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Gadgets boost software-centric Microsoft quarter

Gadgets gave Microsoft a boost during the Christmas shopping season, but Redmond remains heavily dependent on the sale of PC and server software.
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Google named babysitter for steroidal white space Wi-Fi

Google has been named as one of the nine companies the US Federal Communications Commission has selected to administer the database necessary for the management of unused broadcast-television bandwidth known as "white space".
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FBI serves 40 search warrants in Anonymous crackdown

FBI agents executed more than 40 search warrants on Thursday as part of an investigation into coordinated web attacks carried out by the hacking collective known as Anonymous.
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Iomega SSD 128GB USB 3.0 drive

Review Kingston Tech is not the only SSD manufacturer now bringing out USB 3.0 external drives. Iomega’s unimaginatively named SSD Flash Drive comes in three capacities: 64GB, 128GB and 256GB. With the latter costing £624, it's a purchase that demands a significant leap of faith.
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Ten Roars at sports fans

Australian broadcaster Network Ten is pumping up its digital content chops taking a minority stake in independent sports opinion website The Roar.
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Gov unveils plans to reduce employment tribunal claims

The government will remove the right of employees of one year standing to make unfair dismissal claims, will allow more Employment Tribunals to sit with a single judge and could ask claimants to pay to make a claim, it has said.
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Egypt switches off the internet

The Egyptian government is restricting internet access and mobile phone coverage ahead of what are expected to be the week's largest demonstrations later today.
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Quantum and NEC claim dedupe speed records

For sheer high-end deduplication grunt, no one comes close to NEC and its HYDRAstore, but Quantum is claiming the entry-level and mid-range dedupe speed laurels with its revamped DXi software.
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DWP seeks data for identity verification service

The Department for Work and Pensions has published a tender worth up to £2m for the supply of biographical data to identity online benefit claimants.
Kable, 28 2011
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Apple, Rim edge up world phone seller list

Research in Motion (Rim) and Apple both may be, respectively, 2010's second and third most successful smartphone makers, but in the broader handset business they rate merely fourth and fifth.
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Microsoft hits autistic Xboxer with cheat evidence

The mother of an autistic 11-year-old boy who went on US TV to lambast Microsoft for labelling her son an Xbox Live cheat has admitted she made a mistake, after Microsoft released evidence for the lad's actions.
Caleb Cox, 28 2011
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UK fraud losses soar to over £38bn

Fraud cost the UK economy more than £38bn over the last 12 months, according to the latest annual statistics from the UK's National Fraud Authority.
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Gatwick Airport security swoops on 3-inch rifle

A Canadian tourist has admitted Gatwick Airport security operatives "successfully protected the free world from the threat of terrorism" after relieving him of a deadly three-inch plastic rifle.
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Finnish regulator calls for iPhone refunds

Finnish iPhone users unhappy at the inability of the handset to operate below zero are entitled to their money back, even if the limitation appears in the small print.
Bill Ray, 28 2011
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LinkedIn to go public this year

LinkedIn Corp confirmed yesterday that the company will go public this year.
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Hobbit helmsman Jackson hit by $190K credit card scam

Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson was the target of a US$190,000 (£120,000) credit card fraud that sought to bail out a struggling business.
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UK a 3D TV nation? Not half

Satellite broadcaster Sky said yesterday it now has more than 70,000 subscribers for its 3D TV channel.
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Buying into the cloud

Hosted Apps A lot of companies are reporting that individual departments and even business users are adopting SaaS or cloud-based applications.
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Google's Schmidt perplexed by Facebook blather, still fears MS

Outgoing Google boss Eric Schmidt is perplexed by people who keep suggesting that Facebook is now Mountain View's biggest rival. It's not – Microsoft is, says Schmidt.
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Sci/tech doctorate protects you from unemployment – in the US

Research carried out in the US suggests that having a science doctorate there will almost entirely protect you from becoming unemployed, a picture contrasting with that in the UK.
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Dead Space 2

Review If you’re of a nervous, sensitive disposition I advise you to look away now. For, you see, Dead Space 2 – Visceral’s space-based survival horror – is instantly, and without question, one of gaming’s most gruesome penny dreadfuls to date; eclipsing even its predecessor in the nausea-inducing stakes. Bodies will be mutilated, heads dismembered and innocents slaughtered – and that’s just the game’s introductory sequence.
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Apple and Google: New CEOs, old strategies

Both Apple and Google saw their CEOs stepping into the background this month, for different reasons, but there was still a sense of an old guard standing aside. However, the change is likely to come from outside.
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Naked Honolulu bloke rescued from garbage chute

Honolulu firefighters yesterday extracted a naked man from a rubbish chute after he unsuccessfully attempted to evade cops by taking the fast route out of a Waikiki apartment building.
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Tablets be DRAMmed – 9 times as much

Research house IHS iSuppli says tablet computers will need nine times more DRAM this year than last.
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Toshiba intros laptop that CHANGES COLOUR

Toshiba has come up with a laptop, the Dynabook Qosmio T750, which has a lid which changes colour - the first of its kind, the Japanese giant claimed.
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Vodafone confirms Egypt lock-down

Vodafone has confirmed it has shut down mobile services in Egypt on instructions from the government, which is trying to quell increasingly angry protests.
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Opera fixes critical form-handling flaw

Opera has updated its browser to correct a cross-platform vulnerability that created a possible mechanism for hackers to inject malicious code into vulnerable systems.
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O2 to upgrade southern UK network

Nokia Siemens Networks has landed a contract to upgrade the O2 network covering the south of England, dropping in base stations capable of working across frequencies and technologies.
Bill Ray, 28 2011
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Time to get productive?

