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IBM, Actifio to help wannabe providers take on cloud giants

There's thin provisioning and there's thin copying, which Actifio provides. IBM likes what it sees and is partnering Actifio with a get-you-into-the-cloud offer for wannabe service providers. The pitch is that you need far less disk storage and fewer storage-specific applications so that you can offer out cloud services while not paying existing storage hardware and software prices.
Chris Mellor, 20 Feb 2012

70 London 999 calls lost due to clock-change IT glitch

The London Ambulance Service trust has confirmed that more than 70 emergency calls were not visible to staff due to a technical fault caused by a switch from British Summer Time last year.
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Don't reform copyright yet, begs publishers' body

The government should not change UK copyright laws until supposed problems with the current framework can be assessed in light of how a new 'digital copyright exchange' (DCE) works, the Publishers Association has said.
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Upstart startup STT punts big on universal memory

VCs are funding resistive RAM startup Spin Transfer Technologies to the tune of 36 million greenbacks so it can start creating its universal memory – combining DRAM speed, flash non-volatility, and breaking NAND scaling limits.
Chris Mellor, 20 Feb 2012
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Gov CloudStore opens for business

The Cabinet Office has anointed 257 IT and comms suppliers of all shapes and sizes to sell their wares to public sector punters via the CloudStore – an online catalogue of services.
Paul Kunert, 20 Feb 2012
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Lantronix xPrintServer

Geek Treat of the Week As far a tech goes, my encounter with the Lantronix xPrintServer was somewhat unusual. This fag packet of a device plumbs into your network and enables an iPhone, iPad or even an iPod Touch to access the local printers, assuming there’s a Wi-Fi access point on the same subnet. There’s no need to track down an AirPrint compatible printer, as the xPrintServer lets you use grown-up printers in the office or home.
Bob Dormon, 20 Feb 2012
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Insight hands UK ops baby to Griffiths – temporarily

Insight Direct is handing temporary control of the UK operation to company veteran Justin Griffiths as current incumbent Emma de Sousa goes on maternity leave.
Paul Kunert, 20 Feb 2012
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Samsung spins off loss-making LCD biz

Samsung Electronics has decided to split off its LCD division into a separate company in the hopes of turning the loss-making business around.
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HP's ProLiant Gen8 control freakery

Look out system administrators: Hewlett-Packard wants to give you more time to play video games or polish up your resumes – or both – with the forthcoming launch of its ProLiant Gen8 servers. .
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Boy died after satnav fault delays ambulance

A child died after a faulty satnav caused an ambulance to arrive late, a coroner heard last week.
Caleb Cox, 20 Feb 2012
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Brit student locked up for Facebook source code hack

A British computer science student was jailed for eight months on Friday for hacking into the internal network at Facebook.
John Leyden, 20 Feb 2012
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FTC urged to probe Google's Safari-tracking gaffe

Google is once again under fire after a Stanford researcher discovered that the search giant and other advertising outfits have circumnavigated the privacy settings of millions of Apple Safari users.
Kelly Fiveash, 20 Feb 2012
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Climate models need revising: Droughts, heat waves not such a big deal

So, the world's climate is changing - that's one thing most scientists are indeed agreed on. But what does that actually mean for the future? Could hotter summer temperatures kill off growing plants, leading to runaway atmospheric carbon increases and turning the Earth into a lifeless baking hell?
Lewis Page, 20 Feb 2012
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Chinese smut site boss gets 10 years in the slammer

A man in China has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for running a US-hosted porn site as the Communist Party continues its crackdown on illegal content.
Phil Muncaster, 20 Feb 2012
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Nokia Asha 201 Qwerty phone

Review When Nokia announced its three new Asha budget phones in October they didn’t attract much attention alongside the WinPho 7 handsets that were punted by the company at the same time.
Alun Taylor, 20 Feb 2012
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iPad 3 chip leak squeaks dual-core tweaks

Apple's next tablet offering will feature a dual-core A5X system-on-a-chip, if snaps of a supposed iPad 3 logic board that surfaced on-line are anything to go by.
Caleb Cox, 20 Feb 2012
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Foursquare ousted? Google sneaks out Latitude leader boards

Over the weekend Google has tweaked its location-sharing Latitude product to enable checking in, following the trend which has failed to make money for Foursquare or Facebook.
Bill Ray, 20 Feb 2012
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Huawei pumps $6bn sweetener into US biz trio

Chinese telecoms equipment maker Huawei has taken its turn at cementing US-Sino relations by announcing contracts worth $6bn with California OEMs Qualcomm, Broadcom and Avago - and reckons this will create tens of thousands of job “opportunities” in the States.
Phil Muncaster, 20 Feb 2012
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Brazilians unveil Microsoft SkyDrive's secret – revealing pics

Brazilian website Gemind has revealed screenshots claimed to show a desktop version for MAC OS and Windows of Microsoft's SkyDrive.
Chris Mellor, 20 Feb 2012
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Eric Schmidt to cash in $1.45bn Google shares

Google chairman Eric Schmidt plans to sell off $1.45bn (£914m) shares in the company - a move that represents his biggest annual disposal in the company.
Kelly Fiveash, 20 Feb 2012
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UK mobile networks start to phase out Sony Ericsson handsets

