Karen Friar

Karen Friar is news editor for ZDNet in the UK, based in London. She has been in journalism since the last century, starting out in film journalism in San Francisco, before making the switch to tech coverage at ZDNet.com. Next came a move to CNET News.com, where she looked after west coast coverage of business technology, specialising in security. After 14 years in California and a marriage-related change of name (from Karen Said), she returned to her homeland to work at ZDNet UK and so that her husband could deepen his knowledge of the offside rule.Follow me on Twitter at @Karen_Friar

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Virgin hooks up more towns to 100Mbps broadband

Virgin hooks up more towns to 100Mbps broadband

Five more UK towns have been connected to Virgin Media's 100Mbps service, as the ISP continues its 'ultrafast' cable broadband rollout started at the end of last year.On Tuesday, the ISP said that the next-generation broadband service is now on sale in Cheshunt and Hatfield, in Hertfordshire; Southport; Pentwyn near Cardiff; and Treforest, Rhondda Cynon Taf in Wales.

published January 25, 2011 by

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Assange can be given bail, high court rules

Assange can be given bail, high court rules

Prosecutors have lost their bid to prevent Julian Assange, editor of Wikileaks, being released on bail while his extradition to Sweden on sex-crimes charges is decided, according to reports.On Thursday, the high court in London upheld a magistrates' court decision to allow Assange to be bailed.

published December 16, 2010 by

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Time's running out - tell us your views on Wikileaks

Time's running out - tell us your views on Wikileaks

There's only a few hours left to give us your opinion on the Wikileaks saga in our short survey.We've heard a lot from expert commentators about Julian Assange, the Wikileaks publications and the Anonymous backlash — but not much from the man in the street.

published December 15, 2010 by

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Swedish appeal delays Assange's release

Swedish appeal delays Assange's release

Swedish authorities have decided to appeal against a judge's decision to grant bail to Wikileaks editor Julian Assange, who faces extradition to Sweden for questioning on sex-crimes charges.The lodging of the appeal came on Tuesday, just hours after the bail decision in City of Westminster Magistrates Court in London.

published December 14, 2010 by

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IBM plots route to cloud services for partners

IBM plots route to cloud services for partners

IBM has set up a cloud-computing facility in the UK to help its business partners worldwide to develop, test and ultimately sell cloud-based services.The Cloud Computing Lab at Hursley IBM Innovation Centre provides access to the technologies needed for enterprises to add the cloud to their portfolio.

published October 26, 2010 by

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Brocade exec predicts: Cisco to enter storage

Brocade exec predicts: Cisco to enter storage

If anyone is keeping a close eye on Cisco, it's Brocade. The longtime rivals are right now each pushing their own portfolios for the converged datacentre, Brocade with its Brocade One and Cisco with its Unified Computing System.

published September 30, 2010 by

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HP workers set dates for strikes

HP workers set dates for strikes

Unite union members working as mobile engineers at HP CDS will hold a one-day strike on Monday, 7 December, in a dispute over job transfers, pay and pensions.The union said on Thursday that the engineers will introduce an overtime ban and work to rule from 4 January.

published December 3, 2009 by

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Nasa hacker gets legal deadline extended

Nasa hacker gets legal deadline extended

Gary McKinnon's legal team has been given more time to request a judicial review of the home secretary's decision not to halt McKinnon's extradition to the United States.Home secretary Alan Johnson has granted an extension of the deadline until 10 December, according to a statement issued on Wednesday by Kaim Todner, McKinnon's solicitors.

published December 2, 2009 by

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Nasa hacker extradition to go ahead, minister says

Nasa hacker extradition to go ahead, minister says

Gary McKinnon's extradition to the US to face hacking charges is set to move forward, after home secretary Alan Johnson said he will not intervene.McKinnon's supporters had asked the minister to halt the extradition on the grounds that it would be a breach of McKinnon's human rights.

published November 26, 2009 by

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Large Hadron Collider up and running again

Large Hadron Collider up and running again

The world's biggest particle accelerator, the Large Hadron Collider, is in operation again after more than a year of repairs.The European Organisation for Nuclear Research, Cern, said in a statement on Friday that particle beams are once again circulating in the LHC, and that a clockwise circulating beam was established at 10 PM local time.

published November 20, 2009 by

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Guardian UK Jobs site hacked, user data breached

Guardian UK Jobs site hacked, user data breached

The Guardian Jobs website has come under attack from a 'sophisticated and deliberate hack' that has exposed sensitive data, according to an email sent to affected users on Saturday.The breach is related to data submitted by people who have applied for a job via the Guardian Jobs site.

published October 24, 2009 by

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Disappearing comments and blog posts

Disappearing comments and blog posts

I've seen a few remarks recently wondering what has happened to comments posted to the site, so here's a bit of explanation of where your posts might be held up.One possibility is that the post has been sent to moderation by our spam filter.

published September 28, 2009 by

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