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EU, US sign off on Googorola merger

As expected, EU competition authorities and the US Department of Justice (DoJ) have cleared Google’s proposed $12.5bn merger with Motorola Mobility.
Iain Thomson, 14 Feb 2012
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Mars, Europe losers in Obama's 2013 NASA budget

President Obama has revealed his proposed 2013 budget, and buried inside the $3.8-trillion wish list – along with tax credits for students, tax increases for the wealthy, cuts to the military, and other Republican bait – is $17.7bn for NASA that brings good news to some and bad news to others.
Rik Myslewski, 14 Feb 2012
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HP previews ProLiant Gen8 servers

You can look at HP's new ProLiant Gen8 servers, but you can't touch. At the company's Global Partner Conference in Las Vegas this week, HP previewed some of the forthcoming machines' capabilities, but – much to the chagrin of hardware enthusiasts – didn't talk about the processors, system boards, and other "slots and watts" stats of the Gen8 iron.
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Prada Phone by LG 3.0

Review Why is black and white classier than colour? And should we want our phones, with their increasingly glorious screens, to mute their rainbow hues? It’s the arrival of LG’s third collaboration with Prada that’s raised these questions – a handset that favours an interface dressed mostly in black and white.
David Phelan, 14 Feb 2012
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FIVE more councils say soz for exposing people's privates

The Information Commissioner's Office has found that five local authorities have breached the Data Protection Act by failing to protect personal information about citizens.
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Sepaton plans to crush mid-range boxes

Sepaton, the large enterprise deduping storage vendor, reckons its big boxes can replace lots of those pesky, seemingly continuously accumulating Data Domain mid-range boxes with a single system that does the job properly.
Chris Mellor, 14 Feb 2012
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Debian, Ubuntu patching up rocky romance

FOSDEM The recent FOSDEM was great this year, and Belgium still had beer left before, during and after. Still lots of people, though with an extra building open – it was a little less crowded. There were over 400 sessions on themes from Mozilla, Java, cross-distro and embedded to Ada and law.
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Trustwave to escape 'death penalty' for SSL skeleton key

Analysis Trustwave's admission that it issued a digital "skeleton key" that allowed an unnamed private biz to spy on SSL-encrypted connections within its corporate network has sparked a fiery debate about trust on the internet.
John Leyden, 14 Feb 2012
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Tesco offers broadband for LESS THAN THE PRICE OF A PINT

Tesco is offering broadband for a mere £2.50 a month. It sounds like a good deal, but catches abound.
Hard Reg, 14 Feb 2012
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SexInfo 101

NSFW App of the Week NSFW App of the Week The Android market is full of apps dedicated to the various positions you and your other half can tie yourselves into, but be warned: many have a terrifyingly long Permissions list.
Alun Taylor, 14 Feb 2012
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Microsoft probes IE8 dll AWOL hell

Microsoft has said it is investigating a niggling problem with an Internet Explorer 8 update that's disabling a number of Windows XP machines.
Gavin Clarke, 14 Feb 2012
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iPad spanks Galaxy Tab in its own backyard

There was some welcome news for Apple in Asia this week after new figures revealed that the iPad is absolutely trouncing its rivals in the South Korean market, notably local hero Samsung and its Galaxy Tab device.
Phil Muncaster, 14 Feb 2012
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Apple 'seeking part makers' for 8in 'iPad Mini'

Asian moles have once again claimed Apple is working on a smaller version of its iPad tablet, but this time the diminutive gadget is said to sport an 8in rather than 7in screen.
Tony Smith, 14 Feb 2012
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Veteran launches storage torpedo among competing startups

The founder and CEO of the second most successful iSCSI array startup, LeftHand Networks1, is trying to do it again. He's chairing the board of another iSCSI startup: Starboard Storage, which is joining the hybrid SSD-HDD array party today. What's wacky about this is that ex-colleagues of his at LeftHand have also started up NexGen Storage, which is trying to pull off the same same trick. Starboard is aiming at the SME market, claiming it has optimised both for performance and cost per GB.
Chris Mellor, 14 Feb 2012
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Microsoft mulls touchscreen controller for next-gen Xbox

Microsoft appears set to follow Nintendo and equip its next-gen games console with a touchscreen-equipped controller, along the lines of the one that will ship with the Wii U.
Caleb Cox, 14 Feb 2012
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5,000 Virgin Media workers unchained to slog away remotely

