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Protestors target Google over that video

Google's London office was barricaded on Sunday, after thousands of protestors marched in protest against youTube's continued hosting of the controversial film, The Innocence of Muslims.
Simon Sharwood, 15 Oct 2012

US wireless downloads hit 1.1 trillion MB/year

There are now more wireless subscriptions in the USA than there are citizens, according to the latest data from The Wireless Association (CTIA).
Simon Sharwood, 15 Oct 2012

Japan's Renesas set for £1.6bn rescue plan

Ailing Japanese chipmaker Renesas Electronics is set to receive a ¥200bn (£1.6bn) investment boost to help prop up the company, the majority of which will come from the government, according to new reports from the Far East.
Phil Muncaster, 15 Oct 2012
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China's tech elite crack Forbes' Rich List

China’s growing army of tech entrepreneurs have consolidated their position at the apex of the country’s elite, according to the latest Forbes rankings, although most still have some way to go before challenging the likes of Gates and Ellison.
Phil Muncaster, 15 Oct 2012

Big Blue Fellow lured aboard by Dell

Dell has recruited IBM fellow and CTO Jai Menon to be the chief technology officer for its Enterprise Solutions Business, meaning servers, storage and networking.
Chris Mellor, 15 Oct 2012

Free games for all after EA discount code goes viral

Electronic Arts (EA) has endured a difficult weekend after a poorly-coded promotion saw a discount code that could be used many times find its way into the public domain, where it sparked a free games downloading spree.
Simon Sharwood, 15 Oct 2012
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Iran blamed for ZTE's 260 PER CENT profit slump

Under-fire Chinese telecoms kit maker ZTE has warned it will report a loss of up to 1.75bn yuan (£174m) for the first nine months of the year, blaming a slowing global economy and the Iranian market, where US investigators are probing its activities.
Phil Muncaster, 15 Oct 2012
Asus N56VM 15.6in notebook

Asus N56VM 15.6in notebook review

A good journalist always tries to avoid clichés, but sometimes when I’m writing laptop reviews I do find myself reaching for a few stock phrases, such as: the speakers are crap. Imagine my relief, then, to discover that the speakers on the Asus N56VM don't fall into the crap category, but are actually rather good, no doubt helped by the fact that this laptop even comes with its own external sub-woofer.
Cliff Joseph, 15 Oct 2012

OFT writes volley of stern letters to naughty web retailers

The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has warned well-known online retailers trading in Britain that some of them could face formal enforcement action from the watchdog if they failed to comply fully with consumer protection law.
Kelly Fiveash, 15 Oct 2012

SAP customers fancy licence payments 'holiday'

SAP customers are finding it increasingly difficult to keep up with the German giant’s software charges and want a payments “holiday”.
Gavin Clarke, 15 Oct 2012

NURSES' natural DESIRES to be SATISFIED, by technology

Nurses will get £100m worth of mobile tech including digital pens and other handheld tools, Prime Minister David Cameron and Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt have just announced.
Anna Leach, 15 Oct 2012

Tremble, operators: UK gets ACCURATE mobile coverage guide

A US company mapping mobile coverage has jumped the pond – nimbly bypassing the operators – and is now providing detailed UK coverage maps by combining professionally gathered data with cloud-sourced samples.
Bill Ray, 15 Oct 2012

British car parks start reading number plates

UK car parks are now reading number plates to ensure everyone pays their due, with payments deducted from the account and unregistered parkers getting a ticket while everyone gets tracked.
Bill Ray, 15 Oct 2012
Xbox Live

Microsoft launches ad-funded Xbox Music audio streaming

Having failed to take on Apple and win in the music download business, Microsoft is hoping it can dominate - or, at least, stay relevant - with a streaming offering, this one free to users - provided they’re willing to accept advertising.
Tony Smith, 15 Oct 2012

Sky support dubs Germany 'Hitler's country'

It seems that it's not just the Greeks who are comparing German Chancellor Angela Merkel to Nazi-leader Hitler: Sky support seems to share the view that Germany is still in thrall to the long-dead dictator.
Bill Ray, 15 Oct 2012

Miniature Baumgartner jumps from 128,000ft

On Sunday, Austrian Felix Baumgartner leapt into the record books when he skydived from 128,100 feet (39,045 meters), possibly going supersonic as he plunged earthwards over New Mexico.
Lester Haines, 15 Oct 2012
Tower Blocks

