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Head App Store plod punts farts 'n' wiz

The director of Apple's App Store appears to be a tasteless boor with a penchant for bestial flatulence and extended periods of exuberant wee-wee.
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Iranian activists deface UK genetics website

The UK's Human Genetics Commission website was hit by politically-motivated hackers on Tuesday, who defaced the site with a protest marking a Western plot to overthrow a post-WWII democratically elected leader in Iran.
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RIM, Juniper, and VMware on Oracle's Borg 14 list

What connects Research in Motion, VMware and Juniper Networks?
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Group Test: smartphone satnav apps

Product Round-up Unless you spend serious time behind the wheel of your car and regularly need to drive to places you have never been before and couldn't locate on a map if your life depended on it, a satnav application for your mobile phone may well be all the guidance assistance you will ever need.
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US gov proves ISPs lie about bandwidth

If you're an average US broadband user, you've had internet access for 10 years, spend about an hour a day online at home, and are enjoying far less of the bandwidth your service provider promises you.
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DiData claims strong trading in interim results

Dimension Data reported a "strong trading performance" for its third quarter, which should reassure its soon-to-be parent NTT.
Joe Fay, 19 2010
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HP board cooked Hurd's goose before settlement

The drip, drip of spin from HP continues with sources telling the media that HP's board of directors had decided to ditch chief exec Mark Hurd before he reached a private agreement with Jodie Fisher over sexual harassment allegations.
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Boffins turn to Wii tech for speech-loss therapy

Researchers at London's City University are to try out motion control gaming hardware - Nintendo's Wii Remote, Microsoft's Kinect and Sony's PlayStation Move - to see if the technology can help stroke victims cheaply and easily regain the power to communicate.
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Samsung to roll out USB 3.0 portable HDDs

Samsung's S2 line of portable external hard drives will gain a new member this month, one with a USB 3.0 interface.
Hard Reg, 19 2010
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Facebook broadcasts your location in meat space

Facebook piled into the mobile stalking space yesterday, with its Places service which enables users to reveal where they are in meat space with a tap of a finger.
Bill Ray, 19 2010
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One in five workers still clinging to IE6

Microsoft's IE6 web browser remains widely used in the enterprise, despite its many performance and security problems.
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Tosh builds mega dense hard drive - but can't read it yet

Toshiba has announced a breakthrough in extending disk drive capacity - sort of. It can build a platter holding four times more data bits, but it can't read it.
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Treasury loony-magnet voting starts

The Treasury's Spending Challenge website now allows the public to vote on savings ideas - from the thousands suggested by members of the public.
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BBC dumps Gulf oil spill on Middlesbrough

In case you've ever wondered just how far a Mars rover might have wandered if it had set out from your front door, or indeed the exact area covered by the Chernobyl radiation cloud, if that ill-fated nuclear facility had been built at your mum's house, then look no further than BBC Dimensions.
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Office for Mac steps closer to Windows version of software

Microsoft will slot photo editing into its Mac version of Office and add mini charts to the software giant’s Excel application.
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More choosing maths A-Level

A-Level results released this morning show that Maths and Further Maths continue to attract more entries.
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Second live test of US raygun jumbo delayed by glitch

The United States' radical jumbo jet mounted ICBM-blasting laser cannon was set for its most ambitious test yet last night, in which it would have fried a missile in flight from more than 100 miles off. However technical hitches have delayed the test until the weekend.
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Smartphone boom drives media multi-tasking

The communications regulator Ofcom has released its annual megadump of industry statistics and factoids, and is highlighting that we're using the internet more and using multiple communications services at the same time more often too.

