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NASA's Cassini spacecraft turns 15 while spying on Saturn

NASA's Cassini spacecraft celebrated a very lonely 15th birthday on Monday from its orbit near the planet Saturn, roughly one billion miles from Earth.

Study finds file sharers buy more music

A preview of research conducted by The American Assembly, a “national, non-partisan public affairs forum” attached to Columbia University, has found that file sharers who acquire music also pay for more tunes than their non-freeloading brethren.
Tesco Home Plus subway scanning in Korea

Chinese e-tailer to build 1,000 empty stores

Chinese e-commerce giant Yihaodian has hit upon a novel approach to food retail – open 1,000 supermarkets which don’t contain any actual food, but instead feature images of items alongside scannable QR codes. Shoppers will scan the codes for the products they desire, and the goods will be delivered to their homes.
Cthulu springs from HP desktop printer

HP prosecuted by Australian consumer regulator

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), the nation's guardian of consumer rights and regulator of competition and consumer law, has commenced legal action against HP over its warranty and repair practices.
Apple iPad Mini?

Apple supplier AU Optronics suffers IP theft blow

Two former execs from Taiwanese flat panel-maker and Apple supplier AU Optronics have been arrested on suspicion of carrying out industrial espionage for their new employer, Chinese electronics firm TCL.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows 2 3D

Gartner spells out magic behind quadrants

Analyst group Gartner has detailed how it prepares its sometimes-controversial magic quadrants, revealing that a two-hour demo is sometimes part of the research process.

Dishonored game review

Review Remember those Fighting Fantasy "choose your own adventure" books penned by the likes of Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone - now whatever happened to them... - in the mid-1980s? Well, Dishonored plays like the ultimate version of one of those, offering choice in terms of strategy and approach at every turn.
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Chinese arrest 9,000 cyber-crims

Chinese police have smashed over 700 cyber crime gangs and arrested nearly 9,000 alleged criminals.
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Final decision by Home Sec on McKinnon extradition due today

The Home Secretary is expected to announce whether or not the government will block Gary McKinnon's US extradition in Parliament today.
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The Ukrainian navy is to deploy specially trained dolphins equipped with "pistols fixed to their heads" against possible enemy frogmen, according to reports.
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When cookie spewers single you out, it IS personal, barks watchdog

Information that can lead to individuals being "singled out and treated differently" should generally be classed as "personal data", an EU privacy body has recommended.
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UK.gov spunks £500k to create jobs in startup marketing businesses

A pot of £1m has been promised to 10 UK start-ups as part of a "business accelerator" plan managed by Creative England. Funding for the venture has been partly provided by the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills, whose Regional Growth Fund poured £500k in loan capital into the pot.

Now pay attention, 007: James Bond's Q re-booted

Bond on Film There were others, but Desmond Llewelyn defined the part of Q in James Bond, appearing in 17 films and nailing the shtick with the wayward agent who invariably broke or lost his toys. Q perfected the long-suffering dad to Bond’s fidgety teen, who pressed the wrong buttons to earn an exasperated: “Pay attention, 007!”
Ada Lovelace, credit 2D Goggles

Quite contrary Somerville: Behind the Ada Lovelace legend

Lovelace Day Ada Lovelace is a compellingly romantic figure, irresistible in today’s age of equal geeky opportunities.
Google Nexus 7 Android tablet

Carphone Warehouse lauds Nexus 7 while eagerly eying iPad Mini

Asus’ Google-branded Nexus 7 tablet is “the best selling Android tablet ever”, at least according to Carphone Warehouse.
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Mini-Me, stop humping the laser: Littler Flame cyber-spy tool found

Updated Kaspersky Lab has discovered a cut-down version of the infamous Flame cyber-espionage weapon.
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Windows 8 and the ‘Dad test’ stunts

Comment Out and about shopping yesterday, I spotted a PC magazine in the newsagent advertising the ‘ultimate guide’ to Windows 8 in the form of a ’33 page special’.
Dale Vile, 16 2012
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CAPTCHA-busting service relies on CAPTCHA to block bots

An automated CAPTCHA circumvention service has decided to use CAPTCHAs to restrict access to its own contact us services.
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Amazon seeks 50,000 temporary elves to wrap up America's Xmas

Amazon will be taking on over 50,000 seasonal staff in the US to pack up the nation's Furbies, Lego and video games for Christmas.
OCZ VeloDrive

OCZ's SEC filing fail gives stockholders the fear

OCZ has announced that it won't be able to file its quarterly report with the SEC on time, leading to doubts about its cash position.
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EU data bosses order Google to sort out privacy

EU data regulators have told Google that it has to make changes to its new privacy policy due to "incomplete information and uncontrolled combination of data across services".

Asus doubles up phone-slate combo's specs with Padfone 2

Asus has refreshed its three-in-one smartphone, tablet and notebook concept and unveiled the all-new Padfone 2.
Caleb Cox, 16 2012

Why Google and Amazon could end up cooking their own chips

Open ... and Shut It used to be that the ante for being a serious player in the technology game was your own data centre. Or several. On this basis, Google, Facebook, Amazon, Microsoft and very few others have constructed hugely expensive data centres that centre much of the web's activity on them.
Matt Asay, 16 2012
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McKinnon will not be extradited to the US, says Home Secretary

The Home Secretary has blocked Gary McKinnon's extradition to the US.
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Microsoft Surface ad targets preppy, Glee-watching youngsters

Is it an Apple advert, a commercial for insurance, or an episode of Glee? No, it’s the first Surface commercial from Microsoft.
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Manchester plods cop £120k fine for USB-stick-inna-wallet data gaffe

The Greater Manchester Police Force have paid a £120,000 fine after losing the details of more than a thousand people under investigation for serious drugs crime.

