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SingTel restructures to bypass Apple, Google

Updated Singaporean telco giant SingTel has restructured into three units: one for consumers, another for enterprise IT and a third that takes it into Yahoo! punctuation territory with the moniker “Digital L!fe”. The company, one of the largest mobile operators in the world, is currently on an aggressive expansion drive into ICT services, and is developing mobile applications, content and advertising services under the Digital L!fe brand.
Simon Sharwood, 05 Mar 2012
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Oz says 41 hits a day turn bloggers into publishers

Bloggers whose online scrawling earns just 41 page impressions a day could be forced to apologise to those they wrong on their sites and issue corrections, under a proposed new model of media regulation for Australia.
Simon Sharwood, 05 Mar 2012
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It never ends: TV exposé tags new Android privacy howler

The UK’s Channel 4 News has dropped a fresh load of privacy grief in Larry’s lap, with an expose into the way advertisers hitch-hike on apps’ permissions.
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Brits trapped in confusing council website labyrinths - survey

Too few council websites are sufficiently focused on the top tasks that are of most interest to their users, according to an annual report by Socitm.
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Unlawful tweets could land Twitter in Blighty's dock

Opinion Twitter could be liable in the UK for unlawful comments you make in tweets. If that seems unfair or far-fetched, a quick glance southwards at a case in Australia outlines how Twitter could end up on the hook for users' illegal actions.
OUT-LAW.COM, 05 Mar 2012

A sysadmin in telco hell

At the best of times, telecommunications is a complicated field to navigate. Putting aside the technical difficulties of creating and maintaining a modern telecommunications system, customer support and regulatory compliance can be challenging burdens for organisations of any size to cope with. Even with the best and brightest minds on your staff, errors occurring at layers eight through ten of the OSI model can and do occur.
Trevor Pott, 05 Mar 2012
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Desaia Beat Box Bluetooth speaker

Geek Treat of the Week This is your chance to get your own back on those annoying teenagers who huddle at the back of the bus and play music through the god-awful tinny speakers on their mobile phones.
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Intel runs three Ivy Bridge fabs ragged for April blast off

Intel is stepping up production of its much-anticipated Ivy Bridge processors for an official launch as early as next month - but is adjusting its numbers to meet increased demand from Ultrabook vendors.
Phil Muncaster, 05 Mar 2012
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Sony to ship passive 3D, OLED TVs in 2013

Sony is to release a passive 3D TV, and will follow it with OLED televisions next year, Reg Hardware has learned.
Steve May, 05 Mar 2012
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China aims its most powerful rocket ever AT THE MOON

China has taken a step closer to manned Moon and deep space expeditions with boffins completing vital research on a new heavy-thrust carrier rocket - which is designed to be more powerful than anything the country has previously blasted into the skies.
Phil Muncaster, 05 Mar 2012
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GM puts the brake on Volt e-car output

Car Week Car Week General Motors has temporarily halted the production of its Volt e-car.
Tony Smith, 05 Mar 2012
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SeaMicro acquisition: A game-changer for AMD

Blog AMD’s sudden purchase of SeaMicro came out of the blue on Wednesday afternoon (West Coast US time) and was followed by a conference call with CEO Rory Read, SeaMicro co-founder Andrew Feldman and Lisa Su, AMD’s newly dubbed head of Global Business Units. This is a purchase that has the potential to put AMD back into the forefront of server technology – a place it hasn’t visited since the early Opteron years.
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Lithuania rules beer brewing 'vitally essential' to life

A Lithuanian court has ruled that the brewing of Carlsberg lager is a "vitally essential" activity, thereby depriving the Danish beer monolith's workers the right to strike.
Lester Haines, 05 Mar 2012
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Jelly Bean confirmed as Android names get sweeter

Asus has confirmed that the next major version of Google's smartphone OS will indeed be called "Jelly Bean".
Caleb Cox, 05 Mar 2012
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Chinese Facebook clone bags Windows 8 social app first

Facebook copycat Renren has announced it will make the first social networking app for Microsoft's Windows 8 app store.
Phil Muncaster, 05 Mar 2012
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Future car tech

Car Week Car Week You are probably expecting me to start this feature with a hymn of praise to the electric car, but I’m not. The Nissan Leaf has been on sale for the best part of 12 months and all the e-cars on the horizon, from the Renault Zoe to the Tesla Model S, are simply variations on the theme. The electric car is here. It's …
Alun Taylor, 05 Mar 2012

