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At long last, internet's root zone to be secured

The US government said Wednesday it plans to digitally sign the internet's root zone by the end of the year, a move that would end years of inaction securing the internet's most important asset.
Dan Goodin, 04 Jun 2009
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Apple confirms $1bn data center

Apple will build its first data center on America's east coast now that North Carolina agreed to massive tax breaks designed to lure the company.
Austin Modine, 04 Jun 2009
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Flexible displays bend towards reality

A team of American engineers has developed a process that moves flexible self-illuminated displays a step closer to mass-manufacturing marketability.
Rik Myslewski, 04 Jun 2009
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Oracle's Ellison gambles with OpenOffice's future

Oracle was the first top-tier IT vendor to announce it was putting its key product - the database - on Linux. The logic was simple: Linux freed Oracle from depending on a single company for operating system - that company was Microsoft.
Gavin Clarke, 04 Jun 2009
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Teens rate top tech brands

Teenagers are often berated for their pimply faces, indolence and bolshiness, but they’re tomorrow’s gadget buyers. And according to a recently published survey, they’re no longer so bovvered by Nokia mobile phones.
James Sherwood, 04 Jun 2009
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Microsoft's Bing feeds you, tries to keep you captive

Review Considering the amount of time, money and effort that's gone into Bing, Microsoft's made some truly odd decisions in connection with its new search engine.
Tim Anderson, 04 Jun 2009
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Airport ID cards only for the newbies

The trial of ID cards for airside workers at City of London and Manchester airports will be a slightly slower process than we imagined.
John Oates, 04 Jun 2009
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DSGi pays off HMRC in transfer pricing dispute

Dixons Store Group International, Europe’s second biggest electronics retailer, has paid HMRC £52.7m to settle a lengthy dispute with Britains tax collector over transfer pricing.
Drew Cullen, 04 Jun 2009
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Acer Aspire One D250

Review Acer made a significant impact on the netbook market last year with its hugely popular Aspire One A110. It recently released a selection of new netbooks in its Aspire One range, and the D250 we have here is bizarrely similar to the D150, which was only launched a couple of months ago.
Will Stapley, 04 Jun 2009
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Capita forced to dismember benefits software biz

Capita must sell off a chunk of IBM OPENSystems (IBS), a recent acquisition, on competition grounds. If it can't get a sale it must flog the entire IBS business, bought last year for £78m.
Drew Cullen, 04 Jun 2009
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Huawei stymied by India security fears

Chinese telecoms equipment providers are suffering because of fears that their kit contains backdoors for the Chinese government to listen in
John Oates, 04 Jun 2009

AMD previews DirectX 11 GPU

Computex AMD has shown off what it claims is the "world's first" GPU capable of supporting the new graphics technologies implemented by Microsoft's DirectX 11 framework.
Tony Smith, 04 Jun 2009
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Sony Ericsson to drop M2 for Micro SD

A Sony Ericsson executive has hinted that the firm will drop the Memory Stick Micro - aka M2 - storage card format from its future phones.
James Sherwood, 04 Jun 2009
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Crew preps for ISS spacewalk

Commander Gennady Padalka and flight engineer Mike Barratt will tomorrow venture outside the International Space Station to prep the Pirs docking module for the arrival of the Russian Mini-Research Module 2.
Lester Haines, 04 Jun 2009
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HP shows off colour display 'skin' for gadgets

HP has created a wacky flexible display technology that it’s pitching as a way of customising gadgets.
James Sherwood, 04 Jun 2009
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Beware 'mobile elbow', sawbones warn

Doctors have warned that excessive yacking on the mobile can result in "cubital tunnel syndrome", aka "mobile elbow", which could leave you too feeble open a jar of Marmite.
Lester Haines, 04 Jun 2009
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Poor management hampers gov IT

The UK government is failing to achieve the full potential of the £16bn it spends on ICT each year, according to a Kable report.
Kable, 04 Jun 2009
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Nintendo displays re-hued Wii

Nintendo has rocked the gaming world by unveiling a brand new Wii model.
James Sherwood, 04 Jun 2009
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US raygun jumbo jet now firing live blasts in flight

The US Missile Defence Agency's long awaited blaster-cannon-in-a-jumbo-jet, the Airborne Laser (ABL), is now carrying out inflight test zappings. Reports suggest that the actual laser is doing well so far, but that the carrying 747 is suffering technical problems having been grounded for a lengthy period while its energy weapon was fitted.
Lewis Page, 04 Jun 2009
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Tories, LibDems under election day cyberattack?

