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Sinclair to leave ATUG

The Australian Telecommunications User Group (ATUG) is to lose its popular managing director of ten years, Rosemary Sinclair, reports industry newsletter Communications Day.
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ACCC decision cuts regulated transmission service prices

While backing away from further regulation of wholesale ADSL services, the ACCC has issued a new price determination for regulated transmission services.
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Optus signs up NSN for network upgrade

Optus looks poised to launch LTE services after securing a ‘multi-million dollar’ deal with Nokia Siemens Networks as its sole packet core vendor. The carrier has been trialing LTE services since 2010 but has yet to commit to a roll out date.
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Minotron: 2112 on iOS 4

iGamer A psychedelic 8-bit arena shooter featuring amorous ungulates and minotaurs in rainbow-coloured jumpers. The more you try to explain a Jeff Minter game, the more ridiculous it sounds.
Andrew Bailey, 20 Apr 2011
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Sanity saver: Fedora 15 answers Ubuntu's Unity

Review The Fedora 15 beta from the Red-Hat sponsored Fedora Project has dropped squarely into a moment of uncertainty and upheaval for the Linux desktop.
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Intel CEO: 'We're porting Android 3.0 for tablets this year'

Intel's president and chief executive Paul Otellini says his company is hard at work porting Google's tablet-specific Android 3.0, aka Honeycomb, to the x86 architecture.
Rik Myslewski, 20 Apr 2011
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Endeavour 'ready to go fly'

Space shuttle Endeavour is "ready to go fly" on its 25th and final mission, and will bow out with a last trip to the International Space Station.
Lester Haines, 20 Apr 2011
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Pro-active service monitoring

Live Today Delivering a service is dependent on getting networks, storage, servers, operating systems, middleware and applications to work together to agreed levels. But we know how difficult it is to keep these complex chains running reliably; and problems get more acute as we throw virtualisation into the mix.
Miatta Momoh, 20 Apr 2011
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UK.gov torpedoes Computacenter product revs

Reseller giant Computacenter has declared a "satisfactory" start to he year, even as the UK government's austerity drive pulled helped drag down group revenues growth to 2 per cent.
Joe Fay, 20 Apr 2011
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Virgin Media Q1 revenue climbs as signups fall

Virgin Media saw total revenues were up 5.7 per cent in the company's first quarter ended 31 March 2011, despite a dip in the rate of increase of its customer base.
Kelly Fiveash, 20 Apr 2011
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AutoTrader crashes off the road in DDoS congestion

AutoTrader has apologised for a hacking attack that saw its website slow to a crawl on Monday.
John Leyden, 20 Apr 2011
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Shifty scripts on Santander site prompt security fears

Updated Parent firm Santander is reassuring customers that the website of its banking subsidiary Alliance & Leicester is secure despite the presence of JavaScript on its login pages served up from recently created sites of unknown provenance.
John Leyden, 20 Apr 2011
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Death threats against 'worst song ever' YouTube teen

Police in Anaheim, California, are "keeping an extra eye out" for net sensation Rebecca Black, following death threats against the teen singer.
Lester Haines, 20 Apr 2011
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Virgin Media says sorry over Superhub snafu

Virgin Media has apologised to customers who have been struggling with its newly issued, but horribly flaky router/modem combo box, which has somewhat unfortunately been dubbed the "Superhub" by the cable company.
Kelly Fiveash, 20 Apr 2011
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Fast-fingered oldster relieves shop worker of iPhone cash

Surrey Police are hunting a slick-fingered 60-year-old who allegedly persuaded a shop worker to hand over £150 quid for a dummy iPhone.
Joe Fay, 20 Apr 2011
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Doctor Who's Elisabeth Sladen dies at 63

Elisabeth Sladen has died at the age of 63, the BBC reports.
Lester Haines, 20 Apr 2011
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Angry Birds hatches a plan for Easter

As you tire of gorging on Cadbury's creme eggs while waiting for the new Doctor Who to come on, why not turn your attention to Angry Birds this Easter - back again with yet another Seasons update.
Caleb Cox, 20 Apr 2011
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T-Mobile turns Facebook telco

T-Mobile USA has launched itself onto Facebook, providing free VoIP calls between social networkers though the service is not yet integrated into the operator's mobile network.
Bill Ray, 20 Apr 2011
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US Army to issue Droid dev kit in July

The US Army has announced that it will soon throw open an Android dev kit allowing apps to be written for use by soldiers on a variety of combat handsets and devices.
Lewis Page, 20 Apr 2011
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Calling all commentards: Want some new icons?

