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Predatory IP threatening the progress of open innovation

The predatory use of intellectual property by companies and individuals is causing a serious impediment to the process of open innovation that is driving the latest changes in technology.
Iain Thomson, 27 Apr 2012
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TV Now was too good, and that was its downfall

Absent an appeal to the High Court, Optus’ TV Now service infringes copyright. It is not, however, a threat to the whole of the Internet, cloud services – nor even, necessarily, to the use of cloud to record TV.
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Patriotic hackers face off in South China Sea

The Philippine government has appealed in vain for patriotic hackers in the country to “be the bigger man” and not retaliate against China for a series of suspected attacks on university and government web sites, as the stand-off between the two countries over a set of disputed islands continues.
Phil Muncaster, 27 Apr 2012
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New satellite will blow your socks off - and spot them from spaaaace

A new satellite set to fly in 2014 will offer the chance to spot objects just 31 centimetres across … from SPAAAAAACE.
Simon Sharwood, 27 Apr 2012
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Basic instinct: how we used to code

Retro Week Retro Week I’ve recently caught myself, like some horrific solo re-write of the Monty Python Four Yorkshiremen sketch, waxing lyrical to my two iPod-wielding young ‘uns about the good old days; when men were men, computers were effectively clockwork, and computer games… well, come to think about it, they still cost about 69p …
Richard Dyce, 27 Apr 2012
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No sex please, we're Telstra

Telstra has decided not to promote access to “adult oriented content” on BigPond's video download service.
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Microsoft guns for web sales biz in piracy crackdown

Microsoft reportedly has two more companies in its sight as the software giant’s licensing crackdown focuses on China.
Phil Muncaster, 27 Apr 2012
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Northamber lay-offs put it in the red

Northamber headed itself off from reporting a profit for the third quarter after it trimmed its workforce in the face of declining sales of volume products.
Joe Fay, 27 Apr 2012
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You can flog 'used' software, but read Ts&Cs first – ECJ

Companies that sell 'used' licences for other firms' copyrighted computer programs that are downloadable from the internet can legitimately do so – but only provided the terms of the rights-holders' licence do not put a bar on reproduction without their consent, a legal advisor to the EU's top court has said.
OUT-LAW.COM, 27 Apr 2012
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Samsung DOUBLES profits on strong phone sales

Mobile tech giants Samsung and Huawei turned up the heat on their rivals this week after the Korean electronics behemoth doubled its profits in the first quarter thanks to stellar phone sales and its Chinese rival revealed ambitious plans to sell over 100 million mobiles this year.
Phil Muncaster, 27 Apr 2012
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Blackpool ICT boss: BYOD doesn't save money

Rolling out bring your own device (BYOD) policy is costing Blackpool Council more than it would to provide the mobiles itself, according to the local authority's head of ICT services.
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Oz court blows away cloud PVRs

Australia’s Federal Court has decided that personal video recorders in the cloud violate (PVRs) sporting groups’ copyright.
Simon Sharwood, 27 Apr 2012
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Ghost of HTML5 future: Web browser botnets

B-Sides HTML5 will allow web designers to pull off tricks that were previously only possible with Adobe Flash or convoluted JavaScript. But the technology, already widely supported by web browsers, creates plenty of opportunities for causing mischief.
John Leyden, 27 Apr 2012
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The Big Reg data centre survey

When it comes to data centres, we know that most of you think they are pretty modern and up to date, although some tweaking wouldn’t go amiss. We also know that many of you have started consolidating servers by using virtualisation to make better use of your existing kit – and a fair number of you think that you’ve got about as much out of this as you can.
Phil Mitchell, 27 Apr 2012
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'We're going to have a renaissance – let's do it'

Quotw This was the week when it looked like the case against Megaupload and Kim Dotcom could be brought to its knees on the mere technicality that the site had never been served with papers in the US.
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Arcam rPac

Accessory of the Week Arcam’s rPac is a digital-to-analogue converter (DAC) and headphone amp designed for anyone who listens to music on a computer.
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The shortest Google Drive review you'll read today

