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Astronomers provide new estimate for neutrino mass

The WiggleZ sky survey, which last year announced that its map of 240,000 galaxies provided strong evidence for “dark energy”, has now formed the basis for a new estimate of neutrino mass.
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Jury mulls verdict in Oracle-v-Google Java spat

The jury in the copyright trial between Oracle and Google over the use of Java in Android has retired to consider its verdict after closing arguments from both sides.
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Internode pollinates on iiNet DSLAM gear

iiNet-owned ISP Internode is leveraging its parent’s infrastructure investment and offering ADSL2+ services across an additional 240 exchanges through Australia. The residential service, Easy Broadband, will now be carried across the iiNet network which more than doubles the number of exchanges that can deliver Internode Easy Broadband services from 208 to 450.
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Dell's rapier-thin PowerEdge M420 to render Hobbits?

Dell has disclosed a few more details of the rapier-thin PowerEdge M420 server we spotted back in February.
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Terrorists 'build secure VoIP over GPRS network'

Terror group Lashkar-e-Taiba has developed its own VoIP network that connects its members over GPRS networks, according to the Times of India.
Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook

Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook

Review Having been in the hardware reviewing game for more years than I care to mention - cue the violins - I have looked at a huge number of notebooks claiming to be both thin and light.
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Blighty's IP framework one of world's worst for consumers

A "panel of IP experts" devised a list of 49 criteria that consumer groups in 30 countries used to assess how best the IP frameworks in those nations serve consumers. Consumers International (CI), which is a global campaign group for consumers with members including Which? and Consumer Focus in the UK, published (8-page / 1.36MB PDF) how the countries were rated in a new "watchlist".

Met seeks new £200m command-and-control system

The Metropolitan police is seeking a deal to implement a new command-and-control system.

EMC's Project Thunder stuffs Lightning in a box

EMC's Project Thunder is boxing up VFCache PCIe flash cards and networking it to servers.
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iTunes fanbois outraged by Apple's sex-life quiz probe

Apple iTunes users are peeved at being made to answer a three-part questionnaire about their cars and where they had their first kiss as part of a compulsory security regime.
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Ultimate simulator to streak into living rooms next month

Avid fans of simulators may want to save their wages - and then some - for the TL1 Racing Flight and FPS Simulator, which shoots into (large) living rooms this June.
Caleb Cox, 01 2012

Dell fending off EMC's maintenance push

Customers who bought EMC kit from Dell before the pair dissolved their relationship are not flooding back to the storage specialist for their support needs, according to Steve Schuckenbrock, President of Dell's services operation.
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Nympho hauled to loon-cooler after serial bonkathon brutality

A Munich nymphomaniac is languishing in hospital under psychiatric observation after two men suffered extended sexual ordeals at the hands of the rampant temptress.

VCs pour $80m into Violin, hope for shower of gold later

Venture capitalists have been fighting to get a slice of hot flash startup Violin Memory, which announced a $50m D-round of funding in March. That turned into an $80m injection because GE Asset Management Fund and other VCs wanted a piece of the action. Why this VC frenzy?
Apple iPad 3 aka new iPad

America, China go ape for tablets

Count tablets as personal computers and already fondleslabs account for almost a fifth of the world PC market.
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UK ad watchdog probes Apple iPad '4G' boasts

The UK's advertising watchdog is taking another look at Apple's "4G" claims for its new iPad after receiving fresh complaints.
Samsung Series 7 Chronos 17 laptop

Samsung unwraps 17in Ivy Bridge beast

Apple may be considering an end to the production of 17in desktop-replacement laptops, but Samsung isn't. It just announced the 17.3in Series 7 Chronos 17.
Hard Reg, 01 2012

Microsoft hikes volume prices by more than a third

Microsoft will ramp up the cost of volume licensing by as much as a third from the start of July when it aligns list prices across Europe to the Euro currency.

Intel bakes palm-sized Core i5 NUC to rival Raspberry Pi

Pictures and details of a stripped-back ultra-compact desktop computer from Intel have hit the web.
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Android App of the Week Textgram is another app designed to differentiate your digital self from the masses, in this case by letting you send graphically enhanced missives as MMS messages, or as pictures to your social network.

Micro Anvika shutters stores, axes staff in fight for life

Troubled Tottenham Court Road retailer Micro Anvika's short-term future is looking more secure after suppliers gave its proposed rescue package the thumbs up.

Gov IT supermarket G-Cloud will cost £4.93m, says Maude

The British government has published numbers on the cost of G-Cloud and Cloudstore and the savings the public sector ICT procurement framework is expected to make.

