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Oracle acquisition gets Larry more Involver(ed) with Facebook

Oracle is about to gain millions of fans – by buying software that powers Facebook fan pages. On Tuesday the database giant announced it would acquire Involver, a social-media software company, for an undisclosed sum.
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Zeebox lands in Aus with a click from Ten

IPTV guru Anthony Rose has officially launched his new social TV platform zeebox in Australia in a joint-venture with Network Ten. Australia is the third market destination for zeebox after launching in it’s HQ of the UK last year and most recently in the US.
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Apple's new iPad set for July 20 China launch

Scalpers take note: Apple’s long-awaited shiny new iPad will finally launch in mainland China as of 20 July.
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China's censors move to stamp out sex and violence online

China’s shadowy army of government censors have turned their attention to online video with strict new guidelines set to further curb freedom of expression on the internet.
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Gaping 'open data' loophole could leave your privates on display

Comment The government has just published its ideas for allowing general access to data, which includes the intention to grant individuals online access to their own personal data. In general, I support this measure but sadly, the Open Data White Paper (PDF) has not even considered that it has widened the privacy problems associated with “enforced subject access”*.
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ICO: Nearly HALF all FOI complaints are about local councils

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) received 1,922 freedom of information complaints about local authorities in 2011-12, accounting for 43 per cent of the total number of complaints, according to the watchdog's latest annual report.
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WTF is... WiGig

Feature It's now more than two years since the Wireless Gigabit Alliance (WGA) released the first full version of its 7Gb/s would-be next-gen Wi-Fi technology. There's been some activity in the intervening 26 months, including the first big multi-vendor interoperability test, but the second of these "plugfests" has only now taken place.
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Multi-platform exploit sniffs your OS, penetrates your back door

Cybercrooks have begun deploying a web exploit which detects whether the victim is running Windows, Mac OS or Linux before firing an appropriate Trojan.
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Watch out, Apple: HTC ruling could hurt your patent income

Apple may review its patent licensing and enforcement strategy in light of a ruling by the UK's High Court last week, an expert has said.
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New electronic labels squeal to spare you from food poisoning

Packaging giant Bemis and Norway's ThinFilm will print sticky labels capable of monitoring and remembering the conditions in which their attached goods have been stored.
Bill Ray, 11 2012
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Top spook: ISP black boxes NOT key to UK's web-snoop plan

Government-funded black boxes that monitor the UK's internet traffic are not "the cornerstone" of the Home Office's web super-snoop plan, a top spook has told MPs and peers.
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Retina MacBook Pro nukes Apple's green credentials

The tightly packed new Apple MacBook Pro prevents the laptop from meeting requirements laid down by eco-friendly technology catalogue EPEAT.
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Fusion-io server strokers show off 2.6TB RAM extension

Fusion-io and Princeton University boffins have used a PCIe flash drive to virtually extend a server's main memory into the terabytes.

Ebuyer on the naughty step for fondleslab promo cock-up

Ebuyer has been rapped for a "misleading" tablet promotion and ordered not to repeat similar claims of cost savings in future.
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IBM database strategy chief on DB2: Devs are people too

Developers are exerting greater influence on new versions of IBM’s DB2 database, according to one of Big Blue's information management strategy chiefs.
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MS squashes 0day bug in July Patch Tuesday

Microsoft has patched an under-attack zero-day vulnerability in XML Core Services as part of the July edition of Patch Tuesday.
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Fujitsu QUITS bid for superfast broadband gov funds

Fujitsu has walked away from bidding for a slice of the £530m Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) pie that the government set aside to improve the country's broadband network.
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iPad Mini maquette spied on web

What's claimed to be an engineering mock-up of the upcoming 'iPad Mini' has appeared on the web.
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Minister of Fun bends Ofcom's ear on Freeview-4G knockout

Culture minister Ed Vaizey has published an open letter to Ofcom broadly supporting the regulator's efforts to mitigate disruption to Freeview by next-gen mobile broadband.
Bill Ray, 11 2012
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Dixons: Brits to get iPad Mini, Kindle Fire for Xmas

Our generous gift of the oxygen of publicity today goes out to Dixons, which this morning forecast that Brits will be able to buy not only Amazon's Kindle Fire but also a "mystery" Apple product by Christmas.
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'Proud' RIM supremo survives shareholder showdown

Research in Motion faced some seriously ticked off shareholders at its annual general meeting yesterday, who received little in the way of comfort from the BlackBerry-maker's board.
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Android games console scheme nets $2.5m

Ouya, the tablet-spec games console being pitched at Android hackers, has netted pledges of almost $2.5m in its first round of funding, organised through Kickstarter.
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LOHAN fizzles forlornly in REHAB

It's been a lively couple of days down at the Special Projects Bureau, with the first of our Rocketry Experimental High Altitude Barosimulator (REHAB) experiments, designed to determine whether solid propellant rocket motors will fire under simulated high altitude conditions.
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Can neighbours grab your sensitive package, asks Post Office

The Post Office has asked for permission to drop parcels and recorded delivery letters with a neighbour, so Ofcom wants to know if you're OK with that.
Bill Ray, 11 2012
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Microsoft tightens squeeze on TechNet parasites

Microsoft is restricting the software available on IT-pro hangout TechNet to thwart illegal use of its gear.
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US mulls outlawing rival product bans using standards patents

The US Congress is holding a hearing today to consider whether companies that own standards-essential patents (SEP) should be allowed to use them to get sales and import bans on their rivals' products.

