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Apple details privacy policies for US Congressmen

Apple has sent Congress an explanation of its location-based information-gathering and privacy policies.
Rik Myslewski, 20 Jul 2010
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Reg reader tweaks Jobs with Judasphone.com

Despite Steve Jobs' assurance that "There is no Antennagate", that squeaky-hinged barrier keeps a-flapping — and more than one good soul has found humor amid the grating creaks. Or the creaking grates. Or whatever.
Rik Myslewski, 20 Jul 2010
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NASA drops Ubuntu's Koala food for (real) open source

NASA is dropping Eucalyptus from its Nebula infrastructure cloud not only because its engineers believe the open source platform can't achieve the sort of scale they require, but also because it isn't entirely open source.
Cade Metz, 20 Jul 2010
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Advent MT22 21.5in touchscreen all-in-one desktop

Review Although best known for its low cost PCs and laptops, Advent does occasionally produce slightly more interesting models. Its new MT22 all-in-one PC is a case in point, and follows on from previous attempts such as the AIO-100 and AIO-156.
Will Stapley, 20 Jul 2010
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Bubble-baron Bigelow bags Boeing boosters

Farnborough Colourful inflatable space-bubble kingpin Robert Bigelow has allied with US aerospace globocorp Boeing for the purpose of "making space travel commercial the way air travel became commercial a century ago".
Lewis Page, 20 Jul 2010
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Intel escapes monopoly fine as competition probe ends

Chip giant Intel looks set to escape an anti-trust fine from the Federal Trade Commission.
John Oates, 20 Jul 2010
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Extraterrestrials strafe Bosnian with meteorites

A Bosnian man whose house has been hit six times by meteorites has come to the conclusion he's done something to hack off ET, the Telegraph reports.
Lester Haines, 20 Jul 2010
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Sky announcement on Easynet sell-off expected by Thursday

Sky is expected to finalise a deal for a management buyout of its networking business Easynet by the end of this week.
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Sharp readies colour e-book reader

Sharp is to enter the e-book reader market.
Tony Smith, 20 Jul 2010
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Dell swallows deduping and compressing Ocarina

Dell is buying Ocarina, the deduplication startup which compresses a multitude of supposedly incompressible image files and which has just announced a second and software-only deduplication product other suppliers can include in their storage product stacks.
Chris Mellor, 20 Jul 2010
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EU pledges huge spend for small biz R&D

The European Commission has pledged €6.4bn for research investments across Europe in various areas for both academics and small businesses.
John Oates, 20 Jul 2010
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Yellow alert over Windows shortcut flaw

Windows Shortcut's zero-day attack code has gone public.
John Leyden, 20 Jul 2010
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Panasonic plugs movie rental service into net tellies

Panasonic has brought the Acetrax movie rental and downloads service to its internet-connected Viera HD TVs.
Hard Reg, 20 Jul 2010
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Symbian fans to get Foundation voice

Individuals desperate to be more involved in the evolution of Symbian can now get their voice heard thanks to a new free developers' community with Foundation membership.
Bill Ray, 20 Jul 2010
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FileMaker Pro squeezes onto an iPhone

FileMaker Pro, the Mac's answer to Microsoft Access, is now available for iOS – allowing the iPhone and iPad into the enterprise, as long as the enterprise is using FileMaker.
Bill Ray, 20 Jul 2010
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Russians quizzed over parasailing donkey

Russian police are less than impressed with the instigators of a parasailing donkey stunt which saw an innocent beast of burden hauled into the skies to promote a private beach on the Sea of Azov.
Lester Haines, 20 Jul 2010
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Sharp cuts palmtop from Android cloth

Anyone awaiting the arrival of netbooks running Google's Android OS so impatiently that they'll go anywhere to get one should take a trip to Tokyo next week.
Tony Smith, 20 Jul 2010
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Small biz stays nervous on recovery

Small businesses in the UK remain focused on cost-cutting rather than expanding sales to secure their futures.
John Oates, 20 Jul 2010
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Directgov gets Cabinet Office overlords

Responsibility for the government’s online service - Directgov - is set to become part of the Cabinet Office minister’s brief.
Kelly Fiveash, 20 Jul 2010
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Dell sandboxes Firefox to boost corporate security

Dell has applied application virtualisation technology to Firefox in order to offer corporates what it claims is a more secure browsing experience.
John Leyden, 20 Jul 2010
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Who cares about encryption?

Workshop Poll Results We're used to getting a hundred or so responses from the mini-polls we run, but the 383 responses to our recent encryption survey were indicative of just how important this area is to people. In it, we wanted to gauge the gap between aspiration and reality when it comes to encryption – what you think is necessary, versus what you have in place.
Jon Collins, 20 Jul 2010
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Council urges army drinkers to break the law

At least one northern council – and possibly others – is publicly advising the owners of licensed premises to break the law. Is this a cynical attempt to avoid bad publicity? Or, as council officials describe the advice, simple "pragmatism"?
Jane Fae Ozimek, 20 Jul 2010
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Asus switches Eee Pad to Android

Asus' upcoming Eee Pad tablet will no longer feature Windows CE but will use Google's Android instead.
Tony Smith, 20 Jul 2010
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Creative World of Warcraft headphones

Review To be honest, I can’t think of anything more embarrassing than wearing a badged set of World of Warcraft headphones. Does it really matter what's stamped on the side when you're sat behind a big monitor anyway?
Cliff Joseph, 20 Jul 2010
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Mobile phones cause tinnitus, says study

