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Explosions Rock London's Transport System

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Communications networks remain largely intact, but mobile and fixed-line phone networks are severely congested.

Downloading not unethical

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Two-thirds of U.S. college students see nothing unethical about downloading digital copyrighted files without paying, a survey found.

Nasa probe strikes Comet Tempel 1

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US space agency (Nasa) scientists are celebrating after seeing a probe crash into the heart of a comet.

Etch-A-Sketch to Be on U.K. Cell Phones

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For doodlers who can't get enough etching and sketching at home, Etch-A-Sketch is coming to a cell phone.

Ultra-high speed network bows in Florida

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The Florida LambdaRail Network -- the next-generation Internet with 100 times the capacity of the previous system -- has gone live at 10 Florida universities, moving information at 10 gigabits per second.

Space station gets HAL-like computer

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A voice-operated computer assistant is set to be used in space for the first time on Monday – its operators hope it proves more reliable than "HAL", the treacherous speaking computer in the movie 2001.

Lawmakers Aim to Protect Public Broadband

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Fourteen U.S. states have passed laws limiting municipal broadband services, with large Internet providers lobbying against city-offered services. Two U.S. senators have jumped into a growing debate about whether cities should be allowed to create tax-funded broadband services, with the two introducing a bill that would prevent states from outlawing municipal broadband projects.

Smart home dream could be for all

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Smart homes in which a single button controls lighting, heating, security, music, film - everything digital - has long been promised, but has never quite delivered... until now?

Cars that run on overnight charge catch valley VC's eye

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With oil prices hitting new highs, venture capitalists are considering a kind of car you can plug into your home power outlet at night. And one person they'll be hearing from soon is Palo Alto's Felix Kramer.

New Software Changes Wireless Technology Functions on Demand

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Taking wireless technology to the next level, NASA is leading the way in the field of Software Defined Radio, or SDR, a wireless technology that gives an electronic device the ability to quickly and easily perform new functions on demand.

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