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Galaxy is teeming with homeless planets

The galaxy – and presumably, if we’re in a normal-enough galaxy, the rest of the universe – has a bit less empty space than we thought, according to a study by the Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics (KIPAC).
Richard Chirgwin, 27 Feb 2012
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Wikileaks regains relevance with Stratfor doc-drop

Wikileaks has announced a massive document dump of e-mails obtained from Stratfor, which it says demonstrates widespread corruption and even insider trading.
Richard Chirgwin, 27 Feb 2012

NEC invests in Nextep network

NEC has made a multi-million investment in its Nextep broadband network in a bid to vamp up its competitive offering ahead of the NBN deployment. The infrastructure investment is the first major upgrade for the network for a number of years but demand and opportunity afforded by the government’s Regional Blackspot’s Programme (RBBP) allowed the vendor to move ahead with upgrade plans.
Natalie Apostolou, 27 Feb 2012
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Mutant heroes to rescue Ultrabooks from price trap

Is Seagate clever or what? In order to get to a $600 entry price, Ultrabook makers are looking to shave off cost by using hybrid flash-disk drives instead of separate flash and disk drives.
Chris Mellor, 27 Feb 2012
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Ofcom needs you ... to help spend £180m on purifying telly

Ofcom is consulting on the best way to avoid 4G telephony knocking out Freeview, but the regulator seems to be having a hard time putting government plans into words.
Bill Ray, 27 Feb 2012
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Avoid flying next to blubberbeasts with seatmate-finding site

Fed up with sitting next to the fat guy eating crisps on those nine-hour transatlantic flights? Well, no one's invented a way to get around that, but airline KLM has a new social scheme to get passengers sitting next to people who interest them.
Anna Leach, 27 Feb 2012
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Telefonica zaps 100Mbps 4G masts with shrink ray

MWC 2012Spanish ISP and telco giant Telefonica is beavering away on 4G: it's holding trials in London, Madrid and Barcelona, and rolled out a service in Germany.
Simon Rockman, 27 Feb 2012
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Nearly one in 10 Brits 'fess to shower phone faux pas

MWC 2012Promoting its waterproofing spray, Oxford-based P2i has polled punters on the soggy environments to which their phones are exposed and expectations on their survival.
Bill Ray, 27 Feb 2012
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Huawei pitches 'first ever' 10in quad-core tablet

MWC 2012
Tony Smith, 27 Feb 2012
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Orange treats NFC phone fans to free feed

Caleb Cox, 27 Feb 2012
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Jabra Halo 2 Bluetooth headset

Geek Treat of the Week
Kenny Hemphill, 27 Feb 2012
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Sony Xperia converts flash motors into fancy remotes

MWC 2012Sony will pre-load RealVNC's server onto all its Xperia handsets in 2012, enabling cars to control phones and customer support to reach out and touch you right on the screen.
Bill Ray, 27 Feb 2012
Ford B-Max mini-MPV
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Ford intros tech'd-up B-Max mini-MPV

MWC 2012
Tony Smith, 27 Feb 2012

Sony brings Samsung and NXP into the FeliCa fold

MWC 2012Japan's FeliCa system will soon boast NFC alongside the existing proximity system, using chips from Samsung and NXP to provide pay-by-bonk for Japanese abroad and gaijin alike.
Bill Ray, 27 Feb 2012
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1
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Samsung stretches 5in Galaxy Note phonetab to 10in

MWC 2012
Tony Smith, 27 Feb 2012
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Great Firewall springs a leak: Chinese flood Obama's Google+ page

China’s infamous tool of internet censorship the Great Firewall appeared to fail last week, allowing hundreds of web users in the People’s Republic to access and post comments on US president Barack Obama’s Google+ page.
Phil Muncaster, 27 Feb 2012
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Samsung selects UK as first to get next-gen tablet

MWC 2012
Tony Smith, 27 Feb 2012
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Navigation app CoPilot Live goes freemium next month

