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AWS cloud growing three times as fast as dot-comming Amazon

Re:Invent Retailing giant Amazon runs AWS as a subsidiary at arm's length and in a somewhat stealthy manner at that.
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Apple manufacturers: ARRGH, pesky iThings are impossible to make

The iPad Mini is the latest Apple product to cause big problems for manufacturers in the Asian supply chain. According to reports, it's the LCD panels that are the problem, and both manufacturers - AU Optronics and LG Display - are losing money on the contract, Digitimes reports.
Anna Leach, 29 Nov 2012
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Inquiry ordered after phone exchange blaze

The Australian government has launched an inquiry into the communications collapse that ensued after a fire engulfed a pivotal Telstra exchange last week.
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Google GRINCHES have change of heart, bring back Christmas

Google has begun rolling out a patch for Android 4.2 "Jelly Bean" that fixes a bug that caused the month of December to vanish from the system's built-in People app.
Neil McAllister, 29 Nov 2012
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Server revenues decline in the third quarter

The server racket continues to be impacted by issues throughout the global economy and intense competition between incumbent players, upstarts, and those making their own hyperscale boxes.
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Australian cops bust Romanian credit card thieves

Australia's Federal Police (AFP) has triumphantly announced it has brought a gang of Romanian credit card fraudsters to heel, but not before the criminals purloined half a million credit card numbers from small Australian retailers.
Simon Sharwood, 29 Nov 2012
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European Space Agency clears SABRE orbital engines

A British-built rocket/jet engine designed to enable Mach 6 flight and orbital capability has passed a key milestone, now that the European Space Agency has cleared the revolutionary cooler that fuels it.
Iain Thomson, 29 Nov 2012
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Microsoft claims Windows Phone sales up 300%

Speaking at the company's annual shareholders meeting on Wednesday, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer waxed enthusiastic about Windows Phone 8, claiming sales were off to "a great start."
Neil McAllister, 29 Nov 2012
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AWS, NetApp, make close 'n' cloudy connection

Re:Invent Amazon Web Services (AWS) and NetApp have cooked up a new alliance designed to make it easier to use data stored on arrays with Amazon's whatever it is that AWS uses to provide its storage services.
Simon Sharwood, 29 Nov 2012
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US software firm hacked for years after suing China

A Californian software company which sued the Chinese government for pirating its flagship content filtering product has revealed how it was targeted by hackers from the People’s Republic for the three years of the resulting legal proceedings.
Phil Muncaster, 29 Nov 2012
Google search goes Bing-like

Microsoft tightens the scroos in search battle

Microsoft's Bing unit has published a web site attacking Google Shopping's product, insisting the ad giant's search results as driven entirely by profit.
Simon Sharwood, 29 Nov 2012
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America planned to NUKE THE MOON

America once hatched a plan to nuke the moon, according to a report from CNN.
Simon Sharwood, 29 Nov 2012
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Half of us have old phones STUFFED in our drawers

Fifty-five per cent of Brits have an old handset or two lying about the place, as despite the charities happy to recycle them we're surprisingly reluctant to let them go.
Bill Ray, 29 Nov 2012
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Cisco takes aim at fakers with anti-piracy tool

Cisco hopes to strangle the trade in counterfeit versions of its products by launching a tool designed to help US government agencies spot imitations, many of which come from China.
Phil Muncaster, 29 Nov 2012
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EMC flash man: PCM will save us from the Incredible Shrinking NAND

EMC's flash exec expects Phase Change Memory - one of the possible non-volatile successors to flash - to appear in storage architectures from next year.
Chris Mellor, 29 Nov 2012
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Raspberry Pi daddy: Stroke your hardware at night, land a job easy

Eben Upton, a key player in the Raspberry Pi's genesis, said out-of-work graduates should get busy with computers in their spare time if they want to land a job. And he didn't mean logging into Facebook.
Anna Leach, 29 Nov 2012
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Former HP direct sales bloke Logan jumps ship to Misco

Headhunters are out in the channel recruiting bods into Misco's fledgling enterprise team - and ex-HP bigwig Richard Logan is the first to join.
Paul Kunert, 29 Nov 2012
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Chinese state media accuses Cisco and other US giants of spying

State mouthpieces in China have published a series of articles attacking Cisco, accusing the networking giant of being complicit in US attacks on its infrastructure.
Bill Ray, 29 Nov 2012
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ZTE make benefit glorious world's tiniest 4G dongle

Chinese telecoms kit maker ZTE has bolstered its credentials in the 4G space with the launch of what it claims to be the world’s smallest LTE data card.
Phil Muncaster, 29 Nov 2012
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Far Cry 3 game review

