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Early Earth’s ‘golden shower’

Rocks from Isua in south-west Greenland have been hailed as providing evidence for what geologists believe is the source of complex and heavy elements on Earth: an asteroid shower that endowed our young planet with gold (as well as platinum, iridium, nickel and tungsten).
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Solar lays hands on Holy Grail

While the solar industry continues its campaign against the new NSW state government, which in its first budget cut back further on subsidies to solar installations, another landmark event has passed with much less notice: various experts and analysts now put PV power cost at parity with the cost of buying electricity from the grid.
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StreetView gets the willies in Victoria

In the great tradition of pranking Google’s photographers, someone has penned a phallus on a Google StreetView camera-van in Australia.
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Hitachi Data Systems gobbles BlueArc

At last. Hitachi Data Systems is buying hardware-accelerated filer supplier BlueArc for an undisclosed cash sum, leaving NetApp as the last significant man standing from the filer side of the industry and giving HDS a powerful file storage capability.
Chris Mellor, 08 Sep 2011
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Google feeds patents to HTC for assault on Apple

Android phone manufacturer HTC has sued Apple using nine patents it bought from Google. And Google acquired four of the nine from Motorola.
Cade Metz, 08 Sep 2011
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Kingston Wi-Drive wireless flash storage

Review The lack of any direct storage expansion in Apple's iOS products has been one of the more enduring causes of complaint for those using or pondering on owning one of these devices. Kingston Technology demonstrated its idea of a workaround when it previewed the MobiSX at CES at the beginning of the year. Now in production, with a name change to boot, the Kingston Wi-Drive relies on wireless data transfer to deliver its 16GB or 32GB iOS storage expansion.
Bob Dormon, 08 Sep 2011
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Three in ten Americans urge feds to read their email

A survey into attitudes ten years after the 9/11 attacks has found that three out of ten Americans are happy to let the government read their emails without a warrant. And this rose to 47 per cent for emails addressed to foreigners.
Iain Thomson, 08 Sep 2011
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Lost memory stick had 87 NHS patients' info unencrypted

A medical student who copied the private data of 87 patients onto a memory stick – and then lost it – has landed the University Hospital of South Manchester in trouble with the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO).
Anna Leach, 08 Sep 2011
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London public transport tap-cash plans will be 'entirely safe'

Fraudsters will not be able to extract confidential information from a person's contactless bank card or other compatible technology as the type of data held on such cards will be restricted, Will Judge, head of future ticketing at Transport for London (TfL) has said.
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McAfee: Cyber thugs will turn your car into Christine

Poorly secured embedded systems in next-generation cars create a way in for hackers, according to a new study by McAfee.
John Leyden, 08 Sep 2011
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Is using your own kit at work a good thing?

One of the latest buzzwords to contaminate this great language of ours is ‘consumerisation’. According to many marketeers, it defines the future of end user computing.
Phil Mitchell, 08 Sep 2011
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The Reg dips toe into social media ocean

Today, The Register's official Twitter account http://twitter.com/#!/regvulture reached 5,000 followers.
Drew Cullen, 08 Sep 2011
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Patent wars: Apple attacks Samsung in Japan

Another day, another tech giant starts a patent lawsuit.
Anna Leach, 08 Sep 2011
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Disk sales up 4%: No sign of Flash or Cloud impact yet

Despite the impact of the global downturn on global markets, disk sales in the second quarter were 4 per cent higher than in the first.
Chris Mellor, 08 Sep 2011
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HP readies AMD, Intel sub-notebook

HP has updated its 11.6in notebook-not-netbook machine, the dm1.
Tony Smith, 08 Sep 2011
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Adobe CreatePDF

iOS App of the Week There are plenty of PDF viewer apps available for iOS devices, so it’s a little surprising that it’s taken this long for Adobe - deviser of the Portable Document Format - to release this CreatePDF app.
Cliff Joseph, 08 Sep 2011
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Ultrabook makers turn to fibreglass to cut costs

