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Sir Isaac Newton's life rendered as KML

Forget biographies in conventional books. Forget e-books too, while you're at it. A pair of Italian boffins have mashed up the idea of “Georeferences” and an ancient Roman form of travel guide called itineraria to create Keyhole Markup Language (KML) tours of a notable person's life.
Simon Sharwood, 26 Mar 2012
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Samsung joins Telstra's 4G handset party

Telstra now has two 4G-capable handsets competing for your telephonic pleasure and may have signalled the expansion or enhancement of its 4G network..
Simon Sharwood, 26 Mar 2012
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Election poll shot down by DDoS-ers

Two local men have been arrested after an online referendum organised by Hong Kong university to poll citizens on their choice of chief executive was disabled in an apparent denial of service attack.
Phil Muncaster, 26 Mar 2012
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Russia trashes wounded comms satellite

Despite being the subject of numerous rescue plans, Russia's failed Express-AM4 satellite has been nudged into the atmosphere for a fiery end.
Simon Sharwood, 26 Mar 2012
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Safety cert green light points to April iPad launch in China

Apple is counting down to an official launch in China by April after regulators gave the new iPad Wi-Fi model the green light, although the 4G model is still years away.
Phil Muncaster, 26 Mar 2012
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CSC's selfless offer to new QLD government

CSC has marked the election of a new government in the Australian state of Queensland by selflessly offering to do some work for it. Preferably in the healthcare sector.
Simon Sharwood, 26 Mar 2012
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Australia Post launches inbox and cloud storage for all

Australia Post has announced it will create a “Digital MailBox” for every Australian, as of April 2012.
Simon Sharwood, 26 Mar 2012
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London fire brigade outsources 999 control centre to Capita

The London fire brigade is to outsource its 999 control centre to Capita.
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Paedophiles ‘disguise’ child abuse pages as legit websites

Child abusers are latching onto new methods to distribute paedophilic material online, according to an annual report by the Internet Watch Foundation.
John Leyden, 26 Mar 2012
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Court shuts down site that circumvents Pirate Bay blocks

A Dutch anti-piracy group has won a court order forcing the operator of a proxy website to shut the site down after it was used to circumvent blocks to illegal file-sharing site The Pirate Bay.
OUT-LAW.COM, 26 Mar 2012
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Elgato Thunderbolt SSD

Geek Treat of the Week This Elgato drive combines a solid-state drive with Intel’s lightning-fast (sorry) Thunderbolt connector. Inside its charcoal metal enclosure is a 3Gbps Sata SSD, 120GB in this case, made by SanDisk.
Kenny Hemphill, 26 Mar 2012
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Giant paper plane thunders across Arizona sky

An Arizona aircraft museum reckons it has taken the record for the launch of the biggest ever paper plane: a 45ft (13.7m) long monster which glided to Earth last week from a height of 2,703ft (824m).
Lester Haines, 26 Mar 2012
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ISS 'nauts take to the escape pods in Russian sat-prang debris peril

'Nauts crewing the International Space Station were forced to take to the escape capsules over the weekend, as a chunk of wreckage from a mysterious satellite collision in 2009 hurtled towards the orbiting outpost.
Lewis Page, 26 Mar 2012
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The future of the fondleslab belongs to the Fire

Well over half the of the tablet market will be comprised of cheap tablets by 2016, it has been forecast.
Tony Smith, 26 Mar 2012
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Microsoft takes down ZeuS botnets

A Microsoft-led operation resulted in the takedown of key servers associated with the infamous ZeuS and SpyEye banking Trojan botnets on Friday.
John Leyden, 26 Mar 2012
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Nokia, Microsoft bung student mobe devs £7.5m to 'ideate'

Nokia and Microsoft are pumping €9m (£7.5m) into a university to promote app development and startups that'll feed their mobile tech alliance.
Gavin Clarke, 26 Mar 2012
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Americans resort to padlocking their dumb meters

Campaigners across America are resorting to padlocks and metal cages to protect their 'leccy meters, convinced that the smart versions will damage their health.
Bill Ray, 26 Mar 2012
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Baidu! boss! says! no! to! Yahoo! gobble!

