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Black hole swallows star in GALACTIC SUPER-GUZZLE!

With billions of galaxies to choose from, it shouldn’t be hard to catch, but it is. Astronomers are celebrating after capturing the whole sequence of a star falling into a supermassive black hole.
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EA unplugs Rock Band for iOS

The iOS version of Rock Band will go out of tune forever on May 31.
Simon Sharwood, 03 May 2012
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Software functionality not subject to copyright: EU court

In a far-reaching decision for the software industry, the European Court of Justice has decided that the functionality of software – as distinct from the actual code – is not covered by copyright.
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Pilots asking not to fly F-22 after oxygen problems

Some of the US Air Force's top pilots are asking not to fly the highest-tech aircraft in the fleet over fears about the safety of the oxygen system built into the F-22 Raptor.
Iain Thomson, 03 May 2012
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Facebook's new Open Compute V2 servers

Now that Intel and AMD have finally launched their respective Xeon E5-5600 and Opteron 6200 processors for two-socket servers, the Open Compute Project, a foundation created by Facebook to open source its data center technologies, can finally divulge the feeds and speeds of the Open Compute V2 machines.
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Why embossed credit cards are here to stay

Embossed numbers on credit cards are here to stay, and probably for a very long time, say the big three credit card issuers.
Simon Sharwood, 03 May 2012
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Google unleashes BigQuery analytics tool

Do you have a few hundred million rows of data that need sorting?
Simon Sharwood, 03 May 2012
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European Space Agency heads for Jupiter's moons

The European Space Agency has decided against pursuing the New Gravitational wave Observatory (NGO) the Advanced Telescope for High-Energy Astrophysics (ATHENA) and will instead head for Jupiter with a craft dubbed the Jupiter Icy moons Explorer - or JUICE for short.
Simon Sharwood, 03 May 2012
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SnapGuide

iOS App of the Week There are zillions of ‘how to’ apps that provide expert – or not-so-expert – advice on pretty much any topic you care to name. However, SnapGuide is a free app that puts you in the driving seat and allows you to share your know-how and wisdom with the rest of the world.
Cliff Joseph, 03 May 2012
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Wayward footballer turns to iPod cure

Australian Rules footballer Sam Reid of the Sydney Swans may turn to technology in an attempt to repair his wayward kicking.
Simon Sharwood, 03 May 2012
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RIM wakes up woozy in Australia

Research In Motion's attempts to remind Australians that its phones can be quite useful for business have rebounded on the embattled company.
Simon Sharwood, 03 May 2012
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Office 365 in the real world

Live today Today at 11am BST The Register’s Lucy Sheriff will be joined by Julian Elve, of The Schools Network, to talk about his recent Office 365 migration.
Team Register, 03 May 2012
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HP: Our 3PAR kit can cram twice as many VMs into your server

HP is so confident its 3PAR storage arrays will double a server's virtual machine count that it's guaranteeing it - and will pay for any extra 3PAR storage needed beyond what it replaces to get to the 2x VM count number.
Chris Mellor, 03 May 2012
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BSkyB boss: 'I don't work for Rupert Murdoch, remember'

The boss of BSkyB isn't Rupert Murdoch despite what many might think. Today the UK broadcaster and telco reminded the world of that fact as it attempted to distance itself from the 81-year-old media mogul, who has been labelled by MPs as being "not fit" to run a multinational outfit.
Kelly Fiveash, 03 May 2012
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Britain prepares for government by iPad

MPs may have had their heavy parliamentary drinking habits curtailed, but the 650 politicos occupying the Palace of Westminster might be cheered by the fact that they will soon be issued with their very own fondleslab.
Kelly Fiveash, 03 May 2012

Pentos Systems goes titsup

UPDATED Hampshire-based reseller Pentos Systems has given up the ghost and called in the administrators after nearly 20 years in business.
Paul Kunert, 03 May 2012
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Telly is becoming moving wallpaper for constantly online Brits

Wiggin's gigantic annual media survey is out and, as ever, the results are full of intriguing figures covering everything from fondleslabs to filth.
Andrew Orlowski, 03 May 2012
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NHS trust goes 100% over IT budget in patient records rollout cockup

North Bristol NHS trust has confirmed it has overspent on its IT budget by almost 100 per cent in recent months as a consequence of the rollout of its Cerner electronic patient record (EPR) system.
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Hampshire council throws BYOD party, hires extra security

Hampshire county council is to begin rolling out a bring your own device (BYOD) scheme later this year.
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Praise for slick six's entries in dirty snaps compo

On 14 April we had old computer buffs salivating over our dirty snaps puzzle, and now we can celebrate the top six Reg readers who sent in their answers to the puzzle.
Chris Mellor, 03 May 2012
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Beyond the macro jockies: Salesforce lures devs with Java juggle