Power and cooling: The Oak Ridge way

Video You think you have power and cooling issues? Slip into the shoes of Arthur ‘Buddy’ Bland, Project Director for the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility, and learn how they keep one of the largest computing facilities in the world powered up, yet cool enough to prevent melting.
Dan Olds, 16 2012
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'Hypersensitive' Wi-Fi hater loses case against fiendish DEVICES

Veteran Campaigner Against Stuff Arthur Firstenberg won a case last week, and lost one too, but there won't be much celebrating as even the victory was a false one.
Bill Ray, 16 2012
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Apple hires top Amazon search exec to take over Siri

Apple has reportedly nicked top Amazon exec and search maestro William Stasior to head up its Siri division.
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Game over for legendary 1980s games designer Mike Singleton

Obituary Classic videogame designer Mike Singleton - famed for titles such as the ZX Spectrum's The Lords of Midnight and Doomdark's Revenge - has died aged 61.
Caleb Cox, 16 2012
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WD escapes $630m hit over Seagate 'trade secrets' ... for now anyway

Western Digital is off the hook for a cool $630m in an arbitration case it initially lost over the alleged misuse of Seagate's confidential information, including trade secrets.
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Santander downplays risk of 'personal data-stuffed' cookies

The Spanish banking giant Santander has downplayed growing concerns over its alleged inclusion of "sensitive data" in its cookies.
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China to get 20,000 4G base stations ... just for starters

China Mobile has gone domestic and awarded ZTE the contract to deploy 20,000 TD-LTE base stations, putting the company at the leading edge of TD-LTE development.
Bill Ray, 16 2012
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It's official: Apple will reveal 'a little more' on October 23

Apple has sent out invitations to what world+dog assume will be the introductory event for the oft-rumored iPad mini. And as expected, said soirée will be held on October 23.

Got loads of old databases clogging up your company's storage?

Delphix is a start-up whose software technology effectively makes a copy of a database, such as Oracle 10, and then presents virtualised instances of it for test and development, recovery or any other purpose. It's generally thought there can be 10, possibly 20 or even more copies of production databases scattered throughout large enterprises, each consuming storage resources.
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SGI munches MarkLogic database, hatches Dataraptor appliance

Silicon Graphics knows a thing or two about handling huge amounts of data, but it doesn't have its own database or NoSQL data-store software. It needs to partner to be able to feast on the big-data carcass, and its latest partnership is with NoSQL database maker MarkLogic to create a big-data appliance called Dataraptor.
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Foxconn: THESE child workers were NOT making Apple products

Apple manufacturer Foxconn has admitted that child labourers were working at one of its factories in China.

Microsoft Surface: Designed to win, priced to fail

Analysis Microsoft has at last released some more details on its Surface tablet – including pricing – but based on what we've seen so far, Apple and Android-tablet makers don't have much to worry about.

Kaspersky Lab to create new OS 'to save the world'

Kaspersky Lab, the Russian security firm that has garnered headlines with its research into Stuxnet, Flame, Duqu, Gauss, and other sophisticated malware, says it is working on a new operating system designed specifically to shield against attacks by cyber-weapons.
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US weather boffins fire up 'Yellowstone' 1.5 petaflopper

The US National Center for Atmospheric Research admitted a year ago that it had fallen behind in the flops race versus the weather boffinry in other countries, and shelled out tens of millions of dollars to build a new massively parallel Xeon E5-based cluster. The machine, dubbed "Yellowstone" because it is installed in a shiny new data center in Cheyenne, Wyoming, near the famous national park, was built by IBM and has been fired up this week.

Intel inches above Wall Street's earnings expectations

On the day that the Dow notched its first triple-digit gain in over a month, Intel joined the party – well, in a minor way, to be sure – by beating Wall Street's lowered expectations for its most-recent quarter.

Microsoft gouges Australia lightly on Surface

Australian punters frustrated by the fact they pay more than their North American brethren for Apple gadgets, despite the Australian Dollar currently buying more than one US Dollar, can now get just a little bit mad with Microsoft too, after the company today announced prices for its Surface tablets that exceed US prices.

Google's 'JavaScript killer' marks first birthday with update

Just over a year after it first unveiled the Dart language for large-scale web programming, Google has announced that its purported "JavaScript killer" has hit its first major milestone.

Australia mulls data breach notification laws

The Attorney-General’s department has released a discussion paper seeking public input on whether Australia should have mandatory data breach notification laws.
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Google releases 'Disavow links' tool to fix SEO spam

Google has used the PubCon conference in Las Vegas to release a "Disavow Links" tool, allowing webmasters dump links into their site that are hurting search rankings.
USA, Canada - which one is which?

EFF warns of ACTA redux

America’s Electronic Frontier Foundation is warning that Canada and Europe are in talks to copy-paste the criminal provisions of the notorious ACTA (Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement) into a new treaty called CETA.

Big Blue down on all fronts in its third quarter

Its third financial quarter was not an easy one for IBM, with sales down across most product lines and in many geographical regions, and profits down even after selling off its retail-store systems business to Toshiba.

Intel CEO: PC market slogging along at half speed

Intel president and CEO Paul Otellini knows that the PC business is in the tank, believes that Windows 8 might lift it out of its funk, and can't predict which form factor will be The Next Big Thing – tablets, convertibles, or Ultrabooks.
Exoplanet around a star

Earth-sized planet found at Alpha Centauri B

Astronomers have spotted an Earth-sized exoplanet in orbit around Alpha Centauri B.