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Google forks WebKit, promises faster, leaner Chrome engine

Google has announced that its Chrome browser is dropping the popular WebKit browser engine in favor of Blink, a new fork of the code that the Chocolate Factory says will make Chrome faster, more powerful, and more secure.
Neil McAllister, 04 Apr 2013
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CloudSigma spins-up all-SSD storage cloud

Zurich-based infrastructure-as-a-service slinger CloudSigma has moved to all flash storage for the data center infrastructure running its cloud.
Jack Clark, 04 Apr 2013
Mildura is still marked in the wrong place on Apple's iOS6 maps
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Holden bakes Siri into Barinas

General Motors' antipodean outpost, Holden, is trying to put a bit of cool into its four-cylinder shopping trolley, the Barina, by integrating Siri into its electronics.
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Kiwi boffins bid up Earth-like planet prediction

We'll see your lousy 17 billion Earth-like planets, Smithsonian, and raise you 83 billion: that's the message coming out of a New Zealand group that's proposing a new detection technique in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.
Julian Assange supporters at the Supreme Court London

Swedish judge explains big obstacles to US Assange extradition

A senior judge from Sweden’s supreme court, Justice Stefan Lindskog, has told an Australian audience that Julian Assange’s argument he cannot stand trial in Sweden without being extradited to the USA is not as black and white as the wikileaker would have us believe.
Simon Sharwood, 04 Apr 2013
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STEC - sorry sTec - opens direct and channel sales with name change

What the Zeus is going on? STEC has changed to sTec and it's bragging about its new direct and channel sales program.
Chris Mellor, 04 Apr 2013

RAF graduates first class of new groundbased 'pilots'

The Royal Air Force is chuffed this week to announce the graduation of its first class of "remotely piloted air system pilots", who have the job of piloting aircraft they are not actually in.
Lewis Page, 04 Apr 2013
Three-dimensional distribution of dark matter in the Universe

Boffins shine new light on dark matter

The LHC may have found the Higgs Boson, but overarching theories of everything have another hole: the observable universe weighs rather less than it ought if all those equations – and all the galaxies - are to hang together.
Simon Sharwood, 04 Apr 2013

NetApp snoozing at the wheel of incumbency juggernaut, says chap

Equity analyst firm William Blair thinks NetApp is failing to face up to the realities of being an incumbent storage supplier, and could even exit the hardware business.
Chris Mellor, 04 Apr 2013
Electronic waste dump in China
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‘Unstoppable WEEE Tsunami’ staunched by PPP plan

The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) and several Central American Governments have decided waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) is both a threat to and an opportunity for the region.
Simon Sharwood, 04 Apr 2013
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Hate being stalked by Facebook? Why not try Google+ stalking

Google is fattening up its single sign-in feature that was opened up to mobile and web apps in February. This is the feature that allows netizens to use their Google+ usernames and passwords to log into accounts on third-party systems.
Team Register, 04 Apr 2013
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Universal Credit IT system could lead to MORE FRAUD, MPs warn

The number of benefit cheats in the UK could rise thanks to yet more IT problems with the government's new Universal Credit system, MPs warn.
Kelly Fiveash, 04 Apr 2013
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Bank card-slurp nasty 'infects tills, ATMs', corrupt staff fingered

Audacious crooks have infected hundreds of shopping tills and cash machines with malware to swipe sensitive debit and credit card data, we're told.
John Leyden, 04 Apr 2013
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Google offers Adwords deals - but you can't trust their numbers

Google's Adwords platform has always been something of a mystery, to put it mildly - the only certainty about it is that it makes a lot of money for Google - but nobody has caught it out using numbers which are definitely, verifiably untrue.
Lewis Page, 04 Apr 2013
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Review: Intel Next Unit of Computing barebones desktop PC

Intel must really like the sound of its own ‘voice’. How else can you explain the fact that sliding open the box containing the chip giant’s latest desktop package plays the ding-da-ding-ding-ding jingle as soon as you open it. Amaze your friends! Irritate your colleagues! Keep opening and closing the box to replay the ditty over and over and over...
Tony Smith, 04 Apr 2013
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Hostile Xyratex investors claim CEO's scalp in aggressive haircut

