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Deutsche Telekom shatters data-transfer speed record

Researchers at Deutsche Telekom's T-Labs have blasted bits at impressive velocity down a single optical fiber, breaking the previous long-distance data-transfer record by more than a factor of two.
Rik Myslewski, 07 Mar 2012
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EFF accuses Warner of spamming DMCA takedown notices

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has accused Warner Brothers Entertainment of using a flawed computer program to send out takedown notices without proper oversight.
Iain Thomson, 07 Mar 2012
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Anonymous smacks Panda in revenge attack

Updated In a predictable backlash against the sweep that has netted suspected LulzSec members in America and Europe, Anonymous has defaced some web pages of the security firm Panda Security.
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STUNNING NEW APPLE DEVICES that will follow the iPad 3 HD!

Sources in the Asian component supply chain and others close to Cupertino have revealed to the Register that Apple intends to follow up its global fondle-slab dominance by introducing new and groundbreaking products intended to eliminate the flaws inherent in the slablet form factor.
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Xeon E5 is hot stuff, but not all in a good way

Early Australian users of Intel's new server flagship, the Xeon E5, say it is satisfyingly speedy, but one says it's also worryingly hot.
Simon Sharwood, 07 Mar 2012
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Ten... e-cars and hybrids

Car Week Car Week What started out as a dribble in 2011 is becoming a deluge in 2012 as e-cars in the form of pure electrics, range extenders and plug-in hybrids capabilities start to become ever more common. Until we see a major breakthrough in battery tech, the day will belong to the plug-in hybrids and REs, but that’s clearly not …
Alun Taylor, 07 Mar 2012
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2 in 3 Android anti-malware scanners not up to the job

Two-thirds of Android anti-malware scanners failed to protect against a range of malware in independent tests.
John Leyden, 07 Mar 2012
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Toshiba prices up glasses-free 3D TV for Blighty

Got £7000 to spare? From Monday, 12 March you'll be able to order Toshiba's Regza ZL2 glasses-free 3D TV.
Tony Smith, 07 Mar 2012
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Bring-your-own server: TeamDrive flashes cloudy sync 'n share

TeamDrive 3.0 provides file sync, storage and sharing for enterprise – in the cloud or on a business's own servers – with encryption keeping the data safe. But it is quick to point out that it's not just DropBox for business.
Chris Mellor, 07 Mar 2012
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NHS strikes new deal with CSC for electronic patient records

CSC and the Department of Health look to have concluded negotiations around the future of its Lorenzo system in the NHS.
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Fujitsu lures devs to new cloud store with 'SaaSification' sweeties

CeBit If selling software is one way to make money, selling other people's software is an even easier way to make money – just take a look at the App Store.
Anna Leach, 07 Mar 2012
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Suitably-endowed punters lured into bonking for Vaseline loving

Vaseline is one of 13 brands taking part in a trial of contact-less advertising in Reading, inviting those with an NFC-equipped phone to bonk for more details.
Bill Ray, 07 Mar 2012
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Sub-£400 svelte lappies hurled in Ultrabook preemptive strike

Taiwan-based laptop vendors are planning a push in the second quarter to fill what they see as a gap in the market for cheaper ‘Ultrabook-style’ machines before Intel’s Ivy Bridge rollout makes the real thing more affordable.
Phil Muncaster, 07 Mar 2012
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X-com reboot's gameplay showcased

2K has released the first in-game footage of Xcom: Enemy Unknown, the anticipated refresh of the much-loved RTS.
Caleb Cox, 07 Mar 2012
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Mammoths, sabre-tooths MURDERED by second giant space boulder

A 16-strong team of international boffins have added more evidence for the controversial theory that a gigantic asteroid smashed into the Earth 12,900 years ago and wiped out a range of furry mammals, including the mammoths.

