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TiVo hits pause button in Australia

Just over a week after a much-publicised kick-off in New Zealand, it has emerged TiVo's A/NZ partner Hybrid TV has wound back operations to a skeleton staff. Sources have told The Register an asset sale for the video-on-demand platform could be on the cards.
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Egypt to release 'missing' Google exec on Monday

Egyptian Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq has said that "missing" Google exec Wael Ghonim will released on Monday, according to a report citing Egyptian state television. Ghonim – Google's head of marketing for the Middle East and North Africa – has been missing since January 27, and he was apparently arrested after joining protests against the Egyptian government.
Cade Metz, 07 Feb 2011
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'Red Hat for stats' goes toe-to-toe with SAS

Revolution Analytics – the company that launched last year to be the "Red Hat for stats", providing an extended version of the open source R programming language and runtime – is going directly after analytics juggernaut SAS Institute with its latest release: R Enterprise 4.2.
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Google does fractals in HTML5

Fractals. They're porn for techies. Well, truth be told, porn is porn for techies. But fractals aren't far behind.
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Myer breaks ranks on 'net retailing

Australian retailer Myer has broken ranks with other major retailers like Gerry Harvey and Solomon Lew by saying that internet shopping isn’t slaughtering its sales.
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AOL buys Huffington Post

AOL is paying £190m for the Huffington Post – the ragbag collection of once Democrat-leaning blogs founded in 2005.
John Oates, 07 Feb 2011
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Nokia boss 'plans Great Purge'

Stephen Elop wants to purge Nokia's Executive Board, with some key executives leaving the company, reports German weekly WirthschaftsWoche. Up to half of the nine Board appointees will leave or be replaced, reports the weekly, representing a "De-Finnification" of the company's leadership.
Andrew Orlowski, 07 Feb 2011
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NASA 'naut Kelly rejoins Endeavour crew

NASA astronaut Mark Kelly is back on board space shuttle Endeavour's STS-134 mission to the ISS, following a month's leave to be at the bedside of his wife Gabrielle Giffords.
Lester Haines, 07 Feb 2011
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Juniper stuffs money into Violin

Juniper Networks has joined Toshiba in pumping money into flash memory array startup Violin Memory to the tune of $35m. Violin uses Toshiba chips in its products, but what is Juniper's angle?
Chris Mellor, 07 Feb 2011
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Stroppy Belgian students in Ryanair mutiny

More than 100 Belgians are stranded in Lanzarote's Guacimeta airport after staging a "mutiny" over Ryanair baggage fees.
Lester Haines, 07 Feb 2011
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Vodafone nabs new Nexus

Vodafone has got its hands on the Google-Samsung Nexus S - reviewed here.
Hard Reg, 07 Feb 2011
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Anonymous pwns security firm that probed its membership

The Anonymous hacking collective took revenge on a security firm that had investigated its membership on Sunday.
John Leyden, 07 Feb 2011
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NASA snaps Sun in super STEREO

NASA has released the first images from its twin Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory (STEREO) probes as they moved into position on opposite sides of the Sun.
Lester Haines, 07 Feb 2011
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BlueArc puts replication on a diet

Hardware-accelerated filer supplier BlueArc has stopped replicating useless data with its latest software release.
Chris Mellor, 07 Feb 2011
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Indian courts 'rule astrology is a science'

Oh those crazy Indians! A high court judge in the subcontinent has apparently ruled that astrology is a pukka science like physics or chemistry. Or maybe not.
Team Register, 07 Feb 2011
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Six... budget Blu-ray Disc players

Product Round-up Christmas is past but it's still winter. The nights are cold and damp. What better way to spend them that at home, snug the sofa, a cool nut-brown ale in your hand and a fine film on your new HD TV?
Tony Smith, 07 Feb 2011
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Nasdaq admits hackers planted malware on web portal

Nasdaq admitted on Saturday that unidentified hackers had succeeded in planting malware on one of its portals.
John Leyden, 07 Feb 2011
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First fondleslab found in 1970s kids TV sci-fi gem

At last it can be revealed: Apple owes the look of the "magical" iPad to a team of telepathic teens from the 1970s - The Tomorrow People.
Tony Smith, 07 Feb 2011
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BT erects private cloud defences

BT is offering a private cloud option to data centre customers.
Team Register, 07 Feb 2011
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Sir Elton outs iPad 2 release date

Several readers emailed us this morning claiming that Elton John today suggested that the iPad 2 will be on sale in April.
Tony Smith, 07 Feb 2011
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Sony Ericsson confirms PlayStation phone

