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Super Micro revved up for impending Xeons, Opterons

White-box server and motherboard maker Super Micro is champing at the bit for Intel and Advanced Micro Devices to get their next generation of server processors out of the fabs and into its hands.
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UK wants our geeky army

Australian ICT and digital media companies seeking to expand to the UK are being targeted via a new drive from UK Trade & Investment. The body has launched Go UK a business plan competition open to Australian and New Zealand businesses with an interest in crossing the pond.
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Consumer Watchdog lambasts Los Angeles over Google Apps

Consumer Watchdog president Jamie Court has given Los Angeles city council members an impassioned speech about the failings of its Google Apps contract, even though the meeting to discuss the issue has been moved to next week.
Iain Thomson, 27 Oct 2011
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RIM faces legal action following service outages

RIM has been sued in its home country following the series of outages that hit customers throughout much of the world.
Iain Thomson, 27 Oct 2011
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ASX down, blames glitch

Unexplained “technical difficulties” have frozen the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) since shortly after 10am this morning, 27 October.
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Orbitsound T12v3 spatial soundbar

Review The popular Orbitsound T12 soundbar has reached its third version. Retailing for the same price as version two, the new edition looks the same externally but there are various improvements inside, including a better subwoofer speaker, higher quality components for the main speaker drivers and an extended volume range.
Ian Calcutt, 27 Oct 2011
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Insulin pump hack delivers fatal dosage over the air

In a hack fitting of a James Bond movie, a security researcher has devised an attack that hijacks nearby insulin pumps, enabling him to surreptitiously deliver fatal doses to diabetic patients who rely on them.
Dan Goodin, 27 Oct 2011
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Cabinet Office on £2m digital talent hunt

The government department charged with running the Civil Service is looking for developers to transform the public sector – and they're prepared to pay £2m to get the best.
Anna Leach, 27 Oct 2011

Windows XP and iPod: A tale of two birthdays

This week is remarkable for two 10-year computing anniversaries: that of the Apple iPod and of Microsoft's Windows XP.
Gavin Clarke, 27 Oct 2011
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Credit card companies plan to sell your purchase data to advertisers

Visa Inc and Mastercard Inc are working on a system for delivering online behavioural adverts to consumers based on what they buy in shops, according to media reports.
OUT-LAW.COM, 27 Oct 2011
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Sony and Ericsson divorce

Sony is paying €1.05bn in cash to buy out its partner in mobile telephony, though it gets ongoing patent rights and ownership of some key intellectual property as security.
Bill Ray, 27 Oct 2011
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iOS App of the Week One of the standout features of the new iPhone 4S is the Siri voice-recognition assistant.
Cliff Joseph, 27 Oct 2011
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Inside WD's flooded Thai factory

There is an eerie calm inside Western Digital's flooded hard disk drive plant near Bangkok. It has been transformed into a silent lake.
Chris Mellor, 27 Oct 2011
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Samsung gets fast-track appeal on Tab injunction

Samsung Electronics has won court approval to fast-track its appeal against the ban on its Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia.
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Telecom World tries to shake off its paper-pushing reputation

ITU Telecom World ITU Telecom World is the UN's chance to push out the message that broadband internet is a human right, but the now-annual event is also pitching itself as a grown-up version of the increasingly infantile Mobile World Congress.
Bill Ray, 27 Oct 2011
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Crypto boffins uncover rogue task risk on Amazon cloud

Security researchers have unearthed a flaw in Amazon Web Services that created a possible mechanism for hackers to take over control of cloud-based systems and run administrative tasks.
John Leyden, 27 Oct 2011
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Nokia takes NFC phones to New York subway

Despite eschewing NFC payments in the rest of the world, Nokia will be testing a handset capable of paying for subway tickets in New York, and before the end of 2011.
Bill Ray, 27 Oct 2011
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Sony KDL-40HX723 40in LED 3D TV

