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Full Tilt Poker boss arrested over $430m 'Ponzi scheme'

The CEO of Full Tilt Poker has handed himself in to American authorities to face charges of running a Ponzi scheme against its users.
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Judge: Twitter offers free speech, American style

A New York judge has ruled that Twitter offers freedom of speech in the grand tradition of American liberty – but that won't help you when the police come knocking to take a peek at your posting history.
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Pretty returns to telco land with Mahindra Satyam

India’s IT outsourcing giant Mahindra Satyam has resurrected former high profile Telstra and Optus executive Ted Pretty, placing him in the chairman’s role for its newly fleshed out Australia and New Zealand operations.
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DDoS blackmailers busted in cross-border swoop

Chinese and Hong Kong cops are hailing another success in their cross-border cyber policing efforts with the scalp of a high profile DDoS blackmail gang which targeted gold, silver and securities traders in the former British colony.
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Orange San Diego Intel-based Android phone

Review If you own a smartphone then you are almost certainly using an ARM CPU. That’s good for ARM and its licensees but bad for Intel, as it wants a piece of the vast mobile chip market. Cue the San Diego, a retail version of Intel’s own Gigabyte-built smartphone reference platform built around a hyper-threading 1.6GHz Z2460 Atom processor.
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GPS spoofing countermeasures: Your smartphone already has them

Analysis There's suddenly a lot of panic about GPS satellite navigation spoofing, and BAE Systems among others would like to sell the military some tech to resist it. But in fact, most modern smartphones already have strong countermeasures against this sort of thing.
Bill Ray, 04 2012
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Border Agency comes out with another e-Borders deadline

The UK government has defended its under-fire Border Agency after MPs blasted the e-Borders passenger-scrutinising system as broken and its £9m iris scanners a waste of money.
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Big Data megaslurp 'to save UK.gov £30 BILLION pa', raves thinktank

Politicians should use their own expectations of privacy to judge how far the government should go when digging through databases and marrying up disparate information on individual citizens.
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Security boffins brew devilish Android rootkit

Computer scientists have identified a weakness in the Android mobile operating system that allows users to be tricked into silently installing hidden malware.
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Will Android, HTML5 tempt tabloid tablet tyrant Rupert Murdoch?

Analysis Rupert Murdoch has split News International in two, separating publishing (including his British phone-hacking-accused newspapers) from broadcasting and entertainment (everything else).
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Amazon buys 4-person 3D mapping startup, claims report

Amazon have marked a sharp change in corporate direction by buying up 3D mapping start-up UpNext yesterday for an undisclosed sum.
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Mexican election loser and Anonymous say vote was 'fraudulent'

Mexico's defeated leftist presidential candidate has claimed his country's election was "fraudulent", a claim supported by the local chapter of Anonymous.

Tosh handed $87 MILLION fine in LCD price fixing case

Japanese electronics giant Toshiba has come out fighting after becoming the latest big name to be found guilty of a widespread price-fixing racket relating to liquid crystal display (LCD) panels sold in the US.

Micron 'fesses up: Yes, we plan to eat limping DRAMurai warrior

After months of speculation and rumours, Micron's acquisition of Elpida has finally been announced. The firm has now signalled its intention to buy Elpida for 200 billion yen ($2.5bn, £1.6bn).
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CERN catches a glimpse of Higgs-like boson

CERN boffins have finally hit paydirt with the Large Hadron Collider, finding a particle that is pretty much almost certainly the long sought-after Higgs boson.
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US defence biz fined for busting China arms embargo

A top US defence contractor has been fined $75m (£47.8m) for flogging software to China that was a vital component in the country's first attack helicopter.
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Who runs UK? 'Tories, Lib Dems and Google' says Labour

Labour's deputy leader Harriet Harman has slammed Google's extraordinary influence over the UK's ruling Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition government.

Can you judge a man by his Twitter followers?

Sysadmin blog Is following someone on Twitter (or friending them on Facebook) an endorsement of that person? Social networking isn't going away, and increased corporate awareness of it means that systems administrators need to be prepared to answer these sorts of murky questions.
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Google Maps takes shelter from the British summer

Google has extended its indoor mapping, launched in America last November, to the UK, providing guidance around any property the owners care to share.
Bill Ray, 04 2012

Sluggish banking sector brings us down, moans Redstone

Managed services outfit Redstone made little progress on the sales front in fiscal 2012 ended 31 March – albeit in a stagnating market – but it did come closer to breaking even, according to prelims.
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Speaking in Tech: Apple, Oracle and Google SUCK at cloud

Podcast Podcast Our special guest this week at El Reg's enterprise tech-cast is George Reese, CTO and co-founder of enStratus, a cloud infrastructure management solution for deploying and managing enterprise-class applications in public, private and hybrid clouds. Your hosts Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela spoke with the …
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BBC TV boss George Entwistle nabs director general post

George Entwistle, a BBC insider since 1989, was today appointed the corporation's new director general and will replace Mark Thompson.

