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Amazon shops for content to fuel international Kindle Fire

Amazon is hustling for content, rights and product on all platforms as it gears up to launch the new video friendly Kindle Fire to international markets.
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Corny conversations prove plants 'talk'

Setting aside any jokes about Prince Charles and talking to plants, an Australian scientist has turned up evidence that plants can use sound for rudeimentary communication.
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Condom compartment hidden in iPhone case

Australian Company Annex Products has unveiled* an iPhone case with a sliding compartment designed to store two condoms without revealing the popular prophylactics' telltale bulge.
Simon Sharwood, 04 Apr 2012
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Linux boss: We're number one where it counts

Collaboration Summit 2012 At the start of the 6th annual Linux Foundation's Collaboration Summit, chief executive Jim Zemlin is in buoyant mood. Attendance has never been better, open source code is becoming more popular in new areas of the industry, and Linux is number one in all the sectors that count.
Iain Thomson, 04 Apr 2012
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30-year-old global temperature predictions close to spot-on

In the ongoing debate over climate change, it's at times a good idea to check in with historial predictions made by climate modelers and see how well they have been able to predict global warming – which is exactly what a pair of researchers at the Koninklijk Nederlands Meteorologisch Instituut (KNMI) have done.
Rik Myslewski, 04 Apr 2012
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General Dynamics, HP fluff up $249.8m Army cloud

The US Army has signed a $249.8m deal with primary contractor General Dynamics to manage the creation of something called APC2, and, no it's not a new armored personnel carrier, but rather the next-generation Army Private Cloud. (Sir!)
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Shock jocks take NBNCo cash, then trash its ads

NBNCo's plans to win over the hearts and minds of middle Australia have taken a hit, after two prominent radio announcers editorialised before reading paid ads which explained the company's role as a wholesaler.
Simon Sharwood, 04 Apr 2012
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ATO to refresh developer website

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO)needs help with open source software.
Simon Sharwood, 04 Apr 2012
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NJ lab claims plasma fusion breakthrough

A private laboratory in New Jersey is claiming to have fulfilled two key conditions of a workable fusion energy system: it’s confined atomic nuclei in an ion “bottle”, and heated them to 1.8 billion degrees Celsius.
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China and India to power global enterprise software market

China and India are set to lead worldwide enterprise software growth over the next four years as Asia Pacific cements itself as the powerhouse of the global IT industry, according to Gartner.
Phil Muncaster, 04 Apr 2012
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Crowdsource yourself a new job

Crowdsourcing is a chance to create yourself a new job, rather than just raise some cash between gigs or while slacking, according to Matt Barrie, CEO of boom site freelancer.com.
Simon Sharwood, 04 Apr 2012
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Ten... ADF-based inkjet all-in-one printers

Product Round-up Inkjet all-in-one printers have two different focuses: photos and documents. Those aimed at document handling often forsake things like card readers and twin paper trays, in favour of fax and Automatic Document Feeders (ADFs). With an ADF you can scan or copy multi-page documents unattended, giving you extra time to drink hot beverages or consult twitter.
Simon Williams, 04 Apr 2012
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Chinese social sites lift post-coup controls

The Chinese authorities have as promised allowed social media giants Tencent and Sina to re-open their popular micro-blogging platforms to comments, although these firms could face a tough time going forward as government censors increase their scrutiny.
Phil Muncaster, 04 Apr 2012
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China puts the boot up ISPs to close digital divide

China has pledged to increase broadband speeds and reduce the price of internet services in the country, which can be up to four times more expensive than those in rival countries including the UK and US.
Phil Muncaster, 04 Apr 2012
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UK net super-snooping clashes with Euro privacy law - expert

New legislation that would enable a UK intelligence agency to monitor data from internet communications in real time without a warrant could be challenged at EU level unless other privacy safeguards limit the scope of that monitoring, an expert has said.
OUT-LAW.COM, 04 Apr 2012
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BT slurps from first govt broadband cash pot in Lancs deal

The first round of the government's public broadband funding has been awarded to Lancashire County Council, after the local authority agreed to a £62.5m project with national telco BT.
Kelly Fiveash, 04 Apr 2012

Blighty's new top supercomputer bagged by software boffins

The UK government is buying an IBM Blue Gene/Q supercomputer and iDataplex [PDF] servers, with DDN storage, to use in its Daresbury laboratory. The lab is used for developing software for next-generation supercomputers, presumably the exascale thingies needed for chewing through Really Big Data.
Chris Mellor, 04 Apr 2012
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Nuke plant owners to pay out up to £1bn per balls-up

Nuclear operators are to be liable for damages amounting up to seven times the current limit in the event of a nuclear incident, the Government has confirmed.
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Prehistoric monster snake crushed prey under 1.5 Brooklyn Bridges

