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Apple iCloud: Same old cage, new height

Open...and Shut Redmonk analyst Michael Cote argues that the cloud is all about speed, at least in the enterprise. For many others, however, the cloud has promised much more: it has become shorthand for freedom from vendor lock-in at the device level, so that data is free to roam between devices without the chokeholds of operating systems or browsers getting in the way.
Matt Asay, 09 Jun 2011
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EMC forges secret VMAXe arrray

EMC's VMAXe box – an affordable and self-tuning entry-level VMAX, providing tier one storage features – has been stealthily released inside EMC, with a public unveiling planned for mid-July. Today, we had a peek behind the curtain.
Chris Mellor, 09 Jun 2011
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Apple bars WinXP users from iCloud

Microsoft isn't the only company denying equal online footing to Windows XP users.
Gavin Clarke, 09 Jun 2011
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Is Microsoft's Javascript chief killing his .NET creation?

Comment A recent discussion with a friend about the origins of Microsoft's .NET runtime prompted a little research. How did it come about?
Tim Anderson, 09 Jun 2011
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Judge rules against firm that lost $345k to bank trojan

A federal magistrate judge has ruled against a small business that lost $345,000 in an online bank heist, arguing that the theft largely resulted from its own failure to secure its account credentials, according to published news reports.
Dan Goodin, 09 Jun 2011
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Oracle whips out private cloud with blades

Everybody wants to sell preconfigured virtualized servers with integrated management. Otherwise known a private infrastructure cloud. Now Oracle does too, only it calls them Oracle Optimized Solution for Enterprise Cloud Infrastructure. Presumably, this is not meant to be abbreviated to OOSFECI.
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HTC Flyer 7in Android tablet

Review The arrival of a tablet from HTC, the company that has run the furthest and fastest since picking up the Android ball was always going to be something of a Big Deal but in some ways the new Flyer is a surprisingly odd fish.
Alun Taylor, 09 Jun 2011
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Whitehall fraud pilots save £12m

The Cabinet Office says data-matching has helped its anti-fraud initiatives to stem huge losses from government funds.
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Violin scoops $40m, eyes global domination

Comment Violin Memory, the flash array start-up, has snagged $40m in C-round funding, just three months after a $35m B-round, signalling an acceleration of its development activities: it's going to add more flash strings to its bow.
Chris Mellor, 09 Jun 2011
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Citibank hack lifted 200,000 names, emails, acct numbers

Citigroup has admitted that hackers could have grabbed thousands of account details for its credit card customers.
John Oates, 09 Jun 2011
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Mind the GAP: Alert system saves lives

Case study Some time in the not-too-distant future, a brave, if chilly, soul will send the following tweet: “on #K2 summit. v tired. awesome view. cu @ basecamp”. You will have the UK firm Active Web Solutions (AWS) to thank for it.
Lucy Sherriff, 09 Jun 2011
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Amsterdam internet hub gets ready for 4G mobile VoIP

The Amsterdam Internet Exchange will soon offer Service Level Agreements (SLAs) across its infrastructure - providing the guaranteed bandwidth needed if IP is going to conquer the world.
Bill Ray, 09 Jun 2011
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Psychology graduates remain poor for life, study shows

A study in America has found that taking a degree in Psychology condemns you to a lifetime of being lower paid than those who study proper sciences, and lower paid than the average among university graduates.
Lewis Page, 09 Jun 2011

Blu-ray sales to overtake DVD... next year

Blu-ray Disc sales will finally surpass those of DVDs next year.
Hard Reg, 09 Jun 2011
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Cloud tuning: getting the network up to speed

Many problems in IT can be put down to the simple but flawed assumption that resources are infinite.
Nathan Coates, 09 Jun 2011
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James Sherwood 1983-2011

Former Reg Hardware reporter James Sherwood died this weekend after suffering an epileptic seizure during his sleep. He was 28.
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Creators: EU cares about turnips more than copyright

World Copyright Summit If someone had given me a pound in Brussels this week for every time I heard the phrase "we don't want to make the same mistakes as the music industry", I'd be a richer man. Not by much, but enough for a round of drinks.
Andrew Orlowski, 09 Jun 2011
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PlayStation Vita priced up for UK punters

