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UK Man cops to £500,000 iTunes royalty scam

A UK man has admitted involvement in crime ring that generated £500,000 in royalties by using stolen credit cards to buy his own songs on iTunes and Amazon, according to published reports.
Dan Goodin, 16 Dec 2010
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Google drops nuke on 'objective' search engine utopia

Google's utopian vision of a uniquely democratic and completely objective web search engine is dead. It died about three years ago. While no one was looking, Google killed it.
Cade Metz, 16 Dec 2010
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Sony PlayStation Network vs MS Xbox Live

Head-to-Head The online functionality of games consoles has come a long way. Unrecognisable from the 14.4Kb/s modem sideshow curios on the SNES and Megadrive, and a quantum leap over Sega's iconoclastic Dreamcast, the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3's online services can alone inform purchasing decisions. So if you're contemplating buying either for Christmas - or if you're daring to swap allegiance - here's a handy guide to their respective offerings.
Andrew Bailey, 16 Dec 2010
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Fanboys: updated OS X Lion MacBooks, iMacs in H1 '11

Apple will update its iMac and MacBook Pro lines during the first half of 2011, moles from Taiwan say.
Tony Smith, 16 Dec 2010
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Cisco and NetApp are all loved up

Opinion: The twitterverse is swimming with tweets from NetAppers full of suppressed excitement about a deepening Cisco and NetApp relationship and also about Data ONTAP-v. Could an OEM deal be coming?
Chris Mellor, 16 Dec 2010
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A question of performance

Hosted apps Software as a service (SaaS) promises a lot but many are still nervous about relying on it for business use. The concerns we hear most centre on security, privacy and operational risk. The first two are the most important and we will be covering these later in our workshop. In the meantime, we will start by considering operational risk.
Dale Vile, 16 Dec 2010
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UK start-up pitches touch-to-sync tech for watches

Hoptroff, a London-based technology developer, today announced a chip for timepieces that, it claimed, "end the era of ‘dumb’ watches".
Tony Smith, 16 Dec 2010
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Greek police cuff Anonymous spokesman suspect

Greek police have reportedly arrested a web designer whose name appeared in a press release issued by online hacktivists Anonymous last week.
John Leyden, 16 Dec 2010
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Hitachi GST delivers storage bounty on a platter

Hitachi GST has developed a single-platter 2.5-inch drive holding 500GB, a record density at this form factor in a production disk drive.
Chris Mellor, 16 Dec 2010
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LG whips out dual-core Android smartphone

Say hello to LG's latest Android handset: the world's first - the company claims - smartphone with a dual-core CPU.
Tony Smith, 16 Dec 2010
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eBay takes the Critical Path

Critical Path Software, the company that developed eBay's iPhone app, has been acquired by the online auction house which has also seen fit to coin the term "moppers" to describe mobile users.
Bill Ray, 16 Dec 2010
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Boeing wins MoD logistics deal

The Ministry of Defence has awarded the contract for the Future Logistics Information Services (Flis) project to Boeing Defence UK.
Kable, 16 Dec 2010
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Patents do not protect small firms, says trade body

Patents do not give protection to inventive small businesses because they are impossible to enforce, an organisation claiming to represent small technology companies has said.
OUT-LAW.COM, 16 Dec 2010
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Police probe British Anonymous activists

The Metropolitan Police has confirmed it is investigating the activities of Anonymous, the online activism movement recently under the spotlight for its DDoS attacks in support of WikiLeaks.
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WikiLeaks mirror site rails against malware warning

A site that provides a list of Wikileaks mirrors has cried foul over its classification as potentially dangerous to visit.
John Leyden, 16 Dec 2010
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Blighty Yahoo! workers could see jobs go overseas in 2011

UK-based Yahoo! workers face a tough 2011, with the company undergoing a consultation process about job cuts in the products wing of the flailing web portal’s business.
Kelly Fiveash, 16 Dec 2010
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Three-quarters of downloads are illegal – BPI

Seventy-six per cent of music downloaded this year was downloaded illegally, the BPI reckons in its annual survey of digital trends. The British record industry group estimates there are 8 million people, or 23 per cent of the UK online population, using P2P software.
Andrew Orlowski, 16 Dec 2010
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MPs shocked at Taser supplier overlap

