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Town OKs Jobsian tear-down

After an eight-year legal wrangle, Steve Jobs can finally tear down the crumbling mansion he purchased 25 years ago.
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Adobe plagued by 16-month-old XSS bug

More than 16 months after researchers warned that critical vulnerabilities in Adobe Flash files leave websites vulnerable to phishing and other serious attacks, a wide array of pages - some hosted on Adobe.com itself - remain vulnerable.
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Google money machine all cranked out?

Is reality finally catching up with Google's top-secret money machine?
Cade Metz, 14 2009
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MySQL daddy seeks post-Sun Oracle independence

MySQL's founder has accelerated his push for the open-source database's independent development, free of its latest, potential corporate owner: Oracle.
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MPs: end Police's music clampdown

Parliament's culture committee says the Police's notorious "Form 696" should be scrapped, and called for red tape to be eased for venues wishing to put on live music.
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Vodafone gives up on roaming charges

Vodafone UK is to give up roaming charges to 45 countries, charging travellers only their usual rates for calls and messages home - though they'll still pay through the nose for data.
Bill Ray, 14 2009
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Motorola waves in gesture-sensitive phone

In a bullish attempt to shake up the mobile phone market, Motorola has launched a gesture-sensitive handset you must shake, rattle and – possibly – roll to operate.
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Massed x86 ranks 'blowing away' supercomputer monoliths

Dell has claimed it is simplifying supercomputing by replacing complex monolithic, proprietary architecture Cray-like machines with modular ones, using racks of industry-standard components.
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EZY Technologies MyXerver MX3600

Review Most NAS servers essentially do one thing – store data and make it available over a network, usually for the home or small business. It's not a complicated job, but it is an essential one, and suits most users. Computing manufacturer EZY Technologies, has other ideas, seeing the humble NAS server as having more to offer and becoming a valued asset, rather than an afterthought.
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Another 15,000 jobs to go at BT

BT has cut 15,000 jobs this year, and will lay off another 15,000 people in the year ahead.
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Atlantis grapples Hubble

Space shuttle Atlantis yesterday deployed its robotic arm to successfully capture the Hubble Space Telescope, NASA reports.
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TDK readies netbook-friendly SSD series

TDK has begun pitching SSDs at laptop makers, and said it will ship its new SDGA2 line out to manufacturers at the end of the month.
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Home Sec: No more funds to e-crime unit

The newly established Police Central e-crime Unit is unlikely to get increased UK government funding, according to a response to questions in the House by the Home Secretary on Tuesday. The reply by Jacqui Smith is a sign that the present home secretary is less inclined to invest in the nascent unit than her predecessor David Blunkett.
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Astronaut Twitters from orbit

Astronaut Mike Massimino has the dubious honour of being the first person to Twitter from space, having taken time from the space shuttle Atlantis STS-125 mission to the Hubble Space Telescope to share this tweet with mankind:
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E-car supplier demos battery swap-shop

Leccy Tech Better Place has demonstrated a prototype battery swapping machine for leccy cars, able to exchange the flat battery of a modified Nissan with a fully charged one in just over 60 seconds.
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Toshiba first with half-a-terabyte SSD laptop

Toshiba has begun selling what it claims is the first notebook to come with a 512GB solid-state drive as standard.
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eBay wins French luxury counterfeit case

eBay has won a long-running court case brought by L'Oreal and other luxury brands which accused it of failing to do enough to stop sales of counterfeit goods on its site.
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DARPA working on inertial-nav 'Smart Boot' tech

Elite Pentagon deathnerds have just awarded a contract for development of a highly accurate inertial navigation module which will fit in the heel of a shoe.
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Sony pooh-poohs PS3 redesign claims

Rumours that a redesigned PlayStation 3 has been created are false, at least according to Sony.
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Street View forced to reshoot Japan

Google's Street View has agreed to reshoot all the images captured by its Japan-based spymobiles following mass complaints decrying the altitude of its vehicle's cameras.
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Outgoing info chief predicts data collection downturn

The outgoing information commissioner has predicted that government will reverse the trend to collect more personal data.
Kable, 14 2009
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Creating portals with Office Sharepoint

We are dubious about some of the claims made for Enterprise 2.0, the iteration of Web 2.0 social networking technologies that is supposed to turn business into greased lightning. Take dashboards as a small example. The executives cry out for them, the developers build them, and then... entropy. The abandoned wikis, the blogs that no-one reads, the twitters that embarrass or bore- call this a conversation?
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AMD heralds gigahertz graphics card

Sapphire may have sneaked this one in ahead of the official launch, but now AMD's caught up and announced the 1GHz ATI Radeon HD 4890 itself.
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Telstra bins UK support staff

Telstra, the Australian ISP, has laid off its UK hosting support staff and outsourced their responsibilities to India, without telling customers.
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Daydreaming? You're actually solving complex problems

Scientists at the University of British Columbia (UBC) have provided vital scientific justification for staring vacantly from behind your desk: What your boss believes is bone idleness is actually your brain indulging in "complex problem solving".
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Expenses row MPs warned to change cash card PINs

MPs and staff are reportedly being advised to "change bank PIN numbers" in order to guard against incidents of fraud arising from the leak of Commons allowance claims.
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Yorkshire boozer establishes 'smoking research centre'

A Yorkshire boozer which last week established a "smoking research centre" has attracted the attention of Barnsley Council, evidently unimpressed with its vital scientific work.
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Google makes breaking up with Hotmail, Yahoo! easy to do

Google has added a feature to its popular Gmail service that allows users to easily import email and contacts from their Hotmail, Yahoo! et al accounts.
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Airline websites forced to clean up

