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Intel invests millions in social computing research center

At Intel Labs' annual outing, Chipzilla has announced it is investing millions in a new social research center and explained how it plans to avoid the mistakes of researchers in the past.
Iain Thomson, 27 Jun 2012
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Zeebox set to put ze bomb under Aus broadcasters

Anthony Rose, the brains behind the BBC's iPlayer and former Kazaa CTO, is preparing to launch his social TV platform Zeebox in Australia.
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Tech giants on trial as report reveals more Chinese factory abuses

Analysis First it was Apple and Foxconn, now Motorola, AT&T, Sony, Deutsche Telekom and others have come under the spotlight after a new report made shocking allegations of human and labour rights violations at the Chinese factories of technology supplier VTech.
Phil Muncaster, 27 Jun 2012
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Sony SmartWatch Android remote

Review Sony has tried this remote phone manager and viewer malarkey before with its LiveView that first appeared almost two years ago. The idea was sound but the execution was somewhat undermined by the fact it just didn’t work. Evidently, Sony thinks it’s time for another crack at this concept with the SmartWatch
Alun Taylor, 27 Jun 2012
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Anonymous turns ire on Japan after anti-piracy law passes

It was only a matter of time – hacktivist group Anonymous has taken aim at the web sites of political parties and government departments in Japan in retaliation for a tough new anti-piracy bill passed last week.
Phil Muncaster, 27 Jun 2012
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Biz MPs gung-ho for 'Google Review'

The Parliamentary committee which monitors the Business Department has warmly backed No 10's copyright revolution, and urged the Hargreaves' Independent Review of IP and Growth – aka the Google Review – to speed ahead.
Andrew Orlowski, 27 Jun 2012
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NASA counts down to nuclear tank invasion of Mars

New vid It's T-40 days unti NASA's nuclear powered Curiosity rover arrives at Mars and commences re-entry and descent to the surface beneath its hover-rocket sky crane lander - and the space mission's engineers are biting their nails.
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I'm the world's fastest! No, I am! And I'm staggering, too!

ISC 2012 Xyratex has formally launched its ClusterStor high-performance computing drive arrays, saying it's the fastest data storage array for high-performance computing in the industry. At the other end of the scale HP has revved its X5000 NAS filer upping capacity and adding iSCSI SAN access.
Chris Mellor, 27 Jun 2012
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Cabinet Office: We've cut taxpayers' SAP and Microsoft bills

The Cabinet Office estimates it will squeeze out £65m in savings this fiscal year through a public-sector-wide deal it recently cut with Microsoft.
Paul Kunert, 27 Jun 2012
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69,000 sign petition to save TV-linker O'Dwyer from US extradition

Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales has got over 69,000 signatures on a petition to save a 24-year-old Briton from extradition to the US.
Anna Leach, 27 Jun 2012
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Microsoft: We tried to use Azure ourselves last year, and couldn't

In the first half of 2011, Microsoft made a series of changes at the top of the team running Windows Azure, its cloud.
Tim Anderson, 27 Jun 2012
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Automatic Wi-Fi roam, signup and billing via SIM card to be tested

Thirty-seven communications companies around the world have signed up to trial Hotspot 2 Wi-Fi roaming – and billing – using commercially available routers later this year, it has been announced. Hotspot 2 tech allows a mobile handset (or tablet, or ereader) to automatically detect, connect to and register with a Wi-Fi base station. But while Hotspot 2 has the potential to be more disruptive than Wi-Fi was, the disruption may already have started.
Bill Ray, 27 Jun 2012
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Android Firefox: Screaming, awesome, you'll go blind etc

Updated Mozilla has galloped a new version of Firefox for Android out of the gates just ahead of the expected full launch of Chrome on mobes later this week.
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Be co-founder mows BT's long grass in bid for fibre success

Interview Dana Pressman Tobak can probably be spotted in the footnote of broadband history, having founded Be Unlimited with her university pal Boris Ivanovic, before quickly selling it on to O2 within a year of offering the product to the company's customers. And now the duo are back, this time under the guise of Hyperoptic – a Shepherd's Bush-based outfit that claims download and upload speeds of 1Gbit/s for high-rise-living Londoners. In an exclusive interview with The Register, Tobak tells us just how much fibre she hopes to quickly feed to the UK.
Kelly Fiveash, 27 Jun 2012
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Ultrabook makers take the Ivy Bridge path

Extreme Hardware Intel launched quad-core versions of its Ivy Bridge processor in April but held back on dual-core versions, apparently to sell out its Sandy Bridge dual-core chips. With the dual-core Ivy Bridge CPUs out this month, PC makers are already starting to announce notebooks based on the new architecture.
Kenny Hemphill, 27 Jun 2012
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Administrator eyes DVR firesale after TVonics collapse

UK DVR maker TVonics has gone into administration. The maker of Freeview HD recorders, including the DTR-Z500HD and DTR-HD500, was placed in the hands of Bell Advisory on 12 June. And, though it’s been in administration before and survived, back in 2008, things don’t look good this time round.
Nigel Whitfield, 27 Jun 2012
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Crypto boffins: RSA tokens can be cracked in 13 MINUTES

