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Julian Assange supporters at the Supreme Court London

New poll says Assange could win Australian Senate seat

Julian Assange's bid for a seat in Australia's Senate may not be just a stunt, with a new poll revealing 26 per cent of Australians consider themselves “likely” to vote for the Leaker-In-Chief.
Simon Sharwood, 23 Apr 2013

Spies catch Acer's Windows 8-incher before it hides

Acer will be the first of Microsoft's hardware partners to release a small-screened tablet running Windows 8, if photos purportedly leaked from the PC maker are any indication.
Neil McAllister, 23 Apr 2013
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US Air Force beats off competition in NSA hacking fight

A four-day hacking competition run by the National Security Agency (NSA) to find the top military system designers and administrators has awarded the 13th annual Cyber Defense Exercise (CDX) prize to a team from the US Air Force Academy.
Iain Thomson, 23 Apr 2013
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Voda wants NBN access to boost regional 4G spread

Vodafone has said it's hoping that the rollout of the National Broadband Network will give it the chance to improve country mobile services.
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Java still vulnerable despite recent patches

Just days after the latest fix, another Java vulnerability has emerged.
TrendForce's mobile market data for Q1 2013
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Lenovo's mobile push stalls in China

Lenovo's emergence as a smartphone player has stalled in China, where Samsung is eating everyone else alive, as indeed it is also doing around the world.
Simon Sharwood, 23 Apr 2013
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Chinese IEEE members want MAC control for cognitive radio

For those in the mood for deep wireless communication geekery, a group of Chinese researchers has released a proposed protocol for MAC layer behaviour of cognitive radio systems.

Nudge nudge, wink wink interface may drive Google Glass

The user interface for Google's forthcoming tech specs, aka Google Glass, may feature a two-fingered salute and a wink.
Simon Sharwood, 23 Apr 2013
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AMD pins future growth to embedded marketplace

AMD has announced a new range chips for embedded devices, and said it hopes that 20 per cent of its revenues in Q4 2013 will come from that market, rather than the 5 per cent currently.
Jack Clark, 23 Apr 2013
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BlackBerry OS 10.1 leaks its secret goo over all the web

A work-in-progress build of the next BlackBerry OS, version 10.1, has leaked onto the interwebs.
Andrew Orlowski, 23 Apr 2013
Cloud vs legacy storage

Array makers, what's that noise? It's the hungry Amazonian horde

Blocks and Files Storage in the cloud is going to start stripping legacy storage suppliers of their value and prompt an era of vertical disintegration in the storage business.
Chris Mellor, 23 Apr 2013
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Firewall tech pioneer Gil Shwed: Former teen sysadmin on today's infosec biz

Feature Twenty years after the technology behind FireWall-1 was first developed, the teenage coding prodigy who founded Check Point says that "IT security is [still] very hot".
John Leyden, 23 Apr 2013
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Diagnostics tools ARE useful, but more for the vendor than me

Storagebod It never ceases to amaze me that vendors believe that they can charge an additional fee for something which makes their product work properly, as it should have done in the first place.
StorageBod, 23 Apr 2013

Weak iPad, iPhone demand hits LG Display in the wallet

LG Display's profits have been hit by falling demand from Apple, forcing the firm to turn in its smallest profit since clawing its way out of debt in Q2 2012.

Big money in Big Data: SGI debuts petabyte-juggling archiving tool

The tidal wave that is unstructured file-based data is lumbering towards data centres. SGI is hoping the Big Data trend means that file access storage will become a hot property.
Chris Mellor, 23 Apr 2013
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Retailers: You could get the chance to TEAR UP Penguin ebook contracts

Retailers could be offered the chance to terminate some agreements formed with Penguin over the sale of electronic books as part of the UK publishing company's bid to resolve European Commission concerns about the nature of those agreements.
OUT-LAW.COM, 23 Apr 2013
Sord M5

Sord drawn: The story of the M5 micro

Archaeologic It took Japanese micro maker Sord more than six months to launch its M5 home computer in the UK, but in April 1983, the company said the Z80A-based machine would finally go on sale during the following month - half a year after it was originally scheduled to arrive over here.
Tony Smith, 23 Apr 2013
Tintri interface Index
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You got your Tintri hat, beermat and cat: But what does it all mean?

