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NZ boffins take the plunge with submarine cable deal

New Zealand's newest international cable project, Pacific Fibre, has negotiated a revised contract from its first customer REANNZ for the supply of international capacity valued at NZ$91m.
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Amazon's anti-iPad arises 'in October'

Amazon will answer Apple's iPad before October, according to a report citing people familiar with the matter.
Cade Metz, 14 2011
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NBN Co completes 4G spectrum spend

NBN Co has secured spots of regional spectrum in Western Australia, the Northern Territory, South Australia, outback Queensland and far west New South Wales for AU$1.3m. The spectrum will bolster its high-speed wireless broadband services rollout.
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ISPs under a wholesale price squeeze, says Hackett

Internode founder Simon Hackett has accused “a powerful monopoly service provider” of engaging in a price squeeze that has forced the ISP to downgrade some of its plans.
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Microsoft COO: Our greatest enemy is old Windows

WPC 2011 The cloud doesn't hurt Microsoft's business, but the company does suffer an image problem related to "old software", according to the company's chief operating officer.
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Defragger salesman frags HP

Defrag software supplier Diskeeper has denounced HP for failing to mention fragmentation issues.
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Ten... wireless speakers

Product Round-up The iPod can take credit for creating an entirely new market for compact speaker systems, yet iPod sales are now starting to taper off as people move their music onto smartphones and tablets.
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EMC intros the mini VMAX

EMC has formally launched its down-sized VMAX, the VMAXe.
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Cisco's new UK/Ireland channel boss confirmed

Cisco may be waving goodbye to its current global channel boss Thierry Drilhon – in his current role at least – but is preparing to usher in Richard Roberts as the new reseller head for the UK and Ireland.
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Sega forums still closed a month after mystery hack

Sega's forum remains offline almost a month after its forums and other sites were hit by hacktivists.
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Advice on offshoring issued to UK.gov IT bodies

Government bodies thinking of offshoring IT functions need to make careful plans to deal with the downsides, according to guidance published on the Cabinet Office website.
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Stipe croons 'Man on the Moon' to Atlantis crew

The crew of Space Shuttle Atlantis were this morning greeted by R.E.M's Michael Stipe, who delivered a vocal snippet of the band's Man on the Moon, followed by a quick message.
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Most Adobe Reader installs are out of date

Six out of every 10 users of Adobe Reader are running vulnerable versions of the ubiquitous PDF reader package, according to stats from freebie anti-virus scanner firm Avast.
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Brits lose out as iTunes prices jump

Most stories covering Apple's international price rises have focused on the base price - up from 59p to 69p in the UK, a rise of 16 per cent or so - the increase is higher elsewhere.
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Google muzzles political dissidents with YouTube ID tweaks

As recently as February this year, Google allowed its users to sign up to its revenue-challenged video sharing website YouTube using a pseudonym.
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World+Dog to favour dual-core laptops through 2014

Buy a laptop in 2015, and there will be a 50 per cent chance it will contain a quad-core processor.
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California Mrs cuffed in drugged-hubby todger slash case

A California woman who may have been a tad unhappy about her impending divorce allegedly drugged her estranged hubby's dinner, tied him to a bed, cut off his todger with a 10-inch kitchen knife, and then disposed of the detached penis in the garbage grinder.
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Half of Virgin Media broadband ads are wrong, says ASA

Virgin Media has been taken to task by ad regulators over 10 separate adverts.
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Sony intros washable sports Walkman

Sony has restyled its Walkman W series, its wearable MP3 player that's now washable too - the company has the notion you won't take it off after running, you'll wear it in the shower too - 25 per cent lighter, and gains the word "Sports" to increase its sales appeal to the sedentary.
Hard Reg, 14 2011
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Private equity saves SeeSaw

The upending of SeeSaw has been cancelled. Owner Arqiva today announced it had flogged off 75 per cent of the online video-on-demand service.

Before the PC: IBM invents virtualisation

Virtualisation is not a novelty. It's actually one of the last pieces of the design of 1960s computers to trickle down to the PC – and only by understanding where it came from and how it was and is used can you begin to see the shape of its future in its PC incarnation.
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CIA's DARPA working on human-brain-mimicking tech

The company which built the first ever internet nodes back in the 1960s – and which gave the world the "@" symbol in email, among other things – has been hired by the US intelligence community to work on technology which could mimic "the brain's ability to make sense of large amounts of haphazard, partial information".
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Blighty's rocketeers gather for ballistic love-in

Those of you with a penchant for things that go really fast with flames coming out of the back are directed to this weekend's Festival of Rocketry 2011 – Europe's "largest model and amateur rocketry event", which blasts off on Friday at Oxhill in Warwickshire.
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Facebook begins to challenge Google in UK internet

Google has increased its dominance in the UK search sector, according to the latest numbers, but search itself – though growing in absolute terms – now accounts for a lower proportion of the traffic hitting websites than it formerly did as social networks make their presence felt.
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Spotify to launch invite-only service in US

