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Twitter facelifts its homepage

Twitter has revamped its homepage, offering a brand new microblogging UI that serves up more stuff alongside your collection of self-serving mini-messages – from embedded photos and videos to geolocation tags.
Cade Metz, 15 2010
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Google dismisses engineer who violated privacy policy

Google has dismissed an engineer who had access to its back-end systems after he violated the company's internal privacy policies.
Cade Metz, 15 2010
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Intel and VC friends kick cash to IT startups

Intel is spreading some of its cash around to help prop up a number of companies that will help it take on its foes in the data center and on the desktop. The company's Intel Capital venture funding unit today announced that it has filled the coffers of four small companies hoping to make a big impact in IT with over $30m.
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Apple iPod Nano 6G

Review Apple can’t seem to make up its mind about the iPod Nano. The new model that Steve Jobs unveiled recently is the 6th generation version of the Nano, and it seems as though each new generation has undergone a fairly major redesign. In fact, I’ve seen something similar before in the 3rd generation ‘phat’ Nano, which also had a compact, rectangular lozenge design – and, apparently, was one of the less successful incarnations of this series.
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Capgemini signs MoU with Cabinet Office

A second major vendor has announced what it calls an "outstanding new agreement" with the government.
Kable, 15 2010
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FSFE calls on governments to stop pushing Adobe Reader

Free software and open standards advocates are encouraging web users to put pressure on governments not to 'advertise' proprietary Adobe software as a tool for reading documents created in PDF format.
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Hands on with Nokia's E7

Video At Nokia World the E7 was described as being built on the Communicator 9000 heritage. You can judge for yourself in this demonstration that shows off the user interface and e-mail features of this Symbian^3 smartphone. The E7's HDMI output even drives a monitor and there's the USB On The Go storage accessory, which enables easy data copying from external drives. You can read about our hands-on impressions of the Nokia E7, C7 and C6 Symbian^3 phones here. ®
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Lego and RM plot robot future

Lego's Education division is entering an exclusive distribution deal with school computer supplier RM.
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Dell comes clean on open source

Dell has provided the code needed to compile a Streak ROM, finally becoming compliant with the Open Source licence, and not before time.
Bill Ray, 15 2010
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Mozilla puts brakes on auto Firefox updates

Patch Tuesday from Microsoft coincided with browser updates from both Mozilla and Google this month.
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Steve Jobs no ninja, says Apple

Apple has denied that Steve Jobs is a ninja and dismissed reports that he was stopped at a Japanese airport with a set of throwing death stars in his hand luggage.
Joe Fay, 15 2010
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Girl, 3, buys iPad apps, using mum's credit card

A Sydney toddler bought AU$50 worth of apps using the family iPad, while her parents' backs were turned.
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Social Schmidt eyes up Facebook integration

Eric Schmidt took a passive-aggressive stance towards Facebook yesterday as he outlined the search'n'ads giant's plans for social networking.
Joe Fay, 15 2010
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The Ringtone tolls for Nokia Brother Number Two

Nokia World As Nokia World began yesterday, speculation buzzed about the identity of the two opening keynote speakers. The line-up had been settled months ago. First on the bill was CEO Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo, but he was defenestrated on Friday. And yesterday, the second keynote speaker on the bill, Anssi Vanjoki, announced that he'd be following the CEO out of the door, just a little more slowly. I was about to volunteer my services – make a few off-colour jokes, ask if anybody had parked their Mondeo with their lights on, and maybe even do some juggling, if needed. In the end, it wasn't necessary.
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Public sector earning more than private, but less than last month

Public sector workers, even excluding financial services staff, earn more than those in the private sector.
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Blizzard issues fatwa against Starcraft II cheaters

Blizzard is threatening to permanently ban Starcraft II players, found to "be cheating or using hacks or modifications in any form.
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Cyber security challenge organisers in email privacy blunder

Updated Organisers of the UK's cyber security challenge committed an embarrassing email blunder by inadvertently revealing the email addresses of everyone who entered a forensics challenge to each other.
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Facebook fudges policy in page-purging pickle

Facebook yesterday vigorously denied suggestions that it responds selectively to complaints, or that it favours the blocking of politically progressive links over the slightly more reactionary. Still, there are red faces today at Facebook Central over the strange and divergent fate of two controversial pages.
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Police spent tens of thousands on failed BitTorrent probe

A failed three-year police investigation of a filesharing website, run in cooperation with the music industry, cost taxpayers at least £29,000, and probably much more.
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Mozambique blocked rioters' texts

A letter apparently from the Mozambique communications authority asked mobile networks to block text messages during food riots in the southern African country earlier this month.
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Mexican Twitter-controlled botnet unpicked

Security researchers have discovered another botnet that uses Twitter as a command and control channel.
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UK geothermal gets a tiddling little boost

Geothermal energy, one of the few renewables with promise, has been given a small boost from the government. The Department for Energy and Climate Change has announced a £1m fund to help locate sites for small power facilities, producing up to 2MWe.
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Tinfoil 'radiation shield' maternity wear hits 'Frisco

A fearmongering company has this week launched its brand of maternity tinfoil, dubbed "Belly Armor", in San Francisco. The makers of Belly Armor claim that it offers "guaranteed protection" for a pregnant wearer's unborn child from the dangers of "everyday radiation", for instance from mobile phones or computers.
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An HTC named Desire. OK, two HTCs...

