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Microsoft posts first-ever quarterly loss

As was widely expected, Microsoft announced a loss of $0.06 per share for the fourth quarter, ended in June, which marks the first time the software giant has posted a quarterly loss in the 26 years it has been a public company.
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New! Yahoo! CEO! Mayer! awarded! mucho! mazuma!

Yahoo!'s new CEO Marissa Mayer will be handsomely rewarded for taking the reins at that troubled company – she's been granted an annual base salary of $1m, and can earn up to another $2m in bonus money during her first year.
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AWS says disk is to cloud as tape is to disk

Amazon Web Services (AWS) says magnetic disks cannot handle modern NoSQL-powered applications, which have such high throughputs and generate such weirdly bursty traffic that spinning rust looks and feels as slow and awkward as tape.
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Ocean-seeding experiment re-ignites geo-engineering debate

German researchers have re-ignited debate over geo-engineering by saying that “seeding” oceans with iron is an effective way to lock up CO2.
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Optus HFC network gobbled by NBN Co for AU$800m

SingTel Optus will hand over its 400,000 HFC network customers to NBN Co and decommission parts of the network following the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s final approval of the AU$800 million HFC asset deal.
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Atlassian heading for the exit?

Atlassian has appointed Doug Burgum, a software entrepreneur and former head of Microsoft’s Business Solutions Group, as its Chairman in a move viewed as taking the Australian software darling into the global tech major league.
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BIG BOOBS banished from Linux kernel

Microsoft has ‘fessed up to inserting the hexadecimal string “0xB16B00B5” in the Linux kernel.
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Indonesia in pre-Ramadan web porn blitz

Indonesia’s government has decided to come down hard on internet porn, blocking access to at least one million smutty sites ahead of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.

Lenovo CEO Yang doles out US$3m bonus to staff

In an almost unheard of act of selflessness and generosity from a CEO, Lenovo boss Yang Yuanqing has decided to distribute $3 million (£1.9m) from his annual bonus to junior members of staff working at the Chinese PC giant.
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Even China can't halt PC sales decline

The powerhouse of the global PC market, the Asia Pacific region, has finally succumbed to economic volatility in other regions with Q2 shipments set to decline, according to analysts.
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Pentax K-01 16Mp APS-C hybrid camera review

Mirrorless camera sizes seem to be ever-reducing, yet the company that brought us the tiny Pentax Q, has now produced its antithesis. The Pentax K-01 is a big, rubber-clad, brick-shaped monster – a 16Mp APS-C interchangeable lens camera which rather defies categorisation.
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UK.gov IT supremos chat up software suppliers for next summer

Government bigwigs overseeing the UK's public sector IT buyers hobnobbed with suppliers this week to keep them onboard after their current contracts expire.

BT bags MASSIVE £425m broadband rollout deal in Wales

BT has unsurprisingly won hefty government funds to roll out a faster broadband network to Wales.
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BP hires Deutsche Telekom to send email up in smoke

BP Oil will push 100,000 staff mailboxes into the cloud after the fuel giant signed a deal with Deutsche Telekom's T-Systems division to reorganise its internal communications.
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Lazy password reuse opens Brits to crooks' penetration

The average Brit maintains 26 online accounts but only uses five different passwords to keep them secure.
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Watching Olympics at work? How to avoid a £1k telly-tax fine

Watching the Olympics at work may annoy the boss, but not as much as the £1,000 fine the company could get if doesn't have a TV licence.
Bill Ray, 20 2012
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Microsoft: Azure now holds FOUR TREELLION objects

A trillion here and a trillion there; pretty soon you're talking about real storage.

Why British TV drama is crap – and why this matters to tech firms

Analysis It has been years since a contemporary BBC drama caused an office discussion round here. The best American imports such as The Wire and Breaking Bad are all regular conversation pieces but I can’t remember a British one being interesting enough even to worth a mention. And you’ll know why. They’re glossy, expensive and dreadful.
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Austrians drool over 15th-century jub buckets

A team from the Institute of Archaeologies at the University of Innsbruck reckons it's unearthed the earliest known bra - a pair of 15th-century linen jub buckets which turned up in a castle in East Tyrol.
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View 21 readies content-flinging Freeview DVR

First look Harvard International, the company behind the iLuv and Goodmans gadget brands, revealed its latest venture this week: View 21, which will launch a Freeview DVR with on-board IPTV apps and mobile integration next month.
Caleb Cox, 20 2012
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Russians in audacious stratobeer mission

Vid A crack Russian team has made its pitch for High Altitude Ballooning (HAB) glory by claiming to have sent a couple of beers cans into the stratosphere.
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Readers fret over LOHAN's chilly bits

As the ongoing saga of our Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) rocket motor igniter continues, readers have been expressing concerns that the igniter batteries are going to suffer from the extreme cold at altitude.
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Where there's brass, silver and gold ... there's also muck

“Danny Boyle wants to give the impression of 'British countryside' at the opening of the Olympic Games, but he appears to have missed out a few items,” writes Ann McLachlan of South Lanarkshire in the letters page of the Daily Express.

Google impervious to world's cash drain, Moto's lameness

Despite the West's failure to adequately emerge from the global economic quagmire, Google is still raking in piles of cash as its second-quarter results show.
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Watch out Fibre Channel: 12 gig SAS has arrived

Xyratex is plotting to build a drive array with doubled SAS interface speed using LSI 12Gbit/s SAS gear.
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CEO of fallen flash sweetheart STEC charged with insider trading

US financial watchdog SEC has charged STEC CEO Manouch Moshayedi with insider trading. The agency alleged the flash guru exploited confidential information to make some money in a secondary offering of STEC shares.

