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Australia toughens cybercrime laws

Australian carriers and ISPs will be forced to retain customer’s private data such as email and text messages by police and authorities, without a warrant, if it is required for investigations into cybercrime.
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Man battles police siege with Facebook

Local US police are deciding whether to charge the friends of a suspect for Facebooking with him during an armed siege.
Gavin Clarke, 23 Jun 2011
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Red Hat: 'Yes, we'll break $1 billion this year'

Red Hat's top brass talks a good game about being concerned with the global macroeconomic situation, but the truth of the matter is that what Red Hat has is selling despite the economy, or maybe because of it. And all that the world's largest beneficiary of the open source community needs to do is not screw it up and it will break the $1bn mark this fiscal year.
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Naratte launches ultrasonic contactless payments

A Californian tech upstart called Naratte is using soundwaves instead of NFC chips to perform secure mobile transactions.
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ANU plasma thruster gets research boost

Plasma drives are much-beloved of both science fiction and real -world space research, for good reason: they have a good thrust-to-fuel ratio. Now, more than ten years' work by Australian National University physicists will get a research boost on its way to space via a European satellite.
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Man infects college PCs to steal huge database

A former college student has admitted taking part in a criminal scheme that used malware to steal and sell large databases of faculty and alumni, change grades, and siphon funds from other students' accounts.
Dan Goodin, 23 Jun 2011
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Oracle's Android claims slashed by US patent authorities

Oracle's broad legal front against Google has been whittled back further, this time by the US patent and trademark authorities, according to Groklaw.
Gavin Clarke, 23 Jun 2011
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Tritton AX Pro 5.1-channel gaming headphones

Review Gaming headset outfit Tritton may not be a household name, but you can expect its profile to grow in the UK now that Mad Catz is handling the brand. The peripherals giant picked up the specialist headphone maker a year ago, pledging to bring this distinctive marque to a wider audience.
Steve May, 23 Jun 2011
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Which apps belong in the cloud?

Live Today Today at 11:00 BST Reg editor Tim Phillips is joined by Reg reader James Greenman, Group IT Director at Care UK, to talk about where, when and why cloud might make sense for your apps.
Miatta Momoh, 23 Jun 2011
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VMware taps Google ethos with Cloud Foundry

Structure Two years ago, VMware boss Paul Maritz recruited a pair of Google infrastructure engineers to help build what would become Cloud Foundry, the company's open source answer to "platform clouds" such as Google App Engine and Microsoft Azure. At one point, Maritz asked the pair – Derek Collison and Mark Lucovsky –  how many admins Google needed to oversee its more than a million physical servers, and they estimated the ratio was about one admin for every 1,000 machines.
Cade Metz, 23 Jun 2011
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Faking reviews? You should fret about more than illegality

Opinion A recent newspaper investigation uncovered evidence that companies are paying agencies to create false online reviews for their services. But what those companies may not realise is that this is illegal and could ruin their businesses.
OUT-LAW.COM, 23 Jun 2011
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Plods roll out new Police National Database

The National Policing Improvement Agency, in charge of central British police databases, has announced the rollout of the new Police National Database, an intelligence-sharing tool designed to let coppers access information across force boundaries – a thing which was very difficult to do until now.
Lewis Page, 23 Jun 2011
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Feds crack multi-million scareware ring

The Department of Justice and the FBI have cracked an international scareware ring believed to have scammed over $72m (£45m).
John Oates, 23 Jun 2011
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Dixons reports huge losses of £224m

Dixons Retail this morning reported whopping losses of £224m for fiscal 2011, after absorbing one-off charges for shutting up shop in Spain and goodwill write-downs of its Greek and online operations.
Paul Kunert, 23 Jun 2011
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Quick Office

iOS App of the Week DataViz’ Documents To Go is perhaps the most popular office suite for the iPhone and iPad. I don’t, count Apple’s Pages, Numbers and Keynote as a ‘suite’ as you have to buy each one separately.
Cliff Joseph, 23 Jun 2011
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Winklevoss twins drop Facebook settlement appeal

Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss have decided not to appeal against a ruling upholding the twin brothers' $65m settlement with Facebook, after a long-running dispute with the company's founder Mark Zuckerberg.
Kelly Fiveash, 23 Jun 2011
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Phone hack police make new arrest

Metropolitan police officers working for Operating Weeting have arrested a woman in West Yorkshire.
John Oates, 23 Jun 2011
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Indians appoint Huawei as technical spycatcher

Huawei will help set up a research centre in Bangalore dedicated to checking out foreign kit for covert listening technologies, something Huawei obviously knows nothing about.
Bill Ray, 23 Jun 2011
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UK census data is safe

The Office for National Statistics has confirmed that UK census data collected in March is safe and has not been hacked.
John Oates, 23 Jun 2011

Unlock the secrets of data encryption

Encrypting your backup data always sounds like a good idea. It protects data and appears to be cost-free. So what's not to like?
Manek Dubash, 23 Jun 2011
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Three strikes, throttling coming to US surfers

