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Single-molecule 'motor' measures just a nanometer

It’s not the first single-molecule nano-motor, but it’s the first one to be driven by electricity: a Tufts research team has demonstrated that you can “provide electricity to a single molecule and get it to do something that’s not just random” (as team leader Charles Sykes put it).
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NBN Co awards $879m in network rollout deals

Lend Lease and Transfield Services have secured coveted NBN Co fibre rollout contracts for Victoria and Western Australia worth collectively up to $AU879 million.
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LaCie CloudBox storage combo

Review It’s quite common for hard disk drives to also include an element of on-line backup these days. But even if you buy a big hard disk with 1TB or more of internal storage, the free on-line storage component tends to only be a few gigabytes – it’s really just a taster to try and get you to sign up for a subscription service that provides additional on-line storage.
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Jeff Bezos' spaceship self-destructs in test flight

Would-be spaceman Jeff Bezos' prototype private rocket has crashed and burned after sputtering out during its test flight.
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Gov removes 'general appeal' rights for accused freetards

The government has asked Ofcom to avoid giving alleged copyright infringers a general right of appeal against warning letters they may receive about their online activity in new regulations due out shortly, the telecoms regulator has said.
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Children's body busted for email, file cabinet blunders

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has found that the organisation which investigates the care of Scotland's most vulnerable children had twice failed to protect sensitive child welfare information.
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Freeview HD will deliver new IPTV channels this month

Exclusive Dozens of new television channels are coming to Freeview this month, thanks to clever use of the MHEG standard and the connectivity already built into every Freeview HD box.
Bill Ray, 06 2011
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Jesus appears, acquires vast following, bitchslaps Justin Bieber

A page created on Facebook called 'Jesus Daily' is proving very popular among people interested in a little heavenly intervention during their social network fix.
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Notebook makers cautious about Ultrabooks

Notebook makers are playing it cautious with Ultrabooks, it seems, limiting shipments to 50,000 or less as the gauge demand through the remainder of 2011.
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Ancient crater lake evidence found on Mars

A satellite from the European Space Agency (ESA) has photographed the meandering channels of a dried-out river on the surface of Mars.
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Ofcom misses deadline: but on Sitefinder, not 4G

Ofcom hasn't slipped the dates on the UK's 4G auctions, at least not yet, but that's not stopped various media titles reporting that things are already going awry.
Bill Ray, 06 2011
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Hologram Live

Android App of the Week Android’s live wallpapers offer the kind of personalisation that iOS users can only dream about in their most fevered imaginings but I’m still not a fan because they don’t do your battery any favours and more often than not they make it difficult to see what else is on your screen.
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French bloke fined for failing to shag missus

A Frenchman has been ordered to pay his former wife €10,000 for failing to fulfil his marital duties in the bedroom department, the Telegraph reports.
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SETI alien hunters re-open search for volunteer coders

The project hunting for intelligent life elsewhere in the universe is continuing its recruitment of citizen scientists despite the loss of one its key architects.
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No pain, some gain: Ubuntu Oneiric Ocelot examined

Review Ubuntu 11.10, just released as its first beta differs only slightly in its looks from its 11.04 predecessor – a fact that will be welcome news to penguins still reeling from that earlier version's grand re-boot.
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Dixons drops Motorola Xoom price... again

Dixons has knocked the price of the 32GB Motorola Xoom tablet to £329 - not at all bad when you consider the fondleslab was priced at £500 at launch.
Hard Reg, 06 2011
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'Poems are the original text messages,' says Laureate

Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy wants to bring literature to new audiences, and she argues that children who use test messaging and social networks were honing their poetry skills.
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AndyPad Pro low-cost Android tablet now on sale

The AndyPad Pro - highlighted as a Recommened purchase in Reg Hardware's recent Ten… Budget Android Tablets round-up - has now gone on sale.
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Dell chums up with Baidu for China smartphone charge

Dell is partnering with China's Baidu on smartphones and tablets as its fortunes start to flag in Western markets.
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Claimed DigiNotar hacker: I have access to four more CAs

The digital miscreant known as ComodoHacker has claimed responsibility for the high-profile DigiNotar digital certificate authority hack.
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New NASA site offers solar system and time travel

NASA is making many a child's dream come true by letting the public take a trip through the solar system – and you don't even have to leave your living room.
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Nokia offers $10,000 for new ring tone

Nokia is looking for a new ring tone, and offering $10,000 to anyone who can come up with something the next Dom Joly can use to annoy people.
Bill Ray, 06 2011
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Bodycount

