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Kim Dotcom claims entrapment by US authorities

Kim Dotcom says he is about to go on the offensive, after the news that some of the files prosecutors allege Megaupload.com knew were pirated and did not remove were only present because courts had asked they be retained to assist another investigation.
Simon Sharwood, 26 Nov 2012
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Acid oceans DISSOLVING sea life

The shells of tiny sea snails called pteropods, or “sea butterflies”, are dissolving thanks to the acidification of sea water brought about to increasing levels of CO2 in the ocean, according to researchers from the British Antarctic Survey BAS).
Simon Sharwood, 26 Nov 2012

HP denies Syria, Iran spy tech claims

HP has been forced to deny that it broke strict export sanctions by selling technology to Syria and Iran, but admitted that its network of channel partners may have done so without its knowledge.
Phil Muncaster, 26 Nov 2012
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Driverless trucks roam Australian mines

Mining company Rio Tinto has turned to driverless trucks to operate mines in Western Australia.
Simon Sharwood, 26 Nov 2012
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Google, Apple, and Microsoft downed in Pakistan

Pakistan’s web users were left high and dry over the weekend after nearly 300 high profile sites including Google.com.pk, Microsoft.pk, Apple.pk and Yahoo.pk were hacked and defaced by what appears to be a mixture of Pakistani and Turkish attackers.
Phil Muncaster, 26 Nov 2012
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Heroic Register reader battles EXPLODING COMPUTER

A heroic Reg reader who battled an exploding computer to save his son's homework (and possibly his life) has written in to share the harrowing tale of a power supply unit gone MAD.
Anna Leach, 26 Nov 2012
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Datawind insists $42 tab isn't Chinese

British tech firm Datawind has been forced to deny reports from India at the weekend that its low-cost Aakash 2 device, marketed as an innovative locally-made product, was actually bought off-the-shelf from China.
Phil Muncaster, 26 Nov 2012
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Brocade drill-down: Replacement for Klayko in the wings

Storage networking and Ethernet supplier Brocade has done good, with record fourth quarter and full year results; pats all round boys. But you're still stuck in a mature market rut with no breakout yet visible.
Chris Mellor, 26 Nov 2012
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ICO: Anonymised data doesn't HAVE to guarantee your privacy

Data anonymisation does not have to provide a 100 per cent guarantee to individuals' privacy in order for it to be lawful for organisations to disclose the information, the UK's data protection watchdog has said.
OUT-LAW.COM, 26 Nov 2012
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Seagate private equity whispers begin... AGAIN

Seagate is reported to be talking to private equity firms about shifting off the stock market and back into private ownership. This would be the second time it has held such talks, so it's anybody's guess if anything will come of it.
Chris Mellor, 26 Nov 2012
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Microsoft applies for patent for 'Google Goggles'-type AR specs

Microsoft has applied for a patent for its very own Google Goggles-alike Terminator-style tech, which will slap facts and figures over everything you see.
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Flash is dead ... but where are the tiers?

Storagebod Flash is dead: it's an interim technology with no future. But yet it continues to be a hot topic and technology. I suppose I ought to qualify that. Flash will be dead in the next five to 10 years and I’m talking about the use of flash in the data centre.
StorageBod, 26 Nov 2012
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Intel edu-tablet sales forecast slashed - supply chain whispers

In another bit of mobile-market slippage, Intel is said to have cut in half the number of its StudyBook educational tablets that it believes it will sell in the next two years.
Rik Myslewski, 26 Nov 2012
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Galapagos tortoise 'Lonesome George' might NOT be last of his kind

"Lonesome George", the giant tortoise believed to be the last of his species when he died in June, may not have been as lonseome as they say.
Anna Leach, 26 Nov 2012
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Drop Box and Dropbox, begs new sync 'n' share start-up

