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Joe Biden vs Kim Dotcom - Megaupload thriller

The antipodes' most notorious online file sharer, Kim Dotcom, has vented his wrath at the White House claiming, that Vice-President Joe Biden instigated the raids on and shutdown of his Megaupload business.
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NextDC stumps up $133m for 'bulletproof' data centre

ASX listed data centre purveyor NextDC has ploughed $AU130m ($133m) into a new Melbourne based facility, M1, pitched as the city’s largest.
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Bank Trojan crooks trouser £800k from 30,000 Brits

Analysis Trustwave SpiderLabs has revealed how criminals stole more than £800,000 (€1m) from UK bank accounts using the Zeus Windows PC malware.
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Now Apple faces Siri court room showdown

Apple’s protracted iPad trademark battle with Proview appears to have opened the floodgates to further legal attacks in China, with Siri now being targeted in a law suit which could cost Cupertino in excess of $60 million to resolve.
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Telstra re-stocks shelves with phones from alleged sweatshop

Aussie telecoms giant Telstra has decided to start selling equipment made by controversial Chinese manufacturer VTech again, barely a week after suspending sales in the wake of a report detailing serious labour and human rights violations.

UK's chief procurement officer quits for COO post at recruitment firm

The government's chief procurement officer John Collington has resigned to leave for a post in the private sector.
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China trains its cannons on digital pirates

The Chinese government has announced a tough four month crackdown targeting online piracy in the country, just as European netizens celebrate their Parliament’s rejection of the controversial ACTA treaty.

'Amazon can't do what we do': Twitter-miner's BYO data centre heresy

Sometimes floating on somebody else’s cloud isn’t enough. Sometimes you just have to float alone – no matter how young you are. DataSift, the five-year-old big data company mining billions of tweets and Wikipedia edits, reckons it’s just one year away from building its own data centre.
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The touchscreens that push back, thanks to Brit hi-fi boffinry

You'd be forgiven for never having heard of flat loudspeaker designer NXT. Mission, Quad, Wharfedale and Cyrus are the brands it all but destroyed before ending up as one of the UK's smallest listed companies, though one with aspirations to rise again.
Bill Ray, 05 2012
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Total bankers: Twitter and LinkedIn's cynical API play

Open ... and Shut In tech today, it has become a truism that "if you're not paying for it, you're the product". Somehow we have applied this wisdom to consumers without recognising that the same principle applies to enterprises and their developers. Recently, however, Netflix and LinkedIn have reminded us just how precarious it is to build on someone else's platform - or API.
Matt Asay, 05 2012
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Big media little iPad stories suggest Apple is cranking up the spin cycle

The latest 'iPad Mini' rumours don't tell us anything more about the putative device than we knew already - what's telling is where the rumours are being reported.
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Europe's prang-phone-in-every-car to cost €5m per life saved

Members of the European Parliament are backing calls for a mandatory eCall scheme, forcing every car sold in Europe to be fitted with an embedded mobile communications device to save an estimated 2,500 lives.
Bill Ray, 05 2012
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'Ed must go' – pundits round on Ofcom chief after failed Beeb DG bid

Comment For months Ofcom chief Ed Richards was the bookies' favourite to run the BBC, but he hasn't got the job he craved. As decision day approached, the prospect of Richards running the BBC sent the Daily Mail newspaper, which had campaigned hard against him, into near meltdown.

SAP bruiser Itelligence gobbles rival Blueprint

Preposterously named SAP reseller Itelligence UK has swallowed rival Blueprint Management Systems (BMS) for an undisclosed sum.

Did your iPhone 'just stop working' - or did you drop it in your BEER?

Apple was awarded patents on 21 of its design and engineering applications yesterday - including one for a head-mounted immersive visual display.

Er, you remember you tried to sell me that security package...

Poll We all know a real world example can make all the difference when selling technology. Nothing mows down those objections like seeing the company's crowd jewels disappearing as fast as your broadband provider can upload.
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Disappearing space dust belt baffles boffins

Boffins were bewildered when a star's dust belt mysteriously disappeared, but they now think that the vanishing fragments could have used up in some superfast planet formation.
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Startup pitches £64 hackable Android console

High-profile backers have pledged support for a $99 (£64) "built to be hacked" Android-based games console which promises all titles will be free to play and welcomes any developer to the party.
Caleb Cox, 05 2012
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'Apple is corrupting App Store downloads', warn angry devs

Apple's App Store is apparently damaging the contents of applications as they're downloading, leaving developers flooded with complaints about errors they can't fix.
Bill Ray, 05 2012
Samsung Chromebox Series 3 XE300M22 Chrome OS cloud computer

Review: Samsung Chromebox

Moan, moan, moan: that’s how I suspected this review would come across as I pondered on my initial impressions of Samsung’s Chromebox – its Mac Mini-styled desktop computer that runs Google’s Chrome OS. You know, the online operating system that turns your computer into paperweight when there’s no internet connection. And then I paused for a moment – this is a Samsung product, but my heavy sighs and mutterings have little to do with the hardware.
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Rifle-waving Yank's premature detonation ruins city's big bang

An early morning rifle test ended rather badly yesterday when a rogue shot detonated $80,000 of fireworks set aside for Fourth of July celebrations.
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BT upset at Ofcom's wholesale leased-line price cap plan

BT is worried about Ofcom's plans to tighten its control of the national telco's wholesale Ethernet services prices outside of London.
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BT broadband packs up again - second big outage in a fortnight

Updated BT has once again suffered what appears to be a major network outage affecting what the company described as "multiple areas".
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YouView: The long march to... er, where exactly?

