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Police Federation reiterates demand for 700 MHz spectrum

The Police Federation of Australia has renewed calls for dedicated mobile broadband spectrum for Australia’s public safety agencies, dismissing the telecommunications industry’s suggestion that carrier services could meet their needs.
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Windows Phone dev GM splits with Microsoft

Charlie Kindel – the general manager of the Windows Phone Developer Ecosystem and a 21-year Microsoft veteran – is leaving the company for a mystery startup. But he still forbids his kids to use Google.
Cade Metz, 09 Aug 2011
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NBN Co offers start-up rebates for providers

NBN Co, the company building Australia’s National Broadband Network, has responded to concerns that its services price small ISPs out of the market, announcing tariff rebates for capacity charges during the start-up phase.
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Sony distribution centre engulfed by fire

Sony Corp's compact discs and DVDs warehouse in Enfield, north London, was on fire throughout the night.
Kelly Fiveash, 09 Aug 2011
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Should your business be app in the cloud?

On Demand On June 23rd Reg Broadcast Editor Tim Phillips was joined by Reg reader James Greenman, Group IT Director at Care UK, to talk about where, when and why cloud might make sense for your business apps.
Miatta Momoh, 09 Aug 2011
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ISP-operated servers alter search results, researchers claim

Search engine requests are being altered to redirect users to specific websites in a "stealthy" system that benefits advertisers, US researchers have claimed.
OUT-LAW.COM, 09 Aug 2011
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Blackberry QNX phone details leaked

Images and specifications for the first Blackberry running QNX have surfaced, but if these are accurate then the Blackberry Colt is underpowered, incompatible and doomed from the start.
Bill Ray, 09 Aug 2011
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Videogames caused riots says plod

Blimey, things were heating up in London last night. To hide away from riots indoors and play your favourite videogames won't help, though. In fact according to one policeman, it's part of the problem.
Caleb Cox, 09 Aug 2011
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Fake Firefox update bundles Trojan add-on

Scammers are attempting to trick Firefox users into downloading backdoored software via spam emails that supposedly advertise an "update" to the open-source browser.
John Leyden, 09 Aug 2011
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Groupon sees surge in subscribers, scrubs contentious fiscal metric

Daily deals website Groupon is reportedly set to jack in a controversial accounting metric that it previously considered to be a good way to measure how well the company was performing.
Kelly Fiveash, 09 Aug 2011
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RunPee

Android App of the Week Not an app dedicated to the vicissitudes of India’s currency or an equivalent of Grindr for fans of watersports. No, RunPee is an app designed to tell when the best time is to dash out of a cinema auditorium and take a quick tinkle, without missing too much of the action.
Alun Taylor, 09 Aug 2011
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Bankers plot telco bypass for payments

The Payments Council has been explaining its plans for a mobile payment platform: one that doesn't leave a cut for the network operators but keeps the revenue for the bankers.
Bill Ray, 09 Aug 2011
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LOHAN team buried under ballockets

We sort of knew we'd rue the day we asked you lot for your suggestions as to how exactly to launch our Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) spaceplane, and so it turned out to be, as were were buried under a veritable bucketload of ballockets.
Lester Haines, 09 Aug 2011
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Anobit doubles flash stash

Israeli flash controller startup Anobit has doubled the capacity of its MSP controller and shipped 20 million of the little devils so far.
Chris Mellor, 09 Aug 2011
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Dell's first global conference: Where are the EMEA partners?

Dell is staging its first worldwide conference but is inviting only a handful of resellers from EMEA and is not banking on many of them turning up anyway.
Paul Kunert, 09 Aug 2011
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Prime Minister recalls holidaying MPs after London riots

Prime Minister David Cameron has recalled Parliament after three nights of rioting, looting and arson on London's streets.
Kelly Fiveash, 09 Aug 2011
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Microsoft UK and axed exec in legal smackdown

Microsoft's former UK enterprise partner director and board member Simon Negus is suing the software giant for wrongful dismissal months after it slapped a writ on him to repay part of a bonus and holiday money.
Paul Kunert, 09 Aug 2011
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Italian boffins to robo-grapple space junk

Italian scientists have devised what they reckon is a viable plan to deal with the menace of large chucks of space debris: a robotic satellite which will grapple the junk, attach a propellant kit and dispatch it to a fiery death in the Earth's upper atmosphere.
Lester Haines, 09 Aug 2011
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Sky wins TV riot battle

For years Private Eye has been making fun of 24-hour rolling news, and its pointless obsession with Going Live! It documented how this crept into scheduled bulletins – reporters standing pointlessly in front of empty buildings or roundabouts, where nothing at all was happening. The internet seemed to make rolling 24-hour news almost completely redundant. But now we can see, it all depends how you do it.
Andrew Orlowski, 09 Aug 2011
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Magellan Explorist 710 hiking GPS

Review The Explorist 710 is top of the line in Magellan’s new x10 series of multi-purpose GPS devices and offers preloaded topographical maps, turn-by-turn navigation, geocaching, tracking and a host of other features in one handy robust unit.
Alun Taylor, 09 Aug 2011
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Motorola Xoom gets Android 3.1

Motorola has released a UK Android 3.1 update for the Motorola Xoom, activating long-awaited features for early adopters.
Caleb Cox, 09 Aug 2011
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Sony confirms investigation into warehouse blaze is underway

