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Twitpic T&Cs spark teacup storm

Twitpic has sparked outrage among the Twitter user community by changing its terms and conditions.
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Australia launches digital blueprint

Australia is gunning to be ranked in the top five OECD countries by 2020 for broadband connections to the home and for the number of businesses using online opportunities as part of the Government's freshly launched National Digital Economy Strategy.
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US Supremes add 'willful blindness' to patent law

In a case supported by HP, eBay, Red Hat, Yahoo!, and General Motors, the US Supreme Court has issued a ruling that may make it more difficult for a company to be sued for inducing another company to infringe a patent.
Rik Myslewski, 01 Jun 2011
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Server makers wrap iron around Nvidia GPUs

Supercomputer buyers don't want to spend months building hybrid CPU-GPU clusters. They want to buy them pre-integrated and ready to start flopping within a matter
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IPO finally begins peer review pilot to test patent applications

The UK's Intellectual Property Office (IPO) is finally opening its patent process up to a collaborative internet project, after four long years of chin-stroking.
Kelly Fiveash, 01 Jun 2011
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Logitech Z906 5.1 surround speakers kit

Review Thinking of upgrading your PC’s speakers or just want a low cost surround sound set up for use with a TV and games console? Then Logitech might have what you’re after with the Z906, the follow up to the company’s popular Z-5500 system.
Niall Magennis, 01 Jun 2011
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Space shuttle Endeavour's long journey is over

Space shuttle Endeavour touched down at 06:34 GMT today, at the end of its final mission.
Lester Haines, 01 Jun 2011
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Seagate, WD should put a gun to Brussels' head

Opinion What if the European Commission's competition authority finds against Seagate and Western Digital in its acquisition investigations? Could it ban their products from Europe?
Chris Mellor, 01 Jun 2011
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EMC and NetApp on a roll

Pure play storage suppliers EMC and NetApp are outpacing the server and storage system players Dell, HP and IBM, with Compellent, 3PAR, Storwize and XIV the main catch-up bets for the three followers.
Chris Mellor, 01 Jun 2011
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3D printer produces working house keys

3D printing tools have been used to roll out working house keys, meaning trips to the hardware store could soon be replaced by a straightforward PC set-up.
Caleb Cox, 01 Jun 2011
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Tru unveils iPad local rate data-pricing for UK, US and Oz

Multi-country "local anywhere" mobile operator Tru is launching a £20-a-month iPad bundle that currently provides local rate broadband in the UK, US and Australia. A similar package will be available in the US "shortly", according to the company, which also intends to add Spain, Hong Kong and the Netherlands to its roster of countries in Q3 of this year, with a further 20 in 2012.
John Lettice, 01 Jun 2011
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Canadian prof: Wikipedia makes kids study harder

A Canadian English prof says that the use of Wikipedia, in defiance of accepted wisdom, makes students produce better work.
Lewis Page, 01 Jun 2011
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El Reg pays by phone – mmmm, free cookies!

The UK's first pay-by-phone retail service launched last week, but based on our experience we won't be dumping our coins and notes any day soon.
Bill Ray, 01 Jun 2011
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Boeing reveals partners for MoD logistics

Boeing Defence has announced that seven IT companies will share in its contract with the Ministry of Defence (MoD) as delivery partner for the Logistics Network Enabled Capability (LNEC).
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Verity Stob and the super subjunction

Stob Just downloaded the beta version of English V3.31, and I have to say I am very excited about it. This is definitely going to be a feather in the cap of Anglophones everywhere, and way better than the notorious V2.99 release of French (or the 'deux point neufty-neuf' as it has become known). There's a ton of new features to talk about, so let me dive in right away with some toothsome details.
Verity Stob, 01 Jun 2011
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Speck ToughSkin iPhone 4 case

Txt Take Daily Product reviews in 140 characters...
Tony Smith, 01 Jun 2011
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Notorious Russian spammer 'admits child abuse'

A notorious Russian spammer faces a long prison sentence after he admitted to sexually abusing underage girls.
John Leyden, 01 Jun 2011
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FCC demands AT&T prove spectrum scarcity claims

The US regulator has asked AT&T to provide documented proof of the forthcoming spectrum crunch, given that shortage justifies provides much of the justification for its merger with T-Mobile.
Bill Ray, 01 Jun 2011
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Google's Eric Schmidt 'screwed up' over social network FAIL

Google's Eric Schmidt has shouldered the blame for the company's lack of effort in nailing a successful social networking strategy to compete with rival Facebook.
Kelly Fiveash, 01 Jun 2011
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Engineering students design tent for camping on Mars

Student engineers in the States say they've built the perfect tent for camping on Mars. The inflatable habitat podule is apparently radiation-proof and tough enough that pesky meteors simply bounce off it: and it features a lightweight Sabatier reactor capable of producing water from the Martian atmosphere.
Lewis Page, 01 Jun 2011
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Acer tweaks tablet with MeeGo move

Acer has revealed the first product in its forthcoming M Series - a 10in tablet that runs on MeeGo, the mobile-centric version of Linux.
Caleb Cox, 01 Jun 2011
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Mesh Computers goes titsup

Components distribution minnow PC Peripherals has snapped up the brand of MESH Computers – along with certain assets – after the recession and the market shift to tablets forced the traditional system builder to call in the administrators.
Paul Kunert, 01 Jun 2011
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Acer Iconia Tab A500 10in Android tablet

