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FCC seeks delay to US broadband plan

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is asking lawmakers to give it more time to draw up a national broadband plan.
Austin Modine, 08 Jan 2010
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Intel reinvents software sales with AppUp Center

CES 2010 Intel has announced the launch of a new way to validate and sell apps targeted to specific portions of the Intel-architecture market. The plan is to start with netbooks, then take over the world.
Rik Myslewski, 08 Jan 2010
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Iocell NetDisk

Review Offered either as a shell or in capacities up to 2TB and designed with small businesses in mind, Iocell Networks utilises Network Direct Attached Storage (NDAS) to pitch its drives above and beyond other comparable single-disk Nas solutions. With claims of ultra-tight security, Raid configurability with multiple drives and blazing fast transfer speeds, can the NetDisk 351UNE really live up to its billing?
Shaun Dormon, 08 Jan 2010
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EDS man joins BT Services

Jeff Kelly, formerly of EDS, is taking on the challenge of sorting out BT's Global Services division.
John Oates, 08 Jan 2010
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Orange rolls into the banking business

Orange is the latest mobile operator to get into the banking business, launching a co-branded Barclaycard with a wireless slant.
Bill Ray, 08 Jan 2010
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Enormous raygun-on-a-lorry project acquires lorry

Plans by the US military-industrial complex to mount a laser cannon on an enormous lorry are moving forward. The enormous lorry in question has now been received by the firm providing the laser cannon, famed arms'n'aerospace globocorp Boeing.
Lewis Page, 08 Jan 2010
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Casio goes superfast with compact megazoom

CES 2010 Casio is shipping the EX-FH100 – the world’s first “high-speed, high-zoom” compact camera.
James Sherwood, 08 Jan 2010
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Mainstream flash making eyes at 3Xnm tech

The NAND foundries and SSD suppliers are moving to sub-40nm process technology in its pursuit of higher capacity and lower cost. Toshiba and OCZ are both revving their product range to offer better flash to customers.
Chris Mellor, 08 Jan 2010
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Why Nominet disconnected 1,000 sites with no court oversight

The body responsible for the .uk internet addresses disconnected over 1,200 websites without any oversight from a court. The much-publicised action last month was based only on police assertions about criminal activity on the sites.
OUT-LAW.COM, 08 Jan 2010
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TalkTalk kills Tiscali

In the end, it went quietly. As of yesterday, Tiscali is no more in the UK.
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French court says 'oui' on workplace smut

In a surprise ruling last month, France’s highest court – la Cour de Cassation – ruled that an employee was wrongly dismissed for downloading smut to their work PC.
Jane Fae , 08 Jan 2010
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WD accused of encryption IP filch

Western Digital is being sued by Taiwan's Enova Technology for alleged unauthorised use of its encryption technology in My Book and My Passport external drive products.
Chris Mellor, 08 Jan 2010
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Endeavour stays toasty in Florida chill

NASA technicians are keeping space shuttle Endeavour nice and toasty ahead of its forthcoming STS-130 mission to the International Space Station, as Florida enjoys "unusually cold weather".
Lester Haines, 08 Jan 2010
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Microsoft readies singular fix for first Patch Tuesday of 2010

Microsoft's first Patch Tuesday of the year looks set to be more famine than feast.
Kelly Fiveash, 08 Jan 2010
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Top Tory strategist arrested in Brum

David Cameron's top strategy adviser Steve Hilton was arrested last October after a row over a train ticket.
John Oates, 08 Jan 2010
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Palm re-models Pre and Pixi phones

CES 2010 Palm is launching two Web OS phones, the latest rev of the Pre and Pixi handsets.
James Sherwood, 08 Jan 2010
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Guinness to hit three quid a pint

The RRP of a pint of Guinness will rise by 10p to £3.03 on 1 February, producer Diageo has announced.
Lester Haines, 08 Jan 2010
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Google to mobile industry: ‘F*ck you very much!’

