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No Borg-like release train for Ruby on .NET

Microsoft hopes to deliver the .NET-tuned implementation of the phenomenally popular Ruby, IronRuby 1.0, by the end of this year.
Tim Anderson, 17 Mar 2008

BT admits misleading customers over Phorm experiments

BT has admitted that it secretly used customer data to test Phorm's advertising targeting technology last summer, and that it covered it up when customers and The Register raised questions over the suspicious redirects.
Christopher Williams, 17 Mar 2008
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China blocks YouTube

The Chinese government blocked access to YouTube on Sunday after videos of the protests in Tibet were posted on the video sharing site.
John Oates, 17 Mar 2008

Desktop Eee PC spied on web

Is this the face of Asus' diminutive desktop Eee PC? The machine, snapped at the CeBIT show earlier this month, was certainly tagged with the Eee's own slogan, "Easy to Play. Easy to Learn. Easy to Work".
Tony Smith, 17 Mar 2008

Futurists predict a world of IT fairy tales

Here's a nightmare vision of a technology-driven future:
Guy Kewney, 17 Mar 2008

Spooks want to go fishing in Oyster database

The UK's spooks have sought full automated access to Transport for London (TfL)'s "Oyster" smartcard network, further extending the amount of travel data available to the government.
Lewis Page, 17 Mar 2008

HTC applies for multi-keypad sliderphone patent

HTC has filed a patent application for a handheld electronic device that combines a multi-directional slider design with a keypad stretched beyond the dimensions of the gadget’s display.
James Sherwood, 17 Mar 2008

Scotland Yard criminologist: DNA-print troublemaker kids

A top UK police forensics official has suggested that DNA signatures be taken from children as young as five, if the kids in question were thought likely to become criminals in future.
Lewis Page, 17 Mar 2008

Notorious spammer pleads guilty to tax evasion and fraud

Notorious spammer Robert Soloway faces an extended spell behind bars after pleading guilty to fraud and tax evasion charges last Friday.
John Leyden, 17 Mar 2008
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US Congress members push Gates's line on visas

Bill Gates's call for US Congress to up the H-1B visa quota sparked two proposed bills by the close of last week.
Kelly Fiveash, 17 Mar 2008

Japanese ISPs agree three strikes-style anti-piracy regime

Japanese ISPs have agreed to disconnect filesharers who persistently use popular peer to peer program WinNY to pirate music, films, and software.
Christopher Williams, 17 Mar 2008

Boozed Belarusian dodges birthday train squish

A Belarus woman snoozed her way through a near-death experience in Brest after she ended her birthday with a kip on a railway track.
Sarah Bee, 17 Mar 2008

Exploding turnip threat menaces Indiana town

Terror came to Fort Wayne, Indiana, late last week as a suspicious package arrived at the offices of a local law firm in a move that seemed to presage a deadly bomb outrage slaughter campaign.
Lewis Page, 17 Mar 2008

Brain training game aids kids' learning skills, study claims

A daily 20-minute ‘brain training’ session on the DS Lite appears to help improve kids' learning and behaviour skills, according to research conducted by government educational body Learning and Teaching Scotland (LTS).
James Sherwood, 17 Mar 2008

Japan turns its back on 2G

Japanese customers didn’t buy a single 2G handset during January, which could be why Japanese network operator NTT DoCoMo has decided to stop providing sub-3G connectivity by 2012.
James Sherwood, 17 Mar 2008
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EC tries to get on top of carousel fraud

The European Commission is proposing speeding up how VAT regulations work in order to reduce carousel fraud.
John Oates, 17 Mar 2008

California Highway Patrol rounds up queens, workers

The California Highway Patrol drafted in apiarists and Romanians this weekend after a truckload of beehives toppled on Highway 99, leaving 440 colonies strewn across the freeway.
Joe Fay, 17 Mar 2008
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Vista SP1 on track for mid-March release?

