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Symantec, McAfee cough up $750,000 on auto-renewals

Symantec and McAfee have agreed to pay $375,000 apiece to settle charges they charged fees against customer credit cards without authorization.
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Palm to out-iPod Apple with CEO pick

The individual credited with building the iPod is poised to square off against he who birthed the player, Steve Jobs - or at least his company, Apple.
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Mars projected to collide with Earth

Forget sending astronauts to Mars, the planet may come crashing right here to Earth if gravitational interactions substantially agitate its now-stable orbit.
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iPhone stuffed with crashing hard drive

The data-recovery virtuosi at DriveSavers have come up with an iPhone app that IT admins can use to explain to an unfortunate client exactly how and why their hard drive went south, taking all of that irreplaceable financial data with it.
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'Grid computing Red Hat' out-Amazons Amazon

Hadoop Summit In its mission to bring to world+dog the joys of Hadoop - that open-source grid-computing platform based on Google arrogance - Cloudera has out-Amazoned Amazon.
Cade Metz, 11 2009
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Job cuts start to bite at Barclays

Barclays Bank is cutting 200 jobs from its IT department, but the bank is hoping it will reduce the number of redundancies originally announced.
O2 Joggler

O2 Joggler family organiser

Review The knack in marketing a product that can perform a multitude of tasks is obviously picking the right ones to focus on but, at the same time, not forgetting to mention anything really interesting. O2 has decided to pitch its new Joggler primarily as an interactive digital calendar for the busy modern family but, after a thorough nose around this oddly named device, we are not entirely sure O2 is focusing on its best side.
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Venezuela spits out Coke Zero

Citizens of Venezuela have been deprived of the delights of Coke Zero following a government ban on its sale pending a health probe into the zero-cal beverage's ingredients.
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New tool tracks sites' small print shuffling

A digital rights group has created an automatic system for tracking changes to website terms and conditions and privacy policies. The tool is designed to help users of websites to keep up to date with their rights and obligations.
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Microsoft abolishes Money

Microsoft is pulling the plug on Money - its personal finance and small business software package.
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US brain-plug interface gets live human trials

Boffins in America say that their new "neural interface" brain-plug equipment, intended to let users control computers and machinery merely by thinking, is about to embark on its second stage of clinical trials. The tech is intended initially to help patients suffering from paralysing illness or massive injuries, but has implications beyond the medical field.
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Security holes poked in Chinese compulsory PC filter plan

Plans to mandate the use of a particular brand of censorware software in China pose a grave security risk, security watchers and net privacy activists warn.
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A Geeks Guide2 ... Programming in Scala

Geeks Guide2 Following on from last week's JavaOne Conference, we focus our GG2 attention on the Java Platform programming language Scala. Programming in Scala from Artima is co-authored by Scala creator himself Martin Odersky, and is a chapter-by-chapter tutorial which 'promises to help you master the Scala language and the important ideas about programming that Scala embodies.'
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Microsoft wins competition court case

Microsoft has finally won a competition case - albeit a civil case brought in South Korea by two rival software providers.
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Comet opens e-car power car park

Leccy Tech If you're delaying the purchase of a leccy car because of the cost of the juice, then electrical retailer Comet may have a solution: free power.

CMOx shows its face in flash race

Heard of CMOx? Here we are in the midst of a rush towards NAND flash replacing fast hard drives and successor technologies are already jostling for prominence. Unity Semiconductor came out of stealth last month and has unveiled its CMOx technology with claimed technology advantages over NAND and manufacturing advantages over other post-NAND candidates.
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World Copyright Summit: The unprintable bits

World Copyright Summit There were lots of interesting tidbits from the biennial Copyright Summit, which didn't make it into the main coverage but are too interesting not to share. Here's a round-up.

SFR rolls out family organiser tablet

Wi-Fi family organisation gadgets seem to be flavour of the month - for carriers. Orange has its Tabbee and O2 has the Joggler. Now French network operator SFR has launched its own version, the Hubster.
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uSwitch up for sale

Price comparison site uSwitch is up for sale.
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Last.fm co-founders pack up record boxes

The co-founders of Last.fm have quit the CBS-owned company.
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Futurama back from dead again

Futurama is to return with 26 new episodes, six years after Fox first cancelled the animated show.

Broadcom could raise its Emulex bid

Broadcom is dangling the carrot of a potentially raised bid in front of Emulex, but says it needs access to inside information.
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Intel Core i7 975 Extreme

Review Intel launched its new Core i7 975 Extreme on the first day of Computex and now it’s time to put this über processor through its paces.
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Blubber-wrapped Linux kernel 2.6.30 hits the decks

A new version of the Linux kernel has been unleashed, 2.6.30 — dubbed "Man-Eating Seals of Antiquity" — just three months on from Linus Torvalds’s previous release.
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Tesla Motors founder Eberhard sues Elon Musk

