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Oracle: no license for Android's Harmony friend

Oracle will never grant a license to Project Harmony, the open source Java implementation.
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WTF is... DLNA?

DVD and Blu-ray Disc players, internet radios, sound systems and projectors, TV set-top boxes and the TVs themselves have traditionally been a motley crew, arguing among themselves in so far as they communicate at all, about who should do what and to whom.
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Microsoft steers OEMs away from putting Phone 7 on Tablets

Microsoft is usually decisive. There is a saying in contact sports such as American football and rugby – it doesn‘t matter if you make a wrong decision, if you commit to it and do it hard enough, you can make it into the right decision. It works for business too.
Faultline, 18 2010
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Benoit Mandelbrot, father of fractals, dies at 85

Benoit Mandelbrot, the father of fractals, died on October 14 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, at the age of 85.
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EMC in Isilon 'takeover talks'

EMC is in exclusive talks to buy Isilon, according to the New York Post.
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Iomega's flashy SSD clones your PC

Iomega has a line of pocket-sized external flash storage devices using a USB 3.0 interconnect. Should we call them USB slab drives? "Stick" seems a little too small.
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Smartphones are on your network

Trying to avoid having to manage consumer mobile devices? You're wasting your time. Better to accept the inevitable - you're going to have to do it.
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Apple MacBook Air revamp snapped, posted on web

Apple fans are eagerly anticipating Wednesday's Mac-centric company announcement, particularly since a few snaps of what are claimed to be internals of a prototype 13.3in MacBook Air popped up online this weekend.
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The great Aussie firewall is back - and this time it's personal

Internet censorship in Australia is once more on a roll, with more online content than ever coming up for a ban. It seems the Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, deciding that the great firewall was neither a political nor a technical issue, but a moral one.
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HP snaps up Meego boss

Ari Jaaksi, who until so recently was running Nokia's Meego project, has been recruited by HP to bring some of that Meego magic to its own webOS.
Bill Ray, 18 2010
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HTC outs Gratia low-cost Android smartphone

HTC will bring its latest Android smartphone, the Gratia, to the UK next month.
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No legal privilege for accountants, says Court of Appeal

The right to keep correspondence and documents relating to legal advice secret does not exist when the person giving the advice is an accountant, the Court of Appeal has ruled.
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ID fraud costs UK £2.7bn a year

Identity fraud affects 1.8 million Britons every year, costing £2.7bn in the process, researcher claimed today.
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PARIS looking 50/50 for Saturday launch

The Paper Aircraft Released Into Space team is nervously eyeing the skies ahead of Saturday's planned launch.
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Nokia heralds Symbian^3 with C7 smartphone

Nokia is now allowing its fans to place advance orders for its upcoming C7 capacitive touchscreen smartphone.
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Pentagon: Wikileaks file-dump didn't reveal anything important

It was revealed over the weekend that in the judgement of US defence secretary Robert Gates, the much-hyped Wikileaks dump earlier this year of military files regarding the war in Afghanistan did not compromise "any sensitive intelligence sources and methods", though it had endangered the lives of US troops and Afghans cooperating with them.
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iPad tethering does disappearing trick

The last iOS beta for iPad had tethering, but that feature appears to have vanished, prompting speculation that it will fall under the control of the network operator.
Bill Ray, 18 2010
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Facebook gets poked in latest privacy gaffe

Facebook’s privacy rules aren’t as watertight as the company would have its users believe, after the Wall Street Journal uncovered that some of the social network’s most popular apps have siphoned off personal information to ad firms and internet tracking outfits.
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Dual-dock iPad design gets official EU thumbs-up

The next iPad will indeed sport two dock connectors - one on the short side of the device, the other on the long edge - if recently published application for European design protection is anything to go by.
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Gov axes £35bn Severn Barrage tide-energy scheme

Controversial plans by the former government to build a massive tidal-power barrage across the Severn estuary have been scrapped. Energy Secretary Chris Huhne, announcing the decision this morning, said the scheme's costs were "excessive".
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'Condom in my Whopper' man pulls case