Baidu.com boss Robin Li has said the Chinese search giant will not buy troubled web biz Yahoo!
Phil Muncaster, 26 Mar 2012
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Pioneer SC-LX85 9.2 AV receiver with AirPlay

Review The Pioneer SC-LX85 is AV receiver royalty. It lords it over the rest of the brand’s home cinema range, resplendent in the latest audio visual finery. Priced at £2K, this is red carpet home cinema.
Steve May, 26 Mar 2012
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Barclaycard pay-by-bonk fraud risk exposes Amazon's security

Channel 4 News has found out that pay-by-wave phones are compatible with pay-by-wave cards, and wants something done about it, but it's web bazaar Amazon that's lacking basic security.
Bill Ray, 26 Mar 2012
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Don't let the cloud obscure your software's performance

Software as a service (SaaS) can be a great cost saver for companies willing to abandon their own hardware and software, but what happens if productivity leaves the building too?
Danny Bradbury, 26 Mar 2012
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Phones4U Samsung banner doesn't flag Galaxy S III launch

Samsung fanboys will be disappointed to learn that banners spied at Phones 4U's flagship store in London's Oxford Street - one of which teases with a 30 March date - bears no relation to the release of the eagerly anticipated Galaxy S III smartphone.
Caleb Cox, 26 Mar 2012
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Dot Pharmacy: New web weapon in war on duff drug peddlers

An American trade group wants to create top-level domain name .pharmacy to stem the sale of bogus medicines online.
Kevin Murphy, 26 Mar 2012
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DDN delivers pint-sized big data boxes

DataDirect Networks (DDN) is offering its big data array technology in small data arrays that can grow to become big ones, and come at a lower price point.
Chris Mellor, 26 Mar 2012
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OAP sues Apple for $1m after walking into store's glass door

An octogenarian is to take Apple to court after a visit to one of the computer company's glass-fronted stores put her nose out of joint - literally.
Caleb Cox, 26 Mar 2012
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Google asked to bin autocomplete results for Japanese man's name

Google has refused to co-operate with a Japanese court order to suspend autocomplete searches for a man's name. The court made the ruling against Google after the man complained that autocomplete search suggestions for his name were defaming him, by linking him with crimes he did not commit.
Anna Leach, 26 Mar 2012
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Game CEO steps down

High street retailer Game formally entered administration this morning. The first casualty of the move: CEO Ian Shepherd resigned from his role.
Caleb Cox, 26 Mar 2012
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Brazilian cops hunt pillaging 'gang of blondes'

Pic Brazilian cops have cuffed two members of the so-called "gang of blondes" - a pack of she-devils who allegedly carried out up to 50 express kidnappings in Sao Paulo between 2011 and 2012.
Lester Haines, 26 Mar 2012
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UK.gov gives nod to .scot

While the Coalition government may oppose Scottish independence, it has nevertheless given the go-ahead to a Scottish move for independence on the internet.
Kevin Murphy, 26 Mar 2012
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RM investors spared a second heart attack in latest numbers

Beleaguered education IT supplier RM had no surprises in its fiscal Q1 trading update, bearing in mind that its sales tend to stroll in during the second half of the year.
Paul Kunert, 26 Mar 2012
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Microsoft stamps on HTTP 2.0's pedal, races to mobileville

The HTTP protocol - one of the web's foundation specifications - is getting a speed and security revamp.
Gavin Clarke, 26 Mar 2012
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Cabinet Office unveils Public Services Network suppliers list

The Cabinet Office has confirmed that 12 out of 16 bidders made it onto the Public Services Network (PSN) framework.
Paul Kunert, 26 Mar 2012
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RIM pushes BlackBerry 10 kit out to thousands of devs on 1 May

Attendees travelling to Orlando for BlackBerry World will get their hands on alpha-release hardware as RIM seeks to seed the developer community ahead of a commercial launch.
Bill Ray, 26 Mar 2012
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React Technologies rises from ashes of burning balance sheet

React Technologies has executed a textbook dive into administration followed by a phoenix-like rise from the ashes - and now trades as React Enterprises having wiped off suppliers' debts in the comeback.
Paul Kunert, 26 Mar 2012
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Microsoft SQL Server medusa turned into cloud pussy cat

Companies running many instances of SQL Server can try startup DH2i's DxConsole to virtualise the database's processes.
Chris Mellor, 26 Mar 2012
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Tripleton touts telephone for double-ohs

You'd think MI6's top agents would carry the most feature-packed smartphones on the market, but folk with a true sense of security should apparently opt for Tripleton's new handset, the Enigma E2. It claims the phone is hackproof.
Caleb Cox, 26 Mar 2012
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Avnet TS swallows Ascendant Technology