Review The KDL-40HX723 is a feature-heavy 40in Freeview HD TV from the posh end of Sony’s 2011 catalogue. While it sells for a tad more than a looky-likey from the brand’s bread and butter EX range, the premium is worth paying if you want to see what Sony’s picture boffins are really capable of.
Steve May, 27 Oct 2011
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Virgin Media touts high-speed signups and TiVO

Virgin Media claims half a million people now subscribe to its high speed 30 Mbit/s cable service, with 178,000 on the 50 Mbit/s or 100 Mbit/s plans. The company clawed back 6,300 broadband punters in the third quarter of 2011.
Andrew Orlowski, 27 Oct 2011
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Mozilla delivers Binged-up Firefox browser

Mozilla has released a customised version of Firefox that defaults to Microsoft's Bing.
Gavin Clarke, 27 Oct 2011
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Price-slashing fails to ignite PlayBook sales

RIM's little-loved fondleslab is failing to get the tills ringing, even after significant price cuts, channel partners have claimed.
Paul Kunert, 27 Oct 2011
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Google won't face Oracle in court until next year

The Oracle v Google patent punch-up definitely won't be heard this year, according to a court filing.
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China Central TV comes to Freeview

China Central Television is coming to Freeview HD, but not as a broadcast television channel. It will have its own channel number, but it won't be broadcast in the UK or subject to UK broadcast rules.
Bill Ray, 27 Oct 2011
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Groupon will replace 1 in 10 sales staff to ensure growth

Groupon CEO Andrew Mason has told potential IPO investors that the company will be replacing 10 per cent of its sales staff in a push to get better deals from merchants and continue to grow.
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Google Maps API now costs $4 per 1,000 requests

Apps and websites that use the Google Maps API will soon have to pay $4 per 1,000 visitors Google announced today.
Anna Leach, 27 Oct 2011
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Earth escapes obliteration by comet

NASA has released another statement on Comet Elenin, the totally insignificant comet it keeps giving out statements about, to say that it has broken up into "smaller, even less significant, chunks of dust and ice".
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Google splurges $1.5bn on acquisitions in nine months

Google has managed to spend around $1.5bn on acquisitions in the last nine months, including $265m in the month of September alone, according to a regulatory filing.
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Privacy warning as cops lean on domain registrars

Internet policy experts have warned about possible threats to privacy and an increased risk of police domain name seizures after domain firms were pressured into overhauling how they do business.
Kevin Murphy, 27 Oct 2011
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Crescent Electronics proposes CVA

E-tailer Crescent Electronics is putting together a company voluntary arrangement (CVA) with business advisory ChannelMoney.
Paul Kunert, 27 Oct 2011
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Acer execs play musical chairs

Acer is shuffling the chairs on its exec deck with EMEA president Walter Deppeler moving to become chief marketing officer, and head of the China operations Oliver Ahrens replacing him.
Paul Kunert, 27 Oct 2011
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Cops find hackers' phone in NOTW office

Police have discovered the existence of a mobile phone known as "the Hub" which was used by News of The World journalists to hack over 1,000 voicemails between 2004 and 2006, according to The Independent.
Anna Leach, 27 Oct 2011
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Porsche finds top gear with BlackBerry design

RIM gave BlackBerry a lap of honour this week, announcing the speedy arrival of a smartphone crafted collaboratively with Porsche Design.
Caleb Cox, 27 Oct 2011
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Machine translation cracks 18th century occult cipher

Statistical translation techniques have been successfully applied to decode an 18th century document written using an encryption scheme that has baffled scholars for decades.
John Leyden, 27 Oct 2011
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Scrambling for spectrum: What to do when we run out

ITU Telecom World The lack of radio spectrum is probably the most debated subject amongst the delegates at the ITU's annual talking shop, with the military, emergency services and broadcast TV all in the firing line as punters want more data.
Bill Ray, 27 Oct 2011
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Google indoor Streetview images go live

