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Craigslist subpoenaed over thriving adult services ads

Already under fire for its thriving Adult Services section, Craigslist on Monday was subpoenaed by Connecticut's top law enforcement official, who is investigating whether the site is doing enough to get rid of ads for prostitution and other illegal activity.
Dan Goodin, 04 May 2010
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Google tilts with windmills

Google has sunk $38.8 million into a pair of American wind farms, calling the move its first direct investment in a "utility-scale" renewable energy project.
Cade Metz, 04 May 2010
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Internet Explorer drops below 60% market share

Less than two thirds of surfers are now using Microsoft's browser on the web as Google's Chrome continues its northward assault.
Gavin Clarke, 04 May 2010
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Emporia Talk Elegance

Review Emporia bills its handsets as lacking "unnecessary extras" so what you get it as very stylish and well made handset designed to make calls and send texts but nothing else.
Alun Taylor, 04 May 2010
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Nokia 7230

Review The UK product lists of the major phone makers are surprisingly barren of handsets designed specifically for the more advanced in years, but I thought it wise to include at least one from a major name that can be picked up on the high street with a PAYG deal.
Alun Taylor, 04 May 2010
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Amplicom M5010

Review The Amplicom is a traditional candybar phone design with a conventional keypad, menu and shortcut buttons. However, all the buttons are usefully larger than you will find on most regular mobile handsets, while the high contrast mono screen is not only very easy on the eye but is one of the most crisp and clear I have ever come across.
Alun Taylor, 04 May 2010
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Granny friendly phones

Group Test Explaining to your grandmother how to use a mobile phone can be a challenge. To those of us under the age of 40, the basic menu structure and controls of a mobile handset need no more explanation than the act of breathing, but to the over-60s it may as well be a concept that has dropped through a stargate from some far-away galaxy.
Alun Taylor, 04 May 2010
Binatone SpeakEasy Mobile
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Binatone Binatone SpeakEasy Mobile

Review Binatone's SpeakEasy isn't aimed at the hard of hearing, but rather at users who simply want a large-buttoned phone with some aids for the elderly.
Alun Taylor, 04 May 2010
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Beafon S50

Review Beafon's S50 is one of the more stylish handsets here. It's a sleek and curvy slider finished in gun-metal gray, and when the handset is shut, the only controls on display are the call make and break buttons, and a vertical rocker nav control.
Alun Taylor, 04 May 2010
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Doro 334gsm HandlePlus IUP

Review Without doubt, this is the easiest phone to use among those grouped here. The Doro 334 dispenses with a keypad altogether in favour of four pre-assigned dialer shortcuts. Who you have assigned each button to can then be written on a small notepad that attaches to the face of the phone. Five notepad pages are included along with a plastic cover to keep them in place.
Alun Taylor, 04 May 2010
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Spider-Man and Jedi Knights bust X-Men comic thief

The combined forces of Spider-Man and the Jedi Knights took time off from battling Green Goblin and The Empire on Saturday to bust an Adelaide comic store thief.
Lester Haines, 04 May 2010
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Agilysys blames Oracle/Sun for bum quarter

Agilysys might have gotten out of directly distributing server technology from all the tier one players a few years back, but just the same its financials can be hammered by what the server makers do - and don't do.
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Apax buys control of Sophos for $830m

Updated Apax Partners has bought a majority stake in UK-based net security firm Sophos in a deal announced on Monday valuing the company at $830m.
John Leyden, 04 May 2010
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Compellent declares beginning of an era and offers dedupe

Compellent is to offer dynamic block deduplication, a move it puts down to the end of the manufacturing age and the dawn of the Facebook era.
Chris Mellor, 04 May 2010
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TPC starts designing server virt test

The server virtualization wave might have crested by the time the Transaction Processing Council and its vendor members get a virtualization benchmark into the field, but the TPC has to be given credit for coming up with a useful test to gauge how virtualized environments perform and scale and what kind of bang for the buck they offer.
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State senator eyeballs smut during abortion debate

Florida State Senator Mike Bennett was busted last Thursday eyeballing a bevvy of topless* beauties during an evidently dull debate on a "controversial abortion bill", Sunshine State News reports.
Lester Haines, 04 May 2010
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Asus Eee Keyboard launched

