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UltraViolet: Hollywood's giant digital gamble is here

Hollywood's big plan to update the industry for the digital era - UltraViolet - comes to the UK on 26 December, the consortium behind it has revealed. It will be an inauspicious start, represented by just one new movie release, but there's no mistaking the ambition of the project. Three years in the planning, UV is Hollywood's attempt to get right what the music business has got woefully wrong, and it isn't unreasonable to describe it as the biggest shift in thinking in the history of the movie industry.
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Greenplum previews unified Hadoop biz-intel stack

Upstart data-warehousing appliance maker Greenplum said on Wednesday that it is getting set to mash up its data-warehousing software with its OEMed distribution of the Hadoop big data muncher to create a single über data platform that it is logically calling the Unified Analytics platform.
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China pad peddler wins iPad name from Apple

Apple and its Chinese resellers are facing a wave of legal action in the wake of a court ruling which found that Cupertino does not own the trademark to the iPad name in China.
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Acer Aspire 5749 budget 15in laptop

Review Acer’s Aspire line has become synonymous with affordable computing power, providing an air of quality even towards the lowest end of the pricing scale. With an asking price of £399, the 15.6in Aspire 5749 isn’t going to break the bank and it certainly won’t be shattering records, but can so little money buy reasonable performance?
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Cabinet Office extends G Cloud deadline

The Cabinet Office has extended the deadline for suppliers to apply to join its G Cloud framework by three weeks to 19 December.
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EC data protection proposals could open up Zuck's 'social graph'

Draft proposals on the European Commission's "general data protection regulation" have been leaked online.
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Criminal Records Bureau checks to go online

The Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) is to introduce an online status checking service for employers to verify that potential employees have been cleared for relevant jobs. It is intended to save people from having to request a new certificate every time they apply for a new role.
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Oedipal shower romp wins crap sex award

US author David Guterson has walked off with this year's Literary Review Bad Sex in Fiction Award, for an admirable contribution to the genre in his novel Ed King.
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Insurance and IT firms agree rules on sharing price details

Six insurance companies and two IT software and service providers have agreed to change the way price information for motor insurance is shared following concerns that previous practices were violating competition laws.
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KitchenPad

iOS App of the Week The big problem when preparing the Christmas mega-feast is synchronising the timings for all the different dishes. My oven just has a single timer on it, so KitchenPad’s ability to create multiple timers is just what I need.
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NASA rover finds evidence of water flowing on Mars

NASA's famous robot rover Opportunity, still prowling the haematite steppes of the Meridiani Planum on Mars seven years after setting down, appears to have discovered concrete evidence that liquid water once flowed across the surface of the red planet.
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Amazon: The Microsoft of the cloud

Open ... and Shut Is there a cloud market, or is there an Amazon market?
Matt Asay, 08 2011
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Apple preps TV enabled iMac ahead of own-brand telly

All the rage - well, among PC makers, if not consumers - in the early 1990s, the PC TV is set to make a comeback, courtesy of Apple.
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Mythbusters cannonball ‘myth-fires’

If non-US readers have ever wondered how far the Alameda County bomb disposal range (beloved of Discovery Channel show Mythbusters) is from homes, it seems it’s at least close enough for a misdirected cannonball to hit a house.
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Why are Android anti-virus firms so slow to react on Carrier IQ?

Analysis Some Android anti-virus firms have begun releasing Carrier IQ detection apps, but only after the controversial software became a talking point on Capitol Hill ... and a month after a security researcher first discovered it.

Steve Jobs' last design: New Apple HQ pics

Those who think that Apple is a strange cult will only have their suspicions confirmed by the recently released renderings of Apple's new Cupertino HQ published online yesterday.
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Retailer reveals Nokia Lumia 710 UK debut date

Nokia's second Windows Phone handset, the Lumia 710, will be available over here on 6 January 2012, one online retailer reckons.
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Fusion-io: SSDs are useless ... Let's build one

After knocking SSDs for poor performance, Fusion-io is now building one itself – but throwing out existing speed-limiting SSD interfaces designed for disk drives.
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Taxpayers to cough more for multi-billion pound failed NHS IT project

A contract extension costing the taxpayer up to £2bn has reportedly been granted to Computer Sciences Corporation, even though the botched NHS IT project the American company had been working on was axed by the health secretary in September.
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Laptop bags: 15-inchers

Xmas Gift Guide Fed up of lugging your laptop around in a tatty old backpack? Fancy something a little more stylish? Feel your other half ought to carry a pack that's more chic? Here are five of the best bags for 15in laptops that Reg Hardware saw during 2011.
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Nokia to sell off luxury phone brand

Nokia is planning to sell off Vertu, its wholly-owned luxury-phone brand, which sells basic mobile phones with classy cases to the overpaid.
Bill Ray, 08 2011
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Domesday Book put on touchscreen at Bletchley Park

