19th > December > 2012 Archive

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PayPal founder funds 'tornado-driven' power plant

PayPal co-founder Peter Theiss’ Breakout Labs has spun some pin-money in the direction of a Canadian inventor who claims to have a “zero-carbon” electricity generator that works by creating a captive “atmospheric vortex”.
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Canadians nab syrup rustlers after massive maple sap heist

Updated Police in Canada have confirmed the first arrests over a heist which saw maple syrup worth $18m siphoned off and sold.
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Perl programming language marks 25th birthday

Perl, the open source programming language used by developers and sysadmins to automate any number of text-wrangling and data-management tasks, celebrates its 25th birthday on Tuesday.

Kim Dotcom flashes his rack

Kim Dotcom has shown off his rack – in IT parlance, not with reference to his ample frame – by posting the picture below which he says depicts a node of mega.co.nz.

McDonalds fried for serving spam

Australia’s Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has flogged McDonalds with lettuce leaves after the fast food concern didn’t properly think of the children with an online promotion that served up big helpings of spam emails.

AFACT wants ushers to confront pirates

The Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft (AFACT) has opened a new front in its war on piracy with a web site aimed at educating cinema staff on how to detect and prevent illicit recordings.
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China takes 2013's top offshore IPO crown

US-Sino relations may have hit an all-time low over the past 12 months but for little-known Chinese tech firm Vipshop it has been an annus mirabilis after it became the best performing overseas-listed firm in the States.
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Vodafone India appoints SECRET SNITCHES

Vodafone India employees could find themselves kicked out of the company if they break a tough new set of safety laws, with specially-designated members of staff granted police-like powers to check compliance.
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Swedish teens GO BERSERK in Instagram sex pic slut riot

Swedish kids rioted and blockaded a school after someone put photos of Gothenburg's teens on Instagram and tagged them as "sluts".
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Information teleportation goes large-scale

Quantum teleportation of information between quantum objects, like photons, is so well-understood that it’s almost routine. Now, an international physicists is claiming to have carried out the same trick in the macro universe.
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ICO hits the road to crack 'underlying problem' at data-leak councils

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) will meet representatives from local authorities to address what it has called an "underlying problem" with the bodies' approach to data protection.

Prepare to greet the data centre of 2023

To some, the idea of enterprise data centres still being around in ten years’ time is anathema. By then, they assert, all enterprise IT will be running in public clouds. The only people who can’t see this are insecure box-huggers frightened for their jobs and IT dinosaurs with no imagination.
Dale Vile, 19 2012

Embattled Xyratex prepares poison pill: You'll never take me alive!

Xyratex, the OEM supplier of disk drive arrays that has been facing troubled times for while now, has erected a poison pill defence and is paying dividends to keep its shareholders happy as it moves into HPC array building.
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Nasdaq's RIM shot: BlackBerry maker ejected from top 100

A US index of top performing non-financial companies has booted out RIM, Netflix and Electronic Arts after the trio's fortunes fell too far.
Bill Ray, 19 2012

Mark Zuckerberg doesn't know how to use HTML5

Open ... and Shut Even as Facebook dumps HTML5 to embrace native app development, calling its early enthusiasm for HTML5 its "biggest mistake," Sencha, a leading provider of open-source web application frameworks and tools, has not only demonstrated real-world readiness of HTML5, but has actually built a Facebook app that performs better than Facebook's native apps.
Matt Asay, 19 2012
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Boffins spot planet that could support life... just 12 light years away

An international team of astroboffins have discovered that the nearest single Sun-like star has one planet orbiting in the sweet spot for potential alien life.
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Google given a month to wriggle out of Euro antitrust smackdown

Google must convince its rivals that it competes fairly in the web search market or else face sanctions for alleged "abuse of dominance", a European watchdog warned today. And the clock is ticking.
Rihanna in Battleship

Want your social media to swing? First, get the staff onboard

Social networking clearly has the potential to totally change the way we work, especially in large or widely dispersed organisations.
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Google can't use finger-fumble patent to poke Apple - Trade panel

The US International Trade Commission (ITC) has declared that a Motorola "finger slip" patent that stopped users dialling wrong numbers is invalid. That means it cannot be asserted against Apple or used to ban or block Apple products by the patent's new owner, Google.
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Microsoft 'surprised' by Google Gmail 'winter cleaning'

Microsoft has shot back at Google’s termination of Exchange syncing for free Gmail accounts, and urged users to throw out Gmail for Outlook.com.
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Rude web trolls should NOT be jailed, warns prosecution chief

Web trolls should not be hauled before the courts if their malicious tweets and Facebook updates are quickly deleted, the Director of Public Prosecutions advised today.
Landmice Aston Martin wireless mouse

