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Suit settled, PS3 hacker donates $10,000 to EFF

The hacker accused of violating US copyright law when he hacked the PlayStation 3 game console has donated $10,000 to the Electronic Frontier Foundation after Sony dropped the controversial lawsuit.
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Tron: Legacy 3D Blu-ray disc set

Review The arrival of Tron: Legacy on 3D Blu-ray this week will comes as a blessed relief if you’ve been struggling to find content to play on your new 3D hardware. A year after the launch of 3D Blu-ray, there’s still little more than a trickle of 3D animation aimed at younger film fans available. Finally, here’s a movie you might actually want to watch with your mates.
Steve May, 19 2011
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NI Auditor: Data sharing could mean more dosh for pensioners

Initiatives including new technologies have helped identify £14m in unclaimed benefit entitlements for senior citizens in Northern Ireland, according to the Uptake of Benefits by Pensioners report by the province's audit office. But Kieran Donnelly, the chief auditor, has said that data sharing could help drive this figure up.
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BBC 'would not kill off the internet even if it could'

W3C "I was a geek before geek was cool," declared the BBC's newly installed digital, future media, and technology director at yesterday's W3C event in Oxford.
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Dear Facebook: your privacy sucks

Sick of having its users ask what’s wrong with Facebook privacy, security vendor Sophos has taken its concerns public in this open letter.
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Law Commissions call for new consumer compo law

A new law should be created giving consumers the right to take misleading and aggressive businesses to court, the Law Commission and Scottish Law Commission have said.
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Mother of all Win 7 rollouts: Microsoft eats own dog food

Desktop Globally, 190,000 Microsoft users received an OS upgrade recently from Microsoft Vista to Windows 7. It was a large and complex roll-out - but it certainly wasn't the logistical nightmare you might imagine, nor was it a heavily locked down, centrally managed operation. This is the story of how it happened for Microsoft's users here in the UK - some 2,000 people.
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Touch Calendar

Android App of the Week Google’s cloudy calendar was the main reason I adopted Android as my mobile OS of choice so it’s with no apologies that I’m selecting Touch Calendar as the one third-party app that Google really should license and install as part of the system. It’s that good.
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Lost records down even though breach incidents soared

The number of records lost to security breaches last year decreased dramatically, even though incidents of breaches actually increased.
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Sony Ericsson still making money, to some surprise

The explosion of Android handsets has kept Sony Ericsson in profit, to the surprise of the markets, which were expecting a significant loss for the first quarter of 2011.
Bill Ray, 19 2011
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Short domain land-rush coming to .uk

Nominet is to make thousands of super-short .uk web addresses available for as little as £10 each in a "land rush", due to kick off next month.
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Hunting of incredibly rare two-horned 'unicorns' forbidden

Vietnam is to set up a nature reserve for unfeasibly rare – possibly now extinct – two-horned "unicorns".
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Seagate sucks up Samsung storage biz

Seagate is taking over Samsung's hard disk operation, in a deal that will give the Korean giant almost 10 per cent of the erstwhile storage market leader.
Joe Fay, 19 2011
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Flash cache exploit debuts in Amnesty attack

Miscreants have deployed a subtle variant of the well established drive-by-download attack tactics against the website of human rights organisation Amnesty International.
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Apple-branded unicorn spotted at 3

It's breeding season for white iPhone 4s, with the fabled unicorn of the smartphone world suddenly proliferating across UK providers.
Joe Fay, 19 2011
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How to cut management overheads with VDI

On the face of it, a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) should make desktop operating systems easier to manage. After all, if an organisation’s desktops are all on one server, then they should theoretically be easier to reach and manipulate. But can desktop virtualisation really help to relieve the management burden?
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The best sci-fi film never made: Also-rans take a bow

We're obliged to all those readers who took the time to throw over their nominations for the best sci-fi film never made, and we're delighted to report that we've whittled the contenders down to a final 50.
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Facebook forced to reinstate snogging men pic

Overly prudish censorship by Facebook is in the firing line again today for giving offence to yet another large group of its users before being forced into a hasty retreat.
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NASA funds commercial Shuttle-replacement spaceships