A study published in Occupational and Environmental Medicine claims evidence that mobile phones cause tinnitus, persistent ringing in the ears.
Bill Ray, 20 Jul 2010
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C&W issues profit warning on public sector cuts

Cable and Wireless shares tumbled more than 20 per cent this morning after it warned investors it would miss profit targets because of cuts in the public sector.
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RIP: The copyright quango that wanted to terminate your rights

As we reported yesterday, the Strategic Advisory Board for Intellectual Property is to be abolished. The Coalition has decided that dismantling copyright is a task that the Intellectual Property Office is quite capable of performing without assistance, and has folded SABIP's duties back into the IPO.
Andrew Orlowski, 20 Jul 2010
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HTC Wildfire Android smartphone

Review So you like the sound of this Android smartphone business, but you don’t want to spend a fortune? Well, the HTC Wildfire isn’t the first budget Android blower, but it’s arguably the best.
David Phelan, 20 Jul 2010
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Knives out for Nokia boss

Nokia is seeking a new boss and for the first time he won't be a Finnish national, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.
Andrew Orlowski, 20 Jul 2010
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Google switches on Buzz firehose

Google’s Buzz firehose trickled into action yesterday when the company opened up its data stream to developers.
Kelly Fiveash, 20 Jul 2010
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UK's Watchkeeper drone 'can see footprints through cloud'

Farnborough UK military robot spyplanes due to be fielded in Afghanistan within two years are fitted with radar so sensitive, according to its makers, that it can detect not only individual people moving about on the ground - but even the footprints they leave in the dirt.
Lewis Page, 20 Jul 2010
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Adobe to fortify widely exploited Reader with security sandbox

Under criticism for being the world's most exploited application, Adobe Systems' Reader program will soon include a security design that's intended to thwart malicious attacks against end users.
Dan Goodin, 20 Jul 2010
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Grey beards seize power at Big Blue

In the wake of reporting IBM's second quarter financial results yesterday afternoon, Sam Palmisano, the company's president, chief executive officer, and chairman sent an email to all the employees saying that Big Blue was reorganizing its operations to better reflect the modern IT world.
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Russia confirms shiny new cosmodrome

Russia will guarantee its full space independence with a new cosmodrome in the country's far eastern Amur region, the BBC reports.
Lester Haines, 20 Jul 2010
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Lenovo eyes iPad-alternative opportunity

The status of Lenovo's rather cute'n'skinny Skylight netbook may be uncertain, but the Chinese computer maker has at least committed itself to release an iPad alternative by the end of the year.
Tony Smith, 20 Jul 2010
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MP3tunes and Roku stream music to your TV

Today's forecast for personal music collections: cloudy.
Rik Myslewski, 20 Jul 2010
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Google discovers Chrome can (really) block ads

Google Chrome now includes the ability to completely block resources from loading inside the browser, and the latest incarnation of the AdBlock extension for Chrome is using this "beforeload" event to not only hide ads from the user but prevent them from downloading entirely.
Cade Metz, 20 Jul 2010
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IBM preps Power7 iron for August launch

With its hardware revenues taking hits since last fall because of impending server launches across its various lines, IBM has been pulling out the stops to move up announcements. Not only is the System zEnterprise 196 mainframe (formerly known as z11) being pulled forward to a July 22 launch, but now the entry and high-end Power7 machines are getting kicked out the door earlier than expected.
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Google image search gets facelift

Google has revamped its image search service, rolling out a spruced-up interface and a new breed of image ad meant to dovetail with "organic" results.
Cade Metz, 20 Jul 2010
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Apple revenue tops bullish expectations by $1bn

The Wall Street moneymen were expecting a big quarter for Apple, and with today's announcement that the Cupertinians had pulled in $15.7bn in revenue in their third quarter of fiscal 2010, those prognosticating financial folks got what they were hoping for — and a billion dollars more.
Rik Myslewski, 20 Jul 2010
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IE and Safari lets attackers steal user names and addresses

The Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, and Safari browsers are susceptible to attacks that allow webmasters to glean highly sensitive information about the people visiting their sites, including their full names, email addresses, location, and even stored passwords, a security researcher says.
Dan Goodin, 20 Jul 2010
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Apple iPad – the 'Tickle Me Elmo' of 2010

Apple will sell 12.9 million iPads before the end of this year, according to the market watchers at iSuppli, upping their earlier estimate of 7.1 million "magical and revolutionary" devices.
Rik Myslewski, 20 Jul 2010
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Fake Toy Story 3 scams creates malign buzz

Scammers have taken advantage of the buzz around the recent release of Toy Story 3 to bait bogus survey sites and pop-up software scams.
John Leyden, 20 Jul 2010
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Yahoo! blames so-so revenues on 'sluggish' search

After all that Meltdown-induced cost-cutting and Bartzian reshaping, Yahoo!'s profits rose 32 per cent during the second quarter. But revenues grew a mere two per cent, failing to reach the expectations of both the Wall Street guessmen and Yahoo! itself.
Cade Metz, 20 Jul 2010
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Google Chrome bug bounty ups Mozilla's ante

Two days after Mozilla sextupled the bug bounty paid to security researchers to $3,000, Google has upped the ante for vulnerabilities that are reported in its Chrome browser.
Dan Goodin, 20 Jul 2010
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VMware juggernaut rolls on and on

Server virtualization juggernaut VMware gets to keep its title.