LG readies bonkers big telly for sale

Want an 84in (2.1m), 4K x 2K TV? Fly to South Korea next month and join the back of the line.

Darth Vader is a pansy

Something for the weekend, Sir? American country music doesn't appeal to me, but Johnny Cash atoned for its worst sins. Whitney Houston’s foghorn cover of Dolly Parton’s funeral-favourite I will always love you could finally be forgiven when Cash returned the favour with his version of Depeche Mode's Personal Jesus.
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Apple boots privacy name-and-shame app Clueful from store

Apple has pulled from its App Store a utility that revealed how the software installed on iPhones is fondling punters' data.

CentOS penguins maul Oracle's Linux migration pitch

Having tried, and failed, to kill Red Hat Linux with Unbreakable Linux, Oracle is now sneaking up on CentOS.
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'Google can do whatever it wants with the data once it gets it'

Quotw This was the week that wasn't so great for Apple, what with former CEO's Steve Jobs' words coming back to haunt Cupertino again, a bad time in the UK courts and an iOS hack attack.
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Dutch payment-by-bonkers bonk payments on the head

The Dutch mobile operator-banking consortium, formed to create a level-playing field for pay-by-wave NFC technology, has broken up.
Bill Ray, 20 2012

Survey: Deal registration will never stop channel bloodshed

When it comes to maintaining a fair and level playing field in the channel, solution providers say deal registration is the most effective tool in the arsenal of a vendor or supplier. However, deal registration itself is not always effective, according to the new 2112 Channel Conflict Study.
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Let's talk about the RBS IT cock-up

Live chat One month ago a rookie IT mistake crippled the banking network of the RBS Group.
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Google urged to rethink mobile in crunch EU antitrust talks

Brussels' antitrust watchdog is reportedly trying to strong-arm Google into making sweeping changes to its mobile services.
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Climategate cops: We'll NEVER solve email leak hack riddle

Detectives have shelved an investigation into the high-profile hacking of computers at the University of East Anglia's Climatic Research Unit (CRU).
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Has Nokia bottomed out? El Reg drills into the detail

Analysis When a company is in crisis, it wants to tell the world that it’s still got oodles of cash and is jolly busy putting things right. This is true even if you're Europe’s biggest technology company - right, Nokia?
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Iran: If the Madi cyber-strike was us it would've been another Stuxnet

Analysis Iranian state media has angrily rejected suggestions that the Madi cyber espionage campaign is anything to do with the Islamic Republic.
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Up the ZIL LANE to the Beach Volleyball changing rooms with BONG!

¡Bong! "Young workers, peasants and soldiers learn while they work, and so adequate attention should also be paid to their work and study as well as to their recreation, rest and sleep" - Mao Tse Tung: 'The Youth League In Its Work Must Take The Characteristics of Youth Into Consideration'; a talk on receiving the Presidium of the Second National Congress of the New Democratic Youth League of China, 1953.
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Samsung SMACKDOWN: US appeals court keeps ban on Galaxy Tab

A US appeals court has denied Samsung's second try at holding up a ban on its Galaxy Tab 10.1 in the country.

BT Engage IT overlord Thornhill slips off

BT Engage IT CEO John Thornhill is leaving the organisation after less than a year in the role, The Channel can reveal.

IBM plans to axe staff in UK, Ireland despite hefty profits

Exclusive IBM is planning a round of redundancies in the UK and Ireland despite healthy growth in profits in the second quarter.
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Top plods reconsidering mega deals with Olympo-blunder firm G4S

Cambridgeshire police are reviewing a potential contract with troubled Olympic security provider G4S. The deal on the table would see G4S take over back-office functions inclusing ICT for three forces - Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire - and would result in 1,191 staff being rehired by G4S, according to the Cambridge News.
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Google shakes up Android Jelly Bean to fend off malware meanies

Android Jelly Bean 4.1 promises to be more secure than previous versions of the Google's mobile OS.

SanDisk: Yargh, nobody does SD-cards bundled with phones anymore

We thought the flash storage market was booming, but even so SanDisk came within a whisker of making a loss in its second quarter as revenues of $1.03 billion tumbled 25 per cent annually and 14 per cent compared to the first quarter.
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'Sacrifice another goat!: iCloud is Apple's biggest failure before Google

Open ... and Shut For a company that prides itself on craftsmanship and a beautiful user experience, Apple's cloud services continue to be more than a blemish on the company's reputation. They are a serious black hole.
Matt Asay, 20 2012

AMD pins its server hopes on SeaMicro technology - maybe in APUs

The bad news for Advanced Micro Devices in the second quarter is that server processor sales did not save its financial cookies as they did for archrival Intel. The good news is that AMD doesn't appear to be losing market share or money on server chips and has a new engineering team focusing on longer-term plans to try to give Intel some grief with Opterons and Fusion APUs in the data center while keeping an eye on the ARM collective.
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Judge frees nude TSA protester, citing free speech rights

The techie who stripped naked to protest invasive airport security, saying he was sick and tired of being harassed by Transportation Security Administration screeners, has been cleared of all charges.
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Microsoft promises Metro developers 'fame and fortune'

With the official launch of Windows 8 just a few months away, Microsoft has kicked off a new incentive program that promises developers "fame and fortune" if they build Metro-style apps for the new OS.
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Bio-boffins create world's first digital STD

A bacterium that in humans can cause genital pain, itching, and a burning sensation while urinating has become the subject of the first-ever complete software simulation of an entire organism, the New York Times reports.

Intel, AMD financials: Bad news for Obama campaign

Comment Nothing affects the outcome of a US presidential election more than the state of the economy, and if Barack Obama heard the comments made by Intel and AMD execs when they announced their company's earnings this week, he may very well have broken into a flop sweat.