Salesforce is growing: just not enough or in the right direction, it seems. The company that started life serving up customer relationship management (CRM) as a service to the suits is now reaching out to real coders.
Gavin Clarke, 03 May 2012
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Everything Everywhere flexes 4G muscles at Ofcom, rivals

Everything Everywhere switched on another 4G trial network yesterday, proving that it has the radio spectrum and the political support to deploy the high-speed mobile broadband standard in Blighty - if only the pesky regulator would let it.
Bill Ray, 03 May 2012
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Scotland Yard officers cuff ex-cop in latest police bung probe

A retired special ops detective has been arrested by officers investigating allegations of illegal payments to police in relation to an ongoing inquiry into the phone-hacking scandal that has swamped Rupert Murdoch's British newspaper business.
Kelly Fiveash, 03 May 2012
Nokia

Nokia: 'hybrid' mobiles will save us

Nokia is working on "hybrid" mobile devices and harbours the hope that future tablets, fresh form-factors and cross-breed tech will turn around the Finnish phone giant's handset business.
Caleb Cox, 03 May 2012
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Oracle: HP settlement is 'not going to happen'

An Oracle attorney has said that the company won't be settling with HP in the lawsuit over the Itanium processor, after the judge denied both their motions to summarily hand over the win to them.
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ARM creators Sophie Wilson and Steve Furber

Unsung Heroes of Tech The Story so Far At Acorn, Sophie Wilson and Steve Furber have designed the BBC Micro, basing the machine on the ageing MOS 6502 processor. Their next challenge: to choose the CPU for the popular micro's successor. Now read on...
Chris Bidmead, 03 May 2012
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TVonics, RNIB launch speech-synthesising DVR

Set-top box maker TVonics has equipped its 500GB DTR-HD500 Freeview HD recorder with text-to-speech tech, the better to help blind and partially sighted folk enjoy what's been on the box.
Hard Reg, 03 May 2012
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GCHQ's spy death riddle shines light on UK hacker war

British intelligence agent Dr Gareth Williams’ last mission before he was “unlawfully killed” was to infiltrate and report on US hacker meetings, evidence given at his inquest this week has indicated.
Duncan Campbell, 03 May 2012
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O2 drops Joggler family tablet

O2 is severing support for its 7in Linux-based tablet, the Joggler, at the end of the month.
Tony Smith, 03 May 2012
Symantec quarterly results to Q4 fy2012

Symantec: Big as ever... just not growing

Symantec earned a staggering amount of money in its latest quarter but is stuck fast at a $1.6 to $1.7bn quarterly revenue level, seemingly unable to grow.
Chris Mellor, 03 May 2012
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Insight biz tremor topples EMEA operating profits

Insight Enterprises saw EMEA operating profits decline by nearly a third in Q1 largely due to restructuring charges.
Paul Kunert, 03 May 2012
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London Olympics 'not immune' to cyber attack

Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude has warned that the London Olympics will not be immune to cyber attack.
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Microsoft mulls phone-style contracts for Xbox

Microsoft has plans for a subscription package that'll offer customers an Xbox 360 console and Kinect add-on, as well as access to the Xbox Live Gold service and media content, for a monthly fee.
Caleb Cox, 03 May 2012
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Star Trek's Wesley Crusher blasts Google+ landgrab

A former Star Trek: The Next Generation actor, who is plastered all over the internet, has blasted Google for trying to force people into signing up to its social network.
Kelly Fiveash, 03 May 2012
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Virgin Media cuts Pirate Bay access for millions of punters

Virgin Media has become the first major telco in Blighty to implement a court order blocking access to notorious BitTorrent search website The Pirate Bay.
Kelly Fiveash, 03 May 2012
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UK's new drivers now in safe hands... of laser-wielding robots

Secure token biz Gemalto has landed the contract to print the next 80 million identity documents for the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA), including next-gen driving licences to be deployed next year.
Bill Ray, 03 May 2012
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Crazy old black hole's X-ray ultra-belch makes galaxy blush

A powerful blast of X-rays - equivalent to the energy emitted by a MILLION Suns - has been fired out of a black hole in the spiral galaxy M83, lighting up the space around it.
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Botnet army flicks 'off' switch at UK crime agency website

The UK's Serious Organised Crime Agency's website has been taken offline following a DDoS attack that started last night and is still going on.
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Man sues pr0n starlet after Twitter rejection

When you follow someone on Twitter, only for them to not return the favour, are you left with a feeling of rejection? Does it rile you up into a vengeful fit of rage?
Caleb Cox, 03 May 2012
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Glider pilot 'swallowed camera memory' say plunge tragedy cops