Video No doubt it’s been a hectic month with lots of unfulfilled work resolutions already flying out of the window. But we may be able to offer some respite from the dawn of another frustratingly unproductive year.
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Digital TV team sets 3D standard

The Digital Video Broadcasting Project, the organisation which oversees the DVB digital TV technology and its component standards, such as the DVB-T2 system Freeview HD uses, has added 3D to the specification.
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Microsoft loses Office 365 man

Microsoft may have its head in the clouds a little too much at the moment, given that it just lost its corporate veep of online services.
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Amazon: e-books outsell dead-tree copies

Amazon sold more e-books than physical books during the last three months of 2010, the online retail giant has claimed.
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World's first space met office goes live

The world's first proper space weather service is now going live, according to the boffins setting it up. Forecasts and warnings of fearful radiation storms, ion deluges etc are expected to be invaluable to those operating in the fields of communications and satellites – and life-critical for future astronauts travelling beyond low Earth orbit.
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EU ministers strip consumer rights law of controversial elements

EU member states have given a proposed Consumer Rights Directive the go-ahead but have removed its most controversial elements. A European Parliament vote in March is the last hurdle to the passing of the law.
Kable, 28 2011
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YouTube honours shuttle dead with 'Workplace Safety' ad

Today marks the 25th anniversary of the space shuttle Challenger disaster, which in 1986 claimed the lives of seven NASA astronauts.
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Malawi poised to outlaw farting

Malawi is determined to “mould responsible and disciplined citizens” with a law banning the breaking of wind.

UK.gov 'HyperHighway' aims to 'speed up the internet by 100x'

The UK government says it hopes to "make the internet 100 times faster" by kicking off a £7.2m research project dubbed "Photonics HyperHighway".
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O2's free Wi-Fi in detail: How free is free exactly?

On Wednesday O2 announced that it would be rolling out a free Wi-Fi network, paid for by venues hosting it and backed by advertising model that deserves a little more attention.
Bill Ray, 28 2011
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Yuppie cellphone-style iPhone case comes to Blighty

Are you the type who wants to stand out from the modern iPhone user, yet refuses to use a different device? Then why not jump in the DeLorean and take it back to the 1980s with this yuppie-style iPhone case?
Caleb Cox, 28 2011
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MSI Windows webpad goes on sale

How much would you pay for a 10in tablet running Windows 7 Home Premium? Whatever your answer, you could still be asked to pay as much as £650 for MSI's WindPad 100, which is just such a gadget.
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SeeSaw streams UK TV through Boxee

Boxee, the US-based IPTV platform, has now got some UK-oriented content courtesy of UK telly-on-demand provider SeeSaw.
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UK.gov braces for Anonymous hacklash

UK government websites have been warned to brace themselves for website attacks in the wake of the arrest of five Britons as part of an investigation into Anonymous this week.
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CSC cost-cutting spreads to Europe

CSC staff in the US have been forced to take a compulsory, temporary pay cut, and now staff in Europe are being told they must take five days leave before 1 April to help the company hit its targets for the financial quarter.
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Guru: Oracle's storage strategy is 'screwy'

Interview Oracle's storage range is over-priced and incomplete, and its strategy is skewed by being too database appliance-centric, according to a prominent storage guru.
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Cold call scareware scammers aim to bring Mac fans into the fold

Scareware cold-callers are adapting their tactics in order to target users of Mac machines as well as Windows PCs.
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Memo to Microsoft, RIM, Nokia: Quit copying Apple!

Open...and Shut It stinks to be number two in a market. Or worse, number three. But that's the position that most consumer technology companies find themselves in today, at least compared to Facebook, Google, and Apple. Everyone else is an also ran, in large part because they're allowing themselves to be defined by someone else's race.
Matt Asay, 28 2011
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Verizon borgs Terremark for $1.4bn

Telecom giant Verizon will shell out $1.4bn in cash to buy managed services and cloud computing partner Terremark Worldwide, bootstrapping itself into the upper echelons of the emerging cloud providers.
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No Jobs, Schmidt deleted: Microsoft can't fail, can it?

Radio Reg From the GUI to the iPad, Microsoft has been in a race to copy and catch up with Apple. On the internet, Microsoft's love of the desktop helped Google surge ahead in search and ads, leaving Microsoft to struggle uphill with Bing.
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Google algorithm change squashes code geek 'webspam'

Google has rolled out an update to its search algorithms designed to reduce "webspam", aka "the junk you see in search results when websites try to cheat their way into higher positions in search results or otherwise violate search engine quality guidelines".
Cade Metz, 28 2011
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With net unplugged, Egypt cracks down on journos

On Friday, with Egypt's internet and cell phone blackout showing no signs of lifting, authorities took a new tack in their attempts to quell protests engulfing the nation: cracking down on journalists reporting on the uprising.
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Microsoft issues temp fix for serious Windows security bug

Microsoft has warned customers to apply a temporary security fix to protect against a serious, newly discovered security bug in all supported versions of Windows.
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Google and Apple locked horns over iPhone location data

In 2008, as Apple fought Google's efforts to collect user-location data from iPhones via its Google Maps service, the battle between two of the companies' top execs escalated to the point where CEOs Steve Jobs and Eric Schmidt personally intervened to resolve the argument, according reports citing unnamed sources.
Cade Metz, 28 2011
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Apple iOS app hunger swells

The median user of an Apple iOS device has downloaded 88 apps: 63 are free, and 25 paid. Together with the 20 apps that come preinstalled on an iPhone, that user has 108 apps loaded onto their Jobsian smartphone.