ElasticHosts push out white label services for channel

Direct selling infrastructure-as-a-service provider ElasticHosts is the latest vendor to set up a channel to rebrand and flog its white label cloud utility.
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UK.gov to clear way for Britain's first SPACEPORT

The UK government is trying to open up the skies to revolutionary new spaceplanes and other such craft like Reaction Engines' Skylon.
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UK's brazen copyright land grab sneaked into Enterprise Bill

Analysis A huge expansion of bureaucratic power over UK copyright has been smuggled quietly into draft legislation – giving civil servants the ability to sweep away copyright protection by statutory instrument rather than primary legislation.
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Chemical giant foils infected USB stick espionage bid

An attempt to infiltrate the corporate systems of Dutch chemical giant DSM by leaving malware-riddled USB sticks in the corporation's car park has failed.

Microsoft drags 9 resellers to court in fresh piracy blitz

Microsoft has its sights trained on another bunch of Chinese software pirates, this time pitting its formidable resources against nine resellers it said installed illegal copies of Windows onto PCs they sold.

Speaking in Tech: Will big biz swallow the seven-inch tablet?

Podcast Podcast It's another episode of The Register's enterprise tech cast, and this week your hosts – Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela – are debating whether it's still worth engaging with social media – Greg thinks not – and whether widespread adoption of the 7-inch slab is really going to take off in the BYOD …
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McAfee vows to swell resellers' bottom lines with MEGA framework

McAfee has herded its channel "profitability" programmes into one mega global framework as it continues to court resellers.
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All-in-one PCs: bright star of the desktop biz, says analyst

World+Dog will buy - or, rather, the planet's PC makers will produce and ship - some 16.4m all-in-one computers.
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O2, GiffGaff network goes titsup for unlucky punters

Parts of the O2 network have fallen over leaving punters unable to make calls, send texts or surf the web from their gadgets.
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Formspring springs a leak: 28 MILLION passwords reset after raid

Formspring has told its 28 million users to change their passwords following the discovery of a security breach.
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Tech Data gobbles Brightstar's piece of their Euro biz pie

Distribution behemoth Tech Data Corp has gulped down Brightstar's 50 per cent stake in the firms' European joint venture for around $165.6m (£106.4m) in cash.
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Hadoop's little buddy Nutch 2.0 gulps down web's big data

Hadoop daddy Doug Cutting's Nutch, the open-source web-search engine written in Java, has been updated to crawl through piles of big data on the web.
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IBM lets fly single-socket Power7 Penguin server

Big Blue has launched a third Power-powered Penguin box and pitched it against x86 server rivals.
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Oil the wheels of virtualisation with 802.1Qbg

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Microsoft promises resellers bumper 2013 with total line-up refresh

WPC 2012 Microsoft closed down its Worldwide Partners Conference in Toronto with a promise that the coming year will provide the best year yet for its resellers, with a complete refresh of its ecosystem to restore Redmond's future.
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Kindle Fire adds APIs for cloudy gaming features

Amazon has beefed up gaming on its Android-based Kindle Fire platform, in hopes that adding cloudy goodness will help bolster the device in the upcoming fondleslab wars.

The Great TLC flash cash-slash: Coming soon to tablets, Ultrabooks

SMART recently announced that its controller technology, the Guardian Technology Platform, could get MLC flash to do 50 full drive writes/day for five years. Now SMART's president has said 1Xnm TLC could be driven to 15,000 to 20,000 PE cycles using SMART's Guardian controller technology, representing a 30X - 40X increase – implying 10-11 FULL DRIVE WRITES a day for five years...

DOE doles out cash to AMD, Whamcloud for exascale research

The US Department of Energy used its massive budget to push supercomputers to gigaflops, teraflops, and petaflops in the prior three decades and it is being tasked to put the pedal to the exaflops metal before the end of this decade.
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Google pushing Jelly Bean updates to Android devices

Google is pushing out the Android 4.1 "Jelly Bean" upgrade on Wednesday, but only to customers who have the unlocked version of the Samsung-built Galaxy Nexus mobile.

Microsoft hires hippy to lecture resellers on being nice to the world

The third day's keynote at the Worldwide Partners Conference is always a tough act. The night before is generally a time to party, and no one in the IT community parties harder than resellers. So 9am is not a good time for them to show Microsoft some love.
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VMware cranks Zimbra collabware up to 8.0

Maybe Yahoo! should have held onto Zimbra instead of selling it off to VMware two and a half years ago. But for the sake of users of the email and collaboration tool that Yahoo paid a stunning $350m to acquire in September 2007, it is probably best that Zimbra ended up inside VMware, which is playing for keeps on the desktop as well as in the data center these days.
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Telco industry slapped with new consumer rules

The long-awaited telecommunications consumer protection (TCP) code, designed to push Australian telcos to clean up their terrible track record, has been adopted by the Australian Communications and Media Authority.

Dwarf galaxy conundrum untangled

An ANU scientist has produced a model for electron energies in distant gas clouds, based on measurements taken within the solar system – and along the way may have resolved a long-standing controversy in astrophyics.
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Disable Gadgets NOW says Redmond

Microsoft has advised Vista and Windows 7 users to put Gadgets and the Windows Sidebar to the sword, following the revelation of yet-to-be-detailed remote code execution vulnerabilities in the features.
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Hubble finds fifth moon orbiting Pluto

The Hubble Space Telescope has found yet another moon orbiting what used to be the last planet in the Solar System.

Microsoft offers beta of Windows Server 2012 Essentials

Microsoft made the beta release of Windows Server 2012 Essentials available for download Wednesday, but some customers are already miffed about the changes the new product brings.