A hang-gliding pilot who allegedly ate a memory card from a video camera has been charged with obstructing the course of justice by a Canadian court and has been held in custody until it re-emerges.
Anna Leach, 03 May 2012
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Microsoft kills Windows Live brand

Microsoft is killing its Windows Live brand ahead of launching Windows 8, citing "customer confusion".
Gavin Clarke, 03 May 2012
Battlefield 3

EA asks for customer opinion on Origin

EA wants to know why some gamers have voiced disapproval at its Origin service, creating a blog to encourage discussion on the matter.
Caleb Cox, 03 May 2012
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Acer vows to lose its rep as cheap consumer tat-pusher

Acer UK has flushed away its previous channel programme after polishing off a shiny new scheme to underpin its pursuit of biz customers.
Paul Kunert, 03 May 2012
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Google counters juice V8 Javascript engine

Google’s V8 engine is getting more picky about the Javascript code it optimises to boost the performance of the search giant’s browser.
Gavin Clarke, 03 May 2012
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Globe-spanning patent bombs touted by Euro, UN pen-pushers

The European and UN patent-handling bodies have agreed to join forces to encourage companies and inventors to file their designs under an improved worldwide Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT).
Apple iPad 3 aka new iPad

iPad swipes more of tablet market

Apple extended its lead in the tablet market during the first three months of the year, as much because of a slump in sales of rival product as the arrival of the iPad 3.
Tony Smith, 03 May 2012
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Suppressed data on mutant H5N1 human-killer virus PUBLISHED

Strains of bird flu that could spread among humans have been created in the lab - and now full details on just how this was done have been published openly, raising fears that the research could be used by terrorists to craft a deadly bio-weapon plague.
Adam Smith, 03 May 2012
Amazon Kindle Fire e-book tablet

Apple to dominate tablet biz, PC market for years

Apple took a greater share of the tablet market during Q1 and, in a remarkable turnaround, will continue to do so through 2013, market watcher NPD DisplaySearch believes.
Tony Smith, 03 May 2012
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Data warehouse sales soar in Q1 for Teradata

If you were wondering if all this yammering about big data is real, data warehousing pioneer Teradata has just turned in the best first quarter in its history and the best quarter for product growth that the company has ever had. So at least as far as Teradata is concerned, big data is big business.
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Bought a new Mac Pro? 1-in-100 chance it'll destroy your data

Apple is recalling a batch of Mac Pro towers in the UK after a "small number" sold last month turned out to have defective hard disks, Channel Reg has learned. The dodgy drives put fanboys' data at risk, Apple said in its recall notice.
Anna Leach, 03 May 2012
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'Giant vampire squid' seeks social media guru

Goldman Sachs, the bank described as a "giant vampire squid wrapped around the face of humanity", is looking for a social media community manager. The role of the job, as the title suggests, will be to "foster a positive community".
Andrew Orlowski, 03 May 2012
Samsung Galaxy S III

Samsung shows 'designed for humans' handset

Samsung has unwrapped the Galaxy S III, a handset it boasted is "best smartphone in the world" thanks to its "nature-inspired" design, voice recognition and eye-tracking.
Tony Smith, 03 May 2012
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Oracle claims $777m in new trial over SAP infringement

Oracle is going back to court with a claim of $776.7m against SAP over the software-stealing antics of subsidiary TomorrowNow.
Iain Thomson, 03 May 2012
The Cloud

ElasticHosts makes cloudy servers newbie friendly

ElasticHosts, the British hosting and cloudy infrastructure provider that is pitting its homegrown ElasticStack cloud fabric against the likes of VMware and the OpenStack and CloudStack projects, has tweaked its cloud offerings to make them suitable to relatively unsophisticated users.
Baidu shuns legitimate music
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Baidu sets up shop in Australia

China’s Google killer Baidu has set up shop in Australia as it moves on an aggressive international expansion drive.

Facebook lowballs on initial IPO price

Facebook has filed its initial documents for the most anticipated social networking IPO of the current bubble, surprising some with a lowish estimate of $77bn to $96bn for the company.
Iain Thomson, 03 May 2012
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MSFT kicks Chinese partner over security leak

Six weeks after Microsoft was accused of leaking attack code for a security flaw, Redmond has pointed the finger at a Chinese firewall company and revoked its partner status.
Novothink Solar Surge solar-powered iPhone case

Princeton solar researchers take leaf from plants’ book

Solar power researchers at Princeton University have discovered that by mimicking the surface of leaves, they can create solar cells that are better at capturing sunlight for a 47 percent efficiency boost.

iOS Rock Band gets back together

EA's iOS version of Rock Band isn't breaking up, after all.
Simon Sharwood, 03 May 2012