SHOCK: RIM PlayBook outsells Apple iPad

Canadian gadget emporium Future Shop sold more BlackBerry PlayBooks than iPads last week, indicating the end of Apple's dominance or at least lending some succour to RIM's investors.
Bill Ray, 05 Mar 2012
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Star Wars visionary becomes one with the Force

Star Wars conceptual artist Ralph McQuarrie, whose paintings were the force behind much of the film series' design, has popped his clogs at the age of 82.
Caleb Cox, 05 Mar 2012
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Atari Pong at 40: Alcorn talks plastics, pirates and square balls

Interview The phrase "Once you're lucky, twice you're good" should be applied to Allan "Al" Alcorn, the engineer behind Pong, the world's first successful computer arcade game which celebrates its 40th birthday this year.
Gavin Clarke, 05 Mar 2012
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Audi shows off OLED-illuminated concept R8

Car Week Car Week It's all very KITT, of course, with a bit of Batmobile tossed in for good measure, but here is Audi's plan for taking OLED car lighting - inside and outside of the vehicle - to the max.
Hard Reg, 05 Mar 2012
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Compaq UK founder Joe McNally has died

Compaq UK and Ireland founder Joe McNally has passed away after a three-year battle with cancer. He was 69.
Paul Kunert, 05 Mar 2012
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Vauxhall: US Volt halt will not affect UK launch

Car Week Car Week Vauxhall has denied that parent company General Motors' move to shut down Volt production for five weeks will adversely affect the e-car's UK release.
Tony Smith, 05 Mar 2012
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Space FIREBALL over Blighty sparks hunt for rich meteorite

Astronomers are searching for a highly expensive fist-sized meteorite that lit up the skies over Blighty on Saturday night. The fireball plunged to the ground somewhere in Devon, Normandy or in the Bay of Biscay - sparking fears of a downed aeroplane or missile attack.
Anna Leach, 05 Mar 2012
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Keeping score in the public sector

Reg research A recent Reg Reader survey looked at how public sector organisations are managing to address the complex challenges of information management in an age when everyone expects to have instant access to information while simultaneously insisting on stringent security being enforced.
Tony Lock, 05 Mar 2012
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Senator demands FTC iPhone, Android photo privacy probe

The Federal Trade Commission has been urged by a US senator to probe allegations that apps installed on Apple and Google Android mobile handsets slurp users' private photos and contacts without first gaining the consent of the customer.
Kelly Fiveash, 05 Mar 2012
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Two Brits in court over Michael Jackson back catalogue hack

Two British men have denied hacking into Sony's systems and downloading 50,000 files covering Michael Jackson's entire back catalogue - including unreleased songs.
John Leyden, 05 Mar 2012
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Hello? You'll never guess where I am ... I'm under a ferry

Channel Tunnel passengers will be able to continue chatting unabated while being whisked along 45 metres below the seabed, just in time for the 2012 Olympics.
Bill Ray, 05 Mar 2012
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Sony offers gamers a part in the Uncharted saga

Sony has launched a competition in which you can try to win a trip to the Naughty Dog studios in Los Angles where you'll create your own own multiplayer character for Uncharted.
Caleb Cox, 05 Mar 2012
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Is Google liable for unlawful web graffiti on its walls?

Europe's highest court has been asked to make clear whether or not it is Google's responsibility to remove data from its search engine index and news aggregator if it hadn't produced that material itself.
Kelly Fiveash, 05 Mar 2012
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No 10 develops Terminator iPad app 'to fire ministers'

No 10 is developing a custom-made iPad app for the Prime Minister that will help him fire ministers, according to a Tory insider.
Andrew Orlowski, 05 Mar 2012
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Stinky alligator drama is App Store's 25 billionth download

More than 25 billion apps have been downloaded from Apple's App Store since 2008, the company announced today. A Chinese fan called Chunli Fu, of Qingdao, made the milestone download and earned a $10,000 iTunes Gift Card as a result.
Anna Leach, 05 Mar 2012
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NASA lost 'full control' to hackers, pwned 13 times last year

Cybercrooks broke into NASA's computer systems 13 times last year gaining "full functional control" of important systems in the worse cases, according to the testimony before the US Congress by the space agency's inspector general.
John Leyden, 05 Mar 2012
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Western Digital gets China's nod to gobble Hitachi GST

