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CERN confirms neutrinos don't break light speed

Neutrinos are most definitely not faster than light after all, says CERN.

Japan still in love with the fax

Despite being hailed for its techno-innovation, Japan is a little more traditional than many people think – over half of homes apparently still contain fax machines.

India to greenlight state-sponsored cyber attacks

The Indian government is stepping up its cyber security capabilities with plans to protect critical national infrastructure from a Stuxnet-like attack and to authorise two agencies to carry out state-sponsored attacks if necessary.
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Telefonica steps back from China as debts mount

Spanish network giant Telefonica revealed just how much financial trouble it may be in after it was forced to sell half of its shares in China Unicom back to China’s number two telco.

All-flash IBM V7000 smashes Oracle/Sun ZFS box

Flash strikes again. IBM's newest storage array, the Storwize V7000, has trounced an Oracle/Sun ZFS array, delivering almost the same performance for less than half the price and 4 per cent of the capacity.
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Europe crams ultra-fast 4G into tight spectrum crack

Euro telecoms regulator CEPT has released 120MHz of shiny new radio spectrum for "ultra-fast mobile broadband", which would be more impressive if the bands weren't full of reasonably fast data already.
Bill Ray, 11 2012

Students face off in Hamburg home-cooked cluster clash

HPC blog We’re a little less than two weeks away from the tip-off of the first ISC/HPCAC 2012 Student Cluster Competition. University teams representing the US, China, and host nation Germany will meet in an epic benchmark battle to prove which team can design and build the fastest homemade cluster. The only constraint is electricity – they get only 13 amps to work with. (For full details on the competition and rules, click your mouse here.
Dan Olds, 11 2012
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Habeas data: How to build an internet that forgets

Comment All it takes one tiny pinprick to burst a bubble. I think I've seen one pin that might pop two huge bubbles - and it may well be the most subversive idea you'll hear all year.
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'That's a FUBAR train wreck waiting to happen'

Quotw This was the week that was all about security - or the lack thereof.
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Why MongoDB? It's the developers, stupid

Open ... and Shut Increasingly the third standard within enterprises for databases, MongoDB, has been claiming a lot of victories lately. In relative terms, it has become the second-hottest skill to have on one's resume, right after HTML5, according to Indeed.com job trend data. And despite plenty of hating on its technology, with one person telling me recently that "it sets database technology back 25 years," MongoDB continues to get deployed for numerous, large mission-critical applications.
Matt Asay, 11 2012
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Microsoft 'mulled Nokia buyout, ran away screaming'

Analysis Rumours of a Microsoft buyout of fallen phone champ Nokia have re-emerged, prompted by nothing more, it seems, than Nokia's sickly share price.
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Silicon Valley Bank lures Brit startups with sacks of cash

US tech-loving bank Silicon Valley has opened its first branch in the UK to offer cash and services to Britain’s IT startups.

LG's quad-core Optimus tabphone powers into Europe

The big-screen LG Optimus 4X HD has joined the growing list of quad-core party members, with the company's Nvidia Tegra 3 powerhouse shipping across Europe this week.
Caleb Cox, 11 2012
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Intel rivals crash Hot Chips party with full-fat server silicon

After hogging most of the oxygen in the server market with its new Xeon E3 and E5 processors this spring, Intel is going to get a little competition this summer as its rivals in the server racket trot out their upcoming server processors at the Hot Chips 24 symposium at Stanford University.
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Smart meters are 'massive surveillance' tech - privacy supremo

The European Data Protection Supervisor has warned that smart meters are a significant privacy threat and wants limits on the retention and use of customer data before it's too late.
Bill Ray, 11 2012
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LG 47LM670T 47in passive 3D smart TV

Review If design is the most potent weapon in a TV manufacturer’s armoury right now, LG is wielding a pretty big shooter with its new Cinema Screen line. Offering corner to corner glass, a 10.5mm bezel and what the brand calls a ‘floating metal ribbon stand,’ these 2012 flatties are genuine head-turners.
Steve May, 11 2012
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Asus-made Google pad set for June debut

An Asus staffer has let slip that the Taiwanese tablet maker is indeed working on a seven-incher for Google and that the gadget will be announced at the end of the month.
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Brit judge orders Facebook to rip masks from anonymous cowards

A 45-year-old woman from Brighton who was subjected to a litany of abusive messages on Facebook has won a landmark High Court order forcing the social network to reveal the identities of anonymous internet trolls who labelled her a paedophile and a drug dealer.
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Male, female Chinese 'nauts prep for trip to Heaven and back

China is gearing up for its first manned space docking mission, which will attempt to latch onto the Tiangong-1 space laboratory in mid-June.
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Now TalkTalk cuts Brits' access to The Pirate Bay

