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Most EU states sign away internet rights, ratify ACTA treaty

Representatives of 21 of the EU’s member states, including the UK, have signed off on the controversial Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) – the European version of the US SOPA and PIPA rolled into one and cranked up to 11.
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Untangling the question of antimatter mass

A group of researchers at University of California Riverside hopes to chip away at one of physics’ ‘question of questions’ – why the blazes we’re here at all. Their hope is to make electron/positron pairs live long enough to measure the positron’s mass and find out if it’s different to the electron.
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Planet-hunting Kepler hits EXOPLANET JACKPOT

NASA's exoplanet-hunting Kepler spacecraft has identified a slew of new subjects, adding 26 planets in 11 systems to its inventory.
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Newt Gingrich wants Moon to be 51st US state

Presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich is telling the people of Florida about his plans for a permanent base on the Moon, and suggesting it may be possible for the satellite to become the 51st US state.
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Eurocom Panther 2.0 Core i7, SLI notebook

Review While currently every notebook manufacturer seems to offering the thinnest, lightest and easiest to carry around notebook ever, in a bizarre way, it’s quite refreshing to find a company wandering off message and offering notebooks at the other end of the scale. Enter Eurocom’s Panther 2.0, the heaviest, most amazingly specified, most expensive and without doubt the fastest performing notebook I’ve ever come across in over ten years of laptop testing.
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EU: Time running out for web companies on 'do not track' system

Internet companies have been urged to establish a final standardised system that will allow users to control their privacy settings across websites.
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Samsung outsold Apple in world smartphone arena

Apple may have shipped more smartphones than Samsung in Q4, but the South Korean giant sold more of the gadgets during the year as a whole.

Maxwell: Under G-Cloud, gov will buy IT 'like stationery'

The G-Cloud will usher in an era of public ICT contracts that are measured in months, rather than years, according to Liam Maxwell, the Cabinet Office's director of ICT futures.
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iPhone grabs 6% of world phone shipments

Apple increased its share of the world phone market in Q4 2011, accounting for 8.3 per cent of mobile shipments, but it's still a small fry compared to the likes of Nokia and Samsung.
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Startup goes titsup: Beyond Oblivion's crash is beyond belief

It isn't just scofflaw copyright criminals who cause grief for the music business. Sometimes it's quite capable of lining up its own feet for a shooting party.
Samsung 46in transparent LCD screen

Samsung eyes enormofridges for see-through screens

Samsung's 46in see-through LCD screen will go into production this month, paving the way for the transparent tech's appearance in ordinary folks' living rooms.
Hard Reg, 27 2012

World Solar Challenge: The Musical

Video Last October, we at El Reg's Special Projects Bureau jetted off to Oz in pursuit of the World Solar Challenge – a gruelling 3,000km test of the planet's most advanced solar cars.
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Twitter cosies up to governments with country-level filters

Micro-blogging phenomenon Twitter has modified its commitment to the free flow of information online by adding a new feature enabling the removal of users' tweets at a country level while allowing them to be viewed elsewhere.
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UK sight-loss charity sues BMI

The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) has taken the unusual step of suing BMI after the airline failed to make changes to its website to make it accessible to blind and partially sighted people.
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Spring launch for Apple OLED TV with Siri, says retail mole

Apple's voice-controlled 42in OLED TV could be out this April. Assuming, of course, that the Mac maker is indeed working on such an improbable beast.

Valve pumps Steam into smartphones

Valve has taken its digital game distribution platform mobile, launching a Steam app for iOS and Android.
Caleb Cox, 27 2012
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Google must channel SOPA rage again – against your privacy

Put down the NOHO, victorious SOPA protestors – the mothership needs your help once again. Google needs to mount a SOPA-like campaign against European privacy protection proposals, says a US academic. It's for the greater good, apparently.
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Boffins make graphene micro-distillery

Graphene-creating boffins have discovered a new purpose for the wonder material - a teeny-tiny distillery.
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BT comes clean on Infinity modem 'upgrade'

National telco BT has been sending letters out to its Infinity broadband customers saying that it will swap their modems for a better version for free, but failing to mention that the real reason for the generous offer is because they could be faulty.
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BT seeks apartment dwellers to sign-up to 'superfast' FTTP trial

BT is on the lookout for around 1,000 residential buildings to sign up to a pilot to allow the national telco to test superfast broadband speeds in apartment blocks.

