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Microsoft unveils paid SkyDrive options

Microsoft has revealed the price for paid services on its SkyDrive cloud storage, which kick in at US$10/year, US$25/year and US$50/year for 20GB, 50GB or 100GB respectively. Paid services also gain the name “SkyDrive updates”.
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Google wanted Java 'partnership' with Sun

The head of Google's Android development team, Andy Rubin, sent internal emails advising Google that the company would need to either partner with Sun or buy a licence to gain access to the parts of Java needed to make Android a success.
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China's rare earth policy backs Apple into a corner

Apple’s shiny fondleslabs are made in China not only because of the low cost of labour in the People’s Republic but also due to the surging prices and tightening export restrictions on rare earth minerals which the nation has a near monopoly on, according to a report.
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Four CEOs better than one as Huawei profits slump

Chinese telecoms equipment maker Huawei has taken the unusual step of appointing a panel of three CEOs and a plan to rotate them every six months, after its latest financials (PDF) saw profits plummet 53 per cent despite revenue rising 11.7 per cent to around 204 billion yuan (£20bn) last year.
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NBNCo loses lynchpin exec

NBN Co’s third foundation employee Tim Smeallie, the architect of the cornerstone Telstra network deal, is leaving the carrier.
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Look back in Ascii: Computing in the 1980s

Retro Week Retro Week When I landed the job of Doctor Who Script Editor in 1981, I knew I needed a computer. Actually it was something I'd known since the age of 12, but back then you couldn't get started for less than half a million dollars. Now you could pick up a Sinclair ZX81 for a shade under fifty quid in kit form. But if you …
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NHS trusts offer £5m wad for pics and comms gear

Three health trusts in south-west England are seeking a new picture archive and communications system (Pacs).
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Euro Central Bank to tighten grip on web cash security

The European Central Bank (ECB) is consulting on new standards to increase the security of internet payments in the European Union.
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Reg Hardware Retro Week Complete Coverage

Retro Week Retro Week Thirty years ago today, a pre-knighthood Sir Clive Sinclair launched his first colour computer, the ZX Spectrum, and the early 1980s home computing revolution got a good a shove forward like no other before it. Many a Reg reader can trace his or her engagement with information technology back to that point, but …
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Brit upstart flogs cloudy SaaS to clipboard-waving bods

Infosec 2012 UK-based startup SureCloud is flogging a cloud-based auditing and compliance platform at mid-market businesses with high info-security standards.
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Educating Rory: Are BBC reporters unteachable?

Mailbag Rory Cellan-Jones yesterday returned to the scene of the crime after his piece last week detailing the day he spent in Silicon Roundabout "learning computer programming".

Bit9 wants to bin 'broken' antivirus, install whitelisting tech

Infosec 2012 Bit9 is using the Infosec show as a launchpad for its move into Europe as part of its wider ambitions to displace traditional antivirus technologies from corporate desktops and data centres.
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Masabi takes phone ticketing across the Pond

Passengers riding Boston's trains will, by the autumn, be able to pay for and download tickets with their mobile phone – even if it's not particularly smart.
Bill Ray, 24 2012
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Sony denies Netflix app to older Bravia smart TVs

Sony today heralded the arrival of Netflix on its Sony Entertainment Network, the content it provides through its smart TVs, Blu-ray Disc players, media streams and, of course, the PlayStation 3.
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XtremIO buy to spark flash array startup-gobbling frenzy

We're being told by people close to the action that EMC is buying XtremIO for its peer-to-peer, shared, scale-out flash array technology.
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Microsoft unveils Windows 8 'release preview' for June

Windows 8 will be signed off and released to PC manufacturers in June, paving the way for a September or October launch.

