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Virnetx loses Cisco case: VPNs not its property

Non-practising entity VirnetX has had its patent case against Cisco dumped by a Texas jury, meaning it won't be seeing any of the $US258 million it had demanded of the networking giant.
Nokia Lumia 820

Windows Phone 8 support to end in 2014

If you're shopping for a new mobe on a two year contract and like the look of a Windows Phone, chances are you'll be compelled to undergo an OS upgrade or face using a handset that's not supported by the end of your deal.
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Are your servers PETS or CATTLE?

Update The word “cloud” has become horribly over-used. Your correspondent has even heard hosted PABXs referred to as “cloud telephony”.

Alibaba! could! hand! back! Yahoo! China! to Yahoo! in! May!

Chinese web and e-commerce giant Alibaba Group could return Yahoo! China to its parent company as early as May, as its partnership with the US internet pioneer continues to wind down.

Celebrity conspiracy as Apple attacked over customer service

Eagle-eyed weibo fans in China have uncovered what appears to be a pre-meditated and co-ordinated attempt to smear Apple following a high profile consumer rights programme on national TV which slammed the firm for its customer service.

Bottomless, unsatisfied Xbox widow cuffed after boyf flees nookie

A Pennsylvania woman whose boyfriend was keener on his Xbox than a roll in the hay faces charges of indecent exposure, simple assault, open lewdness, and harassment after allegedly assaulting the gaming aficionado, then giving pursuit naked from the waist down as he made for a nearby convenience store to call 911.
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Freeview suddenly UNWATCHABLE dross? It may just be a 4G test

AT800 - the guys tasked with stamping out radio interference caused by 4G mobile broadband - will switch on 4G transmissions near Dudley to see if Freeview survives the experience.
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Capita IT Services healing Hands make mark on biz

Chairs on good ship Capita IT Services (CITS) are being re-arranged under the say so of chief executive Peter Hands.
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Britain's passport and ID service seeks facial recog tech suppliers

The Home Office plans to spend up to £16m on facial recognition technology for the Identity and Passport Service.

IT contractors lose thousands as 2e2 collapse hits recruiter

Tech-sector freelancers are thousands of pounds out of pocket after the collapse of IT integrator 2e2 wiped out recruitment agency Populo Resourcing, The Channel can reveal.
Road to SW-defined storage

Cloudfather Tucci meets with EMC clan, analysts to talk strategy

EMC and VMware held their so-called Strategic Forum - aka analysts' day - in New York yesterday with capo di Famiglia Joe Tucci setting out the overall stall and his lieutenants setting out their own strategic imperatives. We saw David Goulden for EMC - now called EMC II - and Pat Gelsinger for the cloud and software-defined-data centre-focused VMware. Paul Maritz was also there to discuss the life of PI - the Pivotal Initiative - in which he sits on a lifeboat on a sea of data and tames the Big Data tiger.

Flooding market with cheap antivirus kit isn't going to help ANYONE

There has been a lot of talk in information security circles over the past few weeks about the revelations of advanced persistent cyber attacks on several big name US newspapers including the Wall Street Journal and The New York Times.
BlackBerry Z10

BlackBerry CEO: Our vibrating devices will satisfy most needs

BlackBerry CEO and President Thorsten Heins has declared the organisation he leads is “not a phone company” but a mobile computing company whose networks and operating system can be used to connect a wide range of devices.
ioDrive 2 Duo

How Fusion-io redlined its PCIe flash motor to hit 9.6 MEEELION IOPS

In its latest party trick, Fusion-io ramps up its ioDrive2 server card - a slab of 365GB MLC flash storage on a PCIe board - to gobble 9.6 million writes a second.
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SanDisk cops to malfunctioning Micro SDs in Galaxy S3s

Certain Samsung Galaxy S3 users will barely have noticed the rollout of the S4 uberphone, they've been too busy concentrating on the flash card problems in their current smartmobes. Flash-card shuffler SanDisk, meanwhile, has told El Reg that it has issued a fix.
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Microsoft issues manual on Brits to Cambridge exports

The US Army prints one to acclimatise troops serving in Britain instructing corn-fed GIs on how to avoid going about insulting HM The Queen.
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Build a BONKERS gaming PC

Feature There is a select band of gamers who will only be satisfied by a huge amount of graphics and processing power. For them, the only thing to do is build a bonkers gaming PC.

