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Obama refuses to respond to MPAA bribery claim petition

The White House has said it won’t be responding to a petition calling for an investigation into whether comments by MPAA head Chris Dodd about paying for political support constituted an admission of bribery.
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Cray shrinks XE6m supers down to a rack

Cray tried to sell Fords and Chevies when it launched the CX1000 entry supercomputer clusters launched back in March 2010. But to make its life easier, and to help bolster sales of its XE6 and XE6m supers that are based on Cray's own high-speed interconnect and software stack, the company has figured out how to shrink a Lexus down so it fits into the Ford and Chevy budget.
LG HLX56S Network 3D Blu-ray home cinema system

LG HLX56S net savvy 3D Blu-ray soundbar combo

Review LG’s HLX56S is an audacious all-in-one home cinema system, cast in the guise of a mild-mannered soundbar. With integrated 3D Blu-ray player, copious amplification and IPTV portal, it’s got everything you need for the upmarket man-cave, in a package easily parked beneath a 40in or larger flatscreen.
Steve May, 02 2012
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New Trojan routes your bank's calls to CROOKS

Devious cybercrooks have developed a Trojan that is capable of redirecting calls your bank has made to verify suspicious transactions – straight into the waiting handsets of professional criminal caller services.
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Death of IE6 still greatly exaggerated, says browser hit squad

Internet Explorer 6 dead? In your dreams, Microsoft, in your dreams.
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US space agency NASA has released a new video of the back side of the Moon, filmed by its newly-arrived duo of GRAIL lunar probe craft. Here it is:
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Apple iPhone 5 to debut at developer gig

Toss straw into wind, see where it blows. Ah, it's landed on the square marked 'Apple to unveil iPhone 5 in June'.
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El Reg's comments policy? It's all in moderation

The Register has changed its comments moderation policy, making the UK's biggest IT pro talking shop even more immediate, enthralling and noisy.
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iOS App of the Week I’m a news junkie, and when I recently cancelled my Sky subscription I found that the one channel that I really missed was CNN. So I was pleased to find that there’s a free CNN app that is available in versions for both iPhone and iPad.
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Google 'chooses' not to censor Mosley content, MP says

Former Culture Secretary Ben Bradshaw said Google could stop links to the material appearing in results but decides not to. He made the comments during a question-and-answer session conducted by the Joint Committee on Privacy and Injunctions.
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Snaps confirm new CPU for Apple iPad 3

Apple's iPad 3 will not have the same processor as its predecessor.
An3DBenchXL shows Samsung Galaxy S II Plus

Samsung 'Galaxy 4S' spied in benchmark results

Samsung may be doing an Apple. Since it isn't releasing the Galaxy S III at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) show later this month, how about a tweaked version of its current flagship instead?
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Ofcom: UK broadband speed on the up as punters' packages swell

Average broadband speeds in Blighty are on the up, communications watchdog Ofcom concluded in a report published this morning.
ADzero bamboo smartphone

World's first bamboo smartphone to enter production

A British student will see his bamboo blower blueprint brought to market, after backers took note of the ADzero, an eco-friendly smartphone carved entirely from the fast-growing wood.
Caleb Cox, 02 2012
HTC Titan and Radar Windows Phone 7.5 smartphones

Five ways Microsoft can rescue Windows Phone

Windows Phone might be the most impressive bit of software Microsoft has produced - but it isn't setting the world on fire. The iPhone and Android go from strength to strength - the latter proliferating so widely even Google doesn't know how many Android systems are out there. (It can't count the Chinese forks which don't use any Google services and don't phone home.)
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JEDI alliance: Jellyfish overlords won't rule Earth after all

The worldwide jellyfish-threat trouser state was officially downgraded from "damp" to "wear again if necessary" yesterday as top international boffins - operating under the title "JEDI" - announced that in fact there is little evidence to suggest that planet Earth will soon be ruled by wobbling gelatinous blobominations.
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Met's email hack probe turns spotlight on The Times - MP

Scotland Yard officers investigating allegations of computer hacking by News International staff have declined to "give a running commentary" on their probe, batting away MP Tom Watson's narration of the saga.
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Facebook warns investors of potential SPAM DELUGE

Facebook has been the first internet company to baldly state the risks it faces from hacking and spam to the markets since the SEC issued guidance on the issue.
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Android users more likely to put out

Android users are more likely to be slutty, it transpires – having more one night stands, signing up to dating sites more often and being more likely to have sex on a first date, according to a Match.com survey of single Canadian mobile users.
Igarashi Design Interfaces Project proximity headphones

Boffins out earbuds that sound right when inserted wrong

Researchers have devised a method of automatically adjusting a stereo signal to match whichever ears a pair of earphones are squeezed into.
Caleb Cox, 02 2012

Robot rabbits take on Facebook, female orgasms

One waits ages for a story about robotic carrot-crunchers, and then two turn up at once as Karotz the robot rabbit starts talking to Facebook while app-controlled vibrator Vibease looks to sell value-added orgasms.
Bill Ray, 02 2012
Final Fantasy XIII-2

Final Fantasy XIII-2

Review Is it just me who remembers Final Fantasy III – actually, that’s FF VI if you’re Japanese – the mercurial tale of the evil Kefka and heroes Sabin, Edgar, Terra, et al? I recall the brilliant use of magical espers, its line-up of amazingly distinct fighters – Sabin even channelling Street Fighter-style special moves in a clever bid to keep the players on their toes – and all wrapped up in a genuinely touching fairy-tale.
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Sony nosedives into $2.8bn loss as Hirai grabs controls

Sony's new CEO will have his hands full at the helm of the loss-making Japanese firm - the entertainment megacorp announced today that its net loss in the quarter ending in December was 159 billion yen ($2bn) and it has slashed its full-year forecast to a loss of 220 billion yen ($2.8bn).
Star Wars: The Old Republic

Star Wars MMO sales pip past 2 million mark

EA revealed today that since the game's release in December 2011, over 2m copies of Star Wars: The Old Republic have been sold, with 1.7m users actively subscribed.
Caleb Cox, 02 2012
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Demand for safety kitemark on software stepped up

The government and industry ought to do more to promote online safety, according to an influential panel of MPs.
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Facebook IPO: Boom or bubble?