NASA has chosen the companies which will receive cash in its second round of Commercial Crew Development contracts. The CCDev2 funding is intended to lead to viable commercial manned spacecraft, which NASA could then book seats on in order to keep the International Space Station crewed up in future.
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Twitter eyes up its biggest client

TweetDeck, the discerning Twit's desktop client, is in discussions with Twitter about selling itself to the micro-blogging service for $50m, which could be small change to prevent the client turning into a competitor.
Bill Ray, 19 2011
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Terrorists stamp on Indy's Kate Middleton jelly bean

It's hats off today to whoever it was who discovered that you can stick any text into an Independent URL, as long as you leave the terminal numeric identifier, and then used the technique to stamp on the claim that Kate Middleton had manifested in a jelly bean.
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Dying quango says Britons oppressed by the Man

Britons are suffering under the yoke of the world's most oppressive copyright laws, says quango Consumer Focus. The taxpayer-funded fake charity, which is due to be abolished, agrees that the UK has the third worst "copyright regime" behind Chile and Jordan. Moldova is praised as the most admirable in the world.
Sony Ericsson Xperia Play

Sony Ericsson Xperia Play Android smartphone

Review The evolution of smartphones has introduced a divide between gaming capability and gaming playability. Powerful processors and operating systems allow increasingly complex gaming. But complex games demand complex controls. Finger swishing and prodding might suffice when flinging belligerent avians around the screen, but virtual thumbsticks and buttons largely fail to convey more rigorous controls into the hands of players.
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Scottish news site hit by 'DDoS attack' in run-up to elections

Politically-motivated hackers are thought to be behind a DDoS attack on alternative news site Newsnet Scotland, launched on Monday days before Scotland is due to vote in fiercely contested national elections.
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US proposes online IDs for Americans

The US Government has published plans to create digital identities for Americans.
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Acer announces shock slump in Q2 PC shipments

Acer has said its PC shipments will be down 10 per cent this quarter, highlighting the scale of the problems facing its new company president.
Joe Fay, 19 2011
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Virgin Media Superhub customers still hitting big speed bump

It's been nearly two months since our exclusive report about Virgin Media's Superhub router/modem combo boxes playing havoc with newly-upgraded customers' connections - but sadly for the telco there's still trouble at the mill.
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Angry Birds Magic up some NFC love

Nokia has finally discovered what Near Field Communications is for – unlocking new levels of Angry Birds by tapping Nokia handsets together.
Bill Ray, 19 2011
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Microsoft markets 'collection' of PCs to consider

Microsoft UK has unveiled its first 'collection' of PCs, chosen by the company to suit lifestyles and budgets.
Caleb Cox, 19 2011
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Rogue Twitter counter app punts survey scam

A rogue application ultimately designed to punt a survey scam began spreading rapidly on Twitter on Tuesday.
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UN promises self-driving intelligent cars

The United Nations' ICT agency says that intelligent cars able to drive themselves could easily be built today - but they won't become available unless industry adopts global standards for the technologies underpinning them.
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Modern-day ninja in epic battle with riot police, robot

A man who was plainly an invincible ninja warrior or similar tangled with police in Maryland recently. The sword-wielding scofflaw successfully resisted ordinary meatbag cops, a police robot, gassing with a "chemical agent" and a volley of low-velocity cosh projectiles from a SWAT team before finally succumbing to the crippling electric current of a Taser stun weapon.
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Wills and Kate to wed live on YouTube

Those of you hoping to escape the forthcoming nuptials of Prince William and Kate Middleton had better stick YouTube on your list of proscribed media, because the 29 April wedding will be streamed live on The Royal Channel.
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Smartphones eat games handhelds and cameras for lunch

As iPhones and other smartphone devices increase in popularity, their foothold in the mobile gaming market strengthens. This looks like bad news for traditional handheld options we generally associate Nintendo and Sony with.
Caleb Cox, 19 2011
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Music spending stops defying recession (and gravity)