Asus' Eee Keyboard - a full netbook built into a keyboard chassis - has been demo'd time after time by the manufacturer and now, more than a year after it was first seen, the computer may actually be coming to market.
Tony Smith, 04 May 2010
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Spaceship 'salad units' to farm special astro strawberries

Fruity boffins in America say they have identified a type of strawberry which would be ideal for growing in hydroponic spacegoing mini-farms to feed astronauts on long-duration space voyages of the future - missions to Mars, for instance.
Lewis Page, 04 May 2010
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Broken-hearted email servers mark LoveBug anniversary

Tuesday marks the tenth anniversary of the infamous LoveBug worm, the prolific malware strain that proved opening "flirty" emails from acquaintances seriously endangers internet hygiene.
John Leyden, 04 May 2010
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UK console chipper jailed for five years

A Yorkshire man has been jailed for five years for operating a chipping service for games consoles.
Hard Reg, 04 May 2010
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UK small biz gets sterling boost, no thanks to banks

Demand from home and overseas customers is helping UK small and medium manufacturers, but getting credit from banks is still a nightmare.
John Oates, 04 May 2010

Ten Essential... Android Apps

Product Round-up You've taken delivery of your shiny new Android handset, you've logged into the Googleverse and now you're thinking 'what next?'. Well, you can start by downloading the following ten apps that will help you get the most from your handset. Whether you want to read, write, chat, work, travel, watch some TV or just to keep your handset in tip-top form there is an app for that.
Alun Taylor, 04 May 2010
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Apple boots STD psychic healing app out of bed

Apple has decided psychic healing has no place in the App Store, despite last week approving a "distance healing" application for warts available for only $12.99.
Bill Ray, 04 May 2010
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Google brings @gmail.com back to Blighty

Google is to offer @gmail.com webmail addresses to British users again, after resolving a long-running branding dispute.
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.XXX accuses ICANN of 'lip service' on porn domain

The company behind the proposed .xxx internet domain has accused ICANN of trying to weasel its way out of approving the porn-only domain.
Kevin Murphy, 04 May 2010
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Amazon UK scores John Grisham exclusive for Kindle

Amazon UK is now stocking all of John Grisham's titles as Kindle books, the first time the author's books have been available electronically to UK or EU customers.
Drew Cullen, 04 May 2010
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Nokia puts out platform-slutty Qt SDK beta

Nokia has released a beta version of its Qt SDK, allowing developers to create applications that will compile down for Symbian, Maemo and even MeeGo.
Bill Ray, 04 May 2010
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Google waves goodbye to Docs offline function

Google yanked its Docs offline function offline for good yesterday, much to the chagrin of some users.
Kelly Fiveash, 04 May 2010
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The desktop provisioning palaver

Workshop Setting and maintaining desktop policy and provisioning equipment and software sounds like something that should be done once and then left to gather dust while people just get on with things in the knowledge that it’s all been agreed.
Martin Atherton, 04 May 2010
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US netwar-force Cyber Wings badge unveiled

The US Air Force - perhaps the keenest of America's armed forces to get stuck into network warfare - has unveiled the cyber "wings" which will be worn on the chests of its digital warriors.
Lewis Page, 04 May 2010
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Virgin churns out 200 mil on demand views

On demand TV is in huge demand in the UK and Virgin Media is a player.
Drew Cullen, 04 May 2010
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Wireless wee detectors hit Aussie grundies

ZigBee-equipped underpants are being used to detect incontinence in Australian care homes.
Bill Ray, 04 May 2010
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Server financing: CAPEX, OPEX or something else

Workshop In the current economic climate access to spending money is tight across all businesses. In truth, the spotlight has been thrown ever more closely onto IT spend over the course of the last decade, not just the past two years. This focus on IT spend has brought forward the question of the best way to budget for IT systems and operations.
Tony Lock, 04 May 2010
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Google buys BumpTop, could target 3D interface at iPad

After the US launch of the 3G/Wi-Fi version of the Apple iPad, the tablet has passed the one million sales mark, prompting the firm's co-founder Steve Wozniak to say the PC-Mac war was over as the new formats took Apple well beyond its traditional user base.
Wireless Watch, 04 May 2010
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Building high availability into IT

