15th > November > 2011 Archive

NetApp adds Lustre to Big Data line-up

SC11 NetApp gunning for HPC and Big Data business with two product bundles combining its E arrays with Lustre, the open source supercomputer file system.
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Hackers port iPhone 4S' Siri to rival devices

Hackers say they've reverse engineered the Siri personal assistant that debuted in last month's release of the iPhone 4S, a feat that allows them to make it work from virtually any device.
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US anti-hacking law turns computer users into criminals

A commonly invoked anti-hacking law is so overbroad that it criminalizes conduct as innocuous as using a fake user name on Facebook or fibbing about your weight in a Match.com profile, one of the nation's most respected legal authorities has said.
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Converge or be damned – Lord Carter’s new world order

The Australian media, communications and technology industries have been urged to act as a united front in the creation of a new public policy framework by former UK communications minister, OFCOM's founding CEO and current Alcatel Lucent President and MD for Europe Middle East & Africa, Lord Stephen Carter.
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Motorola Razr Android smartphone

Review Razr, now there's a name for Motorola to conjure with. In its first two years the hugely popular V3 clamshell sold over 50 million units but then Motorola became so dependent on it that when it stopped selling, the company's market share collapsed.

Happy 40th birthday, Intel 4004!

On November 15, 1971, 40 years ago this Tuesday, an advertisment appeared in Electronic News for a new kind of chip – one that could perform different operations by obeying instructions given to it.
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Sony to boost image sensor capacity... again

Sony is planning to boost its image sensor production capacity by 50 per cent in the next two to three years, starting in the new year, the company said.
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Facebook boss-lady is up the pole on the glass ceiling

Opinion In one fell swoop, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg set back the women's movement. By declaring an "ambition gap" between men and women, suggesting that "until women are as ambitious as men, they’re not going to achieve as much as men," Sandberg defined 'success' in such a narrow way that most women (and men) can never attain it. More saliently, far fewer may want to.
Matt Asay, 15 2011
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Skinny 15in MacBook Pro launch tied to Intel 'Ivy Bridge'

Apple may release the previously rumoured ultra-thin 15in MacBook Pro in Q2 2012, if claims that component makers have begun sending it sample parts for the machine are true.
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Kent county council stages developer compo

Kent county council has launched a competition for local IT experts to develop new solutions for delivering public services.
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Coders crack iPhone 4S Siri

French software developer Applidium claims to have reverse engineered the protocol by which the iPhone 4S' Siri voice assistant talks to Apple's voice recognition and analysis servers.
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'Right to be forgotten' may not be enforceable - Vaizey

Ed Vaizey said that introducing a "right to be forgotten" into a revised EU Data Protection Directive might give "false expectations" to people who would seek to have their personal data deleted under the new regime.
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Security researchers break out of Apple's sandbox

Researchers claim to have discovered a vulnerability with the sandbox security mechanism used by Apple.
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Welsh factions clash over .cymru and .wales bids

A grassroots move to create .cymru as a new top-level internet domain has hit a roadblock after the Welsh government backed a .wales bid managed by an English company.
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NASA working on nuclear rocket for manned Mars trips

Since being redirected away from Bush-era plans for a base on the Moon towards a manned Mars mission, NASA has realigned its nuclear-tech-in-space efforts away from a Moonbase powerplant and towards an atomic-powered rocket able to get astronauts to the red planet quickly, without receiving dangerous exposure to cosmic radiation.
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Sony, Hitachi, Toshiba merge, sell phone display businesses

Sony, Hitachi and Toshiba are to sell off their respective mobile display production operations.
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LOHAN gets hands on mighty thruster

We're very pleased to report that El Reg's Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) team has taken delivery of a mighty thruster in the form of an AeroTech RC 32/60-100NS rocket motor.
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Ex-Amazon EC2 wizard pinpoints where your cloud is crap

Open ... And Shut Even as the world goes cloud/SaaS, monitoring tools have stayed doggedly old school. With the rise of complex web applications, the cloud, DevOps, agile computing, and continuous integration, application changes are rolled out much more frequently than the one or two times a year of old enterprise software updates, with multiple changes taking place as often as every day.
Matt Asay, 15 2011
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Beheaded man wasn't one of us, say anti-drug cartel bloggers

A man tortured, beheaded and dumped close to Mexico's border with the US in a gruesome cartel-style murder was not the moderator of a local online discussion forum, contrary the earlier reports.

