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Holiday gift guide: book bonanza perfect for Japan fiends
Friday, December 01, 2006
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Chin Music Press produces some of the most entertaining books around and does it with style aplenty, so when they have a Christmas sale you’d better get moving PDQ.

Vanity knows no bounds: A-List blogebrity head-swelling tool
Wednesday, November 22, 2006
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If you scroll way down to the right there you’ll see a little pink dribble which signifies that DWT qualifies for the online equivalent of the Nobel Prize, a British knighthood and first place in the kindergarten egg-and-spoon race rolled into one.

Calling all Japan podcasters: Your country needs you
Tuesday, November 14, 2006
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As part of an imminent relaunch, we’re partnering up with dozens of the coolest Japan-related sites to bring the world a far more complete (not to mention fun) picture of Japan.

Rechargeable battery draws juice from USB ports
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Remember the last time you saw a fantastic product that made you think, “Damn – why didn’t I think of that?” We do – it was about an hour ago and the product in question is the USBCELL, a rechargeable AA battery that draws its power from a PC’s USB port.

Google accidentally sends out Kama Sutra worm
Thursday, November 09, 2006
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Google accidentally sent out email containing a mass mailing worm to about 50,000 members of an email discussion list focused on its Google Video Blog, the company admits.

Flash and Firefox to unite in Web 2.0 push
Wednesday, November 08, 2006
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Adobe will contribute source code to the Mozilla Foundation as the two organizations aim to establish a standard scripting language that developers can use to create interactive applications for Adobe’s Flash Player and Mozilla’s Firefox browser.

MySpace launches Japanese version
Tuesday, November 07, 2006
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The road to hell.com is still untraveled
Tuesday, October 31, 2006
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The hell.com domain name failed to sell in a live online auction this weekend and is still available, according to domain name registrar and reseller Moniker.com.

Six years on, Google finally breaks into Japan web top 10
Monday, October 23, 2006
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It may dominate Internet search in many countries, but Google has only just broken into Japan’s Internet top ten, according to data published Monday by NetRatings Japan.

BitTorrent inks deals to embed software in Internet devices
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BitTorrent has reached agreements with several companies to embed its file-sharing software in their Internet devices, expanding its ability to reach users.

IE7 Q: When is a bug not a bug? A: When Microsoft says so…
Friday, October 20, 2006
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A flaw that research firm Secunia ApS claimed to have discovered in Internet Explorer 7 just hours after its unveiling is not a browser bug after all, Microsoft said Thursday.

IE7 finally arrives to kick some Firefox butt
Thursday, October 19, 2006
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Microsoft on Wednesday released the long-awaited version of the Internet Explorer 7 browser for Windows XP. IE7 is available as a free download at www.microsoft.com/ie, and it also will be offered as a high-priority update via Microsoft’s Automatic Updates service in November.

Google convulses as minion posts own opinions on “official” blog
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A Google employee mistakenly posted information to an official Google blog that she had intended to publish in her personal blog in the latest blogging faux pas for the search engine giant.

North Korean telecom links could be cut by sanctions
Monday, October 16, 2006
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An agreement by the United Nations Security Council to impose sanctions on North Korea could see the Asian nation’s few telecommunications links with the outside world cut.

Loving the sponsor: Afterlife serving up the freshest original manga in English
Friday, October 13, 2006
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TOKYOPOP has been bringing Japanese manga to American readers for years and has recently introduced Original English Language (OEL) manga created for the West.  Of those fine tomes, DWT is proud to bring you one of the best…

US military to use IBM Arabic translation gear in Iraq
Thursday, October 12, 2006
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The U.S. Joint Forces Command (USJFCOM) will deploy IBM’s speech-to-speech translation software to help U.S. forces serving in Iraq better communicate with local security forces and Iraqi citizens.

Western CEOs need to prove commitment to China
Friday, September 29, 2006
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“I have sent my wife across there because she understands the language,” The Financial Times reported News Corp. Chief Executive Officer Rupert Murdoch saying. “There” is China, and he sent Wendi Deng “across” to try to avoid the pitfalls that have ensnared other Western Internet ventures, including News Corp.‘s.

Construction firm sues Microsoft over naming rights
Monday, September 18, 2006
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Microsoft may have thought it was being original when it decided to brand its security portfolio “Forefront” in July, but a Seattle software company begs to differ.

Intel to help Vietnam’s communists go open-source
Monday, August 28, 2006
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The Vietnamese Communist Party’s decision to move its computer systems to open-source software got a boost on Friday from Intel, the world’s largest chip maker.

Two-hour outage sidelines Amazon.com
Thursday, August 24, 2006
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Online retailer Amazon.com was hit Monday by a “major” two-hour website outage, according to Internet performance monitoring vendor Keynote Systems.

