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Oprah Winfrey tweets her love of Surface – from her iPad

Media mogul Oprah Winfrey may have named the Microsoft Surface tablet as one of her "favorite things" of 2012, but when she took to Twitter to hype the device, she did so from an iPad.
Neil McAllister, 20 Nov 2012
A storm is brewing (Mali, Sahel). Foto: F. Guichard & L. Kergoat, AMMA project, CNRS copyright.
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Platform clouds generating more noise than cash

There's a lot of talk about infrastructure and platform cloud services, but thus far the cloud biz is a relatively small portion of the $3.6 trillion in global IT spending. But its share is growing fast, and that has a lot of people excited and waving their hands a lot.
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Restaurateur jailed for customer sex profile revenge plan

A restaurant owner is facing 90 days of jail time and two years of probation after waging an online smear campaign, including setting up a fake online sex profile, to get revenge on a customer who gave her establishment a bad review.
Iain Thomson, 20 Nov 2012

EINSTEIN'S BRAIN had unusual lobes and cortex

Albert Einstein's brain seems to have been packed full of unusually-configured parts that could explain his unusual intelligence, according to a new study by US scholars.
Simon Sharwood, 20 Nov 2012
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NASA suggests robotic return to the Moon

A “return to the Moon” would need an almost unimaginable change in political thinking about the cost of space programs, but that doesn’t stop dreamers from dreaming.
Troll in cross hairs

Patent trolling to go under anti-trust spotlight

America’s Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission are to take a look at whether patent trolls are breaching US anti-trust laws.
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Aussie webmail pioneer gets funding boost

Australian developed cloud based, webmail provider for enterprises, Atmail will be beefing up its engineering team and expanding internationally following a AUD$2 million injection from VC Starfish Ventures. The 14 year old company, founded in the Blue Mountains, was one of the pioneers in webmail and has been quietly building up an international client base from ‘Silicon Beach’ Queensland that includes NASA, FedEx, GlaxoSmithKline and Virgin Atlantic.

Sarcastic tweeter jailed for mocking Communist Party

A petition has been launched calling for the release of Zhai Xiaobing, a Chinese blogger who mocked the recent Communist Party Congress in an irreverent tweet and was promptly arrested on terrorism charges.
Phil Muncaster, 20 Nov 2012
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British Ruby conference cancelled after diversity row

The British Ruby Conference has been cancelled, after a row started over allegations the speaker roster at the conference is insufficiently diverse.
Simon Sharwood, 20 Nov 2012

NSW Information Commissioner sends email to wrong list

The Information Commissioner in the Australian state of New South Wales, an officer whose job it is to offer and enforce best information management practice for the State, has apologised after sending an email to the wrong list.
Simon Sharwood, 20 Nov 2012
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Chinese cloud firm offers 'love bonus' to amorous staff

A Chinese cloud computing company has taken a novel approach to improving staff morale, ignoring all workplace common sense by encouraging its employees to hook up with each other, and with those of rival firms, in return for a financial reward.
Phil Muncaster, 20 Nov 2012
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London gets huge Defecator Enthroned statue for World Toilet Week

A giant squatting man has been erected outside the offices of the London mayor in a bid to raise "awareness" of the toilet.
Anna Leach, 20 Nov 2012
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Dell storage still staggering a year after EMC break-up

Dell's storage business is not keeping pace with its servers and networking business. This could be a lingering effect of its changed storage strategy, in which it has stopped reselling EMC storage and begun flogging its own acquired Compellent and EqualLogic gear as part of a "converged" solution. But it appears that customers aren't buying into its storage vision as fast as it would like them to.
Chris Mellor, 20 Nov 2012
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Ten Linux apps you must install

Product Round-up Unless you are operating in the enterprise class, most Linux software is free, which is both a blessing and a hindrance. Sure, there are some truly fantastic apps out there, but all to often you have to wade through a mess of buggy unfinished projects with dependencies on other defunct code to get to what you want. To help with such endeavours, here are ten Linux applications I find certainly come in handy when configuring a new installation. For the record, Ubuntu 12.04 was used here and these apps are available from the Ubuntu Software Centre, with the exception of PeaZip.
Shaun Dormon, 20 Nov 2012
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Cloudy admin? Here's how to ward off Call of Duty-playing teens