ISPs and media industries have agreed on a range of countermeasures to tackle copyright infringement, according to a CNET report.
Andrew Orlowski, 23 Jun 2011
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Women's gaydar (for men) improves when ovulating

Trick-cyclists in Canada have found that women become much better at telling whether a man is gay – based merely on looking at a photo of his face – when they are ovulating and fertile. In the course of determining this, the psychology profs revealed that they possess highly effective scientifically-verified texts, the mere reading of which sends nubile young sorority girls into a mating frenzy.
Lewis Page, 23 Jun 2011
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Schmidt sees NFC terminals everywhere

Eric Schmidt reckons a third of shops will be NFC enabled in 2012, but Google won't pay for the terminals – that's up to the credit card companies.
Bill Ray, 23 Jun 2011
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Zerto offering hypervisor-level replication

The brothers who founded replication start-up Kashya – sold to EMC in 2006 – aim to replicate their replication success with Zerto, a start-up integrating replication into VMware's hypervisor.
Chris Mellor, 23 Jun 2011
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Apple pulls 'intifada' app

Apple has removed an Arabic ‘intifada’ app from its iTunes store in response to a complaint from the Israeli government.
Bob Dormon, 23 Jun 2011
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Ten... festival survival gadgets

Product Round-up With Beyonce's bouncy appearance at Glastonbury just days away, the festival season is well and truly underway and unless you sell wellies, you're probably praying for sunny skies. It can't hurt to be prepared for the worst, though.
Caleb Cox, 23 Jun 2011
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Speed is the essence of WAR

WAR on the cloud, Part 4 In part 3 I tested some different semi-cloudy solutions for mirrors of my site and I am in the process of replacing one dedicated WebVisions Linux machine with two virtual private system (VPS)es in separate AsiaPac countries, for less money in total. Ker-ching!
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Travelodge hacked, investigating

Travelodge is investigating its IT systems to discover how customer email addresses have gone astray.
John Oates, 23 Jun 2011
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Aussie web host sells up after devastating hack

Distressed domain hosting outfit Distribute.IT and its offshoot Click n Go have been acquired by larger competitor the Netregistry Group after a systematic hack attack brought down the company's operations.
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Mirror TV hits the wall

Televisions may well be part of the furniture but design savvy company NEOD (New Era Of Device) is turning the idiots’ lantern into the furniture by applying a mirror finish to the TV screen.
Bob Dormon, 23 Jun 2011
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Virgin Media blames Activision for Call of Duty lag problems

Virgin Media has blamed coders of the popular Xbox Live game Call of Duty: Black Ops for slow connection issues that are hampering its service.
Kelly Fiveash, 23 Jun 2011
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Make sure your data finds a safe harbour

The drive to buy local is very much in vogue, even though the note of nationalism in the Buy British slogan may not sit comfortably with some.
Lucy Sherriff, 23 Jun 2011
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Harry Potter Web-2.0 'Pottermore' offering unveiled

The child wizard is going online, come October, in what author JK Rowling promises will be a collaborative creation experience, not just an online game with social media attached.
Bill Ray, 23 Jun 2011
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Sega celebrates two decades of Sonic the Hedgehog

Sonic the Hedgehog is twenty years old today, raise your glasses and salute.
Caleb Cox, 23 Jun 2011
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Microsoft BPOS biz-cloud hit by another outage

Microsoft cloud execs are crossing their fingers that Office 365, the pending successor to the Business Productivity Online Suite, is a safer bet for customers following yet another crash in North America.
Paul Kunert, 23 Jun 2011
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Coalition axes Central Office of Information, 400 jobs

The coalition government is to close the Central Office of Information with the loss of 400 jobs.
John Oates, 23 Jun 2011
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BT wary of rights holders' site-blocking proposal

The confidential series of digital economy meetings chaired by Culture secretary Ed Vaizey are a bit less confidential after the leak of a proposal put together by copyright holders. Vaizey wants internet companies and copyright groups to thrash out their differences.
Andrew Orlowski, 23 Jun 2011
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Eurodata acquired by Trinity Expert Systems

London-based Eurodata Systems has been acquired by fellow Microsoft Gold Certified reseller Trinity Expert Systems for an undisclosed sum.
Paul Kunert, 23 Jun 2011
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Europe-wide ecommerce laws ahoy!