We at the El Reg Central Overseeing Commentard Soviet are considering whether to expand the available spread of comments icons to include some news images - the better for you, our beloved readers, to express yourselves with wit and elegance.
Lester Haines, 20 Apr 2011
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Bradley Manning to be moved to new military prison

US soldier Bradley Manning, held in military custody facing charges of leaking large amounts of classified data, is to be moved to a different jail.
Lewis Page, 20 Apr 2011
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Scottish news site admits coding mishap caused outage

Alternative news site Newsnet Scotland has admitted that a coding cock-up rather than a denial of service attack by pro-Unionism political opponents, was behind the outage of its site earlier this week.
John Leyden, 20 Apr 2011
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Google gives Eric Schmidt 124,999,900% salary increase

Google has rewarded Eric Schmidt for shifting from the CEO's office to exec chairman by bumping up his salary from $1 to $1.25m.
Joe Fay, 20 Apr 2011
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High Court squashes Digital Economy Act challenge

The High Court has tossed out a legal gambit by BT and Talk Talk to derail the copyright infringement portions of the Digital Economy Act. The judges rejected the arguments that the provisions designed to clean up their networks were unfair. The ISPs did get tossed a scrap, though, but it is a technicality relating to costs, and nothing else in the DEA will require changing.
Andrew Orlowski, 20 Apr 2011
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Dynasty Warriors 7

Review Parkouring across the backs of galloping horses; fighting while cascading down a majestic waterfall; evading a ball-and-chain attack before using the weapon’s momentum to swing to safety. What do these things have in common? Simply that they’re all shown in Dynasty Warrior 7’s rather epic FMV intro and they’re all acts you’ll never get to actually do in-game.
Mike Plant, 20 Apr 2011
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iPhone 5 set for shelves this September

The iPhone 5 rumour mill is in full swing this morning after reports that the much-anticipated device will go into production this July, for shipping in September.
Caleb Cox, 20 Apr 2011
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UK Cyber Security Challenge renewal promises better prizes

The UK's Cyber Security Challenge is promising a renewal of the competition, with more competitions on a broader range of topics and better prizes.
John Leyden, 20 Apr 2011
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UK.gov brings Whitehall procurement under one roof

The government has created a new Chief Procurement Officer role in an effort to drive down costs by bringing the buying of goods and services under one roof in Whitehall.
Kelly Fiveash, 20 Apr 2011
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PlayBook won't play nice with BlackBerries on AT&T

RIM's new tablet the PlayBook won't synchronise with BlackBerrys on AT&T's network - a critical failing for a device which lacks an email client or calendar of its own.
Bill Ray, 20 Apr 2011
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New double-barrelled Taser unveiled

Taser International, the firm behind the famous, controversial electric stun weapons, has announced a new model. The double-barrelled Taser X2 can be discharged twice without reloading.
Lewis Page, 20 Apr 2011
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UK retailers reveal plans to push BlackBerry PlayBook

Research in Motion's BlackBerry PlayBook may not have a UK release date as yet, but several retailers have announced they will be selling the device when it does become available.
Caleb Cox, 20 Apr 2011
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Cloud data centres and the billion client conundrum

Interview For those of you about to go cloud, or indeed for those of you that remain unconvinced as to its benefits and why it might be for you, we have some help.
Tim Phillips, 20 Apr 2011
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.uk election called off due to lack of interest

After years of controversial and often fiercely contested leadership elections, .uk domain name overseer Nominet has cancelled its forthcoming directorship poll after only two people applied.
Kevin Murphy, 20 Apr 2011
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RIPA to be changed to demand full consent to monitoring

It will no longer be enough to have "reasonable grounds" to believe that someone had consented to monitoring of their communications under changes to the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA) proposed by the Government.
OUT-LAW.COM, 20 Apr 2011
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SF fire dept lost computer password during massive blaze

San Francisco authorities appear to be having network problems again, after the Fire Department lost the password for its backup network in the middle of a major shout.
Joe Fay, 20 Apr 2011
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Skilling up the cloud: What it means for infosecurity pros

In its 2011 Global Information Security Workforce Study, Frost and Sullivan argues that cloud computing “illustrates a serious gap between technology implementation and the skills necessary to provide security”.
Lucy Sherriff, 20 Apr 2011
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Scientists reveal eight-legged Jurassic beast

In delightful news for arachnophobes, scientists have revealed the largest known fossil spider - a 165 million-year-old golden orb weaver whose legs spanned an impressive 15cm.
Lester Haines, 20 Apr 2011
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Death to re-keying (but not yet?)

