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Google name 'worth $100 billion,' says Strategy Boutique

The most valuable brand in the known universe is Google, according to a survey produced by a Strategy Boutique that makes its living convincing companies that a specific financial value can be attached to something as amorphous as a brand.
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Disney dances the Hulu

Disney movies and ABC TV shows are coming to Hulu, now that the Mouse House is buying a stake in the popular US online video site.
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Google, Schmidt, and the Gray Lady Resuscitator™

Google is preparing a post-print-age online news service that will feed you the "high-quality news" you want - even when you don't realize you want it.
Cade Metz, 01 2009
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Citroën e-car launched in Blighty

'Leccy Tech A new e-car from a major manufacturer - sort of - launched in the UK today.
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LG Arena touchphone

Review As they say, it ain’t what you do, it’s the way that you do it. The LG's KM900 - aka Arena - may pack in an impressive quantity of functionality, but the real question is whether LG’s new S-Class touchscreen UI, making its finger-dabbing debut on this device, has the touch.
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Space shuttle may fly until 2011

The US House of Representatives and Senate have agreed a further $2.5bn to keep the space shuttle in service until 2011 - "if such an extension is necessary to complete currently planned missions to the International Space Station", as the Wall Street Journal puts it.
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QLogic fortifies results with acquisition

QLogic has tempered weaker than expected results by buying NetXen, a 10Gbit/E product supplier, thereby injecting more energy into the converged networking scene.
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Star Trek Klingon lingo hits cutting room floor

The Trekosphere has got itself into a bit of a tizz over the culling of the Klingon lingo from the forthcoming Star Trek movie.
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Logica says hard cheese to Dutch workers

Logica is cutting jobs in the Netherlands and has stopped recruiting in the rest of Europe.
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Disclosure to private eyes sometimes legal, says privacy watchdog

Organisations should not hand over employees' personal details to private investigators except in very limited circumstances, the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has warned.
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Asus to launch Air-like Eee PC 'Seashell' next week

Asus has launched its MacBook Air-style Eee PC 1008HA in Taiwan, and will do it all over again over here early next week, Register Hardware has learned.
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Equality Bill U-turn could damage businesses, warns expert

The Government has published its proposals for new equality legislation and one employment law expert has warned that a policy U-turn could leave companies exposed to a deluge of equal pay claims.
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DHS tests bomb-proof CCTV by blowing up bus

Depressing news for extremist privacy lovers today: a cheap CCTV camera which can reliably survive a large bomb explosion with video recordings intact has been developed. It's no longer possible to cover one's tracks by simply blowing everything up.
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Videogame history project successfully emulates CRT on LCD

We thought fuzzy images went out with cathode ray tube monitors, but a team of boffins at the Georgia Institute of Technology have developed an app that mimics the visual characteristics of CRTs on today crisp, pixel-perfect LCD screens.
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Home Office 'ring of steel' fails the pig plague test

One unexpected benefit of the Home Office's obsession with 'counting them all in, counting them all out' is that in the event of, say, a flu pandemic it would be simple to grab a list of all the passengers on an affected incoming flight, and check them out for infection. But no, not exactly - that's not quite how it appears to work.
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Windows 7 brings Microsoft to its knees

Desperate beta testers brought down Microsoft's Windows 7 download page yesterday for about two hours.
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NHS warned about data protection

Data breaches at four trusts have prompted the Information Commissioner's Office to remind the health service about patient record privacy.
Kable, 01 2009
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Satellite to offer 10Mbit broadband to entire UK

A French firm plans to launch a satellite next year that it says will offer the entire UK up to 10Mbit/s broadband, including rural areas that are poorly served by ADSL and cable.
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Video iPhone coming in June?

Apple is on the cusp of unveiling a third-generation iPhone which, it has been claimed, will sport a strong focus on video features.
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BOFH: Spontaneous Legal Combustion

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NASA hacker Tenenbaum agrees to US extradition

NASA hacker turned credit card fraud suspect Ehud Tenenbaum has agreed to surrender to US justice, The Calgary Sun reports.
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PS3 motion-sensing controller en route?

Rumours of a motion-sensing controller for the PlayStation 3 have been around for years, but it’s now been claimed that the controller does exist and that Sony will unveil it within months.
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Isle of Man KKK burns cross on Facebook

Facebook has closed an "Isle of Man KKK" page exhorting locals to stem the tide of unwelcome incomers polluting the racial purity of the Irish Sea island paradise.
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Apple ponders quantitative easing for hard-up customers

Apple looks set to bite the bullet and drop its price bands, even going so far as making its products "affordable".
Joe Fay, 01 2009
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China launches DNA database to track trafficked kids

China's Ministry of Public Security is to use DNA testing to help police identify kidnapped children and return them to their homes.
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Oracle to intensify battle with Salesforce.com

Oracle is developing seven new online business products in a big move into software as a service, according to reports.
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Yes! It's the invisible¹ shed²!

