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The Web isn’t dead in Australia

A meme from last year that the "Web is dead" doesn't seem to have stopped Australian 'net users, for whom that and e-mail remain the inescapable daily activity, according to a research paper published by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA).
Richard Chirgwin, 06 Jul 2011

Telstra overhauls structure ... again

Telstra is unifying its troops in preparation for heightened competition brought by the National Broadband Network.
Natalie Apostolou, 06 Jul 2011
Philips 221TE2L

Philips 221TE2L 21.5in monitor and Freeview TV combo

ReviewAll modern TVs can function perfectly well as a computer monitor; however the same isn’t true the other way round. To make a TV you’ll of course need a tuner to pick up the transmitted signal, a decent remote control for all that armchair channel hopping and probably a few extra inputs for your Blu-ray player, games console and the like.
Paul Monckton, 06 Jul 2011
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Major Comet investor backs sale

Major Kesa Electricals' shareholder Knight Vinke will back the proposed sale of ailing retailer Comet providing it can be signed and sealed quickly with a decent return for investors.
Paul Kunert, 06 Jul 2011

Flashy Intel flash specs leak

Specs of Intel's super flash SSD710 and 720 solid state drives have been leaked by Computerbase.de – and they look mighty meaty, matey.
Chris Mellor, 06 Jul 2011

Servers: My place or yours?

It’s practically easier to have your DC in your basement, but strategically silly. If you don’t need physical servers, it’s time to decide if it’s better to locate the virtual servers outside your building.
Alan Stevens, 06 Jul 2011

Apple users complain over MobileMe 'censorware'

Apple has reportedly begun the filtering of outbound messages sent via its MobileMe service.
John Leyden, 06 Jul 2011
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Ofcom slaps Channel 5 for loud PlayStation ads

With talk of a next-gen console, revamps to PSN and a spanking new handheld on the way, Sony has been making a lot of noise lately. Not quite in the same way its advertising campaign for PS3 has, though.
Caleb Cox, 06 Jul 2011

UK gov chews over Amazon Book Depository engulfment

The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has invited members of the public to comment on Amazon's proposed acquisition of UK-based The Book Depository.
Kelly Fiveash, 06 Jul 2011

Security giants join forces to train cops on cybercrime

Net security firms have lent their support to a new group that is seeking to provide cybercrime training for law enforcement officials as part of a wider fight against cybercrime.
Team Register, 06 Jul 2011

New company to lead UK police ICT procurement

A police ICT company, led by police chiefs and staffed by technology professionals, will be set up in spring 2012 to manage some of the £1.2bn the service currently spends on ICT each year, home secretary Theresa May has announced.

Ofcom maps state of UK broadband

And the award for the UK's fastest average broadband speed goes to... Edinburgh, named today as the nation's best location for broadband performance by Ofcom.
Tony Smith, 06 Jul 2011

Google dumps all 11+ million .co.cc sites from its results

Google has removed over 11 million .co.cc websites from its search engine results pages on the basis that most of them are far too "spammy".
Kevin Murphy, 06 Jul 2011
Viera Connect Dev Portal

Panasonic opens TV app developer programme

Want to write code for Panasonic's net-connected TVs? Now you can, thanks to the Japanase giant's opening of a developer portal tied to its Viera Connect IPTV front-end.
Tony Smith, 06 Jul 2011

New Yorkers battle giant blindness-causing plants

Authorities in New York State have warned residents to keep a sharp look-out for the giant hogweed – the alien invader from the Caucasus Mountains which has the power to cause "severe skin and eye irritation, painful blistering, permanent scarring and blindness".
Lester Haines, 06 Jul 2011

iPhone 4, iPad mole faces 30 years' federal porridge

A former Flextronics exec is facing up to 30 years in prison for leaking details of Apple's iPhone 4 development as part of an insider trading scam.
John Oates, 06 Jul 2011
Virgin Media

Virgin Media to integrate Spotify across multiple platforms

Virgin Media has done a deal with digital music supplier Spotify, announcing an agreement that makes Virgin the only provider offering the service across multiple platforms.
Caleb Cox, 06 Jul 2011

Cryptographer Len Sassaman, RIP

ObituaryLen Sassaman, a cryptographer and security researcher of high repute, has died aged 31. Sassaman maintained the Mixmaster remailer and he contributed to various other privacy projects, including OpenPGP. He also co-founded the annual CodeCon conference with Bram Cohen. He was security researcher and doctoral student at the Katholieke Universiteit in Leuven.
Andrew Orlowski, 06 Jul 2011

Sony says no to YouView

Sony will not support the UK's would-be IPTV standard, YouView, the company's UK chief has revealed.
Tony Smith, 06 Jul 2011

Italian and Swiss cops cuff 15 Anonymous suspects

Fifteen suspected members of Anonymous have been arrested following a joint Italian-Swiss police investigation, AFP reports.
John Leyden, 06 Jul 2011

Tape and dedupe: So not happening

OpinionLet's be provocative: the LTO Consortium has innovated in tape format capacity but elsewhere the tape world is moribund, mostly seeing tape as a cheap data tub with ever-increasing capacity. Where is the innovation we've seen in disk drive arrays?
Chris Mellor, 06 Jul 2011

