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Google: 'no timetable' on China talks

Google has reiterated that it's no longer willing to censor search results in China. But as it continues to censor search results in China, it's not quite sure when this will actually stop.
Cade Metz, 03 2010
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Hedge fund offers $1bn for Novell

Well, here's another potential acquisition that might slip through IBM's hands. New York-based hedge fund Elliott Associates sent a letter to the board of directors of Novell today after the market closed, offering the company $5.75 per share to take the company private.
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Apple schemes mobile movie streams

Apple executives are shopping around the idea of enabling iTunes users to back up movies, music, and television on the company's servers and to access them from any internet-connected device.
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Google 'personalizes' one in five searches

Google "personalizes" as much as 20 per cent of your web searches, according to Mountain View software engineer Bryan Horling.
Cade Metz, 03 2010
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Cray to super engineer Microsoft clouds

Supercomputer maker Cray has said it's going to be a thin couple of quarters until it begins shipping new "Baker" systems in Q3. But the company's Custom Engineering group, which does bespoke design work on behalf of clients, is hoping to fill in some of that gap. A deal announced today between cloud computing wannabe Microsoft and Cray could result in some substantial money.
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Force10 Networks files for IPO

Cisco Systems doesn't own the networking market. It just thinks it does. In reality, Cisco's shareholders have a large piece of the networking racket, but there is plenty of room left over for other players to get at the trough. And today, Force10 Networks - one of the up-and-coming 10 Gigabit Ethernet networking providers that is not yet making money even as it is making sales - said it is taking an empty wheelbarrow down to Wall Street to get some cash and bring it back to San Jose.
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Samsung HMX-U10

Review The success of Flip’s pocket camcorders has seen a fair few manufacturers scrambling to grab a share of this potentially lucrative market. Many of us, it seems, quite like the idea of owning a product that lies somewhere between a cameraphone and a camcorder. Samsung’s HMX-U10 is for the person who wants a highly portable camcorder with high definition video, plus a few extras – a fairly enticing combination.
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IT jobs jump shows hope for UK economy

UK workers still fear losing their jobs even though survey data is starting to show an improvement in both permanent and temporary positions.
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Oracle/Sun ditches HDS

Oracle/Sun will no longer resell Hitachi Data Systems' high-end USP array product, the 9990V and 9980V systems.
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Google shakes empty YouTube piggy bank

Square eyes squared Google is still searching under the sofa for a remote control that might, one day, help the company make money out of its unprofitable YouTube video sharing site.
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Intel: Just 3,000 employees run Windows 7

Cebit Intel's CIO showed why it might take a while for Microsoft to make much of a dent in the XP-installed base yesterday as she urged the world to scrap any kit more than four years old.
Joe Fay, 03 2010
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Typing merely by thinking - plugless brainjack kit invented

Boffins in America say they have developed a portable, direct brain-to-computer interface - and there's good news for all you cyberpunks out there, as it requires no dangerous, risky plug into your skull.
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Swedish pothead reports LSD-laced hash

A Swedish pothead whose girlfriend turned into a dophin after he toked on a particularly explosive spliff asked cops to test his hash for traces of LSD, The Local reports.
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German court rejects police data snooping store

Germany's High Court has told police and secret services that they must stop storing email and telephone data and delete information already collected.
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Global warming may be normal at this point in glacial cycle

German and Russian scientists say that it is normal for an interglacial period like the one just ending to finish with one or more brief - in geological terms - spells of warming before the glaciers return.
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Internet Explorer 8 still not mingling well with 2,000 highly-visited sites

Microsoft confessed yesterday that over 2,000 well-known websites still remained incompatible with Internet Explorer 8.
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Orange backs Intel-Nokia Linux drive

Orange has given its thumbs-up to the Intel-Nokia Linux venture Meego, the OS formerly known as Maemo and Moblin.
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Brass necked suspect swallows USB evidence

A suspected cybercrook who swallowed a USB drive in an apparent bid to destroy evidence has been charged with obstruction.
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Naomi Campbell bitchslaps NY limo driver

WSA Battling Streatham clotheshorse Naomi Campbell came out of pugilistic retirement yesterday to allegedly punch a New York limo driver, AP reports.
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EOS 5D Mk II DLSR to be more cinema friendly

Canon will soon post new firmware for its EOS 5D Mark II digital SLR - reviewed here. The update will bring 24f/s and 25f/s HD video recording to the camera.
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German geeks invade Australia

Cebit Germany's top techie research house the Fraunhofer institute has turned its remorseless gaze onto Australia for one of its first joint research projects outside of Europe and the US.
Joe Fay, 03 2010
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Apple turns the flamethrower on Android

Analysis The details of Apple's patent offensive are now public, and it's clear that while HTC is the target, it's Google's Android that has got Cupertino so annoyed.
Bill Ray, 03 2010
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Virgin, 3 tease with Nokia X6 deals

