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Conviction overturned in MySpace suicide case

A federal judge on Thursday tentatively overturned convictions against a mother accused of using MySpace to bully a 13-year-old girl who went on to hang herself to death.
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Debian rejects open-source .NET threat claim

Debian, the foundation of Ubuntu, has rejected claims that it is potentially holding Linux's future hostage to Microsoft by including an open-source implementation of .NET in its code.
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Gamer embezzles virtual cash to settle real debts

As if high-profile investment scandals and the economic downturn weren't bad enough here on Earth, now folks have to deal with it outside our galaxy. Virtually, at least.
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DoJ confirms Googlebooks antitrust probe

The US Justice Department has confirmed its antitrust probe into Google's $125m book-scanning settlement with American authors and publishers, indicating that the ongoing investigation is an important one.
Cade Metz, 03 2009
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Hackintosh maker rises from the dead

Psystar, the Florida-based Hackintosher that's been giving Apple fits for over a year, refuses to die.
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Microsoft weighs next-phase in open-source support

Microsoft's, shall we say, cautious engagement with open-source could mean frameworks like Spring and Hibernate are the next projects tuned to Windows.
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Month Of Twitter Bugs exposes microblogging flaws

The Month Of Twitter Bugs has begun with the publication of a flaw in a URL shortening service often used in conjunction with the microblogging service.

Archos names date for UMPC, netbook launch

August looks set to be Archos’ month, because the firm’s chosen next month as the launch date for its handheld PC and trio of new netbooks.
Panasonic TX-L37V10 HD TV

Panasonic TX-L37V10 LCD HD TV

Review The first manufacturer to launch TV sets with integrated Freesat, Panasonic moves things on again with its 2009 Viera range. On paper, the TX-L37V10 is appears to be everything you’ll need for living room viewing – a satellite and terrestrial TV with a network media player, and access to Internet services such as YouTube. For many, it looks like the ultimate all-in-one solution.
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Police told to use Wikipedia for court preparation

The Crown Prosecution Service is telling police officers to use Wikipedia to prepare for court cases.
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Hitachi GST buys Malaysian platter plant

A Western Digital plant in Sarawak, Malaysia, has been sold to Hitachi GST.
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X2 supercopter in first tail-drive flight

US-based whirlybird megacorp Sikorsky announced yesterday that its "X2" high speed helicopter prototype has now made test flights using its tail propulsor. The aircraft had already flown, but only using its main rotors.

Hollywood prepares to battle Asteroids

Universal Studios is preparing to bring Atari video game Asteroids to the big screen, despite the fact that the classic offers "no story line or fancy world-building mythology", as the Hollywood Reporter puts it.
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Apple admits to iPhone 3GS heliophobia

Apple has finally admitted that the iPhone 3GS can suffer from heatstroke, kind of.
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Lawyers claim ringtones are public performance

Internet watchdog Electronic Frontier Foundation has hit out at a US music royalties collector, accusing it of making “outlandish copyright claims” about mobile phone ringtones.
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Royal Society of Chemistry hunts Janet Leigh

The Royal Society of Chemistry is rather improbably looking for a Janet Leigh lookalike to star in a homage to the celebrated shower scene from Psycho.

Ford talks up the e-car's future

Leccy Tech Ford has laid down some ambitious plans to grow the market penetration of its electric vehicles over the coming years.

iPhone Dev Team player breaks ranks to release 3GS hack tool

The iPhone 3GS has been jailbroken, a process that opens the handset up to being loaded with apps that haven't been blessed by Apple. One of those applications can free the phone from ties to carriers.

LaCie gets comfy on the rack

External storage supplier LaCie has entered the rack world with a trio of products.
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Hackers crack ColdFusion

Hackers are running a mass compromise against sites running vulnerable ColdFusion application server installations.
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Russians demand flying cars and telepathy

Reader poll Pravda is offering an entertaining insight into just what Russians consider must-haves for the forthcoming century – a list which naturally includes flying cars, cheap space travel and the elixir of eternal youth.
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BOFH: A spot of bother

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A practical guide to disaster recovery planning

Typically, vendor white papers are written with the ITDM or senior ITDM at a large company, in mind. [ITDM is industry jargon for "IT decision maker", since you ask.] People working at smaller companies are rather less well served, in quantity and quality. So today we focus our Reg Library selection on a couple of good papers aimed at small and medium-sized businesses.
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'Non-compulsory' ID cards poised for a makeover?

Analysis It's straight out of the New Labour Labs spin book. The Home Office executes a U-turn on compulsory ID cards, while the Home Secretary does the rounds of the media insisting that they were never compulsory in the first place, and that he is affirming his commitment to them by accelerating their rollout.

