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Copyright troll Prenda refuses to explain legal strategy

Notorious copyright troll Prenda Law was seemingly dealt a fatal blow on Tuesday, when the company's top attorneys invoked their Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination to avoid answering questions from a federal judge.
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Obama seeks $100m to unlock your BRAIN's secrets

The Obama administration has announced a major new effort to study what the president referred to as "the mystery of the three pounds of matter that sits between our ears."
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FTC splits $50,000 robocall killing tech prize

The Federal Trade Commission is awarding $25,000 apiece to two inventors who have come up with methods to defeat the hated robocaller, and has tipped its hat to Google for also putting in a good suggestion.
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Microsoft releases Exchange 2013 update

Exchange admins rejoice: Microsoft has released the first big update for the 2013 version of the mail server and it's ready for you to download and install.
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US funds Europa mission

A mission to explore Jovian moon Europa, considered one of the solar system's better candidates to host life thanks to its possession of a liquid water ocean, is now in NASA's sights after the US government last week signed off $US75m in funds to scope a future visit.

Microsoft gives away Windows 8 to Mac devs

Microsoft has decided the best way to get Mac-using developers to use Windows 8 for web compatibility testing is to give it away.
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Why does our galaxy spiral?

Video A group of astrophysicists from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and the University of Wisconsin-Madison say they've resolved a long-standing question: how long do spiral arms in galaxies like our own last?

Monkey poo probe reveals secrets of middle-management brains

It might be tough at the top, or at the bottom - but it's even tougher in the middle.
Beijing's 'Airpocalypse' as imaged by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA's Terra satellite – January 14

China's Beidou satnav will open to mobe-makers

China will shortly open its Beidou satnav system to mobile phone makers.
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Bahrain 4G auction founders under deluge of legal action

The Kingdom of Bahrain should have completed its 4G auction by now, but instead the process has been kicked into touch following legal action from an excluded operator.
Bill Ray, 03 2013

USA's H-1B skilled worker visa applications open

Fancy a few years working in the US of A? If you possess a Bachelor's degree in computing or engineering, can prove skills and experience in the field and have found a stateside employer who wants your talents, get typing, dear reader, because for the next couple of days the USA is taking applications for the H-1B visa.

'Proactive Wellness' rebranded as 'Infosight' by Nimble

A proposal document we've seen from a Nimble Storage reseller has shown that Nimble is branding its Proactive Wellness feature as Infosight.
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Card skimmers targeting more than ATMs, says EU

Crooks are branching out beyond bank ATMs by installing card skimming devices on a payment terminals ranging from train ticket kiosks to parking meters, according to European anti-fraud experts.

Hungry Six Degrees swallows data centre biz BIS

Hungry mid-market managed voice and data hosting specialist Six Degrees has swallowed London-based colo data centre operator BIS.
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If Google got a haircut, a tie and a suit, would it be Microsoft?

Prepare yourself. It's a new month, and that can only mean a tsunami of articles on the popularity of Internet Explorer, Chrome and Firefox will flood the globe's news aggregators.
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Why do they even call it a backup appliance? Just call it an EMC

In the purpose-built backup appliance market, IDC numbers show EMC reigning supreme in revenue share terms while everybody else basically sucks. Only one rival, Symantec, has a greater than 10 per cent share.
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Speaking in Tech: Forget BYOD, now there's Bring Your Own CODE

Podcast Podcast For this latest Speaking in Tech podcast, Ed Saipetch is flying solo: his co-hosts Greg Knieriemen and Sarah Vela are away this week.
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Hey app developers, here's a way to monitor your users for free!

Compuware's latest foray into mobility is a free bundle of cloudy code for dropping into mobile apps, which it will then monitor and measure for developers' (and Compuware's) benefit.
Bill Ray, 03 2013

ANCIENT CURSED RING known to TOLKIEN goes on display

A supposedly cursed gold ring that may have been the inspiration for the One Ring in JRR Tolkien's Middle Earth fantasies has gone on display at The Vyne house in Hampshire.
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Tech is the biggest problem facing archiving

Blocks and Files Technology is the biggest problem facing archiving. Archives grow bigger and bigger. The amount of data to be kept grows ever bigger and threatens to overflow an archive installation. So, let's use LTO-6 tapes instead of LTO-5 ones because they hold twice as much data in the same physical space.

