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Digital content faces rating scrutiny

Apps could soon be subject to the same classification regulation as film and video games in Australia, if a new draft of reforms from the committee reviewing the National Classification Scheme is accepted.
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Atom smasher claims Hadoop cloud migration victory

Commodity servers running big CPUs with fat cores are not necessarily the best at running the Hadoop. Just ask the bunch of customers who have bought Atom-smasher micro servers from SeaMicro to crunch their big-data workloads.
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Twitter co-founder quits day job

The last standing full-time Twitter founder, Biz Stone, is leaving the house of Tweets to return to the incubator hub that originally spawned the micro-blogging empire.
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AppSense in HP tie-up

Hewlett-Packard is to make the AppSense user virtualization platform a “core part” of its Client Virtualization Reference Architecture, in a tie-up announced today.
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Chess crown stripped in plagiarism furore

Knights and pawns are being brandished in the rarified world of computer chess, with program Rybka and its developer Vasik Rajlich stripped of the world title on a charge of plagiarism.
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CA coughs up $330m in cash for apps dev house

Software conglomerate CA Technologies has borged another company in its ongoing effort to make its wares relevant in an increasingly virtual and cloudy IT world.
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Microsoft floats 'site-ready' IE10 preview

Microsoft has released another preview version of Internet Explorer 10, and it has used the occasion to once again explain how it loves the enterprise more than Firefox.
Gavin Clarke, 30 Jun 2011
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IBM boffins claim phase change memory breakthrough

Fast and reliable non-volatile memory of some sort that will replace flash memory is the dream of more than a few semiconductor researchers and chip makers. And boffins at IBM Research in Zurich, Switzerland, think they have come up with a new encoding technique that will allow for multi-level cell (MLC) phase change memory to be commercialized at some point in the not too distant future.
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Hackers steal personal data of military, gov personnel

Hackers breached the security of a defense industry news website and stole sensitive subscriber information that could be used in attacks targeting the US military and its contractors.
Dan Goodin, 30 Jun 2011
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Digital Rupert’s bumper $545m loss

The very expensive, sorry tale of how to turn a cool digital business into a boring corporate leper has ended with a painful US$545 million loss for News Corp and perhaps a chance at resurrection for MySpace.
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Yahoo! tech boss gazes beyond Hadoop

Hadoop underpins everything from Facebook to eBay to Yahoo!, but it's not designed for online applications.
Cade Metz, 30 Jun 2011
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Koreans visit Tesco through subway hoardings

Tesco is causing quite a stir in South Korea with a virtual shopping experience that encourages customers to scan billboards on the subway.
Caleb Cox, 30 Jun 2011
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Lenovo Thinkpad X220T 12.5in tablet PC

Review A recent business profile of Lenovo in a national newspaper made an interesting assertion. "Anyone you spot on the Tube using a ThinkPad has almost certainly obtained it from their employer," claimed the reporter.
Andrew Orlowski, 30 Jun 2011
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Oracle's Java plan trapped in last century

Oracle's roadmap for Javas 7 and 8 shows it recognizes the world is pulling away and leaving Java with last-century concepts and ideals. Java 7 is meant to set the foundation for a cloud-friendly platform, but the real cloud-ready features won't make an appearance until Java 8 in 2013 at the earliest.
Matt Stephens, 30 Jun 2011
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Lloyds aims 15,000 job cuts at IT and back office

LloydsTSB is cutting another 15,000 jobs but will not be shutting branches as part of its strategic review.
John Oates, 30 Jun 2011
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17 flock to see Gordon Ramsay turkey

Sweary chef Gordon Ramsay looks a likely Razzie candidate after his film debut attracted just 17 cinemagoers in its opening week.
Lester Haines, 30 Jun 2011
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Efficiency and Reform Group 'has saved over £3bn'

The Efficiency and Reform Group (ERG) has helped to save government £3bn-£4bn over the past few months, its lead official has told a group of MPs.
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How that Oracle and Pillar earn-out really works

Comment Pillar investors will only receive cash from Oracle for the Pillar acquisition if Pillar revenues in 2014 exceed net losses from 2011 to 2014.
Chris Mellor, 30 Jun 2011
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German vulture detective hits turbulence

German police in Lower Saxony hoping to train a vulture to seek out dead bodies are having issues with the bird's training.
John Oates, 30 Jun 2011
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HP TouchPad 9.7in WebOS tablet

Hands On HP has learned from Apple. Not simply by mimicking - or judging it to be the correct size in any case - the iPad's 9.7in screen defined dimensions, but by avoiding the obvious operating system: Android.
Tony Smith, 30 Jun 2011
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Everything is converging on the network

