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Surprise! Sprint denounces AT&T-Mobile deal

In a move that will surprise absolutely no one, Sprint Nextel has officially announced its opposition to AT&T's proposed purchase of T-Mobile.
Rik Myslewski, 29 Mar 2011
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South Brisbane residents to get FTTP ahead of NBN

Telstra customers – and ISPs – in a Southern Brisbane exchange will get a taste of the NBN world not from NBN Co, but from Telstra.
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IBM in A$200M broadband network win

Australia's NBN Co chief Mike Quigley has announced that IBM will be the prime systems integrator for its business support systems / operational support systems (BSS / OSS) project.
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Google's 'clean' Linux headers: Are they really that dirty?

The trouble with open source is that most coders aren't lawyers and most lawyers aren't coders. And even if everyone did wear both hats, there would still be ample room for disagreement. The law, you must remember, is subjective.
Cade Metz, 29 Mar 2011
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My Taptu

Android App of the Week A good news aggregator should to be able to pull information from a broad range of sources, present it in a clear and easily navigable format, and make it as easy as pie to find, add, remove and edit feeds.
Alun Taylor, 29 Mar 2011
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Amazon jumps the gun on free clouds

Amazon has got in first with an online music storage service, or "Cloud Drive" as the bookseller puts it.
John Oates, 29 Mar 2011
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Antarctic ice breakup makes ocean absorb more CO2

Some cheerful news on the climate change front today, as US government boffins report that ice breaking off the Antarctic shelves and melting in the sea causes carbon dioxide to be removed from the environment. This powerful, previously unknown "negative feedback" would seem likely to revise forecasts of future global warming significantly downwards.
Lewis Page, 29 Mar 2011
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Apple iPad 2

The second incarnation of Apple's market-defining media tablet has arrived in the UK. Read what Reg Hardware thinks about it, and check out the best network operator deals.
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Pay-by-mobile plan taps up UK consumers

Britan got a new pay as you go mobile provider this morning, which will put paying for things other than mobile service at the centre of its business model.
Bill Ray, 29 Mar 2011
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Three strikes ID fraudster jailed for 16 years

A recidivist ID theft fraudster who used a people search website to verify the authenticity of stolen social security credentials has been jailed for more than 16 years.
John Leyden, 29 Mar 2011
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Sony Ericsson sanctions smartphone boot loader unlocking

Sony Ericsson is to allow "advanced" Android coders to unlock the boot loader built into its latest smartphones.
Tony Smith, 29 Mar 2011
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Microsoft man riles update-hungry Windows Phone 7 users

Microsoft VP Joe Belfiore has been forced to apologise after making light of the plight suffered by Windows Phone 7 users who've had to wait several days for the latest OS update.
Bill Ray, 29 Mar 2011
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ViewSonic tempts with buy-to-try tablet deal

ViewSonic is to let punters try out its 7in Android tablet for free.
Tony Smith, 29 Mar 2011
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Junk mail down 1/3 since Rustock botnet takedown

Global spam volumes dropped by a third following the takedown of the infamous Rustock botnet earlier this month, according to MessageLabs.
John Leyden, 29 Mar 2011
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McAfee site crawling with scripting bugs say researchers

Flaws on McAfee's website leave it vulnerable to cross-site scripting and other attacks, security researchers warn.
John Leyden, 29 Mar 2011
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O2 tariff rejig bundles tethering with data

O2 has revamped its pay monthly mobile phone package structure, adding a one-year contract option for existing customers.
Tony Smith, 29 Mar 2011
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Judge hands BlueBeat.com $1m bill for Beatles downloads

A California website that claimed its "psycho-acoustic simulation" technology meant it could sell Beatles downloads has been ordered to cough up $950,000 to EMI.
Joe Fay, 29 Mar 2011
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Council loses £2.5m claim against Big Blue

Southwark Council's claim for £2.5m in damages from IBM for supposedly faulty software has been dismissed.
John Oates, 29 Mar 2011
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Take-Two talent call betrays Grand Theft Auto V

