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Java-centric video house moves to Azure

Australian cloud based online video platform Movideo has hooked up with Microsoft in a four year strategic technology agreement that will see the IPTV aspirant deploy its wares globally.
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Record-breaking laser pulse boosts fusion power hopes

The world's most powerful laser has fired a record-breaking pulse that exceeded even its own design goals.
Rik Myslewski, 23 Mar 2012
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End in sight for IT jobs outsourcing massacre

The offshoring of IT work to developing countries has been very popular with accountants looking to cut costs, but the limits are being reached of what jobs can conceivably be sent overseas.
Iain Thomson, 23 Mar 2012
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SKA committee defers final decision

The Australia-New Zealand bid to host the Euro1.5 billion Square Kilometre Array (SKA)uber satellite project is not lost. Despite reports earlier in the month that recommendations had been tipping rival bidder South Africa in the box seat, the SKA Organisation said it will delay its decision to further discuss the opportunities.
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NetApp to unleash virtual array

NetApp will join the virtual storage appliance party by releasing the ONTAP-V product it currently resells only through Fujitsu and it's Primergy BX400 S1 server.
Simon Sharwood, 23 Mar 2012
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GIANT KANGAROOS wiped out by humans, not climate change

In a land before time – or at least Australia about 40,000 years ago – five meter kangaroos bounded across the landscape. Some were fleeing colossal marsupial lions. Others were trying to stay out of the way of Emus twice the size of today's specimens or Diprotodon Optatum, a rhinoceros-like beastie that was the largest marsupial of all time.
Simon Sharwood, 23 Mar 2012
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Football rules punt Oz IPTV into touch

Australia's nacent IPTV industry won't be able to win business with the entertainment industry's time honoured practice of paying outrageous prices for exclusive rights to broadcast live sport, thanks to a new plan outlined yesterday by Minster for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy Senator Stephen Conroy.
Simon Sharwood, 23 Mar 2012
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China takes Android and iOS activations crown

China has passed yet another mobile milestone, beating the US to top spot in iOS and Android activations for the first time and surging to become the world’s fastest growing market for mobile applications, according to new stats from mobile analytics firm Flurry.
Phil Muncaster, 23 Mar 2012
Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City

Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City

Review At the core of zombie fiction lies a deep-seated sense of hopelessness and inevitability. That no matter how hard you fight, no matter how many lucky escapes you pull off, and no matter where you flee to, your eventual, grisly demise is assured by the indomitable Pepé Le Pews of horror.
Andrew Bailey, 23 Mar 2012
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China's censors out in force as coup rumours spread

China’s internet censors have been forced into overdrive this week after rumours swirled the country’s popular micro-blogging weibo platforms of an attempted coup in Beijing and the mysterious death of a man driving a Ferrari in the capital.
Phil Muncaster, 23 Mar 2012
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Singapore lures big biz with mega data protection regime

Singapore based data protection law specialist Rosemary Lee of Pinsent Masons, the law firm behind Out-Law.com, said the Personal Data Protection Bill (74-page/387KB PDF) being proposed by Singapore's government would establish a single data protection regime for the nation for the first time.
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Fujitsu has phone fraudsters in its sights

Boffins at Fujitsu and Japan’s Nagoya university are claiming to have successfully developed technology designed to prevent phone scammers by recognising certain keywords and detecting changes in voice pitch and level.
Phil Muncaster, 23 Mar 2012
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Council to chuck £28m wad at schools' ICT supplier

Staffordshire county council has published a tender for suppliers to join a wide-ranging ICT framework agreement for use within schools and other education establishments for both administration and curriculum purposes.
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Medieval warming WAS global – new science contradicts IPCC

More peer-reviewed science contradicting the warming-alarmist "scientific consensus" was announced yesterday, as a new study shows that the well-documented warm period which took place in medieval times was not limited to Europe, or the northern hemisphere: it reached all the way to Antarctica.
Lewis Page, 23 Mar 2012
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Third European supply podule blasts off en route to space station

The third European Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV-3) robot supply craft to the International Space Station blasted off successfully from Kourou spaceport in French Guiana at 04:34 GMT this morning.
Lewis Page, 23 Mar 2012
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Scores of US federal agencies still open to 2008 cache attack

US federal agencies are still struggling to roll out mandated technology that would make it much harder for attackers to spoof their websites.
John Leyden, 23 Mar 2012
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BT Vision to stream UKTV channels

UKTV, the BBC co-owned satellite and cable channel, is to open an IPTV stream through BT Vision.
Hard Reg, 23 Mar 2012

HP and EMC battle for the soul of server storage

There is a fight going on for the soul of server storage and HP and EMC are in the front line trenches getting ready for all-out marketing war.
Chris Mellor, 23 Mar 2012
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Snowboards and BIG DATA for WORLD PEACE

