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UK head of online child protection resigns

Jim Gamble, head of the UK’s Child Exploitation Online Protection Unit (CEOP), has resigned in a row over the supposed independence of his fiefdom.
Jane Fae , 05 Oct 2010
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iPhone app tagged as terror tool

A Tory alarmist is squawking about the technology behind an iPhone app that he claims could enable an airline-hunting terrorist to more easily stalk his prey.
Rik Myslewski, 05 Oct 2010
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EMC boosts NetWorker

EMC has integrated NetWorker backup with Data Domain Boost to speed up backups.
Chris Mellor, 05 Oct 2010
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Audio Chi W-series headphones

Review While not exactly a household name, Audio Chi has been making noises with its claims that its W-Series headphones can deliver quality audio yet remain in realms of affordability. Indeed, some things have to be seen heard to be believed. The W-series are lightweight, with a simple physical design. Accessories include a travel bag and a 2.5mm adaptor, handy for those with compatible mobile devices.
Caleb Cox, 05 Oct 2010
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Hull man guilty of snooping on hundreds of medical records

A Hull man has been given a suspended sentence for looking at hundreds of women's medical records.
John Oates, 05 Oct 2010
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Project Champion Report misses targets

On 30 September, the Chief Constable of West Midlands went on TV to apologise for its plans to undertake comprehensive and overt CCTV surveillance of all cars and individuals who entered or left the Sparkhill area of Birmingham.
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Foursquare falls down, lurches back up

Foursquare is back up after a 15-hour outage, but the location tracking service will remain schtum on what went wrong until tomorrow.
Bill Ray, 05 Oct 2010
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NASA's WISE loses its chill

NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, aka WISE, has finally run out of the frozen hydrogen cryogen which kept its infrared detectors nicely chilled as it surveyed the heavens.
Lester Haines, 05 Oct 2010
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HTC Windows Phone 7 handset turns Orange

"Sorry, an error occurred" is how the page on the Orange website that leaked some info about HTC's upcoming Mozart handset is now headed.
Hard Reg, 05 Oct 2010
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Opting out of behavioural ads to get easier for US users

US web users will soon be able to opt out of behavioural advertising operated by members of the main advertising and marketing trade bodies. The groups have agreed to set up a single point at which users can opt out of the tracking behind the ads.
OUT-LAW.COM, 05 Oct 2010
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Tony Curtis goes to grave with iPhone

Tony Curtis went to his grave packing an iPhone yesterday, his family have revealed.
Joe Fay, 05 Oct 2010
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Drobo beefs up filer FS box

Drobo has beefed up its five-slot Drobo FS network-attached stage (NAS) box by adding three more drive bays and a replication feature.
Chris Mellor, 05 Oct 2010
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Next Palm to drop physical keyboard, says mole

Here's one for you three Palm fans: the latest entirely unsubstantiated but issued by a "very reliable" source rumour has the HP subsidiary releasing a touchscreen-only smartphone, possibly as early as this very month.
Tony Smith, 05 Oct 2010
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Legendary steampunk computer 'should be built' - programmer

A well-known British programmer, blogger and online campaigner has called for a collaborative effort to finally make a legendary steampunk mechanical computer - the Babbage Analytical "Engine", designed but never actually built - a reality.
Lewis Page, 05 Oct 2010
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Three-version Avatar disc sets out 15 November

If you've not had your fill of Avatar you'll be able to buy a whole three discs more of it next month.
Tony Smith, 05 Oct 2010
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Ballmer goes to LSE as internal doc calls for radical overhaul of MS

Microsoft is privately telling its staff that the company’s way of doing business needs to be re-addressed – the only trouble being that public knowledge of that fact has been evident for some time now.
Kelly Fiveash, 05 Oct 2010
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Iran nuclear plant shutdown due to 'leak'

Delays in bringing Iran's nuclear plant online at Bushehr are due to a "small leak" and nothing to do with the infamous Stuxnet worm, according to the country's energy minister.
John Leyden, 05 Oct 2010
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Verity Stob, 05 Oct 2010
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Qualcomm halts the FLO of TV

Qualcomm is reportedly pulling the plug on its US MediaFLO service, after discovering that even Americans won't pay to watch broadcast TV on mobile phones.
Bill Ray, 05 Oct 2010
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Apple wants halt to $600m patent case

Apple is challenging a $625.5m court judgment awarded to Mirror Worlds for patent infringement.
John Oates, 05 Oct 2010
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Hiberno-mooner stalks Google Street View

Google is struggling to keep up with the Hibernian moons plaguing its Street View Ireland service.
Joe Fay, 05 Oct 2010
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Sir Norman Wisdom dies at 95

Sir Norman Wisdom died yesterday at the age of 95, the BBC reports.
Lester Haines, 05 Oct 2010
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Samsung Galaxy Apollo Android smartphone

Review Samsung’s mobile phone portfolio grows ever larger, and while the differences can be hard to distinguish, the Galaxy Apollo does have its niche, at least as far as the marketeers are concerned. It is aimed at the connected lifestyles of younger people who want social networking tools at their fingertips.
Sandra Vogel, 05 Oct 2010
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Internet firms welcome CEOP chief's exit

Exclusive Jim Gamble's resignation as Britain's most senior child protection policeman has today been welcomed by a broad coalition of internet firms, who said they had been alienated by his aggressive approach.
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Driver follows satnav to his doom

A Senegalese man drove by mistake into a Spanish reservoir on Saturday evening - and drowned. His passenger survived.
Hard Reg, 05 Oct 2010
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Hitachi launches little whoppers

