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Microsoft unveils – wait for it – another mobile OS

Microsoft has added yet another mobile operating system to its OS smörgåsbord: Windows Embedded Handheld, to be released sometime in the next six months.
Rik Myslewski, 18 Jun 2010
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Mozilla's next Thunderbird gives Gmailers hope

Review Thunderbird 3.0 was a less than stellar piece of software. Mozilla's email client was marred by some pretty serious bugs, such as the failure to import mail from past editions, which meant the suite had a habit of becoming unresponsive while indexing large mail stores.
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Mio Navman 470 satnav

Review With an eye to entry-level ownership, Mio has added two new affordable satnavs to its range: the Navman 470 and 475. The cheaper 470 will set you back less than 100 nicker and comes with a 4.3in screen. For £110, the 475 offers access to TMC traffic data which isn't featured on the 470, the model I've had stuck to my windshield for the last week.
Alun Taylor, 18 Jun 2010
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ConDems shelve Equality Act timetable

The Government Equality Office (GEO) has withdrawn the timetable that detailed which parts of the recently passed Equality Act would come into force when. Some elements were due to come into force in October.
OUT-LAW.COM, 18 Jun 2010
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Chancellor's cuts should spare small biz

Ending tax relief for small business will send thousands of small companies into administration, the Chancellor is warned today.
John Oates, 18 Jun 2010
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EMC sells Retrospect to Sonic

EMC has sold its Retrospect backup software business to Sonic Solutions, owner of the Roxio product set.
Chris Mellor, 18 Jun 2010
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Info Chief to get more power

The government is planning to increase the power of its chief information officer as part of a range of measures within the Cabinet Office Structural Reform Plan.
Kable, 18 Jun 2010
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Native Oz ducks being raped to extinction

Oz's native Pacific black ducks are apparently at serious risk of extinction, thanks to unwanted sexual advances by feral domestic mallards.
Lester Haines, 18 Jun 2010
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Oz Attorney-General wants ISPs to hold data for 2 years

Australia’s descent into internet madness continues apace with the leak of confidential minutes suggesting that that country’s law enforcement agencies have no understanding of either the technology behind the web, the ethics behind a functioning democracy – or both.
Jane Fae , 18 Jun 2010
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Expedition 24 crew board ISS

The trio of flight Expedition 24 flight engineers who blasted off on Tuesday from Kazakhstan's Baikonur Cosmodrome were yesterday welcomed aboard the International Space Station.
Lester Haines, 18 Jun 2010
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Humongous star ejects jumbo jellyfish

NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) has snapped the "jumbo jellyfish" resulting from the ejection of material from "humongous" V385 Carinae - a Wolf-Rayet star lying some 16,000 light-years from Earth in the constellation Carina:
Lester Haines, 18 Jun 2010
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BT workers get strike ballots

BT workers will receive ballot papers early next week, as they go to the polls over what would be their first strike since 1987.
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Vatican orders Catholics to watch the Blues Brothers

The Vatican has given a big fat thumbs up to the Blues Brothers, the 30-year-old movie that saw John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd outwit cops, Illinois Nazis and ex-girlfriends to save a Catholic orphanage.
Joe Fay, 18 Jun 2010
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MySpace loses co-president

Jason Hirschhorn, co-president of MySpace and the man meant to rebuild the social networking site, is leaving the company.
John Oates, 18 Jun 2010
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Vodafone blocks World Cup, except for iPhone owners

Vodafone is still blocking RTSP streams, for the sake of the children, eight months after claiming the block was a temporary measure, thoughiPhone users remain free to stream what they like.
Bill Ray, 18 Jun 2010
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Rainbow plane warps in from gay dimension

Further proof that Obama's America really is a much, much lovelier place comes in the form of another Google Maps polychromatic plane sighting, following the discovery last year of El Prez's rainbow stealth aircraft.
Lester Haines, 18 Jun 2010
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High-living hacker swaps Porsche for porridge

A 21-year-old hacker was banged up yesterday for frauds netting him a Porsche, £40,000 in cash and £30,000 in gold bullion.
Robert Blincoe, 18 Jun 2010
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ISPs agree to cheaper contract buyouts

The country's three biggest broadband and home phone providers have agreed to slash their charges to customers who cancel their contracts early, following pressure from regulators.
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Laser-toting robots take over UK hospital

A Scottish hospital will become the first in the UK to use robots to clean, deliver food and dispense drugs.
Robert Blincoe, 18 Jun 2010

BOFH: Risky business

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Simon Travaglia, 18 Jun 2010
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Watch bandit IDed by own mobe snap

A hi-res mobile phone image of a man handling stolen watches gave forensic coppers the evidence needed to get the villain sent down yesterday.
Robert Blincoe, 18 Jun 2010
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Apple gives MobileMe a makeover

MobileMe didn't go free, despite the rumours, but it has got a new look and some improved features.
Bill Ray, 18 Jun 2010
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Primate-phobic Brit attacked by crab-eating Macaques

A Peterborough woman's plan to confront her lifelong fear of primates went seriously titsup when she was set upon by a pack of crab-eating macaques, the Daily Mail reports.
Lester Haines, 18 Jun 2010
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Utah Attorney General tweets execution go-ahead

Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff last night used Twitter to announce the impending execution of Ronnie Lee Gardner.
Lester Haines, 18 Jun 2010
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Google's gatekeeper to collect toll for dying news orgs

Google is planning to introduce a billing and payment system for news content producers by the end of the year, according to a report in Italian newspaper La Repubblica. From the description, this new caper is some way short of a micropayment system, being more like an Oyster Card for news, and other content such as video and images.
Andrew Orlowski, 18 Jun 2010
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Tech resource woes won't be solved with Afghan minerals

