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HP sues Oracle over Itanic withdrawal

Hewlett-Packard has sued Oracle, just like it threatened it might last week, over the software giant's refusal to support the Itanium processor with future releases of its database, middleware, and application software.
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Man says he lost $500,000 in virtual currency heist

Leaders of the open-source virtual currency project known as Bitcoin say they have no way to verify one user's claim that hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of digital coins were plucked from his computer earlier this week.
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FTTN too expensive says Graeme Samuel

Graeme Samuel, outgoing chairman of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission and sparring partner of former Telstra executive Phil Burgess, has said the fibre-to-the-node network once proposed by Telstra would have been a financial disaster for the government.
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LulzSec claims responsibility for CIA.gov outage

LulzSec, the hacking and prankster collective that has attacked the US Senate, Sony, and the Fox and PBS television networks, has struck again, claiming it was behind an assault that took down the website for the Central Intelligence Agency.
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Nintendo: no DVD, BD playback for Wii U

Nintendo's next-gen console, the Wii U, will, like its predecessor, have no DVD playback capabilities. It won't play Blu-ray Discs, either.
Caleb Cox, 16 2011
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Ten... Premium Android smartphones

Product Round-up Android handsets have been steadily stealing Apple’s smartphone thunder for a while now, due in part to their variety – the range runs the gamut from cheap and (not very) cheerful to the heights of the very latest technology. This round-up pulls together the latter type, with the very best on offer from the major manufacturers. Some offer Android in its raw form, but most have been augmented with additional user interfaces and designer tweaks. They’re all deliciously different and offer a snapshot of the state of the art in Android development – be prepared for high-end cameras, retina-searing screens, dual-core processors, HDMI connections and much, much more.
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Google sees 15% speed boost with HTTP tweak

Velocity Google is now using its HTTP-boosting SPDY protocol to accelerate almost all SSL web traffic between Chrome browsers and its many web services, and according to Mike Belshe, an engineer on Google's Chrome team, the protocol is juicing performance by more than 15 per cent on average.
Cade Metz, 16 2011
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Microsoft warns on support scams

A survey from Microsoft reveals just how widespread the fake tech support call scam is becoming.
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'Spongiforma squarepantsii' lifeform found in Borneo

Boffins have discovered a strange new type of spongy mushroom in the island rainforests of Borneo and decided to name it Spongiforma squarepantsii in homage to the well-known American cartoon featuring a talking sponge who lives under the sea.
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Iranian pimp plates arse up Afghan car sales

An Iranian pimp dubbed "39" has been fingered as the possible cause of a dramatic slump in car sales in the Afghan capital Kabul, Reuters reports.
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Sony releases Android music streamer

Sony has released an Android app that will connect the smartphone OS to its Qriocity music shop, now the service is back online following the infamous PlayStation Network outage.
Hard Reg, 16 2011
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Duke Nukem publisher parts company with flacks over Twitter gaffe

US PR company The Redner Group is no longer working with 2K Games after yesterday's controversial Tweet in which it threatened reviewers - despite the agency's immediate apology.
Caleb Cox, 16 2011
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Snapseed

iOS App of the Week I decided to dip back into photography apps this week, following the news that the iPhone 4 is now the second most popular source of photo uploads on Flickr – just a whisker behind Nikon’s D90 DSLR.
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MP demands government rethink on Digital Economy Act

A Liberal Democrat MP is demanding a repeal of the Digital Economy Act having tabled an early day motion in Parliament yesterday, which so far has gained nine signatures from across the political spectrum.
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Motorola Milestone 3 no longer bound for Blighty

The Motorola Milestone 3 will not get a UK release, it has been claimed.
Caleb Cox, 16 2011
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Chris Chant: We've cut central gov websites

The Cabinet Office's interim executive director for digital government says that progress has been made on rationalising Whitehall's websites.
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Woman puts shout-out for hitman on Facebook

A Philadephia woman who decided it was a bright idea to publicly recruit a hitman on Facebook is behind bars after the intended victim's mum spotted her murderous solicitation.
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TeleWare makes telephony a little more cloudy

TeleWare has launched an enterprise MVNO that routes every call through the office PBX, reducing the mobile carrier to a bit pipe at best.
Bill Ray, 16 2011
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Facebooking juror gets 8 months

Joanne Fraill, the juror who admitted contacting an acquitted defendant during a drugs trial, has been sentenced to eight months in prison.
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Be happy in the cloud with the right SLA

Cloud services are not perfect. They are run on computers, by technical people, for customers: a triumvirate of imperfection.
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UK.gov's 'public data' wagon spews out civil service lists

As disquiet over pay and pensions among civil servants throughout the land looks set to lead to strikes aplenty later this month, the Cabinet Office has been busy compiling lists about its public sector workers to underline its "transparency" pledge.
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Facebook's mega-billion-dollar bubble ... will it float?

So just how much is Facebook going to be worth by the time it eventually IPOs? Given that prediction, especially about the future, is very difficult, who knows?
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X-51A hydrocarb scramjet flames out in second test

The quest for practical hypersonic aircraft (or missiles, if that's what you like) suffered another setback on Monday when the second X-51A hydrocarbon-burning scramjet test vehicle had its engine flame go out above the Pacific and was unable to restart.
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Lenovo chief says netbook's day is done

Lenovo has called time on the netbook, stating that the mini-laptop's life is now "pretty much over".
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Cloud: Do Reg readers care?

