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TV giant HBO invests $AU10m in Quickflix

Ambitious Australian IPTV company Quickflix has secured an international investment coup with a $AU10 million cash infusion from Home Box Office (HBO).
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CA wins copyright wrangle against ISI

CA Technologies has won a protracted legal battle against Sydney based software company Independent Systems Integrators ( ISI).

EMC crashes the server flash party

The perfect server flash storm hitting storage arrays has generated EMC's well-signalled Lightning strike; VFCache has arrived, extending FAST technology from the array to the server. Project Thunder is following close behind, promising an EMC server-networked flash array.
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Indian court grabs back 122 GSM licences from operators

India's Supreme Court has ruled that the 2G licences awarded in 2008 were not fairly distributed, and has snatched 122 of them back from the operators who were using them.
Bill Ray, 06 2012

MYSTERY as QLogic hurls InfiniBand from train

Comment Storage networking and InfiniBand supplier is giving up on InfiniBand and selling that business line to Intel for $125 million.
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Hackers may be able to 'outwit' online banking security devices

Hackers may already able to use malware to outwit the latest generation of online banking security devices, security watchers warn.
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Huawei-Symantec sneaks out of US back door

Huawei-Symantec, the joint venture between Huawei and Symantec, has effectively stopped trading and is leaving the United States.
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Doctors sick of anonymous-coward NHS feedback commentards

A leading GP has declared that the general public are too rude about doctors on the internet in a complaint that may amuse those of us more familiar with the culture of "Internet feedback".
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New dole system is 'digital by default', like it or not

Universal credit – the government's "new and improved" benefits system – will be the first major government service to be digital by default.
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Facebook's IPO unveils plans to invade China

Not content with almost total domination in Western markets, social networking behemoth Facebook could be planning an assault on China if it can just do a deal with the authorities there, its latest regulatory filing has revealed.
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Motorola: refurb tablets shipped with former owners' data intact

Motorola Mobility has admitted that some refurbished Xoom tablets were sent out to their new owners with previous users' data still present in the gadgets' memory banks.
Hard Reg, 06 2012
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Boffins find prehistoric croc species with 'mate-attracting' skin helmet

Bone-bothering US boffins have identified a new species of prehistoric crocodile, nicknamed "Shieldcroc" because of a flat ornamental skin shield on its ginormous head.
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PSN renamed Sony Entertainment Network

The PlayStation Network is to undergo a major rebranding this week when it is integrated into an all-new Sony Entertainment Network.
Caleb Cox, 06 2012
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Twitter snaps up Google Asia exec

Micro-blogging phenomenon Twitter is stepping up its efforts at international expansion and has pinched a senior Google executive in a clear sign the company could be looking to target Asia in the coming months.

EMC server flash rival slams VFCache

EMC's VFCache server cache doesn't quite hit the mark. Although it validates server flash use, caching is not enough.
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IT budgets plunge in North America, Europe

If you were expecting for IT spending to go up this year and for new projects to get going – and perhaps to get a pay raise – the consensus is building that this is not going to happen. That's the bad news. The good news would seem to be that instead of being asked to do more with less, IT shops will be asked to do a lot more with a tiny bit more dough. But it's not that simple, so don't jump to conclusions.
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iOS 5 'crashes more apps' than Android

Recent data has shown that iOS apps crash more often than apps running on the Android platform.

Micron grabs almost-retired COO for chief

Chip-maker Micron Technology has named a new CEO following the death of Steve Appleton on Friday in a plane crash.
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Apple TV surfaces on Best Buy

US electronics retailer Best Buy has begun asking punters if they'd be interested coughing up $1499 for a 42in HD TV from Apple.
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Amazon lures Microsoft WinPhone chief with Kindle

Microsoft's man rallying developers and partners to buy into Windows Phone is reportedly jumping ship to help push Amazon's cross-platform Kindle push.
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Samsung Series 7 Chonos 15.6in Core i7 notebook

Review Surely someone is having a laugh. Having read nothing but five-star reviews of this luxury notebook on other sources, I find myself surprised to be staring at a four-star product on my desk. Four stars is pretty good, you know, but that’s one less than five.
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MPs rattle telcos to help kill extremist material online

Update Internet service providers must do better at removing violent material from websites, a group of MPs thundered today.
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Analyst touts iPad 'transformer' after CEO confab

Will the Apple iPad 3 be an 'homage' to the Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime, complete with clever clip-on keyboard accessory? One financial analysts comments, posted after a meeting with Apple CEO Tim Cook, suggests it might be.
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Apple vs Amazon in ereader format smackdown

Format wars are a mixed blessing for consumers. Whether it's Betamax versus VHS or Blu-Ray versus HD-DVD, the consumer ultimately wins because companies have to advance superior technologies. But problems arise if the format you backed loses the war - and your device becomes next year's expensive doorstop.
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Scientists weave battery into clothing

Scientists charged into the fashion industry this week, unveiling a flexible battery that can be woven into fabric and used to boost the juice of everyday gadgets.
Caleb Cox, 06 2012
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Google and Facebook remove 'offensive' content from Indian sites

Facebook and Google have removed content from Indian domain websites in response to a court order to get rid of "objectionable content".
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Job-seeking Marriott hacker gets 30 months' porridge

A job-seeking Hungarian hacker who tried to land work with Marriott by hacking into the hotel chain's network before "offering" to sort out the resulting mess has been found guilty of hacking and attempted extortion and jailed for 30 months.

