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SQL Server 2012 on sale … now!

Microsoft has shoved SQL Server 2012 down the slipway in a very modern way – with a blog post and a virtual launch event. If you want to play with it, go get a freebie here.
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Busted in the US? 'Drop your trousers, sir'

Again displaying their infinite law-and-order wisdom, the US Supreme Court has ruled that anyone arrested for any offense, however innocuous, can be strip-searched, even if there's no suspicion that they are concealing contraband.
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Samsung forging ARM server chips?

The Wall Street Journal has played a variant of "connect the dots" using LinkedIn profiles of chip techies formerly at AMD and now working at Samsung Electronics across town in Austin, Texas, and has come to the conclusion that Samsung is getting ready to jump into the server-processor market with derivatives of the ARM RISC processor.
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Microsoft makes Top 20 list of Linux kernel contributors

The Linux Foundation has released its annual report on the state of the software, and reports that Microsoft has made it into the Top 20 of companies that sponsor development of the Linux kernel – quite a change for the operating system Steve Ballmer used to dismiss as a cancer.
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Oz launches DNSChanger testing site

Australia's government has created a website which detects the presence, or otherwise, of DNSChanger, a nasty piece of malware which the sites says “... changes a user's Domain Name System (DNS) settings, enabling criminals to direct unsuspecting internet users to fraudulent websites and otherwise interfere with their web browsing.”
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Fujitsu says sayonara to Toshiba in bid to take on Apple

Japanese computing giant Fujitsu has bought out Toshiba's share of the firms’ joint mobile venture, to give it a clear crack at unseating Apple, which only recently jumped into top spot in the land of the rising sun.
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Samsung Galaxy S WiFi 5.0 Android media player

Review I reviewed Samsung’s first Android media player just over a year ago and frankly thought it was awful. I'm sure I wasn't alone. Undaunted, Samsung tried again with a new device packing a larger screen, faster CPU and bigger battery but only costing £40 more.
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Google ads 'misleading and deceptive'

Australia's Federal Court has found that some Google ads are misleading and deceptive, overturning a previous ruling that the search giant is not responsible for dodgy ads its advertisers create.
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Chinese shoppers lead way in global e-commerce stakes

Shoppers in China are twice as prolific online as those in the UK and US but retailers are struggling to keep up with the growing sophistication of their multi-channel purchasing behaviour, PricewaterhouseCoopers has found.
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Sumo Logic slings log file ops into the clouds

Sumo Logic CTO and co-founder Christian Beedgen sports a Chatsubo Bar banner on his t-shirt. When you meet a startup guy wearing a Neuromancer t-shirt you know the product is going to be a dreadful self-indulgent failure or an extremely cool resource that delivers the goods. Sumo Logic's Log Management and Analytics Service is the latter.
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Success-hungry Valley needs code, not cash

Open... and Shut When someone makes the bold claim that 90 per cent of the startups TechCrunch hypes are dead and buried within six months, you'd expect Silicon Valley to be in uproar. Surprisingly, though, the collective response seems to be, "Sounds about right." While I don't think the data support the claim, it is true that a large percentage of technology start ups fail.
Matt Asay, 03 2012
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Cable-cutting rogue engineer caused ultra fast broadband havoc

A former SingTel engineer took revenge on the Singaporean telco giant after being given the sack by sabotaging fibre optic cables on a staggering 600 separate occasions.
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EU plans tougher punishment for hackers – and their bosses

The European Parliament's Civil Liberties Committee overwhelmingly voted to approve proposals to criminalise certain activity relating to cyber attacks last week. The proposals contain plans to make specified "legal persons" within companies liable for certain offences.
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Vid storage biz Object Matrix gets over tape hate

Another object storage supplier is embracing tape. It's Object Matrix and it's following in the footsteps of HDS.
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Runtastic Push Up

Android App of the Week Those of you with six-packs, biceps of iron and a physique from a eugenicist’s wet dream can stop reading now. For the rest of us, who have been planning to “get fit” next week, next month or next year, Runtastic’s Push Up app may be just what’s needed to whet our blunted purpose.
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ONE MILLION YEARS B.C. - Humans begin artificial CO2 emissions

Fossil-furtling boffins have announced that the human race was burning things - and irresponsibly releasing carbon dioxide into the atmosphere - fully a million years ago, some 300,000 years earlier than had been thought.
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Email cock-up blamed in Check Point domain expiry snafu