Microsoft is running out of time to make its mid-March deadline for pumping out Vista service pack one (SP1) for general release as a manual download.
Kelly Fiveash, 17 Mar 2008

Microsoft Mobile presses Flash

Microsoft has signed a deal with Adobe allowing it to bundle both Flash Lite and Adobe Reader LE with Windows Mobile devices, if the manufacturers want to do so.
Bill Ray, 17 Mar 2008

UK's Reaper wardroid imports slashed in budget pinch

Treasury financial difficulties would seem likely to severely restrict the size of Britain's fleet of "Reaper" aerial wardroid-assassins in the near future, according to reports.
Lewis Page, 17 Mar 2008

Defacement archive Zone-h mulls closure

Defacement archive Zone-h has put its very existence to the vote.
John Leyden, 17 Mar 2008

Free voice and video firm plans April 1 UK launch

New UK service Voixio is to offer free national or international phone and video calls to internet users. The catch? For every call you first have to watch an ad or commercial.
Jan Libbenga, 17 Mar 2008

LG KF600 dual-display sliderphone

ReviewLG has dreamed up a novel twist on the touchscreen concept that adds a dash of Viewty and a splash of Chocolate to create an original look that combines two front-panel displays: a touchscreen and a standard display.
Phil Lattimore, 17 Mar 2008
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BMC spends $800m on server admin firm BladeLogic

BMC Software intends to scoop up BladeLogic for $28 per share, or about $800m net of cash acquired.
Kelly Fiveash, 17 Mar 2008

Apple speeds AirPort Express with 802.11n

Apple today upgraded its AirPort Express mobile base-station to support faster wireless transfers using 802.11n Wi-Fi. The new Express is the smallest unit of its kind, the company claimed.
James Sherwood, 17 Mar 2008

Supremes reject Microsoft's Novell request

The Supreme Court rejected an attempt today to throw out a claim by Novell that Microsoft tried to undermine the market for Novell's WordPerfect in the mid-90s.
John Oates, 17 Mar 2008

Net think tank: Phorm is illegal

The Foundation for Information Policy Research (FIPR), a leading advisory group on internet issues, has written to the Information Commissioner arguing that Phorm's ad targeting system is illegal.
Christopher Williams, 17 Mar 2008
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Juniper routers get firewall service in Junos upgrade

Juniper Networks says it's going to be adding new services into its routers via operating system updates.
Austin Modine, 17 Mar 2008
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Eclipse rounds up runtime project

It's official: Eclipse is moving into runtimes. The Foundation is elevating an OSGi-based project, moving even further outside its original tools remit.
Gavin Clarke, 17 Mar 2008

Iomega wooed by new EMC offer

Iomega has changed its tune over EMC Corporation’s approach to buy the company after its suitor upped the offer to $205.5m.
Kelly Fiveash, 17 Mar 2008
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eBay dumps ValueClick

eBay is dropping ValueClick's Commission Junction as the manager of the affiliate programs for eBay's auctions and Half.com sites. Monday's announcement came as the Federal Trade Commission announced ValueClick would pay a record $2.9m to settle charges it engaged deceptive advertising and failed to secure sensitive customer data.
Dan Goodin, 17 Mar 2008

Your iPhone Wish-List

Andrew's mailbagWith over 100,000 downloads of the iPhone SDK, and a $100m pot of money available for developers, there's no doubt Apple's MultiTouch UI has a lot of potential.
Andrew Orlowski, 17 Mar 2008

Scientologists fight back against Anonymous

Protests by internet group Anonymous against the Church of Scientology went ahead as planned last weekend, after the church failed in two attempts to get an injunction.
John Leyden, 17 Mar 2008

Intel 'Nehalem' CPU 'borrows' AMD Phenom cache plan

Intel's 45nm 'Nehalem' processor architecture, due for release later this year, will see the chip maker adopt AMD's approach to cache structure: small per-core Level 1 and Level 2 caches connected to a big, shared Level 3 cache.
Tony Smith, 17 Mar 2008

HP out and proud with 8-socket server beast

HP has jumped back into the beefy 8-socket x86 server game with the new ProLiant DL785 G5.
Ashlee Vance, 17 Mar 2008

Sun lends qualified support to Eclipse

Sun Microsystems is endorsing a Java project from the Eclipse Foundation, but don't think the battle for figurehead status in the Java community is over.
Gavin Clarke, 17 Mar 2008
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Uncovered: the lost humor of flowcharts

It's not easy to make software amusing, as a recent contest to crack jokes using Universal Modeling Language (UML) demonstrated.
Phil Manchester, 17 Mar 2008

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