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Twitter cock-up confession deflates Weiner

US congressman Anthony Weiner has admitted to tweeting his weiner.
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Huawei gets true blue with Oz board

Chinese vendor Huawei has made an unprecedented move to ‘Australianise’ its business, with the creation of a local board decked with high profile political influencers.
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No space @ MySpace

The fate of Rupert Murdoch’s distressed, (un)social network MySpace should be known within a fortnight according to global executives.
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Australian spectrum plan a win for carriers

Australia’s attorney-general has re-ignited the carriers-versus-emergency-services, creating a steering committee to develop a mobile broadband plan for public safety agencies.
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App Engine: Google's deepest secrets as a service

Google will never open source its back end. You'll never run the Google File System or Google MapReduce or Google BigTable on your own servers. Except on the rarest of occasions, the company won't even discuss the famously distributed software that underpins its sweeping collection of web services.
Cade Metz, 07 Jun 2011
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Dear Ubuntu: The netbook is toast

Open...and Shut In the tech industry today, and particularly in mobile, you can make lots of money as a premium innovator (Apple's iOS) or as a mass-market commoditizer (Google Android). But it turns out that there's little room for more than one company in either category, That's why Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard, and RIM are struggling to compete with Apple, while Canonical, MeeGo, and others are falling behind Google.
Matt Asay, 07 Jun 2011
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Embotics shoots low with V-Commander Cloud Edition

If you are an SMB thinking of building a private cloud based on VMware's ESXi hypervisor and vCenter console, then Embotics wants you to think about using its V-Commander control freak instead of shelling out big bucks for VMware's vSphere tools or its full-on vCloud Director cloud fabric.
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Men pocket $1.5m in alleged ATM skimming spree

Four men have been charged with stealing $1.5 million from banks by using electronic devices to secretly record personal identification numbers as customers entered them into automatic teller machines and other gear.
Dan Goodin, 07 Jun 2011
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Aliph Jawbone Era motion sensing Bluetooth headset

Review Hands-free connections for mobile phones have come a long way from wired earpiece-and-microphone combos. Mind you, it’s still a comic pleasure to see people using these as they hold the microphone near their mouths just to be sure. The arrival of Bluetooth nixed the cables but created problems of connectivity, complicated set-up procedures and often poor reliability.
David Phelan, 07 Jun 2011
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Can virtualisation and cloud create flexible, scalable HPC environments?

Live Now! Today at 11:00 BST we’ve got Reg reader Dr Rob Johnson, HPC God at Mitsubishi UFJ Securities International, Tony Lock from Freeform Dynamics and Nick Hall at from Microsoft in our studio arguing that HPC is ready for prime time.
Phil Mitchell, 07 Jun 2011
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New Bluetooth profiles for heart rate, body temp kit

Two Bluetooth profiles, covering heart rate and temperature monitoring, have been published today as the Bluetooth SIG continues trying to get the world excited by its Low Energy variant.
Bill Ray, 07 Jun 2011
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Spot-the-fake site launched

The Trading Standards Institute has launched a site to help consumers spot fake branded goods.
John Oates, 07 Jun 2011
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NHS Direct

Android App of the Week Welcome to the Age of the Weak. Got a sniffle? It’s Bird Flu not a cold. Don’t want to get out of bed in the morning? You're not workshy, you've got SAD.
Alun Taylor, 07 Jun 2011
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New 'liquid smart metal' can go hard or floppy

Top boffins in Germany and China say they have developed a remarkable new type of material which can switch from being strong and hard to soft and squashy at the touch of a button.
Lewis Page, 07 Jun 2011
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Apple iOS 5 and iCloud examined

Hail or Fail The keynote speech at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference may have kicked off with a demo of Mac OS X 10.7 Lion that we've seen before - the only real news was its launch date, July, and low price, $30 (£18) - but the iOS 5 and iCloud announcements were packed with juicy details.
Tony Smith, 07 Jun 2011
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Rockstar publishes LA Noire e-book giveaway

Rockstar is rather good at stories. Those of you who have played through LA Noire, will probably agree. Now the celebrated games publisher has moved into the realm of e-books, with a free LA Noire-themed short story anthology up for grabs.
Caleb Cox, 07 Jun 2011
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Microsoft reveals revamped Xbox dashboard

Microsoft announced the next update to its Xbox dashboard yesterday, bringing a host of new features into play, including the introduction of voice search using Bing on the console which will be integrated with the firm's motion sensor tech, Kinect.
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Somerset council review criticises Southwest One

Somerset county council has gone public with criticisms of its Southwest One joint venture with IBM, following a review that led to the conclusion that it "could do better".
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RSA makes token offer to worried customers

RSA has offered to replace its customers' security tokens following confirmation that an important customer had come under attack, in an incident made possible by an earlier high-profile hack against RSA's systems.
John Leyden, 07 Jun 2011
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Phoenix IT sales up but op profit down

