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Jobsian Vendetta - Flash stabbed by Mac the Knife

Amidst all the wonderfully amusing half-truths and haughty hypocrisies dripping from his open letter on Adobe Flash, Steve Jobs has at least made one thing quite clear: his biggest beef with Flash is that it lets you create applications that run on all sorts of devices that weren't built by him.
Cade Metz, 30 2010
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Lost iPhone 4G vendor loaner outed

The man who found Apple's lost iPhone 4G and gave it to Gizmodo for $5,000 has been outed by Wired, the Dick Rowe of hot hardware. Wired identified Brian J Hogan of Redwood City, California via clues on social networking sites, having apparently failed to respond when they were emailed about the phone at the end of March.
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Ubuntu's Lucid Lynx: A (free) Mactastic experience

Review Ubuntu 10.04, officially available as of Thursday, is an important update for this popular Linux distro. It's a Long-Term Support (LTS) release - the first since 8.04 two years ago - and it wraps social network with media capabilities and a brace of online services in a brand new look.
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Microsoft's Courier tablet dies before it lives

Don't bother asking Microsoft whether its rumored Courier tablet will run Adobe Flash. Microsoft just killed it. Apparently.
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Data Locker 1TB AES-encrypted external hard drive

Review How much pr0n can a fellow accumulate during a lifetime? Data Locker's Data Locker hard drive provides a whole terabyte of encrypted, password-protected storage for the files you want to keep from prying eyes.
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Gene Hunt tops 'TV stars for PM' poll

Life on Mars and Ashes to Ashes anti-hero cop Detective Chief Inspector Gene Hunt - played with suitable gusto by Philip Glenister - has been voted by telly fans as the fictional character they would most like to see become Blighty's Prime Minister.
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Samsung ships phase-change memory for mobes

Samsung is shipping phase-change memory in a multi-chip package (MCP) as a NOR replacement for mobile phones.
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Mobile users and personal devices

Workshop Business today is a very different beast to that of just five years ago, and a world away compared to ten years back. While some of us are undoubtedly still office based, there has been an equally clear trend towards more flexible working which is less dependent on a fixed location. The spread of Wi-Fi in the home and workplace and then in public areas made mobile working feasible and even tolerable. And with increasingly effective connectivity technologies such as 3G, mobility for all its good or ills is here to stay.
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Labour candidate tweets postal votes

The Labour Party's New Media Campaigns Spokesperson and candidate for Bristol East is in hot water this morning after Tweeting postal vote results last night.
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Cheshire lass, 8, wins Playmobil vid challenge

An eight-year-old Cheshire girl has won Playmobil's "The Next Episode" video challenge, with a rather good interpretation of Alice in Wonderland.
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Managing the distributed workforce

Video Over the past few weeks we’ve been asking you about working practices and how they are evolving based on an increasingly distributed workforce. Well, enough writing - this time we've brought film into the equation.
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Currys pitches World Cup cash back pact

Currys has become the latest supplier to tie in a money back offer on the success of the England football team on this summer's World Cup contest.
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Google victorious in US trademark & German copyright cases

Google scored a brace of legal wins in courts in Germany and the US yesterday, over two separate lawsuits brought against it.
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'Snowmageddon' on Saturn snapped by amateur stargazers

A tip-off from an amateur astronomer has enabled top planet-gazing boffins to probe a fearful ammonia snowstorm deep in the roiling atmosphere of Saturn, ringed giant world of the outer solar system.
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Mozilla lights up Jetpack 0.3 release with API goodness

Mozilla released version 0.3 of its Jetpack software development kit (SDK) yesterday.
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US boffin builds ultra-dense nanodot memory

A US scientist has developed a way to store binary data on dots 6nm in size - possibly leading to a one-square-inch chip holding 2TB of data.
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NFC/Bluetooth sticker goes into production

A sticker packed with Bluetooth and NFC (Near Field Communications) is an impressive thing, but regular charging and manual operation could make NFC more difficult to use than cash.
Bill Ray, 30 2010
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Blokes spend 11 months in shed

A survey of 3,000 blokes has confirmed what most of us already knew - that during our lifetimes we'll spend an impressive 11 months holed up in the shed, and not necessarily doing anything constructive.
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BOFH: On the couch

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Opera targets mobile with email acquisition

Opera has bought Australian email provider Fastmail.fm, the two firms announced today.
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New drug spray 'makes men as soppy as girls'

German boffins say they have developed a miracle nasal spray which can make men into big girls' blouses.
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Fujifilm Finepix S200EXR bridge camera

Review Until recently, the Fujifilm Finepix S200EXR was the company’s flagship bridge camera with its clever extended dynamic range (EXR) noise handling, 12Mp CCD sensor and a 14.3x zoom lens that in 35mm terms translates to an all-purpose 30.5-436mm range.
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World smartphone sales: Apple closes on RIM...

