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Brazilian-made 'iphone' runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread

There's a new official iphone out this week, but it's only available in Brazil and it doesn't run iOS 6, the latest incarnation of Apple's smartphone OS. In fact, it runs Android.

Red Hat ups cloud control freakage with $104m ManageIQ buy

Red Hat is still mostly a commercial Linux distributor, but it is also a key application middleware supplier and is working on building out its server virtualization and clustered storage. But it wants to – like so many others – be the Red Hat of The Cloud, and despite appearances to the contrary in recent announcements, it does not yet have all of the tools that it needs to do for the cloud what it did for Linux.
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Samsung still faces EU antitrust charges, says official

Samsung may have dropped its injunction requests against Apple in the UK, Germany, France, Italy, and the Netherlands, but that move won't stop the EU from pursuing antitrust charges against the South Korean electronics giant.
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North Korea releases first computer game

Vid Just popped a Wii U under the tree? You poor, poor fool: this Christmas your kids won't clamour for Nintendo's latest, the thumb candy they really want is "Pyongyang Racer", the very first North Korean Computer game!
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ACCC kills Telstra's transcation cheer

Telstra has been given a double dose of pre-Christmas disappointment by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission which has thwarted the proposed acquisition by Carsales.com of Trading Post assets from Telstra in addition to delaying Telstra’s acquisition of Adam Internet.
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Instagram BOWS to pressure, revises T&Cs – a little

It looks like Kim Kardashian might not have to dump her Instagram account after all, now that the social photo-sharing firm has revised the updated terms and conditions of service that caused so much uproar among users earlier this week.
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China lags on new tech patents

Japan’s technology giants may be struggling to cope commercially with cheaper rivals from China and beyond but they’re still among the most innovative companies in the world, according to the IEEE.

Take a number, says new social network

If you're tired of old schoolmates looking you up on Facebook and then bombarding you with endless inspirational junk and/or heart-tugging slactivism but still crave online interaction, a new social network on which you are just a number might be for you.

Apple shifts iTunes to HTTPS, sidesteps China’s censors

Apple has adopted HTTPS for searches and downloads on the version of iTunes used in China. The move comes at a time when China's government prepares to step up regulation of online app stores and continues its crackdown on VPNs.
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10,000 Indian government and military emails hacked

India’s government and military have suffered one of the worst cyber attacks in the nation’s history, after over 10,000 email accounts belonging to top officials were compromised, despite a warning from the country’s cyber security agency.
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End of days: Possessed POWERPOINT predicts Mayan Apocalypse

Miscreants have crammed malware into a Microsoft PowerPoint presentation about today's supposed Mayan Apocalypse. If someone emails you a .ppt slideshow titled Will the world end in 2012?, give it a wide berth unless the world really does end today and you're feeling wild.
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Canadian man: I solved WWII WAR HERO pigeon code!

An amateur code-breaking enthusiast and history buff from Canada claims to have succeeded where professional cryptographers from GCHQ failed in decoding a message found on the long-dead remains of a carrier pigeon.
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Lego quad-copter: your ultimate drone nightmare

Vid Two cameras, four engines, a GPS-driven autopilot: meet the Lego drone.
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Do users have enough power?

Pundits say we are entering a new era of freedom and empowerment. Users should be allowed to do whatever they want to improve productivity and make their lives easier. Whether it’s hooking up personal devices to the corporate network, storing confidential documents in DropBox, or discussing business matters over social networks, this is the way of the future and users should be allowed to get on with it.
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OpenTV slaps Netflix with patent lawsuit

Analysis Netflix has been hit by a patent infringement lawsuit by Open TV, now a subsidiary of Nagra, the Switzerland-based conditional access company, part of the Kudelski Group. It has not said what the patents are, but the filings at the US District Court for the District of Delaware show that they are all software patents.
Faultline, 21 2012
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Opposable thumbs for FISTS, not finesse, say bioboffins

A pair of researchers at the University of Utah have published a paper arguing that our hands did not evolve merely so that our ancestors could perform delicate tasks, but also so that the males of the species could knock the crap out of one another in competition for mates.
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MIT boffins demonstrate NEW form of magnetism

A state of magnetism predicted in 1987 has been observed for the first time at MIT, with researchers saying that it might one day find applications in storage and communications technologies.
Screenshot showing overriding check-in policy in Team System.