The first Domesday book was published on vellum in the 11th century. 900 years later when the BBC wanted to mark the anniversary of Britain's oldest surviving dataset, they gathered a whole new clutch of information about Britain in photos, videos and text, and because it was 1986 saved it all on laser discs.
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Patchy app development security slammed

Eight in 10 applications failed to pass stricter security testing standards in test by application security assessment firm Veracode.
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WD to research flash in Taiwan

Disk drive supplier Western Digital is planning a solid state drive (SSD) research and development centre in Taiwan.
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Tech firm deals collapse on fears of double dip

Tech M&A activity across Europe dropped by one-fifth in November compared to the previous month amid biting concerns over the state of the economy and a potential slide into a second recession.
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TomTom axes 10% of workforce

Sat-nav maker TomTom is axing 10 per cent of the workforce and reorganising the R&D budget to speed up the time it takes to get products to market.
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iOS finally gets Palm compatibility

Love the iPhone, but still in love with Palm OS? You can have it all as StyleTap is standing ready to wrap up your Palm OS apps with an Apple-friendly iOS coating.
Bill Ray, 08 2011
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The pace of change parts 1, 2 and 3

On demand Vendors are always talking about cloud this and cloud that, as if you're all the same. Well, maybe to them, you are but wavy company in every sector has different needs for IT, and so different needs for cloud technology.
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New account of Flight 447 disaster published

Lack of manual flying experience contributed to the crash of a fully functional commercial airliner two years ago, killing all 228 people aboard.
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Facebook tries to grow up by undergoing corporate rejig

Facebook has reportedly overhauled its corporate structure in (probably) a sly nod to Google and (more likely) as a strategic move ahead of the company's expected IPO.
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Judge Dredd vs Zombies

Review Cop of the future Judge Dredd has been pounding the streets of Mega City One since 1977, but it took host comic 2000AD's acquisition by software developer Rebellion in 2000 to see the lawman to star in a decent videogame. Dredd has appeared on the PC, the PlayStation and the Xbox, and now he's meting out justice, shot by shot, on the iPad and iPhone.
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Small biz owners plan for stingy Xmas celebrations

More than half of small biz owners are cancelling Christmas – well the annual festive lunch to be specific – as cash is in short supply.
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Ofcom sets out ambitious plans for 2012/13

UK communications regulator Ofcom has set out its plan for the next year, and wants to know if anyone disagrees with its priorities.
Bill Ray, 08 2011
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Feds probe alleged World Cup bid email hack

Federal investigators are investigating claims that email accounts of the US bid team for the 2022 World Cup were hacked of part of an alleged dirty tricks campaign that may also have affected the 2018 bid process.
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Former Ingram Micro MD joins distie TD Maverick

Channel veteran Julian Klein has pitched up at AV distie TD Maverick as European development director.
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Microsoft welcomes OSI open source to Win8 store

Most, but not all, open-source apps are being welcomed by Microsoft into the Windows 8 Windows Store.
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Brocade has 2-year Fibre Channel headstart on rival

Brocade is making 16gig Fibre Channel hay while Cisco is still lagging up to two years behind, having made a wrong bet with FCoE.
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North America makes entry into dino fatty league

Seems like Americans have been fatties for longer than we thought. The heaviest creature to have walked on land lived in New Mexico circa the Late Cretaceous period, according to an article by Montana State Uni researchers.
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Digital certificate authority suspends ops following breach

Websites belonging to a Netherlands-based issuer of digital certificates were unavailable following reports hackers penetrated their security and accessed databases that should have been off limits.
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Cloudera gets proactive with Hadoop management

Updated Cloudera might have been the first company to try becoming the Red Hat for stuffed elephants, but with MapR, Hortonworks, IBM, Oracle, DataStax, and EMC all trying to commercialize Hadoop, Cloudera has to keep on its toes and perhaps even balance on a ball.
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Broadcom bullish in 802.11ac and in-car Ethernet

Broadcom has been outlining its plans for the next year, including a big push into the 802.11ac wireless arena and a new venture for in-car Ethernet.
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Netflix set to make your video history public

Netflix has been given the legal green light to integrate information of customer’s video viewing habits on social networks following the passing of a bill by the US House of Representatives.
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OpenDNS puts crypto in beta

While the world slowly implements DNSSec in the backbone of the Internet, OpenDNS has put forward its solution to securing the user-side of DNS, with the preview version of a DNS encryption tool.
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Some aspects of NBN anti-competitive, says PC

In the kind of decision that will go down in the annals of the astonishingly obvious, Australia’s Productivity Commission has found that some aspects of the National Broadband Network might be considered anti-competitive.
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Google splashes $US300m on HK data centre

Google’s first Asia Pacific data centre is currently under construction in Hong Kong and looking for staff.
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Iran displays video footage of captured US spy drone

Iranian state television has shown video of what it claims is a US spy drone that was hijacked by its army's electronic warfare unit.
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Wind farms get better forecasts

The University of NSW has announced the first fruits of its new intellectual property regime, in the form of software designed to improve wind power forecasting.