Nintendo unveils Network for console connectivity

Nintendo has spilled the beans on its next-gen Wii U console's connectivity capabilities to be built around an online service called the Nintendo Network.
Caleb Cox, 27 2012
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'You will download your sneakers within 20 years. Yarr'

QuotW This was the week when Microsoft filed a lawsuit against a Russian man who allegedly created and operated the Kelihos botnet before it got taken down in September last year.
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ICANN responds to smut portal antitrust lawsuit

ICANN and .xxx manager ICM Registry want a California judge to throw out an antitrust lawsuit, saying plaintiff Manwin Licensing is just miffed that it missed out on the juiciest domain names.
Sony BDP-S185 Blu-ray player

Sony BDP-S185 Blu-ray player

Review Review The BDP-S185 is the latest entry-level player in Sony's standalone Blu-ray range. It’s also the smallest and lightest model, at a mere 290mm wide and 1.15kg. With these reduced dimensions, comes a similarly diminished specification: the player isn’t DLNA compliant and can’t stream content across a network.
Steve May, 27 2012
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Trevor goes hands-on with Microsoft Training

Reg columnist Trevor Pott's recent review of the Microsoft Virtual Academy sparked several comments that largely said the same thing: "where's the pics?"
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Update Facebook by thrusting your hips to, er ... 'Like' things

Seventies throwbacks who like big belt buckles, and pelvic thrusting in public, can now check into a location, or "Like" a friend, with no more than a flick of the hips.
Bill Ray, 27 2012
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North Korea labels phone users war criminals

North Korea has banned the use of mobile phones for 100 days while it formally mourns the death of its late "glorious leader" Kim Jong-Il. Those who disobey the dictat will be treated as war criminals and punished accordingly, it has been claimed.
Caleb Cox, 27 2012
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Stab victim protected by Bulgarian airbag

A Florida woman who was set upon by her ex-fiance's knife-wielding new squeeze survived the attack thanks to one of her Bulgarian airbags, according to this report.
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NAO: British bobbies wasting £80m BlackBerry stash

Brit coppers are not getting enough benefits from their £80m splurge on BlackBerrys and other mobile devices, the National Audit Office has said.

Galaxy drives up profits for Samsung

Samsung's smartphones have helped drive the company to an operating profit of ₩5.3 trillion ($4.7bn) in the fourth quarter of last year.

Apple: Yes there are horrendous accidents, but we CARE

Tim Cook has sent a letter to all Apple employees stressing how much the company cares about industrial accidents in its Chinese factories.
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Google lets youngsters in to Google+. Officially, that is

Google has finally opened the doors of its Google+ social networking service to kids, but was careful to keep their ‘rents onside with new online safety features, as its desperate efforts to catch Facebook continue.
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Apple Italy throws up ruling on its store site

UPDATE: Apple Italy has posted details of the ruling against it, as required by the Italian courts, though we don't yet know if Cupertino will be coughing up the €1.2m fine too.
Bill Ray, 27 2012
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Microsoft exec says Safe Harbor framework is 'alive and well'

CPDP Privacy advocates have expressed concern about Brussels' Commissioner Viviane Reding's decision to leave in place the Safe Harbour framework used by some companies to transfer data from Europe to the US.

