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SingTel blasts off second satellite

SingTel has launched its second satellite, ST-2, to meet increasing customer demand for fixed and mobile services across the Middle East, Central Asia, Indian sub-continent and South East Asia.
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Apple seeks anti-snoop display patent

Apple has filed a patent application for a way to vary the viewing angle of a display, and thus allow you to better protect your viewing privacy.
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Big Blue ponies up $100m for Big Data R&D

IBM has taken out the corporate checkbook and instead of using $100m to buy back a chunk of its shares back from Wall Street has decided to allocate the funds to new research and development efforts to help customers chew through big data.

Why Cisco should merge with Dell

Comment Cisco Systems has unleashed a world of hurt on its shareholders, masquerading as a consumer company that sells Flip phones, Umi telepresence, and Linksys routers. There's nothing wrong with selling gadgets to consumers. Apple does it brilliantly, and profitably. But Cisco isn't Apple.
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Out of this World science fiction exhibition

Review Christmas 1977, my parents bought me a copy of Pan Books' The Visual Encyclopedia of Science Fiction.
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Journos 'risk charges' for covering Parliamentary debates

Journalists who report on Parliamentary debates on subjects covered by court gagging orders could be in contempt of court, a committee of judges and legal experts has said.

Deduper Sepaton edges out from data centre

High-end deduper Sepaton has refreshed its edge deduplication array, giving it more capacity and performance.
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Apple iPhone 5 to sport CRT-style screen

Take with an appropriate quantity of sodium chloride: the iPhone 5 will sport a curved display.
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Sony evolves card-less Augmented Reality tech

Sony has claimed it has revolutionised Augmented Reality (AR) by eliminating the need for markers in the real world on which to key virtual graphics.
Caleb Cox, 23 2011
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Sony BMG Greece hacked

Updated Sony BMG Greece has became the latest property of the entertainment giant to be hacked. The miscreants attacked over the weekend.
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Apple nears online streaming deal with Big Four, says report

Universal Music Group is understood to be the only holdout for Apple's widely reported new online music storage and streaming service.
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Extragalactic black hole particle fountain awesomeness

Pic International boffins, by cunningly melding together images from mighty radio telescopes situated across the southern hemisphere, have produced this excellent pic of stupendous particle jets belching from a huge "supermassive" black hole 12 million light years away in the far-off galaxy Centaurus A.
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Rapture postponed as world inexplicably fails to end

Judgment Day prophet Harold Camping has some serious explaining to do after his prediction that the world would end on Saturday proved less than accurate.

Heads roll at HP as Apotheker swings new broom

The word on the street is that more executives at struggling IT giant Hewlett-Packard are being shown the door by new CEO Leo Apotheker.
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Herding cats: mobile device management for sales teams

Desktop Connectivity and security are the keys to maintaining an efficient mobile sales force - while managing an explosion in the diversity of devices in use.
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Super-injunctions 'unfair' cos of Twitter gossip, says Cameron

Current privacy laws, which gag newspaper editors from reporting stories that are widely in the public domain courtesy of online tools such as Twitter, were "unsustainable" and "unfair", the Prime Minister said this morning.

Intel drives up flash drive warranty

Intel has put another brick in the wall of its enterprise SSD supply house and boosted the SSD 320's warranty from three to five years.
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Huawei snaps up former Mandarin for UK advisory board

The makeover of Chinese telecom-kit manufacturer Huawei continues apace, with the company appointing ex-UK Trade and Investment mandarin Sir Andrew Cahn to its latest wheeze: a UK Advisory Board.
Bill Ray, 23 2011
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Radio 4 bumped off Freeview by Gaelic TV

Radio 4 and Radio Scotland will get bumped off Freeview North of the border when BBC Alba arrives in digital later this year, though the BBC has found space for 1 Extra and 6 Music.
Bill Ray, 23 2011
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Office 15 steals OVERLARGE font, design vision from Windows PHO

Large corporations which find themselves with an unexpectedly popular feature tend to go overboard with it. So it was with Java, which in the mid-1990s rapidly evolved from a programming language into an environment, then a platform, and then an embedded OS – so we got "Java for lightbulbs" - and finally a corporate philosophy.
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BBC shifts some HD transmissions to 1080p...

Updated The BBC has quietly begun broadcasting HD content in 1080p, sort of.

