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Government, business, military are internet security threats

RSA 2012 Usually the bête noire of the annual RSA conference is the criminal hacking community, but security guru Bruce Schneier asserts that government, business, and the military may well pose a bigger threat to security professionals.
Iain Thomson, 29 Feb 2012
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Interpol attacks hacks

A haul of suspected hackers allegedly linked to the Anonymous cabal has been hauled in by a wide ranging Interpol operation named ‘Operation Unmask’. Interpol announced that it has collared 25 suspected hackers across four countries in Latin America and Europe.
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Marriot International trashes telepresence rooms

Cisco’s dream of public telepresence facilities that Joe Public uses for a high-fidelity chat with loved ones or business associates has taken a hit in Asia after hotel chain Marriot booted its kit from hotels across Asia.
Simon Sharwood, 29 Feb 2012
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Moore's Law leaves mobile networks ripe for attack

RSA 2012 The GSM mobile standard is wide open for attack, experts have warned, thanks in part to the increasing amount of computing power available to hackers.
Iain Thomson, 29 Feb 2012

Apple snags blockbuster multi-touch patent

Apple was granted two dozen patents in the US Patent and Trademark Office's weekly patent-palooza, held each Tuesday, providing Cupertino's legal team with a new cache of ammunition to be fired up in future patent wars.
Rik Myslewski, 29 Feb 2012
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Raspberry Pi signs big-name sellers

Educationally inclined microcomputer maker Raspberry Pi today revealed that its ARM-based credit card-sized machine is to be taken to coders worldwide by two big-name suppliers.
Tony Smith, 29 Feb 2012
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Faster mobile data: the road to 4G

Feature Feature The great thing about standards, as some wit once said, is that there are so many to choose from. Mobile phones are afflicted worse than most technology – a multiplicity of standards, nested within one another like a messy set of Russian dolls filled with alphabet soup.
Liam Proven, 29 Feb 2012
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Dell has rapier-thin blade server in the works

Dell is pushing the lower limits of blade servers up against microservers.
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New tool turns any marketing wonk into a mobile app whiz

MWC 2012 Calling a company Antenna when what you make is an abstraction platform, rather than antennas, might not be sensible – especially at a congress stuffed with mobile techies – but what the firm actually does works well for the trend of this age. Technology follows fashion more than we’d like to admit, and apps are where it is at.
Simon Rockman, 29 Feb 2012
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Nepal asks for a leg-up to nail Everest's height

The Nepalese government has been forced to ask for international assistance in nailing the exact height of Everest, less than a year after it declared it was more than capable of settling the matter once and for all.
Lester Haines, 29 Feb 2012
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Microsoft tripped up by Blighty's techie skills gap

One of the UK's top Microsofties told MPs on Tuesday that even the mighty Windows maker was feeling the impact of Blighty's skills gap.
Anna Leach, 29 Feb 2012

From server to end user: What's coming up for NFS?

Deep Dive NFS (Network File System) is one of two of the most successful file protocols in the history of computing. From the 1980s with NFSv2 through the widely deployed NFSv3 in the 1990s, and now with today’s NFS4.1 standard – and if you don’t know about NFSv4.1 and pNFS (parallel NFS), you should – the protocol has been developed to keep pace with user requirements and the changing nature of data access and processing.
Alex McDonald, 29 Feb 2012
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Apple assesses 14in Air for Asia

Amid all the iPad 3 hoopla comes some Mac news: Apple is said to be "considering" the introduction of a 14in MacBook Air.
Tony Smith, 29 Feb 2012
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France: All your books are belong to us

If the phrase "digital pirate" conjures up a lone socially challenged male with a large collection of Manga comics and Cory Doctorow ravings, think again. Some of the biggest "pirates" in the world are nation states.
Andrew Orlowski, 29 Feb 2012
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Trusted computing: It's BACK, and already in a pocket near you

MWC Trusted Computing, the widely-derided idea of computing secured for, and against, its users, is back and the necessary hardware is already in the majority of pockets.
Bill Ray, 29 Feb 2012
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Brazilian shave costs Tech Data as profits cut by third

