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Mainland NBN pilot gets 12 retailers on board

In what must be a welcome break from a week of bad news, NBN Co has announced 12 retailers that have signed on to its mainland pilots.
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iPads mooted for Qantas flight manuals

Last week, when this correspondent was returning to Sydney from Melbourne on the Australian national carrier, the flight was delayed by a recalcitrant keeping his mobile phone switched on. After several stern warnings were relayed from the flight deck, radio silence was achieved and we made our flight.
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Naked at 30: Osborne 1 stripped to its chips

Photos The Osborne 1 – the first mass-market portable computer – turns 30 years old this month. And what better way to celebrate than by tearing one apart?
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Larry Page to Google staff: Your bonus is tied to Facebook envy

Larry Page has worked out who at Google is responsible for its long string of failures in the social media space: everybody. Page is tying a proverbial lamb chop around the neck of its new social thingy, "Google +1", in the hope that the dogs will pay it some attention.
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Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars

Review If you've got a winning, hugely popular formula, you don't dick around with it, right?
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Facebook's open hardware: Does it compute?

Comment What happens if, as we saw at the launch of Facebook's Open Compute Project on Thursday, the design of servers and data centers is open sourced and completely "demystified"?
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Dell offers archive product, virtualised desktop service

Dell has announced a file and email archiving system and a virtualised desktop offering. It also intends to make up to eight acquisitions in the next twelve months.
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Networking galore at SNW Spring

Blog I'm at the airport once again, this time returning home from Storage Networking World Spring, held in Santa Clara, CA this week.
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e-Borders snares 2,800 possible crims, 5 tons of baccy

The UK Border Agency has claimed to have captured large number of crime suspects through the e-Borders monitoring system.
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Network Rail blames Atos for downtime

Network Rail has confirmed that problems with tech supplier Atos Origin on Wednesday meant it was unable to automatically update train departure boards as well as its offices losing access to the internet and external emails.
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Compellent has a rethink over deduplication

Comment Prior to its acquisition by Dell in February, Compellent was developing its own deduplication technology and had two NAS heads, providing file access to its arrays. Now that it's in the Dell sphere, both areas face change.
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Record Patch Tuesday with 17-bulletin bumper crop

Microsoft is lining up a record equaling 17 security bulletins, nine rated critical and eight classified as important, as part of the April edition of its monthly Patch Tuesday updates.
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Clegg'n'Cameron seek Director of Digital

Applicants for the government's new post of "Director of Digital" need to get a wriggle on - to be in by 20 April.
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Orange offers HTC Desire sequel

Orange will be offering HTC's Desire S smartphone any day now, the network operator said today.
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Acer unveils easy access all-in-one

Acer has revealed its latest AIO touchscreen PC, which includes an all-new media sharing system and can double up as a TV.
Caleb Cox, 08 2011
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What will we do with 600MHz?

4G licences are getting all the attention these days, but the switch to digital released another big chunk of radio spectrum which no one seems to know what to do with.
Bill Ray, 08 2011
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Apple store kneecaps rival browser

Exclusive Apple has ordered the developer of a web browser for iPhones and iPads to disable vital functionality. The gatekeepers at the iTunes store, which sells the highly rated browser German browser iCab, ordered it to disable Javascript. The developer says he'll comply.
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Deep-space travel bad for astronauts' tickers, say boffins

Deep-space travel could be bad for the heart, report boffins. This has been established by blasting mice with an ion beam from a powerful atom-smasher, causing the luckless murines to develop artery damage of the sort that might result from exposure to powerful cosmic space radiation.
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Google may accept government watchdog

US officials are close to convincing Google to accept some kind of government oversight in order to get approval for its takeover of ITA Software which provides travel and flight information.
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Tie me customer down, sport

Women are more loyal than men. Or at least, that is what women told the Ipsos Mori 2010 consumer customer loyalty survey.
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Google CEO Larry Page makes his mark in management rejig

While Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg was waving his new racks in Google's face yesterday, the Mountain View Chocolate Factory's new helmsman Larry Page was reportedly rejigging his management underlings.
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One-armed Maine residents whip out switchblades

In good news for one-armed residents of Maine for whom conventional knives just don't cut it, the state's Senate has agreed to allow them to carry switchblades.
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TJX mastermind chances his arm with deep cover infiltration appeal

Albert Gonzalez, mastermind of the infamous TJ Maxx hack, has sought to get a judge to set aside his earlier guilty plea and conviction in the case by arguing he carried out the hack while working as a paid government informant.
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FCC gives cautious go-ahead for signal boosters

The US comms regulator looks set to permit consumer-owned boosters, including mobile ones, despite the industry's adamant opposition and predictions of worse service for all if the rules go ahead.
Bill Ray, 08 2011
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Some top cloud tools to bash up the bus factor

Cloud Few business owners are willing to tolerate a low bus factor on critical endeavours. If your IT infrastructure is based on ten-year-old rebuilt hardware and a heavily customised version of Linux only one or two people truly understand, you’re in trouble.
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RadioShack franchises go gunning for business

A couple of US RadioShack franchises are offering new subscribers to a satellite TV service a handy accessory should the quality of the service prove wanting - a free firearm.
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Android book-scan app tames untidy tomes

An augmented-reality application can look at a shelf of books and tell you which ones are out of order, for the professional librarian or obsessive compulsive bibliophile.
Bill Ray, 08 2011
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AOL's million dollar man sees 40% dip in compensation

AOL nearly halved its chief executive officer's compensation for the year ended 31 December 2010.
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The BBC struggles with concept of 'tech bubble'