Prices are up for the PlayStation Vita, with Amazon UK now accepting advance orders.
Caleb Cox, 09 Jun 2011
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Another Groupon ad complaint upheld

Online voucher service Groupon has been whacked with yet another Advertising Standards Authority judgement.
John Oates, 09 Jun 2011
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EQu

iOS App of the Week There are dozens of equalisers, visualisers and similar audio apps available for iOS devices, but I have to tip my hat to Reg reader Danny Mann for bringing EQu to my attention, as it’s one of the best audio apps I’ve seen of late.
Cliff Joseph, 09 Jun 2011
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Unique imagery of Shuttle docked to ISS released

Vid+Pic There's been something of a wait for it, but unique imagery showing the International Space Station with a Space Shuttle docked has now been released.
Lewis Page, 09 Jun 2011
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Sony restores online VoD shop Qriocity

Sony will reactivate its Qriocity video- and music-on-demand services today following their post PSN-hack 20 April shutdown.
Hard Reg, 09 Jun 2011
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HP assigns $2bn of finance in CIO cloud investment prod

Hewlett-Packard's financial services arm has set aside $2bn (£1.2bn) for customers to buy its cloud technologies.
Paul Kunert, 09 Jun 2011
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Dell: 10in Android dual-core tablet for China, not West

Dell has confirmed it is developing 10in Windows and Android tablets - and that it plans to use them to conquer China.
Tony Smith, 09 Jun 2011
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Apple purges drunk-driving apps

Apple has changed the T&C for its iTunes app store to specifically exclude applications that warn of approaching police check-points.
Bill Ray, 09 Jun 2011
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Sony Ericsson reveals handsets for TwitBookers

Sony Ericsson has unveiled a pair of handsets today, the Mix Walkman and txt pro, both aimed at social networkers.
Caleb Cox, 09 Jun 2011
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Boris-Bike firm penalised by £5m over system hiccups

Transport for London is witholding £5m in payments to Serco, the company behind the capital's bike rental scheme.
John Oates, 09 Jun 2011
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MP claims NotW sleuths targeted royals, politicians, Blair

Private detectives working for the News of the World targeted Tony Blair, the royal family and senior politicians, including a former Home Secretary, an MP claimed in the House of Commons Wednesday.
John Leyden, 09 Jun 2011
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Hunted: The Demon's Forge

Review Let's get one thing straight, Hunted: The Demon's Forge is not an RPG.
Andrew Bailey, 09 Jun 2011
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Netherlands first European nation to adopt net neutrality

The Dutch Parliament yesterday agreed to make the Netherlands the first nation in Europe to officially put net neutrality principles into law. The law will force ISPs and telecom operators to ensure access to all types of content, services or applications available on the network.
Jan Libbenga, 09 Jun 2011
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British music collects 10 per cent more royalties

British musicians saw a 10.7 per cent increase from the public performance of recorded music last year despite the recession.
Andrew Orlowski, 09 Jun 2011
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London Ambulance Service downed by upgrade cockup

Operators at the London Ambulance Service (LAS) were forced to use pen and paper when fielding emergency 999 calls yesterday, after a computer system upgrade went horribly wrong.
Kelly Fiveash, 09 Jun 2011
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HTC does the ChaCha with Three and Vodafone

The HTC ChaCha has danced its way onto the UK telco scene, with Vodafone and Three now offering the handset on monthly plans.
Caleb Cox, 09 Jun 2011
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BP world energy review: Chinese coal drives up CO2

Last year saw the highest surge in energy demand for almost 40 years, according to BP's 60th annual review* of energy. Despite record renewable energy production – with hydroelectric energy use rising 6.5 per cent – fossil fuel consumption surged to the highest level ever.
Andrew Orlowski, 09 Jun 2011
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Two new Ofcom board members appointed

The government's culture secretary Jeremy Hunt has appointed two non-executive members to Ofcom's board.
Kelly Fiveash, 09 Jun 2011
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Cybercrime figures 'as true as sexual-conquest scores'

Microsoft researchers have rubbished figures from cyber-crime surveys, deeming them subject to the types of distortions that have long bedevilled sex surveys.
John Leyden, 09 Jun 2011
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Cloud: today, tomorrow, not yet

Broadcast Cloud isn't all or nothing: you can move the services and apps you want to move at the right time for your business. But which apps, and when?
Miatta Momoh, 09 Jun 2011
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Dell's dedupe story still unfolding

