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iCloud.com goes live

Ahead of its official launch, Apple has lifted the lid on the beta of its iCloud service, with the www.iCloud.com website going live.
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Good news: A meltdown would kill fewer than we thought

Even if the worst happens, the death and destruction from a nuclear power station meltdown won’t be as bad as previously modeled, according to America’s Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).
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IRISnotes Executive 1.0 digital pen

Review Composed of standard looking battery-powered pen and rechargeable receiver module, the IRISNotes Executive aims to relieve some of the tedium of transcribing handwritten notes by converting your scribblings into useable text and drawings.
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Isolated human genes can be patented, US court rules

Isolating genes from human DNA structures is patentable, the US Court of Appeals has ruled.
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Here come the ex-Sunners at CumuLogic

A startup called CumuLogic, founded by a number of Java and cloud experts at the former Sun Microsystems, is fluffing up yet another platform as a service (PaaS) cloud, joining the ranks of VMware with Cloud Foundry, Red Hat with OpenShift, Microsoft with Azure, and others.
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HTC sues Apple in the UK

Smartphone maker HTC is taking rival Apple to court in the UK just weeks after losing a preliminary ruling over two patent violations in the US.
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Tablets will overtake consumer PCs, says Fujitsu CTO

Content consumption rules for consumers and tablet sales will overtake consumer PC and notebook sales. That's the view of Dr Joseph Reger, Fujitsu's chief technology officer.
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Govt rubber-stamps Google Review, drops web-blocking

Vince Cable is expected to announce that the government will endorse all the recommendations of the Hargreaves Review into intellectual property, the "Google Review" – tomorrow. The FT adds that Cable will also announce that regulator Ofcom has said Clauses 17 and 18 of the Digital Economy Act, dealing with website blocking, are unworkable.
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HCL discloses 'email deletion' requests from News International

News International asked a leading Indian IT management outfit about the deletion of emails on nine separate occasions between April 2010 and July 2011.
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Bytes swallows Security Partnerships

Surrey-based Bytes Technology Group has swallowed Security Partnerships (SP) in a bid to start reducing its software division's reliance on Microsoft licensing.
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Scareware scammers now phishing for punters

Scareware scammers are targeting credit card users with a new run of spam emails falsely warning recipients that their plastic has been blocked.
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Dual File Manager XT

Android App of the Week The Android Market is awash with good file managers, so a newcomer really has to cut the mustard to be worthy of recommendation. In this instance, I think the new Dual XT app slices the Coleman’s to perfection.
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Skype arrives on fondleslab

Skype has finally arrived on the iPad – after one false alarm. Now anybody can talk into a gigantic, oversized iPhone.
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Skype calls on iPad, briefly

Skype's official iPad app finally made its way to the App store last night before the company pulled it down saying it "went live prematurely".
Caleb Cox, 02 2011
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TV goes home, even when mobile

Mobile video consumption is far from mobile, if the latest US survey is to be believed, with three-quarters of video consumption taking place within the home.
Bill Ray, 02 2011
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'Work from home' spam scam floods Twitter

Cybercrooks are using compromised Twitter accounts to spamvertise work-at-home scams.
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eBay backs Flash new boy for storage

Out of nowhere, Nimbus, an all-flash array supplier, has beaten incumbents NetApp and 3PAR at eBay, with 12 arrays and 100TB of flash installed to accelerate eBay's server virtualisation work.
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London plods raid Wikipedia in counter-anarchist operation

It's half an hour on the naughty step today for London's Metropolitan and City Police's Project Griffin team for resorting to Wikipedia in the struggle to contain the anarchist menace.
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Capita coughs up £29m for financial services house

Capita has splurged £29m on AIB International Financial Services, (AIBFS) as it continues to broaden its commercial base outside of the UK.
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Serial Web2.0 investor pumps Twitter valuation to $8bn

Twitter closed a "significant round of funding" yesterday, with lots of help from the Russian venture outfit that has already pumped large sums of cash into Facebook, Groupon et al.
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PCTV NanoStick T2 USB TV tuner

Review Ten years ago, investing in a PC TV tuner seemed a neat way of watching while you work – integrating the gogglebox with laptop or desktop duties. Today, the idea is more questionable given access to on-line video streaming and download services from the likes of YouTube and the BBC iPlayer respectively.
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Sun compo entrants' privates exposed in public

Security lapses at News International have exposed the email addresses and other personal information of readers who entered competitions in The Sun, the UK's biggest selling daily newspaper.
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RFID drives the self-service pub

The Cheeky bar, in Georgia USA, now has a self-service bar known as the "wall of beer" where patrons can help themselves to a drink with the wave of a card.
Bill Ray, 02 2011
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Cops arrest man over phone-hacking, police corruption claims

Scotland Yard officers investigating phone-hacking and police corruption claims at News International arrested a 71-year-old man this morning.
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Nokia ditches letters for all-number names

In what must be the most significant announcement since it unveiled its new corporate font, Nokia has announced an all-new naming strategy. After exhaustive blue-sky brainstorming sessions in the saunas of the frozen North, Nokia has decided that product names are going to be numbers, just as they were for most of the company's successful years.
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Toshiba launches thinner spinner

