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Major Microsoft re-org to avert Windows' cloud cannibalization

Exclusive Microsoft's $14bn server and tools unit has undergone a major shake up in order to squeeze money from the Windows Azure cloud without cannibalizing Windows Server and tools.
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Ten Essential... Budget Compact Cameras

Product Round-up The credit crunch has made many of us cost-conscious consumers, and so it’s no surprise that more people are taking a closer look at sub-£150 cameras. And with summer holidays coming up, now's the time to take a peek.
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Bidding for rivals' AdWords can be infringement, sometimes

A company can stop other companies using its trademarks to trigger search engine adverts if those adverts do not allow a web user to tell which company is behind the ads, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has said.
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Hillier appeals to transgender community to save ID cards

New Labour never give up. Even out of government, they are still looking for groups of individuals who, they believe, are just salivating at the prospect of the chance to carry a shiny new ID card.
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Famous 'Invisible Gorilla' trick vid gets sequel

The trick-cyclist who created a famous video in which viewers routinely fail to notice the appearance of a man in a gorilla suit among a group of people passing basketballs has produced a sequel.
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One experience fits all

Sysadmin blog In user experience management little things can make a big difference to what they think of their desktop.
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Sniper: Ghost Warrior

Review The closest I've come to experiencing the realities of war has been pad or mouse in hand, crouched behind a virtual crumbled wall, as I strain to line up a head shot on the digital Nazi a few hundred metres away.
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Apple ranks first in surging security bug count

The number of vulnerabilities in the first half of 2010 was close to the number recorded in the whole of 2009, security notification firm Secunia reports.
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Child protection campaigners claim hollow victory over Facebook

Child safety campaigners are claiming victory over Facebook in their battle to publish a "panic button" on the dominant social network, but the agreed system falls short of their original demands in one crucial aspect.
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Bendy bike inventor scores design prize win

Now this is a great idea: a bike with a bendy frame that allows it to be literally wrapped around a lamppost and locked up.
Hard Reg, 12 2010
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Five quits Project Cartel

Bertelsmann-owned Channel Five has withdrawn from Project Canvas, the BBC-led project to define future TV standards, citing cost reasons. The channel is up for sale, losing £37m last year, and could be sold for just £1. Five was obliged to find £16m, its share of the £112m estimated cost of the Canvas project, and declined.
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Cotswold police stage panty ID parade

Gloucestershire Police have appealed to Cotswold residents to come forward and finger their bras and knickers after they arrested a man on suspicion of burglary and theft and uncovered a cache of mystery smalls.
Joe Fay, 12 2010
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Gateway readies mass notebook release

Gateway, the once famous PC retailer and now Acer sub-brand, will have four new notebooks out later this month.
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Microsoft holds hands with Fujitsu in data centre deal, says report

Microsoft and Fujitsu reportedly plan to share data centres around the world to play catch up with other cloud computing vendors such as Google and Salesforce.com.
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Ireland to block EU-Israel data hoover

Ireland is moving to block a planned agreement on data sharing due to be signed between Israel and the European Union.
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'Holland wins World Cup' declares CBSNews

It seems that some US media outlets are still getting to grips with the finer points of football, declaring that it was the Orange-clad, yellow-carded Dutch who won last night.
Joe Fay, 12 2010
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Life on Earth gets wiped out every 27 million years, say boffins

Much of life on Earth gets regularly wiped out every 27 million years, according to boffins. It had been thought that this was caused by a dark star named "Nemesis", but apparently that was wrong. The next globo-extinction event is due in about 16 million years' time.