Lab What does ‘high availability’ actually mean in the context of IT today? We’ve written elsewhere about more general availability and good systems design, but what if you want to assure availability when things go unexpectedly wrong?
Jon Collins, 04 May 2010
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Oz gov in confusion over net filter plans

The Australian government appears confused as to whether or not it will try to pass laws concerning net filtering before a general election.
John Leyden, 04 May 2010
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Pirate Bay dishes up Iron Man 2 ahead of US release

Iron Man 2 is the latest Hollywood blockbuster to be leaked onto The Pirate Bay ahead of the movie’s official release in the US.
Kelly Fiveash, 04 May 2010
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Why Enterprise Analytics - and why now?

I’ve been bloviating about predictive enterprise analytics for more than a year now, discussing it with clients, vendors, my mom, the kid who mows my lawn, and anyone else who will listen. I think it’s going to be the ‘next big thing’ in business, and thus enterprise technology.
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Indie music mogul: The net's great for us

Interview Beggars Group office in a suburban street in Wandsworth doesn't look much like a media corporation. There's no chocolate ice sculpture in reception, and no giant video screens or inspirational slogans. It does look a lot like you'd expect a real independent record company to look, though: behind the receptionist's desk is the kitchen sink. Boxes of records are strewn everywhere. Chairman and founder Martin Mills sits in the cramped, buzzing open-plan office, along with everyone else.
Andrew Orlowski, 04 May 2010
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Phillies fan tasered for field incursion

A 17-year-old Philadelphia Phillies fan, who "scurried around the outfield" during his team's clash with the St Louis Cardinals last night, had his home run attempt brought to an abrupt end by a solid tasering.
Lester Haines, 04 May 2010
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Parliament to turn itself into computer game for young ones

How do you engage Britain's apathetic, apolitical, antipolitical teenagers in the political process? Simples.
Drew Cullen, 04 May 2010
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Mariposa botnet suspects duo sought jobs at Panda

Two of the three suspects arrested for allegedly running the infamous Mariposa botnet in February personally applied for jobs with Spanish firm Panda Security, whose researchers helped track them down just a month earlier.
John Leyden, 04 May 2010
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Cloud.com takes on virty infrastructure

Cloud.com, formerly known as VMOps, has come out of stealth mode today as it raised its second round of funding and launched its first products for managing virtual server infrastructure across private and public clouds.
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Handicapping the microprocessor race

Webcast In my latest webcast, I talked to Nathan Brookwood, chief analyst at Insight64, about the current state of the chip wars. Nathan is one of those analysts who really knows the market and isn’t shy about expressing his opinions.
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Opera betas 10.5 for Linux and FreeBSD

Opera has released a beta of its latest desktop browser for Linux and FreeBSD.
Cade Metz, 04 May 2010
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EFF fights Facebook bid to outlaw one-stop social apps

A civil liberties watchdog has challenged Facebook's legal claims that an unauthorized third-party site that helps users login automatically violates criminal laws.
Dan Goodin, 04 May 2010
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Nokia and Intel defensive on MeeGo Linux patents

Tech companies are playing hardball on smart phones, but Linux could gain the upper hand with Intel and Nokia going on the defensive with MeeGo.
Gavin Clarke, 04 May 2010
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Nvidia's Fermi hits flop-hungry challengers

Nvidia's Fermi graphics coprocessors have begun shipping through its OEM partner channel with a slew of tier-two players hoping the flop-happy GPUs give them a competitive edge against established players in the HPC server racket.
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Twitter: It's the end of the sysadmin as we know it

Web 2.0 Expo Twitter says it's the end of the sysadmin as we know it.
Cade Metz, 04 May 2010
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ATM hacking spree foiled by tip from ex-con

A North Carolina man's scheme to steal as much as $350,000 during an automatic teller machine hacking spree was thwarted by an ex-convict, who turned the man in to authorities, federal prosecutors allege.
Dan Goodin, 04 May 2010
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SpringSource flips JBoss Pizza giant

Call it a testimony to the changing nature of workloads, evolving computing architectures, and the passing nature of your IT vendor.
Gavin Clarke, 04 May 2010