Comment Google notified your humble Reg scribe that Google Drive for the Mac was ready. It installed and promptly crashed.
Chris Mellor, 27 Apr 2012
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FTC hires hotshot lawyer for Google antitrust probe

Google could face court action over its business practices, after the US consumer watchdog – the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) – appeared to step up its antitrust scrutiny of the company on Thursday.
Kelly Fiveash, 27 Apr 2012

MIT boffins play BUILDING-SIZED Tetris

HPC blog This is one of those stories that just makes me grin and giggle (not a simpering, girlish giggle, but a strong, manly giggle). In their latest display of technical hackery, MIT students built a Tetris game that uses an entire building as the game board.
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Steve Jobs' death clears way for Broadway star to play Woz

Sticking with their casting policy of picking actors-who-look-quite-a-lot-like-the-character, the makers of the Steve Jobs biopic are in talks with tubby TV funnyman Josh Gad for the part of Steve Wozniak.
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Barclaycard site falls over, web payments impossible

Barclaycard customers trying to buy things online have found that their cards don't work. The Barclaycard problems started at 6pm yesterday and are still dragging on.
Anna Leach, 27 Apr 2012
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Nintendo: PS3 rules Europe, Xbox tops US

Nintendo told investors last night that Sony's PlayStation 3 is leading the race in European console adoption, with the number of units snapped up exceeding sales of its own 3DS handheld, as well as those of Microsoft's Xbox 360.
Caleb Cox, 27 Apr 2012
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Computer nostalgia is 10 PRINT 'BOLLOCKS'

Something for the Weekend, Sir? "The music is reversible but time is not. Turn back! Turn back! Turn back! Turn back!"
Alistair Dabbs, 27 Apr 2012
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Gigantic lava spirals wreck Mars ice valley theory

A boffin-in-training has discovered huge snail-like coils of lava on Mars that suggest the flow of molten rock formed valleys on the surface rather than ice.
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Samsung... no, Apple... no, Samsung tops Q1 smartphone sales chart

Here's a classic case of why you shouldn't rely entirely on market watchers: two of them yesterday claimed different phone makers top the world smartphone charts.
Tony Smith, 27 Apr 2012
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Standing NEXT to an HTML coder is like standing NEXT TO GOD

¡Bong! ”The New Aesthetic has the ‘scenius’ of London’s Silicon Roundabout to support it. These people are working creatives of Bridle’s generation, with their networked tentacles sunk deep in interaction design, literature, fashion and architecture. If you wanted a creative movement whose logo is a Predator supported by glossy, multicolored toy balloons, London would be its natural launchpad.” – Bruce Sterling
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Panasonic touts monster 8k by 4k 'flickerless' plasma

Panasonic has revealed it will produce a 145in plasma screen with a resolution of 7680 x 4320, the world's first 8k display not to require a backlight, apparently.
Caleb Cox, 27 Apr 2012
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Ubuntu 12.04 LTS: Like it or not, this Linux grows on you

Review Ubuntu 12.04, the fourth major Long Term Support (LTS) release for Ubuntu, is serious stuff. LTS editions of Ubuntu are delivered every two years and have extended support from Canonical. They also set the look of the coming years' releases. And this LTS, codenamed Precise Pangolin, has had its support extended from three to five years by Canonical.
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Inside Turing: Computer boffinry to cuffing cups to radiators

The National Museum of Computing celebrated the upcoming centenary of the birth of Alan Turing with a lecture at Bletchley Park on Thursday night. The event, Turing and his Times, is the second of three Turing-themed events linking three of the top computing museums in the world*.
John Leyden, 27 Apr 2012
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James May 'hologram' raves about old tech at Science Museum

Pictures Top Gear presenter James May has been transformed into a floating chatterbox spectre that hovers next to exhibits in the London Science Museum.
Anna Leach, 27 Apr 2012
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Microsoft squashes Hotmail password hijack bug

