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Feds propose 'do not track' option for net surfers

The Federal Trade Commission recommended consumers be given a “do not track” option that prevents websites and advertisers from compiling data about their web-browsing habits.
Dan Goodin, 02 Dec 2010

US politician: 'homosexual agenda' behind TSA groin grope

A US politician says he's uncovered the real reason for the recently introduced groin-grabbing TSA patdowns. He claims they're part of the dreaded, morals-sapping, country-destroying homosexual agenda.
Rik Myslewski, 02 Dec 2010

Microsoft pumps cash into IBM bete noire

Microsoft has pumped an undisclosed sum into TurboHercules, a French outfit that seeks to undercut IBM's mainframe business.

Silverlighters committed despite Microsoft's HTML5 love

The "future of Silverlight starts now" — or, more accurately, it starts on December 2 according to Microsoft, with a day of webcasts from the company.
Gavin Clarke, 02 Dec 2010
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Imagin IMEB-5 colour e-book reader

ReviewWhen so much of the cheap, no-brand electronics kit coming out of China is junk, it's nice to find something that, for once, works better than you expect it to.
Tony Smith, 02 Dec 2010

Linux and Windows iron power Q3 server revenues

The server market got a first opinion about its health from Gartner earlier this week, and now, IDC dons the white coat and snaps on the rubber gloves to give the third quarter server racket a full checkup and a second opinion.

BlueArc wants IPO for Christmas next year

CommentBlueArc is hoping to have an IPO in early next year, and wants it to be known that no one reseller represents anything like half of its revenues.
Chris Mellor, 02 Dec 2010

Gates: Nothing really new in Wikileaks Bradley Manning leak storm

US Defense Secretary Robert Gates has issued a stinging poohpooh to the idea that the ongoing, long-drawn out release by Wikileaks of data allegedly supplied to it by a low-ranking American soldier will have any significant effect on the operations of the US government.
Lewis Page, 02 Dec 2010
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Gov to resellers: Glory bonanza secrecy days are over. For real

Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude continues to talk the talk - warning big resellers that the days of massive contracts with even bigger margins are over.
John Oates, 02 Dec 2010
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Self-correcting memory arrives at last

Micron is putting error correction code (ECC) in its NAND chips to combat increased error rates as NAND process sizes shrink.
Chris Mellor, 02 Dec 2010

Toshiba unwraps rubber-clad dual-core netbook

Toshiba is the latest laptop maker to pitch a netbook based on Intel's dual-core Atom, the 1.5GHz N550.
Tony Smith, 02 Dec 2010

'ALIEN' LIFE FOUND in California

Once the internets noticed NASA had scheduled a press conference on astrobiology later today, they wasted no time in speculating what the announcement could be.
John Oates, 02 Dec 2010

2G Apple TV hack tool goes public

FireCore has issued the first beta release of its second-generation Apple TV hacking tool, aTV Flash.
Tony Smith, 02 Dec 2010

Wikileaks DDoSser 'Jester' in phantom cop raid tomfoolery

UpdatedThe hacker suspected of involvement in the first denial of service attacks against Wikileaks has disowned blog posts that reported a raid on him by local police as the work of an imposter.
John Leyden, 02 Dec 2010
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Rumbustious Rambus rampaging rebarbatively, again

It will be no surprise to hear that Rambus has set out on the IP infringement legal highway again.
Chris Mellor, 02 Dec 2010

HP builds touchscreen Linux PC for India

HP will this month begin selling an 18.5in touchscreen all-in-one PC running what it almost certainly Linux. The snag: it's only available in India.
Tony Smith, 02 Dec 2010

US TV spectrum sale ploy gets OK from FCC

The FCC has approved its own cunning plan of letting TV broadcasters sell off their unused spectrum for a slice of the future pie.
Bill Ray, 02 Dec 2010

Prince Wills and Cameron push England World Cup bid

Fifa's suits have gathered in Zurich to vote on the hosts of the 2018 World Cup later on Thursday.
John Leyden, 02 Dec 2010

Renta-spook: GCHQ commercialisation 'is a live issue'

GCHQ could be turned into a technology incubator under plans being discussed by the government, it's been revealed.
Christopher Williams, 02 Dec 2010
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Selling Apples to Japan: Complicated as a Nipponese typewriter