¡Bong! [After a minor accident snowboarding in Tignes this week, Mr Bong has submitted a shorter column than usual. Thank the Lord - ed.]
Steve Bong, 23 Mar 2012

BOFH: Dawn raid on Fort BOFH

Episode 3 Episode 3
Simon Travaglia, 23 Mar 2012
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Sony to serve Ice Cream Sandwich to tablets

Android 4 Ice Cream Sandwich is coming to Sony's Tablet S and Tablet P fondleslabs - review links below, folks - the Japanese giant has revealed.
Hard Reg, 23 Mar 2012
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Drew Cullen, 23 Mar 2012
Apple iPad 3 aka new iPad

Half of iPad 3s sold will sport 4G, says bank

Brits may have no need for the new iPad's 4G connectivity, but Americans are going to lap up the LTE-enabled tablet, UBS has forecast.
Hard Reg, 23 Mar 2012
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Cocky Foxconn tells tech biz: We'll design your mobes, you do the ads

The phone-making division of Foxconn swung into the black with a net profit of $75.1m (£47.5m) in 2011, according to its latest preliminary report to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange [PDF].
Anna Leach, 23 Mar 2012

Thai floods derail Hadron-colliding antimatter boffinry

The world's hard drive shortage, caused by deadly flooding in Thailand, is holding back CERN's antimatter research, a top scientist at the boffinry nerve center said last night.
Anna Leach, 23 Mar 2012
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Arcam rDock

Accessory of the Week Arcam’s rDock is a hefty slab of cast alloy, designed to accommodate an iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad in it’s Dock connector.
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Florida man 'fesses to naked Scarlett Johansson outrage

A Florida man has admitted hacking into the email accounts of celebrities including Mila Kunis and Scarlett Johansson.
John Leyden, 23 Mar 2012
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Intel next-gen netbook chip to sport Ivy Bridge graphics

Hardware sites are abuzz with news that Intel is preparing a 22nm Atom chip with a state-of-the-art integrated graphics core on board.
Tony Smith, 23 Mar 2012
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Hard-up Iceland plumps for cheaper open source

Iceland’s government is accelerating its move to open source at the expense of proprietary software from the likes of Microsoft and Oracle.
Gavin Clarke, 23 Mar 2012
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iPhone outsells RIM's BlackBerry in Canada for the first time

The iPhone is outselling the BlackBerry in its home territory, Canada, in another humiliating mark of decline for mobe-makers RIM.
Anna Leach, 23 Mar 2012
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Computacenter rips up £43m council contract over razor-thin margin

Computacenter chief exec Mike Norris says the reseller giant stepped out of an ICT services contract with Cumbria County Council (CC) before kick-off because it was "confident" the deal would be loss-making.
Paul Kunert, 23 Mar 2012
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US movie viewers make sudden shift to net

Lovefilm subscribers in the UK are already streaming more content over the net than they're receiving on disc through the post, and now it's been claimed that folk in the US will acquire more paid video content online this year than on physical media.
Tony Smith, 23 Mar 2012
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Google patents mobile ads that sense noise, temp, light

Google wants to deliver adverts based on the environment around people, as well as their behavioural profile, and has filed for a patent on the concept.
Bill Ray, 23 Mar 2012
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Analyst eyes Q3 2013 for Xbox 720 release

Microsoft's next Xbox console will launch in Q3 2013 and, contrary to widespread rumours, will not be a download-only platform, one analyst reckons.
Caleb Cox, 23 Mar 2012
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Apple tightens grip on tablet market with iPad 2 and 3 pincer move

Comment Following the launch of Apple’s new iPad the company has been criticised again for the lack of design overhaul, with some arguing this will inhibit sales. But the 7 March actually saw yet another Apple masterstroke – for two reasons.
Salman Chaudhry, 23 Mar 2012
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Baffling barcode-on-steroids stickers plaster the EARTH

Sysadmin blog QR codes are everywhere. They have completely overrun Japan and are becoming well-established in the rest of the world as well. There are plenty of convenient uses for this technology, as well as several less carefully considered uses.
Trevor Pott, 23 Mar 2012
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Windows Phone left on launchpad by Angry Birds in spaaace

Updated Rovio has shunned Windows Phone for the latest outing of the super-soaraway Angry Birds franchise, saying that it can't support every platform and has no plans to support that one.
Bill Ray, 23 Mar 2012
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Moneybags Apple loses $1.2m Italian warranty fine scrap

An Italian court has refused to suspend fines slapped on Apple for failing to properly advertise EU-mandated warranties.
Bill Ray, 23 Mar 2012
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Has virtualization really ended all your worries?