Apple has narrowed the gap between the iPhone and Research in Motion's BlackBerry, heating up the battle to be the world's second biggest seller of smartphones.
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Pirate Bay co-founder hopes it will die

Interview Peter Sunde Kolmisoppi is the most outspoken of the four men who founded BitTorrent tracker site The Pirate Bay in Sweden in 2003. In April last year Sunde, AKA BrokeP, saw a verdict go against him, Carl Lundström, Frederik Neij and Gottfrid Svartholm Warg. They were all found guilty by a Swedish court of being accessories to breaching copyright laws. Immediately after that ruling, the men said they would appeal the judgment. Sunde has been in London this week in his self-appointed role as 'activist', and while here, he caught up with El Reg.
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O2 muscles in with Iron Man-themed phone

O2 will tomorrow roll out an Iron Man 2-themed Samsung Monte phone to tie in with today's cinema release of the Marvel movie.
Hard Reg, 30 2010
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Compellent plans to invest its way out of tailspin

Comment Previously impressive Compellent unveiled its results for the first quarter with lower sequential revenues and a loss. The firm intends to grow its way out of trouble with a better-managed sales process and new technology.
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Yarr! Election pits pirate vs pirate

A Pirate Party UK candidate standing for election to Parliament in London is facing a deadly duel - against a fancy dress Pirate calling himself Mad Cap'n Tom. The Pirate-on-Pirate action is taking place in the Cities of London and Westminster constituency, which covers the seat of government.
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What does HP want with Palm?

Palm, which defined mobile computing, has been bought by HP, which pissed away its stake in the same industry. So can HP do any better this time around?
Bill Ray, 30 2010
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Dotcom socialite says: Vote Tory

A group of over 50 British entrepreneurs has signed a letter urging voters not to support the "anti-business policies" of Clegg or Brown. Reprinted in The Times, it expresses concern about plans for capital gains tax increases (LibDem), the NI hike (Lab) and also the Tories' decision to cut the premium bottled water supplier Ofcom down to size.
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Apple rejects crazy canuck's seal bludgeon game

Apple has rejected an animated seal-clubbing game, in a move that many may consider to be a smidgen inconsistent.
Bill Ray, 30 2010
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US airmen hornswoggled by Transformers email trick

A US Air Force security training exercise which created a false buzz about the filming of Transformers 3 succeeded in creating awareness of phishing issues, but went a little further than was expected.
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Dead to Rights: Retribution

Review To witness your father murdered once is unfortunate, but to witness him murdered twice is downright careless.
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Call of Duty: Black Ops out on November 9

Activision today confirmed the next instalment in the Call of Duty series is released on November 9. And it has an official name: Call of Duty: Black Ops (previously it was called CoD 7).
Hard Reg, 30 2010
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Lights out at Lala - Apple shutters music service

Apple has shut down Lala, the cloudy online music service it acquired less than five months ago, reanimating the long-running rumor that an iTunes subscription service is right around the corner.
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IT consultant gets 5 years for plundering $2m

A contractor who provided IT administration services to banks was sentenced to more than five years in prison this week after admitting he used his insider knowledge to plunder some $2m from four financial institutions.
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Steve Jobs: mystery patent pool to attack Ogg Theora

Steve Jobs has apparently claimed that a patent pool is being assembled to "go after" Ogg Theora, the open source video codec used by the latest browsers from Google, Mozilla, and Opera.
Cade Metz, 30 2010
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India Parliament adjourns after mobile phone tapping claims

Concerns that an Indian security agency was tapping the mobile phones of politicians have forced the adjournment of the country's parliament, the BBC reports.
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Researchers spy on BitTorrent users in real-time

Researchers have devised a way to monitor BitTorrent users over long stretches of time, a feat that allows them to map the internet addresses of individuals and track the content they are sending and receiving.
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Student found guilty of obstruction in Sarah Palin email trial

The college student who used publicly available information to break in to the Yahoo! Mail account of then-vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin has been found guilty on two of the four charges filed against him.
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Google promises what Jobs hates in next Android

In his epic attack on Adobe Flash, Steve Jobs asks - in typically haughty fashion - when Flash will actually ship on a smartphone. Well, an older version of Flash has shipped on smartphones, and just before Jobs unloaded his open letter, Adobe's new BFF committed to putting the latest Flash on the world's second most important mobile OS.
Cade Metz, 30 2010
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Microsoft's Internet Explorer 9 shuns open video

Microsoft has voted to keep internet video a closed art form.