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Cisco borgs VHA packet core

Troubled mobile carrier Vodafone Hutchison Australia (VHA) is pressing ahead with the network upgrade it hopes will rebuild its fortunes in the country, with Cisco to provide the foundation of its 4G network backbone.

Spectrum auction closes shy of $AU2 billion

Australia's communications minister Senator Stephen Conroy has failed to stretch his “red undies” over the government's budget deficit: the spectrum auction, for which the results have just been announced, yielded a little under $AU2 billion.
The four designs under consideration for the ethical 'Fairphone'

Politically-correct 'Fairphone' goes on pre-sale next week

Fairphone, a social enterprise aiming “to bring a fair smartphone to the market – one designed and produced with minimal harm to people and planet” will next week offer pre-sales of its first handset, and if it can find 5,000 buyers the phone will become a reality.

Kiwis consider new spy laws in wake of Dotcom debacle

Still deeply embarrassed that its spy agency, the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB), was found to have acted illegally by capturing communications from Kim Dotcom, the New Zealand government is planning on changing its laws so the Bureau can in future spy on New Zealand citizens and residents.
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Judge hands copyright troll an epic smack-down

In a judgement peppered with criticism for the various entities clustered around the troll-machine known as Prenda Law, a US judge says the court “went to battlestations” and has passed information to various US agencies for investigation.

BMC successfully sells self

Enterprise software company BMC has agreed to be acquired by a troika of private equity companies, who will hand over $US46.25 of cash for each outstanding share in the company.
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Amazon beats Google to open Chinese app store

Amazon has opened an Android app store in China before Google, with the Android Appstore open for business in the middle kingdom.

US Army engineer wins Air Assault wings after repairing hi-tech leg twice

A hard-as-nails engineer has successfully completed the US Army's tough Air Assault school despite twice having to stop and fix breakdowns in his prosthetic leg.

Taiwanese uni sues Apple over FaceTime and QuickTime

A major Taiwanese university has sued Apple for a second time in a year, this time for infringing one of its patents related to video compression technology in FaceTime, QuickTime and other fruity software.
International Space Station

In space, no one can hear your laptop Blue Screen

Stob Reg columnist Verity Stob says she's uncovered the following string of eye-opening electronic missives between the International Space Station's crew members. First, some context:

Don't bake your Raspberry Pi - now you can WATER COOL it

Pic The Raspberry Pi is supposed to help teach kids how to code, but one Londoner has used it to learn how to fabricate a water-cooling rig, after building a liquid-filled radiator to cool his Pi.
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TV gesture patent bombshell: El Reg punts tech into public domain

Pics Gesture control to operate next-gen home electronics is the next patent battleground - so last month we asked you lot for hand movements you'd like to see protected from the lawyers as prior art. Here are the most popular, and practical, suggestions.
Bill Ray, 07 2013

WTF? Comcast scores MORE sales from fewer vid customers

Analysis Comcast numbers were largely deemed good by its management team on their results call, with a few noticeable holes. Firstly, despite an increase in video revenues, Comcast in fact lost 60,000 video customers in the quarter, a number which appears to be rising. Secondly, there was a major revenue fall in NBC broadcasting.
Faultline, 07 2013

Oracle, SAP under attack: How cloud upstarts steal their lunch

Analysis After more than 20 years coining it, the Goliaths of the lucrative enterprise software world are about to meet their Davids: nimble rivals touting technology at a sensible price.

How did something so small and pink cause so much trouble?

Book extract Today, we publish the next extract from SA Mathieson's book on ID cards in Britain, following on from the political wrangling over the controversial technology in the 1990s and 2000s.

EMC, VMware dangle axe over 1,804 workers around the planet

In the week of EMC's self-congratulatory EMC World extravaganza in Las Vegas, the storage giant revealed it will slash 1,004 jobs.
Google Nexus 4

Google's Page, LG boss's SECRET confab sparks Nexus 5 rumour

The smartphone rumour mill is in overdrive again after reports that mobe maker LG is prepping a new Nexus phone with Google.
Micron P420m

Micron brandishes sharp new flash blade, lunges at Fusion-io

Micron is touting a new server flash drive that's apparently significantly faster than Fusion-io's market-leading ioDrive 2.
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Twitter turns off Tweetdeck's life support after lengthy coma

Twitter has effectively killed UK-based Tweetdeck Ltd just two years after it bought the social media dashboard for $40m.

