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After hack nightmare, Sony bars lawsuits with new TOS

After getting the pants sued off it for security breaches that exposed personal information connected to more than 100 million online accounts, Sony is requiring subscribers to waive their right to wage class-action lawsuits for almost any reason.
Dan Goodin, 16 Sep 2011
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RIM profits nearly sliced in half

Research in Motion’s shares have fallen sharply after the Blackberry maker reported that profits were down 47 per cent for its second quarter of the fiscal year.
Iain Thomson, 16 Sep 2011
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How gizmo maker's hack outflanked copyright trolls

When the master encryption key locking down millions of Blu-ray players and set-top boxes was mysteriously leaked last year, Hollywood moguls worried their precious high-definition movies would face a new flurry of piracy.
Dan Goodin, 16 Sep 2011
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Google shamed by Apple in race to HTML5

Open...and Shut If ever there were a company made to beat Apple in mobile, it's Google.
Matt Asay, 16 Sep 2011
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Windows 8: Half million previews downloaded in 24 hours

Half a million previews of Windows 8 have been downloaded by developers since the software became available on Tuesday, Microsoft has announced.
Anna Leach, 16 Sep 2011
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Sixty-seven WIMPs spotted in the wild, maybe

It’s not quite enough evidence to constitute a discovery, but scientists working on the CRESST experiment think they may have spotted Weakly Interacting Massive Particles (WIMPs).
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Dell XPS 15z 15.6in Core i5 notebook

Review When the 15z was announced there was no small amount of fanfare, not least due to Dell’s interesting claim that this was the thinnest 15in laptop in existence. In no time at all, it had been pointed out that the accompanying asterisk needed to be the size of an actual star, since the machine the 15z was aping, the Apple MacBook Pro, was actually thinner by a disastrous 0.02in.
Dave Stevenson, 16 Sep 2011
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ICO slates local authorities on data protection compliance

The Information Commissioner has called for the commencement of the custodial element of the section 55 offences and expressly criticised data protection compliance by local authorities as being “very bad”.
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Newzbin2 pirates prepare to sink BT web block

Pirate site Newzbin2 has cooked up a software client that it says will help UK users defeat a block on the site that is due to be enforced in October.
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Privacy watchdog publishes e-privacy laws compliance guidance

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has gathered its guidance on electronic privacy laws in one place.
OUT-LAW.COM, 16 Sep 2011
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App lets NFC BlackBerrys open electronic locks

HID Global, makers of electronic locks for everything from server keyboards to student halls, has created an app that allows NFC-equipped BlackBerrys to be used instead of ID cards.
Bill Ray, 16 Sep 2011
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PayPal's 'delightful' intrusion into meatspace: You wish

Comment PayPal reckons its mobile payment system will take us into a new way of managing our money, and PayPal into the real world of real things, but disrupting world banking ain't that easy.
Bill Ray, 16 Sep 2011
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Microsoft merges Windows 8 with Xbox Live

Microsoft has demonstrated how the forthcoming Windows 8 will communicate with the Xbox platform, in its first showing of how the company aims to bring "everything you know and love on Xbox 360 and Xbox Live to Windows."
Caleb Cox, 16 Sep 2011

BOFH: I'll get my bonus even if it kills, well, someone

Episode 13 Episode 13
Simon Travaglia, 16 Sep 2011
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Scosche BoomCan mini travel speaker

Accessory of the Week There is no shortage of small speakers for phones and music players, but few deliver much in the way of welly, or even sound quality.
Nick Hawkesmoor, 16 Sep 2011
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LOHAN deluged with Reg readers' interjections in REHAB

The Special Project Bureau's elite Hypobaric Evaluation And Design (HEAD) team has spent the last couple of days contemplating your suggestions as to how we might get LOHAN to suck more more effectively.
Lester Haines, 16 Sep 2011
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Judge gives Google more time for digital library talks

Google and American authors and publishers have been given an extra nine months to come up with a solution to the ongoing legal dispute over the web giant's proposed digital library.
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Blue Screen of Death gets makeover for Windows 8

Windows 8 doesn't just put Microsoft's operating system on finger-friendly tablets, it also gives the notorious Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) a touchy makeover.
Gavin Clarke, 16 Sep 2011
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Schoolkids learn coding at GCSE level in curriculum trial

Teenagers could be taught to write their own software programs at GCSE as part of a major overhaul of the UK schools' IT curriculum.
Anna Leach, 16 Sep 2011
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Nokia dumps Dragon in major UK channel revamp

Nokia has terminated its distribution contract with specialist comms disties 20:20 and Data Select in a revamp of its UK channel.
Paul Kunert, 16 Sep 2011
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Flattening Ethernet

Expert Clinic Ethernet needs to become a lean, mean networking machine, and the way to do that, we're told, is to flatten the fabric, avoid layer the processing and keep as much as possible down in Layer 2. Is this real? What does it mean for performance, network management and open Ethernet standards?
Chris Mellor, 16 Sep 2011
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First Google Plus API released to developers

Coders can now get their hands on a single Google+ API (application programming interface).
Kelly Fiveash, 16 Sep 2011
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Canon perks up Powershot pair

Canon has unveiled two additions to its Powershot cameras range, both powered by the latest Digic 5 image processor which enhances colour, reduces noise and increases white balance accuracy.
Caleb Cox, 16 Sep 2011
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Poskett signs up to lead Huawei UK enterprise channel

Former long-serving HP reseller and distie boss Dave Poskett is heading up the UK enterprise channel for Chinese network infrastructure vendor Huawei.
Paul Kunert, 16 Sep 2011
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Firm claims it can put NFC tap-cash tech in a SIM card