Activist investors have forced out Xyratex CEO Steve Barber in their hunt for a bigger and faster return on their investment.
Chris Mellor, 04 Apr 2013
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Wikileaker Manning peace gong petition backed by thousands

Nearly 40,000 people have signed a petition calling for Wikileaker Bradley Manning to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
Jasper Hamill, 04 Apr 2013
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IBM: We have placed the Big Data moon on this stick

IBM Research has come up with a new package it calls BLU Acceleration, intended to speed up (big) data analysis and reporting of data held in DB2 and Informix databases, amongst others.
Chris Mellor, 04 Apr 2013

Cisco gobbles UK mobe mast maker - you know where this is going

Swindon-based Ubiquisys will soon be part of Cisco in a $310m (£205m) buyout. The networking colossus has, in effect, snapped up more than 50 customers wanting small cellular base stations and the technology they want.
Bill Ray, 04 Apr 2013
The Empire Strikes Back

Disney shutters Star Wars game unit with 200 layoffs

Just a few months after snapping up George Lucas' Star Wars empire, Disney is shutting down its game unit LucasArts and laying off around 200 employees.
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LOHAN must suck juice while mounted on rigid rod - but HOW?

Over the past couple of weeks, the Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) team has been chewing the fat with readers over just how to hook up the Vulture 2 spaceplane's rocket motor heater.
Lester Haines, 04 Apr 2013

Provider of FIFA goal line tech chosen, tracks ball in space and time

Football governing body FIFA has selected goal-line technology from German firm GoalControl as its preferred option in trials ahead of the 2014 World Cup.
John Leyden, 04 Apr 2013
Funnel of cash. Credit: via SXC – http://www.sxc.hu/profile/Leonardini

Building the actual real internet simply doesn't pay

Analysis It isn’t unicorns that keep the internets running, but eye-watering amounts of capital investment by infrastructure operators. However a substantial chunk of that investment never pays for itself and most of it barely repays the cost of the capital, reckons consultancy PwC.
Andrew Orlowski, 04 Apr 2013
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Ancient website from 1999: By Mark Zuckerberg aged 15¾

A website that might just have been created by a 15-year-old Mark Zuckerberg way back in 1999 has been uncovered by Hacker News.
Kelly Fiveash, 04 Apr 2013
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Advanced Persistent Threats get more advanced, persistent and threatening

Organisations are getting hit with a malicious email attachment or web link designed to evade legacy defences up to once every three minutes, according to a report by security biz FireEye.
John Leyden, 04 Apr 2013
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Bitcoin briefly soars to record $147 high, driven by Cyprus bank flap

Virtual currency Bitcoin soared to a record high of nearly $147 yesterday as Euro-spurred interest continued to boost its exchange rate.

Google goes on the Blink in WebKit fork FURORE

Comment When Opera Software killed its web browser's rendering engine Presto, and announced it will instead use WebKit, the company did so with the best intentions.
Gavin Clarke, 04 Apr 2013
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Mars to go offline for a month as vast nuclear furnace gets in the way

Spacecraft exploring and orbiting Mars will be left alone for the next month as the red planet slips behind our nearest star for a bit of a spring break.
Bill Ray, 04 Apr 2013
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Big Data’s booming. So why hasn't the channel caught on yet?

There’s a funny thing happening in the channel at the moment. Big Data solutions are absolutely booming, driven by a perfect storm of mobile computing, 4G connectivity, vast quantities of user generated content, cheaper storage, 10GbE networking, and next gen data management technologies like Hadoop. Yet despite flogging loads of Big Data products, resellers are still curiously unaware of the opportunities that exist for them with this latest buzz word.
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Got a Sophos Web Protection box? Make sure it's up to date

Sophos has plugged security holes in its Web Protection Appliance that could place its customers' internet connections in the hands of eavesdroppers.
John Leyden, 04 Apr 2013
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Guide man Frommer buys his name back from Google, plans eBooks

Google has handed the rights to the Frommer brand of travel guides back to Arthur Frommer, after the Chocolate Factory snapped it up from publisher Wiley just last year.
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Anonymous joins forces with arch-enemy The Jester against Norks

