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The Oatmeal hits $850,000 goal for Tesla museum

Cartoonist Matthew Inman, creator of The Oatmeal, is proving to be something of a fundraising machine with the success of his latest project, raising $850,000 to set up a museum honoring the great scientist Nikola Tesla.
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Rackspace lands in Australia

Rackspace will take possession of one data hall in Digital Realty's new Sydney data centre, and pack it full of kit to serve Australian customers.

The problem with Foxtel’s call for NBN copyright cops

Kim Williams of Foxtel has become the latest high-profile executive to demonstrate a complete misapprehension of what the NBN is.
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Apple, Samsung blast away in patent case closing arguments

They're done. Apple and Samsung have each given their closing arguments in the epic patent trial over whether the South Korean mobile maker infringed on Cupertino's iPhone patents. For the nine members of the jury, however, the next phase of the ordeal has only just begun.
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D-Wave goes public with 81-qubit protein modeling

D-Wave – whose claims to have a working quantum computer have been met with skepticism and major contracts in equal measure – has published a paper in Nature in which it demonstrates the application of quantum annealing to protein folding analysis.
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Don't bother with Big Data – listen to customers instead

Dabbling with big data won't produce insights into how to improve a business as rapidly as listening to customers' interactions with a business, according to Michael Ossipoff, the Director of Capability and Innovation and Australia's dominant telco, Telstra.

Google facing irrelevance in China

Google's key local partner Qihoo dropped has dropped the text ad giant from its popular portal site and promptly replaced it with its own newly launched service.
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Behold: China's robot noodle army!

Former chef Cui Runguan has created an army of noodle-slicing robots that he hopes will staff restaurants across China.
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Foxconn certified as good employer, rights groups disagree

The Fair Labor Association (FLA) has claimed Apple supplier Foxconn is ahead of schedule with a remediation plan in place at three factories to improve working conditions, but labour groups have warned that major issues still exist throughout Apple’s supply chain.
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Ten Androids for under 100 quid

Product Round-up It feels like yesterday smartphones were a luxury only afforded to those with sexy salaries, but as high-end devices push their predecessors down a peg – these yesterday's men are there for the taking for those on a shoestring.
Caleb Cox, 22 2012

WikiLeaks' secrets weren't, says former MI5 chief

WikiLeaks' revelations of the “secrets” of global diplomacy weren't that secret, says Dame Stella Rimington, novelist and former Director general of MI5.
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Facebook ordered to unmask anonymous trolls by beak

Facebook was given 24 hours to supply a court in Northern Ireland with the email addresses of account holders who used the site to post abusive messages about a Belfast company, according to press reports.

Speaking in Tech: Can you sell technology without having AWESOME HAIR?

Podcast Podcast It's all about virtualisation and the cloud this week at our enterprise techcast, hosted by Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela. Our special guest this week is Vaughn Stewart, director of cloud computing and virtualisation evangelist at NetApp, who gives us the skinny on VMWorld, the latest in virtual storage …

City strokes modest firms, promises to spend a few million on IT

Bristol City Council has announced changes to its ICT strategy aimed at ensuring that within the next three years 25 per cent of its annual technology budget will be spent with local SMEs.
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UK.gov's minimum booze price dream demolished

Economists at the Office of Fair Trading have quietly demolished the UK government's case for minimum alcohol pricing.
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Apple's Cupertino comrades conspire to capture Russia

Apple is beefing up its presence in Russia, according to rumours in the Russian financial daily Kommersant.
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Curiosity preps for first Martian road trip

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has wiggled its four corner wheels for the first time to get ready for its first drive across the surface of the Red Planet.


US space agency NASA, one of the few organisations with probe craft operating beyond Earth orbit (for instance upon the surface of Mars and above planets and moons still further-flung) has stunned the world by releasing photos of a huge, four-toed footprint dating from more than 100 million years ago.
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Everything Everywhere flogs 4G hand-me-downs to Three

Everything Everywhere has flogged its excess 1800MHz radio spectrum to rival mobile operator Three with one rather important condition. The sale briefly raised the possibility of the UK having competing 4G networks this year until EE crushed that dream by failing to relinquish the bands until September 2013.
Bill Ray, 22 2012
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LOHAN turns up the heat on Vulture 2 motor

We know you lot like a nice bit of kit, so you'll certainly enjoy the latest piece of high-tech gadgetry to turn up at the SPB's mountaintop headquarters.
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Patch Tuesday deja vu: Adobe patches Flash ... again

Adobe yesterday released a Flash Player update just one week after its patch Tuesday release, providing a bit of extra hassle for admins for the second Tuesday in a row.

Councils launch eight spying ops on Brits A DAY using RIPA

Blighty's councils are conducting an average of eight covert surveillance operations A DAY using laws intended to regulate serious crime investigations.

