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Google preps for Brussels wrist-slap

Reports are emerging that European regulators have won a small victory over Google in their dispute about the impartiality or otherwise of the Chocolate Factory's search results.
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Rackspace attacks Amazon with new cloudy clones

Look out, Amazon Web Services. Rackspace is cloning its own cloudy service – and to quote Jimi Hendrix's Foxy Lady, it's "comin' to getcha."

Ofcom: Parents, here's how to keep grubby tots from buying Smurfberries

Ofcom has posted video guides to turning off in-app purchasing on all the popular mobile platforms, but ads serving premium-rate numbers continue to proliferate uncontrolled.
Bill Ray, 15 Apr 2013
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Apple the victim after Chinese scammers exploit returns policy

The on-going saga over Apple’s “unfair” after-sales service in China has taken another twist after it was revealed that scammers exploited its returns policy to exchange fake parts for real ones, enabling them to build and sell new devices.
Phil Muncaster, 15 Apr 2013
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Baidu muscles in on Google’s turf with Silicon Valley deep learning lab

Chinese search giant Baidu has opened the doors to a new research facility in Google’s back yard where it’s hoping to tap the local talent to consolidate early mover advantage in the burgeoning field of “deep learning”.
Phil Muncaster, 15 Apr 2013
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Wales slams Amazon over lack of Kindle support

A publisher has attacked Amazon over its failure to offer books in Welsh on the Kindle e-reading device.
Jasper Hamill, 15 Apr 2013
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Now draft biz guillotine law triggers info privacy watchdog

There are insufficient data protection safeguards built in to proposed reforms to the EU's insolvency law framework, a privacy watchdog has said.
OUT-LAW.COM, 15 Apr 2013
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Twitter buys music firm We Are Hunted, preps soundtrack for 200m twits

Twitter is set to finally make some noise as it prepares to launch a new music service.
Jasper Hamill, 15 Apr 2013
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IBM pours $1 BEELLION into flash SSDs

Say goodbye to TMS RamSan and hello to IBM FlashSystem. Back in 2001, IBM CEO Lou Gerstner said IBM would spend a billion dollars to boost its Linux business and that billion paid itself off within two years. In 2002, the firm splurged the same amount on Java tools, and in 2006, pumped $1bn into information management. Fast-forward seven years and Ginny Rometty's IBM is going to spend a billion dollars to boost its flash solid state storage business.
Chris Mellor, 15 Apr 2013
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Under the microscope: The bug that caught PayPal with its pants down

Security researchers have published a more complete rundown of a recently patched SQL injection flaw on PayPal's website.
John Leyden, 15 Apr 2013
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Thatcher’s data protection legacy: Just fill out this 16-page form

Comment Successive UK governments have seen data protection more as a cost overhead to be minimised than as an essential protection for the individual in an electronic age. This view started with Margaret Thatcher’s first government and has endured for over three decades.
Die shot of Nvidia's 'Kepler2' GK110 GPU chip

63 TRILLION maths ops a second - in 5 inches? Mm, show me

If you need lots of compute power, you’re either already using GPU accelerators or taking a close look at them. And if you’re serious about tapping into the full processing power of the GPU, perhaps this gear will fit the bill.
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Ban drones taking snaps of homes, rages Google boss... That's HIS job, right?

Google supremo Eric Schmidt has demanded tough rules on civilians flying surveillance drones, branding the tech a threat to privacy.
John Leyden, 15 Apr 2013
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Dell crams modular hybrid server and storage switch into 1U pizza box

One of the bright spots in Dell's business these days is its networking unit, which doubled its sales last year thanks in large part to the acquisition of Force10 Networks nearly two years ago. Now Dell has to keep pace with its many competitors in the networking racket – which it has just done with the launch of a new modular switch that handles both server-to-server and server-to-storage traffic.
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Antarctic ice sheet melt 'not that unusual', latest ice core shows

The latest ice-core analysis from the Antarctic shows that nothing unusual in terms of melting is occurring.
Lewis Page, 15 Apr 2013
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HP uses OpenStack to glue CloudSystems to public clouds

Before OpenStack was even an idea, HP had cooked up an all-blade system strategy and some utility computing control software that it merged together into the BladeSystem Matrix. The software in that automated cloud-in-a-box has now evolved.
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Still pitching to CIOs? You're living in the PAST

Within the next year, almost half of the cloud deals negotiated by value-added resellers will not have an IT team representative present when the technology decision is made, according to the latest predictions from top IT biz analysts Gartner and Forrester.
James Akrigg, 15 Apr 2013