Check Point has downplayed the significance of a domain renewal mix-up that resulted in its home page being replaced by a holding page for a brief period on Monday.
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New Intel flash hardness performs faster for less

Intel has a new budget 330-series solid-state drive (SSD) coming on Friday, 13 April, according to Amazon and other online bazaars, and it almost doubles the current 320 SSD's performance.
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Samsung to spank $7bn on China chip fab

Chip behemoth Samsung has decided to sink $7bn into its first memory factory in China, which will build NAND products.
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Sky joins BBC for Olympics coverage

Sky is celebrating the London Olympics through two dozen new BBC channels, dedicated to live coverage of the event.
Caleb Cox, 03 2012
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O2 Wi-Fi slips into McDonalds, steals The Cloud's lunch

O2 continues to expand its free Wi-Fi offering, this time donning a hairnet to push into 1,200 McDonalds hotspots which will become O2 branded just in time for the London Olympics.
Bill Ray, 03 2012
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Hitachi GST lays 4TB Easter egg

Hitachi GST has laid a nice Easter egg: a 4TB enterprise disk drive and a first at this capacity level. It's HGST's second 4TB product.
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Apple to take shine off glossy iMacs, say moles

Your iMac's screen to shiny for you? The next version of the Apple desktop will have a reflection resistant coating applied to its ('retina'?) display, it has been claimed.
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Game of Thrones Blu-ray disc set

Review Historically, TV generally doesn’t do ‘epic fantasy’ well: Merlin, Robin of Sherwood, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe. All noble efforts, but ultimately flawed in vision and execution. Heck, outside of Jackson’s Rings trilogy, even the movies often fail to get the genre right.
Steve May, 03 2012
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Home Sec: Web snoop law will snare PAEDOS, TERRORISTS

The Home Secretary has defended her department's decision to resurrect net-snooping plans that were abandoned by the previous Labour government in 2009.

'Leap year' bug drives TomTom satnav users up the wall

TomTom's satnavs have been caught out by a "leap year bug" this week which has caused the company's GPS receivers to suddenly stop working, driving users crazy.
Caleb Cox, 03 2012
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Canon reaches for stars with DSLR refresh

Canon sent its latest DSLR into orbit today with the launch of the EOS 60Da, a high-res snapper designed for astrophotography.
Caleb Cox, 03 2012
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Regulator probes Groupon as shares tumble

Daily deals site Groupon has seen its stocks tumble nearly 17 per cent, after mistakes in its fourth quarter results announcement forced the firm to issue a revision over the weekend.
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Virgin Media tightens throttle on hardcore hogs

Virgin Media has introduced new throttling "trigger levels" for customers who make heavy use of its network.
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Teen hacker suspect Ryan Cleary in the clink for bail breach

Teenage LulzSec suspect Ryan Cleary is back behind bars after breaching his bail conditions by going online, it has emerged.
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Sony to bring Google TV to Europe

Google TV will be coming to Europe this September, two years after the little loved web telly service was launched in the States.
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Sony diagnoses Xperia S screen jaundice

Sony admitted that tis flagship smartphone, the Xperia S, has display issues after reports surfaced that the screen goes yellow when the device gets too warm.
Caleb Cox, 03 2012
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Motorola refreshes Razr with huge battery boost

Motorola extended the battery life of its newly-designed Razr handset, releasing the Razr Maxx, a jazzed-up version of smartphone with more than 17 hours' talk time.
Caleb Cox, 03 2012
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LOHAN checks into REHAB chamber

Hot on the heels of the first test of the improvised vacuum pump for our Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) Rocketry Experimental High Altitude Barosimulator (REHAB) experiment, we're pleased to report that we've put together the shed-built hypobaric chamber which will form the centrepiece of our explosive tomfoolery.
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James Murdoch QUITS BSkyB chairmanship

BSkyB chairman James Murdoch is reportedly stepping down from his role.