Wondrous news don't you think? Afghanistan is stuffed to the brim with $1 trillion worth of valuable metals. We can just flog off a few mineral concessions and the country is rich, rich beyond the dreams of avarice while kittens gambol happily in the Kabul sunshine.
Tim Worstall, 18 Jun 2010
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Windows Phone 7 compass mandatory but broken

The Windows Phone 7 APIs will not include access to the compass at launch, as the next version of Windows Mobile struggles to find a direction.
Bill Ray, 18 Jun 2010
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Facebook's critics 'unrealistic', says US privacy law expert

The expectations and demands of privacy activists are unrealistic and uncommercial, according to one of America's top privacy law academics. Lobbyists for privacy rights should be more pragmatic and cooperate with companies, he said.
OUT-LAW.COM, 18 Jun 2010
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IT chiefs in cloaks and sashes gets Queen's mark of approval

The Worshipful Company of Information Technologists received its Royal Charter yesterday - its mark of approval from the Queen.
John Oates, 18 Jun 2010
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Leica M9 rangefinder camera

Review For anyone in the business of photography Leica has always been synonymous with photographic excellence and Magnum-style photojournalism. With its M-series, the German manufacturer has, since 1954, produced one of the most iconic and better performing 35mm systems, mastering unparalleled image quality in such inconspicuous and elegant bodies.
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Speed cameras slide out of LibCon budget

Jeremy Clarkson can start pressing his itchy accelerator pedal back to the metal - the new LibCon Government isn't going to fund more speed cameras.
Robert Blincoe, 18 Jun 2010
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Dr Who clocks up monster game download stats

Not so popular with Cybermen, but hugely popular in cyberspace, downloads for Doctor Who: The Adventure Games are going through the roof.
Caleb Cox, 18 Jun 2010
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Renew your firearms licence via your iPhone

Sussex Police plan to allow gun owners to renew their firearms licences using an iPhone app.
Robert Blincoe, 18 Jun 2010
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New leader, same old job for Martha Lane Fox

Number 10 announced today that Martha Lane Fox had been appointed the UK's Digital Champion, apparently forgetting this is a job which was created for her by the previous government.
Joe Fay, 18 Jun 2010
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Sex offender downloads child pr0n to get back into prison

A novel approach to finding accommodation was revealed by a convicted sex offender this week – as it was explained in court on Monday that he had downloaded child porn in order to be sent back to prison.
Jane Fae , 18 Jun 2010
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Microsoft and eBay build fraudster blacklist

Microsoft is teaming up with eBay and several other organisations to create a blacklist of fraudulently obtained log-in details for online services or compromised credit card numbers.
John Oates, 18 Jun 2010
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Apple Mac Mini 2010

Review I’ll admit up front that I’ve always liked the Mac Mini. I used one as my main office computer for a couple of years before retiring it to my living room where it’s hooked up to my HD TV and makes a terrific little media centre.
Stephen Dean, 18 Jun 2010
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Oracle spikes HP's Solaris OEM contract

Solaris shops running that Unix operating system on x64-based servers from Hewlett-Packard have been notified that Oracle has spiked HP's OEM contract to distribute and sell support for Solaris on HP's ProLiant x64-based lineup of tower, rack and blade servers.
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DoS attack stuffs Turkey's internet censors

Access to the internet in Turkey is becoming increasingly ragged, as growing state censorship collides with retaliation by anti-censorship hackers, leading to difficulties both in viewing sites and applying key online functions.
Jane Fae , 18 Jun 2010
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IBM tries to break into mobile operators' back rooms

IBM wants to get into operator's back rooms, leaving the public-facing, stuff to HP and its ilk, and has opened a new research centre specifically aimed at mobile operators.
Bill Ray, 18 Jun 2010
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Hands on with Sony's NEX DSLR-quality compact camera

Video Sony UK held a launch party this week for its new NEX-5 and NEX-3 compact digital cameras. The company seems minded to make a dent in sales in the micro four-thirds format as both NEX models accommodate interchangeable lenses and utilise a 14.2Mp APS sensor.
Bob Dormon, 18 Jun 2010
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Firefox add-on does 'HTTPS Everywhere'

The Electronic Frontier Foundation and The Tor Project have teamed up to offer a Firefox add-on that beefs up https on several major websites, including Google.com, Wikipedia, Twitter, Facebook, and PayPal.
Cade Metz, 18 Jun 2010
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Apple asks US gov to hide iPhone details

Apple has petitioned the US Federal Communications Commission to keep details of the iPhone 4 secret — some for a month and a half, some in perpetuity.
Rik Myslewski, 18 Jun 2010
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Google hugs Adobe harder with Chrome-PDF merge

After announcing plans to integrate Adobe Flash with its Chrome browser, Google is now integrating a PDF reader as well.
Cade Metz, 18 Jun 2010
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Ubuntu v iTunes: the music playoff for Applephobes

Best of Linux With Ubuntu 10.04, Canonical delivered a good-looking Linux distro that just works. Mark Shuttleworth's outfit has put together an impressive user interface to solve its famous bug number one - luring people away from Windows.
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FCC takes baby step towards net neutrality

The US Federal Communications Commission announced on Wednesday that it would open up the topic of broadband regulation to public commentary — and from some of reactions to that mild step, you'd think that by doing so they were destroying America's economic future.
Rik Myslewski, 18 Jun 2010
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Google's Wi-Fi snoop nabbed passwords and emails

The Wi-Fi traffic collected by Google's world-roving Street View cars included passwords and email, according to a report citing a preliminary study from the French data protection authority.
Cade Metz, 18 Jun 2010