Orange mobile data chucks punters

Orange UK users are reporting that the mobile data service is dropping connections and refusing to let some customers onto the internet at all.
Bill Ray, 19 2010
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Exiting workers more likely to steal data than stationery

Many workers have confessed they would be prepared to swipe data from their ex-employers when they changed jobs.
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Lane Fox launches review of Directgov

Digital champion Martha Lane Fox is leading an online review aimed at improving the government's central web portal.
Kable, 19 2010
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Intel snaps up McAfee in $7.68bn deal

Intel has bought information security specialist McAfee in a surprise deal valued at $7.68bn.
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ECJ ruling puts VAT on salary sacrifice schemes

Drugs giant Astra Zeneca should pay VAT on retail vouchers given to staff that form part of a salary sacrifice scheme, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has said. The ruling could derail some similar schemes.
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Fusion-io gets Dell in a flash

Start-up Fusion-io has snagged Dell as an OEM for its ioDrive PCIe flash card accelerators.
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PA school district avoids charges over webcam spy scandal

Philadelphia school administrators involved in a webcam spying episode will escape criminal prosecution, federal authorities have decided.
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Acer Android tablet release date wobbles

Acer's expected Android-based tablet will come to challenge the iPad in Q1 2011 rather than Q4 2010, it has been alleged.
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Facebook Places - why, and why not

Opinion Facebook has added a My Location button, initially just to the iPhone client. But why would you want everyone to know where you are, and how can you prevent that happening?
Bill Ray, 19 2010
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Lara Croft and The Guardian of Light

Review Whether you regard her as female icon or sexual fantasy, and whatever your thoughts on the Tomb Raider franchise itself, you have to hand it to Lara Croft.
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Lenovo celebrates 5th quarter of growth

Lenovo's financial results for its first quarter ended 30 June 2010 show it has grown faster than any of the other top manufacturers.
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HP hires headhunter to replace Hurd

Flummoxed IT giant Hewlett-Packard has hired executive search firm Spencer Stuart to help it quickly and quietly find a new chief executive officer, after Mark Hurd resigned amid a sex and expense reporting scandal on 6 August.
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Polaroid preps 3D-ready sunglasses

Polaroid signed a licensing deal with 3D technology company RealD last month, but it's taken until now for World+Dog to take any notice.
Hard Reg, 19 2010
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Orange coughs to data network failure

Orange UK has admitted that its data network is having all kinds of trouble, and that the problem is ongoing with no scheduled fix.
Bill Ray, 19 2010
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Single downloads big deal for UK comms industry

The decline in music industry revenues slowed to 0.8 per cent this year due to buoyant single sales and increased non-physical digital music consumption, according to media and telecoms regulator Ofcom.
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Accurate web-app performance tests proposed

The W3C is planning a set of tests for developers to easily and accurately measure the performance of web applications.
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Opera: Firefox tab sets? We've had 'em for years

Mozilla recently unveiled a fresh Firefox interface designed to better organize open tabs, and as this "Tab Sets" prototype — née Tab Candy — works its way into the Firefox 4 beta, Opera would like you to know that it's been offering something similar for ages.
Cade Metz, 19 2010
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Linux kernel purged of five-year-old root access bug

The Linux kernel has finally been purged of a privilege-escalation vulnerability that for at least half a decade allowed untrusted local users to gain unfettered rights to the operating system's most secure locations.
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Unhackable PS3 finally jailbroken, video claims

An Australian seller of videogame modchips claims Sony's PlayStation 3 console has been jailbroken by a hack that allows users to run backup and home-brewed copies of games — not to mention titles that have been pirated.
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Fear as motivator: why Intel acquired McAfee

Analysis Intel and McAfee made a surprise announcement early Thursday that the chip megamaker plans to acquire the security-software giant in a $7.68bn all-cash deal, and across the technical and financial communities, the response was a nearly unanimous "WTF?"
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HP rings up Hurd's final quarter

Mark Hurd, the ousted president, chief executive officer, and chairman of IT giant Hewlett-Packard, turned in a decent final quarter.
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Dell rides enterprise to 22% revenue jump

Dell revenues climbed 22 per cent to $15.5bn in the quarter ending July 30, thanks largely to increased demand among corporate customers.
Cade Metz, 19 2010