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Windows XP update fails in infinite .NET patch loop

Microsoft has issued guidance on how to fix problems created by its last bunch of patches.
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Canary Islands host long-distance quantum teleportation

The Canary Islands of La Palma and Tenerife have been briefly connected by a quantum teleportation system that sets a new distance record for the spooky communications technique.

Facebook underwriters accused of hiding forecast

Reuters is airing accusations which, if true, would cast the Facebook IPO process in a very poor light indeed. The news service claims that underwriters Morgan Stanley cut its revenue forecasts for The Social NetworkTM but withheld the information from all but a privileged few.

Indian SMBs facing advanced attack threats

India’s growing urban population is under concerted cyber attack as criminals increasingly focus advanced targeted techniques on small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) and look to exploit piecemeal security and low levels of awareness, according to the latest report from Symantec.

Huawei enterprise to be 100% channel 'in 3-5 years

Huawei's year-old enterprise division wants to put all of its business through the channel in three to five years, according to Jeff Hwong, the company's regional sales director for Southern Pacific Enterprise Business.

2011 sets new record for counterfeit electronics

Asian countries led by China are responsible for the vast majority of reports of counterfeit electronics parts, which have reached 12 million over the past five years in a potentially lethal development for the global supply chain, according to analyst IHS iSuppli.
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Ten... Mi-Fi HSPA 3G wireless mini-routers

Product Roundup Product Roundup If you want cellular data connectivity when you're out and about you can cough up for a laptop or tablet with a Sim card slot, but they are hardly cheap. Or you can tether your phone if your telco lets you. Another alternative is a portable router. These can be bought with data contracts from the usual …

EMC's hunt for Joe Tucci replacement continues

EMC's CEO succession looks to be in trouble with no clear internal successor to Joe Tucci who is just months away from retirement. Could EMC look outside the company for its next CEO?
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Dole Office staff snooped into private data 992 times in 10 months

Staff at the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) were disciplined a total of 992 times for unlawfully or inappropriately accessing individuals' social security records between April 2011 and January this year.
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Chuck Exchange mailboxes into the cloud... sysadmin style

Sysadmin blog How do we migrate Exchange mailboxes into the cloud? A customer of mine has recently approached me with a request to move his mail hosting into the cloud, and it had to include BlackBerry support. After some discussion of the options available, a hosted exchange solution was deemed best, with Microsoft's own Office 365 emerging the winner.

Alcatel-Lucent tinkers with Telstra's enterprise network

Telstra is revamping the network smarts of its enterprise IP offerings in an Asia Pacific-first roll out of the Alcatel –Lucent supplied Application Assured Networking (AAN) service.
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TfL delays wave-and-pay tickets until 2013

Transport for London's (TfL's) plan to introduce contactless ticketing across the whole of its network is likely to happen in 2013, and will not be completed by the end of 2012 as previously announced by the authority.

Wyse ties with Rise in cloudy client clinch

Wyse Technology has struck a deal to push cloud services through the UK channel along with hosted services provider Rise.
Joe Fay, 23 2012
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Greedy LOHAN draining away mankind's vital fluid ... allegedly

We at El Reg's Special Projects Bureau have, over the last few months, been challenged by various readers as to why we're using helium to lift our audacious LOHAN spaceplane towards its stratospheric date with destiny.
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Apple tops tablet, mobile computer markets in Q1

The usual caveat applies: these numbers only work if you factor in tablet sales. Do, says market watcher DisplaySearch, and Apple is once more the world's top-selling maker of mobile computers.
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UK.gov energy policy: You can't please all the people much of the time

Comment Try and please everyone, and you can end up pleasing no one. The government's new draft Energy Bill risks just this.

Why on Earth is Microsoft moving to Euro pricing now?

Analysis I find it quite amusing that a company would decide to have uniform pricing right across a continent in a currency that looks like it might not survive the phasing in period of the new pricing regime. But that's what Microsoft seems to be doing.