In a few simple beats Far Cry 3's accidental hero, Jason Brody, goes from being nervy, spoilt rich kid to John Rambo, as his extreme sports holiday takes a turn for the worse. It’s a forgivably quick process for plot development purposes, if an abrupt one, but made palatable by the use of subtle tricks skilfully employed to pull the player into the action.
Mike Plant, 29 Nov 2012
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Beware the malware-tipped SPEAR TRAP in your inbox

The vast majority (91 per cent) of targeted attacks begin with a spear phishing email, according to a new study by Trend Micro.
John Leyden, 29 Nov 2012
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RETURN of the PLAYMONAUT: El Reg's space hero suits up again

We at the Special Projects Bureau are of the opinion that our heroic playmonaut - who guided the Vulture 1 spaceplane to Guinness World Record glory - has been a bit idle of late.
Lester Haines, 29 Nov 2012
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Antivirus biz's founder unmasked as noted Chinese hacker

Antivirus startup Anvisoft was founded by an infamous Chinese hacker who allegedly cut his teeth exploiting Microsoft Office security holes to hack US defence contractors, it has emerged.
John Leyden, 29 Nov 2012
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HP boffin: Honey! I shrank the PC. To nanometre size, dammit

HP boffins have packed layers of RAM, caches and storage into a combined block of memristors and processor cores to create highly scalable "nanostore" systems. It's hoped these little monsters will chew through mountains of data with terrific energy efficiency.
Chris Mellor, 29 Nov 2012

What killed Motorola? Not Google! It was Moto's dire software

Feature The Motorola we used to know is dead. After it was split in two, Google bought phone maker Motorola Mobility in May this year, leaving the profitable equipment biz Motorola Solutions to live on.
Simon Rockman, 29 Nov 2012
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Black Eyed Peas star pitches pricey iPhone cam add-on

Black Eyed Peas frontman Will.i.am has revealed the "i.am+" case for iPhones, which launches next month for those with more money than music taste.
Caleb Cox, 29 Nov 2012
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Data cop slap for Brit text pests

The two owners of a rogue marketing firm have to cough up £440,000 for spamming UK mobiles with millions of texts over the last three years.
John Leyden, 29 Nov 2012
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Dixons returns to profit in UK, rubs hands as Comet circles drain

Dixons Retail says it's positioned to capitalise on Comet's collapse as the firm returned to profit in the UK for the first time in five years.
Paul Kunert, 29 Nov 2012
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New Tosh drive can wipe out 4TB 'near instantaneously'

Toshiba has whipped out its own enterprise-class 4TB hard drive just days after Western Digital revealed a 4TB disk.
Chris Mellor, 29 Nov 2012
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Spaniards Joyn together to hunt and kill the Skype monster

Three Spanish operators have launched interoperable Joyn services, providing VoIP and IP messaging between networks in a belated attempt to take on the plethora of internet services stealing their customers.
Bill Ray, 29 Nov 2012
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Assange needs to get some sunlight and fresh air, say Ecuadoreans

Julian Assange™ is sick. That's the medical verdict according to the Ecuadorean embassy in London where the WikiLeaks founder is currently holed up.
Kelly Fiveash, 29 Nov 2012
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Sony to do what Apple can't: Remove its batteries - sources

Sony is considering selling off its battery business, Sony Energy Devices, and at least three investment banks have offered to help.
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Bungie talks up 'genre-defining' Destiny shooter

Halo and Marathon developer Bungie has officially confirmed its next project will be called Destiny, a futuristic shooter with "a universe as deep as that of the Star Wars franchise".
Caleb Cox, 29 Nov 2012

Global warming still stalled since 1998, WMO Doha figures show

Figures released by the UN's World Meteorological Organisation indicate that 2012 is set to be perhaps the ninth hottest globally since records began - but that planetary warming, which effectively stalled around 1998, has yet to resume at the levels seen in the 1980s and early 1990s.
Lewis Page, 29 Nov 2012
2001: A Space Odyssey

Ten badass brainy computers from science fiction

Computers used to be our loyal servants. But slowly and surely, we've let them control us. I used to believe these machines had the ability to positively change the world, but after the 56K modem invented Dubstep in the 1990s, I've been somewhat sceptical. So have film makers.
Caleb Cox, 29 Nov 2012
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Troll sues Apple for daring to plug headphones into iPhone

A patent hoarding firm is suing Apple for $3m for allegedly ripping off a protected design that describes plugging headphones into a mobile phone.
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Broadband minister admits rural rollout by 2015 is 'challenging target'

