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Verizon: 'We're not throttling bandwidth except when we are'

Verizon Wireless slipped out a policy on Thursday that kills unlimited data access for customers, just as the Canadian government was squashing a big-telco friendly policy that would sink its country's net neutrality.
Gavin Clarke, 04 Feb 2011
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Pentax 645D medium format digital camera

ReviewBack in 2003 Pentax hinted at the development of a digital version of its classic 645 medium format film model. Given how much time has passed, I was beginning to wonder if it would ever see the light of day.
Catherine Monfils, 04 Feb 2011

BBC apologises for Top Gear outrage

The BBC has apologised for its trio of laddish Top Gear presenters who managed to offend the whole of Mexico with some hilarious racial stereotyping.
Lester Haines, 04 Feb 2011

Microsoft discovers disposable email

Microsoft is introducing throwaway email addresses for Hotmail users.
John Oates, 04 Feb 2011
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PlayStation phone promo'd in creepy commercial

An eerie ad for Sony Ericsson's Xperia Play - aka the PlayStation phone - has sprung up on the internet and sees the Android mascot surgically enhanced with opposable thumbs.
Caleb Cox, 04 Feb 2011

PSP playing boy plunges onto railway

If you didn't think platform games could be hazardous to health, just ask the boy who plunged onto a railway line while engrossed in his PSP.
Caleb Cox, 04 Feb 2011
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Xiotech execs are betting the company on ISE

Xiotech has abandoned the Emprise brand, and is focusing on ISE, its intelligent super disk enclosure product line, with a high capacity product coming.
Chris Mellor, 04 Feb 2011

ISPs and Vaizey set to bump heads over default porn filter

A meeting on Monday between Minister for Culture Ed Vaizey and representatives of UK ISPs could be a game-changing moment for the way in which we are all allowed to use the internet. At stake is the seemingly academic question of whether PCs should arrive with adult filters turned off - the current default - or on.
Jane Fae , 04 Feb 2011

Stephen Fry cans Japan trip over nuke survivor quip

The BBC has decided it would probably be wiser if Stephen Fry didn't visit Japan in the near future, following the QI presenter's description of double A-bomb survivor Tsutomu Yamaguchi as "the unluckiest man in the world".
Lester Haines, 04 Feb 2011

Zero-day update duo to star in upcoming Patch Tuesday update

Microsoft plans to release a dozen bulletins on Tuesday – three of which address critical flaws.
John Leyden, 04 Feb 2011

ICO Deputy exposes Data Protection law wish list

CommentLast Friday, data protection day, was commemorated with a meeting organised by the Ministry of Justice in Whitehall. At that meeting, David Smith, the Deputy Information Commissioner (DIC), reviewed the Information Commissioner’s wish list of changes to data protection law. This blog reports on the content of that list.
Amberhawk Training, 04 Feb 2011
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Britain takes delivery of first Nissan e-cars

The first batch of Nissan's Leaf battery powered e-car have arrived in Blighty.
Tony Smith, 04 Feb 2011
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Flickr flap illuminates cloud concerns

Briefly, a photographer used Flickr to store his pictures online – amassing more than 4,000 photos over five years. Being the helpful sort, he alerted Flickr to another user who was stealing content. Flickr deleted his account, by mistake and those pictures looked to be gone forever. Following a media firestorm, Flickr had a quick rummage and recovered his images.
Dan Olds, 04 Feb 2011
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Boss leaves Buying Solutions, writing on the wall?

Alison Littley, chief executive of Buying Solutions, is leaving the quango which was meant to sort out central government IT procurement and other services.
John Oates, 04 Feb 2011

BOFH: There's no 'I' in team, but there's a 'u' in suck

Episode 1“Team Conference!” the Boss chips quickly in the door of Mission Control before moving on to other offices.
Simon Travaglia, 04 Feb 2011


Review'Do you wish to continue?' It's a question games have always asked after death – a challenge to players to overcome defeat and try, try, and try again. But when that same question is posed upon completion of every stage, as in MindJack, what initially comes across as over-politeness quickly begins to feel just plain apologetic. And, believe me, MindJack has a lot to apologise for.
Andrew Bailey, 04 Feb 2011

Dutch get wound up over invisible SMS

Dutch tabloid De Telegraaf reports that 12 Somalis picked up in Amsterdam over Christmas were located using secret SMS messages, apparently bouncing back their GPS coordinates for the authorities.
Bill Ray, 04 Feb 2011
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Big stink over Malawi farting ban

Officials in Malawi have locked horns over the controversial ban on farting in public.
Lester Haines, 04 Feb 2011

World leaders meet to discuss cyberwar rules of engagement

Rules of engagement for the deployment of cyber-weapons need to be developed, an international security conference is due to be told later today.
John Leyden, 04 Feb 2011

