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HP puffs up virtual private clouds

As Amazon Web Services figured out nearly three years ago, companies don't want to buy virtual servers, they want to buy multi-tiered virtual private clouds consisting of a mix of servers, storage, networking, and other services that act like a real data center.

Google to offer cyberwar defence advice to Gmail users

Google is to warn Gmail customers if it thinks they’re being targeted by “suspected state-sponsored attacks”.
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Weather, bushfire help, budgets in GovHack prize list

An API for accessing historical weather data from ACORNSat, and another designed to help citizens monitor bushfires in their area, are among the prize-winners from last weekend’s GovHack event in Canberra and Sydney.
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AWS introduces granular billing tool

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has introduced a new billing tool, dubbed “Programmatic Access” that will offer multiple daily insights into how much you’re spending in its cloudy corral.
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Microsoft crowd-sources next Win Phone apps using Android

The world just got stranger: not only is Microsoft trying to write cool software again, it’s decided that Android is the ideal beta platform, in spite of its bitter worldwide spat with Google over patents.
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Ericsson predicts over nine billion mobile subscriptions by 2017

Ericsson has published its latest mobile traffic report and is predicting the number of mobile subscriptions in 2017 will top nine billion, with the bulk of the growth coming in Asia and the Far East.
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Intel partners prep 20 Clover Trail Windows 8 tablets

Forget Ivy Bridge and Ultrabooks, Intel already has its partners working on 20 new tablet designs based on its Clover Trail Atom chips, as the firm looks to take on rival ARM in its own back yard with a renewed mobile push.
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AMD and Intel extreme desktop CPU workout

Extreme PC Week Extreme PC Week Comparing high-end desktop processors that use the latest architecture from AMD and Intel these days, is a bit like comparing apples to walnuts. To pimp up a PC, there is only one company that really offers extreme processing power, and that’s Intel. But it’ll cost ya. In the extreme arena, AMD gave up arm …
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China and US argue over smog tweets

The Chinese government wants the United States to can a popular Twitter feed set up by its Beijing embassy to monitor air pollution in the crowded capital, after launching an indirect attack claiming such readings were illegal.

Lawyer up on your way into the cloud

IT leaders have stressed the need for firms to carry out rigorous due diligence on cloud providers, warning that dishonest sales tactics, hidden extra costs, latency and governance issues could ruin key projects.

OCZ: We will plug Lightning into your Thunderbolt

Hustling flash drive supplier OCZ is putting on a show at Computex in Taipei this week, including a Thunderbolt-connected external SSD called - wait for it - Lightning.
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NHS fights record £325k ICO fine after clap records appear on eBay

An NHS Trust is disputing a record fine the Information Commissioner's Office has levelled on it for leaving tons of data on patients and staff on hard drives that were sold on eBay instead of being destroyed.
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MoneySavingExpert.com founder flogs website for £87m

MoneySavingExpert.com - the advice website for people seeking decent insurance, credit cards and other money deals - is being sold for £87m to MoneySupermarket.com.
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Telefonica grabs Jasper cloud to hook up British vending machines

Telefonica has signed an exclusive deal with Jasper Wireless for use of its machine-to-machine cloud in the UK, hoping Jasper's kit will drive developers to a cellular solution.
Bill Ray, 06 2012
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HULK DDoS-from-one-computer is easily thwarted, say security pros

Security experts are downplaying the significance of a new denial-of-service (DoS) attack tool.

Facebook's ONLY failure: Expectations management

Open ... and Shut As I type this, Facebook stock is trending toward a $26.84 per share price, valuing the company at $57bn, or roughly half the value Facebook held on its first day of trading two weeks ago. While the market plays a round of "You're to Blame!", Facebook is suffering from inflated expectations. Facebook's net profit margin and operating margin have both dropped since 2011, as expenses have mounted but revenues in its fast-growing mobile market have failed to keep pace. Its clear that Facebook isn't made of magical pixie dust.
Matt Asay, 06 2012
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Flying Dutchman creates dead cat quadcopter

Dutch artist Bart Jansen has taken the aviation world by storm by rolling out the world's first dead cat quadcopter – a remote-controlled flying feline dubbed the "Orvillecopter" in honour of Orville Wright.

