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Judge dismisses charges against accused Twitter stalker

A federal judge has dismissed a criminal case against a man charged with stalking a religious leader on Twitter on the grounds that the more than 8,000 messages he posted, some predicting her violent death, were protected by the US constitution.
Dan Goodin, 16 Dec 2011
Nikon 1 V1 compact camera

Nikon 1 V1 interchangeable lens compact camera

Review The V1 is the flagship model of Nikon’s newborn mirrorless, interchangeable lenses camera system simply called 1 that currently has only two models, the cheapest, being the smaller and less sophisticated J1 reviewed recently. Yet having entered the Compact System Camera’s (CSC) scene with some considerable delay, can Nikon really bring anything new and truly competitive to this increasingly saturated market?
Cat 5 cable

Nvidia ditches homegrown C/C++ compiler for LLVM

Graphics processor and SoC chip maker Nvidia is hosting its GTC Asia conference in Beijing this week, and with the next-generation Kepler GPUs being pushed out to early next year, there isn't any new chippery to salivate over. But Nvidia has some new compilers and a revved up CUDA development kit to make things interesting just the same.
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Jedi light-sabre beats Taser in Oregon parking-lot fracas

For those of you who've ever wondered, like you do, whether the Jedi lightsabre or the Taser is the more effective weapon, we're delighted to report that the electric dispenser of justice is no match for Obi-Wan Kenobi's mighty glowing tool.
Lester Haines, 16 Dec 2011
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Seagate matches and raises WD disk warranty cuts

Seagate is cutting most Barracuda and Momentus warranty periods down to one year with others moving from five-year warranties to three.
Chris Mellor, 16 Dec 2011
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Google+ gets group vid, Nokia still has a Pulse

Google+ is adding group video to its hangouts on Android, while Nokia Pulse gets updated for those who like their social networking a little less social.
Bill Ray, 16 Dec 2011

UK.gov imposes broadband deadline for councils

It's been a week since the Countryside Alliance made a noise about the lack of activity around the rollout of a broadband network in rural areas. That came after a Freedom of Information request from the pro-fox hunting group revealed that councils were bumbling along with the fibre upgrade process.
Kelly Fiveash, 16 Dec 2011

The Google Review: Now Speak Your Brains

The Business Department BiS has launched a copyright consultation, inviting views on the recommendations raised in the "Google Review", as the "Hargreaves Review into IP and Growth" became known.
Andrew Orlowski, 16 Dec 2011
Marmitek Gigaview GV820 wireless HDMI sender

Marmitek Gigaview GV820 wireless HDMI sender

Accessory of the Week When it comes to HDMI senders, it’s the quality of transmission and ease of set up which generally sets one apart from another. The smart-looking Marmitek Gigaview - yes, it does sound like the name of an Austin Powers villain - does well on both counts.
Steve May, 16 Dec 2011
Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime and friend

Asus pushes Prime pre-orders

Asus has said some 16 UK retailers are now taking advance orders for its Nvidia Tegra 3-based Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich tablet-netbook combo, the Eee Pad Transformer Prime.
Tony Smith, 16 Dec 2011
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Google's Siri-a-like to be named 'Majel' after Trek actress

Google are working on a voice-recognising Siri-beater say the blogs, and it's going to be called Majel. Google phones have had voice control for donkey's years but the Majel app will be better than the old stuff says a Google insider quoted on AndroidandMe.
Anna Leach, 16 Dec 2011
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Brit PhD student excels in Pentagon digi-forensics challenge

A computer science student from Lancaster University has become the UK winner of the digital forensics challenge, a global competition designed and hosted by the US Department of Defense.
John Leyden, 16 Dec 2011
Apple iPad 2

Apple 7in iPad not out until Q3 2012

Keenly hoping Apple will bring out the 7in iPad of rumours past? You'll get your wish next year, apparently.
Tony Smith, 16 Dec 2011
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'Android malware must be kind of thrilling for Microsoft'

QuotW This was the week when in a rather ironic about-turn, peer-to-peer veterans decided to start a suit against companies like Google, Amazon, Dropbox and VMWare for using their intellectual property to make their cloud and virtualisation offerings.
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Doctor Who girl Amy Pond axed in 'heartbreaking' exit

Doctor Who is in the market for a brand new sidekick, as current companions Amy and Rory Pond will leave the show during the next series in a "heartbreaking" fashion.
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Adobe startles Wall St with Q4 sales climb

Just one month after Adobe confirmed it was axing around 7 per cent of its global workforce and backing away from its Flash Player software on mobile gadgets, the company has reported final quarter results that surprised Wall Street.
Kelly Fiveash, 16 Dec 2011
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Pop teen beats Steve Jobs in Google's 2011 popularity contest

Google has acknowledged the global dominance of arch-rivals Apple as the Chocolate Factory's 2011 Zeitgeist chart shows Apple placed not just once but three times in the internet popularity contest.
Anna Leach, 16 Dec 2011
Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1
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Xmas heralds bumper tablet shipments

Is fondleslab fever fading? They might be if you're IDC, a market watcher, which had to admit that its forecast for Q3 2011 tablet shipments was almost six per cent off mark.
Tony Smith, 16 Dec 2011
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Fanbois locked out of iTunes store, iCloud in Apple outage