Stop the wedding! WD, Hitachi GST told to wait a day

In a bare statement after the US stock markets closed on Monday, Western Digital and Hitachi GST announced that their expected 7 March marriage would take place – only one day later.
Chris Mellor, 07 Mar 2012
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Banned Facebook promises Chinese devs GLOBAL glory

Facebook has drilled into China’s burgeoning software development industry to expand its range of apps despite the social network being banned in the country.
Phil Muncaster, 07 Mar 2012
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Facebook goes titsup in Europe

Facebook was hit by downtime this morning that affected some of its addicts in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
Kelly Fiveash, 07 Mar 2012
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Three curbs data tariff excesses

Three has abolished out of bundle data charges on all new smartphone contracts, so that customers who aren't on the network's all-you-can-eat plan can surf without the fear of costly overspend.
Caleb Cox, 07 Mar 2012
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Nekkid Tech: Cloud storage fluffs itself up

Podcast This week it's all about the cloud at Nekkid Tech. Greg Knieriemen and trusty sidekick Ed Saipetch (@edasi) chat to Gina Minks (@gminks) and special guest Alistair Croll (@acroll).
Team Register, 07 Mar 2012
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BT ordered to cut Openreach fees for rivals

National telco BT will cut the amount it charges its rivals to use Openreach telephone and broadband lines after Ofcom officially set the company's wholesale prices this morning.
Kelly Fiveash, 07 Mar 2012
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Carmageddon

Antique Code Show Antique Code Show Has there ever been a driving game quite as gleefully bloodthirsty, so nihilistically violent and as downright daft as Stainless Games' Carmageddon?
Tony Smith, 07 Mar 2012
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Intel Xeon E5s pruned for single-socket workstations

Intel's "Sandy Bridge-EP" Xeon E5 server chip launch extravaganza is not just about servers. It also includes some chippery for their forebears: old-fashioned, heavy-duty, desktop machines that are still called workstations.
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Acer claims first discrete graphics Ultrabooks

CeBit 2012 Acer has been busy at the CeBit trade show this week, with announcements of a fresh 15in Ultrabook and a range of slimline notebooks.
Caleb Cox, 07 Mar 2012

The true, tragic cost of British wind power

Analysis Two studies published this week calculate the astounding cost of Britain's go-it-alone obsession with using wind turbines to generate so much of the electricity the nation needs.
Andrew Orlowski, 07 Mar 2012
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Katie Price's teasing 'strapline reveal' avoids bust

It's official: Katie Price, AKA once-upon-a-time-glamour-model Jordan, is clueless about the European debt crisis unless an ad campaign takes over her Twitter account and waxes lyrical about economics for the sake of punting a chocolate bar.
Kelly Fiveash, 07 Mar 2012
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Nokia issues another Lumia 800 battery fix

Nokia has pushed out another Lumia 800 update, which finally appears to have cracked the handset's battery woes and almost triples its staying power.
Caleb Cox, 07 Mar 2012
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Steve Jobs' death clears way for Apple-Android peace talks

Apple is reportedly negotiating with Android manufacturers to license its patent portfolio as it continues to pile up the ammunition such negotiations will need.
Bill Ray, 07 Mar 2012
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Creating information management Initiatives that deliver

Live broadcast On March 13th at 11:00GMT El Reg front-man Jon Collins is packing our studio with some information management experts that we hope will give you a leg-up on your BI initiatives.
Phil Mitchell, 07 Mar 2012
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Microsoft stumps up titsup Azure cloud compo

Microsoft has confirmed to El Reg that it will cough up service credits for customers walloped by the recent Azure outage.
Paul Kunert, 07 Mar 2012
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Sony Xperia S NXT series Android smartphone

Review So farewell, then, Sony Ericsson. The Xperia S is the first phone for a decade to be branded with the Sony logo, and very nice it looks, too. As does the phone itself, a large screen with matt-black rubberised casing and a curious transparent strip across the bottom. It feels good in the hand, thanks to the curved back, though it’s a bit slabbish and any bigger would be just too much.
David Phelan, 07 Mar 2012
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Foxconn pay hikes 'driving tech titans into Philippines'

More signs have emerged that China’s rising labour costs are driving electronics firms out of the country: Philippine officials claim that foreign biz barons are looking to relocate to the small south-east Asian nation.
Phil Muncaster, 07 Mar 2012
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Euro watchdog snarls at data protection law overhaul