Computer sports cluster war: Day of reckoning

SC11 Here are the latest odds on the Student Cluster Competition online betting as of 10am SC11 time (Pacific). Betting will close out on LINPACK late this afternoon, since the teams will be turning in those results at 17.30 Pacific on the dot (1.30 GMT 16 November).
Dan Olds, 15 2011
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Computers are so middle class – Mark E Smith

Computers are middle class and tweeting is for morons, reckons shout-at-the-bins Northerner Mark E Smith of The Fall, favourite band of the late John Peel.
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My home is bugged ... with temp sensors to save me cash

Part 1 In the past, I've eulogised on the joy of metering and tuning my house, being money and carbon-neutral for gas and electricity at home, and my homegrown solar power.
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JustPictures

Android App of the Week JustPictures has been my preferred app for managing photo galleries for nearly a year but a recent slew of upgrades - some cosmetic, some more fundamental - have elevated it to a level were it now deserves a strong recommendation.
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Salman Rushdie hissy-fit forces Facebook name U-turn

Facebook has upset Salman Rushdie after the company initially refused to let the controversial author use his common name rather than his first name when signing up to the network.
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World Bank, Intel pump dosh into developing world's IT

Intel is teaming up with the World Bank to work on joint IT investments in developing countries.
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Mail Online is broken

Updated The website of the Mail Online – the most read online newspaper in the world - appears to have broken this morning with users finding it impossible to get past the homepage.
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Leaked blower sports RIM's prospective OS, BBX

Research in Motion's upcoming BBX OS has been spotted on an unreleased handset, said to be called the BlackBerry London.
Caleb Cox, 15 2011
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Phone hacking victims' QC hit by trojan infection

The opening day of a judicial inquiry into phone hacking and other privacy-invading skullduggery by the British media was briefly interrupted on Monday - by a suspected Trojan horse infection.
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Cuba accuses US of sneaky Wi-Fi imperialism

The Cuban government has accused America of supporting the illicit Wi-Fi networks which are proliferating in the country, despite Americans also preventing proper internet access reaching the island.
Bill Ray, 15 2011
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Jim Westwood, home micro revolutionary

Unsung Heroes of Tech We all know Sir Clive Sinclair, the sometimes eccentric British boffin whose early simple, cheap and often kit-assembled devices helped usher in the UK's home computer revolution.
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Naked vegans target Prince Harry over meaty 12-incher

Exclusive Animal rights group Peta has despatched a brace of near-naked operatives to Arizona in a bid to lure Prince Harry away from the delights of meat.
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Google serves up Ice Cream Sandwich code

The Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich source code is out.
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Britain's Harrier jump-jets reprieved to fly and fight again

Blighty's famous force of Harrier jump-jets, controversially disposed of during last year's defence review along with the Royal Navy's aircraft carriers, have been reprieved: the radical vectored-thrust jets, believed by many to have been the best strike planes in Britain's arsenal, will fly (and almost certainly, fight) again.
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Samsung demands a quickie in iPhone 4S Oz ban bid

Samsung has agreed to waive its request for a preliminary banning order in Australia against the iPhone 4S in exchange for a fast-tracked hearing for a final injunction next year.
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BT axes staff amid reseller biz shake-up

BT is making a round of redundancies amid the integration of its three reseller operations – Engage IT, Business Direct and dabs.com – and has parted with former bigwig Martin Balaam.
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Irish woman doesn't go down after scrotum ripping assault

A Dublin woman who ripped her boyfriend's scrotum, leaving him with an extruded left testicle, has been spared jail.
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Google will ignore your Wi-Fi router ... if you rename it

Google has magnanimously offered to ignore Wi-Fi hotspots that have been renamed with a trailing "_nomap" to let the snoops know what you don't want them to know.
Bill Ray, 15 2011
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TalkTalk bleeds punters, revenue in Q2

TalkTalk lost 43,000 subscribers during its second quarter as punters disconnected from the telco - which has been hampered by its poor customer service record.
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'Leccy car plug map keeps greenies juiced up

The UK Ministry of Transport is drawing up a map of plug-in points for electric cars in order to make it easier for the drivers of battery-buggies to charge up their vehicles.
Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary Edition

Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary Edition

Review Love it or hate it, it's impossible to ignore Halo's legacy. With the exception of Super Mario, no other videogame series has been as critical to the success of its target platform - or as influential on the videogames industry as a whole.
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Red Hat: Let OpenShift cloud compile your Java apps

Red Hat doesn't just want to run your apps on its OpenShift cloud. It wants you to code, compile, tweak, and repeat the process on its cloud until you get the applications just right and get rid of that workstation or heavy laptop you lug around.
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Apple's cloud music service 'WIPES your iPHONE'

Apple's cloud music subscription service iTunes Match has gone live – for Americans only, at first.
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New anonymity rule on Euro airport body scanners