Snake slides back onto Nokia smartphones

Most people enjoyed playing Snake on their ancient Nokias, gobbling dots and chasing their tail in zig-zags around the screen, at some time in their lives. Well, gamers can now revisit the past and install the ol' classic on their Lumia handsets, retro stylee.
Caleb Cox, 27 2012
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Microsoft schtum on Dropbox snags with IE

Microsoft has so far declined to explain why Internet Explorer this week flagged Dropbox as a phishing threat, in an apparent clash with Amazon’s S3 cloud storage.
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Judges set timetable for McKinnon case resolution

Senior judges have set a timetable to speed up resolution in the long-running Gary McKinnon extradition case, effectively setting a deadline for the Home Office to respond to evidence that McKinnon is too infirm to withstand the stress of a US trial and likely imprisonment over alleged Pentagon hacking offences.
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US lawmakers question Google over privacy policy

Google is insisting that its new privacy policy will still give its users control, after criticism in a letter from US members of Congress.
Sony PS Vita handheld games console

Playstation Vita games match PS3 software prices

As next month's PlayStation Vita launch edges near, publishers have revealed prices for the games that'll be available, with some titles even stretching to a big-ticket £45.
Caleb Cox, 27 2012
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Spotify reckons 1 in 5 freebie-gulper eventually pay up

Spotify executive Ken Parks says Spotify has 3 million paying customers, and 20 per cent of people who get on to the free, ad-supported part of the service are signing up to become paying punters. Most of those, 15 per cent, sign up to the premium tier, Parks claimed. The premium tier gives you offline and mobile access to the music.
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RIM slashes BlackBerry PlayBook tablet prices

RIM has taken an axe to the prices it charges for its BlackBerry PlayBook tablets in the UK - again.
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Facebook flings clickjack spam lawsuit at ad-slingers

Facebook and US state of Washington have filed lawsuits against marketing firm Adscend Media over alleged clickjacking and spam practices, as the social networking giant finally gets tough with scammers operating on the site.
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Nominet puts the squeeze on rude members

Nominet, which runs the .uk domain registry, has proposed a new code of conduct that would ban unprofessional behaviour by its members.
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Dumb salesmen are hurting us – Nokia CEO

Analysis Stephen Elop got a pretty indulgent reception from analysts, and most of the press yesterday, after delivering some shocking results. Nokia turned a profit of €2bn into a loss of €1bn in the new boss's first full year; volumes are down by 29 per cent; sales of the new Windows phone are unremarkable (to put it generously); and Elop has scrapped guidance for the rest of the year. [Summary] News like this would normally have analysts reaching for the panic button - but not today. Why would this be?

Juniper stalled by jittery service providers, product transitions

Juniper Networks warned Wall Street earlier this month that the fourth quarter was going to be rough because key service provider customers are cutting back on spending at the same time that the company is putting the finishing touches on some new switches and routers.
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Enterprise gets social: Twitter-style data streams, engagement 'apps'

Open ... and Shut The winning game plan for enterprise software has long been to "play it safe."
Matt Asay, 27 2012
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America abandoning DSL in favour of faster cable

ADSL connections to US homes are on the slide as companies and consumers turn to cable and fibre for faster connectivity.
Bill Ray, 27 2012

Quantum shares plunge after results

Revenues for the third quarter of fy2012 were $173m, 2 per cent down on the $176m of a year ago. Net income was $3.94m, down from the $5.8m recorded a year ago. These earnings exceeded the Street's expectations so why did investors decide to sell the shares?
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Polish lawmakers don Guy Fawkes masks to protest ACTA

Over 30 Polish lawmakers held up paper replicas of the Guy Fawkes mask, made famous by both Anoymous hacktivists and the Occupy movement, during a protest in parliament of their country's signing of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), the EU's highly controversial online-piracy legislation.
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GaleForce control freak paints clouds KVM red

Gale Technologies, one of the many companies that wants to manage your private and public clouds, has revved up its GaleForce cloud control freak to 6.0, and is improving its support for XenServer-based clouds and adding KVM to the mix.
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First US CTO Aneesh Chopra resigns from post

The first US government chief technology officer Aneesh Chopra has announced he’s leaving the job.
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Students busted for hacking computers, changing grades

Three high school juniors have been arrested after they devised a sophisticated hacking scheme to up their grades and make money selling quiz answers to their classmates.