A parliamentary committee challenged the Home Office's choice of Taser provider to the UK Police, questioning whether the new supplier was a little too closely linked to the previous one.
Jane Fae , 16 Dec 2010
Zeal Optics Transcend GPS Goggles

Zeal Optics Transcend GPS goggles

Review Being more a mountaineer than a skier I tend to the view that snowboarders and their ilk are a pretty self-obsessed bunch. Winter-sports eyewear maker Zeal appears to take a similar view, given its new Transcend goggles have GPS built-in to let snowboarders and skiers show anyone who is interested where they have been and how fast they got there.
Alun Taylor, 16 Dec 2010
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HipLogic tries to fan mobile spark

HipLogic's latest shell replacement, Spark, is trying to bring a consistent experience to Symbian and Android handsets, paid for through sponsored content and harvesting of user's data.
Bill Ray, 16 Dec 2010
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New spaceplane proposed for NASA station crew contract

Another candidate to replace NASA's space shuttle in the task of carrying astronauts to and from the International Space Station (ISS) has come forward. Unlike most of the other contenders, it is a winged space plane rather than a capsule.
Lewis Page, 16 Dec 2010
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Hacker warning over internet-connected HDTVs

Internet-connected HDTVs could be used by hackers to infiltrate home networks, according to a firm that markets device security software for smartphones, VoIP devices and TVs.
John Leyden, 16 Dec 2010
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Assange to be released

A High Court judge has rejected a call to keep Julian Assange in jail while the courts consider Sweden's extradition request.
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AOL buys Pictela's HD content marketing platform

Ailing internet outfit AOL has flung some cash at advertising technology today, with the acquisition of Pictela.
Kelly Fiveash, 16 Dec 2010
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Social media and security threats

Regcast It's hard to imagine the time, five years ago, when social media barely existed. But now it has taken over our lives, what are the consequences for how you run a business?
Phil Mitchell, 16 Dec 2010
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Ofcom sets out airport fees

Airports are going to have to pay more more for their radio frequencies, with some rates jumping by almost 10 times as the cost of a safe landing goes up.
Bill Ray, 16 Dec 2010
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Catfish: A fanfare for Facebook fakery

Film review - contains spoilers Facebook is brimful of hot girls who are usually neither of those things: scammers, hustlers and freelance scumbags who don lovely online masks to get close to you and take you for all you're worth, or if you're lucky, just make you look really stupid. Not all of the masks hide your standard con-people, however – some of them are the finely-crafted work of lonely fantasists who might gain access not to your bank account, but to your head, your heart and your life.
Sarah Bee, 16 Dec 2010
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Apple Mac App Store to go live January

Apple's Mac Store software download shop will go live on 6 January - the first day of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), no less.
Tony Smith, 16 Dec 2010
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MP queries Hargreaves review

An MP has tabled a parliamentary question to find out how BIS arrived at its panel of advisors for the Hargreaves Review. Five experts are advising the former FT journalist with his six-month review into "IP and Growth". But two in particular – campaigning professor James Boyle and former web monkey Tom Loosemore – have raised concerns as they lack business experience, and have a history of hostility to creator's rights.
Andrew Orlowski, 16 Dec 2010
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Rackspace in heavenly marriage with server admin kit

Rackspace has acquired Cloudkick, the San Francisco-based startup that offers a web-based service for monitoring and managing sky-high virtual servers, earthbound physical servers, and – if you're so inclined – turkey smokers.
Cade Metz, 16 Dec 2010
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Google questions tests that praise IE's bad website blocker

The methodology of tests that found IE is tops for blocking a particular type of malware attack have come under fire from Google.
John Leyden, 16 Dec 2010
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Facebook trains self to recognize your face

Facebook is adding face recognition, working to automatically provide tags for the photos you upload to Mark Zuckerberg's own private internet.
Cade Metz, 16 Dec 2010
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Apple, EMC, and Oracle in Novell patent play

The holding company that acquired 882 Novell patent last month is a front not only for Microsoft but also Apple, EMC, and Oracle.
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Intel and AMD in third quarter stalemate

Intel and AMD maintained pretty much the same market share in the third quarter, according to chip market watcher iSuppli.