Take this as you will, but it's claimed that many upcoming Ultrabook laptops will use a fibreglass chassis to bring production costs down to the point where their vendors can sell the machines for under $1000 (£627).
Tony Smith, 08 Sep 2011
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UK.gov works on YET ANOTHER open-source push

TransferSummit Yet another government definition for the term "open standards" is incoming because the Home Office isn't satisfied with the current wording of its so-called Action Plan.
Kelly Fiveash, 08 Sep 2011
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AMD Steam-game offer suspended after keys pilfered

Data security problems have led to the suspension of a free-videogame-with-every-Radeon-graphics-card offer from AMD and Codemasters.
John Leyden, 08 Sep 2011
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SCC swallows French services firm LNA

SCC has expanded its French operation after acquiring Boulogne-based IT services outfit LNA for an undisclosed sum.
Paul Kunert, 08 Sep 2011
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Poster presents evolution of game controllers

Fancy a wallchart detailing the evolution of videogame console controllers?
Tony Smith, 08 Sep 2011
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JP Morgan has a Playmobil moment

They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, so we're well and truly flattered that JP Morgan has taken a leaf out of the El Reg Bootnotes book and decided that figurines are the best way to illustrate important news.
Lester Haines, 08 Sep 2011
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UK.gov coder defines open standards: 'A lot like porn'

TransferSummit As the government works on drawing up yet another definition for open standards, the man in charge of the Cabinet Office's team of IT coders is keen to talk about a future where all government tech is based on, well, open standards.
Kelly Fiveash, 08 Sep 2011
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Gartner predicts UK PC market nosedive for 2011

Exclusive The UK PC channel is stuffed for 2011: both in terms of unsold kit and weakened demand across all market segments, according to Gartner.
Paul Kunert, 08 Sep 2011
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Designer styles bendy Samsung smartphone

Samsung has demo'd flexible, foldable OLED displays, and here's a concept one designer has posted to show how such a screen might change the phones we choose.
Tony Smith, 08 Sep 2011
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Amazon solves wait-at-home-for-deliveries problem

Amazon is planning to roll out digital lockers in the UK, so people with busy schedules can go to pick up their online purchases instead of taking the day off work to wait for the postman.
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Satellite gives better picture of solar flares' effects on Earth

Top boffins reviewing data from a NASA satellite dedicated to probing the secrets of the Sun say that some solar flares directed towards Earth deliver much more energy than had previously been thought.
Lewis Page, 08 Sep 2011
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Orange Monte Carlo budget Android smartphone

Review If during the last 12 months you wanted a cheap but decent prepaid smartphone there was really only one choice, the Orange San Francisco. But now its big brother is in town – the Orange Monte Carlo.
Alun Taylor, 08 Sep 2011
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End of UK local dialling in sight as numbers run out

Dialling your neighbour is going to take longer as Ofcom abolishes local calls in some areas of Britain, warning that numbers are running out.
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Erwan Menard joins fellow HP vets at DataDirect

HPC and big data storage supplier DataDirect Networks (DDN) is gearing up for expansion, growing its operations and adding information extraction software onto its data storage platform roots.
Chris Mellor, 08 Sep 2011
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Three complains to Brussels over NFC exclusion

The UK's smallest operator, Three, has launched a preemptive strike against the NFC gang of three which was announced in June, claiming its exclusion is competitively motivated.
Bill Ray, 08 Sep 2011
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Ice Cream Sandwich Android out 'by November'

Google's next major Android release, Ice Cream Sandwich, will be out in the October-November timeframe, Eric Schmidt has revealed.
Hard Reg, 08 Sep 2011
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Swedish cops free boozy moose from tree

Swedish police were called to the aid of a pissed-up elk after it chomped on fermenting apples and became trapped in a tree that had been doubling up as its free bar.
Paul Kunert, 08 Sep 2011
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China sprouts another Android fork

QQ, the world's biggest social networking service, is to launch its own handset and yet another fork of Google's Android, bringing the count up to four Android variants in China.
Bill Ray, 08 Sep 2011
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Oracle rejects Google's man for mediation

