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Google Oz slips A$600 million through tax loophole

The Sydney Morning Herald has popped another installment in its long-running game of pinging Google’s Australian tax liability as revealed in its financial statements.
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Apple thinks Intel is fab?

Apple is considering switching its iOS device silicon supply from Samsung to Intel. The switch would complete Intel’s dominance in Cupertino, according to a report in EE Times
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Vividwireless expands 4G footprint

Vividwireless (which affects a “no capitals” company name that plays with sub-editors’ heads) has announced expanded coverage, adding bits of Adelaide, Brisbane and Canberra to its network.
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There is no big Silicon Valley tech bubble, says VC king

Forget what you may have heard: there is no massive tech bubble in Silicon Valley.
Kieren McCarthy, 04 May 2011
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FreeNAS 8.0 hits the street

The FreeNAS project has released version 8.0 of its popular FreeBSD-based network storage server, and in doing so has managed to alienate some of its user base.
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Apple ex-evangelist Kawasaki pans, praises Jobs

Apple fanboys may have religious fervor, but so too does its ex–chief evangelist Guy Kawasaki, who reckons that Apple's continued existence is evidence that there must be a God.
Kieren McCarthy, 04 May 2011
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Is there anything to find on bin Laden's hard drive?

US officials are already referring to the trove of computer drives and disks seized from Osama bin Laden's compound as “the mother lode of intelligence.” Such gloating is probably premature.
Dan Goodin, 04 May 2011
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Platform embiggens Symphony financial grids

Grid computing software maker Platform Computing has goosed its low-latency Symphony financial grid as well as some add-ons to its Load Sharing Facility (LSF) gridding wares for more traditional HPC parallel cluster grids.
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Elgato Tivizen iOS Wi-Fi TV tuner

Review If the pictures of Elgato's Tivizen TV tuner look familiar, it's probably because you read Reg Hardware's review of the similarly named Tizi, from Equinux, back in February.
Tony Smith, 04 May 2011
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Google Shopping hits Oz, still in beta (surprise)

Police with water cannons had to be deployed in Sydney yesterday to quell the celebrations, as hundreds of thousands of retailers held a wild street party to celebrate the launch of Google Shopping in Australia* (warning: don’t follow the link if you have a low tolerance of folksy, patronising, "say I wanted to buy a camera" prose).
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Can two small startups solve big storage pains?

Explosive data growth is a big pain for every IT manager on earth. Many enterprises have their global infrastructures scattered among two or three continents. Maintaining file servers or filers all around the world isn't a simple matter: some of them are unattended, there are security concerns, backup/archive policies can't be complied with and on, and on.
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Logica ups revs and orders

Logica had a decent first quarter and grew revenues by 5 per cent to £978m, compared to £932m last year.
John Oates, 04 May 2011
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Spotify denies movie deals (not very convincingly)

Spotify has denied claims it has inked deals with the major Hollywood studios ahead of an expansion into video on demand. Daniel Ek rubbished the report, by Michael Arrington of rumour site TechCrunch, that Spotify had deals in place with four studios.
Andrew Orlowski, 04 May 2011
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Parliamentary committee suspends intellectual property rights inquiry

A parliamentary committee has dropped its inquiry into the Digital Economy Act (DEA) and whether it is the right mechanism to protect copyright on the internet.
OUT-LAW.COM, 04 May 2011
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Nintendo to whack Wii price by 28%

We know Nintendo's next console will be out in 2012, and now we know the videogames pioneer is pruning the price of the Wii to keep the machine selling in the meantime.
Hard Reg, 04 May 2011
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Sage butters up SMEs in fiscal first half

British software outfit Sage saw a mild upswing in pretax profit and revenue in the first half of its fiscal year as SMEs tentatively splashed some cash.
Kelly Fiveash, 04 May 2011
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Bin Laden corpse pics will be malware, says FBI

This just in from the FBI's department of the bleedin' obvious: if someone emails you with pictures of Osama bin Laden's bullet-riddled corpse*, this is probably an attempt to compromise your computer rather than a public-spirited effort intended to confirm that he really is dead.
Lewis Page, 04 May 2011
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Brocade puffs CloudPlex and Virtual Compute Blocks

Brocade has developed a CloudPlex architecture with Virtual Compute Blocks, saying it is aimed at helping enterprises becoming virtual enterprises running data centres without walls.
Chris Mellor, 04 May 2011
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Spotify's new desktop client cuts off iTunes

The latest client from music streaming service Spotify will talk directly to an iPod, removing the need for iTunes to vet everything copied onto every Apple music player.
Bill Ray, 04 May 2011
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Go forth and deduplicate

Deep dive El Reg has teamed up with the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) for a series of deep dive articles. Each month, the SNIA will deliver a comprehensive introduction to basic storage networking concepts. This month the SNIA examines data deduplication.
Alex McDonald, 04 May 2011
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NetApp duplicates deduplication