Yet another start-up touting its own cloud-based file sync 'n' share for business has popped up. Egnyte says its got a Cloud Control product does the same thing as Box and DropBox, but with more security and control.
Chris Mellor, 26 Nov 2012
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P-P-P-Pick up our PENGUIN-POWERED Pi PIPER of Python

How-to Turning the Raspberry Pi into a music player is old hat, but turning it into a personalised DJ is slightly more difficult if a lot more interesting.
Bill Ray, 26 Nov 2012
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New table-munching worm ravages Iranian biz databases

A new strain of malware is thrashing corporate databases in the Middle East, claiming the vast majority of its victims in Iran.
John Leyden, 26 Nov 2012
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Hefty beauty GAGA gets voluptuous new undercarriage

Our autonomous lawnmower has had a hard summer, with brains, brawn and even her skeleton delayed, but despite failing to manage 2012's growth, she's still on track to wreak graminoid havoc - if just a little later than hoped.
Bill Ray, 26 Nov 2012

Where were the bullet holes on OS/2's corpse? Its head ... or foot?

Part two My last piece on OS/2 was in part a mea culpa, a history of my part in its downfall. However, I can't claim all the credit. In fact, if I'm honest, there were hundreds of reasons why OS/2 failed, and most of them had nothing to do with me. So, here are some of the real corkers.
Dominic Connor, 26 Nov 2012

Jock and Awe: Scottish schools' sixty-mil 'slab splurge

Scottish ministers are seeking suppliers for up to £60m of tablets and notebooks.
Paul Kunert, 26 Nov 2012
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Pong creator turns nose up at Nintendo Wii U

Atari founder Nolan Bushnell has doubts over the long-term success of the Nintendo Wii U, after admitting he doesn't get the tablet-controlled console.
Caleb Cox, 26 Nov 2012
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Cambridge boffins fear 'Pandora's Unboxing' and RISE of the MACHINES

Boffins at Cambridge University want to set up a new centre to determine what humankind will do when ultra-intelligent machines like the Terminator or HAL pose "extinction-level" risks to our species.
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Samsung SSD 840 series storage review

When Samsung launched its first true consumer SSD, the 470, it was met with a generally good reception. Yet the timing of its release pretty much coincided with the arrival of drives using the second generation of LSI’s SandForce controller and its 6Gb/s SATA 3 interface. Hence, the 470 having a 3Gb/s SATA 2 interface was no match for this new breed in terms of performance.
Simon Crisp, 26 Nov 2012
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10,000 cities, 1 salesman, 6 nodes: It's LittleFe cluster CRUNCH TIME

SC12 Video It was the last day of last week’s SC12 Student Cluster Competition, and Pennsylvania university students Team Slippery Rock chatted to us during the LittleFe battle. In this competition track, teams of university students (plus a high school team) pushed their six-node LittleFe mini-iron to the limit, attempting to find the best solution to a 10,000-city Travelling Salesman* problem.
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Applied Micro shows off X-Gene ARM server prototypes

Applied Micro Circuits is not yet shipping its first X-Gene ARM-based processor aimed at servers, and it is going to be a while yet before it can get the processors into the field. But because there is so much at stake, Applied Micro can't afford to be left out of any conversations about ARM Holding's attack on the data center. The reason? It has invested very heavily (at least relative to its size) in this X-Gene project.
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Gangnam Style beats Bieber Baby, becomes biggest timewaste EVER

Op op op op oppan, sexy lady - Gangnam Style!
Team Register, 26 Nov 2012
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'007' job ad for an assassin appears on official UK.gov website

Pranksters advertised a job vacancy for an official assassin on a UK government website to fool wannabe James Bonds into applying.
John Leyden, 26 Nov 2012
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Nexus 4 actually has 4G: But only in Canada, and potentially ILLEGAL

The Nexus 4, Google's surprisingly cheap Android flagship, has another trick up its sleeve: an LTE radio which can be activated from some hidden settings.
Bill Ray, 26 Nov 2012
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Facebook tries to stop its staff using iPhones in 'dogfood' push

