apr 2009
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OCZ nips in to NetBook flash market

OCZ has developed a nifty small form-factor solid-state drive (SSD) for netbook users to expand storage capacity without adding a battery-sapping hard drive.
Chris Mellor, 20 Apr 2009
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JG Ballard — 1930-2009

JG Ballard, self-confessed visionary of “the psychology of the future” and author of works such as Crash and Empire of the Sun, died on Sunday morning after a long illness. He was 78.
Matt Dupuy, 20 Apr 2009
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Ask.com rehires butler Jeeves

Ask.com has redeployed dotcom-era cartoon butler Jeeves in its battle to attract web searchers away from Google in the UK.
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Google accused of UK tax dodge

Search giant Google has been accused of avoiding UK tax by routing most of its earnings through Ireland.
John Oates, 20 Apr 2009
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Music industry sites DDoSed after Pirate Bay verdict

Hacktivists have launched denial of service attacks against music industry association ifpi.org and lawyers involved in the prosecution of the four Pirate Bay defendants in the wake of a guilty verdict against the quartet last Friday.
John Leyden, 20 Apr 2009
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LG officially launches Viewty Smart

LG has today officially announced one of the worst kept mobile phone secrets in recent months: the launch of the Viewty Smart.
James Sherwood, 20 Apr 2009
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ICO rules against British Council

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has found the British Council in breach of the Data Protection Act after the loss of an unencrypted computer disc
Kablenet, 20 Apr 2009
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Windows 7 Release Candidate coming 5 May

Redmond suffered yet another butter fingers incident over the weekend when the company let slip that the near-ready version of Windows 7 will be made available on 5 May.
Kelly Fiveash, 20 Apr 2009

Lotus offers to end e-car silent running

'Leccy Tech Lotus has announced a raft of systems designed to solve all your pesky car noise problems. And that includes the owners of e-cars, whose worry is that their vehicles make no noise whatsoever. The systems are being developed in partnership with Harman Becker Automotive Systems - and seem to have all bases covered.
Alun Taylor, 20 Apr 2009
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BT wins Starbucks Wi-Fi deal

BT will take over as Wi-Fi operator at Starbucks coffee shops in the UK and Ireland, with T-Mobile losing out on revenue from more than 650 hotspots.
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Videogames aid 'life skill' development

Looking to develop your life skills? Then forget lowly work experience or charity endeavours - just get back on your games console. Playing games helps develop a whole range of life skills... according to gamers
James Sherwood, 20 Apr 2009
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Spec-less 3D TV displayed

Watching a 3D TV without having to don the silly specs is the holy grail for viewers. Now, as in-home 3D TV edges closer, one firm’s demonstrated its latest specs-less 3D TV effort.
James Sherwood, 20 Apr 2009
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Adobe turns on to Flash TVs

It's the user interface stupid! Adobe is working to bring its Flash web animation and video viewer to the living room via a new run-time system for HD TVs, set-top boxes, Blu-ray players and other connected living room devices.
Chris Mellor, 20 Apr 2009
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Oracle reels in Sun Microsystems with $7.4bn buy

Database giant Oracle has agreed to buy Sun Microsystems for $7.4bn, or $9.5 a share, in cash.
Kelly Fiveash, 20 Apr 2009
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External multi-touch trackpad fingered

If the growing number of laptops being shipped with multi-touch trackpads has you down, one retailer’s launched a gadget that’ll bring your machine up-to-date without spending a fortune.
James Sherwood, 20 Apr 2009
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Intel X25-M solid-state drive firmware update

Review Intel has updated the firmware for its four models of mainstream solid-state drives, the 80GB and 160GB 1.8in X18-M and 2.5in X25-M.
Leo Waldock, 20 Apr 2009
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Marathon bundles up HA and FT with everRun 2G

Marathon Technologies today is announcing a merged product line, called everRun 2G, that puts together its high availability clustering and fault tolerant clustering technologies for Windows servers, which up until now have been distinct products.

Blu-ray to boom despite downturn

World+Dog will buy more than twice as many Blu-ray Disc players this year than the number sold in 2008, it has been claimed.
Tony Smith, 20 Apr 2009
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HP pits Matrix against Cisco's California

Mark Hurd, in a black leather overcoat, wearing dark shades, standing in a white room that stretches out to infinity. "We need blades. Lots of blades," he mutters.
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World's first waterproof, solar phone unveiled

Whether the market’s been crying out for phone that's waterproof and solar-powered or not, wacky Japanese phone firm KDDI and Sharp have put their heads together to create one.
James Sherwood, 20 Apr 2009
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Twitter riddled with worms and scams (again)

Multiple new versions of the Mikeyy cross-site scripting worm spread across the Twitter micro-blogging network over the weekend.
John Leyden, 20 Apr 2009
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Lumension keys in Securityworks for compliance buy

Patching specialist Lumension has acquired compliance and risk management firm Securityworks. Terms of the deal, announced on Monday, were not disclosed.
John Leyden, 20 Apr 2009
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Tosh unfolds 10in netbook series

