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AT&T plan: Let content providers pay your bandwidth bill

AT&T is developing a plan that would allow mobile-application developers and content providers to pay for the wireless bandwidth required to use their apps or downlload their content.
Rik Myslewski, 28 Feb 2012
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Cray ekes out profit in diminished Q4

Supercomputer maker Cray took a bit of a hit in 2011 thanks to AMD's delay in shipping its "Interlagos" Opteron 6200 processors, which had a cascading effect on shipments and acceptances of Cray's XE6 and XK6 machines in the fourth quarter.
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Cisco to push threat intelligence to all devices

RSA 2012 Cisco plans to push security intelligence into its entire firewall line in an attempt to make its hardware a lot smarter and ease the load on IT managers.
Iain Thomson, 28 Feb 2012
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Ten... top Android games

App of the Week Special App of the Week Special Traditionally, if you wanted your phone or media player to double up as a gaming platform, you bought an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. But the last 12 months have seen a veritable revolution in the number and quality of games available for Android. Some of the games here had me giggling like a fool, …
Alun Taylor, 28 Feb 2012
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UK.gov to double number of biometric chips for immigrants

The government is to double the number of people required to have a biometric residence permit (BRP) to stay in the UK, raising the number to 400,000 a year.
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Cyber-security startup to flash major Android soft spots at RSA

Three big-hitters in the world of cyber security have launched a firm that intends to unmask hackers and their motives, and they've scooped up $26m to get it started. As one of its first acts, CrowdStrike plans to unveil an overview of Android's weak spots in a demo at the RSA on 29 Feb.
Anna Leach, 28 Feb 2012
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EC: 'Friends-only' natter not subject to 'right to be forgotten'

The operators of social networking sites, such as Facebook, would not be obliged to delete every piece of information about individuals that they host under proposed new EU 'right to be forgotten' laws, the European Commission has said.
OUT-LAW.COM, 28 Feb 2012
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Euro banks slam dot-bank plan

European banking regulators have slammed an American-led plan to create a new ".bank" top-level domain, saying it could give way to "a more dangerous form of phishing".
Kevin Murphy, 28 Feb 2012
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Dixons preps movie download service

Dixons Retail - better known these days as Currys and PC World - will launch an online movie service on Thursday.
Tony Smith, 28 Feb 2012
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Proview's Apple iPad rights war goes global, reaches ESSEX

Failed Asian monitor biz Proview has filed an amended complaint to a US court against Apple, implicating a company registered in the UK and seeking to regain worldwide rights to the IPAD trademark.
Phil Muncaster, 28 Feb 2012
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Reading this? You're probably planning to skill up on HTML5 in 2012

Hoary old coders are skilling up on mobile says a survey from CWJobs, revealing that 81 per cent of UK IT pros are planning to refresh their skill sets by sitting down and swotting up on some HTML5 in 2012.
Anna Leach, 28 Feb 2012
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Orange to impose overseas data cap to beat bill shock

MWC 2012 MWC 2012 Orange wants to make roaming less of an ordeal, today saying it will bundle voice, texts and data into a single, pay-as-you-go style package to make it easier to charge for using phones overseas.
Tony Smith, 28 Feb 2012
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Hungry Dell iron monsters FEAST on your puny apps

Dell is adding Micron-based Express Flash to its servers and will feed the server flash beast from Compellent arrays.
Chris Mellor, 28 Feb 2012
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Nokia opens e-books for WinPho mobiles

MWC 2012 MWC 2012 Nokia has launched an e-book reader app for its Lumia smartphones.
Tony Smith, 28 Feb 2012
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Silicon Valley's assault on Mobile's Gated Kingdom

Part one The Gated Kingdom guarded by the mobile industry is the last great frontier for Silicon Valley to crack.
Andrew Orlowski, 28 Feb 2012
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Cineworld flaunts '4D' movies

British cinema chain Cineworld has announced it will branch out beyond mere 3D offerings - 'Pah!' - into a fourth dimension, with vibrating seats (ahem) that synchronise their shaking to the action on screen.
Caleb Cox, 28 Feb 2012
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Bone-bothering boffins build GIANT penguin from fossils

Bone-bothering boffins have reconstructed a giant prehistoric penguin species from fossils that were first found in New Zealand in 1977.
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Linux PC-in-a-stick to cost coders £139

Norway's FXI Technologies has begun taking orders for its ultra-tiny CStick Cotton Candy Linux computer, pricing the PC-in-a-stick at just £139 for Brits.
Tony Smith, 28 Feb 2012
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China raked in £184bn from IT outsourcing in 2011

China’s software and IT outsourcing industry is booming, rising by a third in 2011 to reach a whopping 1.84 trillion yuan (£184.33bn), according to new government figures released by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.
Phil Muncaster, 28 Feb 2012
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Bookeen Cybook Odyssey e-book reader

Review Review Amazon's brutal drive to bring down the price of e-book readers to 89 quid has made buying one of these gadgets easy. If you're disinterested in e-book DRM formats – they're all bad, IMHO – there's little reason not to opt for this cheapest-of-the-lot model.
Tony Smith, 28 Feb 2012
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Epic net outage in Africa as FOUR undersea cables chopped