Microsoft confirms UK.gov to dodge licensing hike... almost

Microsoft has confirmed that under the forthcoming Public Sector Agreement (PSA12) government customers will pay just 1 per cent more for volume licences.
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Google Plus plus Meebo equals Google minus $100m

Google is set to acquire website widget maker Meebo for a reported price tag of $100m (£64.8m) in a clear move to drum up interest in Google+, the ad giant's flagging social network.
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Relax hackers! NATO has no cyber-attack plans - top brass

CyCon 2012 NATO does NOT need cyber-offensive capabilities, according to a senior military commander.
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France's biggest Apple reseller sinks: 'Tech titan crushed us'

Apple's largest authorised reseller in France – eBizcuss – has gone bust, closing all its outlets and firing its staff.
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Antique Code Show Back in the early- to mid-1990s, the Mac wasn't considered much cop as a games platform. Sure, it had a sexier GUI than Windows boxes, but they could drop out into DOS and dedicate their CPUs' few tens of megahertz to games. Not so the Mac.

Toshiba widens Ultrabook range

Toshiba revealed its Ivy Bridge hand this week, with the spotlight on the Satellite U840W, an Ultrabook with a cinema-savvy, 21:9 aspect super widescreen display.
Caleb Cox, 06 2012
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LOHAN seeks failsafe for explosive climax

As true patriots last weekend rolled out the bunting and unfurled a celebratory pint in honour of her Maj Queen Liz II's 60 years atop the throne of Merry Old Blighty™, we here at El Reg's Special Projects Bureau took a few moments from shouting "Gawd bless yer ma'am" to ponder matters of perhaps greater import, viz: just how to make sure rocket motors go pop at altitude.

Nokia adds touch to budget blowers

Nokia expanded its Asha range of budget S40 smartphones today with the 305, 306 and 311, the first three models in the series to feature touchscreen interfaces.
Caleb Cox, 06 2012
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Facebook tests parental-guidance tools in plan to pull in under-13s

Facebook is testing ways to open its social network to kids under the current cut-off age of 13.
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Missed the Venus solar flyby? It's only 105 years to the next one

Vid Stargazers and astronomers were out in force last night for the transit of Venus across the face of the Sun, an event that won't happen again for 105 years.
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Reseller kingpin: My rise from school disco boss to FTSE 250 biz

Part One It's a chilly night in December 1978, and inside Zhivago's nightclub in Southend, a bunch of pubescent disco divas are getting down to the sounds of Earth, Wind and Fire, amid the clink of Tizer bottles and the rustle of terylene slacks.
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Pet Shop Boy finally finds success with actual (virtual) shop

Vodafone has splurged on a controlling interest in Groupon-tribute-act Vouchercloud, the spawn of the Pet Shop Boys' keyboardist Scott Davidson. Voda is now mulling over spunking a load more cash on Telstra's New Zealand operation.
Bill Ray, 06 2012
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Dell ups revenue threshold for top table resellers

Dell is trying to make its Premier club for resellers more exclusive by upping the enterprise revenue requirement to maintain the accreditation.
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Sony awards PlayStation cert to HTC handsets

Sony announced at E3 this week that it will bring its PlayStation Mobile suite to HTC phones, including the recently-released HTC One X, One S and One V.
Caleb Cox, 06 2012

PC-makers hope for Windows 8 hero to sweep up sales

In the current tight economic climate, manufacturers of PCs and laptops are eagerly looking forward to the arrival of Windows 8 to rescue their sales.

New £4bn UK.gov IT shopping centre slips launch deadline

Exclusive Bosses have been told whether or not their businesses have provisionally made it onto a new list of approved IT suppliers for Blighty's public sector - and resellers feature heavily.
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Revolution Analytics paints R stats Azure blue

Revolution Analytics, aka "Red Hat for stats" – which commercialized the open source R programming language and statistical analysis tool – has now tweaked its R Enterprise stack and pushed out a 6.0 release.
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Sean Parker launches Chatroulette killer: For why?

NSFW Celebrity billionaire tech investor Sean Parker thinks video chat is what the world needs most, and is putting his money where his mouth is.

Acer touts Tegra 3 tablet

Acer unveiled the Iconia Tab A110 at Computex in Taipei this week - a quad-core tablet that should be available for £130. Wowzers.
Caleb Cox, 06 2012

PEER 1 gobbles up UK managed-hosting biz for £25m

Global hosting firm PEER 1 Hosting has snapped up NetBenefit, a Brit-based hosting company, for £25m in cold hard cash.
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UK websites: No one bothers with cookie law, why should we?