MWC 2012Premier navigation app CoPilot will go freemium next month, with a cut-down version designed to convince users to throw away their dedicated satnav and buy in for 20 quid.
Bill Ray, 27 Feb 2012
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HTC stimulates Sense with snap-happy One series

MWC 2012
Caleb Cox, 27 Feb 2012
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Secret high-security Chinese shipments point to iPad 3 exports

Fresh paperwork uncovered in China points to an early March launch for the long-awaited Apple iPad 3 - and apparently batches are already shipping to the US from assembly plants in the People’s Republic.
Phil Muncaster, 27 Feb 2012
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Panasonic invests smartphone with Eluga Power

MWC 2012
Tony Smith, 27 Feb 2012
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Vodafone: Do you take Visa?

MWC 2012Vodafone and Visa have joined forces to push an international payment brand, using NFC for pay-by-bonk functionality and a Visa prepaid card to carry the credit.
Bill Ray, 27 Feb 2012
Uncharted
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Ten... PlayStation Vita launch games

Product round-up
Caleb Cox, 27 Feb 2012
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Sony PlayStation Vita

Review
Caleb Cox, 27 Feb 2012
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Microsoft Tangos into cheap smartphones

MWC 2012Microsoft is targeting the global market for smartphones outside the high end with its next Windows Phone, while promising most existing apps will continue to work with less hardware.
Gavin Clarke, 27 Feb 2012
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Facebook denies poaching your text messages on Android

Facebook has dismissed allegations in The Sunday Times that the web giant's Android app can hoover text messages from phones as "creative conspiracy theorising".
Anna Leach, 27 Feb 2012
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Viglen veteran Rolfe heads to Lenovo

Viglen old-timer Ashley Rolfe, right-hand man to chief exec Bordan Tkachuk, has pitched up at Lenovo as a tech evangelist.
Paul Kunert, 27 Feb 2012
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Viewsonic risks Apple backlash with Android Phone 4S

MWC 2012
Caleb Cox, 27 Feb 2012
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Playboy, Virgin Galactic tout zero-grav nookie in spaaaaace!

Quality journalism bastion Playboy has teamed up with boffins at Virgin Galactic to create the one thing missing in the universe - a Playboy Club in space.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 27 Feb 2012
Philips 2012 Smart TV UI

Philips puts Smart TV centre stage for 2012

Philips has introduced an updated UI for its smart TVs and promised to support IPTV across a broader array of tellies this year.
Reg Hard, 27 Feb 2012
Sony
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Sony conjures up 'magic' Xperias

MWC 2012
Caleb Cox, 27 Feb 2012
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Sony pauses for breath, coughs up two more Xperia mobes

MWC 2012Two new Android phones – and one re-announced one – are not the real story from Sony, however hard it tries to make it so. When Sony and Ericsson hooked up there was a pause as the two companies tried to make the strange marriage work. But while the parting of ways seems completely harmonious, there are clearly some things to sort out.
Simon Rockman, 27 Feb 2012
Reg Hardware Mobile Week

Reg Hardware Mobile Week Complete Coverage

Mobile Week
Register Hardware, 27 Feb 2012
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Molesworth and the New Latin

Stob'In his speech [...] the Education Secretary Michael Gove appeared to accept in its entirety the argument that ICT had become little more than training in office skills and something far more rigorous was required [...] While Alex Hope's slogan "coding is the new Latin" did not appeal to some, it must have appealed to the classicist in Michael Gove' - Rory Cellan-Jones, BBC website
Verity Stob, 27 Feb 2012
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ServiceKey protests innocence in Oracle 'grey market' spat

ServiceKey - one of two channel defendants named in an Oracle lawsuit last week - says it has been wrongly caught up in the litigation.
Paul Kunert, 27 Feb 2012
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Hubble snaps exploding star's near-fatal weight-loss bid

