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Mandriva and TurboLinux unveil 10-person strong Manbo

Mandriva and TurboLinux have mounted a continent-crossing charge on the Linux market. The software makers have formed a development collective dubbed Manbo-Labs dedicated to peace, harmony and a common base for their respective flavors of the Linux operating system.
Ashlee Vance, 17 Jan 2008

Salesforce.com bitten by the ALM bug

Salesforce.com is to bring application lifecycle management (ALM) practices and safeguards to its on-demand platform.
Gavin Clarke, 17 Jan 2008

Motorola brings VoIP to the shop floor

It's not just mobile phones that are getting more features than you can possibly use, Motorola's latest barcode scanner has a VoIP client built in to allow shelf-stackers to chat while they're working.
Bill Ray, 17 Jan 2008

Tarantino plans Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill! remake

Quentin Tarantino is reportedly "hot" to remake Russ Meyer's 1965 classic piece of silliness Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill!, in which "three wild women in three fast cars take time off from stripping in clubs to go on a murder rampage", as the IMDb summary explains.
Lester Haines, 17 Jan 2008

iPhone turns blue as IBM creates Lotus client

The Register has confirmed that IBM is developing a Lotus Notes client for the iPhone, and that they are "working closely" with Apple to create a native application for the iPhone and iPod Touch for business use.
Bill Ray, 17 Jan 2008

Minister calls for boffins to engage with public

Minister for Innovation John Denham said the scientific community needs to improve its engagement with the public and that government needs to pay more attention to science when making policy.
John Oates, 17 Jan 2008

UK.gov says no plans for FBI DNA database hookup

The agency responsible for UK's police databases has insisted there are no plans to give overseas law-enforcement agencies automated access to British biometrics. Not yet, anyway.
Lewis Page, 17 Jan 2008

MWg unveils the Zinc II smartphone

The Mobile and Wireless Group (MWg) - formerly O2's Asian handset business - is really pushing its name in the smartphone market, creating yet another Windows Mobile-based handset: the Zinc II.
James Sherwood, 17 Jan 2008

AMD updates Catalyst

AMD has published version 8.1 of its Catalyst driver package for Windows XP and Vista, an update that brings a host of game-related tweaks but, more importantly, supports OpenGL rendering across multiple GPUs and monitors.
Tony Smith, 17 Jan 2008

Video game ad banned for 'realistic' violence

An advert for a computer game has been banned from television. The advert for Stranglehold had realistic violence, constant gunfire and condoned violence, according to ad watchdog the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA).
OUT-LAW.COM, 17 Jan 2008

EDS offers 2,500 UK staff voluntary redundancy

EDS has told its staff that it plans to make up to 250 job cuts by the end of this month.
Kelly Fiveash, 17 Jan 2008

Hauppauge pitches Pay TV add-on for PCs

Want to watch Pay TV on your PC? If so, Hauppauge's new WinTV-CI is here to help. It's an add-on for the company's range of WinTV tuners that allows you to plug in a Common Access Module (CAM) and signal-uncscrambling smartcard.
Tony Smith, 17 Jan 2008

Peeved HTC smartphone owners offer bounty for driver fix

A website is offering HTC smartphone customers a $3000 financial reward if they're able to solve a series of graphics and related issues affecting the company's recent handsets, allegedly caused by missing or poorly performing hardware drivers.
James Sherwood, 17 Jan 2008

Polish scientists quantify perfect legs

Polish researchers have discovered that the perfect set of legs is five per cent longer than the average, meaning that your run-of-the-mill Polish woman at 5ft 4in tall with an inside leg measurement of 29in would require 30.5in legs to compete with the celebrated pins of Oz popstress Kylie Minogue.
Lester Haines, 17 Jan 2008

Bush overrules judge in US navy-v-dolphins sonar case

US President George Bush has handed the environmental movement (and the judiciary) a significant slap in the face, overruling a judge's decision not to allow the US Navy to use sonar during exercises. The US beak had issued preliminary limitations on sonar use following a lawsuit in which environmental activists said that the gear causes harm to dolphins and whales.
Lewis Page, 17 Jan 2008