Microsoft: All RIGHT, you can have your Start button back

Big changes to "key" parts of Windows 8 are coming after Microsoft admitted it “could and should have done more” on its big answer to Apple’s iOS for tablets.
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Librarians: Argos site is top priority to be preserved for future generations

Argos and a page discussing posh camping have been placed on a list of 100 websites the British Library regards as crucial reading for future generations who want to understand life in 2013.
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Vodafone slurps MEELLLIONS for redirecting police hotline calls

Vodafone is making more than £2m a year from public reporting of non-emergency crime, and has just landed another three-year contract - charging 15p per non-emergency call to police.
Bill Ray, 07 2013

First, the bad news: EA bags Star Wars games rights

Disney has made good on its promise to farm out future Star Wars games to an outside developer after scrapping LucasArts - and picked much-loved EA.
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Boundary app monitor becomes a fortune teller

How do you solve a problem like poor performance in distributed IT stacks? If you're application performance manager Boundary, you do it by teaching your tech to not only analyse traffic on the network layer, but also listen to app-specific alerts from typical management systems, and use this to predict where bottlenecks are going to occur.
Nokia Lumia 928

Nokia teases world+dog with snap of new 4G Lumia 928

Pic Nokia nerds are all aquiver about the Finnish giant’s latest smartphone, the Lumia 928 - but it appears to be little more than a Lumia 920 for US operator Verizon.

Asus: PC market still burning, but folks are guzzling our tablets

Asustek Computer Inc is surfing the slabbie sales swell better than most of its peers, if calendar Q1 financials are a decent metric.
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The real reason why Dell wants to go private: To fondle big Boomis

Dell has added an API management tool to its Boomi platform, which connects up clouds and in-house applications.

Peak Apple: Foxconn contemplating life after Cupertino

Foxconn is reportedly planning for an Apple-free future after a massive slump in orders from Cupertino.
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Google's Schmidt calls for 'DELETE from INTERWEBS' button

Google head honcho Eric Schmidt has called for measures to delete information from the internet.
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A horny insect horde is set to hit the East Coast of America in search of sex after lying dormant for almost two decades.

Hey, Acer: Is that a rounding error, or did you actually make a profit?

Only a foreign exchange tailwind and stock disposal helped ailing Acer return to profit for calendar Q1 of 2013.
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Watchdog: Y'know what Bitcoin really needs? A REGULATOR!

A US financial regulator has said it's figuring out if crypto-currency Bitcoin falls under its remit.
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Chair of Dish in dash for Sprint seat: Tries to slurp HALF its shares

Dish chairman Charles Ergen mighty be able to sneak through the back door into the boardroom where Sprint's special committee are meeting by attempting to snaffle over 50 per cent of the telco's shares.
Joe Tucci EMC

EMC: 'Hardware? We stopped doing that YEARS ago'

EMC World 2013 Storage titan EMC doesn't really believe in hardware any more – the value is in the software.

Cray descends to midrange HPC shops with baby XC30 supers

Supercomputer maker Cray had been hinting that it would deliver a new cut-down version of its "Cascade" XC30 system, and the machine is being unveiled on Tuesday at the Cray User Group meeting in Napa Valley, California.

'Quantum network? We've had one for years,' says Los Alamos

The boffins at the Los Alamos National Laboratory are known as a secretive lot; a much understated lot, in fact. Rather than cause a fuss, researchers there have quietly published a paper showing they've had a flexible quantum network – something rather a lot of people are interested in – up and running for two and a half years.
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US Department of Defense fingers China as top cyber threat

A new report to Congress by the US Department of Defense (DoD) includes some of the strongest language yet implicating the People's Republic of China in recent global cyber-attacks.
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Senate passes Marketplace Fairness Act by wide margin

The Marketplace Fairness Act (MFA), which will allow states to levy local sales taxes on internet purchases, was passed by the US Senate on Monday night by a vote of 69 to 27, in an unusual display of bipartisan support.
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Ray Harryhausen, king of stop motion, takes final voyage

Obituary Ray Harryhausen, the pioneering visual effects wizard whose name was synonymous with stop-motion animation, has died in London at the age of 92.
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Google not sabotaging YouTube on Windows Phone after all

Microsoft has debuted a new, native YouTube app for Windows Phone 8 with a completely redesigned interface, despite its earlier claims that Google was deliberately preventing it from delivering a first-class YouTube experience on the platform.