The 3D die stack tack: Toshiba builds towering column of flash

Toshiba is building high rise flash and ReRAM chips, with prototypes coming next year and volume shipping in 2015.
Chris Mellor, 15 Oct 2012
Raspberry Pi ARM PC

Jam today: Raspberry Pi Ram doubled

The Raspberry Pi Foundation has upgraded its credit card-sized computer: it now sports 512MB of memory rather than 256MB, but still costs $35 (£22).
Tony Smith, 15 Oct 2012

Spiceheads keep Austin weird at IT's Comic Con

Sysadmin blogSpiceworld 2012* was in Austin, Texas. I spent my time there grilling vendor reps at the booths, talking to attendees and collaborating with Spiceworks employees. I'll save the article on "what's new in Spiceworks" as well as the feeds and speeds for later, after I've done some compare-and-contrast in the lab. Instead, I bring you a look at the Spiceworks the company.
Trevor Pott, 15 Oct 2012
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Apple extends fail-prone Seagate HDD swap scheme

Apple has extended its 2011 iMac hard drive replacement scheme.
Hard Reg, 15 Oct 2012

Win 8 ready for slate ... but biz customers can wait

In a fortnight you’ll start to hear Microsoft's marketing machine crunching into overdrive as Windows 8 is driven onto the market.
Andy Goddard, 15 Oct 2012

Water, water everywhere on the Moon: But not a drop to drink

Astroboffins have discovered more and more water on the once-thought barren surface of the Moon in the last five years, but the question of where that water comes from is still a mystery.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 15 Oct 2012
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Microsoft Halo 4 launch countdown continues as game leaks online

Code for Microsoft's upcoming shooter Halo 4 has leaked online three weeks ahead of the game's launch, prompting investigation and action from team Xbox.
Caleb Cox, 15 Oct 2012

Japan's Softbank offers $20.1bn to take big gulp of Sprint

Japanese operator Softbank wants to buy Sprint, and has confirmed that it is prepared to pay more than £12bn ($20.1bn) for a 70 per cent stake in the US operator, assuming the US regulator will let it.
Bill Ray, 15 Oct 2012

Windows 8 ads hit US screens: Death Metal, exploding laptops

Microsoft’s Windows 8 TV ads have started running in the US.
Gavin Clarke, 15 Oct 2012

Amazon reportedly looking to buy TI chip-maker at heart of Kindle Fire

Mega-etailer Amazon is reportedly in talks to buy a mobile chip business from Texas Instruments.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 15 Oct 2012

Femto fail: Vodafone's Sure Signal gets a bit shaky again

Vodafone's femtocell offering, Sure Signal, is up the spout again. The UK's third largest operator said it was investigating and has recommended that disconnected punters try power-cycling the kit.
Bill Ray, 15 Oct 2012

Retailer leaks iPad Mini price list starting at £200

Apple's new iPad Mini will sell for £200, if screenshots on a German site are to be believed.
Anna Leach, 15 Oct 2012

iPad voice app back after patent spat: Mute kids get 'voices' back

A judge has saved an app that helps disabled children to make themselves understood, ruling that the two warring sides in a patent dispute will have to come to a business agreement.
Anna Leach, 15 Oct 2012

Second LulzSec member pleads guilty to Sony hack

A second suspect has admitted involvement in high profile attack last year against Sony Pictures website by notorious hacking crew LulzSec.
John Leyden, 15 Oct 2012
Amazon Kindle Fire HD

Affected by ebook price-fixing? Amazon has a few shiny pennies for you

Amazon has gleefully started contacting US ebook customers about the funds they're entitled to claim after three publishers settled price-fixing lawsuits.
Brid-Aine Parnell, 15 Oct 2012

Investors shovel another $10m of 'fuel' onto the SkyFire

Cloud-optimised browsing company SkyFire has landed another $10m investment, on top of the $30m it has already spent, to push its mobile browsing solution into Europe and Asia.
Bill Ray, 15 Oct 2012

Paid secur-o-ware is generally better than free, but not always by a lot

Antivirus tests that assess the effectiveness of security products from the moment users visit infected websites have exposed widely differing performances among the various anti-malware products.
John Leyden, 15 Oct 2012
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AMD to decimate workforce several times over?

