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AOL pulls the plug on Brizzly

Popular social media client Brizzly will pull down the shutters on March 31st and is urging users to hurry up and download any pictures they stored with the service before that date.
Simon Sharwood, 06 Mar 2012
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Yahoo! cutting! thousands! of! jobs! say! sources!

Yahoo! has declined to deny a report that it is planning another massive series of layoffs as it seeks to grow back to its former glories.
Iain Thomson, 06 Mar 2012
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Virtual Australia & New Zealand Initiative launches

A group of public and private bodies have banded together to create a new entity charged with building a 3D virtual recreation of Australia and New Zealand.
Simon Sharwood, 06 Mar 2012
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'Cloud storage served from an array would cost $2 a gigabyte'

New Australian cloud storage operator Haylix says building a cloud on storage arrays would mean prices of $AUD2 a gigabyte a month, rather than the $AUD0.12 it has been able to achieve by building a cloud out of servers.
Simon Sharwood, 06 Mar 2012
Wacom Cintiq 24HD interactive pen display

Wacom Cintiq 24HD interactive pen display

Review So the Wacom Cintiq 24HD shows up at my door and it's huge. Seriously, this marriage of 24in display and graphics tablet tech needs two people to lift it out of the packaging and there are step-by-step instructions on just how to do it. This is definitely a professional piece of kit and, costing around £2000, I reckon unless you're Rankin's personal retoucher or head of concept design at Audi, this is probably out of your price range. Suddenly I'm popular, as everyone I know wants a go.
Lucy Orr, 06 Mar 2012
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UK tax fraud IT project 'missed virtually every delivery date'

IT projects that formed part of Revenue and Customs' (HMRC) compliance and enforcement programme missed key delivery milestones and failed to bring the expected recovery of tax, according to a report by the National Audit Office.
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Google’s privacy policy: Incoherent and confusing

Comment: Google’s new combined Privacy Policy (March 2012) has been widely criticised by privacy professionals and Data Protection Authorities (in particular the CNIL – the French Data Protection Authority). However, so far the reasons for this criticism have been made in general terms. Here is a more detailed explanation.
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Big Brother refunds Facebook credits after vote crash blunder

Ofcom has let Channel 5 off the hook after it agreed to let Big Brother viewers carry over surplus Facebook credits, or get a refund, if they were unable to vote in the show's evictions.
Bill Ray, 06 Mar 2012
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Bletchley Park gets personal with new Alan Turing exhibition

Letters, academic work and personal belongings of wartime codebreaker and computer pioneer Alan Turing, including a letter to his mother explaining his role in the outcome of World War II, went on display at Bletchley Park on Monday.
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Laptops dominate UK spending in personal computing kit

Brits bought more computer kit during the past Christmas and New Year period than they did in the same period a year before, market watcher GfK has revealed.
Tony Smith, 06 Mar 2012
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iOnRoad Augmented Driving

Android App of the Week Android App of the Week Possibly the most - only? - useful augmented reality app I’ve come across, iOnRoad Augmented Driving uses your phone to provide a selection of handy driving advisories and warnings not unlike those provided by the latest Ford Focus.
Alun Taylor, 06 Mar 2012
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China's first MOON rover slated for 2013 launch

China's space boffins have hatched a plan to send their very first rover vehicle to the Moon in 2013, according to reports.
Phil Muncaster, 06 Mar 2012
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BT, TalkTalk lose final appeal against Digital Economy Act

Updated BT and TalkTalk today lost their final appeal against the UK government's measures to stamp out illegal file-sharing online.
Kelly Fiveash, 06 Mar 2012
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Samsung targets pockets with latest Galaxy blower

Samsung sent its latest Android into orbit today, announcing the Galaxy Pocket, a low-end handset said to be geared towards those who use their phone on the move.
Caleb Cox, 06 Mar 2012
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UK shoppers spent £1bn less on consumer electronics in 2011

UK retail officially continues to be the worst market to operate as a reseller after spending on consumer electronics fell by £1bn in 2011, GFK Retail stats confirmed.
Paul Kunert, 06 Mar 2012
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LOHAN is heading towards REHAB

We know you lot do wonder just what's afoot down at the Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) fabrication bunker, so we thought we've give you an update on progress on our garden-shed hypobaric chamber experiment.
Lester Haines, 06 Mar 2012
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iPhone con man knifed to death in knock-off mobile brawl

A bloke was arrested after a brawl over a counterfeit Apple mobile led to the fatal stabbing of a con man.
Phil Muncaster, 06 Mar 2012
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Ford: kick your car to open the boot

Car Week Car Week Want to open the boot in the new Ford Kuga? Just give it a kick.
Tony Smith, 06 Mar 2012
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Boffins, tourists threaten Antarctica with alien invasion

Ice-loving boffins and tourists are wrecking the Antarctic by effectively busing in lifeforms alien to the cold continent, according to a new study.
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Orange offers UK's first home broadband bundle with mobile minutes

