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Twitter launches vox populi index for US presidential race

Twitter has launched a new website that will announce daily measurements of how Twitter users feel about US presidential candidates Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, calling it "a new barometer for the election."
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Apple demands Samsung flogged for 'unethical' court doc leak

Apple has said it will file an emergency motion of censure against Samsung after its South Korean rival released information to the press that had been barred in court.

PwC: 27 percent of Aussies will buy IPTV by 2016

Showing the kind of optimism that only large analyst firms can muster, PriceWaterhouseCoopers has boldly predicted that 27 percent of Australians will have an IPTV service by 2016.

EMC says virtual arrays a sales tool, not a threat

Virtual storage arrays may become more attractive to customers, but EMC believes the pace of data growth will mean many users still need physical appliances.
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Fusion-io flies into flash SAN space

It's flash SAN marketing war: Fusion-io has expanded upwards from its PCIe server flash card base into networked flash SAN storage, taking on Violin Memory, Pure Storage and all the other all-flash array players via OEMs and system builders who combine Fusion's flash hardware and SAN software with server systems.

Fraternising through flash to fight EMC

Blocks and Files Fusion-io's flash SAN software is helping Cisco, HP and NetApp fight EMC and its Thunder/Xtremio flash SAN technology.

Booth babes banned by Chinese gaming expo

Chinese gaming fans got a little less than they bargained for last week when one of the country’s biggest digital entertainment expos, ChinaJoy 2012, kicked off without the obligatory bikini-clad “booth babes” that have become virtually ubiquitous at consumer tech shows.

Huawei looking into critical router flaw claims

Chinese telecoms kit maker Huawei has said it is investigating claims by researchers that two of its router products contain serious vulnerabilities which could allow hackers to remotely take control of the devices.

Analyst says Surface could hurt Ultrabook, Windows 8 tablets

Taiwanese analyst outfit Trendforce thinks Microsoft’s forthcoming Surface devices will cannibalise the market for ultrabooks, put price pressure on Android tablets and confuse consumers.
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Humax YouView DTR-T1000 IPTV Freeview PVR review

YouView is the ambitious but agonisingly delayed joint venture from the UK's main broadcasters involved in Freeview along with telcos BT and TalkTalk. As expected from that bunch, it combines a digital terrestrial recorder with internet-TV extras such as catch-up programme players and (soon) on-demand video, including optional pay-TV packages.

Fujitsu, NEC, Docomo team up on mobile chip dev

Japanese tech giants Fujitsu and NEC have decided to team up with the country’s largest mobile operator Docomo on a joint venture to develop smartphone chips, in a bid to become more self-sufficient in semiconductors.
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6 London boroughs haul all their kit to 1 Oracle biz product

Six London boroughs intend to generate £6m savings from a plan to implement the same version of Oracle's E-Business Suite.
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British Gas parent to grab £500m North Sea gas tax break

The government has announced a new tax relief for operators of shallow-water gas fields in the UK Continental Shelf, ahead of its planned long-term gas strategy to be published this autumn.
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DDoS crooks: Do you want us to blitz those phone lines too?

Cybercrooks are now offering to launch cyberattacks against telecom services, with prices starting at just $20 a day.
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Russian tech baron shocks physicists with £3m cash wad

A Russian social-network billionaire has set up a foundation to hand out the biggest prizes in physics history to nine lucky theoretical physicists every year.
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Thanks for all this data, UK.gov, but what on Earth does it mean?

The coalition government needs to work harder if it's to convince the public that shovelling out spades of raw data will make it an open and transparent administration, MPs have said.
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Samsung outs mobile Flash that cuts a dash

Samsung is now mass-producing "ultra-fast" Flash memory - the fastest of its kind, the Korean company claims - for phones and tablets.
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Race to super-slim Ultrabooks: More ultra-thin hybrid drives on way

WD is developing thin and ultra-thin hybrid hard disk drives for the Ultrabooks market with a likely transition to energy-assisted recording in 2015 – enabling 1TB 2.5-inch disk drive platters.
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Raspberry Pi served with Ice Cream Sandwich

The Raspberry Pi Foundation has ported Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich to its inexpensive ARM-based motherboard, allowing owners to install apps from Google Play and make use of touchscreen tech.
Caleb Cox, 02 2012
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Red-hot news on the science wires from Peru today, as it emerges that US federal boffins have identified six people who have apparently suffered no ill effects from being bitten by infected, blood-drinking VAMPIRE BATS: such attacks are typically fatal.
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Apple extends tablet market lead

Don't write off Apple's competitors in the tablet market just yet. While the iPad may have regained much of the strong lead it lost to Android slabs during 2011, its rivals were showing the strongest growth in Q2 2012.
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India: We DO have the BlackBerry encryption keys

Indian government officials have apparently claimed that Research in Motion has handed over the skeleton keys used to encrypt BlackBerry communications – once again ignoring the fact that such keys don't exist.
Bill Ray, 02 2012
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Shock ZOMBIE attack could kill off Nokia's 3G phones

A US appeals court has brought an InterDigital patent gripe against Nokia back to life today, three years after the International Trade Commission kicked it to the kerb.
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O2 joins pocket hotspot party

O2 launched the Pay & Go Pocket Hotspot today, a portable Wi-Fi hub for those on the move.
Caleb Cox, 02 2012
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Will Samsung's patent court doc leak backfire spectacularly?