The scene is set and the inevitable is upon us. Yes, Grand Theft Auto V is in production and ready for an announcement soon, we think.
Caleb Cox, 29 Mar 2011
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Handy radiation checker comes to iPhone

iPhone users can now download a free iPhone app to tell them what local radiation levels are, in case they've not got enough to worry about.
Bill Ray, 29 Mar 2011
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HTC Incredible S Android smartphone

Review The Incredible S is latest in HTC’s extensive line of Android handsets. It runs version 2.2 of the OS, includes a 1GHz processor, 8Mp camera and lots of clever tricks, but despite its distinctive rubbery look, it isn’t hugely different from its siblings. Not that that’s necessarily a bad thing, since it’s still got plenty going for it.
Dave Oliver, 29 Mar 2011
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Back to the nano-mechanical future

Edinburgh researchers and others have devised a way to use nano-cantilevers to charge carbon nanotube transistors with binary values faster and more power-efficiently than NAND cells get charged. Once again the scientists raise the possibility of their invention replacing flash, as many have done before.
Chris Mellor, 29 Mar 2011
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US Navy to field full-on robot war-jets as soon as 2018

The US Navy has indicated that it would like to have unmanned, robotic spyplane/bombers operating from its aircraft carriers "in the 2018 timeframe", which suggests that flying kill-robots will soon be in the same league as the most powerful manned combat aircraft.
Lewis Page, 29 Mar 2011
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Exploiting the mainframe for new workload requirements

IT architects and CIOs have a number of factors to take into consideration when it comes to selecting where to run workloads and how to design systems for efficient operations over extended periods of time.
Tony Lock, 29 Mar 2011
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Europe rules against general passenger data slurp

The European Data Protection Supervisor has taken a view against Passenger Name Record transfers, which obliges airlines to hand over the personal data they hold on every passenger entering or leaving the European Union.
John Oates, 29 Mar 2011
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Platform wants to out-map, out-reduce Hadoop

Chewing on big data using the MapReduce protocol, and the open source Hadoop stack that implements it, is all the rage these days. But there is more than one way to stuff an elephant.
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Praying for meltdown: The media and the nukes

Comment Sensationalism has always been part of the popular media - but Fukushima is a telling and troubling sign of how much the media has changed in fifty years: from an era of scientific optimism to one where it inhabits a world of fantasy - creating a real-time Hollywood disaster movie with a moralising, chivvying message.
Andrew Orlowski, 29 Mar 2011
DVD it in many colours

Yes, there is life after storage virtualisation

Podcast Did we tell you that Infosmack is the world's best podcast about enterprise technology? And did we tell you that we are syndicating episodes for our beloved readers? No? Then check this out, Episode 92, with Greg Knieriemen on solo hosting duties.
Drew Cullen, 29 Mar 2011
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Chilean clock-cooking could cause computer chaos

In what promises to provoke an entertaining IT apocalypse, the Chilean government has decided to postpone the end of daylight saving time by five weeks.
Lester Haines, 29 Mar 2011
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Nokia lobs more patent claims at Apple

Nokia has responded to Friday's ITC determination by filing another complaint against Apple, this time citing seven new patents and again calling for an import ban on Cupertino's products.
Bill Ray, 29 Mar 2011
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Making the decision on hosted apps

Webcast We have Reg reader Chet Loveland – who’s also the CISO from MeadWestvaco Corporation (MWV), a 20,000 strong global business – giving us a practical run through how and why he moved a large chunk of his users into the cloud. He's live, online at 4PM BST, 11AM EST, 8AM PST, right here.
Phil Mitchell, 29 Mar 2011
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Controlling the desktop through user scenarios

Desktop An optimised desktop doesn't mean one for which all users have control over every function. So what should they control and how do you decide?
Simon Bisson, 29 Mar 2011
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Europe to get space radiation-storm warning service

International boffins are meeting in Blighty today with the aim of setting up a European solar radiation-storm warning service. With the Sun expected to belch forth increasing amounts of bad "space weather" in coming years, the scientists warn that billions of pounds' worth of damage could be done to satellites in orbit.
Lewis Page, 29 Mar 2011
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Citrix sprinkles apps magic on SQL, NoSQL data