According to my dictionary (a book, not one of those new-fangled online jobs), convergence is “the act of coming together”.
Alan Stevens, 30 Jun 2011
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Spikes in demand get lost in the cloud

One approach to smoothing out application demand is a load-balanced server farm. Another is virtualisation to bring extra resources to bear when needed.
Alan Stevens, 30 Jun 2011
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Wholesaler swallows VADition whole

Distie veterans Neil Ledger and Ian Morris have flogged VADition to fellow security and networking wholesaler Exclusive Networks Group for an undisclosed sum.
Paul Kunert, 30 Jun 2011
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Apple's white MacBook drought set to flip to gush

The constraint on channel bully boy Apple's low-end white MacBook is set to end next week, according to well-placed sources in the vendor's supply chain.
Paul Kunert, 30 Jun 2011
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Lego lover builds big Barad-dûr replica

Some folk have got too much time on their hands. Then again, sometimes those people deserve to be applauded for their efforts.
Caleb Cox, 30 Jun 2011
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Olympus rewrites Pen system camera specs

Olympus has taken the wraps off three new members of its micro four-thirds system camera family, Pen.
Tony Smith, 30 Jun 2011
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Brainscan breakthrough: Working robot limbs come closer

Canadian brain boffins are chuffed to announce a new breakthrough in the tricky business of machine mind-reading: they have developed a method of working out from brain scans what physical action a person is about to carry out – before he or she can actually do it.
Lewis Page, 30 Jun 2011
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Feds on trail of LulzSec raid Ohio house

The international investigation into the notorious LulzSec hacking crew has moved from the UK to the US Midwest with the search of a house in Hamilton, Ohio by FBI agents.
John Leyden, 30 Jun 2011
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The Cube: Apple's daftest, strangest romance

This Old Box Ten years ago on Sunday, Apple called it quits on one of its oddest products ever, the G4 Cube. The Cube was a strange and wonderful machine that continues to fascinate today - but it was widely perceived to have failed. Some people thoroughly enjoyed the failure, thinking it served Apple right.
Andrew Orlowski, 30 Jun 2011
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New plan: Send humans into space, keep the robots on Earth

Barring certain exceptions, as everyone knows, the usual way for humanity to explore other planets or astronomical bodies is that we send out sophisticated robots to have a look round, controlled by teams of humans here on Earth.
Lewis Page, 30 Jun 2011
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Skype brings cross-platform video to Android

Skype's Android client now supports cross-platform video calling, so mobile users can see desktop users and no one has to feel jealous of Apple's FaceTime any more.
Bill Ray, 30 Jun 2011
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Patriot hackers disrupt al-Qaeda websites

Patriot hackers have interfered with al Qaeda's ability to issue videos and messages to supporters via a series of apparently coordinated denial of service attacks against Jihadist websites.
John Leyden, 30 Jun 2011
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Strike hits police, ICO and the Rev

The Information Commissioner's Office has had to shut its helpline today because of industrial action.
John Oates, 30 Jun 2011
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Feds shut down poker site

One of the world's most successful poker sites, FullTiltPoker.com, has been shut down by the FBI.
John Oates, 30 Jun 2011
Inside Apple's Thunderbolt cable

Pricey Apple Thunderbolt cable inner chippery exposed

Want to know why Apple is charging £39 - $50 in the US - for its Thunderbolt cable?
Tony Smith, 30 Jun 2011
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T-Mobile to tout 'truly unlimited' mobile data plan

T-Mobile has made a complete Scrooge-around on its mobile data allowances, announcing a "truly unlimited" deal for new and existing customers.
Caleb Cox, 30 Jun 2011
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Star Wars fans want Sony sued over game shutdown

Fans of the LucasArts' MMOG, Star Wars Galaxies, are so upset by Sony Online Entertainment's decision to axe the title this December, that they claim they're planning to file a lawsuit.
Caleb Cox, 30 Jun 2011
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The freakonomics of smut: Does it actually cause rape?

Comment Does porn cause rape? It could do: rape fantasies causing porn is a certainty. While there are many who would argue that porn causes rape, what we would really like to know is whether it is true.
Tim Worstall, 30 Jun 2011
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Radio society responds to radio selloff

The RSGB reckons that 500MHz of spectrum, which the Ministry of Fun wants to see sold off by 2020, isn't empty, and hasn't much application anyway.
Bill Ray, 30 Jun 2011
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Spam volumes show massive drop - but why?