Google explains Gaia Theory: A butterfly flaps its wings …

Google’s Sarah Hunter is utterly, completely our favourite policy lobbyist in the UK. She’s a gift who can’t stop giving. Lord Derry Irvine's god-daughter was on Blair's personal staff, and was formerly No.10 policy advisor for culture. She gave top media and telecoms people an education at a Westminster Forum conference today.
Andrew Orlowski, 06 Jul 2011

NOTW hack-hackage: Inside the personal data press mess

CommentIn the middle of the Major years (back in the 1990s), David Mellor, then a Cabinet minister (whose fascination for female toes was discussed by the tabloids, in the "public interest" of course) famously said that the press were drinking at "the last chance saloon". Fifteen years of hard drinking later, the recent events into phone hacking have shown that some journalists and editors were too drunk to notice.
Amberhawk Training, 06 Jul 2011

Mystery of David Attenborough's garden skull cracked

Cops in southwest London have identified a skull found in the Richmond garden of TV star Sir David Attenborough as that of an 1879 murder victim.
Lester Haines, 06 Jul 2011

VC Moulton refuses to stay stationary, gets into stationery

Jon Moulton's private equity vehicle Better Capital is getting into the wholesaling of pencils, paper and print consumables by acquiring the UK and Irish operations of stationery and office products distributor Spicers.
Paul Kunert, 06 Jul 2011
Volvo S60 DRIVe

Volvo S60 DRIVe

ReviewPutting small capacity turbo-diesel engines in large cars seems to be becoming all the rage, so hard on the heels of Peugeot’s 508 e-HDI comes Volvo’s take on the concept, the S60 DRIVe.
Alun Taylor, 06 Jul 2011

BSkyB/News Corp merger: Wait for the cops, says Ofcom

The UK's communications watchdog cannot intervene on the proposed merger of BSkyB with Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. until a police investigation into phone-tapping allegations at the News of the World has concluded.
Kelly Fiveash, 06 Jul 2011

Twitter hacker flings poo at PayPal

An angry user hacked into PayPal UK's Twitter account on Tuesday night and changed the e-commerce company's avatar photo to a heap of steaming crap.
John Leyden, 06 Jul 2011

Cameron backs public inquiry into NotW hacking claims

Prime Minister David Cameron has today backed calls for public inquiries into the "absolutely disgusting" phone hacking allegations against The News of the World.
Kelly Fiveash, 06 Jul 2011
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Lights go out at Telecity in London data outage

Anyone relying on Telecity for hosting, backup or email services will know this already: a power failure at one of its London centres has left dozens of businesses offline.
John Oates, 06 Jul 2011

Dodgy weather threatens Atlantis launch

The weather forecast is not looking too bright for the launch of space shuttle Atlantis on Friday, with NASA predicting just a 30 per cent chance the venerable vehicle will get off the ground.
Lester Haines, 06 Jul 2011
iPhone 5 design

Next iPhone to sport thinner, lighter casing, says paper

The Wall Street Journal has joined the Great iPhone 5 Rumour Fest, claiming the yet-to-be-announced gadget will be thinner and lighter than the current model.
Tony Smith, 06 Jul 2011

Coder cracks iPad 2 jailbreak block

iDevice owners, including folk with an iPad 2, can now jailbreak their phones'n'fondleslabs with a simple visit to a website.
Hard Reg, 06 Jul 2011

Facebook gets awesome with Skype

Facebook has unveiled a group chat tool, a new design for its overall chat interface, and, yes, a video calling service based on Skype.
Cade Metz, 06 Jul 2011

Behind Microsoft's $15 Samsung Android royalty claim

Microsoft is turning the screws on Google's phone and tablet partners, but what kind of win-win is Redmond really going for?
Gavin Clarke, 06 Jul 2011

Cray stuffs 46 mobile Intel chips into microserver

The Custom Engineering unit of supercomputer maker Cray and the bespoke ruggedized, military-grade system maker Extreme Engineering Solutions (X-ES) have joined forces to prototype a super-dense microserver based on Intel's mobile Core i7 processors.
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Oracle VDI now mates with both Solaris and Linux

Oracle has released an update to its Virtual Desktop Infrastructure, better known to one and all as VDI. Version 3.3 adds support for Oracle Linux, a tricked-out admin portal, and – at least according to Larry & Co. – improved performance.

Aus group buying technology gets SingTel funding

The technology platform behind Australian group-buying player Spreets has secured AU$5m in funding led by SingTel Group's corporate venture capital, SingTel Innov8.
Natalie Apostolou, 06 Jul 2011

Boffins build nanowire lasers from nappy-rash cream

A new breakthrough in zinc oxide–based semiconductor nanowire lasers may support applications that range from killing viruses to stuffing more stuff on a DVD.
Rik Myslewski, 06 Jul 2011

Spotify trumpets move to US (and little else)

UK-based music-streaming service Spotify has just announced that it's coming to the US.
Rik Myslewski, 06 Jul 2011

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