Workshop Re-keying data is responsible for thousands of errors and thousands of wasted hours. It doesn't have to be this way, but many organisations are put off automating their systems by the daunting task of trying to integrate everything.
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Google hits 'fast forward' button on WebM codec love for YouTube

Google is transcoding all freshly uploaded videos into the WebM format on its popular YouTube website, and it wants the world to know about it.
Kelly Fiveash, 20 Apr 2011
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ICO says it doesn't need to use its 'big stick'

Despite increased powers to levy fines for breaches of UK data protection rules, the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) is only using these powers in a tiny fraction of cases.
John Leyden, 20 Apr 2011
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VMware surfs virtualization wave in Q1

VMware has been able to more or less hold the line on its pricing for its enterprise server virtualization tools despite intense competition from Microsoft and Citrix Systems. But with the first big wave of enterprise license agreements coming up for renewal, the virtualization juggernaut has had to start discounting a bit.
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Spyeye sperm-blimp in US flight trials

A company seeking to sell novel, sperm-like robot airships for surveillance missions says that its "Argus One" tadpole spy blimp has "completed initial flight testing". The firm has also renamed itself for the third time.
Lewis Page, 20 Apr 2011
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Infosmack tackles VMware's Cloud Foundry

Episode 95 Without further ado, it's time for another Infosmack, the world's best podcast about enterprise tech.
Drew Cullen, 20 Apr 2011
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Intel's Xeon biz bolstered by server refreshes

The PC market may go into a slump this year thanks to booming tablet sales, but as far as Intel can see, the server refresh cycle is accelerating as companies want to get rid of their ancient x64 boxes.
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Tesco buys Blinkbox

Tesco has bought an 80 per cent stake in the movie streaming service Blinkbox for an undisclosed sum.
Caleb Cox, 20 Apr 2011
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iPhones secretly track 'scary amount' of your movements

Apple's iPhone and iPad constantly track users' physical location and store the data in unencrypted files that can be read by anyone with physical access to the device, computer researchers said.
Dan Goodin, 20 Apr 2011
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Amazon to lend Kindle books at 11,000 US libraries

Amazon is preparing a new service called Kindle Lending Library that will allow users of its popular e-reader to check out Amazonian ebooks from 11,000 neighborhood and educational libraries.
Rik Myslewski, 20 Apr 2011
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Google invites enterprise atop Google Maps, Earth

Google has unveiled a new service that lets businesses upload, process, and share mapping data via its familiar Google Maps and Google Earth platforms.
Cade Metz, 20 Apr 2011
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Feds rubberstamp Novell patent deal

The US government will permit the sale of 882 Novell patents to a Microsoft-led consortium after the group agreed revise its deal.
Gavin Clarke, 20 Apr 2011
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Vic Cops kill A$45M A$60M A$100M IT upgrade

A failed IT systems project looks like it might stall the career of the Victorian Police Chief Commissioner Simon Overland. According to a report in the Sydney Morning Herald (via AAP), police minister Peter Ryan has expressed only “muted support” for the commissioner following the debacle.
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Facebook, HP, and OpenStack join Linux patent shield

Facebook, HP, and the OpenStack project have joined the Open Invention Network (OIN), a consortium of organizations intent on protecting Linux and related open-source software from legal attack.
Cade Metz, 20 Apr 2011
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Apple stuns Wall Street with 95% earnings surge

Apple blew past the Wall Street moneymen's predictions for its financial performance in the second quarter of its fiscal year 2011, posting record Q2 revenue of $24.67bn along with record Q2 net profit of $5.99bn.
Rik Myslewski, 20 Apr 2011
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ARM's Intel challenger set for 2012 release

ARM Holdings' high-performance, low-power Cortex-A15 processor design will appear in products in late 2012 or early 2013, when it will begin to muscle in on territory long dominated by Intel's x86 architecture.
Rik Myslewski, 20 Apr 2011
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Engineer who sued Cisco arrested for hacking it

A former Cisco engineer was arrested for allegedly hacking into the company's network 18 months after he waged a civil lawsuit accusing Cisco of monopolizing the business of servicing and maintaining its networking gear, according to a report citing a Canadian arrest warrant issue in the case.
Dan Goodin, 20 Apr 2011
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Mozilla slips SpiderMonkey into Dev Platform of the Future™

Mozilla is building its own version of Node.js – the increasingly popular open source platform for coding server-side applications with JavaScript – moving Node from Google's V8 JavaScript engine to its own SpiderMonkey engine.
Cade Metz, 20 Apr 2011