Microsoft has smacked down a Hotmail bug that allowed hackers to lock users out of their own accounts.
Anna Leach, 27 Apr 2012
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Shock sales surge sends Amazon shares soaring

Amazon shares rose at least 16 per cent in pre-market trading today after the etailing giant reported a lift in first quarter revenue.
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Europe seals air passenger name-swap deal with US

A contentious new deal allowing the European Union to swap airline passenger information with US officials has been agreed by EU interior ministers.
Kelly Fiveash, 27 Apr 2012
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Sony planned Xperia Play with dual keyboard design

Sony has flirted with the idea of an Xperia Play-style handset that features both a gamepad and a physical keyboard pieced together through two sliding drawers tucked behind the phone's display.
Caleb Cox, 27 Apr 2012
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Betting on Box in a SkyDrive and Google Drive world

Open ... and Shut As the desktop is consumed by the rising tablet market, the file system as we know it is doomed. No, we won't suddenly lose the need to keep track of files and folders. But how we do so is undergoing a dramatic shift.
Matt Asay, 27 Apr 2012
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Samsung overtakes Nokia, Apple in mobile handset race

Samsung has overtaken Nokia in phone handset shipments according to Q1 2012 figures from analysts.
Bill Ray, 27 Apr 2012
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Zynga shares wobble as biz bleeds $85.4m in Q1

Freshly public online gaming outfit Zynga reported a first quarter net loss of $85.4m to Wall Street yesterday.
Kelly Fiveash, 27 Apr 2012
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Cure IT ills with a holistic approach to management

When systems are implemented and managed in isolation, it can be difficult to get an end-to-end view of how they interact.
Tony Lock, 27 Apr 2012
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Elgamal, Marlinspike join dream team tackling SSL screw-ups

Infosec 2012 A non-profit organisation has brought together a team of experts to tackle SSL governance and implementation issues and promote best practice.
John Leyden, 27 Apr 2012
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Space-cadet Schwartz blows chunks out of Oracle's Java suit

Analysis Google unveiled its secret weapon against Oracle this week: Jonathan Schwartz.
Andrew Orlowski, 27 Apr 2012
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Apple fanboi offers to change name to get WWDC ticket

A crazed Apple fanboi has offered to change his name by deed poll to the name of whoever will sell him a ticket to the Apple dev conference in June.
Anna Leach, 27 Apr 2012

Shuttle Enterprise comes home to New York

It's not every day NASA does a flyby for us, but the El Reg space desk pulled a few strings with the Obama Administration to have Space Shuttle Enterprise do her final flight into New York harbor and up the Hudson River and down again on a chilly and cloudy morning right over the head of the New York bureau.
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Redmond man unmasked: UK.gov open standards stalled

Updated The government has had to delay closure of talks on open standards in public sector IT following what it called a "conflict of interest" involving a Microsoft consultant.
Gavin Clarke, 27 Apr 2012
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Google to FCC: Protecting Street View coder didn't derail probe

Google has claimed to the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that protecting the identity of the engineer responsible for the Street View data slurp had no consequence on the watchdog's investigation.
Kelly Fiveash, 27 Apr 2012
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WD soaked in sales cash bonanza after Thai flood hell

Western Digital, the world's number two hard drive vendor, is bouncing back after Thai floods wiped out disk assembly lines - but not quite enough to grab Seagate's crown.
Chris Mellor, 27 Apr 2012
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iPhone 5 in ICE CREAM SANDWICH photo riddle

Pic An eagle-eyed Reg reader has sent this shocking reveal of the iPhone 5 on a billboard in China, but it's all confused.
Team Register, 27 Apr 2012
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Intuit ups SMB cloud credentials with Demandforce buy

With the US tax season largely out of the way Intuit, makers of Quicken and TurboTax financial software, has paid $425m for SaaS marketing operation Demandforce to make a bigger play for the lucrative SMB cloud sector.
Iain Thomson, 27 Apr 2012