The European Commission has adopted new rules for the use of body scanners at airports.
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A pint a day keeps the doctor away - scientific FACT

The latest boffinry news brings good news for beer lovers: statistics have shown that moderate quaffing confers a significant benefit to cardiovascular health. You will actually be noticeably healthier than a teetotaller if you down a little more than a pint a day on average, and as healthy as a teetotaller if you drink a bit more.
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Harry Potter director takes on Doctor Who movie

Boy wizard director David Yates is planning to take Doctor Who onto the big screen in conjunction with the BBC.
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BT poaches TV wizard from Virgin Media

BT beefed up its TV business today, after it poached Virgin Media wonk Alex Green.
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Mystery malware poisons NZ ambulance system

A computer virus infection affecting the New Zealand Ambulance service last week forced dispatchers to resort to manual backup systems, according to local media reports.
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Rackspace: OpenStack beds Disney, NASA, Sony

The OpenStack cloud operating system is emerging as the main alternative to VMware because of its frenetic pace of development. So says Rackspace, OpenStack backer and internet hosting giant.
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C&W Worldwide boss out after 4 months

Cable & Wireless Worldwide is swapping boss John Pluthero with Vodafone exec Gavin Darby after exceptional charges pushed the firm into the red for the first half of 2011.
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PETA riled by Mario's raccoon skin suit

PETA, the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, has launched a scathing campaign against Nintendo's mascot, Mario, claiming his use of the tanooki suit is unethical.
Caleb Cox, 15 2011
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Voyager 2 finally agrees to a long hard thrust

Voyager 2 has finally gotten back to NASA to let engineers know that its switch to back-up thrusters was successful.
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LHC results may solve riddle of how universe can exist

Top boffins at the Large Hadron Collider – mightiest particle-punisher and largest machine of any kind ever assembled by humanity – say that they may have uncovered a vital clue explaining one of the greatest mysteries of physics: namely, how is it that matter itself can exist?
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Engineer sues Huawei for axing him 'because he's a Brit'

A British software engineer is suing Chinese company Huawei for racial discrimination after they made him redundant but allegedly employed new Chinese staff in the Basingstoke office where he worked.
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'Hands free' pissing contest games installed in boozer

Drunks can now piss away hours playing games while at the urinals after the gents at The Exhibit Bar in south London was kitted out with a hands-free gaming cistern system.
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Visa to tell shops where their punters' wallets went next

Visa has become a minority partner in Beyond Analysis in order to better exploit the 11 billion transaction records it has knocking around on its servers.
Bill Ray, 15 2011
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Ultimate flight-sim crashes into living rooms for 36 grand

Flight-sim enthusiasts often spend fortunes building mock-up cockpits in their homes. But who needs to construct anything when you could simply buy one of these badass bubbles?
Caleb Cox, 15 2011
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SCC11: Meet the Boston U Terriers

Team vid Boston U has brought more than a taste for clam chowder to the 2011 Student Cluster Competition in Seattle; they also brought more hardware heft than anyone else.
Dan Olds, 15 2011
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Step forward the chief information security officer

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SCC11: Meet Team China

Team Vid China’s NUDT (National University of Defense Technology) shocked the world in 2010 when it unveiled the fastest supercomputer known to man, the 1.86 Pflop Tianhe-1A. It came out of nowhere and caught the entire industry by surprise.
Dan Olds, 15 2011
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IKEA cuts ribbon on 'I've Got A Screw Loose Street'

Flatpack monolith IKEA has announced that its new tentacle in Valladolid, Spain, will sit on "I've Got A Screw Loose Street".
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Samsung's Bada outshipped WinPho 7 in Q3

Poor old Microsoft. Even Samsung's Bada smartphone OS is more popular than yours.
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US student to fill heavens with Sprites

A Cornell University postgrad student is offering enthusiasts the chance to get their own diminutive bit of kit into space, in the form of a miniature satellite.

SCC11: Meet Team Costa Rica

Team vid Team Costa Rica is another first-time entrant in the 2011 Student Cluster Competition in Seattle. Their official name is Tecnológico de Costa Rica, but to me they’re the Rainforest Eagles, and they’ve earned respect for not only representing their entire region but for the hardships they overcame to make it to the SCC.
Dan Olds, 15 2011
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SCC11: Meet Team Russia

Team Russia, representing the State University of Nizhny Novgorod, is returning to the Student Cluster Competition for the second time.
Dan Olds, 15 2011
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Facebook filth flood – Fawkes Virus to blame?

The newsfeeds of numerous Facebook users have become flooded with filth – specifically violent and pornographic images – as the result of an attack against the social network over the last day or so.