Sony Ericsson has confirmed the imminent launch of the Xperia Play, promising a full revelation set for 13 February, just ahead of Mobile World Congress (MWC).
Caleb Cox, 07 Feb 2011
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North Africa will need more revolution before it attracts IT tourists

Comment Woo Hoo! Tens of millions of well-educated, young and above all, cheap workers for the capitalists among us to go and exploit! Quick, quick, get out the airline schedule and book that seat to Tunis, or Cairo or – coming soon no doubt – Algiers. Money money money, it's a capitalist world!
Tim Worstall, 07 Feb 2011
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Glasses-free 3D TV sales stumble

Toshiba's attempt to interest us all in 3D TVs that don't require special glasses has fallen flat. The company sold fewer than half the sets it expected it would in the first month of sales, a senior executive has revealed.
Caleb Cox, 07 Feb 2011
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Getting your virtual hands dirty with virtual networking

We're all familiar with the concept of a virtual server. However, when planning and implementing a virtualisation project, it's not just the servers that can be and should be virtualised – it's the network too.
Manek Dubash, 07 Feb 2011
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Robot naval stealth fighter takes to the air

Vid The disappearance of swaggering pilots from the flight decks of US naval aircraft carriers came a step closer on Friday with the first flight of the X-47B robot tailhook stealth jet.
Lewis Page, 07 Feb 2011
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Assange fights extradition in court

Julian Assange's lawyers are in court now to fight his extradition to Sweden by arguing that prosecutors have failed to follow correct procedures.
John Oates, 07 Feb 2011
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Super-thin materials could POWER our WORLD

Oxford and Dublin boffins have unlocked a doorway leading to more than 150 super-thin exotic nanosheet materials just one atom thick.
Chris Mellor, 07 Feb 2011
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Android Open NFC gets a bit more open

Inside Secure is about to launch a more abstracted NFC API, one compatible with Android versions 2.3 and (notably) 2.4, allowing developers to start showing what's possible with NFC.
Bill Ray, 07 Feb 2011
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Rovio to fling Angry Birds at Nintendo 3DS

Angry Birds developer Rovio has confirmed that the fowl-flinging hit will be coming to Nintendo's 3D handheld games console, the 3DS.
Hard Reg, 07 Feb 2011
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Hawaii boffins: Aerosols add to Amazon rainfall

Boffins based in Hawaii say that over the last 60 years emissions of aerosols - soot and other particulates often emitted by diesel engines, coal powerplants etc - have led to increased rainfall in the rainforests of the Amazon and central Africa, and have also resulted in "fewer extreme [weather] events".
Lewis Page, 07 Feb 2011
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Nationwide customers find online front door shut

Nationwide Building Society customers looking to check their accounts or peruse mortgage rates via its online front door were left frustrated today as its website's front page told them it was, er, too busy.
Joe Fay, 07 Feb 2011
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Iranian state telly bins foreign cuisine

Iran has banned cookery programmes featuring foreign fare in an attempt to combat the threat of alien nosh to the nation's gastronomic identity.
Lester Haines, 07 Feb 2011
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Overzealous anti-paedo scheme not dead yet

Volunteers and those working with children will only need to undergo intrusive vetting of their private lives in future if they work in "sensitive posts" or "have intensive contact with children or vulnerable people".
Jane Fae , 07 Feb 2011
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Ofcom okays Derren Brown psychic-baiting

Ofcom has ruled that the psychic at the centre of an episode of Derren Brown Investigates was treated fairly.
Bill Ray, 07 Feb 2011
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HP intros 'lay it flat' all-in-one touchscreen PC

HP has revamped its touchscreen all-in-one desktop PCs with the ability to lay them almost flat, tablet style.
Tony Smith, 07 Feb 2011
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Canon intros entry-level DSLRs

Canon has bulked out the popular EOS camera range with two entry-level DSLRs, as well as some high-end lenses and flash units.
Caleb Cox, 07 Feb 2011
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Last.fm charges for mobile

Last.fm will start charging for streaming to its mobile applications from next Tuesday, although the desktop web versions of the site in the UK, Germany and the USA will remain free.
Andrew Orlowski, 07 Feb 2011
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IP review visits Silicon Valley shrines

Two years ago Google embarked on a campaign to import US-style "fair use" into British copyright law. Three months ago the new Coalition obliged, by commissioning an independent review to examine growth and intellectual property, specifically tacking onto the group's To Do list.
Andrew Orlowski, 07 Feb 2011
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Superphones: A security nightmare waiting to happen