Broadband minister Ed Vaizey has confessed that the government's £530m pledge to deploy a faster fibre network to rural areas by 2015 is "a challenging target".
Kelly Fiveash, 29 Nov 2012
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Boffins BREAK BREAD's genetic code: Miracle of the loaves

A crack team of international boffins have done a "shotgun sequencing" of the wheat genome that will help increase wheat yields and thereby feed the world.
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iPod daddy: Ousted iOS chief Scott Forstall 'got what he deserved'

Talking to the BBC, father of the iPod and original iPhone hardware designer Tony Fadell talked about clashes with Scott Forstall, saying that Apple's iOS chief got just what he deserved when he was shuffled out of the company last month.
Bill Ray, 29 Nov 2012
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Microsoft STALKS YOU even more than supermarkets do, says dev

Web-tracking is rife on technology vendor websites, with Microsoft among the worst offenders. Tech sites serve up even more trackers than the average online retailer, say browser privacy plug-in devs.
John Leyden, 29 Nov 2012

Monty on broken MySQL promises: Oracle's going to fork it up

Exclusive Oracle will break the promises it made to European regulators on MySQL nearly three years ago, according to the open-source database's co-creator Monty Widenius. In fact, he says, it has already broken a few.
Gavin Clarke, 29 Nov 2012
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YouView: 'Public service catch-up telly should belong to us alone'

Exclusive British broadcasters' telly-on-demand services should be exclusive to YouView set-top boxes to make the hardware more attractive, said YouView's chief - according to industry sources.
Andrew Orlowski, 29 Nov 2012
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Hurricane Sandy blows US pirate-pestering plan into 2013

The voluntary US copyright scheme designed to head off anti-piracy legislation has been delayed again - this time, because of Hurricane Sandy. The Center for Copyright Information (CCI) says alerts won't now be sent out to serial infringers until early 2013.
Andrew Orlowski, 29 Nov 2012

Cloud storage giant Amazon cuts S3 prices, waits for rivals to die

Amazon is dropping its storage prices again, gambling it can lower prices to levels where it can be profitable but its competitors lose money and give up.
Chris Mellor, 29 Nov 2012
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Dell launches Sputnik Linux Ultrabook

Apple landed an important punch against Microsoft some years back by becoming a popular platform among devs building new applications.
Gavin Clarke, 29 Nov 2012
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Google tools gaffe let ZOMBIE web admins feast on websites

Google potentially allowed former web admins to drive corporate websites off a cliff by resurrecting deleted accounts for its webmaster tools service.
John Leyden, 29 Nov 2012
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Leveson tells media to set up independent regulator or bow to Ofcom

Independent regulation of the British press underpinned by legislation has been recommended by Lord Justice Leveson today.
Kelly Fiveash, 29 Nov 2012
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Phoenix IT Group tumbles off a cliff: £63m in losses

There's trouble at Phoenix IT Group - the services provider has recorded losses of more than £60m, been forced to take a massive hit from accounting errors and is laying off staff.
Paul Kunert, 29 Nov 2012
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Dawn of the X-Men? MUTANTS swarm AMONG US, say geneticists

Humanity has entered a new genetic era, according to a newly published study, with well over half the mutations found having occurred "recently". Potentially troublesome genetic changes are particularly common among those of European heritage compared to those with African forebears, the research shows.
Lewis Page, 29 Nov 2012
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Japanese firm offers 4-tonne GIANT MECHs for just $1.3m

Kogoro Kurata, Japanese maker of strange machines, is selling ride-on mechanical monsters starting at £844,000, but you'll need to pay extra for the weapons and cup holder.
Bill Ray, 29 Nov 2012
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Sony tempts 4K Ultra HD TV buyers with free films

Fancy a 4K x 2K TV - aka '4K Ultra HD' - but you’re worried you won’t have any native content to watch on the living room filler? Look to Sony. Today, the consumer electronics giant announced a server box stuffed with ten 3840 x 2160 movie transfers ready to play.
Tony Smith, 29 Nov 2012
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Italian tax cops grease up probe: 'Google owes us €240m'

Italian authorities have launched a new tax probe of Google in the country after an earlier investigation found the firm failed to declare income and still owed tax.