Reader Research Our thanks to all of you who took part in our recent El Reg Cloud survey. Our research partner Dale Vile of Freeform Dynamics has written up a study based on the results - it's free to download and no registration is required. Here are some choice cuts:
Tea

Boffins brew up formula for consummate cuppa

Here at Reg Hardware, we rely on a regular supply of fresh tea in order to function properly. We'd like to think we're rather good at brewing our bevvies too, but apparently there is actually a science to it.
Caleb Cox, 16 2011
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Mozilla pushes out final Firefox 5 test build

Mozilla plans to release the next small-fry iteration of its Firefox browser next week.
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LucasArts Day of the Tentacle

Antique Code Show Dr. Fred: I think I've made myself totally clear. Step one, find plans. Step two, save world. Step three, get out of my house! Let's get cracking!
Lucy Orr, 16 2011
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DARPA issues call for notions on Starship-for-2111 plan

Wild-hare Pentagon boffinry bureau DARPA continues to forge ahead with its radical plan to get the first manned interstellar spaceships headed out of the solar system by the year 2111.
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Site offers 24m PNRs from the past

Ten Pound Poms, and other emigres, can now be traced via a genealogy site which has got access to passenger name lists from ships leaving the UK between 1890 and 1960.
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Germany opens cyberdefence centre to protect water, electricity

Germany today launched its new cyberdefence facility in Bonn, dedicated to defending the country's critical infrastructure, including its electricity and water supply. The facility is believed to be the first of its kind in Europe.
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UK operators band together for NFC revenue

Vodafone, Telefonica UK and Everything Everywhere have banded together to create a clearing house for NFC applications, providing a single point of contact for cross network applications.
Bill Ray, 16 2011
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Microsoft blesses elite brotherhood to service big customers

Microsoft has anointed a secret guild of Large Account Resellers to service its biggest licensing customers in the UK.
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When tuning the server, don't forget the network

It really doesn’t matter how you configure your servers, how many processor cores they have or how much memory: if the network doesn’t have the bandwidth to service their needs, they will seem slow.
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Facebook fuels Israeli cottage cheese insurgency

Facebook has once again been deployed in support of a Middle-Eastern insurgency, this time aimed at bringing down the tyrannical pricing of Israeli cottage cheese.
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O2 won't touch BlackBerry fondleslab for now

The BlackBerry PlayBook launched in the UK today. However, O2 has decided not to offer the tablet.
Caleb Cox, 16 2011
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BioWare latest hack victim

Electronic Arts, owner of BioWare, is asking users of the Neverwinter Nights forums to re-register on the site after hackers stole several thousand accounts.
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Twin-screen LG smartphone spied

Check this bad boy out. Unearthed at an event in London this week, this mysterious LG handset features a slide-out Qwerty keyboard split in twain by a second display, seemingly used to launch apps.
Caleb Cox, 16 2011
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Apple preps iOS social tool for muties

Apple is investigating ways to make its iPhone more appealing to mutants.
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Jaybird Freedom wireless Bluetooth buds

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Caleb Cox, 16 2011
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Latest Hubble Snaptastic goodness: Centaurus A

Pic Boffinry chiefs in control of the mighty Hubble Space Telescope have released the latest imagery from its most advanced instrument, Wide Field Camera 3, of the relatively nearby galaxy Centaurus A - well known for its spectacular space dust clouds.
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Obama's data.gov CIO quits White House

The man behind the launch of the US government's Data.gov website, which is undergoing a funding crisis, is standing down from his job as federal CIO.
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GeoTrust founders offer free SSL

Four former GeoTrust executives have returned to the SSL market after a five-year absence with the formation of a new company, AffirmTrust, which will compete with their alma mater.
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Can Big Blue survive another century?

Big Blue, which more than any other company defined the modern IT industry, turns 100 today. Such longevity is an accomplishment that most corporations can only aspire to, and there is no guarantee, as IBM's near-death experience in the early 1990s aptly demonstrated, that it will be relevant, much less viable, for the next century.
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Give VDI the personal touch

DV Virtualising servers may be beset by technical challenges but rarely by political ones. When virtualising the desktop, however, things get far stickier.
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Apple iOS 5 gets web 3D...for ads only

Apple's iOS 5 mobile operating system will include support for WebGL, the emerging standard building hardware-accelerated 3D graphics with JavaScript. But WebGL will only be available to developers building iPhone and iPad advertisements via the company's iAd platform.
Cade Metz, 16 2011
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Google urges background tab websites to throttle themselves

Velocity Google has urged website developers to use Chrome's experimental Page Visibility API to reduce their sites' activities when they're not actually being viewed by browser users.
Cade Metz, 16 2011
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HP dubs Oracle 'bitter antagonist' in Itanic spat

HP vs Oracle Hindsight is always at least 20/20. But sometimes it is 20/15 or even 20/10. Maybe Hewlett-Packard should have bought the server and storage business from Sun Microsystems and argued to keep Solaris and let Oracle eat Java, which is what the company really wanted to get ahold of once it became clear that IBM was not going to buy Sun back in early 2010.
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Telstra throws AU$800m at clouds

Telstra is spending over AU$800 million in cloud computing over the next five years to meet emerging demand in the enterprise space.
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Well, that about wraps it up for the NBN

The opposition spokesperson for communications in Australia, Malcolm Turnbull, has delivered a damning blow to the government’s plans for a National Broadband Network (NBN), citing international data to show declining demand for services at 100 Mbps.
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Firefox web 3D engine fosters image theft bug

An industry standard graphics engine recently added to Mozilla's Firefox browser allows attackers to surreptitiously steal any image displayed on a Windows or Mac computer just by visiting a booby-trapped website, security researchers have warned.