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Big Brother recruits cameraphone users

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A UK firm today unveiled plans for a service that allows members of the public to send pictures of antisocial behaviour to local authorities using mobile phones.

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.

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