Orange has launched a home broadband package that includes free call minutes to mobile phones, the first service of its kind in the UK, the cellco claimed.
Caleb Cox, 06 Mar 2012
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Google ups max Android app size to 4GB

Google has increased the capacity of its Android app packaging tech, giving developers up to 4GB in which to cram their smartphone and tablet software and associated resources.
Caleb Cox, 06 Mar 2012
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Lego space shuttle hits 114,000ft

Those of you who are still mourning the end of the space shuttle programme should take heart that while NASA is currently grounded, we in Europe still have the Right Stuff:
Lester Haines, 06 Mar 2012
Peugeot 3008 HYbrid4 diesel electric hybrid

Peugeot 3008 HYbrid4

First look First look Car company PRs are always a chirpy bunch, but with a practised eye you can tell when they think they are really on to something. That's currently the case with the folk from Peugeot, who are like a dog with two tails to wag when talking about the new 3008 HYbrid4, the world’s first diesel electric hybrid.
Alun Taylor, 06 Mar 2012
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Apple pushes out Mac OS X update to fix Time Machine fail

Apple has released a supplemental update to Mac OS X Lion that fixes a problem with the Time Machine back-up system.
Anna Leach, 06 Mar 2012
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Software and services firm K3 reports descent in profits

Mid-range ERP house K3 saw profits dip in the six months to December as it hoovered up a host of smaller rivals.
Joe Fay, 06 Mar 2012
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Adobe lobs out Flash update to plug 3D security hole

Adobe has released an out-of-schedule upgrade for its Flash Player software that tackles two serious vulnerabilities.
John Leyden, 06 Mar 2012
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Eric Schmidt flicks INTERSTELLAR TOWEL at top tech fair

Google chairman Eric Schmidt is a big fan of the work of Britain's beloved sci-fi writer Douglas Adams, who died nearly 11 years ago.
Team Register, 06 Mar 2012
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Chunnel mobile available – but only while heading towards UK

Channel Tunnel passengers heading to the UK will get mobile coverage, but those heading abroad will remain incommunicado until the British operators get their act together.
Bill Ray, 06 Mar 2012
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FSF fandroids fight to 'free' Android from Google's forepaws

The Free Software Foundation in Europe is taking a swipe at Android with a campaign to help punters wrestle their phones and data from Google's paws.
Gavin Clarke, 06 Mar 2012
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UK.gov holds summit to stop satnav-driven smash-ups

The UK's Department of Transport is holding a summit today to try to figure out how to get satnav maps bang up-to-date so drivers don't blithely follow them into disaster.

Ereader sales to slump as punters snap up cheap slabs – report

The ereader market is heading towards a slump in 2012 as users increasingly consume digital content on their tablets, according to new research from Taiwanese IT news site Digitimes.
Phil Muncaster, 06 Mar 2012
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Western Digital slips solid hardness into EMC's eager slot

Getting ahead of ourselves by a few days, Western Digital is supplying solid-state disks to EMC for its VNX5500-F all-flash array. Of course, currently the chips are funnelled through its arms-length independent Hitachi GST subsidiary, but this is just a formality.
Chris Mellor, 06 Mar 2012
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Workers can't escape Windows 8 Metro - Microsoft COO

Windows 8 will help people work harder and faster, argues Microsoft Chief Operating Officer Kevin Turner, because the "immersive" Metro user interface removes all their distractions.
Anna Leach, 06 Mar 2012
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Apple wins access to Google, Motorola documents

A US judge has ruled that Apple should be allowed access to details about Google's acquisition of Motorola, despite the fact that Google isn't involved in the pending Apple/Motorola cases.
Bill Ray, 06 Mar 2012
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In your face, rivals: Amazon cuts cloudy prices

Amazon has once more cut the cost of its cloudy offerings to smack down its competition and continue on its path to fluffy domination.
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Why on Earth would you build a closed Android phone?

This is the Doro 740, announced at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona last week and expected to ship in the summer.
Simon Rockman, 06 Mar 2012
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Dabs warns staff: Your roles are 'at risk of redundancy'

Dabs.com has notified a significant number of sales staff that their roles have been placed at risk of redundancy.
Paul Kunert, 06 Mar 2012
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Punters are the real losers in BT, TalkTalk copyright court blow

Analysis The British ISP industry has spent a small fortune of its customers' money fighting the people who would, in a saner world, be its business partners - only to suffer a crushing defeat. On Tuesday Lord Justice Richards threw out BT and TalkTalk's judicial review against the 2010 Digital Economy Act.
Andrew Orlowski, 06 Mar 2012
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16 Sony Centres jump the tracks, liquidator hits the brakes

RSM Tenon has been appointed to liquidate a batch of 16 Sony Centres that ran into insurmountable financial difficulties.
Paul Kunert, 06 Mar 2012
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Intel plugs both your sockets with 'Jaketown' Xeon E5-2600s