Analysis Is Facebook hugely overvalued or a solid business with some reliable growth ahead of it? A great deal of both.
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French court lays le smackdown on Google Maps

A French court has found Google Maps guilty of unfair competition and ordered the Chocolate Factory to pay a fine and damages to a French mapping firm.
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Fotoshop by Adobé: The miracle beauty treatment

Our piece yesterday on L'Oreal giving Rachel Weisz a intensive age-defying makeover prompted several readers to point us in the direction of this remarkable product:
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Kelihos botnet BACK FROM THE DEAD

The spam-spewing Kelihos botnet has returned from the dead.

Chinese admirer fancies WD's 3.5-inch hardness - insider

Could China become a major hard disk manufacturing base if Great Wall snaps up a slice of Western Digital's 3.5-inch drive business?

Unisys wallet emptied in rebadged server, storage cash crash

Mainframe maker and services provider Unisys managed to almost hold profits steady in the final quarter of 2011 despite taking a dip in revenues.
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Capita bags Quartermaine to run IT Services

Former Azzurri Communications chief exec Mark Quartermaine is set to take the reins at Capita IT services (ITS).

Micro Anvika seeks channel props for CVA rescue plan

Troubled Tottenham Court Road retailer Micro Anvika is seeking approval from distributors to green-light a restructure package.
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Riverbed lobs Granite at offices, WIPES OUT remote servers

Riverbed says customers can dispense completely with servers in remote and branch offices by using Granite technology layered on its Steelhead-based WAN optimisation – and so deliver all IT services to remote offices as if they were local.
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Dell names ex-CA CEO as software chief

Dell has appointed a former tech company CEO and blue-chip middleware executive to lead its software group.
Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime TF201 Android tablet and dock

Retailer drops Eee Pad Transformer Prime, claims quality issues

Asus has denied that its Eee Pad Transformer Prime is suffering from the quality issues one retailer has claimed have necessitated withdrawing the Android tablet from sale.
Caleb Cox, 02 2012
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Symantec: We've plugged up pcAnywhere holes

Symantec has said its pcAnywhere remote control software is once again safe to use, following the release of its latest security patch.
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Apple ousts LG from world phone biz top three

Market watcher IDC has weighed in on the 'who sells how many mobile phones' debate with its own figures. It has followed the consensus that Apple is now the world's third biggest phone maker.
Hard Reg, 02 2012

Hitachi earnings hit hard in Q4

Japanese conglomerate Hitachi – which derives a fair portion of its sales and profits from the IT and telecom sectors – has taken it in the chin profit-wise in its third quarter of fiscal 2011 ended in December. For the quarter, sales were essentially flat at ¥2,2665bn ($29bn), but net income fell by 42.3 per cent to ¥46.4bn ($595m).
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Sprint gives LightSquared extra 6 weeks to get FCC thumbs-up

Sprint has given LightSquared another six weeks to get FCC approval for its controversial LTE network, otherwise the wannabe operator will have to build its own network rather than piggybacking on Sprint's.
Bill Ray, 02 2012
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Google Music 'an oxymoron' - outbound Warner mogul

Outgoing media mogul Edgar Bronfman Jr has warned against the Universal-EMI merger – and taken a potshot at Google. Bronfman is stepping down as chairman of Warner Music, which was acquired by Russian entrepreneur Len Blavatnik last year.
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Verisign admits 2010 hack attack, mum on what was nicked

Verisign has admitted in an SEC filing that it suffered numerous data breaches in 2010, but that management wasn’t informed by staff for nearly a year after they occurred.

AMD uncloaks tablet processor plans

AMD has updated its product roadmap, announcing for the first time that it will be creating ultra-low power (ULP) processors for the tablet market.
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Andreessen Horowitz raises $US1.5b

High profile VC firm Andreessen Horowitz has secured $US1.5 billion in new funding. The new cash brings the total funding under its management to $US2.7 billion.
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Kiwis pitch university IP database

KiwiNet has launched a database of New Zealand university IP with a aim to attract companies interested in developing and commercialising NZ-led research.
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Jackpot: astronomers tag Goldilocks planet

While the Kepler mission turns up its ever-growing crop of exoplanets, a group of astronomers has announced an exciting find closer to home: looking towards Scorpius, there’s a super-Earth-sized planet just 22 light-years distant, with a habitable-zone orbit.
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Wotif get ad serving smarts from Webfirm

Online travel group Wotif has struck a commercial deal with ASX-listed digital media solutions company Webfirm to implement its Adslot end-to-end self-serve display sales platform.
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Zuckerberg: Facebook rakes in cash... to make world a better place

Analysis Mark Zuckerberg: a shrewd businessman or simply the world's greatest ever opportunist. Now we can finally find out.