Life is often disappointing for the technology enthusiast, unless you're the pathetically easily-pleased kind who's impressed by the ability to update your web page while having a dump. Proper new technology - robot or brainchip-monkey butlers, flying cars, headmounted energy weapons for one's swimming-pool menagerie - these have long been promised but never made good.
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Palm Pré 2 rumours gathering pace

Just 24 hours after news broke about a possible Palm Pré 2 launch, Register Hardware’s discovered yet more information about the rumoured handset, including its name and a full specification list.
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Windows 7: MS plays a Jedi mind trick on netbook owners

Radio Reg At Microsoft, your potential is their passion. Unless you’re passionate about owning a low-priced netbook, which hurts Microsoft’s bottom line.
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PRS shakes up online music fees

The UK performing rights society, the PRS, has published a new schedule of royalty rates that cover everyone from internet radio hobbyists, to blogs, to major music services. The headline rate is unchanged at 8 per cent of gross revenue max, while the minima can be negotiated.
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Sacha Baron Cohen scars Paula Abdul for life

American Idol judge Paula Abdul has described herself as "scarred for life" by a Sacha Baron Cohen set-up which saw her interviewed from the comfort of two Mexican gardeners by the Brit comedian's alter ego Bruno.
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USB gadget warns of impending suffocation

Worried that the air around you isn't very clean? Well, a USB-powered gadget aims to tell whether it is or not.
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Palm crosses twits with silver

Palm is looking to harness the blogosphere to promote the Pre, offering free devices and six-month's connectivity to those willing to keep the Web 2.0 crowd updated about their experience.
Bill Ray, 01 2009
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Flood of liquidations as credit dries up

Figures from the Insolvency Service show a big jump in the number of English and Welsh firms going into either compulsory or voluntary liquidation.
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T-Mobile getting out of blighty?

The Financial Times is reporting that Deutsche Telekom, owner of T-Mobile, is under pressure to get out of the UK following disappointing financials.
Bill Ray, 01 2009
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Chip sales dive 29% in March

Worldwide chip sales were down almost a third on the year in March, though shipments were up a touch on the previous month.
Joe Fay, 01 2009
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Nikon Coolpix P90 bridge camera

Review You know, there’s a lot to be said for superzoom cameras. Instead of lugging around a DSLR camera and a stack of lenses, you can stick a massive zoom onto a camera that’s a little smaller than your average DSLR and simply carry that around. Nikon’s Coolpix P90 is a superzoom bridge camera with a whopping 24x zoom. It’s aimed at users who want more than a compact and a little less than a DSLR, but the question is: does the P90 offer enough to satisfy this type of user?
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Rackable free to pick SGI carcass

Niche server maker Rackable Systems said this morning that the U.S. bankruptcy court in New York handling the Chapter 11 proceedings for supercomputer maker Silicon Graphics has approved Rackable's acquisition of most of the assets of SGI.
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Interference knocks Vodafone NZ into court

Vodafone New Zealand is in court trying to get an injunction to prevent rival-operator Telecom NZ launching their new "XT" service, which is scheduled to come online on May 13th.
Bill Ray, 01 2009
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Windows 7’s XP Mode — Virtually worth the effort

Review The discovery that Windows 7 will use desktop virtualization so you can run Windows-XP-compatible applications caused almost as much excitement as the news the Windows 7 Release Candidate would ship this week and next.
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IBM lubricates Obama's IT stimulus

For US companies, state and local governments, and educational institutions, figuring out how to get a piece of the Obama $787bn stimulus package is a drag - and a drag on business.
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NASA's ENose sniffs for cancer

The same electronic "nose" designed to monitor air quality on the International Space Station is apparently also a deft nostril at sniffing out cancer.
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US Congress wants hack teams for self-penetration

The United States Congress this week delved further into the country's cybersecurity preparedness as members introduced two bills designed to protect federal networks and electric power grids from attacks.
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Google sued for 'stealing' Android name

Google and 47 other international corporations have been sued in a US District Court for trademark infringement over their use of the word "Android."
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OpenBSD 4.5 light cycles into the wild

The OpenBSD developers are channeling Tron to celebrate the release of version 4.5 of their open source operating system.
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Fired IT director admits $94k rampage on organ bank

A former technology director who was fired from a regional organ donation center in Texas has admitted to breaking into her former employer's network and destroying more than $94,000 worth of data.
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Love on the buses: The S-100 and me

This Old Box Although the IBM PC had been released in August of 1981, the system of choice for true geeks in those days was a home-brewed computer based on the S-100 bus architecture.
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YouTube swot beats ambulance to birth

When his wife went into labor, a Redruth, Cornwall, engineer discovered that YouTube offers more than dance history and skateboarding dogs.