A European Commission investigation into airline websites has resulted in 115 out of 137 sites making changes so they are less confusing for punters.
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Carter's right-hand man lays out spectrum plan

Kip Meek, right-hand man of communications minister Lord Carter, has taken a few steps back to see the bigger picture of spectrum use in the UK, after his master failed to get much support for the spectrum reallocation proposed in his Digital Britain draft.
Bill Ray, 14 2009
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'Made in Britain' PMP takes on California-designed, China-made iPod Nano

When a small firm launches a portable media player to take on Apple’s mighty iPod Nano, it had better ensure there's a unique selling point. One firm doing just that claims its Sonix 7 PMP does have a USP: it’s 100 per cent British.
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McKinnon supporters petition Downing Street

British supporters of Gary McKinnon are being urged to sign a petition to the Prime Minister protesting McKinnon's possible extradition to the US on hacking charges.
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iPhone users to walk and read at same time

iPhone users can now walk the streets safe in the knowledge that upcoming letter boxes, errant children or dogshit can be easily avoided, without interrupting the more important act of reading email.
Bill Ray, 14 2009
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Acer Timeline 4810T

Review Acer says its new series of Timeline laptops offer a battery life up to eight hours. That’s a mighty bold claim so we’re putting the Aspire Timeline 4810T under the microscope to see whether it’s a piece of engineering genius or PR puff.
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Ex-OLPC security man rocks up at Apple

One Laptop Per Child's former top security architect started a new job at Apple earlier this week.
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Herschel and Planck safely away

The European Space Agency's Herschel and Planck space telescopes safely blasted off this afternoon at 13:12 GMT from the ESA spaceport in French Guiana.
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UK.gov international net clean-up plan gathers dust

Months after announcing his intention to work with the Obama administration to develop new restrictions on "unacceptable" material online, Culture Secretary Andy Burnham is still waiting for anyone in Washington to listen to him.
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SOCA: Cons' consoles causing crime

The Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) has alleged that prisoners are using games consoles to run their illegal empires. Its claim hasn't pleased Her Majesty's Prison Service.
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Beeb tech boss seeks to expand TV licence online

The BBC's technology chief has called for the licence fee to be extended so that people who only watch iPlayer will also have to pay.
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Wi-Fi finds its way into park bench

A designer’s inked plans for a hi-tech park bench boasting solar panels, Wi-Fi and broadband.
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Slimline PS3 pictures surface

Sony may have denied rumours that it's planning to produce a slimmer PlayStation 3, but images have since cropped up that appear to show the casing and packaging of just such a machine.
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Index wants to play Nasdaq with spectrum

A new index tracking the value of US radio spectrum was launched yesterday, and now stands at 253.17 - though without a historical context that's not very useful.
Bill Ray, 14 2009
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Europeans go ga-ga over virtual servers

Server virtualisation deployments are on the rise in Western Europe, and this comes as no surprise given the enormous pressure that IT managers are under to cut costs and drive up the utilization on the gear that they have in their data centres. The continuing maturity of hypervisors and hardware features to better use them, particularly on x64 machines, is helping boost deployments, too.
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Intel wants Medfield in smart phones

Intel has said it wants its chips inside smart phones, with Medfield being the beachhead device.
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Intel turns software barrow boy

Intel may be busy shaking its piggybank to stump up cash for the record EU fine it was handed this week, but that hasn't stopped it launching a new online software shop for SMBs.
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Google suffers international outages, slowdowns

Updated Earlier today, web users across the globe were reporting outages on myriad Google services, including Gmail, Google News, Google Docs, Google Calendar, Google Analytics, Google Maps, Google AdSense, and Google Search.
Cade Metz, 14 2009
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Google, Microsoft plug teens into tech

Getting young people interested in jumping into the Silicon Valley meat grinder is major work for tech firms like Microsoft and Google.
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Microsoft preps for open-source cloud apps

Microsoft has unveiled a toolkit for PHP developers building open-source applications that help fluff its planned Azure cloud.
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Hacker claims whaling expedition harpooned Steve Jobs

A hacker has claimed he hijacked the Amazon.com account of Steve Jobs by sending the Apple CEO a phony email that tricked him into logging in to a fake website, according to the Cult of Mac blog.
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Viral web infection siphons ad dollars from Google

A compromise that is moving virally across websites is making unwitting people who surf to them part of a botnet that redirects Google search results, a security researcher has warned.
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Sony loses $1bn in 2008

Sony lost over $1bn during its 2008 fiscal year which ended in March. It's the company's first annual loss in 14 years, and it expects to lose even more in the year ahead.
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Quadrics co-founder jumps to Cray

Duncan Roweth, one of the founders of British parallel supercomputer switch interconnect maker Quadrics, is leaving the company to take a job over at HPC rival Cray.
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Next Ubuntu alpha reveals video change

The next Ubuntu should see improved video performance, along with updates to the underlying Linux and open-source infrastructure.
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Verizon hangs 3G contract on HP netbook

Verizon will unleash its 3G netbook over the weekend, and - as expected - it's an HP.
Cade Metz, 14 2009
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NEC abandons Japan's 'next-gen' supercomputer

In tough times, you have to make tough decisions, and Japanese server maker NEC this morning announced in Tokyo that it was pulling out of the Next Generation Supercomputer Project sponsored by the Japanese government. The project involved NEC, Fujitsu, and Hitachi building a hybrid scalar/vector massively parallel system.
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FTC drops Rambus 'patent ambush' claims

US regulators have finally thrown in the towel after seven years of battling memory chip designer Rambus in court.