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CrackBerry mimics Jesus Phone with WebKit browser

Research in Motion has uncloaked a WebKit-based browser for the BlackBerry, tapping the same open-source rendering engine that underpins browsers on the Apple iPhone, Google Android mobile operating system, Palm webOS, and the Symbian OS.
Cade Metz, 19 Feb 2010
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Dell's profits shrink as revenue grows

Profits for Dell - the world's third-largest computer seller by shipments - declined 4.8 per cent during its fiscal fourth quarter despite an increase in sales for each of its business units.
Austin Modine, 19 Feb 2010
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Engineers sweat Oracle's Sun-Java integration promise

Oracle's top brass might have committed to merging its Java technology with that of Sun Microsystems but the specifics are still being worked out.
Gavin Clarke, 19 Feb 2010
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IBM betas click-recording Firefox add-on

IBM Labs has squeezed out a beta version of a Firefox add-on that records a user's online activities so they can be repeated automatically or be printed out for others as step-by-step instructions.
Austin Modine, 19 Feb 2010
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Microsoft chucks bargain bin at world's youth

How does Microsoft tempt students into its development tools bandwagon? By parking it outside the school yard and promising free love and software to the tiny tots.
Austin Modine, 19 Feb 2010
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Samsung N220

Review Ever since Samsung released its first netbook in 2008 - it was the NC10 - it’s been churning out new models like there’s no tomorrow. And with the recent arrival of Intel’s second-gen Atom 'Pine Trail' platform, it’s no surprise Samsung has taken the opportunity to get some new netbooks to market.
Will Stapley, 19 Feb 2010
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No quick decision on Google books deal

Judge Denny Chin, best known for overseeing the Bernie Madoff trial, said yesterday he would not be rushing into judgement in the Google books hearing.
John Oates, 19 Feb 2010
HTC Desire

3 gets Desire

It's not just Orange - mobile phone network 3 is to offer HTC's Android-based Desire smartphone too. So is O2, we understand, though the cellco hasn't yet formally announced as much.
Tony Smith, 19 Feb 2010
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T-Mobile intros compact Android smartphone

T-Mobile is gearing up to release its second pay-as-you-go Android smartphone: the Huawei-made Pulse Mini.
Tony Smith, 19 Feb 2010

HP stacks up QLogic

HP is to OEM QLogic's stackable 5800 Fibre Channel switch, which is making QLogic quite excited.
Chris Mellor, 19 Feb 2010
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More questions over biometric ID cards and national security

In the last ten days we have learnt that “persons unknown” stole the identity of British citizens and cloned modern UK passports to enter Dubai to perform an assassination.
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1.3 million phones found down back of the sofa in UK

More than half of mobiles reported stolen in the UK later turn up down the back of the sofa or somewhere similar, according to the UK Home Office.
Bill Ray, 19 Feb 2010
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NetApp says tiering is dying

Comment NetApp CEO Tom Georgens thinks 3PAR, Dell, EMC, Compellent and others are wrong - automated tiering of data across different levels of drives is a dying concept.
Chris Mellor, 19 Feb 2010
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Cisco ejects HP from privileged partner camp

Updated HP is being booted out from the circle of Cisco's confidantes receiving confidential Cisco product roadmap details, as the competitive war between the two gets fiercer.
Chris Mellor, 19 Feb 2010

Apple squashes wobbly jub app

Apple has decided to pull the jubtastic Wobble iBoobs from its App Store as part of an alleged puritanical clamp-down on "overtly sexual content".
Lester Haines, 19 Feb 2010
Michael Jackson This is It HDD

WIN a 500GB Wacko Jacko hard drive from Samsung

Competition Well, This is it. Yes, we're talking Samsung's latest 2.5in portable external hard drive, a gold-look model branded to tie in to the recently released Michael Jackson movie.
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TomTom touts second iPhone GPS-boost car cradle

TomTom has introduced its second iPhone accessory: a new cradle that fits onto a special dashboard fixture.
Tony Smith, 19 Feb 2010
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US Army moves rocket-buster raygun from lab to firing range

The US Army says it's time to move battle rayguns out of the lab and onto the firing range: and it is doing so. According to the Space and Missile Defence Command, a prototype electrically powered war-blaster which has shown combat-worthy power levels of 100+ kilowatts is even now being set up on a test range in New Mexico.
Lewis Page, 19 Feb 2010
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Sex.com goes titsup

Sex.com, arguably the web's most valuable address, is up for sale after its owner went bust.
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Microsoft finally debuts Euro-choose-a-browser screen

Microsoft has unveiled its EU-mandated Web browser choice screen, and will start rolling it out next week.
Team Register, 19 Feb 2010
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Eco computer game cost taxpayers £47 per play

In what may be the most expensive "spontaneous" outburst of grassroots political expression since Mao's Cultural Revolution, the old farming ministry DEFRA paid more than £8m over two years to civic society groups if they spread the correct message about Global Warming.
Andrew Orlowski, 19 Feb 2010
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Two Chinese schools implicated in Google Aurora attacks