Many website operators have responded to the Information Commissioner's last-minute watered-down tweak to implementing the European Union's cookie law by doing absolutely nothing to show that they have complied with the legislation.
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Samsung Galaxy Tab 'a harmful drug', says Apple in ban bid fail

A US court has once again denied Apple the chance to ban Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 before the case has fully played out.
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Tape lives: LTO-6 rolls out – with more than TWICE the capacity

Licensing specs for the sixth generation of LTO tapes should be ready in August, and make LTO-6 suitable for exabyte-level cloud archive needs.
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Given a beardie nerd the kiss of life? There's a medal for that

Have you ever resuscitated a Ruby developer? Heimlich manoeuvred a Hadoop hacker? Applied a tourniquet to a tester in QA? If you, or someone you know in the IT industry, has performed a feat of first aid at work, St John Ambulance would like to hear from you.
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Microsoft expands Xbox extras

Microsoft took to E3 this week to bolster its claims that its gaming console performs as a complete entertainment hub with the announcement of two products: Xbox SmartGlass and Xbox Music.
Caleb Cox, 06 2012
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Hackers expose 6.5 MILLION 'LinkedIn passwords'

LinkedIn has said it is looking into a file that reportedly contains the mildly obscured passwords of around 6.5 million of its users.
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Legendary sci-fi fantasy author Ray Bradbury exits planet Earth

Obituary Ray Bradbury, a master of fantasy fiction and author of the classic dystopian sci-fi novel Fahrenheit 451, has died at the age of 91.

Leaked Apple inventory list hints at new non-iOS hardware

Sweat is pouring down fanbois' foreheads today: a leaked inventory list and a stock shortage have sparked rumours of a new Mac Pro emerging at Apple's World Wide Developers Conference.

Oracle tweaks LDom hypervisor homegrown Sparcs

The Logical Domain hypervisor for Sparc T series processors, known formally as Oracle VM Server for Sparc, is probably one of the best technologies created by the former Sun Microsystems for its homegrown servers.
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Apple seeks resurrection of HTC importation ban

Again adhering to the Cupertinian creed that "the best defense is a good offense," Apple has filed its third complaint against Taiwanese smartphone-maker HTC at the US International Trade Commission (ITC), citing patent infringement and requesting a bar on a welter of HTC devices from being imported into the US.
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Speaking in Tech: Don't be an IT costing fool

Podcast Podcast This week, the gang at our enterprise tech-cast talk about IT costings, Cisco, IBM and HP and more... Join The Dude of enterprise tech, Greg Knieriemen, cloud and storage expert Ed Saipetch and new media ace Sarah Vela for a chat.

Egenera stretches control freak from blades to clouds

Blade server and virtualization upstart Egenera has been gradually transforming itself from a hardware vendor to a management tool maker, and with its latest round of software is leaping from virtualized blade servers to the clouds while at the same time extending the capacity of blade infrastructure it can manage.
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Police called after Romney's email and Dropbox accounts cracked

Police are investigating a claimed cracking of presidential hopeful Mitt Romney's Hotmail and Dropbox accounts.
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Google Maps adds aircraft, tricycles and skiers to cover all bases

Google has been singing the praises of its mapping projects, outlining plans for a fleet of aircraft to provide 3D city modeling, offline storage of detailed maps, using StreetView on skis and snowmobiles and the mapping national museums and monuments with backpack 360 degree cameras.

Microsoft backsteps Azure from platform to infrastructure cloud

Microsoft got so excited about its upcoming enhancements to the Windows Azure cloud, due to be divulged in detail tomorrow, that it jumped the gun on its own announcement, perhaps to try to steal a little thunder from cloudy announcements from Oracle and Red Hat.
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Kiwi telcos hungry for consolidation

A desperate need for consolidation in the New Zealand market is being driven by the government’s national broadband network initiatives and could see accelerated exits and/or acquisitions according to analysts Ovum.
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Plasma drive starts with pee

The Australian National University is preparing to build a plasma drive test facility on the back of an $AU4 million funding injection (No, I’m not going to explain the headline yet).
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TiVo takes on Cisco in patent knock down

Cisco's woes in consumer-land have taken a new twist, with TiVo alleging the networking giant's DVR set-top boxes, supplied to telcos, infringe TiVo’s patents.