Rising demand for outsourced services boosted Phoenix IT Group's top line growth in fiscal 2011 but the cost of funding the firm's continued shift to the cloud saw operating profits dip.
Paul Kunert, 07 Jun 2011
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Dynamic ninjas kill off free DNS service

Hundreds of thousands of EveryDNS users have been told that their free domain name system service will be cut off by the end of August.
Kevin Murphy, 07 Jun 2011
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Calyx Software seals two reseller acquisitions for £6m

Private equity veteran Jon Moulton's buy-and-build vehicle Better Capital has forked out £6m for Cheshire-based developer Trinity Computer Services and the software reselling arm of Touchstone Group to bolt onto Calyx Software.
Paul Kunert, 07 Jun 2011
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Sony unveils PlayStation telly

Amid the inevitable PSN outage apologies, Sony has officially unveiled the PS Vita, as well as a PlayStation-branded TV which allows users to view two different outputs at the same time.
Caleb Cox, 07 Jun 2011
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FT sticks it to Apple

The Financial Times is bypassing iTunes with the launch of its new iPad and iPhone application.
John Oates, 07 Jun 2011
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Texas cinema texter becomes foul-mouthed movie star

A Texas cinema with a strict no-mobe policy has demonstrated that it really means business by throwing out a persistent texter, then turning her mini-rant against ejection into a big screen trailer.
Lester Haines, 07 Jun 2011
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Virgin Media gets VAT refund from HMRC

Virgin Media has received a refund of £81.5m from HM Revenues and Customs (HMRC) covering VAT payments.
Kelly Fiveash, 07 Jun 2011
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Belching cattle apocalypse menace sniffed in cowpats

Cattle experts in Blighty and Ireland say they have discovered a much better way of finding out just how much methane is emitted by the world's cows - and thus, how much of a greenhouse-gas problem cattle actually are - by carrying out a detailed analysis of cowpats.
Lewis Page, 07 Jun 2011
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The Impact of Cloud on IT

Tech Panel if you've got a few minutes to spare, take a crack at our Cloud impact survey.
Dale Vile, 07 Jun 2011
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Transition leaves frustrated corporates locked out of Google Groups

Users are becoming increasingly frustrated that Google has been locking out users from Google Groups as the result of changes it made when it separated Google Apps accounts from Gmail and other consumer accounts around six months ago.
John Leyden, 07 Jun 2011
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Chinese 'Twitter' breaks out of China

Popular Twitter clone Sina Weibo is planning to bust out of China before the end of the year, bringing additional features but maintaining state-mandated censorship.
Bill Ray, 07 Jun 2011
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Germans completely humourless: Official

A survey of 30,000 people across 15 countries has confirmed what the world knew all along: Germans are completely humourless.
Lester Haines, 07 Jun 2011
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'Great Reversal' as world's forests stage a comeback

Boffins report that forests worldwide are becoming bigger carbon sinks in a so-called "Great Reversal" after centuries of deforestation and decline.
Lewis Page, 07 Jun 2011
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HP talks storage, convergence, integration

Here at HP Discover 2011 in Las Vegas and I could already write a small book with all the announcements and information pumped out on the first day.
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Smart Fortwo Electric Drive e-car

Review If the key to making a good e-car is keeping the size and weight down then the Smart Fortwo - a fine example of what can be achieved with a clean sheet of paper, an open mind and no regard for such bourgeois eccentricities as rear seats or a boot - should make an ideal candidate for electrification.
Alun Taylor, 07 Jun 2011
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Attorney General threatens Twitter injunction-busters

The government's chief legal adviser has warned that people who breach privacy injunctions by publishing details on micro-blogging site Twitter and other websites could be prosecuted for contempt of court.
Kelly Fiveash, 07 Jun 2011
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Skype hangs up on users yet again

Updated Users around the world once again experienced problems using Skype on Tuesday morning.
John Leyden, 07 Jun 2011
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Play.com pummelled over purported piracy permissiveness

UPDATED Play.com has come under fire for failing to quickly clamp down on an alleged seller of pirated Microsoft software.
Paul Kunert, 07 Jun 2011

Paramount sets Star Trek phasers to Move

To celebrate the release of next year's Move enabled Star Trek game, Paramount will offer phaser-like PS Move controllers.
Caleb Cox, 07 Jun 2011
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Brit censor stamps on The Human Centipede

The British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) has stamped firmly on the DVD sequel to low-budget movie The Human Centipede, refusing to certify the second installment of director Tom Six's horror series.
Lester Haines, 07 Jun 2011
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Cisco UK partner boss gets new role in the cloud

Cisco's UK and Ireland partner boss Bernadette Wightman is set to head up the networking Goliath's Cloud Centre of Excellence, after passing the channel baton to David Critchley, director of the commercial SME sector.
Paul Kunert, 07 Jun 2011
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BBC Freesat tech switch zaps HD channels from 'old' boxes

