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Apple vs Samsung: on and on and on

Samsung looks like having to delay the Australian launch of its Galaxy 10.1 even longer, with a federal court judge saying she needs more time to consider the case.
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World takes notice as SSL-chewing BEAST is unleashed

With the decrypting of a protected PayPal browser cookie at a security conference Friday, it became official: the internet's foundation of trust has suffered yet another serious fracture that will require the attention of the industry's best minds.
Dan Goodin, 27 Sep 2011
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Oracle rises for Unix server push

Oracle is taking the fight to Unix market leader IBM with its eight-core SPARC T4 processor and systems with rack, blade, and clustered systems – a full data center press.
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Whitehall: 'Don't bin whole NHS IT programme... yet'

A team from the Cabinet Office has recommended that the Department of Health (DH) gives more time to two elements of England's NHS National Programme for IT (NPfIT) dealing with the provision of key information systems.
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FalconStor founder found dead

Obituary ReiJane Huai, the founder and ousted CEO of FalconStor, has been found dead after a suspected suicide.
Chris Mellor, 27 Sep 2011
Sonos Play:3 network music player

Sonos Play:3 network music player

Review Sonos wireless music systems have always been deeply desirable but they have also always been rather expensive. Now Sonos has released a one-box player aimed at those of us who don’t own our own Caribbean island.
Alun Taylor, 27 Sep 2011
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Samsung welcomes WinPho 7.5 with Omnia W

Samsung has thrown the first of its Windows Phone 7.5 'Mango' hats in the ring, announcing a fresh Omnia to join its WinPho range.
Caleb Cox, 27 Sep 2011
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Apple Thunderbolt Macs have chips for optical links

Got a new Mac with a Thunderbolt port? Then it is compatible with upcoming optical cables, Intel has revealed.
Tony Smith, 27 Sep 2011
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Ex-NASA man stuffs OpenStack with Paxos

One of the NASA brains behind the project that became OpenStack is taking the wraps off a start-up that promises an enterprise-grade cloud using open source.
Gavin Clarke, 27 Sep 2011
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Taxmen extend biz record check pilot

More small and medium businesses (SMB) will have their records scrutinised by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) as its record-checking programme has been extended.
OUT-LAW.COM, 27 Sep 2011
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HeyTell voice messenger

Android App of the Week Like the mutant offspring of the text message and the walkie-talkie, HeyTell is perfect for anyone who wants to relay vocal messages but who doesn’t want the palaver of having an actual conversation.
Alun Taylor, 27 Sep 2011
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Cumulo Ethernet: Building Ethernet cloud fabrics

Expert Clinic Scaling up Ethernet for the cloud means longer wires and many more of them, plus many more switches. What are the effects of linking all this gear together? Do new risks emerge? Can we get economies of scale? What about security with multiple users of network links? Is ordinary Ethernet good enough?
Chris Mellor, 27 Sep 2011
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Microsoft mulls OEM distie shake-up

Microsoft has pushed its OEM software franchise out to tender among new and existing distributors amid a consumer market meltdown.
Paul Kunert, 27 Sep 2011
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Plex flexes media server pecs

Watching some of the world’s largest companies - Apple, Amazon, Google, Netflix, etc - duke it out in a digital media distribution Battle Royale is fun. It forms a not insignificant portion of my weekly entertainment. But every so often, it is worth taking the time to look at up-and-coming companies.
Trevor Pott, 27 Sep 2011
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Android outsells Apple 2:1

New numbers from market tracker Nielsen show that more than half of smartphone punters who acquired their handset in the past three months opted for Android.
Tony Smith, 27 Sep 2011
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Ed Miliband signs up for another hour of insults from Twitter

Leader of the Labour Party Ed Miliband has signed himself up for another hour of pasting and personal insults from the Twittersphere by agreeing to answer questions on the #askEdM hashtag for an hour on Wednesday afternoon.
Anna Leach, 27 Sep 2011
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Amazon to kindle Fire tablet tomorrow

Amazon's Kindle tablet will be called the Fire and be based on the same core technology as RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook, it has been claimed a day ahead of the retailer's big announcement.
Caleb Cox, 27 Sep 2011
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Lewd voicemail hack on MP prompts probe

A prankster hacked into an MP's parliamentary voicemail and left a sexually offensive message for callers, the Mail on Sunday reports.
John Leyden, 27 Sep 2011
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Google+ chases MySpace for second place

Google+ unsurprisingly saw a spike in visitors after Mountain View opened the new social network to all-comers last week.
Kelly Fiveash, 27 Sep 2011
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Three offers UNLIMITED data to all its customers

Network Three has extended its all-you-can-eat data offer to every mobile customer - for an extra £3 a month.
Caleb Cox, 27 Sep 2011
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Interference-dodging app sidesteps Wi-Fi band-hoggers