After Nokia's sexy X6 music phone? Both Virgin Media and 3 this week said they will be offering the handset this month.
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Apple iPad on sale 26 March, says staffer

Apple will begin selling the iPad - the Wi-Fi only version, mind - on 26 March, two weeks after its starts running ads for the gadget on TV.
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LibDems back copyright takedowns

Mandybill Two LibDem peers have tabled an amendment allowing the Courts to grant injunctions against ISPs - blocking off sections of the internet found to host infringing material. It's similar to the DMCA-style proposal punted by the BPI in the new year, which we exclusively revealed.
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Overland Storage bags Barrall

Overland Storage has appointed Geoff Barrall to an executive officer's position according to a financial filing.
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David Atherton: 'I don't miss Dabs'

Interview Part 1 This is part one of a two-part interview with Dabs founder and channel legend David Atherton, which we ran earlier this year. We enjoyed it so much, we thought we'd highlight it again, in case anyone missed it first time round. Part two is here.
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WD shipping consumer SSDs

Western Digital has started shipping consumer-focused solid-state drives (SSDs).
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Forget SETI, this is how you find aliens: Hefty prof speaks

A top alien-hunting boffin has said that current efforts seeking extraterrestrial intelligent life are unlikely ever to work - not because there couldn't be any aliens out there, but because the methods themselves are wrong. He proposes several radical new means of finding out whether we really are alone in the universe.
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Microsoft claims 90m sales of Windows 7

Microsoft claimed yesterday that it had sold 90 million copies of Windows 7 since it hit manufacturers in July 2009.
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Street View spymobiles invade CeBIT

CeBIT As part of Google's hearts-and-minds campaign to allay German fears that it is intent on adding their country to Mountain View's lebensraum, the company has decided to entertain CeBIT visitors with some touchy-feely Street View spymobiles:
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Yahoo! chief! produces! magician's! hat! on! 15th! birthday!

Yahoo! boss Carol Bartz popped a few champagne corks with reporters yesterday to celebrate the struggling web firm’s 15th birthday, and at the same time admitted that a turnaround could take years.
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Rescuing Palm?

You know you're in trouble when your revenue is $1bn less than you'd expected for the year. But a few companies might envy being in Palm's position. It has an excellent product it can't sell, and in webOS an asset that wealthy rivals - Nokia, Samsung or Microsoft - would pick up in a snap.
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Novell mulls hedge fund takeover

Commercial Linux distro and systems software maker Novell said last night, after it had received a takeover deal from a New York hedge fund named Elliott Associates to take Novell private, that it would put out a statement about the proposal. It took nearly four hours to come up with the statement, and the wonder is why.
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How FBI, police busted massive botnet

Analysis More details have emerged about a cybercrime investigation that led to the takedown of a botnet containing 12m zombie PCs and the arrest of three alleged kingpins who built and ran it.
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Acer predicts end of cheap PC era

PC buyers, especially small businesses, should get used to paying more for their kit, after Acer predicted that ASPs would rise this year, for practically the first time in PC industry history.
Joe Fay, 03 2010
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MS confirms 'F1 to pwn' IE bug

Microsoft has confirmed that an unpatched Internet Explorer vulnerability makes it potentially dangerous to press F1 if you are running earlier versions of Windows.
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VMware to pony up $400m for buybacks

In filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, virtualization juggernaut VMware said its board of directors had authorized a stock repurchase plan to allow the company to go out on Wall Street and buy back up to $400m in its class A shares between now and the end of 2011.
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Hero update blocks Marketplace

The latest update to Orange's Hero handset, manufactured by HTC, is blocking access to the Android marketplace again.
Bill Ray, 03 2010
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Russian Olympic boss walks plank

Russia's Olympic Committee boss has walked the plank, shortly after president Dmitry Medvedev suggested that a terrible fate awaited those who refused to resign over the country's dismal Vancouver performance.

Google Research head dubs holy PageRank 'over-hyped'

Google research head Peter Norvig says that the search giant's hallowed PageRank link-analysis algorithm is overrated. And always has been.
Cade Metz, 03 2010
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DARPA asks you to cram petaflops super into single rack

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency - the research and development arm of the US military - has issued a challenge to nerds, geeks, techies, and boffins to bid on how they would build a petaflops-scale system of nearly unimaginable energy efficiency and compactness. Oh, and the prospective system also needs to be mobile and require no special programming skills to use.
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Canonical betas Ubuntu music store

Canonical is privately beta testing a DRM-free Ubuntu music store, slated to debut with the Lucid Lynx distro in late April.
Cade Metz, 03 2010
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Dell flogs its 'zero client'

Dell has unveiled its first "zero client" device for enterprise customers who think traditional thin clients are fatty, fatty 2x4s.
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IBM closer to chips with frickin' laser beams

IBM scientists say they're another step closer to creating computer chips circuits that efficiently use frickin' laser beams rather than copper wires to communicate.