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Facebook VOICE is what telco barons should fear - not a Zuckermobe

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So obvious! Who do people phone? Friends. Where are all their friends listed and categorized? Facebook.

I could see VOIP on a PC, perhaps not on a mobile, being an idea.

But there's two problems:

1. If someone really wanted to talk to a friend - they wouldn't be using Facebook in the first place ;)

2. I can't see someone paying for it.

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FTC splits $50,000 robocall killing tech prize

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Respect to Google. Would be an interesting model if phone calls, emails, text messages, etc, were all handled in exactly the same way.

You could keep a history of phone calls, report spam phone calls, add a new contact to your phone, etc. Hang on - they haven't made a Google Landline phone yet?

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Scan your branes LIVE IN REAL-TIME, thanks to GPU-surfin' boffins

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This sounds AMAZING! The only problem being it'll require a doctor to be on hand for each MRI exam.

I hate to say it, but I can't see the NHS wasting a doctor on that kind of stuff.

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Boffins brew eyes on bugs' wings

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But then considering the amount of alcohol hand gel deployed in hospitals, work places, etc, they're not going to have a problem.

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Google shreds Reader in new round of 'spring cleaning'

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FAIL

Tried out other apps on Android, didn't really like them. Still use Reader on laptop and android phone, as what I've read stays consistent between each :(

Real bugger :( In my birthday month too - double bugger :( :(

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Six things a text editor must do - or it's a one-way trip to the trash

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I liked Sublime initially, I really did. I wanted it to be perfect.

But... it was the little things. You know, I've already forgotten what they were, but UltraEdit managed them well enough.

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BRITAIN MUST DECLARE WAR on Cervinaean menace

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What the hell are we doing buying all this horse-based filler for burgers, when we have native hooved ones that are virtually a pest!?

Make mine a Deer Bolognaise!

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Samsung Wallet slavishly copies inspired by Apple Passbook

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WTF?

Well, what else was Apple going to do with $130bn in cash? Pay for lawyers of course.

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Samsung, Visa in pay-by-bonk tie up

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FAIL

Galaxy S4?

Um... hello? Galaxy S3 is still here... and has NFC inside it... er... HELLO!?

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2e2 cloud cash fiasco puts NHS IT and biz 'over a barrel'

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One word - Dops.

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Huge rock-hard marble erection shocks Japanese kiddies

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Devil

5 metres may not mean much to us, but it's probably 10 times the size of the locals.

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Bioshock Infinite, Devil May Cry, SimCity

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Unhappy

For the sake of the children... please Steam! When's Half Life 3 out??

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First Google wants to know all about you, now it wants a RING on your finger

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FAIL

I hate all this OTP authentication stuff. I'm trying to avoid it on my banking account (Sort Code: 10 20 30, Acc: 12345678) - I don't want to have to locate a ring/card/calculator before logging in. And it means I'm buggered if I go away and leave it at home.

Internet based banking should give the benefit that it doesn't matter where you are. *grumble*

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Germany sets date for Google vs newspapers smackdown

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WTF?

/agree. It all seems a bit tenuous. Google shouldn't quote news from their websites... or at least... not enough to stop the user visiting the website.

If they're not using robots.txt, they've only got themselves to blame.

But if they want their cake, and to eat it, then it's difficult to sympathise.

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Facebook to debut auto-play video ads in 2013

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Meh

Fair does. Facebook has to make money somehow. Personally, I can't remember the last time I saw an advert on Facebook - I probably mentally block it out these days. And if I'm doing that, others probably are too, and click rates will be going down.

I like Facebook, but I'm not sure I'd be willing to pay for it. Part of its appeal is that it's accessible to all.

Who knows what is a workable solution where Facebook can make money, and is acceptable to the user.

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Report: US telcos cashing in on data caps and poor competition

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"regulators need to enforce fairer competition and make sure companies aren't artificially creating scarcity to drive up prices."

They don't need to do anything. Even home grown competitors were stamped on. The American telecoms industry has nothing to worry about.

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Google maps app is BACK on iPhones, fanbois spared death

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Re: Maps worth more to Google than Apple?

To be honest, even if they did harvest my data, what I get in return makes up for it.

If the return starts to diminish, I'll be thinking again...

