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Clearwire spreads more WiMAX on US

WiMAX fans just received two bits of good news: Clearwire will launch its WiMAX-based Clear 4G service in 10 new US markets next month, and a worldwide study suggests "strong potential" for both mobile and fixed WiMAX implementations in regions as disparate as the US and Africa.
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EnterpriseDB offers 'way out' from Oracle price hikes

EnterpriseDB has announced a migration assessment program for database customers who want a "way out" from Oracle price hikes.
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HPC CIOs drifting into clouds

Platform Computing - a pioneer in grid-style supercomputing - is trying to figure out how to make a living in this cloud-computing racket, so it's asking potential customers what they're up to, cloud-wise.
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Mozilla squashes critical bugs in Firefox

Mozilla on Monday issued an update for Firefox that fixes four critical security bugs in the popular open-source browser, including one exposed last week that could make it easy for attackers to spoof SSL certificates used to secure websites.
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PS3 global sales top 23m units

The PlayStation 3’s latest global sales figure are in, and it seems that Sony still has a long way to go before its console overtakes Microsoft’s Xbox 360.
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Ofcom to start new number mobility consultation

Following years of legal filibustering from the incumbent networks, the UK communications regulator, Ofcom, has published new consultations on both the technical management and customer experience involved in moving a mobile-phone number.
Bill Ray, 04 2009
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Judge: Informal emails, phone calls did not establish a contract

A series of emails and phone calls were not sufficient to establish a contract, the Court of Appeal has ruled. The communications did not contain enough information or the formal qualities necessary for a contract to have been made, it said.
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RM's high school musical hits all the right notes

RM expects to see sales grow in the full year, thanks in part to the recent purchase of US-based Computrac.
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PayPal goes offline again

PayPal suffered another embarrassing outage last night, and was unavailable for about four hours from 6.30pm UK time - one of the busiest times on eBay.
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Nikon unveils world's first projection camera

The days when you only viewed holiday snaps on your camera’s tiny built-in display are dead. Why? Because Nikon’s launched the world’s first compact camera featuring an integrated projector.
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Pirate Bay mouthpiece puts a zip on it

The Pirate Bay's spokesman Peter Sunde, aka BrokeP, has quit his role as the BitTorrent tracker's mouthpiece because it's taking up too much of his time.
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Will cloud put traditional hosters out of business?

It sometimes seems as if the whole world has gone cloud crazy - well at least most of the vendors, pundits and many in the media. If we listen to the evangelists, the days of the enterprise data centre are numbered and players like Google, Amazon and Microsoft will inherit the earth. Even David Cameron, the illustrious leader of the opposition to the UK government, has been talking about handing over the country's health records for storage and management to one of these big American multinationals.
Dale Vile, 04 2009
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UK teens bullied into sending sex texts

UK teenagers are increasingly sending provocative pictures of themselves to each other in mobile phone and email messages, with some youngsters getting bullied or coerced into making explicit images of themselves.
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INQ launches 3G Twitter phones

INQ is taking Twitter to the masses with two “social mobile” handsets.
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Vetting database shows suspicion and spying are the new trust

"The Government’s desire to regulate all 'relations of trust' between adults and children has created a suspicious and irrational policy, with absurd distinctions between who will and who will not be checked."
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Aussie net filtering goes into reverse

Red faces all round in the New South Wales Education Department, as news surfaced last week that a filter supposed to block porn was actually letting it through, and blocking perfectly good educational material instead.
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Toshiba Satellite A350-12J

Review If you like your laptops nice and shiny, Toshiba's new Satellite A350-12J will go down a treat. Not only do you get a glossy black chassis with a lid that's surprisingly smudge-resistant, but the keyboard is also coated in the stuff. It's not something that will appeal to all tastes, and we found it felt very odd to type on.
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Dell and Intel prep tablet-cum-e-reader

Dell and Intel are collaborating on a touchscreen tablet-cum-e-reader that’s inked for release early next year. So says a “well-connected industry executive” who has blathered to Wired.
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FCC barks at Apple for silencing Google Voice

Apple's rejection of the native iPhone client for Google Voice has attracted attention from the FCC, which has written to each of the players involved asking them to explain themselves.
Bill Ray, 04 2009
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US Stealth bombers may get nuke-bunker nobbler for 2010

Reports from Washington suggest that the US military is seeking to speed up efforts to deploy a new 14 tonne bunker-piercing conventional weapon aboard its fleet of B-2 stealth bombers. The Massive Ordnance Penetrator (MOP) could be used to strike at heavily protected Iranian or North Korean nuclear facilities.
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Watchguard bags BorderWare to push content security

Net security firm WatchGuard has acquired privately-held email and web security firm BorderWare Technologies, of Toronto, Canada.
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Toshiba unveils new external 3.5-inch drive

Toshiba has introduced its first external 3.5-inch format disk product, and it probably uses a third-party drive.
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Apple, Google not out of regulatory woods yet

The US Federal Trade Commission is continuing to probe whether overlapping board seats between Google and Apple might somehow stifle market competition, despite the fact that Eric Schmidt has now resigned.
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Is Apple plotting a search of its own?