Palo Alto Network has gone virtual with the latest version of its next-generation firewall, the VM-Series. The tech, launched last week, is designed to protect virtual and cloud environments and comes as part of a wider industry push to market virtual security appliances.
John Leyden, 20 Nov 2012
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No hiding now, fandroids: Smartmobe chip STALKS YOU INDOORS

Vid Qualcomm and Cisco are collaborating to produce better location-tracking technology using networking gear and the Snapdragon chip otherwise found in smartphones.
Bill Ray, 20 Nov 2012
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All-flash-array flogger WhipTail in mad dash to fortify EMEA base

Self-proclaimed first shipper of an all-flash array, WhipTail, says UK customers are taking to its all-flash arrays in droves, with the company expecting a 1,100 per cent increase in sales this year. But it is expecting the competition to be snapping at its heels fairly shortly, which is why it has recruited an ex-EMC Isilon channel head to grow its base of UK dealers.
Chris Mellor, 20 Nov 2012
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'The People's' cell operator to offer expensive data - but it's for cheridee

A new mobile phone network in the UK will give a quarter of its profits to charity.
Bill Ray, 20 Nov 2012
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Malware made which can share a smartcard over the internet

Security researchers have developed proof-of-concept malware that allows attackers to obtain remote access to smart card readers attached to compromised Windows PCs.
John Leyden, 20 Nov 2012
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Apple's profits fetish could spell its DOOM

Open ... and Shut The other shoe is about to drop in the mobile market. For years Apple has dominated mobile, both in terms of market share and in terms of profits. It was an enviable position, and a unique one, borne of Apple's commitment to out-innovating the industry, allowing it to consistently charge a premium for its products. But as the industry has matured, Apple has haemorrhaged market share to low-cost Android.
Matt Asay, 20 Nov 2012
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Hackers break into FreeBSD with stolen SSH key

Hackers broke into two FreeBSD project servers using an SSH authentication key* and login credentials that appear to have been stolen from a developer, it has emerged.
John Leyden, 20 Nov 2012
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Certain people rejoice! AC/DC finally available on iTunes

Thumping rockers AC/DC have been remastered for iTunes putting the seminal rocknroll tracks in a digital music store for the first time.
Anna Leach, 20 Nov 2012
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Glorious silicon globes could hold key to elusive PERFECT kilogram

Feature There's a piece of metal more than a century old just outside Paris causing men and women of science a lot of bother.
Gavin Clarke, 20 Nov 2012
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Oprah Winfrey too late to save Microsoft's Windows 8

Early signs are showing that hopes for the overnight success of Microsoft's Windows 8 are unrealistic, although the tech giant appears to have bet the farm on the brand new operating system with the shiny new interface.
Gavin Clarke, 20 Nov 2012
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Shrewd El Reg plotter shows storage bods in revealing numbers

"Spaghetti" storage vendor groups are what you see when you lay bare these firms' quarterly revenue histories in a revealing graph. They fall neatly into four groups: the great, the good, the bad and the ugly. Which group are your suppliers in?
Chris Mellor, 20 Nov 2012
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How Intel's faith in x86 cost it the mobile market

You can’t fault departing Intel CEO Paul Otellini by claiming he didn't spot the way personal computing was becoming more mobile. He certainly did. But you can argue that his strategy for adapting the chip maker to the trend really wasn’t the right one. But as a 40-year Intel veteran it was never very likely he would reject one of the company's articles of faith. Perhaps he should have.
Tony Smith, 20 Nov 2012
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Sony coaxes indie Vita, Android developers with $99 SDK

Sony has launched an indie-focused portal for developers that includes access to the now-out-of-beta PlayStation Mobile software development kit.
Caleb Cox, 20 Nov 2012
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Wii U disassembly reveals unusual innards

Nintendo launched Wii U Stateside this past Sunday and while some users have complained of slow performance and freezing issues - something the firm has since addressed - teardown reports suggest potential hardware breakages should be relatively cheap to repair.
Caleb Cox, 20 Nov 2012
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Yahoo! shares! at! 18! month! high!