Avnet Technology Solutions has swallowed IBM middleware reseller and consultancy Ascendant Technology (Atech) for an undisclosed sum.
Paul Kunert, 26 Mar 2012
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Angry Birds Space flings 10 MILLION downloads in 3 days

The latest outing of Angry Birds - this time in spaaaace - has been downloaded 10 million times since it launched three days ago. The catapult-pinging galactic avian game was unveiled amid huge publicity on Friday. Rovio announced the expectation-smashing numbers on its Twitter feed this morning.
Anna Leach, 26 Mar 2012
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Ofcom puts UK VoD regulator up for review

Video on Demand regulator ATVOD has completed its two-year run, and Ofcom wants to know if people think the regulatory split is working, and if it's going to work in future.
Bill Ray, 26 Mar 2012
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CD: The indestructible music format that REFUSES TO DIE

This is almost getting boring to report each year - but here we are again. Twelve years after sales peaked the music CD format is stubbornly refusing to die. You can shutter the dedicated record shops, hide the CDs behind fondleslabs and video games in the megastores, offer the public instant access to cheaper legal alternatives - but still people go on buying CDs.
Andrew Orlowski, 26 Mar 2012
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Microsoft set to launch Xbox Lite in 2013

Microsoft plans to cash in further on its current-gen console tech through the launch of the Xbox Lite, a smaller, inexpensive version of the 360, it has been claimed.
Caleb Cox, 26 Mar 2012
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Game closes 277 stores

High street retailer Game's administrators started the company shakedown in frantic fashion today, announcing the immediate closure of 277 stores in the UK and Ireland, and suspension of refunds and exchanges, store credit and the company's Reward card scheme.
Caleb Cox, 26 Mar 2012
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Smoked by Android: Microsoft coughs up free laptop

An Android user who reckons he beat Microsoft's speed challenge fair and square will be getting his free laptop and phone after Microsoft's PCGuy stepped into the fray.
Bill Ray, 26 Mar 2012
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Intel comfortably conquers chip market in 2011

The chip heads at market watcher IHS iSuppli have tallied the sales figures for the world's semiconductor makers for 2011, and guess what? Intel won while just about everybody else, with a few notable exceptions, lost some ground.
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Overland tugs parachute cord as storage biz hurtles earthwards

Overland Storage hopes to raise $5.8m from a stock offering and may use the cash for working capital - raising questions over its ability to fund its operations from sales until the biz recovers.
Chris Mellor, 26 Mar 2012
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Opscode gets more venture dough for its Chef

Opscode, the maker of the open source Chef tool that the company says can help system administrators "rule the cloud", has lured more big backers as momentum builds for that tool's open source, hosted, and licensed versions.
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Feds issue final 'Do Not Track' privacy recommendations

The US Federal Trade Commission has issued its final report on the "best practices" companies should put in place regarding the collection of consumer information.
Rik Myslewski, 26 Mar 2012
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Microsoft censors Pirate Bay links from IM

Microsoft has confirmed that users of its instant messaging app will not be able to send each other links to popular torrent site The Pirate Bay, citing malware fears.
Iain Thomson, 26 Mar 2012
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HP gives huge chunk of storage business to channel

HP is giving a huge chunk of its storage business to the channel with a couple of 100 Percent sales initiatives.
Chris Mellor, 26 Mar 2012
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TSA bars security guru from perv scanner testimony

Security expert Bruce Schneier was been banned at the last minute from testifying in front of congress on the efficacy – or otherwise – of the US Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) much-maligned perv scanners.
Iain Thomson, 26 Mar 2012
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Oz national broadcaster goes open with archives

While national digital archiving strategies in Australia move slowly, some agencies are taking things into their own hands. The latest is the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, which has put slabs of archival material under a Wikimedia license.
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Leighton rolls out map of Tassie for NBN Co

Leighton Contractors has taken out the AUD$300 million tender for the NBN Co rollout in Tasmania, covering around 200,000 homes.
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Telstra sparks up Reach cable

Telstra International has deployed a 40 Gbps DTN solution for the Reach optical subsea network in Asia, using Infinera gear.
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Facebook files to dismiss ownership dispute

Lawyers acting for Facebook have filed a motion to dismiss the ownership case brought by former fuel salesman and alleged fraudster Paul Ceglia, which claims he is owed at least half of the company after an early investment of $1,000.
Iain Thomson, 26 Mar 2012