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Year 2010 bug wreaks havoc on German payment cards

A delayed Y2K bug has bitten hard at some 30 million holders of German debit and credit cards, making it impossible for them to use automatic teller machines and point-of-sale terminals since New Year's Day.
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Microsoft's 'almost ready' Azure set for April delivery?

Microsoft plans to start fully charging customers for use of its planned Azure cloud until the spring, it seems.

MIPS squeezes Android into set-top box

MIPS Technologies is hoping Google's Android OS can find fame and fortune outside the mobile world where Google hasn't set its sights on making a device of its own (yet).
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NetEx tosses Hyper-V VMs around WANs

WAN optimization appliance maker NetEx said today that it is getting ready to support Microsoft's Hyper-V server hypervisor as a deployment vehicle for its own HyperIP virtual appliance.
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MSI's Pine Trail netbook: 'Do you think I'm sexy?'

CES 2010 As expected, MSI rolled out its Intel Pine Trail netbooks at a press event at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas - but there were a couple of surprises at Tuesday's roll-out.

Me, me, me: Iomega clones PCs virtually

Iomega will offer a Windows PC cloning facility to store a PC clone on an Iomega hard drive and run it in a connected secondary PC, notebook or netbook.
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Sony BDP-S760 Blu-ray disc player

Review Sony recently updated its range of Blu-ray players with the entry-level BDP-S560, which is listed at around £300 on Sony’s UK web site, and the BDP-S760 for £400. Shop around online though and both models can be picked up for £80 less.

The Googlephone - there's more where that came from

The Googlephone exists. The Mountain View Chocolate Factory is already selling the endlessly-rumored Nexus One from its very own online store, pulling in sales dollars and, yes, competing with existing partners. Namely Motorola and Verizon.
Cade Metz, 06 2010
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Recession forces software escrow releases to jump by 150%

A software escrow provider has reported a 150% increase in source code releases in 2009, compared with 2008. NCC Group said businesses’ relationships with software suppliers have been strained by recessionary pressures.
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Speculation takes flight over 5th generation Velociraptor

Western Digital is reported to be working on a fifth generation of its 2.5-inch Velociraptor drive, with capacity doubled up to 600GB.

Westfield opens kimono on EV Cup racer

Leccy Tech The launch of the EV Cup electric car race series has taken a leap forward, following firm Westfield's announcement of its leccy challenger - the iRacer.

Kindle DX goes global

Amazon will extended the Kindle DX’s reach beyond North America later this month by selling the e-book reader to a wider global audience.
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Cybersitter firm sues China, Lenovo for Green Dam code lift

A US firm is taking legal action against seven PC makers and the Chinese government alleging much of the code for China's Green Dam scheme was stolen from their products.
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Boffin calculates pi to 2.7 trillion digits

Computer scientist Fabrice Bellard says he's calculated pi to a whopping 2.7 trillion digits - a Herculean task which took a humble desktop PC 131 days.
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Ballmer readies slate PC for CES

Microsoft boss Steve Ballmer is due to unveil a slate or tablet type computer at the Consumer Electronics Show later today.
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'Peeping Tom' caught on own camera

Police have issued a fetching self-portrait of a man who was caught on the miniature camera he put in the ladies changing room of a Cheshire supermarket.

Asus goes wide with Bang & Olufsen laptop

Asus has kicked off 2010 with a Bang, or should that be an Olufsen? The Taiwanese PC maker has unveiled a super-stylish laptop sporting speakers and design features supplied by the legendary audio firm.

BT names 63 more exchanges for fibre upgrades

BT has revealed its next wave of exchange upgrades, as it accelerates the rollout of faster broadband.
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NASA's nuclear Mars tank gets improved cooker mod

NASA's nuclear-powered robot laser tank, which the agency plans to land on Mars in 2012, will now be enhanced with a new automated lab experiment intended to discover evidence of life on the red planet. It's inventor seems confident that life - or anyway evidence of life in the past - is there to be found.

Seagate boards USB 3 train

Seagate has upped its BlackArmor external drive interface from USB 2.0 to the faster USB 3.0.

Kodak parades photo-sharing compact

Kodak has designed a touchscreen compact camera for posting pictures directly onto social networking websites and digital photo frames.
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Microsoft to herd third parties with licensing patent

Microsoft has applied for a US patent that the company hopes will close a loophole when it comes to licensing software to third parties.
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Hadopi three strikes law hits another hurdle

The controversial French 'three strikes' law has hit yet another delay - it has failed to win approval from the French data protection agency.
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Copia sets sights on Kindle's collaboration dream

Copia is a new platform designed to facilitate collaborative reading, creating the kind of experience the Kindle promised but still hasn't delivered.
Bill Ray, 06 2010
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Samsung N140

Review The new N130 and N140 netbooks will probably be the last such machines we see from Samsung running the Silverthorne Atom processors as come January it is promising to announce a raft of new machines using the next generation Atom Pine Trail chips.
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Slovakian flies to Dublin with 90 grams of explosive

A Slovakian electrician flew from Bratislava to Dublin with 90 grams of RDX plastic explosive in his luggage after an "unconventional security operation" went seriously awry, the Times reports.

