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China Mobile goes big on proximity payments

China Mobile has launched a proximity payment service based on RF SIM technology, and with China Telecom announcing trials the standard is probably unstoppable.
Bill Ray, 12 2010
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Google buys medium-sized mammal with social disease

Google has purchased an Aardvark.
Cade Metz, 12 2010
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Microsoft's innovation mission explained

Microsoft took flak last week for a corporate culture that one former executive claimed was killing good ideas and innovation.
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Racist content on US server 'within UK jurisdiction'

The law of England and Wales applies to material published online, even if it is hosted on a server in another country, the Court of Appeal has ruled. As long as a substantial measure of the activities takes place in England, its law will apply, it said.
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Big Blue boffins hatch dirt-cheap solar cells

IBM researchers have developed a new class of solar-powered electricity-generating cells that they claim will bring photovoltaic cells closer to cost parity with conventional energy sources.
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Can $100m a year keep Google on the iPhone?

A new report says that Apple has over one hundred million reasons not to dump Google from the iPhone and replace it with either Microsoft Bing or its own made-in-Cupertino search service.
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Microsoft to hook Facebook game maker?

Microsoft's interest in social networks could see the company buy Facebook games company CrowdStar.
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Chip and PIN security busted

Security researchers have demonstrated a gaping security hole in Chip and PIN credit card authorisations which undermines trust in the technology as a means to verify retail purchases.
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Foreign objects in orifices a bigger killer than laptops

If you're worried about the prospect of dying at the hands of a flaming laptop battery while travelling, relax.
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WD speeds up a Caviar Black interface

Western Digital has a faster Caviar Black available, a 6Gbit/s SATA 1TB model.
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High performance for the masses

Reg reader survey High-Performance Computing (HPC) has traditionally been seen as the domain of the über-specialist.
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Bikini atoll residents now get less radiation than Euros, Yanks

US government nuke boffins say that Bikini atoll and other Pacific islands blown up by America in 1950s atomic-bomb tests are now entirely safe to live on - in fact they are safer, from the point of view of radiation dose, than living in Europe or the continental USA.
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UK universities being broken by border control measures

Updated The law of unintended consequences has arrived in full force on British campuses, as government policies designed to control immigration turn academic staff into state informers and impose draconian surveillance on UK students and academics.
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Brit-born astronaut completes first spacewalk

British-born astronaut Nicholas Patrick (pictured below) yesterday exited the International Space Station on his first spacewalk, accompanying Bob Behnken on the 6-hour, 32-minute EVA to attach the US's Tranquility node and cupola to the orbiting outpost.

Xiotech cracks GlassHouse

Xiotech's new management team has scored a big channel win by signing up GlassHouse to work on joint development and marketing efforts using Xiotech's ISE technology.
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Google coughs to PR gaffe with privacy-lite Buzz

Google has tweaked some settings in Gmail Buzz following a huge privacy backlash against Mountain View’s latest social networking effort.

Copan's ex-CEO turns up at Attivio

Mark Ward, the last CEO at collapsed storage vendor Copan, has turned up in the top sales role at Attivio.
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Adobe pushes out Flash security fix

Adobe has published a cross-platform update for Flash that addresses a potentially serious security flaw.
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Motorola hands itself divorce papers - again

Motorola has finally set itself a date to breakup, and plans to divest itself of itself in the first quarter of next year.
Joe Fay, 12 2010
Cloud Engines Pogoplug

Cloud Engines Pogoplug 2

Review Pogoplug - now in its second incarnation - is the kind of gadgets 'real' geeks hate. It's brightly coloured - an awful white and pink combo; not a plus point - it's consumer friendly and, when all is said and done, it's just a network adaptor for hard drives.
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Spanish city shuns Brit 'Saga louts'

The tourism chief of Andalucia's Jerez de la Frontera has decided he's had enough of riotous Brits who invade the town and "do nothing but drink", the Sun reports.
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Windows 7 'genuine' nagware winging its way to OS