Ten... tech stocking stuffers

Product Round-up Stuck for ideas for someone who has everything or just in need of inspiration to top up a stack of gifts you already have? It's certainly tricky sorting out gifts that are going to please over those that will be destined for eBay come the New Year. So here we have a bit of mixed bag – or should that be Santa's sack? – ranging from simple to sophisticated, cheap and cheerful to costly and cool. That said, a little idle searching online can deliver substantial savings, so if you're buying for someone with a tech habit that needs feeding, then feast your eyes on this selection.
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Phone-hack saga: Police cuff man in southwest London

Scotland Yard officers cuffed a 46-year-old man this morning in connection with its investigation into alleged phone-hacking offences at Rupert Murdoch-owned News International.
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Baby got .BAT: Old-school malware terrifies Iran with del *.*

A surprisingly simple disk-wiping malware has set off alarm bells in Iran after surfacing in the Middle East nation.
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Penguin gives in to US Feds over ebooks

Penguin has caved in to the US Justice Department, agreeing to a settlement over alleged price-setting of ebooks after holding out since April.
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Worldwide LCD price-fixing conspiracy: Another exec guilty

An AU Optronics executive has been found guilty of fixing the price of LCD displays by a US District Court in San Francisco.
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Samsung grabs 'World's biggest handset-maker' title off Nokia

Nokia’s 14-year reign as world’s largest handset maker is finished. The Finnish mobile firm must now hand the crown to Samsung following the publication of preliminary market numbers.
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Vatican shrugs off apocalypse, fiddles with accounts dept

The Vatican has shrugged off predictions of the world ending this Friday, deciding instead to overhaul its accounting department.
Joe Fay, 19 2012
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St Zuck gives half a BEELLION DOLLARS in Facebook stock to charity

Mark Zuckerberg has given half a billion dollars to charity - in Facebook stock. The Facebook CEO has donated 18 million Facebook shares to the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, where the money will go to health and education causes.
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Bankrupt Kodak misses $2bn target, flogs imaging patents for $525m

Iconic camera-maker Eastman Kodak has reached an agreement to sell its portfolio of imaging patents for $525m.
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Apple: What do our Maps need? Stalk-yer-buddies Foursquare tech, NATCH!

Apple has been talking to location-based social network Foursquare in a bid to sex up Apple Maps, it has been reported.
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Speaking in Tech: Like Kinect - only a THOUSAND times better

Podcast Podcast This week is our year-end podcast spectacular... Your hosts Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela review the year in tech and chuck in some predictions for next year. They also have a chat with very special guests Brad O’Neill, CEO of TechValidate Software, and Peter Bell, general partner of Highland Capital …
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Samsung: Smart TV security hole is so minor we'll fix it immediately

Samsung has downplayed the significance of a data-leaking security bug in its Smart TVs, but promised to close the hole by January.
The Arista 7150S malleable 10GE/40GE switches

Ethernet sales fizzle, but self-aware networks set to explode

The switching and server markets are loosely coupled, just like the machines themselves in the data center. When one goes up or down, the other tends to either lead or follow, depending on the technology transitions underway in both markets at any given time. The server market is in a bit of a slump, and the Ethernet switch market has followed suit.
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ICANN'T believe it's not Apple: Vatican wins domain-handout lottery

The Catholic Church will be the first institution to register a new top level domain name, internet addressing overlord ICANN announced yesterday.
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Android Trojan taints US mobes, spews 500,000 texts A DAY

A Trojan that infects Android devices is behind an increase in text message spam in the US.
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Microsoft releases first Windows OS in an original American language

Members of the largest remaining group of Native Americans, the Cherokee, have built the first local language pack for Windows 8, just 27 years after the launch of the original Windows.

IBM borgs StoredIQ for big data build-out

Everybody is crazy about storing any kind of data their employees and systems generate in the hopes that they can turn all that big data into money.
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Google, Microsoft go head to head in Santa-tracking tech race

Competition between Google and Microsoft keeps heating up, and this Christmas Eve children will be caught in the crossfire as the two tech giants battle to see which can keep the tightest tabs on Santa Claus as he pilots his sleigh around the globe.
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FTC tightens privacy rules for child data protection

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has released the results of its two-year review into online child privacy rules and issued a host of amendments that will be backed up by the threat of large fines.
LLNL's Sequoia BlueGene/Q super being assembled by IBM

IBM taps Red Hat for cut-throat priced Linux on big supers

Big Blue is going to Red Hat for a Linux environment for its largest supercomputers, and it is mothballing its own LoadLeveler workload manager for x86 clusters in favor of the Platform LSF control freak that it acquired a little more than a year ago.