Comment Dell's spreading of Ocarina dedupe goodness across its storage platforms has to overcome several obstacles, none of which are show-stoppers.
Chris Mellor, 09 Jun 2011
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IBM to commercialize chip-design cluster tools

IBM is to commercialize the management software behind the chip design cluster used by more than 3,000 engineers to create its homegrown server processors.
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HP WebOS tablet to ship early July

HP's WebOS-based tablet - the TouchPad, as it's officially known - hits Blighty's shores early next month following its 1 July arrival in the US.
Tony Smith, 09 Jun 2011
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Nokia CTO replaced by Professor of Karma

Rich Green is no longer Nokia's Chief Technology Officer, and is taking a leave of absence from the troubled Finnish company. The company has confirmed that Henry Tirri, a distinguished academic and research fellow at Nokia Research, will step into his shoes. Nokia said Green was on leave for personal reasons.
Andrew Orlowski, 09 Jun 2011
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BioWare blows brains with intro cinematics for Star Wars MMO

BioWare has bowled over E3 with a taste of its highly-anticipated MMO Star Wars: The Old Republic.
Caleb Cox, 09 Jun 2011
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Griffin Window Mount in-car phone holder

Txt Take Daily Product reviews in 140 characters...
Tony Smith, 09 Jun 2011
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Cornish cow plucked from jaws of death by Navy chopper

A Cornish cow, trapped on steep cliffs near Port Isaac, was hoisted to safety recently slung beneath a Royal Navy rescue helicopter.
Lewis Page, 09 Jun 2011
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Storage DEATHMATCH: Permabit v Isilon

Opinions Permabit has taken issue with our Isilon and a question of Big Data story, insisting that its Albireo deduplication technology can be applied to scale-out file data storage, and deliver a tenfold reduction in storage costs with no performance penalty.
Chris Mellor, 09 Jun 2011
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World IPv6 Day fails to kill the internet

World IPv6 Day was the non-event everybody hoped it would be.
Kevin Murphy, 09 Jun 2011
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Win an HP TouchPad!

Promo This February, The Register ran an exclusive competition in which our readers had the opportunity to win an HP Slate.
Team Register, 09 Jun 2011
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Apple backs down (a bit) on iOS subscription rules

Apple has backed down from its requirement that content and subscription providers who offer their wares through the Jobsian App Store must charge the same or less for that content when it's offered from a provider's own website.
Rik Myslewski, 09 Jun 2011
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Microsoft loses Supreme patent fight over Word

America's top court has rejected Microsoft's appeal against a ruling that Microsoft Word infringed on patents owned by a tiny Canadian software maker..
Gavin Clarke, 09 Jun 2011
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A peek inside Apple's iCloud data center

At the very end of his keynote address at Apple's WorldWide Developer Conference this week in San Francisco, Apple CEO Steve Jobs flashed up some photos of the exterior and interior of the new $1bn data center the company has built in Maiden, North Carolina to support its new iCloud storage cloud.
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Intel invests in 'personal robot' future

Intel Capital has made its first-ever investment in robotics, becoming the lead investor in a $13m funding round for Aldebaran Robotics, a Paris-based designer of humanoid robots.
Rik Myslewski, 09 Jun 2011
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Feds seize $15m from scareware monger's Swiss account

Federal authorities have seized $15m from a fugitive accused of bilking millions of people in scareware and counterfeit antivirus software scams.
Dan Goodin, 09 Jun 2011
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Peeping Tom Mac spyware suspect cuffed

A PC repair technician has been charged with planting spyware on the machines of clients as part of a ruse designed to capture pictures of them in various states of undress.
John Leyden, 09 Jun 2011
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Australian banks start replacing RSA tokens

The ongoing fallout in Australia from the RSA security hack continues, with both Westpac and ANZ Bank announcing they will replace customers’ tokens. Another of Australia’s “big four”, the Commonwealth Bank, is yet to decide its course of action, while there’s been no word yet from the National Australia Bank.
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Google borgs display ad optimizer for $400m

Google has agreed to acquire international online-advertising outfit AdMeld for $400m, according to a report citing "multiple sources". An ad-related deal of this size will almost certainly bring more antitrust scrutiny onto the company.
Cade Metz, 09 Jun 2011