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cell_phoneThis is the first of a three-part series on issues related to cell phone radiation. Look for Thursday's story on safety standards and testing and Monday's story on what consumers can do to reduce their radiation exposure.

A typical day for Jonathan Hirshon, a San Francisco-based public relations representative, is spent with his iPhone 4 pressed to his head for two or three hours.

windowsMicrosoft plan to unveil a new operating system designed for tablets within days, according to Bloomberg.

Citing three anonymous sources, Bloomberg reported yesterday that the software giant will be discussing its plans for tablets at some point in the next week, though they weren't certain where or when it would happen.

A4UNTIL recently, the processor chips at the heart of computing devices have been taken largely for granted—as the tick-tock of incremental innovation delivered a steady doubling of processing power every couple of years. Thanks to Moore’s Law, prices of computers have tumbled and performances have soared over the years, spurring unprecedented innovation in products and services. But recently a couple of not entirely unrelated developments have refocused attention on the differing philosophies behind processor design; and why Intel—the semiconductor powerhouse that has dominated computing for decades—is suddenly having to play catch-up, as mobile devices like smartphones and tablet computers start to suck the air out of the chip giant's traditional business.

It was Intel co-founder Gordon Moore who, back in 1965, first noticed that the number of transistors capable of being crammed on a sliver of silicon was doubling every two years.

facebook1Facebook and Spotify are collaborating on a streaming music service at the world's largest online social network, according to a report Wednesday by business magazine Forbes.

A Facebook spokesman told AFP that it had no news to announce on that front, but pointed out co-founder Mark Zuckerberg commenting at a G8 summit that the California company is interested in making the music and film industries more social.

microsoftBOSTON (Reuters) – A computer security researcher has found a flaw in Microsoft Corp's widely used Internet Explorer browser that he said could let hackers steal credentials to access FaceBook, Twitter and other websites. He calls the technique "cookiejacking."

"Any website. Any cookie. Limit is just your imagination," said Rosario Valotta, an independent Internet security researcher based in Italy.

Two new finds are at Saqqara, an older but less known pyramid site than GizaSeventeen lost pyramids are among the buildings identified in a new satellite survey of Egypt.

More than 1,000 tombs and 3,000 ancient settlements were also revealed by looking at infra-red images which show up underground buildings.

Initial excavations have already confirmed some of the findings including of two suspected pyramids.

"To excavate a pyramid is the dream of every archaeologist," says Dr Sarah Parcak.

sim_cardRwanda plans to adopt a SIM Card registration scheme, to curb criminal acts made by cell phone users the head of Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Agency (RURA) said yesterday. 

"We brought the issue to the attention of the Minister in charge of ICT and they are working on the policy," Regis Gatarayiha, the Director General of RURA said yesterday during the ongoing five day conference of the East Africa Communication Organisation (EACO).

nasaA pair of astronauts ventured out on the third spacewalk of their mission Wednesday to boost power on the Russian side of the International Space Station.

Spacewalker Mike Fincke promised Russian flight controllers that he'd tackle the job of laying power cables and adding a robot arm attachment with "much enthusiasm." He relayed the message in Russian, then asked his shuttle crewmate Gregory Chamitoff in English: "OK, Greg, what's next?"

bagIf you tried to sign into PlayStation Network on your PS3 or PSP in the last 30 minutes, you may have had no luck. Do not be alarmed: Sony says that PSN will be down today but that it's not another security issue.

The company posted today on its PlayStation blog that PSN will be undergoing "maintenance" between 8 a.m. PT and 5 p.m. PT. That means many users will have trouble signing into the service on their PlayStation 3 console or PlayStation Portable handheld, but can still sign in to play games online, including on Sony Web sites such as PlayStation.com.

linkedBOSTON (Reuters) – LinkedIn's professional networking website has security flaws that makes users' accounts vulnerable to attack by hackers who could break in without ever needing passwords, according to a security researcher who identified the problem.

News of the vulnerability surfaced over the weekend, only days after LinkedIn Corp went public last week with a trading debut that saw the value of its shares more than double, evoking memories of the dot.com investment boom of the late 1990s.