Comment By buying Engenio, NetApp gets engineers working with Permabit's Albireo deduplication technology to increase the effective capacity of Engenio's arrays. Trouble is it looks better than NetApp's in-house A-SIS dedupe. Oops. What does NetApp do now?
Chris Mellor, 04 May 2011
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NHS Barnet reveals 187 breaches of personal data

A North London primary care trust has suffered the most personal data breaches among NHS trusts in the capital over the past three years, according to figures obtained by Guardian Healthcare.
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Motorola's laptop-dock Android phone out on Orange

Motorola's netbook-powering Android smartphone, the Atrix, goes on sale today exclusively from Orange.
Caleb Cox, 04 May 2011
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Samsung quietly lowers tablet graphics chip spec

Samsung has annoyed buyers of the Wi-Fi-only version of its 7in Galaxy Tab Android tablet by equipping the gadget with seemingly lesser chippery than the 3G model.
Tony Smith, 04 May 2011
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New top-secret stealth choppers used on bin Laden raid

The US special-ops troops who killed Osama bin Laden at the weekend appear to have travelled to their target in previously unknown stealth helicopters. One of the secret choppers was disabled during the raid and blown up by the departing SEAL commandos in a largely successful attempt to prevent its technology falling into non-US hands, but surviving fragments of the tail offer intriguing clues as to the aircraft's design.
Lewis Page, 04 May 2011
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Novell bags anti-trust appeal against Microsoft

A US appeals court has pumped fresh blood into an anti-trust lawsuit brought by Novell against Microsoft that was first filed in 2004.
Kelly Fiveash, 04 May 2011
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Star Wars: From dream sci-fi bride to perfect Blu-ray wife

Here's a pun-splattered heads-up to all you Star Wars fans out there. In about two hours' time news will reach us from a secret server located on the distant planet Bespin that Maythe4thbewithyou will prove a good day for the Lucasian franchise.
Kelly Fiveash, 04 May 2011
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Sensible security strategies for SMBs

On demand Mind the Gap, our latest Regcast, sees BitDefender’s Andrew Maguire, FreeForm Dynamics’ Andrew Buss and Reg broadcast editor Tim Phillips discussing:
Miatta Momoh, 04 May 2011
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Amazon tablet, touchscreen Kindle on course for H2, say moles

Unnamed industry moles say Amazon will have a tablet out in the second half of the year - cheaper Kindles too - and that Asus will release a slate based on Nvidia's upcoming quad-core Tegra chip.
Tony Smith, 04 May 2011
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US operators shelve banking plan for Isis

US operators' initiative Isis won't be an NFC payment system as originally planned, just a wallet to hold payment cards and without a revenue stream to call its own.
Bill Ray, 04 May 2011
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Amazon jumps on time-limited sales

Amazon is getting into time-limited sales of men's, women's and kids' clothes with the launch of a stand-alone website called MyHabit.com.
John Oates, 04 May 2011
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Panasonic DMP-BDT310 Blu-ray player

Review When it comes to raw performance in the mainstream Blu-ray market, Panasonic is a force to be reckoned with. The brand has consistently pushed the envelope in terms of picture quality. However, during 2010 it fell behind some of its high street rivals when it came to features and functionality. It's a situation Panasonic has clearly set out to address with the DMP-BDT310, that now tops its Blu-ray player range.
Steve May, 04 May 2011
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Books biz talks up Kindle effect

Digital book sales in the UK rose 38 per cent last year, but they still represent a drop in the ocean. The year saw £120m in reported digital sales out of total sales of £3.1bn reported to the Publishers Association: accounting for just under 4 per cent.
Andrew Orlowski, 04 May 2011
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California Do-Not-Track web privacy law moves forward

Companies trading online in California could soon be forced by law to give consumers the right not to be tracked across the web.
Gavin Clarke, 04 May 2011
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'Boil the ocean' data loss prevention needs to change

Check Point is pushing its vision of consolidating disparate security products, managed from a single dashboard and centred on enterprise firewalls.
John Leyden, 04 May 2011
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Lewisham Services move to the cloud

Video The streets of Lewisham, and beyond, are a whole lot cleaner thanks to the quick thinking of Nigel Tyrell, who’s head of Environment for Lewisham.
Tim Phillips, 04 May 2011
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Powerline networking pops up in Parliament

David Mowat has demonstrated that even MPs can't get a straight answer on powerline networking, although Ofcom has refined its initial explanation that not enough people care.
Bill Ray, 04 May 2011
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Panasonic refreshes 3D Blu-ray recorder range