PicNASA's Hubble Space Telescope has captured a stunning shot of the Eta Carinae system's largest star suffering a near-death experience before it goes supernova in the near future.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 27 Feb 2012
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Asus outs 1920 x 1280 Android ICS tablet

MWC 2012
Tony Smith, 27 Feb 2012

Kaminario array slips on protection but won't go down on you

Kaminario has added enterprise disk drive array-like protection and availability features to K2, its solid state SAN storage boxes. You won't need to take one of those machines down, ever.
Chris Mellor, 27 Feb 2012
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Samsung punts smartphone with built-in projector

MWC 2012
Caleb Cox, 27 Feb 2012
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IBM and Huawei hook up to start Chinese takeaway

MWC 2012IBM's enterprise consultancy, IBM Global Business Service, has joined up with Huawei to create enterprise solutions, initially for Chinese companies but with global aspirations.
Bill Ray, 27 Feb 2012
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Child abuse suspect won't be forced to decrypt hard drive

A federal appeals court has ruled it improper to compel a child pornography suspect to decrypt his hard drive because such an act would violate his Fifth Amendment rights.
John Leyden, 27 Feb 2012
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Mozilla backs Facebook's mobile web standards push

MWC 2012Open-web-loving Mozilla is backing Facebook's move to bring together smartphone-makers, carriers and developers to sort out standards for mobile internet and mobile app payments.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 27 Feb 2012
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Blighty's taxman offers smartphone levy refund

Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs officials have decided that smartphones are phones, not PDAs, so anyone paying tax on one can now claim it back.
Bill Ray, 27 Feb 2012
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Asus peddles three-in-one smartphone, tablet, netbook

MWC 2012
Caleb Cox, 27 Feb 2012
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ZeuS Trojan embraces P2P – becomes even more sneaky and sticky

New variants of the Zeusbot/SpyEye cybercrime toolkit are moving away from reliance on command-and-control (C&C) servers towards a peer-to-peer architecture.
John Leyden, 27 Feb 2012
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Fallen DRAMurai warrior Elpida files for bankruptcy protection

Japanese chipmaker Elpida Memory filed for bankruptcy protection today after failing to find anyone willing to save it.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 27 Feb 2012
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Handbags at dawn: Hermes loses Chinese trademark battle

Sacré bleu! Apple isn’t the only big name brand facing a trademark KO in China at the moment, after French fashion giant Hermes lost a key legal battle with China’s Trademark Appeal Board.
Phil Muncaster, 27 Feb 2012
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Cloud Store: Next wave of services due by April

G-Cloud bigwig Chris Chant has confirmed the second wave of Cloud Store services will go live in April and that public sector customers will finally be able to rate suppliers, helping to shore up the flaky accreditation process.
Paul Kunert, 27 Feb 2012
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ITU supremo offers top tips on thwarting next Arab Spring

MWC 2012The International Telecommunication Union's general secretary reckons the Arab Spring spate of revolutions is pretty much over, except possibly in Syria, and to keep it that way we need better-connected countries.
Bill Ray, 27 Feb 2012
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It's game over for pinball pioneer

Steve Kordek, the man widely dubbed as the Godfather of Pinball, has fired his last steely sphere at the ripe age of 100.
Caleb Cox, 27 Feb 2012
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Crap mobile networks shamed by Carrier IQ API

MWC 2012Caught-out cellphone snoopster Carrier IQ has decided to come clean, hoping that punters will be prepared to have their phones' behaviour logged if they get to see the data too.
Bill Ray, 27 Feb 2012
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Fujitsu saddles up its own Hadoop distro

Japanese IT conglomerate Fujitsu is throwing its own elephant into the ring with a mashup of Fujitsu software with components of the Apache Hadoop big data muncher, which it says is better than just using the open-source code all by its lonesome.
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Dell flashes enhanced 12G racks of PowerEdge gear

To say that the x86 server makers are a little anxious for Intel to launch the "Sandy Bridge-EP" processors and get the Xeon E5 transition under way is a bit of an understatement. They are positively champing at the bit.
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10GigE jetpacks strapped on EqualLogic underlings