Five pulls out of Project Canvas

Channel Five has pulled out of Project Canvas, a bid to define a standard framework through which hardware manufacturers can implement internet TV services.
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Identity management is a pain in the backside

Workshop Identity management in the corporate environment is complex - not to mention, at the coalface, a pain in the backside.
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Martha Lane Fox to clone 10m copies of self

Martha Lane Fox has launched a campaign to make sure everybody in Britain of working age has heard of Martha Lane Fox by 2015. It's an ambitious goal, especially since she doesn't actually have her quango any more - her Digital Services Unit was created in March but abolished last month.
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It's not the end for stop and search

Comment Fears were growing today that the latest attempts by Home Secretary Teresa May to put policing back on a more sensitive, acceptable footing may yet backfire.
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Abu Hamza ruling clarifies McKinnon case

The Abu Hamza ruling may affect the Gary McKinnon case by removing one of the arguments against trying the self-admitted hacker in the UK, according to McKinnon's mum.
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Intel boffins usher era of 'I know who you are' TV

Now this is scary: a TV remote control that knows who you are and can present what your prefer - or limit what you can watch - accordingly.
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Iomega eGo Desktop USB 3.0 external HDD

Review As USB 3.0 emerges from its infancy and begins to take strides towards industry standardisation in 2011, more and more manufacturers are keen to launch products which demonstrate their ability to utilise the benefits of the newly revised interface.
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Huawei could reorganize to win Sprint deal

Huawei is looking increasingly ready to make compromises to allay the security concerns of various governments. The Chinese supplier denies all allegations that it is closely connected to its country's intelligence services, but is nevertheless running into clearance obstacles in several key markets. The Indian government has vetoed some large deals that would have gone to Huawei, and now it may need to restructure in order to win its first significant foothold in the US.
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Aurora - a Microsoft cloud server for the small guy?

Microsoft has announced details of the next version of Small Business Server (SBS) - actually, make that two versions.
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China gives Google nod of approval, renews licence

Google.cn’s website operator had its licence renewed late last week, a Beijing official confirmed yesterday.
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Distie thief gets 14 months despite CPS 'incompetence'

A former Ingram Micro worker received a 14-month sentence for theft offences today, despite the actual offences happening four years ago.
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Drive suppliers hit capacity increase difficulties

Hard disk drive suppliers are looking to add platters to increase capacity because of the expensive and difficult transition to next-generation recording technology.
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Ballmer: Windows Mobile lost a 'whole generation'

Steve Ballmer has delivered a mea culpa to Microsoft's partners for its slip-ups against Apple and Google on tablets and smart phones.
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Apple quietly extends first-gen Time Capsule warranty

Apple has tacitly extended the warranty period on Time Capsule hard drive-equipped wireless routers released between February and June 2008.
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Crackdown 2

Review The original Crackdown was something of a surprise hit. It didn't come as a surprise that people bought the game in droves – the inclusion of the Halo 3 Beta key ensured Crackdown was always going to fly from the shelves. What surprised many people is that a solid, enjoyable action game was bundled with the Beta key– and one that quickly gained a dedicated cult fanbase.
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MP3tunes offers tuneful truce to Apple and Google

Online music-service provider MP3tunes has launched a new service that allows Apple and Google devices to play well together — well, play music, at least.
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Consumer Reports: 'We were wrong about the iPhone 4'

One of — if not the — most respected product-testing labs has reversed its original positive opinion of the iPhone 4, citing results of its comprehensive testing of the Jobsian handheld's pesky antenna.
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Google fashions Android dev kit for dummies (from Scratch)

Google has unveiled an experimental tool that lets non-developers develop applications for Android phones. This Google Labs project is known as App Inventor for Android, and it's based on platforms built at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, including Scratch, the well-known visual web app builder designed for non-programmers as young as eight years old.
Cade Metz, 12 2010
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Microsoft's earthbound server chums fluff Redmond cloud

Windows allies Dell, Hewlett-Packard, and Fujitsu will be the first to implement and sell hosted clouds running Microsoft's Azure outside of Redmond data centers.
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Gulf spill to annihilate all earthlings, says seer

Within the next six months, according to at least one man, the world may come to an end. And he blames the Brits.
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Why Microsoft took its cloud private

Analysis Tongues were wagging that Microsoft was set to announce a cloudy infrastructure and data center partnership with Japanese server maker Fujitsu sometime this week. And it turns out that what Microsoft actually did at its Worldwide Partner Conference in Washington, DC on Monday was tap Dell, HP, and Fujitsu to deliver private or hosted versions of Microsoft's Windows Azure platform appliance.