The website of the Conservative Party was hit by a denial of service attack early on Thursday morning, just as Britons went to the polls for the most closely-watched European elections for years.
John Leyden, 04 Jun 2009
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BT slammed for 'importing' cheap Indian contractors

BT has been accused of laying off expensive UK contractors and replacing them with Indian staff.
John Oates, 04 Jun 2009
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Miles EV unveils first e-car

Leccy Tech North American e-car firm Miles Electric Vehicles has finally unveiled its first motor - the Coda EV saloon. Or, to be exact, it's rebranded itself Coda Automotive and named its first car after itself.
Alun Taylor, 04 Jun 2009
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The return of the diskless PC

The diskless PC is to return - not as a thin client, but packing a 1TB solid state drive instead. OCZ is showing Colossus, a prototype of this, at Computex in Taiwan.
Chris Mellor, 04 Jun 2009
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Boffins boil down witch-repelling brew

A raft of modern scientific tests has revealed the contents of the first "witch bottle" discovered with its cork intact - a late 17th-century vessel buried by the owner's front door and designed to thwart the evil intentions of ill-wishers.
Lester Haines, 04 Jun 2009
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Sony Ericsson shows its GreenHeart

Cynics have long argued that multinational companies lack heart. But Sony Ericsson (SE) has one, and apparently it’s green.
James Sherwood, 04 Jun 2009
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Mountain View gets boxed in with Google Squared

Google has released an experimental tool allowing users to test out search results that are automatically arranged into the familiar rows and columns of an ordinary spreadsheet.
Kelly Fiveash, 04 Jun 2009
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UK jobs market: Bad but getting worse more slowly

The UK jobs market, for both permanent and temporary positions, is in a bad way - but it is getting worse more slowly than it has for months.
John Oates, 04 Jun 2009
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Nintendo admits to rival DSi handheld

Nintendo has revealed that it’s already designed an alternative handheld console to the DSi.
James Sherwood, 04 Jun 2009
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O2 XDA Guide satnav phone

Review Taiwan's HTC is currently doing very well with its Touch series handsets and it's been no secret that O2's very similar XDA range of Windows Mobile phones are actually made by the same company. Indeed, the O2 XDA Guide is very similar to the Touch Cruise, with the focus firmly on satnav and A-GPS, but also incorporating a 2.8in touch screen, 3.2Mp camera, HSDPA 3G and Wi-Fi.
Dave Oliver, 04 Jun 2009
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LG announces European watchphone launch

The GD910 wristphone will be released across Europe next month, LG has announced.
James Sherwood, 04 Jun 2009
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Archbishop says Catholics confusing confessionals with couches

A top Catholic Bishop has taken a pop at the not-quite-faithful-enough, who are treating the confessional as little more than a cheaper, albeit darker, version of the psychologist's couch.
Joe Fay, 04 Jun 2009
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Twitter Trends exploited to promote scareware

Hackers are manipulating a hot topics feature of Twitter to promote malware-infected websites. The gaming of the Twitter Trends feature recalls the manipulation of Google search results using black-hat search engine optimisation techniques.
John Leyden, 04 Jun 2009
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Transition flying car into 'beta test': Deliveries from 2011

The makers of the Terrafugia Transition - the closest thing to a flying car yet built - say that flight testing of the initial "proof of concept" vehicle is now complete, and that the Transition has been shown to be a viable proposition. Terrafugia will now build a "beta test prototype", incorporating lessons learned by the first phase of flight tests. First customer deliveries are now expected in 2011.
Lewis Page, 04 Jun 2009
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New Labour: Chainsaws out, maybe Contactpoint, too

Comment There aren't any fresh similes left to describe what's happening to New Labour, but it's safe to say it's looking more than a little peaky. A crucial few days lie ahead, and in a week the political landscape is going to look very different.
Jane Fae , 04 Jun 2009
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US gov ordered to play ball in state secrets case

"This is a lawsuit, not a career, Mr. Coppolino," a rather exasperated Judge Vaughn Walker explained in court today, chiding the lead counsel for the Justice Department, Anthony Coppolino, as Mr. Coppolino's stony-faced counterpart from the National Security Agency, Timothy Stinson, sat silently at his side. Why obey court orders to address discovery coordination, when obstruction and delay are so productive?
Burke Hansen, 04 Jun 2009
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Broadcom to Emulex stockholders: Let's get these guys

Broadcom is appealing directly to Emulex stockholders to consent to proposals to call a special meeting that could toss the Emulex board out on its collective ear.
Chris Mellor, 04 Jun 2009
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Intel spends $884m to straddle Wind River

Intel is paying $884m for embedded software firm Wind River to pump up its efforts to push beyond its core PC markets.
John Oates, 04 Jun 2009
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Plug pulled on ISP over unpaid bills

The ISP peering cooperative LONAP has disconnected one of its members, Wave Rider, over an invoice dispute.
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LG intros stylish Freeview DVD recorder

If you’re yet to make the jump to Blu-ray then LG has got a stylish treat in store: a DVD recorder with integrated hard disk drive and Freeview+ support.
James Sherwood, 04 Jun 2009
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David Carradine found dead in Bangkok

