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Nokia still has a patent business

Nokia may have been dethroned in handset sales supremacy but in terms of reaping in royalties, the vendor continues on a sweet ride.
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Study finds water cycle accelerating with warming

Climate models are inaccurate, but not in a comforting way: that’s the conclusion of an ocean salinity study conducted by CSIRO and the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, which indicates that changes in the water cycle are running faster than models predicted.
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Tabcorp bets on IPTV

Australian betting giant Tabcorp is ramping up its IPTV connectivity in significant deals with Akamai and Kit Digital as it expands its streaming media and integrated betting applications globally.
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Wind farms create local warming

Wind farms heat up their local environment, creating an effect similar to the urban heat islands generated by cities’ intensive energy use.
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Optus’ free broadband: the details

Optus’ new “free broadband” offers are a little more complex than the “free” headline would have you believe.
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Beijing removes all online mentions of fleeing activist Chen

China’s online censorship machine flew into overdrive at the weekend to remove all mention of blind human rights lawyer Chen Guangcheng, who fled house arrest and is reportedly now under protection in the US embassy in Beijing.
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Judge delays decision in key web freedom case

An online news editor facing up to 20 years in a Thai prison for failing to delete quickly enough comments on the site insulting the royal family has had her case postponed again as webmasters in the country wait nervously on the outcome.
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Thais have a taste for tablets after flood chaos

The global supply chain may at last be recovering from widespread floods which hit Thailand at the end of last year but for consumer electronics retailers and manufacturers in the country the market remains pretty unstable, according to the latest figures from market watcher GFK.
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Expert: UK would break its own rules with web-snoop law

The UK government will have to create a new exemption to the rules for processing sensitive personal data in order to facilitate any new "fast-track mechanism" for data-sharing by its departments and public bodies, an expert has said.
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HP and Epic 'preferred bidders' for UK eHospital plan

Cambridge University Hospitals and Papworth Hospital NHS foundation trusts have named HP and Epic as preferred bidders for the implemenation of a common technology platform, including the deployment of an electronic patient record system (EPR).
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Server flash-pusher Fusion-io is running out of steam

Fusion-io is something of a contradiction. If it's so hot why isn't it making bucketloads of cash? That's the question that comes to mind after hearing hot server flash product market Fusion-io reported a loss of almost $5m in its third fiscal 2012 quarter.
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Windows Phone 7 'not fit for big biz ... unlike Android, iOS'

B-Sides Window Phone 7 is not yet fit for enterprise deployments, according to an application security expert.
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Lenovo signs with C2000, plots SME assault

PC firm Lenovo has inked a distie deal with Tech Data's UK subsidiary Computer 2000 in a bid to sniff out prospective small biz customers.
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Descriptive Camera develops text instead of images

A camera for the blind sounds almost as pointless as a comb for baldies or a pedal-powered wheelchair, yet with the Descriptive Camera - a snapper that chronicles an image in text - the possibility seems less absurd.
Caleb Cox, 30 2012
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Griffin Helo TC Assault

Geek Treat of the Week Griffin’s Helo TC Assault helicopter is the latest version of its app-powered chopper.
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LG readies Dropbox, iCloud alternative

Samsung is expected to launch a cloud-based sync'n'store service for its smartphones soon, but arch-rival LG has got there ahead of it.
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YouView: You're delayed - Sugar

The YouView set-top box won’t be on sale in time for the Olympics, according to a report. Baron Sugar of Clapton, aka Alan Sugar, the chairman of the consortium, doesn’t deem the technology ready for prime time.
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Half of UK smart TV owners don't know what the 'smart' bit is for

More bad news for TV makers and smart-telly fans: only a third of Brits planning to buy a smart TV are doing so to make use of its internet connectivity.
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Freed Facebook hack Brit vents fury at $200k cleanup claim

A UK man jailed for hacking into Facebook has vowed to rebuild his life – and his reputation – after winning an appeal against his sentence.
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Revealed: Inside super-soaraway Pinterest's virtual data centre

It's every startup's dream: to be growing faster than Facebook without having to build a Facebook-sized server farm.
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Woz says Windows Phone 'sets the mark' for mobile UI