US trade commission: Xbox 360 violates Motorola patents

The US International Trade Commission (ITC) has ruled that Microsoft's Xbox 360 does indeed infringe Motorola's intellectual property rights.
Caleb Cox, 24 2012
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Toshiba decides not to pick over Elpida's corpse

Toshiba is reportedly no longer in the running to pick over the bones of bankrupt chipmaker Elpida Memory after it couldn't put together a joint bid with other firms.
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HDS swaps out AMS for HUS file-block-and-object stuffed box

Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) has replaced its mid-range AMS storage array with the Hitachi Unified Storage (HUS) array that stores block, file and object data in one box. It is managed by the Hitachi Command Suite which is now a single software management facility for all HDS products.
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Suspected freetards to face piracy letters in 2014

Letters will be sent to suspected copyright infringers under the Digital Economy Act in 2014, a ministry of fun top wonk outlined yesterday.

Apple set to drop 17in MacBook Pro, says watcher

Apple's 17in MacBook Pro will be phased out in 2012, one analyst has predicted, in favour of an Air-style refresh of the line that excludes the company's largest notebook.
Caleb Cox, 24 2012
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Android App of the Week When Google’s Currents news and magazine reader was released late last year, I thought it one of the most visually attractive apps ever to come out of Mountain View.

A history of HUS: HDS's file-development hustle

Hitachi Data Storage's new unified storage – HUS – has had an involved file storage background, according to channel sources.
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Yahoo! couldn't! even! strike! deal! with! Yahoo! Japan!

Yahoo! Japan confirmed today that it held talks on buying the stake Yahoo! Inc owns in the Asian joint venture, but the pair couldn't reach any agreement.
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Murdoch junior admits to a culture of 'cavalier risk' at NotW

James Murdoch – unlike his father Rupert – told the Leveson inquiry into press ethics this morning that he only read News International's now-defunct Sunday paper, News of the World, "from time to time".
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Up to 390 TalkTalk jobs face axe as Northampton site shuttered

ISP TalkTalk is shuttering its Northampton office, "simplifying" its UK operations and "creating jobs nationally" while threatening to axe others.
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Six of the best ways to mess up IT change management

We at Freeform Dynamics have been running surveys and interactive workshops with The Register’s readership since 2006 on a wide variety of topics. Looking back, we see the same themes coming up time and time again.
Dale Vile, 24 2012
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Gaia scientist Lovelock: 'I was WRONG and alarmist on climate'

Environmental luminary Dr James Lovelock says he now regrets being "alarmist" about climate predictions.
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'Asteroid mining company' makes classic hypegasm debut today

A group of wealthy advertising and software kingpins have allied themselves with celebrity auteur James Cameron and prominent "new space" business figures to launch a business focused on mining asteroids for precious resources.
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UK biz pays heavy price for skimping on security - PwC

Infosec 2012 Hacking attacks against Blighty's top firms hit a record high according to figures for 2011.
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Floppy disk drives jam James Bond theme

Most techies would struggle to find a use for old floppy drives, instead either throwing them out or leaving them to gather dust in the attack. If you had enough time on your hands, though, you could always piece several together and program them to play... music.
Caleb Cox, 24 2012

Capita to hoover up small pile of SMEs in 2012

Capita is flogging 40 million new ordinary shares in an institutional pacing to fund a "pipeline" of small and medium sized bolt-on biz acquisitions.
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BT invites telcos to sign up to FTTP trials

BT has kicked off a trial and pilot scheme to which rival ISPs can sign up. It will run until mid-June this year.
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Theresa May: No emails sniffed in web super-snoop law

Home Secretary Theresa May denied today that spooks will monitor emails in real-time under her proposed web-snoop law, which is due to be announced in the Queen's Speech next month.
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Tin can communication set to return

It isn't just Reg Hardware celebrating all things old school this week. A group of retro enthusiasts want to bring back the days of tin can communication, punting a modern USB version on fundraising site Kickstarter.
Caleb Cox, 24 2012
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SpaceX launch put off for a week

The history-making launch of SpaceX's Dragon capsule to the International Space Station has been delayed by up to a week so that the space firm's engineers can do some more testing.