ICANN reups with U.S. DOC, no word on MOU
Friday, August 18, 2006
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The U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) has renewed its contract with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) to manage technical functions for the Internet’s domain name system.

Supersonic sensor parking system…we think
Tuesday, August 15, 2006
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We weren’t at all sure whether Aving was pulling our legs with what looks like a kiddy’s “demo” of the Autolilnks “intelligence parking guidance management system.”

Cybercriminals taking cues from Mafia
Monday, August 07, 2006
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The website offered to sell stolen credit card information for US$100, but it was the title of the poster that caught FBI agent Thomas X Grasso Jr.‘s attention. The cybercriminal identified himself as a Capo di capo — a boss of bosses, in Mafia parlance.

Gates, Marx, Stalin all big in China
Friday, August 04, 2006
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The world’s richest man joins Karl Marx and Nikita Khruschev on a list of non-Chinese making the greatest impact on China, published Thursday by a state-run newspaper’s website.

Japanese Schoolgirls on Discovery Science Channel
Thursday, July 20, 2006
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The Discovery Science channel has an intriguing show, currently airing in the UK, called “Japanese Schoolgirls,” which purports to serve up the latest gadget news hot from Tokyo.

Researchers claim Great Firewall workaround
Wednesday, July 05, 2006
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A group of researchers at the University of Cambridge claims to have found a way to circumvent China’s Internet content controls, but some doubt whether their findings really offer a breakthrough.

Steve Jobs’ stock options under investigation
Friday, June 30, 2006
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While we’re on the subject of corporate financial irregularities, Apple has found problems with some of its stock option grants made between 1997 and 2001, one of which was to CEO Steve Jobs, the company disclosed on Thursday.

Sony sticks it to Tokyo taxman
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Sony is contesting an order from the Tokyo Regional Taxation Bureau to pay additional taxes on profits made from sales of products between its Japanese and overseas units, the company said Friday.

Howard Stringer says it like it is
Tuesday, June 27, 2006
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Stringer looking to software engineers to revitalize Sony
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Looking back at his first 12 months in the top job at Sony, Howard Stringer said Monday that getting software engineers more involved in product design and the day-to-day management of the company has been one of the most rewarding aspects of the year.

Chinese domestic film industry suffers while CD & DVD plants “fake” production levels
Wednesday, June 21, 2006
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Piracy cost filmmakers in China US$2.7 billion in 2005, according to a new survey by the Motion Picture Association (MPA).

Japanese supercomputer hits the petaflop mark
Tuesday, June 20, 2006
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Take 19,122 Intel Xeon processors, add 4,808 LSI chips and top off with the worthwhile goal of simulating the non-bonding interactions between atoms and you’ve got yourself an MDGRAPE-3 Protein Explorer supercomputer.

Segway’s Kamen underlines difficulty of defining patent trolls
Friday, June 16, 2006
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A U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee, seeking to reduce legal claims by owners of illegitimate patents, heard Thursday that it’s difficult to define just what is a bogus patent claim.

Microsoft Retirement 2008: Charitable Edition
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Microsoft Chairman and Chief Software Architect Bill Gates said Thursday he will step out of his daily role at Microsoft in July 2008 so he can take on a full-time role at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the charity organization he runs with his wife.

Two arrested in KDDI data leak case
Wednesday, June 14, 2006
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Akio Minomura, 57, and Akihiko Torii, 47, are suspected of attempting to blackmail KDDI to cough up cash for the info stolen on 4 million of the telecom carrier’s customers, claiming they’d obtained it from a third party. It gets worse. Read on.

KDDI leaks data on 4 million customers
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Personal data on almost 4 million customers of Japanese telecom carrier KDDI has been leaked, the company said Tuesday. The data includes the name, address and telephone number of 3,996,789 people who had applied for accounts.

Japanese giants to develop 45nm LSI chips
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Four of Japan’s biggest chip makers will work together on development of manufacturing technology for next-generation semiconductors, they said Tuesday.

China Eye: Tech trickles down in China
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I really enjoy my occasional trips outside of Beijing. Although air travel in China is not a ton of fun, these excursions are generally a breath of fresh air (literally) and a showcase of what’s going on in the provinces.

EBay, PayPal about to get a whole new toolbox
Tuesday, June 13, 2006
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EBay will release in coming months new application programming interfaces (APIs) for external developers to enhance eBay-based applications aimed at online buyers.

Greenpeace Computex protest live
Thursday, June 08, 2006
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Members of the international environmental group Greenpeace protested at the Computex trade show in Taipei on Wednesday. The group was seeking to bring to the attention of show-goers the issue of electronic waste. Read on for the full report by Martyn Williams and an enlightening video interview by Sumner Lemon, our colleagues at the show today.



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