Serco close to flogging UK defence nuke tech biz

IT outsourcing monster Serco is locked in talks with engineering consultancy and project management services outfit Amec to sell its Technical Consulting Services biz.

Lenovo's on fire - and this time in a good way

Lenovo set its sights on emerging and "PC+" markets as it seeks to build on what it describes as a record year.
Joe Fay, 23 2012
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Dev justifies Dead Island 'Game of the Year' claim with 3m+ sales

Every year a handful of critically-acclaimed videogames are re-released as a "GOTY Edition", which signifies they've been awarded a Game of the Year gong by a respected publication.
Caleb Cox, 23 2012
Return to Castle Wolfenstein

Return to Castle Wolfenstein

Antique Code Show As a nipper during the 1970s and early 80s, there can't be a war movie I haven't seen, either at the cinema or on telly on a rain Sunday afternoon. You can surely say the same of Grey Matter Interactive, because its Return to Castle Wolfenstein lets you play pretty much every famous war film scene.
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Google warns against ISPs hard on web filth

Big Tent Google may not be willing to comment on how much money it makes from pornography online, but the search giant's UK public policy head Sarah Hunter has unsurprisingly urged caution when it comes to ISPs filtering content over their networks.
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Everything Everywhere activates top-secret erections

Customers of Orange and T-Mobile are now using one network, with handsets switching seamlessly to the nearest cell tower, though the company still refuses to say exactly where those cell towers are.
Bill Ray, 23 2012
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Jailed Facebook hack Brit targeted Justin Bieber's girlfriend

A British man jailed for a year after hacking into a private Facebook account targeted Justin Bieber's actress-turned-singer girlfriend, it has emerged.
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Sky Movies monopoly probe scrapped as rivals turn up

The Competition Commission has called off the attack dogs against Sky's movie business, for now. The regulator has revised its views following the entry of Amazon's LoveFilm and Netflix into the pay-movie market.
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Apple design chief Jony Ive knighted - but not by the Queen

Apple's VP of Industrial Design Jonathan Ive was knighted today by the Princess Royal at Buckingham Palace.
Volvo V40 pedestrian airbag

Volvo claims V40 is first car with an airbag for pedestrians

Volvo has devised an automobile airbag for pedestrians.
Hard Reg, 23 2012
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MASSIVE Chinese web cannons blast 123-reg offline

A "massive" distributed-denial-of-service attack emanating from China has taken down 123-reg, the UK net biz that hosts 1.4 million websites.
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Facebook IPO plunge sparks tidal wave of lawsuits

Investors in Facebook's IPO are not taking the stock's drubbing lying down and have launched lawsuits against the social network, its underwriters and NASDAQ, while regulators probe the way the debut was handled.

Boffins cram binary data into living cells' DNA

Pic In a move that could have appeared in a Michael Crichton novel, Stanford University brainiacs have written and read a binary digit encoded in a DNA cell sequence which survives cell reproduction - a non-volatile genetic bit.
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MPs wrestle slippery bureaucrats in intellectual property Jell-O

Analysis The all-party group of MPs looking into the UK's looming obliteration of copyright rounded on their quarry yesterday - and it turned out to be an enthralling battle of wits.

Nvidia Kai to enable cut-price Android tablets for all

Nvidia has let slip 'Kai', the quad-core ARM-architecture system-on-a-chip it hopes will get powerful tablets into World+Dog's hands for $199 (£127) a pop.
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Open Data Institute pours golden £10m shower on upstarts

The Open Data Institute has launched with a taxpayer-funded £10m pot to turn the government’s public information dumps into something tangible. Or that's the promise.