Crypto boffins have developed an attack that's capable of extracting the protected information from hardened security devices such as RSA's SecurID 800.
John Leyden, 27 Jun 2012
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Apple wins US ban on Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1

A US judge has granted Apple's request to ban Samsung Galaxy Tabs 10.1 in the US over a single patent.
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Data-furtling execs look to establish cohabiting silos

EqualLogic alumni are at it again; running a storage startup to virtually tier data in different silos and extract information simply without complex server analytics software.
Chris Mellor, 27 Jun 2012
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Apple iPhone turns five this Friday

The iPhone first went on sale five years ago this week and it has already clocked up more than $150 billion in revenues - more than the annual GDP of Hungary - for Apple.
Tony Smith, 27 Jun 2012
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Doug Cutting: Hadoop dodged a Microsoft-Oracle stomping

Interview We’ve all heard plenty about open source changing the dynamics of the tech industry and upsetting the old order. Open source, we’re told, is manifest destiny. Companies that ignore it will be consigned to history and CIOs who assert there’s no freebie code behind their firewalls are out of touch with devs happily humming to Tomcat, Apache, Linux and PHP. At least that's how the story goes.
Gavin Clarke, 27 Jun 2012
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FBI nabs 24 in card-fraud forum sting

Updated An FBI sting operation against an underground carding forum has resulted in 24 arrests.
John Leyden, 27 Jun 2012
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Automated bank scam 'Operation High Roller' stole from the rich

Security researchers have uncovered a sophisticated, multi-tiered financial fraud ring that may have defrauded businesses, wealthy individuals and banks of tens of millions of dollars.
John Leyden, 27 Jun 2012
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Raspberry Pi to skipper microship across Atlantic

Raspberry Pi's journey to punters pockets has hardly gone swimmingly, but as it prepares to cross the Atlantic in a homemade autonomous boat - aptly dubbed FishPi - the budget Linux PC continues to make quite a splash in the tech pool.
Caleb Cox, 27 Jun 2012
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Cisco CTO Warrior to head up strategy

Cisco chief strategist Ned Hooper is leaving the firm to create an investment fund, CEO John Chambers has confirmed in a blog.
Paul Kunert, 27 Jun 2012
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T-shirt race stragglers aim for student cluster compo crown

ISC 2012 We catch up with the University of Colorado team (profile here) on the last day of the 2012 ISC Student Cluster Competition (aka Hell on the Elbe) in Hamburg.
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Bletchley Park gets £7.4m to tart up WWII code-breaking huts

Bletchley Park has successfully raised the £2.4m it needed to start restoration on code-breaking huts at the World War II site and build a new visitor centre.
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Dell extends XPS laptop line

Dell has extended is XPS line of laptops, with 14in and 15in models joining the 13in Ultrabook it launched earlier this year.
Hard Reg, 27 Jun 2012
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Microsoft loses appeal against EU antitrust smackdown

The EU's second-highest court has rejected Microsoft's appeal on the antitrust fine levied by the European Commission four years about, although it did knock a cool €39m (£31.2m) off the total.

SanDisk drives to Valley, picks up new kid for enterprise flash

Flash product maker and shaker SanDisk has bought Schooner Information Technology, which makes virtual machine-based MySQL and Memcached web cache program acceleration software using cores, threads and solid state drives.
Chris Mellor, 27 Jun 2012
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Star Trek app warps into TiVo space

Star Trek buffs who still haven't bought all the DVDs, HD DVDs and Blu-rays will be able to enjoy the original series on telly, courtesy of Virgin Media's CBS Action channel, which is not only showing the series again but has a tie-in app for Virgin's TiVo box.
Hard Reg, 27 Jun 2012

HP asks court to force Oracle to obey Itanium contract

HP has told a US court that it should force Oracle to keep supporting its Itanium-based servers for as long as HP sells them.
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YouView 'launch event' to take place next week

YouView may be about to finally go public with its would-be IPTV platform standard. It has scheduled an announcement next week and is today kicking off a in-home trial of the service.
Tony Smith, 27 Jun 2012
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ISC cluster kids KIT plan to drive off with vendor swag

ISC 2012 The home team at the 2012 ISC Student Cluster Challenge, Team KIT (profile here), are a confident bunch. Not quite cocky, but confident. They made it through their first cluster competition with almost-flying colours – they had significant problems on only one of the surprise applications (WRF) on the first day of competition.
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HP open sources WebOS TouchPad tablet GUI

HP has released the first part of WebOS Community Edition (WOCE), the latest incarnation of the one-time Palm operating system.
Tony Smith, 27 Jun 2012
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Speaking in Tech: Who uses Google Wallet?

