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Internet retail tax threshold 'probably irrelevant'

Australia's Productivity Commission is re-igniting the debate about online retail, competition and taxation, with an issues paper published late last week.
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Why is ILM such a failure?

Comment Information Lifecycle Management (ILM) promised much but delivered very little in practice; it was complex to implement and patchy in its coverage of a business's information assets. Now HP is having another canter around the ILM block... Will it succeed?
Chris Mellor, 06 Apr 2011
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Microsoft shows how to crowd-source spectrum management

Researchers from Microsoft have proposed a new way to monitor spectrum usage, by connecting up idle analysers and providing an API allowing anyone to make use of them.
Bill Ray, 06 Apr 2011
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Apple Digital AV Adapter

Review It’s not often that a mere cable merits a review of its own, but the Digital AV Adapter that Apple recently launched along with the new iPad 2 is worth a closer look.
Cliff Joseph, 06 Apr 2011
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EMC gets fat and flashy with Greenplum appliances

For one brief shining moment, when it bought Data General a zillion years ago, EMC was a server maker, and last year's acquisition of Greenplum makes it a server vendor (of sorts) once again. More like a data analytics systems integrator, but let's not split hairs.
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It's the oldest working Seagate drive in the UK

Seagate reckons it has found the oldest working Seagate disk drive in the UK: a 28-year-old ST-412 disk drive from 1983.
Chris Mellor, 06 Apr 2011
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Ex-director permanently banned from revealing confidential info

A businessman has been ordered never to improperly reveal confidential information belonging to a company where he used to be a director.
OUT-LAW.COM, 06 Apr 2011
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Toshiba: PS3 chip too hot for tellies

Toshiba World 2011 If you're wondering why Toshiba has been rather quiet about the Cell processor of late - last year it was very keen to tell World+Dog it would be putting the PlayStation 3 chip into high-end sets - it's because it has realised it can't put the thing into televisions.
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Wordpress backup vuln published

A remote execution vulnerability has been discovered in Wordpress backup utility BackWPup.
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Satyam pays $10m to end fraud probe

Indian reseller and outsourcer Mahindra Satyam and its auditor PwC have paid a total of $16m to end a US investigation into fraud charges.
John Oates, 06 Apr 2011
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One basket only? Proceed to self service

In tough economic times having lots of customers to sell to can give you a warm fuzzy feeling. But how many of them bring any real value? That warm glow could soon turn to a cold sweat of panic when you see how much it costs to sell to the low-value customers.
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McAfee recovers from Sesame Street email filter mix-up

McAfee has apologised for a Sesame Street-style mix-up over the weekend that temporarily prevented any customers with addresses that start with the letter A from receiving email.
John Leyden, 06 Apr 2011
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Yuri Gagarin in triumphant return to London

London will later this year pay homage to Yuri Gagarin with a 12ft statue honouring the first man in space, set to touch down in the Mall on 14 July.
Lester Haines, 06 Apr 2011
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Judge flips $625.5m Apple patent payout

A US federal judge threw out a $625.5m patent infringement verdict brought against Apple that had been awarded to Mirror Worlds LLC in October last year.
Kelly Fiveash, 06 Apr 2011
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SCO trading suspended in US

The US Securities and Exchange Commission has temporarily halted trading in SCO shares.
Kelly Fiveash, 06 Apr 2011
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Salt Lake City goes wallet-free with Isis

Operator consortium Isis has selected Salt Lake City as its flagship deployment to show the rest of the USA what NFC can do for them.
Bill Ray, 06 Apr 2011
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Buying Solutions launches office supply framework

Buying Solutions has tendered for the first of its nine frameworks designed to provide a centralised procurement model.
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Online ticket company ordered to release data on ticket sellers

An online company must hand over personal data of its customers, according to a High Court ruling.
OUT-LAW.COM, 06 Apr 2011
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Civil servants just can't keep a grip on their BlackBerrys

BlackBerrys have become the most lost or stolen item at the Department of Transport, a minister revealed yesterday, although thieves also seem to have a taste for heating fuel too.
Joe Fay, 06 Apr 2011
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US Army releases new vid of Judge Dredd computer smart-rifle

The US military has released a new video showing the XM-25 computer smartgun being fired in trials.
Lewis Page, 06 Apr 2011
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Richard Branson to prowl oceans' hadal depths in flying sub

Sir Richard Branson has set his sights on conquering the world's oceanic depths in a revolutionary carbon fibre and titanium "flying" submarine.
Lester Haines, 06 Apr 2011
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Culture minister rejects calls for UK probe of Google search biz

Culture minister Ed Vaizey has rejected calls for UK regulators to investigate Google's search business practices.
Kelly Fiveash, 06 Apr 2011
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HTC Desire S Android smartphone

Review The revised version of HTC’s more than capable Desire offers an updated look and runs Gingerbread, the latest Android 2.3 OS. What the Desire S brings to the mix is a faster, more responsive handset with improved keyboards and video calling options, all for a reasonable price.
Dave Oliver, 06 Apr 2011
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Ofcom Radio pokes at potential pirates

Londoners can now tune into Ofcom's own radio station, which is transmitting for a week or two to let people know they shouldn't be.
Bill Ray, 06 Apr 2011
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Israel mulls creation of elite counter-cyberterrorist unit