Samsung SGH-G800 5Mp cameraphone

ReviewSamsung has put itself in the frame as a serious cameraphone contender with the SGH-G800, a five-megapixel cameraphone sporting a 3x optical zoom plus face-detection and autofocus technology.
Phil Lattimore, 17 Jan 2008

Cops admit CCTV no use in deterring drunken violence

Forests of CCTV cameras in the UK's town centres have failed to have any impact on anti-social behaviour, an ACPO official told the House of Lords Constitution Committee yesterday.
Joe Fay, 17 Jan 2008

Everex follows Asus Eee to announce 9in sub-notebook

Not content with mounting a serious challenge to Asus' elfin Eee PC, US manufacturer Everex this week said it will follow up its 7in CloudBook sub-notebook with larger models later in the year.
Tony Smith, 17 Jan 2008
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Face of Mankind DoS teen perp reprimanded

A UK teenager who admitted launching a denial of service attack on online multiplayer game Face Of Mankind has been reprimanded by police.
John Leyden, 17 Jan 2008

The Dark Knight - 2008's biggest movie?

The Times has compiled a list of what it reckons will be the 50 big movie hits of 2008, boldly sticking Batman's next outing, The Dark Knight, at the top of its blockbuster compilation.
Lester Haines, 17 Jan 2008

FlipStart halves handheld PC price

FlipStart, the venture backed by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, has slashed the price of its eponymous handheld Windows PC by more than 50 per cent.
Tony Smith, 17 Jan 2008
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2008 - the year VoIP gets hacked?

With VoIP rapidly becoming a commodity feature in everything from TV set-top boxes to barcode scanners, Sipera's VIPER Lab predicts that 2008 will be the year it all goes pear-shaped - a prediction borne out by Cisco's first security fix of the year.
Bill Ray, 17 Jan 2008

Surgeons to turn to Wii to sharpen their scalpel skills?

Next time you’re about to go under the knife, you might want to ask your surgeons how much Wii training they've had to boost their medical expertise and manual dexterity.
James Sherwood, 17 Jan 2008

Outrage over Nokia factory closure

German politicians will investigate whether Nokia took unfair advantage of state and EU subsidies after it announced the closure of its handset assembly plant in Bochum in North Rhine-Westphalia. Nokia employed more than 2,300 people there in exchange for EU subsidies.
Jan Libbenga, 17 Jan 2008

Global PC shipments up in Q4

Computer makers saw worldwide shipments increase by more than 15 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2007, but analysts have warned that growth is likely to slow over the next few years as the credit crunch bites.
Kelly Fiveash, 17 Jan 2008
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US Marine Corps wants an awful lot of computers

The US Marine Corps has got $150m to spend on an awful lot of new computers.
John Oates, 17 Jan 2008
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Hackers go after Excel

Microsoft has warned that an unpatched vulnerability in older versions of Excel is being actively exploited by hackers.
John Leyden, 17 Jan 2008
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Online gamer murders rival clan member

A 33-year-old Russian gamer from the city of Ufa was killed by a member of a rival online clan after virtual violence provoked a fatal real-life scrap, Russia Today reports.
Lester Haines, 17 Jan 2008

Nominet to hand out £5m to online charity cases

Nominet, the not-for-profit in charge of the .uk domain registry, has approved a plan to distribute its multimillion-pound surplus among "education, research and development initiatives" to benefit the UK internet community.
Christopher Williams, 17 Jan 2008

Former DEA agents sue over American Gangster

A group of former Drug Enforcement Agency members has filed a class action lawsuit against the makers of American Gangster claiming it's defamatory in its depiction of DEA operatives as "villains".
Lester Haines, 17 Jan 2008

Home Sec in anti-terror plan to control entire web

UK Home Secretary Jacqui Smith has decided to mount a push against cyber terror, in which the internet itself will somehow be modified to prevent people using it for terrorist purposes.
Lewis Page, 17 Jan 2008