Tech Data (TD) exited fiscal 2012 on a low with profits from operations significantly dented by one-off expenses incurred by the closure of its Columbian and Brazilian outposts and restructuring costs in Europe.
Paul Kunert, 29 Feb 2012
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Sony shifts more than a million PS Vitas

Sony has sold more than 1.2m PS Vita handheld games consoles around the globe, the Japanese giant has claimed.
Tony Smith, 29 Feb 2012
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Microsoft's Azure cloud down and out for 8 hours

Updated Microsoft's cloudy platform, Windows Azure, is experiencing a major outage: at the time of writing, its service management system had been down for about seven hours worldwide.
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Court wonk tweets Apple's IPAD appeal showdown with Proview

In an unprecedented display of openness, a Guangdong court will embrace the social networking craze by allowing one of its officials to "live blog" today's appeal hearing during which Apple hopes to secure the right to use the iPad trademark in China.
Phil Muncaster, 29 Feb 2012
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How big telcos can repel the Valley's OTT insurgents

Part two After years of bouncing around PowerPoint slides, the battle between telcos and "Over The Top" insurgents is now very real. It's a scrap that's characterised as Silicon Valley upstarts storming the gates of the closed network world, and that's not a bad nutshell introduction. Long-time OTT champ Dean Bubley of Disruptive Analysis calls these insurgents "access-independent internet services".
Andrew Orlowski, 29 Feb 2012
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RIM PlayBook price cut specials become standard

The massive reductions RIM has made to the price of its BlackBerry PlayBook tablet are no longer one-offs but appear to have become the norm.
Tony Smith, 29 Feb 2012
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Ancient Iceman murder victim was lactose-intolerant, sickly

Scientists sequencing the genome of the 5,000-year-old "Iceman" corpse found 20 years ago in the Tyrolean Alps, have discovered that he had brown eyes, was lactose-intolerant, prone to heart disease and had Lyme disease. The boffins also found that he may be related to some modern-day Northern Mediterraneans.
Anna Leach, 29 Feb 2012
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HP culls nearly half remaining webOS team

Hewlett-Packard continues to dismantle its webOS engineering team by handing nearly half of the remaining 600 techies their pink slips.
Paul Kunert, 29 Feb 2012
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Toshiba swaps flood-soaked Thai plant for WD disk biz

It's as if we were tipped off: Toshiba is buying the 3.5-inch disk drive operations that WD has to sell to gain EU approval for its Hitachi GST acquisition.
Chris Mellor, 29 Feb 2012
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Tomorrow's smartphone tech today

Feature Feature Technology, like time, moves on, and it doesn’t half go at a hell of a rate. Tooth and nail competition means that mobile tech moves even faster than most, and it’s extremely tricky to predict what’s just around the corner. Fortunately, the annual phone industry shindig, Mobile World Congress (MWC), is here to point …
Dave Oliver, 29 Feb 2012
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Better Capital's m-hance coughs £6.8m for Maxima units

Managed services provider Maxima has started to carve up non-core operations by offloading the Document Management, Intellect and Microsoft-reselling sub divisions to Better Capital-backed m-hance for £6.8m.
Paul Kunert, 29 Feb 2012
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UK Broadband flicks switch on Blighty's first 4G network

MWC 2012 UK Broadband, wireless internet service provider to Swindon Council and beyond, has switched on its LTE network to claim the UK first, but don't expect to be making 4G phone calls any time soon.
Bill Ray, 29 Feb 2012
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Microsoft demos 3D desktop with transparent OLED

Microsoft's Applied Sciences Group has combined a transparent OLED display with an Xbox Kinect sensor and a smidgeon of software sorcery to create a space where users can manipulate on-screen objects at different depths within the screen.
Caleb Cox, 29 Feb 2012
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Hands on with the Sony Xperia S, P and U

First look First look Sony's Xperia S flagship smartphone was on show at the company's MWC 2012 event in London yesterday and, having had a play with it this NFC-equipped Android, I'm impressed. Prototype models of others in the new Xperia NXT range, the U and P, were also on show.
Caleb Cox, 29 Feb 2012
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IBM layoffs now top 1,200

IBM has laid off over 1,200 employees in the last few days, according to a union organising group for the company's staff.
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Tory minister: Let's exploit our rich resource of mud, er, wind

