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Microsoft bribes Oz to ditch Firefox

Microsoft isn't just bribing people to use its search engine. It's bribing people to ditch Firefox for Internet Explorer.
Cade Metz, 19 2009
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Intel clones your phone in the cloud

Research@Intel Your smartphone will have access to massive computing power if Intel's Clone Cloud finds a place in the sky.
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Microsoft: 18-month Windows 7 downgrade rights

If you get a PC running Windows 7 but can't divorce yourself from Windows XP, Microsoft will give you 18 months to downgrade - not six.
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Viviane Reding sees talking yoghurt pots

The EU yesterday published an action plan to promote the Internet of Things, listing fifteen action points that the EU thinks could promote the use of internet connections in everything from yoghurt pots to trees.
Bill Ray, 19 2009
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Sony Ericsson Walkman W995

Review If you're a music mad, photo enthusiast, then Sony Ericsson has you in its sights with the W995 – its most advanced convergence of camera and music phone features to date. Featuring a Walkman media player and an 8.1Mp camera, the W995 also has HSDPA 3G, Wi-Fi, A-GPS and a new media sync system for Macs and Windows PCs.
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Russian woman poorly after half dozen 'revirginations'

A Russian woman is in a bad way in intensive care following her sixth "revirgination" - hymenoplasty ops which gave her husband the honour of popping her cherry once a year until her immune system could stand no more.
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US record industry wins $1.92m from file sharer

The Recording Industry Ass.of America has won $1.92m in damages against a woman accused of file sharing.
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What's the best open source Windows back-up app?

I have a 250GB external hard drive which I use to back-up my Windows XP machine. Sorry, Linux fans, but there are apps I need to run that are Windows only, otherwise I'd switch.
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Church of England schism fear over mobile phone masts

Mobile masts have joined gay priests and female ordination on the list of issues the Church of England would prefer not to have to deal with.
Bill Ray, 19 2009
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TTxGP: world's first e-bike grand prix race report

Leccy Tech The inaugural zero-emission motorcycles grand prix – the TTxGP - finished last week with more than its fair share the drama, excitement and breakdowns.
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BlackBerry subscriber growth dips

A extra 3.8 million BlackBerry addicts swelled RIM's coffers in the three months to May 30, the firm's financial report revealed on Thursday.
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Israeli robo-kamikaze selling like hot exploding cakes

Paris Airshow The Israeli arms industry appears to have stolen a march on that of Britain in the field of "loitering munitions" - aerial surveillance drones equipped with warheads and designed for one-way strike missions. While Blighty pays large sums to develop a partly homegrown example, Israel is already making substantial export sales of its Harop robo-kamikaze.
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SGI plays numbers game with 6120 storage box

SGI - the company that is the result of Rackable's mercy acquisition of Silicon Graphics International - is announcing a new storage product at next week's International Supercomputing Conference in Heidelberg.
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NASA unleashes Moon-attack probe

NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) and Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) were successfully projected Moonwards yesterday atop an Atlas V rocket.
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UK gov admits gamble on massive net snoop plan

Exclusive The Home Office has privately conceded that its plan to store details of every internet communication may not be possible - and that it has pinned the multibillion pound project's hopes on snooping technology not yet developed.
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Emulex cloud storage gateway revealed

Updated An EMC technical consultant blogger - Dave Graham - has revealed details of an Emulex SAN fabric cloud gateway concept.
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Spanish bar invites customer abuse

A Spanish bar has introduced a novel way of relieving customer stress during the current global economic apocalypse - free drinks for "original or hilarious abuse" directed at staff.
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Microsoft pooh-poohs CEO's 'new Xbox 360 next year' claim

Confusion reigns supreme in the gaming industry today following Microsoft’s retraction of comments by big cheese Steve Ballmer that a new Xbox 360 console featuring Project Natal will emerge next year.
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The great FM radio switch-off: Don't Panic!

Digital Britain Media sections of newspapers are usually the weakest, and you can guess the reasons why. It's an institutional thing. Because of a gentleperson's agreement that they'll never dish the dirt on each other, the real stories are buried - you'll be lucky if the occasional one washes up in Private Eye.
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Google and Facebook jump on bloodstained Iran wagon

Google has begun offering Persian translations and Facebook has rebadged some of its features into Farsi.
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MS names ship date for free security suite

Microsoft is launching its free security suite next week - the 23rd of June to be precise.
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Che Guevara's granddaughter poses for PETA

The granddaughter of noted Argentinian Ernie "Che" Guevara has got her kit off for PETA, to promote the revolutionary benefits of baby carrots and other non-animal-based foodstuffs.
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So what we do when ID Cards 1.0 finally dies?

UK Identity Card 1.0 is in deep trouble. It's running late, and if the Conservative Party wins next year's election it'll be scrapped. Its original architect has changed his mind, and even some Cabinet members are starting to see it as a needless expense. But if we pull the plug, what then?
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British boffins ditch spinning media for ultra-fast storage tech

Could this be the storage tech that replaces hard disks and supersedes solid-state drives? UK-based developer DataSlide believes so, claiming to have the others licked with magnetic but non-rotating system it's calling Hard Rectangular Drive.
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Laptop stand intros pin-pointed cooling

Laptop stands with integrated cooling fans are ten-a-penny nowadays, but the Minifit is the first one we’ve seen with a moveable cooler.
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SuperTalent adds Ram to SSD to boost write speeds

SuperTalent has begun shipping SSDs with 128MB of on-board DRam in a bid to beat the poor random write performance of so many solid-state drives.
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F-22 may live on: Cheap secondhand Eurofighters on offer