What Compsci textbooks don't tell you: Real world code sucks

There’s a kind of cognitive dissonance in most people who’ve moved from the academic study of computer science to a job as a real-world software developer. The conflict lies in the fact that, whereas nearly every sample program in every textbook is a perfect and well-thought-out specimen, virtually no software out in the wild is, and this is rarely acknowledged.
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Mystery storage startup sheds cloak, reveals $22m package

Stealthy startup Exablox has just dropped its cloak and announced its existence to the storage world after amassing $22m in funding in two rounds. The start-up certainly has buzzword marketing down pat: it says it is "re-imagining storage" to solve "pain points". I don't know about you but I find myself in a pain point when I read this. Call for Hercule Poirot, Jack Reacher and Sherlock Holmes - we have a storage start-up mystery to solve.
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'Instagram, you were my favourite app and you stabbed me in the back'

Quotw This was the week when Instagram made the corporate faux pas of the holiday season when it told all of its hipster users that their photos didn't belong to them, the people who'd shot the images, but to Instagram, which had provided the "quirky filters" and host servers, and now wished to use the snaps any way it liked.
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RIM writes Nokia a fat cheque as pair bury the patent hatchet

Peace has broken out between patent battling firms Nokia and RIM: the pair have signed a technology licensing agreement that will kill off all litigation between them.
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Are your landlines buried in the stone age?

The last few years have seen significant changes in end-user computing. In this workshop we have looked at how there has been a shift from desktop PCs towards notebooks, smartphones have become well established and tablets are on the rise. This has caused some quite fundamental changes in how and where people are able to work.
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Brits are so outraged by Amazon, they voted it TOP for shopping

Amazon is the best for online shopping according to Brits snapping up Christmas gifts.
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BT's 4G bid WON'T lead to mobile network launch

BT is among the bidders registered with Ofcom as hoping for a slice of 4G spectrum, prompting speculation of a return to mobility and a contested auction, but the truth is almost certainly a good deal less interesting.
Bill Ray, 21 2012
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Kickstarted mobe charger 'kicked to death by Apple'

Apple has apparently screwed a bullet into a project to build a charger for iPads, iPhones, Android mobes and other handheld gadgets.
Bill Ray, 21 2012
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China 'enhances' Great Firewall, teaches it to choke off VPNs

China has tightened the screws on its infamous web-filtering system, according to virtual private network providers.
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Dead Steve Jobs' mega yacht seized by testy Philippe Starck

Steve Jobs' luxury yacht has been impounded in Amsterdam port after French designer Philippe Starck's bill wasn't paid.
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UK.gov stalks jobless online to axe work refuseniks' benefits

Unemployed Brits who don't look hard enough for work through the government's new Universal Jobmatch website could end up losing their benefits from next year.
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Don't let your data centre be overtaken

The last decade has seen massive leaps in performance and capability across all areas of IT, enabling organisations of all shapes and sizes to do business in new ways, or do it better and more effectively.
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BT ordered to pay £95m to rivals it overcharged for FIVE years

BT overcharged its rivals £95m between 2006 and 2011 - and will pay the excess back to TalkTalk, Virgin Media and others following an Ofcom probe.
Bill Ray, 21 2012

London and New York? Pfft... if you want buy low latency, move to BRAZIL

NetApp and Amazon have devised Private Storage for AWS with a NetApp array in a colocation facility with a Direct Connect link to AWS and data replicated to it from a customer's own NetApp array. When should NetApp customers go to the expense of doing this?
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It MUST be the END of the WORLD... El Reg man thanks commentards

Sysadmin blog As the year draws to a close, I'd like to take the time out to thank companies and individuals that have made my life as a writer, a systems administrator, and business owner easier in 2012. Readers of The Register - myself among them - are notorious for their endless cynicism and love of a right good digital kicking, but some companies, products and services in our industry do well by others and they deserve some recognition.

Micron struggling to get its flash surfboard up on the crest

DRAM and NAND chip supplier Micron has recorded its sixth loss-making quarter with revenues the lowest they have been for almost three years. How long can this go on?
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'Shake to charge', similar crapps foul up Amazon Android store

Security researchers have sniffed out dodgy apps floating around the Amazon App Store for Android-powered devices.
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Facebook tests feature to let strangers pay to message you

Facebook users may soon start seeing more messages in their Inboxes, thanks to a new pilot program that allows users to pay a fee to send personal messages to people with whom they have no direct connection.
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iPhone tops US market, but trounced by Android in world+dog

Apple's iPhone now accounts for over half of US smartphone sales, but in the UK and the rest of Europe – and the rest of the world, for that matter – Android phones still hold a healthy lead.
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Senator pushes data cap and ISP monitoring legislation

Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) has introduced the Data Cap Integrity Act, which will limit the amount of capping ISPs can do and give consumers a clear idea of how much data they are using and what they are being charged for.

Amazon fluffs up fat EC2 images for big data munching

The big fat storage instances that Amazon Web Services was promising to deliver back at its re:Invent user conference in November are now shipping, and we now know a few more things about them – such as how expensive they are.
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New York takes 2,100 pervs offline, gets gaming support

New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has announced that the state has taken more than 2,100 registered sex offenders off of online games and forums, and has signed up another five firms to expand the banning regimen further in the future.
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Rampaging gnu crashes Microsoft Store, hands out literature

Activists representing the Free Software Foundation disrupted an event at the Microsoft retail store in Boston, Massachusetts on Thursday, urging passers-by to shun the software giant's Windows 8 operating system in favor of free software alternatives.