The Xeon E5-2600, formerly known by the code-name "Jaketown" inside of Intel and "Sandy Bridge-EP" when Intel referred to it externally, is finally here for mainstream, two-socket servers.
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No joke: Microsoft SQL Server 2012 debuts on April Fools' Day

As expected Microsoft has released SQL Server 2012, formerly codenamed Denali, to manufacturers and will be making the final code available on April Fools' Day.
Iain Thomson, 06 Mar 2012
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Venus BELCHES solar wind in shock weather explosion

ESA's Venus Express spacecraft has spotted the planet blowing back million-mile-per-hour solar winds in weather explosions similar to what happens outside Earth's magnetic shield.
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LulzSec SMACKDOWN: Leader Sabu turned by feds last summer

Suspects purported to be members of LulzSec have been rounded up on two continents. The international law enforcement operation was apparently aided by the infamous hacktivist group's alleged erstwhile leader, "Sabu", who secretly pled guilty to a battery of charges last August.
John Leyden, 06 Mar 2012
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Tingle factor aimed at game controllers

A fresh take on vibrating videogame controllers has been pitched to console manufacturers, with a pad that features haptic feedback through the thumbsticks.
Caleb Cox, 06 Mar 2012
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AMD cuts loose GlobalFoundries stake

Advanced Micro Devices said last month that it was in the middle of renegotiating its wafer-supply agreement with its former foundry, which was spun out as GlobalFoundries and is now part of a much larger chip manufacturing operation. The deal is now done – and so is AMD's stake in GlobalFoundries itself.
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Toshiba outs monster tablet 'concept'

Toshiba is tempting tablet fans with a couple of new concept models: a 7.7in design and a rather more outré 13.3in version.
Tony Smith, 06 Mar 2012
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Microsoft and Apple should hit Amazon, not Google

Open ... and Shut Amazon is on a roll, and it's no longer just a question of dominating online retailing or public cloud computing. According to a Business Insider article, Amazon is already clearing more than $1bn each year in advertising revenue. This has Google scared. But it probably should have Apple scared, too.
Matt Asay, 06 Mar 2012
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Top Republican publishes full ACTA text for public look-see

Republican congressman Darrell Issa of California has published the full text of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), saying that the public has a right to know what their governments have been hiding from them.
Iain Thomson, 06 Mar 2012
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Facebook IPO to stuff $2.5bn in California tax coffers

California state budget analysts report that Facebook's impending IPO will bring the state a tax windfall of nearly $2.5bn.
Rik Myslewski, 06 Mar 2012
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Nexsan flashes made-over cache creds

Nexsan is has made over FASTiers – with flash cache-boosted NST Series unified iSCSI and NAS arrays – to compete with other tiered flash-HDD hybrid arrays from startups NexGen Storage, Nimble Storage, Starboard Systems and VMware-focused Tintri.
Chris Mellor, 06 Mar 2012
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FCC ponders: When is it OK to switch off networks?

The FCC wants help deciding who should have the right to switch off mobile networks, and under what circumstances they should be permitted to exercise that right.
Bill Ray, 06 Mar 2012
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Android Market morphs into 'Google Play'

Google's Android Market is dead – long live the Google Play online store.
Rik Myslewski, 06 Mar 2012
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User explosion squeezes Oz mobile upload speeds

If all things were equal, a change in mobile speeds should be reflected equally in both directions – but according to IDC, that’s not what’s happened in Australia.
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Intel: The data center will be 'Xeon E5 Inside'

Diane Bryant, Intel's former CIO and now general manager of the chip giant's Data Center and Connected Systems Group, has gone from installing Xeon servers to run the company, to hawking them to all of the other companies on the planet. And, of course, making sure that Intel engineers cook up the next-generation Xeons so customers will come back for more on Chipzilla's tick-tock schedule, just like clockwork.
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Westpac drops tech roles

Westpac continues to slash jobs as part of its offshoring initiatives, revealing that it will cull a further 119 technology roles, most of which will be awarded to India’s Infosys.
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Social networks breeding spatial junk

Next time you check in with foursquare or Facebook, please stand right outside the venue, make sure your smartphone has a very good GPS signal and describe the location accurately.
Simon Sharwood, 06 Mar 2012
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Righthaven stripped of rights

The corpse of copyright troll Righthaven may have given its last twitch, with a US judge relieving the company of the only thing it had to work with: copyright.
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IBM's Watson gets a job on Wall Street

IBM has signed a deal with banking group Citi to use the data-analyzing abilities of the Watson supercomputer to help deal with its customers.
Iain Thomson, 06 Mar 2012
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US sends factories to Asia, gets ozone in return

The West’s massive shift of manufacturing to Asian locations – which have a reputation for looser environmental standards – is having an unforeseen and unwanted outcome: some of the pollution offshored to Asia along with jobs and factories is returning to the West.