Native support for SQL and NoSQL has been added to Citrix Systems' NetScaler, which until now had specialized in high-availability only for applications.
Gavin Clarke, 29 Mar 2011
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Artificial leaf produces electricity through photosynthesis

A synthetic leaf has been created that mimics the photosynthesis process, converting sunlight and water into a source of electrical energy.
Caleb Cox, 29 Mar 2011
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Google suffers further Chinese setback

Chinese super-portal Sina has dropped Google's search box from its website and is using its own search service instead.
John Oates, 29 Mar 2011
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Mystery hack pwns Australian government

Parliamentary computers of the Australian prime minister, Julia Gillard, and other ministers may have been hacked, according to Australian media reports.
John Leyden, 29 Mar 2011
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Apple plays whack-a-dev after WWDC sellout

Apple has kicked off a game of worldwide whack-a-dev after tickets for its WorldWide Developer Conference started popping up on eBay and other classified sites.
Team Register, 29 Mar 2011
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Cisco eats newScale for cloud control

Cisco Systems wants to run your cloud, but you will end up doing most of the work thanks to its acquisition today of newScale.
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Google goes Instant with Commerce Search

Google has released a new version of Google Commerce Search – a hosted service that drives site search for online retailers – adding the sort of "realtime" search suggestions you'll find on Google's primary web search engine.
Cade Metz, 29 Mar 2011
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Nintendo 3DS contains £60 in bits

Nintendo's 3DS may set customers back £200 in many places, but it only contains 60 quid's worth of parts, apparently.
Caleb Cox, 29 Mar 2011
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Mozilla debuts Firefox 4 for Android

Mozilla has officially released its Android incarnation of Firefox 4. And for those of you who still care about such things, the open source outfit has also released a version for Maemo.
Cade Metz, 29 Mar 2011
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Amazon offers dedicated servers on EC2

Maybe we should call this one fog computing?
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Beyond $1bn: Why Red Hat is a one off

Open...and Shut Some of the industry's smartest prognosticators, like Redmonk's Stephen O'Grady and inveterate free software advocate Glyn Moody, have questioned the likelihood of a billion-dollar open-source software vendor.
Matt Asay, 29 Mar 2011
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Oracle to munch ERP competitor?

Larry Ellison may be about to gobble up one of his competitors, Lawson, an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software vendor headquartered in Saint Paul, Minnesota.
Rik Myslewski, 29 Mar 2011
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New York vows review of AT&T deal

New York attorney general Eric Schneiderman has announced that his office will carry out a thorough review of AT&T's proposed acquisition of T-Mobile USA.
Cade Metz, 29 Mar 2011
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Firefox 4 for Android shuns ARMv6 phones

Mozilla's Android incarnation of Firefox 4 does not run on devices using the older ARMv6 processor, and it does not support Adobe Flash.
Cade Metz, 29 Mar 2011
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Foxtel calls on wisdom of the clouds

Foxtel is fighting back after a self confessed “dreary” 18 month subscriber slump with a fresh IP centric set top box attack. Australia’s biggest PayTV provider conceded that the free to air channel’s Freeview offering and new IPTV providers had taken their toll on the Foxtel model.
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Sensis plans digital come back

Telstra’s advertising and directories arm Sensis is back on the acquisition trail as it plots a digitally focused resurgence. "Reports of our death are exaggerated," declared Sensis CEO Bruce Akhurst at an analyst briefing.
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Carriers vs cops: Australia's spectrum conundrum

Australia, like other countries subsidising the broadcast and consumer electronics industries rolling out digital TV, is now preparing to auction the old analogue TV spectrum for the best price possible.
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Apple's 'App Store trademark': A farce of Jobsian proportions

Microsoft has once again stood up to Apple's epically ridiculous attempt to trademark the term "app store", filing another request that the US Patent and Trademark Office deny Apple's trademark application in full.
Cade Metz, 29 Mar 2011