The BBC's improbable measurement unit is on top form this week, in this report on a monster snake which terrorised the prehistoric South American jungle.
Lester Haines, 04 Apr 2012
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Xbox 360 credit card slurp alert under fire

Doubts have arisen over claims that credit card numbers and other personal information can be recovered from used Xbox 360 consoles - even after users take the precaution of restoring their kit to its factory settings.
John Leyden, 04 Apr 2012
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Ctera rocks up at BYOD party with big boy's cloud storage

Employees using their own laptops, tablets and smartphones under bring-your-own-device policies at work can securely access enterprise cloud storage facilities through gateway supplier Ctera.
Chris Mellor, 04 Apr 2012

Analogue switch-off hits London today

Londoners: don't forget to retune your Freeview kit today, be it a set-top box, a telly with an integrated digital tuner, or a tuner dongle or card hooked up to a PC.
Tony Smith, 04 Apr 2012
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RIM should focus on BBM, find a human CEO

Analysis RIM ended last week in more self-inflicted disarray. It announced a huge write-down of unsold fondleslabs, a sizeable operating loss, waved goodbye to its co-founder and its CTO, and then had to spend the next two days clarifying that it wasn’t deserting its most loyal users.
Andrew Orlowski, 04 Apr 2012
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Watchdog sniffs David Beckham's wedding tackle

The Advertising Standards Authority has ruled that a poster campaign featuring David Beckham in his undies and displaying a fine pair of goldenballs is unlikely to traumatise wide-eyed kiddies.
Lester Haines, 04 Apr 2012
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Yahoo! countersued! by! Facebook! in patent! spat!

Facebook has launched a patent counterattack on agitator Yahoo!
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Fans fly to forums to signal iPad 3 Wi-Fi woes

Apple's iPad 3 is drawing fire for its wireless performance, with many an owner complaining about poor Wi-Fi reception. Tests performed by staff in Apple's own stores allegedly show it too.
Caleb Cox, 04 Apr 2012
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Google plonks reCAPTCHA on Street View, makes users ID your house

Exclusive Google is getting the public to identify house numbers and signs from Street View photos as part of its reCAPTCHA anti-spam technology - and feeding the data into its online mapping service.
John Leyden, 04 Apr 2012
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SHOCK! FIFA 12 goalie does it doggy style with striker

We don't usually report glitches in games unless it has unintentionally hilarious results - think dragons flying backwards in Skyrim. But when it involves a goalkeeper appearing to get down and dirty with a striker in FIFA 12, we thought it too rib-tickling a mishap not to pass on.
Caleb Cox, 04 Apr 2012
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Red Hat, VMware and Eucalyptus in cloud boast bluff-off

Open... and Shut No matter how you define it, cloud computing is big. The 451 Group forecasts the cloud computing market to hit $16.7bn in revenue by 2013, while Forrester more aggressively projects it to top $241bn by 2020.
Matt Asay, 04 Apr 2012
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Shareholder flings class action lawsuit at Groupon

The hits keep on coming for Groupon, as it now faces a shareholder lawsuit on top of another day of falling stocks, all over its materially weak accounting.
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UK hacker jailed for nicking PayPal, banking data from MILLIONS

A UK cybercrook has been jailed for 26 months following his conviction for stealing millions of banking and PayPal identities, the Southwark Crown court confirmed to the Reg.
John Leyden, 04 Apr 2012
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Dutch firm slams limping RIM with patent lawsuit

Dutch semiconductor firm NXP has filed a patent lawsuit against BlackBerry-maker RIM alleging infringement of six of its patents.
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Speaking in Tech: Creepy apps, big data and toasty iPads

Podcast Podcast It's week two of Speaking in Tech, the enterprise and consumer tech-cast hosted by The Dude of enterprise tech, Greg Knieriemen, master of all that is cloud and storage Ed Saipetch and web2.0 and social media chess player Sarah Vela.
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Man stabbed at BlackBerry bash

Research in Motion's latest BlackBerry promotional shindig ended in bloodshed last night after a man was stabbed in the neck at the London event, which was attended by pop singer Jessie J.
Caleb Cox, 04 Apr 2012
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iPhone fanbois enraged by Instagram's Android triumph

Photo-bleaching camera app Instagram has notched up more than a million downloads in its first 24 hours on sale in the Android store.
Anna Leach, 04 Apr 2012
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Nature ISN'T fragile nor a bossy mother-in-law - top eco boffin

Comment The Green movement needs to rethink its philosophy from the ground-up. That's according to Peter Kareiva, a leading conservation expert and chief scientist for The Nature Conservancy, the world's biggest environmental group.
Andrew Orlowski, 04 Apr 2012
CS Lewis' 'Perelandra' trilogy

Publisher hails CS Lewis 'space trilogy' e-book debut

Fans of CS Lewis' other sequence of novels - the 'Perelandra' trilogy, not all that stuff with furniture and leonine Christ metaphors - will be pleased to hear they're now out in e-book form.
Tony Smith, 04 Apr 2012
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Microsoft parts private cloud to reveal its infrastructure