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has again voiced support for Cupertino's rivals, this time professing his admiration for Microsoft's Windows Phone platform. He believes is "sets the mark for user interface".
Caleb Cox, 30 2012
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Hosting firm suffers 'innocent' intrusion after billing system hacked

Web-hosting firm eUKHost has been hacked by Pakistani hacking team UrduHack, which appeared to have gained access to its billing system.
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Boffins cross atom-smasher streams, 'excited' beauty pops into being

Topflight scientists operating vast, difficult-to-comprehend machines located in an underground cavern laboratory say that an "excited beauty" has been called into existence after they crossed the streams emanating from two unprecedentedly powerful particle accelerators.
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Relationship between private and public cloud

Tech Panel We were really surprised by the positive sentiment that surfaced in relation to private cloud during our recent survey on the topic. The stark contrast between this and the mixed reaction we usually get when asking readers about public cloud was very noticeable, and the differences too great to be accounted for by the bias we might expect from an IT pro audience worrying about hosted services being a threat to job security.
Dale Vile, 30 2012
Lenovo U300s Ultrabook

Lenovo U300s Ultrabook

Review A body made from a single piece of aluminium. Uh-huh. A case held shut with magnets. Righty. A multi-gesture trackpad with a glass surface. Ohhh-kayyy, I think I can see what's happening here.
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Bank dumps customers in 'irrigation ditch'

It's clear that things are pretty rough in Spain, but we wonder if it's really necessary for banking monolith La Caixa to rub its customers' noses in it.
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LOHAN enjoys a silicone lightbulb moment

We've been beavering away on the Rocketry Experimental High Altitude Barosimulator (REHAB) element of our Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) mission, and last week enjoyed a lightbulb moment as to how to create a decent seal between the metal hypobaric chamber and the glass lid.
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Star Wars set to expand into Disneyland

Disneyland Paris is said to be working on a new Star Wars zone that'll include a Jedi Academy and even a Mos Eisley Cantina restaurant.
Caleb Cox, 30 2012
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Foxconn daddy's shares slip on weak Q1 profit

Foxconn's parent company Hon Hai's shares dropped 7 per cent today after it announced weaker profits than expected in the first quarter.
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Google KNEW Street View cars were slurping Wi-Fi

Google knew its Street View cars were slurping personal data from private Wi-Fi routers for three years before the story broke in April 2010.
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Welsh NHS fined £70k for patient psych file leak blunder

The UK's Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has slapped its first fine on the NHS after a mental health patient's file was leaked in an email gaffe.
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What smaller businesses should look for in cloud software

Cloud services – particularly software as a service, or SaaS – ought to be an obvious option for a smaller business.
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Google's latest webspam crusade 'breaks' search results

Google's latest search engine algorithm update – dubbed Penguin – is proving to be something of a dud, according to website owners not happy with the latest tweak.
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LightSquared founder Falcone steps aside on creditor's orders

Philip Falcone, the force behind wannabie network operator LightSquared, has stepped aside in exchange for delaying bankruptcy by a week while a longer extension is negotiated.
Bill Ray, 30 2012
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The truth about Apple's mind-boggling low tax rate

Analysis The New York Times has revealed, as a simple matter of fact, that Apple's cash-paid tax rate for 2011 was only 9.8 per cent.
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Everything Everywhere rolls out the 4G astroturf

Everything Everywhere's attempt to garner public backing for its UK monopoly on 4G launched to angry responses today. EE has promised to inject £75bn into Blighty's economy if only the regulator would stand aside.
Bill Ray, 30 2012
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BT to swing axe at sales account managers – sources

Staff at BT Engage IT are bracing themselves for further redundancies amid talk of a shift away from traditional reselling to managed services.
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Microsoft stuffs $300m into Nook, bolts B&N app to Windows 8

Microsoft has made a big push into ereaders today by pumping $300m into the makers of the Nook tablet - bookseller and Amazon arch-rival Barnes & Noble.
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Nokia, private equity chat about €200m bling phone firm sale

Nokia's plan to sell off Vertu, its subsidiary that makes handsets for folk with so much money they don't even need sense, emerged back in December 2011. Now it looks like the sale may go ahead.
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Judge: Big Five ISPs must block The Pirate Bay

As expected, the High Court has ordered British ISPs to block access to The Pirate Bay. Five ISPs – Virgin Media, TalkTalk, BSkyB, Everything Everywhere and Telefonica – are involved in this case, which was brought by nine record labels.