Imperial calls on SGI super for answers to big questions

Imperial College London, one of the UK's few world-class universities, has beefed up its HPC capabilities with an SGI supercomputer, the Altix ICE 8200 EX.
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FSA charges four ex-directors of NHS software supplier

The Financial Services Authority has confirmed that it is starting criminal proceedings against four former directors of iSoft Group plc - the major provider of patient records software for the NHS's National Programme for IT.
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Nexus One web address used to punt smoky jazz

More problems with the branding of Google's "Nexus One" handset were claimed today, as it was highlighted that Mountain View has not secured the relevant web addresses.
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Firefox 3.7 to feel need for speed with multicore boost

Mozilla's Firefox 3.7 looks set to take a step closer to competing with Google's Chrome and Microsoft's Internet Explorer 8 in the speed stakes, according to results of a pre-release version tested by a browser enthusiast.
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Airbus: We'll cancel crap A400M unless we get more £££

Comment Pan-European aerospace megacorp Airbus has hinted that it may close down its A400M military airlifter project, despite the fact that the first aircraft has finally flown. The manufacturer cannot make a profit on the plane if it is delivered at the agreed price, and is trying to get concessions from the customer nations.

Sony confirms 3D TV channel plans

Sony has confirmed plans to launch a 3D TV channel in North America, as expected, in partnership with Imax and Discovery Communications - the firm behind The Discovery Channel.
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Bosses warned over Scrooge-like approach to snow problems

Employers may be legally entitled to dock workers' pay if they stay at home because of snow and extreme weather, but such a course of action can be risky and cause resentment, according to guidance from Pinsent Masons, the law firm behind OUT-LAW.COM.
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Skype offers living room TV action

VoIP specialist Skype has signed deals with LG and Panasonic to embed its client into next-generation TVs, finally putting video calling into the living room.
Bill Ray, 06 2010
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UK prosecutors drop 'tiger' sex video case

The CPS dropped a prosecution under the extreme porn law last week when it apparently accepted that the soundtrack on a clip of a tiger apparently having sex with a woman rendered the video comical rather than pornographic.

No more dirty phone calls

Most people would shudder at the thought of putting their mobile phones in the dishwasher. This is precisely what Seal Shield invites you to do with its new SEAL CELL handset. Or put it in the sink for a regular clean up.
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You and what Android? The Google iPhone killer that isn't

Comment So is it the Google phone or not? In the Nexus One, Google has produced something rather like an iPhone, something that in some senses may seem better than an iPhone, but something that in hardware terms is an iteration rather than a game-changer. But does Google, the company that wasn't going to do hardware, now do hardware? That's one of the more interesting aspects of the rollout.

Dot Hill buys into storage virtualisation

Dot Hill, which supplies drive array subsystems, is moving into storage virtualisation by buying Cloverleaf for its software technology.
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Cisco scarfed up the most venture-backed firms over 10 years

VentureSource, the venture capital service owned by Dow Jones and part of the Fox empire, has put out its rankings of the most acquisitive companies in the past decade, and wouldn't you know it, all of the top ten are in the IT racket.

Slingbox touts one TV remote to rule them all

CES 2010 It may look like a smartphone, but in real life this is SlingMedia’s vision for the future of entertainment control.

Cisco trials consumer video call gear

CES 2010 Cisco plans to begin field trials for a consumer version of its video calling products this spring, joining Skype and Polycom in an emerging battle to turn living room TV sets into Jetsons phones.
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Hacker pierces hardware firewalls with web page

On Tuesday, hacker Samy Kamkar demonstrated a way to identify a browser's geographical location by exploiting weaknesses in many WiFi routers. Now, he's back with a simple method to penetrate hardware firewalls using little more than some javascript embedded in a webpage.
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Toshiba unwraps Cell TV

CES 2010 Toshiba today heralded its Cell TV - the first telly to be powered by a processor cut from the same cloth as the chip in the PlayStation 3 - as "the future of TV". Alas, that future's too far off for the company to provide practical details like pricing. The company did indicate, however, that when Cell TV does arrive, it'll be a premium product.
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Toshiba preps 3D BD player for Q3 release

CES 2010 Toshiba's first 3D-capable Blu-ray Disc player will go in sale no earlier than the third quarter of the year, the company said today.

US feds kick in funny money for green data centers

The US Department of Energy, which probably has the highest electric bill on the planet thanks to its many supercomputing laboratories, has ponied up $47m to help make data centers and telecommunications facilities more energy efficient.
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FCC raises eyebrow at Google 'white-space' play

US Federal Communications Commission commissioner Robert McDowell has raised an eyebrow at Google's request to serve as an administrator of a national database detailing the use of "white-space" spectrum, Mountain View's latest effort to accelerate the deployment of unlicensed broadband devices in the unused TV airwaves.
Cade Metz, 06 2010
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LaCie launches compact telly-ready hard drive

CES 2010 LaCie has introduced a wireless hard drive for your telly and it'll take up no more room than a small stack of CDs.
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Logitech aids laptop movie lovers with audio upgrade

CES 2010 Tired of putting up with weeny speakers when you're watching movies on your laptop? You know you can plug in a set of desktop speakers, but what do you do if you're actually using the machine on your lap?
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Fed watchdog barks at cloud security

The US federal consumer protection watchdog is barking at security and privacy risks posed by cloud computing.
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Microsoft joins IE SVG standards party

The prospect of standards-based vector graphics support being added to Internet Explorer is in the air.
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Baidu launches (legal) online video company

A Hulu-esque online television channel is being created for internet users behind China's Great Firewall.