... lies... I probably wouldn't. No-one else out there gives a better experience than Google.

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Apple, Samsung patent judge: 'I feel like I'm in Groundhog Day here'

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Re: Anyone else

I wonder what court cases are being delayed because of this. I appreciate this is corporate court or some-such, but surely that judge's abilities are better used elsewhere.

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China plans astro-farms on Mars

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I don't know about anyone else, but I prefer my food genetically modified, not galacticly mutated :(

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Google buys parcel storage service for Christmas

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Amazon have this "drop box" in Reading's Oracle shopping centre. Not used it yet, but I like the idea.

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You wish :( Royal Mail will deliver it to your neighbour, or just send it back to the retailer.

I'd much rather deal with Amazon than Royal Mail.

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TomTom for Android with hands-free kit review

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Re: Why Bother?@AceRimmer

I suspect this is more due to competition issues than any lack of interest.

As you said, the lacking features wouldn't take much, but could destroy a Global company over night (or at least a few of the smaller ones).

If I bought a SatNav, it wouldn't be TomTom - way too expensive. I'd buy a SatNav for 2 features tho - a hefty battery, and lane guidance. Live Traffic routing would be nice, but couldn't justify the cost for a non-business driver.

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Google mingles Drive and Gmail for 10GB attachments

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FAIL

Gutted. Tried the popup compose thing and didn't like it. This functionality sounds ace tho :(

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Assange needs to get some sunlight and fresh air, say Ecuadoreans

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FAIL

Government has agreed to let him get medical treatment, but they should say "tough".

You broke our law by hiding in an embassy.

You hid in a building which perhaps doesn't have all the mod-cons like fresh air (but yeah, it's got bloody windows though), and even the ability to leave your domicile.

Who knows whether he's guilty or not, but so far, Sweden has never been fingered as a malicious or unfair country. And if anything, I would expect them to protect him more than the UK.

Jeez - just leave the embassy, get on the plane, and sort this out.

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'There may come a day when Hobbits promote slot machines ...'

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FAIL

I can't blame the Tolkein estate. If they agree to sell the rights to services, then they're gits and they do seem to be money grabbing.

If they forbid gambling and similar services, then I think they're looking after their brand.

We shall see...

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Brit retailers tell Amazon and Google to pay their taxes

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Re: If the public were angry, they would not buy from internet multinationals

Do I like to get the cheapest price I can? - Yes

Do I want a high street? Yes

Would you prefer to shop in a high street over online? - Well... sometimes.

Would you stop using a company if they continued to avoid taxes? - Sure!... unless it's the company which gives me a wonderful mobile experience, or gives me a huge range of cheap products which are free to deliver. Everyone else - no problem.

*Boycotting Starbucks purely because of the asking your name thing. Didn't they study the British people!?

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Boss wrong to demote man over anti-gay-marriage Facebook post

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Re: Outrageous

To be honest, he sounds very reasonable. If only half the nation was that fair minded.

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Lawyer sues Microsoft rather than slot an SD card into his Surface

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Re: you keep forgetting something

Why can't he have all of that, and 32GB free?

If a user wasn't meant to store data on these tablets, they wouldn't bother advertising storage capacity. If they are meant to store data, then I would expect to store the amount specified.

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The guy is taking a risk. I presume he has to pay up-front fees, and if it goes to court and loses, I assume he'll need to pay Micro$ofts fees too.

He has a very valid point, and whether it's greed for himself or not, it'll help other people who are less bolshy.

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Google, Amazon, Starbucks are 'immoral' and 'ridiculous' over UK tax

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*cough* Lewis Hamilton *cough*

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I guess the only solution is to favour tax paying establishments.

Perhaps only running deals with tax paying companies, or inviting them to the special meetings. Or even just the public choosing who to go to (Hmm... not that keen on not using Google, they're quite convenient... :( ) Ditto on Amazon too :(...

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Holmes

Re: what do you expect them to do

The same way that Ireland lowered taxes, and then ended up having a screwed economy?

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Man, 19, cuffed after burning Remembrance poppy pic is Facebooked

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Re: Stupid

Bah - in this country you're old enough to pay taxes (16), but not old enough to vote (18). Gits.

