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Nvidia suffers as TSMC's 28nm ramp steeper than expected

GPU and system-on-chip maker Nvidia says that the ongoing shortages of disk drives that have stalled the PC industry took a chunk out of its fourth quarter business, as did a steeper than expected ramp to 28 nanometer processes at chip foundry partner Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Corp.
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Microsoft CFO bullish in Windows convergence and comms plans

Microsoft’s CFO Peter Klein took to the stage at the Goldman Sachs Technology & Internet Conference on Wednesday to outline where Redmond is headed in the next 3 to 5 years – and it’s all going to be about cross-platform.
Iain Thomson, 16 Feb 2012
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Dwarf galaxy yields up middle-sized black hole

Astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope to confirm X-ray observations first published in 2009 have turned up the first observational evidence of mid-sized black holes.
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Apple bitten as builder goes titsup

Apple’s plans to open its first mega retail store in Brisbane have been derailed by the collapse of building and construction firm Kell & Rigby.
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Archos 35 Home Connect

Review After having built a DECT home phone around the Android operating system doing the same for the humble bedside clock-radio probably seemed like a logical move for Archos so here we have the 35 Home Connect.
Alun Taylor, 16 Feb 2012
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Euro data protection: Great for punters, not for biz - MoJ wonk

Comment A colleague of mine went to a lecture on the European Commission's proposed Data Protection Regulation last week*. One of the speakers was John Bowman, Head of International Data Protection and Policy at the UK's Ministry of Justice. His opening question to the floor was: "How many of you here represent consumer groups?"
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Sensitive council data sent to hundreds via PERSONAL EMAIL

Cheshire East council has been fined £80,000 by the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) for failing to have adequate security measures in place when emailing personal information.
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SanDisk thrusts SSD into the client OEM battlefield

SanDisk has dived into the client OEM flash drive jungle with its latest X100 SSD.
Chris Mellor, 16 Feb 2012
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NHS Direct

iOS App of the Week iOS App of the Week Apple, in its infinite prudery wisdom, has decided to protect users of iOS devices from any material that it deems "inappropriate" or "overtly sexual". Dating apps have to be constantly monitored by developers to ensure that your profile pics don’t show too much, and even the mighty Playboy has had to bow …
Cliff Joseph, 16 Feb 2012
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Cost-slashing T Systems asks UK staff to pack their bags

T Systems UK is testing the appetite for voluntary redundancy among its workforce as part of a cost-cutting drive.
Paul Kunert, 16 Feb 2012
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Microsoft spoons news to punters with Facebook, Twitter-slurp

Microsoft is trying to make its online estate stickier by creating a new site that pulls in updates from Web2.0 outfits such as Facebook, Twitter as well as its own Bing search engine.
Kelly Fiveash, 16 Feb 2012

More Chinese shopkeepers hide their iPad stock

More shops in China have been told to pull iPads from their shelves in the wake of the ruling that the fondleslab infringes on a trademark owned by Proview International Holding.
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Paper PCs design rolled out

A materials manufacturer has produced a paper-based compound which may soon find its way onto hardware factory lines, with recyclable PCs mooted as one possible target.
Caleb Cox, 16 Feb 2012
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Swiss space-cleaning bot grabs flying junk, hurls itself into furnace

The US and Russia may be working on Mars missions, but the galactic ambitions of the Swiss are far more modest: they want to tidy up the Earth's atmosphere. The clock-and-choc-making country today announced plans for a rubbish-grabbing space bot.
Anna Leach, 16 Feb 2012
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Reptile boffins spot world's smallest chameleon

German boffins have discovered the world's smallest chameleon in Madagascar while picking through leaf litter.
Adam Smith, 16 Feb 2012
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Chinese regulators still reviewing Googorola slurp

China's Ministry of Commerce said this morning that its antitrust bureau is still looking into Google's bid to slurp Motorola Mobility.
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LightSquared scrabbles to save itself after FCC stops LTE plan

LightSquared is reportedly trying to swap radio spectrum with the US military in an attempt to salvage its business model after the FCC pulled the rug from under the mobile broadband biz - but its customers are already abandoning it.
Bill Ray, 16 Feb 2012
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The Darkness II

