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Elsewhere is a collection of unusual technology stories from around the world

Turks tune in to forbidden wave of programming

Satellite TV is bringing uncensored news and porn to Turkish homes, making those selling it akin to doctors in locals’ eyes.

Student turned millionaire

Debt-ridden third-year university student Alex Tew went from having an overdraft to banking $999,000 after creating a Web site that sells pixels to companies as advertising space.

Take that, RFID tags
The Inquirer

German privacy hackers have developed a prototype device and plans to tell anyone how to make their very own RFID-Zapper that instantly damages the tag using an electromagnetic field with a coil.

Microsoft releases WMF patch

The software giant shipped an emergency patch Thursday ahead of schedule to address the Windows Metafile vulnerability reported earlier this week. Hackers, however, say they’re close to breaking through the fix, designed to correct a flaw in its Graphics Rendering Engine, following its release.

Fortune editor predicts Google’s downfall in ’06

Google’s getting a lot of attention in the press these days but David Kirkpatrick questions if the $127 billion company can hold onto its superhuman grip on the unforgiving (and unpredictable) tech market. Rival search engine Yahoo’s recent acquisition of social network site gives it an edge over Google in a rapidly emerging technology.

Apple Computer rumoured to use Intel tech in next gen Macs

Upcoming notebooks will reportedly be equipped with Robson Caching, which uses NAND flash memory instead of the hard disk for starting up and launching apps, allowing for faster boot up times and enhanced battery performance. Reports speculate that the first of the Intel-based Macs will be announced at next week’s MacWorld San Francisco.

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