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Amazon avoid DDOS attack and Wikileaks book is pulled

Amazon have denyed removing am e-book detailing Wikileaks conspiracies saying that the author himself removed it from sale. An Amazon spokesperson said “We did not remove the title, and are verifying that it was removed from sale by the author.” Amazon were also fortunate to escape a denial of service …

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Google launch Chrome OS

Google have launched Chrome OS in their continued expansion into other areas of software. Chrome OS is released as a trial program that users can register for online and will eventually be offered preinstalled on a wide range of computers made by global names such as Samsung and Acer. The …

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Google to demote poor web sellers via search

Google said yesterday that it plans to change the way it ranks search results so that dodgy dealers will find it harder to appear high in the listing via their search algorithms. This change started after an article in the New York Times, detailing a Brooklyn based online seller of …

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U.S. clamps down hard on piracy – 70 websites shut

The U.S. federal forces are coming down hard on websites that are selling counterfeit and pirated products – shutting down 70 websites last week. These websites offered many goods, such as golf clothing and equipment, scarves and even rap music. The domain names have been seized by the U.S. Immigration …

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Beatles sell 2,000,000 songs in a week on iTunes

The Beatles finally made their entrance into the world of online digitial music downloads last week, and latest reports show that they have sold 450,000 albums, totalling 2 million songs. Apple announced the deal with the Beatles music catalogue last week, including a digital box set that includes 13 studio …

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3DMark 2011 due for release

The extremely popular benchmark 3DMark is due for an update at the end of this month. Futuremark have announced the official launch date as November 30th 2010. 3DMark 2011 is a Direct X 11 only benchmark and is going to be made available in three versions, Basic, Advanced and Professional. …

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Apple patch Safari security holes

Apple have released a huge patch for Safari, to fix an array of security issues in their premium browser software. Apple have offered the 39.2MB update for download for both OS X and Windows platforms, which fixes 27 holes in the browser, many of which can allow maliciously designed web …

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Microsoft sell 100,000 Kinect per day

Microsoft doomsayers will be very unhappy to read the latest statistics in from the company surrounding the release of the Kinect device for the Xbox 360. They claim to be selling 100,000 units every day since release. Microsoft claim that the 100,000 daily sales are set to increase as it …

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Facebook to release a ‘gmail killer’

Facebook are reportedly going to release a messaging system which will rival Google’s Gmail. The social networking giant who already have over 500 million users are going to host a special event in San Francisco on Monday. Facebook will apparently announce their own email address system @facebook.com and perhaps even …

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New Firefox 4 beta is faster

A new version of Firefox 4 Beta was released which proves to be faster than the previous build. As a self proclaimed Firefox addict I spent most of yesterday playing with the new beta to judge the performance gains. The new version is clearly faster when running Javascript thanks to …

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Microsoft patch 11 security vulnerabilites

Microsoft have patched a total of 11 security vulnerabilities this month, with a critical bug in Outlook also being fixed. Compared to October, the fixes in the Nov 9th listing seem small, with just three security bulletins. These bulletins cover a total of 11 vulnerabilities across Microsoft Office and Forefront …

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Hacker breaks Kinect from Xbox – PC control

An amateur hacker has apparently already broken the ties between the Kinetic and the Xbox, allowing the device to be controlled from his Windows based PC. The information was released by a member of the Natural User Interface Group and it shows the motorized tilt being controlled with the moveup …

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Queen Elizabeth II to launch Facebook page

Queen Elizabeth II is to launch her own Facebook page, according to Royal Household reports. The 84 British monarch is apparently going to be making her own videos, as well as uploading photos and posting news updates on the site, her office said yesterday. Users can send messages to Buckingham …

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GPU Caps Viewer 1.9.4 released

Our good friend JeGX has just released a new version of his GPU Caps Viewer over at Geeks3d. This version supports all current video cards including the upcoming GTX580. It is similar to GPUZ but actually offers quite a few more options. You can grab it directly from their site …

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Xbox Kinect is not racist: tests confirm

Consumer reports have dismissed the claims that Microsoft’s new hands free control platform for the Xbox 360 does not work with people with darker skin tones. The Xbox Kinetic uses cameras and other sensors to track human movements to translate them into onscreen in game actions. Some blogs however have …

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Do violent video games really damage kids?

California is defending its ban on selling ultra violent video games to minors before the Supreme court today, but we ask ourselves, do violent games really affect kids or young adults? California will ask the justice department to exempt a type of violent content from the First Amendment’s protection of …

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