Toshiba has updated its box-like 8.9in NB100 netbook with the launch of a more spacious, 10.1in UX series.
James Sherwood, 20 Apr 2009
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Sony whips out better basic Blu-ray box

Sony has shown off the successor to its rather good entry-level Blu-ray Disc player, the BDP-S350.
Tony Smith, 20 Apr 2009
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Nokia Wizard spells security issue

The wizard used to configure e-mail access on the latest Nokia S60 devices is sending e-mail credentials to Nokia, via HTTP, even when the user is connecting to an unrelated mailserver.
Bill Ray, 20 Apr 2009
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Profs: Human race must become Hobbits to save planet

Public-health researchers in London have come up with a new plan to save the planet: wealthy westerners should all reduce by several inches in height by starving their children. This would not only save food, but make people much lighter, meaning that cars and buses would use less fuel.
Lewis Page, 20 Apr 2009
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The Pirate Bay loads cannon with official appeal

The Pirate Bay four, who were convicted of being accessories to breaching copyright laws on Friday, have fired off an official appeal against the $3.6m fine and one-year jail terms they were handed by a Swedish court last week.
Kelly Fiveash, 20 Apr 2009
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RedFly goes soft

Celio, makers of the extension keyboard and screen for Windows Mobile devices, have gone soft with a desktop version of their hardware, for those really addicted to Windows Mobile.
Bill Ray, 20 Apr 2009
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King Larry launches Oracle-Sun combo at Big Blue, Cisco

Analysis It was not a very auspicious beginning to the merger of two tech giants. Oracle just couldn't seem to get its phone lines and Webcast in order to do the actual announcement of its $5.6bn acquisition of server maker Sun Microsystems.
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LG to unwrap OLED screens by Christmas

Think OLED telly manufacturers and you’d be forgiven thinking solely of Sony. But LG-branded OLEDs are just months away, the firm’s confirmed.
James Sherwood, 20 Apr 2009
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DHS hunts for white-hat hackers

The Department of Homeland Security is looking to recruit white-hat hackers to help defend the US's critical internet infrastructure.
John Leyden, 20 Apr 2009
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New England wrestles porn law schizophrenia

Have Vermont’s lawmakers, who are currently debating a law that would give immunity from prosecution to teenagers engaged in "sexting," been infected with a rare outbreak of common sense? Or are their best efforts still not good enough?
Jane Fae , 20 Apr 2009
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Apple rides fanbois to popularity crown (again)

Apple trounced all competition in a recent Forrester Research customer-satisfaction survey. And in other news, dog bites man.
Rik Myslewski, 20 Apr 2009
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Obama taps America's top techie

US President Barack Obama has named Virginia's current secretary of technology to be the country's first "CTO," charged with making the federal government more responsive and efficient through applied technology.
Austin Modine, 20 Apr 2009
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Canonical punts Ubuntu Jaunty Jackalope

Canonical this afternoon debuted its Ubuntu 9.04 release of Linux, the tenth release since the company founded the Ubuntu project in October 2004. This iteration of Ubuntu, code-named “Jaunty Jackalope,” comes with mixes designed specifically for three platforms: netbooks, desktops, and servers.
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FBI docs out home-brewed spyware probes

The FBI for at least seven years has relied on a home-brewed package of spyware to infiltrate the computers of criminals and secretly send a wide range of information to servers controlled by the bureau, according to an investigation by Wired.com.
Dan Goodin, 20 Apr 2009
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IDC: PC market slowing...pretty much everywhere

Industry beancounter IDC has tallied some new numbers on the PC market for the first quarter of 2009 — and surprise — they're looking down pretty much everywhere.
Austin Modine, 20 Apr 2009
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One Laptop Per Child dumps AMD for VIA

The One Laptop Per Child folks have found new brains for the $199 laptop that wants to change the world.
Rik Myslewski, 20 Apr 2009
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Jackalope gets jaunty with Ubuntu nip and tuck

Review Ubuntu 9.04 - officially launched today and due to be ready for download on Thursday - is a worthwhile upgrade for Ubuntu fans.
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Google boffins unveil 'What's Up?' CAPTCHA

Attempting to take the upper hand in the battle against bots, researchers from Google have devised a new CAPTCHA system that uses a series of randomly rotated images to distinguish between human visitors and automated scripts.
Dan Goodin, 20 Apr 2009
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Big Blue defies server crash with Q1 profit

Despite some pretty steep revenue declines - particularly in server lines - that drove IBM's overall sales in the first quarter of 2009 down 11.4 per cent to $21.71bn, net income only fell by 1 per cent to $2.3bn. And thanks to some $1.8bn in share buybacks, earnings per share rose by 3.7 per cent to $1.70 a pop.
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Canonical parks cloud on Jackalope

Yes, your new Jackalope comes with its very own cloud.
Cade Metz, 20 Apr 2009
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HP ScanJet 3C takes lead on Bohemian Rhapsody

And now, because you secretly asked for it in your heart of hearts: a version of Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody as played by an old scanner, floppy drive and Atari and TI computers.
Austin Modine, 20 Apr 2009