What can save the Xmas PC market? Not Windows 8, say analysts

Analysts are lining up to denounce Microsoft's latest OS, claiming Windows 8 has been slow out of the blocks.
Paul Kunert, 29 Nov 2012
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PM demands media clean-up, not keen on doing much himself

Prime Minister David Cameron told Parliament this afternoon that he opposed any rush to legislate the press following recommendations put forward by Lord Justice Leveson on Thursday - but he added that newspaper barons needed to pull their finger out with self-regulation.
Kelly Fiveash, 29 Nov 2012
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RIM bribes coders: Make BlackBerry 10 apps, GET A FREE SHINY

The first 100 developers to build applications for BlackBerry OS 10 using Appcelerator's Titanium cross-platform kit will get free devices as RIM attempts to kickstart its mobile platform. The next 10,000 developers will get free access to cloud services.
Bill Ray, 29 Nov 2012
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Moody's slashes HP's credit rating

Moody's Investor Service has cut its credit rating on HP indicating a lack of confidence in Meg Whitman's ability to return the sickly tech monster to the road to recovery.
Paul Kunert, 29 Nov 2012
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'Abnormal' thruster halts South Korean space rocket launch

South Korea called off a third attempt to launch its first space rocket with just minutes to spare this morning.
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The Lord of the Rings saga lies hidden deep in your Mac

As Hobbitmania continues to build in anticipation of the worldwide release of Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, OS X users can slake their thirst for Tolkien lore by firing up their Mac's Terminal app, typing  cat /usr/share/calendar/calendar.lotr  at the prompt, and hitting Return.
Rik Myslewski, 29 Nov 2012
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Syria cuts off internet and mobile communications

Network monitors are showing that Syria has gone dark for internet traffic and mobile communications as rebel forces fight their way into the capital city of Damascus.
Iain Thomson, 29 Nov 2012
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Twitter forced to cough raw feed after PeopleBrowsr wins temporary order

Twitter was slapped with a temporary restraining order yesterday, preventing it from terminating a tweets-for-cash contract it has with the data analysis company PeopleBrowsr.
Anna Leach, 29 Nov 2012
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Prisoner found with phone + charger in anal cavity

A Scottish man has been given an extra stretch inside after prison officials found him trying to smuggle both a mobile phone and its charger into prison up his bottom.
Iain Thomson, 29 Nov 2012
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Apple ships 'completely redesigned' iTunes 11

Updated Apple has released what it modestly deems to be "the best iTunes yet." That would be iTunes 11, which Cupertino touts as having a "dramatically simplified player, a completely redesigned Store, and iCloud features you'll love."
Rik Myslewski, 29 Nov 2012
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AWS fattens EC2 cloud for big data, in-memory munching

re:Invent Werner Vogels, the Amazon CTO who also knows a thing or two about the Amazon Web Services cloud, kicked off the second day of the re:Invent partner and customer conference in Las Vegas with a long lecture about how cloud computing enables people to think about infrastructure differently and code applications better. Interspersed among his umpteen Cloud Coding Commandments, Vogels actually sprinkled in some news about two new EC2 compute cloud instances and a new data service that will make it easier for AWS shops to both move data around inside the cloud, and to use said data.
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Voda fails again: network melts in Melbourne heatwave

Vodafone is once again apologising to customers after an air-conditioner wilted as Melbourne temperatures hovered just under 40°C yesterday.
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The Terminator, coming to a reality near you

Researchers at the University of Newcastle in the UK have demonstrated a communication pathway between living cells and electronics.
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Microsoft Surface with Windows 8 Pro gets laptop-level price

If you were holding out for a Surface tablet with Windows 8 Pro, Microsoft has confirmed that they will be available in January. Just be sure to bring a bulging wallet.
Neil McAllister, 29 Nov 2012
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NASA: 'Those life-on-Mars rumors? Chill, dudes and dudettes'

Calm down, Mars fanatics. NASA has tossed a wet blanket over speculation that its Curiosity rover has found evidence of life – or, at minimum, of organic compounds – on the Red Planet.
Rik Myslewski, 29 Nov 2012
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IDC: A year of server revenue declines

Server unit shipments may have increased for eleven out of the past twelve quarters, but what matters more are revenues and profits – and according to IDC, the world's server makers have endured their fourth successive quarter of revenue declines in the period ending in September.

Microsoft halves Surface RT production orders - report

Microsoft has slashed the number of Surface RT tablets on order with the Original Design Manufacturers in Asia, according to reports.
Paul Kunert, 29 Nov 2012
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NASA confirms ice at poles of Mercury

NASA's backronymic MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry, and Ranging (MESSENGER) orbiter has detected ice in polar craters on Mercury, and has confirmed the finding with multiple methods.
Iain Thomson, 29 Nov 2012
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Big Bang bashing boffins ‘Big Bounce’ back to BIRTH OF TIME

A group of Penn State physicists says the universe we now see could have arisen from a "Big Bounce" rather than a Big Bang.