SCC11: Meet Team Taiwan

Team vid The team from Taiwan's National Tsing Hua University is on a mission: to become the first university to repeat as Student Cluster Competition champions. The team in Seattle this year is almost entirely new, but they have the same coach and have been mentored by their predecessors from the 2010 championship team.
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SCC11: Meet Team Texas

Team vid What can you say about the University of Texas Longhorns that they haven’t already said about themselves?
Dan Olds, 15 2011
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SCC11: Meet the Colorado Buffaloes

Team vid The University of Colorado Buffalo team has competed at every Student Cluster Competition – this is year six.
Dan Olds, 15 2011
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AT&T LTE hits Vegas and five other slots

US carrier AT&T has announced six new markets for its LTE network, which is currently spreading like wildfire across the country, in an attempt to catch up with rivals Verizon Wireless and Sprint.
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Assange takes extradition fight to Supreme Court

Lawyers acting for Julian Assange have filed appeal papers with the UK Supreme Court to fight his extradition to Sweden.

SCC11: Meet the Purdue Boilermakers

Team vid Purdue is one of two teams that’s participated in the SC11 Student Cluster Competition (SCC) since its inception. They’re a solid team with a half-n-half mixture of rookies and SCC veterans. This year they’re bringing the typical workmanlike Purdue attitude to the competition – along with a plethora of traditional HPC gear.
Dan Olds, 15 2011
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Angry Bird rockets into spa-a-a-a-ce!

When the Russian Soyuz TMA-22 successfully launched from Kazakhstan's Baikonur cosmodrome on Monday morning, its crew manifest listed NASA's Dan Burbank and Roscosmos' Anton Shkaplerov and Anatoly Ivanishin.
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Petaflop = Top500 table stakes by 2016

InsideHPC's Rich Brueckner and I sat down yesterday with Jack Dongarra and Hans Meuer from Top500.org, the guys who put together the twice yearly list of the 500 largest supercomputers.
Dan Olds, 15 2011
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Enormous orbiting solar raygun power plants touted

Many years ago, in Galaxy magazine, Jerry Pournelle devoted his A Step Farther Out column to describing how satellites could be used to harvest solar energy on a scale impossible underneath Earth’s atmosphere.
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'Do Not Track' standard edges towards daylight

An internet standard on online privacy is expected to be published by the middle of next year. In the meantime, the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has released a first draft of the so-called "Do Not Track" (DNT) mechanism, with input from the major browser makers.
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OpenCL ratchets up to version 1.2

OpenCL, the open-source standard for programming heterogeneous computing systems – aka CPU/GPU mashups – has reached version 1.2 with the ratification and public release of its latest specification documentation.
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Ballmer shoots down Microsoft breakup advice

Steve Ballmer has scotched suggestions from investors at Microsoft's annual shareholders meeting that his company should spin off some of its divisions
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Nvidia: An unintended exascale-super innovator

SC11 Jen-Hsun Huang, one of the cofounders of graphics-chip maker Nvidia, never intended to be a player in the supercomputing racket. But his company is now at the forefront of the CPU-GPU hybrid computing revolution that is taking the HPC arena by storm as supercomputing centers try to cram as much math into as small a power budget as possible.
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Adobe Flex SDK bombshell STUNS developers

Adobe is to hand over its Flex SDK, which lets you develop applications for the Flash runtime using XML and ActionScript code, to an open source foundation. The company is committing to HTML 5 as the “best technology for enterprise application development”, according to a statement issued on Friday, November 11 by two Adobe product managers.
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'Devastating' protocol flaw could paralyze Bitcoin system

Computer scientists say they've identified a fundamental flaw in the Bitcoin electronic currency system that could eventually stunt its development unless developers change the way users are rewarded for their participation.
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SingTel launches e-reader

Singapore Telecommunications has launched Singapore’s first e-book service, branded skoob.
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Is iiNet about to spend a bob on TransACT?

Talk of a sale of Canberra-based ISP and pay TV company TransACT is back on the agenda, with reports that iiNet is a front-runner to buy the carrier.
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Intel unveils $100m plan to juice AppUp Center devs

Intel Capital has unveiled a new $100m AppUp Fund to jumpstart companies developing content for its online Intel AppUp Center store, which is currently limited to software running on Windows XP, Windows 7, and MeeGo devices based on the Atom processor.
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Opposition to SOPA mounting as Google, Facebook link arms

An MPAA-backed bill designed to let rights-holders block Websites on the accusation of copyright infringement has drawn the ire of Google, Facebook, Yahoo!, eBay, Twitter, LinkedIn, Zynga and others.