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28 May
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News headlines: Discover the scale of Britain's broadband plight; Vista Service Pack 2 delivers a raft of bug fixes for the outgoing operating system; and Microsoft touches up the Zune

This week's new reviews: Sony stuns us with its uncompromising VAIO VGN-Z31VN/X ultraportable; Interead delivers the Apple-inspired Cool-er eBook reader; and Mesh offers plenty of raw power in the budget-friendly Matrix HD 9950R

PC Pro podcast: On this week's show the team debates the merits of running Android apps on Ubuntu; Intel's claim that netbook sales aren't doing that much damage to laptop sales; and David Bayon nominates Nvidia's GeForce 3D Vision as our Hot Hardware of the Week. Download it now

Best of the blogs: Barry Collins explains why Microsoft must scrap the three-app limit on Windows 7 Starter; Jon Honeyball tackles Microsoft with his Cloud concerns; and Stuart Turton offers a Vista SP2 warning

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Three million UK homes in broadband wilderness
New survey reveals three million homes have sub-2Mbits/sec internet connections

Vista SP2 available for download
Microsoft unleashes the second service pack for Vista and Windows Server 2008

Microsoft unveils Zune HD - but will we ever get one?
New Zune to rival iPod touch - but there's little hope of it ever arriving in Britain

Android apps arrive on Ubuntu
Canonical's new "execution environment" allows Ubuntu users to run Android apps on the desktop

Amstrad helps eBay win counterfeit suit
EBay is not responsible for policing goods on its site, according to a High Court ruling

O2 "wins battle for Palm Pre"
With iPhone already in the bag, O2 strikes deal for the highly desirable Palm Pre

Nokia opens doors on Ovi apps store
Nokia has completed the global rollout of its Apple Apps store rival, which it claims will reach 50 million customers

Red Hat sues Switzerland
Open-source company claims Switzerland's softspot for Microsoft is harming competition

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