Western Digital has gained China's approval for its Hitachi GST acquisition, but the integration of the two cannot take place for two years.
Chris Mellor, 05 Mar 2012
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China Mobile hooks 15 million iPhones to 2G

China Mobile now has 15 million iPhone users on its network, despite its customers being limited to 2G connections and the handset only having been on sale since August last year.
Bill Ray, 05 Mar 2012
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IT channel swamped with cash from bargain-hunting small biz

The IT channel tweaked the nose of the recession during January with UK disties transacting £525m worth of tech sales, according to stats from bean counter Context.
Paul Kunert, 05 Mar 2012
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Cash-strapped graduates sell their own faces

A couple of cash-strapped graduates are well on their way to paying off £50k in university fees after offering their faces as advertising space.
Lester Haines, 05 Mar 2012
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IDC Storage Tracker: NetApp is losing market share

IDC's quarterly Storage Tracker shows NetApp losing market share in disk storage sales for the third straight quarter while EMC rises like a rocket.
Chris Mellor, 05 Mar 2012
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Microsoft finally rolls out small biz badge for resellers

Microsoft's small biz competency will be rolled out in June – almost two years after the revamped Microsoft Partner Network (MPN) hit the channel.
Paul Kunert, 05 Mar 2012
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German court tosses out Samsung AND Apple patent sueballs

Friday saw two new rulings in the ongoing Apple v Samsung patent squabble in Germany.
Anna Leach, 05 Mar 2012
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GitHub reinstates Russian who hacked site to expose flaw

GitHub has reinstated the account of a Russian software developer who discovered a series of security flaws involving the code repository that he eventually shamed the site into fixing over the weekend.
John Leyden, 05 Mar 2012
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Dev spits out new spin of 'Protesters' Twitter'

The new owner of the anonymous, proximity-based messaging app used by punters at the Occupy protest last summer has dropped an updated version of the iOS app. BetaWorks, which picked up the social media app in December last year, is planning an unveil next week at hipster tech carnival SXSW.
Anna Leach, 05 Mar 2012
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AOL joins advertiser exodus from Rush Limbaugh

AOL has joined the growing band of companies who are dumping their advertising with US radio shock-jock Rush Limbaugh over his comments in the "slutgate" saga.
Iain Thomson, 05 Mar 2012
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Clouds push Linux server sales in Q4

For hyperscale data center operators, the server is the business and there is no such thing as deferring purchases of new gear so long as there is growing customer demand for information.
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FCC denies DISH a fast-track waiver for grounded network

DISH Network has been refused an immediate waiver to let it build a ground network using its satellite frequencies, as the FCC wants to consult until after Obama is re-elected.
Bill Ray, 05 Mar 2012

AMD uncloaks (more) next-generation graphics cards

AMD has released a pair of new graphics cards based on its 28-nanometer "Graphics Core Next" (GCN) architecture, humbly dubbing them as being "engineered for supremacy."
Rik Myslewski, 05 Mar 2012
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NBN Co awards Geomatic Tech with three-year deal

Spatial technology specialists Geomatic Technologie has secured a multi-million dollar, three year contract with NBN Co.
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Yet another iPhone patent lawsuit

A Luxembourg company called Core Wireless has launched a patent lawsuit against Apple, claiming that its patents, which cover communication protocols, are breached by any device that uses 2G, 3G or 4G standards.
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Microsoft: Cloud will fluff 14 million jobs by 2015

A study commissioned by Microsoft reckons that global cloud services will generate nearly 14 million jobs between 2011 and 2015, and that "IT innovation created by cloud computing" could produce $1.1 trillion in new annual revenues by 2015.
Rik Myslewski, 05 Mar 2012
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Start-ups get tech boost from serial entrepreneur

Australian software entrepreneur Philip Weinman has ploughed his expertise and some cash into Deasil Management, a company that invests in start-ups, existing private companies and under-performing, under-valued ASX-listed public companies.
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Robot NIGHTMARE sets new leggy-bot speed record

Video The ever-inventive mad scientists at the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has released a video of its Cheetah quadrupedal robot, showing how it's now the fastest mechanical beast on four legs.
Rik Myslewski, 05 Mar 2012
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Stolen iPad leads to 780lb crystal meth seizure

Silicon Valley police tracking down a stolen iPad have made a massive drug bust resulting from rank stupidity by the thieves.
Iain Thomson, 05 Mar 2012
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Bloomin’ big: algae seen from space

An algal bloom has emerged near Antarctica, so large that it’s not just visible but prominent in satellite images.