A key advisory body, which is lending a hand in the rewrite of Europe's law for safeguarding information, has today reeled off its concerns over Viviane Reding's draft data protection bill.
Kelly Fiveash, 07 Mar 2012
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Peter Molyneux parts with Microsoft and Lionhead

Peter Molyneux has called time on his position at Microsoft and Lionhead Studios, after 15 years involvement.
Caleb Cox, 07 Mar 2012
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SUNKEN LINER Titanic iceberg riddle answer FOUND ON MOON

Scientists probing the circumstances surrounding the sinking of the ocean liner Titanic in 1912 say that a very rare conjunction of the Earth, Sun and Moon may have led to unusually high numbers of icebergs in the doomed vessel's path.
Lewis Page, 07 Mar 2012
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Samsung celebrates iPad 3 day by suing Apple AGAIN

Samsung Electronics has filed yet another lawsuit against arch-rival Apple, this time in Seoul's Central District Court, claiming the iPhone 4S and iPad 2 infringe three of its patents.
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Apple blocks booze, cigs sales with parental control patent

Apple has won a patent for its tap-to-pay iWallet tech that will block kids' accounts if they try to buy beer and tell their parents if they go shopping on Amazon.
Anna Leach, 07 Mar 2012
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Google's Android 'let down' sinks iPad rivals - IDC

UK punters' love affair with the iPad shows no sign of abating after figures revealed Apple accounted for nearly four out of five fondleslabs sold into channels last quarter.
Paul Kunert, 07 Mar 2012
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SAP tosses out stock-linked sweeteners to staff

CeBIT SAP employees will continue to bag cash incentives in the form of phantom stocks as the enterprise computing behemoth works harder to hang onto valuable talent.
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TI, Nvidia dominate 'not iPad' tablet chip biz

It's no great surprise that Apple tops market watcher Strategy Analytics' list of the leading tablet chip makers of 2011. So strong were iPad sales in comparison with other tablets, it couldn't fail to take the number one slot.
Tony Smith, 07 Mar 2012
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Secure cloud biz Trustwave equips M86 anti-malware guns

Cloud-security firm Trustwave has bought web security and anti-malware firm M86 Security. Financial terms of the acquisition, announced Tuesday, were undisclosed.
John Leyden, 07 Mar 2012
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Apple's App Store parades surprise new Catalog model

Apple has launched a new App Store category called Catalogs in what could be a tantalising glimpse of something bigger to be unveiled tonight at the next-gen iPad launch.
Anna Leach, 07 Mar 2012
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US, European iPad ownership rockets

iPad ownership is rocketing in Europe's five leading economies, with more than 11.4 million people now in possession of an Apple fondleslab, market watcher ComScore said today.
Tony Smith, 07 Mar 2012
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PlayStation Suite gets sweetener

Those with PlayStation certified Android devices will be pleased to know Sony has launched an SDK for developers to bring more PS games to the mobile platform.
Caleb Cox, 07 Mar 2012
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Micron warms up solid hardness, shoves in PCIe hole

It's PCIe flash, but not as we know it. A Micron SSD can now snuggle up as close as it likes to servers because it has been given a server PCIe bus interface. Dell loves the idea.
Chris Mellor, 07 Mar 2012
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DragonFly BSD developer stung by Opteron bug

Matthew Dillon, the lead developer behind the DragonFly BSD fork of the open source FreeBSD Unix variant, had some issues with crashes on Opteron-based systems running his operating system for more than a year - and now Advanced Micro Devices says it's a bug in earlier generations of Opteron processors.
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The 'one tiny slip' that put LulzSec chief Sabu in the FBI's pocket

Analysis The man named by the FBI as infamous hacktivist Sabu was undone by an embarrassing security blunder, it is claimed.
John Leyden, 07 Mar 2012

Will Apple's iPad 3 HD touch you in a special way?