Panasonic has added depth to its Blu-ray recorder range, with the introduction of two 3D compatible models, the DMR-BWT800 and DMR-BWT700.
Caleb Cox, 04 May 2011
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Cross-dresser kills goat while high on bath salts

A 19-year-old American man has blamed the narcotic effects of bath salts* for sparking an episode that resulted in the death of a pygmy goat.
Team Register, 04 May 2011
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Goodyear blimps to be replaced by German Zeppelins

The long-running era of the Goodyear Blimp has finally ended: but it's good news for airship enthusiasts, not bad. Goodyear has decided to replace its famous fleet of inflatable blimps with more sophisticated semi-rigid "Neue Technologie" ships designed by the modern-day German successor to the original Zeppelin company.
Lewis Page, 04 May 2011
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Freeman Dyson: Shale gas is 'cheap and effective'

Renowned British-born boffin Freeman Dyson has given a cautious welcome to shale gas – the energy revolution that has caught energy experts, politicians and civil servants by surprise.
Andrew Orlowski, 04 May 2011
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US spooks to build 60 megawatt data center

The Obama administration might have been wrestling mightily with a recalcitrant Republican Congress high on strong tea over the US government's fiscal 2012 budget, which had tens of billions of dollars in spending slashed, but the one thing that both Democrats and Republicans can agree on is that the National Security Agency needs a new data center weighing in at 60 megawatts.
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Fierce tablet fight to be rough for Apple's rivals

Here's a notion: there will be so many tablet wannabes fighting for market share in the second half of the year that rather a lot of them will be left with unsold stock on their warehouse shelves.
Hard Reg, 04 May 2011
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uDraw goes HD with PS3 and Xbox 360

THQ's uDraw game tablet is to get a redesign for its Xbox 360 and PS3 release.
Caleb Cox, 04 May 2011
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Sony calls in data Sherlocks to unpick megahack disaster

Sony has drafted in security experts to figure out who hacked into its systems - and how they did it - before stealing personal data on 100 million consumers of the company's services.
John Leyden, 04 May 2011
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Virgin outsources techies, pulls plug on Trowbridge call centre

Virgin Media has announced a major overhaul of its IT operations on the same day it revealed plans to shutter a call centre in Trowbridge, Wiltshire, which has almost 500 staff members.
Team Register, 04 May 2011
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Intel debuts '3D transistors' with 22nm chip recipe

Intel has unveiled its 22nm manufacturing process.
Cade Metz, 04 May 2011
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Amazon and PSN outages won't halt cloud revolution

Open...and Shut For all its promise, cloud computing has taken on a murky hue over the past few months. Most recently Amazon's EC2 and Sony's Playstation Network (PSN) were both brought down through human error and malevolence, respectively, leaving developers and consumers to wonder if cloud computing is all it's cracked up to be. Yet no matter how problematic cloud security and resilience may be, there's arguably no going back to the good old days.
Matt Asay, 04 May 2011
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Seagate to unveil 'perfect iPad companion'

Seagate says it's going to announce a "perfect companion" for iPads and other tablets later this month.
Chris Mellor, 04 May 2011
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Sony implicates Anonymous in PlayStation Network hack

Updated Forensics experts investigating the security breach on Sony's PlayStation Network found a file on one of the hacked systems that was titled “Anonymous” and contained the phrase “We are Legion,” the company's chairman told members of congress.
Dan Goodin, 04 May 2011
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Apple squashes location tracking 'bugs' with iOS update

Apple has released an iOS update that changes the way its mobile operating system treats the database cache at the heart of the recent kerfuffle over the Jobsian location services.
Cade Metz, 04 May 2011
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Red Hat answers Microsoft Azure with OpenShift dev cloud

Red Hat has launched a "platform-as-a-service" cloud called OpenShift, a service for building, hosting, and readily scaling applications. Think of it as a Microsoft Azure that isn't so Microsoftee.
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End of the tether: Google plays nice with carriers

Applications that allowed users to tether Android devices to PCs – without buying a suitable plan from their carrier – have started disappearing from searches of the Android Marketplace.
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Groupon starts buying Australian rivals

Group buying behemoth Groupon has added Melbourne based coupon site Crowdmass for an undisclosed sum.
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EA buys Aussie game studio

Electronics Arts has swooped on Melbourne-based mobile gaming developer Firemint for a reported estimate of somewhere between US$20-40 million.
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Oz boffins in quantum computing breakthrough

If you think testing a chip with a gazillion transistors is a challenge, try testing a handful of qubits in the quantum computing world. To confirm all the possible states of just eight qubits needs four billion or so measurements.
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Voda stops worrying, learns to love the NBN

Vodafone Hutchison Australia (VHA), the entity created when the country’s two junior mobile telcos merged in 2009, has given a double endorsement to the government’s National Broadband Network (NBN) plans while delivering its annual results on Wednesday in Sydney.