Yahoo! shares have climbed to their highest level in a year and a half as investors start to believe once more that the web firm is capable of making money.
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Kobo Glo illuminated e-reader review

Kobo’s Glo is yet another of the current wave of e-readers with what amounts to a backlit screen.
Tony Smith, 20 Nov 2012

Do you know a chimp who's feeling doleful? Mid-life crisis, probably

Boffins investigating the feelings of hundreds of chimpanzees, orangutans and varied great apes say that the creatures get depressed in their middle years just as humans - perhaps especially human males - do. They consider that this affirms Charles Darwin's famous dictum to the effect that if we would seek to understand ourselves we would do well to have a think about baboons first.
Lewis Page, 20 Nov 2012
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Murdoch Storm: Brooks, Coulson to be CHARGED over BUNGS

Prime Minister David Cameron's former spin doctor Andy Coulson and Rupert Murdoch's erstwhile right-hand woman Rebekah Brooks are to be charged as part of Scotland Yard's long-running investigation into corrupt payments relating to allegations of phone-hacking at the now-defunct News of the World Sunday tabloid.
Kelly Fiveash, 20 Nov 2012
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EE touts 4G Sim-only tariffs

EE - currently the UK's only 4G network provider - has launched Sim-only plans touting one-year contracts for as little as £21 a month.
Caleb Cox, 20 Nov 2012
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Thank BRIT eggheads for new iMac's sexy seamless knife-edge

A little-known British company is the brains behind technology in the new super-slim iMacs that Apple CEO Tim Cook raved about on stage.
Anna Leach, 20 Nov 2012
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Speaker Bercow's loquacious wife finally silenced - On Twitter

Sally Bercow was silenced on Twitter overnight, following a series of silly tweets that have landed the outspoken speaker's wife in legal hot water.
Kelly Fiveash, 20 Nov 2012
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Swollen SUPER-GIGANTO PLANET sighted in Andromeda

A gigantic super-planet has been snapped by astroboffins orbiting the massive star Kappa Andromedae.
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HTC: $8 per phone for Apple patents? We're not CRAZY!

HTC has rubbished claims that it's paying $6 to $8 per Android phone to keep Apple off its back.

HP: AUTONOMY 'misrepresented' its value by $5 BILLION, calls in SEC

Hewlett-Packard dropped a bomb this morning in reporting its financial results for its fiscal 2012 year, stating that the British software company Autonomy, which it acquired a little more than a year ago, "outright misrepresented" its own value - leading to a colossal $8.8bn writedown for HP today.
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Nintendo downplays Wii U 'hidden control panel' hack fears

A video games fan claims he accidentally hacked into the online environment (Miiverse) of Nintendo's latest game console, the Wii U.
John Leyden, 20 Nov 2012
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Swedish woman cuffed for sex with skeleton SHOCKER

A 37-year-old Swedish woman has been charged with "violating the peace of the dead" after allegedly using human skeletal remains for "sexual gratification".
Lester Haines, 20 Nov 2012
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Tech Data's Q3 profits dive by more than a fifth

The wheels on distribution juggernaut Tech Data (TD) are continuing to slow with sales and operating profits sliding in Q3.
Paul Kunert, 20 Nov 2012
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Microsoft's OWN tests on Kin 'social phone' foretold its doom

Videos purporting to show Microsoft's internal testing of Kin show just how bad it was, and make Redmond's decision to launch the social phone all the more remarkable.
Bill Ray, 20 Nov 2012
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Greenhouse gases break record again, says top UN weather man

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has announced that the amount of greenhouse gasses – including the ever-contentious CO2 – increased to record levels in 2011.
Rik Myslewski, 20 Nov 2012

Google hires top US traffic fed for DRIVERLESS CARS project

Google has signed up the deputy director of the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to work on the company's self-driving cars.
Team Register, 20 Nov 2012
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Nokia HERE today with decent mapping on Apple devices

iPhone users struggling with Apple's substandard maps app can now get a decent alternative in the shape of Nokia's Here.
Bill Ray, 20 Nov 2012
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Register boffinry confab: Mass debate on the Perfect Kilogram