Spam levels have dropped massively in recent months, though researchers fear this is simply because botnet operators have switched their attention to more lucrative activities.
John Leyden, 30 Jun 2011
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Gov piles pressure on News Corp in BSkyB bid

An independent director will have to sit in on Sky News board meetings when editorial decisions are being made if News Corporation's bid to takeover BSkyB is successful and the news provider is spun off into a separate company, the Government said today.
OUT-LAW.COM, 30 Jun 2011
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Solix offers application euthanasia services

Applications come to their end of life and have to be retired along with their data; there's no point in backing up data from dead apps. Solix is a euthanasia expert for moribund applications.
Chris Mellor, 30 Jun 2011
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Microsoft: Office 365 outages 'will' happen

Microsoft is confident that Office 365 – its second generation cloud service – will prove more resilient than the Business Productivity Online Suite but it cannot guarantee uptime.
Paul Kunert, 30 Jun 2011
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Wimbledon grunters turned down by viewers

If you've avoided the bustle of public strikes by putting your feet up in front of the telly, you'll undoubtedly spend your day surrounded by grunts of a different kind.
Caleb Cox, 30 Jun 2011
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Big Blue offers staff Apples

IBMers used to be famous for filing lots of patents and for uniforms of dark blue suits and white shirts, but an internal email seen by the Reg suggests black turtle-necks, faded jeans and berets might be more in order now.
John Oates, 30 Jun 2011
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Reg Hardware launches review looker-upper

Site News You asked for a more accessible read-out of the reviews published by Reg Hardware - and you've now got it.
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Amazon throws tax hissy-fit, dumps California affiliates

Amazon and Overstock have severed their agreements with affiliates based in California, in an overnight response to the imposition of a sales tax for online retailers of physical goods. Online retailers are exempt from sales taxes, but dead-broke California introduced such a law on Wednesday night.
Andrew Orlowski, 30 Jun 2011
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Moderatrix kisses the Reg goodbye

In news sure to send the massed ranks of Reg commentards running for the tissue box for the other reason, the Moderatrix is packing up her paddles and departing for dungeons new.
Sarah Bee, 30 Jun 2011
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Intel takes CPU market share from AMD in Q1

The chip watchers at iSuppli say that Intel continued to gain processor market share even though it was hit by a bug in a chipset used with its "Sandy Bridge" desktop, laptop, and entry server platforms.
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Ballmer leaves investors speechless in Seattle

The pressure must be getting to Microsoft's very own bald eagle Steve Ballmer as he issued a stinging public rebuke - for the first time - to dissenting investors calling for his head, and used the soon-to-be released fiscal 2011 results to back up his reputation.
Paul Kunert, 30 Jun 2011
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AMD gets in Intel's grille with desktop Fusion rollout

AMD's first desktop Fusion processors were detailed on Thursday, and the company marked their debut with a confident blast at its megacompetitor, Intel.
Rik Myslewski, 30 Jun 2011
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Xboxer SWATTED by armed cops after online spat

The family of a 15-year-old Xbox player was raided by heavily armed police after a disaffected online opponent made a hoax emergency call claiming there was a home invasion in progress.
Dan Goodin, 30 Jun 2011
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Gartner forecast reinflates IT spending balloon

For the second time this year, the prognosticators at market researcher Gartner have revised upwards their IT spending projections for 2011, and now are calling for a spending increase of 7.1 per cent worldwide, to $3.67 trillion.
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Testing time for updated Javascript standard

A "minimal but needed update" to ECMAScript, also known as Javascript, has been ratified by standards chiefs who have promised greater consistency between browsers.
Gavin Clarke, 30 Jun 2011
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Google's epic graph cruncher mimicked with open source

Unlike Facebook or Yahoo!, Google is loath to open source its back-end software. For many, this is a sore point, as the search giant has built its famously distributed infrastructure atop countless open source tools fashioned outside the walls of the Googleplex. But Mountain View does give back in less-direct ways.
Cade Metz, 30 Jun 2011
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Microsoft bags two more Android patent deals

Microsoft has inked two more patent licensing agreements with Android hardware manufacturers.
Gavin Clarke, 30 Jun 2011
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Insider says doom looms at RIM

Times are tough at RIM, home of the fading BlackBerry. Sales are slipping, profits are evaporating, and now a high-level staffer has written to the company's co-presidents to inform them that "things have never been more chaotic," urging them to make "bold decisions" to right the ship – before it's too late.
Rik Myslewski, 30 Jun 2011
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NBN Co launches satellite services

The National Broadband Network company has started offering commercial services via its Interim Satellite Service designed for residents, small businesses and indigenous communities in rural Australia.