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Google Chrome OS mauled by Richard Stallman

Free Software Foundation founder Richard Stallman has attacked Google's still-gestating Chrome OS, arguing it's designed "to push people into careless computing."
Cade Metz, 15 Dec 2010
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Feds probe '100 site' data breach

FBI agents looking into the theft of customer data belonging to McDonald's are investigating similar breaches that may have hit more than 100 other companies that used email marketing services from Atlanta-based Silverpop Systems .
Dan Goodin, 15 Dec 2010
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Email protected by Fourth Amendment, says appeals court

Police must obtain a warrant before accessing emails stored by internet service providers, a federal appeals court has ruled in a landmark decision that also struck down part of a 1986 law that allows warrantless interception of some digital data.
Dan Goodin, 15 Dec 2010
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Air Force blocks access to sites that covered WikiLeaks

The US Air Force is barring its personnel from using government computers to view The New York Times and 25 other websites that posted diplomatic memos released by WikiLeaks, according to news reports.
Dan Goodin, 15 Dec 2010
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Ten... sub-£150 PMPs

Product Round-up Budget PMPs are the missing link between a high-end video job and a standard MP3 player. With modern devices so advanced, some would class these PMPs as cell-phones without the option to call, a view I generally shared.
Caleb Cox, 15 Dec 2010
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Blog network must label promo content under OFT glare

Consumer protection watchdog the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has forced a network of bloggers to make it clear when companies are paying it for coverage. The OFT investigated Handpicked Media under consumer protection laws.
OUT-LAW.COM, 15 Dec 2010
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HP inks $1.4bn outsourcing deal with energy firm E.ON

Hewlett-Packard and European energy mammoth E.ON IT announced they have signed a five-year, $1.4bn infrastructure tech-outsourcing services contract.
Lewis Page, 15 Dec 2010
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'London black cabs to go electric in 2 weeks' – Boris Guardian

Black cabs "capable of zero tail pipe emission operation" will start to appear on the streets of London by the year 2020 under plans announced yesterday by mayor Boris Johnson.
Team Register, 15 Dec 2010
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Geeks Guide2 Christmas 2010 - Part IV

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Register Books, 15 Dec 2010
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Three punts UNLIMITED smartphone package

Three has upgraded its The One mobile phone tariff to add "all-you-can-eat data" to the package.
Tony Smith, 15 Dec 2010
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Windows 7 really was some girl's idea, rules ASA

The ASA has ruled that it's perfectly plausible to claim that Windows 7 was developed by a bunch of rugby players' girlfriends, "private-browsing" dads, and spud-faced kids in Spanish cafes rather than a bunch of highly trained, generously paid developers in Redmond.
Joe Fay, 15 Dec 2010
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British lags less chatty on mobiles

British prisoners aren't as connected as they were last year - or prison wardens are losing the ability to find contraband mobiles.
Bill Ray, 15 Dec 2010
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Atos Origin buys Siemens IT wing in €850m deal

French services giant Atos Origin is buying Siemens IT unit Solutions and Services (SIS), after signing an €850m deal with the German multinational.
Kelly Fiveash, 15 Dec 2010
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Yahoo! axes 600 jobs

Yahoo! began laying off around four per cent of its staff yesterday.
Kelly Fiveash, 15 Dec 2010
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Critical IE update in biggest ever Patch Tuesday

Microsoft released a bumper total of 17 bulletins on Tuesday - collectively addressing a total of 40 software security vulnerabilities - as part of its largest ever Patch Tuesday update.
John Leyden, 15 Dec 2010
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First 'cryovolcano' discovered on Titan, ice moon of Saturn

Boffins believe they have discovered the first "cryovolcano" known to the human race: a mountain on Titan, ice moon of Saturn, which has appeared in much the same way as an Earthly volcano - but which is made of ice and spews freezing slush rather than blazing molten rock.
Lewis Page, 15 Dec 2010
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Firefox UI man quits Mozilla for new health-conscious venture

Mozilla user-interface guru Aza Raskin is leaving the open source outfit to start a new venture called Massive Health.
Kelly Fiveash, 15 Dec 2010
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David Attenborough dino doc shows limits of 3D TV

The future of 3D TV is "event television" reckons eminent broadcaster Sir David Attenborough, the implication being that stereoscopic broadcasting isn't much cop for anything else.
Tony Smith, 15 Dec 2010
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Trust and risk in the cloud