Review PC manufacturers clearly haven’t been reading the script. They were supposed to over-hype their forthcoming Android 3.0 tablets as iPad-killers (check!), miss their initial launch dates (check!) and then let us all down by delivering a hunk of poorly designed, obsolete tat (er…).
Alistair Dabbs, 01 Jun 2011
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Privacy group wins $500k from Google Buzz settlement

The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) is to be awarded $500,000 in a class action settlement over Google's Buzz social network.
Kelly Fiveash, 01 Jun 2011
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Stealth-cam software snaps laptop looter

A laptop thief has been busted after a security application activated the computer's built-in camera, snapped shots of the crook and sent them back to the original owner.
Caleb Cox, 01 Jun 2011
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Space shuttle Endeavour: 'An incredible ship'

Space shuttle Endeavour flew into retirement yesterday when it touched down at Kennedy Space Center at the end of its 25th and final flight.
Lester Haines, 01 Jun 2011
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Biodegradable products are often worse for the planet

Stateside boffins say that, contrary to popular perception, it would often be better for the planet if people avoided using biodegradable products compliant with the recommended US government guidelines.
Lewis Page, 01 Jun 2011
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IBM guns down Neon's mainframe accelerator in Texas

The hired legal guns were blazing, and when the smoke cleared, the US District Court for the Western District of Texas, located in Austin, granted a permanent injunction in favor of IBM in a long-running lawsuit Neon Enterprise Software, killing the controversial zPrime mainframe acceleration program.
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Wave of Trojans breaks over Android

Fraudsters have cranked up production of malware targeting Android devices with with a rash of Trojans, many of which apply tricks long used against Windows PCs.
John Leyden, 01 Jun 2011
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Barnsley clamps down on foul-mouthed fu*king locals

The good burghers of Barnsley had better watch their mouths for the next month, because anyone caught effing and blinding in an intimidatory fashion could be slapped with an 80 quid on-the-spot fine.
Lester Haines, 01 Jun 2011
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Twitter bags internet advertising outfit

Twitter is trying to unlock its advertising conundrum with the buyout of an internet ad company for an undisclosed sum.
Kelly Fiveash, 01 Jun 2011
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Nokia betas some DLNA love

Users of Nokia's Symbian handsets can now get some DLNA action. With Nokia Play To, from the company's BetaLabs, they can throw content onto the TV screen like everyone else.
Bill Ray, 01 Jun 2011
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What is UltraViolet™ and why should you care?

UltraViolet is the most important media service you've probably never heard of – a grand plan for Hollywood to get everything right that the music business has got wrong.
Andrew Orlowski, 01 Jun 2011
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Google open sources $68.2m realtime comm platform

Google has open sourced a framework for realtime video and audio inside the browser. Known as WebRTC, the framework is based on technology the company acquired with its $68.2 million purchase of Global IP Solutions (GIPS) last year.
Cade Metz, 01 Jun 2011
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Earth receives picture postcard of Milky Way

Astronomers at the European Southern Observatory (ESO) have agreeably given we Earthlings a pretty good idea of what our Milky Way galaxy would look like, were we looking at it from the depths of intergalactic space.
Lester Haines, 01 Jun 2011
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Remastered Broken Sword slides onto iOS

The sequel to the classic point-and-click adventure game Broken Sword has been remastered and is now available on both PC and iOS.
Caleb Cox, 01 Jun 2011
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Second defence contractor targeted in RSA SecurID-based hack

Defence giant L-3 Communications has become the second victim of an attempted hack attack that relied on the RSA SecurID hack that took place earlier this year.
John Leyden, 01 Jun 2011
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Police ROBOT attacks and BURNS DOWN HOUSE

A mobile home in Tennessee was left a smoking ruin last month after it was attacked by a heavily armed police robot firing advanced triple-warhead gas grenades.
Lewis Page, 01 Jun 2011
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Acer writes off $150m as audit finds 'abnormalities'

Acer CEO and Chairman JT Wang has relinquished his remuneration package including bonuses from 2010 after the firm unearthed "abnormalities" in channel inventory across EMEA that will cost it US $150m (£91m) to write off.
Paul Kunert, 01 Jun 2011
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Yahoo! downs! mail! servers! for! essential! and extensive! work!

Yahoo! has bewildered some of its email users by freezing them out of their accounts for what it has described as "scheduled maintenance" to the system.
Kelly Fiveash, 01 Jun 2011
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Mac trojan evades Apple's brand new security fix

Just hours after Apple issued a security update to protect Mac users against a rash of scareware attacks, a new variant began circulating that completely bypasses the malware-blocking measure.
Dan Goodin, 01 Jun 2011
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Google rolls its Facebook mimic onto rest of web

Google has rolled its Facebook-mimicking "+1" button onto third-party websites.
Cade Metz, 01 Jun 2011
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Google Apps end love for Firefox 3.5, IE7, and Safari 3

Beginning August 1, Google's online Apps suite will only support the current stable version of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Internet Explorer and the previous major release of each of these browsers.
Cade Metz, 01 Jun 2011
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Marathon Facebook scam targets Mac, Windows users

Facebook users have been under a sustained attack that attempts to install malware on their Mac- or Windows-based machines by luring them to salacious videos.
Dan Goodin, 01 Jun 2011
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NYSE Euronext fluffs financial cloud

NYSE Technologies – the research, development, and IT operations arm of the NYSE Euronext exchanges in New York and London – has fluffed up a cloud specifically for trading firms.
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Oracle drops OpenOffice on Apache, shuns forkers

Oracle is shunting OpenOffice onto the Apache Software Foundation, sidelining the original OpenOffice community that forked off the project as LibreOffice last year.
Gavin Clarke, 01 Jun 2011