Rackspace: Why we're designing our own cloud servers

Exclusive Any cloud computing provider that wants to operate at scale and compete against its peers is under pressure to build some kind of custom hardware. It may, in fact, be necessary to compete at all.
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Doxer who? Toxic site drops offline after exposing Paris Hilton's privates

A rogue website that published the financial details on US celebs, politicians and other public figures was taken offline over the weekend - but not before it published the supposed credit reports of Bill Gates and CIA Director John Brennan. Meanwhile, all three of the major US credit agencies confirmed that fraudulent activity has taken place.
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Fujitsu pulls a muscle, drops out of race for £530m broadband pot

Fujitsu has admitted it will no longer bid for money from a £530m pot of taxpayer cash to roll-out broadband in Britain's countryside - effectively leaving the lot up for grabs by BT.
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Nvidia, Continuum team up to sling Python at GPU coprocessors

GTC 2013 The Tesla GPU coprocessor and its peers inside your Nvidia graphics cards will soon speak with a forked tongue. Continuum Analytics has been working with the GPU-maker to create the NumbaPro Python-to-GPU compiler.

STEC CEO on crappy Q4: 'Obviously, we’re kind of bottoming out'

STEC must be glad to say farewell to a year of poor results, which is what 2012 represented, but 2013's first quarter is going to slump further, according to the firm's projections at a recent earnings call. STEC's OEM business is not doing so well, and its replacement direct sales biz is off to a slow start. Negotiations with activist shareholders, meanwhile, appear to have collapsed. It's not looking good.

Lenovo: Windows 8 is so good, everyone wants Windows 7

You don't notch up 15 consecutive quarters of growth in a declining market without doing something right - so what's PC maker Lenovo doing right?

SwiftStack sucks up $6.1m, leaps through curtains with 'Amazon S3-in-a-box'

Software-defined storage upstart Swiftstack has been given a fresh cash injection of $6.1m and has spoken out on its software-as-a-service offering, Swift. Software defined storage (SDN) is akin to the fabless semiconductor firm concept, except that in this case the firms provide software instead of chip designs. With software defined storage, you buy storage controller software to run in a server as an app, or as an app in a virtual machine, and give it some commodity disk drive or flash capacity. The storage software then presents it as block, file, or some other flavour of unified storage. Crucially, the control rests with the software rather than the underlying storage hardware.
Square Group new premises

The reshaping of Apple-cored Square: Leaving high street is a GOOD sign

Feature It's a well-worn phrase that appearances can be deceptive, but when a flagship business disappears from public view after years on London's premier high street, most people would assume this isn't a sign of progress.
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Microsoft cuts to core on BizTalk Server price hike

Some Microsoft customers running the latest version of BizTalk Server can expect a massive hike in their bill under a licensing change being ushered in on 1 April.
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Google Drive goes titsup for MILLIONS of users

Google Drive has been titsup for the last few hours with many users being greeted by 502 error messages when they attempt to access the online storage service.
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UK's 'Nobel prize for engineering' given to 'inventors of the interwebs'

Update The would-be British based "Nobel Prize of engineering" - aka the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering, whose recipients can be of any nationality - has been awarded for the first time. The winners are described as the "five engineers who created the internet and the World Wide Web".

Intel and pals shrink their semis by $600m as demand droops

Semiconductor factories hit the brakes to avoid heaps of unwanted chips piling up after demand for components shrank.
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Facebook promotes engineering veep to CTO

Facebook has promoted its engineering veep Mike Schroepfer to the job of chief technology officer.

BlackBerry CEO: iPhone past its prime

From BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins' point of view, Apple's iPhone is growing rather long in the tooth.
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Weev gets 41 months in prison for exposing iPad strokers' privates

Andrew Auernheimer, a member of the grey-hat hacking collective Goatse Security, has been sent down for three years and five months in the slammer after he helped leak users' private email addresses via a flaw in AT&T's servers.
SimCity 4

SimCity owners get free game, EA will get A NEW CEO

Updated Maxis has published the list of the games it's offering free miffed 'Mayors' to compensate for SimCity's disastrous launch.
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Has the ACCC tripped up in its ADSL declaration?

Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) declarations are always news, and with good reason: The ACCC's regulated prices set the floor underneath a host of retail services – mobile, broadband, telephony, business data and so on.
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Microsoft begins automatic Windows 7 SP1 rollout

Microsoft will start the automatic rollout of Windows 7 Service Pack on Tuesday.
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Supreme Court silence seals Thomas-Rasset's file sharing fate

The Supreme Court has once again declined to hear a file-sharing case appeal, leaving Jammie Thomas-Rasset facing a $220,000 fine for sharing 24 MP3 files nearly a decade ago.
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Hadoop distie MapR trousers another $30m to take on big data rivals

MapR Technologies, one of the commercializers of the Hadoop big data muncher, has pocketed another $30m to help it ramp up its business and keep it on track for what the company hopes will be an initial public offering..