Spotify is following the current trend among Web2.0 companies to lure new customers in by offering online services on an invite-only basis with the launch of the music streaming site in the US later today.
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iOS App of the Week I use Dropbox to sync files between computers and mobile devices, but the problem with Dropbox is that you can only sync files and folders that you’ve already placed into the Dropbox folders on those devices.
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MAJOR HACK: Voda femtocells open phones up to intercept

Updated Security researchers claim to have uncovered a serious security hole in Vodafone's mobile network.
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GCHQ losing its 'internet whizzes' to Microsoft, Google

British spooks, who are increasingly being tasked with wading into the so-called cybersecurity threat, have been fretting about the dearth of internet experts at GCHQ because the intelligence agency can't compete for expertise with the likes of Microsoft and Google.
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Official: Pastafarian strainer titfer is religious headgear

Pastafarians worldwide are celebrating after a landmark Austrian decision in favour of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster paved the way for its recognition as a full-fat religion.
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Acer slips to 4th place as global PC sales edge up

Acer dropped out of the medal positions in the global PC arena, and was shunted into fourth spot as HP, Dell and Lenovo made more of the growth in professional products across emerging markets to offset weakened retail demand in mature IT economies.
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Steelie Neelie: 'Help us form Brussels data breach policy'

The European Commission is asking for feedback on practical rules to ensure that anyone in Europe who has their private data breached will be told.
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Yuri Gagarin, legendary 'naut, makes London debut

A statue of Yuri Gagarin has been unveiled by the cosmonaut's daughter, Elena Gagarina, in London.
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Scientists snap amazing technicolour dreamtoad

Determined Malaysian scientists have pulled off a bit of a blinder in the search for lost amphibians, by getting the first snaps of the elusive Borneo rainbow toad.
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Microsoft plans to open 75 retail stores in US

Microsoft is re-hatching its plan to accelerate retail store expansion in the US before turning its sights on the rest of the world.
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Lying Facebook app offers Google+ invites

Facebook scammers have latched onto the buzz around Google+, as the theme for a new scam that has already claimed thousands of fans victims.
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Murdochs won't talk to MPs over phone-hacking scandal

News Corporation boss Rupert Murdoch has refused to appear before a committee of MPs who want to probe the media tycoon over phone-hacking allegations made against his sister company News International.
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Toshiba gets bit-patterning between its teeth

Comment Bit-patterned media (BPM) is emerging as a key hard disk drive (HDD) technology focus for Toshiba.
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XIV gets Infiniband and boosted CPUs

IBM has boosted the processors in its third generation XIV array and added InfiniBand for internal communications to make it go faster.
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Sony confirms e-reader update imminent

Sony has regularly updated its e-book reader line - aka Reader - in the late summer/early autumn timeframe so it comes as no surprise to learn it'll be doing so again this year.
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Voda: Femtocell phone-hacking vuln was fixed in 2010

Vodafone said that claims of a vulnerability involving its femtotell base station technology relate to a flaw it fixed a year ago.
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Murdoch man who also worked at Scotland Yard ARRESTED

A former editor of the News of the World who also worked as a PR consultant to the Metropolitan Police has been arrested. News Corp chief Rupert Murdoch and his son James Murdoch have confirmed they will appear before a Parliamentary committee investigating the phone-hacking scandal that has engulfed their media empire.
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Griffin grounds phone-controlled copter until Xmas

Here's Griffin Technology's top offering for Christmas: the Helo TC, a 12cm toy helicopter remote controlled using an iPhone for sure and maybe an Android handset too.
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Adobe resuscitates 64-bit Flash for Linux

Adobe has resuscitated Flash Player for 64-bit Linux, drawing cheers from penguins across the planet.
Cade Metz, 14 2011
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IBM crams Lotus Symphony back into OpenOffice

IBM is contributing Lotus Symphony to the Apache Software Foundation, re-uniting this OpenOffice fork with the "official" version of the project.
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Apple snuffs iPhone privacy complaint with Korean peanuts

Updated Apple has paid a South Korean user one million won to settle a complaint arising from unauthorized iPhone collection of that user's location information.
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Spotify launches unlimited free US service

Spotify launched its US presence on Thursday, as it said it would just last week.
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Google revenues top $9bn in Page's maiden quarter

Google revenues topped $9 billion during Larry Page's inaugural quarter in charge, a first for the Mountain View ad broker.
Cade Metz, 14 2011
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Boffins build JELL-O memory for your brain

A team of US researchers has fashioned a memory circuit that may provide an electronic bridge between man and machine.
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Dell's Kace control freak ARMed for SMBs

In February 2010, Dell shelled out an undisclosed sum for Kace Networks, a vendor of server appliances to rather big companies.
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Sth Korea govt cracks down on blogger blaggers

South Korea’s high profile bloggers and prolific social media mavens are being targeted by the Fair Trade Commission (FTC) over the practice of receiving ‘gifts’ from companies in return for favourable reviews or mentions of products.
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FBI probes claims of Murdoch 9/11 hack

The FBI is reported to be examining allegations that staff at Rupert Murdoch's News Corp tried to access the mobile phones of 9/11 terrorist-attack victims and their relatives.