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HTC slaps back at Apple patent slap

HTC has fought back against Apple's patent suit with - you guessed it - a patent suit.
Rik Myslewski, 13 May 2010
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Drifting zombiesat could disrupt TV programming

Technicians are scrambling to keep an out-of-control satellite from interfering with US television programming as it drifts into the orbit of another satellite.
Dan Goodin, 13 May 2010
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WhipTail whips VDI's ass

WhipTail claims that its flashy solid state XLR8r appliance is more cost-effective than EMC and NetApp disk drive arrays for hosting virtual desktop images (VDIs).
Chris Mellor, 13 May 2010
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Ten free apps to install on every new Mac

Product Round-up Apple provides plenty of free software to get you started with a new Mac. But there are some gaps, and a number of the firm's own freebies have been improved upon by some equally inexpensive alternatives. Here, then, is our selection of the ten apps you should download onto every new Mac you buy.
Tony Smith, 13 May 2010
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SAP lays down $5.8bn for Sybase

German giant SAP has bought Sybase for $5.8bn - a big premium for the database and mobile firm.
John Oates, 13 May 2010
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But is that really cloud computing?

Some have accused me of being a cloud computing sceptic, and it’s true that I have not been one for pulling punches in some of my previous articles on the topic (see here, here, here and here, for example).
Dale Vile, 13 May 2010
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Obama to promote RIAA's favourite lawyer

The prosecutor who spanked the World's Dumbest File Sharer, Jammie Thomas, is set to be the US' next Solicitor General.
Andrew Orlowski, 13 May 2010
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LimeWire induces infringement, Judge rules

A US District Court has has ruled that the company behind the LimeWire P2P software is responsible for inducing copyright infringement, even though the software theoretically has quite legitimate, non-infringing uses. It's likely to be the end for the company, which markets the most popular file sharing client worldwide.
Andrew Orlowski, 13 May 2010
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Neil Armstrong renews attack on Obama space vision

Neil Armstrong has renewed his criticism of Barack Obama's space vision, insisting that the president's decision to scrap Constellation and head off to Mars was "poorly advised".
Lester Haines, 13 May 2010
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Norks 'have answer to humanity's greatest problem'

The North Korean regime says that its scientists have solved most of humanity's problems by developing controlled nuclear fusion. Unfortunately this is almost certainly a lie.
Lewis Page, 13 May 2010
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BT expands fibre rollout

BT has pledged it will invest a further £1bn in its expanding fibre optic network, and is now aiming to cover about two-thirds of the country by 2015.
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BT preps games-on-demand online service

BT will bring online games-on-demand sales and play to its broadband customers later this year.
Tony Smith, 13 May 2010
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Woman loses Bebo privacy case against lad mag

A magazine did not intrude into a young woman's privacy when it published photos that she had uploaded to social networking site Bebo when she was 15 because the images had already been widely circulated online.
OUT-LAW.COM, 13 May 2010
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Toshiba mulls hybrid flash and spinning drive

Toshiba is considering building a hybrid solid state hard drive containing flash memory and a spinning disk.
Chris Mellor, 13 May 2010
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UK iPad ship date slips

Looking forward to picking up an Apple iPad when it goes on sale here at the end of this month? If you're planning to put in an advance order, you may have a little longer to wait.
Tony Smith, 13 May 2010
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Sony to stream World Cup footage to internet tellies

Football fans who own a Sony Bravia internet-connected TV - such as the rather fine 32in KDL-EX703, reviewed here - or a Blu-ray Disc player will be able to take a gander at a host of Fifa-filmed content.
Hard Reg, 13 May 2010
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McKinnon campaign urges coalition to block extradition

Family and supporters of accused Pentagon hacker Gary McKinnon are hopeful that the new Lib-Con government will honour promises made in opposition and bring a halt to controversial extradition proceedings.
John Leyden, 13 May 2010
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Bill Gates backs ball-busting ultrasound

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has stumped up $100,000 to fund University of North Carolina research into using ultrasound as a male contraceptive method.
Lester Haines, 13 May 2010
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Toshiba mulls merged hard and Flash drives

Toshiba is considering the creation of a hybrid solid-state hard drive containing Flash storage and a spinning disk.
Chris Mellor, 13 May 2010
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IWF: Good on child abuse...