Review On paper, there's very little to like about The Darkness II. Take your character Jackie Estacado, for starters. Even before taking into account the unspeakable evil to which he is host, few gaming protagonists are as monstrously unsympathetic as the contract killer turned mob boss.
Andrew Bailey, 16 Feb 2012
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Official: Sony and Ericsson are divorced

The divorce papers have been officially signed for Sony Ericsson, giving Japanese entertainment biz Sony its very own phone-making unit and Swedish company Ericsson some lovely cash.
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Symantec sues rivals in backup patents spat

It's war: big backup beast Symantec is suing upstart competitors Acronis and Veeam, accusing them of infringing its patents and getting a free ride using Symantec technology. It wants jury trials, cessation of infringing product sales and damages.
Chris Mellor, 16 Feb 2012
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Social networks can't be forced to filter content, rules top EU court

Social network operators cannot be forced to filter out content such as copyrighted music, the European Union's highest court ruled today.
Kelly Fiveash, 16 Feb 2012
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British Library seeks taxpayer-funded Wikipedia-fiddler

Although some parts of the public sector are facing savage cuts, Big Culture is still throwing taxpayers' money away on fashionable gimmicks. The British Library, which boasts a £137m budget, is even appointing a full-time wiki-fiddler at the public's expense.
Andrew Orlowski, 16 Feb 2012
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'Predictably random' public keys can be cracked - crypto boffins

Analysis Cryptography researchers have discovered flaws in the key generation that underpins the security of important cryptography protocols, including SSL.
John Leyden, 16 Feb 2012
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Digital music subs up as CD sales fall

UK record company revenues should be at record levels, given the phenomenal export success of the domestic music industry – but income declined slightly by 3.4 per cent last year. Once again, the increase in digital revenue failed to make up for the decline in CD sales, which were down by 14 per cent.
Andrew Orlowski, 16 Feb 2012
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BBC labels child 'recovering alcoholic' in tech slip-up

A glitch on BBC News that accidentally labelled a child as a recovering alcoholic is a symptom of endemic problems with the Salford Media City's software, The Reg has been told by a BEEB insider, though BBC dismisses the mistake as a "teething problem".
Team Register, 16 Feb 2012
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Bung a tenner to a mate's mobile number with new Barclays app

PingIt is Barclays' answer to PayPal and its ilk, linking payments to a mobile-phone number instead of an email address but providing a banking brand to back them up.
Bill Ray, 16 Feb 2012
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Mesh founder Sherafati buys biz back from PC Peripherals

The founder and former owner of Mesh Computers Max Sherafati has bought back his company - now branded PC Peripherals.
Paul Kunert, 16 Feb 2012
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O2 lures phone app devs to Silicon Roundabout all-nighter

O2 is hosting an hack-a-thon weekend, on 24 March, when the operator will provide food, drink and expert assistance to anyone prepared to spend 36 hours coding an wireless NFC application.
Bill Ray, 16 Feb 2012
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Google befriends Microsoft with WinDroid tablets

Google will launch Android 5.0 - codenamed Jellybean - as early as Q3 2012, to coincide with the launch of Microsoft's Windows 8 and offer dual-OS designs for tablet computers.
Caleb Cox, 16 Feb 2012
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Opera buys a pair... of mobile ads networks

Opera Software has snapped up two ad-serving networks to clean up on mobile devices.
Gavin Clarke, 16 Feb 2012
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Microsoft licensing hike sparks UK piracy, bankruptcy fears

Reseller NCI Technologies has urged Microsoft to shelve the planned pricing overhaul that could see UK customers paying between 20 to 35 per cent more for volume licences.
Paul Kunert, 16 Feb 2012
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Satnav blunders blamed for £200m damages

Satnavs caused more than £200m worth of vehicle damage in the last year and with over three quarters of users misled, our digital roadmap advisors are literally driving us up the wall.
Caleb Cox, 16 Feb 2012
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Former Sun CEO Jonathan Schwartz shows his caring side