Boy wrecks £22k worth of MacBooks by weeing on them

An 11-year-old boy has been charged with vandalism after relieving himself on a cartful of Apple MacBooks at school, causing $36,000 (£22,170) worth of damage.
Caleb Cox, 30 2012
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Visa Europe muscles in to UK cloudy wallet market

Visa Europe is filling in some of the details behind the logo it launched last year, scheduling a autumn launch for its cloud-based wallet as the payment war heats up.
Bill Ray, 30 2012
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BT missing from Pirate Bay High Court slap-down

BT has been granted more time to respond to an order to block The Pirate Bay that was handed down by the UK's High Court in London late on Friday afternoon.
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Zunicore adds GPUs to clouds

Zunicore, the cloudy infrastructure division of Peer 1 Hosting, is going ceepie-geepie hybrid and making its cloud suitable for parallel supercomputing workloads that are goosed by GPU coprocessors.
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Over 1,200 dot-word bids flood ICANN at $180k a pop

Web baron ICANN has braced itself for at least 1,200 applications for new top-level internet domains in the first round of its controversial gTLD expansion programme.
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Cedexis helps admins fight performance anxiety

If you are shopping around for cloudy infrastructure or content delivery network providers, you probably experience a certain amount of performance anxiety while you're haggling. Even if you get a good price for compute, storage, or network capacity, you can't know how various services are performing until you have made your commitments... unless you use the tools developed by Cedexis, which has just put out a freebie portal into the data it gathers every day about the performance of the major ISPs, clouds, and CDNs.
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Fusion-io's flash drill threatens to burst Violin's pipes

Blocks and Files NoSQL database supplier Couchbase says it is tweaking its key-value storage server to hook into Fusion-io's PCIe flash ioMemory products - caching the hottest data in RAM and storing lukewarm info in flash. Couchbase will use the ioMemory SDK to bypass the host operating system's IO subsystems and buffers to drill straight into the flash cache.
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SpaceX test-fires Falcon 9 rocket as Dragon sleeps

NASA and SpaceX have confirmed that the new launch date for the blastoff of the Dragon cargo capsule to the International Space Station will be 7 May.
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At last: Violin to push out HANA appliance

We should be seeing HANA running on a Violin Memory platform, a HANA appliance, probably within 60 days. This is a forthcoming Violin Memory array using TLC flash with embedded servers running SAP's HANA in-memory database.
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Red Hat opens up OpenShift platform cloud

As it promised it would, commercial Linux distributor Red Hat has opened up the source code for its OpenShift platform-as-a-cloud service.
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EU plans summer launch for Optimis cloud toolkit

An EU-funded project to develop open source cloud deployment tools for business will be ready for launch in June.
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Yahoo! tacks! two! more! patents! onto! Facebook lawsuit!

Yahoo! has slapped two more patents onto its list of grievances against Facebook in their patent battle, while denying the social network's claims and accusing it of not playing fair.
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WA sex criminals get tracked by satellite

The West Australian government will use satellite tracking technology to monitor dangerous sex offenders.
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Australia 'needs' powers to ensure net neutrality

Australia needs to change media policy for the digital age, because current arrangements “have outlived their purpose” and “now run the risk of inhibiting the evolution of communications and media services".
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UK Ministry of Defence eyes GPS patent payoff

A British patent is causing jitter in the GPS community, as the Ministry of Defence looking to satellite navigation vendors for royalties.

Moore's Law has ten years to run, predicts physicist

Renowned theoretical physicist Michio Kaku has predicted Moore's Law will run out of steam within the next ten years as silicon designs run up against the laws of physics.
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Nvidia: What would you do with a petaflops super?

Nvidia is being a tease, but your good idea could land you with a Telsa GPU coprocessor based on the future "Kepler" GPU chip.
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RuggedCom will block industrial control backdoor

A year after it was first discovered, a backdoor in industrial networking kit from Canadian RuggedCom is to be fixed – sometime soon.