A founder of legendary electrovehicle firm Tesla Motors, maker of the much-fancied Roadster battery sports car, is suing the firm and its present chief - famed tech zillionaire Elon Musk. Martin Eberhard alleges that Musk has slandered and libelled him, mishandled the fortunes of Tesla Motors, and deliberately supplied Eberhard with a "wrecked" Roadster.
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Grand Theft Auto firm praises controller-free gaming

Nintendo may have rubbished Microsoft's Project Natal motion-controlled gaming, but the CEO of videogame publisher Take-Two has given the technology a big thumbs up.
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Disties braced for autumn reseller collapses

Distributors expect the pace of reseller collapses to pick up later this year, despite a perceived bottoming-out of the economic slump.
Joe Fay, 11 2009
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Berners-Lee hired as gov internet adviser

The prime minister has appointed the inventor of the world wide web as the government's adviser on information delivery.
Kable, 11 2009
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Pressure group demands UK apes China net filter plan

"All computers should be provided with net filtering software loaded - and the default position for such filters should be on." That is the view of Miranda Suit, one of the organisers of Mediamarch - a voluntary group seeking to reduce the harmful effects of the media on our children, families and society.
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RIP Personal Computer World

Comment - Updated If you could find the subscription list of Personal Computer World Magazine (PCW) in its startup year, 1978, you’d have a Who’s Who of the UK tech business today. The mag has died – killed by the banking recession, and Private Equity leveraging – but the industry it kick-started will always remember it. I was a founder contributor, and also a contributor to its last edition. Naturally, I’m proud of that.
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Boffins: Bebo interstellar spam aliens don't exist after all

Astroplanet boffins in America say that humanity may not, as had been expected, soon be the target of an interstellar assault from alien civilisations unwisely enraged by Web-2.0 teenybopper portal Bebo. It appears that the planet Gliese 581d - which might have mounted an invasion of the Solar System as soon as 2049 - cannot after all support life.

Nokia ships phone camera with mechanical shutter

Nokia has started shipping a phone that it claims is its “best mobile imaging device”.
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Apple fans targeted by smut-punting malware

VXers are targeting Mac fans via a pair of new malware-themed attacks, one of which is on offer through what purports to be a portal for adult videos.

Old guard want to save Nortel

A consortium of old guard Nortel execs led by ex-CEO Bob Ferchat believe they can save Nortel, if only the Canadian government will help them out with a bit of funding - say about $1bn.

AMD cooking up low-power, twin server

Advanced Micro Devices may have moved up the delivery of its six-core "Istanbul" Opteron processors by some four to five months, but the related "Fiorano" platform and SR5690/SP5100 chipset that is paired with Istanbul is still on its original schedule for some time in the second half of 2009.

'Bionic ear' can detect Wi-Fi, FM,GPS signals simultaneously

Boffins have developed a potential “universal radio receiver” that’s capable of detecting a whole range of wireless signals simultaneously.

SAP hits on-demand button

SAP, in a spectacular U-turn, has leapt on board the software-as-a-service bandwagon - the company confirmed its new selling strategy yesterday.
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Google recaptures $761 from Facebook nemesis

After it was successfully sued in small claims court by a man who says he invented Facebook, Google has appealed the decision, returned to court, and persuaded a judge to return its $761.
Cade Metz, 11 2009
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Web servers get 'leccy bill

The Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation, or SPEC for short, has been providing benchmarks for PCs and servers for more than two decades, and in the past year, it has been adding power components to its benchmark suites. SPEC and server players AMD, Fujitsu, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Intel, and Sun Microsystems have got together and created a new power-aware web serving benchmark called SPECweb2009.
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HP taps Symantec cloud backup

HP is distributing Symantec's cloud backup software on its consumer PCs and notebooks, which also include a 60-day version of Norton Security.
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Periodic table adding new element

Move over, Roentgenium. There's a new super-heavy chemical element joining the periodic table.

TTXGP e-bikers finish qualification run

Leccy Tech The first official practice and qualification runs for the upcoming zero-emissions motorbike GP – TTXGP - have taken place on the Isle of Man.
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Microsoft plays recession card with Novell

Linux and open-source companies have made much about how the recession is creating opportunity at the expense of proprietary and licensed-based software as IT budgets are cut.
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Yahoo! names! new! finance! chief!

Nearly four months after announcing that CFO Blake Jorgensen would be leaving the company, Yahoo! has named his replacement: 40-year-old Tim Morse, a 15-year veteran of General Electric.
Cade Metz, 11 2009

Voltaire punts monster 10 GE switch

In early May, InfiniBand switch maker Voltaire said it would start two-timing with a line of 10 Gigabit Ethernet switches, and the company has not taken long to kick out its first product.
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Junior astronomer spots junior supernova

A 14-year-old student from New York state has become the youngest person in history to discover a supernova. And her find is also one of the most peculiar supernovae spotted to date.
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Intel crowds ultrathin chip space

Intel is said to be preparing the release of new low-power chips for ultrathin notebooks, even as it watches its current chips dip in market share when compared to those from arch-rival AMD.

Microsoft to bomb Europe with IE-free Windows 7

Updated Microsoft's approach to packaging of its signature desktop operating system couldn't be much more different than Apple's.