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Verizon wins approval for $3.6bn cable spectrum swap

Verizon looks to have the green light to acquire around 20MHz of wireless spectrum from a consortium of four of the US's largest cable companies, with two government agencies having voiced approval of the deal, albeit in modified form.
NaBH4 could stabilise hydrogen and make it a viable fuel

Scientists find safer way to store hydrogen

Australian scientists have come up with a clever way of storing hydrogen that they feel could make it a viable portable fuel source.
The modified Raspberry Pi board

Raspberry Pi now comes in Firefox OS flavour

The little computer that can, the Raspberry Pi, has successfully run the imminent Firefox OS, thanks to the efforts of a Nokia employee named Oleg Romashin.
Fujifilm FinePix X-Pro1 compact system camera

Fujifilm X-Pro1 16Mp compact system camera review

For Fujifilm, the fixed-lens retro-styled FinePix X100 camera turned out to be a huge and rather unexpected success. It was only a matter of time to see the company to bank on its popularity and release an interchangeable lens system loosely based on this model. Yet this CSC is no rehash, as it features a new 16Mp sensor design that puts it in a class of its own.
Tangled magnetic tape

What to do with 110,000 Magstar tapes and 11PB of data

What do you do with 110,000 IBM 3590 cartridges? That’s the problem an Indian resources company faced last year. The cartridges, which IBM introduced way back in 1995 under the Magstar name offered a 60 gigabyte capacity that then seemed capacious, and collectively contained around 11 petabytes of geospatial data.

Gov splashed £98k through CloudStore in July

Public sector organisations spent just over £98,000 through the government CloudStore framework in July, mainly on software.
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Human rights group: Nintendo tops conflict minerals baddies list

A human rights group has said that Nintendo, HTC and Sharp are among companies that don't do enough to ensure conflict minerals do not end up in their products.
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Ready to patent that 'new' invention? Google is here to dash your hopes

The technology giant has created a new 'Prior Art Finder' which enables users to search "multiple sources" in order to review whether ideas they hope to patent are in fact novel. The tool, which "instantly pulls together information relevant" to patent applications, will enable inventors to review documents submitted with both the United States Patent & Trademark Office and the European Patent Office, among other sources, Google said.

Flash slash Skyhawk smells blood, hunts disk array prey

As makers of flash-disk hybrid arrays try to undercut all-flash array vendors, Skyera's Skyhawk scents blood and swoops down on them all with its $2.99-per-GB NAND-tipped talons.
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Ofcom shoves video-on-demand regulation onto ATVOD's plate

Ofcom has decided ATVOD can keep monitoring video-on-demand services, and with less oversight from the parent regulator, following five months of consultation.
Bill Ray, 17 2012
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Olympics TV HQ future: Catwalk beauties elbowed out by IT bods

The building that piped footage of Usain Bolt's double gold to the world will be turned into a data centre with a 55MW power capacity.
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'G-Cloud is nothing more than a suppliers' website'

Quotw This was the week when the US patent trial between Apple and Samsung was still happening and the pair of them were as snide as ever.
Talk Talk

TalkTalk pitches cut-price mobes to own customers

ISP TalkTalk has hopped on the mobile bandwagon pitching a pay monthly package for just a fiver.

Brocade CEO Michael Klayko quits - just as his biz perks up

Brocade has turned in an adequately solid quarter, with better-than-expected sales and profit after a string of weak and flat quarters, so why would CEO Michael Klayko choose to resign now?
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Samsung: 'You want $2.5bn? WRONG, Apple, you OWE us $420m!'

An accountant on the stand for Samsung in its epic patent trial has said Apple overstated Sammy's mobile gadget margins, effectively inflating a potential payout for the iPhone maker.
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Twitter API outrage: Break our rules and we'll break app kneecaps

Twitter is tightening the rules for building applications that use its messaging platform, sparking outrage from twits and developers.
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Nokia S40 budget blowers bunged Zynga doodle, poker games

Two of Zynga's top titles, Draw Something and Zynga Poker, are coming to Nokia's Asha range of budget blowers, showing that there's life in the old platform yet.
Bill Ray, 17 2012
Apple TV 2

Apple to bring YouView approach to Apple TV

The Wall Street Journal continues to fly a kite - to use an old journalistic expression - for the Apple TV, following up a story on the set-top box's possible integration of cable and digital TV decoders with a second piece, this time suggesting Apple will turn the product into a kind of YouView for the US.
Inside of O2's new space

Apple axes loyal store staff in Essex, Milton Keynes

Apple is cutting down on UK retail staff at its stores in Milton Keynes and Essex: blueshirted fanbois on short-term contracts will get the heave-ho, sources in the Mac channel claim.
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Anti-gay Uganda's premier backs pride march in protest hack

Gay-rights activists have vandalised the Ugandan prime minister's website in a protest against the African country's discriminatory laws.