Underwater data cables linking East Africa to the Middle East and Europe have been severed, bringing transfer rates to their knees in nine countries.
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Toyota, Samsung partner on car, phone connectivity

MWC 2012 MWC 2012 Samsung and Toyota are going to combine cars and smartphones this year, allowing the Japanese auto giant's vehicles to interact with the South Korean company's handsets.
Tony Smith, 28 Feb 2012
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Telcos gang up to snatch in-app cash from Google, Apple

Updated*: MWC 2012 Nine operators have implemented an in-application API for the Wholesale Applications Community, so AJAX apps will soon be able to empty your pockets just like the competition can.
Bill Ray, 28 Feb 2012
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Microsoft 'fesses credit cards exposed by Indian store hack

Microsoft India has warned customers of its online store that their financial details may have been compromised, backtracking on a previous statement to the contrary.
Phil Muncaster, 28 Feb 2012
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Yahoo! threatens! Facebook! with! patent! spanking!

Like certain other tech companies that have failed to keep up with rivals' innovations, Yahoo! is resorting to a patent battle to top up its revenues.
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Windows Phone armed with 'military-grade' email upgrade

Microsoft is bullet-proofing email on Windows Phone in an effort to follow Apple and Google into the workplace.
Gavin Clarke, 28 Feb 2012
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Samsung admits Android tablet cash haul is disappointing

Samsung has 'fessed up to something that the industry already knew: punters are still not falling for the charms of its fondleslabs.
Paul Kunert, 28 Feb 2012
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Storage players pitch DRM tech for downloads

Warner Bros. and 20th Century Fox have said they are working on yet another DRM technology for HD video, this time with the support of storage companies WD and SanDisk.
Tony Smith, 28 Feb 2012
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Quantum computing IN OUR LIFETIME - IBM breakthrough

IBM boffins reckon their research has catapulted quantum computing forward a few decades, making it possible within our lifetime.
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For those thinking Private Cloud

Live today Our very own Tim Phillips is dragging some clever sorts from the industry and beyond into a studio to talk about building private clouds. They’re remit is ‘be helpful’ and to give us a, ‘check list for building a private cloud.’ We’re hoping by the time they're finished you'll have something of a weighty steer on what it takes to do a private cloud project.
Miatta Momoh, 28 Feb 2012
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Nicked sensitive Avnet server disks sparks ICO probe

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has confirmed it is investigating a potential data breach at Avnet Technology Solutions (TS) following the break-in prior to Christmas.
Paul Kunert, 28 Feb 2012
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Dell: 'Now they see they HAVE to consider working with us'

Dell is relying on its EMEA channel to take it into enterprise data centres as the big biz becomes a bigger and bigger focus for Round Rock.
Chris Mellor, 28 Feb 2012
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Apple tells Siri rival Evi: Get a facelift and you can stay

A British voice-recognition app that works like Siri may be allowed to stay in Apple's App Store, if it makes some changes, says a report in The Verge.
Anna Leach, 28 Feb 2012

Price-comparison site: OCZ reviews 'questionable'

Austrian price comparison site Geizhals has flagged up reviews of OCZ's flash products on its site as suspicious.
Chris Mellor, 28 Feb 2012
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Cops cuff premium-rate SMS Android malware suspects

French police have arrested two men over an Android malware scam that netted an estimated €100,000, according to L'Informaticien.
John Leyden, 28 Feb 2012
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Sumlock Electronics faces liquidation

North East-based family-run reseller Sumlock Electronics is to be liquidated, according to a filing to Companies House.
Paul Kunert, 28 Feb 2012
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Mobile net kingpins v the world: 'Why should we pay the 4G tab?'

MWC 2012 Life’s tough for a mobile operator. The regulators treat you like a cash cow and the over-the-top services are leeching all the money. And unless we get back to the good old days of the 1990s, they "won’t be able to make the investments necessary for 4G".
Simon Rockman, 28 Feb 2012

Wii workouts unlikely to improve fitness

Trying to keep your nippers in trim with a Nintendo Wii workout may be pointless. Research suggests motion-controlled videogame systems do very little to help kids fulfill their daily exercise requirements.
Caleb Cox, 28 Feb 2012
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O2 to balance work, life on smartphones

MWC 2012 MWC 2012 Spanish telco - and O2 owner - Telefonica has taken aim at folk with a single mobile for both business and pleasure with the launch of a cloud-based service that lets them flip the phones between these two roles at will.
Caleb Cox, 28 Feb 2012
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Top Rambus attack dog Harold Hughes to retire

Rambus CEO Harold Hughes is stepping down - causing grief, devastation and woe in intellectual property lawyers' offices across the USA.
Chris Mellor, 28 Feb 2012
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Texas flash: TMS Ramsan-820 born in the USA