Two Chinese schools with links to the armed forces have become implicated as suspects in the ongoing Operations Aurora attacks against Google and at least 33 other western conglomerates last December.
John Leyden, 19 Feb 2010
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Desktop evolution offers alternative admin options

Lab Love them or loathe them, desktops are integral to IT service delivery. They are the most common point of access for users, and their performance has a disproportionately high bearing on user satisfaction and the perception of IT generally.
Jon Collins, 19 Feb 2010
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Google Energy gets OK

Google has been granted a license to trade energy on the wholesale market, as well as retail it to the consumer market. The approval comes from the US Federal energy regulator FERC.
Andrew Orlowski, 19 Feb 2010
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Government drops jail for data thieves... again

The government has quietly dropped plans to jail personal data thieves, frustrating the Information Commissioner and arousing criticism of the Data Protection Act as toothless.
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Hey, Mr Games Addict! Do you have a problem?

Problem video game users are:
Drew Cullen, 19 Feb 2010
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BT settles multi-million spat with cost-cutting consultants

BT has settled an £88m dispute with a consultancy it asked to find cost savings at its troubled Global Services division.
John Oates, 19 Feb 2010
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Aussies cane cane toads with cat food

Researchers from the University of Sydney have joined the battle to rid the Lucky Country of cane toads by suggesting cat food might be a useful tool in seeing off the invasive amphibian.
Lester Haines, 19 Feb 2010
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Lost Nazi nuke-project uranium found in Dutch scrapyard

EU nuke boffins say that mysterious bits of uranium found last year in a Dutch scrapyard originated in the Nazi nuclear-weapons programme of the 1940s.
Lewis Page, 19 Feb 2010
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Sony seeks 'universal console controller' patent

It's perhaps a step too far to say that just because Sony has applied for a US patent that covers a "universal game console controller" that it's actually developing one with a view to bringing such a product to market.
Tony Smith, 19 Feb 2010
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Motorola Droid - the not quite iPhone killer

Review Motorola's Google-happy Droid handset can be summed up in three words - and a bit of punctuation: "Nice phone, but..."
Rik Myslewski, 19 Feb 2010
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The Not-Invented-Anywhere Syndrome

A teenage literary sensation who lifted large parts of her debut hit novel from the Web, without giving credit, says she's justified because "there's no such thing as originality".
Andrew Orlowski, 19 Feb 2010
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Interpol issues arrest warrant for fake passport hit team

International police agency Interpol has out put stop and detain notices for 11 suspects reckoned to have used fake passports to enter the UAE before taking part in the murder of Hamas commander Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in Dubai last month.
John Leyden, 19 Feb 2010
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UK manufacturing getting worse more slowly

UK manufacturing is showing some signs of improvement in export orders, thanks to the weak pound, but total orders remain low.
John Oates, 19 Feb 2010
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US school comes out fighting over webcam spy claim

The UK agency in charge of IT in UK schools has insisted there is no chance of the government's free laptops program exposing the bedroom activities of British students.
Jane Fae , 19 Feb 2010
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First Freeview HD TV goes on sale

Eager to get watching Freeview HD? Retailer Comet has begun taking orders for Panasonic's TX-P42G20B 42in plasma TV with a built-in DVB-T2 tuner.
Tony Smith, 19 Feb 2010
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iPad pitch to the Wall Street Journal laid bare

Steve Jobs took the iPad to the Wall Street Journal to explain why the paper should drop Adobe's Flash, to a cool reception.
Bill Ray, 19 Feb 2010
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Crims jailed for hiding 'e-detonators' in robot camel jockey

A man and a boy have been found guilty by courts in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi of concealing "electric detonators" in robotic camel jockeys, according to reports. The crooks' plan was to get racing dromedaries to run faster, in defiance of good sportsmanship and local laws.
Lewis Page, 19 Feb 2010
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Archaeologists nail Bosworth Field

Historians have finally revealed what they reckon is the definitive site of the Battle of Bosworth - the 22 August 1485 scrap in which Henry Tudor's army defeated Richard III's forces.
Lester Haines, 19 Feb 2010
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Symbian needs your help. Please

Symbian won't run unless a lot of volunteers get their hands dirty, with internal sources confirming it's most likely to be three months before the code can compile.
Andrew Orlowski, 19 Feb 2010
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Nokia pulls the plug on wireless payment handset

Nokia has scrapped its third NFC handset, the 6216, which never got launched despite being scheduled for last year and despite China Unicom's plans for an NFC launch.
Bill Ray, 19 Feb 2010
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Open sourcers fortify Ubuntu's Koala food

With Eucalyptus - the open source platform that put the Koala in Ubuntu's Karmic Koala - you can mimic Amazon's so-called infrastructure cloud inside your very own data center. At least up to a point.
Cade Metz, 19 Feb 2010
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Cisco and HP - the gloves come off

The pretense of friendship is officially over between Hewlett-Packard and Cisco, though the two giants have been rallying their banners for war since the launch of Cisco's Unified Computing System last year.
Austin Modine, 19 Feb 2010
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Opera cuts cord on first open-source baby

Opera has freed its first open source project, moving code for its Dragonfly debug tool onto the popular BitBucket hosting service.
Cade Metz, 19 Feb 2010