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Ubuntu's iTunes jumps to Windows and Android

Updated Ubuntu's mission to become more Mac-like takes a step forward with Maverick Meerkat, as Canonical further fuses machine and web.
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Google TV mimics Android's closed openness

With Google TV, Eric Schmidt and company hope to give web television the Android treatment. In other words, they plan on expanding their online ad empire by offering hardware manufacturers a free software platform that's kinda open source.
Cade Metz, 07 2010
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Depts declare dumped IT deals

The Ministry of Defence is among departments which have revealed the cancellation of multimillion pound contracts.
Kable, 07 2010
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Panasonic TY-CC10W Skype camera

Review While purists might prefer a standards-based approach to Internet telephony, there’s no doubt that, for many people, Skype is much simpler to set up. Even so, with a few exceptions, most equipment is still tethered to a computer, especially if you want to use Skype’s video calling.
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No takers on digital Olympic radio station

Despite being given six months to respond, it seems no one is interested in running a digital-only radio station during the London Olympics - so Ofcom has shelved the idea.
Bill Ray, 07 2010
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Kingston ships 32GB smartphone memory card

Memory specialist Kingston has made its 32GB Micro SDHC memory card available to buyers.
Hard Reg, 07 2010
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Spanish netizens pursue urinating traffic cop

Outraged Spaniards are demanding justice after a fetching snap of a traffic cop taking a roadside piss went viral earlier this week, quickly spreading to inboxes across the land.
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Ubuntu Server 10.10 rides distributed file systems

Canonical's work on the "Maverick Meerkat" Ubuntu 10.10 development effort has been mostly about polishing the desktop, but the commercial Linux distributor has not forgotten about the server business that increasingly pays the bills.
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CommVault proffers ninth Simpana generation

CommVault has added source deduplication in its ninth major release of Simpana, its data protection and management software suite.
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Apple pays off pension fund

Apple has paid $14m to a New York pension scheme to end a lawsuit over its backdating of share options for Steve Jobs and other executives.
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Reviewed: Apple's 2010 iPod Line-up

Apple iPod Shuffle 4G Review Not-so-slight return
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Bitstream BOLTs multimedia onto feature phones

Bitstream's BOLT browser now supports HTML 5 tags for streaming audio too, allowing for claims that a basic phone can now out-perform Apple's iPad when it comes to multimedia.
Bill Ray, 07 2010
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Boffins build acme e-paper screen

Scientists at the University of Cincinnati have come up with what they claim is the acme of mobile display technology: a screen that's cheap, able to present content clearly even in bright sunlight, able to retain an image even when there's no power and yet, unlike e-ink screens, can refresh quickly enough to play video.
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Extreme makeover: HP storage edition

Opinion Watch out EMC, HDS, IBM and NetApp, there's a new storage kid in town. Pale, undernourished HP is on a regimen of 3PAR vitamins and steroids and has spoken about its plans to bulk up and kick ass.
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TalkTalk reveals faster broadband plans

TalkTalk has broken cover as the first major ISP with plans to use BT's faster broadband infrastructure.
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Betfair names its price

Betfair has set the price for its upcoming share flotation, following a meeting yesterday where the move was approved by existing shareholders.
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Have hordes of sex workers snubbed the Commonwealth games?

Is it possible that somewhere out there is a lost tribe of sex workers, condemned forever to wander the globe in search of work and pay? We only ask because the latest alarming reports from the Commonwealth Games in Delhi warn of some 40,000 sex workers about to descend on the event.
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Spanish entertainment industry feels wrath of Anonymous

Spain's copyright society (SGAE) came under attack by hacktivists from Anonymous on Thursday as part of the latest phase of a high-profile campaign against organisations that hassle file-sharers.
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Brits not buying into Freeview HD

Freeview today claimed that Brits have bought more that 60 million receivers, DVRs and TVs capable of picking up the free-to-air terrestrially broadcast transmissions it's responsible for marketing.
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Much of recent global warming actually caused by Sun

New data indicates that changes in the Sun's output of energy were a major factor in the global temperature increases seen in recent years. The research will be unwelcome among hardcore green activists, as it downplays the influence of human-driven carbon emissions.
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Many Microsoft workers big on company not Ballmer

Only half of Microsoft workers reckon their boss Steve Ballmer is doing a good job as chief of the company.
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Nintendo outs bright red Mario birthday Wii

Japanese Wii fans will be able to buy a bright red version of the console next month, the better to help them mark Super Mario Bros' 25th anniversary.
Hard Reg, 07 2010
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Asus Eee PC 1215N 12in netbook

Review Asus' Eee PC 1215N is an unusual netbook. It has a 12in, 1366 x 768 screen, not a 10in, 1024 x 600 display. It has an HDMI port. It has a dual-core processor, though one developed for desktops rather than laptops. It has USB 3.0 and Bluetooth 3.0.
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FCC tests, okays Palm 'Pre 2'