We didn't really expect Larry Page to take two full days out of the Googleplex to sit down and talk about patent infringements with the software company Oracle – he's got maths to do, nerds to manage and Google+ updates to write. But Google could have come up with someone a bit senior to meet the mediation team from the enraged software company.
Anna Leach, 08 Sep 2011
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Amazon to give up the fight in California

Amazon has cut a deal to lay down its arms in its battle with Californian legislators over the introduction of a sales tax for online retailers in the state.
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Hitachi GST sandwiches Seagate with 4TB big boy

The day after Seagate launched its 4TB external drive, Hitachi GST did exactly the same with its launch of its 4TB desktop whopper.
Chris Mellor, 08 Sep 2011
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Double-barrel net infrastructure hack threatens ecommerce

Analysis Security watchers warn that hackers might be able to develop potent attacks that would be extremely hard to foil by combining DNS hacks of the kind that affected The Register and other high-profile websites over the weekend with DigiNotar-style forged digital certificates.
John Leyden, 08 Sep 2011
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Cybercrooks prey on 9/11 anniversary

Cybercrooks are gearing up for the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks with a range of malware traps and hacking attempts both on social networks and the wider internet, net security firm BitDefender warns.
John Leyden, 08 Sep 2011
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TVonics seeks Brits to beta test BBC iPlayer over Wi-Fi

UK DVR maker TVonics is looking for "a small amount" of folk who own its DTR-HV250 set-top box to test its implementation of BBC iPlayer.
Tony Smith, 08 Sep 2011
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LG may axe up to 30% of overseas mobile staff

LG Electronics may cut 20 to 30 per cent of its overseas mobile staff in a bid to reform the loss-making unit.
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Google greedily goobles foodie guide Zagat

Google has acquired Zagat, the US restaurant guide, to tag onto its search engine and mapping application. The purchase price is undisclosed.
Paul Kunert, 08 Sep 2011
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MS, Samsung to show Windows 8 tablet at Build

Samsung and Microsoft will show off a Windows 8 tablet next week.
Hard Reg, 08 Sep 2011
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Google: SSL alternative won't be added to Chrome

Still smarting from a counterfeit secure sockets layer certificate that threatened at least 300,000 of its users in Iran, Google has no plans to fortify its Chrome browser with an experimental technology that bypasses the current system for validating websites.
Dan Goodin, 08 Sep 2011
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Microsoft inks new patent pacts over Android...and Chrome

Microsoft has inked patent-licensing deals with Acer and Viewsonic that cover devices running both Google's Android operating and its browser-based Chrome OS.
Cade Metz, 08 Sep 2011
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Foxconn churns out '150,000' iPhone 5s a day

The word out of Taiwan is that the iPhone 5 is now being churned out of Foxconn Electronics sweatshops factories at a rate of 150,000 per day, and that five to six million of the li'l fellows will be shipped by the end of September.
Rik Myslewski, 08 Sep 2011
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Burned by DigiNotar, Mozilla tells cert cops to audit security

Mozilla has directed all web authentication authorities trusted by its software to conduct security audits to ensure they aren't being abused to issue counterfeit secure sockets layer certificates.
Dan Goodin, 08 Sep 2011
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Enterprise computing imperiled by cloudy mobes

Enterprise computing practices are under attack by a rapidly advancing army of cloud-hungry mobile devices.
Rik Myslewski, 08 Sep 2011
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IBM loans SMBs $1bn to buy stuff

Big Blue wants to make more sales in the small and medium business space, and it is shelling out $1bn over the next 18 months to make it happen.
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Optus censored but still selling

Optus will continue to sell, market and invest in wireless services despite a stringent condition regarding wireless marketing contained in its $AU800 million agreement with NBN Co.
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Germany nixes EMI suit against HanseNet

A Cologne court has dealt yet-another setback to the music industry’s international strategy to force ISPs to police its copyrights.
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ACMA gives telcos five months to clean up act

The Australian Communications and Media Authority has given telecommunications providers a five deadline to improve customer services as a result of the 12 month investigation into the industry’s consumer code of practice.