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Virgin sets Ofcom on Project Canvas

Virgin Media has formally requested that Ofcom investigate the BBC-led Project Canvas set-top-box venture, arguing it is anti-competitive, reduces consumer choice, and stifles future development of next-generation telly.
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Ten Essential... Symbian Apps

Product Round-up Nokia may have come a little late to the app store party, but it's Ovi Store now has plenty of software to choose from, whether you're looking for games or utilities, productivity, comms or entertainment apps.

Apple as a religion: How the iPhone became divine

Apple lovers vs. Apple haters is a common theme on the tech forums. Some think that there is a consumer psychology dynamic at play, that turns us into Brand Evangelists or Brand Talibans.
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Xbox Live billing site snubs Firefox

Customers visiting an Xbox Live billing site with Firefox are liable to get a false warning that Microsoft's digital certificate is "invalid".
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HP pays to end kickback probe

HP is taking a two cents per share charge to end a Department of Justice investigation into bribery allegations.
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Show geo-data some respect, don't rely on Web2.0 data

Public sector and private organisations in the UK have thumbed their noses at data derived from Web2.0 pushers and information sourced from the, er, wisdom of crowds.
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Women, gorillas likelier to have sex with men wearing red

Good news today for men finding themselves unfortunately circumstanced in terms of feminine companionship: and also for heterosexual members of the Brigade of Guards. Trick-cyclists have discovered that women - indeed, all "female primates" - are more strongly attracted to men wearing the colour red.
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Dell does factory fresh virus infections?

How the hell does a virus-infected set of motherboards find their way into the supply chain of a major system vendor? The vendor delivering the bad boards was Dell, and they’re blaming a slipshod supplier and ‘human error’. Yeah – human error. You can read all about it here and here.
Dan Olds, 03 2010
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India bags BlackBerry interception rights

RIM has added India to the list of countries with which it's prepared to share data, and will help Kuwait block porn sites, but still hasn't opened its services up to the UAE.
Bill Ray, 03 2010
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Google warns Chrome Canary is only for the brave

Google is calling on extremely brave individuals to test drive the so-called Canary build of its Chrome browser.
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Samsung unveils 2TB tri-platter drive

Samsung has replaced its four-platter 2TB disk driven with a three-platter one offering lower power consumption.
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ISS set for Friday chill-out

The first spacewalk to replace the International Space Station's failed ammonia pump module will take place on Friday, NASA has announced.
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Sophos downplays Android malware threat

Updated Android users have little reason to fear an immediate onslaught of malware despite the demonstration of a rootkit-based attack at last week's Defcon conference, according to a leading anti-virus supplier.
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UK.gov smiles and nods at commentards

The government's first attempt at crowd-sourcing policy has ended with every Whitehall department rejecting the public's ideas, or claiming them as endorsement of existing plans.
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Court slaps down coppers in photography case

The Met Police were making a spectacle of themselves again last week both in front of the camera and behind it. That, at least, appears to be the conclusion to be drawn from one unfortunate incident and one court ruling.
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PARIS pumps up a Mk 2 release mechanism

Followers of our Paper Aircraft Released Into Space (PARIS) project will be aware that our first attempt to put together a pressure-operated Vulture 1 release mechanism didn't exactly go according to plan.

Leicester City councillors eye up iPad to save £90k a year

A quartet of Leicester City councillors are currently trialling Apple’s iPad, and if successful the fondle slab could be issued to 50 other council members.
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ET voted fave family film fodder

ET is the "greatest ever family film", according to a poll published in today's issue of Radio Times.
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Solar plasma aurora storm to hit Earth tomorrow today!

Astroboffins are warning that a mighty "eruption" of superhot plasma has been blasted out of the Sun directly at the Earth. The plasma cloud is expected to reach Earth beginning tomorrow today, possibly causing strange phenomena - including a mighty geomagnetic storm which could see the Northern Lights aurorae extend as far south as Blighty or the northern USA.
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Pentagon Wikileaks probe reaches MIT

The investigation into Bradley Manning - the US Army intelligence private suspected of sending tens of thousands of classified documents to Wikileaks - has led to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), it's claimed.
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BCS Linux-baiting sparks flame war

An article on open source security has sparked off a furious backlash in the normally polite and businesslike world of a British Computer Society journal.
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ITV to tinker with micropayments

Only half of ITV's income will come from advertising within five years, the company announced today. As expected, it's also going to develop paywalls around some of its premium shows, and will "test micropayments", according to chief exec Adam Crozier.
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Revolution lets R do stats on big data

If you've got big data, then R will soon be able to chew on it and spit out some answers.
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Intel eyes up Infineon for purchase

It seems that Intel is looking to acquire the wireless arm of chip maker Infineon, with a view to getting its processors wirelessly enabled and taking on ARM in the mobile phone space.
Bill Ray, 03 2010
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Start-up promises to slash virtual backup times

A startup called Pancetera has announced a virtual appliance that can reduce virtual machine backup I/O load by up to 80 per cent, and lets sysadmins move virtual machine files as easily as browsing a Windows network drive.
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iOS jailbreak howdunnit partially solved

Updated The iOS 4 drive-by jailbreak released over the weekend uses a PDF exploit to weave its magic, according to an analysis by security researchers.
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Wiki crew launch attack on FBI official seal bluster

A silly row between US feds and Wikimedia has kicked off over the fiddlers' use of the Feds' official seal.
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HDS extends BlueArc OEM agreement

We hear that Hitachi Data Systems may have extended its OEM agreement with BlueArc for an additional two years, meaning a nice vote of support.
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RIM lights a candle for the BlackBerry Torch

RIM's BlackBerry Torch 9800 smartphone makes its debut today, initially as an AT&T exclusive, and it takes the company squarely into iPhone territory.
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Visual Studio suits up for business apps

Microsoft is hiding some of Visual Studio's advanced coding capabilities to help suits build Office and SharePoint applications.
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Illumos sporks OpenSolaris

If you were hoping that someone would fork the OpenSolaris operating system, you are going to have to settle for a spork. You know, half spoon and half fork. That, in essence, is what the Illumos, an alternative open source project to continue development on the core bits of OpenSolaris, is all about.
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Hack uses Google Street View data to stalk its victims

A security researcher has devised an attack suitable for stalking and similarly creepy endeavors that uses JavaScript and geo location data from Google to pinpoint a victim's precise location.
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The DCB world is not enough

As Fibre Channel (FC) SAN storage gets emulated on Ethernet as FCoE, it's becoming clear that enhanced Ethernet is not enough; we need TRILL as well before full FCoE becomes a reality.
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Liberal Google, Yahoo!, Apple hurting America claims Reagan

Updated The son of US conservative demigod Ronald Reagan is using his dad's name and statistical bullpuckerey to pimp his "very first all-conservative email service provider" offering to unsuspecting right-wing Americans.
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OOXML and open clouds: Microsoft's lessons learned

Microsoft may submit its OData web data protocol for standards ratification, but seems eager to avoid the bruising it received on OOXML.
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Location-based quantum crypto now possible, boffins say

Researchers say they have devised a foolproof way to encrypt messages that can be unlocked only by a recipient physically located in a specific place, solving a problem that has vexed cryptographers for years.
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Google enables (some) multiple account sign-ins

Google is rolling out the much hoped-for capability of being able to sign into multiple accounts in the same browser.