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Facebook price tag drops (another) $3.5bn

Facebook's Russian sugar daddy has offered to buy back employee shares for $14.77 a pop, which means the ostensible value of the social networking site has dropped another $3.5bn.
Cade Metz, 14 Jul 2009
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Nokia notices, finally targets Danger Sidekick generation

"Why should business get all the good gadgets?" we asked in 2004, reviewing the first Hiptop to debut in Europe. Well, Nokia has finally something to offer avid texters who pay for their own phones. It's a niche that's super-served in the United States, but ignored in Europe. Unfortunately the new phone is only available through stateside carrier AT&T ... so far.
Andrew Orlowski, 14 Jul 2009
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Cats mix baby 'cry' with purr to score dinner

Hungry house cats have a way of changing their purr to manipulate humans into making a dash for the can opener, a new study shows.
Austin Modine, 14 Jul 2009
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Ryanair agrees website clarifications with OFT

Ryanair will change the way it advertises its services after being referred to the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) by advertising regulator the Advertising Standards Agency (ASA).
OUT-LAW.COM, 14 Jul 2009
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Dell Studio 15

Review Dell is going big on personalisation with the Studio 15, with five colours and 11 artistic designs available to choose from. If you really want your laptop to stand out from the crowd, then you could opt for one of the colourful finishes from designers such as Mike Ming, Derek Welch, Joseph Amedokpo, Siobhan Gunning or Bruce Mau. This comes at a cost, however, with three colours (lime green, purple and red) adding £29 to the bill and artistic designs an extra £69.
Will Head, 14 Jul 2009
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Staten Island manhole swallows texting teen

A Staten Island teen paid an unexpected visit to the borough's sewer system after falling down a manhole while texting, Staten Island Advance reports.
Lester Haines, 14 Jul 2009
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Mobile and desktop Nehalems coming closer

DigiTimes has got its mitts on what it reckons are updated Intel release schedules for its mobile and desktop Nehalem implementations.
Chris Mellor, 14 Jul 2009
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MPs decry lack of honeybee action

The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) says the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has given "little priority" to protecting the UK's honeybees, and wants the department to up its game in the face of a dramatic population decline.
Lester Haines, 14 Jul 2009
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Hitachi catches up with new 2TB drive

Hitachi GST has built a 2TB drive, according to online drive retailer J&R.
Chris Mellor, 14 Jul 2009
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NASA promises 'greatly improved' Moon landing footage

NASA has tantalisingly announced that it will release "greatly improved video imagery from the July 1969 live broadcast of the Apollo 11 moonwalk" on Thursday.
Lester Haines, 14 Jul 2009
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PC shipments slide through June

Sales of PCs through distributors are flat year on year, and saw their biggest drop in June.
John Oates, 14 Jul 2009
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OCZ boosts Vertex SSD series speeds

Another month, another new, faster solid-state drive from OCZ. This time its a "Turbo" version of its Vertex SSD series.
Tony Smith, 14 Jul 2009
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Ofcom clears decks for WirelessHD

UK regulator Ofcom is removing the licence restrictions on intra-home video links knocking 66GHz, as well as allowing the use of automated level measuring and precise positioning though radio technologies.
Bill Ray, 14 Jul 2009
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Cyclists offered cut-price shag at German brothel

A recession-hit German brothel has come up with a novel way of generating trade and simultaneously saving the planet: Discount shags for cyclists.
Lester Haines, 14 Jul 2009
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Hitachi releases mini Nas adaptor for USB HDDs

Hitachi Global Storage's SimpleTech subsidiary has rolled out a pair of portable USB hard drives - and a wee adaptor that turns them into basic Nas boxes.
Tony Smith, 14 Jul 2009
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Asus punts monitor with built-in TV tuner

Most if not all HD TVs now have computer VGA and/or DVI connections, but that hasn't stopped Asus coming at the problem from the other direction and introducing a boundary blurring monitor that has a built-in TV tuner.
Tony Smith, 14 Jul 2009
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Pssst... Apple tablet on way, whisper Chinese moles

A Mac tablet is on the way, according to a China Times report.
Chris Mellor, 14 Jul 2009
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Second unpatched ActiveX bug hits IE

Scallywags are using an unpatched vulnerability in an ActiveX component to distribute malware, Microsoft warned on Monday. The development adds to already pressing unresolved Internet Explorer security bug woes.
John Leyden, 14 Jul 2009
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Anonymous web data can be personal data, claims expert

A data protection specialist claims that users can gain control of their browsing history and have it protected by the UK’s Data Protection Act just by contacting companies such as Google, Yahoo! and Microsoft and telling them their identities.
OUT-LAW.COM, 14 Jul 2009

Unlock your iPhone, miss your messages

Apple's notification system for the iPhone won't work on devices that have been unlocked to run on different networks, much to the annoyance of developers who are being left to explain the situation to customers.
Bill Ray, 14 Jul 2009
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Phone hack obsession obscures NotW privacy scandal

Comment One of the more curious aspects of the ongoing News of the World privacy invasion scandal is the focus on mobile phone hacking accusations, when a far wider range of dubious and downright criminal tactics were allegedly in play at the tabloid newspaper.
John Leyden, 14 Jul 2009
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Windows 7 still baking in oven, insists Microsoft