The BBC has annoyed some early Freesat supporters by switching the technology used to broadcast its HD channels over the free-to-air satellite service.
Hard Reg, 07 Jun 2011
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Apple embraces 'n' extends messaging

Once upon a time there was POP3, and it was all so simple...
Andrew Orlowski, 07 Jun 2011
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Facebook quietly switches on facial recognition tech by default

Facebook has rolled out its facial recognition technology to countries outside of the US, but has switched the feature on by default without telling its users first.
Kelly Fiveash, 07 Jun 2011
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Tory terror changes promise moon on stick

The Home Secretary's revamped anti-terrorism strategy, Prevent, may include moves to blacklist some internet pages and websites.
John Oates, 07 Jun 2011
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Microsoft fingered for Nokia's bleak future

Nokia shares are down slightly today on news that ratings agency Fitch has downgraded the company's lending rating from BBB+ to BBB-.
John Oates, 07 Jun 2011
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Griffin Cabinet Mount for iPad

Txt Take Daily product reviews in 140 characters...
Tony Smith, 07 Jun 2011
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Feds turn one in four black-hat hackers into snitches

One in four criminal hackers turn snitches under pressure from US authorities.
John Leyden, 07 Jun 2011
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3D-printed bikini goes on sale

We've seen 3D printers produce custom guitars, house keys and even the occasional gourmet meal. Now the technology is being used to build commercially viable fashion products too.
Caleb Cox, 07 Jun 2011
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IBM tunes Xeon E7 appliances for VMware hypervisor

The mantra at IBM these days is workload-optimized systems, and the company is trying to make the sales pitch easier for itself and its reseller partners by tuning up server configurations to support specific workloads right out of the cardboard box.
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Infosmack delivers burgers and bullets

A big hello from the Infosmack, the world's best podcast about enterprise tech. Your hosts for episode 102 are Greg Knieriemen and Marc Farley with the Diva of Disruptive Technologies, Christina Weil and special guests this week are W. Curtis Preston ("Mr. Backup") of Backup Central Live and David Chapa of ESG.
Drew Cullen, 07 Jun 2011
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Fujitsu's Windows Azure cloud debuts this August

Using a platform cloud is supposed to be easy, but apparently building the hardware and software infrastructure is not so trivial. After unexplained delays, Fujitsu and Microsoft are finally getting ready to launch the first private label platform clouds based on Microsoft's Azure software stack.
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Apple releases iTunes 10.3 with beta iCloud

Apple has released a new version of iTunes that ties into a beta incarnation of the company's just announced iCloud web services.
Cade Metz, 07 Jun 2011
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Intel enlists universities in security wars

Intel has launched a security-research collaboration with major US universities, saying that all research results will be made public, and all software developed in the program will be open sourced.
Rik Myslewski, 07 Jun 2011
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Microsoft goes bot herder hunting in streets of Russia

Microsoft is taking its campaign against digital crime to the streets of Russia, placing ads in newspapers in Moscow and St. Petersburg in an attempt to track down the operators of the notorious Rustock spam botnet.
Dan Goodin, 07 Jun 2011
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Nintendo takes control with next-gen games console

Nintendo took to the stage at E3 today and revealed the highly-anticipated Wii successor that seeks to once again redefine the way we play games.
Caleb Cox, 07 Jun 2011
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Canadian Conservative Party website defaced

The office of Canada's Prime Minister has rushed to set the record straight after hackers defaced that country's Conservative Party website and planted a press release falsely claiming PM Stephen Harper had been flown to a hospital emergency room after choking on breakfast.
Dan Goodin, 07 Jun 2011
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HP plugs CloudSystem into Amazon and other heavens

Hewlett-Packard is expanding its CloudSystem private cloud platform beyond the corporate firewall to service providers itching to make some dough on this cloud computing razzmatazz.
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Apple iCloud: Steve Jobs' own private internet

Just before the launch of its long-rumored GDrive – a service for storing all your desktop files on the web – Google killed the thing. "Files are so 1990. ... I don’t think we need files anymore," Google's Sundar Pichai told colleague Bradley Horowitz, according to the new book In the Plex. "You just want to get information into the cloud. When people use our Google Docs, there are no more files. You just start editing in the cloud, and there’s never a file.”
Cade Metz, 07 Jun 2011
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Microsoft iCOMP extends anti-Google push to Australia

An online retailer lobby launched by Microsoft and Burson-Marsteller in Europe in 2007 to oppose the Google-DoubleClick merger has planted its flag in the Australian retail market.
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Hackers jailbreak iOS 5 in under 24 hours

Like clockwork, hackers said they've removed the digital locks in the latest version of Apple's iOS so it will run applications not officially sanctioned by the company.
Dan Goodin, 07 Jun 2011
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Computers locking up kids in NSW

A class action to be launched today in the NSW Supreme Court will accuse NSW Police of arresting and locking up teenagers due to a computer glitch.