"It’s Google’s autistic approach to relationships," one senior phone exec told me this week. "They don’t know what hurt they’re doing, and they don’t care."
Andrew Orlowski, 08 Jan 2010
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IPS in cunning 'get an ID card, get crucified' scheme

The Identity and Passport Service's hilariously triste efforts to make ID cards cuddly has passed another millstone (shurely 'milestone?' - Ed). As a follow-up to plastering its propaganda with happy fingerprints, IPS now has a flash animation of them as well - derived, weirdly, from a movie you might be familiar with.
John Lettice, 08 Jan 2010
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T-Mobile prescribes hub tablet for UK families

More concrete details about the Android-based Vega touchscreen tablet have emerged, with T-Mobile set to sell the gadget into Blighty later this year.
James Sherwood, 08 Jan 2010
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Slovakian police chief quits over Dublin explosives run

The Slovakian chief of border police, Tibor Mako, has quit following a major security cock-up which saw an unwitting electrician fly from the country's Poprad-Tatry airport to Dublin with 90 grams of RDX plastic explosive in his luggage.
Lester Haines, 08 Jan 2010
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Nikon Coolpix S1000pj

Review Every now and again, you come across a product that makes you think: How on earth did they do that? Well, Nikon’s Coolpix S1000pj is such a beast, because it’s a compact digital camera with a built-in pico projector.
George Cole, 08 Jan 2010
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Sony punts pair of trendoid cameras

CES 2010 Brain-dead video capture has been embraced by a company whose high-end cameras capture much of the professional video you see on the tube: Sony.
Rik Myslewski, 08 Jan 2010
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Tech vendors turn to Brussels as copyright levy talks fold

A group of consumer electronics giants have called time on efforts to bring some coordination to Europe's mosaic of national copyright levies and will target action from Brussels.
Joe Fay, 08 Jan 2010
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Xbox 360 wins MW2 update shoot-out

The Xbox 360 has trumped the PlayStation 3 again, following Microsoft’s announcement that its console will be the first to secure a downloadable update for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.
James Sherwood, 08 Jan 2010
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Tory questions identify government's best paid CIOs

Two chief information officers are in the civil service's highest standard pay band: health's Christine Connelly and work and pensions' Joe Harley.
Kable, 08 Jan 2010
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Parrot flies in iPhone-controlled chopper

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Pants bombs vs America: The infernal conflict

Comment The underwear bomber almost perfectly illustrated the hard place the US has found itself in since 9/11.
George Smith, 08 Jan 2010
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Google Nexus One caught on camera

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Trouser-bomb clown attacks - how much should we laugh?

Comment As the smoke clears following the case of Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab, the failed Christmas Day "underpants bomber" of Northwest Airlines Flight 253 fame, there are just three simple points for us Westerners to take away.
Lewis Page, 08 Jan 2010
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Microsoft 'sorry' for volume licensing website cockup

Microsoft has apologised to its partners and customers who have struggled with the firm's volume licensing website, after the company overhauled its service.
Kelly Fiveash, 08 Jan 2010
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Brit ISP knocked offline by Latvian DDOS

About 30,000 customers of the Cheshire-based ISP Vispa were forced offline for almost 12 hours today by a DDOS attack traced to the Baltic state of Latvia.
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Nokia takes a walk down Sesame Street

Nokia has enlisted Sesame Street to endorse its latest Calling All Innovators competition, hoping that Muppets can inspire innovative applications where the offer of prize money might not suffice.
Bill Ray, 08 Jan 2010
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Times calls time on NewsNow links

Times Online has taken action to prevent headline aggregation site NewsNow from linking to its stories.
John Oates, 08 Jan 2010
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Swedish cops liberate jealous wife from treehouse

A Swedish wife who reckoned her son's treehouse was the best place to check hubby's mobe for evidence he'd been playing away had to be freed by police from the elevated bolt-hole, The Local reports.
Lester Haines, 08 Jan 2010
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Qualcomm talks up Snapdragon roadmap

CES 2010 Qualcomm will launch more advanced Snapdragon processors will this year to give phones and smartbooks better resolution and number crunching capabilities.
James Sherwood, 08 Jan 2010
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Casio turns photos into watercolours