Thousands of Virgin Media employees will soon be able to work from their beds a variety of locations after the telco asked network kit biz Cisco to deploy its Quad, WebEx and Unified Comms products.
Team Register, 14 Feb 2012
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Now Proview seeks ban on ALL iPads coming out of China

Chinese monitor biz Proview, which says it owns the iPad trademark, now hopes to block the import and export of Apple's trendy tablets in the country.
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Cryptome.org hacked to dish out malware

Cybercrooks have planted malicious scripts on top of whistle-blowing nerve centre Cryptome.org.
John Leyden, 14 Feb 2012
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21st Century Sex: the shape of things to come

NSFW NSFW In the 1980s, when the first HIV and AIDS awareness campaigns were launched, alongside the crashing tombstones, leaflets gave frank advice about the risks involved in digital intercourse. In those days, of course, that just meant pleasuring someone with your fingers. Concerns about computers and sex related to the …
Nigel Whitfield, 14 Feb 2012
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The El Reg book library - now on ePub

You asked for it, now you're going to get it.
Joe Fay, 14 Feb 2012
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MySpace no longer crying a river with 1 MILLION new punters

MySpace may have been dumped by media tycoon Rupert Murdoch but today its star investor - aged pop prince-turned-actor Justin Timberlake - has something to smile about: the site has gained 1 million users since December.
Kelly Fiveash, 14 Feb 2012
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Samsung boss sued by his brother over stock inheritance

Samsung Electronics chairman Lee Kun-hee is being sued by his brother over stocks inherited from their father, the Samsung Group founder Lee Byung-chull.
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SPRAY-ON antennas waved about at Google's techfest

Presenting at the new Google-backed talk fest "Solve for X", ChamTech Operations showed its nano tech-based antenna in a spray can, turning trees into antennas and connecting submarines by radio.
Bill Ray, 14 Feb 2012
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Twitter finally grabs wheel, drives all twits into HTTPS

Twitter has finally bedded down secure browsing on its site for all users after previously offering HTTPS as an optional feature.
Kelly Fiveash, 14 Feb 2012
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HP gives sysadmins a little mobility

HP is embracing mobility with apps to allow sysadmins to receive alerts, manage systems and even shut down servers, all from the comfort of their booth seats at the pub.
Bill Ray, 14 Feb 2012
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Black Ops has best videogame ending ever

Guinness World Records has confirmed Call of Duty: Black Ops has the greatest game conclusion of all time, after over 13,000 gamers cast their votes in favour of 2010's best-selling FPS.
Caleb Cox, 14 Feb 2012
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Shuttleworth remixes Ubuntu... for biz users

Inspired by the tweaks of Ubuntu-using IT departments, Canonical has released a Business Desktop Remix of Ubuntu.
Anna Leach, 14 Feb 2012
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Hong Kong operators fudge unlimited tariff conundrum

Hong Kong mobile operators reacted to the introduction of new regulations on data tariffs on Monday by introducing a 5GB cap on fair usage and threatening to de-prioritise users who go over that limit.
Phil Muncaster, 14 Feb 2012
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Lego builds Lord of the Rings collection

Lego has confirmed it will bring Frodo and co. to its block party this year, with a Lego Lord of the Rings collection set to launch this summer. A Lego The Hobbit range is also earmarked for late 2012 to coincide with the film's cinema release.
Caleb Cox, 14 Feb 2012
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China clamps down on foreign telly on its channels

First it blocked the web, now it's going after TV. China has introduced tough new restrictions on channels broadcasting foreign-made telly and warned regulators to step up fines for any companies breaking the rules.
Phil Muncaster, 14 Feb 2012
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Pope's PR says Vatican in grip of WikiLeaks-style scandal

The Pope's top PR man has declared that the Vatican is in the midst of its own "WikiLeaks" scandal after a flurry of confidential Papal documents were fed to the media by apparently disgruntled cardinals.
Joe Fay, 14 Feb 2012
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Insight exits 2011 on a high as sales and profits rise

Insight Enterprises ground out a decent set of Q4 numbers in spite of the global economic meltdown and a decline in underlying profits across EMEA.
Paul Kunert, 14 Feb 2012

Teen hacker claims smut site hack

A teenage hacker claims to have broken into the Brazzers, the hardcore porn portal, before making off with hundreds of thousands of user login details.
John Leyden, 14 Feb 2012
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HELLISH LOVE INFERNO TO SWEEP LONDON