Britain would be "mad" not to make strategic use of its rich natural resource of mud, a government minister has said.
Andrew Orlowski, 29 Feb 2012
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GPS glitch leads perp-pursuing cops to wrong house

A man has been left with a £500 bill for a new front door after "tracking software" used to trace a stolen iPhone led Police to the wrong house.
Caleb Cox, 29 Feb 2012
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Keeping Score in the Public Sector

Live event Stuck between a rock and a hard place? That’s what public sector organisations feel like when it comes to managing data according to our latest Register Reader research. It’s not getting any easier - our latest Reg Reader research looks at why? The findings of this study will lead the live discussion on March 13th 11:00 GMT; Anchor-man Jon Collins will be the host to a panel of Business Intelligence sympathisers to find out the ‘How to’ overcome information management related challenges over and above those experienced in the private sector.
Miatta Momoh, 29 Feb 2012
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Google tramples over Euro data protection law – French watchdog

Google is hours away from changing its terms of service for its users, just as French data protection authority CNIL once again urged Larry Page's company to postpone its planned cut-and-shut tweak to its privacy policies.
Kelly Fiveash, 29 Feb 2012
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Game turns back on Mass Effect 3

High street retailer Game has revealed it will not be stocking EA's upcoming mega-release, Mass Effect 3.
Caleb Cox, 29 Feb 2012
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US gov IT services vendor swallows HBGary

US government IT services firm ManTech International has bought HBGary, the network forensics and malware analysis firm best known for last year's hack by Anonymous against its now-defunct sister firm, HBGary Federal.
John Leyden, 29 Feb 2012
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Systemax suffers sales shrinkage in Q4

Systemax's sales growth engine ran out of steam in calendar Q4 with a resurgent B2B division unable to offset double digit declines in consumer operations.
Paul Kunert, 29 Feb 2012
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CBOSS puts out operator bait: Dinner date with 'booth babe'

MWC 2012 The quest for attention has ratcheted up a notch at this year's MWC, with CBOSS putting "booth babes" – the attractive staff at its MWC stall – on the table as dinner companions in the hope that someone will ask just what the company does.
Bill Ray, 29 Feb 2012
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Yahoo! scared! of! dot! brand! squatters!

Yahoo is worried about unscrupulous domain name registrars trying to cybersquat on its brands.
Kevin Murphy, 29 Feb 2012

iPad 3 launch news pushes Apple shares to $500bn high

Apple's share value hit an unprecedented $500bn in pre-market trading this morning, making the company worth more than Poland and many other things. The spike followed just hours after the firm sent out an emailed invite to the iPad 3 launch.
Anna Leach, 29 Feb 2012
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Qualcomm poised to zap wireless charging rival into dust

MWC 2012 Qualcomm is on the verge of licensing its wireless charging tech WiPower to a big-name brand, which could be enough to unplug rival standard Qi.
Bill Ray, 29 Feb 2012
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Stop snubbing top scientists' advice, Lords tell MPs

The government must tap up its top boffins sooner and heed their advice before putting policies into action, a House of Lords committee report concludes.
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Hacking scandal: James Murdoch quits UK newspaper biz

James Murdoch has quit as executive chairman at News International.
Kelly Fiveash, 29 Feb 2012
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Wireless operators to become less, er, wireless

MWC 2012 Everyone is making small base stations this year, some will even drop into the palm of a hand, but that's good as operators are desperate to get their wireless services safely ensconced in copper as quickly as possible.
Bill Ray, 29 Feb 2012
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iPhone photo-slurping loophole sparks app privacy fears

Exactly how much data can be extracted from iPhones by apps without explicit user consent has been called into question after it emerged that software granted access to location-finding services can siphon off punters' photos.
John Leyden, 29 Feb 2012
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Ellison's Oracle cloud lives as hype winds down

Oracle Cloud Conference For better or worse, Oracle has taken a conservative stance on “the cloud”.
Gavin Clarke, 29 Feb 2012
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Irish ISPs urged to fit child porn filters

Irish senators have put forward a motion in the Seanad (Senate) urging the justice minister to force ISPs to block child abuse material online.
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G-Cloud guru slaps down Cloud Store critics