Review In the ever deepening reservoir that is the FPS genre, most games ultimately fall into one of two categories. There are those which encourage thought, exploration, tactical nous, micro-management of resources and, of course, a good shot. We’re talking the likes of Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Half-Life 2, BioShock and even Modern Warfare to an extent.
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Toshiba in Rugby World Cup personal data compo cockup

Toshiba has made something of a ruck-up in a Rugby World Cup competition, exposing customer details in the process.
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Judge may order Page and Ellison into mediation

Larry Ellison and Larry Page could be forced into mediation to negotiate a settlement in Oracle's multi-billion-dollar claim that Google's Android tramples Java patents it owns.
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Battered Sony hires cyber-security chief

Sony is beefing up its security staff after the devastating hacking attack in April that crippled the Playstation Network for 23 days and led to the potential exposure of millions of users' account information.
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Everyone knew NoTW 'rogue reporter' bit was untrue

James Murdoch was made aware in 2008 that alleged phone-hacking practices at the News of the World went beyond "one rogue reporter", the former legal manager of News Group Newspapers claimed to MPs today.
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Inside 'Operation Black Tulip': DigiNotar hack analysed

The Google webmail of as many as 300,000 Iranians may have been intercepted using fraudulently issued security certificates made after a hack against Dutch certificate authority outfit DigiNotar, according to the preliminary findings of an official report into the megahack.
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Painters wrap Forth Bridge job after 121 years

The English language is preparing to mourn the loss of one of its most agreeable similes as painters finally apply the last lick of paint to the Forth Bridge.
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Virgin Media to beef up mobile-data backhaul

Three, T-Mobile and Orange customers will find it quicker to use the internet on their phones thanks to a new deal between the operators and Virgin Media Business. But the effects may take a couple of years to kick in.
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Computers Unlimited director exits after dispute

Computers Unlimited group sales and marketing director Mark Chatterton has left following a disagreement over future direction with senior management.
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'Satnavs are definitely not doomed', insists TomTom man

IFA With satnav companies announcing revamped apps all over IFA Berlin, you'd be forgiven for thinking that moving onto smartphones and tablets was the game plan for a market that has seen sales plummet in the last few years.
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Memo to kid coders: Enterprise software exists

Open...and Shut If you live or spend time in Silicon Valley, it's easy to forget that enterprise software exists, or that it still drives $245 billion in annual revenue, according to Gartner.
Matt Asay, 06 2011
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NASA releases stunning new moon-landing snaps

NASA has released a series of photos of Apollo moon-landing sites that are dramatically improved over previous photos taken as recently as 2009.
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NSA open sources Google database mimic

The US National Security Agency is open sourcing a distributed "NoSQL" database based on Google's proprietary BigTable platform.
Cade Metz, 06 2011

Cisco accused of tailoring tech to aid Chinese abuses

A group accusing Cisco Systems of helping the Chinese government commit human rights abuses against Falun Gong members said it has presented new evidence that the networking giant customized its technology to spy on people tied to the outlawed religious organization.
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Torvalds dumps Kernel.org for Github after breach

Linus Torvalds has released the most current build of Linux 3.1 via Github, rather than use kernel.org, which is still experiencing downtime.
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Sprint joins US feds in anti-AT&T lawsuit

Hot on the heels of the US Department of Justice's lawsuit to block the proposed merger of AT&T and T-Mobile, Sprint Nextel has filed its own legal challenge to derail the deal.
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iOS, Mac, Android users still vulnerable to bogus certs

Eight days after the discovery that a fraudulently issued web credential actively targeted Iranians as they accessed their Gmail accounts, millions of people who rely on Google and Apple products remain vulnerable to similar attacks.
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Cloud Sherpas follow acquisition trail to Sydney

Cloud based Google apps service provider Cloud Sherpas has herded up Australian Google app reseller Devnet and will setting up shop in Sydney.
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HP-UX stretches over new Superdome 2

HP was awfully quiet about shipping its 32-socket Superdome 2 server last month. Neither have they made much noise about their biannual update for the HP-UX 11i v3 operating system that runs on their Itanium-based servers.
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Oracle uncloaks 'speedier' MySQL installer for Windows

IT administrators will be able to deploy and update MySQL faster, thanks to the latest installer Oracle has released to customers.
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In a Perfect World gamers get a US$100m VC fund

Chinese online game developer Perfect World has launched a US$100 million venture capital fund.
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CeniTex contracts lead to police questions

The Victorian government’s IT strategy seems to be unraveling, with revalations emerging that its flagship whole-of-government agency CeniTex awarded a hosting contract to a company controlled by staff of the organization.