Skype lands deal for Wi-Fi access in Europe

Skype’s Internet calling service will soon be accessible at The Cloud’s Wi-Fi hot spots across Europe, the two companies announced on Tuesday. Although normal online access to Skype’s voice over Internet Protocol services is free to those connecting via PC, access to The Cloud’s Wi-Fi network will require the use of a Skype-enabled phone from …more

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IBM cranks up speed of Power6 to 5.0GHz

IBM plans to crank up the speed on its Power6 server chip to 5.0GHz, far higher than competing processors from Intel and Sun Microsystems. Despite its high frequency, the chip will avoid overheating through its small, 65-nanometer process geometry, high-bandwidth buses running as fast as 75GBps, and voltage thresholds as low as 0.8 volts, IBM …more

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Mozilla’s Firefox 2.0 RC2 Is a Step ? Backward?

eWEEK Labs was disappointed to find that a couple of well-liked search and cookie options have been changed in RC2. Privacy-conscious users will be particularly disappointed by the changes in cookie handling. We’ve always liked using this feature to quickly find a word within a Web page, but, with Version 2.0 RC2, the functionality of …more

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Stores take Sony PlayStation 3 pre-orders for November

GameStop and EB Games stores are going to start accepting pre-orders for Sony?s PlayStation 3 game console this morning. Due to ?extremely limited supply,? the stores expect their allocations of what is perhaps the holiday?s season?s most eagerly anticipated gadget to run out in minutes. I managed to make it up to GameStop at 9:40am …more

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AMD schedules 65nm Tyler launch for 2Q 2007

Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) will announce the Rev G Turion 64 X2 and Mobile Sempron CPU lineups, which will debut as the chip vendor’s first 65nm-made mobile processors, in 2007, according to motherboard makers familiar with AMD’s latest CPU roadmap. The Tyler series?replacement parts for the AMD Turion 64 X2 (codenamed Taylor) CPUs?will be launched …more

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Google Buys YouTube for $1.65 billion

Finishing off one of the tech sector’s worst-kept secrets, Google announced an agreement to acquire online media phenom YouTube for $1.65 billion in a stock-for-stock transaction. The companies announced after the bell Monday that the acquisition would combine one of the largest and fastest-growing online-video entertainment communities with Google’s expertise in organizing information and creating …more

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Chinese hackers attacking the Commerce Department

The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) has been under attack from IPs sourced in China since early September, admitted the Commerce Department last Friday. The Chinese systems have been hitting any system at the BIS that’s exposed to the Internet with distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks almost continuously, as well as successfully compromising …more

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AJAX to overtake Flash?

A recent SitePoint and Ektron survey of Web professionals suggests AJAX will soon surpass Flash as the predominant Web development model of choice. Increases in expected Microsoft-based endeavors, however, make it difficult to predict a less proprietary-based Web development project pipeline for the future. SitePoint and Ektron’s survey of 5,000 Web developers anticipates a significant …more

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HP agrees to reimburse two for cost of snooping

Hewlett-Packard has made an agreement with former board members George “Jay” Keyworth and Tom Perkins to pay “any reasonable expenses” that they have already incurred in connection with the HP board snooping scandal. Perkins is the well-known Silicon Valley venture capitalist who abruptly quit HP’s board in May in a huff over how its boardroom …more

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First 50GB Blu-ray disc for sale on Tuesday with Click

Consumers will have access to the first 50GB Blu-ray disc, which boasts twice the capacity of a regular disc, when Sony Pictures releases the Adam Sandler comedy “Click” on Tuesday. The dual-layer disc promises to deliver the interactivity and extras that backers of the next-generation, high-definition optical-disc format had been promising since the first movies …more

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The $10 million genomics race

The X-Prize Foundation is hoping the cash prize will inspire someone to sequence the hunam genome faster and cheaper than in the past. $1 million dollars will be given for decoding the genomes of 100 people, including wealthy donors and celebrities. I think this is a great contest and hope that it is used to …more

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Intel said to be seeking strategic partnership with Nvidia

Intel may raise its stake in Nvidia so that they can form a strategic partnership to oppose the merger of AMD and ATI, according to sources at Taiwan-based motherboard makers. Nvidia shares climbed last week on speculations that it could be acquired by Intel amid the general disbelief that the chipmaking giant could ever do …more

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North Korea Conducts Underground Nuclear Bomb Test

North Korea faced a barrage of global condemnation and calls for harsh sanctions Monday after it announced that it had set off an atomic weapon underground, a test that thrusts the secretive communist state into the elite club of nuclear-armed nations. I can’t believe that North Korea would actually do a live test, but hey …more

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China jamming test sparks U.S. satellite concerns

China has beamed a ground-based laser at U.S. spy satellites over its territory, a U.S. agency said, in an action that exposed the potential vulnerability of space systems that provide crucial data to American troops and consumers around the world. The Defense Department remains tight-lipped about details, including which satellite was involved or when it …more

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