Got a BlackBerry? It may be telling your friends when you watch pr0n

Using a Blackberry Z10 for a little one-handed surfing might be more public than desired, as the social-sharing baked into the OS likes to share, um, everything.
Bill Ray, 03 2013
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Zombie apocalypse survivors frozen in terror by hacker raid

Controversial online zombie-blasting video game The War Z is on pause after hackers raided its forum and its database of players.
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MuleSoft kicks out app integration platform

After a long gestation, MuleSoft has kicked out an application integration software platform it calls Anypoint.
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Zynga bets the farm (ville) on UK poker, roulette web den

FarmVille maker Zynga has announced it will run poker tournaments and other casino games online in the UK.
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Yahoo! drops! size! limit! on! email! attachments! with aid from Dropbox

Size is everything in the world of email attachments and with a limit of just 25MB, Yahoo! wasn't measuring up - until now.
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Major blow for Apple: 'Bounce back' patent bounced back by USPTO

The infamous "bounce-back" Apple patent has been mostly rejected by the US Patent Office, a decision that will have a major impact on the fruity firm's legal battles with Samsung.
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Behold: Ten storage chieftains whose products hold humanity's data

Who are the ten most influential storage bosses? It should be an easy list to make but what do we mean by influential and should they be currently in post?
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Prime Ministerial exploding cheese expert to become 'entrepreneur'

Rohan Silva, the Downing Street wonk behind the fabulous soaraway Silicon Roundabout, is leaving politics to join a venture-capital firm closely associated with his biggest initiative.
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US to chat again with Campaigners Against Stuff on mobile health regs

The FCC has launched an official enquiry into the rules around cellphone radiation, and has invited world+dog to pitch in and have their say on the brain-melting devices.
Bill Ray, 03 2013
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Firefox: Use new stealth window to satisfy your wife, suggests Mozilla

Porn-lovers and prezzie shoppers alike are celebrating today after Mozilla announced the release of the privacy-minded version 20 of Firefox.
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Flash to the future: Memristors, photonics, MLC-y tsunami

For a non-volatile storage medium flash development sure is volatile, as attendees at a distributor conference found out.
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Twitter, the new stock ticker tape - and the SEC is OK with this

Financial watchdog the SEC has ruled that listed companies can make key announcements and publish financial info on Facebook and Twitter. The decision follows an investigation sparked by Netflix CEO Reed Hastings.
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Scottish SF master Iain M Banks reveals he has less than a year to live

One of Britain's most popular fiction and science fiction authors Iain Banks, or Iain M Banks for lovers of his science fiction, has revealed that he has cancer and is unlikely to live longer than a year.

ARM, TSMC tape out 64-bit Cortex-A57 chip on 16 nanometers

ARM looks set to take its high-end PC and sever chip down to 16 nanometers according to the latest tape-out, which should give it a boost against rival Chipzilla.
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Amazon cuts S3 storage prices AGAIN

Cloud titan Amazon Web Services has cut the cost of getting data out of its storage service, putting pressure on rivals Google and Microsoft.
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Chinese search king Baidu testing Google Glass competitor

Baidu, the search firm that handles the requests of over three quarters of China's internet users, is trying out a wearable headset of its own – but it's hardly the svelte headset Sergey Brin's so fond of showing off.
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Samsung teams with Mozilla on next-gen browser engine

The Mozilla Foundations is bringing its experimental, next-generation web browser engine to ARM chips and the Android platform, thanks to a partnership with South Korean mobe-maker Samsung.
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Australia to reveal tech giants' tax tricks

Australia's assistant treasurer David Bradbury has outlined a plan to make the ingredients of the infamous “Double Irish Dutch Sandwich” – a recipe for tax minimisation used by tech giants - known to all, so that the public can understand just what the likes of Apple, Microsoft and Google are up to.
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PaaS Heroku's misleading of customers poisons the cloud

Comment Platform-as-a-service Heroku spent two years misleading customers because it was so focused on building a new product that it didn't bother to update old documentation – this is unacceptable.
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IBM readies PureData Hadoop appliance for the summer

IBM wants to make it easier for companies to consume and use Hadoop, just like everyone else who is chasing that yellow elephant that likes to munch big data.

Is NBN Co about to pay for 80 years of power pole access?

According to the NSW State Government, NBN Co is being completely unreasonable in declining to fork over in the order of $400 million for access to electricity poles in that state. In response, NBN Co is, as it warned it would in October 2012, invoking the Telecommunications Act and using the poles without electricity authority permission.