Thursday, December 11, 2008

File-sharing 'bullies'; Firefox 3.1 beta 2; laptop for life

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Computing In The Real World

11 December
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News headlines: A London law firm is accused of "bullying" innocent people into handing over money for alleged file sharing; Firefox 3.1 beta 2 arrives with speedy new rendering engine; and the Internet Watch Foundation admits its Wikipedia censorship backfired

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PC Pro podcast: On this week's show we discuss the Wikipedia censorship furore; debate Davenport Lyons' assault on accused file sharers; and David Bayon attempts to make NEC's behemoth 30in monitor our Hot Hardware of the Week. Download it now

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File-sharing "bullies" reported to legal watchdog
Consumer watchdog accuses London law firm of "bullying" alleged file sharers into handing over money

Mozilla launches Firefox 3.1 beta 2
Firefox 3.1 beta 2 comes out to play with private browsing and faster rendering

IWF lifts Wikipedia ban
Watchdog admits that ban simply drove more people to look at image of naked girl

Vista triggers Stephen Fry Twitter meltdown
The "Vista devil" prompts a bout of abusive language from tech-savvy comedian, Stephen Fry

Pupils failed after wrong format fiasco
Computer says no for pupils taking the Diploma in Digital Applications, after schools submit work in wrong format

Are staff "hiding" Google OS?
Blocks on Google staff computers suggest company has something to hide

Intel roadmaps 32nm Atom
Plans reveal next generation Atom will combine the processor and multimedia and I/O controllers on one chip

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Korean company claims its new 4G chip could produce 60Mb/sec downloads and 20Mb/sec upload speeds on smartphones

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