Foxconn staffer lets slip iPhone 5 ship date

iPhone 5 rumours picked up a couple of notches today after a Foxconn recruiter let slip that the manufacturer is hiring staff for the next-gen Apple phone's production.
Caleb Cox, 03 2012
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Motorola Mobility in double Euro probe over patent warfare

The European Commission's anti-competition division has opened two formal investigations into Motorola Mobility after complaints from Apple and Microsoft about how it uses its patents against them.
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How to manage IT like a (service) pro

Live broadcast On April 17th at 10:00 BST, we’ve got a live broadcast featuring a service management workshop.
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Star's guts turned INSIDE OUT in supernova mega-blast

Pics An X-ray study of Cassiopeia A, one of the youngest exploded stars in our galaxy, has found that it not only blew up, but also ripped its insides out in the process.
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G-Cloud rep: We'll mop up data breach flood with red tape

The government is speaking out about “myths and confusion” surrounding its plans for security accreditation on G-Cloud.
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Facebook logins easily slurped from iOS, Android kit

Exclusive Facebook's iOS and Android clients don't encrypt users' logon credentials, leaving them languishing in a folder accessible to other apps or USB connections.
Bill Ray, 03 2012
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Distie giant Arrow acquires Ireland's Altimate for €48.1m

American distie Arrow Electronics has scooped up smaller Irish-owned rival Altimate Group for €48.1m.
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iPad app that lets mute kids speak menaced by patent lawsuit

A company that makes specialist talking tablet computers for speech-disabled children has mounted a patent lawsuit which seems set to kill off an iPad app that does the same thing for a tenth of the price. The firm is making no commitment to provide replacement affordable software for consumer devices.
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Phonedeck pushes out web 'n' mobe app for Android

Phonedeck's promises to integrate an Android phone with a desktop computer though PIM synchronisation could yet prove its downfall.
Bill Ray, 03 2012
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Citrix champions CloudStack, throws OpenStack under a bus

If you have been wondering how Citrix Systems was going to juggle two different cloud fabrics in its product line – its own open-source CloudStack and a commercialized variant of the similarly open-source OpenStack project started by NASA and Rackspace Hosting – you can stop wondering.
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Facebook accused of 'wanton' use of Canadian woman's pics

A Canadian woman has filed a class action lawsuit against Facebook in the Supreme Court of British Columbia for "wanton, reckless and callous" use of her photo and profile in the social network's ads.
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EMC shoots mystery virtual weapon into cloud next week

EMC's VSPEX emerged out of the Hopkinton void on Friday. Now EMC has an event scheduled for 12 April that looks a lot like a VSPEX launch.
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Google pockets card payment biz, slips it into Wallet

Google has bought payment processor TxVia to beef up its Wallet offering, putting scalable payment and token management into the Chocolate Factory's hands.
Bill Ray, 03 2012
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Facebook: Server management systems 'a big headache'

Collaboration Summit 2012 Amir Michael, manager of systems engineering at Facebook and a key player in the company's Open Compute Project (OCP), used his opening keynote at the sixth annual Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit to decry the current state of server-management code.
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IBM's DB2 database update does time travel, gets graphic

With the launch of DB2 10.1, Big Blue is adding a slew of new features that make DB2 more useful for modern, big-data workloads.
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RIM extends management software to iOS, Android

Beleagured Research in Motion has extended its mobile-device management software, now dubbed BlackBerry Mobile Fusion, to embrace not only its own BlackBerry handsets and tablets, but also iOS and Android devices.
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Equinix throws another US$50m at cloud

Equinix is pouring an extra US$50 million into its new Sydney based data centre. Due to demand work on phase two of Equinix’s third Sydney International Business Exchange data centre has commenced six months ahead of schedule.
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Broadband a climate champion: ITU

The ITU’s Broadband Commission report, The Broadband Bridge: Linking ICT with Climate Action, is a good piece of advocacy – but can its prescriptions work?
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Intel outlines open source development projects

Collaboration Summit 2012 The director of Intel's Open Source Technology Center Imad Sousou outlined the chip giant's plans to invest in the open source community and provided an update on two key projects, speaking at the Linux Foundation's Collaboration Summit in San Francisco.
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Why new iPad renders your pile of slab mags as garbage

The pixel-dense screen on the new iPad - which makes high-resolution photos of flowers pop and delight - actually renders a lot of things rather badly, specifically old copies of tablet-based magazines and other made-for-iPad content stored as PNG image files.
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Nvidia: No magic compilers for HPC coprocessors

Steve Scott, the former CTO at supercomputer maker Cray, joined Nvidia last summer as CTO for the chip maker's Tesla GPU coprocessor division, and the idea was to shake things up a bit and not only sell more Tesla units, but to shape expectations in supercomputing as we strive to reach exascale capacities.