Schools IT supplier RM swings to full year loss after sales dive

Ailing specialist education IT supplier RM has admitted it reacted too slowly to government budget cuts in schools after revealing massive losses in fiscal 2011 ended 30 November.
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BTJunkie closes shooting gallery

Popular torrent search engine BTJunkie – nothing to do with BT – is voluntarily closing, according to a notice posted on the site, without offering a reason. The site has indexed other torrent trackers since 2005, and was the fifth most popular Torrent site.
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Windows Phone 8 to get NFC, HD and Skype

Following a leaked video which showed Windows Phone top dog Joe Belfiore listing the features adorning the next version of Windows Phone, beta testers have come clean on what we should expect.
Bill Ray, 06 2012
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Ofcom proposes fall in BT Openreach charges to rivals

Updated BT will be forced to cut the prices of the access charges it applies to the company's broadband and telephone lines when leasing them out to other providers, Ofcom said today.
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Apple tells authors: All your books iBook files are belong to us

In a legal rewrite pushed out Friday, Apple has made its iBooks publishing agreement sound slightly less evil by clarifying just what you can do with the content you create on its iBook Author software.
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Apple kicks China's most popular browser out of iTunes

Qihoo, maker of the most popular web browser in China, has had all of its products kicked out of iTunes, though it's far from clear which breach of the rules is responsible.
Bill Ray, 06 2012

Printed jaw lets woman swallow again

3D printing techniques have been taken to jaw-dropping heights after an 83-year-old woman was given a replacement mandible. She becomes the first patient ever to be fitted with a printed lower jaw.
Caleb Cox, 06 2012
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Google tells French watchdog 'non' on privacy tweak halt

Google has rejected calls from the European Union's watchdog to delay imminent changes to the Chocolate Factory's privacy policy.
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An NT-powered Windows Phone? Not so fast...

Sources close to Microsoft have confirmed the veracity of last week's Windows Phone leaks – but say no decision has been taken to base the mobile platform on the Windows 8 kernel.
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Android dominates first-time smartphone buyer biz

Punters picking their first smartphone are more likely to select an Android handset. When they come to upgrade, however, there's a good chance they'll defect to the opposition.
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UK gov rejects call to posthumously pardon Alan Turing

The UK government has turned down a call to posthumously pardon Alan Turing.
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iPhone 4 incapable of handling Siri, says chip chap

Siri won't run on iPhone 4 because the phone's chip can't handle it, an analyst at the Linley Group has said. The news is a blow to iPhone 4-ers hoping for an upgrade to the voice-activated virtual assistant and is also a surprise to anyone familiar with the I-hacked-my-iPhone-4-to-run-Siri stories.
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Avast false alarm hits Steam's weekend gamers

Freebie anti-virus scanner Avast falsely identified an executable associated with the popular Steam gaming platform as a Trojan on Sunday.
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Anonymous releases law firm's emails about Haditha killings

Anonymous has leaked a trove of emails relating to the deaths of 24 Iraqi civilians at Haditha after hacking into a law firm's systems.

Resellers smack down Microsoft's 'single-digit' price rise claim

Microsoft says that a planned overhaul of volume licensing pricing due in the summer will be capped at single digit percentage rises.

Cisco recalls suicidal UCS blade servers

Cisco Systems warns that its high-end B440 blades for its "California" Unified Computing System have a potentially disastrous defect that could result in one or more board failures, and emit a flash of light that could perhaps give system administrators heart attacks.

Symantec: 'NetBackup 7.5 speeds backup 100X'

Symantec says backup is a multi-point product mess, with big data blowing backup-window timing out of the water, and so it has souped up both BackupExec and NetBackup to cover more backup and restore use cases. The sexy news – well, as sexy as backup news can be – is that the latest release of NetBackup is said to be 100 times faster, theoretically shrinking a 25-hour backup window to 15 minutes.

Shrunken Intel process boosts SSD performance

Intel has announced a boosted follow-on to its 510 SSD: the 520 Series, with more than double the IOPS performance and a top-end model with almost twice the capacity.
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Upgrade eliminates Atlantis from Google Earth

The latest update to Google Earth has resolved the software error that caused some to suspect the lost city of Atlantis had been found in the Atlantic Ocean.
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Boffins uncloak G-rated teledildonic breakthrough

A team of robot reseachers have developed a prototype of internet-based remote kissing devices that – for reasons unexplained – comes in two versions, one a cartoonish bunny, the other a cow.
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NewSat scores $US180m in new contract win

Australian satellite operator NewSat has secured another contract, this time worth $US180 million, for capacity on its yet-to-be-launched Jabiru -1 satellite.
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The hole in the copy-proof fence

The value of live sports sponsorships isn’t going to collapse overnight, regardless of the dire predictions made in the wake of last week’s decision in the Optus TV Now case.
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VMTurbo control freak spans more clouds

There are a lot of different ways to allocate resources in a world that has a scarcity of just about everything except wise guys. You can do command and control from the top down, as many governments have tried and many systems management tools do as well. Or you can take the free-market approach by creating pools of resources and hordes of potential buyers, and letting them compete for resources.
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‘Oldest animals’ show up in Namibian dig

For now, anyhow, the starting date for highly-organised life has gained a new record, with a dig in Namibia yielding up sponge fossils dated somewhere between 100 and 150 million years earlier than anything else yet found.

Chip sales definitely not down – but almost – in 2011

The chip biz didn't do as badly as many had feared it might last summer, closing out 2011 with $299.5bn in worldwide sales, up four-tenths of a per cent from the record $298.3bn revenue level set in 2010.