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Victorian Taxi Directorate exposes 400+ email addresses

The Victorian Taxi Directorate has earned the ire of people it was trying to placate, after it put more than 400 email addresses in the “To:” field of an email it sent to ask about its complaints resolution process.
Simon Sharwood, 20 Mar 2012
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Facebook 'cloaking' flaw allows unexpected snooping

University College London research student Shah Mahmood and Chair of Information Communication Technology Yvo Desmedt have told a conference of what they call a “zero day privacy loophole” in Facebook.
Simon Sharwood, 20 Mar 2012
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AMD aims lower with Opteron 3200s

It's World Hosting Days in Germany this week, a conference that bills itself as the biggest trade show devote to hosting and Internet service providing, and x86 chip maker AMD is using the opening day of the event to showcase its "Zurich" Opteron 3200 series processor aimed at single-socket servers.
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Spider venom to be tested for pesticide potential

Australia's Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) has asked researchers to replicate peptides, the nastiest bits of spider venom, in the hope they make pesticides to which insects do not develop resistance.
Simon Sharwood, 20 Mar 2012
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Asian online shopaholics to drive internet economies

Asian nations including India and China are set to drive unprecedented levels of internet-related economic growth among G-20 countries in the next four years, although the UK will remain top dog, according to new research from the Boston Consulting Group.
Phil Muncaster, 20 Mar 2012
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Twisted Metal

Review David Jaffe's vision for car-based deathmatching has always split gamers down the middle. Its love-it-or-hate-it mix of crass humour, barely there vehicle handling and everything but the kitchen sink approach to weaponry won't appeal to everyone. Nevertheless, Twisted Metal still garnered a sizeable following in its heyday.
Mike Plant, 20 Mar 2012
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Fragmentation bomb wounds Android in developer war

A new study conducted by IDC and mobile-developer platform and services company Appcelerator has determined that as Google's open source Android operating system becomes more and more fragmented, fewer and fewer developers are putting it on their "must-code-for" list.
Rik Myslewski, 20 Mar 2012
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UK drivers' privates fondled overseas in new outsource plan

Transport for London (TfL) has proposed that the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency's (DVLA) vehicle keeper data - which includes names, addresses and registration plate numbers - should be accessed outside the UK by contractors working on the capital's congestion charge scheme.
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Dot Hill dismounts NetApp, searches for new hard partners

OEMing drive arrays to mainstream vendors is a risky business because big contracts can go away just like that, leaving you with a damaged revenue stream and losses. That's what's happened to Dot Hill, which has exited a NetApp supply contract.
Chris Mellor, 20 Mar 2012
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BBC iPlayer added to Xbox

Microsoft has added BBC iPlayer to the Xbox.
Tony Smith, 20 Mar 2012
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Oz billionaire says CIA backs Greenpeace

Australian Mining Magnate Clive Palmer has declared the CIA is behind a Greenpeace campaign that aims to slow the growth of Australia's export coal industry.
Simon Sharwood, 20 Mar 2012
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Blighty's 'leccy power plant reform deals gas a winning hand

The most significant reforms to the electricity market in 30 years will include measures designed to provide "long-term certainty" to gas investors, the government has said.
OUT-LAW.COM, 20 Mar 2012
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Tape eats dust of spinning rust, says object data biz

Object storage suppliers tend to look at tape storage like a real ale fan looks at cheap fizzy lager: "I'm not going to touch that!"
Chris Mellor, 20 Mar 2012
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Confirmed: iPad 3 runs hotter than iPad 2

Thermal camera imagery has confirmed what iPad 3 owners already knew: the new Apple fondleslab runs hotter than its predecessor did.
Tony Smith, 20 Mar 2012
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The Register obtains covert snaps of Google's new London offices

Exclusive Undercover Register snappers have penetrated Google's new London offices to bring you an early look at the type of working conditions the Chocolate Factory offers its London-based Ooompa Loompas.
Team Register, 20 Mar 2012
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Now CHINA complains of surge in cyber-attacks

China is claiming attacks on public and private organisations from outside of its borders have rocketed in the past year - from five million computers affected in 2010 to 8.9m in 2011.
Phil Muncaster, 20 Mar 2012
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Giant planet pileups in far-flung star systems: Computer says yes

Top brainboxes armed with a British supercomputer say that they've cracked the riddle of just why it is that massive planets - spied across the vasty interstellar gulfs in recent times - tend to prefer certain orbits around their faraway parent stars.
Lewis Page, 20 Mar 2012

Seagate strikes trillion bit HAMR blow

Seagate has demonstrated heat-assisted magnetic recording technology with 1 trillion bits per square inch, a 30 per cent improvement in Toshiba's production record of 744Gbit/in2 with its MQ01ABD drive – a 2.5-inch, 5400rpm, SATA II drive.
Chris Mellor, 20 Mar 2012
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New iPad sales hit 3 million in first 4 days

The glow-screened 3.1million pixel iPad has been flying off shelves even faster than either of the two previous iPads on its opening weekend. Apple has announced sales of 3 million new iPads in the four days since the tablet's launch in 12 countries on 16 March.
Anna Leach, 20 Mar 2012
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Blizzard ponders World of Warcraft for iPad

