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British LulzSec suspect charged in US over hacking

American prosecutors have filed charges with a federal grand jury against accused British LulzSec member Ryan Cleary over hacking attacks on Sony, Fox, and several US hosting companies.
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May 2012 was second warmest on record. The warmest? 2010

The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has released its monthly State of the Climate Global Analysis report for this May, and my, my, it's rather toasty out there: the month was the second warmest May since record-keeping began in 1880 – and the warmest was just two years ago.

Asteroid zips past Earth

An asteroid spotted by Australian astronomers early in the week missed Earth by just 5.3 million kilometres.

Court delays Apple Proview ruling

The never-ending battle over rights to the IPAD trademark is set to drag on even longer after news emerged that a Chinese court will delay its ruling while settlement talks between Apple and Proview continue.
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BT to China: let me in!

BT has turned up the heat on the Chinese government, demanding that international telcos be allowed to sell their wares directly into the country.
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Inside HP's latest global bit barn

HP has unveiled its newest global bit barn and says it will form part of the network used to deliver its converged cloud services to customers around the world.
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Cabinet Office promises to challenge 'culture of secrecy' on IT projects

The Cabinet Office has insisted that it will publish details of the progress of major government IT projects, despite fears that government promises of transparency were in danger of being watered down in the face of departmental opposition.
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Ten... Father's Day gifts

Product round-up While it could be a confusing day for chavs across the country and many of us wouldn't pick up the phone let alone buy a gift, we're all reminded to show appreciation to our dads this Sunday. But with several of the El Reg team fathering new offspring this year, we reckon he should be treated to something special, particularly if he worked that hard for your blissful upbringing.
Caleb Cox, 15 2012
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Oz WiFi guys score top Euro inventor award

The original Australian CSIRO research team that created and patented WiFi technology has been international recognised with the European Patent Office (EPO) Inventor Award.
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iPhone denies existence of Gibraltar, other bits of British empire

The iPhone will not accept that people live in Gibraltar, a reader has pointed out to us, highlighting that the phone will not acknowledge this as a possibility when users are entering country names in their address book.
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Tesco grabs Peter Gabriel's musical streamer

British music service We7 is being acquired by Tesco, which is taking a 91 per cent stake in the company for £10.8m. A full acquisition is expected.
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Phishing, cybersquatting scum could ruin gTLD fun for biz

Businesses face extra costs and risks because of new internet domains, but the publication of a list of newly applied-for domains will not allow them to calculate those risks precisely, an expert has said.
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Vodafone's small, controversial tax bill validated by UK.gov

The National Audit Office, asked to look into Vodafone's negotiated tax bill of £1.25bn, has decided it was a reasonable deal considering the cost of taking legal action against the company.
Bill Ray, 15 2012

Mighty Blighty's channel like a giant looming across the, er, Channel

IT distributors in the UK shifted some £1.76bn worth of kit and services in Q1, stats from Context reveal.
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'Scientists' seek to set world social, economic, tech policy at Rio+20

Comment An international body claiming to represent the world's scientists has issued a set of demands ahead of the "Rio+20" summit this month. In essence the would-be spokesmen say that people should largely stop having babies, old folk should be put to work and most modern technology should be suppressed. The rich nations of the world should accept a much lower standard of living, while poor ones should accept that their scope for improving their lot will be sharply limited, forever.
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Apple 13in MacBook Pro to fall into line this autumn

Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities, a stockbroker, has a good record on forecasts: he accurately predicted the launch of the 15in MacBook Pro with Retina Display just before the machine's announcement. He also correctly said Apple would kill off the 17in MacBook Pro.
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Is it time for enterprise PC outfits to carry Apple Macs?

For years, the Apple Mac has played a small and niche role in enterprise computing, finding favour in areas such as desktop publishing, graphical design and video or content production.
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ICANN eggfaced after publishing dot-word biz overlords' personal info

After proudly revealing the details of almost 2,000 new generic top-level domain applications, red-faced ICANN was today forced to yank the whole lot after applicants complained that their home addresses had been published by mistake.
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'Google released a dairy product'. What, it's cheesy?

QuotW This was the week when Apple held its Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco to confirm the many rumours that it had leaked had been circulating about new products and upgrades.
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Facebook set to file motion: Will blame NASDAQ for IPOcalpyse

Facebook is planning to file a motion in the US to consolidate all its shareholder lawsuits and blame the NASDAQ stock market for its disappointing IPO.
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Scottish council muzzles 9-year-old school dinner photo blogger

A Scottish council has been accused of crushing free speech by banning a nine year old girl from blogging about her school dinners.

Office 365: This cloud isn't going to put any admins out of a job

Sysadmin blog Moving all of your email onto Office 365 is pretty easy; making it work properly once it's there is another story. As a salable product, I find Office 365 extremely curious; it's workable enough if you have a decade or two's experience beating Exchange into submission ... but a little too complex for anyone else. The cloud is supposed to be "push button receive bacon", and in practice I have found Office 365 to be anything but.
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Unilever cutting tech bods, moving jobs to Bangalore: 800 face axe

Unilever is entering into a redundancy consultation process with techies amid plans to relocate the UK tech hub from Ewloe in Wales to its head office in Merseyside and outsource "some" roles to India, although it would not confirm how many. Around 800 staff will face the chop by 2013.