Live Chat For more than a century the world has relied upon a lump of metal protected under high security in a location outside Paris to accurately measure the kilogram.
Gavin Clarke, 20 Nov 2012
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Brussels blesses British BDUK broadband boost blurt

Maria Miller's mercy dash to Brussels earlier this month appears to have paid off, after the European Commission confirmed today that it had cleared £530m in state aid investment for broadband deployment in the UK - along with what appear to be limp-wristed concessions.
Kelly Fiveash, 20 Nov 2012
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PCs punch HP in the gut, servers knee it in the jewels

It has been a long time since Hewlett-Packard has had a happy quarter, and it looks like it is going to have to wait quite a while to have one again if its final quarter of fiscal 2012 is any indication.
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Facebook starts going encrypted by default in North America

Facebook is finally deploying secure browsing for its 1-billion-strong userbase over the coming weeks.
Kelly Fiveash, 20 Nov 2012
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Wang's 'surging growth' to help tablets overcome notebooks in 2013

Your notebook is about to become passé. Shipments of tablets will outpace those of notebooks for the first time next year.
Rik Myslewski, 20 Nov 2012
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Apple, Spotify, Amazon: All your Cloud are belong to us, says firm

A San Jose company has claimed that it owns the technology used by Apple in its iCloud, by Spotify in its streaming service and by Amazon in its Cloud Player. It has filed three separate IP lawsuits against the firms for making digital data available to people over a computer network.
Anna Leach, 20 Nov 2012
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Quantum crypto - with nothing more than STANDARD broadband fibre

Boffins have worked out how to run quantum cryptography systems over a standard broadband fibre in a development that brings theoretically unbreakable encryption closer to mainstream use.
John Leyden, 20 Nov 2012
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Microsoft building poo-powered carbon-neutral data center

Microsoft is spending $5.5m to build a data center in the Wyoming hills that's powered by methane created from the waste of its nearby residents, and sees a lot of opportunity for mixing computing and crap.
Iain Thomson, 20 Nov 2012
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4chan founder Moot threatens site for using his handle

The 4chan community site has been home to all manner of jokes, pranks, intentionally offensive imagery, and other juvenilia since it launched in 2003, but one thing it apparently takes very seriously is "Moot," the online handle of its founder, Christopher Poole.
Neil McAllister, 20 Nov 2012
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World's oldest digital computer successfully reboots

After three years of restoration by the National Museum of Computing (TNMOC), the world's oldest functioning digital computer has been successfully rebooted at a ceremony attended by two of its original developers.
Iain Thomson, 20 Nov 2012
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Autonomy to HP: bollocks

The HP-Autonomy spat has, predictably, turned into a high-profile slanging match, with Autonomy founder Mike Lynch firing back at Meg Whitman via the Wall Street Journal.
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Quickflix top brass exec exits

Australian IPTV aspirant Quickflix has suffered a sudden executive exodus ahead of a pending announcement on a new mystery strategic investor.
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Kiwi Googleplex comes clean on unauthorised data

The New Zealand Privacy Commissioner has confirmed that Google has finally destroyed the ill-gotten data scooped up from unsecured WiFi networks during its Street View filming across New Zealand.
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Minister intervenes in Oz spectrum auction

Australia’s communications minister, Senator Stephen Conroy, who famously told Australian telcos they’d wear red undies on their heads if he told them to, has stepped into the auction process for new mobile spectrum.
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Application transformation: Ready Steady Go!

Old software never dies, it just functionally decomposes. When applications reach the end of their lifecycle, they can hang around, ghostlike, creating support and infrastructure costs, or they can be made useful again. Application transformation is a key part of that process, but what is involved?
Danny Bradbury, 20 Nov 2012
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German city dumping OpenOffice for Microsoft

The city council of Freiburg, Germany has voted to switch the city's productivity software from OpenOffice to Microsoft Office, reversing an open source software policy that has been in place since 2007.
Neil McAllister, 20 Nov 2012
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SGI UV 2000 supers are Intel and Nvidia inside

Supercomputer makers used to stuffing processors and networks into machines to build clusters or shared memory systems have to adapt their machines to take advantage of various kinds of compute accelerators that offers cheaper flops, and Silicon Graphics is no exception.