Local media report that veteran actor David Carradine has been found dead in a Bangkok hotel room - apparently having hung himself in a closet using a curtain cord.
Lester Haines, 04 Jun 2009
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Ballmer clashes with Obama over US tax rules

Microsoft boss Steve Ballmer has threatened to move more US jobs overseas if President Barack Obama refuses to change his stance on ending tax breaks on foreign earnings.
Kelly Fiveash, 04 Jun 2009
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'Breathalyser for the hands' fights hospital superbugs

Medics in Florida are trying out a so-called "breathalyser for the hands" system which sounds the alarm if they try to approach a patient without having washed recently enough. The HyGreen technology is intended to block the spread of so-called "superbugs", commonly found in hospitals.
Lewis Page, 04 Jun 2009

Man creates third-gen iPhone rumours picture

Rumours about which features may be added to the third-generation iPhone appear on an almost daily basis, making them very hard to remember. So one iPhone fanatic’s put them all together into a single image.
James Sherwood, 04 Jun 2009
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Intel paying $884m for Wind River?

Comment Financially struggling chip maker Intel is paying $884m to take over embedded operating system supplier Wind River Systems. Why would it do that, you may ask.
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Who will win the epic battle for the kitchen OS?

Like to sing along to something as you cook dinner? Know this - the humble kitchen radio is about to be obliterated by the mighty Media Phone, with embedded specialist Arc bidding to become its default platform.
Bill Ray, 04 Jun 2009

Core i7 bumped to 3.33GHz

Intel has speed-bumped its top-of-the-line Core i7 Extreme Edition processor, increasing its lead as the fastest desktop chip that the company has ever offered.
Rik Myslewski, 04 Jun 2009
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Stilt-walking Cirque du Soleil founder turns space tourist

The stilt-walking, fire-breathing founder of Cirque du Soleil is set to become Canada's first space tourist later this year.
Austin Modine, 04 Jun 2009
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Games group demands industry tax credits, again

Videogames development trade organisation Tiga has renewed its call for the UK government to support the industry with tax credits, following an HSBC report which identified several UK “gaming hotspots”.
James Sherwood, 04 Jun 2009
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Microsoft pledges Java love in Sun-less world

JavaOne Microsoft will keep the flame of interoperability between .NET and Java burning in the future world without Sun - currently Java's chief steward.
Gavin Clarke, 04 Jun 2009
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Man accused of arranging wife's rape on Craigslist

A North Carolina man is accused of arranging to have his wife raped through the personal ads section of Craigslist.
Austin Modine, 04 Jun 2009
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US Federal Trade Commission shuts down ISP

Federal authorities have shut down what they said was the worst US-based web hosting provider after convincing a judge it actively participated in the distribution of child pornography, spam, malware, and other net-based menaces.
Dan Goodin, 04 Jun 2009
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Google tracking cookie spans AdSense, DoubleClick

Yes, Google is using the same tracking cookie across both its AdSense and DoubleClick online ad contraptions. This allows the Mountain View ad giant to collect your surfing habits as you move from AdSense partner sites to sites using DoubleClick's ad management platform - although the company indicates that at least in some cases, the data is not combined.
Cade Metz, 04 Jun 2009
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Qualcomm joins Microsoft in smartbook fantasy

JavaOne Qualcomm's conversion from Java competitor to paid-up club member seems complete, thanks to its new-found interest in "smartbooks."
Gavin Clarke, 04 Jun 2009
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iPod poised for multitouch scroll wheel

Apple's scroll wheel-equipped iPods may soon inherit the multitouch swipe and pinch gestural controls currently available in the iPod touch, iPhone, and MacBooks.
Rik Myslewski, 04 Jun 2009
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Cisco promises gold in California rush

Servers, and especially volume x64 machines, are by and large sold not by the companies whose brands are on the boxes, but by a handful of master distributors who in turn sell them to legions of resellers that actually do the peddling to IT shops. And if Cisco Systems wants to get into the x64 server racket, it is going to need channel partners who can walk the server walk as well as they talk the network talk.
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Data Domain promises EMC response

Data Domain's board has told its stockholders to postpone any decision on EMC's $1.8bn, $30/share tender offer until it makes a formal recommendation on or before June 16th.
Chris Mellor, 04 Jun 2009
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US mega retailer settles spyware charges

One of the biggest US retailers has agreed to settle charges brought by federal authorities that it snuck privacy-stealing software from ComScore onto customers' machines.
Dan Goodin, 04 Jun 2009
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Microsoft ends real-time video kerfuffle

Microsoft and Paltalk - self-described as "the leading real-time, video-based community" - have settled their patent dispute, with Microsoft entering into a licensing agreement with Paltalk for the patents in question.
Rik Myslewski, 04 Jun 2009
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Microsoft Bing rides open source to semantic search

As it turns out, Powerset's open-source-happy semantic talents are only a small part of Bing, Microsoft's freshly-minted decision engine search engine.
Cade Metz, 04 Jun 2009