Google's cameras on sticks will be peering inside buildings starting from now as they start to incorporate the inside of shops and commercial properties onto Google Streetview.
Anna Leach, 27 Oct 2011
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Respect your BOFH or watch your small biz fail

Small and medium manufacturing businesses that don't put IT high up in their strategy decisions are scuppering their chances of success, according to a new study.
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Europe is computer biz disaster zone, says Avnet

Avnet's top line growth stalled in Q1 largely due to the testing macroeconomic landscape in the Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) after seven consecutive quarters of increases.
Paul Kunert, 27 Oct 2011
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OpenLogic floats multi-language custom cloud service

OpenLogic has launched a platform-as-a-service dubbed CloudSwing, which it is touting as the most flexible yet for the enterprise developer.
Iain Thomson, 27 Oct 2011
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As iPhone 4S battery suckage spreads, fixes appear

Ever since the iPhone 4S and iOS 5 were released earlier this month, early adopters have flooded the web with complaints about reduced battery life and overheating handsets. But now a few solutions have emerged from multiple sources – but not from Apple, unfortunately.
Rik Myslewski, 27 Oct 2011
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Apple sending sun-juiced iPads to rural Zimbabwe

Updated If you want a solar-powered iPad 2 with a pico projector, get a job as a school teacher in Zimbabwe, where Apple has entered into a joint venture with the Mugabe government to supply such setups to rural schools.
Rik Myslewski, 27 Oct 2011
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(At least) 4 web authentication authorities breached since June

At least four web authentication authorities have reported being compromised in as many months, according to research from the Electronic Frontier Foundation that renews serious questions about a technology millions of websites rely on to remain secure.
Dan Goodin, 27 Oct 2011
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Boeing 787 Dreamliner makes first commercial flight

The first commercial flight of Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner passenger jet has touched down safely and on time at Hong Kong, a little over three years after it was due to arrive.
Iain Thomson, 27 Oct 2011
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AMD beats analysts' bets with profitable quarter

AMD beat the Street when reporting its financial results for the third quarter of 2011, with earnings per share of 13¢ on revenues of $1.69bn.
Rik Myslewski, 27 Oct 2011
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Datacom, Revera expanding NZ cloud

Datacom is to build a new data centre after sharing a New Zealand government contract with IBM and Revera.
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Friends join Facebook's Open Compute project

Open Compute Summit Back in April, when Facebook opened up its Prineville, Oregon data center, it really opened it up.
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Southern Cross Cable ramps up network

New Zealand cable outfit Southern Cross Cable Networks has secured vendor Ciena for the expansion of its subsea cable network infrastructure.
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HP flip-flops on sale of Personal Systems Group

Meg Whitman, who in September replaced the deposed Leo Apotheker as president and CEO of HP, has decided that “exploring options” for the company’s PC business will not, after all, involve selling the division.
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Fact check clears Czech in botnet case

Microsoft has announced that it’s dropped dotFREE from its ongoing lawsuit over the Kelihos botnet.
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Facebook triple stuffs Swedish data center

Open Compute Summit In concert with the launch of the Open Compute Foundation on Thursday in New York, social media giant Facebook announced it is building a data center in Sweden close to the Arctic Circle, its first outside of the United States.
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Urban legend nips iiNet 'subliminal' campaign

Australian ISP iiNet has pulled a TV advertising campaign after its two-frame “Easter egg” fell foul of this country’s advertising rules.

AMD CEO vows 'maniacal' chip-baking fix

AMD's newish president and CEO fairly flaggelated himself for his company's failure in execution during its last quarter, a failure that caused Intel's only real competition to do the unthinkable: leave money on the table.
Rik Myslewski, 27 Oct 2011
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Google+ opens up to enterprises and apps

As promised at last week’s Web 2.0 Summit, Google has opened its social networking site to enterprises, via integration with Google Apps.
Iain Thomson, 27 Oct 2011