HP's next Palm smartphone may not lack a physical keyboard after all. This week, it emerged that a Palm device dubbed the P102UEU had been certified by the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
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Shiny new top-end storage for IBM

Big Blue will launch a new high-end storage array today, the DS8800, which only uses SFF disk drives, abandoning fat 3.5-inch drives.
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eBay Meg still chasing California's top job

Ex-eBay boss Meg Whitman only has a paltry $9m left in the pot for spending on her campaign to become Governor of California.
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Bulgarians bag German pair for pinching panzer

A pair of Germans found guilty of stealing a World War II panzer were given jail sentences in a Bulgarian court yesterday.
Joe Fay, 07 2010
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Verizon to get iPhone 4-and-a-bit early 2011

The long-rumoured Verizon-friendly version of the iPhone will go on sale early next year.
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Microsoft lovingly open sources .NET package manager

Microsoft released an early developer version of an open source package manager, dubbed NuPack, for its .NET platform yesterday.
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Libya applies secret sharia to block sexy URL shortener

Size really does matter. It matters, that is, if you are looking to put up a website in Libya – and the use of a "shortener" results in creation of a domain name that is either too short, or contains the dread string "vb.ly".
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POD giveth: Is factory-built HPC the future?

Hewlett-Packard is looking to steal a step on everyone in the industry with their POD-Works factory approach to building new data centers or adding capacity to old ones.
Dan Olds, 07 2010
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Provincial outrage over BT's broadband upgrade race

The early standings in BT's competition to find the five communities where faster broadband is most in demand aren't encouraging for anyone living outside the M25, or indeed Zone 1, if an email to entrants today is to be believed.
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Symantec boss puzzles over McAfee Intel deal

Symantec's head honcho has confidently predicted the security firm will not suffer the same acquisition fate as arch-rival McAfee, which Intel agreed to buy in a surprise $7.68bn blockbuster deal back in August.
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HTC launches Ovi-ogling cloud service

HTC has launched its own cloud service, Sense, backing up data and helping to locate lost handsets as it tries to transition from a manufacturer to a service provider.
Bill Ray, 07 2010
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Microsoft clamours over cloudy milk monitor buyout

Microsoft has been shy about announcing any acquisitions in the past year, and the firm hasn’t revealed anything about recent company buyouts.
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T-Bone Burnett: Musos, stay off the net!

T-Bone Burnett says new artists who decide to keep their recorded music off the interwebs could be making the smartest move they'll ever make as a a musician.
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Distressed cock whipped out of wheelie bin

Animal lovers have lashed out at 'callous criminals' who left a cockerel trapped in a wheelie bin.
Joe Fay, 07 2010
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Yahoo! search! accordion! prods! you! to! squeeze! box!

Yahoo! refined its search results yesterday, as the company continues to plod along underpinned by Microsoft’s Bing “decision engine” technology.
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EMC snuggles Samsung NAND into flash drives

EMC is using Samsung NAND in its enterprise flash drives, marking its first second source for flash drives alongside STEC.
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Corrupt Akamai worker charged after secrets sting

An Akamai accounts worker has been arrested for alleged wire fraud. This follows a sting operation during which the man was led to believe he was handing over confidential information to an agent of a unnamed foreign power.
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IBM tweaks rack and blade servers

Today is IBM's big storage announcement day, as we report elsewhere, but the company also tweaked a bunch of servers and associated switching options.
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Tesla says 40% of its Roadsters may catch fire

Tesla Motors, the famous battery-car manufacturer backed by internet nerdwealth tycoon and nascent rocketry kingpin Elon Musk, says that approximately 40 per cent of the cars it has made have a technical fault which could cause them to spontaneously catch fire - but only in a minor way.
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Apple to sell 45m iPads in 2011?

Apple will sell more than twice as many iPads next year as it will in 2010, one market watcher has suggested.
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IBM's mid-range storage blast

IBM has announced a new mid-range array made from many existing components. It uses the Storwize brand, but there's no compression. The XIV-style GUI brings Mac desktop graphics to storage admin.
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Verizon to blanket US with 4G LTE this year

Verizon has announced that it will roll out 4G LTE coverage for 110 million Americans later this year. And AT&T is not impressed.
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Google eyes search result preview window

Google is testing a new tool on its search monopoly that previews entire pages before you actually visit them.
Cade Metz, 07 2010
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MySQL veteran drifts clear of Oracle Borg

Oracle has lost a MySQL veteran who helped the plucky database start-up sink permanent roots in the developer and services communities.
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Spam blacklist snafu prompts global gnashing of teeth

Many email users around the world have been unable to send messages because of ongoing technical problems with a popular service designed to prevent spam from reaching its intended destination.
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Microsoft and Adobe talk acquisition and Apple

Adobe Systems stock soared during Thursday's trading in apparent excitement that its chief executive had held talks with Microsoft chief Steve Ballmer.