If I sit down with a PC from the late 90s and a modern PC I bought yesterday they are quite obviously the same animal. The operating system has changed, and there have been some minor innovations. With the exception of speed and support for the newest protocols, a PC from the late 90s could be used to perform exactly the same tasks we would buy PC for today.
Trevor Pott, 07 Feb 2011
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Cisco munches Inlet for $95m

With video streaming in its many different forms hogging an increasing chunk of bandwidth out there on the Intertubes, networking giant Cisco Systems wants to be dominant in IP TV – whatever that might be some day. That is why it has ponied up $95m in cash to acquire Inlet Technologies.
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Google exec/activist 'released' by Egyptian authorities

A Google executive who is believed to have been held in detention in Cairo since last month has been released, according to reports.
Team Register, 07 Feb 2011
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De-Finnistration: Nokia to shift HQ to US?

Exclusive Well-placed sources at Nokia suggest Stephen Elop is considering shifting the executive centre of gravity to Silicon Valley, creating a virtual HQ in the United States. The move would be as radical as any of those made by his predecessors in the company's 150-year history.
Andrew Orlowski, 07 Feb 2011
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Disabled dude demands EA improves gaming access

A disabled man is campaigning for EA to adapt the controls on Dead Space 2, so he can play the game using only his chin.
Caleb Cox, 07 Feb 2011
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Critics slam feds for 'unprecedented' domain seizure

A vocal chorus of lawmakers and policy wonks are decrying the US government's practice of seizing large numbers of internet domain names without first giving the owners a chance to defend themselves in court.
Dan Goodin, 07 Feb 2011
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Google keen to settle antitrust investigation

Google is in "tentative" negotiations with European Union regulators to end the EU's investigation into allegations that the company abused its dominant position in the online search market, according to a report citing a source familiar with the case.
Cade Metz, 07 Feb 2011
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Banshee man dumps Novell for Skype duo

Novell is losing a key figure driving development of the Banshee open-source music player it helped pioneer.
Gavin Clarke, 07 Feb 2011
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SCO: 'Someone wants to buy our software biz!'

SCO says it has selected a buyer for its software product business: a mystery company known as UnXis Group.
Rik Myslewski, 07 Feb 2011
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'Mark-of-the-Beast' bug topples Java apps

A bug in Oracle's Java programming framework causes computers to freeze when they encounter certain numerical values with large numbers of decimal places, a flaw that makes websites susceptible to highly efficient denial-of-service attacks.
Dan Goodin, 07 Feb 2011
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Australian Liberal MPs splurge on sticky, delicious ... toner

In a stunning spending spree dubbed “tonergate” by those who append –gate to any potential political scandal, News.com.au has reported that opposition MPs in Australia blew close to $100,000 per week on office supplies last year, ahead of a change to parliamentary allowance rules.
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We’ll also resell NBN services – VIVIDwireless

VIVIDwireless, the Perth-based 4G operator which yesterday demonstrated its use of Huawei TD-LTE kit in Sydney, told journalists it would probably become an NBN reseller when the national fibre network was rolled out.
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BMC in $1.2m Mac Tel win

Hard on the heels of announcements by Macquarie Telecom that it is expanding its footprint in the cloud computing market and building a new data centre, BMC has announced that Mac Tel will use its tools for infrastructure management.
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VMware takes on Google Apps with Zimbra 7

VMware is ramping up the rhetoric against Google Apps with today's launch of Zimbra 7, the latest iteration of the email and collaboration software the company picked up early last year from Yahoo!
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'Tree Octopus' proves journos no smarter than 13-year-old Americans

During Saturday – at least to this writer, it may have started Friday in the lagging time-zones – a story started to take off on Twitter, news sites and blogs.
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T-Mobile answers Verizon iPhone with free handsets

Just as the much-ballyhooed Verizon Wireless iPhone is making its debut in the US, smaller rival T-Mobile is attempting to grab the spotlight with a new promotion: on this Friday and Saturday, all of its phones will be free with a two-year contract.
Rik Myslewski, 07 Feb 2011
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Mozilla plans four Firefoxes in 2011

Mozilla is planning to release four new versions of Firefox this year, shortening the browser's traditional release cycle considerably. To date, the open source outfit has released a new version of the browser every 12 to 18 months or so.
Cade Metz, 07 Feb 2011