Paris Airshow Washington politicians are trying to frustrate the Obama administration's attempt to cease manufacture of the controversial, extremely expensive US ultrafighter, the F-22 Raptor. Meanwhile the Eurofighter - perhaps the second best air-dominance plane in the world - is now to be available second-hand at knockdown prices.
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Kingston achieves 128GB Flash drive feat

Kingston Technology has launched a Flash drive with a whopping 128GB storage capacity - thought to be the most capacious drive of its type currently available.
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iPod saves lightning-strike teen

An Essex teenager struck by lightning escaped the worst effects of the 300kV shock thanks to her iPod, the Daily Mail reports.
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Regulators and law don't protect UK net neutrality

There is no legal barrier in the UK to internet service providers (ISPs) blocking content from website operators who do not pay them. Neither consumer law nor telecoms regulation protects ISP subscribers, technology law podcast OUT-LAW Radio has revealed.
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NPfIT failed nine Gateway Reviews

Nearly one third of the National Programme for IT's Gateway Reviews until 2007 produced a red status demand for immediate remedial action.
Kable, 19 2009
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Kodak EasyShare Z915

Review Kodak is the latest company to enter the super-zoom market, with the EasyShare Z915. Equipped with a 10x optical zoom, plus a good sprinkling of features, it is aimed at the person who wants to get closer to the action with their compact camera. What’s more, it sells for less than £200. So do you really get more for less with the Z915?
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The Moon? We're going nowhere, says NASA official

While this week saw NASA successfully launch its Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter and Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite missions to the Moon - designed as an exploratory prelude to a human return to our satellite - a senior NASA official claimed on Wednesday that existing plans to venture beyond low-Earth orbit were doomed without extra cash or new technologies.
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Baffled-by-tech MPs expense IT support

The MP expenses saga has reached a new level of farce - with Parliament publishing a heavily censored version of the expenses file obtained by the Telegraph newspaper, and leaked over the past month.
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Man queues overnight to buy iPhone 3GS... and take it to bits

Crazy iFixit.com CEO Kyle Wiens arrived in London from California yesterday with the intention of queueing overnight to ensure he was first in line this morning to buy an iPhone 3G S.
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Controversial mobile directory fails on launch

A new directory of mobile phone numbers - already hit by privacy controversy - was further troubled by a system failure yesterday that meant it was unable to connect callers.
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FCC to investigate iPhone-like deals

Interim Federal Communications Commission chair Michael Copps is calling for an examination of exclusive handset deals to establish if they are restricting innovation.
Bill Ray, 19 2009
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Boffins: Gigantic crustacean sperm is 'viable strategy'

A crack team of international boffins has uncovered startling facts about certain species of crustaceans which produce sperm ten times as long as their own bodies. If human males produced such "giant sperm", according to the scientists, the result would be tadpole-esque horrors 17 metres long.
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Vodafone hosts 'wish you were' service for smug tourists

Just in case anyone missed Vodafone's 3-month promotional removal of roaming charges, the company is hosting a web site to which anyone can tweet their holiday destinations to share with the world.
Bill Ray, 19 2009
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Underwear obligatory for Florida city workers

The council of Brooksville, Florida, has clamped down on malodorous city employees sporting Spandex halter tops and exotic piercings while further prejudicing the town's "public image" by turning up for work without underwear.
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UK.gov CIO speaks out on sheep and clouds

The government chief information officer is eating his own dog food by getting involved in a discussion of cloud computing on Google groups.
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Inside Adam Curtis' funhouse

Exclusive Over seven floors of an office block in Manchester, Adam Curtis latest project is taking shape. The publicity for It Felt Like A Kiss, the centerpiece of the Manchester International Festival, has been mysterious so far: the Festival website tells us that the BBC's documentary auteur who made The Power of Nightmares and The Trap has teamed up with a theatre group.
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Street View solves Dutch mugging

In news which proves inconvenient for those of us who believe Google's Street View is nothing more than one tentacle of the Great Satan of Mountain View's humanity-supressing internet beast, Dutch press reports that snoopmobile images from the all-seeing web eye have been used to collar two muggers.
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Wii bowling ball rolls in

A bowling videogame’s one thing, but we were bowled over by the stupidity of the latest Wii peripheral – a bowling ball.
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Twitter would have stopped Rwandan genocide, claims PM

The PM reckons the web and Twitter would have made the murder of millions of Rwandans in the 1990s impossible, according to The Guardian.
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Samsung demos OLED security card

Samsung has demoed an electronic ID card with integrated low-power OLED.
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Microsoft forbids changes to Windows 7 netbook wallpaper

Netbook users running Windows 7 Starter Edition better learn to enjoy Microsoft's default desktop background, because that's all they're getting.
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AT&T playing iPhone streaming favorites

AT&T is playing favorites when it comes to whom it allows to stream media over its 3G wireless broadband service and who it bars from doing so.
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Oracle kills Virtual Iron-ware

Exclusive Little more than a month after acquiring Virtual Iron for an undisclosed fee, Oracle is effectively killing the company's virtualization product.
Cade Metz, 19 2009

Intel powers netbook via thin air

Research@Intel Wireless power transmission has taken another step towards commercial reality.
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China recruits volunteer net porn police

The Chinese government plans to recruit tens of thousands of volunteers by the end of the year to report "lewd" content and "uncivilized" behavior on the internet.
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Oracle tried to sell Sun hardware biz

Exclusive Oracle's top brass has tried to convince Sun Microsystems' staff that they love hardware. And Sun has described its impending acquisition as "redefining the industry" by collapsing servers, storage, and networking around its open source softwae.
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US net nanny ratchets Chinese censorware spat

US software maker Solid Oak has beefed up efforts to prevent the distribution of China's "Green Dam" app, continuing to claim that the Far East censorshipware includes code lifted from its own net-filtering tool, Cybersitter.
Cade Metz, 19 2009