Apple pressed to show succession plan

Apple has come under further pressure to tell shareholders how it plans to manage the eventual succession to Steve Jobs, after the CEO announced his latest and open-ended stint of medical leave.
Joe Fay, 04 Feb 2011

Russia has 'secret space warplane' to match US X-37B

Russia has claimed that it too is working on an unmanned pocket spaceplane similar to the US military's mysterious X-37B roboshuttle, dubbed a "secret space warplane" by the Iranian government.
Lewis Page, 04 Feb 2011

Osborne bids nation fill his Budget portal

Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne wants to crowdsource ideas for the Budget.
John Oates, 04 Feb 2011

HMRC warns (again) over tax refund phishing scams

UK taxpayers were officially warned on Friday to have nothing to do with supposed tax refund emails that have begun circulating since the deadline for self-assessment tax returns expired on Monday.
John Leyden, 04 Feb 2011

Humax adds BBC iPlayer to Freeview HD DVR

Set-top box specialist Humax will this weekend begin adding its TV Portal IPTV interface to its HDR-Fox T2 Freeview HD DVR.
Tony Smith, 04 Feb 2011

UK police crime map website: Who's the victim here?

AnalysisEarlier this week the Home Office unveiled its crime-mapping website, which was developed by Leicester-based ad agency Rock Kitchen Harris for £300,000.
Kelly Fiveash, 04 Feb 2011

Catalans to hunt wild boar with bows and arrows

The Catalan authorities have raised a few eyebrows with a plan to hunt wild boar with bows and arrows.
Lester Haines, 04 Feb 2011

Apple '6x more efficient' than Nokia at smartphone R&D

Even Nokia's new CEO recognises that the company's Soviet-style bureaucracy – it employs over 120,000 staff – prevents it from competing quickly and effectively. (See When Dilbert Came To Nokia). But quantifying the cost of this bloat is difficult.
Andrew Orlowski, 04 Feb 2011

Open source to bust up Cisco Borg collective?

Open...and ShutMicrosoft gets all the press for being a reformed monopolist, but in the hoary world of networking, no one has dominated longer or more tenaciously than Cisco Systems. And while Cisco has seen upstart competitors come and mostly go, perhaps none has the chance to up-end the networking giant's comfortable position more than Vyatta.
Matt Asay, 04 Feb 2011
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Fifa to give goal-line tech a shot

Fifa is to kick off tests of ten systems for goal-line technology next week, avid footie fans will be relieved to hear.
Caleb Cox, 04 Feb 2011

Apple's app store policies: What will they provoke?

CommentThere hasn’t actually been a new policy statement, but Apple has clearly made a change in the eReader side of its business - one that immediately affects Sony, which has brought the issue to light.
Faultline, 04 Feb 2011

Punters 'pooh-pooh video on demand'

Viewers can't cope with the enormous responsibility of choice that personal video provides, according to US researchers at Hill Holliday.
Bill Ray, 04 Feb 2011

Wintery January hurts US jobs growth

The succession of winter storms in the United States in January put the freeze on hiring, and according to a report from the Department of Labor this morning, the economy added only 36,000 net new jobs. That is a lot less than the 200,000-plus jobs that the American economy needs to just keep up with population growth – and a hell of a lot less than the number needed to put a big dent in the unemployment rate, which dropped four-tenths of a point to 9 per cent.
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Toshiba trounces Seagate on mobile drives

Seagate lost considerable share to Toshiba on mobile hard disk drive shipment, numbers show.
Chris Mellor, 04 Feb 2011

ROBOT COP scatters LIVE GRENADES in San Francisco STREET

In an apparent instance of mindless mechanical nihilism, a police robot in San Francisco scattered live grenades across a street using its mechanical arm. When the deadly frag-bombs failed to explode, the enraged tin cop apparently attempted to detonate them by running them over.
Lewis Page, 04 Feb 2011

Videogame developer defies hacker threat

The publisher of the Runes of Magic videogame is defying a hacker who has threatened to release personal details and payment information on users.
John Leyden, 04 Feb 2011

Google v Facebook salary inflation riles Big Data startup

As Google and Facebook fight over Silicon Valley's top talent, it's a good time to be an engineer. According to one report, when Facebook tried to lure one engineer away from Google, Mountain View counter-offered with a 15 per cent pay raise and $500,000 in restricted stock. And he left for Facebook anyway.
Cade Metz, 04 Feb 2011

Oracle and IBM carve up open-source Java leadership

IBM and Oracle have divvied up the leadership of OpenJDK – the leading open-source Java project – finally giving IBM the sort of Java control it spent ten years fighting Sun Microsystems for.
Gavin Clarke, 04 Feb 2011
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Chrome 9 debuts with WebGL, app store, instant annoyance

Google has released a ninth version of its Chrome browser, rolling in the WebGL standard for 3D hardware acceleration, the new Chrome Web Store, and Chrome Instant, a tool that loads web pages as soon as you start typing into the browser's address bar.
Cade Metz, 04 Feb 2011

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