Amiga Forever updated for Windows 7

Cloanto has released the latest version of Amiga Forever, its bundle combining the one-time Commodore operating system, "classic" hardware emulators, games and other assorted "items of historical interest".
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Firefox 3.5 patch coming soon as Mozilla cranks up downloads

Mozilla Foundation notched up five million downloads in the first 24 hours after it released Firefox 3.5 earlier this week.
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US starts emergency radio tests

The Department of Homeland Security has announced preliminary tests of a radio designed to use all the frequencies where first responders hang out, which might prove easier than getting them all to use one network.
Bill Ray, 03 2009

Analyst confidently lays out GTA timeline

While gamers debate the existence of Grand Theft Auto IV on the iPhone, a gaming analyst has forecast that two more downloadable episodes of the game will be launched before GTA V is unveiled.
Nikon Coolpix S630

Nikon Coolpix S630

Review Some products remind you of certain things, and in the case of the Nikon Coolpix S630, it’s a banana. You can’t help but notice the curvature of the camera body, which sweeps gently towards the right. But although the Coolpix S630 comes in a variety of colours, yellow isn’t one of them.
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Oracle waves axe in faces of 1,000 European workers - report

Software giant Oracle is reportedly set to lay off up to 1,000 Europe-based employees.
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Latin Best Buy surfers sprayed by drive-by download malware

Hackers have invaded the Best Buy website to plant exploit code targeted at South and central American surfers.
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US sinks $0.5bn into electromagnetic aircraft-throwers

The Pentagon has awarded a half-billion-dollar contract for the building of a radical new electromagnetic catapult, intended to hurl US Navy jets off future aircraft carriers and into the sky. The new tech could also be used to hugely enhance Britain's planned new carriers - but it's becoming more and more likely that these will never be built.
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Kicking songwriters for fun and profit

Comment Why are the EFF and Public Knowledge ganging up with their traditional adversaries - big telecomms companies and major record labels - to screw songwriters?
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'Get cameraphones out of nurseries' plea

A Plymouth-based group is campaigning for an end to mobile phone cameras in nurseries - or their "better control and management". It all depends on your point of view.
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Australia's 'answer to the velociraptor' unveiled

Australian media report that three "new dinosaurs" have been discovered at a "prehistoric billabong dating back 95 million years".

Scientists print out super-slim battery

Power boffins have developed a prototype battery that’s not only lighter and thinner than existing power cells, but is produced using a printing process.
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Daily Mail launches McKinnon campaign

The Daily Mail has launched a high-profile campaign supporting Gary McKinnon's fight against extradition to the USA.
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UK taxpayers pay for Silicon Valley bloggers' holiday

A group of wealthy Californian bloggers are taking a holiday in the UK this month - and the taxpayer will help foot the bill.
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Who wants T-Mobile UK?

T-Mobile UK will be sold in the next few months, and the markets are salivating at the synergies possible - but it could easily be T-Mobile's network that remains in place when the dust settles.
Bill Ray, 03 2009
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Swiss public sector allowed to buy Microsoft software

A Swiss federal court has handed Microsoft a temporary reprieve that allows the firm to sell its products and services to public sector customers, even though it could face an annulment in the final judgment.
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Lamson - email app coding without the palm sweat

"Can you integrate this with my e-mail?" It's one of the more dreaded questions in software development. For any programmer who has been around the block a few times, it evokes a long repressed fear of Sendmail m4 macros or Outlook COM objects. When a non-technical managerial type asks this question in a group meeting, and your boss assures him that Internal System from Hell X can easily be integrated with the company's e-mail system, your palms sweat.
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NSA plans massive, 65MW, $2bn data center in Utah

The ultra-secretive National Security Agency plans to build a 1-million-square-foot data center in Utah as it seeks to decentralize its computing resources and tap regions with ample supplies of lower-cost electricity.
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Kentucky payroll phishing scam nets small fortune

A gang of cybercrooks has made off with $415,000 from the coffers of Bullitt County, Kentucky following the conclusion of an elaborate phishing scam, The Washington Post reports.
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iTunes minus the player: hack your Apple beats

Mac Secrets QTMovie, the principal class inside the QTKit framework, isn't just for playing movies.
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Firefox Gods summon New Ice Age

Strategy Boutique You might notice that there's something subtly different about the new look of Firefox - the popular virtual memory stress test tool that's cunningly disguised as a web browser. With an icy blast from the Arctic, the British Isles - or something that used to look quite like them - have disappeared beneath sheets of glaciers.
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McAfee false-positive glitch fells PCs worldwide

IT admins across the globe are letting out a collective groan after servers and PCs running McAfee VirusScan were brought down when the anti-virus program attacked their core system files. In some cases, this caused the machines to display the dreaded blue screen of death.