Hands-on Virtual storage upstart Tintri is a great example of a company I would never normally care about: when it comes to storage area networks (SANs) these folks are building the data vault equivalent of Falcon 9 rockets while I'm scraping together spare change for a Vespa.
Trevor Pott, 23 Apr 2013
ViSX Astute Networks

Astute: Hey small biz, you too can afford speedy flashy goodness

Astute has announced a lower-cost MLC flash version of its ViSX flash-based storage accelerator, saying it's good for small and medium enterprises because it costs about the same as the disk drive arrays they're buying on a $/GB basis.
Chris Mellor, 23 Apr 2013

8 in 10 small UK firms hacked last year - at £65k a pop: Report

Infosec 2013 Over 80 per cent of small businesses in the UK suffered a computer security breach last year, according to new government research. And the proportion of large firms that reported attacks has reached a whopping 93 per cent.
John Leyden, 23 Apr 2013
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Privacy crusaders: ISPs in 'conspiracy of silence' over Snoop Charter

Well-known pro-privacy organisations in the UK have accused internet providers of failing to respond sufficiently critically to the government's plans to massively increase surveillance of Brits' online activity.
Kelly Fiveash, 23 Apr 2013
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CFO warns IBM's 'underperforming' storage crew: We'll take 'substantial action'

Analysis IBM's first quarter 2013 results were disappointing, and if you're in storage and servers at Big Blue, it appears the numbers guys are focusing on some of your product lines. In the earnings call, CFO Mark Loughridge said: "There are parts of our business that are in transition or have been under-performing like elements of our Power x and storage product lines that showed disappointing performance in the first quarter. Here we’re going to take substantial actions."
Chris Mellor, 23 Apr 2013
Google sign outside Mountain View headquarters

Google's teeny UK tax bill 'just not right', thunders senior MP

Top Labour MP Margaret Hodge has told The Register that it's "just not right" for Google to get away with paying so little corporation tax in the UK.
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Looking for a new role? Check out these IT jobs

Promo Twice a month The Register will showcase some tech vacancies gleaned from the jobs board of reed.co.uk, our UK recruitment partner.
David Gordon, 23 Apr 2013
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Turn off the mic: Nokia gets injunction on 'key' HTC One component

Nokia has said it bagged a court injunction in Amsterdam that effectively prevents HTC from using the microphones that are a "key" component of its HTC One smartphone.
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Peak Apple: First 'profit slip' in a decade - and, boy, it's gonna be BIG

Apple will reveal its first profit fall in a decade when it unveils its quarterly earnings later today, analysts say.
Jasper Hamill, 23 Apr 2013
Nokia Lumia 720 Windows Phone 8

Review: Nokia Lumia 720

Nokia completed its Windows 8 range with two new models recently, including this midrange offering the 720. With a choice of five Lumias it's now clearer to see what Nokia hopes to achieve.
Andrew Orlowski, 23 Apr 2013
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UK's dead monster iPad gumble-maker COMES BACK TO LIFE

It's been quite a post-Easter week for the Brit firm behind iPhone and iPad accessories maker GEAR4: it went into administration, axed most of its UK workforce, and has risen again in Hong Kong.
Paul Kunert, 23 Apr 2013
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Data centre networks are getting flatter and fitter

We have all come across the traditional corporate network with three distinct layers: the core layer dealing with heavy-duty switching and routing, which runs on socking big switches and routers; the distribution layer dealing with lighter (but still intelligent) tasks such as packet filtering and some routing; and the access layer, which does little more than provide a bunch of ports for your servers and other endpoint devices to connect to.
Dave Cartwright, 23 Apr 2013
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Make cool shows, make money: Netflix's SHOCKING TV strategy

Netflix added 2 million US subscribers and made a profit of $2.69m (£1.77m) in the first quarter of 2013, buoyed by its critically acclaimed exclusive drama House of Cards.
Andrew Orlowski, 23 Apr 2013
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Verizon: 96 PER CENT of state-backed cyber-spying traced to China

Spooks carrying out state-sponsored cyber-espionage were responsible for one in five data breaches last year, researchers have claimed.
Jasper Hamill, 23 Apr 2013
Block diagram of Nvidia's Echelon exascale system

Nvidia Tesla bigwig: Why you REALLY won't need x86 chips soon

Interview Life is what happens when you are trying to do other things, as the old saying goes.
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Apple fanbois' accidental bonking ruled too obvious by watchdog