Updated A number of Apple fanbois have been shut out of their iTunes store and iCloud accounts since last night as their login details fail to work as expected.
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Farmville maker Zynga raises $1bn for IPO

An online games company that derives most of its revenue from privately-held Facebook has raised $1bn in its initial public offering.
Kelly Fiveash, 16 Dec 2011
Sony Reader PRS-T1 e-book reader

E-book reader sales to boom as prices plunge

World shipments of e-book readers with electronic ink screens topped 6.5m in Q3 2011, market watcher IDC has said.
Tony Smith, 16 Dec 2011
Sony Tablet S
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Sony to update Tablet S for PS3 controller gaming

Sony has begun pushing out a firmware update for its Tablet S and P fondleslabs which allows the latter to do Skype video calling and lets the S use PlayStation 3 wireless controllers for gaming.
Hard Reg, 16 Dec 2011
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Shed Xmas flab and debug code with treadmill laptop contraption

No self-respecting techie would ever be seen dead in a gym. If you want to get fit, just put down the doughnut and go for a walk. However for those of you who do submit to treadmill workouts but don't want to miss a minute's coding time, this might interest you.
Andrew Orlowski, 16 Dec 2011
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Met to push rape warnings over Wi-Fi to Xmas partygoers

London police are turning to Wi-Fi to beam alerts to revellers in the capital, warning them of the danger of rape while out partying and drinking over Christmas.
Kelly Fiveash, 16 Dec 2011
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RIM's top bosses slash salaries to $1 a year

Troubled BlackBerry maker RIM appears to have been listening to its irate shareholders - promising a "comprehensive review" of the company while top shareholders and CEO-cum-chairmen Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis cut their wages to a dollar a year.
Nikon D7000

2011's Best... DSLRs

Xmas Gift Guide While few would argue that a DSLR offers the best combination of features, performance and image quality, 2011 didn’t really set the world alight with new models. For the most part manufacturers patched holes in their respective ranges, to provide a full spectrum of models to suit both budgets and ability.
Bob Dormon, 16 Dec 2011
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'Self-aware' bank account robbing code unleashed by hacker

A hacker has published code for potent cross-site scripting attacks that he claims go beyond the usual cookie stealing and phishing for users' private details.
John Leyden, 16 Dec 2011

Dell flees netbook market, dumps Minis

Dell has pulled out of the netbook market in a move that pretty much seals the fate of the pint-sized form factor. The Dell Mini range is no longer available on the website and the tech titan's US office has confirmed that the product line is dead.
Anna Leach, 16 Dec 2011
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Duff Mars probe's flaming shards to rain down mid-January

The remains of dud Martian probe Phobos-Grunt will fall to Earth next month, the Russian space agency announced.
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Salesforce gobbles 'Facebook for the office' startup

Salesforce has made a bold move into human resources software by buying up Rypple - a social platform for the workplace.
Anna Leach, 16 Dec 2011
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Assange™ wins Supreme Court extradition appeal bid

Julian Assange has been granted permission to appeal against his extradition to Sweden where he faces allegations of sexual molestation and rape.
Kelly Fiveash, 16 Dec 2011
Bart Simpson at Chalkboard writing Open Source is Good for me

Microsoft will beat Linux clouds at their own game - with open source

Open... and Shut Amazon may dominate public cloud computing, but not amongst the Microsoft groupies. Microsoft has managed to be an end-to-end cradle-to-grave supplier within the data centre, and is attempting to extend this motherly embrace to the cloud with its Azure platform.
Matt Asay, 16 Dec 2011
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Euro cops cuff 112 in paedophile network raids

Police across Europe have arrested 112 suspected members of a child abuse ring.
John Leyden, 16 Dec 2011
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Swiss-based Balesio takes the knife to PDF files

Swiss-based file compressor Balesio has added PDF file compression to its space reduction capabilities for Microsoft Office and image files.
Chris Mellor, 16 Dec 2011
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Angry Birds maker now aims at Asian IPO

Rovio, maker of the incredible phenomenon that is Angry Birds, is mulling the obligatory next step in tech firm domination: an IPO.
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Manning's lawyer calls for pre-trial officer to quit case

Alleged Wikileaks cables source Private Bradley Manning will not get an unbiased military trial unless the officer presiding over his case is replaced, said Manning's defence lawyer David Coombs today.
Anna Leach, 16 Dec 2011
DVD it in many colours

Samsung shifts Apple A5 chip production to Texas

Apple's A5 chips are now being made in Texas, not Asia as was its predecessor the A4, according to a report from Reuters, citing "people familiar with the operation".
Anna Leach, 16 Dec 2011
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The cure for US job woes: More immigrants

Radically increasing the number of immigrants – from the highly skilled professional to the seasonal agricultural field hand – is the solution to the US economy's dismal inability to create jobs.
Rik Myslewski, 16 Dec 2011
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NASA detects 'heartbeat' of pint-sized star-sucker

In what is turning out to be one of the best months ever for black-hole fanbois, a team of Dutch, Italian, and US space boffins has detected the "heartbeat" of what appears to be teensiest, weensiest black hole ever discovered.
Rik Myslewski, 16 Dec 2011