A Vermont man has dropped a lawsuit he filed which claimed he had bitten into a Burger King Whopper and found himself chewing an unwrapped condom.
Joe Fay, 18 2010
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Notorious Anonymous hacktivists launch fresh attacks

Hacktivists from the loosely-banded Anonymous took out the UK Intellectual Property Office and a Portuguese music industry website over the weekend during the latest phase of an ongoing campaign against the entertainment industry.
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Opera, Oracle and Qualcomm join WAC ranks

The Wireless Application Community, operators' last weapon against third-party app stores, has signed up another 32 members, including some familiar names.
Bill Ray, 18 2010
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EU pushes gov spending gravy train online

The EU has potentially granted millions of pine trees a stay of execution by launching a consultation on e-procurement for public sector goods and services.
Joe Fay, 18 2010
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Sly new tactic sneaks hackers past security dogs

Updated A new hacking technique creates a mechanism for hackers to smuggle attacks past security defences, such as firewalls and intrusion prevention systems.
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Powermat iPhone 4 wireless charging kit

Review Powermat, the best-known purveyor of wireless charging systems, missed a chance by not getting its iPhone 4 inductive charging pack out sooner than it has. Antennagate highlighted the benefits of wrapping the newest iPhone in a case, and Powermate might have sold a fair few units on the back of it.
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Legal P2P venture fails

Choruss, the ambitious attempt to bring legal music file-sharing to US colleges and into the home with the backing of the major labels, has stumbled. "I blew it," founder Jim Griffin now admits.
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Carphone Warehouse slashes Samsung Galaxy Tab price

Carphone Warehouse has updated its Samsung Galaxy Tab sales page with a price: £530 without a data contract, or £500 if you take out a tenner-a-month data deal with Talk Mobile.
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More sensitive Wii Remote out on 5 November

Nintendo's revamped Wii Remote, this one with the old Motion Plus add-on built in, will go on sale in the UK on 5 November.
Hard Reg, 18 2010
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Dell's DCS is a big shiny server star

For the past several years - and some of them not particularly good ones - Dell's Data Center Services (DCS) bespoke iron-making forge down in Round Rock, Texas, has been a particularly bright spot in the company's enterprise business.
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UK promises 'transformative' cyber security programme

The Coalition government sought today to suggest that the savings package for the national-security sector is all part of a joined-up plan or strategy, which will feature a 'transformative' cyber security force or capability of some type.
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Google ties search appliance to the clouds

Google has updated its corporate search appliances so that they can search not only data stored behind a company's firewall but also data housed on various online services, including Mountain View's own Google Docs and Googles Sites.
Cade Metz, 18 2010
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Wily founder returns with cloud management

Four years after selling his Wily Technologies to enterprise giant Computer Associates for $375m, Lew Cirne is back with an apps management service that individuals can afford.
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Apple squashes unauthorized MacBook battery maker

Apple's legal team has succeeded in forcing the only company to offer external MacBook batteries and chargers — HyperMac, a division of China's Sanho Digital Electronics — to cease selling said products.
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Apple posts $20bn+ quarter

Apple blew past nearly all Wall Street moneymen's most optimist predictions when it announced Monday that it sucked up $20.34bn in revenues during its most recent quarter.
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Wikileaks founder denied Swedish residency permit

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has been denied in his bid for a Swedish residency permit, part of the Australian's effort to gain protection for the whistleblower site under Sweden's press freedom laws.
Cade Metz, 18 2010
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IBM hits $24bn target thanks to big iron

People expecting some big and pleasant surprises out of Big Blue in its third quarter are probably going to be disappointed that IBM did exactly and precisely what it said it would do. Revenues were up 3 per cent to $24.3bn, and net income climbed 11.7 per cent to $3.6bn.
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Microsoft loses chief software architect Ray Ozzie

Bill Gates' replacement at Microsoft, Ray Ozzie, is leaving the company after just five years.