Facebook's campaign against the Apple iPhone has moved up a notch: staff are urged to grab an Android gadget and bug test the social network's mobile app as more punters plump for Google's operating system.
Bill Ray, 26 Nov 2012
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Girlfriend 'tried to MURDER ME with her AMPLE BREASTS'

A German woman is up in court on a charge of "attempted manslaughter with a weapon", after allegedly trying to smother her boyfriend with her ample 38DD assets.
Lester Haines, 26 Nov 2012
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SQL database start-up flings out code peanuts to tempt biz

NuoDB, a start-up which claims to be offering the industry’s only "emergent" elastically scalable database, has made the firm's beta trial available to the public via a freemium business model. It plans to launch the product by the end of the year.
Chris Mellor, 26 Nov 2012
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Phone with Facebook hardware button lobbed out by Nokia

Nokia's latest Series 40 blower, a dual-SIM model aimed at developing markets, has a Facebook button, the first device from the Finns to feature such an innovation.
Bill Ray, 26 Nov 2012
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Phoenix IT Group signs £40m desktop support win

Phoenix IT Group has inked a five-year £40m desktop support deal with an unnamed customer, the troubled firm revealed today.
Paul Kunert, 26 Nov 2012
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At LAST: The BRAIN-CONTROLLED helicopter

Brain-controlled helicopters could be ready for Santa's elves to drop down US chimneys in time for Christmas this year.
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Venus EXPOSED in predawn threesome with Saturn and Mercury

Any stargazers who manages to get out of bed early tomorrow morning will see Venus, Saturn and Mercury together in the predawn sky.
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SPEARS fired up for explosive climax

Our Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) project reached a major milestone over the weekend with the completion of the first Special Project Electronic Altitude Release System (SPEARS) control board.
Lester Haines, 26 Nov 2012
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Fanboi droves use iPads to buy more iPads on Black Friday

Apple's iPad was used by one in every 10 online shoppers on Black Friday, according to IBM's Holiday Benchmark report.
Paul Kunert, 26 Nov 2012
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Mall lurk man: Apple smashes Microsoft in Black Friday fondle wars

Anecdotal evidence suggests Apple may have beaten Microsoft in the Black Friday faceoff for consumers' dollars.
Gavin Clarke, 26 Nov 2012
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Their One Year Mission: To boldly find the effects of null G on humans

NASA and Roscosmos have decided on two veteran 'nauts for a prolonged one-year-long mission on the International Space Station.
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Claimed $400m Google buyout is fake, ICOA boss warns

It was a lousy start to the post-Thanksgiving weekend for the management of US hotspot provider ICOA after the company fell victim to what looks like a classic pump-and-dump stock scam.
Iain Thomson, 26 Nov 2012
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Defence Signals Directorate offers BYOD advice

Australia's signals intelligence agency, the Defence Signals Directorate (DSD), has published two sets of guidelines for Australian government agencies contemplating a bring your own device (BYOD) regime.
Simon Sharwood, 26 Nov 2012

How IT will evolve to photonics

Replacing electronics with photonics will one day be an important way to run IT while consuming far less power than is the case today. But while that idea looks great on paper, the research is still young.

Microsoft supporting Surface with Windows RT until 2017

Microsoft has set date on the end of mainstream support for its Surface tablet running Windows RT as April 11, 2017, with Office products likely to get similar support.
Iain Thomson, 26 Nov 2012
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China to strut eight-core Godson-3B MIPS chip in early 2013

People talk about Moore's Law as if server chip manufacturers had to obey it like some kind of cosmic speed limit. In reality, Moore's Law is an idealized goal, and one that is increasingly difficult to attain year after year for server microprocessors.
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GE study pimps ‘industrial Internet’

General Electric thinks that as much as $US15 billion could be added to global industrial output, merely by connecting global industrial operations to the Internet.