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Alleged Romanian phishers (finally) hauled into US courts

Two Romanian men accused of internet scams that defrauded customers of PayPal, Citibank and other financial institutions have been extradited to the United States to face charges.
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Yahoo! opens homepage to external apps

Yahoo! is opening its new Web 2.0-spangled homepage to a rabble of external apps and services.
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Unisys takes services to the desktop

Unisys hasn't been a PC maker for decades, but the company thinks it can take some of the tools it has created to manage systems, rejigger them, and make some dough selling services to manage PCs and providing PC images on its homegrown cloud.

Nationwide Freeview tune-up takes place today

You’ve probably been ignoring that ‘retune now’ message on your TV for weeks, but if you don’t do it today then you risk losing endless Top Gear repeats, the Hollyoaks omnibus on Channel 4+1 and all those home shopping channels.
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Bank snafu Gmail missive never opened

The confidential email at the heart of a roundabout US lawsuit against Google was never opened, according to the bank that accidentally sent the missive to the wrong Gmail account.
Cade Metz, 30 2009
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Wisconsin Tourism Federation wisely rebrands

LogoWatch The Wisconsin Tourism Federation will henceforth be known as the Tourism Federation of Wisconsin - a wise piece of rebranding prompted by its exposure to public ridicule on the interwebs.
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iPhone app grabs your mobile number

Customers of ID Mobile's MogoRoad iPhone application are complaining that they're getting sales calls from the company, a process which turns out to be technically a piece of cake.
Bill Ray, 30 2009
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Oki MB290

Review First a confession: we have always been troubled by the concept of black-and-white multifunctional devices (MFDs). Being able to scan in colour but print only in mono seems rather like being given a punnet of strawberries that you are only allowed to smell. However, Oki clearly feels there continues to be demand for this level of product and, given the company’s long history in the MFD market, we were willing to be won over by its new MB290.
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Fujitsu develops motion-sensing golf phone app

If you need help perfecting your golf swing, then there’s an app for that – according to Fujitsu, which has created a mobile phone application to help you become the next Tiger Woods Tadashi Ezure.
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Adaptec tears strips off Steel Partners

Adaptec's board is telling shareholders that investor Steel Partners is an abusive acquirer, that has reduced shareholder value and wants control of Adaptec for scary purposes.
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HP pencils in radical restructure

HP is considering restructuring its business to more closely ally printers and PCs.
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Virgin Media network goes down down south

Virgin Media's network is suffering major problems this morning, with cable subscribers in south London and the South East cut off, and the firm's own website - including webmail - down.
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Clown blasts off for ISS

The billionaire founder of the Cirque du Soleil this morning blasted off from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on a mission to deliver a bit of levity to the International Space Station.
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OMG! US science quangocrats surf porn at work!

In a shock revelation, US media have revealed that federal quangocrats at the National Science Foundation (NSF) have been browsing outrageous amounts of porn at work.
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Researchers unmask two faces of zombie networks

Botnets are responsible for sending 87.9 per cent of all junk mail messages, according to the latest monthly stats from email security outfit MessageLabs.
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MS dual-screen tablet to arrive next year?

The past week has been filled with speculation about Microsoft’s dual-screen e-book reader-cum-tablet PC, and it has since emerged that the device could available sooner than you may have thought.
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Judge tosses out patent infringement verdict against Microsoft

Microsoft has won an appeal against a $388m patent infringement jury verdict meted out to the company in April, following a lawsuit brought by anti-piracy software maker Uniloc.
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Intel to push dual-core CULVs in Q4

Expect so-called "consumer ultra-low voltage" processor-based laptops to get rather faster in Q4 as Intel migrates the single-core CULV CPUs it's currently offering to dual-core alternatives.
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Kraft cans Vegemite iSnack2.0

LogoWatch Kraft has announced that it's dropping the name Vegemite iSnack2.0 for its cream-cheese-impregnated Vegemite following a severe shoeing from outraged Aussies.
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Windows Home Server upgrade recedes into the distance

Fans of Microsoft Home Server will have to wait a while longer for the next update of the much neglected OS.
Joe Fay, 30 2009
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Apple admits third of iPhone calls in New York are dropped

A New-York iPhone user who complained that his handset was dropping 22 per cent of calls was told he should be grateful it wasn't worse, and that it's AT&T's fault.
Bill Ray, 30 2009
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Intel 'Light Peak': not an Apple idea after all

Intel's newly announced 'Light Peak' optical interconnect wasn't developed at Apple's instigation as has been claimed.
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France Telecom blamed for another worker suicide

French politicians are calling on ex-monopoly France Telecoms to do more to stop a rash of suicides and attempted suicides among its staff.
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Google Wave: Testers line up for the love-in

Google is inviting 100,000 testers to preview its hippie-on-stilts communications platform - Wave - from today.
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LG unveils 'full touchscreen' phone

LG has launched what it has claimed is the world’s most compact 3in full touchscreen phone, the only problem is – it isn’t.
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GE tries to refocus image of holographic storage