Dell has added 10Gbps Ethernet cards to two of its 1GigE EqualLogic iSCSI arrays, bumped up their controllers and built in greater Linux and Windows host integration.
Chris Mellor, 27 Feb 2012
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41-megapixel MONSTER mobe shutters Nokia knockers

MWC 2012Nokia's PureView 808, unveiled today in Barcelona, boasts a 41-megapixel camera - a spec that trumps rivals' 8- and 12-MP sensors spectacularly. Naturally your humble hack had a play with one on the Nokia stand.
Simon Rockman, 27 Feb 2012
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Intel smartphones coming to the UK, France, China, India

MWC 2012Intel has announced three new partners that will soon offer smartphones based on Chipzilla's handset reference platform, and has provided more detail about its mobile-chip roadmap.
Rik Myslewski, 27 Feb 2012
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US lawyers float Facebook Credits antitrust suit

ExclusiveUS attorneys are trying to drum up interest in a potential case against Facebook, claiming its Credits virtual currency is breaking US antitrust law.
Gavin Clarke, 27 Feb 2012
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Qualys pushes out cloud-based tech for website protection

Security software-as-a-service specialist Qualys has branched out from vulnerability assessment and policy compliance for corporate networks with a cloud-based website protection service.
John Leyden, 27 Feb 2012
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IBM carbon probe views electron movement in molecule

IBM researchers in Switzerland have seen the movement of charge within a molecule for the first time, using a microscope tipped with a single carbon atom.
Iain Thomson, 27 Feb 2012
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Oz channel takes another hit as receiver moves in on WOW

Another of Australia’s struggling bricks-and-mortar gadget retailers is in trouble, with the WOW Audio Visual Superstores chain put up for sale by receivers Ferrier Hodgson.
Richard Chirgwin, 27 Feb 2012
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Microbee flies again

Australia’s answer to the ZX Spectrum and BBC Micro, the Microbee, is back.
Simon Sharwood, 27 Feb 2012
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Foxtel and Austar set to play nice with IPTV guys

Australian subscription TV incumbents Foxtel and Austar are set to offer selected exclusive content to ISPs in a bid to smooth the path to a green light for their $AU1.9 billion merger.
Natalie Apostolou, 27 Feb 2012
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Melting Arctic leads to snowy winters

Georgia Tech has lobbed a small grenade into the climate change debate, with a study suggesting a correlation between melting Arctic pack ice and snowy winters in the Northern Hemisphere.
Richard Chirgwin, 27 Feb 2012
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Apple wins battle in Motorola patent war

A German court has ruled that Motorola Mobility can't enforce a patent-battle injunction it won in December that would have prevented Apple's iPhone and iPad from being sold in that country.
Rik Myslewski, 27 Feb 2012
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IT staffers on ragged edge of burnout and cynicism

RSA 2012A survey of stress levels among IT security staff, thought to be the first of its kind, has shown that an alarming number of staffers are suffering dangerous levels of cynicism, leaving them depressed and unable to function properly.
Iain Thomson, 27 Feb 2012
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All-optical RAM to clear comms bottleneck

Japanese researchers are claiming a breakthrough in all-optical memory, one of the key bottlenecks remaining in the optical communications world.
Richard Chirgwin, 27 Feb 2012

Dell: Not looking for lock-in, just lovin'

Dell doesn't want to be IBM, like HP sometimes seems to, but it wants to be enough like those two that it can kick their asses in the data center and still be best buddies with systems software makers such as Microsoft, Red Hat, and Oracle. That, in short, was the message from the top brass at Dell's PowerEdge 12G systems launch at an event in Silicon Gulch today.

Motorola upgrades Vic emergency network

The Victorian government has awarded Motorola Solutions with an $AU130 million contract to upgrade and extend the management of Victoria’s Metropolitan Mobile Radio (MMR) network.
Natalie Apostolou, 27 Feb 2012