The BBC has a real problem with social media. It's delighted when something new appears. It slips into the patrician role that comes naturally to broadcasters – and especially the BBC. It can express childlike wonderment – Wow! – at something new and amazing. Getting beyond that though, is where the trouble starts.
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Nokia to help WinPho outsell iOS in four years

Come 2015 and Microsoft will own more of the smartphone OS market than Apple does.
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Technology turns us into RAGING CRACKHEADS

Tech is like crack. If young people were to go without their favourite gadgets, they'd suffer withdrawal symptoms comparable to those of a heavy drug user going cold turkey, it has been claimed.
Caleb Cox, 08 2011
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Hasselblad H4D-40 Stainless Steel 40Mp camera

Review When Hasselblad launched its 40Mp H4D model at Photokina, it was presented stripped of any coating, with just the bare bones of a stainless steel body on show. The idea was to illustrate the core strength of the HD4 series, but this denuded look was so striking – contemporary, yet oddly retro – that the Swedish company immediately started to receive requests from photographers wanting one.
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GIVING UP BOOZE CAUSES CANCER - shock study

A shocking new study has revealed that giving up drinking perceptibly increases your chance of getting cancer. If you stay on the booze, however, your chances of getting cancer will be pretty much exactly the same as if you had never touched a drop in your life.
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Blackhole exploit posted on US Postal Service site

The US Postal Service has pulled down a site hosting malicious code that was earlier used in a sophisticated multi-stage attack featuring the Blackhole Exploit kit.
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CPS: We won't prosecute over BT/Phorm secret trials

The Crown Prosecution Service confirmed today that it would not be prosecuting anyone in BT's secret trials of Phorm's web monitoring system.
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Dutch astronaut unleashes 155 mph 'Superbus'

A Dutch former astronaut is hoping the future of public transport could be a 250 km/h (155 mph) "Superbus" - a 23-seater electric beast stretching an impressive 15 metres (49 ft).

Asus drives out Lamborghini laptop

Get set, Asus has souped-up its Lamborghini laptop range, with the addition of the VX7, a bonnet-looking notebook that runs on Intel Core i7 Sandy Bridge processors.
Caleb Cox, 08 2011
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Stephen Fry explains... How lightbulbs work

Competition It's Fryday and the sun is shining. As requested, you lot have have been trying on the tweeds of our National Treasure™, Stephen Fry, to come up with Fry-style technical explanations.
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Belt, braces and external security standards

If you are about to hand the day to day running of your company’s technology and handling of data to a third party, you had better be sure they know what they are doing, and that what they are doing matches your requirements.
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Russian pres fumes at mystery DDoS hack

Russian president Dmitry Medvedev has denounced online vandals who launched an attack against the site that hosts his blog.
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Ex-top disk dog down in the revenue dumps

Seagate has announced preliminary third quarter results 11.5 per cent lower than a year ago, with 1.3 million fewer disk drives shipped, but announced it is going to begin making dividend payments. Happy investors have boosted its shares by 9.12 per cent to $16.03.
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Egenera hooks up with HP for server management

For the past several years, virtualized blade server pioneer Egenera has been making a transition from a maker of the BladeFrame blade systems to a software peddler tuning its PAN Manager software to run on other blade boxes. Egenera has finally bagged the big game, now that PAN Manager has been certified on Hewlett-Packard's BladeSystem blade server.
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Facebook closes today ... NOT!

Credulous Facebook users are propagating a scam that claims that social network site is shutting up shop.
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NoTW offers apologies, 'regret' over phone hacks

Rupert Murdoch's UK tentacle News International, owner of the Sun, the Times and the News of the World titles, has expressed "genuine regret" regarding surveillance operations – specifically, voicemail interception – by staff at the NoTW.
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Verizon iPad 2s suffer 3G blindness

Updated Owners of Verizon's iPad 2 are complaining on Apple's support forum that their fondleslabs are having problems connecting to Verizon's CDMA 3G network.
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Google settles with DoJ over flight data buy

Google has reached an agreement with the US Department of Justice that would allow it to complete its $700m acquisition of flight data outfit ITA Software.
Cade Metz, 08 2011
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IBM makes like Amazon with 'SmartClouds'

Big Blue has finally rolled out its first public infrastructure cloud for commercial clients, and it's promising to deliver another with even higher levels of guaranteed uptime later this year.
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Facebook: No 'definite plans' to ARM data centers

Facebook's first custom-built data center – the Prineville, Oregon facility that it just "open sourced" – uses standard x86 chips from Intel and AMD. But there's little doubt the social networking giant is exploring the use of so-called massively multicore servers packed with hundreds of low-power ARM chips, or even silicon from new-age chip maker Tilera.
Cade Metz, 08 2011
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Google woos enterprises to Android with new security offerings

Google is once again trying to coax large organizations into using its Android operating system, this time by giving the end user the ability to remotely secure lost or stolen devices and admins encrypt data stored on tablets.
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Steve Wozniak ready for return to Apple

Steve Wozniak – Apple cofounder, former phone phreak, chief scientist at SSD startup Fusion-io, renowned prankster, Segway-polo pioneer, education philanthropist, and Dancing with the Stars contestant – has told Reuters that he's willing to add another chapter to his storied career: a return to Apple.
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US gov mulls issuing terrorist warnings on Twitter, Facebook

The US government may soon issue terrorism alerts over Twitter and Facebook in certain circumstances.
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OSI fears for Linux if Novell patents land with Apple, Oracle

In buying up a stash of Novell patents, Apple and Oracle could choke rivals in the virtualization, middleware, mobile, and media markets, according to the Open Source Initiative.
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Facebook's data center play sidelines Google, Apple

Open...and Shut Facebook, in one fell swoop, has made the Apple-versus-Google Android openness debate sound even sillier than it is.
Matt Asay, 08 2011