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Apple shares drop after Jobs resignation

Apple's share price has dropped over 5 per cent in after hours trading, following the news that Steve Jobs has resigned as CEO.
Cade Metz, 25 2011
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Apple after Steve Jobs is still Steve Jobs' Apple

Analysis Steve Jobs resigns as Apple CEO, Apple's stock slips, and five will get you ten that over the next few days a passel of pundits will pronounce Apple doomed without its visionary leader.
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PHP lands on VMware's Cloud Foundry

PHP has come to VMware's Cloud Foundry project, an effort to create a standard open source platform for building "developer clouds".
Cade Metz, 25 2011
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iOS App of the Week A very long time ago, graphics guru Kai Krause - a name sure to make any Mac user over a certain ago go all misty eyed and nostalgic - created an app - or 'program', as we called them then - named Goo. It allowed you to morph and distort photos in various, vaguely amusing ways.
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Scotland seeks £100m IT hardware deal

Scottish Procurement has published a tender for IT hardware and associated services, worth between £80m and £100m.
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Nokia pitches cheapest voicephones yet

Voice-centric handset for 17 quid, anyone? That's what Nokia's offering in the form of the 100, a €20 handset pitched as its cheapest yet.
Hard Reg, 25 2011
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Ofcom pilots paid-for voting and compo rules for broadcasters

Ofcom has launched a one-year pilot during which broadcasters can make on-air references to any website where the audience can access paid-for applications in order to participate in voting or competitions. Previously, paid compo entries and voting could only lawfully take place on the phone.
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Acer insists fondleslab 'fever' is fading

Acer has once again claimed that punters are turning back to notebooks, tempted by the likes of Windows 8 and the ultra-skinny machines chip maker Intel calls "ultrabooks".
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The Torvalds of Drupal pledges HTML5 mobile love

DrupalCon London One of the primary building blocks of yesterday's web is limbering up to become a mover and shaker in mobile – but it might just spend longer in training than you'd like.
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Sony Ericsson signals inbound Android 2.3.4

Sony Ericsson will release an Android 2.3.4 update in October. Its first smartphone to ship with the new release will follow later in Q4.
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Server sales still growing strong

Server sales in the second quarter of 2011 grew 17.9 per cent in revenue terms to $13.2bn, reckons IDC.
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Woman in strop strip for Bermuda airport customs

A 36-year-old woman faced with a customs search at Bermuda's LF Wade International Airport rather brilliantly responded by instantly shedding her clothes and telling officers: “If you want to see me naked, you can do it right fucking here.”
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Boffins cobble up phone-powering footwear

Research published by the University of Wisconsin describes a way of generating sufficient electrical energy from human movement to power mobile gadgets.
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Virgin Media preps firmware update for glitchy SuperHub

Virgin Media plans to release yet another firmware update for its oft-criticised SuperHub modem/router combi kit in the next few weeks.
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Samsung's iOS rival gets multitasking and HTML5

Samsung has launched the next version of its own mobile platform Bada, bringing multitasking, HTML5 and a new advertising engine to Bada developers.
Bill Ray, 25 2011
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CERN: 'Climate models will need to be substantially revised'

CERN's 8,000 scientists may not be able to find the hypothetical Higgs boson, but they have made an important contribution to climate physics, prompting climate models to be revised.
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Microsoft unveils file-move changes in Windows 8

Microsoft has been throwing out crumbs on forthcoming features for Windows 8, but dodged serving up the main course.
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Seven Dwarfs password gag declared Fringe's best

Comedian Nick Helm has secured the Funniest Joke of the Fringe 2011 title, after entertaining the Edinburgh crowds with this rib-tickler: "I needed a password with eight characters so I picked Snow White and the Seven Dwarves."*
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Social networks likely to snub Home Office in riot confab

The Home Secretary is expected to face fierce opposition from popular social network outfits today when she will ask them to consider restricting access to individuals in the aftermath of unrest in England earlier this month.
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Home Office faces £500m demand in e-Borders sacking

Raytheon and the Home Office are in talks as the department tries to stop the company suing for unfair breach of contract over its sacking from the e-borders programme last year.
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Brit men descend from mammoth hunters, not farmers

Today's British man could be descended from exciting, live-life-on-the-edge hunter-gatherers rather than migrating farmers as previously thought, according to a new gene study.
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Cambridge Audio Sonata NP30 hi-fi streamer

Review Sound quality isn’t always the first consideration in the world of digital music, where songs tend to be compressed for convenience, rather fidelity. That’s where Brit hi-fi brand Cambridge Audio hopes to make its mark with the NP30 (Network Player 30), which offers better-than-CD hi-res 24-bit audio playback for music files and Internet radio over your home network.
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French letter shock: Tax us more, demand rich people