Hitachi GST has launched the highest capacity small format drives in the business, at 375GB/platter, giving it a marginal advantage over 2.5-inch drives from competitors Seagate, Toshiba and WD. They'e bound to catch up.
Chris Mellor, 05 Oct 2010
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WD upgrades external HDDs to USB 3.0

Western Digital has added USB 3.0 connectivity to its My Book Essential, My Passport Essential and My Passport Essential SE external hard drive lines.
Hard Reg, 05 Oct 2010
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£1bn+ Royal Navy destroyer finally fires 'disgraceful' weapon

The Royal Navy's new £1bn+ Type 45 destroyers, which have been in service for several years (the first is already on her second captain), have finally achieved a successful firing of their primary armament.
Lewis Page, 05 Oct 2010
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Android is turning a profit for Google

Eric Schmidt, Google CEO, reckons that Android is making money for the search giant, and claims it has already covered the cost of its development in increased advertising revenue.
Bill Ray, 05 Oct 2010
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Cisco sets Warrior on unit left empty by new Skype CEO

Cisco’s CTO Padmasree Warrior had her brief widened yesterday at the IT network firm, after she took on the job left vacant by Skype’s shiny new CEO, Tony Bates.
Kelly Fiveash, 05 Oct 2010
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Spuds for laptop fraudsters strike in Huntingdon

The potatoes for laptop bait-and-switch fraudsters have been at it again, relieving a couple in Huntingdon of £650 in exchange for a bag of spuds and a few bits of cardboard.
Joe Fay, 05 Oct 2010
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WD rolls out 3TB today

Yesterday, we suggested Western Digital could introduce its 3TB drive in a week or two. But it's gone and announced it today.
Chris Mellor, 05 Oct 2010
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Verity Stob faces execution, Wikipedia-style

A 22-year career chronicling the world of computing programming counts for nothing, it seems. Columnist and author Verity Stob may be nominated for deletion from Wikipedia for not being "notable" enough.
Andrew Orlowski, 05 Oct 2010
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iPhone makes many Aussies late/early for work

Australian iPhone users have been having some early starts recently as their handsets have failed to adjust repeated alarms to allow for daylight saving - if they've gone off at all.
Bill Ray, 05 Oct 2010
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Nokia's Meego boss goes

Nokia's VP of Meego devices is quitting, the company confirmed today.
Andrew Orlowski, 05 Oct 2010
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HP sprinkles GPU chips on new cookie sheet servers

Hewlett-Packard jumps into the CPU-GPU fray today from Barcelona, Spain, where it is launching its second generation of cookie sheet servers, the SL6500 Scalable System.
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Symantec pushes mobile security onto Android and iOS

Symantec is extending its support of smartphone platforms in a bid to make its security and management technology as ubiquitous in the mobile world as it is on the desktop.
John Leyden, 05 Oct 2010
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Cut-price Android tablets ahoy!

The Cheap... John Lewis pitches 80-quid colour e-book reader No mention of the T-word Asda prices up Elonex 7in Android tablet Yours for £97 Dixons touts tablets Android-tastic 7in and 10in slates incoming Reseller touts cheap-as-chips 7in Android tablet Yours for 85 quid
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Boston firefighters get oxygen masks for cats and dogs

Firefighters in Boston say they are equipping every fire engine in the city with special oxygen masks intended for use by cats and dogs.
Lewis Page, 05 Oct 2010
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Apple's iPad is the hotcake of the 21st century

The iPad is set to become the fastest ever selling electronic device, according to estimates by US investment analysts.
Joe Fay, 05 Oct 2010
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Touchscreen iMac rumor snuffed

Remember that report from late last week that Apple was sampling displays for an upcoming touchscreen iMac? Well, fuggedaboutit.
Rik Myslewski, 05 Oct 2010
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Software dev turned rogue trader gets jail and €4.9bn fine

The French software developer turned rogue trader who brought French bank Société Générale (SocGen) to the verge of bankruptcy has been jailed for three years and fined €4.9bn ($6.7bn)
John Leyden, 05 Oct 2010
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Russian authorities detain suspected bank carding kingpin

Russian authorities have detained a Ukrainian citizen accused of overseeing a criminal operation that used fraudulent credit cards and passports to siphon large amounts of cash out of banks around the world.
Dan Goodin, 05 Oct 2010
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Research links laptops to 'toasted skin syndrome'

In the latest installment of "The Chronicles of Duh...", researchers from the University of Basel, Switzerland, have discovered that letting a hot laptop rest on your thighs for hours at a time isn't good for you.
Rik Myslewski, 05 Oct 2010
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Send in the (MySQL) clones

Amazon is making it easier, and cheaper, to roll out copies of MySQL for very large websites across its cloud.
Gavin Clarke, 05 Oct 2010
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vBulletin sues ex-devs over 'from scratch' competitor

Updated Internet forumware giant vBulletin has sued three former employees, a day before they were due to launch a competing forum-software platform via their new company, the UK-based XenForo.
Cade Metz, 05 Oct 2010
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Apple buys out $1bn data center squatters

Who says the US housing market is dead? One Northern Carolina couple just received $1.7m for their one-story home on less than a acre of land that they bought for $6,000. The buyer? Steve Jobs & Co.
Rik Myslewski, 05 Oct 2010
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Cisco buffs Borderless Networks brand gear

Cisco's Borderless Networks launch on Tuesday put new switches, routers, and access point hardware into the field, as well as adding some interesting virtual x64 server software capabilities to existing routers, along with a smattering of other software and services.