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Nokia snaps up unified address book vendor

Nokia is to acquire address-book-on-steroids purveyor Cellity, obviously hoping to bring some of that Palm Pre centralisation of data onto its own devices.
Bill Ray, 27 2009
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Canon Selphy CP780

Review The Selphy CP780 is a tiny personal photo printer for producing lab-quality 6 x 4in prints. At just 176 x 132 x 75mm it can sit unobtrusively on a shelf or at the back of a drawer, ready to be brought out quickly for those occasions when you want an ad-hoc hardcopy of a photo you have taken with your digital camera.
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Ericsson wins battle for Nortel assets

Ericsson has won the bidding war for Nortel's CDMA and LTE Access business, after offering $1.13bn for it.
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Endeavour crew prep for final spacewalk

Spacewalkers Chris Cassidy and Tom Marshburn will today head outside the International Space Station for the fifth and final spacewalk of mission STS-127.

Apple tablet unveiling brought forward

Apple addicts need no longer wait until early 2010 to get their hands on the firm’s long-rumoured tablet PC, because – contrary to an earlier report - it’s since emerged that the firm’s gunning for a launch within months.
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NEC fumbles towards MRAM flip-flop

NEC has made more progress in its development of a flip-flop switch for system-on-chips that offers near zero electricity use in standby states by using magnetic RAM technology.
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Hubble snaps fall-out from Jupiter impact

The Hubble Space Telescope has turned its new Wide Field Camera 3 on the aftermath of the 19 July collision between the gas giant and an unidentified object:
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Russian telecom firms weigh in against Skype

Russian businesses have banded together to lobby against VoIP services such as Skype, arguing that the technology poses a threat to national security, as well as their business.

Mitsubishi to build range-extended hybrid

Leccy Tech Mitsubishi has confirmed plans to launch a range-extended hybrid at the end of 2010.
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Hilton's mum enjoys One Night in Paris

Paris Hilton's dear old ma Kathy got a bit of a shock when she finally got around to watching Adria Petty's documentary on the jetsetting Mother Teresa of Kigali, because the film contained extracts from legendary amateur grumble flick One Night in Paris.
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UK.gov's Jobs Search site needs some work

Updated Those of you unaware of all that the government's Directgov website can do for you, with regard to improving your skills and finding a new job, are going to be staying that way, for the time being at least.
Joe Fay, 27 2009
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AT&T blocks 4chan, home of weird smut

AT&T has apparently blocked DSL access to popular bulletin board and bad taste depository 4chan.

Apple-apeing Microsoft spins out retail store prototype

An insight into what Microsoft’s new Apple store might look like “leaked” onto the interwebs late last week.

WD unfurls 1TB Scorpio

Leapfrogging Seagate again, Western Digital has announced the world's first 1TB 2.5-inch drive, a 3-platter Scorpio Blue.

'Gemini' BlackBerry Curve finally confirmed

Research in Motion (RIM) has announced a fresh addition to its BlackBerry Curve mobile phone family: the 8520.
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Botched judge threat probe downs Fathers 4 Justice website

Exclusive The government faces accusations of technical incompetence and waste after it went to the High Court and shut down the Fathers 4 Justice website, wrongly claiming campaigners had threatened to publish the home addresses of 237 judges.
Samsung R522

Samsung R522

Review When conjuring up budget laptops for the mass market, manufacturers will usually do their level best to make them look more expensive than they actually are, and the R522 from Samsung is no different.
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Labour MP quits over McKinnon extradition vote

A decision by Labour supporters of Gary McKinnon to back down in a recent parliamentary vote has proven the breaking point for MP Andrew MacKinlay, hastening his decision to retire.
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Spotify: iPhone sideloads for £120 a year, unlimited

Streaming music sensation Spotify today announced a music download service for £120 a year. That's how much an annual subscription to Spotify Premium costs - and you'll need to be a Premium member to use its iPhone/iPod Touch native client.
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Tory landslide inevitable - maybe

Get ready for a Tory landslide. That is the prediction of a new and sophisticated electoral forecasting tool, created by business modelling company, Resolver Systems.
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Microsoft bitchslaps Oracle over 11g pricing

Microsoft has taken a swipe at Oracle's recent decision to jack up prices on some of its products.
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Is server virtualization delivering for you yet?