Updated The cryptic teaser - "And touch" - in Apple's invitation for its much-hyped event today has prompted speculation that the screen on its next-generation iPad will be a silky, lumpy riot of shifting textures that will delight the spasming fingertips of those lucky enough to fondle it.
Anna Leach, 07 Mar 2012
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Java won't curl up and die like Cobol, insists Oracle

QCon 2012 With Java 8 still on its way in mid-2013, Oracle is already prepping for Java 9 and 10, and protesting that reports of a Cobolesque slide into irrelevance are much exaggerated.
Gavin Clarke, 07 Mar 2012
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WD fattens up S25 with third juicy platter

The third generation S25 drive from Western Digital has had a third platter added to reach the 900GB capacity point.
Chris Mellor, 07 Mar 2012
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Pacific nation prepares to flee rising seas

The Pacific nation of Kiribati has initiated a long-term plan to up sticks to Fiji, as rising sea levels threaten to swallow its homeland.
Lester Haines, 07 Mar 2012
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'The new iPad' revealed: Full specs, rumor scorecard

Updated As expected, Apple announced its latest iPad at an invitation-only event* in San Francisco to a crowd of happy journos and live-bloggers. There's a good bit new about the latest iPad – but not its name. The updated Cupertinian fondleslab was merely referred to as the "the new iPad" or the "third-generation iPad".
Rik Myslewski, 07 Mar 2012
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Adaptec trickles RAID RoCket fuel into new Xeons

CeBIT It all came together at CeBIT for Adaptec with a searingly fast 6.6GB/sec supply of data across a PCIe gen 3 bus to a Xeon E5-2600 server – twice as fast as gen 2 PCIe servers.
Chris Mellor, 07 Mar 2012
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Sun belches wonking solar flare

Sol is having a bit of fusion indigestion again and has belched forth one of the largest solar flares to come hurtling towards Earth in the past five years, according to NASA.
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Amid iPad frenzy, Apple staff say 'Remember the workers'

The world + dog has been following the announcements from Apple today, but for one employee watching the preparations, the chief wish wasn't a shiny new fondleslab or fancy TV system, but union rights.
Iain Thomson, 07 Mar 2012
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Telstra tips assets into NBN Co

Telstra has committed to the final step towards its pivotal part in the deployment of Australia’s national broadband network rollout, with the long anticipated finalisation of Definitive Agreements with the government and NBN Co.
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Tevatron refines Higgs boson picture

“Unfortunately, this hint is not significant enough to conclude that the Higgs boson exists”, says Fermilab physicist Rob Roser – but the difficult last particle is getting closer to revealing its secrets.
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Fanbois will get wet queuing for iPad 3

Sydney, Newcastle, Melbourne and Brisbane each have a better than 75% chance of rain on 16 March, the day Apple will put the new iPad (which our US bureau covers in magnificent detail) on sale in its Australian retail stores. Even Perth, the other city graced with an Apple store, has a 25-50 per cent chance of rain on the day.
Simon Sharwood, 07 Mar 2012
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Qantas lets fly with 'net access

Qantas is taking The Internets to the skies with the officially launch of an in-flight A380 connectivity trial this week.
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Boffins unlock gorilla genome, find lazy sperm gene

Genes controlling hearing, the creation of knuckle pads and sperm formation have caught the interest of boffins who today published the first sequenced gorilla genome.
Adam Smith, 07 Mar 2012
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Atlassian buys its way into HipChat

Atlassian, is adding a real time component to its collaboration software suite with the acquisition of San Francisco-based HipChat.

Cook & Co. boost Apple TV to 1080p, update interface

In addition to introducing "The new iPad" on Wednesday morning in San Francisco, Apple has upgraded its Apple TV set-top box to 1080p, given it a new user interface, and added a few bells and whistles.
Rik Myslewski, 07 Mar 2012
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Foxtel offers small olive branch to Oz IPTV operators

In its ongoing bid to acquire Australian pay TV company Austar, Foxtel has made a small concession to the country’s fledgling IPTV industry, saying it will forgo some of its exclusivity if allowed to make the acquisition.