Hacktivist collective Anonymous and - unusually - some of its enemies have all turned their ire against government websites, propaganda outlets and social media profiles linked to the North Korean regime.
John Leyden, 04 Apr 2013
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Sci/Tech quango promises an end to 'events with no women'

Sci-tech quango Nesta has announced a ban on all-male panels at its events in a bid to challenge the blokeyness endemic in the fields it covers.
Jasper Hamill, 04 Apr 2013

If only enterprise IT worked like my iPad ... or at least my car

Opinion Do you remember when computers were hard to use?
David Sprott, 04 Apr 2013
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OpenStack 'Grizzly' control freak puffs up clouds of vastness

The OpenStack community is keeping faithful to its six-month spring-fall cadence for software releases: today, the world receives an OpenStack update codenamed Grizzly.
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Shark-tooth war cutlery reveals tale of fishy extinction in Pacific

They are the sort of weapons that could be worth hundreds to your average tooth fairy.
Jasper Hamill, 04 Apr 2013
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Has Europe finally passed Peak Disk?

Disk drive sales in the EMEA region have showed falls in both units and capacity according to research from Futuresource Consulting.
Chris Mellor, 04 Apr 2013

Leaked memo: Apple's iMessage crypto has DEA outfoxed

Analysis An investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in February was temporarily thwarted when the surveillance targets began using Apple's encrypted iMessage system, according to a document leaked to Cnet.
Iain Thomson, 04 Apr 2013
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Facebook skins Android with Facebook Home

Facebook has taken over Android with an application named Facebook Home that slaps a social façade on top of Google's operating system.
Jack Clark, 04 Apr 2013
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WebKit devs on Blink fork: 'Two can play that game'

Now that Google has announced that it will migrate its Chrome browser from the WebKit rendering engine to a homegrown fork called Blink, WebKit developers have already begun discussing how to remove Chrome-specific code from the project.
Neil McAllister, 04 Apr 2013

Steve Jobs' 'spaceship' threatened by massive cost overruns

Comment It appears that the late Steve Jobs' dream of new "spaceship" Apple headquarters is going to cost far more than the $3bn originally planned – that is, if it gets built at all.
Rik Myslewski, 04 Apr 2013

Gates and Allen reshoot historic 1981 Microsoft photo

One of the most iconic photos from the history of Microsoft, featuring a lanky young Bill Gates perched next to his coding mentor (the way he tells it) Paul Allen, has been recreated at Seattle's Living Computing Museum.
Iain Thomson, 04 Apr 2013
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Oracle gussies up Xsigo switching as Virtual Networking and SDN

Oracle is ratcheting up the virtual networking wars with the relaunch of its Xsigo line of I/O director switches.
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Google inflates infrastructure cloud

Google has taken another step toward opening up its Amazon-competitor Google Compute Engine to the general public.
Jack Clark, 04 Apr 2013
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Visual Studio 2012 Update 2 delivers modest improvements

In keeping with its vow to ship updates for its flagship software development tools in "a regular cadence," Microsoft has delivered Visual Studio 2012 Update 2 just a little over four months after it shipped the last one.
Neil McAllister, 04 Apr 2013
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Patch time for PostgreSQL

The maintainers of the PostgreSQL database have released an urgent patch to cope with a vulnerability that allows remote users to crash servers, while authenticated users can execute arbitrary code.
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HP chairman Lane yields to 'here's you hat, what's your hurry?' pressure

Succumbing to pressure to shake up the board of directors of HP, chairman Ray Lane is stepping down from running the board. However, he said in a statement, he will remain on the HP board – even if he doesn't run it.
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Microsoft's developer conference sells out at $2,095 per head

Proving that you don't have to be Google to generate frenzied hype around an otherwise staid and – to the layman – obscure tech event, Microsoft has announced that tickets for its annual Build developer conference have sold out.
Neil McAllister, 04 Apr 2013

60-inch Apple iTV to be controlled by iRing remote?

You may have had it up to here with reports that Apple is juuust about to release a full-on big-screen television – such rumors have been clogging the interturbes since at least 2009 – but the most recent one has a wrinkle that you, dear Reg reader, might find of interest: you'll wear its remote on your finger.
Rik Myslewski, 04 Apr 2013