Waiting for Godin: Lenovo's UK, Irish ops finally get a boss

High-flying PC firm Lenovo has made company veteran Marc Godin the head of its UK and Irish operations, a role that has been vacant for nearly three years.
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China backs Proview in Apple iPad trademark war

A top Chinese official has said his government regards the IPAD trademark as the property of Shenzhen Proview Technology, piling extra pressure on Apple to settle over the alleged unauthorised use of the word.
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Skype dials onto PlayStation Vita

Skype for the PlayStation Vita went live today, with owners of the Sony-made handheld games console now able to make video calls using the Microsoft-owned chat platform.
Caleb Cox, 24 2012
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That global freetard crackdown: Three emails ... and carry on

Rome wasn’t built in a day, Hadopi won’t be built in two years: those were the exact words of Marie-Francois Marais, the head of the French anti-piracy programme, speaking in London yesterday.
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LOHAN gasps at stiff and slippery tube

We do like a bit of unboxing down here at the Special Projects Bureau, so there was a decided frisson this afternoon when we took delivery of a stiff and deliciously slippery tube.
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Hackers now pick tools from script kiddies' toybox – report

Infosec 2012 Hackers are increasingly turning to automated software tools to launch attacks.
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David Willetts: UK firms need to 'fess up to security boobs

UK Science and Universities Minister David Willetts told assembled IT bods in London that companies should 'fess up to their security boobs.
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IBM hikes dividend, boosts share buybacks by $7bn

At this rate, in about 25 years IBM will be a privately held company.
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Tech sector X Factor: The customer isn't always right

Open ... and Shut Curing cancer is probably worth a few billion dollars to whoever figures it out. But so is helping enterprises search machine data to find patterns and problems, as Splunk has learned in its 1999-style IPO last week.
Matt Asay, 24 2012
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Google motors into cloud storage with Drive

Google has thrown its hat into the cloud storage ring with the long-expected launch of Google Drive, an online vault integrated with Google Docs that allows sharing and collaboration online.
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Number-munching clouds are godsend for cybercrooks - experts

Cloud computing providers came under fire today from security experts who blamed them for giving cyber-criminals the tools to launch attacks more easily, efficiently and anonymously than ever before.
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Supernovae blasts shape climate, life on Earth, reckons boffin

A new paper by cosmic ray researcher Henrik Svensmark suggests that the abundance of diversity of biological life on Earth is closely correlated to our planet's proximity to supernovae.
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Dell flashes 40GE blade switch, fabric manager

The engineers who used to work at the formerly independent Force 10 have forged the first 40 Gigabit Ethernet switch for new owner Dell's PowerEdge M1000e blade server chassis.
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Facebook IPO 'delay' as Zuckerberg keeps Wall St 'waiting'

Facebook's much-awaited IPO may be pushed back into June reports claim, as its glamourous and youthful CEO Mark Zuckerberg is just too busy to meet Wall St.
Joe Fay, 24 2012
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Apple profits almost double on iOS product sales leap

Apple sold buckets more iPhones and iPads in its second quarter, helping it almost double net income year on year to $11.6bn and driving up gross margins.
Joe Fay, 24 2012
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Skytap control freaks dev/test cloud

Skytap, the application development and testing cloud that is funded in part by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, is tweaking its service once again, adding a new management interface and other features to make it easier for IT departments that use Skytap to give coders a better experience and rein in the budget.
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Google ups bug bounty to $20,000 per flaw

Google is increasing the amount it is willing to pay to security researchers for bugs, with the most serious flaws now priced at up to $20,000.

Fabulous execution prompts Apple to rein back Q3 outlook

Apple's third quarter figures will come in below Wall St forecasts the vendor revealed today, but that's just fine because it's just because it did so well in the second quarter.
Joe Fay, 24 2012
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Intel reels in Cray's supercomputer interconnect biz

Intel really is taking networking and system interconnects very seriously, and is buying the interconnect hardware business from massively parallel supercomputer maker Cray for $140m.