Comment General Electric has been talking up its holographic storage technology again, reckoning it can succeed where Plasmon and others have failed, because of backward Blu-ray and DVD compatibility.
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Apple iPod Shuffle 3G

Review Apple’s decision not to add a camera to the latest version of the iPod Touch disappointed a lot of people, but at least the 32GB and 64GB models received a new processor that gives the device more potential as a games machine. The iPod Shuffle didn’t even get that. However, Apple did announce some minor changes to the Shuffle product line, so we’ve decided to give the latest version a quick look in time for the Christmas buying frenzy.
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Theatre draws veil over naked Anna Friel

Staff at the Theatre Royal Haymarket have been placed on Defcon 1 and ordered to prevent perving audience members grabbing a quick mobe snap of Anna Friel in her birthday suit, in the West End outing of Breakfast at Tiffany's.
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Coda wafts accounting software onto Salesforce.com's cloud

Veteran accounting software outfit Coda has made a jump into the cloud by pooling its online offering with Salesforce.com.
Joe Fay, 30 2009
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Microsoft Security Essentials shakes up consumer antivirus

Analysis Early tests with the full version of Microsoft's new free malware scanner software reveals a no-frills security package that does what it says on the tin.
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Wi-Fi body to highlight 802.11n aerial counts

The Wi-Fi Alliance (WFA) has celebrated the recent ratification - at long, long last - of the 802.11n standard by updating its logo for certified wireless networking kit.
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Spotify adds PayPal in bid for profitability

Spotify today encouraged more of its users to pay for premium services by integrating PayPal.
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Yahoo! spruces open source Exchange rival

Amidst rumors that Yahoo! is looking to sell the company, Zimbra has released a new version of its Exchange-battling open source email and collaboration platform.
Cade Metz, 30 2009
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VAT Directive to change to end carousel fraud

The European Commission wants to amend the VAT Directive to help eradicate a kind of international VAT fraud that is estimated to have cost the UK exchequer up to £2 billion a year.
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Cinema PS3s to enable gaming on the big screen?

A Sony executive’s recent comments about an upcoming installation of PlayStation 3s in cinemas across North America have fuelled speculation that the firm’s considering a wider rollout of PS3-equpped cinemas.
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Man on trial over £600k NatWest phishing scam

Fraudsters used a sophisticated Trojan to steal online bank login credentials from the compromised PCs of their victims, London's Southwark Crown Court heard on Tuesday.
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The tools of the trade: Cutting edge or a bit embarrassing?

Workshop Do the phrases ‘cutting edge’ and ‘your IT shop’ constitute a contradiction in terms, or do you work in a sleek and streamlined vision of sci-fi IT?
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Home Office declines to detail DNA-for-foreigns trial

Home Office experiments with various DNA and isotope tests to try and "prove" an individual's nationality are a bogus use of bogus science, scientists have said.
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Gov demand for Governator to terminate PunterNet

Equalities minister Harriet Harman was in a fighting mood today as she demanded Arnold Schwarzenegger terminate PunterNet - a rate-a-strumpet website she described as "TripAdvisor for pimps".
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Microsoft offers stickers to boost Windows 7 64-bit take-up

Microsoft announced its Windows 7 logo program today, which comes with an interesting caveat: vendors wishing to claim compatibility status with the upcoming OS need to prove their product will run under the 64-bit version of the platform.
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US cedes control of net governance

After a long diplomatic wrangle, ICANN today won independence from the US government.
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Kindle slated by Princetonians

Amazon’s Kindle e-book viewer has been slammed by students at Princeton, the prestigious North American university.
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US wireless carriers demand more spectrum

The US wireless industry lobby has written to the FCC, asking for another 800MHz of spectrum to offset "looming crisis" for American businesses.
Bill Ray, 30 2009
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US govt cash to fund Tesla minivan?

Leccy Tech Tesla will use some of the millions of dollars lent by the US government to develop an electric minivan, a company executive has hinted.
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Windows 7 OEM prices revealed

Online retailer NewEgg has coughed up OEM pricing details for Windows 7 this week, revealing deep discounts from the full retail version. If you want Microsoft's latest OS on the cheap and missed out on earlier promotions, it's certainly not a bad way to go.
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Malware ecosystem thrives thanks to pay-per-install fees

A report published Wednesday exposes a growing ecosystem that combines the talents of software developers, web marketers, and ordinary grunts to infect millions of end users' machines.
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Apple tablet will 'redefine print,' says rumor mill

Apple's oft-rumored tablet will appear in mid-2010, have a 10.7-inch display, run the iPhone OS, and "redefine print".
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Ex-MySQL chief joins entrepreneur foster home

Former MySQL boss Marten Mickos, who left the free-database outfit just over a year after its acquisition by Sun Microsystems, has enrolled in a venture capital foster home for between-job entrepreneurs.
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Facebook turns users into web translation engine

Looking to translate your website into another language? You can now seek help from the social-networking-obsessed masses - and juice Facebook's advertising schemes in the process.
Cade Metz, 30 2009