Comment So rich French people have written a letter demanding that they be taxed more. The text (fortunately in English) is here.
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Samsung refuses to buy HP's PC business

Samsung made it clear today that it is not interested in buying HP's PC business, despite market rumours to the contrary.
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Blackberry BBM adds social music cloud

RIM is adding a music service option to its Blackberry phones.
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China Mobile becomes world's biggest mobe operator

China Mobile's half-year profits topped $9.6bn, making it the largest mobile operator in the world by customers and profits, and six times bigger than the nearest local competition.
Bill Ray, 25 2011
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US judge: Warrant required to access mobile location data

The US government should have to obtain a warrant before mobile phone providers have to hand over multiple geolocation data records about customers, a US judge has said.
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Paintball round pops Bulgarian airbag

A UK paintballing outfit has been obliged to ask participants if they're packing Bulgarian airbags before they take to the battlefield, after a 26-year-old combatant's Bulgarian airbag was burst by a paintball round.
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That UK.gov Firefox cookie leakage snafu explained

If you've used the latest version of Firefox to visit a UK government website in the last few weeks, you may have noticed something unusual in the browser address bar.
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Post-Jobs run on overpriced Apple shares fails to occur

The departure of Steve Jobs as boss of Apple was expected to result in a mass sell-off of the overpriced vendor's shares this morning, but the news has been overshadowed by larger events.
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US Marines not allowed to fart in Afghanistan

US Marines fighting in Afghanistan have been banned from farting in order to avoid upsetting the local population, it has been reported.
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UK cops charge alleged Anonymous hacker

A man has been charged by police investigating web attacks allegedly carried out by hacking collective Anonymous against firms deemed to have acted against the whistleblower website Wikileaks.
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AMD finally manages to snare a CEO: Lenovo man Read

AMD has announced that its new CEO will be Rory P Read, who was most recently president and COO at Lenovo Group.
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Keep calm and carry on networking, says UK.gov

Facebook, Twitter and Blackberry representatives met with Home Secretary Theresa May at lunchtime to have what ended up being a somewhat lighter discussion than expected about social networks used in relation to criminal activity.
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Greyhound spatters Nashville with semen

A Greyhound bus caused a bit of a rumpus in Nashville earlier this week when it lost its considerable load of bull semen.
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'Apple is not going to change,' new boss says

Lest fans worried otherwise, Apple's new CEO is assuring world+dog that the company won't lose its mojo under his leadership. In an email sent early Thursday and leaked to reporters in record time, Tim Cook told employees Apple would be the same juggernaut it was under the watch of outgoing CEO Steve Jobs and echoed the oft-repeated sentiment that Cupertino's best days lie ahead.
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DIAMOND AS BIG AS A PLANET found, say Aussies

Dr Who fans will remember the episode “Midnight”, set on a diamond planet. That’s what a team of astronomers from Australia, Germany, Italy, the UK and the USA believe they’ve found circling a star 4,000 light-years distant.
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Firm at heart of biggest oil spill spews toxic web attack

Transocean, the offshore drilling contractor at the center of the world's biggest marine oil spill in the history of petroleum production, has been caught spewing a virtual sort of toxic sludge, according to a report released Thursday.
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AMD's new CEO bobs, weaves, says 'big' and 'fast' are good

Rory Read spent his first morning as CEO of AMD – of any company, for that matter – performing a very CEO-like duty: dodging and deflecting questions about the company he now leads.
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Mobile operators: US quake proves we need more spectrum

Operator body CTIA reckons that Tuesday's earthquake proves US operators need more radio spectrum – and quickly – despite the fact that much of the owned bandwidth lies unused.
Bill Ray, 25 2011
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VMware's vSphere 5 hits the streets

VWware has announced that the hypervisor core of its Cloud Infrastructure Suite, vSphere 5, is now generally available.
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Insulin pump maker ignores diabetic's hack warnings

The maker of an insulin pump that's susceptible to wireless hacking was identified for the first time on Thursday by a diabetic researcher who said the company repeatedly ignored his warnings.
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NBN chief beancounter exits

The bribery scandal that has gripped Alcatel-Lucent's legal team over the past few years continues to cast a shadow over its former executives.
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Oz cybercrime bill passes on the nod, unchanged

While the surface of Australian politics is a roiling maelstrom of spite and hatred, the government and opposition manage to agree on some things – like the need to have spooks and police snooping Internet and telephones with as little hindrance as possible.