When YouView was conceived at the BBC in 2007 as "the iPlayer in hardware" it caused huge convulsions across the TV industry. Sky and Virgin grumbled about anticompetitive practices.
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Ex-France Telecom CEO probed over staff suicide spate

Former France Telecom chief executive Didier Lombard is under investigation following a spate of staff suicides at his firm in 2008 and 2009.
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Blizzard coughs to boring Diablo III conclusion

Blizzard admitted flaws with Diablo III this week and conceded the game failed to keep players engaged for as long as they might have expected.
Caleb Cox, 05 2012

Used software firms win small victory in shrinking on-premises world

Software-makers were caught off guard by a July judgment by the Court of Justice of the European Union on the UsedSoft GmbH v Oracle International Corp case.

Trekkie pays £45,000 for rusty shuttle

A dilapidated shuttlecraft prop used in the original Star Trek series has sold at auction for $70,000 (£45,000). Some Trekkies have far too much cash in their hands.
Caleb Cox, 05 2012
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Buy Smarter: what you need to know about... SSDs

Smarter Memory The solid state drive (SSD) is like a fast hard disk drive (HDD) with no moving parts. Many SSDs can be used as direct replacements for mechanical hard drives, although usually with a capacity restriction.
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Watch smarter: video guide to... SSDs

Smarter Memory The solid state drive (SSD) is like a fast hard disk drive (HDD) with no moving parts. Many SSDs can be used as direct replacements for mechanical hard drives, although usually with a capacity restriction.
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Google makes Opera bloggers an offer they can't refuse: Use Chrome

Google is warning Opera web browser users they must switch to Chrome in order to use Blogger.com, the search giant's blog-hosting service. No technical incompatibilities have been found to justify the alarm.
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BA staff to google for snaps, dirt on biz-class passengers

British Airways has denied "compiling secretive data" about its business-class passengers after launching its "Know Me" programme to personalise customers' travel plans.
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California clears way for Steve Jobs' 'private Apple spaceship'

Apple's giant glass doughnut with apricot groves will be fast-tracked through the planning system, Cupertino City Council announced, smoothing the approval process for its 3 million square foot (278,709m2) Campus 2 building.
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Spring father Rod Johnson pushes eject, pops out of VMware

Spring Framework creator Rod Johnson has left VMware, where he headed up the virtualisation giant’s open-source Java and middleware efforts.
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Global players wolfing down chips again after crap Q1

The chip market is growing again after slumping a bit in the past several months, holding out hope for semis that the growth rate in the second half of the year will be sufficient for the industry to eke out some increases for the full year. It all hangs on whether the global economy and the insatiable desire of consumers for electronics both hold out.
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Russia's 'Silicon Valley' dumps a million bucks into US cloud biz

Russian government-backed technology fund the Skolkovo Foundation has pumped $1m into a private American cloud company - Jelastic - which means the Palo Alto start-up will open a secondary office in Russia's Silicon Valley – Skolkovo Innovation Park in the Moscow suburb of Skolkovo.
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DNSchanger shutdown may kick 300,000 offline on Monday

An estimated 300,000 computer connections are going to get scrambled when the FBI turns off the command and control servers for the DNSChanger botnet on Monday.
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Computer error triggers mass rocket launch

Americans love their fireworks on Independence Day, but it is possible to have too much of a good thing. That's what spectators got on July 4 in San Diego, California, when an errant computer triggered every rocket in the city's annual display to launch at once.
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Calxeda ramping up ARM server boards

Updated Calxeda, the ARM server-chip upstart that HP tapped for its "Redstone" hyperscale servers last November, is getting ready to ramp up production on the server cards that use its quad-core EnergyCore ARM processors, and is making waves with benchmarks while promising to do a better job with comparative testing against x86 architectures.
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Storage company bribed bankers to win fat contracts - Feds

FalconStor bribed banking executives with gambling, golf, stock and gifts to get $12.2m of business. That's what led to the founder's ousting, fines and a deferred prosecution agreement.
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Judge: Patent litigants behave like animals

The outspoken judge who threw out Apple's patent suit against Motorola Mobility has called into question the entire US patent system, comparing patent litigants to violent beasts.

Numbers don't lie: Apple's ascent eviscerates Microsoft

Comment Microsoft Windows once enjoyed a seemingly insurmountable dominance over operating systems offered by Apple, but new market share number-crunching shows Apple's inexorable rise blasting gaping holes in Redmond's once-impregnable battlements.
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Rutherford Appleton Lab fires up ceepie-geepie hybrid

A consortium of universities in Oxfordshire and the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory has finished building two new supercomputer clusters for academic and corporate researchers to let their codes loose upon.
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Google denies Redmond report of a spamming Android botnet

Google is disputing claims from a Microsoft researcher that a functioning botnet is operating on Android phones and spamming out Viagra and penny stock adverts to unsuspecting punters.
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Texas Higgs hunters mourn the particle that got away

Now that the elusive Higgs boson has, for all intents and purposes, been goosed into existence, the scientific world is popping champagne corks, lifting pints, and otherwise celebrating CERN's apparent success.