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  • Opinion: Free music: Is Deezer the new Napster?

    Five years ago a host of peer-to-peer services claimed they had the legal basis to challenge old media's archaic views on music copyright. Sean Fanning's Napster was born on the premise that we shouldn't have to pay inflated prices for music, and for a while, it seemed he was going to get away with it. Fast forward to 2007, and Napster is a legitimate service, Apple's iTunes is the world's most influential music downloading service and even the likes of Kazaa and Limewire are attempting to go legit. But despite these high-profile about turns, the free music bandwagon keeps on rolling.

  • Opinion: Second Life players spied on by government

    Watch out online communities and all you avatars out there, the taxman is after you.

  • Opinion: How to avoid being a phish

    *Phish: n., A person who will click an unsolicited email link based on assumption. (see mirror).

  • Opinion: Xbox 360 racing wheel gets cooling retrofit

    More bad luck for Xbox users. First there was the Xbox 360 warranty extension because of the so-called "flashing lights of death" failures, ostensibly due to overheating issues.

  • Opinion: M-rated Manhunt 2 cleared for Wal-Mart sale

    Manhunt 2 has been given a M (for Mature) rating for its PS2 and Wii releases, giving it a fighting chance of becoming a massive bestseller and right-wing scapegoat for years to come.

  • Opinion: IBM workers to strike in Second Life

    IBM workers in Italy are set to go on strike over a pay dispute. But rather than get cold standing around a brazier in a donkey jacket, IBM's awkward squad will take their industrial action to the streets. The virtual streets of Second Life.

  • Opinion: Nearly half of workers banned from Facebook

    The backlash against Facebook is on. A survey has found that 43 percent of employees are now being blocked from Facebook access during office hours.

  • Opinion: Apple iPhone to be an eBook reader?

    According to a news report by Reuters last week, the iPhone is set to become a device for displaying electronic books.

  • Opinion: CIA spies get their own Facebook

    The CIA is to give spooks an online communications and collaboration tool modelled on social-networking websites such as Facebook, Bebo and MySpace.

  • Opinion: Does your mobile fancy a Quickie?

    In fifteen years, the mobile phone has evolved from a brick-sized telecommunications device owned by business execs to a pocket-sized gadget even pre-teens regard as a must. The upshot is that we can't leave home without one, we can't remember phone numbers and we live in constant fear of the battery life indicator. We could be standing in the middle of Trafalgar Square but once the phone's out of juice we're effectively cut off from the world. But fear no more.

  • Opinion: Does your mobile fancy a Quickie?

    In fifteen years, the mobile phone has evolved from a brick-sized telecommunications device owned by business execs to a pocket-sized gadget even pre-teens regard as a must. The upshot is that we can't leave home without one, we can't remember phone numbers and we live in constant fear of the battery life indicator. We could be standing in the middle of Trafalgar Square but once the phone's out of juice we're effectively cut off from the world. But fear no more.

  • Opinion: It's scientific fact: girls love pink

    But it's nothing you should worry your pretty little head about - it's evolution and your love of ruddy-faced chaps, sweetheart. Two Newcastle University researchers have 'proved' that girls have a preference for pink (and boys love blue).

  • Opinion: Down with e-cards

    Send me an email and chances are you'll get a reply. Send me an e-card, however, and don't hold your breath.

  • Opinion: Nokia takes aim at Apple's iTunes and iPhone

    If Nokia has its way, Apple may live to regret thrusting its sticky paws into the mobile phone market with the iPhone.

  • Opinion: Man burns penis on hot laptop

    Great Swedish meatballs of fire. A Swedish scientist had his penis and testicles badly scorched while using his laptop.

  • Opinion: Japanese just love mobile-phone novels

    Here's why futurists look to Japan: while we just got around to finding someone willing to write a book on a mobile phone, in Japan people have been reading books on phone hasndsets for years.

  • Opinion: Hezbollah launches propaganda video game

    Fans of Islamist propaganda and poor-quality graphics will be pleased to hear that Hezbollah has launched a sequel to its Special Force video game.

  • Opinion: Happy birthday the CD, 25 today

    Exactly a quarter of a century ago today the first compact discs were produced in Germany. Who'd have thought that a recording of ABBA's The Visitors would be groundbreaking? (Apart from Benny and Björn, naturally.)

  • Opinion: Why businesses are scared of Vista

    Forrester Research will not stop until it has found a satisfied corporate Windows Vista customer.

  • Opinion: AMD shuns Evesham

    Kids can be so cruel. And by kids, I mean chip manufacturers. Specifically AMD. Still reeling from receivership and eventual rescue by PPC Technology - aka TimeUK - Evesham is losing friends fast.



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