OK, so you’ve virtualised a bunch of servers and saved yourself a bit of money on hardware. Life is a little easier because you no longer have to go through the server procurement and provisioning cycle quite so often to meet new requirements.
Dale Vile, 23 Mar 2012
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Revealed: Google's SECRET London office

Earlier this week, El Reg got its sweaty paws on some exclusive snaps of the new Google outpost in London's Central St Giles building.
Lester Haines, 23 Mar 2012
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Worst movie poll screening delayed 7 days

We've been obliged to postpone our promised poll of the worst film ever until next Friday due to a stampede of nominations.
Lester Haines, 23 Mar 2012
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RAC's Bristol data centre breaks down

Motor insurance biz RAC suffered a day-long outage after something went kaput in its data centre in Bristol.
Anna Leach, 23 Mar 2012
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Wave, Buzz... Android? What Apple teaches Google

Open ... and Shut For developers looking to avoid the Dementor's Kiss of Apple's all-consuming iOS ecosystem, Google has long played the knight in shining open-source armour. Indeed, latest data from IDC and Appcelerator suggest developers are still betting big on Google, expecting its broad range of social products to mint them money. But given Google's track record in social, is this faith misplaced?
Matt Asay, 23 Mar 2012
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More 'retina' display piccies spied within Mac OS X

Software hackers have been uncovering ultra-high resolution graphics in Apple OS updates for more than a year now, so it comes as no surprise that Ars Technica has found a few more, in the Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion Developer Preview.
Tony Smith, 23 Mar 2012
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Hackers booby-trap WordPress site with botnet-weaving Trojan

Malware-flingers are taking advantage of vulnerable WordPress sites as part of an attack ultimately designed to spread an information-stealing botnet agent.
John Leyden, 23 Mar 2012
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Rovio: Actually there will be Angry Birds Space on Windows Phone

Rovio has apparently changed its mind, with the company's CEO telling Reuters that a Windows Phone 7 port of Angry Birds in Space is in the offing, though he's not saying when.
Bill Ray, 23 Mar 2012
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US broadcasters put the squeeze on small-town cable TV

Small cable TV networks are having to increase their prices just to offer content that the owner will happily give away, and they want the FCC to do something about it.
Bill Ray, 23 Mar 2012
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Facebook: Your boss asks for your password, we'll sue him! Maybe

Facebook's Chief Privacy Officer has condemned employers who ask for the Facebook log-ins of employees or job applicants. It comes after a young man blogged that a potential employer had asked for his Facebook password during a job interview.
Anna Leach, 23 Mar 2012
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Investor sues Oracle over $200m whistleblower payout

An Oracle shareholder has filed a lawsuit against Larry Ellison & Co. for "gross mismanagement" in their handling of a long-running whistleblower case, alleging that by fighting a case they knew to be grounded in fact, they drove the ultimate settlement up to a hefty $200m.
Rik Myslewski, 23 Mar 2012
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Survey scammers fling spam at Pinterest punters

Cybercrooks have latched on the success of social networking site Pinterest by launching a variety of money-making scams.
John Leyden, 23 Mar 2012
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Micron's revenues circle drain for third straight quarter

The numbers are straightforward. In its second financial 2012 quarter, ending 1 March, DRAM and NAND maker Micron sold $2.1bn of chips and SSDs and made a loss of $224m. This reflects the deepening of a trend that has been underway for seven quarters, with declining revenues and falling profits turning into losses.
Chris Mellor, 23 Mar 2012
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Pro-China hackers target Tibetan activists with malware

Pro-China hackers have started spoofing security firm AlienVault's email address in spam messages in an attempt to infect pro-Tibetan recipients with malware.
John Leyden, 23 Mar 2012
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Dutch birdman admits flight was filmic fantasy

The "Flying Dutchman" who enthralled world+dog earlier this week with a video of him flying through the wild blue yonder by flapping homemade wings has admitted that the entire airborne affair was but a hoax.
Rik Myslewski, 23 Mar 2012
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Robotic surgeon successful in first prostate snip

A man suffering from cancer has become the first Briton to have his prostate removed by robotic surgery.
Iain Thomson, 23 Mar 2012

'Intelligent systems' poised to outsell PCs, smartphones

Analyst house IDC predicts that the traditional embedded-systems market is reaching an inflection point where a new breed of intelligent devices will take over the market and drive the current fashionable terms de jour: Big Data and "the internet of things".
Iain Thomson, 23 Mar 2012
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AT&T profiting from Nigerian scammers, DoJ charges

AT&T can't catch a break from the US government. First the feds squashed Big Phone's proposed merger with Deutsche Telekom's T-Mobile USA, and now the Department of Justice has slapped a suit on the company for alleged improper billing for services intended for use by the deaf and hard of hearing.
Rik Myslewski, 23 Mar 2012