Microsoft has denied rumours that suggest the latest leaked build of Windows 7 is the final iteration of the upcoming operating system.
Kelly Fiveash, 14 Jul 2009
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McKinnon faces final appeal against extradition

Accused US military hacker Gary McKinnon faces a legal hearing on Tuesday afternoon key to his long-running campaign to avoid extradition to the US on hacking charges.
John Leyden, 14 Jul 2009
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Garmin Nüvi 1340T

Review As part of Garmin's recently refreshed in-car satnav range, the Nüvi 1340T will be the one satnav you won't want to leave stuck to your dashboard. With an easily portable slimline design, the Nüvi 1340T features a pedestrian mode that includes the ability to hold your hand on London's underground network.
Will Stapley, 14 Jul 2009
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Regulator sniffs around Live Nation, Ticketmaster merger

The UK’s competition watchdog is continuing to probe a possible merger between Ticketmaster and Live Nation, to determine whether such a deal would stifle competition in the live music market.
Kelly Fiveash, 14 Jul 2009
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China halts memory-wiping electric shocks for net addicts

The Chinese government has declared that electric shock treatment is not a suitable therapy for youths allegedly addicted to the internet.
Joe Fay, 14 Jul 2009
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Yorkshire cops accused of copyright theft

Police in West Yorkshire are facing High Court accusations they illegally cribbed and sold copyright data from a commercial mobile phone forensics application.
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Can outsiders improve MS-Exchange?

Regcast Last week Chris Scharff of Dell joined Gabriel Consulting’s Dan Olds in the Reg studio, to discuss the big challenges that organisations face in minding the company email.
Jamie Bodkin, 14 Jul 2009
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Cutting the cord: future mobile broadband tech

Wireless telephony is undergoing a revolution, with technology and implementation philosophy each holding the other back in turn as the industry struggles towards wireless nirvana.
Bill Ray, 14 Jul 2009
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Italian bride's bouquet downs ultralight

An Italian wedding reception ended badly when the bride's bouquet downed an ultralight aircraft, the Corriere della Sera reports.
Lester Haines, 14 Jul 2009
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Irish ISP downed by DDoS

Ireland's largest internet service provider Eircom is blaming hackers for its second bout of recent downtime.
John Oates, 14 Jul 2009
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Unpatched Firefox flaw lets fox into henhouse

Updated An unpatched memory corruption flaw in the latest version of Firefox creates a means for hackers to drop malware onto vulnerable systems.
John Leyden, 14 Jul 2009
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Sun: Q4 sales to drop by a third, sees deeper losses

Server and software maker Sun Microsystems, whose shareholders are getting ready to vote on the $5.6bn takeover deal by Oracle this Thursday, got some food for thought as it announced sales were slammed in the fourth fiscal quarter and that it would be driven to a steep loss for the period.
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Microsoft's Azure cloud price pipped by Amazon's Linux

WPC Microsoft has announced pricing for Azure that marginally undercuts Amazon on raw computing for Windows-based clouds but remains more expensive than the mega book warehouse's Linux option.
Gavin Clarke, 14 Jul 2009
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iTunes App Store: 1.5bn served

Apple's iTunes App Store has reached another mind-numbing milestone: 1.5 billion apps downloaded in its first year of operation.
Rik Myslewski, 14 Jul 2009
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IBM's DS8000 getting thin provisioning

IBM has added thin provisioning to its high-end DS8000 storage array and has enhanced its XIV storage product.
Chris Mellor, 14 Jul 2009
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Sports site sues Facebook for click fraud

Amidst a sizable number of online advertisers complaining that Facebook is billing for clicks that never happened, the inevitable class-action lawsuit has made its way to California court.
Austin Modine, 14 Jul 2009
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BlackBerry update bursting with spyware

An update pushed out to BlackBerry users on the Etisalat network in the United Arab Emirates appears to contain remotely-triggered spyware that allows the interception of messages and emails, as well as crippling battery life.
Bill Ray, 14 Jul 2009
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IBM drops Istanbuls into big Opteron box

Big Blue has begun certifying Advanced Micro Devices' six-core Istanbul Opteron processors for its System x product line, and on Tuesday announced support for the processor in its fattest Opteron box, the System x3755.
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CBS, Comcast in web TV trial subs

Comcast has snagged reluctant online broadcaster CBS to join in testing a service that will let cable subscribers have access to cable television online at no extra charge.
Austin Modine, 14 Jul 2009
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WiMAX numbers up, profits down

Tuesday brought a good-news, bad-news pairing to those pushing WiMAX as the next-generation wireless broadband standard.
Rik Myslewski, 14 Jul 2009
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Ballmer gets tough with girly Microsoft partners

WPC Microsoft's chief executive has served up some tough love to software partners concerned they'll lose business to rival web services offered by their software benefactor.
Gavin Clarke, 14 Jul 2009
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Intel posts $1bn net, EU nets it all

Intel is digging itself out of the rubble caused by the economic implosion of late last year and early this year, announcing a 12 per cent revenue increase over its previous quarter - the company's most dramatic growth rate in 20 years.
Rik Myslewski, 14 Jul 2009
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MontaVista boasts 1-second Linux boot

It's getting to where a fellow can't enjoy a nice relaxing boot time these days. The latest perpetrator of the conspiracy: Linux application tool vendor MontaVista, which said today that it is demonstrating an embedded Linux system that boots in just one second.
Austin Modine, 14 Jul 2009