The Android phones are tumbling out thick and fast from HTC.
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Dell talks memory matters

VMworld Video Blog The next stop on our tour of hardware vendors was the Dell booth. We talked to a good guy named Matthew who gave us a look at their latest server. He tried his best to stay on script, while I tried my best to take him off of it. He walked us through their latest tech stuff and talked up the merits of their modular design.
Dan Olds, 15 2010
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The sound and the fury and the kettle

Internet Governance Forum Vilnius is the capital of Lithuania. And Lithuania is north-east of Poland and underneath Finland.
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Ovi maps out Google competitor

Nokia World Ovi Maps has a new beta, bringing creepy tracking and Web2.0rhea to compete with Google Mobile Maps.
Bill Ray, 15 2010
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Naked woman demands cab ride to Michigan

A 29-year-old woman who was refused a cab ride from Louisiana to Michigan responded by whipping off her kit on the back seat and then stealing the taxi, the Times-Picayune reports.
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PARIS emerges triumphant from hypobaric chamber

We know you lot haven't been able to eat or sleep pending the outcome of Monday's test of our Paper Aircraft Released Into Space (PARIS) Mk 2 release mechanism, so here's the news: it works.
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Sony net-connected HD TVs get BBC iPlayer access

Sony has updated its internet-connected Bravia TVs to include access to BBC iPlayer.
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Deutsche Telekom CEO questioned over bribery claims

German prosecutors searched the home of Deutsche Telekom CEO Rene Obermann in August, it has emerged, and have questioned staff about alleged bribes paid in the form of dividends to stifle Macedonian competition.
Bill Ray, 15 2010
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Czechs wait for Google Street View

The Czech data protection authority has confirmed that Google does not have the proper licence to continue collecting images for its Street View service.
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Parents back legal ban of violent vidgames sales to kids

The war between the video games industry and critics who think that playing violent games are harmful to children moves to the US Supreme Court in November.
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Shuttle ships skinny Nvidia Ion 2 systems

Shuttle has introduced a line of slimline, screen-mountable desktops based on Nvidia's second-generation Ion chipset and Intel's Atom processors.
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Cisco to pay divvy in 2011

John Chambers, chief executive officer and chairman of networking giant Cisco Systems, must be getting ready for retirement three to five years from now. Because yesterday at Cisco's financial analyst conference in San Jose, Chambers announced that the company would start paying out a dividend to stockholders beginning in 2011.
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Vue denies cinema phone ban plan

Vue Cinemas is distancing itself from claims that it may shortly ban mobile phones from its auditoria.
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Mozilla sics sea monster on SunSpider and Google V8

Mozilla has unveiled a new browser benchmark, claiming that – more so than the likes of SunSpider and Google's V8 – it focuses on "realistic" workloads and "forward looking" applications. The open sourcers call their new benchmark Kraken, which makes for a convenient headline for the blog post announcing its arrival.
Cade Metz, 15 2010
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Intel smarties rain on the clouds

IDF Two of Intel's best and brightest engineers rained on the cloud-computing parade on Tuesday. And Google's broswer-based Chrome OS suffered collateral damage.
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Novell breakup and sale imminent, says report

Commercial operating system maker Novell is close to selling itself off after breaking it into two bits, according to the is New York Post.
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Microsoft delivers Google Chrome IE9 beta

First look Microsoft is offering Internet Explorer 9 beta for download. Although this follows four earlier platform previews, this is the first time the new IE user interface has been shown to the public.
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CES pitted for Intel Wireless Display boost

IDF Intel made a point of highlighting its Wireless Display (WiDi) technology at IDF this week, but expect an even bigger push at next January's Consumer Electronics Show (CES).
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Die-hard bug bytes Linux kernel for second time

The Linux kernel has been purged of a bug that gave root access to untrusted users – again.
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Road test: putting the iPad to work

Can the iPad ever replace the netbook or notebook? There seemed only one way to find out: take the Apple tablet to Intel Developer Forum and leave the laptop at home.
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Unofficial fix brings temporary relief for critical Adobe vuln

Security researchers have released what they say is an unofficial fix for the critical Adobe Reader vulnerability that's being actively exploited to install malware on machines running Microsoft Windows.
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Intel seeks security through app stores

IDF Intel appears to be proposing to turn the x86 software market into an Apple-style apps store, and it's doing so in the name of security. One casualty will be anti-virus software as we know it.
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Intel eats crow on software RAID

IDF When Intel releases its Sandy Bridge-based two-socket "Romley" platform in the middle of next year, its "Patsburg" platform controller hub (PCH) will include support for serial attached SCSI (SAS).
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Intel to keep laptops from losing cool in bed

IDF Intel has developed a notebook cooling system it claims will make laptops safe to take to bed.