The Internet Watch Foundation is coming of age. Over the last few years it has transformed from an organisation apparently focused on takedown figures and URL hit rates into something altogether more strategic and sophisticated, in line with the nature and scale of the problem it sees itself as dealing with.
Jane Fae , 13 May 2010
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Mighty hard-sums special function toolset goes online

US federal boffins are chuffed as ninepence to announce that they have transformed their "most widely cited publication of all time" - a huge handbook/toolkit of hard sums - into an online service.
Lewis Page, 13 May 2010
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Google sets sights on the dashboard

Google is reportedly in talks with General Motors about putting Android into cars, allowing remote unlocking and startup while rendering GM's OnStar product redundant.
Bill Ray, 13 May 2010
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Samsung shows surround sound 3D home theatre set

Samsung has shown off what it claims is the "ultimate experience in 3D stereoscopic images and 3D sound".
Hard Reg, 13 May 2010
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Facebook convenes privacy 'crisis' meeting

Facebook has called a general meeting on privacy amid widespread user discontent over a succession of privacy-eroding changes by the social network.
John Leyden, 13 May 2010
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Debenhams wows shoppers with free delivery offer

Those of you wishing to take advantage of Debenhams' Summer Spectacular 25 per cent off e-commerce consumer frenzy will be delighted to learn that the store is offering an added incentive for punters to flash the plastic on the interwebs:
Lester Haines, 13 May 2010
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Avatar discs in 'hugely popular' shock

Almost 20m copies of Avatar have left 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment's warehouses, the video distributor claimed yesterday.
Hard Reg, 13 May 2010
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Google search piles on pounds of facts to score fat dollar

Google has tweaked how its results are displayed in its recently overhauled search engine in a move to keep users on its web pages for longer.
Kelly Fiveash, 13 May 2010
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Robot cars can now do a Rockford into a parking space

Vids At last robot-car boffins have achieved something useful: they have developed a vehicle which is capable of carrying out a J-turn of the sort favoured by stunt drivers, criminals and undercover operatives - precisely into a parking space.
Lewis Page, 13 May 2010
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Competitors vie to provide earthquake-proof radios

The Wireless Innovation Forum has announced the winners of its competition to find a radio technology suitable for use following a 15 gigaton earthquake.
Bill Ray, 13 May 2010
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ConLibs to outlaw kiddyprinting without permission

The new government plans to ban the controversial practice in schools of taking children's fingerprints without their permission.
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Cideko Air Keyboard motion controller

Review Imagine the result of a quick bunk-up between a wireless keyboard, a regular games controller and a Wii Remote, and you will be close to understanding what the Air Keyboard controller is all about.
Alun Taylor, 13 May 2010
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Whitehall's new IT minister, who's it gonna be?

David Cameron has taken on Francis Maude as minister for the Cabinet Office, but the MP set to be handed the ConLib coalition government’s IT brief is yet to be announced.
Kelly Fiveash, 13 May 2010
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Mystery fungus smacks Afghan opium poppies

Afghanistan's opium farmers are facing a lean harvest due to a mystery fungus which has seriously affected half of Papaver somniferum poppies in the country's Helmand and Kandahar provinces.
Lester Haines, 13 May 2010
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German Wi-Fi networks liable for 3rd party piracy

German surfers risk fines of €100 if their open Wi-Fi connection gets used to download copyright-infringing material.
John Leyden, 13 May 2010
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Net Neutrality panic based on student MBA project

Net Neutrality, the web-era equivalent of the McCarthyite Red Scare, is a political creation that feeds on paranoia, technical ignorance and gullibility. How fortunate we are that these are so abundant on the internet. This week the scare claimed several more victims, including the popular blog Boing Boing.
Andrew Orlowski, 13 May 2010
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E3 outing for second-gen PSP?

Sony will unveil a new PlayStation Portable at next month's games industry shindig, E3, it has been claimed.
Tony Smith, 13 May 2010
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Twitter-controlled botnets come to the unwashed masses

A security researcher has unearthed a tool that simplifies the process of building bot armies that take their marching orders from specially created Twitter accounts.
Dan Goodin, 13 May 2010
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Novell preps service pack for SUSE Linux 11

Novell is close to launching Service Pack 1 for SUSE Linux 11 on the desktop and server.
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Symantec says get HEP to the cloud

Symantec is telling small and medium enterprises to remove their security servers and let its HEP cloud service do the job instead.
Chris Mellor, 13 May 2010
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Adobe declares 'LOVE' for Apple

Adobe now says it loves Apple. But that's just a way of getting your attention so it can point out that it doesn't love Steve Jobs' pathological efforts to control the world's developers.
Cade Metz, 13 May 2010
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Ellison slams former Sun CEO for blogginess

Blogs are no substitute for smart business strategy, according to new Sun Microsystems owner Larry Ellison.
Gavin Clarke, 13 May 2010
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Rumor mill repromises CDMA iPhone

It's time to launch a swarm Verizon iPhone rumors again - then swat them down.
Rik Myslewski, 13 May 2010
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Ubuntu open to greater touch

You'll want to touch Ubuntu in personal places - like in your kitchen or in your car. At least that's what Canonical hopes, as it works on architectural changes and business deals to put the Linux distro on more embedded systems.
Gavin Clarke, 13 May 2010
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Single group did 66% of world's phishing

A single criminal operation was responsible for two-thirds of all phishing attacks in the second half of 2009 and is responsible for a two-fold increase in the crime, a report published this week said.
Dan Goodin, 13 May 2010
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Google heats up native code for Chrome OS

Google has released a preliminary software development kit for Native Client, its native-code browser plug-in.
Cade Metz, 13 May 2010