Airshark is an experimental application bringing detect-and-avoid frequency-hopping to previously dumb Wi-Fi cards, without the addition of any new hardware.
Bill Ray, 27 Sep 2011
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Sonex calls in administrators

Sonex Communications has called in the administrators to seek a way forward for its 15 ailing Sony Centres.
Paul Kunert, 27 Sep 2011
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Spotify tethers future to Facebook

This is a story with huge implications for the future of the web. Even if you don't use Facebook or Spotify - I don't - and couldn't care less, you can nevertheless start to see how business relationships will develop.
Andrew Orlowski, 27 Sep 2011
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David Caminer, creator of the first business computer

Unsung Heroes of Tech Business without computers would be unthinkable today. Spare a thought then for those who first made the connection; who not only realised that a computer could be used to run a company, but who also knuckled down to build a system from the ground up and put it to use driving a huge commercial enterprise.
Chris Bidmead, 27 Sep 2011
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Hands on training with SQL Azure

Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA) is Microsoft’s online training facility. Like any such endeavour, you read articles, watch movies and take a self assessment at the end to see how much you remembered.
Trevor Pott, 27 Sep 2011
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YouView to adopt Freeview channel list rules

Would-be standard IPTV platform YouView wants to order channels in its electronic programme guide (EPG) according to rules used by Freeview, an approach that puts the UK's main terrestrial channels at the top of the list.
Tony Smith, 27 Sep 2011
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Should your system offer Mr, Ms ... and Mx?

Analysis Last week the Australian government announced new rules for declaring a gender on passports. This week UK authorities revealed they are conducting their own review of gender on passports. What are the implications for systems design and management?
Jane Fae Ozimek, 27 Sep 2011
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Ex-Microsofties' IE6 kill squad hits UK

A team of ex-Microsoft staffers have set up shop in Blighty to finally wean British netizens off IE6.
Gavin Clarke, 27 Sep 2011
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Second-hand E-m@iler spews old emails, passwords

A Mac developer was surprised to discover both emails and stored passwords on a second-hand Amstrad E-m@iler Plus he picked up at a charity store.
John Leyden, 27 Sep 2011
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Brit web firms tweet way out of slump

Tweeting and faffing with Facebook are helping British internet businesses avoid the economic slump, according to a survey by Sage Pay.
Anna Leach, 27 Sep 2011
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'Delayed' Facebook iPad app claims lead coder casualty

The release of a Facebook iPad app remains in stasis despite the fact that it has been worked on for the best part of a year. Now a lead developer at the social network has quit the firm and vented his frustrations about the delay.
Kelly Fiveash, 27 Sep 2011
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Tosh puts 1TB in the palm of your hand

Toshiba has slimmed down its handheld external drives by using a thinner two-platter spinner inside.
Chris Mellor, 27 Sep 2011
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Clouds overshadow 'shrinking' UK server market

The UK server market is forecast to shrink next year as the corporate refresh nears it end of cycle and more SMEs turn to cloud computing instead of buying hardware.
Paul Kunert, 27 Sep 2011
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B&W connects iOS devices through collaborative playlist app

Bowers & Wilkins has shown its eye for social scenarios, after unveiling an iOS app for building playlists with content streamed from multiple devices.
Caleb Cox, 27 Sep 2011
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Violin strings out fresh flash trio

Shared flash array supplier Violin Memory is announcing three new products, beefing up both the capacity and performance of its products.
Chris Mellor, 27 Sep 2011
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Power cut knocks Miliband off-air mid-speech

A live broadcast of Ed Miliband's Labour party conference speech fell off the airwaves when a power failure cut him off mid-sentence.
Anna Leach, 27 Sep 2011
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Elon Musk's SpaceX to build 'Grasshopper' hover-rocket

SpaceX, the upstart start-up rocket company founded by famous techwealth kingpin Elon Musk, is to build and test-fly a "Grasshopper" hover rocket based on the massive first-stage fuel tank of the company's Falcon 9 vehicle, capable of carrying ten tonnes of cargo or seven people into orbit.
Lewis Page, 27 Sep 2011
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Lenovo, Compal snuggle up to build notebook plant

Lenovo has moved to beef up its manufacturing base by forming a joint venture with Chinese ODM Compal Electronics to build notebooks and all-in-one desktops.
Paul Kunert, 27 Sep 2011
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Rich List tech baron heads home as Itopia reseller biz enters administration

Troubled London-based VAR Itopia Group has gone into administration, The Reg can confirm.
Paul Kunert, 27 Sep 2011
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2009 game footage appears in ITV show as 1988 IRA vid

An ITV documentary rehashing well-known links between terrorist/freedom-fighter organisation the Provisional IRA (PIRA) and one-time Libyan leader Colonel Gaddafi has drawn fire for seemingly presenting a sequence of game video masquerading as real footage.
Caleb Cox, 27 Sep 2011
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Facebook's complexity will be its doom

