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UK stockings bereft of Nokia Tube

Nokia's first push into touch-control, the 5800 XpressMusic, won't be available in major markets until next year, including both the USA and UK. The handset, which is being described as Nokia's reply to the iPhone, will be launched in India, Indonesia, the United Arab Emirates, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Russia and Spain in 2008. …
Bill Ray, 7 Oct 2008
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California train smash driver sent text seconds before disaster

The driver of a Los Angeles commuter train that crashed into an oncoming freight locomotive last month, killing 25, was texting seconds before the impact, investigators confirmed today. The National Transportation Safety Board has been probing claims that Robert Sanchez, 46, missed a red signal because he was distracted by his …
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Amazon plugs video leak flaw

Amazon has plugged a potentially revenue-draining flaw in its video streaming service by incorporating content encryption. Previously, elements of the service - powered by streaming media server technology from Adobe - relied on video player instructions to control how content was delivered. That left a loophole. Tests by …
John Leyden, 1 Oct 2008
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F1 chief seeks French ban on orgy video

Formula One boss Max Mosley is seeking a French ban on the video footage showing him engaging in unsavoury activities with five prostitutes. The footage was published on so many websites that a UK judge ruled such a ban would have no practical difference because it had already been widely distributed. The film was briefly …
John Oates, 18 Apr 2008
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Student lends an ear to Welsh-speaking dolphins

Dolphins living off the coast of Wales have their own distinct "dialect", a University of Wales student has discovered. As part of his master's thesis, Ronan Hickey analysed 1,882 whistles from dophins in Cardigan Bay and Ireland's Sannon Bay, Reuters reports. In the process, he found "32 different sound categories, of which …
Lester Haines, 26 May 2007
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YouTube pulls London rooftop shag vid

YouTube has pulled a "steamy" vid of a London couple indulging in rooftop rumpy-pumpy. According to The Sun, staff at Soho production company MJZ caught the pair on camera on Wednesday and promptly posted the 30-second shagfest on YouTube. An MJZ producer said: "I was working away and looked up and saw this bloke and a girl in …
Lester Haines, 25 May 2007
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Florida battles rats the size of cats

US authorites have just begun the final phase of a two-year offensive to eliminate the non-native Gambian pouched rat from the Florida Keys, Reuters reports. The cat-sized rodent has for the last eight years been breeding in Grassy Key, 60 miles north of Key West, after an exotic pet breeder "allowed the critters to escape". …
Lester Haines, 25 May 2007
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Madchester 2.0

The city of Manchester has been virtually recreated in Second Life presumably complete with grey, rainy skies and baggy-jeaned locals. Manchester legend Tony Wilson has joined in to help promote the city web 2.0 stylie and will be hosting the first ever awards ceremony in Sadville. Lucky him. Wilson, who was portrayed by Steve …
Kelly Fiveash, 23 May 2007
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Greenland zinc mine warms to retreating ice

Pessimists convinced that global warming will eventually bring about the destruction of humanity should take note that there's one piece of cheering news to come from the inexorable retreat of the polar ice caps: we won't be short of top-quality zinc as we all go to hell in a handcart. View from the entrance of the Black Angel …
Lester Haines, 23 May 2007
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New York set for terror-proof 'leccy

The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is to fund a new, high-tech power grid for New York's financial centres which will use advanced superconductor technology. DHS feds have named the new system "Project Hydra". The allusion is to the Lernaean Hydra, the terrible nine-headed monster of Greek legend which was hard to …
Lewis Page, 22 May 2007
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Former Grateful Dead muso sues YouTube

A mandolin player who once recorded with The Grateful Dead has joined the growing queue looking to give YouTube a legal shoeing. According to AP, David "Dawg" Grisman filed a copyright infringement lawsuit in federal court in San Francisco on 10 May, and is seeking "an unspecified amount" for illegal postings of his videos. …
Lester Haines, 16 May 2007
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Google orders Thai takeaway

Google has agreed to pull four videos from YouTube which Thailand claims insult the country's revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej, Reuters reports. The Thai authorities have blocked YouTube since one ne'er-do-well posted a 44-second clip which outraged Thai Buddhists due to "the juxtaposition of a pair of woman's feet, the lowest …
Lester Haines, 11 May 2007
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Granny waxes lyrical in 'txt laureate' challenge

A 68-year-old grandmother from Accrington, Lancashire, has rather agreeably secured runner-up spot and £350 in T-Mobile's "txt laureate" contest, Reuters reports. The hunt for the UK's most romantic handset owner challenged would-be Betjemans to wax lyrical in the "ultimate SMS love poem", and Eileen Bridge saw off all but one …
Lester Haines, 3 May 2007
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China fails to ban nude web chats

The Chinese have dismally failed to clamp down on nude web chats after discovering "there was no basis in law to bring charges" against a housewife who arranged such online fleshfests, Reuters reports. The 36-year-old woman, known only by her surname Li, was charged with "organising pornographic activities", viz: using a webcam …
Lester Haines, 18 Apr 2007

Adobe talks up next media player

Adobe says the next version of its media player will allow users to watch video stored on their machines as well as that streamed online. Sites such as YouTube use Adobe's Flash technology to stream video. But the Adobe Media Player will let you watch videos offline as well. It promises better quality playback and a …
John Oates, 16 Apr 2007
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China cracks down on net porn

China's Ministry of Public Security today announced a six month crackdown on net pornography, AP reports. The campaign will target "cyber strip shows and sexually explicit images, stories and audio and video clips" according to state news agency Xinhua. Zhang Xinfeng, a deputy public security minister, declared: "The boom of …
Lester Haines, 13 Apr 2007
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Korean cloners in new faking investigation

Access to research which reported the cloning of two endangered Korean wolves has been suspended by publishers pending an investigation into the veracity of the claims. The wolves were paraded in front of the world's media by Seoul National University just over two weeks ago, but their origins quickly became the subject of …
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Thai King video wag pulls YouTube clip

The creator of a 44 second skit on Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej, which yesterday prompted Thailand to block YouTube, has voluntarily removed the video, Reuters reports. The offending vid outraged Thai Buddhists principally because of "the juxtaposition of a pair of woman's feet, the lowest part of the body, above his [Adulyadej …
Lester Haines, 5 Apr 2007

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