Despite a booming live concert and festival scene, consumer spending on music is down again, according to an economic analysis of "wallet share" - how much people actually fork out for the stuff.
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Top IT sales guy leaves HP

IT industry juggernaut Hewlett-Packard is parting ways with Tom Hogan, its top sales person for IT products.
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Brussels threatens to name ISPs with 'doubtful' market practices

The European Union's digital agenda commissioner warned today that she would consider prohibiting "the blocking of lawful services or applications" if some ISPs are found to have "ripped off" consumers on connection speeds.
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Opsview beefs up Nagios system monitor

Opsview has created a layer of open source software that wraps around and plugs into popular server monitoring tool Nagios, to fill in the features enterprise customers want.
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Samsung threatens Apple in response to patent lawsuit

Korean electronics giant Samsung has responded to Apple's patent-infringment lawsuit against them. As might be guessed, they're not happy – and they're considering legal retaliation.
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Man arrested in crackdown on pro-WikiLeaks DDoS spree

Police in the UK have arrested a 22-year-old county Cleveland man in their investigation into web attacks waged by the Anonymous hacking collective against companies accused of retaliating against WikiLeaks, The Telegraph reports.
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People watch movies on stuff

Digital downloads may be ever increasing in popularity, but physical discs reign supreme when it comes to movie viewing and expenditure. For now.
Caleb Cox, 19 2011
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Fedora's Lovelock Linux is beta ready

The Fedora Project has released the first and only beta for their next Linux distro, fully embracing the GNOME desktop that rival Ubuntu will shuffle away from later this month.
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Rackspace fluffs up load balancing for clouds

The whole point of cloud computing is to make infrastructure not only easier, but as transparent as possible. And so Rackspace Hosting, which wants to dominate commercial cloud computing, has added a much-needed feature to its cloudy infrastructure: integrated load balancing.
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Microsoft imposes security disclosure policy on all workers

Microsoft has implemented a new company policy requiring all employees to follow a detailed set of procedures when reporting security vulnerabilities in third-party products.
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Intel reports record first quarter

Intel's first-quarter 2011 revenue set a new company record at $12.8bn, exceeding the Wall Street moneymen's predictions and causing Chipzilla's stock to pop up as high as six per cent in after-hours trading.
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Texas grandma gets first 'Super Wi-Fi'

A Houston, Texas, grandma will finally be able to watch the religious videos that she's been missing, now that she has become the first host of a residential "Super W-Fi" hotspot.

Kindle beats Apple's closed book on choice

Open...and Shut Despite the fact that our gadgets increasingly multi-task as cameras, phones, email devices, and more, we continue to accumulate different devices to serve different functions.
Matt Asay, 19 2011
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Hardware boom boosts IBM in Q1

A bullish hardware upgrade cycle coming out of the Great Recession in the Western economies and continuing booms in several dozen growth markets around the globe helped IBM boost its revenues in the first quarter of 2011 by 7.7 per cent, to $24.6bn.
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Google pours millions into wind power

Why stop at global digital domination when you can add natural power resources to back up your electric empire? Fanning its green credentials, Google will invest US$100 million in a wind farm situated in the US’s Shepards Flat in eastern Oregon.
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Carriers have bad rep

In the reputation stakes Australian carrier’s are falling down the charts. The network woes that have plagued Vodafone Hutchison (VHA) over the last 18 months caused the carrier to drop in ranking from 35 to 59th in AMR’s annual corporate reputation survey.
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Fraudsters target disaster searches again

Adding to the public’s growing disaster fatigue following the Japan and New Zealand earthquakes, online fraudsters have been prolific in attempts to try and scam charity donors.
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Top-secret US lab infiltrated by spear phishers – again

One of the most sensitive science labs in the US has shut down all internet access after attackers exploited a vulnerability in Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser to steal data from some of its servers, according to published news reports.
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Yahoo! blames quarterly tumble on Microsoft search pact

Yahoo! reported a drop in revenue and sales for the first quarter, blaming the mechanics of reporting its search pact with Microsoft for the fall.