Open...and Shut Facebook released some impressive updates to its ubiquitous social platform at last week's F8 developer conference. It also managed to scare the pants off even the most ardent Facebook admirers. Like me.
Matt Asay, 27 Sep 2011
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Apple confirms iPhone event on 4 October

Apple has started to send out invites for an announcement on 4 October and, judging by the familiar app icons in the email artwork, accompanied with the tagline "Let's talk iPhone", the event will be all about unveiling the next Apple handset.
Caleb Cox, 27 Sep 2011
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WikiLeaks memoir races to 537th on bestseller chart

A moist Jemima Khan once described WikiLeaks' Líder Máximo as "the new Jason Bourne" – but Julian Assange just isn't selling like the Robert Ludlum hero.
Andrew Orlowski, 27 Sep 2011
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Axiom to boot out NetApp at Oracle

Analysis It's surely axiomatic: Oracle will replace the NetApp E Series-sourced 6000 line of storage arrays with the Pillar Axiom.
Chris Mellor, 27 Sep 2011
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Ellison rides SPARC T4 SuperCluster into data centers

Just putting out four new entry and midrange servers based on its new eight-core SPARC T4 processor is not sufficient to get SPARC/Solaris customers fired up about buying gear from and paying system maintenance to Oracle. Every CIO wants to know – in fact needs to know – that there is headroom in their systems in case their workloads grow.
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Cray ships Mongolian cluster...

Yak yak yak. Supercomputer maker Cray has landed an XE6m minicluster deal in Mongolia.
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Zombie mobile Linuxes mate

The two leading mobile Linux flops are merging, according to a reputable source: LiMo and MeeGo are throwing their lot in together to produce one unified mobile Linux flop – or perhaps there is an afterlife, after all.
Andrew Orlowski, 27 Sep 2011

New flash RAM tech promises 99% energy drop

Nanotechnology boffins are exploring a new type of nonvolatile memory that not only has the potential of being faster than today's flash RAM, but also requires 99 per cent less energy.
Rik Myslewski, 27 Sep 2011
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Microsoft’s Mango update falls from tech tree

Microsoft as begun rolling out the version 7.5 "Mango" update to its Phone 7 OS – but only 10 per cent of the user base will be getting it at first.
Iain Thomson, 27 Sep 2011
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Facebook wants to poke politicians 'who share our goals'

Facebook is looking to get a firmer grip on Washington by bankrolling its own Polticical Action Committee, which will back politicians it wants to be friends with.
Joe Fay, 27 Sep 2011
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New York drops $400m to lure next-gen wafer bakers

New York governor Andrew Cuomo wants to make his state a high tech employer – and taxpayer – and has now primed the political pump with $400m in investments to go along with the $4.4bn that five chip companies plan to spend in the state over the next five years as they research 450mm wafer technology.
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Mac security update leaves users open to ugly Flashback

Apple has updated the malware protection built into its Mac operating system to flag a recently discovered trojan that hijacks users' machines by masquerading as a benign document. Malware disguised as an Adobe Flash installer, meanwhile, remained unchecked.
Dan Goodin, 27 Sep 2011
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HPC 2.0: The Monster Mash-up

Pt 1. Blog IBM recently invited a handful of really smart HPC-centric industry analysts (and me too, for no apparent reason) to spend the day talking about where the market is going and how IBM intends to address it.
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Apple loses bid to trademark 'multi-touch'

The US Patent and Trademark Office has rejected Apple's appeal to obtain a trademark for the term "multi-touch".
Rik Myslewski, 27 Sep 2011
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Turnbull storms Paris with NBN’s doom

In the midst of a blitzkrieg tour through Germany, Paris and the UK seeking tête-à-tête meetings with some of Europe’s leading telco brains trust including Ofcom, Australia’s shadow communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull delivered a typically caustic attack on Australia’s NBN project to a packed Broadband World Forum in Paris, yesterday.
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Revolution speeds stats on Hadoop clusters

Revolution Analytics, the company that is extending R, the open source statistical programming language, with proprietary extensions, is making available a free set of extensions that allow its R engine to run atop Hadoop clusters.
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Wales says no to outing Wikipedia users on Facebook

Wikipedia is not planning to link into the new Facebook Open Graph, network co-founder James Wales says, since it is “slightly weird and creepy.”
Iain Thomson, 27 Sep 2011
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iPad maker Foxconn catches fire, claims no casualties

A dramatic fire that billowed black smoke from the roof of Chinese gadget-assembler Foxconn has been extinguished without casualties or interruption in service.
Rik Myslewski, 27 Sep 2011
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Microsoft delivers fatal blow to yet another botnet

Microsoft said it delivered a fatal legal blow to Kelihos, a botnet that stole sensitive personal information stored on computers it infected, and was capable of delivering almost 4 billion spam messages per day.
Dan Goodin, 27 Sep 2011