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AMD to partner with ARM for server CPUs by 2014

AMD and ARM have entered into a partnership that will see 64-bit ARM-based Opteron server processors appear from the Intel competitors, with release planned for 2014.
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Lenovo tops China's smartphone market in just six months

Despite launching its first smartphone in the second quarter of 2012, Lenovo is already the top Chinese smartphone company, according to analyst outfit TrendForce.
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France again threatens Google with link tax

French President François Hollande has told Google chair Eric Schmidt his nation intends to proceed with plans to force the Chocolate Factory to pay when it links to news content.
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Optus says age of mobile growth is over

Optus has declared the age of growing mobile subscriber numbers is over, signalling a revised retail strategy focussed on its own outlets.

Japanese toilet can save penalty kicks

Just when you thought Japan had moved on from its stereotyped image as a nation that creates bizarre, useless technology, it comes up with the Super Great Toilet Keeper (SGTK) – a bespoke toilet designed to save penalties.

Sandy takes out NYC colo facility

Post-tropical storm Sandy, as the event is now known, has taken out at least one piece of significant information infrastructure.

Apple turns off Siri’s potty mouth

Apple has moved to clean up its digital assistant app Siri in China by deactivating the part of its brain that until recently directed users to the nearest prostitutes.
World of Warcraft Expansion: The Mists of Pandaria

World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria review

Review A couple of years ago I was addicted to Farmville and I've always had a soft spot for Pokémon. As much as I hate to say, it the Mists of Pandaria is coming over all Pokéville 2. Everyone is battling minipets or farming, which all feels a bit twee but I can’t deny it’s also extremely enjoyable... except when I see my baby polar bear bashed to death by someone’s mini robot.
Lucy Orr, 30 2012
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Freesat downs own website after Downton quickie

A 40-second spot during last night's Downton Abbey was enough to knock out the Freesat website as viewers rushed to find out more about how to get satellite TV for less.
Bill Ray, 30 2012

Top dog EMC: Clear off, hybrid upstarts, VNX2 is a million-IOPS monster

Exclusive EMC is developing a follow-on VNX storage array that will combine flash and disk drive storage in a hybrid arrangement and deliver a million IOPS of performance. It will run a Rockies update of the VNX operating environment software, Flare and Dart.
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Avnet TS confirms EMEA exec line-up

Avnet Technology Solutions has tweaked its organisational structure in EMEA and named those execs with a seat at the top table after completing the acquisition of Magirus.
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Vodafone in bed with Gemalto in bonking-for-money transaction

Gemalto will be providing trusted services for Vodafone's customers around the world, including NFC payments, in a multi-year contract between the two companies.
Bill Ray, 30 2012

OEMs and sellers must pay refunds on software faults - OFT

Businesses that sell digital content to consumers should generally be responsible for providing refunds when services connected to that content fall below "quality standards" due to faults with the content, the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has said.

Hitachi buys Horizon to save UK's nuclear future

Japanese tech giant Hitachi has swooped in to rescue the UK’s foundering Horizon nuclear energy project with a commitment to generating thousands of new jobs and knock-on benefits for the local supply chain.
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Intel halves SSD power draw with 20nm chip shift

Intel has updated its line of low-end solid-state drives by introducing the 335, a 240GB 6Gb/s Sata unit based on 20nm Flash chippery.
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Hurricane Sandy blows away Gizmodo, HuffPo, various other blogs

Hurricane Sandy has taken out five of New York's biggest blogsites - the Huffington Post and all its global offshoots; Buzzfeed; and the Gawker portfolio - Gizmodo US, Gawker, Jezebel.
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WinPho 8 fans now able to order HTC handsets

HTC's Windows Phone 8 range went up for pre-order today as the company prepares to flood the market with its 8X and 8S handsets this Friday.
Caleb Cox, 30 2012
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Your mouse may actually be a RAT in disguise

Security researchers have discovered a Trojan that attaches its malicious code to routines normally used only to control the inputs from mouse clicks.

Riverbed to slurp Opnet for cool $1 billion

Network gear manufacturer Riverbed Technology is about to slurp software firm Opnet Technologies for a cool $1bn.
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Brit 4G live TODAY: At last you can bust your data cap in 5 minutes

EE's 4G network goes live today, offering a lucky few in eleven cites the chance to exceed their data caps in less than five minutes, while competitors remind us that not all 4G networks are made equal.
Bill Ray, 30 2012

JDA Software looking to sell itself, they do say

Enterprise tech firm JDA Software is rumoured to be trying to sell itself, hiring JPMorgan Chase to look for those who might be willing to gobble it.
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Israeli cops penetrated by army of fake generals with trojans

Israeli police departments were pulled offline last Thursday following the discovery of a Trojan especially targeted at law enforcement networks in the Jewish state.
Lenovo ThinkPad Helix

