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Higgs Boson hiding place narrows

The particle physicist’s game of “hot, warm, cold” in search of the Higgs Boson seems to be getting a little warmer with preliminary results announced by physicists at the Large Hadron Collider late last week.

Cheap as chips: The future of PC virtualisation

A brief history of virtualisation VMware was founded in 1998, and until the launch of its eponymous product the next year, the PC’s x86 architecture had been considered to be impossible to fully virtualise.
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Want to be more secure? Don’t be stupid

The best way to defend against most network vulnerabilities is to deal with the simplest attack vectors, according to Australia’s Defence Signals Directorate (DSD).
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Microsoft previews 'Juneau' SQL Server tools

Microsoft has released a third preview of SQL Server 2011, codenamed "Denali" and including the "Juneau" toolset.

OCZ samples twin-core ARM SSD controller

OCZ is sampling a new flash controller that gives a picture of future solid state drives.
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Nominet pilots .co.uk domain security pump-up

Dot-UK registry Nominet has started piloting a free service designed to help UK businesses boost the security of their websites' domains.
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Virgin Tweets a sorry for TiVo series link snafu

Virgin Media left serial linkers hanging this weekend after a glitch centred on its highly promoted TiVo-based DVR borked the box's ability to auto-record entire series of programmes.
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Beeb to fund ad-mungous Local TV for local people

Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of State for Fun Stuff, has proposed filling white space spectrum with Local TV, and the BBC will chip in £40m to help make it viable.
Bill Ray, 25 2011
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Nokia punts NFC touch-data biz cards at £11 each

Nokia has set up an NFC Hub to sell NFC to businesses, both figuratively and literally, offering everything you need to wirelessly enable your PR material.
Bill Ray, 25 2011
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Survey scams exploit Winehouse's death, Oslo massacre

Online scumbags wasted little time in latching onto the untimely death of singer Amy Winehouse as a lure for survey scams on Facebook.
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Dixons to set up concession in Harrods

Dixons Retail will try to flog PCs and other consumer goodies to tourists and local toffs when it opens a concession in Harrods early next year.
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Apple seeds Mac OS X 10.7.2

If Mac OS X 10.7 - aka Lion - is giving your Mac a mauling, a big-fixing update may be just around the corner.
Hard Reg, 25 2011
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Mobee Magic Charger

Geek Treat of the Week Anyone who uses a wireless mouse has been there: the moment when you push or prod it and nothing happens - the battery has died.
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Western Digital edges ahead of Seagate

Western Digital, encountering the same adverse headwinds as Seagate, has emerged ahead.
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Moonpig gobbled by PhotoBox

Online greeting card maker Moonpig.com is merging with photo printer PhotoBox.
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Apple recalls 1TB Seagate HDDs

Apple is recalling a "very small number" of Seagate-made internal 1TB hard drives fitted in 21.5in and 27in iMacs sold earlier this year.
Hard Reg, 25 2011
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Kelway has new war chest to fund expansion plans

Acquisitive London-based reseller Kelway has acquired a new war chest to fuel its expansion plans.
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Dixons store to sell Samsung 10in tablet early

Want a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 a day before it launches? Then pop down to PC World on London's Tottenham Court Road on 3 August.
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Win a week-long test drive of the 2011 Ford Focus

Competition Reg Hardware and Ford have teamed up to bring three lucky readers the chance to take part in a week-long test drive of the 2011 Ford Focus.
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Chinese lecturer demands his students acquire iPads

A Chinese lecturer has raised a storm by demanding students get an iPad, and that anyone unable to raise the funds over the summer shouldn't bother studying the financial industry.
Bill Ray, 25 2011
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Ofcom in screeching U-turn on BSkyB, begins probe

Ofcom has reversed its decision not to wade into the News Corp and BSkyB row, following public and parliamentary pressure over phone hacking allegations swamping Rupert Murdoch's media empire.
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Mega-colossal space raincloud found at moist black hole

A cloud of water vapour surrounding a quasar 12 billion light-years away has been spotted by two independent research groups, putting a huge mass of water in the very early universe.
Bill Ray, 25 2011
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Sony slims-down Cyber-shot snappers

Sony has freshened up its Cyber-shot range with two snappers, one of which the company claims is the world's thinnest camera… well, among models with an anti-shake system function, that is.
Caleb Cox, 25 2011
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Ex-China Mobile exec gets suspended sentence of death

The former deputy general manager of China's largest mobile carrier China Mobile – Zhang Chunjiang – has been sentenced to death with a two-year suspension after he was found guilty of taking bribes.
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Survey results: Cloud descends on IT