Reader Workshop In one of our recent Tech Panel surveys, conducted towards the end of 2008, we asked respondents to call out what they felt were the most positive trends in the IT industry during the previous 12 months.
Dale Vile, 27 2009
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Tory Grandee puts boot into NHS Google plans

Conservative MP David Davis this week slammed the idea of using Google as part of the NHS IT solution as "naïve" and "mad".
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Taiwan consumer org 'froze' Dell bank account

Taiwanese authorities froze one of Dell's bank accounts for two days during a consumer law suit about pricing fiascos, local media report.
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Barclays online banking borked

Barclays Bank customers have had to manage without online banking today after the institution unveiled its innovative "brand new look".
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AVG update gags iTunes

A dodgy AVG update over the weekend left users with crippled iTunes installations.

Acer touts TravelMate 8000 Timeline trio

Acer hasn’t yet managed to develop a notebook slimmer than a sheet of A4, but its latest trio are still slim, lightweight and able to keep working for eight hours.
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Blyk goes bye-bye

Blyk, the MVNO which eschewed charging customers in preference to giving away services, has run out of advertisers and will be shutting down UK operations come the end of August.
Bill Ray, 27 2009
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Tokyo battles monstrous murder of crows

Tokyo is renewing its bitter battle against crows which, despite the city's best efforts to wipe them out, continue to circle over its mean streets in search of unprotected rubbish and unsuspecting air-to-ground attack victims.
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Smut page ransomware Trojan ransacks browsers

Russian cybercrooks have come up with a variant of ransomware scams, which works by displaying an invasive advert for online smut in users' browsers that victims are extorted to pay to remove.
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AT&T unblocks 4chan after DDoS scare ban

Updated: US internet service provider and telco AT&T has restored access to 4chan, blaming a denial of service attack, not smutty content, for the temporary ban.

SGI renews Itanium super love (sort of)

For a company that has been trying to bolster its position in the supercomputing market for the past several years, Silicon Graphics has been pretty vague about its commitment to future Itanium processors for Intel.
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Verizon to cut 8,000 (more) jobs

Verizon on Monday released news of job cuts, income slippage, and future smartphone plans.
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New attack resurrects previously patched security bugs

Researchers may have figured out how to bypass a common technique Microsoft and other software makers have used to fix hundreds of security vulnerabilities over the past decade, according to a brief video previewing a talk scheduled for later this week at the Black Hat security conference.

IE icon too familiar for Microsoft EU settlement?

Updated Details could undermine Microsoft's proposal to let Windows users pick their browser, the company's effort to keep Internet Explorer on the right side of European Union regulatory law.
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Kit makers trash New York e-waste recycling

Can't be bothered to recycle your old television set? Under New York City's new e-waste program, electronics manufacturers will be required to show up on residents' doorsteps and spirit away aged equipment free of charge.
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Google urged to self-police ebookworm tracking

US net watchdog The Center for Democracy and Technology has warned the world that Google's $125m book-scanning pact with US authors and publishers will give the web giant an "unparalleled view of people’s reading and information-seeking habits," urging the company to explain how it plans to protect user privacy if the settlement receives court approval.
Cade Metz, 27 2009
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Foxconn answers critics over suicidal iPhone engineer

Foxconn, a manufacturer of Apple's iPhone, has sought to deflect the firestorm of criticism that followed the suicide of a company engineer, Sun Danyong, who reported that an iPhone 4G prototype had gone missing.
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IBM, Novell to slash Linux prices for mainframes

With System z mainframe revenues down 39 per cent - and MIPS mainframe capacity shipments off 20 percent in the second quarter - IBM is keen on boosting mainframe sales. And it wants to use Linux as a lever.
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eBay hands badges to top-rated sellers

eBay plans to hand out new discounts and merit badges to big sellers who leave more customers happy.
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Schooner nabs $20m in venture funding

Money might be tight right now, but venture capitalists are still cutting checks for ideas they think have a chance of going big out there in IT Land.