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Microsoft lobs licensing liposuction at Server 2012

Microsoft has unveiled licensing terms for its upcoming Windows Server 2012, slimming down to four versions and ending the Home and Small Business Server options.
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Huawai teams with Aussie investors to launch APAC cable

Quest Telecom, the Hong Kong based subsidiary of Australian diversified investment outfit Quest Investments, has signed an MoU with Huawei Marine Networks to develop and launch integrated submarine optic cable systems throughout the Asia Pacific.
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HP patents teleprompter-esque transparent screen tech

HP has bagged a US patent on its way of making a see-through screen, which will let users see stuff onscreen as well as whatever's behind it.
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Private cloud outfit chooses X-IO ISE instead of forklift SAN upgrade

Private cloud outfit RTW Hosting, facing a costly filer forklift upgrade to remedy pressing performance problems, has spent a million dollars on X-IO's sealed ISE storage canisters and says it got itself a twenty-fold improvement in virtual machine deployment speed.

Suppliers race to bag first G-Cloud accredited platform

The race is on in the channel to pocket the first G-Cloud pan-government accreditation for infrastructure- and software-as-a-service platforms.
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Libya's new rulers fire up Gaddafi's surveillance tech

Libya's transitional government has quietly reactivated the surveillance technology it inherited from the Gaddafi regime, the Wall Street Journal reports.
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UK is first class for train Wi-Fi in Europe

On-train wireless internet connectivity is growing fast in Europe - but even faster in the UK, which now has more than 2,000 Wi-Fi equipped carriages.
Bill Ray, 06 2012
Panasonic Eluga DL1 waterproof Android smartphone

Panasonic Eluga DL1 waterproof Android

Review Over the course of the last decade Panasonic all but vanished from the European consumer mobile phone market but it’s back with a bang with the Eluga - an acronym of ‘elegant user-oriented gateway’. Or at least back with a loud thump - the bang is really the Eluga Power, a 5in 720p Qualcomm Krait-powered beast due later this year.
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Dell's partners fear divorce after firm beds new squeeze

CommVault and Symantec will be getting the jitters now that Dell is buying Quest, having acquired AppAssure and its continuous data protection technology just a few months back. Now it looks like the hardware giant is plumping up its portfolio of software with its latest acquisition... which might make its partnerships with the software firms redundant.
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Shuttleworth: Why Windows 8 made us ditch GPL Linux loader

Ubuntu daddy Mark Shuttleworth has defended Canonical’s decision to play ball with Microsoft's Windows 8 security policy that could stop “unauthorised” Linux builds from booting on new PCs and tablets.
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My dad found the Higgs boson! Reminiscences of a CERN kid

When your Dad’s a bus driver or a bank manager life must be simple. Bring-your-kids-to-work day involves things like garages and spreadsheets: when I was little it meant trying not to step in front of a particle beam.
Lucy Orr, 06 2012
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BT to patrol MoD's cyber borders for another 7 years

The UK's Ministry of Defence will rely on BT to defend its electronic borders for another seven years, the company has announced, extending its existing arrangement.
Bill Ray, 06 2012
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Tech biz today is WORSE than dot-com bubble days

Open ... and Shut Tech industry titans are fond of reminding us just how different 2012 is than the irrationally exuberant days of the dot-come bubble and crash, and they're right. According to some data, today is even worse.
Matt Asay, 06 2012

Former Intrinsic boss Mason pitches up at avsnet

Former Intrinsic Technology boss Mike Mason has surfaced at reseller minnow avsnet as non-exec chairman.
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Seagate fscks up: Disk drive sales fall short by $500m

Seagate will miss its fourth quarter's sales target as its competitors recover faster than expected from floods that knackered hard drive supplies.

BOFH: The back-up backdown smackdown

Episode 6 "So is all the data gone?" the voice whimpers over the hands-free.
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China reveals new strategy of stockpiling rare earths

Tech supply chain jitters are set to resurface after it emerged that China has begun the strategic stockpiling of rare earth minerals.

Samsung: World LOVES our chips 'n' mobes – expect a record quarter

Samsung is expecting to announce yet another quarter of record profits at the end of this month, no doubt driven by its Galaxy smartphone sales.
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The Archers INVADE Guernsey, rebrand it Borchester

Offshore tax haven Guernsey briefly rebranded itself as the metropolitan area of "Borchester" in a cock-up with the island state's website.