The controversial pony-tailed ex-boss of Sun, Jonathan Schwartz, has started up a subscription-based social media site for carers.
Chris Mellor, 16 Feb 2012
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UK's supercomputers rev up to hit 800 teraflops

The UK's supercomputing programme in Edinburgh enters its third stage this week, ramping up its capability to 800 trillion floating point operations per second.
Anna Leach, 16 Feb 2012
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Keltec eyeing double-digit growth spurt

Keltec is forecasting double-digit rises in the top and bottom lines for 2012 despite the slowdown in project sign-offs and parting company with one-time strategic vendor Oracle.
Paul Kunert, 16 Feb 2012
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Ex-Vodafone exec promises shake-up at Cable & Wireless Worldwide

Cable & Wireless Worldwide (CWW) issued a bullish interim statement to the City this morning from its new CEO Gavin Darby.
Kelly Fiveash, 16 Feb 2012
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SmarTone in the dock again after tariff U-turn

Under fire Hong Kong mobile operator SmarTone has come in for criticism yet again over its handling of new regulations introduced on Monday which were designed to encourage greater transparency for users.
Phil Muncaster, 16 Feb 2012
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Is LinkedIn preparing for a China push?

Self-styled professional social networking site LinkedIn is planning to make a move in the Chinese market, if rumours are to be believed, as it seeks to further its plans for worldwide domination.
Phil Muncaster, 16 Feb 2012
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New Mac OS X: Mountain Lion roars at unauthorised apps

Apple released a developer preview of Mountain Lion today before the new operating system is let out of its cage in the summer.
Anna Leach, 16 Feb 2012
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Gagging order on G-Cloud suppliers dropped this Sunday

IT and comms suppliers can finally confirm on Sunday their involvement in the long-awaited government G-Cloud framework - Blighty's new way of selecting the firms that will sell tech kit to the public sector.
Paul Kunert, 16 Feb 2012
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Johns Hopkins and VMware forge medical records mega-cloud

Medical and IT researchers at Johns Hopkins University, healthcare application software supplier Harris Corp, and virtualization juggernaut VMware have teamed up to create a medical imaging cloud that they hope will become the central, secure repository for US citizens and the doctors who care for them.
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Big data elephant mates with RainStor

RainStor, the deduping database supplier, is bringing its analytics engine and enterprise database to Hadoop, rather than bringing Hadoop data to its engine.
Chris Mellor, 16 Feb 2012
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DNS flaw reanimates slain evil sites as ghost domains

Analysis Cyber-crooks may be able to keep malicious domains operating for longer - even after they are revoked - by manipulating the web's Domain Name System (DNS).
John Leyden, 16 Feb 2012
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Canadians revolt over draconian internet privacy bill

Canadian politicians are scurrying for cover after a public outcry over a proposed bill that would force internet service providers to monitor users and hand over their details to the police without a warrant.
Iain Thomson, 16 Feb 2012
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Apple files patent for simplified iPhone media sharing

Apple has filed a patent application for a system that would use a binding protocol to make it easier to transfer media simultanously with a phone call.
Rik Myslewski, 16 Feb 2012
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Rackspace snaps up SharePoint911

Managed hosting and cloud computing provider Rackspace Hosting has hired a bunch of techies with expertise in a particular software stack, this time focusing on Microsoft's SharePoint web content and document collaboration tools.
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Reflection lets astronomers trick time

When a star system called Eta Carinae went on a weight-loss program in the 19th Century, it did so in spectacular style: in its 20-year “great eruption”, it was the second-brightest star in the sky, shed ten solar masses, and left echoes of light that have just been detected.
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Lumpy nanoparticles improve thin film solar cells

A team at Swinburne University in Melbourne is claiming a breakthrough in the efficiency of nanoplasmonic solar cells.
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HP's Whitman suggests Googorola may close Android

HP CEO Meg Whitman foresees a great future for webOS, the mobile operating system that her company acquired in the $1.2bn Palm deal and is now contributing to the open source community – and part of her reasoning is based on her distrust of Google.
Rik Myslewski, 16 Feb 2012