Any European citizen buying from any website within Europe will be protected by the same consumer rights on prices, delivery and returns.
John Oates, 23 Jun 2011
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Dutch pass net neut law

The Dutch have passed a law prohibiting internet providers from slowing down traffic unless it's to ease congestion, preserve security or block spam.
Andrew Orlowski, 23 Jun 2011
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Wi-Fi operators promise globo roaming standard

The Wi-Fi Alliance has allied with the Wireless Broadband Alliance to sort out some standards for Wi-Fi roaming, taking its queue from the mobile industry, which does it so well.
Bill Ray, 23 Jun 2011
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Fridge-sized war raygun for US bombers gets $40m

A long-running US military project aimed at producing a "refrigerator sized" laser raygun capable of being mounted on US combat aircraft has received further funding of just under $40m.
Lewis Page, 23 Jun 2011
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Nokia's Windows phone outed on video

Nokia revealed its first Windows Mobile handset this week, giving a select crowd a glimpse of the Mango phone in action.
Caleb Cox, 23 Jun 2011
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Apple closes book on iPhone-look jotter

Apple has flexed its legal muscles and forced a company selling iPhone-esque notepads to cease trading.
Caleb Cox, 23 Jun 2011
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King K super: does it refute hybrid HPC model?

ISC'11 It's been an eventful International Supercomputing Conference (ISC'11) in Hamburg. The Japanese sprang their K Computer on an unsuspecting HPC world, throwing down 8.126 Pflops on the table and raising the high-water performance mark by a factor of three.
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Red Hat enlists another 65 names in war on VMware

Red Hat has rolled out an updated version of Red Hat Enterprise MRG, an infrastructure platform that provides an application messaging service, a kernel that dovetails with Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) to improve the speed of low-latency applications, and a scheduler designed specifically for distributed workloads and so-called "cloud computing".
Cade Metz, 23 Jun 2011
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DRM-free music dream haunts Apple's app-store lock-in

Open...and Shut As much as we hate the wireless carriers, we may end up hating the app store vendors even more. Why? Because they create app-level lock-in that inhibits consumers' ability to move to alternative platforms.
Matt Asay, 23 Jun 2011
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Google to be hit by US anti-trust probe - report

The US Federal Trade Commission is on the verge of serving Google with civil subpoenas as part of a "wide-ranging" antitrust investigation into the company's search and ad practices, according to a report citing people familiar with the matter.
Cade Metz, 23 Jun 2011
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Three flavours of client-side virtualisation

Talk about virtualisation often centres on virtually hosted desktops, in which the entire desktop is run on a back-end server. But this is by no means the only way to operate.
Robin Birtstone, 23 Jun 2011
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Man admits writing script that slurped celebrity iPad data

A San Francisco man has admitted writing the code that plucked personal data of 120,000 early iPad adopters from servers AT&T had left wide open to the attack.
Dan Goodin, 23 Jun 2011
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Microsoft commits to Windows makeover for Node.js

Microsoft is helping refine Node.js for use on Windows and its Azure cloud.
Gavin Clarke, 23 Jun 2011
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America demands definition of fourth generation

A bill before the US congress will require mobile operators to state which technology they're providing, and how fast it is, as well as formally defining what's meant by "4G".
Bill Ray, 23 Jun 2011
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Google apps split with Google File System

Google has moved "most" of its online services off the Google File System that has underpinned its famously distributed back-end infrastructure for a good ten years, according to Google senior vice president of operations Urs Hölzle.
Cade Metz, 23 Jun 2011
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IBM fattens up Netezza data warehouses

Sometimes the big data is bigger than you would like, and you need to hold onto it longer than you otherwise would for regulatory or business reasons. There's nothing worse than waiting to get a moldy gob of data back off tape, and it is even worse (and less likely to be successful) on a very large bucket of said musty data.
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Feds declare victory over notorious Coreflood botnet

Federal authorities say they have crippled a notorious botnet that penetrated some of the world's most sensitive organizations, thanks to an unprecedented take-down strategy that used a government-run server that communicated directly with infected PCs.
Dan Goodin, 23 Jun 2011
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Apple strangleholds worldwide battery output

Ultrathin notebooks may be all the rage these days, but there's one big barrier standing in the way of their seemingly unstoppable march to market dominance: Apparently, Apple has a stranglehold on the batteries needed to power them.
Rik Myslewski, 23 Jun 2011
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Microsoft cites 'security' for TechNet suspension

Confused about why your subscription to Microsoft's TechNet has been suspended? So is Microsoft, judging by the experience of one Reg reader.
Gavin Clarke, 23 Jun 2011
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Telstra, Optus expand filter list

Australia’s existing Internet “blacklist” – a database of links maintained by the Australian Communications and Media Authority – is to be expanded, with Telstra and Optus announcing that they will voluntarily block the additional list entries.
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Oracle to triple Exadata installs this year

Software giant and hardware upstart Oracle has closed out its first ever $10 billion quarter, and the company told Wall Street that it can triple the base of Exadata clustered database systems in its fiscal 2012 year.
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Apple Snow Leopard update sets stage for Lion

If you plan to install Mac OS X Lion on your Mac when that new operating system becomes available next month, you'll first want to install the latest Mac OS X Snow Leopard update, 10.6.8, which was released on Thursday.
Rik Myslewski, 23 Jun 2011
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Accused SOCA attacker reportedly 'keen' to help cops

A 19-year-old UK man accused of taking part in an attack on the website of the Serious Oranised Crime Agency was denied bail during a brief court hearing on Thursday.
Dan Goodin, 23 Jun 2011