Review Brightly coloured videos with a cast of improbably good looking people and some upbeat music don't shift data-centre gear. Instead of the endless merriment of terrible marketing videos, Microsoft has focused on education.
Trevor Pott, 04 Apr 2012
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Browsium rescues HMRC from IE6 – and multimillion-pound bill

Updated A browser startup has undercut some of government's biggest IT suppliers to win its largest deal: shifting HM Revenue & Customs from Internet Explorer 6 and Windows XP to IE8 and Windows 7.
Gavin Clarke, 04 Apr 2012
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TripAdvisor chucks antitrust complaint on Google's pile

Online travel reviews outfit TripAdvisor has followed in the footsteps of Expedia by filing an antitrust complaint with the European Commission about Google.
Kelly Fiveash, 04 Apr 2012
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Brit pockets £100k in Samsung Bada dev compo

Samsung has announced the winner of its Bada Developer Day UK Challenge, a "futuristic" flying game for mobile phones.
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Yahoo! axes! 2,000! workers!

Yahoo has said that it is laying off about 2,000 employees as it struggles to regain its web crown.
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RIM begs app devs to fish it out of BlackBerry jam

RIM's app-makers will be treated to an "unconference" at their yearly "BlackBerry Jam" held in Orlando, Florida, between 1 and 3 May.
Anna Leach, 04 Apr 2012
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Samsung slips on Ice Cream Sandwich

Samsung's two Galaxy Tab 2s, the (7.0) and the (10.1) - the South Korean company's brackets, not ours - will arrive at the end of the month.
Tony Smith, 04 Apr 2012
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Apple plugs Java hole after Flashback Trojan intrusion

Apple released a security update for OS X Java on Tuesday, plugging a security vulnerability exploited by the latest Flashback Trojan.
John Leyden, 04 Apr 2012
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Ubuntu hammers out Metal-as-a-Service tool for microservers

Canonical has unveiled a Metal-as-a-Service (MaaS) offering to provision and manage high-density Ubuntu microservers running hyper-scale computing centres and clouds.
Gavin Clarke, 04 Apr 2012
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Dell guns for IBM mainframes with Clerity gobble

Dell is hungry for more server revenues while building out a portfolio of software at the same time - and the acquisition of mainframe application rehosting company Clerity Solutions hits both targets with the same bullet.

OCZ's new Vertex 4 SSD: Faster... and slower

OCZ has a new SSD that's both faster and slower than the previous model. That's what can happen when you swap controllers on an SSD.
Chris Mellor, 04 Apr 2012

SanDisk shares tumble as chip-maker lowers Q1 forecast

Flash memory maker SanDisk haS suffered a 9.47 per cent dip in its share price in trading today, after they announced a summary of results for the first quarter of 2012.
Anna Leach, 04 Apr 2012
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Arizona bill makes it illegal to 'annoy or offend' online

Updated The Arizona legislature has passed a bill that makes it illegal to annoy anyone over the internet.
Rik Myslewski, 04 Apr 2012

Google shows off Project Glass augmented reality specs

Google has been showing off the expected capabilities of the augmented reality spectacles that it is calling Project Glass.
Iain Thomson, 04 Apr 2012

Fujitsu wins another big super deal in Japan

Japanese IT conglomerate Fujitsu has been pushing hard to peddle its Sparc and x86 supercomputer clusters to take on IBM, Cray, Silicon Graphics, and others, and not surprisingly Fujitsu it has scored some big deals in the home country. The company just took down a big hybrid Sparc-x86 cluster deal at Kyushu University, which is the dominant educational institution in the southern part of Japan.
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Square kilometre array decision delayed again

The board deciding on the location for the Square Kilometer Array has once again delayed choosing between Australia and South Africa as the host nation.
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Microsoft opens betas on virtual app control and App-V update

Microsoft has released a pair of beta applications for its virtualization customers aimed at improving the access and control of its virtual applications.
Iain Thomson, 04 Apr 2012
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Oracle gives away updated Ops Center control freak

Software giant and now engineered systems player Oracle bought Sun for its Java and Solaris software, but in taking on hardware it also needed a management tools. Thus Ops Center is one of the more important bits of code for the company and Oracle has announced new enhancements to it on Wednesday.
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Feathered Tyrannosaurus uncovered in China

Chinese and Canadian paleontologists have announced a new find in the world of feathery dinosaurs: a ten-meter, 1½ ton distant relative of Tyrannosaurus Rex called Yutyrannus huali.
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The tech jobs headhunters just can't fill

Recuitment professionals just can't fill some jobs and sometimes it's your fault for wanting too much money.
Simon Sharwood, 04 Apr 2012
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Twitter bulks up in Ireland

Twitter is beefing up its fire power in its new international HQ Dublin and the supporting UK office.