A US trade watchdog says Apple iPhones do not infringe a patent that described the detection of fanbois accidentally touching the screen.
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Crypto guru: Don't blame users, get coders security training instead

Infosec 2013 Experts on both sides of the vendor-customer divide in the UK and a US cryptographer are at odds over whether or not security training is a waste of time.
John Leyden, 23 Apr 2013
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Twitter signs ad deal for MEELLIONS with marketing bods

Twitter is well on its way to becoming an advertising giant after signing one of its biggest deals so far with media agency Starcom MediaVest Group (SMG).
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CISPA row: Slurped citizen data is ENORMO HACK TARGET - infosec boss

The ability to identify common patterns in real-world attacks makes crowd-sourcing threat intelligence extremely useful, according to a study from security tools firm Imperva.
John Leyden, 23 Apr 2013
Volvo/Ricardo Project Sartre public test

Yelling at mobes while driving just as bad as texting

Using voice-to-text tech to send messages while driving is just as dangerous as regular texting, a new study has found.
The ConnectX-3 Pro server adapter from Mellanox

Mellanox adds VM-flitting to ConnectX-3 server adapters

Switch and adapter maker Mellanox Technologies added support for virtual LAN overlays to its Ethernet switches late last year and now it is building in support for the two primary overlays into its ConnectX-3 server adapters to match.

White House backs US web sales tax - eBay hits panic alarm

The White House has backed a bill that would give US states the ability to demand sales tax from online retailers, while the Senate clears the law for formal voting.

Huawei: 'We're not interested in US market'

Chinese telecoms equipment maker Huawei has revised its enterprise sales projections downward after admitting that it has given up on plans to expand into the US market.
Neil McAllister, 23 Apr 2013
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Salesforce: Internet of Things is 'third wave of computing'

Salesforce is desperate for more of the world to get wired up with little sensors, so it can get at this data and hook it into its suite of technologies, then sell companies on the benefits of an increasingly data-led sales strategy.
Jack Clark, 23 Apr 2013
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Hacked AP tweet claiming White House explosion causes Dow dip

A group calling itself the Syrian Electronic Army is claiming that it successfully hacked the official Twitter account of the Associated Press and is responsible for a tweet that briefly wiped billions off the Dow Jones Industrial Average on Tuesday.
Iain Thomson, 23 Apr 2013
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Human rights groups rally humanity against killer robots

An international coalition of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) has formed the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots, a lobbying organization aimed at securing a worldwide ban on fully autonomous weapons.
Neil McAllister, 23 Apr 2013
Facebook Iowa data center
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Facebook plans vast data center in Iowa

Facebook's fourth gigantic data center will be in Iowa, a state already favored by major infrastructure operators due to its renewable utility options.
Jack Clark, 23 Apr 2013

Apple beats revenue estimates but margins are falling

Apple has beaten some of the gloomier analyst expectations in its second quarter's results filing, with revenues of $43.6bn for the quarter generating $9.5bn in profits. But margins are falling and the company warned that next quarter it may clear only $33.5bn to $35.5bn in revenues – its biggest fall in a decade.
Iain Thomson, 23 Apr 2013
Photo of the Keon Firefox OS phone from Geeksphone

First batch of Firefox OS phones sells out in hours

The first batch of phones based on the Mozilla Foundation's open source Firefox OS has sold out, mere hours after they were announced for sale.
Neil McAllister, 23 Apr 2013
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VMware profits flat-line even as services revenues grow

Say what you will about VMware, but it has been brilliant about extracting the most amount of profit possible out of what used to be a virtual monopoly on x86 server virtualization in the data center. But competition from Microsoft and various open source alternatives, particularly the OpenStack-KVM combo, is putting the squeeze on Virtzilla's profits.
closed_sign shut down under collapsed liquidation

Oz broadband speeds collapsed in 2012

Akamai's State of the Internet report reveals a sharp slowdown in Australian Internet download speeds to the end of 2012.
The Sun, hacked to redirect to LulzSec Twitter page

Australian Federal Police claim arrest of 'LulzSec leader'

Updated The Australian Federal Police (AFP) has arrested a man described "a self-proclaimed leader of the group ‘Lulz Security’ (Lulzsec), a computer hacking group that has existed since 2011."
the red underpants are bugging from buechertiger's Flickr feed of Bonn street art

TPG might bid for spectrum: reports

Australia's spectrum auction may have had a dark horse entry, with reports emerging that TPG has registered as a bidder.