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  • News: 200,000 back Alan Johnston in online petition

    Freed BBC correspondent Alan Johnston has expressed his gratitude and surprise at the support he received via the BBC’s online petition calling for his release.

  • News: Robocup attracts cyber-Beckhams

    Over 300 teams from all over the globe arrived at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta yesterday to take part in the Robocup awards. The week-long event attracts robotics engineers from around the world and aims to promote the development of artificial intelligence and robotics. The RoboCup, which has not been held in the US since 2001, chose to use football as a central topic of research, aiming at innovations to be applied for the socially significant problems and industries. Events include robot football for two-legged and four-legged machines and a competition for microscopic robots. The ultimate goal of the project is to develop a team of fully autonomous humanoid robots that can win against the human world champion team in soccer by 2050. For a robot team to perform in a football game, technologies such as design principles of autonomous agents, multi-agent collaboration and real-time reasoning must be incorporated.

  • News: Apple publishes iTunes Festival pages

    Apple has published the first few pages http://www.itunesfestival.com/media-gallery of its coverage of the iTunes Festival at London's ICA.

  • News: Orange & TalkTalk slated by uSwitch

    TalkTalk and Orange have been slated in a phone and broadband Customer Satisfaction Report by uSwitch.com.

  • News: O2 to launch iPhone in the UK

    Mobile operator O2 is set to announce that it’s beaten rival Vodafone to win the UK contract to sell Apple’s iPhone.

  • News: UK National Archives to unlock file formats

    The UK has embarked on a plan to make terabytes of government data locked up in mostly Microsoft proprietary file formats viewable to the public in their original form.

  • News: BT wins in Vonage VoIP ad dispute

    The Advertising Standards Agency (ASA) has upheld eight complaints over newspaper adverts promoting VoIP firm Vonage’s telephony prices.

  • News: Security gateway goes open source for all

    Untangle has made its open-source security software available free for download to network managers supporting environments of all sizes.

  • News: Chinese Google-killer in music deal

    Chinese internet search leader Baidu.com has signed an agreement with one of Taiwan's largest Chinese-language record labels to offer streaming music services supported by advertising revenue.

  • News: Toshiba lawsuit targets German DVD maker

    Toshiba has filed a lawsuit against German DVD replicator EDD Bizz GmbH over the alleged infringement of DVD patents.

  • News: PCs & gadgets becoming No.1 home power hog

    Technology enthusiasts have been warned that their electricity bills will go through the roof over the next few years unless they tackle a surge in the use of consumer electronics equipment in the home.

  • News: Has T-Mobile won first Euro iPhone contract?

    T-Mobile has won a deal to sell Apple's iPhone in Germany from November 1, according to a report in a German regional newspaper.

  • News: Xbox 360 has '33% failure rate'

    Anecdotal evidence suggests the Xbox 360 failure rate may be as high as one of every three machines, according to US retailers.

  • News: Final Firefox 3 update before first beta release

    Mozilla has unveiled the last planned alpha update to Firefox 3.0 before it brings the new browser into the daylight of beta testing.

  • News: Google steps up Vista search battle

    Google still hopes to influence changes that Microsoft plans to make in Vista's desktop search function, even after the parties involved in Microsoft's 2002 antitrust settlement agreed to alterations to the search system. On Monday, in response to Microsoft's opposition to an earlier request, Google asked that the US District Court for the District of Columbia allow it to weigh in as an interested party regarding the way the search function should be changed. The filing comes two weeks after Microsoft and the plaintiffs in the antitrust suit said that they had worked together and agreed to changes.

  • News: iPhone's iTunes activation hacked already

    Hackers may successfully unlock Apple’s iPhone in as soon as three to seven days, according to a representative of one effort that aims to unlock the new handset.

  • News: Linkin Park in cyberstalking storm

    Devon Townsend, a former employee of the Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, has pleaded guilty to stalking Linkin Park lead singer Chester Bennington and to unlawful access to stored communications.

  • News: Apple working on iPhone battery replacements

    Apple has revealed details of its battery replacement plan for the iPhone.

  • News: eBay launches Kijiji free classifieds

    eBay has launched its Kijiji International classified advertising site in the US.

  • News: UK data protection strategy under spotlight

    The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has launched a consultation on its new Data Protection Strategy, which sets out how it intends to regulate itself and minimise risks to data.

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