Nikon snaps first Android-based camera crown

Nikon today unveiled its first Android-based point-and-shoot camera, the Coolpix S800C.
Caleb Cox, 22 2012
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Boffins zapped '2,000 bugs' from Curiosity's 2 MILLION lines of code

With a $2.5bn price tag, a 350-million mile journey and 2 million lines of C and some C++ code, the only bugs NASA wants its Curiosity rover to find are those possibly beneath the Martian surface.
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Doctor Who to hit small screen on 1 September

The latest instalment of Doctor Who, which will feature Amy Pond's "heartbreaking" exit, is set to air in the UK on BBC1 on 1 September.

It's not just crap PC sales: Dell's storage revs are also slipping

Has the spark has gone out? Despite acquisitions Dell's storage revenues have been declining for over a year. The effort to develop synergies between the products hasn't delivered the sales goods yet. Is it time for a re-think?
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Everything Everywhere to be Nothing Nowhere in rebrand

Everything Everywhere will change its identity before the end of 2012 - but will NOT merge its Orange and T-Mobile brands, which will continue to confuse punters indefinitely.
Bill Ray, 22 2012
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AMD snubs hackers' tiny package, will fix raided blog

AMD hopes to heave its blog back online soon after hackers broke into the site.
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OpenStacker stuffs free Moxie on USB

The people who stuffed an enterprise-ready version of the OpenStack cloud onto a USB stick have devised a cut-down freebie edition to get you started.

Apple's patent insanity infects Silicon Valley

Open ... and Shut Spotting a patent troll used to be easy. They were the ones who sold lawsuits, not products. Companies like Intellectual Ventures picked up the title "patent troll" from critics as they went beyond buying and licensing patents to suing companies like Dell and Hewlett-Packard over claimed violations.
Matt Asay, 22 2012
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SkyTap embeds Cloud Foundry in app dev cloud

The floating application development laboratory called SkyTap is burrowing deeper into the VMware fold and making itself more useful to coders by supporting the Cloud Foundry framework on its eponymous dev and test cloud. The company, funded in part by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, is also firing up new templates for SkyTap that allow for n-tier applications running in VMs created for VMware's ESXi hypervisor to be moved more easily between the SkyTap app dev cloud and private infrastructure or other production-grade VMware clouds.
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Ofcom vows to smooth out ISP complaint complaints

Pissed-off punters can now benefit from what communications watchdog Ofcom has described as "an improved experience" when complaining about mobiles, landlines and broadband.

Ubisoft: 'Vast majority of PC gamers are PIRATES'

Ubisoft reckons just one in ten PC gamers legitimately source games, using the figure as justification for a move towards more free-to-play and web browser-based titles.
Caleb Cox, 22 2012
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Superworm Crisis eats Macs, VMware and - shock - Windows

Security watchers have discovered a virus strain that compromises VMware virtual machines as well as infecting Mac OS X and Windows computers and Windows Mobile devices. It demonstrates previously unseen capabilities in the process.
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Apple TV: Rubbish, you don't like documentaries – I'll just flick to porn

Fed up of having to pick up the remote controls to change channel when something boring comes on? Apple has just patented a broadcast device that will know - in advance - whether you're going to be interested in that nature documentary, and will change to something better so you don't have to.

New nuclear fuel source would power human race until 5000AD

Since the Fukushima meltdown - as a result of which, not a single person is set to be measurably harmed by radiation - we know that nuclear power is safe. New discoveries by US scientists have now shown it's sustainable as well.
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Windows 7 hotspot hacker turns to software bonding

The company responsible for hacking a Wi-Fi hotspot into Windows 7 is turning its hand to software bonding, promising tens of megabits over the slowest of cellular connections.
Bill Ray, 22 2012
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Google screams into top Opera soprano gig - again

Google will continue to serve as the default search engine for Opera Software's web browser for another two years, the Norway-based company confirmed today.

Tech Data on its crappy Q2: Don't blame us, blame the strong dollar

Distribution giant Tech Data, daddy of Computer 2000 and Azlan in the UK, has disappointed investors with a blip in its second quarter results.
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Bogus Android markets seized in FBI software crackdown

The US Department of Justice reports that three domains selling stolen Android applications have been seized in a combined operation by the FBI and international police.
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T-Mobile USA: Our new unlimited data plan is actually unlimited

Wireless carrier T-Mobile has what it describes as a "bold" new feature in store for its upcoming unlimited data plan: This time, it's actually going to be unlimited.
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Curiosity spins its wheels and shoots up the Martian landscape

Pics The driving team at NASA has taken Curiosity out for its first spin around the landing site ahead of its first road trip, as well as shooting up the area with a laser to get the initial readings about what exactly it is trundling across.
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HP posts $8.9bn loss on slow sales, charges in Q3

As expected, Hewlett Packard's earnings slumped in the three months ending in July, causing the PC maker to post a third-quarter loss of $8.9bn, or $4.49 per share, which was in line with the high end of analyst estimates.

Clarke tags new RuggedCom vuln

Justin Clark, who back in April pinged industrial control vendor RuggedCom over a backdoor that existed in control systems based on its ROS operating system, has turned up a second vulnerability in the form of a hard-coded RSA key.

Aussie mobile SAP house acquired by Kony

Australian mobile enterprise SAP solution provider Sky Technologies has been snapped up by US based mobile enterprise player, Kony Solutions.