Want to be a better marksman? Play shooting games

Gamers who play shooting games have improved accuracy when firing a weapon in real life, a new study has found. They're also more likely to aim for the head, apparently.
Caleb Cox, 01 2012
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Now on Freeview HD: Olympic arts channel that's tough to watch

Freeview HD got a new channel this morning, which will be filled with events from the Cultural Olympiad as well as the occasional Hitchcock film and the usual arts nonsense.
Bill Ray, 01 2012
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Boffins bone up on rover skills as Curiosity speeds to Mars

There are now fewer than a hundred days until the Mars rover Curiosity tries to touch down on the surface of the Red Planet - and boffins at the Jet Propulsion Lab are polishing up their remote driving skills.
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Fujitsu inks £50m deal to lay 'gigabit' cable for telco CityFibre

Fujitsu has inked an engineering deal worth £50m with CityFibre Holdings to roll out cabling on behalf of the telco.
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Phone-hack saga: Murdoch 'not fit' to run News Corp, blast MPs

Rupert Murdoch is "not fit" to run a multinational corporation after demonstrating "wilful blindness" in his handling of the phone-hacking affair, which killed off his company's 168-year-old Sunday tabloid News of the World, MPs concluded today.
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Groupon appoints ace financial duo to its board

Groupon has added two financial experts to its board in a bid to do its accounting right, although investors don't seem too cheered yet.
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Google Street View Wi-Fi data slurper named

The 'Engineer Doe', who designed Google's Street View Wi-Fi software to collect personal data, has been named by an American newspaper.
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Advanced Computer Software gobbles Fabric Technologies

Advanced Computer Software Group has acquired London-based services reseller Fabric Technologies for £4.6m in cash.
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Ten-year .co.uk domain names now available

From today it is possible to register or renew .co.uk domain names in annual blocks of up to 10 years at a time, following policy changes at .uk registry manager Nominet.
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Google, PayPal protest against Brits' pay-by-bonk threesome

Google and PayPal have reportedly been whispering to the EU that allowing the UK operators to band together and promote NFC payments would be anticompetitive and shouldn't be allowed.
Bill Ray, 01 2012
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Zuckerberg: Now share your organs with Facebook friends

Facebook is about "connecting and sharing" - especially now it can help you donate your internal organs, Mark Zuckerberg announced today.

Arrow profits quiver as Q1 sales misfire

Arrow Electronics' Q1 profits have been derailed by restructuring charges and weaker than expected sales of components in Europe and Asia.

Hard-up Europe snubs slabs as US, Asia snap up gear

Almost one in five personal computers shipped globally in the opening three months of 2012 were tablets, market stats from bean counter Canalys reveals.
Sega Toylet

Sega squirts urinal game console onto shop shelves

Sega's videogame business hit a 'new flow' this week when the firm pushed its urinal games terminal, the Toylet, out into retail in Japan.
Caleb Cox, 01 2012
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Biennial boner blights Beemer biker

A California man is suing BMW and custom motorbike saddle maker Corbin-Pacific for an epic stiffie which he insists was caused by a "ridge-like" seat fitted to his wheels.

HTC peeves punters with One X woes

HTC's new flagship smartphone, the One X, is apparently dogged by issues, with annoyed customers venting their frustration over faults from burning smells to flickering screens.
Caleb Cox, 01 2012
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Microsoft storage boffins serve up smoking 2012 NFS server

Sysadmin blog Developed by Sun, NFS version 2 was published as an IETF standard. Sun guarded NFS development for nearly two decades before handing protocol guardianship over the ITEF for version 4. This openness fueled adoption by the major UNIX vendors, even though most had their own competing protocols.
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LG: We're not walking away from Windows Phone

LG is denying it has lost interest in Windows Phone following reports in the Korea Herald which claimed an "insignificant" number of Microsoft-bearing handsets had been sold.
Bill Ray, 01 2012
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RIM takes BlackBerry 10 out for a spin, forgets to bring phone

Video RIM's latest CEO has been showing off what its next OS, BlackBerry 10, will do, although without any hardware it's hard to be impressed by a touchscreen keyboard.
Bill Ray, 01 2012
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BlackBerry 10 developer kit aims to unleash application tsunami

RIM has marked the start of its BlackBerry World conference by announcing the release of the developer kit for the much-delayed BlackBerry 10 operating system and handing out crippled prototype handsets that should go on sale by the end of the year.
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Are Valley VCs playing hide-the-money?

Open... and Shut Nick Bilton has written a hard-hitting expose of an alleged trend in venture capital, accusing venture capitalists of encouraging portfolio companies to forgo sales to allow them to fabricate inflated valuations based on hype and a prayer. The only problem with the article is that it doesn't appear to be true.
Matt Asay, 01 2012

Permabit flashes enterprise SDK at mystery partner

Funky array startup Violin Memory is apparently adding deduplication to its memory array, and it could be licensing Permabit's Albireo technology to do it.
Acer AB blade chassis and servers

New standard test of Big Data bang per system buck rolls out

There's a new big data benchmark in town: TPC-DS.
How Microsoft sees Skype

Skype slurping software threatens IP exposure

Code posted online that can skim the last known IP address of users is being checked out by Skype as a possible security flaw.
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Uni preps facility to build bionic eye chips

The University of NSW (UNSW) is trumpeting an advance in its contribution to Australia’s “bionic eye” project, opening a fabrication facility to underpin the development effort.
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Aus lags in cloud wave

Cloud computing could be the life line for dwindling ICT expenditure at the top end of town, according to a new report from KPMG.
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Intergalactic speed demon stars bid Milky Way farewell

It takes a lot to kick a star out of a galaxy, but a group of Vanderbilt University astronomers say they’ve found a group of more than 675 stars that look like they’re headed for the exit door.