Analysis Samsung's decision to leak evidence banned from court could hand Apple an automatic win in the warring tech titans' patent trial.

Sharp: we'll be shipping new iPhone screens this month

No word from Apple on the existence - or otherwise - of a new iPhone in the near future, but Sharp has effectively said the next-gen handset is coming.
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Google opens up pay-by-bonk Wallet to all credit cards

Vid Google has extended its phone-based wallet into its cloud, allowing it to claim that any credit card can now be used to pay with a bonk of the handset.
Bill Ray, 02 2012
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Hundreds of websites go titsup in Prime Hosting disk meltdown

Hundreds of UK-hosted websites and email accounts fell offline when a disk array failed at web biz Prime Hosting. As many as 860 customers are still waiting for a fix more than 48 hours after the storage unit went titsup.
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Facebook: 83 million IMPOSTERS stalk our network

Facebook is still racking up false accounts even as it continues to try and flush out imposters on the dominant social network, which is seeing its value close to being halved on Wall Street.

RIM, Samsung thrash Apple in UK fondleslab sales growth

Some things in life are certain: death, taxes, Boris Johnson's blond mop top, and the Apple iPad's continued dominance in the tablet sector.
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Using Facebook causes less eco damage than farting, figures show

Data Journalism Free-content advertising giant Facebook has released comprehensive data on its carbon emissions, revealing that a person who uses the giant website causes rather less damage to the planetary ecosystem by doing so than he or she can expect to cause by simply farting.

Insight's EMEA biz grips controls, keeps reseller on the tracks

Insight Enterprise's EMEA operation was the company's sales growth engine in Q2 despite some strong currency headwinds.
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Licensed to kill: Amazon revamps Cloud Player to take on iTunes

One year after it introduced online music locker Cloud Drive, Amazon has revamped its built-in streaming service Cloud Player with a raft of features to take on Apple's incredibly successful iTunes.
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Blame crap mobe apps for swap-by-bonk hacks, say NFC bods

The Near Field Communications (NFC) Forum has defended its short-range radio standard, and blamed flaws in apps that use the tech for the security vulnerabilities revealed at the Black Hat conference last week.
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Oi, missile boffins! Stop ogling web filth at work - Pentagon

Pentagon top brass have ordered missile defence boffins to stop using government computers to surf for porn.
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Russia slashes space station ship trip to just six hours

Russia's space agency Roscosmos has successfully tested a new route that gets its spaceships to the International Space Station in an eighth of the time it usually takes.
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Nokia stuffs Groupon deals into Maps app

Nokia's desperate search for something to plug the hole in its sinking ship has hit upon the idea of stuffing Groupon voucher deals into its Maps application.
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Amount of CO2 being sucked away by Earth 'has doubled in 50 years'

US federal government boffins have announced a "surprising new study" which reveals that the amount of carbon dioxide being drawn out of the air and absorbed by the world's landmasses and oceans doubled from 1960 to 2010.
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RIM doses PlayBook with 4G super serum

In a bid to improve the flavour of its chunky 7in tablet and make it more tasty for punters, RIM has spiced up its PlayBook with a little 4G LTE sauce.
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New target for 419 fraudsters: Struggling 'weak' banks

Desperate banks have become the target for so-called 419 advance-fee fraud scams.
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Martian lakes seen where NASA Curiosity rover WON'T BE GOING

The European Space Agency says its probe craft in orbit above Mars has seen strong evidence of ancient lakes and rivers - but at a location which WON'T be visited by NASA's nuclear-powered Curiosity rover, which will come in to land on the red planet on Monday.
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Republican filibuster blocks Senate Cybersecurity bill

The latest attempt by the US government to ensure some kind of security standards for its critical infrastructure has failed, with Senate Republicans having blocked legislation over concerns at over-regulation of business and the weighing-down of the bill with useless ammendments.
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Telstra aces LTE market

Telstra has nailed first mover advantage in the LTE market, with a new report forecasting that the carrier will reveal it has captured in excess of 500,000 subscribers in its full year results next week.
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Ice Cream Sandwich still a no-show for most Android users

Google's unofficial codename for Android 4.0 is "Ice Cream Sandwich" (ICS), but it may as well have called it Godot, as the latest market figures yet again demonstrate.

Software bug flattens NYSE trader

An algorithmic trading software bug is being blamed for a day of wild swings at the New York Stock Exchange – and has resulted in the trader placing the dodgy orders reporting a $US440 million pre-tax loss.

Motorola’s next Razr ‘leaks’ online

Yet another round of Motorola Droid Razr HD prototype-leak rumours has been kicked off by a post to the XDA forums, picked up by Android Headlines.
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Valve: Games run FASTER on Linux than Windows

Not only has Valve Software successfully ported the first-person shooter game Left 4 Dead 2 to Linux, but it actually runs faster on the open source OS than on Windows.