TalkTalk became the final major telecoms company in the UK to comply with a High Court judge's order to block access to The Pirate Bay via its network.
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Facebook changes data-use policy despite 87% poll opposition

Facebook has ignored a vote "cast" by 297,883 of its members who agreed that the social network shouldn't update its data use policy.
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Passwords pillaged from League of Legends wand-strokers

Passwords, email addresses, dates of birth and other sensitive data have been plundered from the player databases of fantasy strategy game League of Legends.
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Serco gulps more gov contracts with VDS gobble

Services and systems colossus Serco has taken charge of more government contracts by buying out Vertex Public Sector's data division: Vertex Data Science (VDS).
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Insider cuts into Apple, peels off Intel Mac OS X port secrets

The wife of a former senior Apple engineer has spilled the beans on Apple's transition, and it's a sweet and surprising story.
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Belfast promises free city-wide Wi-Fi in cash grab hope

Having scored £6m of central government cash to improve its broadband coverage, Belfast Council hopes to get another £7.7m to rollout free Wi-Fi across the city.
Bill Ray, 11 2012
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Android activations near a million a day

Almost a million Android devices are activated every 24 hours, according to Google's Andy Rubin.
Caleb Cox, 11 2012

Lamborghini drives Androids towards wealthy pockets

Lamborghini has upped the gears with its own range of mobile products, including a tablet and a gold-plated Android handset, both set to drive into the hands of oligarchs this summer.
Caleb Cox, 11 2012
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Google to axe Meebo apps on 11 July

Google acquired Meebo for $100m last month and has already started to shut down the advertising service's products.

Microsoft assembles a private cloud so you don't have to

The backbone of a cloud is infrastructure. At its core, it is an attempt to deliver compute power, networking and storage as efficiently and responsively as possible. Every serious public cloud player has its own industry-leading approach.
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'Zombie bullets' fly off US shelves after wave of undead attacks

Special ammunition optimised for fighting zombies is selling like hot cakes in the USA, according to reports, following sensational media coverage of incidents involving flesh-eating and similar undead-esque behaviour.
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Google co-founders face FTC antitrust grilling

Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin will be quizzed by antitrust investigators at the US Federal Trade Commission, according to well-placed moles.

An early iPad adopter? You smut-ogling filth-gobbling perv!

Seems that people who fell for the fondleslab early like to fondle more in general.
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French writers say OUI! to Google's book-slurp deal

Google has come to an arrangement with French authors and publishers, who sued for copyright infringement after the web giant began scanning and indexing their books. The deal clears the way for the search goliath to resume digitising tomes for the first time since 2006.

Apple's online store goes offline

If you had any doubt that Apple would be announcing new hardware on Monday, doubt no more.

AMD tiptoes past sparring rivals in embedded CPU foray

The new management team at Advanced Micro Devices is looking everywhere, including under the couch cushions, to find some money so it can afford to explore the embedded systems market again. The chip biz hopes rivals Intel and the ARM collective are too distracted to notice the foray as they fight over each others' territories in PCs, servers and mobile devices.
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Apple introduces 'next generation' MacBook Pro with retina display

In addition to updating its existing MacBook Air and MacBook Pro lines, Apple has introduced what it's calling the "next generation" MacBook Pro, complete with a 15.4-inch, 2880-by-1800 pixel, 220ppi "retina display".
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Windows is the OS of the cloud, says Microsoft

TechEd Redmond has opened its 20th annual TechEd jamboree with a keynote from Microsoft Server and Tools Business president Satya Nadella that pitched Windows to IT managers as the best OS for building clouds.

Linux Mint joins mini-PC hardware business

Linux Mint, flush with its recent popularity in the distro stakes, is looking to take the pain out of installation with its first hardware line, called mintBox, that comes in smooth and ribbed versions.
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Dell cranks vStart virty server stacks to 1000

Updated With new servers, switches, and storage arrays in the field, the next thing that a modern IT supplier needs to do is create converged system stacks based on that new iron, focusing on the hardware and pitching the benefits of having everything pre-integrated.
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Password flaw leaves MySQL, MariaDB open to brute force attack

A basic flaw in the password software used by MySQL and MariaDB allows a brute-force attack to bag the password and gain full root access in a few seconds, according to details published by security researchers.

Study fingers humans for ocean heat rise

A study published last weekend on Nature Climate Change claims to give the lie to the notion that if the world is warming, it’s not our fault.
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iPhones, iPads to be FULL OF FACEBOOK and NOT GOOGLE

If you're harboring any doubts about bad blood bubbling between Apple and Google, Cupertino's iOS headman Scott Forstall dispelled them on Monday when introducing the next version of Apple's mobile operating system, iOS 6.
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Money men want bombproof data centre on satellite site

Australian telecommunications company PlusComms is poised to acquire a piece of global telecommunications and space history as it seeks to raise capital for the purchase of the Jamesburg Earth Station.