TMS latest RamSan-820 is a high-availability box that the Texans say packs more terabytes into its 1U rack case than that of any other vendor.
Chris Mellor, 28 Feb 2012
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Hacking breach made us stronger says RSA

RSA 2012 RSA president Art Coviello has said the hacking attack that breached its servers ended up making the company stronger and more effective.
Iain Thomson, 28 Feb 2012
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Cisco CEO: Mobile cloud threat for service providers

MWC 2012 Network pitchman John Chambers has cautioned service providers that they risk being stranded by the mobile cloud.
Gavin Clarke, 28 Feb 2012
Apple 7 March iPad 3 invite grab

Apple pledges 'something to see' at iPad 3 launch

Apple has mailed out invitations to its eagerly awaited iPad 3 launch on 7 March, telling World+Dog it has "something you really have to see".
Tony Smith, 28 Feb 2012

Apple issues invitations to March 7 iPad roll-out

Apple has issued invitations for a March 7 event that will presumably – based on the iPad image that graces the email invite – introduce the oft-rumored iPad 3 with a "retina display", possibly with a resolution of 2048-by-1536 pixels.
Rik Myslewski, 28 Feb 2012
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AppSense pushes out Dropbox encryption app for iOS

Virtualisation software maker AppSense has moved into Apple kit with the release of its first iOS app ever – DataLocker – a security layer for Dropbox apps.
Anna Leach, 28 Feb 2012
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Hackers chop down UN eco-agency, release rare data into wild

Hacktivists claim to have raided the website of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and extracted sensitive internal information.
John Leyden, 28 Feb 2012
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Stratfor leak: US 'has secret indictment' of Julian Assange

US prosecutors have drawn up secret charges against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, according to a leaked internal email extracted from private US intelligence firm Stratfor and obtained by the whistleblower site.
John Leyden, 28 Feb 2012
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Nekkid Tech: Keep Austin weird

Podcast This week Greg Knieriemen and trusty sidekick Ed Saipetch (@edasi) chat to Gina Minks (@gminks) and Nekkid Tech virgin and new media strategist Sarah Vela (@orchid8) about LTE networks; the SXSW tech, biz and music bash in Austin; and why Dell is so keen to branch out.
Jude Karabus, 28 Feb 2012
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Disk shortages stall Q4 server sales (a bit)

Considering the challenges that the server biz has faced in recent months, global server shipments have remained relatively healthy, with revenues impacted mostly by declining IBM mainframe sales.
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Now Samsung supremo sued by sister in inheritance spat

The eldest sister of Samsung Electronics chairman Lee Kun-hee has joined that exec's brother in filing suit against him over an inheritance from their father.
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Banking Trojan hijacks live chat to run real-time fraud

A new strain of financial malware is hijacking live chat sessions in a bid to hoodwink business banking customers into handing over their banking login credentials or into authorising fraudulent transactions.
John Leyden, 28 Feb 2012
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Younger generation taking 'sledgehammer' to security

RSA 2012 The new generation of "digital natives" coming into the workplace is going to blow apart existing security practices, Symantec's CEO Enrique Salem warns.
Iain Thomson, 28 Feb 2012
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Fat margins squeeze Apple against Android

Open ... and Shut There are a million ways to over-analyse iOS versus Android market share, but one thing is often overlooked: Apple's high-margin strategy depends upon buying customers through subsidies, and may not be able to keep pace with Android's low-cost model over time.
Matt Asay, 28 Feb 2012
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Apple's German win was really our victory, honest, says Motorola

Motorola Mobility (MMI) says it has been 'vindicated' in Monday's ruling by a German appeals court, which permitted Apple to continue selling the iPhone and iPad in that country during Cupertino's appeal of a December legal victory in an Apple-MMI patent tussle.
Rik Myslewski, 28 Feb 2012

SUSE Linux moves to 3.0 kernel with SP2

SUSE Linux, the commercial Linux distributor owned by software conglomerate Attachmate, is moving up to the Linux 3.0 kernel and also taking the btrfs file system mainstream alongside Linux container virtual private servers.
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Telstra gets ready for the split

In a landmark move, the Australian regulator has accepted Telstra’s structural separation undertaking (SSU) to be implemented via the migration to the National Broadband Network.
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Optus fails to silence AFL boss

After winning the first round of its TV Now court case, Optus has had a minor loss when it asked an Australian court to stop Australian Football League boss Andrew Demetriou.
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M2 Telecoms buys some Time

M2 Telecommunications continues its acquisition drive, snapping up Time Telecom via subsidiary Southern Cross Telco for $AU18.5 million.
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The problem with Telstra’s NBN plans

Regulatory rules have helped put Telstra in the uncomfortable position of launching the most expensive National Broadband Network fibre-based plans in the Australian market.
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Virgin Galactic announces test flight plans

Virgin Galactic has announced that it expects to go ex-atmospheric in a test flight this year.
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Commbank shouts free beer, meals, to promote NFC

Australia’s Commonwealth Bank is buying beer or paying punters ten Australian dollars to endure a brief lesson in its Kaching wireless payments app.
Simon Sharwood, 28 Feb 2012