Podcast Podcast This week in El Reg's enterprise and consumer tech-cast, our hosts Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela chat about slabs, VMWare's new desktop virtualisation strategy, Microsoft's Yammer buyout and more.
Team Register, 27 Jun 2012
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Suppliers finally get contracts for £4bn gov IT shopping centre

Suppliers bidding for a place on the delayed IT Hardware & Services (ITH&S) framework have finally been awarded their contracts.
Paul Kunert, 27 Jun 2012

China's NUDT students hope GPUs will grind down rivals

ISC 2012 China’s National University of Defense Technology (NUDT, profile here) is staying true to its heritage by being the only team to use a hybrid CPU/GPU system at the ISC 2012 Student Cluster Competition in Hamburg.
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Fraudsters phish for NatWest clients with 'Stephen Hester' email

NatWest customers are being targeted by a run of fake "phishing" emails exploiting the recent disruption in the bank's services, Action Fraud warns.
John Leyden, 27 Jun 2012

ISC 2012: China's 'Pop Idols' seek Klusterkamph glory

ISC 2012 Video The Tsinghua University team (profile here) didn’t take the easy route to the ISC 2012 Student Cluster Competition in Hamburg. They had to fight their way in a Pop Idols-style smackdown along with five other universities, which all competed to carry the Chinese flag in an intra-country play-in round.
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Scaling the heights of private cloud

Infographic We’ve done it again. Another couple of slices through our Private Cloud research delivered in stunning Technicolor gloryvision.
David Gordon, 27 Jun 2012

HPC whizzkids battle own software on final day of student compo

ISC 2012 It's the last day of the 2012 ISC Student Cluster Competition, and Stony Brook University (profile here) has had their work cut out for them so far... From the very beginning, they had software problems with their cluster, requiring them to concentrate on troubleshooting and repairing while their competitors were running code. Despite this, they managed to complete the competition and turn in credible scores on the benchmarks and applications.
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Microsoft's offices gutted in Athens arson attack

Microsoft's Greek headguarters in Athens have been attacked by arsonists, who caused serious damage but didn't injure anyone.
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Microsoft says tablets will trump PCs in 2013

Microsoft reckons tablets will outsell standard PCs next year - and Windows 8 will be the catalyst for the shift.
Caleb Cox, 27 Jun 2012
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SurfTheChannel site operator found guilty of conspiracy to defraud

A landmark legal case has ended with the operator of streaming links website SurfTheChannel.com being found guilty.
Andrew Orlowski, 27 Jun 2012
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UK Supremes back Oracle against reseller who brought Sun kit to EU

Oracle has won a UK Supreme Court ruling in its long-running battle with dealer M-Tech Data that upholds the database-maker's right to be the first to bring its gear to EU markets.
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Atari turns 40: Pong, Pac-Man and a $500 gamble

Forty years ago today, one of the most iconic names in computing was born: Atari.
Gavin Clarke, 27 Jun 2012
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Ten... highlights from 40 years of Atari

Antique code show With Atari celebrating its 40th anniversary today, we thought we'd look back at the company's rise and fall in the computing world, in case you're either too young or - worst case scenario - too addled to remember.
Caleb Cox, 27 Jun 2012
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Microsoft concocts cloudy mixture with System Center 2012

Is it possible to have cloud and on-premise computing intermingled in a hybrid called the private cloud?
Tim Anderson, 27 Jun 2012
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Google unveils Nexus 7 tablet, Android 4.1 and Nexus Q

Google I/O Google has used its annual developer conference, Google I/0 2012 in San Francisco, to announce its long-expected tablet, the Nexus 7, along with a new 4.1 build of Android (codenamed Jelly Bean) and a hackable home streaming Android computer called the Nexus Q that is shaped like a ball.
Iain Thomson, 27 Jun 2012
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Red Hat: Keep clouds open, like Linux

Red Hat Summit At last year's Red Hat Summit, it was CEO Jim Whitehurst who preached to the open source choir about the need to keep virtualization and the cloudy extensions of it open. And at this year's event in Boston, it was Paul Cormier, president of products at the billion-dollar commercial open source software powerhouse, who banged on the open drum as he and the Red Hat team fleshed out the latest cloudy tools, launched this week.

Google wingmen rain Project Glass on San Francisco

Google I/O Google's Sergey Brin has confirmed that the first units of Project Glass, his pet project of wearable computing systems previewed earlier this year, will be available to US customers early in 2013.
Iain Thomson, 27 Jun 2012

Patent trolling cost the US $29 BILLION in 2011

New research from Boston University suggests that “patent trolling” is a very expensive business, costing $US29 billion in 2011 in America alone, and that trolling reduces the funds available for innovation.
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Australia goes cold on ACTA

Another bit of flesh dropped off the decaying zombie that is ACTA, with the Australian parliamentary Treaties Committee recommending that ratification be deferred - partly because of its near-collapse in Europe.
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Red Hat Storage Server NAS takes on Lustre, NetApp

Red Hat Summit Red Hat has a server operating system, middleware, virtualization, and a cloud fabric – and now it has production-grade, scale-out clustered network-attached storage now that it is shipping its Storage Server 2.0 software.