Hosted apps Stick enough kit and multi-tenant software in one huge data centre and there is no arguing with the economies of scale that can be achieved. Megahosters like Google and Microsoft playing this game can deliver web search capability and online consumer services such as email, office and social networking tools at minimal cost per user.
Dale Vile, 15 Dec 2010
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Nokia cuts staff, fiddles with E7

Nokia is cutting back on staff while grappling with its new E7 Communicator, which will now not ship until next year.
Bill Ray, 15 Dec 2010
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Virtual Server backup software ranked

Analyst rankings of virtual server backup software put CommVault Simpana 9 and CA ARCserve r15 in place as the best all-round products.
Chris Mellor, 15 Dec 2010
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BBC audience: DAB less tasty than leftover turkey

The BBC's own research has discovered that DAB radio leaves the audience nonplussed.
Andrew Orlowski, 15 Dec 2010
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WikiLeaks urged to stop hosting on Russian blackhat ISP

Security watchers have urged Wikileaks to stop hosting its material with a "bulletproof" Russian ISP believed to primarily cater to, or be controlled by, Russian cyber criminals.
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FBI 'planted backdoor' in OpenBSD

Allegations that the FBI may have smuggled back doors or weaknesses into openBSD's cryptography have created uproar in the security community.
John Leyden, 15 Dec 2010
Aln Sugar's not a Sugababe

Man caught w*nking over Alan Sugar's autobiography

A man was caught masturbating in a public library while perusing Lord Alan Sugar's autobiography.
Kelly Fiveash, 15 Dec 2010
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Standard setter seeks to unify power, wired, wireless LANs

The IEEE has put in place a programme to devise a standard that will bridge wired and wireless network technologies in the home.
Tony Smith, 15 Dec 2010
Asus Eee PC 1015PEM

Asus Eee PC 1015PEM

Review Will someone please do something interesting with the netbook. Even Asus, the company that created this category of computer, doesn't appear to be able to do anything with it, if it's latest Eee PC, the 1015PEM, is anything to go by.
Tony Smith, 15 Dec 2010
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How GCHQ keeps tabs on FOI requestors

Following an FOI request instigated by yours truly, it has emerged that GCHQ are keeping tabs on FOI requestors. Even those requestors who have asked public authorities for a copy of GCHQ’s widely distributed, declassified, IT security documentation...
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Froyo snuggles into cosy Nook

The NOOKcolor e-reader, from Barnes & Noble, is going to get Android 2.2 (Froyo) next month, very nearly turning the $250 e-reader into a usable tablet computer.
Bill Ray, 15 Dec 2010
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'Blitzer' railgun already 'tactically relevant', boasts maker

It's all go in the world of hypervelocity railguns this week. Following Friday's 33-megajoule test shot carried out at a US Navy laboratory, it has also been announced that a different railgun known as "Blitzer" has recently carried out firings which suggest that it is almost combat ready.
Lewis Page, 15 Dec 2010
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Zuckerberg beats Assange to claim Person of the Year™

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has defied WikiLeaks supporters to claim Time magazine's Person of the Year™ crown.
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Symantec adds file resource management

Symantec has developed a specific file resource management product to help users weed out inactive and orphan files from the onrushing flood of unstructured file data heading their way.
Chris Mellor, 15 Dec 2010
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Brussels quizzes UK on school kiddyprinting

The European Commission has raised "significant concerns" with Britain over schools that collect and store children's fingerprints.
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Everything Everywhere ponders discrimination by packet

Everything Everywhere has rather upset Which? by mooting the idea of tariffs based on services, rather than raw quantities of data.
Bill Ray, 15 Dec 2010
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Yahoo! search! stuffed! with! FILTH!

Yahoo! search went downmarket yesterday, and defaulted to serving up porn to users.
John Leyden, 15 Dec 2010
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Google targets Internet Explorer shops with Chrome admin controls

Google had rolled out IT admin controls for deploying and configuring its Chrome browser across business networks.
Cade Metz, 15 Dec 2010
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World of Warcraft bot ban ticks off world of critics

Analysis A federal appeals panel has upheld a ban on the distribution of a once-popular World of Warcraft bot in a sprawling ruling that is sure to anger just about everyone with a stake in the debate over whether gamers have the right to tweak the titles they play.
Dan Goodin, 15 Dec 2010