Israel is mulling the creation of a counter-cyberterrorism unit designed to safeguard both government agencies and core private sector firms against hacking attacks.
John Leyden, 06 Apr 2011
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Nokia floats out a collection of cool concepts

Concept phone designs sometimes materialise into real products, so although Nokia's latest line-up of maybes seem unlikely, we can keep our fingers crossed eh?
Caleb Cox, 06 Apr 2011
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SpaceX unveils new Falcon Heavy rocket - WORLD'S BIGGEST

SpaceX, the famous upstart startup rocket company founded on PayPal hecamillionaire Elon Musk's internet fortune, has announced details of its latest and mightiest launcher - which will be the most powerful rocket in the world.
Lewis Page, 06 Apr 2011
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Sage blames downloads for downtime

Sage 50 customers should be able to access the cloud-based service now after almost a week of intermittent access.
John Oates, 06 Apr 2011
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Halifax cuts investment accounts off from the web until April 2012

A British bank is closing off web acces access to its investment accounts while it works on "a fresh new site which is more secure and easier to use".
John Oates, 06 Apr 2011
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Antarctic meteorite yields exotic new mineral

NASA has announced the discovery of a new mineral inside a "historically significant"* meteorite recovered from Antarctica in December 1969.
Lester Haines, 06 Apr 2011
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The Sun still not shining on Nintendo's 3DS

The Sun stepped up its slagfest towards Nintendo's 3DS today, subjecting a self-less volunteer to two hours of 3DS gaming to show just how bad the console may be for your health.
Caleb Cox, 06 Apr 2011

Cisco CEO: 'We have disappointed our investors'

John Chambers has led Cisco into becoming too broadly spread, undisciplined and caused three quarters of poor results disappointing investors. Now he wants to turn the tide and get Cisco back on track.
Chris Mellor, 06 Apr 2011
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Georgian granny disconnects Armenian internet

A Georgian granny faces a possible three years in jail after a copper-scavenging expedition ended in Armenia's disconnection from the internet.
Lester Haines, 06 Apr 2011
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Microsoft crowns Capossela as new consumer channels head

Microsoft has created a new consumer channels division and plonked the company's Office marketing boss in the chair to head up the group.
Kelly Fiveash, 06 Apr 2011
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Malware baddies crank up Trojan production

Malware authors have stepped up production rates still further in their efforts to overwhelm anti-virus defences with banking Trojans and other crud.
John Leyden, 06 Apr 2011
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Cycle Computing fires up 10,000-core HPC cloud on EC2

Setting up a 10,000-core physical server cluster to run supercomputing workloads is a tough task that can take weeks or months, and cost millions of dollars including the servers, storage, switching, and personnel overhead. And the thing about a cluster is that no matter how hard you try to share it, it is very tough to get anywhere near peak utilization over the course of the year.
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Nokia admits 'open' Symbian is not open

Nokia has admitted that its "open and direct" Symbian source code is not open, proving – once again – that the word has been stripped of all discernible meaning.
Cade Metz, 06 Apr 2011
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Couchbase serves Membase for OS X

Mac-happy coders are getting served a slice of Big Data pie, courtesy of the NoSQL shop Couchbase.
Gavin Clarke, 06 Apr 2011
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Nimbula floats 'instamatic' cloud builder

Nimbula – the build-your-own-cloud outfit founded by a former vice president of engineering at Amazon – has officially released Nimbula Director, its "cloud operating system".
Cade Metz, 06 Apr 2011
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Apple pressures Toyota to kill jailbreaker ad

Apple has fired another shot in its war against iOS jailbreakers by pressuring Toyota to stop an ad campaign it was running on ModMyi.com, a website catering to jailbroken iPhones, and to pull a Toyota iOS "theme" available through the site.
Rik Myslewski, 06 Apr 2011
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AT&T's iPhone 4 drops 2.5 times as many calls as Verizon's

Owners of AT&T's GSM iPhone 4 experience over two-and-a-half times as many dropped calls as do those using Verizon's new CDMA model.
Rik Myslewski, 06 Apr 2011
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Pandora's mobile app transmits 'mass quantities' of user data

A free smartphone app provided by internet radio service Pandora supplies advertisers with enough user information for them to compile detailed snapshots of those who use it, researchers who analyzed the software have said.
Dan Goodin, 06 Apr 2011
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Apple 'orders 12 petabytes of storage' from EMC

Apple has ordered a gargantuan 12 petabytes of storage from Isilon – the recent EMC acquisition – to support its iTunes video service, according to report citing an "inside source".
Rik Myslewski, 06 Apr 2011
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The new killer app is … MMS

Ditch the iPhone and forget about social media, the new killer app is actually MMS, claims tech author and 3G strategist Tomi Ahonen.
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SEC charges two with insider trading in Oracle-Sun deal

The US Securities and Exchange Commission has charged two people for running an alleged insider trading scam involving such marquee mergers and acquisitions as Oracle's Sun purchase, Intel's McAfee buy, and HP's acquisition of 3Com.
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Open source .NET mimic lands on Android

Novell has officially released its Androidian incarnation of Mono, letting .NET-happy coders build applications for Google's mobile OS using Microsoft Visual Studio.
Cade Metz, 06 Apr 2011
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Anti-social media in defence a token of chronic stupidity

Comment First, for those of you not in Australia, a précis of a tawdry little tale.