The London Fire Brigade have taken it upon themselves to warn the romantically inclined that a Valentine's date could end with death in a burning hell blaze.
Anna Leach, 14 Feb 2012
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Shakira attacked by sea lion who mistook BlackBerry for a 'fish'

Latin pop singer Shakira was "paralysed with fear" after a sea lion lunged for her BlackBerry, she recounted on Facebook.
Anna Leach, 14 Feb 2012
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Nimbula stretches Director to VMware ESXi clouds

Thus far, Amazon's EC2 compute cloud is the standard for virty server infrastructure running on what amounts to a public utility. But there are two problems with it: you can't run your own EC2, and Amazon doesn't support VMware's ESXi hypervisor, which is the hypervisor of choice for x86 servers in corporate data centers. But that's OK. Nimbula is perfectly happy to clone EC2 for you.
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Ultra-high resolution laptop, tablet screens to revive display biz

Market success is a product of two factors: supply and demand. Only when both are growing and, at the same time, closely matched will a market perform well.
Tony Smith, 14 Feb 2012

Mozilla throws 'freedom' at Microsoft, Google, Apple tanks

The Mozilla Foundation is coming to the rescue of Tim Berners-Lee's sanity.
Gavin Clarke, 14 Feb 2012
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Scroogle: Dear Google, we're not bots, we're HUMAN

A not-for-profit search engine that serves up a privacy-friendly version of Google has been out of action for much of today.
Kelly Fiveash, 14 Feb 2012
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EMC Greenplum Hadoop elephant straddles Cisco iron

Well, that took long enough. Cisco Systems and the Greenplum big data unit of server partner EMC have finally gotten together and put the Greenplum wares on Cisco's Unified Computing System servers.
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Cloudy bigshots eclipse open source

Open... and Shut Open source seems to have waned in importance over the past few years as cloud computing and mobile have taken centre stage.
Matt Asay, 14 Feb 2012
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OCZ out-flashes EMC's Lightning

OCZ has announced a 16-terrabyte server flash-card whopper that supports vMotion and – spec-wise – tosses EMC's puny 300GB Lightning card out of the pram.
Chris Mellor, 14 Feb 2012

Chip boffins demo 22-nanometer maskless wafer-baking

An international consortium of chip boffins has demonstrated a maskless wafer-baking technology that they say "meets the industry requirement" for next-generation 14- and 10-nanometer process nodes.
Rik Myslewski, 14 Feb 2012
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ACCC pins ADSL wholesale price

The ACCC has settled another piece of unfinished business in the broadband market, announcing yesterday that it has issued a “service declaration” for Telstra’s wholesale ADSL service.
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LibreOffice debugs and buffs up to v.3.5

The Document Foundation (TDF) has announced the release of LibreOffice 3.5, which it modestly describes as “the best free office suite ever.”
Iain Thomson, 14 Feb 2012

Damn it, where’s our NBN scandal?

In a simmering scandal that’s showing every sign of completely failing to fester as a good scandal should, it has emerged that NBN Co CEO Mike Quigley’s legal bills associated with the “Alcatel affair” amounted to almost nothing.
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Canonical takes the Ubuntu Server pulse

Commercial Linux distributor Canonical has released its third annual survey of the Ubuntu Server installed base to show what is going on out there among the Shuttleworth faithful. The survey comes just as Canonical is getting ready to put its next big server release into the field in April.
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UK crime-busters knock hiphop site off the Internet

The UK’s Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) has moved on a popular hip-hop news and track-exchange site, RnB Xclusive, and is threatening those trying to access the site with criminal investigation.
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Qld council gets crafty with mobile data mining

South East Queensland’s Logan City Council has implemented a mobile strategy that assists the local council in data collection and deployment of business services.
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Japanese robot mirrors master’s movements

The Avatar headlines were inevitable, weren’t they? Japanese researchers have unveiled a master-slave robot that moves in synch with kit worn by the robot’s controllers.
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Apple CEO defends fixes to suppliers' working conditions

CEO Tim Cook wants you to know – really wants you to know – that despite what you may have heard, Apple takes working conditions at its Asian contract manufacturers quite seriously and is working to improve them.
Rik Myslewski, 14 Feb 2012
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Alcatel-Lucent opens up Aladdin's cave of patents

Alcatel-Lucent has joined an international patent licencing syndicate RPX Corp which will open up its portfolio of 29,000 issued patents and expects to reap a handsome fiscal return.