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Apple to stage 'Tech Talks' roadshow

After selling out its worldwide developer conference (WWDC) at a speed usually reserved for hit counters on Psy videos, Apple has hinted that those who want to get up close and technical with it will soon be served locally.
Simon Sharwood, 29 Apr 2013
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Cat ladies turned brand-squatters poke fun at religious right

Redditers in Australia – and others – got a giggle out of one of the better bits of brand-squat-spoofing to arise on the Interwebs in recent times.
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Move space junk with laser shots

More than a decade's work could be closer to payoff for Canberra company EOS Space Systems, which last week told the Sixth European Conference on Space Debris that its laser systems could help move space junk out of the “danger zone”.
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Australian Bureau of Statistics denies hacking report

The Australian Bureau of Statistics has been forced, by dint of a misreading of 'attack statistics', to deny that hackers (including the ubiquitous Chinese variety) have accessed pre-release sensitive data such as unemployment or inflation rates.

Chinese cops shutter PRC's biggest pirate movie site

The Chinese authorities’ ongoing efforts to crack down on piracy have claimed another big scalp after police shuttered the nation's largest online source of not-entirely-properly-sourced movies last Friday, cuffing eight execs along the way.
Phil Muncaster, 29 Apr 2013
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Pirate Party wins seats in Icelandic election

Not content with serving as a catalyst for the global financial crisis, Iceland has elected three members of the Pirate Party to its national Parliament.
Simon Sharwood, 29 Apr 2013
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Tight White Spaces to be penetrated in Blighty this year - Ofcom

White Space networking kit will get large-scale trials later this year, to see if multiple databases and radio protocols can be deployed without knocking TV off the air.
Bill Ray, 29 Apr 2013

Harassed Oracle worker to appeal costs, damages decisions

The case of Australian Rebecca Richardson, the former Oracle employee who won an $18,000 settlement after being sexually harassed by a colleague, will return to court in an attempt to overturn a decision that Richardson must pay some of her harasser's costs. The appeal will also seek a new damages award.
Simon Sharwood, 29 Apr 2013
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Crims take to Facebook to flog ZeuS kits

Not content with hawking their wares in underground forums and other insalubrious parts of the darknet, criminals are now advertising their wares on Facebook, says RSA.
Phil Muncaster, 29 Apr 2013
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Japan forgot data wipe on ship sold to Pyongyang

The Japanese government's data protection policies have been called into question after it emerged that a decommissioned coast guard vessel was sold to a pro-North Korea organisation without any checks as to whether key data on board was first deleted.
Phil Muncaster, 29 Apr 2013
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Reduxio plots 'revolutionary' hybrid array tech: It will need it

You've got to be an optimist to found a startup, especially when you come from one that crashed and burned. Three such optimists have risen from the ashes of scale-out filer startup Exanet and started up scale-out hybrid flash firm Reduxio.
Chris Mellor, 29 Apr 2013
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Brocade, wake up: Cisco is here, and it ALSO has 16 gig FC

Cisco has waited two years, watching while competitor Brocade launched and sold 16Gbit/s Fibre Channel, before finally doubling the speed of its own Fibre Channel switch products, belatedly announcing 16Gbps MDS switches.
Chris Mellor, 29 Apr 2013
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Canadian TV station wails: NFC bonking... it's not SAFE

Another North American TV network has discovered credit card numbers can be read using a phone, and whipped itself into a media frenzy due to its failure to understand how NFC works.
Bill Ray, 29 Apr 2013
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UK.Gov passes Instagram Act: All your pics belong to everyone now

Have you ever uploaded a photo to Facebook, Instagram or Flickr?
Andrew Orlowski, 29 Apr 2013

Judge of EU beauty contest for 'sexy' startups is VC backer of winner

Comment The European Commission has sponsored an award in which a VC was part of a panel that gave the top prize to one of his firm's investments. The first ever Europioneers Awards, presented by EC Vice-President Neelie Kroes, crowned the founders of two European startups, SwiftKey and SoundCloud, as "Young European Tech Entrepreneurs of the Year" and "European Tech Entrepreneurs of the Year" respectively.
Andrew Orlowski, 29 Apr 2013
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Ten ancestors of the netbook

Feature Come 2015, we’re told, the netbook will be dead and gone, out-evolved by the more fleet of foot, more desirable media tablet.
Tony Smith, 29 Apr 2013
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Serial killer hack threat to gas pipes, traffic lights, power plants

Analysis Medical systems to traffic light boxes are apparently wide open to hackers thanks to a lack of authentication checks in equipment exposed to the internet.
John Leyden, 29 Apr 2013

How Google lost the trust of Europe’s data protection authorities

Opinion Over the last two years, various European data protection commissioners have taken action against Google. Hardly a month goes by without something being reported: a €145,000 (£121,000, $189,000) StreetView fine here or a court case about jurisdiction there.
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Next Xbox to be called ‘Xbox Infinity’... er... ‘Xbox’

The next Xbox will be called the Xbox Infinity, if a piccy of an allegedly leaked logo is to be believed.
Tony Smith, 29 Apr 2013
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Fried-egg sarnies kick off Reg man's quid-a-day nosh challenge

Coffee, bacon and black pudding were strictly off the menu this morning as this hack kicked off his "Live Below the Line" challenge with a couple of fried-egg sarnies and a mug of builders' tea.
Lester Haines, 29 Apr 2013

iPhone 5 totters at the top as Samsung thrusts up UK mobe chart

Apple’s three most recent mobiles together took more than a quarter of smartphones sales in Britain during the first three months of 2013, we're told.
Tony Smith, 29 Apr 2013
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Peak txt: 1.5 BEELLLION more chat app msgs sent than SMSes a day