YouView launches with pricey premium DVR

YouView's long-awaited - no longer eagerly so, perhaps - set-top box will arrive in the shops of Britain's best-known electrical retailers "by the end of the month", but you'll have to pony up £300 for one.
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Microsoft claims Wii U is Nintendo's play for Xbox 360 gamers

Microsoft and Nintendo continue to squabble over the capabilities of their respective consoles. While Microsoft says the Wii U is no better than the Xbox 360 in terms of visual power, Ninty claims you'll barely notice a difference between its forthcoming console and any other next-gen gaming hardware.
Caleb Cox, 04 2012
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EC competition concerns stall UK's superfast broadband plans

Competition officials in Europe have stalled the UK government's plans to lay superfast fibre optic networks for 90 per cent of homes and businesses in the country by 2015.

Cisco, Fusion-io's blade lovechild in EMC flash face-off

Blocks and Files Will VCE ship Vblocks - its virtual machine battery farms - with Fusion-io flash cards inside instead of EMC's VFCache memory rival?
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Apple to build freakish headgear with peripheral vision

Apple has filed a patent – number 8,212,859 – for the treatment of peripheral areas in a head-mounted visual display... iGlasses anyone?
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Samsung fails to stall Galaxy Nexus sales ban

Samsung's bad luck in the US courts continues after Judge Lucy Koh refused to delay a ban on its Galaxy Nexus smartphones.
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41 London tube station platforms now WIRED for Wi-Fi

Virgin Media has now installed Wi-Fi kit in more than 40 London Underground stations as it continues to connect its fibre backhaul network to around half of the capital's tube stations – although the service will only be available at platform-level.
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HTC bags UK win in patent war with Apple

A UK court has decided that not only did HTC not infringe on four patents Apple brought against it, but three of them are invalid.

Sophos slips Junk into gap left by departing EMEA veep

Sophos veep for northern Europe, Middle East and Africa Ciaran Rafferty has quietly left the organisation, The Channel can reveal.
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Boffins pull off room-temp quantum computing with home-grown gems

One of the very many reasons there won't be quantum computing any time soon is that the quantum bits (qubits) need to be at absolute zero - not very practical for the average server room, much less the lowly desktop.
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New gov.uk site hits beta, flashes SINGLE typeface to punters

The government has released the beta version of its new digital portal – Gov.UK – with a search-focused homepage and a batch of fresh content.

Arrow ECS gets in on cloud aggregation game

Arrow ECS has lifted the covers off a cloud services aggregation and brokerage platform for resellers, ISVs and SIs.
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New UK network touts FREE* mobile broadband

The UK's latest mobile operator Samba won't charge punters for its wireless broadband. Instead it will ask customers to watch adverts in exchange for network access.
Bill Ray, 04 2012
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Euro Parliament kills ACTA treaty before court can look at it

As widely expected, the hapless Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) treaty has been rejected by the European Parliament.
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Ten... alien invasions

Sci-fi round-up Earlier this week, alien hunters donned their tinfoil hats for World UFO day and with Yanks celebrating Independence Day today, the topic of extra-terrestrial takeover lingers in the air. The public has even been debating who would be best equipped to tackle an alien invasion.
Caleb Cox, 04 2012

Bill Gates: iPad is OK, but what Apple really needs is a SURFACE

Bill Gates foresees a future without PCs or tablets - where there are only "Surface-like devices" - he told PBS chat show host Charlie Rose last night.
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Facebook: Our phone app DID seize your email

Facebook has admitted its mobile app altered phones' contacts books to use @facebook.com addresses.
Bill Ray, 04 2012
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Japan Anonymous aims to fight download law by picking up litter

Japan has set up a task force to battle Anonymous and potential cyber-espionage attacks.
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Facebook signs on for Malaysia cable

Facebook has emerged as an investor in the Asia Pacific Gateway submarine cable project, being built to link eight countries in the region.
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Crafty cuttlefish mimics male and female – at the same time

Male cuttlefish try to avoid fighting other males over mating rights, and new research from Macquarie University in Sydney has revealed the trick one species can play to look harmless: it can imitate male and female simultaneously.
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Apostrophe’s cause problem’s in e-health system’s

Australia’s bug-ridden PCEHR – personally-controlled electronic health record – has run into another first glitch, with its registration site reportedly rejecting names containing non-alphanumeric characters.