Reg Research How many times do we hear from pundits and marketing people that cloud computing will change "everything”.
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Grenade-gasm autogun gets Raoul Moat Taser shells

Metal Storm, the Australian weapons firm famous for its "million rounds a minute" superimposed-projectile technology, has partnered with Taser International to produce an electroshock stun version of its rapid-firing multishot grenade-launcher design.
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Winklevoss twins' new Facebook lawsuit rejected by judge

A judge threw out a second lawsuit filed by the Winklevoss twins late last week, with the Olympic rowers failing to plump up an earlier $65m settlement with the social network and its founder Mark Zuckerberg.
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Apple Mac OS X 10.7 Lion Part Two

Review You find me in better spirits compared to my anxious state during last week’s experimentation with OS X Lion. A weekend of sanity makes quite a difference. That is, sanity achieved through the cathartic process of a clean instal.
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RIM workforce decimated: 2,000 jobs slashed

RIM is to cut more than 2,000 jobs around the world as part of the cost-reduction strategy it announced last month. The layoffs will leave around 17,000 employed by the company.
Bill Ray, 25 2011
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Google grabs facial-recognition 'ware firm

Google has bought a facial recognition company called pittpatt.
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Hungry bidders pick up Comet's blood trail

Restructuring specialists and private equity investors are among the suitors bidding to acquire flagging UK retailer Comet.
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Amateur claims crack of final Zodiac Killer cipher

An amateur codebreaker claims to have deciphering the final encrypted message of the infamous Zodiac killer. However there's no general agreement that the answer is correct.
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Two 'fake Apple stores' shut in China over trading permits

Several fake Apple Stores in China have been shuttered as they did not possess the requisite local business licences they needed to trade.
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End-to-end service assurance

Reg Research It may not always seem like it, but wherever IT is responsible for providing applications or communications to end-users, it takes on the mantle of being a service provider.
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Anonymous hacks Italy's critical-national-IT protection

Hacktivists have posted "secret documents" stolen from an Italian cybercrime unit.
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LOHAN: She's low orbit and helium assisted

It's official: The El Reg Special Projects Bureau's audacious rocket-powered spaceplane project will henceforth be known as the "Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator", following our reader poll to nail the LOHAN backronym matter once and for all.
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Microsoft hit with lawsuit in Kinect tech spat

Microsoft is facing legal action over its gaming hardware after an intellectual property owner claimed to own all rights to tech that tracks players' movement and enables gaming without a controller.
Caleb Cox, 25 2011
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Facebook iPad app cloaked within iPhone version

Facebook's iPhone client is concealing an iPad application, and a rather good one by all accounts, easily revealed by changing a setting or two while waiting for the official launch.
Bill Ray, 25 2011
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Mellanox deep-discounts speedy new Ethernet kit

Mellanox Technologies wants customers to try its new 10GE/40GE switches and converged protocol adapters, but it can't just give hardware away like software vendors can. But what it can do is give beta testers a bundle at a steep discount designed to catch the attention of early adopters impatient for the new kit.
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Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo bow to Apple sales edict

Booksellers Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo have removed links to their web-based stores from their apps for the iPhone and iPad, and the Google Books app has vanished completely.
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Microsoft kicks SUSE another $100m

The SUSE division of Attachmate has managed to talk Microsoft into shelling out another chunk of change – $100m – to help prop up SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, the Linux distro formerly controlled by Novell, and to help drive Red Hat's rival distro from Windows shops.
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Attack on 'Cyberbullying' critic prompts raid by armed cops

The home of a prominent critic of online bullying was raided by heavily armed police officers after someone phoned in a call falsely claiming that a man who had killed four people was inside, holding three others hostage.
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Head fed cyberspook resigns abruptly

The head of a group that helps the federal government ward off computer attacks abruptly resigned Friday, amid a spate of high-profile assaults hitting government agencies and contractors.
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Google launches Go runtime for App Engine

Google has released a Go runtime for Google App Engine, adding that homegrown platform-as-a-service specialist programming language to the Python and Java runtimes already available.
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Amcom palms $AU9m to float uni to the cloud

Amcom Telecommunications has secured a Au$9m deal to provide hosted cloud services to The University of Western Australia.
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CA, Unisys bring “private cloud” partnership to Oz

Unisys and CA, which earlier this year announced that they would offer joint cloud services in North America, are planning a rollout in Australia.
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Tilera routs Intel, AMD in Facebook bakeoff

Facebook may not think of itself as a social marketing company, but for upstart server-chip maker Tilera, the social media giant's internal Memcached bakeoff pitting Xeon and Opteron machines against Tilera boxes is a marketing windfall, indeed.