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HP: webOS will still run PCs and printers

After killing off its webOS hardware division last Thursday, HP has been working to assure the world – read: webOS developers – that there's "a dance in the old dame yet".
Rik Myslewski, 23 Aug 2011
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Oz A-G to host ISPs and copyright industry in ‘three strikes’ confab

Australia’s attorney-general Robert McClelland will host what could be a very uncomfortable meeting in September, with the copyright industry on one side of the table, and ISPs on the other.
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God particle back in hiding

Less than a month ago, Large Hadron Collider boffins thought they were closing in on the Higgs boson particle, but the results they had observed now look like a statistical quirk.
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Apple MacBook Pro 17in 2011

Review A slap across the face is what I need. It’s the only language I understand. My problem is that I have played with too many Apple MacBooks over the past 18 months. They were starting to look similar, a little standard perhaps, maybe even ordinary.
Alistair Dabbs, 23 Aug 2011
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VMware's open source doppelganger gets cloudy

Convirture – an outfit that has long offered tools for managing open source hypervisors – will soon release a new version of its (partially) open source software that also oversees the use of various "infrastructure clouds", including Amazon EC2 as well as similar but private services based on platforms such as Eucalyptus and OpenStack.
Cade Metz, 23 Aug 2011
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Dell extends EqualLogic range

Dell has extended its EqualLogic iSCSI storage arrays with new products, 2.5-inch drive support, and automated tiering between EqualLogic group nodes.
Chris Mellor, 23 Aug 2011
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Docs and devs: Health secretary wants healthcare apps

Health secretary Andrew Lansley has launched a call for new ideas for health apps to help patients make informed decisions about their care.
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Storage world punch-up over whether VCE is a start-up

Comment Is VCE, the VMware-Cisco-EMC entity set up to sell integrated virtualised server-networking-storage Vblocks, a startup? And how is it doing, given EMC's revelation that VCE is costing it more than $40m a quarter?
Chris Mellor, 23 Aug 2011
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Ofcom mulls smackdown for rogue religious TV channel

Satellite channel Believe TV has broadcast advertisements during programmes, made unsupported claims of curing cancer and repeatedly improperly exploited its audience, says Ofcom – enough to make even the normally hands-off regulator consider a fine.
Bill Ray, 23 Aug 2011
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Nintendo said to be readying replacement for 3DS

Nintendo may be preparing a 3DS revision that plays down the handheld's ability to display games and media in 3D.
Tony Smith, 23 Aug 2011
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Mystery railway buys 80 terabytes of Flash

Diamond Point International has sold two Violin Memory arrays, totalling 80TB of capacity, to a mystery European rail service provider.
Chris Mellor, 23 Aug 2011
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Sony turns to augmented reality to sell tellies

After a new telly but not sure how it'll look in your living room? Sony has come up with a neat way to find out, using augmented reality.
Tony Smith, 23 Aug 2011
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Amateur balloonists hit record 40,575m above East Anglia

An Oz PhD student has pulled of a bit of a blinder by hitting 40,575 metres (133,120 ft) with a helium-filled meteorological balloon - a UK record and pretty close to the all-time international amateur altitude maximum.
Lester Haines, 23 Aug 2011
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Cerberus

Android App of the Week We’ve all lost our phone at one time or another. Actually, that’s a lie - I’ve never lost my phone, wallet or car keys in my life. But assuming that to err is indeed human, Cerberus provides a simple, reliable and fairly cheap way to locate and, if necessary, disable your Android pride and joy.
Alun Taylor, 23 Aug 2011
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Moaning Scots told 'cheer up FFS' on broadband cash

UK.gov's Secretary of State for Scotland wants the Scottish government to stop moaning about the recent rural broadband funds allocated to the country.
Kelly Fiveash, 23 Aug 2011
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Detection systems guard against network intrusion

Danny Bradbury, 23 Aug 2011
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Boffins build powerful yet 'table-top size' atom-smasher

Forget about mounting your lasers on the nearest shark, what you really want is a laser plasma accelerator you can put on your kitchen table.

iPhone app tracks Android-equipped Surrey cops

Residents of Runnymede can now follow the goings-on of their local plod on a free iPhone app, assuming plod decides to record his location on his Huawei-supplied handset.
Bill Ray, 23 Aug 2011

'The most ambitious project at eBay for a long, long time'

"It's one of the most ambitious projects that's been undertaken at eBay for a very, very long time," vice president of search and experience technology Hugh Williams tells us on the phone. "I'd argue it's on the scale of any major search engine re-write a company has done."
Gavin Clarke, 23 Aug 2011
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Second e-petition hits 100K: Calls for Hillsborough docs

A second e-petition has crossed the 100,000 votes barrier, which means it will be discussed by a Commons business committee and could get debated in Parliament.
John Oates, 23 Aug 2011
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Getting your business software requirements right

Whitepaper Why do few developers get requirements definition right? Understanding what end-users want from a software project at the outset is crucial if projects are to remain on track. Yet a combination of poorly understood processes and inadequate tools often compromises this important phase.
Miatta Momoh, 23 Aug 2011
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Cloud music-locker ruling: MP3tunes claims '99% victory'

The legal fight in US Courts between record labels and music-locker cloud services continues into a full-blown case – despite both sides claiming something favourable from court rulings yesterday.
Andrew Orlowski, 23 Aug 2011
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Deus Ex: Human Revolution

Review Forget the lacklustre sequel Invisible War, Deus Ex: Human Revolution is the true, worthy successor to Deus Ex, a breathtaking paragon of the genre the original helped define.
Andrew Bailey, 23 Aug 2011