Comment Could Apple offer its own branded search, to compete with Google, Bing/Yahoo! and every other search engine available through a browser?
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Chinese youth beaten to death at net addiction bootcamp

China's anti-internet addiction industry has claimed another victim, after supervisors at a rehabilitation camp allegedly beat a 16 year old inmate to death.
Joe Fay, 04 2009
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Flying 'Motorbike'/Reliant Robin 'to take off next year'

A radical "motorcycle" able to pop out a pair of wings and take to the skies will make its first flight next year, according to reports.
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Tyre firm sketches rubber SUV concept

Leccy Tech Rumours about the possible death of the big 'ol SUV may have been exaggerated, that’s if the recycled leccy car concept from Korean tyre maker Kumho is anything to go by.
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Small biz reseller swallowed by Systemax

Systemax - the company behind CompUSA and the owner of Circuit City's ecommerce business - is buying WStore Europe.
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Europe launches probe at Sun Oracle deal

The proposed takeover of Sun by Oracle will be investigated by European competition regulators.
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Scareware package mimics Windows Blue Screen of Death

Miscreants have developed a scareware package that mimics Windows' infamous Blue Screen of Death.

Cisco website down

The main Cisco website is down while it is "being updated."
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Launch your own satellite for only eight grand

Interorbital Systems is offering your own orbiting satellite for only $8,000, including launch, though evil geniuses might balk at the expected 2-week lifespan before a fiery re-entry.
Bill Ray, 04 2009
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Windows XP Mode digs deeper into Windows 7

Microsoft has released polished code for desktop virtualization software to run legacy Windows XP applications on machines loaded with Windows 7.

Buddy, can you spare a PC processing cycle?

Intel has launched a scheme to turn your PC’s unused processing power into, possibly, a medical breakthrough or the answer to climate change.

Cray swings to a profit in second quarter

Here's something that you don't hear much these days: an IT company doing better in its second quarter, raising guidance for 2009 and looking ahead enthusiastically to 2010.
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Seagate closing Singapore plant

Seagate is closing a hard disk drive facility in Singapore, making up to 2,000 redundancies as it strives to reduce costs.
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Marines mobilize to block Web 2.0

US marines have been blocked from accessing Web 2.0 sites on the Corps' own network, pending a review of security.
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SpinVox: Enter the Dragon!

To Marlow, where SpinVox today hosted a demonstration for journalists of its technology to convert voice messages to text: two groups of four journalists, to be precise. For a full report on the demo, see this report.
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Obama's top cybersecurity director resigns

The top White House aide for cybersecurity said she will resign following months of delays by the Obama administration in appointing a permanent director to oversee the safety of the nation's vital computer networks.
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Cray lands $70m super deals

Cray has won two big supercomputer deals with a combined value of $70m just as it reported decent sales and a profit in its second quarter and raised its guidance for 2009.
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Floating IT lab woos Windows 7 app testers

Skytap is calling all Windows 7 app testers onto its floating IT lab.
Cade Metz, 04 2009
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AMD demos live Magny-Cours migration

Now that virtualization has become a key driver of x64 server sales, the ability to live-migrate workloads from machines using older chip generation to newer and future ones is important to data centers - which is why AMD's latest nerd porn demonstrates its Opteron architecture performing inter-generational migrations.
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Planned 3D web graphics standard taps JavaScript

SIGGRAPH Two open-source developments move a step closer to hardware-accelerated 3D web graphics that take advantage of the latest capabilities in modern GPUs.
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Fraud groups ding Bing for illicit pharmacy promos

Updated Microsoft's new search engine Bing is a haven for criminal enterprises operating unlawful online pharmacies, according to a report that estimates almost 90 percent of sponsored links advertising prescription drugs on the site are violating federal and state laws.
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Canonical removes middleman from Ubuntu management

Canonical is offering a dedicated, local version of its Landscape systems management and monitoring server for Ubuntu, rather than insist you access the service through the company's own systems.