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Document details Intel's appeal of European fine

The European Commission's $1.45 billion fine of Intel should be struck down or severely scaled back because the commission ignored crucial evidence, failed to prove the chipmaker stifled competition, and never established that any consumers were harmed, according to a summary of Intel's appeal in the case.

The new Nano: nice or not?

Last week, Apple showed off the new iteration of its iPod Nano -- it'll have a video recorder, as well as other bells and whistles. And a pedometer. Our Tech Blog reports:

The new Nano is an astonishing triumph of engineering and design that has managed to pack all these new features — along with the old ones — into a sleek, elegant device that’s a pleasure to use.

802.11n Wi-Fi standard finally approved

As predicted last month, the IEEE has finally approved the 802.11n high-throughput wireless LAN standard.

Finalization of the new wireless networking standard--which is capable of delivering throughput speeds up to 300 megabits per second (and even higher)--took exactly seven years from the day it was conceived, or six years from the first draft version. The standard has been through a dozen or so draft versions.

Hire a hacker services popular

Hacker services are doing a roaring trade in the US offering access to partner's email accounts for less than $100, according to the Washington Post.

The Post was apparently amazed that women were paying hackers to find out if their husbands were cheating on them by getting the passwords for their email accounts from pirate sites. The charges for services from the likes of YourHackerz.com, ''piratecrackers.com'' and ''hackmail.net'' are small but apparently they are doing a roaring trade.

Supercomputer speeds up with flash drives

Boffins running the San Diego Supercomputer Centre have sped up a supercomputer by using solid-state drives.

Allan Snavely, associate director at SDSC, in a statement. SDSC is a part of the University of California, San Diego said that the new computer could help solve science problems faster than systems with traditional hard drives. He said that a flash drive will provide faster data throughput, which should help the supercomputer analyse data an "order-of-magnitude faster" than hard drive-based supercomputers.

TiVo wins $200 million in patent infringement suit

San Francisco, Calif. A US district court has ordered Dish Network Corp and sister company EchoStar to pay TiVo $200 million in damages.

According to Reuters, the fine was imposed after the US District Court for Eastern Texas determined that Dish and EchoStar had violated a permanent injunction banning the use of modified technology to rewind and pause live TV.

Using Cybercitizens to Hunt Down Hackers

Since the earliest days of the Internet, people have tried to hack their way into the computers of others. Even as hacking has grown from a way for geeks to impress each other to a means for criminals to steal and blackmail, the strategy for computer security has remained largely the same: Companies and consumers erect the thickest walls they can around computers so the bad guys can't get in.

Now security experts, realizing they're losing the battle, are ready to try a new approach. They plan to recruit victims and other computer users to help them go on the offensive and hunt down the hackers. "It's time to stop building burglar alarms to keep people out and go after the bad guys," says Rowan Trollope, senior vice-president for consumer products at Symantec, the largest maker of antivirus software.

First OLED Laptops Could Arrive Next Year and Burn Holes in Wallets

Say it's true. That I could finally be watching Hulu on a laptop with an OLED screen by next year. Companies have announced plans and showed concepts, but Samsung says we could see a commercial OLED notebook in 2010.

After introducing its X Series laptops yesterday the company told reporters that it would release an OLED notebook towards the end of 2010, perhaps in the third quarter. Lenovo has also mentioned plans to use OLED and Sony has shown a totally futuristic notebook based on OLED panels, but this is the first solid timing we have heard of.

First Hot Ice Computer Created

A computer made entirely of sodium acetate, known as hot ice, solves mazes and other problems. It also occasionally hangs. If you've ever used a chemical hand warmer, you'll be familiar with sodium acetate. These bags of liquid are supersaturated solutions of sodium acetate that has supercooled to ambient temperature. Clicking a metal disc in the solution creates a nucleation center that causes the solution to rapidly crystallize, releasing heat. Heating the solid turns it back into a liquid, thereby recharging the hand warmer.

First Toshiba Blu-ray Player Coming in November

Toshiba will sell its first Blu-ray DVD player starting in November, the company announced Thursday.

The BDX2000 will retail for $249.99. It includes BD-Live, which lets users take advantage of Web-based interactive features via an Ethernet connection. The device also includes an SD card slot, which may be required to access some of the BD-Live content, Toshiba said.

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