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Motorola Milestone 2

Motorola Milestone 2 Android smartphone

Review Following a period in the doldrums, Motorola has certainly turned a page coming up with a series of well-specified Android smartphones and its own innovative social networking tools. The Milestone 2 is not to be confused with the second Milestone phone, the Milestone XT720 – no, you're right, it is confusing. Featuring a slide-out Qwerty keyboard and Motoblur, it takes some of the best bits of the original Milestone. Add the HD video of the XT720, along with upgrades and tweaks that improve virtually everything and what could go wrong?
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Nortel patent sale fuels uncertainty over LTE intellectual property

Apple, Nokia and Google are all expected to bid for Nortel’s huge patents hoard. The winner could help decide the licensing structures for LTE.

Paul Allen reloads patent attack against tech titans

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has hit refresh on his attempt to bring a patent infringement lawsuit against Apple, Google, Facebook and other tech outfits.
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Cambridge boffins rebuff banking industry take down request

Computer scientists from Cambridge University have rebuffed attempts by a banking association to persuade them to take down a thesis covering the shortcomings of Chip-and-PIN as a payment verification method.
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Alcatel-Lucent pays to shut down US bribery probe

Alcatel-Lucent has agreed to pay the US government $137m to drop probes of illegal kickbacks it allegedly paid to win contracts in Latin America and Asia.
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How I watched a holographic storage company implode

It was a stony and hard road that holographic storage start-up InPhase travelled, going from hope to long, drawn-out despair. Its ambitions were left in tatters after senior management mis-steps and funding difficulties, but now the firm is allowing itself a little hope again.
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PC World website went titsup on Boxing Day

Computer retail outfit PC World suffered an embarrassing website outage on Boxing Day, which is traditionally seen as one of the biggest online shopping days of the year.
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4chan hit by DDoS assault

Controversial image board 4chan came under a denial of service attack on Tuesday.

HP lands $2.5bn NASA IT support deal

NASA has outsourced its end-user computing services to HP, in an up to 10-year, $2.5bn deal.
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Amazon slips out Microsoft's Windows 7 Family Pack kill date

Sales of Microsoft’s Windows 7 Family Pack look set to expire on Friday 31 December, that is if Amazon’s kill date of the product is repeated elsewhere.
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Cuckold computer tech faces ID theft charges over Gmail 'hack'

A husband accused of hacking into his wife's webmail account in order to discover evidence of an affair has been charged with identity theft.
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Standard smartphone charger to dominate in two years

A new generation of smartphones capable of using the same charger - from manufacturers including Apple, Nokia and RIM - will begin appearing in the new year, following the release of European technical standards.
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Groupon to raise $950m in massive funding round

Up and coming e-commerce coupon website Groupon has been given the go ahead to raise up to $950m in a massive equity financing round.
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Skype's mega-FAIL: exec cops to cause

Chastened by its pre-Christmas mega-FAIL, Skype on Wednesday explained in detail why the titanic titsup takedown happened and how the company plans to ensure that the globe will never again go VoIP-less for an extended period of time.

Intel unveils itsy-bitsy, teeny-weeny SSDs

Intel announced on Wednesday a new line of tiny solid-state drives, the SSD 310 series, that have performance specs comparable to those of their 2.5-inch X-25 and 1.8-inch X-18 SSD brethren – and at least one manufacturer is already on board to put the little fellows into dual-drive notebooks.