With AMD announcing lowered expectations for the third quarter and CFO Thomas Siefert shown the door or finding the exit on his own a month ago, the talk has turned to what the company will do to get to profitability - and the prospect of deep job cuts.

Watchdog: Gov bods should rummage through BINS for FOI data

Public sector bodies will generally be required to disclose information even if it is stored in computer 'recycle bins', the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has said. The watchdog has issued new guidance (25-page/350KB PDF) to help public bodies which are subject to the UK freedom of information (FOI) or environmental information laws to determine whether they hold information that should be disclosed when requested.
OUT-LAW.COM, 15 Oct 2012

13-inch 'Retina Display' MacBook Pro to uncloak next Tuesday?

Today's Cupertinian rumeur du jour: a 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display will share the stage at next week's introduction of the much-anticipated iPad mini – or whatever that shrunken fondleslab may be dubbed.
Rik Myslewski, 15 Oct 2012

Leaked AT&T files show planned anti-piracy measures

A series of what are claimed to be leaked training manuals show that AT&T will get a lot more aggressive with its customers over suspected internet piracy, beginning this November.
Iain Thomson, 15 Oct 2012
Mellanox SwitchX-2 ASIC and its switches, not to scale

Mellanox etches software-defined networking onto SwitchX-2 chips

Networking chip and switch maker Mellanox Technologies is ramping up its efforts to play in the software-defined networking (SDN) world. The company will create its own OpenFlow controller and work to ensure that its switches work well with controllers from other vendors. The company is also rolling out a new switch ASIC that has been tweaked to support SDN features.

GIANT EYEBALL PANIC ends: Oceanic peeper identified

The giant eyeball that washed up on a Florida beach last week has been identified, quelling fears of a new monster swimming in the vasty deep.
Iain Thomson, 15 Oct 2012

Global notebook sales tank in recent months

Global notebook shipments took it on the chin in the third quarter of this year, with Acer, Asustek, and Toshiba seeing sales plunge by 15 to 25 per cent when compared to the previous quarter.
Rik Myslewski, 15 Oct 2012

Kindle DX delisted by Amazon

Amazon has begun rolling out its latest Kindle e-readers in the UK and other international markets, but it seems the large-screen Kindle DX will no longer be part of the line-up, either in the US or abroad.
Neil McAllister, 15 Oct 2012
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Cisco rolls up its own OpenStack distro

Cisco's software engineers have rolled up a distro of the open source OpenStack cloud controller for its "California" Unified Computing System blade and rack servers and related Nexus converged switches.

NZ blogger names source for data leak tipoff

Blogger Keith Ng, who went public over the deeply-careless kiosk implementation in New Zealand’s Ministry of Social Development job-seeker kiosks, has named the man that gave him the tip-off as Ira Bailey.
Richard Chirgwin, 15 Oct 2012

Android app dev dashboard update eases headaches

Google has overhauled the developer dashboards for its Google Play online store, with the aim of making it easier and faster for Android developers to publish, manage, and track the performance of their apps.
Neil McAllister, 15 Oct 2012

Yahoo! hires! top! Googler! to! revamp! operations!

On her first day back in the office after just two weeks of maternity leave, Yahoo! CEO Marisa Mayer has announced that she's wooed a senior Google employee to join her management team.
Iain Thomson, 15 Oct 2012

Planet hunters double down with FOUR-STAR SYSTEM

A group of amateur astronomers trawling through the vast store of data captured by the Kepler spacecraft has helped turned up a gem: a planet orbiting a double star, with another two stars in a more distant orbit.
Richard Chirgwin, 15 Oct 2012

Last month ties for WARMEST September on RECORD

If you found last month to be a mite toasty, the data is now in: you were right.
Rik Myslewski, 15 Oct 2012

Engineer designs glass slipper on Quora

This is merely a diversion, but a delightful one nonetheless: a mechanical engineer has answered a question posed on Quora, “What qualities would the glass in Cinderella's slippers need to have in order for her to walk and dance comfortably (and hold her weight)?”
Richard Chirgwin, 15 Oct 2012
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Rackspace touts OpenStack private cloud prowess

The OpenStack Design Summit kicked off today in San Diego, California, and Jim Curry, who had been managing the development effort for the OpenStack cloud control freak for the past two years, tells El Reg that he is enjoying not frantically running around running the show, and instead participating, along with the entire OpenStack development team at the hoster, as a user of the technology.

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