Blizzard has hinted it may bring World of Warcraft to smartphones and tablets, saying it believes a developer would be "foolish" not to be planning such a move.
Caleb Cox, 20 Mar 2012
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Mobile biz bigwigs crack heads over Wi-Fi roaming charges

The Wireless Broadband Alliance has joined forces with mobile operator clique GSMA to put the most important part of Wi-Fi roaming in place: ensuring that everyone gets billed properly.
Bill Ray, 20 Mar 2012
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Trial finds EIGHT WAYS to defeat Google, PayPal and other SSOs

US security researchers have unearthed flaws in the single sign-on (SSO) services operated by a number of portals, including Google and PayPal.
John Leyden, 20 Mar 2012
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Symbian smacked by Windows Phone

Microsoft's smartphone operating system, Windows Phone 7, is now outselling Symbian - and it's all thanks to former Symbian stalwart, Nokia.
Tony Smith, 20 Mar 2012

Tiny pile of Windows 8 ARM slabs slated for October

It’s not the timing but the numbers that are really interesting when it comes to Windows 8’s planned delivery.
Gavin Clarke, 20 Mar 2012
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N7Player

Android App of the Week It’s not often that I come across an application that displaces a default choice on my phone within minutes of me downloading it, but the N7Player music player is just one such. I think it’s brilliant.
Alun Taylor, 20 Mar 2012
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GiffGaff gaffe charity spaff to quell miffed riffraff

GiffGaff, the O2-owned mobile network that collapsed for eight hours last week, will give £10,000 to a customer-selected charity to say sorry, and promises free calls next time its service goes titsup.
Bill Ray, 20 Mar 2012
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Adobe can't penetrate punters' tight wallets: Users holding out for CS6

Adobe's first quarter profits took a bashing as customers of its legacy desktop software deferred purchases in anticipation of forthcoming Creative Suite 6 and Creative Cloud.
Paul Kunert, 20 Mar 2012
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Is private cloud the next step for the data centre?

The Register has constructed a lovely survey about Private Cloud, which will form the basis of a freely available report that will be published in the coming weeks. The survey is, admittedly quite a chunky, one-pager and will take maybe 10mins of your time.
Phil Mitchell, 20 Mar 2012
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Big Media drags 142,000 through UK's courts IN A YEAR

Comment Not one Hollywood studio or record label company has ever incarcerated anyone merely for not paying for media consumption. A few years ago the entertainment industry filed civil suits against individuals, but received so much criticism it stopped. Now they target industrial-scale pirates, or push for milder sanctions such as speed slowdowns and contract termination.
Andrew Orlowski, 20 Mar 2012
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WTF... should I pay to download BBC shows?

Feature The outgoing Director General of the BBC, Mark Thompson, recently announced plans for Project Barcelona, a download store for material from the BBC archives.
Nigel Whitfield, 20 Mar 2012
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US teens confess to 60-a-day texting FRENZY

A rise in boys and older teens texting has pushed the average number of text messages American youngsters send to 60 a day, ten more than in 2009.
Anna Leach, 20 Mar 2012
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WD intros 'world's first' 2TB portable HDD

WD has outed what it claims is the world's first portable hard drive with a 2TB capacity.
Hard Reg, 20 Mar 2012
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BT fibre-to-the-cabinet rollout penetrates 73 more exchanges

BT has named the next 73 exchanges to be upgraded to its broadband fibre technology with all of them running optic cable as far as the street cabinets.
Kelly Fiveash, 20 Mar 2012
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Braben sticks knife into secondhand games market

Elite co-creator and Raspberry Pi backer David Braben reckons the secondhand games market is detrimental to the development of core-gamer and single-player titles because most retailers won't give them long-term sales support.
Caleb Cox, 20 Mar 2012
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Russian cops cuff 8 in Carberp Trojan case

Russian police have arrested a group of eight men suspected of making millions in electronic banking fraud using the Carberp Trojan and other strains of malware.
John Leyden, 20 Mar 2012
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Horny VIKING MICE raped and pillaged Euro pipsqueaks

Virile Norse mice rampaged through Scotland, Ireland and Iceland impregnating locals and mixing their Viking mouse genes in the native rodent populations, according to research published by the BMC Evolutionary Biology journal.
Anna Leach, 20 Mar 2012
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Integrator Tieto slashing 1,300 jobs

Finnish IT services house Tieto is axing 1,300 jobs in a bid to wipe €50m from its overheads.
Paul Kunert, 20 Mar 2012
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Xoreax grids up Windows to goose apps

Grid computing is nothing new, but Xoreax, a company that created a set of tools to distribute the job of building and compiling applications across a network of PCs and servers, has come up with a new twist on the idea. It's called process virtualization, and when implemented in a more general purpose "virtual supercomputer" service, the company calls it Xoreax Grid Engine, or XGE for short.
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LightSquared hits FCC right where it hurts

LightSquared has issued a formal response to the threatened suspension of its licence, accusing the FCC of political bias and riding roughshod over precedent and Constitutional rights.
Bill Ray, 20 Mar 2012
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French data watchdog bends Google over for rigorous frisking