British mobile networks have been quietly dropping Sony Ericsson handsets, a sign that the brand is en route to a swift exit from the market. The buyout and forthcoming rebrand as Sony could rekindle demand for the phones, but in the meantime, the Sony phones made during its marriage with Swedish company Ericsson are off the shelves.
Anna Leach, 20 Feb 2012
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LOHAN flashes fantastical flying truss

It's taken us a while, and a not inconsiderable amount of head-scratching, but we've finally come up with a design for the Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) launch platform.
Lester Haines, 20 Feb 2012
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Google plots Chrome web password maker

Google is developing a password-generating tool that will bolt into its Chrome browser.
John Leyden, 20 Feb 2012
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Brit sat biz Inmarsat owed $56m by ailing LightSquared

Failed cellular disrupter LightSquared owes $56.25m (£35.46m) to UK operation Inmarsat for 10MHz of radio spectrum that the FCC won't let LS use.
Bill Ray, 20 Feb 2012
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Apple goes to European Commission with complaint about Motorola

Apple has lodged a complaint with the European Commission over Motorola Mobility's use of standards-essential patents in lawsuits with the fruity firm.
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Microsoft holds peace talks after Hyper-V booted from OpenStack

Microsoft is in talks for its Windows hypervisor to be readmitted to the Linux-for-the-cloud project OpenStack.
Gavin Clarke, 20 Feb 2012
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Toner slurping biz Lasertech runs out of ink

Toner recycling firm Lasertech UK has called a creditors meeting after shutting up shop.
Paul Kunert, 20 Feb 2012
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Pirate Bay AND its users violate labels' copyright - judge

A High Court judge has ruled that notorious file-sharing website The Pirate Bay and its users violated the copyrights of nine record labels based in the UK.
Kelly Fiveash, 20 Feb 2012
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Unions: MoD 'mad to fire staff while increasing consultant spending'

Analysis UK public-sector unions say that revelations of what the Ministry of Defence (MoD) spends on specialist consultants show that current plans to fire tens of thousands of staff will lead to increased expenditure. Could they be right?
Lewis Page, 20 Feb 2012
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Valve responds to Half-Life 3 grumbles

Valve has responded to demand for Half-Life 3 information, claiming to have its games more "baked" before any announcements are made.
Caleb Cox, 20 Feb 2012
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Security biz scoffs at Apple's anti-Trojan Gatekeeper

Security watchers are expressing reservations about whitelisting security that Apple plans to integrate with OS X Mountain Lion this summer.
John Leyden, 20 Feb 2012
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Fujitsu tempts Europe to splash cash on waterproof mobes

MWC 2012 Japanese firm Fujitsu is gearing up to launch its smartphones and tablets in Europe, taking on incumbents Apple and Samsung.
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Panasonic outs dual-core Euro-centric Android phone

Panasonic today showed off its upcoming smartphone - it's first for Europe - the Android-based Eluga.
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French National Front woos internet pirates

The leader of the French National Front party, Marine Le Pen, wants Hadopi scrapped and replaced with a blanket licence to compensate creative industries. The extreme right party's freetard-friendly gambit has caused the Socialists, who also oppose Hadopi, to rethink their policies.
Andrew Orlowski, 20 Feb 2012
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Panasonic to include trackpad remotes with top-end TVs

Panasonic was keen to tout its updated smartphone remote control for its new Viera TVs at its annual European Convention today but it was its touchpad-equipped remote units that caught our eye.
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SmarTone lets users cancel all-you-can-eat contracts

Hong Kong network giant SmarTone has decided to allow customers who signed up to new mobile contracts before 13 February to have them rescinded, as the fallout of its handling of new regulations governing unlimited contracts continues.
Phil Muncaster, 20 Feb 2012
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Panasonic to take on LG with passive 3D TV

Panasonic is to launch a passive 3D TV in a bid to compete with LG's punter pulling models.

Exascale by 2018: Crazy ...or possible?

HPC blog I recently saw some estimates that show we should hit exascale supercomputer performance by around 2018. That seems a bit ambitious – if not stunningly optimistic – and the search to get some perspective led me on an hours-long meander through supercomputing history, plus what I like to call “Fun With Spreadsheets.”
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Pakistani military building PAC-PAD fondleslab

The Pakistani military has been using spare manufacturing capacity to build an Android fondleslab to go up against Apple’s dominant tablet.
Iain Thomson, 20 Feb 2012
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Australians like the NBN: poll

The campaign against Australia’s National Broadband Network appears to be losing ground, with a poll by Essential Research showing growing support for the government’s infrastructure project.
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Squirrelled away: seeds survive 30,000-year winter

About 30,000 years ago, a squirrel saved some fruits in a burrow that was frozen over, and stayed that way ever since. Now, Russian scientists have not only recovered the seeds – they’ve grown viable plants from them.
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Microsoft claims Google bypassed its browser privacy too

Updated Microsoft has released data showing that Google has been bypassing the user-defined privacy settings in Internet Explorer by using incorrect P3P identification terms.
Iain Thomson, 20 Feb 2012
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Digital Realty gets real in Victoria

Digital Realty has unveiled plans to invest in two new data centres in Melbourne's west, ramping up its existing presence in Australia.
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Optus snaps up Vivid for 4G build

Optus has swooped on the assets of 4G wireless operator Vividwireless for $AU230 million and use the spectrum as a cornerstone of its own 4G network build out.