Bitcoins: A GIANT BUBBLE? Maybe, but currency could still be worthwhile

The Bitcoin economy is a bubble and it'll all end in tears. Bitcoin is the greatest thing since sliced bread and will change the world forever. What might surprise some of you is that there's no contradiction between these two statements.
Tim Worstall, 15 Apr 2013
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Google's 'power to switch off the lights in Europe' has 'chilling effect' - rivals

Google has the "chilling" ability to "switch off the lights" at web companies, claim rivals lobbying against the dominant search giant.
Kelly Fiveash, 15 Apr 2013
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IDC: Biz to splurge $70bn on 'analytics services' by 2016

A dearth of heavy-duty analytics talent means enterprise customers are turning to channel folk to make sense of their data.
Paul Kunert, 15 Apr 2013
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Credit insurer sets up 'task force' in wake of enormo UK IT biz failures

Trade credit insurer Atradius is setting up a specialist task force to analyse UK channel companies that have a high debt-to-assets ratio or have VC backing in the wake of recent high-profile and costly failures.
Paul Kunert, 15 Apr 2013
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Building a private cloud? Better sort your storage first

The final HP Regcast of our short series on how to build a private cloud covered the usual afterthought of any IT project: storage migration. Much of the conversation dealt with the problems of translating good intentions into action.
Tim Phillips, 15 Apr 2013
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Brussels clears Liberty Global's £15bn Virgin Media takeover

US billionaire John Malone's company Liberty Global saw its £15bn bid to buy UK telco Virgin Media cleared by competition officials in Europe today.
Kelly Fiveash, 15 Apr 2013
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Red Hat emulates Fedora Linux project with RDO OpenStack community

OpenStack is sometimes called the Linux for clouds, and Red Hat, the dominant Linux distributor, seems to be all over that. The firm is now working to bring its Red Hat OpenStack distribution into the ever-crowding field of companies that want to peddle supported distributions of this cloud control freak. Red Hat Open Stack, or RHOS, is not ready for primetime, but a new RDO community – Red Hat is not saying what it stands for – is getting a Fedora-like early adopter community together running OpenStack on top of Red Hat's Enterprise Linux and KVM hypervisor.
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Cutting CO2 too difficult? Try these 4 simple tricks instead

Climate researchers - including one working for Wendy Schmidt, the campaigning wife of Google overlord Eric - have published research suggesting that there are other things apart from cutting CO2 emissions which would help to avoid disastrous rises in sea levels this century.
Lewis Page, 15 Apr 2013
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Quantum lays off fifty – prepping for a sale?

Fifty people have been let go by Quantum with some insiders thinking the company is being groomed for a sale, either in whole or in parts.
Chris Mellor, 15 Apr 2013
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DataDirect in job slash bloodbath

Times are tough. HPC and big data storage array supplier DataDirect Networks has laid off 65 people, decimating its workforce, after six months of lousy sales.
Chris Mellor, 15 Apr 2013
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Four Apple execs among US top five best-paid in 2012

Four the top five highest-paid executives in the S&P 500 last fiscal year were Apple senior managers – and CEO Tim Cook was not among them.
Rik Myslewski, 15 Apr 2013
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Sprint/Softbank mobile merger in doubt after Dish bids $25.5bn

Analysis Dish Network has thrown a counter-offer into the ring to buy Sprint-Nextel, the third-biggest mobile provider in the US, in a $25.5bn cash and stock bid that outspends rival Softbank by well over 10 per cent.
Iain Thomson, 15 Apr 2013
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Xen hypervisor leaps into Linux Foundation

The Linux Foundation is embracing the Xen hypervisor, giving major clouds such as Google and Amazon a greater influence in the development of the open source technology.
Jack Clark, 15 Apr 2013
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ExxonMobil's oil spill rids neighborhood of 'venomous snakes'

On March 29, ExxonMobil's Pegasus pipeline – built in the late 1940s – ruptured in Mayflower, Arkansas, sending at least a million liters of Canadian crude oil and water into a residential neighborhood. That's the bad news.
Rik Myslewski, 15 Apr 2013

British designer builds $15m iPhone for Hong Kong mogul

Conspicuous consumption is a sign of booming times, and a Hong Kong businessman may have broken records for it after buying a custom-built "iPhone 5 Black Diamond" encrusted in gold and precious stones. The tab? An eye-popping $15.3m (£10m).
Iain Thomson, 15 Apr 2013
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Cellular architectures not great for TV: study

A study by the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden has found that cell-based distribution of broadcast TV content can be a glutton for spectrum.
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'Charge memory' boffins: Hungover Li-Ion batts tell fat whoppers

The widespread belief that lithium-ion batteries don't suffer from “charge memory” might be mistaken, according to new research out of Japan and Switzerland.