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Cricketer the face of in-car heads-up satnav

April foolPopular former test cricketer David Boon is to be the face and voice of a new satnav add-on launched in Sydney today.
Richard Chirgwin, 01 Apr 2013

Patent shark‘s copyright claim could bite all Unix

April FoolA company registered in minor league tax haven the Cook Islands, but with a subsidiary in Delaware, lawyers in the patent-troll heaven of East Texas and an office in Sydney, Australia, has asserted intellectual property rights over all versions of Unix and “Unix-like derivatives” and plans to seek royalties from every company that has ever used the operating system.
Vulture South Team, 01 Apr 2013

Facebook buys Dummly from outernet prodigy Dick D'Miner

April FoolYour correspondent reports from 2023, via some kind of freak time continuum loop vortex in Google's soon-to-be-killed-dangerously-revolutionary Reader tool which has brought you tomorrow's news before it's even happened yet. Like, wow!
Future Kelly Fiveash, 01 Apr 2013
Fujitsu K supercomputer

'Super' market tops $11.1bn, propped up by massive sales

The high-performance computing market did well in 2012, rising 7.7 percent to $11.1bn and by far outpacing the sluggish growth in the systems space overall. But the market is top-heavy and dominated by a relative handful of supercomputer shipments, and sales of divisional, departmental, and workgroup systems all shrank last year.

Apple denied trademark protection for 'iPad mini'

The US Patent and Trademark Office has denied Apple's request to trademark the term "iPad mini" – but there's good reason to assume that Cupertino will overturn the decision on appeal.
Rik Myslewski, 01 Apr 2013

Veiny green 'scum' meteorite may be first visitor from Mercury

A mysterious green meteorite with a unique geological signature may have arrived on Earth thanks to an explosion on the surface of the Solar System's smallest planet, Mercury*.
Iain Thomson, 01 Apr 2013

Facebook prepares to dominate Android

Facebook's upcoming Android announcement could see Zuckerberg & Co. take over smartphone homescreens, making the social network an ever-present companion for people with a thirst for e-validation.
Jack Clark, 01 Apr 2013
The Roadrunner supercomputer at Los Alamos

World's first petaflops super dumped on scrap heap

Roadrunner, the first supercomputer to break through the petaflops barrier and the first capability-class machine to demonstrate the viability of using specialized coprocessors in conjunction with processors, is having its plug pulled at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Music resale service ReDigi loses copyright fight with Capitol Records

UpdatedA US District Court in New York has ruled that ReDigi, an online marketplace that allows users to sell their purchased music files, violates copyright law.
Neil McAllister, 01 Apr 2013

Call centers under attack in targeted cyber-blackmail scheme

The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has cautioned public-safety call centers against the rise of so-called telephony denial of service (TDoS) attacks, which it says have the potential to cripple local telephone exchanges.
Neil McAllister, 01 Apr 2013

Tim Cook eats necessary crow, apologizes to China

CommentApple CEO Tim Cook has released an open apology to his company's Chinese customers after coming under increasing pressure from that government's propaganda machine's attacks on Cupertino's customer-service practices.
Rik Myslewski, 01 Apr 2013

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