Door creaks and girl farts: computing in the real world

Something for the weekend, Sir? A few weeks ago I dissed the expensive new Apple MacBook Pro for trading a downgraded component spec in return for a pretty display and solid-state memory. In passing, I gave an example of this downgrade: the lack of a CD drive.
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Mega French operator SFR prepares to slash another €500m in costs

French operator SFR plans to cut costs by at least €500m (£398.5m) next year, according to union sources, and that's in addition to the €450m in cuts already in process.
Bill Ray, 06 2012

Forget Ultrabooks and Win 8 - only fondleslabs can save us now

Only the fondleslab can save the flatlining PC market this year, as sales of traditional platforms continue to flatline – and nothing on the horizon suggests a buying frenzy is likely in the second half of the year.
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Two-horse! race! to! seize! Yahoo! poisoned! chalice!

Yahoo! is expected to make interim CEO Ross Levinsohn's role permanent or snag Hulu.com boss Jason Kilar as its new chief executive.

Behind every great athlete is a nervous network engineer

London Olympics Had there been a functioning mobile network in Greece in 490BC, the messenger Pheidippides wouldn’t have had to run from Marathon to Athens, only to breathe his last as he delivered news of victory over the Persians.
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Microsoft's XML 0-day fix expected in July Patch Tuesday

Microsoft is planning to release nine bulletins, three critical, as part of the July edition of its Patch Tuesday monthly update cycle.
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NatWest seeks volunteers to bonk with their iPhones

NatWest is asking volunteers to test its pay-by-bonk service on their iPhones, and is looking for 1,000 of its customers willing to wrap their iPhone in an iCarte case with embedded NFC.
Bill Ray, 06 2012
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Apple 'fesses up: We broke App Store downloads

An Apple App Store server spat out broken copies of several high-profile titles this week, the iPad maker has admitted.
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Ex-Alibaba GM cuffed as bribery scandal resurfaces

A former general manager at one of e-commerce giant Alibaba’s web businesses has been arrested by Chinese police on suspicion of bribery, as the scandal-hit firm struggles to move on from long-standing allegations of corruption.

Stay 10 steps ahead of big vendors before they steal your lunch

So far the data centre channel has been reasonably resilient to the economic downturn, but news of a double-dip recession will send many resellers scrambling for their tin helmets.
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Moles expose Amazon smartphone plan

Amazon is working on a smartphone - Kindle-branded, presumably - to take on Apple and Samsung, it has been claimed.
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'Amazon plans iPhone-killing Android mobe' – report

It was only a matter of time before rumours started circulating that Amazon wanted to build a smartphone, since every tech firm worth their salt these days has to be rumoured to be taking on either the iPhone or the iPad.
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Post-pub nosh deathmatch: Haggis pakora v huevos rancheros

It's been more than a month on the salads and with our necks in the fruit bowl for the Special Projects Bureau's elite post-pub nosh deathmatch team, following the mealy pudding v migas clash of titans.
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Wish you were here? NASA rover beams postcard from Mars

Pic Mars rover Opportunity has sent back this panoramic holiday snap of the Martian winter.
Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook

Dell seeks Linux fans to try cut-price Ubuntu Ultrabook

Dell is tempting Linux developers with the promise of a cut-price XPS 13 Ultrabook running Ubuntu 12.04 LTS.
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Watch out for the GIGANTIC ALIEN JELLYFISH, warns space boffin

A British satellite expert reckons aliens will be enormous bewildering monsters ideal for depicting on telly science shows, the very sort of programme the government adviser is happy to front.
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Phone-raiding Trojan slips past Apple’s App Store censors

A mobile Trojan that secretly sends the phone's whereabouts and its address book to spammers has slipped into Apple's App Store and Google's Play marketplace.
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IT pulls its job creation weight in June in the US

A lot of things might be sizzling or even on fire right now in the United States, but job creation is not one of them.
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Gamers bereft as Xbox Live takes a dive

Updated Microsoft's Xbox Live service is down, apparently across the world, and Redmond is trying to sort out the problems so gamers can get their Friday fix.
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Mozilla Foundation and EFF join hunt for Syrian open source developer

The open source community and human rights organizations have joined forces to find a software developer who has been missing for months following the recent civil unrest in Syria.
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Informatica caught flat-footed by revenue shortfall

June was not a particularly fun month for data-integration software specialist Informatica, which has just put out preliminary financial figures for its second quarter ended last week.

Cisco backs down on cloud control of routers

Cisco has completed its climb-down over who gets to control Linksys routers, it or the people who bought them.
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Mozilla shoots down Thunderbird, hatches new release model

Mozilla has announced a new plan for the ongoing development of its Thunderbird email client that it says will provide for a stable product and continued opportunity for innovation
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Revealed at last: Universe's intergalactic dark matter skeleton

Higgs, Schmiggs... When that infinitesimal speck was sucking up all the journalistic oxygen on Independence Day, another momentous scientific discovery was also being announced: the first observation of filaments of dark matter, the stuff that forms the "skeleton" of our universe.