The problem with wireless: all those effin' wires

Something for the Weekend, Sir? Those of you who choose to pursue the itinerant professional life will be familiar with the need to carry one's tools of the trade everywhere, usually in a heavy bag slung over one shoulder. Like me, you may have found that the number of devices you have to carry around has increased, for a variety of reasons that I have moaned about before.
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Beck's open-source challenge to freetards: play it yourself!

Fans of the artist Beck must wait until December for his new album - and if they want to hear it, they can play it themselves. As you may have heard, Beck has said he'll issue his next album Song Reader as sheet music, rather than as a performed and produced sound recording.
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Surfing ROBO-shark hunter stalks great whites along US coast

A wave-gliding robot has been deployed off the coast of San Francisco to stealthily keep an eye on great white sharks in the Pacific Ocean.

Acer: Windows 8 'uncertainty' deflates Wang's big growth aim

Acer Inc reckons the "uncertainty" surrounding the Windows 8 ecosystem will translate into lower-than-expected sales for the second half of 2012.
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Nominet 'sought govt protection from takeover by domain hawkers'

Nominet, the .uk address registry, sought government help to protect its board of directors from a takeover by domain name speculators, according to its former policy chief.
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No way Moto: Chinese workers protest Google job cuts

Motorola employees in Beijing and Nanjing were out this morning protesting the job cuts announced by Google earlier this week.
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McIntyre: Climate policy crippled by pointless feel-good gestures

Leading climate blogger Steve McIntyre says policy makers are failing to prepare the public for climate change and have become obsessed with "petty acts of virtuous behaviour" instead. He also told The Register that computer scientists should form "tiger teams" to produce engineering-grade analysis of climate models, to counter skepticism about the mathematical modelling.

Watch out, PC disk drive floggers: Cloud will rust up those spinners

Blocks and Files The cloud is going to impact disk drive manufacturers' bottom line, big time. Think about it: if Dropbox, iCloud and SkyDrive succeed, people won't need disk drives on their PCs. Are you listening Seagate, Toshiba and Western Digital?
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GPS trigger will light LOHAN's fire

There's been a veritable jetstream of activity at the SPB's mountaintop headquarters this week as our quest to find a method to fire our Vulture 2 spaceplane's solid rocket motor at altitude nears its end.
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WikiLeaks haters launch DDoS assault on Russia Today

An anti-WikiLeaks group has admitted responsibility for a sustained DDoS attack that made the Russia Today website intermittently unavailable on Friday.
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IEEE admits its MS-DOS history revisionist is in Microsoft's pay

The IEEE's Spectrum magazine has admitted that a recent contributor, who wrote an eyebrow-raising revisionist history of MS-DOS, is paid by Microsoft.
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Breaking news, literally: Reuters hacked third time this MONTH

Reuters websites were hacked for third time in a fortnight when hackers posted a bogus article falsely claiming that Saudi Arabia's foreign minister Saud al-Faisal was dead.
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Apple deal points to NFC iPhone - eventually

SEC filings from Apple-acquisition AuthenTec state that fingerprint and secure-element technology is coming to Apple devices, and soon, but it still might be too early to call the NFC iPhone, and probably wrong to imagine the pay-by-bonk tech will use digit-scanning for authentication.
Bill Ray, 17 2012
Hadoop Elephant

Becoming Red Hat: Cloudera and Hortonworks' Big-Data death match

Open ... and Shut In the Big Data market, Hadoop is clearly the team to beat. What is less clear is which of the Hadoop vendors will claim the spoils of that victory.
Matt Asay, 17 2012
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eBay invites mystic wrath over ban on spells, potions and lotions

The ire of the world's witches, warlocks, and other practicers of the psychic arts will be focused on eBay shortly, after the company banned a range of intangible mystic items from its site.
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Hipstamatic axes most of staff to focus on art, creativity

Hipstamatic, the company behind the $1.99 iPhone app that allows jaded scenesters to stylize their digital photos so that they look like snaps recovered from shoeboxes found in their grandmothers' attics, has laid off most of its employees.
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Exhibitionist Shamoon virus blows PCs' minds

While most malware these days tries to work under the radar to avoid detection, a new species has been reported that wipes the drives of the systems it infects.
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Oracle: Google impurifying media's precious bodily fluids

Oracle says it would never give money to any outside blogger or journalist who writes about its ongoing litigation against Google – except Florian Mueller, that is. On the other hand, the database giant says Google employs an insidious "network of influencers" that it uses to "shape public perceptions" about the suit.