Microsoft plots entry into tablet trade

Microsoft will launch its own tablet device next week, entering the booming slate market without the help of a separate hardware manufacturer, it has been claimed.
Caleb Cox, 15 2012

PFY vs Bearded 80s Netscape Bore: BOFH

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Must try harder: Cumbria tells BT and Fujitsu to resubmit fibre plans

Residents in Cumbria have long complained about their broadband coverage being one of the weakest in the UK, and now the county's push for a faster fibre network faces delay after its council rejected bids from BT and Fujitsu.
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Scots council: 9-yr-old lunch blogger was causing 'distress and harm'

A Scottish council have said that a nine-year-old food blogger was misrepresenting her school dinners and distressing the canteen staff, by publishing a photoblog about her lunch.
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Apple 15in MacBook Pro with Retina Display

Review You’ve got to hand it to Apple. Having created the first Ultrabook about three years before Intel even got around to coining the brand, it has now taken another step forward with the new MacBook Pro With Retina Display.

Job-slashing HP 'to hire 15,000 staff in India' – report

UPDATE HP may be axing 27,000 staff members globally, but it could be about to help improve unemployment figures in India, with 15,000 hires possibly on the cards.
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German KIT v Fighting Seawolves in student cluster deathmatch

HPC blog According to bettors, the upcoming ISC’12 Student Cluster Challenge in Hamburg will come down to a competition between home-country team KIT (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology) and the New York-based Stony Brook University Fighting Seawolves. (No, I don’t know what a ‘Seawolf’ is either.)
Dan Olds, 15 2012
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Tumbleweed-plagued Google+ is minus Bejeweled and Wooga

Two games developers are withdrawing from Google's troubled social network Google+. Kiddie game dev Wooga and Popcap, which is owned by giant Electronic Arts, confirmed they are deploying their resources elsewhere. Popcap markets the popular Bejeweled game.

Retina Display detachment

Something for the Weekend, Sir? Those Cupertino Infinite Looping gits have done it again. I don't mean this in an upbeat, admiring, I-can't-believe-it's-not-butter kind of way. I mean it more in a they're-selling-us-less-for-more-cash, not to mention a downbeat now-everyone-else-will-do-the-same, kind of way.
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Logitech's G600 mouse packs keypad too

Logitech has unveiled the G600 MMO gaming mouse, a customisable clicker that squeezes a total of 20 buttons into the body. Schweet.
Caleb Cox, 15 2012

Windows Metro Maoist cadres reach desktop, pound it flat

The revolutionary dogma of Metro is sweeping through the old Windows desktop, too, a new leak of Window 8 confirms. The leaked build, newer than the public release of a fortnight ago, abandons the 3D design elements introduced into Windows in 1990 for a resolutely two-dimensional world.
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Council chief overrules blackout on Scots 9-yr-old's school lunch blog!

An hour after accusing a nine-year-old girl of causing distress with her "inaccurate" lunch blog, the Argyll and Bute council has overturned its cameras-in-the-canteen ban and once again allowed school children the option of photographing their lunch.
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Ethiopia to send Skype users to the slammer

The Ethiopian government has outlawed Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP) services. Those who disobey and continue to use programs such as Skype face up to 15 years in chokey.
Caleb Cox, 15 2012
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US culture to spread worldwide by means of Kindle, not iPad

The US State Department has defended its decision to deploy thousands of Amazon Kindle devices over the next five years, saying that putting the bid out to tender would be pointless as Amazon's rivals just won't do the job.
Bill Ray, 15 2012
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UK.gov Open Data site fills up with spam

Spammers have forced the Cabinet Office to close portions of the UK's open data website.
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Successful remnant of Motorola acquires successful remains of Psion

Psion Plc, once famous for producing excellent pocket computers and still selling handheld computing into vertical markets, has been bought by Motorola Solutions and will be subsumed into its new US owner.
Bill Ray, 15 2012
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Apple-Moto patent punchup can come into court, says judge

The US judge who "tentatively" dismissed an Apple v Motorola case last week has decided to give the companies another chance to prove each other wrong with an injunction hearing.
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Apple, Samsung snatch smartphone biz booty

Who's making money selling smartphones? Apple and Samsung and… er… that's it, market watcher ABI Research said today. Together, these two raked in more than 90 per cent of the market's profits.
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Apple must be tried for the bug in every fanboi's pocket

Apple will stand trial over accusations that it misled iPhone owners by storing detailed information about their location even when location was switched off, a judge ruled yesterday.
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FCC: Let's kill analogue early, fob diehards off with converter boxes

Opinion Every pay TV market has its idiosyncrasies, particularly for Multi System Operators (MSOs) such as Time Warner or Comcast in the US and Virgin Media in the UK. And in the US, one of these idiosyncrasies is the requirement that cable operators retransmit so called "must-carry" signals in both analogue and digital formats.
Faultline, 15 2012
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Mystery buyer scoops working Apple 1 at auction

A working Apple 1 computer has broken records at auction, with a mystery buyer shelling out $374,500 for the system, with a handwritten memo from Steve Jobs also selling for well over the guide price.