SK Telecom has announced that it will launch an NFC-capable SIM card next month, achieving something hitherto considered impossible while skipping over the need for technical explanation.
Bill Ray, 16 Sep 2011
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Resistance 3

Review It's hard to know whether to blame its own over-bearing derivation or the over-saturation of FPS games in general: either way, Resistance 3 is an anticlimatic end to a series that has struggled to rise above mediocrity.
Andrew Bailey, 16 Sep 2011
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Nigerians panic over killer calls

The Nigerian public has been reassured by authorities that answering a phone call cannot cause death, after widespread rumours raised concern.
Caleb Cox, 16 Sep 2011
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Spanish feds mend website clobbered by Anonymous

Spanish national police have reactivated their website following attacks by hacking supergroup Anonymous.
John Leyden, 16 Sep 2011
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Big Apple fake Apple stores agree to rat out suppliers

A New York gadget shop called Apple Story has agreed to change its name, hand over any counterfeit stock bearing Apple logos or slogans, and name its dodgy suppliers as part of a court settlement with the fruity tech giant.
Anna Leach, 16 Sep 2011
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Former Acer CEO heads to Lenovo as a consultant

Former Acer CEO Gianfranco Lanci is joining Lenovo as a consultant to help steer the firm's consumer biz worldwide, particularly the integration of recently-acquired German PC maker Medion.
Paul Kunert, 16 Sep 2011
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Smut domain scores big bucks for not handling smut

Thousands of companies, far more than expected, are handing over hundreds of dollars each to block their brands in the new .xxx internet domain.
Kevin Murphy, 16 Sep 2011
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Celebrating the 55th anniversary of the hard disk

All anniversaries are special, and so is this one. It's particularly special because a billion or more people have been and are being affected by it every day. They switch on their PCs and take advantage of Intel processors and Microsoft's Windows, or Mac OS, thinking nothing of it. But before these, and providing a foundation for them, came spinning disks, rotating hard disk drives, the electro-mechanical phenomenon that the world of computing has depended on for decades: 55 years to be precise.
Chris Mellor, 16 Sep 2011
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VMware juices Roo for big Java clouds

VMware's SpringSource unit has released Java tooling making it faster and easier to build big clouds using its parent's Cloud Foundry project.
Gavin Clarke, 16 Sep 2011
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'Leaked' FBI Anonymous/LulzSec psych profile is bogus

Supposed psychological profiles of senior members of hacking horde Anonymous are almost certainly a work of fiction.
John Leyden, 16 Sep 2011
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Valve pushes Portal freebie

Valve is making the original Portal available for free this weekend on Steam.
Caleb Cox, 16 Sep 2011
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RIM share price nosedives following stinky numbers

Research In Motion's share price crashed quite spectacularly in the first hour and a half that the market was open in New York, dropping 20 per cent off its price.
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Reseller biz faces winding up order

The phone lines at ITopia Group, which faces a winding up order sought by distributor Computer 2000 amid allegations of unpaid debts, have rung unanswered for the fourth consecutive day.
Paul Kunert, 16 Sep 2011
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Mozilla co-founder quits Firefox veep role

A longtime Mozilla Corporation VP has quit the open source outfit he co-founded in 1998.
Kelly Fiveash, 16 Sep 2011
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Fujitsu gov workers strike Monday: Unite on, PCS off

Unionised Fujitsu workers have called off their strike set for Monday after bosses at the firm "doubled" the pot of money available for pay rises with an additional £500,000 brought to the negotiating table.
Paul Kunert, 16 Sep 2011
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HP sued by investor over PC and TouchPad antics

HP is facing legal action brought about by a disgruntled shareholder who claims the tech titan hid plans to review ownership of the PC biz and flush the TouchPad down the toilet [causing it to suddenly catch fire - ed].
Paul Kunert, 16 Sep 2011
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Yahoo, Microsoft's Bing display toxic ads

Search engines from Microsoft and Yahoo! Have once again been caught displaying ads that direct users to malicious content, some that infects them with malware that's hard to detect and get rid of, researchers said.
Dan Goodin, 16 Sep 2011
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Irishman's coke-packed abdomen poses for police

Brazilian cops have released an impressive scan of the abdomen of an Irish chap who attempted to board a plane in São Paulo earlier this week packing 830g of cocaine.
Lester Haines, 16 Sep 2011
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Facebook plugs developer site into Heroku code cloud

Facebook has plugged its developer site into Heroku, giving coders direct access to a "platform cloud" where they can deploy, host, and readily scale their Facebook applications.
Cade Metz, 16 Sep 2011
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Oracle offers commercial extensions to MySQL

Oracle has released three new commercial extensions for MySQL, provoking fears that the company might be trying to take the project too far from its open source roots.
Iain Thomson, 16 Sep 2011
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Oracle slates 'extreme' system kickoff

Oracle has scheduled a systems announcement ahead of its early October OpenWorld conference, and has just released a patch for its Solaris 10 operating system ahead of the expected launch of the long-awaited Solaris 11.
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Intel demos ultra low-juice chippery

IDF 2011 Intel labs has created a prototype processor that achieves a high level of energy efficiency by running at voltages barely above those those required to light up its transistors.
Rik Myslewski, 16 Sep 2011
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Google's Native Client goes live in Chrome

Google has officially launched Native Client – a means of securely running C and C++ code inside a browser – as part of a new stable version of its Chrome browser that activates this rather controversial sandboxing technology.
Cade Metz, 16 Sep 2011
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Boffins boost battery life with underclocked Wi-Fi

Scientists from the University of Michigan have devised a power management system that can greatly improve the lifespan of radio devices such as smartphones and laptops.
Iain Thomson, 16 Sep 2011