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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.
Nikon 1 V1 interchangeable lens compact camera
ReviewThe 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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Marmitek Gigaview GV820 wireless HDMI sender
Accessory of the WeekWhen 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
'Android malware must be kind of thrilling for Microsoft'
QuotWThis 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Fanbois locked out of iTunes store, iCloud in Apple outage
UpdatedA 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2011's Best... DSLRs
Xmas Gift GuideWhile 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.
'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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Microsoft will beat Linux clouds at their own game - with open source
Open... and ShutAmazon 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.
Euro cops cuff 112 in paedophile network raids
Police across Europe have arrested 112 suspected members of a child abuse ring.
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.
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.
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.
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".
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.