G-Cloud governor Chris Chant has defended the standards adopted to construct the Cloud Store framework and the length of contracts on offer.
Paul Kunert, 29 Feb 2012
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Riot police encircle Mobile World Congress

MWC 2012 Student protesters are gathering outside the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, chanting and shouting, which would be more concerning if they weren't more or less outnumbered by the riot police.
Bill Ray, 29 Feb 2012

Powerful, wallet-sized Raspberry Pi computer sells out in SECONDS

The first batch of 10,000 ARM-powered Raspberry Pi computers went on sale at 6am GMT on Wednesday - and sold out within minutes.
Chris Williams, 29 Feb 2012
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Kinect gets white makeover for latest Xbox bundle

Microsoft revisited the notion of Wii-colour consoles this week after it announced a white Xbox Kinect bundle is coming to the UK this spring.
Caleb Cox, 29 Feb 2012
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Microsoft drops 'risky' Windows 8 preview on World

Microsoft has released to the World near-final code for Windows 8 - its riskiest bet yet.
Tim Anderson, 29 Feb 2012
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VMware mashes up Hadoop with Spring

VMware has taken its Spring Java application framework and integrated it with the open source Apache Hadoop distribution to create a mashup that it's calling – somewhat unimaginatively – Spring Hadoop.
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Inside Eric Schmidt's brain: Holodecks, robo-cars and jail bandwidth

MWC 2012 Telephony standards supremos at the GSMA love the phrase "connecting the unconnected" – the notion of getting data and voice links out to the masses.
Simon Rockman, 29 Feb 2012
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India splurges £100m on new mega internet snooping HQ

Updated India's clampdown on its netizens is set to continue after its government revealed it is setting up a National Cyber Co-ordination Centre to monitor all web traffic flowing through the country – in the name of national security.
Phil Muncaster, 29 Feb 2012
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Thai floods float Seagate to top of hard drive biz

Last year's severe flooding in Thailand may have been human and economic disaster, but if every cloud has a silver lining, that silver has slipped into the pockets of Seagate as it retook the top sales spot among hard drive businesses, unseating Western Digital.
Rik Myslewski, 29 Feb 2012
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Millions of China's tweeters 'silenced by real names decree'

Chinese micro-blogging phenomenon Sina Weibo has warned that new government rules mandating the use of real names on social networks could silence at least 40 per cent of the site’s punters.
Phil Muncaster, 29 Feb 2012
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'Kill yourself now' - Torvalds throws openSUSE security tantrum

Linux creator Linus Torvalds has issued a rare public spanking for openSUSE after falling foul of its security procedures.
Iain Thomson, 29 Feb 2012
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IBM peddles used servers, PCs in China

As the Ferengi rules of acquisition point out, anything worth selling once is worth selling at least twice and maybe three times. And thus, Big Blue is opening up a server and PC refurbishing center in Shenzhen, the first such facility in China and one aimed at the burgeoning second-hand equipment market in that country.
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Aussie soldiers let rip on Facebook

Australia's armed forces still appear addicted to offensive social media activities, a new investigation has found.
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Dotcom bail survives appeal, extradition hearing in August

Accused Megaupload copyright conspiracy leader Kim Dotcom (formerly Schmitz) has been released on bail following hearings yesterday in which the FBI tried to keep him behind bars.
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Antimatter asymmetry: new results bring solution closer

Physicists are inching closer to explaining why we – and anything else made of matter – exist, with new results inching closer to an explanation of the universe’s matter-antimatter asymmetry.
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Oz deal site admits e-book piracy snafu

Dominant Australian group buying player Cudo has issued a mea culpa for its ill-fated decision to promote a Chinese e-book reader pre-loaded with 4000 pirated books.
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Intel VC funds ultimate mobile device

Intel Capital has emerged as the first VC in the Valley to create a fund dedicated to accelerating technology in the automotive industry.
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AMD snaps up server upstart SeaMicro

AMD's new CEO Rory Read was fired up about executing better in the server racket at the company's analyst day earlier this month and has wasted little time in stirring things up with the acquisition of low-power server start-up SeaMicro for $334m.
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NASA snaps show Arctic melt

NASA’s latest study into Arctic sea ice concludes that the oldest, thickest ice is disappearing faster than the thinner ice at the edges of the Arctic Ocean.