CES 2010 Casio has brushed up its artwork to design a digital photo frame that transforms your holiday snaps into “works of art” – literally.
James Sherwood, 08 Jan 2010
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US employers slash 85,000 jobs in December

Hopes that US job losses would shrink to almost four figure levels in December were dashed today when the US Bureau of Labor Statistics confirmed that 85,000 employees were shed last month.
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Controversy rages over robot vasectomy reversal in Florida

Medical boffins in Florida have announced a breakthrough of buttock-clenching importance: Surgical robots have apparently broken the world speed record for reversing vasectomies.
Lewis Page, 08 Jan 2010
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Dell chalks up tablet PC

CES 2010 For many years tablet PCs have been the Next Big Thing. Few consumers have noticed. Will this change in 2010?
James Sherwood, 08 Jan 2010
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Plastic Logic unveils executive e-book reader

CES 2010 We first encountered UK-based Plastic Logic when it demo'd its prototype e-book reader at CES 2009 - you can watch a video demo here. Now the company has launched the product.
Tony Smith, 08 Jan 2010
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Samsung revamps external HDDs

CES 2010 Samsung may be pitching its new G series of 2.5in and 3.5in external hard drives - 1.8in units will follow - as eco-friendly, but when pushed, the company admitted its the Reduction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) rules that make them so - just like every other external HDD out there.
Tony Smith, 08 Jan 2010
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Pico projectors go large in 2010

CES 2010 Last year Nikon released the world's first projector camera, the S1000pj (reviewed here). Competitors have been thin or non-existent on the ground, but this will soon change, with mini, or "pico" projectors in cameras, mobile phones, as notebook accessories and as standalone units, set to go mainstream in 2010.
James Sherwood, 08 Jan 2010
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Google seeks to become energy trader

As it continues to expand its own private internet, Google has asked US energy regulators for the right to buy and sell power on the wholesale market - just as a utility would.
Cade Metz, 08 Jan 2010
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Serious IE and Windows flaws left to fester

Microsoft won't fix vulnerabilities in the latest versions of Internet Explorer or Windows during its regularly scheduled patch release on Tuesday, meaning users will have to wait at least another month to get updates that correct the security risks.
Dan Goodin, 08 Jan 2010
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Intel's Wind River tweaks embedded OS for Core i7

When Intel shelled out $884m to buy embedded software supplier Wind River Systems last year, the company did so because it had big plans to expand into the embedded computing market with its own processors. But the embedded space has a number of compete architectures, and Intel is in the uncomfortable position of having to support them all as Wind River has for years.
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Greenpeace: Apple ain't so brown anymore

Nature lovers at Greenpeace have made their - ahem - peace with the folks at Apple after some three odd years of lambasting the firm for using toxic chemicals in its products and not stitching Steve Jobs turtlenecks out of pure organic hemp1.
Austin Modine, 08 Jan 2010
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Lenovo predicts three-year boost from Windows 7

CES 2010 Lenovo says that Windows 7 will boost demand for its PC products over the next three years.
Gavin Clarke, 08 Jan 2010
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Tip'n'tilt control portable internet radio launches

CES 2010 UK audio company Armour Home showed off its "tip and tilt" internet radio at CES this week.
Tony Smith, 08 Jan 2010
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B&W ships cut-down Zeppelin iPod speaker

CES 2010 Speaker specialist Bowers & Wilkins this week announced a smaller, less room-dominating version of its iconic Zeppelin iPod speaker.
Tony Smith, 08 Jan 2010
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Fix finalized for SSL protocol hole

Engineers have signed off on a fix for a potentially serious vulnerability in the SSL, or secure sockets layer, protocol that secures email, web transactions and other types of sensitive internet traffic.
Dan Goodin, 08 Jan 2010
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Microsoft petitions for second look at Word XML decision

Microsoft has asked US judges to take a second look at their ruling that confirmed the software giant would be fined $240m for patent infringements in Word.
Gavin Clarke, 08 Jan 2010
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Google gets all Minority Report with Street View

Yes, Google is exploring the possibility of slipping ads into Street View, its virtual reality project that seeks to photograph the world and recreate it online.
Cade Metz, 08 Jan 2010