Microsoft has been keeping a surprisingly low profile about its recent nagware win - could that have anything to do with its latest efforts to sink marauding software pirates?
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BOFH: The PFY Chronicles

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Wreck of 1930s flying aircraft carrier dubbed 'historic'

The US government has added the crash site of the most powerful flying aircraft carrier ever built to the National Register of Historic Places, 75 years after the event.
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SpinVox carcass laid bare in final accounts

Dragon's Den TV star Julie Meyer described SpinVox as "the first major technology success story out of Europe", but the company's final accounts show a business running at a huge loss, spending heavily, and with interest payments alone exceeding income.
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With MS funding, No2ID gains entry to EU eID group

ID card campaign group No2ID has - with a little financial backing from Microsoft - won admission to the industry working group of Project STORK, the EU programme for devising interoperability standards for electronic ID systems across Europe.
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NHS Toolkit takedown will inconvenience docs, not patients

Analysis Patient care will not be affected by an NHS decision to pull a doctors' appraisal website offline to improve its security, but the life of UK doctors will be complicated.
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Microsoft fesses to pitiful performance on volume licensing site

Microsoft has admitted that its refurbished but hamstrung volume licensing website is still limping along for some customers and partners, who are yet to gain full access to the portal, or worse are logging in and being served the wrong details.
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When will Symbian compile?

Symbian won plaudits for releasing the Symbian/S60 codebase last week. It's not to be sniffed at, since it represents the biggest release of software under an "open" license ever undertaken, and the first time a market leader has made such a move. There's just one problem, the company openly acknowledges: it won't compile.

Vodafone eyes iPhone switchers for fresh Sim-only deals

Vodafone has rolled out revamped Sim-only price plans.
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Why British radio is broken (it's boring, boring stations)

If you only read one story about British radio this year, make sure it's this one.
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Chilean mint misspells Chile

The general manager of the Chilean mint has been given his marching orders after failing in a pretty fundamental area of his responsibilities: to ensure the country's name is spelt correctly on its national currency.
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Spain to get Europe's first major-vendor smartbook

HP has launched the first ARM-based netbook from a major vendor in Europe, though you'll - for now, at least - have to live in Spain to get it.
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Street View pulls Canadian murder scene

Google has pulled images of an Ontario murder scene from Street View, the Windsor Star reports.
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Buffy's heart gets wrong kind of flutter from Google Buzz

Social tinnitus Google Buzz hasn't just upset social web mavens, it's also alarmed US actress and sometime Vampire Slayer Felicia Day too.
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Teradata ekes out sales and profit growth

Data warehousing system maker Teradata has reported that both sales and profits were up a smidgen in the final quarter of 2009. It's cautiously optimistic about this year, despite increasing pressure from Oracle, IBM, Netezza, and others in the data warehousing racket.
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Opera beta bear hugs plug-in-free video

With the beta release of its latest desktop browser, Opera now gives you plug-in-free video.
Cade Metz, 12 2010

Ballmer locked and loaded for WinMo 7 debut

Monday looks like the day when Microsoft plans to finally unveil its Windows Mobile comeback, challenging Google's Android and the Apple iPhone.
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Frosty fanbois navigate iPhone with sausage

Enterprising South Koreans have found a solution to the problem of using their iPhones in frigid weather: sausages.

World of Google zombies mistake news story for Facebook

Just how deep is Google's hold on the minds of the world's netizens? So deep that if the web giant boosts a news story about Facebook and logins to the top of its search results, myriad net surfers will mistake the news story for the Facebook login page, wondering why they can't login to it and why it looks nothing like Facebook.
Cade Metz, 12 2010

Outlooked Office for Mac 2011 unveiled

Microsoft has announced Office for Mac 2011, which will replace the much-maligned Entourage with Outlook, restore Visual Basic support, and add what Redmond's MacBU (Macintosh business unit) calls "new co-authoring tools."