Sony has confirmed that the huge blaze at its Digital Audio Disc Corporation (DADC) distribution centre in Enfield, north London, last night is being investigated by police.
Kelly Fiveash, 09 Aug 2011
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Peaches Geldof explains Kubrick's 2001

Peaches Geldof is taking a bit of a shoeing down at Twitter for cracking one of the great conundrums of our time in 140 characters or less – just WTF Stanley Kubrick's 2001 is all about.
Lester Haines, 09 Aug 2011
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Skytap adds orchestration to dev/test cloud

Skytap, the lab automation cloud maker funded in part by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, is adding features to its eponymous tool to make it more useful for companies wrestling with deploying applications on public and private clouds.
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French mobile femtocells vulnerable to rogue base station hack

Security researchers have detailed further flaws in the femtocell base station technology supplied by mobile carriers to consumers and small businesses as a means to improve 3G mobile connectivity in buildings by taking advantage of existing broadband connections.
John Leyden, 09 Aug 2011
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Hitachi GST flash stash speed dash

What a turn up for the books: Hitachi GST has just introduced a multi-level cell SSD that's faster – not slower – than its single level cell product. It's also cheaper, but that's expected.
Chris Mellor, 09 Aug 2011
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Tottenham MP calls for BlackBerry Messenging suspension

Tottenham MP David Lammy has called on RIM to shut down its BlackBerry Messenger service overnight, to prevent rioters using the closed network to coordinate gatherings.
Bill Ray, 09 Aug 2011
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BlackBerry Messenger archives open for inspection

Messages passing through the BlackBerry Messenger system are almost certainly already under examination by the police, who need neither warrants nor ministerial permission to search them for evidence.
Bill Ray, 09 Aug 2011
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Foreign Office trials emergency text service

Without a trace of irony, the UK foreign office has today launched a text-alert service for overseas travellers, warning them of potential unrest so they can hurry home to the safety of the UK.
Bill Ray, 09 Aug 2011
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Hackers claim to have cracked Norway mass-murderer's email

A hacking group claims to have broken into two email accounts maintained by Norwegian mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik, the far-right extremist who killed more than 70 people in attacks that shocked the world last month.
John Leyden, 09 Aug 2011
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Reusable e-paper rolled out

Green-tastic boffs have created rewritable e-paper with a 300dpi resolution that needs no power to be viewed.
Caleb Cox, 09 Aug 2011
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Dunkin' Donuts waitress offers additional dunkin'

A 29-year-old Dunkin' Donuts night shift waitress has been cuffed for offering clients a bit of additional dunkin', according to New Jersey's Daily Record.
Lester Haines, 09 Aug 2011
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PS3 controller makes move on Android games

Android gamers can now benefit from using a PlayStation 3 control pad on many of their favourite mobile games and apps.
Caleb Cox, 09 Aug 2011
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BlackBerry blog hacked with riot-related threats

RIM's corporate blog has been defaced with threats as part of a protest against the BlackBerry maker's plans to hand over information on London rioters to the police.
John Leyden, 09 Aug 2011
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Xpress yourself: Quark sold to M&A outfit

Desktop publishing software maker Quark has been acquired by Platinum Equity for an undisclosed sum.
Kelly Fiveash, 09 Aug 2011
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Samsung Smart Hub adds Freeview+ HD DVR

Samsung has unveiled the BD-DT7800 Freeview HD recorder as the latest addition to its Smart Hub AV range, with this model able to function as a digital media server.
Caleb Cox, 09 Aug 2011
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Citigroup hit with another data leak

Citigroup's Japanese credit card unit said personal information for more than 92,000 of its customers was illegally sold to a third party.
Dan Goodin, 09 Aug 2011
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Apple blocks sale of Samsung's Android fondleslab across EU

Apple has won a preliminary injunction blocking the sale of Samsung's Android-based Galaxy Tab fondleslab across almost all of the European Union.
Cade Metz, 09 Aug 2011
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SuperVisor: One hypervisor to virtualize them all

And now it's time for the supervisor.
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IE, Windows server bugs likely to be exploited soon

Microsoft has released 13 updates that patch security holes in a wide range of its software offerings, including vulnerabilities rated critical in its Internet Explorer browser and Windows server operating systems.
Dan Goodin, 09 Aug 2011
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Neurogaming set to be launched by Disney

Cyberpunk futurist gaming fantasies are getting closer to commercial reality courtesy of Walt Disney’s research labs.
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Old Republic parallel imports okay, says BioWare

Gamers in Australia have been reassured that they’ll be able to log into Star Wars: The Old Republic server ahead of the game’s official Australian ship date.
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SQL survives murder attempt by mutant stepchild

Open...and Shut Silicon Valley likes nothing more than to fetish the Next Big Technology Trend, be it cloud or NoSQL or scripting languages. The problem is that the real world moves much more slowly, and has very different considerations fueling its technology decisions. Perhaps nowhere is this clearer than in the technology media's infatuation with NoSQL, even as the world plods along with SQL.
Matt Asay, 09 Aug 2011
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MacTel data centre build slips

Macquarie Telecom has pushed back the original opening date of its new AU$60 million data centre.