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French gov 'plans to hand Google €1bn tax bill' - report

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FAIL

Re: Profit != Turnover

How are you going to pay the tax bill on the turnover, if you only have the profit left over?

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Ubisoft forgets to ship activation codes for music game

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Re: oh the irony

That manager sounded quite nice.

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BT and Virgin sue over £10m state-funded Birmingham broadband

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Birmingham build a POP, and then leases to BT and Virgin - ala unbundling. This preserves competition, but probably removes the cost of BT/Virgin installing there.

I bet by Birmingham doing it, all that nasty planning paperwork seems to fade away too.

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Tech rivals team up for free web dev docs

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Call me old fashioned, but when someone says here's a website full of the correct information for you to learn from.... I don't expect to have to write it myself :(

I just hope there's no wackos editing the wikis.

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ReDigi fights for right to sell used digital music

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WTF?

If reDig win this, and I can't see it happening, they would be the global power in music purchases.

Why bother buying from iTunes, when you can buy "secondhand" from reDig?

Essentially an online CEX. And if the tunes aren't cheaper, then why bother buying from reDig?

Essentially this is the same as buying games second hand from CEX or similar. Games industry don't like it so they are modifying their platforms to prevent it.

If they win their case, iTunes will introduce the same functionality, and end up killing off reDig.

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Google Wallet: Rub our button, cough 15p for quick read

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Yeah, I could live with this. I'd need a way of setting a budget though.

Plonking £15 into my account, and then trickle using it. I guess like XBox points.

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US court lifts ban on Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

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FAIL

YYYYyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaawwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn!

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New I-hate-my-neighbour stickers to protect Brits' packages

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If this goes as badly wrong as it could, retailers will be up in arms with all the re-sends they are having to do. If my neighbour is on holiday for a week and my package is left there, I'll be politely expressing surprise that my package hasn't arrived yet - send another!

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Steve Jobs backs Amazon from beyond grave in Apple trademark row

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YYYYYYYYYYaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaawwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn!

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Toyota kills city 'e-car for everyone'

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Goddam :( I've seen supermarkets with electric charge points, and so I thought we'd be seeing leccy cars within a year.

Sadly, it needs a company to mass produce, fail, and then a chinese company to come along, copy the idea, fix the problem, and then work. :(

Actually quite disappointed. I could never afford one, but was looking forward to something second hand ;(

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Smartphones may soon listen in on you while they sleep

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Those problems are tiny.

A more likely and serious problem is Apple seeing them in court, and a list of patents they might infringe.

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Samsung spends $4bn tarting up Texas factory

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Would be a nice way to avoid import restrictions....

Perhaps they might not build the devices there, but an intra-factory transfer of "stuff", which then just happens to get dispatched from Texas?...

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Ubisoft: 'Vast majority of PC gamers are PIRATES'

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Wow - awesome!

Their games will be free to play, and if I like it, I can spend the normal purchase price and have the full game!

Er... that's right, yes? What? I'll probably ending up paying a shed load more? Oh.

Ah well - it won't be that way on consoles....

Er... Xbox, Batman: Arkham City - Catwoman "extension".. er... well... yes there was that.

Had a go at F2P Everquest recently. I played far too much years ago, and my characters were still alive, and so actually I had most of the functionality that was available. There was lots to buy though, and I wonder how much they truly affected game play.

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News Ltd's Australian chief demands copyright overhaul

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The BBC is a huge content producer, but they steal photos from other people without paying for it.

Irony corner?

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NASA gets funding for Mars InSight mission in 2016

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Why?

Curiosity is there to explore the surface and have a decent look around.

Surely mission 2 is to deploy some habitation tents?

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PayPal drops into McDonalds, begs meat-guzzlers to give it a bonk

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Go

NFC was one of the big reasons why I went for the Galaxy S3.

I'm sitting here tapping my feet, wondering when the hell someone's going to support it!

Also, what happened the Olympic trial of NFC with the S3?

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Blizzard pwned: Gamers' email, encrypted passwords slurped

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FAIL

With the recent Amazon/Apple thing, and now this...

Every website needs to either drastically improve their security (or 2 form authentication) or make it less strict.

I'm not going to risk my hard-learned security question answers and passwords to websites, if they keep losing them. I'd rather have a unique really simple password so when it's hacked I've not lost much.

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