Seagate's failure to capitalise on its start-of-year areal density advantages is being laid bare: Toshiba has followed Samsung and Western Digital by adding a 1TB, standard format notebook drive to its roster, leaving Seagate out in the cold.
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Sony Ericsson toying with tabletphone

Sony Ericsson is developing a glasses-free 3D handset, rumoured to integrate the tablet and smartphone into a 4.7in hybrid.
Caleb Cox, 02 2011
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Virgin mulls handing out free Wi-Fi

Virgin Media is talking to local authorities about providing free metro Wi-Fi, using bandwidth that's lying fallow while all its domestic customers are at work.
Bill Ray, 02 2011
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Nokia unveils budget Symbian smartie

While Nokia has been playing the numbers game with its naming protocol, unveiling a new labelling system today, it has also found time to bring out a new smartphone to sit smack bang in the middle of it all.
Caleb Cox, 02 2011
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Guardian blames gov ad-spend cuts for revenue droop

The Guardian Media Group has blamed government advertising cuts for falling newspaper revenues. Income for the Guardian Media Group – which includes joint ventures in Autotrader and Emap – fell to £466.1m from £476.2m. Those two JVs saw operating profits of almost £200m. The Guardian newspaper operation itself saw revenue £22.8m lower than last year, at £198.2m, with losses of £38.3m, up slightly from £37.8m last year.
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Moaning moose cows provoke punch-ups among bulls

Researchers from Idaho State University have proved that moose mating rituals follow a similar pattern to that displayed among humans in Newcastle pubs on a Friday night – that females moaning about sexual advances by inadequate males increases the chance of bloke-on-bloke violence.
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Evil Android Trojan records your calls

Criminals have increased the functionality of Android Trojans with a new strain that is capable of recording, and not just logging, conversations on compromised smartphones.
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Murdoch's PIE BOY jailed for six weeks

A protester who attacked Rupert Murdoch last month at a parliamentary hearing into the phone-hacking scandal engulfing News Corp's sister company News International has been handed a six-week jail term this afternoon.
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PC chip sales up, shipments flat in Q2

Shipments of microprocessors for netbook, notebook, desktop PCs and related x64-based servers and workstations flatlined in the second quarter as the economy stumbled a bit in the United States and Europe.
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IT governance: a help or a hindrance for your projects?

Facebook has become a source of pithy quotes. One is doing the round in friends’ status windows right now is: “Follow your heart, but take your brain along with you.”
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Apple iCloud pricing revealed

Apple has lifted the covers from its UK and US pricing model for the iCloud with a bunch of options for fanbois to suck up additional storage space.
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Dawn eyes Vesta's full-frontal charms

NASA has released the first "full-frame" image of asteroid Vesta, an impressive view of the Clanger homeworld captured by the Dawn spacecraft on 24 July at a distance of roughly 3,200 miles (5,200 kilometres).
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Malware attack spreads to 5 million pages (and counting)

An attack that targets a popular online commerce application has infected almost 5 million webpages with scripts that attempt to install malware on their visitors' computers.
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Apple vanishes MySQL from Mac OS X Lion Server

Apple has removed MySQL from the latest version of Mac OS X server, replacing it with PostgreSQL.
Cade Metz, 02 2011
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Swede cuffed for cooking nuclear reactor on kitchen stovetop

A Swedish man was arrested and briefly detained for attempting to build a nuclear reactor in his kitchen.
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Zero day bug threatens many WordPress sites

Attackers are exploiting a widely used extension for the WordPress publishing platform to take control of vulnerable websites, one of the victims has warned.
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Chrome 13: Google uncloaks search click prediction engine

Google has released a new stable version of its Chrome browser, adding an "Instant Pages" service that attempts to accelerate your Google searches by rendering pages before you actually click on them.
Cade Metz, 02 2011
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Boffins shine 800Mbps wireless network from flashlight

German researchers have discovered how to fill a room with 800 megabits per second of wireless data using an inexpensive LED setup.
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Oracle rides AAPT into the cloud

AAPT has reportedly signed a deal with Oracle to launch an infrastructure-as-a-service offering based on the Solaris operating system.
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How to lose 375k customers the Vodafone Hutchinson way

In what comes as no shock to industry or consumers, Vodafone has managed to hemorrhage 375,000 Australian customers in the first six months of the year.
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EMF notches up another health-scare

Armed with one small study and a wire-service media release, a group from the Kaiser Permanente Division of Research has frightened the living daylights out of half the western world with the claim that exposing pregnant women to “everyday household items” can lead to an increased risk of their children developing asthma.
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Google dangles needle over Web Bubble 2.0

Open...and Shut Back in the bad ol' days of Microsoft's dominance, many a venture capitalist was scared off from an investment because of the looming possibility that Microsoft might enter the startup's market.
Matt Asay, 02 2011
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GOP darling Newt Gingrich accused of Twitter fraud

Fading US presidential candidate and conservative darling Newton "Newt" Leroy Gingrich denies that a high percentage of his 1.3 million Twitter followers are bought-and-paid-for fakes, despite reports – and alleged evidence – to the contrary.
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Servers pump up Super Micro

Server and system component maker Super Micro continued to grow in its fiscal fourth quarter ended in June – despite the impending launch of new Xeon and Opteron processors from Intel and Advanced Micro Devices. The appetite that data centers built up for upgrading machines after the forced diet of the Great Recession has not yet been sated.