Wireless remote control inventor zaps out at 96

The man who took the knobs off the TV set and made a significant innovation in wireless technology, Eugene Polley, died yesterday in Illinois, aged 96.
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Shoreditch a hub of 'exciting innovation', says science minister

Big Tent Science minister David Willetts told a gathering at Google's Big Tent event this morning that future scientific research will rely heavily on the mining, slicing and dicing of data from the public sector.
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'We've done nothing wrong' - Schmidt on Euro antitrust probe

Big Tent Google chairman Eric Schmidt has declined to be drawn on possible incoming antitrust law infringement charges in Europe.
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SAP hopes to embiggen its cloud with Ariba slurp

Software giant SAP is hoping to beef up its cloud with an offer to slurp business commerce company Ariba for $4.3bn.

Intel and McAfee team on cloud single sign-on

Intel and MacAfee have been talking about the fruits of their merger and their plans for a cloud to computer security network that will be built into new systems.
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Oracle gobbles upstart Facebook, Instagram biz tout

Oracle has snapped up social media marketing company Vitrue for an undisclosed sum.
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Red Hat lures in JRuby power pair

Red Hat has lured two of the brains behind JRuby, Charles Nutter and Thomas Enebo, who once worked at Sun Microsystems.
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The most dangerous job in America: Keeping iPhones connected

An investigation into the deaths of workers putting up cell towers has shown how US network operators distance themselves from those taking the risks, with AT&T's dash to provide iPhone connectivity allegedly killing more than most.
Bill Ray, 23 2012
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CompSci eggheads to map Android malware genome

Mobile security researchers are teaming up to share samples and data on malware targeting the Android platform.
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Seagate poised to swallow LaCie, haul fattened bod into channel

Spinning disk supremo Seagate has nailed down an agreement from Paris-based external drive products manufacturer LaCie to snap it up, and LaCie is up for it – though the trade union and regulatory stuff is still being worked out.
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Speaking in Tech: Leo Apotheker vs Meg Whitman

Podcast Podcast It's a bulging bag of treats today at our enterprise tech cast, hosted by Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela. Our special guest this week is Christopher Lynch, a tech venture capitalist. Chris is a partner at Atlas Venture and former CEO and President of Vertica (which was sold to HP last year) and Acopia ( …

VMware sees Mirage, buys up company

Virtualization juggernaut VMware gobbled up four year old VDI vendor Wanova today, giving the virtualization juggernaut another weapon to fire at Citrix.
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Red Hat could cash in with open-source cloud juggling act

Open ... and Shut The good open source lord giveth, and it taketh away, and no one knows this better than Red Hat.
Matt Asay, 23 2012
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HP started then spiked HP-UX on x86 project

As part of the ongoing lawsuit about whether or not Oracle had committed itself to supporting its software on Hewlett-Packard's Itanium-based servers, the software giant did a core dump of very interesting documents that show what many of us suspected: that HP did indeed mull acquiring the Sparc/Solaris business and that HP did in fact have a skunkworks that was porting the HP-UX variant of Unix to the x86 processor from Itanium.
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Armenia jails Bredolab botmaster for 4 years

A cybercrook who established a 30 million computer strong botnet has been jailed for four years in Armenia.
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MSN China shoots for e-retail push to grow business

Microsoft is reportedly set to expand its MSN China business, with a push into the e-commerce space and increased integration with Windows Phone, whilst looking to grow the presence of its Bing search engine in the People’s Republic.

HP cuts 27,000 workers

As rumored last week, IT giant Hewlett-Packard is slashing its employee count worldwide to squeeze more profits from its revenue stream. The job cuts are not as deep as some had been expecting, but are still going to be tough on the company.

Google in the clear on Oracle patents

Google has successfully defended Android against Oracle’s patent infringement claim, leaving whether its API breaches copyright as the only question still in play between the two companies.
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BigPond GameArena hacked, 35,000 passwords reset

Telstra has taken the unusual – in Australia – step of proactively announcing that a service has been compromised.
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Insect vision a template for computer ‘sight’

Computers aren’t yet good at making complex, ad-hoc decisions from visual inputs. However, the discovery at Melbourne’s RMIT that bees' brains are big enough to do so could set the direction for future computer vision research.