This month Google - in the face of widespread criticism in Europe - implemented changes to its privacy policy even though French info watchdog CNIL declared that the tweak would violate the EU's data protection law.
Kelly Fiveash, 20 Mar 2012
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Only Amazon Kindle Fire can grab share from Apple's iPad

Apple may cede some fondleslab market share in 2012 but this will likely be largely at the hands of Amazon rather than traditional PC vendors.
Paul Kunert, 20 Mar 2012
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Bankrupt DRAMurai survivor seeks cash-laden Samsung rival

Japan's Nikkei paper is reporting (paywall) that Japan's sole and now bankrupt DRAM manufacturer, Elpida, is soliciting bids to rescue it from bankruptcy, with Micron and Intel identified as potential white knights for the stricken DRAMurai chip-maker.
Chris Mellor, 20 Mar 2012
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Report: Feeble spam filters catch less junk mail

Enterprise spam filters are blocking less junk mail, according to independent tests from Virus Bulletin.
John Leyden, 20 Mar 2012
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Foxconn is world's 10th biggest employer: 1.2 MILLION on payroll

iPad-maker Foxconn is the world's 10th biggest employer, and can count staff members over half those of China's Red Army, according to a new piece of research by the BBC.
Anna Leach, 20 Mar 2012
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Supercomputers sold like hotcakes in 2011

Sales of supercomputers last year were a bit better than the prognosticators at IDC expected, with sales up across all types of systems by 8.4 per cent to $10.3bn. IDC's earlier projections had called for sales to jump by 7.2 per cent from the $9.5bn level set in 2010.
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Verizon unveils offspring surveillance service

Verizon Wireless had added a new service that puts a 21st century spin on Orwell's Big Brother, ushering in a brave new world of surveillance monitored by Big Mother and Big Father.
Rik Myslewski, 20 Mar 2012
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Avere attacks filer VDI boot slowdown

NAS accelerator supplier Avere can make NetApp VDI boot storm delays go away, and it has the numbers to prove it.
Chris Mellor, 20 Mar 2012
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Symantec buys mobile app management firm

Symantec has bought privately held mobile application management firm Nukona. Terms of the deal, announced Tuesday, were undisclosed.
John Leyden, 20 Mar 2012
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Big data enters open-source hype cycle

Open ... and Shut As breathless projections go, IDC's big data market forecast may be in for a serious asthma attack. The venerable analyst firm pegs the brave new world of big data at $16.9bn by 2015. Yet it's unclear just how new this market is and whether anyone but big data start-ups are really cashing in on the gold rush.
Matt Asay, 20 Mar 2012
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Microsoft fires Bing execs after biz probe

Two senior Microsoft executives have been fired after an internal investigation into the use of corporate resources.
Iain Thomson, 20 Mar 2012

EMC-Isilon swallows software storage firm Likewise

EMC's Isilon business unit has splashed out and bought a fast-growing startup, Likewise, whose software both EMC and other OEMs and enterprises use to NAS-enable Unix- and Linux-based storage devices.
Chris Mellor, 20 Mar 2012
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Google cools data center with bathtubs, dishwashers

Google has partnered with a local water-treatment utility to cool a massive data center using greywater – that's water recycled from residential bathtubs, showers, washing machines, and the like.
Rik Myslewski, 20 Mar 2012
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EMC wants to be the Linux of big data

To broaden its reach in the big-data arena, disk-array maker EMC's Greenplum division, which peddles data warehousing and Hadoop appliances and software, announced that it will open source its Chorus management and collaboration tools. EMC also has acquired Pivotal Labs, experts in agile programming, to help it build better big-data software and, equally importantly, help others do so.

Testicle-boiling new iPad ignites fanboi fury

US consumer organization Consumer Reports has backed punters’ assertions that the new iPad can overheat in normal use.
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TPG surges, plots IPTV future

TPG, fast becoming the standard-bearer of Australia’s “tier two” ISPs, has announced a 17 percent lift in EBITDA to $AU131.9 million and is preparing to follow iiNet into the IPTV set-top-box market.
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Fruit Ninja bites into multi-platform games tech

Australian wunder-game developer Halfbrick Studios is in acquisition mode, snapping up Spanish games technology developer Onan Games.
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Elsevier's backpedalling not stopping scientist strike

Dutch publishing house Elsevier is facing increasing pressure from the scientific community, with the company's 2,000 journals now being blacklisted by over 8,600 academics.
Iain Thomson, 20 Mar 2012
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HP poised to merge printer, PC divisions?

HP's boss-for-six-months Meg Whitman is about to make her first big strategic move since she took the reins at that reeling company, merging its Imaging and Printing Group and Personal Systems Group.
Rik Myslewski, 20 Mar 2012
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Hong Kong scientists claim 'self-charging' graphene battery

Scientists from Hong Kong Polytechnic claim to have demonstrated a graphene-based battery that harvests ambient energy and turns it into electricity.
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Oracle systems group slammed again in Q3

Oracle has gotten its software business back on track and is fixing to get its systems house in order soon as well, the top brass at the software giant and hardware maker have declared.