WhatsApp, BlackBerry Messenger and other online chat apps handled more messages than telcos handled texts, says market research biz Informa.
Bill Ray, 29 Apr 2013
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Science of the lambs: Boffins grow GLOW-IN-THE-DARK sheep

Shepherds who watch their flocks by night could soon have a much easier job: South American scientists have successfully reared fluorescent sheep.
Jasper Hamill, 29 Apr 2013
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Chinese cyber-spook crew back in business, say security watchers

The widely feared Chinese cyber-espionage crew known as APT1 is back in business two month after a high profile report that lifted the lid off its activities, according to security researchers.
John Leyden, 29 Apr 2013
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Fund-a-mental: The real problem with clouds and managed services

Comment It’s all very well dodging the economic downturn by hopping on the cloud bandwagon, but you might find this also puts you out of reach of the industry’s established funding models.
Eddie Pacey, 29 Apr 2013
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Eucalyptus clones more AWS features for cloud control freak

Amazon Web Services will not build you a private copy of its own cloudy infrastructure for your own use, and it believes, as its top brass reiterated again last week, that there is no such thing as a private cloud.
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Hard drives snatch hold of semi giant LSI, jump right off a cliff

LSI's latest results paint a gloomy picture for the storage giant, revealing both its revenues and profits were down last quarter.
Chris Mellor, 29 Apr 2013
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Google Plus minus Meebo Bar equals Google minus $100m

Google will axe the website widget Meebo Bar just one year after buying the company that built it.
Jasper Hamill, 29 Apr 2013

SMART Storage, Diablo brew a wee DRAM of MYSTERY tonic

SMART Storage and Diablo Technologies have promised to glue SMART's flash drives and Diablo's memory-channel storage (MCS) electronics into a combined product.
Chris Mellor, 29 Apr 2013
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Take a deep breath: This is THE year of 'end-user computing'

Comment What exactly is end-user computing (EUC)? There are so many different definitions that even vendors can’t agree on a single version of the truth. These range from VDI technology to file sharing across multiple devices to platforms that let you access cloud-based apps.
Tim Ayling, 29 Apr 2013

GreenBytes' data smite knight gets Citrix green light

GreenBytes' all-flash IO Offload Engine has been certified by Citrix as compatible with XenServer, clearing the way for it to accelerate the cloudy outsourcer's virtual desktops.
Chris Mellor, 29 Apr 2013

Fat boxes keep Super Micro from slumping

Super Micro – king of the whitebox server makers – turned in a pretty good quarter ended in March, the third quarter of its fiscal 2013, not by pushing more iron, but by peddling a smaller amount of much heftier iron.
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NATO proclaimed winner of Locked Shield online wargame

NATO has – not surprisingly – been named the winner of the Locked Shield online wargames held last week at the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence in Tallinn, Estonia.
Iain Thomson, 29 Apr 2013
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Opera sues designer for leaking trade secrets to Mozilla

Norwegian browser maker Opera Software has filed suit against Trond Werner Hansen, one of its former developers, alleging that Hansen took trade secrets with him when he went to work with Opera rival Mozilla.
Neil McAllister, 29 Apr 2013
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Apple's next OS X said to be targeted at 'power users'

Apple's next version of OS X may provide welcome relief to users dismayed by the company's seemingly inexorable evolution from computer manufacturer to consumer-electronics company, if unnamed sources speaking to 9to5Mac are to believed.
Rik Myslewski, 29 Apr 2013

LG beats Samsung to OLED flexi-TV with hella pricey 55-incher

At this year's CES, both LG and Samsung proclaimed that concave OLED screens are the next big thing in televisual entertainment, and promised working systems. Now LG has began taking orders for a 55-inch model and will begin deliveries next month.
Iain Thomson, 29 Apr 2013
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HP mashes up ProLiant, Integrity, BladeSystem, and Moonshot server businesses

It's a time of transition in the systems business. And HP, the world's largest server maker in terms of volumes and possibly soon (again) in terms of sales if IBM doesn't stop the decline in mainframe and Power system sales or sells off its x86 server biz to Lenovo, is tweaking its server units and the executives who run them.
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AppFog PaaS drops Rackspace IaaS

Platform-as-a-service provider AppFog is evaporating its cloudy bridge to Rackspace due to poor customer demand, in yet another case of the fluffy industry coming to terms with hard business realities.
Jack Clark, 29 Apr 2013

Combover King Donald Trump: 'I miss Steve Jobs'

Never being a man to shy away from whatever current controversy might get his name into headlines*, the indefatigable Republican presidential candidate, Obama-baiting birther, and TV "personality" Donald Trump has weighed in on whether Apple should offer an iPhone with a larger display.
Rik Myslewski, 29 Apr 2013

Google to Glass devs: 'Duh! Go ahead, hack your headset'

Google might not want people selling its Google Glass Explorer Edition high-tech specs, but it has no problem with developers hacking on the hardware and software, if recent developments are any indication.
Neil McAllister, 29 Apr 2013
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Surprise! Republican bill adds politics to science funding

The chairman of the US House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, Lamar Smith (R-TX), is planning new legislation that would limit the scope of the National Science Foundation (NSF), the biggest research-funding organization in the US, and bring funding decisions under political oversight.
Iain Thomson, 29 Apr 2013
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Branson's SpaceShipTwo succeeds in first rocket-powered flight

Finally. Sir Richard Branson's long-delayed commercial spaceliner, the Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo, has successfully completed its first rocket-powered test flight.
Rik Myslewski, 29 Apr 2013