Fertility watchdogs approve first human-animal hybrids

Two research groups at Newcastle University and King's College London have today been granted the first licences to work on human-animal embryo hybrids.
Christopher Williams, 17 Jan 2008

Get a celebrity autograph on your mobile phone

The search for more stuff to sell to mobile phone owners, who have had their fill of Crazy Frogs and versions of Tetris, continues with celebrity autographs from Mobile Fun.
Bill Ray, 17 Jan 2008

Boro council in child data theft flap

A break-in at Middlesbrough Council has resulted in the loss of nine laptops containing sensitive case files on up to 63 vulnerable children.
John Leyden, 17 Jan 2008

DVLA's 5m driver details giveaway

Deja-DatapocalypseThe DVLA's sale of driver details to anyone with £2.50 to spare must stop, says the Scottish National Party, having uncovered just how many peoples' records have been sold by the department.
John Oates, 17 Jan 2008

TVs to play DivX thanks to AMD

DivX-encoded content looks set to be available across a wider range of multimedia devices, following its handshake with chip manufacturer AMD.
James Sherwood, 17 Jan 2008
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IT industry plugs into UK.gov green scheme

Intellect, the UK’s trade body for the technology industry, has signed up to a government plan to phase out energy-guzzling consumer electronics products.
Kelly Fiveash, 17 Jan 2008

The OLPC XO laptop

ReviewOriginally known as the '$100 laptop' from the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project, the XO laptop is now available through retail. I bought one under the Give One, Get One program where for a $400 donation, OLPC would send one XO to the donator, and another to a child. This is my story of working with it for a couple of weeks.
Brian Hurley, 17 Jan 2008

'EcoDisc' allegedly trashes man's optical disc drive

UK magazine PC Pro today told the world how one of its readers didn't read the warning label on a free cover-mount disc and as a result got it stuck in his computer, allegedly damaging the machine's optical drive.
Tony Smith, 17 Jan 2008

Anti-spammer fined $60K for DNS lookup 'hack'

David Ritz, the veteran American spam-fighter, has been hit by $60,000 in fines plus lawyers fees after losing a civil suit that accused him of illegal hacking.
John Leyden, 17 Jan 2008
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Online crime gangs embrace open source ethos

Add the malware bazaar to the list of marketplaces being radically reshaped by the forces of globalization.
Dan Goodin, 17 Jan 2008

Nick Carr's Big Switch

ReviewNick Carr's weblog is one of the rarest things on the web: intelligent technology criticism that you'd actually want to read for pleasure. He's an elegant writer with a waspish wit, and I've a special reason for seeing him prosper.
Andrew Orlowski, 17 Jan 2008

Wireless industry slams NAB's white space 'misinformation'

The row over US ‘white space’ spectrum continues, with the newly formed Wireless Innovation Alliance stepping up its campaign to convince the FCC and the industry that wireless devices can be used in these areas without interfering with digital TV signals.
Faultline, 17 Jan 2008

Ovum puts the 'O' into Oops

Correction of the dayAnytime a major acquisition such as Sun's $1bn buy of MySQL hits, analysts around the globe rush out their takes on the deal, hoping to prove their fierce insight. Journalists sit back as the analysts' notes flood their inboxes.
Ashlee Vance, 17 Jan 2008

RIAA told to pay legal fees for harrassed defendant

Tanya Andersen, a single mother and unlikely file-sharers' champion for hoisting the RIAA with its own petard, has scored another victory.
Austin Modine, 17 Jan 2008

IBM touts low-end Power6 and fresh mainframe onslaught

IBM's CFO Mark Loughridge put on his product marketing cap during an earnings conference call today, revealing the imminent arrival of new Unix boxes and mainframes.
Ashlee Vance, 17 Jan 2008

Time Warner moots billing based on bandwidth usage

Time Warner Cable is experimenting with a high-speed internet service that would bill customers based on the amount of bandwidth they consume rather than by flat fee.
Dan Goodin, 17 Jan 2008

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