Just when you thought it was safe to enter the data centre

It is surprising that thieves don’t target data centres more often. All that expensive kit and copper is worth a pretty penny, not to mention all the data that’s on it.
Danny Bradbury, 23 Aug 2011
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New Samsung-funded Flash disruptor uncloaks

You want flash disruption? You got it. Pure Storage's FlashArray is cheaper and faster than enterprise disk drive arrays but just as available and reliable. Cue major oops and headaches in Hopkinton, Sunnyvale, Palo Alto and other storage vendor HQ locations.
Chris Mellor, 23 Aug 2011
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Samsung hawks ultra-fast gaming laptop

Samsung has unveiled its latest gamer PC, a super-specced notebook which allows users to cache HDD data on a small SSD to improve game speeds.
Caleb Cox, 23 Aug 2011

Microsoft Hyper-V floats Chinese military Linux

Microsoft's virtualisation stack is being updated to run a flavour of Linux built for China's national defence and other government systems.
Gavin Clarke, 23 Aug 2011
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Facebook, Twitter: Doing better than before Google+

The demise of Facebook appears to have been much exaggerated, as July saw the social network's highest ever unique visitor numbers, according to comScore.
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BlackBerry Curve 9360 hits UK

Hands on RIM has launched the BlackBerry Curve 9360 in the UK, featuring BlackBerry 7 OS and BBM6, the company’s fuel in the crowd jewel-in-the-crown messenger service.
Bob Dormon, 23 Aug 2011
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Nokia goes gold with sparkly smartphone

Nokia continued its bling initiative today, announcing a gold-clad smartphone for the aspiring Del Boy or extravagant pimp.
Caleb Cox, 23 Aug 2011
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iRumours: Flash sources point to cheap iPhone 4. Or 5

A Korean company is apparently manufacturing a Flash drive for an 8GB version of the Apple iPhone 4, according to sources interviewed by Reuters.
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Google closes Android developer complaint forums

Google is shutting down the Marketplace forums which have, until now, required Android developers to resolve their problems in public and without much in the way of official support.
Bill Ray, 23 Aug 2011
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Facebook looks to gobble 7 more companies this year

Facebook wants 2011 to be the company's biggest year to date for acquisitions.
Kelly Fiveash, 23 Aug 2011
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Four months' porridge for 20-minute Facebook riot page

A 21-year-old man has been sentenced to four months in jail for a brief riot-supporting post on Facebook.
John Oates, 23 Aug 2011
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NASA to work on approved sci-fi books

NASA is working with a publisher to create a series of sci-fi books inspired by NASA's work.
Kelly Fiveash, 23 Aug 2011
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New GPL licence touted as saviour of Linux, Android

The Free Software Foundation reckons its new version of the General Public Licence removes the problems bedevilling version two, but not everyone is convinced the problem even exists.
Bill Ray, 23 Aug 2011
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EMC/Cisco virtual venture CEO vanishes

VCE – the EMC and Cisco backed Virtual Compute Environment – appears to have lost its CEO.
Chris Mellor, 23 Aug 2011
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Hey, Music Industry. You're suing the wrong people

Open...and Shut After years of lawsuits and fearmongering by the music industry, one thing is clear about piracy: the industry has been suing the wrong people.
Matt Asay, 23 Aug 2011
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Samsung says Apple lifted iPad from Kubrick's 2001

In courts across the world, Apple has accused Samsung of pilfering ideas from the brains of Jobsian fondleslab engineers. And Samsung has now responded by accusing Apple of pilfering ideas from the brain of Stanley Kubrick.
Cade Metz, 23 Aug 2011
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Nuke plant shut down after US earthquake

A strong earthquake with its epicenter in central Virgina has caused two nuclear reactors at Louisa County's 1,806 megawatt, two-unit North Anna Power Station to be automatically taken offline.
Rik Myslewski, 23 Aug 2011
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Ruby on Rails cloud envelops PHP shop

Engine Yard – a San Francisco startup offering a "platform cloud" for Ruby on Rails applications – is buying Orchestra, a Dublin-based outfit that provides a similar service for PHP applications.
Cade Metz, 23 Aug 2011
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Hong Kong police cuff suspect in stock market attacks

Police have arrested a man they say is connected to a website attack earlier this month that disrupted trading on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.
Dan Goodin, 23 Aug 2011
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Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet goes on sale

Mere days after HP threw its TouchPad tablet under the bus, Lenovo has tossed its new iPad-killer candidate into the marketplace.
Rik Myslewski, 23 Aug 2011
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Jesus Phone gives Sprint redemption 'this October'

Sprint Nextel will become the third US wireless carrier to offer Apple's iPhone, according to the ever-loquacious "people familiar with the matter".
Rik Myslewski, 23 Aug 2011
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Facebook revamps privacy settings (again)

Facing heat from finer-grained privacy settings in Google+, Facebook has revamped the controls account holders use to designate who gets to see their pictures, posts, and other content.
Dan Goodin, 23 Aug 2011
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HP P10000 storage array more and less than expected

HP's new P10000 3PAR Storage System array, announced Tuesday, is both more and less than expected, with a new ASIC but no SAS drive support. Array federation across 3PAR and LeftHand arrays was also announced.
Chris Mellor, 23 Aug 2011
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Juniper boosts Oz presence, waits for cash to rain from cloud

Juniper Networks is boosting its presence in Australia as it readies for an anticipated boom in cloud and enterprise grade services.
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Chinese PLA video shows cyber-attack software

It’s being called an accident, but it could also be a show of force: a piece of state propaganda from China shows an attack being launched against Falun Gong computers.