Huge fat pipe squirts mighty streams

An allied team of boffins based in Blighty, Germany, Switzerland and Israel say they have broken the record for data transmission rate from a single light source, using just one laser to send info at a blistering 26 terabits per second.
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Archos 70 Android 7in tablet

Review Whenever I ask people what they want in a tablet, I usually get the following answers in descending order of importance: a price tag south of £200, a 7in screen to keep things compact and the ability to play any video or music files you care to mention out of the box plus the option to play them out from HDMI. The Archos 70 fits that bill to a tee, if you shop around.
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Coders run Android 3.0 on Honeycomb-less tablets

Owners of Toshiba's Folio 100, a tablet that shipped with Android 2.2, can now upgrade to Honeycomb - unofficially, at least.
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How to plan a Windows 7 roll-out

Broadcast Windows 7 may be Microsoft's fastest selling OS, but some of the larger scale roll outs have started only recently. Rev 1 teething problems, combined with the effects of a slump, fuelled the initial caution.
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Firefox 5 beta slapped on Mozilla conveyer belt

Mozilla has released a public beta of Firefox 5, ahead of its planned final release in late June.

Hargreaves' Digital Copyright Exchange will never happen

Governments have a long tradition of commissioning copyright overhauls and then throwing them in the bin. Will Ian Hargreaves' IP review suffer the same fate? I suspect most of it will, and here's why.
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Adam Curtis: The Rise of the Machines

Interview Adam Curtis' new series begins tonight on BBC TV, and I've had a unique insight into its creation. Like all Curtis work it continues some of his long-standing fascinations - and adds some new ones.
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Cybercrooks turn Eve Online into botnet battlefield

Crooks using online games to farm virtual currencies that they can sell for real money have turned internet spaceship game Eve Online into a battlefield for botnets.
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Contract can be formed by company's actions, High Court rules

The actions of two companies can lead to a binding contract being formed even if there is a mistake in the terms of the contract itself, the High Court has ruled.
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Star probe Kepler finds many multi-world alien suns

Boffins analysing early data from NASA's exoplanet-hunting Kepler space telescope say they've been surprised to detect an unexpectedly large number of star systems with multiple planets.
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Lock up your lungs, here comes Grimsvotn

Experts are warning those of a delicate pulmonary disposition to brace for the fallout from Icelandic volcano Grimsvotn, due to descend on Blighty tomorrow.
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Architect of Great Firewall of China 'takes shoe to face'

The creator of the Great Firewall of China was reportedly pelted with shoes and eggs during a visit to Wuhan University last week.
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MP names Ryan Giggs as super-injunction football star

Ryan Giggs has been named by a LibDem MP as the footballer behind a super injunction issued to the press in England and Wales in an effort to suppress details about an alleged affair.
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Falun Gong lawsuit skewers Cisco's 'little red' sales book

Cisco used Maoist rhetoric to pitch its networking kit to the Chinese government and customised it to help Beijing crack down on the Falun Gong movement, a lawsuit claims.
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HP exec: WebOS tablet will trounce iPad

An HP exec says that his company's upcoming TouchPad will overtake the current tablet-market dominator, Apple's iPad.
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Software AG chomps Terracotta

Terracotta, which has baked a Java application scaling and acceleration platform and which bought control of the Ehcache speed engine for Java applications, has a new owner: Software AG.
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Google slips open source JPEG killer into Gmail, Picasa

Google has announced that Gmail and Picasa as well as its Chrome browser are now using WebP, the image compression format it open sourced last fall in an effort to replace the aging JPEG standard.
Cade Metz, 23 2011
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Credit processors targeted in fight against spam

Computer scientists are advocating the targeting of card-processing middlemen as a way of clamping down on spam.
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Researchers find irreparable flaw in popular CAPTCHAs

Computer scientists have developed software that easily defeats audio CAPTCHAs offered on account registration pages of a half-dozen popular websites by exploiting inherent weaknesses in the automated tests designed to prevent fraud.
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Apple defends iOS devs from patent holder

Apple has come to the defense of iPhone and iPad app developers under pressure to fork over a portion of their in-app purchase revenue to a US patent-holder known as Lodsys.
Cade Metz, 23 2011
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Linux Foundation chief dubs MeeGo 'unstoppable force'

MeeGo, the Linux-based open source operating system born from the February 2010 shotgun marriage of Nokia's Maemo and Intel's Moblin and left at the altar when Nokia hooked up with Windows Phone 7, is an "unstoppable force" that speeds device-developers' time-to-market, and it stands for "love, courage, and change."