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Wireless signals to be jammed in Canada for G8 summit

Government officials in Canada may temporarily block wireless signals as part of an effort to secure world leaders during the G8 and G20 summit scheduled in Ontario later this month.
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Dell removes $100m from profits over SEC probe

Dell has removed $100 million from its first-quarter profits, setting the cash aside for a potential settlement with the US Securities and Exchange Commission, which is investigating the PC giant's accounting and financial-reporting practices and its relationship with Intel.
Cade Metz, 11 2010
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iPhone 4 coming to T-Mobile UK

The iPhone 4 is coming to T-Mobile UK.
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Hardware spending drives IT growth in 2010

With so much bad news in the economy for so long, everyone is looking for a little good news.
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Samsung NB30 touchscreen durable netbook

Review Samsung's range of first generation netbooks consisted of such a bewildering array of similar spec machines that a year on its difficult to remember what the difference was between the N110, N120 and N310. So I had a slight sinking feeling when the NB30 turned up because the basic specification is identical to the N220.
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Cisco slips out Atom-powered block and file box

Cisco is closely matching HP in the small business market with an Atom-powered unified file and block storage device.
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Is this the world's biggest USB cable?

Google Earth comes up trumps again, this time unearthing the world's biggest USB cable....
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Far East fanboi dresses iPad as Mac (Classic)

A Japanese fanboi has come up with one of the most artful marriages of old and new kit that we've seen in quite some time.
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Linux wins the SCO vs Novell case

The six-year-long Novell-SCO case is over - the judge ruled that Novell did indeed own Unix patents copyrights which SCO failed to license properly and therefore the case is closed.
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World Cup streaming to choke corporate networks, doomsayers predict

Every World Cup and major sporting event since France 98, if not before, has come accompanied by dire predictions of networking doom.
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Thomas and Maude stage open info Commons love-in

The Westminster love-in reached critical proportions this week, threatening to engulf Labour tech specialist Tom Watson.
Joe Fay, 11 2010
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VMware inks OEM deal with Novell for SUSE Linux

Novell needs all the help it can get in its seven-year battle to get its SUSE Linux business growing and profitable. The landmark deal with Microsoft that has brought the company $340m in dough for SUSE Linux coupons that Big Bill distributes at Windows shops (475 so far, according to this Microsoft blog) has clearly run out of gas and Novell has been looking for another partner to help peddle its products. Enter server virtualization juggernaut VMware.
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iPhone still not at home to NFC - yet

Despite the rumours and patent filings Apple's new iPhone doesn't feature Near Field Communications capability, though next year's model probably will.
Bill Ray, 11 2010
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Three intros second-gen MiFi

Three will release its second-generation MiFi modem-meets-hotspot gadget next month.
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Commons slapped for FoI fastidiousness

The House of Commons cannot pick and choose how it agrees to comply with Freedom of Information requests – particularly when that pickiness has the effect of restricting access to the very information it is required to release.
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World Cup stars by the numbers

Stats Do you think it's obvious which payers and teams will have an impact in the World Cup kicking off today?
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World Cup stats fever - have you got the balls to win?

No host nation has ever lost the opening game of the World Cup.
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Sony TVs, Blu-ray boxes get Eurosport

Sony has added EuroSport content to its Bravia Internet Video IPTV system.
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Suspended-animation cold sleep achieved in lab

Top boffins in the States believe that they may be on the track of a way to place living human beings into suspended animation, allowing them to survive long periods effectively frozen before being "reanimated" with no ill effects.
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Palin boob-probe Reg hack dubbed an Ass Clown

FoTW Sometimes we all need a dose of reality. And this week it was an unnamed Reg hack who got the wrong end of the stick when investigating the Palin boob job rumour.
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Brits turn to web for World Cup action

This year's World Cup could be the first footie tournament followed closely on the internet.
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Orange to 'dump unlimited data tariffs'

Orange UK is to scrap unlimited data plans for new and upgrading customers in the summer, according to reports.

Lights out management - still waiting for the bulb to glow

Blog I am on a quest to lower my computer power usage. If you have read my previous article, you know that this is not by choice - it’s a necessity driven largely by cooling requirements in the spaces where my systems live. The project at hand is Lights out Management (LOM), the ability to configure and control my systems even when they are powered off, thus allowing me to keep them powered off unless I need them.
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Halley's comet is actually ALIEN VISITOR

Halley's comet and other famous objects in our solar system may in fact have formed in orbit around alien suns far off across the vast gulfs of interstellar space, according to new research.
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Mobilising your business

Workshop Poll We all know that mobility is pretty important to most businesses today, and requirements have moved way beyond simple voice connectivity.
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Ofcom refuses to bend over smut TV link-links

If you thought that Australia rules when it comes to over-zealous censorship, you may need to think again, as the UK’s very own Ofcom looks set to challenge the nanny-crats down under for first prize.
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Microsoft rejects porn, iPad protesters fake it

Applications for Windows Phone 7 won't contain porn or decapitation - but while the rules may be limiting they are public, unlike Apple's.
Bill Ray, 11 2010
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BT staff to down tools tomorrow

BT has issued a network-wide ban on engineering work tomorrow evening to coincide with England's opening World Cup group game against the USA.
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iRex Technologies heading titsup

iRex, e-reader pioneer and manufacturer of the nearest thing to an iPad, has run out of cash and filed for bankruptcy protection in the Netherlands, where the company is based.
Bill Ray, 11 2010
Xbox Live: Summer of Football