Lenovo ThinkPad Helix turns Westward

Lenovo’s convertible Ultrabook, the Helix, has made an appearance on the company’s Israel website.
Hard Reg, 30 2012
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Forstall ousted from Apple after refusing to apologise for Maps

iOS chief Scott Forstall was ousted from Apple because he wouldn't say sorry for Maps, the WSJ reports. Forstall, who oversaw the production of iOS6 and its Apple Maps app, apparently refused to sign the official apology later offered by Tim Cook to customers for the poor quality of the navigation product.
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Nokia primes Lumias for Windows Phone 8 push

Nokia hopes to make a splash in the Windows Phone 8 pool when its Lumia 920 and 820 hits shelves later this week.
Caleb Cox, 30 2012

UK's Intellectual Property Obliteration office attacked by Parliament

With the British economy now increasingly dependent on "intangibles" - brands, designs, patents and copyright - a cross-party group of MPs and peers has called for stronger support for the industries which produce such things at Whitehall. It has also called for bureaucrats to stop kicking these industries in the nuts whenever they can.

Forgetting Microsoft: How Steve Ballmer's Surface could win

Open ... and Shut In a Windows world we bought the product. In Google's world we are the product. Judging from market share trends, we apparently don't mind being bought and sold. At least, so long as the price is right.
Matt Asay, 30 2012
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Volunteers sought to see if anyone actually can hear you scream in space

Those of you who've ever wondered if the Alien assertion that "in space, nobody can hear you scream" has any scientific basis can now put it to the test, thanks to Cambridge University Spaceflight (CUSF).
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First eyes EVER SEEN (by definition) appeared 700 million years ago

Animals were seeing stuff a lot earlier than previously thought, a new study suggests.
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Xbox mod spreads KILLER Borderlands 2 GERM

A bug in Borderlands 2 has spread like virtual flu, permanently killing off characters if they die during a game. Worse, some players are deliberately spreading the infection to gamers they don't like, it has been claimed.
Caleb Cox, 30 2012
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TalkTalk to Ofcom: 'Talented, lovely monopolist' BT must be reeled in

While broadband minister Ed Vaizey insisted this morning that competition remained active in the dash to grab public sector cash aimed at the deployment of faster fibre networks across Britain, TalkTalk's boss is worried about the lack of rivalry in the business.
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Family sues Foxconn in brain-damaged worker compensation case

The family of the Foxconn worker who lost his brain after a factory accident is taking the tech manufacturer to court over its attempts to move him from his hospital.
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Hmm, I think I'll order an iPad Mini on Amazon ... Oh no I won't

Amazon has weighed into the tablet pooh-pooh battle, following Apple's blow by blow comparison with a Samsung Galaxy Tab during the iPad Mini launch last week.

Asus gets paid handsomely for swallowing Google's Jellybean

ASUSTeK - Asus to you and me - has pulled a surprise jump in profit out of the bag as its tablets make up for slow PC sales.

Hurricane Sandy smacks the Big Apple around

Extreme weather is something we are getting used to here in New York City, and what is clear as we all walk outside to assess the damage from Hurricane Sandy is that the aging infrastructure in the Big Apple was not designed to sustain this kind of hit.
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Geneva devastated by monster tsunami, millions at risk

Geologists have found the culprit behind a huge tsunami that devastated the site of the Swiss city of Geneva in 563 AD and say a similar wave could be in the city's future.
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Ballmer claims Win 8 sales strong, WinPhone to follow

Build 2012 Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer kicked off his company's annual Build developer conference on Tuesday by highlighting the new features of Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8, arguing that they represented an unprecedented opportunity for developers.
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Google upgrades Gmail interface, now less 'drafty'

Google has begun a series of upgrades to its Gmail user interface, starting with a "compose and reply experience" that brings email composition much closer to an instant messaging format.
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Optus breaks up with TeleChoice after ten years

Australia’s biggest independently owned mobile phone, internet and telecommunications retailer has been left in the cold after negotiations to renew a ten year retail contract with Optus unexpectedly stalled.

New Zealand judge gives cracker community service

A Brazilian ski-fields worker has been sentenced to community service in New Zealand for breaking into the network of a Queenstown backpacker lodge, the Otago Daily Times reports.
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Faulty network switched closed Melbourne tunnels

Private road operator Transurban says a faulty network switch was to blame for a computer fault that crippled Melbourne’s traffic network early in October.

ARM busts out server-to-superphone superchips

ARM TechCon ARM has rolled out a new series of processors – the Cortex-A50 Series – that it says will find their way into everything from smartphones to mega-data centers.

Stratsec critical of cloud security

A study conducted by BAE security subsidiary Stratsec claims that cloud services aren’t doing enough to secure their instances against being used to host attacks.