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Panasonic slashes profit prediction

Panasonic slashes profit prediction

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Panasonic has joined rival Sony in slashing its profit forecasts for this year. The electronics giant has cut its annual net profit forecast by a whopping 90% as well as announcing plans to restructure. The move apparently surprises investors, who had... >>

Restaurateur uses Facebook to track down bill dodgers

Restaurateur uses Facebook to track down bill dodgers

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A group of diners at a posh restaurant in Melbourne who scarpered without paying the bill have been tracked down using Facebook. The five young diners pretended to head outside to smoke but didn't come back leaving the owner of the Seagrass on Melbourne's... >>

Online shopping suffers slump

Online shopping suffers slump

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It was bound to happen but our online shopping habits are now reflecting what's being seen on the high street - we're simply not spending as much. US net measurement firm comScore is reporting that online shopping is now in decline for first time since... >>

Gov scraps Channel 4 license fee bid

Gov scraps Channel 4 license fee bid

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Ofcom warned in September that Channel Four could face a bleak future if it wasn't given a share of the license fee to make the changes necessary before the digital switchover. But now the Government has scrapped this plan. Channel 4 could have got £14... >>

Japanese robots take to the stage

Japanese robots take to the stage

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A troupe of Japanese thespians have shared the limelight with none other than a group of robots. In one of Japan's first ever robot-human theatre productions, the "actors" took to the stage at Osaka University. Playwright Oriza Hirata penned his play,... >>

Spam on the increase

Spam on the increase

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A couple of weeks ago, an American ISP called McColo was shut down after accusations that it was helping spammers send out junk mail including online fraud and child pornography. It was shut down and suddenly the amount of spam on the Internet slumped... >>

Yoobot website launched by British Heart Foundation

Yoobot website launched by British Heart Foundation

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The British Heart Foundation is trying to do its bit to stop kids in the UK opting for burgers instead of salads. The charity has launched a new website that lets kids create a virtual version of themselves. The free online game, which is called Yoobot,... >>

"Cyberchondria" is disrupting lives

"Cyberchondria" is disrupting lives

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It's official - an unhealthy number of us spend hours trawling the net to find out what diseases we could have from symptoms only we ourselves have detected. Yes - it's now official - we're suffering from Cyberchondria. Microsoft has published a report... >>

"Individual Broadband ownership" proposed

"Individual Broadband ownership" proposed

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So with BT's million pound plans for a super-fast fibre broadband network possibly going on hold, and reports on the dire state of the offerings in this country, do we need something drastic? Well two American researchers have come up with a controversial... >>

Woolworths to sell DVD ops to BBC Worldwide

Woolworths to sell DVD ops to BBC Worldwide

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It's already stopped selling CDs but now highstreet retailer Woolworths is about to make another drastic move to save itself. According to Media Week, it is going to sell its DVD publishing operation to BBC Worldwide. The retailer's shares have apparently... >>

Teacher wins fight over pop-up porn

Teacher wins fight over pop-up porn

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Charges have been dropped against a US teacher accused of looking at porn whilst in charge of a classroom of kids. In what has been a bizarre and controversial case, one Julie Amero was indicted on charges of endangering the morals of a minor, way back... >>

Nikon D3X rumours circling the web

Nikon D3X rumours circling the web

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There has been an explosion of posts about a possible D3X DSLR model from Nikon this week. It all started in April when some bloggers found a reference in a D3 firmware update to a 6048 x 4032 24.4MP option, sparking rumours that a new camera was on the... >>

Pioneer introduces NavGate all-in-one GPS device

Pioneer introduces NavGate all-in-one GPS device

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Pioneer has added a new GPS device to its collection promising "fully integrated audio, video and navigation in an all in one in-car entertainment solution". Heidi Johnson-Cash, general manager of marketing at Pioneer GB explains: "Our NavGate products... >>

iPhone ad banned by ASA

iPhone ad banned by ASA

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Apple has been given a telling-off by the Advertising Standards Agency. The ASA has banned an iPhone 3G ad which it claims was misleading over the speeds that the smartphone can connect to the internet and download content. The TV advert claims that the... >>

LinkedIn launches new search service

LinkedIn launches new search service

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The business orientated social networking website, LinkedIn, has rehauled its search options. The team is now making it easier for members to find each other with a new search engine. This allows members to refine their searches using more than a dozen... >>

WeFi delivers 10 million Wi-Fi access points

WeFi delivers 10 million Wi-Fi access points

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WeFi has hit a landmark and passed 10 million recognised Wi-Fi access points. The company, which claims to have provided the world's first open, community-based global Wi-Fi network, has also announced that it now has more than one million users in 215... >>

Report reveals abominable state of British broadband

Report reveals abominable state of British broadband

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The Office of National Statistics has shamed broadband service providers with its latest report. According to its survey, a whopping 42.3% of broadband connections are slower than 2Mbps. This is despite Ofcom claiming last year that, "the average headline... >>

Data losses could result in fines

Data losses could result in fines

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Millions of pounds worth of fines could be dolled out to companies who lose confidential data. The Information Commissioner has been given new powers to punish companies or indeed government departments who, "deliberately or recklessly" lose personal... >>

Juror dismissed for asking Facebookers for a verdict

Juror dismissed for asking Facebookers for a verdict

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A woman who used Facebook to round up her friends' opinions on a case she was juror for has been dismissed. The woman, who has not been named, posted details of the child abduction and sex assault case to try and get help in making a decision on whether... >>

Paragon releases Hard Disk Manager 2009 suite

Paragon releases Hard Disk Manager 2009 suite

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A new software suite designed to maintain and manage the data on your PC hard drive has been launched by Paragon. The Hard Disk Manager 2009 Suite includes partitioning, backup, cloning, defrag, hard drive disposal, system management and system recovery... >>

Compulsive gamers are not "addicts"

Compulsive gamers are not "addicts"

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The founder and head of the first and only clinic in Europe to treat gaming addicts is claiming that 90% of those who seek treatment aren't, in fact, addicts. Keith Bakker claims that compulsive gaming is a social rather than a psychological problem.... >>

Beatles iTunes negotiations "have stalled"

Beatles iTunes negotiations "have stalled"

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Beatles fans are going to be waiting a while longer to get their favourite songs from iTunes. Sir Paul McCartney has admitted that negotiations have currently "stalled" between EMI - the band's former record label - and Apple. But Sir Paul added to BBC... >>

Samsung suffering in economic slowdown

Samsung suffering in economic slowdown

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Samsung is warning that the growth of the mobile phone market is going to be slow this year and next. "The actual global market growth on a unit basis could come short of our initial forecast for 9% growth (in 2008)", James Chung, a spokesman for Samsung,... >>

BBC could face competition for digital funding

BBC could face competition for digital funding

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The Beeb is taking a bit of a bashing at the moment. Just days after the BBC Trust opted to veto its plans for regional online news content, the newly installed minister for technology, communications and broadcasting, has suggested that it may soon have... >>

Couple suing McDonald's over nude pics

Couple suing McDonald's over nude pics

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An American couple are suing McDonald's for a whooping £2 millio. The case revolves around some naughty pics of Tina Sherman, which she had sent to her husband Phillip's phone. Phillip accidentally left the phone in a McDonald's franchise in Fayetteville,... >>