I'm an artist who's always been fascinated by computers - ever since junior high math club.
Charles Eicher, 02 Dec 2010
Barbie I Can Be... Computer Engineer Doll

SMOKIN' HOT BABE gets job as computer geek

Parents who want to inspire their daughters to aspire to something more than make-up, fashion and interior design can now opt for Computer Engineer Barbie, the latest edition to Mattel's plastic figurine.
Caleb Cox, 02 Dec 2010
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Western Digital WD TV Live Hub

ReviewWestern Digital’s WD TV has always been one of the better streaming media players. It has an attractive graphical interface, supports an extensive range of audio and video file formats, and – with no internal hard disk – proved much cheaper than disk-based rivals such as the AppleTV.
Cliff Joseph, 02 Dec 2010

Three cops spanking in mobile user ranking

O2 rates more than twice as high as Three in customer service, according to readers of Which? Magazine, who rated the country's smallest operator as worst of a piss-poor bunch.
Bill Ray, 02 Dec 2010

Frenchies, Germans wave fat pipes at embarrassed Brits

UK homes are less likely to have superfast broadband than anywhere else in the world except China.
John Oates, 02 Dec 2010

iOS upgrade cocks up iPad USB connections

Apple's iOS 4.2 upgrade has prevented data being read from some USB devices because the fondle slab puts out five times less power than before.
Chris Mellor, 02 Dec 2010

WordPress swiss cheese vuln situation sorted

WordPress has published a new version of its popular open-source blogging platform to address multiple security bugs.
John Leyden, 02 Dec 2010

WinPho7 jailbreak kit locked down by Redmond 'dev mojo' man

The Windows Phone 7 jailbreak software, which debuted earlier this week, has been pulled while the developers talk to Microsoft about how best to distribute such a thing.
Bill Ray, 02 Dec 2010
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Xiotech grasps hilt of Katana, prepares to unsheath

We understand Xiotech is getting to ready to announce its Katana product, an ISE storage brick using solid state drives.
Chris Mellor, 02 Dec 2010

Horror AVG update ballsup bricks Windows 7

An update from AVG on Wednesday night rendered 64 bit Windows 7 systems unstable after it was applied.
John Leyden, 02 Dec 2010

Google ends 'do be evil, if you want a top ranking' policy

Google has responded to a New York Times story which revealed the search engine was rewarding websites that have dozens of complaints and negative reviews with high rankings. This is because of the way the search engine rates sites according to how many other sites link to them.
John Oates, 02 Dec 2010

Russia wins World Cup bid in parrot-sickening travesty

UpdatedThe 2018 World Cup has been awarded to Russia.
John Leyden, 02 Dec 2010

US iPad to get BBC pay app - with 'handcrafted British feel'

The US, followed by the rest of the world, will be offered the pleasure of paying for BBC content when the broadcaster launches a subscription-based application for the iPad next year.
John Oates, 02 Dec 2010

Crazed buy-a-satellite-for-the-poor scheme raises $16k

An online appeal to raise $150,000 to buy Terrestar-1 and rain bandwidth down on the Third World has already topped $16,000, despite the obstacles ahead of the project.
Bill Ray, 02 Dec 2010

Microsoft arranges 'safe' Silverlight and HTML marriage

Microsoft is marrying HTML and Silverlight in a roadmap, due today, that blurs the lines between Windows PCs and the web.
Gavin Clarke, 02 Dec 2010


The discovery of a previously unknown lifeform in California that lives on arsenic is prompting astrobiologists to broaden their hunt for alien life.
Christopher Williams, 02 Dec 2010

Hackers poison well of open-source FTP app

UpdatedHackers breached the main server hosting ProFTPD and remained undetected for three days, causing anyone who downloaded the popular open-source file transfer application during that time to be infected with a backdoor that grants unauthorized access to their systems.
Dan Goodin, 02 Dec 2010

Microsoft badmouths Google over fed contract win

Google has landed a major contract with the US government, convincing the 17,000-worker strong US General Services Administration to use Google Apps. And Microsoft has taken this as an opportunity to badmouth Google's suite of online business applications.
Cade Metz, 02 Dec 2010

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