Want football? Get in the Xbox

If you thought you could escape World Cup fever by hiding away with your games console, think again - it's all kicking off on Xbox Live this month.
Caleb Cox, 11 2010
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Doctors call for NHS Direct review

The chair of the GP's council Dr Laurence Buckman has called for a proper review of the cost-effectiveness of parts of NHS Direct - we're guessing call centres - and changes to the Summary Care Record scheme.
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Aussies face 10 year browsing lock-up

Anything Europe does, Australia would like to think it can do better – and when it comes to snooping on individual internet usage, Australia is determined to lead the way.
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Cybercrime police's budget slashed by 30%

Exclusive The national police unit responsible for fighting cybercrime faces a deep cut to its already stretched budget, counter to pre-election talk of an increased focus on the UK's digital security.
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Mario madness at midnight

Hundreds of Nintendo enthusiasts gathered at Game on Oxford Street last night, queuing for the midnight release of Super Mario Galaxy 2.
Caleb Cox, 11 2010
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Virgin to slash Sky premium channel pricing

Virgin Media will next month make standard-definition Sky Sports and Sky Movies available to its subscribers for less.
Hard Reg, 11 2010
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Fujifilm Finepix HS10 bridge camera

Review Fujifilm’s Finepix HS10 is among the new breed of superzoom cameras utilising, the somewhat cheekily named, backside illuminated CMOS sensor technology. At 10.3Mp there is a drop in image size compared to CCD models, but the light gathering capabilities make up for this, apparently. There’s even one in the iPhone 4, so if it’s good enough for Steve…
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Google takes it to 11 on Chrome security fix

Google has patched 11 security holes in Chrome as Apple released Safari 5, the latest version of its WebKit rival.
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Feds move in on elite iPad email leak

The FBI has moved in to investigate the leaking of email details for the most important tech users in the world - iPad 3G owners.
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NHS Trust boards spew out oceans of paper

Haven't they heard of email? The NHS may be undertaking the largest civilian IT project ever, but the managers sure seem fond of paper.
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DoJ hits LCD vendor with price fixing charge

The Department of Justice announced yesterday that a Federal Grand Jury had returned a "superseding indictment" against AU Optronics Corp, its Houston subsidiary, and six of its executives.
Joe Fay, 11 2010
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Sony puts the USB power in your pocket

Sony's USB Portable Power Supply launched today, acts as a power source for any USB chargeable devices such as mobile phones, iPods and portable games consoles.
Caleb Cox, 11 2010
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Google geek slammed over XP exploit

Google engineer Tavis Ormandy is under fierce fire on security lists this afternoon for releasing code to exploit an unpatched hole in Windows XP and Windows Server 2003.
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Giddens, Lawson argue quite sensibly on climate change

It's rare for a climate debate not to descend into acrimony, but I attended one last week that didn't.
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Pub revolt dents music royalties

Music licensing body the PPL saw income rise by two per cent last year to £129m.
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Government promises health record review

The UK government is to review the controversial Summary Care Record scheme which aimed to put a basic health record for every citizen onto a central spine.
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New prototype US spy satellite rushed into active use

An experimental "hyperspectral" spy sat which is able to detect buried roadside bombs and concealed cave or tunnel entrances has been handed over to the US forces for operational use in the Wars on Stuff.
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JG Ballard: Warrior for Gaia?

The British Library yesterday announced it had acquired the archives of the late JG Ballard, the great English novelist who died last year.
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1,000+ webpages poisoned in latest mass malware hack

Yet another mass compromise is hitting poorly configured websites, and at least one of the afflicted is a security site that plays up its prowess in warding off the very type of attack it has been smitten by.
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Adobe euthanizes Flash 10.1 for 64-bit Linux

Adobe has murdered Flash for 64-bit Linux. At least for the moment.
Cade Metz, 11 2010
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Microsoft legal foes withdraw EU complaint

IT trade lobby group ECIS is withdrawing a complaint against Microsoft it originally filed with European regulators in 2006. The complaint raised interoperability issues with server and office software, including networking protocols and file formats. In 2007, Redmond pledged to provide competitors with technical information, and last December, Microsoft signed up to a formal compliance program that will last for ten years.
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iPhone 4 to slum it at Wal-Mart

Mega-retailer Wal-Mart will join the iPhone 4's coming-out party on June 24.
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Microsoft sneaks Firefox add-on into Patch Tuesday update

Microsoft has silently slipped a Firefox extension onto user machines via an automatic software update. Again.
Cade Metz, 11 2010
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Turkish prez tw*ts YouTube ban

The Turkish president has come out against his country's banning of YouTube — and he let his opposition be known on Twitter.
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Sea turtle steals camera, swims 1770km and takes pictures en route

Dick de Bruin dropped his waterproof video camera when diving off the Caribbean island of Aruba. He thought he would never see it again.
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FCC: iPad breach and Google Wi-Fi debacle 'worrisome'

AT&T's failure to safeguard information for more than 100,000 iPad users and Google's collection of user data over Wi-Fi networks are “each worrisome in its own way,” a Federal Communications Commission official said Friday in the agency's first comment on the privacy breaches.
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Apple lifts iPhone code ban (for chosen few)

Steve Jobs has lifted his outright ban on iPhone interpreted code, allowing some developers to interpret, but not others.
Cade Metz, 11 2010
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New Nominet chair: I’ll start by listening

Nominet’s new chair will start her new job by listening.